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Navy offers job in private company to transgender ex-sailor

The navy today offered a job in a private company, which works for the government, to a transgender ex-sailor who was removed from service after she underwent a sex change surgery to become a female.The offer was made by the Indian Navy in the Delhi High Court before a bench of Justices G S Sistani and V K Rao.It said that while there was no job in the naval force for the former sailor, it could facilitate her to get employed as a data entry operator in a private company. The submission on behalf of the Navy was made by Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain and central government standing counsel Anil Soni. Senior advocate Anand Grover, appearing for the ex- sailor, said the offered job paid much less than what his client was getting while being on the rolls of the navy.The senior lawyer said he would need to speak to his client on whether to accept the offer, which he termed unfair. The bench thereafter listed the matter for hearing on December 15 by when the stand of the former sailor has to be indicated. The court was hearing the ex-sailor’s plea challenging an October 6 order of the Navy removing her from service. She had claimed that she was suffering from gender identity issues since 2011 and, when she had told her parents, they forced her to marry a woman.Also readIndia’s first transgender soldier vows to fight for her jobShe further claimed that she was absent from service without leave several times as she suffered from bouts of depression, owing to her gender identity issues. The court had on the last date of hearing called for a change in mindset while asking the Navy to consider her for another job. It had said that while the person deserved to be punished for indiscipline for being absent without leave, but where there was a medical condition of this sort, it may be seen from a different perspective.The bench was also of the view that the petitioner who was posted onboard INS Eksila at Visakhapatnam, could give up the claim for the job of a sailor and may accept a clerical position so that the family, comprising aged parents, the individual’s wife and child, need not suffer. The Navy had removed her from service as women cannot be employed as sailors.
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How Ivanka’s upcoming visit to Hyderabad became Telangana’s pride but Andhra’s envy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Telangana readies to host White House advisor Ivanka Trump for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit-2017 (GES) tomorrow, strenuous efforts made by Andhra Pradesh to invite US President Donald Trump’s daughter failed to bring results.Ivanka attending the much-hyped three-day event at Hyderabad will be Telangana’s pride, but Andhra Pradesh’s envy.The United States authorities had turned down the requests made by the Chandrababu Naidu-led Andhra government to make Ivanka visit the ‘sunrise’ state, highly-placed sources said.AP’s Economic Development Board (EDB) chief executive J Krishna Kishore pursued the issue with the US authorities on behalf of the state government, but to no avail, they said.The Andhra government, as part of its “brand building” efforts, had felt that a visit by the US president’s daughter would bolster the southern state’s image internationally.It also wanted to line up several US companies for investments in Andhra Pradesh, the sources said.The state government had informed the US Consulate authorities that they were ready to organise the event either in Amaravati or Visakhapatnam, and had sought Ivanka’s time.”But we were told that she would not be attending any other programme, apart from the GES and those in New Delhi.So, we did not get a chance to host her,” a senior official involved in the entire process said.The EDB CEO could not be reached for comment.The Global Entrepreneurship Summit-2017 will be inaugurated by Prime Minster Narendra Modi. Ivanka will lead a delegation from her country at the event.Over 1,500 delegates, including entrepreneurs and investors and CEOs of major knowledge-based companies, are expected to attend the summit.

Smoke on IndiGo flight forces plane to land

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After smoke inside the cabin was noticed onboard, an IndiGo plane carrying 170 passengers made an emergency landing immediately after taking off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in Delhi. The incident took place on Wednesday at 5.20 am.Sources at the airport stated that the flight number 6E-719 of IndiGo Airlines to Vishakhapatnam took off from IGI airport at returned 10 minutes later after passengers started complaining of smoke inside the cabin. “There was also a drop in cabin pressure leading to oxygen masks being automatically deployed,” said the source.Even after making an emergency landing, the airline refused to accept that smoke was coming out of the cabin. In a statement, IndiGo stated that it was a “false alarm” over a “burning smell” in the cabin. However, keeping passenger safety in mind, a “precautionary landing” was made.According to an IndiGo spokesperson: “IndiGo flight 6E-719 (Delhi-Visakhapatnam) carried out a precautionary landing at Delhi on Wednesday due to a false alarm. After take-off from Delhi, the cabin crew advised flight crew about a burning smell in the cabin. Keeping the safety and security of passengers in mind, the captain-in-command informed the ATC and carried out a precautionary landing at Delhi.”The statement also added that after the plane returned to Delhi it was inspected thoroughly and “no oil leakages or electrical burn residues were identified.”In another incident, a man who flew on an international IndiGo flight filed a police complaint alleging that the crew refused to accept payment in Indian currency for the food he bought.INCIDENTS INVOLVING INDIGONov 7: A video surfaced showing a passenger being assaulted and dragged on the tarmac at Delhi airport by the staff of IndiGo airlines. The airlines issued an apology on Twitter on Nov 7.
Nov 12: A passenger fell off her wheelchair while being assisted by an employee of IndiGo at Lucknow airport. The AAI said the reason behind the mishap was “gross negligence of Indigo staff”.

Delhi-Vizag Indigo flight forced to return after smoke in cockpit detected midair

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indigo Airlines flight from Delhi to Visakhapatnam returned to IGI Airport soon after take off following detection of smoke in the aircraft’s cockpit on Thursday.According to a report by ANI, smoke was detected in the cockpit of IndiGo 6E719 Delhi-Vizag aircraft soon after it took off from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The plane carrying 170 passengers was immediately turned around and an emergency was declared. More details are awaited.

Residents’ associations across India meet in Ghatkopar to discuss waste

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Resident welfare associations from across the country met on Saturday to discuss the successes and challenges they experienced, at the fifth national Conference of Resident Welfare Associations (CoRWA) at Ghatkopar. The associations shared their ideas of waste management with an aim to inspire each other for the segregation of waste at the local level, rather than depending upon the civic body in their cities.”Children are the best sources to make parents and societies aware of how waste can be managed at the local level,” said Bandra-based Shyama Kulkarni, member of Action for Good Governance and Networking in India (AGNI).According to the resident association member, segregating waste in schools help children learn and achieve practical experience.Nitesh Jadhav, member of Goregaon (E)-based Advanced Locality Management (ALM), said, “We were inspired to come together as a society and segregate waste after we witnessed the fire incident at Deonar dumping ground. It should be an individual social responsibility rather than just being the responsibility of a civic authority. More than BMC, we are responsible for managing the waste we produce.”Resident associations from different cities shared their ideas on various ways to keep the area ‘swachh’ and manage waste. Rekha Chari, a resident association member of Malleshwaram in Bengaluru, said, “We created a school outreach programme where students were told to bring waste from their home in order to learn waste segregation in their school premises. We raise these issues with our local representatives on a daily basis in order to make sure waste is collected and managed properly.”Udya Shriname, resident association member from Visakhapatnam, added, “Having a proactive administration is important for successful waste management. Segreagation and composting is the only solution to get rid of the waste problems across cities.”

Navy inducts anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kiltan: Here’s all you need to know

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kiltan was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam on Monday.Here’s all you need to know about corvette INS Kiltan► INS Kiltan is the third of the four Kamorta-class corvettes being built under Project 28.► It has been designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation Directorate of Naval Design and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata► INS Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship after Shivalik Class, Kolkata Class and sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt.► It is India’s first major warship to have a superstructure of carbon fibre composite material resulting in improved stealth features, lower top weight and maintenance costs► The ship hosts a predominantly indigenous cutting-edge weapons and sensors suite which includes heavyweight torpedoes, ASW rockets, 76 mm caliber Medium Range gun and two multi-barrel 30 mm guns as close-in-weapon system (CIWS) with dedicated fire control systems, missile decoy rockets (Chaff), advanced ESM (Electronic Support Measure) system, most advanced bow mounted sonar and air surveillance radar Revathi.► The ship derives its name from one of the islands in Aminidivi group of the strategically located Lakshadweep and Minicoy group of islands.► The ship also boasts of the proud legacy of the erstwhile Petya Class ship of same name ‘Kiltan (P79)’ built in the USSR, which had actively participated as Task Force Commander in the ‘Operation Trident’ during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, the statement added. (With agency inputs)

Indian Naval officer discharged for undergoing sex change alleges harassment; to move SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian Navy sailor, who was discharged from service for undergoing a sex change surgery, today said she would move the Supreme Court against the decision.Manish Kumar Giri, who has since changed her name to Sabi, told some TV channels she would fight for justice and also write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard.”I remain the same old person with same efficiency. How can they discharge me … just because I underwent a sex change surgery?” she asked.”I will move the Supreme Court, if required, to fight for my right,” Sabi said, adding she was seeking legal counsel in this regard.The Indian Navy had yesterday in a statement said Giri had been discharged under the clause “Service No Longer Required” under the force’s regulations.
ALSO READ Indian Navy sacks sailor who underwent sex change; says he breached recruitment regulations “The individual chose to undergo irreversible gender re-assignment on his own accord, whilst on leave wilfully altering his gender status from the one he was recruited for at the time of his induction,” it had said.Sabi, who was earlier serving with the marine engineering wing at the Eastern Naval Command here, moved to the administrative wing after sex reassignment surgery.The sacked sailor had undergone the surgery in August last year at a hospital in Mumbai while on leave.”I used to work on the ship. After the surgery, I was forced to stay away from the ship and work from the base.”It is sad and worrying that I was found unfit to be a sailor just because of sex change,” she lamented.She alleged Navy authorities tried to prove her “mentally unfit”.”They mentally harassed me and kept me in a psychiatric ward for six months. They tried to prove I am mentally unfit but they failed,” she claimed.Sabi, who was diagnosed with gender identity disorder, said she sought help from the naval doctors but was turned away.Eventually, Sabi added, she consulted civil doctors in Visakhapatnam

Andhra Pradesh: Municipal official arrested with Rs 500-crore ‘disproportionate assets’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A few days before his retirement, the Andhra Pradesh police arrested a senior official of the municipal department for allegedly amassing assets worth over Rs 500 crore.Golla Venkata Raghurami Reddy, director of state town planning, who was scheduled to retire after three days, was arrested in Visakhapatnam after police raided his house and other properties, reported Hindustan Times.Police raided his house and other properties in 15 places including in Maharashtra’s Shirdi.A report said that Reddy, on his retirement, was planning to throw a grand party to his friends and relatives at a resort abroad. He had even booked flight tickets for them.”The market value of the assets confiscated so far has been estimated to be around Rs 500 crore,” ACB director general RP Thakur told the daily.Reddy also owns a hotel, Sai Suraj Kunj, in Shirdi and 300 acres of valuable land in Gannavaram near Vijayawada among other properties. “We are yet to open the bank lockers of Reddy. Only after that, we would be able to arrive at the magnitude of the wealth,” he added.“Reddy was arrested under the Prevention of Corruption Act for possessing assets disproportionate to his income, which would be around Rs 1 lakh per month. The investigation is going on into the alleged irregularities indulged in by Reddy,” the official added.

India’s first transgender soldier vows to fight for her job

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shabi’s world turned upside down when reports surfaced that the Navy has recommended to the defense ministry that she be discharged from service.Shabi, who was born as a male and known as MK Giri, told ANI in an interview that when the (navy) found out about her sex reassignment surgery, no one had objected or discriminated her.Sabi joined the Marine Engineering Department of the Eastern Naval Command seven years ago.Although uncomfortable in the body she was born in, it took her a while to muster the courage to come out as a transgender. And when she did, the doctors in the Navy refused to help her.In 2016, after waiting for a while, she contacted doctors in Vizag and was later diagnosed with ‘Gender Identity Disorder.’She realized she has no choice then to take leave for twenty-two days and go for a sex reassignment surgery in Delhi.Post her surgery, she came back to the naval base in Visakhapatnam where she was forced to reveal her sex change operation after she suffered a urinary tract infection.Despite her sex change, she alleged that she was kept in a male ward with three soldiers standing guard 24×7.”I was kept in a psychiatric ward for six months and was mentally harassed. The doctors tried to prove that I was mentally unfit to serve in the Navy but they failed,” she claimed.After being discharged from the Navy psychiatric ward on August 12, she resumed her service as a woman though it took a while for people around her to get used to the fact that she is a woman now.Now, after the Indian Navy reportedly sent her case to the Ministry of Defense, seeking advice on the future course of action, she confronted her Divisional Officer (DO).She said, “He confirmed it. When I requested to speak to the Commanding Officer, I was told he is not interested in talking to me.”She was obstructed to speak to the media by her DO, threatening her that she will be dismissed from her service since ‘women cannot work in defense service’.According to the Indian Navy policies, there’s no place for a ‘transgender’ but she vowed to fight against such policies.She insisted that, “I will go to the Supreme Court if I have to and fight for my rights. I am extremely upset at the decision of the Navy to discharge me and will take all legal options possible.””I have not lost my potential and still able enough to work in the Navy. I can still pull the trigger of a gun to shoot the enemy, why am I not fit enough to serve my country? I am as much a citizen of India as anyone else.””I have the same rights as anyone else. I am considering writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek justice,” she asserted and questioned: “How can a ‘man’ the Indian Navy deemed fit for the job suddenly be declared unfit because of an organ change?”India is yet to catch up on the inclusion of the transgender individuals in the defense forces.While countries like Canada, Israel, Netherlands, Australia, UK, New Zealand, Sweden and Germany have ensured to include transgenders in their forces.On the other hand, last week, US President Donald Trump banned transgenders from serving in the military.

Petrol price up by Rs 6/litre since July, now highest rate in three years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Petrol price has been hiked by Rs 6 per litre since the beginning of July and is now priced at its highest rate in three years with rates being revised in small dosages daily.Diesel price has increased by Rs 3.67 a litre and now costs Rs 57.03 a litre in Delhi, the highest in four months, according to data from state-owned oil companies. A litre of petrol costs Rs 69.04 a litre in Delhi, the highest since second-half of August 2014 when it was priced at Rs 70.33. State-owned oil companies in June dumped the 15-year old practice of revising rates on 1st and 16th of every month and instead adopted a dynamic daily price revision to instantaneously reflect changes in cost.Prices of petrol and diesel have been revised at 0600 hrs everyday since June 16. Rates during the first fortnight dropped but have since July 3 been on the rise. Petrol price was at Rs 65.48 a litre on June 16 in Delhi and it dropped to Rs 63.06 by July 2. However, rates have since gone up every day except on four occasions when prices were cut by 2-9 paise per litre.Similarly, a litre of diesel was priced at Rs 54.49 on June 16 and it dropped to Rs 53.36 on July 2, thanks to the softening international oil prices. Since then, it has been on an upswing though the reduction in diesel rates have been on a larger number of occasions than petrol.”Previously, everybody felt the pinch when rates would go up by Rs 2 or 3 per litre in one go. Now they are being increased by 1 paisa to 15 paise a litre everyday, hikes that have largely gone unnoticed,” a senior oil company executive said. The daily price revision means an instantaneous transfer of a rise or decline in international oil price to the consumer instead of the previous practice of passing it on only after a fortnight. The previous practice of revision in the rate on 1st and 16th of every month, which began with deregulation of auto fuel on April 1, 2002, was based on average international oil price and foreign exchange rate in the preceding fortnight.”Many a time, international rates would fall for one week and then rise in the following. So, the net effect of this in the previous price revision policy was status quo or a marginal change in rate,” he said. Petrol and diesel prices were deregulated or freed from government control from April 1, 2002, and the fortnightly revision in rates kicked in. The deregulation derailed a bit when international oil prices started to climb after 2004. Fortnightly revision continued but the revision was not completely in sync with the required price increase.Petrol price was finally freed in June 2010 and diesel in October 2014 after small fortnightly increases over the past several months brought rates at par with the cost. The daily price revision was implemented after a successful pilot in five cities. The official said daily price change will remove the big leaps in rates that need to be effected at the end of the fortnight, making the consumer more aligned to market dynamics. The three state-owned fuel retailers had implemented a daily revision of retail selling price (RSP) of petrol and diesel on a pilot basis in Udaipur in Rajasthan, Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, Puducherry, Chandigarh, and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh from May 1.

PVRK Prasad’s commendable work will have lasting impact Former media advisor Sanjaya Baru

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Sanjaya Baru, the media advisor to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Monday expressed grief over the demise of P.V.R.K. Prasad—media advisor to former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao—and said that the latter’s commendable work in Andhra Pradesh and across India will have a lasting impact. ?He did an excellent work across India. In Andhra Pradesh and most parts of India, he is known as the man who modernised the Tirupati Temple. He was responsible for the entire infrastructure at Tirumala. His role as the Executive Officer of the Temple will have a lasting impact,? Baru told ANI. Baru said that is was due to Prasad?s effort the Tirumala Tirupati Temple got so popularised, where millions of pilgrims visit every year. ?Serving as the media advisor to Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, Prasad played an important role in trying to solve the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid issue, but unfortunately it couldn?t be possible,? he added. Prasad, passed away in the national capital early Monday morning. Prasad, a retired IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, served as the information advisor between 1991 and 1996. The 77-year old held several important positions in the state before moving to the central government. Post-retirement, Prasad authored several popular books, including ?Asalemi Jarigindante?, ?Naham Kartha’, ‘Tirumala Leelamrutham’ and ‘Tirumala Charitamrutam’. A piece written by him on his tenure as media advisor to then prime minister P V Narasimha Rao, regarding the developments leading to controversial Babri Masjid at Ayodhya, created a sensation when it was published in 2010. Prasad also served as the Executive Officer of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which manages the country?s richest temple and was praised for his role as the chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt could declare unruly behaviour on planes an offence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has proposed to declare unruly behaviour aboard an aircraft as an offence and a punishable act, Parliament was informed today. The ministry of civil aviation had earlier released its draft rules for a ‘national no-fly list’ comprising unruly passengers and mooted a ban on them from flying from three months up to an indefinite period. The proposed no-fly list followed an incident in March when Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad hit an Air India employee “25 times” with a slipper for not being given a business class seat on an all-economy flight. Last month J C Diwakar Reddy, an MP from Telugu Desam Party, allegedly assaulted and abused an IndiGo ground staff at Visakhapatnam airport after he was denied boarding for turning up late for his flight. “The unruly/disruptive behaviour onboard an aircraft has been proposed to be declared as an offence and a punishable act,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha. The draft was released in May and was expected to be finalised by June but is yet to see the light of day despite the government recognising unruly passengers as a safety threat. “Although unruly passengers represent only a minute proportion of passengers as a whole, one aggressive passenger can jeopardise safety onboard. Unruly passengers affect all personnel involved in the process connected with a flight operation,” Sinha added. According to the draft rules, immediately after an act of misdemeanour by a passenger, an airline can ban the passenger from flying with it for 10 days. Within these 10 days, a committee constituted by the airline will deliberate on the matter and give its decision on whether to bar the passenger and for how long.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army transfer racket: CBI opposes bail pleas of Lt Col

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI today opposed the bail plea of a Lieutenant Colonel and an alleged middleman, arrested in connection with a transfer racket at the Army Headquarters here in which officers allegedly paid lakhs of rupees to manipulate their postings. The central probe agency told special CBI judge Naresh Kumar Malhotra that the probe was at the initial stage and Lt Colonel Ranganathan Suvramani Moni, posted in the personnel division of the Army, and Gaurav Kohli can tamper with evidence if they were granted bail. The court fixed July 21 for argument on the matter and extended the judicial custody of the accused till July 22. The two were produced before the court after the expiry of their judicial custody. Public prosecutor Shampa Tikait told the court that the CBI was investigating whether there was a big racket involved in the matter and this was not the right stage to grant bail. In their bail applications, both the accused persons had claimed that they were no more required for custodial interrogation and no damage would be caused to the probe if they were granted the bail. According to the CBI, an FIR was registered against Moni, a Hyderabad-based Army officer identified only as Purshottam, Bengaluru-based barracks and stores officer (BSO) S Subhas and Kohli for various offences including criminal conspiracy and corruption. The bribe was paid through hawala channels, the CBI claimed in its FIR. It alleged that Moni entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kohli and Purshottam, working in the engineer stores, for influencing transfer of various officers. Purshottam allegedly contacted army officers who were either posted to different field formations or faced a transfer and wanted to be posted to a preferred location. He used to contact Kohli, who was allegedly close to senior officers in the personnel division of the Army headquarters here, and used these contacts to transfer the officers for money, the FIR said. It claimed Purshottam requested Kohli to pursue the posting of one D S R K Reddy and Subhas in return of a bribe. Both wanted to be posted from Bengaluru to Secunderabad or Visakhapatnam. Moni assured Subhas that he would get him transferred through senior officers in the Army headquarters against payment, it claimed. Subhas allegedly delivered Rs 5 lakh as bribe to Kohli through hawala operators.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ACB-raids-in- Visakhapatnam @ 6/23/2017 2:56:23 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Friday conducted raids on Public Health Department Chief Engineer, Paamu Rangarao and Andhra Medical College Professor, Vijay Kumar here. Raids are also underway at other locations including Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Hyderabad, West Godavari and seven other places in Andhra Pradesh. Earlier on June 19, the ACB conducted raids at various places belonging to Gajuwaka sub-registrar D. Venkayya. Upon investigation, gold, land documents, and Rs. 42,000 were recovered. Venkayya was already arrested by the ACB in 2011.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP demands judicial inquiry in Visakhapatnam lands scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP, ally of the ruling TDP in Andhra Pradesh, has demanded a judicial inquiry in the Visakhapatnam lands scam. The SIT constituted by the government will not yield any result unless it has a judicial officer, P Vishnukumar Raju, BJP’s AP Assembly floor leader told reporters here today. He said “nobody knows why the government cancelled public inquiry on June 15. If a public inquiry had been conducted, number of complaints could have come up before the collectorate.” “The Government had not shown any seriousness on the complaints placed before it on Visakhapatnam lands issue six months back,” Raju said. “If the Government had taken action at that time, the issue could not have assumed such serious proportions,” he said. Raju said “He had himself raised the land grabbing and records tampering issue many times on the floor of the house but the Government failed to act.” The BJP leader said government lands were shown as private lands and sold by the real estate agents in some cases. He said that in other cases, the records of private lands were tampered and bogus registrations were also done. Raju said in many cases innocent poor and illiterate were cheated by tampering of land records, while in some cases, illegal registrations were done without the knowledge of land owners and now these real owners are facing cases either in courts or in police stations. Raju claimed that these activities had started from 2009. He alleged that the scamsters have blessings of political leaders.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

INO project may move from TN to Andhra Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The much delayed India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO), the country’s most ambitious basic science project, may shift to Andhra Pradesh from Tamil Nadu as the state is showing no interest along with the strong opposition from environmental groups.Andra Pradesh government, on the other hand, seems to be keen on the prestigious project coming in their state and shortlisted two sites in Visakhapatnam and Chittoor-Nellore region in the Eastern Ghats.The work on the project came to a grinding halt after the Southern Bench of the National Green Tribunal on March 20 this year suspended the environment clearance for the project proposed at Pottipuram village of Bodi West Hills in Theni district.Prof D Indumathi, a physicist at Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc) and one of the spokespersons for the project told DNA that they had started looking out for alternate sites but no final decision was taken on moving out of Tamil Nadu.”We have been looking for an alternative site. To find an alternate site to build an underground lab is not so easy. We are neither going away nor found an alternative site,” she said, adding that various factors involved in finalising a site including right rock quality, minimal environmental impact, water and power.However, INO scientists are unhappy over the Tamil Nadu government’s non-cooperation. “Nothing is moving in Tamil Nadu government. We are still waiting for the clearance from the TNPCB which we applied in May 2015,” she said.After getting final approval from the central government in 2015, the Rs 1,500 crore project was first stalled due to the pending Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board approval and then the NGT order suspending the environmental clearance pushed them backwards by a couple of years. “We have started works to comply with the NGT orders as well,” she noted.Prof Indumathi said finding a quality rocky mountain to build an underground laboratory cavern beneath 1000 metre to house a 50 kilotonne magnetic Iron Calorimeter to study the fundamental particle called neutrino was th emost difficult task. The Charnockite type of rocks found in Bodhi Hills in Theni district are the hardest rock and found specifically in Southern Peninsular.Sources said that considering the timeline and competitiveness of the project, changing the site might be the only feasible option available to them. “Getting delayed doesn’t solve the purpose of science. Other countries like China are moving ahead even though they started much later than us. But, we are hoping to get the clearance for the project,” the scientist said.When the INO was conceptualised, it was expected to be running by 2012. But the project hit the first road block in 2009 when the Ministry of Environment rejected the proposal for setting up INO at Singara in the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu citing ecological sensitive location and its proximity to tiger habitats and elephant corridors. The scientists later found an alternative site in the Bodi West Hills in Theni for which Union cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its nod in January 2015.

Ruckus created by TDS MP dangerous for Indian democratic values Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress Party on Thursday said the ruckus created by TDS MP J.C. Diwakar Reddy at the Visakhapatnam airport indicates that the democratic value of the country is in danger. ?It is a red light signal for democratic values. We don?t seem to imbibe democratic values either on account of caste or status or money. Such incident is clear indication that the MPs consider themselves superior than the common people,? senior advocate and Congress leader K.T.S. Tulsi told ANI. ?I look at this to an indication that our democratic values and constitutional values have not seeped into the veins of even the elected leaders,? he added. Echoing similar sentiments, another Congress leader Pradeep Bhattacharya said, ?No MP should behave like this. It is very unfortunate if any MP thinks that he is above law and can do anything.? Meanwhile, Reddy asserted that he did not misbehave with the officer of Indigo. ?I did not assault any official and use any abusive language. Just asked the officer to come out,? Reddy said. Reddy said that there were a number of people standing at the counter when he reached the airport, who had not been granted the boarding pass. ?A number of people were standing near the counter. When I reached there, they said that they have been refused to issue the boarding pass. A gentleman stood up and said that it is closed. How can they close? Issuing pass is not at all a problem. They can open the counter and close,? he said. Confirming the reports of the ruckus created by Reddy, the IndiGo Airlines said that the former raged against the staff and used aggressive and abusive behaviour. The Airlines in its letter stated that the MP delayed the flight by 28 minutes prior to the scheduled departure. The national carrier stated that it will take necessary action to address the violation. Earlier in the day, Reddy arrived late at the airport and demanded a boarding pass after the staff closed the counter as the deadline had ended. He was later provided a boarding pass. He was flying from Vizag to Delhi from flight no: 6E 608. “We are investigating the matter and have no comments to offer till such time that we have completed a thorough investigation. Safety and security of our colleagues and customers is our highest priority,” the Indigo said in a statement. Reportedly, some property in the Indigo office was broken and the staff was also manhandled. The Vishakapatnam airport director refused the same and said it was just an argument which was sorted out soon. Reddy had repeated this same behaviour in October last year at the Vijaywada Airport when he had arrived late to catch an Air India flight. He had resorted to vandalism and argument.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Evening Must Reads: From live updates of India vs Bangladesh to blast near kindergarten in China

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Denied boarding pass, TDP MP Diwakar Reddy creates ruckus at Visakhapatnam airportTelugu Desam Party (TDP) MP JC Diwakar Reddy on Thursday created a ruckus at the Visakhapatnam airport when the authorities did not issue a boarding pass to him. Read more here.2. J&K: Constable shot dead by terrorist outside his residenceMilitants shot dead a policeman in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Thursday. Read more here.3. Blast near kindergarten in eastern China, at least seven dead and 59 injuredAn explosion struck a kindergarten in eastern China on Thursday while children were leaving the school, resulting in several casualties, the state media reported. Follow live updates here.4. RIL-BP to invest $6 billion in developing new gas fields in KG-D6 blockReliance Industries and its partner BP plc on Thursday announced investment of US$ 6 billion in developing new gas fields in the KG-D6 block after an eight- year hiatus. Read more here.5. ICC Champions Trophy 2017, 2nd Semi-final | Quick wickets halt Bangladesh’s surgeIndia won the toss and opted to field against Bangladesh in the second semifinal of the Champions Trophy on Thursday. India picked the same team that played in their previous game against South Africa. Follow live updates here.

Rlys asked to pay Rs 75K to passenger whose seat was occupied

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state consumer commission has asked the Indian Railways to pay Rs 75,000 to a man for the inconvenience he suffered when his reserved seat was occupied by unauthorised persons for most part of his journey. The Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (SCDRC) has upheld the district forum’s order which had asked the Railways to deduct one third of the compensation from the salary of the ticket checker who apparently failed to ensure that the reserved seat of the aggrieved passenger was not used by anyone else. “The compensation of Rs 75,000 awarded by the district forum is reasonable and appropriate. The same has been awarded by considering the facts and circumstances of the case,” the bench headed by its president Justice Veena Birbal said. The commission, however, refused to enhance the compensation awarded to Delhi resident V Vijay Kumar. Kumar, in his complaint, said that when he travelled by Dakshin Express on March 30, 2013 from Visakhapatnam to New Delhi, his reserved seat was occupied by someone else. Kumar, who claims to be suffering from knee-joint pain, had booked a lower berth. It was alleged by Kumar that some unauthorised persons entered into the compartment and occupied his seat/berth at Bina Station in Madhya Pradesh. It was further alleged that the unauthorised passengers created lot of nuisance and caused inconvenience to him as well as to his co-passengers. He tried to complain to the TTE or any other railway official but no one could be found, Kumar had claimed in his complaint. The district forum passed the order after the Railways failed to appear before it saying it was guilty of deficient service.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI busts transfer racket at Army headquarters, arrests two

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI has arrested a lt colonel and a middleman in connection with a transfer racket at the Army headquarters in which officers allegedly paid lakhs of rupees to manipulate their postings. Lt Col Ranganathan Suvramani Moni, posted in the personnel division of the Army, and middleman Gaurav Kohli were arrested while an alleged bribe of Rs 2 lakh was changing hands for the transfer of a Bengaluru based officer, CBI sources said today. The investigating agency had learnt of the illicit activities of some Army officers and laid a trap to arrest the two men. The agency busted the racket involving senior Army officers posted at its headquarters here. They were allegedly giving choice postings for “huge illegal gratification” which ran into lakhs for a single transfer, sources said. The expose is bound to send ripples in the Army as some more senior officers are suspected to be involved in the case, CBI sources said. The FIR also names Brigadier S K Grover, DDG Personnel, but his name has not been included in the list of accused. The case has been registered against Moni, Hyderabad- based army officer Purshottam, Bengaluru-based barracks and stores officer (BSO) S. Subhas and alleged middleman Gaurav Kohli. The bribe was being paid through hawala channels, the CBI FIR alleged. The agency is also probing how Army officers were ready to pay lakhs of rupees to get a posting of their choice. It is alleged that Moni entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kohli and Purshottam, an army officer posted in the engineer stores department (ESD), Kakinara, for influencing the transfer of various officers. Purshottam allegedly contacted army officers who were either posted in different field formations or faced imminent transfer and were desirous of getting posted to their preferred locations. He used to contact Kohli, who was close to senior officers in the personnel division of the army headquarters here. Kohli used these contacts to pursue transfers of army officers in lieu of huge illegal gratification, the FIR said. Purshottam allegedly requested Kohli to pursue the posting of one D S R K Reddy and Subhas in exchange for a huge bribe, it claimed. Both wanted to be posted from Bengaluru to Secunderabad or Visakhapatnam. Moni assured he would help getting Subhas transferred through a senior officers in the army headuquarters against payment of illegal gratification, it alleged. Subhas allegedly delivered Rs 5 lakh as bribe to Kohli through hawala operators. “…Kohli visited residence of…Moni and conducted a meeting with some senior officers at the army headquarter in Delhi. Information also reveal that…Moni is in contact with Brigadier SK Grover DDG (Personnel) of Army Headquarter for the transfer matter of Subhas,” the CBI FIR stated. It is alleged that Rs 2 lakh was to be paid by Kohli to Moni for Subhas’ transfer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India to assist Sri Lanka in flood relief operations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As catastrophic landslides and floods hit parts of Sri Lanka, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed concerned departments to provide all necessary assistance to the country in its flood relief operations. This came after Colombo had requested New Delhi to provide assistance following major flooding and landslides in various parts of the country. Prime Minister Modi also expressed condolences at the loss of lives and property and said that India stands with her Sri Lankan brothers and sisters in their hour of need. Pursuant to Prime Minister’s directions, INS Kirch was diverted from her deployment and tasked to reach Colombo to provide immediate assistance. The ship, with around 125 personnel on board, arrived at Colombo Port in the morning of May 27 and offloaded relief supplies, inflatable Gemini boats with diving teams, and a mobile medical team with supplies. Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Taranjit Sandhu handed over the supplies to Si Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake at Colombo Port. The Indian rescue personnel are now being deployed to the disaster affected zone in coordination with Sri Lanka Navy and other authorities. A second ship, INS Shardul, has left Kochi and is scheduled to arrive at Colombo Port by mid-day on May 28. The ship is carrying additional relief material requested by Sri Lankan authorities, apart from more inflatable boats. A third ship, INS Jalashwa, has also set sail from Visakhapatnam to join the relief efforts, and is expected to reach Colombo within two days. The INS Jalsahwa is an even larger LPD (landing platform / dock) class of ship, which can carry large amounts of relief material and is ideally suited for conduct of humanitarian assistance / and disaster relief missions. The Indian High Commission in Colombo is in close touch with Sri Lankan authorities to coordinate any additional assistance that may be required. Floods and landslides fueled by torrential rains have so far left 91 people dead and another 110 missing in Sri Lanka.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian Navy joins flood relief operations in Sri Lanka

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India has sent navy ships with rescue and relief material to Sri Lanka, where torrential rains and landslides have resulted in several deaths and massive devastation over the last two days. INS Kirch operating in South Bay of Bengal, has been diverted to Colombo in Sri Lanka to render immediate assistance in flood relief operations. According to reports, the ship will enter Colombo anytime soon. Additionally, INS Jalashwan shall sail out from Visakhapatnam today with HADR (Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief) stores which include victualling, clothing, medicines and water. The ship will also carry medical and diving teams along with Gemini crafts and helicopters to assist in relief operations at Colombo. She is likely to reach late morning or by noon tomorrow. On the other hand, INS Shardul with relief material medical and diving teams leaves Kochi at 7 AM. It will arrive in Colombo tonight. Other assets standing by at short notice to render assistance as required. Heavy rains in the southern and western parts of the country have destroyed hundreds of homes and cut off several roads. Landslides and floods killed at least 91 people in Sri Lanka on Friday, the Disaster Management Centre said. Nearly 50,000 people across 13 districts in the southern parts of the island were affected and about 8,000 of them had to be evacuated from Kalutara, a coastal city some 40 km south of Colombo, among the worst hit. Last May, Sri Lanka experienced severe floods in which at least a 100 people died.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

TDP will strive for development of AP, Telangana: Chandrababu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu today said his party would strive for the development of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Naidu, who spoke at ‘Mahanadu’ (annual party conclave) organised here by the Telangana unit of the party, appreciated the party leaders and workers in Telangana for not losing courage and confidence though they have been in opposition for long now. He recalled that it was during his tenure as Chief Minister (of undivided AP) that IT sector, hospitals and other modern facilities and infrastructure got a boost in Hyderabad. He said it pains him to see the metro rail project, initiated during his stint as chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, remaining incomplete even after so many years. The TDP regime initiated many irrigation projects in Telangana and completed several of them, he said. It is the first time that the TDP’s Telangana unit organised the ‘Mahanadu’ for itself and the annual conclave of the central party would be held soon in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. In the wake of bifurcation of undivided AP, TDP had said it would become a national party and that it would also make efforts to fulfil the necessary criteria.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Money laundering case: Look out notices for 3 key accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Andhra Pradesh CID, probing the Rs 680 crore money laundering case in Visakhapatnam, has issued look out notices to all airports and seaports for the three main accused in the racket. The Interpol is also being approached for issuing a red corner notice against the trio, all businessmen, a top police official said today. The case was registered last week. “We have secured the passports of the three accused – Ayush Goyal alias Shiny, Vineet Goenka alias Chintu and Vikas Gupta. “As of now they are the main accused in the case and we are approaching the Interpol for a red corner notice to trace and nab them,” Director General of Police (in-charge) N Sambasiva Rao said. Shiny and Chintu belong to Kolkata, while Gupta hails from New Delhi. Addressing a press conference here this evening, the acting DGP said the Enforcement Directorate was also being requested to take up investigation into the case as it has the power to attach properties of the accused. Moreover, most of the money had been funnelled to China, Singapore and Hong Kong, Rao said. “It’s actually a money laundering and not a hawala case (an illegal method of remittance across countries) as being referred. The money transactions happened using several shell companies. “Initially, we registered an FIR against nine persons as accused, however, during the investigation, we included eight more persons — directors of various shell companies — as the accused. We have so far arrested six persons,” he said. The role of banks was also being keenly probed as a whopping Rs 533 crore was sent out through just one bank (Canara), he added. As per the FIR, Rs 680 crore came into the country from abroad of which Rs 569 crore was again sent back mainly to three countries. Vaddi Mahesh, named as accused No 1 in the FIR, told the police that he was merely a “broker” who was paid 85 paisa per dollar in the transactions, the acting DGP said. “We have to secure Mahesh’s police custody for further interrogation,” he said. Asked if any political leader was involved in the money laundering racket, Rao said there was “no evidence” so far about the role of anyone other than the 17 accused. “We have so far no evidence against others. But the number of accused may increase to 30 or 40 after further investigations. The CID is doing a good job,” he remarked.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AP CID takes over probe into hawala racket unearthed in Vizag

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Andhara Pradesh CID today took over the investigation into the remission of Rs 569 crore to foreign countries through illegal hawala channels, an inter-state racket busted by the state police yesterday. The Crime Investigation Department (CID) took over the probe into the racket, unearthed by the Visakhapatnam police, amid indications that the case may be handed over to the CBI. According to the officials, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed Director General of Police (in-charge) N Sambasiva Rao, to act tough against the economic offenders. The Visakhapatnam police in Andhra Pradesh yesterday claimed to have unearthed the hawala racket operating from Kolkata that illegally funnelled out money to the tune of Rs 569 crore overseas. “Going by the gravity of the case and the foreign transactions involved, the state government is also said to be considering the option of transferring the case to the CBI,” the police official said. While the Income Tax Department has already conducted preliminary investigation into the case, the Enforcement Directorate, too, is said to have taken up a simultaneous probe as hundreds of crores of rupees have been funnelled out of the country. The Visakhapatnam police yesterday registered a case against nine persons, including two chartered accountants of Kolkata, after the racket was unearthed. According to the police, a sum of Rs 680 crore was received by the hawala operators into several dubious bank accounts in Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Of the sum, Rs 569 crore was sent out of the country using fake documents. A father-son duo, Vaddi Srinivasa Rao and Vaddi Mahesh, have been named as the prime accused in the case. The duo, hailing from Srikakulam, had settled in Kolkata in mid-1980s, the police had said. Mahesh is said to be in the custody of Visakhapatnam police and is being interrogated at an undisclosed location. Two brothers hailing from West Godavari district, Achanta Rajesh and Harish, reportedly employed by Mahesh have been named as the accused. Kolkata-based CAs Prasanth Kumar Roy and Praveen Kumar Jha, investors Ayush Goyal, Vineet Goenka and Vikas Gupta are the other accused in the case, the police said. The DGP (in-charge) has convened a high-level meeting here tomorrow to review the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Home guard killed in landmine blast, Maoists’ role suspected

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A home guard was killed in a landmine blast, suspected to have been triggered by Maoists, in Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) area close to Ramaraopalem in Visakhapatnam agency, a police officer said today. The incident took place around 9.20 am yesterday when the 48-year-old home guard, Sheikh Valli, was driving a civil transport vehicle, DIG (Visakha Range) Ch Srikanth said. The area where the incident took place lies between Lothugedda and Rallagedda under Annavaram police station limits of Chintapalli mandal, he said. “The body of the home guard was sent to his native place Guntur, where he was cremated today with police honours,” Srikanth said. According to police, Maoists have recently become active in the agency area, especially in Chintapalle and Annavaram police stations limits. On April 9, Maoists had exchanged fire with Visakhapatnam rural police (special police party) near Kistavaram under Annavaram police station limits. Police have deployed special parties to intensify the combing operations in Visakhapatnam agency area following the incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai I-T commissioner held in bribery case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday arrested a Commissioner of Income-Tax (Appeals-30), Mumbai, and the Managing Director of Essar Group of Companies and four others in an alleged bribery case.I-T Commissioner BB Rajendra Prasad, Managing Director of Essar Group of Companies Pradip Mittal, Accounts Officer in Essar Group Vipin Bajpai, Chartered Accountant Shreyas Parikh, real-estate agent Suresh Jain and his relative Manish Jain are those arrested.According to the CBI, a case was registered against the 1992 batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Prasad and others. It is alleged that Prasad had recently passed an order in an appeal favouring the Balaji Trust.Mittal, Bajpai, Manish and Parikh were produced before a special CBI court on Wednesday and were granted transit remand.The CBI’s FIR, a copy of which is with DNA, stated that the “CBI had received reliable information that Prasad had favoured M/s Balaji Trust, which is represented by its trustee Essar Investments Limited.The Balaji Trust matter was being handled by Parikh. This Trust, through Parikh, had agreed to pay a hefty bribe running into crores as illegal gratification to Prasad. The source further said that Mittal was monitoring the entire process on behalf of the Trust and was in touch with Parikh. On April 21, 2017, an order was passed by Prasad favouring the Trust.””For this order, Prasad demanded a bribe of approximately Rs 2 crore and wanted the money to be delivered to Manish Jain in Mumbai, who, in turn, transferred it to Jain in Visakhapatnam. Prasad had visited Visakhapatnam on leave and allegedly demanded Jain to deliver part of the money at his residence in Visakhapatnam,” alleged a CBI officer.The CBI officers laid a trap and caught Prasad, who received part of the bribe (Rs 19.34 lakh) from Jain. During investigation, the remaining amount of Rs 1.50 crore (approx), received by Jain earlier on behalf of Prasad was also recovered.Searches were also conducted in Mumbai and Visakhapatnam, including the offices and residence of the accused persons, and they led to the recovery of several property documents, details of bank accounts, and three lockers.”There was a routine survey of records, conducted by CBI at the offices of two of our executives in connection with some I-T assessment orders. Balaji Trust is a responsible corporate citizen and conducts its business in an open and transparent manner. Our executives are cooperating with the investigation fully and will continue to do so.In the present case, legal submissions were made to the authorities through a reputed accounting firm, based on which the orders were passed in a routine manner. We categorically deny all allegations regarding any misconduct by our executives. Our executives are innocent and the Company stands by them. We are confident that upon investigations, the CBI will come to the same conclusion,” said a spokesperson from Balaji Trust.

I-T Commissioner, Essar MD arrested in bribery case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI has arrested an Income Tax Commissioner, B B Rajendra Prasad, and Essar group’s Managing Director Pradeep Mittal along with four others in a Rs two crore bribery case. Prasad, a 1992 batch Indian Revenue Service officer handling appeals related to tax matters in Mumbai office, had allegedly demanded the bribe of Rs two crore for an order favouring the Balaji Trust in which Essar group is the main trustee, CBI sources said today. While two people, including Prasad, were arrested in Visakhapatnam, the other four were nabbed in Mumbai. Recapping the events leading to the high-profile arrests, CBI spokesperson R K Gaur said Prasad had asked that the money be delivered to the Mumbai residence of real estate agent Suresh Kumar Jain’s relative Manish Jain who then transferred it to an agent in Visakhapatnam. In an attempt to cover his tracks, Prasad took leave from office and asked Suresh Jain to deliver part of the alleged bribe amount to his Visakhapatnam residence. But the stratagem didn’t work. Both Prasad and Suresh Jain were caught red- handed. “The CBI laid a trap and caught the Commissioner who had received part of the bribe amount of Rs 19.34 lakh from the real estate trade agent,” Gaur said. The other four — Mittal, Essar’s Accounts Officer Vipin Bajpai, chartered accountant Shreyas Parikh and Manish Jain — were arrested in Mumbai. “During investigation, the remaining amount of Rs 1.50 crore, earlier received… on behalf of the Commissioner, was also recovered,” Gaur said. A Balaji Trust spokesperson said there was a routine survey of records conducted by CBI at the offices of two of its executives in connection with IT assessment orders. “Balaji Trust is a responsible corporate citizen and conducts its business in an open and transparent manner. Our executives are cooperating with the investigation fully and will continue to do so,” he said. The trust spokesperson added that legal submissions were made to relevant authorities through a reputed accounting firm based on which the orders were passed in a routine manner. The CBI said searches were conducted in Mumbai and Visakhapatnam at the offices and homes of the accused which led to the recovery of property papers, details of bank accounts, three lockers and several incriminating documents.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

EAC grants environmental clearance for Bhogapuram intl airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has given environmental clearance for the construction of Bhogapuram International Airport in Andhra Pradesh. The proposed greenfield airport site lies on the border of Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts and is about 45 kms from Visakhapatnam city. As per minutes of the EAC meeting held earlier this month, the airport, is proposed to be developed as a PPP project under a Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) concession framework. It will have a total an investment outlay of Rs 2260.73 crore. “The committee noted that issues raised in the public hearing have satisfactorily been responded by the project authority and suggested to incorporate it in the final EIA-EMP report,” the EAC said. “After detailed deliberations, the committee recommended the project for environmental clearance (EC),” it said. The AP government has created a special purpose vehicle Bhogapuram International Airport Corporation Ltd for the project. The current proposal is for phase-I of the airport where the airstrip will be developed to cater to the operation of Airbus-A380 type of aircraft, the EAC said. It will also involve construction of a new runway with all allied facilities like terminal building, apron, apron shoulder, taxi track, runway shoulder, boundary wall, perimeter roads and parking facilities. The airport will decrease the air traffic load at the existing Visakhapatnam airport as its capacity will be exhausted in next few years, it further said. Outlining the benefits of the facility, the EAC said there will be improvement in all-weather air connectivity of the region with rest of the state and country from strategic and commercial point of view.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Wreath laying ceremony held in Visakhapatnam for Kupwara attack braveheart

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Military honor and wreath laying ceremony was conducted at INS Dega in Visakhapatnam to pay tribute to the Kupwara attack braveheart Venkataramana. The ceremony was conducted by Colonel B Parkhe Admin Commandant, Station HQs (Army) Visakhapatnam and Captain SA Joglekar, Commanding Officer INS Dega. PGVR Naidu Gana Babu, an MLA from Visakhapatnam West constituency, representatives of the District Administration, police and Captain P. Satya Prasad (Retd.), Zilla Sainik Welfare Officer, also paid tributes to the deceased. Following the ceremony the body of the soldier was shifted to his home at Asavanipalem in Visakhapatnam. Three bravehearts on Thursday made the supreme sacrifice for the country when terrorists launched an ambush on the Panzgam camp, near Chowkibal in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Seven other soldiers were also injured in the attack whereas two terrorists were neutralised.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prabhu flags off two trains through video conference

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today flagged off two trains and laid the foundation of a railway facility, in different parts of the country, at Rail Sadan here through video conference. Prabhu, who is in the Odisha capital to attend the BJP’s national executive meeting, flagged off the Life Line Express at Sindhudurg (Maharastra) and said it would be of great help for poor patients. He also flagged off a train with vistadome coach between Visakhaptnam and Araku, saying the new coach having features like glass roof, LED lights, rotable seats, GPS-based information system among others would of great enjoyment for tourists. Prabhu also laid the foundation of a mechanised laundry under BOOT model at Visakhapatnam which, he said, would improve the quality of linen.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

TU-142M makes final landing in AP; to be converted into museum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the TU-142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft of the Indian Navy, which was recently de-inducted after 29 years of service, arrived here today, to be converted into a museum by Andhra Pradesh government. State Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today welcomed the anti-submarine warfare aircraft, which landed at INS Dega here for the last time this morning. Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral HCS Bisht and others were present on the occasion. The aircraft was given an impressive welcome by a flypast of three Chetak helicopters, two Kamolv helicopters, two Dorniers and one P-8I aircraft. Talking to reporters on the occasion, Naidu said on the request made by the Andhra Pradesh government, the Defence Ministry allotted the aircraft to the state for converting it into a museum. The aircraft would be dismantled and transported by road on trailers and re-assembled on the beach road. “A Task Force with the officials of the state government and Indian Navy would be constituted to coordinate the activities to convert the aircraft into museum on the beach road near INS Kursura Submarine museum,” Naidu said. According to him, the aircraft would promote the knowledge to the citizens on the activities of the Indian Navy and its service to the nation. The Chief Minister said that the TU142M has been the fastest turboprop aircraft in the world and has rendered yeomen service to the nation “with pride and elan” during 1988-2017. He interacted with the crew members of the aircraft. The aircraft was decommissioned by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba on March 29 at a ceremony at INS Rajali, India’s premier naval air station in Tamil Nadu’s Arakkonam. A total of eight Tupolev-142Ms were inducted into the Navy. The Soviet-era aircraft, known as one of the most formidable airborne reconnaissance platforms around the world, were part of all major naval exercises and operations of Indian Navy since its induction in 1988. Naidu also interacted with the family members of the personnel reported missing in the Indian Air Force AN-32 aircraft in July last year, and disbursed ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to each of the five bereaved family members. He told reporters that the state government plans to promote Information technology (IT) and tourism in Visakhapatnam in a big way. The Chief Minister said his government would also promote water sports as the state has big rivers like Krishna, Godavari as well as a coastline of over 900 kms.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AP official held for disproportionate assets of over Rs 11

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Andhra Pradesh Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has netted a top-ranking official of the Roads and Buildings Department as it claimed to have unearthed assets worth over Rs 11 crore (registered value only) disproportionate to his known sources of income. Based on this, Roads and Buildings Department Engineer-in-Chief (Administration) M Gangadharam, has been arrested, a top officer said Official sources said BJP MLA from Visakhapatnam P Vishnu Kumar Raju acted as a whistleblower and led the ACB to net the official. Raju was said to have written a letter to Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu pointing to the grossly inflated cost of the Bhimili-Visakhapatnam beach road project and the involvement of Gangadharam. Based on this, the Chief Minister directed the ACB to investigate the case and that led to the busting of the top R&B official, the sources added. “ACB sleuths conducted raids over the last three days on the accused officer’s properties in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, Kadapa and several other places in AP and Telangana,” ACB Director General R P Thakur said in a release. The assets were in the name of Gangadharam, his wife, son, daughter-in-law, daughter and son-in-law and also some benamis (contractors). The assets included many parcels of land, residential flats, a luxury villa in Hyderabad, over two kilos of gold, investments in various companies, cars, Rs 45 lakh in cash and Rs 21 lakh in bank balance, the ACB release said. “The actual market value of the assets is much more,” Thakur noted. Official sources said the total value of the assets could be well over Rs 100 crore. Gangadharam began his career as a deputy executive engineer and worked in several parts of AP and rose in ranks to become the Engineer-in-Chief. The case is under investigation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Asserting that Indian Railway was the lifeline of the

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>country, N K Premchandram (RSP) said the merger of Rail Budget with General Budget was a violation of a resolution of the Constituent Assembly of 1949. Constituent Assembly had resolved that Rail finances would remain separate from general finance. Seeking a clarification, he said, “with the merger of the Budget, what happens to the fate of Railway Convention Committee.” Sushil Kumar Singh (BJP) raised the issue of very high cancellation charges, especially for the sleeper segment. Citing an example, he said, for a Rs 605 ticket, the cancellation charge stood at Rs 465. P C Mohan (BJP) demanded that the Railways should consider running suburban trains for Bangalore so that the traffic congestion is tackled. P D Rai (Sikkim Democratic Front) hoped that Sikkim will be connected with the rail network in the next two years. Sikkim is the only state which is not connected to the railways, he said. Naranbhai Kachhadia (BJP) lauded the government’s decision to club rail and finance budgets as a “bold move” while Aparupa Poddar (TMC) questioned the merger saying it has not gone down well with the commuters association. Adhir Ranjan Chowdury (Congress) alleged that the West Bengal was being discriminated by the Narendra Modi government as he sought to grill the government over rising number of accidents. Rammohan Naidu (TDP) demanded a seperate a railway zone for Andhra Pradesh, to be based in Visakhapatnam, as promised under the AP Reorganisation Act. Dushyant Chautala (INLD) lauded the railway ministry for sanctioning a line to connect his constituency of Hisar to Chandigarh. Others who participated in the debate included Bhairon Prasad Mishra (BJP), Dharamvir Gandhi (AAP), and Lakhan Lal Sahu (BJP), Kaushalendra Kumar (JD-U), Rajesh Pandey (BJP) and Darshana Jardosh (BJP).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Plastic waste that turns into free fuel for villagers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>What started as a dream for two Pune-based business-partners, has now become an environmental campaign spread across Maharashtra. Every month, housing societies and schools from Mumbai, Thane, Pune and a few other cities, collect plastic bags to convert it into poly-fuel that is then supplied free of cost to villagers in Jejuri, Darawali and Ramwadi near Pune to replace kerosene as the primary household fuel. This not only helps in recycling plastic that is difficult to naturally decompose, it also helps reduce pollution caused by the use of fossil fuels like kerosene. It also dissuades villagers from cutting trees for firewood.“It started in 2010 when my business partner Shirish Phadtare, and I decided that we needed to find a long term solution to India’s plastic problem. I had recently visited a national park where a deer had died from eating plastic. It was very traumatizing for me and I realised just awareness campaigns will not be enough,” recalls Dr Medha Tadpatrikar. The duo studied the science behind plastics, and came across the process of Catalytic Pyrolysis that can be used to make Polyfuel. “We designed our first machine with the help of some of our friends who had a background in engineering. We kept on working on the machine to make it more efficient and developed our second prototype in 2013. Finally in 2014 we perfected the design so that the machine would not only produce liquid polyfuel, which is a mix of methane, butane and propane, but also trap the gas released during production and use that as an energy source to run the machine itself,” says Dr Tadpatrikar.After this, Tadpatrikar and her devoted group of volunteers went around Pune collecting plastic and encouraging people to recycle plastic and polythene bags. While earlier they would use their own cars, with increasing volume of collections, the group purchased tempos for the purpose. Gradually, the word spread to Mumbai, Thane and the suburb of Dombivali. Minal Dixit and her ‘train friends’ Snehal Dixit and Vidya Paranjape got together with a dedicated group of 45 women from Thane and Dombivli, who are all a part of Urjaa Foundation, to step up efforts in their respective neighbourhoods. Members of Urjaa foundation conducted their first collection drive in December last year and are following it up with monthly collection initiatives.“While people have a culture of recycling, the raddi-wala only takes old newspapers, clothes and glass bottles. Plastic almost always ends up in landfills where it is burnt and ends up releasing toxic gases into the atmosphere. With our campaign we have successfully collected 250 kgs of plastic in Thane just in January this year and hope to increase our collections at our next drive on March 19,” says Dixit. The plastic is collected and sent to Dr Tadpatrikar in Pune.Today, Dr Tadpatrikar gets plastic from some other far flung cities like Bhima Shankar, Raigarh and even Visakhapatnam! “People collect the plastic and courier it to us here in Pune where we recycle it in our plant,” she says. This goes on to show that a few determined people are all it takes to bring about a change. “We hope our campaign will soon spread to other cities like Bengaluru and Hyderabad and eventually become a national campaign,” says Dr Tadpatrikar.HOW IT WORKS?Total monthly plastic collected every month is about 10,000 kg. This includes polythene bags, milk pouches, bubble wraps, plastic containers and pet jarsThey have two plants in Pune, one in Hadapsar with a capacity of 1 tonne, and the Jejuri one can manage about 100 kg. The machines can convert 100 kg of plastic into approximately 55 litres of poly-fuel and 5 kg of gas.The plants run 20-25 days a month and electricity consumption is limited to 8-10 hp for the control panel. They have recently started selling smaller versions of their stainless steel machine to corporate clients.

Four of a family held for former corporator’s murder in Vizag

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four members of a family, including two minors, were today arrested in connection with the alleged murder of a 70-year-old former corporator of Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (VMC), police said. Chilla Satyavathi was allegedly smothered to death by the accused persons, who later made away with her gold ornaments on February 14, police said. The former corporator was found dead in her room of a three-storeyed building in Alipuram area of the city. “Satyavathi’s tenant, his wife and their juvenile sons aged 10 years and 17 years have been arrested in connection with the crime,” said DCP (Law and Order) Navin Gulati. “The accused, who works as a daily wage worker was staying on the second floor of the building and hatched a plan to eliminate Satyavathi for property gain,” said the officer. He convinced the old lady that his youngest son would give her company during night as she was alone, said the DCP. On the day of the murder, the accused gave a cell phone to his son and told him to call him up once Satyavathi was asleep and also open the door from inside, said the officer. All the family members entered the room after the child opened the door and smothered Satyavathi to death and escaped with four bangles and a gold chain, said police.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two detained with gold jewellery worth Rs 3.5 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police today detained two Mumbai-based jewellers who were allegedly carrying Rs 3.5 crore-worth gold ornaments from a Mumbai-Visakhapatnam express train at Solapur railway station in Maharashtra. Jayesh Shantilal Jain (35) and Shilpesh Jain (25) were carrying bags full of gold ornaments, weighing 15 kg in all, a railway police official said. The action was taken on a tip-off from Mumbai police. The accused were going to Vijayawada to deliver the ornaments but could not give proper information about the consignment, police said. The Income Tax officials were called to take part in the probe which was underway, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Wanted burglar held, over 600 gm gold ornaments recovered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A a notorious burglar, wanted in several house break-in cases in Andhra Pradesh, was today arrested in Rajahmundry and 605 grams of gold ornaments were recovered from him, police said. The city police today arrested Kosaraju Narasimha Rao (42) in connection with 48 cases of house break-ins in Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts. His wife Yendeti Ganga, who also took part in the offences, had already been arrested in January. Police have recovered 605 gms gold ornaments and one car from Rao and attempts are on to recover over one kg gold from the couple. DCP (Crimes) T Ravi Kumar Murthy said that Narasimha Rao, a school dropout, is a native of Eluru in West Godavari district. “Rao had come to Vizag in 2002 in search of a livelihood and worked at a club. A few years later, Rao married Ganga and they started indulging in house break-ins. They were also involved in trafficking of women. After they came under police scanner, the couple moved to Kakinada and committed 48 house-breaks during 2014 and 2016 in Vizag Vizianagaram and East Godavari districts,” the officer said. Explaining the modus of operandi, the DCP said that the couple used to first conduct a recce of the houses that are locked and in the night they would break open the locks using mini crowbars and decamp with the stolen booty. The couple, with the help of some others, collectively stole 3,370 gms gold and some cash in all the 48 offences, police said. “We had arrested Ganga in January this year and recovered 500 gms gold. Now, Rao was arrested in Rajahmundry and we have recovered 605 gms gold jewellery. We are trying to recover the remaining stolen property from the couple,” the DCP said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Soldier who died in Kashmir avalanche cremated in AP village

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sepoy Mamidi Nagaraju, who died in an avalanche in Gurez Sector of Jammu and Kashmir, was today cremated with full state honours at his native Maradan village in Vizianagaram. Floral tributes were paid to Nagaraju when his body was flown into Visakhapatnam from Srinagar last night. Nagaraju, who served in 18 Mahar Regiment, died in a avalanche in Gurez sector recently. Military honour and wreath laying ceremony was conducted at the Shradhanjili Sthal at Visakhapatnam Airport by Col B Parkhe Administrative Commandant, Station HQs (Army) Visakhapatnam as a mark of respect to the deceased with a Ceremonial Guard of the Navy in attendance. Representatives of the district administration, police and Zilla Sainik Welfare Officer also paid tributes to the departed soul. “District Collector of Vizianagaram Vivek Yadav, DSP Bobbili, officials from Revenue Department, Zilla Sainik Welfare Office and NCC paid tributes to the departed soul at Maradam village with police band in attendance,” a Navy release said here today.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mishap averted at IGI as IndiGo plane misses alloted runway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A mishap was averted at the IGI Airport here this morning when a Visakhapatnam bound IndiGo aircraft entered a wrong taxiway where a Jet Airways aircraft was already stationed but was timely alerted by the Air Traffic Controller. Regulator DGCA has initiated a probe into the incident which took place around 0540 hours and impacted operations at the Indira Gandhi International airport. IndiGo attributed the incident to “low visibility.” Many flights were delayed while some incoming aircraft were diverted due to the non-availability of runway 28 for over an hour, sources said. “IndiGo flight 6E 719 (New Delhi-Visakhapatnam) was given taxi permission through C lane and was supposed to hold at Runway 28 but the aircraft commander crossed the runway and realised he was standing in W lane, where a Jet Airways aircraft was already stationed,” airport sources said. “Followings this, IndiGo was contacted to arrange push back toe but it took time and due to poor visibility, toe was guided by a follow-me vehicle. “During this period all operations were on hold, causing a heavy congestion and consequently flight delays as well,” they said. In a statement, IndiGo said, “IndiGo flight 6E-719 while taxing from taxiway C for runway 28 for departure with Runway Visual Range of 125 meters at Delhi airport missed the runway centerline due to low visibility and found itself taxing towards taxiway W where a Jet Airways B737 aircraft was already stationed to be lined up.” The airline, however, said that its aircraft stopped with adequate separation with Jet Airways, when directed by the Air Traffic Controller, but was unable to turn to line up. “Keeping in mind the safety of passengers and aircraft, the Captain in Command took the decision to switch off the engines and pushed back to line up on runway 28, while following ATC instructions at times,” the statement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Coast Guard air enclave in Vizag will be ready by 2018: DIG

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deputy Inspector General of Indian Coast Guard Commander Anil Kumar Harbola today said the air enclave of the force in Visakhapatnam will be ready by 2018. Addressing the media here today in connection with the 40th anniversary of the Coast Guard tomorrow, Commander Harbola said ten acres of land had been identified near the Visakhapatnam airport for the air enclave. It would be sufficient to keep four Dornier aircraft, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

YSRC MPs to quit posts if Andhra Pradesh is not granted special status: Jagan Reddy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alleging that the ruling TDP in Andhra Pradesh was not doing enough to get special category status for the state, main opposition YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy today said all his party MPs would quit their posts in future if the promise is not met.”How can he (Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu) mortgage special status, saying all (benefits) have come and that I am not going to ask for special status. All that he speaks is lies,” Reddy told reporters here.Suggesting that Naidu lead an all-party delegation to Delhi to press the Centre for giving special status to AP, he said all MPs from the state should resign go to polls so that the issue attracts national attention.”Let’s all go to Delhi. If Chandrababu Naidu is ready, I invite him to take an all-party delegation. I will also join him. If Delhi does not agree, we tell him strongly to withdraw his ministers (in Union Cabinet). We will make all MPs in the state resign. We will go for elections in a way the whole country sees,” he said.Reddy said his party would raise the special status issue in the coming Budget session of Parliament, and that the party MPs would quit their posts after the monsoon session.”We will raise the issue in the Budget session of Parliament and after monsoon session, all our MPs will resign and seek a mandate on the special category status plank. If TDP is sincere on the issue, all MPs should quit to make the country know about the importance of special status,” he said.YSR Congress had won nine Lok Sabha seats, including one in Telangana in the 2014 elections. However, later two of the MPs, including the one in Telangana, crossed sides to the ruling parties. The party also has one Rajya Sabha member.Reddy said he would participate in a candle light rally proposed to be held in coastal AP city of Visakhapatnam tomorrow in support of the demand for giving special category status to the state.He said the state government can arrest him, if it wants, on the occasion. The promise of special category status was made to Andhra Pradesh (Seemandhra) by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Parliament when the bill for bifurcation of undivided Andhra Pradesh was passed. The promise was also made by top BJP leaders then. However, the NDA government has announced a package of benefits for Andhra Pradesh, saying special status cannot be given following recommendations of 14th Finance Commission.Maintaining that the package is not a substitute for special status, the YSRC chief said benefits like industrial incentives would only come with the special status.

Demonetisation: Two Nobel laureates come out in support, say cashless is boon

At a time when the Narendra Modi government is battling increasing reports on demonetisation’s negative impact on the consumption and economy, two Nobel laureates have come out in support of the scheme – Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, Bangladesh, and French economist Jean Tirole.

According to separate reports in The Hindu (read here and here), both economists have said that cashless economy is a boon and that it will kill black money and corruption.

Muhammad Yunus. File photoMuhammad Yunus. File photo

Muhammad Yunus. File photo

Both the economists are in India at present. While Yunus was , who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, was in Visakhapatnam to attend an international symposium, Tirole, who won the Nobel prize for economics in 2014, was in Kolkata to deliver Dipak Banerjee Lecture at Presidency University.

Talking to the newspaper, Yunus said: “Demonetisation kills black money and has increased liquidity.”

However, he said for a successful shift to cashless model, there should be incentives.

“Most important, demonetisation has brought the rural and unorganised sectors into the banking fold,” Yunus has been quoted as saying in the report.

Meanwhile, Tirole has added a note of caution syaing the poor, who are the most dependent on cash, should not be made to suffer.

“People want to get rid of cash for several reasons,” Tirole said explaining the rationale behind the move at Scandinavia, Denmark and Sweden. According to him, these countries are trying to get rid of cash because “it is more convenient”.

For him, the reason for the Indian government’s move is “to get rid of corruption”.

Prime minister Narendra Modi, while announcing the decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, had said that the move was aimed at curbing corruption, black money generation and terror funding. There was no mention of shift to cashless economy as an objective.

However, in a later speech the prime minister had psuhed for less-cash, if not cashless, economy, which would curb corruption.

First Published On : Jan 6, 2017 12:20 IST

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