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Chhattisgarh village gets electricity for the first time since Independence

A tribal village in Chhattisgarh’s Balrampur district got electricity connection for the first time.The Jokapatha village, situated in mountainous region, had been deprived of power supply since independence.Expressing happiness over the development, a villager said that the electricity supply would help their children do well in their studies.?We are very happy now that we finally have electricity in our village, now our children can study well and progress in life,? the Sarpanch of Jokapath village told ANI.The students also seemed excited and said they did not like the village in darkness and were happy that they have electricity now.The state government led by Chief Minister Raman Singh has provided electricity connections to the several villages after 70 years of independence.The chief minister announced the electricity development project for the village following which the authorities ordered to provide the village with surplus power.

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For people of this tribal region in Gujarat, Modi is still the chief minister

Time seems to have come to a standstill in some tribal areas of Gujarat.More than three years after Narendra Modi became the country’s prime minister, for a section of people here he is still the chief minister.In the interior areas of Chhota Udaipur district, dominated by Scheduled Tribes such as the Rathwas, voters said that when it came to politics, they knew of only three factors — Modi, Modis party and the Congress.Few referred to the BJP by name, calling it Modi’s party.And when prodded about the Congress, the only name they could readily recall was that of Indira Gandhi.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: From Neech Aadmi to Pakistan-Ahmed Patel row; statements that dominated the campaign My forefathers have always voted for the Congress but now people in surrounding villages also vote for a candidate from Modi-Sa’ab”s party, 50-year-old Ramsinh Rathwa said.Ramsinh, who was in Chhota Udaipur with three other men from his village Kanda, identified the lotus as the symbol of “Modis party”, but was less familiar with the BJP.Also readGujarat Elections: Campaigning ends, both Modi-Rahul visit temples on the last day The four men, all farmers, said irrespective of who won from their constituency, “Modi will again become the chief minister of Gujarat”.In Jogpura, another village in the Chhota Udaipur constituency, voter Dilip Rathwa said the fight was between the Congress and Modi .Also readGujarat assembly elections: PM Narendra Modi takes off in seaplane from Sabarmati riverHe said his village usually votes for the same candidate and added that while Modi was popular, local Congress leaders visited their homes on occasions such as marriages.Local Congress candidate Mohansinh Rathwa in the last elections had visited our village and had also sought blessings from my father by touching his feet, he said.School teacher Sumanben Parmar of Pavi Jetpur said while Modi was popular, people in the region, where Muslims are the second largest community, were not greatly aware of the identity of other politicians.The tribal-Muslim combination benefits the Congress in the three ST reserved seats of Chhota Udaipur district, which borders BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh on two sides and shares its water borders with another BJP-ruled state, Maharashtra.But local BJP leaders believed Modi’s personality always helped pull votes for the party.”The fight is between local Congress candidates and Modi’s popularity,” agreed Ramesh Patel, a local Congress worker in Pavi Jetpur.

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Tender notice issued for police township

In one of the biggest construction projects to be carried out in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, a project belonging to the Brihanmumbai Police Co-operative Housing Society (proposed) will comprise 8,200 individual homes and cost Rs 1,225 crore. It will have houses for police constables and their widows and is located in Village Vayal close to the proposed International Airport in Navi Mumbai. The land was bought after 6,000 constables pooled in Rs 1.20 lakh each. They bought 107 acre of land from farmers and Rs 12 crore is still in excess.Pratap Dighavkar, Additional Commissioner, Thane Police, handling the project said, “We are going to give 650 sq ft carpet area project to every constable. These will be two bedroom hall kitchen flats with balconies. We haven’t decided the cost per flat but only construction cost will be charged to every constable.”If this is the first home of the constable then he will also be eligible for a subsidy of Rs 2.50 lakh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. “This is the biggest welfare project in the state concerning police personnel,” said Dighavkar.A tender notice was issued on Thursday by the Sanstha inviting contractors who have experience in planning, designing and constructing approximately 8,200 individual apartments within high-rise residential buildings including stilt parking, along with site development and infrastructure services for the housing project.The completion period for the project is 36 months from the date of Letter of Intent.
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Failed actor, Khalnayak gangster nabbed in raid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An ardent Sanjay Dutt fan inspired by the actor’s Khalnayak character, wanted for a series of attempts to murder, thefts, robberies and snatching, was arrested on Sunday by the Delhi Police in a raid.Senior officials said that the accused told them he wanted to earn quick money to become influential enough to try his luck at the Bollywood but failed. A pistol and a stolen motorcycle was recovered from him.According to police officers, the accused landed in the trap when a special drive to curb the menace of auto lifting and snatching was initiated in southwest district by a team from the district special staff led by Sub Inspector Naveen Kumar. DCP South-West, Shibesh Singh said that various gangs active in the area were brought under the police radar and their modus operandi was analysed.”During this exercise the team received a specific tip-off that one criminal Deepak alias Pradeep, known as Sanju Baba in his friends circle — previously involved in several cases of chain snatching, auto-thefts and also wanted in eight cases of attempt to murder — is active in the district. It was learnt that the criminal would come to Ganda Nala road near Kakrola Mod on Saturday. Keeping this in mind, a trap was laid and the accused Deepak was arrested. One loaded country made pistol and a stolen motorcycle was recovered from him at the time of arrest,” the DCP said.Police said the accused is a permanent resident of Pataudi in Haryana. He has studied upto Class VII and fell in bad company, when he got addicted to drugs.”Since his adolescence he wanted to become a Bollywood star and was inspired by Sanjay Dutt and his role of a gangster in films like Khalnayak and Vastav. He started copying the actor and soon became famous as Sanju Baba in his friend circle. He started committing chain snatchings and auto-theft with his younger brother Nitin. He was first arrested with Nitin in 2008 in an attempt to murder case of Palam Village. After getting released from jail, his brother Nitin started committing robberies and snatchings and a reward of Rs. 50,000 was declared for his arrest. He was also involved in criminal activities with his brother,” the officer said.Singh added that Deepak went to Mumbai in 2013 to start his dream career in films but ended up spending all his money without success. He returned to Delhi and became addicted to drugs which further pushed him into the crime-world.

Meghalaya village stays Asia’s cleanest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For artists making nature a theme for their art, this tiny village of 500 souls nestled amongst lush green forests in a remote corner in south of Meghalaya, along the Indo-Bangladesh border, is a perfect destination.Situated in the East Khasi Hill district, the village is famous for its cleanliness and of late has become an attraction point for central and various state government officials to learn tricks to make Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India Mission) successful.Functional toilets in every household, no stray animals on the streets, paved pathways, solar-lit streets and bamboo dustbins at every corner, the village, nick-named as God’s Own Garden, is consistently working to retain its prestigious tag of the cleanest village of Asia; conferred on it in 2003. No traces of fallen and dry leaves can be seen as they go straight into a dustbin. Not only are plastic bags banned, but smoking is also prohibited in this village. The rules are strictly followed and the defaulters are heavily charged.The story began some 29 years ago when a primary school teacher, Rishot Khongthohrem, concerned at the successive epidemics that had consumed lives of many children in 1988, proposed to launch a cleanliness drive. “There were sceptics in the village executive committee who dismissed the idea as impractical. But Rishot insisted and proposed a comprehensive plan,” said member of the village committee, Lamphrang, also a retired teacher.The village headman, Banjop Thiaw, teaches government officials and scores of voluntary organisations, which can be touted as pf the secrets behind the successful accomplishment of a swachh mission in the village.Sitting cozy outside his tidy home, villager Enes Khonglamet recalls how after the village committee had launched the cleanliness drive in 1988, within two years the streets and houses had become spic-and-span. The first order came to put animals in enclosures, whether domesticated or stray. Then every household was told to construct toilets alongwith septic tanks and then were asked to attend to kitchen waste. All 97 houses in the village have septic and compost pits dug in the adjoining garden.”It is mandatory for every household to segregate organic waste from plastics etc. The organic waste is placed in the compost pit that converts it into manure, which is later used in the fields. The inorganic waste is collected in a large bamboo waste box, which is transported to Shillong once a month, and is handed over to a recycling plant,” says Lamphrang.One of the farmers Khonglamet recalls that there was lot of opposition, as poor villagers had to use their meagre resources to build all these things. But looking back, he recalls with sparkles in his eyes that cleanliness has brought fortunes and pots of money to the village.”It is become a big tourist attraction now. During the peak season, 2,000-odd tourists visit the village on a daily basis,” he said. Khonglamet hopes that his son who is studying commerce in Shillong will return to set up a tourist related business here.”We charge every vehicle Rs 50 for entering the village. Therefore, we are self-sufficient to repair and attend to maintenance of pathways. There are 22 guest houses in the village that have 100 per cent occupancy between May and September. Also there are seven eateries which serve village organic food. The village is connected to nearby Rawa village through a unique Living Root Bridges which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hanging on a river, the bridges are made by connecting the aerial roots of seven massive rubber trees with each other.Asked if the experiment of Mawlynnong has been replicated elsewhere, Lamprang tells DNA, “Meghalaya government had tried to convince other villages and had even offered incentives. Other village heads had attempted the cleanliness drive to lure tourists and raise income of their village, but you know sanitation is not about money, but changing the habit of people. We succeeded changing the social habits of people. No amount of force, but only cajoling and their own understanding can bring changes in habits. As you know, old habits die hard.”

Boy ‘rescued’ from borewell, dies in hosp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The five-year-old boy, Aman, from Paniyala village of Sawai Madhopur district, could not be saved even after he was resuced for the dark pit of the borewell.After a marathon effort that last for around 12 hours, the child was finally recovered from the borewell and was rushed to nearby hospital. However, doctors at the hospital declared him dead. The news of the child’s death spread like wildfire and a huge hue and cry erupted at Aman’s house.The child had slipped into the borewell on Tuesday evening and as the news spread, the villagers tied a mobile phone to a rope and hung it inside the borewell to find out about the child.Shockingly only fifteen days back, Aman’s sister suddenly fell ill and died. The family had not even recovered from the loss when on Tuesday evening another tragedy struck them. Notably, an open borewell again resulted in a disaster, this time in Sawai Madhopur district, when a five-year old child fell in the borewell while playing with children. The children were playing in a field away from the village when the incident occurred. News of the incident reached the cops who alerted the administration for rescue efforts. Till late in the night, there was no trace of the child.Five year old Aman, a native of Paniyala village under Malarna Doongar police station was playing with his cousins and friends from the village when the incident happened.“The children were playing around 4pm and were close to the borewell. Although the borewell is located far from the village the children reached the site without realising of its presence and fell inside,” said Bijendra Singh, station incharge, Malarna Doongar police station.

Uttar Pradesh: Wife says no to sex, husband pours acid on her private parts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a brutal incident, a man poured acid onto the genitals of his wife, after she refused to have physical intimacy with him. The incident has left the woman in a serious condition.According to the victim, the husband was forcing her to have sexual intercourse, but when she refused, he threw chemicals on the genital area, which led to a severe injury.The woman has been married to the accused, who belonged to Kotwali District’s Behrin Village, for the past six years and have two children together. The couple was, reportedly, having a tiff on some issue.On getting information from the neighbours, the victim’s family members admitted her to the hospital, where she is getting the treatment.According to the victim’s father’s statement, a case has been registered against the accused and three other people and investigation is underway.

Another Aadhaar ‘goof up’ : Same birth date for over 800 residents in Haridwar’s village

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>What’s in a day? Plenty, if you are a resident of a remote village near Haridwar’s Gaindi Khata.Over 800 people from the village have 1st January as their date of birth on their Aadhaar cards.Haridwar’s Subdivisional Magistrate (SDM) said that the incident came to their notice through the report.”We will probe the matter and take action against wrong-doers,” he said.The residents claimed that the error occurred despite the villagers providing voter ID cards and ration cards to the private agency which was tasked with making Aadhaar cards. “We were told we would be getting a unique identification number. But what’s unique about it? Even our birthdays are the same now,” Alafdin, a resident of the village, told TOI.Some 250 villagers of Pabupadia in Jaisalmer district found that their new Aadhaar cards cite their date of birth as January 1.

Jharkhand: Mother of girl who died of starvation says villagers threatening her

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mother of the 11-year-old girl, who died allegedly of starvation in Jharkhand’s Simdega district a few days back as her family’s ration card was not linked to the Aadhar card, has accused the villagers of threatening and abusing her for ‘defaming’ the village.Koyli Devi, the mother of the victim, said she was ‘living in fear’ as the villagers thronged outside her house and abused her family.”I have been living in fear; villagers abused me and asked me to leave the village. They thronged outside my house and abused me and threatened me as I raised the issue,” she told ANI.Following the threats, Koyli Devi and her family reportedly travelled 8 km from her village to the Patiamba village in the Jaldega block to take shelter.The police then brought them back to Simdega and deployed a security team outside their residence.The victim, Santoshi Kumari, died on September 28 after her mother was unable to feed her. The family was struck off from the government welfare rolls for not linking their ration card with the Aadhaar card.”We went to get rice, but I was told that no ration will be given to me. My daughter died saying ‘Bhat-bhat’ (rice),” said the girl’s mother, Koyli Devi.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Raghubar Das has assured that action will be taken against those found guilty in the case.Due to the increasing number of fraud cases, the Centre, for security reasons, had asked every individual to link their Aadhaar card with the ration card, LPG, PAN card or any other, failing which many people were struck off the ration card rolls in the state.

NCP wins in village adopted by Devendra Fadnavis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After claiming victory in the first round of Gram Panchayat elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a setback of sorts in the second leg, with the Opposition triumphing over BJP candidates in villages adopted by Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis and Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule.In Phetari village near Nagpur, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) claimed Dhanashri Dhomane won against BJP’s Jyoti Raut. It needs to be noted that Gram Panchayat elections are not contested on party symbols and the winning candidate is claimed by the party he or she is close to. Dhomane got 805 votes, while Raut got 710 votes. The result is significant as the village has been adopted by the CM under the Model Village Scheme.Fadnavis made light of the result, saying he had left it to the villagers whom they wanted as their sarpanch and did not appeal to vote for a specific candidate.Similarly, in Suradevi village in Vidarbha, Congress claimed victory against a candidate owing allegiance to BJP. Mukesh Dhomane, elected Sarpanch Danshri’s husband, told DNA that anger against BJP-led government policies reflected in votes. “Farmers are not happy with the BJP government for the delay in the farm loan waiver,” he said, “Unemployment is also a major issue in rural areas. People had hoped that the BJP government would bring some positive change in their lives, but nothing of sort happened. On the contrary, demonetisation and GST has adversely affected and worsened lives of peoples.”Ashok Chavan, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president, reiterated that the BJP was going on a return journey after Nanded. “This trend is now sweeping across Maharashtra, he said. “People have now realised that the BJP can only make tall promises, but it falters when it comes to fulfilment. People are losing jobs and inflation is also at an all-time high. Therefore, people want the Congress-NCP regime back.”Chavan further claimed that the Congress had got more seats and Sarpanch posts than any other party in the Grampanchayat elections. “Congress is the clear choice for the people; It has emerged the largest gainer in this Grampanchayat elections,” he added.NCP leader Ajit Pawar, too, attributed the turnaround in Congress-NCP fortunes to farmers’ discontent, the section that was most affected by government policies. “The rise in minimum support price has not been substantial,” Pawar told DNA. “When the BJP was in Opposition, they demanded Rs 7,000 per quintal as the rate for cotton. Even after three years in power, farmers are forced to sell their produce at much lower rate – between Rs 4,000 to Rs 4,500 per quintal. BJP has failed to fulfil its own promises. Therefore they are losing everywhere – from Gurudaspur in Punjab to villages in Vidharbha.”

Retired Talati kidnapped and killed at Mehsana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A complaint of murder and kidnapping was lodged with the Mehsana police station after a retired Talati (Executive head of Village Panchayat) was kidnapped and murdered by two accused for a ransom of Rs 25lakh.The incident took place on Monday night in Mehsana. The deceased was identified as Chandrakant Panchal, a resident of Mehsana, who was a retired Talati of Mehsana. According to the police, they recovered a half burn body on Tuesday morning near a dumping yard of Mehsana area. Panchal’s son was then informed who is a doctor in Mumbai and a case of kidnapping and murder was lodged with the police station after police came to know about the ransom call received by Panchal’s son.During the investigation, the police nabbed two accused identified as Ravi and Himanshu.Panchal used to work in the post recuring department after he got retired. He used to daily visit the accused Himanshu’s shop and used to count the money. Himanshu’s friend Ravi was in huge debt and both of them then made a plan to kidnap Panchal and to extort money from him.On Monday afternoon, both abducted Panchal in his car and killed him. They even made a call to Panchal’s son from his phone and asked for a ransom of Rs 25lakh from him for the release of his father. Panchal tried to escape during which both the accused started beating him and he died.After he died, they took his body to a dumping yard in Mehsana and tried to burn his body with the help of petrol and fled from the spot.PLOTTINGPanchal used to daily visit the accused Himanshu’s shop and used to count the money. Himanshu’s friend Ravi was in huge debt and both of them then made a plan to kidnap Panchal and to extort money from him.

Haryana police take Honeypreet Insaan to Ram Rahim’s birthplace

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana police has brought Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim to Sriganganagar.She has been brought to Gurusar Modia the ancestral village of Ram Rahim.A convoy of about half-a-dozen cars with officers of Panchkula police have brought her to Ram Rahim’s palatial farmhouse in the village where he was born.She was interrogated at the farm house for the last about four hours. Police have reason to believed that Honeypreet had been in Sriganganagar while she was absconding from the police.Haryana police had raided several locations in Sriganganagar during that period.Gurusar Modia is the birthplace of Ram Rahim and there is a huge ashram of the Dera at the village. Ram Rahim’s family had also moved here after the court had sentenced him.

Neighbours of accused say no one fears cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The village Barola in Noida, where two brothers ( Umesh Sharma and Yogesh Sharma) were murdered on Monday night due to a family fued, had never seen such a heinous crime earlier.Even the local police echoed the same. With a population of around three lakh, the village does see robberies but not killings like this. While some residents living in the lane, where the accused stayed wish to leave, others said it is the lawlessness and no fear of police that this incident has taken place.Family members of the accused often picked up random fights with neighbours and it was a daily routine for them to have arguments over one thing or the other.On Monday, most of the residents in the locality did not pay any heed when they heard noises coming from their neighbourhood, as for them it was a usual scene.When DNA visited the crime scene, fear was visible on the faces of the residents living opposite the house of the double-murder accused. A woman holding her child in the lap whispered,”Hum toh chale jayenge, aise kaun rahega (I will leave, how can someone stay like this).”Accused Gulshan’s wife, who is pregnant, was the only one from the family who could be seen around. The police officers were guarding the house due to her medical condition and also because of the threat that people might attack the house.Rana Pratap Singh, a resident of the area, complaining about the situation said that the police patrolling is only visible on the main road for minting money. “There is no police presence in the village area and no fear of the men in uniform. At times when any minor incident occurs the people are fearless and do not care even if you tell them that we could call the cops,” Singh said.REGULAR FIGHTSFamily members of the accused often picked up random fights with neighbours and it was a daily routine for them to have arguments over one thing or the other

100 Women: Breaking the contraception taboo in India

In one of India’s poorest states, a woman is trying to change how her village sees contraception.

‘I wish they could be saved’: The victims of India’s poisonous dust

At the age of 17, Urmila Yadav became one of the youngest certified cases of silicosis in India.

Rajasthan: Spurned man, his father burn girl alive for rejecting proposal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A girl was burnt alive by a man after she refused to reciprocate to his advances, it has been reported. The incident comes out of Isarvla village, located 20 kilometres from Banswara district headquarters.According to information, the victim, Seema, 18, was brought to MB Hospital in Udaipur on Saturday midnight. She had come in with 75% burns.According to the victim’s father, Seema had rejected the proposal of one Ravi. Unable to take the rejection, Ravi, along with his father chased her in the village, doused her with kerosene and set her on fire.She was initially admitted to MG Hospital in Banswara, from where doctors referred her to Udaipur. An FIR was registered in the Hospital police station.The victim’s father also said that he had filed a complaint with the police regarding Ravi’s harassment, but no action was taken.

PM Narendra Modi urges nation to buy Khadi products on Gandhi Jayanti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the people to buy Khadi products this Gandhi Jayanti (October 2) as it will help the poor to bring a degree of prosperity and wellbeing to their homes.Delivering the 36th edition of his monthly radio broadcast programme “Mann ki Baat”, Prime Minister Modi said, “The Khadi Ashram has remained non-functional for so many years. Now as we have revived the Khadi industry, now the poor Khadi workers can look forward to a livelihood from this indigenous industry. We should take the Khadi revolution forward. This Gandhi Jayanti, let us buy a Khadi product and light the lamp of prosperity in the lives of the poor.”He further termed Khadi as a philosophy.”Had once talked about Khadi in Mann Ki Baat, it’s not just a cloth, but a philosophy. Now, there is a growing interest in Khadi. Let us support the movement for the growth of the Khadi sector,” he added.The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), is a statutory organization engaged in promoting and developing Khadi and Village Industries created by the Act of Parliament .Khadi refers to a hand-spun and hand-woven cloth. The raw materials may be cotton, silk, or wool, which are spun into threads on a charkha, a traditional spinning implement. Khadi was launched in 1920 as a political weapon in the Swadeshi movement of Mahatma Gandhi.Khadi is sourced from different parts of India, depending upon its raw materials – While the silk variety is sourced from West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and North Eastern states, the cotton variety comes from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. Khadi poly is spun in Gujarat and Rajasthan while Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir karnataka are known for the woolen variety.Any Industry that is located within a rural area, where the fixed capital investment per artisan (weaver) does not exceed Rs. one lakh is designated a village industry. The fixed capital investment can be changed by the Centre as and when required.The relevance of Khadi and Village Industries is that they are both labour intensive in nature. In the wake of industrialization, and the mechanization of almost all processes, Khadi and Village industries are suited like no other to a labour surplus country like India.Another advantage of Khadi and Village Industries is that they require little or no capital to set up, thereby making them an economically viable option for the rural poor. This is an important point with reference to India in view of its stark income, regional and rural/urban inequalities.The Khadi and Village Industries Commission has a social objective of providing employment in rural areas; an economic objective of providing saleable articles and a wider objective of creating self-reliance amongst people and building up a strong rural community spirit through various schemes and programs.Mann Ki Baat is an apolitical and interactive broadcast focusing on welfare and well-being of the people.

22 HKV eateries sealed for flouting green norms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major crackdown on eateries and bars in the upscale Hauz Khas Village in south Delhi, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on Saturday sealed 22 such outlets for violating environmental norms.According to the Delhi government officials, the notices for closure were issued to these establishments four months ago but despite that they continued to function, following which the decision to seal them was taken. Most of these outlets are ‘take-away’ joints, with no provision to sit and eat.The sealed outlets include popular restaurants such as the Food Factory by Lalit, The Big Burp, Chaayos, The Bombay Velwet, and The New York Slice.”Most of these outlets did not have the consent to operate (CTO) or even the consent to establish (CTE), which are mandatory for eateries operating in the city. They didn’t have clearances from fire, police, civic, health, and environment departments,” said R M Shingare, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Hauz Khas.These clearances, the SDM said, were required to ensure that there was no water or air pollution. The approaching winter also prompted the sealing action, as the air quality severely deteriorates.The sealing action was conducted under Section 33 A of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and Section 31A of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.Meanwhile, the owners of the sealed eateries claimed that they were not served any prior notices.Down memory laneThe shops closed popular names like the Food Factory and The Bombay VelwetOfficials said the shops ignored notices issued to them four months ago

Delhi HC orders 21 restaurants and bars to be sealed in Hauz Khas Village

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi High Court has ordered to seal 21 restaurants and bars in Hauz Khas Village in the southern part of the national capital. The order comes days after the HC called the area ‘a ticking bomb.’The order was issued for all the 21 units which do not have mandatory approvals under the pollution laws, according to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee. Since these restaurants did not follow the waste norms and didn’t hold the mandatory licences, Delhi Jal Board and BESES Rajdhani the power distribution company has been ordered to disconnect the water and power supply to these restaurants immediately. Delhi Pollution Control Committee that oversees the implementation of environmental laws in the national capital, said that these 21 units were monitored and had spotted multiple violations. The Sub-Divisonal Magistrate of the south district area has already sealed the shops and the order shall come into force with immediate effect. SDM Hauz Khas Ramchandra Shingare, who supervised the sealing exercise, said, “Adequate security arrangement was made for the sealing exercise. No law and order problem was created during the sealing exercise which began in the morning and was concluded towards the evening. Together 21 restaurants were sealed.” A two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court headed by acting Chief Justice Gitta Mittal had raised some queries on safety an other issues. The government and the restaurant owners did not may heed to the matter. The court had also warned the owners that, in case of any unfortunate incident takes place in the area, they will be booked under the civil and criminal liability case and shall not be allowed to escape. “The reports of Delhi Police, Delhi Fire Service, SDMC and the Delhi Jal Board illustrate that the Hauz Khas Village is a ticking time bomb without essential civic and emergency services,” the bench had observed.Our repeated queries regarding quantum of solid waste (garbage) and sewage generated by these restaurants (pubs, bars and cafes in Hauz Khas Village) evoked no response from either the authorities or the restaurant owners,” the court added. “The adverse impact on the hygiene and environment so far as the citizenry is concerned thereby, would be insurmountable and irreversible,” it also said.According to the Delhi Police reported to the court, National Security Guard commandos could not reach the village during a mock-drill for a terrorist attack. A PIL also alleged that over 120 such restaurants and cafes are running in the South Delhi area without any building plans approval and no certificates.

Fishing throws lifeline to abandoned women

Photographer Deepti Asthana documents the lives of a family of fisherwomen whose husbands deserted them.

Solapur: Mother arrested for killing toddlers as they were ‘hurdle’ in extramarital affair

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Solapur police on Sunday arrested two people, including the mother for their role in the murder of two toddlers.On Saturday, the police had discovered the decomposed bodies of the babies. On questioning, the mother confessed that she had killed them as she found them to be a hurdle, as she was having an extramarital affair. The woman’s brother was also arrested for his role. However, her father and her boyfriend are absconding.According to the police, the woman’s husband had decided to file a divorce as​ she was having an affair with another man from the village. On September 1, the ​accused ​left the house with her two ​sons and killed them. The bodies were later buried near the lake outside the village. “We are yet to determine what she did to the children as their bodies were found decomposed. We are conducting a post mortem,” said Ashvini Shendage, Police Inspector of Malshiras police station.The incident came to light when a villager noticed that the woman’s​sons were missing for the past several days and informed​ the​police about the same. ​The police then began the investigation and dug up a government plot adjoining to the village where they found the bodies of the​toddlers in ​a ​decomposed state.A case of murder has been registered in Malshiras police station on the complaint of the victims’ father.

Noida residents use ‘ Magic Fridge’ to feed the hungry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an effort to bridge the gap between food wastage and hungry people, a community fridge has been set up at ATS Village, Sector 93A as a collective initiative of residents of the society and a few others. Called the ‘Magic Fridge,’ it is the first surplus food dispersing service which provides food to those who cannot afford two square meals, utilising what is more often than not thrown in the bins.An initiative of Gautam Jindal, a private professional and a resident of another society in Sector 108, the fridge has been placed at the back gate of ATS Village, opposite Gejha market. It was started only three days ago with help from ATS residents who have come together to promote the cause.Talking about the project, Jindal said that he was inspired by a similar programme going on in Gurugram. “I read about it on Facebook and then got in touch with the person who started it there. He was more than happy to help me. I followed his instructions because he already has some experience in doing this and hence Magic Fridge came into existence,” he said.The fridge, he informed, was donated by a friend who runs a hotel, though he had started crowd funding for the same. “My friend volunteered a lot of his time and money before we could gather funds, which helped us a lot.””A lot of food goes to waste in our homes these days. Either it is given to maids or thrown away in dustbins. With this idea, we are looking at primarily feeding those who don’t have any money to buy food,” adds Jindal.To ensure quality of food to end beneficiaries, the Magic Fridge comes with host of instructions pasted on the wall of the container. Residents who want to feed people, are asked to neatly pack the products in reusable aluminum foil or recyclable plastic containers, neatly naming the dish as well as the date when it was cooked. They are also instructed to make small packages for large amounts instead of one big one so that more people can benefit from it.Residents are also discouraged from keeping easily perishable food in the fridge like milk, cheese and canned products, if not sealed. Any dish that has not been consumed within 12 hours is thrown away. “I have personally requested the contributors to ensure that food that is edible, one that they eat at home, should find way to the fridge. The hungry too have dignity and we cannot give them stale and rotten food just because they can’t afford,” stated Jindal, who works with a private firm in Noida.A group of volunteers at ATS look after the fridge, ensuring regular supply of food from residents in the vicinity. Jindal himself visits the Magic Fridge twice a day, once in the morning and then at night. Next in pipeline is to visit slums in nearby areas this weekend to create awareness of this new facility that is available in the area.”We started with autowallahs, rickshaw pullers and other traders who squat by the footpath to utilise Magic Fridge. We have also asked them to spread the word amongst their friends and place of residence. More and more people should benefit from it,” said Jindal.

Car service centres cash in post flooding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As hundreds of cars were submerged underwater when heavy rains lashed the city on Tuesday, garages and service centers across Mumbai are making a killing, especially this weekend. Over the past two days, many owners have towed their cars to local mechanics and service centers to get them checked. However, service centres and garages are charging exorbitant amounts, which could be almost 100-200 per cent more than the regular cost.Since Wednesday, when the rains abated and waterlogging receded, hundreds of vehicles across Mumbai were towed to local mechanics or service centers. The towing van agencies cashed in as they charged more than 3-4 times of the actual cost just for towing. Owners of stranded vehicles had no option but to pay the high charges.”We had to pay Rs 2,500 to get my car towed barely a kilometre from my home. I remember getting it towed because of some trouble few months back, for which I paid Rs 600-700,” said D Sharma, resident of Kandivli, who had parkd his vehicle in Borivli (E).But the problems don’t end here. Once they give their vehicle to a service center, the probable minimum waiting time to get their vehicle back, is 15 days. People employed at these workshops claim that this could go up to even 20 days, depending on the damage incurred to a vehicle submerged underwater.”We have already got 15 vehicles submerged in waterlogged areas. We expect more to come by this weekend,” said an employee from Maruti Sai Service.Each car would take at least 48 hours if it is even slightly run on waterlogged areas. The most vital parts that could get affected are the electronic fuse and engine. If this gets exposed to water then the wait period could go longer.In fact, if water enters petrol and oil brackets, then it will have to be changed and replaced completely. Moreover, if these are not addressed then they claim it could lead to short circuit and affect the music system, head and tail lights as well.”If the engine gets affected, then the cost could go up to Rs 1 lakh per car,” said Joginder Khosla, mechanic from Sion Koliwada, working for last 50 years now. “We have already queued 20 vehicles outside our workshop and will take at least 2 days to return them.”Another mechanic, Santosh from Thakur Village said that in the next few days all mechanic shops will have too many vehicles to repair. “The average cost that a vehicle owner will have to shell out is Rs 20,000-30,000,” said Santosh.Service centers normally carry out full repairs and maintenance of 6-7 cars in a day. “We are surely expecting the load to increase by 20-25 per cent,” said an employee from Honda Solatire. Service centers do the basic job of inspecting, but they charge for changing oil, petrol, coolant, checking brakes, cleaning and washing mats inside and other jobs.Both employees from service centers and mechanics accepted that there is a possibility of surge in prices to get vehicles inspected and repaired at least for the next two days. They claim that cars are insured and so vehicle owners do not mind paying for it. A large number of cars were found abandoned and broken down in King’s Circle, Matunga, Dadar, Parel, Ghatkopar, Goregaon, Andheri, Kurla, Khar, Milan and Malad subways.

Modernity creeps in

Photographer Ronny Sen chronicles two tribal communities in India to understand how change affects them.

Man awarded 10 year’s RI for raping minor girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A local court today sentenced a man to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment for raping a minor girl in 2014. Balasore Additional district judge A Sadangi convicted Kanda Sing and sentenced him to jail for 10 years. The judge also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on the convict. He will have to undergo a jail term of another three months if he failed to pay the fine. According to prosecution, Sing, a resident of Kharidmukhura village, took an 8-year-old girl from his village to a nearby lonely place and raped her on January 30, 2014. The victim’s mother had lodged a complaint against the accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmer shot dead in Ghaziabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 45-year-old farmer was shot dead by unidentified persons in Shaidpur village of the district, police said today. SSP H N Singh said Maharaj Singh was sleeping outside his house last night when some car-borne assailants opened fire on him and fled from the spot. He said the farmer died on the spot and prime facie the incident is a fallout of personal enmity as he had a quarrel with a youth of his village three days ago. Six empty and two 9 mm live cartridges were recovered from the spot. A case has been registered and hunt is on for the culprits, the SSP said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IDay: Jammu on high alert, close vigil on infiltration routes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of the Independence Day celebrations tomorrow, the city police has been put on alert with all heads of police stations and border police posts keeping a tight vigil on their respective areas and infiltration routes in the region. “All station house officers and incharge of police posts have been directed to remain present in their respective jurisdiction round-the-clock,” an advisory issued by the police said today. The incharge of border police posts have been directed to keep a vigil on infiltration routes used by anti-national elements, it said. Village Defence Committee (VDC) members, numberdars and chowkidars have been asked to co-operate with each other for safety and security of their respective villages, it said. The advisory was today passed to the police force, general public and other officials in the wake of a heightened security threat. Keeping in view the Independence Day celebration, present security scenario in the state and the impending threats from anti-national elements, frisking points have been established in Jammu city as well as rural areas. “You are requested to co-operate with the police, do not take the nakas and frisking points as harassment by the police,” the police advisory addressed to the people said, adding more barricades will be set up within the city and at the borders. “Citizens are requested to plan their movements accordingly,” it said. The advisory further asked the public to “not touch any abandoned object”. “On seeing any suspected person, object and material, inform the police immediately. If you have any information about any anti-national and anti-social elements, please visit the nearby police station or dial 100. “Security of the informant shall be kept confidential. Be alert while travelling in passenger vehicles and in crowded areas i.e. bus stand, railway station, shopping complex, hospitals etc,” it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Juvenile accused of rape hacked to death by victim’s father

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 17-year-old boy, who was one of the accused in a rape case of a minor girl, was allegedly hacked to death by the victim’s father in Nira Narsinhpur village in Indapur tehsil, 100 km from here, police said. The incident took place yesterday, they said. According to police, the deceased and his cousin were accused of allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl in the village in the month of April this year. Since the deceased was a minor, he was released on the bail by the juvenile court. “The victim’s father, who was angry after the accused was released, had threatened him and his family that he would not spare him,” said a police officer, attached to Indapur police station. He said that after the incident, the accused’s parents had kept him in the hostel in Indapur as the victim’s father had threatened that he did not want to see him in the village till his daughter gets married. As per the complaint by the deceased’s mother, he had come home on Thursday and moment, the girl and her father came to know about his arrival, they went to their home. “In the complaint, the deceased’s mother stated that both the daughter and her father barged into their house with sharp weapons and when the accused’s father tried to stop them, the victim’s father attacked him with the sharp weapon and the girl allegedly attacked her,” said the police officer. He added that moment the accused who was in the bathroom sensed the commotion and escaped from the rear door, however, he was chased by girl’s father and was hacked to death with a sharp weapon near a chowk in the village. “In the complaint, the mother of the deceased alleged that after attacking her son with a sharp weapon, the girl threatened her that they would not spare them and father-daughter duo left the place,” said the officer. The boy died on the spot, said the officer. “We have arrested the father under relevant sections of IPC, however, we are yet to arrest his daughter, who is 16-year-old and probing her involvement in the entire case,” said the officer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Obscene dance in school, liquor served in classroom; probe on

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A video of an obscene dance inside the classroom of a primary school here during a birthday bash hosted by the village head and clips suggesting consumption of liquor went viral on social media prompting authorities to order a probe today. The video showed girls dancing indecently to the rhythm of lilting Bhojpuri numbers inside the classroom of a primary school in Tetaria village in Jamalpur block on Raksha Bandhan on August 7, when the school was closed. As the clip went viral on social media, the education department ordered a probe. “A probe has been ordered in the matter and its report will be given to the District Magistrate for further action,” Basic Sikshan Adhikari (BSA) Pravin Kumar Tiwari said. About the incident, the officer said, “The keys of school were taken by the village head on August 5 from the principal. As a number of tasks are done in the school through the village head, he was given keys. The village head organised a party to celebrate his son’s birthday in the school.” A dance programme was held and liquor was also consumed there, he said. When the school reopened on Tuesday, the students and the teachers had to remove empty liquor bottles and clean the strewn food left overs, he said. “Holding of such events in school premises is not allowed and in this case too no permission was sought,” Tiwari said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Girl stabbed to death for protesting against teasing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 17-year-old girl was stabbed to death by five men when she protested against them for teasing her in Baansdeeh area here today, police said. “Ragni Dubey, a resident of Bajha village, was on her way to school on her bicycle when five men on two motorcycles intercepted her near Shankarpur Bhawani temple and pressured her to talk to them,” SP Sujata Singh said. “As the girl refused to talk, they pushed her bicycle and when she fell down on the road, they repeatedly stabbed her and left her bleeding profusely,” she said. The family members rushed her to the district hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. The family members have told the police that the victim, a class 12 student, was being followed by some motorcycle-borne youth since some time. On the complaint of the family, an FIR has been filed against the village pradhan, his son, his nephew and two others of the village, the SP said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

My partition journey back to the village my dad fled

Binita’s father had to flee when his family’s home was attacked. Now she wants to find the people who helped him escape.

Braid-chopping: Villagers believe tantriks could be behind the snippings; rules out existence of ghosts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even though the mystery surrounding braid chopping is increasing in the national capital and neighbouring states, villagers have ruled out the existence of ghosts and spirits. They, however, have not ruled out the possibility of a group of notorious occultists (tantrisk) behind this act to gain publicity. Several cases of braid chopping have been reported in the last few days, giving birth to an environment of fear and superstition, which has grappled remote villages at the border — Delhi-Haryana, Delhi-UP and Gurgaon.55-year-old Muneesh was on her way from the plot where she had gone to tie her cow when she experienced a severe headache. Assuming she was tired from the day’s work, Devi returned home and lay down on the sofa.As her headache became more severe, she shouted at the top of her voice thrice and fell unconscious. When she awoke, her braid had been chopped off. According to her, no outsider entered her house as all doors were bolted.In another instance, 53-year-old Sri Devi had a similar experience, though it happened to her twice in two consecutive days.Speaking to DNA, Muneesh said she did not get any pandit or occultist to her house because even after the incident, nothing unusual had been witnessed there.“I have lived in this house for the past thirty years but haven’t ever experienced such a thing. If it was a ghost that had caught me, I would not be here talking to you,” she said.Another resident, Nibha Tiwari said, “We are all educated people. I roam the village with my hair open. These are myths”.However, in most cases, victims or their family members have denied seeing anyone to catch.“The first time my mom’s braid was cut, we were in different rooms. But the second time, I was lying on a cot beside her and she was sleeping when I heard her scream. I tried to pacify her but ultimately had to use some Gangajal to calm her down,” said Krishan, Sri Devi’s younger son.A relative of Muneesh said he does not believe in ghosts and spirits, but that there might be some occultist involved. While saying this, he also leveled allegations on police for not taking the matter seriously.“Media and police say the incidents have been taking place in remote villages where the education rate is low. Let me tell you that our village has produced an IAS officer, several government employees and learned men. We do not believe ghosts have done this.Police torture the victims into accepting they have chopped their own hair,” Muneesh’s relative said.Krishan, Sri Devi’s son also alleged that police have been taking the matter lightly which is the reason no forensic experts have come to probe the case.While speaking to the neighbour of a victim, 45-year-old Omvati in Tilangpur Kotla Village, we discovered that the victim was admitted in the hospital two to three years back and had undergone angiography. She also had complains of dizziness but for the last few months was healthy and able to do houseworkMeanwhile, in the village, women are covering their heads. Neem leaves, handprints made of turmeric and vermilion have been stamped on the walls to refrain any supernatural power from entering. Kids fear going to school, and no puja has been conducted after the incident, except a havan.Black monkey linkThe spate of incidents have raised questions similar to those as had been during the time of ‘Black Monkey’ hysteria which erupted in 2001.A close scrutiny of the incidents reveals that most of them take place during monsoon season, like the Black Monkey incidentExperts believe these are cases mass hysteria witnessed only in the women due to the excessive domestic pressurePast visits03 Aug 2017 At around 7 am, a woman from Mayapuri, said her three daughters aged 16, 13 and 12 claimed their hair had been cut02 Aug 2017 In outer Delhi’s Najafgarh, a woman sprang up from bed on feeling pain in her head, and found hair lying nearby02 Aug 2017 A 52-year-old woman woke up around midnight on feeling someone had been pulling her hair. She awoke to find her hair had been chopped

Haryana village to send 1001 rakhis for ‘bhaiya’ Donald Trump

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He may have not heard of Rakhi, but the women and girls of a remote Muslim-dominated village “symbolically” named by an NGO after US President Donald Trump will send him 1001 sacred threads on the Hindu festival that celebrates the brother-sister bond.The gesture by the residents of Marora village in the backward Mewat region represents the “wish of the people that ties are further strengthened between India and the US”, says the NGO which has adopted the village.The village had come into limelight after Sulabh International Social Service Organisation (SISSO) chief Bindeshwar Pathak had announced to name it ‘Trump’s village’.The district administration had later said the move to rename the village was “illegal”, forcing the organisation members to remove boards mentioning the new name.They said signage boards and banners carrying the new name of the village and image of Trump had been removed by the organisation.The village, with a population of 1,800 people, lies under Punhana Tehshil, some 60 km from Gurgaon.”The NGO has been conducting many welfare programs for women and girls in the village”, Monica Jain, vice president of the NGO said.”These students have made 1001 rakhis with photos of Donald Trump and 501 rakhis for Narendra Modi. Women and girls of the village consider them their elder brothers”, she said.The consignment of rakhis was sent on Friday through cargo so that it reached the US president on Raksha Bandhan on August 7. The villagers are also sending invitations to the two leaders to visit the village.Widows of the village have also expressed a desire to meet Modi on Raksha Bandhan at his residence in the national capital and tie rakhis.”I have made 150 rakhis within three days for Trump bhaiyaa. I also written in a letter to be sent to the White House that the girls of your village want you to visit it with PM Modi”, said 15-year-old Rekha Rani, a resident of the village.Sulabh had recently constructed 95 toilets in Marora to implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship program to make every village in the country open defecation free.The village has 140 houses and only 45 of them were equipped with toilet facility. Sulabh constructed the remaining 95 toilets, Jain said.

Torrential downpour denies power to one village in Udaipur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy rains have come not at a good time for Dheeya village in Kotda teshil of Udaipur as it was the only village which has not been electrified during the electrification drive in the division.As per the information made available by state government at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY), 43,263 villages of total 43,264 villages were electrified at the end of July this year. The sole village left out is Dheeya. The electrification drive of this village consisting of a few dozen households have been a long journey. Initially, it faced challenges due to impermeability of adjoining forest terrain and consent from authorities that took a little long.When solution was sought, the work suffered due to heavy rains in the area. “We decided to pass through the forest land and lay electric line along the banks of a local river. Also, 135 poles have been erected for a 11 KV line,” said a senior officer at Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (AVVNL). The work is expected to be completed by the end of this month, he added. Electrification of the village could have been done earlier, however the villagers who had waited for electricity for all this while wanted it to be from the grid and not off grid. Thus the entire process got a bit more tough.There were hundreds of villages in Rajasthan at the time waiting for electricity. Electrification of these villages had been a challenge due to remote location and other local issues, however, the assigned task in now at closure but there is still long road ahead for further work. “The villages covered so far are those in accordance to census 2011, many more habitations have come up since. As the government intends to take electricity to smallest cluster there is more work still left to be done,” says a department official. According to the data provided by state department for energy,as per 2011 census, out of 89.91 rural households there are 21.12 lakh households without electricity. Work in this direction is being held under the CM household electrification scheme. There are around 1,31,763 habitation of which a quarter are still to be electrified. A further detailed survey is now being held to determine requirements of electrifying even the smallest house clusters.Picture decoded1 Village yet to be electrified Out of 43,264 census villages, 43,263 villages (99.9) have been electrified

Bogeyman, black magic or good ol’ thievery? Hairy plot in Delhi village thickens

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deserted roads, empty classrooms and shuttered doors behind which hide women and children too scared to step out. Kanganheri is a village spooked after three of its women reported that their braids had been chopped while they were sleeping.The village on the edge of southwest Delhi – separated by not just a few kilometres but an entire world from the plush malls and much vaunted higher educational institutes of the national capital – is not alone in its panic.It started off with isolated reports of women’s hair, particularly braids, being chopped while they were sleeping or unconscious. But the numbers are increasing each day with some 30 odd cases being reported, mostly from villages in Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh.Bogeyman, black magic or good ol’ thievery..the theories are many as the hysteria spreads, blurring the boundaries between superstition and crime in a largely rural belt.In Kanganheri, like in other villages, the discourse centres around black magic and sorcery after three women became unconscious following a splitting headache and woke up with their braids on the floor.Suspense and fear hang heavy in the air with most villagers not sending their kids to school and women confined to their homes.Manoj, whose 55-year-old mother Sridevi, lost her hair, is convinced the police is simply trying to put the blame on a person while it is in fact “Bengali black magic” in play.”For one moment, I will believe that it is a man roaming around cutting women’s braids, but how do you explain the same thing happening at so many places simultaneously?” asked the 32-year-old.Sridevi, he said, had complained of a headache after returning from feeding cattle in the neighbourhood. When she woke up from a nap, her hair was gone.”Bhagat ji”, an astrologer, was the go-to man. He told Manoj that a tantric from Bengal had sent his followers to “bind the village inside a magical circle”.”My mother, who is active usually, is feeling so weak now. The tantric has stolen her strength from her body through her braid,” Manoj, who runs an electrical repair shop in the village, told PTI.Most villagers have covered the outside walls of their homes with henna handprints, along with the lime, chillies and neem leaves to ward off evil spirits.Roshanlal Yadav, whose wife Munesh Devi, also 55 like Sridevi, found her hair cut, said they don’t want to leave anything to chance.”Some elders of the village told us to put handprints, then somebody said wash them off. And some others said hang neem leaves on the entrance, we are doing everything that can be done,” he said.Fantastical stories — including one of a woman seeing a cat turning into a person before she lost consciousness and another seeing a man in red-yellow clothes carrying a trident – have been doing the rounds in the belt.As the delirium spreads with the supernatural dominating the discussion, police and psychologists are weighing in with their theories.The theft theory doesn’t seem to work because family members of the victims said nothing had been stolen from their houses – not even the hair – admitted a police official.With more such incidents being reported every day, officials said they are still searching for clues and awaiting results from forensic experts.A team from the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) visited Kanganheri village on Wednesday.According to IHBAS director Nimesh Desai, it is “too early to have an opinion, but one of the many possibilities could be factitious disorder”, a condition where a person fabricates or exaggerates physical or psychological symptoms.”Diagnosis or impressions like factitious disorder should be made very carefully. “But it becomes more complicated and delicate when my belief system or behaviour is rooted in something my community and/or my subculture believes,” Desai said, doubting the possibility of factitious disorder at a mass level. It is possible theoretically that “an individual starts believing in a fictional scenario, but mass hysteria in factitious disorder is very uncommon if not rare”.Incidents of mass hysteria are not new to India.In May 2001, over 100 instances of attacks by a mysterious “monkey man” were reported.With descriptions ranging from a hairy creature wearing metal helmet, metal claws and glowing red eyes to an eight- feet-tall creature, the monkey man hysteria spread from Delhi to neighbouring Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.In September 1995, idols of the Hindu god Ganesha were reported to be drinking milk. Before it was refuted as simple capillary action by scientists across the world, people had already queued up outside temples all over the world claiming it to be a miracle.

IAF-rescues-pregnant-woman-in-Gujarat @ 7/24/2017 9:35:06 AM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Indian Air Force safely evacuated a woman, her new-born twins and another pregnant woman from Nana Matra village in Vinchia tehsil of Rajkot district of Gujarat, which was flooded due to heavy rains. Acting with lightening speed, an Indian Air Force Chetak helicopter got airborne within minutes of the IAF receiving a request for immediate evacuation the two women in critical condition. The message with the location details was received at 4: 30 pm and the Chetak got airborne from Jamnagar at 4:40 pm heading for the site. It took barely anytime for the seasoned heads and hands at work at HQ SWAC Gandhinagar coordinating Human Assistance and Disaster Relief operations in the area in choosing a Chetak helicopter for this particular operation – owing to its much lesser All up Weight as compared to a MI-17V5. Keeping in view – the medical condition of those to be evacuated, the aircraft would need to land to take them on board safely (in all probability on a patch of soft ground as reported by district officials at the site). While the aircraft was enroute to Nana Matra Village of Vinchia Taluka in Rajkot district – the district administration officials informed that one of the two women to be evacuated had already delivered a set of twins and needed to be airlifted immediately. By 5: 15 pm the ‘Saviour Chetak’ was already overhead looking for a safe patch to land. The mother, with her new born twins and an attendant were instantaneously put into the aircraft and flown out to safety with due care. The aircraft landed at Jasdan helipad where they were handed over to the medical team already waiting for the aircraft on ground. The aircraft then returned to Nana Matra, this time packing up another pregnant woman bleeding profusely, in need of urgent medical attention. The lady along with an attendant was quickly evacuated and flown across the river where the medical staff and ambulance in wait took over.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha govt sweetens the deal for organic farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Want to buy organic jamun, palash, and karvi honey? The state forest department has extended a helping hand to the villagers of Maharashtra’s hinterlands for branding and marketing their produce in cities like Mumbai and Pune.This will act as a fresh source of livelihood for people residing in the remote Kandati Khore in Satara district, which is part of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve’s (STR) buffer area. These villagers, who lack access to modern amenities, depend on paddy farming to sustain themselves and are forced to migrate to cities to earn a living.”These are very remote villages…the project, still in its initial phase, will ensure sustainable livelihoods,” said V Clement Ben, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) and Project Director, STR.The honey will be marketed by the Village Development Committees (VDCs) under the brand name ‘Sahyadri honey’.The project, under which villagers have been given honey collection boxes at subsidised rates, is being implemented under the Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Jan Van Yojana and villagers have already collected 1,600 kg honey. Some beneficiaries will be trained to operate the honey processing unit, which costs around Rs 5.50 lakh and may be installed in around two months in Kandat village.The department is collaborating with Pune’s Central Bee Research and Training Institute.Dr Vinita Vyas, Deputy Director (wildlife), STR, said the honey processing unit was part of a larger effort to create livelihood options for villagers in the STR’s buffer.”The project will cover 13 villages in Mahabaleshwar taluka,” said Yogesh Gavit, Range Forest Officer (RFO).”Locals have been collecting and selling the raw honey to processing units in Mahabaleshwar for around Rs 400 per kg. Once the honey is processed, we expect it can be sold for around Rs 1,200 to 1,300, as it is organic,” said Gavit, adding they were also in talks with a sports goods chain to sell the honey in its outlets.Ben said initially, they would market the honey at the five gates of the STR and Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary (Mangur, Dhebewadi, Koynanagar, Helwak, and Bamnoli) before scaling up production to cover malls and shops in cities like Mumbai and Pune. These protected areas are visited by around 90,000 tourists annually.A HELPING HANDMaharashtra forest department will help the villagers of the state’s hinterlands for branding and marketing their produce — organic honey — in cities like Mumbai and Pune.
The project, under which villagers have been given honey collection boxes at subsidised rates, is being implemented under the Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Jan Van Yojana.

Cops nab ‘Robin Hood’ burglar with a heart of gold

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He might be a burglar and in the wrong books of the Delhi Police but for the people of his village in Bihar, he is a hero. Why? Because the accused not only shared a part of his looted booty with the villagers but also organised health check-ups for them with the money. Not just this, he even provided money for children who desired to study.”The accused has been identified as Irfan alias Ujala alias Aryan, Sitamarhi, Bihar. Twelve cases of burglary and house theft in different areas of South East District and neighbouring areas have been attributed to him. Gold and diamond jewellery along with a luxury watch worth Rs 25 lakhs have been recovered from his possession,” said Romil Baaniya, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South East.Baaniya added that the receiver of the stolen property was identified as Dharmender who hails from the same village as the accused.According to investigators the nabbed accused took to stealing as he wanted to live a luxurious life but he also wanted to help people in his village and thus started sharing his loot with them. He arranged for the wedding of around eight persons in the village, sponsored the education of three girls and arranged for health check-ups for senior citizens and blind people.On the other hand, the accused loved the good life. Officers say he visited new pubs and bars in Delhi and Mumbai and on one such occasion at Delhi’s Gem pub in Paharganj he paid Rs 10,000 to hear a Sufi song of his choice.Such a glamorous story has humble beginnings. Irfan first moved to Delhi four years back in search of a job. He initially opened a cloth shop in Outer Delhi’s Bawana where he met other associates who introduced him to the life of crime. Irfan, who has studied up to Class 5, was a good student. Officers say that in order to make sure he had a good grip while climbing up and making less noise while burgling homes, he would remain barefoot during the crime.”He would first recce the area and target high-profile colonies and would later break open the house and carry out the crime. He mostly committed burglaries alone. He was living a luxurious life with access to latest cars and fashionable clothes. He even boasted about it on social media. He claims to have committed burglaries in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab as well,” added Baaniya.In May, the police received a complaint from Rajeev Khanna stating that gold and diamond ornaments were missing. CCTV footages from various cameras installed in the area of New Friend’s Colony revealed the picture of the accused and he was apprehended from his village.

Tamil Nadu: Woman throws children in well, attempts suicide in Cuddalore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two children died after being thrown into a well by their 41-year-old mother, who later jumped into it, in the district of Cuddalore on Monday, police said.The victim, hailing from Thimava Royanakupppam took the extreme step owing to poverty, they said. The woman pushed her two male children, aged 3 and 2 before jumping into the farm well in the village this morning.Villagers retrieved the bodies of the children from the well and rescued the woman and admitted her to Kurinjipadi government hospital, they added.A case has been registered and investigation is on, police said.

Indian Army confirms death of soldier in Pak firing in Bhimber Gali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Indian Army on Monday confirmed the death of a soldier during ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Jammu’s Bhimber Gali Sector. The army confirmed the death of Naik Muddasar Ahmed. In a statement issued from Army Headquarters, the army said, “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Rajouri sector at around 0730h today. Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively. In the fire exchange, Naik Muddasar Ahmed was grievously injured when mortar shells landed on his bunker. He was evacuated to the MI room where he succumbed to his injuries.” The statement further said that, “Naik Muddasar Ahmed, 37 years, belonged to Village Duchoo, Tehsil Tral, District Pulwama, J&K and is survived by his wife Mrs Shaheena Muddasar and two children.”It described Naik Muddasar Ahmed as a brave and sincere soldier. “He loved his job to the core. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” the army said in its statement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman throws children in well, attempts suicide in Cuddalore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two children died after being thrown into a well by their 41-year-old mother, who later jumped into it, in the district today, police said. The victim, hailing from Thimava Royanakupppam took the extreme step owing to poverty, they said. The woman pushed her two male children, aged 3 and 2 before jumping into the farm well in the village this morning. Villagers retrieved the bodies of the children from the well and rescued the woman and admitted her to Kurinjipadi government hospital, they added. A case has been registered and investigation is on, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cops deny it but Hauz Khas resto-bar staff confirm ban on Ladies Night

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even though Delhi Police claimed they had just heightened security at Hauz Khas in order to take control of law and order and not put a ban on ‘Ladies Night’, a ground report carried out by DNA revealed that owners of various lounges and bars have been told to host a Ladies Night as women get too “drunk and can’t handle themselves.”In order to check the reality, DNA went on the streets of Hauz Khas to speak with employees at pubs and spoke with about half a dozen clubs, such as ‘The Bunk House’, ‘Imperfecto’ and ‘My Bar’ to name a few. According to staff at these bars, Ladies Night is being banned because some women get drunk and police feel that in such a situation, the safety of these women could be compromised.However, when contacted, Ishwar Singh, DCP (South) denied reports that police were thinking of banning Ladies Night. However, he stated that security had been be hiked up in this party hub due to terror threats towards foreigners.Additionally, the police has spoken to excise department officials in order to make sure that alcohol is served only to persons above the age of 25.The controversy over Ladies’ Night, in the pubs of Hauz Khas Village, has come under heavy criticism from Delhiites. The decision comes shortly after a woman documented an alleged rape and abduction case in Hauz Khas Village on her Twitter handle on July 6. Shortly after this incident, pressure to ban Ladies Night in the area emerged. The arguments being made against this ban rise from a concern over the root cause of rape culture – to blame the victim, rather than to punish the perpetrator.

Four labourers die after inhaling toxic fumes in water tank

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four out of five labourers died as they inhaled toxic gases while trying to clean up a harvesting tank in South Delhi’s Ghitorni area on Saturday morning. The Delhi Police has registered a case against the owner of the property.”Five people were rescued from the water tank out of which four of them identified as Anil Kumar, Balwinder Singh, Swaran Singh and Deepu were pronounced dead on arrival. One of them was identified as Jaspal Singh was safe and on the basis of his statement a case has been registered,” said Ishwar Singh, Deputy Commissioner Police, South. He added that a case under sections of culpable homicide not amounting to murder has been registered against the owner of the property JK Mehta, staff members, as well as the builder of the property.According to Jaspal they reached at the Ghitorni village around 9am. The place where a lot of paying guest accommodations and tenants reside were facing issues of blockage in the harvesting tank which is stated to be connected with sewer pipelines. The contractor of the labourers was called by one of the persons from the Ghitorni Village in order to clean the lines.Narrating the sequence of events Singh said that it was Anil who opened the tank cover and went in first. When he did not return, Balwinder stepped in to look for him but even he did not come back up.”Later on to search for the two of them Deepu went it , but when we shouted for him he did not respond. My father Swaran Singh then decided to use a rope and rescue all of them. He did not respond and then finally I went inside but I do not remember what happened after that,” said Singh.One of the persons informed the police. The fire brigade was also called in and rescue operations began. The five were rushed to different hospitals in South Delhi.Jaspal Singh was discharged after treatment and revealed that none of them were wearing gloves or masks or any other safety gear.

Each home in ‘hockey village’ has players

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The clock strikes five in the evening and the usually deserted streets of Ghumanhera begin to flood with youngsters. Donning colourful jerseys with hockey sticks on their shoulders, the small army is headed for their daily practice.Far from the city’s hustle-bustle, located on the southwest Delhi border, the hamlet of Ghumanhera has a special bond with the national game and has been nurturing sportsmen for the last 25 years. Nearly every home in the village has members who have either played or are playing, hockey.According to a rough estimate, nearly 2,000 Ghumanhera residents have played hockey at zonal, state, and national levels.Baljeet Singh says: “We started training children in 1992. Initially, it was difficult for us.”Singh is a former national-level hockey player and is popular in the area as ‘coach sir’. He says, “We had to convince parents to send their kids for practice. We had to buy the children shoes and hockey sticks to encourage them.””Our children have played for the Indian Army, Navy, and Railways as well,” says PK Jha, Principal of the Government Boys Senior Secondary School (GBSSS), Ghumanhera. The school has played a vital role in promoting the sport, not only among the villagers but also among people from the adjoining areas.Recently, the Delhi government constructed an international-standard, artificial-turf hockey field at the GBSSS, motivating even more youngsters to play the sport. “As many as 10 students from private schools have taken admission in our school this year, just to practice on this field. We hope that more of our children get selected for national camps,” Jha adds.As the popularity of the game gradually diminishes, however, the desire to represent the country is also dying down. Still, forced by the lack of education and employment opportunities, hordes of children join the practise every year.”Most parents were not happy about their children playing hockey after a certain age. But as they started getting admission in universities under the sports quota and jobs in Railways and Navy, more and more parents started encouraging their children to play,” says Surendar Kumar, who is currently employed in the Indian Navy’s mechanical department in Mumbai, and also plays for its hockey team.According to Kumar, as many as seven members in the present Navy hockey team are from Ghumanhera. “They got employed in the Navy after being selected in its hockey team. Now, they are making their parents proud,” he says.”At present, nearly 18 girls from our village are also employed with the Railways and playing hockey for their respective teams,” he adds.So while the sport lives on, it has not been an easy journey, especially in view of the lack of funds. According to villagers, nearly 60 per cent of the population in the village can be described as poor. “The Delhi government has made a world-class field here but a lot more has to be done to train world-class players. People don’t have money to give proper diet and equipment to their children. How can you expect them to compete with those coming from affluent backgrounds?” rues coach Singh.Echoing the sentiment, Harendra Singh, former Indian hockey player and former coach of the World Cup-winning junior Indian hockey team, says: “Ghumanhera is the place from where you can select the entire Delhi team.But the government has to provide the youngsters with world-class facilities, in addition to the field.”Back on the lush-green GSSB ground, 18-year-old Monika is practicing. “I want to become a coach as our village has so many girls playing hockey but not even a single coach for them,” she says as she skillfully drives the ball to the goal post.

Novel protest against ONGC in Kathiramangalam village

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Continuing their opposition to the ONGC’s oil exploration project in their village near here, residents resorted to a novel protest by setting up a community kitchen and used firewood for the same. Around 200 residents of Kathiramangalam village had yesterday set up a community kitchen and used firewood instead of LPG in a bid to rebuff ONGC’s statement that it had to drill wells to supply LPG to households, police said. Women gathered in the open yard of an Ayyanaar temple in the village and prepared food from the morning using firewood. The protesters said they could manage with firewood as they had been doing so before the advent of LPG. The villagers have been up in arms against crude oil exploration by ONGC and a protest by them had turned violent on June 30, leading to use of “minimum force” by police, which was criticised by opposition parties in the state. Also, shops remained shut for several days in the village to express solidarity with the protesting residents.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre’s nod to change ’embarrassing’ names of 2 Hry villages

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has approved renaming of Ganda and Kinnar villages in Fatehabad and Hisar districts of Haryana. Union Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the renaming of two villages in Haryana, an official spokesman said here this evening. Village Ganda has been renamed as Ajit Nagar, whereas village Kinnar has been rechristened as Gaibi Nagar, the official said. The Haryana government had recently changed the names of both villages on the demand of local residents who said they felt “embarrassed” with such names. Notably, a teenaged girl from Ganda (which means dirty in English), Harpreet Kaur Malkat, had written a letter to the Prime Minister seeking change of name of her village. Kaur had earlier told reporters that she was often teased by her friends and relatives from other areas when they referred to her village name. In her letter to the PM over a year ago, the 14-year-old girl had highlighted how residents felt ashamed and embarrassed every time they needed to utter the village’s name. Likewise, villagers of Kinnar (which means eunuch in English), especially the younger generation, were demanding for a long time to change the outlandish name of the village which falls under Narnaund tehsil of Hisar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man forced to go around village beating a gong as punishment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A kangaroo court in Angul district allegedly forced a panchayat ward member’s husband to go around the village beating a gong as punishment for not voting for a candidate. The incident took place in Badakera panchayat under Bantala police station jurisdiction yesterday after the villagers pronounced the punishment for Dusmant Sahu, husband of a ward member, for not voting in favour of a candidate. Sahu was ordered to pay Rs 50,000 as penalty or go around the village beating a gong as punishment. Sahu said he agreed to go around the village beating a gong as he was not in a position to pay the fine money. The incident evoked sharp reaction from other ward members who described the act as inhuman. Naib sarpanch Bidyadhara Prusty said issues related to the rural elections had been sorted out, but during a meeting held yesterday the villagers asked Sahu either to pay fine or beat gong as punishment. Action needs to be taken against the villagers who resorted to the method in order to prevent recurrence of such incidents. Inspector In-Charge of Bantala Police station, Nirmala Gochhayat said the husband of the ward member was rescued by police and asked not to follow any punishment given by the villagers. While no complaint has so far been lodged by the victim with the police, a close watch was being kept on the situation, she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Anti-ONGC stir continues in TN village; Shops remain shut

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The protest by locals against the ONGC’s oil exploration project in a village in the district continued with shops remaining shut for the fifth day today and agitators picketing a government office. The protesters at Kathiramangalam are demanding the release of those arrested in connection with the violence on June 30 during an agitation over ‘leak’ in a ONGC pipeline and stoppage of the exploration work, citing safety concerns. Expressing solidarity with the agitating public, shop owners in the village have shut their establishments since July 1. Efforts by the district administration to persuade the traders to open the shops failed today and the latter along with the residents picketed the Tiruvidaimarudur Tahsildar office, pressing their demands. Members of the public also joined the shop-owners in the picketing and raised slogans, condemning the ONGC exploration work as tension prevailed in the village. Meanwhile, District Collector A Annadurai said the ONGC would pay Rs. 60,000 as compensation to one Sriram, whose paddy field was affected by oil spill due to leakage in the pipeline. Speaking after a public hearing at the Taluk office, the Collector said the police presence in the village, beefed up since June 30, had been reduced. He also sought to allay fears of the villagers about contamination of drinking water (due to the oil exploration) and said five lakh litres of drinking water was supplied everyday. Locals in Kathiramangalam have been up in arms against the leak in an ONGC pipeline. A public protest over the leak had turned violent on June 30, leading to use of “minimum force” by police, which came in in for criticism from the opposition parties in the state. Chief Minister K Palaniswami had told the state Assembly on July 3 that the situation in the village was “under control.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Telangana to introduce special agri Budget from next year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has decided to introduce special budget for agriculture from next year and to substantially enhance the funds for farming sector. The chief minister also announced that 2,500 clusters with one cluster for every 5,000 acres will be set up across the state and in every cluster, dais will be constructed for the farmers to interact, an official release said today. KCR, who had held an extended high-level review meeting on farmers’ welfare and agriculture development yesterday, instructed officials that the farmers should be educated about the power of unity and the farmers association should be formed from the village to state level to forge an alliance with other farmers. The chief minister decided to have training programmes also for the farmers from the village to state level with new, modern scientific techniques and practices. He said there is a need to expand the agriculture ministry as more than two-thirds of the population is depending on agriculture in the state. “If need be services of retired officers and scientists should be utilised and the ministry should be reorganised,” Rao said. “Under the united Andhra Pradesh, Telangana farmers were deceived and they were distressed for irrigation water. Hence we have focused on agriculture and the irrigation sectors and we are getting the results. “We have begun executing various projects to supply water to one crore acres. Under ‘Mission Kakatiya,’ we are reviving the tanks. We are providing quality nine hours power supply to the farmers and we will provide 24-hour power supply in future,” added Rao.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Over 20 people injured in clash over minor dispute

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least twenty people, including three women, were injured in a clash between two groups over a minor dispute at a village here, the police said today. The incident took place yesterday under Miranpur Police Station when two persons, Raees and Shahzad, got into an argument following a children’s quarrel, SHO Arvind Kumar said. The argument escalated into a violent clash during which lathis and stones were used. The police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control, Kumar said. Ten people have been arrested and those injured were shifted to a hospital. Security has been tightened in the village and extra police has been deployed as a precautionary measure, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Father-son duo shot dead over water dispute in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man and his son were shot dead today in a village in Haryana’s Sonepat district allegedly by a person known to them due to a dispute over distribution of water in the fields, police said. The 55-year-old man and his son (26) were gunned down in the village by the accused, they said, adding senior police officials have reached the incident spot. A police official said that a murder case has been registered against the accused and some of his accomplices and further investigation is on. The 26-year-old victim was said to be employed with the Delhi police, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tension in Haryana village after flags inscribed with ‘786’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension mounted in a Haryana village after a few blue-coloured flags inscribed with ‘786’ were put up at an under-construction temple. The number 786 is considered holy in Islam. The incident took place two days after a group of men entered a mosque at Anchra Khurd village in Jind district and allegedly injured three people including an Imam, police said. Policemen have been deployed in the village to maintain law and order. After the attack on the Imam on Sunday night, Senior Superintendent of Police Shashank Anand reached the village along with administration officials and spent the whole night there to keep the situation under control. Though it was a tense Eid yesterday, but the village did not witness any untoward incident due to the presence of police.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Official charged with abetting farmer’s suicide surrenders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A village assistant charged with abetting the suicide of a farmer has surrendered before the police. Village assistant Sileesh Thomas was on the run after the suicide of 57-year-old Kaavilpurayidathil Joy on June 21. Joy was found hanging outside the village after his several attempts to remit tax for the land owned by him were blocked by officials for one reason or the other for the past one-and-a-half-years. Thomas and another official of the village office were suspended by the collector on June 22 following a public outrage over the incident. Thomas surrendered before the police yesterday around 11.30 PM, Perambra Police Circle Inspector Sunil Kumar said. The police had registered a case against Thomas.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Authorities confirm bird flu case in southern Belgium

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Belgian health authorities said they confirmed a case of bird flu in southern Belgium concerning the highly contagious H5N8 virus, and established a 3 kilometre perimeter around the area where the transport of birds and eggs was forbidden. In the perimeter around the village of Wangenies, just outside of Charleroi, authorities also introduced a ban on feeding birds outside. The measures will stay in place for at least three weeks. Belgium said it would not take new measures for the whole of the country, but kept a ban on selling live birds at markets and showing live birds at trade fairs and competitions.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmer’s suicide: Top revenue official collects evidence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after a farmer allegedly ended his life due to “harassment” by village officials in Kozhikode, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) P H Kurien today visited the Village Administrative Office (VAO), where his body was found, and collected evidence. He checked the files related to the land of the deceased farmer, Kaavilpurayidathil Joy, who was found hanging outside the VAO on June 21, said an official release issued here. Kurien also examined the authenticity of the charges that the 57-year-old farmer had taken the extreme step due to harassment by the village officials who refused to accept the tax for his land for the last 18 months. He directed that the cases similar to that of Joy’s pending before the land tribunal be considered and land tribunal adalats be organised at the panchayat level. He also directed the district collector to settle such cases without any delay, the release said. Kurien later chaired a review meeting of revenue officials at the collectorate. He also visited the kin of the deceased farmer and consoled them. Later, the senior revenue official told reporters that the preliminary probe pointed towards the failure of the officials in the issue. “The preliminary investigation hints at the failure of the officials. If it is proved, stringent action will be taken against them which may even include dismissal from service,” said Kurien. Earlier in the day, a group of activists of the Muslim Youth League, affiliated to the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), staged a demonstration on the VAO premises, demanding compensation and a job for the next of kin of the deceased. In a related development, the police registered a case against one of the two suspended officials under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC. The body of Joy was found hanging outside the VAO at Chembanod on the night of June 21. The farmer allegedly took the extreme step after the officials refused to accept the tax for the land owned by him. District Collector U V Jose had subsequently suspended a village assistant and a village officer for “not accepting the land tax”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana village dedicated to US president Donald Trump

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to the US, a village in Mewat region of Haryana was today dedicated to President Donald Trump. Now onwards, the village will be known as ‘Trump Sulabh Village’. In a symbolic gesture to promote the Indo-US relations, Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak formally launched various projects for the all-round development of Marora panchayat under Mewat region in Haryana, a release said. The Sulabh Sanitation and Reform Movement leader Pathak, during a programme in Washington a few days ago, had announced to name an Indian village after Trump, as part of his efforts to strengthen relation between the countries, it said. Sulabh, a non-governmental organisation, provides affordable sanitation and toilets to the masses to end the practice of manual scavenging. It also works across the country to support the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission besides other urban development initiatives, the release said. Sulabh, which engages over 50,000 people, claims that so far it has constructed nearly 10.5 million household toilets and 8,500 public toilets used by nearly 15 million people daily across the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmer commits suicide outside Village Administrative Office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Frustrated by officials stonewalling his attempts over the last 18 months to pay tax for his land, a farmer allegedly committed suicide by hanging outside a Village Administrative Office in the district. Police said Kaavilpurayidathil Joy (57) went to the Chembanod VAO in the district again yesterday for the purpose after several attempts in the past one and a half years failed to bear fruit as the officials cited some reason or the other. But he was turned away yet again by the officials, who said the land owned by him was a disputed one, they said. Following this he took the extreme step around 9.30 PM last night. He is survived by wife and three children,police said. On an earlier occasion too the farmer had protested in front of the office, along with his relatives over the matter. Local people did not allow police to remove the body and relented only after the Koyilandi tashildar visited the spot and pacified them. Kozhikode District Collector U V Jose who visited the place this morning and assured people all necessary action in the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K CM Mufti meets family of slain cop Feroz Ahmad Dar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today visited the family of slain police officer Feroz Ahmad Dar at Sangam and conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved family. The chief minister spent time with the parents, wife and the two kids of the slain officer and shared their grief. Mufti directed the concerned officers to complete the procedures regarding a compassionate appointment in favour of the next of kin of the slain cop in the shortest possible time. The chief minister assured the family that she would look into the demand for restructuring a housing loan which the deceased had taken for construction of his house. PDP Vice President, Mohammad Sartaj Madni, Vice Chairman Khadi and Village Industries Board, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain, senior officers of civil administration and police accompanied Mufti. Dar and five other policemen were killed on June 16 in an ambush in Achabal in Anantnag district by suspected LeT militants who tried to disfigure their faces before walking away with their weapons.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

On father’s day, son of man held by Pak hopes govt will rescue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than three decades after his father strayed across the Pakistan border while grazing cattle, 36-year-old Hasam Khan still waits for his return. Khan was just five-year-old in 1986 when his father, Jamaldeen, inadvertently stepped into Pakistani territory from the neighbouring Bandha Village in this district and was put behind bars in the Karachi Jail on charges of spying. As the world celebrates Father’s Day, Khan struggles to hold back his tears as he recalls his childhood with Jamaldeen who used take him for long walks near the international border. “Whenever I see him in old photographs, I sleep with the hope that he will return home safely and we will be a happy family once again,” Khan says. The escalation of tension between India and Pakistan and the death sentence to Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav worry him. “We continued to receive his letters till 1990 when he was lodged in Karachi jail. His letters kept me and my mother in high-spirits. But, it’s been 17 years now and there is no information about his whereabouts,” he said. Khan expresses disappointment that political leaders and government officials did not bother about his plight. “The Kulbushan Jadhav death sentence has revived my fear that all is not well. I met top officials in Jaipur and New Delhi and ran from pillar to post for years but unfortunately all attempts went in vain,” he said expressing hope that the government will take up his father’s case as seriously as it has taken Jadhav’s.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP dowry murder: Woman allegedly killed by in-laws, body hanged from tree

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman was allegedly killed over dowry by her in-laws and the body was hanged from a tree outside their village, the police today said.The incident took place in Hasaura village late Saturday night.Pinky Yadav had in 2012 entered into wedlock with Sunil Kumar. A few days after their marriage, the woman’s in-laws started harassing her for dowry.”Last year, Sunil was diagnosed with jaundice. Pinky’s in-laws told her to arrange Rs one lakh for his treatment.When she could not bring the money, they started torturing her,” Superinendent of Police (rural) Surendra Pratap Singh said, citing a complaint filed by the woman’s brother.Yesterday, they made a fresh demand of Rs two lakh, which led to a heated argument between Pinky and her in-laws.They allegedly beat up Pinky, which caused her death. Her body was then hanged from on a tree one kilometre outside the village, Singh said.Based on the complaint, a case of murder and dowry has been registered against the woman’s husband and his family members. The accused are on the run.

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