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Narendra Modi: India PM talks tough on terror ahead of Trump meeting

India’s PM says his country “proved its power” in its strikes on militant bases in Pakistan.

Uttar Pradesh woman thrashes mother-in-law over property claim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A woman in Uttar Pradesh?s Etah district allegedly thrashed her 85-year-old mother-in-law and pushed her off the terrace for not registering the property in her name. The victim, Prem Devi, was taken to the district hospital by her younger son. Doctors have detected deep internal injuries in her body. The accused, Urmila Devi, was torturing her mother-in-law for the last month as she wanted the property in Kotwali, Uttar Pradesh, to be transferred in her name. Prem Devi?s husband is an Ayurveda doctor in Lucknow. A case has been registered against Urmila.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not single taint on my govt in three years, says Modi in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Highlighting his achievements in rooting out corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that there has been “not even one taint or blot” on his government in the past three years. Modi said corruption was the main reason why governments in India were voted out in the past. “Indians hate corruption,” he told the nearly 600 Indian-American community members at a reception in Virginia. The prime minister assured the Indian diaspora in the US that his government will continue to strive to take India to newer heights. “I humbly state that whatever work my government has done in the last three years, till now there is not even one taint or blot on this government.” He underscored that technology has brought about transparency and is being used to achieve great heights across sectors in India. “I can give various examples where India is making great achievements with the help of technology,” whether it is space or agriculture. “Renewed focus is being given to technology-driven governance and development,” he said. In several parameters, the country is moving at a rapid pace. Noting that infrastructure is essential for sustainable development, Modi said the focus is on global benchmark, setting high standards of development. The increase in aspiration of the common people is the greatest cause of this fast track development of the country. “We are working to convert the aspiration of the people of India,” he said amidst applause from the audience. Modi said that India is now receiving record number of foreign direct investment and all credit agencies and multilateral fora are giving a positive rating about India. “The world today sees India as a top investment direction,” he said and urged the diaspora to work for and help in the development of India. He added that India is growing at an unprecedented pace. He lauded the contribution of Indians living in America, saying they flourished once they received a conducive environment to grow and prosper in the US. “The billion strong Indians in India are also now getting a conducive environment and they are also changing the face of India at a fast pace,” he said. Modi assured the diaspora he will work to fulfil the dreams they have seen for their country’s development.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uttar Pradesh: Meat, liquor bottles found in Badalgarh Eidgah in Amethi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension prevailed in Shukul Bazar area in amethi on Monday after meat and liquor bottles were found in the Badalgarh Eidgah.The matter came to light this morning, police said.Superintendent of Police, Poonam, said that after cleaning the Eidgah, namaz was offered there and the situation is under control.A probe is on in the matter and strict action will be initiated against those involved in the act, the SP said.

Indrani Mukerjea among 250 inmates booked for rioting in Byculla jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Manjula Shetye, a female prisoner convicted of murder died under mysterious circumstances inside the Byculla jail on Friday, Nagpada police have initiated a probe against the inmates and jail staff. The police have booked six jail staff in connection with Shetye’s death, and another 250 jail inmates for rioting and assaulting a jail staffer, including Indrani Mukerjea.According to Shetye’s post-mortem report, there were signs of multiple injuries from a blunt object on her body, indicating that she might have been brutally assaulted by the police inside the jail. Sources said that Shetye was brutally assaulted with an iron object due to which she sustained several injuries on her head, legs, and other body parts. The post-mortem report also revealed that her internal organs, including the lungs, were damaged.After receiving the post-mortem report, the six jail staffers, one officer, and the five jail guards who were suspended for dereliction of duty inside the prison, were booked on charges of murder. “We have registered two separate cases, and once we get the permission, we will arrest the jail staffers, too. Our probe is still on and we are trying to ascertain the reason behind the assault,” said Sanjay Baswat, Senior Police Inspector, Nagpada Police Station.Meanwhile, Anant Shetye, brother of the deceased, told DNA, “I don’t know what has happened. She was brutally murdered by the prison officers. Her record in Yervada jail was very good, where she was lodged for 13 years and was promoted to a warden. She was shifted to Byculla jail in April and would have completed her sentence in another 7-8 months.”WHAT HAPPENEDManjula Shetye, a female prisoner convicted of murder died under mysterious circumstances inside Byculla jail on Friday.
Family members of the deceased cried foul and raised suspicions of murder and other inmates protested.
Post-mortem reports revealed that she was brutally assaulted with a blunt object.

Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains to get makeover by October

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains are slated to receive changes from October this year including trolley service for catering, polite uniformed staff and on-board entertainment.The Indian Railways has undertaken a complete makeover exercise in 30 trains, 15 Rajdhani and 15 Shatabdi, at an estimated cost of Rs 25 crore, aiming to enhance the experience of passengers travelling by these premiere trains.Railways have launched a three-month programme under Project Swarn (gold) to refurbish coach interiors, improving toilets and cleanliness in coaches while targeting the festive season which begins from October.
ALSO READ Operation Swarn: Rs 50 lakh towards Rajdhani, Shatabdi Express train upgradationIt has been decided to improve services in these premier trains significantly owing to the complaints pertaining to catering, punctuality, toilet cleanliness and quality of linen among others in these trains. Accordingly, the Project Swarn has been launched with a three-month timeline, said a Railway Ministry official involved with the project.The project also envisages strengthening of security system in trains with adequate escort personnel by RPF.Among the 15 Rajdhani trains selected for service upgradation are Rajdhani Express meant for Mumbai, Howrah, Ranchi, Patna and Bhubaneshwar. The trains selected for Shatabdi include the Howrah-Puri, New Delhi-Chandigarh, New Delhi-Kanpur, Howrah-Ranchi, Anand Vihar-Kathgodam trains.According to the official, steps will be taken for improving punctuality by reducing delays in premier trains. The catering will also be a focus area beside cleanliness, the staff will be specifically trained on hygiene and use of trolley for serving food in premier services as part of the makeover exercise.A new uniform has been designed for staff in the premier trains.Films, serials and music, among other facilities will be offered to the passengers as an on-board entertainment package.

Da Costa death triggers violent protests in East London @ 6/26/2017 10:29:02 AM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The death of a 25-year-old black man from wounds allegedly sustained during his arrest by police has triggered protests in East London. Protests turned violent as demonstrators chanted slogans “we want justice” and hurled bricks at policemen outside the police station and fires were lit. Da Costa, 25, died six days after he was stopped in a car by Metropolitan Police officers in Woodcocks, Beckton, Newham. Protestors allege the man, known by friends as Edson, was ?brutally beaten?. Some protestors carried Black Lives Matter posters and others had homemade placards which read ?Justice for Edson + How Many More???? Meanwhile, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into the incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Da Costa death triggers violent protests in east London

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The death of a 25-year-old black man from wounds allegedly sustained during his arrest by police triggered protests in east London. Protests turned violent as demonstrators chanted slogans “we want justice” and hurled bricks on policemen outside the police station and fires were lit. Da Costa, 25, died six days after he was stopped in a car by the Metropolitan Police officers in Woodcocks, Beckton, Newham. Protestors allege the man, known by friends as Edson, was ?brutally beaten?. Some protestors carried Black Lives Matter posters and others had homemade placards which read ?Justice for Edson + How Many More???? Meanwhile, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into the incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Now, Lalu’s son Tejaswi accuses Nitish Kumar of opportunism, targets Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a senior partner in Bihar’s ruling Mahagathbandhan, alleged betrayal on Sunday when party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s younger son and Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav obliquely attacked Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for indulging in “political opportunism”, and targeted Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi for practising “part-time politics”.”With our opportunistic behaviour or political manipulations, we may score a few goals and make or break governments, but history, unlike television anchors, shall bear witness to the fact that when people needed us to strengthen the cause of progressive and people-centered politics, we decided to look the other way,” Tejaswi said, as a part of his ‘Dil Ki Baat’ — a dialogue meant to be a reply to PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ — apparently attacking Nitish for supporting the NDA in the July 17 presidential polls.Tejaswi also seemed to be fuming at the Rahul when he said, “The opposition parties also need to realise that politics cannot be a part-time venture… I know the Opposition in the country is also in confusion and a bit scattered at this moment due to egocentric behavior and misplaced priorities.”His address has stirred up a hornets’ nest with Nitish’s JD(U) hitting back, saying such statements were bound to weaken ties. Congress leaders, too, condemned Tejaswi’s words, raising a question mark on the future of the grand alliance government in Bihar.Under attack from allies, the junior Yadav backed down saying his statement “refers to Opposition in general and not related to Presidential election”. However, political experts believe Tejaswi’s statement had already done a lot of damage by then.This did not go down well with the JD(U) with state party president Bashishtha Narayan Singh asking how will the Mahagathbandhan continue like this? JD(U) spokesperson Sanjay Singh said, “We are not wearing bangles and are capable of giving replies, but it will only weaken the alliance.” On Saturday, an RJD MLA had called Nitish a cheat.

PM Narendra Modi greets nation on Eid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted the nation on Eid and wished that it brings peace and brotherhood in society.Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan, is being celebrated today.”Eid-ul-Fitr greetings! May this auspicious day further the spirit of peace and brotherhood in our society,” he said in a tweet.The prime minister had on Sunday said that inspiration should be drawn from such pious festivals to spread happiness and to take the nation forward.He had emphasised that India’s diversity is its speciality as well as its strength.”The holy month of Ramzan was celebrated with devotion. Now it is time for Eid. On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, my best wishes to all,” he had said.

India-US stand as mutually reinforcing engines of growth and innovation: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of his meeting with US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India and US stand as mutually reinforcing engines of growth and innovation in an uncertain global economic landscape.Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that ‘strategic issues’ would be on the table when he holds talks with his ‘true friend’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the two leaders look to strike a personal rapport in their maiden meeting.”Look forward to welcoming India’s PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!,” Trump posted on his official (@POTUS) Twitter handle.
ALSO READ Modi in US: Business honchos point to taxation as hurdle for investments in IndiaModi, in his reply to Trump, thanked him for the “warm personal welcome” and said he was “greatly” looking forward to the meeting and discussions at the White House.In an article written in Wall Street Journal, Narendra Modi stated that a year after his last visit to the US, he was confident in the growing convergence between the two nations.
ALSO READ Modi in US: PM says surgical strikes prove India can defend itself, world experienced our power”Our two nations stand as mutually reinforcing engines of growth and innovation. Confidence in each other’s political values and a strong belief in each other’s prosperity has enabled our engagement to grow. A vision of joint success and progress guides our partnership,” the PM said.The Prime Minister also said that Indian companies are adding value to the manufacturing and services sectors in the US, with total investments of approximately $15 billion and a presence in more than 35 states, including in the Rust Belt. “American companies have likewise fueled their global growth by investing more than $20 billion in India,” he added.
ALSO READ Modi in US: Not a single taint of corruption on BJP govt; hails Sushma Swaraj’s work as foreign ministerTalking about the abundant commercial and investment opportunities for American businesses in India, PM Modi said in the article, “The rollout of the Goods and Services Tax on July 1 will, in a single stroke, convert India into a unified, continent-sized market of 1.3 billion people. The planned 100 smart cities, the massive modernization of ports, airports, and road and rail networks, and the construction of affordable housing for all by 2022—the 75th anniversary of India’s independence—are not just promises of great urban renewal within India. These plans also showcase the enormous fruits of our relationships with enterprising US partners—worth many billions of dollars over the next decade alone—together with concomitant new employment opportunities across both societies.”Further stating that whenever India and the US work together, the world reaps the benefits, Modi touched upon several issues like “collaborative efforts to find affordable vaccines for rotavirus or dengue, joint studies of gravitational waves, observations of distant planets, establishing norms for cyberspace, providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the Indo-Pacific region, and training peacekeepers in Africa.”Talking about the Defence sector, Modi said that India has four decades of experience in fighting terrorism, and that our country shared the US administration’s determination to defeat this scourge.The PM also praised the three-million-strong Indian-American community, which represented “the best of both our countries and played a crucial role in connecting and contributing to our societies.”In conclusion, Modi said that the US and India are forging a deeper and stronger partnership that extends far beyond the Beltway and the Raisina Hill. “That partnership has become our privileged prerogative and our promise for our people and our world.”

Nation to celebrate Eid today, President Mukherjee extends warm wishes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramadan, is being celebrated across India today. Eid-ul-Fitr, or Eid, is an important religious festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramzan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar is observed as a fasting period by the Muslims world over who abstain from food and water during the period between sunrise to sunset. “The Moon has been seen in many parts of Uttar Pradesh and India, and hence it is declared that the Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on June 26 in all over India,” Muslim cleric Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahal announced. Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on the occasion of Eid and hailed the diversity of the nation. “The holy month of Ramzan was celebrated with devotion. Now it is time for Eid. On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, my best wishes to all,” Prime Minister Modi said in his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’. “Ramzan is a month of holy donations, to spread happiness. Come, let us all together take inspiration from such pious festivals to keep spreading the treasure of happiness and keep taking the nation forward,? he added. President Pranab Mukherjee also extended Eid-ul-Fitr greetings to all while hoping that the festival may strengthen an unflinching faith in unity and common destiny. ?Greetings to all my fellow citizens, particularly my Muslim brothers & sisters, in India & abroad on Idu?l Fitr,? the President tweeted. ?May this joyous occasion, which marks the culmination of the period of fasting and prayer during the Holy month of Ramzan, bring happiness, peace and prosperity and be an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to serve humanity,? he added. Calling for an end to violence in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also issued a special message of peace and brotherhood on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. In his video message, Singh said, ?I heartily wish Eid Mubarak to all my Kashmiri brothers and sisters, elders, youth and dear children.? The Home Minister hopes the festival would bring a new dawn in Kashmir. ?I have full faith that this festival of humanity will help to bring peace, tranquility and friendship in Kashmir Valley,? he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Morning Must Reads: Modi in US, Nation celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr, India crush Windies, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Modi in US: Surgical strikes prove India can defend itself, world experienced our powerWhen India conducted surgical strikes the world experienced our power and realised that India practices restrain but can show power when needed, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Read more here2. Wish our brothers, sisters and kids of Kashmir a very happy Eid: Rajnath Singh sends message of peaceCalling for an end to violence in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh issued a special message of peace and brotherhood on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Read more here3. ‘Not a single stain of corruption on my government’: PM Modi’s top quotes in USThe Indian diaspora in the United States showered praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his comprehensive speech as he addressed them and said his efforts to make a better India are praiseworthy. Read more here4. West Indies v/s India, 2nd ODI: Kohli & Co register massive win to take 1-0 leadRahane compiled 103 and shared in an opening stand of 114 with Shikhar Dhawan as India made 310 for five wickets off 43 overs in the rain-shortened match at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. Read more here5. Sridevi is fine with Janvi being paired opposite older actorsI worked with an actor Nageshwar Rao, and then I worked with his son, too. It has already happened with me, so if the same happens with Janvi and the heroes, why not? says the actress. Read more here

Congress slams Sushma Swaraj for attacking Presidential nominee Meira Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Monday slammed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for targetting Opposition Presidential nominee Meira Kumar, saying that the former should refrain from doing such things while holding a responsible position. ?Sushma Swaraj?s tweet gives an impression that Meira ji did not allow her to speak, but that is not the fact of the matter. She definitely told her to remain within the timeline as was scheduled in the Parliament and that is the job of the Speaker. I don?t think it is a major issue. I think this should not be read as something that would go against the Presidential candidate from the Opposition,? Congress leader Tom Vadakkan told ANI. Commenting on the same, Congress leader N.A. Harris said Swaraj should not comment against people who hold credibility. ?Everybody knows what kind of person Meira Kumar ji is. Her family background and all. They should not comment against people who have credibility. Sushma Swaraj ji holds responsible position of the Government. She should not make such comments,? Harris told ANI. The External Affairs Minister on Sunday posted a video of former Lok Sabha speaker on Twitter where she can be seen interrupting her during her speech in the House. Swaraj captioned the video as, ?This is how Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar treated the Leader of Opposition,? Meira, who was Lok Sabha Speaker from 2009 to 2014, was nominated as Opposition Presidential candidate against National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘He understands needs of the people’: Indian diaspora showers praise on PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian diaspora in the United States showered praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his comprehensive speech as he addressed them here and said his efforts to make a better India are praiseworthy.Praising Modi’s speech at the Indian Diaspora, an Indian expat said, “Prime Minister Modi’s speech was comprehensive as he talked about India’s development in various spheres and what his government has accomplished in the last three years. He understands the needs of the people and hence, touches the hearts of the people.””Prime Minister Modi extensively talked about terrorism that has affected many countries and now, the whole world is listening,” Sharad Amin, an Indian American from Texas said.
ALSO READ Modi in US: Business honchos point to taxation as hurdle for investments in IndiaAmin added that he hoped US President Donald Trump would help India and advise Pakistan to mend his ways for world peace.Most of the Indian community members expressed confidence in Prime Minister Modi’s vision of making India a developed country .
ALSO READ Modi in US: Sundar Pichai says everyone looking forward to investing in India, excited by GST rollout “Prime Minister Modi appreciated the community that has always worked for India during elections and lot many things. We agree with him to allow the future generation to participate in the growth of India,” said another expat.Prime Minister Modi addressed the Indian diaspora in Virginia where he talked about terrorism, counter-terrorism, surgical strikes, the success of gas subsidy transfer and how the Ministry of External Affairs in India has brought a change in the lives of Indians across the globe.
ALSO READ Real Madrid president Florentino Perez ‘not contemplating’ Cristiano Ronaldo departureEarlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met and interacted with 20 top American CEOs at a roundtable meeting in Washington DC, and talked about various topics ranging from the Goods and Services Tax (GST), technology, India’s economy and Digital India, Make in India, Skill Development, Demonetisation and the thrust towards renewable energy among others.

Hustle-bustle of city markets, illegal parking add to citizens’ woes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There was a time when people would look to rent or buy near markets owing to their proximity to marketplaces. Now, these markets have begun to spell misery for those living nearby as the lanes get choked with traffic. Also, the area outside their homes have turned into unofficial parking lots for thousand of shoppers daily. Residential areas located in and around market places, such as Greater Kailash, Malviya Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, SDA Market, Satya Niketan, Punjabi Bagh, and Hauz Khas, are becoming more crowded and noisier by the day. Besides problems related to traffic, the locals are also getting worried about their security.Kuldeep Singh Sawhney, President of the Sarojini Nagar Market Association, said the traffic issues and mismanaged parking have had a huge negative impact on their lives.”A fire broke out in a shop and spread to the residential area. But as the roads were packed with haphazardly parked vehicles, the fire tenders could not reach the spot on time,” he said, adding that he has brought the issue to the notice of the authorities concerned over 6-7 years, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, but to no avail.The situation is the same in areas around the Central market in Lajpat Nagar, where shoppers park their vehicles in colonies to avoid paying a parking fee.”It is very irritating to come home after a hectic day and see someone else’s car parked in your spot,” local Dhruv Narang said.Areas like Greater Kailash and Hauz Khas face the additional burden of pub-goers. Many residents have complained that two-way lanes are often used as single lanes, leaving no space for pedestrians. A few days ago, the Delhi Traffic Police had marked some lanes in the Sarojini Nagar market as ‘no parking zone’, a move that was heartily welcomed by weary residents.EXPERT SPEAKParking problems are on the rise in Delhi markets. Every year, a large number of vehicles get added on the road but the area is minimum. I think the last mile connectivity plan from the Metro station to these market areas should be implemented soon, which may help in reducing traffic woes. Also, I feel the traffic authority should hold the right to decide the number of vehicles to be added every year in any city. Residents who stay around the market areas will have to bear the brunt of this, they too will have to pay and park their vehicles.—PK Sarkar, Head of Department of Transport PlanningQUOTESAs per the plan, we are supposed to be allowed to park our vehicles around our homes. But due to random parking by shoppers we are at a loss for space. The police does not allow us to take our cars right up to our buildings, as some lanes have been marked as no parking zone. My 86-year-old mother has to walk all the way to the main road get in to her own car.—Ranbeer Singh Bedi, Sarojini Nagar residentLike most areas, Hauz Khas market area also suffers from traffic snarls. Despite having a parking lot, people prefer parking on the road, as parking lots charge Rs20 per hour. In my opinion, parking lots should not charge so steep fees for an hour. They should consult malls and take a cue from them as how they manage their parking lots with so many cars entering on regular intervals.—Vijendra, Hauz Khas residentRandom parking is an issue in this area, but, lack of civic sense among the people is adding to the already existing problems. Shoppers eat on the go and dump on the road leading to garbage piling up on the roads. The already congested roads are getting blocked as authorities fail to have put dustbins at regular intervals, and nor do people look for a dustbin and discard waste properly.—Saquib Siddiqui, Malviya Nagar, Employee at IT coI think I just have to live with the fact that parking is never going to get better in this area. To reach to my college which is barely eight kilometres away from here I take over an hour to reach there. The major reason is random parking by shoppers. Even if you bring to their notice that they need to park their vehicle at parking lots or the other lane they will throw an attitude as if they own the place.—Manav Singh, Malviya Nagar, residentAfter a tiring day of work, one has to reach home to see that the designated parking has been taken away by an unknown person. We run from shop to shop expecting that we fin the owner of the car, this exercise is the most irritating part of staying in a market area—Dhruv Narang, Central Market resident

Even at 2 am, Swaraj helps Indians tweeting for help: Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today heaped praise on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, saying she and her ministry have set an example of effectively using social media to deliver good governance and help Indians in distress in any corner of the world. “Social media has become a very powerful. I am also connected with it. But the External Affairs Ministry and Sushma Swaraj have set the best example of how a department can be strengthened through its use,” Modi said in his address to the Indian diaspora during a community event in Virginia. Modi lauded Swaraj for giving a “human face” to diplomacy and effectively using of social media in delivering good governance. He said the External Affairs Ministry is now connected with the poorest of the poor in the country. He also praised Swaraj’s habit of promptly responding and acting on tweets by Indians in distress anywhere in the world. “If any Indian in distress tweets from anywhere in the world to the External Affairs Ministry, even at two in the night, within 15 minutes Sushma Swaraj replies to it, the government takes prompt action and delivers results. This is good governance,” Modi said. He said in the last three years, India’s External Affairs Ministry has achieved new heights in human diplomacy. He said that over 80,000 Indians were facing some trouble or the other in different corners of the globe but the Indian government was able to bring them safely back home. He referred to the incident of Uzma Ahmad, a young Indian woman who said she was forced to marry a Pakistani man at gun point. “A daughter of India, who landed in distress in Pakistan, returned to India through efforts of Indian High Commission. Sushma Ji deserves credit for this,” Modi said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Activists warn of US pressure to change drug regulatory system

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet at the White House on Monday, activists warn that US pressure on India to change its drug regulatory and patent system, could result in millions of people losing affordable medicines.The US government — backed strongly by the pharmaceutical lobby — is expected to step up pressure on several governments, including India and others in Asia and Latin America, to enforce and protect intellectual property of pharmaceutical corporations — an approach that has led to high drug prices in the US and around the world by limiting competition. In the past, the US government has successfully pressurised India not to issue any compulsory licenses to make affordable versions of patented medicines available.“The United States has a history of pressurising India to change its pro-public health stance on intellectual property. Ahead of his meeting at the White House, we’re urging PM Modi not to cave into any pressure from the US,” said Leena Menghaney, South Asia Head for international NGO Médecins Sans Frontières’s (MSF) Access Campaign.The high prices that pharmaceutical corporations charge, are preventing people in both developing and developed countries from accessing medicines they need. For example, in the US, one new Hepatitis C medicine was introduced at $1,000 (Rs 64,000 approximately) per pill, whereas in India the entire course of treatment for hepatitis C costs close to $500. In India, HIV regimens that were priced at $10,000 per person per year 15 years ago now cost $100 per year due to generic competition.It is expected that there will be renewed pressure by the US on India to make more concessions, such as extending the term of patent beyond twenty years and lowering the standards for granting patents.“Aiming to boost the monopoly rights of pharma corporations overseas, the US government is using several tactics to push India to make changes to its drug regulatory system that will restrict generic competition by linking the registration of medicines to their patent status, called patent linkage,” said Jessica Burry, Pharmacist for MSF’s Access Campaign.“The US is also pushing India to implement ‘data exclusivity’, a mechanism that will prevent the Indian drug regulatory authority from considering a generic applicant’s dossier for marketing approval for the exclusivity term, even when patents no longer apply or exist,” added Burry.

DNA Edit: Security guards in societies need to be well-trained

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Recent crime incidents in Noida’s high rises have raised serious questions on the safety measures in residential complexes that are manned by 24×7 security guards. The case of a drunken security guard, who tried to rape a woman as he entered a flat in one of the housing complexes in Greater Noida is alarming. In another recent incident a woman was shot dead in the parking of a residential complex. The entire incident was captured on CCTVs. If the footage was monitored by a person in real time someone could have raised an alarm and saved the woman, who was killed after being chased by her killer. After investigation it was found that the killer was known to the woman and they were friends.Having security is one thing, but are these security personnel well trained and competent at their job? Background checks of these security guards are also crucial for the safety of residents.The builders along with the police need to put in place a mechanism to regulate the private security companies providing guards to these residential complexes.With housing complexes mushrooming in the National Capital Region the security and safety is one of the key areas that need to be addressed. It is important to note that many of these have come up in areas that have been hotbeds of criminal activities.

Not satisfied with loan waiver, but will cooperate, says Sharad Pawar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NCP President and former Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar said on Sunday that NCP isn’t satisfied with the loan waiver announced by the state government, but has decided to cooperate with them for taking the first step.Addressing a press conference in Pune, Pawar said that indebtedness was the main reason behind farmer suicides and providing minimum support price for farm produce was the most needed measure. He pointed out that the BJP, in its 2014 Lok Sabha election manifesto had promised to implement the Swaminathan Committee Report recommendation of providing farmers with their input cost along with 50 per cent profit made on the same.Stating that Tata Institute of Social Science and Pune’s Gokhale Institute have submitted a report suggesting that indebtedness is the main reason behind farmer suicides, Pawar said that the BJP hasn’t made any appointment to the Agricultural Pricing Commission since it came to power. He demanded to make these appointments and have persons of repute in the field of agriculture on it. When asked if the state can afford the loan waiver, Pawar said that it wouldn’t have any adverse effect on state’s taxpayers. He said that Maharashtra is financially more stable than Uttar Pradesh and can bear the burden with ease.Stating that farmers cultivated tur last season upon the government’s insistence and that there was good yield this year, Pawar said that the government should provide export subsidy for tur daal (Government has stopped purchasing tur from farmers). He also demanded export subsidy on onions.
When asked if there will be midterm polls in the state, Pawar said, “The CM has made such statements before; he has hinted on sending a message across to Bandra (Uddhav Thackkeray).” He further said that being a political party, NCP is always prepared for elections.

Two groups fight over taking snaps at eatery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two groups of people entered into a fight at Junkyard Cafe in Connaught Place on Saturday night after they objected to clicking photographs of each other. No case has been registered against the individuals. However, the police has taken into preventive custody four people who initiated the fight.The incident took place on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. The two groups, comprising of six members on one side and 22 members on the other, entered into a brawl after a man from one of the groups claimed that a person from the other group was clicking the picture of his wife without permission. Although both groups left the club, the fight continued spilled over to the ground floor of the popular eatery.”It was a misunderstanding that escalated into a brawl. A member from one of the groups informed the police about the incident, who then resolved the matter,” said Umang Tewari, owner of Junkyard Cafe.BK Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police, said no case was registered as no formal complaint was lodged. In all, he said, four people were picked up under sections 107 and 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Man held for trying to kill estranged wife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old man was arrested late on Saturday night after he tried to kill his wife in outer Delhi’s Nangloi area. The couple had been living separately for the last two years. A passerby, identified as Ravi Sharma, informed the police about an injured woman lying near the Nangloi flyover at 8.30pm. He also rushed the woman, later identified as Ritu, a resident of Nihal Vihar, to a hospital in Nangloi. Ritu works at a cloth factory in outer Delhi’s Sultanpuri area.Investigation revealed that the woman was attacked by her estranged husband Dharamender, who works as a truck cleaner. “I have been married to Dharamender for the last 11 years. He is an alcoholic and would beat me up every day after getting drunk. Not able to tolerate his activities any longer, I decided to move out with my daughter,” said Ritu, who has been living in Nihal Vihar for the last two years. On the day of the incident, she was returning from work and had reached near the flyover when suddenly her husband appeared with a sickle, injured her grievously, and fled from the spot.The cops then searched many trucks in Punjabi Bagh and Okhla Mandi in an attempt to locate Dharamender but all in vain. Police said the weapon used in the commission of crime was meanwhile recovered from the Suraj Mal Stadium.Efforts were made to nab the accused and raids were conducted at his residence in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. Finally, police received the information that he was in village Bighapur in Unnao.

Congress plots to topple govt in Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress leaders in Goa have now begun hectic activities to see if the single largest party can form the government in Goa with the help of smaller parties currently with the BJP-led dispensation.Sources say that former CM Digambar Kamat and Opposition leader Chandrakant Kavlekar have taken lead to gather support for the Congress. The initiatives commenced after Luizinho Faleiro resigned as Pradesh Congress Committee chief.Congress MLAs had assured the high command that the present government can be toppled if Luizinho is replaced as PCC chief. Now, the onus lies on leaders like Kamat to prove their point.The Congress hopes to woo Goa Forward party and its leader Vijai Sardesai along with some independent MLAs. However, they haven’t received any response from the alliance partners in the present government. The current strength of Goa assembly is 38. Congress has 16 MLAs in the House and needs three more legislators to destabilise the government. For now, the party is hoping to break at least one faction from the ruling alliance.On the other hand, as per the sources close to the ruling, the BJP has opened communication with at least four Congress MLAs. The party plans to poach these MLAs if Congress succeeds in breaking the present alliance. BJP’s plan includes bringing down Congress’ strength to 12, equal to the present strength of the BJP in Goa assembly.

Vacation turns tragic for Navy officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Summer vacations took an ugly turn for two children, who lost their mother in an accident on NH-1 on Saturday afternoon. Indian Navy officer Commander B Ghosh was behind the wheel when his car hit a divider on the highway near BDO office at 3.30 pm, critically injuring his wife Sharmila Ghosh and his elder son.The accident took place while the family was on their way to Chandigarh for a holiday. Ghosh, who is posted in Delhi, was accompanied by wife Sharmila and two sons, aged 9 and 13 years. According to the police, a truck in front of the family’s car was being driven recklessly. To avoid a collision with the truck, Ghosh applied sudden brakes and the car collided with a divider.Locals rushed the injured to the nearest hospital, from there they were shifted to the Army Base Hospital in Delhi Cantonment. Sharmila succumbed to her injuries around 9 pm. The elder son is still being reported as critical while Ghosh and his younger son received minor injuries. The vehicle was completely destroyed in the mishap.After the extended family members were informed about the accident, Ghosh’s sister-in-law, her husband, and a few more relatives flew in from Bangalore, while his brother flew down from Dubai this morning. The entire family is in a state of shock, while Sharmila’s family is yet to be informed.

Capital to witness wet week ahead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a dry and humid weekend, the national capital is bracing for a wet week with rain and thunderstorms expected starting Monday, predicted the India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials.The spell of rain and thunderstorm is expected to bring the mercury down by two to three degrees in the coming week.On Sunday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 38 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature was 30 degrees Celsius, two degrees above normal.”Due to the north-west movement of a low pressure trough located over the north-west Bay of Bengal, interaction with approaching western disturbance rain and thunder activity is likely over the week. The maximum temperature is likely to hover between 30 degrees Celsius and 36 degrees Celsius, which is three to four degrees below normal. The minimum temperature is likely to oscillate between 25 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius,” said a senior MET official.On June 26, the maximum and minimum temperatures will likely settle around 36 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius, respectively, the official said.”Moderate to light rain with thunderstorms are likely to occur throughout the week,” said the official.Thunderstorms will most probably commence from June 26 evening over the National Capital Region. Light to moderate rain and thundershower activity is expected to occur across most places on June 27 and June 28.With the rapid advancement of the south-west monsoon, most parts of north-west India, including Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and the NCR, Haryana, Chandigarh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, are expecting moderate showers.

MU task force to speed up evaluation process

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After putting the fate of lakhs of students in uncertainty by delaying the results, the University of Mumbai is now trying to ensure that the evaluation process of over 19 lakh answer sheets takes place at a faster rate.The University has recently appointed a special task force consisting of college principals, senior faculty members and subject experts who have been assigned the responsibility of ensuring that more and more teachers report to the assessment centres assigned by the University in the next few days. The decision regarding such a task force was announced by Sanjay Deshmukh, Vice Chancellor of the University on Friday in a meeting.This year, for the first time, the University aims to evaluate over 19 lakh answer sheets through the on-screen method. After initial delays in appointing an agency for the task, it is now grappling with the poor response from teachers.The members have now been assigned the job of convincing teachers to evaluate as many papers as possible. Members of the task force were however skeptical about its impact.”Teachers are already overburdened with work including teaching. Especially in the rainy season, there would be poor attendance at assessment centres and even those who attend will have limited time to work,” said a member.

Mhada sets lottery date for 800 houses in August

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There’s good news in store for Mumbai’s home buyers. Milind Mhaiskar, the newly-appointed Mhada CEO and VP, has confirmed that there will be a lottery for 800 houses in August. The advertisements for the same are expected to be out by the first half of July.Mhada has been coming out with an annual lottery for Mumbai on May 31 every year but failed to do so this time. This lead to speculations that there might not be a lottery this year at all. However, Mhada has finally closed in on the details and will be making the list public soon.The houses will be located in Tunga-Powai, Charkop, Vikhroli, Kandivli, Goregaon, and Mulund. “We are working on it in detail. We are about to complete the formalities and will announce the lottery soon,” said Subhash Lakhe, Chief Officer, Mumbai board.Until recently, the Mhada wasn’t very sure about whether they will be able to carry out the lottery due to a scarcity of houses. However, they managed to get nearly 500 houses for the same. “We looked at other projects and somehow managed to get all those houses that are still under construction. We even got them registered with MahaRERA to meet all the criteria before commencing the lottery,” said a senior official.Meanwhile, Mhada is planning to reserve most of these 800 houses for the economically weaker sections, that is, people who earn below Rs 25,000 per month. When asked, Mhaiksar confirmed the development. According to sources, the prices of the houses are being finalised, after which they will start advertising them for people to apply for these….& ANALYSISAffordable homes are a scarcity in the city and most Mumbaikars depend on Mhada lotteries to avail them. After this year’s delay, the Mhada managed to finally arrange for the lottery where 800 houses will be up for sale. However, it still lags far behind in meeting the rising demand for affordable housing in the city due to the perpetual urban sprawling and increased purchasing power.

Delhi family perishes in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Kashmir to celebrate the news of his promotion along with his family, Jayant Andraskar would never have thought even in his worst nightmares that this would be the end of all his worldly aims and ambitions.The seven people who died in Gulmarg after an uprooted tree fell on a Gondola rope and sent a car crashing down included Andraskar’s family of four.The civil engineer, who worked as a lecturer in a government polytechnic institute, had gone to Gulmarg with his wife Manshae and daughters Anagha, a Class II student, and Janhvi, who was in nursery. The family lived in the Shalimar Bagh area of Delhi.Mitthan Lal Meena, one of the shocked neighbours who had gathered near the family’s locked house, said: “The couple had won everybody’s hearts with their loveable and helping nature. I cannot believe that they will never visit us again, that their daughters will never smile again.”A relative, Sourabh, said: “The last time we talked, they spoke about Kashmir.”Andraskar had taken voluntary retirement from his government job in 2013, before shifting from Nagpur to Delhi. Since then, the family had been living in the government quarter alloted to them in the Shalimar Bagh area. Manshea was an architect by qualification and was involved in interior designing.”All residents of the staff quarters have lost a friend who was like a brother. We wish that their souls may rest in peace,” a neighbour said.One of the world’s highest ropeways, the Gulmarg Gandola ascends from 2,650 m to the height of 3,980 m. Built by French firm Pomagalski, the five km ropeway is divided into two sections. This was the first accident in the rope-way since its commissioning in 1998.Under fire for not taking adequate safety measures, the Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered an inquiry into the accident.FIRST MISHAPOne of the world’s highest ropeways, the Gulmarg Gandola ascends from 2,650 m to the height of 3,980 m.
This was the first accident in the rope-way since its commissioning in 1998.

Two criminals escape cops’ net in separate cases

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man nabbed for theft gave the cops a slip while being taken to the court while another one managed to flee the police custody after scaling the wall in a police station, in separate cases, on Sunday.In the first case, Sheikh Rajav, who was arrested on the charges of theft, was taken to the Lady Hardinge Medical College. After the medical examination, he was being taken to the Tees Hazari Court in an auto-rickshaw. As they approached the court, the auto stopped at a traffic signal and Rajav somehow managed to free himself from the handcuffs and escaped.In the second incident, a criminal identified as Vishal, who was in the custody of the Farsh Bazar police in east Delhi, escaped after scaling a wall in the Anand Vihar Police station. Vishal was brought to Anand Vihar as there was no lock-up in the Farsh Bazar station.The police have launched a manhunt for the absconding men and disciplinary action is being taken against the erring cops.

Study: Mawa most dangerous among chewing tobacco items

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A study of smokeless tobacco products available in the city shows a great variation in the amount of nicotine, which is the main chemical responsible for dependency on and repeated use of tobacco products. Around 39 smokeless tobacco products purchased from three street markets in Mumbai were analysed for the study whose results have been published in the latest issue of the Journal of Tobacco Regulatory Science.The level of nicotine varies as much as 11 times in different smokeless tobacco products. The amount of free nicotine varies up to a whopping 300 times.”The findings show that it is possible for manufacturers to make smokeless tobacco products less hazardous but they continue to market highly carcinogenic and addictive products,” said Dr PC Gupta, Director, Healis, and co-author of the paper.Mawa, popular in Maharashtra and available with vendors, showed a very high presence of lethal cancer-causing chemicals.Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, anti-tobacco crusader and surgical oncologist from the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) said, “The results show that most manufactured products have alarmingly high levels of carcinogens and addictive chemicals, much more than natural tobacco. This proves that the products undergo some chemical processing which renders them as lethal.”Tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNA), the most potent cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco, varied more than 650 times in different products.The study was conducted in a laboratory at the University of Minnesota, USA, in collaboration with Healis-Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health, Navi Mumbai. Dr PC Gupta said that the report strongly highlights the total absence of regulatory standards for the maximum limit of the constituents in smokeless tobacco products.

DDA to announce lucky draw dates for flats after Eid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home buyers in the national capital can now prepare themselves for a lucky draw of over 13,000 flats which were on offer under the 2017 Housing Scheme of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), as the agency may announce the dates of the draw after Eid.The buyers who had applied for the houses and get lucky in the draw of lots can move into the new house by mid-August.”After Eid, we plan to come out with a notification for the final list of applicants and the dates of the lucky draw,” said a DDA officer.Under the housing scheme, 13,148 flats in all categories with the highest number being in the Low Income Group (LIG) and Janta flats. The scheme, which was initially set to be launched on January 26, had been delayed for multiple reasons, including demonetisation, lack of connectivity to areas where the flats were proposed, and MCD elections.Officials from the DDA maintained that they were waiting for lieutenant governor Anil Baijal’s nod before floating the scheme.Most of these flats are those which remained unoccupied in the 2014 scheme while over 2,000 others are those which have been vacated by people.The flats are available in different parts of the city including Dwarka in the southwest, Rohini and Pitampura in the northwest, Vasant Kunj, Jasola and Sarita Vihar.2017 HOUSING SCHEMETotal flats available: 13,148
Low Income Group: 11,671
Janta Flats: 437
Expandable Housing Scheme: 563
Middle Income Group: 398
Higher Income Group: 79

PM Modi, Prez Trump meeting may take India-US ties to next level

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump is expected take the Indo-US ties to the next level.Maintaining the upward trajectory of the Indo-US ties of the last three decades, beginning with the Clinton (Bill) administration and followed by those of Bush and Obama, signals coming from both sides strongly indicate stronger continuation in that regard.”We really think that this visit will leverage the relationship to a higher level,” Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna told PTI.Modi and Trump, who have earlier spoken three times over phone, would be together spending several hours at the White House, beginning a one-to-one meeting, followed by a delegation level talk, a cocktail reception and a working dinner, the first for a foreign leader inside the White House under the Trump administration.”It would be historic, never seen before,” a mid-level American source familiar with the preparations told PTI.The source, however, did not elaborate the nature of the outcome of the visit, but reiterated that it would bring the two countries closer than ever.Trump, has been personally involved in the preparation.Elaborate arrangements are being done by the White House kitchen for Trump s dinner with Modi.Modi and Trump are among the most followed world leaders on the social media. Together they have more than 60 million followers on their personal accounts.The two leaders are expected to discuss a wide range of issues during their White House interaction.”I think the first face to face meeting will allow the two leaders an opportunity to look at the entire India-US engagement and also to exchange views on issues of global interest,” Sarna said in an earlier interview.”When they sit across the table and they have a one on one discussion or they have an extended delegation that will talk, I would presume that they would cover the wide gamut of relations between India and the US,” Sarna had said.A White House official echoed the similar views.”The trip is an opportunity to strengthen the US-India strategic partnership, which Trump very much views as a critical partnership in promoting stability and security in the Asia Pacific region and globally,” the White House official said.”We anticipate that their discussions will be broad- ranging, hitting on a variety of regional and global issues that would seek to advance our common priorities, including fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and prosperity,” the official said.Noting that the US is very much interested in facilitating India’s defence modernisation and helping to enhance its role as a leader in the Asia Pacific, the official said the Trump administration believes that a strong India is good for the US.

DNA EXCLUSIVE: After case, SC collegium puts lawyer’s name for judge on hold

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a strong note of a criminal case against an advocate whose name was cleared for appointment as a judge of the Allahabad High Court, the Supreme Court collegium is learnt to have asked the Centre to put his appointment on hold.According to sources in the Union Law Ministry, Chief Justice of India JS Khehar wrote to the Centre a few days back, recommending that the name of advocate Amit Negi, who was recommended for elevation to the Bench last year, be put on hold till the final outcome of the criminal case against him.At the same time, CJI Khehar’s letter asks the government to process the remaining 19 names that had been recommended by the Allahabad HC collegium along with Negi’s name and which had also been cleared by the SC collegium.Sources in the government told DNA that CJI Khehar’s letter, while recommending withholding of the process of appointment with regard to Negi, cites the acute shortage of judges in the Allahabad HC to make out a case for continuing with the process of appointing the other 19 lawyers.As per official data, as on June 1, as against the sanctioned strength of 160 judges, the Allahabad HC was functioning with just 84 judges, with 76 posts lying vacant.An FIR was lodged sometime back against Negi following allegations of a serious nature. On June 17, a division bench of the Allahabad HC, while staying his arrest, asked him to “fully cooperate with the investigation”.However, in view of the seriousness of the allegations against Negi, the SC has decided to ask the Centre not to process his appointment.Interestingly, Negi’s name had been cleared by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) during the vetting process. This was one of the reasons why he was cleared by the Supreme Court collegium in the first place.Sources told DNA that Negi’s and 19 other names had been HC collegium. However, the SC collegium cleared only 19 names, including Negi.The government sent back the entire list last year to the SC collegium, raising questions over the decision of the collegium to overlook one of the candidates without any cogent reason.After reconsideration, the SC collegium reiterated the names, also including the name that had been dropped earlier.It is learnt that after the recent communication, the Centre has decided to process the 19 names, except Negi.GLARING SHORTFALLAs on June 1, the Allahabad HC is functioning with just 84 judges, with 76 posts vacant.
The High Court has been sanctioned a strength of 160 judges.

DNA CAMPAIGN | Never back down: Hearing-impaired girl scores 90.6%

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Payal Patil, a hearing-impaired student of Loknete and Datta Patil High School, scored 90.6 per cent in her SSC Board exams. Despite her physical and financial weakness, she has managed to score commendable marks in her exams. As told by her teachers, Payal is very good in academics and if blessed with an opportunity, she can prove her merit in many ways.Coming from a small village called Ghotwade near Alibaug, Payal has always been a bright student. She lost her father at a very young age. Her mother has been working as a labourer to support the family since. Payal continued her primary education with the help of her uncle. When she was in sixth standard, she suffered from mumps, causing permanent deafness. Apart from academics, Payal was also active in co-curricular activities.Payal’s family is trying hard to give her the best treatment possible. Doctors have suggested a cochlear implant which will help Payal in hearing properly again. However, the cost of the implant and other expenses incurred in routine check-ups will become expensive for Payal’s family.Nilesh Patil, Payal’s uncle, said, “Her dream is to become a collector so that she can bring a change in society and help the needy. We are now collecting funds for the cochlear implant, which costs Rs 6 lakh. We have collected Rs 3 lakh so far and would appreciate further help.”

12 years on, Nizamuddin muezzin has not missed a single azaan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mohammad Iftikhar Khureshi’s day starts at three in the morning, for he is the muezzin at Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and is responsible for giving the azaan or call for prayer to the faithful. For years now, without fail, he has been giving the first azaan, known as Fajr, early in the morning.”It is a huge thing to be able to recite the azaan. If people knew what it really means, they would be fighting to be in this position,” says the 25-year-old, who prefers to not sleep at night during Ramadan. He rests around 8am and gets up again by noon for the second azaan of the day.On the occasion of Eid, Khureshi says: “Eid khushi ka paigam hai (Eid is the message of happiness). The best part of the festival is that those who can afford to buy good food and clothes ensure that they help those who can’t.””Azaan is an invitation for namaz,” he says, adding that all azaans are the same except the Fajr, which has an extra sentence. “Fajr is slightly different. There is an extra line — Al-salaatu khayrun min al-nawm — which means namaz is better than sleep,” Khureshi says. The young man is the first in his family to be a muezzin.Originally hailing from Jabalpur, Khureshi came to Delhi around 17 years ago and started studying in a madrasa at Jama Masjid. A few years later, he started reciting azaan at Nizamuddin dargah and was appointed the muezzin by the Imam. It has been 12 years since then, and he has never been late in reciting the Fajr.”Azaan has to be recited at the right time. One cannot do it later or even before the time,” he says, adding that he doesn’t rely on an alarm to wake up on time. Talking further about his work, he says that the dargah in-charge believes a muezzin must not only have a good voice but should also know the right Arabic pronunciation.”Since it is in the Arabic language, we emphasise heavily on the right pronunciation,” says Syed Aziz Nizami, Sajjada Nashin (hereditary administrator) and General Secretary of Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.

All data on blood banks to be made available online by mid-August

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a second appeal by RTI activist Chetan Kothari, the State Information Commission (SIC) has ordered the State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) to upload all relevant data on their website by August 15.Kothari had earlier filed an RTI application with the SBTC, asking for details regarding the staff in blood banks under the Health Department and Medical Education Department.Upon finding the information inadequate, he filed another RTI application. Through its reply, it was learned that there are 326 blood banks in the state of Maharashtra, out of which 33 belong to the Public Health Department and 18 to the Medical Education Department.The Public Information Officer (PIO) stated that as per the order passed by the SIC, there has to be transparency in information related to the collected blood being used.In a recent order passed on June 5, Ajit Kumar Jain, PIO, said that the SBTC has to collect the necessary information from all 326 blood banks. The information required will include the cost of blood, collection capacity of the blood bank, complaints received against the bank, action taken on them, and how they are utilising the blood received. The information will have to be published on the website by mid-August.Speaking of the order passed, Kothari said, “I hail this landmark judgment. The staff of blood banks have a direct impact on its testing quality and also on prevention of blood wastage. The other issue highlighted during the hearing is also important. The second appeal made available information on blood wastage and also how blood is sold at higher rates on many occasions.”

Man held for posing as IPS officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 31-year-old man has been arrested for posing as an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer in south-west Delhi’s Dwarka area. The accused, identified as Vimal Bhatt, told police that he was a 2010-batch officer and was currently posted at the CGO complex.According to police, Bhatt came to the Dwarka (South) police station on Sunday and started questioning the officers about a resident of Dwarka. He told police officers that he was investigating a money laundering case, lodged on the basis of a complaint by Pankaj Jain, a resident of Janakpuri. He then told the cops that he was looking for Santosh Kumar, a resident of Dwarka.Bhatt also had an Uttar Pradesh registered Scorpio car, with a police sticker on both front and rear windows, and also on the number plate. The vehicle was fitted with a siren and loud hailer.The police officers, however, found Bhatt’s body language and demeanour suspicious. Investigation revealed that he was carrying a fake identity card. His search revealed that he was carrying a wireless set. Cops said he might even be involved in a fake mark sheet case.

Builder fined Rs 5L in cheating case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mazgaon Metropolitan Magistrate Court recently acted upon a complaint filed by a Kalachowki resident who was cheated by a developer. The developer was sentenced to imprisonment and also levied a fine of Rs 5 lakh, payable to the complainant.Dadaso Yadav, 35, had invested in a project raised by Maya Developers in December 2010 and had paid Rs 2 lakh as booking amount. He was promised possession of the flat by July 2012. However, the developer failed to even initiate the construction by then.Yadav then asked the developer to return the booking amount, which was paid to him by cheque; but the cheque bounced. A case was then registered against the developer.

Rapper Fazilpuria caught driving drunk, creates a scene

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryanvi singer and rapper Rahul Yadav, who shot to fame with his song ‘Chull’ featured in the movie ‘Kapoor and Sons’, created ruckus on the Mehrauli-Gurugram Road late on Saturday night, after being stopped for drunk driving. Yadav is popularly known as Fazilpuria, after the name of his native village Fazilpur.According to police, heavy deployment of personnel had been ensured on MG Road as Gurugram witnesses a lot of cases of drunk driving on weekends. “At one of the check posts, a white Mercedes Benz was stopped. The car had a temporary number plate. The driver, Fazilpuria, was found to be drunk,” Inspector Pankhuri said.When asked to display his driving licence, the rapper produced a year-old challan, which had not been paid. “When queried about the challan, he started arguing aggressively with the officers,” SHO, Sector 29, Vikas Kaushik said.The police then impounded the vehicle and issued him another challan. Fazilpuria then left for his home in the vehicle of one his staffers.

Rajnath Singh sends message of peace to Kashmir on occasion of Eid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Calling for an end to violence in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh issued a special message of peace and brotherhood on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. In his video message, Singh said, ?I heartily wish Eid Mubarak to all my Kashmiri brothers and sisters, elders, youth and dear children.? The Home Minister hopes the festival would bring a new dawn in Kashmir. ?I have full faith that this festival of humanity will help to bring peace, tranquility and friendship in the Valley,? he added. Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, is being celebrated today in most parts of India. The Kashmir Valley has been witnessing unrest for last few months with incidents of stone pelting, unprovoked ceasefire violations and indiscriminate firing by the Pakistan Army. J-K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and other Kashmiri leaders have been meeting the Union Ministers over the issues of the Valley, with most of them promising to bring an end to the constant chaos in the state as soon as possible.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Byculla inmate death: Six jail staff booked

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Manjula Shetye, a female prisoner convicted of murder died under mysterious circumstances inside the Byculla jail on Friday, Nagpada police have initiated a probe against the inmates and jail staff. The police have booked six jail staff in connection with Shetye’s death, and another 250 jail inmates for rioting and assaulting a jail staffer, including Indrani Mukerjea.According to Shetye’s post-mortem report, there were signs of multiple injuries from a blunt object on her body, indicating that she might have been brutally assaulted by the police inside the jail. Sources said that Shetye was brutally assaulted with an iron object due to which she sustained several injuries on her head, legs, and other body parts. The post-mortem report also revealed that her internal organs, including the lungs, were damaged.After receiving the post-mortem report, the six jail staffers, one officer, and the five jail guards who were suspended for dereliction of duty inside the prison, were booked on charges of murder. “We have registered two separate cases, and once we get the permission, we will arrest the jail staffers, too. Our probe is still on and we are trying to ascertain the reason behind the assault,” said Sanjay Baswat, Senior Police Inspector, Nagpada Police Station.Meanwhile, Anant Shetye, brother of the deceased, told DNA, “I don’t know what has happened. She was brutally murdered by the prison officers. Her record in Yervada jail was very good, where she was lodged for 13 years and was promoted to a warden. She was shifted to Byculla jail in April and would have completed her sentence in another 7-8 months.”WHAT HAPPENEDManjula Shetye, a female prisoner convicted of murder died under mysterious circumstances inside Byculla jail on Friday.
Family members of the deceased cried foul and raised suspicions of murder and other inmates protested.
Post-mortem reports revealed that she was brutally assaulted with a blunt object.

Heritage tomb in Malviya Nagar dying a slow death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With its red walls and a dome that can be seen from afar, the Lal Gumbad in Malviya Nagar promises opulence and majesty. But just one look at its main door, which was burnt down a few months ago, shatters all such visions and brings one back to the harsh reality of apathy and neglect.Built in the late 14th Century, the pre-Mughal era, the neglected Lal Gumbad is now a haunt for gamblers and addicts. A board in the premises proclaims the structure a ‘Protected Monument’ and a monument of national importance under the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act-1951.But all that is meaningless for the solitary guard deployed at the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)-protected monument, who neither wants to know the history nor concern himself about the people playing cards in the vicinity.”We have been seeing this charred door for a long time. Nobody ever came to repair it,” says Lallan, a local enjoying his late afternoon beedi in the premises of the heritage structure. “This is a place of worship. Sometimes, people light incense. May be that burnt down the door,” he adds.Lal Gumbad, also known as the Rakabwala Gumbad, was a tomb built for Sheikh Kabir-ud-din Auliya, a disciple of Sufi saint Shaikh Raushan Chirag-i-Delhi, in 1397. The square tomb has high slanting red walls with a dome on the top. The main entrance has a pointed arch with marble bands.The Gumbad was embroidered with a golden finial on the roof, which was stolen by dacoits, giving the building its Rakabwala name (dacoits looted the gold by climbing up the iron rungs or Rakab).Since the disciple of a Sufi saint is buried here, locals believe it to be a sacred site and started lighting lamps and incense inside, which was damaging the walls. So, the ASI decided to shut its doors for the people. It, however, only made the public take their activities outside, and according to sources, that is how the main door ended up getting burnt.The 620-year-old tomb looks similar to the Ghiyasiddin Tughlaq’s tomb in Tughlaqabad, and is considered a replica of it. Next to the tomb stands a grave and some arches, which were once used for prayers. There are some small unknown tombs in the vicinity, which are in a similar dilapidated condition. At one point, the ASI had started laying stones around the Gumbad to make a pavement but all one can see now is huge piles of stones everywhere.THE HERITAGE TOMBLal Gumbad was a tomb built for Sheikh Kabir-ud-din Auliya, a disciple of Sufi saint Shaikh Raushan Chirag-i-Delhi.
Built in the late 14th Century, the pre-Mughal era, the tomb is now a haunt for gamblers and addicts
The main door ended up burnt because locals would light lamps and incense inside, damaging the walls, believing it was a sacred site.

Disaster mgmt cell wakes up at 11th hour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After heavy rains lashed several parts of the city on Saturday night, waterlogging was reported in a few areas. The incident also threw light on the unpreparedness of the BMC’s disaster management cell. The cell is not yet ready with its basic rescue kit which the civic officials use while responding to a disaster.The disaster management cell was expected to be ready with all the necessary equipment before June 10. However, the BMC is procuring its rescue kits now. The disaster management’s negligence is now receiving flak not only from the Opposition but also from civic officials of other departments.”Monsoon usually hits Mumbai by June 7 and rescue teams should be ready for any calamity. What if there were heavy rains and the city might have faced flooding by now. Was the disaster management cell ready?” A civic officer questioned.Opposition leader Ravi Raja (Congress) said, “It is mere negligence. The disaster management team should be ready with basic necessity like rescue kits.”The BMC is now procuring 50 rescue kits each costing around Rs 17,000. The kit includes items like floats, jackets, torches and helmets used by the team during any calamity like flooding and landslide to rescue trapped people.Mahesh Narvekar, Chief Officer, Disaster Management Cell said, “The kit is usually procured every five years, but this time it is being done after 10 years.”

Former addict helps kids on road to recovery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sitting on a stool in the Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital, Sanjeev Kumar looks affectionately at five children. The kids are drug addicts and he is striving to help them lead a normal life. Kumar’s own journey as a Good Samaritan, however, did not start with charity or compassion, but on the dark and dismal path of addiction.The 53-year-old ‘peer attendant’ started abusing drugs, mainly smack and heroin, in 1995.”My addiction started when I lost my job as the company shut its headquarters in Delhi. I left for my hometown in Varanasi and started consuming heroin,”says Kumar, who completed his Masters in Sociology from Kashi Vidyapeeth in 1987.”My brother took me to Raipur to keep me away from drugs. But I ran away in 2000. Then, till 2012, I lived in Nizamuddin Basti in Delhi, and no one in my family knew my whereabouts,” he says.Nizamuddin acted as a great enabler for Kumar as he became a local tour guide. The handsome tips that he received from foreigners made it easy for him to fuel his habit. Amid all this, Kumar’s wife and son also left him.Finally, after wasting 12 years in a drug-fuelled haze, Kumar was dying to get better. In 2012, he heard about an NGO that helped people who wanted to quit drugs, enrolled himself, and started living there. With regular medicines and by spending time with others on the same path, he started to recover.It has now been five years since Kumar last used any drug. Also, it has been three months since he took Addnok, a medicine that helps people dependent on heroin. So, he decided to help other addicts.Recently, Kumar’s dream came true after, based on his good track record, the NGO suggested his name, along with 22 others, for the post of peer attendant at children drug de-addiction centres in government hospitals.Kumar joined his new workplace on June 8 and is currently taking care of five children, aged between 10 and 14 years of age. He still lives at the NGO headquarters as a volunteer, and narrating his own life story as an example, he helps those who got caught in the self-defeating net of addiction at such a tender age.A month ago, the state government launched five new children de-addiction centres at different hospitals in Delhi — Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital, GB Pant Hospital, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, and Ambedkar Hospital.

‘Not a single stain of corruption on my government’: PM Modi’s top quotes in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian diaspora in the United States showered praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his comprehensive speech as he addressed them and said his efforts to make a better India are praiseworthy.Addressing a a community reception at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Modi said that India has succeeded in telling the world about the need to uproot the menace of terrorism.While asking CEOs of top US companies to invest in the country, Modi said India has now emerged as a business-friendly destination, more so with the upcoming implementation of landmark GST beginning next month, .Here are PM Modi’s top quotes in US ► When India talked of terrorism 20 years back, many in the world said it was a law and order problem and didn’t understand it. Now terrorists have explained terrorism to them so we don’t have to.
ALSO READ Modi in US: Surgical strikes prove India can defend itself, world experienced our power► When India conducted surgical strikes the world experienced our power and realised that India practices restrain but can show power when needed.► There has not been a single stain of corruption on my government.
ALSO READ Modi in US: Sundar Pichai says everyone looking forward to investing in India, excited by GST rollout ► MEA is one ministry of the government which has demonstrated through the use of social media, for the first time, that it cares for poorest of Indians.► The Indian diaspora now has faith in the Indian Embassies that their issues will be resolved.
ALSO READ Modi in US: Civil nuclear deal to figure in talks with Trump, pact on reactors unlikely ► I assure you that whatever you have dreamt of India, I will fulfill them in your life time. ► Keep the bridge with India. Younger generations must continue your strong bond with India.► People back in India are like you, you developed here and helped America grow because you got an environment to flourish, now back in India people are getting an environment to grow, they soon will make India developed.► The whole world is looking at India. 7,000 reforms alone by GOI for ease of (doing) business and minimum government, maximum governance.► I can see that every Indian wants to contribute towards India’s development. India is progressing at a record pace today.► The implementation of the landmark initiative of GST could be a subject of studies in US business schools.

Pay more! Parking fee cap in CP to go

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Those who leave their cars and two-wheelers in parking lots for more than five hours may soon have to pay more.The new rates are likely to be effective first in New Delhi’s central business district of Connaught Place (CP) from July.In CP, users currently pay Rs 20 per hour for the first five hours, and a flat rate of Rs 100. This means a person can leave his/her car in a CP parking lot for as long as three days just by paying Rs 100.The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has now proposed to lift the Rs 100 cap, forcing users to keep paying Rs 20 per hour even after the five-hour limit.The proposal is part of the civic body’s Smart Parking Project aimed at ridding CP of congestion. The NDMC also wants to turn many parking lots into no-parking zones.Connaught Place is a traffic nightmare on most days, especially on weekends and public holidays.The NDMC could not find bidders for the project in the last two years. It has now shortlisted an implementing agency and has decided to complete the project by the year-end.”Under the project, there will be no cap. One will be charged Rs 20 for every extra hour even after the current five-hour limit. However, we are still to decide charges for overnight parking,” a senior NDMC official said.In the first phase, the NDMC will develop 88 surface parking lots, which will eliminate on-road parking. Currently, vehicle-owners park on streets and main roads of CP circles used as paid parking lots.”We have approved a tender. Each smart parking lot will be developed in an area of 3,400 square meters. The contractor will start work on the project soon,” the officer said.The NDMC comes under the Union Ministry of Urban Development. The CP plan is likely to be extended to other key parts of the city. The plan also comes at a time when the AAP-led Delhi government is about to come up with a new parking policy for the city.The parking zones will be equipped with sensor-based barriers and automatic fee-collection centres. Besides, one will not have to struggle to find a slot, as there will be display screens showing the numbers of cars parked and free slots.The NDMC also plans to get three cranes to tow away vehicles parked in non-designated places.Of the 88 parking lots, the biggest one will come up at Palika Kendra with a capacity of 1,000 vehicles, followed by one at Shivaji Stadium for 750 vehicles.Another lot will be developed near Akashdeep building which can take in 164 cars and 50 two-wheelers. The one near Jeevan Bharti building will have 135 vehicles. Another at F Block (inner circle) will accommodate around 100 vehicles.EXISTING RATESUsers currently pay Rs 20 per hour for the first five hours, and a flat rate of Rs 100
This means a person can leave his/her car in a parking lot for as long as three days just by paying Rs 100

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Pakistan violates ceasefire twice, Indian Army destroys one post in retaliatory fire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the second ceasefire violation today, Pakistani troops today resorted to firing from automatic weapons and shelling mortars along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district.In the latest violation, the Pakistan army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 5.50 pm on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Naushera sector, a defence spokesman said, adding, the Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively.As per reports, one Pakistani post was destroyed in the Indian Army’s retaliatory action. Pakistan has now violated the ceasefire thrice in the past 27 hours, targeting forward posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs and automatic weapons. Earlier today, Pakistani troops had opened unprovoked fire from 6.30 am to 9.30 am on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Naushera sector, even as Indian troops returned fire.Yesterday also the Pakistan army had initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 1130 hours to 1410 hours on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Poonch sector.Today’s violations came just days after an attack by a Pakistani special forces team that sneaked across the LoC into Poonch under cover of heavy fire and killed two jawans while losing one of their men.On Thursday, in the third such attack this year, a team of Pakistani special forces men sneaked 600 metres across the LoC into the Poonch sector and killed two Indian jawans and lost one Border Action Team (BAT) member in retaliatory action by the Indian Army.The BAT comprises special forces personnel of the Pakistan army and terrorists.It had carried out the attack on an Indian Army patrol party in the Gulpur belt of Poonch on June 22 under heavy cover fire by Pakistani troops.In the firefight, two Indian soldiers – 34-year-old Naik Jadhav Sandip of Aurangabad and 24-year-old Sepoy Mane Savan Balku of Kolhapur – were killed.The Pakistani BAT members were armed with headband cameras to record the attack on the Indian Army patrol.Earlier, on June 16, Pakistan violated the ceasefire by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district of J&K, killing an Indian Army jawan.There have been 19 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the international border in Jammu region in June in which one civilian also lost his life while seven others were injured.

Man held for stealing cash, utensils from Ashram in Vrindavan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man has been arrested for allegedly stealing cash and silver utensils worth lakhs of rupees from Varahghat Ashram in Vrindavan here on June 21. Bharat, hailing from Agra district, was nabbed from Morena in Madhya Pradesh after tracing him through his mobile phone’s location, the police said. On the basis of surveillance, his location was found in Khari Khera near Morena from where he was then arrested. Bharat had mixed some substance in the food of saints and people living in the Ashram and after they fled after taking cash, silver utensil and flute of deities worth lakhs from the Ashram. When some persons reached the Ashram later in the evening, they found 13 persons lying unconscious. They were later admitted to a hospital in Vrindaban.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Securing Prez assent to exempt TN from NEET only solution: DMK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK Working President M K Stalin today said securing the presidential nod for the bill passed in the Assembly to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET examination was the only solution to safeguard the interests of students from the state. “The recent announcement by Edappadi K Palaniswami government about medical admissions being solely based on NEET scores is an attempt to divert the issue away from the spectacular failure of this government”, he said in a statement here. “The only solution to safeguard the interest of the students in the state is to work towards securing the presidential assent to the NEET bill passed unanimously in the state legislature,” he said. “DMK had pointed out that thousands of poor and rural students would be affected if NEET-based admission is implemented,” he said. Noting that the AIADMK government introduced a bill to address the issue and it was unanimously passed in the state assembly, he said, AIADMK failed to establish its rights and lend voice to the unanimous resolution passed in the Assembly. The three factions of the AIADMK should have put forth a condition that they would offer support to NDA’s presidential candidate only if the Centre accepted the NEET Bill passed by the legislative assembly, he said. Stalin asked Palaniswami why his government remained silent when Central government did not send the NEET Bill to the president to get his “assent”. “How is the state government going to protect the interests of the students who had performed exceedingly well in the board examinations conducted by the state government?” he asked.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman arrested for chopping off genitals of boyfriend

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today arrested a 23-year- old woman who allegedly chopped off the genitals of her boyfriend after he refused to marry her. Ravi (35), a street vendor, was allegedly attacked at his girlfriend’s house in outer Delhi’s Mangolpuri late on Wednesday, where he was called by her relative, police said. When he reached their home, his girlfriend of four years, broached the topic of marriage. However, Ravi refused, saying his family was against it. The victim told police that the woman then pushed him inside the bathroom, undressed him and forced him to have sex with her. She allegedly threatened him of dire consequences if he did not give in to her demand. Enraged at his refusal, the accused chopped off the man’s genitals with a kitchen knife. The victim said the woman’s brother and sister-in-law were present at the house when the incident took place. He alleged that they did nothing to stop the woman from attacking him. After the attack, Ravi rushed out of the house shouting for help. Some neighbours informed the police and rushed him to hospital. After a surgery, he was referred to the Jaipur Golden Hospital. The woman and her family members had fled their house after the attack. Her brother and sister-in-law were found yesterday and questioned. The woman was arrested and police have also recovered the weapon of offence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Modi in US: Not a single taint of corruption on BJP govt; hails Sushma Swaraj’s work as foreign minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After meeting CEOs at roundtable, PM Modi addressed a community gathering of Indian diaspora in Virginia who greeted him with enthusiasm. He told the gathering that he would work towards achieving the India of their dreams, and that he dreamt of a healthy India. He said: “I assure you all that I will work towards achieving the India of your dreams. If I dream of a healthy India, then I see healthy mothers and children in it.”He also spoke about his government’s clean corruption record stating: “Govts in India have been ousted due to corruption, in last 3 years, no one has been able to put any such charge on us.”He said that in-built mechanisms are being strengthened to maintain transparency.
ALSO READ Modi in US: Sundar Pichai says everyone looking forward to investing in India, excited by GST rollout He also spoke about the surgical strikes stating that it made the world notice India’s power and understand that the nation practised restraint. He said: “When India did surgical strikes the world experienced our power & realized that India practices restrain but can show power when needed.”He added: “When India talked of terrorism 20 years back, many in the world said it’s a law & order problem and didn’t understand it. Now terrorists have explained terrorism to them so we don’t have to.”
ALSO READ From hotels at railway stations to GST and sanitation: PM Modi woos US CEOs with India’s innovation powerHe lavished praise on Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj stating that 80,000 Indians in distress had been rescued.
ALSO READ Thrilled to breathe air of freedom, there’s no place like India: Uzma after her ordeal in PakistanHe said: “MEA has touched new heights from point of view of humanity. 80,000 Indians in distress rescued from diff parts of world in 3 years. How social media can empower a ministry has been shown by MEA and our External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Ji. It is now well known in India, anyone in trouble tweets to Sushma Ji, she promptly replies and the Government takes prompt action.

Remove encorachment within 15 days: Rajouri admin asks people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir government today asked people in Rajouri district to remove encroachments voluntarily within 15 days or face demolition. “We have issued a notice to the public in general and encroachers in particular to voluntarily remove encroachments from the acquired land of roads, markets, state and departmental land within 15 days,” Rajouri Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said. In case the people fail to do so, the illegal structures will be demolished and cost incurred in the operation may be recovered as arrears of land revenue apart from stringent legal action against the encroachers, he said. The departments have been asked to finalise their preparation for anti-encroachment drive and material for protection of retrieved land. It has been noticed that some land grabbers have attempted to install religious structures or symbols for facilitating encroachments which will not be any deterrence to the anti-encroachment drive, the officer said. The public has also been asked to remain vigilant about expected misinformation by land grabbers in an attempt to escape legal action. The committee, which was constituted by the District administration to deconjest the Rajouri town, submitted its report on June 24. It recommended strong measures to decongest the town and restoration of driving space on various roads like Rajouri- Thanamandi, Rajouri-Khandli apart from roads within the town. A team of officers headed by the DC carried out inspection of encroachments and proposed parking spaces. Three wheelers and other commercial vehicles will be put to specific colour coding to ensure avoidance of route permit violation. Besides, most of the important markets will be no-parking zones with parking and shuttle service to be provided for vehicle owners on payment calculated on no-profit-no-loss basis, the official said. Areas in Kheora, Gujjar Mandi, Bhella, Bus stand vicinity will be provided valet parking where drivers will take the vehicles to parking lots and return to spot on call of customer which will be a relief for vehicle owners from walking long distances to parking lots. “The anti-encroachment drive will be followed by creation of parking spaces and simultaneous regulation of traffic including time-regulation, no-entry zones, one-way traffic and other measures,” the Deputy Commissioner said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Scuffle at pub in CP over clicking photos of woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two groups got into a scuffle at a pub in Connaught Place after members of one party accused the other of clicking pictures of a woman with them. Four people were detained as a preventive measure but later let off even as normal case was registered. The incident happened yesterday as six members of one group and 22 people of the other entered into a heated argument. One of them claimed that a member of the other group was taking pictures of his wife without permission, police said. The groups got into a scuffle and even after they left from there, their argument continued. One of them later informed the police and all of them were taken to Connaught Place police station. But no case was registered as no formal complaint was made by any of them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Modi in US: Sundar Pichai says everyone looking forward to investing in India, excited by GST rollout

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After attending the CEOs roundtable conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said here that the former was focused on getting insights on how to attract more foreign investment.’It (the conference) was a discussion across many industries and I think the Prime Minister was looking for insights into how India can attract more foreign investment,’ Pichai told ANI in an exclusive interview.He added that good ideas were discussed regarding the same and that everyone was looking forward to invest more in India.’I think there were many good ideas discussed and I think everyone is excited to invest more in India and I’m excited about what we all can do together,’ said the Google CEO.Commenting on the upcoming rollout of Good and Services Tax (GST), Pichai said, ‘We are all looking forward to the July 1st roll out. I know it has been a very difficult thing to do so I’m excited to see it happen. Shows that you can achieve reform by pushing hard for it and I hope it is just the beginning.’GST is India’s biggest and most ambitious tax reform that is being rolled out in hope that it will shore up tax revenues, cool inflation and accelerate growth.When implied it will tear down trade barriers by replacing 15 different central and state levies. The government has assured that the reform will not be inflationary.At the conference with the business honchos, the Prime Minister stressed that the whole world is looking at India today adding that growth for New Delhi also presents a win-win partnership for the United States.The Indian Government so far has carried out about 7,000 reforms for ease of doing business in the country and provide for minimum government, maximum governance.’The implementation of the landmark initiative of GST could be a subject of studies in US business schools,’ said the Prime Minister.The CEO’s in presence included ‘1. Shantanu Narayen, Chairman, President & CEO, Adobe2. Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO, Amazon3. Jim Taiclet, Chairman, President & CEO, American Tower Corporation4. Tim Cook, CEO, Apple5. Jim Umpleby, CEO, Caterpillar6. John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco7. Punit Renjen, Global CEO, Deloitte8. David Farr, Chairman & CEO, Emerson9. Mark Weinberger, CEO, Ernst & Young10. Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google11. Alex Gorsky, Chairman & CEO, Johnson & Johnson12. Jamie Dimon, CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.13. Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President & CEO, Lockheed Martin14. Arne Sorenson, President & CEO, Marriott International15. Ajay Banga, President & CEO, Mastercard16. Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman & CEO, Mondelez International17. David Rubenstein, Co-founder & Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group18. Doug McMillon, President & CEO, Walmart19. Charles Kaye, Co-CEO, Warburg Pincus20. Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS Markit21. Mukesh Aghi, President, USIBCPrime Minister Modi who touched down the Andrews Air Force base in Washington yesterday is on a bilateral visit to meet U.S. President Donald Trump.

Venkaiah Naidu seeks inclusion of ‘Emergency’ chapter in school books

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming ‘Emergency’ as the “darkest chapter” in India’s democratic history, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today stressed the need for dedicating a chapter on it in the school curriculum.”The Emergency, a historical scar in the minds of one generation, is treated as a curiosity today. It is hardly remembered by younger generations and a few of them can recite the trauma and torture stories of that era. Though four decades have passed, Emergency should not be forgotten and forgiven,” said the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister.”I feel there should be a chapter on Emergency in our school curriculum to make the younger generation know about the murder of democracy and how it was restored. This is quite essential I feel,” he said, adding the Indian Council of Historical Research should bring a volume on the same and it should be made part of the curriculum.Naidu was speaking at an event to mark the 42nd anniversary of imposing of Emergency organised by BJP’s Telangana unit here.He said the younger generation must know what was Emergency, why it was imposed, its effect and how it was lifted.”This function is organised to recall those memories.What happened in 1975…what is Emergency…the younger generation should know why Emergency was imposed, how it was misused and who is responsible for it. Emergency was one of the darkest periods in India and could not be forgotten…every youngster should be made aware of the importance of ‘eternal vigilance’ to safeguard and preserve democracy in the country,” added Venkaiah.He also said during Emergency, the role of media was less than inspiring.”Except for Ramnath Goenka’s Indian Express, C R Irani’s Statesman and Nikhil Chakrabarty’s Mainstream, hardly any newspaper stood up against the Emergency. Similarly, the judiciary also failed to come to the aid of common man. Unfortunately, the role played by intellectuals was also very shameful and many of them could not condemn Emergency”. He further said it was time for the media and social scientists to re-tell the Emergency story. Venkaiah said every step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to strengthen democracy and India.Meanwhile, on NDA picking Ram Nath Kovind as its presidential nominee, the BJP leader said, “It was due to his calibre, contribution and conduct that he was made the candidate. We do not attack other candidates. We do not play caste politics…they (opposition) play…we do not play communal politics…they do…we do not play family politics.” He reiterated that there was absolute freedom of press in the country and the government is committed to the same, but in the name of freedom of press, one cannot escape from other crimes and faults. “Freedom of press is to express and write and not to suppress the truth. We have to understand that.. One of the channels was given notice by the Congress government because of some financial irregularities and now they are portraying as if there is an assault on media and there is nation-wide campaign,” Naidu said.”Time has come to stop pseudo secularism. Hindu bashing has become a fashion…Hindu bashing cannot be called as secular. Secularism is respecting everyone. The country has to be alert about these people and forces,” he added. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar claimed that in 1975, then prime minister Indira Gandhi imposed the Emergency for “her selfishness and only to retain power”.”It was second round of fight for independence between 1975 and 1977. Till Congress is there in this country and even today they have Emergency mindset…we need to remember Emergency till the country becomes ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’,” Javadekar said. Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya was also present at the function.

GJM supporters march in processions in strike-hit Darjeeling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) marched in processions in the Darjeeling hills as the indefinite strike demanding a separate state of ‘Gorkhaland’ entered the eleventh day today. GJM supremo Bimal Gurung last night in a video message asked everyone to hit the streets and cautioned that some leaders from other parties might try to “betray” the Gorkhaland agitation. “I urge everyone to hit the streets in protest. All leaders should hit the streets with workers and the common people. We are ready for talks only on the issue of Gorkhaland, not on any alternative formula,” Gurung said in a video message. “Some leaders of different parties may betray our cause. Remember that one day, everyone has to die. Either my body will go home or I will return with Gorkhland,” he said. Except medicine shops, all other shops and markets, schools and colleges remained closed. Vehicles were also off the roads. Internet services remained suspended for the eighth day. Security forces have been patrolling the streets. Elected members of the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA), belonging to the GJM which is leading the stir, have already resigned from the autonomous body. The party has decided to burn copies of the GTA Accord, reached in 2011 between the Union home ministry, the West Bengal government and the GJM, on June 26 and 27.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Five more TN fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five more Tamil Nadu fishermen were today taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Navy on charges of entering the territorial waters of the island nation. The fishermen from Thangachimadam, who had put out to sea, were apprehended for straying into Lankan territory, Tamil Nadu Fishermen’s Association General secretary N J Bose said. The arrested persons were taken to the Kangesanthurai port, he said. The Sri Lankan Navy had yesterday arrested 25 fishermen in two separate incidents on charges crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in their territorial waters, drawing angry reaction from Chief Minister K Palaniswami. He had termed the arrest of the eight fishermen from Nagapattinam as an “abduction” and had taken up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. More than 50 fishermen have been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy this month. Members of the fishermen community here alleged that the Lankan Navy personnel had been resorting to harsh measures in recent days, including beating them up and causing damage to their nets and boats.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hope PM Modi shares vision of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Ahead of the much awaited meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Donald Trump, Divine Shakti Foundation president Sadhvi Bhagwati on Sunday hoped the vision of ?Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam? was conveyed to the U.S. President by the Prime Minister. ?Hope Modi ji will be able to share with Trump our beautiful vision of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. I hope, pray and faith that he will touch and transform Mr. Trump and also the relationship with U.S. and India that he has already made so strong and so wonderful with President Obama and he will continue with President Trump,? she told ANI. Meanwhile, Pramarth Niketan Ashram?s spiritual Head Chidanand Saraswati asserted that it?s a historic moment for both India and America as two great leaders, democracies and nations are coming together. ?I believe this is a historic moment for both India and America, two nations, two great leaders and two great democracies coming together. Leaders are fearless, both are ready to accept challenges and both have the capability to bring change in the society,? he said. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a round table meeting with US business leaders here, including the likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. At the conference, the Prime Minister stressed that the whole world is looking at India today adding that growth for New Delhi also presents a win-win partnership for the United States. Prime Minister Modi who touched down the Andrews Air Force base in Washington yesterday is on a bilateral visit to meet U.S. President Donald Trump. He would be the first world leader to have a working dinner with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday. Speaking ahead of the visit, India’s Ambassador to the U.S., Navtej Sarna, said that Prime Minister Modi and President Trump would discuss crucial issues such as counter-terrorism, security and cyber security. Earlier, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that he is expecting a very robust discussion to take place between the two leaders.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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