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Jadhav's wife Chetna was reportedly so besieged that she broke down several times. She was barely able to speak to her husband.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Friday 29 December 2017 1:35 ISTMust readJaish-e-Mohammad’s ‘commander’ Noor Tantray killed in Pulwama wanted to join BJP in 2003 to eliminate top brassUP govt sends letter to Gorakhpur DM to withdraw 1995 case against Yogi Adityanath, 10 others<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>India sent a “note-verbale” to Pakistan, conveying its objections over the way Kulbhushan Jadhav’s meeting with his mother and wife was conducted. A note-verbale is an unsigned diplomatic note of protest written in the third person.India objected that Pakistan refused to hand over the video recording of the meeting. Officials fear that Pakistan may edit the recording to further its propaganda to project Jadhav as an Indian spy.The apprehension stems from the de-briefing of Jadhav’s mother with officials of the External Affairs Ministry upon their return. They said the family had clearly noted that Jadhav was clearly under duress.Jadhav’s wife Chetna was reportedly so besieged that she broke down several times. She was barely able to speak to her husband.

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Mumbai: Indian Railways flags off first AC local train, curious commuters throng station to get a glimpse

The first maiden run of AC local was witnessed by a huge crowd of curious commuters who had come to witness history being written in front of them. People hooted and whistled as the AC local arrived from Mahalaxmi car shed on to platform 8-9 of Borivali station on Monday.Many people were seen clicking pictures. There was a small function that was organised by the Western Railway at the station premises. People were seen buying tickets from the booking clerk for this AC rake. The train left sharp at 10.30 am from platform 8/9 of Borivali station in its maiden run for Churchgate. The train operated on the fast corridor between Borivali and Churchgate. The train which was packed with media personnel’s, commuters and Western railway officials and reached its destination at 11.15 am. Also readThis is how much travelling from Mumbai’s first AC local train will cost you monthlyDNA travelled in the AC locals maiden journey and spoke to commuters who were thrilled to travel on the first journey. P Jain resident of Borivali was excited to be on board the AC train. “The AC local train will be a boon for passengers. The fares are priced properly if you see private cab aggregators hefty fares. AC local train will be a good alternative”.Also readSpoiler alert: 50 things can go wrong with the first AC local in MumbaiGuardian minister Vinod Tawde also took the ride till Churchgate. It reached Churchgate at 11.15am after which it left for Borivali again as 11.21 am fast local.

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DNA Edit: A Zero-Sum trial

Years wasted, business ventures stalled/finished, reputations tarred -in some cases, forever. This, in 11 words, is the sum and substance of what we all know as the 2G scam, post the judgement delivered by Special CBI Judge OP Saini on Thursday morning.Was there a scam? Yes, most certainly. After all, rules aren’t changed overnight, unless to give undue advantage to somebody. But, it was the CBI’s and Enforcement Directorate’s job to follow the leads and deliver a water-tight case. That they didn’t proves, for the nth time, that the country’s premier investigating agencies don’t deserve the “premier” tag.Was the scam really worth Rs 1.76 lakh crore? Ask Vinod Rai, the then Comptroller and Auditor General of India, who came out with this figure.Today, when the Special CBI Judge OP Saini acquitted every accused, including politicians, businessmen and bureaucrats in the 2G spectrum allocation case dating back to the UPA-1 era, the main question that requires an immediate answer is: Who killed the telecom sector, or at least pushed it back by several years? Shouldn’t Rai be answering questions on the ‘presumptive loss’ theory? Shouldn’t the CBI and ED officers be held accountable for the shoddy probe that has allowed the accused to get away?A single sentence in the 1,552-page judgment is enough to indict the CBI and ED: “However, by the end, the quality of prosecution totally deteriorated and it became directionless and diffident.”It is not without reason that Judge Saini laments: “For the last seven years, on all working days, summer vacation included, I religiously sat in the open court from 10 am to 5pm, waiting for someone with legally admissible evidence in his possession, but all in vain. Everybody was going by rumour, gossip and speculation.”Another line in the judgment that merits some thought is: “Thus, some people created a scam by artfully arranging a few selected facts and exaggerating things beyond recognition to astronomical levels.”There are many who seem enraged by the fact that Judge Saini acquitted all the accused. They forget that a judge delivers a judgment on the basis of material before him, without falling for “rumour, gossip and speculation”. The job of convincing the court about the illegality and arbitrariness of a decision was left to the prosecution and its lawyers.Judges, not all unfortunately in these media-driven times, are seldom impressed by big numbers, unless they come with enough proof.Now that both CBI and ED have announced their intention to appeal against the judgment in the high court, one only hopes the premier agencies would do a better job there.

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2G verdict good news for Congress, but UPA has enough scams to worry about

The CBI court on Thursday acquitted DMK leaders A Raja and Kanimozhi in the 2-G spectrum scam, citing lack of evidence.Rai had calculated that the 2G spectrum allocation in 2008, under UPA 1, led to notional loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the national exchequer.Following the verdict, Congress and DMK leaders slammed Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai, saying that he owed the UPA government an apology and the nation an explanation. Some even suggested that had the scam not been highlighted the way it had, then the BJP would have not won the 2014 elections.While the BJP may have won the 2014 elections with 282 seats, they won 31% of the vote-share, while the Congress won 19% of the votes with just 44 seats. The party that had fielded Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate a few months before the elections played the development and anti-corruption card, stating that the Congress had misguided the nation and the scams that had been unearthed were proof of it.During the period, there were other scams under the UPA II government. These include the coal block allocation scam and the Commonwealth Games scam. While the government passed bills such as the Lokpal Bill and bills to ensure women safety, the controversies clouded any attempt of development that the UPA had claimed they had incorporated for India. Also read2G scam verdict: Fate of cancelled telecom licences depends on agencies’ next step, says ministerIn the second tenure of UPA (2009-2014), 128 bills remained pending in Parliament. Of these, 68 bills were pending in Lok Sabha and lapsed with its dissolution. Sixty bills, which were pending in Rajya Sabha, were carried forward to the 16th Lok Sabha.An India Today report analysed UPA-II report card only on the economic front. “According to the official Economic Survey for 2012-13, the moderation in growth is primarily attributed to weakness in industry which has registered a growth rate of 3.5% and 3.1% in 2011-12 and 2012-13, respectively. This has come down even further during the current fiscal with the manufacturing sector contracting as investment has declined due to the uncertainty created by a government weakened by a spate of scams,” the report stated.Also readIt’s a bad judgement, should be appealed in a higher court: Subramanain Swamy on 2G scam verdictThis, accompanied, by global crude oil prices, added to a number of people protesting against the Manmohan Singh-led government and also cost them votes.Lack of a Health policy and women safetyIn October this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Congress-led UPA over the state of healthcare sector in the country, alleging that it had failed to bring a health policy during its 10-year rule. “The last health policy was announced during Atalji’s (former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee) regime around 15 years back. After that, such a government assumed power which used to hate development. It did not have any empathy for the people,” Modi said.Also read2G scam verdict: Former CAG Vinod Rai owes Congress apology, nation explanation, says Kapil SibalBJP played its cards wellTaking leverage on the scams that hit UPA 2, the BJP attacked the Congress during the 2014 election campaign. The Congress, too, had no way of defending the allegations, prompting the voter to go for the saffron party.And while the 2G scam verdict may bring a smile to the Congress and the DMK, they still have skeletons in the closet with respect to coal gate and the CWG scam.

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It’s a bad judgement, should be appealed in a higher court: Subramanain Swamy on 2G scam verdict

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday lashed out at the CBI court’s judgment that acquitted DMK leaders A Raja and Kanimozhi for lack of evidence.Swamy, one of BJP’s most vocal leaders, said the judgment was a bad one and should be appealed in a higher court. “It is an aberration as the law officers were not serious on fighting against corruption. So I hope the PM takes lesson from this. We must now fight corruption on war footing,”Swamy, however, said that the case could be put back on track. “Provided we have honest law officers and lawyers who aren’t chamchas of ministers, there should be no problem,” he said.Earlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said the Congress is treating 2G verdict as a “badge of honour”, but there is a need to recollect and check the facts that led to an investigation in the case.The party’s “zero loss theory” was proved to be wrong when the apex court squashed spectrum allocation in 2012, the minister said after a special court on Thursday acquitted all accused in the 2G spectrum scam allocation case.Though the trial court verdict says nobody was guilty of corruption, investigating agencies will study the case history and look into it, the minister asserted.The Congress on Thursday hit out at former Comptroller Auditor General of India Vinod Rai after a CBI court acquitted DMK leaders A Raja, who was telecom minister in UPA-1, and Kanimozhi for lack of evidence.Rai had calculated that the 2G spectrum allocation in 2008, under UPA 1, led to notional loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the national exchequer.”There was no case from the beginning. In fact, it was scam of lies, there was no scam on our part. We did it in accordance with policy prescription that we had at that point in time,” Congress leader Kapil Sibal said.Responding to query on the Supreme Court judgment of February 2012 which cancelled 122 telecom licences that were allocated spectrum in 2008, Sibal said that the apex court passed the judgment in its attempt to do the best it could do in the interest of the nation, and it was a wrong decision.”That (SC cancelling telecom licences) was also a wrong decision. The fact that the Supreme Court rendered a decision doesn’t mean that is necessarily right. “In fact, the kind of environment created by the media, the opposition, by Vinod Rai… The telecom sector is in dire state today and this is entirely because of Vinod Rai and opposition (at that time),” Sibal said

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2G scam verdict: Former CAG Vinod Rai owes Congress apology, nation explaination, says Kapil Sibal

The Congress on Thursday hit out at former Comptroller Auditor General of India Vinod Rai after a CBI court acquitted DMK leaders A Raja, who was telecom minister in UPA-1, and Kanimuzhi for lack of evidence.Rai had calculated that the 2G spectrum allocation in 2008, under UPA 1, led to notional loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the national exchequer. “There was no case from the beginning. In fact, it was scam of lies, there was no scam on our part. We did it in accordance with policy prescription that we had at that point in time,” Congress leader Kapil Sibal said. Responding to query on the Supreme Court judgment of February 2012 which cancelled 122 telecom licences that were allocated spectrum in 2008, Sibal said that the apex court passed the judgment in its attempt to do the best it could do in the interest of the nation, and it was a wrong decision. “That (SC cancelling telecom licences) was also a wrong decision. The fact that the Supreme Court rendered a decision doesn’t mean that is necessarily right. “In fact, the kind of environment created by the media, the opposition, by Vinod Rai… The telecom sector is in dire state today and this is entirely because of Vinod Rai and opposition (at that time),” Sibal saidAlso readDMK leader MK Stalin hails ‘historic verdict’ in 2G spectrum allocation caseEarlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said the Congress is treating 2G verdict as a “badge of honour”, but there is a need to recollect and check the facts that led to an investigation in the case.The party’s “zero loss theory” was proved to be wrong when the apex court squashed spectrum allocation in 2012, the minister said after a special court on Thursday acquitted all accused in the 2G spectrum scam allocation case.Also readFull text of special CBI court’s judgment in 2G spectrum allocation case Though the trial court verdict says nobody was guilty of corruption, investigating agencies will study the case history and look into it, the minister asserted.

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Full text of special CBI court’s judgment in 2G spectrum allocation case

‘Not guilty,’ with these two words, Special CBI Judge OP Saini on Thursday acquitted all 19 accused including former Telecom Minister A Raja and DMK Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum allocation case on Thursday.”I have absolutely no hesitation in holding that prosecution has miserably failed to prove any of the charges against any of the accused,” the Judge said.In its chargesheet filed in April 2011 against Raja and others, the CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum which were scrapped by the Supreme Court on February 2, 2012. The Congress hailed the verdict in the scam that rocked the UPA government. Ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the ‘judgment speaks for itself’ and the party demanded an apology from ex-auditor Vinod rai, who had given the assessment that the national exchequer had lost Rs 1,76,00,00,000,000 due to 2G spectrum allocation.Here’s the full text of the verdict pronounced by special CBI Judge OP Saini:2G spectrum allocation scam verdict: Full Text

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Strict action against those who have delayed Mumbai University results: Vinod Tawde

Maharashtra state education minister Vinod Tawde on Thursday announced that stringent action would be taken against those responsible for delaying the Mumbai University results.Tawde was responding to a call to attention motion moved by several state leaders, including Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Varsha Gaikwad, Abu Azmi, Ajit Pawar and Amit Deshmukh.NCP’s Ajit Pawar asked if action would be taken against ministers or whether it would be restricted to the vice chancellor only, even ask MoS Ravindra Waikar gave details of the chronology of events that led to the delay of results.Meanwhile, Vikhe Patil asked whether government would file criminal ase against vice-chanellor.

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Mumbai Building Collapse: Five senior municipal officials to be suspended

Five senior officials of the Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation have been placed under suspension as part of the investigation into the collapse of a building there in November.The collapse of the three-storeyed building, which occurred on November 24, had claimed four lives and left nine persons injured.The order suspending these officials for dereliction of duty was issued by municipal commissioner Dr Yogesh Mhase on December 8, said officials.The officials placed under suspension are Subhash Zalke, Vinod Mate, Sachin Naik, Vinod Bhoir and Ramakant Mhatre.The order further added that the officials were being suspended so that a departmental enquiry could be carried out against them.Also readMaharashtra: 1 dead, at least 10 feared trapped after building collapses in BhiwandiThe probe by the corporation also revealed that the the officials had violated the provisions of the Maharashtra Civil Services rules.The civic chief’s order stated that the building, owned by one Tahir Rafique Ahmed Ansari, had come up between 2009 and 2013 as shown by satellite images as well as power connection records.Also read3 killed in Bhiwandi building collapseThe building collapse killed Ruksar Yakub Khan, 18, Asfaque Ahmed Khan, 40, Jaibunissa Rafique Ansari, 61 and Parvin Khan, 35.

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2G Spectrum Case: Court to pronounce verdict on Dec 21; A Raja says have faith in judiciary

The Patiala House Court on Tuesday set December 21 as the date for the verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.The ED had filed a charge sheet in April 2014 against 19 people, including Raja, Kanimozhi, Shahid Balwa, Vinod Goenka, Asif Balwa, Rajiv Aggarwal, Karim Morani and Sharad Kumar, in connection with a money laundering case relating to the scam.”I am not a judge, I am a law abiding citizen, I faced trial & have faith in the judiciary,” said A Raja when asked about the verdict.Also readCommission approves extension of spectrum payment time to 16 yearsIn its charge sheet filed against former telecom minister A Raja, DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi and others in 2011, the CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs. 30,984 crore in the allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum.All the accused, who are out on bail, have denied the allegations levelled against them by the CBI.Also readTrai starts process for next round of spectrum auction, including 5G
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Missing minor found sodomised, 1 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A six-year-old boy who had gone missing on Saturday was found to have been sodomised by a 20-year-old man who lured him on the pretext of getting him a chocolate, Ranip Police said on Monday. The accused Vinod alias Pintu Thakor has been arrested under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act and other sections of the IPC.Police said the boy’s father had lodged a missing complaint on Saturday. Acting on it, cops started the search for the minor. He was found near Sabarmati railway station yard. The victim has been sent to Civil Hospital and the accused was to be produced before the court.Police said Thakor lured the six-year-old on the pretext of getting him a chocolate. He then took him to the Sabarmati railway station, where he beat the minor up and forced himself upon him. A case has been registered and further probe is onf cities.

CIDCO MD on committee to appoint MU VC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government has appointed Bhushan Gagrani as its nominee for the search committee formed to appoint the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai.State Education Minister Vinod Tawde made the announcement on Thursday and said the process for VC selection would start soon. Gagrani, 51, is a 1990 batch IAS and is currently the Managing Director of City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO).

3 arrested for murder in city court complex

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi police arrested three more persons in connection with Monday’s shootout in Rohini court complex in which an under-trial prisoner had been killed.Though there was no official word, police sources said the killing was a case of mistaken identity. Gangster Neeraj Bawana, lodged in Tihar prison, wanted to eliminate his rival Rajesh Bawania who was also to be produced in the court on Monday, sources said. But Vinod alias Ballu was shot dead by Abdul Khan, who was arrested from the crime scene.It is not the first time that Neeraj’s name has cropped up in a shoot-out despite his being in jail. “We have arrested Praveen Chahar and Vikram Sehrawat alias Rinku alias Babar and apprehended a 17-year-old,” said Rohini DCP Rishi Pal.The police said Khan had no previous criminal record and had used a country-made pistol to kill Vikas. Technical surveillance and local intelligence led the cops to the remaining accused.”Praveen sheltered Vikram and the juvenile. They then offered money to Khan. A day before the shooting, all four consumed alcohol. A resident of Bawana provided the weapon,” said Pal.Khan is a fan of Neeraj and agreed to carry out the killing as his associates had approached him. Sources said Khan was intoxicated and could not identify Vinod and fired at him. Bawania’s hearing was delayed by few minutes and he escaped. He has been in Tihar since 2014.Praveen is a resident of Mundka and has two previous criminal cases against him. Vikram lives in Bawana and has car-jacking cases against him. The juvenile is said to be involved in heinous crimes.

Chhattisgarh govt recommends CBI probe into ‘sex CD’ row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chhattisgarh government today recommended a CBI probe into the “sex CD” row allegedly involving a state minister.The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh at the Secretariat here, state’s Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey told reporters. He said the Cabinet held a discussion on the purported video and decided to recommend a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the issue. Accusing the Congress of hatching a conspiracy, the minister said his party has already stated that the CD was fake and even a local TV channel in its report today mentioned that it has been tampered with.The matter seems to be a “political and criminal conspiracy” and, therefore, it was decided that by the premier investigation agency should probe it, Pandey said. Asked if Chhattisgarh PWD Minister Rajesh Munot allegedly involved in the row will step down from his post till the investigation gets completed, he said, “How can a state minister influence a CBI probe?” He said the recommendation to the CBI for the probe has been made on six points including inter-state conspiracy in making the “fake” CD, a high-level technical examination of the alleged video, funding to make it and political and criminal conspiracy.
ALSO READ FIR registered against Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel, Vinod Verma in Chhattisgarh Sex CD caseThe alleged sex video sparked a political row in the state with the Congress and the BJP trading charges over the issue. The matter came to light when senior journalist Vinod Verma was arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police early yesterday morning from his Ghaziabad residence for suspected blackmail and extortion related to a “sex CD”. As Verma was being escorted by the police, he claimed that the Chhattisgarh government was not happy with him as it suspected that he had a “sex CD of Chhattisgarh PWD Minister Rajesh Munot” and suggested he was being framed. Munot called it “fake” and an attempt at character assassination.According to the Raipur Police, a case of blackmail and extortion was registered at Civil Line police station here following a complaint by one Prakash Bajaj who said that he “was being harassed over phone by an unidentified caller who told him that he had a CD of his master”. Raipur Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla had claimed that about 500 “porn” CDs, Rs 2 lakh in cash, a pen drive, a laptop and a diary were seized from the journalist’s residence, who was picked up at 3.30 am from Mahagun Mansion Apartments in Indirapuram by the state police team with the help of the Ghaziabad Police.The SP said that Verma has been booked under Section 67 (A) Information Technology (IT) Act for possessing pornographic material. Munot had demanded that the CD be examined for its genuineness and action taken against those involved in this “conspiracy”. Chhattisgarah BJP spokesperson Shivratan Sharma had alleged that state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel was part of the “conspiracy” involving the “fake CD”. Later on the basis of Munat’s complaint, a case was registered against Baghel, Verma and others.The main opposition Congress had demanded that a probe be conducted by an independent agency under the supervision of the Supreme Court into the “sex video” row. The way the ruling BJP has reacted to the (sex CD) matter, it is clear that a government agency cannot probe this issue,” Baghel had said during a press conference.

FIR registered against Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel, Vinod Verma in Chhattisgarh Sex CD case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An FIR was lodged against the President of state Congress Committee Bhupesh Baghel and journalist Vinod Verma in state minister sex CD case by the Chattisgarh Police on SaturdayThe FIR was registered under relevant sections of IT act.Journalist Vinod Verma was arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police from his Ghaziabad on Friday for suspected blackmail and extortion related to a ‘sex CD’ allegedly involving a state minister, who called it ‘fake’ and an attempt at character assassination.Verma, who earlier worked with BBC Hindi service and Amar Ujala, was denied bail and Chhattisgarh police was given his transit remand till October 30 after he was produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Archna in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. Verma is also a member of Editors Guild of India.Raipur Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla claimed that about 500 ‘porn’ CDs, Rs 2 lakh in cash, a pen drive, a laptop and a diary were seized from the journalist’s residence, who was picked up at 3.30 am from Mahagun Mansion Apartments in Indirapuram by a team of the Chhattisgarh Police with the help of the Ghaziabad Police.The SP said that Verma has been booked under Section 67 (A) Information Technology (IT) Act for possessing pornographic material.As Verma was being escorted by police, he claimed that the Chhattisgarh government was not happy with him as it suspected that he had a ‘sex CD of Chhattisgarh PWD minister Rajesh Munot’ and suggested he was being framed.Chhattisgarh BJP spokesperson Shivratan Sharma had alleged that state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel was part of the ‘conspiracy’ involving the ‘fake CD’.(With agency inputs)

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Vinod Verma is known for his reporting from insurgency-affected Chhattisgarh state.

Gurdaspur bypolls: Amarinder Singh calls victory ‘rejection of anti-people’ policies of Centre; BJP alleges foul play

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Sunday wrested the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat from the BJP with its Punjab unit chief Sunil Jakhar trouncing saffron party candidate Swaran Salaria by a whopping margin of 1,93,219 votes in the high stakes bypoll.Jakhar polled 4,99,752 votes, way ahead of the BJP candidate’s 3,06,533, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Major General (retd) Suresh Khajuria finished a distant third, garnering a mere 23,579 votes.Khajuria lost his security deposit.Jakhar maintained the lead in all nine Assembly segments, right from start of the counting of votes at 8 am, in a contest that virtually turned out to be a direct fight between the Congress and the BJP.Polling for the Gurdaspur seat, which had fallen vacant after the death of BJP MP Vinod Khanna in April this year, was held on October 11.After the Congress’s landslide win, it was early Diwali for party workers who distributed sweets. Celebratory scenes were witnessed at the party’s offices at Chandigarh, Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar apart from several places in Gurdaspur.The bypoll was important as it was being seen as a barometer of the popularity of the six-month old Captain Amarinder Singh government in Punjab.The chief minister hailed the victory as a “total rejection of the anti-people policies” of the BJP and its ally SAD and claimed it underlined the “political annihilation” of the AAP.He said the Gurdaspur result had once again showed that the Congress was on the revival path across the country. The Congress had last won this seat in 2009 when Partap Singh Bajwa defeated BJP’s actor-turned politician Vinod Khanna.The actor’s wife Kavita Khanna was among the front- runners for the BJP ticket, but the party chose businessman Salaria over her.Vinod Khanna had won this seat in 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2014.After defeating the BJP in its stronghold, the Congress was quick to claim that the win will set the tone for the 2019 general elections.”With this victory, people have reaffirmed faith in the leadership of Amarinder Singh,” said Jakhar who battled the “outsider” tag in the bypoll. Jakhar, who hails from Abohar in Fazilka, had lost in the 2017 Assembly polls.”The BJP must read the writing on the wall now,” Jakhar said after his emphatic win and added that the “people have rejected the BJP and shown mirror to the Akalis”.Congress communications incharge Randeep Singh Surjewla said the victory margin reflected the huge disappointment among the people towards the Modi government at the Centre.The UPA has won all the four Lok Sabha byelections in 2017: Amritsar, Srinagar, Malappuram and now Gurdaspur, Surjewala said.”This proves the disenchantment of the masses with the ‘jumlas’ of the prime minister and his all-talk-no-action approach. People of this country are ready for a change and these byelections are magnifying the rejection of the Modi brand of politics,” Surjewala claimed.Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Pratap Singh Bajwa claimed that losing Gurdaspur by a huge margin was a great setback for the BJP ahead of state polls in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.The BJP-SAD combine and AAP alleged misuse of government machinery by the ruling party in Punjab.”Congress misused government machinery, there is no doubt. Everyone knows that even sarpanches owing allegiance to BJP and SAD were warned that they will be dealt with strictly if the two allies got a lead in their respective areas in the bypoll. Civic body officials too were warned in the same manner,” alleged BJP’s Punjab unit secretary, Vineet Joshi.BJP candidate Salaria also accused the state government of misusing official machinery to influence polls.Senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader and party MP Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra also termed the Congress victory in the bypoll as a “victory earned by the misuse of government machinery”.AAP’s state unit president and party MP Bhagwant Mann said his party accepted the people’s mandate and will introspect into the reasons for the defeat.Mann also charged the Congress of misusing government machinery. AAP candidate Khajuria also accused the Congress of using “undemocratic means” in the bypoll.Contrary to Congress’s claim, Mann said that the outcome of Lok Sabha bypolls will not set the tone for 2019 general elections, while pointing out that in politics, equations keep changing from time to time.Jakhar secured a lead of 6,801 votes in Sujanpur, 7,796 votes in Bhoa, 8,710 votes in Pathankot, 29,656 votes in Gurdaspur, 11,387 votes in Dina Nagar, 26,348 votes in Qadian, 26,255 votes in Batala, 32,296 votes in Fatehgarh Churian and 44,074 votes in Dera Baba Nanak.A total 8,59,462 votes were polled in the bypoll and 7,587 voters opted for the None of the Above (NOTA) option.The high-stakes Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll had recorded a 56 per cent voter turnout, lower than the 70.03 per cent recorded in the 2014 general elections.The bypoll campaign had witnessed sharp attacks and counter-attacks by political parties.For the Congress in Punjab, the bypoll victory comes after a stellar performance in the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections, when it had stormed to power in the state in March this year winning 77 out of total 117 seats – over poll promises like farm debt waiver and free smartphones.

Gurdaspur bypolls results: Vinod Khanna’s wife Kavita expresses disappointment at loss; says BJP will introspect

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Late BJP MP Vinod Khanna’s wife Kavita Khanna today expressed her disappointment over the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll results and said the party would introspect on the reasons of the defeat.The Congress today wrested the Gurdaspur seat from the BJP with its Punjab unit chief Sunil Jakhar trouncing saffron party candidate Swaran Salaria by a whopping margin of 1,93,219 votes in the high-stakes bypoll.”I am very disappointed with the Gurdaspur LS bypoll result. I accept the outcome. The party will introspect on the reasons (of its defeat),” Kavita Khanna told PTI.She congratulated Jakhar on his victory and said, “I am sure he, as an MP, will take care of the people of Gurdaspur seat irrespective of their political affiliations, the way Vinod Khanna ji used to do.”Notably, Kavita Khanna was among the front runners for the BJP ticket for the Gurdaspur bypoll. However, the saffron party chose businessman Swaran Salaria over her.In Gurdaspur bypoll results, Jakhar polled 4,99,752 votes, while BJP’s Salaria polled 3,06,533, poll official said.Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) nominee Major General Suresh Khajuria (retd) finished a distant third garnering mere 23,579 votes, losing his security deposit.

Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll: Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar leading by over 50,000 votes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The counting process for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll seat, which is witnessing a three-cornered race among the BJP, the Congress and the AAP, is underway.The Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat had fallen vacant following the demise of actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna of the BJP in April.It has nine Assembly segments — Bhoa, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Dinanagar, Qadian, Fathegarh Churian, Dera Baba Nanak, Sujanpur and Batala.Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll witnessed a three-cornered race contest among major political parties — the Congress, the BJP and the AAP.The bypoll is seen as a barometer for the popularity of the six-month-old Congress government in Punjab.Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat has been a stronghold of the BJP. Actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna had remained four- time MP from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat. Khanna had died of cancer at a hospital in Mumbai on 27 April this year.11:00 IST Sunday, 15 October 2017Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar was leading by 68,172 votes over his nearest rival BJP contestant Swaran Salaria in the counting of votes, as per trends available.10:28 IST Sunday, 15 October 2017Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar leading by over 50,000 votes 9:32 IST Sunday, 15 October 2017After completion of first round, Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar leads by 14,316 votes9:32 IST Sunday, 15 October 2017Congress leading in #Gurdaspur LS bypoll, BJP second and AAP third. 9:32 IST Sunday, 15 October 2017Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar had earlier claimed the bypoll would be a ‘referendum’ on the Modi government. The BJP had also tried pulling out all the stops to retain the seat, which Khanna had won four times on its ticket.9:32 IST Sunday, 15 October 2017The result will decide the fate of total 11 candidates including Congress nominee Sunil Jakhar, BJP’s Swaran Salaria and AAP’s Major General (retd) Suresh Khajuria.

Watch: CCTV footage of leopard that strayed into Maruti Suzuki plant in Haryana’s Manesar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CCTV footage has now emerged of the leopard that had strayed into Maruti’s Manesar plant on Thursday.Although no one was injured, the feline was rescued only after a 36-hour joint operation by the forest department and Gurgaon Police.The leopard was tranquillised after being lured out with meat in two cages.The leopard scare had brought work to a standstill as thousands of workers had to wait outside for it to be caught.”It will be released into the forest after a medical examination. The animal did not hurt anyone,” conservator of wildlife Vinod Kumar told PTI.(With Agency Inputs)

36-hour chase for leopard ends in Maruti’s Manesar plant; ‘big cat’ tranquillised

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A leopard who got off-tracked inside a Maruti Suzuki plant for 36 hours in Manesar on Friday, was tranquillised by the wildlife officials. No casualties have been reported so far. The production at the plant has been stalled for over next 24 hours now.The officers monitoring the CCTV cameras spotted the leopard at 1.45 pm on Friday. Soon, the team with no further delay rushed to plant and tranquillised the big cat at 2.06 pm, according to a Hindustan Times report.It is not the first time the wild animal was spotted on a CCTV camera. It was seen several times before on Thursday but the wildlife department was left with no trace of the animal even after 24-hours of search operation. “It will take 20-30 minutes for the leopard to calm down. The team members saw the leopard in CCTV footage and grabbed the opportunity to fire the tranquiliser at it,” Vinod Kumar, conservator of wildlife, Haryana (south) said.The Manesar plant is located 20 km away from Gurgaon and is considered one of the biggest manufacturing plants of the automobile firm.

Two dengue deaths within nine days in Elphinstone

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two residents of neighbouring housing societies in the Elphinstone Road area died of dengue within nine days. While a 31-year-old man lost his life on Tuesday morning, a 11-year-old boy passed away nine days before that due to dengue. Residents of the area have been complaining about the rising dengue cases in the area, which they attribute to the Dadar fish market next door.Ashok Maskar, president of Swaraj Society, where residents are falling ill due to dengue, said, “Since May, we have been complaining to the corporator but haven’t got any positive response. The BMC staff hardly visits the area for fogging. We face mosquito breeding problems.”A resident from Sundarnagar society, where the 11-year-old boy died due to dengue, claims that two more residents had got dengue. Vinod Lokhande, a former secretary of the society, said, “The BMC staff inspected breeding spots and water tanks, and do fogging.”Ramakant Biradar, assistant municipal commissioner of G-North ward, said, “We have been doing regular check-up and setting up medical camps. There is no rise in the dengue cases.”

Rajiv Mehrishi to take over as CAG today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajiv Mehrishi, who retired as the Union home secretary last month, will take over as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Monday. He will take over from Shashi Kant Sharma, who will retire on September 25.Mehrishi, 62, would be administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday. His appointment has been cleared by the government. He will have a tenure of about three years. As per laid out norms, the CAG is appointed for a term of six years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.The 1978 batch (retired) Indian Administrative Service officer of the Rajasthan cadre Mehrishi completed his two-year fixed term as the home secretary last month. He was chosen as the home secretary by the NDA government the day he was due to retire as the finance secretary. Mehrishi, who hails from Rajasthan, holds Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK) and Master of Arts (MA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees from Delhi University.Sharma who to demit office on Monday, was appointed as CAG on May 23, 2013. The 61-year-old 1976 Bihar cadre IAS officer had replaced Vinod Rai, who superannuated after a five-and-a-half year eventful tenure as the head of the CAG.Sharma’s appointment came at a time when the CAG has come under sharp attack from the government and ruling party for its reports on assessment of Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss in allocation of 2G spectrum. Under Vinod Rai’s tenure, the CAG was accused of going beyond its auditing ambit and indulging in analysing policy decisions.AUDITING GOVTSThe CAG is primarily entrusted with the responsibility to audit the accounts of the Union govt and of the states
Its reports are laid before Parliament and legislatures

Senior stabbed to death at home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 70-year-old woman who lived alone was found dead at her residence in a semi-nude state in west Delhi’s Khayala area. The victim was found with multiple stab injuries and her head bludgeoned, on Wednesday evening.Police sources suspect robbery behind the murder and also said that an initial probe has revealed that a suspiciously dressed woman, carrying a lady’s purse, was captured in a camera installed near the deceased’s house.Identified as Laxmi Devi, the victim had been living alone in her house since the death of her only son five years ago, after which her daughter-in-law went to stay with her parents. The woman also has five daughters, all of whom are married.According to the police, the woman had her relatives living in the neighbourhood. It was her nephew Vinod who had visited her on Wednesdayevening and then raised an alarm on finding her dead.“Vinod had visited his aunt last evening. When the bell went unanswered, he noticed that the main door was locked from outside. As he went inside to check – in one of the rooms on the ground floor of the house – Laxmi Devi was found lying in a pool of blood next to a cot. He said there were no clothes on the top half of her body, therefore he called other members of the family who then called the police and she was rushed to a hospital, where the doctors declared her brought dead,” said a senior police officer.Police said the woman had head injuries and eight stab wounds suspected to have been caused by an ice pick. Devi had stab marks on her back, breast and face, police said.Police said that the entry to the house was not forced. “Family members have alleged that valuables have been missing from the elderly woman’s house. A primary probe has shown a suspicious character was passing by her house. Family members have said that a few labourers had visited her a few days ago. The matter is being probed from all the possible angles and a case of murder has been registered. Post-mortem report is awaited,” said the officer.

Nepali man nabbed with heroin valued at Rs 10 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A team of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and police has nabbed a Nepali national with 52 gram heroin, valued at Rs 10 lakh in the international grey market, from Sonauli area on the Indo-Nepal border here. Vinod Thapa,19, was nabbed from the Roadways bus stand in Sonauli yesterday, police said. The accused claimed that he had to deliver the contraband in Nepal against which he was to get Rs 5,000, they said. A case has been registered and further investigations are on, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘To heighten police presence in coastal belt govt’s priority’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar today said in order to tighten the noose around rising drug menace in the state, it is the government’s priority to heighten police presence along the coastal belt. Goa police launched a massive crackdown on the drug trade in state’s coastal belt in last one week, in the wake of the death of two youth last Sunday, due to drug overdose. “Drugs should be completely wiped out from the coastal belt. We are already on the job. The first priority is to increase police presence in vulnerable spots,” Palyekar told reporters. The two youth, who hailed from Tamil Nadu, had consumed drug at Vagator beach, which is located in Palyekar’s constituency Siolim. The minister said special focus would be around Anjuna and those beaches where the sale of drug is high. He said whoever is involved in the trade or nexus will be arrested irrespective of the stature of the person.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Official pulled up for delay in distribution of RFID cards to

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa government has issued a show cause notice to fisheries director over the delay in distribution of Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) cards to fishermen. The RFID card is mandatory for the fishermen to venture into the sea for fishing. State fisheries secretary Govind Jaiswal yesterday issued the show cause notice to the department’s director, Sharmila Monteiro. “It has been observed that RFID cards to fishermen are supposed to be issued before August 1, 2017 as the season starts, but it has been delayed by the department,” reads the notice signed by Jaiswal. “The minister of fisheries has taken a serious note of the matter and instructed to issue the show cause notice,” Jaiswal said, asking Monteiro to reply within 24 hours. The issue about the delay in issuance of RFID cards was raised by the opposition members during recently concluded session of the state Assembly. Goa’s Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar had then said that an inquiry will be conducted into it. He said that a similar delay was witnessed during the last two years also. The fishing season in the state resumed from July 31 after a 61-day ban during the rainy season. Fishing constitutes a major industry in the coastal state which has seven jetties, where the catch lands before either being exported or sold in local market.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bihar minister lashes out at mediapersons for not chanting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar BJP minister Vinod Kumar Singh has sparked a controversy after he taunted mediapersons, who did not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ after him at an event, asking if they belonged to Pakistan. Later he expressed regret over the outburst when the state BJP president, Nityanand Rai, expressed displeasure over his remarks at the programme itself. Vinod Kumar Singh is the minister for mines and geology from BJP quota in the new Bihar government led by Nitish Kumar. While addressing a ‘Sankalp Sammelan’ of the party yesterday, Singh urged the gathering to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’. But, when the minister found that mediapersons did not join the chorus, he stopped and asked if they were “sons and daughters of Pakistan”. “We all are sons and daughters of Bharat first and then a mediaperson,” he said. The minister, who is a BJP MLA from Pranpur in Katihar district, was speaking at the BJP function attended by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, state party president Nityanand Rai and other ministers of the state. Rai, however, expressed displeasure over the minister’s remarks following which Singh, minutes before conclusion of the ceremony, expressed regret to mediapersons. The minister told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa govt to probe delay in distribution of RFID cards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa government today assured the House to probe the delay in releasing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) cards to fishermen in the coastal state, despite start of the fishing season. The fishing season began from July 31 after a 61-day ban with trawlers at various jetties getting ready to venture into the sea. Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar told the state legislative assembly that government will initiate inquiry into the delay in issuing RFID cards to the fishermen in absence of which they are not able to venture for fishing. “I will direct secretary of fisheries department to conduct inquiry into the matter and submit me report by August 17,” Palyekar assured the House after opposition benches raised the issue. NCP MLA Churchill Alemao and Congress legislator Francis Silveira raised it during the Zero Hour. The minister admitted that there is a “complete delay in distributing RFID cards to the fishermen.” He said similar delay has been witnessed during last two years. “I got the file for approval from the department on August 4 and after its study, I observed that there are several irregularities in it. Also for last two years there has been delay in distributing these cards,” Palyekar said. He added that the cards should have been issued before commencement of the fishing season. Fishing is a major industry in the coastal state which has seven jetties where the catch is landed before either exporting it or selling in local market.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Can’t meet MU results deadline

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As lakhs of students under the University of Mumbai eagerly wait for their results, the University Vice Chancellor Dr Sanjay Deshmukh has expressed on Friday his inability to meet the July 31.At a meeting convened by Ramraje Nimbalkar, Chairman of the Maharashtra Legislative Council, Dr Deshmukh said that while the results of some streams such as Management and Technology would come in before July 31, the university cannot meet the deadline for faculty of Commerce, Law and Arts, as a large number of papers are yet to be evaluated.State Education minister Vinod Tawde was also present at the meeting, along with Niranjan Davkhare, Dhananjay Munde, Anil Parab, Sanjay Dutt and others. Sources say Tawde asked the VC to ensure that the results are declared without any errors, even if it means a delay of two-three days.Tawde said that an inquiry would be conducted against whoever responsible for the delay — the company which was given the contract, or the VC and university officials.Deshmukh said that the university would try its best to declare the results of all the major faculties by first week of August, after which a few members raised concerns about the fate of students seeking admissions abroad.As on Friday, a total of 3,70,290 papers were yet to be assessed. 78,506 papers were assessed and moderated on Friday by 3620 teachers, a number lower than the last three days. “We are trying to declare a few results by tonight and in the next two days,” said Vinayak Dalvie, Officer on Special Duty (OSD).Despite setting up a system for assessment at Aurangabad University, the assessment work had not started until Friday evening as the teachers at the university were yet to be tagged into the system by the service provider. Tawde said in the legislative assembly on Friday that the government would prepare a masterplan to tackle the issue of delayed results at the university.Sanjay Nirupam demands Tawde, Deshmukh’s resignationMumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam demanded the resignation of MU VC Sanjay Deshmukh and State Education minister Vinod Tawde at a press conference held on Friday. “The university is blaming the service provider —Meritrac — for the glitches,” he said. “There seems to be a nexus between some senior BJP leaders and the company as the tendering process has not been done properly. A Judicial inquiry should be conducted into the case. The VC and State education minister should resign for playing with the future of lakhs of students.”

EVM tracking to begin from August 1-10

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In keeping with the decision of Election Commission of India to track all pre-2006 electronic voting machines (EVMs) online through its newly-developed mobile application, the task of EVM tracking would be carried out in the districts of Rajasthan from August 1-10, informed Chief Election Officer (CEO) Ashwini Bhagat on Wednesday. The state has 75000-80000 machines developed before 2006.Bhagat said that mobile tracking App to track EVMs has been launched by his office on the direction of the ECI. “The App will detail how many new and old EVMs are stored in ware house. It will also educate on number of EVM machines existing with the state. Earlier, the tracking of the machines used to be manual and now with the app it will be electronic which will considered correct,” said Bhagat adding that training in this regard had been imparted to the staff concerned. Currently, nearly 80,000 EVM developed pre-2006 will be tracked with the assistance of the mobile App.Deputy chief election officer Vinod Pareek, who was present on this occasion, added that staffers have been trained to impart information on using the App. “A campaign will be run by across the state from August 1 to 10 on connecting machines with the APP as some districts have more machines while some have less. There are 42108 ballot unit and 39668 control units which will be tracked by it,” said Pareek adding that said machines after tracking will be sent to Bharat heavy electrical limited (BHEL).Notably, the EC planned to replace all pre-2006 EVMs with the M3- a more sophisticated machine with built in self diagnostics, minimal chances of machine failure and an ability to clamp shut the moment any tampering effort is made.

Chennithala demands probe by SC judge in MCI ‘scam’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Attacking the BJP in Kerala, opposition leader in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala today demanded a probe by a Supreme Court judge into the alleged corruption in getting MCI clearance to a private medical college in the state. Addressing a press conference here, he claimed what had happened in Kerala was an indicator of the national-level “medical college scam”. “It is just the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “It can be assumed that that corruption to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore has taken place at the national level in this regard,” he told reporters. He alleged that an internal enquiry by the BJP had brought out the fact that some party leaders had “accepted huge bribe as middlemen” to get sanction for the medical college. “The Centre has given permission to 70 medical colleges and corruption to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore is assumed to have taken place in giving MCI clearance to these colleges. It seems that sanction to these medical colleges was given bypassing the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Commission to check corruption,” he said. The period of Lodha Commission ended on May 15. The order for sanction of the colleges was issued on May 31, he said. “So a Supreme Court judge should probe the scam to bring out the truth into the allegations,” Chennithala said. The BJP in Kerala came under cloud after a purported internal report stated that a party functionary, R S Vinod, took an amount of Rs 5.60 crore for getting the Medical Council of India’s clearance to a private medical college at Varkala. However, the BJP’s state unit leadership maintained that it was a “financial fraud committed by an individual” and the party and its leaders had nothing to do with it. The saffron party had also expelled Vinod, a convener of its cooperative cell, from the primary membership soon after the allegation surfaced in the media.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa irrigation minister speaks out on Mhadei River Case @ 7/18/2017 3:04:34 PM

In a recent letter issued by the Office of Water Resource Secretariat in Goa, Vinod Palyakar, the Minister for Water Resource in Goa, said that there will not be any compromise with Karnataka regarding the Mhadei River Case, whether it is through a legal course of action or any out-of court settlement. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a recent letter issued by the Office of Water Resource Secretariat in Goa, Vinod Palyakar, the Minister for Water Resource in Goa, said that there will not be any compromise with Karnataka regarding the Mhadei River Case, whether it is through a legal course of action or any out-of court settlement. Karnataka and Goa have a long standing dispute over sharing the waters from the River Mhadei. Palyalkar accused Karnataka of playing ?dirty tricks? regarding the Mhadei River Case. Officials of water resources department and the legal teams of Goa were present in New Delhi for the Mhadei disputes tribunal hearing. According to the letter, Karnataka?s case was weakened when they were grilled by Additional Solicitor General Atamaram Nadkarni. He also said that the Government of Goa is committed towards Goemkarponn and the Mhadei Case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘NCC cadets will assist in disaster situations if need arises’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Director General of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Lieutenant General Vinod Vashisht today said that although NCC cadets were not trained to assist in situations like flood, they would provide help in disaster management whenever there was a need. “NCC cadets are not being trained to assist in situations like flood. But they will certainly help in disaster management,” Vashisht told reporters in response to a query. Describing the NCC as a “different” organisation, he said, “We will not come in the forefront to assist in disaster management, but serve from behind.” According to Vashisht, who joined as the DG in December last year, presently there are 13,80,000 NCC cadets across the country, who are studying in 16,886 schools and colleges. More than 8,000 schools and colleges have also sought to join the NCC, he said adding that permission would soon be granted to them. “The NCC plays a vital role in character building, discipline, leadership qualities, national integrity and patriotism among the students,” he said. Vashisht arrived here today for a three-day tour of Madhya Pradesh, during which he will also visit Sagar and Jabalpur to interact with NCC cadets.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Monsoon session of Parliament from July 17 to Aug 11

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The monsoon session of Parliament will commence on July 17, the day voting for the presidential election will take place. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) has recommended holding the session from July 17 to August 11, according to sources in the committee. The CCPA meeting, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, was held last evening after NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind filed his nomination papers. The House may not function on the first day of the session on account of death of two sitting MPs — Lok Sabha member Vinod Khanna and Rajya Sabha member Pallavi Reddy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Parents seek recommendation letter from Tawde

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scores of parents from across Maharashtra can be seen outside Minister for Education Vinod Tawde’s office at Mantralaya and bungalow seeking a recommendation letter from him.”Parents started pouring in even before the official launch of the process,” officials said.Such was the “enthusiasm” on Tuesday that his department had to depute staff to manage the crowd which had jammed the entire area around his first floor office blocking the passage completely.”More 2,000 people approach the minister everyday. This will continue till August when the admission season ends,” sources said.There is huge demand for elite colleges and popular courses among aspirants. Due to higher cut-offs in top rated colleges and courses in demand, even high scoreres remain uncertain whether they get admission in the desired institution and course.Interestingly, most admissions are brought under Online Common Admission Process years ago to curb such backdoor entries.However, management quota and seats remaining after the last round of common admissions are still at college management’s descretion. Parents say, “Out fight is for that seat only.”Colleges claim they don’t entertain such recommendations.While Tawde remained unavailable for comments, his aides claimed, “Tawde Saheb is not issuing any letter. As a politician he can’t refuse to meet the people but he is only expressing his helplessness.”

Farmer shot dead in Mandsaur had four cases agst him: police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have claimed that Kanhaiya Lal Patidar, one of the five farmers shot dead in the district, was booked for drug trafficking four times and was absconding in one case. SP Manoj Singh told reporters yesterday that Patidar had been booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) several times. According to Town Inspector Vinod Kushwaha, Patidar (38) was booked for drug trafficking four times between 2001 and 2011. In the first three cases, registered under different police stations, he was granted bail, while he was absconding following the fourth FIR at Neemuch Cantt police station. The first FIR was registered against him at Narayangarh police station in 1994 when he was caught allegedly trafficking opium. In 2001, he was nabbed with smack worth Rs 4.5 crore and an FIR was registered against him at Mandsaur police station. In 2011, two cases were registered in Y D Nagar and Neemuch Cantt police stations when he was allegedly caught in possession of 11 quintal and 22 quintal poppy husk respectively. He was absconding since then, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mob chops off hand, foot of suspected drug dealer in Punjab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A lynch mob chopped off the hand and foot of a young man whom they accused of drug peddling in a Punjab village, causing his death, police said today. The macabre incident occurred at Bhagi Wander village in Talwandi Sabo sub-divison of Bathinda district yesterday when Vinod Kumar, 30, was mercilessly beaten up and his hand and foot severed with sharp-edged weapons. “He was facing some cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and had come out of jail only 3-4 days back,” Talwandi Sabo’s Station House Officer, Inspector Jagdish Kumar said. TV channels showed blurred videos of Kumar, soaked in blood, lying on the ground. Nobody was seen coming to his rescue. He was shifted to the Civil Hospital at Talwandi Sabo from where he was referred to a hospital in Faridkot. The man died from injuries he suffered a few hours later. Police are also going through some mobile phone videos of Kumar being attacked. Some villagers told reporters there was anger as police did not take action against Kumar despite their complaint that he was supplying drugs to the youths. The villagers claimed when they were going to meet the Dy SP concerned of the area over why no action was being taken, Kumar confronted them on the way, which led to heated arguments. The gruesome attack followed. Vinod’s family has alleged that he was kidnapped by another youth of the village when he was going to lodge a complaint about his stolen scooter and was then attacked by several people. They rejected the allegation that he was engaged in dealing drugs. Drug addiction has assumed alarming proportions in the prosperous state, and was a hotly debated subject during the assembly elections held earlier this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Minister’s official car issued challan for flouting rules

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The official car of state water resources department minister Vinod Palyekar was today issued a challan by the transport department when it was caught overtaking another vehicle on Mandovi bridge. “An incident happened in Goa while I am on an official visit out of the state. My official vehicle driven by my driver was found overtaking another vehicle on Mandovi bridge in Panaji,” Palyekar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fee hike: Dahisar school firm on expulsion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even after Shiv Sena’s youth wing along with several parents protested at Dahisar’s Universal High School for expelling close to 80 students for not paying the hiked fees, the school is firm about taking back only students whose parents agree to pay the revised fees and adhere to the ‘norms’ set by the school.Parents had earlier opposed the close to 12 per cent hike by the school alleging that it ‘had not provided facilities as promised and had not taken the consent of the parents before deciding on the hike’.With a complaint registered with the state education department in March 2017, and the decision still pending, some parents had paid fees as per the old fee structure. The school issued expulsion notices, to students who did not pay the revised fees, citing non-payment of fees.”We have already sent letters to parents who have either not paid the fees or who have paid as per the old fee structure. We will give them a chance and will enrol those students whose parents pay the full fees,” said Jesus Lall, Chairman, Universal group of institutes.State Education Minister Vinod Tawde issued a statement on Wednesday stating that the government will withdraw the No Objection Certificate of the school if any student is expelled for such a reason. “A meeting of the fee regulation committee will be held on Thursday,” read the statement.

Illegal arms manufacturing unit unearthed, 3 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police arrested three persons and unearthed an illegal arms manufacturing unit in Hathia in Barsana police station area of the district today. Mathura Senior Superintendent of Police Vinod Kumar Mishra said, “Acting on tip-off, a police team raided the factory. After a brief encounter, three persons were arrested. Manufacturing tools and some country-made pistols were recovered from the factory.” The arrested were Hazi Umar Khan, Ratia and Jamshed, all residents of Hathia village. Their accomplices, however, managed to flee.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mathura traders’ killing: 1 more held, jewellery worth Rs 12 L

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person has been arrested and jewellery worth Rs 12 lakh and other items, including cash, were recovered after interrogating the main accused in the case of killing of two jewellers here earlier this month. Two traders were killed and two others injured during a robbery at jewellery shops in Koyalawali Gali in Mathura on May 15. Following interrogation of the kingpin of the gang, Rakesh, and his brother Kamesh, jewellery worth Rs 12 lakh, a mobile phone, Rs 30,000 in cash and other items were recovered from the house of their uncle, Harsh Vardhan, in Ratankund, SSP Vinod Kumar Mishra said. Harsh Vardhan has been arrested since he had kept the looted items in his house, the officer said, adding one of the accused in the case, Rupesh, has committed suicide in Agra. Six armed men, who had come on motorbikes, had barged into the jewellery shops in the market in Mathura and opened fire, killing two persons, Vikas and Megh. Two others were injured in the incident. The incident created a flutter in the state with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath declaring in the Assembly that the case would be solved within three days. Four police personnels were suspended following the incident. On May 20, six persons were arrested for being involved in the incident. Gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 20 lakh, a pistol, 19 live and six empty cartridges, four country-made pistols, Rs 10,500 cash, seven mobile phones and other items were recovered from them on that day.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jan 1 birth date in Aadhaar cards for 250 Pokhran villagers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>What’s in a day? Plenty, if you are a resident of a remote village near Pokhran in Rajasthan. Some 250 villagers of Pabupadia in Jaisalmer district — like villagers in Kanjasa, near Allahabad — have found that their new Aadhaar cards cite their date of birth as January 1. It came to our notice through some locals that their Aadhaar cards had January 1 as their date of birth,” Vinod Kumar Chhangani, informatics officer of the department of IT and Communication, Jaisalmer, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Over 3 lakh more pilgrims visit chardham this season

Till yesterday, a total of 7,10,271 pilgrims have visited the Himalayan shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri whereas the figure till this period last year was 4,09,016, Garhwal Commissioner Vinod Sharma told <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over three lakh more pilgrims than last year have visited the chardham so far this season. Till yesterday, a total of 7,10,271 pilgrims have visited the Himalayan shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri whereas the figure till this period last year was 4,09,016, Garhwal Commissioner Vinod Sharma told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gurdaspur: Will Vinod Khanna’s wife step in?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Gurdaspur gears up for a by-election following the death of MP Vinod Khanna, the late actor’s wife Kavita Khanna’s name is being fielded by local BJP workers to complete the developmental work initiated by her husband.Vinod Khanna, a four–time MP, first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1998, and went on to retain the seat till 2009, when he lost to the then Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa. In 2014, he was chosen to contest the election and re-claimed the seat with a vote margin of 1.36 lakh.With two years to go for the next Lok Sabha polls, the constituency is now gearing up for a bypoll, with the names of actors Akshay Kumar and Rishi Kapoor doing the rounds.”Apart from being his (Vinod Khanna) wife, she has been actively campaigning during previous polls and has been overseeing the work in the constituency in his absence. She would be able to connect with the people,” says Vijay Verma, BJP General Secretary, Gurdaspur.Sources say she has expressed her willingness to complete the projects which the late actor had planned for the constituency.

Fee hike: Maharashtra parents to carry out a nationwide protest on May 4

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To take the battle against private school fee hikes ahead, parents across the state are now going to request the state government to not only implement the law regarding fees but to also make some changes in the same.A set of parents from the state are planning to meet the state education minister Vinod Tawde today urging him to take action against schools that have hiked their fees beyond permissible limits as per the Fee regulation act of 2011. Parents said that they are also going to request the government to make some key changes in the act which, according to them, would help improve its implementation .“Despite several protests and complaints, the government has still not taken any action against the erring schools. Parents are really tired of being patient, and if our demands do not yield any positive results, there will be a nationwide protest on May 4 in Mumbai,” said Anubha Sahay, President of Indiawide Parents Association. She added “The current fee regulation act has several lacunas. Under the law, district fee regulation committee has no right to stay fee hikes of a particular school until the decision is given.”Meanwhile, Forum for fairness in Education, a city based NGO had organised a meet of aggrieved parents at Dadar on Monday. Jayant Jain, President of the Forum said that a competent authority of the government should fix fees instead of giving the powers to the PTA.

‘You fail as nation when Vinod Khanna is mourned more than Capt Ayush Yadav’, tweets Kiran Bedi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on Friday faced a huge backlash on Twitter when she said that you fail as a nation when actor is mourned than a jawan who died in Kupwara attack in Jammu and Kashmir.Actor and politician Vinod Khanna (70) died of cancer at a hospital in Mumbai, on Thursday. Whereas Captain Ayush Yadav and two soldiers were killed when terrorists stormed an army camp in Kupwara.Taking to micro-blogging site, Bedi said, “U fail as a nation when 70yrs old #VinodKhanna is mourned MORE than 25 yrs old Capt Ayush Yadav who lost his life at #Kupwara.”Bedi also tagged renowned spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in her tweet. Her tweet was shared over two thousand times and liked by over three thousand twitter users. However, her Tweet did not go well with several users, who lashed out at her for comparing Vinod Khanna and Captain Ayush Yadav.

Vinod Khanna, the king of bridges, had admirers across isles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While preparing for the 1998 general elections, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) under L K Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee combine had announced candidates for 12 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, but had left one seat for guessing. The suspense was becoming too long, till just a day ahead of the final day of filing nominations, Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna flaked by Advani and the late Pramod Mahajan, appeared in the BJP Headquarters. Advani while announcing his candidature even didn’t mention the constituency he would contest. “Only one constituency is left unannounced. Use your acumen,” came a cryptic reply from Advani. Since then Khanna represented border seat of Gurdaspur, barring in 2009, when he lost. He was inducted into the cabinet as Union Minister for Culture and Tourism in July 2002, but six months later, he was moved to as Minister of State in the crucial Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).If Mumbai made Vinod Khanna a star, Punjab turned him a politician. People in his constancy recall him as ‘Pulon ka Raja’ – the King of Bridges’. He worked on building a dozen major and minor bridges on river Beas, Ravi and Ujh that connected Gurdaspur with the rest of Punjab and provided free heart surgeries for poor patients. “People were facing immense difficulty in commuting from Gurdaspur to Mukerian, because of the stretch of Beas River which they had to cross. There were hurdles in executing that project, but when Khanna got elected for the first time in 1998 his persistent efforts led to the construction of bridges and flyovers in Gurdaspur,” says Vijay Verma, who has worked closely with him.Although he hailed from Peshawar in Pakistan in the pre-partition era, Khanna’s Punjabi roots brought him to Gurdaspur. “He was a star, a charismatic film personality, but at the same time, a hard-working politician. Being a Punjabi, he connected to people instantaneously which explain how we went on to become a four time MP. It is impossible to make up for his loss and the void that he has left,” says Swaran Salaria, BJP’s Lok Sabha in-charge.
ALSO READ His superstar swag is what we grew up on: actors, sportspersons pay tribute to the late Vinod KhannaKhanna had last visited Gurdaspur four months ago, but his recurring absence from the constituency ever since he got elected in 2014 had become talk of the town. As an MP as well, between 1998 and 2002, till he was anointed as Minister, he had poor attendance in Lok Sabha. During that period, he asked just four questions and twice took part in discussions.“Ever since Khanna was re-elected for the fourth term, he has gone on a privileged leave, salary and all perks included,” former Congress minister Raman Bhalla claimed, but it later turned out that Khanna was ill.
ALSO READ Will miss a great actor and a gentleman: Politicians pay tribute to Vinod Khanna“It’s just that I don’t have any PR agency and I am more concerned about my constituency and political work. Acting is my bread and butter, so it’s not something that I pursue as much as I should because this was the only thing that I was trained and now I have come to politics and that’s a great responsibility. We are looking at 300 million people and their needs; so you have to be constantly in touch. So that takes all our time,” Khanna had said in an interview to DNA in 2014.Though Khanna’s family stayed with him in Mumbai, he had built a house in Pathankot where he would stay while touring the constituency.Punjab Pradesh Congress President Partap Singh Bajwa whom Khanna defeated in 2014 by over 1.36 lakh votes said he remained a friend despite being a political opponent with whom he shared victory and loss both. “He was one of my favourite actors. His death is a huge loss to film fraternity and to Parliament. We got along well, even when he was MoS in MEA and had invited me to meet him. He was open-hearted and good human being,” says Bajwa.Another BJP leader from Amritsar, Subhash Sharma highlights how Khanna was emotional about addressing issues of people and would not settle until he would resolve those issues. “That’s why he was always able to retain his connect with people. Despite being a celebrity, he was down to earth,” he says.The state BJP unit had postponed his state executive meet scheduled for Saturday and decided to hold a prayer meet for the leader in Gurdaspur. “He won thrice from his seat, lost in 2009 by only 8,000 votes and rose bock with stomping margin in 2014. He was instrumental in bridging the cities together in his constituency. He has left a huge void in the party and would be missed,” says BJP Punjab Incharge Vijay Sampla, who remembered the late actor as honest, upright and hard-working leader. As MoS for External Affairs, Khanna focused on bridging the gap between India and Pakistan through the film industry . He also led talks with the then Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Sha’ath.With Khanna passing away at 70 after reportedly battling the cancer at a Mumbai hospital, people would remember this King of Bridges, not only constructing bridges on the rivers of Beas, Ravi and Ujh, but also building bridges across borders, like his mentor Vajpayee. He also bridged the gap between the tinsel world and politics as well convincing Hima Malini and later her husband Dharmindra to join politics and contest elections.

The life of Bollywood maverick Vinod Khanna

He lived many lives – actor, spiritual devotee and much later, successful politician.

With Vinod Khanna’s demise we lost a daunting politician, fabulous actor Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday expressed his grief over the demise of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament and veteran actor Vinod Khanna and said that the late leader was a daunting person, who till the last moment of his life worked for the people of his constituency. Hailing Khanna as a hardworking and committed person, Naidu said that the former?s demise has brought huge loss to both the political world and film fraternity. ?I feel very sad to know that Shri. Vinod Khanna our colleague in Parliament and a veteran actor is no more. He entered in BJP in 1997 and became Member of Parliament in 1999. He has been a four time MP from the BJP. He also served as union minister in the Union Government. Very duty minded. I have done many campaigns with him,? said Naidu. ?He used to adhere to the schedule and use to participate in as many program as possible for the party. We lost a very good actor and politician. He was a very lovely person. Till his last moment he was working for the people of his constituency. I feel sorry my heartfelt condolences to the family and may his soul rest in peace,? he added. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to express his condolence over Khanna’s demise, adding that he had carved a special place in the hearts of millions of Indians. “Shri Vinod Khanna had an illustrious career in films and politics. He carved a special place in the hearts of millions of Indians,” Rajnath tweeted. “With the demise of Vinod Khannaji the people of India have lost a fabulous actor and sensitive politician. May his soul rest in peace.” Congress president Sonia Gandhi also condoled the sad demise of the veteran film actor. Remembering him as a gifted actor, who dominated the silver screen with his outstanding persona, Sonia Gandhi said that Vinodji had a rare and profound influence over the masses by his simple and charismatic character. She also expressed solidarity with Khanna’s family and prayed for the departed soul. The veteran actor was hospitalised and later discharged from HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Girgaum, Mumbai due to severe dehydration. He was also reportedly battling cancer for years. Vinod Khanna appeared in 141 films between 1968 and 2013 and also forayed into politics by joining the BJP. He was Minister of State for Tourism and Culture in 2002.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Miscreants shot at a businessman and loot Rs 4 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two armed motorcycle borne miscreants shot at and injured a businessman and looted Rs 4 lakh from him near Dakbungalow square in Bihar’s Vaishali district today. Town police station SHO Sunil Kumar said the incident occurred when a businessman, who deals in fish business, identified as Vinod Singh was going to the fish market. The bike borne two miscreants, first tried to snatch a bag containing Rs 4 lakh from him but when he resisted, they shot at him, the SHO said adding the injured businessman was admitted to sadar hospital from where he was referred to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Patna. Angry businessmen and local people blocked Dakbungalow road in protest against the incident. Later, the blockade was lifted after the police intervened and pacified the protesting people, he said. An FIR has been lodged in this regard, he said and added that police are conducting raids to nab the culprits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police seek legal opinion in case against woman cop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police is seeking legal opinion in a case where they were directed by a court to lodge an FIR against a woman cop for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl who had earlier accused her teacher of molesting her. Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav passed the order after the 13-year-old child told the court that she was sexually assaulted by the woman investigating officer (IO) in the case and she had lodged a complaint with the police against the officer but no action was taken. However, police said that they will seek legal opinion in the matter and decide future course of action. “We have received a copy of the order and are taking legal opinion in the case. We are conducting an internal inquiry along with seeking a legal opinion,” said a senior police officer. When asked if the woman cop has been suspended, he said that following the inquiry, her fate will be decided. The court directed the SHO of Mangolpuri in outer Delhi to get the FIR registered against the woman IO, a sub inspector, through a senior officer and file a status report in the matter on April 29. “The allegations will be examined and if they are found to be true, necessary departmental action and an FIR will be lodged. How can we suspended her when the allegations haven’t been proved? However, if they are found to be untrue, we will appeal in the higher court,” he said. The girl, in her complaint, alleged that the IO had threatened her father to get the victim medically re-examined or she would implicate her in a false case. The child alleged that initially the woman official sexually assaulted her and later took her to a hospital where the doctors conducted her internal medical examination without her consent. The police, which is already probing the aspect of sexual assault on the minor by her teacher, had earlier informed the court that it has also registered an FIR against the girl’s father in view of the alleged confession letter which was given to the police by the school staff. The school staff had earlier given to police the alleged confession letter of the girl’s father that he had repeatedly sexually assaulted her. The initial incident occurred in August last year when the girl, a Class V student of a government school in Aman Vihar area of North-West Delhi, asked a question to the teacher who told her to meet him alone later. The girl said in her complaint that the teacher allegedly molested her and when her parents came to the school next day to complain about his conduct, he threatened them and took thumb impression of the child’s father on a blank paper. The teacher then allegedly wrote a confession letter in the name of the girl’s father that said he had repeatedly sexually assaulted his daughter, and got the signatures of other colleagues, she had alleged. Later, a case under the POCSO Act was registered by the police against the accused teacher. The police has also lodged a case against other school teachers and the principal for not informing them about the alleged confession letter of the minor girl’s father.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ambedkar’s birth anniversary celebrated across Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 126th birth anniversary of Dalit icon Dr B R Ambedkar was celebrated today with traditional fervour across Maharashtra. In Nagpur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Ambedkar at Deekshabhoomi, where the architect of the Constitution embraced Buddhism in 1956 with a large number of followers. In Mumbai, state Education Minister Vinod Tawde visited Chaitya Bhoomi, the memorial of Ambedkar, and offered floral tributes on the occasion. Memorial speeches were delivered at special functions and tributes offered in various parts of the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

There is legal ban on holding parties after 10 PM: Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A couple of days after his minister demanded a ban on late night parties, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar today said any activity which is not permitted in the law will not be allowed. “There is a legal ban on holding parties after 10 PM. The ban has been upheld by the state government. There is no controversy about it,” Parrikar told reporters. Vinod Palyekar, a minister in Parrikar’s cabinet had demanded a ban on late night and rave parties. The minister alleged that large scale sale of drugs was going on in the coastal belt in connivance with the police department. Parrikar said “strict instructions have been given to the police department to crack down on drugs, prostitution and illegal gambling activity in the state.” “What Palyekar is speaking is about late night parties and already there is ban on it,” the chief minister said. Palyekar had claimed that the law enforcement machinery was not acting against rave parties. “Our coast is infested with the sale and trafficking of drugs. There is absolutely no control over it. We need to stop it. First of all, we need to stop the rave parties and all night parties which are happening here as there is abuse of drugs in them,” Palyekar had told reporters. “Late night parties are not part of our culture. We need not encourage them. They should be immediately shut down,” the minister had said. Palyekar represents Siolim constituency in North Goa, which has several popular beaches thronged by lakhs of tourists annually. The minister had said he had called police and instructed them to stop late night parties. Despite several warnings and reminders late night music goes on till 3-4 AM which is creating problems not only for senior citizens but also to the student community who are appearing for Board exams, he had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After liquor ban, Parrikar Government cracking down on rave parties in Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that late night rave parties are not part of Goa’s culture, state’s Water Resources Department Minister Vinod Palyekar on Monday called for a state wide ban and said that such parties allow the drug industry to flourish which adversely affect the youth. Vinod Palyekar​ Palyekar, Goa’s Water Resources Department Minister Late night parties should be banned in Goa. Though our state runs on tourism, but under the garb of tourism drugs are being supplied. This is adversely affecting our youth. If you visit the coastal areas (then) you can see how the youth are getting ruined because of this,”Palyekar further said that he has held discussions with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on the same, adding he has instructed the police to maintain strict vigilance and ensure that such parties do not take place.”I have given strict instructions to the police that if such rave parties continue, the police inspector of that particular area will be suspended. I have discussed with the Chief Minister and he has shown his support in this regard,” he said.The Minister’s comment comes in the wake of Supreme Court order banning sale and consumption of alcohol within 500 meters of the state and national highways.Highway alcohol ban at a glance Following the order, around 3,200 liquor vendors in Goa have been served notice by the Excise Commission.
Last week, the apex bench, headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar, reserved its order on banning off liquor vends on the state and national highways.
Several states including Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Punjab, Telangana and Haryana had told the apex court that 500-metre distance is much higher and should be reduced.

Foot-and-mouth disease breaks out in Tiruvallur district

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A highly contagious viral disease of cattle and swine, Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) has affected Karani village on the outskirts of Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvallur district. FMD affects cloven-hoofed animals (those with divided hoofs), including cattle, buffalo, camels, sheep, goats, deer and pigs. Cattle raising is main occupation of most of the people of this village, with more than 500 cattle. According to the cattle raisers, from past two months, more than 10 cattle have died and the condition has not improved even after medical treatment. ?We recently witnessed a peculiar disease in the toes of animals and it was expanding. We took to government veterinary hospital and vaccines provided to them are not resulting, but instead their situation is worsening. They are not eating their proper diet and a foul smell is coming,? said a cattle raiser Vinod. Unfortunately, many cattle are getting affected day by day and a strong remedy is needed. ?We are helpless and are getting affected as their cattle is the only source of livelihood. From one month, the cows are suffering from this peculiar disease. Many doctors come and go, but the problem remains the same. Even after getting vaccination a cattle died,? said another cattle raiser Marimuthu. They tried to contact the concerned department authorities, but the officials have not responded so far.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Row over NCERT textbook for ‘belittling’ Shivaji

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) and Shiv Sena have reiterated their demand for a revision in the NCERT Class 7 History textbook, which has ‘little information’ on Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji, but ‘several pages’ for Mughal emperors.In separate petitions to the Fadnavis government, the organisations demanded that the textbook ‘Our Pasts – 2’, prescribed by the National Council for Educational Research and Training, presents ‘distorted’ history as it glorifies the ‘cruel’ Mughal emperors who tortured the Hindus, but gives just six sentences about Shivaji, who fought against Moghuls and ‘liberated’ Hindus from their slavery.”Most of the pages in the 154-page book are dedicated to Mughal emperors while there are only five-six lines on Shivaji (in chapter 10), that too without his picture. Giving negligible space to Shivaji amounts to insulting him,” states the letter written by the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti to Education Minister Vinod Tawde on March 22.Shiv Sena legislator Bharatsheth Gogawale had submitted a similar petition to the state government three months ago. DNA has a copy of both the letters. CBSE schools across the country are supposed to follow NCERT curriculum and also the textbooks prescribed by the Council.The HJS and Sena MLAs have sought an immediate revision in the book at the state-level giving adequate space to Shivaji, so that children studying in CBSE schools get inspiration from the life history of the icon.”Surprisingly, not a single photo of Shivaji was available with the Council while they had pictures of Babur and his descendants, starting from the year 1526, which were printed in the book. This is a serious academic mistake,” alleges Arvind Pansare of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti.Pansare taunts, “Had Shivaji born in Europe, he would have got adequate space in our history books,” adding the Samiti is raising this issue since many years at the Centre and state but to no avail.Sena legislators and HJS say, “States can amend 25 per cent of the history curriculum. Goa government had done that in 2009 itself. Now, Maharashtra government must also do it.”The HJS held a demonstration on the matter early this week at Azad Maidan, Mumbai and plans to launch more agitations ahead of the new academic sessions so that their recommendations are accommodated in the textbooks.”The Maratha leader is credited for ending the Mughal rule in India. Chhatrapati Shivaji (1627-1680) successfully fought against the Mughals. Still the book does not carry any picture of Shivaji or forts conquered by him. This will deprive the coming generation of our country’s rich history,” insists Samiti.The letter also rues that the book has only half page information on Rajputs and is silent on great warrior Maharana Pratap.The history textbooks in India had often courted controversies. While right-wing groups often blame the Congress governments of coming out with ‘biased’ history curriculum to suit their narrative, the Congress accuses BJP of ‘saffronizing’ education.NCERT Director Hrushikesh Senapaty was unavailable for comments. An official of the Council stated that the History books were revised a few years back and suggestions may be considered in the next revision.Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde failed to respond till the time of going to the press.

Goa CM Parsekar loses; close contest between Congress, BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a setback to BJP, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar was today humbled in his sitting seat Mandrem by Congress candidate Dayanand Sopte, as the ruling and opposition parties appeared locked in a close fight, going by results and trends from all the 40 segments. Parsekar lost by a margin of 7,219 votes. Of the 15 results declared so far, BJP bagged 6, Congress 4, Goa Forward 2, MGP, independent and NCP one each. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which made a serious bid in the electoral politics of the coastal state, is trailing the two main contestants in all the seats. Deputy Chief Minister Fransic D’Souza of BJP won from Mapusa constituency defeating MGP candidate Vinod Phadke by a margin of 6,806 votes. Goa Forward candidate Vinod Palyekar defeated BJP candidate and State Minister Dayanand Mandrekar in Siolim. Two other BJP nominees — Pravin Zantye and Michael Lobo — emerged victorious from Mayem and Calangute constituencies respectively. While Zantye defeated Congress rival Santosh Sawant by 4,974 votes, Lobo won by 4,460 votes against Congress candidate Joseph Sequeira. Congress candidate Francis Silveira bagged the St Andre constituency defeating BJP’s Ramrao Wagh by a margin of 5,070 votes. MGP’s Dipak Pawaskar defeated Ganesh Gaonkar of BJP by 1,169 votes in Sanvordem.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nagpur BJP issues legal notice to Congress leaders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The legal cell of Nagpur BJP unit today issued a legal notice to some Congress leaders for allegedly making “defamatory and mischievous” statements against the party candidates elected in the just-held local body elections in Maharashtra. According to the notice, these Congress leaders made “defamatory, irresponsible and mischievous” statements against the BJP candidates elected in the Zilla Parishad, Panchayat Samiti and municipal corporations polls. Advocate Vinod Tiwary, BJP National Executive member and co-convenor of the legal cell, issued the notice on behalf of Meenakashi Bolenwar, a BJP Councillor from Yavatmal district. The notice claimed the respondents are tarnishing the image of BJP by levelling baseless allegations in the media that the saffron party tampered with EVMs and used corrupt means to get its candidates elected. The notice demanded unconditional apology from the respondents. Failure to do so will invite criminal as well as civil prosecution, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three jailed till death for beheading cop, witness

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons, who had beheaded a police officer and a witness, have been sent to jail for the rest of their lives by a Delhi court for “gruesome and brutal” murders 13 years ago. The court noted that the “brutality” committed by the convicts was evident as after killing the victims, they beheaded and burnt them and threw the headless bodies in different places. Additional Sessions Judge V K Bansal noted that the three convicts had murdered Delhi police sub-inspector Satish Kumar and Vijay Kumar Swamy, a public witness, by strangulating and beheading them after tying their hands. “This itself shows the brutality committed by the accused. They did not stop here and burnt the heads of the deceased and their headless bodies were thrown at agricultural department, Bahadurgarh and near a factory on Rohtak Road,” the court said in its 267-page verdict. There is “no doubt that offence was gruesome, brutal and committed in a most diabolic manner,” the court said while holding the three guilty. It sentenced Joginder (42), Rajinder (55), both of whom are brothers, and Vinod Jatav, 34, all residents of Mangolpuri in North Delhi, for offences of criminal conspiracy, murder, robbery, abduction, destruction of evidence under the IPC and under the Arms Act. “They are sentenced to life imprisonment, that is imprisonment for the remainder of their natural lives for the offence punishable under sections 302 (murder)/ 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC,” it said. It also imposed a fine of Rs 80,000 each on Joginder and Vinod and Rs 83,000 on Rajinder and said that Rs one lakh each should be paid to the victims’ families out of this amount. Laxmi, the mother of Joginder and Rajinder who was also an accused in the case, had died during the trial and proceedings against her were abated. Prosecutor Harvinder Kumar Nar had sought death penalty for the convicts saying they had committed the offence in a gruesome manner and there was no scope of their rehabilitation as they also had previous criminal records. According to the prosecution, the incident took place on March 5, 2004 when Satish and public witness Vijay had gone to Mangolpuri to confirm some information relating to a case. When the two could not be located, a case was registered at a police station. The next day, two headless bodies were found and identified to be of Vijay and Satish. Later, two half burnt human heads were also found by police at different places. During the trial, all the accused had denied the charges and claimed that they were falsely implicated.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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