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DRI unearth illegal practice in firms

Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has unearthed illegal practice by Indian firms of saving import duty on goods and machinery imported from China. Recently, the state unit of DRI received a tip-off about paper cup machines ICD in Gadhi Harsaru in Haryana brought without paying import duty. The preliminary investigation found that some firms imported 337 paper cup machines by not revealing the actual cost to save on import duty.The follow-up action by the DRI resulted in a recovery of Rs 1.63 crore as import duty along with interest from two importers while another one is yet to pay Rs 1.86 crore. According to sources, the three businessmen from Rajasthan too had imported paper cup machines. One of the firm was based in Alwar that imported 185 machines but did not reveal actual cost evading Rs 1.2 crore in import duty and interest. The DRI investigation revealed that the machine cost $13000 but the invoice price was shown $7500. The difference in the actual price and the one shown in the invoice was paid to the Chinese company with help from a Jaipur based hawala trader Tarun Baid.The DRI seized mobile of an accused importer in which complete detail of money transaction was found on Whatsapp messages. The DRI has issued three summons to the importer but fearing arrest he did not appear before the officials. The case was registered against him and the matter is pending in the court. Following the Rajasthan unit’s action, the DRI headquarter has issued alert to all ports in the country.

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Shocking: Third year BMS paper of Mumbai University leaked on Whatsapp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A third year Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) paper under the University of Mumbai was reportedly doing the rounds on Whatsapp minutes before the examination on Wednesday. The paper -‘Service Marketing’ which was scheduled at 11 am on Wednesday was reportedly doing the rounds on the messaging platform half an hour before the exam. “Some questions were doing the rounds on Whatsapp before the exam began on Wednesday. However, some students realised that the questions were exactly the same after they got the original papers” said a coaching class owner on the condition of anonymity. Students said that the paper was doing the rounds on some of the college groups before the exam began. “Some of my friends did share a few questions on the group but none of us knew that there was a leak” said a student from a suburban college. DNA could not independently verify the claims made by some students. While the reporter tried contacting Arjun Ghatule, Director, Board of Examinations and Evaluation, he did not respond to calls and messages. A senior university official said that they were getting several enquiries regarding the issue since Wednesday evening. “No such incident has been reported as per my knowledge. But people have been asking if such a leak has happened” said the official.

Actor Varun Dhawan files case against fan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Actor Varun Dhawan complained against a female ‘fan’ for allegedly harassing him on WhatsApp.The actor gave a written complaint to the Santa Cruz police and BKC cyber police on November 2 stating that a woman has been harassing him through WhatsApp messages and threatened to commit suicide if the actor failed to acknowledge her feelings for him.“We are trying to trace the number and adequate action will be taken,” said a Santa Cruz police officer.

Ignored by cop, trans activist tries to end life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 32-year-old transgender activist ​tried to end her life after Parksite police​ allegedly​ failed to take action against her assaulter and refused to file a First Information Report (FIR). ​She ​hanged herself but was rescued by her two flatmates in the nick of time.Anita Wadekar, a resident of Amrut Nagar in Ghatkopar, was ​allegedly ​getting life threats from past three days on her Whatsapp numbers and over the calls. Wadekar rushed to Parksite police and was allegedly told to leave. She later went ​to​ her residence​ and with the help of a dupatta, hanged herself from the ceiling fan. One of the flatmate​s, after​ hearing the thud of the table falling on the floor, found her hanging and rushed her to hospital. Wadekar is working as a field officer with Kinnar Maa Samajik Sanstha Trust (KMSST), an NGO which works for the development of the transgender community.“Our NGO’s Quick Reaction Team (QRT) looks after rescuing and helping transgenders. She started facing assaults and threats after she rescued one of the transgenders,” said Priya Patil, Project Manager for KMSST.“Moreover, Wadekar has already filed at least 20 FIR against these people but police have failed to take any action,” said Patil.Wadekar said, “I tried to seek justice but police refused to take my complaint. This led to depression and I decided to end my life.” Wadekar is admitted at Rajawadi hospital and is out of danger.Police have taken the victim’s statement and are registering the FIR.

Why is ‘Blue Whale’ hysteria gripping India?

Panic over the rumoured ‘suicide challenge’ grips India even as internet experts call it a hoax.

Police nab ‘CBI officers’ gang

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four men who duped people by claiming they were CBI officers, by promising them government jobs, were arrested by the Delhi police on Friday. Police said at the time of arrest, one of the accused even introduced himself as a Sub-Inspector of the CBI and produced a fake identity card.The accused were identified as Ankit Singh alias Sachhu, a BA graduate, Ajit Pratap Singh graduate in Microbiology, Rawender Singh and Gyanendra Kumar, an MBA graduate. Officers said the gang’s modus operandi was ingenious. Rawender Singh who was the mastermind of the job racket, would inform various agents through Whatsapp massages of vacancies in government departments such as the Food Corporation of India, Railways, State Bank of India, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Income Tax and others. He also ensured candidates of a job for a cost.”He (Singh) used to charge anything between 3.5 lakh to 8 lakh depending upon the nature of job. The job agents who received the messages arranged candidates and sent documents as well as the payments to Rawender Singh. He then conducted formalities to gain the candidates confidence. He did this through forged appointment letters, identity card,” said Nupur Prasad, DCP Shahadra.The racket was busted when one of the complainants reported to the police that he was introduced to Rawender Singh at a hotel in Delhi. Singh introduced himself as a CBI officer and had assured the complainant of a government job for which he demanded Rs 3.5 lakh. “The complainant was called to Lucknow where he made the payment. He was then asked to fill up a form to come to Kanpur for training. Here, he was later informed that somebody else would undergo the training on his behalf but that his job in the Food Corporation of India was secure. For this, he was given an identity card.””Later on, one of the gang members called him and took back the identity card, informing him that he would get a new one at the time of joining. After he was asked to make a few more payments, the complainant sensed that he was been cheated and approached the police,” the DCP said.The officer said that based on technical surveillance one of the gang members Ankit Singh was nabbed. On interrogation, Ankit revealed the names and whereabouts of the other gang members. They were arrested and several forged documents were recovered from them.

Blue Whale Challenge | ‘This is not a game but danger’: 19-year-old commits suicide in Madurai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Falling into the trap of the Blue Whale Challenge, a second-year commerce student at a private college committed suicide in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai on Wednesday.”Blue Whale – This is not a game but danger. Once you enter, you can never exit,” wrote a 19-year-old Vignesh in a suicide note that the police found.The police also found the telling image of a whale carved into Vignesh’s left arm with “Blue Whale” written below it, reported NDTV.This is the first suicide related to the online game that has been reported in Tamil Nadu.The deadly online challenges players for over 50 days, wherein demanding them to complete tasks given by an anonymous controller.The game firstly asks the player to draw a whale on a piece of paper, then carve a whale figure on their body, and then gives other tasks such as watching horror movies alone etc. The tasks include the final challenge to commit suicide.The Ministry of Electronics and IT has already directed the internet majors – Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – to immediately remove the links of the deadly Blue Whale Challenge, which has led several children in India and other countries to commit suicide.On August 16, a student in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore attempted to end his life by following instructions given in the online suicide game.On August 10, a 14-year-old boy from Solapur, who was on his way to Pune to complete a task given to him in the online game ‘Blue Whale Challenge’, was rescued by the police.Before that, Class 9 student allegedly ended his life by jumping off a building in Mumbai, reportedly becoming victim to the Blue Whale suicide challenge. Admitting to being the driving factor behind the suicides of youngsters playing the game, Philipp Budeikin, who claims to have created the game, says that the victims were just ‘biological waste’.”Victims were ‘happy to die’ and I am ‘cleansing society’,” Budeikin told police when he was arrested in May this year.

Training in cases of sexual offences

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Joint Registrar (Rules) Justice Reetesh Singh created the Whatsapp group he merely wanted to facilitate and coordinate with those who were going to attend the seminar on the proper way to conduct a medical examination in cases involving sexual offences. He neither foresaw how popular the seminar would be nor did he know how active the group would be. The Delhi HC has been conducting various training seminars on the proper implementation of guidelines in matters pertaining to sexual offences and child witnesses. So far, all the four workshops that have been organised have been immensely successful and well attended even at the cost of a lazy Sunday. “I had to ultimately quit the group. It got very active with members (from the medical fraternity) posting questions for Dr Jagdeesh Reddy – the expert in forensics till night,” Singh said. However, Reddy – who has been conducting the training seminars – did not have the option to quit. He stayed on in all the four groups – one each for the different seminars hosted and patiently answered all the queries. “I do not have a single unread message,” he proudly said. This is one of the examples of how the training workshops have changed the outlook of those who come in contact with victims of sexual abuse.

Blue Whale: Police probe teen boy’s death in Kerala

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala Police have begun investigations into the death of a 16-year-old boy here after his family raised doubts that it was due to the Blue Whale Challenge game. The school student from Vilapilasala near here allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house on July 26. The boy’s mother today told a Malayalam TV channel that her son had downloaded the game in November last. “He said in the last stage of the game, one should either commit suicide or murder someone. I got scared after hearing it and asked my son not to play the game,” she said. She said the boy had once hurt himself using a compass and jumped into a river though he did not know how to swim. He was later rescued. Before he took the extreme step, my son had deleted the game from his mobile phone, the woman added. The statements of the family have been recorded and investigations are on, police said. The Centre has directed internet majors – Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – to immediately remove links of the ‘dangerous’ online game, which has reportedly led to suicide of children in India and other countries. On August 12, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had urged the Centre to take immediate steps to ban the Blue Whale Challenge in the country “to save precious lives”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man arrested for social media message on braid cutting gang

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man has been arrested on the charge of spreading a false rumour on social media about braid cutting incidents, police said today. The development comes amid a string of complaints of braid chopping, which has led to panic and fear in some areas of UP and other neighbouring states. The message allegedly sent by a person identified as Jahir Khan, husband of Gardaha village head, claimed that a braid cutting gang was reported to be targeting a few villages of the area, Gola kotwali inspector Deepak Shukla said, adding it was “a baseless rumour”. The officer said that the message was forwarded to him on his Whatsapp number. “I called up the sender of the message and after ascertaining his location, the man (Khan) was arrested,” he said “He could not explain the authenticity of the message,” Shukla said. “A case under IT Act has been lodged against Jahir (Khan), and he has been sent to jail.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Schools ensure children keep up during rain vacay

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To make optimum use of the unexpected rainy holidays, schools across the city are using social media platforms to give assignments to students. Schools like Udgam, DPS, St Kabir, Anand Niketan, among others, have forwarded assignments to their students to practice at home.Udgam School for Children sent messages to students’ parents asking them to use the holidays productively. Confirming the same, Manan Choksi, managing trustee of Udam, told DNA that the school has uploaded assignments and worksheets on their mobile app. Choksi said, “As per the state government directive, our school will remain shut on Friday as well. Hence, we have sent Whatsapp messages to students’ parents to refer to our mobile app and have kids practice the assignments at home in order to use the holidays productively.”Pragya Pandya of St Kabir said, “We want our children to utilise their time off. Hence, all our teachers are sending regular assignments and revision work to students.”

Exchanging seats turned out to be a deal with the devil for her

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an unfortunate turn of events, just exchanging seats with her neighbour on the bus proved to be fatal for a 50-year-old woman, who died in the terror attack that happened on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir’s Anantnag district early on Monday night. The pilgrims were returning after visiting the holy shrine and were returning late and without an escort.According to her son Jigar, Surekhaben Patel, 50, a resident of Bhagwati Colony in Udwada at Valsad district one and one of the seven deceased in cowardly act, had started to go on each and every religious tour organised from the city after her husband’s death eight years ago. This time, three of her friends, Raju Mistry, Bhavna Mistry and Meenakshi Deshmuk, had also joined her for the Amarnath tour. Around 7.30pm on Monday, Patel called Jigar and told him they were returning to Vaishno Devi from the holy shrine. She even talked to her daughter-in-law and her granddaughter before hanging up.At about 8.15pm, nearly five minutes before the attack started, Patel, who was seating on an aisle seat on the right side of the bus, exchanged her seat with Raju, who wanted to sleep. Unbeknownst to her, this would turn out to be a fatal decision. At around 8.20pm, the terrorists began to open fire on the bus, where Patel caught one of the bullets and died on the spot. Luckily, her friends didn’t sustain any injuries in the dastardly incident. Jigar said, “We used to talk on the phone every day. She was really happy and enjoying the tour. She had even put on a Whatsapp profile picture of hers with a BSF jawan. The last time we talked, she was really excited to have almost reached Vaishno Devi, as she wanted to come back home and meet her granddaughter. But, that never happened. I am still in shock and cannot accept the fact that she is dead; I still believe she will call me again today.”

Monsoon wading: L-G meets CM on desilting of drains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to review the progress of de-silting of drains, Lt Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal presided a meeting with Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal and other government officials on Thursday at Raj Niwas.Baijal and Kejriwal stressed on the need to leverage the latest technology and asked PWD to explore the possibility of deploying a greater number of Super-Sucker Machines. With the help of these high tech machines the silt can not only be directly removed from the drains, but its re-entry can also be further prohibited.As per the directions of the Lt Governor, PWD has established a full-time Call Centre for water logging complaints for all Departments during June to September. Residents can call at toll free no 1800-11-85-95 to register various complaints regarding water logging. PWD Monsoon Control Room is also in action from June to September.Apart from that there is also an active Whatsapp number (8130188222) and email id ([email protected]), where people can call up and explain the problems that are being faced by them.PWD has even identified 155 vulnerable locations for water logging. Precautions will be taken so that the residents of the vulnerable areas don’t face problems.In addition to this, PWD has taken long term Solutions for 53 earlier vulnerable locations by providing additional or modifying existing drains as required.HelplineResidents can call at toll free no 1800-11-85-95 to register various complaints regarding water loggingThere is also a Whatsapp number (8130188222) and email id ([email protected]), where people can call up and explain the problems that are being faced by them

Eid Mubarak! Here are WhatsApp, SMS, Facebook Messages to wish your loved ones

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan, is being celebrated across India on Monday. This is an important religious festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide.Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar is observed as a holy fasting period by Muslims who abstain from food and water during the period between sunrise to sunset.On the joyous occasion of Eid, here are some Whatsapp, SMS and Facebook messages you can send to wish all your loved ones.‣ Eid Mubarak! May Allah flood your life with happiness, your heart with love, your soul with spiritual thoughts and your mind with wisdom.‣ May the magic of this Eid bring lots of happiness in your life. Here’s wishing that you celebrate the day with all your close friends and may it fill your heart with love.‣ Eid Mubarak! May Allah’s blessings be with you always and may this special day bring peace, happiness and prosperity to everyone.‣ It’s a day to rejoice and be happy; it’s a day of blessing and peace; it’s a day to reflect and ponder; it’s a day to celebrate together! Eid Mubarak.‣ May you be guided by your faith in Allah and shine in his divine blessings! ​Eid Mubarak!‣ On Eid ul-Fitr, here’s wishing that Allah’s blessings lights up the path and leads you to happiness, peace and success. Happy Eid!‣ May the day delight and the moments measure all the special joys for all of you to treasure. May the year ahead be fruitful too, for your home and family and especially for you. Eid Mubarak!‣ May Allah accept your good deeds, forgive your transgressions and ease the suffering of all people around the world. Eid Mubarak!‣ Success in everything you do, heart filled with love so true, home full of smiles and laughter and a happy life ever after, these are my wishes on Eid for you.‣ Twinkling stars on a dark night, sighting of the moon in the sky, feeling the essence of Allah, praying for the betterment of mankind‣ Hope this auspicious occasion of Eid brings purity and sanctity to our souls and peace to humanity. Eid Mubaarak!

Cong leader suspended for referring to Rahul as ‘Pappu’ in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Congress has suspended a senior leader from all party posts after he purportedly referred to Rahul Gandhi as “Pappu”, in a Whatsapp post that otherwise lauded his attempts to reach out to farmers in Mandsaur. Meerut Congress district president Vinay Pradhan has been removed from all posts, elected and nominated, for his “insulting and provocative” message, chairman of the party’s disciplinary committee, Ramkrishna Dwivedi said in a letter. “This is an attempt to malign the party leadership. Other parties appear to be involved in this. It is an effort to divert attention from the main issues, like the plight of farmers and the movement in support of them,” Dwivedi said in the letter. Pradhan’s guilt has been proved and he has been found violating the constitution of Congress party, he said. Pradhan had purportedly referred to Rahul Gandhi as “Pappu”, in the social media message that lauded the Congress vice president’s recent attempt to visit Mandsaur following the death of five protesting farmers in firing there. The message on a whatsapp group of the party sought to heap praise on Gandhi for “putting the interest of the nation before his own”. But it purportedly also said that “Pappu” could have joined hands with Adani, Ambani and Mallya, though he did not do that. Pappu could have been a minister or even the Prime Minister, but he did not go down that road, the message allegedly said, adding that instead, he chose to go to Mandsaur. According to party sources, Pradhan has stated that the message in question was not sent by him, and he wasn’t given an opportunity to explain himself. “I respect Rahul Gandhiji and would never use such language for him. The party should have at least heard me out before removing me from all posts. I am seeking an appointment with him and will explain the matter to him,” he is learnt to have said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Infiltration by militants from Pak came down post surgical

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Infiltration by militants from Pakistan has come down to a large extent after India conducted surgical strikes on the terror hubs across the Line of Control, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said. Addressing a gathering of central police and paramilitary personnel during a BSF investiture ceremony here, the home minister also asked security personnel to be cautious against using and forwarding unverified social media content. “There used to be infiltration by militants from Pakistan. But I can say after surgical strikes, incidents of infiltration have come down to a large extent. I compliment both the army and the BSF for ensuring border security,” Singh said. The strikes were conducted by the army at terror launch pads across the LoC in September last year. He said the forces, especially the Border Security Force (BSF), should stay “more alert” against the cross-border smuggling of fake Indian currency notes and drugs. Speaking about dangers of the social media, the minister said the “enemy” is spreading rumours and false information using tools like Facebook and Whatsapp. “It is seen that the personnel and officers use and put such information or videos on their Facebook page or Whatsapp. You should not forward such items, unless it is authentic and in the interest of the country as you not only protect our borders but also the country’s unity and integrity,” he said. The home minister added the government was working to fully deploy a Comprehensive and Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) to secure the frontiers by using radars, lasers, camera and other command and control devices. “We are trying to secure our borders effectively…by putting a three-tier system which will be like deploying a border guarding force (like BSF), an intelligence network and police presence behind this. This is being integrated on our borders in a fast mode,” he said. Calling the BSF as India’s ‘First Wall of Defence’, he said that in the last few years the border guarding force has come out of the shadows of the army and registered its independent identity at the borders (Indo-Pak). Earlier, the BSF’s valour used to go along with that of the army but in the last few years you have done exceptional work, Singh said. The home minister reiterated that it is his desire that the family of every jawan, who lays down his or her life in the line of duty, of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) must get a minimum compensation of Rs 1 crore. I urge all the DG’s (Directors General) of the CAPFs to inform me of any such case where the family is not able to get the minimum of Rs 1 crore aid. “I will try all that I can to ensure that this amount is provided to the families,” Singh said. He added his ministry has launched a special web portal in this context and that many people have come forward to contribute to the families of the slain jawans and officers. The minister also talked about launching of special apps (mobile applications) for the personnel of these forces to register and get resolution for their grievances. “While every jawan or officer should get their grievances resolved through the established forum that you have in your respective forces, all such cases that come to the home ministry will be reviewed by me at least once a month,” he said. Singh said he had a “special attraction” towards the army and uniformed forces since his early days, but god destined him to be at this place (as a politician and home minister).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Excess use of mobile cited as reason for talaq

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a recent case of divorce which was settled by a Pydhonie-based NGO, two brothers who got married ten years ago to two sisters, divorced them by sending talaqnama through post. The main reason the two husbands cited was their wives messaging continuously on Whatsapp.The two brothers suspected their wives of being in a relationship with their friends. Their suspicions were based on intimate messages shared by them on WhatsApp.The NGO public complaint centre, an alternate dispute resolution form, which helps resolve marital disputes among Muslim couples, has now advised Muslim women to use mobiles and WhatsApp cautiously.Chief Organiser, Abdul Razzak Maniyar, of Public Complaint Centre said, “In many cases where there has been an amicable settlement, the centre has seen that husbands or the in-laws ask the wife to completely stop using mobile phone or social media, if she wants to return.”In another case which recently concluded before the NGO, a couple residing in Kharghar had separated because the woman excessively used her mobile phone. The husband while acceding to compromise, put in a term that the woman would not use the mobile phone, which was agreed upon. They are now staying together.

Kashmir: Internet services withdrawn again after Hizbul commander Sabzar Bhat killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Government of Jammu and Kashmir snapped the mobile internet (2G, 3G and 4G) services in Kashmir fearing law and order problems, especially after the killing of top Hijbul Mujahedeen commander Sabzar Bhat in a Tral encounter on Saturday.It has not even been 24 hours since social media sites and applications including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter were restored in Kashmir Valley.A fresh surge of violence hit the Valley on Saturday, after self-styled successor of dead Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in the Tral region of Jammu and Kashmir.According to reports, Wani’s successor, Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, was gunned down in an encounter in Saimu Village.The Indian government on April 17 blocked access to 22 websites and applications, including Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter, as well as 3G and 4G data services in the restive part of the northern state.The ban came in the wake of reports that these social networking sites were being “misused by anti-national and anti-social elements to create law and order disturbances” in Kashmir.The ban had evoked widespread condemnation within the state and beyond.On May 11, United Nations experts had even urged the Indian Government to withdraw the ban on Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir and “reinstate” freedom of expression.Two terrorists were gunned down, as security forces launched a major operation to smoke out the remaining terrorists from the hideout in Tral sector.The entire area has been cordoned off and a major counter-operation is underway.More details to follow.

Action against cop for uploading `obscene’ pics on WhatsApp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police officer was removed from `field duty’ today after he allegedly uploaded some obscene pictures in a WhatsApp group. Narsinghpur superintendent of police Mukesh Shrivastava said the action was taken against S L Jharia, a local police station in-charge, after a complaint was received. “One Bablu, administrator of the WhatsApp group, had made a complaint a couple of days ago that Jharia posted obscene pictures in the group. Jharia was removed from field duty following the complaint,” Shrivastava said. Sub-divisional officer of police Naresh Sharma has been asked to conduct further inquiry, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Women activists condemn denial of treatment to girl child

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Women activists on Wednesday condemned the harrowing incident of a girl begging her father to save her life and expressed their heartfelt condolences over her death. Subhashini Ali, a woman activist, told ANI, ?It is a very tragic incident that a girl whose father could actually afford the treatment was neglected in this way and finally died. It possibly is a case where girl children are not given any importance by their own parents. In our country, very often parents think that they should not spend money on girls as far as their treatment and education is concerned.? ?In any case, this is a very horrible thing and one can imagine the agony of that young girl who banked upon her father for help and what must she have gone through when her father refused to pay for her treatment and now, she is dead and beyond any help. I just hope that the father is given punishment for this kind of neglect of his daughter,? added Ali. Kavita Srivastava told ANI, ?This incident is a pure violation of the Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act. Father certainly has been irresponsible, but what about the neighbours and relatives? The government is to be equally held responsible, as they did not fulfill their obligations and denied the very fundamental right to life. Perhaps, had the child been a boy, he could have been saved.? These comments came post a gut-wrenching video of a girl begging her father to save her life by providing for her cancer treatment that went viral. Thirteen year old Sai Sri succumbed to bone marrow cancer. In the video, she was seen begging her father to sell their house for her treatment. Sai Sri sent a heartbreaking Whatsapp message to her father, after the message got viral, Sri’s father threw her and her mother out of the house. Unbelievably, the father allegedly sent goons with the help of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao to settle the issue. The police even refused to file a complaint against the goons sent by Shiv Kumar, as they were reportedly supported by the MLA. With the video having gone viral across the nation now, a cry of outrage against the father’s shocking insensitivity and apathy towards his own child.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC expresses concerns if users rights are affected by Whatsapp’s 2016 privacy policy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today said it was “concerned” whether the citizens’ rights were being affected by WhatsApp’s 2016 privacy policy and asked the Centre what steps could it take for the “protection” of users till a regulation is framed.A five-judge constitution bench, which started hearing in detail the WhatsApp privacy policy matter, also questioned the popular instant messaging application on the sharing of user data with social networking platform Facebook when it was not being done before 2016.The apex court also said it would consider whether the court was “helpless” in framing guidelines in the absence of a regulatory regime in place to deal with the issue. “We are concerned with whether an individual’s rights are affected under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution due to this (privacy policy). They (WhatsApp) cannot say that users have agreed to it,” the bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said.During the day-long hearing, WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, claimed before the apex court that it was being “targeted” because it was the most successful among various similar platforms operating in India. When the court was told that WhatsApp only shares phone numbers, device ID, registration details and the last seen status, the bench shot back, “Why do you share? You were not sharing it in 2012, then why have you done it in 2016?” “You say the name is not shared but the attributes of identity is shared. What is the need to share the attributes of identity? Now they (users) fear what you will share,” the bench said.Advocate Madhvi Divan, appearing for two students Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi who have challenged the policy, told the bench that the Centre has acknowledged in its affidavit that the regulation in place has been outdated by the technology. “You (Centre) have said you are making a regulation on this. Till then, as a citizenry, what is the protection,” the bench, also comprising Justices A K Sikri, Amitava Roy, A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, asked the government.”Suppose somebody has written an inland letter to X. Can Y intervene and read it? They feel your privacy clause affects their right to freedom of speech. They say fear corrodes their right,” the bench observed. At the outset, the bench was informed that senior counsel Harish Salve, who was to argue for the petitioners, was in the Hague to represent India in the Kulbushan Jadhav matter before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).The bench then asked senior advocate K V Vishwanathan, representing the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), an intervenor in the case, to start the arguments. He said that unlike several other countries, India does not have any data protection legislation and the government has an obligation to protect the rights of its citizens. “Facebook and WhatsApp are the violators according to us and how to deal with them is upto the Union of India as the government has an obligation to protect the rights of its citizens,” he said, adding that due to the 2016 privacy policy, “I am under fear and my communication is hampered”.”Life of fear, anxiety, tension and torture is not a free life. This court is not powerless to lay out a guideline for this,” he told the bench, which would continue hearing the matter tomorrow. The senior counsel also argued that there were around 160 million users of WhatsApp in India and the consent taken by WhatsApp regarding its 2016 privacy policy was “deceptive”.Senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for Facebook, told the bench that “message conveyed by A to B on WhatsApp is never seen by anybody. At no time, it will be available to perusal by anybody else as it is end-to-end encrypted.” During the arguments, Divan told the court that Facebook and WhatsApp are foreign corporations having business all over the world and in some other countries, they have said they would not share the user data.”It is ironical that in India that too before the Supreme Court, which is the highest court of the land, they are saying so,” she said. When the bench asked the Centre to clarify its stand over the issue, senior advocate Vibha Datta Makhija, appearing for the government, said all the rights available to the citizens should be balanced. Vishwanathan argued that there was the issue of metadata in the matter as one can make out a pattern by reading out the messages exchanged in the WhatsApp groups. Metadata is a set of data which describes and gives information about other data and is collected automatically.”They (WhatsApp) are targeting us (users) by exploiting the data for commercial use. Without we being aware, several people will get to know about my health, my sexual preferences and other things which I don’t want others to know,” he said. “WhatsApp is now a Facebook family company. WhatsApp admits that Facebook will use WhatsApp messages. They are saying they have taken the consent of their users but the court will have to see whether this consent is valid in the eyes of law,” he said, adding that such service providers cannot make inroads into the fundamental rights of citizens.He also referred to an order passed by data regulatory authority in Germany’s Hamburg which had directed WhatsApp not to share the data of users. However, Venugopal said each of the countries have their own privacy policy, but India has no such policy. When the bench was told that the WhatsApp privacy policy hampered the right of communication, it said “but then it will be a privacy issue and not about communication alone. If you are keeping your messages apart, how is your communication affected.”The moment you are using Google, everything is available based on the search you make. This may not be an issue related to WhatsApp only. There has to be other service providers also. Is somebody forcing you to have it,” the bench said. The apex court further observed, “basically your identity which was restricted to WhatsApp till now, is used for Facebook or its family for commercial purposes. Whether individuals identity is liable to be shared for commercial exploitation? That is an issue.” However, Luthra maintained that no one can access the messages shared between A to B on WhatsApp as it is end-to-end encrypted.Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing WhatsApp, told the bench that despite having billions of users in the world, no complaint has been made ever that any part of encrypted messages has been accessed by anybody.”If anybody protects privacy in this country it is WhatsApp. It is better than the ‘Bhim’ app which has been launched by the government,” he said. During the hearing, Divan said that operation of WhatsApp here was subject to the Indian law and their business model is like an “economic espionage”.The bench was also told that the existing machinery was not adequate to deal with the situation and the government must come out with a proper legislation. The Centre told the bench that regulations to over-the- top (OTT) service providers like WhatsApp or Facebook needed to be regulated and the regulation needs to be fine-tuned to deal with it. The bench asked the Centre, “Do the rules (in the Information Technology Act) cover the issues which is before us”.To this, the Centre said, “some aspects are covered but not the entire issue. We have to show what is the existing legal umbrella internationally and in India on data protection. OTT data protection has to be customised and it has to be regulated in a different manner as there are complexities involved in it.” “We are in Digital India where there are commercial, social and political interests. All these three interests have to be balanced,” the government said, adding “this is a highly technical field and it is not about one app only that can guide the policy”.The court also heard arguments advanced by Facebook which has questioned the maintainability of the petition. The Centre had earlier said that a “regulatory regime” for data protection is in the offing while asserting that an individual’s freedom of choice needs to be protected. The apex court is hearing the appeal assailing the Delhi High Court verdict on the ground that no relief was granted for data shared by users after September 25, 2016 which amounted to infringement of fundamental rights under Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution. It had on January 16 sought the responses from the Centre and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on the plea that privacy of over 157 million Indians has been infringed by social networking sites – WhatsApp and Facebook – for alleged commercial use of personal communication.

Appeal for joint action, collaboration for welfare of people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi who has been at loggerheads with the government and some government officials on various issues, today appealed for collaboration and joint action for good of the people. She stated this in her Whatsapp message issued at the end of her weekend visit to some interior villages today to inspect maintenance of tanks and water bodies. Stating that people seemed to be giving up faith in the administration, she said many of the Prime Minister’s schemes are not connected enough at the ground level. To ensure this senior public officers should regularly move out and visit the people to see for themselves the ground reality, she said. “Elected representatives can be facilitators and need to be actually the drivers of change. We must work for the people together in a spirit of collaboration. Scarce and scattered resources will then be optimally used as they will converge.” In another message she said steps must be taken to ensure that funds allotted in the budget to desilt and maintain all 84 tanks should be used to prevent depletion of water table,as otherwise a stage might come when all tanks would go dry. She said Puducherry has inherited a very good tank system from France. The UT just has to prioritise the responsibility with proper planning,coordination and resources, she said. “Funds can be procured from climate change scheme, the government of India and also from several other agencies as agriculture is the major employment generator for rural community, the Lt Governor said. “We need to collectively work to make Puducherry self reliant and healthy in food, water and more. This would be possible to do provided we plan, provide and work together`, she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Soon a Whatsapp number on which Goans can report about filthy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goans concerned over filthy beaches across the state, can now ensure cleanliness through a ‘Whatsapp’ message. State Tourism Minister Manohar Asjgaonkar said the government will soon announce a Whatsapp number on which people can send messages, pictures of garbage and filth at a beach site. These messages will be routed to the contractor concerned, who is in-charge for cleaning beaches. The decision to launch the initiative was taken in a meeting chaired by a Asjgaonkar here yesterday. “As a stop gap arrangement until concrete measures are put in place to ensure cleanliness and hygiene on the beaches, a new ‘Whatsapp’ initiative is being set up,” according to a tourism department press note issued here. The facility will be monitored round the clock by the tourism department, it said. “The whatsapp number will be announced shortly wherein the general public can use it to connect with the existing arrangement made by the department for the cleaning of beaches,” it reads. People can send details of locations where waste is strewn or piled up and the designated contractor will take action within 24 hours and report to the department. Following a detailed review on the issue of cleanliness and hygiene of beaches, Ajgaonkar directed the department to press into service all interim measures until permanent solutions are worked out in this direction. He also directed the department to expedite the tendering process for beach cleaning works in a time bound manner, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K govt bans 22 social networking sites citing their misuse

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir government today banned 22 social networking sites and applications including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter in Kashmir on the ground that these were being misused by anti-national and anti-social elements to fan trouble. The ban will be in place for a month or till further orders, whichever is earlier, said an order issued by Principal Secretary (Home) R K Goyal. “In the interest of maintenance of public order, the government hereby directs all internet service providers that any message or class of messages to or from a person or a class of persons relating to any subject or any pictorial content through the following social networking sites shall not be transmitted in Kashmir valley with immediate effect for a period of one month or till further orders, whichever is earlier,” he said in the three-page order. The sites and applications which will be inaccessible in the valley include Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Wechat, QQ, Qzone, Google Plus, Skype, Line, Pinterest, Snapchat, Youtube, Vine and Flickr. An earlier report said the government had suspended internet services in Kashmir for a month but this was not correct. To the ban the social networking sites and Apps, Goyal invoked the powers conferred on Government under Indian Telegraph Act 1885 read with Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules 2007 to ban these sites and applications. “On careful examination of all relevant factors, it is observed that the use of social media platforms, which are being misused by anti-national and anti-social elements by transmitting inflammatory messages in various forms are immediately required to be regulated/curbed,” the order reads. It said, “the anti-national and inimical elements largely succeed in transmitting unverified, objectionable and inflammatory material and content through the medium of these social networking sites.” It was being “felt that continued misuse of social networking sites and instant messaging services is likely to be detrimental to the interests of peace and tranquility in the state,” the order said. “It was also observed during law and order disturbances of 2016 in the Kashmir valley that anti-national and subversive elements extensively misused social media sites and instant messaging services for vitiating peace and instigating violence, which caused large scale damage to life and property,” it added. The move comes against the backdrop of repeated student protests in Kashmir, which the authorities believe are fanned through social media. Some days back, a police official had said that 350 WhatsApp groups were being used to spread rumours in Kashmir and the government had cracked down, shutting 90 per cent of these groups. The mobile internet services were suspended in Kashmir on April 17, following widespread student protests in the valley against alleged highhandedness of security forces.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

300 Whatsapp groups were used to mobilise stone-pelters at

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 300 Whatsapp groups were being used to mobilise stone-pelters in Kashmir to disrupt security forces’ operations at encounter sites, of which 90 per cent have been shut down, a police official said today. Each of these 300 Whatsapp groups had around 250 members, the official said while explaining how determined attempts were being made to disrupt the operations of the security forces by mobilising stone-pelting mobs at the encounter sites. “We identified the groups and the group administrators, who were called in by police for counselling. We have had a good response to this initiative,” he said on the condition of anonymity. In the last three weeks, more than 90 per cent of these Whatsapp groups have been shut down, the official said. He said the government’s policy of suspending internet services appeared to be showing positive results in curbing stone-pelting during encounters and cited the case of yesterday’s encounter in Budgam district. Just a few youth gathered to hurl stones after two militants were gunned down in the encounter yesterday. This was in sharp contrast to an encounter in Durbugh village in the same area on March 28, when a large number of stone-pelters had assembled and three of them were killed in firing by security forces. “With no internet services, the mobilisation of mobs has almost become impossible. Earlier, we would see youth from as far as 10 kilometres from the encounter sites joining the protesters to pelt stones at security forces to disrupt the anti-militancy operations. “That did not happen yesterday during or after the encounter in the absence of internet on mobiles,” the official said. He said some of the youth listed personal issues like alleged harassment by security forces as reasons for taking to stone-pelting. “Most of them get carried away momentarily,” he said, adding authorities are also looking at further sensitising the personnel on the need to adopt a humane approach while dealing with the youth. “With the internet facility withdrawn, the activity on these social networking groups and other sites like Facebook has come down drastically,” he added. Stone-pelting on security forces near the encounter sites has been causing major operational problems for the law enforcing agencies over the past one year. More than half a dozen youth have been killed in such incidents in the first quarter of this year. However, the common people especially those from the business community say they are facing hardships, because of the inability to stay connected online. “Today, the business depends on internet for communication. I am into stock markets and I have had no business since the mobile internet services were withdrawn on Monday,” Mudasir Bhat said. Bhat said most of the people had done away with landlines and broadband internet services as mobile internet facility gave them more freedom and were also cheaper. Ishfaq Ahmad, a contractor by profession, said life, without internet, had come to a standstill. “I had to submit a tender document two days after the internet facility was withdrawn. As the document was to be submitted online, we had to request the concerned department to extend the date till we make arrangements for e-filing,” Ahmad said. He said he has applied for landline connection but the service provider, BSNL, has informed him that it will take time. “BSNL is the only landline services provider here in Kashmir. I hope the government takes steps to ensure that businesses do not suffer because of this internet ban,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Minor communal tension at Kidderpore area in Kolkata

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A clash between members of BJP’s youth wing and members of another community took place last night at Kidderpore in the south-western fringe of the city, one of the Muslim-dominated pockets of Kolkata.Also Read: Ram Navami in Bengal: A saffron wave is coming and Mamata needs to recalibrate her ‘pro-Muslim’ imageSome of them alleged that while they were saying namaz at Ismail Masjid in the evening, BJP activists chanted slogans of ‘Jay Shree Ram’ and ‘Masjid Todenge, Mandir Banayenge’ (we will break the masjid and build a temple). “A day earlier, they had taken out a huge procession on the occasion of Ram Navami. Participants of the procession, armed with swords had passed this place three or four times and shouted slogans of Ram in front of the masjid. Last night there were about 50 of them on bikes celebrating BJP’s Foundation Day. When they chanted slogans of breaking masjid, area locals got angry and chased them away,” said Md Irfan Ahmed, a shop owner at one of the popular markets in the vicinity.People here, however, said that that they had been asking everyone not to fall for the provocation. “Areas like Kidderpore and Metiaburz are commercial hubs for Muslims and if there is a trouble at these places we suffer losses in the tune of lakhs everyday. If market is shut there is a direct loss and if there is a communal tension non-Muslim customers would refrain from coming here. In both cases we are at the losing end,” said Md Rafique, member of the Ismail Masjid Committee. He also said that there was a particular group which intended to create trouble at these places so that Muslims were economically destroyed.Others too, said that the trouble was nipped in the bud. “There had been no communal trouble here ever and we don’t want to spark one. We live and carry do business peacefully and intend to keep it that way. Even the Imam during his Friday sermon today before the afternoon prayer said that we, especially the youth, should not be provocked into starting a communal riot,” said Amir Hossain a 35-year-old area local.Police, too said that there were too many rumours of a communal clash. “We had heard of rumours doing the rounds on Whatsapp groups and other social media about ‘huge communal tension which started in Kidderpore and spread to many parts of the city’. We had later tweeted and sent out messages pleading people not to pay heed to those rumours and to report rumour mongers by dialling 100,” said a senior official at Lalbazar, the Kolkata Police headquarters. Friday’s namaz was said amidst a heavy police posting and a fire tender was also kept at stand by to deal with any untoward incident.BJP national president Rahul Sinha told DNA that he had heard about the trouble at Kidderpore last night but brushed aside the allegation that supporters chanted slogans of breaking masjid. “I heard that when members of the Yuva Morcha of BJP were passing the area some of the local residents hurled abuses at them and a scuffle followed but it was soon brought under control,” Sinha said.

Mumbai: 40-year-old woman arrested for uploading naked pics of her live-in girlfriend

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old woman, accused of uploading nude photographs of her live-in girlfriend on social media platforms, surrendered herself after the court rejected her anticipatory bail application. The accused was on run since the day the victim had filed a complaint.According to Navghar Police, the women, both aged 40, have been in a relationship for the past decade and were working with a city-based hospital.The complainant worked as a dietician, while the accused was attached to the pathology lab in the hospital. On November 21 last year, the victim noticed that the accused had put up her nude picture as her Whatsapp display status. The victim said when she confronted the accused about it, she was allegedly told that the pictures were taken when she was in the bathroom the previous day. The victim further said that they got into a fight after which the accused threatened to malign her by circulating the pictures and left the house. The victim claimed that later she pleaded with the accused, but the latter refused to relent. This pushed the victim to finally file a police complaint on February 4.”The couple were in a relationship for over a decade and work in the pathology department of a reputed private hospital in the western suburbs. The policeman probing the case said the women had worked together for a long period before becoming close friends. One of them was married and after her marriage ended, their bond grew stronger. The couple started living in Mulund. The accused had got separated from her husband and both the ladies were staying together.” The accused surrendered herself before the court and she has also confessed crime before the magistrate and said that she had shared the pictures in a fit of rage. The accused has been sent to judicial custody,” said Madhav More, Senior Inspector of Navghar Police Station,The complainant also claimed that she helped the accused lady during her financial crisis. “Six months ago they started having trouble in their relationship,” said a police officer from Navghar police station. During this time, the complainant allegedly learned that the accused was using her pictures and passing them off as her own on Facebook for over two years.The FIR was registered with Navghar police station, Mulund (E) under sections 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation) 509 (word, gesture or act intended

No Madhyamik Examination question paper leak: WB Board

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chairman of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education Kalyanmoy Gangopadhyay today termed a report of the ongoing Madhyamik Examination Physical Science question paper leak in Malda district as baseless. “Such a report has no basis. There were some reports of the Physical Science paper doing rounds in the social network site Whatsapp one hour after the examination started in Malda. But, as the alleged Whatsapp came to a number outside the venue and long after the exam started, the examination went on as scheduled,” Gangopadhyay told a press meet here. Calling it a bid to malign the Board, he said the Board has ordered inquiries at the levels of the DI and the district to go to the bottom of the report.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Teachers booked for sending obscene material to college girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two assistant professors and an office assistant of a private engineering college here have been booked by Rachakonda police for allegedly sending obscene material through Whatsapp to a section of girl students. According to Abdullapurmet Sub-Inspector B Sreenu, police are in the process of arresting the trio as college students demanded immediate action against the accused. Saidi Reddy and Gopi- both assistant professors in Electronics and Communication Departments– and Osman, office assistant were terminated by the administration, a senior official from the college, said. The students, who are pursuing courses in various branches of engineering, alleged that the teachers and the official were harassing them for quite sometime. We have booked cases under Sections 354 D (monitors woman through internet, e-mail or any other form of electronic communication, commits the offence of stalking) among other relevant sections against them. We may arrest them soon, the police official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra: Fake social media message about dacoit gang leaves sleepless night for over 100 villages

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Villagers from over 100 villages in Maval district spent several sleepless night after a social media message went viral claiming presence of chaddi banyan gang in the area. The message claimed that the gang would kill villagers and loot them.The message also left police in tizzy as they had to carry out combing operation in several villages between Lonavala and Talegoan under Maval district to remove fear from villagers mind. Police said that villagers themselves had carried out coming operation in the night using masal (torch) to trace the gang. However, they did not find anything suspicious.Vidya Mohite, deputy Sarpanch of Mohitewadi under Vadgaon police station said that villagers did not sleep several nights after the fake message spread on Whatsapp. “I too received the fake message like other villagers. I deleted it but other villagers sent it to neighbouring villages inspite of asking them not to do so. They did it out of fear,” said Mohite. The adjoining villages where the message left villagers sleepless night are Chikase and Brahaman Vadi.Pradeep Kale, senior inspector of Vadgaon police station under Maval district accepted that there has been rumour in several villages for quite some times about presence of a gang which would loot them. “Since Sunday, fake news was spreading among villagers about presence of the gang that would loot them. We also received complaint from villagers,” said Kale.He added that though they did not register any case, they carried out combing operation to remove fear from villagers mind. “We took villagers and went to each and every area. We did not find anything suspicious.The message was nothing but a rumour,” said Kale.Police also distributed leaflets asking villagers not to believe on such message as there is no truth in it. “We have interacted with villagers and ensured that them that there is no such gang active in the area,” said Kale adding that similar message was also viral in Lonavala area for around a month back. “This is might a mischievous act to spread fear among villagers,” said Kale. [email protected]

Rajasthan: Bikaner university prevents sharing girls number with boys, makes separate Whatsapp groups

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While seggregating male and female students in classrooms is not uncommon, a university in Rajasthan has taken it to another level. Teachers from Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (RAJUVAS), Bikaner, have created separate groups for boys and girls on Whatsapp where they share information about their classes, reports HT. With smartphone apps being commonly used to exchange notes and share other related information regarding studies in colleges, often class-students form groups and exchange numbers. In RAJUVAS, teachers have created separate Whatsapp groups for boys and girls to share information. Prof AK Gahlot vice chancellor of Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (RAJUVAS) said that the university does not want to share the mobile numbers of girls with boys. Teachers fear that the girls would face harassment from boys. It was recently reported that mobile recharge operators shared phone numbers of girls to men who ended up calling and stalking them and even send obsene messages. Although students said they have not seen or experienced such cases but beleived it was done as precautionary measure.

Bihar Education Minister denies reports of leaked BSSC question paper

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yet another incident of a cheating scam has surfaced from Bihar, where the question paper for the second phase of the Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) has allegedly been leaked.However, the Education Minister of Bihar Ashok Chaudhary has denied the news and said that it is an attempt to tarnish the Bihar Government’s image. He further said that he cannot confirm the news as it’s not under his department, but if there is any truth in the news, the government will take action.He added, “Anyone who tries to spoil Bihar’s image will have to face severe consequences”.The BSSC conducts the exam for appointment of clerks in the state government. The first phase exam was held last Sunday.
ALSO READ Bihar exam cheating: BSSC question paper, answers leaked on WhatsAppAccording to reports, the questions were leaked on an online chatting platform Whatsapp, as soon as the exams began at 11 am on Sunday.Rumours of the question paper being sold for Rs 1000 had been doing the rounds since Sunday morning. The leaked question paper and answers soon went viral on Whatsapp as the exam began.Bihar, in the past, has been under the scanner as several cheating scams have emerged, with the recent toppers scandal where a Class 12 arts ‘topper’ from the state thought ‘prodigal’ science was about cooking and her classmate, a science topper, couldn’t explain the connection between H2O and water.

Manipur CEO ups drive to check poll expenditure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In connection with the ensuing Assembly election, the chief electoral officer of Manipur and his expenditure monitoring team have taken steps to up the drive to check poll-related costs. Chief Electoral Officer Vivek Kumar Dewangan informed the media here that the expenditure monitoring team has seized GI sheets. He said that some individuals were attempting to distribute GI sheets at Kshetrigao AC as part of the election campaign and were pulled up by the election expenditure monitoring team. So far, the team has seized items worth Rs 6.95 lakh. A huge quantity of gold has also been seized from Guwahati airport. The CEO informed, ?Briefing of 18 representatives of 11 political parties in the state was organised yesterday at the conference hall of Old Secretariat wherein qualification and disqualifications for contesting election, nomination process, model code of conduct and other related topics were presented.? He further said that to make the nomination valid, photograph should be submitted along with other requirements to allow voters identify their respective representative. Security deposit of Rs.10,000 for general candidates and Rs. 5000 for SC/ST candidates should be made before the RO/ARO or in RBI/ Treasury-no deposit acceptable by cheque or bank draft. Under the election expenditure monitoring team, there will be 118 flying squads, 111 static surveillance team, 59 assistant expenditure observers, 59 video surveillance team, 55 video viewing team and 59 accounting team, Dewangan informed. He further stated that apart from these, an income tax surveillance team will be deployed in every district while air intelligence team will be deployed in Imphal, Agartala, Guwahati, Silchar and Aizawl airport. He said general public can lodge complaint through Public Grievance Redressal System which can be reached via Whatsapp number ? 9436021798, toll free number- 1950, [email protected], Twitter account ? The CEO Manipur or @ceomanipur, mobile app- e-Manipur Election. The dedicated email address of Income Tax is [email protected](This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Assembly Elections: Election Commission issues do’s and don’ts for poll officers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission has directed all its officers and poll observers of the five poll-bound states to be dressed appropriately and be meticulous in their conduct during election duty. The panel also directed all the officers and personnel to “remain courteous and polite in their interactions” and “speak precisely and cogently” on the issues at hand.In a two-page directive to their officers of five states — Punjab, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and Uttrakhand, the election body stated, “All officers and personnel participating in any such meeting, review, workshop or conference of the commission shall maintain highest standards of decorum, proper dress, official protocol and impeccable personal and professional conduct at all times befitting a responsible government servant.”The election body also issued directives to the officers and observers on how they should attend meetings, conferences, seminar and workshops of the commission. “All officers and personnel shall remain positively attentive and focused during proceedings in the commission meeting,” the note stated. The commission also asked the officers and personnel, participating in meetings of the panel, to come thoroughly prepared with the subject. The commission also noted that all meetings conducted by the panel for monitoring, reviewing or assessing any election related issue or subject are strictly formal occasions requiring dignified demeanour and conduct.“Strict punctuality must be ensured and all officers and personnel attending the commission’s meeting must take their seats at least 10 minutes before the arrival of the commission,” the commission stated.Further on lines of the Prime Minister’s Office banning use of mobile phones in cabinet meetings, the commission directed the electoral officers to keep their mobile switched off during official meetings and conferences. It stated: “The use of mobiles phones during the commission’s meeting is strictly prohibited and all officers must ensure that their mobiles are kept in switch -off mode silent mode to prevent any disturbance to the proceedings.”The commission decision is aimed at preventing leak of any sensitive information about the decisions and matters related to election.The Commission also issued various directions towards “enhancement of overall efficiency and effectiveness of election administration.”The panel also directed the observers and officers to download and install mobile networking application Whatsapp on their mobile phones. “All observers must frequently access the Whatsapp group and convey all urgent election related information through this platform also, besides submission of detailed reports through Observer Portal and email and fax,” stated the two page directives to all the chief election officers and observers stated. It further stated that information regarding any important incident having election related implication must immediately be brought to the notice of the commission through the Whatsapp group. The election body also stated that the facility of near-instant and faithful transmission of data through Whatsapp must be used “intelligently and constructively” to keep an alert and vigilant eye on the election process in the field. The commission also issued strict warning not to use the platform for exchanging “trivia or frivolous pleasantries”.It also warned that “no top secret or sensitive information will be shared on Whatsapp”. “In case of such information, the matter will be briefed to Chief Election Officer or Director General over phone,” the panel stated.

Jallikattu: Supporters organise rally in Chennai for seeking permission to hold bull-taming sport

Chennai: Scores of jallikattu supporters on Sunday organised a rally seeking permission to hold the bull-taming sport coinciding with the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal, a week away.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Separately, young volunteers, mostly college students, observed a day-long fast seeking urgent measures to address the farmers’ problems in the state following drought in many districts.

At the Marina beach, hundreds of jallikattu suppporters turned up seeking permission for holding it, against which the Supreme Court upheld a ban last year. The volunteers held banners and posters demanding that the sport be held this year.

Most of them insisted that they did not owe allegiance to any outfit or political party but wanted the ‘traditional Tamil sport’ to be conducted this Pongal, i.e the coming week. Folk percussion instruments and a decorated bull added to the scene at Marina.

The Supreme Court in November last had dismissed the plea of the state government seeking review of its 2014 judgement banning use of bulls for jallikattu events in the state.

Political parties including DMK have been pressing the Centre and state government to take steps to hold the sport coinciding with Pongal this year.

At Chepauk, a group of volunteers sat on a day-long fast seeking measures to address the agrarian distress in the state following drought.

In both cases, the volunteers, mainly comprising the young and educated, said they were drawn by online messages spread through Facebook and WhatsApp.

First Published On : Jan 8, 2017 18:33 IST

Congress MLAs lash out at Kiran Bedi for ‘autocratic functioning’, ask Centre to rein her

Puducherry: Openly attacking Lt Governor Kiran Bedi in the backdrop of tense ties with the Congress regime in Puducherry, the ruling party MLAs barring the ministers and the Assembly Speaker on Friday accused her of acting in a “dictatorial style” and sought the Centre’s intervention to rein her.

A day after Bedi cancelled the orders of Chief Minister V Narayanasamy banning use of social media for official
communication, eight of the 15 Congress MLAs in the Union Territory said they have sent a joint memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh complaining about her “publicity mongering” and “rigidly autocratic style of functioning”.

Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi. ReutersPuducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi. Reuters

Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi. Reuters

“If Puducherry has to be a progressive Union Territory it cannot be retrograde in communications. Hence @CM_Puducherry’s order stands cancelled: @PMOIndia (sic),” Bedi tweeted yesterday, in an escalation of tense ties with the Congress government in Puducherry.

Addressing a joint press conference, the MLAs said Bedi was not acting in coordination with the elected ministry since assuming the office on 29 May last.

Former minister K Lakshminarayanan, the spokesman of the group of MLAs, said they urged Singh to intervene and direct Bedi to “function in conformity with the decisions the elected government takes instead of acting arbitrarily and in a dictatorial style.”

“We have drawn the attention of the Union Home Minister to undemocratic and publicity mongering conduct of Kiran
Bedi,” he said.

Out of the 15 Congress MLAs in the 30-member Assembly, eight addressed the press meet. The other seven legislators are incumbents of constitutional posts such as chief minister, ministers and Speaker.

Asked if they wanted the Centre to recall the Lt Governor, Lakshminarayanan said “We do not make such demand.
We only urge the Union Home Minister to intervene and prevent Kiran Bedi from acting arbitrarily and from contravening all the set rules and regulations and encroaching upon the powers of the elected ministry.”

The memorandum, a copy of which was distributed to media, said that ever since Bedi assumed office “her conduct was in such a nature that it was reminiscent of what Administrator would be like if Puducherry was under President’s rule.”

It said the chief minister with about 25 years of experience as a parliamentarian and Union minister did not
want any collision course with her and desired to have ‘cordial relations’ with the Lt Governor for smooth
functioning of the respective democratic institutions.

“Unfortunately this had not been reciprocated in the proper spirit by the Lt Governor,” the memorandum said, adding the cancellation of the CM’s order against social media usage had sent “an open signal for collision course chosen by Lt Governor against an elected government.

“It was also stated that in the event of any difference of opinion with elected government, the Lt Governor should endeavour to settle by mutual discussions and at the most by making a reference to the Centre to tackle any disagreement as had been laid down in statues.

“But unfortunately from day one Kiran Bedi had been rigidly autocratic and uncompromising in her attitude towards
elected government’s management of the administration giving rise to controversies and drawing criticisms from various sections including political parties,” it said.

The memorandum said her conduct was not conducive for smooth administration of Puducherry and on the contrary “it is unbecoming of a Constitutional authority appointed by the Centre to be the Administrator here”.

It sought directions from Union Home Minister to the Lt Governor “to act in conformity with elected government’s
decisions before the present situation snowballed into a constitutional crisis”.

Besides Lakshminarayanan, the other MLAs who are signatories to the memorandum are Deputy Speaker VP Sivakolundhu, government whip R K R Anandaraman, V Vijayaveny, E Theeppainthan, T Jayamoorthy, N Dhanavelu, and M NR Balan.

The latest friction in the ties between Bedi and the government came after Bedi cancelled the chief minister’s
2 January order banning use of WhatsApp for official communication even as Bedi was pushing with her plan to
promote WhatsApp communication by officials.

She had recently formed a WhatsApp group for exchange of information and details of implementation of various
government schemes with an Officer on Special Duty at Raj Nivas as the group administrator.

The government’s circular was seen as a counter to Bedi suspending a Puducherry Civil Service officer for posting an “obscene” video clip on the WhatsApp group.

First Published On : Jan 6, 2017 22:33 IST

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