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Gadkari dedicates to nation upgraded NH-44 in Meghalaya

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday dedicated to the nation the renovated and upgraded National Highway-44, which would boost industrial development in Meghalaya.The Minister for Road Transport and Highways will also review problems and issues faced in the execution of National Highway projects in the north-east here, over the next two days.Highlighting the importance of the upgraded NH-44, Gadkari said the road passes through coal and cement belts in the state.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”The NH-44 is important for development of industries in Meghalaya… The highway is significant, particularly for cement manufacturers. It will increase production and create more jobs for the youth in the area,” he said.Gadkari said the road will reduce travel time from four hours to two hours between Jowai in West Jaintia Hills district and Sonapur in East Jaintia Hills district bordering Silchar.The minister said the Jowai-Ratacherra highway will also boost fast movement of goods, including bamboo, from Barrak valley in Assam to other north-eastern states.”This highway will uplift the bamboo industry in the region,” he said.The construction for the 102-km long highway began in November 2015 and was completed in March this year, two months ahead of schedule, officials said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Gadkari said it incurred a total cost of Rs 683 crore and the stretch has three major and 44 minor bridges, and a 143-meter long tunnel.
Assam

Nitin Gadkari

Shillong

Silchar

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Alagiri says his supporters wants him to contest in Karunanidhi’s Tiruvarur seat bypoll

With the doors shut for his re-entry into the party, expelled DMK leader and former Union Minister MK Alagiri is desperately trying hard to get back his party membership either through threat of subverting the party chances in the crucial Assembly bypoll to Tiruvarur ahead of the next year’s Lok Sabha polls or coercing the party leadership by collecting signatures of one lakh party member supporting him.Alagiri, after his father M Karunanidhi’s hometown Thirukuvalai in Tiruvarar district on Sunday, hinted that he might contest the Tiruvarur Assembly by-poll, necessitated by his father’s demise, as his supporters requested him in this regard.”I have received information that some people are trying to avert a by-election. If elections happen and if I stand then I would explain to the people the injustice meted out to me regardless of whether or not I would seek people’s vote,” he said. He also dismissed the reports that the BJP supporting him and him having links with Rajinikanth as mere rumours.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>After the death of his father and party chief M Karunanidhi, Alagiri found himself completely isolated with his younger brother and rival Stalin taking over latter’s post in the party. The Madurai strongman who was expelled from the party in 2014 when he opposed his father’s remarks declaring Stalin as his successor in the party. Ever since his attempts to make a comeback in the party was scuttled by Stalin.Amid reports of both the brothers buried their hatchet following mediation by the family members after Karunanidhi’s death on August 7, Alagiri publicly announced his desire to get back his party membership and held a peace rally to his father’s grave as a show of strength on September 5.As the rally failed to evoke any positive response from DMK leadership, Alagiri’s supporters have launched a signature campaign supporting his return to the party’s fold. “We are planning to get one lakh signature from the DMK members supporting Alagiri return to the party. We will submit the memorandum with one lakh signatures to party president Stalin on October 1,” P Mannan, a key leader in the Alagiri’s camp, told DNA.A senior DMK leader on condition of anonymity said that Alagiri action’s after the demise of Kalaignar only shows is desperation to re-enter the party. “Not only Stalin but many senior leaders in DMK were also against his re-entry into the party. Many feel he will create factionalism once he is admitted into the party,” the leader said.
Tamil Nadu

Karunanidhi

bypoll

Alagiri

DMK

Tiruvarur

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It will be ensured no foreigner is included in NRC updating exercise: Assam govt

The Assam government on Monday denied allegations that it was interfering with the NRC update process for excluding people’s names, saying no genuine Indians would be left out.It will be ensured that no foreigner’s name is included in the update exercise of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said in the Assembly. He was speaking on behalf of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who holds the home portfolio. Sonowal has categorically said all Indian citizens’ names would be included. Allaying fears of exclusion of people’s names from the citizen’s register, Patowary termed it “false”. The people, whose names did not figure in the NRC final draft, are entitled to file claims and objections as due opportunities are available before publication of the final citizen’s register, he said during the Question Hour.Responding to the allegation by the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) MLA Aminul Islam that the government was interfering with the NRC process by referring names to the foreigners’ tribunals, the minister said the citizens register was being updated under the Supreme Court’s direct supervision and there was no question of any interference. “Under the MHA’s (ministry of home affairs) instruction the Assam government has issued directions to all the SPs and DCs that no action for fresh inquiry or reference to tribunals should be initiated by the administration or police till the final NRC is published.” The tribunals, however, may issue notices regarding the cases referred to it before the publication of the final NRC draft, Patowary said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>He also informed the House that the state government had filed two affidavits in the Supreme Court to accept the earlier-mentioned 15 documents during the claims-and-objection process, instead of new guidelines of 10 documents only. On the Congress and AIUDF seeking removal of NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela, Patowary expressed helplessness, saying he had been instructed by the apex court not to share any information regarding NRC with the legislators, judiciary and executives. “Hajela had recently submitted a letter to the SC in a sealed envelope. We do not know what is there. We have requested the Supreme Court to share information with us as law and order is a state subject. It is a very sensitive subject,” he added.The assembly witnessed some noisy scenes during the discussion over alleged harassment of people over proving of their citizenship. The Opposition pointed out a few cases, where some people were harassed by the tribunal authorities, but Patowary termed them “rare”. He informed that 4,55,976 cases of ‘D’ (doubtful) voters have been referred to the tribunals till December 2017. From January-April this year, a total of 1,079 cases have been forwarded by the border police and the total number of ‘D’ voters in the draft electoral roll published on September 15 is 1,19,559, he added.
Congress

Assam

Guwahati

Sarbananda Sonowal

NRC

Chandra Mohan Patowary

All India United Democratic Front

NRC Row

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SC verdict likely tomorrow on plea seeking disqualification of ‘tainted lawmakers’

The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict Tuesday on a batch of pleas raising a question whether lawmakers facing criminal trial can be disqualified from contesting elections at the stage of framing of charges against them.Presently, lawmakers are barred under the Representation of Peoples (RP) Act from contesting elections only after their conviction in a criminal case.A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, had reserved its verdict on August 28 and is slated to pronounce the verdict tomorrow.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The bench, also comprising Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, had earlier indicated that voters have a right to know the antecedents of candidates and the Election Commission could be asked to direct political parties to ensure that persons, facing criminal charges, do not contest on their tickets using their poll symbols.The Centre has contended that the judiciary should not venture into the legislative arena by creating a pre-condition which would adversely affect the right of the candidates to participate in polls as there was already the RP Act which deals with the issue of disqualification.The apex court had observed earlier that persons facing criminal charges would be free to contest, but they cannot do so on a party ticket under its election symbol.Referring to the concept of presumption of innocence until a person is proven guilty, the Centre had argued that depriving a person from contesting elections on a party ticket would amount to denial of the right to vote, which also included the right to contest.It had said that the courts will have to presume innocence in view of the fact that in 70 per cent cases, accused are being acquitted.Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for Centre had said that Parliament has made a distinction between an accused and a convict and there has been a provision for disqualification in the Representation of Peoples Act upon conviction of a lawmaker.The Election Commission of India had taken a view which was apparently opposite to the Centre and said the recommendations for decriminalising politics were made by the poll panel and the Law Commission way back in 1997 and 1998, but no action was taken on them.It exhorted the court to issue the direction in the matter besides asking Parliament to make the suitable law.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The bench was hearing the PILs filed by NGO ‘Public Interest Foundation’ and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay.
Election Commission of India

bharatiya janata party

Constitutional Bench

Supreme Court (SC)

Representation of Peoples (RP)

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PM Modi nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for launching world’s ‘largest healthcare scheme’

BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit President Tamilisai Soundararjan Monday nominated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Nobel Peace Prize for launching the “world’s largest” health care scheme – Ayushman Bharat.She along with her husband, Professor Dr P Soundarajan, who is the head of department and senior consultant in nephrology at a private university, has also nominated Modi for Nobel, a press release from the party’s state unit said.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2019 for launching the world’s largest healthcare scheme Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana- Ayushman Bharat by Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan…” the release said. Modi launched the healthcare scheme on Sunday.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Also read: While PM Modi’s intentions are noble, is India ready to manage such a huge project?The “path-breaking initiative” of the “visionary” Prime Minister will transform the lives of millions of people, especially the underprivileged and vulnerable, it said. “The last date for Nomination for Nobel Peace Prize 2019 is January 31, 2019. The nomination processes start in September each year. University Professors and Members of Parliament among others can also nominate our Prime Minister,” the release added.“As a doctor, I have seen sufferings of poor people at times of medical emergencies for want of money to get quality medical care. I have witnessed how government insurance schemes helped patients during my higher education in Canada. Now our PMs #AyushmanBharat yojana a boon to poor. @PMOIndia,” she tweeted.Modi rolled out the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY)-Ayushman Bharat, and had termed it a “game-changer initiative to serve the poor”. It was the ‘biggest’ government-sponsored healthcare scheme in the world, he had said, adding “the number of beneficiaries is almost equal to the population of Canada, Mexico and the US taken together.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>’Ayushman Bharat’ launched: Why these 5 states have rejected PM Modi’s mega healthcare scheme
Narendra Modi

Noble Peace Prize

Tamilisai Soundararjan

Ayushman Bharat

Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY)

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AIR launches FM station near Amritsar border to counter Pak’s anti-India propaganda

In a bid to counter anti-India propaganda unleashed by Pakistan through its radio penetration, India today launched an FM station for the border belt near Amritsar that could be heard 50 km into the Pakistani territory.A 20kW FM transmitter of the All India Radio (AIR) located at Gharinda close to the international border near Amritsar was formally inaugurated by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla, an AIR statement said. The transmitter, that will be used for both domestic and external broadcast, is of immense strategic importance as programmes radiated from the transmitter can be heard in a radius of 90 km, including up to 50 km inside Pakistan, it said.Sampla, while inaugurating the transmitter, told reporters that it will help in resolving the issues of non-availability of good quality signals of AIR in Amritsar and surrounding areas, and also help in countering malicious anti-India propaganda unleashed by radio channels from across the border. The minister expressed hope that the content of the channel would also go a long way in bridging people-to-people contact among the Punjabi speaking people of the two countries.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Chairman Prasar Bharati Surya Prakash said on the occasion that as a public service broadcaster, Prasar Bharati and its two constituents All India Radio and Doordarshan, were committed to playing a catalytic role in the development of the country. Lauding the role of AIR, the Prasar Bharati Chairman said that AIR has always been at the forefront of preserving the country’s cultural heritage and integrity.Director General AIR Fayyaz Sheheryar said the FM transmitter shall ensure stereo quality listening of radio programmes in the region.To begin with, the transmitter will carry an assortment of programmes broadcast in Punjabi by FM Rainbow Channel of AIR Jalandhar, ‘Des Punjab’, and programmes in Saraiki language. Popular programmes of Urdu service of the External Services Division, AIR, will also be broadcast, the statement said. Des Punjab programme and the programmes in Saraiki which are presently broadcast on medium wave are immensely popular in Pakistan as these are specially devised to focus on the commonality of the Punjabi culture and heritage between the two halves of Punjab, it said.Initially the transmitter shall carry programmes for 18 hours per day from 6.00 AM to 12.00 midnight. Amritsar and surrounding areas are inundated by radio programmes broadcast from across the border. The content broadcast from across the border is often found to be not conducive to India’s national interest and needs to be countered, the statement said. This transmitter, due to its strategic location, would provide for countering of any misleading anti-India propaganda and put India’s point of view in the correct perspective, it said.
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India

Radio

Amritsar

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Vijay Sampla

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ED ‘resisted’ my efforts to repay banks, Mallya claims in PMLA court

Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya told a special court here Monday that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) “resisted” his efforts to settle his loans with public sector banks.Mallya, who is currently in the United Kingdom, has been charged by the ED of defaulting on bank loans to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore.Mallya, through his counsel, was replying in the PMLA court of Judge MS Azmi to an ED application seeking that he be declared a fugitive under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>In his reply, Mallya stated that “despite continuing efforts over the last two to three years, when efforts have been made to repay the public sector banks, instead of taking steps to facilitate the process of repayment to banks, the ED has, at every step, resisted this effort”.Mallya’s reply also stated that the ED’s application, in its endeavour to confiscate assets, is one which is contrary to public and national interest.Objecting to the ED plea to declare him a fugitive, Mallya mentioned that he has been cooperating with the authorities in the UK in extradition proceedings and has submitted himself to the jurisdiction and process of the UK courts- a process invoked at the behest of the government of India.Mallya’s reply contended that, in these circumstances, it was false to contend that he “refuses to return to India”, adding that “adherence to the law of the land cannot and doesn’t render one as fugitive economic offender”.The arguments in the extradition proceedings in UK have concluded and the matters are to be listed on December 10 for judgement, the reply read.Mallya’s reply sought that present proceedings ought to be stayed or adjourned sine die till the judgement is delivered in the extradition proceedings (in the UK).Meanwhile, the ED Monday filed its say in the intervention application moved by some parties seeking to implead themselves in the matter.The PMLA court on Monday set September 28 as the next date for hearing on the intervention application.The main application (to declare Mallya fugitive) will be heard after its order on the intervention plea, the judge said.The court had earlier issued non-bailable warrants against the businessman in two cases filed by the ED.Mallya, his now defunct venture Kingfisher Airlines Limited and others availed loans from various banks and the outstanding amount, including interest, now stands at Rs 9,990.07 crore.Both the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have filed cases for alleged loan default against him.The Fugitive Economic Offenders Act has provisions for special courts under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) to declare a person as a fugitive economic offender and order immediate confiscation of assets.The law lays down that a fugitive economic offender is a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued in respect of a scheduled offence and who has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution, or being abroad, refuses to return to India to face criminal prosecution.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Cases of fraud, cheque dishonour or loan default of over Rs 100 crore come under the ambit of this law.
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Central Bureau of Investigation

Enforcement Directorate (ED)

United Kingdom

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Opposition parties suffering from ‘Modi phobia’: Amit Shah in Odisha

BJP President Amit Shah criticised the opposition parties, including the Congress, on Monday saying they suffered from “Modi phobia” and did not have any agenda for the country’s development.All partners of the BJP in the NDA on the other hand are united and serious about transforming India as the number one country in the world, Shah said. Hitting out at the Naveen Patnaik’s BJD government in Odisha, he said it is responsible for backwardness and poverty in the mineral-rich state. Its ouster from power is certain in the 2019 election, he told a women’s meeting here. “I want to tell the people that the Congress and all opposition parties are working together for breaking India while (prime minister Narendra) Modi-ji is busy in making India,” he said.The prime minister is seeking to eradicate poverty, but the opposition wants “Modi hatao (defeat)”, the BJP president said. Modi wants to eliminate unemployment, while opposition calls for his removal.”We (BJP) say put an end to insecurity among people, but they (opposition) want removal of Modi. The opposition has no specific agenda, no neta (leader) and no neeti (policy). Their only programme is removal of Modi as they are suffering from Modi phobia,” the BJP President said.Hitting out at the BJD government in Odisha, which has been in power in the state since 2000, he said, “The Naveen Patnaik government has lost all rights to continue in power in Odisha even for a second as the state remains backward despite abundant mineral resources.” Slamming the Naveen Patnaik government for rejecting the Centre’s flagship health insurance scheme Ayushman Bharat, Shah said if the BJP comes to power in the state it would immediately join the programme for the benefit of lakhs of poor people.
Narendra Modi

Amit Shah

Odisha

Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)

Odisha election 2019

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West Bengal: Under-construction bridge collapses in Kakdwip, opposition slams government

After Majerhat and Siliguri bridge collapse, an under construction bridge collapsed at Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas on Monday morning, the third within a month in West Bengal.The bridge was being built across Kalnagini river. The foundation stone of the bridge had been laid by Sunderban development minister Manturam Pakhira about three years ago and construction had begun about two years ago. Nearly half of the 120-metre long bridge had been completed. It was supposed to join Steamer Ghat area with Narsimha Ashram.There had been no reports of any casualty so far owing to the bridge collapse as the accident happened around 9 am, a little before labourers started working. Area locals said that they had reported many flaws in the bridge building process but authorities didn’t pay any heed to those.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Officials of Kakdwip and Harwood Point Coastal police stations, along with engineers of the Sunderban Development department rushed to the spot. Pakhira shifted the blame of the bridge collapse on the agency which was building it. “The bridge was being built by joining girders. Officials of the contractor agency had removed the support from under the girders without consulting engineers of my department. That is why the accident happened,” Pakhira said. He also said that he had instructed police to file an FIR against the construction company to check whether sub-standard building materials were being used.Newly appointed state Congress president Somen Mitra said, “Back to back collapse of bridges and flyovers prove that the state government is not only a failure in case of maintenance of old structures but is also hopeless when it comes to building new ones.”Senior minister of Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet Partha Chatterjee, refused to acknowledge it as a bridge in the first place. “It is not even constructed. So we will have to reconsider before calling it a bridge. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on a foreign trip at the moment, had said that she will order a review of all the technical aspects of the bridges of Bengal,” he said.On September 4, three persons died and 24 were left injured after Majerhat bridge in south Kolkata collapsed. Three days after that on September 7 at Phansidewa area near Siliguri in north Bengal, a bridge gave in as a truck reached midway. The truck got stuck in the broken part of the bridge. After the Majerhat bridge collapse, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that 20 bridges in Kolkata and Howrah had passed their ‘expiry dates’. In March, 2016, an under-construction flyover at Vivekananda Road in north Kolkata collapsed killing 27 persons.
Congress

West Bengal

Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata

Siliguri

Manturam Pakhira

Kakdwip

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MP: Social welfare dept chief Padma Shukla resigns from BJP, joins Congress

Madhya Pradesh Social Welfare Board Chief Padma Shukla on Monday resigned from the primary membership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Shukla, who was a BJP member since 1980, also held a state cabinet rank.In a letter to BJP state president Rakesh Singh, Shukla expressed her disappointment with the party saying, “I have been a primary member of the party since 1980 and have discharged my duties accordingly. I am upset because of the negligence and exploitation of the party workers in Vijayraghavgarh constituency post 2014 by-polls. Thus, I am resigning from the primary membership of the party.”Shukla’s main clash was with MP Minister Sanjay Pathak. According to her, Pathak used to insult workers. “I tried to work with Madhya Pradesh Minister Sanjay Pathak for two years but that seemed impossible. He used to humiliate BJP workers. It was hurting and damaging the self-respect of my workers,” Shukla told ANI.She has also resigned from the post of state Social Welfare Board chief. After resigning from BJP, Padma Shukla promptly joined Congress. She was welcomed in the grand old party by workers in presence of prominent Congress leader Kamal Nath.
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Madhya Pradesh

Kamal Nath

Rakesh Singh

Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)

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Prakash Ambedkar rejects Sharad Pawar’s claims on poll support

Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) leader Prakash Ambedkar Monday rebutted NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s claims that he had helped the former win the Lok Sabha election from Akola in Maharashtra in 1998.Talking to reporters here, Ambedkar, a prominent leader of the Scheduled Castes in the state, said Pawar was “lying” in stating that he helped him win the election 20 years ago.Ambedkar’s comments came in the backdrop of certain statements made by Pawar. It all started when Ambedkar last week questioned the NCP’s secular credentials, drawing a sharp reaction from the Maratha strongman.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”Pawar should not have lied that his support led to my victory in the Lok Sabha elections in 1997-98. I had made an understanding with then Congress national president the late Sitaram Kesri. Pawar had nothing to do with it,” he said.”Sharad Pawar (who was then in the Congress) was nowhere in the picture. It was another Congress leader, Murli Deora, who informed that Sharad Pawar wanted to meet me.”Pawar had visited my home and stated that he would like to be part of negotiations between the Congress president and me (for support in polls),” Ambedkar claimed.The SC leader, who heads one of the factions of the Republican Party of India (RPI), said in fact the NCP had fielded its candidate against him in the 1999 Lok Sabha polls.Pawar later quit the Congress and formed the NCP in June 1999, just months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.”My politics has nothing to do with Sharad Pawar. His party’s candidate contested against me. In the 1999 general elections, in the Akola Lok Sabha constituency, the NCP candidate contested against me. He got around 1.25 lakh votes,” said Ambedkar.He Thursday reportedly said Pawar was “secular”, but not his party.Reacting to this, Pawar had said “Ambedkar would not have taken the NCP’s support in elections from Akola had the NCP been not secular.”<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Earlier this month, Ambedkar, the grandson of chief Constitution maker B R Ambedkar, announced a pre-poll alliance with the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi.
Murli Deora

Asaduddin Owaisi

Prakash Ambedkar

Republican Party of India (RPI)

Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh

Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM)

NCP. Sharad Pawar

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Kerala nun rape case: Bishop Franco Mulakkal remanded to 12-day judicial custody

In its remand report submitted in the court, police had said the nun was subjected to rape and unnatural sex 13 times by the accused at the guest house of St Francis Mission Home between 2014 and 2016. In her complaint to the Kottayam police in June, the nun had alleged that the priest raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and later sexually exploited her on several occasions. The nun had said she approached the police as church authorities did not act on her repeated complaints against the clergyman. However, the bishop has denied the charges. ”
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Prime minister and home minister should take call on declassifying Shastri’s death records: CIC

All classified records pertaining to former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death should be placed before the prime minister and home minister to take call on their declassification, the CIC has ruled Monday.The directives were issued to the central public information officers of the Prime Minister’s Office, External Affairs Ministry and Home Ministry on the plea of an RTI applicant seeking to know if autopsy was done on Shastri who had died on January 11, 1966 in Tashkent in a Soviet dacha.”The Commission directs… to place all those so-called ‘classified papers’ before the prime minister and the home minister, who are recommended to consider the fundamental right to know and demand of the people… to declassify (the records) either through an expert committee or by any other process to get the mystery probed and resolved,” Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>He also expressed surprise that there are no records with the Rajya Sabha pertaining to the Raj Narain Committee to look into Shastri’s death initiated during the Janata Party government in late seventies.”Parliament is known for meticulous maintenance of documents. Every word uttered in Parliament is recorded and kept in public domain, a humongous task the office is perfectly performing. Then how such a significant record disappeared,” he said.Acharyulu recommended that the “constitutional authorities” in Parliament to probe or make efforts to secure the committee records.Shastri had died in Tashkent, hours after signing a declaration with Pakistan President Muhammad Ayub Khan post-1965 Indo-Pak war during talks moderated by Soviet Premier Alexei Keynoting.He reportedly died from a massive heart attack but questions were raised on the circumstances of his death on foreign soil when cold war was at its peak.The conspiracy theories were further fuelled after the central government started denying documents, under the RTI Act, related to his death calling them secret and disclosure prejudicial to the interests of the country.”In view of the startling incidents that followed the mysterious death, such as killing of his personal doctor and assistant in two separate ‘accidents’, disappearance of records of Rajya Sabha Committee’s probe, and various significant points raised by journalists… Shastri’s wife Lalitha, other family members, the Commission is of opinion that the Union government has a duty to explain the nation why and how Lal Bahadur Shastri died in Tashkent,” he said.Except a medical report, nothing is disclosed, and mystery is being allowed to persist, he noted.Section 8(1)(a) exempts from disclosure the information which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State, relation with foreign State or lead to incitement of an offence.”People’s right to know the ‘truth’ behind the death of Shastri cannot be brushed aside on the ground of Section 8(1)(a) en bloc. A committee of experts should be constituted to examine the need of declassification of such records,” he said.Acharyulu underlined a home ministry response in the Lok Sabha that classification of documents is not being done under the Officials Secrets Act and is being done by ministry concerned.He asked the government to answer which ministry has classified documents related to Shastri’s death, nature of classifications of these documents- ‘top secret’, ‘secret’ or ‘confidential’ and the basis of it.Which part of 8(1)(a) of RTI Act is invoked to deny and what is the justification for such invocation, he asked.Besides period for which classification stands, the period prescribed for classification of Shastri documents, whether any ministry is considering declassification, and why can not documents can be disclosed after severing confidential parts, he asked.Acharyulu said the present government has taken a historical decision to declassify 33 of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose related files on December 4, 2015, thereafter 37 and 25 files and made 100 files digitally available on January 23, 2016, to meet the long standing public demand to access these files.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>”When Pentagon papers in the US and Netaji papers in India could be declassified why not Shastri papers also,” he asked.
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Subhas Chandra Bose

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Country’s ‘chowkidar’ snatching money from poor: Rahul Gandhi’s fresh salvo at Modi

Firing fresh salvo at the prime minister on the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday charged country’s “chowkidar” Narendra Modi with snatching away money from the poor and handing it over to industrialist Anil Ambani.He asked the prime minister for answers on why Rafale price was not disclosed and how Ambani got the contract.”The chowkidar of the country has taken out Rs 20,000 crore from the pockets of the poor, martyrs and the jawans and put it in the pocket of Ambani,” Gandhi said at a meeting in the Jais area of his constituency.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The Congress chief arrived here on a two-day visit, the first after his Kailash Mansarover pilgrimage, and said the people of the country wants to know the amount involved in the Rafale deal.”Why was the price not disclosed…how was the contract given to Ambani… serious charges have been levelled by former French president Francois Hollande,” he said.Recalling that during a debate in Parliament on Rafale deal, “The prime minister could not look me in the eye. PM gives speeches but no answers… he does not have the courage to give reply.””Under the BJP government, the farmers and poor are crying… the present government is providing all benefits to a selected five to ten people,” he said, adding people like Anil Ambani, Vijay Mallaya and Lalit Modi are getting all benefits.The Reliance Group, in a statement quoting Ambani’s letter to Congress president Rahul Gandhi last month, had said, “Allegations of Reliance benefitting by thousands of crores is a figment of imagination, promoted by vested interests.” “Simply put, no contract exists with the Government of India.”<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>French company Dassault, which is supplying the fighter jets, has entered into a joint venture with the Reliance Group to meet its offset obligations to create business for Indian firms, following the Rafale deal.
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Narendra Modi

Lalit Modi

Rahul Gandhi

Anil Ambani

Rafale

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Support system for naxals will be ‘neutralised soon’: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh Monday said his government is making efforts through development projects to “soon neutralise” the ideological and financial support naxalites receive from sympathisers from Raipur to Delhi.In an interview to PTI, the longest-serving BJP chief minister outlined several development-related activities, including those being undertaken in the state’s naxal-affected Bastar region. Singh also exuded confidence of a consecutive fourth victory for the BJP in the upcoming Assembly polls in the state. Polls for the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly are due this year-end. The chief minister said his government has been working on a plan to completely eliminate naxalism from the state since 2003 and that the strategy is showing results. “We have brought development in most (of the naxal-affected) areas and more than that we have been able to win the people’s trust. Naxalites are getting discouraged and naxal activities are going down,” he said.Referring to Maoists sympathisers, Singh said naxals have got a very strong support system from Raipur to Delhi. “I feel the kind of support that is given to naxals and their ideology is very strong. They make big lawyers who take up their cases. So, they are economically strong too. “There are people of their (naxals) ideology who support them, from high courts to the Supreme Court (referring to some providing legal aid to them),” the chief minister said. He, however, expressed confidence that these sympathisers will soon be “neutralised”.”Like the naxals are getting weaker, they (sympathisers) will also become weak. This fight (to check naxalites and their supporters) is of Chhattisgarh and other states.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”We are getting successful (in checking naxal activities) and this support system will soon be neutralised,” Singh said. He also lamented that some human rights supporters are opposing action against naxals. “They make noise of human rights violation. They had come to me also. I asked them whether the human rights are of naxalites alone or of the common people also. They (naxals) abduct their children, girls and destroy schools. “They are the biggest violators of human rights as they keep the whole area (of their influence) captive. Why you (sympathisers and human rights defenders) don’t speak then? You only think of them (naxals) only?” Singh said.His assertion assumes significance as some human rights defenders were arrested last month from different parts of the country, including one Chhattisgarh-based activist, by state police forces. The Supreme Court is hearing a case on a plea made by a historian challenging the arrests. Talking about the upcoming Assembly polls in the state, Singh said the BJP is confident of its victory and all set to form government after the elections.”The experience of the last three elections tells us that we will be in a better position in this poll. BJP chief (Amit Shah) has decided a target of 65 plus seats in the state.”We all are set to achieve that. Our workers up to the booth level are doing their jobs. We are sure that we will get a big victory this time,” the chief minister said. Singh, who has been the chief minister of the state since December 2003, rejected suggestions that there was anti-incumbency against his administration. “Sensing, somewhat, a little mood of anti-incumbency in some areas, we started a mass contact programme. We visited different parts of the state and heard the people’s grievances, if any, and provided on the spot solution to them. “So, whatever little concern or problem they had from the administration, we have already provided solutions to them. Hence, no such (anti-incumbency) feeling exist,” he said.The chief minister said the BJP is approaching the people with a promise and vision to make a ‘New Chhattisgarh’ by 2025. “When Chhattisgarh turns 25 (in 2025), our GDP will be doubled, farmers’ income will be doubled. We will ensure 100 per cent literacy in the state. “We are creating an educational hub in the worst naxal-affected Bastar region to Sarguja, and providing all possible support to the farmers of the state, Singh said, outlining plans to approach voters ahead of the Assembly polls.
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Raman Singh

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Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)

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Independent councillor shot dead in SDM office premises in Rajasthan

An independent councillor was allegedly shot dead in broad daylight in the sub-divisional magistrate office premises in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan Monday, police said.The man, identified as Harveer Saharan, had gone to the SDM office for some work, they said.SDM Avi Garg said Saharan had visited him for some work and when he was leaving, firing took place near the boundary wall of his office.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>He was admitted to a district hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead, police said, adding that efforts are on to nab the accused, identified as Ramniwas.There were nearly 50 people present in the office premises when the incident took place, they said.
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Rafale row: We need to fight the perception battle, says Defence Minister Sitharaman

Days after saying that she would no longer reply to opposition’s accusation regarding Rafale deal, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said that is a perception battle and BJP is ready to fight it. Sitharaman was quoted as saying, ” We need to fight the perception battle. Many of us will be speaking across the country. Facts have to come out”. Reiterating Arun Jaitley’s claim that, Sitharaman said that Rahul Gandhi’s claim had an ‘international dimension’. The Rafale case got a massive twist when ex-French PM Hollande said that Indian government had recommended Reliance Defence as offset partner. The claim has subsequently been refuted by Dassault and French government, yet the controversy has got a new lease of life. Rahul Gandhi has directly attacked the PM saying’ chowkidar chor hai’. Pakistan also has alleged that the bilateral talks were cancelled to take away attention from the Rafale controversy. In this context, Sitharaman saying that it is a perception battle which the BJP will fight is an indication that the party is taking the issue very seriously and is not simply rejecting it off hand like it was doing earlier. Firing fresh salvo at the prime minister on the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday charged country’s “chowkidar” Narendra Modi with snatching away money from the poor and handing it over to industrialist Anil Ambani.Also readFrancois Hollande’s explosive Rafale claims won’t help France, can damage ties, says junior minister <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>He asked the prime minister for answers on why Rafale price was not disclosed and how Ambani got the contract. “The chowkidar of the country has taken out Rs 20,000 crore from the pockets of the poor, martyrs and the jawans and put it in the pocket of Ambani,” Gandhi said at a meeting in the Jais area of his constituency.The Congress chief arrived in Amethi on a two-day visit, the first after his Kailash Mansarover pilgrimage, and said the people of the country wants to know the amount involved in the Rafale deal. “Why was the price not disclosed…how was the contract given to Ambani… serious charges have been levelled by former French president Francois Hollande,” he said.Recalling that during a debate in Parliament on Rafale deal, “The prime minister could not look me in the eye. PM gives speeches but no answers… he does not have the courage to give reply.” “Under the BJP government, the farmers and poor are crying… the present government is providing all benefits to a selected five to ten people,” he said, adding people like Anil Ambani, Vijay Mallaya and Lalit Modi are getting all benefits.With PTI inputs
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Pakistan

Narendra Modi

Lalit Modi

Arun Jaitley

Rahul Gandhi

Anil Ambani

Nirmala Sitharaman

Amethi

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Ayodhya case to be heard by a constitutional bench? SC verdict likely on Friday

The Supreme Court is likely to deliver its verdict on September 28 on whether the Ayodhya case should be sent to a constitutional bench or not. In July, the UP government told the Supreme Court that some Muslim groups were trying to delay the hearing in the “long-pending” Ayodhya temple-mosque land dispute case by seeking reconsideration of the observation in the 1994 verdict that a mosque was not integral to Islam.Ahead of the verdict, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said: “If Parliament makes a wrong law that is against the Constitution, SC becomes Supreme. But the right to make a law is with the Parliament. I said we should choose the route of Parliament, didn’t say that we are going to take that route.”<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>M Siddiq, one of the original litigants of the Ayodhya case who has died and is being represented through his legal heir, had assailed certain findings of the 1994 verdict in the case of M Ismail Faruqui holding that a mosque was not integral to the prayers offered by the followers of Islam.It was argued by Muslim groups before a special bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer that the “sweeping” observation of the apex court in the verdict needed to be reconsidered by a five-judge bench as “it had and will have a bearing” on the Babri Masjid-Ram Temple land dispute case.Earlier, Hindu groups had opposed the plea of their Muslim counterparts that the 1994 verdict holding that a mosque was not integral to the prayers offered by the followers of Islam be referred to a larger bench.The special bench of the apex court is seized of a total of 14 appeals filed against the high court judgement delivered in four civil suits.A three-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had in 2010 ordered that the land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With agency inputs)
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Hong Kong pro-independence party formally outlawed in first such move since handover

Hong Kong authorities formally banned on Monday a group promoting independence from China – the first outlawing of a political organisation since Britain handed its former colony back to Chinese rule in 1997.The city’s Secretary for Security John Lee announced the ban on the Hong Kong National Party in a brief statement published in the government’s gazette, 10 days after the party submitted arguments against the move.Lee ordered the ban under Hong Kong’s Societies Ordinance, a previously little noticed colonial-era law that requires all social groups and organisations to register with the police.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The law allows the government to ban groups “in the interests of national security, public order or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others”.Lee later told reporters that the two-year-old group was prepared to use “all methods” to forge independence, which posed a threat to national security and broke the Basic Law, the mini-constitution that governs Hong Kong’s relations with China.”It has a clear agenda in making Hong Kong a republic,” Lee said.Lee also said the group had spread “hatred and discrimination against mainland Chinese”.The authorities could not rule out action against other groups, including those promoting “self determination” as well as full independence, he said.Hong Kong’s nascent independence movement shows little sign of generating widespread public support but the government’s move in July to announce it was considering a ban on the Hong Kong National Party propelled its leader, Andy Chan, to prominence.Hong Kong is governed under a “one country, two systems” principle which allows the global financial hub a high degree of autonomy and freedoms not enjoyed in China, including an independent legal system and freedoms of speech and assembly.The 28-year-old Chan has been widely quoted in local and international media in recent weeks. In August, he spoke at Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondent’s Club, a move condemned by the Chinese Foreign Ministry and locally-based Chinese officials.”I will never stop in my pursuit of freedom, human rights, equality and dignity,” Chan told Reuters earlier.He could not be reached for comment on Monday, while some media reports said he was considering a legal appeal.Local government efforts to find ways of cracking down on the independence movement follows a warning last year from President Xi Xinping during a visit to the city that any attempt to endanger China’s sovereignty crossed a “red line”.China’s central government backed Monday’s ban, with a spokesperson for the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office expressing “resolute support”, the Xinhua news agency reported.The central government supported the Hong Kong authorities in punishing any acts that jeopardised national security and had zero tolerance for any organisations preaching Hong Kong independence or engaging in activities of splitting the country, Xinhua quoted the spokesperson as saying.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>China’s perceived tightening grip over the city has stoked tensions in recent years, including the “Occupy Central” movement in 2014 that blocked major roads for nearly three months in a failed bid to pressure Beijing to allow full democracy.
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John Lee

Michael Perry

Hong Kong National Party

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Rafale is India’s Panama: Pakistan says Modi govt rejecting talks to shift attention

Amid ongoing row over Rafale, with both Congress and BJP shifting blame at each-other, Pakistan has once again targeted Narendra Modi government calling fighter jet deal as India’s Panama.This for the second time Pakistan has spoken about Rafale after India canceled talks with Pakistan on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly after killing of a soldier.”Indian government is attempting to put Pakistan under pressure in a face-saving strategy to avoid a multibillion-euro scandal of Rafale aircraft,” said Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Stating that Narendra Modi has been trapped in the Rafale scandal like Nawaz Sharif was trapped in the Panama scandal, Chaudhry said, “India is turning internal politics into external politics to avoid a scandal. They are shifting the burden to Pakistan.”Earlier, Chaudhry had tagged Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s tweets attacking Modi over the Rafale deal to say that they explain the “BJP-led tirade against Pakistan”. In his tweets, Rahul Gandhi had alleged that Modi and Anil Ambani jointly carried out a “surgical strike” on the defence forces. The BJP and the Congress are involved in a bitter war of words over the alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter aircraft deal. “The PM and Anil Ambani jointly carried out … SURGICAL STRIKE on the Indian Defence forces. Modi Ji you dishonoured the blood of our martyred soldiers. Shame on you. You betrayed India’s soul (sic),” Gandhi tweeted.Another tweet of Rahul that was used by Hussain had claimed that the PM personally negotiated and changed the Rafale deal behind closed doors.However, Union Law Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad attacked the Congress president saying he was “playing into the hands of Pakistan.”On Friday, Hollande was quoted by a French publication as saying that the Indian government proposed Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence as the partner for Dassault Aviation in the Rs 58,000 crore Rafale jet fighter deal and France did not have a choice.The French government said it was in no manner involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners for the Rafale fighter jet deal.The Congress has also been demanding answers from the government on why state-run aerospace major HAL was not involved in the deal as finalised during the UPA. The opposition parties have also alleged that the Reliance Defence was formed just 12 days before the announcement of the Rafale deal by the prime minister on 10 April 2015. The Reliance group has rejected the charges.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Meanwhile, the Congress continued to launch an offensive against Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at Centre over Rafale fighter-jet deal and said that it is hard to keep track of government’s lies.
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Narendra Modi

Rahul Gandhi

Anil Ambani

Amit Shah

Ravi Shankar Prasad

Panama

Rafale Deal

Dassault Aviation

Fawad Chaudhry

Reliance Defence

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CBI arrests Indian Air Force officer for bribery

The CBI has arrested an Indian Air Force officer for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe from a Mumbai-based firm over a works contract, an official said Monday.Assistant Accounts Officer Pankaj Kumar, serving under the Integrated Financial Adviser in the Air Force Station at Jamnagar was arrested Thursday by the anti-corruption wing of the CBI, an official informed.Kumar had accepted a bribe of Rs 80,000 from JME Services Private Limited to help the Mumbai-based firm bag a contract of Rs 98 lakh, the official added.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The firm’s managing director James Masih and his son Robin have also been named in the CBI FIR though they are yet to be arrested, he said.Kumar had demanded Rs 2 lakh from Robin to get the firm a contract to supply earth movers, tractors and labourers for a work at Naliya Air Force station in Kutch, the CBI FIR stated.The bribe amount was brought down to Rs 1.25 lakh and Kumar was nabbed while he accepted an instalment of Rs 80,000, the official said. Kumar is currently in jail, he said.The three have been charged with hatching a criminal conspiracy under section 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code as well as under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the CBI official said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The Central Bureau of Investigation, in its FIR, has claimed that Kumar took bribes “frequently” from “different private suppliers” for various work tenders floated by the Indian Army and the IAF field formations falling within the jurisdiction of the Integrated Financial Adviser, Jamnagar.
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Indian Air Force

AHMEDABAD

Central Bureau of Investigation

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Pune: Man who attacked boyfriend for demanding sexual favours flee from police custody

A 23-year-old man who was arrested in Maharashtra for attacking his boyfriend over more sexual favors has reportedly fled from police custody.The accused fled from Pune police custody on Sunday.The incident had taken place last Wednesday at the victim’s residence and the accused was arrested under the section of IPC-307.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The accused visited the complainant and they had sex. However, when the complainant again wanted to have sex in the morning, the accused refused and stabbed the boyfriend.The victim has been admitted to the hospital and his condition is said to be stable.Earlier this month, a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court unanimously decriminalised part of the 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the IPC which criminalises consensual unnatural sex, saying it violated the rights to equality.In four separate but concurring judgements, the top court set aside its 2013 verdict in the Suresh Kaushal case which had re-criminalised consensual unnatural sex.According to a report, the accused visited the complainant and they had sex. However, when the complainant again wanted to have sex in the morning, the accused refused.The victim has been admitted to the hospital and his condition is said to be stable.Police did not disclose names of both the men. Earlier this month, a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court unanimously decriminalised part of the 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the IPC which criminalises consensual unnatural sex, saying it violated the rights to equality.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>In four separate but concurring judgements, the top court set aside its 2013 verdict in the Suresh Kaushal case which had re-criminalised consensual unnatural sex.
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Moderate earthquake hits Himachal

A moderate intensity earthquake was felt in Himachal Pradesh’s Sirmaur district Monday afternoon, officials said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_wap_article_300x250_btf_1 –>No loss of life or property was reported.”An earthquake measuring 3.7 was recorded at 2:22 pm Monday,” said Director at Shimla Meteorological Centre Manmohan Singh.The epicentre was 10 km northeast of Sirmaur, he said, adding that mild tremors were felt in the adjoining areas.Most parts of Himachal fall in high seismic sensitive zone, he said.
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Indian Navy, US Navy were on standby at Maldives in case elections were rigged: Subramanian Swamy

BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Monday lashed out at the Indian ambassador to Maldives after the opposition won the elections to form the new government in the island nation.”After Indian Ambassador to Maldive made the silly statement that my threat was my personal opinion, the Maldive dictator could not relax because because Indian Navy moved several ships into position. The US also moved standby naval forces. Who did it? Namo,” Swamy tweeted.Last month, Swamy had said that if the elections in Maldives were rigged, then India would invade that nation – a statement that did not go down too well with Male, who then summoned the Indian Ambassador to that country. The ambassador, however, at the time, said that it was Swamy’s personal opinion.Maldives opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has won the island nation’s presidential election, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Twitter on Monday.The ministry cited provisional figures from the country’s Elections Commission showing Solih winning by a margin of 16.7 percent over incumbent Abdulla Yameen in Sunday’s election.”Voting proceeded smoothly and peacefully, with no reported incidents,” the foreign ministry said. “No major issues were reported in the vote counting process as well as with the voters list, which will affect the results.”While Solih received 134,616 votes, Yameen received 96,132 votes, it said. Of 262,135 eligible voters in this election, 233,877 voters cast their votes at the 472 ballot boxes placed in the Maldives and in four countries abroad, the ministry said, adding that voter turnout was 89.2 percent.It said that the Elections Commission would announce the official results by September 30.This was the third Presidential election held in the Maldives, following the adoption of the 2008 Constitution, which paved the way for multi-party democracy in the Maldives. The President and Vice-President, elected today, are expected to* be sworn in on 17 November 2018,” it added. Yameen has faced criticism for jailing opponents in Maldives, popular with tourists and a key state in the battle for influence between India and China in south Asia.Solih, known popularly as Ibu, claimed victory and called on Yameen to concede.”The message is loud and clear. The people of Maldives want change, peace and justice,” Solih told reporters in the capital Male.”I would like to call on President Yameen to accept the will of the people and begin a smooth transition of power as per the constitution,” he said.Ibrahim Shihab, a spokesman for the President’s Office, declined to comment on the election result when contacted by Reuters.Mohamed Shainee, the minister of fisheries in Yameen’s government, said on Twitter it was “the beginning of a new chapter” for the country.”Forgive our wrongdoings, give strength to our leaders to resist the temptation to disbelieve,” he said. The United States and India both congratulated the Maldives on its peaceful elections and noted that it appeared likely Solih’s opposition coalition had won.”We urge calm and respect for the will of the people as the election process concludes,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.The Muslim-majority nation has become a theatre of rivalry between its traditional partner, India, and China, which has backed Yameen’s infrastructure drive and prompted concern in the West about Beijing’s increasing influence.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Yameen’s government has jailed many of his main rivals, including former president and his half-brother Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on charges ranging from terrorism to corruption.
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Rajya Sabha

Narendra Modi

Indian Navy

Maldives

Asia

Beijing

Subramanian Swamy

Foreign Affairs

bharatiya janata party

Reuters

United States

Abdulla Yameen

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

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Modi, Shah to address mega rally of BJP workers in Bhopal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a mega congregation of BJP workers during his visit here Tuesday, an event which comes just ahead of the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh.BJP president Amit Shah will also speak at the event, ‘Karyakarta Mahakumbh’ (grand assembly of party workers), being held on the occasion of birth anniversary of Hindutva icon and Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) co-founder Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.The event, to be held at Jambooree Maidan in the BHEL locality, will be the “world’s largest congregation of political workers,” state BJP spokesman Sarvesh Tiwari said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”BJP president Amit Shah will also address party workers on the occasion,” he said.The venue has been named as “Atal Mahakumbh Parisar” in memory of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away in New Delhi in August.Modi will arrive at the Bhopal airport around noon and will reach the venue in a helicopter along with other BJP leaders to avoid inconvenience to people, party leaders said.The prime minister will remain in the state capital for nearly three hours, they said.BJP workers from 65,000 polling booths spread across the 230 Assembly seats in the state will take part in the programme, said Rajnish Agrawal, another state BJP spokesman.An exhibition hall named after BJP leader and former Union minister, late Anil Madhav Dave, has also been set up at the rally site.”It will showcase the journey and works of BJP stalwarts, including Vajpayee, Modi and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan,” Agrawal said.In the exhibition, BJP and BJS stalwarts – Upadhyaya, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Vajpayee, Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia and Kushabhau Thakre – have been depicted as the five strong pillars of the BJP, he said.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), established in 1980, is the successor party of the BJS.The party has booked nine special trains from different parts of the state to bring BJP workers for the event, Agrawal said.Police have made elaborate security arrangements for the high-profile event and also Modi’s visit.”We have made adequate security arrangements for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday by deploying nearly 6,000-strong force, including 4,000 personnel from the central and reserve forces,” Inspector General (IG) Bhopal Jaideep Prasad told PTI.Nearly 22 senior IPS officers have been deployed to coordinate security details, he said.Along with Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram will also go to polls by the year-end.Modi and Shah, two star poll campaigners of the BJP, will be in Bhopal days after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi visited the state capital.Gandhi held a roadshow and later addressed Congress workers and office-bearers during his September 17 visit.Both the national parties are in poll campaign mode in the state, where the BJP is in power since 2003.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>While the saffron outfit will seek a fourth straight term in office in the year-end elections, the Congress will look to wrest power from the BJP in a state which was once its stronghold.
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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: AG Perarivalan’s mother meets TN Guv, seeks son’s release

The mother of one of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case Monday met Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit to seek her son’s release following a Supreme Court order and the state cabinet’s recommendation.Arputhammal, the mother A G Perarivalan, said she met Purohit at Raj Bhavan here and submitted a petition with some related material, and exuded confidence he will accept her demand.Among the documents she submitted to Purohit was Supreme Court judge KT Thomas’ reported remarks about some “serious flaws” in the CBI investigation in the case and details on her son’s conduct during release on parole, she said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Thomas had last year reportedly written to the then Congress president Sonia Gandhi, wife of Rajiv Gandhi, requesting her to show magnanimity towards her husband’s killers and help in remission of their sentences.”The Tamil Nadu government had adopted a cabinet resolution (on the release of convicts) and sent the file to Raj Bhavan. You all know that their release is pending for his signature (of approval),” she told reporters.The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu had on September 9 recommended to Purohit the release of all the seven life convicts in the case, a move hailed by most political parties in the state barring the Congress.The cabinet had decided to release the convicts V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthanthiraraja alias Santhan, Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini, under Article 161 of the Constitution which relates to the power of the governor to grant pardon and to suspend, remit and commute sentences in certain cases.Arputhammal said the meeting was ‘cordial’ and the governor went through her petition, and that he even suggested some corrections which were made.”So, I am confident he will soon accept the cabinet recommendation and approve my son’s release. He will respect the cabinet, Supreme Court,” she added.Before the state cabinet recommended the release of the convicts, the Supreme Court had asked the governor to consider the mercy petition of Perarivalan seeking remission or pardon under Article 161 of the Constitution while disposing of the Centre’s petition opposing the state’s 2014 decision for their release.Perarivalan was a diploma holder in electronics and communication engineering at the time of arrest in June 1991.He completed his bachelors and masters in computer applications from the Indira Gandhi National Open University while still in jail.He was convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case for supplying the battery which was used to detonate the bomb that killed Rajiv Gandhi and 15 others, including Dhanu, the suicide bomber, at an election rally at Sriperumbudur near here on May 21, 1991.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Perarivalan was sentenced to death but the penalty was commuted to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court in 2014.
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Pakistan court summons Sharif in treason case over Mumbai attack remarks

The Lahore High Court Monday summoned Nawaz Sharif on October 8 during the hearing of a petition seeking action against the deposed prime minister for claiming that those involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack belonged to Pakistan.Sharif, for the first time in May, publicly acknowledged in an interview to Dawn that militant organisations are active in Pakistan and questioned the policy to allow the “non-state actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai.In the exclusive interview, he had also criticised the apparent delay in the conclusion of the Mumbai attack trial.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The Lahore High Court’s three-member bench headed by Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi also issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Dawn journalist Cyril Almeida and ordered placing his name on the Exit Control List.”Justice Naqvi expressed anger over non-appearance of Almeida in the court, directing the Deputy Inspector General of the Police Punjab to present him in the court on next hearing (October 8),” a court official told reporters.The judge, before summoning Sharif on October 8, also inquired from Sharif’s counsel Advocate Naseer Bhutta as why his client did not appear before the court on Monday.Advocate Bhutta said Sharif would appear in the next hearing as he was mourning the death of his wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. She died of throat cancer on September 11 in London.Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, however, appeared before the court.Petitioner Amina Malik said Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case in July 2017 and subsequently jailed for 10 years in Avenfield corruption case, in an interview to Dawn made the remarks that those involved in the Mumbai attack case actually belonged to Pakistan, thus he committed treason.The petitioner said the “anti-state” statement of Sharif a three-time prime minister could be used against Pakistan by its enemies.She said a meeting of the National Security Council was held to discuss the ‘misleading’ statement of the disqualified premier and later then prime minister Abbasi met Sharif and conveyed to him the concerns of the military leadership on his statement.”The act of Abbasi was also a clear violation of his oath as he was bound not to allow his personal interest to influence his official conduct,” the petitioner said.The court adjourned the hearing till October 8.Sharif, 68, resigned as Pakistan prime minister last year after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding public office and ruled that graft cases be filed against the beleaguered leader and his children over the Panama Papers scandal.The Avenfield case was among the three corruption cases filed against the ex-premier by the National Accountability Bureau on the Supreme Court’s orders in the Panama Papers case.Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar were released last week following the suspension of their sentences by the Islamabad High Court in the Avenfield properties corruption case.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Some 166 people were killed in the attack carried out by 10 LeT terrorists. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and hanged after handed down death sentence.
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Is this one of the world’s most beautiful airports?

India’s newest airport, which is carved out of a mountain, has been called an “engineering marvel”.

#ChorPMChupHai – With a video on Nirmala Sitharaman and Modi, Congress’ latest jibe over Rafale

The Congress party on Monday continued to launch an offensive against Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at Centre over Rafale fighter-jet deal and said that it is hard to keep track of government’s lies.The Rafale controversy took a turn last week after former French president Francois Hollande claimed that the Indian government proposed Reliance Defence’s name as the offset partner for Dassault Aviation.Demanding answers from Prime Minister, the grand-old-party has also accused Modi, the Finance Minister and the Defence Minister of ‘lying on the issue’.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>On Monday, in a fresh jibe at Nirmala Sitharaman over her statements on Rafale, the Congress party tweeted a video with a hashtag #ChorPMChupHai.”It’s really hard to keep track of the Modi Govt.’s lies on the Rafale Scam, so here’s a quick reminder of the big ones. No confusion on who’s the puppet master here!,” said Congress in a tweet from the party’s official handle.Congress also asked why are Modi’s ministers doing all the lying. “PM Modi, the truth will ‘set you free’,” reads another tweet.Meanwhile, a delegation of senior Congress leaders met the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) on Monday and demanded registration of a case in alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal.The delegation met CVC K V Chowdary and submitted a detailed memorandum, accusing the government of causing loss to the public exchequer and endangering national security by bypassing state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in favour of some businessman “friends” for offset contract.The delegation comprised senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Jairam Ramesh, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Manish Tewari, Vivek Tankha, Parmod Tiwari and Pranav Jha.On Saturday, coming out in Modi’s defence, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad condemned Gandhi’s remarks as “shameful and irresponsible” and said no president of any party in independent India has ever used such language against a prime minister.Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took to Twitter and said, “They betray their sense of desperation in being out-of-power. In our govt there is no corruption. No wonder today the buzz is #RahulKaPuraKhandanChor.”Modi had announced the procurement of 36 Rafale fighters after holding talks with the then French president Hollande on April 10, 2015, in Paris. On Friday, Hollande was quoted by a French publication as saying that the Indian government proposed Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence as the partner for Dassault Aviation in the Rs 58,000 crore Rafale jet fighter deal and France did not have a choice.The French government said it was in no manner involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners for the Rafale fighter jet deal.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The Congress has also been demanding answers from the government on why state-run aerospace major HAL was not involved in the deal as finalised during the UPA. The opposition parties have also alleged that the Reliance Defence was formed just 12 days before the announcement of the Rafale deal by the prime minister on 10 April 2015. The Reliance group has rejected the charges.
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Rahul Gandhi

Ravi Shankar Prasad

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Nirmala Sitharaman

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Petition moved in Bombay HC against triple talaq ordinance

A former municipal councillor, a city-based NGO and an advocate have jointly approached the Bombay High Court challenging provisions of an ordinance that makes the practice of instant triple talaq a punishable offence.President Ram Nath Kovind had last Wednesday signed the ordinance, according to which giving instant triple talaq has been made illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.Seeking to allay fears that the law could be misused, the government also included some safeguards in it, such as providing for bail to the accused husband.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>However, the petition moved last Friday by former municipal councillor and social worker Masood Ansari, NGO ‘Rising Voice Foundation’ and advocate Devendra Mishra, claims that provisions of the ordinance are “illegal, null, void, unreasonable and arbitrary”.”The very construction of the ordinance shows that it selectively targets men from the Muslim religion. The provisions of the ordinance are violative of fundamental rights of Muslim men,” the petitioners’ lawyer, Tanveer Nizam, said.The petition has sought an interim stay on those sections of the ordinance which criminalises the act of pronouncing talaq by a Muslim husband.It is likely to come up for hearing before a division bench on September 28, according to the high court’s website.The proposed law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ and it would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>A woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue.

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Massive landslide hits Doda killing five, one drowned in flash floods

A massive landslide buried a mud house in Galli-Bhatoli area of tehsil Chilli-Pingal in Bhallessa area of Doda district near a sloping mountain on Monday morning, killing 5 members of a family and sending rescuers scrambling to find survivors after some cell phone calls were received pleading for help. In a separate incident body of a middle-aged man was found near a canal who was feared drowned last night. According to police, the avalanche surged down on the mud house of a tribal Gujjar Bashir Ahmed in the wee hours today, burying the entire structure under heaps of mud and debris resulting in the death of 5 persons including a toddler. SP Bhadarwah Rajinder Singh said that Galli-Bhatoli is a far-off area located on a slope of a hill 20 km from Gandoh.” As soon we received a phone call regarding the incident, a police party along with seluthes of 4RR rushed to the spot and joined locals in rescue operation to retrieve inmates from the huge mound of earth and debris”. ” 5 people of the family are feared to be dead, besides dozens of sheep, 7 buffaloes and a bull also got buried in the debris. As of now 5 bodies including that of the toddler has been retrieved from the damaged structure,” SP added saying that in a separate incident body of Chander Prakash (43) was retrieved from village Mandhan of tehsil Gandoh who was believed to be drowned in flash floods triggered by rains yesterday. The bodies of deceased which were retrieved from the debris have been identified as Bashir Ahmed (25) , Nagina Begum (22) , Zulfi Bano, 5th class student, Mohd Sharief (7) and a 1-yr old girl child. In the past 36 hours, it has rained more than 130mm at Bhadarwah, Doda, Kishtwar and Bhalessa. Banihal Ramban and Batote recorded a rainfall of around 90mm.
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Please release my son: Mother of Rajiv Gandhi’s killer to Tamil Nadu Governor

The mother of one of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, AG Perarivalan, Monday met Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit seeking her son’s release following a cabinet recommendation to him on the matter.Arputhammal, mother of Perarivalan alias Arivu, said she met Governor Purohit at the Raj Bhavan here and presented a petition with some accompanying material and exuded confidence he will accept her demand.The material she presented to Purohit included Judge KT Thomas’ reported remarks of some “serious flaws” in the CBI investigation into the case and details on her son’s behaviour during his earlier parole and its extension, she said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Thomas had last year reportedly written to then Congress President Sonia Gandhi, wife of Rajiv Gandhi, to show magnanimity towrads her husband’s killers and enable remission of their sentences.Today, Arputhammal said: “Tamil Nadu government had adopted a cabinet resolution (on the seven persons’ release) and sent the files here (Raj Bhavan). You all know that their release is waiting for his signature (of approval),” she told reporters.On September 9, the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu had recommended to Purohit the release of all seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, a move hailed by most political parties in the state barring the Congress.The cabinet had decided to release the convicts V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthanthiraraja alias Santhan, Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini, under Article 161 of the Constitution, which relates to the power of the Governor to grant pardons and to suspend, remit and commute sentences in certain cases.Arputhammal further said the Governor was ‘cordial’ towards her and went through her petition, and that he even suggested some correction which was done.”So I am confident he will soon accept the cabinet recommendation and approve my son’s release. He will respect the Cabinet, Supreme Court,” she added.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The Supreme Court had earlier asked the Governor to consider the mercy petition of Perarivalan seeking remission or pardon under Article 161 of the Constitution, while disposing of the Centre’s petition opposing the state’s 2014 decision for the convicts’ release.
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Sonia Gandhi

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Nalini

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Home ministry dismisses Rahul Gandhi’s SPG remark as ‘baseless’, ‘devoid of fact’

The Home Ministry Monday dismissed as “baseless” and “devoid of fact” Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s statement that a former SPG chief had to quit because he refused to accept a list of officers handpicked by the RSS.It also said the force is a professional organisation which guards the serving prime minister, former prime ministers and their families.”The comment reportedly made by Gandhi through the media is baseless, devoid of fact and unfortunate, coming from an SPG protectee,” the ministry said in a statement. Rahul Gandhi, his mother and former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka are among the Special Protection Group’s protectees. The SPG is a professional organisation that takes its task of protecting serving prime ministers, former prime ministers and their families entrusted to its security very seriously, and in the highest professional spirit, the ministry said.Rahul Gandhi, at an interaction with academicians here Saturday, had alleged that educational institutions, the Supreme Court and the Election Commission of India and others are “systematically being captured” by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Citing an example, the Congress chief had alleged, “When Mr (Narendra) Modi came to power, a person from Gujarat was chosen to head the SPG. In a short time, he left the position. He told me that he refused a list of SPG officers handpicked by the RSS, and that is why he was sent home.”The Home Ministry said the matter has been verified and the officer in question, Vivek Srivastava, former SPG director, has specifically averred that he did not have any such conversation with Rahul Gandhi at any point of time.”The officer has stated that as part of his professional duties he interacted with SPG protectees. However, he has categorically stated that during his interaction with (Rahul) Gandhi, there was no talk whatsoever regarding the appointment of a new director, or the reasons for his leaving the SPG,” the statement said.
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Sonia Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi

Election Commission

Election Commission of India

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3 terrorists killed, soldier martyred in anti-infiltration ops at LoC

Three terrorists were killed and a soldier martyred on Monday in an ongoing anti-infiltration operation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, taking the total number of ultras eliminated in the operation to five.Two terrorists were killed in the operation on Sunday.”Three more terrorists have been killed today as the Army foiled an infiltration attempt along the LoC in Tangdhar sector (in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district),” an Army spokesman said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>He said two terrorists were killed in the gun battle which began yesterday after alert troops noticed suspicious movement near the LoC.One gallant soldier has been martyred in the operation, the spokesman said, adding the operation is in progress.
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Pak won’t abandon peace efforts despite India’s reluctance, says Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

India’s reluctance to hold talks with Pakistan will not stop Islamabad from closing doors on its efforts to promote peace in the region, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said, days after New Delhi cancelled the foreign minister-level meeting in New York.Addressing a news conference at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington on Sunday, Qureshi said India used incidents that happened in July to cancel peace talks that it agreed to in September.India on Friday cited the “brutal” killing of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the release of the postal stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani for calling off the meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York this month.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”India is reluctant, we will not close our doors,” Qureshi said.”Hiding away from issues will not make them disappear. It will not improve the situation in Kashmir,” he was quoted as saying by the ‘Dawn’ newspaper.The foreign minister said he was unable to understand India’s refusal to participate in peace talks with Pakistan.”Engagement, no-engagement. Coming, not coming. We desired talks as we believe the sensible way is to meet and talk. They agreed, and then disagreed,” he said.Qureshi said India’s response to Pakistan’s peace offer was harsh and non-diplomatic.”We did not use a non-diplomatic language in our rejoinder. Our response was matured and measured. They adopted a new approach, and moved back,” he said.The foreign minister also alleged that Swaraj’s “language and tone was unbecoming of a foreign minister”, the report said.Asked if tensions between India and Pakistan could lead to a war between the two countries, Qureshi said “Who is talking of war? Not us. We want peace, stability, employment and improving lives. You identify where is the reluctance”.Qureshi said that Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be mistaken for a sign of weakness.”We want peace. It does not mean, we cannot defend ourselves against aggression. We can but we do not have an aggressive mindset,” he said.Qureshi also rejected India’s concerns over the release of a postal stamps “glorifying” a slain Kashmiri militant, “hundreds of thousands of people are fighting in Kashmir, not all of them are terrorists”.The foreign minister also reiterated Pakistan’s offer to open the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara corridor for allowing Sikh pilgrims from India to visit the historic gurdwara on the 550th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev.India initially agreed to a meeting between Swaraj and Qureshi, but later said it would would be “meaningless” to hold talks after the “two deeply disturbing” developments.Ties between India and Pakistan nosedived following a spate of terror attacks on Indian military bases by Pakistan-based terror groups since January 2016.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Following the strikes, India announced it will not engage in talks with Pakistan, saying terror and talks cannot go hand-in-hand.
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45-yr-old man abducted by terrorists found dead in J&K’s Sopore

A 45-year-old man, who was abducted by terrorists, was found dead Monday in an orchard in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore area, police said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_wap_article_300x250_btf_1 –>Mushtaq Ahmad Mir’s body was recovered Monday morning from an orchard in the Latti Shot area of Sopore in Baramulla district, a police official said.Mir was abducted by terrorists after they barged into his house in Sopore’s Harwan area in the north Kashmir district on Saturday night, he said.The body has been sent for post mortem, the official said.

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Rahul Gandhi gets rousing welcome by ‘Shiv bhakts’ in Amethi after his Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Fresh from his recent Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage, Congress president Rahul Gandhi arrived in his parliamentary constituency Monday to a rousing welcome by ‘Shiv bhakts’ who also presented him with a portrait of Lord Shiva.The Congress president was given a warm welcome by saffron clad Shiva devotees, who are also known as ‘kanwariyas’, at Fursatganj. With a scarf around his neck, he took part in a ‘puja’ amidst chanting of mantras, party leaders said.He was greeted with posters hailing ‘Shiv bhakt Rahul Gandhi’ on his first visit here after undertaking the arduous 12-day pilgrimage to Mt Kailash, considered the abode of Lord Shiva, Gandhi arrived at Lucknow’s Amausi Airport and drove to Amethi, his Lok Sabha constituency.He is here on a two-day visit during which he will also take part in the district vigilance and monitoring committee meeting and hold talks with party leaders and workers.The Congress chief announced his intention to undertake the pilgrimage after a mid-air scare when his plane plunged hundreds of feet during the Karnataka election campaign in April and left for Mt Kailash on August 31.The pilgrimage was aimed at seeking the blessing of Lord Shiva for prosperity and success of the country and its people, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>In Amethi, the special welcome by ‘kanwariyas’ was organised by party’s block president Indrapal Mali who is also the president of the ‘kanwariya’ union of the area.
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Comply with mob lynching order or face ‘wrath of law’: Supreme Court to states

The Supreme Court Monday asked all states and Union Territories to comply with its directions on curbing cow vigilantism and mob lynching, and said that people should realise that such incidents would invite the “wrath of law”.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra took note of the fact that eight states including Mizoram, Telangana, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Delhi are yet to file reports indicating the compliance of its July 17 verdict giving a slew of directions to deal with mob violence and cow vigilantism.”People must realise that mob violence and taking of law into the hands will invite wrath of law,” said the bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>It granted last opportunity to eight states and UTs to file their compliance affidavits within three days and listed the PIL of Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala after two weeks.The bench also sought the response of the Centre on the compliance of its one of the directions that had asked it and all the states to run an awareness campaign on television, radio and electronic and print media against mob lynching and cow vigilantism. The Centre had earlier informed the bench that in pursuance of the apex court verdict, an empowered Group of Ministers has been set up to consider framing a law on mob violence.Poonawala, in his plea, had said the 28-year-old dairy farmer Rakbar Khan was attacked by a group of cow vigilantes in Lalwandi village of Ramgarh district in Rajasthan on July 20, three days after the apex court had delivered a detailed verdict.Khan, a resident of Haryana and his friend Aslam, were transporting two cows to Kolgaon through a forest area when a mob had attacked them on the alleged grounds they were taking the animals for slaughter, the plea said.While Aslam managed to survive by hiding in the fields, the crowd killed Rakbar, it said, adding that there was a considerable delay in taking the deceased to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.Poonawala has sought initiation of contempt proceedings against Rajasthan officials, including the Chief Secretary and the police chief, for alleged violation of the top court’s verdict in the lynching case.The apex court had directed the Centre, states and UTs to give wide publicity to its directions given on the verdict on mob violence. It asked them to put the information on measures to curb the mob violence on their websites so that people know the recourse available to them.The apex court had on July 17 said that “horrendous acts of mobocracy” cannot be allowed to overrun the law of the land and issued a slew of guidelines to deal with mob lynching and cow vigilantism, besides asking the Centre to consider enacting a new law to sternly deal with such cases.The court had issued a slew of directions to the government to provide “preventive, remedial and punitive measures” to deal with offences like mob violence and cow vigilantism.It had asked the state governments to designate a senior police officer, not below the rank of Superintendent of Police, as nodal officer in each district to take steps to prevent incidents of mob violence and lynching.The officers were asked constitute a Special Task Force to procure intelligence and information about those likely to commit such crimes or were involved in spreading hate speeches, provocative statements and fake news.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The judgement was delivered on a batch of petitions including Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Tushar Gandhi and Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla seeking formulation of guidelines to curb incidents of mob violence and lynching in the country.
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lynching

Justice Dipak Misra

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Haryana gangrape accused spent nights in dharamshalas, open fields to escape police

From sleeping in the open fields to changing rooms in nondescript dharamshalas, the Haryana gangrape accused did everything to evade the arrest. But on Sunday, their luck ran out and were nabbed by the cops exactly 10 days after the heinous crime hit the national headlines.The Haryana Police managed to arrest the army jawan and the other co-accused from Mahendergarh’s Stanali area on Sunday. Without sharing the specific locations of their hideouts, SIT chief Naazneen Bhasin said that the accused kept wandering, including along the Haryana-Rajasthan border.Armyman Pankaj was a kabaddi champion, who was trained by prime accused Nishu’s father. It was his excellence in the game that helped his to secure the army job.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>With Sunday’s operation, all accused in the sensational case have been arrested. Nishu is currently in police remand while other accused Sanjeev and Deendayal have been remanded to judicial custody.Sanjeev was a medical practitioner who had attended to the woman first after the crime and Deendayal was the owner of the property where she was allegedly gangraped, police had said.Many local villagers have alleged that the property where the victim was gang raped was used for “nefarious activities” in the past. The SIT said these allegations are already under investigation.The woman was abducted at a bus stop in Kanina town in neighbouring Mahendragarh district on September 12 while she was on the way to a coaching class, the police had earlier said.She was allegedly drugged and gangraped at a room housing a tubewell for irrigation.The case sparked massive outrage in Haryana and across the country. Earlier, a ‘Mahapanchayat’ combining of 25 villages was held in Kosli town over Rewari gangrape case. The gathering declared that no practicing lawyer will help any of the accused in the gangrape case. The ‘Mahapanchayat’ also wrote to the Haryana Governor seeking strict action against accused.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With agency inputs)
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Supreme Court refers plea against female genital mutilation to five-judge constitution bench

The Supreme Court on Monday referred to a five-judge constitution bench the plea challenging practice of female genital mutilation among Dawoodi Bohra Muslims.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud was hearing a PIL filed by a Delhi-based lawyer challenging the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) of minor girls of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.Female genital mutilation is performed “illegally upon girls (between five years and before she attains puberty)” and is against the “UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights of which is India is a signatory”, the plea said, adding the practice caused “permanent disfiguration to the body of a girl child”.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>A group of Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community members had earlier told the apex court that the female circumcision is practised by a few sects of Islam, including the Dawoodi Bohra community, and the validity of this be examined, if at all, by a larger constitution bench. The Supreme Court in August said the FGM of minor girl leaves a “permanent emotional and mental scar” on them and the practice may be held as violative of dignity of women as prescribed in the Constitution.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud referred to constitutional schemes as interpreted by the apex court over a period of time and said “the fact that the practice is essential religious practice does not make it constitutional”.”You just cannot inflict any kind of injury to another person,” the bench said, adding that for husbands, young girls should not go through all this. “This kind of mutilation leaves a permanent emotional mental scar on small girls. You snip her genitalia,” the bench said.Earlier in July, Attorney General K K Venugopal, representing the Centre, said that the practice causes irreparable harm to girl children and needed to be banned.He told the bench, which also had Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, that countries like the USA, the United Kingdom, Australia and around 27 African countries have banned this practice.On July 30, the Supreme Court said the practice of FGM in Dawoodi Bohra community is violative of Article 21 and Article 15 of the Constitution that guarantees protection of life and personal liberty and prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The top court also referred to fundamental rights including Article 15 (prohibition of discrimination on grounds like caste, creed and sex) under the Constitution and said a person has the right to “have control over her body”.
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Heavy rains lash parts of Himachal Pradesh, Kullu on high alert

Heavy rains lashed several areas of Himachal Pradesh on Monday with the weatherman issuing “high alert” for Kullu.As water level increased in rivers and streams following incessant rain, a man was feared dead after he was swept away in the swelling Nahad Khad (rivulet) in Kangra district.According to the district administration, Tilak Raj, a resident of Luskwara village in Jawali tehsil, was swept away when he was crossing the rivulet Monday morning. Efforts were on to trace the body.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Most parts of Himachal Pradesh witnessed moderate to heavy rains, Shimla Met Centre director Manmohan Singh said.According to data recorded at 8.30 am, Dalhousie in Chamba district experienced 170 mm rain in the past 24 hours, followed by Chamba 117 mm, Manali 121 mm, Kangra 120.8 mm, Palampur 108 mm, Dharamshala 62.6 mm and Una 62 mm. State capital Shimla experienced 23.1 mm rainfall.Issuing “high alert” for Kullu district, Deputy Commissioner Yunus Khan warned the public not to go near rivers and nullahs as flood-like situation prevailed.Widespread rain and snowfall in higher altitudes brought down the mercury. Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district shivered below the freezing point, according to the Meteorological Centre.Keylong recorded its lowest temperature at minus 0.2 degree Celsius.The highest temperature was recorded in Una as 27.2 degree Celsius, he added.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The weatherman further said that light to moderate rainfall would occur at scattered places over mid and low hills and at isolated places over higher reaches of the state on September 25, thereafter the weather would almost be dry.
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Both Congress and Pak want PM Modi removed from Indian politics: BJP

Escalating its attack on the Congress, the BJP on Monday drew a parallel between the opposition party and Pakistani leaders, saying both want Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed from Indian politics.Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Sambit Patra read out tweets attacking Modi posted by Pakistani leaders, including its Prime Minister Imran Khan and present and former ministers, and said they have been campaigning for Congress president Rahul Gandhi.”Some people want Gandhi to become a big leader in India. Who are they? They are Pakistani leaders, and also those who stand for corruption, dynasty and politics of appeasement,” Patra told reporters.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>He then added that the poor, Dalits, backwards and the common man back Modi, and “nobody can remove him”.The Congress and Pakistan have this commonality that they have “frustration” with Modi, and their “only aim is to remove Modi anyway from Indian polity”, he claimed.Patra accused Gandhi of targeting the Indian Army by using the term surgical strikes mockingly to attack the Modi government. Pakistan has been using his tweets to attack India, he said.He also referred to party president Amit Shah’s dig at the opposition party, wondering if it has formed a “mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) with Pakistan against Modi.He said Gandhi and his party should learn from Modi as he played a video clip of him, when he was Gujarat chief minister, attacking the then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for allegedly mocking his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.He also cited past comments of Congress leaders like Mani Shankar Aiyar, Sandeep Dikshit, Salman Khurshid and Ghulam Nabi Azad and mentioned Navjot Singh Sidhu’s hug of Pak army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa to attack the opposition party.While dissent is important in democracy, there should also be dignity for the nation, he said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The BJP spokesperson claimed that Modi’s motto is “all work, no holiday” while that of the UPA government was “no work no headache”.
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India’s ‘Commander in Thief’: Rahul Gandhi tears into PM Modi over Rafale controversy

In a brutal takedown of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale controversy, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday termed his as India’s ‘Commander in Thief.’Gandhi took to micro-blogging site to attack the Prime minister. Along with his tweet, he also posted a small video clip featuring Editor of Mediapart. It is the French news portal that had interviewed former President Francois Hollande. It was during this interview, where Hollande reportedly said that it was on India’s request that Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence was roped in as offset partner for the Rafale deal.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Gandhi has been attacking the BJP on the fighter jet deal. On Sunday, Gandhi tweeted, ‘Mr Jetlie’s speciality is his ability to spin ‘2 truths’, or lies, with fake self righteousness and indignation to defend the indefensible. It’s high time he, the RM and our PM stop lying and call a JPC to establish the full, uncorrupted truth about the Rafale Scam (sic).’On Sunday, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma threatened of criminal cases after a thorough probe into the entire deal if the Congress came to power, claiming that Modi will not be the prime minister in 2019 election.Sharma said the question is how could have the Government of France or former French President Francois Hollande or the Dassault company decided that HAL will be out. The deputy leader of Congress in the Rajya Sabha said, it is clear that the finance minister, defence minister, law minister have joined in a competition “to lie to defend our prime minister who is directly complicit” and there cannot be any other explanation.”My message to Shri Narendra Modi is very clear. He cannot escape and all those within the country and outside will try to cover-up this scam of the century will stand exposed,” he said.Sharma said since the Government of France and its former president had no say, why is the Modi government contesting and insulting the former French president. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With agency inputs)
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Injured Indian Navy officer Abhilash Tomy rescued safely by French ship

Indian Naval officer Abhilash Tomy, who was badly injured while participating in the Golden Globe Race, was rescued safely by a French ship, the Navy said.”Tomy rescued safely,” Indian Navy announced on Twitter. He is in conscious state and has been shifted to the French fishing vessel Osiris, ANI reported. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Earlier, a Defence Spokesperson said that bad weather was creating impediments in reaching Tomy whose vessel was “rolling excessively” in the South Indian Ocean.The vessel was located by an Indian Navy aircraft on Sunday.”He will be picked up by French vessel Osiris shortly… Weather creating impediments,” the spokesman said.Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had tweeted on Sunday that Commander Tomy woukd be picked up in the next 16 hours by the French vessel.The minister had also said she had spoken to vice-chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P regarding the condition of the injured navy officer.”… The rescue mission is being coordinated with the Australian Navy. The injured officer shall be picked up in the next 16 hours by a French vessel Osiris,” Sitharaman had said.Tomy would to be brought on board Australian Naval ship HMAS Ballarat, which has already left Perth to rescue him, the defence spokesman said.The Indian Naval Defence Attache in Australia has been camping in the regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) monitoring the rescue mission, he said.Commander Tomy who had suffered a back injury Friday after his yacht was hit by a vicious storm with 14-metre-high waves mid-way across south Indian Ocean.The spokesman said the situation was being monitored at the Naval headquarters in New Delhi, as well as by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre at Melbourne, Australia.The Indian Navy’s P8I aircraft, which flew from Mauritius in the early hours Sunday, has located the “mast broken boat rolling excessively.” The aircraft remained for two hours on the task in the area and landed at Mauritius.Tomy Sunday managed to get in touch with race organisers in France through messages and had requested for a stretcher as he could not move on his own.He was representing India in the Golden Globe Race 2018 (GGR) on an indigenously-built sailing vessel ‘S V Thuraya’.Tomy, who became the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe in 2013, is the only Indian participating in the race that involves a gruelling 30,000-mile solo circumnavigation of the globe.His vessel is in the south Indian Ocean, about 1,900 nautical miles from Perth in Australia.Tomy’s vessel was dismasted in extremely rough weather and sea conditions, with wind speeds of 130 kmph.He was in the third position in the race and had sailed over 10,500 nautical miles in the last 84 days, since the race started on July 1.A report from France on Friday night had said 70 knot winds and 14-metre-high waves have left the yachts of Tomy and Ireland’s Gregor McGuckin dismasted, and twice knocked down the yacht of second-placed Dutchman Mark Slats.Both McGuckin and Slats had reported that they are okay, but 39-year old Tomy, making his second solo circumnavigation, has been injured, it had said. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With PTI inputs)
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Goa CM Manohar Parrikar drops two ‘ailing’ ministers from cabinet

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Monday dropped from his cabinet two ailing ministers, who would be replaced with new faces, a senior official in the CMO said.Both the BJP ministers — Francis D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar — are currently admitted at hospitals.The development comes at a time when Parrikar, 62, is undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Parrikar recommended the dropping of D’Souza, who was heading the urban development department, and Madkaikar, who was the power minister, from the cabinet, the official in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.Madkaikar was admitted to a private hospital in Mumbai after he suffered a brain stroke in June, while D’Souza is undergoing treatment at a hospital in the US.They would be replaced with BJP legislators Milind Naik and Nilesh Cabral, the official said.Naik and Cabral will be administered the oath of office by Governor Mridula Sinha Monday evening.Naik was the power minister in the previous Laxmikant Parsekar-led cabinet, while Cabral would be sworn in for the first time.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah had said Sunday that Parrikar would continue in his post and announced that a reshuffle of the state’s ministers would soon take place.Parrikar’s poor health has sparked speculation over his continuation as chief minister of Goa, and Shah recently sent a team of central party leaders to the state to speak to allies and take stock of the political situation.The opposition Congress, which is the single-largest party in the state with 16 MLAs in the 40-member Assembly, has staked claim to form the government.However, the BJP has asserted that its government continues to have the support of a majority of MLAs.The state is being ruled by the BJP with the support of the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Independent MLAs.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The BJP has 14 seats in the Assembly, the GFP and the MGP have three each and the NCP has one. There are also three Independent legislators.
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Sikkim’s dream of airport comes true as PM Modi inaugurates Pakyong Airport

Sikkim’s dream of having an airport came true on Monday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated an aerodrome at Pakyong, around 33 km from Gangtok.The foundation stone of the greenfield airport was laid in 2009. Coincidentally, Sikkim’s first airport is also India’s 100th. The Prime Minister reached Sikkim on Sunday evening in an MI-8 chopper from Bagdogra and was received by Governor Ganga Prasad, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and others at Libing Army Helipad. He was given a gun salute by the Army there. From the Army helipad, the prime minister’s entourage travelled around 5 km to the Raj Bhawan where he stayed for the night. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The airport will circumvent the need for a five-hour journey through mountainous roads and bring citizens of Sikkim closer to the state capital.Located around 60 kms from the Indo-China border, the airport is strategically relevant from a security point of view. The Indian Air Force (IAF) will also find this airport convenient for landing and taking off, Union Minister for Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh, said on Sunday.The establishment of the airport is expected to provide major impetus to tourism, with Sikkim being perceived as one of the most popular destinations for tourists all throughout the year. It is also expected to cause a significant reduction in travel time for tourists, who earlier had to board from Bagdogra in West Bengal.Built at an estimated cost of over Rs 605 crore, the Pakyong Airport is a new distinction for Sikkim, which has, in the last three to four years, achieved the distinction of becoming the first “Organic State” and also the first “Open Defecation Free” (ODF) state of India.The airport is spread over 201 acres and is located on top of a hill about two km above Pakyong village at 4,500 feet above sea level, Sikkim Chief Secretary A K Srivastava said.The airport was constructed by the Airports Authority of India and at present, the nearest airport from Sikkim is located 124 km away in Bagdogra in West Bengal, he told PTI.The airport was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 605 crore and is an “engineering marvel” for its soil reinforcement and slope stabilisation techniques keeping in view the altitude it was built at, Srivastava said.Integrated structures comprising an ATC tower-cum-fire station, two sophisticated CFT, one terminal building for passengers, high-intensity runway lights, parking for over 50 vehicles are some of the features of the airport, the chief secretary said.The reinforcement wall of the project is 80-metre-high, one of the tallest in the world, Srivastava said.The Pakyong airport is located around 60 km from the Indo-China border.The Indian Air Force (IAF) would be able to land various types of aircraft on the airport’s runway with the construction of another 75-metre stretch adjacent to the main runway in the coming days, the chief secretary said.The airport has a 1.75 km runway with a width of 30 metre. It has a 116-metre-long taxiway connecting it to an apron measuring 106 metre by 76 metre that can simultaneously accommodate two ATR-72 aircraft. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With PTI inputs)
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After Majerhat, another bridge collapses in Bengal’s Kakdwip area

Barely 20 days after the 50-year-old Majerhat flyover collapsed in Kolkata, part of an under-construction bridge caved in Kakdwip area of South 24 Parganas district on Monday, a senior official said.There has been no report of any casualty, South 24 Parganas district magistrate Y. Ratnakara Rao said.”The incident happened on Monday morning. We are waiting for further details,” the district magistrate said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>A team has been rushed to the spot to look into the incident, he said.Locals allege that the bridge was being constructed for the last two years. “We have seen this bridge being constructed for the last two years. Even before the bridge became operational, we could see cracks appearing in the bridge and the pillars. There seems to be some faults in the maps too. We had informed the local authorities about the cracks, but they did not take any action,” said a local. Interestingly, some children were playing in the vicinity where the bridge collapsed, however all of them escaped unhurt. This is the third incident of bridge collapse in the state in September.Majerhat Bridge in south Kolkata had collapsed on September 4, killing three persons and injuring 24.On September 7, an old bridge had collapsed near Siliguri in north Bengal leaving a truck driver injured. Earlier this month, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that the Majerhat bridge will be completely demolished. She said that a new flyover will be constructed within a year. The chief minister had blamed the PMD department for the poor upkeep and said there was negligence on the part of PWD officials in the bridge collapse. “They cannot avoid responsibilities,” Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat. After the collapse, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had ordered a probe headed by Chief Secretary Malay De. “Two of the labourers from ongoing Metro Rail work have been found. There is a possibility that 2-3 could have been killed. We will return tomorrow morning and go directly to the spot. We are videographing everything. If need be, there will be a forensic test. A high-level investigation will be carried out and whoever is found negligent will be punished,” Banerjee had said at the time of the accident.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With agency inputs)
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Joint CSIR-UGC NET applications to begin from September25, check details at csirhrdg.res.in

Joint CSIR-UGC NET examination, the benchmark test that determines the eligibility for the lecturerships across India, is likely to be held on 16 December, 2018.The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) released the notification for the 2018 Joint CSIR-JGC National Eligibility Test (NET) on its official website – csirhrdg.res.in.The application process will commence from tomorrow, September 25 and is tentatively scheduled for December 16. The last date to apply for the CSIR-UGC NET examination is October 15.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Why is the CSIR-USG conducted?The exam is conducted for determining the eligibility for candidates to be appointed as a lecturer in the fields of1) Chemical Sciences2) Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences3) Life Sciences4) Mathematical Sciences5) Physical SciencesThe candidate will also be eligible for JREF after clearing the exam depending on scores. The interested candidates must have a degree in MSc or Integrated BS-MS/BS-4 years/BE/BTECH/Bpharma/MBBS with at least 55% marks to be eligible. Candidates must be below 28 for JREF.ABOUT CSIREstablished in 1942, the CSIR is the largest industrial research & development (R&D) organization in the world devoted to scientific and industrial research and S&T manpower development in India. The CSIR’s network of 39 laboratories, spread all over India, is engaged in cutting edge research activities covering a wide range of scientific disciplines.CSIR’s creative assets are its 10,000 highly qualified scientists and technologists. CSIR has made immense contributions to the economic and social development of India.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>CSIR’s contributions to S&T human resource development are immense. Indeed a list of CSIR beneficiaries reads like who’s who of Indian science. CSIR is credited with having supported 50,000 research fellows/associates and 10,000 senior research associates so far.
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Punjab zila parishad, panchayat samiti poll results: Here is the final tally of seats won by Congress, SAD-BJP and AAP

The ruling Congress has swept the zila parishad and panchayat samiti polls in Punjab, according to the results declared by the state election commission on Sunday.Counting of votes for the local polls took place on Saturday after the state went to vote on September 19. A total of 354 zila parishad and 2,900 panchayat samiti members were to be elected through these polls. There are 22 zila parishads and 150 panchayat samitis in the state.33 candidates were earlier elected unopposed to various zila parishads and 369 nominees were elected unopposed to the panchayat samitis.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Here is the final tally of seats won by each parties: Zila (district) parishad polls: The Congress won 331 of the 335 zila parishad seats, while the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) got 18, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured two and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) none, the State Election Commission said.Panchayat samiti polls: Out of 2,899 zones of 150 panchayat samitis, 2,351 candidates of the Congress have won, 353 of SAD, 63 of BJP, 20 of AAP, one of CPI, two of SAD (Amritsar), two of CPI (M) and 107 of others, it said in a statement here. Amarinder hails Congress’ victory, opposition alleges ‘misuse’ of official machineryChief Minister Amarinder Singh hailed the Congress’ victory in the polls, saying “this shows people have reposed their confidence in the Congress and extended their full support”.He rejected the opposition charge of misuse of official machinery in these polls, saying, “when anyone loses, what else will they say. They will not say they have become unpopular”.Singh described the landslide victory of the Congress in the zila parishad and panchayat samiti polls as an “acknowledgement of people’s trust and confidence in its development-oriented policies and pro-people initiatives of the Congress”.”The humiliating defeat of SAD and other opposition parties shows that the people have completely rejected their sectarian politics and have given a clear verdict in the favour of development and secular credentials of the Congress government,” the chief minister said.In these polls, Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine suffered a setback after a gap of 10 years.Singh hailed the Congress’ victory as “yet another endorsement of his government’s policies and programmes”, and a “total rejection of the opposition’s malicious campaign” against the ruling dispensation.Main opposition party AAP had lashed out at the Congress, accusing it of winning polls by “misusing” the official machinery and intimidating opponents, while the Akalis too had levelled similar charges.”It is not the defeat of opposition but of democracy,” said AAP MLA and Leader of opposition Harpal Singh Cheema in a statement.SAD Chief Sukhbir Singh Badal came down heavily on Congress on Saturday for “making a mockery of democracy” during the polls.Badal alleged that during the polls, hooliganism was rampant in which Congressmen were involved.”The height of atrocities by the Congress raised eyebrows as it crossed all the limits, since rules were thrown to wind and police machinery was hell-bent upon helping the ruling party candidates to win the polls by hook or by crook,” he said. “The Congress actually lost this poll hands down and they know it. They announced a fabricated and fake victory by altering results,” Badal said on Saturday.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With PTI inputs)
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Abhilash Tomy: Injured Indian sailor to be rescued ‘soon’

Solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy is stranded 3,200km off Perth and is immobilised.

India’s ‘one-trick pony’ dig at Pakistan on Kashmir issue sets tone for mega UN meet

With Pakistan expected to rake up the Kashmir issue during the high-level UN General Assembly session this week, India said a “one-trick pony” can “regurgitate” the same act but “single act plays” have no resonance on multi-lateral platforms like the United Nations.India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said the UN General Assembly session is a global platform to address global issues, yet each country is sovereign and can do what they feel is in their best interests.”If somebody else would like to be a one-trick pony, it is for them to regurgitate and act. We have handled this act many times in the past and are confident that we will do so again,” Akbaruddin said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>He was responding to a question on Pakistan expected to rake up the Kashmir issue “at a higher decibel” during the high-level session of the 73rd UN General Assembly beginning at the world body’s headquarters Monday.”Our contention is that the UN works best on multilateralism and multi-lateral platforms work best when nations work in partnerships.”Single act plays have no resonance in such matters. Anybody can try and be a solo player. However solo players in a multi-lateral context have neither the past or a future,” he said adding that it is a country’s call on how they spend the time allocated to them during the UNGA session.India works in partnerships, Akbaruddin said, adding that India is proud that its priorities during the General Assembly have great resonance in the international community.Pakistan has consistently used the platform of the UN General Assembly to rake up the Kashmir issue and its leaders have sought to internationalize it during their addresses in the General Debate. India responds strongly to Pakistan, whose attempts to raise the Kashmir issue every year at the multi-lateral forum have found no resonance with the international community.Following India’s acceptance of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s request for a meeting, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi were slated to meet on the sidelines of the General Assembly.However, India called off the meeting, citing the brutal killings of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad releasing postage stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani.Khan had tweeted that he is disappointed at the “arrogant and negative” response by India to his call for resumption of the peace dialogue.When asked about Khan’s response, Akbaruddin said India is a multi-literalist nation and responds to multi-lateral issues of a global nature that it is confronted with. What you have raised is an issue relating to our bilateral ties. Those will be addressed bilaterally in the format that we desire to address them. On whether India will raise strongly the issue of cross-border terrorism during the UNGA session, Joint Secretary for UN Political in the Ministry of External Affairs Dinesh Patnaik said the issue of cross-border terrorism has been raised by the country since 1996 when it put in the idea of the Comprehensive Convention on Terrorism. Akbaruddin said the scourge has been and is a concern for India.”It’s a global concern. Terrorism is threatening countries across vast spades of land in diverse continents,” he said adding that terror outfits such as Boko Haram and Islamic State are a threat to several countries across Africa and West Asia.”Even in our neighbuorhood, terrorism has increased as a major threat. This has been our perennial concern and obviously perennial concerns will be articulated in unison with many other countries who are raising this,” he said.Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is expected to highlight the situation in Kashmir during his the General Assembly address, Pakistani media reported on Monday.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Qureshi arrived in New York over the weekend and is scheduled to address the annual world body session on September 29.
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UP: Dalit woman leaves college after being harassed

A 22-year-old Dalit woman had to leave college after being allegedly harassed by a man in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district, police said on Monday.Following a complaint from the woman’s family Sunday, a case was registered against the man, Superintendent of Police (SP) Dinesh Kumar said.The man, who is at large, was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, he said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Her family members have alleged that she had to leave college due to constant harassment by the man, the SP said.She has left her college out of fear. The woman had opposed the man’s actions, but he did not stop harassing her and also threatened her and her family of dire consequences, Kumar said.Police have launched a search to nab the accused.
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Amit Shah not qualified to speak on Delhi-Dhaka ties, his termite remark is unwanted: Bangladesh minister

Day after BJP chief Amit Shah called Bangladeshi illegal immigrants as ‘termites’, Bangladesh information minister Hasanul Haq Inu said that it was an ‘unwanted remark.’Inu spoke to Indian media outlets and said that Shah was not qualified to speak on the bilateral ties between India and Bangladesh. He also said Dhaka believes that the comments by Shah were made in personal capacity, which does not reflect the official stand of the Government of India. He also added that India’s official position has already been conveyed by Union Home Minister rajnath Singh and Dhaka is satisfied with it. When prodded over the controversial NRC issue, Inu said that it was an ‘internal matter’ of India. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The statement came after Shah made the comments at a mega rally in Delhi on Sunday. The BJP chief said that his party will seek to identify illegal immigrants living in the country if it comes to power after the Lok Sabha polls and alleged Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal care for them for vote bank politics. He said that illegal (Bangladeshi) infiltrators are also causing trouble in the national capital, and likened them to termites, action against whom should not worry any patriot. “After forming government in 2019, the BJP will undertake a nationwide identification of illegal infiltrators living in the country,” he said.Shah had said that Gandhi and Kejriwal complain when action is taken against them and asserted the Bharatiya Janata Party will repeat its 2014 feat and win all seven Lok Sabha seats in the city. Following the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) process in Assam, there has been increasing demand from many BJP leaders that an exercise should be undertaken in the rest of the country to identify illegal immigrants.‘The illegal infiltrators are acting like termites in this country. They are also causing problems in Delhi. Action against them should not worry any patriot,’ Shah added.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With PTI inputs)
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‘Ayushman Bharat’ launched: Why these 5 states have rejected PM Modi’s mega healthcare scheme

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana-Ayushman Bharat from Ranchi in Jharkhand and termed it a “game-changer initiative to serve the poor.The Central scheme, which was renamed the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PMJAY), aims to provide a coverage of Rs five lakh per family annually, for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation. Over 10.74 crore vulnerable entitled families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) will be eligible for these benefits.Eligible people can avail the benefits in the government and listed private hospitals. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The scheme is the world’s largest fully government-funded health insurance programme.”PMJAY-Ayushman Bharat is the biggest government-sponsored healthcare scheme in the world. The number of beneficiaries is almost equal to the population of Canada, Mexico and the US taken together,” Modi said.The health scheme will set an example for countries across the world, Modi said.Five states – Telangana, Odisha, Delhi, Kerala and Punjab – have, however, stayed out of the ambitious healthcare scheme. They have said they will not implement the programme until their concerns are addressed since they have better health assurance schemes.Here are the reasons given by the five states on why they have stayed out of ‘Ayushman Bharat’:TelanganaTelangana has not joined the Ayushman Bharat ‘as of now’ and would continue to implement its health scheme, official sources said.One of the reasons for not joining it, for the time being, was because the state’s Aarogyasri scheme covers nearly 80 lakh families, official sources said.”We already have the Aarogyasri scheme. As of now, Telangana is not participating in the (central government’s) scheme,” they told PTI.Asked when the Centre’s flagship Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme would be implemented in Telangana, the official said “as of now Aarogyasri scheme will continue,” adding Telangana’s health coverage model is a robust programme.OdishaAt a rally in Odisha on Saturday, PM Modi had criticised Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for not joining the Centre’ s Ayushman Bharat scheme.Odisha Health minister Pratap Jena announced in June that the state would not join the AB-NHPS as the state’s demands are not met by the Centre.While the Centre agreed to include only 61 lakh families in AB-NHPS, Odisha’s requirement was 70 lakh families, Jena had said, adding that the state government, therefore, announced Biju Swastha Kalyan Yojana to provide health assurance to its people.Later, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the state is willing to join the Ayushman Bharat if its concerns are addressed.”…We will still be willing to consider joining AB-NHPS in due course if the concerns of the state are addressed adequately,” Patnaik wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.While noting that announcement of the Ayushman Bharat -National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS) was a welcome step, Patnaik said the dependence of the scheme on SECC (Soci-Economic Caste Census-2011) data will be a serious handicap in achieving the goal of near universal coverage.”As you will agree, the SECC survey done on the criteria fixed by the UPA government has grave lacunae and many genuine poor have been left out,” Patnaik said in the letter.KeralaRejecting the Ayushman Bharat scheme, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac had called the programme ‘a big hoax.’ In an interview to The Indian Express, Isaac had said that under the existing health insurance scheme, Rashtriya Swasthya Bhima Yojana, total claims in India have been Rs. 1.20 crore, of which Rs 53 lakh is from Kerala. “The subsidy ceiling for the current RSBY scheme of Rs 30,000 benefit is Rs 1,250. The subsidy for the Ayushman scheme, with benefit of Rs 5 lakh, is Rs 1,110. Is it possible to have such a jump in benefits for lower premium?” he asked.He questioned how the government would implement Ayushmann Bharat at such a big scale. Arguing that health is a state subject, he said that the states should be allowed to customise the programmes in health according to the respective state’s needs.”Let us debate about Ayushmann Bharat. The argument that larger the no. of beneficiaries, lower would be the premium is irrelevant. Each state is going to independently tender for beneficiaries as per central norms, just as in RSBY. Therefore tender coverage is not going to be higher,” he later tweeted. DelhiDelhi chose to not join the Ayushman Bharat scheme as Arvind Kejriwal government expressed dissatisfaction with the proposed target of 6 lakh families. Delhi has nearly 50 families with 2 crore population. Kejriwal had claimed that Ayushman Bharat is a public relation exercise which will prove to be another “jumla” (rhetoric). The AAP termed the scheme “another white elephant in the making” and alleged that it covers only six lakh out of 50 lakh families in Delhi.PunjabThe Amarinder Singh government in Punjab had expressed reservations over the flow of funds and the low of number families covered under the Ayushman Bharat scheme. While Punjab government’s Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Bima Yojna (BPSSBY) scheme covers 29.3 lakh Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, the Centre had procured offered to cover 14.96-lakh families in Punjab under the Ayushman Bharat. However, the key difference between the two schemes is the amount of health insurance cover. While BPSSBY provides a cover of only Rs 50,000, Ayushman Bharat provides a cover of 10 times. “We have some reservations. Punjab government is running some health insurance schemes. We are yet to study the convergence of existing schemes with this one. We also have issues about 60:40 ratio of funding by Centre,” Punjab health and family welfare minister Brahm Mohindra said in May. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The state government later agreed to join the scheme. It, however, requested the Centre to bring the cost sharing to 75:25 from earlier 60:40.
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After Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s win in Maldives, India says presidential election marks triumph of democratic forces

Amid reports of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih winning the crucial Maldives presidential polls, India on Monday said that it looked forward to working closely with the new leadership.In an early morning statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said that, ‘we welcome the successful completion of the third Presidential election process in the Maldives which, according to preliminary information, Mr Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has won.’‘We heartily congratulate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on his victory and hope that the Election Commission will officially confirm the result at the earliest,’ the statement read. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>‘This election marks not only the triumph of democratic forces in the Maldives, but also reflects the firm commitment to the values of democracy and the rule of law. In keeping with our ‘Neighbourhood First’ Policy, India looks forward to working closely with the Maldives in further deepening our partnership,’ it added.Around 263,000 Maldivian voters exercised their rights in the high-stakes elections, keenly watched by countries such as India, the United States and China.The island nation has been engulfed in a political upheaval in the past few months with Yameen imposing a state of emergency to annul a Maldivian Supreme Court ruling that quashed the convictions of nine opposition leaders, including Mohamed Nasheed, Maldives’ first democratically-elected president.The US also congratulated the people of Maldives on the peaceful conclusion of presidential polls. “The United States congratulates the people of Maldives, who peacefully raised their democratic voices to determine the future of their country,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said. “Although the Election Commission has not yet announced the final tally, we note Maldives’ media and NGO reports that the Joint Opposition candidate has secured a victory following a peaceful day of polling,” she added.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>”We urge calm and respect for the will of the people as the election process concludes,” Nauert said.
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United Nations General Assembly 2018: India to focus on reformed multilateralism, says top envoy

India’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin, said that India will focus on reformed multilateralism at the United Nations General Assembly.”There are threats and challenges facing the multilateral system. We are by tradition and inclination multilateralist and we will be helpful in articulating our positions on how we need to strengthen the multilateral system and move towards a reformed multilateralism,” he said while addressing the media in New York.”Second, Secretary General feels climate change is perhaps the most serious of threats that we’re facing. India has a good story to tell. So climate action will be our second priority,” he added.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Speaking on health care and India’s focus in the area, Akbaruddin said, “This general assembly will address several issues of global health. Non-communicable diseases, Tuberculosis and later in the assembly, India will focus on deliberations relating to universal health coverage. The Prime Minister launched Ayushman Bharat – our health coverage scheme, which covers 500 million people, and is the most ambitious such schemes in the world, the entire global fraternity is looking towards it.”Akbaruddin further noted that sustainable development would be key to India’s approach in international cooperation.”By and large, India is a developing country. We have areas where we have developed rather fast, but there are other areas we are focused on developing. This year, we are going to have a South-South conference in Buenos Aires. South-South cooperation is emerging as a major area of our activity both in UN and in other areas. Digital cooperation will also be a major issue as we proceed during the course of this session,” he added.On the issue of peace and security, he said, “India is one of the largest troop-contributing countries, a country which has a history of sending our troops to as many as 49 peacekeeping operations.”<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>It was briefed that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, apart from participating in the United Nation General Assembly Debate on September 25, will also attend United States President Donald Trump’s event on a call for action against the global drug problem. She will also attend the Nelson Mandela peace conference, and attend meetings of the G4, IBSA, BRICS and SAARC.
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Congress to meet CVC to seek independent probe into Rafale deal

A delegation of top Congress leaders will meet the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on Monday to seek an independent probe into the alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter jets deal, the party said on Sunday.Last week, the Congress had met the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). It had requested the apex auditor to prepare a report on the alleged irregularities in the deal and present it in Parliament.It will make a similar request to the CVC, besides demanding registration of a case of corruption in the matter, the party said on Sunday.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The Congress has launched an offensive against the BJP government over the Rafale deal alleging corruption and violation of rules by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded answers from him.It has also accused the prime minister, finance minister and defence minister of “lying on the issue”.The Rafale controversy took a turn last week after former French president Francois Hollande claimed that the Indian government proposed Reliance Defence’s name as the offset partner for Dassault Aviation.Modi had announced the procurement of 36 Rafale fighters after holding talks with the then French president Hollande on April 10, 2015, in Paris.In response, the French government said it was in no manner involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners for the Rafale deal, asserting that French firms have the full freedom to select Indian companies for the contract.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The Reliance group has rejected charges levelled against it by the Congress and said the government was in no way involved in securing its offset contract with Dassault Aviation.
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Dr Kafeel Khan, out on bail in Gorakhpur infant death case, arrested again in 9-year-old fraud case

Dr Kafeel Khan, who is out on bail in connection with the death of infants at a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur last year, and his brother Adeel Khan were arrested on Sunday in a nine-year-old fraud case.”A case was registered against Dr Kafeel and his brother Adeel under various sections of the IPC in 2009 at the Rajghat police station by Muzaffar Alam, a resident of the city’s Shekhhpur area. Muzaffar Alam in his complaint had accused both the brothers of using his photograph and ID to open a fake bank account in SBI and using the same to carry out transaction of over Rs 82 lakhs. At that time, Dr Kafeel was pursuing his medical studies at Manipal University,” Circle Officer (Cantonment) Prabhat Kumar Rai said.The arrest was made by a team led by Superintendent of Police (City) Vinay Singh and CO Rai, on the direction of Senior Superintendent of Police Shalabh Mathur.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The move comes a day after Dr Kafeel Khan was released on bail after being arrested on charges of creating a ruckus at a district hospital here, police said.He was arrested Saturday for allegedly arguing with doctors and “disturbing” the treatment being given to patients at the hospital, they added.Khan is one of the nine accused in a case involving the deaths of several children due to alleged disruption in the supply of oxygen at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in August 2017. He was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police in September 2017.The Allahabad High Court had granted him bail in April this year. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>In June, Khan’s brother was shot thrice in Gorakhpur. At that time, Dr Khan had said that personal enmity might be the reason for the attack on his brother. Kashif Jameel, 34, was shot thrice on June 11, and underwent a successful operation where the bullets were removed.
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PM Modi to inaugurate Sikkim’s first-ever airport at Pakyong today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Sikkim’s first-ever airport at Pakyong on Monday. The Prime Minister arrived in Sikkim on a two-day visit on Sunday.He will also address the people at the St Xavier’s School at Pakyong after inaugurating the airport. The Prime Minister reached in an MI-8 chopper from Bagdogra and was received by Governor Ganga Prasad, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and others at Libing Army Helipad. He was given a gun salute by the Army there.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>From the Army helipad, Modi’s entourage travelled around 5km to the Raj Bhawan where he stayed for the night. A large number of people carrying colourful flags gathered at both sides of the road amidst rain to get a glimpse of the Prime Minister who also waived them back from his vehicle.Later at Raj Bhawan, Modi met BJP leaders and representatives of various social organisations.During the two-day visit, Modi will inaugurate the Pakyong greenfield airport, around 33 km from Gangtok on Monday. The airport will circumvent the need for a five-hour journey through mountainous roads and bring citizens of Sikkim closer to the state capital.Located around 60 kms from the Indo-China border, the airport is strategically relevant from a security point of view. The Indian Air Force (IAF) will also find this airport convenient for landing and taking off, Union Minister for Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh, said on Sunday.The establishment of the airport is expected to provide major impetus to tourism, with Sikkim being perceived as one of the most popular destinations for tourists all throughout the year. It is also expected to cause a significant reduction in travel time for tourists, who earlier had to board from Bagdogra in West Bengal.Built at an estimated cost of over Rs 605 crore, the Pakyong Airport is a new distinction for Sikkim, which has, in the last three to four years, achieved the distinction of becoming the first “Organic State” and also the first “Open Defecation Free” (ODF) state of India.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With agency inputs)
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Delhi man loses voice after pregnant wife bites off his tongue while kissing

A 22-year-old Delhi man lost almost half of his tongue after his pregnant wife allegedly bit it off while kissing him.The man underwent a surgery at Safdarjung Hospital but doctors said it is difficult to say whether he will be able to talk again. His condition was said to be stable. The incident was reported from outer Delhi’s Ranhola on Saturday night.Locals said that the woman was not happy as she felt her husband was not good-looking. However, the couple had compatibility issues and had regular fights, the police said, adding the husband is a street artiste.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>According to the police, the victim Karan Singh had an altercation over some domestic issue with her wife Kajal Singh, 22, at around 11 pm. The issue was sorted and after a patch up, the couple went to their room.And the next time she kissed him she bit almost half of his tongue off, they added.“Later around midnight, when the couple was kissing in their room, Kajal bit off Karan’s tongue. The man rushed out of room calling for help. He was bleeding profusely from his mouth. The family members then called up the police and the man was rushed to a hospital where he underwent a surgery in emergency,” said a senior police officer.The police were informed by the victim’s father about the incident.The woman has been detained and a case has been registered under section 326 of the IPC, which pertains to voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means, punishable with life imprisonment, the police said.According to Deputy commissioner of police (outer), Seju P Kuruvilla said a case under section 326 (causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) has been registered against the woman. The woman is eight months pregnant and has been detained, the police said.The couple has been married since November 2016. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With PTI inputs)
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