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Former Uttarakhand CM Vijay Bahuguna confirms PM Modi offered to reconstruct Kedarnath shrine in 2013

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi blamed the former UPA government for stopping him as the Chief Minister of Gujarat from carrying out reconstruction of the Kedarnath shrine after the 2013 flash floods, the then Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Vijay Bahuguna averred that circumstances forced him to reject Prime Minister’s proposition.Speaking to ANI, former CM Vijay Bahuguna said, “Circumstances were such that we took that decision; won’t comment more as I am not in Congress anymore.”Vijay Bahuguna who is now a member of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in Congress when he was the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand in 2013.Bahuguna agreed to the fact that Prime Minister Modi extended help and offered a cheque of Rs five Crore. “It is true, Modi ji came to Dehradun, at my residence, gave cheque of Rs 5 Crore for relief on behalf of Gujarat Govt,” he said.”He had kept a proposal to reconstruct shrine devastated in Kedarnath after floods. I thanked him on his proposal and said we will consider it. Later we took a decision to do it ourselves. Had informed him,” Bahuguna added.Earlier in the day, former chief minister Harish Rawat also castigated Prime Minister Modi and said, “The Centre does not interfere in such works. The matter is between Prime Minister Modi and Vijay Bahuguna. It is within BJP.”The Congress accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “disrespecting” traditions during his Kedarnath visit and “misleading” the people on redevelopment work of the shrine after the 2013 deluge.The party claimed that the visit had been planned with Gujarat elections in mind and reflected Modi’s “arrogance” as he had addressed a gathering there with his back towards Lord Shiva’s shrine “while donning Italian glasses”.It said Modi remembered ‘Mother Ganga’ only when he was contesting elections from Varanasi and had now visited Lord Shiva’s shrine ahead of Gujarat elections.Congress communications incharge Randeep Surjewala alleged, “Modiji has disrespected our tradition and culture by putting up a stage right outside the main entry of Kedarnath and giving his speech with his back towards Lord Shiva.” He also said, “Speaking lies before Lord Shiva! Modiji you forgot to tell people that the Congress government at the Centre gave a redevelopment package of Rs 6,000 crore for Kedarnath in 2013.”Congress spokesperson R P N Singh claimed there is no record of Modi, the then chief minister of Gujarat, doing anything for redevelopment of Kedarnath or for rescuing people during the flash floods that hit the state in 2013.Reacting to Modi’s claims that the then Congress Government did not allow him as Gujarat chief minister to rebuild the shrine in 2013, Singh said, “It is unfortunate that arrogance marked his address at Kedarnath”.He alleged the the prime minister has misled people of the state and said when the tragedy happened, the then UPA government at the Centre set up a committee for carrying out rehabilitation work and approved Rs 8,000 crore for relief.Speaking to reporters, Singh claimed that Rs 2,200 crore were released at that time only and in the last three years not a single penny has been released by the Modi government.Surjewala urged Modi to shun “politics of opportunism” and accused him of trying to polarise and invoke religious sentiments to win votes during Gujarat elections.He asked whether it is only Modi who is capable of redeveloping Uttarakhand.”When the ruler turns arrogant, then his downfall is close,” he said.He urged the Prime Minister not to disrespect people of the state and said that Lord Shiva does not seek anyone’s help, but seeks devotion.”The truth shall prevail. Modiji Lord Shiva knows everything. Should abstain from talking loud and rhetoric at the feet of the Lord,” he tweeted.Surjewala also said that those who devote themselves to the Lord get the fruits of devotion and asked Modi “to show at least some humility” at Lord Shiva’s door. With inputs from PTI and ANI

PM Modi in Kedarnath: Will build modern infrastructure, ensure environment laws not flouted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday offered prayers at the Kedarnath shrine in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Uttarakhand Governor K.K. Paul and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.In his speech, the Prime Minister said his visit to Kedarnath renews his commitment to serve the nation. He added that reconstruction of Kedarpuri, with improved facilities for devotees, will be expensive but there will be no dearth of funds.The Himalayan shrine, dedicated to Shiva, will be closed from Saturday for six months owing to winter.Later, he will lay the foundation stone for reconstruction work at the shrine. He is also likely to address a public meeting near the famed temple.This is the second visit of Prime Minister to the shrine this season. He had visited it on May 3 when its gates had been reopened after the winter break.Updates: PM Modi: Discipline is in the blood of people here in Uttarakhand, atleast one person from each family is a soldier:

Sign of thaw? Mulayam, Akhilesh, Shivpal celebrate Diwali together in native Saifai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav was seen with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Yadav in Saifai here on the occasion of Diwali.While there has been friction between the members of the SP’s dominant clan in recent past, party veteran Mulayam Singh Yadav claimed today that there was “no discord”. “My entire family is united and there is no discord. This is the reason that we have come to the village (Saifai) to celebrate Diwali,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said. Saifai — the native place of the clan — witnessed Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Shivpal Yadav, MPs Dharmendra Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav interacting with each other for nearly two hours.SP’s principal general secretary Ramgopal Yadav, who had met Mulayam Singh Yadav yesterday, however, did not participate in today’s meeting. After the nearly two-hour-long meeting, all the clan members came out and sat in the lawn. Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav were part of the group even though they were not seen sitting next to each other, as there was a gapof a few chairs between them. Shivpal Yadav said, “Our entire family is one,” as he moved ahead.On October 5, Akhilesh Yadav was unanimously re-elected as the Samajwadi Party’s national president for a five-year term, consolidating his grip over the party even as Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav appeared sidelined. His re-election was announced by senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav at the SP national convention in Agra. The party’s constitution was amended to extend the tenure of the party chief to five years from the earlier three.Both Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav skipped the event just as they had stayed away from the state executive meeting of the party in Lucknow on September 23. Akhilesh Yadav had personally invited his father for the national convention. In his address the former UP chief minister had said, “I requested ‘netaji’ (Mulayam) to attend the convention. Everyone would have liked it (his presence).” “I talked to him…before coming to the convention. I told him that it is a big convention and amendments in the party constitution will also be passed and without your blessings the party cannot progress,” he had said.Akhilesh Yadav had claimed that Mulayam Singh Yadav, “has given blessings to all of us” over phone and wished that the party is strengthened in UP and throughout the country. The SP has witnessed a bitter feud between Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav and this infighting adversely affected the party during the UP Assembly polls in which it performed poorly earlier this year.

Return to Sri Lanka: Indian soldier revisits a brutal battlefield

A former India soldier returns to Sri Lanka 30 years after a peacekeeping mission ended in war.

RSS leader’s murder in Punjab: Rajnath Singh to take up issue with CM Amarinder Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh has taken up the issue of the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, former Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma said on Tuesday.”Union Home Minister Singh has taken up the matter of the brutal killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana with Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh,” said Sharma in a release here.Sharma claimed he had earlier taken up the issue with the Union Minister in Chandigarh.
ALSO READ Punjab: Killing of RSS leader is eighth murderous attack since 2016Sharma said that Rajnath Singh spoke to Capt. Amarinder Singh during his visit to the Hussainiwala Border in Ferozepur today.Rajnath Singh told the Punjab chief minister to get the matter thoroughly investigated in a speedy manner, Sharma said.Two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants shot dead the senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader in the Kailash Nagar locality here today, the police said.Gosain, 60, was returning home after attending a morning drill (RSS shakha) when he was attacked, they said. Gosain died on the spot and the attackers fled, police said.The Union Home Minister was here for inauguration of the newly constructed viewers’ gallery at the Indo-Pakistan joint check post at Hussaniwala here.Rajnath Singh and the Punjab chief minister paid floral tributes at the memorial of freedom fighters – Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev, officials said.

Panchkula violence: Police personnel, CEO of firm run by Dera Sacha Sauda arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police personnel and the CEO of a business venture run by Dera Sacha Sauda have been arrested in connection with the violence in Panchkula after Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction in rape cases on August 25.Police have arrested head constable Lal Singh, who was posted in the intelligence wing. Lal Singh, who was not on official duty was seen in the video footage outside the District Courts complex on August 25, reported Tribune India.Police have also arrested the CEO of a business venture run by Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda.CP Arora, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSG All India Trading International Pvt limited, was arrested from Panchkula by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Haryana Police, Panchkula Police Commissioner A S Chawla said.According to the police, Arora had already been booked for allegedly conspiring to incite violence on August 25.Following the conviction of Ram Rahim, violence erupted in Panchkula and Sirsa districts of Haryana leaving 41 people dead and several injured.Ram Rahim was found guilty of rape in a case that stemmed from an anonymous written complaint in April 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers. The case was registered by the CBI in December 2002 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.A special CBI court in Panchkula has sentenced the Dera chief to 20-year-imprisonment, two sentences of 10 years rigorous imprisonment in each of the two cases.During the trial for the quantum of sentencing, a special court at Rohtak prison had compared Ram Rahim Singh as a wild beast.The court has also fined him Rs 15 lakh in each of the two cases, of which Rs 14 lakh each would go to the two victims who were part of his sect and were coerced into having sex with him.

WATCH: How safe is your check-in luggage, tweets Manipur CM over viral video of airline crew opening bags

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh shared a video on Twitter that highlighted the safety of luggage that passengers check in while travelling.”Our luggage in the flights are safe or not ? Pls see (sic),” Singh tweeted earlier in the day.The video was later revealed to have come out of Thailand, according to a New York Post article. The article also added that the rew member was identified as 27-year-old Abdullah Hayee Mayeh, who was arrested from Phuket International Airport.

Akhilesh keeps father Mulayam and uncle Shivpal out of SP national executive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The newly re-elected Samajwadi Party National President Akhilesh Yadav on Monday slammed the door on his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav keeping him out of the 55-member National Executive Committee despite his father proposing Shivpal be made national general secretary.Akhilesh did not even give his father Mulayam Singh Yadav a place in the newly-formed national executive. His and Shivpal’s names are not there in the list of six special invitees. Thus, Mulayam would continue to be Patron of the party without any post. After re-electing Akhilesh as national president during its meeting on October 5 at Agra, the party had authorised him to constitute the national executive.Kiranmoy Nanda has been made party National Vice-President while Prof Ram Gopal Yadav’s stature has been increased. He will be National Chief General Secretary. All Akhilesh and Ram Gopal Yadav loyal party leaders have been given a place in the new executive.Mohd Azam Khan, Naresh Agarwal, Ravi Prakash Varma, Surendra Nagar, Balram Yadav, Vishmbhar Prasad Nishad, Awdhesh Prasad, Ramji Lal Suman and BSP turn-coat who recently joined Samajwadi Party – Inderjeet Singh Saroj – have been made national General Secretaries.Significantly, Sanjay Seth, a prominent builder and Samajwadi Party Rajy Sabha members has been made the treasurer of the national executive. Besides, Akhilesh has also announced names of 14 Secretaries and 29 members and six special invitees.With Akhilesh rejecting Mulayam’s formula for Shivpal’s honourable comeback, fate of the rebel uncle is almost sealed. Shivpal now has no choice than to stay away from Samajwadi Party and explore other options.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Five-star hotel suite where she was found dead ‘de-sealed’ today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court was on Monday informed that the five-star hotel suite where Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in 2014 has been de-sealed.Metropolitan magistrate Dharmender Singh was told by the advocate appearing for the hotel that it has been given possession of the suite, after which the court disposed of the petition.The court had on October 10 granted six days to the Delhi Police to comply with its earlier order to de-seal the suite after they had submitted that they were expecting reports from the forensic laboratory.The court had earlier rapped the police for not complying with its order to de-seal the suite.While the South Delhi hotel has been urging the court to direct the police to de-seal the room, which was sealed for investigation immediately after Pushkar was found dead on the night of January 17, 2014, the court has also been directing the police to do so on several occasions.Hours after Pushkar was found dead, the suite was sealed for investigation. An FIR was registered by the police on January 1, 2015 against unknown persons under IPC section 302 (murder).The police was on September 12 directed to de-seal the suite and allowed to take all articles from the room required for its probe, besides filing a compliance report by today. In this order, the court had noted that a huge financial loss has already been caused to the hotel.On September 4 too, the court had taken the police to task for its “lethargic attitude” in its probe into the case and summoned the DCP to explain why more time should be granted for de-sealing the suite.Similarly on August 19, the court had pulled up the police for delaying the de-sealing of the room and referred to a court order passed on July 21 asking it to do so within four weeks from then.​

Is it risky to save card details on mobile apps?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In today’s cashless society, people are falling prey to unique tricks of cyber fraudsters who are coming up with new techniques every day to siphon off your money.In a recent case, two people were duped by a cyber fraudster from the US.According to the complainant, Chandresh Shrivastava, he never shared his card details with anyone nor did he receive any call asking for his card details. He would only carry out transactions online and had saved his card details on those applications for quick payment. The victim approached Versova police and lodged a complaint with them. The complainant claims that his card details were acquired through the mobile app. “I thought saving card details is a safe option and there is no risk involved since the CVV number is required for every transaction. However, on Thursday, I suddenly started receiving messages mentioning two transactions of 600 Chinese yuan (Rs 6,000) were carried out. The bank blocked my card as they found the activity suspicious. Though the amount stolen is insignificant, it brought to fore the risks involved in saving details on a mobile app,” Shrivastava said.In another similar incident, Rakesh Anand, lost 10,000 Chinese yuan. “I had also saved my card details on mobile apps and started receiving messages suddenly. I lost Rs 1 lakh and had approached BKC cyber police station, but they directed me to a local police station. I have been running pillar to post since,” he said.Almost hundreds of such complaints have been registered by the Mumbai police recently.”The cyber crooks use foreign websites or servers to carry out transaction, since ‘one-time passwords’ aren’t required in foreign countries. We have received several such complaints,” said a senior IPS officer from Mumbai crime branch.The Cyber experts are advising people to not to save their card details on any mobile wallet or application for quick transaction.Cyber expert Shubham Singh said, “App users must be very cautious and alert. One should never save their credentials of e-wallets on any gateways or other platforms. It is risky. One must use official websites to use any app-related banking service, and avoid using third-party applications to avoid data breach.”BEWARE!Crooks use foreign websites to carry out transactions, since OTPs aren’t required there.
Cyber experts are advising people to not to save their card details on any mobile wallet, app.

Aata saata tradition back in vogue in rural Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The age old tradition of ‘aata saata’ is now becoming a way of life in Rajasthan rural areas. Experts say it is a fallout of the low sex ratio of girls and the society wants to use a sure shot means to ensure an alliance. Aata saata is a system where a family that enters into an alliance of their daughter only when the other family pledges to give them a daughter to be married in their family. The age of the girls offered for matrimony does not matter.Radha Sen’s elder son was married eight years ago and she has two granddaughters aged five and three. She has not been able to secure a match for her younger son because there is no girl in the entire clan who can be given in ‘exchange’. “I am now being told to pledge my little granddaughters. I cannot do that even if my son remains unmarried,” she said.Similar is the case with Mahendra Singh who is unable to find a match for his brother who has crossed thirty five as they have no girl to give in aata saata. “One cannot take a risk with extended families. If they refuse to honour the promise, the bride will be taken away. There have been many such cases in my community,” he said.According to activists, there are several reasons for this custom gaining prevalence. “Rural people prefer girls from their communities. As a last resort, they pay to get brides from Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhatisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, which is human trafficking,” says Dr Virendra Vidrohi, a social activist from Alwar.But concern for keeping property, especially farmlands, safe from outsiders has caused the increase in aata saata. There has been an increase in the child sex ratio after 2011. As per Rajasthan government records, the sex ratio that was 888 females per 1000 males in 2011 has increased to 925 per 1000 in 2015. “This is the major reason why there is growing insistence on promising even newborn girls in marriage under aata saata, said Vidrohi.While some are succumbing to pressure; there is a glimmer of hope too that there are some will resist; “I plan to bring an orphan as wife for my son. I will put an application with the government homes for this,” said Radha Sen.ONE OF THE CASESRadha Sen’s elder son was married eight years ago and she has two granddaughters aged five and three. She has not been able to secure a match for her younger son because there is no girl in the entire clan who can be given in ‘exchange’.

ACB court allows renewal of former minister’s passport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A former minister in the state government, Kripa Shankar Singh, was allowed to renew his passport by the special Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) court last week.The court held that the accused was a minister once upon a time and there is no chance that he will escape from the law. So, there is no reason why his passport should not be renewed.The court rejected the plea made by the prosecution when it stated that the passport authority is not impleaded and also the matter is a serious one. Singh, who was facing charges for disproportionate assets, had filed an application seeking for renewal of his passport as he wanted to travel to Dubai.The court in its orders held, “No doubt, the prosecution opposed the application that the offence is a serious one, but, again there is nothing on record to say that the accused may not return back. The accused was once a minister in the Government of Maharashtra and has permanent residency as well as property in India. Therefore, his fleeing away from justice does not appear to be probable one. Hence, in my view, the application needs to be allowed so as to issue a no-objection certificate for renewal of his passport.”Singh in his application held that his passport is expiring in January 2018. The application reads, “As per rules and regulations and circular of the authority if any person wants to travel abroad then his passport should be valid for the next six months from the date of his travel. Singh wants to travel to Dubai from October 18, 2017, to October 28, 2017. As such, his passport would not be in force for next six months from the date of his travel. Furthermore, as per the rules and regulations, policy, and circular, if any criminal case is pending then the passport cannot be renewed unless a permission is received from the court, thus seeking for NOC.”A charge sheet was filed against Kripa Shankar Singh, his wife Maltidevi, his son Narendra Mohan Singh, his daughter-in-law Ankita Singh and his son-in-law Vijay Singh for money laundering.THE CASESingh, who was facing charges in DA case, had filed an application seeking for renewal of his passport as he wanted to travel to Dubai.
Despite prosecution opposing, the court held that there is no reason to not allow the renewal of his passport.

Victories in Gurdaspur and Kerala a Diwali gift for Rahul: Navjot Singh Sidhu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even though there was no bursting of crackers, thanks to a Supreme Court ban on their sale, Congress leaders at the AICC headquarters here were exhilarated as news of a twin wins in Gurdaspur and in Vengara, by key ally Indian Union Muslim League (IUML, trickled in.The results come at a time when Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is set to take over as party chief, and as the party is preparing for Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat,.“This is a beautiful Diwali gift, packed with a red ribbon, for our to-be party president Rahul Gandhi,” said Navjot Singh Sidhu, a minister in the Punjab government.The landslide victory in Gurdaspur, a seat held by late actor Vinod Khanna, is seen as a shot in the arm for party cadres. Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the results were a reflection of the people’s approach towards the BJP. Other leaders attributed the victory to the general mood which is moving away from the BJP due to the economic slowdown, demonetisation, and GST.Analysts say the two victories, though marginal, may give Rahul Gandhi an advantage at a time of his elevation as party president.

Gurdaspur Results: Cong attacks SAD-BJP alliance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the BJP faced defeat in the party stronghold Gurdaspur, which it had represented since 1998, the party’s alliance with SAD came under attack from Congress. Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said Akali Dal has been reduced to an albatross around BJP’s neck.”Time and again, people of Punjab have reprimanded the Akali leadership, but this time with our emphatic victory, BJP will also feel that Akali Dal is nothing but a burden for the party. It is, but an albatross around BJP’s neck,” said Sidhu. He added that BJP’s defeat marked the disintegration of the alliance in the state.SAD president Sukhbir Badal had campaigned for Salaria ahead of polls. While Congress mounted attack on the alliance, BJP candidate Swaran Salaria asserted that the margin of defeat was more in the Akali-dominated segments.Out of the nine Assembly segments, four are considered to be BJP dominated, while five are with SAD. Salaria, said the party had lost majorly in the SAD-dominated areas. “We gained 50,000 votes in BJP strong belts. Akalis lost by 1.70 lakh votes in their strongholds. It is only the Akali area which has lost. BJP has not lost any votes,” said Salaria, while talking to DNA.He alleged that Congress government had exercised its political might to unfairly swing the results in their favour. “Congress government had literally removed polling agents from the polling stations. We reported 62 such cases,” he alleged.Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa who had defeated late actor Vinod Khanna in 2009, but faced defeat in 2014 said, the result has exposed the rift between the two alliance partners.”There are chinks in the armor. Earlier in Assembly elections BJP cadre had not gone alongwith their alliance partner, SAD and six months later, when BJP needed Akali support, they did not get the complete support,” said Bajwa to DNA.Gurdaspur had witnessed a dismal turnout of 56 per cent in the elections held on October 11, which was far lower than 70 % as recorded in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.Apart from underlying resentment among the traders community against GST and demonetization, the recent allegations against SAD’s senior leader from Gurdaspur, Sucha Singh Langah of sexually exploiting a widow are also said to have marred prospects of its alliance partner, BJP.”The core vote of BJP is small shopkeepers, traders and industrialists and the core bank of the Akali Dal was farmers. Both groups have rejected SAD-BJP,” said Bajwa.

Found millions from Bofors in overseas accounts: Michael J Hershman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) recently told the government that it could not appeal against the 2005 Delhi HC order in Bofors gun case, wherein the Hinduja brothers were acquitted, because it wasn’t permitted to by the UPA, the Centre is all set to reopen the Bofors gun case. Thirty years later, the first investigator of the case, Michael J Hershman, then president and CEO, The Fairfax Group, in an interaction with Sumit Kumar Singh, shares his findings.Did the government assign you to probe financial irregularities of Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI)?When I left the government in 1980, I found Fairfax. In 1987, I was contacted to help investigate issues involving violations of currency control laws at that time.What did the government task you with?The Finance Ministry under VP Singh had concerns that wealthy Indians were violating currency control laws. They had expertise within India, but needed help with money siphoned overseas.Did the government share any names?I was given a list of about a dozen of very wealthy Indian businessmen, but I can’t recall the specifics.What did you find?Very early on, I came across information that led me to believe that I have found evidence of bribery. It was not in the mandate, so I advised VP Singh that I have discovered million of dollars that may not be violation of currency control laws, but might have been bribes in exchange for defence contracts. Singh said he wanted me to pursue it.Did you find anything related to Bofors?I had a source who indicated that this money was bribes paid by the Swedish arms manufacturer AB Bofors.What happened then?I reported to the Finance Ministry and they raided a BCCI branch in Bombay. Unfortunately, the president flew to Delhi, met Rajiv Gandhi and convinced him to release his managers immediately. That incident, I believe led to Rajiv Gandhi’s knowledge that VP Singh had hired the Fairfax and I was asked to back out. Also, he could not fire VP Singh, but he could certainly transfer him.Were you offered bribes to stop the investigation?Yes. Three times. Actually, two times to stop the investigation, and one time to damage the reputation of VP Singh.

Cong wrests Gurdaspur from BJP, AAP forfeits its deposit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly seven months after winning the Assembly elections, the Congress recorded another stomping victory in Punjab on Sunday as it wrested the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat from the BJP with a record margin of 1.93 lakh votes. The by-election was necessitated after actor and four-time MP Vinod Khanna’s death in April this year.Dismissing charges of being an outsider in Gurdaspur, Punjab Congress Chief Sunil Jakhar, a former three-time MLA from Abohar, got 4.99 lakh votes, defeating his nearest rival, BJP’s Swaran Salaria, who had been preferred over Khanna’s wife Kavita Khanna.Gurdaspur had become a prestige battle for the Congress and the BJP, with both going all out to pass the first electoral test after the state elections held in February. The BJP had represented the seat since 1998 — except in 2009 — when Khanna was first elected as MP, till his death.Continuing its downslide after the Assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party’s Maj General (retd) Suresh Khajuria lost his security deposit with 23,579 votes, and alleged that there was booth capturing and EVMs were tampered with.Out of the nine Assembly segments in Gurdaspur, four are considered to be BJP dominated, while five are with its ally SAD. Gurdaspur had witnessed a dismal turnout of 56 per cent in the elections held on October 11, down from 70 per cent in 2014.Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh hailed the victory as a total rejection of “anti-people policies” of the BJP and said it indicated the total failure of the party at Centre.”The times are changing. Recent victories in student elections in universities and Maharashtra civic polls clearly indicate that Congress is on its path of revival,” said Amarinder, asserting that major impacts of GST and demonetisation are being felt by people and the factors will be at play in the upcoming Himachal Pradesh elections.Jakhar, who swept all nine segments of the constituency to record the highest margin in Gurdaspur, said the saffron party must now read the writing on the wall.Highlighting that the crushing defeat will mark the beginning of dissolution of the Akali-BJP alliance in the state as people have expressed their anguish, Jakhar said, “People have rejected BJP and also shown the mirror to their ally, the Akalis. BJP will soon realise that Akali is nothing less than a burden in the state. It was already relegated to the third place in assembly elections”, he said.With the victory coming days before the election of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as the party Chief, Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Siddhu said the victory was “Diwali’s gift to Rahul Gandhi”. “We have sent a beautiful Diwali gift to our would-be president Rahul Gandhi. This win will be a big slap on the face of Akali Dal, and BJP will realise that it’s nothing but an albatross around their neck,” said Siddhu, a former BJP MP from Amritsar who had joined Congress in January.With most of Gurdaspur falling under urban areas, there was underlying resentment among people against GST and demonetisation. The SAD-BJP prospects were also marred with the recent allegations against senior Akali leader and former Cabinet Minister Sucha Singh Langah who was booked for sexually exploiting a widow a few days before the election.

Ban on stubble burning: Will implement NGT’s law, but Centre needs to compensate farmers, says Punjab CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday while addressing the ban on stubble burning, the process in which farmers burn their crops that result in environmental pollution, said that the National Green Tribunal had set up a law that needed to be followed.”There is a law set up by the NGT. We have to implement it whether we like it or not,” he said to a group of reporters after the Congress emerged victorious in the Gurdaspur by-polls earlier in the day.The Punjab CM, however, added that if the law was to be implemented, then the government of India needed to come up with a compensatory allowance for farmers. “Farmers in Punjab are in a bad state economically, committing suicides due to economic stress,” he added.In a region that is already battling toxic air, stubble burning has collateral impact. According to estimates, over 20 million tonnes of paddy stubble is burnt across these states before sowing of the wheat crops. These fires emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide among other gases.Naturally, Delhi’s air quality turns worse. Despite a prohibition on burning of crop residue, most farmers continue to flout the law, finding it the most economical and quicker form of disposal of stubble.As harvesting begins on 29 lakh hectares of land in Punjab this October, farmers have threatened to set fire to nearly 19.7 million tonne of paddy stubble which is likely to be generated. With government and farmers still at loggerheads and unable to find a cost-effective solution to prevent stubble burning, a thick blanket of smog has already begun to envelop the northern states.With the ideal period of sowing of wheat in October, farmers are racing against time to clear their fields for the next crop. The period is lesser for potato growers.

DNA Evening Reads: Rahul trolls PM; Gurdaspur bye-poll results; Somalia blasts and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress’ Sunil Jakhar wins Gurdaspur LS bypollRuling Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar on Sunday won the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll by a huge margin of 1,93,219 votes over his nearest rival BJP contestant Swaran Salaria. “With this victory, people have reaffirmed faith in the leadership of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and at the same time,” said elated Jakhar. Click here to know moreRahul Gandhi trolls PM Modi after Donald Trump praises Pak in tweetsOn Sunday, US President Donald Trump, who is famous for taking U-Turns, tweeted that his country’s relationship with Pakistan was improving and that the US was happy with Pakistan’s co-operation. The tweet was picked up by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who sarcastically asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to go and hug the US President. Click here to know moreSomalia: At least 189 killed in twin blasts in capital MogadishuThe death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia’s capital rose to 189 with over 200 injured, according to Associated Press, making it one of the deadliest attacks since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007. Although a Reuters report said that the toll was still 85. Click here to know more.China has started to understand that India is no more weak: Rajnath SinghUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the country’s borders were “completely safe” and China has also understood that “India is no more weak”. Click here to know moreAustralian cricket team bus attack: Assam police arrests four for stone peltingIndia faced a major embarrassment earlier this week when the Australian cricket team’s bus was attacked in Guwahati during the recently-concluded T20 series. Click here to know more

In blow to Congress, Anil Sharma quits Virbhadra Singh’s cabinet, joins BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a blow to the Congress ahead of Assembly polls, Himachal Pradesh Rural Development minister Anil Sharma today quit the Virbhadra Singh government and joined the BJP.Sharma, son of former Union Communication Minister Sukh Ram, said, “I have quit the Himachal cabinet and joined the BJP today”.Sharma said he has been given a party ticket from Mandi.”I have been given BJP ticket from Mandi and the party has informed me about this, he said.Himachal Pradesh is slated to go to polls on November 9 and the development comes as a blow for Virbhadra Singh who was declared the party’s poll face last week.Sharma alleged that he and his father were being sidelined and ignored in the Congress party.He alleged that the AICC General Secretary had invited Sukh Ram to attend the rally of Rahul Gandhi in Mandi but when he reached the spot, he was asked not to attend the rally. Is Sukh Ram not a member of the Congress,” he asked.”I was not included in any of the committees for the assembly polls and when I asked about this from HPCC president, he said that my name was deleted at the higher level which hurt me and I decided to quit,” he said.The Mandi seat was represented by Sukh Ram from 1962 till November 1984, when he was elected to Lok Sabha and his prot g D.D.Thakur won the seat in 1985 while the BJP wrested the seat in 1990.In the 1993 Assembly poll, his son Anil Sharma won from Mandi but after Sukh Ram’s name surfaced in the Telecom scam, he was expelled from the Congress and formed Himachal Vikas Congress which entered into a post poll alliance with BJP and joined the government.While Sukh Ram won from Mandi, Anil Sharma was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1998.In the 2003 Assembly polls, Sukh Ram was the sole HVC member to win the election from Mandi but he joined the Congress ahead of the 2004 Lok Sabha polls.Anil Sharma again won from Mandi in 2007 and 2012 as a Congress candidate and is set to contest as a BJP candidate this time.

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

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

Dishant Yagnik to hang up his gloves

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Seasoned Team Rajasthan player Dishant Yagnik on Saturday announced he will take retirement from all forms of cricket after Ranji Trophy 2017-18 season.“I have been contemplating about it since long and for the past 2 weeks the thought has overpowered me. I wanted to announce my retirement immediately after the first match of this domestic season against J&K, but as there was no replacement I postponed it. I will speak to the selectors and Pankaj Singh (Rajasthan captain) and will then decide which game of this season will be my last,” the stumper said while sharing his plans with DNA. Moreover, Yagnik wishes to play the last game of his career at home.The wicket keeper acknowledged that he has ran out of motivation to play the game that he holds so close to his heart. “The realisation that I stand no chance to play for Team India and Duleep Trophy has dawned on me and that is the main reason why I have made this decision.”In a gesture to pay back to the game, he has decided to pursue coaching. “In near future I would like to coach junior teams like under-19 or under-23. And in the meanwhile I would prepare myself for the challenges of the coaching job.”He is the longest serving ‘keeper for Rajasthan and is the only player to have consistently represented the state in Indian Premier League (IPL) where he played for Rajasthan Royals.Reacting on the development, Rajasthan captain Pankaj Singh said that he would like to suggest him to at least play for this entire season and take any call on his cricket career.

India gears up to break drug cartels

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Last month, the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment forwarded a draft National Drug Demand Reduction Policy to the Cabinet after modifying the document as suggested by a group of ministers (GoM). This followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directive to the GoM, headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, to examine the draft policy that seeks to address the problem of drug and substance abuse in India. The GoM comprises the ministries of Health, Social Justice and Empowerment, Women and Child Development, Transport, and Home Affairs.The redrafted policy mainly focuses on the rehabilitation aspect of victims, apart from covering two broad areas — illicit drugs, including cannabis, heroin and opium, and pharmaceutical preparations like tranquillisers and inhalants. The policy emphasises on strengthening coordination among various regulatory agencies to check the diversion of substances from lawful channels to illicit ones, including Internet pharmacies.However, much of the policy’s success will depend on how effectively authorities deal with drug trafficking, of which India has become a key global transit point, sources have told DNA. Trafficking routes have changed in the last five years. Cartels are using channels that are not well known.A renewed focus on drug trafficking began when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Mann Ki Baat programme on radio in December 2014, termed the addiction menace as “devastating”, saying the money spent by the youth on drugs could be funding terrorism. The PM said a thinking process should begin to ensure that the country is rid of this problem. He has involved celebrities from the cine world, sports and other fields to campaign for a “drug-free India”. “Let your children open their hearts to you. You should observe their behaviour to see that they do not go on the wrong path. Nobody else can do what parents can do,” the PM had said.In 2016, the national capital recorded the highest number of drug seizures in the country, data tabled in the Lok Sabha in March this year showed. Early this year, a government survey revealed that 70,000 children in Delhi alone were drug addicts.The Centre has issued orders for elimination of the menace of drug trafficking, directing the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) under the Home Ministry to play a major role in it. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has admitted that drug trafficking syndicates are a threat to the national security and sovereignty of states, and they need to be dealt with urgently. He has said that drug abuse in some parts of the country is causing an alarm and the youth should be protected from it. He has directed officials to expedite all pending proposals so that the NCB functions as one of the premier organisations to check the flow of narcotics in the country.HeroinThe NCB conducted a detailed study and is equipping itself to take on the challenge in coordination with other agencies. The study shows that foreign syndicates are mainly behind heroin trafficking in India. And the trend is rising. Southwest Asian countries, western Europe and Canada have become main suppliers of heroin in India. Recent seizures indicate that these regions account for 35 to 40 per cent of heroin in India. International airports in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai are being used.Agencies have found that heroin trafficking from Southwest Asian countries was earlier limited to the Punjab border.But in the last two years, heroin is also coming through Jammu and Kashmir. Over 450 people have been arrested for drug trafficking in Jammu till August this year and a large haul of narcotic substances, including charas, brown sugar and heroine, was seized during the drive. A total of 379 cases were registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.Documents available with DNA reveal that small supplies are also reaching India, Myanmar and Bangladesh borders. Maritime routes are also being exploited. This year, till May, the NCB, the nodal agency for drug control enforcement, has seized 136 kg of heroin.OpiumThe NCB study says India is located between the world’s two largest areas of illicit opium production: Golden Crescent (Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan) and Golden Triangle (Myanmar, Laos and Thailand). This makes India both a destination and a transit route for opiates produced in these regions.CannabisAnother challenge is the wild growth of cannabis in India and Nepal, and its trafficking across the world. In India, there is a large-scale production and consumption of cannabis as ganja (raw leaves), and hashish and charas (resin). Cannabis is illicitly cultivated in some northern and northeastern states. Also a major quantity of ganja and hashish is trafficked into India from Nepal. Major trafficking junctions in India of cannabis are Imphal, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Goa, areas of Himachal Pradesh, and Gandhinagar. It is trafficked from Mumbai and Delhi airports to the US and European countries.This year, till May, 38,424 kg of cannabis and 801 kg of hashish were seized by the NCB. Last year, 2,94,347 kg of cannabis and 2,805 kg of hashish were seized, and in 2015, it was 94,403 kg of cannabis and 3,349 kg of hashish. The NCB managed to destroy 1,164 kg of illicit cannabis cultivation this year till May. Last year, it was 8,438 kg. In 2015, it was 818 kg. In August, the Union Cabinet gave its approval for a pact between India and Nepal on resolving the issue of illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.CocaineThen there is the challenge of smuggling cocaine into India from Argentina, Brazil and West Africa. Another challenge is the diversion of ephedrine/pseudoephedrine drugs for production of synthetic drugs. There are also attempts to establish illicit meth labs in collaboration with foreign operatives and smuggle these banned drugs through the Internet and courier services. India is not a producer of the coca plant, and cocaine reaches here mainly from Brazil and African countries.In the last one decade, most cocaine seizures took place from Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi airports where human couriers were caught. This syndicate is run by mostly African nationals. In 2017, till May, the NCB seized 23 kg of cocaine. Last year, it was 28 kg. And in 2015, it was 113 kg. After agencies increased surveillance at these airports, traffickers are now using the Nepal and Sri Lanka airports to push cocaine into India.Pharmaceutical drugsThe biggest challenge for enforcement agencies is the abuse of drugs under Schedule – H, which cannot be procured without prescription. The problem became more serious after 2010. These drugs do not cost much and are easily available. Some of the major abuses of pharmaceutical drugs reported are codeine-based cough syrups, Buprenorphine injections, Tramadol, Alprazolam, Diazapam, Fortwin, Proxyvon, Spasmoproxivon, Relipan, Propoxyphene and Ketamine tablets. Another cause of concern for drug law enforcement agencies is that the substances frequently sold through pharmacies are opioid analgesics, central nervous system stimulants and tranquillizers, and there are no monitoring mechanisms.Drug addicts in Punjab are shifting to pharmaceutical drugs like Tramadol and Buprenorphine, Rajnath Singh was informed by the NCB recently. Apart from drugs like heroin and cannabis, newer drugs that are synthetic in nature are also entering the market. Pharmaceutical drugs that are easily available and cheaper are now being abused widely, Singh was told. However, these drugs do not fall under the purview of the NDPS Act.SyndicatesMost drug syndicates in India are run by West African nationals, especially Nigerians. Foreign tourists are being roped in for trafficking. African nationals have established solid networks of locals, particularly female couriers. This year, till May, 79 foreign nationals have been arrested. A total of 219 foreign nationals were nabbed in 2016, and 221 in 2015.Multi-lateral effortIndia is signatory to all UN and SAARC drug conventions. The NCB collaborates with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the International Narcotics Control Board and drug liaison officers across counties. India has mutual legal assistance treaties with 37 countries, extradition treaties with 37, and extradition arrangements with eight countries. Director General-level talks with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and now with Singapore are regularly organised.India has also signed MoUs with 11 countries, including Australia, Bhutan, Indonesia, Iran, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Singapore, the US and Vietnam. Indian has also signed bilateral agreements with 24 countries like Mauritius, the US, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Zambia, Romania, Bulgaria, UAE, Egypt, China, Italy and others.Timely exchange of information with international organisations has resulted in the arrest of carriers and seizure of drugs both inside and outside India.The NCB has increased co-ordination with other law enforcement agencies and border-guarding forces, and is carrying out regular raids. Taj Hassan, Deputy Director General, NCB, said, “The NCB’s field officers have been directed to ensure more interdiction.” The NCB is also trying to reduce the demand for illicit drugs — a key element in the overall strategy. It has undertaken awareness campaigns through special classes in schools, colleges and universities, besides street plays.(With agency inputs)

Pranab Mukherjee defends amending I-T Act retrospectively

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former President Pranab Mukherjee, whose decision as the Finance Minister to amend the Income-Tax (I-T) Act retrospectively in 2012, in the backdrop of the Vodafone case, had led to an uproar, has strongly defended the move, saying it was borne out his conviction that India’s Direct Tax Policy should not discriminate between domestic and foreign entities.In his book ‘The Coalition Years 1996-2015’, which was released on Friday, Mukherjee says he remained resolute on the decision, despite being advised to take the middle path. Retrospective tax has been one of the most contentious issues in corporate world in the last five years. It is related to a tax dispute between Vodaphone and tax department.A huge controversy had broken out on the issue as soon as Mukherjee had announced in his Budget Speech of 2012-13 that he proposed to amend the I-T Act, 1961, with retrospective effect, to undo the Supreme Court (SC) judgment in the Vodafone tax case.This was after the SC, in January, 2012, set aside a Bombay High Court judgment directing the Vodafone International Holding to pay Rs 11,000 crore as income tax on a deal made abroad. The SC order created an unusual situation, wherein the tax department was required to return several thousands of crores to several companies.Making a strong defence of his decision, Mukherjee notes in his book that “despite the angst that my proposal generated at the time, and even now, both from within my party and outside, I wonder why every succeeding Finance Minister in the last five years has maintained the same stance”.Mukherjee further recalls that while the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was convinced that the proposed amendment in the I-T Act would impact the FDI inflow in the country, Sonia Gandhi, Kapil Sibal, and P Chidambaram also expressed the apprehension later that the retrospective amendments would create a negative sentiment for FDI.Without naming anyone, Mukherjee says two more of his Cabinet colleagues advised him to take the middle path and to reconsider the decision, but he remained resolute.”Days ahead of introducing the Finance Bill in the Parliament in 2012, several colleagues, including one along with a high-ranking Vodaphone official, approached me, seeking a reconsideration of the move to retrospectively amend laws,” he recalls.He further says that he was convinced that the certainty of payment of taxes needed to be embedded in India’s tax policy and just because some foreign investors chose to structure their investments through tax havens, they should not be allowed to get away without paying taxes.Mukherjee also argues that the budgetary proposal to amend the IT Act with retrospective effect from 1962 was an enabling provision to protect the fiscal interests of the country and avert a crisis. “This retrospective arrangement was not merely to check the erosion of revenues in present cases but also to prevent the outgo of revenue in old cases. As Finance Minister, I was convinced of my duty to protect the interests of the country from the revenue point of view,” he says in the book.He further mentions how he tried to explain to the then PM Singh that India was not a “no tax” or “low tax” country and that it could not be a case of someone paying no tax at all. He also writes that he explained to Congress leaders that FDI comes when there is profitability and not on account of zero tax.

Unlike past regimes we don’t announce schemes during election time and then forget: PM Modi in Mokama

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government ensures the schemes launched by it are implemented within a time limit, unlike in the past when projects were announced “during election time” and forgotten later.Modi deplored “the thinking of many political leaders” that projects like roads were not meant for the poor. “We can not imagine the extent to which this mindset has damaged the country.”The prime minister was addressing a gathering after launching development projects relating to highways and sewage treatment in Mokama, about 100 km from Bihar capital Patna.Bihar Governor Satyapal Malik, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Ram Vilas Paswan were among those present at the programme.Modi began his nearly 30-minute speech in Magahi dialect and praised the people of Mokama. He recalled the city’s connection with the mythological warrior sage Parashuram.He also recalled the contributions of poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar and Bihar’s first Chief Minister Shri Krishna Singh, pointing that both of them hailed from Begusarai “just across the Ganges”.Underscoring his government’s commitment to boost inland water transport, Modi said during the British era, “when we had excellent waterways, Mokama was known as ‘mini Kolkata’.We must revive the lost glory”.”My government is working tirelessly to provide better road, rail and internet connectivity and power connections and potable water to all. We have launched many schemes with these specific targets in mind,” he said.The prime minister said his government “launches schemes keeping a roadmap ready” and “ensures implementation within time limit”, unlike past regimes, “which were in the habit of announcing projects during election time, only to forget about these later”.Extending his greetings for Diwali on October 19, and Chhath – Bihar’s most celebrated festival which falls six days later, Modi said “once the Ganges is cleansed of pollutants, for which we have launched a special project called ‘Namami Gange’, it would be a real delight to observe the austerities of Chhath”.Modi lauded Gadkari, who holds the surface and transport ministry, for expanding India’s road network. He also had a word of praise for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar “for his cooperation and his concern for the initiatives taken by the Centre”.Kumar urged Modi to undertake key projects like a bridge parallel to the ‘Vikramshila Setu’ over the Ganges in Bhagalpur and a direct road connecting Buxar with Varanasi, which is the prime minister’s parliamentary constituency.He also recalled his connection with Mokama, which forms a part of the Barh Lok Sabha seat, which he has represented a number of times in the parliament.This was Modi’s first Bihar visit since the BJP return to the coalition with the JD(U) in Bihar in July this year.Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, a BJP leader, said this was the “first time in 27 years when the same dispensation rules both at the Centre and in Bihar.” “To use an expression of the prime minister, Bihar now has two engines to propel it on the path towards progress,” Sushil Modi said.Earlier in the day, the prime minister attended a function held to celebrate 100 years of establishment of Patna University followed by a brief, unscheduled visit to the newly-opened Bihar Museum.

Gauri Lankesh murder case: Two suspects identified, SIT releases sketches

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than a month after Journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her house in Bengaluru, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Saturday identified the two suspects and released their sketches.”Based on the information, we made the sketches. We want co-operation from people, so releasing the sketches of the suspects,” said BK Singh, who is heading the SIT.The police said that there are two suspects and sketches were similar because they were made by two artists based on different eyewitness accounts.Singh also said that they have investigated 200-250 people in connection with the case.Earlier, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy had claimed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has got lues in the case.Gauri Lankesh, known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her home here on the night of September 5. A writer, publisher and an editor, had returned home in her car. As she was opening the gate of the vehicle, the motorcycle-borne assailants sprayed bullets on her with two hitting her in the chest and one on the forehead.The Karnataka government, which has constituted the SIT headed by IGP (Intelligence) B K Singh, has announced a Rs 10 lakh reward to anyone who gives clues about the killing that led to outrage and protests.National award winning actor Prakash Raj had also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on those who were “celebrating” the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh and said he feels like returning his awards.

CISF: Disabled no longer have to remove prosthetics for airport security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major relief to the disabled, the CISF will no longer carry out the “humiliating” airport security drill of asking people with disabilities (PWDs) to remove their prosthetics or make them get up from their wheelchair for screening at the airports. The announcement was made by the CISF Director General OP Singh.The DG said that the Central Industrial Security Force will now use explosive trace detectors (ETDs) and visual profiling to meet the security needs. The Force will also conduct a country-wide survey to find out how many such passengers travel by air each day.”The aim is to ensure that such passengers do not face any humiliation or uneasiness when they travel through Indian airports. We have seen numerous complaints in this regard. What we have decided now is to use explosive trace detectors and the visual profiling method of the passenger and his prosthetic tool or wheelchair rather than asking them to take out everything,” Singh said.The current procedure is to ask passengers to take off their prosthetics before boarding a flight and ask to get up from those on a wheelchair.”We are soon going to issue a fresh list of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to usher the new regime in a uniform manner,” the DG said.”We will also conduct a survey at all the 59 airports that we guard to see how many such PWD passengers we receive on an average. That will give us a fair idea as to how to go about implementing the new SOPs.”A senior official in the CISF airport sector said they have estimated that about eight-10 such passengers use Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) every day, the busiest airport in the country.”Passengers with prosthetics will be asked to remove them only under compelling circumstances which will be purely security concerns. The same procedure will be adopted for wheelchair-bound passengers and those with other disabilities,” the official said.The director general added that CISF was also looking at “simplifying the security procedures for passengers with orthopaedic issues.”In case of prosthetics with foam padding, he said, CISF personnel will use new SOPs but can seek its removal, keeping in mind security concerns.Disability rights activist Javed Abidi, who attended a recent meeting with the CISF authorities on the subject, raised his concerns during a recent conversation.”I have travelled across the globe for so many years now but only at an Indian airport do I have to get down from my wheelchair so that the security personnel on duty can put it inside a large X-Ray machine to check it against explosives and other hazardous material that can be a threat to the aircraft or aviation security,” Abidi, the convener of the Disabled Rights Group, said.It is very difficult and embarrassing, he said, for people who have prosthetic or artificial limbs to take out the entire part in full public view inside an airport.The CISF is the central paramilitary force tasked with guarding 59 civil airports in the country.

Himachal Elections 2017: Voting schedule announced, CM Virbhadra Singh says no ‘Modi-wave’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ‘Modi wave’ is not working in Gujarat leave aside Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh claimed today even as he indicated that he may contest the upcoming state polls from the Theog constituency.The polls in the hill state will be held on November 9 and results declared on December 18, the Election Commission has announced. “I will win comfortable from any constituency with a huge margin but sitting MLA from Theog, Vidya Stokes, and the Theog BCC (Block Congress Committee) have requested me to contest from Theog,” he said adding that he would make his decision known in two-three days. Virbhadra Singh said he also had offers to contest from many constituencies including Chopal and Arki.The chief minister has left his Shimla (Rural) seat for son Vikramaditya Singh, who has already applied for the Congress ticket. No sitting MLA would be unnecessarily axed and a list of candidates that has almost been finalised would be announced soon, the chief minister said. I am in the election mode for the past more than six months and am sure that the Congress would get absolute majority, he said. Asked about the presence of a ‘Modi wave’ in the state, chief minister said that when the “Modi wave is not working in Gujarat…How can it have any impact in Himachal when the people are annoyed over the imposition of GST and problems caused by demonetisation”.
ALSO READ Assembly Elections 2017: Voting in Himachal on Nov 9, Gujarat to vote before December 18Virbhadra Singh said that he would contest from a single constituency only and would campaign throughout the state.”I am already campaigning for past six months and sure that the Congress would repeat its performance in the state. The manifesto of Congress party is also ready and being given final touches,” he said. It would be development and welfare oriented and all sections of the society would be taken care of, he said. The chief minister dismissed allegations by the BJP that he was laying foundation stones without any budgetary provision and said that he would resign if it was found that even a single foundation stone had been laid without making provisions in the budget.

VK Singh explains why Indians do well abroad and it’s quite an eye-opener!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The people who go abroad do well due to low interest rates on loans which help them to take forward their ideas and opportunities, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said today.He was addressing a gathering of bankers here, as part of a promotion campaign of MUDRA (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency). “People going abroad do very good and the reason for it is very simple. They get a good opportunity there and have the required financial support to take their ideas forward. Also, the interest rates on banks there are very low,” Singh said.He said the MUDRA scheme was a tool for young entrepreneurs to be empowered to do what they want. “There is no collateral required to avail the loans and the paper work is also very minimal. According to figures, women have been the main beneficiaries of this scheme,” he said. Singh asked the bankers to interact with beneficiaries and seek their suggestions, feedback and complaints to ensure that the scheme can be made better with time.”MUDRA can be a tool to stop farmer suicides as well mostly due to over burdening from loans. The other members of the family can avail the loan facility and do some other work to balance the bad finances,” he said. Singh said that since employment opportunities are limited in the country, the banks should encourage people to widen their scope of work and employ more people to help cut down the unemployment rate. Maharashtra’s Women and Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant and BJP MLA Raj Purohit were present on the occasion.

Man kills paramour, attempts suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman – who left her husband for lover – was killed by her lover and the matter came to light on Tuesday night when the lover tried to commit suicide by jumping in front of a train in Pali. The deceased woman – Bhavna Sharma – was married to one Anil and the couple had a nine-year old son. After her marriage she came in contact with one Mahip Singh and the duo fell in a relationship. Bhavna left her husband and started living with Mahip in a rented house at Kardhani area where the couple recently shifted from Mahip’s earlier house in Murlipura. On Tuesday night Mahip jumped before a moving train to commit suicide however, he was saved by locals but the youth sustained injuries. He confessed to the cops in an injured state that he killed Bhavna and also told the location, after which the Jaipur police recovered the body which had started decomposing. Due to some reason, the duo got into a fight and Mahip killed her by hitting her on head with a heavy object. There were signs of struggle between the duo. He murdered her two days back and fled to Pali with Bhavna’s son and tried to commit suicide but was saved. The woman’s relatives have been informed and the exact reason for murder will be investigated,” officials said. pick evidences. The deceased has been identified as thirty five year old Bhavna Sharma.

DNA Exclusive: In run-up to ’19 polls, BJP to woo farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will organise a mega brainstorming session in the Capital on October 12, to discuss the farmers’ unrest in several states. The party aims at devising ways to woo the distressed section of the society, given the political compulsions of the 2019 general elections.The country has been witnessing angry farmer protests in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Madhya Pradesh. Farmers from Tamil Nadu recently staged a “naked” protest in Delhi, carried skulls of those who committed suicide, and even threatened to eat faeces. The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh was pushed to the brink by angry farmers, some of whom died in police firing.In Maharashtra as well, the situation for BJP deteriorated severely, with farmers inviting Raj Thackeray to listen to their demands. The loan waiver announced by the newly-elected Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh further fuelled the ire as peasants in other states also started demanding the same.To cobble a response to the crisis, given that 2019 general elections are approaching, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh will be joined by agriculture ministers from the worst affected BJP-ruled states. Agriculture minister of Jammu and Kashmir, too, will be a part of the discussion.Sources in the party said that since it was an “emergency meeting”, agriculture ministers from Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, and Rajasthan will be attending, while representatives from other states will be called for a more elaborate meeting on a later date.The party will be represented by prominent economic ideologue, Swadeshi-proponent, and national General Secretary Muralidhar Rao, along with BJP Kisan Morcha Chief and MP from Bhadohi in UP, Birendra Singh ‘Mast’.Several Kisan Morcha representatives from across the country, too, have been invited. Certain MPs such as Om Prakash Yadav from Siwan and Savitri Thakur from Dhar are also expected to put forth their views at the meet.Rubbishing allegations from the Opposition, Birendra Singh told DNA that the Congress was to blame for the farm distress in India and that it was the result of the party’s anti-farmer policies, which had been in effect for decades.”We are training 50,000 volunteers from the Kisan Morcha in the government’s flagship policies meant to benefit farmers. They will go among farmers and disseminate the message and connect them to the party and the government directly,” he said.”We shall be working at the district and mandal levels, which are the grass-root levels of the country, so that farmers can avail themselves of the benefits that the government has pledged to being to them,” Morcha Vice-President Shailendra Sengar said.Meanwhile, the Opposition has sharpened its attack on the BJP regime over the issue. A few days ago, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had chided the government while speaking in his Parliamentary constituency Amethi, asking the government to make way for the Congress, if it was not able to address unemployment and farmer-related issues.What’s the needThe country has been witnessing angry farmer protests in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Madhya Pradesh. The BJP govt in MP was pushed to the brink by angry farmers

India navy discharges officer after sex change

The former officer has said that she will appeal to the courts against her sacking.

Rajasthan makes big strides in clean India campaign

However, five districts are still lagging including Udaipur, Barmer, Karauli, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand and Tonk <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Panchayats in 13 districts in the state have become open defecation free (ODF) under ‘Clean India Campaign’ (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan). Panchayats in 14 more districts will achieve ODF target by the end of this year. Against the target of 82.41 families without toilets, 69.91 have constructed toilets, which means 85% families now have toilets in their homes. As for panchayats, 69% have become ODF. If counted in numbers, 6821 out of 9891 gram panchayats are ODF. However, five districts are still lagging including Udaipur, Barmer, Karauli, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand and Tonk.Cabinet minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, Krishnendra Kaur ‘Deepa’, Kiran Maheshwari, Surendra Goyal, Dr Jaswant Yadav and Dhan Singh Rawat are the six ministers in charge of these six districts that have fallen short of ODF target.In Udaipur, more than one lakh toilets still need to be constructed. Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Dhan Singh Rawat is in charge here. Rajsamand, Tonk and Pratapgarh are behind the target by more than 50,000 toilets. Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, Krishnendra Kaur ‘Deepa’, Kiran Maheshwari are in charge of these three districts, respectively.

Truckers strike enters Day 2

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The transportation services of goods remained affected on Monday in the Delhi-NCR region due to the ongoing strike of truck drivers. The strike, called by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), affected business worth nearly Rs 4,000 crore.”Around 1.5 lakh goods transport vehicles, including trucks, leave and enter Delhi-NCR daily. The operations were fully shut, hitting business worth around Rs 4,000 crore,” AIMTC Chairman Kultaran Singh said.The two-day strike may cause problems in the supply of perishables, such as milk and vegetables, among others, but no major disruption in the supply is expected, according to the operators. The truck operators across the country are on a token strike against the Goods and Services Tax (GST), high diesel prices, and harassment on roads. “If the government fails to take any steps to redress the grievances of the truck operators, an indefinite strike may be called after Diwali,” Singh said.The trucks were completely off-road in the Delhi-NCR region and surrounding areas. However, routine work at offices and godowns went on, Delhi Goods Transport Organisation President Rajender Kapoor said.”We will hold a meeting of goods transporters across the country in Delhi after Diwali and take a decision on the future course of action. If we go on a strike, it will be an indefinite one,” Singh added.Truck operators have been demanding concessions on the GST and bringing down prices of diesel, besides raising their voice against the “oppression and corruption” among road transport officers in different states.”Over 90 per cent truck operators are small ones, having less than five vehicles. They cannot comply with the GST. So, we are demanding no-registration, no-compliance,” Singh said.”Despite the falling international prices, diesel prices have only gone up here. The government should provide us relief by bringing down the prices. A major problem faced by the truck operators is corruption and extortion by road transport officers during inter-state operations and that needs to be sorted out,” he said.

ACB nabs six RTO officials extorting money on highways

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) personnel on Monday in surprise raids caught red-handed six RTO officials, including an inspector and two touts extorting money from transporters at two check posts at Teendhar on National highway -52 and Raipur on state highway in Jhalawar district. The ACB has recovered a huge amount of unaccounted money from the RTO personnel, said IG, ACB V.K. Singh who has been monitoring the entire operation.After receiving reports of an extortion racket run by the RTO staff, ACB had been keeping a close watch on their activities for the past six months.Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), ACB, Kota, Chandrasheel Thakur said after adequate evidence and facts of unauthorised collection of money were gathered through advanced high quality cameras and equipment, IG V.K. Singh directed to carry out the raids.Ten ACB personnel were divided into two five-member teams, who in the guise of helpers and conductors boarded trucks randomly today afternoon on the way to Raipur and Teendhar check posts and caught six RTO personnel including inspector Dara Singh and two touts while they are extorting and collecting money from the truck drivers without giving them, in most of the cases, any receipt of the department, ASP Thakur said. Further interrogation and inquiry into the matter is underway and the search at residential locations of the eight detained including the six RTO personnel is also going on, the ASP said.

Rahul Gandhi’s close confidante joins BJP on eve of Amit Shah’s Amethi visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is touring Gujarat again, the BJP gave him a big blow in his home turf in Amethi on Monday when one of his trusted lieutenant and close confidante, Jung Bahadur Singh switched loyalty to join the saffron party on the eve of BJP President Amit Shah’s visit to Congress bastion.Jung Bahadur Singh had resigned as Congress General Secretary only three days ago soon after Rahul Gandhi’s visit to his parliamentary constituency. About half a dozen pradhans, several panchayat members and Congress workers also took the membership of the BJP along with the rebel Congress leader.The Union Minister and party Lok Sabha candidate in 2014 from Amethi, Smriti Irani visited Singh’s residence and congratulated him. “His own trusted leaders are deserting Rahul Gandhi in his parliamentary constituency. This shows that party men are not happy with his style of development and Congress policies,” pointed the Union Minister.“When Rahul could not develop his own constituency then what will he do for the country could be anyone’s guess,” said Irani. In reply to Rahul’s allegation that BJP was inaugurating projects launched by him, the Unon minister said that “unlike Rahul and UPA, credit should go to the BJP that it completes project well in time for the welfare of the people.”A former minister in Samajwadi Party government, Singh alleged too that Rahul did nothing for the people of Amethi despite UPA government ruling the country for a decade. “Look at the roads with big potholes. Many factories were closed and no efforts were made them to restart. Youth are migrating to other places in search of jobs. All development projects under the MPLAD funds were stalled as Rahul had no time to visit his own parliamentary constituency,” charged Singh.Meanwhile, massive arrangements have been made by the BJP to make party Ptresident Amit Shah’s rally a big success at Gauriganj in Congress stronghold. The Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, several of his Cabinet colleagues, BJP State President Mahendra Nath Singh will participate in the rally and launch over half a dozen development projects and schemes in Amethi to corner the Congress scion in his own home turf.

Ordered soldiers to give fitting reply by ‘firing countless bullets’ if Pakistan opens fire: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that he has ordered Indian soldiers not to fire at their Pakistani counterparts first, however, give them a fitting reply by ‘firing countless bullets’ if Pakistan opened fire.The minister also said that Indian soldiers along the India-Pakistan border had been neutralising at least five-six terrorists every day, reported PTI.Speaking at the 9th Vishwakarma Jayanothsav in Bengaluru, Singh said that if India was a weak country, it could not have been in a position to resolve the Doklam issue with China”India is no more a weak nation, but a strong country. You ought to know how India resolved the Doklam issue with China, especially when most people across the globe were anticipating an India-China conflict,” the home minister said.The Indian Army and the China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had, on August 28, decided to disengage their troops from Bhutan’s Doklam plateau after a months-long stand-off.Tensions rose between the two countries when China began constructing a road in the plateau at Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction.

We ended Doklam standoff because India has become a global power: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the Doklam standoff with China was resolved because India has become a global power in recent times. The remarks came in view of the recent standoff between India and China in Doklam region, where troops from both sides were locked in a faceoff for over two months. Speaking at the 9th Vishwakarma Jayanothsav in Bengaluru, Singh said, ‘Everyone was expecting that relation between China and India will deteriorate due to the Doklam issue, but both the countries resolved the issue with comprehension.’He added, ‘Had India remained weak, the Doklam standoff would not have been resolved till now. It was possible only because India has become a world power.’The Indian Army and the China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had, on August 28, decided to disengage their troops from Bhutan’s Doklam plateau after months-long stand-off.Tensions rose between the two countries when China began constructing a road in the plateau at Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction.

Honey effect: Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim loses 6 kgs in jail worrying about ‘Papa’s Angel’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is currently lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail, has lost 6 kilograms weight in 40-days of his imprisonment.The self-inflicted Godman weighed 90 kgs when he was lodged in the Rohtak jail in August but now weights 84 kgs, according to a Mail Today report.The report also cited that one of the main reason for his weight loss is for maintaining distance from his adopted daughter and close aide Honey Insan.Away from his luxurios lifestyle, the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, who used to import packaged water from foreign countries, is living his nightmares as he drinks jail water and eats jail food.The jail activities assigned to him has also taken a toll on his health as he is an unskilled labourer. He grows vegatable and water plants and tills soil everyday for five hours and earns Rs 20 per day.However, Dr KP Singh, DGP prisons of Haryana, has confirmed that baba’s health is fine. He also said that in case of health complications, Singh will be referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS).Ram Rahim is a high-blood pressure and diabetes patient.

Rajasthan: Jhunjhunu girl set to fly military jets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After one and a half years of rigorous training, country’s first three female fighter pilots will be commissioned in the IAF, two months later.It is a coincidence that in the presence of the first lady defence minister, Flight Cadet Mohana Singh, resident of Khetpura village of Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Avni Chaturvedi of Madhya Pradesh and Bhawna Kanth will take the responsibility as fighter pilots.After her grandfather and father, Mohana Singh will be seen flying fighter plane of Indian Air Force. Flight cadet Mohana Singh, Avni Chaturvedi and Bhawna Kanth, selected for the first batch, are taking the final stage training on Hawk aircraft in Bidar, Karnataka. After completing the training by the end of this month, they will be seen flying fighter aircraft like Sukhoi. Mohana Singh was selected as a female fighter pilot on June 18, 2016.Notably, her grandfather Laduram Jat, was awarded the Veer Chakra for showing bravery in India-Pakistan war. Laduram Jat was the fighter gunner of the Air Force’s Aviation Research Centre. Mohana did her schooling from Airforce school of Delhi and completed BTech in Electronic Communication from Amritsar’s Global Institute of Management and Emerging Technology. Her father, Pratap Singh is a warrant officer in Indian Air Force. Previously, Pratap Singh was a flight instructor in Bidar, Karnataka, where Mohana took the training of fighter planes. He is confident that his daughter will be a skilled fighter pilot.Air Chief Marshal, BS Dhanoa has full confidence in these budding pilots due to the strong and skilled training given to them. He said that the three female fighter plane pilots are no less than their male counterparts. With around 1,500 women employees, women in Air Force have been pilots since 1991, however they have been flying transport aircraft or helicopters. The Ministry of Defense decided in 2015 that women will be given the opportunity to become fighter pilot on experimental basis for five years. Mohana Singh, Avni and Bhawna were selected as first women fighter pilots in June last year. And now, the three will be commissioned in the presence of first womandefense minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Govt has no power to sack Metro chief, say officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government has refused to back down on the fare hike issue with the state Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot remarking to the media that his government would sack Delhi Metro chief Mangu Singh if the hike was not put on hold. However, off the record, senior officers and former bureaucrats maintain the city government can “neither appoint nor remove the Metro chief.”“It is not in the power of the city government to appoint or remove the Metro chief. In the present case, Singh was a nominee of the Delhi government and his appointment was approved by the former Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. In order to remove him from the post, only the LG, after seeking concurrence from the Centre, can move a proposal regarding this,” said a senior government official.The hike is proposed to come into effect from October 10. The government official also pointed out that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was an autonomous body and added that the city government does not have the power to put the Metro fare hike on hold or decide on the fares, except for recommending the same to the Fare Fixation Committee (FFC). “The fares are decided by the FFC which has judges from the High Court on its panel as well.The Delhi government can give its observations/recommendations, but these are not binding on the Metro or the Centre in any way. They have made it a prestige issue without confirming their powers” said a former bureaucrat. Meanwhile, the Centre sent a letter on Friday telling the city government that the Metro Act does not allow the fare hike to be held.Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in the letter to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal that constituting a fresh FFC could be considered if the city government agrees on providing Rs 3,000 crore every year in order to make up for the operational loss that the Metro suffers.“Your suggestion that this ministry direct that the fare increase is kept on hold overlooks the fact the central government does not have any such authority. Tampering with the recommendations of FFC (Fare Fixation Committee) is legally untenable,” the letter stated.

Six-day week set to make a comeback for government employees!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vasundhara Raje government has made up its mind to implement six-day week for the government employees. The government is fast moving in this direction. This is a calculated risk vis-a-vis assembly election, as the government is hoping to get public support but the decision may also backfire because government employees are not going to like it.The first indication of reverting to old system of six-day week has been received during CM’s Ajmer visit. She is said to have taken a confidential report and 42 out of 60 organisations have backed the decision.Various surveys and reports by the government have propelled the government to end with five-days week, which has not benefited the common man. Most employees didn’t come on time in the morning and left office before 6 pm. Even worse was a holiday preceding weekend or following it. Employees would use this to proceed on long leave thus affecting work.Although, working hours are less in five-day week, but every attempt to change in last nine years have met with stiff resistance and failed altogether. The five-day week was introduced by CM Vasundhara Raje during her previous tenure ahead of assembly elections in 2008.It is believed that 7th pay commission’s announcement is being held because the government wanted to implement it with six-day week to pacify employees.“Five-day week is not benefiting common people. Six-day week can speed up government functioning,” social worker Sumer said.“Five-day week was implemented during previous government of Vasundhara ji. It was implemented on trial basis. CM got feedback that people’s work has been affected; therefore, six-day week is considered better. As for the employees, they have been working hard and will continue to do so,” said employees leader Mahendra Singh.Six-day weekWorking hours : 10 to 5Second Saturday holidayDaily working hours 7Monthly 24X7= 175Second Saturday and all Sundays= 65Cumulative non working days= 65+29+21=115Working days 250 Facts about five days week & ‘more holidays’The state govt has more holidays than central governmentPrevious Vasundhara Raje government implemented on August 30, 2008Implemented on trial basisIt was a masterstroke yet BJP lost. Gehlot government continued the system.There was review but the report was pushed under the carpetVasundhara Raje returned to power in 2013Five-day week reviewed from March 2015 to Sep 2015GAD took opinion of employees and sent the report to CMO

Mirdha kidnapping case: Singh sentenced to life imprisonment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ADJ court on Friday sentenced Harnek Singh to life imprisonment in the 22 year old Rajendra Mirdha abduction case. The sentence was delivered by judge of ADJ3 Pramod Kumar Malik. Harnek was convicted in the 22 year old abduction case on Thursday and the sentence was pronounced on Friday. The judgement comes eight years after the death of Rajendra Mirdha.Speaking to the media after the sentence was pronounced singh said, “I respect the order of the court and I shall appeal against the judgement. There is lacuna in the judgement.”Notably, Rajendra Mirdha, son of Congress leader Ram Niwas Mirdha was kidnapped on February 17, 1995. He had left home for a morning walk when he disappeared. When he didn’t return home, his brother Harendra Mirdha registered an FIR with the Ashok Nagar police station for kidnapping.Rajendra Mirdha was later rescued by the police later in an operation. Kidnappers had demanded release of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar – an alleged member of terrorist and separatist organization, Khalistan Liberation Force, from the jail to free Mirdha. Mirdha was kept in a house in Malviya Nagar. A milk supplier got suspicious about the activities in the house and tipped off the police.

Communal tension grips Noida

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another case of communal tension in Noida within a week, members of Hindu outfits alleged on Friday that a trishul (trident) and a hawan kund, installed next to a mosque in Sector 9, were damaged by the members of the Muslim community. Afterwards, the afternoon prayers at the mosque had to be conducted amid heavy security. No violence, however, was reported.The incident was reported from the 27-year-old Chataiwali Mosque, which also houses a madrassa. The vacant space adjacent to the mosque was being used to organise Durga Puja and other Hindu celebrations. This year, a permanent podium and a hawan kund was constructed on the premises for the purpose.On Friday, the hawan kund was found to be damaged. Some members of the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) then started beating drums and gathered a large number of people on the ground, claiming that Muslims had vandalised the area in the night.According to locals, the news spread like wildfire in the area and hundreds of members belonging to the Right-wing organisations gathered at the spot before the afternoon prayers. Sensing trouble, the Noida Police deployed more than 150 personnel outside the mosque.”Sensing trouble in the area, we deployed extra personnel in the area. We will be keeping a close watch to ensure that no anti-social element tries to disturb the peace,” said Abhinandan, Circle Officer of Noida – 1.The Muslims, meanwhile, denied all allegations of vandalism. Mohammad Jamshed, President of the Masjid Committee, said that the community members had welcomed the decision to construct the podium and had, in fact, helped in its construction.”We always participated in events and festivals held at the ground. Later, some Right-wing organisations got involved in the matter and wanted to raise the height of the podium by three feet. We objected to it and also informed the police and district administration about the same,” he said.Later, Noida MLA Pankaj Singh reached the spot and performed a pooja at 2.20 pm. Singh said he was happy to perform the pooja but refrained from making any comment on the vandalism charge.City Magistrate Mahendra Singh, however, said both structures were built on Noida Authority’s land. “We will write a letter and ask the Authority to clear the encroachment,” he said.On Monday, a mob had thrashed the brother of an Imam at a Noida mosque and vandalised property.AllegationsMembers of Hindu outfits alleged that a trishul and a hawan kund, installed next to a mosque in Sector 9, were damaged by members of the Muslim community. Muslims, meanwhile, denied all allegations of vandalism saying that the community had welcomed the decision to construct the podium and had, in fact, helped in its construction

Notorious Punjab officer granted bail in rape case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suspended Punjab police officer, Salwinder Singh, who was questioned by National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with Pathankot attack case, was on Friday granted bail by Punjab and Haryana High Court in the rape case registered against him in Gurdaspur.Booked for sexually exploiting a woman whose husband was accused in a rape case, the former Gurdaspur SP has been lodged in jail since April after his surrender when he was declared a proclaimed offender if he continued to evade arrest.”He has been given bail in the case, which involved charges of rape and relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act. He will be released from jail on Saturday,” Salwinder’s counsel GBS Dhillion told DNA. The bail application was submitted before the court on July 27.Salwinder was booked for allegedly using his position to demand sexual favours from an accused’s wife under the false promise of helping her. The incident took place during his stint as Gurdaspur SP, which was marred by similar allegations from few other women police officials, which eventually led to his transfer out of Gurdaspur. Later, in August, citing his controversial conduct and indiscipline, the Punjab government decided to send him on premature retirement.

Dera supporters say Honeypreet Insan masterminded and funded Panchkula violence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Priyanka Taneja (36), alias Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had masterminded and funded the Panchkula violence, claimed the Dera Sacha Sauda supporters.The claim has been made by the five Dera Sacha Sauda supporters who are in police custody, reported CNN-News18.Honeypreet had called for a meeting at the Sirsa headquarters on August 17, to plan for the August 25 rape case hearing against Gurmeet Ram Rahim, Dan Singh, one of the followers told police.Singh also told the police that Honeypreet had sanctioned Rs 1.25 crore to be moved to Panchkula ahead of the CBI court hearing.41 were killed in the violence which broke out following Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction on August 25. ALSO READ Haryana police reveals where Honeypreet Singh Insaan was hiding for so longHoneypreet was arrested by the Haryana Police from Zirakpur-Patiala road. She has been sent to a six-day police remand.Honeypreet was at the top of a list of 43 people ‘wanted’ by the Haryana Police in connection with the incidents of violence.In the courtroom, she stood with folded hands and pleaded innocence with tears in her eyes. “Honeypreet was with the Dera head after his conviction. In no way she was involved in inciting violence,” her counsel said.Honeypreet, who calls herself ‘Papa’s angel’, had accompanied Ram Rahim from the sect headquarters at Sirsa to special CBI court in Panchkula on August 25. After Dera chief’s conviction that day, she also accompanied him in a chopper when he was flown to Rohtak jail. ALSO READ Will not shield fugitive criminal like Honeypreet Insan, says Punjab govt

Mother, daughters sold, raped in Dholpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A shameful incident has come to light from Dholpur wherein a thirty-one-year-old widow and mother of three children – two daughters and one son – was sold off by her relatives, whom she looked for help after her husband’s death. However, this is not where her ordeal ends. The woman’s daughters aged twelve and eight were also sold off and raped. The woman has registered a case in this matter at Baseri police station of Dholpur.A native of Baseri in Dholpur district, the thirty-one-year-old woman has registered a case, against three men, seeking justice for herself. “The woman was married to a local, however four years back, her husband passed away. After her husband’s death, the woman decided to move out from her in-laws’ house and started living with her uncle and aunt,” officials said.However, this is where her horrors started. “The woman has alleged that her uncle and aunt fraudulently took her land and threatening her of dire consequences, she was sold off three years back for sixty thousand rupees to two men. The woman shifted her house with the two men, however, they overpowered her and raped her. The youth took her to several places where they continued to rape her. Furthermore, they even allowed their relatives to rape the woman,” officials said.But her ordeal was far from over. “She has alleged that she was brought to Dholpur where her daughter was sold for three lakh rupees. The girl was then raped and after sometime, again sold off for four lakh rupees,” officials said.Meanwhile, the Dholpur police has initiated an investigation into the matter. “She has named three men including one Sonu Gurjar in the matter. She has said that she was sold several times. We are trying to gather the facts in the matter and effective action will be taken,” said Arjun Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sarmathura.

Woman on way to hospital delivers baby in a moving cab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was the first ever cab ride for 21 year old Ishwari Singh when she boarded the Ola cab on October 2 and soon it turned out to be the ride of her life as she delivered a baby boy in the cab when she was on the way to a hospital. Both the mother and the child are safe and they got the discharge from the hospital on Thursday.As a goodwill gesture, Ola, the cab aggregator sent the same cab and the driver to drop the mother and the child back home from the hospital on Thursday. Ola also announced free ride for the mother and the baby for the next five years.The Kondhwa based Vishwakarma family is overjoyed after Ishwari Singh and the child have come back home in healthy condition but on the morning of October 2, it was certainly not a joyride for her and other family members.Ishwari’s husband Ramesh Singh Vishwakarma who works in a private firm told DNA, “We have a car at home in which we would always take Ishwari to hospital for regular check up. However, on October 1, my father had taken the car for his work and I had only a two wheeler at home.”Ramesh had never thought that his wife would be delivering a baby on October 2 as her due date was on October 24. “As all the tests were normal and doctors had given us the due date of October 24, I did not bother to keep my car at home. However, in the wee hours of October 2, she started experiencing labour pain and we decided to take her to hospital in a cab.”Ramesh had enrolled Ishwari’s name in Pune municipal corporation run Kamla Nehru hospital which is nearly 12 kilometers away from their house. After booking the cab on October 2 morning, the cab driver Yashwant Galande picked up Ishwari, her mother in law and brother in law from their house at around 7.20 am while Ramesh was riding the two wheeler ahead of the cab.”Ishwari and my mother were sitting on the rear seat while my brother had taken the front seat next to the driver. After we traveled nearly four kilometers, I got a call from my brother who told me that my wife had given the birth to a baby boy on the rear seat of the cab,” Ramesh said.It was equally tensed situation for Yashwant Galande, the cab driver. Speaking to DNA, Galande said, “The ride started just like any other ride but soon the woman started crying. Her relative sitting next to her was trying to give her confidence. I was also panicked to see her situation and before I could realise, her relative announced that she has delivered the baby. Sensing the seriousness of the situation, I took the cab to the hospital without halting anywhere.”While the mother and the child was still on the way to the hospital, Ramesh called up the doctors in the hospital and asked them to be ready. “When we reached the hospital, the doctors were already waiting for outside the hospital building. As soon as we reached the hospital, the doctors detached the umbilical cord inside the cab only and they took the baby and the mother inside the hospital for further treatment,” Ramesh added.After staying in the hospital for three days, Ishwari and her baby got the discharge from the hospital on Thursday. “The original due date of the baby was on October 24 but I am happy that my son is now sharing his birth date with none other than Mahatma Gandhi,” Ramesh said.

RIICO offers sops for green building projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO) has announced incentives for green building projects located in its industrial areas. An additional floor area ratio of five per cent will be permitted to the green buildings, while the industry operating from green buildings will also be eligible for a token benefit upto Rs 2 lakh on long term loans availed from RIICO. The announcement was made by additional chief secretary, industries and chairman RIICO, Rajeeva Swarup at a session of the Green Building Congress going on in Jaipur.15th edition of the Congress, an annual event of Indian Green Building Council, promoted by Confederation of Indian Industries is being hosted in Jaipur with the state government and RIICO as co-hosts. It was formally inaugurated by Industry minister on Thursday morning, with assurance of state government’s support to the cause. “Government of Rajasthan is committed to facilitate sustainable development of the state. The government has introduced a slew of measures and it is encouraging to see that the state has already 83 projects registered by IGBC with footprint of 103 million sq ft,” said the Industries minister Rajasthan, Rajpal Singh Shekhawat. Also present at the inaugural ceremony, Forest and Environment minister of Rajasthan, Gajendra Singh Khimsar added to the notion.” Government of Rajasthan is glad to offer all possible support to IGBC in making India a global leader in green buildings,” he said. The additional FAR and token benefit upto Rs 2 lakh will also be available to existing industries willing to make the required changes and undergo green building certification,” said ACS Rajeeva Swarup.OTHER BENEFITSThe Floor Area Ratio (FAR) benefit, however, will only be available to projects spread on area of more than 5,000 square metre. Many experts at the Green Building Congress expressed that the space criteria could be reduced to include more small industries among the beneficiaries.

One convicted in Mirdha kidnapping case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A trial court in Jaipur on Thursday convicted Harnek Singh in the 22-year-old of Rajendra Mirdha kidnapping case. Harnek has been convicted of kidnapping, illegal possession of weapons, wrongful confinement of Mirdha and seeking release of Devendra Singh Bhullar of Khalistan Liberation Force.The ADJ3 has held Harnek guilty under Sections 364A, 365, 343, 346, 201 and 120B. The sentence will be pronounced on Friday.Rajendra Mirdha, the son of senior Congress leader Ram Niwas Mirdha, was kidnapped on 17 February 1995 from C-Scheme area of the city where he had gone for a morning walk. The motive of the kidnapping was to exert pressure on the then Narsimha Rao government to seek the release of Devendra Singh Bhullar of Khalistan Liberation Force.Acting on the information of a milkman, Mirdha was rescued by the Rajasthan Police on 26 February 1995 from a house in Malviya Nagar. One of the kidnappers Navneet Singh Kandia was killed in a shootout while Mirdha was being rescued. Total three cases were registered in the matter; in Ashok Nagar, Malviya Nagar and a third case of under Explosives Act and Arms Act.Four persons- Navneet Singh Kandia, Daya Singh Lahoriya, his wife Kamaljeet Kaur and Harnek Singh- were accused in the case. Kandia was killed in the shootout that took place between the police and the kidnappers. The rest had managed to escape. Lahoriya and his wife were extradited from the US in 1997 through the Interpol. They were later sentenced to life imprisonment.Harnek was arrested in Punjab in 2004 and later brought to Rajasthan in 2007.A K Jain, counsel for Harnek, says “He has been in custody for 13 years. Situation has changed in Punjab. He was not guilty of terrorist activities, and should be given least punishment.”Earlier, Jain had moved High Court to seek bail for Harnek. In May 2017 the court dismissed the bail plea but directed for speedy dispensation of the case.TimelineRajendra Mirdha kidnapped on Feb 17, ’95 from C-schemeReason being the release of Devendra Singh Bhullar of Khalistan Liberation ForceMirdha rescued by Raj Police on Feb 26 February, ’951 among 4 kidnappers killed in shootout3 cases registered under Explosives Act and Arms ActOthers escaped, but Daya Singh extradited through Interpol in ’97Singh sentenced to life imprisonment1 accused Harnek held in Punjab & brought to Raj in ’07Harnek convicted on October 5, 2017

BJP leaders take out protest march in Capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union ministers Jitendra Singh and Vijay Goel along with other BJP leaders on Wednesday staged a protest march against the CPM’s alleged targeting of party workers in Kerala.Earlier on, BJP president Amit Shah had flagged off a “Jan Raksha Yatra’ in Kerala on Tuesday against political violence in the southern state. He had also announced that similar rallies will be held across all state capitals from Wednesday.In his address during the march, Singh called the alleged violence by the Left in Kerala “a blot on Indian democracy.” He further said that the violence was an attack not only on BJP but all other political parties that believe in democracy.Singh was joined by several BJP leaders and party workers including city unit president Manoj Tiwari, Shahnawaz Hussain, Vijay Goel, who marched from the Delhi BJP office towards CPM office at the Bhai Veer Singh Marg.Singh claimed that the aim behind the protest was to preserving the Gandhian principle of non-violence, democratic values, and the country’s culture. Meanwhile, he also urged other political parties to take note of the violence allegedly perpetrated by “the Communists in Kerala.””Other parties should not be under the illusion that violence in Kerala affects only the BJP because it is a blot and a curse on Indian democracy. BJP has accepted this challenge to restore the Gandhian ideal of non-violence because violence could not be a means to further political goals,” he said.Lashing out at the Kerala government, Goel blamed the local police for the violence against BJP-RSS workers.”We cannot expect any justice in a state where a section of police maintains that they are Communists. It cannot be allowed to continue,” he said.The BJP chief is also likely to attend a protest march by the party at the CPI(M) office here on October 8, party sources said.As many as 120 BJP workers have been killed in Kerala, the BJP has alleged. The CPM has, in turn, accused the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of resorting to violence and denied the involvement of its government and leadership in the political killings.

Give incentives to Punjab farmers: NGT tells govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday pulled up the Punjab government for failing to provide financial aid and machinery to farmers in environment friendly disposal of crop residue, which is one of the major causes of air pollution in North India and Delhi-NCR. The Tribunal directed the Punjab government to provide a solution for the farmers after consulting them and asked the state’s counsel to take instructions from the Chief Secretary on providing financial incentives to farmers for stubble management.”The government has not been able to provide alternatives in time. Take a whole village and show that it can be done. You give them proper time and make arrangements simultaneously for the harvesting process. It is your Chief Minister’s constituency, you should be more than happy to help the farmers. If you put them under financial losses and ask them to do environmental work, how will you do it?,” the bench said.The Tribunal asked the state to consider if the state can provide direct monetary incentive to the farmers in return for putting a stop to crop burning. “You need to get involved with them and take them into confidence. If they want, allow them to also engage private agencies,” the bench added. Meanwhile, counsel for Punjab government submitted that following the Tribunal’s orders they are running a pilot for paddy straw management in Kalar Majri village, Patiala, across 390 acres.A three-member NGT bench, headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, was hearing a plea filed by environment activist Vikrant Tongad, pertaining to stubble burning across Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Along with vehicular pollution and firecrackers, widespread stubble burning has been attributed as one of the major causes for the record lows in air quality seen last winter before and after Diwali in Delhi-NCR.On Wednesday, hundreds of farmers from Punjab and Haryana, affiliated to the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) also turned up at the NGT as the farmers union had filed an intervention in the stubble burning plea. The union’s President Balbir Singh Rajewal submitted to the bench that the state had provided alternatives only on paper as they have never met with actual farmers. Rajewal stressed that financial burden already mounting, burning still was the cheapest solution for stubble management.”The machinery needed for managing stubble costs lakhs of rupees. It costs us Rs.6,000 per acre to manage the crop stubble and it is not feasible at all,” Rajewal informed the bench. IG Kapila, the counsel for the farmers said, “The state government is using the NGT’s orders to scare the farmers about penal action against them. It is also misleading them on the machinery available at their disposal.”Tuesday’s hearing happened a day after Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s meeting with Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh. The Punjab CM sought central aid to farmers for tackling the crop burning issue and demanded Rs.100 per quintal as a bonus for sound management of paddy straw.‘JUST ON PAPER’On Wednesday, hundreds of farmers from Punjab and Haryana, affiliated to the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) also turned up at the NGT as the farmers union had filed an intervention in the stubble burning plea.
The union’s President Balbir Singh Rajewal submitted to the bench that the state had provided alternatives only on paper as they have never met with actual farmers.

Pilot yatra brings party rivalries to the fore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The four-day Kisan Nyay Yatra led by PCC chief Sachin Pilot has brought the internal squabbling in the party to the fore. Although the yatra was kicked off on Tuesday with much fanfare from Krishi Upaj Mandi in Baran, senior Congress leaders like Ashok Gehlot and CP Joshi were conspicuous by their absence. Not only these two stalwarts, even many youth leaders who have secret rivalry with Pilot distanced themselves for the 100km yatra. Senior Congress leader and former minister Bharat Singh was absent on the first day of the yatra. Similarly, Mamta Sharma, former chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW); Ramnarayan Meena, three-time MLA and one-time MP; Govind Sharma, Kota city Congress president; Govind Sharma, Bundi Zila Pramukh; Sonia Gujjar, one and only Congress MLA from Kota region; Ashok Chandana, ex-Bundi Zila Pramukh; and Mahaveer Meena were missing from the yatra.Meanwhile, other prominent party leaders of the region did the formality by being present at the start of the yatra. Former minister Shanti Dhariwal, Harimohan Sharma, ex-MLA and Bundi district party president CL Premi made only a brief appearance with PCC chief at the press conference.Ashok Chandana could not attend the yatra because of fear of being arrested after his interim bail application was rejected on Tuesday by high court, said a party worker close to him. The entire yatra is being very minutely video graphed by the police and district administration and local party leaders and people in general are avoiding it because of the fear of CM as Baran and Jhalawar are the home areas of Vasundhara Raje and her son Dushyant Singh, a youth Congress leader pointed out. PCC chief, on the second day of the four-day yatra, on Wednesday morning began from Bambla village in Baran and after covering around 32km reached Chand Khedi in Jhalawar district for night halt.

India’s police killings: The story behind a crime crackdown

An Indian state government has claimed that it has conducted 433 “encounters” to combat crime.

Rape cases: Both sadhvis file plea seeking life imprisonment for Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over a month after the court sentenced Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to 20 years in prison for rape, a plea has been filed in High Court seeking life imprisonment for Dera Sacha Sauda chief.Ram Rahim was found guilty of rape in a case that stemmed from an anonymous written complaint in April 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers. The case was registered by the CBI in December 2002 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been given two sentences of 10 years rigorous imprisonment in each of the two rapes.”He committed a grave breach of trust, as he was addressed as Pitaji and he used his position as a religious leader to exploit followers who had blind faith in him and twice committed rape crime. He should have been sentenced for life,” victim’s Counsel said seeking revision of sentence of Dera Chief. ALSO READ ‘Will kill all opposing Gurmeet Ram Rahim’: Dera Sacha Sauda’s Qurbani wing issues threat letterDuring the trial for the quantum of sentencing, a special court at Rohtak prison had compared Ram Rahim Singh as a wild beast.The court has also fined him Rs 15 lakh in each of the two cases, of which Rs 14 lakh each would go to the two victims who were part of his sect and were coerced into having sex with him.However, defending himself during a trial, Ram Rahim Singh claimed that he is ‘impotent’, therefore, there was no question of him raping the two Sadhvis in 1999. But the judge said Singh’s claim is devoid of any merit in view of a statement made by one of his own witnesses, who said the Dera Sacha Sauda chief had two daughters. Meanwhile, Priyanka Taneja (36), alias Honeypreet Insan, who calls herself the adopted daughter of Ram Rahim Singh, was arrested by the Haryana Police in connection with the deadly violence which followed the sect head’s conviction on August 25.The arrest came hours after Honeypreet appeared on two private news channels interacting with reporters at an undisclosed location. ALSO READ Caught Honeypreet nude with Gurmeet Ram Rahim; fear for my life: Ex-husband Vishwas Gupta

3 held for robbing people by posing as key makers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The west district unit of Delhi Police has successfully nabbed a notorious gang of thieves, who duped people by posing as key-makers and stealing valuables on the pretext of repairing locks. The members of gang, three in number, are reported to be from outside of Delhi. They frequently came to the city to commit the crimes. Total nine cases of thefts were registered against the gang in west district of Delhi.Police interrogation of the trio revealed that these people lived in cheap hotel rooms in Paharganj and would look for opportunities to get into the homes of people to steal valuables and cash and then jam the locks of almirah or cupboards, so the owner could not open them. On the pretext of getting more tools or people for help, the thieves will leave to never return.”All accused hail from Madhya Pradesh and have been identified as Gurbir Singh and Prakash Singh, who were proclaimed offenders, and Narendra, who is a Class VIII drop-out. A Honda Activa scooter and two bags containing keys and key-making tools were recovered from the arrested persons, who had recently committed house theft in Tilak Vihar Nagar,”said Vijay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, west Delhi.

UP government aims to link all beneficiary schemes with Aadhaar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to link all its beneficiary schemes to Aadhaar card for transferring subsidy directly to the accounts of the beneficiaries.A decision to this effect was taken on Tuesday at the Cabinet meeting. The Cabinet has also decided to introduce legislation in this regard during the winter session of the UP Assembly.Briefing mediapersons on Cabinet decisions, the government Spokesperson and Health Minister Dr Siddharth Nath Singh said that the state government aims to link all its beneficiary schemes with Aadhaar card to bring them under the direct benefit transfer (DBT) in a bid to check leakage, pilferage and corruption.To begin with, he said that all pension schemes, government scholarships and public distribution system (PDS) will be linked with Aadhaar to transfer the amount direct ly into the accounts of the beneficiaries. “This will also bring in accountability and the government will also get to know how much budgeted fund was distributed to beneficiaries,” he pointed.The government has also amended existing rules for opening more kerosene shops in villages.

Top Congress leadership on bail, says PM Modi in poll-bound Himachal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>argeting the Congress leadership on corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday alleged that the party was unable to replace graft accused Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as the top brass itself was on “bail”, an apparent reference to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.Kicking off the BJP’s campaign for the Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh due later this year, he said it was now for the people to decide whether they should bring the Congress back to power in the state.”The entire family of the chief minister is facing corruption charges and is on bail. When I asked some Congress leaders why the chief minister is not being replaced, they replied how could the party act against him when the AICC president and the yuvraj are on bail,” Modi said at a BJP rally .Virbhadra Singh and his wife, son and daughter are facing disproportionate assets case and money laundering charges.Sharply reacting to the prime minister’s remarks, Singh said it was unfortunate that a new era of “political vendetta” had begun in the country.Talking to reporters, the chief minister alleged that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was responsible for the “baseless cases” against him.Asserting that no case of corruption has surfaced after the NDA government came to power at the Centre, Modi said that till 2014, newspapers were full of reports about scams, be it Coalgate or 2G scam, and asked the people of the state to “throw out the government on bail”.He also said the state chapter of the BJP will fulfill the dreams of the people if voted power and provide a clean and efficient government.Modi told the rally that his government delivered on the promise made to the ex-servicemen on ‘One Rank, One Pension’ scheme and it was an indication of the Centre’s commitment to the Indian Army.He said nearly Rs 8,500 crore have been distributed under the scheme that had been stuck for nearly 40 years.Referring to the surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in September last year, he said the operation conducted by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir increased the pride of every youth.The prime minister said the NDA government believes in development and at present 13 major projects involving an investment of Rs 15,000 crore are under implementation to accelerate economic activity and generate employment in Himachal Pradesh, he said.Polls for the 68-member Himachal Assembly are scheduled later this year.Modi earlier laid the foundation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Kothipura in Bilaspur and IIIT in Haroli in Una and dedicated a steel processing plant at Kandrori in Kangra district online from the Water Sports Complex on the banks of Gobind Sagar Dam.

Madhya Pradesh: Cop commits suicide in police station after spat over ‘Swachh Bharat’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 55-year-old head constable committed suicide on the premises of Roun police station in this district, allegedly after a spat with his senior officer over cleaning up the place under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on Monday, the police said on Tuesday.”Ramkumar Shukla killed himself by consuming some poisonous substance after he and police inspector SS Gaur had an altercation over cleaning the police station on Gandhi Jayanti under the SBA,” superintendent of police Anil Singh Kushwah told PTI.Shukla was initially rushed to the district hospital and then to Gwalior, where he died last night.Meanwhile, the head constable’s family members held a protest with his body near the City Kotwali police station demanding that Gaur and Kushwah be booked for murder.The SP said he had already ordered a probe into the suicide and that Gaur has been “line attached” (taken off the field duty).Shukla’s family members alleged that the SP failed to act even though the head constable called him up and sought his intervention.”In a bid to calm him (Shukla) down, I told him over phone to join the duty in police line if he was not adjusting with the inspector. What wrong did I do?” he asked.However, the deceased head constable’s son Vikas alleged that Gaur had beaten up his father who was unwell, which he said prompted him to consume poison.Further investigation is on.​

Honeypreet’s ex-husband Vishwas Gupta to move Punjab and Haryana HC seeking protection

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On a day that Honeypreet Singh Insaan was finally arrested, her ex-husband Vishwas Gupta said that his life was under threat. His lawyer Pankaj Bhardwaj said that he will be moving Punjab and Haryana HC seeking protection for his client.Vishwas Gupta, the former husband of Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s “adopted” daughter Honeypreet Insan, had filed a complaint alleging threat to his life, on September 28. In his complaint, Gupta alleged that an unidentified person threatened to kill him, the SHO at the Karnal City Police Station, Inspector Rajbir Singh, said. Gupta married Honeypreet in 1999 and filed for a divorce in 2011. Addressing a news conference in Chandigarh, Gupta had expressed apprehension that that he might be killed for speaking against the Dera head.
ALSO READ Mole in Haryana Police helping Honeypreet Insan to evade arrest? Probe launchedAfter being on the run for over a month, Honeypreet Insan, adopted daughter of the jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief, was today arrested by the Haryana Police from Zirakpur-Patiala road in Punjab in connection with the violence that followed the sect head’s conviction.Priyanka Taneja alias Honeypreet was arrested from Zirakpur-Patiala road, Haryana Police DGP B S Sandhu said.
ALSO READ Caught Honeypreet nude with Gurmeet Ram Rahim; fear for my life: Ex-husband Vishwas Gupta”We have arrested her,” the DGP said.Honeypreet tops the list of 43 people ‘wanted’ by the Haryana Police in connection with the incidents of violence that left 41 people dead and several injured following Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s conviction in rape case.
ALSO READ We were on ‘alert’ since last evening: How cops nabbed ‘Papa’s Angel’ Honeypreet Talking to mediapersons at Panchkula, Police Commissioner A S Chawla said, “She has been taken into custody by SIT in- charge (Mukesh Kumar) from Zirakpur-Patiala road in Punjab.She is being brought to Panchkula for questioning in connection with the incidents of violence”.”Her role in the violence (after Ram Rahim’s conviction on August 25) will be probed…who provided her shelter or support during her run from police will also be produced. She will be produced before a court (in Panchkula) tomorrow and we will seek her police remand,” Chawla said.Chawla also said that another woman who was accompanying her was also taken into custody.He said Punjab Police has been informed about the arrest.Honeypreet’s arrest came hours after she appeared on two private TV channels.Honeypreet had accompanied Ram Rahim from the sect headquarters at Sirsa to a special CBI court in Panchkula on August 25. After the Dera chief’s conviction on that day, she also accompanied him in a chopper when he was flown to Rohtak to be lodged in a jail.There had been no trace of Honeypreet after the evening of August 25.A lookout notice and later an arrest warrant was issued by the Haryana Police against Honeypreet.With inputs from PTI

We were on ‘alert’ since last evening: How cops nabbed ‘Papa’s Angel’ Honeypreet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Evading arrest for over a month, Honeypreet Insan ran out of luck on Tuesday when her SUV was intercepted by the Haryana Police near Punjab border.Soon, Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s ‘adopted daughter’ was in custody of the police near Panchkula, the place that started it all.Talking to the DNA, Panchkula Police Commissioner AS Chawla revealed that his men were on alert since Monday evening after they got specific input that Honeypreet was in Chandigarh.“Our team was located in Zirakpur. We had three senior police officers there. She was rounded up near Gurdwara on that road. We shifted her to an interrogation room and informed the Punjab police. We had made all arrangements so that she does not escape,” Chawla said.When asked if he received cooperation from the Punjab Police, he said he does not want to comment on it.Talking about Honeypreet, Chawla said, “she showed initial resistance when she was apprehended.”Chawla said the priority is to investigate Honeypreet’s role in instigating violence on August 25.“All accused in Dera violence will be arrested following her interrogation. We will seek her police remand and will have to produce her in court tomorrow,” he added.

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