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NHM recruitment in UP: Candidates find glaring discrepancies in written exam result

Glaring discrepancies have been found in the results declared for recruitment of about 4700 nurses and other staff under the National Health Mission (NHM) in Uttar Pradesh.In the results declared on December 22 for the written test, those who got 64 out of 90 marks were declared failed while those who obtained 3 and 8 marks were declared passed. The results went viral on social media indicating towards a possible scam in the recruitment process. Also readUnnao: Cataract surgery on 32 patients done under torchlight; CMO suspendedThose who failed to clear the test even after obtaining good marks have decided to file a lodge a complaint with the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and also take legal recourse. They have demanded results to be withheld and written exam copies to be re-evaluated. The written exam for about 4688 contractual posts of Staff Nurse, ANM, PRO, Lab Technicians etc was held on November 5 2017 all over the state. The results for the same were declared on December 22. But after detection of irregularities, candidates are now raising questions over the evaluation of examination copies. The Principal Secretary Health Prashant Trivedi has assured to look into the anomalies brought to his knowledge. “I have issued directions to check results again,” said Trivedi. Trivedi said that written exam was only a part of the selection process and only those who have cleared the interviews and other technical processes will be selected for the NHM. “The final result and selection process are yet to be completed,” he clarified. “Only those candidates would be selected who cleared all the selection criterion. We will ensure that no bogus candidates gets job under the current NHM recruitment drive to fulfil existing vacancies,” he added.

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Yashwant Sinha calls off protest after Maha CM’s intervention, earns major concessions for farmers

Veteran BJP leader and former Union Finance minister Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday evening called off his three day agitation after the Maharashtra government’s assurance to address issues faced by farmers from the Vidarbha region. Sinha, who was detained and released by Akola police on Monday, was camping at the police ground along with farmers to protest against the state government’s apathy towards farmers. He had threatened to go on hunger strike but the state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis this morning spoke to Sinha over phone and appealed him to withdraw his stir.Fadnavis assured Sinha that the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) will buy all agriculture produce from farmers and there won’t be any restriction. Further, farmers, who have already sold their agriculture produce below the Minimum Support Price (MSP), will be paid the difference.The concerned department authorities will conduct panchnama on the fields for the crop damaged due to pests and the action will be taken against the bogus BT seed companies.Also readMaharashtra: Opposition extends support to Yashwant Sinha’s protest in AkolaThe Akola district collector Astik Kumar Pandey on behalf of the Chief Minister held further negotiations with Sinha and agitating farmers. Sinha was subsequently joined by Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Ravi Tupkar, Aam Aadmi Party leader Preeti Sharma Menon and representatives of Shetkari Jagar Manch.(Dinesh Trivedi addressing the crowd)Also readMaharashtra CM Fadnavis speaks to Yashwant Sinha, urges him to call off stirMenon told DNA,’’ It is quite revolutionary that for the first time the government has agreed to reimburse difference between the MSP and the agriculture produce sold below the MSP. Besides, NAFED will not impose any limit for the purchase of agriculture produce from farmers who now will be entitled to sell whatever they want. The agreement reached between the government and Sinha will be signed by the district collector and Shetkari Jagar Manch and forwarded for further action.’’Sinha, who has been quite vocal against the demonetization and Goods and Services Tax, had led a scathing attack against the government for its neglect towards farmers. The state BJP unit had downplayed Sinha’s agitation terming it as a desperate attempt to remain in limelight. However, Sinha’s agitation received support from farmers in almost all districts from the Vidarbha region who staged rasta roko and protest march.Besides, he got support from various prominent politicians including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, former union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra’s former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and Ashok Chavan, former minister Arun Shourie, BJP MPs Shatrughna Sinhah and Varun Gandhi, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana MP Raju Shetti and Bharatiya Republican Party leader Prakash Ambedkar
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3 Pakistani LeT terrorists killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces on Tuesday killed three newly infiltrated Pakistani Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists in an operation in Magam area of Handwara in Kupwara district.Hours later, they launched another operation in Zurhama village of the border district to hunt down group of terrorists hiding in the area. A soldier was killed and two others were injured in the encounter. Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar, said, “Operation continues.”This is the third major counter-terror operation in North Kashmir in the last four days. Nine LeT terrorists including top commanders Mehmood Bhai, Zargam Bhai and the nephew of 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi have been eliminated in two operations of Hajin and Handwara since Saturday.”We got specific inputs that the militants were hiding in a house. We laid a cordon in the morning as we did not want to put the people thtough any inconvenience,” said Brigadier Mohit Trivedi, Commander 8-Sector Rashtriya Riffles of the Army.After locating the terrorists, the army asked them to surrender. They, however, responded by opening fire on the search party. “We retaliated in which three foreign LeT terrorists were killed,” he said.The number of terrorists killed this year by the security forces has now touched 194. 21 terrorists have been killed in November so far. Sources said more than 71 security force personnel have lost their lives in the line of duty this year so far.Sources said 70 new ultras have been able to infiltrate Kashmir this year. Last year estimated net infiltration (number of militants who managed to sneak in) was 112 as compared to 33 in 2015. Similarly estimated net infiltration was 65 in 2014 compared to 97 in 2013.Brigadier Trivedi said the operation was conducted inn surgical style so that people are put to least inconvenience. “House has been saved and outer area in which militants were hiding suffered damaged. They were in the cowshed which caught fire and their bodies were charred. It was fresh infiltration”, he saidThis is the fourth operation in the valley in the last four days. A local ultra, Adil Rashid Chopan, who had fled the encounter when top commander Sabzar Bhat was neutralized in May, was finally killed by the security forces in an encounter in Tral forests of south Kashmir on Monday.Another mother takes to videoAnother woman has released a video appealing to her terrorist son to return home in Tral. The 45-second-long video of the mother of 18-year-old Irfan Ahmad Rather, who recently joined Hizbul Mujahedeen, has gone viral. She is the fourth mother who took to posting an appeal through video.

Congress youth wing deletes chai meme tweet targeting PM Modi, BJP says ‘damage done’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There was a storm in the teacup for the Congress when its youth wing tweeted a ‘chai’ meme targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.Yuva Desh, the Twitter handle later deleted the tweet, but not before it sparked huge outrage in political circles.’Damage is done,’ said BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi. “Now Yuva Desh deleting the tweet means nothing, damage is done, be it intentional or unintentional. This also clearly shows the feudal mindset of Congress,” Trivedi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad slammed the Opposition party for its ‘thinking towards the poor’.Sambit Patra, another senior BJP leader, said that the ‘chai’ meme tweet would have similar impact on Gujarat Elections.It should be noted that it was in 2014, when senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyyar had made remarks about PM Modi’s humble origin. At a major Congress event, Aiyyar had said that, “Narendra Modi will never become the Prime Minister of the country… But if he wants to distribute tea here, we will find a place for him.”The Congress, however, distanced itself from the tweet by its youth wing. Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “INC (Congress) strongly disapproves & rejects such humour through memes. Differences on policy and opinion aside, Congress culture imbibes respect for PM and all political opponents.”Suraj Hegde, the Youth Congress in-charge, tried to put blame on ‘volunteers’. “We condemn this and are apologetic. We are trying to find out who did that tweet as mainly volunteers run that page,” Hegde told ANI. This is however, not the first time they tweeted such thing. Their Twitter timeline is full of similar tweets.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also took to Twitter and expressed his anguish. “This blatantly classist and anti-poor Tweet by the Youth Congress shows their mindset towards India’s poor. Does Crown Prince @OfficeOfRG support this?,” he tweetedOmar Abdullah, the National Conference leader and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, termed the chai meme as ‘political suicide.’

Ahmed Patel pleads HC to reject Balvantsinh’s election petition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP’s defeated candidate Balvantsinh Rajput’s election petition does not comply with various sections of The Representation of People’s Act and also does not follow the High Court’s rules, and so it should be rejected, claimed Congress Rajya Sabha member Ahmed Patel in his reply.Balvantsinh Rajput had filed an election petition challenging the Rajya Sabha elections, in which Congress candidate Ahmed Patel was declared as elected. His contention was that the two votes disqualified by the Election Commission should be restored and if those votes are counted, he will be declared elected. He has pleaded that the two Congress votes be disqualified.This petition had come up for hearing before single bench Justice Bela Trivedi on August 21. The court had issued a notice to Ahmed Patel, the Election Commission, BJP’s elected candidate Amit Shah and Smriti Irani. Patel filed his reply on Friday but the Election Commission, and BJPs elected candidate Amit Shah and Smriti Irani have not filed a reply.On Friday, Ahmed Patel, through his advocates Pankaj Champaneri and senior counsel Krishnakant Vakharia filed a response to the notice, in which he submitted that Balvantsinh stood to be disqualified under the Anti Defection Act itself, as he was elected on the Congress symbol and had resigned from the state assembly, just few days before the Rajya Sabha elections.Senior Counsel Vakharia further submitted election commission judgments can’t be challenged in any forum and for that reason the petition should be rejected. He even argued that few MLAs who resigned from the Congress voted for Balvanstinh and they were subject to disqualification.In his reply, Patel claimed that even if the two votes, which are disqualified by the Election Commission, even if these votes are counted in favour of the petitioner, yet i would have won the election.After taking the reply on record, Justice Trivedi has asked rest of respondents to file reply by October 12, when the matter is kept for further hearing. It has also asked the petitioner to file a rejoinder by that date so, the hearing of the case can be started at the earliest.PATEL SPEAKPatel, in his reply, claimed that even if the two votes, which are disqualified by the Election Commission, even if these votes are counted in favour of the petitioner, yet i would have won the election.

UP: 49 infants die in a month in Farrukhabad hospital, adminstration says oxygen supply not to blame

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forty-nine infants died in a month in the Farrukhabad district hospital, most of them from “perinatal asphyxia”, a condition in which a newborn has trouble breathing, officials said today.In a virtual replay of the tragedy in Gorakhpur, where 30 children died in two days in a state-run hospital last month, many of the parents in Farrukhabad told officials there was a delay in providing the infants with oxygen and medicines.The hospital recorded 49 deaths — 30 in neo-natal ICU and 19 during delivery — between July 20 and August 21, a government spokesperson said in Lucknow.The state government today removed Farrukhabad District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar as well as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Umakant Pandey and Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) Akhilesh Agarwal.Principal secretary (health) Prashant Trivedi, however, said the deaths had “nothing to do with oxygen supply”.”Oxygen is not an issue in the entire episode. I think, of late, we are giving undue sensitivity to oxygen. It has become more of a buzzword,” he told reporters at a hurriedly convened press briefing in the state headquarters.An FIR against the CMO and the CMS was registered last night in Farrukhabad, about 180km from the state capital.However, the state government said no action would be initiated against them on the basis of the FIR.”The way things have been presented is not what happened.No action, therefore, is being initiated on the basis of the FIR registered against the CMO and the CMS,” Trivedi said.The Director General Medical Health would give a detailed report on the deaths, he added.To a question on the removal of CMO Pandey and CMS Agarwal, Trivedi said, “They have been removed for the simple reason that the DM is the head of the administration in a district and they should have co-ordinated with the DM”.If there were any issues, those should had been brought to the notice of the administration, he said.”What happened actually – medically or technically – will be clear in a probe,” he added.He also said that no official could elicit the views of a person over the telephone.”This is not the right way to conduct a magisterial probe,” Trivedi said, commenting on the city magistrate contacting on the phone the parents and relatives of the infants who had died.Principal secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi, who was also present, said, “No death took place due to lack of oxygen. The matter should not be blown out of proportion.” He said the DG Health would send a specialised team to investigate the deaths.”There seems to be some co-ordinational issue among the officers. All the three officers — DM, CMO and CMS — have been removed. Everything will be brought forth,” he said.Referring to the FIR, he said, “It very clearly seems to have been lodged when the DM did not get the report from the health department”.The FIR was lodged against the CMO, CMS and other doctors but only the posts were mentioned and no one was named in the FIR.It was lodged by the city magistrate last night under IPC sections 176 (legal provisions regarding inquiry by magistrate into cause of death), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 304 (culpable homicide).A high-level team will be sent to Farrukhabad to probe the deaths and its technical aspects will also be taken care of, the official spokesperson said.He said 468 deliveries took place in the women’s wing of the hospital during the period. Of these, 19 were stillbirths.City Magistrate Jaynendra Kumar Jain and SDM Ajit Kumar Singh said a probe found that most deaths were caused by breathing problems. They also said in the report that the CMO and the CMS did not cooperate with the investigation.”During the period, 30 children died mostly due to perinatal asphyxia (a condition in which a child does not breathe normally just before, during, or after birth). During the probe, the parents said there was a delay in providing oxygen and medicine because of which the children died due to lack of supply of oxygen,” the report stated.The report did not mention the 19 other deaths.Awasthi said, “…19 were stillborn children while 30 others died due to various causes, including perinatal asphyxia. This may be caused by the umbilical cord going around the neck of the child…Our medical team will look into it.”Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office took prompt notice of the matter after local news channels reported the deaths and directed the district magistrate to conduct a probe, the officials said.The deaths in the Farrukhabad hospital come after at least 30 children died in a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur on August 10-11 amid allegations of oxygen shortage, a charge denied by the state government.Meanwhile, doctors of Uttar Pradesh’s Provincial Medical Services (PMS) today threatened to proceed on mass leave to protest the registration of the FIR against members of the fraternity.They said they would not report for duty on Tuesday and Wednesday and would resign if the FIR was not withdrawn by September 7.PMS members held a meeting in Farrukhabad and demanded that the FIR be withdrawn.”The committee comprising the city magistrate and the SDM did not have technical knowledge. The probe report is wrong and it should be withdrawn,” UP PMS district unit secretary Dr Yogendra Singh said.He said the probe committee was a non-technical one and its “fairness and competence” should be probed.”We have decided to proceed on mass leave on September 5 and 6. If our demands are not met, all the doctors of the district will resign on September 7,” he said.UP PMS Association president Dr Ashok Yadav told PTI in Lucknow, “The report on the basis of which the FIR was filed was prepared by non-technical people. A committee of experts should have been set up. This is an attempt to incite doctors, who are working in adverse conditions.”He said the government should recall those officers who did not have the knowledge needed for such probes.”They should be properly trained. We are monitoring the situation there and will decide our future course of action,” he said.

Hotel staff showed business was more important than hospitality, says tourist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three students and their professor, from New York’s Columbia University, had a harrowing experience during their stay in a tiny South Mumbai hotel on Tuesday. Heavy rains led to cancellation of their train to Ahmedabad, forcing them to return to Hotel InterContinental, only to be told that their rooms were allegedly sold to ‘politicians’, the professor wrote in his Facebook post that went viral on Wednesday.According to professor Yogi Trivedi, he had visited Mumbai with his students, Samuel Steinderger, 30, Emily Churchill, 23 and Cole Pennington, 30, to study festivals celebrated in the city.They had allegedly booked three rooms at Hotel InterContinental from August 22 till August 29, but had extended their stay for another day, and claimed to have paid the tariff of the hotel suite for that extra day. They were scheduled to leave for Ahmedabad on August 29.”Since it was raining heavily on Tuesday, we told the hotel staff not to give away our rooms to other customers till our check-out time was over, and left for the railway station to check on the status of our train to Ahmedabad. On reaching the station, we learnt that the trains were cancelled, so we came back to the hotel room only to find that it was double-booked and sold to a politician,” Trivedi told DNA.”We tried to reason with the staff, only to be told that the rooms had been given out and that it was the way they did business. They asked us to spend the night in the hotel lobby. Assuming we did not understand Hindi, the staff mocked us and laughed at our plight. I have taught in Columbia University regarding the hospitality of Indians, but today the hotel staff sent out a message that business is more important than hospitality,” said Trivedi.”When the entire city of Mumbai was floating in water, this fine five-star institution and it’s management is double-booking and pushing out its guests to make a few thousand rupees on some rooms. My only regret? Not ever being able to talk of Indian hospitality in that light again. My image of it in this context has been shattered to pieces,” Trivedi had tweeted.Student Emily Churchill, said,”We agreed to staying in the lobby, but the hotel flatly denied us blankets and pillows, saying they did not have any to spare. They could have shown us some humanity.”Meanwhile, while responding to DNA’s queries, a spokesperson of Hotel InterContinental Marine Drive, said the guests stayed till 10 pm on August 29 and checked out at the same time after settling the bills.Asked about the claims made by Trivedi that he had made an advance for August 30, the spokesperson said, “No advance payment was received. All bills were settled at check out.”

Section 144 seems to be imposed only for Hindus, not Muslims BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday slammed the West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee asserting that section 144 seems to be imposed only for Hindus and not for Muslims because the police are investigating the matter only with Hindus not Muslims who are actually creating the rift. Speaking to ANI, BJP leader Rahul Sinha said, ?The communal violence which is growing day by day never seems to come to an end. The police seems to be acting like a spectator among all the chaos which is occurring in the state, because they are not been given orders to control the situation. Section 144 seems to be imposed only for the Hindus; not for the Muslim because when the police are investigating this matter they are questioning only the Hindu not the Muslims who are actually creating the rift. It?s sad to say that, this government is totally unable to administer the law and order situation in the state?. Echoing similar views, another saffron leader Sudhanshu Trivedi stated that instead of controling the situation TMC is more involved in putting allegation on others. ?Whatever is happening in West Bengal since several days is definitely condemnable and a serious concern. This is nothing but a result of a consistent lopsided communal politics derived by their vote bank politics of the ruling party of West Bengal. Instead of giving proper attention to control the situation the government is more involved in putting allegation on others including the Governor,? Trivedi said. Yesterday, the BJP said that Mamata Banerjee is unable to administer the law and order situation in the state, and therefore, they would demand her resignation. BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said the anti-social elements are working as TMC workers in the state and creating chaos, especially in the Hindu-dominated areas. Using the opportunity to target Mamata over her remarks against state Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, Vijayvargiya said she is making such comments out of frustration. Mamata had earlier alleged the state governor of abusing and threatening her. She also said that the Governor’s office was behaving like a ‘ Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office.’ Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah has constituted a team comprising party leaders Om Mathur, Meenakshi Lekhi, Satyapal Singh and Kailash Vijayvargiya, who will visit the violence-affected areas and will submit a report to him. West Bengal, in the recent few days, has witnessed violence and serious clashes either taking place between two religious groups or between people and the administration. The boiling pot of it is the Darjeeling unrest, with the Gorkhas, under the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), demanding a separate Gorkhaland for themselves. The Gorkhas have demanded for a separate land with the claim that they should get what was promised to them i.e. a separate land. The situation is still intense in the region with the widespread shutdown entering the 22nd day today. Another incident of violence which erupted was in the North 24 Parganas area on Monday. Communal violence broke out in its Baduria and Basirhat areas over a Facebook post. Earlier, Mamata had appealed the warring groups to maintain peace and communal harmony in the area. She also held the local police responsible for failing to block Facebook in the beginning only.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Arun Jaitley’s statement on China 1962 War ‘self-explanatory’ BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday sided with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley even as he brushed aside China’s warning which had asked India to ?learn? from the 1962 war and said the former?s statement was ?self-explanatory? as India is now capable of having all self defence. Arun Jaitley said, ?India of 2017 is different from India of 1962. Those were different situations? ?Whatever our Defence Minister has said it is self-explanatory. It clearly indicates that India is now capable of having all ammunition,? BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi told ANI. A day after China warned India over the ongoing border face-off with an oblique reference of the 1962 war that ended in an Indian defeat, defence minister Arun Jaitley retorted on Friday that the India of 2017 is not what it was 55 years ago. “If they are trying to remind us, the situation in 1962 was different, the India of today is different,” said Jaitley at an event here on Friday, adding that it was “absolutely wrong” for China to try to claim a slice of Bhutanese land in violation of all agreements. Jaitley further said that Bhutan has appropriately pointed out that China was trying to usurp its land. India is not entering into any other country’s land what China is doing, Jaitley said. Earlier, Bhutan issued a demarche to China yesterday over the construction of a road towards its Army camp in Zomplri area of Doklam and asked Beijing to restore status quo by stopping the work immediately. On Thursday, the Foreign Ministry of Bhutan issued a statement underlining that the construction of the road inside Bhutanese territory is a direct violation of the 1988 and 1998 agreements between Bhutan and China and affects the process of demarcating the boundary between these two countries. They urged a return to the status quo as before June 16.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP corners Rahul Gandhi over ‘Upanishad and Bhagwad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday cornered Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi over his reported statement on Upanishads and the Bhagwad Gita. Rahul reportedly told Congress workers in Chennai that he has been reading Upanishads and the Bhagwad Gita to take on the Rashtriya Swamyamsevak Sangh (RSS) and BJP. BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told ANI that Rahul?s statement reflected he had accepted that the ideology of BJP and the RSS reflects the true eternal element of India. ?Rahul Gandhi?s statement referring Gita and Upanishad in the context of the ideology of BJP and RSS suggests that now he has accepted that our ideology is inspired by those books, which are the symbol of eternal Indian wisdom since ages unknown inspiring the entire human race,? said Trivedi. The BJP leader mocked Rahul?s current ?mental status? and said it would have changed much before had he read teachings of the Bhagwad Gita earlier. ?It is unfortunate that until now he had no time to look into these books. Even if he would have got time to study the literature of his own party?s stalwart in freedom struggle; Bal Gangadhar Tilak?s Gita Rahasya, or various statements of Mahatma Gandhi on Gita, then he would not have been in the mental status he is in today,? said the BJP spokesperson.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Even in the darkest of night, a single star looks bright: When opposition hailed Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday came in for praise in the Lok Sabha from the Opposition whose members said he is “sincere” and has “impressive performance”.During a debate on the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2016, members complimented Gadkari for doing a “very good job”. Congress leader KC Venugopal, while heaping praise on Gadkari, said he has been a very “sincere” minister who has been trying hard to address major challenges facing the road transport sector. BJD member Tathagata Satpathy said Gadkari is a “hard working person” who is hell bent on proving that good work can be done even if the government is bad.”Even in the darkest of night, a single star looks bright,” he remarked. Congress’ leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi and few other opposition members also complimented Gadkari for his impressive performance, bringing broad smile on the minister’s face. Kharge, while complimenting Gadkari for his performance as a Union Minister, pointed towards empty treasury benches, suggesting there was not much appreciation for his work as they were absent when an important bill has been introduced by him.Satpathy said people in Gadkari’s home town Nagpur of the view that he is doing an excellent work. “I would like to draw his attention to Bhubaneswar. Bhubaneswar is a city which is coming up and growing and you should look at Bhubaneswar with equal love and affection,” he said.

Cobbling alliance to pip BJP won’t work, but credibility:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid calls for opposition unity to halt BJP’s juggernaut, a senior TMC leader today said cobbling “some package” just to defeat the saffron party was not going to work, but the credibility, which he stated, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has. TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi praised Modi for also being energetic and he said that fact that people were convinced about the prime minister’s leadership and that the youngsters were supporting him needs to be faced. The former Union minister also hailed his party chief Mamata Banerjee for having “personal credibility” and “single-handedly” dislodging Left Front from power in West Bengal. Stating even one week is considered as “too long” a period in politics, Trivedi, however, said (the possibility of a grand alliance in) the future was “still open”. “In order to defeat somebody, you cobble some package together, not having the kind of ideology which you have, then I don’t think this is going to work. “What is going to work today, is the credibility,” Trivedi said during a panel discussion organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here. Trivedi’s remarks come against the backdrop of Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) and the Left parties calling for “unity” among “secular democratic” parties, particularly post BJP’s emphatic victory in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh. Banerjee, too, in a recent interview to a news channel had suggested that political scenario at the national stage will change soon, if opposition parties like the SP and the BSP forget their differences and unite against the BJP. He further added “And at the moment…the big trump card for the Prime Minister is, he has the credibility, he has the energy. And people are convinced, the youth is with him. Let’s face the fact.” Trivedi though cautioned that with the opposition emaciated, the BJP has bigger responsibility as people will be expecting more from it. Besides Trivedi, BJD leader Baijayant Panda and BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi took part in the panel discussion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gujarat CID forms committee to monitor Naliya gangrape probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat CID today formed a committee to monitor the on-going probe into the Naliya gangrape case by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which arrested four local BJP leaders for their alleged involvement in the crime. The four-member committee of police officials attached to state CID has been constituted today by Additional DGP, CID-Crime and Railways, Ashish Bhatia, through a notification. The committee comprises — Inspector General S S Trivedi, Superintendent of Police Sujata Majmudar, Deputy SP Rishikesh Upadhyay and Police Inspector K R Dimri. As per the notification issued by Bhatia, the main task of the committee is to monitor the ongoing probe in to the gangrape case. The committee will be required to review the probe done by the SIT in the case till date and make sure that the investigations are headed in a right direction. Further, the notification stated that the members are required to submit progress report to higher authorities every week. “The main purpose of this committee is to monitor the probe being done by SIT and to ensure that the investigation is on the right path, we may also provide suggestions to it as and when required,” said Trivedi. Gujarat Government formed an SIT, headed by Kutch LCB Police Inspector J M Aal earlier this month to probe the charges of gangrape levelled by a married lady against nine persons in her FIR at Naliya police station. The SIT has till date arrested eight persons who allegedly raped the victim in Naliya on several occasions. Those arrested include four local BJP leaders, who are now suspended from the party. In the FIR, the 24-year-old victim alleged that she was raped by at least nine persons on different occasions a year ago. She alleged that the accused run a sex racket in Kutch district where they blackmail women by making their obscene videos.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SP riding on goondaism, image makeover a farce, alleges BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Citing incidents of poll violence in Uttar Pradesh, BJP today alleged that Samajwadi Party’s natural tendency of “supporting goons and mafia” has not changed despite the generational change in its leadership. BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tried to get an “image makeover” after ousting Mulayam Singh Yadav but “his support to unruly elements” indulging in recent violent incidents indicates that his instincts remain intact. “Breaking law and order and allowing musclemen to establish their rule of terror has been the part and parcel of Samajwadi Party’s natural tendencies…The generation may have changed in Samajwadi Party, but its natural tendencies don’t,” he told reporters. Trivedi cited examples of how Akhilesh told the people not to worry about not paying power bills, while his father 24 years ago asked people not to worry if they are cheating in exams. “Akhilesh tells people not to worry if they have not paid their electricity bills and assures them that under Akhilesh Yadav government no one is going to stop them from stealing power. 24 years ago, his father Mulayam Singh Yadav told people not to worry over cheating as he will not stop them from doing so in exams. “Now his son openly declares and encourages power theft. The generation in Samajwadi Party may have changed but natural tendencies of its leadership remains the same. It is part and parcel of their natural tendency,” he said. Claiming that people clearly see the tendencies of the ruling SP to support goons and unruly elements, the BJP leader said the voters have extended their support to BJP and the trend was visible in the first phase. “The people of Uttar Pradesh have understood the natural tendencies and ground realities of the ruling Samajwadi party and our workers will not be cowed down by such tendencies and will continue to fight more aggressively against such forces,” he said. Trivedi alleged that during the first phase of voting in UP assembly polls yesterday when BJP workers reached a police station in Shivpolabad to get an FIR registered, they were thrashed and asked to leave. He alleged that instead of acting on their complaint, they were shunted out of the police station by local SP leaders. “We want to ask Akhilesh Yadav whether this is the kind of image makeover he is seeking? Whether this is the kind of discipline he is seeking to give to the people of Uttar Pradesh?,” he asked. Citing another instance, Trivedi said party MLAs Radhey Shyam was allegedly seen threatening and heckling a journalist for reporting against him. In Sultanpur district, he said, a woman accused the SP MP of rape and was found murdered under mysterious circumstances. “Neither the face nor the deeds of the SP Government have changed. All these three incidents depict that the Akhilesh Yadav government has a double-face and stands cornered,”he said. The BJP leader also alleged that one of the SP MLAs, Arshad Sherwala went to the extent of saying that once SP Government is back, the police would not be able to “touch” Samajwadi Party strongmen. “Such is the influence of the party which is riding high on goondaism,” he said, alleging that its image makeover was a farce and the party talks about development only during the elections. The BJP leader also trained his guns on BSP chief Mayawati, who after making law and order her poll plank in 2007 assembly polls has now sought support of mafia-turned politician Mukhtar Ansari. “She has now sought support of even goons to win elections. Now she is in the shadow of Mukhtar Ansari. Let us wait and watch,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tweaking of rules will not do: TMC on demonetisation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trinamool Congress today demanded that all restrictions on withdrawal of money should be done away with, even as Reserve Bank of India announced lifting of daily restrictions on cash withdrawals from ATMs as well as current accounts. “Just tweaking rules will not do. Withdraw all restrictions on withdrawals. Yes all”, TMC national spokesperson Derek O’Brien said. RBI has also promised to review the weekly limit in the near future depending on the pace of remonetisation. TMC had earlier in the day announced that its MPs will not be present in Parliament on the first two days of the Budget Session in protest against demonetisation which was implemented without taking Parliament into confidence, and restrictions on withdrawal limits from bank accounts which are still in force. The statement was jointly issued by O’Brien, Kalyan Banerjee, TMC chief whip in Lok Sabha, Saugata Roy, party’s deputy leader in Lok sabha, besdies Dinesh Trivedi and Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, both MPs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two teenage tales at JLF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They’re both teenagers and published authors – Zuni Chopra, 15, has three to her name including two collections of poetry and a just-out debut novel, ‘The House that Spoke’, while Anusha Subramanian has two novels, the last ‘Never Gone’ out in November last. They also have famous parents – Anusha’s father is the best-selling fiction writer Ravi Subramanian, while Zuni’s father is film director-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and mother, film journalist Anupama Chopra.Together on the Samvad stage at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival (ZeeJLF), and moderated by Ira Trivedi, who herself published her first novel at the age of 19, their’s was perhaps the most refreshingly plainspoken session on a crowded Sunday at the lit fest.Ira set the ball rolling by asking what being a celebrity meant to them, whether it changed things with friends and school, or boys. To which, Zuni, with her parents, uncle Vikram Chandra and grandparents looking on from front row seats, almost sneered in comic disgust. “Oh boys, they’re kinda dim,” she said sounding, for all the polished, poetic prose of her novel, just like other girls her age. “They don’t read the same kind of books, or even read much!” she added for good measure.For Anusha, the major handicap with being an author is that “everyone just assumes that you’re going to get good grades in English all the time. But that doesn’t always happen”. And that every time a friend needs to write a speech or an essay for English homework, it’s she they bully into writing it. “But they still tease me – quite a lot and are really proud of me,” she adds.But there are other costs. Zuni, for instance, is in class ten and has her mock-ups starting in a few weeks’ time. But here she is in Jaipur, being part of sessions, speaking to the media, attending parties. “Speaking of costs – it’s probably biology,” says the girl, looking geeky, but cute in short, collared frock and stockings. “In Mumbai, my book is being launched on Feb 8, which is a very exciting thing, and on the ninth I have history and biology tests,” she says. As for the rest, writing has required a certain discipline which has meant that she’s had to give up on thing she really likes – sleep in late in the mornings. “I write best in the morning, so I get up at 6 am to write. Even during summer break,” adds the girl who has taken summer classes in creative writing at Stanford University.Anusha, in contrast, likes to write late at night, staying up as late as 1-2 am. “It gives me the excuse to stay up late, and sleep late on school nights and my mother, who insists that I should go to bed by 11 pm, really can’t say anything. Besides, I have my father’s support. ‘Don’t disturb her, she’s writing, he’ll tell her,'” she adds.Do they want to continue to be writers as grown-ups? The answer is decided: “Right now, if you ask me, I can say that yes, I want to be a writer. But I’m 15. I don’t even know what I’m going to have for breakfast tomorrow – pancakes or waffles. Maybe if I go to a college where I can expose myself to many things, I might take up oceanography. I don’t know,” says Zuni with remarkable candour and articulation for one so young.Anusha is equally clear. “I’m very sure that I don’t want to take up writing as a career,” she says. “Writing is something I like doing. It’s more a hobby than anything. If I take it up as a career I might end up writing things that people want to read rather than something I want to write,” she says with quiet deliberation.Both girls, however, reserve their ire for the way English is taught in schools. “I did ICSE in class ten, says Anusha, “and I’ve always felt that that education system teaches you to hate reading and writing. You learn to get marks, not to appreciate the writing, the style, and nobody tells you to. It’s not in the syllabus, they’ll tell you.” “And the teacher has to agree with the answer,” pipes in Zuni. “You are meant to think of Shylock in a certain way. You might think that he’s not been dealt with unfairly, but the teacher wants you to answer that he wants his bond and is the villain. So that’s that.”And even published authors like Anusha and Zuni can’t give a different answer!

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