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It’s business as usual in Kashmir

Skirmishes on the borders notwithstanding, it is business as usual for the Cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade at Chakan da Bagh crossing on the Poonch-Rawalakote Road.Tension had gripped the LoC after four Army soldiers, including a Major, were killed when Pakistan violated cease fire on Saturday. On Monday evening, Indian Army troops — in a tit-for-tat action — crossed the LoC and killed three Pakistani army men and injuring another in Rawalakote sector.However, escalating tensions between two rival armies have failed to dampen the spirit of Cross LoC trade on the Poonch-Rawalakote Road in Jammu and Kashmir. For the second day on Wednesday, the Cross-LoC trade continued uninterrupted on the Poonch-Rawalakote Road despite tensions on borders. “On Tuesday, 30 trucks from our side crossed the Chakan da Bagh crossing into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Around 19 trucks came from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). On Wednesday, 25 trucks carrying banana and tomato crossed into PoK and 12 trucks carrying kinnow and dry dates came from the other side,” said Tanveer Ahmad, Custodian, Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) Chakan da Bagh.It is after a long time that border tension has not cast its shadows on the cross LoC trade. This year the trade on Poonch-Rawalakote Road was suspended for four months due to the cross border shelling.

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Pak at it again, probing Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife shoes

Anger mounted in India on Wednesday against the mistreatment of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family when it met him in Islamabad two days ago, but it has not stopped Pakistan from continuing with its propaganda. Pakistani authorities have sent the shoes worn by the former Indian Naval officer’s wife for forensic testing to examine the alleged presence of “a metallic object”, reports said on Wednesday. Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Mohammad Faisal suspects it could be a camera or a recording chip.“There was something in the shoes. It is being investigated. We gave her a pair of replacement shoes. Her other belongings were returned after the meeting,” Faisal said. India said on Tuesday that Pakistan went so far as to have the mangal sutras, bangles and bindis of Jadhav’s mother and wife removed before they could meet him. India also accused Pakistan of disregarding cultural and religious sensibilities of the family in the name of security.India also said Pakistani press was allowed to approach the family closely, “harass them despite a clear agreement the media would not be allowed close access.

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Rajasthan govt needs more time for decision on farmer ease?

A minister-level committee chaired by Water Resources minister Ram Pratap on Tuesday discussed a study report drafted on the module of farmers loan waivers in Kerala and other states. The committee took the decision to examine the report deeply, which indicates the government wants to buy more time to make any decision on loan waivers for the agrarian community.“The committee will study the report and later will make decisions accordingly. We have to observe financial aspect as well, but we have a target to make farmers debt free. Hopefully, there may be a good news for the farmers in the new year,” said Prabhu Lal Saini, one of the members of the committee, talking to DNA. The chairperson of the committee was not reachable on phone for comment over the development, though. A presentation was given by the officials about farmers loan waiver during the meeting as well. Raje government appears to be in action mode on farmers loan waiver demand which the opposition has started making a poll issue. In Ajmer, Alwar parliamentary and Mandalgarh assembly constituencies bypoll the Congress will churn out this issue to woo farmers. RPCC chief Sachin Pilot, taking out a Nyay Yatra a couple of months back in Hadoti region, already indicated that farmers issues come at the top of the party.Congress is simultaneously raising the issue of farmers suicide making a pressure on the government. “BJP ruled states have gone and given farm loan waiver in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. There is no reason why Rajasthan farmers who are facing severe agrarian distress and are committing suicides, should not be given a farm loan waiver. The government should take waive loans immediately,” said a Congress leader reacting to the development of the meeting. Though, the burden with complete loan waiver decision can’t be ignored by the government. The demand for waive farm loans up to Rs 50,000 per farmer would cumulatively amount to Rs 20,000 crore on the exchequer.Opposition raising the issueCongress is simultaneously raising the issue of farmers suicide making a pressure on the government. “BJP ruled states have gone and given farm loan waiver in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. The government should take waive loans immediately,” said a Congress leader reacting to the development of the meeting.Although, the burden with complete loan waiver decision can’t be ignored by the government. The demand for waive farm loans up to Rs 50,000 per farmer would cumulatively amount to Rs 20,000 crore on the exchequer.

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Gujarat High Court stays arrest of newly elected MLA Kandhal Jadeja

Gujarat High Court’s single bench justice AG Uraizee heard the special criminal application moved by recently elected MLA from Kutiyana, Kandhal Jadeja, late on Monday after court hours and stayed his arrest in a case in which he was alleged of creating ruckus at a petrol pump on December 24.The court stayed his arrest till December 27. The petitioner’s advocate Harsh Surti’s submission was that the allegation made by the complainant against Jadeja of damaging property at a petrol pump and creating ruckus was baseless. He stated that in the CCTV footage, petitioner was found standing at the petrol pump and not involved in the act at all.State had opposed the petition citing his background. Petitioner’s another ground was that he was recently elected, and if court does not protect him from arrest, he would not be able to take oath as MLA. Earlier, the petitioner and the original complainant both were booked by the Ranavav Police for creating ruckus at the police station on December 21. He was granted temporary bail till December 27. The Porbandar court has granted Jadeja regular bail on Tuesday.TEMPORARY BAIL TILL DECEMBER 27Earlier, the petitioner and the original complainant both were booked by the Ranavav Police for creating ruckus at the police station on December 21. He was granted temporary bail till December 27. The Porbandar court has granted Jadeja regular bail on Tuesday.

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Saurabh Patel back in ministry, likely to get key role

Saurabh Patel, the suave and urban face of the state government until not too long ago, is back in the thick of things. He was among the nine Cabinet ministers who were sworn-in along with chief minister Vijay Rupani and ten other ministers of state on Tuesday.The 59-year-old US-educated Patel was a fixture in the Narendra Modi government since 2002. He was minister of state for finance, energy, planning, civil aviation, industries and other key departments for a very long time.One of the visible ministers in the government, Patel was promoted to Cabinet rank when Modi came back to power in 2012 and was entrusted with energy, planning, tourism, civil aviation and other ministries. He was seen as a key link between the government and industry.Patel, whose wife Ila is a cousin of Mukesh and Anil Ambani, was appointed as finance minister in May 2014 when Anandiben Patel took over as the chief minister after Modi’s elevation as prime minister. He also held energy and other important departments.However, Patel was surprisingly dropped from the ministry when Vijay Rupani took over as the chief minister in August last year after Anandiben’s abrupt resignation.His sacking from the cabinet was attributed to controversies over various PSUs allegedly extending favours to companies linked with him. It was also believed that he had fallen out of favour with BJP president Amit Shah.Patel, who had contested from Akota seat in Vadodara in 2012, was fielded from Botad, his traditional seat, in 2017 elections. He, however, just scraped through, winning with a narrow margin of 906 votes against Congress candidate DM Patel. He is expected to be given important responsibilities, especially looking at the 2019 Vibrant Gujarat Summit, which is just a little over a year away.

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Vijay Rupani-Nitin Patel 2.0

Bharatiya Janata Party’s celebrations in Gujarat were muted despite retaining the power, but the party made up for it at the Tuesday’s swearing in ceremony of Vijay Rupani and his Cabinet. The saffron show, where Rupani, his deputy Nitin Patel and 18 other ministers, became sweeter with the presence of the architects of victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.Vijay Rupani now becomes the second CM from BJP in Gujarat after Narendra Modi, who was given an opportunity to helm the affairs of the state back-to-back. The CM, deputy CM and other ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor OP Kohli in a grand ceremony held at Helipad ground in secretariat complex in Gandhinagar.Apart from Modi and Shah, other BJP leaders who attended the ceremony were veteran leader LK Advani, union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, and others. The CMs of BJP-ruled states also appeared on the VVIP dais, including UP CM Yogi Aditya Nath, MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis among others. The swearing-in ceremony started at 11:30 am when PM and other invited guests arrived. Three separate stages were raised at the venue — one for swearing in, and two others for VVIPs and religious leaders.Both Rupani and Modi sought blessings of religious leaders before the swearing in started. Rupani also met and greeted his seniors and other leaders including Advani, union ministers, former CM Keshubhai Patel, Anandiben Patel and CMs of other states. Former union minister Shankersinh Vaghela , who quit Congress on the eve of the elections, was a surprise guest. Vaghela has adorned the Gujarat throne from BJP before he moved to the Congress.Also present at the ceremony was a virtual who’s who in Gujarat- businessmen, industrialists, social workers, educationists, judges of high court, other officials and representatives from all walks of life who were invited by the Gujarat government for this ceremony.There was no political speech by any leader addressing a crowd of nearly 10,000 people and entire ceremony winded up in one and half hour.

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4-yr-old panther enters farmer’s house in Rajasthan

A panther strayed into a house in a village near Chomu town on Tuesday afternoon creating panic in the village. Although no person was attacked by the feline, the mere presence of a panther in the village not only made the locals curious to see the feline but also posed problem in its rescue. Moreover, even after being informed about the panther’s presence in the village, the forest department’s rescue team reached after two and half hours.According to the officials the panther entered the house of one Mangi Lal Bagra, a farmer from Barna village, near Chomu town.“Around 12 noon, a few villagers saw a panther venturing out from the nearby fields and forested area and towards the village. The news about the feline spread like wildfire in the village and a few youths saw the feline again near a school,” officials said.On hearing commotion by the villagers, the panther tried to flee from one part of the village, however on reaching towards another end of the village and seeing more people, the panther entered a house belonging to Mangi Lal.“As the panther entered the house, people living in the house rushed out from another part of the building, however, they closed the doors behind thus locking the panther in one part. Meanwhile hundreds of people assembled at the spot to look at the feline,” officials said.The police was informed which then informed the forest department. “After a delay of two and a half hours the rescue team finally reached the spot and tranquilized the animal. Although the rescue efforts took nearly three hours, the animal was finally tranquilized,” official said.Meanwhile the forest officials found that the panther is a four-year-old male with no injuries. “Check up was conducted as per protocol and the feline was found to be healthy. It has been kept under observation and will be released soon, ” said Arvind Mathur, Veterninary doctor, Forest department.

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After Defence Colony traders protest, SDMC plans to reduce conversion changes

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) plans to reduce the conversion charges of commercial-cum-residential properties from Rs 89,000 to Rs 22,000. The move has come days after the civic body conducted a sealing drive and shut down 51 popular restaurants and shops in Defence Colony market for”illegal” construction and not paying the conversion charges.Kamaljeet Sehrawat, Mayor, SDMC, on Tuesday agreeing to the traders’demands said she will meet the Monitoring Committee in this regard on Wednesday.”We will be meeting the Committee to take the drive in a phased manner and give enough time to traders to deposit the charges. Also, we plan to reduce the conversion charges from 89,000 to 22,000 as per the proposal,” said Sehrawat.However, the civic body continued with its sealing drive on Tuesday even as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that the move was rather to”fill its coffers”. The corporation also extended its drive to agricultural properties being used for commercial purposes while sealing a farmhouse in Chhattarpur.The farmhouse used to host social functions and events, and had an additional built-up area, said the civic officials. The sealing drive is being taken on the directions of the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee which, in a meeting with commissioners of the three municipal corporations and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Tuesday, directed the agencies to carry out the drives in all the areas under their jurisdiction.The AAP, however, alleged that the Monitoring Committee was acting as a”tax collector” for the BJP-led corporations in the city.”We have asked all the civic agencies to carry out the drive in areas under their jurisdiction,” said Bhure Lal, former bureaucrat and member of the committee.Meanwhile, the trader’s body of the Defence Colony market, along with AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj and local councillors, met the south corporation commissioner demanding the withdrawal of the sealing drive. They also asked for some time to pay off the conversion charges.”We were assured that the drive will be halted immediately while we have got three months time to pay the pending conversion charges. We have also urged them to reduce or waive off the conversion charges from Rs 89,000 to Rs 22,000 for which a proposal is pending with the Central government’s urban development ministry,” said RK Bhatia, member of the traders association.

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BJP says it will go alone in the 2019 Telangana elections

BJP would go it alone in the 2019 elections in Telangana and the party is confident of winning them, state BJP chief K Laxman said on Tuesday.”We will not have any alliances. BJP will fight alone and get elected to power in the next elections in Telangana,” he told reporters.Legislative Assembly elections would be held along with the Lok Sabha polls in Telangana in 2019.People of the state are disappointed with the ruling TRS as it has failed to implement its election promises, he alleged.”People have waited patiently for over three years to see, if CM KCR (Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao) would deliver on his manifesto promises, but they were left totally hopeless in this year,” Laxman claimed.The main opposition Congress has nothing to new offer to the people, he claimed.”BJP is declaring an electoral war against TRS in the year 2018. Congress has nothing new to offer to the people of Telangana, they will be rejected in this state as they are being rejected everywhere in India,” he added.BJP currently has a strength of five MLAS in the 119-member house.Saying that BJP has reached out to the masses in 2017, Laxman hoped that the new year would be good for the party.

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Top Jaish-e-Mohammad commander gunned down in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama

In a major success for the security forces, top commander of Jaish e Mohammad was gunned down in an encounter at Samboora village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.The terrorist has been identified as Noor Mohammad Tantray alias Noor Trali, a three feet midget who had jumped parole in July and taken over the command of Jaish in South Kashmir. Tantray was arrested in Delhi in 2003 and sentenced to life by a POTA court in 2011.”The encounter has been going on since last evening in Awantipura district. There was input about presence of two to three terrorists near National Highway planning to attack convoy. One dead body of terrorist recovered so far, search for others going on”, tweeted Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir.The anti-terror operation started on Monday evening after security forces received a tip-off about the presence of terrorists in the village.Also readJammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire; targets Indian forward posts along LoC at PoonchImmediately the village was cordoned off and when the search team was zeroing in on the target, militants opened heavy fire.The fire was retaliated and in the ensuing gun fight one militant was gunned down. “Dead body of one mulitant with arms and ammunition recovered. Search continues”, said a police spokesman at Srinagar.Also readJammu and Kashmir | 3 terrorists gunned down in Handwara encounter, ‘raining whole night,’ tweets DGPThe 2017 also saw highest number of over 206 militants being killed since 2010. Figures reveal that 270 terrorists were killed by security forces in 2010. The figure came down to 119 in 2011. Around 84 terrorists were killed in 2012 followed by 100 in 2013, 110 in 2014 and 113 in 2015.Despite unrest, security forces killed 165 terrorists in 2016. This year close to 100 local youth have joined the terrorists ranks in the strife-torn Kashmir Valley, which is the highest in last seven years.

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Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line to be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday will inaugurate the Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro, which is expected to make commuting between South Delhi and Noida hassle-free.PM Modi will reportedly address the gathering at the Botanical Garden Metro Station after taking a ride along the new section of the transport network.The 12.64-km stretch runs between Kalkaji and Noida’s Botanical Garden and accounts for a travel time of 19 minutes, thus facilitating easy access for commuters from South Delhi to Noida, and vice versa.The coaches will reportedly have LED display, power charging capacity and colourful seats, while the stations will portray themes of nature, yoga, and cultural landmarks.Further, driverless trains are to be introduced along with the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology, which facilitate the movement of trains within a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.Also readHere’s why Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line will set new trends: 5 things you should know The Magenta Line also marks the usage of the first platform screen doors (PSDs), which are glass-made screens installed near the edge of platforms that open only when a train arrives and shut after it departs.On a related note, a driverless metro train on Tuesday rammed into a nearby boundary wall during a trial run, due to alleged negligence by the maintenance officials.The accident, which occurred at the Kalindi Kunj Metro depot along the Magenta Line, reportedly happened when the train was being moved from the workshop without testing the brake system. As a result, when the train was moved up the ramp for washing, it rolled back and hit the adjacent boundary wall.However, no casualties were reported.

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Schools defy DoE order, set age bar for admission

In defiance of Delhi government’s Directorate of Education’s (DoE) order on the upper-age limit, three prominent private schools in the Capital on Thursday set an age bar in their criteria for nursery admissions. The move sent parents into a tizzy as the DoE on Tuesday announced to delay the implementation of upper-age criteria to the academic session 2019-20.The DoE had directed all unaided recognised private schools to set the lower-age limit for students in nursery, KG and Class I at three, four and five years, respectively, as of March 31, 2018. It also asked them not to implement any upper-age limit.The three private schools including Frank Anthony Public School, Lajpat Nagar Cambridge Foundation, Rajouri Garden and NK Bakrodia Public School, Dwarka, uploaded their admission criteria mentioning the upper-age limit.”Age of the child at entry level should be less than four years as on March 31, 2018 as per the orders by the DoE, government of NCT of Delhi,” read the criteria issued by the NK Bakrodia Public School. The principal, however, could not be reached for a comment.In 2015, the Delhi government had declared that it would impose an upper-age limit. This part of the government notification was challenged in high court. However, earlier this year, the court upheld the notification and allowed DoE to fix an upper limit for admission to entry level classes in private recognised unaided schools. The DoE on Tuesday set aside speculation and announced that it would not set a bar.The development has left parents anxious.”My son will turn exactly 4 years one month and 20 days old on March 31, 2018. I have no clue if we will be able to enroll him in nursery this year if other shools will also do the same,” said Ritika Kumar, a parent, who missed getting a seat for her child last year.”Only three schools have come up with their admission criteria and all have put upper age cut off. The DoE should immediately look into the matter,” said Sumit Vohra, founder, admissions nursery.com.When contacted, officials at the DoE said that they were not aware of the development and strict actions will be taken if any such violation of the order is found.NO AGE BARThe DoE had directed all unaided recognised private schools to set the lower-age limit for students in nursery, KG and Class I at three, four and five years, respectively, as of March 31, 2018. It also asked them not to implement any upper-age limit. It also asked them not to implement any upper-age limit.

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Bizman shot dead, robbers flee with money

A 45-year-old businessman was shot dead on Tuesday for resisting a robbery bid in Dwarka Sector 17. Police are yet to make arrest in the case while a few suspects have been detained, police said.According to senior officers, the deceased has been identified as Rajendra Garg, a resident of Uttam Nagar and was a wholesale dealer of a chocolate brand. It was around 10 pm when Garg was reaching his residence in his car that he was approached by two men on a bike.”The moment he reached Kakrola Mod in Dwarka, two men on bike intercepted him and asked him to hand over his bag with cash. When Garg tried to escape, one of the two men pulled out a pistol and aimed it at Garg while the other started snatching the bag from him. On this, Garg held his bag tight and started shouting for help. Seeing that Garg would soon find help from locals, the man shot him in his head and fled with the bag,” said a senior police officer.Hearing the gunshots, locals gathered on the spot and informed the police. Garg was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. A case of murder was then registered and the body was sent for post-mortem examination.”CCTV footages from the area are being scanned to identify the assailants. We are also trying to find out how much money did the accused manage to flee with. Family members are also being questioned to find if Garg had enmity with anyone. Involvement of people known to him is also being looked at,” police informed.

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3 more held in car theft case

The Mumbai Crime Branch sleuths on Tuesday arrested three more persons who were instrumental in altering parts of a stolen vehicle from Mumbai, which was used to ferry cache of arms by a criminal gang. The said gang had looted an arms godown in UP and had ferried the arms in the said vehicle which was intercepted by the Nashik police this month.The accused have been identified as Mehtab Khan (50), Mohamed Abdul Shaikh(49) and Shehzad Ali Shaikh (23) all residents of Sewree area.The police had on Tuesday also arrested a thief Sanjay Salukhe, 22, a resident of Chembur for allegedly stealing a Bolero jeep which was parked opposite Lashkariya Building in Andheri (w) on December 05. The case was being probed by Amboli police station, after there was a delay in registering the case.According to the police, the accused would run a garage and after stealing the vehicle the Salunkhe had taken the car to the accuse’s garage to alter the parts of the jeep after which it was used in ferrying in the arms.”After the arrest of Salunkhe, names of the three accused cropped up and we traced arrested them from Sewree area,” said a crime branch officer.

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Yogi Adityanath-led govt to set up cow protection panels in all UP districts

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to set up cow protection committees in all districts of the state.The ‘Gau Sanrakshan Samiti’ would be headed by the district magistrate and it would ensure that cow sheds in the region operate efficiently, said a statement issued by the state government here on Tuesday.”The committee will be headed by the district magistrate, while the superintendent of police and the district’s chief development officer will be its vice-chairmen. The chief veterinary officer will be its member secretary,” Principal Secretary (Animal Husbandry) Sudhir M Bobde said.Apart from this, to make the committees self-reliant various cow-related products such as biogas, compost, soaps, incense sticks, mosquito repellant coil, phenyl made from cow’s urine would be sold, he said.

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Rajasthan government, doctors remain adamant as patients suffer

As the second phase of in-service doctors’ agitation entered the fourth day on Tuesday, the situation turned worst. Amid the crippled health facilities across the state, the government remained firm on its stand to not to initiate negotiations with agitating doctors. The SMS medical college administration warned the resident doctors of suspension. Issuing a warning to all resident doctors, SMS Medical College principal and controller Dr US Agrawal, asked resident doctors to resume their duties by Wednesday otherwise they will be suspended.On the other hand, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) India has extended its support to in-service doctors’ agitation, condemned the arrests made by Rajasthan government and asked the central government to intervene. In a written statement FORDA, India has said that the resident doctors across the country will be forced to take action in the support of protesting in-service doctors of Rajasthan.Meanwhile, on the fourth day of the strike, health facilities remained crippled at the government hospitals across the state. As the doctors along with resident doctors remained absent from their duties, the patients continued to suffer.At the SMS Hospital a few patients were seen. On Tuesday, the number of OPD patients dipped to the half, compared to any normal day. However, SMS Medical College principal gave the responsibility of different hospitals to all the heads of department and senior doctors to attend to the patients but these alternative arrangements proved insufficient. The strike has left the patients in a lurch as they have to wander from pillar to post for treatment. Patients from the weaker section are forced to go to private clinics and hospitals.The situation at Jaipuria, Kanwatiya, and satellite hospitals were better as most of the government doctors at these hospitals did not join the strike. But these hospitals have to face increased patient load.Meanwhile, government again claimed that the situation with alternative arrangements was normal and refused to talk with striking doctors. Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf on Tuesday said that government has fulfilled most of the demands as per the agreement done in last month and execution of others is in progress. He appealed to the agitating doctors to resume on duties. Doctors leading the agitation remained underground, keeping their phones switched off.

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Furore in Delhi High Court after cops assault lawyer

High voltage drama was witnessed in a courtroom at Delhi HC on Tuesday after the Bar Association members moved the court against the arrest and subsequent assault on a 60-year-old woman lawyer.The Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) members called for a strike after lunch, partially stalling the work, after lawyer Deepa Arya was arrested and allegedly assaulted on Monday, despite the additional public prosecutor’s (APP) assurance of not taking any coercive action against her.According to the plea filed by advocate Avadh Kaushik, Arya, who was in another advocate’s, R K Saini’s, house, was arrested and dragged out of the house.A bench of justices Siddharth Mridul and Deepa Sharma then directed the SHO, Paharganj, to give adequate protection to Arya. “In view of the gravity of the alleged incident, we find it appropriate to direct the SHO, Paharganj, to give adequate protection to Deepa Arya,” the court stated.During the course of hearing, the court expressed its concern regarding the incident and also noted that an FIR has been registered against Arya under Section 354 (D) of the IPC, which pertains to stalking. “How can you (police) lodge a stalking case against a woman? It cannot be done. This cannot be countenanced. We want the officers concerned here. We are not a banana republic. We want immediate action. If we permit the police to function in this manner, then God help us,” the bench stated.The court said it was “pained and disappointed” by the conduct of the police and added that if this was the practice followed in bailable offences, “then what would happen in non-bailable offences”. The DCP was also directed to keep in its custody all the relevant records pertaining to the FIR in question and the incident that took place on December 18, when the woman was dragged out of her house. The petitioner, who has about 35 years of experience as a lawyer, came to the court on a wheelchair as the concerned deputy commissioner of police, SHO, and the erring officials were called.The matter was urgently mentioned in the court of the acting chief justice, who then referred it to a bench of justices Siddharth Mridul and Deepa Sharma for hearing. After considering the matter, the court directed Romil Baniya, DCP (south), to conduct an inquiry and file an affidavit.Notices were issued to the Centre and the Delhi government, which were directed to file a status report, after both Anil Soni and Rahul Mehra, counsel for the Centre and Delhi government (criminal), assured that action would be taken against the officers involved. The matter has been listed for January 5.

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Amar Singh for action against Jet Airways

In the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament on Tuesday, Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh raised the issue of aircraft safety, especially in Jet Airways, and sought answers from Union Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. At about 5 pm, Singh called the issue to attention and said, “I would like to draw the attention of the House to the functioning of Jet Airways aircraft. Lately, they have been involved in several incidents of ground collision, tail strike, reports of pilots coming in late for duty, inordinate delays in flights, and in general, causing great inconvenience to passengers.” He added that these instances had often been reported in press, but no action had been taken against the management. “Attention is also invited to the audit report of United Nations aviation watchdog, which has placed our country’s aviation sector in the list of its 13 worst performing nations. This has been ruinous to the country’s aviation sector image, so I request the minister to inform the House about the remedial steps taken in the matter against Jet Airways and their management.”

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Rajasthan doctors ordered back to work today

A division bench of Rajasthan high court on Tuesday directed agitating doctors to resume duties immediately, ending their 5-day strike. The bench made it a pre-condition to no arrest, too.”We mandate that the doctors must resume duties from tomorrow (Wednesday) and it would be a condition precedent that in case they report back tomorrow, they shall not be arrested by the State,” reads the high court order.The order was passed on an application moved by Dr Abhinav Sharma, who filed the PIL alleging that the doctors are striking against the transfer of other agitating doctors — Dr Ajay Choudhary and Dr Durga Shanker Saini. They are also leading the association of in-service doctors.The bench observed that the doctors have no right to go on strike, especially when all of their demands have been met with, while some demands need consideration at the government level. Meanwhile, the agitating doctors contended in court that they have been addressed as ‘ants’ and ‘mosquitoes’ by the health minister, due to which they are on strike. However, the bench observed this cannot be grounds to strike, even though its incorrect that any side use unparliamentarian language against each other.The bench re-notified the matter for January 3 when the prayer for contempt and stay will be taken up for consideration.

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When acrimony went up in smoke!

A discussion on the health hazards of smoking prompted Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday to curiously inquire about e-cigarettes, triggering rare laughter and light moments in the House.As Congress member Rajni Patil inquired, during Question Hour, about the risks of e-cigarette smoking and the government’s policy on it, Naidu was quick to ask Health Minister JP Nadda to do the explaining.”The supplementaries are over. But I would like to ask the Minister for the sake of the members’ and country’s general knowledge, what is an e-cigarette?” The question amused MPs who had a laugh, lightening up the mood amid serious discussions.As the query came from the Chair, the Minister was prompt to explain to him about the product and its effects. Nadda said, “It contains a capsule of nicotine which is heated and smoker puffs the vapour,” he said.”It does not contain tobacco but the nicotine gives a high in the head of the smoker,” Nadda added. Nadda informed the House that the government was examining ways to tackle the consumption of electronic smoking on the basis of the reports of three panels formed by the Health Ministry to study different aspects of the issue.Some countries have banned e-smoking, he said, assuring MPs that an appropriate decision would be taken.In the houseHealth Minister JP Nadda assured the House that an appropriate decision would be taken regarding the regulation of e-smoking in the country

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BJP tears into ‘clueless’ Rahul Gandhi for attacking PM Modi despite wins

A day after Gujarat’s election results were announced, a fierce war of words broke out between the Congress and the BJP.Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday that the outcome was “a moral victory” for the Congress and “a massive jolt” for the BJP, and has “raised questions on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s credibility”. The BJP won a sixth straight term, but got 16 seats less, compared to the 2012 Assembly elections. The saffron party ridiculed Rahul, saying he was “clueless on how to compete with Modi”, and that it was the Congress leader’s credibility that was at an all-time low.In a stinging response, two Union Ministers, Ananth Kumar and Prakash Javadekar, said Gandhi was probably trying to redefine the meaning of “setback”.”Frankly, Modi ji has a credibility problem. His party repeats whatever he says, but the nation is not listening to it. Gujarat polls showed it and it would be clearer in the times to come,” Rahul said outside Parliament, in his first interaction after the verdict came on Monday.Rahul said he learnt only in Gujarat that people actually do not accept the so-called “Modi model” of development as it is “a very good propaganda, very good PR (public relations) stunt, very good marketing” but the model is “khokhla” (hollow) from inside.Ananth Kumar said that PM Modi’s credibility was at its peak, not just in India but globally. He also reminded Rahul that the BJP was in power in 19 states. Kumar said the BJP’s vote share of 49.1 per cent in these polls is an improvement over the 47.9 per cent it achieved in 2012.Javadekar also said, “Yesterday (Monday) the BJP won Gujarat for the sixth consecutive time and also got the mandate in Himachal Pradesh. But today (Tuesday) a new definition has emerged as Rahul Gandhi described the results as a setback for the BJP.”He said that if Rahul thinks that it was a jolt for the BJP, then either “he is changing the definition of jolt or trying not to understand it”.”Those who were saying that development has gone mad, people gave them a severe jolt by reposing their faith in the BJP,” he said.The BJP leader said that since 2014, BJP has formed governments in Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Assam, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. “While under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership they have lost since 2014,” he said.Javadekar further reminded Rahul that his party has not only been losing state elections, but was also defeated recently in civic polls in Rahul’s pocket borough Amethi.

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Death toll in J&K avalanche up to 3; 2 still missing

The death toll in the avalanche along the Line of Control in the Gurez sector of North Kashmir has gone up to three after Army rescuers pulled out two more bodies on Tuesday.Lance Naik Marigendra Nath Pramanik and Sepoy Shiv Singh were part of the three-member team when an avalanche swept away their high-altitude post last week. Two soldiers are still missing.”Two bodies have been recovered from Gurez. Earlier, the body of another soldier was retrieved from the Naugam sector. However, two soldiers continue to remain missing,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.Last Tuesday, a massive avalanche swept away the army bunkers at two different places. The first incident occurred at Kanzalwan sub-sector of Gurez in the LoC when an avalanche hit the `Mani Post’ in Bagtoor area. Three army jawans manning the post were swept away and are still untraceable. The second incident occurred in the Naugam sector along the LoC, when two soldiers were taken in by a snow slide.For the last seven days, army rescuers have mounted a mammoth search and rescue operation to locate the five missing soldiers. Indian army has also pressed Specialized Avalanche Rescue Teams (ARTs) into service and moved special equipment to the site to trace out the missing soldiers.

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Man held for stealing car, ferrying arms

The Mumbai Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested a man who was instrumental in stealing a vehicle from Mumbai, which was used to ferry cache of arms of a gang. The said gang had looted an arms godown in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and had ferried the arms in the said vehicle which was intercepted by the Nashik police.The arrested has been identified as Sanjay Salukhe, 22, a resident of Chembur. According to the police, a woman had complained to the police that her son’s Bolero jeep which was parked opposite Lashkariya Building in Andheri West on December 5 was stolen. The case was being probed by Amboli police station after there was a delay in registering the case.Inquiry revealed that on December 15, Chandwad Police in Nashik had intercepted a Bolero and nabbed three persons who were ferrying a cache of arms in the saidvehicle.”During the probe of the car theft case Salunkhe’s name cropped up and he was later nabbed from Suman Nagar in Chembur. It was revealed that after the vehicle was stolen, a cavity was made on its roof to conceal weapons. The car was then driven to Banda in UP from where weapons were stolen from a godown,” said a police officer.

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Metro work damages water pipeline in Gorai

Water supply was affected for three to four hours in Gorai area after the ongoing work on Metro-2A corridor damaged a pipeline on Tuesday afternoon. The rail project will provide a new transport link between Dahisar West and D N Nagar in Andheri.According to officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, supply was immediately stopped after they were alerted about the rupture. “There was no wastage of water due to damage in pipeline. It was repaired and water supply was restored by evening,” said S A Waghmare, assistant engineer (water supply) of R Central ward.A spokesperson from MMRDA, the Metro project implementing authority, said officials of contractor J Kumar and the BMC wasted no time visiting the damage spot. “The pipeline was repaired by 6.15 pm,” said the spokesperson.

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318 killed in Kashmir in 2017: govt in Parliament

There have been 318 killings in Jammu and Kashmir this year as frequent encounters took place to deal with the increasing cycle of violence.Security forces got success in killing 203 terrorists — the highest in the last four years. The number of civilians killed in terror-related violence in the same period was also the highest, the government informed Parliament on Tuesday.Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha that 203 terrorists were killed in the state this year till December 10, as compared to 150 in calendar year 2016, 108 in 2015, and 110 in 2014.Talking about the number of civilians killed, Ahir said that 37 of them were killed till December 10 this year, 15 were killed in calendar year 2016, 17 in 2015, and 28 in 2014.Terror-related incidents also peaked at 335 as compared to 322 in 2016, 208 in 2015, and 222 in 2014.Replying to a question on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Ahir said necessary directions were issued from time to time after reviewing the security situation of the state.According to the data provided by the minister, 75 security personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir till December 10 this year, 82 were killed in 2016, 39 in 2015, and 47 in 2014.”In order to prevent the activities of terrorists, numerous steps have been taken, including strengthening of the operational grid with an enhanced human intelligence and use of technical intelligence grid,” he added.Replying to another question, Ahir said the trend of violence in the states affected by Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) declined since 2014.”In the current year (till November 30), LWE violence has decreased by 17.4 per cent, from 984 (incidents) to 813, as compared to the corresponding period in 2016,” he said.Replying to another question about the situation in the north-east, Ahir said the overall security situation in the region had registered a substantial improvement in 2016, in terms of reduction in the numbers of violent incidents and security forces’ casualties.”In 2017, there has been a further improvement in the security situation in the region as the number of insurgency incidents has come down to 276 in the first 11 months of the year,” he said.

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Govt to raise Rs 2,300 crore for waterways through cess on petrol & high speed diesel

Lok Sabha passed the Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2017 on Tuesday that will assist in raising Rs 2,300 crore for developing and maintaining inland waterways through cess on high speed petrol and diesel.“The Bill seeks to amend the Central Road Fund Act, 2000, through which the cess levied and collected on high speed petrol and diesel is distributed for development of rural roads, national highways, railways, state roads and border area roads. The present bill seeks to allocate 2.5% of the CRF generated to accelerate the development and maintenance of national waterways by reduction of an equal percentage from the share of national highways. This would tentatively generate about Rs. 2,300 crore revenue for national waterways,” read a government release.Through this levy, the development of national waterways is expected to get accelerated and also offer incentives and certainty for private sector to invest in inland waterways transport sector.The idea is to have a national waterways to provide cost effective, logistically efficient and environment friendly mode of transport, whose development as a supplementary mode would enable diversion of traffic from the over-congested roads and railways.At this moment, there are 111 National Waterways in India. “In order to suitably develop national waterways, sustainable source of funding is highly necessary as budgetary support and funds from multilateral institutions are inadequate,” said the statement.One of the sustainable sources of funding for the development of waterways is to earmark certain per cent. of cess levied and collected on high speed diesel and petrol under the Central Road Fund Act, 2000.

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Two Kashmiri brothers assaulted in Bengaluru; Mehbooba Mufti demands action

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday demanded strict action against those who allegedly assaulted a Kashmiri student and his brother in Bengaluru last week for not speaking in Kannada, a Dravidian language spoken mainly in the state of Karnataka.According to media reports, a 24-year-old hotel management student from Kashmir and his elder brother were reportedly beaten up and their vehicle damaged by a group of men near a bus stop in north Bengaluru’s Sanjay Nagar locality.The incident happened on the night of December 11, but came to light only yesterday, police said today.”Very disturbed by the news of 2 brothers from Kashmir being assaulted in Bengaluru. I would urge the authorities to take strict action against the accused,” Mufti posted on Twitter today.Two persons — Mahesh and Harish — have been arrested based on the CCTV footage installed near the bus stop. Both are now out on bail, said Chetan Singh Rathore, deputy commissioner of police (Bengaluru North).Mahesh is a fashion designer while Harish a driver, the police said.A friend of the victims, requesting anonymity, said the student, studying in a college here, and his brother were returning home in the early hours of December 11, when one of them stopped the car to answer a phone call.Around that time, two motorcycle-borne youths reached there and asked them something in Kannada.The student told them that he did not know Kannada, following which the youth insisted that they speak in Kannada. “When he and his brother objected, the youth called a few more people and started hitting them with stones. They even damaged their car,” said the friend.The two suffered injuries and were treated at a nearby hospital.

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20-year-old BMC cleaner dies in an accident

A 20-year-old man, who was traveling by a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s clean up van died after the vehicle was hit by a speeding trailer on Monday afternoon.The deceased has been identified as Rizvan Shaikh. a cleaner of BMC.According to the police, the incident took place around 4:30 pm on Monday when Shaikh was seated beside the driver of the vehicle. Near the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link road, when the cleanup van was taking right turn, a speeding trailer came from behind and hit the van injuring Shaikh fatally. The police said, Shaikh had sustained a severe head injury and was immediately rushed to nearby hospital. However he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning.The driver of the trailer fled from the spot,”We have registered a case of rash driving and causing death due to negligence. The victim was a friend of the driver and would come to help him. They were going home when the incident took place. We are trying to trace the vehicle that hit the van,” said a police officer from Tilak Nagar police station.

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Kerala: RSS worker critically injured after attack by unidentified men

In another case of violence, a RSS worker was critically injured in Kannur district of Kerala. He was attacked by unidentified men on Tuesday evening. The worker, identified as Praveen has been rushed to the hospital and is currently in a critical condition. The attack took place in Kathiroor in Kannur district. According to reports, Praveen was travelling by motorcycle, when he was attacked. He has suffered head injury, and also wounds on his left hand and right eye. He is currently undergoing treatment in Kozhikode medical college hospital. Kannur has been the hotbed of political clashes in the state, which has seen frequent altercations between the ruling CPI(M) cadres and RSS workers. Leaders of both BJP and Left have expressed concerns in the past but the cycle of violent clashes have continued unabated.

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RK Nagar bypoll: Campaigning ends today for Jayalalithaa’s vacant seat, polling on December 21

Campaigning for the high-stakes December 21 bypoll to RK Nagar constituency which fell vacant after the death of J Jayalalithaa, came to an end on Tuesday, with the election being seen as a litmus test for the AIADMK-led Tamil Nadu government.AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and co-coordinator K Palaniswami, DMK working president M K Stalin and sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran had hit a blazing campaign trail to ensure victory for their respective candidates.It is the first election to be held in the ‘post Jayalalithaa era’, and necessitated following her death last December.The bypolls will be seen as a report card of the 17-month-old AIADMK government, which itself underwent a tumultuous phase dominated by a rebellion and patch-up involving O Panneerselvam.Chief Minister K Palaniswami and deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam urged voters to elect Madhusudhnanan to take forward the work initiated by Jayalalithaa.In a joint statement, the leaders recalled that the late leader served people with a “motherly” attitude and that she had many plans for the constituency as its MLA.People of RK Nagar were aware of her developmental work for the constituency, which was being taken forward by the ruling AIADMK, they said, while pointing out that this was the first hustings faced by AIADMK in her absence.”Madhusudhanan will aid the government in implementing every other welfare measure with the blessings of Amma”, they added.Jayalalithaa is addressed as Amma, meaning mother in Tamil, by her supporters.Stalin, on his part, vowed to unravel the ‘mystery’ behind the late AIADMK supremo’s demise and assured to put behind bars those ‘found responsible’ for her death in the event of DMK coming to power.During one of his stopovers during the campaign on Tuesday, he said there was a “mystery on how Jayalalithaa passed away and what kind of (medical) treatment was provided” to her during her 75-day hospitalisation, as he dismissed as an ‘eyewash’ the inquiry ordered by the state government into her death.”The first job of the DMK rule will be to find out who is responsible for Jayalalithaa’s death and lock them up in prison,” Stalin, Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly, said.The campaign saw old rivals Stalin and MDMK founder Vaiko share the stage for the first time in many years. The opposition is putting up a united show in a bid to snatch victory in this city segment.There were also allegations of money distribution, with DMK levelling charges against the ruling AIADMK.Many opposition parties, including the Congress, the VCK and the Left have backed DMK candidate N Maruthu Ganesh.Dhinakaran, who fell out of favour with Palaniswami and also lost the battle for the party’s ‘Two Leaves’ symbol to the latter, is fighting as an independent and has expressed confidence that he can spring a surprise against the AIADMK’s E Madhusudhanan, as well as the DMK.With 59 candidates in the fray, the bypoll is virtually confined to old warhorse Madhusudhanan, DMK’s greenhorn Maruthu Ganesh and Dhinakaran.Polling will be held on December 21 while the votes will be taken up for counting on December 24.Meanwhile, with campaigning coming to an end, the Election Commission has now barred all other related activities as is the rule.Liquor shops in the constituency will remain closed from 5 pm today till 5 PM on the polling day, as well as on December 24.

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Jammu and Kashmir: Cases against 5,000 stone pelters to be withdrawn

A committee set up by the Jammu and Kashmir government has recommended the withdrawal of cases against 5,000 youths, accused of pelting stones on security forces, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said the government of Jammu and Kashmir has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the state director general of police to review the cases registered against the youths and examine the legal aspects of withdrawal or closure of such cases which are not heinous in nature.”The committee has recommended 850 cases involving 4,961 (one-time offenders) persons/youths subject to certain terms and condition to the state government,” he said, replying to a written question.The move came after Home Minister Rajnath Singh requested Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to do the needful to withdraw cases against those who were accused of pelting stones for the first time.

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MPs seek permanent solution to stubble burning in a bid to tackle dangerous air pollution

A permanent solution to stubble burning, which has been causing choking pollution in northern states, can be brought about at the cost of just 6 or 7 Rafale fighter jets, Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa said on Tuesday.Seeking immediate sanction of funds by the Centre to solve the problem, he said the NITI Aayog has projected that a permanent solution would cost around Rs 11,000 crore.Raising the issue of choking pollution from stuble burning in Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh through a Zero Hour mention in the Rajya Sabha, Bajwa said this was just the cost of 6-7 Rafale jets.India is buying 36 Rafale fighters for about Rs 59,000 crore contract (7.87 billion euro) from France.He said pollution in the national capital has become a “national shame” and the government should urgently take steps to tackle it.Farmers, he said, needed support and should be given Rs 200 per quintal extra to get rid of crop residue in eco- friendly way. Farmers should be given financial support to stop stubble burning, he added.Vivek Gupta (TMC) wanted to know what steps the government has taken for the disposal of crop residue.Raising the issue of Cyclone Ockhi which has left a trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep, D Raja (CPI) said scores of fishermen are still missing.He demanded that the disaster be declared a national calamity and adequate financial assistance be given to the governments of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Union Terriroty of Lakshadweep.”Fishermen are passing through huge distress,” he said and demanded setting up of a separate ministry of fisheries to deal with issues of the fishermen.Harivansh (JD-U) sought steps to protect Jaiprakash Narayan’s village Sitab Diara in Saran on the UP-Bihar border from being flooded.

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Assembly elections 2017| ‘Gujarat model’ has been shaken, verdict a warning for 2019, Shiv Sena tells BJP

Shiv Sena on Tuesday said ‘Gujarat model’ of development has been ‘shaken’ after BJP won the Gujarat polls with 99 seats as opposed to its intended target of 150.Though Shiv Sena, in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ daily, congratulated the BJP for its win in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, it also cautioned the party and said the Monday’s s results should also be taken as a sign of warning for 2019 general elections.Shiv Sena, which shares an acrimonious relationship with the BJP despite being a coalition partner, said the party could not even touch the triple-figure mark in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, whose development is cited as a model for other states.’Prime Minister evoked Gujarati identity, Pakistan, Hindu-Muslim in his campaigning but nobody talked about the so called development that has taken place in past 22 years,’ ‘Shiv Sena said in its mouthpiece.The party also noted that the demonetisation and the Goods and Service Tax did not affect BJP in urban centres, but Uddhav Thackeray-led party highlighted that Paatidar leader Hardik Patel attracted thousands of people in its rallies, and Congress, along with the young leaders, managed to stop BJP at 99.Shiv Sena concluded by saying that the ‘model’ has been shaken, and hoped that it would not get completely destroyed in 2019.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Video shows BJP workers gifting sarees, ‘buying’ votes

A day before the second phase of polls in the state, a video of unconfirmed BJP workers influencing people by giving them sarees and snacks have gone viral. There is no one to authenticate as to who shot the video.A few videos of several politicians have gone viral on social media over the last couple of days. In the latest video that was shot in a rural area shows a group of angry women, alleging BJP party workers for bribing them.The one-minute-and-nineteen-second video seems to be shot on a mobile phone. Another woman is saying that after the meeting they give us snacks worth Rs50 and gave Saree worth Rs100 and asked us to vote for BJP.On Tuesday, a video has been viral of BJP’s Jamalpur Khadia candidate Bhushan Bhatt in which he is seen asking people to come for a public meeting of Narendra Modi and he doesn’t care about Election Commission’s code of conduct. He, in that video is saying to mass that he will give a token for the fuel so that a large number of people can be reached to the public meeting.VIDEO GOES VIRALThe one-minute-and-nineteen-second video seems to be shot on a mobile phone. Another woman is saying that after the meeting they give us snacks worth Rs50 and gave Saree worth Rs100 and asked us to vote for BJP.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Crimes on the rise ahead of Phase 2 in Ahmedabad

Three complaints of burglary, worth Rs 8.5lakh including valuables, were lodged with Sola, Chandkheda and Danilimda police on Tuesday, aday before the second phase of polls. Satish Patel (43), of Harmony Housing -3, had lodged a complaint with the Sola police. An unidentified man had burgled his house and made off with valuables, including five silver statues, worth Rs 5.9 lakh.The police are investigating the matter by scanning CCTV footages recovered from the nearby area. An insider’s role could not be suspended as yet. A complaint was lodged by 30-year-old Shiraj Meman, where valuables worth Rs1.9lakh were stolen.

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Taj Mahal once again in controversy after video of ‘Shiv aarti’ at site surfaces

Taj Mahal witnessed high drama on Wednesday when two men worshiping Hindu God, Shiv, inside the Mughal monument. A video, showing one of the two men reading Shiv Aarti inside the tomb, while another filming him using a cell phone was leaked on Wednesday. Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force that guards the monument has sought a report on the incident.According to the sources in the force, the video appeared on Wednesday and was apparently filmed on Tuesday evening. Soon as the visitors reported that two men had kept some ‘pooja articles’ on the marble floor near the graves and were seen doing Shiv Aarti, officials intervened and the CISF deployed at Taj Mahal was also informed.”The Director General of Central Industrial Security Force has sought a report on this. The Deputy Commandant deployed at Taj Mahal has been asked to submit a report related to the incident to the DG office, to the District Magistrate and concerned Superintendent of Police. Primary probe has revealed that the video was filmed on Tuesday evening and the matter is being looked into,” a senior officer told DNA.However, the officers also said that cell phones are allowed inside the monument and the two men were not carrying anything suspicious for which they could be stopped at the entrance. “Soon after the incident was reported required measures were taken,” the officer added.The Taj had off late been into repeated controversies, one of them sparked recently when the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department had released a booklet on UP Tourism, featuring most of the state’s heritage and cultural sites leaving Taj Mahal. A few months before this Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in a remark that attracted criticism and controversy, had reportedly said that Taj Mahal did not reflect Indian culture.

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UP: BJP MP threatens to make SDM’s life difficult over drive to remove encroachments

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Priyanka Singh Rawat was caught on camera threatening a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) on Tuesday over a drive against encroachments on government land in Barabanki district.”I’ll make life difficult for you in Barabanki, if people of the area and my party workers suffer any problem,” Rawat lashed out at SDM Ajay Kumar Dwivedi amidst a crowd that had gathered at the scene.Dwivedi, on the government’s directive, was vested with the responsibility of leading the drive to clear out the encroached areas in Chaila village of the district. The site also included a piece of land for a government school and a pond, which has been allegedly illegally occupied by BJP Mandal president Alok Singh.Also readBJP MP quits, claims ‘betrayal’During the drive, a squabble broke out between the department of Tehsildar Revenue Department and the locals, following which SDM Dwivedi was called to the scene.This was followed by another argument between MP Rajesh Verma and Dwivedi, which is when MP Rawat took to the scene and spewed a range of derogatory words at the SDM in retaliation.Also readBJP MP Suresh Gopi booked for forging documents to evade Motor Vehicle TaxAddressing the crowd, she also tried to instigate all to beat up Dwivedi.This is not the first time that the parliamentarian has been involved in a controversy, and has become known for her hot headedness.A few months back, Rawat threatened a police officer, and said she would ‘skin him alive’.

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Election Commission to ‘examine’ Rahul Gandhi’s interviews with Gujarati channels after BJP complaint

The Election Commission on Wednesday said it it is looking into the complaints regarding the alleged violation of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 by Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi whose interview with Gujarati TV channels was telecast after the campaigning for the Gujarat Assembly elections closed on Tuesday evening. BB Swain,Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat, said the poll body has collected the DVDs of the interviews and is looking into the matter. “We have got a complaint regarding telecast of an interview. We have collected the DVDs. We will be doing due examination and look into whether it has violated Rules 126 RP Act or not,” Swain said. Earlier, Union Minister Piyush Goyal alleged said it is not permitted to give an interview after the campaigning has ended. “It was not permitted to give an interview in the last 48 hours of campaigning in Gujarat. I am sure the Election Commission will take cognizance of this and take an action,” Goyal said. The campaigning for the Gujarat Assembly elections drew close on Tuesday evening. Reacting to the BJP charge, Congress said the ruling party is using the “EC as a tool for its political gains.” Also readGujarat polls: Rahul hopes for ‘zabardast result’; give a fitting reply to opposition’s lies, says Modi“When Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi gave interviews to a few Gujarati news channels, BJP, in the name of Election Commission, threatened to jail the journalists of those channels for broadcasting it. We condemn this arrogant behavior of BJP,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.Rahul’s interview with two regional channels, including Zee Kalak, was telecast on Wednesday. Speaking to Zee Kalak, Zee media group’s Gujarati channel, Rahul said this Gujarat election is about truth.”This election will be fought on truth – the truth of note ban, ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ (in reference to GST) etc. You go to Surat, Ahmedabad or any other place in Gujarat, all the small businessmen are saying the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has destroyed them,” he said.Gandhi, who will formally take over as party president later this week, said he believes in the truth and speaks the truth.Voting for 93 seats of 182-member Gujarat Assembly will take place tomorrow and the results for elections will be announced on December 18.

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2 city toddlers drown in separate incidents

In two separate incidents, two children aged two years drowned in the national Capital on Tuesday. While the girl drowned in a drain, the boy drowned in a bucket.In the first incident reported from northwest Delhi’s Wazirpur area, a two-year old boy, identified as Aditya, drowned after accidentally falling in to a bucket full of water at home. The child’s mother had gone to a neighbour’s house while his father was sleeping inside at the time. The bucket was kept at the end of a small staircase, The child was playing near the staircase. It appears he slipped and landed in the bucket face down. Aditya’s father woke up after a while to find him motionless in the bucket.In another incident, a two-year-old girl died after falling into a drain outside an east MCD school in northeast Delhi’s Maujpur area. She was identified as Srishti.According to the police, the incident took place around 8 am.At the time, her father had gone to the school to drop his eldest daughter. He left Srishti outside the school gate, standing on a slab. Reportedly, the slab slipped and the girl fell into the drain. A student from the school saw her falling in and raised an alarm. By the time Srishti was taken out, she had died.Manish, a vendor who generally puts up his stall in the area, said: “We all come in the afternoon to set up our carts in the Maujpur Sabzi Mandi. By the time we came, the incident was over.”

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Policy monitoring unit to be revamped

The Delhi government approved a proposal on Tuesday to revamp and strengthen the monitoring and evaluation unit of its planning department for effective design, development and implementation of various policies.The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. “The newly created monitoring and evaluation unit will create a government-wide roadmap for effective use of modern monitoring and evaluation tools and techniques in government for improved policy making and better delivery of public services,” according to the statement.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said it was under the present government that such a “bold vision” for strengthening and modernising the unit of the planning department has been first articulated, and tangible actions towards the same initiated in the form of a comprehensive Outcome Budget for 2017-18.”This is because our government believes in the fundamental value of data-driven policy-making and the role scientific surveys and evaluations can play in helping elected governments better deliver public services to citizens and with the highest cost-effectiveness,” Sisodia said in the statement.Besides guiding “outcome budgeting”, it will help the government conduct independent surveys and evaluations, enable data analysis and assessment of large government datasets, the government said in a statement.It stated that the unit would also lay down a roadmap for the Delhi government to join the open data movement by making large government datasets open to citizens and researchers.The decision acknowledges the fact that advances in analytical tools and techniques related to monitoring and evaluation in the last decade combined with an increasing complexity and diversity of schemes warrant a scientific, evidence-based approach to policy-making, it stated.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Seaplanes for aam janta haven’t moved past MoU stage as yet

Amdavadis were treated to the sight of Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking off in a seaplane from Sabarmati riverfront to Dharoi Dam to offer prayers at Ambaji temple on Tuesday, the last day of campaigning before the second phase. This has given Amdavadis hope of travelling by a seaplane themselves in the near future, but little do they know that though a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding this connectivity was signed at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit this year, nothing concrete has happened after that.DNA had reported in January that to boost aviation, the government had planned seaplane connectivity — wherever there is a water body — across Gujarat.An MoU was signed between Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Ltd (GUJSAIL) and Supreme Airlines to promote this new mode of transport. Speaking to DNA, Captain Akash Agarwal, vice-president, Supreme Airlines, had said, “We will start operations by April this year from the Sabarmati riverfront, and thereafter connect various other destinations. Aviation enthusiasts can enjoy joy rides or use it to commute to tourist spots surrounded by water. We will invest Rs 40 crore. As of now, we operate in Rajasthan.”However, since there has been no talks this since then. Sources in aviation sector say the tendering process for seaplane connectivity is yet to be undertaken. “The MoU was signed with Supreme Airlines, which presently operates between Ahmedabad and Jodhpur,” says a source. “Perhaps they are looking for land and will begin the tendering process after that. As of now, nothing has happened on that front.”Speaking about PM’s seaplane, highly-placed sources said, “The entire arrangement was made by the Centre in partnership with SpiceJet. The central government intends to implement seaplane connectivity across the country. A demonstration was conducted recently in Mumbai and today (on Tuesday), there was another demonstration.””To implement amphibian planes,” informed another source, “firstly, a jetty is required, and then the necessary infrastructure. Once these are in place, various permissions will have to be sought.”TWITTER JIBEFormer J&K CM Omar Abdullah questioned the PM’s protocol on Twitter. “How is it that the security guidelines were relaxed for this flight? No Z+ protectee is allowed to fly in a single engine aircraft.”

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Debt-ridden bizman attempts suicide, kills 4 of family

After hit by the impact of demonetisation, a textile businessman killed four of his family members and attempted suicide at his home near Pallavaram here on Tuesday. The businessman was troubled by growing debts.Police said debts and a huge loss in business forced Damodharan, a resident of Thiruvalluvar Nagar in Pammal, to take the extreme step.Damodharan murdered his mother Saraswathi, wife Deepa, son Roshan and daughter Meenakshi by slitting their throats with a kitchen knife. Later, he tried to commit suicide by slitting his own throat.Damodharan, who runs Prakash Cloth Store has left two letters detailing the reasons for his decision kill his family members and himself. In a letter to his friend S Balakrishnan, Damodharan said that after the centre brought the demonetisation, there was no growth in the textile sector. “With the price rise, I was living taking more and more loans. Only my debts increased but the textile sales did not go up. If the situation continues like this, many lives will be lost like mine. But the state government is not bothered about all this,” he wrote in the letter recovered by the police from his house.According to the police, on hearing loud noise from his house, neighbours reached there and found four dead bodies. They found Damodharan alive and rushed him to Government General Hospital. The local police reached the spot and recovered the dead bodies after the neighbours informed them. The police have registered a murder case against Damodharan.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Clear stand on Ram Mandir: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Union law and justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday took a potshot at Congress president elect Rahul Gandhi on his temple visits. Speaking to mediapersons at BJP’s media centre in Ahmedabad, Prasad claimed that Rahul Gandhi ran misleading campaign for Gujarat polls.”He should understand that the development of Gujarat was not done by visiting temples but sheer hardwork. The white revolution, industrial revelution, growth rate of agriculture and well-being of people is not because of the temple run. Gandhi exhibited his Shiv Bhakti during Gujarat polls, but I want to ask him when he will show his Ram Bhakti. He should be clear on the issue of Ram Mandir whether that will take shape in Ayodhya or not,” he said.”The Congress president elect also took the help of myth during his campaign by spreading false information. He should understand that Gujarat’s GDP was only Rs71,866 crore in 1995-96 which has increased to Rs10,33,791 crore in 2016-17 in BJP’s rule. They are not coming out with the clarification on former PM Manmohan Singh’s meeting with Pakistani officials. I fail to understand that what kind of ideology the Congress is going ahead with,” added Prasad.The BJP leader also expressed his optimism on BJP’s victory in Gujarat and said that people of Gujarat have deep faith in BJP and leadership of PM Modi as evident when he was the CM. ​Gujarat wants peace and prosperity, that the BJP government in state have maintained and assured, added Prasad.

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Relief from pollution as rain lashes Capital, NCR

After rain lashed the city at 21.7 degrees Celsius, Delhiites finally felt the winter chill for the first time on Tuesday. It was the first coldest day in December with the maximum temperature going down, said officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).The rain that continued through Monday night also brought down temperatures in Delhi-NCR.The Capital could breathe better on Tuesday, as Monday’s rainfall brought the air quality index (AQI) down considerably from 366 units (very poor) to 219 (poor). According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality is set to improve further with the cold north-westerly winds in the coming days.The AQI also came down significantly in NCR towns of Ghaziabad and Noida, which had continuously remained in the ‘severe’ category with the AQI shooting past 400. While Gurgaon which was in ‘very poor’ category improved to ‘moderate’ at 192 units.The AQI units are measured against PM 2.5 — – the most prominent pollutant in Delhi -NCR (measured in microgram per cubic meters).The AQI recorded at Ghaziabad improved from ‘severe’ to ‘poor’ at 290 units while Noida too came down to ‘poor’ at 224 units.”The rain is likely to continue on Tuesday and will help washing down of pollutants hanging in the air. The cold wave from the northern region is to set in from 15-16 December, which will bring in clean air and help improve air quality further,” said a MET department official.After brief respite on December 6 and 7 which was tagged as ‘good air days’ in the month, pollution levels had spiked again on Friday with the AQI shooting up to 390 units.The permissible standards for PM 2.5 — most prominent pollutant in the city — are 60 units (measured in microgram per cubic meters). Last week, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had asked the Lieutenant Governor in a meeting to tell Delhi government to start patrolling of small industrial units using cheap fuels leading to pollution.AIR QUALITY Delhi: 219 (poor) Ghaziabad: 290 (poor) Noida: 224 (poor) Gurgaon: 192 (moderate) Faridabad: 229 (poor)

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Enrolment to Std I in BMC schools sees sharp drop

Enrolment to Std I in civic-run schools in Mumbai has come down to 32,218 in 2016-17 from 63,392 students in 2008-09, according to a study by Praja Foundation. This is apparently due to fall in the quality of education provided by the BMC schools.Overall dropout rate was 8 per cent in 2016-17, down from 15 per cent the year before. English medium schools seem to be a better job on this front with a dropout rate of 2 per cent, shows the data released on Tuesday.Praja Foundation had commissioned the to Hansa Research which was conducted in March-April across Mumbai over 20,317 households. Out of this, a total of 3,081 households have children in the age group of 3-15 years and 2,768 households had school-going children. Nearly 400 households surveyed sent their children to municipal schools.If the current trend continues, the enrolment figure will come down to nearly half of the enrolments in 2008-09, says the survey.The study also reveals that compare to private school candidates appeared for scholarship and scholarship holders are very less in MCGM schools. If in private schools candidates appeared for scholarship are 14,690 in 2016-2017, then in MCGM that figure is just 3,276 candidates and scholarship holders in private schools are 10.9% then in MCGM schools are just 0.6% in same year.The total number of students appeared for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) in MCGM in March 2017 were 11,972 whereas this number in private schools are 135,392 and the pass percentage in MCGM is 68.91% whereas in private school is 91.81% shows the study. A fall in the total percentage of MCGM students passing the SSC exam points to a fall in outcomes for municipal school students.Nitai Mehta, founder and managing trustee of Praja Foundation said the BMC must push for penalising teachers for poor student performance. “However, it should ensure that teachers and principals are provided the necessary training, authority and capacity building mechanisms with reference to their school and students.”

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Nitish Kumar faces flak on Sameeksha Yatra Day 1

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar started his ‘Vikas Karyon ki Sameeksha Yatra’ on Tuesday to take feedback from the masses about implementation of developmental works and social awareness campaigns run by the state government.His Sameeksha Yatra commenced from West Champaran’s Patilar village, the same village from where he commenced his ‘Vikas Yatra’ in 2009. “The purpose of the yatra is to take stock of the progress on the ground. The government runs on the feedback of the people,” said Nitish, who has undertaken almost 10 yatras in the last 12 years.The CM, however, had to face protests by the people on Day 1 itself. Sugarcane farmers in Bagaha police district raised slogans to draw the CM’s attention to their condition. The CM said a proper platform would be given to them to put forth their grievances. In the same district, a section of women also protested against exclusive progress of certain villages. They alleged that the officials only worked for development of those areas where the CM’s visits were scheduled.On Tuesday, Nitish laid the foundation stone as well as inaugurated developmental schemes worth over Rs 100 crore in West Champaran. “The CM will take stock of implementation of Saat Nischay (seven resolves) scheme, total prohibition, Right to People’s Grievance Redressal Act and the Right to Public Service Act. He will also check the awareness campaigns run to discourage dowry and child marriage across the length and breadth of Bihar,” said a senior Bihar government official.The Opposition targeted Nitish’s yatra as a “gimmick” and Leader of the Opposition in Bihar legislative assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav said, “The school building he had laid the foundation stone could not get four-wall in eight years, a primary-health centre is being launched thrice… What Vikas? He should undertake Prayashcitt (repentance) Yatra and Deemak (termite) Yatra.”Sources said Nitish is likely to face more protests, especially from contractual employees, who are demanding regularisation of job and equal pay for equal work, and have created ruckus at Nitish’s yatras over the last few years.

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ZEE-JLF to feature over 400 speakers

The countdown to the next edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) to be held on January 25-29, 2018 began with a preview held in the national Capital on Tuesday. The event was marked with a vigorous debate on the subject “Populism is the greatest threat to democracy” with JD(U) spokesperson Pavan Varma, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, academician Rakshanda Jamil, lawyer Akhil Sibal, and journalist Pragnya Tiwari participating in it.Varma spoke about how, in a democracy, populism was a deterrent to good governance because parties make promises only to win polls. He added that this breeds cynicism among people, making them feel like ‘sab to chor hai’. Agreeing with Varma, Tharoor said populism led to de-legitimisation of pluralism, or minority points of view that did not agree with the majority opinion.The organisers on Tuesday released a list of further 177 authors who will be present at this year’s festival, bringing up the total number of speakers to over 400. Dominic Dromgoole, former artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, Burmese human rights activist Ma Thida; Philip Norman, the author of Beatles biography are some of the speakers.This is the third tranche of announcements over the past two weeks. The ZEE-JLF line-up includes well-known names such as Helen Fielding, writer of the popular Bridget Jones’ Dairy series; academy award winning scriptwriter Tom Stoppard; Amy Tan, author of the bestselling Joy Luck Club; acclaimed travel Pico Iyer; and Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje.About the programming this year, “Poetry will be special focus this year – there will be around 35 poets from all across the world and India,” says festival director Sanjoy K Roy. “And we have around 25 Harvard professors, from particle physics, literature, history – an instant pop-up university,” says festival co-curator William Dalrymple.The festival will also, this year, inaugurate a new venue adjacent to the Diggi Palace in what used to be the car park. “This is where all the popular sessions, Bollywood, cricket, Shashi Tharoor (with a laugh) with audiences of 10,000 will be housed,” says Dalrymple. Another new venture is a literary prize named after French philosopher Romain Rolland which will be given by the French government to the best book translated from French into an Indian language.STAR-STUDDEDZEE-JLF organisers released a list of 177 more authors who will be present at the festival. The total number of speakers for this year has reached over 400.

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12 special courts to try cases against politicians: Govt to Supreme Court

The Centre Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it will set up 12 special courts to speed up trials in pending cases involving MPs and MLAs in the country.These special courts would adjudicate 1571 criminal cases pending against lawmakers. The scheme for establishing these special courts is ready, the court was told. Decisions regarding requirement of additional courts will be taken in due course.According to the affidavit, more time was required to compile the nationwide data on pendency of cases against MLAs and MPs.According to data compiled by Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), affidavits filed by politicians at the time of submitting nomination papers for 2014 general election and Assembly polls showed that 1,581 cases were pending against politicians. Ten cases were later dropped due to death of the politicians named in the cases.It may be recalled that the Supreme Court had asked the Centre and the Election Commission for their response to a PIL seeking to restrain convicted politicians from holding any posts in political parties.The PIL sought directions to the Centre and the Election Commission to frame guidelines to decriminalise the electoral system and ensure inner-party democracy as proposed by the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC).The petition also named several politicians who have been convicted or have charges framed against them but continue to hold posts in political parties and “wielding political power.” It points out that now even a person who has been convicted for heinous crimes like murder, rape, smuggling, money laundering, loot, sedition, or dacoity can form a political party and become its president.

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Indian Railways to use GPS-enabled devices to fight fog this season

The Indian Railways has ditched the tried-and-tested method of tying crackers to the tracks to alert drivers of approaching signals, in favour of a system that can ensure trains no longer move at a snail’s pace in foggy weather.The device — Fog Pass (Fog Pilot Assistance System) or FSD — is GPS-enabled and can continuously calculate the distance of the train in relation to the next landmark, enabling drivers to know when exactly a signal is approaching.The national transporter has recently installed 4,920 such devices in the most fog-affected railway zones — northern, north-central, north-eastern and north-western.Plans are afoot to install an additional 1,175 such devices in two more zones by this Friday — east-central and northeast-frontier — to take the total to 6,095, covering the most-affected zones.”In the absence of this device, (the) crew has to reduce speed, often to walking speed in search for signals. With the deployment of FSDs, train pilots are able to know precisely and, in advance, about the location of signals, level-crossing gates and other such approaching markers,” an official said on Tuesday.Any approaching landmark will be announced by a recorded voice before 500 metres and three pre-fed marks are shown at a time on the display unit in bold letters, along with the distance to reach the first landmark. Speed and time are also displayed on the right-bottom corner. There is also a provision to cross-check history, the official added.

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Odisha: Teacher arrested for sexually harassing two minor students in school

A teacher in a government-run school in Odisha’s Ganjam district was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly outraging the modesty of two Class VII girl students.The assistant teacher in Gahangu upper primary school, was arrested on the basis of complaints lodged by the girls, both aged around 12 years, said inspector in charge of Buguda police station, Rama Chandra Biswal.In separate complaints, the girls alleged that the teacher touched them inappropriately on their private parts inside a room in the school on Friday, he said.The students had informed about the incident to their parents after which complaints were lodged with the police.A large number of people, including parents of the students, staged a demonstration outside the school demanding immediate action against the teacher.The teacher, however, denied the allegation and claimed that there was an attempt to tarnish his image.The arrested teacher has been booked under various sections of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POSCO) Act, the IIC said.District Education Officer (DEO), Sanatan Panda has sought a report from the block education officer (BEO) in this regard.We have asked BEO to inquire into the matter. We will take appropriate action against the teacher after getting report, he said.

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SC slams Delhi government over over solid waste management issue

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Delhi government to take necessary and effective steps to manage solid waste in the city.Slamming the government over mismanagement of solid waste, the apex court has asked the Delhi government to make a plan within four weeks to solve the issue.The top court has asked the Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain to urgently call a meeting on solid waste management with an expectation of a definite plan of action to be prepared for Delhi which could be replicated in other cities too.Earlier on November 15, the Delhi High Court had asked the Delhi government to notify the solid waste management bye laws.

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Sankar murder: Six sentenced to death in honour killing case, Kausalya welcomes verdict

In a sensational case of honour killing, Tamil Nadu’s Tirupur Principal District and Sessions Court on Tuesday sentenced six persons to double death penalty for the daylight murder of 23-year-old dalit V Sankar who had married an upper caste woman. The murder took place in a busy marketplace and was caught on CCTV cameras. Of the 11 accused, six including girl’s father Chinnasamy received death penalty, one person was awarded double life sentence, one person got at a five-year sentence and three including girl’s mother Annalakshmi were acquitted.Judge Alamelu Natarajan pronounced the verdict on Tuesday. Sankar’s wife Kausalya was accompanying him when three bike-borne men hired by her parents attacked them in full public view near a busy bus stand in Udumalpet on March 13, 2016. Sankar died on way to the hospital, while Kausalya survived with head injuries. Saukalya’s parents were against their marriage as Sankar was a dalit. Both Sankar and Kausalya studied in a private engineering college in Pollachi when they got married against her parent’s wish. Kausalya, hailing from Dindigul, belongs to politically powerful Thevar caste.Kausalya who lives with Sankar’s family welcomed the court’s verdict. “Though I am against death penalty, the severest punishment given in this case would create fear among perpetrators of such heinous crimes. Our wait for the verdict did not go waste as the verdict given in my case was first of its kind in the country. The punishment like the double death penalty and double life sentence were given to prevent the convicts from escaping through the holes in the law. Hence I welcome the verdict as a whole,” she said, adding that however, she would appeal against the acquittal of her mother Annalakshmi, maternal uncle Pandithurai and her another relative in the Madras High Court.“If other convicts appeals against the verdict, I will fight them in the court,” she said, adding that she would continue her fight for justice in the court as well as in the public domain.“Justice for Sankar’s murder does not end with this court’s verdict alone. Only the enactment of a law against caste-based honour killing is the real justice for the murder of Sankar. I hope this verdict would help achieve this goal,” she said, sought police protection for Sankar’s family and herself following the acquittal of the three accused and tension prevailed in the court premises after the verdict.Special Public Prosecutor U Sankaranarayanan said that judge wanted the punishment given in the case to act as a deterrent in future against such honour killings. The court also ordered a total compensation of Rs 11.95 lakh to the girl and Shankar’s family, he said. After the investigation, the police arrested 11 persons including Kausalya’s parents in connection with the case and registered cases under seven different sections in the Indian Penal Code and under Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Police had filed a 1500 page charge sheet against the accused.

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Greater Noida teen killer kept in isolation at juvenile home

The 16-year-old boy who was arrested for killing his mother and sister at their Greater Noida residence has been kept under observation and in isolation at the juvenile home. A team of doctors, including psychologists, are keeping an eye on him to check for behavioural changes and to make sure that he does not develop suicidal tendencies.Talking to DNA, officials taking care of the teen said that during his first day in the juvenile home, he did not utter a single word. He has been kept separately so that he doesn’t get violent and attack other inmates.”A team of doctors and councillors is keeping an eye on him and trying their best to keep him out of depression,”the official said. According to the officials, the boy was remorseful and cried for some time after being brought to the observation home in Phase II of Noida.”He was accompanied by his father and relatives. They came around 6 pm on Saturday. He hugged his father and kept crying. Once we start seeing changes in him, we will move him with the other inmates,” said Nem Chand, Superintendent of the observation home.Meanwhile, the boy has gradually started talking to other inmates. “We have told other inmates to not discuss or ask him about the incident. He is getting better by the day. He is, however, ashamed of the act he committed. He is reading books by famous legends such as Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekanand,” Chand said.On the first day, the boy was so tired that he went to sleep at 10 pm and woke up at 6 am. He seemed to be tired and depressed after traveling 2,511 km. “He eats egg and bread with milk in the morning, sabji, roti, dal-chawal, for lunch and sabji, roti, raita for dinner,” Chand added.After an examination by a psychologist, the next step would be his age determination. The juvenile house has 130 other inmates from five district — Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Shamli, Meerut, and Muzzafarnagar.On Tuesday night, the boy’s 42-year-old mother and 11-year-old sister were found murdered in their Greater Noida flat. His father was out of station for work when the incident took place.According to the CCTV footage accessed by a team of officials probing the case, deceased Anjali and the two children were last seen entering the society around 8 pm on the fateful night and the boy was seen leaving the building around 11.30 pm.

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Brief spell of rain brings relief to pollution-hit Capital

The pollution-hit Capital heaved a sigh of relief on Monday after a light rainfall graced the city in the evening. The drizzle started around 5 pm and as much as 2 mm rainfall was received till 8.30 pm, officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.The air quality, however, remained ‘very poor’, with an AQI score of 366 during the evening. Scientists at the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said the rain was likely to continue on Tuesday as well, with which the air quality might improve from poor to moderate in the coming few days. In fact, it is not expected to end up in the ‘severe’ category till December-end.”The rain is likely to continue on Tuesday and will help in washing down of pollutants hanging in the air. The AQI in the city is expected to range from moderate to poor in the coming fortnight,” said Dipankar Saha, chief of air laboratory, CPCB. The temperature is also expected to come down with the downpour, he added.The maximum and minimum temperatures on Monday were recorded at 24.2 degrees Celsius and 8.2 degrees Celsius, respectively.”So far, winter has not set properly in Delhi. It is expected to set in by December 15-16. At present, the pressure in the atmosphere is low, which will pick up after winter sets in and a cold wave from the Himalayas comes in. Air from this region is clean and will help improve the air quality in the Capital as well. In the next 20 days at least, it will not touch the ‘severe’ category,” Saha said.After a brief respite on December 6 and 7, which were tagged as ‘good air days’ in the month, pollution levels spiked once again on Friday, with the AQI shooting up to 390 units. The permissible standards for PM 2.5 — the most prominent pollutant in the city — are 60 units (measured in microgram per cubic meters).Meanwhile, the air quality in the NCR towns of Ghaziabad and Noida, which are industrial hubs, continued to remain in ‘severe’ category at 463 and 408 units, respectively.Last week, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had asked the Lieutenant-Governor in a meeting to tell the Delhi government to start patrolling of small industrial units using cheap fuels, which leads to pollution.The Delhi Technological University (DTU) surrounded by Narela, Bawana, and Badli in outer Delhi has been witnessing massive pollution levels. The air quality index (AQI) readings of these two areas is always found to be high.

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Succession claims continue in Bombay High Court for Bohri head’s post

Taher Fakhruddin Saheb, son of the deceased original challenger to the post of Syedna, which is currently being held by the 53rd Dai Ul Mutlaq and Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, said, “Parents and siblings of my wife, have not given misaq (oath of allegiance) to me on my succeeding as the 54th Syedna and I don’t know if they gave it to my father, late Khuzaima Qutbuddin.”Fakhruddin has been testifying in the declaratory suit filed by Qutbuddin before his demise, seeking to declare him as the 53rd Syedna.On Tuesday, during the cross examination in the Bombay High Court, Fakhruddin replied to the question raised by counsel Iqbal Chagla, appearing for Mufaddal, by saying, “My father appointed me as the 54th Dai. When I succeeded him, I did take misaq from my siblings.”However, to another question he said, “His in-laws, who stay in the United States of America have not given him misaq.”Replying to a question on the way misaq is given, Fakhruddin said, “It is given by people on their own free will and also by the persons who believe in the faith.”Fakhruddin also said that his father (Qutbuddin) had over several occasions, spread over years, bestowed special knowledge and dawat secrets to him which were not disseminated in the many sermons given while his father was alive. He pressed that this knowledge was given so that he could serve the dawat sincerely and with devotion.Qutbuddin, who passed away pending the trial, in the declaratory suit had claimed that the 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanudin had conferred nass on him but told him to keep it secret until his death. However, the incumbent Syedna has claimed that he was conferred the nass by Burhanudin in London. Qutbuddin had publicly challenged the succession after the death of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddinm, the 52nd Syedna, on January 17, 2014. The deposition will continue on Wednesday.

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‘Criminal Game’ may have caused son to murder mum, sis

Believe it or not but a “game” may have been the reason for the deadly crime of mother and daughter. According to police officials, the mother-daughter duo in Greater Noida, were murdered due a real life “crime game” being played by their 16-year-old son, who remains to be at large and is the prime suspect in the case.Speaking to DNA, the father of the prime accused has revealed that the teenager who is suspected of killing his mother and sister was hooked to an online game called “High School Gangster” “as the game had different task like causing hurt or injuring someone.”He used to spend hours playing this game. I had started seeing a change in his attitude from quite a long time and his grades were also going down. In September, I had to take away his cell phone and had severely reprimanded him,” said Soumya Agarwal, the accused boy’s father.According to the police, the boy was hooked on to the game and could harm other people under the influence of the game. The content of the games are stated as ‘extremely violent’ as mentioned in the game information of the play store.He further stated that if his son is found to have committed the murder also, he should not be held guilty as he thinks that he would have been influenced by a game which he had been playing for quite a while time now rather the police should arrest the game developer and not his son.However, he alleged that the crime has been committed by some professionals and his 16-year-old son has been kidnapped. They said the family of six was a happy one and there were no problems.”The murders were well executed as the accused has not left any clue. It seems that the mother and daughter were sleeping when they were murdered,” Agarwal added.”This game highlights escaping high school! It’s not a romantic high school love story.”Sneak out of this HighSchool is a violent video game which highlights escaping high school! It’s not a romantic high school love story at all. It is like a prisoner who is looking to escape jail. There are security cameras to monitor every crime move, as he grab weapons to hit and kill security guards. Killing, robbing, stealing, destroying things is a part of this game’s highlights Killing, rubbing, stealing, destroying things is a part of this game.””The boy shared a strong bond with his mother and sister. The case is shrouded in mystery and those investigating the matter should focus on saving the boy’s life, who we believe is also under threat,” said Agarwal.CASE BACKGROUNDOn Tuesday night, a mother-daughter duo were found dead with multiple stab wounds on their bodies at their residence in the Gaur City area of Greater Noida.
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Ambedkarite youth urges followers to donate ‘one pen,one book’

With an intention of spreading Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s message of educating and organisation, a bunch of young Ambedkarite’s are appealing people to donate ‘One pen, one notebook’ which can be donated to the underprivileged students. This initiative is to commemorate Dr Ambedkar’s death anniversary. The initiative, which was started by the Facebook Ambedkarite Movement (FAM)- an online forum in 2015 has now entered its third year with several youth and student organisations being associated with it. As part of the initiative, a bunch of youngsters appealed people who come to Chaityabhoomi on December 6 to bring a pen and a notebook instead of flowers and other offerings to pay real tribute to Dr Ambedkar. This year, despite the heavy rains that lashed the city on Tuesday, the group was firm on continuing the drive. “We could not set up the stall a day prior and had to shift all our collected notebooks to people’s homes. Today, we have set up a collection counter in a couple of stalls to get more donations” said Datta Jawale, a member of the core team. So far, the group has distributed notebooks and pens to the remotest villages in Amravati, Sangli, Thane, Palghar, Nashik and areas in and around Mumbai. “We have been appealing people on social media and messaging platforms and have got a great response” added Jawale.
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Mughal emperors broke down 6000 places, Jama Masjid was Jamuna Devi temple: BJP leader Vinay Katiyar

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader on Thursday claimed that Delhi’s Jama Masjid was originally Jamuna Devi temple.Speaking to ANI, BJP leader Vinay Katiyar said, “There were about 6000 places that were broken down by the Mughal emperors. Delhi’s Jama Masjid was originally Jamuna Devi temple, similarly Taj Mahal was Tejo Mahalaya.” “Our religious places were targeted by Muslim but we have asked Ram Janambhumi, Baba Biswanath mandir in Kashi and Krishna janambhumi in Mathura. As of now we only want that Ram Temple should be built on Ram Janmbhoomi,” added Katiyar.Katiyar also targeted the Congress and Kapil Sibal, for representing the Sunni Waqf Board in the ongoing long-standing Ayodhya dispute at Supreme Court. However, Sibal yesterday refuted the allegations. “Congress wants to build a mosque at that place but we will not let that happen. If congress continues their efforts to build a mosque then we would charge to other 6000 places of religious importance,” said Katiyar.Sibal on Tuesday demanded for the next hearing in the case to be held only in July 2019 after the completion of the next Lok Sabha polls, citing political ramifications. This statement by the Congress leader has created uproar in the political scenario of the entire country. The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred hearing in the case for February 8, 2018.
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Two cops suspended as man dies in police stn

High drama erupted at the Keshavpuram police station in North-West district on Tuesday night after a 43-year old man, who complained of chest pain, died while he was inside the police station in connection with a quarrel case. Two police officials of the rank of the Assistant Sub-Inspector have been suspended pending enquiry.According to the police a call was received around 11:45pm about a quarrel at Tri-Nagar bus stand. A minute after the first call another call was received from the same area but a different caller. When the police officials reached the location a juvenile identified as Rushit alleged that he was beaten by Kulbhushan Chaturvedi (43) and wanted his medical examination to be done. Police officials also asked Chaturvedi if he wanted to get his medical done as well but he refused.Around 12:52 am Rushit’s medical test was conducted after which he reached the police station again and asked for the course of action. Kulbhushan was called back to the police station and it was during this time he died. “Kulbhushan complained of chest pain in the station after which he was rushed to the Fortis hospital by his family members around 2am. He was declared dead by the hospital around 2:30 am,”said a police officer.
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75 glorious yrs of Campion School

On Tuesday the auditorium of NCPA Tata Theatre was full with the large number of current and past students, current and former teachers, as well as the former administration staff that had come to attend the platinum jubilee of the iconic Campion School located at Cooperage road at Fort on Tuesday.The event was also attended by renowned personalities that passed out from Campion School like Niranjan Hiranandani, MD Hiranandani Group and Senior Congress leader and Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor. Among other dignitaries present were Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, and Chief Post Master General HC Agrawal.Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao, in his speech praised Campion’s illustrious list of alumni. He said, “I was impressed to know many renowned personalities are alumni of the School. I do hope that the School will continue its tradition of producing men of character, values and compassion who will provide leadership to society in all areas of human endeavour.”The school released event brochure and its logo that will be used for whole year for correspondence. The documentary ‘Beyond the first step’ of the school was also shown.The Campion school at Fort was once started on 20 January 1943 with 23 students by members of Society of Jesuits. The school now has 830 students.The school was once in a small building in a rental ground floor at 45, New Marine Lines. The school’s first principal was late Fr Joseph Savall. It use to give Cambridge education to its students till 1956.RENOWNED ALUMNIPraful Patel, Former Aviation Minister Shashi Tharoor, MP Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, Managing Director of Hiranandani Group Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, MP and Congress Leader Rajdeep Sardesai, Indian news anchor and author Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group. (L-R) C Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, Paul Machado, Principal, Dr Eric Borges, Chairman, Campion School, Niranjan Hiranandani, MD of Hiranandani Group and Dr Frazer Mascarenhas, Jesuits’s Provincial’s representative
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