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Himachal Election: Here’s a status of key candidates – Virbhadra Singh, Prem Kumar Dhumal, Anil Sharma and others

The BJP looks set to wrest power from the Congress in Himachal Pradesh as it was leading in 40 seats while the ruling party bagged one seat and was leading in 21 others, according to Election Commission trends.Congress candidate Anirudh Singh won the Kasumpti seat by defeating BJP’s Vijay Jyoti by a margin of 9,397 votes.Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, is trailing behind Congress’s Rajinder Rana in Sujanpur, Out of 67 sitting MLAs, 60 MLAS, nine cabinet minister and eight Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS) contested the poll along with a dozen former ministers.Congress veteran and six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his son Vikramaditya Singh are leading from Arki and Shimla(Rural) respectively.Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Himachal Pradesh, was trailing behind Congress’s Rajinder Rana in Sujanpur, according to early trends.Also readGujarat Election Results 2017 LIVE: Vijay Rupani wins prestige battle in Rajkot WestHere’s a status of Key CandidatesThe BJP ousted the Congress in 1990 and the Congress avenged defeat in 1993. The BJP formed the government with the help of Himachal Vikas Congress in 1998 and the Congress was back in power in 2003. The BJP made a comeback in 2007.

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Himachal Pradesh Election Results 2017 LIVE: BJP takes early lead

The counting of votes for 68 Assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh that went to polls on November 9 began at 8 am on Monday.The results are expected to come out by afternoon.As many as 50,25,941 voters were eligible to cast their votes and 37,605 polling personnel were deployed at 7,525 polling booths. 983 polling stations were declared vulnerable and 399 critical to ensure free and fair elections in the state.The fate of 337 candidates including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal will be known. Both – the ruling Congress Party and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – are confident of their victory.Himachal has a tradition of change in government after every elections and going by the trend, this time it is the turn of the BJP which is upbeat after exit poll results.Security personnel have been deployed outside the counting centres to avoid any untoward situation.8:39 IST Monday, 18 December 2017Counting has begun for Himachal Pradesh. BJP is leading in 9 constituencies, Congress in 4.

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Assembly elections 2017: Will Himachal Pradesh results throw up a surprise?

While exit polls have already given a sweeping victory to BJP in Himachal Pradesh, locals are keeping their fingers crossed in the hilly state, which has in last 24 years never re-elected an incumbent government.BJP, which made an impressive comeback in adjoining hill state of Uttarakhand early this year replacing the Harish Rawat-led Congress government, is confident to romp home in Himachal as well where Congress’ Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has been battling age and corruption charges.Singh, called Raja by locals is a popular face and it was his popularity, which apparently forced BJP to declare Prem Singh Dhumal its CM face towards the end of the election even as it has earlier decided not to project any face and had in fact given more prominence to Union Minister J P Nadda.While exit polls suggest, Dhumal forming the next government in the state with huge margin, for the locals the outcome will be more based on the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Many feel that it could be close contest this time and Virbhadra Singh may not just sink into oblivion with as poor results as being predicted by the exit polls.While Congress is striving hard for ‘Mission Repeat’ in the hill state this time, BJP is confident that the swing state will live up to its tradition of not returning the ruling party to power. It has also taken steps to check dissension. It’s confidence is also due to the fact that it had won all the four Lok Sabha seats in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.Supporters of Singh say that exit polls had also predicted win for BJP in the last assembly elections in 2012, where Congress won 36 seats in comparison to BJP’s 26.Ask anyone to give two reasons to ousts Singh’s govt and the answers would come on predictable lines… One, no govt has ever been repeated since eighties.Two, the corruption case against sitting chief minister where he could be arrested soon.The Congress government had not rubbed the government employees the wrong way in Singh’s five-year-tenure, which could be the reasons its supporters feel that the employees will back it.Singh led Himachal campaign single-handedly despite falling health and that has also struck a chord with voters to bring him back for one last time before he calls it quits, his supporters argue.They argue that there is no such sympathy wave for Dhumal on the other side who is fighting a tough battle to win own seat Sujanpur, where the former Chief Minister is locked into a tough battle against Rajinder Rana, who has nurtured it for many years. Rana, a protege turned rival of Dhumal had contested the 2012 election as an Independent and defeated his nearest Congress rival Anita Verma by 14,155 votes.It’s an open secret in the state unit that Dhumal, who contested the last assembly polls from Hamirpur assembly segment, was not willing to contest from Sujanpur.BJP had projected Dhumal as its CM face, hoping it could give a boost to the party’s campaign in all five assembly segments in Hamirpur.An old slogan, which does rounds in Himachal is that whosoever wins Kangra valley forms a government in Himachal.Congress had 10 seats from this region while BJP had just three in the last assembly. This time around, the Congress has strong presence in this region and it could be a neck to neck results. BJP state Mahila Morcha chief Indu Goswami, who has openly faced backlash from party workers, is pitted against politically-established Butail family’s son, Ashish Butail.

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Gujarat elections 2017: DEO Avantika Singh rubbishes EVM tampering claims

The DEO was talking to reporters about preparations for counting of votes when she made the comment in response to a question. "These are baseless allegations, and I don't think any clarification is needed. If a clarification has to be issued, it would be by Election Commission," she said. Singh said that preparations for counting of votes has been completed. "A three-tier security cordon will be in place for the counting of votes. The counting of votes in 21 counting halls in Ahmedabad will be webcast. A DCP-level officer has been deployed at each centre," she added.”
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Army recovers one jawan’s body, four lie buried in snow

After five days of intense search, Army rescuers pulled out the body of one of the five missing soldiers from the mounds of snow along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Massive rescue and search operations are on to locate four other soldiers.Sepoy Koushal Singh of 20 Dogra regiment was part of a two-member Operational Team which was swept away by massive snow slide at high altitude area of the Naugam sector along the LoC on Tuesday.”Concerted efforts of the specially equipped Avalanche Rescue Teams, which have continued despite the inhospitable terrain and weather conditions, have led to the recovery of mortal remains of the martyr on Saturday,” said an Army spokesman.Son of soil sepoy Koushal Singh hailed from Batla Deonia, a village in Samba district of Jammu division. The 19-year-old had donned uniform last year and is survived by his parents and siblings.Massive avalanches had swept away Army bunkers at two different places on Tuesday. The first incident had occurred at Kanzalwan sub-sector of Gurez in the LoC when a snow avalanche swept away a high altitude ‘Mani Post’ in Bagtoor area. Three army jawans, who were manning the post were swept away by the avalanche and continue to remain untraceable. The second incident occurred in Naugam sector along the LoC when two soldiers were swept away by snow slide.For the last five days army rescuers are busy in mammoth search and rescue operations to locate five missing soldiers in the huge mounds of snow in Gurez and Naugam sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir.Inclement weather and poor visibility in high altitude areas is also hampering the search and rescue operations. Upper reaches and high altitude areas have been receiving heavy snowfall in the last five days.Army has pressed Specialized Avalanche Rescue Teams (ARTs) into service and moved special equipment to the site to trace out the missing soldiers. Specially trained sniffer dogs too have been brought in to help the soldiers in the search and rescue operations. Tones of snow has accumulated at both the places and army rescuers are digging deep to locate the missing soldiers.The fresh tragedy has come 11 months after the Army lost 20 soldiers in the snow avalanches in Gurez, Sonamarg and Machil areas in the north and central Kashmir.EARLIER CASEThe fresh tragedy has come 11 months after the Army lost 20 soldiers in the snow avalanches in Gurez, Sonamarg and Machil areas in the north and central Kashmir.

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It was organised booth capturing: Sukhbir Singh Badal fumes after Congress sweeps Punjab civic polls

On Sunday, after the Congress won a thumping victory in the Punjab civic polls, SAD’s Sukhbhir Singh Badal alleged booth capturing and hit out at the EC and state government. He said: “It was organised booth capturing. We told EC that they are not letting our candidates file nominations. 20% candidates weren’t able to file nominations, some nominations were rejected & some candidates were arrested but state EC did nothing.” He added: “Our candidates & polling agents were thrown out of booths, media persons were beaten & booth was captured at every place. For the 1st time, state EC & govt became one & captured EVMs. We are going to High Court against this criminal conspiracy.”Also readYou can’t get a better result: Captain Amarinder ecstatic after Congress sweeps Punjab civic pollsOn the other hand, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh was ecstatic after Congress’ impressive performance in Punjab Civic Polls. He said: “Election results have been very good, we are very pleased. You can’t get a better result than this. Out of three corporations, we have swept polls and won all of them.”He added: “In Patiala, out of 60 seats, 56 results are declared, won those 56. Similarly, in Jalandhar, out of 80, 77 are declared and 63 we have won. In Amritsar, out of 85, 61 have been declared, 45 we have won.”He also tweeted: Congress won 66 wards in Jalandhar Municipal Corporation, BJP 8, SAD 4, Independent 2. Congress also bagged 56 out of 60 in Patiala and four results awaited. Congress clinched 69 out of 85 wards, BJP 6, SAD 6, Independent 4 in Amritsar Municipal Corporation Election.“This is the first victory that Rahul Gandhi has tasted as Congress President, third victory in our Captain’s turban,” Navjot Singh Sidhu said.

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What is govt doing? Rajnath Singh targets Cong over deaths of Gauri Lankesh and Paresh Mesta

Speaking at the Parivartan Rally in Bengaluru, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh targeted the Karnataka government over the alleged murders of Paresh Mehta and Gauri Lankesh.He said: “Paresh Mesta was recently killed. What this govt is doing in these murder cases’ Gauri Lankesh was killed. I want to assure Karnataka public that when our govt is formed, we will probe her death from all angles, culprits will be punished. We won’t save anyone.”With the assembly elections in Karnataka on the agenda for 2018, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday appealed to the natives to support the formation of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government under the leadership of B.S. Yeddyurappa.Also readWhen Rajnath Singh met the Maulvi saab who caned him as a kid and got emotionalRajnath while praising the former chief minister said, ‘We want to empower Karnataka, and this will be possible when, in two to three months, a BJP government will be formed here. The BJP will contest in the upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka under B. S. Yeddyurappa Ji’s leadership.’ Also readRSS pays tribute to slain journalist Gauri LankeshAccusing the Congress Party and its leadership in the state of indulging in corruption, Rajnath alleged that the grand old party is indulging in ‘divide and rule’ in the state and causing communal disharmony by involving caste and other related factors. He further claimed that scams such as that related to the construction of a steel flyover are being ignited by the Congress. ‘Congress government here wants to divide Karnataka community to rule. I received information that even though there is no regulation in the constitution, Muslim community here was befooled with reservation which was later out ruled by the Court,’ he said. Also readParesh Mesta death: BJP urges Karnataka Guv to intervene, Siddaramaiah says ‘unfortunate’ incident being politicisedRajnath added, ‘The government here created such an issue over Tipu Sultan. I do not want to dive deep into history, but I have to ask: Why is there no celebration for Kempegowda, Kittur Rani Chennamma or Sir M. Visvesvaraya’ Why only Tipu Sultan?” Congratulating the newly-elected president of the party, Rahul Gandhi, Rajnath further accused the Congress of igniting disorder and turmoil in several states, including Kashmir. ‘I want to congratulate him (Rahul Gandhi) but also ask- did the fire of communalism, terrorism and axalism in India erupt due to BJP’s policies’ Did fire erupt in Kashmir due to BJP’s policies? If someone formed governments by setting fire, it is Congress. BJP is trying to douse the flame,’ claimed Rajnath.Lauding the initiatives across various fronts taken under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rajnath claimed that India is no longer considered weak, and is now a superpower that nobody can questions. ‘If not for the BJP and Prime Minister Modi, the Doklam issue would not have been resolved. China too has understood that diplomatic ties have to be maintained. On the Indo-Pakistan border, our forces are strongly retaliating against attacks, as was seen during the surgical strike last year. We will not fire first, but if someone fires at us, we will not sit back,’ claimed Rajnath. Highlighting the economic reforms undertaken in the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, Rajnath opined that steps such as demonetisation have led to an intense crackdown on benami properties, shell companies and black money. Further, steps like financial inclusion and strengthening of agriculture have been praised by international agencies such as Moody and others too, he said. At the rally, Rajnath was accompanied by Yeddyurappa and other party leaders. On a related note, Karnataka will go to polls in April next year. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Tuesday took out a ‘Raj Bhavan Chalo’ march from Gandhi Statue to submit a memorandum to Governor Vajubhai Vala seeking direction to the Karnataka Government for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe in youth activist Paresh Mesta death case. The march was led by MP Shobha Karandlaje. They later reached the Governor’s house and urged him to intervene in this incident. The body of the missing activist Paresh Mesta, a resident of Thulisinagar in Honnovar was found in a lake behind Shani temple on Friday. He was missing from last Wednesday. There has been significant tension in parts of Uttar Kannada post his death. Mesta’s family has alleged that there was foul play and it’s unlikely that he drowned in the lake. However police have ruled out any foul play, according to reports. Doctors who have performed autopsy on the body say they didn’t find any evidence of assault or mutilation, according to multiple reports. ​BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje has alleged that it’s a ‘brutal murder’ and the state government is trying to cover it up. Several top leaders including Union Minister Ananth Kumar was part of Mesta’s funeral procession, the report says. According to BJP MP Karandlaje, police were mute spectators when a hostile mob attacked Mesta near a temple on Wednesday. The trigger was a street fight between an autorickshaw driver and motorbike rider, which soon took a communal colour. There was stone pelting too and shops were attacked. Reports suggest that Mesta was missing after trying to evade stone pelting. His body was found from Shettikere Lake a couple of days later. Gauri Lankesh edited the anti-establishment Gauri Lankesh Patrike. Her killing was very similar to the earlier killings of the rationalists and activists Govind Pansare, Narendra Dabholkar, and MM Kalburgi who were equally critical of the right wing.The journalist’s family has made a plea not to give a political colour to her killing. They had said the investigators should look into all possible aspects of the case, as reports had emerged about a possible Naxal hand in the crime, besides the suspected involvement of right-wing extremists.With inputs from ANI

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Chhattisgarh village gets electricity for the first time since Independence

A tribal village in Chhattisgarh’s Balrampur district got electricity connection for the first time.The Jokapatha village, situated in mountainous region, had been deprived of power supply since independence.Expressing happiness over the development, a villager said that the electricity supply would help their children do well in their studies.?We are very happy now that we finally have electricity in our village, now our children can study well and progress in life,? the Sarpanch of Jokapath village told ANI.The students also seemed excited and said they did not like the village in darkness and were happy that they have electricity now.The state government led by Chief Minister Raman Singh has provided electricity connections to the several villages after 70 years of independence.The chief minister announced the electricity development project for the village following which the authorities ordered to provide the village with surplus power.

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Noida, Greater Noida don’t need a municipal corporation

Noida and Greater Noida do not have their own municipal corporations. This is despite the fact that the Industrial Development Act of 1976 mandated that every city must have a municipal corporation of its own.What’s even more surprising is that the two cities, located in Gautam Budh Nagar district, may still not get their own municipal corporations, as stakeholders, at a meeting convened by the Noida Authority on Saturday, concluded that the two cities did not need them.The stakeholders comprised members of the Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations (FONRWA), Confederation of NCR Residents Welfare Associations (CONRWA), Noida Entrepreneurs Association (NEA), Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) and various MLAs. Most of them felt that Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Authority authorities were working well enough to maintain the city.According to Meerut Commissioner Prabhat Kumar, most of the suggestions declined the need for a municipal corporation for GB Nagar. Instead, he said, people wanted civic bylaws to be put in place to fix the accountability of residents and the Authority towards the city.“The majority of stakeholders in GB Nagar do not want a separate municipal body,” Kumar said The Meerut Commissioner had been appointed to look into this matter when on September 4 this year, the GB Nagar district magistrate BN Singh recommended that the municipal functions be withdrawn from the purview of Noida Authority and handed over to the Uttar Pradesh government. In October, a public notice was issued, inviting all stakeholders to submit their views on the matter. Thereafter, a government committee including BN Singh, GB Nagar district magistrate; RK Mishra, additional CEO of Noida Authority; BK Tripathi, additional CEO of Greater Noida, VP Pathak, chief law adviser of Noida Authority and CP Singh, municipal commissioner of Ghaziabad, was set up under the leadership of Prabhat Kumar, commissioner of Meerut. Kumar is now the in-charge on this matterOn other issues raised in the meeting, Kumar said they also received suggestions on parking issues and the need for a railway station in GB Nagar and an IIT college in Yamuna Expressway.No corp in noidaThe Industrial Development Act of 1976 mandated that every city must have a municipal corporation of its own.At a meeting convened by the Noida Authority, stakeholders concluded that Noida and Greater Noida did not need one.

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Stationery manufacturer gives left-handed kid a sweet surprise

In a cute gesture, a stationery manufacturing company responded to the request of a parent of a left-handed student by providing custom-made sharpener for her daughter. Thane-based Shweta Singh, the mother of 4-and-a-half-year-old Isha saw her daughter struggling while using a sharpener as she is left-handed and most sharpeners are designed as suitable for right-handed people.Shweta, 31, decided to do something about this, and immediately wrote to one of the leading stationaries manufacturers — Hindustan Pencils Pvt Ltd (manufacturers of Natraj and apsara pencils) — last week. “Most sharpeners available in the market today are made for right-handers, and those designed for left-handed cost between Rs 700-1,200. My daughter would often complain about her discomfort while sharpening her pencil, and I was really hoping to get some solution. Thus, I decided to write to the manufacturers,” she said while talking to DNA.To her surprise, Shweta got a response from the company within a few days. “I got a call from a person at a respectable position in the company. He tried to understand my concern and promised to help,” she said. Within a week’s time, Shweta got a letter from the company’s group marketing head, Sanjay Tiwari, along with five sharpeners specially designed for her daughter. The letter also stated that the company was ‘working on regular production’ of such sharpeners.”I am extremely happy that the company responded so promptly. If all manufacturers try and provide such designs for left-handed students, it would be a great sing,” she added.Shweta posted about the response on her Facebook profile on December 14 and got a phenomenal response with over 17,000 users sharing her post. “I wanted to spread awareness about problems that such students face. I will continue to take up issues of left-handed students like my daughter in future as well.”MAde to orderMother of a left-handed kid wrote to a stationery manufacturer asking for specially designed sharpeners. Company replied with a customised set.

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‘India’s Most Wanted’ producer Suhaib Ilyasi convicted for wife’s murder

A Delhi court on Saturday convicted former TV producer Suhaib Ilyasi for murdering his wife Anju 17 years ago. Ilyasi, who shot to fame with the TV show ‘India’s Most Wanted’, was present in the court room and immediately taken into custody.Suhaib was found guilty on the charge of murder under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. He faces a minimum punishment of life imprisonment and the maximum of death penalty in the case.The order was passed by Additional Sessions Judge S K Malhotra.Advocate Manu Sharma, who represented Suhaib during the protracted trial, said that the court would hear the arguments on the quantum of sentence to be awarded to the convict on December 20.Lawyer Satender Sharma, who appeared on behalf of key witness and mother of Anju, Rukma Singh, said the Delhi High Court had in August 2014 ruled that Suhaib would face the charge of murder for the death of his wife.He was earlier charged with comparatively milder sections including 304 B (dowry death) of the IPC.Ilyasi was arrested on March 28, 2000 and later, charges were framed against him in the case after his sister-in-law and mother-in-law alleged that he used to torture his wife for dowry. Police had chargesheeted Ilyasi on March 29, 2003, and the court later framed charges against him under sections 498A (subjecting a married woman to cruelty) and 304B (dowry death) of the IPC. Later in 2014, the Delhi High Court said Ilyasi would have to face murder charge for the death of his wife. Rukma Singh had filed a plea before th High Court seeking inclusion of the additional charge of murder against Ilyasi for the death of her daughter.Anju was rushed to a hospital on January 11, 2000 with stab wounds she received at her East Delhi residence.Suhaib was arrested on March 28, 2000 and later charges were framed against him in the case after his sister-in-law and mother-in-law alleged that he used to torture his wife for dowry. (With PTI inputs)

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Oh my Freud: Bihar student gives English exam, passes with honours in psychology!

In quite a bizarre turn of events that would even leave the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, flummoxed, a Bihar student was handed a marksheet showing he had passed with honours in psychology! The hitch? Mohammad Tabrez had given the English honours paper, with geography and history as subsidiary subjects!The BA Part 1 Exam conducted by Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University (BRABU), Muzaffarpur, has left the student extremely agitated since he got marks in a subject he didn’t even opt for!Tabrez told Hindustan Times: “I wrote my papers for English honours, with geography and history as subsidiary subjects. But the result shows that I have passed the examination with honours in psychology. Not only this, I have been awarded pass marks even in psychology practicals.”Also readA year after Ruby Rai, this year’s Bihar Arts topper arrestedA resident of Bhatwalia village, he approached the examination wing of his college – Ram Lakhan Singh Yadav College, Bettiah in West Chamapran district – for correction, nd was told to seek remedy from the BRABU HQ at Muzaffarpur which is 128 km away.While his admit card confirms his subjects were English honours, geography and history, his marksheet clearly stated he had passed in psychology. Also readI only wanted to pass, dad made me topper: Bihar’s Ruby Rai makes the most honest confession everHe is not the only one who is the victim of this marking system, and a non-teaching employee of Ram Lakhan Singh Yadav College admitted that there were discrepancies in 40% of the marksheets of examinees.One student was shown to have failed his exam for being absent even though he had appeared in the exam, while another was given marks in economics after giving the history exam.This is not the first time that Bihar is in news for irregularities in examinations. Last year, Ruby Rai and three other toppers of Bihar’s Class 12 exam were arrested after they were caught being woefully ignorant in the subjects they had aced.

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Setting tone for 2019 Lok Sabha polls? PM taking us back to medieval times, says Congress President Rahul Gandhi

All roads led to 24, Akbar Road since early morning on Saturday as the Congress prepared for the change of guard at its headquarters in New Delhi.Celebration was in the air as party workers were seen dancing and bursting crackers ahead of the official elevation of Rahul Gandhi as president of the 132-year-old party.The 47-year-old arrived at the venue in his trademark white kurta payjama teaming it with black half jacket.Sharing the dais with his mother Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi was beaming with confidence.Sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra were seen in the front row.Terming the moment as ‘historic’ Mullappally Ramachandran, the chairman of the central election authority of Congress, handed over the certificate of elevation to Rahul Gandhi amid loud cheers.After Ramachandran’s brief remark, former PM Manmohan Singh took the stage to congratulate Rahul Gandhi. He also took the moment to recall the stint of Sonia Gandhi as Congress president.Though the spotlight was firmly on Rahul Gandhi, but his mother’s emotional farewell speech managed to strike a chord with party workers.In her 20-minute long address, Sonia Gandhi talked about assassinations of her mother-in-law Indira Gandhi and her husband Rajiv Gandhi. She recalled the difficult days and her initial years in Indian politics.With a rousing standing ovation, the Congress gave its respect to the outgoing party president.Then came the moment everyone was waiting for. In his first speech as Congress President, Rahul Gandhi talked about the ‘politics of fear’. In an all out attack against the ruling BJP and the Prime Minister, Rahul Gandhi said that the Congress took India to 21st century, but ‘the PM today is taking us back to medieval times.’He also spoke about how these days, people are being targeted for what they eat. The stinging attack clearly shows that the 47-year-old will not sit back but take aggressive stance in future.The address also shows his confidence and the vision that he is providing the party for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Congress trying to set an alternative political narrative will decide the future of Grand Old Party, which was reduced to just 44 out of 543 Lok Sabha seats in 2014. With just 8 per cent votes, it was Congress’ worst performance ever. The same was seen in Sonia Gandhi farewell address when she said that ‘we have lots many elections, but we won’t bow down.’ It is this self-realisation that will help the Congress in coming times and help the party to stay relevant.In his address, Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP for politics of hate. He said, ‘They (BJP) crush voices but we allow them to speak, they defame, we respect and defend.’ He also said, ‘Those in BJP are soldiers fighting for self. Whereas the Congress is guided by service of community.’ It is these statements clearly portraying the Congress as the party working for ‘spirit of India’ that may propel Congress to a course correction.The big question remains – can Rahul Gandhi put Congress back in power? What was seen in Gujarat – his temple visits or marathon public interactions – may have shown that he has finally arrived on the political scene, yet the Monday results may set new tone.

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Drunken man kills friend by mistake

A 28-year-old salesman at a liquor shop was shot dead by his co-worker who was under the influence of alcohol, in Surajpur area of Greater Noida, late on Thursday night.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Anant Singh, 28, a native of Kaushambi in Allahabad. Singh was consuming alcohol with two of his friends — Parimal Bahadur and Deepak Kumar — outside their shop.”The incident took place around 11 pm when the three were drinking. One of the three salesmen had a country-made pistol with him. All of them started playing with the revolver, pointing it at each other, and asking the other to shoot him for fun. However, Kumar allegedly shot at Singh and he was fatally wounded,”said Amit Kishor Shrivastava, Circle Officer- 1, Greater Noida.Police said, the two men then rushed Singh to a nearby hospital. According to the doctors of the local hospital, Singh had a bullet injury on his left chest and since his case was critical, they referred him to Kailash Hospital. He was declared brought dead there.”The local hospital informed us about the incident and we reached the spot and detained Bahadur and launched a search for Kumar,”said Shrivastava.During investigation, Bahadur revealed that they were all having fun with the country-made pistol that Deepak possessed and under that Singh was shot at by mistake,” Shrivastava said.Later, a search was conducted and Deepak was arrested. Police have detained both of them and are investigating the matter further.

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Every day a Nirbhaya is gang-raped and killed here: Asha Devi

Tomorrow marks five years of the brutal Delhi gang-rape incident, an incident that triggered nation-wide protests and led to the formation of new laws on crimes against women in the country.But little has changed for Nirbhaya’s parents. Depressed and down, Asha Devi says that every time a girl is raped in the Capital she feels that it is her daughter.”Every day a Nirbhaya is gang-raped and killed in the city. Whenever, I hear about any such incident, I feel that it is happening with my daughter.” Both mother and father want that a speedy justice delivery system in place.But they doubt that will happen”Are these laws capable enough to stop Nirbhaya-like incidents from happening?”, questions Nirbhaya’s father Badrinath Singh. The man has been visiting the doors of the courts for last five years yet he is still waiting for the criminals of this gruesome act to be sent to the gallows.”Even now in our daughter’s case we are visiting courts and still after the final judgments, the criminals have not yet been punished,” Singh told DNA. The matter is still with the Supreme Court.This week Delhi Police opposed, in the Supreme Court, a plea filed by one of the four death-row convicts in the December 16, 2012 gang-rape and murder case for review of its verdict upholding capital punishment awarded to him. The apex court had on May 5 upheld the death penalty to the four convicts – Mukesh (29), Pawan (22), Vinay Sharma (23) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31), saying the “brutal, barbaric and diabolic nature” of the crime could create a “tsunami of shock to destroy a civilised society”.Singh further pointed out that even after lapse of five years the situation has not improved but deteriorated. “Today, two-year-old girls are being gang raped and murdered. Who is responsible for that? The system or the victims family,” he questioned adding that it was the system that needed to protect the girls but it had failed to do so.He reasoned saying, “When the system to punish the rapists is so weak and corrupt how can you accept justice in this society.”Singh further stated that every day two to three families are facing the same trauma and pain when their daughters, just like Nirbhaya, are being gang-raped and murder.”See the case of Shimla gang rape, the police arrested the wrong people. Is this a system? Even CBI has not been able to identify the accused,” said Singh adding that there are several such incidents across the country.”There is complete lack of will on the part of government to come up with a system where such criminals are punished in an year,” he said.WHAT HAPPENEDA 23-year-old paramedic student was gangraped on the intervening night of December 16, 2012 inside a moving bus in South Delhi by a gang of six persons and severely assaulted before being thrown out of the bus. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.STATISTICSRAPE(376 IPC)2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2016 2017 (up to Nov 30)706 1636 2166 2199 2155 1992 1968

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Rajasthan hacking: 80 people arrested in Udaipur for violating prohibitory orders

Tension still prevails in Udaipur and Rajsamand district in Rajasthan over a man brutally hacking and burning a migrant labour accusing him of ‘love jihad’. The video went viral on the internet and shocked everyone for the brazen nature and acceptance of the crime committed by Shambhulal Regar. According to reports, prohibitory orders are currently in place in both districts and mobile connection has currently been snapped to prevent rumours. However, defying prohibitory orders people came out in various parts of Udaipur on Thursday and tried to disrupt law and order situation. They were protesting arrest of the alleged criminal. This lead to altercation with local police amidst stone pelting. Police lath-charged and later arrested 80 individuals for violating prohibitory orders, reports NDTV. The situation in Rajsamand, where the crime occurred remains tense but calm. The police is keeping a strong tab on the social media to check hate groups trying to foment communal tension in these two districts. Several hate message equating the brutal crime to retribution for 2001 Parliament attack is allegedly doing the rounds. Also readRajasthan hacking: Rs 2.75 lakh deposited in Shambulal Regar’s wife’s account before being frozenPolice in Rajsamand district have frozen a bank account in which 516 donors had transferred Rs 2.75 lakh for fighting the court case of Shambhulal Regar’. Two local businessmen were also arrested for allegedly circulating images on social media of receipts acknowledging their donations to the account of Regar’s wife, police said.”Rs 2.75 lakh was deposited into Sita’s bank account, details of which were circulated on social media. 516 people from across the country deposited the money for fighting Regar’s case. Police have frozen the account,” IG (Udaipur Range) Anand Shrivastava said.Also readRajasthan hacking: Bengal Congress accuses Mamata Banerjee of trying to reap political dividend SHO, Bhim police station, Gyanendra Singh said two businessmen, Prakash Singh and Dinesh Singh, were arrested under relevant sections of the law for circulating receipts of donations on social media. The administration has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in Rajsamand after some right-wing groups announced to take out processions in support of Regar today.”All processions, rallies and protests have been banned and those who defy the rule of law will be dealt with accordingly,” Shrivastava said. Regar, 36, had hacked Mohammed Afrazul to death and burnt the body on December 6.Afrazul had migrated to Rajsamand from West Bengal for work. Regar had roped in his 14-year-old nephew to film the killing. After the barbaric act, Regar posted videos of the killing with inflammatory and communal comments to defend the act.With Agency inputs

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No show on Day 1 of Winter Session as RS and LS adjourned

The proceedings of the Lok Sabha on the first day of the Winter Session were adjourned today after the House paid tributes to three sitting and seven former members who died during the inter-session period.Rajya Sabha also adjourned for the day as uproar by Cong members continued. Opposition leaders protested the rejection of their notice in the Rajya Sabha demanding an explanation and apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “conspiracy with Pakistan” remark involving his predecessor Manmohan Singh.The House would now meet on Monday.Also readWinter Session of Parliament begins, Congress seeks PM Modi’s apology over Pakistan remarkAs soon as the House assembled, newly-elected Congress member from Gurdaspur Sunil Kumar Jakhar was administered the oath, which he took in Punjabi.Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Jakhar with a handshake when the former greeted him with folded hands after taking oath.Also readManmohan Singh meets Venkaiah Naidu on eve of Parliament sessionThe Gurdaspur bypoll was necessitated following the demise of BJP member and cine star Vinod Khanna.After the oath of the new member, Modi introduced new ministers to the House. These included Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman who were elevated as Cabinet ministers in the September 3 rejig of the council of ministers.The new faces are ministers of state (independent charge) R K Singh, Hardeep Puri, K J Alphonse and ministers of state Shiv Pratap Shukla, Virendra Kumar, Ananth Hegde, Gajendra Shekhawat and Satyapal Singh.Making obituary references, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan informed members that three sitting Lok Sabha MPs — Sultan Ahmed (TMC), Chand Nath (BJP) and Tasleem Uddin (RJD) had passed away recently.Seven other former members — Vikram Mahajan, Ram Singh, R Keishing, P C Barman, Dhanraj Singh, Amal Datta and Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi also died during the inter-session period.The House was also introduced to the new Secretary General, Snehlata Shrivastava, who took over on December 1. A former IAS officer, she is the first woman Secretary General of the Lok Sabha.Before the proceedings began, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met leaders of various parties.When the Prime Minister entered the House, he greeted the members from the opposition benches with a ‘namaste’ and bowing his head.Rajya Sabha also adjourned for the day as uproar by Cong members continued. Opposition leaders today protested the rejection of their notice in the Rajya Sabha demanding an explanation and apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “conspiracy with Pakistan” remark involving his predecessor Manmohan Singh.The leaders termed the comment “unfortunate” and told reporters outside the House it was “disappointing” that Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu did not allow a discussion on the notice.They also objected to the “illegal disqualification” of rebel Janata Dal (United) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar Ansari.In place of Yadav and Ansari, Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar should be disqualified for breaking away from the grand alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, they said.”We gave a notice, but the chairman adjourned the House and did not let us raise the issue. We are disappointed. The chairman should have given us permission. This is a national… International issue,” Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters.At an election rally in Gujarat on Sunday, Modi had suggested that Pakistan was trying to influence the state assembly polls.He had claimed that some Pakistani officials and Manmohan Singh met at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house over dinner on December 6.Azad said the prime minister should come to the Rajya Sabha and explain his remarks to its members.His party colleague Anand Sharma, Naresh Agarwal of the SP and D Raja of the CPI said the people concerned should be punished if the allegations levelled by Modi were true.”But if it is false, if he levelled such a big allegation to polarise the people in view of the Gujarat polls, then he should apologise not only to the House but also to the people of the country,” Azad said.Raja said it was “not correct” on Modi’s part to cast aspersions on Singh.The CPI national secretary said Modi should have called up his predecessor if he had any information on the “conspiracy” issue.”He should have done it, but the way he raised the issue in an election campaign… It is highly objectionable. It is not good for democracy,” Raja said, asking the government to respect the Opposition.Sharma said it was “undemocratic” that the Opposition’s voice was being “muzzled”.He said the prime minister was “aware” of the notice and could have “used the opportunity to clarify his remarks, express regret and apologise”.”But the prime minister and the dispensation are arrogant and confrontational. And this is most unfortunate. This attitude does not augur well for democracy. It is an ominous development on the first day itself,” Sharma said.

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No need to beg, we are independent: RS Chairman Venkaiah Naidu asks members to get rid of colonial terms

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu brought minor changes in the conduct of the Rajya Sabha on the first day today after taking over as its Chairman, asking ministers and members not to use colonial terms while laying papers on the table.Presiding over the Upper House proceedings on the opening day of the winter session of Parliament, Naidu said no one should use the word “I beg to” while laying papers on the table.”Just say I raise to lay on the table” the listed papers, he said. “No need to beg… This is independent India.”Also readManmohan Singh meets Venkaiah Naidu on eve of Parliament sessionHe made the observation after the ministers called to lay the listed papers on the table, began their sentences by saying “I beg to lay on the table the papers listed against my name in today’s revised list of business.”Naidu was however quick to clarify that this was only a suggestion and not an order.Also readWhat’s wrong with Vande Mataram? If not mother, will you salute Afzal Guru, asks Vice President Venkaiah Naidu This was not only the change that Naidu brought in on the first day as the presiding officer of the House. He also stood up while reading out obituary references.His predecessors Hamid Ansari and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat used to read the obituary references while being seated.Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan too stands while reading out obituary references.Naidu took over as the Vice President of India in August. Vice President is also the presiding officer of the Rajya Sabha.

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Alpha to Bravo

The joint exercises between the Indian and the British Armies, third in the series, culminated on Thursday at the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges near Bikaner.Meanwhile, heli-borne exercises were also conducted while methods of insertions were also taught followed by actual practice for the intended target. As the days progressed officers of both the armies started focusing on specific counterterrorism operations with lectures and demonstrations by UK contingent on search and destroy mission while cordon and search demonstration by Indian contingent. Interestingly the contingents were shown handling of venomous snakes during jungle survival training.In his closing remarks, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh of the Indian Army conveyed that in the current flattened world and the ever-changing militancy environment, such joint endeavors are the need of the day to find a solution to this global menace and such exercise are a small but concrete step in the right direction.The closing ceremony was attended by observers and senior military dignitaries from both the Armies. Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner in India and Major General Robert Harry Talbot Rice from the United Kingdom and Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding STRIKE 1 and Major General Rupinder Singh, General Officer Commanding Cockerel Division from Indian Army were present.

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Mom, paramour kill 7-year-old with knife

A seven-year old girl was brutally murdered with a kitchen knife by her mother and her paramour after she had caught them in a “compromising position” in East Delhi’s Ghazipur area early on Thursday, police said.To mislead the police, the mother cooked up stories and said somebody killed her in the name of “black magic”. The duo was arrested in the evening.”The mother and her paramour, Sudhir, hatched a conspiracy after the minor girl saw them in an awkward position. Initially, a missing complaint was registered with the police. Later her body was recovered with her throat slit,” said Omvir Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), East.The girl was last seen watching TV with her younger brother. Her parents said she had gone missing, raised an alarm and alerted neighbours who also could not find her. Later, at 11 am, the police was informed.The police scanned the area and the girl was found on the terrace of an adjacent building. The building has several houses with terraces linked to each other.The prime suspect in the case was another man who lived barely a few metres away from the house and had been missing since the crime.Police officials sent the body for post-mortem. During the probe it was revealed that the mother was close to the man and he was seen entering and leaving the building at times.The mother later confessed that her daughter had caught her with her paramour in a comprising position. “The girl was hell-bent on telling her father what she had seen despite her mother pestering her not to do so. In fear that her daughter might spill the beans, she took her to the terrace of the adjacent building and asked her paramour to come along as well. The duo later killed her using a kitchen knife,” said an investigating official.

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Winter Session: As Congress sulks over Pak allegations, PM seeks cooperation at all-party meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today sought the opposition’s cooperation for a constructive Winter Session of Parliament which starts tomorrow even as the Congress insisted on an apology from him for attacking his predecessor Manmohan Singh during the Gujarat poll campaign.Speaking at an all-party meeting on the session’s eve, Modi again pitched for simultaneous polls for the Lok Sabha and state assemblies saying that holding elections once in five years will boost development.Briefing reporters on Modi’s remarks, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the prime minister appealed to leaders of all political parties to help build a consensus on the matter.Modi has been pushing for simultaneous polls, saying an almost uninterrupted cycle of polls across the country hampers government works due to enforcement of model code of conduct and deployment of officials in elections.”He also sought their cooperation to make the session meaningful and constructive,” Kumar said.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: Congress files anticipatory complaint with EC against PM Modi’s ‘roadshow’Congress leaders raised the issue of Modi’s claim during a speech in Gujarat that Singh colluded with Pakistan to influence the state polls, and said they will raise it in Parliament. “We will raise the issue in Parliament. Either the government prove the claim or the prime minister apologise. Nothing short of an apology will satisfy us,” its leader Anand Sharma said.

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As Gujarat campaign progressed, we saw complete bankruptcy in BJP: Rahul Gandhi in Kerala

The Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi today hit out at the BJP, saying the saffron’s party “complete bankruptcy” was exposed during campaigning for the Gujarat assembly polls.”As the campaign progressed, we saw complete bankruptcy in BJP. They diverted from one issue to another,” Gandhi said at a function here in connection with the centenary celebrations of late RSP leader Baby John.Taking potshots, Gandhi said “first they (BJP) talked about Narmada, followed by OBCs and then they moved to ‘vikas’ and eventually we saw a spectacle.”Targeting Narendra Modi, Gandhi said “In the last 3-4 days of the campaign, all that was left for the prime minister was to talk about himself and insult the previous prime minister (Manmohan Singh) of this country. That is all they have,” he said.Expressing confidence about his party’s good performance in Gujarat’s two-phased polls that ended today, Gandhi said “we are going to defeat these forces.””These forces are not going to stand in front of us. The foundation of these forces is actually extremely weak. They have inherited marketing muscle and money. So they have very loud voice. But the voice is hollow,” he said.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | BJP’s attempts to create distractions won’t work this time, says Rahul GandhiHe charged the BJP-RSS with trying to divide people on lines of caste and religion.Gandhi also said they were trying to get a foothold in Kerala. “It is our duty to fight these forces not only in Kerala but also in the country,” he said.The congress leader said after spending time with people of Gujarat, they told him that the last 22 years (of BJP rule) “have been a lie.””The labourers and farmers and women have been forgotten. Health care system has been destroyed and there was a tremendous upsurge against the ideas of BJP in Gujarat itself,” he claimed.Gandhi said the Congress worked unitedly on the basic issues of the people of Gujarat.

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India happiness minister sought as murder suspect in Madhya Pradesh

The man charged with the wellbeing of India’s Madhya Pradesh state has been missing since Tuesday.

Delhi High Court allows distant kin to donate kidney to ailing doctor

A 58-year-old doctor suffering from kidney failure received a new lease of life after the Delhi High Court (HC) permitted him to take the organ from a distant relative. Dr Jasjit Singh was refused the organ by his immediate family members for varied reasons. Earlier, the authorities concerned were not permitting Singh’s maternal uncle’s daughter-in-law to donate the kidney for him as they suspected some financial transaction. Justice Vibhu Bhakru, however, allowed Singh to take the kidney after finding out that there was no financial transaction involved. The judge also interacted with the donor in chambers, without the counsels from both sides. The donor was told about all the risks involved in donating an organ and undergoing an invasive surgery. The donor, however, said she has long-standing relations with Singh and that she wanted to donate the organ. “There is no doubt that the donor is fully aware of the risks of the surgery. But she is firm that she wants to donate her kidney,” the court said in its order, adding that the she has denied any kind of financial transaction. Singh had undergone a transplant in March, 2015, after both his kidneys stopped working in February, 2015. At the time, his wife had donated her organ. However, just six months later, the organ dysfunctioned due to BK virus.His maternal uncle’s daughter-in-law then took the decision to donate her organ. This process was not given clearance by the authorities under the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissue Act, 1994. The court ruled out any possibility of financial transaction after it held that the husband of the donor was not facing economic crisis and the famiy was well-off. “….there does not appear to be any monetary need that would warrant the donor to enter into a transaction to donate one of her kidneys for any monetary consideration,” the court said.It then directed the Authorisation Committee to reconsider the application for grant of approval for kidney transplantation.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Manmohan Singh attacks PM for second time

In a video statement released Wednesday, former prime minister Manmohan Singh targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the second time, accusing him of spreading “falsehood and canards” to score political points. Strongly rejecting the “innuendos and falsehoods” made by the PM, Singh said he did not discuss Gujarat elections with anyone else at the dinner hosted by Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar as alleged by Modi, nor was the Gujarat issue raised by anyone else at the dinner.The remarks drew sharp reaction from BJP chief Amit Shah who questioned Singh’s silence on Sonia Gandhi’s ‘Maut Ka Saudagar’ remark and the “monumental loot” during the UPA-II Union government.Singh, who had on Monday attacked Modi over his suggestion of Pakistan meddling in Gujarat polls, today sought an apology from the PM for what he called his “ill-thought transgression”.The former PM said he was deeply pained and anguished by the “falsehood and canards being spread to score political points in a lost cause by none less than Prime Minister”.”Fearing imminent defeat in Gujarat, desperation of Prime Minister to hurl every abuse and latch on to every straw is palpable,” he said, adding that he sincerely hoped that the Prime Minister would show “maturity and gravitas”, as expected of the high office he holds.The former premier also asserted that Modi “is setting a dangerous precedent by his insatiable desire to tarnish every constitutional office, including that of a former prime minister and Army Chief”, and described it as sad and regrettable.In a sharp reaction, BJP national president Shah asked asked why the “angry” Congress veteran was silent when a “monumental loot” took place during his tenure at the Centre. “We want to ask respected Manmohan Singh ji why was he not angry and anguished when a CM of his country was called ‘Maut Ka Saudagar,” Shah said.

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UPA ministers ignored PM, reported to Rahul Gandhi: Piyush Goyal

Union Minister Piyush Goyal accused Rahul Gandhi of having scuttled developmental projects in Gujarat when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister and the UPA was in power at the Centre.E-mails show that during the Congress-led UPA rule for a decade, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was not the first whip of the Cabinet, but it was Rahul, now president-elect of the Congress, who called the shots.In a second presser, within hours of the first on Wednesday, Goyal showed a series of e-mail correspondence between then Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan and Rahul’s political secretary, wherein the minister was found seeking and taking orders from the Gandhi scion.The e-mails also reveal that Natarajan was going behind Manmohan Singh’s back and was not just divulging privileged conversation with the PM to Rahul regarding developments in the ministry and the government, but was also seeking “guidance” from Rahul and his then Congress president mother Sonia Gandhi.Natarajan is also seen seeking time to meet Rahul’s aides.(Email exchange between Rahul Gandhi & Jayanthi Natarajan)Incidentally, Rahul was just a party functionary with no formal role in the government, but he is seen directing a minister on issues of national importance.It goes on to show that the first family of the Congress was in power rather than Manmohan Singh.In an e-mail, Natarajan tells Rahul how she was opposed to the introduction of GM Crops. She also informs in a complaining tone: “However, I have just received a call from the Prime Minister, where although I tried to convince him, he has specifically overruled me…” Also, she briefed Sonia Gandhi on this issue and claims to have sent a note by hand.Goyal cited another e-mail in which “Rahul Gandhi opposed Nirma project and instructed Natarajan to not give environmental clearance. He was willing to kill jobs in Gujarat to undermine and to hurt development agenda of Narendra Modi,” he said.In an e-mail, Rahul instructs Natarajan to not “dilute Nirma” as “Nirma is high priority, especially for Gujarat – no dilution must be allowed”.”A Home grown company was being killed by the petty politics of Rahul Gandhi,” Goyal said. Natarajan presents clarification on this issue, promising to “work tirelessly” to “justify confidence which CP and Rahul have placed” in her.Later, in yet another mail, Kanishka Singh, Rahul’s aide, “reminds” Natarajan that the case was coming up before the SC on December 9 and that “MoEF can move towards closure report”. Natarajan replies that she had already denied clearance to reject the Nirma project and that she had informed Rahul of this by e-mail.Similarly, the then minister admits to briefing Rahul on confidential instructions between her and then PM Manmohan Singh, seeking once more “urgent guidance” on Lavasa from Rahul. She discusses options and asks the Congress leader to be told about this and guidance be given to “proceed further”.In an e-mail, Rahul is seen inquiring about road projects in Amethi and Raebareli when none existed. “Knowledge of Rahul Gandhi was such that he did not know that there was no proposal on Amethi- Rae Bareilly Highway, but he was instructing Jayanthi Natarajan to clear it.”Nevertheless, Natarajan gives a detailed picture on the said file in less than two hours of receiving the e-mail. Also, she promises to immediately clear any proposal when received.In addition, she makes a promise regarding a file pertaining to “a Lucknow to Sultanpur road, which goes via Barabanki and Amethi/National Highway 56”: “I will see that the file is cleared before the end of the month.”

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Watch: Pained by falsehood and canards spread by PM Modi, says Manmohan; Amit Shah hits back

Manmohan Singh today stepped up his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the eve of the final phase of the Gujarat polls, releasing a video message where the former premier accused him of spreading “falsehood and canards” to score political points.The sharply-worded message, which was virtually a repeat of his written statement released on Monday, provoked an equally strong backlash from the BJP, which questioned Singh’s silence when “monumental loot” was taking place under his watch. The usually reticent Singh’s video was in response to Modi’s remarks insinuating that the former prime minister had colluded with Pakistan to influence the elections in Gujarat where the BJP and Congeress are locked in a contest, many say, is too close to call.”Fearing imminent defeat in Gujarat, desperation of Prime Minister to hurl every abuse and latch on to every straw is palpable,” Singh said in the message released to TV stations. Singh’s second salvo in three days was apparently aimed at ensuring there was no let up in the heat on the BJP ahead of tomorrow’s polling in 93 constituencies of Gujarat. The remaining 89 seats voted in the first phase on December 9.Results will be known on December 18.Also readBJP accuses Gandhi family of meddling in UPA govt decisions, says Rahul instructed minister to stall project in GujaratNot ready to cede any ground to the political rival, the BJP mounted a spirited counteroffensive, with its president Amit Shah questioning why he was “angry” now after being silent when “monumental loot” was taking place during his stint as prime minister. “We are seeing a very angry Manmohan Singh ji these days. We just want to ask him whether he was so angry when monumental loot and plunder was happening under his watch? The nation missed his anger then!” Shah tweeted.Also readParliament attack anniversary: Modi, Manmohan Singh shake hands after row over ‘Pak meddling’ allegationsShah asked why Singh was not angry and anguished when Modi was called Maut Ka Saudagar’ (merchant of death) or ‘neech’. The raucous campaign, marked by fiesty and often acrimonious speeches where Modi and Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi locked horns repeatedly, ended yesterday.”I am deeply pained and anguished by the falsehood and canards being spread to score political points in a lost cause by none less than Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said and demanded an apology. Singh and Modi ran into each other earlier today at an event to pay homage to the victims of the 2001 Parliament attack, and greeted each other briefly. Singh urged the prime minister to show “maturity and gravitas, as expected of the high office he holds, instead of concentrating his energy solely on scoring “erroneously conceived brownie points”.”I sincerely hope that he will apologize to the nation for his ill thought transgression to restore the dignity of the office he occupies,” he said. Strongly rejecting the “innuendos and falsehoods” made by Modi, Singh said he did not discuss Gujarat elections with anyone else at the dinner hosted by Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, as alleged by Modi, and nor was the Gujarat issue raised by anyone else present at the dinner.”The discussion was confined to Indo-Pakistan relations.It is wrong and unfair to question nationalism of journalists, diplomats and public servants present at the dinner,” he said. Singh also asserted that Modi “is setting a dangerous precedent by his insatiable desire to tarnish every constitutional office, including that of a former prime minister and Army Chief”, and described it as sad and regrettable. Pointing out that Modi had gone to Pakistan uninvited after the terrorist attacks in Udhampur and Gurdaspur, Singh said, “Let him also tell the country the reason for inviting the infamous ISI of Pakistan to our strategic Air Base in Pathankot to investigate a terror attack that emanated from Pakistan.”Shah took on Singh over Rahul Gandhi publicly tearing a copy of an ordinance cleared by his Cabinet. “Where was his concern for the dignity of the Prime Minister s office when a Congress MP tore the ordinance in public,” Shah asked.

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Vasundhara Raje’s lakh lustre Jhunjhunu event

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje has tried several experiments so far in her 4-year tenure. She took government to every divisional headquarter, ran good governance campaigns like Sarkar Apke Dwar, Apka Zila Apki Sarkar, Nyay Apke Dwar to name a few. These initiatives have gone down well with the public. Now she intends to enter into fifth year of her governance in style. She is celebrating the 4th anniversary in Jhunjhunu, away from the high voltage lime light of her government’s headquarter. And if it is any indication, the focus of Raje will be on Shekhawati region in the final year. Deviating from usual fashion of celebrating the success of her governance from Jaipur, this time Chief minister Vasundhara Raje decided to share her feat with rural populace of Jhunjhunu, who are known for their entrepreneurial skills and farming. MLAs and ministers of this region have been instructed for a gathering of 1 lakh people. Senior ministers Rajendra Singh Rathore, Yunus Khan and Shrichand Kripalani among others are using their influence to source people.It also carries an important political message. After the demise of two Jat stalwarts Sanwar Lal Jat and Dr Digambar Singh, BJP fears losing grip on Jat votes. Raje through this function in this ‘Jatland’ looks to establish a connection with Jats before state goes for poll.”She chose Jhunjhunu because it falls in the centre of Shekhawati connecting other two districts of Churu and Sikar,” said a BJP leader.These three districts have 21 assembly seats – roughly 10 per cent of the total strength. In an internal survey, it has come out that BJP is losing ground in this area. For a come back, the party needs to galvanise the grassroots.”There could be two reasons why BJP seems to be on sticky wicket. The farmers agitation whose epicentre was Sikar has created cracks in the party’s votebank and the other reason is party’s rebel MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari, who is campaigning in this region against his own party,” said Rameshwar Singh, a political observer.Farmers are a major votebank in Shekhawati. By giving importance to Jhunjhunu, Raje sends out a strong message to farmers that BJP cares for them. And in doing so she is also countering ‘misadventure’ of Tiwari, who has damaged the party through its DeenDayal Vahini.After the unexpected stiff fight from Congress in BJP’s homeground Gujarat, Raje realises the importance of every vote in coming elections. Through this master stroke, Raje looks to neutralise three factors at one go – Jat, farmer and Tiwari.”Shekhawati will play a critical role in next elections. Congress is banking heavily on Jat votes. If Raje succeeds in making a dent, BJP may have an upper hand,” Singh saidBIG TICKET ShowShe is celebrating the 4th anniversary in Jhunjhunu, away from the high voltage lime light of her government’s headquarter. And if it is any indication, the focus of Raje will be on Shekhawati region in the final year. MLAs and ministers of this region have been instructed to gather 1 lakh people. Senior ministers Rajendra Singh Rathore, Yunus Khan and Shrichand Kripalani among others are using their influence to source people. It also carries an important political message. After the demise of two Jat stalwarts Sanwar Lal Jat and Dr Digambar Singh, BJP fears losing grip on Jat votes. Raje through this function in this ‘Jatland’ looks to establish a connection with Jats before state goes for poll. “She chose Jhunjhunu because it falls in the centre of Shekhawati connecting other two districts of Churu and Sikar,” said a BJP leader.

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DLB Pawan Arora to receive award from President Ram Nath Kovind

Urban Local Bodies Department will receive National Energy Conservation Award for the second consecutive year. On the best work in energy conservation works (Street Lights) from the Ministry of Energy, the local body department will be conferred National Energy Conservation Award-2017. On December 14, 2017, President Ram Nath Kovind will give the award on Energy Day. Director of the Local Bodies Department and Joint Secretary Pawan Arora will receive this award.It is worth mentioning that last year the local bodies department was awarded this award. Last year, the Principal Secretary Manjit Singh received this award. Director Local Body Pawan Arora said that so far, 8.67 lakh LED street lights have been installed in 162 urban local bodies across the state. The highest is compared to other states.Throughout the country on 12 December 2017, a total of 41,30,007 pieces of LED street lights have been installed. Thus, Rajasthan has the highest number of LED street lights in the country. The most energy saving state is by putting LED street lights.TO BE NOTEDIt is worth mentioning that last year the local bodies department was awarded this award. Last year, the Principal Secretary Manjit Singh received this award.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Will Vadodara give a shocker to the ruling party this time?

Vadodara, the cultural city of Gujarat, has a typical pattern of politics and is believed to be an invincible fort of BJP. After delimitation, it has five seats and all five had gone to BJP in the in 2012 polls which were held for the first time after the realignment. Congress has been in opposition in civic body polls since long, and no caste equation dominates here as the city has the mixed population of upper caste, OBC, SC, ST, minorities and others.Besides Gujarati, Maharashtrian community also lives in Vadodara for centuries as the princely state Baroda was ruled by Gaekwad dynasty. However, the Hindu-Muslim rivalry becomes evident many times in a year and many pockets are categorised as sensitive. The communal clashes are more often inspired by political rivalry and that is why the politics in Vadodara is peculiar in nature. Amidst this, BJP has successfully retained the position here.Even in local government body, BJP has been exceling. It was only once, a third party came to power in Vadodara Municipal Corporation and that was Savdhan Party formed by former IPS officer Jaspal Singh. Later, Singh also joined BJP and then elected as MLA thrice from Sayajigunj seat in 1990, 1995 and 1998 polls.This time Rajesh Ayre, former BJP leader has been posing challenge on the same seat as his party has good hold over the poor community and Maharashtrian voters. However, this could worry both Congress and BJP as polarisation of votes does not have fix design giving benefit to any of the two parties.Besides, Sayajigunj, there are other four seats: Vadodara city, Akota, Raopura and Manjalpur. The Congress has been trying to raise the local issues and the ordeals citizens of Vadodara passed through and that was bad roads, water logging during monsoon, and lack of cleanliness.The vice-president of Congress, Maulin Vaishnav said, “Vadodara seems BJP’s fort but there are local issues that people of this city are reeling under. We have tried to raise these issues in Vadodara this time.”The MP of Vadodara and city BJP president, Ranjan Bhatt said, “There is no impact of agitation here and all Patel voters from North Gujarat, Saurasthra and Central Gujarat are with BJP. The local government body ruled by BJP has made many developmental work and people are happy. Booth level workers are easily approachable. That is why we are confident that all five seats will be of BJP again.”

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | PM Modi’s words on former PM unacceptable: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi continued his attack on the BJP reiterating that he would not use bad language against the Prime Minister despite provocation.On the issue of Modi’s allegations about Pakistan and Mani Shankar Aiyar’s statement, Rahul said, “He spoke about Modiji who is also the PM and such things will not be tolerated. We have taken action against him. But, what Modiji talked about Manmohan Singh is also unacceptable. Singh is the former PM of India,” said Gandhi.He said that though Modi says a lot of bad things about him, he will not use bad language for the Prime Minister.On why he had been touring several temples, Rahul said he often visits temple. “The BJP may like you to believe that I only visited them in Gujarat. I even visited Kedarnath, is it in Gujarat? Usually we have political meetings but this time we had political yatra and all those places that had a temple I visited them. I prayed for a better future for Gujarat and its youth,” said Gandhi.It should be noted that Gandhi visited the Jagannath temple in Ahmedabad prior to the press conference, one of the many he has been visiting during his tour of the state. He also retierated that a Congress government would work for everyone and not just 10 to 15 rich people. Gujarat Congress president Bharat Solanki reiterated that the party would win 55 seats in the first phase of elections held on December 9. 89 constituencies went to polls in the first phase.Rahul meets martyr Tadvi’s daughterRahul Gandhi on Tuesday met Rupal Tadvi, the daughter of martyr Ashok Tadvi, before flying off to Delhi. Rupal shot into limelight after a video of her being dragged from CM Vijay Rupani’s public meeting in Kevadia Colony went viral. Rupal wanted to meet the CM to demand for the land that was promised to them after her father’s death. Gandhi had also tweeted about the incident and the Gujarat government swung into action.

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India pushes for trade, diplomacy with Nigeria

In another move to counter the growing footprint of Chinese trade interests in West African countries, the Modi government has offered Nigeria to take advantage of technology, know-how and imports from India in the agricultural sector as also from the line of credit that India had extended.Union Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday made the offer to his Nigerian counterpart Audu Ogbeh who is on a visit to India.”India will be only too happy to share its experience and expertise in any area of agriculture that Nigeria may identify,” the minister told Ogbeh while appreciating Nigeria’s new initiatives such as the ‘Green Alternative’ initiative which is a roadmap to make Nigeria self-sufficient in agriculture and a major exporter of agricultural products.”For the last few years, India has been the largest trading partner of Nigeria and Nigeria is India’s largest trading partner in Africa. There is tremendous potential for further expanding this volume. Nigeria may consider importing fresh grapes, pepper, wheat, maize, rice and cotton,” Singh told his counterpart.Singh conveyed his appreciation to the Nigerian agriculture minister for encouraging Indian companies to explore the opportunities in Nigerian agricultural sector both as investors as well as providers of agri-services, agricultural machinery and technological assistance.”India and Nigeria enjoy warm and friendly relations. The two nations are large developing countries with multi-religious, multi-ethnic societies. We share values such as democracy, pluralist tolerant societies, respect for human rights and rule of law. India would be glad to contribute to Nigerian Government’s priorities in the field of agriculture and allied sectors,” Singh added.Chinese presence in West Africa, including Nigeria which is the most significant country in the military alliance called Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has been on the rise not only in terms of bilateral trade, but soft infrastructure loans to the region.Meanwhile, in 2015 India had announced concessional loans of US $10 billion to African countries. Singh urged the Nigerian minister to take advantage of this concessional loan in the form of Lines of Credits (LoC) and training programmes for agriculture and allied sectors which India was offering. Recently Indian had increased training slots under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme from 200 to 310 annually to Nigeria, which also include short-term training programmes in agriculture and allied sectors.

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RS Prasad rakes up Manmohan Singh’s 2007 Balochistan admission to corner former PM

Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad today said Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi should disclose if former prime minister Manmohan Singh met a Pakistani delegation earlier this month after informing him.He also asked whether Singh had consulted the Ministry of External Affairs on the same. The Union law minister also wanted to know the Congress’ stand on the proposed triple talaq law, and asked Gandhi whether a Ram temple should be built in Ayodhya.”When we have a national line that India will not talk to Pakistan until the latter abandons terrorism, why did former prime minister Manmohan Singh go to meet a Pakistani delegation?” Prasad told reporters here. he said in 2007, in Havana, when Singh was the prime minister, a joint statement had said that Pakistan was also a victim of terrorism when everyone knew that Pakistan was “not a victim but a sponsor of terrorism”. He recalled that in Sharm El Sheikh joint declaration in 2010, Balochistan was referred to and it said India had a hand in the disturbance there.Also readPolitics in India has become very ugly, PM Modi’s statement against Manmohan Singh is unacceptable: Rahul Gandhi”In this light, if a question is asked why Singh met Pakistani delegation when the country’s line on talks with the neighbouring country is clear, what is wrong with it (in questioning the meeting),” Prasad said. “The BJP would like to know if Manmohan Singh went to meet the Pakistani delegation, with the presence of high commissioner of that country, with due consultation with the External Affairs Ministry and with due information to Rahul Gandhi,” he said.Gandhi has, till today, not answered this question, the BJP leader said.Earlier in the day, Gandhi had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s insinuations about the meeting with Pakistani delegation that Singh attended were “unacceptable”. While Modi had suggested that Singh and some other Congress leaders colluded with Pakistan which, he claimed, was trying to influence the Gujarat polls, the former PM responded by saying that Modi was setting a “dangerous precedent”, and should apologise to the nation.Modi had said at an election rally that some Pakistani officials and Singh met at now suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house over dinner on December 6.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Modi must apologise for Pak collusion remark: Manmohan SinghOn Gandhi’s visits to various temples in Gujarat, Prasad asked why he didn’t go to the Ram Janambhoomi (in Ayodhya) or the Krishna Janambhoomi during the Uttar Pradesh election campaign. “You are a Shiv Bhakt, that’s good, but what about Ram Bhakti? You should make clear your stand on Ram Mandir, whether a Ram temple should be built in Ayodhya or not,” Prasad said. He also wanted to know Congress’s stand on triple talaq. “We are in the process of framing a law on triple talaq. Does the Congress support the proposed law on triple talaq?” he asked.

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Mehbooba Mufti’s brother all set to be inducted into J-K ministry

Decks are being cleared for the inclusion of Tassaduq Mufti, brother of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, in her ministry and getting him nominated to the legislative council.Sources in the PDP said 45-year-old Tassaduq will be included in the PDP-BJP coalition headed by Mehbooba soon and is expected to get the tourism portfolio.At present Tassaduq, a cinematographer by profession, is heading the Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell in the state.A degree holder of Master’s in Fine Arts from American Center, Tassaduq is the brain behind a five-minute short-film on the state’s tourism department.PDP leaders have informed their BJP counterparts about the move of including Tassaduq in the state cabinet, the sources said.The present strength of the council of ministers is 24 including the chief minister. The state has an 87-member assembly and a 36-member legislative council.According to the laid down procedures, the state can have one more minister in the cabinet.According to the sources, Tassaduq is expected to be nominated to the legislative council seat that fell vacant after the resignation of Vikramaditya Singh, the grandson of the last Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: From Neech Aadmi to Pakistan-Ahmed Patel row; statements that dominated the campaign

As the campaigning for Gujarat assembly election finished today, voters can finally heave a sigh of relief after days of non-stop bickering between top political leaders. From calling GST as ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ to accusing Pakistan of meddling in Gujarat polls, both Congress and BJP left no stones unturned to make sharp jab at each others. Here are some of the most talked about statements made during Gujarat campaign. 1. Gabbar Singh TaxStepping up his attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi dubbed Goods and Services Tax (GST) as “BJP’s Gabbar Singh Tax.”Addressing a public gathering in Gandhinagar on October before the Gujarat assembly election, Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP-led government for a “faulty tax regime that is destroying small businessmen and industries in the country”.Rahul Gandhi even tweeted the next day saying, “Congress GST = Genuine Simple Tax. Modi ji’s GST = Gabbar Singh Tax = yeh kamaai mujhe de de (give me the income).”2. The Rahul Gandhi – Janeu Dhari controversy It all started when Rahul Gandhi visited Somnath temple on December 29 and allegations started pouring in that the Congress leader is not ‘Hindu’. This claim was based on the allegation that Rahul Gandhi was registered as non-Hindu when he visited the temple. BJP was quick to react and slammed the Congress leader for lying about his faith.Congress then refuted the charge saying Rahul Gandhi is not only a Hindu but a “janeu dhari” (janeu dhari means the Hindus who wear the sacred thread that would reveal him as Brahmin). Congress also blamed BJP for deviating from the important issues.After the controversy broke out, Rahul Gandhi also came forward and said he and his family are “shiv-bhakts” and they don’t do “dalali” over religion and political gain.“My grandmother (Indira Gandhi) and my family are Shiv bhakts (devotees). But we keep such things private. We generally do not speak about them. Because, we think it is a very personal matter and we don’t need anyone else’s certificate about it… We don’t want to do ‘dalali’ over it. We do not want to use it for political purposes too.”However, BJP leader Sambit Patra could not let go of the controversy and took a poetic dig at Rahul Gandhi and said the Congress leader changes his faith according to his political gain.”Badaltey huye mausam ka badalta huya parwana hoon main. Gujarat mein janeudhari Hindu hoon toh UP-Bihar mein maulana hoon main. (With the changing weather I change myself. In Gujarat I am a Hindu and in UP-Bihar I am a Muslim),” Patra said while addressing a conference on December 6.3. PM Modi’s “Aurangzeb Raj” jibe at CongressAfter Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers for the post of Congress president, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took direct jibe at Congress over dynasty politics. Addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Valsad, PM Modi said, “I congratulate the Congress on their ‘Aurangzeb Raj’.”“For us, the well-being and betterment of people matters because we consider 125 crore Indians as our high command,” PM Modi added.The BJP attacked Congress over dynastic politics, contrasting it with their party, saying people from all kinds of backward get an opportunity to rise to the top like Narendra Modi, who sold tea in Gujarat is now the prime minister.;4. Mani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘neech’ remarkSenior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar created quite a storm when he referred Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “neech aadmi”. “This person is a ‘neech aadmi’ (low-minded). He is not civilised and in a situation like this, there is no need to practise such dirty politics,” Aiyar said.The “neech” remark was not received well by both BJP and Congress and created massive controversy just before the polling. BJP attacked the Congress party for disrespecting the prime minister and said the “people of Gujarat will punish anti-poor, anti-Dalit, anti-Tribal and anti-OBC Congress”.Responding to Mani Shankar Aiyar’s neech comment, PM Modi said,”Shriman Mani Shankar Aiyar said that Modi is of ‘neech’ (lower) caste and is ‘neech’ (vile). Is this not an insult to Gujarat? This is a Mughal mentality where if such a person (who comes from a humble background) wears good clothes in a village, they have a problem.”In a damage control move, the Congress then suspended Mani Shankar Aiyar from the party and issued him a show cause notice.Rahul Gandhi also tweeted: “BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party. The Congress has a different culture and heritage. I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mr Mani Shankar Aiyer to address the PM. Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said.”5. With love from CongressAfter the neech remark by Mani Shankar Aiyar snowballed, Rahul Gandhi while addressing a rally took a subtle dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he will defeat the BJP with love not anger.”Modi ji, Gujarat mein hum aapko pyaar se, bina gusse ke haraane jaa rahe hain (PM Modi, this time in Gujarat we will defeat you with love, with no anger, we will defeat you),” Gandhi said at a rally. “Modi ji keeps using bad words against me in his speeches, even today he did so. Rahul Gandhi respects the post of PM. No matter what PM says about me, but I won’t utter even a single bad word about the PM,” the newly appointed Congress president added.6. PM Modi’s Pakistan-Ahmed Patel rowIn perhaps the most significant statement of the entire polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged that Pakistan was meddling in the Gujarat assembly election and sought answers from top leaders of Congress who are said to have held secret meetings with Pakistan officials.“Why did you hold a closed-door meeting just before Gujarat polls? If it was so important, why did not you invite Indian officials also to attend it. Or reported it back to the Government of India. You must explain it,” PM Modi said while addressing a rally.The prime minister alleged that former PM Manmohan Singh and other Congress minister held secret meetings with Pakistan’s High Commissioner and Foreign Minister at party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house just before the elections. The prime minister also raised questions over the alleged appeal by former director general of the Pakistan army, Sardar Arshad Rafiq, to appoint senior Congress leader Ahmed patel as the chief minister of Gujarat.”(On one side) Pakistan Army’s former DG is interfering in Gujarat’s election, on the other side, Pakistan’s people are holding a meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house,” PM Modi said. The Congress also slammed PM Modi for making ‘false accusations’. Rahul Gandhi said that the statement made by Modi about a former prime minister and other Congress ministers meeting Pakistan officials in “unacceptable”.

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Nirbhaya gang-rape case: SC adjourns review petition of convict till January

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the review petition filed by one of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case till January.Mukesh, who has been sentenced to death along with three other convicts in the case, had filed the petition.The apex court, in May, upheld the order of Delhi High Court, which had sentenced the four convicts – Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh – to death.On December 16, 2012, six people gangraped a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in a moving bus in Delhi.The woman succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012.Also readNirbhaya case: Supreme Court to hear mercy plea filed by accused tomorrowOne of the accused, Ram Singh, had hanged himself in the prison, while another person, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted in August last year and is serving the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: Retired Armymen raise One Rank, One Pension again

Retired Army major general Satbir Singh along with other retired Army staff on Monday told mediapersons about their plight following implementation of the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme and said PM Narendra Modi keeps insulting Armymen.At the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC), Singh said, “In 2013, Narendra Modi had promised to give OROP as discussed. Armymen helped him gain 70 to 80 seats in the General Elections in 2014. But then Modi betrayed them. Media projects him as a leader who loves his nation and offers sweets during Diwali but it does not report that he is not supporting us or listening to our demands.”The retired Army major general said, “Modi has two faces. What media is showing is not his real face. He is not respecting the Army who is serving the nation. We are demanding OROP, which was decided and approved. But what he has offered is totally different.”He said the retired personnel have been protesting by holding Dharna at Jantar Mantar for last 910 days. “But, what Modi led government has done for us? They hassled, beat us up and torn our clothes. We were detained.”Singh said, “Modi does not deserve to be the PM of the Nation. We are not part of any political movement, but we will tour the whole nation to draw attention of the people to the plight of the Armymen. It doesn’t have any connection with the Gujarat election.”He also said that the country can never progress under such government. Sudesh the ‘iron lady of OROP’, who was on a hunger strike for 800 days, said with a teary-eye, “Modi is a liar. Never believe him. They have disrespected family members of martyrs, when we asked for our right. If we would have received the OROP, then we would have not come on roads.”

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Gujarat Elections 2017: 8.5% of candidates have serious criminal cases against them, says report

Fourteen per cent of the 1,815 candidates contesting the ongoing Gujarat Assembly polls were facing criminal charges, according to a report.A study of the affidavits submitted by the candidates to the Election Commission showed that of the 253 such nominees, 154 had serious criminal cases such as murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crime against women against them. The study was carried out by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-governmental organisation which works in the area of electoral and political reforms, and the Gujarat Election Watch.According to the report, 56 Congress candidates contesting the Gujarat polls had criminal cases against them, while the number of BJP nominees in this category was 46. Of the 418 “crorepati” candidates, 147 belonged to the BJP, while 129 were fielded by the Congress. The average worth of assets of the candidates contesting the Gujarat polls was Rs 2.22 crore, the report said, adding that in the 2012 Assembly election in the state, the average worth of assets of the 1,283 candidates was Rs 1.46 crore.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | By not implementing OROP, Modi govt has betrayed our trust: Major Gen (retd) Satbir SinghThe average worth of assets for the 181 BJP candidates in the fray was Rs 9.04 crore, while the figure was pegged at Rs 9.10 crore for the 176 Congress candidates and at Rs 19.84 lakh for the 138 BSP nominees, according to the report. It also stated that there were 35 “red alert” constituencies, having three or more candidates with declared criminal cases, of the 182 Assembly segments in the state.In the 2012 polls, there were 25 of such constituencies in Gujarat.The first phase of the polls was held on December 9 and the second and final phase will take place on December 14. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 18.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | By not implementing OROP, Modi govt has betrayed our trust: Major Gen (retd) Satbir Singh

A group of war veterans today accused the Narendra Modi government of “betraying” their trust over the issue of the One Rank One Pension (OROP).They claimed that instead of agreeing to their demands for which the ex-servicemen had been agitating for long, the Centre was “insulting” them.The war veterans said the government was doing “injustice” by capping at Rs 10,000 per month the educational assistance it gives to children of martyrs or those disabled in action.”By not implementing OROP, the Modi government has betrayed our trust,” said Major General (retd) Satbir Singh, chairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement.During a press conference at the state Congress headquarters here, Singh maintained their movement was “apolitical” and they had requested the opposition party to raise their grievances in Parliament and also before the public.Also readGujarat elections 2017: PM Modi rakes up fishermen’s rights, OROPThe Modi government “insulted” ex-servicemen and their widows by arresting them and suppressing their protest using police, he alleged.”It has become a hallmark of the Modi government to suppress opposition voice. We would like to ask the BJP government at the Centre as to why it did not accept OROP in the form it was accepted by the then UPA government on February 17, 2014?” he asked.The UPA government had agreed to the definition of OROP which said that servicemen who worked for the same duration and retired on the same rank will be given equal pension, irrespective of their date of retirement, he said.”Why the Modi government did not accept OROP in the form accepted by the UPA government based on the theory of equality, thus denying benefits to ex-servicemen?” he asked.”The Modi government denied benefits of OROP to 40 per cent of the armed forces personnel and those who retired early, according to a notification issued on November 7, 2015,” the retired officer said.Also readWhy did Manmohan Singh not show courage to order surgical strikes post 26/11 attack: PM ModiHe raised questions over the Modi government putting the condition in the scheme that it will review pensions after five years when experts sought a review after two years.”Why is injustice being meted out to the children of martyrs by limiting their education expenses at Rs 10,000 per month?” Singh asked.He was referring to a Centre’s notification dated September 13, 2017, capping education expenses for the kids of martyrs or those disabled in action at Rs 10,000 a month.In November 2015, the Centre issued a notification, brining into force the long-pending OROP scheme, which it said, will benefit over 2.5 million veterans and war widows.However, the ex-servicemen had then rejected the notification, saying their main demands have not been accepted.In December 2015, the government appointed a committee to look into the anomalies, if any, arising out of the implementation of the scheme. The panel later submitted its report to the defence ministry.

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DNA THEME: Rajasthan Goonj in Gujarat

Gujarat polls will soon come to an end; phase one of the polls is over and as dates for the second phase draw closer, there is a mad scramble among the politicians of Rajasthan to reach the neighbouring state and be seen campaigning.This urge to temporarily move westwards is equally palpable in Congress and the BJP. This is probably the first time that Rajasthani politicians have descended in such large numbers to campaign in Gujarat. If one were to think that the khadi brigade is going all out to ensure victory for their respective parties; reconsider it. Gujarat elections are the easy and timely means Rajasthan politicians can use to pave smoother paths for themselves in the Assembly polls slated to be held next year.What makes Gujarat elections more important for the politicos of Rajasthan is the spiced up fight due to the presence of Rahul Gandhi and first time not having Narendra Modi as rallying point. Claims to contributing towards a win would surely go a long way. From BJP, ministers from the centre and state along with MPs, MLAs and party functionaries are keen to walk the extra mile to escort candidates filing nominations, for campaigning in rallies and are even going door-to-door to distribute voter slips. According to a BJP leader who did not wish to be named, “These elections are vital and party president Amit Shah is closely monitoring them. His is the best opportunity to mark one’s presence.”For Congress, the Rajasthan connect gets stronger as former CM Ashok Gehlot, a maverick politician is the closest aide Rahul Gandhi has kept all through the campaign. Rajasthan PCC chief Sachin Pilot too pitched his weight in the campaign. The grand old party has sent present and former MLAs, former MPs and senior functionaries. Also they have focused on calling leaders from Bikaner, Jodhpur and tribal districts of Mewar to tap the locals settled in Gujarat.WHAT THEY HOPE TO REAPIt would not be incorrect to say that political battles of Rajasthan are being fought on Gujarat turf. The battles are for supremacy over rivals, gaining favour of party supremos and most importantly to use the time and effort invested to reap political security and favours for themselves next year. Winning has its own pleasures, but irrespective of which party wins or loses Gujarat, the Rajasthanis are fighting a totally different battle.POLITICIANS FROM BJPOm Mathur Ashok Parnami Gulab Chand Kataria Kiran Maheshwari Om Birla CP Joshi Gajendra Singh PP Choudhry CR Choudhry Ramcharan Bohra Arun Chaturvedi Devji Patel Rajendra Rathore Mohanlal Gupta Bhajan Lal Sharma POLITICIANS FROM CONGRESSAshok Gehlot- Former CM Sachin Pilot – PCC chief Rameshwar Dudi- Leader of Opposition Govind Dotasra – chief whip Rajkumar Sharma – Former minister B D Kalla – Former minister & PCC Chief Dr Chandrabhan- Former minister & PCC Chief Mahendra Jeet Malviya – Former minister Rajendra Pareek- Former minister Ashok Chandna- MLA Dheeraj Gurjar- MLA Bhanwar Singh Bhati- MLA Darshan Singh- MLA Mevaram Jain- MLA Jakir Hussain- Former MLA

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Haryana govt FIR against Fortis doctor

The Haryana government lodged an FIR on Sunday against the doctor who treated seven-year-old Adya Singh, who succumbed to dengue shock syndrome, at Fortis Hospital in Gurugram.Fortis has been under scanner since it slapped a bill of around Rs 16 lakh on the girl’s family for her hospitalisation of 15 days. Union Health Minister J P Nadda had ordered an inquiry into the incident.A case under section 304, part 2 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code was lodged at Sushant Lok police station against the doctor who worked with the paediatric department. The section carries a maximum punishment of 10 years.”We submitted our inquiry report to the police on November 23, stating that the hospital had overcharged the family of the deceased,” said B K Rajora, chief medical officer of Gurugram Civil Hospital.The complaint was submitted on Saturday and the case was registered on Sunday, the police said. “We have received a 49-page complaint from the health department. A case has been registered,” said a senior police official.On Friday evening, Adya’s father Jayant Singh lodged a complaint with the Gurgaon police alleging that his daughter died because of the doctors’ negligence, and the hospital tried to ‘destroy evidence’ of their wrongdoings.On Thursday, Haryana Health minister Anil Vij ordered Fortis Hospital, Gurgram, be removed from the list of government empanelled hospitals. He also asked the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to look into the possibility of cancelling the hospital’s land lease.A seven-member committee headed by Dr Rajiv Vadhera, Additional Director General of Health Services, stated it was unethical to pull off a patient’s life support especially after she had sought Leave Against Medical Advice (LAMA) from the hospital. It also raises questions on forgery of parents’ signatures for hospital documentation and overpricing of drugs and consumables.Following the indictment by the panel, Vij had said an FIR would be lodged against the private hospital and the licence of its blood bank would be cancelled.The Fortis group had earlier said that all documents, statements and details were made available to the probe team of the Haryana government.

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A parivar that parts ways: Sharad Yadav to float new Janata

History repeats itself, and in case of Janata Parivar, it repeats all the more often. The rebel faction of Janata Dal (United), whose leader Sharad Yadav had to forego his Rajya Sabha membership this week, is all set to get a new name.As leaders come together to part ways again, giving rise to new formations, their fascination with the ‘Janata’ word remains, though the parties in most states count little as far people’s mandate is concerned.Yadav’s faction has decided to move the Election Commission (EC), seeking a new name for their party, which will necessarily include ‘Janata’ word in it and if possible a symbol of wheel (pahiya) plus to reflect the party’s connect with farmers and workers in tandem with its socialist democratic ideology.The names that are under consideration are Apna Janata Dal, Loktantrik Janata Dal, Lok Shahi Janata Dal, Samajwadi Janata Dal and Jantantrik Janata Dal.After the EC allots it a name, the party will have to seek a symbol within three months. While it cannot reclaim the original ‘chakra’ symbol of Janata Dal, the effort is to get a symbol of wheel (pahia) added as either a tool or a person reflecting pro-farmer, pro-labour credentials.The exercise had well begun after the EC last month recognised the Nitish Kumar faction as the real JD(U) and allotted the ‘arrow’ symbol to it.While the Sharad faction has challenged the EC decision in the court, there was a rethinking after Yadav and another party MP Ali Anwar Ansari were disqualified from Rajya Sabha membership last week. Both had rebelled against Nitish Kumar’s decision to junk the opposition grand alliance in Bihar and join hands with the BJP a few months ago.The split, which is now set to be formalised is only one link in the long chain of such splits in Janata Parivar since its inception on January 23, 1977 with the grand objective to root out Congress.The disintegration began soon. Chaudhary Charan Singh, the Deputy Prime Minister of the then government broke away and formed Lok Dal along with Raj Narain in 1979.On October 11, 1988, Lok Dal, Congress (S) and Jan Morcha, part of Janata Party, merged together to form Janata Dal under the leadership of VP Singh, which came to power in 1989.On November 5, 1990, two days before VP Singh government lost vote of confidence with BJP withdrawing support to the National Front government, Chandrasekhar and Devi Lal came together to form Samajwadi Janata Party.In 1991, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chandra Shekhar parted ways from VP Singh and formed Samajwadi Janata Party. In 1994 Nitish Kumar and George Fernandes founded Samata Party headed by Brahmanand Mandal. On July 5, 1997, Lalu Prasad formed Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar, breaking away from Janata Dal.Biju Patnaik, a Janata Dal MP parted ways from the parent party and formed Biju Janata Dal in December 1997 in protest against the party’s decision not to ally with the BJP.In 1999, Janata Dal further split, when JH Patel led faction with Sharad Yadav decided to back NDA government. HD Deve Gowda, who had become Prime Minister in 1996, opposed the decision and founded Janata Dal Secular in Karnataka. Patel and Sharad Yadav’s party then became Janata Dal United.On December 23, 1999 Samata Party of Nitish Kumar and George Fernandes as well as Lok Shakti of Ram Krishna Hegde decided to contest election on the arrow symbol of JDU and decided to keep the green and white flag of Samata Party.In 2000, Ram Vilas Paswan split from Janata Dal of Sharad Yadav and formed Lok Janshakti Party.On October 30 2003, Samata Party and JDU formally merged together. Interestingly the merger of these Bihar parties happened to take on the then Lalu Prasad led Rashtriya Janata Dal . This was after Samata Party rebels like Raghunath Jha and Brahmanand Mandal were made to join RJD by Lalu Prasad.In March 2013, the JD-U suffered another split when Upendra Kushwaha broke away and formed Rashtriya Lok Samata Party after his relations with Nitish Kumar soared.In April 2015, an effort was made to bring together six splinter groups of Janata Parivar—JDU, RJD, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (Secular), Om Prakash Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal and Kamal Morarka-led Samajwadi Janata Party. The plan did not not take off. Two years later Sharad Yadav, who was then in the forefront of unity plan, parted ways from Nitish Kumar’s JD(U).Interestingly, Bhartiya Jan Sangh, which was also part of Janata Party in 1977 and later broke away and Bhartiya Janta Party, has charted an independent path since 1977, rising to new heights and formed in 2014 first single party government in last 30 years.Though Janata Party disintegrated, Subramanian Swamy continued heading it till it finally merged with the BJP in August 2013.Of the splinter Janata Party’s parties, Biju Janata Dal is in power in Odisha and Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in Bihar while Samajwadi Party now headed by Akhilesh Yadav is the main opposition party in Uttar Pradesh. Deve Gowda’s JD(S) is third force in Karnataka after BJP and Congress.SPLITS & MERGERS1977: Janata Party takes birth; objective: defeat Congress 1979: Chaudhary Charan Singh, Dy PM of the then govt breaks away, forms Lok Dal along with Raj Narain. 1988: Lok Dal, Congress (S), Jan Morcha, a part of Janata Party, merge to form Janata Dal 1989: Janata Dal under VP Singh comes to power. 1990: Chandrasekhar, Devi Lal form Samajwadi Janata Party; VP Singh govt falls. 1991: Mulayam, Chandrase-khar part ways from VP Singh, form Samajwadi Janata Party. 1994: Nitish Kumar, George Fernandes form Samata Party. 1997: Lalu Prasad forms Rashtriya Janata Dal. 1997: Biju Patnaik breaks away, forms Biju Janata Dal. 1999: Deve Gowda forms Janata Dal (Secular) 1999: Sharad Yadav forms Janata Dal (United).

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Jaspreet Bumrah’s missing grandfather found dead in Sabarmati river

The body of Santok Singh Bumrah, 84, the grandfather of Indian cricketer Jaspreet Bumrah, was recovered from Sabarmati river on Sunday morning by the Ahmedabad fire and emergency service rescue team.Santok Singh was reported missing on December 8, regarding which a complaint was lodged with the Vastrapur police by his daughter Rajinder Kaur Bumrah, who lives in Vastrapur. According to her complaint, Santok Singh had approached Jaspreet’s mother Daljit Kaur Bumrah on Friday and requested that he be allowed to meet the cricketer, but wasn’t.After the incident, he left the house and later, the missing complaint was lodged with the police.On Sunday morning, the Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency service rescue team were informed about a body in the Sabarmati river. The body was fished out and a voter ID card was recovered, through which the police could ascertain his identity.A complaint of suicide has been lodged and further investigation is on. Primary investigation revealed that Santok Singh felt bad after he was barred from meeting his grandson and killed himself in grief.

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Gujarat elections 2017 | By raking up riots, Congress trying to appease minorities: Amit Shah

BJP’s national president Amit Shah on Sunday alleged that Congress was trying to appease minority by playing votebank politics ahead of the second phase of Assembly polls in Gujarat. Talking to mediapersons at BJP’s Gujarat headquarters Shri Kamalam, Shah said that by raising issue of Gujarat riots of 2002, Congress is trying to appease minorities.Shah said, “When a few days are left for the second phase polls in Gujarat, Congress is playing votebank politics through appeasement. Mumbai Congress vice-president and their senior leader Charan Singh said that PM Narendra Modi should seek apology of Muslim community for Gujarat riots of 2002 from Jama Masjid. Many Congress sponsored NGOs had made allegations over Narendra Modi by tweaking the reality at that time but could not succeed as the Supreme Court withheld those charges. Now, when you ask PM to seek apology for 2002 riots, no greater example to that there can be for appeasement politics.”Shah added, “Jignesh Mevani, who recognises himself as Dalit leader and is an independent candidate from Vadgam in Banaskantha accepts funds from anti-national outfit like PFI. The outfit is believed to be preparing millitants for ISIS and one of their worker Abdul Zalil was nabbed by NIA. Congress knew this so did not gave ticket to Jignesh Mevani but declared their support and did not field any candidate against him.”The BJP chief also took the potshot at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, former vice-president Hamid Ansari and former PM Manmohan Singh for holding secret meeting with Pakistani high commissioner. He said that when Gujarat polls were being held, the Congress leaders’ meeting with Pakistani officials without informing Indian government was condemnable act.Amit Shah, concluding his address to media person said, “People of this nation have dejected Congress for their negative ideology and that will keep happening everywhere. I would make an appeal to voters of Gujarat that they should take these incidents in cognizance and should understand the whole issue. On the other side, the people of Gujarat also should notice that ever since BJP came in power, the state is peaceful, safe and happy. Gujarat is border state and safety of this state is the issue of concern for all.”

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Gujarat Elections 2017: PM alleges Pak want Ahmed Patel as CM, Rahul accuses him of dumping development agenda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today alleged Pakistan was interfering in Gujarat Assembly polls, and sought an explanation from the Congress over its top partymen who are said to have recently met leaders from the neighbouring country.Addressing a poll rally here, the prime minister also raised questions over the alleged appeal by former director general of the Pakistan Army, Sardar Arshad Rafiq, that senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel be made chief minister of Gujarat.Modi said (former Congress minister) Mani Shankar Aiyar had called him “neech” (vile) a day after the alleged meeting of Pakistani leaders with top Congressmen.Also readWatch | Gujarat Election 2017: Rahul Gandhi greeted with chants of ‘Modi, Modi’ during his temple visit”There were media reports yesterday about a meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house. It was attended by Pakistan’s high commissioner, Pakistan’s former foreign minister, India’s former vice president and former prime minister Manmohan Singh,” Modi said.The meeting at Aiyar’s house carried on for almost three hours, Modi said.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: PM Modi changing agenda after getting exposed on development, says Rahul Gandhi”The next day, Mani Shankar Aiyar said Modi was ‘neech’. This is a serious matter,” he said.Modi added that Rafiq had backed Ahmed Patel as the next chief minister of Gujarat.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: PM Modi mocks Congress leader for saying EVMs can be hacked through Bluetooth”(On one side) Pakistan Army’s former DG is interfering in Gujarat’s election, on the other side, Pakistan’s people are holding a meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house,” he said.”And, after that meeting, people of Gujarat, backward communities, poor people and Modi were insulted. Don’t you think such events raise doubts,” Modi asked.He said the Congress should inform the people of the country what exactly it was up to.Modi was speaking at the rally for the ongoing state Assembly polls. The second phase of polling in north and central Gujarat, including the Banaskantha district, will be held on December 14.Rahul accuses PM of dumping development agendaCongress vice president Rahul Gandhi today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of dumping the development agenda and talking only about himself during campaigning for the Gujarat polls.Gandhi, who began his second day of campaigning for the second phase polls after offering prayers at Lord Krishna’s Ranchhod Raiji Mandir here, claimed Modi frequently changed the election planks and now the prime minister was left with nothing to speak about.The BJP started its campaign on the issue of the Narmada.After 4-5 days, the public said they were not getting the river water, the Congress leader noted.”The BJP took a right turn. It said the election will not be contested on Narmada … let’s contest it on the issue of other backward classes (OBCs).”But then the OBCs said the BJP government did not do anything for them. After five-six days, the BJP made a sharp left turn and said it would take out development yatra and talk about 22 years of development,” he added.The Congress leader said he listened to the PM’s speech yesterday in which “Modiji talked about Modiji for 90 per cent of the time…First right turn, then left turn, then apply brakes”.”The election is not about Modiji, nor is it about me. It is neither about the BJP nor the Congress. This election is about the future of the people of Gujarat,” he said.Criticising Modi over his election rallies which run parallel to his public meetings ahead of the second phase of the polls, Gandhi accused the prime minister of not talking his future plans for the state and keeping mum on the issue of “corruption.”He also questioned the the prime minister over his silence on the agitations by various communities, including Patels, Dalits, anganwadi workers, among others.Gandhi said the truth had caught up with the BJP and it could go nowhere from here.He also asked Congress workers not to use “wrong words” against the prime minister and said his party will defeat him and the BJP with “love and sweet words”.The Congress leader attacked Modi over demonetisation and GST, saying the note ban helped all “thieves” convert their “black money into white” and the “Gabbar Singh Tax” destroyed small businesses and rendered one lakh people jobless.”For 60-70 minutes Modiji talks about himself but does not utter a word about note ban and Gabbar Singh. I was sitting in a tea shop. The tea seller said, Rahulji, I am making Rs 50 instead of Rs 100 I made before GST. He (Modi) has caused us 50 per cent loss,” Gandhi said.Gandhi also raised the issue of BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah’s business dealings whereby he allegedly “converted Rs 50,000 into Rs 80 crore”, and the Rafale fighter jet deal.”You must have observed Modiji does not talk about corruption in his speeches. He made you stand in the queue and imposed the Gabbar Singh Tax,” he said.”Earlier he used to say ‘na khaunga na khane dunga’. Now he does not utter a word on corruption,” Gandhi added.

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‘Cocaine in tea stalls’: Hundreds of IIT-Kanpur students using drugs, college reaches out to district admin

Hundreds of students at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur use drugs and “some 30 to 40” of them have become addicts, a probe by the college administration has found out.The narcotics is supplied to the students through local sources of the drug mafia active in and around the campus of the Institution, an internal inquiry has revealed.The institute has reached out to the district administration in cracking down on the local drug suppliers to rid the campus of the fast growing menace.”As per an internal assessment, a few hundred bright students of the institute are using drugs on the campus and the situation is alarming. We have raised the issue with district magistrate Surendra Singh, who has acknowledged the fact and assured an immediate and appropriate response,” Professor Manindra Agarwal, officiating director of IIT-K told the Times of India.Media reports said the role of campus staff, including security personnel, temporary staff and fourth class employees, is also under scanner.Kanpur DM Surendra Singh confirmed the development and said that district administration has decided to set up teams to round up the drug smugglers active in the area.Students have easy access to all sorts of narcotics – from tobacco to cocaine – at pan and tea stalls near the campus, a media report, quoting sources, said. Agarwal said the probe has identified some students as being “severely affected” by drug abuse “but many more are yet to be identified”.To spread awareness among the students, the college administration has pasted posters in the hostels and the campus. It also plans to hold counselling sessions for addicted students.

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Congress raising 2002 to get votes, Jignesh Mevani backed by ‘anti-national’ PFI: Amit Shah

Seizing on remarks of a Congress leader seeking apology for 2002 Gujarat riots, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Sunday said the opposition party is raising 2002 issue in 2017 for vote bank consolidation in Assembly elections in the state. “Congress’ Charan Singh said PM (Narendra) Modi must go inside Jama Masjid and apologise for 2002 riots. Entire nation knows the allegations leveled on Modi Ji by Congress backed NGO were all false and he is spotless. Yet for vote bank consolidation 2002 is being raised in 2017,” Shah said. He was referring to a Congress leader’s statement that party president Sonia Gandhi apologised for 1984 anti-Sikh riots at the Golden Temple and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should also apologise for 2002 riots at Jama Masjid. Also readAfter PM Modi’s rebuttal against Mani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘neech’ comment, Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley pile on the criticism“Neither my party nor do I support the 1984 (anti-Sikh) riots. Sonia Gandhi visited Golden Temple and apologised in front of the media. Manmohan Singh also apologised in Parliament. In the last 33 years, the BJP has been adding insult to our injury. Can Narendra Modi visit the Jama Masjid and apologise for 1992 riots?” Charan Singh Sapra, a Congress leader from Punjab said at an event organized by a TV channel. Shah alleged that the Congress has been the “creator of polarisation in India.” Also readWhy does Pak Army’s former DG want Ahmed Patel to be Gujarat CM, asks PM Modi“Congress had laid the foundation of Gujarat election on casteism. The would-be President of Congress (Rahul Gandhi) started hopping from temple to temple. Congress has been the creator of polarisation in India,” he said. Also readBJP releases Salman Nizami’s pictures with Shaktisinh Gohil to counter Congress claims of non-associationShah also attacked Congress-backed independent candidate from Vadgam in Banaskantha district, Jignesh Mewani, for allegedly accepting money from the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of the Popular Front of India (PFI). “Jignesh Mewani’s pictures of accepting money from PFI has gone viral. PFI has always indulged in anti-national activities. Rahul Gandhi meets such a person who has relations with an anti-national outfit and Congress gives up its seat for him for vote bank consolidation,” the BJP president said. “Congress knew of his relations with PFI otherwise they would have given him a Congress ticket. They knew of the relations so they made him contest as an independent candidate and supported him from outside”Again raking up Congress leader Salman Nizami, Shah said he is being used for campaigning in Gujarat “for the consolidation of vote bank.” People of Gujarat can see through the cunning ways of Congress, Shah said. He alleged that Mani Shankar Aiyar, former PM Manmohan Singh and former Vice President Hamid Ansari had met Pakistan’s envoy in Delhi recently. “Right before Gujarat election, without informing MEA conducting a meeting with Pak envoy… I don’t know what message does it convey,” Shah asked. First phase of Assembly elections in Gujarat for 89 seats concluded on Saturday with about 68 per cent voter turnout. The second phase of voting for the remaining 93 assembly seats will take place on December 14. The votes will be counted on December 18 for all 182 seats.

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Gen VK Singh says he came into politics by accident

Minister of State of External Affairs Gen VK Singh on Saturday said that he got into politics by accident. While speaking at a convocation ceremony at the IIS University, he said: “I got into politics by accident. It was never planned,.When I retired, I decided that I’ll work for the society. I started interacting with the youth while working with a farming company because I firmly believe that it is the youth who are going to change the nation. In this process, a wild thought came that I must bring back Anna Hazare to the same pedestal that he was in 2012. I launched a small organisation called Jantantra Morcha and requested Anna Hazare to become its patron. After 4-5 months everyone was tired. We took a break and that is the time he decided he will launch agitation,” Gen Singh said.“Once Lokpal bill was cleared, I told him that I had to move. However, I had got into trouble because during my campaign I had been talking about the need to induct fresh blood in the political system, and the only question they asked me was why I wouldn’t join one myself. So I decided to see as to which political party I should join. Being an independent, I needed very large financial backup. I joined BJP about a month prior to the elections,” he added.While talking about Hafiz Saaed becoming a political leader in the neighbouring country, Singh said that Pakistan can choose what it wants to be.“It depends on Pakistan whether it wants the country to be a terrorist or wants to take it forward as a peaceful nation. We shouldn’t worry about them,” Singh said.Singh also spoke about Indians going to other countries for employment and said that they are safe as long as they go through registered agents.“We have a complete record of Indian expats via registered agents. We are aware of who is going where, under which employer, and for which job. The issue is with those who do not transfer through registered agents,” he informed.However, while speaking about USA increasing the laws for working Visa for Indians, he said that nothing will happen until the law is passed.“The US has just said that they will issue stringent laws and guidelines for working visa for Indians.. Nothing will happen until it is passed by the Congress,” Singh said.

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4 CRPF personnel shot dead allegedly by colleague in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur

Four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, including two sub-inspectors (SIs), were today killed and another wounded in a gunfire allegedly opened by their colleague at a camp in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, officials said.The fratricide was reported around 5 PM at the ‘G’ company camp of the paramilitary force’s 168th battalion in Basaguda, about 450 km from here, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Dantewada range) Sundarraj P told PTI in Raipur.Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has condemned the the killing of the CRPF men — deployed for anti-Naxal operations in the state.According to preliminary information, constable Sanath Kumar (35) allegedly opened fire with his service weapon, an AK 47 rifle, leaving four personnel dead on the spot and another injured, he said.Three of the four CRPF men killed in the fratricide were senior to Kumar, a resident of Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh.The deceased were identified as SI Vikey Sharma (34) hailing from Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, SI Megh Singh (52) from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Assistant SI Rajveer Singh (48) from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan and constable G Sankara Rao (37) from Vijaynagram in Andhra Pradesh,?a police official told PTI.ASI Gajanand (49), a native of Rewari in Haryana, suffered injuries in his ribs during the firing, the official said.The bodies and the injured ASI were evacuated from Basaguda to Bijapur at 6 PM. An MI17 helicopter was sent to airlift the injured and the bodies to Raipur, he added.Officials said Kumar was soon overpowered and apprehended by other colleagues who were present in the camp. The jawans reportedly had a brawl before the fatal incident took place and a probe has been ordered into the incident, they added.”The chief minister has condemned the incident which took place in Basaguda village of Bijapur around 5 PM today,” an official statement here said.Expressing condolence, Chief Minister Singh extended sympathy to the family members of the victims, according to an official statement.He has also prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured ASI, it said.

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When Rajnath Singh met the Maulvi saab who caned him as a kid and got emotional

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today recalled how a teacher, who used to cane him and his classmates, waited on the roadside to garland him when he became a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government.At the convocation of Lucknow University, an emotional Singh remembered that when he was traveling to his hometown, he saw the “Maulvi sahab” holding a garland to welcome him.But as a tribute to his teacher, who was particular about discipline, the minister garlanded the Maulvi sahab instead.”When I was in primary school, a Maulvi sahab, who was our physical education teacher, used to cane students if they indulged in indiscipline. After the punishment, we would do the right thing.”When I became education minister of Uttar Pradesh… On the way to my hometown… Near Chandauli, I saw a 90-year-old man on the roadside… I immediately recognised he was my teacher.Also readContinue good work as friends of hill people: Rajnath Singh to Assam Rifles”I got my vehicle stopped. The Maulvi sahab was holding a garland to welcome me … I garlanded him instead, touched his feet and sought blessings. My teacher started crying and that made me emotional too,” the minister said.Home Minister Rajnath Singh urged students to maintain “maryaada” (dignity) in life as he exhorted them to take a pledge to make India “Vishwa Guru”.Also readRajnath meets CMs of Bangladesh bordering states, looks to expedite setting up of additional outpostsAddressing the 60th Convocation of Lucknow University here today, he said, “I am the Home Minister of India, even then I do not lower my dignity. Maintaining dignity in life helps a person to become great.”Singh said, “The law of gravity and Pythagoras’s theorem were given by India to the world. There are many things which India had given to the world. All we have to do is to take a pledge to make India a ‘Vishwa Guru’ (mentor of world)…And to make India a ‘Vishwa Guru’, the youths have a major role to play.”The home minister was also honoured with a honorary degree of DSc. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma were present at the ceremony.”I had even asked the vice-chancellor not to bestow upon me the honorary degree as I do not consider myself ‘laayak’ (worthy) of it. But, when the VC cited tradition, I agreed to it,” said Singh, who represents Lucknow in the Lok Sabha.Also readIf GST is Gabbar Singh Tax, why did you support it in Parliament: Rajnath Singh to CongressLaying emphasis on character building, he said, “In a person’s life, character plays a major role. I would like to tell the students not lower ‘maryaada’ (dignity) in their life…It helps make a person not only popular, but also respectable…This thought comes from education and some of its from the society.””Education builds character. As compared to Lord Ram, Ravana was more wealthy, stronger and more knowledgeable. Despite this, Ravana got destroyed as there was a decline in his character,” he said.Referring to a foreign newspaper article on tech giant Infosys versus terrorist organisation al-Qaeda, said, “In both the organisations, the youngsters work very hard. At one organisation, the youth work for the development of the country, while at Al-Qaeda, they work for destructive activities.”The home minister added, “I am working in the political sphere. People would say that a person who is working in the political sphere is advising me…I know that in independent India, there is a difference in words and deeds of politicians, and this is the reason that there has been a fall in trust about the politicians among the public.””…But, you should not try to keep yourself isolated from the political system…I urge the youth to a pledge and restore politics which has lost its meaning and spirit. The youth must join politics of development, as we have to make India great. An India which is gyaanvaan (knowledgeable), dhanvaan (wealthy) and mahaan (great). We have to build an India, which can lead the world in terms of gyaan (knowledge) and vigyaan (science),” he said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about making a “New India” and it will be achieved by making the country free of caste, poverty and corruption, he said.

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Bereaved father files FIR in Fortis case

After losing his 7-year-old daughter Adya Singh allegedly at the hands of Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), bereaved father Jayant filed a police complaint alleging culpable homicide as well as forgery and destruction of evidence by the accused hospital management and treating doctors at Sushant Lok police station in Gurugram.In his FIR, Jayant states that on November 23 at close to 10 35 am, a senior management member of Fortis Hospital, Jasbir Grewal met the former on the pretext of discussing Adya’s case, in coffee shop of Trident Hotel in Gurugram. Jasbir offered Jayant a cheque of Rs 10, 37, 889. The proof can be corroborated in CCTV footage of the hotel, stated the FIR.“He also made a verbal offer of paying twenty-five lakh rupees on the agreement and asked me to remain shut about the case,” Jayant told DNA.Also readDengue Death Costing Rs 16 lakh: Investigation nails unethical acts of Fortis “When I refused to take the amount, Grewal warned me that this was the best offer as the government’s medical report would come fully in favour of the hospital and its practices,” stated the FIR filed by Jayant.However, the report released by the Haryana government has nailed FMRI on several unethical practices.Also readFortis and Medanta: 2 cases that show India’s crumbling private healthcare systemJayant alleged that FMRI was criminally negligent while treating baby Adya and also indulged in forgery, cheating and dishonest inducement of monies. “They have not only bribed me but have also destroyed, modified and altered evidence,” Jayant told DNA.The FIR alleges that Adya died a painful death on September 15 as Dr Vikas Varma from Fortis Hospital switched off the ventilator pipes and Ambu bag attached to the deceased when she was taken in the private ambulance.Also readNPPA issues notice to Fortis in Adya dengue death caseProbe instituted by a special investigative committee in Adya’s case by Haryana government has stated in its report that it was unethical to pull off life support on FMRI’s part.The report notes that on September 14 there was a huge lapse in Adya’s treatment. Life support was pulled off from Adya in the ambulance by Fortis doctors while she was being shifted to another hospital. The report says that withdrawal of life support by the hospital staff in the ambulance amounts to negligence and is against the law of the land. “Leave against medical advice does not mean that hospital disowns the patient completely. They must ensure all facilities for transfer/transport to home or other hospitals,” said the report.Once the treating doctors realised that the patient is about to “check out,” and is thus of no profitability value to them they pulled off the ventilator states the FIR. “This is calculated murder,” said Jayant.Jayant further alleges in the FIR that FMRI did not inform him or his wife about the medical ramifications or exorbitant costs involved in blood transfusion procedures. He has requested for the hospital documents to be sent to a forensic lab or an expert to analyse forgery.The FIR has been registered against nine persons from Fortis Management team including Malwinder Singh, FMRI Chairman and Shivinder Mohan Singh, Executive Vice Chairman of Fortis Health Care and additionally nine treating doctors.

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CRPF jawan opens fire on colleagues in Chhattisgarh camp; 4 killed, 1 injured

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deployed in Maoist-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh opened fire at his colleagues on Saturday, killing four and injuring another, officials said. Two sub-inspectors (SIs), identified as Vikey Sharma and Megh Singh, were among those killed. The fratricide was reported around 5 PM at a camp of the CRPF’s 168th battalion under Basaguda police station area of the Bijapur, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Dantewada range) Sundarraj P was quoted as saying by PTI in Raipur.According to preliminary information, constable Sanath Kumar allegedly opened fire with his service weapon, an AK 47 rifle, leaving four personnel dead on the spot and another injured, he said.Three of the four CRPF men killed in the fratricide were senior to Kumar. Besides two SIs, Assistant SI Rajveer Singh and constable Sankara Rao were also killed in the firing. Also readGadchiroli: CRPF jawan killed, two others injured in encounter with NaxalsASI Gajanand suffered injuries in the incident, the IPS officer said.The bodies and the injured ASI were evacuated from Basaguda to Bijapur at 6 PM. An MI17 helicopter was sent to airlift the injured and the bodies to Raipur, he added.Also read7 securitymen hurt in IED blast by Naxals along Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand borderOfficials said Kumar was soon overpowered and apprehended by other colleagues who were present in the camp. The jawans reportedly had a brawl before the fatal incident took place, they added.The officials did not elaborate on the reasons why the jawan opened.Also readJharkhand: 4 CRPF personnel injured in land mine attack laid by MaoistsThe CRPF is deployed for anti-Naxal operations in the state. (With PTI inputs)

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Continue good work as friends of hill people: Rajnath Singh to Assam Rifles

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has exhorted the Assam Rifles to keep its flag flying high through hard work and dedication, in the true spirit of it being “friends of the hill people”.Appreciating the role played by Assam Rifles in ensuring security, peace and development of the North East region, the Home Minister, at a ‘Sainik Sammelan’ at the Assam Rifles Training Centre here on Friday, said the country’s oldest paramilitary force has been carrying out an exemplary dual service of guarding the porous 1,642-km long Indo-Myanmar border and counter-insurgency operations.Stating that North East is a strategic area and its security of paramount importance, Singh pointed out the difficult task at hand for the Assam Rifles in guarding an “open border”, where a free movement regime is also in place for uninterrupted travel to each others’ territories by people of both the countries. He also highlighted some of the measures initiated by the present government for the welfare of the jawans.Earlier, the Home Minister was received by Lt General Shokin Chauhan, Brig Gurjap Singh, Commandant, Assam Rifles Training Centre & School and other officials of civil administration.Rajnath Singh also inaugurated the KB Limbu Swimming Pool, and NB Thapa Indoor Sports Complex and witnessed the display of skills by the recruits, especially in counter-insurgency. The Home Minister also hoisted the National Flag at the Auditorium Complex of the Training Centre. The mast of the flag — 100 ft — is the highest in the state of Nagaland.A barakhana was also organised in honour of the Home Minister, where he interacted with the recruits as well as the training staff of the Centre and School.

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After selfie contest, Bengal NGO starts essay and drawing competition on cows

Buoyed by the overwhelming response of ‘selfie with cow’ contest, members of the NGO, Goseva Parivar, have now introduced photographs, essays, paintings and poem-writing competition on ‘gaumata’.“We were inundated with enquiries and phone calls. Many suggested that they had wonderful pictures of cows shot by them but those were not selfies. Some others said that they would want to write poems and essays on ‘gaumata’. After considering those requests, we have decided to allow photographs other than selfies, paintings, essays and poems on ‘gaumata’ for the competition, which can be uploaded through the smartphone app, Goseva Parivar,” said Avishek Pratap Singh, a senior member of the NGO.Organisers claim that they are not affiliated to any political party. “The idea is to spread the usefulness of cows. There are so many farmer deaths in the country as a result of poor yield. All these can be solved if we resort to organic farming and shun pesticides and fertilizers laced with chemicals. People should be educated that one of the chief requirement of organic farming is cow dung which will be available only if the cow is preserved,” said another senior member of the organisation. He also said that the competition would conclude on December 31 this year and results would be declared on January 21. “There is a prize money involved but we have not announced the amount because we don’t want that to be an incentive for participants. The love for cows should be the prodding factor. The prize money will be announced a day ahead of the results,” he said.

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PM Modi turns the knife after ‘neech’ jibe, lists out every insult Congress threw at him

Starting the second phase of campaign in North Gujarat, PM Modi addressed a crowd in Nikol, Ahmedabad where he spoke about BJP’s chances in the upcoming elections, the rise of the middle class and the recent unparliamentary comments by Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, and also went on to list, a host of insults meted out by Congress leaders against him.He was quoted saying by ANI: “After travelling across Saurashtra, Kutch, South Gujarat and North Gujarat I am now in Ahmedabad. What I am seeing is extraordinary. It is clear that BJP will emerge victorious. The population of our middle class is rising and so is the strength of our middle class. This section of society aspires to progress at a quick pace. Why should it be that only malls can remain open for long durations. We ensured that small shops can also be open for long- this gives economic opportunities to several people.”Speaking about the attack in Amarnath, he said that that the perpetrators were punished by our armed forces.Also readAdityanath praises PM Modi after UNESCO recognises Kumbh Mela as ‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity’He also addressed the ‘neech’ remarks made against him by Mani Shankar Aiyar and listed the list of insults Congress had meted out to him over the years.He said: “They have not called me ‘Neech’ for the first time yesterday. Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and her family members have used it too. Why am I ‘Neech’ – because I was born poor, because I am of a lower caste, because I am a Gujarati? Is that why they hate me?”Also readMani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘Neech Aadmi’ comment: Has Rahul Gandhi’s timely intervention saved the day for Congress? He added that Anand Sharma had called him ‘mentally unstable’. He said: “A Congress leader re-tweeted such an offensive Tweet about me that I cannot even say it. What did Digvijaya Singh tweet about me? Evidently, one Gujarati, a person born into a poor family has troubled them a lot.”He added: “Digvijaya Singh said Modi Sarkar is like Rakshas Raaj and Modi is Ravana. Pramod Tiwari, who headed the Congress in UP, said Modi is in the list of Hitler, Mussolini& Gaddafi. Day and night the Congress has abused me. I keep quiet only because my priority is work.”He added that another Congress leader had called him a monkey, Jairam Ramesh had compared him to Bhasmasur and Beni Prasad Verma called him a ‘mad dog’. Ghulam Nabi Azad, he reminded the audience had called him ‘Gangu Teli’, asking if this was the way one ought to utter in public life.He added: “Imran Masood, who they gave a ticket to, he said we will cut Modi into pieces. Renuka Chowdhury called me a virus. She said I bring Namonitis. I don’t even want to get started on what Gujarat Congress leaders have been calling me.”

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Delhi seven-year-old wins fight to save park

The girl had filed a court case and written to Indian PM Narendra Modi to save the local park.

Nithari murders: CBI court sentences Moninder Pandher, Surinder Koli to death in ninth case

Businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and Surinder Koli, the main accused in the Nithari killing, were sentenced to death by CBI Special Court in the ninth out of 19 cases against them on Friday.In July this year, a special CBI court convicted Pandher and Koli in one of the cases and sentenced themcourt in Ghaziabad today convicted businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surinder Koli in one of the cases of the sensational Nithari killings.Police had discovered 19 skeletons from Pandher’s house in Nithari in Noida on December 29, 2006.Pandher and Koli were charge-sheeted in 16 of the 19 cases, while three were closed for want of evidence.Most of the victims were young girls.

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Neech row | Strategic suspension, says Arun Jaitley, Amar Singh recalls infamous ‘jhadap’: 10 updates

After senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘neech’ remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi sparked a major political controversy, sharp reactions are coming from various quarters.While Aiyar maintains that he didn’t mean what he said, the BJP is leaving no stone unturned to slam the diplomat-turned-politician.Here are 10 major updates in this big political story:1: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley not only slammed the Congress but also questioned Aiyar’s suspension from the party. In a late night tweet, Jaitley said that it’s time people ‘see see through this game’.2: Terming Aiyar’s remark as a deliberate casteist statement, a convenient apology, Jaitley called Aiyar’s sacking from the Congress as ‘a strategic suspension’.Also read’Chaiwala’ redux! Mani Shankar Aiyar scores ‘neech’ self-goal3: Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh on Friday spoke extensively about his ugly spat with Aiyar that became talk of town in the year 2000.4: Talking about the incident, Singh said that many leaders have been victimised by ‘Mani’ that include politicians such as Uma Bharti and late J Jayalalithaa.Also readMani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘Neech Aadmi’ comment: Has Rahul Gandhi’s timely intervention saved the day for Congress? 5: About the ‘etihaisik jhadap (historic spat)’ Singh said that Aiyar became so infamous that whenever he visited Parliament and started abusing anyone, the BJP used to warn him that ‘Mani beth ja nahin to Amar Singh aajayga.’6: Singh was referring to the incident that happened during a party at the residence of Satish Gujral, brother of former PM IK Gujral.Also readHow Mani Shankar Aiyar embarrased Congress over the ages7: While Aiyar has been suspended from the primary membership of the Congress, he has also been issued a show-cause notice.8: In a weak defence, the Congress tried to rebuke the BJP and said that the suspension shows real Gandhi leadership. Randeep S Surjewala, in a tweet, said that will PM Modi show similar bravery?9: PM Modi said that people of Gujarat will give a befitting reply to the Congress. The PM further said: “Congress leaders have been so depressed that they have dropped to a new level in public discourse and are using words that are unfit for democracy.”10: Rahul Gandhi reprimanded Aiyar for using coarse language.
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Longewala battle heroes’ reunion after 46 years

The soldiers of the 23 battalions of the Punjab Regiment of the Indian Army, who wrecked a full tank brigade of Pakistan in 1971 war, recalled the 46 years old memories after reaching the Longewala Battlefield.Especially the real hero of this war, Major Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri, who has now become old but his enthusiasm is still so great that even today he is ready to fight with the enemies. Fourteen heroes of 120 warriors attended the three-day program in the battlefield on the anniversary of the Longewala battle. It was a reunion where the old friends meet and warmly embraced each other.During interaction with hundreds of young military officers, the heroes told them the incidents of Longewala war and the young officers present were amazed at the fact that despite being in small numbers they managed to win the war.The Heroes met together with great warmth. Mahavir Chakra winner Chandpuri enhanced the courage of the young officers of the army by responding to their question and recalling the events of the war. During the program, Heroes interacted directly with the young officers and answered their questions. The Longewala Battle heroes were honored by naming the roads as Chandpuri Marg, Atma Singh Marg, and Ratan Singh Marg.The roads were inaugurated by Brig Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri and other war veterans.It is worth mentioning that 120 soldiers of the Indian Army in Longewala had dusted the two thousand Pakistani soldiers of the Tank Brigade of Pakistan Army. their bravery has become a golden chapter of history.
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EDMC proposes 3 new tax slabs for next financial year

The BJP-led East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has proposed to introduce three new taxes — professional (three slabs), betterment (15 per cent of property tax) and education cess (5 per cent) — in its budget for the 2018-19 financial year. While the party had promised to not increase or bring in new taxes in its manifesto, it has also proposed to hike the entertainment tax.East MCD commissioner Ranbir Singh said that with the introduction of new taxes, the cash-strapped civic body aims to earn revenue of around Rs 25 crores.The East civic body is the smallest of the three municipal corporations, having 64 wards only. However, the body has been struggling for funds since the trifurcation in 2012.The professional tax will be levied in three slabs — Rs 1,200, Rs 2,400, and Rs 2,500, if the taxes are approved by the House. The tax is proposed to be levied on individuals who have an annual income of Rs 5 lakh and above. This would generate Rs 5 crore, the commissioner said.”It is proposed that education cess of 5 per cent of property tax be charged. It would realise Rs 10 crore annually to the corporation. This amount would be used for education purpose. The betterment tax is proposed to be charged at the rate of 15 per cent of property tax. This will generate additional revenue of Rs 10 crore annually,” said Singh.
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