<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, state prison inmates can now keep in touch with their families, thanks to the efforts of the state prison department. Inmates can make video calls to their families. There are plans to cover other such correctional establishments in subsequent phases.”We have issued orders that it should start for open jails and women prisons… we will expand it to other facilities later,” said Bhushankumar Upadhyaya, additional director general of police (prisons).”At present, the facility has been made available in the open jails at Amravati and Nagpur where prisoners can make video calls using apps like WhatsApp to their relatives from handsets given to officials … it will also cover prisoners in women jails,” said Yogesh Desai, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Eastern Region, Nagpur.He added that the phone numbers of relatives on which these inmates would call were verified by the local police. “They will be able to make phone calls once in 15 days. Earlier, they were allowed to make voice calls, and the facility has been enhanced to video calling,” said Desai.”The prisoners who are lodged in the open jails in Vidarbha are selected from correctional facilities across the state… this video calling facility will reduce the expenses of their relatives who have to travel to these prisons for long distances and give them the satisfaction of meeting their family members,” he explained.While convicts are allowed two visits from their relatives, they can make phone calls to their families once every fortnight. Undertrials can meet their relatives once a week.”We are also allowing undertrials to make these video calls at an experimental level. However, convicts are given preference,” said Desai.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person, belonging to the minority community, died and about ten others were injured when members of the two communities fired at each other and threw bricks in a clash over demolition of a toilet near a mosque in communally-sensitive Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday afternoon.Tension prevailed in Khurramnagar under Vijaygarh Police Station in Aligarh district when members of the two communities clashed with one another following a long dispute over toilet near a mosque. Soon it turned violent when someone opened fired killing 18-year-old Haseen Khan on the spot.The small dispute soon took communal colour and members from both the communities used sharp-edged weapons to attack each other leaving about ten injured, four of them seriously. The mob also torched a few vehicles. Eyewitnesses claimed that land adjacent to the mosque in Khurramnagar belonged to a one Om Prakash Upadhyaya. A few years ago, management of the mosque constructed a toilet on Upadhyaya’s land. The dispute over construction of toilet was on since then between members of both the communities.After fighting a court battle, Upadhyaya’s brother Ramveer Fauji obtained an order from the court to demolish the toilet constructed on the encroached land. Om Prakash, Ramveer and few others reached the site on Saturday morning to demolish the toilet only to face stiff opposition and challenge from members of the minority community.After a heated argument, both sides opened fire and threw bricks at each other. One bullet hit Haseen and he died on the spot. Om Prakash, Rajveer, Ajay, Vikash, Santosh were among eight who sustained serious injuries while Mohabbat Ali and one more person got critically injured. The injured have been admitted at the district and other hospitals. Police Force and Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed in and around mosque in Khurramnagar village. The situation is tense but under control. FIRs have been lodged from both sides blaming each other for the communal clash.“The situation has been brought under control and there is no tension in the village after deployment of heavy force, including the RAF. The dispute over toilet led to the clash between the two communities. We are looking into the history of the dispute and verifying the court order. A peace committee has also been formed to settle the dispute amicably,” said Dr H.B. Yashod, the District Magistrate, Aligarh.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The State BJP will be organising a district level kabaddi tournament to vow the youth. To retain and maintain its position BJP has clearly made a strategy of organising sports tournament to connect with the young blood. Last year also BJP had organised a cricket tournament, following the path this year they are organising a Kabbdai tournament. As the Loksabha and assembly elections are approaching, it seems clear that BJP is trying is best to involve as many youths possible and hence they have found a way to do so by organising a sports tournament on regular intervals. During last year also BJP organised the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Cricket Tournament. As a part of the tournament, district and ward level cricket tournaments were organised in all districts of the state including Jaipur.According to BJP leaders, sports is an easy way for connecting youth with the government’s plan and organisation’s ideology. More and more young players are joining the organisation through these tournaments. The results of last years tournament were very positive for the party . The BJP has started the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Kabaddi Tournament from October 7 across the state. Teams from different wards have participated in the tournament. The highest number of teams were formed by Jaipur Rural BJP which are 4800 teams. BJP city president Sanjay Jain told that every booth’s Kabaddi team will participate in tournament and thousands of youth will associate temselves with the party.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union Cabinet today gave its ex-post facto approval to the renaming of Kandla Port in Gujarat as Deendayal Port.The Kandla port, one of the top 12 major ports in the country, had been rechristened as Deendayal Port in the name of Hindutva icon Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, the government had said last week.”The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the renaming of Kandla Port as Deendayal Port,” an official statement said.Ports in India are generally named after the city or town in which these are located, it said, adding that the government, in special cases, after due consideration have renamed ports after great leaders in the past.By renaming the Kandla port as Deendayal Port, a “grateful nation would be remembering the invaluable contributions made by one of the greatest sons of India, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya”, the statement said.This will inspire people of Gujarat, particularly the youth, who may not be fully aware of the contributions made by the great leader, the statement added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajya Sabha on Friday witnessed uproar over the Central Government giving its approval to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s proposal to rename the iconic Mughalsarai railway station to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya station.Jan Sangh leader Deen Dayal Upadhyaya was found dead in mysterious circumstances near Mughalsarai station on February 11, 1968.The central government has cleared and forwarded Yogi Adityanath’s proposal to the Railway Ministry.Rajya Sabha was adjourned for 10 minutes after Samajwadi Party members entered into the well of the House and shouted slogans against Government for giving green signal for the renaming of Mughalsarai railway station. Bahujan Samaj Party members also registered their protest on the issue.Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal demanded that the House should thoroughly debate on the issue before a no objection certificate is issued.Mughalsarai is one of the oldest and biggest railway junctions in Uttar Pradesh and the Chief Minister Adityanath had proposed the renaming of the station in June.As per the Central Government guidelines it is mandatory for a state government to obtain an NOC from the Home Ministry for renaming railway stations, villages, towns and cities.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The State Legislature on Thursday passed the Yogi government’s maiden budget of Rs 3.84 lakh crore amid opposition boycott on the last day of the Budget Session.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath slammed opposition members for boycotting the session. “Chandni raat choron ko achhi nahin lagti,” he quipped on the floor of the house. Yogi said he failed to understand the reason behind the unruly behaviour of the opposition and their boycott.Opposition members have been boycotting Budget Session since July 19 accusing the CM of gagging their voice. They even held a parallel mock assembly session in central hall for which they have been slapped notices by the Speaker HN Dixit.”Truth is always bitter, and it seems that the opposition members too could not digest the truth of good governance being provided by the present government,” he said.Summing up the discussion on Budget Session, which began on July 11, 2017, Yogi countered opposition’s allegations that his government has scrapped schemes of erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav regime.”We have allocated Rs 296 crore to upgrade Dial 100 scheme. Earlier, it was being misused for extortion and blackmail, but we are upgrading the software so that the caller’s message goes simultaneously to concerned police stations, the Circle Officer, and even the SSPs for effective policing and quick redressal,” he pointed.He claimed that budget has been allocated for Police recruitment and modernisation and upgrading surveillance system to keep an effective check on crime. Yogi claimed that crime rate has gone down significantly in four months.”Cases of atrocities against Dalits have gone down by 16.67 per cent, and murder by 5.16 per cent. During previous regime over 450 riots were recorded, but in our four month rule, not a single riot took place anywhere in Uttar Pradesh,” he claimed.The CM claimed cases of eve-teasing also witnessed a sharp decline after Anti-Romeo Squad was formed. He also announced setting up of State Disaster Management Response Force on the pattern of NDRF to meet any exigencies across state.The CM exhorted all legislators to adopt two villages in their constituencies under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Yojana. He sanctioned 100 hand-pumps to each legislator. Those whose constituencies fall in urban areas have been asked to adopt two wards in their areas.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 5,000 Jains assembled in Ranigunj here and chanted ‘Navkar Mantra’ together for 36 lakh times for world peace. ‘Navkar Mantra’ is considered to be the most pious mantras for Jains. “The Navkar Mantra Jaap started at 8.30 am and continued non-stop for two hours till 10.30 am,” said Parasmal Dungarwal, president of Shri Vardhaman Sthankavasi Jain Shravak Sangh Secunderabad, under whose aegis the event was organised. “With young and old holding placards having messages on promoting peace, people from all walks of life from Jain community participated besides over 100 people from different religions too took part in the chanting,” according to a release. Jain Monk Praveen Rishiji Upadhyaya, who led the peace initiative said “I prefer ‘Peace’ on Earth than ‘Pieces’ of Earth. Let us all give peace a chance. I appeal to people to be part of the peace building. Our objective behind these initiatives is to sensitise people towards a culture of peace.” “There is a great need and urgency to unite people on this subject,” he said adding “ensuring peace is not only the responsibility of the governments, but onus also lies on the people, who have to do their own bit.” Similarly, Jain Samaj is also embarking on another initiative where 1008 Jains along with their monks will go on 8 day fasting from from tomorrow till July 24 in Ranigunj. “Through these initiatives, we want to build a sustainable movement for a culture of peace for generations to come,” said Ashok Bohra, working president of Shri Vardhaman Sthanakvasi Jain Shravak Sangh Secunderabad.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government is going to spend Rs 4.5 crore to procure 10,000 copies of works of Jana Sangh founder Deendayal Upadhyaya which would be distributed to over 400 libraries in the state. A government resolution said this was being done as a part of celebration of Upadhyaya’s birth centenary year. The Centre is celebrating Upadhyaya’s birth centenary year as `Garib Kalyan Varsh’. “His life’s work encapsulated in books can be a major source of inspiration to the poor youth in rural areas,” the GR said. A total of 10,000 copies of his books will be purchased at a price of Rs 4,500 each, at a 30 per cent discount, from the publisher, and will be distributed to over 400 public and aided libraries across Maharashtra, it added. Opposition Congress has objected to the expenditure. Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said the BJP should bear the cost and not the government. “The chief minister should tell Maharashtra who is this person on whom the government is spending such a huge amount of money,” Sawant said. “The BJP is celebrating his (Upadhyaya’s) birth centenary. So the party should bear the cost,” he said. Sawant also questioned Upadhyaya’s contribution to the freedom movement, and his views about the minority communities.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the concluding day of his three-day visit to West Bengal, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah said the enthusiasm he had seen during his visit has left no doubt that the people were ready to usher in change and would vote the BJP to power in the next (state) elections.”After Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kashmir, Assam, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, our new mission is to win West Bengal. Our new slogan for the mission is ‘Ebar Bangla’ (It’s Bengal Now). The state-sponsored atrocities on the people of Bengal is something that has not been witnessed since Independence. We intend to bring about a change and put Bengal on track to development to bring it at a par with Gujarat, Maharashtra and Haryana,” said Shah, addressing booth-level workers of Rajarhat New Town Assembly (booth number 231).DNA spoke to a few youth in the audience, and most of them could not identify all five pictures of leaders that were on stage — Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Deendayal Upadhyaya, Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Dilip Ghosh.Madhab Roy, a 21-year-old local resident and BJP supporter admitted he could not recognise all the leaders. “Other than Narendra Modi, I only know the state BJP president, but cannot recall his name at the moment. All I know is that he was in the news recently for saying something derogatory about a Nobel Prize winner,” he grinned.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition Congress in Uttarakhand has demanded payment of dues to sugarcane cultivators, loan waiver for farmers of the state on the lines of their Uttar Pradesh counterparts and regularisation of guest teachers. Talking to reporters here PCC president Kishore Upadhyaya said he had written to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat reminding him of his pre-poll promise of settling the dues of sugarcane farmers within 15 days of coming to power. “It is more than a fortnight since he (Rawat) took oath but the promise is yet to be fulfilled. If the government forgets pre-poll promises like his it will be a matter of concern for the people of the state,” he said yesterday. Noting that Haridwar and Udhamsingh Nagar are the two districts in the plains where sugarcane growing is prevalent, Upadhyaya said the new season for plantation of the crop has begun but last year’s arrears had not yet been paid. Terming it a matter of concern, he asked the chief minister to immediately take steps about it. Citing the example of Uttar Pradesh where farmers had been exempted from repaying loans up to Rs 1 lakh recently, the Congress leader said farmers of Uttarakhand should also get a similar waiver. “Our farmers both in the hills and the plains have suffered natural calamities for several years which have hit them hard economically. Hence we demand that they should also be exempted from repaying their loans,” he said. Upadhyaya said guest teachers had been appointed by the previous government to address the problem of shortage of teachers in schools especially in the remote hill areas. “The tenure of their services is over now. But we demand that they should be regularised in view of the fact that their services are still needed,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrates its 37th foundation day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to the social media to congratulate the party workers on the occasion and thanked people for their support. Recalling the hardwork of generations of BJP Karyakartas (workers) who built the party, Prime Minister Modi said, ?It is a matter of pride that people across India & across all sections of society have placed their trust in BJP. Gratitude to the people.? ?Guided by the Mantra of Antyodaya, our efforts to serve India especially the poor & the marginalised continue with great vigour,? Prime Minister Modi tweeted. ?Before my day long Jharkhand tour, going to BJP HQ to offer tributes to our inspiration, Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya ji on BJP’s Sthapana Diwas,? he said in a series of tweet. Prime Minister Modi, along with party president Amit Shah and other senior leaders visited the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, to pay tribute to party ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Talking on the occasion, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu said the BJP had become from a nationalist party to a common man?s party. ?Today is a very important day for the BJP workers across the country. Today is the foundation day of the Bharatiya Janata Party. We have now become 37 year-old. In this long journey of 37 years, the party has become a national party and finally, a common man?s party. Starting from a humble beginning, today, we are the largest party in the world with more than 11 crore members,? he told the media.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madarsa Board in the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh is preparing a course on the patriotism’s place in Islam. Lessons on life stories of prominent leaders including the Prime Minister Narendra Modi would also be a part of syllabus. “The Board is preparing a syllabus on the topic `Vatan Se Mohabbat Ka Islam Dharam Me Kya Mahatva Hai’ (what is the importance of love for one’s country in Islam) so that students learn what a high status the religion they follow (Islam) has given to those who love their country and to the loyalty to the country,” Madhya Pradesh Madarsa Board Chairman Syed Imad Uddin said here. “We are also including lessons on the lives of Narendra Modi, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Abul Kalam Azad who himself was a product of Madarsa, APJ Abdul Kalam, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya and others to educate Madarsa students about their life struggles and their achievements,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minsiter Aditya Nath Yogi today had two unexpected guests — SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law Aparna and BSP leader Ramvir Upadhya — at the VVIP guest house here where he is presently putting up. Aparna Yadav, who unsuccessfully contested the Assembly election from the Lucknow Cantt seat, is Mulayam’s younger daughter-in-law. The meeting, which is being termed a “courtesy call”, has raised eyebrows as Aparna had also attended a public function of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the state capital earlier. She arrived with a bouquet of flowers at the VVIP guest house and was present there for around 20 minutes. The other surprise guest was senior BSP leader Ramvir Upadhaya. Upadhyaya, who earlier tried to dodge the waiting mediapersons, later said that he met the chief minister to draw his attention over an attempt on the life of his son in the recent past. “I raised the issue of security of my son and myself with the chief minister who assured that he will look into the matter,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the key suspects in the Kanpur train derailment in November has been arrested from Tribhuvan International Airport here after being deported from Dubai. A special team of Nepal Police arrested Samshul Hoda along with three others. Hoda has been detained from the Tribhuvan International Airport yesterday, said Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Pashupati Upadhyaya. “We have heard that Hoda is wanted in a railway accident that took place in Kanpur last year killing 150 people,” Upadhyaya said. “Nepal Police will also work in close coordination with the Indian Police for Hoda’s alleged involvement in criminal activities in India,” he said. The three others arrested are identified as Brij Kishor Giri, Ashish Singh and Umesh Kumar Kurmi, all from Kalaiya district in southern Nepal. The police have brought Hoda and three other accused criminals to Nepal from Dubai in coordination with the Interpol, Upadhyaya told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The wife of BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, who claimed that poor quality food was being served to soldiers on the Line of Control (LoC), on Thursday said that her husband is being pressurised to withdraw his complaint and apologise. “He told me that he is being pressurised to take the complaint back, and apologise,” the BSF jawan’s wife Sharmila said.Earlier on Wednesday, Sharmila backed her husband while asserting that what he did was not wrong as his intentions were to just bring out the truth. “What he did is not wrong… he showed the truth… he has just made a demand for good food and ‘roti’. To say that he has a mental problem is wrong. If this was true, why was he sent to the border and was put on duty? Why was he not sent for treatment?” Sharmila asked.The jawan’s son also backed him and said that it was not wrong to demand good food. “How would we otherwise know what is happening. We just want a fair probe and justice,” he said.The BSF earlier on Tuesday said the jawan was court-martialled in 2010 for indiscipline and aiming a gun at a senior officer even as it assured of a thorough probe into his allegations. He said the soldier was allowed to stay in the force on humanitarian grounds. “A high-level enquiry is underway as the BSF has taken the allegations levelled by the constable very seriously. However, prima facie it was found that no other jawan deployed at the same place had any problem with the quality of food being served to them,” IG BSF DK Upadhyaya told the media in Jammu.The IG said the DIG-level officers, who visited the camp earlier had never received any complaint similar to the allegations raised by the jawan.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BSF said the constable, who claimed poor quality food was being served to soldiers on the LoC, was court-martialed in 2010 for indiscipline and aiming a gun at a senior officer even as it assured of a thorough probe into his allegations. “A high-level enquiry is underway as the BSF has taken the allegations leveled by the constable very seriously.”However, prima facie it was found that no other jawan deployed at the same place had any problem with the quality of food being served to them,” IG BSF DK Upadhyaya told reporters here.The IG said DIG level officers who visited the camp earlier had never received any complaint similar to the allegations raised by Constable Tej Bahadur Yadav.”Even Yadav never raised any complaint earlier when the DIG went to the post,” he said.He said the constable has been a habitual offender and was court-martialed in 2010 for indiscipline and pointing a gun at a senior officer.”It is reality. He has many complaints against him including intoxication, insubordination, aiming a gun at a senior officer. He was court-martialed in 2010. But keeping in view his family and his children, he was not dismissed from the service but was given a rigorous imprisonment of 89 days,” the IG said.Upadhyaya said Yadav has applied for a voluntary retirement from the force and was to leave the services on January 31. Regarding the allegations leveled by Yadav in his videos, the IG BSF said the quality of the food was same for the officers and jawans deployed on forward posts.”The BSF itself purchases ration for its force deployed on the International Border, but for the deployment on the Line of Control, the ration is supplied by the army and nobody has ever complained about the quality of the food either on LoC or the IB,” the IG said. He said that as the winter stocking started from January 1, the jawans do not get fresh vegetables as the force rely mostly on tinned food and there has been no complaint against it.”That too is a time-tested method and the quality of the ration from army is also good. The jawans get vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food as per their liking,” he said.The IG said that to ensure that an impartial inquiry is conducted into the entire episode, Yadav has been shifted from his headquarters. “He has been shifted to another headquarter to ensure that an impartial inquiry is conducted and that he does not complain of being pressurized. “The prima facie inquiry conducted reveal that no other jawan deployed at the same place had any complaint about the quality of the food and they were quite satisfied with it,” he said. The officer said that a thorough probe will be conducted and the aspect of Yadav taking a mobile phone at the forward post will also be probed.”The jawans are not allowed to take mobile phone when on duty on the forward posts and the same has to be deposited before going on duty. This aspect as how he took mobile phone along with him would also be inquired,” the IGP said.Yadav’s videos posted on his Facebook page allegedly showing poor quality food being served to jawans had yesterday gone viral, forcing Home Minister Rajnath Singh to order an inquiry into the entire episode.