<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 36-year-old Mumbai-based businessman was allegedly bullied by a toll operator staffer at Talegaon toll booth on the Mumbai Pune Expressway, and claims he was asked to pay toll despite being an Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) tag holder. However, the toll operator, Mhaiskar Infrastructure Private Limited (MIPL), a subsidiary of IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited denied the allegations.Namit Furia said that he had to enter the non-ETC tag lane because normal traffic was plying in the ETC tag lane which led to a long queue. He alleged, “Usually even the non-ETC tag lanes have a scanner but it was not working in the lane I entered. I was asked to pay toll by a staffer named Amit Shringarpure which I denied.” Furia further alleged that he asked the staffer to use the hand scanner machine, and was not allowed to leave until he paid the toll by cash. “It was only after I denied to pay cash and argued for over 30 minutes that he got a hand scanner machine and let me to go.”The toll operator, replying to an email query from DNA, said, “We strictly deny the commuter’s allegations. It needs to be noted that all lanes at Talegaon toll booth are ETC hybrid lanes which can be used by ETC tag holders as well as non-ETC tag holders. The said commuter entered lane number 5 speedily due to which the tag could not be read.” The toll operator added, “The on duty official tried to explain and requested him to re-enter from another lane which he refused. The issue was then resolved by arranging a hand reader machine.”ELECTRONIC TOLLThe ETC tag is a computerised system which is integrated with electronic equipment installed at toll booths. It reads the radio frequency identification (RFID) tag from the vehicle’s windscreen and opens the barrier to let them pass.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine-year-old Zenna Chashmawala has been left orphaned after losing her mother, father, grandfather and a three-year-old sister in the building collapse on Thursday morning.A family of six, they were living on the fifth floor of the building, which was owned by the family. At the time of the building collapse, Zenna had left for school. After the collapse, Zenna’s grandmother Tasnim and mother Shafeena, who was six months pregnant, were rescued and shifted to JJ Hospital.Shafeena was declared dead and Tasnim is being treated at the Intensive Care Unit. Zenna’s father Abbas, younger sister Amatulla and grandfather were trapped till late noon and were rescued in the evening but succumbed to their injuries.According to Abbass’ relatives, Zenna was saved as she had left the house for school an hour before the building collapsed. Abbas was getting ready to go to his shop when the incident occurred. Usually he would drop Zenna off to school and leave for work directly, but on Thursday he came back home when the incident took place.”I received a call from neighbours that the building has collapsed. I immediately came here. Abbas bhai had two daughters Zenna and Amatulla . At the time of the incident, Abbas’ mother, father, wife and Amatulla were at home. This is really shocking, Amatulla was only three years old. We have not told Zenna yet; she has been taken to another relatives’ home,” said Mustafa Gangeridiwala, Abbass’ cousin.Her parents were supposed to leave for Dubai on Friday.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The recent judgment passed by the sessions court, which granted bail to a 20-year-old boy arrested in the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA) case, is the apt way to tackle false cases.Advocates claim that the court has acknowledged the fact that the act is misused by people in order to get their personal revenge, thus the court grants bail to the person. Usually due to the sensitivity of the matter, the accused are not granted bail till the completion of trial but the court granted bail to the youth, who had allegedly molested one of his tuition mates.Advocate Prakash Salsingekar, who appears in most of the POCSOA cases, said, “One cannot rule out the possibility that the POCSOA law is widely misused. In cases where fake cases are registered, they are just due to the revenge. Also people know that the act is a stringent one, thus grant of bail to the accused is not that easy.”The sessions court had recently granted bail to Salman Qureshi, a resident of Kandivali, who was arrested by the Charkop police in the POCSOA case when the victim in her complaint mentioned of the boy entering her school classroom and pulling her hand.The court however while granting bail held that the accused is in his young and does not have any criminal antecedents and hence in such circumstances he should be granted bail.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Concerned over the rise in acid attack incidents, the Supreme Court has observed that having stringent laws and enforcement agencies may not be sufficient unless deep-rooted gender bias is removed from the society. The apex court said that administration of justice has to protect the society and it cannot altogether ignore the victim “who has died and cannot cry before it”. The observations came from a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana and P C Pant which partly set aside a Calcutta High Court verdict acquitting a man of the charges of murder in an acid attack case of 1998. The bench, which wrote a separate but concurring verdict, sentenced convict Purnendu Kumar Patra to life term while holding him guilty of murder charges. It however upheld the acquittal of one of the co-accused in the case. “Usually vitriolage or acid attack has transformed itself as gender based violence. Acid attacks not only cause damage to the physical appearance of its victims but also cause immense psychological trauma, thereby becoming a hurdle in their overall development. Although we have acknowledged the seriousness of the acid attack when we amended our laws in 2013, yet the number of acid attacks are on the rise,” Justice Ramana said in his separate judgement. “Moreover this Court has been passing various orders to restrict the availability of corrosive substance in the market which is an effort to nip this social evil in the bud. It must be recognised that having stringent laws and enforcement agencies may not be sufficient unless deep-rooted gender bias is removed from the society,” Justice Ramana said. Justice Pant, writing the judgement for the bench, said it was almost impossible to come across a single case where the probe was “completely flawless or absolutely foolproof”. “The function of the criminal court is to find out the truth and it is not the correct approach to simply pick up the minor lapses of the investigation and acquit the accused, particularly when the ring of truth is undisturbed,” the bench said. “The administration of justice has to protect the society and it cannot ignore the victim altogether who has died and cannot cry before it. If the benefits of all kinds of doubts raised on behalf of the accused are accepted, it will result in deflecting the course of justice,” the apex court said. According to the prosecution, Patra had thrown acid on a woman for filing a rape case against him and another co- accused. The woman had succumbed to the burn injuries during her treatment in November 1998.(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 ruling Congress party staged a strong protest in the Puducherry Legislative Assembly on Wednesday over three BJP members nominated as MLAs by Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi. The move upset the Congress Party. V Saminathan, K.G. Shankar and S Selvaganapathy were nominated and sworn in as MLAs in a quiet manner. Usually the Speaker administers oath of office but in this case, it was administered by the LG on the instructions of the Union Home Ministry. Several parties, including DMK, have called for a shutdown on July 8. Lt. Governor Bedi issued a statement that said, “According to the Union Territories Act the nomination of three MLAs to Puducherry Legislative Assembly is to be done by Central the Government and it only says this nothing more.” She further said it is the Ministry of Home Affairs that sends the name to the Puducherry Government, who then notify it, as was done in this case. “The oath is and can be administered by Administrator. Hence the nomination and the oath is/was laid down under the UT Act,” she added. She further said that those who want to be explained the legal position as per the law may read the act. This is not the first time an incident of this nature has happened. In 1990, Chandravathi, administered oath of office and secrecy to three nominated MLAs belonging to the DMK when the DMK-JantaDal coalition was in office. Ends NN/AD NNNN ANI(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 –>Renowned Ayurveda physician ‘Vaidya’ Rajesh Kotecha was today appointed as special secretary in Ayush Ministry. The appointment is in line with the Centre’s efforts to bring in specialists from the private sector in the government. Usually a government officials is appointed to such posts. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post for three years on a contract basis, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said. Vaidya (or physician/doctor) Kotecha is chief consultant of Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic, Jaipur.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
Suvarna Raj told the BBC that she was given an upper berth against the rules.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This year, the southwest monsoon is likely to keep its date with Kerala. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday that the onset of monsoon over Kerala is likely to happen on May 30 as conditions are favourable for its progress from the Andaman Sea. While the monsoon normally arrives in Kerala on June 1, last year it arrived one week late on June 8.The IMD also said that conditions are favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into some parts of southwest Bay of Bengal and some remaining parts of Andaman Sea, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and during next 72 hours.The IMD has used the statistical model and the forecast has a model error margin of ± 4 days. Usually, the monsoon covers the southern peninsula and eastern coastal states by June 7-8 and arrives in Mumbai on June 10, progressing to cover the entire country first week of July. The IMD used six markers to arrive at the forecast for onset of monsoon comprising of data on minimum temperatures over North-west India, pre-monsoon rainfall peak over south Peninsula and outgoing long wave radiation over south China sea.”There is no large impact or correlation between the arrival date of monsoon and its progress in the later weeks or its distribution in the country in the longer season. The onset only signals the beginning of the monsoon season in the sub-continent,” said DS Pai, director, long-range weather forecasting centre, Pune, IMD.According to private weather forecaster Skymet, monsoon is likely to make its onset over Kerala on May 29 with an error margin of ± 3 days.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh elections are normally one of the most important polls in India, primarily because of the number of voters. Usually, national elections are determined by a party’s success in the state. Even the ongoing state elections are important for every party because victory in this particular state election means so much when it comes to political milage.So what if in another universe, Uttar Pradesh was a different country? It certainly would have some interesting numbers.In 2016, the state’s population was recorded at 2,21,073,168 i.e. approximately 2.2 croreIf UP were a separate country, this means it would the fourth most populated country after China, India and the United StatesIn the upcoming UP elections, 1,38,517,026 individuals are registered voters. If UP were a separate country with only these many individuals, then it would be ninth on the list, after Bangladesh and before RussiaUttar Pradesh has a sex ratio of 908 women to 1,000 men. This means that if the state were a nation, then it would be 194th out of 201 nations with the worst sex ratios. Incidentally, China (193rd) and India (192nd) would be just above itIn 2014-15 Uttar Pradesh had a GDP of US$150 billion. In comparison, India (ranked 7th) had a GDP of $2095 billion during the same period.
In this regard, UP, as a country is 56th out of 194 nations listed by the World BankIn 2016, UP’s per capita income was $792.93. i.e. approximately Rs 52,000. India’s per capita during the same period was Rs 93,231.
If UP were a country, then it would be ranked 160th, right after Haiti. India is ranked 139th All graphics by Alfea Jamal
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>wake of these incidents, our staff is taking extra care. These discarded pieces were spotted as part of that.” Nilewad added that no arrest has been made in connection with the overhead equipment found lying on the railway tracks between Jasai and Dapoli stations yesterday. A senior officer in the Mumbai Division of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) said, apart from stepping up patrolling along the tracks, their staff was extending all the support to the probe agencies. “It would be a bit premature to jump to the conclusion that these are acts of terrorism or sabotage, but all the agencies, including the RPF, are leaving no stone unturned to nab those involved in these cases,” the official said. Although, no suspected case of sabotage has so far been reported from the Western Railway (WR), its officials say that they are taking all measures to prevent such incidents. General Manager of WR GC Agrawal said, “So far, such cases have only been reported under CR, but it does not mean that it cannot take place in the WR areas. We have already taken serious cognisance of the cases and have held talks at the railway board level as everyone is concerned about them.” He said the departments concerned have been asked to remove the rail pieces lying along the tracks. “Usually, we are not supposed to keep small rail pieces around the tracks. So, the departments concerned, including the engineering and stores sections, have been asked to look into the matter,” said Agrawal.(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 –>Intelligence agencies have identified 12 terror launch pads in Pakistan that have been active after the Indian Army’s surgical strikes on such camps in September 2015, according to an intelligence report based on human intelligence and technical surveillance.According to the report, there are close to 300 terrorists at these launch pads, ready to infiltrate into India. It also identifies the “reception” areas in Indian territory where these terrorists would be received.The report analyses the situation after the surgical strikes, and claimed that the Indian Army had inflicted considerable damage to terror outfits across the Line of Control (LoC).The vulnerable reception areas where the terrorists meet their handlers, who provide them logistics and money, are Lojab Valley, Rajwar forest, Bandipora, Kazikund, Rafiabad and Naugam.There has also been a jump in successful infiltration bids after the surgical strikes, indicating that the terrorists are getting desperate. The assessment of infiltrations increasing is based on ground intelligence from civilians, intercepts and evidence of fence-cutting in some areas.”Usually, the infiltration reduces during winter as the terrain gets tough due to heavy snow in some areas. But in view of the current situation, it could be a tough winter for the forces,” said a security official.After the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) commander Burhan Wani on July 8, 2015, there were violent protests in Kashmir, triggering frequent clashes between mobs and security forces.Intelligence inputs also indicated that terror bosses in Pakistan – 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar and HuM chief Syed Salahuddin had given a call to terrorists to exploit the vulnerable situation and continue with regular strikes on security forces. Fears of local recruitment by Pakistani terror groups have also alarmed security forces. It is estimated that over 100 youth have gone missing in the last few months, sources said.Security forces also faced increased challenges in 2016, with the increasing number of casualties. However, with tensions escalating and frequent encounters, terrorist kills also went up. Official figures show 60 security men were killed in 2016, (till December 2), 39 died in 2015 and 26 in 2014.The surgical strikes have not deterred Pakistani-based militants from planning more strikes and fidayeen attacks.In 2016, 146 terrorists were gunned down as compared to 102 in 2015 and 107 in 2014.Intelligence inputs also indicate that after India’s surgical strikes, the Pakistani Army has been carrying out a “precautionary deployment” all along the LoC on their side to fill up the gaps fearing another round of strikes from Indian forces.”Soon after our raids, they have increased deployment in areas they consider vulnerable. Precautionary deployment is roughly 25 per cent of a full mobilisation aimed to plug the gaps,” said an officer.The 12 active terror launch padsBalakotGarhi HabibullahBatrasiMashar-e-AkshahAbdullah bin MausamDalaiChela BandiKotliDungiGulparBaraliMandakuli
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is known for her resourcefulness when it comes to helping people in need. If you look at her history, Swaraj has always managed to be a her of sorts because of her quick action to help Indians stuck abroad.Recently, however, the external affairs minister showed a side that one usually does not associate with her. A Pune-based techie had tweeted to her requesting a transfer for his wife, who works for the Railway ministry, and posted in Jhansi.Smit Raj tweeted,Usually the first one to help, Swaraj replied in a way that Raj would not have expected. Swaraj then tagged Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who is equally prompt with his responses on social media. Prabhu also replied, but said that he had nothing to do with transfers and would ask a top railway officer to look into the case.Earlier, Swaraj had aided a US-based man who had asked for the minister’s help to help his wife get a passport, claiming he had to live without her because of the delay. She had even asked Indians, both travelling and working, to tweet their grievances at the Indian Embassy in that country and tag her in the tweet.