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Indian embassy’s camp office in Nepal’s Biratnagar to be shut down

Indian embassy’s camp office in Nepal’s Biratnagar will soon be shut down and re-located, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Monday.During his visit to Nepal last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed this decision to Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.The Biratnagar camp office, according to the MEA, was opened in 2008 to deal with the situation arising out of devastating Koshi floods.‘The purpose for which this camp office was opened has been fulfilled. GoI (Government of India) had already decided to wind up the Camp Office and re-locate the personnel. This decision was conveyed by Prime Minister Modi to his Nepalese counterpart during his visit to Nepal last week. The PM of Nepal thanked PM (Narendra Modi) for informing him about this decision,’ MEA’s official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.In 2008, Nepal allowed India to set up a temporary field office to issue passes for vehicles to ply Indian roads in the nearby regions after a 17 km stretch of the East-West highway was damaged due to Koshi floods, according to Kathmandu Post.The office initially was set up in Sunsari. It was later shifted to Biratnagar. Currently, it is located at Malaya Road on the Koshi Highway. During his visit, PM Modi had said that Nepal is on top of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, and both countries are incomplete without each other. “Without Nepal, India’s faith is incomplete. Without Nepal, India’s history is incomplete. Without Nepal, India’s dhams are incomplete. Without Nepal, our Ram is incomplete,” PM Modi said.He said the two neighbours can work on 5Ts — Tradition, Trade, Tourism, Technology and Transport — to achieve progress and prosperity.It was the first high-level visit from India since the formation of a new government in Nepal this year.The Modi government has identified 15 Indian destinations, including Ayodhya, Nandigram, Hampi and Nagpur, for development under the Ramayana Circuit theme.
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Pakistan does it again, violates ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Arnia Sector

The Pakistani troops on Tuesday violated ceasefire upon the Indian Territory in Jammu and Kashmir’s Arnia sector.On a related note, residents of the Arnia sector have migrated to safer places after Pakistan continued to violate ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) on Monday.The locals had arranged food for those affected by firing from the other side of the border.Earlier on May 18, Pakistan violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in RS Pura and Arnia sectors, killing a total of five people including one Border Security Force (BSF) jawan and four civilians.The Central government has ordered to suspend the security operations against terrorist in the state during the holy month of Ramzan.The Home Ministry said the decision has been taken to help the “peace-loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment”.However, it clarified that the security forces “reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people”. Meanwhile, schools along a section of the International Border (IB) were today shut by authorities due to firing and shelling by Pakistani troops, officials said. The schools were in the 5-kilometre range from the IB.”The schools along the IB in Jammu, Samba and Kathua were closed because of the firing and shelling by the Pakistani troops, divisional level officials said.Over 150 schools are situated in the range along the IB in the region, they said.For the past one week, Pakistani Rangers and Army have directly targeted civilians areas, killing six people, including two BSF jawans, and causing injuries to 18 people along the IB.The officials said the situation was tense as the Pakistani troops have been firing intermittently from across the border. In fact, on Monday, the Pakistan Rangers again started unprovoked firing and shelling along the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday night, hours after “pleading” with the BSF to stop firing, after being pounded with heavy artillery that left a trooper dead across the border.Small-arms firing from the Pakistani side started around 10.30 pm at Narayanpur in the Ramgarh sector and was followed by mortar firing, aimed at the forward posts of the BSF and villages along the border, an officer of the border-guarding force told PTI. The officer, who requested not to be named, said the BSF troops guarding the border retaliated to silence the Pakistani guns and the exchange of fire between the two sides was going on when the last reports came in.However, there was no report of any casualty, he added.Earlier on Sunday, the BSF said the Pakistan Rangers “pleaded” with themto stop firing along the IB, after being pounded with heavy artillery that left a Pakistani trooper dead.The BSF also released a 19-second thermal-imagery footage, showing the destruction of a Pakistani picket across the border, in retaliation to the unprovoked firing and shelling along the IB.
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Google Doodle remembers Raja Ram Mohan Roy on his 246th birth anniversary

On the 246th birth anniversary of Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Google Doodle remembered the father of Indian Renaissance on Tuesday. A great social and religious reformer, Raja Ram Mohan Roy was a visionary who lived during one of India’s darkest social phases. Also known as the ‘Father of Modern India’, ‘Maker of Modern India’, ‘Pioneer of Indian Journalism’, Roy fought against the practice of ‘Sati’ that required a widow to immolate herself at the pyre of her husband and caste differences.Roy was born into a high-ranking Bengali Brahmin family in West Bengal on May 22, 1772 to Ramakanto Roy and Tarini Devi. In 1828, Roy founded the Brahmo Samaj, an influential movement that united Brahmos, a group of people who are against Idol worship and caste discrimination that propagated the oneness of god.Roy founded Atmiya Sabha in 1815 to propagate his doctrines of monotheistic Hinduism. Roy was also a staunch supporter of the freedom of press. He published articles in different languages including English, Hindi, Persian and Bengali. Atmiya Sabha used to publish a weekly called ”Bengal Gazette’, a news paper in Persian called ‘Miratul-Akbar’ and a Bengali weekly called ‘Sambad Kaumudi’.Raja Ram Mohan Roy died on September 27, 1833 in Bristol due to meningitis.He was deeply disturbed when his sister-in-law was forcibly burned alive by his family on her husband’s funeral pyre. Three years later, he retired and concentrated on campaigning against the practice of Sati. He visited cremation grounds to keep an eye on the people who forced women to commit Sati at their husband’s pyre.It was largely due to the efforts of Raja Ram Mohan Roy that the practice of Sati was banned by the British in 1829.In 1830 he travelled to England as an ambassador of the Mughals.The title ‘Raja’ was bestowed upon him by the Mughal Emperor Akbar II in 1831.
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Maharashtra: Drones, vehicle scanners deployed to curb liquor smuggling

The state excise department is taking its fight against liquor smuggling and illegally distilled liquor to the next level by deploying technology. Soon we will see drones, vehicle scanners and boats scouting water bodies.”We have received proposals (for deployment of drones) from some district superintendents. These are being examined,” state excise commissioner Dr Ashwini Joshi told DNA. Apart from coastal areas like Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Palghar, Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri, boats will be given to units in districts like Dhule, Nandurbar and Jalgaon, which have wide riverine systems.Excise check posts will get non-intrusive vehicle scanners on lines of airports and the process for seeking quotations is underway, Joshi added.A senior state excise official said in a meeting with state excise minister Chandrashekhar Bavankule, they had also sought that the department is given the authority to access call data records (CDRs) of those accused in liquor-related cases instead of depending on the police.”Drones and boats will ensure that we can scan and reach spots in riverine areas, creeks and pockets with dense mangroves that are used to distil hooch. These areas are otherwise not accessible by road,” he said, adding that these measures would improve enforcement and increase the departments revenues.An official noted that drones and boats could be used in areas like Thane and Raigad near Mumbai where creeks were used to brew hooch. “Many a time, our staff finds it difficult to get boats on hire to reach these spots for action as the boat owners fear retribution by bootleggers. It has been our long-standing demand to purchase boats for the department though issues like their berthing and maintenance must be sorted out,” he explained.The drones could be used for aerial surveys of inaccessible areas enabling the department to act on specific inputs about illegalities.In 2017-18, the state excise department achieved a collection of Rs 13,448 crore compared to the Rs 12,500 crore target.In the last (2017-18) fiscal year, sales of country liquor fell 4.02% to end at 3,126.09 lakh bulk litres (BL) compared to 3,256.99 BL in 2016-17. Consumption of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and beer also dipped by 6.81% and 15.05% to end at 1,792.56 lakh BL and 2,759.68 lakh BL versus 1,923.56 lakh BL and 3,248.43 lakh BL. Wine sales were 62.50 lakh BL, a fall of 3.28% compared to 64.62 lakh BL in the previous year.Maharashtra follows a policy of discouraging liquor consumption through high prices and low sales and has one of the highest excise duty regimes in India. With this and neighbouring state of Gujarat under prohibition, it has also become a transit point for transporting liquor from states like Haryana and Madhya Pradesh to the dry state.
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Gujarat Congress pays tributes to Rajiv Gandhi

Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Amit Chavda recalled that it was the late prime minister who had lowered the age for voting from 21 to 18. He also said that Rajiv Gandhi had laid the foundation for ushering in the computer and telecommunication age in the country during his term as prime minister. Leader of opposition Paresh Dhanani said that the Rajiv Gandhi government had contributed tremendously to women empowerment by introducing the provision for 33% reservation for women in panchayati raj institutions.”
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Director of building company held for duping homebuyers in Noida

The director of Earth Infratech, a real estate firm, was apprehended from a hotel at Delhi’s Aerocity on Monday evening for allegedly duping thousands of home buyers in Noida and Greater Noida.According to the police, the accused has been identified as Vikas Gupta, one of the directors of the company.”We had received information that Gupta is visiting one of the hotels in Aerocity. Following the information, a team was formed and he was apprehended,” said Sanjay Bhatia, Deputy commissioner of police (Airport).During the investigation, it was found that Gupta was wanted in several cases of cheating people and a case against him was looked after by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police.”The information was shared with EOW and he was handed over to them. It also came to the fore that several cases were registered against him were under the Crime Branch of the Noida police. So, the Crime Branch was also given the information,” said Gupta.Earth Infratech had launched a big project of 11 real estate projects in NCR and abroad. Eight of these projects was to come up in Noida, Greater Noida and Gurugram. The company has several fraud cases against them registered at Gautam Budh Nagar police station.The victims who had been cheated formed an association named Earth Victims Association and claimed it is “biggest real estate scam”.
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Movies shouldn’t be only medium to know sports icons, says Sachin Tendulkar

Batting for making sports a compulsory subject in the school curriculum, the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar on Monday stated that history of Indian sports and its icons should be taught to the students to develop sports culture in the Indian society.Tendulkar was in the city to launch ‘Young and Fit India’ — an initiative taken by the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).Speaking about the importance of introduction of sports at the school level, Tendulkar said, “Along with the country’s history, the children should know about the sporting history of our country. The Hindi movies should not be the only medium to get information about our sports icons and therefore, sport should be introduced as a subject from the grassroots level. Introduction of sports as a subject will broaden the knowledge of our children.””There are some people who focus on the problems but sports inculcates the habit of focussing on solutions to the problems,” Tendulkar added.Stressing the need of taking up a sport for physical fitness, Tendulkar said, “By 2020 we will be the youngest nation in the world but young does not necessary mean fit. We are already diabetic capital of the world. in terms of obesity figures, we rank number three. We need to bring that number down. Rather than spending money on hospitals, we should use that money for constructive things.””If we want to be a healthy nation, everyone should take up at least one sports to become fit. You need not play a sport to become professional player but the sport will keep you fit,” the legendary cricketer said.Tendulkar also expressed his disappointment that there are not many grounds available to play. “There is a constraint of space. There are some grounds which are either not used or they are not allowed to use. I urge, that those schools have grounds should use for not only their own children but they should also allow children from other schools to use the facility,” he said.Tendulkar also urged the school and college administrators to take help of retired players from their locality in training children.
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Bird enthusiasts, take a boat ride along the Dahisar mangroves

If all goes as per plans, nature lovers and birding enthusiasts would be able to take a boat ride right from Borivali Jetty near Gorai to explore one of the densest and beautiful mangroves stretches all the way towards Dahisar creek.The Maharashtra State Mangrove Cell has begun working on this plan, which will be part of the mangrove park project near Dahisar link road. This would also be the second location after the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre (CMBC) at Airoli near Thane creek where Mangrove cell will be operating boat safari.The mangrove park has been planned in a 80-hectare area and will include a Nature Interpretation Centre, mangrove trails as well as boating. Incidentally, the mangrove park will be located right behind Ganpat Patil Nagar slums, on Dahisar Link Road which has mushroomed on pristine mangrove land, which has been completely destroyed in the last two decades.”The concept is to bring people closer to mangrove areas so that they can understand the rich biodiversity existing in the mangroves. There will be boardwalks to help people walk into the mangroves and enjoy bird watching as well as other nature-related activities,” informed N Vasudevan, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Mangrove Cell.He also said that they have paid the Mumbai Maritime Board (MMB) Rs 30 lakh to repair and reconstruct a small jetty so that the boating activity can be carried out from Dahisar as well. “Since we already have a jetty at Borivali from where boats ply to Gorai village, the same can be also used for the boat rides into mangroves. We are looking forward to starting the boat rides from Borivali post monsoon,” said Vasudevan.”We have carried out intensive cleaning operation in the proposed mangrove park area and removed huge amounts of trash and garbage. For security purposes, we have also set up a small office in this area where our staff will be deployed too and the work of the mangrove park can also be monitored,” said Prashant Deshmukh, Range Forest Officer, Mangrove Cell adding that the Mangrove park will become a huge attraction.
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Jodhpur lawyers protest plan to set up bench in Udaipur

Lawyers on Monday observed strike and boycotted the local courts in Jodhpur to protest against the state government’s decision to set up a committee to look into the demand for a circuit bench of the Rajasthan High Court in Udaipur. It may be mentioned here that a few days ago, lawyers in Udaipur had raised the demand of setting a high court bench there. The courts on Monday wore a deserted look and no judicial work could take place in high court and subordinate courts.The strike call was given by two prominent organisations – the High Court Advocates Association and the Lawyers Association. Both associations submitted a memorandum to the Divisional Commissioner of Jodhpur addressed to the President Ram Nath Kovind, prime minister Narendra Modi and the chief minister Vasundhara Raje demanding an immediate dissolution of the committee.Accusing the government of doublespeak, President of the High Court Advocates Association Ranjit Joshi and Chairman of the Lawyers Association Kuldeep Mathur said that on the one hand the government assured the lawyers against setting up a bench of High Court in Udaipur, while on the other, it set up a committee headed by state law minister Pushpendra Singh RanawatHe said that from the time of the integration of Rajasthan, Jodhpur has been the judicial capital.He also said that like Devasthan Department, Udaipur is the headquarters of excise and mining department. Similarly, like the Education Department is in Bikaner and the headquarters of the revenue division is in Ajmer.They also announced that they will boycott courts on Tuesday.The issueThe state government had constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Law Minister Pushpendra Singh Ranawat to look into the demand of the advocates of Udaipur for a circuit bench of the high court there.
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Community halls for councillors use? Gujarat HC issues notice to AMC

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before the vacation bench of the Gujarat High Court on Monday challenged the move by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to allow 65 councillors and 8 MLAs the use of various community halls, party plots and such without due process and in violation of the rules.It is alleged that the standing committee of the AMC through a one-line resolution allowed this to happen even though this was in violation of the normal process of booking of municipal premises.It has further alleged that the municipal premises so booked in the name of councillors for a particular function was, in fact, being used by someone else. The petition by one Khemchand Rajaram Koshti, a lawyer also alleged that the resolution ensured that all such municipal premises were booked for the year 2018 as well as 2019. The petition has called the move by the standing committee of AMC as unreasonable and abuse of power and has sought from the court that the resolution by quashed.The court has issued a notice to the AMC and the state government in the matter.The petition said the civic body runs 28 community halls, 17 party plots, 5 auditoriums and 3 picnic houses which are available for rent for the various occasion including marriages at an economical rate.The petition said information sought under the RTI Act revealed that the municipal premises like community halls were being booked eight months in advance while the rules state it can be booked only six months in advance.The RTI revealed that in some cases, the premises was booked in the name of a councillor and on that particular date the function of someone else was held there. It alleged that such collusion between the AMC and the elected representatives meant the public did not get the benefit of the premises even though it was constructed by public money.The petition said until 2008 the process of booking such a premise was done manually. From 2009 onwards it became online and anyone wishing to book a premise of the corporation had to apply six months in advance. It further added that the rent was to be paid by demand draft.
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Rajasthan Mayor, who went missing from Mumbai, found in Bengaluru after 4 days

After four days of search involving governments of two states, the ‘missing’ mayor of Pratapgarh city of Rajasthan was found in injured condition at Bengaluru. Mayor Kamlesh Dosi had severe injuries on his head and body and had been unconscious for the last four days.The search for 45-year-old Dosi, the second time mayor of Pratapgarh, had spanned from Rajasthan to Maharashtra. Rajasthan government had contacted Mumbai police to seek help in finding Dosi as he went from missing from Mumbai.Chittorgarh MP CP Joshi and UDH Minister of Rajasthan Shrichand Kriplani had reached Mumbai to expedite the search. While Joshi met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Kriplani met Mumbai DGP to seek help.Doshi had reached Mumbai on May 16 and was supposed to catch a train to Burhanpur for a religious trip. “Mumbai police traced his last location to Kurla station before his mobile went off the radar. Mumbai police scanned CCTV cameras around the hotel where he stayed and questioned the taxi driver who had dropped him to the station,” said CP Joshi while speaking to DNA from Mumbai.Footage showed Dosi getting on the train on May 17.While Mumbai police searched for Dosi, a call reached his relative Dilip Mandavat in Pratapgarh. It was a weak sounding Dosi calling from a hospital in Bangalore. He had gained consciousness on Monday. The family informed BJP leaders camping in Mumbai about the development. Immediately businessmen from Chittorgarh who were living in Bangalore were rushed to the hospital by Joshi.His family heaved a sigh of relief and celebrations began at his home. “It is a relief to hear his voice. We want to thank God and our well wishers that he is safe,” said Shantilal Dosi, the mayor’s uncle.They found Dosi with injuries on the head and body. All his belongings except for his Aadhaar card had been looted. Dosi was not in a condition to recall the sequence of events. But prima facie it appears that Dosi had been drugged and looted.Doshi is being taken to Ahmedabad by flight and from there he will be taken to Pratapgarh by road. He is expected to reach his home late in the night.Home at lastPrima facie it appears that Mayor Kamlesh Dosi had been drugged and looted. He is being taken to Ahmedabad by flight and from there he will be taken to Pratapgarh by road. He is expected to reach his home late in the night.
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Gujarat: A year later, fuming RTE parents claim school charging excess money

Few parents of children studying under RTE Act have approached the District Education Officer (DEO) expressing their concerns over behaviour of the school.A mother of Bansri Rajnikumar, Sapnaben in her letter to DEO stated that after a year of studying under RTE, a school in Narol is demanding fees under various names. She said, “The school this year has sought money for books and other things and told us that they are charging because they have received less funds from the government to sponsor an RTE child. When we inquired about the Act, as realised that we are not supposed to pay any fees. We want DEO to investigate the matter.”Another parent requesting anonymity said, “We have got admission this year for our son. But when we went to the school, in Vejalpur, they said that the child should know English as it is an English medium school. We have tried to meet the DEO but he was not available. The last date to submit and confirm admission is till 26th.” When DNA attempted to contact Navneet Mehta, DEO, Ahmedabad city, he was not available for a comment.This year, the state government has been quite vigilant in terms of checking the documentation of parents to avoid fake admissions. Time and again, state education minister has voiced his opinion how his officials will ensure no fake admission is being given.MINISTER SPEAKState education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said, “No school can charge fees from RTE parents under any circumstances. Once we receive complaints, action will be taken against the school.”
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Two criminals nabbed in separate encounters in National Capital Region

Two wanted criminals, accused in a number of cases of heinous crimes, were arrested after a gunfight with the police in two separate encounters in the national Capital Region on Sunday night.In the first encounter at the Tronica city area of Ghaziabad, the police had received information that two bike-borne criminals had looted a businessman. The information was made viral through a walkie-talkie.”A team was formed and the accused were spotted hiding off the road. They were asked to stop, however, the pillion rider fired the bullet at the police party and tried to flee. One of the bullets brushed through the shoulder of a constable,” said a senior police officer.After a brief encounter, the pillion rider, identified as Dilshad, received bullet injury on the leg while the other accused managed to flee away taking advantage of the darkness.”We have recovered .32 bore country-made pistol and one .315 bore pistol along with 4 live cartridges,” said the senior police officer.Dilshad is wanted in several cases of rape, attempt to murder, loot and theft across the NCR.In the second encounter which was reported from greater Noida, Manish who allegedly has links with the Chhota Shakeel gang was arrested after a brief encounter. The police said that during the routine checking the accused, along with another assailant, was asked to stop, however, they fired at the police party.”The two were chased and during the crossfire, a bullet hit Manish in the right leg. While Manish fell off the bike and was apprehended, his accomplice riding pillion managed to escape in the dark,” said a senior police officer.Police said that Manish had links with Chhota Shakeel and was a member of the gang that had been given the contract to kill Chakrapani Maharaj, who claims allegiance to the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha. Maharaj had bought underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s car for Rs 32,000 at an auction in Mumbai in 2015 and burnt it in Ghaziabad..RECOVERIES MADEA senior police officer said that they have recovered a .32 bore country-made pistol and one .315 bore pistol along with 4 live cartridges from Dilshad. On the other hand, Manish allegedly has links with Chhota Shakeel
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Rise in cases registered under POCSO in Mumbai

The city, it seems, is not as safe for children as you would wish it to be. After brouhaha over series of incidents over cruelty on children across the country, there is some bad news from the city too. There is a jump in the number of cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) as per information provided under RTI.From 494 cases that were registered between April ’16 to March ’17, the figures have jumped to 596 only in seven months of September ’17 to March ’18. The Mumbai police, while providing information, stated that it was asked to compile the figures only from September 2017 onwards and hence it could not provide information from April ’17 onwards. This when it had given information about the previous year to the applicant.The information was provided to RTI applicant Chetan Kothari. Kothari had also sought details on gang rape cases registered, cases of rape and kidnapping and those missing. As per the information provided, in the 596 cases registered between April ’17 to March ’18, the number of victims stood at 602. This was more than 509 victims in April ’16 to March ’17 in which 499 people were arrested. The number of people arrested during September ’17 to March ’18 was not provided for this year.”Its good that cases are being reported, but rise in the number of victims is worrisome. Now it is on police, hospitals, prosecution and judiciary to work together and ensure that victim gets justice. Sooner people are convicted, the number will fall. Some months ago we had a workshop with some judges and we asked them to expedite the cases so that judgements are given soon,” Santosh Shinde, member, Maharashtra State Child Rights Commission.According to figures provided, there were nine gang rape cases registered between April ’17 to March ’18. Cases of rape and kidnapping in the same period stood at 802 and 2,169. That of people gone missing stood at 11,864. Of these, the number of women was higher at 6,246 while of men was 5,618. Most women in the age group of 16 to 25 went missing. The police, however, managed to trace a number of them while some were found dead. Those who continued to be missing were 816 men and 1,881 women.
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Linking Aadhaar to ration card saved 3.64L MT food grains in Maharashtra

Minister for food and civil supplies Girish Bapat on Monday revealed that a total of 3.64 lakh metric tonnes of food-grains were saved after linking Aadhaar with ration cards. These food-grains now would be provided to 99 lakh additional beneficiaries in the state.Stating that 99 lakh more beneficiaries can be included into the public distribution system, Bapat added that after introducing AEPDS (Aadhaar Enabled Public Distribution System) it is not possible for anyone to avail food-grains on ration cards without Aadhaar card. After providing PoS (point of sale) machines throughout the state to 55 thousand fair price rationing shops, it was found that in the financial year 2017-18, 3.64 lakh 800 metric tonnes of food-grains were saved.Bapat informed that the state has completed 96.62 per cent seeding of Aadhar and it is not possible for bogus beneficiaries to avail food-grains on PDS. Bapat admitted that there used to be an irregularity in food-grains distribution on rationing shops which is now made fool-proof. He also said that 10 lakh beneficiaries were deleted from the list since they were either deceased or having their names in two places or found to be non-existent after the physical visits to households.The minister informed that for availing benefits of PDS, cardholders would have to link their ration cards with Aadhar and also fulfil the e-KYC (electronic Know Your Customer) system. He told that for rural areas the income limit is up to Rs 44,000 per annum and for urban areas it is Rs 59,000 per annum.Bapat informed that the Union Government has provided a quota of Rs 7.05 crores for providing food-grains under Anna Suraksha act. That state Government has also provided food-grains at Rs. 2 and 3 per kilogram for farmers in the 14 districts from Vidarbha and Marathwada which are suicides hit districts, he said.SAVINGS UPTICKDepartment has a turnover of Rs 14,000 cr/year and after AEPDS and PoS, there is a saving of almost 30% per year. It means after deployment of tech, state saved Rs 4200 cr in 2017-18.
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Rajasthan High Court imposes fine of Rs 50,000 on govt, orders to recover from guilty officers

In the matter of high-security number plate, Rajasthan High Court has expressed displeasure over declaring the petitioner company ineligible in the technical bid, even after the court order. Along with this, the court has imposed a fine of Rs.50,000 on the state government and asked them to recover the damages from the guilty officers. Apart from this, the court has also ordered the department to take action against the guilty officers. The single bench of Justice SP Sharma gave this order while accepting the petition filed by the Real Mazon firm. The court has also ordered to include the petitioner firm in the financial bid.In the petition, Advocate Sandeep Pathak mentioned that the petitioner firm had applied for the contract for high security number plate on vehicles. But, the State Government disqualified it in the technical bid. Against this, the division of High Court passed an order to allow the petitioner to join the bid. The state government and another firm went to the Supreme Court against the order, where the SC dismissed their SLP. Even after that, the government declared the petitioned ineligible once again.
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Delhi Metro’s Janakpuri-Kalkaji section to be operative from next week

Boosting connectivity further between South and south-west parts of the Capital, the 25.6-kilometre long Janakpuri West-Kalkaji Mandir Metro corridor will become operational from May 29. It will be formally flagged off by Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs (Independent Charge) Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on May 28 from the Nehru Enclave Metro station.Passenger services on the stretch will begin at 6 am on Friday from Kalkaji Mandir and Janakpuri West stations, simultaneously. This section, comprising 16 stations, will be the longest operation stretch in Delhi Metro’s Phase 3, so far. With the opening of this stretch, the entire 38.2-kilometre long Janakpuri West – Botanical Garden Magenta corridor covering the city’s arterial Outer Ring Road will become operational.The corridor holds special significance with two new interchange facilities coming up at Janakpuri West (with the Dwarka – Noida/Vaishali Blue Line) and Hauz Khas (with the HUDA City Centre – Samaypur Badli Yellow line). The domestic terminals of the Indira Gandhi International Airport will also get directly connected by the Metro. The new interchange will also reduce travel time for commuters travelling from Gurugram as they will be able to change trains at Hauz Khas to reach south Delhi and Noida. The expected time of travel is being pegged at 50 minutes. Meanwhile, Noida residents will have the advantage of direct connectivity to the domestic terminal of the airport.This corridor will cover as many as 16 stations. These include-Janakpuri West, Dabri Mor, Dashrathpuri, Palam, Sadar Bazar, Terminal 1 – IGI Airport, Shankar Vihar, Vasant Vihar, Munirka, RK Puram, Hauz Khas, IIT, Panchsheel Park, Chirag Delhi, GK Enclave, Nehru Enclave. Of the 25.6-kilometre long section, 23 kilometres are underground and the rest is elevated.
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Constable Lalita Salve get govt nod for sex change surgery

Lalita Salve, a 29-year-old woman police constable from Maharashtra’s Beed district has finally received a written permission from Maharashtra’s home department to undergo a sex change surgery last week.After getting the go-ahead for the surgery, Salve who has heaved a sigh of relief would be coming to Mumbai on Tuesday for a medical check-up for further treatment.”After a long struggle, I have finally received a permission from the government. I am really glad. I am thankful to our Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis who considered my request and granted the permission. I had met him in March this year and he had assured me that I will receive the permission,” Salve told DNA while she was on the way to Mumbai from Beed.”We have received the permission from home department for the medical procedure and we have conveyed it to her. Her leaves have been also sanctioned after we received the permission,” said G Sreedhar, Beed superintendent of police told DNA.”However we are yet to ascertain as to in which position she will be joining back. We have written a letter to Director General of Maharashtra office asking for the clarity on the same which is yet to come,” he added considering the fact that the eligibility criteria while recruiting women are different from men. While, for male candidates, the required height is 165 cm, for the women, it’s 161 cm. For the men, the chest measurement needs to be between 79 and 84 cm; for the women, there’s no such requirement. The question lingers whether Salve would be able to meet the requirement after the surgery.Salve, born in June 1988 had undergone a medical test in 2014, which indicated she had male genes.While men have X and Y sex chromosomes, women have two X chromosomes.Doctors had said she had gender dysphoria and had advised her to undergo a sex reassignment surgery. In 2016, Salve again took a test at J J Hospital which suggested her the same.GENDER DYSPHORIASalve had undergone a medical test in 2014, which indicated she had male genes Doctors said that she had gender dysphoria and advised her to undergo a sex reassignment surgery She received a written permission home govt to undergo a sex change surgery last week
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Jaipur: SMS School to be under child rights panel lens

The activities of SMS school will now be under the lens of Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (RSCPCR). The commission has formed a committee which will monitor the activities going on in the school. In an order issued by the commission, it has been stated that a monitoring committee, due to the irregularities in the school, has been formed. The decision was taken after a meeting commission had on Monday. The members of the commission SP Singh, Seema Joshi and Jayshree Garg will be the members of this panel. The committee will keep a watch on the activities for 3 months and will also take the support of the department of education and child welfare committee.Interestingly, the school has already closed for summer vacations. In Jaipur, normally the schools are closed for about one and a half month to two months and only office staff comes to the schools. In this way, it means that for a major part of the tenure of the committee, school students will not be coming to school.About 6 days back, a team comprising chairperson Manan Chaturvedi, member secretary V Sarwana Kumar and others had visited the school. It was being speculated that day itself that a committee will be formed soon based on the findings of the members who had been to the school. The commission had stepped into the controversy going on in school after several students approached the commission complaining about various issues of the school, including complaints regarding corporal punishment.Another issue…Another issue which the panel felt was related to making of the school management committee which is to be formed under the provisions of RTE. The members were of the view that provisions were being flouted as the committee was not formed properly.
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Ahmedabad airport sees a surplus of over 100% in five years

With an increase of 72% revenue, Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel International airport has recorded an increase of over 100% in surplus in a span of five years.As per numbers shared by airport officials, in 2013-14, the revenue was Rs 217.92 crores which shot up to Rs 375.67 crores in 2017-18. As far as surplus is concerned, the difference was of nearly 62 crores increase in a span of five years.The airport officials credit a massive increase in passenger movements and aviation traffic from Gujarat. The city airport, for many years, was at the receiving end of criticism over basic facilities like toilets as well as the quality of seats.In 2016, the Ahmedabad chapter of Air Passengers Association of India (APAI) had taken up the issue of drafting their concerns to the then airport director. The members had then said, “A number of issues will continue to plague Ahmedabad airport due to privatisation of some of the airports. Passengers are becoming increasingly discerning. They are enjoying all the facilities and benefits that they are getting at the private airports. It is only reasonable for air passengers to expect the same level of facilities at leading airports like Ahmedabad.”However, the city airport has undergone massive changes — in terms of decreased number of bird hits, major development plan being undertaken, etc — over last one year. Manoj Gangal, Airport director, SVPI said, “There has been an increase in aircraft movement as well as an increase in non-aero revenue from stores at airport, car parking, advertisement rights, etc. Revenue will shoot up again in the current financial year with upcoming food court, lounge facility, a number of restaurants at terminal 1 and terminal 2. By the end of this year, we will have 19 more aircraft parking stands which would enable us to provide a number of flights and diverse connectivity.”Recently, the airport was also awarded by the Airports Council International in the category of most improved airports by region. A frequent traveller Paresh Shah said, “Queues have vanished from the departure terminal but the cab issue has still not being solved. If they pay some attention to cabs, it will help passengers. Also, there is a need for a good business lounge.”Changes at city airport in last yearNew flight information display system Self check-in counters Additional gates Doubling up seating capacity
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1.5L registrations at Delhi University portal for undergraduate courses till Monday

As many as 1.5 lakh aspirants have registered at the Delhi University’s (DU) portal for undergraduate admissions in 2018-19 till Monday evening, six days after the registration process begun.According to an official data released by the University, a total of 14,8910 aspirants have registered at the DU online portal. Of which, 59262 are male and 50322 are female aspirants. “There are 59180 paid applications, out of which, 29538 are male, 29638 are female and 4 registered under the others category,” the university’s admission department said in a statement.In 2018, the university has provided a single portal for applications for both merit-based and entrance-based admissions to undergraduate courses. Till 2017, the registration for entrance based admissions was separate.The candidates will get time to complete their application forms till June 7. They can also edit the form till they make the payment. The fee will have to be paid online. Students under the reserved category have to scan and upload relevant documents while filling the form. Applicants applying under the sports quota will have to upload three recent certificates, after which a centralised fitness test and trial will be held. An additional fee will be charged for those applying under the sports quota as well as extracurricular activities quota.There will be entrance tests for several undergraduate courses, including BA (Hons) in Humanities and Social Sciences, BTech in Information Technology and Mathematical Innovation, BA Elementary Education, BA in Physical Education, Multimedia and Mass Communication, Music and Fine Arts and the five-year integrated course in Journalism.
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Congress burns Modi government effigy in Jaipur

Congressmen on Monday hit the city streets to protest against the inflated price of fuel. Accusing the Modi government of hiking prices post-Karnataka assembly election, the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) chief Sachin Pilot has demanded the government to slash taxes on petrol and diesel.“Since BJP led government came into power, it is working on a policy to hike fuel prices day by day. The saffron party fought the election, sought votes from the people promising to control fuel prices which it forgot when started to rule. Ironically, the crude oil prices at the international level have been slashed drastically compared to the UPA rules. There is no relief and people are being robbed by the government,” said Pilot.Congress leaders and workers staged a protest at Collectorate Circle. They shouted slogans and burnt effigy of Modi Government, accusing it of breaking common man’s spine while burdening with regular hikes without any break.The only relief from the continuous hike they got was when the campaigning for Karnataka election was on, they alleged, demanding the fuels under GST ambit.Pilot blamed the Centre’s dynamic pricing policy for the unexpected hike. “Instead of giving relief to the people, the government is levying 47 percent taxes on petrol and 38 on diesel. The unexpected hike has caused inflation on other goods and services as the transportation turned costly too,” added Pilot.
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Hundreds flee border areas as Pakistan intensifies shelling

Hundreds of people have fled their homes after Pakistan Rangers shelled civilian areas, leaving seven people injured along the International Border (IB) in Arnia and RS Pura sectors of Jammu division.All the schools and educational institutions on the IB have been closed and people have been asked to shift to safer areas after intense shelling from Pakistan.The fresh bout of shelling started on Sunday night when Pakistan Rangers used heavy caliber weapons to target civilian areas, deep inside the hinterland.Pakistan Rangers also shelled the police station in Arnia, injuring a Special Police Officer. Six others were injured in different villages in the Arnia.Pakistan Rangers have used long range weapons including 120-mm mortars, which has a range of seven kilometres, and 82 mm mortars, having range of 4.5 kilometres, to inflict maximum damage deep into the civilian areas.”There was heavy shelling since morning. The shelling was so heavy that some shells landed in the interior of the Arnia town. One shell landed on the police station. We have asked the people in the Arnia town to vacate. The population of the town must be 10,000-12,000,” said Arun Manhas, additional deputy commissioner, Jammu.The fresh shelling has occurred a day after Pakistan pleaded for ceasefire after BSF launched a fire assault, destroying the Rangers post on the other side of the International Border.Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti visited RS Pura and condoled with the families whose kin were killed in cross-border shelling at Arnia and RS Pura.Six people, including two BSF men, have been killed and over two dozen injured in the cross-border shelling since May 15 on the International Border in the Jammu division.”People of the state, who have gone through very tough times in the past and want to live a peaceful life, free from violence and killings. Centre’s move of halting security operations has generated hope among people, who expect positive reciprocation by all stakeholders to let people of the state come out of the zero-sum game of killings and uncertainty,” she said.The chief minister said that the way North and South Korea decided to walk on peaceful engagement is an encouraging signal to the entire world, signalling that issues, no matter how complex, can only be settled through negotiations peacefully as violence only kills, both humans and the spirit as well.Chief Minister Mufti disbursed cash assistance of Rs one lakh each among the families whose kin were killed in the cross-border shelling of past few days. This assistance is over and above the ex-gratia relief already paid to them through Jammu Divisional administration. She also directed the Jammu Divisional administration to prepare a report of the damages suffered (to houses and dwelling units) during the border shelling.Safety FirstAll schools and educational institutions on the IB have been closed and people have been asked to shift to safer areas. Pakistan Rangers also shelled the police station in Arnia
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Vegetables likely to get dearer: APMC

Amid the recent hike in price of petrol and diesel, the traders at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Vashi opine that this will directly impact the retailers and farmers as their cost for transporting the vegetables will increase.The traders added that it will have an indirect effect on the price of vegetables as the retailers will increase the price for the same to recover the added cost due fuel hike.”In the past three years, the cost of diesel has increased by almost Rs 30-35 and this has affected the ultimate buyers who are citizens buying vegetables or fruits from the market,” said Shankar Pingle, former director of APMC and a trader.Diesel, considered to be the transporter’s fuel, was being sold at Rs 72.21 in Mumbai on Monday and petrol was being sold at Rs 84.40.Additionally, farmers use diesel-powered tractors and pumps. The fuel price hike may also see an increase in their operational cost and this may result in selling their products at a higher rate.Traders from the APMC indicated towards a gradual increase in prices of vegetables, fruits, groceries and other essential items due to the fuel price going up tremendously.”The price of mangoes may have an impact this year towards the end of the season if the price of diesel witnesses a steady increase and we might not see the price of mangoes going down towards the end of season like every year,” said a trader from APMC.
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Admission to Jawaharlal Nehru University’s School of Engineering starts

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) kicked off the admission process for its newly formed School of Engineering on Monday. The students will be admitted based on the ranking in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), 2018, ranks.According to a statement released by the University, 50 students will be admitted in each stream for its five-year dual degree programme of B.Tech. and M.Tech./M.S with specialisation in Social Science/Humanities/Science/Technology. “With the approval of ordinance related to School of Engineering in its 145th Academic Council Meeting held on 18th May 2018, Jawaharlal Nehru University is ready to welcome its inaugural batch of students in two different programmes of engineering degrees: Computer Science Engineering and Electronics and Communications,” university administration said in a statement.The University said that the School of Engineering will use a multi-disciplinary approach to imparting education. “Technology today cuts across almost all the disciplines, and an engineering graduate with specialization in Humanities, Sciences and Technology, etc. will be better able to perform in the modern world, where understanding of various aspects of Economics, Commerce, History, Politics and indeed Linguistic ability becoming increasingly desirable for a successful career,” it said.The School of Engineering is one of the major initiatives of the university in the past two years. The University Grants Commission had accepted its proposal and allocated seed money for its infrastructure.
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School goers to suffer as bus fees to go up by 13% in Mumbai

With the hike in fuel prices, the School Bus Owners Association (SBOA) which runs over 8,000 buses in the city has announced that it would increase the bus fees for school students by around 13 per cent beginning from June 1 2018.Anil Garg, the president of SBOA said, “With the increase in fuel prices, bus owners find it extremely difficult to continue providing the bus service in the same rates. Apart from the increased fuel prices, we also have to pay toll charges even while plying on internal roads. We have no option but to charge parents more to meet the increased costs”. Garg said that the revised charges would be applicable from June 1, 2018.With the new rates being introduced at the beginning of the academic year, they will pinch the pockets of parents. “It would really hit parents very hard as they would have to pay the school fees and the increased bus charges at the same time” said Arundhati Chavan, President of the PTA United Forum.Garg said that the government has not given any attention to issues faced by bus owners in the last few years. “They should realise that if we continue bearing more and more costs, it is going to ultimately affect students and their parents” he added.
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Age no bar: This Delhi University aspirant is 67 years old

Among hundreds of curious teenagers, who turned up to attend the Delhi University’s (DU) counselling session on Monday, was 67-year-old Nagesh Chaddha, who also wants to take admission and study further. After failing to get admission in an MA course in Urdu last year, the retired employee of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) is now ready to enroll in any course just to fulfil his dream of attending regular classes.Mistaken as the grandfather of an aspirant or a varsity official by most participants at the session, Chaddha wants to set an example for the youngsters. ” I am here to ask for the officials’ suggestion regarding which course will suit my personality now. I had tried to take admission last year as well but did not get any assistance from the university,” he said.Grandfather of three, Chaddha, had joined the LIC in 1974 after his father’s death, but his desire to study did not die and he applied for BCom course under DU’s distance education option. “I completed the course with 56 per cent marks in 1977. My score was actually good even by today’s standard,” he said.He has also done an advanced diploma in Urdu language from DU in 2016. “I waited for 40 years to live my dream of learning Urdu,” he said, proudly showing his Urdu diploma certificate. On being queried about his interest in the Urdu language, he said, “My father left behind some diaries written in Urdu. I always wanted to read them. So, I decided to learn the language.” He is now pursuing a diploma in Persian Language.Desired to join regular classes, he has now been trying to enroll in a regular masters course in DU for the past two years. “I had approached each and every official in the university administration but did not get any help. They had given me options to join certificate courses but I want to join a proper degree course. I had even written to the vice-chancellor but received no response,” Chaddha said.Commenting on Chaddha’s candidature, Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, Deputy Dean, Student Welfare, said, “There is no age bar in any course in DU. We also have 70-year-olds pursuing several diploma courses. He met us last year and we asked him to follow a procedure but then he did not turn up. We are yet to receive his application this year.”OLD IS GOLDMistaken as the grandfather of an aspirant or as a Delhi University official by most participants at the varsity’s counselling session, Chaddha wants to set an example for youngsters
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Maharashtra: People fume as fuel price hike burns a hole in their pockets

No soon than the government declared increase in petrol and diesel prices, private bus operators clarified that they have no option but to increase their fares by nearly 25 to 30 per cent from June. On Monday, petrol was sold at Rs 76.24 per litre in Delhi, Rs 84.07 per litre in Mumbai, Rs 79.13 in Chennai and Rs 78.91in Kolkata. While diesel was sold at Rs 67.82 per litre, Rs 70.37 per litre, Rs 72.21 per litre and Rs 71.59 per litre respectively. “In the last two years, fuel prices have gone up from Rs 40 to Rs 84. It is getting very difficult for us to maintain the existing rates and so we are likely to hike fares by 25-30 per cent,” said Harsh Kotak, general secretary of the Mumbai Bus Malak Sanghatana.There are around 33,000 private buses in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region that also includes 13,000 buses operating in Mumbai. These buses mainly ferry domestic and foreign tourists. Several corporate companies hire the private operators to transport their employees as well, even schools hire these private bus operators to ferry students. Not to forget small groups that hire private buses for family outings and functions. If one thought travelling will become costlier then even eating out could be in question. Hoteliers said that their businesses will get affected as the surge in fuel prices will force people to spend less on leisure and eating out. “When fuel hike affects the prices of vegetables and fruits then we are forced to increase food cost on our menu,” said Santosh Shetty, president of the Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association. Sources said that transportation is a major concern and any hike in fuel prices will directly affect the end prices of raw material.NO DINING OUTEating out could be costlier due to the rise in fuel prices as demands will fall Hoteliers said that their businesses will get affected as the surge in fuel prices will leave very little for people to spend on leisure and eating out
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HD Kumaraswamy, Gandhis ‘fine-tune’ Karnataka

JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi here on Monday, while the two parties worked on an initial power sharing-arrangement in Karnataka. Leaders are engaged in back-channel talks on the Number 2 and portfolios in the new government. Kumaraswamy will take oath as Karnataka’s Chief Minister on Wednesday.Kumaraswamy also met and requested a string of leaders to attend his swearing-in, billed as an event to mobilise anti-BJP forces ahead of next year’s general elections. “I wanted to show my respect and regards to the Gandhi family. That’s why I came here. I requested them to be present at the oath-taking ceremony and both of them agreed to be there,” he said.Rahul said that he discussed the political situation in Karnataka and other matters of mutual interest. “I will be attending his swearing-in,” he said on Twitter.Senior Congress leaders KC Venugopal and Ghulam Nabi Azad and JD(S) leaders will hold a meeting in Bengaluru on Tuesday again, where power-sharing modalities would be worked out.Kumaraswamy has ruled out that the CM’s post will be shared with Congress. He said he was confident that the coalition government with Congress in Karnataka will be stable and dynamic. Rahul is expected to have a meeting with senior Congress leaders and influential local leaders in Karnataka to finalise the modalities.A maximum of 33 ministerial berths can be allotted as per the maximum limit of 15% of the total strength of the Assembly. The challenge before JD(S) and Congress is to keep their flock of 37 and 78 MLAs intact while distributing ministerial berths. “We don’t want it to be confined only to power-sharing but a future alliance… Both reciprocated the feelings,” said Venugopal.It was decided that Congress will get the post of the Speaker. “We haven’t agreed on Deputy Chief Minister. We have asked the two state units to work this out and even the power-sharing formula,” Venugopal said.Congress wants two positions of Deputy Chief Minister — one for a Lingayat candidate and the other for a Dalit, but that is not acceptable to JD(S), sources say. DK Shivakumar, G Parameshwara and MB Patil are among those in the race for the proposed second post.Leaders of 11 Opposition parties and Chief Ministers of four states — Andhra Pradesh’s N Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana’s K Chandrashekar Rao, West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee and Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal — are expected to attend Kumaraswamy’s oath ceremony. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan may also attend the event.BS Yeddyurappa formed government on Wednesday, but had to quit three days later without facing a trust vote as BJP — though the single-largest party — remained short of majority. JD(S) and Congress, who had fought against each other, then staked claim to form a coalition government. This is the biggest political setback for BJP and a rare success for Congress after Narendra Modi swept to power at the Centre four years ago.
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Central government plans Bill in Parliament to scrap ‘no-detention’ rule

The Central government plans to introduce a bill in the Parliament soon to scrap the existing ‘No-Detention’ clause, which currently does not allow schools to ‘detain’ students between classes 5 and 8.Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday told Zee 24 Taas in Pune that many states have demanded that the policy be scraped. “We have formulated a bill in this regard which will be passed in the upcoming session of the Parliament. Schools will conduct exams for class 5 and 8 and if a student fails, he will be given a second chance to pass the exams. However, if he/she fails in the second attempt, the school can them detain the child. The move will help improve learning outcomes,” Javadekar said. The minister said that the government is also planning to reduce the syllabus across all standards. “Children in class 2 are given seven books which is a lot for their age. This puts a lot of burden on them and it has to stop,” he said.The ‘no-detention’ policy which is a key component of the RTE act was introduced by the UPA government and came into force on April 1, 2010, with the intention of ensuring that every child aged between six and 14 years received school education. However, since its implementation, experts have raised concerns over the poor learning outcomes that have been associated with the policy.Javadekar’s announcement has invited mixed reactions from parent bodies, students, scholars and academicians. Uday Nare, teacher at Hansraj Morarji Public School in Andheri said that scrapping the policy would help students. “Many students take ‘exams’ and ‘passing’ for granted. The fear of detention will motivate them to study hard and improve the outcome of educational learning,” Nare said.Jayant Jain, an education activist from Forum for Fairness in Education (FFE) said that scrapping the policy would be detrimental for students. “If a child fails in the primary years, the chances of dropping out of school are high. Such students would be compelled to work, especially in poor families. The move will be against the spirit of the RTE Act which ensures free and compulsory education to all,” Jain said.Arundhati Chavan, president of the PTA United Forum said that it is a good decision. “The policy had led to schools and students behaving in a lax manner. Since there was no fear of detention, students would not take their exams seriously, which affected their understanding of subjects like Maths, Science and languages at the elementary level,” she added.Nishtha Seth, a class 8 student from Mumbai said that it was a good move. “With no pressure of examinations, students lack basic understanding of subjects,” Nishtha said.Welcoming the move, leading educationalist and co-founder of School Leaders Network, Francis Joseph said that exams are essential to prepare students for future competitions. Schools should however work with students to make them realise that if they fail once, they always have a second chance. They should avoid putting pressure for merely bettering their overall results and should use the second exam as an opportunity to help the children sail through,” Joseph said.In October 2016, state education minister Vinod Tawde had said that Maharashtra was in favour of scrapping the policy. “Students who are weak in academics should be given remedial coaching and re-exams should be conducted,” Tawde had said.
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Congress slams PMO move against civil services

The Congress has targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and charged that he is trying to “destroy the civil services” by proposing changes in the allocation of services.Referring to the communication sent by the Personnel Ministry to different ministries seeking comments and necessary action on the PMO’s suggestion that service and cadre allocation for civil servants should be done after they undergo the three-month foundation course, Congress leader Anand Sharma said, it is a matter of “grave concern” and a deliberate violation of the wishes of the makers of the Constitution.At present, service and cadre allocation to the candidates selected on the basis of civil services examination is made well before the commencement of the foundation course by the UPSC.Sharma said the framers of the Constitution had very consciously chosen to put the creation of All-India Services in the Constitution. There is no Act for it, as they are explicitly put it in the Constitution and thus given constitutional protection.”But Mr Modi has chosen to interfere with the entire process. They have already created an environment where civil servants feel threatened and insecure. Now, they want to compromise the neutrality of the All India services. I am warning that this government wants to destroy the civil services and the very architecture of administration and governance in India. Let it be governed as per the wishes of the framers of the Constitution,” said Sharma.Meanwhile, Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala also hit out at PM Modi alleging that he has unleashed a “sinister proposal” to destroy the all-India civil services merit.”MODI- ‘Main Objective to Destroy Institutions’ Modiji has unleashed a sinister proposal to destroy the All India Civil Services Merit!” he tweeted, adding that “Foundation Marks will demolish UPSC’s merit list giving leeway to executive to tamper the merit as per their whims. Unpardonable!”‘SINISTER PROPOSAL’“MODI- ‘Main Objective to Destroy Institutions’ Modiji has unleashed a sinister proposal to destroy the All India Civil Services Merit!” tweeted Randeep Surjewala, Congress’ communications in-charge
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Narendra Modi lauds Vladimir Putin’s role for SCO entry

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the strategic partnership between India and Russia has now been elevated into a “special privileged strategic partnership” as he met Russian President Vladimir Putin in this Black Sea coastal city for their first informal summit.Modi said India and Russia have been friends for a long time and thanked Putin for the invite.Modi recalled his first visit to Russia with then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2001 and said Putin was the first world leader whom he met after becoming the chief minister of Gujarat.He said the seeds of the ‘strategic partnership’ sown by Vajpayee and Putin has now grown into a “special privileged strategic partnership” between the two countries.Modi thanked Russia for playing a major role in helping India get a permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation — an eight nation bloc which aims at military and economic cooperation between the member states.”We are working together on International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and BRICS,” Modi said.Putin said the visit would give a fresh impetus to bilateral ties. He said Russia and India have been cooperating on several fronts in the multilateral and the international fora. He also mentioned military-to-military cooperation between the two countries.The issues on the table include economic impact on India and Russia in the wake of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the situation in Afghanistan, Syria, the threat of terrorism and matters relating to upcoming SCO and BRICS summits.The two leaders may also deliberate on extending Indo-Russia civil nuclear cooperation in third countries and possible areas for cooperation for the INSTC project.—With PTI inputs
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Ex-Minister’s kin abuses Mehbooba Mufti, all parties call for action

Politics in Jammu and Kashmir hit a new low after senior BJP leader and former Forest Minister Choudhary Lal Singh’s younger brother Choudhary Rajinder Singh was caught on camera using abuses and invectives against chief minister Mehbooba Mufti in a bid to shore up support at a rally on Sunday.Police has registered a case of insulting the modesty of women under Section 509 Ranbir Penal Code and 66 of Information Technology Act against Singh.Leading a rally from Lakhanpur to Hiranagar, Singh was demanding a CBI probe into the Kathua rape and murder case when he used derogatory language against CM Mufti all while his supporters carrying tricolours were cheering and jeering.Superintendent of Police, Shridhar Patil said, “Obviously, he can be arrested and his arrest is likely.”The incident has sparked massive uproar and outrage, cutting across ideological lines. Main opposition National Conference (NC) has also demanded FIR against the leader.”This is absolutely unacceptable language used against Mehbooba Mufti and is unequivocally condemned with the request that Jammu and Kashmir police file a FIR against this abusive individual”, tweeted Omar Abdullah, former chief minister and NC working president.Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), too, reacted angrily to Singh’s diatribe and called it “frustration by communal fanatics and thugs”.Facing flak, the BJP distanced itself from Singh and said, “Law should take its course. He is neither our leader nor do we recognise him. Had Lal Singh said anything then it would have been a matter of concern for us. Let action be taken against this individual; we are not concerned,” said Sunil Sethi, chief spokesman of BJP.
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Petrol, diesel prices fuelling heartburn across all sectors

For the past few months, fuel prices have been soaring high. Also, it is no secret that the Modi government kept petrol and diesel prices under check in the run-up to the Karnataka assembly polls, but the prices reached an all-time high on Monday. Petrol was sold at Rs 76.24 per litre in Delhi, Rs 84.07 per litre in Mumbai, Rs 79.13 in Chennai and Rs 78.91in Kolkata.Diesel was sold at Rs 67.82 per litre, Rs 70.37 per litre, Rs 72.21 per litre and Rs 71.59 per litre respectively. No sooner was the hike declared, than school bus drivers’ union, vegetable vendors, milk suppliers, taxi and auto unions, restaurants decided to make it clear that they too would hike prices of their services to make ends meet.The hike in petroleum products is across the country. However, among the four metropolitan cities, Mumbai is the most expensive. In a span of four months, petrol prices went up by Rs 7 per litre, while diesel prices shot up by Rs 10 per litre. The Monday’s revision in fuel prices marked the eight consecutive increase in petrol and diesel prices across the country.Bearing in mind, the rise in diesel prices, private bus operators have planned to increase fares by 25-30 per cent. This would ideally mean that your Mumbai-Goa trip in an AC bus, that ranges between Rs 500 to Rs 1200, would now be anywhere between Rs 650 to Rs 1500. Even the fee of school buses is expected to go up in the range of 10-13 per cent due to the surge in fuel prices.Traders at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) said that in the past three years, there has been constant increase in transportation charges of moving goods. Shankar Pingle, an APMC trader said, “The transportation cost has gone up by 10 per cent in the past three years but the profit ratio has not gone up even by half.”India imports more than 80 per cent of its annual oil requirement. Ravi Shinde, president of Mumbai Petrol Dealers Association said, “There is a need to reduce excise duties and create a roll out plan for the GST”. Rising crude oil prices in the international market and weakening rupee against dollar has dictated domestic petrol and diesel prices in the past few weeks.Cascading Effect10-13% likely fee hike by school bus operators 25-30% likely fare hike by private bus operators 10% transport charge hike that APMC complains of
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Chhattisgarh to get specialised combat unit ‘Black Panther’, says Rajnath Singh

The Union minister said the government was keeping an eye on money stashed by Maoists. "We have information that they have made assets to the tune of crores. It also cannot be ruled out that their money is stashed abroad." He claimed the children of Maoist leaders were studying in "big schools and universities" and the government was keeping a tab on this too. He said the government would make all efforts to choke the resource flow to the Maoists, including by seizing illegally amassed properties after they are identified. On yesterday's Maoist attack in Dantewada, in which seven police personnel were killed, Singh said the ultras were on the back foot and they cannot face security forces in a straight fight so they were employing IEDs to target them, he said. This is also a reason why number of encounters had come down lately, he said. ”
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Swaraj was delivering the first Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Memorial International lecture on 'Soft Power Diplomacy: Strength of India', organised by the ICCR. After Trump's speech, Swaraj said she had a meeting with ministers of Latin American and Caribbean States.
"A foreign minister of a small country spoke about President Trump's speech of Me First. She said if everyone says (and follows the policy) of Me First then how will my country sustain." Swaraj said she pointed out that India had a different approach.
"I said India does not have the tradition of (following the policy of) Me First. I said my speech will have (the concept of) Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah," she said, quoting a sloka from the Vedas that translates into "May everyone be happy".
"When everyone is happy then everyone will have the provision of food and security," she said.
The minister said India believed in the policy of assisting other countries, especially those who required a helping hand.
"If we don't do this then developed countries will continue to grow and under-developed countries will remain under-developed. So how will economic disparity reduce," she asked.
Swaraj said Indian culture, yoga, classical dance, movies, cuisine and Information Technology were a "treasure of soft power".
Narrating anecdotes about the craze for Indian films abroad, the external affairs minister said the passion was not restricted to Hindi cinema but extended to regional language films such as 'Bahubali'.
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Updated: May 22, 2018, 01:23 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–> External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today warned that the world was reeling under a storm of protectionism and said India did not agree with American President Donald Trump’s “Me First” approach on the issue.India, she stressed, believed in the concept of “We, Us and Ourselves”.”I was sad when President Trump, in the UN General Assembly, said his slogan was Me First,” the external affairs minister said. She was referring to Trump’s speech at the United Nations in September last year when he had said, “As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first.” “There is a storm of protectionism at the global level which is centred around the concept of Me and Myself but India believes in the concept of We, Us and Ourselves. If everyone views the other as equal then there is no place for protectionism in it,” she said.Swaraj was delivering the first Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Memorial International lecture on ‘Soft Power Diplomacy: Strength of India’, organised by the ICCR. After Trump’s speech, Swaraj said she had a meeting with ministers of Latin American and Caribbean States.”A foreign minister of a small country spoke about President Trump’s speech of Me First. She said if everyone says (and follows the policy) of Me First then how will my country sustain.” Swaraj said she pointed out that India had a different approach.”I said India does not have the tradition of (following the policy of) Me First. I said my speech will have (the concept of) Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah,” she said, quoting a sloka from the Vedas that translates into “May everyone be happy”.”When everyone is happy then everyone will have the provision of food and security,” she said.The minister said India believed in the policy of assisting other countries, especially those who required a helping hand.”If we don’t do this then developed countries will continue to grow and under-developed countries will remain under-developed. So how will economic disparity reduce,” she asked.Swaraj said Indian culture, yoga, classical dance, movies, cuisine and Information Technology were a “treasure of soft power”.Narrating anecdotes about the craze for Indian films abroad, the external affairs minister said the passion was not restricted to Hindi cinema but extended to regional language films such as ‘Bahubali’.”Chinese President Xi Jinping wanted ‘Dangal’ to be screened at the BRICS Summit at Xiamen. The Indian ambassador in Mongolia wanted the movie dubbed in Mongolian as wrestling is the national sport of that country. When I met Prime Minister Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh of Mongolia , he said he wanted to be an actor in Bollywood. To this, I quipped we need handsome leaders in politics too,” she said.Swaraj said during bilateral meetings, foreign delegations proposed that the Bollywood industry shoot in their countries as it boosted tourism.She also shared an anecdote on how leaders in the recently held India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit came up with a demand for a song from the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and for ‘Bol Radha Bol Sangam’ from the 1964 Raj Kapoor- starrer ‘Sangam’. PTI PR PR BDS BDS05212201NNNNAlso readWorld will hear ‘positive voices’ against protectionism at Modi-Xi summit: Chinese Foreign MinistryPTI
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he had “extremely productive” discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin and they reviewed the complete range of India-Russia relations as well as global issues and underlined the need for a multi-polar world during their first ever informal summit in this Black Sea coastal city.Modi said friendship between India and Russia has stood the test of time and their ties will continue to scale newer heights in the coming years. He said the seeds of the ‘strategic partnership’ sown by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and President Putin have now grown into a “special privileged strategic partnership” which is a “very big achievement” in itself. “I am grateful to President Putin who invited me for an informal meeting and hence, in the long friendship of ours, this is a new aspect that has been attached to our relationship,” Modi said.”You have added a new aspect of informal summit in the bilateral relationship which I think is a great occasion and creates trust,” he said. A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said the two leaders agreed that the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia is an important factor for global peace and stability. “They shared the view that India and Russia have an important role to play in contributing to an open and equitable world order. They recognised each other’s respective roles as major powers with common responsibilities for maintaining global peace and stability,” the statement said. The two leaders held in depth discussions on major international issues and agreed on the importance of building a multi-polar world order, it said.Also readIn pics: PM Modi and Vladimir Putin sail together from Bocharev Creek to Olympic Park in SochiThey decided to intensify consultation and coordination with each other, including on the Indo-Pacific Region. “Both leaders expressed their concern over terrorism and radicalisation, and their determination to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. In this context, they endorsed the importance of restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan in an atmosphere free from the threat of terrorism, and agreed to work together towards achieving this objective,” the statement said.Modi and Putin held detailed exchange of views on the national development plans and priorities. The two leaders directed their officials to prepare concrete outcomes for the forthcoming Summit in India later this year, the statement said. They agreed to institute a Strategic Economic Dialogue between NITI Aayog and the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, to identify greater synergy in trade and investment. They noted with satisfaction the expanding cooperation in the energy sector and welcomed the arrival of the first consignment of LNG under a long-term agreement between Gazprom and GAIL, next month.Also read’PM Modi, Putin hold ‘intense’ talks on bilateral, global issues to cement special privileged strategic ties’The two leaders also reiterated the significance of longstanding partnership in the military, security and nuclear energy fields and welcomed the ongoing cooperation in these areas. Modi also thanked Russia for playing a major role in helping India get a permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). India and Pakistan were admitted last year into the organisation. “We are working together on International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and BRICS,” Modi said. He also congratulated Putin for becoming the President for the fourth time with overwhelming majority.Welcoming Prime Minister Modi to Sochi, Putin said his visit would give a fresh impetus to bilateral ties. “We are delighted to see you, Mr Prime Minister, and consider you personally as a big friend of our country. We are very glad to be able to have this meeting,” Putin told Modi. He said Russia and India maintain a high strategic level of partnership, with close cooperation between the two countries’ defense ministries.”Our defense ministries maintain very close contacts and cooperation. It speaks about a very high strategic level of our partnership,” Putin said. He also hailed joint activities of the two countries in the area of foreign politics, in particular within the United Nations, BRICS and the SCO. “There is no need to explain Russian-Indian relations, since we all know that they have deep roots. However, we have been able to create additional momentum recently. Last year, our trade saw a significant increase, adding another 17 per cent since the beginning of this year,” he said.Russia’s official Tass news agency quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying that the talks were “very intense.” “I am confident that the ongoing informal contacts between the leaders of Russia and India will be useful and will help define the further guidelines for our development and strategic partnership,” Lavrov said. “We discussed the whole spectrum of our particularly privileged strategic partnership,” the minister said. The summit took place amidst the possible impact of the US sanctions against Russia under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) on Indo-Russia defence cooperation.The CAATSA is a United States federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. It includes sanctions against countries that engage in significant transactions with Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors.India could face US sanctions for purchasing high value military defence items, in particular state-of-the-art S-400 Triumf missile defence system, from Russia under the act.
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Chief minister-designate H D Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) on Monday promised a stable government in Karnataka and a “long-term relationship” with the Congress, as he invited top Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to his swearing-in in Bengaluru on May 23.According to highly-placed sources, the Congress-JD(S) combine will have a coordination committee to ensure smooth functioning of the coalition government in Karnataka, and the Assembly Speaker will be from the Congress.The coordination committee will have five-six members. The top leadership of the two parties decided to make a new beginning leaving behind the past, when they had come together and fallen apart, and vowed to have “a long-term relationship”.The sources said the Congress leadership would take a call on who would be its deputy chief minister on Tuesday, when the leaders of the two parties would meet in Bangaluru to work out modalities of power sharing in the southern state. The sources add that only a few ministers were likely to take oath initially on May 23 along with the chief minister and other modalities would be worked out in the coming days. However, the nominations for the Speaker’s post would be filed the same day and the Congress has staked its claim to the post, it being the larger party.Also readFrom haleem to spa appointments: How the Congress and JD(S) spent time in Hyderabad while awaiting Karnataka verdictKumaraswamy was in the national capital today to express his gratitude to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for supporting the formation of a JD(S)-led government in Karnataka. He also invited Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for his swearing-in. According to the sources, Congress has mooted two deputy chief ministers for the numerically strong party in order to strike a balance with the JD(S) but the regional party is believed to be not in favour of this proposal. KPCC chief G Parameshwara is among the frontrunners for the deputy chief minister’s post.Kumaraswamy, who will be sworn in as chief minister on Wednesday for the second time in 12 years, flew into the capital this afternoon and began his engagements with a meeting with pre-poll ally BSP chief Mayawati. BSP bagged one seat. During his 20-minute meeting with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Kumaraswa my is understood to have discussed the nitty-gritty of Cabinet formation and the number of ministerial berths the Congress and the JD(S) would get. The meeting took place at Rahul Gandhi’s Tughlak Lane residence.Also readKarnataka setback gives BJP time to reboot strategy-before it’s too lateThe sources said during the meeting Kumaraswamy promised to provide good governance in Karnataka and said he would seeking Rahul Gandhi’s advice on all important issues. The Congress chief also extended his full support to the JD(S) chief for the “long-term relationship”. “There is no bargain. We will cordially work out things. We must work together. I am here to take their (Congress leaders) advice,” said Kumaraswamy when asked by newsmen ahead of the meeting how the Congress and the JD(S) will address the issue of ministry formation.”We are going to give a stable government. All these issues are not yet discussed. We have not discussed any future course of action.” After the meeting, Kumaraswamy told reporters he had invited both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for the swearing-in ceremony in Bengaluru and they have agreed to come. K C Venugopal, AICC in-charge of Karnataka, was also present at the meeting. Kumaraswamy is expected to take the floor test within 24 hours after being sworn in. Both Congress and JD(S) MLAs will remain confined to their hotels till the floor test, according to reports from Bengaluru.Kumaraswamy was invited by Governor Vajubhai Vala to take the reins of power after the three-day BJP government collapsed last Saturday with B S Yeddyurappa, unable to muster the required number for a majority, stepped down as the chief minister without facing the floor test in the state assembly. The May 12 Karnataka assembly polls threw up a hung verdict with the BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 seats. The Congress was next with 78 and the JD(S) followed with 37. The BSP has one MLA and two seats went to Independents.Meanwhile, in a development that could leave the Congress red-faced in Karnataka, its MLA Shivaram Hebbar dismissed as “fake” an audio clip released by the party to allege that the BJP offered money and ministerial berth to him for cross-voting during the floor test in the Assembly. The Congress had released three audio tapes in the run-up to the floor test, claiming that the BJP leaders were trying to “poach” the party MLAs by offering ‘blandishments’ so that the Yeddyurappa government was saved.”This is not my wife’s voice and she has not received any such calls. The audio tape is fake. I condemn it,” Hebbar wrote in a Facebook post. BJP president Amit Shah said the new government would be a “betrayal” of people’s mandate and questioned its fate, saying it was already “destabilised” with the two parties forced to keep their MLAs in hotels “undemocratically”. Describing the Congress-JD(S) alliance as “unholy”, he said the H D Deve Gowda’s party fought the election on an anti-Congress plank and benefitted from people’s mood against the incumbent party in the state.
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Updated: May 21, 2018, 11:40 PM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>Army’s iftaar diplomacy to win hearts and minds of the local people went horribly wrong when some miscreants allegedly pelted stones at the troops which allegedly opened aerial fire leaving four people injured in DK Pora village in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.Police said an army patrol of 34 Rashtriya Riffles had gone to the Jamia Masjid of DK Pora village, for participating in iftaar (to break the day-long fast in the evening) with the locals of the area.“It is learnt that during the Iftaar, some miscreants pelted stones on the army. While withdrawing the army party made some Ariel firing. In the process, it is learnt that four injuries were reported to different hospitals. All the injured are stated to be stable. Out four injuries one has been discharged from the hospital,” said a police spokesman.Police said they have taken cognizance of the episode and started legal proceedings.
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Defending his decision to anoint his son as his successor, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari has claimed before the Delhi High Court that it was an inherited title bestowed on the first Imam by Mughal emperor Shahjahan and it was a custom which was not in conflict with law for centuries.Bukhari claimed that the emperor had said that the Imamat of the Jama Masjid will continue in the family of the first Imam only.”As Shahi Imam is a title which was given to the first Imam of Jama Masjid (Hazrat Syed Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari, Shahi Imam) by the emperor Shahjahan and he also stated that the Imamat of the said Jama Masjid will continue in his family only.”As this is a custom and tradition and not in conflict with any law from centuries, so no one should be restrained from using the title/honor of Shahi Imam for the Imam of Jama Masjid,” he said in an affidavit filed before a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar.The court was hearing three PILs challenging the Shahi Imam’s decision to appoint his son as the Naib Imam, which would make him his successor.Bukhari, who is the 13th Imam in the line of descent, was responding to the PILs filed by Suhail Ahmed Khan, Ajay Gautam and advocate V K Anand in which they had said Jama Masjid was a property of Delhi Wakf Board and Bukhari as its employee cannot appoint his son as Naib Imam (deputy Imam).However, Bukhari claimed that “Jama Masjid is not a property of Waqf Board, it is a waqf property whose ownership vests in Allah,” and added that neither he nor his predecessor Shahi Imams were employees of Delhi Waqf Board.He claimed that the petitions were motivated not by public interest but by personal dislike and vendetta and they contained false and baseless allegations.He said Imamat is an inherited title and the eldest son of the Imam succeeds his father.The high court had earlier in November 2014 said the ceremony (dastarbandi) to anoint Shahi Imam Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari’s son as the Naib Imam of Jama Masjid would not amount to an appointment .The court had made the observation after taking into account the contentions of the Centre, Delhi Wakf Board and petitioners, who have challenged the ceremony, adding that in such a situation there is no need to stay the function.The court had also did not restrain Bukhari from holding the ceremony at Jama Masjid, as sought by the petitioners, saying he and his family have been using the same as their residence for the last several years.It had sought response of the Archaeological Survey of India, Delhi government, DDA, MCD, city police, Wakf Board, CBI as well as Bukhari on the pleas.Earlier, the Centre had said that the Mughal-era mosque Jama Masjid is a Wakf property and it has to decide how the rule of primogeniture applies on anointment of new Shahi Imam, which has come under challenge.ASI had also requested the court to declare the city’s Jama Masjid as an ancient monument because of its national importance while contending that it needs to be protected.The PILs had asked the court to declare as invalid the appointment of Bukhari as the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid and had also sought directions for Delhi Wakf Board to take over the affairs of Jama Masjid and appoint a new Shahi Imam.
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The RCF police on Monday booked a man for allegedly murdering a cat by stabbing it with a screwdriver and later hanging it with a rope in Chembur.The man later shared a picture of the ghastly act on social media. According to the police, the incident took place on May 15 and the cat was later dumped by the accused in a garbage bin.The complainant Nirali Koradia, an Animal Welfare officer of Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), received the picture before approaching the police. On tracing the photograph, the police discovered that a man identified only as Sanju had committed the crime and hanged the cat outside his Chembur home.”As I saw the photo, I tweeted to Mumbai Police and asked to register an FIR. They then directed me to go to RCF police station. I think the person who unleashes cruelty on animals can also become the abuser of women and children. They are a threat to society and we should always have our eyes and ears ope,” Koradia said.The police has registered a case under relevant sections of Indian Penal code and under sections of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The accused is said to have some medical issues, our probe is on,” said Shrikant Desai, Senior Police Inspector of RCF Police Station.
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The CBI has filed its charge sheet against Rotomac Global Pvt. Ltd. and its promoters in connection with the Rs 456.63-crore alleged loan default involving Bank of Baroda, which is part of a total fraud of Rs 3,690 crore towards a consortium of seven banks, officials said.After a three-month probe, the charge sheet was filed in a special court in Lucknow. It deals with Rs 456.63 crore loan of Bank of Baroda as the probe into the remaining amount was still continuing, they said, adding that more charge sheets could be filed in the case.Taking the charge sheet on record, special CBI judge M P Chaudhari fixed May 30 as the next date of hearing.Besides Kanpur-based Rotomac Global Pvt. Ltd, the CBI has also charged its CMD Vikram Kothari, his son and director Rahul Kothari, then AGM of Bank of Baroda S K Upadhyay, then Senior Manager of the bank Om Prakash Kapoor, and then bank manager Shashi Bishwas, they said.The agency has charged Vikram Kothari and his son, who are in judicial custody, and others with alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating among others and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.The CBI has alleged that the directors of the company diverted loan funds, issued for packing credit, to other purposes.A consortium of seven nationalised banks has given loans worth Rs 2,919 crore to Rotomac Global Private Limited from 2008 onwards, the CBI FIR has alleged.The amount swelled to Rs 3,695 crore, including the accrued interest, because of repeated defaults on payment, the officials said.The CBI has initiated the action on the complaint of Bank of Baroda, which was a member of consortium led by Bank of India, they said.The principal exposure of the banks regarding the loan is Bank of India Rs 754.77 crore, Bank of Baroda Rs 456.63 crore, Overseas Bank of India Rs 771.07 crore, Union Bank of India Rs 458.95 crore, Allahabad Bank Rs 330.68 crore, Bank of Maharashtra Rs 49.82 crore and Oriental Bank of Commerce Rs 97.47 crore, the agency said.PTI
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From haleem to spa appointments: How the Congress and JD(S) spent time in Hyderabad while awaiting Karnataka verdict

Some haleem, a spa appointment gone rogue and a little bit of in-house shopping; it is safe to say that that the Congress and JD (S)’s MLAs who were put up inside Hyderabad’s Taj Krishna Hotel had an eventful time.The high-wire drama in the last week that witnessed the seat of power see-saw between the Congress-JD (S) combine on one hand and the BJP in the other, has several nuggets of stories to offer.One such is of a Congress MLA, who after being put up in the five-star property in Banjara Hills, started moving out of the hotel. With everyone’s movement being tracked by a team led by Telangana PCC chief Uttam Reddy, the MLA invited attention once he was outside the hotel. A team of Congress workers were deployed after the MLA, who got into a car and started moving away from the property.The ensuing envoy of eight vehicles Congress workers who gave chase combed the streets of the city to end up in front of Park Hyatt hotel, outside which the MLA’s car was parked. Once in, the group of workers saw the MLA making his way up the lobby.They caught up with him and asked him where was he going; his reply was that he urgently needs to head to the spa to cool off some stress. But, since orders were to bring him back as soon as possible, the workers made a few calls to Congress strongman in charge of keeping the flock together DK Shivakumar for further orders. “All of you will be here in the next 15 minutes,” was his reply. The MLA pleaded further, and the only solution that the workers could offer was that they will give him the much needed spa. Needless to say, the gang was soon back in at the hotel.The Telangana Congress workers, who were part of some organisational work and were spread across the state, convened in Hyderabad at about 3am. Some workers were at the border at Alampur to escort the bus safely to Hyderabad.Several MLAs, who did not have too many clothes on them, also wanted fresh pairs. “We provided them slippers, shirts and miscellaneous items,” said one of the workers involved. In all, over 120 room were booked for the entourage.Another Congress worker involved spoke of the demand put forward by DK Shivakumar of some haleem late in the afternoon. “This is not the usual time one finds haleem, but since DKS had asked how could we have refused,” said the worker. A famous cook was roused, the haleem prepared in two house so that the Congress strongman to enjoy it.
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Reduce excise duty, VAT on petrol, diesel: Sachin Pilot

In Jaipur, petrol and diesel price recorded a rise of nearly Rs 2 and Rs 1.98 respectively from May 11.”
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Updated: May 21, 2018, 11:24 PM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot today demanded that the Centre and state government reduce the excise duty and VAT on petrol and diesel.Pilot condemned the unprecedented hike in prices of petrol and diesel prices, saying the BJP government in the Centre and in Rajasthan were working to increase inflation.He said that the people had voted the BJP to power for reducing inflation, but the party has breached the people’s trust.Pilot said that crude oil prices in the international market had reduced drastically than it was when the UPA was in the Centre, but the present government was looting the people of their hard earned money by revising prices of petrol and diesel everyday.He alleged that the BJP government had burdened people by levying more taxes on petrol products.In Jaipur, petrol and diesel price recorded a rise of nearly Rs 2 and Rs 1.98 respectively from May 11.
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The Congress today dubbed the BJP a “habitual offender” of stealing governments and mandate and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should apologise to the nation for allegedly using money power in the Karnataka polls.Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma alleged that the BJP spent nearly Rs 6,500 crore during the polls and demanded an independent probe into the alleged misuse of money power and government agencies for trying to “win over” legislators.He said the Modi government should make atonement as it has failed to fulfil the promises made to the people of the country, instead of celebrating its four years in power.Prime Minister Modi is set to visit Odisha on May 26 and address a rally in Cuttack, coinciding with the completion of the four years of the NDA government at the Centre.”Will the BJP give now an account of its sources of money, from whom do they get it? … We would expect the prime minister to apologise to the country for presiding over a government which trampled the Constitution,” Sharma told reporters.He said the BJP stood exposed for its “brazen use of power, money and other resources” and alleged that the saffron party was trying to “purchase” legislators.The allegations came as the Karnataka elections threw up a hung assembly with the BJP as the single-largest party. Following the verdict, the Congress joined hands with the JD(S) to form the government in the state. The BJP, however, as the single-largest party formed the government but its chief minister B S Yeddyurappa resigned just before facing the trust vote after being in office for three days.Demanding an independent probe into the BJP’s funding, he said “everyone wanted to know” how they have amassed all this money.”BJP is one of the richest political parties in the world. At least Rs 6,500 crore was spent by the BJP in the run-up to Karnataka elections,” the Congress leader said.He said the Karnataka verdict was not for the BJP, which has invited and “happily accepted self-ridicule”.”The prime minister lowered the dignity of the political discourse and he also undermined the dignity of his office by campaigning in a manner using words and phrases which are unbecoming of a prime minister. No prime minister in India has ever done this before,” he said.He alleged that Modi spoke “untruths, not even half-truths” and the BJP lost. “They did not win the majority of seats. By abusing the power and authority and agencies of the State and the money power which I referred to, yet they did not get the majority.”The Congress party got the popular vote. We have 2% more. So, in such a scenario, where the voters had given a verdict for a post-election coalition, that is how I interpret it,” he claimed.”Had they got more votes, had they got more seats, then he can complain and cry that he has been deprived. They have been exposed. They are trying to abduct MLAs, purchase MLAs. They have fine-tuned this art; they have become habitual offenders and repeat offenders of stealing governments, stealing mandates,” he alleged.In response to BJP president Amit Shah’s statement that the Congress-JD(S) tie-up is an “unholy” alliance, Sharma said the BJP itself has formed “alliances with those who have criticised them and condemned them.” On the row over the proposed changes in the civil services system, he said the BJP government has compromised the neutrality of India’s civil services.”It is not an aberration, it is a deliberate violation and through you I am warning this government, not to destroy the civil services and the very architecture of administration and governance of India. Let that be governed as per the wishes of the framers of India’s Constitution. Let that not be insulted. There is a grave danger in it,” he alleged.
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PM Modi congratulates all-woman crew for sailing across the world

"Heartiest congratulations to Indian Navy's all-women crew of INSV Tarini for completing the Navika Sagar Parikrama, their mission to circumnavigate the globe. Welcome home. The entire nation is proud of you," Modi tweeted Led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, the crew included Lt Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swati P. The other members were Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta.”
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Coming to grips with the loss in the numbers game in government formation, BJP state chief BS Yeddyurappa today vowed to stage a comeback.He told party workers in an emotional message that their efforts would not go in vain. Yeddyurappa, who bowed out of as Chief Minister in less than three days after being sworn in on May 17, lamented that “democracy has been axed.” The BJP as the single largest party, which got the people’s mandate, was thrown out of power, he said in a Facebook post.The Congress was reduced to 78 seats from 122 in the previous assembly and JD(S) with 37 seats too lost three seats as compared to the last assembly, he said. Both JDS and Congress joined hands to form a coalition government after Yeddyurappa announced his decision to quit without taking the floor test on Saturday due to lack of numbers. BJP won 104 seats. “Having won the maximum seats, it was a responsibility bestowed upon us by our voters to form the government. However it is now known to the world why we failed. The two parties, which were rejected by the people, conspired against us,” said Yeddyurappa in his post.The BJP state chief said he has not lost his morale. He recalled how he stood up for the cause of farmers who were committing suicide in huge numbers due to inability to repay farm loans. Yeddyurappa said “We don’t have power, yet we have the determination to fight for the cause of farmers. The objective of my government was to enable them to proudly say ‘I am a farmer’. The said the party’s resolve remained the same and it could continue to fight for the farmers’ cause by sitting in the opposition.Recalling his past hardships, he said he rose from a clerk to a leader due to the love of his supporters. The BJP chief said “You have toiled hard for the party, left your family for months on my call for ‘Parivartana Yatre’. I will not let your efforts go down the drain. Don’t lose heart. Your strength is my strength.” He asked his workers to stay calm for a while, for he would soon return with more strength, more courage and more abilities.Yeddyurappa also visited the home of an admirer at Santebennur in Davangere district, who reportedly died of a heart attack soon after he resigned the post of Chief Minister on May 19, and consoled the family members.
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Pakistan guilty of sacrilege during holy Ramzan, says Jitendra Singh

Union minister Jitendra Singh today said Pakistan was guilty of sacrilege for killing innocent civilians during the holy month of Ramzan.Speaking to reporters soon after his arrival here to attend the Udhampur District Development Board (DDB) meeting in his capacity as the local MP, Singh said Pakistan was indulging in the worst kind of unholy (“na-pak”) activity.He was replying to questions on Pakistani forces firing at and shelling villages on the Indian side and killing people in the holy month of Ramzan, when India had announced a ceasefire as regards anti-terror operations in Kashmir.Singh said Pakistan, which was carved out to establish a dispensation based on the principles of the “Quran”, had proved unworthy of its avowed objective.He added that it was for the entire world to see that while, during the observance of “Roza”, every practising Muslim was forbidden from causing harm to fellow human beings, there was an Islamic State that found nothing wrong in indulging in violence and killing of civilians.The Union Minister of State at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said for every single gun-fire from the other side, there were multiple gun-fires in retaliation from the Indian side.He added that in the last several decades, there was never such a powerful retaliatory action from the Indian side, which had resulted in heavy damage on the other side.Giving full credit to the Indian Army and the security forces, Singh said under the current BJP-led government, the forces enjoyed the professional freedom to decide on the nature and quantum of retaliation, based on their discretion and on-the-spot assessment.”We have some of the best forces in the world, for which we are proud and also deeply indebted,” he added.Expressing concern over the civilian casualties and damage as a result of Pakistani firing, Singh said there could be no compensation for the loss of a human life, but nevertheless, the government would try to provide the best possible assistance and relief to the victims and their families.Later, the Union minister attended the DDB meeting, along with board Chairman and Jammu and Kashmir Forest Minister Rajiv Jasrotia and all the three MLAs from the district — Pawan Gupta, Dina Nath Bhagat and RS Pathania.
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Restaurant owners up in arms after Delhi govt bans playing recorded music in resto-bars

Amid the Delhi government’s diktat banning playing of recorded music in restro-bars, a national body of restaurants today said such violations should be dealt on a “case-to-case” basis and termed the blanket ban “erroneous” in nature.However, the excise department stood firm on its decision to enforce the ban.While the National Restaurants Association of India (NRAI), which claims to represent around one lakh restaurants across the country, said it is engaging with the excise department to resolve this issue, the latter asserted that rules must be followed and any violation will invite strict action.Days after the order, some of the restaurants also are up in arms against the excise department, saying without music, their business will not survive and every such joint cannot afford live musicians.Three days ago, the Delhi government said that restro-bars playing recorded songs or music in their premises will attract strict action from the authority and warned these establishments against it, citing laid down rules.NRAI president Rahul Singh said, “Any violation on this front should be dealt on a case-to-case basis, and a blanket ban is erroneous in nature.” “There are family restaurants serving various cuisines and ambient music adds to their experience. Unfortunately, this will go silent with this dictate. NRAI is engaging with the excise department to resolve the issue,” he said after a meeting of the body today.Singh said music is an integral part of customer experience and the source of music should not be the cause of any action.”Any nuisance created through music should be based on the decibel levels as prescribed by the law. If the music inside the restaurant is not violating the rules or creating any nuisance, the same should be permitted,” he said.The government has said that according to the 2010 excise rules, restaurants serving alcohol are allowed to hold only “live singing or playing of instruments” by professionals.The move came after the Delhi Excise Department received a number of complaints from local residents regarding “nuisance” created by several restro-bars in the city.In the national capital, there are thousands of restro-bars and most of them usually play recorded songs or music in their premises to entertain their customers and attract people.The excise department remained firm on its decision, saying if any complaints were received, strict action will be taken.”If there is any complaint regarding nuisance being created due to loud music, the department will not hesitate to take action. We have cited the rules in our order. We will follow them,” a top excise official told PTI.Asked how live music does not create nuisance, the official said, “We take action based on the nature of complaints we receive.” Meanwhile, Umang Tiwari who owns two restaurants in Cannaught place said, “Our business will not survive without music. People are coming to these joints for entertainment. If there is no music, how will our business survive. All restaurants cannot afford live music.” Rule 53 (4) of the Delhi Excise Rules, 2010 states that the L-17 licensee is allowed only for live singing/playing of instruments by professionals.In Delhi, there is no provision of separate licence for pubs. The Licence-17 is issued by the Excise Department to those restaurants wanting to serve alcohol to their customers.
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Bihar abolishes advances for employees to buy car, motorcycle

The Bihar Cabinet today decided to do away with payment of advances to state government employees and judicial officers to buy car and motorcycle in the light of seventh pay commission recommendations.The cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, however, has increased advances to government employees for construction and expansion work of house, an official said.”The state cabinet has taken a decision to abolish advances for state government staff and judicial officers to buy car and motorcycle. The decision has been taken in the backdrop Centre’s decision to do away with the provisions of advances in view of seventh pay commission’s recommendations,”Principal Secretary Cabinet department Arun Kumar told reporters.The state government employees used to get Rs 5 lakh and Rs 4 lakh as advances for buying first and second car respectively while they used to get Rs 30,000 on the purchase of first motorcycle and Rs 24,000 on second motorcycle, Singh said.Similarly, the Bihar Judicial Officers used to get Rs 8 lakh as advance for buying car, he said adding that advances for buying car and bike have been done away with.The state government employees, who used to get Rs 7.50 lakh as advance for construction of house and Rs 1.80 lakh for expansion work, would not get Rs 25 lakh for house construction and Rs 10 lakh for expansion work on the lines of Central government employees, he said.The state government employees would now get Rs 50,000 as advance for buying computer against the earlier norms of getting advances of Rs 80,000 and Rs 75,000 for buying first and second computer, Singh said adding that now an employee can avail an advance of Rs 50,000 for five times in his/her career for buying computer.In another decision, the cabinet gave its nod for transferring one acre of land on lease for setting up a branch of Software Technology Park of India (STPI) at Darbhanga, the principal secretary said while hinting that one acre of land of Darbhanga ITI would be made available for the purpose.Similarly, it also decided to transfer one acre of land on lease for setting up additional branch of National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT) at Muzaffarpur, he said adding that probably one acre of land of Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology (MIT) will be made available for the purpose.The cabinet also decided to set up a railway police station at Hilsa in Nalanda district and gave its nod for creation of 97 different posts for setting up the police station, the principal Secretary said
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Goa-Mumbai Air India flight makes emergency landing at Mumbai airport

A Mumbai Airport official said, "Full emergency declared at 20:36 hours for AI 662, sector Goa-Mumbai due to hydraulic failure. At 21.18 hours aircraft landed safely and 21.40 hours runway handed over for operations."”
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EVM, paper trail should be matched at more polling stations: Ex-CECs to EC

The Election Commission (EC) must make efforts to increase the number of polling stations where results of EVMs are matched with paper trail machines, former chief election commissioners told the poll panel today.They also suggested that the commission should work out ways to reduce the number of phases in elections to shorten the period of the model code.The EC today held a round table conference with former chief election commissioners (CECs) and election commissioners.The consultation was attended by former CECs M S Gill, J M Lyngdoh, T S Krishna Murthy, B B Tandon, S Y Quraishi, V S Sampath, H R Bramha and Nasim Zaidi, and former election commissioner G V G Krishnamurty.The deliberations focused on the use of paper trail machines at all polling stations, reducing the period of model code and the need to curb hate speech, according to a commission spokesperson.Elaborating on the two-hour-long meeting, sources privy to the deliberations said a need was felt to increase the number of polling stations where results of electronic voting machines (EVMs) are matched with slips produced by VVPAT, or simply put, paper trail machines to enhance the confidence of voters and politicians in EVMs.In his last days in office, then CEC, Nasim Zaidi, had approved matching EVM and VVPAT slips in five per cent polling stations per assembly constituency.But as a pilot project, the EC, at present, matches EVM and VVPAT results in one polling station per assembly seat.On the issue of the Model Code of Conduct, the sources said most of the participants were of the view that with better poll management, the EC can have lesser phases and thus reduce the period of the model code.The former CECs were of the firm view that the model code should be implemented with far greater strictness as hate speeches and use of money power have gone up considerably.The EC has all along maintained that the Model Code of Conduct does not bring governance to a halt during polls, saying it only bars governments from announcing fresh projects and schemes during the period.The Model Code of Conduct is a set of norms that have been evolved with the consensus of political parties, who have consented to abide by it, and also binds them to respect and observe it in its letter and spirit.The EC ensures that it is followed by parties and candidates. It is also ensured that official machinery is not misused to help the ruling party.The model code is enforced from the date of announcement of election schedule by the EC, and is operational till the process of elections are completed, which is usually a couple of days after the verdict is announced.The talks at the ’round table’ also revolved around having a better electoral roll with lesser duplicate entries and fake voters to ensure that polls are free and fair of malpractices.Most of those who attended the meet said the EC should maintain the “perception of being fair and independent” as parties often target the poll watchdog of bias, which is bad for its reputation.
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No ‘Vegetarian Day’ on Gandhi Jayanti, clarifies Indian Railways

After reports surfaced that the Indian Railway Board will mark the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti as ‘Vegetarian Day’, the Indian Railways on Monday clarified that no such move was made and non-vegetarian food will also be served to the passengers.”Some media reports are mentioning that Railway will observe a total Vegetarian day on 2nd October. This is not true. We are not restricting non-veg food and passengers can opt for the same. Railways will continue to support them and serve normal food to the esteemed passengers,” said RD Bajpai, Director, M&CC, Indian Railways.The Railway Board had earlier today proposed to mark the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti as a ‘Vegetarian Day’, suggesting that it will not include non-vegetarian items in the meals served on that day.The Railway Board had planned that no non-vegetarian food will be served to passengers on railway premises on October 2 in 2018, 2019 and 2020.The proposal also included a ‘Swachhta Express’ for Sabarmati and adjoining stations.The board also proposed for Mahatma Gandhi watermarked tickets.The board had approached the Ministry of Culture, headed by Bharatiya Janata party’s Mahesh Sharma for approval of the said proposals.
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Water quench much: 25 thirsty monkeys fall into well; rescued later

The summer has been unbearable for man and animal, and these 25 monkeys , although stuck in a well, probably didn’t complain even though they were rescued.According to reports, the monkeys were in search of water when they fell into the well. It was difficult for them to come out, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.Local villagers who head commotion then called forest officials who pulled the monkeys out. It wasn’t easy, as the restless monkeys kept jumping around. It took the officials two hours to pull them out.Recently in Pune, a monkey had the perfect solution when he jumped into the pool for a few laps.The incident happened on Wednesday morning at Shahu Thank Swimming Pool in Pune’s Somnar Peth.The incident happened even as children swam in the pool. Witnesses reported that monkeys come to the pool from time to time but avoid the area if the pool is crowded.
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Narrow escape for 70 passengers as Alliance Air flight overshoots at Shirdi airport

As many as 70 passengers on board an Alliance Air flight had a narrow escape after the ATR aircraft carrying them from Mumbai overshot the runway by 50 meters during landing at the Shirdi airport today.All the passengers are safe and there is no damage to aircraft too, an Air India official said. Alliance Air is the regional arm of the national carrier Air India.”At round 5.29pm, the Alliance Air flight arriving from Mumbai overshot the runway by 50 meters during landing at the Shirdi airport,” the official said.There were 70 passengers on board the ATR aircraft,” he said adding, “airline will probe the causes of the incident.”Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will also investigate the incident of the aircraft overshooting the runway separately, he added.In May 2010, 152 people were killed when the pilot of the Air India Express flight from Dubai overshot the runway during landing at Mangaluru.Constructed at an investment of around Rs 350 crore, Shirdi airport was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on October 1 last year.With a 2,500 meter-long runway, the temple-town airport is capable of handling single narrow-body aircraft, such as Airbus A320 and Boeing 737s.
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‘PM Modi, Putin hold ‘intense’ talks on bilateral, global issues to cement special privileged strategic ties’

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had “very intense” discussions on bilateral and global issues that would provide the guidelines for the further development of India-Russia special privileged strategic ties, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today.Prime Minister Modi said the strategic partnership between India and Russia has now been elevated into a “special privileged strategic partnership” which is a “very big achievement” as he met President Putin in this Black Sea coastal city for their first informal summit to discuss a range of bilateral topics, including defence cooperation as well as global issues of common concern.He said the seeds of the ‘strategic partnership’ sown by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and President Putin have now grown into a “special privileged strategic partnership” which is a “very big achievement” in itself.”I am grateful to President Putin who invited me for an informal meeting and hence, in the long friendship of ours, this is a new aspect that has been attached to our relationship,” Modi said.”You have added a new aspect of informal summit in the bilateral relationship which I think is a great occasion and creates trust,” he said.”The Monday talks were very intense,” Russia’s official Tass news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.”I am confident that the ongoing informal contacts between the leaders of Russia and India will be useful and will help define the further guidelines for our development and strategic partnership,” he said.”There was a discussion of various areas of our specific cooperation at the regional and global level,” Lavrov said.Russian President Putin and Prime Minister Modi paid special attention to the economic talks, he said.”We discussed the whole spectrum of our particularly privileged strategic partnership, paid special attention to the economy, noted the steady growth of trade turnover,” the minister said.Ahead of their summit, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said President Putin will discuss Russia-India military cooperation with Prime Minister Modi, amidst US sanctions on Russia.”It can be supposed that the military-technical cooperation issue will be discussed at the meeting between Putin and Modi,” Tass news agency quoted Peskov as saying.Earlier, official sources said the possible impact of the US sanctions against Russia under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) on Indo-Russia defence cooperation might also figure during the talks between Modi and Putin.The CAATSA is a United States federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. It includes sanctions against countries that engage in significant transactions with Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors.India is not going to allow its defence engagement with Russia to be dictated by any other country, the sources said, adding New Delhi has been lobbying with the Trump administration on the issue.India could face US sanctions for purchasing high value military defence items, in particular state-of-the-art S-400 Triumf missile defence system, from Russia under the act.In his opening remarks, Modi also thanked Russia for playing a major role in helping India get a permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. India and Pakistan were admitted last year into the organisation.”We are working together on International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and BRICS,” Modi said.He also congratulated Putin for becoming the President for the fourth time with overwhelming majority.”Starting from the year 2000 when you took office, our relation has been historic…,” Modi said.Welcoming Prime Minister Modi to Sochi, Putin said his visit would give a fresh impetus to bilateral ties.He said Russia and India maintain a high strategic level of partnership, with close cooperation between the two countries’ defense ministries.”Our defense ministries maintain very close contacts and cooperation. It speaks about a very high strategic level of our partnership,” Putin said.He also hailed joint activities of the two countries in the area of foreign politics, in particular within the United Nations, BRICS and the SCO.Putin also said that last year there was a considerable increase in mutual trade and this year for the first several months it was an increase of more than 17 per cent.The Russian Foreign Minister also said that Moscow and New Delhi will strongly oppose attempts to politicise the work of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).Russia and India had confirmed they “will strongly oppose attempts to politicise the work of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” Lavrov said.He pointed out that “we have seen” such attempts “recently.” His comments came following the OPCW last month said it had confirmed Britain’s findings on the military-grade nerve agent used in the attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK, which London said came from Russia.Russia last month convened a meeting of the OPCW and made a bid for a joint investigation into the attempted murder, but the request was rejected.Britain blames Russia for the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4, which has sparked an international diplomatic crisis and expulsion of scores of diplomats from London and Moscow.
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Amit Shah makes light of united opposition, says BJP will win 2019 with bigger majority

Flanked by Union minister Piyush Goyal, his party's general secretaries Bhupender Yadav, Kailash Vijayvargiya and Arun Singh among others, Shah also targeted Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for his allegations against the BJP and said he appeared to be unaware of his own party's history. Flashing a piece of paper which, he said, had the details of various state governments dismissed by the Congress-ruled Centre, Shah said that the Congress had no right to talk about democratic values. Its governments at the centre had dismissed over 50 state governments and it once formed government in Goa by engineering defection when it did not win a single seat in the assembly poll, he said.”
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Updated: May 21, 2018, 09:28 PM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>BJP president Amit Shah today made light of the proposed alliance of opposition parties, saying they all fought his party in 2014 general elections as well and will do so in 2019, but it will still come back to power with a bigger majority.At a press conference here, Shah noted that most of these parties have little support outside their home states and will not bring additional votes to each other. “I want to ask you what Mamata Banerjee can do in Karnataka in the Lok Sabha polls or what Akhilesh Yadav can do in Madhya Pradesh or Rahul Gandhi in West Bengal. These people were against us in 2014 as well. In their states, they had all fought against us,” he said.Banerjee is the West Bengal chief minister and heads the Trinamool Congress while Yadav is the Samajwadi Party chief. Shah said like 2014 these parties will fight against the BJP in 2019 as well and it will still come to power with a majority bigger than 2014 under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Also readCong-JD(S) alliance is unholy, people of Karnataka are not celebrating: Amit Shah Flanked by Union minister Piyush Goyal, his party’s general secretaries Bhupender Yadav, Kailash Vijayvargiya and Arun Singh among others, Shah also targeted Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for his allegations against the BJP and said he appeared to be unaware of his own party’s history. Flashing a piece of paper which, he said, had the details of various state governments dismissed by the Congress-ruled Centre, Shah said that the Congress had no right to talk about democratic values. Its governments at the centre had dismissed over 50 state governments and it once formed government in Goa by engineering defection when it did not win a single seat in the assembly poll, he said.
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