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‘J&K BJP is anti-Dalit, victimised me for being one’: Former MLA Gagan Bhagat after expulsion

Days after his expulsion from the BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit, Gagan Bhagat on Wednesday accused the state party leadership of being “anti-Dalit” and alleged he was victimised for being one.He claimed that the party’s debacle in the recently concluded assembly elections in five states was a result of its “anti-Dalit” ideology.Going against the party line, Bhagat had on December 3 moved the Supreme Court challenging the dissolution of state assembly. The apex court, however, dismissed his petition on Monday, saying there was no merit in the pleas filed by the former legislator.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>He was expelled by the BJP on the same day with immediate effect for his “continued indiscipline, anti-party and anti-Jammu activities.” “I am a Dalit and faced victimisation from the party which is 100 per cent anti-Dalit…I was always given the position where my caste fits,” Bhagat told reporters here. “I have always faced discrimination because of the anti-Dalit attitude of the party leadership. Scheduled Castes gave seven reserved seats to the party in the state but it gave no representation to the community in the previous government. No ministerial berth was given (to community members) nor any higher position in the party,” he alleged.He added that whenever someone highlights the truth, he is dubbed anti-party.Earlier in July, Bhagat was suspended by the disciplinary committee of the party over his alleged role in the abduction of an ex-serviceman’s daughter, a charge he and the woman rejected.He said he is not against the BJP’s national leadership.Bhagat claimed that the party’s state leadership was dictatorial and it would face a drubbing in the next assembly election as the people had seen its real face.He alleged that the BJP had done nothing for the Jammu region despite being in power in the state and at the Centre.”I know everything about the party and its functioning. I know how ministers were chosen when money changed hands. They have filled their coffers and have done nothing for the people, including those living along the International Border, who are direct targets of Pakistan’s shelling,” the doctor-turned-politician said.Bhagat dared the BJP to announce its chief ministerial candidate ahead of the Assembly elections and said “the party would not do so because it knows its position”.”It might push for delaying the polls given the mood of the people,” he said.The Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly was dissolved by Governor Satya Pal Malik on November 21. The Election Commission has to hold fresh assembly polls in the state within six months, by May 21.On Article 35A, which guarantees special rights and privileges to permanent residents of the state, Bhagat said the party is toeing the line of national leadership and ignoring potential threat its revocation poses.He alleged that the withdrawal of his security cover was one of the “pressure tactics” of the BJP to silence him.On his future plans, Bhagat said he was in touch with all other political parties.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>”I am in touch with all the parties…barring the BJP, every other party is for the unity of Jammu and Kashmir. Even the PDP has done more for Jammu than the BJP,” he said.
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Jammu and Kashmir: Two terrorists killed in encounter in Baramulla’s Sopore

Two terrorists were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore, the Army said on Thursday.Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Brath Kalan area of Sopore in Baramulla district on Wednesday evening following information about presence of terrorists there, an Army official said. He said the operation turned into an encounter after terrorists opened fire on security forces.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Two terrorists have been killed, the official said, adding the operation was still in progress.The troops of 179 Battalion of CRPF, Special Operation Group (SOG), 22 RR, CRPF Range Quick Action Team, Baramulla, carried out the operation.The identity and group affiliation of the slain ultras was being ascertained, he added.(With PTI inputs)
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Assembly Election Results 2018: Decision on Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh CMs today; Gehlot, Pilot head to Delhi

As the final decision on the names of chief ministers in the three states, where the Congress unseated the BJP to claim power, remains pending with Rahul Gandhi, top leaders of Rajasthan Congress flew into Delhi for a meeting with the party chief.Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot and former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, the top contenders for the CM’s post, left Jaipur for Delhi early morning today to meet Rahul Gandhi. “Observers have taken everyone’s opinion, in a peaceful way. Congress President Rahul Gandhi had to take a decision (on Rajasthan CM candidate), observers have arrived in Delhi. A discussion will be held and the decision will be taken today,” Gehlot said. With numbers in place to form governments in the three states, the elected Congress MLAs on Wednesday authorised party president Rahul Gandhi to decide the chief ministers.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Mr Gandhi had dispatched central observers to the three state capitals to take feedback of newly-elected MLAs. The party chief also reached out directly to the party workers in the three states to know their top choice for the chief minister post through an internal mobile messaging app, party leaders said.The names could now be announced today after Gandhi meets the observers appointed for the three states and other senior leaders.In all the three states where Congress has emerged victorious signalling a newfound energy in the party ranks to stop the BJP juggernaut before the 2019 general elections, the newly-elected MLAs met in the presence of party’s central observers, while party leaders also met governors in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to stake government formation claims.RajasthanIn Rajasthan, Pilot told waiting reporters after a late night meeting in Jaipur that the process of getting the feedback was almost complete and the party high-command would take the final decision on Thursday. The Congress emerged as the single-largest party in Rajasthan in Tuesday’s vote count, winning 99 seats. It’s ally Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) won one seat for a total of 100 seats — the required number to form government. The BJP got 73 seats, and the Bahujan Samaj Party won 6 seats. BSP leader Mayawati on Wednesday pledged support for the Congress. The CPI(M) got two seats, Independents won 13 and other parties got 6, according to the state Election Commission. Madhya PradeshIn Madhya Pradesh, where three-time Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tendered his resignation to Governor Anandiben Patel, the Congress team that later met the governor to stake government claim included two top contenders for the top job — Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia. Scindia also later told reporters that a final decision was expected Thursday.After a see-saw battle on Tuesday, Congress emerged as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh with 114 seats, two short of a simple majority. The BJP, which had ruled the state for 15 years, got 109 seats. Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav announced their parties’ support to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, where BSP has got two and SP one seat. Congress has also claimed support of the four independents, all party rebels, who have emerged victorious.Chhattisgarh The MLAs in Chhattisgarh also met late evening in Raipur in presence of the party’s central observer Mallikarjun Kharge. There are as many four names doing the round for the state chief minister post — Lok Sabha member Tamradhwaj Sahu, state party chief Bhupesh Baghel, leader of opposition in the outgoing assembly TS Singhdeo and senior leader Charandas Mahant.Belying predictions of exit polls, the Congress won convincingly in Chattisgarh, less so in Rajasthan, and scraped through with a wafer-thin lead in Madhya Pradesh, final results showed after the vote count on Tuesday. KCR to be sworn in todayAmong other two states that also went to polls, K Chandrashekar Rao would be sworn in as Chief Minister on Thursday with his party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, storming back to power for the second consecutive term and with a bigger mandate. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>In Mizoram, where Mizo National Front has trounced Congress to wrest power of the hill state, the party president Zoramthanga would be sworn in as chief minister on Saturday.
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Assam panchayat polls results live: BJP takes massive lead over Congress, AIUDF as counting enters second day

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken a massive lead over its opponents in the Assam panchayat polls as counting of votes entered second day on Thursday. BJP won the highest number of seats in the first day of counting on Wednesday, with 45% of declared results going in its favour, followed by the Congress, the state election commission said.The counting began at 8 am on Wednesday and Thursday is the tentative day for the final results. The voting was carried out through paper ballots.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Over 78,000 candidates, including from major parties – BJP, Congress, Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF), Asom Gana Parishad and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) – contested the elections for over 26,000 seats in Assam panchayat bodies. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Assam State Election Commissioner HN Bora said the counting to all the 26,808 posts would continue the whole night and was likely to take entire Thursday. Wednesday results: Annpuncing the outcome of Wednesday’s counting, Bora said results for 1,218 posts were out. Out of this, 1,089 posts are gaon panchayat members (GPM), 71 gaon panchayat presidents (GPP) and 58 anchalik panchayat members (APM). No final result of any zila parishad member (ZPM) was available on Wednesday.Assam panchayat polls results live latest updates:BJP: 481 GPM posts, 33 GPP posts, 30 APM postsCongress: 294 GPM posts, 20 GPP posts, 15 APM postsAIUDF: 15 GPM posts, two GPP posts, 8 APM postsCPI(M): Five GPM postsCPI: Two GPM postsIndependents: 175 GPM posts, six GPP posts, three APM postsThe BJP won 33 GPP posts, Congress 20, AGP 10, AIUDF two posts and Independents six.”The counting is going on peacefully. No anomalies have been reported from any counting hall in any part of the state,” Bora said.The elections were held on December 5 and 9 to elect 21,990 GPM, 2,199 GPP, 2,199 APM and 420 ZPM across the state, recording an overall voting of 82%.While there were 78,571 contestants, 734 were elected uncontested. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>(With PTI inputs)
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Gujarat: Two drunk men vandalise 14 parked vehicles for fun in Chandlodiya area

A complaint was lodged with Sola police station on Wednesday early morning after two drunk men vandalised 14 parked vehicles in Chandlodiya area of the city. Cops have managed to arrest one of the accused, who told interrogators that they went on a rampage after getting drunk.The arrested accused has been identified as Dhanraj Chavda, a resident of Chandlodiya area. As per police, the incident took place at around 2.30am. The accused came on a two-wheeler, wielding lathis, and started vandalising the vehicles parked outside housing societies. However, they managed to flee by the time the residents gathered at the spot.A police complaint was lodged by the residents at around 3 am. Within an hour, the local police was able to arrest Chavda, The other accused in absconding and a search for him is going on.DH Gadhvi, Inspector, Sola police station said: “During investigation, we came to know that both the accused were drunk and they started vandalising the vehicles which were parked outside the society. So far, the motive behind the act is not clear, but we suspect that they did it for fun after getting drunk.”
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Gujarat: Temple priest sentenced for life in fake notes case

A temple priest from Sayla town in Surendranagar district was sent to life imprisonment by a sessions court, which held him guilty of printing fake currency notes. Additional sessions judge BH Somani punished the priest, Shailesh Raval, under Section 489 and 120B of the IPC for counterfeiting Rs 1,000 currency notes.As per the case details, the Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) raided the premises of Lakshminarayan temple in Sayla on September 29, 2015, on a tip-off and nabbed Raval. He was found with 102 fake notes along with a printer and used to print fake currency notes in the basement of the temple.The probe agency filed a charge sheet against the priest and showed two persons Maganbhai Gopabhai from Chhasiya and Vikramsinh Vakhubhai from Muli as absconders. The duo is yet to be arrested in the case. They were supposed to take delivery of the fake currency notes from the priest. However, they never got caught. As the co-accused could not be arrested, the prosecution insisted on going ahead with criminal proceedings against the priest.Thereafter, he was put on a trial at the Mirzapur court. Public prosecutor RP Thaker examined 17 witnesses and supplied 16 documentary evidence to the court during the trial to seal the fate of the priest.
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Jaipur: Man blames power department for kin’s death

A case has been registered at Malviya Nagar police station wherein the complainant alleged that his brother died due to the negligence of officials of the electricity department. A case has been registered in this regard and the investigation into the matter has been initiated. “The case has been registered through a court directive or istagasa. The complainant in the matter is one Vishnu Sharma, a resident of Sambhariya Road of Kanota area of the city. In the istagasa, the man has said that his brother died recently and the man has alleged that the electricity department officials caused his death. It appears that the man was electrocuted due to negligence. Appropriate action will be taken in the matter,” officials said.Woman beaten, land taken forciblyA woman from Shastri Nagar area was beaten and the accused took possession of a plot of land belonging to the woman’s mother-in-law. “The case has been registered by one Kanta Devi, the mother-in-law of the woman who was beaten. In her complaint, the woman has said that she owns a plot at Indira Verma colony at Shastri Nagar. Few individuals identified as Chandra Prakash Sain, his wife Priti Sain along with Sandeep and Rahul reached the plot and started beating the woman. Hearing her wails, the locals rushed to her help, however, by the time the accused took possession of the land. It appears to be a family dispute over piece of land and we have registered a case.
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Waste segregation yet to pick up pace in walled areas: Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation

It’s been ten days since AMC implimented waste segregation at source, but data shows that the civic body is receiving less segregated waste from the walled areas of the city as compared to other.The Refuse Transfer Stations that are assigned with the task of compressing the waste collected from the walled city mostly received domestic waste. Of the eight RTS, Khadia and Rakhial collect waste from the walled areas. “Both RTS receive more domestic waste. Even with dry waste collected separately, it is much more difficult to get material from it. The dry waste in both the transfer stations takes up a lot of time for further segregation, and most of it are residuals,” said Harshad Solanki, director of solid waste management, AMC.However, the waste collection is going smoothly in rest of the city. Now, around 25 to 30 per cent dry waste is collected by the AMC. On December 3, 2018, the civic body had collected 124 tonnes of dry waste which has now increased to 163 tonnes, as of Tuesday.”Earlier, maximum 9 tonnes of dry waste would be collected daily, but after the event of source segregation, the eight RTS are receiving 163 tonnes of dry waste daily,” said Mukesh Gadhvi, deputy municipal commissioner of the AMC.
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Kota Diary: Two motorbike borne youths fall into canal

Two motorbike borne youths identified as Wasim Akaram, 26, a resident of Siswali and posted as Pashudhan Sahayak and Rameshwar Bairwa, 35 a resident of Mangrole town today late morning fell into the Right Main Canal from over bridge on Ramgarh road after the motorbike they were riding, slipped accidentally, flinging the two into the canal, said SHO at Mangrole police station Ramkhiladi Meena. One of the two youths, Rameshwar Bairwa. was rescued by passersby.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Updated: Dec 13, 2018, 06:50 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>Two motorbike borne youths, including a Pashudhan Sahayak, late on Wednesday morning fell into Right Main Canal from the over bridge on Ramgarh road under Mangrole police station of Baran district after their speeding bike slipped. One of the two youths was rescued immediately after the incident while the search operation is underway to rescue the Pashudhan Sahayak posted at Mangrole town of Baran district but the body could not be traced till late evening today.Two motorbike borne youths identified as Wasim Akaram, 26, a resident of Siswali and posted as Pashudhan Sahayak and Rameshwar Bairwa, 35 a resident of Mangrole town today late morning fell into the Right Main Canal from over bridge on Ramgarh road after the motorbike they were riding, slipped accidentally, flinging the two into the canal, said SHO at Mangrole police station Ramkhiladi Meena. One of the two youths, Rameshwar Bairwa. was rescued by passersby.
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Reservation benefits: Gujarat High Court seeks state’s reply

Following the hearing on the petition, the division bench of Acting Chief Justice AS Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav issued a notice to the state government and directed it to file a reply in the matter by January 8. The transfer of communities challenged by the petitioner includes Gond, Raj Gond, Vansfoda, Thakarada, and Bagadiya Thakarada.”
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Gujarat High Court looks into Bopal custodial death probe

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday took stock of the probe carried out by the special investigation team (SIT) headed by deputy superintendent of Ahmedabad rural police KT Kamaria in the infamous custodial death of a 35-year-old man in the old Bopal police station. The single judge bench of Justice Sonia Gokani had summoned Kamaria after the brother of the victim moved court alleging “shoddy probe” in the matter.The court directly questioned the investigation officer regarding the incident and the probe carried out so far. Kamaria informed the court that under the oral instructions of the superintendent of police, the victim was held by the local crime branch (LCB) in a Rs 2.5 crore gold theft case and brought to Bopal. He clarified that the victim—Surubha Jhala—was kept as a suspect and not arrested.The LCB interrogated him and then special operations group (SOG) took over the probe of the gold theft. The police officer stated that three SOG personnel tortured the victim in the midnight and when his condition deteriorated, he was taken to the primary health centre, where he was declared brought dead. Kamaria added that since three SOG personnel were allegedly involved in torturing the victim, all of them have been arrested.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Meanwhile, after directly questioning Kamaria, the court also took all investigation papers on record to study the same and the report of the superintendent of police on the issue which had been submitted to various authorities was also taken on record. The next hearing of the matter is scheduled on Thursday.THE COUNSELCounsel for the petitioner Hriday Buch told DNA that the petitioner wants those responsible for the custodial death to be prosecuted, and the probe be handed over to CID to ensure fairness and transparency.
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President Ram Nath Kovind to visit Gujarat on 15th December, PM Narendra Modi on 22nd

The president Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi will visit Gujarat this month. On December 15, the president is going to lay the foundation stone for the upcoming Kevadiya railway station near the site of the Statue of Unity. Whereas, the PM Narendra Modi will be visiting Gujarat on December 22 to address the national convention of women cadres of BJP.BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya informed, “The PM will reach Trimandir campus in the afternoon where he will give a motivational speech to the women leaders and workers of BJP coming from across the nation. This convention is the preparation for the Lok Sabha polls falling next year. Our state leaders are also going to meet PM in New Delhi on Friday and will seek his guidance for this programme.”The state government, through a press communique, conveyed that President’s visit is scheduled on the death anniversary of Sardar Patel. The president will visit the site of SOU and will also take part in prayer meet held there to pay homage to the iron man.THE VISITThe state government, through a press communique, conveyed that President’s visit is scheduled on the death anniversary of Sardar Patel. CM Vijay Rupani also will remain present with the president.
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Cause of Goregaon forest doubtful, trespassing by unauthorised cannot be ruled out: Mumbai Fire Brigade

Though the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) could not ascertain the exact cause of the fire that broke out in Goregaon area during the first week of December, it suspects trespassing to be one of the causes.A report submitted by the MFB suggested trespassing by unauthorised person in the fire area. The fire officials had found bottles, half burnt tyre and plastics at the fire site.A massive fire had broken out at around 6.21 pm on December 3 in the forest area behind New MHADA Colony in Goregaon east. Within a short period of time, the fire quickly spread to an estimated three kilometres in the forest, which is considered to be the biggest green lung in the metropolis.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>As per the report, after examining the circumstantial evidence and statements of eyewitnesses, the cause of the blaze could not be established. Now, the city police will take up investigation of the case.The report also pointed out that despite the intensity of the fire, there were some areas that were untouched which indicates the possibility of suspicious activity in the area.Since 2007, 27 level I fire incidents had been reported at the same place.THE BLAZEA massive fire erupted in the thick forests of Aarey Colony in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park precincts on December 3. The blaze was noticed on one of the forested hills in Habalpada, near the Film City, and it quickly spread to an estimated 3 km area near Goregaon.
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Monorail Phase 2: MMRDA’s Republic Day gift to Mumbai

Come January, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) plans to commence operations of the second phase of Mumbai Monorail by January 26 next year between Wadala and Jacob Circle in Mahalaxmi.The MMRDA claims that it has asked the Malaysian operator Scomi Engineering to ensure that the second phase’s operation is started by Republic Day.The delay over starting the services on the second phase of Monorail despite having safety clearance of Monorail is due to a shortage of functional trains.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Out of the total ten trains, mere four trains are functional on the first phase between Chembur and Wadala, and remaining six are under non-functional and require repairs.An MMRDA official said, “In our several review meetings we have discussed with the operator to ensure that the operations are restarted by January 26. While four trains are functional currently, six require repairs to be carried out. In any case, we are expecting the same to be operational by January end.”One Monorail train has four coaches and MMRDA anticipates the ridership to go up to around 1 lakh passengers using Monorail daily to around 12,000 passengers daily use the first phase.The construction contract of Mumbai Monorail was awarded in 2008 to Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Scomi Engineering, and the project has been in controversy since its inception due to technical glitches and has also come under the scanner of Comptroller Auditor and General of India (CAG) over irregularities.
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Jaipur Police bust gang active in Shekhawati region, two arrested

The city police arrested two criminals on Wednesday while busting a major gang involved in shootouts, kidnapping, demanding ransom, extortion and carrying out criminal activities in the Shekhawati region. The gang had receintly carried out two firing incidents in Sikar wherein one person was shot at also. One of the arrested has a reward of Rs 5,000 on his head by Sikar police. The cops have also recovered one pistol and live rounds from the men.On Wednesday, information was received by members of the Jaipur Commissionerate’s CIU team about two men who were wanted for firing incidents in Fatehpur town of Sikar district. “The information revealed that the two men – identified as Ranveer Singh Naik alias Mama and Mahesh Jat were accused of firing in Fatehpur and were roaming in Vishwakarma area of Jaipur. A special team was formed that involved Vishwakarma police and CIU team by senior officials,” said officials.The team then started sweeping the area for the miscreants. “While scanning the area for the miscreants, the police learnt of their proximity and nabbed them from the Delhi road area. One loaded pistol, two live rounds and one used cartridge were recovered from their possession,” officials said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The men were taken to police station and were interrogated. “They confessed that they were involved inb two firing incidents at Fatehpur area, which was widely discussed on social media. In one of the incident firing was done on a businessman’s house with a view to strike terror as the men wanted to extort money from him. The second incident occurred when the men opened fire on the manager of Anokhi hotel on Bikaner highway and cases were registered in both the matters. The Sikar police was searched for the men when the Jaipur police learnt about them and nabbed them.FIRING IN SIKARThe gang had receintly carried out two firing incidents in Sikar wherein one person was shot at also. One of the arrested has a reward of Rs 5,000 on his head by Sikar police. The cops have also recovered one pistol and live rounds from the men.
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Kota Diary: Man commits suicide by hanging from fan in Mahaveer colony

A 35-year-old man on Wednesday morning was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his room in Mahaveer colony under Railway Colony police station area of Kota city. It is suspected that the man identified as Vijay Ameriya committed suicide last night while his wife and children were asleep in a room on ground floor. The reason for the suicide is yet to be ascertained as no suicide note was recovered from his possession.SHO of Railway Colony police station Madan Lal Khateek said deceased’s wife went to his room at second floor to serve morning tea but she found the door bolted from inside.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>When she peeped into the room through side window she saw found him hanging from the ceiling fan, the SHO said.Police on Wednesday today noon handed over the body to family members after postmortem, he added.
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Prayers for making Ashok Gehlot CM of Rajasthan

In this havan, organised by Akhil Rajasthan State Employees’ Joint Federation, employees say that Gehlot has always been there to listen to their problems and worked towartds their resolution.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Updated: Dec 13, 2018, 06:40 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>Even before Rahul Gandhi could decided who will be the chief minsiter of Rajasthan, some Jodhpur residents have decided to seek divine intervention and held prayers and yajna for making Ashok Gehlot the chief minister again.<!– /11440465/DNA_WAP/DNA_WAP_AL_BTF_1_300x250 –>On Wednesday, yajna havan was organised at the Gayatri temple situated on the Ratanaada Ganesh Temple Road.In this havan, organised by Akhil Rajasthan State Employees’ Joint Federation, employees say that Gehlot has always been there to listen to their problems and worked towartds their resolution.
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Gujarat High Court starts final hearing of pleas against bullet train

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday started final hearing in the petitions filed by farmers against the proposed acquisition of their land in the bullet train project. The court’s division bench of Acting Chief Justice AS Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav on Wednesday took the cases on priority and conducted a marathon hearing that continued for over two-and-a-half hours.Senior advocate Mihir Joshi appeared for the farmers and initiated his arguments against the proposed land acquisition for the project. One of the major issues raised by Joshi was the initiation of the land acquisition process without any social impact assessment. He contended that there is no way that the authorities can do away with social impact assessment for the bullet train project.Joshi said the government was pre-determined to go ahead with the project which is evident by the fact that special purpose vehicle (SPV) was formed and agreements were signed without any social impact assessment. “The government has imposed its decision on the farmers without ascertaining how the project is going to affect the farmers and what is its social cost,” he said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>He also contended that the amendments introduced by the state government in union government’s Land Acquisition Act providing power to state authorities to exempt projects from social impact assessment defeats the purpose of the central Act. The advocate also briefly pointed out that the purpose behind carrying out the social impact assessment is to understand the stakeholders, take their views into account, and preparation of reports by experts on the benefits of the project vis-a-vis its social cost.Apart from raking up the issue of social impact assessment, the senior advocate also pointed out the denial of the state government from providing resettlement and rehabilitation to farmers who are likely to lose their land.
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Giving Hope: Teen diagnosed right before Board exams

Twenty seven-year-old Prashant Tandalekar, a resident of Raigad, was operated for a rare condition of Ankylosing spondylitis at St. George Hospital on Monday. Tandalekar was diagnosed with Ankylosing when he was only 16, as a result of which he was unable to move or stand for more than ten years.Ankylosing Spondylitis is a form of arthritis which causes back pain and if not treated, could result in spinal fusion, leading to a defective posture.Prior to his treatment by local doctors, he was diagnosed with this genetic disorder a few months before his Class 10th board exams. He was unable to appear for his exams due to his condition then.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Dr Nadir Shah, Head of Orthopedics at St George’s Hospital, said, “Two months ago, we operated his left hip and on Monday, the right side of the hip was operated. He’ll be able to walk after the operation. Usually, Ankylosis Spondylitis happens after 40 years of age, but this is a rare case where the deformities happened in early 20s.” A team of anesthetic, lead by Associate Professor Dr Sukruti Atram, helped the doctors to perform the two hour-long surgery.Tandalekar had wanted to become an Army officer but had lost hope after he was bedridden for a few years. “I am planning to start studying again and complete my studies. I felt confident after the first surgery as I was able to walk and go outside the four walls of my house,” Tandalekar said.According to the orthopedic doctors, such cases are rare, only one or two patients in six months as the disease is not easily diagnosed. The condition is more relevant in males than females. One per cent of the whole population gets affected by Ankylosing Spondylitis. If detected on time, though expensive, the disorder can be easily treated.
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MHADA lottery: With price slashed, citizens rush to own a home in financial capital

Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority’s (MHADA) Mumbai board has received an overwhelming response this year after it announced a lottery of 1,384 houses. For its upcoming housing lottery, the applications for which closed on December 10, the housing authority has received more than 1.97 lakh applications. The figure is way higher than last year, where around 56,000 people had applied for around 819 homes. Of the 1.97 lakh applicants, 1.64 lakh have paid Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) to MHADA.The humongous response can be attributed to reduced prices of MHADA houses. Flats at Lower Parel that were sold for Rs 1.42 crore in the previous lottery are now being sold at Rs 99 lakh, while the flats that were sold for Rs 1.96 crore will be sold at around Rs 1.36 crore.”The response has been good, and mostly it is because of the lowering of the prices of the home,” said a senior official of MHADA.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Hit by poor sales, the housing authority had decided to lower the prices of its houses this year. In November last year, the authority had put up 36 homes in Lower Parel area on sale, while two flats were sold at Rs 1.96 crore each, the remaining 34 were sold at Rs 1.42 crore each. However, of the 36 lottery winners, 29 had gen away their claim on the flats.However, this lottery also has the costliest ever flats sold by MHADA. Three flats located in the building Dhavalgiri in Cumbala Hill are priced at Rs 5.80 crore, Rs 5.13 crore and Rs 4.99 crore, and the housing board has received more than 130 entries for them, claim officials.MHADA rates are lower than the market rate even in the expensive segment. According to brokers, the flats in Dhavalgiri would cost between Rs 6.5 crore to 7 crore otherwise. Thus, people have responded in large numbers.The lottery was announced on November 5 and December 10 was the last date for applying for the lottery. The final list of accepted applicants will be out soon and the lottery will be held at the MHADA office on Sunday. Recently, the chairman of MHADA’s Mumbai Board wrote a letter to the vice president and CEO of MHADA, asking him to reduce the prices further. However, his proposal couldn’t be accommodated this year.
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Rajasthan High Court stays arrest of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

The Rajasthan High Court has put stay on the arrest of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, but has refused to cancel the FIR lodged against him.An FIR was filed at the Basni police station by Rajkumar Sharma against Dorsey for hurting the sentiments of Brahmin community after his photo holding the slogan after his photo holding the slogan “Smash Brahminical Patriarchy” went viral. Before the high court, Dorsey was represented by senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani along with advocate Sandeep Kapur, Senior Partner, Karanjawala & Co, Principal Associate Vir Inder Pal Singh Sandhu; Associates Abhimanshu Dhyani and Tushar Thakur and advocate Ravi Sharma.Dorsey had, in his petition, said that the FIR is nothing but an abuse of the criminal justice system. He said he did not flaunt the placard but had merely held it “innocently without the deliberate and malicious intention”.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>“Since the petitioner was not responsible for the publication of the offending photograph, there was no question of him intentionally or knowingly insulting any person, to break public peace or to commit any other offence,” Dorsey said in his petition.The counsel for Rajkumar Sharma, Hastimal Saraswat, pleaded before that the court Dorsey has humiliated Brahmin society.“The court asked them to submit any document or evidence in support of their arguments in the court,” Saraswat said. A court had issued directions to file an FIR against the Twitter CEO on December 1, following which a case was registered against him at the Basni police station.Petitioner Rajkumar Sharma, a member of Vipra Foundation, had moved the court after he shared a picture on his account showing him with six women holding a poster in his hands that said “Smash Brahminical Patriarchy”. After hearing both the sides, Jusitice PS Bhati granted a stay on Dorsey’s arrest It was further observed that there was no prima facie case for interrogation.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>VIRAL POSTAn FIR was by Rajkumar Sharma against Dorsey for hurting the sentiments of Brahmin community after his photo holding the slogan after his photo holding the slogan “Smash Brahminical Patriarchy” went viral.
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Kota: Missing minor girl was raped before murder

An eight-year-old girl, belonging to Scheduled Caste community, on Wednesday morning was found murdered in a mustard field in Gangliyakhedi village under Pagariya police station of Jhalawar district. The girl had been missing since Tuesday late night. Police suspect that the victim was raped before she was strangled to death as no marks of injury were visible on her body except a minor scratch likely to be caused by a nail on her chest.Police investigations have zeroed on 20-year-old Dashrath Singh of the same village as he was the only person seen with the minor girl.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Before the police could interrogate Dashrath about the entire incident, he attempted to commit suicide by touching live electric wires on Wednesday morning. However, the villagers rescued him and rushed him in unconscious state to SRG hospital in Jhalawar, where is undergoing treatment.SHO of Pageriya police station Radha Kishan said that deceased girl, a class 3 student, was living with her maternal grandparents in Gangliyakhedi village while her parents were in Nolaye village under Pedawa police station of the district.The girl after returing from school last evening was engaged in grazing the household cattle near her home with other children of the village but she did not return home till late evening following which the family members initiated a hunt for her but she could not be found till late night.The body of the girl was today spotted by villagers in mustard field near her home following which they informed the police that recovered the body from the field, the SHO said.Dashrath Singh has emerged as key suspect in the matter as he was spotted last evening in drunken state around the minor girl but he is yet to be interrogated as he is currently in unconscious state, the SHO said. The family members of the deceased girl have also pointed finger at Dashrath Singh to be key suspected in the crime, he added. Police have lodged a case of murder cum rape under various sections of IPC and the body was today noon handed over to the family members.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>SUICIDE BIDPolice investigations have zeroed on Dashrath Singh of the same village as he was the only person seen with the minor girl. Before the police could interrogate Dashrath about the entire incident, he tried to commit suicide by touching live electric wires on Wednesday and has been admitted to a hospital.
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Maharashtra: Job security lures many to become police constable

With rising unemployment and dearth of jobs, many engineers, graduates and post-graduates have applied for the post of a police constable in the state.One needs to be Class 12 pass to qualify for the post. DNA spoke to few ‘over qualified’ police constables who are serving in the Mumbai police.While some took up a police constable job for a job security, some for the benefits that it gives to the family.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Aditya Kadam (name changed), who holds a BA degree said that he worked as a ward boy before joining the police force in 2003. ” Working with Mumbai police is not just a matter of prestige but it provides benefits like pension, job security and free housing among other things. I thought applying for the sub-inspectors departmental exam but I could not clear it,” he said.Rajesh Patil, another police constable, who is a B.Com graduate said that he taught in a private coaching class at Dadar. “I played kabbadi and had an offer to work as a sports teacher if I had done my Bachelor in Physical Education. I took up the constable’s job because my father who too worked with the Mumbai police was due to retire in two years. My younger brother was completing his diploma in engineering. I had to shoulder the financial burden of my family. I did not want him to stop his education and take up a private job while studying. Hence, I decided to join the police force in 2004.”Patil added that one can get private employment but they do not provide any job security or pension after retirement. Patil has managed to save some money and buy his own house. He claims that many unemployed engineers and software experts have also applied for the police constable’s post.
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Ahmedabad: Deputy SP VK Nayi arrested by Anti Corruption Bureau for false prohibition case, bribery

VK Nayi, deputy superintendent of police of Viramgam division, has been arrested by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for lodging a false case under Prohibition Act to extort money from the person framed in the case.Nayi, who was on the run for three months, surrendered before ACB on Monday, said assistant director at ACB GV Padheriya. Nayi was remanded to ACB custody by the court for three days.The case dates back to September 7, when ACB had caught Bhupendrasinh Jhala, a Lok Rakshak with the Mandal police station in Ahmedabad district while accepting a bribe of Rs 75,000. Jhala revealed that he had accepted the bribe on behalf of two constables posted in the Dy SP office. The two constables were also arrested later.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Investigations revealed the senior police official’s involvement in booking the complainant in the bribery case in a false prohibition case.”Some police persons who were shown as members of the raiding party, and police witnesses, denied having taken part in any such raid. Other evidence also showed that the case was false. CCTV footage showed Dy SP VK Nayi’s present at the Mandal police station at the time the alleged raid took place. It became clear that he had he had conspired to misuse his position for personal financial gains,” ACB said.Nayi surrendered before ACB sleuths after his anticipatory bail pleas were rejected by the sessions court and high court.In another case, Manish Gautam, posted as director of Outreach Bureau in Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Ahmedabad, was arrested on Tuesday for accepting a bribe. The Class I official had allegedly sought bribe of Rs 20,000 for selecting a candidate in audition test. Cash of Rs 2.50 lakh was also recovered from the official. ACB appealed to other people, who may have paid a bribe to Gautam, to contact them.In yet another case, Devayat Bhola, working as panchayat talati in Jamnagar district, was caught taking a bribe of Rs 20,000 on Tuesday. Bhola had demanded the bribe for making an entry regarding non-agricultural land in revenue records, ACB added.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>CASE FILEThe case dates back to September 7, when ACB had caught Bhupendrasinh Jhala, a Lok Rakshak with the Mandal police station in Ahmedabad district while accepting a bribe of Rs 75,000. Jhala revealed that he had accepted the bribe on behalf of two constables posted in the Dy SP office.
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Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018: Hand-picking the CM face

Having missed the magic figure by a whisker in Rajasthan, the Congress, confident of forming a government with the support of independents, has now to pick the chief minister between frontrunners Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot.After a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting to decide who would be chief minister remained inconclusive, with Pilot and Gehlot factions refusing to yield ground, a team of central observers left for Delhi to brief the party high command on the gridlock in the state.State in-charge Avinash Pandey, All India Congress Committee observer KC Venugopal and four party secretaries in charge of the state polls — Vivek Bansal, Qazi Nizamuddin, Devendra Yadav and Tarun Kumar — flew back to Delhi to brief UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who are likely to take a call on Thursday on the basis of feedback from party workers through an app.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Amid indecision over the next CLP leader, senior Congress leaders including Pilot and Gehlot, who stayed back in Jaipur, met Governor Kalyan Singh and staked their claim to form the gov From ernment in the state.Sources in the party said that the party has claimed the support of 20 independents and smaller parties including the BSP which has six MLAs. “We have the support in writing from 20 Independents and others. We shall be handing over the list to the governor at the time of government formation,” a senior party office bearer said.Sources who attended the CLP meeting claimed there was hectic lobbying inside the Congress headquarters as the Pilot and Gehlot camps tried to sway newly elected legislators.”The old team of Gehlot, including former home minister Shanti Dhariwal, which was re-elected pledged their support to the former chief minister,” a source said.On the other hand, PCC spokesperson Pratap Singh Khachariawas, a Jaipur MLA, was seen gathering support for Pilot, sources said.After hectic parleys between Gehlot and Pilot factions failed to yield a unanimous decision, the two leaders went inside a room and had a discussion for about 10 minutes, only to leave the decision-making to Rahul Gandhi.Some legislators felt the CLP leader’s election process was “good for nothing” as they had already given the veto power to the party high command. Deeg-Kumher MLA Vishvendra Singh, who is the party’s vice-president, said: “We have passed a proposal giving authority to Rahul Gandhi to take decision. Why are the MLAs then being asked to vote?”Bharat Singh Kunderpur commneted that it was a tradition, a source said.A formal process to know the mandate of each MLA on the CLP leader was also carried out after the AICC observer KC Venugopal insisted on conducting the process. “Venugopal recorded the opinions of every MLA before convening the unanimous decision to the party high-command,” a source in the loop said. Several leaders were candid in their choice of leader, while there were some who refused to name anyone, suggesting that the party’s central leadership would take the final call.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Deputy CM formulaSardarshahar MLA Bhanwer Lal Sharma hinted the discussion on the nomination of deputy chief minister had taken place in the CLP. “They are trying to break a rupee into two coins of 50 paisa each,” he said, suggesting that one of the frontrunners would be the CM while the other his deputy.
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Rahul took blame for defeats, should get credit now: Omar Abdullah

National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday congratulated Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for his party’s success in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh assembly polls.The three states were previously ruled by the BJP.”Congratulations to the Congress & especially to its leader Rahul Gandhi for the great success in these elections. He took the blame & the brickbats for all the setbacks & now deserves the credit for these victories. It was nice to have something to celebrate on counting day,” Abdullah tweeted.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister slammed the BJP for dismissing suggestions that the party’s electoral reverses in the Hindi heartland states were a reflection on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his policies.”And for my friends in the BJP – you can’t blame Rahul Gandhi for losing elections & not apply the same yardstick to Modi ji. If those were Rahul’s losses then these 3 heartland state losses belong to the Prime Minister & his policies,” Abdullah said.
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Telangana Assembly polls: Congress grapples for answer after disaster

Organisational weaknesses, the tie-up with the TDP not working on the ground and some shortcomings of the state party leadership could be the reasons for poor performance of the Congress in the Telangana Assembly poll, party leaders said here Wednesday.Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily, who was part of the central party unit tasked with the poll strategy, blamed poor organisation at the state level for it.”Organisationally….we have not organised well. I have always been telling them (Telangana Congress unit)..you should organise much better, lack of organisation…the real bane of Telangana (Congress)”, the former Union Minister told PTI.He said there was an anti-KCR (Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrasekhar Rao) mood, but the Congress could not encash on it.Setting aside decades-old rivalry, the Congress and TDP had forged an electoral alliance for the December 7 Telangana poll to take on the TRS.But the Congress-led alliance, of which the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and CPI were a part, came a cropper in the poll, with the Congress winning 19 seats and the TDP a mere two.The TJS and CPI drew a blank.The TRS returned to power, bagging 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Some Congress leaders said the party and TDP may have failed to fully transfer votes to each other.”Could be one reason…vote transfer could not be possible, maybe because TDP and Congress, they were not working together (earlier)”, the AICC in charge of Telangana Congress affairs R C Khuntia told PTI.Khuntia said joint meetings of TDP and Congress workers had not been organised at the booth, mandal and block levels, where “there will always be dispute”, and was done only at public meetings and rallies.”So probably vote transfer at ground level could not be possible 100 per cent”, he said.Senior Telangana Congress leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy said the party “failed to talk to the people all the shortcomings of the Government and its failures”.Reddy, former Vice-Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, termed his party’s election strategy as “hotch potch”.”PCC President (Uttam Kumar Reddy) did not act like a leader. He was more like a group leader, trying to impose persons favoured by him”, alleged the four time MLA and a former Minister.Meanwhile, Moily, a former Karnataka Chief Minister, rejected the perception in some quarters that the Congress-TDP alliance flopped.”You can’t say that. Ultimately, the Congress should win on it’s own strength in Telangana. Our party itself was not so well organised”, Moily added.
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Against drawing conclusions for general elections from state elections: Jairam Ramesh

Congress leader and former Cabinet minister Jairam Ramesh Wednesday cautioned against drawing conclusions about the 2019 general elections based on the results of the Assembly elections in five states.Speaking at a book launch, Ramesh said the state elections were fought on completely different issues and its results should not be a yardsticks to gauge the outcome of the national elections.The Congress wrested control of the BJP-ruled states of Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.”I don’t subscribe to the semifinal and final concept (of elections). State-level elections are organically different…I will be cautious in drawing national level conclusions from what are essentially state level elections,” he said.”The best example of this was when in 1984 Rajiv Gandhi and the Congress took 27 of the 28 seats in Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka and three months later Ramakrishna Hegde and the Janata Party got around 140 out of the 224 seats in the Assembly. So, a completely different result,” he said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>However, he said the Congress’ victories in the three states were definitely a morale booster and would help the party psychologically as it prepared for the 2019 polls.Buoyed with electoral gains in these three states, the grand old party is now in power in six states, including Punjab, Karnataka and Puducherry, but the real challenge before the Congress is defeating the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls and it is widely felt it will need help of other opposition parties for that.For the moment, the Congress has stemmed its electoral decline by sweeping Chhattisgarh and edging out the BJP in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, signalling its preparedness for 2019 elections which are building up as a “BJP-versus-all” battle.
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Delhi govt has unearthed Rs 262 crore cyber-tax fraud carried out by over 8700 traders: Dy CM Manish Sisodia

The Delhi government has unearthed a cyber-tax fraud totalling Rs 262 crore committed by over 8,700 traders who were found showing fraudulent tax deposits into 13 banks since 2013, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday.Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said that the Trade and Taxes Department has registered a complaint with the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) for registration of FIRs in the matter.”Delhi govt tax authorities have unearthed a big cyber-tax fraud. More than 8,000 registered dealers have been found showing fraudulent tax deposits into 13 banks. The matter has been handed over to EOW, Delhi Police. AAP govt believes in zero tolerance to any corrupt practice,” he tweeted.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Earlier in the day, the deputy chief minister said during the scrutiny of suspected fraud transactions, it was noticed that the fraud had been continuing since 2013.”The government has detected cyber-tax fraud of Rs 262 crore. As per our initial investigation, around 8,700 traders were involved in the fraud. It is a very serious issue that should be investigated thoroughly by probe agencies,” he said.Sisodia also said the traders who were found involved in this fraud had tracked bank IDs and passwords, and also showed that they have deposited tax online, but in reality, they were not depositing tax.The Delhi Police said Reena Toppo, VAT officer, Delhi, has lodged a complaint against some business firms which had claimed input tax credit under GST on the basis of fictitious documents and non-existent bank accounts.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Preliminary amount involved is Rs 9.97 crore and the complaint is being examined by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW), it said.
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Ranchi: Rahul Gandhi summoned for remark on Amit Shah

A local court Wednesday issued summons to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly making a controversial statement against his BJP counterpart Amit Shah.Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Ajay Kumar Gudia, who had reserved the order after hearing a petition in this regard on November 28, directed that summons be issued against Gandhi.In his petition, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader Naveen Jha alleged that Gandhi had made the statement against Shah on March 18 during the national convention of the Congress.The BJYM is the youth wing of the BJP.The petitioner submitted that the statement had hurt his sentiment and tarnished the image of the party.Earlier this year, the same SDJM’s court had rejected the petition of Jha, an executive member of Jharkhand BJYM.He appealed before the court of Judicial Commissioner Navneet Kumar against the rejection order. Kumar quashed the SDJM’s order and directed the lower court to hear the petition again.
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No formal invitation was sent to Trump for January visit: Government

The government Wednesday said no formal invitation was sent to US President Donald Trump to visit India in January.Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh stated this while replying to a question in the Lok Sabha on whether the government invited the US president to visit India in January.In October, a White House official said Trump was unable to participate as Chief Guest of India’s Republic Day celebrations in January due to scheduling constraints.”The India-US joint statement issued on June 27, 2017 states, ‘President Trump gladly accepted Prime Minister Modi’s invitation to visit India.’ No formal invitation has been sent to the US President to visit India in January 2019,” Singh said in the written reply.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited Trump to visit India during their talks in Washington in June 2017.
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Maharashtra: Vinod Tawde hands over Vajpayee condolence motions to adopted daughter Namita Bhattacharya

Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde Wednesday handed over the condolence motions adopted by the state cabinet and the legislature, mourning the demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to the adopted daughter of the late leader in New Delhi.A statement issued by Tawde said the condolence motion of the state cabinet and the one passed by the legislature along with the copies of the speeches made by leaders of different political parties were personally delivered to Vajpayee’s adopted daughter Namita Bhattacharya and her husband Rajan Bhattacharya.Normally condolence motion copies are delivered to the families by post.On the occasion, Namita Bhattacharya recalled Vajpayee’s close association with Mumbai, where he used to watch Marathi plays at Shivaji Mandir, and also his friendship with Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and composer Sudhir Phadke.
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Congress questions Mamata Banerjee for not congratulating Rahul Gandhi

After its good show in the assembly elections, the Congress Wednesday asked if Trinamool leaders were having “sleepless nights” fearing their dream of Mamata Banerjee becoming the prime minister may not be fulfilled.At a rally in Kolkata, Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi also questioned why Mamata Banerjee has not given credit to Rahul Gandhi for the massive victory.”When the entire country has congratulated Rahul Gandhi and the Congress for its victory in three states, only Mamata Banerjee has not. Is she not happy with the victory of Congress?,” Gogoi said.Although, the West Bengal chief minister had congratulated the winners, she had stopped short of naming either Congress or Gandhi.The Congress won three Hindi-heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, where BJP was in power.Senior Congress lawmaker Adhir Chowdhury said the Trinamool is having “sleepless nights” as victory of Rahul Gandhi in the three states has put a big question mark on the party’s “dreams of Banerjee becoming the next prime minister has gone for a toss”.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>”Now their (TMC leaders) dreams are shattered as they know that Rahul Gandhi will be the next prime minister. That is why they are not ready to give Congress and Rahul Gandhi their due credit,” Chowdhury said.Criticising the “political duplicity” of the Trinamool, Gogoi said TMC speaks against the undemocratic attitude of BJP but itself functions in an “undemocratic and authoritarian way” in Bengal.”This political duplicity will no longer work. On the one hand TMC speaks of democratic values when it goes to opposition meets in Delhi and when it comes back to Bengal it tries to throttle the voice of opposition parties in most undemocratic ways. The Congress high-command is very well aware of the double standards of TMC,” Gogoi said.Several senior Congress leaders addressing the rally blamed the ruling Trinamool and its policies for the “growth of communal forces” in the state.
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One dead, two injured as doctor’s car hits three women in central Delhi

A woman was killed while another two were injured after a car driven by a doctor allegedly hit them in central Delhi, police said Wednesday, adding that he was nabbed while trying to flee the spot.The accident took place Tuesday near the Rani Jhansi Road flyover.The deceased was identified as Shanno Devi while the other two who suffered injuries in the accident were Kripali Devi and Geeta, both in their 50s.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Police said the locals rushed the victims to the Bara Hindu Rao Hospital, where Shanno Devi was declared brought dead while the injured women were discharged after treatment, a senior police officer said.The investigation revealed that the accident took place barely 20 metres away from the flyover when the three victims were on their way home from a factory in Sadar Bazar they worked at.The accused, identified as 47-year-old Ambuj Garg who works at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, drove away from the accident spot but was nabbed a few metres away, police said.Geeta alleged that Garg was driving the vehicle in a rash manner.Subsequently, a case was registered and he was arrested, police said, adding that no traces of alcohol were found in Garg’s blood.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Police said no CCTV cameras were installed in the area.
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OBC representation in govt jobs less than actual quota, says Jitendra Singh in Parliament

The government said Wednesday representation of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the central services is less as compared to the percentage of reservation for them as their quota started in 1993.Union minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh said in the Lok Sabha that the representation of the OBCs as on January 1, 2012 was 16.55 per cent and this has increased to 21.57 per cent as on January 1, 2016, showing an increasing trend in the representation of the OBCs.”Representation of the OBCs in the central government services is less compared to the percentage of reservation for them because reservation of OBCs started in September 1993,” he said replying a written question.Singh said there is reservation of 15 per cent for the members of the Schedule Castes, 7.5 per cent for members of the Scheduled Tribes and 27 per cent for the members of the OBC.As per data received from 78 ministries and departments, including their attached and subordinate offices, the representation of SCs, STs and OBCs in the posts and services of the central government as on January 1, 2016 is17.49 per cent, 8.47 per cent and 21.57 per cent respectively.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Singh said 10 ministries and departments having more than 90 per cent of the employees in the central government, including PSU banks and financial institutions, central PSUs reported that out of the 92,589 backlog vacancies for SCs, STs and OBCs, 63,876 vacancies of SCs, STs and OBCs remained unfilled as on January 1 last year.”The Department of Personnel and Training issued instructions to all ministries and departments to constitute an in-house committee to identify backlog reserved vacancies, study of the root cause of the backlog reserved vacancies, initiation of measures to remove such factors and to fill up such vacancies through special recruitment drive,” he said.
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Assembly Election 2018: All eyes on Rahul, as MLAs authorise High Command to pick MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan CMs

With numbers in place to form governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the elected Congress MLAs on Wednesday authorised the party’s national president Rahul Gandhi to decide the chief ministers as senior leaders including top contenders held hectic parleys through the day and till late in night.As suspense mounted on who would get the top job in the three states, party leaders said the names could now be announced on Thursday after Gandhi meets the observers appointed for the three states and other senior leaders.Gandhi, on the other hand, has also reached out directly to the party workers in the three states to know their top choice for the chief minister post through an internal mobile messaging app, party leaders said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Among other two states that also went to polls, K Chandrashekar Rao would be sworn in as Chief Minister on Thursday with his party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, storming back to power for the second consecutive term and with a bigger mandate.In Mizoram, where Mizo National Front has trounced Congress to wrest power of the hill state, the party president Zoramthanga would be sworn in as chief minister on Saturday.In all the three states where Congress has emerged victorious signalling a newfound energy in the party ranks to stop the BJP juggernaut before the 2019 general elections, the newly-elected MLAs met in the presence of party’s central observers, while party leaders also met governors in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to stake government formation claims.In Rajasthan, the top contenders for the top post are Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, both of whom won huge victories in their constituencies.After a late night meeting, Pilot told waiting reporters that the process of getting the feedback was almost complete and the party high-command would take the final decision on Thursday.He did not give any direct reply to a pointed question on whether he was ready to take the responsibility, saying “Let’s see, what happens”.In Madhya Pradesh, where three-time Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhhan tendered his resignation to Governor Anandiben Patel, the Congress team that later met the governor to stake government claim included two top contenders for the top job — Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia.Scindia also later told reporters that a final decision was expected Thursday.The MLAs in Chhattisgarh also met late evening in Raipur in presence of the party’s central observer Mallikarjun Kharge. There are as many four names doing the round for the state chief minister post — Lok Sabha memberTamradhwaj Sahu, state party chief Bhupesh Baghel, leader of opposition in the outgoing assembly T S Singhdeo and senior leader Charandas Mahant.The legislature party meeting in Jaipur lasted for almost seven hours, while Bhopal and Raipur also saw long-running meetings.The top leaders from the three states, as also the central observers, are expected to meet Gandhi on Thursday, while hectic lobbying was expected to continue through the night on Wednesday.Central observers A K Antony for Madhya Pradesh and K C Venugopal for Rajasthan took the opinion of newly-elected MLAs, party leaders said.Senior party leaders in the national capital said the meetings of MLAs and authorising the party chief is part of an established process within the party for selecting the chief ministers.Belying predictions of exit polls, the Congress won convincingly in Chattisgarh, less so in Rajasthan, and scraped through with a wafer-thin lead in Madhya Pradesh, final results showed after the vote count on Tuesday.Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi described the party’s good showing in the Hindi heartland states as a victory over the BJP’s “negative politics”.The Congress emerged as the single-largest party in Rajasthan in Tuesday’s vote count, winning 99 seats. It’s ally Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) won one seat for a total of 100 seats — the required number to form government.The BJP got 73 seats, and the Bahujan Samaj Party won 6 seats. BSP leader Mayawati on Wednesday pledged support for the Congress. The CPI(M) got two seats, Independents won 13 and other parties got 6, according to the state Election Commission.The Congress victory in Chhattisgarh ended the 15-year rule of the Raman Singh-led Bharatiya Janata Party government. It won 68 seats in the 90-member Assembly, while the BJP got only 15 seats. A party needs to win 46 seats to form government in the state.The Congress got 43 per cent of the total votes polled in the state, while the BJP got 33 per cent.After a see-saw battle on Tuesday, Congress emerged as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh with 114 seats, two short of a simple majority. The BJP, which had ruled the state for 15 years, got 109 seats.Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav announced their parties’ support to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, where BSP has got two and SP one seat.Congress has also claimed support of the four independents, all party rebels, who have emerged victorious.In Mumbai, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the Assembly election results mark the “beginning of a change” and a “rejection” of the BJP-led government’s policies.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>The Shiv Sena, an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra, said people have brought “those flying in the air back to the ground”.
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Sonia Gandhi

Maharashtra

Madhya Pradesh

Chhattisgarh

Lok Sabha

Rajasthan

Mayawati

Rahul Gandhi

Election Commission

Jaipur

Jyotiraditya Scindia

Ashok Gehlot

Kamal Nath

Akhilesh Yadav

Raipur

Anandiben Patel

Bhopal

Mallikarjun Kharge

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Rajasthan: Class 3 Dalit student found dead, rape suspected

An eight-year-old Dalit girl, who had gone missing after she went to graze cattle, is suspected to have been strangled to death after being raped in a village in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar district, police said Wednesday.The deceased, a Class III student, was missing since Tuesday night and her body was found in a mustard field in her village on Wednesday. Prima facie, the girl was strangulated and she was also raped, a police officer said.There were no visible injury marks on her body except a slight scratch on her chest. She lived with her maternal grandparents in a village, said Station House Officer (SHO) Radha Kishan.After coming from school on Tuesday, she went to graze cattle near her home with other children of the village, but when she did not return home till late in the evening, her family members started looking for her, the SHO said.Her body was spotted the next morning in the mustard field, about 200 to 300 metres away from her home, the officer said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Police is suspecting a 20-year-old youth of the same village, who attempted suicide by holding live electric wire in the morning after the girl’s body was recovered. He was rescued in time and is undergoing medical treatment in a hospital, the SHO said.The youth became a key suspect as he was drunk and was spotted near the minor girl on Tuesday evening. He could not not be interrogated as he was still unconscious, the officer said.A case has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, he said.The body has been handed over to the family members after post-mortem, he added.
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Assembly Elections 2018: EC explains why poll results were delayed

Cautious approach of the Election Commission, thin margins of leads, counting of paper trail machines slips and “trivial” objections raised by candidates were some of the key factors which led to delayed poll results in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, sources in the poll panel said Wednesday.A final picture in the two states emerged early Wednesday. The sources pointed out that with parties blaming the electronic voting machines (EVMs), the poll panel was extra cautious in its approach. The chief electoral officers of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram were reminded of an old rule that they had to provide round-wise results to candidates without fail.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Referring to its April 2014 instruction, the poll panel had said observers and returning officers would sign candidate-wise results for the round after checking everything.They would “ensure that the results of that round of counting are immediately displayed prominently on the blackboard/whiteboard,” the poll panel had said in its December 7 letter.A senior official said Wednesday, “The lead margins were thin and stakes high for all parties. The candidates were not leaving anything to chance. This (the system) ensured that very few demands were made for a recount. But yes, it delayed the counting process.” The official said this move helped in preventing confusion and allaying fears that unfair means were adopted.He pointed out that right from the first round of EVM counting at 8.30am, the candidates were very particular about checking and examining every seal, tag and serial number of the EVMs and their cases being brought to the counting tables.”In several cases, they raised trivial objections on the seals, serial number/tag number, signatures of polling staff on the tags, which required the intervention, explaining and convincing by the returning officer before the EVMs were taken up for counting. Even though no EVM was kept aside or found tampered amongst the 66,000 EVMs taken up for counting, the process of objections slowed down the rounds.In about 250 cases out of 66,000 EVMs taken up to counting, the presiding officers had not followed the Close-Result-Clear (CRC) after the mock poll done in the morning of the poll day.This meant that the result of these particular EVMs had to be obtained through the counting of the VVPAT slips. Most assembly constituencies had 1-2 such cases which meant that after the last round of the counting, an additional round was done for the counting of the VVPATs slips in the CRC cases. “This added one hour to the counting process,” the official said.In the run of up to the assembly elections, Madhya Pradesh added about 13,000 (21 per cent) additional polling stations as compared to the previous elections.This has increased the average number of rounds of counting to 22, whereas states like Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Telangana had 18 to 19 rounds, the official pointed out.Another key factor, the official said was matching of EVM results with slips of paper trail machines. While paper trail machines were used in all polling stations, its results were matched with EVMs in only one polling station perassembly constituency.”It takes 45 minutes to one hour to count slips. The slips are small like an ATM slip. You can’t afford to lose one,” the official said.The Congress, which was locked in a tantalising see-saw battle with the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, emerged as the single-largest party with 114 seats after the vote count ended Wednesday morning.In Chhattisgarh, the Congress won 68 seats in the 90-member Assembly, while the BJP has been relegated to a distant second spot, winning just 15 seats, according to the results available Wednesday.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>In Rajasthan, the Congress emerged as the single-largest party Wednesday, winning 99 seats, while the BJP got 73.
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Madhya Pradesh

Chhattisgarh

Telangana

Rajasthan

Mizoram

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Chhattisgarh Elections 2018: 28 sitting BJP MLAs including eight ministers bite the dust

Twenty-eight sitting MLAs of the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) including eight ministers and the Assembly Speaker have bitten the dust in the Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh.Home Minister and tribal leader Ramsevak Paikra lost to Congress’ Premsai Singh Tekam by 44,105 votes.Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Bhaiyyalal Rajwade was trounced by Congress’ Ambika Singh Deo in Baikunthpur seat by 5,339 votes.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Urban Administration Minister Amar Agrawal was defeated by Congress’ Shailesh Pandey by 11,221 votes in Bilaspur.Public Works Department Minister Rajesh Munat suffered defeat at the hands of Congress’ youth leader Vikas Upadhyay by 12,212 votes in Raipur City West constituency.Two prominent ministers from Bastar region, Mahesh Gagda (Bijapur) and Kedar Kashyap (Narayanpur), also tasted defeat.Kashyap was defeated by Congress’ Chandan Kashyap by a margin of 2,647 votes while Gagda lost to Congress’ Vikram Mandavi by 21,584 votes.Cooperative Minister Dayaldas Baghel was defeated by Congress’ Gurudayal Singh Banjare by 33,200 votes while Higher Education Minister Premprakash Pandey lost to Congress’ Devendra Yadav in Bhilai Nagar by 2,849 votes.Chief Minister Raman Singh retained Rajnandgaon seat by defeating the niece of former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Karuna Shukla, who was the Congress nominee, by 16,933 votes.BJP minister Ajay Chandrakar won from Kurud, defeating independent candidate Neelam Chandrakar by 12,317 votes.Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal won from Raipur City South, defeating Congress’ Kanhaiya Agrawal by 17,496 votes.Food and Civil Supply Minister Punnulal Mohile retained Mungeli seat.The BJP had denied ticket to one of its ministers, Ramsheela Sahu, who was MLA from Durg Rural. The BJP fielded Jageshwar Sahu from the seat, but he lost against Congress’ Tamradhwaj Sahu.Other prominent BJP leaders who lost included Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal (Kasdol seat), MP from Kanker Lok Sabha seat Vikram Usendi (Antagarh) and O P Chaudhary (Kharsia).Chaudhary, an IAS officer, had resigned as Raipur collector before the polls and joined the BJP.Congress MLA Ramdayal Uike who quit the party ahead of the polls and joined BJP lost from Pali-Thankar.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>While the Congress put on an impressive show overall, eight of its sitting MLAs lost as well. The party won 68 of the 90 seats, reducing the ruling BJP to 15 seats and ending the saffron party’s 15-year reign.
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Raman Singh

Bijapur

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Amar Agrawal

Rajesh Munat

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Ajay Chandrakar

Gaurishankar Agrawal

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Assembly Elections 2018: Was loan waiver promise a game changer for Congress in MP?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s promise of a farm loan waiver, if his party is voted to power in Madhya Pradesh, seems to have helped it reap a rich harvest of votes and end 15-year-long wait for power.In the wake of Gandhi’s populist promise made during campaigning for the November 28 polls, cultivators did not sell their paddy produce and stocked them to reap the benefit of the promised loan write-off, a farmer leader said Wednesday.This was done to avoid paying loan instalments to banks as sale proceeds would have been directly deposited in their accounts, he said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The Congress chief had promised loan waiver for farmers within 10 days of forming a government in the state.Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Marketing Federation, popularly known as MP Markfed, procured just 67,148 metric tonnes (MT) of paddy from farmers between November 15 and December 8, an official said.The paddy procurement was 4.30 lakh MT between the same period last year.The procurement carried out by the MP Civil Supplies Corporation was also reportedly negligible, though its chairman Hitesh Bajpai did not provide any figures.”Farmers held back their paddy produce knowing if they sell it off, their payment under Minimum Support Price (MSP) would be deposited in their accounts by government procurement agencies and the banks would deduct their loan instalments,” Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh (RKMM) president Shiv Kumar Sharma told PTI.”They have voted en masse for the Congress,” he said.On the polling eve, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in an interview to PTI, had dismissed suggestions that paddy procurement was low due to Gandhi’s loan waiver promise, and said it was due to late harvesting.The BJP Chief Minister had dubbed the Congress loan waiver promise as a “gimmick”.”It won’t cast a shadow on polls because loans won’t be waived in real term. They promised a loan waiver of Rs 58,000 crore in Punjab which got confined to just Rs 2,500 crore,” Chouhan had said.”If the Congress does not waive loans in 10 days as promised by Rahul Gandhi in his public meetings, we will launch a protest,” said Sharma, a former RSS ideologue who also served as MP unit president of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh.The Congress has emerged as the single largest party in the state, winning 114 seats, two short of a simple majority of 116 in the 230-member house, but has claimed the support of seven more MLAs.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>The BJP, ruling Madhya Pradesh since 2003, bagged 109 seats.
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Rahul Gandhi

Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Bhopal

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Centre releases Rs 260 cr for five new medical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir

The Centre Wednesday released Rs 260 crore to the Jammu and Kashmir Health and Medical Education department for five new medical colleges being set up in as many districts of the state.With the latest release of funds by the Centre, the cumulative release of central share for these colleges at Anantnag, Baramulla, Doda, Kathua and Rajouri, till date has reached Rs 765 crore, Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo said.He said the Union ministry of Health and Family Welfare has sanctioned five new medical colleges in the state at a cost of Rs 189 crore each — out of which Rs 139 crore is for civil works and Rs 50 crore for machinery and equipment.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The civil works in all these medical colleges are at different levels of progress and have been expedited of late to put the requisite infrastructure in place at the earliest, he said.Dulloo said the department has initiated steps to provide infrastructure, equipment and human resource in these colleges as per the Medical Council of India (MCI) guidelines to start the first batch of MBBS admissions next year.He said with the completion of the new medical colleges, 500 MBBS students would be annually added to the overall capacity of the course in the state.
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Delhi Assembly Silver Jubilee celebrations: BJP leaders upset with LK Advani for accepting Kejriwal’s invitation

A section of Delhi BJP leaders has expressed reservations over party veteran LK Advani’s reported acceptance of an invitation to join silver jubilee celebrations of Delhi Legislative Assembly, which is dominated by Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP.Many leaders, on the condition of anonymity, said that Advani should abstain from the function.”The AAP leaders specially its chief Arvind Kejriwal are known to push their political agenda on almost any platform. Advani may inadvertently become their tool in this case,” said a senior Delhi BJP functionary.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The Delhi Assembly Speaker has invited Advani as the chief guest to the function held to mark the 25th anniversary of its first sitting.Speaker Ram Niwas Goel had told PTI that Advani accepted the invite for the function to be held on December 15.Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari overruled objections of party leaders in the matter saying, Advani should join the function as he may succeed in ending “negativity” of the AAP dispensation.”I do not see any problems in Advani joining the function. I feel some people should go nearer to AAP leaders and Kejriwal so that their negativity could be removed,” Tiwari told PTI.The AAP and BJP share a bitter relation over a host of issues. The two sides traded barbs on many occasions most recently in case of inauguration of Signature Bridge and an attack on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi secretariat.”Kejriwal’s outlook is negative. I know, he has not invited Advani with a positive mindset but still he should go there,” Tiwari said.Advani had been the first chairperson of the Delhi Metropolitan Council, the body that preceded the Assembly, from 1966 to 1970. The Delhi Assembly had its first sitting on December 14, 1993.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Besides Advani, other invitees to the function include former members of the Legislative Assembly.
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Lucknow: Case against UP Nav Nirman Seva for controversial heading mentioning PM Modi and CM Yogi

A case was registered Wednesday against Uttar Pradesh Nav Nirman Sena, a fringe group batting for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as the next prime minister, for putting up hoardings in Lucknow terming PM Narendra Modi as “jumlebaaz”.The hoardings were put up late Tuesday night after the BJP’s defeat in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh. They were removed by officials as soon as they came to know about it.”An FIR has been registered against UP Nav Nirman Sena under various sections of the IPC. We are probing the matter,” Additional Superintendent of Police, East, Sarvesh Kumar Mishra told PTI.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>The hoardings with “Yogi Lao Desh Bachao” (bring Yogi and save country) written on it read “Jumlebaazi ka naam Modi” (Name of fake promises is Modi) on one side and “Hindutva Ka Brand Yogi” (Yogi is a Hindutva Brand) on the other with #Yogi4PM on the top.The fringe group’s head Amit Jani also released a video in which he praised Yogi and batted for him for the next prime minister.He said he will hold a “dharam sansad” or religious conclave on February 10 in the city to declare that Hindus will not vote for the BJP if Yogi was not made the prime ministerial candidate.”Modi did nothing on Ram temple, Article 370 and other issues. Now ‘jumla’ will not work. Only Yogi is able to run the country and carry forward the Hindutva agenda,” he said.A BJP spokesman dismissed it as an attempt for “cheap publicity”. “It’s a conspiracy. It’s an attempt to get cheap publicity,” he said.Jani had shot into limelight in 2012 when he allegedly damaged a statue of former Chief Minister Mayawati in Lucknow.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Last year, he was arrested for threatening to kill JNU students Kanahiya Kumar and Umar Khalid.
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Why ask me if Rahul will decide? Cong MLA Vishvendra Singh on Gehlot-Pilot battle

Congress MLA Vishvendra Singh has expressed disagreement over the process of seeking opinion of party legislators to select the chief ministerial candidate in Rajasthan when party president Rahul Gandhi will decide the face for the coveted post.Congress legislature party (CLP) in Rajasthan Wednesday passed a single-line resolution authorising the party national president to decide name of the chief minister.”What is the point of seeking individual opinion from the MLAs when the decision is to be taken by the party high command? Why would I waste my time in giving my opinion to the party observer?” Singh asked after attending the CLP meeting.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>A Jat leader, Singh has won Deeg-Kumher constituency of Bharatpur district.Congress observer K C Venugopal is holding consultation with the party MLAs. The feedback collected from them will be shared with the party president Gandhi and then the announcement of the chief minister’s name would be made.”This is just a point of disagreement but I am not annoyed or unhappy with the party. I agree with the resolution that the party high command is authorised to take the decision but the exercise of the party observer meeting individual MLA to seek their opinion has no worth because the decision has to be taken by the party high command,” he told PTI.State Congress chief Sachin Pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, both frontrunners for the post, were present in the meeting.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>The name of the chief minister will be announced in the evening and a Congress delegation will meet Governor Kalyan Singh at 7 pm to stake claim on government.
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Fighting crime with self-defence: Delhi Police trains 2-lakh women, create world record

Delhi Police has entered the Limca Book of Records by training over two lakh women and girls under their self-defence programme in 2017, police said Wednesday.Started in 2002, the Delhi Police’s self-defence programme is carried out by the Special Police Unit For Women and Children (SPUWAC) and 9,80,456 women under 5,140 programmes have been trained till November this year, they added.The SPUWAC had written to Limca Book Of Records in February citing they have trained 2,08,125 participants under 989 programmes in 2017. The Delhi Police shared press releases, press clippings and data of all the schools, colleges and other places where the programmes were carried out, said an officer, privy to the development.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>After authentication by the Limca Book Of Records, the SPUWAC received an email informing them about their achievement.”We had shared details about the number of women trained under this programme with the Limca Book of Records officials and, after scrutinising the number and other aspects, they informed us today (Wednesday) about our feat,” Geeta Rani Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (SPUWAC), said.The Delhi Police will receive the award in February 2019, Verma added.”We did not work for the award. We achieved our target and after getting this award, it has boosted our confidence and we will train more participants next year. Our target for 2019 is to train around 3.5 lakh women and make them strong to deal with any kind of situation,” she said.The officer said it had not been an easy journey for them. In 2002, they trained only 57 women in two programmes.”It took time to create awareness about the programme and once the women started showing their interest, the number of participants increased every year,” said another officer.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>This is not the first time Delhi Police’s name will figure in the Limca Book Of Records. In 2016, the Delhi Police had entered the Limca Book of Records for solving the biggest cash heist case of the country in November 2015 by recovering Rs 22.49 crore of stolen money.
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MP Elections 2018: Despite Shivraj’s loss, PM has a better strike-rate than Rahul

BJP may have lost Madhya Pradesh but its star campaigner Prime Minister Narendra Modi fared better than Congress president Rahul Gandhi in getting more candidates elected from constituencies where they addressed poll rallies.BJP candidates won in six of the 10 constituencies where Modi addressed rallies in the last leg of campaigning, while Congress emerged victorious in four of the 10 seats where Gandhi campaigned during the same period.Modi addressed 10 public meetings in Vidisha, Jabalpur Cantonment, Mandsaur, Chhatarpur, Rewa, Jhabua, Chhindwara, Indore-3, Jaitpur in Shahdol and Gwalior East constituencies for the November 28 elections.The BJP won six seats: Jabalpur Cantonment, Rewa, Jhabua, Jaitpur, Indore3, and also Mandsaur, where farmers had clashed with police in June 2017. Six farmers had died and the Congress had launched a massive campaign against the BJP government.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Gandhi addressed meetings in Bhojpur in Raisen district, Budhni in Sehore district, Ganj Basoda in Vidisha district, Naryaoli in Sagar district, Damoh, Tikamgarh, Deori in Sagar district, Barghat in Seoni district, Mandla and Kukshi assembly constituency in Dhar district.The Congress won Damoh seat after a gap of 30 years.It also won in Deori, Barghat and Kukshi constituencies.The Congress Wednesday emerged as the single largest party in the state by winning 114 seats, two short of a simple majority in the 230-member Assembly.The BJP, which ruled the state for 15 years, got 109 seats. However, it was ahead of the Congress in the vote share by a slender margin, bagging 41 per cent of the votes polled, while the Congress got 40.9 per cent.The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) bagged two seats, the Samajwadi Party (SP) got one and independents got four seats.BSP supremo Mayawati and the Samajwadi Party Wednesday announced their support to the Congress to form government in MP. Kamal Nath also claimed that his party has the support of all the four independents MLAs.NNNN<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>PTI
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Hasimara Air Force Station in West Bengal to to house Rafale jets

Hasimara Air Force Station in West Bengal’s Alipurduar district expected to be ready by 2020 will house the Rafale fighter jets.While the first squadron will be based out of Ambala Air Force Station in Punjab, the second such squadron will be located at the Hasimara Air Force Station in North Bengal.Previously it was planned that one squadron of the Rafale would be based out of the Sarsawa Air Force Station in Uttar Pradesh. However, issues relating to land acquisition eventually led to the selection of the Ambala Air Force Station to prepare itself for a two-front war in the northern side from Pakistan and China.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>On the eastern frontier, Hasimara was selected as the base to house the second squadron. Hasimara earlier had a MiG-27 squadron which is being replaced by Rafales. The Hasimara Air Force Station has no squadron presently.A senior Air Force official reveals that the jets will start arriving from France in 2019 and a budget of Rs.400 crores has been allocated for these two Air Force Stations – Ambala and Hasimara to build facilities, develop shelters, hangers and maintenance facilities at the two bases.“As far as the hangar is concerned, we are building in a way so that it can accommodate both the Rafales and Sukhoi MKIs. Because we cannot build hangers and keep changing it. When we build a facility, we have to do in a manner so that it serves the Indian Air Force for the next 40-50 years. Engineers and staff of the technical teams of Dassault Aviation from France are working at the Air Force Station on war footing,” said a senior Air Force official.This apart, work on building a new facility in the Air Force Station and resurfacing of the runway has begun. “Sukhois and Rafales are jets that tend to pick up any particles on the runway. Hence, resurfacing is important for smooth landings and takeoffs. Work on resurfacing the runway has begun already. The runway will be ready in a year,” added the official. <!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>The last time the 8,500-9,000 ft in length runway was resurfaced was way back in 1993. While there were plans extending the runway, it was dropped later.Hasimara air base came up post the 1962 Sino-India War. This air base has housed several squadrons of the fighter jets like the – Gnats, Ajeets, Hunters, MiG-21Bis and the Mig-27 ML fighter jets.
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Assembly Elections 2018: Here’s what PM Modi was doing when results were announced

The assembly elections to five states were seen as a litmus test for Narendra Modi’s popularity, and as the counting of votes began Tuesday morning there was an air of suspense over the outcome — will it be a setback for BJP?Will the party continue its winning streak in the Hindi belt and prove some of the exit polls wrong? But in the midst of all the tension, the prime minister paid no attention to the hype around the elections and attended to his routine work and scheduled engagements, preparing his speech that he had to deliver on Wednesday at a health conference, and attending the first day of Parliament’s winter session.”For the prime minister, Tuesday was a busy working day like any other day,” said an aide of the prime minister.Modi reached Parliament at 10.30 AM, and in his customary interaction with media called for healthy debate and discussion on all subjects of concern to the people.He attended the Lok Sabha, which was adjourned for the day after obituary references to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and former Union minister Ananth Kumar.”In the afternoon, the prime minister reviewed development work in Uttar Pradesh. Thereafter, he attended to other important official meetings,” said another official.Also readZEE-VMR Analysis: BJP set to win 212 seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, NDA to get 293<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Modi will be launching development projects in Rae Bareli and Prayagraj on the December 16.By the evening, it was clear that BJP suffered defeat in all the three Hindi heartland states.However, the official said, Modi, late in the evening, gave finishing touches to his speech he was to deliver on Wednesday morning at the Partners’ Forum for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.The day after the shock defeats in three key states of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Modi began his day early on Wednesday, attending the health forum at 9 AM at Vigyan Bhavan and then drove straight to Parliament from the event.Also readFrom triple talaq to BJP to Pappu pass ho gaya: The best memes of 2018 Assembly elections”After the customary meeting with senior party members on Parliament matters, Modi reviewed the progress of development works in Kalyan and Pune in Maharashtra,” said the official.He will be visiting these areas on December 18 and launch the projects.”He also finalised the plan for a video call with booth level workers in Kerala and Tamil Nadu on December 14 and 15,” added the official.
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Aware of crack in Bengaluru metro rail route, have asked to suspend services: Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy

A metro rail pillar in the busy Trinity Station has developed cracks, compelling the Bengaluru Metro Rail authorities to slow down the speed of the trains at the damaged portion.Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said he has directed the authorities to suspend the services till the damaged portion was repaired.”I am aware of the crack in a portion of the metro rail route. Technical experts on the subject have carried out an inspection. I have given a slew of directions.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>One is that the metro rail services should be stopped because it should not cause any trouble to the public,” Kumaraswamy told reporters in Belagavi.The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has raised a steel platform for the engineers to carry out tests.It said the affected portion was small and would not affect the safety of the structure.”The affected portion is very small and will not affect overall safety of the structure. The tests are being carried out as a matter of abundant precaution,” said BMRCL in a statement.The BMRCL said that it noticed a honeycomb in the concrete beam near Trinity Station.”A more detailed inspection of concrete is required to be done through non-destructive methods to ensure that the concrete is adequately strong,” the BMRCL said.Regular Metro rail users and those frequently using the road beneath the elevated metro corridor expressed fears over the damage to the Metro pillar.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Vinay G, a resident living at Halasuru near the Trinity Circle said it was a cause for concern that the pillar developed a crack though initially, authorities had said that the Metro elevated corridor was so strong that it would not require any maintenance for the next 25 years.
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From triple talaq to BJP to Pappu pass ho gaya: The best memes of 2018 Assembly elections

Election results may be good or bad for those politically-inclined based on their party affiliation, but Twitterati across the spectrum are having a field day with catchy one-liners, jokes and memes all around, ranging from ‘Pappu pass ho gaya’ to the ‘BJP gets triple talaq’. A good number of jokes are also targetted at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who had campaigned extensively for the BJP during the elections.Several viral memes take a swipe at his numerous ‘name-changing’ ideas and one of those shows the firebrand leader telling Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he would change the meaning of ‘defeat’ to ‘victory’.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Another meme showed Adityanath, who had talked about changing the names of cities like Hyderabad during his election campaign, suggesting changing the name of Congress party itself to the ‘BJP’.But, a tweet said it was time for Adityanath himself to again become ‘Ajay Singh Bisht’, his earlier name.Divya Spandana of the Congress party’s social media team retweeted an old tweet of Modi from December 2013, wherein the then Gujarat chief minister had said that the results of five states showed the way the wind was blowing and it was beginning of ‘Congress-Mukt Bharat’, but she replaced the word ‘Congress’ with the ‘BJP’.Celebrity author Shobhaa De tweeted, “Not only has Pappu passed, he has earned an instant PhD. Let’s hope he stays the course and doesn’t get distracted. India needs him to see the 2019 elections through.” Actress Swara Bhasker tweeted, “Looks like BJP got ‘Pappu’d three times over”. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is often referred to as ‘Pappu’ on social media by right-wing trolls, while some BJP leaders have also called him by this name.Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, “No wonder the BJP is so upset today. The voters just gave them a triple talaq”, referring to the Congress emerging victorious in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.He also referred to Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Kamal Nath’s statement that he was ensuring personal delivery of the party’s stake-claim letter to the state’s Governor, saying it was good that the party was not relying on the “Governor’s fax machine in MP”, taking a swipe at a recent fax machine controversy in Jammu and Kashmir.Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah also tweeted that the Congress leaders in Madhya Pradesh were “smart people” as they were not faxing their letter to Raj Bhawan in Bhopal.One of the viral memes blamed Yogi for the BJP losses and said it was his “caste certificate” to Lord Hanuman which hurt the party and the results are like a revenge by the monkey-god on Tuesday, a day when Hanuman is worshipped.Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted in Hindi, “Abki baar, kho di sarkar” (This time, lost the government), punning it on the popular BJP slogan of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections,<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>’Abki baar, Modi sarkar’.
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Assembly Elections 2018: BJP’s vote share slumps- Who gained from it the most?

The BJP may have lost three key states to the Congress, but its vote share has not shifted entirely to the grand old party as some other players have reaped the gains.Another key aspect of the assembly election results is that while comparing the vote share of the recent state polls with 2014 general election, the BJP’s loss is bigger, as it had virtually swept all the three states by winning 62 of the 65 Lok Sabha seats.Interestingly in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP’s vote share is higher than that of Congress, whereas in Rajasthan it is just marginally less.In Telangana and Mizoram, it is the regional parties who have come out with flying colours, a post-2014 trend clearly visible in many states with sizeable presence of non-BJP and non-Congress parties.Political pundits said this trend indicates that the regional satraps might play key roles in 2019 general elections for which attempts are already underway by non-BJP parties to put a united front against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bid for a second term.Also readZEE-VMR Analysis: BJP set to win 212 seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, NDA to get 293<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>For Chhattisgarh, the latest data showed the Congress got 43 per cent votes in this election, up from 40.3 per cent in the 2013 state polls and 38.37 per cent in the 2014 general elections. The party won only one out of 11 Lok Sabha seats in the state.In comparison, the BJP’s loss has been wider with its vote share dipping from 41 per cent in 2013 to 33 per cent now. In 2014 general elections, the party had got nearly 49 per cent vote and 10 out of the 11 Lok Sabha seats.The vote share analysis shows that some smaller parties and independents have managed to get more votes. While the BSP had got 4.3 per cent in 2013, its alliance with former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s party has now got 11.5per cent votes, emerging as the third force in the state, which has witnessed keenly fought battle between the BJP and the Congress.Independents have also improved their performance from 5.3 per cent to 5.9 per cent.Similar trend was visible in Rajasthan where BJP’s votes have taken a dip from 45.2 per cent in 2013 to 38.8 per cent now. It was at nearly 55 per cent in 2014, when the party won all 25 Lok Sabha seats from the state.Also readBJP loses vote share big time, but not all to Congress: Here’s partywise vote share of five statesOn the other hand, the Congress has improved its vote share from 33.1 per cent in 2013 to 39.3 per cent in 2018. It had managed to get nearly 30 per cent votes despite losing on all seats in last parliamentary elections.Independents have improved their assembly tally from 8.2 per cent to 9.5 per cent, while bagging larger number of seats.The vote share situation is most interesting in Madhya Pradesh. The Congress’ share has improved from 36.4 per cent in 2013 to 40.9 per cent in 2018 assembly polls, while that of the BJP has come down from 44.9 per cent to 41 per cent, as per the Election Commission data.Congress has a lower vote share here than the BJP, but it beat the saffron party in the number of seats won in a close fight. Congress won 114 seats, whereas the BJP has got 109 seats. This means that seats that the Congress won, its vote share was marginally more than BJP, but BJP won many seats with a very high margin.The BSP’s share here has actually fallen to 5 per cent, while that of the independents has marginally rose to 5.8 per cent. Some other smaller parties have made gains.In Telangana, the TRS has returned to power with a bigger mandate and a rise in its vote share from nearly 34 per cent last time to about 46.9 per cent. The Congress has also improved from 25.2 per cent to 28.4 per cent, though its newly-found ally TDP, which was earlier with BJP, has taken a beating.BJP’s vote share has remained almost static at about 7 per cent since last assembly elections in 2014. However, its vote share has come down from 10.4 per cent in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.Mizoram is the only state where the Congress has lost its vote share and the BJP has gained. However, the winner there is a third player, the Mizo National Front, which has returned to power with a clear majority by ousting the only Congress government left in the Northeast.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>The Congress vote share has come down from nearly 45 per cent in 2013 to just above 30 per cent, while that of BJP has risen from 0.4 per cent to 8 per cent.The MNF has improved from 28.8 per cent to 37.6 per cent, while its seat tally has risen from five to 26. The Congress seats have come down from 34 to five, while the BJP has won its maiden assembly seat in the state. PTI
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Assembly Elections 2018: Most exit polls fail to gauge Chhattisgarh, get MP forecast right

Most exit polls failed to predict the massive mandate that the Congress got in Chhattisgarh, but got their forecast of a tight finish in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh right.In Rajasthan and Telangana, the exit polls got the winner right but failed to gauge the level of the victory margins for the assembly elections for which the votes were counted on Tuesday.They predicted a clear win for the Congress in Rajasthan, but when the results were out, the party could not achieve the magic figure on its own, getting 99 of 199 seats, just shy of the majority mark.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>In Telangana, it was a landslide victory for the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti, which got 88 of the 119 constituencies, leaving the Congress trailing far behind with 19.In the northeastern state of Mizoram, where the Congress was ousted from power, the regional Mizo National Front performed much better than the exit poll prediction, bagging 26 of 40 seats.In Madhya Pradesh — where the results went down to the wire with the Congress getting 114 seats, just two short of a simple majority in the 230-member assembly, and the BJP 109 — ABP News predicted a clear defeat for the BJP (94 seats) and victory for the Congress (126).While Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat gave 108-128 seats to the BJP and 95-115 to the Congress, India Today-Axis said the saffron party could win 102-120 seats as against 104-122 for the Congress. The Times Now-CNX exit poll predicted a majority for the BJP in MP with 126 seats and gave the Congress a tally of 89 seats.In Chhattisgarh, the BJP was reduced to 15 seats while the Congress bagged 68 seats in the 90-member assembly seat. The Ajit Jogi-led Janta Congress Chhattisgarh and the BSP alliance together bagged seven seats.Quite in contrast to the declared results, the ABP and the Times Now-CNX exit polls predicted victory for the BJP. Though India Today-Axis said the Congress would triumph, it did not get its numbers right.Times Now-CNX gave a simple majority to the BJP in Chhattisgarh, saying it may win 46 seats while the opposition Congress may bag 35 seats. ABP News said the BJP may get up to 52 seats against 35 of the Congress.The India Today-Axis predicted that the Congress would end Chief Minister Raman Singh’s 15-year reign by winning anywhere between 55-65 seats. The BJP, it said, may be reduced to 21-31 seats.All the exit polls said the alliance of former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (Jogi) and the BSP may win between three and eight seats, which may help him to emerge as a king-maker in the event of a hung house. This was fairly accurate with the BSP getting two seats and the JCC five In Rajasthan, India Today-Axis said the opposition party may win 119-141 out of 199 seats for which elections were held. The BJP, it added, may win 55-72 seats.Times Now-CNX forecast 105 seats for the Congress and 85 for the BJP.ABP News also predicted a victory for the Congress, saying it may bag 101 seats while the BJP may end up with 83 and others with 15 seats.Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat forecast a tighter race between the two parties. It gave the Congress and the BJP 81-101 and 83-103 seats respectively.In Mizoram, almost all exit polls predicted a win for the MNF and defeat of the Congress but none could assess the margins of defeat and victory.In Telangana as well, most exit polls said TRS would win without getting being able to make an assessment of the margins.Republic TV forecast 50-65 for the TRS and Times Now gave it 66 seats.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>TV9 Telugu was closer with a 75-85 tally for the TRS but India Today was the most accurate, forecasting 75-91.In Mizoram, where the Congress has been in power for two consecutive terms, Times Now-CNX said the ruling party may get 16 seats. It predicted 18 seats for Mizo National Front (MNF) in the 40-member assembly.
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Editor’s Guild suspends memberships of MJ Akbar & Tarun Tejpal

A majority of the EC members suggested that Akbar and Tejpal's memberships be suspended. Office-bearers of the Guild discussed the EC's comments and concurred with the view that Akbar and Tejpal should be suspended from the Guild, it said.The Guild decided it would seek Adhikari's response before deciding on his membership. ”
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Updated: Dec 12, 2018, 08:49 PM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–> The Editors Guild of India on Wednesday suspended the memberships of former Union minister M J Akbar and ex-Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal over allegations of sexual misconduct.The Guild had sought the views of its Executive Committee (EC) on what action should be taken against Akbar, a dormant member at present and one of its past presidents, Tejpal and senior journalist Gautam Adhikari “in light of sexual misconduct allegations levelled against them”, a statement said.A majority of the EC members suggested that Akbar and Tejpal’s memberships be suspended. Office-bearers of the Guild discussed the EC’s comments and concurred with the view that Akbar and Tejpal should be suspended from the Guild, it said.The Guild decided it would seek Adhikari’s response before deciding on his membership.

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TRS to enter Andhra Pradesh politics? War of words between K Chandrasekhar Rao and Chandrababu Naidu

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Kamal Nath or Jyotiraditya Scindia as MP CM? Cong MLAs say Rahul Gandhi will choose

On Wednesday, Congress legislators at their meeting passed a one-line resolution authorising the party president to decide on who will be the Madhya Pradesh CM, party spokesperson Shobha Ozha told the press.The showdown is between Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath in Madhya Pradesh. Sources have told DNA that Rahul Gandhi to name CMs in the three states in the next hour. Earlier, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday credited victory in the Assembly polls in three states to party chief Rahul Gandhi, saying it was he who brought the Congress back in the reckoning.The Congress on Tuesday wrested back power from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.Speaking at the India Economic Conclave organised by Times Network here through video conference, Scindia accused the BJP of destroying the “institutional framework”.”People in India are concerned about their lives, their livelihood and development. They are concerned about an atmosphere of peace and security and an environment of tolerance,” the Guna MP said.The BJP presented an antithesis of “these factors” which was rejected by voters, he said.”This is clearly Rahul Gandhi’s election. He has brought the Congress back onto the board of India,” he said.About the BJP targeting Rahul Gandhi during the campaign, Scindia said the saffron party had different tenets under Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s leadership.”We have always believed in grace and simplicity and humility and we continue to follow the tenets which are very close to our heart….these tenets were the hallmark of the BJP during the rule of Vajpayee government,” he said.In the last five years, the BJP has “completely lost” these principles, Scindia alleged.”Let’s hope they get some of that back, we will certainly not move away from the way we behave,” he added.Asked about the coming Lok Sabha elections, Scindia claimed that the BJP will be routed in most of the country “because the people have seen through their game”.The Congress, on the other hand, needs to work hard to meet people’s aspirations in the next three months ahead of the general elections, he said.”The BJP in the last five years has destroyed the institutional framework that we had built assiduously over the last 70 years, whether it be the RBI or CBI or be it the temples of democracy or educational institutions… even Parliament and judiciary,” Scindia said.Restoration of these institutions was extremely important and the Congress was committed to it, he said.The Congress has the support of 121 MLAs in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, party spokesperson Narendra Saluja claimed Wednesday.The Congress won 114 seats in the state polls, but was two short of the simple majority mark of 116 in the 230-member Assembly.”With the support of BSP’s two, SP’s one and four independent candidates, the Congress’ tally is 121 in the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly,” Saluja told reporters at the Raj Bhawan after Congress leaders met Governor Anandiben Patel.Senior Congress leaders, including Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Digvijay Singh, Arun Yadav and Vivek Tankha, met the governor to stake claim to form the government in the state.”The Congress has emerged as the single largest party with majority support. The BSP, the SP and Independents have assured their support in favour of the Congress,” Nath, the state Congress chief, said in a letter to the governor.He further requested the governor in the letter to call the Congress to form government in the state.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which ruled the state for 15 years, got 109 seats in the elections.However, it edged ahead of the Congress in the vote share by a slender margin, bagging 41 per cent of the total votes polled, while the Congress got 40.9 per cent.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>BJP’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan was the state’s longest serving chief minister since 2005.
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ZEE-VMR Analysis: BJP set to win 212 seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, NDA to get 293

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Held placard without understanding meaning of placard: Jack Dorsey asks Raj HC to quash FIR

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‘Sorry’ if my words have hurt people: Shivraj Singh Chouhan accepts responsibility for BJP’s defeat in MP

Outgoing Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday accepted the responsibility for party’s defeat in the state and said he is sorry if his words or actions have hurt people.Chouhan accepted the ‘complete responsibility’ of the BJP’s defeat in the state polls and tendered his resignation to Governor Anandiben Patel earlier in the day.Clarifying that the BJP will not stake claim to form the government in the state, Chouhan also said that his party will play a role of constructive Opposition. “If the government goes off the track, we will oppose it strongly,” he said while addressing to media.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_1_300x250 –>Stating that the BJP fulfilled promises of roti, kapda and makan (food, clothes and shelter),” Chouhan said that he has requested to Congress government to continue with the schemes that the BJP government had launched for betterment and welfare of the people.Chouhan also said that he is sorry if his words or action has hurt anyone. Earlier in the day, he congratulated Kamal Nath (state Congress president) and said that party workers worked hard, people also gave their love to them but they were short of numbers despite getting more votes.The Congress emerged as the single largest party in the state by winning 114 seats, two short of a simple majority in the 230-member Assembly.The BJP, which ruled the state for 15 years, got 109 seats. However, it was ahead of the Congress in the vote share by a slender margin, bagging 41 per cent of the votes polled, while the Congress got 40.9 per cent.The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) bagged two seats, the Samajwadi Party (SP) got one and independents got four seats.BSP supremo Mayawati and the Samajwadi Party Wednesday announced their support to the Congress to form government in MP.<!– /11440465/DNA_Web/DNA_AS_Inarticle_2_300x250 –>Kamal Nath claimed that his party also has the support of all the four independents.
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