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DNA Evening Must Reads: Meira Kumar vs Ram Nath Kovind; BCCI to get $405 million from ICC; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Presidential Elections: Opposition picks Meira Kumar against Ram Nath KovindIn a clear move to counter NDA’ s move to field Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind as Presidential candidate, opposition parties have picked former Lok Sabha leader Meira Kumar as their candidate. Follow live updates here.2. Maharashtra: Pellet guns used on farmers protesting against land for new airport, several injuredSeveral farmers were injured after police used pellet guns against those protesting land acquisition for a proposed airport at Nevali in Maharashtra’s Thane district. Read more here.3. Part of us has died: Mosul residents lament the destruction of the Grand al-Nuri Mosque by ISISMilitants destroyed the Grand al-Nuri Mosque on Wednesday evening along with its famous minaret, affectionately called al-Hadba, or “the hunchback” by Iraqis. Read more here.4. GST to lower overall tax burden over time, says RBI Guv Urjit PatelReserve Bank governor Urjit Patel today said the soon-to-be implemented goods and services tax (GST) will not only create a national market but will also broaden the tax base. Read more here.5. BCCI has its way, to get $405 million from ICC’s revenue sharing modelThe BCCI will be getting $405 million as per the International Cricket Council’s revenue sharing model, which was agreed during the apex body’s annual conference in London. Read more here.

Congress MPs from Haryana, MLAs discuss organisational polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress MPs from Haryana and a majority of the party’s state legislators here discussed the forthcoming organisational elections at a meeting here today. None of the party’s 17 legislators were present in a meeting called by Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Tanwar last month to discuss organisational elections. Eleven MLAs, who had skipped the meeting on May 30 and have been pushing for Tanwars removal as the party’s state chief, had held a press conference and came out openly in support of Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Six other legislators were not present in Chandigarh. Eleven MLAs, majority of whom are supporters of Hooda, attended the meeting here today presided by state returning officer Pradeep Jain. However, Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhary and MLAs Kuldeep Bishnoi and Renuka Bishnoi were not present in the meeting. The meet was attended by former chief minster Hooda and other party legislators, including Karan Singh Dalal, Geeta Bhukkal and MPs, including Deepinder Singh Hooda and Selja Kumari. After the meeting, Jain said, “All things pertaining to the organisational election were discussed and views of the members who attended it were sought.” Tanwar said the organisational polls are scheduled to be held between September and October this year. About Surjewala not attending the meeting, Jain said, “Being the in-charge of the AICC’s communication department, he was busy in Delhi.” “We have to strengthen the Congress and defeat the BJP in the next elections in Haryana,” Tanwar told reporters. Asked if there was a heated argument between Tanwar and MLAs loyal to him, Hooda said, “The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere, there was no heated exchange.” Tanwar also played down any difference between him and Hooda saying, “There are no differences between Hooda and me.” Notably, over the past few months, differences between Tanwar and Hooda factions have deepened in the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kalwa hospital doctor booked for sexually harassing colleague

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A doctor posted at the civic-run hospital in Kalwa near here was booked today for allegedly sexually harassing his junior colleague, police said. The woman doctor stated in her complaint that she has been facing the sexual harassment since 2014, according to police. The woman and the accused are also attached to a medical college as professors. A case was against against the senior doctor under various sections of the IPC for sexual harassment and criminal intimidation, said police inspector M M Bhagwan. No arrest has been made so far. As per the complaint, the male doctor used to show her objectionable pictures on his mobile phone and even stalked her in the past, the police inspector said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Yechury, Kejriwal attack Naidu for comment on farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today came under attack from the Aam Aadmi Party and the CPI (M) for his comment that seeking loan waivers had become a “fashion”. While AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said the comment exposed his bias towards the rich, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury asked if the government would now term farmer suicides “fashionable”. “Will this govt now say that Farmer suicides are also fashionable? We need to do more than loan waivers for our farmers, not mock at them. (sic),” Yechury tweeted. Kejriwal was equally scathing. “You don’t see a fashion in it when you waive loans of the rich. But when it comes to waiving farmers’ loans, you see it as a fashion. This is not right. You waive a particular individual’s loan, but not that of crores of farmers. This shows the kind of politics you engage in,” he told reporters. Urban Development Minister Naidu had said at an event in Mumbai today that seeking loan waivers had become a “fashion” now but it was not the final solution and should be considered in extreme situations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong. corners Naidu over his loan waiver statement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the wake of Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu’s comment against loan waiver, Congress on Thursday said that former’s party is “anti-farmer” and the Cabinet Minister “himself doesn?t care about the farmers.” Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said that Naidu is not a farmers leader ?BJP is anti-farmer. Venkaiah Naidu ji is not farmer?s leader. He doesn?t care about the farmers,? said Singh. Echoing similar sentiment, Congress leader Surjewala also had castigated Naidu and said that the Union Minister should not have made such a harsh statement at a time when the situation in Madhya Pradesh is so volatile. ?Farmers are committing suicide and Venkaiah Naidu is saying that it has become fashion. We never thought that BJP will mock this situation. This is condemnable and shameful. In Madhya Pradesh, the government has lost his mental balance, the Chief Minister is not providing relieve facility,? said Surjewala. Naidu earlier in the day said loan waiver has become a fashion and should be waived in extreme situations only. “Loan waiver has become fashion now. It should be waived but in extreme situations only. It’s not a final solution. You have to take care of systems. The farmers should be taken care in distress,” Naidu said at India’s largest municipal bond programme here. Naidu, however, later defended his stance, while saying that he was referring to the approach of the political parties who are not focussing on long term, but only short term problems. “I am being misquoted. My statement was in a context that the political parties instead of addressing long term issues and bringing in structural policy changes are adopting short term methods which has become the fashion. I was referring to the approach of the political parties particularly of going to the level of populist schemes like giving grinders, mixies, and lollipops to children,” Naidu told ANI.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NDA’s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind gets a new address – Mahesh Sharma’s Akbar Rd residence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma’s residence in Akbar Road will be the new temporary address of BJP’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind. Kovind will be staying at the expansive 10 Akbar Road bungalow in the heart of Lutyens Delhi for about a month till the presidential election on July 17, top sources said. The 71-year-old, who looks certain to be the next president, had earlier been allocated 144 North Avenue as Bihar governor. After his resignation as governor, top authorities in the Centre decided he should move to a bigger bungalow for security reasons, the sources added. Interestingly, this is not Sharma’s first tryst with presidents, former, would be and present. The Union culture and tourism minister had earlier been allocated 10 Rajaji Marg, the residence of former president A P J Abdul Kalam, but was asked to leave it for President Pranab Mukherjee who will be moving to the bungalow after his retirement. Kovind was picked as the ruling National Democratic Alliance’s candidate for president earlier this week. He has already got backing from several non-NDA parties, including the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and both factions of the AIADMK.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kovind to file nomination tomorrow; Modi, NDA CMs to be there

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind will file his nomination papers tomorrow in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and most BJP-led NDA chief ministers, besides the heads of some other parties supporting his candidature. Besides the NDA’s constituents, which comprise over 48.6 per cent of votes in the electoral college that will elect the next president, regional parties such as the AIADMK, BJD, TRS and JD(U) have announced their support to the Dalit leader, making his win an almost foregone conclusion. BJP President Amit Shah will also be present when Kovind files his papers, as will the Telangana and Tamil Nadu chief ministers, two leaders from non-NDA parties supporting Kovind, sources in the southern parties said. Kovind is guaranteed to get more than 61 per cent of the vote, and the finally tally may increase depending on how some still-undecided regional parties vote, BJP source said. A group of opposition parties today announced that former Speaker Meira Kumar, also a Dalit leader, would be their joint candidate against Kovind. The election is scheduled for July 17 and the counting of votes will take place on July 20. The term of President Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24. Once elected, Kovind will be the second Dalit to occupy the highest constitutional office. The first was K R Narayanan, who was in the Rashtrapati Bhavan in 1997-2002. A low profile Dalit activist who held various organisational positions in the BJP, Kovind, 71, was made the Bihar Governor in 2015 after the NDA came to power in May 2014. The name of the two-term Rajya Sabha member did not figure among the probables but his nomination by the BJP is now being seen as a “political masterstroke”. He enjoys a clean reputation and has steered clear of any controversy in his over 26-year-old political career. His Dalit background makes him a sound political choice for the saffron party working overtime to woo Dalits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Will meet Nitish, ask him not to back Kovind: Lalu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav today said he would meet Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in a bid to make him change his mind about supporting NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. There was no threat to the coalition government in Bihar, Lalu Yadav said, referring to his party’s alliance with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in the state. “I will meet Nitish Kumar and will continue to urge him to change his decision of supporting the NDA candidate,” he told reporters after attending the opposition meeting that picked former speaker Meira Kumar as its candidate for president. The JD(U)’s surprise decision to back Kovind had led to cracks in the opposition camp as its chief Nitish Kumar was the one who had initiated the process for a joint opposition strategy on the issue. The opposition’s move to field Kumar makes it a Dalit vs Dalit presidential poll.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmers protest in Maha: Some ministers likely to meet Pawar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A few ministers from Maharashtra are likely to meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar here tomorrow to discuss the issue of a farmers’ protest in a village near Mumbai which turned violent today. Farmers in the western state have been protesting against land acquisition for a proposed airport at Nevali and set vehicles on fire and clashed with police, leaving four policemen injured. “We discussed the issue of farmers and the ongoing protest in Maharashtra. Some minister from the state are to come and meet Pawarji tomorrow. We are hoping the issue would be resolved,” NCP general secretary Tariq Anwar told reporters. He was interacting with mediapersons after a meeting with Pawar at the NCP chief’s residence today, in which party leader Praful Patel, senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmad Patel, and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury were also present. The government had some years ago started acquiring land in the area to set up an airport. The farmers have been opposing the project. However, the protest turned violent as the farmers started agitating simultaneously at several places near Nevali, located about 50 kms away from Mumbai. The angry protesters also clashed with police and pelted security personnel with stones when they tried to control the situation, a police official said. Three police officers and a constable suffered injuries in the clash, he said. The aggrieved farmers had earlier this month approached the Bombay High Court with a bunch of petitions challenging the acquisition of over 1,600 acres of land by the Ministry of Defence for an airport requisitioned during the World War II. According to the petitions, the land was requisitioned by the government through an order passed by the then Thane collector in February 1943 under the Defence of India Rules. The petitions have challenged the validity of the requisition order.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Love-Kumar-on-Gr-Noida-rape-case @ 6/22/2017 6:42:26 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Noida, Love Kumar on Thursday said that at least four people have been arrested and action would be taken on them in connection with the Greater Noida gangrape case. Speaking to the reporters here, Kumar said, ?Four people have been arrested. Action will be taken against two of them under 120B and Immoral Trafficking Act.” A woman was allegedly gangraped in a moving car in Sohna, Haryana, before she was thrown out in Greater Noida. The shocking incident took place on Thursday night. The car in which the act took place has also been recovered. The woman was later found lying on the road near the Kasna Police Station at Greater Noida. According to the primary information, the woman belongs to Gurugram and was in the Sohna area at around 8-8:30 p.m. when some people, driving a Swift car, dragged her inside and raped her.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

FIR against GJM supporters, chief ‘mockery of democracy’ Roshan Giri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hours after a fresh suo motto FIR lodged against Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung, his wife Asha and other party supporters, the party general secretary on Thursday dubbed it a ?mockery of democracy? while demanding Centre?s intervention in the matter. ?Our three supporters have died and for that charges have been levelled against GJM president Bimal Gurung and frontline leaders. This is a mockery of democracy. This is a political problem and not a law and order problem. By citing it a law and order problem they are trying to suppress our movement,? Giri told ANI. Seeking Central Government and Home Ministry intervention, he said his party was demanding a separate state within the framework of Indian Constitution which is a democratic demand. Earlier in the day, a fresh suo moto FIR was lodged against Gurung, his wife Asha and other party supporters under sections 302 and 120B. The GJM announced an indefinite strike encompassing Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts and the Dooars protesting against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s decision to make Bengali language compulsory in state-run schools. The strike was called even after the Chief Minister assured that the new rule would not be imposed in the hill districts. The protestors are also asking for a separate Gorkhaland, a long pending demand of the people of the hills. Later, Gurung claimed that the West Bengal Police are illegally entering their supporters’ houses and torturing them and also accused them of killing two of his supporters. He said that GJM would further strengthen their agitation. Mamata Banerjee tore into the GJM supporters and said that they aren’t listening to the court, even after it had passed an order citing the bandh was “illegal.” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier reviewed the security situation in West Bengal’s Darjeeling by sending more troops to help restore normalcy as the state government has not yet submitted its report on the situation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Benami properties case: Misa Bharti’s husband appears before I-T office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti’s husband Shailesh Kumar on Thursday appeared before the Income Tax (I-T) in connection with the charges against him on ownership of benami properties.Sources said, presently Kumar’s statement is being recorded.Yesterday, Bharti made an appearance before the I-T department in connection with the same case.Earlier, the I-T department attached a total of 12 plots of Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and ex chief minister Rabri Devi, and sisters Ragini and Chanda Yadav.One farmhouse in Delhi and one bungalow in New Friends Colony are also attached.
ALSO READ IT Department attaches assets in Misa Bharti benami land deal caseThe market value of the total attached property is worth Rs. 175 crore, whereas the book value of the attached property is Rs. 9.32 crore.The I-T department had earlier seized Benami properties of Misa Bharti, Shailesh Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav.Two summons to Misa were also issued, but after she failed to appear, the I-T department proceeded to seize the properties which were raided in May.On June 13, the I-T Department summoned Shailesh Kumar, in connection with the benami assets and tax evasion case registered against him.On June 7, the I-T department slapped a fine of Rs. 10,000 against Shailesh on account of not appearing for interrogation.Earlier, Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh were summoned by the I-T department in connection with a ‘benami’ assets case.The summons were issued days after the arrest of Bharti’s Chartered Accountant (CA) Rakesh Agrawal, in connection with an Enforcement Directorate probe into a Rs. 8,000 crore money laundering racket, involving two Delhi-based businessmen and a few political entities.Agrawal was arrested under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for allegedly being instrumental in providing accommodation entries (illegal funds) to launder the money of businessmen brothers – Virendra Jain and Surendra Jain.The I-T department in its summons reportedly said it wishes to question Misa and her husband on transactions conducted by M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited.The I-T department had conducted raids and surveys at about 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas in connection with alleged benami deals of Rs. 1,000 crore by Lalu’s family

Deepinder Hooda fears return of inspector raj under GST

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Deepinder Singh Hooda today raised apprehensions over the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), saying the way ‘one nation, one tax’ regime is being introduced it will lead to flourishing of “inspector raj”. “There are three-four concerns on the GST, one is unleashing of Inspector Raj. To enforce compliance of the provisions, unrestricted powers have been given to inspectors under the garb of anti-profiteering clause. “The inspectors can go, scrutinise, search and make seizure. Not just the fines, but even imprisonment is permissible even for small shopkeepers, that is very concerning,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting called by his party’s Haryana unit in connection with the forthcoming organisational elections. Raising concerns of small shopkeepers, the Rohtak MP said that now they will also be required to file about 37 returns in a year. “They have to file compliance certificates thrice a month, first on the 10th, then on the 15th and the 20th of each month. Whether they have adequate workforce in terms of chartered accountants and IT professionals is an issue, they will feel a little harassed,” he added. Apart from this, he said that there were contradictions in the tax regime. “In some categories, for example on cloth, earlier there was no tax on it but it is unfortunate that for the first time five per cent tax has been imposed. Taxes on fabric were imposed during the British rule in the country,” he said. Expressing concern on high tax rate on ghee, Hooda said that vegetable oil has been kept in the five per cent tax rate slab while ghee in the 18 per cent bracket. “In Haryana and Punjab, people consume lot of ghee. Ghee will become costly. Similarly, cashew nuts be in the five per cent slab while almonds would attract a tax of 12 per cent. “Both in Haryana and Punjab, which are famous for producing the country’s top wrestlers, costly almonds and ghee would be an issue. The wrestlers consume milk with almonds, which is considered good for their health. So, there are lot of contradictions which the government has to explain,” the Congress MP from Rohtak said. Pointing to high tax rate of 18 per cent on computers and printers, he said that when we are looking to make India an IT superpower then the taxes on these should have been low. Hooda said that for farmers, fertiliser and pesticide prices would go up because of the GST as the tax rate has increased on these items. Replying to a question, Hooda said original concept of the GST was “one nation, one tax” but there are five tax slabs now. “In many countries there is flat tax rate, like in Australia, there is 10 per cent flat GST. The need was felt during Congress time that may be two or three slabs are required. Now, there are five slabs, but if you include cess and all, the slabs become nine,” he said. “We hope the government resolves and addresses these concerns and no harassment is caused to the small traders and shopkeepers and the consumers,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Militant killed as Army foils infiltration bid in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A militant was killed today as the Army foiled an infiltration attempt along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of north Kashmir s Kupwara district. A group of militants tried to sneak in from Pakistan- occupied Kashmir but the bid was foiled by the alert troops, an Army official said. The troops challenged them, triggering a gunbattle in which one militant was killed, he said. The operation is in progress, the official said, adding further details were awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UN has a ‘responsibility’ to resolve Kashmir issue: Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan said today that the UN has a “responsibility” to resolve the Kashmir issue, days after UN chief Antonio Guterres stated that he is engaged in bringing about an Indo-Pak dialogue to resolve the matter. Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, at his weekly briefing, said Kashmir is an “internationally recognised” dispute and is outstanding on the UN Security Council agenda. “UN has a responsibility by virtue of these UN Security Council Resolutions to resolve the issue and call upon India to immediately stop bloodshed of Kashmiris,” he said. Zakaria lamented that the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions on the Kashmir dispute, which promise Kashmiris their right to self-determination in accordance with their wishes and aspirations, remain unimplemented. Zakaria also stated that UN Secretary-General Guterres had offered mediation to resolve outstanding disputes between Pakistan and India soon after assumption of the office, which had been welcomed by Pakistan. “A similar offer was made in March this year by his Office,” he said. Zakaria’s remarks come after Guterres said on Tuesday that he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue through his meetings with the prime ministers of the two countries. “Why do you think I met three times the Prime Minister of Pakistan and two times the Prime Minister of India,” Guterres said while responding to a question during a press briefing on whether he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute. Following Guterres’ remarks, India affirmed that bilateral issues between India and Pakistan will have to be decided “bilaterally”. “I have seen the reply which has been reported in the media. Essentially the secretary general asked a question in response to a question… Bilateral issues have to be decided bilaterally and the UN secretary general has been made aware of that position,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in New Delhi today. Zakaria claimed that the regional countries have also raised concerns over regional security situation due to the “intransigence and belligerent posturing” by India. He condemned the violence in Kashmir and urged that world human rights organisations to send fact-finding missions in Kashmir. Zakaria claimed that the Kashmiris celebrating Pakistan’s victory in the final of ICC Championship were “beaten up” by the Indian forces. Commenting on the arrest of Muslims in India for celebrating Pakistan’s cricket victory, he said, “It reflects a sad state of affairs in India.” Zakaria said Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has written letters to the UN chief, President UNSC, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretary general to update them on alleged human rights violations by India.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sikkin CM backs Gorkhaland movement in letter to Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Thursday wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in which he backed the Gorkhaland movement. ?We all are aware that Sikkim and Darjeeling share a very close bond with similarities of language, culture, tradition, caste, food habits etc. As immediate neighbours, we Sikkimese wish them well forever. We have always been there for the people of Darjeeling Hills in times of need and we reiterate that they have our all-out support for the demand of separate state of Gorkhaland,? Chamling?s letter read. Chamling, who has been in power in Sikkim for nearly 23 years, added that the past three uproarious decades of agitation for the statehood demand in the neighbouring hills has claimed more than 1,000 lives and caused incalculable loss of property and constant threat to security of life. ?The fulfillment of the Constitutional demand of the people of the Darjeeling hills, which is deeply connected with the national identity of the Indian Gorkhas, will provide long-awaited justice to their patriotism. Creation of Gorkhaland state will also restore permanent peace and prosperity in the region and Sikkim will be hugely benefitted,? he asserted. The 66-year-old politician posted the letter on his Facebook page which was shared by about 1,100 people in the first three hours. Chamling also argued in his letter to the Union Minister that disturbances in the Darjeeling hills result in blockade on the landlocked hill state?s only lifeline, NH 10, and prolonged blockade could lead to security concerns since Sikkim shares international borders with China, Nepal and Bhutan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Unable to buy books, uniform, indebted farmer’s son kills self

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The last thing the 13-year-old Arbaz Nabilal Attar wanted before ending his life were new textbooks and school uniform. Arbaz hanged himself from a tamarind tree as his father, a debt-ridden farmer in Osamanabad district of Maharashtra, was unable to buy him new textbooks, notebooks and school uniform, police said. The incident took place at Bavi village in Vashi tehsil on June 20, police said. Arbaz, a class 9th student, had told his father Nabilal Mohammad Attar that he needed new notebooks, textbooks and school uniform at the start of new academic year. As Nabilal expressed inability because of lack of funds, an upset Arbaz went to the family’s farm and committed suicide by hanging himself from a tamarind tree, police said. Another farmer spotted him and alerted the family. Nabilal had taken a loan of Rs one lakh from a bank and was unable to repay it, police said. Further probe is on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three more farmers end lives in MP, 20 suicides in fortnight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Distressed over their debts, three more peasants allegedly ended their lives in Madhya Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the number of farmers’ suicide in the state to 20 since June 8. While two suicides were reported from Sagar and Chhatarpur districts of backward Bundelkhand region, another one was reported from Budni, the assembly segment represented by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. In Sagar, 50-year-old Gulai Kurmi was found hanging from the branch of a tree in his agricultural field in Basahari village under Bina tehsil of the district yesterday afternoon, the police said. Kurmi has left behind a suicide note, in which he said he was being harassed by a moneylender over the loan of Rs one lakh he had taken from him. In the suicide note, Kurmi claimed he had actually paid Rs 2.5 lakh in exchange of loan of Rs one lakh, but the moneylender – named as Shankar Maharaj – continued to harass him. Sagar Superintendent of Police (SP) Sachin Atulkar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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GOLDPETAL Jun17 1GRM 2918 2925 2917 2922 29 KGS GOLDPETAL Sep17 1GRM 2938 2938 2938 2938 0 KGS LEAD Aug17 1KGS 141.25 143.05 141.25 142.2 269 MT LEAD Jul17 1KGS 140.95 142.45 140.4 142.3 2465 MT LEAD Jun17 1KGS 140.05 141.75 139.5 141.6 57806 MT LEAD Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 142.3 0 MT LEADMINI Aug17 1KGS 142.1 142.75 142.1 142.45 16 MT LEADMINI Jul17 1KGS 140.9 142.45 140.4 142.3 791 MT LEADMINI Jun17 1KGS 140 141.7 139.55 141.6 17271 MT MENTHAOIL Aug17 1KGS 948.7 953 947.2 950.4 65 MT MENTHAOIL Jul17 1KGS 938.1 942.5 932.5 940.3 2361 MT MENTHAOIL Jun17 1KGS 927.5 929.4 919.7 927.1 3775 MT MENTHAOIL Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 955 0 MT NATURALGAS Aug17 1mmB 190 191.5 189.9 191 93 mmB NATURALGAS Jul17 1mmB 189.3 191.2 188.9 190.1 2084 mmB NATURALGAS Jun17 1mmB 188.1 189.3 186.8 188 28308 mmB NICKEL Aug17 1KGS 587 589.3 582.3 587.5 234 KGS NICKEL Jul17 1KGS 582.1 584.4 578 583.5 1892 KGS NICKEL Jun17 1KGS 576 578.9 572.4 578 15761 KGS NICKEL Oct17 1KGS 0 0 0 598.8 0 KGS NICKEL Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 593.4 0 KGS NICKELM Aug17 1KGS 586.7 588.5 583.1 586 43 KGS NICKELM Jul17 1KGS 582.8 584.2 578.1 583.5 703 KGS NICKELM Jun17 1KGS 577 578.9 572.5 578 4805 KGS NICKELM Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 593.7 0 KGS RBDPMOLEIN Jun17 10KG 525 525 524.5 524.8 16 MT MORE <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>GOLDPETAL Jun17 1GRM 2918 2925 2917 2922 29 KGS GOLDPETAL Sep17 1GRM 2938 2938 2938 2938 0 KGS LEAD Aug17 1KGS 141.25 143.05 141.25 142.2 269 MT LEAD Jul17 1KGS 140.95 142.45 140.4 142.3 2465 MT LEAD Jun17 1KGS 140.05 141.75 139.5 141.6 57806 MT LEAD Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 142.3 0 MT LEADMINI Aug17 1KGS 142.1 142.75 142.1 142.45 16 MT LEADMINI Jul17 1KGS 140.9 142.45 140.4 142.3 791 MT LEADMINI Jun17 1KGS 140 141.7 139.55 141.6 17271 MT MENTHAOIL Aug17 1KGS 948.7 953 947.2 950.4 65 MT MENTHAOIL Jul17 1KGS 938.1 942.5 932.5 940.3 2361 MT MENTHAOIL Jun17 1KGS 927.5 929.4 919.7 927.1 3775 MT MENTHAOIL Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 955 0 MT NATURALGAS Aug17 1mmB 190 191.5 189.9 191 93 mmB NATURALGAS Jul17 1mmB 189.3 191.2 188.9 190.1 2084 mmB NATURALGAS Jun17 1mmB 188.1 189.3 186.8 188 28308 mmB NICKEL Aug17 1KGS 587 589.3 582.3 587.5 234 KGS NICKEL Jul17 1KGS 582.1 584.4 578 583.5 1892 KGS NICKEL Jun17 1KGS 576 578.9 572.4 578 15761 KGS NICKEL Oct17 1KGS 0 0 0 598.8 0 KGS NICKEL Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 593.4 0 KGS NICKELM Aug17 1KGS 586.7 588.5 583.1 586 43 KGS NICKELM Jul17 1KGS 582.8 584.2 578.1 583.5 703 KGS NICKELM Jun17 1KGS 577 578.9 572.5 578 4805 KGS NICKELM Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 593.7 0 KGS RBDPMOLEIN Jun17 10KG 525 525 524.5 524.8 16 MT MORE(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

We are part of united Oppn., Kovind’s case isolated incident JD(U)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Janata Dal (United) on Thursday downplayed the reports of it opting out of the grand alliance of the Opposition parties and said that that favouring National Democratic?s (NDA) nominee Ramnath Kovind is the single incident where the party has supported the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). JD(U) leader K.C. Tyagi asserted that his party supported Kovind because he has proven his calibre at all levels. ?The JD(U) is a part of the united Opposition, This is an isolated incident. Ramnath Kovind?s tenure in Bihar has been laudable. He has always performed his constitutional duties wonderfully. And as a governor, he has conducted himself very well and executed his duties with finesse,? said Tyagi. The JD(U) had earlier decided to support Presidential nominee Ramnath Kovind and skip the Opposition meeting.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rape case: Court frees man, says woman knew what she was doing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has acquitted a man of the charge of raping his sister-in-law, saying relations between them were consensual and the woman had “adequate intelligence” to understand what she had consented to. The court, while letting off the man, said they both were married and knew they could not wed each other without getting a divorce from their respective spouses. In his order, Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain said the facts and circumstances of the case showed that the woman and the accused were closely related. “They were already married with their spouses living. They since the beginning knew that they had not taken divorce from their spouses and their marriage was not possible,” he said. “They lived in live in relationship for a long time. During that period, they made physical relations. The woman had adequate intelligence to understand the significance with the acts she was consenting to,” Jain said. The judge said that the accused and the complainant, a native of 24 North Parganas district in West Bengal, willingly developed physical relationship and the woman’s consent for the physical relations was an “act of her conscious decision”. According to the prosecution, the woman got married to accused’s brother in 1999 and after she delivered a child in 2000, her husband left her. She then came to Delhi with her brother-in-law, the accused, who found her a job here. Soon they developed physical relations with each other, it said. However, later the accused began to harass her and avoid her, she alleged in her complaint. The accused denied the allegations and claimed he was falsely implicated by her.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

4 debt-ridden farmers end lives in Nashik in two days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four debt-ridden farmers allegedly committed suicide in the last two days in Nashik district where one of them set up his own funeral pyre, officials said today. Supadu Bhika Pawar, 77, a resident of Vadner-Khakurdi village in Malegaon taluka set up his own funeral pyre and then sat in it at his home yesterday, sub-divisional officer Ajay More said. When some locals noticed smoke emanating from Pawar’s house, they rushed in and took him to Malegaon’s civil hospital where the doctors declared him dead, More said. Pawar had taken farm loan in the name of his wife and was finding it difficult to pay it off, the family members said. A case has been registered at Vadner-Khakurdi police station in connection with the incident. Another farmer, Kacharu Punja Aher, 65, from Shivur village in Chandvad taluka, stressed over a loan burden of Rs 3 lakh in his son’s name, consumed poison on Tuesday night. The collector’s office yesterday received a report of his suicide, the revenue department sources said. In another incident, Harishchandra Vasant Ahire, a resident of Brahmangaon in Baglan taluka, ended his life by jumping into a well yesterday morning, tehsildar Sunil Soundane said today. As per preliminary information, Ahire had farm debt, he said. Besides, 32-year-old Appasaheb Khanderao Jadhav, a resident of Borale in Chandvad taluka, ended his life on Tuesday night by touching a live electric wire, police said. He was apparently under stress as he received a notice for non-payment of Rs 50,000 loan which he had taken from a cooperative society in 2010, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2,000 more soldiers going to South Kashmir as reinforcements

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two additional Army battalions — about 2,000 men — have started moving into four troubled South Kashmir districts, being described as the new “ground zero” because of increased militant activity, officials said. With the presence of additional forces in Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama, some army camps in Shopian and Pulwama would be revived, they said. The officials said the forces, being sent as reinforcements, had already started moving to Kashmir and would be posted to some of the more vulnerable areas of the districts. Major General B S Raju, General Officer Command of the Army’s Victor Force, whose area of responsibility is South Kashmir, yesterday surveyed the region. The decision on redeployment was taken after intelligence reports said South Kashmir had turned into a militant hub. Officials said army camps had been set up to help locals who were “possibly intimidated” by the militants. The places where camps are being set up include Lidder in Pulwama, which officials see as the base for militants shuttling between Shopian, Pulwama and Budgam in Central Kashmir. Sources said new camps would be established at Zainpora, on the border of Heff Shremal, and the Khudwani and Nagbal areas which fall in these four districts. The Army has also launched a programme to meet villagers and to talk to them about the need to stay away from counter- insurgency operations, they said. The sources said locals were often herded towards an encounter site by members of militant groups to hamper army operations. “Once a semblance of security is ensured in these areas, people may not follow the diktats,” an official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AP, TN, T’gana CMs to be present when Kovind files nomination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana are expected to be present when NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind files his nomination papers tomorrow. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is in Delhi. Tamil Nadu’s Edappadi Palaniswami is expected to arrive here tonight and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the morning tomorrow. Soon after the BJP announced Kovind’s name as its candidate for the July 17 presidential election, Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi offered their support. Naidu had said Kovind was the “best selection” for the highest post which also highlighted the NDA’s commitment to downtrodden sections. The TDP is part of the ruling NDA. Rao too offered his support after holding consultations with his party colleagues. Both the factions of the AIADMK, mired in controversies, too offered their support. Sources said Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu spoke to NDA chief ministers and urged them to be present at the time of the filing of nomination by Kovind. Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi, virtually the entire council of Union ministers, NDA chief ministers and MPs and MLAs from across the country will be among proposers and seconders of his candidature.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian Navy to train Odisha police on coastal security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Navy has agreed to impart training to Odisha police on coastal and maritime security from July this year, an official said. Altogether 50 state police personnel would be trained at INS Chilka in two batches starting from July, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Asit Kumar Tripathy said. Stating that the personnel deployed in marine police stations will undergo training, Tripathy said the Navy would provide basic training on seamanship, Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) during counter-terrorism operations, tracking illegal trawlers and pirates. As part of strengthening the coastal security, the state government has set up 18 marine police stations along its 485 km long coastline. Tripathy said the state police headquarters would scrutinise the list of 20 officers and 30 field staff who would participate in the training in phases. DGP K B Singh said the training would aim at acclimatising the personnel with weather condition on sea, efficient use of radars, identification of friend and enemy boats during patrolling. “Of the 18 marine police stations in the state, personnel of five such police stations will be shortlisted for the initial phase of training. Export and import of illegal arms and contraband on sea route, infiltration, unauthorised fishing, entry of anti-national elements and securing vital installations along the coast will be emphasised in the training,” Singh said. Meanwhile, the state government has decided that all boats plying through the coast will be put under surveillance. Fishing boats will be coloured differently to make identification easier and biometric cards issued to fishermen for their easy identification. A transponder will be installed in each and every boat to facilitate surveillance.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT asks Himachal to expedite Manali-Rohtang ropeway project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to smoothen traffic on the Manali-Rohtang road, the National Green Tribunal has directed the Himachal Pradesh government to expedite the ropeway project on this route without any delay. A circuit bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the secretaries concerned of the state government to ensure the compliance and file a report within four weeks. “Keeping in view the need for tourism and to ensure that least adverse affect is caused upon the ecology and environment of that eco-sensitive area it is important that the ropeway project should be completed with utmost expeditiousness,” the bench, also comprising Justice Dalip Singh, said. The green panel asked the state government to make all possible efforts to take forest clearance from the competent authority. With regard to rehabilitation of people affected due to ropeway project, the tribunal made it clear that the people who will be displaced of their business would be given complete priority for rehabilitation under the Relief and Rehabilitation scheme prepared by the state government. “We direct Deputy Commissioner, Kullu to inform this direction to the residents of that area and the locally to the panchayats or otherwise they should be made to understand the benefits that would accrue to them rather than feeling discouraged by construction of the ropeway in that area. “We do hope that the alignment finalised by the Committee afore-stated will take care that it will be in the interest of environment and ecology of the area that least number of trees are to be felled,” the bench said. The Himachal Pradesh government had earlier signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malana Ropeway Pvt Ltd for execution of 9-Km long Palchan-Rohtang ropeway to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 390 crore. The NGT has directed the state government to explore the possibility of passenger ropeways to other places like Bhrigu Laka, Hamta Pass, Patalsu Peak, Kothi Peak, Shilla Thatch and Chanderkhani Pass, where tourists can see snow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bihar: Six persons get life sentence for kidnapping, murdering a JD(U) leader

Thu, 22 Jun 2017-03:50pm , Sheikhpura , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Sheikhpura court on Thursday awarded life sentence to six persons for kidnapping and murder of a local JD(U) leader in October 2015.Sessions Judge Alok Kumar Pandey held all the six accused guilty of murdering the local JD(U) leader Sanjit Kumar and awarded them to life sentence. The judge also slapped a fine of Rs 17,000 on each of them.Kumar was a resident of Vrindavan village of the district.Public prosecutor Uday Narayan Sinha said that the convicts had killed Sanjit Kumar by severing his head after kidnapping him on October 22, 2015. Later, police had recovered the deceased’s severed head and torso from the jungles falling under Sikandra police station of neighbouring Jamui district.Sheikhpura JD(U) district president Arjun Prasad said though Sanjit Kumar did not hold any post in the party organisation, he was an important party leader in the district.

Case filed against Gurung, wife for Darjeeling violence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case has been lodged against Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supremo Bimal Gurung and his wife Asha for their alleged involvement in violence, arson and killing of one person during clashes in Darjeeling hills on the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state. “We have lodged a case (against Gurung and his wife) and the investigation is on. There were allegation that they were involved in the violence, arson and killing of one person during clashes on Saturday,” a senior police official said. Reacting to the police case against Gurung and his wife, a senior GJM leader charged that the police were implicating them in false cases. “Three of our supporters were killed and they are filing cases against us. Cases should be lodged against the police and state administration for violating human rights and killing,” the GJM leader said. GJM, which was spearheading an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state and observing an indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills, claimed that three of its supporters were killed during clashes with police on Saturday. However, the police confirmed only one death.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmer commits suicide outside Village Administrative Office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Frustrated by officials stonewalling his attempts over the last 18 months to pay tax for his land, a farmer allegedly committed suicide by hanging outside a Village Administrative Office in the district. Police said Kaavilpurayidathil Joy (57) went to the Chembanod VAO in the district again yesterday for the purpose after several attempts in the past one and a half years failed to bear fruit as the officials cited some reason or the other. But he was turned away yet again by the officials, who said the land owned by him was a disputed one, they said. Following this he took the extreme step around 9.30 PM last night. He is survived by wife and three children,police said. On an earlier occasion too the farmer had protested in front of the office, along with his relatives over the matter. Local people did not allow police to remove the body and relented only after the Koyilandi tashildar visited the spot and pacified them. Kozhikode District Collector U V Jose who visited the place this morning and assured people all necessary action in the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India to operate extra flights to Qatar for ‘stranded’ nationals

State-owned Indian Airlines and private carrier Jet Airways will begin the flights from Thursday.

How Int’l Yoga Day fervour gripped north-east @ 6/22/2017 3:45:23 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the whole nation being gripped in the ?Yoga fever?, a special fervour for the day was witnessed in the north-eastern region of the country. Commemorating the festival, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated a Yoga centre at Guwahati?s Janata Bhawan. Sonowal, along with Patanjali Managing Director Acharya Balkrishna, performed Yog ‘aasans’ and led thousands of Yoga enthusiasts in Assam?s Nalbari. Balkrishna said, ?The message of Yoga has spread in the entire north-east and I believe this would bring peace and strengthened brotherhood in the lives of the people, which would help in the nation?s development.” A similar enthusiasm was witnessed in Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, along with his council of ministers and Chief Secretary, also participated in the festival. Khandu appreciated the efforts of the public, who were a part of the festival despite the heavy rainfall. “Despite rain, the participants’ strength was very huge, but basically I think Yoga should be practised by every section of society of people,” Khandu said. Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, along with the Union Human Resource Development Minister, performed Yoga at Imphal?s Khuman Lampak Indoor stadium with the public of the State. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in Sikkim also attended a Yoga session marking the celebration of International Yoga Day. In Tripura, the old and the young were seen performing various Yoga ‘aasans’ like Surya Namaskar and Kapalbhati. In the states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram too, many health conscious people gathered at Yoga venues to observe the festival in a grand manner.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

K’taka Speaker imposes jail term on two journalists for defaming legislators

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.B. Koliwad on Thursday imposed one-year jail term on two journalists for writing defamatory articles against legislators. The Speaker also imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000 on each of them. The decision was taken on the recommendation of the House Privileges Committee after an inquiry. The committee felt that legislators’ privileges were violated after a series of defamatory articles against them. The two journalists – Ravi Belagere of ?Hi Bangalore? and Anil Raj, who ran a tabloid called the Yelahanka Voice – if fail to pay the fine, the jail term would be extended to another six months, the Speaker said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Seeking loan waiver has become fashion these days: Venkaiah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu today said seeking loan waiver has become a “fashion” now but it is not the final solution and should be considered in extreme situations. Farmers in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha recently protested over various issues concerning them, including the demand for waiving off their loans. “Seeking loan waiver has become a fashion these days. But waiving off loans is not the final solution and it should be considered in extreme situations,” said Naidu, who was in the city for an event. He said farmers need to get good remunerative price for their produce and care should also be taken of those in distress. “Most importantly we should create adequate infrastructure and facilities like godowns, cold storage, refrigerator vans, among others. Also, we will have to ensure that affordable credit is available to these farmers,” Naidu said. So far states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab have announced loan waiver. On the Centre’s proposal to sell state-run carrier Air India, Naidu said the government’s role is more of a facilitator and an administrator which should focus on creating infrastructure. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had earlier pitched for Air India’s divestment, saying it has a market share of 14 per cent whereas its debt is Rs 50,000 crore, following which the the Civil Aviation Ministry said it was looking at all possible alternatives to make the airline viable. Tata group is believed to be discussing buying a stake in debt-laden Air India as the government mulls various options, including full or partial privatisation, to revive the national carrier, sources said. “We have seen what has happened to Air India. The government has no business to be in business. It should focus on administration, delivering health and education facilities, connectivity and providing basic amenities and it has to be a helping hand,” Naidu said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Naveen urges Prabhu to run trains from Nayagarh town

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Odisha Chief Minister today urged the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to run one Express train each to Howrah and Visakhapatnam from Nayagarh Town, a new station inaugurated this week. “It is suggested that Garib Rath Express that is plying between Bhubaneswar to Howrah may be considered for extension up to Nayagarh Town. “Similarly a new Inter-city type train from Nayagarh Town to Visakhapatnam may be introduced to give the people of Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Boudh and Ganjam district an access to the large coastal belt of the state as well as Howrah and Visakhapatnam,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Prabhu. While thanking Prabhu for commissioning the section from Bolagarh to Nayagarh Town, which brings the Nayagarh district headquarters on the railway map, Patnaik said Khurda Road to Bolangir railway project was of the highest priority of the state government. “We’ll continue to support the project financially as well as administratively,” Patnaik said. He, however, said that with the commissioning of the Khurda-Bolangir line upto Nayagarh district headquarters, it was now important to provide connectivity to the people of this area to the nearest large railway hub. Currently only two ordinary passenger trains are plying over the 65 km stretch from Khurda Road station to Nayagarh Town station. Patnaik also reminded Prabhu about the state’s earlier demands of re-commissioning of Paralakhemundi and Kashinagar stations on the Nuapada-Gunupur railway line, early commencement of work for the state partnership projects of Jeypore-Malkangiri and Jeypore-Nabarangpur new lines and introduction of a daily train from Bhubaneswar/Khurda to Mumbai in the name of legendary warrior Buxi Jagabandhu.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

16,000 women selected as PMUY beneficiaries in Sonitpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Altogether 16,000 women have been selected as beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in Sonitpur district of Assam. The welfare programme of PMUY aims to safeguard the health of women and children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel. Tezpur Lok Sabha MP R P Sharma today distributed gas cylinders to 21 women at a function organised under the aegis of the district administration and the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). The scheme introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was beneficial for the poor, especially women, Sharma said on the occasion. IOC area manager Gajen Pathak said that the verification process was still going on and the 16,000 selected beneficiaries will get the connection through their respective dealers. He further said that till now 28,000 applications had been received from the beneficiaries in the district. The function was also attended by Sonitpur Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Deka and other senior officials of the district administration and IOC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmers protest on Thane-Badlapur highway under control, probe underway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hours after the farmers’ protest turned violent on the Thane-Badlapur highway, Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said that situation was normal and a case of attempt to murder will be registered against the protestors. ?We will investigate and find out the reason or person behind this. We are registering an attempt to murder case as well in this against the accused. We have not detained anyone yet,? Singh told media. Singh also assured that the situation is now under control, though both policemen and villagers were injured during the protest. ?The situation is normal now. Some villagers attacked a police team and the DCP, after which we used pellet guns on the protestors. Four villagers and 12 policemen were injured and are being treated. Neither a curfew nor Section 144 would be imposed in the area,? he said. Earlier, the protesting farmers said that their land was being acquired by the Ministry of Defence. Additional forces have been sent to the spot, including riot control vehicles. Rs. 30,000 crore of farm loans were waived off in Maharashtra amidst large-scale protests. The BJP-led Government in Maharashtra had backed down on Sunday and agreed in principle to a loan waiver for all sections of farmers. The farmers had been agitating for the past 10 days and finally, the loans were waived off.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Left may propose Gandhi and Ambedkar, but open to suggestions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Left parties are expected to make a pitch for former diplomat-governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi or Constitution architect B R Ambedkar’s grandson, Prakash Ambedkar, as a consensus candidate for the presidential poll at an opposition meeting today, sources here said. However, Left leaders would be open to other suggestions at the meeting, to be held later in the day, the sources said. Former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar and ex-home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde are believed to be among the others being considered by the opposition parties. CPI national secretary D Raja’s name was also proposed by “some individuals and not parties”, the sources added. “We feel there has to be a contest. We think either Gandhi or Ambedkar should be fielded as the joint opposition candidate. However, that said, we are also open to considering other names,” a top Left leader told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

REC chairman discusses DDUGJY work with Arunachal Pradesh CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chairman and Managing Director of a leading public infrastructure finance company in the power sector today discussed with Arunachal Pradesh chief minister the ongoing work being carried out under a flagship programme to provide continuous power to rural areas. The Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) Limited chief Dr P V Ramesh along with a team of officers called on the Chief Minister Pema Khandu and discussed the work being carried out under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY) in the state. Khandu assured them of full support of the state government for rural electrification work, an official communiqu said. Arunachal Pradesh has the largest number of un-electrified villages in the country, numbering 1230. Under DDUGJY, 335 of these villages will be provided power through grid connectivity and the rest by solar installations. Khandu was informed that already 8 villages, 6 in Anjaw and 2 in Dibang Valley have been electrified this month. The chief minister gave a direction to the Commissioner (Power) for organising a review meeting in the first week of July. He also asked for regular updates on the status of rural electrification works. Khandu decided that the rural electrification programme would be taken up on a mission mode and the power department has drawn up a schedule to cover all the remaining un-electrified villages by December next, the communiqu added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Punjab CM assures probe into irregularity in sports kits

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said a thorough probe will be conducted into the alleged irregularities in distribution of sports kits to youth clubs during the previous SAD-BJP rule. The assurance came from the chief minister in the Vidhan Sabha in response to a question by Congress MLA Rajinder Beri during question hour. “No misappropriation in the intended use of sports kits meant for youth across the state would be tolerated or condoned, and if any irregularity comes to light the responsibility will be fixed and guilty will be sternly dealt with,” he said in the House. Singh said the selection of beneficiaries by the previous government was done by a Beneficiary Selection Committee under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner, with no political persons as members. Reaffirming his personal commitment to the overall development of the youth, the chief minister said his government was duty-bound to facilitate them in their all-round development, of which sports was a vital aspect. Involvement in sports activities will also help drug-affected youth to come back into the mainstream of the society, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Madhya Pradesh: Debt-ridden farmer commits suicide in Hoshangabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another incident of farmers suicide, a debt-ridden farmer attempted suicide on Thursday in Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad and later passed away during the treatment in the hospital.The police has already reached the spot to investigate the cause of his suicide.Earlier in the day, a debt-ridden farmer committed suicide by hanging himself in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar and left behind a suicide note.The farmer was disturbed due to debt.The farmer took the debt from a person named Shankar Udayniya.According to the suicide note, Shankar was troubling the farmer even after paying the debt.Reportedly, the total number of farmer suicides in the Madhya Pradesh has now risen to 17 since the protests started in Mandsaur by farmers on June 6.On June 17, a 40-year-old farmer Jagdish Mori committed suicide in Dhar by consuming poison allegedly due to being under debt.On June 16, an debt-ridden farmer Kalla unable to pay off loan of Rs. 40,000, committed suicide in Shivpuri.55-year-old Kalla committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree.His family did not even have money to cremate him. The villagers somehow managed to collect money for the cremation.The recent suicides, however, come in the wake of the farmers’ agitation in Mandsaur.Mandsaur became the epicentre of farmers’ agitation over a demand for loan waivers and better prices for their produce.During the agitation, six farmers were gunned down by the police, thereby drawing criticism from political parties. The situation forced the district officials to impose Section 144, and restricted prominent personalities from visiting the violence-hit district.A number of political leaders, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and social activists tried to visit Mandsaur but the police didn’t let them enter the area.Section 144 was later revoked ahead of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s visit to the families of the deceased farmers.

Kamakhya temple closes for 4 days as Ambubachi Mela begins

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The famed Kamakhya Temple atop the Nilachal Hills here would be closed for four days from today on the occasion of the annual Ambubachi Mela. The doors of the temple, one of the 52 Shakti peeths, are closed after routine rituals and prayers this morning and would reopen on the morning of June 26, Kamakhya Debottur Trust’s Doloi (priest) Kabindra Sarmah said. The Ambubachi Mela, which also begins today, symbolises the fertility cult of Goddess Kamakhya, and the state government has made elaborate plans to make it a part of the country’s spiritual and religious tourism circuit. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the state government has launched publicity and awareness campaigns in both national and international media and this has led to increased tourist inflow to the city for the Ambubachi Mela. “Kamakhya Temple should be the source of light and enlightenment for the world and our government is going to make all efforts in this regard,” he said. He appealed to all the visitors to help the authorities in maintaining cleanliness and hygiene during and after the Mela in the temple premises. The Kamrup (Metro) district administration has made elaborate accommodation facilities for the pilgrims at eight venues, Deputy Commissioner M Angamuthu said. A detailed plan for security and crowd management has also been put in place with CCTVs placed at important spots. Following the direction of the Chief Minister, use of non-biodegradable plastic will be restricted in and around Nilachal Hill and “we will promote biodegradable and eco-friendly materials”, he added. The entire Nilachal Hill would be treated as a ‘No-tobacco zone’, the deputy commissioner said. The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) along with NDRF and SDRF has formulated an emergency disaster response and rescue plan to deal with any contingency. A team of about 100 doctors and paramedical staff, apart from hospitals of the government and the railways, have been also pooled in to meet any exigency. The Northeast Frontier Railway has also put extra coaches in all trains running between Guwahati and various places in Tripura, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai: Gold bars worth Rs 34 lakh recovered from toilet of Jet Airways flight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On specific intelligence, the officers of AIU rummaged Jet Airways flight no 9W 535 which arrived from Dubai at 07:45 PM and recovered two unclaimed packets wrapped with black coloured adhesive tape concealed in the cavity behind the mirror in the left side rear toilet of the flight.Each packet contained five foreign marking gold bars of 10 tolas each thus collectively weighing 1160 grams valued at Rs 34,80,000. The said gold bars were taken over and seized under panchnama dated June 21, 2017 under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. Further investigation is underway.Based on profiling, the officers of AIU intercepted one passenger on wheelchair namely Nimisha Jentilal Gudhka , a native of Jamnagar, Gujarat who arrived from Dubai by Jet Airways flight no 9W 535. The said passenger has concealed eight gold bars collectively weighing 660 gms valued at Rs 19, 80,000, inside his pant pocket and his wallet. The same was recovered and seized under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962.The passenger in his statement recorded under Section 108 of the Customs Act, 1962 has admitted possession, knowledge, concealment and recovery of the said assorted gold bars which was being smuggled into India without payment of Customs Duty and in contravention of the Customs Act, 1962.Gudhka has business of electronics and office furniture in Kigali, Rwanda. It has been revealed that to dodge the Customs check, he took the help of wheelchair.On intervening night of June 21 and 22, the AIU officers have rummaged Jet Airways flight no 9W067 arrived from Bangkok, which resulted into recovery of 12 cut pieces of gold bars totally weighing 1998 gram valued at Rs.59,94,000 and the passenger named Ravikiran Ghanshyambhai Gohel, a resident of Anand, Gujrat having Indian passport was intercepted. He accepted carriage and concealment of said gold bars in the hollow pipe beneath the seats 26A and 27A. Goods were seized, case was booked and passenger was arrested.

Beijing and Minsk Urge Business Cooperation and Trade

Beijing and Minsk Urge Business Cooperation and Trade

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Leaders hold hectic talks before crucial opposition meet today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hectic parleys between leaders of non-NDA parties began this morning, hours ahead of a crucial opposition meeting where they were expected to zero in on a joint candidate for the presidential election. After the JD-U’s decision to support NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, the Congress stepped up efforts to keep the opposition united as its top brass held discussions with the leaders of a host of other parties. Cracks appeared in the opposition camp after the JD-U’s surprise decision yesterday, as its chief Nitish Kumar was the one who had initiated the process for a joint opposition strategy on the issue. Sources said a contest for the country’s top constitutional post is on the cards as the majority in the opposition sees it an “ideological battle” that has to fought. “No matter what happens, we will contest the election,” a senior left leader said. Efforts were on to ensure that the NCP did not stray, as the Sharad Pawar-led party held internal discussions to decide on its strategy for the July 17 presidential election. Top Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel met NCP supremo Pawar at his residence and are learnt to have discussed the opposition plan for the poll. CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury was also part of the informal discussions, the sources said. By naming Kovind, a dalit, the NDA has put the opposition camp in a fix as it has now been forced to think of a suitable dalit candidate to oppose Kovind so as not to be branded “anti-dalit” by the ruling dispensation. The opposition, which had earlier discussed the possibility of pitting former governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi against the NDA candidate, is now looking at a dalit face for the contest. The names of former Speaker Meira Kumar and Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of the principal architect of the Constitution, B R Ambedkar, have been discussed, the sources said. Kumar yesterday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi along with other senior party leaders, fuelling speculation that the party was willing to support her candidature. The opposition camp is yet to name its candidate for the presidential poll. The Congress, which is coordinating the opposition meet, expressed the hope leaders of all the parties which attended the May 26 lunch hosted by Gandhi would be present today. Opposition leaders also maintained the bloc was united against the ruling BJP and that the JD-U continued to be with it, as its decision was a “one-off” development. Asked about the Congress’s choice for the poll, AICC spokesperson Manish Tewari yesterday said it was a “hypothetical” question. “There will be a far clear, coherent and an articulate answer available after the opposition meeting,” he said. Senior leaders from several opposition parties who attended the May 26 meet are expected to be present at today’s meeting.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India eyes breakthrough on US surveillance drones ahead of PM Modi trip

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India is pushing for US approval of its request to buy a naval variant of the Predator drone, officials said, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to revitalise relations with Washington when he meets President Donald Trump for the first time.Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defence ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as he seeks Beijing’s help to contain North Korea’s nuclear programme.Modi’s two-day visit to Washington begins on Sunday. Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping in April and has also had face-time with the leaders of nations including Japan, Britain and Vietnam since taking office in January, prompting anxiety in New Delhi that India is no longer a priority in Washington.If the Indian navy gets the unarmed surveillance drones it wants to keep watch over the Indian Ocean it would be the first such purchase by a country that is not a member of the NATO alliance.”We are trying to move it to the top of the agenda as a deliverable, this is something that can happen before all the other items,” said one official tracking the progress of the drone discussions in the run-up to the visit.India, a big buyer of US arms recently named by Washington as a major defence ally, wants to protect its 7,500 km (4,700 mile) coastline as Beijing expands its maritime trade routes and Chinese submarines increasingly lurk in regional waters.But sources tracking the discussions say the US State Department has been concerned about the potential destabilising impact of introducing high-tech drones into South Asia, where tensions are simmering between India and Pakistan, particularly over Kashmir, which is divided between them.Other strains have emerged, with the United States vexed by a growing bilateral trade deficit and Trump accusing New Delhi of negotiating unscrupulously at the Paris climate talks to walk away with billions in aid.US officials expect a relatively low-key visit by Modi, without the fanfare of some of his previous trips to the United States, and one geared to giving the Indian leader the chance to get to know Trump personally and to show that he is doing so.Modi is also not expected to press hard on a US visa programme the Trump administration is reviewing to reduce the flow of skilled foreign workers and save jobs for Americans, seeing limited gains from raising a sensitive issue, they said.Indian Trade Secretary Ria Teaotia told reporters this week the H-1B visa programme, under which Indian IT firms send large numbers of professionals to the United States, would be one of the one issues on the table during Modi’s visit.FALLING OFF THE RADAR”There is a palpable fear in New Delhi that the new US president’s lack of focus on India, and limited appointment of South Asia focused advisors, has resulted in India falling off the radar in Washington,” Eurasia Group’s Shailesh Kumar and Sasha Riser-Kositsky said in a note.Defence deals, however, are one area where the two countries could make progress because of bipartisan support, an Indian official involved in the preparations for the visit said.The two sides have stepped up efforts in recent weeks to get inter-agency clearance for the sale of the Guardian drone, made by California-based General Atomics.India has raised the issue of the drones with the Pentagon three times since June 2016, officials said.US Senators John Cornyn and Mark Warner wrote in March to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying the Guardian deal, estimated at more than $2 billion, would advance US national security interests and protect US jobs.An industry official involved in promoting India-US business ties said the drone sale enjoyed support from the White House and Congress, and was now awaiting clearance from the State Department.While the Guardian drones that India is pushing for are unarmed, the Indian military had originally asked for missile-firing Predator Avenger aircraft, a request turned down by the Obama administration.Sources say there is some concern in the State Department that if India were to get the surveillance drones New Delhi would renew its push to acquire armed drones, which its military has eyed ever since they were deployed by US forces against militants in Pakistan.US export laws typically prohibit the transfer of such arms to a country unless it is fighting alongside US forces.

Darjeeling unrest: Suo moto FIR lodged against GJM chief Bimal Gurung, his wife Asha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case has been lodged against Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supremo Bimal Gurung and his wife Asha for their alleged involvement in violence, arson and killing of one person during clashes in Darjeeling hills on the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state.”We have lodged a case (against Gurung and his wife) and the investigation is on. There were allegation that they were involved in the violence, arson and killing of one person during clashes on Saturday,” a senior police official said.Reacting to the police case against Gurung and his wife, a senior GJM leader charged that the police were implicating them in false cases.
ALSO READ Darjeeling unrest: GJM offers 12-hour ‘window’ on Friday to schools to evacuate students”Three of our supporters were killed and they are filing cases against us. Cases should be lodged against the police and state administration for violating human rights and killing,” the GJM leader said.GJM, which was spearheading an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state and observing an indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills, claimed that three of its supporters were killed during clashes with police on Saturday. However, the police confirmed only one death.

Indian diaspora in ASEAN recognises importance of fostering deep historical linkages Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (EAM) on Thursday said that India diaspora living in ASEAN countries recognises the salience of fostering ties between New Delhi and the nations of the association. Swaraj speaking at the keynote address on ASEAN-India partnership said, ?Large and vibrant Indian diaspora in ASEAN countries, recognize salience of further fostering of deep historical and cultural linkages.? In an event celebrating 25 years of multi-faceted ASEAN India partnership, Swaraj further stressed on reinforcing the partnership further. Earlier this year, on the occasion of 25th anniversary of country’s relationship with 10-nation ASEAN grouping, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly pitched for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), while asserting that they will further strengthen cooperation and economic integration in the region.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India drops sedition charges against ‘Pakistan cricket fans’

India drops sedition charges against 15 Muslim men arrested for “shouting Pro-Pakistan slogans”.

UP govt got uncontrolled law and order in heritage says BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said on Thursday that BJP government in the state has got uncontrolled law and order situation in heritage. The Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma said ?The instructions have been given to improve patrolling system?. He further added that ?Our government is working to improve law and order in UP. Stern actions will be taken against criminals?. Talking about Presidential elections, Shrikant urged opposition to unanimously support the candidate of National Democratic Alliance, Ramnath Kovind, to give a good message to country. The Cabinet Minister has said this after a man allegedly raped and murdered a minor girl on Wednesday in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district The incident took place when a man raped and then murdered a six-year-old girl, following which the locals killed the accused for his heinous act. Ends BH/OK NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sedition charges dropped against 15 Muslims held cheering for Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Madhya Pradesh Police on Thursday withdrew the sedition charges filed against 15 Muslims for allegedly shouting pro-Pakistan slogans and bursting crackers after Pakistan?s victory over India in the ICC Champions Trophy. The police dropped the charges on directions from senior officials, but have now been charged under Section 153-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for ?disturbing communal harmony?. As many as 15 men in Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday were arrested for criminal conspiracy and sedition, after they allegedly raised pro-Pakistan slogans and celebrated Pakistan’s Champions Trophy cricket triumph against India which was held on June 18. Station in charge Shahpur Sanjay Pathak said, “According to 124A IPC, any individual who disrespects nation or outrages is dignity will be prosecuted,” “The accused here after the match got concluded celebrated Pakistan’s victory and hence have been arrested Sec120B, 124A of IPC,” he added. The action was taken against the 15 men following a complaint by a villager that the accused burst crackers and distributed sweets among villagers, besides raising pro-Pakistan slogans at Mohad village. According to reports, similar complaints had been received from the village, which is located close to the Maharashtra border, in the past during India-Pakistan cricket encounters.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Women activists for action against cop asking rape survivor for sexual favour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Condemning recent Rampur incident, where a cop asked for sexual favour from a rape survivor to nab her perpetrators, women activists on Thursday said that strict action needs to be taken against the police personnel for his act. ?This is absolutely bizarre and it needs the strictest of the action under the law and also I think this needs an enquiry as to how many other policemen are responding in a similar way to a rape survivors,? women activist Shamina Shafiq told ANI. Another women activist Nirmala Samant also termed the incident as unpleasant and horrifying. ?If the police will make such demands then where will one go with their problems? The administration should investigate the matter and should take stringent action in this matter,? she told ANI. A report surfaced that a police personnel of Uttar Pradesh?s Rampur Ganj Police Station allegedly asked a 37-year-old woman for sexual favour , who was raped by two men earlier this year and went to the investigating officer (IO) for help. When the woman refused, the sub-inspector, Jai Prakash Singh, filed a closure report. Reportedly, the helpless woman again approached the officer and recorded the entire conversations with him, so that she can use it as a evidence to support her claim.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Naidu’s statement on loan waive has insulted farmers CPI (M)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Thursday slammed Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu for his statement against the farmers demanding loan waiver and said that monetary burden on the cultivators is an outcome of Centre failing to fulfil its promise of providing minimum price support. CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury called Naidu?s statement as unfortunate and said that the former?s statement has insulted the farmers. ?Very unfortunate statement by the honourable minister, today he is saying that loan waiver has become fashionable, tomorrow he will say that farmer suicide has also become a fashion,? said Yechury. ?Why are our farmers committing suicide because of the loan burden. Why is the loan burden there because this government did not fulfil its promises which it made three years back of announcing a minimum support price which will be 1 ? times cost of production. Loan waiver comes in the background of this. So this statement is very unfortunate and this is a very big disrespect to our cultivators,? he added. Echoing similar sentiments, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also castigated Naidu and said that the Union Minister should have not made such a harsh statements at a time when the situation in Madhya Pradesh is so volatile. ?The farmers are committing suicide and Venkaiah Naidu is saying that it has become fashion. We never thought that BJP will mock this situation. This is condemnable and shameful. In Madhya Pradesh, the government has lost his mental balance, the Chief Minister is not providing relieve facility,? he added. Naidu earlier in the day said loan waiver has become fashion and should be waived in extreme situations only. “Loan waiver has become fashion now. It should be waived but in extreme situations only. It’s not a final solution. You have to take care of systems. The farmers should be taken care in distress,” Naidu said at India’s largest municipal bond programme here. Meanwhile, the farmers protest in Maharashtra turned violent on Thane-Badlapur highway as the protesting farmers said that their land is being acquired by the Ministry of Defence. Additional forces have been sent to the spot including riot control vehicles. Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district became the epicentre of farmers’ agitation over a demand for loan waivers and better prices for their produce. During the agitation, six farmers were gunned down by the police, thereby drawing criticism from political parties. The situation forced the district officials to impose Section 144, and restricted prominent personalities from visiting the violence-hit district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

This Cabinet Minister’s Lutyens bungalow keeps changing hands

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Cabinet Minster Mahesh Sharma?s luck with Government housing has not been going his way since his first allotment after winning his first election from UP?s Gautam Budh Nagar in 2014. Mahesh Sharma a doctor by profession was allotted the palatial 10 Rajaji Marg in Central Delhi, often referred to ?Lutyen?s Delhi?. The previous occupant of 10 Rajaji Marg was Former President APJ Abdul Kalam. Within a year of this allotment to Sharma, the movers were back at Rajaji Marg as Mahesh Sharma was asked to make way for current President Pranab Mukherjee who will live there upon expiration of his term as President. Mahesh Sharma?s new Lutyens bunglow was now 10 Ashoka Road, near Bharatiya Janata Party president’s residence. However, just when things were looking up for the Cabinet Minister orders were issued to vacate the Akbar Road residence temporarily to make way for NDA?s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. Mahesh Sharma, who is currently staying in his personal residence in Noida, may still get his 10 Akbar Road residence back if Ram Nath Kovind wins the Presidential elections, upon which Kovind enters a bigger residence?Rashtrapati Bhawan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AIADMK faction led by Panneerselvam supports Kovind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The All India Anna Darvida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK) faction led by O. Panneerselvam on Thursday announced that they will support National Democratic Alliance (NDA) presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind as the latter is best fit for the job. ?Ramnath Kovind is best fit for the job and we have supported him based on his credentials,? Panneerselvam said. ?BJP chief Amit Shah had a word with me and we have accepted his request and decided to support Ram Nath Kovind,? he added. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapadi K. Palanisamy yesterday announced that the ruling AIADMK will support Kovind. Earlier, the NDA has announced Kovind as its candidate for the upcoming Presidential polls. The announcement was made in a press briefing by Amit Shah. The election for the next President of India is to be held on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee will demit the office on July 25. The Election Commission of India (ECI) issued the notification in this regard and the process of the nomination has started that will continue till June 28.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Railway-services-suspended-in-Kashmir @ 6/22/2017 1:16:08 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The railway service from Qazigund to Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir have been suspended as authorities apprehend protests, following the death of three militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in a night-long operation by government forces in district Pulwama. The slain terrorists were identified as Majid Mir, Shariq Ahmad and Irshad Ahmad. Three AK-47 rifles and ammunition were also recovered from the terrorists. The encounter started late Wednesday night when militants were spotted travelling in a vehicle in New Colony Kakapora area. As the forces started search operation, the contact was established and encounter began. According to the security officials, as soon as the news of encounter spread, all of a sudden fierce stone pelting by locals targeted security forces to help the trapped terrorists. An officer of 50 Rashtriya Rifles sustained injuries in the encounter. 50 Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operations Group (SOP) and 183 CRPF Battalion were involved in the encounter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman activist on Delhi murder @ 6/22/2017 1:16:10 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following the incident where a man was arrested for allegedly stabbing his wife to death in northeast Delhi?s Dilshad Garden area, women activists on Thursday said it is extremely important for the people and the ?pati parmeshwar? society to understand that man and woman are equal and dignity and respect has to be meted out to both. Talking to ANI, Women activist Brinda Adige said, ?We live in a community and a society where a man can sleep with end number of people, he can ogle at anybody and he is still ?pati parmeshwar? but if this man suspects his wife the community, the religion, the society, the family has nothing to say to him when he does such a heinous act.? ?I think as a society and mostly religiously those have a very important role to play to say that man and woman are equal and dignity and respect has to be meted out,? she added. Condemning the heinous crime, another women activist Annie Raja said it is very sad that the Central and the Delhi Government are keeping silence on issues relating to crime against woman. ?Women who belong to other countries are also subjected to rape and molestation. But Delhi?s law and order situation is the responsibility of the Central Government but they are not taking any steps for the security of the women or even to implement the existing law. This is very unfortunate and condemnable. It is very sad that the Central and the Delhi Government are maintaining silence on issues relating to women,? she added. A 43-year-old man allegedly stabbed his wife to death yesterday, suspecting her of infidelity and also injured their son who tried to save his mother. Bisht stabbed his wife Rekha , more than 30 times following an argument. They were married for 16 years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swamy backs NCM chief, says those celebrating Pak’s victory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday backed National Commission for Minorities (NCM) chairman Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi and said those who have to cheer for Pakistan are free to leave India. Talking to ANI, Swamy said if a person goes against the country and lowers the image of the nation then his citizenship can be withdrawn. ?If they have to cheer for Pakistan why are they here in India? It is clear that the people who are staying here is according to their own wish. We have not forced anyone to stay here. But if you go against the country and if you lower the image of the nation then we have all the right to withdraw your citizenship. According to law, we can do that. But instead of that they should leave the country themselves,? he added. Meanwhile, staying firm on his remark, Rizvi said people in India whose heart and soul is with Pakistan should go to Islamabad or better be sent there. ?I am an Indian before I am the chairperson. I made this statement as an Indian,? he added. Rizvi had said that those who have celebrated Pakistan team’s victory in the recently concluded Champions trophy final should be sent to Pakistan. Rizvi made the remarks in Meerut on Tuesday while responding to queries by journalists about reports of celebrations in parts of India after Pakistan?s win in Champions trophy last Sunday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmers’ protest turns violent on Thane-Badlapur highway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The farmers? protest on Thursday turned violent on Thane-Badlapur highway. The protesting farmers said that their land is being acquired by the Ministry of Defence. Additional forces have been sent to the spot including riot control vehicles. Earlier, Rs 30,000 crore of farm loans were waived off in Maharashtra amidst large-scale protests. The BJP-led government in Maharashtra had backed down on Sunday and agreed in principle to a loan waiver for all sections of farmers. The farmers had been agitating for the past 10 days and finally, the loans were waived off.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Naidu’s_statement_on_loan_waive_has_insulted_farmers_CPI_(M)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Thursday slammed Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu for his statement against the farmers demanding loan waiver and said that monetary burden on the cultivators is an outcome of Centre failing to fulfil its promise of providing minimum price support. CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury called Naidu?s statement as unfortunate and said that the former?s statement has insulted the farmers. ?Very unfortunate statement by the honourable minister, today he is saying that loan waiver has become fashionable, tomorrow he will say that farmer suicide has also become a fashion,? said Yechury. ?Why are our farmers committing suicide because of the loan burden. Why is the loan burden there because this government did not fulfil its promises which it made three years back of announcing a minimum support price which will be 1 ? times cost of production. Loan waiver comes in the background of this. So this statement is very unfortunate and this is a very big disrespect to our cultivators,? he added. Echoing similar sentiments, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also castigated Naidu and said that the Union Minister should have not made such a harsh statements at a time when the situation in Madhya Pradesh is so volatile. ?The farmers are committing suicide and Venkaiah Naidu is saying that it has become fashion. We never thought that BJP will mock this situation. This is condemnable and shameful. In Madhya Pradesh, the government has lost his mental balance, the Chief Minister is not providing relieve facility,? he added. Naidu earlier in the day said loan waiver has become fashion and should be waived in extreme situations only. “Loan waiver has become fashion now. It should be waived but in extreme situations only. It’s not a final solution. You have to take care of systems. The farmers should be taken care in distress,” Naidu said at India’s largest municipal bond programme here. Meanwhile, the farmers protest in Maharashtra turned violent on Thane-Badlapur highway as the protesting farmers said that their land is being acquired by the Ministry of Defence. Additional forces have been sent to the spot including riot control vehicles. Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district became the epicentre of farmers’ agitation over a demand for loan waivers and better prices for their produce. During the agitation, six farmers were gunned down by the police, thereby drawing criticism from political parties. The situation forced the district officials to impose Section 144, and restricted prominent personalities from visiting the violence-hit district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmers protest airport plan, 4 cops injured in violence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Farmers protesting land acquisition for a proposed airport at Nevali set vehicles on fire and clashed with police today, leaving four policemen injured. The agitated farmers also blocked a busy road in the area by throwing burning tyres on it, a police official said. The state government had some years back started acquiring land in the area to set up the proposed airport which the farmers have been opposing. However, their protest turned violent today as the farmers started agitating simultaneously at several places near Nevali, located about 50 kms away from adjoining Mumbai. The angry protesters also clashed with police and pelted security personnel with stones when they tried to control the situation, the police official said. Three police officers and a constable sustained injuries in the clash, he said. Policemen also fired plastic bullets at the protesters to disperse them, police said. The protesters blocked the Kalyan-Haji Malang road in the area by throwing burning tyres and wooden blocks on it. They also torched a police van, three trucks, two bikes and a tempo in the area, the official said. Senior police and revenue officials rushed to the spot to control the situation. The aggrieved farmers had earlier this month approached the Bombay High Court with a bunch of petitions challenging acquisition of over 1,600 acre land by the Ministry of Defence for an airport requisitioned during World War II. According to the petitions, the land was requisitioned by the government through an order passed by the then Thane collector in February 1943, under the Defence of India Rules. The petitions have challenged the validity of the requisition order.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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