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Modi’s new Kashmir strategy? Home Minister Rajnath Singh meets NSA Doval for high-level security meeting

Hours after the shocking decision by the ruling BJP to pull of Jammu and Kashmir government, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a high-level security meeting in the National Capital on Monday. The high-level security meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Secretary and Joint Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir and other officers.It is interesting to know that earlier in the day, Doval had met BJP chief Amit Shah also. With Governor NN Vohra in-charge of the state for the time being and Indian Army resuming its operation ‘all out’ in Jammu and Kashmir post the Ramzan ceasefire, the meeting assumes greater significance as it is seen as an attempt by the Centre to chalk out new Kashmir policy.Though Mehbooba Mufti is against such ‘muscular policy’ the ground reality is that the deteriorating security situation in the Valley may force the Modi government to explore a robust response.
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Muscular policy cannot work in J&K, we tried our best for dialogue and reconciliation: Mehbooba Mufti

PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said that a muscular policy cannot work in Jammu and Kashmir and her government tried its best to work for dialogue and reconciliation in the state. “Muscular policy cannot work in Jammu and Kashmir. We tried our best for dialogue and reconciliation in the state,” Mufti said after at a press conference in Srinagar soon after meeting Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra. She resigned as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister shortly after the PDP’s coalition partner BJP pulled out of the ruling alliance.”Mufti Mohammad Sayeed did this alliance for good of the Jammu and Kashmir considering the BJP was a big party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come to power with such a huge mandate,” she said. “We didn’t do this alliance for power. This alliance had a bigger motive- unilateral ceasefire, PM Modi’s visit to Pakistan, withdrawal of cases against 11,000 youth,” Mufti said. She said that PDP fulfilled its agenda. With the PDP-BJP coalition falling apart, the state has come under governor’s rule, which will be for the fourth time in the last 10 years. The BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it had become impossible to continue in the government in view of the growing radicalism and terrorism in the state.The decision to withdraw was taken after consulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, the party’s general secretary Ram Madhav announced at a press conference in New Delhi.The BJP blamed the PDP for failing to improve the security conditions in the Kashmir Valley. Madhav cited last week’s killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in the heart of Srinagar in the highly secured area of Press Enclave by unidentified gunmen. The same day — two days before Eid — an Army jawan was abducted while going on Eid leave and killed. “It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in the state,” Madhav said.(With PTI inputs)
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India telecom company in anti-Muslim tweet row

Airtel is criticised for failing to defend a Muslim employee against discrimination from a customer.

Gauri Lankesh murder: Karnataka HC asks for report on allegations of custodial torture of four accused

The Karnataka High Court has directed two magistrate courts here to submit a report on allegations of custodial torture of four accused in the Gauri Lankesh murder case and non-compliance of judicial procedures.The allegations are “serious in nature” and the Registry of the High Court has been directed to communicate the order to the magistrates of the first and third additional chief metropolitan magistrate (ACMM) courts, Justice K N Phaneendra said when the matter came up for hearing yesterday.”They should submit a report on the allegations within 10 days from the date of receipt of this order,” he said. In an affidavit, advocate N P Amrutesh alleged that Amol Kale, one of the accused in the case, was beaten, slapped and punched on his cheek by police officers while in custody.The magistrates also failed to comply with procedures mandated by the Supreme Court regarding persons in police custody, he claimed.The advocate is representing Kale, Sujith Kumar, Amit Ramachandra Degvekar and Manohar Edave, arrested in connection with the killing of the veteran journalist.The counsel for the accused also alleged that the magistrate did not order a medical examination even after being informed on June 14 about the torture meted out to one of the accused by the police.”Instead, the magistrate only recorded injury marks on his body,” he said.The counsel further said similar complaints regarding custodial torture of the other accused were also made on May 31 before the magistrate of the third ACMM, which was neglected.Hence, he prayed for a court direction to authorities concerned to conduct a medical examination of the accused and a probe into their illegal detention and torture by the police.He also sought Rs 25 lakh as compensation for each of the accused, besides a direction to the magistrate to record their statements in in-camera proceedings.On June 12, the high court had issued notices to the Karnataka government, state police chief and police officials concerned in the matters.It had also directed the police to ensure that the accused were not ill-treated.Gauri Lankesh, a Left-leaning journalist and a strong Hindutva critic, was shot-dead from a close range by motorcycle-borne assailants in front of her house on September 5 last year.
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Not celebrating BJP-PDP breakup, won’t form government with any party in J&K: Omar Abdullah

The Jammu & Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) on Tuesday said that it will not support any party to form the government in the state. “I met Governor NN Vohra and told him that the National Conference did not get the mandate to form the government in 2014 and neither does it has the mandate to form the government in 2018. We have not approached any party to form a coalition government. No party has approached us either,” NC leader and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said. His remarks came soon after the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. BJP’s general secretary Ram Madhav said it had become untenable for the party to continue in the alliance government in the state.Abdullah said he told Vohra that since no party has the mandate to form a government, he will have to impose Governor rule in the state. He said he is not celebrating the break of PDP-BJP alliance in the state but is actually mourning the death of democracy.Would have liked to see Mehbooba resigning with dignity rather than rug being pulled under her feet, Omar said. On BJP’s reasoning it pulled out of the government as the situation had gotten dire in the state, Omar said, “If the situation was not dire for the last one and half month then what constituted dire situation.” “We also requested the Governor that Governor rule should not remain imposed for a long time period. After all, people have the right to choose their government. Fresh elections should take place & we will accept the mandate of the people,” he added.
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PDP-BJP Breakup: Ghulam Nabi Azad says ‘fallout will be good for people of Kashmir’

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday pulled out of alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s People Democratic Party(PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir.BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav, while addressing a press conference, announced, ‘We have taken a decision, it is untenable for BJP to continue in alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, hence we are withdrawing.’The differences between the BJP and the PDP cropped up following the governments’ decision to resume anti-terror operations in the state, which were suspended during Ramzan.‘Terrorism, violence and radicalisation have risen and fundamental rights of the citizens are under danger in the Valley. Shujaat Bukhari’s killing is an example,’ Madhav addedCongress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said: “This fallout will be good for the people of Kashmir, there will be some relief now. The BJP did its damage and ruined Kashmir as much as it could in three years and has pulled out now. In the last three years, civilian killings and army deaths have risen sharply.”On giving support to PDP, Ghulam Nabi Azad said: “(As far as forming government with PDP is concerned) the question does not even arise.”The PDP had 25 MLAs in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, while the BJP had 25.
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Mehbooba Mufti resigns: Inside track of how BJP outsmarted PDP

In a game of one-upmanship, Amit Shah managed to trump Mehbooba Mufti in the J&K game of thrones. The end was near, but it was about who pulls the chord, who gets to have the political upper hand. While the alliance was in tatters post failed Ramzaan ceasefire in Valley, BJP managed to outfox PDP by making the first move. And they did, after they got wind of PDP’s gameplan. The BJP was pulling out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, the party’s general secretary Ram Madhav said on Tuesday. It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in the state, Madhav said at a press conference. He said the BJP favoured governor’s rule in the state.”Keeping in mind that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and in order to control the prevailing situation in the state, we have decided that the reins of power in the state be handed over to the governor,” Madhav told journalists. The party which was leading the state government had failed to control the situation in the state, the BJP leader said. Madhav’s announcement comes after BJP President Amit Shah met BJP leaders from Jammu and Kashmir and forced Mehooba’s hand. Mufti is set to submit her resignation soon. Also read’So it has come to pass’: Omar Abdullah reacts after BJP dumps PDP Read: BJP ends alliance with PDP in Jammu and KashmirDNA can reveal that it was the ceasefire which caused the break-up. Also readBJP pulls plug on alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir: A timeline of events of rocky relationshipRecently, Rajnath Singh wrote on Twitter: “On 17th May, GoI took the decision that Security Forces will not conduct offensive operations in J&K during holy month of Ramzan. Decision was taken in interests of the peace-loving people of J&K, in order to provide them a conducive atmosphere to observe Ramzan.”The BJP actually pre-empted PDP’s move to walk away from the alliance. DNA has reliably learnt that the major bone of contention for between BJP and PDP was ceasefire extension post Ramazan.Also readBJP ends alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti resignsRead: BJP-PDP – a timeline The PDP working committee was set to meet on Thursday to ask Mebhooba Mufti to travel to Delhi and meet leaders from the Centre to convince them about continuing the ceasefire that was started during Ramazan. And it’s believed that the future of the alliance from the PDP’s perspective would have depended on the outcome of her meetings with the Centre.However, before such a meeting took place, BJP took the call to end the alliance. The PDP had 28 MLAs in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, while the BJP has 25.Another state may have just slipped out of BJP’s hands, but looking at the bigger picture of 2019, party felt it was prudent to bite the bullet now.
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End of an era? Shiv Sena tells BJP it will contest future elections on its own

Flexing its muscles against the BJP, the Shiv Sena said it would contest future elections on its own strength.Shiv Sena leader and Yuval Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray called said the party would contest the elections and come to power on its own. He was speaking at the inaugural session of the party’s convention on its 52nd inauguration day on Tuesday.”We don’t just want to get votes but also want to win minds,” said Aaditya, who is Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s elder son, and pointed to the party’s “80% social service, 20% politics” credo. He also pointed to the Shiv Sena’s performance in the Palghar Lok Sabha by-elections, which they lost to the BJP by a margin of around 30,000 votes.In January, the Shiv Sena national executive resolved to contest the Lok Sabha and state assembly elections on its own strength. However, the BJP has been stressing on the need for an alliance between the two parties to keep the Congress and NCP out of power.The Shiv Sena is the BJP’s oldest ally in the NDA. The two parties joined hands for a brief while in 1984 and again in 1989. However, the BJP snapped its alliance with the Shiv Sena before the state assembly polls and surpassed its erstwhile senior ally by winning 122 seats as against its 63.
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India BJP pulls out of controversial Kashmir alliance

The governing BJP says increasing violence in the region has made the coalition untenable.

J&K numbers game: Why Mehbooba Mufti was forced to resign and Governor’s rule is inevitable

Politics is the art of possibility. And, none was it better exemplified than Jammu and Kashmir, where two political parties with completely divergent ideologies came together to ‘respect the mandate of the people’. It lasted for nearly three years, but almost out of blue, BJP pulled the plug on the alliance today. Ironically, it was Ram Madhav, the architect of the alliance who callled the demise of it. Shortly after that Mehbooba Mufti resigned. But why was she compelled to resign? Was there no other way around. Let’s look at the numbers from the last J&K assembly election (held in 2014) to get more clarity. In the 2014 Assembly election, out of 87 seats, PDP won 28 seats. BJP got 25, National Conference won 15 and INC was left with 12 seats. CPI(M) won 1, JNKPP got 2 seats and independents were victorious in 3 seats. JKPDF won 1 seat. So the half-way mark is 44. With BJP gone, PDP needed 16 more MLAs to retain power. But National Congress is its main opposition and has no reason to prop up a minority government. On the other hand, Congress too has made it clear that it wouldn’t support PDP. Hence there was no way that PDP could maintain its majority in the J&K assembly. No other possible combination also seems to have the number needed to form a government in the state. The only option is National Conference and BJP which gets them to 40, slightly short of the half-way mark. NC in the past have been a part of NDA.But that is during the Vajpayee era. Currently NC has veered politically away from BJP and it makes no sense for the two parties to come together, just before next year’s Lok Sabha poll, as such an alliance would harm their individual voter base.Hence, it looks like that Governor’s rule is inevitable in the state. However, with Jammu and Kashmir voting in a complete different pattern in the last few elections, a clear mandate may again elude the state in the future. With inputs from PTI
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‘So it has come to pass’: Omar Abdullah reacts after BJP dumps PDP

Minutes after BJP announced that it is pulling out of Jammu and Kashmir government, former CM & National Conference leader Omar Abdullah gave his reaction on Twitter. In a short message, Omar said, ” ‘So it has come to pass”. Omar Abdullah in the past have been extremely critical of PDP-BJP alliance and have highlighted how two parties with completely different alliances are clinging to the power. Hence after BJP announced divorce from the alliance, Omar’s reaction was on fairly expected lines. Mehbooba Mufti has also resigned after news of BJP pulling out of the government trickling in. The BJP was pulling out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, the party’s general secretary Ram Madhav said here today. It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in the state, Madhav said at a press conference. He said the BJP favoured governor’s rule in the state.”Keeping in mind that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and in order to control the prevailing situation in the state, we have decided that the reins of power in the state be handed over to the governor,” Madhav told journalists. The party which was leading the state government had failed to control the situation in the state, the BJP leader said.With PTI inputs
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BJP pulls plug on alliance PDP in Jammu and Kashmir: A timeline of events of rocky relationship

The BJP has ended its shaky alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP, announced Ram Madhav, BJP General Secretary announced. BJP president Amit Shah had called for an urgent meeting of Jammu and Kashmir BJP ministers and some top leaders in the national capital.Here is a timeline of events of the allianceDecember 2014: BJP maakes significant inroads in the Jammu region; bags 25 of the 37 seats in the province; second largest party in the stateFeb 24, 2015: After seven weeks of negotiations, BJP and PDP form an alliance; Mehbooba says, “government is not for power sharing but to win hearts.”March 2015: First signs of strains show in the government over the release of hardline separatist leader Masarat Alam, with the saffron party slamming the “unilateral” decision and warning that such things would not be tolerated.Also read’So it has come to pass’: Omar Abdullah reacts after BJP dumps PDP January 2016: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed dies; Mehbooba made PDP chiefFebruary 2016: PDP terms the decision of aligning with the BJP as ‘unpopular’; demand special status for J&KAlso readBJP ends alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti resignsMarch 24, 2016: PDP elects Mehbooba Mufti as leader of legislative party, she declared CM candidateSeptember 2016: PDP MP Tariq Karra resigns; says life in Kashmir ‘worse than Nazi rule’May 2017: BJP-PDP clash over Major Gogoi tying Kashmiri man to Army jeep. While BJP hails move, PDP says it’s a violation of human rightsJune, 2017: Amarnath yatra terror attacks leaves eight dead; Opposition leaders allege that terror attacks have increased in PDP-BJP ruleApril 2018: Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, two BJP legislators, resign from the Assembly after participating in a rally supporting the accused in the Kathua rape and murderJune 2018: ‘Rising Kashmir’ editor Shujaat Bukhari shot dead June 19, 2018: BJP withdraws support from PDP government; Ram Madhav said: “After discussing with everyone, we’ve decided to call of the alliance. For the last three years, BJP has tried its best to work with the PDP to ensure that there was security and development in Jammu and Kashmir.”
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Radhika Vemula denies saying claiming that cheque from IUML ‘bounced’

On Tuesday, Radhika, Rohith Vemula’s mother denied claiming that a cheque from the Indian Union Muslim League had bounced. Referring to an article published on an online portal, she claimed the article was spreading ‘misinformation’.She was quoted saying by News 18: “No cheque bounced, it was rejected due to an error. I have no problem with them IUML. They have given me an advance of Rs 5 lakh for land and promised me Rs 10 lakh more after Ramzan. I will campaign for anyone who is against the BJP. The article is spreading wrong things.”According to a report in The News Minute, days after Rohith Vemula’s suicide the IUML had promised his mother Radhika Rs 20 lakh to build a house for the family, who stay in a rented house.Also readTo avenge Rohith Vemula, Hyderabad University student plans VC’s assassination Radhika was quoted saying by TNM: “When Rohith died, I was just crying in the velivada and I had no idea about all the people coming and greeting me. At this time, these party members came from Kerala and said they had heard the news and learnt that we were absolutely poor.” However, IUML leader D MK Muneer promised that the party would stick to its words. He was quoted saying by ANI: “If the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has given their word, we will stick to it. I heard the news that a cheque of Rs 20 lakh that was given to Rohith Vemula ‘s mother bounced. This has not come to the notice of any of our leaders yet.”Reacting to the article, Sambit Patra said: “This is saddening!! Politics over the dead.. Instalments yet to be paid.. It seems while some were eying for gains over an unfortunate Suicide, Truth was the biggest looser!!”She had slammed the IUML saying: “In such a context, how can use they make promises and use it for political gain?”She also said that claimed that one of the two cheques given by the party had bounced. The party had called it a clerical mistake.Vemula’s suicide in January 2016 had triggered a nationwide protest.
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India has fewer number of nukes than Pakistan: Report

The world’s nuclear powers are reducing their arsenals but they are also modernising, putting a fresh and “worrying” focus on strategic deterrence, a Stockholm-based think tank said Monday.”The renewed focus on the strategic importance of nuclear deterrence and capacity is a very worrying trend,” the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said. “The world needs a clear commitment from the nuclear weapon states to an effective, legally binding process towards nuclear disarmament,” SIPRI head Jan Eliasson said. SIPRI, a well respected authority, said nine countries — the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea — had 14,465 nuclear warheads at the beginning of this year, of which 3,750 were actually deployed.This compared with 14,935 warheads at the start of 2017, SIPRI said, with the reduction largely due to the United States and Russia as they fulfill arms control commitments agreed in their 2010 START treaty. The two countries between them hold more some 92 percent of total warheads, SIPRI noted, and they both have long-term modernisation programmes in place.Russia in particular has in recent years re-stated the importance of nuclear weapons to its strategic defence, sparking concerns in NATO that Moscow might be more willing to use them in a crisis. At the same time, Britain with 215 warheads, France 300, China 280, India 130-140, Pakistan 140-150, Israel 80 and North Korea 10-20, were all either deploying or planning to deploy new nuclear weapons system, it said. “North Korea also demonstrated unexpected rapid progress in the testing of two new types of long-range ballistic missile delivery systems,” it noted.
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BJP ends alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti resigns

The BJP has ended its shaky alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP, announced Ram Madhav, BJP General Secretary.BJP president Amit Shah had called for an urgent meeting of Jammu and Kashmir BJP ministers and some top leaders in the national capital. Sources told DNA that the PDP was ‘in shock’ after hearing the annoucement.CM Mehbooba Mufti has submitted her resignation to the Governor, DNA has learned. In a presser, Ram Madhav announced that it was no longer possible for the BJP to continue its alliance with PDP. Ram Madhav said: “After discussing with everyone, we’ve decided to call of the alliance. For the last three years, BJP has tried its best to work with the PDP to ensure that there was security and development in Jammu and Kashmir.”He claimed that freedom of press was under threat citing the recent murder of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari.Ram Madhav praised the Centre for trying its best to work with the state government. He added: “Centre did everything for the Valley. We’ve tried to put a full-stop to the ceasefire violations by Pak. PDP has not been successful in fulfilling its promises. Our leaders have been facing a lot of difficulties from PDP in developmental works in Jammu & Ladakh.”Ram Madhav said: “Keeping in mind larger interest of India’s security and integrity, fact is that J&K is an integral part of India, in order to bring control over the situation prevailing in the state we have decided that the reins of power in the state be handed over to the Governor.”Reacting to the news, Omar Abdullah tweeted: “And so it has come to pass.” He said: “The circumstances of running this government is not tenable and the fault lies with the other side.”Speaking about the alliance, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, whose party also shares an uneasy relationship with BJP called the alliance ‘anti-national and unnatural’.He said: “This alliance was anti-national & unnatural. Our party chief had said, this alliance won’t work out. Had they continued with it they would have had to answer in 2019 Lok Sabha election.”
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Meerut priest tries to convert 17 Hindus into Christianity by offering money, arrested

A priest of a famous Church in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh was arrested on charges of alleged religious conversion of 17 Hindus into Christianity after offering them huge sums. The Priest of the Mulhera Church in Meerut Father Deependra Prakash Maalewar was caught by the VHP and Bajrang Dal activists when he was making affidavits of 17 Hindus for their conversion into Christianity in the chamber of a lawyer. Agitated activists thrashed both of them at the Sardhana Tehsil and brought them at the police station along with Hindus who were being converted into Christianity. “We had prior information about the priest that he was involved in religious conversion and was luring poor Hindu families to embrace Christianity. On a tip-off that he has brought these poor Hindus to Tehsil for making affidavits, we raided the lawyer’s chamber and caught him red-handed,” said VHP leader Abhishek Chauhan. The Sardhana Police Station Circle Officer S.K. Singh said that during interrogation the priest admitted that he was completing the legal formalities for converting 17 members of 5 Hindu families of Khatauli and Mansoorpur villages in Muzaffarnagar. The priest also admitted that earlier he had got 4 Hindu families converted into Christianity in Mulhera village.The police also recovered affidavits for conversion from the chamber of the lawyer, who was let off by the police after lawyers created ruckus in the police station. The SDM Sardhana R.K. Singh said that the police have also detained 10 members of five Hindu families while others ran away after seeing trouble. Those detained have been identified as Ranjan, Kuldeep, Poonam, Anjali Rani, Ashok, Salauni, Vishal and Leelavati. Most of them were poor and belonged to lower caste. Also readKhattar rejects Dalits conversion claim in Haryana“We were offered Rs 15,000 cash and promised a job by the priest if we changed our religion to embrace Christianity,” Anjani Rani told the police during questioning. The CO said that most of them were offered cash and job by the priest if they agreed to change their religion and adopt Christianity. On a complaint lodged by the VHP and the Bajrang Dal, the police have registered a case against the priest for forcible conversion. “We have recorded statements of Hindus who were being converted. Investigations are underway and we may arrest associates of priest who were helping him in religious conversions,” said the CO.

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Separatists call for Kashmir shutdown on Wednesday against Bukhari, civilian killings

He said the strike will also be observed against the brutal killing of Bukhari, who was shot dead along with his two personal guards outside his office on June 14 by unknown gunmen. "JRL demands an international probe into this gruesome murder," a JRL spokesperson said in the statement. He said cordon and search operations had returned with a vengeance to the villages as people were being severely beaten and harassed and used as human shields. ”
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Sanjay Gandhi’s son Varun hits out at ‘dynastic approaches’ in politics

Expressing concern over “dynastic approaches” in various important areas, including politics, BJP MP Varun Gandhi said this was closing the doors of opportunity for the common man.He was addressing an event on ‘The road to India’s Future: Opportunities and Challenges’, organised by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industries here yesterday.”How do we open the doors to more people in politics? Everybody knows that politics has dynastic approaches. There are certain families in every state, district, and country that are prominent. It is unfortunate, but true,” he said.The BJP MP lamented that no important sector was devoid of this phenomenon.Gandhi said if one today looked at the film industry, sports fraternity, politics and industry, almost all doors were closed to the common man.”If you are a talented young person growing up in a small town and you have immense talent and courage, ability what will you do? Sometimes it is just wasted. It saddens me,” said Gandhi who hails from the Nehru family.He, however, admitted that he would not have grown politically if he had not come from a political dynasty.Speaking about the poor pace of innovation in India, Gandhi said there was a lack of funding.While China spends three per cent of its GDP on research and development, India’s share is a meagre 0.6 per cent, he said.Another reason for faltering in innovation was that 93 per cent of start-ups failed in India mainly because investors did not give sufficient time to let the ventures grow, the BJP leader claimed.Gandhi said the education system needs a reform where P.hd research should be linked to industry and innovation.He also underlined the need to make education accessible to all.Gandhi also spoke about environmental hazards, citing the examples of landfill sites at Dera and Bandhwari village of Faridabad and Gurgaon, the two satellite towns of Delhi.The shutdown of the waste treatment plants in these towns had resulted in most people getting serious ailments, he claimed.
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US Senate passes bill to strengthen ties with America’s ‘Major Defence Partner’ India

The US Senate today passed with an overwhelming majority a USD 716 billion defence bill which among other things seeks to strengthen ties with America’s ‘Major Defence Partner’ India.The US recognised India as a “Major Defence Partner” in 2016, a designation that allows India to buy more advanced and sensitive technologies from America at par with that of its closest allies and partners, and ensures enduring cooperation into the future.The National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2019, passed by an overwhelming, bipartisan vote of 85-10, is named in the honour of Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, who is battling cancer for the past several months.”This legislation continues our reform agenda and helps better position the Department of Defence and the joint force to implement the National Defence Strategy by continuing to restore readiness, rebuild capacity and modernise capabilities,” McCain said.The House has already passed the bill. The two different versions of the bill now heads for a conference between the Senate and the House.Once the joint committee agrees on an identical version, they would have to be voted by the House and the Senate again before being sent to the White House for US President Donald Trump’s assent.The Senate version of the bill authorises USD 5.2 billion for the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund, USD 350 million in Coalition Support Funds to reimburse certain nations for support provided to or in connection with US military operations and authorises USD 300 million to train and equip the vetted Syrian opposition to counter the ISIS terror group.The bill “expresses the sense of the Senate that the US should strengthen and enhance its major defence partnership with India”.It also expresses the sense of the Senate that if Turkey purchases the S-400 air defence system from Russia, the President should impose sanctions against Turkey under the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act.The Senate bill authorises USD 500 million for US-Israel missile defence cooperation and up to USD 50 million for US-Israel counter-tunnel cooperation.In what is being described could be a major clash between the Congress and the White House, the Senate as part of NDAA-2019, reinstated trade restrictions on ZTE.”Importantly, this legislation would also ensure that neither ZTE nor Huawei will be eligible for government contracts in the future.”To further prioritise our national security, I also supported the inclusion of a bipartisan CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) bill similar to what we passed in the Banking Committee to ensure that foreign investments in the US do not pose a national security risk,” Senator Mark Warner said.The bill also allows a pilot programme for testing machine-based inspections in place of humans to determine the authenticity and security of microelectronic parts in weapons systems a necessary ability in an era of Chinese-made knockoffs and counterfeits.”No country has been more aggressive than China in going after American technology in sectors like aviation, robotics, new energy vehicles, and others where the US has established ourselves as a global leader.”Our bipartisan bill will give CFIUS and our export control agencies the tools they need to ensure that these types of investments don’t slip through the cracks,” said Senator Sherrod Brown.The NDAA also calls out China for illegally creating and fortifying islands in the South China Sea for military purposes and modernises the Committee on Foreign Investment to address national security concerns and stop China from trying to steal sensitive technology from US companies.”The NDAA counters Russia’s growing aggression and influence across Eastern Europe by directing a study on permanently stationing US forces in Poland and conducting a study on Russia’s malign influence around the world,” said Senator Jim Inhofe.
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After cheque to Radhika Vemula bounces, Indian Union Muslim League promises to stick to their words

Rohith Vemula’s family is perplexed. After being promised Rs 20 lakh by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), the family claims that one of the cheques given by party had bounced. However, IUML leader D MK Muneer promised that the party would stick to its words. He was quoted saying by ANI: “If the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has given their word, we will stick to it. I heard the news that a cheque of Rs 20 lakh that was given to Rohith Vemula ‘s mother bounced. This has not come to the notice of any of our leaders yet.”According to a report in The News Minute, days after Rohith Vemula’s suicide the IUML had promised his mother Radhika Rs 20 lakh to build a house for the family, who stay in a rented house.Radhika was quoted saying by TNM: “When Rohith died, I was just crying in the velivada and I had no idea about all the people coming and greeting me. At this time, these party members came from Kerala and said they had heard the news and learnt that we were absolutely poor.”She slammed the IUML saying: “In such a context, how can use they make promises and use it for political gain?”She also said that claimed that one of the two cheques given by the party had bounced. The party had called it a clerical mistake.Vemula’s suicide in January 2016 had triggered a nationwide protest.
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On 52nd anniversary, Shiv Sena reiterates claims of winning Maharashtra polls next year on its own

Shiv Sena on its 52nd anniversary tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. Accusing its alliance partner of doing injustice with the nation at various fronts, the Uddhav Thackrey helmed party, in its mouthpiece Saamna made clear that it would opt out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).Shiv Sena, in its editorial expressed confidence and said that it will win the next Maharashtra Assembly Elections on its own and will play a role of kingmaker in the 2019 general elections. “Shiv Sena’s journey has never been easy. Even today there are many obstacles in our path. However, despite all the hindrances we are confident of winning the next Maharashtra Assembly Elections solo. We also are sure of the fact that we will play a major role in the upcoming general elections,” the Saamna editorial read.At a time when the BJP is desperately trying to woo Sena for an alliance, the latter has not been responsive. The editorial also cornered the Centre over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which seeks to give illegal migrants from ‘minority communities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan’ — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsi and Christians an easy and short path to Indian citizenship.”The culture and the identity of Assam are in danger. The Centre is trying to bring in foreign elements in the state, this way the people of the state will have to compromise on their rights”, the editorial added. It further slammed the intentions of private developers ‘renaming’ areas in Mumbai. The Sena chief in the past has objected to alleged change of names of places like Worli and Malabar Hills in Mumbai.The Sena in a sardonic attack said that like Delhi, a virtual dust storm is making lives miserable across the nation but Prime Minister Modi remains unfazed. “Only Delhi is not witnessing a dust storm. The entire nation is experiencing one but Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot see it as he is never in the country,” the editorial said. “Is there an emergency in the nation? Such questions are arising. Our soldiers are being killed but the Centre remains unfazed,”it added.The editorial also reviewed party’s 52-year-long journey and highlighted the milestones achieved along the way, while underlining the party?s contribution to the state and the country.
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Kafeel Khan’s brother discharged from hospital, provided security by police

Kashif Jameel, brother of Dr Kafeel Khan, an accused in children death at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur last year, was discharged from the King George’s Medical College (KGMC) Lucknow on Tuesday.Jameel was shot at by two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants on June 10 near Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur. He was operated in a private hospital to remove a bullet stuck in his neck. Jameel was rushed to KGMC Lucknow the next day when his condition deteriorated after he developed serious infections.“I thank Allah and all my well-wishers that Kashif is discharged from the hospital. He is doing well. Prayers of millions helped this miracle to happen. Thank each one you personally,” said Dr Khan. Talking to DNA, Dr Khan said that his brother has been provided two security personnel by the police. “Since doctors have advised us to be stationed in Lucknow for the dressing of my brother’s wounds, we will be staying in Lucknow till doctors allow us to go back home in Gorakhpur,” said Dr Khan.Also readNow, Dr Kafeel Ahmad Khan alleges BJP MP behind kin attackTwo days ago, DR Khan had charged the BJP MP from Baansgaon in Gorakhpur, Kamlesh Paswan was behind the murder attempt on his brother over a property dispute. He had alleged that the BJP MP and the builder had hired shooters to eliminate his brother.He had also named a builder and two associates of the BJP MP for conspiring to kill his brother. Dr Khan has demanded a CBI probe saying that he has no faith in the Gorakhpur Police. The BJP MP Kamlesh Paswan had, denied Dr Khan charges as baseless and aimed at tarnishing his image. “I will file a defamation case against Dr Khan if he does not apologise’. he said.
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Airtel row: Omar Abdullah lashes out at trolls who sent death threats to girl who wanted Hindu rep

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, whose tweet on the Airtel controversy had created quite a stir lashed out at the trolls who had issued death threats to Pooja Singh, whose tweet demanding a Hindu customer representative from the mobile phone firm, had created furor on social media.“I hold no brief for the bigoted Airtel customer but those of you flooding her timeline with hate & abuse are as bad, if not worse, than her. If you can’t occupy the high ground it’s best to exit the ground altogether,” Omar tweeted on Tuesday.Earlier, Pooja Singh, who had received a number of death threats on social media tweeted, “I simply made a request to change representative from Muslim to Hindu as my experience in past was not good and that’s my right as well. After that, the kind of abuse I’m facing are beyond imagination and that in itself PROVES that I was right at very first place (sic).”The controversy started when Singh, who describes herself as management professional on micro-blogging site, started ranting about Airtel’s DTH service. In her angry tweet she said, ‘I raised complaint for reinstallation of DHT.but assigned service engineer miss behaved with me. His words are “Tum Phone Rakho Dobara call mt krna ” his number is+91 79-85195094. This is how Airtel is looting it’s customer (sic).’Soon, the Airtel’s social media team replied with standard message. ‘Hey, I most definitely appreciate you reaching out here! We’ll take a closer look into that & get back shortly with more information. Thank you, Shoaib.’What sparked the furor was the woman’s reply. ‘Dear Shohaib, as you’re a Muslim and I have no faith in your working ethics because Kuran may have different version for customer service, thus requesting you to assign a Hindu representative for my request. Thanks’To much of Twitter’s surprise, Airtel’s team did reply to this brazen message. ‘Hi Pooja! As discussed, please let me know what days & time frames work best for you so we can talk. Further, please share an alternate number so that I can assist you further with this. Thank you, Gaganjot.’After many ‘shame on you, Airtel’ tweets, including one from Omar Abdullah, and several threats of people leaving its services, the telecom major issued a clarification.‘Dear Pooja, at Airtel, we absolutely do not differentiate between customers, employees and partners on the basis of caste or religion. We would urge you to do the same. Both Shoaib and Gaganjot are part of our customer resolution team. If any customer contacts us for an ongoing service issue then the first available service executive responds in the interest of time. On your query, we will get back to you as soon as there is an update. Thanks – Himanshu, Airtel Response Team Lead,’ the telecom major said.
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Ahmedabad: Man seeks divorce claiming wife has ‘manly voice’ and ‘facial hair’

A family court in Ahmedabad has rejected the plea of a man seeking to divorce his wife on the grounds that she has a beard and masculine voice.In the petition before judge N M Karovadiya, the man contended that he was duped by the woman’s family, as before the marriage he was not aware that she had facial hair and manly voice.When they first met before the marriage, the woman was wearing a veil, and he didn’t seek to see her face as it would have been against the tradition, the petition said.The wife, in her reply to the plea, said she had some facial hair due to hormonal reasons, and they could be removed through treatment.Her husband was citing false reasons to get divorce as he wanted to kick her out of the house, she alleged.After the wife’s lawyer made the submissions, the man didn’t turn up for further proceedings, prompting the court to dismiss his petition.
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Maharashtra: Food poisoning kills at least three in Raigad district, leaves several admitted in hospital

At least three chidren were killed and several hospitalized after a case of suspected food poisoning.The incident took place early Tuesday in Mahad village in Raigad district, which is around 80 kilometres from Mumbai. According to the Kualapur police, Subhash Mane, one of the villagers had organized a dinner to celebrate buying a house. “He had organized a dinner on occasion of vastu shanti pooja,” a police officer said. The function was a whole day function and the food served was dal and rice. People who had eaten earlier in the day did not suffer from the ill-effects of the food, which raises suspicion that the food may have contaminated during the course of the day.After the dinner, many children were complaining of stomach aches, and began vomiting. They were rushed to hospital where three children succumbed to their illness. Four childtren were shifted to Pragati hospital and Ashtavinayak Hospital in Panvel while one is in MICU.Around 30 to 40 people have been admitted in MGM Hospital Kamothe and D Y Patil Hospital in Nerul in Navi Mumbai. Police sold that the condition of many patients are critical.A doctor at MGM Hospital said that he suspected some chemical powder had been mixed with the food, but this could be confirmed only after tests.
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SC declines urgent hearing to declare sit-in by Arvind Kejriwal, colleagues in L-G office as ‘unconstitutional’

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined the urgent hearing on the plea to declare the sit-in by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues as ‘unconstitutional’.The plea against the sit-in by the chief minister would be listed for hearing after the summer vacations, the apex court said, as reported by news agency PTI.The apex court’s statement comes a day after the Kejriwal government was rapped by the Delhi High Court. The Delhi High Court had asked the AAP government who authorised the sit-in by at the lieutenant governor’s office and observed that strikes are usually held outside an establishment or office and not inside.The observation by a bench of Justices A K Chawla and Navin Chawla came during the hearing of two petitions, one against the sit-in by Aam Aadmi Party leader Kejriwal and the other against the alleged strike by the IAS officers of Delhi government. “Who authorised the strike/dharna (sit-in by Kejriwal)? You are sitting inside the LG’s office. If it’s a strike, it has to be outside the office,” the court told lawyers appearing for the Delhi government in the two matters. It further said, ” You can’t go inside someone’s office or house and hold a strike there”.Apart from the two petitions, a separate plea was moved by Leader of Opposition in the Delhi assembly Vijender Gupta against the sit-in by Kejriwal at Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s office. The matters are likely to be heard on June 22.Also readDharna drama: Manish Sisodia and Satyender Jain discharged from hospital; to immediately resume workThe court said the association representing the IAS officers should also be made a party in the matter.The condition of Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who was hospitalised late last night, is stable, a senior doctor today said. Jain, who had been on an indefinite hunger strike at the Lieutenant Governor office for nearly a week, was rushed to the LNJP Hospital after his health deteriorated. However, both ministers were discharged on Tuesday and are likely to resume work.Also readDHARNA DRAMA: CM Arvind Kejriwal trying to form anti-Modi, anti-BJP front ahead of 2019, says Manoj TiwariMeanwhile on Monday, The IAS officers from Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNTCD) has welcomed Kejriwal’s appeal to have talks with the government.”Officers of GNCTD welcome Hon’ble CM’s appeal. We reiterate that we continue to be at work with full dedication & vigour. We look forward to concrete interventions for our security & dignity. We are open to formal discussions with Honble CM on this matter,” they said in a statement issued on Monday.Also readDHARNA DRAMA: Plaint against Arvind Kejriwal, AAP Ministers for restraining LG Anil Baijal from doing lawful workOn Sunday, Kejriwal had urged IAS Officers Association to stop the boycott of the elected government and return to work, assuring them of safety and security.Kejriwal’s remarks came after Delhi’s IAS association officers held an unusual press conference at the Press Club and said that that they would not attend those meetings which they feel would be “unsafe”.
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5 dead in major fire in two Lucknow hotels

Five persons, including a woman and a child, were burnt alive and three others sustained serious burn injuries when two hotels in Charbagh area in Lucknow caught major fire early Tuesday morning.The fire started around 6 am from the basement of the SSJ International Hotel, located near Charbagh Railway station, spread to other floors and engulfed the adjoining Viraat International Hotel also. The basement was converted into a bar in the hotel.About 50 guests were staying in the two hotels. About half a dozen fire tenders were pressed to douse rising flames. The fire personnel rescued guests who were trapped inside their room in the two hotels. The fire was controlled by 8.30 am but by that time the two hotels were almost gutted in the fire.“We rescued as many as 40 persons from the two hotels. Eight seriously burnt persons were rushed to Trauma Centre for treatment,” said a fire officer. Apparently, short circuit is stated to be reason behind the fire. Since the basement of the hotel was having a bar, the fire spread fast to other floors and engulfed the adjoining hotel also.Doctors at the Trauma Centre said that eight persons were brought with serious burn injuries. Five them, including one woman and child, were declared dead on arrival while two seriously one was shifted with 80 per cent burn injuries to burn unit of another hospital.Doctors did not deny due to asphyxia after the victims inhaled poisonous smoke.The State Tourism Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi rushed to the spot to monitor the rescue operation. “A probe has been ordered to look into if both the hotels had complied with the fire safety norms,” said she.The SSP Deepak Kumar said that a case has been registered against the owners and management of the two hotels. “Prima facie, it looked like fire safety system of the two hotels were not working,” said he. About a dozen persons have so far been admitted at the Trauma Centre with burn injuries and serious breathing problem. The child who died has been identified as Noori. Efforts are to identity others who died. The hotel staff and managers are absconding after the fire. Taking serious note of fire in two hotels resulting in deaths of five persons, the Yogi Adityanath government has ordered a magisterial inquiry. The probe will also look into fire safety measures in other hotels of the state capital. A case against Section 304 of the PIC has been registered against the owners and managers of the two hotels.
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Dharna drama: Manish Sisodia and Satyender Jain discharged from hospital; to immediately resume work

Aam Aadmi Party leaders Satyender Jain and Manish Sisodia were discharged from a Delhi hospital on Tuesday itself after the duo went on an indefinite strike late last week, reports say.Medical Superintendent of the LNJP Hospital J C Passey said, “Both the ministers were discharged around 10 am. Their health parameters, including ketone level in urine are normal now.” Delhi Deputy CM Sisodia had earlier tweeted about his health. “With Doctor’s care and your blessings, I am recovering fast. Yesterday, my ketone level was 7.4 & BP reached 184/100, which was leading to renal failure. But now everything is under control. If doctors allow I’ll try to be back to work today only. (sic)”.On Monday, both Jain and Sisodia were shifted to the Lok Nayak Hospital on Monday after their health deteriorated during their sit-in protest at Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal’s house. The protest entered the eighth day on Monday.Also readDHARNA DRAMA: CM Arvind Kejriwal trying to form anti-Modi, anti-BJP front ahead of 2019, says Manoj TiwariThe ministers accompanied by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Gopal Rai have been on a dharna at Baijal’s house since last Monday protesting against the “illegal strike” carried out by the IAS officers in the national Capital. The Ketone level of Sisodia reached 7.4. Ketone level of 2+ is considered to be dangerous.On Saturday, a team of doctors had examined Sisodia and Jain. While Jain went on an indefinite hunger strike at the LG’s office on Tuesday, Sisodia had been on a hunger strike since Wednesday. According to a doctor, his blood sugar level on Sunday was 49 units (mg/dL) while the ketone level was found to be “large”. However, his blood pressure reading was 120/82.Also readDHARNA DRAMA: Plaint against Arvind Kejriwal, AAP Ministers for restraining LG Anil Baijal from doing lawful workJC Passey, medical superintendent of the Lok Nayak hospital, said that Jain was shifted at 11.50 pm on Sunday after he complained of a headache, nausea, abdomen pain, respiratory difficulties and urine retention. Passey said he is not taking food orally and is being given glucose, electrolytes, and medication for symptomatic relief intravenously.
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Bihar: 6 children dead after car falls into pond in Arraria

In a tragic incident, 6 children have died after the car they were travelling fell into a pond in Bihar. The incident happened in Bihar’s Arraria, in a place called Tarabadi. One was rescued from the pond. <!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>The car lost balance and fell into the pond, as per initial reports. The police have reached the spot and are busy in rescue work with the help of locals. Further details awaited
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The Indian Dalits attacked for ‘wearing shoes’

Documenting five seemingly mundane reasons Dalits (formerly untouchables) have been beaten and killed.

Heat wave: All govt and govt-aided schools in West Bengal to be closed between June 20-30

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By obsessing on Hindu terror, Digvijaya Singh helped real terrorists escape: ex-MHA undersecretary RVS Mani

In an attack on Congress leader Digvijaya Singh’s claim on Hindu terror, RVS Mani, the former undersecretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, said that there was no such thing. He further alleged that the real terrorists managed to escape thanks to Digvijaya’s ‘Hindu terror conspiracy’.“I’ve said this earlier too that there was no official info on Hindu terror till ’10. Even after that there was no such thing. I’ve written a book which clearly states how Digvijaya Singh laid foundation of Hindu terror and spread it,” Mani said to news agency ANI. Mani, a former Home Ministry official, who had filed two affidavits in Gujarat High Court in the Ishrat Jahan case, had claimed that member of the SIT on the killings had told him that 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and Parliament attack were “orchestrated by the Government in power”.Also readNever used the term ‘Hindu terrorism’, spoke about ‘Sanghi terror’: Digvijaya Singh In April this year, Mani further suggested that there was no Hindu terror angle in the Mecca Masjid case and the evidence was engineered. “People who perpetrated the attack (Mecca Masjid) were protected through misuse of agency (NIA), this is what is alarming. How do you compensate those who suffered and were maligned? Will Congress or anyone else who propagated this theory compensate them?”“In the name of Hindu terror, using government resources, he (Digvijaya Singh) saved the real terrorists. Arif Qasmani, the main accused in the Samjhauta Express blast escaped. In Mecca Masjid blast case, Bilal escaped. Don’t know his political agenda, but there’s no Hindu terror,” Mani added.Also readPadmaavat row: Films that hurt religious sentiments shouldn’t be made, says Digvijaya Singh However, Congress leader Salman Khurshid came in defence of Digvijaya Singh. “Ideologically Digvijaya Singh has very strong views. He has opposed minority extremism and said that every kind of extremism is bad. We must contextualie what he said rather than generalise it and think he is saying it against one community or organisation,” he said.
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Appointing next CJI: When the name comes us, will discuss it, don’t question our intention, says RS Prasad

The government’s intention on the appointment of the next Chief Justice of India (CJI) should not be questioned, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday, noting that when the incumbent names the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court as his successor as per convention, the executive will take a call.He was responding to a question on whether the government will follow the laid-down conventions and procedures to appoint Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice when incumbent Dipak Misra demits office on October 2. “The question is imaginary…as far as the appointment of the Chief Justice of India is concerned, the convention is clear…the sitting chief justice names the senior-most judge (of the top court) as his successor. When the name comes to us, we will discuss it,” he told a press conference held to highlight the achievements of the Law Ministry in the past four years. He also said that no one had the “right to question our intention”.Speculations surrounding Justice Gogoi’s appointment as the next CJI emerged following the unprecedented press conference of four most-senior judges in January this year when they had criticised Justice Misra over various issues, especially the manner of allocation of cases to certain benches. Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph addressed the unprecedented press conference, perhaps a first in the history of Indian judiciary. According to the memorandum of procedure, a document which guides the appointment and transfer of judges of the apex court and the 24 high courts, “Appointment to the office of the Chief Justice of India should be of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office.” Days before the CJI’s retirement, the law minister seeks his recommendation for the appointment of his successor.Also readSupreme Court showing tilt towards idealism: Justice Ranjan Gogoi”Whenever there is any doubt about the fitness of the senior-most Judge to hold the office of the Chief Justice of India, consultation with other Judges…would be made for the appointment of the next Chief Justice of India,” the document states. Responding to another question on the delay in finalising the memorandum of procedure for appointment of judges, Prasad said discussions were on and the Supreme Court and the government would have to finalise the document together. “Our view (on the MoP) is that the norms of those selected (as judges) have to be mentioned (in the document),” he said.After the Supreme Court struck down a law through which the government had sought more say in the appointment of judges, the top court and the government have been trying to iron out differences on the MoP.He said those claiming hat the government was not appointing judges should remember that “numbers speak for itself”.Also readJustice Ranjan Gogoi and Jasti Chelameswar miss law journal launchThe Law Minister pointed out that apart from the stay on judges’ appointment in 2014 and 2015 due to the NJAC Act issue, the Centre has appointed 126 judges in 2016 and 117 judges in 2017, and that the appointment of more judges is in the pipeline. “We will surpass our own record of appointing 126 judges in 2016 when this year comes to an end,” he said.
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Press 5 for dividing the country: Chetan Bhagat blasts Twitter user who demanded Hindu service executive from Airtel

On Monday, Airtel caused major outrage on Twitter and not just for its shoddy coverage. A customer care message by Airtel’s social media team caused online fury for not standing up to bigotry.It all started when one Pooja Singh, who describes herself as a management professional on the micro-blogging site Twitter, started ranting about Airtel’s DTH service. In her angry tweet she wrote: ‘I raised complaint for reinstallation of DHT.but assigned service engineer miss behaved with me. His words are “Tum Phone Rakho Dobara call mt krna ” his number is+91 79-85195094. This is how Airtel is looting it’s customer (sic).’Soon, the Airtel’s social media team replied with standard message. ‘Hey, I most definitely appreciate you reaching out here! We’ll take a closer look into that & get back shortly with more information. Thank you, Shoaib.’This led to Pooja demanding a different executive writing: “Dear Shohaib, as you’re a Muslim and I have no faith in your working ethics because Kuran may have different version for customer service, thus requesting you to assign a Hindu representative for my request. Thanks.”This saw another message by a ‘Gaganjot’ who wrote: “To Twitter’s surprise, Airtel’s team did reply to this brazen message. ‘Hi Pooja! As discussed, please let me know what days & time frames work best for you so we can talk. Further, please share an alternate number so that I can assist you further with this. Thank you, Gaganjot.’This led to a host of angry tweets with many promising to switch service providers including former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. Abdullah wrote: “‘Dear @Airtel_Presence this conversation is genuine (I’ve seen the timeline myself). I refuse to pay another penny to a company that condones such blatant bigotry. I’m beginning the process of porting my number to another service provider & canceling my DTH & Broadband.”Now Chetan Bhagat, the popular author joined into the debate mocking a future where service executives would be based on the customer’s religion, caste, regional affiliations.He wrote on Twitter: “Dear sick in the head ma’am. You have reached Airtel customer service. For Hindu press 1.. for upper caste press 2… for North Indian press 3.. for specific North state press 4..press 5 for dividing and destroying the country even further. Or. Get lost. Bye. All lines are busy!”With inputs from PTI
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SBI releases admit card for Probationary Officer exam; visit www.sbi.co.in/careers to get yours

State Bank of India on Monday released the admit cards for the preliminary exams for recruiting probationary officers.The online exam is scheduled to be held on July 1, July 7, and July 8, the website said in a statement and will fill 2,000 vacancies across various branches.The admit cards can be downloaded by visiting the career section of the bank’s website at www.sbi.co.in/careers. Click on the link for call letter of SBI PO exam 2018 in the latest announcement section to go to the login page.Enter your registration number, password/date of birth and captcha code (as in the image) and click on login. Your call letter will be displayed on the screen. Take a printout and save it on your computer. No hard copy of the call letter will be sent by post.Candidates must carry the admit card to the examination centre. S/he must bring one photo identity proof such as passport/Aadhaar/PAN card/driver’s licence/voter ID/bank passbook with duly attested photograph/identity card issued by school or college along with the admit card. The identity proof should be submitted at the time of examination.Candidates who clear the preliminary exam will be called for the main examination. Group exercises and interview will be conducted for those who clear the main examination.The results of the preliminary examination will be declared on July 15, 2018. The online main exam will be held on August 8, 2018 and its result will be declared on August 20, 2018. The group exercises and interview will be held from September 24 to October 12, 2018 and the results will be declared on November 1, 2018.The syllabus for the exam comprises logical reasoning, quantitative ability and English language skills.
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PM Modi wishes Rahul Gandhi on his birthday, prays for his ‘long and healthy life’

PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday took to Twitter to wish Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Putting aside political bickerings, the Prime Minister wished Rahul Gandhi, who turned 48 on Tuesday. Rahul who joined active politics on 2004 has gradually upped the ante against PM Narendra Modi in recent times. Particularly, his tweets have increasingly been sarcastic taking digs at perceived misdeeds of the government. However, both leaders have taken turns to wish each other on Twitter on their birthdays. #HappyBirthDayRahulgandhi is currently trending at number 1 on Twitter with many Congress leaders extending their sincere wishes. Through out the day, Congress leaders and other opposition party leaders are expected to extend their wishes to the Congress President. This is Rahul Gandhi’s first birthday after becoming president of the grand old party. So it is expected, that Congress will make it a memorable day for their President. PM Modi however didn’t use the hashtag to wish Rahul Gandhi.
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Tamil Nadu: Activist Piyush Manush arrested for ‘provoking’ public against Chennai-Salem highway project

Tamil Nadu police on Monday evening arrested well-known environmental activist Piyush Manush for allegedly making inflammatory comments and provoking public against the proposed greenfield highway project connecting chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s native Salem with Chennai.Manush has been at the forefront in opposing the proposed eight-lane Chennai-Salem highway project as well as the Salem airport expansion. His arrest comes following the arrest of Tamil actor Mansoor Ali Khan on Sunday for making inflammatory remarks against the eight-lane highway project, which has been facing stiff resistance from villagers in Salem and other districts.Salem Deputy Superintendent of Police S. Baskaran told DNA that Manush was named in the first information report registered against Mansoor Ali Khan. He, however, refused share on what charge he was arrested. The actor, during his visit to Salem on May 33, had allegedly threatened violence if the highway project was implemented. Khan had visited the Mookaneri in Salem which was being maintained by Manush led non-governmental organisation. Manush was with Khan when he had allegedly made an inflammatory speech at Omallur.Police picked up Manush during a vehicle check on Salem-Dharmapuri road on Monday and he had been taken to Omalur police station and an inquiry is underway. This is the second time Manush was being arrested in connection with a highway project. In 2016, he was arrested for protesting against the construction of a bridge at Muluvadi gate in Salem. Interestingly, highway ministry was held by Palaniswami on both the occasion in 2016 as well as now.Despite stiff opposition from the farmers and political parties, the state government commenced land survey in Salem on Monday for the Rs 10,000 crore NHAI project which seeks to reduce the travel from Chennai to Salem from 6 hours 26 minutes to three hours 9 minutes. The highway passes through 159 villages in Salem, Krishnagiri, Tiruvannamalai and Kancheepuram. The government plans to acquire 2791 hectares of land for the project.
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India, France reiterate commitment in combating terror after Sushma Swaraj visit to Paris

India and France have reiterated their commitment and support to each other in combating terrorism, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.“It is the priority of both the nations to keep our societies safe. Therefore a co-operation between our agencies is necessary, we will support each other in fight against terrorism,” Swaraj said while addressing media along with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian.Swaraj, who is on a week-long four-nation visit to Italy, France, Luxembourg and Brussels, arrived in Paris on Monday.“Besides our bilateral relations, we also focus on regional and international co-operation. We would like to thank France for the support for India’s candidature for permanent seat in Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC),” she added.Le Drian said the two countries ‘would like to work together’ on the developments in the Korean peninsula, adding, “We think that we will be able to pursue our co-operation in the military field as well.”Taking note of the agreement for six nuclear reactors in Jaitapur discussed between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron in March, Le Drian said the two sides have discussed their cooperation in nuclear sector.“We have to move discussions forward so the project is rolled out by end of year,” the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs added.Swaraj has also extended an invitation to Le Drian to visit India at a ‘mutually convenient time.’Her visit is particularly imperative as this year, India and France complete two decades of their strategic ties.
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‘They morphed my face on to a porn clip’

Indian reporter Rana Ayyub got rape and death threats because of a tweet falsely attributed to her.

Mastermind of Ghazipur Murga Mandi robbery held by Delhi police

The Delhi police have arrested the mastermind of the Murga Mandi robbery on Sunday and recovered a stolen Apache motorcycle and a Honda City car from his possession. On May 28, Rs 17 lakh was robbed from an office of the supplier of poultry products at Murga Mandi in Gazipur at gunpoint.The accused, identified as Chander Prakash (35), is previously involved in 28 cases of auto theft, rape and cases under the Arms Act. The police laid a trap in Sector 29, Rohini on receiving the information about the mastermind of the robbery. The accused, who was standing beside the white Honda City car, tried to run away but was apprehended by the team.Further investigations revealed that the accused had arranged two bikes 15-20 days before the incident from the areas around Rohini and Kakrola. He was closely related to two wanted criminals, Praveen Koli and Krishan Pal Fauji, who have rewards of Rs 1 lakh each on their heads.According to the police, Prakash also arranged a rented room in Risal Vihar, Nangloi where all the criminals assembled and distributed the stolen money among themselves. The recovered Honda City was to be further used in a robbery in Rohini, as they were planning to rob a businessman near M2K Cinema at Rohini.The police also said that Prakash used to collect information in advance about the places or persons where the cash in bulk might be available and would plan the robbery accordingly. Further investigation is underway.
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Bullets fired at BJP MLA Nand Kishore Gurjar’s car in Sahibabad

Just the night before the visit of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to the Ghaziabad district, few unidentified persons on a bike fired bullets at the car of Bhartiya Janata Party MLA of the Loni area in Sahibabad on Sunday night.According to the police, the BJP MLA Nand Kishore Gurjar, whose security was removed in May, was returning from a meeting at Mawana. He was on his way to his native place at the Ganauli village around 10:30 pm along with his driver and two personal security guards.”As soon as the car crossed the Hindon river bridge, they heard sounds of 3 to 4 gunshots from behind. One of the gunshots hit the side mirror and damaged it. The personal security guard seated behind fired two shots in the direction of the initial firing,” said Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad.After which, they sped the car to nearest Farrukhnagar police post to save their lives, while all of them reached unhurt as only a side mirror was hit in the incident, the police said.Gurjar has been getting continuous life threats lately.Following the incident, a first information report was registered at Sahibabad police station and further investigating is going on.”We will be checking the CCTV footages of the nearby area and teams have been formed to nab the criminals,” said Krishna.
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No landfill site near 2 km of human habitation: CM Yogi Adityanath

The protesters who have been agitating against the construction of the landfill in Sector 123 met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Ghaziabad on Monday. They apprised him about the situation and sought his help.The chief minister, upon hearing about the situation said that any landfill site should be at a distance of 2 km from the area of human habitation. It is a stipulation mandated by the Solid Waste Management Rules of 2016.According to the rules, a landfill site should be situated at a distance of 100 metres from a riverbed, and 200 metres from water bodies, highways, habitations, public parks and water supply wells.Sukheer Pehlawan, president of the Kooda Ghar Virodh Sangharsh Samiti, said that “We met with the chief minister during his visit to Ghaziabad and informed him about the long-term ill-effects that the landfill in Sector 123 will have on the residents and especially the future generation. It has been affecting lakhs of residents in the area by causing air pollution and groundwater contamination.”Yogi Adityanath has ordered the officials to conduct a meeting with the residents on Tuesday. Union Minister and local MP Mahesh Sharma and MLA Pankaj Singh are also expected to be present at the meeting.When the National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued an interim order on May 29 directing the authorities to stop the dumping of waste in the forest located at Sector 54, the authorities decided to build a landfill site in Sector 123.This decision has caused a huge furore and the residents from sectors 117-122 along with some villagers started protesting against the Noida Authority against the construction of the landfill and the waste-to-energy site. However, the Noida Authority has already started dumping the waste there.As per the Master Plan 2031 of Noida, a recreational green area is proposed at the site where the authority is constructing a dump yard and the residents thus state that they will not let the authorities violate the rules.According to the district magistrate, BN Singh, the law and order is their primary concern. He stated that if the residents have an issue, they should move to either the NGT or the court but should not intervene in the work of a statutory body. Yet the document shown by the residents states clearly that they can complain to the authority if they feel that the site is not suitable.However, the administration claims that the NGT rules can be changed accordingly and they are working on the orders given to them.Now the residents are also considering approaching the high court and the NGT.
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Pankaj Singh

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Mahesh Sharma

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Rajasthan: From saffron to black bicycles, BJP takes U-turn

In one of the rare cases, the BJP has gone from saffron for black. About two years, the BJP government had distributed saffron coloured bicycles to promising girl students. But now, it has opted for black coloured bicycles to 12,000 girl students of 220 departmental hostels, whose hostel is more than 2km from the school. Previously, the bicycles were distributed by the Education Department to the girls who scored 70% or more marks in the 8th grade. The department distributed more than 2 lakh 68 thousand bicycles.Rejecting the allegations of saffronising education, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi said: “BJP is attached to all the colours and the party is against politicising education.”PCC Vice President Archana Sharma, on the other hand, said, “After the saffronising education, there was a strong undercurrent against the BJP in Rajasthan. The BJP is now trying to cover its old wounds in the election year. But these wounds are so deep that despite all efforts the BJP cannot hide them.”Director of Department of Social Justice Dr. Samit Sharma said, “Meetings have been held with the only intention of providing the students with the bicycles at the earliest. Black colour has been selected because this is the most common colour in bicycles. If any other colour would have been selected, the costing would have increased and the students would have to wait longer.”More Than 2.68 Lakh Bicycles GivenPreviously, the bicycles were distributed by the Education Department to the girls who scored 70% or more marks in the 8th grade. The department distributed more than 2 lakh 68 thousand bicycles. Rejecting the allegations of saffronising education, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi said: “BJP is attached to all the colours and the party is against politicising education.”
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Wanted criminal of Nittu Dabodiya gang held at Rohini

The Special Operation Squad of the Crime Branch arrested a notorious criminal of the Nittu Dabodiya gang on Thursday at Rohini. The criminal was identified as Nitin, who is wanted in three criminal cases including that of carjacking and attempt to murder in Rohini.On Thursday, the police team had laid a trap near Sector 11, Rohini to trap the accused. A little later in the evening, he was arrested. On sustained interrogation, he disclosed his involvement in a carjacking case committed by him and his gang members two days ago in the Kanjhawala area.He further disclosed his involvement in a case of attempt to murder in Bawana and another case of illegal trespass and use of a firearm in the Aman Vihar area.Disturbed and fed up with his life dotted with bad decisions, he tried to commit suicide in Rohini Jail. Then he was released on bail. In may this year, Nitin along with his associate Jitender alias Kuki forcibly entered the office of a property dealer in Aman Vihar and threatened him with a gun over a property dispute. Recently in June, his associates Ankit and Sundar robbed a Hyundai i10 Grand car at gun point at Kanjhawala. The gang had robbed the car to commit more crimes, however, two days later Nitin was apprehended. Ankit and Sundar are still absconding.Further investigation into the case is on.
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Wait another week for rain in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabadis will have to wait for rains for one more week as the weather department does not see much rains. Even as the progress of monsoon has slowed down, certain parts of south Gujarat did receive some rains and the region will continue to get isolated rains during the week.The maximum temperature in Ahmedabad city will remain in the range of 40 degree Celsius to 41 degree Celsius.”Rainfall occurred at isolated places over South Gujarat region and at some places in Gujarat region and Saurashtra,” said a statement from Indian Meteorological Department. Parts of Jalalpore, Navsari, Choryasi, Umargam, Daman, Madhuban and Dharampur received showers. Light to moderate rains is likely at isolated places south Gujarat region in this week. Rains can expand northwards as the weekend approaches. Ahmedabad witnessed maximum temperature of 40.4-degree centigrade. However, isolated rains in south Gujarat moderated temperature. Surat recorded a maximum temperature of 32.8 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 26.8 degree Celsius, while Valsad recorded 34.4 degree Celsius and 22.1 degree Celsius respectively.The year 2018 will be crucial in terms of monsoon as the state is grappling for water. Apart from 2017, the other years in recent past have been very erratic in terms of late onset, large gaps between two spells of rains.While the year 2017 was by and large normal there were no late rains, which are useful for winter and summer crops.
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Congress seeks Lord Shiva’s help to make Rahul Gandhi PM

Congress will be seeking divine intervention to make Rahul Gandhi the prime minister. The party workers and leaders in Jaipur will offer special prayers to Lord Shiva on Gandhi’s 48th birth day anniversary on Tuesday to make him prime minister.Suresh Mishra Congress party state secretary is the man who planned celebration at mass level on party president’s birthday in Sanganer. “On this occasion, I, along with party workers, will chant mantras and pray for Rahul Gandhi to be the prime minister in 2019. Special prayers will be offered at a Shiva Temple situated on New Sanganer Road,”said Mishra on Sunday.A senior party leader said the Pradesh Congress Committee will be drawing up its own programmes on Rahul’s birthday to reach out to the common man. All India Mahila Congress, National Students of India (NSUI) and Seva Dal are also giving final touches to their programmes.The Youth Congress has already planned a “Run for RG” to spread Rahul’s message of fight for democracy among the common man. Also “shramdan” (physical labour) will be observed in villages to mark his first birthday after becoming the Congress President in December.Final touchesA senior party leader said the Pradesh Congress Committee will be drawing up its own programmes on Rahul’s birthday to reach out to the common man. All India Mahila Congress, National Students of India (NSUI) and Seva Dal are also giving final touches to their programmes.
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AIIMS Result: 9 Kota students among top 10

Nine students of a Kota coaching institute figure among top 10 in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) entrance examination 2018, the results of which were declared on Monday. Overall, 34 students are among Top 50.Three among the Top 10 are students of distance learning programme while the rest are from class room programme.Ramneek Kaur Mahal, Manraj Sra both from Punjab and Eishvauk Aggarwal from Haryana (all from distance learning program)secured second, fourth and 10th position respectively.Mehak Arora of Haryana has obtained AIR 3, Amitabh Pankaj Chauhan of Gujrat secured AIR 5, Abdur Rehman Asrarul Haque from U.P. AIR – 6, Sangeet Rathi of Haryana AIR 7, Amulya Gupta of Delhi AIR 8 and Somal Agarwal of Rajasthan AIR 9. All these students are from institute’s class room programme.Amitabh Chauhan AIR-5 has bagged AIR-1 in SC Category whereas Prince Chaudhary AIR-18, Classroom student of the institute has secured AIR-1 in OBC Category, All India Institute of Medical Sciences entrance tests were held in New Delhi, Patna, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Bhubaneswar, Rishikesh, Raipur, Guntur and Nagpur.As per results compiled till now, 34 students of the institute are in Top-50, which includes 24 students from classroom programme and 10 from distance learning programme. AIIMS MBBS 2018 exam was conducted on 26 and 27th May in online mode.The ToppersAmitabh Chauhan AIR-5 has bagged AIR-1 in SC Category whereas Prince Chaudhary AIR-18, Classroom student of the institute has secured AIR-1 in OBC Category, All India Institute of Medical Sciences entrance tests were held in New Delhi, Patna, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Bhubaneswar, Rishikesh, Raipur, Guntur and Nagpur.
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Small units facing big challenges: GCCI prez Jaimin Vasa

Small businesses are facing big challenges and to resolve them will be one of the agenda of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), said Jaimin Vasa, who recently took over as the president of GCCI for the year 2018-19. During the year, Gujarat’s apex body for trade and industry plans to work for small businesses, encouraging youth – particularly women towards entrepreneurship and promote innovation.Jaimin Vasa had formally taken over as the president of GCCI on Saturday. As he assumed office on Monday, he welcomed his core team comprising of senior vice president Durgesh Buch and vice president Hemant Shah. Talking about his agenda for next one year, Vasa said that capacity utilization is a major concern for not only small businesses but also large enterprises. “GCCI will make efforts for these units by enabling them to get access to markets within and outside country. Access to timely finance also continues to be a major bottleneck. We will interact with concerned authorities to iron out the problems,” said Vasa.GCCI will play an active role in Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019, wherein it plans to have an MSME Conclave for small businesses to interact with their prospective buyers from the country and abroad. With Indian economy passing through major changes in past two years, it is becoming difficult for smaller units to sustain. “We are inviting FDI. But when these units will invest in India, where will be small players, who can act as vendors. It is necessary that small businesses also reap the benefit,” said Vasa.Another major focus area for the new team will be encouraging innovation industries and academia. Vasa plans to have a strong coordination between Industries and academic institutions to create a skilled workforce that can cater to the requirements of the industries. A ‘Vision Document’ with a roadmap will be prepared with the involvement of experts from different fields.
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Durgesh Buch

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Daylight shootout turns Burari market into site of terror

Monday morning brought a sight of fear and terror when a gang war emerged between suspected members of the notorious Tillu and Gogi gangs on the streets of Sant Nagar in Burari area of North Delhi. Not only gang members but locals also fell prey to the shoot-out which led to the death of four people. Five persons were injured and hospitalised after the gunfight between the Tillu and Gogi gangs, believed to be involved in cases of extortion and murder in the city.As the gang war began around 9:30 am, people in the marketplace started running for their lives. As Monday is the scheduled day for the market to remain shut, not too many people were present at the site. Owners of few groceries stores which were open, initially assumed that there was afire and so people were running helter-skelter.A passerby and resident of the area, Sangeeta received bullet injuries and later succumbed to them. The CCTV camera footages revealed the entire chaos and dreaded atmosphere of the area. Attackers, who came in a white Scorpio, exchanged guns shots in their personal rivalry, leaving the innocent people dead and injured.The police are probing whether the two gangs have killed each other’s members earlier to gain supremacy, the officer saidOFF DAYAs Monday is the scheduled day for the market to remain shut, not too many people were present at the site. Owners of few groceries stores which were open, initially assumed that there was afire and so people were running helter-skelter.
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Action plan to make Jaipur a World Heritage city

The Jaipur Municipal Corporation will make an action plan within a week to include city in the World Heritage City’s List. Under this plan, work will begin in the Walled City area. A meeting of officers of various departments was held on Monday under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary (Local Self-Government) Naveen Mahajan.In the meeting, the private consultant establishment “Dron” gave a presentation and it was told what steps should be taken to get the city in World Heritage list. According to sources, illegal construction and encroachment must be stopped before the Walled City is included in UNESCO’s list. The JMC has to make the Walled City encroachment free and the traffic system also has to be improved. Also, beautification of the areas surrounding heritage monuments such as Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Isarlat etc. has to be done. For this, JMC, Archeology Department, Jaipur Smart City Ltd, Jaipur Development Authority, Amer Development Authority, JVVNL and Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation will work together. Mahajan instructed JMC Commissioner Ravi Jain to make an action plan within a week in this regard. Now next week, this will be a re-meeting and JMC will present an action plan.Notably, in 2015, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had submitted a proposal to the UNESCO demanding status of Jaipur city as World Heritage City.The inspectionThe ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), which is one of three formal advisory bodies to the World Heritage panel constituted by UNESCO, recently had communicated to the ASI for an inspection to Walled City to scan it’s potential for the tag.
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UNESCO

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

Jantar Mantar

Hawa Mahal

World Heritage

Ravi Jain

Walled City

Naveen Mahajan

Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC)

Isarlat

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Ahmedabad: Heat stroke claimed two lives last week

Two people died of heat stroke in the city last week, taking the total number of heat-related deaths this season to three.”When heat exhaustion is not addressed, heat stroke can follow. Untreated heat stroke cases lead to death. Although there were no heat wave conditions, prolonged heat exposure results in heat exhaustion,” said Dr Bhavin Solanki, in-charge medical officer of health, AMC.Malaria and dengue on the rise: At a time when the civic body and the state government have intensified their efforts to rid the city of malaria, the disease appears to be on the rise with 99 cases reported in just the last week. The threat of vector-borne diseases also looms large, especially with the monsoon setting in. The city also witnessed fresh cases of dengue and chikungunya last week.According to the health department of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), the city reported 253 cases of vector-borne diseases in the first 16 days of June. Of them, 246 cases of malaria, two falciparum, four dengue and one case of chikungunya has been reported.”There were fresh malaria cases reported last week but most of them are of those recurring infections,” said Dr Solanki. Among waterborne diseases, 626 cases of gastroenteritis were reported in the first 16 days of June, of which 252 cases were reported in the last week itself. Three fresh cases of cholera were reported last week, making it the sixth in the month so far. In the same period, 242 cases of typhoid and 220 cases of jaundice were recorded.REPORT CARDCity reported 253 cases of vector-borne diseases in the first 16 days of June. Of them, 246 cases of malaria, two falciparum, four dengue and one case of chikungunya has been reported, said AMC.
Malaria

Dengue

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation

AMC

vector-borne diseases

heat stroke

Bhavin Solanki

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NTPC official’s house looted in Greater Noida, cash and jewellery worth Rs 18 stolen

The house of a deputy general manager of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) was looted in the Surajpur area of Greater Noida on Sunday evening. Cash and jewellery worth Rs 18 lakh was stolen. The police have registered a case and are investigating the matter.According to the police, the house belonged to BC Galav, the NTPC deputy general manager, who resided in the Jyoti Kiran society in Pi-1 Sector of the Surajpur area.The police said that the incident took place between 3 pm and 7 pm on Sunday when the family was out for some work. According to the family members, they were preparing for their daughter’s wedding and had ?12 lakh in cash and silver and gold jewellery worth ?6 lakh in the house.”We had gone to Jagat Farms market in Greater Noida but when we returned we found that the lock on the front gate was broken and the entire house was ransacked. The cash and other valuable items were missing. When we asked the security guards of the society, they said they had no idea that a theft had taken place,” said Galav.The family said that the burglars took all the cash and jewellery. They ransacked drawers, cupboards and lockers. The police suspect that the burglars probably knew of the upcoming wedding in the family and the presence of cash and jewellery in the house.Following a complaint, the police have lodged a case of theft under the Indian Penal Code section 380 against unknown persons.”We are going through the CCTV camera footage to get leads in the case. We are questioning security staff and vendors near the society,” said a senior police officer.
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Greater Noida

National Thermal Power Corporation

Surajpur

CCTV camera

looted

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BC Galav

Jagat Farms market

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Delhi: Sangeeta was family’s sole breadwinner

Sangeeta, one of the passers-by who was on her way to office and was shot dead in the gang war was the sole breadwinner of the family. Her husband Surender, suffering from prolonged asthma,with a very frail frame has been bed-ridden for a long time now. Sangeeta is also survived by a 15-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son. The financial condition of the victim’s family is poor to an extent that family members are not even able to go to the mortuary to retrieve Sangeeta’s body.Sangeeta and two passers-by sustained bullet injuries in the shootout on Monday morning.”Just like everyday, my mother left for office at 9:40 am, but we were informed about her demise only at 11am,” said Shruti, Sangeeta’s daughter.She was rushed to the Lok Nayak Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival. Sangeeta’s husband was suffering from severe asthma and is in no condition to even stand by himself. His daughter helped him move around when people came to share the family’s grief.Surender is so physically weak that his collar bones are protruding and he needs to be given support from his back in order for him to sit up straight. With clapped walls and a bed in their one-bedroom house, Surender is yet to come to terms with Sangeeta’s death. Sangeeta’s 13-year old son was in Agra when the incident took place and was immediately called back.Both the children are students of the Burari Central School. Sangeeta’s neighbour Naresh Gupta speculates that with her absence now, the family’s chances of survival seem grim.
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Sangeeta

Naresh Gupta

Shruti

Surender

Lok Nayak Hospital

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Burari Central School

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Rajasthan: Sanjay Agarwal to attend Interpol meet on organised crime

Police commissioner Sanjay Agarwal will take participation in 24th Interpol, Americas Regional Conference scheduled to be held in Punta Del Este, Uruguay from July 10 to 13. The department of personnel (DoP) has given clearance to his foreign visit.According to the sources, senior law enforcement officials focus on the critical transnational crime issues in the Americas Regional Conference. Organised crime including drugs, human and weapons trafficking, terrorism and cybercrime are discussed by delegates from participating countries. The participants from India, who generally happen to be IPS officers, share regional operational strategies against crime, weapons trafficking and cybercrime.This time, the Union ministry of External Affairs has picked Raj cadre IPS officer Agarwal to be part of the delegates attending the regional conference. The officer will be on a three-day deputation (excluding journey time), to attend the conference starting from July 10.As per rules laid in the permission sanctioned to the officer, he, after attending the conference, will submit a report on the outcome of his visit to the external ministry. “Also, the permission is subject to the condition of obtaining political clearance from the ministry of external affairs,” reads his foreign visit sanction letter for which the state finance department has already given clearance for expenditure on his visit.The Interpol convenes regular regional conferences in Europe, Africa, America and Asia, bringing together police from across the globe to share experiences and discuss ways to tackle common security issues. The Interpol is the world’s largest international police organisation with 192 member countries.The role of the organisation is to enable police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place and provide a high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support to meet the growing challenges of fighting crime in the 21st century.Discussion on transnational issuesThe participants from India, who generally happen to be IPS officers, share regional operational strategies against crime, weapons trafficking and cybercrime.This time, the Union ministry of External Affairs has picked Raj cadre IPS officer Agarwal to be part of the delegates attending the regional conference. The officer will be on a three-day deputation (excluding journey time), to attend the conference starting from July 10The Interpol convenes regular regional conferences in Europe, Africa, America and Asia, bringing together police from across the globe.
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Interpol

Ministry of External Affairs

trafficking

Cybercrime

Sanjay Agarwal

Americas Regional Conference

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4, including passers-by, fall prey to gang war at Delhi’s Burari

The dark underbelly of the national Capital was once again exposed when innocent passers-by fell prey to a deadly gang war barely 400 metres from the Burari police station on Monday morning.In a shootout between members of the notorious Tillu gang and the equally notorious Gogi gang, four people lost their lives and five people were injured. A woman passer-by, two associates of a gang were shot dead and another man was mowed down.According to the police, the exchange of fire began around 9 am when a Fortuner car with around 4-5 occupants came outside a gymnasium identified as “The Gym” in the Burari area. Around four members of the Tillu gang who had finished their workout at the gymnasium were marching out and heading towards their Scorpio car when a speeding Fortuner car first came and hit them from the side. While two of them managed to sit inside the Scorpio, two others ran to save their lives. As the Fortuner was approaching the members of Tillu gang, two occupants of the car got down and opened fire at them. Sources said that Jitender alias Gogi the most wanted gangsters in Delhi was present in the Fortuner car and put his foot forward in the attack.Gogi carries a reward of Rs 4 lakh on his arrest and is currently absconding. His rival gangster Sunil alias Tillu is currently lodged in jail. Their rivalry goes back to their college days when both of them supported opposing candidates during the Shardanand College elections.Sangeeta Sharma who was on her way to office sustained a bullet wound on her chest and collapsed on the ground. Mukul, a member of Tillu gang and Sanjeet from Gogi’s gang were shot dead in the exchange of fire. Over two dozen rounds were fired as three other members of the Tillu gang, who in a bid to escape with the door of the Scorpio half open moving in the wrong direction of the road, sustained gunshot wounds and are undergoing treatment. Two other passers-by identified as Santosh and Vashisht Rai have sustained bullet wounds as well.As the Scorpio car was making a bid to escape in the wrong carriageway of the road, it hit two motorists. Rajkumar succumbed to his injuries on Monday night, while Rajan, who is in his early 20s, is recuperating at a city hospital.The Fortuner car was found abandoned in the Shalimar Bagh area with Sanjeet’s bullet-ridden body inside it.
Shalimar Bagh

gang war

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Burari

Burari Police Station

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Facing imminent arrest, RCA treasurer Pinkesh Jain goes underground

The lines between cricket and politics have been blurred in Rajasthan. With IPL once again back to the state, it was being hoped that action would stay contained to the cricket field. But the suspension of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) treasurer Pinkesh Jain has once again set in motion events that could snowball into a major political controversy with potential to harm ruling BJP.An FIR has been lodged against Azad Singh Rathore and others for irregularities in running of Barmer Club, a club for cricket activities. This was immediately after Azad Singh reached Barmer to a rousing welcome on being elevated to post of RCA treasurer. With a possibility of an imminent arrest, Azad has gone underground and has taken to social media to challenge the action against him.Azad’s post on social media too tries to invoke the valour and support of Rajput community “I have the blood of Raval Mallinath in my veins. I follow the Rajput tradition. I will not bow down to you,” he writes.Action against Azad is also being portrayed as chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s ongoing tussle with Rajput community. Coming at a time when speculations are rife about Raje’s opposition preventing Gajendra Singh Shekhawat being elevated to post of BJP state chief. With Rajput community in Western Rajasthan making preparations to organise large scale functions on the death anniversary of slain gangster Anand Pal Singh on June 24; the logic is finding easy buyers.But BJP faction is not willing to accept any involvement, “These are local actions taken at local level. Any insinuation to otherwise is incorrect,” said BJP spokesperson Anand Sharma.
Cricket

Vasundhara Raje

Anand Sharma

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA)

Rajput Community

Anand Pal Singh

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Pinkesh Jain

Azad Singh Rathore

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10,000 to take part in Yoga Day event at Sardar Patel Stadium

More than 10,000 people are expected to take part in the state-level Yoga event at Sardar Patel Stadium to mark the World Yoga Day 2018 on June 21.The state-level celebrations of Yoga Day have been organised jointly by the state government and Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth, an official release said. It said that celebrities from the field of sports, movies, and literature have been especially invited to take part in the celebrations.Officials said that plans are also afoot to involve maximum number of people in Yoga day celebrations across the state.In Ahmedabad, the district collectorate and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation would hold yoga camps in different wards, school-college campuses, gardens, and commercial complexes in the city.”More than 5 lakh people are expected to take part in the celebrations of World Yoga Day in Ahmedabad,” said an official.The release also said that students of all schools and colleges will take part in the Yoga day celebrations in villages, towns and cities. It said that different voluntary organisations and religious organisations have also been roped in.When it was first celebrated in 2015, 1.09 crore people had taken part in Yoga Day events in the state. In 2016, the number was 1.04 crore, while it rose to 1.16 crore last year.”We are making all arrangements to ensure even greater participation of people in celebration of World Yoga Day,” the release added.FITNESS FIRSTState-level celebrations of Yoga Day have been organised jointly by the state government and Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth, an official release said.
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation

Baba Ramdev

Sardar Patel Stadium

Yoga Day

Patanjali Yogpeeth

World Yoga Day 2018

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Delhi University’s Arts cut off touches 98.75%

The highest cut-off this year is 98.75 per cent for BA (programme) in Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College followed by Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC) with 98.50 per cent for BA (Hons) in Journalism, and 98.25 per cent for BA (Hons) in Psychology in LSR.Last year, the highest cut-off was 99.66 per cent for B.Sc (Hons) in Electronics in SGTB Khalsa College. In humanities stream, Khalsa College had set the highest cut-off at 99 per cent for BA (Hons) in Political Science. In science stream this year, the highest cut-off is 98 per cent for B.Sc (Hons) in Physics in Hindu College. Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College also has a cut-off of 98 per cent for its B.Sc(Hons) in Computer Science course.According to the experts, the CBSE exam results had even higher scores this time, which has led to the rise in the cut-offs. However, economics has been the most sought-after course in the university giving an edge to students over other universities,” said Dr Bharat Singh, associate professor, department of economics, Satyawati college (evening).Students who will qualify as per the cut-off can report to the respective college for document verification and approval of admission from Tuesday. The timings for morning college will be 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and for evening college will be 4 pm to 7 pm. After approval of admission, a candidate can login to the university’s admission portal to make an admission fee payment.The admission process for the first cut off list will begin on Tuesday and will continue till June 21. Last year, the university had received around 2.2 lakh applications for about 56,000 seats in its 63 colleges. According to University officials, tentatively 5 cut-offs will be announced this year, unlike last year when 11 cut-offs were announced and yet the seats remained vacant.St Stephen’s College was the first to release its cut-off. For commerce students, the cut-off for Economics (Hons) was pegged at 98.75 per cent, and 98 and 97.5 per cent for humanities and science students, respectively. The cut-off for English (Hons) was 97.5 per cent.
Delhi University

arts

CBSE results

St Stephen’s college

Bharat Singh

Lady Shri Ram College

LSR College

BA Programme

Satyawati College

cut off

Delhi College of Arts and Commerce

CBSE Exam Results 2018

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Rival CPAR elects Rohit Jhalani, Sumit Dave Bishnoi to Rajasthan Cricket Association executive

Infighting in the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) is not new. The new bone of contention is cricket players association. Two Cricket Players Association of Rajasthan’ (CPAR) affiliated to CP Joshi and Lalit Modi factions have emerged with each claiming to the real representative of the players.On Monday, one of the CPARs held elections to select its representatives for the RCA executive committee, while another has already declared its representatives through nomination.Rohit Jhalani was elected in men’s category while Sumit Dave Bishnoi was declared winner unopposed in women’s category. Reacting to the results of polls, joint secretary RCA Mahendra Nahar said: “The election was a flop-show as majority of the players boycotted it. Out of 720 members, only 130 cast their vote.”“Even among those who have cast their votes most of them are presently playing cricket while Lodha Committee recommendations clearly say that only retired cricket players can be part of the cricket players association,” he added.However, RCA secretary RS Nandu is though of a different opinion. According to RCA secretary, the election was legitimate. “The CPAR had asked us for an observer and the elections were held in compliance of the norms,” Nandu said. According to the Lodha committee recommendations, executive committee of every state cricket body (RCA in case of Rajasthan) must have two representatives (one male and one female) from cricket players association of the state. The players association should include former cricketers as its members and there should be no interference of the state cricket association.Thee rival factions of RCA are apparently influencing the two players associations. The CPAR that held election on Monday is a body registered under the Rajasthan Non-Trading Company Cct and is supposed to be associated with camp of former RCA president Lalit Modi.
Cricket

Lalit Modi

Rajasthan Cricket Association

CP Joshi

Lodha Committee

Rohit Jhalani

RS Nandu

Mahendra Nahar

Cricket Players Association of Rajasthan

Sumit Dave Bishnoi

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Soon, Hop-on Hop-off buses for heritage sightseeing: AMC

Across the world, hop-on hop-off buses provide one of the best options to explore cities. By November 2018, Ahmedabad too, will get a hop-on hop-off bus service for heritage sightseeing tours. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) plans to put ten such buses into service.Hop-on hop-off buses travel via fixed routes across a city at regular intervals. They provide people the option to get on at one and get off at another connection.”At present, there are city buses but in addition to that, with participation of the private sector, we are coming up with a hop-on hop-off bus service for heritage sightseeing. We have received overwhelming response from tourists ever since the city was included by the UNESCO on the World Heritage City list,” said Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar, AMC. He added: “We’ve witnessed a rising trend in footfall, and such services will help tourists visit all heritage sites with trained guides. This facility will provide hassle-free and seamless transition between places to the visitors.”A private entity, Akshar Travels, which currently manages heritage walks in the city on behalf of the civic body, is coming up with the bus service too. The company’s managing director, Manish Sharma, said that the buses will be user friendly, with several facilities to smoothen and improve tourists’ experience when exploring the city’s rich heritage. “The buses will ply from November. The red-coloured buses will have heritage-themed graffiti on them. They will be user friendly – each commuter will be given a brochure which will have details about the heritage places they are going to visit. Audio-video information will be departed and there will be LED screens too,” said Sharma.He further said that there would be trained guides on the air-conditioned buses and that apart from the listed heritage monuments and places, Adalaj ni Vav and Sardar Patel Museum will also be part of the itinerary. “The fare will be around Rs 500 and the frequency of the buses will be at an interval of ten to fifteen minutes. Start point of the trip will be Ashram and along with all the heritage sites, we will also cover some of the other attractions of city,” added Singh. Leader of Opposition Dinesh Sharma welcomed the move but raised concerns about why only one group was being entrusted with the service.
UNESCO

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation

Heritage

AMC

Mukesh Kumar

Dinesh Sharma

Manish Sharma

Akshar Travels

Hop-on Hop-off buses

heritage sightseeing

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