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MJ Akbar: India minister threatens to sue over #MeToo allegations

MJ Akbar, a former editor, is the most high-profile figure to be named in India’s #MeToo movement.

PM Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet in Argentina next month

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina next month, China’s Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said Monday.Luo was speaking at the inauguration of the first Joint India-China Training Programme for Afghan diplomats here.He said the event was just the first step in Sino-India cooperation on Afghanistan and collaboration will deepen in future.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Prime Minister Modi and President Xi will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in November, the Chinese envoy said.Modi and Xi have met twice after their informal summit in Wuhan this year — at the Shanaghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in June in Qingdao, China, and at the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, in July.Luo also said China’s state counsellor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit India in December to launch the first India-China high level people to people exchanges mechanism.The first India-China Joint Training Programme for Afghan diplomats began Monday and will continue till October 26, according to the Ministry of External Affairs. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The joint training programme is being held after an understanding for such a cooperation was reached during the informal summit between Modi and Xi in Wuhan city.


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Telangana Congress gearing up for Rahul Gandhi’s October 20 visit

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee Chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy and other party leaders Monday inspected the arrangements for the visit of party President Rahul Gandhi to Telangana on October 20.Reddy and others left from Hyderabad by a chopper to Bhainsa near Adilabad where Gandhi will address a public meeting.Speaking on the occasion, Reddy attacked the TRS government in Telangana for allegedly ignoring farmers’ and other sections and highlighted the promises of Congress for the December 7 Legislative Assembly elections.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Gandhi would address two public meetings in Telangana on October 20.He would hoist the Congress flag near Charminar here and address the gathering on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Yatra commemoration day, they said.Former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh K Rosaiah will be conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Yatra commemoration award.Later, the Congress leader would visit Bhainsa town and address a public meeting and another one in Kamareddy, they added.The party has formed an alliance with the TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and been holding talks on seat-sharing for the polls.Gandhi had visited Telangana in August last and interacted with women of Self Help Groups (SHGs) and others.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The state Congress hoped Gandhi’s visit would give a boost to its prospects in the assembly elections.


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After viral ‘thaain thaain’ encounter, UP policemen to be sent for ‘weapon training’

Uttar Pradesh Police is in news again and this time it’s for a curiously funny reason!Any encounter in UP is bound to make headlines. But no one was prepared for what happened in Sambhal district on October 12.In a video that has gone viral, a cop is seen shouting ‘thaain, thaain’ to scare the criminals.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>According to the police, the encounter took place in Sambhal, which is 370 km away from state capital Lucknow. The police was trying to nab a criminal carrying a reward of Rs 25,000. During the encounter, the cop was left with no other option but to mimic the sound of a gunshot after his pistol jammed.In the video, a police officer can be heard shouting ‘maaro, maaro, ghero ,thain, thain’ with the intention of scaring the criminals.‘This was due to a technical glitch of the weapon that the officer was carrying, such things are not new and may happen at times. With regard to the cop shouting, it is a tact to deal with criminals mentally and create pressure on them to surrender,’ a senior cop was quoted as saying to news agency ANI. During the course of the encounter, one police personnel sustained injuries, while a criminal was also nabbed after being shot. The said criminal was wanted in a number of robbery cases and was carrying an award of Rs 25,000 on his head.Later, SP Yamuna Prasad said that the cops will be sent for ‘weapon training.’ It should be noted that no action has been taken against the cop seen in the viral video. Recently, a UP Police constable was accused of killing an Apple area manager in cold blood in Lucknow. Though the accused cop claimed that the Apple executive tried to run him over in an attempt to flee the spot, the post-mortem report revealed that the victim ViveK Tiwari was shot from point-blank range. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With ANI inputs)
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Bishop Franco Mulakkal gets bail in Kerala nun rape case, ordered to surrender passport

The Kerala High Court Monday granted conditional bail to Roman Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkal, arrested over allegations of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting a nun.Granting the bail, Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan directed the accused Bishop to surrender his passport and not to enter Kerala state except for appearing before the probe officer once in two weeks on Saturdays.This condition would be applicable till a charge sheet is filed in the case.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Earlier on October 3, the High Court had dismissed the bail plea of the bishop while accepting the prosecution argument that the accused, holding a high position in society will try to influence witnesses in the case, if given bail.The 54-year-old Bishop, currently lodged in a sub-jail in Pala in Kottayam district, moved the high court again after a magistrate court extended his judicial remand.Police opposed the bail application of the clergyman, saying investigation was still on in the case.In her complaint to the Kottayam Police in June, the nun had alleged that Bishop Mulakkal raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and later sexually exploited her on several occasions.The nun said she had to approach the police as church authorities did not act on her repeated complaints against the clergyman.However, Mulakkal has denied the charges as “baseless and concocted,” insisting she levelled those as the Catholic order had rejected her demand for favours.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>He had last month stepped aside as the bishop of the Jalandhar diocese.


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SSC JE 2017 results to be declared today: Check ssc.nic.in

Staff Selection comission is likely to declare the Junior Engineer 2017 results today. The results will be declared on the official website. The Junior Engineer (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Quantity Surveying and Contract) Examination-2017 final results on the Commission’s official website- ssc.nic.in. The candidates who have appeared in the SSC Exam 2018 can check their results today on the official SSC website. According to the offficial notification there were 341 vacancies for the position of a Junior Engineer posts were to be filled by the SSC. SSC JE 2017 Exams were conducted in two phases and both the papers were in MCQ format. The maximum marks for paper 1 are 200 while paper 2 was of 300 marks.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Schedule for SSC JE Results 2017:Release of online application form: October 21, 2017Last Date of Registration: November 17, 2017SSC JE Paper-1 Exam Date: January 22-25, 2018SSC JE Paper-2 Descriptive Exam Date: April 29, 2018Result Declaration: October 15, 2018Here is how you can check your results for SSC JEE 2017:1. Log on to the official SSC website- ssc.nic.in2. Click on the exam result link on the official website3. Candidates will be directed to a new page.4. Fill in your details like the SSC JE 2017 registration number and date of birth.5. Click submit6. Download your SSC JE 2017 result and print for future reference<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>All the best!
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Gurgaon shooting: Cops try to decode guard’s last FB post to reveal motive

The seven dots jotted down on a piece of paper could reveal the motive behind the sensational daylight shooting in busy Gurugram market, in which a judge’s wife and son were shot at by their security guard.According to the sources, Mahipal Singh, the accused had posted a photo on Friday night. This was the last post before the shooting. In the post, seven dots are jotted down in a line with something written next to them. The police is trying to find out whether this post is linked to the shooting. The accused has been changing his statement ever since he was taken into the custody. First he said that he was miffed as the family used to ask him to do menial jobs. Then he changed the track and said that he was under influence. He sia dthat he had converted to Christianity five days ago. He claimed that the victims were ‘Shaitan’ or ‘devil.’ Later, he said that he was depressed, though the copy didn’t find any medication from his house. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Judge’s wife dies, son brain deadMeanwhile, Additional Sessions Judge Krishan Kant’s wife Ritu succumbed to her injuries and their son Dhruv (18) was declared brain dead by the doctors on Monday.Regional Medical Officer, Gurgaon Civil Hospital, Pawan Choudhary confirmed the death of Ritu and said the post-mortem examination had been conducted.‘The reason for Ritu’s death was excessive bleeding. A panel of three specialist doctors found two gunshot wounds on the right side and in the middle of the chest,’ Chaudhary said.Dhruv, who was shot in the head, is brain dead. He has been put on life support system. It would be a miracle if he is saved, the medical officer said.Mahipal was brought to a Gurgaon court at 1 pm on Sunday, which sent him to four-day police custody.The Gurgaon Police had sought a week’s custody for extensive interrogation of Mahipal to establish the reason why he shot Ritu and Dhruv.It has set up a Special Investigation Team to investigate the case from all angles.”Mahipal is frequently changing his statements and becomes furious whenever he is questioned. He said he was depressed due to family problems,” said a senior police officer, who is part of the interrogation team.”As per the statement of the accused, he was not happy with the behaviour of the victim’s family members. He was also upset due to frequent fights with his wife which was confirmed by his neighbours in police lines,? the officer told PTI.After initial interrogation of the accused, police officers said he was a Haryana police head constable and was serving as personal security guard of the judge for two years.He had been demanding leave to go home for the past few days but this was not granted, the officer said.”The judge also used to scold him often,” one of the interrogating officers said.On Saturday, the judge’s wife scolded him inside the car when they were going to the market, the officer said. “He harboured a grudge against the judge.”Additional Sessions Judge Krishan Kant in a statement said that after committing the crime, Mahipal informed him about the incident on the phone. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With PTI inputs)



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Haryana mosque built with funds sent by Hafiz Saeed’s Lashkar-e-Taiba, says NIA

A mosque located in a nondescript Haryana village hit national headlines on Monday after a report claimed that it was built with help of funds sent by Hafiz Saeed’s Lashkar-e-Taiba.According to an Indian Express report, the Khulafa-e-Rashideen masjid situated in Palwal’s Uttawar village was built by Rs 70 lakh sent by Lashkar. The Imam of the mosque, who has been arrested by NIA recently, got the money via a contact in Dubai. Imam Mohammed Salman and two of his associates were arrested by the NIA on October 3, the report said. The report said that Salman earlier attempted to launch a taxi and a dairy business, but incurred heavy losses. It was around this time that he visited Saudi Arabia and later went to Dubai, where he got in touch with some Pakistani nationals. These men, according NIA, were linked to Lashkar. They later started sending money to Salman via Hawala racket. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>These men, who were part of the FIF’s Hawala racket, sent as much as Rs 70 lakh to Salman for building the mosque in Haryana. They also helped in wedding of Salman’s daughter. The 52-year-old is son of late Maulvi Dawood, who was a well-known in the Muslim community in Mewat region. Till his death, Maulvi Dawood was an Imam of a noted mosque in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area. However, the report also added that the locals don’t believe in NIA’s claims. They says that some people have been squatting over mosque land and these people have given wrong information to the police so that the Imam can’t evict them.Recently, the National Investigation Agency had stumbled upon a terror plot of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa in India that was pumping money to build a cadre base in India under the garb of charity.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), an arm of JuD, has been providing financial assistance to poor families for marriage of girls and building houses, said sources. “They are building cadre eventually to recruit vulnerable youth,” said a senior officer in the agency.

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Maharashtra: Cop arrested for allegedly molesting woman

An Assistant Sub-Inspector of Maharashtra’s Chikhali Police Station was arrested on Sunday for allegedly molesting a woman.As per the Deputy Commissioner of Police of Pimpri-Chinchwad, the woman approached the police station on October 11 to file a complaint of ill-treatment by her husband, but the policeman harassed and passed lewd comment.”The policeman allegedly harassed the woman, following which he was suspended from his post and later arrested,” she said.A case has been filed in the matter under Sections 354 and 345 (D) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Further investigation into the matter is underway.




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This Durga Puja, these Kolkata pandals recreate Padmaavat’s magnificent Chittorgarh Fort

The Chittorgarh fort as seen in the period film ‘Padmaavat’ was recreated by two crowd-pulling Durga Puja pandals here.Both the Sribhumi Sporting Club and the Md Ali Park puja committees modelled their pandals on the famous fort of Rajasthan, but the idea behind it was different, officials of the two organisations said.When anti-Padmaavat protesters threatened to stall the film’s release all over the country in January, the film maker was assured of security by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the film had a smooth run across Bengal, Sribhumi Sporting Club president and MLA Sujit Bose said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The Sanjay Leela Bhansali film created controversy during its making as well as before its release with several Rajput organisations claiming that the film distorted history. The film sets were damaged more than once and the director was assaulted.”The theme was chosen to deliver the message that Bengal stands for tolerance and peace,” Bose said.The setting of a song sequence in ‘Padmaavat’ in the backdrop of the Chittorgarh fort was recreated at the Sribhumi pandal while lighting helped in creating the effect.The puja was inaugurated by the chief minister before Mahalaya.The Md Ali Park puja committee created a small replica of the entire Chittorgarh fort in its golden jubilee year.The Chittorgarh fort, which is associated with the story of Padmavati, is regarded as the symbol of Rajput chivalry, resistance and bravery, the puja committee secretary Ashok Ojha said.”We wanted to remind the people about that history,” he said.Models inside the pandal donned the costumes worn by the characters of the film which was released in January this year.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>On ‘Padmaavat’ being the theme of two puja committees in the same year, Ojha said, “this is coincidence. The purpose of all puja committees is to introduce people to art works, make them happy and enjoy puja festivities.”

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As Delhi chokes on poor air quality, emergency plan comes into force

The emergency action plan has come into force to combat Delhi air pollution that has begun to show a trend towards very poor category, the Central Pollution Control Board said.Under the emergency plan called Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), stringent actions are implemented based on the air quality of the city.If the air quality lies in moderate to poor category- measures like stopping garbage burning in landfills and other places, and enforcing all pollution control regulations in brick kilns and industries would be implemented, an official official said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>If the air quality falls in the very poor category, additional measures of stopping use of diesel generator sets, enhancing parking fees 3-4 times and increasing frequency of metro and buses would be implemented, he added.If the air quality falls in the severe category, additional measures would be implemented of increasing frequency of mechanised cleaning of roads, sprinkling of water on roads and identifying road stretches with high dust generation. If the air quality falls to severe plus emergency category, then measures like stopping entry of trucks into Delhi (except essential commodities), stopping construction activities and appointment of task force to take decision on any additional steps, including shutting of schools, are implemented.According to the latest AQI data, major pollutants PM 2.5 is at 168 (moderate) and PM 10 at 224 (poor) in Delhi’s Lodhi Road area.In addition to GRAP, the CPCB has also deployed 41 teams across the Delhi NCR to monitor proper implementation of norms enforced to prevent pollution at the source. Till October 11, 96 inspections were conducted by the teams across Delhi NCR and the inspections would intensify in the coming days, a senior CPCB official said.The inspections was started by the two-member team on September 15, he added.Meanwhile, satellite images from the NASA showed rampant stubble burning activity in Punjab and Haryana.The NASA, on its official website, stated that burning of crop residue in Punjab and Haryana has increased significantly over the past 10 days in and near Amritsar, Ambala, Karnal, Sirsa and Hisar.Burning of paddy straw every year during October and November and wheat straw during April in Punjab and Haryana are the major contributors of air pollution in Delhi-NCR, as the smoke travels towards the national capital.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>In Delhi, it mixes with the fog and creates a toxic smoggy winter every year.


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In Lucknow, this Muslim family is taking part in Ramleela for 3 generations

Spreading a message of communal harmony, a Muslim family in Lucknow’s Bakshi Ka Talab area has been organising Ramleela during Navaratri since last three generations.Mohd Sabir Khan, who is the director of the play, has also been taking part in the play since 1972.”This Ramleela was started in 1972 and since then, both Hindus and Muslims have been part of it. I started working on it when I was 13-year-old and since then, I have been a part of it,” Khan said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Khan, his two sons, and a grandson take part in the play with much zeal every year.Calling for unity between Hindus and Muslims, Khan said, “God did not divide as Hindu and Muslims. We are all one, as brothers. Above all, we are a human being.”The nine-day festival of Navaratri began on October 10 and would go on till October 19.Nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped during these days.
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New prez will rebuild trust with India, says Maldives ex-minister Dunya Maumoon

Maldives is undergoing major changes. A new president is set to take oath in November. Dunya Maumoon, former foreign minister of Maldives and the daughter of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the nation’s former president, was in New Delhi over the weekend. During her short visit, she met External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. She is the first high profile political personality to have visited India after the surprise win of joint opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in the Maldives presidential elections. Excerpts from an exclusive interview:What brings you to India?I visited often as a foreign minister and as a close friend of India. My father Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the former president of Maldives, was the one who was the architect of modern democracy in the Maldives. He was instrumental in building a warm friendship with India. I came here representing my father in informal meetings. I had a number of meetings and in particular was pleased to be able to call on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. I have worked with her on many issues. I believe, with the new government coming in the Maldives, it is time to look to rebuild the trust that was there between our countries. My hope is that the president-elect does that when he takes office. I hope issues between us get resolved. What are the developments in your country?The whole world has been watching the events in my country very carefully. While the leadership of Abdulla Yameen brought some development, a lot of people lived in fear and in an environment of political persecution. Using the court, he was able to lock up and convict many innocent people, including my father, for whom, given his age and health, it was a difficult time. My mother, my brother, my brother-in-law were imprisoned. And many other political figures too. It was sad to see this kind of situation in our country. We were relieved that the Maldivian people’s decision was not to condone such kind of behaviour and hold their leaders accountable. I believe that this decision and the will of the people needs to be fully implemented. Unfortunately, Yameen is a sore and very bad loser. He is refusing to accept it. He has gone to the court. I am confident that justice will be done.What is your take on the #MeToo movement? What work have you done on the issue?It’s a very important, global movement. I am glad to see victims finding the courage to speak up against the discrimination. It is important we join this movement. In my own country, I have worked on anti-domestic violence legislations. A lot more work is needed. I hope Maldives will be a part of this global movement. I wish the movement every success.

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Heads up, Thaneites! Civic body will impose water cut once a week

After power cuts, residents of Thane have to brace themselves for water cuts once a week. In its bid to make the current water storage last till next monsoon, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is likely to impose water cuts from next week.October heat has brought with it a plethora of problems for residents of Thane. After a few areas of Thane faced power cuts last week, the residents now have to be prepared for dry taps once a week till the month of May or till monsoon next year. “There will be 30 per cent water cut in parts of Thane once a week most likely from next Friday,” said a senior official from the TMC’s water department.”Monsoon left early this year. To make the reduced water stock last till next year’s rainfall we have decided to go for these water cuts,” added the official.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Thane has a population of over 20 lakh and receives over 480 MLD (million litres per day) from STEM, MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) and other sources.The neighbouring twin cities of Kalyan and Dombivli, however, are likely to face water cuts post-Diwali. Confirming the same, a source from Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) said, “With the festive season around the corner we are not imposing water cuts in Kalyan, Dombivli right away. It will be imposed post-Diwali.”Kalyan, however, faces 24-hour water cut once a week.In June-July, the water levels in dams like Bhatsa, Tansa, Baravi and Modak Sagar — which provide water to Thane district — were more than 90 per cent due to extensive rainfall. The administration was confident of making this water last till next monsoon without any water cuts. But early departure of monsoon in September have made them take precautionary measure to avert any water shortage till next rainfall.

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Speak up Mumbai: Your food may be one click away, but hygiene is not

With people preferring to order food in the comfort of their homes, the food delivery business has spiked drastically. They rely on online aggregators to ensure that the food is prepared hygienically with a quality control parameter in place. However, it seems the aggregators do nothing to ensure that their customers are served hygienic food items.Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a notice to leading online aggregators — Zomato, Swiggy, UberEats and FoodPanda — pulling them up for tying up with unlicensed and unregistered eateries. The move has been taken a few days after the FDA officials inspected 347 eateries across the city out of which 113 were found to be operating in an extremely unhygienic condition. The FDA survey has revealed that the establishments of food processing working through these online apps and websites.While the FDA has issued stop-business notices to these eateries and show cause notices to the online aggregators, citizens feel cheated. With the quality of food being compromised, they will never be able to trust these portals blindly again, they say.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>VOICESOne or two actions cannot ensure safe and hygienic food being delivered by food aggregators. The government must frame laws to make them more responsible and accountable. Since the quality of food delivered by them can be judged only after it reaches home, safety is always an issue. And we don’t even know where the food is coming from, or whether it is being prepared in a hygienic place. —Chandan Kumar, GhatkoparThough I would still be ordering from food-delivery apps, since it is more convenient for working professionals like me, I would mostly order from reputed places. Hereafter, I won’t order food from anywhere and everywhere, I will read reviews, check images and ratings of each restaurant before ordering. I will also check out reviews and pictures of the same outlet in other apps. —Keith Vaz, MahimThe only thing we expect from an eatery in return for money is good food made in hygienic conditions. When that basic requirement is compromised, the sense of trust is breached badly. Technological advancements have conveniently put food items on our mobile phones giving us plenty of food options to choose from. Considering the reputation of these portals, we trust them blindly with our food. Now I feel deceived, they had been playing with our health all the while! Strictest action should be taken against such people and eateries. —Radhika Shukla, MaladThere is a serious concern regarding food being ordered from outlets which are only virtually present on delivery portals like Swiggy and Uber Eats! I feel ordering from restaurants which we have personally visited certainly adds to its credibility. Only if Swiggy and Uber Eats start sharing location details and authenticated photographs of these delivery kitchens, then maybe it would encourage these kitchens to maintain high-quality standards and at the same time build confidence amongst customers! —Sagar Bekal, GhakoparIt’s not right to assume that food apps deliver good and healthy food. Especially when they are giving a discount, its to attract more customers. I had once fallen ill after eating from FreshMenu, which is known for its focus on serving fresh and nutritious food. I didn’t order food after that incident. —Yashraj Akashi, DadarIf we expect hygienic food in return for the hefty amount we pay for food, taxes, service charges and delivery charges, is it too much to ask? Ordering food from online sources is not a luxury, it just makes life easier for people who can’t spare some time to step inside a restaurant and grab a bite. If that sole requirement is compromised then it’s time to be alert. A watch mechanism should be set up to keep track and tab on employees working for the mobile apps. Strictest supervision should also be adopted to ensure a healthy and sound atmosphere for cooking food which does not go for a toss under any circumstances. —Viral Mistry, DahisarAny online delivery service is based on blind faith. Any product ordered from online service can be changed, but food doesn’t fall in that category because people order food to consume it immediately. There is nothing wrong in ordering from an unknown source but before that, one should check reviews, ambience, menu and photo photos, which are available on the app. That will give you an exact idea about the product. —Prashant Nanaware, Kandivali westAs a hostelite, I am often tempted by the offers on these apps and sometimes have even ordered from unknown outlets. After the news broke, I feel cheated. From now, I will order only from known places. I appreciate the step taken by the FDA. However, it should not stop here. Apps or restaurant associations should ideally vouch for hygiene of outlets it is associated with. —Abhishek Gijare, DadarEXPERTSPEAKSWhile trying every trick in their books to increase the number of orders, the online food aggregators should also take equal responsibility for the quality of the food. They should check the maintenance of the hygiene level before listing any food joint or eatery. We will be conducting more such surprise inspections in order to make sure that the citizens eat good quality food. —Dr Pallavi Darade, Commissioner of Maharashtra Food & Drug Administration<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>We thank the FDA for the action they have taken. Most of the outlets had high ratings and the apps were instrumental in the rise of these illegal eateries. These apps make a business from such eateries, which operate only as kitchens, and readily paid high commissions in exchange for higher ratings. These outlets can afford to give away food at a cheap price because they hardly adhere to any norm. Restaurants need to get licenses from the BMC, fire department and pay commercial rates on gas and water, which they don’t. —Santosh Shetty, President, Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association
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After arresting 6 in fake marksheet scam, cops suspect more involvement from Mumbai University campus

After the arrest of six people including a student and another employee of the Mumbai University by the Ratnagiri Police, the investigation in the fake marksheet scam operated within the university has revealed that the police might nab a few more people in the case. Those arrested by the Ratnagiri Police have been identified as Suyash Shetye, who is a mechanical engineering student along with data entry operators of the university Gorakhnath Gaikwad and Mahesh Bagwe, officer Pravin Warik, and clerks Ganesh Mungekar and Dinesh Haldankar.The police suspects that the scam is operated by officials working inside the university campus either as permanent or freelance employees and such a sensitive matter of goofing up marksheets by putting fake marks after accepting hefty charges from students cannot be a task executed by six people alone.After further investigation, the Ratnagiri Police shall send a police team to Kalina campus to probe how the insiders are making fake certificates, documents and marksheets. While the police is trying to get a breakthrough to crack the entire modus operandi behind the scam, the police suspects involvement of more number of permanent employees.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>“Other than the student, other five arrested are directly or indirectly related to the university and two of them have a criminal background and cases have been registered against them at the BKC Police Station for granting pass marks to students illegally. At present, a case has been registered under section 420, 467, 468, 470, 471 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and all of them have been sent to police custody.” said Superintendent of Police, Ratnagiri rural, Pravin Mundhe.Shetye had taken admission at Finolex college situated at Ratnagiri in 2015. After passing the first year, Shetye found it extremely difficult to get done with the second semester due to shortage of required marks. At first, he put his answer sheets for re-evaluation in the university and subsequently, he also contacted the Kalina branch to arrange a fake marksheet in exchange of a huge amount of money. With the help of the arrested accused, he got a clear signal for passing and when he submitted his marksheet to his college, the administration found something fishy and further probe led to the exposure of the scam behind. It is then that the entire scam came into the open.CRIME SHEETShetye had taken admission at Finolex college situated at Ratnagiri in 2015 After 1st year, Shetye found it extremely difficult to complete the second semester due to shortage of required marks He then contacted the Kalina branch to arrange a fake marksheet in exchange of money
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Mahesh Bagwe

Ratnagiri police

Pravin Mundhe

fake marksheet

fake marksheet scam

Suyash Shetye

Gorakhnath Gaikwad

Pravin Warik

Ganesh Mungekar

Dinesh Haldankar

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Shiv Sena alleges underworld hand in attack on MLA, seeks probe into Metro sub-contracts

In startling claims, Shiv Sena MLA Tukaram Kate, alleged that underworld elements were responsible for his assault, while his party colleague and Lok Sabha MP Rahul Shewale claimed criminal gangs had secured sub-contracts for Metro works. Kate said these underworld gangs were miffed at him for demanding that slum dwellers, who occupy the site earmarked for a Metro car shed and depot at Mankhurd be rehabilitated before work began.”We have appealed to the chief minister (Devendra Fadnavis) to probe Metro railway works through the crime branch… sub-contracts for Metro works are being cornered by local gangs. They are threatening people and spreading fear. The chief minister should take action immediately,” said Shewale, the Shiv Sena MP from Mumbai South Central.On Friday night, Kate, the MLA from Anushaktinagar, was attacked by unidentified assailants. Kate, who had earlier halted work at the site, escaped unhurt as the attack was fended off by his associates who were injured.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Kate said he was protesting against work on the depot for the Metro 2-B project (D.N Nagar to Mandale) at Maharashtra Nagar being started before local slum dwellers were rehabilitated.”There are around 2,500 slums and we told the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) they must be shifted before work begins. However, these shanties were being demolished without notice,” added Kate, stating he met senior MMRDA officials who promised rehabilitation before work commenced.He charged that a “mati mafia” (debris mafia) linked to underworld don D.K Rao had stakes in reclaiming land for the project and was responsible for the attack. “This is very serious,” said Kate.Shewale too charged the contractor had deployed “goondas from a gang” who had attacked Kate. He added that these “goons” had started work despite the MMRDA’s assurances. This led to Kate stopping a vehicle and handing it over to the police, prompting the attack.The D N Nagar to Mandale corridor will be 23.643km long with 22 stations. The depot is being built on over 22 hectare of land at Mandale. MMRDA officials did not respond to the charges.However, former minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik who lost to Kate in 2014, called for an “in-depth probe.” “If a contractor is attacking a MLA, then this gives rise to questions about Maharashtra turning into another Bihar. This may be because of contesting claims over contracts or even internal rivalries within the Shiv Sena… the police probe will reveal it, but there are many things going on for getting contracts,” alleged Malik.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>”So far no arrests have been made in the case but the probe is on. The case is being investigated rigorously and search for those absconding has been intensified. Some words are being spread about alleged involvement of the underworld behind the act but that too needs to be investigated with clarity so in the coming times, if there is any involvement as such then it would be highlighted and updated within time. There are some leads founds in the case but that too shall be made clear soon.” said Additional Commissioner of Police, eastern region, Lakhmi Gautam.
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Lok Sabha


DK Rao

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority

Rahul Shewale

Nawab Malik

Devendra Fadnavis

Tukaram Kate

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criminal gangs

metro car shed

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Not a single taker under BMC’s open space policy

The civic body’s policy to manage open spaces is hanging in uncertainty as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has found no takers for the 186 open spaces under its interim policy, in the last 11 months. Activists and corporators think that the civic authority will not need to depend on private institutes as it has enough funds to manage open spaces.Earlier, there was an uproar about BMC’s policy to give open places to private trusts for their upkeep and maintainance. BMC had given more than 225 open spaces to various private companies in the past 12 years. In 2015, BMC had come up with the policy of giving open spaces to private trusts these on a lease of five years with other permits to construct near the walls, put up advertisements and so on. But, after strong opposition from activists and the common public, BMC introduced the interim policy to lease open plots for 11 months in November 2017. The civic body managed to take 189 plots from a total of 216 from private trusts and appealed to take them back under the new interim policy. According to the civic body’s proposal, private trusts can adopt and maintain open spaces for a period of 11 months. Trusts can put up one advertisement but can’t do any construction work. Few trusts were interested but no one has come forward yet. Not a single private trust has come forward to manage open spaces in 11 months.Kishore Kshirsagar, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Gardens)of BMC told DNA, “As of now no one has come forward to maintain open spaces under the interim policy. So we are maintaining all the gardens and playgrounds. We are not thinking of a new policy or changes in the interim policy as of now.”<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”BMC has all the infrastucture and funds to maintain open space. Its their basic duty to look after public spaces. Residents will come forward and help them,” said Vidya Vaidya, a social worker.”Why does BMC need private trusts to maintain public places. Its an important part of city’s life and BMC should maintain them,” Rishi Agrawal, an environmentalist said.


Open Spaces

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation

Vidya Vaidya

Rishi Agrawal

Kishore Kshirsagar

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Autorickshaw unions to strike across Maharashtra for 44 days

In a four-hour-long marathon meeting, autorickshaw unions have decided to go on a strike across Maharashtra for 44 days from now. On Sunday, in a meeting held in Koparkhairane, the unions of autorickshaws proposed a three-point agenda. They have decided to protest on November 27 if the agenda is not met by the state government. This can also turn into an indefinite strike if demands are not met. This is the first time that unions have threatened strike after the continuous fuel hike.The unions across Mumbai, Pune, Beed, Nagpur, Nasik, Vidharba etc have demanded fare hike, elimination of third party insurance and replace it with welfare fund for drivers and lastly removing illegally operating rickshaws and other vehicles ferrying passengers. To begin with, the unions want the state government to hike fares with immediate effect.The unions want the base fare to be Rs 21 from Rs 18 in Mumbai and similar hike of Rs 3 across the state. “The government has not accepted the Khatua committee report yet. We want that they should calculate the fare hike using Hakim formula. It has been over 3 years since hike has been in-force,” said Shashank Rao, president, Maharashtra Rajya Autorickshaw Chalak Malak Sanyukt Kruti Samiti.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Apart from this, the unions want to do away with third party insurance, that comes into effect during vehicle accidents. The union leaders claim that as involvement of auto rickshaws are less in accidents; they want the state government to convert this amount into welfare fund for drivers. This will cover pension, medical, housing and other facilities for drivers. There are over 8.5 lakh permit holders across Maharashtra and the cumulative sum added as insurance is around Rs 6000 crore.Lastly, they want the illegally plying auto rickshaws, private vehicles and cabs to go off road. These vehicles ply passengers at lower fares. “If these demands are not met by November 26, then we will protest outside different RTO offices across the state. It can also be an indefinite strike depending on what government does,” added Rao.This comes at a time when passengers are complaining about the auto rickshaw drivers on various accounts. Over the past several days people have been taking the social media to post their frustration. The issues range from overloading of passengers in autos, overcharging, fast e-meters, refusal to ply, breaching traffic rules among other offences.







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Shashank Rao

autorickshaw unions

Maharashtra Rajya Autorickshaw Chalak Malak Sanyukt Kruti Samiti

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As October heats up, Mumbai warms up to AC local train

The only air-conditioned (AC) local running on the Western Railway is finally attracting patrons. Just as the October heat has kicked in, the recent figures of Western Railway shows that in the past 9 months, 30 lakh people have used it. This is a positive sign especially with second AC local supposed to join the fleet within a few weeks.As per the latest figures collated by the WR authorities, from December 25 last year (when it was first introduced) till September 30; over 30 lakh people have travelled in the AC local. The railway officials believe that this is a good sign as more people are accepting this train despite its low passenger in each coach.The railway officials here are struggling to convince their bosses in Delhi to approve more AC locals for Mumbai due to poor usage of AC local. “Most of the commuters are season ticket holders,” said a WR official. The season ticket holders constitute of around 28 lakh while remaining are card ticket holders.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>In these 9 months, the AC local has generated revenue of Rs 12.46 crore from ticket sales with an average daily earning of Rs 5.70 lakh. Sources said that there has been marginal increase in number of passengers travelling in single train from over 1100 commuters to the present 1300 commuters.A regular train ferries 4500 commuters per train. Currently each service ferries over 15500 commuters while in a day 12 services operate. Once the second AC local comes in at least 24 services shall be operated in a day of the total 1365 services.Meanwhile even the regular local trains on WR have seen a jump in number of daily commuters using them. In September there has been an increase of 19 lakh commuters travelling in local trains with an average increase of 60000 commuters per day. The railway officials claim that this increase is due to the ongoing metro rail work on road due to which there is bumper-to-bumper road traffic.WELCOME CHANGEAs per figures collated by the WR authorities, from December 25, 2017, (when it was first introduced) till September 30, 2018, over 30 lakh people have travelled in the AC local


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AC local

air-conditioned local train

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Andheri, Wadala RTOs clamp down on autorickshaws who flout rules

Amidst threats by autorickshaw unions to go on a state-wide strike from November 27, the regional transport office (RTOs) of Andheri and Wadala have started clamping down against auto drivers who are not falling in line. Drive has begun in western suburbs earlier last week while in eastern suburbs the drive begun from Saturday. There has been constant hue and cry by people over the way auto drivers do their business.One of the most important complaints are about the shared autorickshaws which connect people from railway stations to various residential societies and commercial offices across suburbs of Mumbai. “They blatantly break rules. They ferry four to five passengers at the same time,” said an officer from Andheri RTO.People have been taking the social media to post their grievances against the share-auto drivers who pay little heed towards following traffic rules, rash driving and ferrying 5-6 passengers at times as they drive dangerously.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>From April to September, the Andheri RTO has checked 6467 autos plying between Bandra to Goregaon. Off these they have found 2660 auto drivers at fault for some reason or other. The maximum offence is for ferrying extra passengers for which 604 drivers/ permit holders were fined. These are the drivers who operate on share basis.Next are those 470 drivers who were booked for refusal of fares which again is a known phenomenon. In fact people have been complaining that drivers do not even acknowledge if one hails a rickshaw. Until now, 168 permits have been suspended and fines amounting to Rs 32. 86 lakh has been collected.Similarly the Wadala RTO has started inspecting the auto rickshaws plying in eastern suburbs. Sources said that one of the things that has come forth is that many of the autos do not have hand brakes in good condition. The drivers in question gave reasons like there is barely any need for hand brakes in auto rickshaws especially due to road traffic.Hand brakes are emergency brakes that is installed in every vehicle. “We are looking at the numbers of autos that do not have hand brakes. These will be needed when they come for renewing their fitness certificates,” said an officer fro m Wadala RTO.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>These brakes allegedly gets tampered with when it is parked on road. Children staying by the road or unscrupulous elements remove or break these hand brakes. The auto unions claim that its takes over Rs 10000 to repair them and so the drivers do not bother repairing it.



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Mumbai: Man held for giving hoax job assurances

After a hunt of over two months, the Powai Police have arrested a 37-year-old man for allegedly duping youth by giving them hoax assurances of jobs and claiming money to get the work done on an immediate basis. The accused arrested have been identified as Nasir Hussain Moinuddin Khan and based on a complaint lodged against him with the Powai Police by two girls, cops had intensified the search to nab Khan who went absconding after duping the complainant duo of Rs two lakh in total.According to the police, the complainant duo identified as Fatima Shaikh (18) and Nikita Varma (18) had alleged that after passing out their higher secondary examinations this year, they both were searching for a job to start earning. For the same, the duo then downloaded Quick application on mobile to hunt down jobs suiting their profiles and academic qualifications. After some time, the duo were approached by Khan who introduced himself as a senior Human Resources (HR) manager at a private airline. Khan claimed that the airline had opened up some vacancies for hiring and they would prefer recruiting young pass out students. During the course of conversation, Khan later provided the duo with fake recruitment letters under the name of the private airline which claimed that the girls have been hired and they can join soon.Later Khan demanded Rs 1 lakh from each girl saying that paying the money was crucial for getting the job and on receiving the money, Khan went absconding.”The girls tried to reach out to the accused via call but he did not turn up and ran away with the money. On Saturday, Khan was arrested and he has been sent to police custody by the court. We need to investigate the account of the accused of the mobile application he used for the trap, how many victims he duped, how he managed to create fake joining letters and involvement of other accomplice in the case if any.” said a police officer of Powai police station.

Fatima Shaikh

Powai Police

hoax assurances

Nasir Hussain Moinuddin Khan

Nikita Varma

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BMC yet to take back 27 open plots from private firms

Though BMC is trying to beautify areas under 23 flyovers to add them under ‘open spaces in city,’ it has failed to take over 27 open spaces from private stockholders in the past three years. Most of these open spaces are with political party leaders and despite several attempts, the civic body has failed to take them back.The initiative to beautify areas under 23 flyovers covers an area of around 27,023 square metre. The area under 27 open spaces that is with private trusts is more than 3 lakh square metre. The BMC is spending a sum of Rs 14 crore to beautify spaces under flyovers that — if clubbed — is equal to one forth of the Oval Maidan but. However, the BMC failed to take over its own land as the common denied them entry. Most of these plots are in the western suburbs between Dahisar to Kandivali. The spaces include; Poisar Sports Club in Kandivali west, Veer Savarkar Garden in Borivali west, Payde Sports Club in Kandivli east, St Xavier’s playground in Parel and the Raosaheb Patwardhan Udyan in Bandra among others.The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai had given 216 open spaces (gardens, playgrounds etc) to private institutes on lease. In 2015, the civic body came up with a proposal to renew the lease policy but, due to strong opposition from citizens and activists, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stayed the policy and ordered to take all open spaces back. The BMC started taking action and sending notices to respective associations. It even went to court for some spaces and managed to get back only 189 plots. Twenty-seven open spaces are still with private players.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Environmentlist Rishi Agrawal said,”The open space ratio per person in the city is already dicey. There are only a few green open spaces in city and citizens have every right to enter in those. The BMC should act strictly to take these plots back as early as possible.””We have sent notices to private trusts and have taken over 189 plots. There isn’t further development,” said Kishore Kshirsagar, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Gardens).CLAIM TO FREE SPACEACTIVISTS SAY GETTING BACK OPEN LAND A MUST FOR BMC216 – Open Spaces with private trusts in 2016189 – Open plots taken over by BMC till Oct 201827 – Gardens, playgrounds with private trustsCURRENT STATUS27,075 square metre – area being beautified by BMC under 23 flyovers 3,50K square metre – Area of 27 plots with private trustsCITY’S REPORT CARD737 – Total number of gardens305 – Total number of playgrounds1.28 square metre per person – Open Space ratio as per Development Plan 4 Ideal ratio of open space – 4 square metre per personBMC IS PLANNING TO ADD 25 – gardens 16 – playgrounds <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>in next 14 years


Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai

Devendra Fadnavis

Rishi Agrawal

Kishore Kshirsagar

private firms

open plots

private stockholders

political party leaders

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Mumbai: Builders hope festive season will offset slump

With the real estate market not doing very well currently, builders and property developers are hoping that the festive season will provide it with the boost it needs. Every year, around the Dussehra-Diwali period, developers come up with offers and schemes to attract buyers, in the hope that they’d give a leg up to slow sales. However, experts are still divided on whether the offers actually make people invest in property.Anuj Puri, chairman, Anarock Property Consultants, says launches have increased this year, and many builders are offering schemes, freebies and discounts all year long. “If we analyse the trends, customised payment plans and schemes assuring good rentals were the most prominent incentives,” he says.However, with the market condition not being very good, housing expert Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi says this will reflect during the festive period. Especially buyers unsure about movement in the job market may choose to stay away from risking the property market, he says.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>That hasn’t deterred a lot of developers though. “The festive season is considered an auspicious time to invest in property, so developers look forward to this. Prices are attractive, and there are further gifts/offers that are also doled out,” says Deepak Goradia, vice-chairman and managing director, Dosti Realty.Some of the other prominent offers include cash discounts, flexi-payment plans, no registration or stamp duty fees, no EMIs till possession, free home appliances, gold coins, etc. Some builders even offer air-conditioners, modular kitchens, furniture, home appliances, etc. But should these be enough to buy a house? “If one has already decided about buying a house and has identified the right property, it’s worth shaking off the paralysis for the festive season. But it shouldn’t be the offers that force one’s hand, but the property itself. The best offers are of no avail if the property itself doesn’t tick the right boxes,” Puri says.
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property market

Sanjay Chaturvedi

Anuj Puri

Deepak Goradia

Anarock Property Consultants

dosti realty

Real Estate Market

property developers

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48 more north Delhi buildings are now marked unsafe by the civic body

With North Delhi Municipal Corporation issuing notices to 48 households about dangerous buildings, the number of buildings identified as dangerous in North Delhi has reached to 229. However, the move came a little late as seven lives were already lost after a building collapsed in Ashok Vihar.Before the monsoon, the North MCD had found the building to be perfectly fine, but on September 26 the building collapsed and claimed seven lives. Facing backlash over the veracity of its earlier survey, the corporation had ordered the ‘re-survey’ and the fact that the building was not declared dangerous even after an inspection is being probed by the vigilance department.The re-survey indicated that another 48 buildings are a risk to human life in northern Delhi, raising a question on the kind of vicinity residents have been living in. Most people fear that the apartment which they have rented and where their families live might be dangerous too.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”I have been living in Seelampur area for over seven years but after the incident of Ashok Vihar we now fear that the building we are living in, might collapse one day,” said Pratyush Srivastav, who works in Noida for an IT company.According to a new survey, the Keshavpuram zone, which was earlier reported to have no unsafe building, now has five such structures. However, the highest spike was recorded in Old Delhi, which according to an older survey had only three dangerous structure, but now the current survey has racked the numbers to 48 such buildings.Most of these buildings are unsafe due to poor design, an official said. “People should hire architects and structural engineers while planning a building even in unauthorised areas.” But to save money, most of the households have neglected the rules to construct buildings and many of them do not even consult architects while building their homes.”People in our locality have been constructing homes, without any approved building plans, but no one questions them. Later these buildings are what create problems and take so many lives,” said Ravindra Gupta, a resident of New Ashok Vihar area.Annual surveys are conducted by the engineering departments of the civic bodies before the monsoon. In the original survey, the south corporation had reported zero such structures while the east corporation had found only one dangerous building.According to data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 38,363 people lost their lives due to the collapse of various structures between 2001 and 2015 across India. Most people lost their lives due to the collapse of residential houses.VOICESWhatever happened with the families living in Ashok Vihar building is in no way justified, but the main concern is why the MCD failed to recognize that building as a dangerous one. What was the purpose of surveys then? —Deepanshi Chaudhary, Student leader, DUWe have been to Old Delhi, many times and whoever visits the real Delhi would see various buildings screaming for help, but for one or other reason authorities do not pay heed to the condition of these buildings. —Monalisa Baidya, Resident, Greater NoidaIt is really important to label the buildings which can be dangerous, so anyone who is looking the building for a room on rent or anyone who is even crossing through that building will be careful. This is the least that can be done —Diksha Sarkar, StudentIf we talk about fatal buildings, not only Delhi but almost all over India the numbers are high mainly because people do not bother to construct their buildings with proper techniques and under architecture’s guidance —Ashish Bal, TouristWith the increasing population, people have been constructing homes avoiding the preventive measures, most of the house today lack fire exit or even parking. Moreover, almost every house built today lacks proper foundation —Jaikant Mishra, Social Activist, Mayur Vihar I feel that due to more and more people from neighboring states coming in to national capital, the landowners have constructed buildings with improper structure and even avoided the factor safety —Kaku Sharma, Student Delhi University<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>EXPERTSPEAKSMost of the buildings in Delhi are constructed as Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) structures, these structures can hold weight of up to two to three floors, but the residents have been constructing four or even five floors which has become prime cause of building collapse. Moreover, some buildings are constructed very close to the water table which also affects the foundation —Dr Seva Ram, Professor, School of Planning and Architecture

National Crime Records Bureau


north Delhi


Mayur Vihar

Greater Noida

North Delhi Municipal Corporation

Ashok Vihar

Ravindra Gupta

Speak up Delhi

Pratyush Srivastav

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Mumbai: Hostel warden booked for undressing girl

The warden at SNDT college has been booked for allegedly undressing a college student who was suffering from health issues. The accused, identified as Rachana Jhaveri, is alleged to have forcibly removed the victim’s clothes while three other students were present inside the room.The incident came to light on Sunday afternoon, after the victim approached Jhaveri and said she is suffering from some allergies. Jhaveri, to take a closer look at her body, took her to a room where three other students were present, and forced her to remove her clothes in front of the others.The victim said she couldn’t take the mental stress and humiliation, and approached her seniors. Students from the campus then raised their voices against the administration and sought immediate police action against the warden.”After the students demanded strong action against the warden, the police lodged a complaint against the warden under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code for outraging the modesty of a woman. Further investigation is underway,” said a police officer.
Indian Penal Code

Section 354

SNDT College

College student

Hostel warden

undressing girl

Rachana Jhaveri

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Delhi: Quick-wit cop nails criminal with voters’ list

For Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Ajeet Singh, Sunday unfolded just like a drama. The police officer found a man lying in a pool of blood and quickly picked the named of the culprit from the victim before the latter slipped into trauma. The good Samarittan also ttok Jayant to AIIMS.Jayant was severely bleeding when Singh found him in a grisly state at Kalka Ji Extension in Govindpuri. The victim’s throat was slit with broken glass bottles and his head, too, was bleeding. ASI Singh swiftly reacted and gave Jayant first-aid before sending him to the Trauma Center at AIIMS.The police also scanned a set of voters’ list to nail the attacker, 32-year-old Kabir.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The police zeroed in on Kabir, a resident of DDA flats in Kalkaji and worked as a painter, who finally confessed to the crime. “The police scanned the voter lists on the same night of the incident and, after a thorough probe, the attacker has confessed,”said Deputy Commissioner of Police, South -East, Chinmoy Biswal.Kabir said he used to work with Jayant and a dispute about money broke out while they were returning from Noida. The duo was drunk, he said. After Jayant had asked for money for himHe hit him after Jayant asked for money from him, JKabir told police.A CAP FOR THE COPJayant was severely bleeding when Singh found him in a grisly state in Govindpuri. The victim’s throat was slit with broken glass bottles and his head, too, was bleeding. ASI Singh swiftly reacted and gave Jayant first-aid before sending him to the Trauma Center at AIIMS.




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Chinmoy Biswal

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Stations on Central Railway to get new LED indicators, reliable ETA markers

The Central Railway has taken stock of complaints regarding malfunctioning indicators at railway platforms and foot-over bridges (FOBs), and has begun changing regular electrical panels in these indicators with LED ones. Presently, indicators at several stations have broken screens, while the ETA of upcoming trains are also blank or flickering. The railway hopes that once the new panels are in place, the ETA will be shown.The indicators will be replaced on 35 suburban stations in a phased manner. In the first phase, 13 stations will receive new LED-based indicators, of which 10 are already done. “Work is progressing at a quick pace at CSMT, Kurla and Ghatkopar, and will be completed by December,” said a Central Railway official.Passenger associations have been complaining that the indicators are poorly maintained, while it’s also difficult for people walking on the FOBs to know the ETA. “This results in last minute chaos, and commuters run on the FOBs or try to catch moving trains, which is very dangerous,” said Subhash Gupta, president, Mumbai Rail Yatri Sangh.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>In the second phase, 22 suburban stations will get new LED screens. Work on this is expected to be completed by March 2019.Sunil Udasi, chief PRO of Central Railway, said, “These new indicators have better and wider visibility. Also, the use of LED lights does not cause strain to the passengers’ eyes, while also providing better clarity.”The ETA will now be part of the same indicator, unlike in the past when it was on a separate adjacent screen. A standby arrangement is also in place for a computer system which controls the indicator operations, so if one computer fails, others can take over without interruption. This would mean the indicators never go blank.
Central Railway


Subhash Gupta

foot-over bridges

Sunil Udasi

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Mumbai Rail Yatri Sangh

LED indicators

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Two of six killers in Chhawla Bank murder held by Delhi police

Two of the six killers, who had gunned down a cashier and made off with Rs 10 lakh from the Corporation Bank in Chhawla, were arrested by the Delhi police on Sunday.The sleuths are looking for the remaining four accused, including mastermind Ram Lagan, in Haryana and Rajasthan.”The accused who have been arrested are Sachin (20) and Parvesh (19). The duo hails from Sonipat in Haryana. The police are raiding different parts of Haryana and Rajasthan and the rest will be arrested soon,” said Anto Alphonse, DCP, Dwarka, adding, the other four have also been identified.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Sachin was hunted down easily after we scanned the CCTV camera footages of the crime scene, police said.Responding to a tip-off on Friday, the sleuths raided several hideouts in Sonipat and nailed the accused.Apart from a motorcycle seized from Ujwa village and which the police believe was used by Sachin during the murder, a country-made pistol and some cash were recovered from the duo.A source also informed DNA that Lagan used to frequent the bank for a month to chalk out his plan.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>He would allegedly come after the lunch break so that the crowd is less.CRIME SHEETThe sleuths are looking for the remaining four accused, including mastermind Ram Lagan, in Haryana and Rajasthan. Responding to a tip-off on Friday, the sleuths raided several hideouts in Sonipat and nailed the accused. Apart from a motorcycle seized from Ujwa village and which the police believe was used by Sachin during the murder, a country-made pistol and some cash were recovered from the duo.


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Journalist assaulted outside south Mumbai residence

A television journalist was allegedly attacked on Saturday night by a group of unidentified people, while he was returning to his south Mumbai residence with a friend.The journalist, Herman Gomes, who works as a reporter for a private news channel, said there were six people in all who assaulted him. He said the incident took place around 1.30 am on Sunday morning, when he and a friend were heading to his house when they saw a group of men already waiting outside. A heated argument ensued, following which the accused hit Gomes and fled from the spot. “I was attacked by an unknown group of people right outside my house. It was clearly pre-planned and they assaulted me with knuckle dusters. I always mind my own business but last night was different, as they came out to kill me. I have been covering many stories apart from crime in Mumbai and I don’t know which of my stories affected people so much, especially people I don’t even know,” Gomes wrote on his social media page.Following the incident, he rushed to the Gamdevi police to seek immediate action, but the on duty station officers refused to lodge a complaint, instead asking him for evidence to prove the assault. They later registered a case and said they are searching for the accused.”The victim saw about six people waiting outside his residence, and they abused and beat him. A case has been registered under several sections of the Indian Penal Code. The motive behind the attack is yet unknown, but the investigation is underway,” said deputy commissioner of police, Zone-II, Dnyaneshwar Chavan.


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Mumbai suffers poor air quality, but may normalise later today

Mumbaikars woke up to a hazy morning on Sunday, a day when the city’s air quality index (AQI) was rated as ‘Poor’ at 238. The AQI is recorded by the system of air quality weather forecasting and research (SAFAR), and anything above 200 is considered poor.Gufran Beig, project director at SAFAR, said Mumbai’s AQI is unlikely to last very long, and would improve by Monday evening. “This haze and poor AQI was caused due to dust. Dust picking was reported all the way from countries like Iran and Afghanistan, and has affected the AQI of Ahmedabad and Mumbai as well,” he said, adding that this was a regular phenomenon in this season. He said by Monday evening, things would normalise once again.AQI of under 50 is categorised good, while 51-100 is satisfactory. Moderate, poor and very poor air quality are marked when AQI is recorded at 101-200, 201-300 and 301-400 respectively.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Meanwhile, as per the SAFAR portal that monitors AQI at 10 stations in Mumbai, five stations showed PM 2.5 levels — the small-sized pollutants that are known to cause respiratory illnesses and worsens health conditions of those suffering from asthma and bronchitis — at above 300, putting these five in the “very poor” category.While the safe limit as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for PM 2.5 is 60 µg/m3 for 24 hours, the highest PM 2.5 was recorded at Bandra Kurla Complex (343), followed by Navi Mumbai (339), Andheri (318), Colaba (302) and Mazgaon (301).AIR QUALITY INDEXAir Quality Index (AQI) is recorded by a system of air quality weather forecasting and research (SAFAR). Air quality that falls under 50 AQI is classified as good, while 51-100 is satisfactory. 101-200 is moderate, 201 to 300 is poor and 301 to 400 is very poor air quality. Mumbai’s air quality for Sunday was 238.

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Send #MeToo plaints to special mail id, Delhi Commission for Women appeals to victims

In an appeal, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has asked all the women of Delhi to come forward and register formal complaints against their accused so that these men can be put behind bars. For this reason, the commission has announced a separate email-id for reporting the #MeToo complaints.DCW mentions, in its appeal, that the speaking out of the women has given courage and strength to millions to shout out against sexual crimes and narrate their stories. In doing so, they have not only helped themselves but created huge awareness against sexual crimes.”The Commission appeals to the women and girl activists of the #MeToo campaign to also report the incidents of sexual crimes to the Police and Women Commissions. This reporting will pave the path for putting these sexual predators behind bars, something that should have been done long ago. It has taken a lot of courage for women and girls to narrate the incidents of sexual assault faced by them and the Commission stands in solidarity with them in their struggle,” said Swati Maliwal, Chief, Delhi Commission for Women.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The #MeToo campaign has addressed sexual abuse against women, who reported against harrassment at workplace. Several lists of alleged rapists and harassers started spreading on social media in India, including “The List” which initially included the names of some highly respected academic men.Maliwal had earlier written to the Prime Minister appealing for him to support #MeToo campaign. She further mentioned in her letter that somewhere the system’ failure has fuelled the #MeToo campaign as most of the girls and women are losing faith in the system. She had appealed to the PM to ensure a better justice delivery system by having more fast track courts, increased police resources as well as their accountability”The Commission understands that going through the legal process is not easy. But the brave MeToo activists have already taken the first hardest step of all – to talk about their ordeals openly. When they report these matters to the authorities through proper complaints, the chances of justice being delivered increase significantly. The DCW will always stand by the MeToo activists in solidarity and shall assist them in all ways possible. We appeal to the MeToo activists to reach out to the Commission so that each case reaches its logical end,” added Maliwal.REPORT IT HEREThe Commission has set up a separate email id for reporting the MeToo complaints at – [email protected] One can also call 181 for assistance. Delhi Commission for Women Mahila Helpline No. 181 is a toll-free service which has already acted upon 2.35 lakh calls in last 2.5 years since its handover from the Delhi Government. 181 helpline works 24×7.
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Walk above the mangroves, or sail amidst them

Visitors to the proposed Dahisar mangrove park would not only be able to enjoy long walks on transparent boardwalks but also visit an elevated ‘interpretation centre’ and go boating in the creek surrounding the dense mangroves.Mangrove cell officials said the plan to develop the park as an interactive centre for visitors is underway. Entry to the park will be near the D-Mart junction on the Dahisar Link Road, while provisions will also be made to ferry the tourists on an electric cart.”There is already an existing road, which was previously used to transport salt from the salt pan. This would be relaid and made available for pedestrians and electric carts,” said a mangrove cell official, who added that no construction work will be carried out in the park, nor will there be any need to cut or remove additional mangroves.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>A 400-metre mangrove trail has been proposed through the forest, to allow visitors a deeper interaction with the natural habitat. A few “pause points” would also be designated along the pathway, where visitors can rest and learn additional information. There will also be a water retention pond, mangrove nursery, mud crab pane, and a selfie point.The Nature Interpretation Centre (NIC), considered the heart of the project, would be placed strategically within the dense mangrove forest, and won’t be visible unless one reached its entrance. “The NIC will be elevated, and is designed like a skywalk, which ensures minimal interference of the structure with the land below, and gives one a sense of floating in the air. It will function as a learning centre, so it will be interactive and educational,” the plan said.One of the biggest highlights of the plan is the boat rides that will be offered from a small jetty that’s being constructed within the park and will go through a thick mangrove cover. “Possibilities are also being explored to have similar boat rides right from Borivali Jetty near Gorai,” a senior mangrove cell official added.MANGROVE TRAILA 400-metre mangrove trail has been planned, to allow visitors “deeper interaction”. Pause points would be designated, where visitors can rest and learn more information.





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Delhi’s primary teachers recruitment exam: Casteist question angers teachers

A ‘casteist’ question mentioned in an exam paper for a Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) for primary teachers left the teachers surprised on Saturday. The question created uproar among various candidates among the SC/ST/OBC teachers’ forum, prompting the government and the board to take immediate action against the officers involved.The members of SC/ST/OBC teachers’ forum on Sunday wrote to the President of India Ramnath Kovind, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal demanding removal of the DSSSB chairperson.”We demand an immediate action against the chairperson and also an assurance that such insensitivity will not be repeated in future. Otherwise, we will launch a massive protest against this,” said Hansraj Suman, a member of the forum. The forum has also called an emergency meeting on Tuesday.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The paper had four options pointing to a caste based system of Brahminical Society. It is a multiple choice question, in which the student, whatever answer is chosen is highly racist and gender insensitive too. The DSSSB has decided to take an action against the paper setters.”The appearance of any such question which may have unintentionally hurt the sentiments of any section of society is deeply regretted. During the evaluation process this question shall not be evaluated for the purpose of preparation of results. The board is taking necessary corrective measures to sensitize its paper setters and suitable action is being taken to ensure that such incident is not repeated in future,” the board said in its statement.Delhi SC/ST welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam condemned the incident and demanded an immediate explanation from the board. “I will meet the Delhi Chief Secretary on Monday to discuss this issue. The Service Department is still under the LG of Delhi, which is the governing body of DSSSB. Service Department has to now come clean on what made them agree to induct such a shoddy question,” he said.DELHI MINISTER SEEKS ACTIONDelhi minister Rajendra Pal Gautam Sunday demanded action against officials of the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board over a “racist and misogynist question”. In a statement, the Delhi SC/ST minister expressed “serious concern” on the issue and said that he will ask Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash to take appropriate action against the DSSSB. According to the statement, the minister said that the service department, which is under the Lieutenant Governor, is the governing body of the DSSSB.
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MoEF finalises protection zone for Gangotri National Park, permits roads

The environment ministry has finalised the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) or buffer protection areas around the Gangotri National Park, home of the holy Gaumukh glacier and the origin of River Ganga. The finalisation of the draft ESZ notification, without many changes, will help in the construction of the Chardham all-weather road project, which aims to improve connectivity between the holy Hindu shrines — Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.The ESZ notification had stated that new roads and expansion of old ones would be permitted in the park’s ESZ beyond 1 km of the park or ESZ boundary, whichever is nearer, after due approvals from state and central agencies to meet the demands of locals.During a meeting of the expert committee that appraises ESZ demarcation proposals, Uttarakhand government proposed that hydroelectric projects must not be prohibited in the ESZ. However, the committee said that it would take a final call on the subject after the union ministry of water resources sends its recommendations.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The Gangotri national park, spread over 2,400 sqkm, is the third biggest park in the country. It is home to the vulnerable species of Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear and other protected species such as Brown Bear, Monal and Blue Sheep. There are 37 peaks inside the park, which has northern temperate dry, deciduous and coniferous forests.As per the notification, the extent of ESZ area proposed was 1,103.08 sqkm and it was accepted by an expert committee of the ministry that vets proposals of ESZ demarcations.THE ESZ AREAAs per the ESZ notification, the extent of ESZ area proposed was 1,103.08 sqkm and it was accepted by an expert committee of the ministry that vets proposals of ESZ demarcations

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Mumbai’s mangrove park will preserve forests: Locals

Activists who have been fighting to preserve the mangroves along the Dahisar Link Road believe the proposed mangrove park would help them protect the threatened mangrove cover surrounding it.Harish Pandey, president of the New Link Road Residents Forum (NLRRF), an organisation that’s played a key role in preserving mangroves along the link road, said they want the park to be ready soon. “While the park has been proposed in the forest land, there is private forest land all around it. Once the park is ready and there is designated staff from the mangrove cell at the site, dumping and destruction of private land will also stop, since there’s just one entry point,” Pandey said, adding that their forum has long been demanding a park for tourism initiatives in these mangroves, and had even submitted a proposal for the same.Activists also praised local MLA Manisha Chaudhary for the plans regarding the mangrove park, as well as finding a permanent solution to the residentsof Ganpat Patil Nagar slum, as it would mean protecting one of the most dense mangrove forests of the city.NOT JUST A PARKThe area surrounding the proposed park also features dense mangroves, which will also benefit once the park is ready.




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South Delhi Municipal Corporation hires 22 more water tankers to curb pollution

South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has intensified its war against alarming air pollution levels by hiring 22 additional water tankers for water sprinkling, on Sunday. With this the corporation now has 62 for this purpose. The civic body also directed public sector firm NBCC to immediately stop all construction and demolition activities of Pragati Maidan project. It also reminded the firm to follow the National Green Tribunal guidelines set for the construction firm.The Commissioner, Dr Puneet Kumar Goel on Sunday stated that SDMC has also stared ground level monitoring on a continuous basis to ensure that a common object to reduce pollution level is achieved and air quality does not deteriorates further. He added that SDMC is committed to strictly enforce the directions of the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) including instructions received on Saturday; the concerted action is the need of the hour to save citizens including children and aged to get affected by the alarming pollution levels.The SDMC has told in plain words to NBCC/ Shapoorji Pallonji, working on Pragati Maidan, to immediately stop all construction/ demolition activities at site or face the music under DMC Act 1957. A communication has been issued to stop construction activities as NBCC ignored earlier request to this regard and NGT’s guidelines.The civic body swung into action even before a fresh communication was received from the Chairman, CPCA to implement the action listed in the very poor quality of GAP and over and above the listed actions in the moderate to poor category during 15th October. The recent relevant instructions for SDMC includes increasing the frequency of mechanized cleaning of roads, encourage providing electric heaters to security stall to avoid burning in open to contain the effect of winter, advise people affected with respiratory problems to stay from the polluted places and stop use of DG sets.
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Delhi’s air quality continues to fall under ‘poor’ category

The air quality in Delhi remained poor on Sunday with a drop in wind speed, even as authorities predicted further fall in the air quality index of the national capital in the coming days.The overall air quality index (AQI) recorded at 10 am on Sunday was 201 which falls in the poor category, according to Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). On Saturday, the AQI of the national capital stood at 300.According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Anand Vihar recorded an AQI of 249, DTU registered 209, ITO recorded 199 and Jahangirpuri recorded an AQI of 302, which falls in the poor category. An AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’, and 401-500 ‘severe’.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Delhi’s neighbouring regions of Faridabad and Gurgaon both recorded poor air quality. The PM10 level (presence of particles with diameter less than 10 micrometres) in Delhi stood at 180 and the PM2.5 level was recorded at 91, according to the data. Authorities have predicted further deterioration of air quality in the coming days.A slew of measures are being taken by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to fight pollution during the upcoming winter season, when the air quality in Delhi is generally the worst.Meanwhile, recent satellite images from NASA show that farmers in Punjab and Haryana started burning crop residue earlier this month. NASA, on its official website, stated that burning crop residue in Punjab and Haryana has increased significantly over the past 10 days in and near Amritsar, Ambala, Karnal, Sirsa and Hisar.Burning of paddy straw every year during October and November, and wheat straw during April in Punjab and Haryana are the major contributors of air pollution in Delhi-NCR, as the smoke travels towards the national capital. In Delhi, it mixes with fog and creates a toxic smoggy winter every year.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>”An emergency action plan will be implemented from Monday to combat air pollution that includes restrictions based on the air quality of the city,” the CPCB said.CHOKINGDelhi’s neighbouring regions of Faridabad and Gurgaon both recorded poor air quality. The PM10 level (presence of particles with diameter less than 10 micrometres) in Delhi stood at 180 and the PM2.5 level was recorded at 91, according to the data. Authorities have predicted further deterioration of air quality in the coming days.




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Delhi: 26-year-old commits suicide at his girlfriend’s home

A 26-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with a pistol at his girlfriend’s house in southwest Delhi’s Kapashera, police said Sunday.The incident took place on Saturday when Deepak Gujjar barged into his girlfriend’s house and shot himself with the pistol, they said.He was rushed to AIIMS trauma centre where doctors declared him as brought dead, police said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>It is suspected that Gujjar was upset over some relationship issue with his girlfriend, a police officer said.However, the exact cause that compelled him to take such an extreme step will be ascertained only after analysing the call record details, he added.No suicide note was found at the scene of the incident, police said.


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#MeToo: MJ Akbar side-steps resignation demand, terms allegations ‘false and fabricated’

Union minister M J Akbar Sunday termed allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by several women as “false, fabricated and deeply distressing” and said he was taking appropriate legal action against them.Hours after returning from a trip to Africa, the Minister of State for External Affairs issued a statement, virtually rejecting calls for his resignation from the post and seeking to link the allegations against him to the upcoming Lok sabha elections.There have been mounting demands for his removal from the Union council of ministers after multiple women, as part of the #MeToo movement in India, came out with accounts of alleged sexual harassment by the 67-year-old Akbar when he was a journalist.”The allegations of misconduct made against me are false and fabricated, spiced up by innuendo and malice. I could not reply earlier as I was on an official tour abroad,” he said in the statement.”Accusation without evidence has become a viral fever among some sections. Whatever be the case, now that I have returned, my lawyers will look into these wild and baseless allegations in order to decide our future course of legal action,” the BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Before Akbar issued the statement, the Congress, at a press conference, questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the allegations against the junior minister and said as the head of the government he should speak on the issue.”It is for the prime minister to speak on this issue, let the country judge its PM by his actions. So far his silence is conspicuous. This question is not only the moral authority of the government, but his own also, and the dignity of the office he holds,” Congress leader Anand Sharma said.Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had earlier come out in support of the #MeToo movement, saying it was time for the truth to be told “loud and clear”.Akbar said the “false, baseless and wild allegations have caused irreparable damage” to his reputation, and wondered why “this storm has risen” a few months before the general election? “Lies do not have legs, but they do contain poison, which can be whipped into a frenzy. This is deeply distressing. As indicated above, I will be taking appropriate legal action,” he said.Akbar’s name cropped up on social media when he was in Nigeria.The women who accused Akbar of sexual harassment included Priya Ramani, Ghazala Wahab, Shuma Raha, Anju Bharti and Shutapa Paul.”Priya Ramani began this campaign a year ago with a magazine article. She did not however name me as she knew it was an incorrect story. When asked recently why she had not named me, she replied, in a Tweet: ‘Never named him because he didn’t ‘do’ anything.’ If I didn’t do anything, where and what is the story?,” he asked.”Shutapa Paul states, ‘The man never laid a hand on me.’ Shuma Raha says, ‘I must clarify, however, that he didn’t actually ‘do’ anything’. One woman, Anju Bharti, went to the absurd extent of claiming I was partying in a swimming pool. I do not know how to swim,” Akbar said.The minister said both Ramani and Wahab kept working with him even after these alleged incidents, claiming that it clearly established that they had no apprehension and discomfort.Besides the Congress, the CPI(M) and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen demanded Akbar’s removal as minister. The Bharatiya Janata Party has maintained a studied silence on the matter so far.When questioned on the issue Textiles Minister Smriti Irani had Thursday said Akbar himself would be better positioned to speak on the issue. She had urged people not to mock women speaking out against the harassment meted out to them.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has said her ministry plans to set up a panel of legal experts to look into the allegations of sexual harassment that have surfaced in the #MeToo campaign, asserting that she believes in the “pain and trauma” of every complainant.

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Modi govt should show courage and start Ram temple construction: Shiv Sena

The Narendra Modi-led government should “demonstrate courage” and start the construction of Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, BJP ally Shiv Sena said Sunday.If the Muslims agreed to allow construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, it will end the vote-bank politics, said the Sena’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut in an article in the party mouthpiece “Saamana”.The Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute is pending before the Supreme Court.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Raut, the executive editor of “Saamana”, said the fear that there would be riots if the construction of Ram temple began in Ayodhya was baseless.”The Narendra Modi government should demonstrate some courage and commence Ram Temple construction by issuing an ordinance,” he said.Raut argued that there have been instances of razing of mosques even in Islamic countries such as Iran and Pakistan.”This truth should be accepted by the Muslims who wish the Babri mosque to remain as it is. The day this takes place, it will be a big blow to the vote-bank politics,” he said.He also quoted BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to allege that the saffron party may play the Ayodhya card to win the Lok Sabha elections.”Swamy had said the country is going through difficult times. The Modi government has failed, but they will win the elections by playing the Hindu card,” Raut said.”Swamy is hinting that either there will be a low-intensity war with Pakistan or some issues (would be raised) that would lead to communal tension. Construction of Ram temple is a key and sensitive issue,” Raut said.If Indian Muslims decide to end the Babri dispute before 2019, it will be “a new dawn for India”, the Sena leader said.Some Muslim leaders have supported the construction of temple at the site, Raut said, adding that the issue should be resolved outside the court.The BJP is citing the litigation over the issue as a roadblock for the Ram temple construction, he said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>”This religion-centric issue has caused enough bloodshed and nobody wants its recurrence. Despite a strong mandate in the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh, BJP-led governments are not uttering a word about it (building the temple),” Raut said.
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Over 800 people turns up for ‘peace’ marathon organised by Army in J&K

Over 800 people of different age groups Sunday turned up for a marathon organised by the Army in border district of Rajouri to promote “peace and harmony” in Jammu and Kashmir, a defence official said.’Rajouri Marathon 2018′ saw an overwhelming response from civilians and defence personnel in diversified age categories as the participants hit the track early in the morning, the defence spokesperson said.The imperatives of health consciousness and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan under the motto of Swacch Rajouri, Swasth Rajouri aur Sundar Rajouri were also propagated, he said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The official said the run was divided into three different categories as per the length of the route.”It was overwhelming to see that the youngest runner was aged just eight years old while the veterans were led by a 61-year-old,” the spokesman said adding, the entire town joined the celebrations by lining up all along the designated route and cheered the runners.A Zumba warm-up preceded the marathon as the participants danced to the tunes of peppy music and carried on the enthusiasm right till the finish line, the official said.The grand finale was graced by scores of dignitaries from military, paramilitary, civil administration, police and political arenas who were there to participate in the gala event, he added.The runners were presented with T-shirts and medals to acknowledge their participation.In addition, there were numerous cash incentives as well.The first prize in the 10 km category of Rs 10,000 was won by Mandeep and Choudhary Iftekar Ahmed in their respective age groups, he said.Similarly, the first prize in five km category of Rs 5,000 was bagged by Balwinder Singh while in the three km category, Manzoor Hussain and Mukhtiyar Hussain came on top, he added.The marathon furthered the sense of mutual trust and belonging between various strata of the society and was a live example of unity in diversity, the official said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The notions of fitness, health consciousness and ‘Swachhta’ were reinforced through this platform in all residents especially in the hearts and minds of the youth of this region, the spokesperson added.
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SC verdict on Sabarimala against the devotees: Head of Pandalam royal family

The recent Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala is against the devotees and central government should make necessary amendments to protect the rights of the believers, Kerala Varma Raja, head of Pandalam royal family Sunday said here.The Pandalam royal family for ages has been closely interlinked with the lore of Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity at Sabarimala. During the annual mandalam festival at the temple between November-January, the male head of the family has privileges to perform certain ceremonies.”Pandalam royal family follows the rights and rituals of Sabarimala temple. As far as the verdict is concerned, it is against the devotees. We have moved the Supreme Court against this. We will take appropriate step after analysing the outcome of the petition,” Raja told media in a press meet.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Raja was here to take part in the protest march organised by Ayyappa Dharma Protection Committee against the September 28 verdict of the five-judge constitution bench, which had in its 4:1 verdict lifted the ban on the entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine.The Constitution bench had said that banning the entry of women into the shrine is gender discrimination and that the practice violates rights of Hindu women.The royal family head said the issue was not political and he was not siding with any political party.He urged that the Centre to make necessary amendments in the law against the apex court decision.”This is not a political issue. Not siding with any political party. It’s a custom, tradition followed by thousands of believers. Central government should make necessary amendments in law with regard to this matter,” he said.Earlier in the day, while inaugurating the protest march at Jantar Mantar, he asked the Kerala Chief Minister to consider the sentiments of the believers.”Chief Minister must consider the sentiments of the believers. The President of India and the Centre must interfere in the matter,” he urged.The BJP-led NDA had organised the protest against the LDF government’s decision not to file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala Temple by lifting the ban on those between 10-50 years.The state has been rocked by protests by Congress, BJP and Hindu outfits against the government’s move to implement the apex court order.Meanwhile in Kerala, amid continuing protests on the Sabarimala issue, a temple body which manages the Lord Ayyappa shrine Sunday invited various stakeholders for a meeting to discuss ‘various aspects’, including preparations for the annual pilgrimage season, beginning next month.As Various Hindu outfits and Lord Ayyappa devotees have been staging protests over the last few days all over Kerala against implementation of the Supreme Court order, the call for talks is considered an attempt for a consensus.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The three-month-long annual ‘Mandalam-Makaravilakku’ pilgrimage season of the Sabarimala Temple will begin on November 17.

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Rahul Gandhi to address public meetings in Telangana on Oct 20

Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address two public meetings in Telangana on October 20 in the run-up to the December 7 assembly elections, party sources said Sunday.Rahul will hoist the Congress flag near Charminar here and address the gathering on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Yatra commemoration day, they said.Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah will be conferred theRajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Yatra commemoration award.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Later, the Congress leader would visit Bhainsa town of Adilabad district and address a public meetingand another one in Kamareddy, they added.AICC Telangana Incharge R C Khuntia along with Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N Uttam Kumar Reddy would review the arrangements made for Rahul’s visit.The party has formed an alliance with the TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS)and been holding talks on seat-sharing for the polls.


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SC comes to rescue of a schedule caste man, terminated twice by UP govt

In a rare instance, the Supreme Court has come to the rescue of a man belonging to the Scheduled Caste category whose services were terminated twice by the Uttar Pradesh government owing to a dispute over his caste certificate.The top court, held that the subsequent change in law does not have the effect of reversing all the decisions made prior to the fresh view taken by a court of law.The Supreme Court in 2013 had upheld an Allahabad High Court order by which Vijay Shankar was reinstated to service with all consequential benefits, holding him as a member of SC category after state government had withdrawn its appeal following a lengthy hearing.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The Uttar Pradesh government, however, in 2015 again dismissed him from service, saying a larger bench of the high court has taken a different view and his caste does not fall under the Schedule Caste category.Shankar, who belongs to the ‘Kasera’ community, a sub-caste of ‘Shilpkars’ which is a SC category notified under the Constitution, challenged the decision once again before the Allahabad High Court, but it dismissed his plea saying that the law has now been changed by a larger bench of the top court.A bench of justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao said the high court in its judgment, dated August 12,2015, has completely “misappreciated and misapplied the law”.”The difference between a superior court reversing a decision, which is in appeal before itself, and overruling the view is well known,” it said.The apex court directed the Uttar Pradesh government to immediately release the withheld pension and other retirement benefits of Shankar, who superannuated from the post of assistant prosecution officer during his second termination period.The court, while allowing the appeal of Shankar, set aside the high court order of August 2015, rejecting his plea and his dismissal order of June 15, 2015.”If a point is settled inter-parties and there is a subsequent change in the law because the court takes a different view, the change in a law does not have the effect of unsettling the rights settled earlier. “The subsequent change in a law does not have the effect of reversing all the decisions made prior to the fresh view,” the bench said.It said in the present case, Shankar’s rights were settled by the earlier high court judgment of December 23, 2011, which was upheld when the appeal of the state government was dismissed as withdrawn by the apex court.The apex court said it was not permissible for the principal secretary, home department, to rely upon the subsequent contrary decision and dismiss the appellant (Shankar) from service again.The ordeal of Shankar, who joined the service in 1991 as assistant prosection officer, started when he was terminated on May 21, 2007, by the state government on the ground that he has obtained the job by submitting a forged Scheduled Caste certificate.It was found that Shankar’s caste was recorded as ‘Kasera’ in his school certificate, which according to the state government was not a SC category.Shankar, first challenged his dismissal order before the Uttar Pradesh State Public Services Tribunal, which granted him relief by setting aside the punishment order and reinstated him with all consequential service benefits and continuity in service.The tribunal also observed that ‘Kasera’ is a sub-caste of ‘Shilpkar’ as per a government order dated December 12,1950. It said there are 26 sub castes of ‘Shilpkar’ and that ‘Kasera’ was one of them. Thus, ‘Kasera’ being a sub-caste of ‘Shilpkar’ comes under the category of Scheduled Caste, the tribunal said.Aggrieved by the tribunal’s order, the Uttar Pradesh government moved the Allahabad High Court that on December 23, 2011, upheld the tribunal’s order, saying the caste of his parents as per the National Citizen Register, was found to be ‘Shilpkar’, which is a Scheduled Caste.The state government, then moved the apex court where after a lengthy hearing, the appeal was withdrawn and the order of the high court reinstating Shankar was upheld.The problem started thereafter as in a separate case, a full bench of the high court on May 29, 2014, held that the ‘Kasera’ caste did not fall under the Schedule Caste category and the order given in Shankar’s case was wrong in law.Relying on the full bench order of the high court, the government again dismissed Shankar’s case, saying the law has now changed and his caste does not fall under schedule caste category.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Shankar, then filed the appeal before the apex court against the order of the high court dismissing his petition against the second dismissal order.
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Khadi store in Central Delhi’s Connaught Place registers record Rs 1.25 Cr sale in a single day

Khadi India’s flagship store in Central Delhi’s Connaught Place here has registered a record Rs 1.25 crore sale in a day, an increase of 276% than the previous year, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) said on Sunday.The outlet has registered a record sales of Rs 1,25,25,671 sale on Saturday, which the KVIC claimed is the highest ever sale so far in its history.Enthused by the new record, the Minister of State for MSME (Independent Charge) Giriraj Singh said that KVIC had done a commendable job in fulfilling the dreams of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”I am sure that this bumper sale would silence the critics of our government’s economic policies,” he said.KVIC chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena attributed the achievement to the prime minister for supporting Khadi and mobilising Khadi lovers to adopt and promote Khadi products.He said the previous sales record was of Rs 1,19,10,982, which was recorded at the same outlet on October 17, 2017.”It was due to the appeals made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the sale of this outlet has gone up from Rs 27 lakh highest in 2015, to over Rs 1.25 crore on October 13 this year,” he said.Saxena added that the sale on October 13 has recorded a rise of 276 per cent as compared to the sale of Rs 33.26 lakh on October 13, 2017.The KVIC said that as many as 11,705 customers visited the showroom on October 13 and total number of bills issued from the counter were 2341 which means an average purchase of Rs 5350 per customer.On October 2, the same store has recorded the sale of Rs 1.06 crore on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, an increase of 51% than the previous year. It was an increase of around Rs 36 lakh as compared to the sale of Rs 70.01 lakh in 2017, the KVIC said in a statement.Earlier this year, sales of Khadi, including solar and poly vastra, had grown to Rs 2,503 crore during the 2017-18 financial year as against Rs 2,007 crore in 2016-17. Moreover, with the average Khadi sale of Rs 120.09 crore by departmental sales outlets (DSOs) in the 2015-18 period, a growth of 168.24% has been recorded as compared to Rs 44.77 crore between 2004 and 2014.As many as 375 new Khadi institutions were established after 2015 in some two-odd years, whereas the number of new Khadi institutions established in 10 years between 2004 and 2014 was only 110, the KVIC said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The village industries products average sales by departmental sales outlets which were only Rs 13.67 crore during 2004-14, jumped to Rs 31.2 crore, with a significant growth of 128.24 per cent, the KVIC said.
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60 Zika virus cases detected in Rajasthan

Five new cases of Zika virus were detected in Jaipur Sunday, taking the total number of infected people to 60, a Rajasthan health department official said.The figures were issued after a review meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) medical and health, Veenu Gupta.”Forty-five out of the total 60 patients are healthy after treatment,” the official said after the meeting where measures required to contain the situation were discussed.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Most of the cases which have been reported are from Shastri Nagar area here where fogging and other anti-larvae activities are being carried out to prevent the spread of the virus.Till Saturday, door-to-door survey at 76,000 households was conducted in Shastri Nagar and mosquito larvae was found and quarantined in nearly 64,000 households, the officer said. The state health department has also issued an advisory for pregnant women staying outside the affected area to not visit Shastri Nagar.The virus, transmitted through the aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain. It is harmful to pregnant women, as it can lead to microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller than expected, in newborn children.In India, the first outbreak was reported in Ahmedabad in January 2017 and the second in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district in July that year. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The disease is under surveillance of the Union Health Ministry although it is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern under WHO notification since November 18, 2016.

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Nagpur Chef prepares 3,000 kgs of Khichdi to set world record

In a bid to set new Guinness World Record, chef Vishnu Manohar prepared 3000 kilograms of Khichdi in one vessel in Nagpur on Sunday, ahead of the World Food Day on October 16.Speaking to ANI, Chef Manohar said, “I have tried for the world record; the emotion behind it is that I want Khichdi to be declared as the national dish because people eat khichdi at every stage. It is the most healthy and affordable meal.”The ingredients used in the making of this dish were 275 kgs of rice, 125 kgs of moong dal (lentils), 150 kgs of chana dal (pulses), 3000 litres of water, and 150 kgs of ghee (clarified butter).<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Union Minister for Road Transportation and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, graced the event and congratulated Manohar for his attempt.”He is a celebrated chef, and I congratulate him for his record. He is making Indian dish famous worldwide, and than him for this. He is done great work. The khichdi he made was masala khichdi, and it was very delicious,” he told reporters here.In November last year, India entered the Guinness Book of World Records for making the ‘largest serving of rice and beans’ after preparing 918 kgs of Khichdi in New Delhi.The khichdi then was prepared by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

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UP: Several labourers trapped under debris after under-construction building collapses in Shahjahanpur

Several labourers are feared trapped in the debris of an under-construction building whose roof collapsed Sunday, an official said.Sadar Sub Divisional Magistrate Ramji Mishra said, “The roof of an under-construction building of a private inter-college collapsed Sunday when over a dozen labourers were working in it. As a result, many labourers have been trapped in the debris.” The incident occurred in an area under Ram Chandra Mission police station in the district, he said, adding the rescue work has already been started.No death has been reported so far, he said. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”Nearly a dozen labourers were evacuated from the debris, in which we could still see two to three labourers trapped. JCB machines and cranes have been pressed into service to rescue them,” he said, adding it is difficult to ascertain the exact number of labourers still trapped in the debris.All the injured persons were sent for treatment to nearby hospitals, the SDM said, adding the rescue work is still going on.
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Unlike BJP, Congress won’t make false promises in poll manifesto: Sachin Pilot

Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot Sunday said that unlike the BJP, the Congress will not make false promises in its manifesto for the upcoming assembly election in the state.He said that the party will take feedback of all stakeholders across the state and the suggestions would be given to the election manifesto committee to incorporate them.Congress will not make false promises, tell lies and create confusion of statistics in the election manifesto, Pilot said at a press conference after a marathon meeting of party’s election coordination committee here.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Promises that can be fulfilled right after coming to power will be announced in the manifesto, he added.The meeting was attended by senior Congress leaders, including Ashok Gehlot, Avinash Pandey, Rameshwar Dudi and others.Elaborating on the election campaign plan of the party, Pilot said the work of the campaign committee will be decentralised in all seven divisions and it will take into account the views of the masses.Giving the slogan ‘Booth Jitao, Bhrashtachar Mitao’, he said the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be “exposed with facts” at all the 51,000 polling booths on October 21.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Pilot further said that after coming to power, the Congress will not work with a vendetta but will reprimand those involved in corruption. Congress national general secretary Avinash Pandey, who is also Rajasthan in-charge, said party chief Rahul Gandhi would visit the state in the third week of October as part of his ‘Sankalp’ rally.
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Bengaluru: School principal hacked to death in front of his students

A school principal was hacked to death Sunday by a six-member gang in front of 20 students, for whom he was holding a special class, police said.Ranganath (60), principal of the Havanur Public School in suburban Agrahara Dasarahalli, was holding classes for 10th standard students when the gang barged into the classroom and hacked him to death, they said.They later fled in the car in which they came to the school, police said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>One of the gang members was nabbed later from Mahalaxmi Layout area here, based on a tip off.The man suffered a leg injury when police fired at him after he attacked them. He was later taken to a hospital and treated.Police suspect a land dispute relating to the school building to be the reason behind the killing.





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Former Maldivian FM meets Swaraj, says Maldives and India need to ‘regain’ mutual trust

The Maldives and India need to regain mutual trust, former Maldivian foreign minister Dunya Maumoon said after meeting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here.Maumoon met Swaraj Saturday during an unofficial visit to India “on behalf of” former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.”It was such a pleasure to call on my friend Sushma Swaraj to pass on greetings from my father. Maumoon A Gayoom built a warm friendship between our countries while he was in office. We need to regain the trust between our countries,” she said on Twitter after meeting Swaraj.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”Visiting Delhi, India for some unofficial meetings on behalf of my father Maumoon Abdul Gayoom,” she said on Twitter earlier.Her meeting with Swaraj comes as the Maldives is set to witness the formation of a new government under President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Solih recently won the Maldives’ presidential election, defeating strongmanAbdulla Yameen, who was known to be close to China.India had congratulated Solih on his victory.India’s ties with the Maldives came under strain after Yameen declared Emergency in the country on February 5, following an order by the country’s Supreme Court to release a group of opposition leaders, who had been convicted in widely criticised trials. India had criticised the Yameen government for the imposition of the Emergency and urged it to restore the credibility of the electoral, and political process by releasing political prisoners.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The Emergency was lifted 45 days later.


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Maharashtra to allow online sale, home delivery of liquor

The Maharashtra government has decided to allow online sale and home delivery of liquor in the state, saying it could curb the cases of drunken driving.”We want to curb the instances of drunken driving.Allowing home delivery of liquor will help in this,” Excise Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule told PTI on Sunday.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>He did not elaborate as to when the decision would come into effect.Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a senior official in the excise department said increasing the revenue was also a prime objective behind the decision.Established e-commerce companies were expected to enter this segment, the official added.The government is losing sizable excise tax due to closure of around 3,000 liquor outlets located near the highways owing to the Supreme Court’s order, he said.Excise duty contributed Rs 15,343 crore to the state’s treasury in 2017-18.Also, the reduction in prices of petrol and diesel earlier this month has caused some strain on the state’s treasury, he said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Online sale and home delivery of liquor is expected to generate more revenue, the official said.

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Sidhu loves Pakistan so much he should join Imran Khan’s cabinet: Sambit Patra

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra Sunday took a dig at Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, saying he should get himself inducted in Pakistan’s Cabinet as he repeatedly exudes his love for the country.Quoting media reports according to which Sidhu at a festival in Kasauli recently said he can relate to Pakistan more than South India, Patra said this is the “conspiracy” of the Congress government to divide the nation of the lines of north and south parts of the country.”The kind of love he (Sidhu) exudes for Pakistan, the only advice which we can give is Sidhu please proceed to become a part of Imran Khan’s cabinet,” Patra told reporters.”Repeatedly engaging with Pakistan shows a conspiracy. It depicts his mentality to divide north and south India and that is a strategy being followed by the whole of Congress,” he added.


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Dissecting MJ Akbar’s statement: How minister responded to individual #MeToo sexual harassment allegations

The Union Minister of State MJ Akbar on Sunday looked to counter sexual harassment allegations against him claiming they were ‘false and fabricated, spiced up with innuendo and malice’.He compared the ‘accusations without evidence’ to viral fever and promised that his lawyers would look into these ‘wild and baseless allegations in order to decide the future course of legal action.’The Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh asked if there was an ‘agenda’ and wondered why the storm rose a few months before a general election. He said: “This is the reason why no one went to the authorities for so long, because I had done nothing. Why has this storm risen a few months before a general election? Is there an agenda? You be the judge. These false, baseless and wild allegations have caused irreparable damage to my reputation and goodwill. Lies do not have legs, but they do contain poison, which can be whipped into a frenzy. This is deeply distressing. As indicated above, I will be taking appropriate legal action.”<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>He responded to some allegations by name while keeping silent on others. Here’s how he responded:► Priya RamaniAllegation: Former Mint Lounge editor was the first to call him out stating that her article in Vogue India in October 2017 where she called out a celebrity editor for his inappropriate behaviour. She had written: “You are an expert on obscene phone calls, texts, inappropriate compliments and not taking no for an answer. You know how to pinch, pat, rub, grab and assault. Speaking up against you still carries a heavy price that many young women cannot afford to pay. Sometimes you are inconvenienced when the stories get out and you are asked to take a timeout. Often, you are quickly reinstated. Why would you need to evolve, right?”Ramani had tweeted: “I began this piece with my MJ Akbar story. Never named him because he didn’t “do” anything. Lots of women have worse stories about this predator—maybe they’ll share.”Response: In his statement, Akbar reiterated that there was no story. His statement said: “Ms Priya Ramani began this campaign a year ago with a magazine article. She did not, however, name me as she knew it was an incorrect story. When asked recently why she had not named me, she replied, in a Tweet: “Never named him because he didn’t ‘do’ anything.”If I didn’t do anything, where and what is the story? There is no story. This was admitted at the very inception. But a sea of innuendo, speculation and abusive diatribe has been built around something that never happened.”► Prerna Singh BindraAllegation: Bindra stated that Akbar was her first editor who called him to his hotel room to ‘discuss’ work and made her life hell when she refused. She tweeted: “It was MJAkbar I do not say this lightly.. I know the consequences of false accusations & it has been now 17 years and I have no concrete proof.”Response: Akbar didn’t respond to her allegations by name.► Sujata AnandanAllegation: Anandan claimed Akbar turned up drunk at her friend’s house for coffee and when she refused to go out with him made her life hell. She wrote on Twitter: “OMG! He turned up at my friend’s house one night for a coffee. As a single mother with a sleeping child she told him she could neither invite him in nor go out with him. From next day he made life hell for her at their workplace.”Response: He didn’t respond to her allegation.► Shuma RahaAllegation: Shuma Raha wrote that Akbar interviewed her in a hotel after which she declined the job. She wrote: “In this case, #MeToo. Year: 1995, Place Taj Bengal, Kolkata. After that encounter, I declined the job offer. I must clarify, however, that he didn’t actually “do” anything. But the whole experience of an interview sitting on a bed in a hotel room followed by an invitation to come over for a drink that evening, was rattling and deeply uncomfortable.”Response: Akbar’s statement said: “Some are total, unsubstantiated hearsay; others confirm, on the record, that I didn’t do anything. Shuma Raha says, “I must clarify, however, that he didn’t actually ‘do’ anything”.”► Anju BhartiAllegation: Anju Bharti stated that her MeToo moment with Akbar ‘took female in pool’. She wrote on Twitter: “Mine was in India Today late night party thrown by Aroon Purie, how he got drunk and took females in pool…”(This tweet has now been deleted)Response: MJ Akbar called the allegation ‘absurd’ and wrote: “One woman, Anju Bharti, went to the absurd extent of claiming I was partying in a swimming pool. I do not know how to swim.”► Shutapa PaulAllegation: Shutapa Paul who worked at India Today in 2010 wrote a long Twitter thread on how Akbar mistreated her.Response: Akbar’s statement stated: “Some are total, unsubstantiated hearsay; others confirm, on the record, that I didn’t do anything. Let me note examples. Shutapa Paul states, “The man never laid a hand on me.””► Ghazala WahabAllegation: Ghazala Wahab, who worked at The Asian Age as an intern in 1994 wrote a first-hand account of being harassed by Akbar as an intern in his cabin.Response: Akbar claimed that they had a tiny cubicle and it was ‘bizarre to believe’ anything could have happened in that tiny space’.His statement added: “Another accusation was made repeatedly by Ms Ghazala Wahab, in an effort to damage my reputation. She claimed that she had been molested in office, 21 years ago. This is 16 years before I entered public life, and when I was in media.The only office where I worked with her was that of The Asian Age. A part of the editorial team then worked out of a small hall. At the time concerned, I had a very tiny cubicle, patched together by plywood and glass. Others had tables and chairs two feet away. It is utterly bizarre to believe that anything could have happened in that tiny space, and, moreover, that no one else in the vicinity would come to know, in the midst of a working day. These allegations are false, motivated and baseless. Ms Wahab states that she complained to Ms Veenu Sandal, who wrote features for the paper. Ms Sandal has described Ms Wahab’s version as nonsense, in an interview to the Indian Express. Ms Sandal has also said that she has never heard, in 20 years, anybody accusing me of any such thing.It is pertinent to remember that both Ms Ramani and Ms Wahab kept working with me even after these alleged incidents; this clearly establishes that they had no apprehension and discomfort. The reason why they remained silent for decades is very apparent: as Ms Ramani has herself stated, I never did anything. This is the reason why no one went to the authorities for so long, because I had done nothing.”► Kadambari M WadeAllegation: Wade worked with Akbar in 1998 and stated that he would make her uncomfortable by staring at her and she eventually called him out. She wrote: “I’d had enough. I’d told my dad. He was prepared to come and confront MJ Akbar. I said I’d fight my own battles. So I said, “Sir, I’d much prefer if you’d look at my face instead of my chest when you’re talking to me.” He looked up.”Response: Akbar didn’t respond to this allegation► Majilie de Puy KampAn intern with Asian Age in 2007 said that Akbar ‘shoved his tongue down her throat’ when she was 18. She wrote on Twitter: “I extended my hand to him in gratitude, he shoved his 55-yr-old tongue down my 18-yr-old throat.”Response: Akbar didn’t respond to the allegation.
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No hate crime in Surat, man from Bihar died in accident: Police

Two days after a 32-year-old man from Bihar was found dead by the roadside in Surat, Gujarat, the police on Sunday refuted rumours of a hate crime saying the man died in an accident.Incidents of attacks on Hindi-speaking migrants were reported in some districts of Gujarat earlier this month after the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district and arrest of a worker from Bihar for the crime.Surat is believed to have the highest number of migrant workers among all cities in Gujarat.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>However, Surat police commissioner Satish Sharma Sunday said the evidence shoed that the deceased, Amarjit Singh, died after his motorcycle hit a tree.After Singh’s body was found in Khatodara area Friday night, it was suspected that someone might have attacked and murdered him.”Evidence gathered so far shows it was a case of accident. Preliminary forensic examination shows it was a motorcycle accident. The motorcycle hit a tree. Statements of the people who took him to hospital also corroborated it,” the commissioner said.As to the missing mobile phone of the deceased, Sharma said somebody might have stolen it after the accident.”We have not reached any final conclusion and are investigating the case from all angles,” he said.He also said that while a news portal in Bihar claimed that it was a murder and stated that Singh was 15 years old, it did not seek Surat police’s version.The deceased was 32 years old, Sharma said.”Not a single incident of Gujaratis attacking non-Gujaratis have taken place in Surat,” he said, adding that the three recent cases, where complainants were non-Gujaratis, were routine crimes and twenty people were arrested.The victims in these cases continue to live in the same locality as before, which shows these were not hate crimes, the police commissioner said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Singh’s family had claimed that he was murdered. His brother Rakesh Singh had said that Amarjit received a call around 10 pm Friday after which he left house to meet someone.


Gujarat Police

hate crime


Satish Sharma

Rakesh Singh

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‘Govt protecting sexual perverts’, says Congress as MJ Akbar refuses to quit

The Congress party on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Narendra Modi government as Union Minister MJ Akbar rejected the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against him by several women and refused to quit.Hours after returning from a trip to Africa, the Minister of State for External Affairs issued a statement trashing the charges against him, saying accusations without evidence has become a ‘viral fever’ among some sections.However, the Congress party has accused the government of protecting and promoting the sexual perverts.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”I wonder how over a dozen women sharing their experiences can be claimed as political conspiracy? Bigger wonder is which constituency does his stepping down impact in elections?,” said Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi in a tweet.”The only clear answer is that this government is actively protecting & promoting sexual perverts,” she added.After Akbar’s name cropped up on social media earlier this week as part of the #MeToo movement, demands for his sacking were made by some political parties. Refuting the charges, Akbar said that the allegations of misconduct made against him are false and fabricated, spiced up by innuendo and malice.Stating that these allegations have caused irreparable damage to his reputation, the BJP Rajya Sabha MP said, “Whatever be the case, now that I have returned, my lawyers will look into these wild and baseless allegations in order to decide our future course of legal action.”Questioning the timing of the allegations, Akbar said why has the #MeToo storm risen a few months before the 2019 general elections and wondered if there was an agenda behind it.”Why has this storm risen a few months before a general election? Is there an agenda? You be the judge,” he said.Terming the entire situation as distressing, Akbar said, “Lies do not have legs, but they do contain poison, which can be whipped in to a frenzy.”<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Over the last few days, multiple women have come out with accounts of alleged sexual harassment by Akbar when he was a journalist as the #MeToo movement swept social media, bringing to fore sordid tales of sexual harassment by influential men in different walks of life.
Narendra Modi

Union Minister

Sexual Harrasment

Priyanka Chaturvedi

sexual misconduct

MJ Akbar

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Be it Nana Patekar or MJ Akbar, guilty should be punished: Minister Ramadas Athawale

Reacting to the MeToo campaign, Union Minister of state for social justice and empowerment, Ramdas Athawale today stated that thorough inquiry should be conducted of all the allegations and those who are guilty should be punished.”Be it Nana Patekar or MJ Akbar, if they are guilty, they should be punished,” Athawale said.Athawale made the remarks while interacting with media on Sunday. When he was asked that names of actors like Patekar and journalist turned politician MJ Akbar have cropped up in MeToo campaign to raise voice against sexual harassment of women, Athawale said, “These allegations are of serious nature. The government has also taken cognizance of these allegations and they have formed a committee of retired judges to look into these allegations.”<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”All these allegations should be inquired in detail and those who will be found guilty after the inquiry, be it Nana (Patekar) or MJ Akbar, they should be punished,” he said. While advocating action against guilty men, Athawale also stated that if the allegations are found baseless, then the action should be taken against the concerned complainant.”One should not use this platform to make baseless allegations to blackmail anybody. If during the inquiry it is found that the allegations are made with malicious intent, then the strict action should be taken against the complainant for making false allegations,” he said. The minister also added that the nature of complaints in MeToo are not of atrocious nature but they are of molestation.Athawale also announced that he is interested in fighting Lok Sabha election from Mumbai South Central constituency. Presently Shiv Sena leader Rahul Shewale is the MP from the constituency. “If BJP and Sena form an alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, I will ask Sena to leave the Mumbai South Central constituency for me. I will ask BJP to leave their Palghar seat for Sena to compensate Mumbai South Central constituency,” he said.
Shiv Sena

Nana Patekar

MJ Akbar

Rahul Shewale

Ramdas Athawale

bharatiya janata party



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