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The Indian who became the first female doctor in the UAE

Zulekha Daud started practising medicine in the UAE when it had no proper hospitals or doctors.

Gandhi surname helped me become two-time MP at young age: Varun Gandhi

The ‘Gandhi’ surname helped me become a two-time Lok Sabha member at a young age, BJP MP Varun Gandhi said, adding that those without “influential” fathers and grandfathers find it difficult to make a mark in politics.The BJP MP from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh was speaking at a seminar here.”Today, I have come to you and you all are listening to me. But the fact is if there was no Gandhi in my name, probably I would not have become a two-time MP at a young age and you would not have come here to listen to me,” he said.Gandhi said many talented youngsters are unable to join and shine in politics as they do not have influential fathers and godfathers.”The fact is that a young person from a humble background, even if he has the talent and leadership qualities, cannot come into politics unless his father or godfather is someone worthy,” he said.Also readI want an India where my surname does not matter: BJP MP Varun Gandhi on equal rights for allThe BJP leader said as many as 14 lakh farmers or common people in the county had to go to jails for payment default of Rs 25,000 during the past 15 years, whereas rich people, who owe crores of rupees to banks, are conducting lavish marriages of their daughters.”As long as there is no uniform justice in this country, we will not be able to see the India that we are dreaming of. There is still a lot of inequality among people,” Gandhi said.Also readAfter Congress, Varun Gandhi criticises Election Commission, calls poll body ‘toothless tiger’He claimed that 60% of the nation’s wealth was controlled by 1 % of the country’s population.Cricketer Mithali Raj also spoke at the seminar.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: Exit polls predict BJP win for sixth time in a row

What was predicted to be a real keen contest between BJP and Congress in Gujarat, may actually have ended up as a virtual rerun of 2012, if the exit polls are to be believed. Most of the polls predict BJP winning around 110 seats, touch short of 115 it won in the last assembly polls. Today’s Chanakya though has predicted a two-third mandate for BJP predicting that the party will win 135 seats. Here’s what the exit polls of the major agencies predicted:Also readAs Gujarat campaign progressed, we saw complete bankruptcy in BJP: Rahul Gandhi in Kerala Agency BJP Congress Others Today’s Chanakya 135 47 0 Times Now-VMR 113 66 3 ABP-CSDS 117 64 1 NewsX 110-120 65-75 2-4 Sahara Samay-CNX 110-120 65-75 C Voter 108 74 News Nation 124-128 52-56 1-3 India Today-Axis 99-113 68-82 1-4 So all 8 exit polls predict a clear win for BJP, though most predict Congress to do better in terms of vote share than 2012. But their seats aren’t really increasing and that would be a major cause of concern for Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi if these results turn out to be correct. Today’s Chanakya has the most lavish prediction for BJP and expect them to win 135. The Axis survey actually shows BJP trailing Congress in Saurashtra and North Gujarat. They also have the most conservative estimate for BJP, with lower range of 99. The election result will be published on 18th Gujarat, and we will know soon if the polls got it right. Gujarat recorded an estimated 68.70 per cent voter turnout in the second and final phase of polling for 93 Assembly seats today, the Election Commission said. The figure is likely to go up as details are still being worked out, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha told reporters here. The 93 seats are spread across north and central Gujarat.Around 2.22 crore people were eligible to exercise their franchise to choose their representatives from among 851 candidates in the fray. With PTI inputs

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UP civic polls result reaffirms people’s support for note ban, GST: Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the results of Uttar Pradesh civic polls reaffirmed people’s support for the GST which has made doing business “easier” for traders.At a media briefing, he also recalled his party’s unprecedented win in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly polls following the demonetisation decision and noted that it had swept “trading hubs” in UP to underline popular support to note ban.”Today’s results (in UP) have only reaffirmed it,” he said.The ruling BJP today forged ahead of its rivals, leading on 14 of the 16 mayoral seats in Uttar Pradesh where the civic bodies polls were held in three phases, according to trends from these seats in the first four hours of counting of votes.The Congress has used GST glitches and note ban to attack the BJP in Gujarat polls.”GST has made doing business and trade very easy. The market size for every trader has grown. Now the whole country is his market,” Jaitley said.He declined to comment on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s ‘dharam ki dalali’ barb at the BJP. “There is no need to answer to this,” Jaitley said.
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Mehbooba Mufti orders withdrawal of cases against 4,327 stone-pelters

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today ordered the withdrawal of cases of stone-pelting against 4,327 young men.This follows the recommendation of a high-powered committee headed by Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid, which submitted its report to her today, an official spokesman said.”Today’s decision marks the revival of process of withdrawal of cases started by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti last year immediately after taking over,” he said.Mufti had initiated a process of review of cases against youths from 2008 to 2014 and in the first instance 104 cases involving 634 locals were withdrawn within two months of her assuming power, the official said.The process got disrupted due to the continued violence and unrest for later part of the last year, he added. Mufti ordered the withdrawal of cases of stone-pelting against 4,327 men in 744 cases, he said.”With this, the total number of cases withdrawn so far on the directions of the chief minister has gone to 848 and the persons benefiting out of these withdrawals stands at 4,957,” the spokesman said.The chief minister, it may be recalled, had committed the withdrawal of cases against youths found not involved in heinous crimes.Mufti had recently directed review of cases from 2015 till date and decision on the same would be taken on the receipt of report by the high-powered committee, the spokesman said.The withdrawal of cases against these youths was a major demand from various sections of the society in the state.”The chief minister described today’s decision as a ray of hope for these young boys and their families terming it as an opportunity for them to rebuild their lives,” he said.She hoped that the decision would help in creating a “positive and conciliatory atmosphere in the state where the youth would be able to build their lives in a more constructive and positive way”.
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Swachch baat: Mayor trims waste line

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a short span of Mayor Ashok Lahoti’s tenure, Jaipur city has witnessed many changes. He has been successful in ensuring regular cleaning and removal of heaps of garbage from every corner of the city. His initiative of door-to-door garbage collection and forcing vendors and shopkeepers to keep dustbin has resulted in vast improvement in sanitation.Thumbs up from people: Mandatory dustbins for commercial establishment, shopkeepers and street vendors. People didn’t like it initially but the result is there for everyone to see. People don’t have to look for a place to dump rubbish. Strict ban on plastic bags also had a positive impact although he had to face opposition from his own colleagues.It was a challenge to implement door- to-door garbage collection system that had failed in 2012. Today, the system is working smoothly in all 70 wards. People are also happy. Zone-wise public hearing has reduced hassles for obtaining birth, death and marriage certificates.JMC has created record of issuing pattas in CM Shahri Jankalyan Shivir. Delegation of powers to zonal deputy commissioners made things easier.Making the city ODF is another big achievement of the mayor. His idea of pink toilets for women is testimony of his vision.Biometric attendance system has also helped reduce complaints of employees missing from their seats.

Another shocker: Pakistan not weak to allow India to take PoK, says Farooq Abdullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after ex- Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah made a controversial statement about autonomy in Jammu and Kashmir and that PoK belongs to Pakistan, he has made another shocking assertion, which virtually asks India to give up its rights over Pak Occupied Kashmir (PoK).Addressing party workers in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the senior NC leader said, “How long shall we keep saying that (PoK) is our part? It (PoK) is not their father’s share. That (PoK) is Pakistan and this (J-K) is India.” He said 70 years have “passed but they (India) could not get it (PoK)”. “Today, they (India) claim it is our part. So take it (PoK), we are also saying please take it (from Pakistan). We will also see. They (Pakistan) are not weak and are not wearing bangles. They too have atom bomb. Before we think about war, we should think how we will live as humans,” Abdullah said.Farooq Abdullah further said about a case filed about him in Bihar that, “A case has been filed against me. That too by a Muslim. May God protect him. Look at his situation, he does not know Kashmir. He does not know our situation. They (Pakistan) drop a bomb, common people and soldiers die here (in Kashmir) and when a bomb is dropped from here, our people and soldiers also die there (PoK). Till when would this storm continue? Till when would the blood of innocents continue to flow,” he told his party workers.It leaves to be seen how Omar Abdullah and other National Conference leaders defend this rather outrageous statement from former Jammu and Kashmir CM.

Maharashtra sees surge in PhD enrollments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over the last five years, enrollments to PhD courses at the various institutes and universities in Maharashtra have seen an increase of 70 percent, according to the recent findings of the sixth All India Survey on Higher Education for the year 2015-16.In 2015-16, a total of 9,229 students across the state chose a PhD programme as opposed to 5,385 students in 2010-11. The number of female students enrolled for the PhD programme in went up from 1,595 to 3472 during that period. Similarly, students enrolling for M Phil rose from 1,734 in 2010-11 to 2,900 in 2015-16, found an AISHE study.The survey took place between December 2015 and June 2016 across the country.At the postgraduate level, the number of students enrolled under various post graduate courses in state run and private institutions across the state was 3,24,861 in 2015-16 – an increase of about 500 students as compared to that of 2010-11.A total of 1,28,728 students from Maharashtra passed their undergraduate degrees in 2015-16 while 1605 students being awarded their PhD degrees.GG Wankhede, former professor and chairperson of Center for Higher Education at Tata Institute of Social Sciences said that the increasing trend in the number of enrollments does not come as a surprise.Wankhede said, “Today, we can expect the number of enrollments in higher education going up with the increasing awareness about education despite the socio-economic and rural-urban divide in the country. While the numbers in some sense show a positive picture one needs to ask if as a state, as are getting more number of MPhil and PhD enrollments have we addressed the issue of quality education, what are the factors causing these students to take up research degrees etc.”The number of students from the Scheduled Castes enrolling into the various post-graduate courses also went up from 3,98,803 in 2010-11 to 4,88,288 in 2015-16.

500 wells to be dug for oil exploration in Barmer Basin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cairn India will start the search for oil and gases in the Barmer basin from the new start on a big scale. Seismic surveys have been conducted between Gudamalani and Shiv Tehsil and on the basis of the same result, drilling work will be started in places where oil and gas are available. The aim of drilling five hundred new oil wells has been kept in the next two years. The company will spend two billion dollars on this. The chairman of Vedanta Company, Anil Agarwal said in the past that they will focus on enhancing oil production in Rajasthan and now the company has taken steps in that direction. Significantly, the company is currently producing two lakh barrels of oil every day in the Barmer Basin. It is now planned to produce three lakh barrels of oil daily. Drilling of wells will be carried in large number with ultramodern equipments. Apart from this, seismic surveys will also be done in new place. Significantly, the geologists have indicated the presence of oil deposits in Barmer Basin. The world’s largest drilling companies will start reaching Barmer for oil exploration from next month. All this is being done due to the establishment of Pachpadra refinery. Production is expected to double in Barmer basin till the refinery is ready. This is expected to increase the revenue of Rajasthan government. Today, daily about 11 crore rupees are given to Rajasthan government and Rs 18 crore is received by Central government as revenue.

One year of demonetization: Opposition plans joint protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A united opposition plans to hold a joint protest on November 8, the first anniversary of note-ban which it alleged has “caused harm” to the economy and jobs in the country.Some opposition parties led by the Congress today met in Parliament to chalk out modalities for the proposed joint agitation. Leaders of six opposition parties – the Congress, the Left, the BSP, TMC, DMK and JD(U)’s Sharad Tadav faction – who are part of an opposition coordination committee, today met in the chamber of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad over the issue. After the hour-long discussions, Azad told reporters that it was an initial meeting and he was asked to consult all 18 opposition parties before finalising anything further.”We will discuss with the other opposition parties and come with our plan soon,” he told reporters. Sources said the opposition is planning a nation-wide protest on note ban anniversary to highlight the “ill- effects” on the economy hard and the job market. “Today the opposition coordination committee met. Representatives of six parties were present. We decided to meet again before parliament session. We will announce our plan tomorrow,” TMC leader Derek O’Brien said after the meeting.O’Brien said the opposition parties discussed the economic situation in the country, including demonetization, GST and other issues. “Today we met to discuss the economic fallout in the country and discuss various aspects of it. Ghulam Nabi has been given the responsibility to discuss the issue with other opposition parties. We will meet again to chalk out our plans,” said CPI leader D Raja after the meeting. The opposition parties today also discussed the case of Sharad Yadav’s disqualification from the Upper House, which is pending before Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.The Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) had sought Yadav’s disqualification from Rajya Sabha after he revolted against the party’s decision to ally with the BJP. The sources said the opposition leaders have decided to speak to the Vice President tomorrow at a luncheon, where he has invited all leaders of opposition parties. TMC leader O’Brien said his party feels Yadav is been targeted by his party JD(U). “This MP was elected by people on ‘mahagathbandhan’ ideology. He didn’t break the ideology, others broke it. Why should Yadav be penalised ?” he said.Sharad Yadav, Satish Chandra Misra, Derek O’Brien, Kanimozhi and D Raja were among those present at today’s meeting. Another member of the coordination committee Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party could not attend.

Bengaluru techie attacked by mob for complaining about illegal cow slaughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 45-year-old woman software engineer was allegedly attacked by a mob for reporting illegal cow slaughter to police in Bengaluru.The incident reportedly took place when Nandini M, the complainant, tried to rescue cattle from an illegal slaughterhouse at Avalahalli near Thalaghattapura on Saturday evening.”I and my friend reached the spot with two policemen. But a mob of over 100 people threw boulders on my vehicle and damaged it. I and my friend were injured in the incident,” she said.Nandini alleged that the two constables who were with her got down from her car and did nothing.She also alleged that when she returned to the police station, the sub-inspector there shouted at her, refused to take pictures of us as proof of the attack”I now feel the SI work hand-in-glove with those criminals,” she told India Today.The Thalaghattapura police said they have registered a case based Nandini’s complaint, however, no arrests have been made so far.Police have claimed they had rescued 14 cattle heads from the illegal slaughterhouse in Avalahalli based on the complaint lodged by Pushpa Bhist, another animal rights activist.Meanwhile, Former chief minister of Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa condemned the violence on Twitter.”Condemn the brutal mob-attack on the woman who exposed illegal cow slaughter. This violent attack today in Bengaluru is another proof law and order breakdown under Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah.

Honey effect: Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim loses 6 kgs in jail worrying about ‘Papa’s Angel’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is currently lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail, has lost 6 kilograms weight in 40-days of his imprisonment.The self-inflicted Godman weighed 90 kgs when he was lodged in the Rohtak jail in August but now weights 84 kgs, according to a Mail Today report.The report also cited that one of the main reason for his weight loss is for maintaining distance from his adopted daughter and close aide Honey Insan.Away from his luxurios lifestyle, the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, who used to import packaged water from foreign countries, is living his nightmares as he drinks jail water and eats jail food.The jail activities assigned to him has also taken a toll on his health as he is an unskilled labourer. He grows vegatable and water plants and tills soil everyday for five hours and earns Rs 20 per day.However, Dr KP Singh, DGP prisons of Haryana, has confirmed that baba’s health is fine. He also said that in case of health complications, Singh will be referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS).Ram Rahim is a high-blood pressure and diabetes patient.

Watch: Aditya Narayan gets vocal with IndiGo staff, airline says he refused to pay for extra baggage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, Bollywood vocalist Aditya Narayan and son of veteran singer Udit Naryaan, got into a scuffle at Raipur airport with staff members of IndiGo airlines. In a video clip that has gone viral, Narayan can be heard saying: “Teri chaddi na utari, mera naam Aditya Narayan nahin hai,” he can be seen shouting to a person. (‘My name is not Aditya Narayan if I don’t take your underwear off’.)Reacting to the incident, Indigo said that he refused to pay Rs 13,000 in charges for extra baggage for his flight. The airlines claimed that Aditya was travelling with a group of 5 people and they had excess baggage of 40kg. They also accused him of using ‘unparliamentary language’ with a member of the staff, claiming he won’t pay more than ‘Rs 10,000’. Read Indigo’s full release below:Today on 6E-258 (Raipur-Mumbai), Mr.Aditya Narayan, travelling with a group of 5 people, was carrying excess baggage of 40 kgs. The amount to be paid for the carriage of excess baggage came to 13000 INR. He refused to pay this amount to the female check in staff member and said that he will not pay more than 10000 INR for the excess baggage and also used unparliamentary language with the female staff member.While making a video, he pointed a finger at the Duty Manager and again used profanity. When politely asked to be civil and not use such language as there were other passengers and female staff members present, he started shouting even louder and used abusive words which we are refraining from mentioning here.He was informed that if he continues to misbehave he will not be allowed to travel. Later, passenger Mr Narayan apologised to the ground staff and thereafter was given the boarding cards. We at IndiGo can at no point compromise the dignity of our staff members or passengers.

Full text of Rahul Gandhi’s address to University of California students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi who arrived in the US on a two- week-long tour, addressed students at the University of California, Berkeley, to reflect on contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy.Gandhi criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic policies, accusing him of causing “tremendous damage” to India’s economy with “reckless and dangerous” decisions like demonetisation and “hastily-applied” GST.Here is the full text of Rahul’ speechThank you Harsh and I would like to welcome all of you here this evening.Today happens to be the 11th of September. So I would like to start by paying homage to all the people who died on this day and all the people who lost their loved ones.We stand with them today in their memory.As a politician, we get to go to different places and listen to many different people. And I am going to start today by telling you a little story. Many years ago, you remember that there was a huge Tsunami, it came to India. And it hit the Andaman and Nicobar islands. And one of the things that we were during at that time was trying to send aid to the Andaman Nicobar islands and I was looking at a list of people who had died and there are many communities who live in the Andaman Nicobar islands. And I noticed in the list that there were absolutely no tribal people who have died. So I asked some of the people there. I said, “Listen how does it happen? I said, there are many many people who have died. There are lots of tribals living in Andaman Nicobar but I don’t see a single tribal person who has died in the Tsunami. What happened?”So then one of the people there told me, you know Mr Gandhi, when the Tsunami comes, the sea goes out. And when the sea goes out, huge numbers of fish are left stranded. And he said the tribals, they know when a tsunami goes out and when a tsunami comes in, whereas the non-tribals did not know this.And when the Tsunami came, the sea went out.All the non-tribals ran to get the fish and all the tribals ran into the hills. And some of the tribals told the non-tribals, don’t go there. You are going to get killed. They didn’t listen. They ran into the sea. And that’s why no tribals died.And as a liberal today, that’s exactly how I feel. Everybody knows that something has gone very wrong in the system. And the right wing politicians are saying go there and pick up the fish. And people are sort of looking at the simple answers. They are looking at the simple answers but, you are not going to get results from these simple answers.And this is one of the reasons I have come here. This is a tremendous institution but this institution believes in a liberal ideology, it believes in discussions, it believes in listening to people, it believes in conversations. And you have a tremendous history and I respect that history. As you, Mr. Chibber said, my great grandfather came here and gave a speech. So I would like to thank you very much for inviting me here. I am going to speak for about 15-20 minutes and then we are going to have a conversation. You can ask me all the questions you would like.India is a massive country. It is also one of the world’s most complex countries. Every time you think you have understood india she will reveal something new to you. In fact, I would venture to say anyone who thinks he understand india is a fool. According to most western academics and intelligence agencies in the middle of the last century, India was supposed to fail. We are 29 states covering every religion in the world. We have 17 official languages and hundreds of different dialects and a terrain that runs from the Himalayas all the way to the deserts. Most of these experts didn’t expect india to survive the predicted it would fall apart torn to pieces by its own diversity and contradictions. And yet somehow, as Indira Gandhi said, when asked whether india leans left or right, India came out standing straight and tall.The idea of non violence or ahimsa as we call it in India is what allows this huge mass of people to rise up together. Uniting India’s religion, castes and languages would simply be impossible without it. It is this idea that Mahatma Gandhi fashioned into a powerful but beautiful political weapon.The common conception in the west is that people have ideas. You all say, I have an idea. But there is an alternative way of looking at the world. The counter intuitive notion that instead of people having ideas that ideas have people. So instead if I have an idea, an idea has me. This notion is the basis of ahimsa or non violence as taught by Gandhi. If one accepts the notion that ideas capture people then the only possible response to a person infected by a bad idea, any person, is love and compassion. The only action you can take against him is to try and rid him of the bad idea and replace it with a good one. Using violence against a person who is infected by a bad idea actually results in the idea spreading more aggressively, multiplying among the people who care for him and love him. This non violent philosophy in action has travelled far beyond India.Non violence is not in action, says Cesar Chavez, it is not discussion. It is not for the timid and weak. Non violence is hard work. It is this very idea, this beautiful struggle, that is viciously under attack in India today. But it is also the only idea on which humanity can survive the connectivity of the 21st century and come out unscathed stronger.Road travelled by India since independence is difficult and filled with formidable obstacles. Our partition was the bloodiest migration in recorded history. At independence, most of our 400 million people were hungry. Yet the achievements of India have been significant. Increasing literacy, expanding healthcare and raising life expectancy, all within a generation. Achieving self sufficiency in food grains, averting famine, pushing huge advantage in science and technology, even being a front runner in computer technology.When Mr. Rajiv Gandhi and my dear friend Sam Pitroda who is sitting here spoke about bring the computers to India, there were voices that ridiculed them. In fact a leader of the BJP who became PM later asked a question: what does India need computers for? Why do we need computers, imagine that. When India built the IITs, the entire world including many in India were highly critical of the idea that a poor country should waste money on such technical institutions . They reacted to us with scepticism, wondering why a country like ours would need such institutions. Today these IITs and other higher educational institutions in India play a central role in Silicon Valley in the global progress of technology. And yet look at us today. We are rightly proud, we have done that and more lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. For everything everyone says about India, there is no democratic country in human history, and I repeat that, there is no democratic country in human history that has raised as many people out of poverty as India has. It is never being done. And we have not done it with violence, we have not done it by killing people, we have done it peacefully together.For the first time in our history, India, if it is steered correctly and faithfully, have the opportunity to wipe out poverty. If India is able to lift another 350 million people out of poverty by 2030, it would be an achievement that the human race can be proud of. Doing this would require us to grow by more than over 8 percent in the next 13 years. India has done it before and can do it again. But it is imperative that India sustain a high growth rate for an uninterrupted period of 10-15 years in order to do so. At the heart of this powerful engine which India has built with its blood, sweat and bare hands since 1947 are jobs and economic growth. No amount of growth is enough for India if it’s not accompanied by the creation of jobs. It doesn’t matter how fast you grow. If you are not creating jobs, you are not actually solving the problem. So the central challenge of India is jobs. Roughly 12 million young people, 12 million, enter the Indian job market every year. Nearly 90% of them have a high school education or less. India is a democratic country and unlike China, it has to create jobs in a democratic environment. India does not have and nor does it want China’s coercive instruments. We cannot follow their model if massive factories controlled by fear. Jobs in India are going to come instead from small and medium scale industries. India needs to turn colossal number of small and medium businesses into international companies. Currently all the attention in India is paid to the top 100 companies. Everything is geared towards them. Banking systems are monopolised by them, the doors of government are always open to them and laws are shaped by them. Meanwhile entrepreneurs running small and medium businesses struggle to get bank loans. They have no protection and no support. Yet these small and medium businesses are the bedrock of India and the world’s innovation. Big businesses can easily manage the unpredictability of india. They are protected by their deep deep pockets and connections. But the real innovative strength of India lies with the millions of small firms and young entrepreneurs that run them. And they are relying on us to build the financial, communication and political infrastructure that would allow them to turn their skills into global businesses.Healthcare in the 21st century is being revolutionised. Today a doctor examines you, analyses your data and tells you what is wrong with you. All this is based on his memory. When he retires that information is lost. Tomorrow all the medical data is going to be digitised and accessible on computers. Two factors will determine competitiveness in healthcare. First the type and volume of different medical processes and procedures that are taking place in a country and second, the genetic diversity of your population. India’s size will give it huge advantages. The sheer fact that India performs millions of cataract operations or heart surgeries a year, for example , means we are going to be the best at doing them. But much more important in scale will be India’s rich genetic diversity. Thousands if years of cross cultural Ian means that India has the world’s most genetically diverse population. If medical processes are going to be based on DNA, then India’s diversity is going to be a huge global asset. So if you are looking at the medical processes in the 21st century, by far the best opportunities for groundbreaking research and innovation will be in India. It is imperative that we start thinking about these systems now and while addressing the critical concerns of privacy and ownership before they arise. Done properly this can transform India’s healthcare system and while at the same time help the world beyond our borders.India has triggered a massive process of human transformation. The nature of India’s transformation has now reached a stage where it’s moment is so powerful that it’s failure is no longer an option. Our success impacts the world but should our country fail, it will shake the entire world. What India is trying to do is to connect 1.3 billion people to the global economy with minimum disruption possible in a peaceful and compassionate way. But don’t be confused. If this process breaks down, the potential for violence is massive.I have given you the positives. But before I end I need to tell you what can go dangerously wrong. Our strength so far has been that we have done all this peacefully. What can destroy our momentum is the opposite energy. Hatred anger and violence and the politics of polarisation which has raised its ugly head in India today. Violence and hatred distract people from the task at hand. Liberal journalists being shot, people being lynched because they are Dalits, Muslims killed on suspicion of eating beef, this is new in India and damages India very badly. The politics of hate divides and polarises India making millions of people feel that the have no future in their own country. In today’s connected world, this is extremely dangerous. It isolates people and make them vulnerable to radical ideas.Finally listening to India is very important. She will give you all the answers that you seek. India’s institutions have over 70 years have built a profound understanding of our country. We have experts in every single field. Ignoring India’s tremendous institutional knowledge and taking ad hoc decisions is wreck less and dangerous. Decisions like Demonetisation which removed 86% of cash from circulation overnight and was carried out unilaterally without asking the Chief Economic Advisor, the Cabinet or even Parliament imposes a devastating cost in India.Currently we are not producing enough jobs. 30,000 new youngsters are join the job market every single day and yet the Govt is only creating 500 jobs a day. And this doesn’t include the massive pool of already unemployed youngsters. The decline in economic growth today is worrying and it’s leading to an upsurge of anger in the country. The Govt’s economic policies, Demonetisation and hastily applied GST have caused tremendous damage. Millions of small businesses were simply wiped out as a result of Demonetisation. Farmers and manual labourers who use cash were hit extremely hard. Agriculture is in deep distress and farmer suicides have sky rocketed across the country. Demonetisation, a completely self-inflicted wound caused approximately 2%loss in India’s GDP. India cannot afford to grow and create jobs at the current rate. If we continue at the current rate, if India cannot give the millions of people entering the job market employment, anger will increase and it has the potential to derail what is being built so far. That will be catastrophic for India and the world beyond it. Thank you.

‘End the shame’: India kicks off world’s largest march to protect children

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thousands of people gathered in southern India on Monday to kick off what is expected to be the world’s largest march against the trafficking and sexual abuse of children as reports of such crimes continue to rise in the country.Organised by Nobel Laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, over 10 million people from across India are due to take part in the month-long “Bharat Yatra” – or India March – which will end in the capital New Delhi on Oct. 16.Flagging off the march from Kanyakumari, a coastal city on the southern-most tip of India in the state of Tamil Nadu, Satyarthi told crowds of school children, officials and activists it was time to shatter the silence around such crimes.
ALSO READ Sorry Mr. CEO, Ryan International is no victim and you have blood on your hands”The sun rises every morning. But today this morning is different and this sun is different. Today this sun rises to dispel the darkness of fear, hopelessness and shame faced by our children. Today we march to end this,” Satyarthi said.”India is known for a country where children are being raped, where children are being sold. They are not safe in their schools; they are not safe even in their homes. If one child is in danger, then it means that the whole of India is danger.”
ALSO READ Ryan student death: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar assures victim’s father of CBI investigationChildren in India face a barrage of threats ranging from human trafficking, sexual violence and early marriage to a lack of access to quality education and healthcare, say activists.More than 9,000 children were reported to have been trafficked in 2016, a 27 percent rise from the previous year, according to government data.Most are from poor rural families who are lured to cities by traffickers who promise good jobs, but then sell them into slavery as domestic workers, to work in small manufacturing units, farming or pushed into sexual slavery in brothels.In many cases, they are not paid or are held in debt bondage. Some are found, but many remain missing.Figures from the National Crime Records Bureau also show that almost 15,000 children were victims of sexual violence such as rape, molestation and exploitation for pornography in 2015 – up 67 percent from the previous year.But these figures are just the tip of the iceberg in socially conservative India, say activists, where fear of being blamed, shamed or stigmatised means victims and their families often keep quiet and do not report the abuses they face.BREAKING THE SILENCESatyarthi, whose charity Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) has rescued 80,000 enslaved children, said the march was part of a three-year campaign to spread public awareness and push for stronger policies on child protection.The march participants will travel around 11,000 km (7,000) miles) and cover 22 of India’s 29 states. They will stop in towns and villages, visit schools and colleges and hold events with local officials, police, religious and community leaders.Monday’s kick-off saw thousands of children from remote areas across the country travelling to Kanyakumari to participate in the event. They chanted slogans and waved banners calling for an end of child slavery and child sexual abuse.”I am here today as I want to help protect other children like me,” said Ruby Kumari, 14, a pony-tailed schoolgirl from the district of Koderma in India’s eastern Jharkhand state.”We want to tell people that we are the future of this country and we want a safe environment for all children. They should be able to go to good schools and not sent to work.”The event also saw the participation of parents and their children who are survivors of sexual abuse and child labour.Thirty-five-year-old Moti, whose two teen daughters were raped by a family friend in the northern state of Punjab for years before the crime was discovered, said he hoped the march would help parents understand the dangers faced by children.”I had no idea that this was happening to my daughters. I trusted this man and he did this to my daughters,” said Moti, as he sat amongst the crowds, wearing a bright yellow t-shirt with #MakeIndiaSafe printed on the back.”If there had been marches like this before, perhaps I would have known better and I could have saved them. Now I am here to take part in his march so that it doesn’t happen to other children and parents won’t have to go through what I did.”

CAG report on ammunition shortage factually wrong, says Nirmala Sitharaman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday denied making any comments on a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report which revealed that the country’s defence forces had ammunition that could last only for 20 days in the event of a war.Addressing media persons here, Sitharaman said that she was wrongly reported and added that the buying arms and ammunition for the armed forces was a continuous process.”When I met with the reporters, there was a question about the preparedness of the army and if there was anything lacking in terms of ammunition. I told them that the buying of arms and ammunition for the army is a continuous process and often we feel that there is lack of something or the other. And, we have to fill this gap. And, since it is a continuous process, there shouldn’t be any discussion which is devoid of facts,” she said.She further said there was no mention about CAG report by her.”And, when he asked about the CAG report and other stuff to which I replied. But nowhere did I talk about the CAG report, don’t put words in my mouth. Today, I am shocked to hear this media report that I have said that the CAG report was fact less. I would appeal to all media houses to report the facts,” she said.The CAG, in its report tabled in Parliament recently, had stated that the defence forces had ammunition that could last for 20 days in the event of a war, instead of the minimum requirement of 40 days.It criticized the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for the inadequate quantity of ammunition supplied to the Army since March 2013.

Don’t blindly believe anti-BJP propaganda on social media: Amit Shah to youth

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> BJP president Amit Shah today asked the youth of Gujarat not to fall prey to the anti-BJP propaganda being mounted by the Congress on social media.Shah’s statement came at a time when messages critical of the ‘Gujarat model of development’ under the BJP rule in the poll-bound state were being circulated on social media.During his interaction with youths at ‘Yuva Townhall’, Shah also came down heavily on the Congress and its vice president Rahul Gandhi, who had recently visited the city and questioned the BJP over its development claims.Replying to questions, Shah touched upon issues such as implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), unemployment and demonetisation, and claimed that the Narendra Modi government has brought in substantial change during its three-year rule.”I appeal to the youth not to blindly believe the anti- BJP propaganda being spread on WhatsApp and Facebook. Before making any judgement, you need to do analysis of what was Gujarat before the BJP came to power and what is the situation today,” said Shah.”This propaganda is largely spread by our opponent Congress,” the BJP president claimed.Responding to a question about the BJP government’s achievements in Gujarat, Shah shared several figures about growth in agriculture sector, increase in per capita income, rise in the size of state budget, increase in the number of universities and several other parameters to prove his point that significant development took place after 1995.The BJP first came to power in Gujarat in 1995.”I want you to apply your mind before believing what is being circulated in WhatsApp. Just compare what kind of development took place before the BJP came to power and afterwards. These figures will clearly tell you that it was the BJP which did development,” claimed Shah.He added that these figures related to the development in Gujarat will be uploaded on the BJP’s website so that youths can circulate it on social media to counter the propaganda.”Before 1995, when the Congress was in power, curfew and communal riots were rampant. Even the ‘Rath Yatra’ was attacked. Power cut of 10 to 15 hours was normal in rural parts of state during the Congress rule. But today, every part of the state is getting 24-hour uninterrupted power supply,” Shah said.”Rahulbaba (Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi) recently came here and raised question about development. I want to tell him that the venue of his event, the Sabarmati Riverfront, was nothing short of a pit of dirty water when the Congress was in power. Today, it is considered as the best riverfront in the world,” the BJP chief added.”Gujarat’s per capita income was just Rs 13,665 before 1995. Today, it is Rs 1.41 lakh. Is this not development Rahulbaba?” asked Shah, adding that the people of Gujarat should not get carried away by the false claims of the Congress and its leaders.Responding to a question related to the BJP’s approach towards creating more employment, Shah said the method of calculating employment in the country needed to be changed.”I believe that employment should not be linked only with jobs. You can’t give jobs to 125 crore citizens. Employment should also mean self employment, start-ups or starting a small business. Thus, the method of calculating the employment generation, which solely takes into account job creation, should undergo change,” the BJP chief said.Responding to a question on the GST and its benefits, Shah said the BJP government at the Centre was trying its best to make it more trader-friendly.”We know that some (traders) are facing difficulties due to GST. But, the government is aware about it and understand your problem. The GST Council can always change the rules. Our aim is to make GST trader-friendly,” he said.Responding to a question on demonetisation and its success, especially when the RBI has declared that almost 99 per cent notes have came back, Shah said the exercise was aimed at pushing the country’s economy forward by increasing the number of tax payers.”The RBI has declared that around 99 per cent notes have came back. But, did anyone asked the RBI how much were there in the past? Earlier, only 80 per cent currency notes were in the system, as 20 per cent notes used to remain with corrupt people, be it politicians or officers. Now, all these notes are back in the system,” said Shah.”Prior to demonetisation, only 3.6 crore people used to pay income tax. But now, it has risen to 6.3 crore. This shows that people are becoming honest. It is very easy to criticise something. But, demonetisation was an attempt to boost the country’s economy by increasing the number of tax payers,” he said.Over one lakh youths sitting in 312 different locations across Gujarat saw the event live while some of them even asked questions through video-conferencing.

Seculars too have feelings: Javed Akhtar criticises ‘easily offended’ religious groups

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Criticising extremist religious groups, noted lyricist Javed Akhtar on Friday stated that even secular and nationalists have feelings. “People often say that a statement has hurt religious sentiment. However, secular and nationalists have feelings,” said Akhtar. Akhtar along with wife and actress Shabana Azmi attended the session ‘My story, Our Story’ on the first day of Pune international Literary Festival 2017. In the session, Akhtar and Azmi threw light on their upbringing in secular environment.Speaking about the upbringing, Akhtar said, “Secularism, social justice, women empowerment all are important values and we grew up learning about these values. These values are part of our DNA and therefore, it pains us when we see these values are being undermined.”Akhtar also stated that concept of the nationalism was part of his integral life. “Today when the national anthem is being played and I see people are walking out, it violates my sensibilities,” he added.Both Azmi and Akhtar spoke about how their parents were part of progressive writers movement and how those social values got imbibed in them. Speaking about their parents, Azmi said, “They wrote to bring social and political change in the society. They always believed that art should be used as an instrument for a social change.”Speaking on the issue of equality in the society, Azmi said, “Men and women are different. There is nothing better or worse in them. You could be a man and do a good feminist work. For that, the artist need not be a woman.”

Centre has not informed us about cabinet expansion: Uddhav Thackeray

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NDA partner Shiv Sena has not received any communication from the BJP over the inclusion of its members in the Union Cabinet expansion scheduled for tomorrow, party chief Uddhav Thackeray today said.”I have got news about the Cabinet expansion only from media. I have not enquired about it (from the central BJP leadership). I have neither received any communication from anybody nor are we hungry for power,” Thackeray told reporters here.”Today everyone is busy with the Cabinet expansion at the Centre. However, we are only busy about ensuring the (good) health of Mumbai citizens (after the deluge earlier this week,)” Thackeray told reporters here.The Sena chief said the party’s ideology for the last 50 years has been – 80 per cent social work and 20 per cent politics.Though a long-time ally of the BJP, Sena has often been at loggerheads with the senior partner. Its lone member in the Union ministry is Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled undertake a reshuffle of his council of ministers at 10 am tomorrow, a top government official said.It will be the third such exercise since he took office in May, 2014.

Dera violence: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar won’t resign, say reports

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who is under pressure since the Dera Sacha Sauda violence, won’t resign, say latest media reports.The reports say that the BJP is standing by Khattar despite growing demand of his resignation.According to an India Today report, BJP chief Amit Shah said, “Keeping in mind the significance of Dera, the violence is handled well.”The latest reports are in stark contrast of what was being said yesterday. Till last evening, there were reports that Khattar was being summoned to Delhi after the widespread violence that killed 31 people in Haryana.However, this doesn’t mean that the BJP is not unhappy with the Haryana Chief Minister.The party is said to be upset with Khattar for the mishandling of the events despite the stern words from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.The court on Saturday said that the state government had failed to maintain law and order.DNA had earlier reported how the massive build-up by the Dera followers in and around Panchkula was not taken seriously by the police or the administration.On Friday, hours after the clashes, Khattar had admitted that ‘there were lapses’. But at the same time he had said that the mob was ‘really huge.’It is not the first time that Khattar has faced such criticism. His government has been slammed for its mishandling of the Jat agitation and the violence at an Sant Rampal’s ashram in Hisar.

Verdict will not make a difference: Asifa Shaikh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, when women and activists across the country were celebrating the Supreme court’s verdict, 45-year-old Asifa Shaikh* sat in front of her television, listening to reactions. She sat helpless as she reminisced the horrifying incident that made her a victim of triple talaq.”What’s the point? He has never turned up in court neither answered my calls,” she told DNA. Shaikh refused to divulge further details saying that she could not trust anyone.Shaikh got married in 2014 to Aslam who already had a wife and three daughters. He had told Asifa that though he is married, he was not satisfied and was ready to leave his wife to marry her. Believing him, Asifa, whose husband had died of a heart attack, got married to Aslam.She said, “Post marriage, he kept me in a separate house. He then started speaking to his first wife again and divorced me in three months by saying talaq talaq talaq.”Shaikh belongs to a poor family and is against triple talaq and halala. (Halala forces a female divorcee to marry someone else, consummate the marriage and then get a divorce in order to remarry her previous husband).”Our condition is extremely bad. We are seven in the family and only my brother earns which is not enough. I skipped meals to save money to file a case. Not even once has my husband appeared in court for the hearing and neither has he ever called me. I have changed four lawyers till date.”Today, she wonders if it was a mistake to get married to a man who was already married but also believes that triple talaq is not acceptable in any situation. She asks, “Why is it always about women who are the sufferers. I do not know whether to be happy or sad.” *Name changed

Men accused of burning ‘witches’ alive in Tanzania

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thirty-two men appeared in court in Tanzania accused of burning five women alive on the belief that they were “poisoners” or witches, a court official said. The men, aged between 18 and 75 and including some local officials in the region of Uchama, 50 kilometres (31 miles) southeast of Mount Kilimanjaro, are due on trial on September 4, said the official at the district court in Nzega. “Today the prosecutor argued that the 32 men participated in the killing of the five women by beating them before burning them until death,” on July 27, the source told AFP. Some of the accused pleaded guilty and some not guilty at Monday’s hearing, which was held to prepare for the start of the trial next month. It is not rare in Tanzania for people accused of being witches to be killed. In this case those in the dock accused the five women of having “poisoned” other people, the judicial source said, requesting anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nagaland CM joins social media bandwagon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang today joined the social media bandwagon and launched his official Facebook page, Twitter handle and Instagram account. He is the first chief minister in the state to have such accounts in social media. “Today, social media network has become one of the most effective tools to connect people to people and disseminate information quickly,” Zeliang said. He said he has decided to join the social media with the sole objective of coming closer to the people by directly connecting to them through it. The chief minister also asked people to use social media for constructive purposes and desist from using it for harmful and negative purposes. Marking the occasion, a documentary titled “T R Zeliang, The Story So Far” was also released by MP Neiphiu Rio.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jaya photo in ministers’ pocket, but trademark green missing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All AIADMK ministers including Chief Minister Palaniswami and his deputy Panneerselvam today continued the tradition of keeping Jayalalithaa’s photo in their shirt pocket during the swearing-in though the signature green colour of her reign was missing from the ceremony. The colour was distinct during late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s swearing in ceremonies, with the stage backdrop and her attire in green. Today’s cermony, carried out post merger of the factions led by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam, was bereft of any lavish decoration. All the ministers, including Palaniswami and Panneerselvam, had photographs of Jayalalithaa in their shirt pockets, a usual practice by the party men who refer to the late leader as ‘Amma’. During her swearing-in as chief minister in May 2015, after being acquitted in the disproportionate assets case, as well as after winning last year’s elections, the entire venue at Madras University centenary auditorium was decked in green. The legacy was taken forward by incumbent Chief Minister K Palaniswami also, when green background adorned his swearing-in and that of his cabinet in February this year when Panneerselvam revolted against AIADMK chief VK Sasikala. However, the trademark green backdrop was found absent today at the Raj Bhavan where Panneerselvam as Deputy Chief Minister and Pandiarajan as cabinet minister were sworn in.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

John Abraham may hold fund raiser for Assam flood victims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bollywood actor and ISL franchise NorthEast United FC owner John Abraham today said he is willing to hold a fund raising event to help the flood victims of Assam in association with the state government. “We would like to have a fund raising event for flood victims. But this has to be a government bona fide event. We would like to have this in association with the government,” Abraham said at a press conference here. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma have been informed about this, he said. “The latest flood has been very devastating. Over 50 persons have been killed. More than 200 animals died in Kaziranga National Park. Today morning I saw a picture of a carcass of a tiger, and it just killed me. “Our heart is for Assam flood. Our solidarity is with the victims of Assam flood. NEUFC will always be with flood victims whenever there is any necessity,” Abraham said. The third wave of devastating flood has so far claimed the lives of 67 persons across Assam. With these, the total number of persons losing their lives in this year’s flood related incidents in Assam went up to 151, including eight in Guwahati.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Minor girl raped in Chandigarh park on I-Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A minor girl on her way to attend the Independence Day function in her school today was allegedly abducted and raped by a man in a city park here, the police said. “The 12-year-old girl was crossing the children’s traffic park, located in the heart of the city, around 8.15 am when she was abducted by the man, aged around 40 years, and sexually assaulted,” Eish Singhal, officiating Senior Superintendent of Police of Chandigarh, told reporters this evening. The area where the crime took place in the park has thick growth of grass and bushes. The girl, a student of Class 8 of a government school, was taken to a government hospital in Sector 16 where her medical examination was conducted, the officer said. Asked about the girl’s condition, he said, “She is stable but traumatised”. The girl narrated the incident to her parents following which the police was informed and a case, including under the provisions of the POCSO Act, was registered against the accused, who is at large, he added. “We have rounded up some suspects and they are being questioned. Further probe is under progress,” Singhal said. The police, he said, was also trying to get the footage from the CCTV cameras from the nearby area to identify the accused. Earlier, there were reports the incident took place when the girl was returning home from school. Singhal said that the girl’s statement was recorded before a magistrate and also told police that the accused was not known to her. Asked if the girl was raped at the knife-point, the SSP said, “We are investigating this claim”. Today’s rape incident comes barely over a week after the 29-year-old daughter of a senior IAS officer was stalked by the son of Haryana BJP chief and his friend.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mamata calls on Prez Kovind, says it was wonderful meeting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called on President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhawan this evening and said it was “wonderful” meeting. “Today I called on the Hon’ble President of India to pay my courtesies. It was a wonderful meeting,” she wrote on Facebook. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said she also invited Kovind to visit Kolkata. “I have extended a hearty invitation to the Hon’ble President to visit Kolkata,” she said. Banerjee is in the national capital to attend a meeting called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

75th anniversary of Quit India movement: PM Modi asks people to work to create ‘new India’ by 2022

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked the people to take a pledge to free the country of problems like communalism, casteism and corruption and create a ‘new India’ by 2022.He saluted all those who participated in the historic movement in 1942 under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and asked people to take inspiration from that.In a series of tweets, Modi noted that the entire nation had come together under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi with the aim of attaining freedom.”On the 75th anniversary of the historic Quit India movement, we salute all the great women & men who took part in the movement,” he wrote.”In 1942, the need of the hour was to free India from colonialism. Today, 75 years later the issues are different,” the prime minister added.”Let us pledge to free India from poverty, dirt, corruption, terrorism, casteism, communalism & create a ‘New India’ of our dreams by 2022,” he said.Giving the slogan of ‘sankalp se siddhi’ (pledge to achieve), he urged the people to work shoulder to shoulder “to create the India that our freedom fighters would be proud of”.

UP Assembly decides to not act against broadcaster

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Assembly today passed a resolution that no action should be taken against a private broadcaster over the airing a sting on 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots. During the term of the previous Assembly, a House panelhad probed the sting operation and held officials of the TV Today group guilty of breach of privilege of Azam Khan, then a senior minister. Khan is a member of the current Assembly as well, representing the Rampur constituency. A resolution about not taking any action against the channel was moved by the state Parliamentary Affairs minister Suresh Khanna and was passed even as the opposition remained absent. “Media is the fourth pillar of democracy. I present a resolution to not take action against Aaj Tak and Headlines Today on the recommendations of a House committee for airing a sting on 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots,” Khanna said. In the previous Assembly also, the BJP, then in opposition, had raised questions on constitution of the committee that had recommended action against the channels. The party had also staged a walkout on the issue. Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit informed the House that on February 23, 2016, the House had summoned functionaries of the channels for their version but later, on March 4, 2016, the Supreme Court had stayed the proceedings. He said that the next hearing on the matter in the Supreme Court is on August 1 and the Assembly’s view will be put before it. With opposition members not present, the resolution was passed unanimously. In its report, the committee had recommended action against the staffers, as well as against police and administration officials, for their alleged conduct before the team of TV journalists involved in the sting operation. The Supreme Court however later stayed the proceedings initiated by the UP Legislative Assembly. The court order had come on a plea filed by the journalists who challenged the UP legislative committee’s order that held the channel guilty of breach of privilege as it failed to provide the original raw footage and camera used in th sting operation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Parties that don’t have internal democracy can never work for the country: Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP national president Amit Shah today claimed the party is based on principles with its internal democracy intact and said those outfits which do not have these qualities cannot work for the country’s welfare.Addressing a gathering of prominent people from different walks of life in Rajasthan, he said the BJP government does not take decisions that gives a feel-good factor but which are good for the people and it has helped the country to progress fast.Referring to Ujjwala scheme, shutting down of shell firms, policies to close black money’s entry route into the country and the surgical strike, he said, “A party should have policies for the welfare of the people and the BJP is one of them.””We are working to reform policies that lead to the country’s transformation,” the BJP national president said.He said the BJP has given a corruption-free government at the Centre whereas everyone knows about scams of crores of rupees during the previous Congress-led UPA dispensation.”Today, a tea-seller from a poor background is the country’s prime minister and a booth level worker of the party is its national president because of its internal democracy and principles,” Shah said.”Those parties which do not have strong democratic values and principles, cannot work for the welfare of the country,” he said, adding, “We should evaluate and do a comparative study before mandating any party to power.” The BJP government at the Centre took 50 big decisions in last three years, which the previous governments could not take in 50 years, Shah claimed.”It shows the difference in governance. When we came to power 60 per cent people did not having bank accounts. Today, 28 crore people have bank accounts,” he said. Claiming that the BJP is one of the few parties that has both principles and is democratic, Shah said these two qualities have made the party the largest in the country.He said the party constituted by a handful of people now has 11 crore members.”Everyone knows who will be the next President of the country, but there is no clue who will be the next President of the BJP after me,” Shah said.Speaking about BIMARU states, he said some states were termed as such because of financial indiscipline and administrative disaster.Appreciating the schemes initiated by the Rajasthan government, Shah said, “Due to the administrative acumen of the the BJP government in the state, it has become a prosperous. The party has shown how a government should work. Soon, Uttar Pradesh too will lose the BIMARU tag.” Addressing the gathering, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said the BJP has shown the path of good governance. “People in the world have trust in the BJP government today. People see India with hope,” she said and exuded confidence that Rajasthan will be congress free in the next Assembly election scheduled at the end of next year.

Over 1.86 lakh pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath shrine since

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 1.86 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas, so far. “Today, on the 16th day of the yatra, 9,719 yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave and cumulatively 1,86,853 pilgrims have had its darshan since the beginning of the pilgrimage,” an official spokesman said. Escorted by the CRPF and the police personnel, the fresh batch, consisting of 3,111 males, 892 females and 102 sadhus and sadhvis, left in a convoy of 191 vehicles for Baltal and Pahalgam base-camps this morning, officials said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amarnath pilgrim dies of cardiac arrest, toll at 19

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 44-year-old pilgrim from Maharashtra today died near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir, taking the death toll in the ongoing yatra to 19, officials said. Govind Baburao Poraty, a resident of Nagpur, died at lower cave hospital due to cardiac arrest, the officials said. They said the body of the deceased was brought back to Baltal base camp and handed over to his family for last rites. The death toll in this year’s yatra now stands at 19, which includes seven pilgrims killed in the Anantnag terrorist attack on Monday night. The 40-day Amarnath yatra started on June 29 from the twin routes of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district and is scheduled to culminate on August 7, coinciding with the Hindu festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan’. Meanwhile, over 9,000 pilgrims paid obeisance today at the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice-lingam considered by devotees as a symbol of Lord Shiva, “Today, on the 15th day of the yatra, 9,197 yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave and, cumulatively, since the beginning of the pilgrimage, 1,77,134 yatris had ‘darshan’ at the shrine,” an official spokesman said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kekhrie Yhome files nomination for Northern Angami bypoll

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Academician and social activist Kekhrie Yhome today filed his nomination for the by-election to the Northern Angami I assembly seat. The 41 year old academician turned politician would be contesting the by-election as an Independent candidate against Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) candidate and Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu in the July 29 bypoll. Liezietsu had filed his nomination yesterday. Interacting with media-persons after filing the nomination, Yhome said the remaining eight months for the term is long enough to carry forward many thing desired by the people. Yhome said the people should decide whether it should be the power of money which should win or the voice of the public to be reinstated. On pressures from the village elders not to contest the by-election, he said there were some “political stooges” from the opponent party but it is a democratic right and everybody has a right to contest. On chances of wining, he optimistically said that “it would not be an easy sail but hope to be part of the government for the next eight months. Today was the last date of filing nominations. Scrutiny of nomination will be done tomorrow and the last date of withdrawal of candidature is July 15. Polling will be held across 25 polling stations from 7 am to 4 pm on July 29 while counting of votes will be done on August 3.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Angry over patient’s death, relatives create ruckus in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Angry over the death of an eight- year-old girl today her relatives created ruckus and damaged the property of the ESI hospital here alleging negligence by doctors, police said. According to police, Roshini, a resident of New Ashok Nagar locality in Delhi, was brought to the hospital two days ago. Doctors had given her medicine and sent her back. Today, her condition deteriorated and she was brought to the hospital, where doctors declared her “brought dead”. Hearing about her death, the girl’s relatives alleged negligence by doctors and created ruckus and damaged the hospital property. Sector-24 Police Station incharge Umed Yadav said that the girl’s body was sent for post mortem and an investigation started on complaint of her relatives.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

50 not out: A Gujarati magazine beats the odds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The battle for life has been an ongoing one for newspapers and magazines for years now. While many succumbed, many more are putting up a brave fight. And among the brave ones is ‘Arth Sankalan’, an economics and trade magazine published in Gujarati, which overcame financial and logistical hurdles to complete 50 years in June. Started as a bi-monthly by KG Shukla, who was a professor with the HL College of Commerce, on an investment of Rs 3,000 (pulled out from his own pocket), Sankalan’s first issue was published in June 1967. Sitting behind his desk at home, which doubles up as the office of ‘Sankalan,’ at Parth flats in Ambawadi, managing editor and retired professor SB Vora, who was on board from the start as editor, recalls the earlier days.“Initially, we used to write the address of our subscribers on envelops. Our revenue came from half yearly subscriptions and advertisements from banks and mills. Then banks were centralised and mills shut down. There was no scope to get government ads because that requires a circulation of minimum 2,000 copies. So our ad revenue dried up. The magazine remained ‘ad-free’ for years. Now, we occasionally get ads from well-wishers.”“We managed to become a monthly magazine in 1969. There was financial crisis then, there is financial crisis now. Two years ago, Shukla expired. But, we decided to keep the magazine running,” adds Vora who keeps the show running, along with retired professor Anil Soneji, who had been supporting him as a sub-editor from the beginning. He also managed the tasks of bringing ads and collecting subscription fees from readers. Today, he also goes to the post office to mail the copies to subscribers. It’s not for nothing that the 77-year-old calls himself a clerk at ‘Sankalan.’The magazine’s expenses now are postal charges (they have 600 subscribers), which comes to around Rs 8,000 per year, and printing and paper cost at Rs 18,000 per month. “We get by with the help of friends and well-wishers,” Vora smiles.He feels all the struggles are worth it: “because, today there are a number of Gujarati magazines that carry articles related to finance and trade. This was what we wanted to see. Though profit was not our aim, we are a little disappointed as we haven’t managed to expand our readership.”So, where does the content for the 32-page magazine come from? Contributors, says Vora, who still writes the editorial.“Initially, we used to translate articles that appeared in English publications. Gradually, we found our own contributors,” says Vora, adding they are mostly professors from Saurashtra. “Back then, we used to pay them a token amount, when we still got ads. Today’s contributors write for us free of charge,” Sankalan is still printed from the same press when it started 50 years ago on Ashram road.The birth storyAccording to managing editor SB Vora, during their job interviews, two of KG Shukla’s students, who had graduated with 72 per cent in commerce, could not answer questions related to their subjects in Gujarati. This prompted Shukla to start a vernacular magazine so that people would get to read about economics in Gujarati.‘Sankalan’ at a glance1967 Year of birth 32 Number of pages since the start568 Number of issues till June200 Number of copies printed in the beginning600 Number of copies printed as of June 2017Rs200 Subscription rate for a yearIn 1969, ‘Sankalan’ got a four-member editorial committee – CM Vakil, DT Lakdawala, Vadilal Dagli and Nirubhai Desai. It doesn’t exist anymore as all of them passed away.On its 50th year, Sankalan asked its readers to tell them about the changes they would like to see in the magazine. Footnote: Sankalan has also withstood the internet storm. It does not have a website!

Fourth acid attack on gang-rape survivor, Yogi questions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A gang-rape survivor was allegedly attacked with acid in Uttar Pradesh for the fourth time in eight years, police said today. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, however, expressed doubts over the incident, saying it may have been staged to defame his government, even as opposition parties unleashed a barrage of criticism over the law and order situation in the state. This is the fifth time the 45-year-old has been allegedly targeted. She had been stabbed in 2012. The woman was given security after a previous assault this year and the latest attack took place last night near her hostel in Aliganj area of state capital Lucknow, despite the presence of police to protect her. The victim, who hails from Raebareli, was rushed to a hospital with burn injuries on her face and neck. Her condition was stated to be stable. Less than four months ago, two men allegedly forced acid down her throat on board a train near here — an incident that had created a huge furore. Adityanath had visited her in the hospital and announced assistance of Rs 1 lakh. The police had provided her with security after the alleged attack. Today, talking to a private news channel, the chief minister said the hostel the woman resides in is absolutely safe and no outsider could get in. “Despite all these, how did this incident take place?” he said. “Ye ghatna sachmuch ghatna hai ya fir ghatna ke naam par kuchh log kewal badnaam karne ki sajish rach rahe hain (Has this attack really happened or are some people hatching a conspiracy to defame the state government),” he said. He also said the law is meant to protect but if someone misuses it, action would be taken against them. Police said no FIR has been registered yet and they are awaiting a complaint from the victim’s family. “We are waiting for a complaint to be lodged by the family members of the woman. Police will act on the complaint lodged by them. The husband of the woman could not meet her last night,” ADG Lucknow Abhay Kumar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM gives away helping devices to 18k differently-abled people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today gave away various types of helping devices to over 18,500 differently-abled people here, setting a world record on distribution of helpful gadgets to ‘divyangs.’ Maintaining that his government held a total of 5,500 such camps to help ‘divyangs’ in last three years, the prime minister rued that merely 55 such camps were organised from 1992 to 2013. Setting a world record on distribution of various devices to differently-abled people in the camp at the Race Course ground here and addressing the beneficiaries at Samajik Adhikarita Camp, Modi said only 55 such camps were organised during the 1992-2013. “The department of social justice and empowerment started the distribution of such devices to ‘divyangjans’ in 1992. You will be surprised to know that only 55 such programmes were organised from 1992 till 2013,” said the prime minister, who is on a two-day tour of Gujarat. “In the three years between 2014 and 2017, our government organised 5,500 such programmes. Just compare 55 with 5,500. It clearly shows the compassion with which our government is functioning,” the PM said. Modi said a world record was set in the camp held at the Race Course ground, wherein more than 18,000 ‘divyangjans’ were given the aids and helpful devices. “We are setting new world records. Today, we set a world record of distributing aids and devices to around 18,500 divyangjans at one place. I congratulate the Gujarat government and Rajkot district authorities for that,” the prime minister said. At the function, Modi distributed aids to some beneficiaries by calling them on the stage and interacting with them. Modi said a ‘divyang’ child is the responsibility of the society as well as of the country and not just of the family in which he or she is born. Modi urged the youth to come forward for developing new devices for ‘divyangs’ through their start-up ventures. He stated that his government is for the poor and marginalised.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian youth selected to represent the nation at United Nations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New Delhi India, June 24 (ANI-BusinessWireIndia): The UN Summit of 2015 was indeed a historic one; the world leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, the goals didn?t come into force until 2016. With the aim of achieving these goals, member countries of UN will deploy efforts to put an end to poverty, eliminate inequalities, and curb climate change. Furthermore, the world population is on rise like ever, but a surprising fact is that the youth population is the largest ever as per the stats from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This also means that there?s a lot of potential in today?s youth population to tackle the problems of the world. Today, there are many young leaders, innovators, and pathfinders who are constantly striving to make this world a better place. Though the government is presumed to build a national framework towards the achievement of the global goals, these young leaders and innovators are taking it as their primary responsibility to implement these goals. MohithAgadi, a social media influencer, is one such leader who is committed to this cause. Agadi, the founder of the ?Initiative 17? framework, has been chosen to represent India at the 20th session of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, New York. The fundamental focus of this framework is to encourage and inspire students, academic institutions, and youth to help implement the global goals. Working as a digital marketing consultant, Agadi has been a worldwide proponent for human rights and climate change. ?Empowering women is empowering humanity,? says Agadi. Supported by more than 200K followers on Social media, he has augmented the reach of UN sustainable development goals mission by inspiring youth to act. When asked what inspired him to create Initiative 17, Agadi says he was inspired by the statement given by H.E. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, ?Young people must be empowered with the education, knowledge, skills and opportunity to participate as contributors, innovators, and pacesetters in sustainable development efforts for the betterment of this world.? To support these efforts, Thomson had written to government heads urging them to include the SDGs in the education curricula of all schools, so that youth understands the 2030 Agenda?s raison d’?tre and understand SDGs in the light of both rights and responsibilities. Agadi had also been working toward The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations? (FAO) ?#ZeroHunger? campaign and has been successful in driving huge attention towards the cause of the campaign. His contribution has been appreciated by FAO. Agadi stresses how the youth all over the globe need to take prompt constructive measures to reverse the damage that has been done to the environment. ?One must leave an inheritance to their next generation in form of safer environment,? says Agadi. His Initiative 17 gives a way to the young leaders, students, and innovators to voice their concerns regarding environment, suggest solutions for sustainable development, and seek support while bringing about a change in their communities concurrently. ?Initiative 17 online campaign has been a huge success with more than 125K youth engaged on social media from across the world. We are now working on a framework to appeal to youth, especially students who can voluntarily add to their curriculum at least one sustainable development goal,? said Agadi. Every year the Youth Assembly at the United Nations is organized to stimulate and encourage youth participation in building a sustainable future that includes everyone and leaves no one behind. The conference will be held from 9th ? 12th August, 2017. The three Permanent Missions to UN have been chosen to co-organize the conference as Youth Assembly?s lead endorsers ? Republic of Kenya, Portugal, and Sri Lanka. This edition of the conference will focus on creating sustainable solutions for social, economic, and environmental facets of today?s world. (ANI-BusinessWireIndia) Ends KS NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GJM leadership to resign from GTA on Friday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a bid to step up their stir for a separate state in the Darjeeling Hills, the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha leaders have to quit the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) on Friday. “Today we have decided to resign from the GTA. The resignations will be submitted to the principal secretary of GTA,” GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told PTI. The GJM supremo Bimal Gurung, who is in hiding, will also put in his papers. He said the GTA has been turned into a “farce” by the West Bengal government and the GJM and the people of the hills will fight for the single agenda of a separate Gorkhaland.The GJM’s decision to resign from GTA comes two days after the all party meeting in the hills where it was decided that the party will withdraw from the tripartite GTA Accord. In the June 20 meeting all the 14 influential political parties and public organisations of the hills had unanimously declared their support to the longstanding demand for a separate Gorkhaland state in north Bengal.The GJM is spearheading the agitation for a separate state and its indefinite shutdown, which has paralysed hit the normal life in the hills, entered its eighth day today. The GJM has been ruling GTA since 2012 and its five-year term is set to expire this year.

Odisha CM ask collectors to act as agents of change

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked district collectors to act as agents of change to improve public service delivery and governance by using ‘3Ts’ – teamwork, transparency and technology. “I expect all the collectors to act as agents of change for the betterment of the government’s public service delivery mechanism where people are at the centre of governance,” Patnaik said while inaugurating a 3-day collectors workshop here. “Encouraging team spirit, ensuring transparency and effectively using technology to provide last mile delivery of services to people shall be the focus of our administration,” the chief minister said. He also emphasised that collectors are at the cutting edge of delivery of all pro-people initiatives. Stating that feedback from people would also be obtained for improving service delivery, Patnaik said a web portal for collecting feedback from citizens has also been developed. Inputs from people would be received till June 30 and the outcome of this workshop coupled with constructive suggestions from citizens would be duly considered for improving our reach to the people, he said. Patnaik listed rural housing, water supply, paddy procurement, schemes related to farmers, facilities for students, municipal services, youth and skill development, implementation of the Forest Rights Act and welfare schemes for construction workers as the pro-people initiatives of the government. Other measures are public service delivery under the Odisha Right to Public Services Act and improvement of government hospitals and health services, he said. “I will be reviewing the performance of all the collectors regarding improvement in public service delivery through use of 3Ts on a regular basis,” the CM said. While giving suggestions the officials should look from the point of view of the people as to how their lives could be improved with government interventions, Patnaik said. “Today you wear two hats, you are the person who has expectations from the government and you are also the government from whom people have lot of expectations,” the chief minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man who overcame British, snakes of communal poison was more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mahatma Gandhi was a man who overcame “British lion” and “snakes of communal poison” in the country making him more than a “chatur baniya”, his grandson Rajmohan Gandhi said today. Gandhi, who is currently in the United States, said Mahatma’s aim today would have been different than that of BJP President Amit Shah, who had yesterday referred to him as a “chatur baniya” (a clever Baniya – the trading caste) while addressing a gathering in Raipur. “The man who overcame the British lion and snakes of communal poison in India was more than a chatur bania. Today — unlike men like Amit Shah — he would aim to defeat the forces that hunt the innocent and the vulnerable,” Gandhi, a biographer and a research professor at University of Illinois, US, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Indian culture has soft power to make it influential leader’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has warned against remaking India in a way that undermines its soft power, saying this quality of Indian culture has the potential to make the country truly an “influential” leader in the 21st century. Speaking at a gathering here, Tharoor, 61, said India has to solve its “internal problems” like terrorism and poverty first before it can aspire to play the role of leadership in the world. He said there were aspects of Indian society and culture that the world found more attractive than just government initiative. “Today those aspects may not directly persuade them about India, but they go a long way to enhance India’s standing in the world,” he said in his key note address at the ‘Cultural Diplomacy Forum on India,’ organised by the Meridian International Forum, yesterday. Tharoor said India is a civilisation which has offered refuge to cultural and religious freedoms to Jews, Parses, Christens and Muslims. “We have to solve our internal problems – that’s our problem, not yours – before we can truly aspire to play the role of leadership in the world. We are in the process of doing precisely that. We want to conquer the challenge of development. Not just jihadi terrorism but the problem of hunger and poverty is also part of our problem,” Tharoor said. “Do not try to remake India in a way that undermines your soft power,” he said. Without mentioning any events, Tharoor called for ensuring freedom of press and its thriving. “Because our civilisational ethos has been the immeasurable asset for our country and it is bipolar. We do not allow spectre of religious intolerance and political opportunism to undermine our soft power in the 21st century,” he said. “I think, this country with all these qualities inherited from millennia of living as an example of this sort of culture has the soft power that would truly make it the influential leader in the 21st century,” Tharoor said. Noting that India’s soft power has a claim to the world, Tharoor said India is a country in which all major religions Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Sikhism co-exists. “In this increasingly globalised world where there is so much of backlash against immigration, India of such diversity of caste, religion, language and others rally around the democratic value of consensus. Acceptance rather than tolerance is the Indian secret. And I think that has been the strength of India’s soft power,” Tharoor said. “That’s why we’re stronger in 21st century world. As a society, we have celebrated our diversity, our pluralism, our democracy, our freedom in a way that we imply to take them for granted. “Some recent trends have unfortunately given free rein to others which have promoted attitude of bigotry and intolerance that should have no place in the narrative. That is also inescapable part, sadly of today’s Indian reality,” Tharoor rued. He said the whole question of identifying India into one particular religion and religious faith flies in the face of its own vibrant culture. “I think, it is not just the breadth but the depth of this cultural heritage that India’s soft power lies. “The fact that we are a land of such rich diversities and one that does not impose narrow conformities…The whole thing about Indian that you can be many things and being one thing is an important lesson in a world in which we are all trying to grapple how to manage diversity,” he said. Tharoor said it was important to resist the attempts that undermine the qualities of Indian culture. “Resist them not in purely political bipartisan spirit but rather as proud Indians because we are conscious of what we are proud of in our civilisation. We are conscious of the qualities which are so attractive about our culture, that give us soft power in the world,” he said. “We do not want those qualities undermined by recklessly, irresponsible often semi-educated people who have been given a free hand by those in power,” Tharoor said, adding that China and Russia have already realised that.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sisodia inspects 6 anganwadis, finds irregularities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today directed to terminate the services of six officials of three anganwadi centres in east Delhi after he found “gross irregularities” during an inspection there. He also ordered the Delhi government officials to carry out inspection of the city’s 10,000 anganwadi centres and made an appeal to people to register their complain with the government if they come across any irregularities at such centres in their localities. “Today I inspected six of anganwadi centres in East Delhi’s Krishna Nagar and Gandhi Nagar area and found gross irregularities at three of the centres. “At these anganwadis, 75 per cent of children’s names in attendance registers turned out to be bogus when I physically visited 200 of registered residences,” Sisodia told a press conference. He also holds the women and child development portfolio. The deputy chief minister said that in May, children’s fake attendance were marked in the registers at three centres and they were getting all facilities only on papers. According to Sisodia, he has ordered to terminate the services of six officials including heads and their helpers at these anganwadi centres. I have ordered inspection of all 10,000 anganwadi centres in the city and senior officers will also pay visit every week to ensure that every things are in place, Sisodia said, adding that once the inspection is completed, he will himself check all the records. “This (AAP) government is very serious about children issues. Government spends Rs 400 crore on anganwadi which is the base of country, and whoever tries to hit this base, strict action will be taken,” the deputy CM said. Making an appeal to people to help the government to check “irregularities” at anganwadi, Sisodia said that they should come forward and complain if they see any wrongdoing at these centres.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Oppn prez nominee to be one with firm secular credential:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Impeccable secular credentials and total commitment to the Constitution will the basic criteria for choosing the joint opposition candidate for the presidential election, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said today. Declining to give any clue about the possible nominee for the highest office, Yechury said the opposition would prefer to wait till the NDA announced its candidate, adding declaring the opposition’s nominee at this juncture would mean putting his or her political life at “risk”. “During our luncheon meeting with (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi, we have decided on two things. First, the candidate should have impeccable secular credentials and second, the person should be able to take decisions in accordance with the Constitution,” Yechury told reporters here. Asked if the opposition parties have reached a consensus on the probable nominee, he said, “There are some candidates we are thinking about but we cannot name them until they (the NDA) name their candidate. You know what happened to L K Advani. Naming a candidate now would mean risking that person’s political future.” About the farmers agitation in Maharashtra, he said there was an “agrarian crisis” across the nation. “Today the non-performing assets of banks stand at around Rs 11,000 crore. Thousands of crore of rupees taken as loan by a handful of people are being waived by the government. When farmers demand a rightful loan waiver, they (the government) say they do not have the money,” he said. Asked about the ban on sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, the CPI(M) leader said it would render thousands of people jobless. “Save cows but do not butcher Muslims and Dalits for animals. Today around 2.5 million are employed in the meat and leather industry. All of them will be ruined by the Centre’s notification on cattle ban,” he said. While the BJP is busy celebrating three years of its government in office, not a single step has been taken towards fulfilling its election promises, the CPI(M) leader said. “The BJP promised employment to 2 crore people a year, but people are losing employment. Services and the IT sector are in a mess with the biggest lay offs happening there. Farmers were promised 1.5 times as MSP of their input costs, and on the contrary, procurement has stopped and import duty on goods has been made zero,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two lakh villages in country are open defecation free: Tomar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar today said two lakh villages across the country have become open defecation free so far. “In 2014, there were 44 per cent toilets available in the country. Today, this number has gone up to 64 per cent. While we aim to make the country open defecation free by 2019, two lakh villages have become open defecation free so far,” the rural development minister said. He was speaking at Y B Chavan centre here on the occasion of launch of a nationwide campaign ‘Darwaza Band’ which is aimed at promoting use of toilets and discouraging open air defecation. “Today we praise foreign nations for their cleanliness. After 2019, foreigners who come here should praise our cleanliness. That should be the kind of work we should do,” the minister said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was also present at the event, said all districts in Maharashtra are working speedily towards achieving an open defecation free status. “In the last one year, 19 lakh toilets were constructed (in the state). I assure you that among big states, Maharashtra will be the first to become open defecation free,” he said. Cleanliness has increased by 35 per cent in Maharashtra where 16,000 villages have become open defecation free, which amounts to 18 per cent of total villages across the nation, the chief minister said. “200 out of 250 cities have achieved an open defecation free status. While all cities in the state will become open defecation free by 2017 end, entire Maharashtra will be free of open defecation 2018,” he said. Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is leading the ‘Darwaza Band’ campaign, said he was fortunate to be a part of it. “If my face and voice can be used to inculcate a sense of cleanliness among the masses, I will be most happy. People who defecate in the open should use toilets,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Denied entry to town, Rahul meets clash victims at Saharanpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahul Gandhi today met the victims of Saharanpur caste clashes and their family members at the district’s border after authorities denied him permission to visit the violence-hit area. Congress leader P L Punia, who accompanied Gandhi during the visit, said the party vice president promised the victims that he will work for ensuring justice to them. “The administration tried to stop me on the UP border but I walked to Shahjahanpur Chauki, Saharanpur, where I met the families of the victims,” Gandhi said in a tweet. “Today there is no place for the poor or the weak in India. The Dalits are being crushed, being pressed – not only in UP but in entire India,” he added. Gandhi also appealed to the administration to get an impartial probe done into the cases of violence and take steps for peace and brotherhood, Punia told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India has emerged a global power under Modi: Chouhan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership has helped India enter the top echelons of the global order, as he congratulated him on the NDA government completing three years at the Centre. Noting that Modi has built a prosperous and strong nation through his “honest, far-sighted, courageous and revolutionary decisions”, Chouhan said the evolution of India as a brand has witnessed a huge jump overall in the last three years. “For the first time, the country has got such a Prime Minister who is turning our diversities, once considered as our weakness, into our strength,” he said in a blog on the occasion. “Today is a day of pride for us. Today we have completed three successful years under the leadership of our country’s Prime Minister. I am calling this day a day of pride because three years back, when the public had entrusted the country’s leadership in the hands of Modiji, there were many dreams in the eyes of the people. Today, the government is moving ahead to make those dreams come true. Modiji has displayed much more by fulfilling the faith people had shown in him,” Chouhan said. With his effort, a reliable ‘Brand India’ has been established in the world, he said. “India has emerged as a power in the world. Modi government has formed an image of a reliable and strong government. Modi government had taken the reins of the country with a feeling of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ and today, the government has made better schemes for empowerment of all categories in the country and also successfully implemented them,” Chouhan said. In a short span of three years, the PM has successfully acquired a status for India as the world’s fastest growing and third largest economy. All economic agencies of the world are surprised at India’s development. “IMF has estimated India’s economic development rate for this financial year as 7.2 per cent and 7.7 per cent or more in the coming years. World Bank has also said that India’s development rate can be between 7.6 and 7.8 per cent. India has also jumped 16 places in the Global Competitiveness Index issued by the World Economic Forum,” Chouhan said. “According to Brand Finance (valuation consultancy), India is the world’s seventh most valued nation. India has achieved a significant rise of 32 per cent in Nation Brand Value. “While the brand value of China, Germany and Canada has been negative, India is far ahead in growth. There is a decline in inflation rate based on Wholesale Price Index,” he said. “In the Global FDI Confidence Index, India has reached such a good situation that investors have said that India’s image is progressive and worth showing faith,” it said. The PM has established India as a country that provides international leadership. “This month i.e in May 2017, India has gifted its neighbouring countries by launching the South Asia Satellite ‘GSAT-9’ for SAARC countries. Through this gift, Modiji has expressed his feeling of ‘Sabka Saath – Sabka Vikas’ at the international level,” he said. “This will facilitate participant countries with a safe hotline which will be helpful in managing calamities like earthquake, floods, cyclone and Tsunami. Indians residing in foreign countries today can take pride in being an Indian,” Chouhan said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak guns fall silent along LoC after 8 days of shelling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The guns fell silent today in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district after eight days of shelling and firing by Pakistani troops along the LoC from where 2,200 people had to be evacuated. Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing and shelling for for eight consecutive days from May 10 till yesterday on forward posts and civilian areas along the international border in Jammu and Rajouri districts and along the Line of Control in Rajouri from May 13-17. “There was no firing or shelling reported anywhere from LoC areas in Rajouri district. Today peace prevailed along the border with Pakistan after several days of firing and shelling,” Deputy Commissioner of Rajouri Shahid Iqbal Choudhary told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chaos, confusion reigned supreme during 3-yr NDA regime: Sena

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Picking holes in the performance of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, the Shiv Sena today said last three years have been riddled with chaos and confusion, and holding any celebrations would mean indifference towards anguish of people, farmer deaths and soldiers’ sacrifice. “People are in anguish, farmers are committing suicide and soldiers are sacrificing their lives. If somebody wants to celebrate (three years in power) even now, it would mean they are indifferent towards these issues,” Shiv Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. It said that crores would be spent from the government coffers on holding celebrations across the nation and called for an analysis on how much money has the present government spent on work and how much on advertisements. “Thousands of crores have been spent on ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’. Has the nation become clean? A costly programme has been started to clean up Ganga river. Is Ganga becoming clean or are government coffers becoming empty?,” it questioned. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party said the NDA was voted to power based on its promises of ushering in ‘Acche Din’, bringing back black money and depositing Rs 15 lakh in every Indian citizen’s account but nothing of that sort has happened yet. “On the contrary, people were left stunned with the demonetisation move which made them overlook problems like corruption, black money and inflation,” it said. “They (the BJP) promised swift action against Pakistan after coming to power, but jawans are being killed and butchered every day, while the government keeps issuing warnings. Naxalites have created havoc,” it said. “Was Modi government voted to power to keep giving hollow warnings? Today, there is an atmosphere of utter chaos and confusion. Unemployment is growing and value of rupee is decreasing,” the Sena said. It said while the stock markets are soaring, farmers’ lives have come crashing down, as they are forced to burn their tur dal and throw away their onion produce. The Sena said it had also happily celebrated the victory of NDA three years ago, but today it is sad to see farmers, soldiers and people dying a painful death.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Social entrepreneurs to benefit from Swachh Bharat: Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said social entrepreneurs can benefit from Swachh Bharat programme as it has huge business element, while stressing on the need to convert waste into wealth. A large number of youth, in the role of social entrepreneurs, are coming forward to partake in Swachh Bharat, he said. The Swachh Bharat mission provides opportunities for a large number of social entrepreneurs to emerge, Modi said. “Waste to wealth is a belief that is gaining momentum. Lot of social entrepreneurship is being devoted towards this,” Modi said while speaking at the commemoration of 90 years of Essel Group here. The prime minister further said, “If we consider waste as waste, then we have lost our precious possession.” He said there is a crisis of natural resources shortage and it can be tackled in a scientific manner with proper management and judicious usage. The prime minister also said entrepreneurship has been inherent part of Indian system that has been passed on from one generation to another. Modi highlighted the importance of family values in India, saying it is the biggest gift to the world. “Today, even in the most advanced countries, revival of family values have become a part of election manifesto,” the prime minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Exam results | 92.1 pass percentage in Higher Secondary Examinations in TN

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Girls continued to outshine boys in the 2017 Higher Secondary Examinations in Tamil Nadu, the results for which were announced on Friday.The overall pass percentage stood at 92.1%. A total of 8,93,262 students had appeared for the exams held in March this year. One transgender student also cleared the exams.Incidentally, from this year onwards the state government had decided to do away with the ranking system to spare students of ‘stress.’Today, the names of the top three rank-holders at the state level as well as in the districts were not revealed, a pratice already put in place by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).Continuing with the trend, more girls came out in flying colours than boys this year also.
ALSO READ Kseeb.kar.nic.in KSEEB SSLC Results 2017: Karresults.nic.in Karnataka Board 10th SSLC Results 2017, KSEEB Class 10th X exam results 2017 to be declared shortlyAccording to data released by the government, girls recorded a 94.5 pass percentage while that of the boys stood at 89.3 per cent.A total of 8,301 students scored centum in Commerce while 3,656 students achieved the feat in Mathematics.

Bhagwant Mann hits back at Ghuggi for questioning his selection as AAP Punjab unit chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bhagwant Mann today hit back at Gurpreet Singh Waraich ‘Ghuggi’ for questioning the process of appointment of the former as the chief of the AAP’s Punjab unit asking him whether the procedure was right when he was made the party’s state convener.Ghuggi, the former convener of the AAP’s Punjab unit today resigned from the party’s primary membership and termed the process under which Mann was appointed the party’s state chief a “farce”. Hitting back at Ghuggi, the newly appointed chief of the AAP’s state unit said, “He was made the party’s state convener within two months of joining. At that time, selection process was right? Now he raises question about it.” “I did not expect him to raise question about the selection process when the party has given him so much,” Mann said.”Today, he says, H S Phoolka or Sukhpal Khaira should have been made the state unit chief instead of me. When he was made the state convener of the AAP, then why did he not propose the names of Phoolka or Khaira. Why he is raising this issue now,” he asked. “Ghuggi joined the party when it was at the peak and he left it when the party lost the polls,” the Sangrur MP said.Mann said he had supported Ghuggi after he was made the state convener. “He (Ghuggi) had even sought to contest Batala assembly. Despite being a star campaigner for the party, he did not hold any rally outside of his constituency. I held three rallies in his favour in his constituency,” he said. “In organisations, positions keep changing. One needs to have patience,” the newly-appointed AAP’s Punjab unit chief said, adding he has no greed for any post in the party.”Even today, I am ready to perform the job of pasting the party’s posters on walls,” he said. Asked whether the party will suffer any setback because of Ghuggi’s resignation, Mann said, “Parties are above individuals. Yogendra Yadav, Parshant Bhushan left the AAP. But the party stayed.””If you have come with any greed, then you will not stay long in the party. Today, you are raising question over the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal. Why did he (Ghuggi) not resign earlier,” he asked. Taking a dig at the alleged drinking habit of the Sangrur MP, Ghuggi had said if the AAP really wanted to give him the responsibility of the state unit, then it could have waited for at least three months to ensure that he quits drinking. Ghuggi’s resignation came barely two days after the party appointed Mann as the new state chief of the AAP in a meeting, chaired by Kejriwal, in Delhi.(

Nearly 3,000 Kashmiris turn up for police recruitment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A recruitment drive by the police in Kashmir today evoked an “overwhelming response”, with nearly 3,000 young men and women turning up for it, a spokesman of the force said. “The youth in Kashmir are showing overwhelming response to the ongoing Jammu and Kashmir Police recruitment process,” the spokesman said. “Today, the recruitment rallies were held in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and north Kashmir’s Bandipora district where hundreds of young men and women thronged the recruitment venues,” he added. On the first day of the rally, 1674 candidates participated in Anantnag, while 1295 turned up in Bandipora, the spokesman said adding the recruitment rallies will continue in Bandipora tomorrow and for next three days in Anantnag. The significant turnout for police recruitment assumes significance as only today militants killed a young Kashmiri army officer in an apparent attempt to dissuade the locals from joining the forces. “The candidates who qualified the physical test today will have to appear in the written examination for the final selection,” the spokesman said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not all students pelt stones, CM says; Kids clash with forces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As school students clashed with security forces in Pulwama district today, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti stressed that not every young Kashmiri was a stone pelter. Kashmir once again stood at the crossroads, she said, but added peace would return to the troubled valley which has been seeing protests, mostly by students, over the last two months. “There are some who pelt stones, but not all the youth from Kashmir do so,” she said, urging the national media not to highlight discussions that “developed hatred” against the people of the state. Kashmiri students were “angry and disillusioned”, she told reporters at a brief interaction at the opening of the Civil Secretariat here, referring to the ongoing protests. In Pulwama, the anger was visible as school students marched against what they described as police highhandedness, clashing with security forces. Police said the students threw stones at the security personnel, who baton charged them. The students were demanding action against security personnel who had allegedly roughed students up during the ongoing protests and demanded the release of those who had been arrested. The chief minister believed that some students were being “provoked”. “Some are being provoked. I think we should all work together to resolve this situation,” she said. The situation was “serious”, she added. “But I do not think it is something which cannot be resolved,” she added. Kashmir, the CM said, had seen far worse. “Since 1947, there have been many occasions when J-K has gone through bad times. Today we are again at the crossroads,” she said. The movement for a plebiscite for the status of Kashmir in the 1950s carried on for 22 years, she pointed out, but the leadership understood that the issue could not be resolved through violence. “The Indira-Sheikh accord happened. Then the situation turned grim again after 1990. Sometimes militancy increased and sometimes it decreased,” she said. The chief minister held that Jammu and Kashmir was the “soul” of India, and urged the people of the state to claim India as their own. “When there is J-K, there is India. The people of J-K not only have a right over J-K, but on each part of the country and they should assert it,” she said. Mufti noted that the state’s youth had been excelling in national-level examinations and in sports. “They have so much potential that they can prove themselves anywhere in the country,” she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Arguments on so-called privacy are ‘bogus’: Centre defends move to make Aadhaar mandatory for PAN Card

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government today asserted in the Supreme Court that Aadhaar was made mandatory for PAN card to weed out fake PAN cards which were used for terror financing and circulation of blackmoney, while terming the concerns over privacy as “bogus”. The idea behind bringing Aadhaar was to have a “secure and robust system” to ensure that the identity of a person cannot be faked, it said. “Today, you have blackmoney which is being used in drug financing and terror financing. So it was decided to bring in a more robust system by which identity of a person cannot be faked,” Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan.The top law officer, who was opposing the challenge to making Aadhaar mandatory for PAN card, said out of 29 crore permanent account number (PAN) in India, 10 lakh cards have been cancelled as it was found that there were multiplicity of PAN and a person had more than one PAN card which were being used for “unscrupulous” activity causing a loss to the exchequer.He said that 113.7 crore Aadhaar card have been issued in the country till date and the government has not found any case of duplication as the biometric system of finger prints and iris scan, which was used in Aadhaar, was the only known technology in the world which is “fool-proof”. Countering the petitioners’ objections, Rohatgi also said their “arguments on so-called privacy and bodily intrusion is bogus”. The apex court was hearing three petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act which was introduced through the latest budget and the Finance Act 2017. Section 139AA provides for mandatory quoting of Aadhaar or enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form for filing of income tax returns and making application for allotment of PAN number with effect from July 1 this year.The Attorney General claimed that due to Aadhaar, the Centre has saved over Rs 50,000 crore on the benefit schemes for the poor as well as pension schemes as it has helped in ensuring that the funds from government-run welfare schemes reached the persons who were entitled for it.Rohatgi said that the biometric information of Aadhaar was in an encrypted format and stored in the central database of the government and it cannot be given to or accessed by anybody except in criminal cases where the court demands it.”It (Aadhaar) is an effective tool to check terror financing and blackmoney. It ensures that money meant for poor people reaches them…The idea is that burden on honest people who pay tax should not be made unbearable for them,” he said.Referring to how Aadhaar came into existence, Rohatgi said in 2009-2010, it was felt by the government that a huge amount of money meant for benefit of poorer sections was not reaching them.”We have saved more than Rs 50,000 crore on benefits going to the poor and in pension schemes due to Aadhaar,” he said, adding, “rules have been made to ensure the identity of tax payers and stop terror financing and blackmoney.”Regarding section 139AA of the IT Act, the Attorney General said that challenge to a provision can be only on two grounds — legislative competence or whether it is contrary to the Constitution.”The Income Tax Act, by its very nature, is coercive so it cannot be violative of Article 19,” he said, adding that “Parliament is the best judge of the people. It decides what should be the taxation and what should be the punishment for an offence.””Taxation is required. The IT Act is coercive in nature as people have to pay taxes. The taxes collected are used for the benefit of people and for betterment of society,” he said. He said that section 139A, which came in 1975, has not been challenged and it had come into existence with a purpose to provide a unique identity for the persons who pay taxes. Rohatgi said it was done for orderly collection of tax and to ascertain the taxpayers’ identity.He said that even for registration of property, one needs to give his fingerprints and same was the situation when someone went to make a driving licence or passport. “Today, the only difference is that the photograph and fingerprints are not on paper but in an electronic medium,” he said, while asking “what is the bodily intrusion, which the petitioners have argued, I want to know”. Countering the petitioner’s arguments, the Attorney General said “nobody can live in a vaccuum as there is social contract as well. When the state is providing some facility, it is entitled to have your identity.””Can the petitioners today say that they do not have any mobile phone, credit card, driving licence, passport or other identification and they live in the Himalayas,” he said. “The arguments on so-called privacy and bodily intrusion is bogus,” he said, adding, “one cannot have an absolute right over his or her body”. He said that the law was very clear and if the government cannot give benefit of an scheme to everybody, that does not mean that it cannot start a beneficial scheme To this, the bench, which would continue hearing arguments in the matter tomorrow, said, “Here, it is not about social welfare scheme. It is about income tax.” During the arguments, the Attorney General said that “We have found multiple PAN cards but not multiple Aadhaar. Out of 113.7 crore Aadhaar, we have not found that one person is having more than one Aadhaar card.” He also said that India has signed an agreement, Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, with USA and if we do not have an robust system in place, information can be compromised. “There are international obligations also,” he said. Dealing with the arguments advanced by the petitioner’s that they do not want to part away with their body, Rohatgi said, “you may say that you want to be forgotten but state do not want to forget you”. He said, “there can not be any ban the Parliament and it has the supreme power of legislation.” “We are proceeding on a premise that Aadhaar is voluntary but the language of the Act says something different. The requirement is either you have it or if you do not have it, you go an apply for it. Proviso can not be bigger than the main section which says it has to be mandatory,” he said.Rohatgi said that issue of interim orders passed by the apex court cannot be a ground to assail a parliamentary legislation and there was no ban on Parliament to enact section 139AA. He said the section only says that if you pay tax, the government want Aadhaar details.”People want identification and they cannot say that Aadhaar is an demon. You cannot have a myopic kind of challenge that I do not want this. At the end of the day, we want an orderly society. If one want to pay tax, he has to comply with the rules,” he said.Senior advocates Shyam Divan and Arvind Datar, who were representing the petitioners, had earlier argued that section 139AA was unconstitutional and it was in “direct collision” with the Aadhaar Act.Divan had contended that there was no question of forcing a person to give his consent for Aadhaar and this was an issue which “alters the relationship of Republic of India with its citizens”.The petitioners have also argued that a law abiding tax payer cannot be forced to give his Aadhaar while filing income tax return and this was like an “electronic leash” as government would keep a tab on its citizens.The apex court had earlier put a poser as to why there was no objection from lawmakers on the government’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for making PAN cards. The Attorney General had also clarified that nowhere in section 139AA of IT Act, was it mentioned that it would be effective with retrospective effect. The government had earlier told the apex court that fake PAN cards were being used to “divert funds” to shell companies.

Gujarat BJP MP alleges woman-led gang filmed him in objectionable way, demands Rs 5 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Lok Sabha MP from Gujarat has lodged a complained with Delhi police alleging that he was drugged and filmed in an objectionable position by a gang led by the woman.KC Patel, MP from Valsad has claimed that a woman-led gang took him to a house in Ghaziabad, spiked his drink and then filmed him in an objectionable manner, reported India Today.He has also alleged that the gang has been blackmailing him threatening to make the video clips viral if not paid Rs five crore.”These are all false allegations, I have full faith in law; will cooperate in the investigation,” said KC Patel.The Delhi Police has launched a massive manhunt to track the gang that is involved in extortion.Another report in Times of India said that the woman has also threatened to implicate the MP in a rape case.”We have found that her modus operandi is to approach parliamentarians on pretext of seeking help and then befriend them by her smooth talk,” investigating officer said.A special team has been formed to crack the case and it may be transferred to the crime branch or special cell, if required. Police are treating the case as top priority and arrests are likely soon, special commissioner Mukesh Meena told the daily.

Army says it will kill militants but has no intent to harm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The army will have to kill militants and will do so but there is no intent to harm civilians, a top commander said today and sought cooperation of the people in restoring peace in Kashmir where the situation is “grim”. Lt General J S Sandhu, Commander of Srinagar-based Corps which looks after security of the Kashmir valley, expressed concern over the number of videos of militants being circulated on the social media and the rise in militancy- related incidents in the valley. He said the situation in Kashmir was “grim” but the valley has to be taken out of such a situation towards peace and prosperity. “It is a matter of concern, but I want to assure you that for the last few months, we have been taking action against the militants to a great deal and we will continue doing so… We will continue action against the militants here,” he said while talking to reporters at the end of a two-day youth festival ‘Jashn-e-Baramulla’, “We have to kill militants and we will kill militants only. We should not need to kill anyone else. Basically, our intent is that,” Lt Gen Sandhu said. He did not elaborate but was apparently referring to the situations when the army is forced to act against mobs of stone-pelters who assemble at the encounter sites to disrupt operations by the forces against militants. This kind of trend has been increasing. Lt Gen Sandhu referred to last Saturday when the army killed two militants in Hayatpora near Budgam and asserted, “Such operations will continue.” Asking the people of Kashmir to cooperate with the army, he said the intent of the force is not to harm the civilians. “Only yesterday, in the Unified Headquarters meeting, we discussed this (not harming civilians during anti-militancy operations). Our intent is also that people should cooperate,” he said. Expressing happiness over the ‘Jashn-e-Baramulla’ festival in which Kashmiri youth participated in large numbers, the army commander said it was a ray of hope as it “gives us a sense that people here want peace” and “want their lives to be better”. He said the army has to take along youth of the valley as they are the future of the nation. “Today, Kashmir is going through grim situation and we have to take Kashmir out of this situation, towards happiness and prosperity. But, I think, that is not up to us. That is in the hands of the people of Kashmir, Lt Gen Sandhu said. To a question by a reporter, he said, “It is absolutely right, 100 per cent, that we have to take the youth along and work with them because youth is the future of a nation. If we cannot ensure better future of the youth, then the nation will not progress, he said. Our endeavour is to take a step. When others cooperate with us, such steps increase. But if there are hurdles in front of those steps, then there are difficulties. “But, I want to assure you that the government forces, security forces and people, all want peace and we are all trying to restore that peace,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hyderabad man dies after being set ablaze in Riyadh, kin seeks govt intervention

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a brutal incident, a man hailing from Hyderabad succumbed to burn injuries in Saudi Arabia?s Riyadh after being allegedly set blaze. Abdul Qader, who was working in Riyadh, was allegedly set on fire following dispute with a family member of his employer. Qader was set ablaze on March 30 and was undergoing treatment in a hospital. Shabana Begum, the sister of the deceased, said that Qader, who went to Riyadh in November 2015, was not happy with his job and was also planning to return. ?Last on March 28, my elder brother spoke to Qader he said he was not receiving any salary from his employer. He also said that he is not happy there and wants to return to India as soon as possible. Few days back we got to know that my brother has been set on fire on March 30, 2017, and he had been shifted to the hospital with 75 percent burn injuries. Today we got to know that he has died undergoing treatment,? Begum told ANI. She further sought the Central Government?s intervention and requested for necessary action in the matter. Meanwhile, Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) spokesperson Amjadullah Khan said that the Indian embassy has not been informed about the incident. ?Few days back I tweeted the Indian embassy in Riyadh… Today they tweeted me that the person died on March 18 and was admitted in the Abdul Aziz Hospital with 75 percent burn injuries after an altercation with some male members of his lady employer,? Khan said. Demanding the Centre?s intervention, Khan said the matter is still under investigation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kashmiri researcher at BITS Pilani alleges threat, leaves

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 27-year-old Kashmiri researcher at the premier BITS Pilani in Rajasthan has left for home after alleging that he was threatened by some unidentified persons, barely three weeks after joining the institute. Hashim Sofi, who hails from Bandipora district of Kashmir, had told the hostel’s chief warden that on Friday morning, he had found the door of his room and his clothes inked with threats and abuses, an official of the institute said. Following the incident, BITS Pilani administration has ordered a probe. “The student had met the chief warden… Today, we learnt that the research scholar was not in his room and left without informing the project investigator and institute authorities. “The institute has taken serious note of the matter and has asked standing committee on student affairs to investigate the matter and submit a report swiftly,” media coordinator of the institute, Giridhar Kunkur said. Sofi had joined as a Junior Research Fellow in pharmacy, science and engineering research board (SERB).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Exit polls predict sweep for BJP in Delhi, AAP staring at rout

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP could be headed for a landslide victory in the Delhi municipal polls with two exit polls predicting the party finishing way ahead of the AAP and the Congress with over 200 of the 270 wards where polling was held today. Going by the projected figures, the AAP could well be staring at a rout on its home turf, barely two years into its rise to power bagging a staggering 67 of the 70 Assembly seats, while the Congress’ attempt to regain ground may come a cropper. According to the India Today-Axis exit poll, the BJP may bag anything between 202 and 220 seats, while the AAP and the Congress will score something around 23-35 and 19-31 respectively. The CVoter-ABP exit poll claimed the BJP was likely to sweep Delhi with 218 seats, limiting the AAP and the Congress to 24 and 22 seats respectively. Polling was held in 270 wards of the three municipal corporations. The election to two wards has been postponed due to the death of candidates.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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