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Sabarimala row: Centre asks Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to tighten security

The Centre has asked the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to tighten security in view of the continuing protests against the Supreme Court order allowing entry of women of all age groups to Sabarimala temple.In an advisory, the Union Home Ministry also asked the three states to closely monitor the dissemination of various “adverse” messages through social media and the Internet services.”All necessary precautionary measures may be taken to maintain law and order and appropriate security arrangements may be made to prevent any untoward incident,” the advisory, sent by the internal security division of the home ministry, said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The advisory said appropriate prohibitory orders be issued and a close watch may be kept on dissemination of “adverse information” through social media and internet services, to ensure that no breach of law and order takes place.It also referred to campaigns of certain civil and women’s rights activists, Left parties and fronts and pro-Left wing extremism groups in favour of women’s entry into the shrine and actively using women to do so. While opposing groups and activists have threatened that they would not allow entry of women inside the shrine, Hindu outfits plan to organise protest programmes against apex court order, it said.”Separately, Ayyappa devotees, Hindu outfits and certain caste-based outfits have been organising state-wide protest against the Supreme Court order. Participation in these protests has ranged from 50-3000, including participation of sizeable number of women.”Hindu outfits have also organised a few protest programme in neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka,” the advisory said.The Supreme Court has recently allowed women of the menstrual age group to visit Sabarimala Temple of Lord Ayyappa leading to the protests.Two women reached the hilltop on Friday but had to return before reaching the sanctum sanctorum following massive protests by Lord Ayyappa devotees.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>A large number of devotees blocked the young women and police team escorting them at Valiya Nadappandhal, the queue complex located a few metres away from the holy ‘pathinettam padi’ (the 18 sacred steps), leading to the sanctum sanctorum.
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Sabarimala row: Pattern of protests similar to Babri Masjid demolition – Sitaram Yechury targets RSS

Amid ongoing protests and tense moments at Sabarimala, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechuri on Friday hit-out at RSS and said that the pattern of protest is similar to what was during Babri Masjid demolition.Kerala has been witnessing massive protests by Lord Ayyappa devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Sabarimala temple since the government decided to implement the apex court order.The devotees had intensified the agitation at the shrine complex and nearby areas including the base camps, Nilackal and Pamba, since the shrine was opened for the five-day monthly puja on October 17. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Speaking to media, Sitaram Yechuri said, “All the TV crews who went there which had women were roughed up. The pattern is very similar to the time of the Babri Masjid demolition. You have the heads of the volunteers wearing saffron bands, the same dress you found there then.”Stating that similar thing is being done here (Sabarimala), Yechury said, “It is an organized thing that the RSS is doing. RSS has lost the battle of not letting the gates of Sabarimala open, they even lost the battle that the temple shouldn’t open on time.”Earlier in the day, two women reached the hilltop but had to return before reaching the sanctum sanctorum following massive protests by Lord Ayyappa devotees.A large number of devotees blocked the young women and police team escorting them at Valiya Nadappandhal, the queue complex located a few metres away from the holy ‘pathinettam padi’ (the 18 sacred steps), leading to the sanctum sanctorum.The women were identified as a reporter from Hyderabad in her late 20s and an activist from Kerala.The tension was defused after the women agreed to return as the state government made it clear it did not want to take them to the Sannidhanam, the temple complex, by using force against the protesting devotees.The firm stand taken by the ‘tantri’ (head priest) that he would close the temple if the women were escorted into the sanctum sanctorum also persuaded them to return as per instructions of the police.Though the women had earlier insisted they should reach the shrine, police later convinced them about the gravity of the situation and conveyed the stand taken by the government and the head priest.Meanwhile, the Centre has asked the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to tighten security in view of the continuing protests against the Supreme Court order allowing entry of women of all age groups to Sabarimala temple.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With agency inputs)
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Chhattisgarh: Ajit Jogi will not contest assembly polls, says son Amit

Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister and Janata Congress (JCC) leader Ajit Jogi will not be contesting assembly election, said his son Amit Jogi.However, Jogi will concentrate on campaigning for his alliance partners.”Janta Congress Chhattisgarh chief Ajit Jogi won’t contest assembly elections. Being a star campaigner, alliance between Janta Congress Chhattisgarh, BSP and CPI would have made him to visit 90 constituencies making it difficult to concentrate on his own,” said Amit Jogi.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>This week, the Communist Party of India announced that it had entered into an alliance with Ajit Jogi’s outfit Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) for the Assembly polls in the state.Earlier, Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party had forged an alliance with Jogi’s outfit, as part of which the BSP will fight 35 seats while the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) will contest the remaining 55 seats in the 90-member Assembly.The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will contest 35 seats and the Janta Congress Chhattisgarh 55 in the 90-member Assembly.In Chhattisgarh, the Dalit population plays an important role in determining election results in regions such as Janjgir-Champa, Raigarh and Bastar.The Chhattisgarh Assembly polls will be held in two phases — on November 12 and 20 — and the counting of votes will be taken up on December 11.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The nominations can be filed till October 23, and the scrutiny of the relevant submitted papers will be on October 24. The candidates can withdraw their names by October 26.
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High drama in Sabarimala as 2 women reach hilltop but return due to protests

Ending hours-long drama and tense moments at Sabarimala, two women reached the hilltop on Friday but had to return before reaching the sanctum sanctorum following massive protests by Lord Ayyappa devotees.A large number of devotees blocked the young women and police team escorting them at Valiya Nadappandhal, the queue complex located a few metres away from the holy ‘pathinettam padi’ (the 18 sacred steps), leading to the sanctum sanctorum.The women were identified as a reporter from Hyderabad in her late 20s and an activist from Kerala.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The devotees, including senior citizens and children, protested against the entry of women of menstrual age group into the hill shrine.Tension was defused after the women agreed to return as the state government made it clear it did not want to take them to the Sannidhanam, the temple complex, by using force against the protesting devotees.The firm stand taken by the ‘tantri’ (head priest) that he would close the temple if the women were escorted into the sanctum sanctorum also persuaded them to return as per instructions of the police.Though the women had earlier insisted they should reach the shrine, police later convinced them about the gravity of the situation and conveyed the stand taken by the government and the head priest.If they had reached the shrine, they would have been the first women from the menstruating age group to visit the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala after the Supreme Court order permitting women of all age groups to enter the shrine.Inspector General S Sreejith, who led the police team escorting the women, later told reporters the women have expressed their willingness to go back.”The tantri has informed me that he will close the temple and go if the women enter the shrine complex. It was conveyed to the women and they have expressed their willingness to go back. We will give them protection in the same manner to climb down the hills,” he said.Devotees received his announcement with thunderous chanting of “Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa”.Earlier besides devotees, a group of “parikarmies”, temple employees assisting priests in puja, also squatted on the holy steps and protested against taking the women to the shrine complex.As the situation appeared to be going out of control with the protesters blocking the way sitting on the floor, Sreejith told them they were only implementing the law but there was no plan to go forward by hurting their sentiments.State Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran, who was in the state capital, told mediapersons that the government was not ready to use force and hurt the sentiments of devotees.He also said that one of the women was later identified as an activist and holy Sabarimala was not a place to show their strength and activism.”The government has the duty and responsibility to implement the Supreme Court order and give protection to devotees but not for activists,” Surendran said.”Police should have examined the veracity and background of the women who came to trek to the shrine,” the minister added.Madhavi, a devotee from Andhra Pradesh, and a New Delhi-based woman journalist were also forced to return following intense protests by devotees in the past two days.Kerala has been witnessing massive protests by Lord Ayyappa devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Sabarimala temple since the government decided to implement the apex court order.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The devotees had intensified the agitation at the shrine complex and nearby areas including the base camps, Nilackal and Pamba, since the shrine was opened for the five-day monthly puja on October 17.
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MP Assembly polls: BJP might not give tickets to 70-80 MLAs

The ruling BJP is thinking of not giving tickets to 70-80 MLAs, including some ministers, for the forthcoming Assembly polls in order to tide over anti-incumbency, a party leader said Friday.Assembly polls in the state are scheduled for November 28 and counting of votes will take place on December 11.”The party is seriously toying with the idea of not giving tickets to 70-80 MLAs and ministers,” a state BJP leader told PTI Friday. He added that the ruling BJP came up with this idea following reports of public outrage against some MLAs.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Party sources said that MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has been touring the state as part of his Jan Ashirwad Yatra, was receiving complaints about non-performing MLAs.Besides, a recent opinion poll, which showed the Congress returning to power in MP after a gap of 15 years, has also prompted the BJP to set its house in order, they said.”There is public outrage against some MLAs but not against Chief Minister Chouhan, who still remains popular with the masses,” a Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) functionary said.He said that the BJP stood a good chance of retaining power if new faces are given a chance.The BJP, in the 2013 Assembly polls, had given about 25 per cent tickets to new faces and 75 per cent of them emerged victorious.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>In the 2013 Assembly polls, the BJP had won 165 seats in the 230-member House. The Congress got 58 seats, the BSP four and one seat was won by an Independent.
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VHP demands renaming of Faizabad to Sri Ayodhya

The VHP Friday hailed the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to adopt a proposal to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj and demanded that the name of Faizabad be changed to “Sri Ayodhya”.VHP spokesman Sharad Sharma said the renaming of Allahabad aimed to free the mindset of slavery and added all sections of people had hailed this step of the state government.”The Uttar Pradesh government is taking steps in the interest of the people and their sentiments and its decision to change the name of Allahabad is praiseworthy… Now they need to change the name of Faizabad to Sri Ayodhya,” Sharma said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>He said there were still a number of streets, buildings and districts which reminded them of the days of slavery.”We have got freedom from the British rule but their symbols still hurt the self respect of every Hindustani,” he said.The present government needed to understand their feelings and free the coming generations from these symbols of slavery, he claimed.Sharma said the Adityantha Yogi-led government could make an announcement about it on Diwali and please the seers of the temple town of Ayodhya.Earlier this week, the state Cabinet approved a proposal to rename the historic city of Allahabad as Prayagraj.Senior minister Siddhartnath Singh had said the move would help highlight Indian culture at international level.BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla had praised the government for rectifying a historical mistake but Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav had criticised the move.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Congress spokesman Omkar Singh had opposed the move, claiming the name change would affect the history in which Allahabad had played a significant role in the Independence struggle and later.

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Dussehra with a twist! In Aurangabad, ‘harassed’ husbands burn effigy of Ravan’s sister Surpanakha

Burning effigies of Ravana is a common practice on Dussehra, but some “harassed” husbands celebrated the festival here in a slightly different way – by burning an effigy of Surpanakha, sister of the mythical multi-headed demon king.These men- members of ‘Patni Pidit Purush Sanghatana’, an organisation of victims of harassment by wives- burned the effigy on Thursday evening at Karoli village near Aurangabad in Maharashtra.Talking to PTI, founder of the organisation Bharat Phulare said, “All the laws in India are against men and favour women. They are misusing it to harass their husbands and in-laws over petty issues.”<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”We condemn this tyranny against men in the nation. In a symbolic move, our organisation burnt an effigy of Surpanakha on the occasion of Dussehra last evening,” he said.As per Hindu mythology, Suparnakha was the root cause behind the battle between Ravana and Rama. In order to avenge the insult of Surpanakha, Ravana disguised himself as a sage and kidnapped Sita, which ultimately led to the war.Phulare claimed that as per the 2015 records, of the total number of married people who committed suicide in the country, 74 per cent were men.Some members of the organisation also raised question marks over the ongoing #MeToo movement.
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‘Obama is now Sudama’: Twitter joins Yogi Adityanath’s renaming bandwagon

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday adopted a proposal to rename the historic city of Allahabad as Prayagraj, a move opposed by many in and outside the state. Adityanath said the decision to rename Allahabad was taken keeping in view the feelings and emotions of the people.”Allahabad has been renamed Prayagraj by our government. Five hundred years ago the name of the place was Prayagraj as it is at the `Triveni Sangam’ (a confluence of three rivers),” Adityanath said.While opposition leaders criticised the BJP government’s move, Twitter users have found another reason to show their meme-making talent. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Since Tuesday, Twitterati have been flooding the internet with memes suggesting new names for many celebs, mocking Yogi in the process. On Friday, hashtag #AajSeTumharaNaam became one of the top trends in India with Twitter users sharing memes using the hashtag. From former US President Barack Obama to incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin, many were bestowed with new names. Twitter users, however, gave all the credit to the UP chief minister. Here are some of the best memes being shared on Twitter today:
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No bail for ‘Pistol Pandey’: Court sends BSP leader’s son to judicial custody till Monday over Hyatt Regency incident

Delhi’ Patiala House Court on Friday rejected the bail plea of former BSP leader Rakesh Pandey’s son Ashish Pandey in connection with the 5-star hotel brawl, during which Pandey had brandished a gun at a couple and threatened them. The incident came to light after the clip of the brawl went viral on social media. The court not only rejected his bail but also sent him to judicial custody till Monday.Amid chaos on Thursday, Ashish Pandey had surrendered before Delhi’s Patiala House court. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>During the hearing, the counsel appearing for the Delhi police stated the weapon needs to be recovered to verify the licence and the custody of Ashish is required to ascertain the whereabouts of other people seen in the video along with him.The court allowed the Delhi police to question him in custody for a day. The police have seized his BMW car in which he was seated when the incident took place.Meanwhile, in a video message, Ashish Pandey stated he was being made a victim of media trial. “I’m being portrayed as if I am a terrorist and the country’s police are looking for me. A lookout circular was also issued. I am not denying the incident which occurred that night. I got to know about it after the video went viral. But the incident is being shown from one perspective only in favour of the other person,” he said.Ashish further said that if the CCTV footages are scanned it will show who fought with whom and who entered the ladies’ toilet. “Yes I did go to my car and carried my licenced weapon but neither did I threaten to kill anyone nor did I point the gun at anyone. The gun was in my hand and on the side near my leg,” he said.
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Kullu Dussehra festival begins today: Check out how it is different from Delhi’s Ramleelas

The historical week-long Dussehra festival in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district will begin on Friday amidst elaborate security arrangements, a district official said.The internationally renowned festival is unique as it gets underway when Dussehra festivities culminate in the rest of the country and unlike other places, effigies of Ravan, Meghnad and Kumbhakaran are not burnt here.Governor of the hill-state Acharya Devvrat will formally inaugurate the International Loknritya Utsav Kullu Dussehra 2018 at Lal Chand Prarthi Kala Kendra at 7 pm, the official said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The governor will also take part in the lord Raghunath Rath Yatra which will begin in the afternoon, he added.Elaborate Security arrangements have been put in place for the mega festival, police said.Along with several close circuit television (CCTV) cameras on the ground, the police will have eyes in the sky with the help of drone cameras that will be deployed to monitor suspicious activities, they said.Kullu deputy commissioner and vice president of International Dussehra Utsav Committee, Yunus, reviewed the arrangements made for the festival in a meeting with the officials of different departments on Thursday.The area has been divided into various sectors, deputy commissioner said adding, that sector magistrates and sector officials were asked to focus on their areas and inform immediately in case of any problem.They have also been asked to hold daily meetings with committee representatives to review the arrangements, the deputy commissioner said.Meanwhile, the administration has set up twenty special parking sites to ensure smooth flow of traffic, Kullu superintendent of police Shalini Agnihotri said.As part of the seven-day festival, around 300 deities will gather at the historic Dhalpur maidan to pay obeisance to lord Raghunath. The deities from remote areas of the district have also reached here on palanquins.Traditional dances and folk songs will be performed by artists from various parts of the hill-state and across the country. Artists from four different countries will also perform on the occasion.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Additional district magistrate (ADM) cum chief executive officer (CEO) of district disaster management authority (DDMA), Akshay Sood, said that a documentary, ‘Pathways to Resilience’ would also be screened during the festival to spread awareness about climate change and flash floods.
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Shut down Sabarimala Temple in case of any breach of ritual, writes Kerala royal family

The Pandalam Palace Trust on Friday wrote a letter to functionaries of Sabarimala Temple asking them to shut down the temple in case of any breach of rituals.The letter, which is addressed to executive officer and administrative officer of Sabarimala Devaswom, said that if anything happens at the temple against the rituals, it must be shut down.In case of any breach of rituals, the temple should be reopened only after the Tantri (head priest) cleanses the shrine, the letter further said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The Pandalam Royal family, who claimed to have a strong bond with Lord Ayyappa, had earlier said that if all women are allowed to enter the temple then the Lord would curse devotees with bad fortune.The royal family had also organised a peaceful protest on October 12 against the Supreme Court’s verdict, which allowed entry of women of all age groups in the temple.Earlier in the day, State Devaswom (religious trusts) Minister Kadakampally Surendran said that people of all ages would be allowed to go there, but at the same time the government won’t allow it to be a place where activists can come and showcase their power. It can’t be a place to stage their points of view, he added.On September 28, the Supreme Court passed the verdict pronouncing that women, irrespective of their age, have the right to enter the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The letter comes amid showdown between the protesters and the women trying to enter the temple on Friday. Earlier in the day, two women who were en route to the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala agreed to return after the temple head priest (Tantri) Kandararu Rajeevaru threatened to shut down the temple if they attempted to force their way in. ‘We had brought them (journalist Kavitha Jakkal and woman activist Rehana Fatima) till the temple premises but Tantri refused to open the temple for them. While we were waiting, Tantri informed me that if we attempt to take the women ahead they would close the temple,’ Kerala Inspector General of Police (IGP) S. Sreejith told ANI.
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Delhi’s air quality improves after rainfall

Delhi’s air quality improved Friday after rainfall lashed parts of the national capital, according to authorities.The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded at 266 which falls in the poor category, according to the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research.On Wednesday and Thursday, the air quality had deteriorated to the very poor category, alarming authorities who were planning to roll out more stringent measures to combat pollution.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor” and 401 and 500 “severe”.A senior official said the reason for improvement of air quality was the rainfall Thursday which lashed parts of the national capital, cleansing the air of the pollutants.The PM10 level (presence of particles in the air with a diameter of less than 10 micrometres) in Delhi stood at 253 and the PM 2.5 level was recorded at 110, according to the SAFAR data.On Thursday, the PM2.5 (presence of particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) touched a new high at 158. The PM2.5, also called “fine particulates,” can be a matter of more serious health concern than PM10.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>A Central Pollution Control Board official said a number of factors were responsible for the deteriorating air quality, including vehicular pollution and construction activities.
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PM Modi offers prayers at Shirdi temple, says Saibaba’s message inspires humanity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said Saibaba’s message of “shradha aur saburi” (faith and patience) has inspired humanity.Modi wrote this message in a visitor’s book after offering prayers to Saibaba at the world famous temple town Shirdi in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district.”I felt immense peace after darshan of Saibaba. His message of faith and patience is one which inspires the entire humanity,” he said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The prime minister said that in Shirdi, one gets to witness the spirit of equality of all religions and people from all faiths bow before Saibaba.”In today’s global situations, Saibaba’s mantra ‘Sabka malik ek hai’ (one god governs all) is important for world peace.”I bow before Saibaba’s feet with the wish that all devotees of Saibaba get his blessings and achieve happiness and peace,” Modi wrote in Hindi.
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3 terrorists killed in infiltration bid along LoC in J&K’s Baramulla

Three unidentified terrorists were killed in a failed infiltration bid along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, a defence spokesman said Friday.The Army on Thursday foiled the infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of Baramulla district, the spokesman said.He said alert troops noticed some suspicious movement along the LoC near Tourna in Boniyar area in the early hours of Thursday and challenged the infiltrators.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The infiltrators opened fire towards the positions of the security forces which was retaliated, he said, adding three terrorists were killed in the gunbattle.The identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorists were not immediately known.
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Assam Rifles hands over 15 trained horses to Myanmar army

In a move to strengthen bilateral ties, the Indian Army has handed over fifteen trained horses to its Myanmarese counterpart at a ceremonial function at Moreh town in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district, along the India-Myanmar border, an official release said.The ceremony, organized by Assam Rifles on Thursday, was aimed at enhancing “mutual trust and bonding between the armies” of the two Asian neighbours, the release issued by the paramilitary force said.The horses, which reached Moreh town on Wednesday from Hempur in Uttarakhand, were selected by a Myanmarese delegation during their visit to Remount Training School and Remount Veterinary Corps in the northern state in September.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>They were “provided on sale to the Myanmar army as part of defence foreign co-operation measures” between the two nations, the release said.The Hempur establishment has a “rich experience of 240 years” in breeding and training of horses and dogs for the Indian Army and its counterparts in the neighbouring nations.In 2017, too, the army had gifted 15 ceremonial horses and 15 sniffer dogs to Myanmar, it added.
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Sabarimala standoff: Kerala Police fails to implement Supreme Court order, women return after unprecedented protests

Journalist Kavitha Jakkal of Hyderabad-based Mojo TV and activist Rehana Fatima were just 10 minutes away from creating history at the Sabarimala shrine. But at the end, they couldn’t. On the third day of the protests, the women were forced to return from Kerala’s Lord Ayappa Temple. The protesters forced the cops to back down and convince the women to return. The women couldn’t enter the temple despite 300 cops giving them security. The unprecedented protests saw the priests stopping to perform the rituals and joining the make agitators. Kerala Inspector General S Sreejith, who was leading the security cover, said, ‘we have told the female devotees about the situation, they will now be going back. So we are pulling pack. They have decided to return.’<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Earlier, Sreejith reportedly told the protesters that, ‘even he is a believer of Sabarimala.’ He also said that he had come to the temple ‘as a servant of law’. ‘We are doing our job and we won’t attack the devotees. We have to obey the law,’ the IG reportedly said. Their women’s attempt to reach the shrine came a day after a New Delhi-based woman reporter of a foreign media outlet made a failed bid to visit the temple.There have been strong protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Lord Ayyappa temple.The woman reporter is in her late 20s while the details of the second woman, who was carrying Irumudikkettu (holy bundle), was not immediately known.If they climbed the hills, they would be the first women from the menstruating age group to visit the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa after the Supreme Court order permitting women of all age groups to enter the shrine.On Thursday, the New Delhi-based woman journalist was stopped midway by devotees opposing the entry of women of menstrual age into the hill shrine.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The journalist accompanied by her male colleague, a foreigner, descended the hills from Marakkoottam area in the face of mounting protests.
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Centenary celebrations of Sai Baba Samadhi: 10 facts about Shirdi temple

The year-long centenary celebrations of Saibaba Samadhi will conclude at Maharashtra’s Shirdi town with a mega event where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also participate. President Ram Nath Kovind was in Shirdi earlier this month to inaugurate the centenary programme.Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis and many other VIPs will attend the functions organised by the Sai temple trust in Maharastra’s Ahmednagar district. Elaborate arrangements have been made in Shirdi in view of PM Modi’s arrival and a large number of devotees visiting the Sai Mandir. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Here are 10 facts about Shirdi’s Sai Baba temple: 1. Worshipped by crores, Sai Baba took Samadhi on Dusshera in 1918 at Shirdi town. 2. The Saibaba Sansthan Trust celebrated the centenary year of Sai Baba’s Mahasamadhi from October 1 to October 18 this year.3. The Saibaba Sansthan Trust was established in 1922 with a sum of Rs 3,200. Today, the annual income of the trust is Rs 371 crore.4. Sai Baba is known as the one worshipped by people of all faiths. 5. Sai Baba first made his appearance in Shirdi as a youth and remained there throughout his life, devoting his life in the service of people.6. PM Modi will also release a silver coin to commemorate centenary year of Shri Sai Baba Samadhi.7. The temple trust has decided to gift 25 g of silver coin with an emblem of the Saint Sai Baba to former and incumbent trustees, dignitaries and people who are officially working for the trust.8. The coin will also be up for sale as a memorabilia for those willing to buy it.9. Lakhs of devotees have gathered in Shirdi to attend the celebrations. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>10. Adequate security arrangements have been made, with over 500 CCTV cameras, police personnel, bomb squads present in every corner of the temple town.
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Sabarimala standoff: Women inches away from 18 holy steps, priests stop rituals to join protests

The tense standoff between the women and the protesters at Sabarimala shrine of Lord Ayappa continues. According to the latest reports, the women are just inches away from the 18 holy steps at the temple. For the first time ever, the rituals at the Lord Ayappa temple were affected as the priests came down and joined the protesters. Over 100 policemen are escorting the women to the temple. Frantic negotiations are on between Kerala IG and the protesters. Kerala Inspector General R Sreejith told the protesters that, ‘even he is a believer of Sabarimala.’ He also said that he had come to the temple ‘as a servant of law’. ‘We are doing our job and we won’t attack the devotees. We have to obey the law,’ the IG reportedly said. The protesters right outside the sanctum sanctorum are chanting Lord Ayappas name. The male devotees are protesting against the women’s entry into the temple. Journalist Kavitha Jakkal of Hyderabad-based Mojo TV and woman activist Rehana Fatima are just 10 minutes away from the holy steps. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Their attempt to reach the shrine came a day after a New Delhi-based woman reporter of a foreign media outlet made a failed bid to visit the temple.There have been strong protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Lord Ayyappa temple.The woman reporter is in her late 20s while the details of the second woman, who was carrying Irumudikkettu (holy bundle), was not immediately known.If they climbed the hills, they would be the first women from the menstruating age group to visit the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa after the Supreme Court order permitting women of all age groups to enter the shrine.On Thursday, the New Delhi-based woman journalist was stopped midway by devotees opposing the entry of women of menstrual age into the hill shrine.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The journalist accompanied by her male colleague, a foreigner, descended the hills from Marakkoottam area in the face of mounting protests.
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PM Modi attends centenary celebrations of Sai Baba Samadhi in Maharashtra’s Shirdi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday participated in functions to mark the conclusion of the year-long Sai Baba Samadhi centenary celebrations organised by the Sai temple trust in Maharastra’s Shirdi. PM Modi also released a silver coin to commemorate centenary year of Shri Sai Baba Samadhi. The prime minister was accompanied by Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis and many other important dignitaries.President Ram Nath Kovind was in Shirdi earlier this month to inaugurate the centenary programme. The Saibaba Sansthan Trust celebrated the centenary year of Sai Baba’s Mahasamadhi from October 1 to October 18 this year. The trust was established in 1922 with a sum of Rs 3,200. Today, the annual income of the trust is Rs 371 crore. Modi is also expected to perform ground breaking ceremony for some projects of the trust, including the new “darshan” queue shelter to be constructed in the Sai temple, an official said on Thursday. The Prime Minister will hand over keys of houses to 40,000 beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and interact with them at the popular temple town.The official added that Modi will be present at the e-griha pravesh ceremony for 40,000 beneficiaries of the affordable housing scheme of the government.“The events will be held at the hands of the PM at 11 AM on Friday at the State Agriculture Corporation grounds,” Dr Suresh Haware, chairman of Sai Temple Trust, told reporters.“A number of ground-breaking ceremonies have been organised for various projects initiated by the Trust such as the Sai Darshan Q Building and the Sai Knowledge Park among others. The Sai Darshan building project will have 12 halls designed to accommodate more than 18,000 devotees,” Dr Haware said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Elaborate arrangements have been made in Shirdi in view of PM Modi’s arrival and a large number of devotees visiting the Sai Mandir.
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Over 50,000 Indians took US citizenship in 2017

Over 50,000 Indians were granted the American citizenship in 2017, four thousand more than the previous year, according to the latest official report.The Department of Homeland Security in its latest annual immigration report said that in 2017, as many as 50,802 Indians took citizenship of the United States.This is four thousand more than 2016’s figure of 46,188 Indian naturalization and eight thousand more than 42,213 Indian citizenship in 2015.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>In all, 707,265 foreign nationals took the oath of American citizenship in 2017, as against 753,060 in 2016 and 730,259 in 2015. Mexico with 118,559 citizenships topped the list among all foreign nationals.India was a distant second, followed by China (37,674); the Philippines (36,828); Dominican Republic (29,734); Cuba (25,961). Figures indicated that more females (396,234) took American citizenship than male (310,987).The report indicates that as many as 12,000 newly naturalized American citizens from India settled in California, followed by New Jersey (5,900), and Texas about 3,700.More than 7,100 naturalized Americans lived in the regions of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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Sabarimala row: Amid strong protests, two women begin climbing hill to visit Lord Ayyappa temple

Two women, including a reporter from Hyderabad, began trekking to Sabarimala hill on Friday amid strong protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Lord Ayyappa temple.Their attempt to reach the shrine came a day after a New Delhi-based woman reporter of a foreign media outlet made a failed bid to visit the temple.Police led by IG S Sreejithhave have thrown a security ring around the women who had requested security to go to Sabarimala Sannidhanam.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>There have been strong protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Lord Ayyappa temple.The woman reporter is in her late 20s while the details of the second woman, who was carrying Irumudikkettu (holy bundle), was not immediately known.If they climbed the hills, they would be the first women from the menstruating age group to visit the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa after the Supreme Court order permitting women of all age groups to enter the shrine.On Thursday, the New Delhi-based woman journalist was stopped midway by devotees opposing the entry of women of menstrual age into the hill shrine.The journalist accompanied by her male colleague, a foreigner, descended the hills from Marakkoottam area in the face of mounting protests.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>A case has been registered against devotees who allegedly prevented her trekking and forced her to climb down the hills.
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RJD tries to paint Nitish Kumar as Ravana

The upcoming election fever seems to have spread to festive occasions as well with politically tinged posters showing up in Dussehra posters in Bihar. In a non-flattering comment, posters with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the demon king Ravana and his former deputy and RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav in the avatar of Lord Rama, have cropped up and triggered a controversy.The posters, which were put up outside the state headquarters of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and some major thoroughfares in Patna, exhorts people to participate in large numbers in the upcoming phase of Tejashwi’s “Samvidhan Bachao Nyaya Yatra” starting October 21. The posters have reportedly been the handiwork of Anand Yadav, a functionary of the party’s disaster management unit. “Jab jab Ravana ne atyachaar kiya hai, tab tab ek Rama ne janm liya hai (Every time Ravana’s has inflicted atrocities, a Rama has reincarnated),” the poster caption reads.The RJD defended the posters saying it was not an official party poster and did not mean to insult Nitish but wanted to highlight the “failures of his government.”<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Tejashwi also claimed that he did not support such pictures, but took a jibe at the CM and said, “Nitishji should think why people are so angry with him (that he is portrayed as Ravana). What is the reason behind their anger? He should introspect and ask his antar-aatma (conscience) about what promises he has broken.”The poster, however, has drawn flak from the ruling as well as Opposition parties alike. Both the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Congress said it was in bad taste during the festive season. The JD-U said the RJD should first look into its “Jungleraj rule” before calling Nitish Ravana and added that people will decide who is Rama and who is Ravana in the coming polls.Senior Congress leaders Madan Mohan Jha and Akhilesh Singh said Nitish was not just a politician, but also the CM of the state and hence such depictions were unwarranted.
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Rajasthan polls: Parties are inundated by ‘innovative’ biodatas of Assembly ticket aspirants

Aspirants seeking tickets to the upcoming Assembly elections are reportedly hovering near bungalows of senior Congress party leaders and submitting their biodatas to apprise them of their works and the background of the constituencies they wish to contest from. A few biodatas accessed by DNA reveal innovative ways in which the aspirants are declaring their claim to the ticket, thus leaving leaders both surprised and impressed.’Dastkhat’ is a bulky biodata submitted by Sonakshi Vashistha, Rajasthan Mahila Pradesh general secretary, who is claiming a ticket from Malviya Nagar constituency of Jaipur. She has penned a poem to impress the party president Rahul Gandhi. Reminding Rahul’s dream of women representation in the legislative assembly, the young aspirant in the poem called ‘Beti Ko Sadan Main Layenge’ (let us ensure women representation in the House) refers to Indira Gandhi and women empowerment.”I have penned this poem, stressing upon women representation in the legislatives. It is Rahulji’s promise which I have weaved through the poem. Before finalising my biodata I got it edited so it looks impressive,” said Sonakshi who has also attached a brief about the work that she has done in Malviya Nagar, to claim eligibility to get the ticket.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Another aspirant, Prabha Choudhary, former Rajasthan University president, has given details of her relatives including in-laws business and political activities in her biodata. She also mentions her father who has business of transport and petrol pump to the tune of Rs100 crore. Prabha is eyeing ticket from Baytu, which is also her in-law’s home.Wives of IAS and RAS officers are also queued up to get tickets from the Congress. Sunita Damini, who is wife of IAS Subir Kumar, Bharatpur divisional commissioner, has also submitted her biodata seeking ticket from Chaksu and Bagru constituencies which are reserved for the SC (scheduled castes) candidate.
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Rajasthan polls: BJP looks to monopolise on state MPs

Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been active in the Kotputli area for the last four years and the buzz is that he wants to contest the assembly polls from Kotputli. Similarly, Jaipur MP Ramcharan Bohra is active in Sanganer and Kota MP Om Birla might be fielded from their influence areas. Birla, Santosh Ahlawat and Bahadur Singh Koli were elected as the legislator in the last elections and later they went on to become MPs.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByMukesh Sharma <!–end of artlbotbor–>Updated: Oct 19, 2018, 06:45 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>The ruling BJP is eying to use the image of MPs to their benefit in the upcoming Assembly election as it intends to field seven MPs — including two union ministers — who may contest the polls. It is a tried-and-tested move from last Assembly elections, wherein three MPs fought and emerged triumphant and later, the party made them MPs. Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been active in the Kotputli area for the last four years and the buzz is that he wants to contest the assembly polls from Kotputli. Similarly, Jaipur MP Ramcharan Bohra is active in Sanganer and Kota MP Om Birla might be fielded from their influence areas. Birla, Santosh Ahlawat and Bahadur Singh Koli were elected as the legislator in the last elections and later they went on to become MPs.
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AMC all set to privatise swimming pools

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is planning to privatise the swimming pools and give them to private contractors for a period of five years. The Municipal Commissioner who wrote to the to the standing committee said the existing and the upcoming swimming pools in Ahmedabad will be given to a private contractor for five years.The case has sparked off concerns among the ruling as well as the opposition parties.”When such work is introduced to a standing committee, it comes via proper subordinate committee. However, this work has been introduced by a letter of the commissioner. Also, no tenders were floated and, it is likely, that one person will get the contract,” a BJP member said on condition of anonymity.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”The letter also proposes to increase in the monthly, quarterly and half-yearly and annual fees. Also. it says that the contract be given to a private player. Notably, the AMC has repaired the swimming pools by spending crores over the last two years,” former leader of opposition Badruddin Shaikh said.Earlier, such a proposal was put before the standing committee to be given to some schools. However, the proposal was dropped after much uproar. When the Sardar Patel stadium was given to a private player, there were protests and. later, it was decided that the private player can operate for a few hours in the noon.
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Congress’s Rajasthan MPs express intent to contest state elections

Even as the Congress’ fortunes seem to be on the turn in Rajasthan, several senior leaders —previously elected to the Parliament — now want to return to the home turf and duke it out for the MLA’s gig.These veteran leaders are now pressurising the party with their ‘wish’ to return and will likely be entertained as they yield clout in the area. To add to its misery, the party leadership is worried about the faces it will remain with when it needs to field candidates for the Lok Sabha elections slated next year around April-May as there is worry over the ‘Modi factor’.Raghu Sharma, who was elected MP from Ajmer in February this year, is seeking a ticket from Kekri constituency. A close aide of state Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot, Sharma was made chairman of the Congress campaign committee, a key panel, and it is likely he will get the Kekri ticket.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Similarly, CP Joshi, who was union minister for Road Surface and Transport in the UPA-2 and Lalchand Kataria, former minister for rural development, also crave to be part of legislative members rather than parliamentarians. Kataria has expressed the desire to contest from Jhontwara or Amber while Joshi from Nathdwara.Other candidates who have expressed desire to contest state elections include Mahadev Singh Khandela from Khandela, Girija Vyas from Udaipur City, Harish Choudhary from Baytu, Mahesh Joshi from Hawa Mahal or Sanganer and Raghuveer Meena from Udaipur Rural. “The veteran leaders are engaged in lobbying to get Assembly tickets. They see bright chances of Congress government coming to power which have been indicated in the media surveys and hence they want to contest the assembly elections only,” said a senior party functionary.
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Gujarat govt prepares Statue of Unity site for tourists flow in Diwali vacation

Gujarat Chief Minister (CM) Vijay Rupani and deputy CM Nitin Patel, on Thursday, visited the Statue of Unity where the former asked the state government officials to upgrade facilities at the site so that tourists can enjoy the one-week-long Diwali vacation.The vacation in Gujarat is almost as the new year in the state is celebrated on the one day after. Most of the commercial establishments remain closed during these days and inflow of tourists remains the highest during the yea.The CM also reviewed the preparations for the inauguration ceremony of the Statue of Unity that at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary on October 31.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”A huge number of tourists is expected here upto November 10. The administration should make arrangements for clean drinking water, sanitation, waste disposal, security and toilets on the campus of the Statue of Unity. World-class facilities for tourists should be made,” Rupani said.”Different signage and navigation boards should be placed from Kevadia Colony to Statue of Unity site and Sardar Sarovar Dam site so that tourists are not lost. Attraction of different displays of tribal culture also should be developed here for tourist. Laser audio-video presentation at Stute of Unity also should be the great charm of this place for tourists,” Rupani instructed the officials.Chief secretary Dr JN Singh and chief principal secretary to CM K Kailashnathan also were present during the meeting on Thursday.This complex will have a flowering valley spread across 230-hectare-area on the way to Statue of Unity, Sardar Patel memorial museum, a tent city for stay and Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat exhibition displaying unity in diversity of India. The CM visited all these places during his visit.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>”This is going to a unique destination for tourism in India and that will give the inspiration to the future generations in India. The Statue of Unity will make the realisation of Sardar Patel’s persona to the world,” CM said.
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BJP attacks Congress over ‘Modi Hatao’ Facebook ads in Pakistan

The BJP on Thursday launched a scathing attack on Congress, accusing it of running a “paid campaign” on Facebook in Pakistan in their bid to ensure removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Describing it as a “very serious” issue, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra flashed copies of a Facebook page showing advertisement of the Indian National Congress calling for ‘Desh bachao, Modi hatao’ (Save country, remove Modi), with Pakistan being highlighted as the location.BJP IT cell head, Amit Malviya also posted a tweet that showed video grab of the Congress’ official Facebook page and alleged that the party was running a ‘Modi-Hatao’ campaign through paid sponsorship in Pakistan.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”This is the Official Congress page sponsoring advertisements on Facebook in Pakistan to remove Modi!” Malviya said.”What does it mean? You are running a paid campaign against our popular prime minister in Pakistan,” said Patra, reminding how earlier Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had sought Pakistan’s help to remove PM Modi. The Congress party is running ‘active ads’ to promote its Facebook page in only two countries, India and Pakistan, he added.The Facebook page of INC later did not show Pakistan as the location.Patra also lashed out at senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for his remarks made in the context of Aligarh University, where he rued that the number of Hindu candidates inviting him to campaign for them has reduced in the last four years.At a programme held in Lucknow on Wednesday, Azad said that since his days as a youth leader, he has been campaigning across the country for a number of party candidates belonging to the Hindu community, claiming that 95 per cent of those who allied him were Hindu brothers and just 5 per cent were Muslim brothers.He further asserted that the figure has dropped to a significant low as Hindu candidates now feared losing out on votes if he campaigns for them.”But in the last four years, I have observed that the figure of 95 has dropped to just 20 per cent. This means that there is something wrong. Today people hesitate in calling me to campaign, thinking that it would affect their vote banks,” he added.”Ghulam Nabi Azad got support from LeT and Hafiz Saeed on his remark that to kill one terrorist, Indian Army kills 20 civilians,” Patra alleged.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>AZAD’S GRUDGEAt an event, Azad said that since early, he campaigned for Hindu candidates, claiming that 95 per cent of those who allied with him were Hindu brothers; just 5 per cent were Muslims. However, he rued that lately it happens rarely since they feared losing votes.
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Metro line in Noida could be extended till Sector 1

Homebuyers in Noida now have another reason to cheer as a Metro line could be extended till Sector 1 housing project giving them the much-needed connectivity.This route will come as an extension of the Sector 71 line.Sources in the UP government said the proposal will be tabled in the board meeting of Noida and Greater Noida authorities and discussions are on for the detailed project report (DPR).<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The sources said that after the BJP government took over the reins in Lucknow, the Metro expansion plan was changed and connectivity to Noida Extension became a priority.”The metro connectivity will be offered up to Ace City and Ace Divino in Sector 1. The metro will cater to lakhs of residents living in the area,” said a senior government official.The officials said that the project will not only be a good service for residents but also give a kick to the realty sector reeling under slump.”Noida extension is already loaded with world-class infrastructure. Metro rail connectivity will add more feather in this region’s cap. Already lakhs of people have shifted to this place and more coming in the next months,” said Ajay Chaudhary, CMD, Ace group.As per the new plan, the two Metro stations likely to be developed in Noida will be in Sectors 71 and 121, while the first station in Noida Extension will be developed near the township’s roundabout which will head towards Ace City.”The DPR of the project has already been discussed with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The authorities are keen to introduce the first Metro rail connecting Noida Extension with Delhi-NCR after a briefing from Lucknow,” the official added.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Chaudhary further pointed out that Sector 1 has about 22 schools in its proximity along with offices of MNCs.CHANGE IN PLANAs per the new plan, the two Metro stations likely to be developed in Noida will be in Sectors 71 and 121 The project is likely to give a kick to the realty sector reeling under slump This route will come as an extension of the Sector 71 line
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10.7% of Gujarat’s population pre-diabetic: ICMR Study

A study spread over almost ten decades covering 1,24,000 individuals from across 29 states and three Union Territories on a prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes has thrown up some very alarming findings about Gujarat.The ICMR-INDIAB cross-sectional door-to-door study that covered individuals aged 20 and above found that the prevalence of prediabetes in the state as 10.7%.Prediabetics are those who have border-level or slightly higher level of glucose levels than normal and are at the risk of developing diabetes.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The study carried out by Mohan’s Diabetes & Research Foundation (MDRF), in association with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), found that 11.5% of the surveyed people in rural areas of Gujarat were prediabetics while the figure was 9.3% in urban areas of the state.Overall, the prevalence of diabetes was 10.3% in urban areas, 5.1% in rural areas and 7.1% across the state. Dr Banshi Saboo, a diabetologist in Ahmedabad, who was also one of the principal investigators of the study for Gujarat, said it is very important to concentrate on the prediabetes population.”With proper management and counselling we can prevent them from becoming diabetics and that would help prevent in adding to the diabetic population of the country,” he said, adding the disease has an economic cost too.”A person who develops diabetes in his 50s will have complications in his 70s while the one that develops it in his early 30 says may have the same in his later 40s thus affecting the working population,” said Dr Saboo.The study covered 3,760 people of which 2618 were in rural areas of the state.It further found that the highest number of pre-diabetics both in the urban and rural areas for men wherein the age ground of 25-34 while in the 20-24 age group incidence of prediabetes was higher in rural men than in urban men.For women, the incidence of prediabetes was higher in rural women in the 20-24 age group while in all the other age groups it was more or less similar for both rural and urban women.In the 55-plus age group, it was once again higher among rural women.Dr Anjana Mohan, MD of Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialty Center said that the study also found that diabetes continued to be a rich man’s disease in all states across rural and urban areas. However, in urban areas of rich states like Punjab, Gujarat and such as more poor people were being diagnosed with the disease than the rich, she said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>”This could be because of better awareness. The well-off can due to better awareness, go to the gym, eat healthy while the poor don’t have these options. More importantly, fruits and vegetables are more expensive than junk food which is cheap and easily available,” said Dr Mohan.
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Lingerie tycoon Harshad Thakkar goes missing after business snaps

Chairman and managing director of Ashapura Intimates Fashion Limited, Harshad Thakkar has gone missing leaving behind a note stating that he had left his house and work following heavy business losses he had been facing in the recent times. The Dadar police has launched a manhunt to trace Thakkar. Thakkar’s rags to riches entrepreneurship story is that of a small town boy who through his rare grit and gumption made it big in the undergarments industry.Thakkar arrived in Mumbai in 1993 and started working as a sales person in his uncle’s store for an upscale Lingerie Store in Mulund which gave him even more exposure to understanding young aspirational customers, global fashion, and wearable creative designs. His fashion house manufactures, designs, brands, distributes, and retails products. The firm also houses popular brands like Valentine and Tricci.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>After three years, Thakkar joined a women clothing store at Nepeansea Road where Thakkar learned the nitty-gritties of ladies nightwear and undergarment business. In 1999, he started his own unit in Mulund and called it Ashapura Apparels and had named his brand as Valentine. He started a new unit in 2000 in Santacruz. Till 2006 his Bhiwandi factory was producing 12000 pieces daily. In 2013, Thakkar listed his company Ashapura Intimates Fashions Ltd, at Bombay Stock Exchange. In 2012, AIFL’s yearly turnover was Rs 101 crore, which increased to Rs 131 crore in 2013 and Rs 163 crore in 2014.However, things took an unexpected turn in the last six months. According to the police, the family members of Thakkar have said that he left his house on October 02. “We have registered a missing complaint. Since Thakkar has switched off his phone, tracing him on the basis of Call Detail Records is a challenge but we will find him,” said senior police inspector of Dadar police station, Divakar Shelke. Turn of Fortune In 2013, Harshad Thakkar listed his company Ashapura Intimates Fashions Ltd, at BSE. In 2012, AIFL’s yearly turnover was Rs 101 crore, which increased to Rs 131 crore in 2013 and Rs 163 crore in 2014.
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Karnataka High Court order booster for RTI second appeal

An order of High Court of Karnataka, Bengaluru bench has become a talking point among RTI users in the city as it looks to fix a time limit in which the second appeal has to be decided. High Court orders are often cited as case laws in various commissions. Since the RTI Act does not set a time limit for hearing the second appeal, users have blamed it for appeals being pending at the commission for a long time.As per the order that is dated October 29, 2015 which has come to light recently, it states that the second appeal should be heard within 45 days. The order by Justice Anand Byrareddy states “It is indeed to be noticed that no time limit is prescribed to decide the second appeal. Therefore, it would have to be interpreted that when no time is prescribed, it would follow that it ought to be decided within a reasonable time. “In Maharashtra state information commission, the oldest pending appeal is of 2014. As per the RTI Act, a person is supposed to get information within 30 days. If he does not, he files a first appeal which has to be heard within 45 days as per law.Sumit Mullick, state chief information commissioner when contacted said, “I will have to analyse the order. In my case, the pending appeals were over 1,000 and they are increasing. I hear 25 appeals every day and it is not possible to clear all appeals in 45 days. Also as of now, we do not have the full strength of commissioners.”
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Gujarat: Play on self-styled godmen performed at Durga Puja

Tapping the opportunity to spread a message about fraud incidents surrounding self-styled godmen, women wing of Karnavati Bangiya Parishad at Thaltej Durga Puja pandal performed a play on the same theme. With rise in fraud incidents of self-styled godmen, luring common public, nine Bengali women chose the topic and evolved a comedy play around the theme. Speaking about the same, director of the play Rina Halder, 60 said, “The idea was to spread awareness regarding the incidents. We want people to know that such self-styled godmen or Radhe Ma do not possess any magical powers but fool people.”Sharing more about the play, she said, “The play ‘Atho Bhagoboto Upakhyan’ shows a woman self-styled spiritual leader and her assistant. The assistant gets information about the worshipper before they visit the spiritual leader. When the worshipper narrates problems to the leader, the leader is informed about other details of the worshipper in advance and misuses the same and shows the audience that she knows the past about the worshipper. This way, worshippers are fooled. Eventually, a lady, turns a cop and cons the spiritual leader to show the real side to the audience.”Durga Puja attracts many Bengalis and non-Bengalis of the city, hence this is the perfect medium to spread messages. KBP this year also organized a free eye-check up for visitors during Durga Puja days.THE TAKEAWAYSDurga Puja attracts many Bengalis and non-Bengalis of the city, hence this is the perfect medium to spread messages. KBP this year also organized a free eye-check up for visitors during Durga Puja days.
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Cars, bikes in fast lane to register at Mumbai’s RTOs during Navaratri

Regardless of traffic congestion on road and rising fuel prices, Mumbaikars continue to buy vehicles on the auspicious period of Dusshera. In the last two days, 2002 vehicles were registered at the four regional transport offices (RTOs) of Mumbai. On Dusshera, 341 vehicles were registered at three RTOs of Tardeo, Andheri and Wadala, while the Borivali RTO remained shut.These registrations come at a time when the city has seen a rise of 26 per cent in the number of vehicles registered between the period April and September as compared to 2017. At present, there are over 33 lakh vehicles in Mumbai. Of the 2002 vehicles registered, 1080 are two-wheelers and 792 four-wheelers and rest were tempos, buses and trucks.According to the RTO figures, the highest number of vehicles were registered at Andheri RTO (611 registrations), followed by 585 vehicles at Tardeo RTO, 474 at Wadala RTO and 332 at Borivali RTO. The Andheri and Borivali RTOs manage registrations in the western suburbs between Bandra and Dahisar, Wadala RTO takes care of registrations of eastern suburbs till Mulund, and Tardeo RTO for south Mumbai.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>On Thursday, Tardeo RTO registered 33 new vehicles, Andheri RTO saw registrations of 176 vehicles while 132 vehicles were registered at Wadala RTO. Sources said that if one looks at the daily average which stands at 800 vehicles per day, the numbers dipped on Dusshera.As per figures obtained from the RTOs, a day prior was a heavier day as Andheri RTO registered 435 vehicles while 552 vehicles were registered at Tardeo RTO. Borivali RTO registered 332 vehicles and Wadala RTO registered 342 vehicles on Wednesday.Meanwhile looking back at the past six months — from April to September — the number of vehicles this year has seen a rise of 26 per cent as compared to 2017. In April this year, 1016 vehicles registered at all four RTOs on a daily average.Similarly, by September the daily average of vehicles registered this year is 827 while it stood at 843 last year. “If one calculates the daily average for these six months this year, come to 808 vehicles while it was 641 vehicles every day last year. This shows that people continue to buy vehicles,” said an RTO officer on condition of anonymity.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>From April to September 2018, more than 1.47 lakh new vehicles have been registered at four RTO’s in Mumbai. Last year, around 1.17 lakh new vehicles were registered at these RTOs. According to statistics maintained by state transport department, the highest number of vehicles registered stood at 40797 at Wadala RTO, followed by Borivali RTO at 38290 vehicles, Andheri RTO at 33000 vehicles and Tardeo RTO at 35721 vehicles between April and September this year.
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Coastal Road project to have 3 interchanges: BMC

The first phase of the proposed Coastal Road project will have three interchanges, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Thursday. The first phase of the project runs between Princess Street and Bandra-Worli Sea Link Road and the three interchanges will be located at Amar Sons Garden, Haji Ali and Worli Seaface. These interchanges will have 18 alternative routes and nine entry as well as exit routes to facilitate the motorists, the civic body added.“The total length of these interchanges will be 14 km. They will be constructed as per the international codes of standards and using state-of-the-art tools,” the BMC said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The speed limit for vehicles on these interchanges has been fixed at 40 kmph, it said adding that crash attenuators will be installed at important points along these interchanges to minimise the impact of collision in case of possible accident.According to a civic official, work on the first phase is expected to start by the next month, when work orders will be issued. The entire project may take almost four years to complete. “Work on the 10-km stretch from Princess Street Flyover to south end of Bandra Worli Sea Link is likely to start by the end of the year,” official said, adding that the first phase will comprise an under-sea tunnel starting from Princess Street flyover to Priyadarshini Circle.Infrastructure major Larsen and Toubro (L&T) has been awarded the contract to construct a part of the project from Princess Street Flyover to Baroda Palace.
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Sumptuous bhog blurs border between home and distant land

It’s 2 pm Thursday and the sun is wreaking a havoc. At one end of the NFD Circle, a huge pandal at the Ahmedabad Education Society (AES) Ground and the soothing music emanating out of it is drawing the attention of people.As you approach towards the pandal, one can identify the voice of singer Somlata Acharya, known for her skills in Rabindrasangeet, blaring through the speakers, a hint that something fishy (not literally but a reference to the fish-loving Bengali population) is happening inside.And as you enter the pandal, there stands Maa Durga, with the mortals dressed in Kurta-Pajama and sarees. The 3000-plus crowd at the Bengali Cultural Association’s (BCA) pandal is waiting for its turn to savour the bhog, comprising khichuri, mixed vegetable curry, fruit chutney, papad, and payesh or kheer. The platter is not just a hit among the Bengalis, but also among the non-Bengalis.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>With phrases such as ‘Chole aay…bhog er line e dariye achi…ar koto deri’ and ‘saree ta darun hoyeche’ piercing your ears, five minutes into the BCA’s puja pandal and you feel like you are in Kolkata. It’s a feeling of home away from home.In the words of BCA’s general secretary Kanak Das Adhikary: “Our Durga Puja is the oldest and largest in Gujarat. We certainly do not match the scale of Durga Pujas organised in Kolkata, but what we offer is a platform for the Bengali community to come together and celebrate a festival which is close to their heart”.Adhikary pointed out that Ahmedabad has a considerable Bengali population of around 2 lakh and BCA started the Durga Puja celebrations 81 years back to cater to the Bengali as well as the non-Bengali community.”One will be surprised to know that 40 per cent of the daily footfall of 20,000-25,000 is of non-Bengalis who come dressed in traditional Bengali attire, offer prayers to the deity, and enjoy the bhog as any Bengali would,” he added.Chandkheda Bengal Cultural Association’s general secretary Goutam Lahiri shares a similar view. Lahiri, whose association organises another major Durga Puja in the city, said: “We do not have the financial resources to organise theme puja and add all that glitz of a Kolkata Puja Pandal, but we as a community enjoy the feeling of providing a platform to people to enjoy Durga Puja and the revelry associated with it. Every year, the footfall is increasing and there is a growing popularity of the Bengali delicacies offered at our food court. This is our real achievement.”Certainly, food is an integral part of any Bengali celebration and as I started to leave the BCA venue post savouring the bhog, the scorching sun returned and the Durga Puja feeling slowly faded away. However, what remained with me were the short but sweet memories of home away from home.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The celebrations end with sindoor khela on Friday and the Bengalis bid a teary farewell to Maa Durga.
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Durga Puja

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Bengali Cultural Association

Ahmedabad Education Society

NFD Circle

Chandkheda Bengal Cultural Association

Kanak Das Adhikary

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Mumbai: Cash compensation to commercial spaces, infra-projects to get push

Various projects stalled due to encroachments could soon get a push as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) general body gave nod to a proposal to compensate Project Affect Peoples (PAPs) by offering monetary compensation. A circular will be issued in a week’s time.Demolition of encroachments in the city has always been a challenging job for the BMC. One of the main obstructions faced by the civic body is that owners of encroached structures which are eligible for rehabilitation do not easily agree for the alternate places provided by the BMC.As per the proposal, the BMC will rehabilitate commercial structures by offering them compensation in the form of ready reckoner rate of that area. This, the civic body says, will expedite the demolition process. The civic body will give 75 per cent cash compensation of the present ready reckoner to affected people.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Dr Sangeeta Hasnale, assistant municipal commissioner (Market) said that the circular will be issued in a week time and big projects will get a push. “First, the occupants of the buildings will be offered alternative places. If they do not accept and demand cash compensation, they can apply for it,” said Dr Hasnale. She added that the ward office will decide their eligibility and will need civic chief’s approval for cash compensation.However, the compensation is applicable for big projects only, and it will be monitored strictly, said a senior civic official.”The BMC has enough space for residential rehabilitation but not for commercial. Monetary compensation will encourage the shop owners to evict the place. We expect this policy to be sanctioned by the corporation soon to expedite demolition of encroachments in Mumbai”, said another civic official.”The ready reckoner rate is applicable to shops with a maximum area of 225 sq feet. If the area of the commercial structure is 250 or 300 sq feet big, rate will be paid for 225 sq feet area as that is the maximum area limit for alternate accommodation. If the revised policy is implemented, the demolition drives will speed up,” said an official from the civic ward.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The proposal is likely to help BMC to clear encroachment along the 39- km long Tansa pipeline that provides potable water to the city. In addition, the widening of LBS road will also get a push.ProposalAs per the proposal, the BMC will rehabilitate commercial structures by offering them compensation in the form of ready reckoner rate of that area. The civic body will give 75 per cent cash compensation of the present ready reckoner to affected people
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Sangeeta Hasnale

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7th man held by Cuffe Parade police in Noida call centre job scam

The Cuffe Parade police on Thursday made seventh arrest in the fake job racket case being operated from Noida. The accused stole data of job aspirants who had uploaded their resume on job search engines Monster and Shine.com and made bogus job offers to them. The arrested person has been identified as Brijeshkumar Thakur, 24, a resident of Gautam Buddh Nagar in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The police had earlier this month arrested Devrushi Sharma, Vikrant Giri, Jaydeep Shastri, Shashank Dubey, Sonal Rana and Manoj Tiwari in the said case.“The probe revealed that Noida-based call centre’s rent agreement was on Thakur’s name. Thakur was arrested from Gurugram. The Ratnagiri and Pune police have registered similar offences against the gang now. We are on the lookout for other members of the gang identified as Abhishek Mishra, Bulbul and Hari Priya,” said an officer from Cuffe Parade Police Station.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>In October 2017, a woman had complained to the Cuffe Parade police that she was duped to the tune of Rs 1.21 lakh by someone on the pretext of providing her job in HDFC bank.“While probing the case we came across a gang operating from Noida, sector 63. The accused collected the resume of the job seekers from job websites,” The call centre employees would contact the job aspirants and seek bank account number to deposit money as registration fee in that account. Thereafter, they would ask for more money as interview fees, online interview, selection letter, bond paper, training purposes and for document verification,” said Abhishek Trimukhe, deputy commissioner of police, Zone 1. Modus OperandiThe call centre staff would go through the resume of aspirants on job portals sites They would ask them to deposit money as registration fee for online interviews.
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Three drug addicts arrested by Delhi police

Three persons have been arrested for stealing two-wheelers and other valuable electronic items by the south- east district police. The accused persons are alcoholics and drug addicts and in order to meet their needs joined the crime world. With their arrest the police claimed to have solved around 14 cases of thefts in south and south-east delhi.”The accuses have been identified as Ajay alias Monu (24), Amit alias Mohit Sharma alias Golu (24) and Ajay (24). Two motorcycles, three mobile phones, a laptop and some documents have been recovered from their possession,” said Chinmay Biswal, DCP, South-East.According to the police on October 15 in the evening three persons on a motorcycle were spotted without a helmet. The police officials intercepted them and asked them for documents. The trio were unable to provide any information or valid documents of the motorcycle to the police officials. Later on it came to fore that the motorcycle was found stolen from Pul Prahalad Pur area on September 30 this year.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>During sustained interrogation accused persons disclosed that they all live in the same locality in Sangam Vihar and are childhood friends. In order to meet their needs of alcohol and drugs they started committing robbery, snatching and theft. Ajay was previously arrested in a robbery case and other accused Monu was also arrested in attempt to burglary case. Accused persons used to steal motorcycles and carry out crime on these bikes.In another incident reported from west delhi’s SUBHASH nagar area Two men were arrested for allegedly stealing bike for the purpose of snatching. The accused identified as Rajesh (22) and Dinesh (22), both are residents of Sultan Puri, Delhi. On Tuesday at around 9.30 am, they were arrested from Shivaji Park bus stand. During interrogation, it was found that they are drug-addicts and they steal bikes for snatching. Two stolen motorcycles and one mobile phone were recovered from their possession, said police
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Look beyond boundaries set by society: Ela Bhatt to fresh grads

Look at man and woman as individuals first, said chancellor Ela Bhatt addressing graduating students at Gujarat Vidyapith’s 65th convocation held on Thursday. In her speech, Bhatt, who also founded Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), spoke about relationships and asked the students to look beyond the traditional rules set by our society for a man and a woman.Addressing nearly 816 graduating students, she said, “We are born as humans, someone is born a male and some female. All these are biological acts which we cannot change. But the society makes us man and woman. Speech, conduct and behaviour is layered by our society and the society fixes our roles. For example, boys need to be strong, girls should remain shy, men go out to work and women need to stay at home. But in practical life, it is not possible. We are unable to see reality as we are wearing specs that shows that girls are weak in Math and Sports, when a girl wears good clothes, it is to attract boys, if a girl smiles at a boy, she is in love with him, etc. Where do you all learn these things from? Cinema or the society instills such thoughts.”Delving more about friendship, she said, “Whenever you look at a man or a woman, first look them as an individual and their friendship. Romance is good but it is temporary. Friendship lasts longer.”<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>A total of 816 students, including 32 Ph.Ds, 23 M.Phils, 393 post graduates, 293 graduates and 75 post-graduate diploma holders were awarded degrees.Asking students to speak about their issues, she said, “There is no point in thinking about the past and fearing the future. Everyone has problems but problems and happiness are a part of life. No matter whatever secret you have, there would be someone with whom you can share. Be aware of anyone in your circle who has lost interest in food, studies, suddenly becomes introvert, try and help them.”The chief guest of the convocation was noted social worker Dr Prakash Amte who appealed to youths to take up social service in villages to build a peaceful and humane society.Amte said, “Today’s youth should work in rural areas to help those who are in need. Instead of just pursuing personal ambitions, youths should also take up social service. It will give you great sense of fulfilment and satisfaction.”
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relationships

Ela Bhatt

Students

Society

Prakash Amte

Friendship

SEWA

Gujarat Vidyapith

Self Employed Women’s Association

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Total Knee Replacement a blessing for osteoarthritis patients

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the oldest and most common forms of arthritis. It causes the cartilage, normally found in joints, to break down. As per city-based experts, Total Knee Replacement (TKR), has emerged as a safe and effective treatment for severe OA of the knee as it has benefited millions of patients worldwide and it can be counted among the most successful procedures available today. “With change in lifestyle, increased disposable income and enhanced outcomes expectations from the patients, it has now become possible to diagnose arthritis at a much earlier stage. Hence for patients who come with early stage of the disease, a less-invasive surgical alternative may be thoroughly weighed before going for total knee arthroplasty,’ Dr Rajeev Bhargava, Head of Department, Orthopaedics at EHCC Hospital said.In case of OA, the cartilage breakdown removes the buffer between bones and the resulting bone-against-bone friction causing pain and eventual loss of movement.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>“Unicompartmental knee replacement is a revolution in knee joint surgery for early stage of osteoarthritis. This surgery is indicated in cases where OA involves only one of the three compartments of the knee,” Dr Rajeev said. “The surgery allows the patient to retain more than 70 percent of their original joint surface and ligaments and hence the patient gets a very ‘natural knee’ like feeling while allowing them unrestricted movements and activities. This also provides them with an experience that might be very satisfactory,” he added.As per experts, owing to its irreversible nature, the surgery is recommended only in patients for whom other treatment modalities have failed. Since this procedure involves implanting smaller implants, the surgery is performed using minimally invasive techniques. Other benefits include earlier mobilization, less pain and reduced length of hospital stay. “A successful Uni Knee replacement may delay, and in some cases, prevent a more extensive knee replacement surgery. It is an innovative treatment option available today, however, the indications for this can be very specific and a thorough evaluation needs to be done before choosing to do the same,” said Dr Rajeev.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>A Safe And Effective TreatmentAs per city-based experts, Total Knee Replacement (TKR), has emerged as a safe and effective treatment for severe Osteoarthritis of the knee as it has benefited millions of patients worldwide and it can be counted among the most successful procedures available today. The surgery allows the patient to retain more than 70 percent of their original joint surface and ligaments and hence the patient gets a very ‘natural knee’ like feeling while allowing them unrestricted movements and activities. This also provides them with an experience that might be very satisfactory.
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knee replacement

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Sabarimala: The Indian god who bars women from his temple

Why are women banned from entering the Sabarimala temple in southern India?

DNA DECODES: Solving Aadhaar puzzle – All you wanted to know

I’ve not done Aadhaar verification for my SIM. Will my number be invalid?No, it will continue to be in service. SC order only prohibits issue of new SIM cards through Aadhaar eKYC authentication process. There has been no direction to deactivate the old mobile phones authenticated through Aadhaar or any other document.I’ve purchased SIM using Aadhaar. Will I’ve to revalidate my KYC?Only if you want the mobile player to delete your Aadhaar data, you may submit fresh documents for KYC.I had linked my SIM to Aadhaar details. Will it be deactivated if I didn’t submit fresh KYC details?No. The service won’t be disconnected at any point in time.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>I had linked my SIM to Aadhaar. Will the telecom firm keep my data?If any mobile user wishes to delink Aadhaar from existing mobile connection, they need to contact operator and provide other documents (voter ID, passport, PAN, driving licence) as prescribed under DoT guidelines.SC had asked UIDAI not to keep authentication logs for more than six months. The restriction is on UIDAI and not on the telecom companies. Therefore, there is no need for telecom companies to delete authentication logs unless desired by mobile users.Can I ask the telecom company to delete my Aadhaar data and submit other documents for verification?Yes. If any mobile user wishes to delink their Aadhaar number from the existing mobile connection, they need to contact their operator and provide other documents prescribed as per Department of Telecommunications guidelines.I want to buy a new SIM. Do I still need to submit Aadhaar?Aadhaar remains a valid document for customer verification like other Govt authorised documents including passport, PAN, driving licence & Voter ID. However, while getting a new connection, no biometrics (real-time) authentication of subscriber details by UIDAI will be done.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>NEW SIMS VIA APPThe DoT and Aadhaar issuing UIDAI will roll out a digital process for issuing new SIM via a mobile app. This will be in compliance with the Supreme Court judgment in Aadhaar case. In this process, a live photograph of the person with latitude, longitude and time stamp will be captured. Also photo of submitted ID such as Aadhaar, voter ID or others will be captured. The SIM card agent will authenticate the process via an OTP and SIM issued. Source: Cellular Operators Assn of India (COAI), Dept of Telecommunications (DoT) and UIDAI
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passport

Driving Licence

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Department of Telecommunications

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#MeToo: Defamation case brews up a storm

The criminal defamation action, initiated by former union minister MJ Akbar against a woman journalist over sexual harassment charges, has reignited the debate on the need to retain criminal defamation on the statute book.This provision, contained in Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), has attracted attention for the fact that there is wide scope of its misuse to stifle press freedom and have a “chilling effect” on the constitutional guarantee of Right to Free Speech and Expression. On one hand, a person’s Right to Dignity and Reputation contained in Article 21 is pitted against another person’s Fundamental Right to Free Speech contained in Article 19(1)(a).This conflict was addressed by the Supreme Court on May 13, 2016, by a two-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra. It upheld the validity of Section 499 IPC, holding reputation to be an “inextricable aspect of right to life.”<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>On the other hand, the Right under Article 19(1)(a) is subject to reasonable restrictions as provided under Article 19(2) and criminal defamation can be understood to mean as a reasonable restriction.In May 2014, the Law Commission of India did engage its attention on laws that concern media i India. One of the aspects, on which it invited a nation-wide consultation, was on IPC Section 499. The Commission noted, “Demands have been made in the past by entities such as the Editors’ Guild of India to decriminalise defamation as it pertains to journalists. A comprehensive review of laws regulating the media must consider the question of defamation laws as well.” Countries like the US, UK, Australia, Zimbabwe, and Sri Lanka have decriminalised defamation.But why does a person often take recourse to criminal defamation than civil defamation? To a common man, these may be two remedies for curing a single ill. But the devil is in the details. Criminal defamation puts the onus on the accused to show that what he said or wrote was in public good besides being truthful. If public good is made out, the accused can escape punishment of two-year term under defamation. But what is public good is vague and depends on facts from case to case. In civil defamation, if what is alleged is true, it is sufficient defence.Proceedings in criminal defamation are time consuming and require the accused to remain present in court. For this reason, persons resort to filing criminal contempt cases in far-flung courts just to harass and intimidate the accused who needs to be present in court at each hearing. Civil defamation procedure is not so rigorous and a suit can be filed in the local court of the area where the defamatory statement was published or the person who made the statement resides.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Noted criminal lawyer and senior advocate KV Vishwanathan said, “Once Supreme Court has upheld criminal defamation, a judicial ombudsman can be appointed to act as a screening authority which can call for an explanation from the accused and be satisfied that a criminal case is made out. Only then, the complaint should proceed to be filed in court. This judicial ombudsman can be a serving or retired district judge. Only in this manner can the abuse of Section 499 be prevented.”
Supreme Court

Sexual Harassment

MJ Akbar

Law Commission of India

criminal defamation

Dipak Misra

Guild of India

KV Vishwanathan

fundamental right

#MeToo

#MeToo movement

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Sabarimala standoff: Devotees thwart woman scribe’s shrine visit plans, observe hartal

After aborted attempts by a couple of women of menstruating age on Wednesday, Thursday saw another woman trying her luck to enter Sabarimala — this time by a New Delhi-based journalist of a US media house. Accompanied by a male colleague, a foreign national, the scribe was forced to make a descent back to Pamba on the foothills from Marakkoottam after angry Ayyappa devotees prevented them from proceeding further. They were escorted to safety under police escort.Meanwhile, sporadic violence marked the ‘hartal’ called by Hindu right groups in Kerala over Wednesday’s police action against those opposing entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>By all available indications so far no girl or woman in the age group of 10 to 50 years has visited the shrine of the ‘Naishtik Brahmachari’, the eternally celibate deity, since the time the doors to the temple opened Wednesday.Madhavi, a 40 something gutsy woman from Andhra Pradesh, had also made a similar attempt on Wednesday but was forced to retreat.According to some accounts, the woman journalist was greeted with slogans of “lady go back” by protesters who want the long-standing ban on female faithfuls of menstrual age that was lifted by the Supreme Court in a landmark judgement on September 28 to be back again. She later claimed stones were hurled and “something hit me on my shoulder”.
Andhra Pradesh

Kerala

Supreme Court

violence

woman

United States

Madhavi

Pamba

menstruating women

Ayyappa devotees

Sabarimala standoff

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If you don’t fulfil temple promise, then we will build one: Uddhav Thackeray to PM Narendra Modi

Attacking the BJP over its failure to build a Ram Temple at Ayodhya, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said he would visit the town next month to serve a wake-up call to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.Questioning the BJP’s commitment to Hindutva, Uddhav said that his Ayodhya visit on November 25 is meant to “remind” the government about its promise and warned if construction at the disputed site was not commenced, then Shiv Sena would start work on it with Hindus from across the nation.”There is anger at the Ram Mandir not being built… Hindus in the country are not dead, they are awake,” said Uddhav while speaking at the party’s annual Dusshera rally, where he attacked the PM Modi regime for not taking a hard-line stance over Pakistan and Kashmir. Uddhav reiterated that Shiv Sena would fight the 2019 Lok Sabha elections sans an alliance with the BJP.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The Shiv Sena, which is looking at appropriating the BJP’s pan-India hard-line Hindutva plank, is seeking that since Ram Temple is a matter of faith, the Centre must legislate its construction instead of letting the courts decide the dispute.Uddhav said RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had reiterated the Sena’s stance on the Ram Temple. “Mandir wahin banayenge, par tarikh nahin batayenge (We’ll construct the temple there only, but won’t tell the date of the construction),” he chided the BJP.Uddhav said it was late Sena supremo Bal Thackeray who had owed up to his workers demolishing the Babri Masjid in December 1991 when BJP leaders were scared to do so and alleged the demolition case was resurrected to keep senior BJP leader LK Advani away from the president’s post.”Like the promise to deposit Rs 15 lakh in everyones’ accounts was a jumla (fake incentive), tell us shamelessly if the Ram Temple promise was also one. Hence, I have decided to visit Ayodhya on November 25. I will ask these very questions to Modi in Ayodhya. We are not your (Modi’s) enemies and have no evil designs on your post. But don’t play with the sentiments of people, who look at you as the last hope, as they may pull you down from your thrones. This is not a simple issue, but that of Sri Ram,” said Uddhav, questioning why PM Modi, a MP from Uttar Pradesh, had not visited Ayodhya despite trotting the globe.”The Hindus are not anyone’s property,” he warned the BJP, adding that public memory in this case was not short. The Shiv Sena president said they were with the BJP only on the issue of Hindutva.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>”The country is on the edge of the volcano due to these lies (that BJP leaders tell). If this volcano erupts, then you will not come to power again,” he charged, while attacking BJP ministers Nitin Gadkari and Ravi Shankar Prasad.”Many have tried to finish the Shiv Sena. Try to finish us off, it is my challenge, let’s see who remains,” dared Uddhav, while also attacking the BJP on inflation, rising fuel prices and umemployment.Coming out in support of women speaking out against sexual predators in the ‘Me Too’ campaign, Uddhav, who had to cut his speech short due to sudden rains, called it a “serious issue” which necessitated a probe and action
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Babri Masjid

Nitin Gadkari

Narendra Modi

Hindutva

Uddhav Thackeray

Bal Thackeray

Mohan Bhagwat

Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ayodhya

Ram Temple

LK Advani

Dusshera Rally

2019 Lok Sabha elections

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat enters Sabari slugfest

The standoff between Ayyappa devotees and police continue in Sabarimala over the entry of women of menstruating age to the temple is spilling over to a political slugfest. On one side is the Left Front government in Kerala as well as the CPM national leadership and the other the BJP/RSS and other Sangh outfits.While the LDF government in state is accusing the Sangh of attempting to “destroy” the shrine by “unleashing terror”, the BJP says it’s the LDF government that is trying to do so. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat also stated the recent Supreme Court verdict did not account for traditions accepted and followed by the people for years.In his Vijayadashami speech, Bhagwat said: “decisions taken without considering all aspects and patiently creating the mindset of the society will neither be adopted in actual practice nor will they help in creating a new social order in tune with changing times and positions.” He said nature and premise of the tradition that has been accepted by society and continuously followed for years together were not taken into consideration.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>While the BJP alleges tarnishing the Sabarimala Temple has always been a CPM agenda, CM Vijayan says the BJP/RSS had always been disturbed by the unique nature of the shrine, open to devotees of all caste, creed and religion.Making it clear that the government would not allow the temple turn a “riot zone”, the CM said any attempt to block women would be dealt with.BJP state president PS Sree-dharan Pillai has demanded a judicial probe into the circumstances that led to the lathi-charge at Nilakkal.
RSS

Kerala

women

Supreme Court

Mohan Bhagwat

Sabarimala

CPM

bharatiya janata party

Vijayan

Sabarimala Temple

Vijayadashami

Left Front government

Political slugfest

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Ayyappa devotees

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BJP insulted Jaswant Singh, people of Rajasthan will take revenge, says his son

People of Rajasthan will take revenge on the BJP for insulting Rajput leader and former Union minister Jaswant Singh in the December 7 assembly election, his son Manvendra Singh said Thursday.Singh, who joined the Congress Wednesday, exuded confidence in the leadership of Rahul Gandhi saying it is important for the country’s leader to have humanity, which the Congress chief has in abundance.”It was not easy for me to quit the BJP as it was my family. But, when I was not heard within the family and a friend (Rahul) heard me, it was then that I took the step…”The people of Rajasthan, especially from Barmer, Jalaur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur will take revenge for that insult caused to my father Jaswant Singh when he was denied the party ticket and was expelled,” he told PTI.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>BJP veteran Jaswant Singh was denied the party ticket in 2014 Lok Sabha elections but he contested as an Independent from Barmer and lost. He was later expelled from the BJP for contesting the election against the party’s official candidate.”After Atal ji left, values in the BJP have also gone and that old traditional values are no longer there in the BJP. I feel, the decision taken by me has Atal ji’s blessings,” he said.”Joining the Congress was not just my personal decision, it was also a collective decision taken by my supporters who are fighting for their self-respect,” he said.Asked if the Congress chief was capable of leading the country, Singh said in a democracy the leader has to possess the quality of humanity and if one does not possess that one cannot understand and feel the pain of the poor.”Rahul ji is a repository of humanity. I have seen him very closely and the humanity he possesses very few leaders do in this country,” he said.Asked about the state of affairs in Rajasthan, he said he had talked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about it but no steps were taken.Training his guns on Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, he said the people of Rajasthan have decided to remove her government and the upcoming elections will see a big change in the state.Rajasthan goes to polls on December 7 and the results will be out on December 11.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The Congress is seeking to oust the BJP government in the state, which has the tradition of electing an alternative government in every election in the past few decades.
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Lok Sabha

Narendra Modi

Rahul Gandhi

Jaswant Singh

Vasundhara Raje

Jodhpur

Manvendra Singh

bharatiya janata party

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Goa: Parrikar to continue, says Dhavalikar; Sardesai claims BJP looking at successor

Manohar Parrikar will continue as the Goa chief minister, Sudin Dhavalikar, leader of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), a BJP ally in the coastal state, said Thursday after meeting the high-command of the saffron party in Delhi.However, another ally, Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) who also met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah separately, claimed that the saffron party was “looking at who will succeed Parrikar”.Parrikar returned to Goa on October 14 after being treated for a pancreatic ailment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi for about a month.With Parrikar ailing, Shah had called Dhavalikar and Sardesai for separate meetings.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>On his return to the coastal state, Dhavalikar told reporters that it was decided at the meeting that “the chief minister will continue in the chair. He (Parrikar) will rule till he is there”.It was also decided at the meeting that Parrikar will give some additional portfolios to other members of the cabinet, he said.Dhavalikar, the state PWD minister, told the BJP leaders that they should “give credit” to the alliance partners, which would help the saffron party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Goa, he told reporters.”If they care for the alliance partners, they will definitely win with a good margin,” the MGP leader said.However, Town and Country Planning Minister Sardesai, who also met Shah, said the BJP was looking at “who will succeed Parrikar and there is a serious discussion on it”.”The coalition which we had cobbled for Parrikar will continue,” he added.Asked who were the probable chief ministerial candidates, the GFP chief said, “There is no decision as yet, only some names were discussed.” He also took a dig at the Congress over its failure to stop two of its MLAs from crossing over to the BJP.Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte quit the Congress and joined the BJP Wednesday.”The state Congress president (Girish Chodankar) had said they will topple the government and they do not require (help from) Vijai Sardesai for it,” he said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>”Even now, some Congress MLAs called me to say that we are with you. What does this mean? The Congress, the grand old party of India, is acting immaturely. The reason is, those who cannot get elected even as municipal councillors have become the president of the party in Goa,” Sardesai said.
Congress

Manohar Parrikar

bharatiya janata party

All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Sudin Dhavalikar

Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party

Subhash Shirodkar

Dayanand Sopte

Vijai Sardesai

Goa Forward Party

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KBC 10: Which of the following is a liver disease?

The 10th season of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is in its sixth week with the audience showering the show hosted by Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan with lots of love. In 18 years the show made its debut on Indian television, Kaun Banega Crorepati, or KBC as many call it, has not lost its sheen and attracts a massive following. Along with usual broadcast, show’s fans can watch Mr Bachchan posing difficult questions before contestants on digital platforms. As has been the tradition with the KBC in the past, the audience plays along with the contestant of the show. However, this time they will be actually able to play along and get a chance to sit on the hot seat and win exciting prizes. While Jio customers will have an added advantage this year and can get a chance to sit on the hot seat facing megastar Amitabh Bachchan and can win prizes worth crores of rupees, others may just enjoy the show and play along without thinking of a prize. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>To make things easier for you, here we bring the answer to questions asked on the KBC 10.KBC 10: Which of the following is a liver disease? Hepatitis
Amitabh Bachchan

Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC)

Kaun Banega Crorepati

KBC 10

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KBC 10: What is the name of the world’s only Sanskrit Daily published since 1970?

The 10th season of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is in its sixth week with the audience showering the show hosted by Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan with lots of love. In 18 years the show made its debut on Indian television, Kaun Banega Crorepati, or KBC as many call it, has not lost its sheen and attracts a massive following. Along with usual broadcast, show’s fans can watch Mr Bachchan posing difficult questions before contestants on digital platforms. As has been the tradition with the KBC in the past, the audience plays along with the contestant of the show. However, this time they will be actually able to play along and get a chance to sit on the hot seat and win exciting prizes. While Jio customers will have an added advantage this year and can get a chance to sit on the hot seat facing megastar Amitabh Bachchan and can win prizes worth crores of rupees, others may just enjoy the show and play along without thinking of a prize. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>To make things easier for you, here we bring the answer to questions asked on the KBC 10.KBC 10: What is the name of the only Sanskrit Daily published since 1970?Sudharma
Amitabh Bachchan

Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC)

Kaun Banega Crorepati

KBC 10

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Antigua and Barbuda ‘examining’ Mehul Choksi’s extradition request: MEA

The request for extradition of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi is being “examined” by Antigua and Barbuda, the Ministry of External Affairs said Thursday.Answering a question on Choksi, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar at a briefing said, “According to the information that I have, the extradition request by the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and the ED (Enforcement Directorate), is being examined by them (Antigua and Barbuda authorities) and after they have examined it, they have said they will convey their response to India.”External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had met Foreign Minister of Antigua and Barbuda E P Chet Greene last month on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly and raised the issue of extradition of Choksi, who is currently in the Caribbean island.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Greene had conveyed to Swaraj the assurances of his Prime Minister for fullest cooperation of their government in the matter of extradition of Choksi to India, Kumar had said after the meeting.Choksi is one of the alleged masterminds of the US $2 billion scam in state-run Punjab National Bank and is an uncle of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi. He is wanted in India by the CBI and ED probing the fraud.On a question on absconding businessman Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, Kumar said that in the case of Nirav Modi, extradition requests from the CBI and ED are pending with the UK authorities.”The requests are under consideration,” he said.”We are committed to take this matter forward and to bring back the economic offenders,” he said.On Mallya, he said the Westminster Magistrates’ Court has fixed December 10 as the date for verdict in the case.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Meanwhile, responding to a question on dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s mysterious disappearance, Kumar said, “I think I have seen media reports that this matter is still under investigation and so at this stage I have no comments.”
Vijay Mallya

Sushma Swaraj

Antigua

Central Bureau of Investigation

Punjab National Bank (PNB)

Nirav Modi

External Affairs

Central Bureau

Jamal Khashoggi

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India engaged with Trump administration on H1B visa issue: MEA

As the US plans major changes in H-1B visas, India Thursday said it was “closely engaged” with the Trump administration as well as the US Congress on the matter.The comment by the Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) came after Washington said it is planning to “revise” the definition of employment and specialty occupations under the H-1B visas by January, a move which will have an adverse impact on Indian IT companies in the US.”It is a very important topic for us and that is the reason why time and again, at different levels, we have taken up the matter with the US side. Most recently, it was discussed and mentioned during the two-plus-two talks,” MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>He said India is closely engaged with the Trump administration as well as the US Congress on the matter.”It is indeed correct that the administration has taken measures to prevent abuse of this programme and there are certain bills which have been introduced,” Kumar said.”I think what we get to hear are the provisions from those bills, but it is important to note that none of these bills have been passed so far,” he added.The MEA spokesperson said that, during discussions, India conveyed to the US the contribution made to the growth and development of the US economy by the highly skilled Indian professionals.The H-1B visa, most sought-after among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said On Wednesday that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to come out with its new proposal by January 2019.It will “propose to revise the definition of specialty occupation” to increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B programme.It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages, the DHS said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Such a move, which is part of the Unified Fall Agenda of the Trump administration, is likely to have an adverse impact on the functioning of Indian IT companies in the US and also small and medium-sized contractual companies in the IT sector, which are mostly owned by Indian-Americans.
H-1B visas

MEA

Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

External Affairs

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

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Sabarimala row: Amid mounting protest, TDB to meet on Friday to find amicable solution

Amid mounting protest in Kerala against the entry of women of menstrual age into Sabarimala temple, the Travancore Devaswom Board will meet Friday in Thiruvananthapuram to find an amicable solution to the row.Ahead of the meeting, the TDB, which administers the hill shrine, Thursday said it was ready for any sort of compromise to end the stand-off.TDB president A Padmakumar said the board has always taken a stand that it was ready for any sort of compromise to end the protest and bring normalcy.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”We are not for any politics over the issue,” he told reporters here.Seeking to reach out to devotees opposing entry of women of all age groups, he asked if the protests would end if the TDB files a review plea in the Supreme Court against its verdict.The meeting is being held after consensuseluded a crucial meeting of stakeholders called by the board last week to resolve the vexed issue of entry of women of all age groups into the shrine in the wake of the apex court judgment.However, TDB, which manages over 1,200 temples in the state, including the Lord Ayyappa Temple, had said talks with the stakeholders would continue to find a solution.Last week’s meeting attended by various stakeholders of the shrine, including temple tantri (head priest), the Pandalam royal family, ‘Ayyappa Seva Samajam’ and ‘Yoga Kshema Sabha’, had failed to arrive at an agreement as the TDB stuck to its stand of not going for a review plea.Representatives of the Pandalam royal family had walked out as TDB refused to concede their demand to take a decision on filing the review plea Tuesday itself.However, the TDB president had said the meeting was not a “failure” and the board wanted to settle the issue and go ahead with the talks with the people concerned again.The Sabarimala temple, located on the mountain ranges of the ecologically fragile Western Ghats, opened yesterday for the first time after the recent apex court order, allowing entry of women of all age groups there.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The shrine will close on October 22 after the five-day monthly puja during the Malayalam month of Thulam.
Kerala

Sabarimala

Thiruvananthapuram

Travancore Devaswom Board

Pandalam

Pandalam royal family

Ayyappa Seva Samajam

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3 months after joining BJP, Shankersinh Vaghela’s son Mahendrasinh quits party

Barely three months after he joined the BJP, former Congress MLA Mahendrasinh Vaghela, son of former Gujarat Congress strongman Shankersinh Vaghela, resigned from the ruling party on Thursday.Mahendrasin sent his resignation letter to Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani on Thursday.Without elaborating much about his sudden decision to quit the party, he said in the letter that he was resigning due to some “personal reasons”.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Mahendrasinh, who represented Bayad seat in north Gujarat as a Congress MLA, had quit the opposition party last year ahead of the Assembly elections and joined the BJP in July this year. However, he had not contested the 2017 polls.His move comes days after his father, Shankersinh Vaghela, expressed his desire to play the role of a coordinator between all the regional parties in the country to fight against the ruling BJP during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Last month, Shankersinh had claimed that his supporters have urged him to unite various parties to create an anti-BJP front ahead of the general elections.In August 2017, Shankersinh along with seven other Congress MLAs, including his son Mahendrasinh, had reportedly cross-voted in favour of the BJP candidate during the Rajya Sabha polls and then resigned from the party.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Despite the cross voting, Congress candidate Ahmed Patel had won the election by defeating the BJP’s Balwantsinh Rajput.
Congress

Gujarat

Ahmed Patel

BJP

Shankersinh Vaghela

Mahendrasinh Vaghela

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Was instigated by woman showing me middle finger: Former BSP MP’s son who brandished gun at a five-star hotel

Ashish Pandey, the son of a former BSP MP who has been accused of brandishing a pistol and threatening the guests at a five-star hotel here, told the police Thursday that he was instigated by a woman, who had shown him the “middle finger,” after which he had got the weapon from his car.Pandey, who surrendered before the Patiala House court Thursday, also said in a video message that he was being subjected to a media trial and that only one side of the story was being shown, portraying him as a “terrorist”.”The woman accompanying Gaurav (Kanwar, son of a former Congress MLA) showed me the middle finger, which instigated me to get my pistol from my car,” Pandey told the police after his arrest in the case.”Pandey claimed that Kanwar was in the ladies’ washroom in the hotel when his female friends went to the washroom. They raised an objection over Kanwar’s presence in the washroom which led to an argument, following which Pandey was called by his friends,” a senior officer privy to the probe said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Pandey claimed that he asked Kanwar to come out of the washroom but the latter refused to do so and instead, challenged him, saying, “What is your business if I am inside the washroom?”, the police said.Subsequently, Kanwar’s female friend showed the middle finger to Pandey and his women friends at the porch of the hotel and that instigated him to get the pistol from the car, the accused told the police.Pandey was on his way home in Lucknow Sunday night when he got to know about the video of the incident being circulated on the social media. He then messaged all his friends, requesting them to ensure that the video was not circulated and asking them to delete it from their phones.The next day, when he realised that the video had gone viral, he took his son and wife along with him and went hiding at various places in and around Lucknow, Pandey told the police.His father, uncle and brother were in touch with lawyers and his friends, while he was juggling between places, he told the interrogators.The police are yet to recover the weapon Pandey had brandished at the foyer of the south Delhi hotel in the early hours of Sunday.”I have been subjected to a media trial. I am being portrayed as a terrorist. I am not denying that the incident happened but it is being shown from one side,” Pandey said in a video message he released before his surrender.In the video, he said the CCTV footage of the hotel should properly be checked to ascertain who was at fault.”They should check the CCTV footage and see who entered the ladies’ washroom and after exiting from it, who threatened whom. When I came out, I took the licensed gun from my vehicle. I did not aim the gun towards him (Kanwar) and the weapon was pointed downwards.”Everyone is saying I threatened a woman with a gun but I did not even address the woman, who was with him. She pushed me and even made obscene gestures at me using her hands. Her male friend said things to me,” Pandey said.He added that he would tell his side of the story to the police and that he had full faith in the country’s judicial system.After the video of the incident went viral on the social media, resulting in a public outrage, Pandey had requested his friends on WhatsApp not to circulate the video and apologised for what he did.The video of the incident at the Hyatt Regency hotel here prompted the police to step in and launch a hunt for Pandey.A Delhi court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Pandey Wednesday.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Pandey’s father Rakesh Pandey is a former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP and his brother Ritesh is an MLA in Uttar Pradesh.
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NEW DELHI

Lucknow

Bahujan Samaj Party

Patiala House

Rakesh Pandey

Ashish Pandey

Ritesh

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ED issues notice to NDTV for FEMA violations amounting to over Rs 4,000 cr

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued a show cause notice to private television news channel NDTV for alleged violations of the forex law amounting to over Rs 4,000 crore, the central probe agency said Thursday.”The investigation showed FEMA contraventions relating to receipt of foreign direct investment by NDTV to the extent of Rs 1,637 crore and the other relating to overseas investments to the tune of RS 2,732 crore,” the ED said in a statement.The show cause notice, issued under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), was issued to the founders and executive co-chairpersons of the group– Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy–, journalist Vikram Chandra and few others.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The companies alleged to have contravened the FEMA are Ms NDTV Lifestyle Holdings Ltd (now Ms Lifestyle and Media Holdings Ltd), Ms South Asia Creative Assets Ltd, Ms Astro Overseas Ltd and Ms NDTV Imagine Ltd (now Ms Turner General Entertainment Networks India Pvt Ltd).The ED said the offences identified in respect of the first alleged contravention in the receipt of FDI pertains to “substantive contraventions of Rs 319 crore by NDTV Ltd through contravention of press note 1 of 2005 and downstream investment of Rs 138 crore without FIPB approval.”The remaining contraventions relate to delays under FEMA in respect of allotment of shares within permissible time limit of 180 days and delays in filing nomination with RBI and reporting requirements,” the agency said.As part of the second violation that has been show caused, the ED said “overseas investment made by the NDTV and offences of Rs 582 crore relate to contravention of substantive provisions of FEMA and the remaining contraventions of Rs 2,414 crore relate to delays in filing reports and other requisite information before RBI.” The total contravention identified under the latest notice is Rs 4,369 crore.The agency said it is further probing an instance of FDI received by the media group worth Rs 725 crore, which only the cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) was competent to clear (cases of FDI in excess of Rs 600 crore).”But, no CCEA approval was taken (by NDTV),” the ED alleged.”FDI was projected as below Rs 600 crore as part of larger conspiracy. While applying for FIPB approval NDTV projected FDI as varying between USD 130-160 million. Documents of FIPB section also projected FDI differently as Rs 585 crore (USD 130 million at the rate of Rs 45 per dollar).”Further, investigation on this aspect is continuing,” the agency said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>It added that there are additional “offences” under probe to the tune of Rs 13,78,68,77,738 by the group in respect of delays in reporting and filing information with RBI such as FIRC, FCGPR, FCTRS among others and delays in allotment of shares.
NEW DELHI

Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA)

Vikram Chandra

Prannoy Roy

Radhika Roy

ndtv

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NDA’s re-negotiated Rafale deal has put pilots’ lives at risk: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday alleged that Indian fighter pilots were at risk flying the “ancient” Jaguars since new technology was not coming into the country from France after the Rafale jet deal was re-negotiated by the NDA government Continuing his attack on the Modi Government over the Rafale deal, Gandhi in a Facebook post, alleged the NDA renegotiated the UPA deal to benefit crony capitalists and reduced India’s prestige globally.India could not get transfer of technology as negotiated during the UPA rule and it was shameful that Indian pilots have to put their lives at risk flying the ancient Jaguar aircraft as new technology did not come into the country, he said.He cited a media report to allege that instead of getting 126 Rafale aircraft together with transfer of technology that would have transformed the Indian Air Force, the NDA government renegotiated the deal to get only 36 aircraft made in France.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”Since 2014, instead of taking to closure deals that had been negotiated by the UPA Government, the present government has focussed on renegotiating those deals to benefit crony capitalists.”For instance, the UPA’s Rafale deal for 126 aircraft would have transformed the Indian Airforce allowing us to scrap and replace ancient aircraft like the Jaguar.”It involved the transfer of technology to HAL which would have helped make us become more self reliant in the future. Instead, the deal was re-worked for Anil Ambani’s benefit and reduced to just 36 aircraft – all made in France. These aircraft will take years to arrive in India,” he claimed in his post.Gandhi later tweeted, “Thanks to the PM’s massive corruption, the best pilots in the world now have unlimited access to French junkyards for Jaguar spare parts, rather than new, Indian made planes.” Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group has denied the Congress’ allegations in connection with the deal.The Congress chief alleged that India’s pilots are forced to put their lives at risk each day, flying ancient Jaguars, that are kept in the air “using parts scrounged from junk yards in France and other parts of the world”.”Not only is this shameful, it reduces India’s prestige globally and puts the lives of our pilots at risk,” he said.Gandhi and his Congress party have been attacking the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal, alleging corruption and favouritism.The Government has dismissed Gandhi’s allegations, while the BJP has accused him of spreading lies on the issue.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>He cited a media report claiming that “India is the only air force in the world still flying the Jaguar aircraft, and will now cannibalise’ retired aircraft for spare parts”.
Congress

Narendra Modi

Rahul Gandhi

Indian Air Force

Anil Ambani

NEW DELHI

Rafale

Air Force

Pilot

bharatiya janata party

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KBC 10: Which of the following goods are not under the ambit of GST?

The 10th season of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is in its sixth week with the audience showering the show hosted by Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan with lots of love. In 18 years the show made its debut on Indian television, Kaun Banega Crorepati, or KBC as many call it, has not lost its sheen and attracts a massive following. Along with usual broadcast, show’s fans can watch Mr Bachchan posing difficult questions before contestants on digital platforms. As has been the tradition with the KBC in the past, the audience plays along with the contestant of the show. However, this time they will be actually able to play along and get a chance to sit on the hot seat and win exciting prizes. While Jio customers will have an added advantage this year and can get a chance to sit on the hot seat facing megastar Amitabh Bachchan and can win prizes worth crores of rupees, others may just enjoy the show and play along without thinking of a prize. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>To make things easier for you, here we bring the answer to questions asked on the KBC 10.KBC 10: Which of the following goods are not under the ambit of GST?Petrol, Diesel
KBC 10

Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC)

Kaun Banega Crorepati

Amitabh Bachchan

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KBC 10: Which of these human organs is part of the digestive system?

The 10th season of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is in its sixth week with the audience showering the show hosted by Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan with lots of love. In 18 years the show made its debut on Indian television, Kaun Banega Crorepati, or KBC as many call it, has not lost its sheen and attracts a massive following. Along with usual broadcast, show’s fans can watch Mr Bachchan posing difficult questions before contestants on digital platforms. As has been the tradition with the KBC in the past, the audience plays along with the contestant of the show. However, this time they will be actually able to play along and get a chance to sit on the hot seat and win exciting prizes. While Jio customers will have an added advantage this year and can get a chance to sit on the hot seat facing megastar Amitabh Bachchan and can win prizes worth crores of rupees, others may just enjoy the show and play along without thinking of a prize. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>To make things easier for you, here we bring the answer to questions asked on the KBC 10.KBC 10: Which of these human organs is part of the digestive system?A: Pancreas
Amitabh Bachchan

Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC)

Kaun Banega Crorepati

KBC 10

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