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Ghazipur: Local journalist, also an RSS worker shot dead, brother sustains injuries

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An RSS worker was on Saturday shot dead by bike-borne assailants in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur and his brother suffered a bullet injury while trying to save him, police said.The three assailants brandishing firearms attacked RSS worker Rajesh Mishra (40), who is also a journalist, when he and his brother were sitting in their building material shop in Brahmanpura Chatti this morning, circle officer Hridayanad Singh said.Mishra was shot in his head.When his brother Amitesh Mishra (35) intervened, he was shot in the abdomen, Singh said.The brothers were taken to the district hospital, where Rajesh was declared brought dead, while Amitesh was referred to Varanasi for treatment.ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar said in Lucknow that two of the attackers have been identified.”Of the three assailants, two have been identified, and soon all of of them will be arrested,” he added. Earlier this week, a senior RSS worker was killed in Punjab, while Kerala has been reeling over attacks on RSS workers

Dengue death toll rises to five

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s not just cases but deaths related to dengue are also slowly rising in the Capital. The recently released municipal report stated the dengue death toll in the city had reached three, while the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Hospital confirmed another two dengue deaths on Friday, taking the toll to five.From the three deaths, there were two victims — both women and one boy. Meena Devi, 49, from Karawal Nagar, died at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) on September 2, and Rhoda Daimai, 26, from Manipur died at Holy Family Hospital on August 27, but it took two months for the MCD to confirm them in their weekly report. Earlier, the mosquito-borne disease had claimed its first victim in the city this year, when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndrome at SGRH on August 1. Daimai had come to Delhi for her treatment.Meanwhile, overall cases have crossed the 5,000 mark, totaling up to 5,220. Of the total 5,220 dengue cases, 2,564 were residents of Delhi, while the rest were from other states. Of the 2,564 Delhi cases, 757 were reported this month, and 412 in the last one week.Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between mid-July and November-end. This year, however, it has been much earlier due to the early arrival of the monsoon.HEALTH ALERTEarlier, the mosquito-borne disease had claimed its first victim in the city this year, when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndrome at SGRH on August 1.
Residents say with the authorities turning a blind eye to safety norms, they are the ones who always have to pay the price.

Rajasthan govt brings ordinance to shield judges, babus from public scrutiny, probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An ordinance by the Rajasthan government will prevent cases being lodged against officers and judges for any act commited by them while they were in service. The ordinance also prevents courts from issuing directions to register cases against them. Further the ordinance prevents that the names or pictures of the persons to be made public.The Ordinance was implemented on September 7 and is likely to come up for discussion in the coming assembly session to take the form of a Bill. The ordinance titled Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 is an Amendment in the section 156 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and provides that “no magistrate shall order an investigation against a person who is or was a judge or magistrate or a public servant, as defined under any other law for the time being in force, in respect to the act done by them while purporting or act in the discharge of their official duties, except with previous sanction under the section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Act No 2 of 1974) or under any other law for the time being in force”As per the provisions of the ordinance, the sanctioning authority shall take a decision on the sanction of prosecution within 180 days, in case the sanctioning authority fails to do so, automatic prosecution shall be deemed to have been issued.It provides that no one shall print, publish or publicize the name, address, photograph or any other details or particulars of the judge, magistrate or public servant that can lead to the disclosure of his identity. It further states that anyone who violates the above provisions of the ordinance could be fined and / or imprisoned up to two years.As per legal experts this ordinance will render registration of cases against corrupt public servants to become an absolute right of the government. As the agencies that register cases are government agencies. The next option available to the common man was to register court complaint (istagasa) and court to order its registration under 156/3; but the new ordinance prevents that.Social activists feel that the other provision of protection of identity would prevent the media from publishing news and identity of cases of corruption. The word ‘publicize’ would also give rights to the government to act against persons writing about it on social media. The home minister could not be contacted to comment on the issue.Kavita Shrivastav, national secretary PUCL, said the if the Ordinance gives absolute complete immunity to all in government, including the political executive bureaucrats and all levels of judiciary then it is unacceptable. He said: “The govt has the responsibility of ensuring protection of fundamental rights and if there is violation in the implementation, then the people have a right to question and prosecution to make them accountable. If the ordinance gives immunity to all in govt and judiciary It will be defeated in court of law and the PUCL will scrutinize challenge it in the Rajasthan High court or Supreme Court.”How the ordinance will change things- Cases against officials are largely registered by government agencies like ACB and CID. The procedure of receiving complaint, registration of case, investigation and filing a case (chalan) takes over a year or even more. As per this ordinance, the six months period would pass, and they will go scot-free. – It will curtail the right of the common man in lodging cases against corrupt officials. Earlier the common man had the right to approach court and the court if it felt appropriate the court had the right to direct police to lodge cases. This curtails the power of the court. – It will curtail the rights of the media. The ordinance will prevent them from publishing names pictures of the officials who are accused of corruption. This will make them fearless in anonymity. – It will prevent anyone from writing on social media about corrupt officials.

Govt to recruit 3500 PT, drawing teachers for state schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat government has announced that around 3500 teachers having specialisation in Physical Training(PT) and drawing will be recruited on contractual basis. The proposal put forward by education minister was passed during cabinet meeting held on Sunday. CM Vijay Rupani had called this meeting as government could not hold cabinet meeting in last two weeks.The deputy chief minister Nitin Patel said, “Gujarat government has decided to recruit 1,739 PT and drawing teachers each.They will serve in different government schools and their recruitment will be on contractual basis for five years with monthly emoluments of Rs. 9000. If their work is found satisfactory after the review, they will be made permanent.”The government also extended the time limit of offering allowance to farmers for foreign export or transportation of tomatoes and potatoes in other states from Gujarat. The government gives Re 1 per kg to farmers as transportation allowance. Earlier the term was to expire on October 31 which has been extended to December 31 now.”We observed that the farmers were hugely benefitted by this scheme but the production of potatoes and tomatoes has increased this year. Farmers have a huge stocks of tomatoes and potatoes and they had made representations before the government to extend the limit of this scheme. The government has agreed on their demands and the term is extended up to the year end,” added Patel.CM TO INAUGURATE CITY PROJECTS TODAYChief minister Vijay Rupani will inaugurate several public projects, including flagging off 40 new buses of Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation, in Ahmedabad on Monday. The CM will dedicate different public amenities, prepared at an expense of Rs. 155 crore and prepare grounds for upcoming projects by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation at an expense of Rs. 49 crore. Rupani will also lay a foundation stone for projects of Rs. 181.33 crore to be made by Ahmedabad Urban Development Agency.

Govt set to table Gurjar reservation bill, will it get nod from judiciary?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the upcoming session of the state assembly, the government is likely to table Gurjar reservation bill.Notably, OBC (Other Backward Class) commission has submitted report prior to preparing draft of the bill. In the report, the commission has submitted population and job data. While the report is completely based on Garg Committee.The government is dividing OBC into two categories, which is why the OBC commission had to prepare report afresh.Old OBC castes have been put together in the first category, while the second category has six castes, including Gurjars, while the total OBC reservation will go up from 21 to 26 per cent.Once, the new bill comes into effect, there will be 91 castes in the OBC. The government is now working on the draft of the new bill.However, the bill will certainly get stuck in the court. Earlier, the high court had rejected the bill for crossing overall reservation limit of 50%. This time again the quota has reached 54%.However, Gurjars believe that if the bill is stuck, then entire OBC reservation will get stuck. Then it will be up to the government to find a solution.Next talks between the government and Gurjars will be held on October 16. Devnarayan scheme will also be discussed then.“OBC commission has submitted report to the state government. Population and job figures have been included to enable the government to prepare new law. The report is confidential and based on recommendation of the Garg committee,” informed Hari Kumar Godara, Member Secretary, OBC commission.“The government should bring a solid bill. It should remove legal complication so that it doesn’t get stuck in the court. We will discuss it with the government on October 16,” says Himmat Singh Gurjar, Gurjar Leader.

J Jayalalithaa’s constituency to go to polls again by Dec

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The eight-month-old Edappadi K Palaniswami government in Tamil Nadu will yet again face a litmus test of its popularity when the bypoll to the prestigious RK Nagar Assembly seat is held in two months.Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti announced that the by-election to the RK Nagar seat, which fell vacant following the demise of then chief minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa on December 5 last year would be held before December 31. The announcement has put the political parties in poll mode once again. Earlier, two days before polling on April 12, the commission has rescinded the bypoll citing distribution of money power and other allurements in the constituency.For the ruling unified AIADMK, winning the bypoll is an imperative. The by-election comes after the merger of the rebel faction led by O Panneerselvam with the ruling Palaniswami faction in August. To stake the claim to Jayalalithaa’s legacy, the unified AIADMK needs to re-emerge victorious in the seat held by her. Besides, it would be seen as a referendum on the popularity of the Palaniswami government by the opposition parties.The unified AIADMK is likely to field the party presidium chairman E Madhusudanan, who was also the candidate of the Panneerselvam camp in the April 12 cancelled bypoll. Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, who was the candidate for the ruling faction, is likely to contest again if one goes by the assertion of his supporter V Pugazhendi. The bypoll also comes at a time when the Election Commission is set to decide on the two leaves symbol dispute and Madras High Court hearing petition challenging disqualification of 18 MLAs owing allegiance to Dhinakaran.prestige pollsThe RK Nagar seat was last held by J JayalalithaaFirst poll the reunited factions reunited will

NGT relaxes 10-year-old diesel vehicles ban in Delhi-NCR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday gave a breather in its ban imposed on 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi -NCR. NGT granted partial relief to commercial vehicles undertaking transport of essential goods on behalf of the government. These vehicles can continue to operate for another three years over the life period of ten years. Earlier, the NGT had banned 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR. It has given a breather of three years to the owner to continue using the vehicle over the life period of ten years. The partial relief does not include private individual users.Earlier in September this year, the NGT had rejected the Centre’s request to modify its earlier order to ban diesel vehicles. The green tribunal said that emissions from diesel vehicles were carcinogenic. One diesel vehicle causes pollution equivalent to 24 petrol vehicles or 40 CNG vehicles. According to media reports, the NGT has also asked neighbouring Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to identify low-pollution zones, where banned vehicles will not be allowed to enter.This should help in ensuring that the pollution curbed from entering Delhi is not pushed into other cities.

Award wapsi gang may even file petition regarding cremation of Hindus: Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court ban on firecrackers on Diwali prompted Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy to take a swipe at the “candle and award-waapsi gang”, as he said that the fear of air pollution could well lead to a plea on the cremation of Hindus.The governor, who is a former BJP leader, tweeted in Hindi on the ban on the bursting of crackers on Diwali and the Janmashtami ritual of dahi handi, which had also come up in court. “Kabhi dahi handi, aaj patakha, kal ho sakta hai pradushan ka havala lekar mombatti aur award-waapsi gang Hinduon ki chita jalaney par bhi yachika dal dey (One day it is dahi handi, today it is firecrackers; tomorrow the issue of pollution may well lead to a plea by the candle holding and award-waapsi gang on cremating Hindus),” he tweeted.The apex court had on Monday said there would be no further sale of crackers in Delhi and the NCR. Earlier, the issue of putting a cap on the age of participants and the height of human pyramids formed on Janmashtami for dahi handi — the breaking of earthenware pots — had been discussed by the courts.

Bengaluru: Pothole claims another life, woman pillion rider crushed to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Damaged roads in Bengaluru have become a nightmare for two-wheeler riders as a 47-year-old woman died in an accident on Sunday. Three people have died in a week due to city’s damaged roads and potholes. According to reports, Bengaluru has more than 15,000 potholes. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has taken serious note of the deaths and set a 15-day deadline to fix all the potholes in the capital. Bengaluru’s municipal corporation has been asked to take immediate steps in this regard.Radha Ajanappa was riding pillion on a scooter when her nephew Ravi too turn to avoid a big pothole on the arterial Mysuru road. Just then a lorry brushed against the two-wheeler. Ravi lost control of the scooter and the wheel of a truck ran over Radha Ajanappa’s neck and she died instantly. The family has blamed the state government for negligence. Family members have accused that no diversion instructions were issued and this led to the accident. Earlier, just days before, a Tamil Nadu road transport bus knocked down Anthony Joseph, 55 and his Sagai Mary, 53, who were trying to negotiate a pothole when the bus hit their scooter. Bengalur’s bad roads could be an election issue in the state assembly elections due next year and the Congress party has reportedly warned the chief minister to stem the damage as soon as possible and repair all the roads in the state capital. The condition of the roads here have deterioated immensely during the monsoon and frequent flooding over the last few months. Municipality claims that city’s 14,000 km road network has more than 15,000 potholes now and this all can be fixed once the rain stops. Now, the municipality needs to work hard to meet the deadline.

Hadiya case: Central govt trying to vilify peaceful atmosphere in Kerala, alleges advocate Dushyant Dave

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior advocate Dushyant Dave on Monday alleged in the Supreme Court that the Central government was trying to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in Kerala.Addressing the Hadiya case that involved the allegedly forcible marriage of a Hindu girl to a Muslim boy, Dave alleged that the National Investigation Agency had played into the hands of the Centre. “Your Amit Shah had gone to Kerala,” Dave claimed in court in front of Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, who took strong objection to Dave’s words, as reported in Bar and Bench, who said, :You are trying to browbeat the other side by making obnoxious statements.”This resulted in a war of words, prompting the court to adjourn the hearing to October 30. Earlier, the Kerala government on Saturday told the Supreme Court that there is no need for an NIA probe in the alleged love jihad case.The Pinarayi Vijayan government told the top court that the claims made by the National Investigation Agency that there was a ‘pattern’ in the way religious conversions were taking place in Kerala were false. The state government also said that the probe done by the Kerala Police has not revealed any startling fact that merits an NIA investigation. It must be noted that earlier, the Kerala government had said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections.The affidavit by the Kerala government comes days after the Supreme Court observed that ‘a father can’t dictate life of a 24-year-old daughter’ while hearing the ‘Love Jihad’ case. In fact, the top court had also question the Kerala High Court how it could annul the marriage of Hadiya and Shafeen Jahan under Article 26. Her father moved the Kerala High Court and claimed his daughter was indoctrinated and forcibly converted. He, in fact, said that his daughter would be be sent to Afghanistan or Syria.The High Court annulled the marriage. But Jahan approached the Supreme Court against the annulment. Earlier in August, the NIA began investigation into the case following the top court’s orders. In compliance with the orders of the apex court, the case was re-registered by the NIA and an investigation was taken up.

Facelift for Congress: Rahul Gandhi changed man after US visit, but can he beat BJP at its own game?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahul Gandhi seems to have been galvanized by his recent two-week tour of the US. The tour was important not just because it showed a new side to the Congress scion but also revealed the new political strategy of the Congress. Earlier, happy to play the ‘agitiationist’ by willfully breaking the security cordon or the ‘common man’ by standing in queue during the initial phase of demonetisation, Rahul seems to be looking to create a new avatar during the US stint — the statesman. Statements like “Prime Minister Modi is perhaps a better communicator than me” or “I like the concept of Make in India,” and then following them up with jabs through Twitter shows that the Congress scion was looking to woo a new electorate — the middle class – an area he had almost completely ignored before. Also his tweets, such as the one when he said, “the wings have fallen off our plane” – when describing the state of the economy – clearly showed Rahul was looking to be the talking point on Twitter, an area which he had earlier almost completely ignored. This new strategy will make the political battle for the Gujarat polls all the more interesting, as Congress seems to be using the BJP’s own strategies against the party. While earlier the Congress scion was content to play the role of the “common man” by standing in line with people at ATMs – after the initial announcement of demonetisation by the Prime Minister – this time around it’s a new ball game.By speaking to a relatively young crowd at well known foreign universities, Rahul is looking to win the youth card away from the PM; his candid statements seem to be a calculated move to shore up NRI support – a monopoly that so far the Prime Minister and BJP have enjoyed – and the barbs on Twitter suggest that the Congress scion finally realises the importance of setting the agenda on social media. However, given the BJP’s mass social media machine, the fight is by no means equal and there’s still a lot Rahul has to do. It is one thing to make applause-worthy statements and Tweets but quite another to sustain them in India’s cut-throat political environment. Also, the fact that though Rahul has raised important issues like jobs – he kept citing the figure of 30,000 Indians entering the market every 24 hours and barely 450 of them finding work – he has failed to offer any alternative solutions so far. That is not good enough.Still, the visit to the US has resulted in a number of important things. First, it has shown that Rahul is interested in leading the Congress party – something that earlier even those within his own party had doubted. Then, his willingness to speak his mind on a number of issues has dispelled the social media image of him being a “Pappu” and a person riding solely on the family name. Most importantly, it was a bid to unite the deeply divided state Congress in Gujarat. It may not be enough but it’s a start. The “abroad factor” has been crucial for this change. As Prime Minister Modi has demonstrated time and again, a strong showing abroad – one still remembers his ‘rock star reception’ at Madison Square Garden – works wonders with the Indian electorate. So while some people will pull Rahul up for speaking abroad, rather than in India, the fact of the matter is he managed to create a buzz which he would most certainly not have got here.It remains to be seen what Rahul does with the goodwill gained and how he uses it for the upcoming Gujarat polls. But there are certain indicators that we can see. By choosing to speak abroad when he did, Rahul wanted NRIs, many of whom are Modi supporters, to think twice. This was especially important as the NRIs, especially those of Gujarati origin, turned out en masse to help the PM’s high tech electoral campaign in 2014. It’s a tall order to think that the Congress can woo away such people but Rahul’s foray has shown that the party is finally willing to try.The Congress’ adoption of the BJP’s methods of campaigning is best seen on social media. The campaign called Vikas Gando thayo chhe which lampoons the BJP’s claims of development over the last 20 years in the state – the party has been in power in Gujarat since 1998 – strikes in an area which the NDA has been dominant thus far. Such tactics may or may not yield dividends for them at the EVM box, but it may give the ruling party at the state some pause for thought. After all, the BJP’s polling strategies, have worked wonders for the saffron party so far. Could they actually work for the Congress?

Kerala: People from Dalit, backward communities appointed as priests by temple board

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a significant step, the Travancore Devaswom (Temple) Recruitment Board broke the tradition and has appointed people from Dalit, backward communities as priests.The board released a list of 62 candidates and 36 shortlisted people are from Dalit and backward communities, reported CNN-News18.The candidates were selected after interviews and necessary tests and for the first time appointment is being done on the basis of reservation norms.The selected candidates will be appointed in temples under the Travancore Devaswom Board.The Travancore Devaswom (Temple) Recruitment Board has led the way for social inclusion in Kerala as it shortlisted 36 people from Dalit and backward communities as temple priests. The instructions had been given by Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran asking the board to comply with the merit list and reservation norms, said an official statement.“Earlier, we had some priests from backward communities who made it to the list through merit. The demand for reservation for Dalits has been persisting for several decades. Previous attempts to meet the demand had faced stiff resistance from certain quarters. But now we have made it a reality,’’ said Board chairman Rajagopalan Nair.

Rajasthan HC orders more facilities for Kurjas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan HC has disposed of a PIL regarding demoiselle cranes (called kurja in Rajasthani). A division bench headed by Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog issued directives to the state government for necessary arrangements for the migratory birds in Khichan village in Phalodi tehsil. Earlier, the high court had also asked the government to shift high tension lines passing over feeding place for these birds. Following the court’s instructions, a committee had gone for inspection of the site and submitted its report with some suggestions.The state government, through chief secretary, had assured the court of implementing most of the suggestions. Now, five high tension towers would be shifted one kilometer away. Besides, 3000 square meter land would be allotted for bird’s feeding place. Three water bodies would be constructed for drinking water while 400-bigha land would also be identified across the road.

Mid-term relief for farmers of 4 dists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the first time, the government has decided to give mid-term claims to the farmers insured under the Prime Minister Crop Insurance scheme. The agriculture department has given its approval for the claim. The relief will now be given to the farmers of Jalore, Sirohi, Barmer and Pali.Notably, recently these four districts of the state were affected with excessive rainfall and the farmers had to bear huge losses during the rains between July 22 to July 30. They were facing hardships and were in need of relief . Therefore, it has been decided that the farmers will be extended mid-term relief.It is learned that chief minister Vasundhara Raje had directed agriculture minister Prabhulal Saini regarding this and subsequently, the entire exercise was undertaken and approval of Rs105 crore and 42 lakh as claim was given by the department of agriculture.Giving the information, Saini said that the crops which suffered more than 50% of damage are being given 25% amount of premium and the rest of the amount will be paid after crop cutting.As per the estimate, in these four districts crops in more than 14 lakh hectares of area was affected due to excessive rainfall. Earlier, the three insurance companies had issued about Rs10 lakh and 62 thousand policies in these four districts.Now as per the directions, farmers of Barmer will get mid term claim of Rs60 crore and 20 lakhs, Sirohi farmers will get claim of Rs31 crore and 38 lakhs while the farmers of Pali and Jalore will get mid-term claim of Rs42 crore.

ILBS nurses on indefinite strike over colleague’s sacking

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a nurse attempted suicide by slitting her wrist on Friday, the entire nursing staff of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) has gone on an indefinite strike. In fact, on Saturday, 12 pre-planned surgeries at the hospital could not be performed, 350-400 patients in the Out-Patient Department had to wait the entire day, and many in-patients were discharged.Senior nurse Jeena Joseph, a patient care executive, slit her wrist in the hospital washroom after she was handed over the termination letter. She was later found by colleagues and given basic treatment, before being shifted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. Following this, the nursing staff went on an a strike, accusing the hospital management of ignoring their grievances for long.Then on Sunday, in a written statement, the hospital appealed to the employees to “view Jeena’s termination as an individual case of disciplinary action, based solely on her individual misconduct and unprompted by any prejudice against any other employee”. “Her termination is not a sign of obstinacy and high-handedness on part of the ILBS management,” it stated.Talking about her ordeal, Joseph said: “My contract expires on October 16, but I was told that there was some problem with my conduct and was handed over the termination letter. Now, I am being given psychiatric consultation at the hospital as they are trying to declare me mentally disturbed. If I had psychiatric issues, the entire nursing staff would not be supporting me.”Earlier on July 17, Jeena was issued a show cause notice, reportedly after she raised her voice against the management during a meeting. The notice stated that instead of putting across the employees’ grievances, she used the occasion to display her contempt for rules, show disrespect for the authority, and general affront to the management by using offensive language. “I had only shared the grievances faced by employees,” she said.Also, earlier in June, another ILBS nurse, Rakesh Sharma, had gone on an eight-day hunger strike after his colleague Anil Lamba’s services were terminated. Then the entire nursing staff had held a candlelight march on July 24, followed by an announcement of an indefinite strike. At the time, the hospital authorities had assured the staffers of changes. According to the employees, services of over 21 employees have been terminated in the last few years.

Maa Durga takes away all negativity, fills us with positivity: Bihar family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the Jaipuriars, the nine-day Navratri festival is all about Mother goddess Durga absorbing their negativity and filling their lives with positivity. The Bihar family that has been living in Navi Mumbai since 1994 has been celebrating Navratri with fervour.”My mother has been doing it for more than 50 years,” says Nawanit Jaipuriar, a 51-year-old chartered accountant, who lives with his mother, wife and two children.”She would bring Kalash at home and continues to read Durga Saptshati, which is about Goddess Durga defeating the demon Mahisashura,” said Nawanit.The family begins the celebration from Mahalaya, which starts after the period in which departed souls are remembered. A metal pot filled with water is kept over a basket and is filled with soil, sand and barley.”Over that, we place rice in a cup. While the metal pot is symbolic of a mother, the coconut is of her husband Lord Shiva. Mother always takes away all our negativity and blesses us with positive ones,” said Rashmi, Nawanit’s wife.Each day, water is sprinkled on the mud and barley for nine days after which a havan (holy fire) concludes the prayer ritual.”We do a puja every day in the morning and evening,” says Nawanit. There is also a tradition of placing clothes, which have changed with the times. “Earlier clothes to be worn on Dashami day would to be placed before the Kalash but now only towels are kept. These are then given to family members,” says Nawanit.While primarily, Goddess Durga and her nine incarnations are worshipped, on the last day, even Lord Ram is remembered.”Vijay Dashami is also celebrated as Dusshera and marks the beginning of the homecoming of Lord Ram after he killed Ravan. Both are victories of good over evil,” says Rashmi.

7-year-old Pakistani girl granted visa for heart surgery in India; Swaraj prays for her early recovery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday granted a visa to Pakistani girl for open heart surgery in India.”Respected Sushma Swaraj mam my daughter need open heart surgery. I applied in August, still the visa is in process. Please help us,” tweeted a patient’s mother Nida Shoaib.Replying to the tweet, Swaraj said, “Yes, we are allowing Visa for your 7 years old daughter’s open heart surgery in India. We also pray for her early recovery.”Earlier in July, Sushma granted medical visa to a Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) resident Osama Ali, who was diagnosed with a tumour and wanted to come to Delhi for his treatment.In a similar incident in June, Sushma granted a medical visa to a four-month-old toddler from Pakistan, who then underwent a successful heart surgery at Jaypee Hospital in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.Sushma is popular wide across the globe for her active presence on social media and immediate address of people trying to reach out to her.

Sonia Gandhi relieves Ashok Choudhary from his post as Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee chief

Updated: Sep 26, 2017, 08:19 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday relieved Ashok Choudhary from his post as Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee chief with immediate effect. According to the sources the leaders of the party were unhappy with Ashok for dwindling prospects in the state and discontent among party cadres. Earlier in September, a faction of the Bihar Congress, led by state president Ashok, gave a miss to the anti-BJP rally in Bihar. He also did not go to Delhi on being summoned by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi for a meeting to discuss the crisis in Bihar after the collapse of the Grand Alliance. The Congress had dismissed the reports of a possible rift in the party’s Bihar unit, saying that such allegations are being made since the Janata Dal United (JDU) severed all ties with Mahagathbandhan.

Corrupt PWD secy stalls projects to benefit firms: AAP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday accused Delhi Public Works Department (PWD) Secretary Ashwani Kumar of indulging in corruption and intentionally stalling development works in the national Capital.Party’s Burari MLA Sanjeev Jha wrote a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, stating that Kumar has been stalling many works in Delhi to favour certain companies. “To make Delhi safe for women, the AAP government plans to install CCTV cameras across the city. But the Secretary has stalled this project. We have information that it is being done to benefit two big companies,” Jha said.Calling the allegations totally baseless and absurd, Kumar told DNA, “The baseless allegations amount to criminal defamation. Regarding the procurement of CCTV cameras, I had submitted the file and recommendations long ago but the file is still pending. This is because the government has not identified the locations for these 1.5 lakh cameras.”He added, “They want to give these cameras to individual households rather than installing them at public places. They have a tendency to delay projects in order to make money. Since I don’t allow that, they had no option left but to make these rubbish allegations.”Kumar also pointed out in his report that the tender for the project should be “open and competitive”. Despite this, the government started talks with a French company he alleged.It is not the first time that the AAP government has levelled charges against Kumar. Earlier in June, Kejriwal had written to Chief Secretary MM Kutty, demanding action against him for not overseeing de-silting of drains.

J&K: Encounter underway in Uri; 1 terrorist killed, 2 more believed to be trapped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least one terrorist was killed on Sunday in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri area in Baramulla sector.According to reports, two to three more terrorists have been trapped. “Cordon was laid and search operation started in Kalgai area of Uri this morning following information about presence of militants in the area,” an Army official said.He said the search operation tuned into an encounter after the militants opened fire on the security forces.The civilian population has been evacuated from the area and the operation is still going on,” he added. Earlier on Tuesday, a grenade attack by the terrorists in South Kashmir’s Tral claimed lives of at least three citizens and injured 17 CRPF personnel.​

Twitter: IRCTC shuns the ban on banks from using debit cards as payment gateway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>IRCTC took to Twitter on Saturday to refute Friday’s news that the railway subsidiary had banned the use of debit cards of all but seven banks over a convenience fee. Friday’s report said that IRCTC had banned the debit cards of several banks including ICICI and State Bank of India from its payment gateway.This ban was levied because certain banks had refused to give away a share of the convenience fee they charged customers for booking tickets online.The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation clearly denied the ban on Twitter. They also said that the debit cards of various banks were accepted through seven payment gateways on its official website. IRCTC and several banks are trying to come to settle over the distribution of fees charged while booking tickets online. Post the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes IRCTC had waived the convenience fee charged to customers and according to a senior executive they were losing on to Rs 50,000 a day after giving up the Rs.20 fee. Earlier, IRCTC had asked banks to share with it half the convenience fee that lenders recover from card transactions on the website. However, the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) has been reportedly being the mediator between the two, in order to resolve the issue.

Assam’s 101-foot bamboo idol of Goddess Durga to hit Guinness Book of World Records

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 101-foot bamboo idol of Goddess Durga is all set to hit the Guinness Book of Records of the world’s tallest bamboo sculpture in Guwahati. Art Director Nuruddin Ahmed and his team comprised of 40 artisans are making the Idol for Guwahati’s Bishnpur Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee. Nuruddin and his team had started the work on the tallest bamboo creation on 1st August. Earlier the bamboo structure was proposed to be of 110-feet tall, but unfortunately on 17th August the whole structure collapsed due to heavy storms in the region. Deep Ahmed, the coordinator of the projects told NDTV,”It was a challenge to complete the project in just six days. People encouraged us to start afresh and we have already managed to finish almost 70 per cent of the structure.”The four-day Durga Puja celebrations commence on 27th of September. “The specialty about this idol is that the whole structure is made of bamboo. Not a single thing is made of any metal or plastic,” he added.National award-winner Art Director Nuruddin Ahmed has been designing Durga Idols since 1975. He has designed the most talked about sets in the city.He secretly desires to rede-sign the city’s landscape, his home for almost over three decades. Ahmed has also won many accolades for his contribution to the field of stagecraft.Ahmed, being a Muslim is often questioned on his creations for Hindu festivals. He says, “An artist has no religion and his only religion and duty is to serve humanity.”

Ryan International murder: CEO Ryan Pinto and family summoned by Gurugram police for interrogation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you thought public outrage and media frenzy–after the murder of seven-year-old Pradhyumn ​Thakur in Ryan International School’s Bhondsi branch–would make Gurugram police take swift action to nab the real culprits, then think again. Gurugram police, already battling charges of going slow in the case allegedly to protect the real culprits, seems in no hurry to interrogate the trustees of Ryan School. Pinto family has been summoned by Gurugram police for interrogation on September 26.This despite the fact that Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday refused to stay arrests of Ryan School trustees in this case. Earlier, the Bombay High had rejected anticipatory bail application of Pinto family. But, Gurugram police has decided to wait until September 26 to interrogate the high-profile Ryan School trustees. The school owners – founder Augustine Francis Pinto, MD Grace Pinto and CEO Ryan Pinto — are based in Mumbai. Police teams could have easily gone to Mumbai to interrogate the Pinto family so as to pitch together all the evidence that could still be retrieved. Delay in investigation and interrogation would, at best, help the accused and this also increases the chances of tampering with the evidence. At a time when police teams should actually be pouncing on the head to suspects to get to the bottom of the real truth, the excaxtly opposite seems to be happening on the ground. Denial of anticipatory bails from two courts meant the noose was actually tightening on Pinto family. But Gurugram police has decided to wait till Tuesday to start with the interrogation of Pinto family.Earlier, Ryan Pinto was served a notice by Gurugram police which sought answers from him about security lapses in the school and names of those responsible for those lapses. Ryan Pinto’s statements become vital as the school faces a criminal case for negligence.

Maharashtra farm loan waiver: Number of beneficiaries may be less than 89 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The actual number of farmers who are expected to benefit from the Maharashtra government’s loan waiver is likely to be less than the earlier estimate of 89 lakh, said officials of the state cooperation department.Announcing the Rs 34,000-crore loan waiver scheme, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman Yojana, in June, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said 89 lakh farmers would benefit from it.Last week, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said at least 10 lakh bank accounts of farmers were fake and they will not get any benefit of the loan waiver.His statement invited criticism from opposition leaders as well as farmer organisations.However, the officials maintained Patil may not be widely off the mark.When contacted, the department officials maintained that despite several reminders, the cooperative and public sector banks have failed to provide a detailed list of farmers having outstanding loan.This has raised suspicion about the exact number of agriculturists having outstanding loans, they said.Currently, farmers are in the process of filing applications for getting benefit under the scheme. The state government has extended the deadline from September 14 to 22 for receiving online applications from eligible cultivators.State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) possesses details of all the banks and farmers having outstanding loans.A senior officer from SLBC said, “Earlier, the practice was to handover an account number and write the outstanding loan amount next to it.”In view of the 2007-8 loan waiver controversy, when undeserving loans were also settled, the current state government sought names of farmers as per the banks’ record.Banks had to make necessary changes to come up with a list of all the required details of farmers.”The department officials said despite several requests the banks have also not given the list of beneficiaries of 2007-8 loan waiver scheme.”It has been said that some 70 lakh farmers from Maharashtra benefited from the 2007-8 loan scheme, but not a single name is available with any bank in the state. This is a serious issue and can’t be allowed to happen again.”Hence, we have undertaken the tedious task of finding the actual number of beneficiaries, which we think, would be less than 89 lakh,” the officials said.As per the scheme’s guidelines, only one members outstanding loan in a family will be considered for waiver.Despite this, every member in a family having some unpaid agricultural loan is filling the form and uploading it on the government portal. This practice would increase the documentation processing and verification time, they said.As only one person in a family is going to be eligible for loan write-off, the actual number of beneficiaries will come down from earlier estimate, the officials added.As on last Sunday, 1,00,85,326 farmers have registered themselves with the government for loan waiver. Of these, 55,40,732 have filled the required form and uploaded it on the government’s website.

Even Mahatma Gandhi couldn’t teach PM Modi patriotism: Manish Tewari mocks PM on his birthday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On PM Modi’s birthday, Congress leader and former Union Minister Manish Tewari borrowed a leaf from his colleague Digvijiaya Singh’s book and used certain unparliamentary words to describe the PM.Taking to Twitter, Tewari mocked a Twitter user to suggest that even Mahatma Gandhi couldn’t teach ‘PM Modi patriotism’.He wrote: “This is what it means to make ch*t*yas (‘idiots’) bhakts (‘devotees’ or ‘followers’) and make fools out of bhakts. Even Mahatma cannot teach Modi deshbhakti (‘patriotism’).”He has wished the PM on his birthday just before making the controversial tweet. Clearly self-control and extending common courtesy to keep political hostilities away for a day is not Manish Tewari’s forte. Earlier, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh stoked a major controversy by posting a tweet that used abusive language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, prompting the BJP to demand an apology from his party for the “filthy abuse”. Singh later disowned it, saying retweets are not endorsements, but the trolls did not spare him.”Retweets are never endorsements. This is the basic principle of Twitter,” he said after the controversy erupted. “I have said it is not mine. I have disowned it. I have not used those words,” he clarified, adding that “my tweet does not endorse this.” He added that “my words are that he is the best in the ‘art of fooling’. Is it abusive?”Asked whether he endorsed what he retweeted, he said, the same had been sent to him by someone and he only retweeted it. “I have said that this is not mine. But, could not help it.” “Not mine but couldn’t help posting it. My apologies to the person concerned. He is the best in the “Art of Fooling!”,” he said while posting a picture of Modi with the offensive tweet.With inputs from PTI

PM Narendra Modi dedicates bullet train project to New India, calls it big gift from Japan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai which is expected to be completed by 2022.Stating that the motto of the project is more productivity with high-speed connectivity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “I congratulate the people of India as we have taken a bold step to realise an old dream of a bullet train.””Bullet train project will not only shorten the distance between places but among people too – “Aapnu amdavad & Amchi Mumbai,” said Modi.Modi said that bullet train project will bring employment and speed. “Next generation growth will be around high-speed corridors. The transport system is of prime importance for a nation’s development and high-speed train project will open doors for economic growth.”The Prime Minister also said that the bullet train is a big gift from Japan to India. “Japan is such a friend that it gave a loan of Rs 88,000 crore at 0.1% interest,” Modi said.Taking a swipe at Opposition parties, Modi said, “Earlier they used to say it was big talk, and they are asking what is the need for it.”Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Modi as a visionary leader and said that Indo-Japan partnership is special, strategic and global.”Dear friend PM Modi is a far sighted leader. He made a decision of making New India and chose Japan as a partner, we completely support it. Japan is committed for ‘Make In India’,” he added.”If we merge Japan’s Ja and India’s I then it became ‘Jai’. If we work together nothing is impossible,” Abe said.The Prime Minister also said that he hopes to enjoy the beautiful scenery of India through the windows of bullet train when he comes back here in few years.

3 days on, parents wary of sending kids to school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after the murder of a seven-year-old student in the premises of Gurugram’s Ryan International School, fear continued to grip parents of children studying in other branches of the school.While several parents have decided against sending their kids to school on Monday, others are thinking of personally dropping and picking them up, instead of letting them use the school vehicles.”My 8-year-old son studies in Class III at Ryan’s Vasant Kunj branch. We are really scared of sending him to the school after this incident. I don’t want to put my son in any danger,” said Kanishk Mehta, an engineer.Mehta, however, wasn’t sure what could be done to ensure the safety of his child. “School is considered as one of the safest places for a kid. Working parents leave their little ones there, trusting the school authorities with their safety. But after this incident, my wife and I are considering homeschooling our son,” he said.And Mehta is not alone. Several hundreds of parents are in a fix after a Class II student was found with his neck slit in a school toilet on Friday. Earlier in January, 2016, Devansh Kakora, 6, had died at Ryan’s Vasant Kunj branch, reportedly after falling into a water tank. “If things continue like this, we will have to think about changing our daughter’s school next year,” said Divya Sehgal, another parent.According to the principal of a Ryan school, who did not wish to be named, her phone hasn’t stopped ringing since Friday night. “I’m getting calls and messages from parents, inquiring about the safety measures being taken in my school. There is palpable fear and anxiety among parents,” she said.Meanwhile, the school management has suspended the acting principal of its Gurugram branch. Parents, however, think a stricter action should have been taken against her. “A case of negligence should have been registered against the principal,” said Pramod Kamboj, father of two students at the Ryan International school in Gurugram.

Blue Whale scare: Lucknow schools ban mobile phones

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what appears to be a preventive step in view of Blue Whale game-related deaths in Uttar Pradesh, the District Education department has banned use of mobile phones in all schools in the state capital, Lucknow.In a circular issued to all CBSE, ICSE and UP Board Schools, the District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) directed ban on use of mobile phones on the school premises.A 13-year-old Class VII student Aditya Vardhan Singh had hanged self on September 7 in Lucknow after playing Blue Whale online game. Earlier, another student had committed suicide by hanging self in Hamirpur district of Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh. The ban on use of mobile phones has been imposed to discourage students playing the game.”We have issued order in this regard and directed school authorities to ensure that no student carries mobile phones on school premises. Parents have also been issued instructions to keep a watch on behavioural changes in children,” said Mukesh Kumar Singh, the DIOS.The DIOS also directed the school authorities to check students randomly and counsel them if they appear tense or show abnormal behaviour.The Union Home Ministry has already put a ban on the Blue Whale game across the country. DGP Sulkhan Singh has also issued guidelines for parents to pay special attention to children and keep a close vigil on their activities when they use mobile and internet at home.He has also suggested counseling sessions by teachers in the presence of parents about the killer online game. All district police chiefs have been asked to coordinate with school authorities in this regard to create awareness among students as well as parents about the infamous game which is driving children to commit suicide.ALERT IN KOLKATAKolkata police have started issuing guidelines to school authorities regarding ways to identify symptoms and deal with the growing Blue Whale game menace at schools.
“We have begun sending letters to schools with guidelines. We have also taken to social media to spread awareness about the game,” said a senior police officer.

Three killed as heavy rains lash Bengaluru

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three members of a family were killed after a huge tree fell on their car when heavy rains with thunderstorm pummelled Bengaluru, bringing the city to its knees.The police said a 38-year-old woman, her husband and her brother were the victims. A number of trees were uprooted and water gushed into houses in many low-lying areas as the city experienced a heavy downpour.Traffic was thrown out of gear as uprooted trees blocked the roads and many important roads were waterlogged, compelling motorists to wade through it.Areas such as Banashankari, Richmond Road, Gali Anjaneya Temple, Vijayanagar, Majestic, Shanthinagar, BTM Layout, Madivala and Sarjapura Road were badly affected due to the torrential rains.Many vehicles in the basements of low-lying areas were almost submerged. Earlier in the afternoon too, the city had witnessed heavy rains.Sajjanraj Mehta, a resident of Hanumanthanagar told PTI that a huge tree fell on the main gate of his house damaging the gate as well as an electric pole.The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike was flooded with complaints about uprooting of trees, floods and power disruption.The meteorology department recorded 62.4 mm rain by 8.30 pm. Meteorology officials said cyclonic circulation above the Bay of Bengal adjoining Andhra Pradesh and a trough from Chhattisgarh to Tamil Nadu caused heavy rains.There would be heavy rains in the next 48 hours, they said.

Gurugram student murdered by bus conductor over ‘attempted sexual assault’: 10 updates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A seven-year-old student was found with his throat slit in a washroom of Gurugram’s Ryan International School on Friday.Here are 10 major updates in the case:1: The Gurugram Police on Friday arrested the bus conductor of the Ryan School in connection with the murder of class II student.2: Gurugram DCP Simardeep Singh said the 24-year-old accused murdered the child after he tried to sexually assault the victim.3: The cops also said that the accused had gone to use the toilet when he saw the boy. He attempted to abuse him and killed the child after he raised an alarm.4: The bus conductor has been working at the Ryan International School for past six months, the police said.5: At the time of the incident, the accused already had a knife in his pocket, Singh told media on Friday.6: The 7-year-old was murdered within an hour after his father dropped him off in morning around 7:30 am.7: The body of the child with two deep cuts going up to his ear lying in the pool of blood showed the sheer brutality with which the 7-year-old was allegedly murdered.8: Though there is anger against the way the school authorities reacted, officiating principal Neerja Batra said, “The child was looking serious. We didn’t lose a minute. We took the child in my car.”9: Victim’s father Varun Thakur has been demanding strict action against the school. “If children are murdered inside schools, how can we leave them there for eight hours,” Varun Thakur was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.10: Earlier in the day, the outraged parents vandalised the school property. Several others held a sit-in protest at the police commissioner’s office.

CATS Ambulance services running short of fuel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Essential ambulance services in Delhi hit another roadblock as the vehicles required to ferry patients are allegedly running short of fuel. Sources said that out of the 265 vehicle on the roads, 240 of them are being denied fuel at most petrol-pumps due to non-payment of dues or are getting fuel in small quantities.According to sources, the designated petrol pumps that the ambulances can use are directly paid for by a private agency – Bharat Vikas Group (BVG). Once the agency makes the payment to these petrol pumps, the ambulances to just go there for a refill.But Anil Chhillar, Para-Medical Staff Head, West Zone, claims that the agency is not doing its job. “These petrol pumps are not being paid by the agency. On Tuesday we had calls from Narela and Najafgarh, both are far places and we did not have enough fuel in the vehicles. Since we cannot say no, eventually ambulances were sent from other locations which took longer than usual. Most of the time people are told that they will have to wait at least two hours before the ambulance and they end up making their own arrangements,” he said.However, refuting the allegations,the CATS ambulances Delhi Operations Head, Laxman Singh Rana, said that no such problem is being reported by the staff.The CATS ambulances service helps over 8,000 patients every day in the city, in two different shifts. Earlier, the CATS staff union has highlighted several problems in the last one year since the private company took over including no sirens in many ambulances, no air conditioning, no oxygen, and most importantly no safety kits. None of the ambulances have swine flu kits and some even miss masks/gloves for the paramedical staff that runs them.Earlier, the staff of CATS ambulances had announced an indefinite strike in August, due to an ongoing issue with the management. The strike was later postponed due to patients getting affected and the situation seemed to have normalised. Officials however told DNA that not much has change in the situation.”We get only Rs. 500 or Rs. 700 for fuel a day for each vehicle, that’s not how ambulances run. When we get emergency calls, we should not be worried about fuel in the car, that’s the last thing a para-medical staff should bother himself with,” said Deepak Chillar, Para-Medical Staff Head, North West Zone.

Three-storey building collapses in Sadar Bazaar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A building collapsed in Paan Mandi in New Delhi’s Sadar Bazaar area on Friday evening. No casualties were reported. The incident occurred around 5 pm after which a call was made to the Fire department.”One person received some minor injuries and was released after some first-aid treatment. Our Assistant Division officer Mehmood took control of the situation. It was a 30-metre square area building and at the time of collapse nobody was inside,” said Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer, Delhi Fire Services.The collapse of the building was the second such incident in the national Capital after a landfill collapse in Ghazipur, earlier in the day. Two people were killed while six other were rescued by locals.The building which was used as a godown in the busy market area just a few hundred meters away from the New Delhi Railway Station was the second such incident to occur in the Capital on Friday. Earlier in the day, two people were killed when a Ghazipur landfill site collapsed. Police rescued six others.

‘Cops not measuring noise levels’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Anti-noise pollution activists are irked that they have not seen Mumbai police officers take down noise level readings, or direct revellers to lower the din during visarjan. Earlier, they had found that noise levels on the first of day of Ganesh immersions were higher than those recorded on the last day of immersions in 2016.Activist Sumaira Abdulali says that she found that the highest noise levels on the seventh day of immersion (Thursday) were recorded at Worli flyover, and that too in the presence of cops. She measured them at 111.5dB.”I did not come across any cops recording noise levels on the second day as well as the seventh day,” says the convenor of Awaaz Foundation, “This is surprising as they are supposed to be recording them and if found high, they should ask revellers to lower volumes.”However DCP (Operations) Rashmi Karandikar, refuted the claims, saying that they had been taking readings and will send them to the court.Abdulali also found that at many processions, participants would stop playing instruments the minute the caught sight of the decibel meter. At some processions, she saw participants hammer a sheet of metal or metal bell just to create noise. There were also reports of animals such as horses and bullock being used, as well as noisy firecrackers.On Thursday, Abdulali measured 109.2dB at around 8.22 pm at Koliwada, 110.7dB near Shiv Sena Bhavan, and 108dB at Tardeo. At 11:31 pm, noise levels near Hinduja Hospital reached 107dB.The noise levels at several other locations were found to be well above 100dB. As per norms, noise levels in a residential zone cannot be above 55 dB during the day and 45 dB after 10 pm.

J&K: At least one jawan martyred in terrorist attack on security personnel at Pantha Chowk

Updated: Sep 1, 2017, 09:03 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least four police personnel have been injured and one lost his life, after terrorists attacked a bus of security personnel at Pantha Chowk area on the outskirts of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Earlier today, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of BSF lost his life in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. Lashkar-e-Taiba is More details are awaited.

Unique protest marks DUTA polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi University’s Teachers Association (DUTA) elections on Thursday witnessed an unusual form of protest titled “laugh at leaders” by a section of ad hoc teachers over their long pending demand for maternity leave.The symbolic protest was led by Professor Anupam Kumar, a guest teacher at PGDAV (evening) and Satyawati (evening) college, who has been fighting for the rights of women ad hoc teachers for the last few years.”We did not boycott the election but we held this symbolic protest wherein we simply laughed at the candidates present outside the polling booths over their inability of delivering the long-pending demand of maternity leaves by ad hoc teachers,” he said.Nearly 4,500 ad hoc teachers are working for the varsity which is around half of the total positions in the University. Their contracts renew after every 120 days and are not entitled to any benefits including medical and maternity leave.”This is really sad that our teacher representatives could not fight for the basic rights of our ad hoc teachers. They always talk about their absorption but what about their right to get maternity leave?” Kumar asked.”I have also written to the PMO and the HRD ministry regarding the issue. I also filed a public grievance in October 2015 seeking attention of the PMO on the issue of child and maternity leave of around 2500 female maternity leave working in the University,” he said.Meanwhile, 70 percent turnout was seen DUTA election. The election was for the office of president and 15 members of executive committee. However, results were awaiting by the time this report was filed.The DUTA president is elected for a single two-year term. Earlier in 2015, the Left-affiliated Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) candidate Nandita Narain won the election bagging 2,390 out of total 6,068 votes polled followed by BJP-backed teacher’s wing National Democratic Teachers Front (NDTF) candidate VS Negi who got 2,165 votes.Congress party’s teachers unit, Indian National Teachers Congress (INTEC) did not field any candidate this year following their ‘poor’ performance in 2015. INTEC’s candidate Sanjay Kumar had received only 536 votes in the last elections.

Delhiites celebrate as DERC rules out power tariff hike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bringing relief to thousands of consumers, the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has not made any changes in the power tariff for the year 2017-2018. The new tariff schedule will come into effect from September 1.”The new tariff schedule has been prepared considering affordability and paying capacity of consumers,” BP Singh, member of DERC said.But while there is no tariff hike, fixed charges for consumers with 3, 4 and 5 KW connections have gone up. As a result, consumers will have to pay an increased fixed charge of Rs. 105, Rs. 140 and Rs. 175, respectively, as against Rs. 100 earlier.In another move aimed at benefiting consumers running small-scale commercial establishments, the power regulator has also decided to deem all such consumers having 5 KW load connection as domestic consumers.”Earlier, this clause was only applicable to those in slum areas, but now it will be applicable across the city,” Singh said.Despite such measures, the fixed charge hikes will result in 0.14-1.13 percent increase in power bills of domestic consumers who have an electricity load between 3KW and 5KW. An estimated 15 percent of all domestic consumers in the city are likely be affected.Domestic consumers number around half of the total consumers of the three power distribution companies in the national capital.Power experts said Delhi’s total revenue gap (regulatory assets) owed to the three discoms, including BSES companies BRPL and BYPL and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), is over Rs 34,000 crore till 2015-2016….& ANALYSISThe fact that power tariffs have not been increased may sound like good news but it isn’t. The losses that the three power distribution companies are facing suggests that without a gain revenue inefficient power supply will remain the norm.

Modernity creeps in

Photographer Ronny Sen chronicles two tribal communities in India to understand how change affects them.

GDP hits three-year low: Arun Jaitley hopes for revival, P Chidambaram calls it ‘catastrophe’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Finance Minster Arun Jaitley on Thursday attributed the lower GDP numbers to pre-GST destocking of goods and expressed hope that the economy will grow at 7%, saying the manufacturing sector has bottomed out.He further said that improvement in the global economy and good monsoon will aid GDP growth in the coming quarters which ought to be better if the country is to achieve the annual growth target. The Economic Survey had projected a growth of 6.75% to 7.5% for 2017-18. “Global economy is improving faster than what we thought and that is a positive trend. The domestic public investment is certainly going to be quite high because the revenue trend seems to be positive.On the same rationale, with reforms continuing, the confidence in the economy globally being high, the FDI (inflow) will continue. The monsoon overall — the bigger picture — looks to be good and therefore that should send a positive impact,” he said. “Another area of possibility is, are we able to get early successes for the banking system for the insolvency itself,” he said. Terming the first quarter GDP data as a matter of concern, the finance minister said the government requires both in policy and investment to work more to improve this figure.
ALSO READ GDP numbers a concern, manufacturing down due to GST impact on destocking: Arun JaitleyThe detailed analysis shows that whereas the agriculture is in the normal range, the manufacturing has bottomed out to 1.6 per cent from 3.1 per cent. The investment and services have improved, he said, adding the decline in manufacturing is because of GST impact.”Since it was announced that GST would come into operation from July 1, most manufacturers were de-stocking during period April-June. As a result, trading went up because sales were taking place but it was stocks which were being sold. No new manufacturing happened,” he said. This seems to be the pre-GST impact of de-stocking and that seems to be the most predominant reason, other factors could have also contributed, he added.When asked about whether the GDP can grow at 7 per cent this fiscal, Jaitley said, “I am hopeful, because of the pre- GST de-stocking, this would really be the bottoming out.” Earlier, Economic Affairs Secretary S C Garg said the growth is expected to improve in the next few quarters. Demonetisation, GST were the measures that impacted economic activities in the past 6-7 months. Those (demonetisation and GST) have reasonably played out now and from next quarter onwards, we would see the positive implication and impact of these two on GDP growth,” Garg said. India is sitting in a quarter where economy has started turning the corner, he added. Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today termed sub-6 per cent GDP growth as a “catastrophe” and said slow growth, low investment and no jobs were markers of the slide in economy. He said the GDP and GVA figures were more evidence of former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s indictment of “monumental mismanagement”. “Our worst fears have come true. Sub-6 percent growth is a catastrophe,” the Congress leader tweeted. “1 pc decline in GDP is a loss of Rs 1.5 lakh crore. 2% decline is a loss of Rs 3 lakh crore (sic),” he posted on Twitter.

No less than custodial rape: Justice Jagdeep Singh indicts Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh at sentencing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The victims revered Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on the pedestal of God but he committed breach of the gravest nature, a special court today said while refusing any leniency as it sentenced him to 20 years in jail for raping two of his “gullible and blind followers”.The court awarded 10 years of sentence each for the rape of two women by making it clear that both the punishment will run consequently against the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda.While observing that a man who has neither any concern for humanity nor has any mercy in his nature does not deserve leniency, the CBI court said such criminal act by one who is stated to be heading a religious organisation is bound to shatter images of pious and sacred spiritual social cultural and religious institutions existing in the country since time immemorial.
ALSO READ Full CBI statement explaining why Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh got 20-year sentence instead of 10The court also imposed a fine of Rs 15 lakh each against the Dera chief in both the cases and said that both the victims would get Rs 14 lakh each as compensation.”Having due regard to the peculiar fact and circumstances of the case, the court is of the view that if acts of the convict in sexually exploiting his own female disciples and intimidating them of dire consequences is taken note of, then such kind of persons does not deserve any kind of leniency from the court,” special judge Jagdeep Singh said in his 9- page.
ALSO READ Jagdeep Singh: Judge who sent Gurmeet Ram Rahim for 20 years in jailThe court added, “Such criminal act of a particular individual/convict who is stated to be heading a religious organisation known as Dera Sacha Sauda having its headquarters at Sirsa are bound to shatter images of pious and sacred spiritual social cultural and religious institutions existing in the country since times immemorial, which in turn reflects irreparable damages caused by the acts of the convict to the heritage of this ancient land.”Earlier during the arguments, CBI’s advocate told the court that the Dera chief had committed sexual assault on the victim who used to treat him as a father and used to worship him as God and the convict had shattered the faith and exploited both the victims physically and psychologically.
ALSO READ ‘Thodi ji riyayat,’ How Gurmeet Ram Rahim went from rapist brute to crying baby in Rohtak courtHe also said that victims were staying in the premises of Dera under the custody of the convict and his act is not less than “custodial rape”, the advocate said.He said that Dera chief had projected himself as godman and took undue advantage of his position and committed rape on innocent girls.”This is not an ordinary case but rarest of rarer case which has larger implications for the entire society and accordingly the convict deserves maximum punishment,” the counsel said.He added that instances of rape by the convict by taking benefit of his privileged position threatening the victims with dire consequences in the event of disclosing the crime to anyone were some of the aggravating factors that must be taken into account while sentencing the convict.The advocate for the Dera chief had sought leniency while submitting that Singh was 50 years old and suffering from hyper-tension, acute diabetes and sever back-ache problem for last eight years.He also sought leniency on the ground that his client was into welfare works into the society and there were so many institutions like schools and colleges which are being run by the trust under his motivation and thousands of people are employed in various institutions of the trust.”He is running maximum social work in Haryana specially when the government has failed to do such works. He has motivated people to even marry prostitutes and had played commendable role in drug de-addiction from the society,” the defence advocate said.

Knee patient hopeful as implant rates slashed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first knee surgery that Gyan Singh, 76, underwent left his daughter and son-in-law nearly bankrupt. In dire need of another implant, Singh was at his wits’end when the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority’s (NPPA) decision to slash prices of knee implants came as a blessing at just the right time. Earlier, a standard knee replacement cost Rs 158,324 but thanks to the government regulatory agency, it will now cost Rs 54,720 — almost one-third of the prevalent rate.Singh was admitted to a private hospital in September last year after his family could not secure a bed in a government hospital. A week in the private hospital cost the family over Rs four lakh. To add to their woes, Singh’s knee got infected as he is a diabetic. He was then shifted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where doctors advised him to get another implant.Devendra Singh Bisht, Singh’s son-in-law, said: “He lives alone on his pension. We tried to help but we also do not have much. Knowing this, he refused to get the second surgery done. He did not want us to spend lakhs on him. But it was so difficult to see him in pain.” The second surgery, or the revision implant, is sometimes even more expensive than the first one as it is carries more risk and requires more expertise. But after the implant rates were slashed, Singh’s second surgery, which was conducted last week, cost 65 per cent less than the first one. He is currently recovering at the Orthopedic Trauma ward of the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and his family now hopes that he will not spend the rest of his life in pain.

Bawana by-poll: Vote counting today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Political parties will be waiting with bated breath as the counting of votes for the Bawana by-election takes place on Monday. The power-packed polls, which witnessed the participation of eight candidates, is expected to be a triangular contest between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the Congress. The voting for the election was held on August 23. The voting percentage, however, was just 45 per cent, lesser than for the election held in 2015, when the voting percentage was 61.83. A win in this constituency, one of the largest in the city, would fix a seat for the respective party in the 70-member Delhi Assembly. While AAP has 65 MLAs in the Assembly, BJP has four, and Congress is yet to open its account. Earlier this year, the BJP had won the Rajouri Garden by-poll with the Congress securing the second position. In a bid to capture the Bawana seat, the BJP has fielded Ved Prakash, who had won from the constituency in the 2015 election as an AAP candidate. He resigned from Assembly membership and went on to join the BJP in March this year, leading to the fresh election in the constituency. AAP’s candidate is Ram Chandra, while Congress has placed its bet on former three-time MLA from Bawana, Surendra Kumar. There are 2.94 lakh voters in Bawana, including 164,114 men, 130,143 women, and 25 third-gender voters. Voting was held peacefully in 379 polling stations across the Assembly constituency.An EVM and 17 VVPAT devices had malfunctioned during the polling, but were replaced without hindrance to voting. The officials said multiple election taking place in the city in quick succession could be a factor for the low turnout in Bawana, adding turnout is “generally low” in by-polls.

Supreme Court likely to hear pleas against Article 35A after Diwali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court is likely to hear pleas challenging Article 35A, relating to special rights and privileges of permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir after Diwali. The plea was likely to be heard on August 29, but the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir Government sought for four more weeks time to file their respective replies, as a result of which the hearing has been postponed. Earlier, the apex court had favoured hearing of the matter by a five-judge constitution bench in case the Article is ultra vires of the Constitution or if there is any procedural lapse. The plea sought that the special status given to the state of Jammu and Kashmir should be cancelled. Article 35A of the Indian Constitution is an article that empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state’s legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents, while article 370 gives special status to the state of J-K in the Indian Union. Article 35A was added to the Constitution by a Presidential Order in 1954 and accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of the Jammu and Kashmir. It also empowers the state’s legislature to frame any law without attracting a challenge on grounds of violating the Right to Equality of people from other states or any other right under the Indian Constitution. It has become a centre stage of controversy after a second plea was filed by Charu Wali Khanna, a lawyer and former member of the National Commission for Women, challenging Article 35A of the Constitution and Section 6 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution which deal with the “permanent residents” of the state. The plea has challenged certain provisions of the Constitution which deny property right to a woman who marries a person from outside the state. The provision, which makes such women from the state to lose rights over property, also applies to her son.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lt. Col Purohit was not given adequate protection by Army Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday appealed to everyone not to politicize matter revolving around Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit?s bail and said he was not given adequate protection by the Army. Talking to ANI, Parrikar said, ?This is not a matter of politics, I am not pointing finger at anyone. I believe that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was not given the adequate protection by Army at that time,? he told ANI. 2008 Malegaon Blast case accused Lt. Colonel Purohit was released from the Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai on August 23 after the Supreme Court granted him bail in the case, on the condition that he won’t leave the country without the permission of the court. After Purohit was granted bail, Congress accused Modi government of ?protecting all RSS-connected accused?. Lt. Colonel Purohit, who was in prison for the past nine years, moved the top court after the Bombay High Court rejected his bail plea earlier this year. He was granted bail with few conditions — he won’t leave the country without prior permission from the court and that his passport must be deposited to the court. Purohit was also directed to appear in the court as and when he will be directed. In addition to it, he must make himself available for any investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Meanwhile, senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appearing for Lieutenant Colonel Purohit told the media that they “relied on the new chargesheet by the NIA and it contradicted what was said in their earlier chargesheets.” A bench of justices, R.K. Agrawal and A.M. Sapre, passed the order on the plea. Earlier on August 17, the apex court reserved its order on the bail plea of Lieutenant Colonel Purohit. Salve told the court that Purohit did not want to be discharged from the case at present, but for the interest of justice, wanted an interim bail. He added that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was allegedly caught in the political crossfire and was falsely implicated in the case. A former military intelligence officer, Lieutenant Colonel Purohit, is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, along with Sadhvi Pragya and others. The 2008 Malegaon serial blasts claimed four lives and left nearly 79 injured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

TN Speaker issues notices to 19 pro-Dinakaran MLAs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Tamil Nadu Speaker P. Dhanapal on Thursday issued notices to 19 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MLAs supporting sidelined deputy chief T. T. V. Dhinakaran, seeking a clarification on a plea for their disqualification. The 19 MLAs, who are currently lodged at a resort at Puducherry, are part of the faction led by the now jailed AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala and her nephew Dhinakaran. The chief whip of the ruling AIADMK urged Speaker Dhanapal to disqualify the 19 MLAs, who have rebelled against Chief Minister K. Palaniswami. The 19 MLAs had submitted a memorandum to state Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao for withdrawing their support to the Chief Minister, as they were upset over the coming together of the two major factions of the AIADMK. Speaking to ANI, AIADMK leader, E Rathinasabapathy said, ?Dinakaran remains our leader, Sasikala is our general secretary. Soon all will be united.” Earlier in the day, Chief Whip S. Rajendran said that by withdrawing support to the Chief Minister, the dissenting MLAs had attracted the provision of the anti-defection law. The move comes as the opposition parties have been demanding the Chief Minister to prove his majority in the assembly.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India, Nepal ink eight pacts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and Nepal today inked eight pacts, including on cooperation in countering drug trafficking. The pacts were signed after comprehensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba on strategic bilateral and regional issues. “Had a positive meeting reviewing the gamut of our partnership,” Modi said at a joint press event with Deuba and assured him of India’s commitment towards overall growth and development of the Himalayan nation. Deuba said Nepal would “never allow any anti-India activities from its soil”. The two leaders also jointly inaugurated the Kataiya- Kusaha and Raxaul-Parwanipur cross border power transmission lines. Modi identified defence and security as an important aspect of bilateral ties. Earlier, Deuba was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan, where he is staying as a state guest. Deuba arrived here yesterday on a four-day visit, his first foreign trip after assuming office in June this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Faisal murder accused found dead in Malappuram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> One of the main accused in the controversial murder case of Islamic convert Faisal in Kodinhi was found dead on Thursday morning in Malappuram. Vipin, 30, who was out on bail following murder accusations of Faisal, was found on the road with serious injuries at 7:30 a.m. He was rushed to the nearest government hospital, where he was declared dead. On November 19, 2016, Kodinhi Faizal alias Anil Kumar (Unni), who converted to Islam, was found dead in a drain at Farooq Nagar in Kodinhi. Earlier on August 2, another accused of the case, Thayyil Lijeesh, was attacked by an unknown gang and it was alleged that it was a murder attempt. Lijeesh, 27, who was out on bail, was injured when an Innova car hit his motorbike at Parappanangadi. Alleging that the accident was a deliberate attempt to kill him, Lijeesh had lodged a complaint with the Parappanangadi Police.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt to relocate flood-hit villagers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of the recent floods, Gujarat government has decided to rehabilitate villagers from low-lying areas of North Gujarat to upper level areas. The decision was taken in the cabinet meeting of the state government held on Wednesday. CM gave the nod to make the budgetary provisions for the relocation or rehabilitation of the villages which were badly hit by the recent floods.Deputy CM and finance minister Nitin Patel said, “This region was hit by floods in 2015 and 2017. Many villages near the downstream of Banas and Rupen rivers totally vanished and waters inundated these villages. The CM has given the nod for the survey of such villages for the viability of relocation or rehabilitation.”He informed, “The irrigation department has been assigned the responsibility of the survey. It will gather the opinion and consent of the villagers at first and then compile a report. After the report, the government will take decision on rehabilitation or relocation of villages and the revenue department will allot new land for such villages.””The villages will be relocated at places which are at a higher altitude. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had suggested this task to a different department when he stayed in the affected area for five days during the flood,” added the Dy CM.Meanwhile, the leader of Opposition in the Assembly Mohansinh Rathawa criticised the action taken by the government in flood-affected regions. He slammed the government for insufficient action in these areas.Rathawa said, “Earlier the government had announced to give cash assistance for land reclamation up to five hectares area per farmer but then it reduced it to two hectares in their notification. Ironically, the government has not turned back to these farmers after making the announcement.”Victims still await relief, says senior Cong leaderCongress MLAs will meet governor OP Kohli today and submit a memorandum to him about the huge losses in north Gujarat and other parts of the state due to floods. Leader of Opposition Mohansinh Rathwa said that the farmers in flood affected areas have suffered unimaginable losses to standing crop and their farms.“The state government is expected to offer immediate help to the affected farmers, but nothing has been paid to the victims even after so many weeks,” Rathwa said, alleging that many of the victims have not received any compensation for damaged homes. The senior Congress leader alleged that many cattle rearers have been deprived of compensation for dead cattle as they were unable to produce postmortem reports.

Durga idol immersion will only be halted for 24 hours, clarifies Mamata Banerjee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday night clarified that immersion of Durga idols on Dashami will be halted only for 24 hours. The decision was taken after Mamata met Pooja and Muharram committees of the state. ?This year Durga Puja and Muharram fall on same day. Except 24 hour period on Muharram day, immersions can take place on October 2, 3 and 4,? she tweeted. Earlier in the day, the West Bengal Chief Minister issued an order against the immersion of Durga idols on Dashami during the procession of Muharram which will be observed on October 1. ?No idol immersion after 6 pm on Dashami (September 30) till October 1 due to Muharram processions, immersion will resume from October 2,? Banerjee had said in an official statement. The Chief Minister had also issued a similar order last year, however, it was stayed by the Calcutta High Court. The directive, however, did not go down well with the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) who accused Banerjee of doing vote bank politics sidelining the high court?s order. BJP leader Sambit Patra said, ?She cares about politics of appeasement. In the year 2016, she put a similar restriction on the immersion of Durga idol which was reprimanded by the Calcutta High Court. The high court had said that this is nothing but appeasement politics and gave instructions to Mamata Banerjee to not do this again. This year again Banerjee is doing vote bank politics, sidelining the high court?s order. This is not right.? Ends SG/HB NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Will take a stand if Akhilesh, Ram Gopal Yadav form alliance with any other party, says Mulayam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday warned that he would take a stand if his son and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav chose to form an alliance with any party. Mulayam told ANI, ?I?m not in favour of any alliance; if Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav will form an alliance with any party, then I will have to take a decision?. Earlier, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav lashed out at his uncle and former state cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav for allegedly cozying up to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He charged Shivpal with talking of guarding Mulayam?s honour, while at the same time siding with the saffron party. Mulayam also criticized the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh for failing to maintain law and order in the five months that it has been in power.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Karti Chidambaram to appear before CBI today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former union minister P. Chidambaram?s son Karti Chidambaram will appear before Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday. The Supreme Court on August 18 directed Karti to appear before CBI on August 23 for an interrogation in connection with INX media Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance case. Earlier, Karti submitted before the apex court bench that he is willing to appear before the CBI in the case. “I am not afraid of appearing, but I need protection,” Karti told the Top Court. The Madras High Court had on August 10 stayed the ‘look out circulars’ issued against Karti Chidambaram and four others by the Centre over a corruption case filed by the CBI, holding that they were prima facie “unwarranted”. On August 4, the CBI issued a lookout notice against Karti, to not leave India and inform concerned agencies before doing so. This comes in connection with the agencies’ probe into the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media for allegedly receiving funds from Mauritius. Karti had earlier accused the CBI of hatching a conspiracy against him, citing frustration arising out of their inability to prove anything against them, in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case. Earlier in February, the then communication minister Dayanidhi Maran and the others, accused in the Aircel-Maxis case, were discharged by a special CBI court. On July 19, the CBI sent a second notice to Karti summoning him to the CBI headquarters for questioning regarding the INX Media Case. The CBI had summoned Karti between June 27-29, but he, through his lawyers, informed the investigating team that he needed more time, before appearing for questioning. According to the CBI, INX Media stated in its records that an amount of Rs. 10 lakh was given to Advantage Strategic Consulting (P) Limited, a firm the CBI said was “indirectly” owned by Karti, for management consultancy charges towards an FIPB notification and clarification.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Now, report loud music on BMC’s toll-free nos

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the 10-day Ganpati Festival starting from Friday, and many Ganpati pandals already playing music on loudspeakers, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set up toll-free numbers — 1292 and 1293 — where aggrieved citizens can lodge complaints against noise pollution.In compliance of a Bombay High Court order on noise pollution, the BMC has launched these toll-free numbers as an additional platform for citizens to register their complaints. Earlier citizens could only contact the police control room by dialing 100 to complain about loud music.”The toll-free numbers will be connected to the Disaster Management Team of the civic body who will then transfer the complaints to the Mumbai Police Control Room. The Mumbai police are the only authority who can take action on such complaints,” said Anand Wagaralkar, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, BMC.

Triple talaq verdict: FM Arun Jaitley deems it a ‘great victory’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on Tuesday, upheld the Supreme Court?s decision of banning the practice of Triple Talaq in Islam by calling it a ?great victory? for the progressive aims of the country. Jaitley observed, “the practice (triple talaq) heaped injustice and oppression on the female spouse and virtually left her remediless.? In the light of the current situation of Indian women, Jaitley praised the Supreme Court for stepping in at the right time, adding that the decision was a ?great victory for all those who?ve always believed that personal laws of India must also be progressive and must be compliant with the constitutional guarantees.? ?The majority view of the Supreme Court is absolutely clear, that this instant pronouncement is not fundamental to the religion itself. It?s not an essential aspect of the religion and therefore it?s discriminatory, it compromises the dignity of the women itself,? he said. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court struck down the practice of Triple Talaq as ‘unconstitutional’ by a 3:2 majority. The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar, deciding on the verdict, was seemingly split on the legality of the practice. CJI Khehar, while pronouncing the judgement, however, upheld the practice and said, “Talaq-e-biddat is not violative of articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution.” ?Even the minority view which upheld the practice certainly was conscious of the fact that there was a need for a reform and that is why by upholding the practice itself, they injuncted it,? said the Finance Minister. The decision came soon after the apex court resumed the hearing on the matter on Tuesday morning.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Blue Whale Challenge: Delhi HC sends notice to FB, Google and Yahoo, asks them to take down links

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Tuesday took a strong stance against the Blue Whale Challenge which has currently become popular with section of teenagers across the country. The HC has asked prominent search engines and social media sites to crack down on the game, which has already led to death of youngsters in India. It has sought response from the managing directors (MDs) of social media organizations like Facebook India, Google India and Yahoo India, along with the Delhi Police and the Centre, regarding a plea seeking ban on online game ‘Blue Whale Challenge.’The High Court also asked them to take down the links of the online game. Earlier on August 17, the High Court admitted to hear the plea seeking ban on the online game, which has led to the suicide of a number of children in India and abroad. The next date of hearing is scheduled for September 19. More than six children across India, in the age group of 12-19 years, have taken their lives playing this game within a span of two weeks.The game firstly asks the player to draw a whale on a piece of paper, then carve a whale figure on their body, and then gives other tasks such as watching horror movies alone etc. The tasks include the final challenge to commit suicide.

India releases seven Pakistani nationals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In yet another goodwill gesture, the Government of India on Tuesday released seven Pakistani nationals and handed them over to Islamabad at the Wagah border near Amritsar. The Pakistani nationals were handed over to Pakistani Rangers by the India?s Border Security Force (BSF) troops. Earlier in March, India had released 39 Pakistani prisoners. On July 1, in a step aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between India and Pakistan, the Ministry of External Affairs had exchanged the lists of nationals of their respective countries who are currently lodged in the jails of the other country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

116 PoK residents stranded in Jammu come back home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A total of 116 stranded residents of the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) returned home as the cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus service operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad resumed. The residents, who were stranded in Jammu for over a month after the Poonch-Rawalkote bus service was suspended, were sent back to their home through the border town of Uri in J-K’s Baramulla district The PoK passengers left in several buses through the Mughal Road, the alternate link between Kashmir and the rest of the country. Earlier, the bus service was stopped due to heavy shelling from the Pakistani troops along the LoC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Charge sheet filed against 2008 Ahmedabad blasts accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A charge sheet was filed in a local court today against Shoaib Pottanikal, an accused in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts case, who was recently arrested from Kerala. The Crime Branch said in the charge sheet that Pottanikal was behind all the eighteen blasts that rocked the city on July 26, 2008, killing 56 people and injuring 150. The charge sheet, filed in the court of metropolitan magistrate J A Barot, said Pottanikal conspired with other accused, including the Indian Mujahideen co-founder and the the main accused Yasin Bhatkal, to carry out the blasts. Pottanikal, who is from Malappuram in Kerala, was charged under IPC sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 120 (B)(conspiracy), apart from offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substances Act. Earlier, the Crime Branch had filed charge sheets against as many as 79 accused in this case. He was arrested from Kozhikode in May this year. Seventeen other accused are still at large. The police learnt about Pottanikal’s role after the arrest of Sainuddin and Sarfuddin, who allegedly provided the electronic chips used in the explosive devices. Yasin Bhatkal had also revealed Pottanikal’s role during the questioning, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Panel asks political parties to respond to SC observation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There are apprehensions that disqualifying candidates from contesting polls from the day charges are framed against them in a court — as observed by the Supreme Court — may be misused by a party in power if put into effect, a parliamentary panel has said. The parliamentary standing committee on law and personnel, while examining electoral reforms, has asked political parties to send their feedback on the apex court’s observation. “It has been apprehended that the process of framing of charges and thereafter being automatically disqualified are likely to be misused, particularly by the party in power. Please comment,” it said in a mail sent to the parties. Currently, a candidate is disqualified from contesting for a certain period if he or she is convicted by a court. The present position is also based on a July, 2013, SC judgement. Politicians such as Lalu Prasad are barred from standing for an election on the basis of the apex court order. Earlier this month, the apex court referred to a five- judge constitution bench a case on whether politicians charged with offences attracting five or more years of jail term should be barred from contesting polls. The court was hearing a plea which sought to declare the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, which bars convicted politician from contesting elections for six years, as ultra vires to the Constitution. Last month, the court had pulled up the Election Commission for not taking a clear stand on a plea seeking the barring of convicted politicians for life. It had said the EC could not remain silent on the matter and wondered if it was “constrained” to give its views on the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bombay HC issues notice to Maha Govt. over petition seeking security for meat traders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bombay High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Maharashtra Government in regard to a petition filed by meat traders seeking security. Earlier, social worker and businessman Shadab Patel filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court, seeking 24-hour security for meat shop owners. Patel also requested for meat shop owners to be granted a license to keep weapons in their shops. The state has been asked to file its reply highlighting its readiness to deal with cow vigilantism and the antics of the gau rakshaks. Hearing has been adjourned till Wednesday. The petition comes in the wake of a series of attacks on meat traders in the name of cow vigilamtis. On July 12, Nagpur-based Salim Ismail Shah was beaten badly for carrying meat on his motorcycle. Similarly, in May, two meat traders in Malegaon were attacked by Bajrang Dal members and forced to chant “Jai Sri Ram”. Several other instances along the same lines have also been reported from other pockets of the state, including Vashi, Nallasopara and Ahmednagar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Honour killings: SC seeks suggestions from parties, ‘khap’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today sought suggestions from an NGO, an amicus curiae and ‘Khap Panchayats’ on ways to prevent harassment and killing of young couples in the name of the family honour for inter-caste or intra-clan (gotra) marriages. A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud also asked senior advocate Raju Ramachandran, the amicus curiae (friend of the court) assisting in the matter, to upgrade his suggestions within two weeks. The bench asked NGO ‘Shakti Vahini’ and others including ‘Khap Panchayats’ to file their suggestions and fixed the plea for hearing after four weeks. Khaps are caste or community organisations in villages which at times act as quasi-judicial bodies and pronounce harsh punishments based on regressive and age-old customs and traditions. The NGO had moved the top court in 2010 seeking directions to the central and state governments to prevent and control honour crimes by taking a number of measures. Earlier, the apex court had invited ‘Khap Panchayats’ to hear their views before issuing any order to stop them from harassing and killing couples and women in the name of honour. The Centre had pleaded with the apex court to put in place a mechanism to monitor crimes against women by Khap Panchayats, as the police was not able to protect women facing ordeals at their hands. The top court had also said that as a pilot project, it would examine the situation in three districts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh where the Khap Panchayats were active. It had summoned the Superintendents of Police of Rohtak and Jind districts of Haryana and that of Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh to apprise the court of the situation there.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Aamir Khan urges countrymen to help Bihar flood victims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bollywood star Aamir Khan has appealed to the people to help Bihar flood victims by contributing to the government?s relief fund. The heavy floods in Bihar have claimed more than 200 lives so far. ?Nature is not in our hands but what can be done in this situation is for every Indian to come forward and help. I would like to appeal to all to contribute to chief minister’s relief fund so that the government can work efficiently,? the ?Dangal? star said in Mumbai. ?People in Bihar are our brothers and sisters. Otherwise also, a lot of places have been flooded in India this year. Helping them at this time of crisis is the least we can do,? he added. The government has launched massive relief and rescue operations with help from the Army, Air Force as well as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Bihar State Disaster Response Force teams. Earlier this year, Aamir had donated Rs 25 lakh to the Assam government for its flood relief operations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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