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PM Modi takes on CM Siddaramaiah over corruption on his home turf, calls it 10% commission govt

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lashed out at the Siddaramaiah government on the corruption issue, saying new scams and charges of corruption were emerging “every day” under it.Addressing a BJP public rally here, Modi said that after he levelled a “10 per cent commission” charge against the Siddaramaiah government, he received many calls saying his information was incorrect and it was much more.”I can understand the anger of the people of Karnataka,” he said, asking whether the state wanted a “commission or a mission government.”Karnataka, he said, wants a “mission government” and not a “commission government.”In a stinging attack on the Siddaramaiah government at a public rally here on February 4, Modi had accused it of setting new records in corruption and asserted that the countdown for its exit has begun.”The Congress government is at the exit gate,” Modi had said, while dubbing the Siddaramaiah rule a “10% commission government.”In his second rally this month in poll-bound Karnataka, Modi said the Congress, wherever it was in power, were acting like “bumps” in the path of speedy progress and the party only cared for power and not for aspirations of the people.”Every day,a new scam, new corruption and new allegations are coming up against their leader, ministers, or some government schemes,” Modi said, chiding the Siddaramaiah government at the Chief Minister’s home town of Mysuru.Modi also accused the Congress of spreading “lies and repeated lies” and asked the people to question them over their rule in the country for several decades.”They think that by telling lies, repeated lies, loudly and continuously spreading lies not for a day but for months on end, wherever they go, the people will believe them….the country will never accept your lies.”Modi also announced a six-lane 117 km Bengaluru-Mysuru national highway project at a cost of Rs 6,400 crore and a world class new satellite railway station at Mysuru at an investment of Rs 800 crore.

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Amid row over special status for Andhra Pradesh, CM Naidu dismisses demand for no-trust motion against Modi govt

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today brushed aside the YSR Congress’ demand that the TDP move a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government over the special category status issue, saying the BJP enjoys “full majority”.The main opposition YSR Congress and the Jana Sena wanted the TDP, a constituent of the NDA, to move the no-trust motion demanding that the Centre grant the special category status to Andhra Pradesh.YSRC president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy even announced that his party would move the no-trust motion if the TDP did not do so.”Does he (Jagan) have head and tail? If you move a no-confidence motion, they (BJP) have majority. It will be defeated and you can’t talk anything for six months on the issue,” Naidu told reporters at the Polavaram project site this afternoon.”First there should be a debate…We have to muster support…Injustice was done (to AP) right inside Parliament…now we are demanding justice from the same Parliament,” he said.”When our Minister (Y S Chowdary) demanded in Parliament that justice be done to the state, they (YSRC) demanded his dismissal (citing rules and procedures). Now they are talking about no-confidence,” the TDP chief said.Naidu said Reddy’s demand was aimed at cornering the TDP on the special category status issue.”We are also part of India. When I say that, they (YSRC) say we will run away by resigning (from Parliament) or moving a no-confidence motion (sic). “Without understanding that and Parliamentary procedures and traditions, he (Reddy) wants to show he took an upper hand and cornered TDP and government. What is that you cornered? People are watching everything,” Naidu said.The chief minister said his government would take the lead to secure the rights of Andhra Pradesh from the Centre.”Let them come with us and cooperate. But they are asking us to follow them. Who are they? What’s their history?” he questioned.The ties between the BJP and TDP came under severe strain recently after the southern party alleged meagre allocations to AP projects in the Union Budget 2018-19.

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Jawan shoots self in Madhya Pradesh’s BSF campus

In an unfortunate incident, a jawan took his life while on duty at a Border Security Force (BSF) campus in Madhya Pradesh on Monday.A Border Security Force Jawan Sumit Kumar allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself in the Campus at Tekanpur in Gwalior, during the noon.Both the police force and the Border Security Force have begun an investigation in the case.In March 2017, the DG of Central Industrial Security Force said family issues and disputes are reasons behind 50% of jawan suicidesThere are psychological aspects involved and all officers in the force, which has a strength of 1.45 lakh personnel, have been instructed to be more interactive with the men and women under their command, he said.”We know that the society is changing rapidly and such people (with problems) need to be spotted, segregated and counselled. We are undertaking a number of measures to reach out to anyone among us who is under stress or is facing any problems,” he said.We want to touch the lives of our personnel, he said, adding that clear directions have been issued to supervisory authorities to increasingly “mingle” with their troops and check on their problems and issues.The DG said the issue of timely leave is a “big bone of contention” in all police and paramilitary forces and the situation in the CISF is same, with a deficiency in staff numbers and over-stressed work hours.”Hence, we have come with the idea of constituting leave committees in all our units. The committee in Delhi Metro is doing well…this committee will ensure that troops prioritise their leave requirements among themselves,” Singh added.Elucidating on it, he said a jawan who needs leave to attend the wedding of his real brother will get priority over his colleague who requires the same to attend the marriage of his distant relative or friend.”These are all case-to-case basis selections and this committee will work under the command of the unit commander and the members of the committee will be rotated on a monthly basis,” he said.With ANI Inputs

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Coal power plants, open burning 100 km away main cause for Mumbai’s hazardous AQI: Report

This morning, the US Consulate in Mumbai recorded the city’s Air Quality Index (AQI) as 178. The situation had not changed much by 4 pm when the AQI was recorded at 168An AQI between 150 and 200 is considered unhealthy, while 201 to 300 is very unhelthy and anything above 300 is considered hazardous.Incidentally, the unhealthy AQI was recorded a day after Mumbai joined Greenpeace India in its campaign for Clean Air by demanding a continuous and robust air quality monitoring system. The idea was to have a system spread through Mumbai and also across Maharashtra to measure and assess quality of air in a comprehensive and systematic manner before initiating a time bound and effective regional action plan to fight the growing threat of air pollution. A number of people gathered at Juhu Beach and demanded Regional Clean Air Action Plan from Maharashtra government.Mavir Poonacha, Engagement Campaigner, Greenpeace India said, “Air pollution is not only limited to Delhi, but spreading from north to south, east to west, creating an apocalyptic scenario throughout the country. Mumbai has been witnessing severe air pollution and with this initiative, we are urging Mumbaikars to unite together and demand for an action plan to combat air pollution. Mumbai should lead and set an example by not being on the list of most polluted and unhealthy cities, but by joining the cities where clean air, better environs and healthy ways are prioritised over everything else so as to provide and ensure better quality of life for all its people.”In November 2017, the AQI in the national capital had hit hazardous levels prompting the Indian Medical Association declared a public health emergency and requested the state government to shut schools and advised people from venturing out. While the news of Delhi’s pollution hit news, DNA reported in December that Mumbai’s AQI had reached hazardous levels, but there were no reports available on the reason behind the alarmingly high toxic air. Mumbai had seen higher levels of hazardous air in the past. A few months earlier, Mumbai woke up to a smoggy morning with the Air Quality Index at US Consulate reaching a hazardous level of 341 at 6 am.Also readBudget 2018: FM Arun Jaitley announces scheme to tackle air pollution in DelhiAlthough a Greenpeace India report titled “Airpocalypse II” released a fortnight ago showed Mumbai’s PM10 level was 130 ug/m3 for the year 2016, but highlighted how the island city has experienced hazardous air pollution levels in the past, including in early February.Greenpeace analysis shows that high pollution levels affected an area spread through more than a 100 km across and around Mumbai. This is due to air pollution sources dotting the Maharashtra-Gujarat coastline to the north of the city and contributing to the episode. Research has found that power plants, open burning, commercial food sector and road transport are the main sources of air pollution in Mumbai.Also readMumbai air reaches ‘very unhealthy’ levels; cases of respiratory disease likely to increase Source: Greenpeace IndiaCurrently, Mumbai has two AQI Monitors that provides real time air levels, while Delhi NCR has 11 AQI Monitors. Other than this under SAFAR there are 9 but that falls under the Earth and Science Ministry.Looking at the bigger picture, Maharashtra has a total of 14 AQI monitors, with the maximum number in Pune with seven.Sadly, in Maharashtra none of the 24 cities for which air quality data is available are complying with the annual PM10 air quality standards set by CPCB. As a consequence of this, 6.7 million children under five years of age live in districts exceeding the national ambient air quality standards across Maharashtra and another 2.6 million live in areas where no data on the status of air quality exists.HEALTH HAZARDS DUE TO BAD AQI”Exposure to fine particulate matter pollution is the largest environmental health risk in the world, increasing the risk of lung cancer, stroke, heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases, lower respiratory infections and asthma. PM2.5 is estimated to have been responsible for over three million premature deaths in 20107. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classified particulate matter pollution as carcinogenic to humans in 2013, and designated it as a “leading environmental cause of cancer deaths,” said a 2015 Greenpeace India report.The report also highlights that particulate matter and ozone are the biggest factors to cause respiratory diseases in Mumbai.THE ROAD AHEADIn 2015, the centre asked states to work proactively to enable speedy implementation of solar power projects.A statement issued by the PMO said states should work proactively towards creating conducive policy framework to enable speedy implementation of solar power projects.Calling for the better management and use of solid waste, PM Narendra Modi had also said India is effectively moving towards applying solar and wind energy to various activities of daily life.In the recently concluded union budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government was committed to ensuring a better environment, and will financially aid the development of bio-gas from solid waste. The government will launch a scheme for galvanising organic bio and agro resources, named Gobardhan which will see conversion of cattle dung and solid waste in farms to compost fertilisers, bio-gas and bio-CNG.In addition, 115 districts have been identified as ‘Aspirational Districts’ by the government for focused attention, to develop these as model districts. Access to clean drinking water and toilets are two indices that will be taken into consideration during the development of these districts.But despite his warnings and appeals, a lot has still to be done.Related Photos
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Delhi HC reserves order on TTV Dhinakaran’s plea for interim name, symbol

The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved its decision on a plea of TTV Dhinakaran, who heads a faction of the AIADMK, seeking a temporary name and symbol for his group till his claim to the party’s symbol is decided.”Judgement reserved,” Justice Rekha Palli said after conclusion of final arguments by the lawyers for Dhinakaran’s faction, Election Commission and the faction of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam.Dhinakaran’s faction, which also includes V K Sasikala, has sought allocation of the temporary symbol of ‘pressure cooker’ for the local body elections likely to be held soon, or any other poll during the pendency of his petition laying claim to the AIADMK symbol of ‘two leaves’.The Sasikala-Dhinakaran faction has also given a list of three names — All India Amma Anna Dhravidar Munnetra Kazhagam, MGR Amma Dravidar Munnetra Kazhagam and MGR Amma Dhravidar Kazhagam — seeking that one of them be temporarily allotted to them.Their application for using a suitable name and symbol was moved in their main petition challenging the poll panel’s November 23, 2017 decision holding the Palaniswami-Panneerselvam faction as the real AIADMK and allotting them the ‘two-leaves’ symbol.They have sought the allocation of a suitable name and symbol only till the pendency of the main petition, claiming that otherwise the Election Commission might declare it as a separate party.

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Eat beef, why celebrate it? says Venkaiah Naidu

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday raised the issues of ‘beef ban’ in the country, saying one can eat beef if he wants, but why to have a festival for the same.”You want to eat beef, then eat. Why Festival? Similarly, a ‘Kiss Festival’, if you wish to kiss why do you need a festival or anyone’s permission for it,” Naidu said, while addressing a gathering at Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of R.A. Poddar College of Commerce.Further hitting out at Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru, Naidu said, “Then you have Afzal Guru. People are chanting his name. What is happening? He tried to explode our parliament.”On February 8, an alert advisory had been issued in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the death anniversaries of Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder Maqbool Bhat.The advisory comes after the JKLF announced to stage a protest against the hanging of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat on February 9 and February 11.Guru and Bhat were hanged and buried inside New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013 and February 11, 1984 respectively.Naidu talking about beef festival could be directed to the reports of July 2017 when students of IIT-Madras held a beef festival inside the campus to protest against the cattle slaughter ban.In the past too, Naidu had addressed the beef issue; while stressing on how food is an individual’s choice he said that he is a strict non-vegetarian and nobody told him to what to eat or what not.

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Amid controversy over cold reception, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh says he will host Justin Trudeau

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said that he looks forward to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who is on a week-long India visit.”Look forward to meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday,” Tweeted Amarinder Singh.The Chief Minister also said that he is hopeful that this meeting will help strengthen the close Indo-Canadian business ties as well as the deep-rooted people-to-people relations between our two countries.Significantly, Amarinder Singh had earlier refused to meet Candian Defence minister Harjit Sajjan during the latter’s visit to Punjab last year. He had even accused Sajjan of being a “Khalistani sympathiser”.The development comes even after the Canadian Prime Minister received a lukewarm welcome by the Indian government when he arrived on Saturday. He was received by MoS Agriculture Gajendra Shekhwat, hinting towards a low-key reception.However, amid reports, top government sources have strongly dismissed speculation, mostly in the Canadian media, that PM Modi’s absence is a snub for Justin Trudeau, reported NDTV. Also readIs Justin Trudeau getting a cold shoulder in India? Twitter thinks soEarlier in the day, Canadian Prime Minister and his family offered prayers at the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple here and visited the Sabarmati Ashram as part of their day-long visit to Gujarat.The family travelled straight to Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad after arriving this morning.Trudeau, accompanied by his wife Sophie and their three children, visited Hriday Kunj, the place where Mahatma Gandhi lived and from where he ran the non-violence movement.The Canadian PM will travel to Amritsar on Wednesday where he will visit the Golden Temple. He will return to Delhi the same day.Trudeau is scheduled to visit Jama Masjid and a cricket ground here on February 22 besides delivering a lecture at a gathering of Canadian and Indian business leaders.He will hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Modi on February 23.Also readDuty of citizens, sexism and dynasty politics were just some of the topics Justin Trudeau addressed at IIM-AhmedabadThe next day, he is scheduled to address a conference of young change-makers before wrapping up his visit.The ties between India and Canada have been on an upswing. Approximately 1.4 million Canadians are of Indian heritage and India is Canada’s second largest source of immigrants.Canada is also a leading education destination for Indian students, and India is the second largest source of international students, an estimated 124,000 in 2017, as per official figures.Also readTrudeau in India: Canadian PM visits Sabarmati Ashram, Akshardham Temple with family

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At iconic Mysuru hotel, PM Modi did not get accommodation as all rooms were booked

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his entourage did not get accommodation at the iconic Hotel Lalitha Mahal Palace in Mysuru as almost all rooms were booked for a wedding reception, its top official said today.The district administration later made arrangements for them at another plush hotel in the city.”An official from the deputy commissioner’s office had visited us to book rooms for the prime minister and his staff, including security personnel, but we were not in a position to do so as most of the rooms were booked for a wedding reception,” the hotel General Manager Joseph Mathias told PTI.Modi’s arrival here coincided with the wedding reception yesterday evening, Mathias said.The three rooms that were available were not enough for them, he said.”Considering security reasons, it was not advisable to book just three rooms for a big staff,” he added.However, the district administration made alternative arrangements. Modi was accommodated at Hotel Radisson Blu, where he stayed overnight and today.There, too, the hotel management was said to have advised a businessman’s family to reschedule the wedding reception, citing security issues, so that it concluded before the prime minister arrived.Modi arrived here last night for engagements at Jain pilgrim centre Shravanabelagola in Hassan district. His itinerary also included a South Western Railway function here and a public rally organised by the BJP in the run up to the Assembly polls in the state.

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Jailed for killing Muslim man, Shambhulal Regar makes video from jail alleging inmate trying to kill him

Shambhulal Regar, who was arrested for recording a video where he is seen hacking a man to death, has shared two more videos that have gone viral on social media.DNA has access to the videos, but cannot verify the source, and cannot publish because of its sensitive content. In the first video, which is about two minutes long, Regar is seen speaking for several minutes with most of his words being anti-Islam propaganda. Regar also alleges that his life is under threat from a fellow prisoner, whom he alleges is a ‘jihadi’“The jail administration has kept me in one of the most protected cells but still a person called Vasudev Brahman met me. Brahman is from West Bengal and is also a prisoner here. Slowly, he tried to befriend me and would criticise Islam and expressed his solidarity with me which made me suspicious,” says Regar in the videoAlso readRajasthan murder: Charge sheet says accused had illicit relations with the woman; ‘Love Jihad’ was just a mask“One day, at the time of defecation I was shocked to see his circumcised private parts and realised he is not a Brahmin… This is the strength of jihadis who in spite of all protections managed to reach me and want to kill me,” Regar is seen claiming in the video.The police is also conducting an investigation on how Raigar had a cell phone. The DIG of Jodhpur Central Jail assured of action, adding that prima facie investigation reveals that the guards were not to blameAlso readRajasthan murder is a criminal incident, not a case of love jihad: Mukhtar Abbas NaqviEarlier, in the video that eventually led to his arrest, Raigar is seen hacking and burning to death 48-year-old Muslim labourer Mohammad Afrazulin Rajasthan’s Rajsamand. The news of the murder went viral after a video of the horrific killing was circulated on social media. In the video, Regar is seen repeatedly hacking Afrazul with a sickle, dousing his fallen body with kerosene and burning him alive.Regar then is seen talking of love jihad, and warning those who indulge in it of similar consequences.Also readRajasthan murder: Woman denies she was ‘rescued’ by accusedHe later claimed that he was being threatened by the deceased’s community members. He alleged that the complainant had fled with a girl to Bengal and after Raigar successfully rescued her, he started getting threats.”I have known this girl since childhood and she was like a family member. I used to study with her brother in school and their family lived near us,” Raigar said, when questioned by the media.”They took the girl from our area and I went to Bengal to bring her back. After this, they started threatening me. I am a normal person,” he further said.Khan’s family members, who hail from a village in Kaliachak of Malda district of West Bengal, said that they were shell-shocked since receiving the phone call when he was murdered.”He was murdered because of his faith and they spun a yarn to justify it. I want the murderers to be hanged in public,” said Khan’s wife Gul Bahar Bibi. She said he last talked to his family in Malda on February 5.

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‘I am going to die, so I am killing you’: Stranger kicks out man from train near Bhopal, for no reason

A 23-year-old man died after he was kicked out of a moving train by another passenger, without any apparent provocation, near Sukhi Sewania railway station on the outskirts of Bhopal, railway police said today.Ritesh, the victim, was sitting near the door of a general coach of the Kamayani Express yesterday when Rajmal Pal aka Rajju (27) kicked him out, said a Government Railway Police (GRP) official here.According to Ritesh’s cousin who was accompanying him, Pal said before kicking Ritesh that `I am going to die anyway, so I am killing you’.The victim and the accused didn’t know each other, nor was there any dispute between them before the incident which could have acted as a trigger, said Hemant Shrivastava, in-charge, GRP police station, Bhopal.”Ritesh and his cousin Sumit Singh were sitting near the door as they had to get down at Bhopal. The accused kicked Ritesh who fell off the running train and died on the spot,” the GRP official said.Sumit Singh told police that Pal emerged from the toilet and said to Ritesh, “Mujhe to marnaa hi hai, is-liye tujhe maar raha hoon (I have to die anyway, so I am killing you),” and then kicked him out before others understood what was happening.”We have arrested the accused and registered a case.Further investigations are underway,” Shrivastava said.Sukhi Sewania police station in-charge Mahendra Mishra said that Pal was returning from Allahabad after performing the last rites of his mother. Ritesh and Sumit were travelling from Allahabad to Bhopal for a wedding.

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Duty of citizens, sexism and dynasty politics were just some of the topics Justin Trudeau addressed at IIM-Ahmedabad

Donald Trump and I are similar in a lot of ways, said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau while addressing a bunch of surprised IIM-Ahmedabad students. “We have similar policies that are doing well for our respective economies, and both of us have an optimistic approach towards the future,” he said.Trudeau was addressing students on the second day of his visit to India. The Canadian Prime Minister had landed on Saturday night and visited the Taj Mahal in Agra on Sunday with his wife and their three children. I was about Xav’s age when I first visited the Taj Mahal almost 35 years ago… and it’s amazing to be back with him & the family on Day 1 of our trip to India. J’avais environ l’âge de Xav quand j’ai visité le Taj Mahal pour la première fois, il y a presque 35 ans. C’est incroyable de pouvoir être de retour ici avec lui et toute la famille le premier jour de notre voyage en Inde.A post shared by Justin Trudeau (@justinpjtrudeau) on Feb 18, 2018 at 7:14am PST On Monday, he began his visit to the Sabarmati Ashram and then visited the Akshardham temple, before meeting the students at IIM Ahmedabad. He addressed a number of topics ranging from global warming to sexism to the group of students present.Also readIs Justin Trudeau getting a cold shoulder in India? Twitter thinks soWhile addressing the topic of global warming, Trudeau said that it was important to take a middle path. “Canada has enough fossil fuel resources to not be bothered about climate change but that’s not the right path. It is important to take oil resources to market at a reasonable price. It’s important to find a middle ground and move ahead in a responsible way,” he said.He also addressed dynastic politics, a topic that has been a contention of debate in India. “My decision to get into politics was mine and not my father’s,” he said. Pierre Trudeau served as Canada’s Prime Minister between 1968 and 1979, and then from 1980 to 1984.“I entered politics because I had to say certain things to the masses, not just because it was dynastic politics. Politics is unpleasant in certain ways and incredibly rewarding in other ways. Familial expectations isn’t a way to be successful in politics,” he said.Adding to that, Trudeau said that the citizens of a country were not fools. “They cantell whether someone is genuine in their approach or just trying to live up to some lofty familial expectation.”When the topic of equal opportunities arose, Trudeau said that gender balance in terms of opportunities isn’t the right thing to do but the smart thing to do in terms of growth. “If you think that men and women should get equal opportunities, you are a feminist, it is that simple,” he said.On people commenting on his looks and hair, Trudeau made an interesting point. “No statement on how a man looks is not even an eyelash-worthy of the kind of sexism that women have to face every day in various ways,” he said.He also shared his definition of an ideal citizen. “The idea of ideal citizen does not just rest on surface attributes like ethnicity or racism, it is more dependent on shared values that a society subscribes to, says Trudeau. He adds that young people tend to get that kind of openness and they understand how defined you are in your choice,” he said.Related Photos
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Madhya Pradesh BJP leader booked for molesting woman in hotel room

Police in Madhya Pradesh on Monday registered a case against a BJP leader, who enjoyed the status of minister of state as the vice-chairman of a government body, for allegedly molesting an acid attack survivor.Taking serious view of the matter, the state government today removed Rajendra Namdeo, the accused, from his post as the vice-chairman of the Madhya Pradesh Rajya Silai Kala Mandal.He enjoyed the status of minister of state owing to the post.The order to remove Namdeo from his post was issued by Rajiv Nigam, deputy secretary, urban administration and housing department.State BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan suspended Namdeo from the party for six months, after Hanumanganj police station here registered the case of molestation against Namdeo, who hails from Maihar in Satna district, last night.Also readMolestation case: Mahesh Murthy released after court’s order, says will fight to defend reputationIn the complaint, the 25-year-old woman alleged that in November last year, Namdeo called her to a hotel room near the Bhopal railway station and tried to molest her but she managed to escape, said Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Singh Bhadauriya.”Police have booked him under relevant sections of the IPC. We are interrogating Namdeo,” he said.Also readWoody Allen denies molestation allegations made by daughter Dylan FarrowNamdeo hasn’t been arrested yet.Bhadauriya said the complainant was attacked with acid in Bhopal in 2016. The assailant was arrested and is in jail.Also readAligarh: Woman attacked with acid for protesting molestation attempt She had approached Namdeo to get some work, he said.”We are verifying the complaint and also looking into why she took three months to lodge it,” he said

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Updated: Feb 19, 2018, 02:08 PM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>Gold and silver jewellery, and some other articles were allegedly stolen from a historic temple at Saketri in Panchkula district of Haryana, the police said on Monday.<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>Also readHaryana: 3 kids found dead in Panchkula; father, uncle arrestedA CCTV footage showed that at least six thieves broke open the lock of the Shiv temple and stole the jewellery and other items last night, Panchkula police said.The exact value of the stolen jewellery and other articles could not be ascertained immediately, they said.Also readPanchkula violence: Police personnel, CEO of firm run by Dera Sacha Sauda arrested”We are investigating the matter,” a police official said, adding a forensic team has reached the temple.

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A ruling BJP lawmaker and 27 other people have been booked under various charges, including rioting and criminal conspiracy, following a fracas over a land dispute in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, police said today.Kamlesh Paswan, the sitting MP from Bansgaon constituency, and others were booked last night in connection with the dispute in Rustampur area, Praveen Kumar Singh, who is holding the additional charge as circle officer of Cantonment police station area, said.”One of the parties (involved) in the dispute in a police complaint stated that the other side demolished an under-construction boundary wall at around 1.30pm yesterday, allegedly at the behest of Paswan,” Singh said.The officer, however, added that Paswan was “not directly involved”. “Allegations have been levelled against him (by one party) of giving patronage (to the other). Paswan’s involvement in the case is subject to investigation.” But Senior Superintendent of Police Satyarth Aniruddh Pankaj said they have evidence that associates of Paswan demolished the wall.”A case against MP Kamlesh Paswan and others has been registered with Cantonment police station under various sections of the IPC,” Pankaj said.When contacted, the two-time MP denied the charges.”I was not present at the spot and I am not involved in this issue. It is all fake charges levelled against me. Yesterday evening, I met the SSP regarding the land, that some people are trying to grab it. I don’t know how my name figured in the FIR. I am shocked and I will take up the matter forward,” Paswan said.Paswan and the 27 other people have been booked under various sections of the IPC, including 147 (rioting), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).

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“A beautiful place of peace, humility and truth, that is as needed today as it ever was,” read the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s words of praise for the Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati, which he visited on Monday, along with his family.The other family members also signed the visitor’s book.Trudeau, his wife Sophie and children Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien adorned Indian ethnic clothes on their visit to the century-old ashram, which was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi during the freedom struggle.He later visited the Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar, along with his family.On Sunday, Trudeau and family had visited the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra and a wildlife sanctuary in Mathura.The Canadian Prime Minister who landed in New Delhi on Saturdy, is also scheduled to visit Amritsar, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai.The visit will provide an opportunity for Trudeau to connect with the Indian leaders in government and business, promote empowerment of women and girls, and strengthen Canada and India’s close economic ties.The Indian and Canadian sides will reaffirm the close friendship between the two countries and discuss ways to further deepen bilateral cooperation.Trudeau will also participate in several business roundtables to promote further trade and investment between Canada and India.Canada will work closely with the Indian leaders to advance their economic opportunities in both countries respectively.

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Booked for assault, Karnataka Congress MLA’s son surrenders

Karnataka Congress MLA NA Haris’ son Mohammed Haris Nalapad, who has been accused of assaulting a man at a restaurant here, surrendered before the police on Monday. Yesterday, Nalapad, a Congress leader himself, was expelled from the party for 6 years. He was serving as Bengaluru District Youth Congress General Secretary.Police said Nalapad and his 10 friends beat up the man at a restaurant in UB City late Saturday night after they felt offended over him extending his feet, cast in plaster, towards the table they were sitting at.Also read’Wrong is wrong,’ says Congress MLA NA Haris after son booked for assault The man, identified as Vidwat, has been hospitalised, police said.Nalapad, General Secretary of Bengaluru District Youth Congress, is the son of Shantinagar MLA N A Haris.Police on Sunday said an FIR had been registered against Nalapad and his friends.The MLA described the incident as unfortunate.”I met the victim and his family. I don’t know where he (Nalapad) is. His phone is switched off. Let the law take its course,” Harris said.Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tweeted that offenders should be punished to the “full extent of law”.”Offenders should be punished to the full extent of law regardless of who they are. No less, no more. @CPBlr will take action as per law and bring the guilty to book,” he said. Also readCong MLA’s son assaults man at Bengaluru restaurant, suspended from party for 6 yearsKPCC president Dr G Paramaeswara tweeted Mohammed Haris Nalapad, general secretary of Bengaluru city Youth Congress, was expelled from the Congress party for 6 years. “Atrocities in any form is not tolerated in @INCKarnataka. Legal actions have been taken against those responsible. The victim will be served justice,” he tweeted. (With PTI inputs)

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‘Sanskrit being prioritized over other Chairs at JNU’

While getting a chair for their respective language at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is a success for states, it could also be the beginning of a long struggle for funds and facilities for those who head it.Not all languages have been prioritized as much as Sanskrit at the JNU. Last year, the Academic Council approved the conversion of the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies into a full-fledged School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies.But the Chairs of other languages have allegedly been meted out a step-motherly treatment. The Chairs of other languages seek treatment on par with the Sanskrit language.Also readJNU invites teachers, students for meeting over attendance rowThe head of Odia Chair, Udayanath Sahoo, is struggling to get an office for himself ever since the Chair was instituted in December last year with a grant of Rs 5 crore by the Odisha government.”I am hopeful that I will get a separate room soon,” Sahoo said, refusing to say anymore.Also readJNU protests: 2 FIRs against the studentsThe head of Kannada Chair, Purshottama Bilimale, has begun free language classes to ensure the Chair does not die a slow death. Instituted in 2015, the Chair has not been allocated MPhil or Ph.D. seats so far.”If you are not ready to provide infrastructure, don’t start any Chairs. We all were working in our own jobs, but came here with high expectations,” Bilimale said.”When you are giving so much priority to Sanskrit, which is a good thing, why do you have to discriminate (against) other languages,” Bilimale, who is presently sharing a room with two others, said.The head of Tamil stream, R Thamotharan, expressed happiness over the fast-tracking of Sanskrit’s development. However, he said, the development of other languages should also be taken into consideration.”We are all happy for development of Sanskrit language, but we would also be happy if other languages also are taken into consideration. There are plans to make Sanskrit into School but for other languages, they are advising to get funds from their respective states,” he said.The university taps funds from the central government for Sanskrit and for other languages, they say they don’t have funds, he added.JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar did not respond to attempts by PTI to contact him.Meanwhile, states like Telangana and Kerala have expressed interest to have Chair of their respective languages at the university, while Maharashtra and Assam have already initiated the process.

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End of manual scavenging? Robots to soon clean up manholes in Kerala

In a first in Kerala, the state government will soon be utilising the services of Robots to clean sewer holes.The trial runs of the robot, developed by a startup company, Genrobotics, have been successfully held recently and the product will be launched next week, Kerala Water Authority (KWA) Managing Director, A Shainamol said.”The Kerala government is very excited with the project,” Shainamol told PTI.The robot, equipped with Wi-Fi, Blue Tooth and control panels has four limbs and a bucket system attached to a spider web looking extension to scoop out the waste from sewers.The project is supported by KWA, which has joined hands with Kerala start up mission to transform new ideas into practical technologies for addressing issues relating to pipe leakage and sanitation.”Our intention is to promote local talent. Now the product, being fully funded by the government, is ready and it will be launched next week,” she said.Initially, the services of the robot, christened ‘Bandicoot’ will be utilised in Thiruvananthapuram, which has over 5,000 manholes.The trial run of the robot, developed by the nine-member group of youngsters from varying engineering streams, had been conducted successfully in the state capital recently, CEO and Chief Product architect of Genrobotics, Vimal Govind said.The youngsters have given up their steady jobs to find a solution to end manual scavenging in an effort to bring in some resemblance of dignity to the lives of these ‘invisible’ men who are paid a pittance between Rs 300-500 for their effort running into several hours.According to Govind during the trials held near the Medical college here, about 30 kg of garbage was pulled out by the robot and they were shocked to find sanitary napkins, clothes, surgical blades among other stuff in the clogged manholes.Within an hour, the robot could clean four manholes on the first day itself with ease and it did not face any problem to manoeuvre its way to different types of manholes.”This will be a life changing opportunity for the cleaning men.. their life will become better.. Though happy with the product, they are apprehensive if they will lose their source of livelihood,” he said.However, there was no cause for any worry says Chief Operating Officer Rashid K as their plan was to train existing workers to operate the robot, which was as easy to handle as a remote controlled toy car.All the commands in the user interface was now in English.But this can be converted to any local language for easy understanding of the scavengers, he said.The team took 7-8 months to design the semi automatic robot.An MOU has already been signed between the Kerala Water Innovation Zone under the KWA and Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) for transfer of technology.’Attukal Pongala’ on March 2 will be the litmus test for the ‘Bandicoot’ which will commence its operations by cleaning sewer holes in the city during the festival when lakhs of women from all over the country will converge here to offer Pongala to the diety.Enquiries relating to the Robot have come in from neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra besides from countries like Canada and UK.The team has also been invited to attend the National consultative workshop on Solid Liquid Resource Management (SLRM) on Feb 22, 23 at Delhi, which is a initiative of Swachh Bharat to introduce the Robot.Founded in 2015, GenRobotics was initially focusing on powered exoskeletons which are robotic suits that can help humans to reduce physical effort needed in heavy jobs.The robot is powered by pneumatics (using gas or pressurised air) since using heavy electronic equipment inside is risky as they can react with the explosive gases present in the manhole.Since there are no official figures on the number of people involved in manual scavenging in Kerala, the state government is planning to undertake a pilot study at Ernakulam or Kozhikode to ascertain the same, Suchitwa mission sources said.Based on the outcome of the pilot study, a state-wide survey would be held, the sources added.

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PNB Banking Scam: CBI quizzes Nirav Modi’s chief financial officer Vipul Ambani

The CBI is questioning Vipul Ambani, the Chief Financial Officer of diamantaire Nirav Modi’s Fire Star diamond company, officials said on Monday.They said Vipul Ambani was holding the position for last three to four years. He is understood to be a relative of late Dhirubhai Ambani.The CBI yesterday started an intensive search operation at the Brady road branch of PNB in Mumbai, which is at the center of a colossal banking fraud involving billionaire jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.The agency continued interrogating two PNB officials and an authorized signatory of Nirav Modi’s company, officials said.The probe agency has also started interrogating five more officials, including general manager level officers, taking the total number of officials facing questioning to 11, they said.Also readPNB fraud: CBI seals Mumbai branch; CVC probes top bank officials in Delhi: 10 updates CBI officials said the agency is continuing the questioning of arrested bank officials — Gokulnath Shetty (retired) and Manoj Kharat, and the signatory of Nirav Modi’s company — besides that of other officials of PNB, to find out the money trail and depth of the alleged scam involving thousands of documents and digital records.The CBI is also examining financial transactions of 18 India-based subsidiaries of the Gitanjali group of companies promoted by Choksi to understand the money trail of funds taken from various banks on the basis of Rs 11,384 crore of guarantees furnished by Punjab National Bank, officials said here.

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Going back to Bangla roots? Trinamool may nominate Jaya Bachchan to Rajya Sabha from West Bengal

It seems Bollywood legend and senior Samajwadi Party leader Jaya Bachchan is going back to her Bangla roots, politically. According to a latest report by the Indian Express, Trinamool Congress is likely to nominate the celebrated actor from West Bengal for her fourth term in the Rajya Sabha. Jaya Bachchan’s third term is ending on April 3. Around 60 MPs will retire from the Upper House in April. With the BJP in brute majority in Uttar Pradesh, the party is likely to make major gains in the 10 seats in the state.With current political scenario, Bachchan may not be able to get a fourth term if she continues to stay with the Samajwadi Party.The Indian Express reports that the decision on Bachchan’s nomination would be officially announced after meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banrejee on March 18. Known for her fierce statements in the Upper House, Bachchan has also seen her fair share of drama in the Rajya Sabha. In 2015, the then Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien had dubbed the actor-turned-politician ‘s behaviour as “irresponsible” when she sought more time for a Shiv Sena member speaking on the agrarian crisis while sitting.”How can you say that ….it is irresponsible. I have to manage time. There are other members… We have to take up two bills after the discussion on agrarian crisis,” a visibly agitated Kurien remarked. The remark followed Jaya’s request to give more time to Shiv Sena member Sanjay Raut as he was making some very good points.Kurien had earlier told Raut to wind up as he had spoken beyond his allotted time. Peeved by Chair’s reaction, Bachchan while sitting on her seat protested, “This is not the way to speak. You cannot say irresponsible. You please expunge the word irresponsible..,” she said, even as Raut continued to speak for two minutes before he concluded his speech on the issue.

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India plans alternative to China’s OBOR with Australia, US and Japan

Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing’s spreading influence, the Australian Financial Review reported on Monday, citing a senior US official.The unnamed official was quoted as saying the plan involving the four regional partners was still “nascent” and “won’t be ripe enough to be announced’ during Australian Prime Minister Turnbull’s visit to the United States later this week.Also readNo intent to contain China’s growth but paying close attention to Beijing’s OBOR initiative: USThe official said, however, that the project was on the agenda for Turnbull’s talks with US President Donald Trump during that trip and was being seriously discussed. The source added that the preferred terminology was to call the plan an “alternative” to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, rather than a “rival.””No one is saying China should not build infrastructure,” the official was quoted as saying. “China might build a port which, on its own is not economically viable. We could make it economically viable by building a road or rail line linking that port.”Representatives for Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Trade Minister Steven Ciobo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, asked at a news conference about the report of four-way cooperation, said Japan, the United States, Australia, and Japan, Australia and India regularly exchanged views on issues of common interest.”It is not the case that this is to counter China’s Belt and Road,” he said.Also readIndia has imposed certain redlines on China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative: US ExpertJapan, meanwhile, plans to use its official development assistance (ODA) to promote a broader “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” including “high-quality infrastructure”, according to a summary draft of its 2017 white paper on ODA. The Indo-Pacific strategy has been endorsed by Washington and is also seen as a counter to the Belt and Road Initiative.First mentioned during a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s to university students in Kazakhstan in 2013, China’s Belt and Road plan is a vehicle for the Asian country to take a greater role on the international stage by funding and building global transport and trade links in more than 60 countries.Xi has heavily promoted the initiative, inviting world leaders to Beijing last May for an inaugural summit at which he pledged $124 billion in funding for the plan, and enshrining it into the ruling Communist Party’s constitution in October.Local Chinese governments as well as state and private firms have rushed to offer support by investing overseas and making loans. Also readPM Modi only world statesman to stand up to China’s OBOR: American think-tank Hudson InstituteIn January, Beijing outlined its ambitions to extend the initiative to the Arctic by developing shipping lanes opened up by global warming, forming a “Polar Silk Road”.The United States, Japan, India and Australia have recently revived four-way talks to deepen security cooperation and coordinate alternatives for regional infrastructure financing to that offered by China.The so-called Quad to discuss and cooperate on security first met as an initiative a decade ago – much to the annoyance of China, which saw it as an attempt by regional democracies to contain its advances. The quartet held talks in Manila on the sidelines of the November ASEAN and East Asia Summits.

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Jammu and Kashmir | Man killed after he tried to barge into Budgam Air Force station

A 55-year-old unidentified man was shot dead when he tried to enter into the high security Indian Air Force station in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Sunday night. Police said the incident occurred at midnight when an elderly man entered the security zone area, crossed the security fence and came close to the Air force station perimeter wall. “Despite repeated warning from the sentry the individual did not stop. The sentry fired some warning shots in air but the individual did not stop.The sentry later fired towards him,” said a spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir police.Later, Air force Station authorities informed the Police post Humhama and the Station House Officer and Duty Officer immediately rushed to the spot “Spot examination revealed that the individual of about 50-55 years of age who appears to be mentally challenged has died in the incident,” the spokesman said. Police said the person being identified is not wearing foot wears, is without proper winter clothing and has no identity card.”Pertinently there is no habitation near the place of incident”, said the spokesman .Local police has taken body in custody and is in the process of ascertaining the identity of the individual. “Help of nearby villages has been sought for identification of the individual. Case has been registered and investigation started”, said the police spokesman.

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Hyderabad Shocker: MBA student hangs herself over video call with boyfriend

A 23-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself in her hostel room in Hyderabad on Sunday. “Today a 23-year-old MBA 2nd year student committed suicide by hanging herself to a ceiling fan in her college hostel room,” Inspector of Petbasheerabad police station told news agency. The victim has been identified as B Haneesha Chowdhary and was a 2nd-year student at Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Kompally.It is believed that Chowdhary took the extreme step while video chatting with her boyfriend Dakshit Patel, early in the morning. Patel and Chowdhary had been dating for a while now. “Today a 23-year-old MBA 2nd year student committed suicide by hanging herself to a ceiling fan in her college hostel room,” Inspector of Petbasheerabad police station told news agency. Also readShocking! Hyderabad couple beheads baby as sacrifice to perform ritual during ‘super blue blood moon'”A minor argument broke out between them after which she seems to have told him that she was going to end her life,” said the police officer. The reason behind the suicide is yet to be ascertained. Also readMan kills family, commits suicideAs of now, the body has been sent for an autopsy to state-run Gandhi Hospital in Secunderabad. A case has been registered under section 174 of Code of Criminal Procedure.An investigation is underway. (With Inputs from ANI)

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Shivaji Jayanti 2018: 5 facts that you must know about Chhatrapati on his birth anniversary

Today is the birth anniversary of the greatest Maratha ruler ever-known — Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.As the nation celebrates Shivaji Jayanti and remembers the key figures of Indian history, here are 5 facts that you must know about the Chhatrapati:1: Shivaji Maharaj was born on February 19, 1630, in Shivneri Fort. Shivaji Jayanti is celebrated on a grand scale in the state of Maharashtra. Shivaji Maharaj is considered as the greatest Maratha ruler who carved an enclave from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur that became the start of the Maratha Empire. 2: At the young age of 16, Shivaji Maharaj seized the Toma fort and by the age of 17 had seized the Raigad and Kondana forts. Shivaji Maharaj as he is popularly known was named Shivaji Bhonsle and was a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan.3: Shivaji Maharaj is known for his military and civil administration. He was named after the local Goddess Shivai to whom his mother Jijabai prayed for a son. Shivaji’s father Shahaji Bhonsle was the chief of the Bijapur kingdom. Shivaji Maharaj was the creator of the Maratha kingdom and he was instrumental in uniting the Maratha chiefs of Mayal, Konkan, and Desh regions. 4: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is not only a hero for the people of Maharashtra but also for the rest of India as his military prowess and guerilla tactics of warfare are considered of great importance in the Indian history.5: On the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti, several processions are taken out and people dress up like Shivaji and his associates. Shivaji Jayanti is an official statewide holiday in Maharashtra. Shivaji Jayanti is also celebrated in Goa and Karnataka. There are processions and dramas enacted on the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and speeches made on Shivaji Jayanti by prominent government officials on this day.

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByTanushree Bhatia <!–end of artlbotbor–>Updated: Feb 19, 2018, 06:50 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>In an attempt to curb the menace of cars parked in a no-parking areas at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI), the airport officials are likely to slap a hefty fine on the offender. The airport authorities have also joined hands with DG Resettlement, which functions directly under the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (Ministry of Defense), to help deal with parking offenders.Confirming the same, Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, said, “Since the runway recarpeting work has begun at city airport, passengers will be affected from March 1 to April 15 as the runway will be non-operational from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm. While we have made several arrangements inside the terminal to ensure quicker entry to the security hold as well as increased seating capacity, we had to also look at the traffic movement in the arrival and departure bay. We have joined hands with DG Resettlement, whose officials will approach the car parked in a no-parking area with a heavy glue and stick the fine on the windshield. The driver may also attract a fine up to Rs 3,000.”An official said, “Heavy fines are important to curb this menace or else no one will take the issue seriously.”BETTER FACILITIESSecurity hold area has been expanded from 500 sq m to 900 sq m Seating capacity increased from 288 to 40 passengers at one time Additional entry gate and boarding hatres for the departing passengers Placement of 13 new self check-in counters for quicker entry Additional tea, coffee arrangements at economic rates

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First from his family to take up the spiritual path, 24-year-old Mokshesh Shah will soon take ‘Diksha’ and start a new life.Mokshesh, a chartered accountant (CA), has been handling his family business for the past two years. According to him, he was inspired to take ‘diskha’ after he escaped death twice. He survived in an accident on Mumbai-Pune expressway a few years back. Soon after, he escaped a bomb blast in Zaveri bazaar.Mokshesh, said, “The incidents made me believe that there is a divine entity named karma. I must have done some good deed in my past life which is carried forward in this life.”Two years ago, he had informed his family about following a spiritual path, However, before taking that up, he wanted to manage the family business till his younger sibling grew up. He has now resigned from the Director’s position in the family business.Shah plans to take ‘Diksha’ in April.He added, “While I was studying for my CA final exams, I was also learning spirituality. It inspired me to follow the path and living a stable life without any greed.”

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AMC spent Rs 435 cr on water in eight years

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has purchased Rs 435 crore worth water to cater to the water needs of citizens in last eight years, according to the information provided by leader of opposition Dinesh Sharma.Sharma on Saturday said how the civic body’s claim of providing water 24/7 is false and they have to purchase water from the state government. “From five different sources the civic body is managing to get water. And for all the five sources, the state government is charging money from AMC. Sadly, in spite paying crores of rupees to the state, people in city are not getting enough water,” said Sharma.“There is no regular water provided by AMC to its people. On an average, AMC pays Rs 8 crore monthly to the state government. Other than this, AMC also fetches water from its own sources like bore wells. Still some area do not get water,” Sharma said.He said that despite the Smart City label, AMC administration has to rely on tankers to reach out to people. “AMC has spent around Rs 2 crore in last one year for renting tankers: in new west zone, Rs 62.06 lakh, in west zone Rs 45.13 lakh, in north zone Rs 32.53 lakh and in east zone Rs 56.27 lakh,” he said.Sharma also alleged that the BJP-run civic body has been giving false hope to its people with its round-the-clock water scheme promise. Sharma alleged that the civic body has failed to provide even water veen twice a day with proper pressure. “Most of the slum pockets, where around 30 per cent population stays, get polluted water ing. There is no proper plan by the AMC for people when it comes to supplying clean water,” Sharma said.‘WORKING TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY’To allegations of poor water supply, chairman of water and sewage committee, Ramesh Desai, said the authorities are working on improving the quality of water. In slum pockets where people face the problem of getting contaminated water, authorities are replacing water pipelines, the chairman of the water and sewage committee.

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Updated: Feb 19, 2018, 06:40 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>A 49-year-old jeweller from Zaveri Market, Kapil Parekh, was allegedly cheated to the tune of Rs 3,61,50,000. According to LT Marg police, Parekh had given gold ornaments weighing 13641 grams to three people for selling them in exchange for money in 2016. The three accused fled with the ornaments “The complainant had given the ornaments to the accused persons for selling it and returning back the money. After two years, the accused failed to give the money or the jewels. The complainant repeatedly demanded the money back but the accused persons kept on dillydalling the matter.”, said the LT Marg police officer.Sharad Naik, Senior Inspector, LT Marg police station, said, “We have registered a case under sections 409 (breach of trust by agent) ,420 (cheating) and 34(common intent) of the Indian Penal Code. The three accused have been remanded into police custody.”

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Vankar kin’s say awaiting Jignesh Mevani’s nod

Since Friday, family members of Bhanubhai Vankar had been sitting in front of the post-mortem room of Gandhinagar Civil Hospital. They had repeatedly said that they would not be accepting the mortal remains of the Dalit activist it the government did not assure them in writing that their demands would be fulfilled.On Saturday, there was a press conference by Deputy CM Nitin Patel where he assured compensation for the family. A draft of all the demands met by the government was sent to the family on Sunday evening. Vankar’s wife Induben Meuva, sons Bhargav and Dhaval Meuva, and brother Raju Parmar, received the draft and said they would send it to Jignesh Mevani.“We will make this reach him even though he is in police custody. And unless he gives us a confirmation, we will not accept it,” said Raju Parmar. “Also, even if he accepts the draft, we will not get up from here and won’t accept the body till Jignesh is released from police custody,” he added, speaking from outside the post-mortem room at the hopsital. “We will send the draft to Jignesh through WhatsApp and will get his confirmation. He was the person who stayed with us and supported us during this tough time. He is in police custody and we cannot leave him now,” he said.

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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Maharashtra takes up mission of improving human development index

The Maharashtra government, in a serious bid to improve human development index (HDI) in 125 talukas spread across 10 districts, has decided to increase the literacy rate of individuals that have passed their 10th exams, create more jobs in various livelihood sectors and upgrade health parameters in the coming years. The government has formed a committee headed by the division commissioners in all six revenue divisions. The government’s decision comes at a time when it has formulated a roadmap to achieve a trillion dollar economy for the state.The overall average of Maharashtra in HDI is 0.752 as per the Maharashtra Human Development Report (MHDR) 2012. Mumbai comprising Mumbai district and suburban district taken together has the highest HDI of 0.841 whereas the tribal dominated Nandurbar in north Maharashtra has the lowest HDI of 0.604. The government on February 17 has issued a notification in this regard whereby the HDI improvement programme will be conducted at the taluka level instead of district level by undertaking special projects for health, education and employment.The government, in order to need to optimise spending on social sectors, has linked low income to low HDI in 10 districts including Nandurbar (0.604), Gadchiroli (0.608), Washim (0.646), Hingoli (0.648), Osmanabad (0.649), Jalna (0.663), Beed (0.678), Parbhani (0.683), Buldhana (0.684) and Yavatmal (0.700). These districts with low incomes have different problems. The farm crisis is quite common in all these districts while poor infrastructure is another issue which is being addressed by undertaking water conservation projects. The focus is on improving road connectivity and job creation through promotion of cottage industries.A state government official told DNA, “Nandurbar, Gadchiroli, Jalna and Dhule districts continue to be the weakest and remain in low HDI category. Buldhana continues to remain in the relative medium HDI category while Nashik has joined the very high HDI category of Thane, Pune and Mumbai. The objective to form a committee headed by revenue divisional commissioners is to improve the monitoring of HDI on a mission mode. The government has also decided to rope in retired experienced government employees in this regard.”The official said that growth should not be confined to Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Nashik but should reflect across the state.”The government’s move to boost HDI improvement programme is also an attempt to complement its resolve to state’s per capita income to Rs 6 lakh by 2030 and for that to happen the development process should pick up in 10 districts from Marathwada, to Vidarbha,” he noted.

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CISF told to survey Mumbai Metro security status

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to conduct a survey of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor basied on inputs of potential security threat received by the Intelligence Buerau (IB). Additionally, the MHA has asked to deploy the CISF personnels in the metro corridor to prevent any danger.Following which, The CISF wrote to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to conduct the survey of the entire metro corridor.The Mumbai Metro-1 corridor is the eighth densest Metro corridor in the world and is the first Metro corridor constructed on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model wherein Mumabi Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), MMRDA and French company Veolia owns 69 per cent, 26 per cent and 5 per cent respectively.”We have written to the MMRDA for the third time in February 2018 to nominate one of its memberz for the survey but MMRDA has not responded. It should respond to us because the MHA has received inputs from IB which has identified 87 locations in India where there is potential security threat and CISF should be deployed there,” said an anonymous source associated with the CISF.While the CISF is directly under the MHA and currently guards various vital infrastructure projects in India including the Delhi Metro, the Mumbai Metro is guarded by 690 personnels of the Maharashtra Security Force (MSF).A senior MMRDA official said, “There is no such requirement and the expense on the security of Metro-1 is already very high. We are spending Rs 1.50 crore monthly on security currently and if CISF guards are deployed we will also have to provide them with quarters for accommodation which would become a very costly affair for us.”MUMBAI METRO-1The Metro-1 corridor is the eighth densest Metro corridor in the world. It is the first Metro corridor constructed on Public-Private Partnership model. The Mumbai Metro is guarded by 690 Maharashtra Security Force personnel.

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Gujarat police, Jignesh Mevani hit out at each other

Heated exchanges took place between independent MLA Jignesh Mevani and cops who detained him while he was on his way to protest at the Ambedkar Statue in Sarangpur on Sunday morning.In a video shot just before his detention, the Vadgam (SC) MLA is heard shouting at cops after his car keys were damaged in the scuffle.“Gujarat police is resorting to dadagiri. The police forcibly and illegally entered the car of an elected representative, and damaged the key. The policeman responsible for this should be booked,” Mevani is heard saying in the video while sitting in his car, just before he was taken away.Mevani also accused police of misbehaving with him and dragging him out of the car. “Is this the way to detain an elected MLA? If a legislator is in this condition, then think about other Dalits,” he wrote on Twitter.JK Bhatt, JCP (Crime Branch), however, defended the police personnel, and accused Mevani of misbehaviour. “You can see how Mevani behaved with the policemen who were only doing their duty. Even though his behaviour was not proper, the police showed complete restrain,” Bhatt told reporters, referring to the video clip.The senior cop also said that Mevani was detained as a precaution because unlike other Dalit leaders, he had not given any assurance of maintaining peace during protests. Bhatt added that the police would send a report about Mevani’s detention to the Assembly Speaker as Mevani was a sitting MLA.

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Meghalaya polls: Smriti Irani-Sushmita Dev war of words over women safety

Congress MP Sushmita Dev on Sunday hit out at Union Textiles and I&B Minister Smriti Irani for her comment on the lack of women safety in Meghalaya.She said that Irani has no moral right to come to Meghalaya and talk of women safety when the PM links the dignity of women to gas cylinders. “Can you uphold the dignity of women by giving gas cylinder to the women,” said the president of the All India Mahila Congress. “They are talking about women security when the prime minister, despite having the majority, has not been able to introduce the women reservation Bill.”Dev further said that Irani should address the misogyny inside the RSS where women are considered “child-producing machines”.In her rally in Tura, Irani had said spoke about an alleged sexual assault in an inn owned by home minister HDR Lyngdoh’s son in Shillong. “The job of a home minister is to protect women and children but in Meghalaya it is the reverse. It is sad and shocking that in Meghalaya, where women are held in high esteem, such an incident has ashamed the state,” Irani had said.Dev said the BJP should not politicise the incident. “The incident was carried out by an independent MLA who is now in jail,” she said. She also said that in most of the states that come under the rule of the BJP, the rate of crime against women has gone up. “In states like like Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, one rape is reported every eight hours. In fact, one of the biggest sex scandal in the history of India happened in Kutch and yet, till today, no arrests have been made and no report of judicial inquiry,” said Dev.

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Over 1,000 BMC schools to obtain NABET accredition

Over 1,000 schools under the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation may adopt a national accreditation framework to ensure checks on security, quality of education and infrastructural development.During the committee meeting held on Thursday, Sainath Durge, a member of the BMC’s education committee, suggested that schools under the civic body should take help from the National Accredition Board for Education and Training (NABET) to audit its schools in regular intervals. The move is aimed at improving the education standards of BMC schools.”Over the last few years, concerns have been raised over issues with respect to safety, poor infrastructure and falling quality of education in civic schools. Having an accredition framework would be extremely useful to evaluate ones performance and do the right things to improve it ” added Durge.Durge’s suggestion is still awaiting a final nod by the BMC.Earlier this month, members of the education committee had taken up issues of fire safety and security compliance in the backdrop of the Kamala mills fire. With such a framework in place, Durge said that there would be a constant check on such mechanisms.NABET is a constituent of the Board of Quality Council of India. Several schools across the country get themselves accredited by NABET. Some of the things that are tested in accredition process include infrastructure, student teacher ratio, safety measures, school performance etc.AUDITING SCHOOLSBMC should take help from National Accredition Board for Education and Training (NABET) to audit its schools, the education committee said The suggestion is still awaiting a final nod by the BMC. NABET falls under the Board of Quality Council of India.

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Speak up Mumbai: Is BEST caught between devil and deep blue sea?

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking on February 13 announced its decision to hire 450 private buses on wet-lease, a first in its 113-year-old history. These will include about 200 AC and 200 non-AC mini buses and 50 regular 30-seater non-AC buses which will start plying in phases over the next three months. This, according to the Undertaking, is the ideal way to save capital expenditure. The BMC did not allocate funds to the already cash-strapped BEST in its 2018-19 budget.Members of the BEST committee, the policy-making body of the BEST, sanctioned the proposal on Monday. Many see the Rs 605 crore deal as a step towards privatisation. BEST labour unions, who worry the move will mean a massive staff cut, threatened an indefinite strike however it was cut short after the Bombay high court intervened.The BEST’s losses soar up to Rs 880 crore while its fleet has come down to 3,310 buses and passenger count dipped to 28 lakh per day. Under such fragile conditions, DNA asks Mumbaikars for their view on BEST’s revival.VOICESThere is an urgent need for work on the infrastructure of BEST buses. This will help more space within the buses and will be much safer for female commuters. Increasing the bus fare will help in getting improved buses. The buses we travel in have been the same for the past few decades. Installing CCTV cameras and other such security measures must also be considered for the betterment of facilities. —Smita Bhingarde, Jogeshwari The BEST needs to modernise its system to attract more commuters. This is the way it can come out from its current financial crisis. They need to start a bus tracking system to help commuters to know the geographical status of buses. A survey can also be carried out to know what commuters want from the transport undertaking. Privatisation can be an option but this may increase the fare.—Amit Anand, ChemburMy most favourite mode of public transport has lost its past glory and calls for a number of drastic measures to ensure passenger-friendly, efficient and punctual service. Introducing an app to help passengers lodge complaints and to inform them about the Estimated Time of Arrival can save time. Increasing the frequency of buses on feeder routes and introducing AC buses on popular routes is the need of the hour. With the assistance of traffic police, the BEST can provide speedier and safe travel.—Sagar Rane, DadarTravelling on BEST buses reduces traffic on the roads and the number of private vehicles will decrease by a major extent however this can only be achieved if BEST improves the quality of its buses and allows for comfortable bus connectivity at least to major commercial areas. This will reduce time and even fuel. This can be achieved quickly if BEST is handed over to a private company.—Sweta Nair, MulundThe government should ensure that the employees working with BEST are performing their duties diligently. It is important that the government employees adopt skills like corporate sectors to enhance productivity and fulfill demands of the common man. An efficient fuel system should curb the high cost to BEST which will help them decrease their losses. However, a private body to run private buses will only increase the travel cost for the common man.—Shweta Patil, MulundThe frequency of BEST buses has to improve particularly on holidays. BEST also needs to improve the seating arrangement for senior citizens in buses and at bus stops. AC buses do not seem to have given the BEST the desired results. They should look at scrapping them or understanding how to ensure that they can be more profitable. They can also look at introducing newer buses that are more cost effective. A study of just who uses the BEST bus service and what they need to cater will work.—Vinod D’Souza, BandraI think the use of advanced technology and some more man power would improve the condition of the BEST from its current state. However that will not be enough if the buses are not well maintained. To improve its services and attract more passengers, the BEST should consider adapting better and upgraded buses and be open to technology that will help passengers commute better.—Nishi Singh, AmbernathI think the BEST should introduce more special BEST buses for ladies only like how the railways does on every route. It is needed in a city like Mumbai where not only men but an equal number of women travel for work and use public transport. It will be better if more double decker buses are introduced in the suburbs. BEST should also better take care of the health and financial issues like salaries of their drivers and conductors for smoother transport.—Rupali Lahane Tambe, PowaiEXPERT SPEAKThe BEST should ideally run buses that connect shorter routes and compete with taxis and autos. They should increase services on these short distance routes. That is the best way to provide faster connectivity. There should be some buses in the fleet that operate on longer routes with fixed timings. —Ashok Datar, Transport expert; Chairman, MESNThe BEST’s management, be it the administration or the political committee, is a complete failure. The elected members simply come to earn money but do not think of ways to improve BEST’s financial health. The buses run full which means there is still a demand. However the administration should take steps to improve punctuality.—Mansoor Darwesh, president, Passenger and Traffic Relief Association

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Give me peace, I will pursue dialogue: J&K CM

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti appealed to the people of the state to give peace a chance, so that the dialogue process can take off.”Give me peace. I will purse dialogue and work for opening cross-border routes like Kargil-Skardu, Jammu-Sialkote, Nowshehra-Jhangar, etc,” Mehbooba said. Her speech was inspired by Netaji Subhash Chander Bose’s famous slogan: “Give me blood, and I will give you freedom.”Mehbooba was addressing a public rally at Kund village in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district. ” The people of the state continue to bear the brunt of partition and acrimony…If there is peace, people on both sides would march together on the path of growth and development,” she said.The Chief Minister also said the government’s agenda has been to take people out of the mess, and begin a dialogue to sort out issues and develop Jammu and Kashmir as a developed state.”Some movement on this agenda has been made and many decisions of huge public welfare like withdrawal of cases against around 10,000 youth, regularisation of 61,000 daily wagers, a massive economic and reconstruction plan, etc, were initiated by my government in the past three years,” she said.She added that the situation at the borders is not encouraging; with deaths and destruction being reported so frequently, the villagers are bow demanding the construction of bunkers.”This is unfortunate. In the 21st Century, when they should be demanding better schools, good hospitals and efficient services, they are asking for bunkers to protect themselves,” she said.Mehbooba said she is pained to see that a common citizen of J&K is the ultimate victim of this whole scenario of uncertainty, violence and acrimony. “It is the people of the state who get killed and their education and businesses suffer,” she said.Urging youth to desist the path of violence, she said the world is witness to the fact that violence has not resolved any issue. “Rather, it gives birth to many more. Resorting to violence leads to a response which ultimately leaves behind only scars,” she said.

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Protesters block roads, hold rallies in Gujarat

Outside the civil hospital in Ahmedabad, protesters demandes the release MLA Jignesh Mevani, who was detained in the morning. Reports said he was being held in the Special Operations Group (SOG) office, where a group of his supporters had assembled seeking his release.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Updated: Feb 19, 2018, 06:30 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>Tension prevailed in several parts of the state on Sunday, as protesters blocked roads and took out rallies in protest of the government’s failure to prevent Dalit activist Bhanu Vankar’s self-immolation.Other than in Ahmedabad, protests were witnessed in Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Patan and Mehsana.A large number of Dalits took out a rally in Unjha town of Mehsana and chanted slogans criticising the state government. The Unjha ST bus depot was shut as all buses were cancelled anticipating trouble during the protests.Police said that some protesters were detained while they tried to block roads in State Capital Gandhinagar.In Jamnagar, Dalits including women set fire to tyres to block roads. Similar protests were also seen in Patan, while Dalits met in large numbers in Rajkot and condemned the incident.Outside the civil hospital in Ahmedabad, protesters demandes the release MLA Jignesh Mevani, who was detained in the morning. Reports said he was being held in the Special Operations Group (SOG) office, where a group of his supporters had assembled seeking his release.

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Winged menace: Despite the cold, 478 dengue cases surface; officials baffled

At a time when burgeoning cases of swine flu and deaths are presenting a challenge to the state health department,a sudden spurt in the cases of dengue has put the state health officials on their toes. In January this year, a total of 478 cases of dengue has been reported across the state. This figure is a matter of concern because last year (2017),only 56 cases were reported in the month of January. Data from the health department shows that more than 50% of the total dengue positive in the state are found in Jaipur as the state capital remains the worst affected district with 266 cases reported in January this year. Bharatpur is the second with 28 cases followed by Alwar Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Kota, Ajmer, Nagaur and Sawai Madhopur with 26, 22, 18,16, 15, 13, 10 and 10 cases respectively. As per the record, Dholpur, Karauli, Churu, Tonk, Jodhpur and Bundi also registered 5 to 10 cases of dengue. As per the state health department data, 8,427 dengue positive cases and 14 deaths due to the disease were registered in 2017. This year,though, until now no death has occurred but the number of people suffering from dengue has increased.“This increase in the number of cases in dengue patients can be attributed to the day-time temperature which is continuously touching above normal levels, the favourable condition for breeding of mosquitoes,” Dr VK Mathur, director, public health said. “To control the situation, the department is speeding up anti-larval activities,”he added.Under the wake of current situation, State additional chief secretary Veenu Gupta reviewed the situation of seasonal diseases in the districts through video conferencing held last week.Gupta directed officials to seriously screen the neighbouring houses of people who tested positive for seasonal diseases. She also directed district officials to carry out field monitoring.

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Mumbai to get new rail station between Kasara and Khardi

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Updated: Feb 19, 2018, 06:25 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>In this year’s state budget, funds were allocated for projects involved in augmenting the areas in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The Railway Board has taken a step towards it as it approved halts for local trains at Umbermali station between Kasara and Khardi. Until now, Umbermali simply had two platforms and a station master’s office.The station will also have other amenities like FOBs, food stalls, roof over the platforms, fans and lights etc.”We had been demanding for this for a long time now. It had been a struggle for the locals here who had to either go to Kasara or Khardi station,” said Rajesh Gangav, president of Kalyan-Kasara-Karjat Passenger Association.Both these stations are more than 3 kms apart. The locals staying between Asangaon and Kasara had demanded for two stations — Umbermali and Tanshet to be included in Mumbai suburban section.Meanwhile, the budget will also provide funds for MUTP-3A which revolves around growth of MMR including additional rail lines between Kalyan-Asangaon and Kalyan-Badlapur.

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Election fever heats up in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills

With barely 10 days for the Meghalaya Assembly elections, the Garo Hills is where politicians from all parties are flocking to. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will hold three meetings across the Hills on February 19, before he flies to Shillong and Jowai on February 20.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, will visit the region on February 20, though the venue has not been disclosed yet. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will land here on February 19 to hold meeting in several localities around the day.In an election where the Congress is fighting hard not to lose out to a emergent National People’s Party (NPP), it is the Garo Hills where the toughest battles will be fought. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who is contesting from Ampati constituency, is looking for a comfortable win. So is NPP’s Conrad Sangma.Yet, the region has always been significant in Meghalaya politics. Before Mukul Sangma, the most well-known name from the region was Conrad’s father Purno Sangma, who was the first and only Lok Sabha speaker from the entire Northeastern region. The region has 24 seats and the fight is going to play out between the Congress and the NPP, which had emerged as a serious threat in the last five years.In the Khasi and Jaintia Hills with 36 seats, the Congress and the NPP will have to contest with an alliance of two regional parties the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP).The NPP which is a BJP ally in Manipur as well as Rajasthan has been wary of declaring an alliance in Meghalaya where the Christians, a mortify in the state’s population, has been wary of the BJP’s anti-beef politics. Conrad has in the past written letters to the Centre to protest about its anti-beef policies. To undo its damage, the BJP sent in Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam, the party’s lone Christian face in Union Cabinet.But the Centre’s denial of a visa to Paul Msiza, president of the Baptist World Alliance and the religious head of the Baptist World Community, who was going to attend an event commemorating 150 years of the Garo Baptist Church in Meghalaya, has led to a lot of distrust among the people in the state and might even weigh heavy on the BJP, as well as NPP.Meghalaya goes to the elections on February 27.

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Speak up Delhi: Lack of police presence has led to rise in chain snatching

Delhi, this week alone witnessed two cases of snatching in which a snatcher tore off a woman’s ear lobes while pulling out her gold earrings in west Delhi. Residents in the area feel lack of proper policing has resulted in the rise in such petty crimes. “More police should be deployed in the area. The snatchers are turning inhuman and even tearing off the ear of the residents. We have written many letters to the higher authorities but police has taken no action to guard the place,” said Savita Verma, a resident of Uttam Nagar. Statistics say that till November 30, last year, 7,870 snatching cases were reported, 24 a day on average. Apart from these, 1,02,954 thefts were also registered, which has a daily average of 308, more than 10 thefts an hour. Put together, 13 incidents of snatching and thefts take place in the Capital every hour.In the recent two incidents, Kamla Bharti, 54, needed three stitches in her right ear after a man pulled hard to snatch her earrings on Thursday. Her left ear too bled but she did not suffer a grievous injury as the earring came off easily, she said. Similarly, on Tuesday, Vandana Sharma, 47, had to undergo plastic surgery on both her ears after a snatcher targeted her near the Uttam Nagar (East) metro station on the busy Najafgarh Road.Both women said people just looked on, neither chasing the snatcher nor helping them after the attack. Last August, a woman died after motorcycle-borne snatchers pulled her off a running auto-rickshaw in south Delhi’s Hauz Khas in an attempt to steal her handbag. In the same month, a Delhi University student needed 38 stitches when a snatcher attacked her with a sharp object in north Delhi’s Timarpur.VOICESThis case has once again highlighted the persisting problem of snatching in the Capital. Every second day we hear cases of snatching in our locality and the police has still not able to catch hold of the accused. The snatchers are roaming free without any fear. One must have stringent rules in the area so that these snatchers are taught a lesson. Apart from proper policing, we should have awareness programmes so as to educate the general public about the increasing crime. If all these steps are taken, it might help in getting rid of these crimes. —Ishita Gupta, Uttam NagarWe are staying in one of the most busiest residential areas that also houses commercial complex. As there are many shops located in the area, the number of visitors is also high which gives a chance to these snatchers take advantage. While there are police officials deputed at various corners of the market but it is hard to meet the speed of these snatchers. These snatchers are well aware of the hidden lanes in the areas through which they get their way out. —Jatin Arora, a resident of south DelhiDuring my visits to famous market places like, Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar, one thing that seemed common in all was the encroached market lanes. And these lanes are home to the snatchers. I was walking with my friend when one man while passing by snatched her bag and ran away. The market was so congested that we were left with no space to run and nab the culprit. When we visited the police station, the officer said that such cases are very common. hough they claimed to have CCTV cameras installed in the market but that also doesn’t serve the purpose. Sivaranjini R, Kamla Market Many of the stretches in our area don’t have streetlight and most of the snatching cases are reported from stretches that are poorly lit. The snatchers are always keeping an eye on the commuters and as and when they get a chance they rob and run from the road. If the authorities can light up these dark roads, it will help in creating a safe environment for the residents. —Harshit Chawla, Kaushambi If the police hold awareness programmes for residents it will definitely help in making our city crime free. Residents will be more than eager to help police as the coordination with the police officials is quite important. Even if there will be any other help, we will also ask other residents to participate in such drives. We are planning to start some sessions on self-defence for all the women residents in Noida. In the process, we will also coordinate with other organisations who are already working on the cause. The awareness is extremely important and women should definitely learn to protect themselves in an emergency. —Yash Chhabra, NoidaWhile I was walking towards my apartment, suddenly two bike-borne assailants snatched my phone and ran away. There was a PCR van standing, but they were not at all attentive to get hold of the thieves. There is no proper security in our sector. I have stopped wearing expensive watches when I step out of my society. Even, I have to be very careful with my mobile phone. I have made it a habit to keep it in my bag rather than carrying it in my hand. —Priyanshu Agarwal, Noida

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Gujarat govt says will meet Vankar kin’s demands

The family members of Dalit activist Bhanuprasad Vankar, who immolated himself, have agreed to take his body for last rites after the Gujarat government assured them of compensation and said it would meet their demands, the state authorities have said.The family has been assured that all the benifits would reach them on Monday. The state government has decided to give Rs 4 lakh out of a total of Rs 8 lakh to dependents of Vankar as compensation under the anti-atrocities Act and to initiate a probe in the case.The government gave the assurance through a draft on Sunday evening to the family.Chief secretary JN Singh, while speaking with DNA, said, “The family of Bhanuprasad has agreed to take the body for the funeral from the post-mortem room of Gandhinagar civil hospital. They were convinced by the assurance of the state government. The dependents of Bhanuprasad will get the compensation while the family demanding land will get the land with 7/12 extracts on Monday itself.”“Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel has already made the announcements on Saturday and the same has been promised to the victim’s family members. The probe in the case also will start soon,” added Singh.The victim’s dependents insisted that the government should give the assurance in writing and the same has been followed by Gujarat government.In the morning yesterday, social justice and empowerment minister Ishwar Parmar had gone to Gandhinagar Civil Hospital to placate the family members but that effort didn’t yield any results as the family refused to meet with the minister.Later in the afternoon, the minister of state for home, Pradipsinh Jadeja, had held a meeting at his office in Gandhinagar with senior officials from the home department and the police force.

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MBAs from other colleges can experience academic life at IIMA

In a first, MBA students studying in various colleges across the country can experience life at premier B-school the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.Under the Graduate Summer School (GSS) initiative introduced this year and conceptualized by the doctoral student community of IIMA, a total of 60 interested students from across the country will be allowed to stay on campus for five days and undergo training on concepts that would help their careers.This year, the GSS will be held from April 2-6 and will include sessions by IIMA faculty, entrepreneurs and other industry practitioners.Professor Vishal Gupta, faculty coordinator, GSS 2018 said, “GSS is an initiative where we would like to provide graduate MBA students in colleges across India an opportunity to experience academic life at an IIM. We would like to provide participants training in special topics such as entrepreneurship, working in teams, data analysis, conducting survey studies, etc. We hope this would broaden their perspectives about management and motivate them to aim higher in their academic, professional and personal lives.”GSS, a student-driven initiative, aims to hone management acumen of students through IIMA’s pedagogy— case methods, team building and entrepreneurship.Chayasmita Deka, student coordinator of IIMA summer school said, “GSS will also be a great platform for students across the country to network and exchange knowledge and ideas. Not many students opt for doctoral programmes after their postgraduate. So we thought of helping such students. They will also get a flavour of IIMA’s methodology towards applying theory of management in practice and how we experience rigorous study methods. The registration is currently open.”KEY TOPICS FOR VISITING STUDENTSSurvey design How to read and analyse a case Applications in operations management Transactional analysis Experimental methods for management research Strategic management Applications in Agri-Biz Entrepreneurship and financial inclusion

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Rajasthani takes digital path for resurgence

They are witty innovative and compel you to take a second look. The memes and jokes that have been flooding your mobile are in various dialects of Rajasthani. The clips range between 15 to 50 seconds and are mostly in dialects from Alwar, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Jaipur. The razor sharp humour of the clips can put the Haryanvi Tau to shame. It’s a digital resurgence for the Rajasthani language as the memes created through mobile apps are tickling the funny bone of the Rajasthanis. The memes in Rajasthani language have hit big time and are increasingly finding more and more takers. They are made of clever lip sync on political speeches, film clips and even popular television shows. But the language and words are those that were being regaled to background over time.The topics covered are vast and varied as they range from food, to songs, to dubbing of popular Hollywood and Bollywood film scenes. Every event from Diwali, Chrishtmas, Sankranti and even Valentine’s Day sees new ones flooding cellphones. You may get a Santa clause climbing down chimmneys for kachoris or Bahubali giving war strategy Bikaneri style. It could be Rahul giving a speech in Rajasthani to Trump dancing on Holi songs. The sheer sharpness of the wit and perfect timing makes them a treat to watch. The people are loving it and asking for more. At the same time people feel this could go a long way in making Rajasthani more popular and add weight to the long standing demand for recognition to the language.“We have been trying to do our bit for the promotion of the Rajasthani language for years. But this new digital revival is a pleasant surprise as it has caught the fancy of the young,” said Pramod Sharma, of Aakhar a series to promote Rajasthani. “The youth are losing touch with it as it is not taught in schools. This digital resurgence will make them closer to their language,” added Sharma. “My grandson speaks Hindi and I speak Rajasthani and communicate perfectly. But when the language that he considered as ‘for the elderly’ is reaching him through his smartphone in the form of these jokes and songs, he is identifying with it as his own language. It gives me hope that the language will live on,” said Chanda Devi, a resident of Sanganer with a satisfied smile.

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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Govt wants ministries to route ads only through official channel, cites extra expense

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting wants all ministries to route their advertisements in print media only through government’s official channel Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP), and not directly, citing “extra expenditure”.The ministry has also prepared a list of last six months of 2017 to monitor such advertisements which were directly given to newspapers and the report shows that the cost incurred this way was “huge”.A circular sent to all ministries by I&B Ministry recently, read, “Despite specific directions of strict compliance of the Advertisement policy, Ministries/ Departments and organisations are issuing their advertisements in print media directly without routing them through DAVP. Issuing advertisements without routing them through DAVP is not only in contravention of the existing policy of the government of India, but also results in extra expenditure.””Minister for Textile and I&B has emphasised for strict compliance of the government’s directions with regard to publication of advertisements,” it added.All ministries have been asked to frame their policy accordingly and make sure that no advertisements go without being routed through DAVP.DAVP is government’s official tool for publicity. It is the nodal agency to undertake multi-media advertising and publicity for various Ministries and Departments of Government of India. Some of the autonomous bodies also route their advertisements through DAVP. As a service agency, it works to communicate at grass roots level on behalf of various central government ministries.Government has also increased the allocation for DAVP in this year’s Union Budget. Under the head of publicity, the allocation has been increased from Rs 155 crore in the year 2017-18 to Rs 180 crore in 2018-19, and a major share of it has gone to DAVP.

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BJP changes address, Amit Shah says building bigger than any party HQ

The BJP headquarters changed its address in Delhi after 34 years — from 11, Ashoka Road to 6-A, Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg — as Prime Minister inaugurated the building on Sunday and gave all credit for the party’s onward march to its ideologues, seniors and party workers.”This is not a building made of bricks and mortar, it is a monument of the sacrifice of workers,” the PM said. Several generations of workers have spent their lives to further the vision of ideologues Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee and Deendayal Upadhyaya, he said.Modi arrived with party chief Amit Shah and took seniors LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi along to the dais.It’s bigger than the office of any other political party in the world, Shah said. “BJP is on the course of having its own office in almost every district of the country in a year,” he said.The 70-room space’s foundation stone was laid by Modi on August 18, 2016. The main block is seven-storey high, and the other two have three storeys each on a two-acre campus.

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ED raids widen, 200 shell firms figure in PNB scam

Diamond czar Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi had asked company directors and family members to hide precious gems worth thousands of crores of rupees, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has found in its probe into the Rs 11,400-core Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud.They had done this, before fleeing India, foreseeing that probe agencies would carry out raids and seize their properties, said ED. The agency has been able to trace the hidden gems from their friends’ places in raids and searches after deciphering a web of phones calls.ED continued its crackdown against the two and their companies for the fourth day on Sunday and carried out raids at 45 places in 11 cities, including 10 in Bengaluru and seven in Delhi, besides Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Guwahati.So far, ED has conducted raids at 118 places and seized properties and assets worth around Rs 5,700 crore. “More than half of the places are of their friends and family members,” said a source in ED.ED is also moving to attach at least two dozen immovable properties under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). ED said that more than 200 shell companies were used to carry out transactions.Sources said that most Letters of Undertaking and Foreign Letters of Credit were issued between 2017 and 2018 to commit fraudulent transactions.On Sunday, the CBI questioned around half a dozen bank officials to unravel how the scam happened. The agency has arrested three accused — retired deputy manager Gokulchand Shetty, suspended single window operator Manoj Kharat and Hemant Bhat, the authorised signatory of the Nirav Modi group. All three accused are in CBI custody for 14 days.Nirav, Choksi and others are being investigated by multiple probe agencies after it recently came to light, following a complaint by PNB, that they allegedly cheated the nationalised bank to the tune of Rs 11,400 crore, with the purported involvement of a few employees of the bank.

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PNB scam: ED seizes Rs 1 cr from watch brand store in Patna

The official said this is a new modus operandi witnessed by them, where gems were being sold by a different front store. "'Just In Vogue' is a watch brand, but they also have a niche customer base, who are interested in expensive jewellery and the store catered to them. The store accountant Vinod confirmed that the jewellery recovered by ED was from Gitanjali Gems," the official said.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByVithika Salomi <!–end of artlbotbor–>Updated: Feb 19, 2018, 05:05 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>Continuing with its action against the Gitanjali Group in the Rs 11,000-crore Punjab National Bank scam, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Sunday recovered jewellery worth Rs one crore from the outlet of a premium watch brand in Patna.A team of four officials of the ED assisted by Bihar Police officers conducted searches on the premises of ‘Just In Vogue’ luxury watch brand, owned by Mumbai-based businessman Shailesh Singhania. “The storekeepers at the outlet initially denied that they dealt in any jewellery from Gitanjali Gems. However, when we conducted a search on its premises at Patna Central Mall, we found that jewellery worth Rs one crore was hidden in a safe,” an ED official in Patna told DNA.The official said this is a new modus operandi witnessed by them, where gems were being sold by a different front store. “‘Just In Vogue’ is a watch brand, but they also have a niche customer base, who are interested in expensive jewellery and the store catered to them. The store accountant Vinod confirmed that the jewellery recovered by ED was from Gitanjali Gems,” the official said.

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