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Vibrant Gujarat Summit: Govt signs contract with Uzbekistan for uranium

The government on Friday entered into a long term contract with Uzbekistan to supply uranium ore concentrates to fuel the nuclear reactors.The contract was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, during the Vibrant Gujarat summit that began on Friday. The two leaders also held a bilateral meeting.The agreement was signed between the department of atomic energy and Novoi Minerals & Metallurgical Company of Uzbekistan, the external affairs ministry said in a statement without offering more details.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Meanwhile, the Exim Bank entered into an agreement with Uzbekistan to offer a $200-million credit line to finance housing and social infrastructure projects in the former Soviet republic, it said, adding this was announced by Modi during the official visit of Mirziyoyev last October.Mirziyoyev said he was keen on attracting Indian capital in areas like IT, education, pharma, healthcare, agribusiness and tourism.According to the World Nuclear Association, an international organisation that represents the global nuclear industry, the landlocked Central Asian country is the seventh largest exporter of uranium in the world.New Delhi has been working on securing a stockpile of nuclear fuel for its strategic uranium reserve to sustain the country’s nuclear reactors for the next five years so that the reactors stop functioning for want of fuel as had happened after the Pokhran II nuclear tests.The US and other nations had imposed economic and technology sanctions on New Delhi following both the Pokhran nuclear tests in 1974 and 1998.Attempts are also being made to procure uranium from Australia. A nuclear cooperation pact between the two nations was signed in 2014 and came into force in 2015.After the Indo-US nuclear cooperation agreement, New Delhi’s quest to have a uranium reserve got traction as importing fuel became much easier.Apart from domestic production, India currently imports uranium from Kazakhstan and Canada. This is primarily used to fuel its indigenously built pressurised heavy water reactors. Some uranium is also produced from Russia. Apart from that, it has agreements in place to import uranium from Namibia and Mongolia.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>- With agency inputs
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Mumbai: This 8-yr-old’s gadget sets a disaster alarm

While the city is reeling under fire catastrophes, an 8-year-old has developed a low-cost home security gadget which will help detect fire in the house through an SMS. Not just fire, Veer Bavishi’s innovation will help to detect disaster like gas leakage, water leak, pipe outburst, burglary inside the house.Bavishi showcased his gadget in the Somaiya Vidyavihar’s Maker Mela organised by Research Innovation Incubation Design Laboratory (RIIDL).A Kandivali resident, Veer engineered the gadget taking help from his mother who is a data scientist. “Once there was a fire incident in my building after which we thought of coming up with a gadget which will help us detect such incidents and alert the family members through SMS and the neighbours by ringing an alarm,” he said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Besides Bavishi, other innovators from across the country who showcased their talent included Mukund Shah (83), who creates exciting DIY products; Sohel (17) who developed an ultrasound-based Smart Blind Stick to make life easier for the blind; Prashant Gade, maker of India’s first of its kind myoelectric prosthetic arm specially designed for people with low income source; Hridisha Podder (16) who has developed a waste collection and disposal model to maintain the cleanliness of railway coaches.Samir Somaiya, President Somaiya Vidyavihar said, “Our focus has always been in encouraging innovation and knowledge sharing. When you provide platforms for collaboration and innovation, the barriers of age, language, country melt away and the power of the ‘idea’ shines through.”
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Vibrant Gujarat Summit: PM Narendra Modi invites world leaders for partnerships

The official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar through the social media platform informed that both the leaders had focused talks on trade, technology and investment, cooperation in defence, high-tech manufacturing, heavy engineering, automotive industry & civil aviation.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Updated: Jan 19, 2019, 06:25 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>The Prime Minister Narendra Modi held one-on-one meetings with the global leaders including state heads on Friday as a sideline of the ninth chapter of Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019 (VGS). The leaders agreed upon establishing consolidated ties for development in different sectors through strategic partnerships and trade relations.The PM put stress over bilateral cooperation over defence and trade with his Czech Republic counterpart Andrej Babis, during the meeting after the inauguration of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, 2019.The official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar through the social media platform informed that both the leaders had focused talks on trade, technology and investment, cooperation in defence, high-tech manufacturing, heavy engineering, automotive industry & civil aviation.
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Vice Chairman AICTE visits Skill Development varsity

Vice Chairman of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) Prof. MP Poonia visited Bhartiya Skill Development University on Friday where he spent more than three hours with principals of different schools and staff discussing various issues pertaining to AICTE approval process.BSDU is a unique skill development university in India with a vision to create global excellence in skill development sector by creating opportunities, space and scope for the development of talents of Indian youth and by making them globally fit to play an important role in the best manufactories.During his visit, Prof Poonia apprised BSDU staff members about the procedure of receiving AICTE approval for various courses and programmes taught at BSDU. He further explained the benefits of various schemes launched by AICTE. He also explained registration process for registering BSDU on AICTE portal for an internship of B.Tech students and training programs for Entrepreneurship skills. He discussed on the conduct of “Training of Trainers (TOT) from AICTE recognized Institutes” for skill courses running at BSDU.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Prof Poonia himself is specialised in the field of Mechanical Engineering, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development. He is MTech (Thermal Engg.) and PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He possesses a vast experience of 30 years. He appreciated the infrastructure, equipment, type of training provided at BSDU. He concluded the visit stating, “A great experience, unforgettable and never imagined that such infrastructure with extreme ambience is available in India. Superb faculty members with strong understanding and bonding.” Prof Poonia was accompanied by Registrar of BSDU, Prof Achintya Choudhury, Dean Dr Kumkum Garg and Principals of various schools.Remarkable to note is that Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman AICTE has also visited the university on multiple other occasions where he always appreciated efforts of BSDU towards skill development.A Unique VarsityBSDU is a unique skill development university in India with a vision to create global excellence in skill development sector by creating opportunities, space and scope for the development of talent.
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Mumbai: Youth arrested for raping woman for four months

Crime branch unit 12 has arrested a man for raping a woman with learning disabilities for four months. The incident came to light when the woman complained of intense pain in her abdominal area. Accordingly, a case was registered in Kurar on January 9.According to police sources, the woman was raped by an unidentified person between September and December. However, she could not inform anyone about the incident owing to her disability to communicate and understand. On January 8, she experienced excruciating pain in her abdomen area, following which she confided in her mother about the incident. Shocked by the revelation, the woman’s mother approached Kurar police station the next day to lodge a complaint.Considering gravity of the crime, the case was simultaneously investigated by Crime Branch Unit 12. Four police teams were formed by crime branch officials and each investigated a different angle of the crime. While one team checked on the woman, who was undergoing treatment at the state-run JJ Hospital, the other teams did a background check on all the past and present residents in her vicinity who could have been involved in the case. Acting on a tip-off, police realised a 24-year-old youth was missing from the area since the day a complaint was lodged with the police.The police then pulled up the Call Data Records (CDR) of the youth and traced his location to his uncle’s residence in Virar (E). On Thursday, police laid a trap in Virar and arrested the youth and booked him for rape (section 376) of the Indian Penal Code, said a police officer.
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Gujarat High Court asks state to clarify stand on prohibition on Feb 11

The Gujarat High Court on Friday directed the state government to clarify stand on its prohibition policy on February 11 after five fresh petitions, including a public interest litigation, demanding the freedom to consume alcohol at private places came up for hearing. The petitioners had claimed that prohibition on liquor consumption in private space is against the right to privacy and equality.The fresh petitions were taken up by the division bench of Acting Chief Justice AS Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav, in which another petition with the same demand is pending since October 2018. During Friday’s hearing, the bench clarified that it will first hear the arguments of the state government on the issue on February 11. If the court is not satisfied with the contentions of the government, it will formally issue a notice to the advocate general, who will then have to argue in the matters. Since constitutionality of several provisions of the Gujarat Prohibition Act has been challenged, as per norms, the advocate general will have to argue the matter.The petitioners have contended before the court that there is a sea change in the circumstances as compared to the situation prevalent in the 1950s when the ban was imposed. They had pointed out that the Supreme Court has stressed time and again on the right to privacy and the right of an individual to choose what he wants to eat and drink.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The petitioners also submitted before the court that the prohibition law violates the petitioners’ Right to Privacy, Right to Life and Personal Liberty under Article 21 of the Constitution. They have further argued that the state has no business in intruding in a person’s private matters unless he creates a situation that endangers social security. It has been also pointed out to the court that the consumption of liquor is a prehistoric tradition for humans and denying it is against one’s right to live a dignified and quality life.Interestingly, the petitioners have stated that several sections of the Act are “arbitrary, irrational, unfair, unreasonable and discriminatory which negates the principles of equality”. They have also cited the adverse impact of liquor prohibition in Gujarat—a pendency of 3.99 lakh cases till February 2017 and the hooch tragedies taking place one after the other. It had been also argued that the state government’s policy of issuing permits to drink alcohol creates a class of privileged people, which is not permissible in law.Prohibition results in Rs 4000 crore underground liquor businessThe petitioners have pointed out that complicity of the enforcers and their political bosses with the bootleggers has resulted in a thriving underground liquor business worth an estimated Rs 4,000 crore.
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Khelo India: Kota’s boxer wins gold

In the ongoing Khelo India games at Pune, Kota’s boxer Arundhati Choudhary won gold medal in under 17 girls category and defeared Haryana’s wrestler Pranjal Yadav. She defeated the opponent in 70 kg category by 5-0 score and made Kota and Rajasthan proud.With her win on Friday, Rajasthan has till now won 9 gold medals taking the total tally of medals to 36. These include 13 silver medals and 14 bronze apart from 9 gold medals so far. State’s two more wrestlers secured place in finals in Kabaddi in under 17 category.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Giving the information chef de mission of the state Subrat Sen informed that this is the third medal in boxing which has been won by state’s players. Before that Arshi Khanam in 57 kg category and Nisha Gurjar in 63 kg category had won bronze medals. Moreover, state has secured of getting 2 more medals in boxing.
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East Delhi: Bride receives bullet injury in celebratory firing

A 19-year-old bride sustained bullet injuries during celebratory firing at her wedding in Mandawali in east Delhi on Thursday night. Police said that prima facie it appears to be a celebratory firing. The woman was treated after which she completed her marriage rituals.According to the police, the victim, identified as Pooja, was getting down from the stage when the incident took place. The assailant was identified as Rinku, a neighbour of the groom, and a resident of Geeta Colony. Sources said the accused was a friend of the groom, Lakshman.”The incident occurred at around 12 pm when the injured bride Pooja was attending the ‘varmala’ function with Lakshman at revolving stage. As she was stepping down from the stage, a man attending the marriage opened fire resulting which she received a bullet wound in her left leg and collapsed on the ground,” said a senior police officer.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The family members of the bride stated that they initially thought that someone has burst firecracker but after few minutes they saw their daughter was lying in a pool of blood as she was about to leave the stage when a bullet hit on her right side ankle.”She was rushed to the LBS hospital by the family members. We had requested our relatives to not do any firing during marriage function. We heard two firing took place within a matter of few minutes one in the air and the other hit my sister,” said Jaggo Devi, Victim’s mother DCP east Delhi Pankaj Singh said the accused is at large.
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Mumbai: Post Ghatkopar mishap, locals allege ‘negligence’

A day after the father and son duo were mowed down by a truck in Ghatkopar, the local residents have hurled allegations of negligence against the Municipal authorities, which, they allege, has made the area notorious for similar accidents. The deceased duo identified as were on their way home on a scooter when were run over by a truck from behind after the scooter lost balance due to irregularities in the road, they alleged.According to the residents, a few roads in Ghatkopar east including Andheri Ghatkopar Link Road (GALR), Laxmi Nagar and Laxmi Baug have irregularities due to which vehicles especially two-wheelers tend to lose balance and slip on the road. “Local authorities of Laxmi Nagar have raised the issue before the municipality officials. Following an accident in which a school bus ran over two children, local corporator Rakhi Jadhav and other volunteers had proposed to build an underground subway for better connectivity from east to west, which was approved by BMC. Three years later, the subway is still under construction,” said Amey Teli, a local resident.Speaking more on the issue, Rakhi Jadhav said, “The aim is to provide better connectivity while keeping the roads safe. We, the residents of Laxmi Nagar have to commute to the west regularly since most amenities like schools and markets are absent in the east. However, all our trips to the west are doomed. The sides of roads are made of paver blocks which are arranged in an uneven manner due to which the edges are irregular thereby making the entire construction faulty.”“Also the potholes and gaps in the roads add to the nuisance. The contractors and engineers should be answerable and we demand imposition of criminal liability on defaulters,” Jadhav added.ALLEGATIONSResidents alleged that vehicles, especially two wheelers, tend to skid due to irregularities in the road A subway proposed for better and safer connectivity is under construction for 3 years
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Lack of better paying jobs an issue: Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant

Even as the Narendra Modi government draws criticism over failure to create adequate employment opportunities, a senior government official put the onus of job creation on the private sector and also said that the problem was not lacking jobs, but lack of better-paying ones.The comment was made by Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog, at a session at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit on Friday.”The problem in India is not about jobs, but lack of better-paid jobs or aspirational jobs,” the senior bureaucrat said in response to a question about the huge differences in various reports about job opportunities created in the country.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>He said that a McKinsey report had pegged the number of jobs created at 25-26 million in three years, while another report had estimated the number at 7-8 million annually.”The country cannot be growing at 7-8% annually, and not creating jobs. One cannot have 120 new mobile manufacturing units coming up without it. Engineers and doctors are being added every year,” he said, implying that claims regarding lack of adequate job opportunities were not true.Kant also said that the onus of creating employment opportunities was with the private sector.”The government cannot create jobs. The private sector must invest and drive the GDP growth. The government can and will facilitate it,” he said, adding that a lot of work has been done in the country in this direction.The senior official also said that the government was encouraging start-ups as “they are the ones who will create jobs in the future”.”People need to be trained. There will be new kinds of jobs in the future, and they will also be higher paid jobs,” he said.In his keynote address at the session, Kant stressed that the country needs to grow at an average of 9-10% for decades to create jobs, and reiterated that this was not possible without an increased focus on the manufacturing sector. He said that the government was focusing a lot on infrastructure development, as it was a sure shot way to boost economic growth.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>He also expressed concern that India tended to get into sunset industries instead of making inroads in sunrise sectors.NITI CEO’S CONVOY MEETS MINOR ACCIDENTAn accident involving Adani Shantigram CEO of Niti Ayog was reported on Friday around 9 am. The accident took place on the highway located near Adani Shantigram. He was one of the guests who was on his way to to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019. As per police reports, the incident took place after one of the car moving ahead of Convey suddenly applied break and five cars that followed bumped with each other. No casualty was reported, but the guest’s car was damaged. A police vehicle was then arranged for him to reach the venue, Mahatma Mandir. No complaint has been registered so far with the police.
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Rajasthan: Adapt to new technology, MSME sector told

With the changing environment, the need to adapt newer technology has become significant in the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. New age and progressive thinkers need to be encouraged to step into the field and promote exponential growth and innovation in the industry. This was informed by Additional Chief Secretary – Industries, Government of Rajasthan, Dr. Subodh Agarwal. He was speaking at the MSME Summit – ‘Building MSMEs: Potential & Possibilities’ held at Hotel ITC Rajputana Friday.Agarwal further said robust positive and vibrant interaction via a ‘Dispute Resolution Committee’ needs to become a regular feature in order to bridge the gap between the industry leaders and stakeholders. Similarly, the government is also working on strengthening the Single Window System to facilitate and simplify trade in Rajasthan.Commissioner – Industries, Government of Rajasthan, Dr. K.K. Pathak said that the need of the hour is to promote responsible growth. By using technology to achieve sustainable development, the MSME sector can experience balanced development.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Member, FICCI Rajasthan State Council & Secretary General, RCCI, Dr. K.L. Jain said that the MSME sector generates employment for approximately 15-20 crore people in the country. This sector contributes to India’s GDP by 8% and has generated employment opportunities for 15 lakhs people in Rajasthan. Highlighting the need for change in the sector, he further said that agro-processing, as well as component-based growth, needs to be promoted.Large industries should work in tandem with the smaller business units and help combat financial constraints and excessive competition in the market.Highlighting the significance of MSMEs, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India, Vijuy Ronjan, said that MSMEs are the engine of growth which helps in creating large scale employment and provide economic stability in terms of growth and leverage exports. Similarly, it also encourages inclusive growth and requires relatively cheap labour and minimum overhead.During the welcome address, Co-Chairman, FICCI Rajasthan Council & Joint Managing Director, Mandawa Hotels, Randhir Vikram Singh said that MSME has helped industrial growth for rural and backward areas by creating employment opportunities across the country.The vote of thanks was delivered by Chairman- MSME Sub-Committee, FICCI Rajasthan State Council & Director, SME Consulting Pvt. Ltd. Rajneesh Singhvi. The session was moderated by Head, FICCI Rajasthan State Council, Atul Sharma.Also, on the occasion an Analysis by Resurgent India – ‘MSMEs: Towards a Sustainable Growth’ was launched by the dignitaries.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Later, two plenary sessions on ‘Enhancing the Competitiveness of MSMEs’ and ‘Access to Affordable Credit & Risk Management’ were also held.
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24-year-old robbed after giving lift in Dwarka area

The complainant further stated that they took out a gun and allegedly robbed him of his belongings.”
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Mumbai: Mahalaxmi Racecourse to open its gates for LGBT community

In a first, Turf Club, Mahalaxmi Racecourse opened its gates for the LGBT community. In the Pride month, among the series of events that have been planned by various stakeholders of the LGBT community, there are a few firsts. This includes hosting the Gulabi Mela on January 27, at the Racecourse. Welcoming the community to the racecourse, Zinia Lawyer, Chairperson, Marketing and Media, RWITC says, the Gulabi Mela is the first LGBT event at the Racecourse.Gulabi Mela will feature pride-themed food, merchandise, and game stalls. The day will be peppered with performances by queer artists. For the first time ever, the Gulabi Mela will also hold a drag race. “Given the 377 verdict, the mela will be buzzing with glee. Those who were hesitant about attending queer-themed events in the past will now be able to participate free of fear and judgement for the first time ever,” said Ashok Row Kavi, Chairperson of The Humsafar Trust. A statement by the organisers of Gulabi Mela stated, “It is monumental for us and the LGBT community to host a celebratory event as large as the Gulabi Mela. Slowly but surely, we are queering the city and making it more inclusive.”
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Jaipur: Now, Baal Sabha of govt school kids

The Baal Sabha (Child meet) of government school students will be organised on every Saturday of the month. The Baal Sabha will be held at a public place of the concerned village and Gram Panchayat. Minister of State for Education Govind Singh Dotasara will be present himself in the Baal Sabha which is scheduled to be held on Saturday in Govind Garh Panchayat Samiti of Jaipur district.The Baal Sabha will include students of primary and upper primary classes from 1st to 8th grade. The concurrence of Baal Sabha in government schools is a step towards quality improvement in education and co-education sector. Baal Sabha will be organised every Saturday along with ‘Joyful Saturday’ which is organised on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. The education department has issued orders in this regard. Eighty-minute time has been fixed for the Baal Sabha out of which twenty minutes have been prescribed for its preparation and sixty minutes for the conduct of the session. The Education Department has issued instructions to all the government school heads which deems it necessary to organise a Baal Sabha every Saturday. School heads will be able to reduce the class period timing of 10 minutes for Baal Sabha. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Baal sabha will be held in the nearby public place of the school. Minister of State for education Govind Singh Dotasara has given the responsibility of inspection of Baal Sabha across the state. Officials of the Education Department will join the Baal Sabha on January 19 and submit their report to the Education Minister thereafter. Education Minister will attend a Baal Sabha of a government school located at Bhojlawa village of Govindgarh Panchayat Samiti in Jaipur district on Saturday.Through this event, parents will be able to see their children’s expression, learning level, knowledge and presentation skills. “I have expressed hope that this initiative of direct interaction with parents and teachers in school will ensure that quality of education improves in government schools”, said MoS for Education, Dotasara.
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Jaipur: Railway station gets airport-like makeover

After promoting local art at various railway stations in NWR, the lighting and illumination at Jaipur junction has been given a major improvement by railways now. High quality LED lights have been installed at various points at Jaipur junction and its now giving the feel of illumination like Jaipur Airport. As per the instructions by railway board, standards were set up regarding high-level illumination at 35 stations across the Indian Railways and these had to be completed by February end. However, Jaipur division completed this work by January 13 itself. Apart from Jaipur, in this list of 35 stations, there is a name of Ajmer station too.In all these stations, railway board had decided some set standards regarding illumination of lighting at main places like concourse hall, platform, waiting hall, reservation office, parking space, escalators etc. Keeping these standards in mind, now the Jaipur junction station has done the work which is now reflecting when one goes to railway station during night time. A week back, a 100-feet long national flag has also been installed at the railway station and in the last few days, there is a complete change in the look of the station. Jaipur station has been continuously being beautified in recent years and it achieved the second position in the cleanliness survey report 2018.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The survey was conducted on broadly 3 main points. One method was of analyzing the cleanliness in main consumer interface area like parking, main entry gates, platform, waiting rooms etc. The second was direct observation of cleanliness in an open area, in toilets, sitting area, railway tracks and such places while the last and most important was getting feedback from passengers. Moreover, the visitors and passengers coming to Jaipur junction are now seeing a beautified railway station. An energy efficient fan of 24 feet diameter had also been installed in the hall which has already become a center of attraction.The instructionsAs per the instructions by railway board, standards were set up regarding high-level illumination at 35 stations across the Indian Railways and these had to be completed by February end. However, Jaipur division completed this work by January 13 itself.
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Rajasthan: BJP to field Manoj Bhardwaj for Mayor bypoll

Deputy and acting mayor Manoj Bhardwaj may be BJP’s candidate for the by-election for the post of the city mayor to be held on January 22.The BJP has appointed state vice president Rajendra Gehlot as in-charge for the by-election. According to sources, Gehlot is taking the opinion of BJP legislators, former MLAs and city office-bearers. After taking the opinion of all party leaders, the candidate for the mayor by-poll will be decided. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>According to sources, Bhardwaj is the frontrunner for the post. In 2008, the BJP made the then deputy mayor Pankaj Joshi its mayor candidate for the by-election when the then mayor Ashok Parnami was elected MLA from the Adarsh Nagar constituency. Only 11 months have been left for the end of the term Jaipur Municipal Corporation. Lok Sabha elections are likely to be held in April and May this year. Given this background, the BJP will play safe and avoid any unnecessary controversy before Lok Sabha elections.About a dozen of councillors have staked their claim for the post. With the hopefuls intensifying lobbying, factionalism in the party has come to the fore.In the state assembly elections, the BJP had to face the resentment of the Brahmin vote bank.In Jaipur, both the BJP’s Brahmin candidates lost. In such a situation, the BJP may select Bhardwaj for the by-election of the mayor. “Due to the Vidhan Sabha session, the candidate was not decided for the Jaipur Mayor by-election. The candidate may be decided on Sunday after discussion with senior leaders. There is a possibility of the deputy mayor Manoj Bharadwaj being fielded as the candidate,” said a senior BJP leader.It may be mentioned that mayor Ashok Lahoti has been elected MLA from Sanganer assembly constituency. So he resigned from the post on December 24. Deputy Mayor Manoj Bhardwaj has been made an acting mayor. The BJP has a majority in the Jaipur Municipal Corporation.That is why getting its candidate elected will be just a formality for the BJP.However, the main question before the party is that there should be general consenus on the name of Bhardwaj as the party cannot afford any factionalism and dissension with Lok Sabha elections just a few months away.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>ConsenusThe main question before the party is that there should be general consenus on the name of Bhardwaj as the party cannot afford any factionalism and dissension with Lok Sabha elections just a few months away.
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7th Pay Commission: BMC – Bunk less, earn more is new mantra

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked to all head of departments and assistant commissioners to submit rationalised duty hours of employees working under them to the general administration department. The data will be used for negotiations with unions regarding the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The civic administration is likely to meet the unions next week.While the state has already implemented the recommendation and employees will receive a pay increase from February, the BMC administration is waiting for directions on the same. Meanwhile, while implementing the recommendation, the civic body will keep a record of employees’ work hours in writing. “The civic body has prepared around 20 points like work hours, use of casual leave among others on the same,” said sources. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Sainath Rajadhyaksha, general secretary of BMC Engineers Union said that they are meeting with civic administration next week to discuss the implementation of the recommendation. “We have prepared a five points charter of demand that will be tabled before the administration during the meeting. Making Aadhar not mandatory for biometric attendance, immediate implementation of pay commission recommendation, health insurance are some of our other demands,” said Rajadhyaksha. Sudhir Naik, deputy municipal commissioner (General administration) said that the civic administration has already issued an order regarding duty hours last year. “Each department has fixed working hours. In order to streamline, these work hours will be taken in written,” said Naik. He added that there is no clarity over the recommendation as the state government is yet to come up with financial implication and details of implementation.The BMC has around 1.35 lakh pensioners and 1.05 lakh employees. The civic body spends around Rs 12000 crore in pensions and salary of employees. The implementation of the recommendation will increase the establishment costs. The establishment cost of the BMC is more than 46 per cent of the total budget.
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Port sector attracts Rs 36,128 cr MoUs on first day of Vibrant Gujarat Summit

The investment proposals attracted by the port and port-led development sector received investment intentions worth Rs 36,128 crore on the inaugural day of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019. The ninth chapter of the event was inaugurated on Friday by PM Narendra Modi and several Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed between Gujarat government’s authority Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) and different stakeholders.The GMB conducted a seminar on “Port Led Development & Strategies to establish India as the Transhipment hub of Asia”.The GMB, in this ninth edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit, received 96 investment intentions and 30 strategic partnerships, a total of 126 partnerships in the ports and port-based sector.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Gopal Krishna, Secretary Shipping, Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, chaired the first session on “Establishing India as the Transhipment Hub of Asia through Port led development and Coastal Shipping”.He said, “The ports in India had their own infrastructure and system for operations related to cross shipment, but the government of India has now synchronised all the operations related to cross shipment across all ports to bring uniformity to the system.”Of the total 126 partnerships, 26 intents (21%) pertain to new port capacity creation, 13 intents (10%) pertain to development of shipbuilding and ship repair facilities, while 14 intents (11%) pertain to development of Ro-Ro & Cruise Terminals, operating ferry services and promoting marine tourism in the state.The seminar also witnessed the Gujarat Maritime Board sign 13 MoUs (with an intended investment of Rs 19,542 Cr) amidst a special ceremony organised during the seminar in presence of Nitin Patel, deputy chief minister of Gujarat.In terms of new port capacity creation, the GMB has signed MoUs with the Adani Group which intends to develop a cargo handling terminal for a petrochemical complex at Mundra, a captive jetty for their cement plant at Lakhpat and develop Ro-Ro terminal at Mundra at a total proposed investment of Rs 3,500 crore with employment generation for 800 people.Dahej Harbour and Infrastructure Limited signed a MoU worth Rs 700 crore for DHIL port expansion. The Essar Group intends to develop an LNG terminal and port-based smart city in Hazira with investments of Rs 7,485 crore, generating 1,600 jobs. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd intends to develop a dedicated jetty along with storage/dispatch terminal for LPG products at Dahej and Foresight Group intends to develop CNG import facility in Gujarat with a proposed investment of Rs 1,400 crore and creation of 1,600 jobs.Foresight Group Services Limited FZCO signed MoUs of Rs 500 crore for development of port facilities at Gujarat coast for CNG import.The GMB has also signed a MoU worth Rs 1,350 crore with HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Ltd which intends to develop a single point mooring and the crude oil terminal at Mandvi.In terms of port expansion projects, the GMB signed MoUs worth Rs 2,100 crore with Petronet LNG Limited, Gujarat Chemical Port Terminal Company Limited and Dahej Harbour and Infrastructure Limited.A tripartite MoU was signed by Port of Amsterdam and J M Baxi & Co. for developing four cruise terminals at Mandvi, Dwarka, Porbandar and Veraval, for developing cruise tourism in the state at a proposed investment of Rs 800 crore.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>The ceremony also witnessed the GMB signing MoUs with Eagle Rail Container Logistics for setting up smart, intelligent container handling at multiple GMB ports with investments of Rs 1,000 crore. Marine Emergency Response Centre Pvt Ltd proposed investments of Rs 200 crore for setting marine emergency response system, Pollution Control and Response Centre and offering ETV (Emergency Towing Vessel) Support and Nirma Ltd signed MoU worth Rs 160 crore for developing a captive jetty at Bhavnagar.
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Parliamentary board gets rly clearance for Jaipur Ring Road

Interventions of a parliamentary board group has helped the Jaipur Ring Road get clearance from railways. The first phase of the Ring Road project, presently under development, intersects the Jaipur-Delhi railway line near Jagatpura area and a flyover is proposed on the spot to be constructed for facilitating uninterrupted flow of traffic. The intersection lies on the Ring Road stretch connecting Agra Road and Tonk Road and even as construction of the Ring Road is almost complete, a 120-meter span near the railway track remains missing.“The issue came in consideration of the parliamentary group on a visit to Jaipur and subsequently a clearance has been issued by the railways,” said an official. In its first phase, the 47-kilometer long southern corridor of Ring Road is being developed to link Agra Road and Ajmer Road via Tonk Road. There are two railway intersections on Jaipur-Delhi and Jaipur-Sawai Madhopur route, while three cloverleaf flyovers are proposed on interaction with the three highways. While the work for cloverleaf flyovers remains pending for land acquisition by JDA, the arrival of railway clearance has come to raise possibilities for commissioning of the first phase. The developing agency has already laid the foundation of the railway over bridges and will now commence to connect them. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The process is likely to impact the operation of trains on the routes due to safety concern and schedule of several trains might be temporarily interrupted. According to officials, nearly 80 per cent of the civil works have been completed for the first phase and are scheduled to be completed by April this year. However, the process might get expedited to complete before the parliamentary elections as it was among the flagship projects of former BJP government at Rajasthan and was taken up by the national highway authority on efforts of Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari. Pending workWhile the work for cloverleaf flyovers remains pending for land acquisition by JDA, the arrival of railway clearance has come to raise possibilities for commissioning of the first phase. The developing agency has already laid the foundation of the railway over bridges and will now commence to connect them.The operationsThe process is likely to impact the operation of trains on the routes due to safety concern and schedule of several trains might be temporarily interrupted. According to officials, nearly 80 per cent of the civil works have been completed for the first phase and are scheduled to be completed by April this year.
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Fog in Delhi disturbs flight movement in Jaipur

The morning fog disturbed the movements of flights in Delhi and its effect was seen at Jaipur Airport also on Friday. 4 flights which run from Jaipur were cancelled while about a dozen flights got delayed. The early morning Delhi fog disturbed the movement, therefore, the flight operation was not possible there and 4 flights which were on the way to Delhi from various airports got diverted to Jaipur airport. Sources informed that these included 3 flights of international airport while one was domestic flight. The international flights were coming from Bangkok Dubai and Oman and were of different airlines. These flights remained at Jaipur airport for about two to four hours. They had arrived at about 9 am and left at by one noon.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Apart from fog condition and the closure of Delhi airport for 2 hours during the day between 10:15 am till 12:15 pm for republic day preparations, few flights between Delhi and Jaipur were also affected. Indigo’s Delhi-Jaipur flight 6E 212/203, which arrives Jaipur at 10:15 am was cancelled due to weather condition. The same flight which becomes 6E203 and goes to Delhi at 10:50 am was also therefore cancelled. Jaipur bound Jet Airways Chandigarh flight was also late by several hours. As Flight 9W 863’s scheduled departure 11:10 am and as per the website 15:23 hours was the actual departure while its scheduled departure in Jaipur was 12:45 hours and its estimated arrival was 16:54 hours in Jaipur.Delhi-Jaipur Air India flight which arrives at 12:55 hours was also cancelled. The same flight takes off for Jaipur at 1:30 pm, informed the sources. As such, the passengers both in Jaipur and Delhi who had their connecting flights from Delhi were troubled because of this disturbance in the schedule of flights. A few days ago also, poor visibility at Delhi airport had led to about 8 flights being diverted to Jaipur Airport. Fog during the winters delays the flight operations and many times the flights arriving at Delhi airport are diverted either to Jaipur airport or at Ahmedabad airport.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Affected flightsSources informed that these included 3 flights of international airport while one was domestic flight. The international flights were coming from Bangkok Dubai and Oman and were of different airlines. These flights remained at Jaipur airport for about two to four hours. They had arrived at about 9 am and left at by one noon. Indigo’s Delhi-Jaipur flight 6E 212/203, which arrives Jaipur at 10:15 am was also cancelled.
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BEST way to look toward future

Five years from now, there will be at least two new functional Metro rail lines in the city, the suburban rail network will be augmented with the expansion of existing lines under both the Central and Western Railway, and the city’s only Monorail can be expected to run smoothly. This is how primary modes of public transport in the city, would look like. Black and yellow cabs, autorickshaws, and app-based aggregators, that provide point-to-point travel, might be in more or less demand. With all of this forming the background, the 93-year-old BEST’s future raises serious concerns. The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking’s first motor bus ran in 1926 but, it has been going through financial constraints in the past few years. Will striking come to the company’s aid? Some of the transport experts feel that the firm might become irrelevant.Do the simple mathEveryday, more than 78 lakh people travel on local trains — this number has been seeing a rise year after year. People are prepared to push, pull, shove and adjust but, they will continue to travel in local trains on both the Western and Central lines. The Indian Railway too is expanding and inter-linking the suburban rail network to the metropolitan region — regions of Navi Mumbai, Thane, Dahanu and Alibaug. So, it does not seem that demand will fall any time soon.The minimum fare a commuter pays to travel in a general compartment for the first 10 kilometre, is Rs 5. Similarly, a commuter pays Rs 45 for travelling in the first-class compartment.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Next ranks the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro rail. This 11.40-kilometre-long Metro rail is used by around 4 lakh people, on a daily basis. There are long queues at stations. The fact is commuters are still fighting for adequate space. Here too, the average cost of travel is Rs 3.50 per kilometre.The MMRDA and MMRC is constructing a web of Metro rail lines across the city’s eastern and western suburbs. In the next five years, one can at least expect the Dahisar (east) – Andheri (east) line 7, Dahisar – DN Nagar line 2A and DN Nagar – Mandale line 2B to be ready for the common public. By then, other lines will be under construction.The “kaali-peeli” cabs and autorickshaws have already adapted themselves to the culture of providing feeder services. Shared autos and shared taxis have enabled travelling for short distances. People often resort to these modes of transport to reach their destinations from railway stations or to reach the station from their homes. They also ply on long distances. People prefer getting into a taxi or an auto despite the fact that they have to pay an average of Rs 15 and Rs 12 respectively, for a kilometre. The fare per kilometre has also been calculated in government’s fare chart.Moving a step ahead are mobile aggregators like Uber, Ola, and Meru. The best part is, their services can be booked from home. A person gets to know every relevant detail of his journey before booking the cab. Customers are made aware of fare surges and incentives. Over the last four to five years, these cab aggregators have become convenient and charge anything between Rs 9 to 12 per kilometre.Also Read: Company needs enabling environment to sustain self: Pankaj JoshiBest solution for BESTIn the past nine days, over 27 lakh people, who use BEST buses, to travel on 1,941 square kilometre of the city’s roads, were deprived of its services. There was hardly any uproar over the shutdown; the kind that is witnessed if local trains are shut or even delayed. Over the years, people have gotten accustomed to the fact that BEST buses can be delayed.The punctuality of these buses have gone for a toss as their speed never exceeds 10-12 kilometre per hour; that is the case even on highways. “The average waiting time for people at bus stops is 45 minutes,” Ravi Raja, a BEST Committee member, said. In a city like Mumbai, where time matters the most, such a thing is unacceptable.The Undertaking is struggling. Right from issuing tickets using machines (the BEST has gone back to paper tickets), use of smart cards, mobile ticketing, running air-conditioned buses, running buses on most plausible routes (BEST is cancelling its loss-making services), installing a central passenger information system, monetisation of assets, to installing CCTVs inside buses, there have been too many ups for the company.Its modal share has deteriorated from 27 per cent to 14 per cent, in the last ten years. On the other hand, the share of emission-generating private vehicles has gone up from 24 per cent to 39 per cent. The number of private vehicles during the same period has touched 33 lakh from 20 lakh.The BEST’s nine-day-long strike opened up a can of worms within the Undertaking. People running the company are unhappy. The company is facing accumulated losses of Rs 2,500 crore. The strike will add an extra burden of Rs 550-600 crore. However, Mumbaikars are waiting for the BEST to revamp.Also Read: Win back upset commuters along with lost glory, says AV ShenoyIn Troubled WatersIn the last 10 years, Best’s modal share has deteriorated from 27% to 14%; share of emission-generating private vehicles has gone up from 24% to 39% Provide for existing gaps in public transport — provide last mile connectivity to and from mass rapid public transport systems of Metro rail and suburban railway stations Implement circulatory routes, such as Fort Pheri shuttling between CSMT and Churchgate. Circulatory routes can be planned for existing and upcoming institutional/commercial hubs of Worli, Goregaon, Parel, Malad, Vikhroli, Turbhe, Vasai, Virar, & Airoli Environment-friendly fleet of buses – With rising air pollution across the city, BEST must be seen as a saviour as it can lead to a reduction in the use of private vehicles. To encourage larger ridership, the fleet of buses must be made comfortable & convenient The MCGM must urgently undertake a city-wide study and execution plan to identify, demarcate roads which can accommodate dedicated high-occupancy lanes for BEST, private buses & carpools Rent out BEST buses to corporates and multi-national companies for pick-ups and drop‐-offs to and from metro rail and suburban rail stations further alleviating traffic in CBD areas Double-decker buses should be refurbished as hop-on/hop-off tourist buses. This will conserve BEST’s heritage and provide a safe, convenient, and comfortable service for tourists Introduce an automated BEST card-ticketing system with card reader machines inside buses and at bus stops, maximising efficiency. These cards should be sold at BEST booths, railway stations, grocery stores, tourist offices etc Design of bus stops must incorporate travel routes and timings. Real-time information should be ensured to provide users with updated bus timings, arrivals and delays (if any). The design should be improved for effective queuing and better facilities should be incorporated for senior citizens, disabled people and children Cost Per km (approx)Metro rail (Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar) Rs 3.50<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>BEST: Rs 4 Taxi: Rs 15 Auto: Rs 12 Uber/Ola: Rs 9-12 (varies on surge pricing and model of vehicle) Also Read: Efficient public transport can reduce poverty, says Vidyadhar Date
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Efficient public transport can reduce poverty, says Vidyadhar Date

The recently held strike of BEST bus workers was a success. It received strong support from the people despite the hardships they suffered. The reason is, the issues go beyond a wage dispute between the workers and the management.As stated by the World Bank, a good public road transport is important, among others things, for poverty reduction, for the environment, for reducing congestion and pollution. We must, first of all, breathe fresh air and public transport is vital for that.Our politicians, bureaucrats and planners must realise that the world is changing. Western democracies are increasingly giving high priority to public road transport, walking, cycling. They have special lanes for buses and cycles. We must stop surrendering to the motor cars.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>There has to be a strong people’s movement to bring public transport back in business. There is an old demand from economists and planners that corporate employers should bear the burden of transport expenses for employees because employers benefit from public transport used by employees. In a way, public transport is subsiding rich industries. Corporates need to pay back their debt to public transport.Aamchi Mumbai Aamchi Best, a voluntary organisation of devoted activists from different fields have published a people’s plan to improving public transport.It is important to discourage private cars to improve public transport. BEST must be given the right of way, particularly on arterial and link roads. Traffic congestion has to be reduced by taxing car owners and collecting adequate parking fees from private vehicles on public roads. Fares should be reduced drastically to draw commuters back to BEST.
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Company needs enabling environment to sustain self: Pankaj Joshi

Despite the fact that bus services fall under the scope of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), the BEST’s bus service is not being treated as an essential public service. It is ridiculous to think that the 90-year-old BEST’s financial sub-optimal performance will be redressed simply through its privatisation.The state needs to introspect on this stalemate situation, and on how we reached this impasse. How has this premier public transport network, one of the oldest in the country, been brought down to such deterioration! Privatisation is seen as this one-stop solution for all problems being faced within public bodies. The government is willy-nilly shirking its responsibility and handing over the reins to private powerhouses. But, the requirement here is not just to streamline BEST’s functioning but, to provide an enabling environment for its long-term sustainability as a public service.Any solution to conserve BEST must start from the premise that it is an essential public service and that affordability is the key to its subsistence. World over, it is a common practice amongst local authorities to heavily subsidise the provision of public transport, profitability being inconsequential. Public transportation networks are seen as force-multipliers, and cannot be subject to profit and loss analysis. In most major cities including London, New York, and Singapore, the public transport system is often cross-subsidised by revenue generated from taxing private vehicles, incorporating congestion charges, high parking tariffs and so on. On the other hand, the financial capital of India is looking at killing an existing institution, that serves lakhs of commuters, because of its short-sighted measures.
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Win back upset commuters along with lost glory, says AV Shenoy

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) needs to win back its lost glory. They should strive to shed off the staid, unresponsive image of a monolith and try to become an organisation responsive to the needs of commuters. If this public transport organisation wants to revive itself, then, it will have to start from scratch.Times are changing but they are still struggling to move forward in the right direction. The strike proved that even the employees are unhappy. For instance, look at their offices — the place where the BEST buds and then, reaches out to 27 lakh-odd daily passengers. These offices are a mecca of dusty files, dark corners, and creaky furniture. They need to be modernised.When we talk about running buses, those at the helm, need to be well-informed about the transport sector. One will find such men and women running the Indian Railway, they specialise in various aspects of train operations.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Similarly, the government should appoint a General Manager (IAS officer), who has a background in transportation. The BEST Committee, instead of politicians, should consist of eminent persons from various fields like transport, electricity, finance, and information technology as mandated by the BMC Act, 1888.There is an urgent need to grow confidence among the public so that they take BEST buses. This can boost daily occupancy of passengers from 26 lakh to 45 lakh in. All efforts should be made to improve operations so as to win back passengers, who have moved away. A committee of experts should be formed to look into causes of loss of passengers in 10 years and suggest remedies.The BEST should run feeder routes from various railway and metro stations.
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Rahul remembering ‘didi’ after ‘behenji’ abandoned him: Smriti Irani

The BJP Friday took a swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his support to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s opposition rally in Kolkata on Saturday, saying it is natural that he will remember “didi” after “behenji”, a reference to BSP supremo Mayawati, abandoned him.At a press conference, BJP leader and Union minister Smriti Irani said the rally, which is expected to see the presence of a number of opposition leaders, “exposes” the saffron party’s rivals as it suggest that they cannot fight it on their own.Asked about Gandhi’s letter of support to the West Bengal chief minister’s show of opposition strength, she retorted,”When behenji has abandoned (him), then it is natural that he will remember didi (Mamata).” Irani was apparently referring to the recent announcement of an alliance between the Samajwadi Party and the BSP in Uttar Pradesh. Both parties ruled out including the Congress in the alliance.Expressing confidence that people will back Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said he has often asserted that the country wants a strong government and not a helpless dispensation.”Opposition parties are today repeatedly saying that they can not fight the BJP alone and it has exposed their failure,” she said, referring to rally.The Congress has said that Gandhi will not attend the Saturday rally and its senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge will represent the party.Leaders of over 20 opposition parties are expected to attend the rally at the iconic Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on Saturday to vow to put up a united fight against the “misrule” of the saffron party.
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Smriti Irani

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Rafale deal: Jaitley rejects report of price escalation as ‘fudged arithmetic’ of a ‘compulsive contrarian’

Dismissing a news report of price escalation in the Rafale deal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Friday said it was based on “fudged arithmetic”. In a series of tweets, the minister said the Supreme Court has examined the prices and the CAG is examining the same. “The new article on Rafale is based on fudged arithmetic – ignore the escalation of the 2007 non-deal offer and compare it with the 2016 price and invent a scam,” he said. “The fudged arithmetic of a compulsive contrarian can hardly be objective… Fudged arithmetics does not add to the credibility of its creator,” he said.Jaitley’s comments came after a report in ‘The Hindu’ claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to buy 36 aircraft instead of the 126 asked for by the Indian Air Force pushed the price of each jet up by 41.42 per cent.The minister said the 2007 escalation offer was much larger than 2016 agreed escalation for the Rafale jet deal. “The price differential would widen with each subsequent supply,” he added.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –> As the firestorm over Rafale deal raged further, the Defence Ministry Friday said it has given the CAG access to all the files relating to the contract and it would be best to await the report of the national auditor on the issue.The ministry also dubbed as “factually inaccurate” a newspaper report which claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to buy 36 Rafale jets, instead of 126 as negotiated by the previous UPA government, while bypassing mandated procedures pushed the price of each aircraft up by 41 per cent.”The article is factually inaccurate. It does not adduce any new argument. All the issues have been answered in detail by the Government at various fora and most recently by the Raksha Mantri in an open debate in Parliament,” a defence ministry spokesperson said.The official also said that the Supreme Court has gone through the details of “pricing and commercial advantage” but has not found anything adverse in the deal and refused to order an investigation into it.”The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has been given access to all the files related to Rafale deal. It is best to await the report of an authoritative agency like the CAG,” the spokesperson said.The ministry also stuck to its earlier position that the pricing details of the deal cannot be revealed as the contract is covered under a Indo-French agreement of 2008.The report in The Hindu said that the Euro 1.3 billion cost claimed for the ‘design and development’ of 13 India Specific Enhancements (ISE), and its distribution over 36 jets instead of 126 bare-bone aircraft, pushed the price up in a significant way.The official said the report compared the “un-escalated price of 2007 with the price of 2016 without considering the escalation factors inherent in the price bid”. The UPA government had started the process of procuring the jets in 2007.The ministry spokesperson said the India Specific Enhancements were part of the requirements of the Indian Air Force to achieve tactical superiority over our adversaries. “These were part of the 2007 bid and continued to be part of the 2016 deal. The cost of the India Specific Enhancements was on a fixed basis in the 2007 bid which was negotiated down in the 2016 deal,” he said.The official, at the same time, added that to compare the cost for previous contract which never materialized with the cost of the 36 aircraft procured in 2016 is “fallacious”.”A negotiation, especially between two countries, is a comprehensive deal and by selectively picking certain aspects while ignoring others, creates doubts by vested interests on a matter of vital national security,” said the spokesperson.The Congress has been ramping up attack on the government, alleging a massive scam in the Rs 58,000-crore deal.The party has accused the PM of increasing the ‘benchmark price’ of the deal from 5.2 billion Euros to 8.2 billion Euros and alleged that the NDA government paid over Rs 1,600 crore per aircraft against UPA’s negotiated price of Rs 527 crore.It was learnt that at least two members of the Indian negotiating team had objected to the price finalised for the deal.The defence ministry spokesperson said all views were aired and recorded and a collegiate decision taken after considering such opinions.”Decisions on the deal were taken after due process of inter-ministerial consultation,” he said.Asked about an offer of 20 per cent discount per aircraft by European aerospace corporation EADS, the official said its acceptance after declaration of the L1 (lowest bidder) would have been violation of the laid down norms. “The issue of benchmarking and the offer of EADS to give a 20 per cent discount are related. Even the UPA government had rightly rejected the EADS offer of 20 per cent discount in 2012 after opening of bids as violative of procedure,” the official said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>He said consideration of the offer would have again made the government subject to charge of violating basic procedure. “It is best to avoid the pitfalls of a corporate battle which has been going on since 2012 which has adversely affected the capabilities of the Indian Air Force.”The controversy should be put to rest in the interest of national security,” the spokesperson added.
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JU mulling legal step against professor Kanak Sarkar for ‘virginity’ remark: VC

Two days after the Jadavpur University barred professor Kanak Sarkar from entering the campus for a misogynist social media post, its Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das has said he was mulling legal action in the case to ensure such incidents do not occur again.Sarkar, a professor at the university’s international relations department, had extolled women’s virginity, comparing it to the seal of a bottle, in a Facebook post.Although he had deleted the comment soon after, screenshots of the post went viral on social media, triggering outrage and widespread condemnation.Das told PTI Thursday that strict action would be taken against the professor as per university statute.”Sarkar has been barred from entering the campus till the time a university-appointed committee files its report for thorough examination. We are mulling strictest legal action against him.”Additionally, the National Commission for Women (NCW) and West Bengal women’s commission are also probing charges against him,” he said.The vice chancellor also said that he will do his bit to cooperate with NCW representatives if and when they visit the campus next week.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Students of the international relations department had boycotted classes on Monday and Tuesday, demanding Sarkar’s immediate ouster.One of them told PTI on Friday that classes resumed following the issuance of a notification on Sarkar’s dismissal by the university.”We have been regularly attending classes since Wednesday as a notification issued by our departmental head clearly stated that Sarkar has been divested of his teaching duties,” she added.The notification, signed by departmental head Prof Omprakash Mishra, said, “in view of the recommendation of the department of International Relations Prof Kanak Sarkar is divested of his teaching duties with immediate effect…” Mishra also said that several students have filed written complaints of alleged inappropriate conduct against the professor following the outrage over his Facebook post.The department received around 35 written complaints against Sarkar, based on which action was taken against him, he said.Sarkar had written in a Facebook post on Sunday, “Are you willing to buy a broken seal while purchasing a bottle of cold drink or a packet of biscuits? It is the same case with your wife. A girl is biologically sealed from birth until it is opened. A virgin girl means many things accompanied as values, culture, sexual hygiene. To most boys, virgin wife is like angel (sic).”Facing outrage and criticism, the professor, who has been teaching in the university for over two decades, tried to justify his comments by saying it was “intended for fun in a social media group of friends and not for public consumption”.”Someone took a screenshot of the post and forwarded it in the social media, which triggered the response. I did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiment or insult any woman,” he had told PTI on Tuesday.Despite multiple efforts, Sarkar could not be contacted for his reaction on Friday.
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Kolkata gears up for Mamata’s mega Opposition rally

The stage is set for West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s mega Opposition rally against the Narendra Modi government.More than 20 national leaders, including former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha and Arun Shourie; three present chief ministers Arvind Kejriwal, Chandrababu Naidu and H D Kumaraswamy; and former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Akhilesh Yadav and Gegong Apang will attend the meeting, TMC sources said. Most of them have already arrived in the city.”I have met Deve Gowda-ji, Hemant-ji (Hemant Soren of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha) and Akhilesh Yadav. I will meet other Opposition leaders too,” Banerjee told reporters.With Bharatiya Janata Party’s recent defeats in the Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Banerjee has raised the pitch to be united against the saffron party in the 2019 general election.Bahujan Samaj Party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, too, have already arrived. The other leaders will either arrive on Friday night or by Saturday morning, the sources said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Large scale preparations have been made to ensure that it is a complete success. Besides the huge stages, 20 watch towers have been erected and 1,000 microphones and 30 LED screens put up so that the spectators can see and hear the speeches of the leaders clearly.Lakhs of TMC supporters and workers are expected to attend the rally and huge numbers of them from various corners of the state have already started pouring into the city. They have been put up in the outskirts of the city andin some auditoriums and stadiums.Hundreds of TMC volunteers will be on the grounds to take care of supporters.A thick security blanket has been thrown on the sprawling Brigade Parade Ground the venue for the mega rally to prevent any untoward incident.As many as 10,000 police personnel will be deployed and around 400 police pickets have been set up to ensure foolproof security, police said.Policemen in plain clothes, personnel of the Rapid Action Force and Quick Response Team would be deployed at the rally venue.Police posting would start from as early as 4am with senior officials in the rank of assistant commissioners in charge of the five dais set up for the rally, a senior police officer said.”We are expecting a huge turnout from all parts of the state as well as from the country. There will be so many important dignitaries. We have arranged foolproof arrangements for their security,” he said.Separate entrances have been arranged for the five dais that would be looked after by around 15 teams of police officers, he said adding that commandos and other officers would also be posted there.”We are not allowing any food stall near the venue. Only water tanks are being allowed at a safe distance from the dais. Nobody will be allowed to light fire near the venue for cooking or any other purpose,” the officer said.Vehicular movement in and around the venue has been either restricted or directed.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>”VVIPs will be taken in small cars to the venue. Other would have to park their vehicle at designated parking lots. We will not let anybody to drive motorbikes to the place,” he said.A central monitoring desk has been set up at the Kolkata Police headquarters to keep a watch on the proceedings of the rally.
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EVMs are foolproof, parties complain when they lose polls: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora Friday lamented that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were being treated like a “football” by parties suffering electoral losses, and said the voting equipment was foolproof as far as fears of manipulation were concerned.Talking to reporters here upon the conclusion of his two-day tour of Bihar, the CEC, heading a team of the poll panel, said though EVMs could suffer occasional technical snags, they were promptly fixed.”It is not possible to manipulate the EVMs. It is definitely foolproof as far as apprehensions of conspiracy and manipulation are concerned. But technical snags are possible as in case of any other device,” he said.”But the incidence of snags has been very low. In the recent assembly polls in five states, 1.76 lakh EVMs were installed out of which only six reported malfunction. The complaints were promptly taken care of,” Arora claimed.Asked about apprehensions expressed about EVMs by several parties, he said they had noticed that whenever a party lost an election it started having complaints about EVMs which vanished the moment it won.”It is my request to all, please do not make EVMs a football,” Arora said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>He said VVPATs were introduced to address the misgivings that people might have about EVMs.”The Lok Sabha polls would see the use of these on a still larger scale. The Election Commission is committed to holding the elections in a free and fair manner,” he said.Replying to a query regarding the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, he said once all preparations are complete and the election schedule drawn, the EC would announce it at a press conference in New Delhi.He also said during the EC team’s tour of Bihar, instructions were issued for completing the revision of electoral rolls by January 31.Earlier, on Thursday upon its arrival in the city, the EC team had interacted with representatives of various political parties which had come up with suggestions to improve the poll process.While the RJD had come out strongly against the EVMs and advocated reverting to the use of ballot papers, the JD(U) had stressed on making VVPATs available at every polling booth.The CPI came up with an elaborate list of suggestions which included limiting the number of voters in a booth to 800 and setting up mobile polling stations which could be of help to those having difficulty in travelling to their respective booths.The BJP requested that complaints of anomalies in electoral rolls be seriously looked into and resolved.
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Rafale deal: Cong running malicious campaign, says Smriti Irani

The BJP on Friday alleged that the Congress was running a “malicious campaign” against the government on the Rafale deal and has “abandoned” national interest for its false propaganda.Rejecting the Congress’ charges against the government, BJP leader and Union minister Smriti Irani told reporters that the opposition party’s “malicious campaign has been exposed” as she noted the Supreme Court verdict on the matter and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s over 90-minute reply in Parliament.She was responding to a question about the allegations of corruption levelled by the Congress against the Modi government.In an apparent dig at Congress leaders, including its president Rahul Gandhi and senior leader P Chidambaram, who targeted the government Friday, Irani said those who are on bail are running a false propaganda.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”The Congress’ game of running a malicious campaign on this issue and abandoning national interest for their own politics has been exposed,” she said.”The Supreme Court has spoken on it, the defence minister has spoken on it…for those who use this for their own political ends, yeh public hai sab janti hai (the public knows it all),” Irani said. The Congress has been alleging corruption in the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft with Rahul Gandhi repeatedly targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue.Chidambaram alleged on Friday that the NDA government has wronged the country by reducing the number of aircraft bought under the Rafale deal as it “denied” the IAF the fighter jets it “desperately” needed and gave a “windfall” to Dassault Aviation by paying more per aircraft.The BJP has rejected all the charges, insisting that the deal signed by the NDA government was honest and cost less than what was decided during the UPA dispensation.
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Australia v India: MS Dhoni half-century guides tourists to ODI series win

MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav put on unbeaten fourth-wicket stand of 121 to guide India to a 2-1 one-day international series win in Australia.

AAP to go alone in LS polls, says Congress ‘still seeped in its arrogance’

Ending months of speculation, the AAP on Friday ruled out the possibility of any alliance with Congress for Lok Sabha polls, and added it will field candidates on all parliamentary constituencies in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana.Senior AAP leader and party’s Delhi unit convener Gopal Rai said the decision came in the wake of the recent statements of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit, opposing an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party.”In the interest of the country, we were ready to drink the poison of Congress, but the statements show that the Congress is still seeped in its arrogance. The AAP will contest all Lok Sabha seats in the three states on its own,” Rai said at a press conference.Dikshit refused to comment on the development.”I do not have to react on what he said. It’s his opinion,” she said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Rai said AAP in collaboration with “like-minded” parties in the country, will defeat the BJP in Delhi and get a new government installed at the Centre.He said the “vision” of an alliance with Congress came into being on suggestions of leaders like Mamata Banerjee, M K Stalin, Chandrababu Naidu and Farooq Abdullah.”Like-minded leaders like Farooq Abdullah, M K Stalin, Chandrababu Naidu, Mamata Banerjee among others stressed that despite disagreements with Congress, we (AAP) should fight the elections together in the interest of the country,” he said.The AAP, despite objections of its Delhi and Punjab units, was ready to go with Congress to end the “dictatorship of Modi-Shah combine” and to save the Constitution, he said.”The way Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh issued statement that AAP has no takers in Punjab and Sheila Dikshit said that Congress is a national party and it can not ally with a small party like AAP, made it clear that Congress kept its arrogance above the interest of the country.” Delhi Congress working president Devender Yadav said AAP’s decision proved that only it was vying for an alliance for the coming polls.”They were running after us for an alliance and now rejecting it. It shows that they had interest in it and when we declined, they backed out,” Yadav said.He said that Delhi Congress is of firm view that it will contest Lok Sabha polls alone.The AAP, which is the main opposition party in Punjab, will launch its campaign for Lok Sabha polls in the state with a rally in Barnala on January 20 which will be attended by party chief Arvind Kejriwal.The candidates on the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be announced soon, Rai added.
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The men who stay awake so India’s rich can sleep

Private security guards in India have become de-facto protectors across urban neighbourhoods.

Virat Kohli: A giant stride towards cricketing greatness

India’s first Test series win in Australia has made Kohli one of the world’s best cricket captains.

Behind India’s construction boom: ‘We risk our lives to build your homes’

India’s construction boom is fuelled by workers who risk injury and death for a meagre wage.

The Indian villages desperate to change their names

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How women are changing Indian politics

In the world’s largest democracy, politicians find they need to listen to women if they want power.

Inside the ‘rat-hole’ where 15 are trapped

The haunting account of an Indian coal worker who quit days before the tragedy hit.

The Indian men who make money selling trash

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Why legalising gay sex in India is not a Western idea

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How ancient DNA may rewrite prehistory in India

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Why smartphones are skewing young Indians’ ideas of sex

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Narendra Modi: Is hardline Hindu politics failing India’s PM?

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The fight over the Indian baby born in a bank queue

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India’s richest family caps year of big fat weddings

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J&K: Massive protests rock valley amid Eid celebrations, one dead

One person was killed during clashes between protesters and security forces in Kashmir today even as men, women and children dressed in their best thronged mosques and Eidgah across the Valley for Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations Sheeraz Ahmed was hurt during the clashes at Brakpora in Anantnag and he later succumbed to injuries, police said, adding another person was injured in the clashes in Safakadal. Muslims from all walks of life started making a beeline to the Eidgah (prayer ground) or a mosque for offering the Eid prayers as a thanksgiving for the month-long fasting of Ramadhan.The biggest gathering was witnessed at Hazratbal shrine where thousands of faithful offered the Eid prayers, officials said. They said the second largest gathering was held at Eidgah in the old city. Big gatherings of Eid prayers were also reported from Sonawar and Soura Shrines in the heart of the city, they said adding similar gatherings were held at all districts headquarters and major towns of the valley.Also readShiv Sena says Centre responsible for Valley ‘bloodbath’, takes jibe at PM Modi for UN Kashmir report One person sustained injuries in the clashes in Safakadal area of the city soon after the prayers, a police official said. Clashes between protestors and law enforcing agencies were reported from Sopore and Kupwara areas in north Kashmir, the official said, adding the situation in other parts of the Valley was peaceful so far.
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6 dead as soil-laden truck rams makeshift house in UP

A truck laden with soil rammed a makeshift house near Maharajpur on National Highway-2 this morning, killing six persons and injuring four others, the police said.The deceased have been identified as Kallu Qureshi (55), his son Waseem Qureshi (25), daughter-in-law, Yasmeen (23), daughter Shamimun (18) and grand daughters, Zarina (16) and Sohana (14). The accident took place when the truck driver lost control of the vehicle and hit the thatched house, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Pradyuman Singh said.According to eyewitness, the truck first hit the makeshift house and then crashed into a neighbouring house where the occupants were fast asleep.The injured have been admitted to the Kanshiram Trauma centre and Lala Lajpat Rai (LLR) hospital, where the condition of two persons is said to be critical, the police said.A case has been registered against the unidentified driver, they added.
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Shiv Sena says Centre responsible for Valley ‘bloodbath’, takes jibe at PM Modi for UN Kashmir report

With increasing number of violence reported from Jammu and Kashmir despite Centre imposing ceasefire violation, Shiv Sena today attacked the ruling NDA and accused it of being responsible for bloodbath in the Valley. Sena even took a jibe at PM Modi for failing to solicit support for India in Kashmir issue despite his massive number of foreign trips. Shiv Sena, through their editorial mouthpiece Saamana, attacked the Centre for their decision to halt operations against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, during the holy month of Ramzan and accused Pakistan of taking unfair advantage of India’s decision. “The government has to be blamed for the bloodbath initiated by the terrorists in the holy month of Ramazan in Kashmir. Our government respected the holy month and refrained from any attack during this time, but Pakistan never did it,” the editorial read.In an editorial in Saamana, Sena also said that government was eating Shirkurma and resting without being pro-active. According to Sena, the internal security of the country has been ruined. there is no development in the Ram Mandir front, and the security of the nation is ‘ram bharose’ (no accountability is there). Also readGovernment to decide on ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir on MondaySaamana editorial further says, ” Our beloved government announced one-sided ceasefire in the valley to maintain the purity of the Ramzan. However, it hasn’t stooped forces from the other side of the LOC to target. Since Ramzan, 18 jawans have been killed.On Thursday, terrorists abducted our daring Aurangzeb and killed him. They also killed Rising Kashmir’s editor Shujaat Bukhari.He always used to write against terrorists and exposed Pakistan’s real face. In a way, he was playing a role of ‘Saamana’ in Kashmir”. Sena accused the government of not able to protect ‘rashtrabhakt Bukhari’. Taking a jibe on the report of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assassination plot, the Shiv Sena said just on a basis of a report the security of the former was beefed up, but in the valley where people are losing their lives every day, no strict measures were taken. Further terming the United Nations report on the Kashmir Valley as “rubbish”, the editorial asserted it has stained the image of Prime Minister Modi internationally.Also readKashmir bids adieu to Shujaat Bukhari”Even after visiting so many places, no country is willing to stand by us on the reports of the United Nations. What is the use of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to so many countries,” he said. The Shiv Sena said the situation of the valley is worst than the time of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the Congress party. With ANI inputs
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No sweet exchanges at LoC, Eid turns bitter as sepoy martyred at Nowshera

An Army jawan was today killed as Pakistani troopers targeted a patrol party along LoC in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. The latest instance of ceasefire violation comes after four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an assistant commandant-rank officer, were killed in firing by Pakistani Rangers along the International Border in Samba district on June 13. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of mortars on routine Indian Army patrol, 700 metres inside Indian territory in Naushera sector along the Line of Control (LoC) this morning,” a senior Army officer told PTI. In the exchange of fire, Rifleman Bikas Gurung was grievously injured and succumbed to injuries. The 21-year-old soldier belonged to Khunka Khuki village of Manipur, and is survived by his mother. The unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan, especially on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, is highly unethical and unprofessional, the Army officer said, adding that the Indian troops exercised maximum restraint in spite of grave provocation. He added that the Army, however, has been forced to respond to the unprovoked firing and would give a befitting response at the time and place of its own choosing. The Army also cancelled the exchange of sweets between the Pakistani Army and the Indian side on the occasion of Eid. Eleven BSF troops have so far been killed in cross-border firing incidents along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir this year, the highest casualty figure for the border force in a year in the past five years, the latest data revealed. Meanwhile, it was announced that there will be no exchange of sweets at Attari border between BSF and Pak Rangers on the occasion of Eid on Saturday.There will not be any exchange of sweets at Attari border on the occasion of Eid, on Saturday, between the Border Security Force (BSF) troops and the Pakistani Rangers, as per sources.This came in the light of simmering tension between India and Pakistan after the ceasefire violations in the Jammu region.The sweet exchange between the two forces is a usual trend on the special occasions, such as Eid and Diwali.According to the sources, Pakistani rangers showed interest in going ahead with the ritual, but BSF told them no.Tension gripped the border areas after an incident in Samba region, where four BSF personnel were martyred.The Border Security force (BSF) also confirmed confirmed the detention of two Pakistani nationals for crossing into India.The BSF identified them as Sohail Kamar from Narwal District and Ahmed from Zafarwal Tehsil of Sialkot.They were arrested on Friday evening.
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Yogi Adityanath’s guru Baba Gorkahnath will be now part of UP school textbook

Children in Uttar Pradesh who study in government schools will be taught about Baba Goraknath among other eminent personalities from the next academic season. For the uninitiated, Baba Goraknath is the Nath sect diety who is worshipped by current Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath. According to Hindustan Times report, UP CM Adityanath has asked Basic Shiksha Department to incorporate chapters on individuals who left a significant impact on the society but whose achievements haven’t been probably acknowledged in the annals of history. Gorakhpur has been the pocket borough of Yogi Adityanath for a long time, before he resigned from the seat at the time of becoming the CM of Uttar Pradesh.However, BJP lost badly in the subsequent Lok Sabha by-election from Gorakhpur. The party would hope to win back its fortress in the next election and Baba Gorkahpur becoming part of textbooks is likely to give a positive message to the voters there, many of whom felt let down when someone who wasn’t part of the Math was given ticket in the byelection. The textbooks which will be undergoing revisions are from Class 1 to class 8. Guru Goraknath’s chapter has been added to class 6 textbooks under the chap of great personalities. Other icons who have been now added to the books include Baba Gambhirnath, freedom fighter Bandhu Singh and Rani Avanti Bai. Bandhu Singh was a freedom fighter who was publicly hanged at Gorakhpur in 1857. Already the books have been printed and nearly eight lakh copies have come to Gorakhpur. According to the report, the books are enabled with QR codes, so that the digital formats of the book can be accessed easily.
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Police driver’s wife, who was abused by IPS officer’s daughter, meets Kerala CM

Wife of the police driver, who was allegedly assaulted and verbally abused by the daughter of a senior IPS officer, on Friday met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and gave a written complaint to him.Meanwhile, Kerala Police Chief Loknath Behera said the inquiry will be ensured on the complaint of a driver that daughter of ADGP AP Battalion assaulted him.’Inquiry will be ensured on the complaint of a driver that daughter of ADGP AP Battalion assaulted him. Complaint received from ADGP’s daughter will also be looked into,’ Behera said.He assured that the allegation that some senior officers are misusing the department vehicles will also be looked into and appropriate action will be taken against it.ADGP Sudhesh’s daughter allegedly assaulted the police driver yesterday morning when he reached late to pick her up after her morning walk.
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Never used the term ‘Hindu terrorism’, spoke about ‘Sanghi terror’: Digvijaya Singh

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Friday clarified that he has always used the term ‘Sanghi terrorism’ and never “Hindu terrorism.””You have wrong information that Digvijaya Singh used the term ‘Hindu terrorism.’ I have always used the term ‘Sanghi terrorism,” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister told the media here. “No terror activity can be defined on the basis of religion. No religion can be a supporter of terrorism,” Singh added.Further, reinforcing his stand on “Sanghi terror,” Singh noted, “Bomb blasts were executed by people influenced by Sangh ideology, be it Malegaon blast, Mecca Masjid blast, blast in Samjhauta express or Dargah Sharif.” Accusing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of propagating violence, Singh said, “This outfit which propagates violence and hatred, further propagates terrorism.”However, the use of “Sanghi terror” by Singh rubbed the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) the wrong way as according to them, the comments might hurt the sentiments of the ones involved with the Sangh.BJP MP Sanjay Pathak told ANI, “Whatever be one’s religion if they abide by it, they will never do anything wrong. No religion preaches extremism. When people bring extremism and project their religion wrongly, it causes confusion, leading Hindus, every Indian citizen, to go astray,””People who live in India will be called ‘Hindus’, first of all. People hold different views as far as the definition of ‘Hindu’ is concerned but for me, everyone in India is a Hindu, irrespective of their religion or caste,” he added.
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Gauri Lankesh’s killer ‘confesses’ he killed her to ‘save his religion’

Parashuram Waghmore, the man who confessed to killing Gauri Lankesh has said that he killed the journalist for ‘his religion’. The 26-year-old who was picked by the SIT probing the murder claimed he didn’t know who he was killing when he allegedly pumped four bullets into the journalist in Bengaluru.SIT sources told The Times of India: “I was told in May 2017 I had to kill someone to save my religion. I agreed. I didn’t know who the victim was. Now I feel that I should have not killed the woman.”Waghmore, claimed he was brought to Bengaluru on September 3 where he was trained to use an airgun.Also read Gauri Lankesh’s assassin identified, underground gang behind murder spread in 5 states: SIT officialHe said he was taken to Gauri Lankesh’s house for reconnaissance and taken to the house on another day, but she was already inside. He added: “On September 5, I was given the gun around 4pm by the biker and we went to her house in the evening. We arrived at the right time. Gauri had stopped her car in front of the gate and was opening it from inside when I approached her. I coughed lightly and she turned towards me. I pumped four bullets into her.”Girish Karnad was on hit-list of Lankesh murder suspects: SITAlso readGauri Lankesh killing: Another suspect arrested, police denies him being the assassinThe gang involved in the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh has a wide network spread across at least five states and comprised at least 60 people, a senior police official said on Friday.The official belonging to the Special Investigation Team that is probing the sensational case, meanwhile, claimed that Parashuram Waghmare, the last of the six suspects arrested in connection with the killing, was her alleged assassin.The official also claimed that the same weapon was used to shoot Lankesh, and rationalists Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi.He said the organised gang refrained from giving any specific name to their underground organisation.Claiming that the organisation was composed of people drawn from Hindu right groups, the official said it had around 60 members spread across at least five states but had no name.”We discovered that this gang has a network in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka,” the official said.He said though the gang recruited people from hardline Hindutva organisations like Maharashtra-based Hindu Jagruti Samiti and Sanatan Sanstha, these outfits may not be directly responsible for the killings.Both the organisations had denied their role in the killing of Lankesh, Pansare and Kalburgi.Sujith Kumar alias Praveen used to recruit people for his gang in Karnataka, the official said, adding, it was through him that the entire network was busted including the alleged shooter Parashuram Waghmare from his home at Sindagi in Karnataka.”Waghmare had shot Lankesh and the forensic report has confirmed that (rationalists) Govind Pansare, M M Kalburgi and Lankesh were murdered with the same weapon,” he claimed. He, however, said the weapon was yet to be traced.Forensic examination can lead to such a conclusion when the hammer of a gun has left identical marks at the rear of a bullet even if the weapon itself has not been found.Waghmare’s family has denied his involvement in the crime.Police suspect the involvement of at least three more people in the murder. Hunt is on to find them.The investigators also found out that the suspects used to carry out their work in a phased manner. It involved recce, weaknesses of the person (target) and finally executing the plan, the official said.”The process of accomplishing the mission used to take six months to a year. The gang had almost reached the last phase of killing Prof K S Bhagawan (Kannada writer) when we nabbed them,” he said.Bhagwan had often angered the right-wing outfits with his writings and utterances against Hindu Gods.Police had uncovered the plot to kill Bhagwan recently and arrested four men, whose suspected role in the Lankesh murder case is also being investigated.Jnanpith recipient Girish Karnad, who acted in multi-lingual movies too, was in the hit list. His surveillance was in the last phase, he said.The diary found from this gang revealed that other than Bhagavan and Karnad, former minister and literatteur B T Lalitha Naik, rationalist C S Dwarakanath and pontiff Veerabhadra Channamalla Swamy of Nidumamidi Mutt were also in the hit list for their anti-Hindutva stance.Lankesh, who was known for her anti-Hindutva voice, was shot dead on September 5 evening when she returned home in her car and was opening the gate of her house. The murder triggered a nationwide outrage. Government constituted the special investigation team to probe the murder.The team led by inspector general of police B K Singh has so far arrested six people, who are gun runner K T Naveen Kumar alias Hotte Manja, Sujith Kumar, Amol Kale, Manohar Edve, Amit Degvekar and Parashuram Waghmare.
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Quantity over quality? Modi govt wants IITs to bring down difficulty level of JEE (Advanced)

It appears that the Modi government wants the IITs to bring down the difficulty level of the JEE-Advanced exam to ensure seats don’t go vacant in the country’s premier engineering institution. This year, the cut-off mark had to be reduced after it became clear that around 1000 seats will not get filled up.According to a report in Economic Times, the HRD Ministry believes that the difficulty level of JEE (Advanced) is too high and the issue will be discussed at the next meeting chaired by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar. In 2018, 18,138 candidates were eligible for the admission to 11,279 IIT seats, sparking fears, by IIT’s own admission that a thousand seats could go vacant. This was expected to hit women and SC/ST candidates.The IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) had met on June 12 to take stock, and the board was reluctant to bring down the cut-off. However, the HRD ministry was quick to respond and stated that the policy of the Government of India is that all reservation category seats in all disciplines should be filled. The HRD Ministry asked the JAB to bring down the cut-off marks to ensure that the merit list contains at least twice the number of eligible seats. As many as 31,980 candidates cleared the JEE-Advanced exam with the IIT’s Joint Admission Board (JAB) issuing an extended merit list following directions from the HRD Ministry. The extended merit list was issued following meeting of the JAB.”Choice filling on JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) would be started on 15th June as scheduled earlier. Students in the extended merit list can start filling up their options along with others,” an official statement said.IIT Kanpur, which is the organising institute for JEE-Advanced this year, was asked to release the merit list with the number of candidates, which is twice the number of total seats on offer in each discipline and each category (general and reserved categories). The institute was asked to release the supplementary merit list before choice-filling for joint seat allocation for IITs and NITs began. The number of candidates who qualified the exam has always been at least twice the number of seats on offer. This year, however, the 18,138 students on the merit list are only 1.6 times the total seats, making it the smallest number of qualified candidates since 2012. With inputs from PTI
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‘Muslims stealing electricity’ remark: My comment was based on data provided, says UP BJP MLA

"What I said to officials was that it's good that you go to houses of Hindus, but you should also go to houses of Muslims. It's based on latest data provided to me. No differences between electricity board and me," Gupta told media. "It's my duty to address people's problems. People of Bharwari town accused us saying no inspection is being done at houses of people of a particular community (Muslims)," he added. ”
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India celebrates Eid ul-Fitr, PM Modi and Prez Kovind extend wishes

India is all set to celebrate the festival of Eid ul-Fitr after the new moon was sighted on Friday. Jama Masjid’s Shahi Imam Bukhari announced that the new moon was sighted around 7.35 pm on Friday evening.”I convey my heartiest greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr,” Bukhari said. Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan/Ramzan. Muslims celebrate this 30-days-long month of fasting by greeting their friends, family and the loved ones. They offer special prayers at mosques, idgahs or designated open grounds. They exchange gifts, give alms to the needy. This is one day in Islamic calendar when Muslims are not allowed to fast.President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.Taking to his Twitter handle, President Kovind wished for joy and mutual goodwill among the people of the nation.”Id Mubarak and good wishes to all fellow citizens, especially to our Muslim brothers and sisters in India and abroad. May this happy occasion bring joy to your families and foster fraternity, understanding and mutual goodwill in our shared society,” President Kovind Tweeted.The Prime Minister also sent his warm greetings to the people through his social media handle on the day and wished for strong bond of unity and harmony in the society.”Eid Mubarak! May this day deepen the bonds of unity and harmony in our society,” he tweeted.Namaz was offered early in the morning in Mumbai, New Delhi, Gorakhpur. Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan attended the gathering in Bhopal with Congress leader Kamal Nath. Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu offered namaz in Vijayawada.While the nation will celebrate the festival on Saturday, Kerala celebrated Eid on Friday because the moon was sighted in Kozhikode district on Thursday evening.Special charity programmes were organised by individuals and outfits across the state in which new clothes, food packets and gifts were distributed to the poor and needy.Governor Justice P Sathasviam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan were among the dignitaries who greeted Keralites on the occasion.In his Eid message, Sathasivm wished that “may Id-ul-Fitr, through its unique message of self-discipline, sacrifice and charity, brighten our lives with love, oneness and brotherhood.” According to the legends, the Islamic prophet Muhammad started the festival when he migrated to Medina from Mecca. The two cities are considered the holiest in Muslim community around the world.
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Rahul Gandhi writes to Kafeel Khan, says doctor’s patience source of inspiration

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has expressed concern over a recent attack on the brother of Kafeel Khan, the Gorakhpur doctor who was jailed after the death of over 60 children at a government hospital last year.In a letter to the paediatrician, who is now on bail, Gandhi said the attack on his brother Kashif Jameel exemplified the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh. Jameel was shot at in Gorakhpur on Sunday night and is now admitted at the King George Medical University trauma centre in Lucknow. Gandhi demanded a probe into the laxity in the case, UP Congress spokesman Amarnath Agarwal said today.Agarwal said the Congress president has praised Kafeel Khan for not compromising on his self-respect despite the hardships caused by the state government’s “vindictive attitude”. Gandhi’s letter said the doctor’s patience was a source of inspiration for the common people. Kafeel Khan met UP’s Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar and told him of the “laxity” of police officers in Gorakhpur.There were allegations that the police delayed Jameel’s treatment. Jameel was shot at by three unidentified miscreants. Some reports suggested that the cause was a property dispute.Also readCondition of Kafeel Khan’s brother deteriorates, shifted from Gorakhpur to Lucknow hospitalThree bullets hit Jameel in the neck, chin and arm. Kafeel Khan was arrested after several children died at Gorakhpur’s BRD Hospital allegedly due to a shortage of oxygen cylinders. His family had claimed that the doctor was being made a scapegoat in the case. On his release on bail, Khan offered to help out Kerala government to deal with an outbreak of the Nipah virus.
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Eid 2018: Here are the possible traffic diversions, congestions in New Delhi

After the moon sighting on Friday, India is celebrating Eid ul-Fitr on Saturday. It marks the end of the holy month of Ramzan/Ramadan and the first day of Shawwal.Muslim communities across the country will celebrate the festival by greeting each other, exchanging gifts, giving alms to the needy. They will also offer special prayers, ‘namaz,’ at mosques and idgahs. Because of the massive gatherings for these prayers, traffic diversions and advisories have been issued by traffic police in New Delhi, Lucknow.Delhi Traffic Police is expecting a huge crowd on Saturday and Sunday. “Experienced from the last time we are expecting more than two lakhs of people. Sufficient police officials will be deployed in the C hexagon India Gate circle to smoothly control the traffic,” said a senior official.If you are in Delhi, avoid following roads – Bhairon Marg Akbar Road Mathura Road Subramaniam Bharti Marg Prithvi Raj Road Shahjahan Road Moti Lal Nehru Marg Ashoka Road Rajender Prasad Road K.G.Marg Copernicus Marg Tilak Marg Purana Qila Road Sher Shah Suri Marg Following are the alternates routes – Ring Road Ridge Road Aurobindo Marg Madrasa T-point Safdarjung Road Kemal-Ataturk Marg Rani Jhansi Road Minto Road Following routes have been diverted – Shantipath – Vinay Marg – Sadar Patel Marg route for Central Secretariat and Connaught Place has been diverted to Panchsheel Marg – Simon Boliver Marg – Vande Matram Marg – R/A Shankar Road – Park Street Marg -Kali Bari Marg – G.P.O. – Baba Khadak Singh Marg is another route to reach Connaught Place To reach Central Secretariat buses will terminate at Udhay Marg. Kali Bari Marg – Mandir Marg – Shankar Road will be the route to return. If you are trying to reach Old Delhi Railway station, Red Fort or ISBT Kashmere Gate from South side, your route should be AIIMS – Ring Road – Dhaula Kuan – Ring Road again – Rani Jhansi Road. To reach India Gate from Connaught Place, bus route will be Minto Road – DDU Marg – IP Flyover – Ring Road – Sarai Kale Khan – Ashram Chowk.
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Ahmedabad: Drone tech helps in busting Rs 6.25 cr sand mining racket

In a major operation, the Ahmedabad district administration has busted a sand mining racket in which sand worth more than Rs 6 crore was allegedly illegally mined.An official press release said that checks were conducted in Gyaspur on Wednesday by a team of government officials after drone surveillance over the past few days revealed that illegal sand mining was taking place in the area.The release said that people involved in the illegal operations fled from the scene when the team reached there but left behind vehicles that were being used for digging and ferrying sand.Investigations revealed that the machine used for sand mining is owned by Bhavan Bharwad, against whom several cases of illegal mining were also registered in the past. Initial estimates suggest that sand worth Rs6.25 crore had been illegally mined from the Gyaspur plot measuring 2.36 hectare, the release said.District collector Vikrant Pandey told DNA that this is the first case of illegal mining busted with the aid of drone surveillance system in Ahmedabad. The surveillance system was implemented last month with the aim to crack down on illegal mining.Pandey also said that Bharwad has been engaged in illegal sand mining for long. “Bharwad is a notorious element, and there are several cases of illegal sand mining against him. We are in the process of registering a police complaint against him,” he said.
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