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Mumbai blasts 1993: Abu Salem wants to marry, prison authorities reject parole application

Navi Mumbai Commissioner has rejected parole application of 1993 Mumbai blasts case convict Abu Salem. Salem had sought the parole for nikah with 27-year-old Mumbra woman. He had applied for 45 days parole.Abu Salem had appealed to the prision department of Taloja cell for his wedding with Kausar Bahar.According to reports, Salem has fixed May 5 as the auspicious day for the nikah. Salem had earlier claimed that he had married her “over the phone” during a train journey while travelling with a police escort for a court hearing.According to media reports, the woman claimed that news reports of her marriage with Salem ended up defaming her. “Since no one else would tie the knot with me, I am left with no option but to sign the nikahname with Salem”, she was quoted as saying in the media reports. Bahar had threatened to commit suicide if she was not allowed to marry Salem and had moved an application to the effect in court.It is not the first time that Salem has tried to get permission to marry the woman. Earlier, he made a number of applications in the TADA court pleading that he be escorted to the registrar of marriages office in Mumbai.Salem has been convicted in the Mumbai bomb blasts case of 1993 as one of the key conspirators. (With ANI inputs)

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Impeachment motion against CJI could have been avoided, says Congress leader

As per Article 124 (4), "A Judge of the Supreme Court shall not be removed from his office except by an order of the President passed after an address by each House of Parliament supported by a majority of the total membership of that House and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members of that House present and voting has been presented to the President in the same session for such removal on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity." ”
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Updated: Apr 21, 2018, 10:58 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>Congress leader and former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar opposed his party’s decision of moving an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and said that the move could have been avoided.He added that if he would have been a Member of Parliament and had been given the paper to sign, he would not have done it.”I would not like to get into the merits of the controversy, I am on a larger principle and the larger principle is that impeachment is the extreme remedy and that to against the chief justice, which is an unprecedented move,” Kumar said.On Friday, the opposition parties led by Congress moved the impeachment motion in the Rajya Sabha seeking the removal of CJI Misra under Article 217 read with article 124 (4) of the Constitution of India. The motion was signed by 64 sitting members of the House.As per Article 124 (4), “A Judge of the Supreme Court shall not be removed from his office except by an order of the President passed after an address by each House of Parliament supported by a majority of the total membership of that House and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members of that House present and voting has been presented to the President in the same session for such removal on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity.”

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Sushma Swaraj embarks on two-nation visit to China, Mongolia

External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj on Saturday morning departed for a two-nation visit to China and neigbouring Mongolia from 21 to 26 April.The External Affairs Minister will participate in a ministerial-level meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), where India became a full member in 2017.India was an ‘observer’ in the grouping since 2005 and was made full member along with Pakistan last year.According to the reports, Swaraj is also likely to hold a meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the summit.Her visit to China comes in the backdrop of the efforts made by both India and China to move past the tensions which rose out of last year’s Doklam standoff.On a related note, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval met with the Director of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Yang Jiechi during the former’s two-day bilateral visit to China.According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Doval, who visited the country from April 12 to 13, was a part of regular high-level engagement between India and China.During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues spanning bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

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India’s growth momentum must continue despite elections: IMF

The International Monetary Fund has said it wants continued momentum in India’s growth and structural reforms despite the election period.A number of elections are scheduled to be held in India within the next one year with assembly polls in Karnataka, Mizoram, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan as well as the 2019 Lok Sabha election.”We are not saying that India’s structural reform speed will slow down because of elections. What we are saying is that the growth momentum and the structural reform momentum should continue despite the election period,” said Changyong Rhee, Director of the Asia and Pacific Department at the IMF.India is projected to grow at 7.4% in the fiscal year 2018-2019 as the economy recovers from temporary destruction due to currency exchange initiatives and the roll out of the new goods and services tax, Rhee said on Friday.Ken Kang, Deputy Director, at the IMF Asia and Pacific Department said the implementation of the GST was “a major reform” of the Indian tax system.Also readIMF praises Aadhaar and GST, says reforms carried out by Modi govt bearing fruit “In recent years, India has made impressive progress in reforms.. It (GST) will enhance the efficiency of intra-Indian movement of goods and services, help create a common national market as well as help boost jobs and growth,” said Kang.Also readIMF projects India’s growth at 7.4% in 2018He said India’s introduction of flexible inflation targeting and of a statutory monetary policy which has helped strengthen the monetary policy framework was another big achievement.”The government has recently announced a major recapitalisation plan for the public-sector banks in order to accelerate the work out of non-performing loans, as well as made some important legal improvements through a new insolvency and bankruptcy law,” said Kang.”The IMF hopes that the reform momentum would continue,” Kang added.Looking ahead, said Kang, India needed to focus on labour market reforms with a focus on increasing formal female labour participation, to improve the business environment, and reduce complex regulations, but also to address supply bottlenecks, particularly in the agricultural sector and distribution networks.Responding to a question, Kang said that the IMF expects India’s role in the region to expand.”India does have a room to expand its export orientation and to reduce further trade and non-trade barriers. The statutory tariff rate in India is relatively high at about 15% and higher than those in the rest of the region. So there is room to do more on trade reforms,” he said.

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PM Narendra Modi arrives in India, received by Sushma Swaraj

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It was the first meeting between the two leaders since Merkel began her fourth term as German chancellor last month.”
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CJI Dipak Misra’s impeachment: Ball in Venkaiah Naidu’s court, rift in Congress widens

Seven Opposition parties, led by Congress, made an unprecedented move on Friday and submitted to Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu a notice to seek Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra’s impeachment over a host of charges. The notice will become a motion only when Naidu takes it up. Now, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu as Rajya Sabha Chairman has to decide whether to quash the notice or let the process of impeachment go further. Going by the precedent in such cases, not admitting the notice will be unusual. The only time a notice for impeachment was rejected was in 1970. This happened as the then Chief Justice reached out to the speaker and convinced him that the issue was frivolous. So far, no judge has been impeached in India. If such a motion is admitted, a three-member committee of a senior Supreme Court judge, a High Court judge and a prominent jurist is formed to investigate the charges. If the committee agrees, then the matter is taken up for discussion in the House and must be passed by a special majority. The motion is then taken up in the next House where it needs to be passed by a two-thirds majority. When both Houses have passed it, the President is approached.Impeachment is a long-drawn process that is unlikely to be completed in six months — the span of CJI Misra’s remaining tenure. A senior Congress leader said the notice will symbolise a moment and serve as a warning to future top judges to use their authority judiciously.Also, it is not possible for the Opposition to muster the two-thirds majority required in both Houses to push through the motion.In the last case, Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court had tendered his resignation in 2011 after the Rajya Sabha passed the motion to impeach him. Justice V Ramaswami was the first judge against whom impeachment proceedings were initiated in 1993. These were cases that involved allegations of financial impropriety and extravagance.In the present move, 71 Rajya Sabha MPs have signed the notice. For impeachment motion to be moved in the Rajya Sabha, only 50 such signatures are needed. Earlier on Friday, at a press conference, Congress leaders said the parties had to move the notice with a “very heavy heart” because CJI Misra has not “asserted the independence of judiciary in the face of interference by the executive”.The MPs who signed the notice are from Congress, NCP, CPI(M), CPI, Samajwadi Party, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and NSP. There has been a clear division within Congress itself on the issue.The dissent against the move seems to be widening as two senior Congress leaders and former Law Ministers have expressed their reservations to The Indian Express.Congress leader and former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar opposed his party’s decision of moving an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and said that the move could have been avoided.He added that if he would have been a Member of Parliament and had been given the paper to sign, he would not have done it.”I would not like to get into the merits of the controversy, I am on a larger principle and the larger principle is that impeachment is the extreme remedy and that to against the chief justice, which is an unprecedented move,” Kumar said.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not sign the petition. Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh too were not signatories to the move. According to reports, lawyer-politician Abhishek Singhvi was the last MP to sign last Sunday after some prodding from the Congress high command. (With ANI inputs)

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Ceasefire violation by Pakistan: Soldier injured in Sunderbani sector succumbs to injuries

A soldier wounded in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir succumbed to his injuries on Friday.Havildar Charanjeet Singh on Tuesday suffered bullet injuries during a ceasefire violation by Pakistan on Indian Army posts in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sunderbani sector. He was immediately taken to the Military Hospital and was provided intensive medical care.However, despite all efforts made by the doctors, Singh succumbed to his injuries in the early hours of Friday morning.Singh, who hails from Kalsian village in Rajouri district, is survived by his wife Neelam Kumari. The mortal remains of Singh will be brought to his native village to bid farewell to the soldier with full military honours.Official figures revealed that 633 ceasefire violations were recorded along the LoC and the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir in first two months of 2018. Of these, 432 incidents were reported from the Line of Control and 201 on the International Border. Ten security personnel and 12 civilians were killed in these violations.Last year, there were 860 ceasefire violations along the LoC and 111 incidents on the International Border. Twelve 12 civilians were killed and 59 others were injured in these incidents in 2017. Six Army personnel and four BSF men were also killed and 18 army soldiers and 22 BSF jawans were injured in these incidents.The highest number of such violations took place in 2002, when 8,376 incidents were reported, while 2,045 incidents of ceasefire violations were reported in 2003.The ceasefire between India and Pakistan along the LoC and the IB in J&K came into force in November 2003.

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Chhattisgarh: 7-year-old sexually assaulted by ‘bhaiya’ on her first day in Raipur school

In yet another case of crime against minors, a seven-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted at Raipur’s Campion School.The father of the minor girl told ANI, “It was her first day to the school on Wednesday. She went to the school and we wanted to meet her at the school, but we weren’t allowed to do so. While changing her clothes after she returned from school, my wife noticed blood on her private parts and she was not wearing undergarments.”When asked if she had reported the matter to the teacher, the minor replied that the teacher was absent on the second day of her school. Meanwhile, the police said that they were investigating the matter and were examining CCTV footages of the school. An FIR was lodged for the same.The president of Child Right Commission, Prabha Dubey, told ANI, “I have spoken to the girl personally. She is saying that a ‘bhaiya’ had allegedly molested her. We asked the peon of the school about the undergarment, to which she replied that she had thrown away the undergarment since the girl had urinated on it. I will constitute a team to investigate the matter.”With the ongoing Unnao and Kathua rape cases, the Indian social media has been abuzz with the words – “rape horror”. Massive protests are being held across the country for demanding death penalty for those accused of raping minors.Earlier on April 8, a woman and her family tried to commit suicide outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. Her family alleged that she was raped by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his accomplice last year, and no action was taken against the accused.The Uttar Pradesh Police had charged him under sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (abduction of a woman), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and handed over the case to the CBI. Sengar is currently in a custody of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) since last week.On the other hand, an eight-year-old girl belonging to a nomadic Muslim tribe in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir was allegedly abducted, drugged, gang-raped, tortured and killed in January.Among the accused in the case are police officers and a retired government official.

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Rape cases in BJP ruled states: ‘A party or organisation trying to malign our image,’ says Assam MP

Prior to this, on April 3, the rape victim's father was allegedly thrashed by the accused MLA's brother, Atul Singh Sengar, for refusing to withdraw the FIR over the rape and was arrested the same day. On April 9, he died in a hospital. However, the family cried foul alleging that he was murdered. Up to six police personnel were suspended for allegedly beating up the victim's father.
Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh Police had charged him under sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (abduction of woman), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and handed over the case to the CBI. Sengar is currently in the CBI custody since last week.”
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Updated: Apr 21, 2018, 07:58 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Assam R.P. Sharma on Friday said that the investigation of ever-rising rape cases should be handed over to the top investigation agencies such as National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).Sharma, while admitting that incidents of rape occurred in the BJP-ruled states, told ANI, “Either a party or organisation is trying to malign the image of our government. For this matter, I have been demanding that NIA and CBI should probe such incidents for an unfair treatment and those guilty should be severely punished.”Last week, Sharma called for a public execution of the accused in the Unnao gangrape case that involves the accused party MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.Referring to MLA Sengar, he said, “Being an MLA – it would have been still acceptable if he had committed thievery – but rape and that too of a teenage girl is despicable.”The MP further said that a trial of a rapist should be completed in three months in a fast-track court, and the police should file a chargesheet in 15 days.On April 8, a girl and her family tried to commit suicide outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence in Lucknow. Her family alleged that she was raped by Sengar and his accomplice last year, and no action was taken against the accused.Prior to this, on April 3, the rape victim’s father was allegedly thrashed by the accused MLA’s brother, Atul Singh Sengar, for refusing to withdraw the FIR over the rape and was arrested the same day. On April 9, he died in a hospital. However, the family cried foul alleging that he was murdered. Up to six police personnel were suspended for allegedly beating up the victim’s father.Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh Police had charged him under sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (abduction of woman), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and handed over the case to the CBI. Sengar is currently in the CBI custody since last week.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight said he had a “wonderful meeting” with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and discussed multiple aspects relating to bilateral cooperation as well as other global issues.Modi met Merkel during a brief stopover in Berlin after wrapping up his visit to the UK where he attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and held a series of bilateral meetings.It was the third and last leg of Modi’s three-nation tour to the UK, Sweden and Germany.”Had a wonderful meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel. We discussed multiple aspects relating to India-Germany cooperation as well as other global issues,” Modi tweeted.The two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen India-Germany cooperation, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, adding that Modi’s visit “demonstrates India’s mutual desire to strengthen the strategic partnership”.”Further cementing a cherished friendship! PM @narendramodi warmly welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery ahead of the bilateral meeting,” Kumar said in a tweet.Modi’s meeting with Merkel comes after German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s trip to India last month, which focused on boosting economic and strategic ties between the two countries.Germany is India’s largest trade partner in the European Union bloc.

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The municipal corporations have failed to keep drains unclogged, leaving Delhi buzzing with mosquitoes like never before. DNA takes a look at how authorities are unprepared to fight the fast approaching seasonal menace of dengue and chikungunya despite repeated raps from the HC.Manas Malhotra, 26, has been lying on his bed after he had his right leg fractured recently. Many of his friends did not initially believe the reason he gave for the road accident he was involved in. “I was returning home on my motorbike. I hadn’t pulled down the helmet visor because it was hot and humid. A handful of mosquitoes suddenly buzzed into my eyes, and I lost balance,” he says.This summer, many are saying Delhi has never been bugged like this before. The tiny blood-sucking insects are no longer a mere annoyance. Swarms hovering with a lingering, bothersome whine can be seen even at corporate offices and plush department stores that use best of repellants. Bite, swat, itch and welt are the new buzz words! Residents complain the three main municipal corporations in north, east and south Delhi have failed to keep drains unclogged that has triggered this sudden surge in the mosquito population. Experts say these are mostly not Aedes aegypti that breed in fresh standing water and transmit dengue and chikungunya. These are Culex that breed in dirty, stagnant water, and have become a nuisance. As it is, Delhi has reported 12 cases of dengue and three of malaria this year, according to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) that compiles citywide data for these diseases. This indicates an early spread of the vector-borne diseases. Civic bodies often under-report dengue numbers in Delhi to escape action. This derails plans to fight the notifiable illness that becomes a menace every year between April and October.“We never had it so bad. Mosquitoes have taken over the city. We are keeping all windows closed. It is almost impossible to stand outside after 7 pm,” says Rakesh Singh, a resident of south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar.The three civic bodies claim they have inspected 58 lakh houses this year. Fumigation has taken place at 74,000. Inspectors have found 3,318 homes violating norms put in place to check mosquito breeding. But for violations, only 305 cases have been filed — 277 in south, 22 in north and six in east Delhi.Residents say these are mere numbers, and ground realities are different. “Domestic Breeding Checkers (DBCs) visit houses only to mechanically mark them. They are not bothered if anyone has a mosquito-breeding water cooler. They don’t care even when they see an open drain,” says BS Vohra, president, East Delhi RWA Joint Front Federation.Here’s what explains the situation — to a large extent. The health departments of the civic bodies have been crippled by manpower shortages. North Delhi has only 152 medical officers and malaria inspectors. As many as 376, or 71 per cent, of the 528 sanctioned posts have remained vacant for the past two years. East Delhi has only 72 of these officials. As many as 155, or 68 per cent, of the 227 posts have remained unfilled during this period.Officials, however, say the major onus to control mosquito breeding lies with the public. “In every case of dengue, the affected person has been found bitten within 200 meters of his or her surroundings,” says Pramod Verma, Deputy Health Officer (DHO) of North Delhi Municipal Corporation. In most colonies, which do not have piped or regular water supplies, residents store water in mostly poorly covered containers, resulting in mosquito breeding, he says. “Fresh water puddles can be seen on roads, terraces, balconies and in back lanes. Residents must ensure this doesn’t happen. They must change the water in containers every week to break the cycle of the dengue larva breeding,” Verma says. While the male mosquito feeds solely on plant nectar during its brief existence, the female requires a blood meal to nourish eggs. The civic body for south Delhi that is better off in terms of funding and human resource has also been reporting a high number of cases from its congested colonies such as Shaheen Bagh, Jamia Nagar, Govindpuri, Abul Fazal Enclave, Sangam Vihar and Okhla. It’s relying mainly on awareness. “We started work on awareness in April. Usually, it begins in June. This year, we have also introduced a ‘dengue homework card’ programme in the corporation and private schools. This will cover around six lakh students in our jurisdiction and help increase awareness,” says Medical Health Officer (MHO) BK Hazarika. Students between classes IV and XII will be told what needs to be done at home to check breeding. “World over, such as in cities like Singapore, people do not allow water to collect in their surroundings. They have almost overcome dengue. DBCs who check 50 households a day are not able to cover the entire ground. Each house must resolve against water collection — even in a bottle cap,” says Hazarika.The three corporations together have around 3,500 DBCs. However, the task for these daily wagers is difficult because Delhi has some vast colonies and unauthorised settlements. People often do not allow them to enter their houses or terraces to check overhead tanks, vases, pots and coolers. Last month, an organisation of DBCs struck work and demanded their jobs be regularised. “We have been working for the corporations for the last 10-15 years. But we are not their permanent employees. We also want service benefits. However, they say these posts are not official and they don’t have funds for us,” says Santosh Singh, a DBC and member of an Anti-Malaria Workers’ Union. Officials say these are workers hired on contract for door-to-door surveys. “And because most of them are unskilled, they cannot be employed even as field workers,” says an official. Dengue causes flu-like illness. Symptoms include headache, pain in other body parts, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and rashes. Death, though rare, is from complications such as haemorrhagic fever and shock syndrome. At least 10 people died of dengue in Delhi last year, according to SDMC’s data. Five victims had come here from outside. Overall, the disease affected 9,271 people in the city in 2017. A total of 4,726 patients were from Delhi, while 4,545 had come from other states for treatment. The tropical illness had claimed its first victim in the city last year on August 1, when a 12-year-old boy died of shock syndromes at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH). Three more deaths were reported in October by SDMC. In 2016, at least 21 dengue deaths were reported from various city hospitals. Nine took place at AIIMS. Though the official citywide figure was 10.The numbers of malaria and chikungunya cases recorded in 2017 stood at 1,142 and 940, respectively. The most common symptoms of chikungunya are fever and joint pain, and patients may report headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rashes.Experts caution that mosquito-borne disease cases may rise even before the monsoon this year. “The trend seems to be different. Humidity levels will be higher this time, which will have an impact,” says Dr SP Byotra of SGRH. On April 11, the Delhi High Court expressed anguish over the lack of cleanliness and hygiene, and said the city will die if the situation does not improve. The court said people may have to move out to make room for the increasing garbage, and warned authorities of stringent action if anyone dies or gets infected with dengue and chikungunya. The court said if immediate action is not taken by the Centre, the Delhi government or the civic bodies, it will be forced to take strict action against all of them. The court said that there appear to be “no sensitivity” towards health and entitlement of citizens to a clean environment. “No human or animal should be co-existing with garbage. This is 21st Century India, you can’t make people of Delhi live like this.”We see no reason as to why in the event of any death caused by vector-borne diseases, persons responsible be not charge with culpable homicide,” it said.Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal directed all civic agencies on April 14 to prevent dengue, chikungunya and malaria. He also directed the health department and other agencies to be prepared in terms of logistics for dengue patients. The corporations plan to issue an advisory to schools next week. “They must have students cover themselves properly, and stop mosquito breeding in areas up to 200 metres of their premises. Our inspectors are already visiting schools,” says Hazarika. But given the way the Centre, the Delhi government and the civic bodies are struggling to get a handle on the problem, there does not seem to be much hope this year either.THE STINGThe city will die if the situation does not improve. No human or animal should be co-existing with garbage. This is 21st Century India, you can’t make people of Delhi live like this. We see no reason as to why in the event of any death caused by vector-borne diseases, persons responsible be not charge with culpable homicide— Delhi High Court (April 11)

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One teacher’s vigilance helped unearth SSC cheating racket

Through sheer luck and a bit of alertness, a teacher blew the lid off the SSC paper leak racket. Police investigation on one hand revealed that the racket involved students and teachers, and on the other hand it brought to light the misuse of technology that helped students circulate the leaked papers to others, and the lacunae in handling the papers by the school management.Complainant Sandhya Pawar, 27, a teacher at MVM Swami Muktanand High School in Andheri (W) played a crucial role in unearthing the paper leak racket.On March 19, Around 10.35 am, the complainant saw three students in the school premises surfing their mobile phones and reading books. Finding their behaviour suspicious she confronted them which frightened the students. The teacher then took the mobile phone of one of the students, who was from a Jogeshwari-based school and found Social Science (73) and History-Political Science-Paper-1 question papers having N 246 code. The students were allowed to write their exams but the phone was confiscated.WHATSAPP, INSTAGRAM USED TO LEAK PAPERS“After completing the exam, the student told the school staff that one of his friends had shared the paper with him via Instagram around 10.26 am. They had created an Instagram group ‘Board Ke Imp’, which was later deleted,” said the officer.“The boy from whose phone papers were found had received it from his common friends from Ambernath. A deeper investigation revealed that Ambernath resident Feroz Abdul Majid Khan, 47, who worked as a maths teacher at Kiddies Paradise School in Mumbra was the main brain behind this leak. Feroz also runs Brilliant Coaching Classes at Ambernath where 31 SSC students were enrolled,” Assistant Police Inspector Daya Nayak from Amboli Police Station said.HOW THE PAPERS LEAKED?A police source explained that Kiddies Paradise School was also an SSC examination centre. “Feroz was a conductor and used to get blocks of question papers by 9.15 am. He used to click photographs of the papers on his mobile phone and send it to Rohit Singh, 24, a science teacher at Brilliant Classes. Rohit used to distribute the leaked question papers and also give answers to students and help them prepare for the papers.”Feroz used to charge Rs 5,000 for each paper. Rohit had claimed that this was the first time they had leaked papers. He also confessed of having leaked question papers of Maths, Geometry, Science I, Science II, and History.LACUNAE IN THE SYSTEMAs per Zakiya Shaikh, principal of Kiddies Paradise School, Khan was made chief conductor, invigilator and handled the papers. As per rules, the papers should have been opened at 10.45 am in front of two students, but he flouted it.Zakiya told police that her husband was authorised to collect papers, but the claim couldn’t be ascertained. He was not associated with the school, but used to visit Kalwa education department, collect the papers and bring them to the exam centre in an auto. Before declaring the school an SSC exam centre, nobody from the board inspected it. The school does not even have a CCTV facility.PAST INSTANCES OF PAPER LEAKFebruary 2018: Five persons, including a class 12 student, were arrested by Bhoiwada police for allegedly leaking the Chemistry paper in Mumbai just before the HSC examination. The paper was leaked via WhatsApp.November 2017: Amboli police arrested 10 persons, including a Kandivali based college official, for their alleged involvement in leaking the third-year BMS paper of the University of Mumbai via WhatsApp. Minutes before the exam, a student of an Andheri college was found with a copy of the ‘Marketing E-commerce and Digital Marketing’ paper. Police said the main accused Kalpesh Bagul, head of the technician department of Nirmala Memorial Foundation College in Kandivali downloaded the question papers from the e-mail sent by the Mumbai University. He forwarded it to others involved, who then sold each paper for Rs 10,000.April 2017: Agripada police arrested three persons for their alleged involvement in leaking baseline test papers. These papers were of the Class 8 English and Mathematics third round baseline tests, which were supposed to be held in schools across the state. All of the arrested persons were in the business of photocopying. The trio were selling these documents at an exorbitant rate. In their statement they said that a couple of boys had left the papers there to get them photocopied and they had no role to play in itMay 2016: Bhandup police busted a gang that was instrumental in leaking Mumbai University papers. Eight MU employees were arrested for their alleged involvement in the racket. Explaining the functioning of the racket, an officer said, “Answer sheets arrived at the university through dispatch, which were then handled by clerks and custodians. Papers were then scanned. These students would be handed answer sheets that they filled up from home. The clerks would replace the blank sheets with the filled ones. The students used to message their seat numbers to the accused via WhatsApp.”

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Tech-savvy exam process not feasible: Basanti Roy

The state board sends the bundle of sealed question papers to a custodian — reputed school affiliated to the state board. From there, the chief conductor of exams from every school collects their bundle of papers in a van; a police constable assists for security purpose. The papers are kept in a room under supervision before being distributed to all the classrooms.Is the state board’s method of conducting exams outdated?No, it is not. The question papers are kept with a custodian and are armed policeman accompany them.In this ‘technology era’, why can’t the board think of directly e-mail the question papers to the exam centres?It may not be feasible in rural areas. The internet connection in far-flung villages is usually very weak; electricity is an issue, too.What can be done to curb the leaks?The custodian will have to be more strict in terms of handing over the bundle of question papers to any other person apart from the chief conductor of the exams. Sometimes schools send other staff to collect the papers; this should stop.Can any vehicle be used to carry the board papers to the exam centres?No, preferably, a car should be hired to carry the board papers to the exam centres. The board anyway pay an allowance for that.Any suggestion to prevent leaks?The board should set up one cell of experts from different fields, who can keep provide solutions and suggestions to avoid paper leaks.

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Maharashtra State Board: Tracking the paper leak trail

In the past four consecutive years, papers of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education have been leaked. DNA tries to find out the reasons behind the leak and the measures that are being taken to curb its incidence.SERIES OF PAPER LEAKS IN THE STATE BOARD:On March 10, 2015, Maharashtra state board’s HSC examination paper of Book-Keeping and Accountancy was leaked; this was the first time. The same paper was leaked again on March 4, 2016. On 2017, the number of papers leaked increased manifold. Mathematics and Statistics, Secretarial Practice, Physics, and Marathi question papers are the ones that were leaked in 2017. In 2018, no HSC paper was leaked, but two SSC question papers were circulated widely on social networking sites. The papers leaked were Geography, Science, History, and Political Science (Part-I) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) — a graded subject. This was however not the first case of an SSC paper leak. In 2014, a 16-year-old boy was arrested from YB Chavan School in Kandivali on March 11 for copying and possessing the SSC Algebra question paper.MALPRACTICES BEFORE AND AFTER:Dummy appearance on behalf of the real candidate no longer remains a major threat. In the past 20 years, with growing access to cellphones and social networking sites like WhatsApp and Instagram, the pattern of leaks have changed; these have now become the medium through which leaked papers are accessed and circulated among students.To deal with the dummy candidate menace, the state board began scanning pictures of candidates appearing for board exams on the hall ticket itself. Earlier, school authorities would paste the pictures.From 2015, after HSC question papers were leaked for three consecutive years, the board felt the need need to introduce stringent rules for students appearing for their boards in 2018. Academicians had blamed the board for allowing candidates to reach the exam centre half an hour late, permitting the use of phones, and staff handling board exam work in schools, which could be one of the reasons behind the paper leaks.So, this year, the state board not only restricted students from coming to examination centres late, but also went to the extent of denying them permission to write their exams.LESSONS NOT LEARNT:Apart from restricting students from coming late for exams, the state board also introduced another rule in to curb paper leaks. This time, the sealed sets of 25 question paper packets were opened in front of the students in the classrooms, instead of opening it in the principal’s cabin and then distributing them.However, this rule was implemented only for HSC exams after three consecutive years of paper leak. This year, however, many SSC papers were circulated via Whatsapp and Instagram, through teachers involved with board exams and coaching centres.Experts believe this could have been avoided had the board introduced the opening of sealed question papers for SSC exams, too.Priyanka Rajani, Principal of Vidyanidhi High School and Junior College, Vile Parle, said, “Opening the question papers in the classrooms were quite convenient. The new rule prevented HSC papers from leaking. This should have been implemented for SSC exams, too. Also, during exams, mobile phones should not be allowed for even the staff. In our institution, we collected the mobile phones of all staff involved with the board exams, including mine, and kept it in a locker. When landline phones are available, why should mobiles be allowed.”Raj Aloni, Principal of Ramsheth Thakur Public School, who was earlier the principal of an SSC board school, said, “Look at the way the candidates appearing for medical exams are frisked. From students’ shoes to hair, every thing is frisked. We are even asked to check the ears of the students by flashing torch lights just to confirm there are no chits hidden. Even pens are provided by the board. Such strict frisking must also be done for students appearing for state board exams. Also, the state board can start keeping two invigilators per classroom, instead of one.”Shakuntala Kale, Chairperson of MHBSHSE, Pune, said, “The rule of opening 25 sets of sealed question paper packets was implemented on a pilot project basis. Now that it has proved fruitful, next year we may introduce this in SSC board exams, too.”PROLIFERATION OF COACHING CLASSESEvery time state board question papers are leaked, coaching classes and private tutors have been found to be involved in it.It has been noticed that many school and junior college teachers are associated with coaching classes or private tuitions; and many a times, they have been found guilty of involvement in board paper leak cases. This has given rise to a question: is there a direct link between the increasing number of coaching classes and board paper leaks?Uday Nare, teacher, Hansraj Public School also finds some truth in the conjecture and believes this practice needs to stop.”Sachin Karnavat, State President of Maharashta Class Owners Association, said, “Unless school authorities are involved there’s no way the papers can reach tutorial owners. If school teachers are running these classes, the deputy director of education must stop this practice.”Karnavat further said, “One cannot always victimise private class owners. In the past two years, we have alerted the government on leaked papers twice before the exams. We were the whistle blowers for the past two years on at least five occasions. We suggested various measures to the Education Minister to reduce paper leakage, too. The board failed to conduct proper background checks. Tutorials can’t be blamed for everything. We are supplementing and complementing schools and colleges where they are not up to the mark. If they can’t recognise our efforts they should not victimise us. Their systems are not fool proof.”

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Three arrested for planning to kill a murder witness by Delhi Police

The Special Cell of Delhi Police has arrested three men for allegedly planning to kill a prime witness in a murder case at the behest of a man lodged in Rohini jail.A team of Special Cell laid a trap to catch the criminals. The police team spotted three suspicious looking persons engrossed in a deep conversation which alerted them.They were overpowered and identified as Pradeep Kumar (38), Sandeep (32) and Sanjeet Kumar (29).A 9 mm pistol and two country-made pistols along with 12 live cartridges have been recovered from them.In November 2016, one Praveen, brother of Rajesh Chahal, was kidnapped and beaten up mercilessly by one Ajay and Anil. A case was registered at Narela but after two months Praveen had passed away.On October 31, 2017, in retaliation, Chahal, along with two of his associates, killed Ajay in front of his house. His brother Vijay was the complainant and the prime witness in that case.Chahal, along with one Surender, was arrested in the case. While Surender was granted bail, Chahal is still lodged in Rohini jail. While still being inside the jail, he conspired with Pradeep, Sandeep, Sanjeet, Surender and Vikas, all residents of Sanoth village, to eliminate Vijay, the police said.He helped them in arranging weapons to eliminate prime witness Vijay.”On April 19, the police learnt that some persons from Chahal’s village were planning to eliminate Vijay. For executing the plan, they would first assemble at Ghogha Chowk, Narela-Bawana Road to discuss the strategy and then they would proceed for the commission of crime,” said Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell).

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Mumbai: Theft at doctor’s home: Help gets bail

Dr Sudhakar Pathak, a resident of Shiv Parvati Cooperative Housing Society in Koparkhairane, reported on March 19 to the police that gold ornaments worth Rs 7 lakh were stolen from his house. On February 8, Pathak's wife was at home when the help, Anita Kalra, allegedly decamped with the gold ornaments worth Rs 2,35,000. The family members said they saw the CCTV footage of the locality and the building before making the accusation.

"After learning about the theft at my house, I was in shock. The ornaments belonged to my daughter; they were for her wedding. The ornaments were taken away by the servant. We are very sure she took it," said Pathak.

The family registered a case of theft against Kalra at Koparkhairane police station. "The police demanded evidence from us, instead of collecting the proof by themselves. And even after we gave them the evidence, they told us that things have been delayed and the accused managed to procure bail in the case," said Pathak.

Senior Inspector Shivajirao Awate, Koparkhairane police station, said, "We are checking CCTV footage and can apply for cancellation of the bail of the accused. The investigations have been given to another officer. Unbiased investigations will be conducted and we will try to recover the gold ornaments."”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Updated: Apr 21, 2018, 06:35 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>A day after the police demanded proof from a 55-year-old doctor that gold ornaments had been stolen from his house in Koparkhairane, the accused, their domestic help, was let out on bail. The family claims it is because the police wasted time in asking for proof instead of investigating the case.Dr Sudhakar Pathak, a resident of Shiv Parvati Cooperative Housing Society in Koparkhairane, reported on March 19 to the police that gold ornaments worth Rs 7 lakh were stolen from his house. On February 8, Pathak’s wife was at home when the help, Anita Kalra, allegedly decamped with the gold ornaments worth Rs 2,35,000. The family members said they saw the CCTV footage of the locality and the building before making the accusation.”After learning about the theft at my house, I was in shock. The ornaments belonged to my daughter; they were for her wedding. The ornaments were taken away by the servant. We are very sure she took it,” said Pathak.The family registered a case of theft against Kalra at Koparkhairane police station. “The police demanded evidence from us, instead of collecting the proof by themselves. And even after we gave them the evidence, they told us that things have been delayed and the accused managed to procure bail in the case,” said Pathak.Senior Inspector Shivajirao Awate, Koparkhairane police station, said, “We are checking CCTV footage and can apply for cancellation of the bail of the accused. The investigations have been given to another officer. Unbiased investigations will be conducted and we will try to recover the gold ornaments.”

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Mumbai: Activists, students join voices protesting rape cases

School students from across the city gathered on Friday to raise their concern over the increasing cases of rape and demanded severe punishments to the culprits at a gathering at Xavier’s College.Prominent personalities like Justice Abhay Thipsay (retired High Court Judge), MN Singh (retired Police Commissioner), Advocate Rizwan Merchant (noted criminal lawyer), Advocate Nilofer Akhtar (noted women’s rights lawyer) and Daisy Irani (veteran Bollywood actor) were also present to express their solidarity.Sara Charania, a student of class 11 of Singapore International School, said, “Ignorance has given rise to rape culture. It is shocking that people have ignored that person who rapes a girl is a criminal.”Echoing the sentiments of Charania, another student from the same school, Dnyaneshwari Haware, grade 11 said, “Education is a solution to stop such things. We need to educate people from the rural areas so that such incidents get reported to the police. “Dr Abraham Mathai, Founder Chairman, Harmony Foundation, said, “I feel every girl child in India is fearful and angry for her safety because in India a girl child is not safe inside the womb or outside the womb. Unless the birth of a girl child is not celebrated as much as a boy her true empowerment will only remain a dream. “Advocate Rizwan Merchant from Harmony Foundation, said, “Most of the time lack of forensic and medical evidences helps culprits to set free in most of the cases.”Merchant announced the Harmony brigade, a panel of women lawyers formed under his guidance who will take up the cause of rape victims all over the state, not only to fight for justice for the victim and her family but also to guide, advise and participate in the investigation by the police machinery.

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Ex-chief justice, rights activist Rajinder Sachar passes away

Justice Rajinder Sachar — a champion of human rights and former chief justice of the Delhi High Court — passed away in New Delhi early on Friday morning.The 94-year-old had started his career as an advocate in 1952 and was elevated as the chief justice of Delhi High Court in 1985 for a brief period of six months, till his retirement. Apart from being a judge, Justice Sachar is also known as the biggest crusaders for protection of human rights and its causes after VM Tarkunde — the Father of the Civil Liberties movement.”Justice Sachar was fearless and stood before anyone who suffered a gross violation of human rights,” said Satyendra Rajan, the Vice-President (Delhi Unit) of the People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL).Recalling an incident from the early 90s, Rajan said Justice Sachar — who was the President of PUCL in the 90s — did not hesitate to stand up to the Executive or the State if he felt they were wrong. “During the Seelampur riots after the demolition of Babri Masjid in December 1992, the role of a high-ranking police official was dubious. There was a communication that the charges against him were to be watered down. However, Justice Sachar refused and did not budge or shy away from reporting the true facts,” Rajan said while speaking to DNA.However, Justice Sachar’s biggest achievement was his work on the crucial Sachar Committee report that came out during the UPA tenure. The committee led by Justice Sachar examined the social, economic and educational status of Muslims in India. The Committee submitted an exhaustive 403-page report in Parliament in November 2006. In it, the committee showed the extent of backwardness among Muslims, triggering a public discourse around Muslim inequality.Sachar Committee report said Muslims were more backward than Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Apart from lagging in education, the Muslim representation in administrative services and in the police force — especially in decision-making positions — was abysmally low. It emphasised the depth and urgency of the problem and the report recommended the institution of an Equal Opportunity Commission to introduce a legal mechanism to address complaints of discrimination in all spheres of life.

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Jaipur: Man goes on chopping spree, kills three

In a brutal incident that sent shock waves across Pokhran, a certain Dalaram on Friday chopped off the heads of his wife Kamla, brother Rewatram and brother’s wife Haria with a sharp in Rupar village of Balad gram panchyat near Pokhran.The murder was done so ruthlessly that the heads of the trio got separated from the torso. The accused later tried to end his life by jumping into a well but survived. He was admitted to Mathuradas Mathur Hospital in Jodhpur in a critical condition.Dalaram’s two daughters were slated to get married on Friday but after the incident, a pall of gloom descended in the village. Just a day before, the family had completed the haldi ceremony for their daughters. As soon as the information trickled out in the morning, villagers and relatives reported the matter to the Phalsund police. The police pulled out Dalaram out from the well with the help of villagers. He was taken to Pokhran Hospital but due to his serious condition, he was referred to the Mathuradas Mathur Hospital in Jodhpur. The police are looking for the weapon used in the murder. Jaisalmer SP Gaurav Yadav also reached the spot to probe the incident. The case is being investigated by taking statements of relatives. Initial investigations revealed that Dalarama was mentally ill and was undergoing treatment for mental illness at Jodhpur’s Mathuradas Mathur Hospital. Besides this, the financial condition of Dalaram may have prompted him to murder the trio. The bodies were handed over to family members after post mortem.Cops suspect…Dalarama was mentally ill and was undergoing treatment for mental illness at Jodhpur’s Mathuradas Mathur Hospital in a critical condition.Besides this, the financial condition of Dalaram may have prompted him to murder the trio

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Factional fight disrupts Baran elections

The battle between Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president Dr CP Joshi and Ruchir Modi on Friday disrupted the election of the Baran District Cricket Association. The bone of contention was the present DCA Baran secretary Ramesh Gupta, whose election has been declared ‘void ab initio’ by RCA president Joshi.However, RCA secretary R.S. Nandu in a letter to Joshi claimed that Gupta has been secretary since 2014, which has been recognised by the RCA.Unruly scenes were witnessed at the election venue as slogan-shouting between two rival factions forced the change in the venue. The election process was to be held from 10am to 5pm but due to confusion the observer could not reach the venue. Nandu, in his letter accused Joshi of pressuring the observer and even alleged that he was kidnapped and a police report in this regard has been filed.The situation took a serious turn when people gathered outside the new venue and tried to enter the premises. However, they were stopped by the police and Gupta and other members of his group were escorted to safety by the police.Meanwhile, Mehmood Abdi, president of the Sriganganagar District Cricket Association, in a press release has accused Joshi of playing ‘dirty tricks’ and added that his threatened the election officer and restrained him from conducting his duties.Abdi said Gupta as the secretary has been voting in all elections including the one which elected Joshi as President. Name of Gupta still figures in the list of valid DCA secretaries recognised by Justcie Gyan Sudha Mishra, Ombudsman of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) under the Lodha Committee recommendations, he added.

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Ghaziabad: Boy found murdered at residence, father grilled

A 21-year-old boy was found murdered on the terrace of his house in Loni area of Ghaziabad in early hours of Friday.Police said that multiple injuries were found on his body and suspected that he was attacked with an iron rod.A case has been registered against unidentified persons, however, the police said the boy often had quarrels with his parents and used to beat them for no reason. Police have detained his parents for questioning as they are the prime suspects in the case.According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Ashfaq, a resident of Pooja Colony of Loni area and was working in a pharmaceutical company. He was found dead by the father while he was sleeping on the terrace.”On Thursday night, Ashfaq had gone to the terrace to sleep. The body was first spotted by deceased’s father at around 5 am, who then informed the police.The boy has been murdered with an iron rod as the rod, with bold blood stains, was also found. The family has registered a complaint against four or five unidentified persons who they alleged have murdered their son. We have registered an FIR and investigations are underway” said Arvind Maurya, Superintendent of police (rural), Ghaziabad.The officer further said that the body of the deceased has been sent for the post-mortem, reports of which are awaited. “During the initial investigation, it was revealed that Ashfaq was a drug addict and often used to quarrel with his parents and younger siblings for no reason. His father puts up a fruit stall in a nearby market. We have detained the father and other suspected persons for questioning and are trying to cover all possible angles in the case” said Maurya.Meanwhile, the neighbors have alleged deceased’s father to have murdered his son as the boy had fought with his siblings on Thursday night which had annoyed the father and made him furious.MYSTERIOUS DEATHPolice said that multiple injuries were found on his body and suspected that he was attacked with an iron rod The iron rod with bold blood stains was found from the house Police also said that the body of the deceased has been sent for the post-mortem, reports of which are awaited

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Bisalpur dam level a cause for concern

Drinking water supply in Jaipur hinges on Bisalpur dam completely. This has been the situation after Ramgarh dam dried up, prompting the government to initiate water connection from the former.But the alarming fact is that besides Bisalpur dam, there is no other source of drinking water for the city. And in the event of the Bisalpur dam drying up, the city would be left high and dry, literally.During monsoon last year, the Bisalpur dam was not completely filled up and currently, the water level in the dam is low. With the current level of water, the city’s water needs can last till October 2018. However, if the monsoon remains weak this year, the ripple effect (of water shortage) will take place in summer next year.Despite the high court order, the government could not make the Ramgarh dam operational even though 70% of the capital is in the Dark Zone.All the dams lying around the city of Jaipur are dry and the ground level of the city is rapidly falling.Bisalpur dam located in Tonk district is the main source of drinking water not only for Jaipur but also for Ajmer, Dudu, Tonk and Malpura. Due to substantial water supply to the dam from 2010 to 2016, the dam was completely filled.The total capacity of the dam is 315.50 RL meters. Last year, the water in the dam fell and the dam was not filled. This time, due to the overwhelming heat, a substantial amount of water in the dam evaporated.About 6,000 lakh litres of water is being supplied daily to Jaipur, Tonk, Malpura and other areas and 3,050 lakh litres of water daily to Ajmer. Due to the continuous tapping and vaporisation of water in the dam, water is getting reduced by 2 to 3 cm in a day. The water from the dam is continuously going out. If the water of the dam decreases at the same speed, the dam will be empty in October.

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Water supply: ‘A pipe dream’?

This information was provided by Union minister Kiren Rijiju in the Lok Sabha while replying to a question raised by members C Gopalakrishanan, K Parshuram and P Nagarajan on the water crisis along the border.Rijiju said that the BSF is manning 293 BOPs along the lndo-Pakistan border in western Rajasthan. “Out of this, water is available in 129 outposts only through pipelines,” said the minister in his reply. But in the remaining posts, tankers have been engaged to quench the thirst of the security personnel. The number of BOPs having drinking water pipeline is nearly 43% while the rest 57 posts are meeting their water requirements through tankers.The minister said that out of the 129 posts having piped water, there are 31 posts wherein works relating to drinking water supply were approved under the Annual Action Plan of Border Area Development Programme (BADP) during the year 2014.“Sufficient water supply is being made available to the remaining BOPs through water tankers,” said the minister. The minister’s reply clearly suggests that BSF personnel, guarding the 270-km-long India-Pakistan border in western Rajasthan, are grappling with a drinking water crisis. This crisis may deepen as summer reaches its peak in May and June. At the border, the BSF guards brace with temperature over 50 degrees Celsius. This is mainly in Barmer, Jaisalmer and Bikaner districts.PHED sources inform that the department is working to meet the water requirements of BOPs by fetching water through tankers in nearby areas. Each outpost needs about 20 tankers in a month.

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Man arrested for raping 12-year-old stepdaughter in Ghaziabad

A 42-year-old man, who repeatedly raped his 12-year-old stepdaughter for more than a month, has been arrested from Loni area of Ghaziabad on Friday.Police said the girl’s mother, who married the accused after divorce with her previous husband, filed a complaint in Loni police station, alleging that her second husband had been raping her daughter for over a month. According to the police, the accused has been identified as Asif, who is a rickshaw puller. Asif got married to victim’s mother five years back and had a girl child too with her, who is now 3-year-old.The minor victim, according to her mother, said she had been sexually exploited several times by the accused for one-and-a-half month. The girl also alleged that her stepfather used to rape her in the daytime when the mother remained out for work.Her mother told the police that the girl on Thursday narrated her ordeal to her friend that she was getting sexually assaulted by her stepfather after which the matter came to light.”Based on the complaint received, we have registered a case and have arrested the accused. The girl has been sent for the medical examination” said a senior police officer.The victim’s mother also told the police that when she came to know about the matter, she along with both her daughters had gone to railway track to commit suicide but few passersby spotted them and sent her back to home after which she decided to lodge a police complaint against her husband.ANOTHER MINOR RAPEDPolice said the girl’s mother, who married the accused after divorce with her previous husband, filed a complaint in Loni police station The minor victim, according to her mother, said she had been sexually exploited several times by her stepfather The girl also alleged that her stepfather used to rape her in the daytime when the mother remained out for work

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Man released from jail after swearing to not default on alimony

An estranged husband had to give an undertaking to the Bombay High Court saying he would not default in paying Rs 25,000 monthly maintenance to his wife.He was jailed for defaulting on this and was released only after he served four months in prison. Justice Rajesh Ketkar accepted his undertaking for defaulting on payment of Rs 1.80 lakh.The woman had filed an application in the family court last year seeking maintenance from her husband. The court directed him to pay Rs 25,000 per month until the order is modified, and an additional amount of Rs 10,000 as litigation cost.However, the husband defaulted on the payment. Following which the wife moved another application for execution of the order. The family court sent the husband to six months civil detention. The order said: “The husband will be released after the expiry of six months or payment of arrears worth Rs 1,80,000, whichever is earlier. If the applicant pays part amount, then his sentence shall be reduced proportionately.The High court recently heard the man’s plea challenging the family court order and asked him to deposit the arrears amount in the registry. After the amount was deposited, the court directed Byculla Prison to forthwith release the husband.For SeparationThe estranged husband was jailed for defaulting on paying Rs 25,000 as alimony. Justice Rajesh Ketkar accepted his undertaking on payment of Rs 1.80 lakh.

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Fire in Breach Candy building guts three shops

A fire broke out in a stationary and toy shop and gutted three more in Premsons House building in Breach Candy on Friday afternoon.According to an officer from the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB), the fire originated at ‘Adornica’ store located on the building’s first floor and spread to the godown around 2:40 pm. A fire officer said that combustive material like toys and packing materials were stored in the godown due to which the fire spread immediately and gutted the shops within a few minutes.”We received a fire call around 2:45 pm and five fire tenders and six jumbo water tankers were rushed to the spot. The level-two fire call was given as the fire was spreading quickly being adjacent shops. After over two hours of firefighting operations, the fire was doused. There are no casualties, however, there is a major monetary loss,” said a fire officer.Another fire officer said, “The preliminary cause of the fire seems to be a short circuit however our inspection is in the process to ascertain the exact cause. We will be submitting our reports in a day or two.”Meanwhile, major traffic congestion was reported in the area on Friday afternoon due to the fire.

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Not discriminating between South Mumbai and suburbs: MMRDA

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has said they di not discriminate between the residents of South Mumbai and the western and eastern suburbs while deciding whether to have an underground or elevated Metro corridor. Technical and financial feasibility of a particular project were the only considerations.This comes after some residents filed a case in the Bombay High court challenging the construction of the DN Nagar-Mandale Mankhurd Metro-2B corridor. The residents of the suburbs demanded they want an underground Metro corridor like that of South Mumbai’s Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 corridor.An MMRDA official said, “We have informed the court that we are not giving any preference to anyone and the planning of the Metro projects have been done on the basis of technical requirements and feasibility. Underground Metro construction is costlier than the elevated Metro corridors.”Several residents of Andheri, Juhu, Khar, and Bandra pointed out that an elevated Metro corridor at major arterial roads — SV Road and Link Road — will lead to traffic congestion, and that the elevated corridor would also close doors for expansion.Gautam Rao, a resident of Khar, who has opposed to the Metro-2B corridor being an elevated corridor said, “It is an eyewash. How is it that underground Metro corridor is feasible in South Mumbai but not the suburbs? Also, cost shouldn’t be an issue, considering the state government has been saying that arranging funds is not a problem.”The Bombay High court on Thursday also said it cannot decide if the proposed Metro-2B corridor in western and eastern suburbs can be underground or elevated and asked the MRDA to examine the same and file a reply within 10 days.

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Woman sets honeytrap, but end up gangraped by her ‘victims’

A 24-year-old woman, who was used as ‘honey-trap’ to recover a loan amount of Rs 30 lakh, fell into the trap of her victims when they gang raped her in the car, 15 kms off the Yamuna Expressway near Mathura.SK Singh, Superintendent of Police (SP) Mathura, said that the woman was used by a Noida-based property dealer Surendra Gurjar to lay a honey-trap for a scrap dealer Salman Malik, who owed Rs 30 lakh to him, by clicking some indecent pictures to blackmail Malik for the recovery of the money.Three years ago Gurjar had loaned Rs 10 lakh to Malik who was supposed to pay back Rs 30 lakh with interest. The scrap dealer had given two cheques of Rs 10 lakh each to Gurjar, both of which bounced. Since then Gurjar was planning to get back his money by any means.As per Gurjar’s plan, the woman was to travel in Malik’s car till Agra and click some indecent pictures to blackmail him. But Malik got suspicious and took a friend along. They took the car off Yamuna Expressway and raped the woman by turn in the car. While the incident occurred on Saturday, it was briefed by Mathura police on Thursday evening.After the gang rape, they left the woman on the road and sped away. The victim immediately informed the police. Her medical examination confirmed forcible penetration and injuries on her private parts confirming rape, said the police.Initially, the victim did not name Gurjar in her FIR, but when her call details were checked it was found that she talked to Gurjar more than 70 times on the day of the incident. When confronted by cops, she narrated the entire story how she was used by Gurjar which led to her gang rape by his friends. She told the police that Gurjar had threatened to kill her younger brother if she named him in the complaint.”We have arrested Gurjar on charges of abatement of crime. A case has been registered and police team has been formed to investigate the case further. A team has also been dispatched to Dadri and other places to arrest the two gang rape accused,” said the SP Mathura.Victim’s family was known to Gurjar and he had got a job to her at a Chartered Accountants firm. She belonged to Baghpat district and was staying in a rented house in Greater Noida.

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Sabarmati weir could meet water need for 15 days

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is all set to construct a weir near Indira bridge on the Sabarmati river. The weir, once completed, would be able to store up to 20,000 million litres per day (MLD) and cater to the city’s water needs for 15 days, in case of a shortage.”On daily basis, the AMC gets water from different sources. Many times, breaches happen in the canals and around 200 MLD of water supply stops for a few days. To avoid such situations, we are building a new weir on the Sabarmati River,” said Pravin Patel, Standing Committee Chairman, AMC.He added, “For the optimum usage of water, we are planning to construct the weir near the Indira bridge in Kotarpur. This water can be treated at the Kotarpur water works, so it would be cost effective as well. We have allotted Rs 10 crore for the same and the state government has given us permission for it.”Change in design of Riverfront Phase IIPravin Patel said that the AMC is considering changes in the design of the second phase of Sabarmati Riverfront. The AMC had earlier announced an investment of Rs 850 crore for the same. “We are considering making changes to the second phase, to store more water. Sometimes, we release water into the Fatehwadi canal and at other places where there is flooding. This weir and the new design can save and store water in the future,” said the standing committee chairman.The state government had earlier announced that owing to the paucity of water, quotas for industrial and irrigation purposes would be slashed this summer.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday assured that to meet the challenges of water crisis 10,000-odd water lakes will be deepened. The works of deepening water lakes will be done under the people’s participation scheme from May 1. He said that under the Saurashtra-Narmada Avataran Irrigation Yojana (Sauni Yojana) all the 36 dams would be filled to their capacity.WATER WOESState government had earlier announced that owing to the paucity of water, quotas for industrial and irrigation purposes would be slashed this summer. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday assured that to meet the challenges of water crisis 10,000-odd water lakes will be deepened.

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Bad chapter: No M.Phil exam at 34 centres, departments

The Rajasthan University will not be conducting M.Phil examination at as many as 34 centres and departments this year due to lack of permanent faculty.The MPAT-2017, which is the entrance exam for M.Phil, which will be conducted on April 22, has vacancies only in 17 subjects out of 51. This examination is also being conducted for P.hD programme in the institution.Departments including Botany, Bio-technology, Chemistry, Education, Home Science, Law, and Management, among others will not have students from M.Phil this year.“Not having permanent faculty is the only reason behind non-availability of seats in these departments and centres. The faculty works as a guide which supervises dissertations that is required for M.Phil. It is a rule now that the course can only be pursued when the guide is available. Interviews will soon be conducted for the departments, after which situations can change next year,” said Deepak Bhatnagar, head of research at the university.Manju Sharma, head of department, Botany, further informed that most centres like Centre for Gender Studies and Gandhian Studies will at least this year not run the courses and they will be used as a place to conduct events and sessions pertaining to the respective subject.Non-availability of permanent staff has been an on-going issue for the university from past several months. The problem was recently highlighted at University Five Year Law College after it was revealed that the Bar Council of India has pulled back the affiliation due to lack of permanent faculty in the college.This issue has also been an hindrance at the Centre for Converging Technologies, one of the projects unique to the university.RK Kothari, vice chancellor of the university, has written several letters to Kiran Maheshwari, minister of higher education, seeking her approval to increase the number of faculty.Ongoing problemNon-availability of permanent staff has been an on-going issue. The problem was recently highlighted at University Five Year Law College after it was revealed that the Bar Council of India has pulled back the affiliation due to lack of permanent faculty in the college.

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Will decide on contesting from Badami after consulting high command: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said he would take a final call tomorrow on contesting from Badami in north Karnataka after discussing the issue with Congress president Rahul Gandhi.Siddaramaiah, who has been fielded from Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru, said he was under pressure from Congress leaders from Bagalkote and Bijapur districts to contest from Badami.”Tomorrow I am going to take a decision after discussing with Rahul ji (Rahul Gandhi),” Siddaramaiah said in response to a question about when he would decide on Badami.Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, the chief minister said he would abide by the high command’s decision.”Those from Bagalkote and Bijapur districts; leaders like S R Patil, M B Patil, Timmapur,J T Patil….and several others are pressurising me to contest from there (Badami),” he said.Siddaramaiah said he had told the high command that he would not contest from the constituency, but leaders were pressurising him.”So I have told them that I will bring the opinions expressed by you (leaders) to the notice of the high command. Whatever the high command says, I will abide by it,” he added. Siddaramaiah has been camping in Mysuru since Monday and has dedicated his entire schedule for campaigning in Chamundeshwari and Varuna, constituencies from where he and his son Yatindra are the respective candidates.Restricting his campaign to two constituencies has led to speculations that Siddaramaiah was unhappy that the party central leadership had not allowed him to contest from two constituencies.The Congress in its list of candidates for 218 seats announced on April 15, had named Devraj Patil as its nominee from Badami.But issuing of the B-form to Patil has been put on hold.Siddaramaiah’s reported wish to contest from two seats is said to have met with stiff opposition from veteran party leaders Mallikarjuna Kharge and Veerappa Moily, after which it was decided to field Patil. Kharge and Moily reportedly opposed two constituencies for Siddaramaiah, stating that it would consolidate Vokkaliga votes in favour of JDS in the Mysuru region and also send a wrong message about the chief minister lacking confidence.Fielding Patil has led to internal squabbling within the local unit of the party, with many, including sitting MLA Chimmanakatti opposed to it.Chimmanakatti has said that if the chief minister is not contesting, he should be the candidate.Meanwhile, a Facebook post on an account allegedly belonging to Yatindra today, stated that the chief minister would file his nominations from Badami in Bagalkote on April 23 has made headlines.The post has reportedly been deleted now.Badami, with a strong presence of Kurubas, the community to which Siddaramaiah belongs, was seen as the second safe option for the chief minister, as reports have suggested that the battle in Chamundeshwari will not be an easy one for him. Siddaramaiah has won five times and tasted defeat twice at Chamundeshwari, from where he has been announced as the candidate.He has been representing Varuna constituency in Mysuru since 2008, which has now been allotted to his son Yatindra.

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New Delhi: Mentally-disturbed woman slits throat of her eight-month-old baby

A mentally disturbed woman allegedly slit the throat of her eight-month-old baby, chopped his body and was found sleeping with it in outer Delhi’s Aman Vihar area, police said on Friday.The incident happened late last night, when the baby boy was with his mother. His two sisters, aged seven and two, were at their grandfather’s residence, the police said. The boy’s father was out for work.When the father returned home late in the night, he found his wife sleeping with the body of the infant, the police said.”The woman slit the throat of her son, smashed his face and also chopped the body. She was found sleeping next to it when her husband came back home,” a senior police officer said, adding that she probably realised what she had done and was sleeping with the body out of guilt.The woman had been undergoing treatment at Lady Hardinge for mental health issues, they said, adding she was admitted to a hospital.

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Have no problem with temple going politicians, only with those who are communal: Prakash Raj

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday left for Delhi after a quick meeting with Merkel. He met German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a brief stopover in Berlin and attended a dinner hosted by Germany’s Chancellor. Modi had arrived in the UK on Tuesday night from Sweden on a four-day visit.The prime minister, during his interventions at the executive session of the CHOGM, had announced that India will double its contribution to the Commonwealth fund for technical cooperation and vowed to provide tailor-made developmental assistance to small island states.Besides attending the CHOGM, Modi held bilateral talks with his British counterpart Theresa May.He also held discussions with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina, Seychelles President Danny Faure and nearly a dozen other leaders on the sidelines of the multilateral CHOGM.Also read’Thank you! Concluded my fast demanding justice for Andhra people’: Chandrababu Naidu to Modi on birthday wishesIn Sweden, Modi held extensive talks with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, besides attending a India-Nordic Summit.The closed-door meetings in Windsor comprise the informal segment of CHOGM, where the leaders meet without any pre-set agenda and without the presence of their close aides.Also readNo golf match in this meeting: Angela Merkel braces for talks with Donald Trump”At the retreat – unique to the Commonwealth – heads meet privately to discuss collaboration on global and Commonwealth priorities. They will also consider reform and renewal of the Commonwealth,” a Commonwealth statement said.South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was absent from the group of 53 heads of government as he had to rush back to Cape Town after violent clashed broke out in the country.The issue of the future of the Commonwealth was expected to be the dominant theme when the leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gathered at the grand Waterloo Chamber of the Castle for the informal leg of the summit today.She expressed her “sincere wish” that her son and heir Prince Charles step into her shoes in her opening address for CHOGM yesterday. A general consensus had been building around the 69-year-old royal, with reports emanating from the meeting indicating that he had been chosen as the successor to the Queen.”India has no objection to Prince Charles as the next Head because he has worked hard for the institution. However, we are also clear that there should be no institutionalisation of the post,” a senior Indian official said.The 91-year-old monarch, who has ruled out long-haul travel, is unlikely to attend any future Commonwealth summits in far flung member-countries and is keen to pass on the baton to the 69-year-old Prince of Wales.”It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales will carry on the important work started by my father (King George VI) in 1949,” she had said in her speech at Buckingham Palace.The Commonwealth is one of the world’s oldest political association of states, with its roots in the British Empire when some countries were ruled directly or indirectly by Britain. Independent countries from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific have joined The Commonwealth over the years, with the last two members to join Rwanda and Mozambique having no historical ties to the Empire.Some experts have argued that the end of the Queen’s term as Head of the organisation is an opportunity for the non-hereditary post to be passed on to a non-royal in order to distance the group from its colonial past. Others, however, claim that it is the royal family that holds the grouping together.”It is to the incredible credit of the Queen and the royal family that it Commonwealth still exists, because without them it wouldn’t,” claims Lord Marland, chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC), the business arm of the institution.The decision on a new Head was up to the presidents and prime ministers representing the 53 member-countries as they gathered for the retreat and, once there is an agreement, it would be formally announced by Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.The retreat marks an end to the week-long summit in Britain, which started on Monday with forums on the theme of business, women, youth and civil society. The formal executive session of the heads of government meeting, themed around “Towards a Common Future’, concluded last evening.Prime Minister Modi addressed the second plenary of the executive session, during which he reiterated India’s focus on small island developing nations of the organisation and delivering “demand-driven, rather than donor-driven” assistance to the organisation’s smaller member states.”The overall objective of the Prime Minister’s participation at this CHOGM in 2018 signals our stepped up engagement with the Commonwealth. It conveys India’s desire to see Commonwealth increase focus on developing country priorities,” an MEA spokesperson said.

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UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s Facebook page most popular among all CMs

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An ordinance to award death penalty to those convicted of raping a child up to 12 years of age is likely to come up before the Union Cabinet on Saturday. Against the backdrop of outrage over the incidents of rape of minors in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao and Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua, the government plans to bring the ordinance to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act by bringing an ordinance, sources aware of the development said today. According to the proposal, those convicted of committing rape on children up to 12 years can also be awarded death penalty.As the POCSO law stands today, the maximum punishment for “aggravated assault” is life in jail. The minimum sentence prescribed is seven years in jail. After the Nirbhaya case in December 2012, when the criminal laws were amended, a provision of death penalty in case the woman either dies or is left in a “vegetative state” after rape was introduced through an ordinance which later became the Criminal Law Amendment Act.The government informed the Supreme Court today that it is actively considering amending the penal law to introduce death penalty to those convicted of sexually abusing children up to 12 years of age. The assertion of the Centre assumes significance following the public outcry for award of death penalty to such sexual offenders, including the assaulters of an eight-year-old girl who was gangraped and killed at Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir recently.A similar incident has been reported in Surat. Police had found the body of a nine-year-old near a cricket field in Bhestan with over 80 injuries, including some on her private parts. Post-mortem has revealed she was raped for at least eight days before being strangled. “An ordinance today is the best way to deal with the issue. An amendment bill will have to wait (till July) when the Monsoon session commences,” said a law ministry official. In his first comments on the gruesome incidents of rape in Unnao and Kathua, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last week said that no criminal will be spared and daughters will get justice.He said such incidents shake our sensibilities.”I want to assure the nation that no criminal will be spared. Justice will be done. Our daughters will get justice,” he had said at an event to inaugurate the B R Ambedkar memorial here. In London, Modi had said, “We always ask our daughters about what they are doing, where they are going. We must ask our sons too.” The person who is committing these crimes is also someone’s son, he said, adding that rape of a daughter is a matter of shame for the country.

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The Congress, which spearheaded an unprecedented move to impeach the Chief Justice of India today, had in fact opposed such proceedings initiated 25 years when it was in power.The party today joined hands with six other opposition parties in moving notice for the impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra but history shows that no motion has reached its logical conclusion.If the motion after the inquiry by a three-member panel headed by a sitting apex court judge reaches Parliament, it would be the first instance of any CJI facing his removal and fourth judge from the higher judiciary.It is also interesting to note that all the previous three impeachment motions have been moved when Congress was in power at the Centre.The higher judiciary was in for the shock in 1993 for the first time in independent India when impeachment proceedings were initiated in Parliament against Supreme Court judge V Ramaswami on charges of corruption following the report of the inquiry commission.Also readFrom ‘misuse of authority’ to ‘conspiracy to pay illegal gratification’: Why Congress wants CJI impeachedSenior advocate and Congress Rajya Sabha lawmaker Kapil Sibal, who is at the forefront and spearheading the campaign to impeach the present CJI, however, had put up a spirited defence in favour of Justice Ramaswami in Lok Sabha.The impeachment motion, moved during the P V Narasimha Rao government, failed in Lok Sabha as it could not muster support of two-third members of the house as required under Article 124 (4) of the Constitution.Also readHere’s why Manmohan Singh did not sign impeachment motion against CJI Dipak MisraBesides Justice Ramaswami, impeachment motion was moved against Calcutta High Court judge Soumitra Sen in 2011 on the charge of financial misappropriation as a judge and misrepresenting facts.The motion was passed in the upper house and Sen, who had put up his defence in Rajya Sabha, sensed the outcome and resigned before the motion was put to vote in Lok Sabha.Also readWhy Congress and Opp parties want to impeach CJI MisraJustice P D Dinakaran, the then Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court, also faced the ignominy of being impeached after the inquiry panel had found enough prima facie materials relating to charges of land-grab, corruption and abuse of judicial office against him. He was transferred from the Karnataka High Court to the Sikkim High Court after he refused to follow orders to go on leave.However, Dinakaran tendered resignation in 2011 before impeachment proceedings could begin.In 2016, Justice Nagarjuna Reddy of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana courted controversy when 61 Rajya Sabha members moved a petition for his impeachment on charges of misusing his position to “victimise” a “Dalit” judge.Later, nine of the 54 members of the Rajya Sabha, who had proposed the initiation of proceedings against him, withdrew their signatures.Opposition parties today met Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and handed over a notice with signatures of 64 MPs of the Upper House, accusing the CJI of five counts of “misbehaviour” and “misusing” authority.The impeachment notice comes a day after the Supreme Court rejected a bunch of petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of judge B H Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.For initiating the impeachment process, a motion has to be moved by either 100 Lok Sabha members of Parliament or 50 Rajya Sabha MPs. If the motion is admitted, the Speaker of Lok Sabha or Chairman of Rajya Sabha constitutes an inquiry committee.This inquiry committee has three members — a Supreme Court judge, a high court Chief Justice and an eminent jurist. The committee frames charges and asks the judge to give a written response.The judge also has the right to examine witnesses. After the inquiry, the committee determines whether the charges are valid or not and then it finally submits its report.If the inquiry committee finds that the judge is not guilty, then there is no further action. If they find him guilty, then the House of Parliament which initiated the motion may consider continuing with the motion.The motion is then debated and the judge (or his representative) has the right to represent his case. After that, the motion is voted upon. If there is two-thirds support of those voting, and majority support of the total strength of the House, it is considered to have passed. The process is then repeated in the other House.After that, the Houses send an address to the President asking that the judge be removed from office.

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Naroda Patiya riot case: BJP, Pravin Togadia welcome verdict, victims disappointed

The ruling BJP today welcomed the Gujarat High Court’s verdict acquitting former minister Maya Kodnani and some others in the Naroda-Patiya massacre case, while the victims’ lawyer said they were disappointed, and would move the Apex court.Former VHP leader Pravin Togadia said he was delighted, and the state must not challenge the acquittals.The high court, hearing various appeals, acquitted 18 persons including Kodnani today. It upheld conviction of 13 persons including former Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi, and convicted another three accused, earlier acquitted by the trial court.Advocate Shamshad Pathan, who represented riot victims, said their kin were disappointed by the acquittals, and planned to file appeal in the Supreme Court.”The judgement is saddening for all those who had faith in judiciary and in Constitution for delivering justice.”The Special Investigation Team did not probe the case properly. As far as Maya Kodnani is concerned, statements and evidence against Babu Bajrangi also apply to her. We will go through the judgement and challenge it before the Supreme Court,” advocate Pathan said.BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel welcomed the judgement.”We are glad that Maya-ben has been acquitted by the high court. She and her family have got relief from the ordeal they had to go through (after her conviction),” he said.Firebrand Hindutva leader Pravin Togadia said the state government should not challenge the acquittal of Kodnani and others in the Supreme Court.”Hindu Advocate Forum” will provide legal help to Bajrangi and others, he said.”I express delight that Maya-ben and others have been acquitted. I would also demand that the government should not go to the Supreme Court to challenge the acquittals. Bajrangi and others who have been convicted should move the SC and we will arrange free legal aid for them. I would also ask the Gujarat government to go easy on their appeals,” he said.Kodnani’s husband Surendra Kodnani said he had “full faith in judiciary.”Sakeela Ansari, eight members of whose family were killed during the riot, and who herself had deposed during the trial, said the judiciary had failed her.”This is a dark day. I had seen with my own eyes what happened there. If after saying all this (in the court) the court acquits those who were involved in kiling the members of my family, then what kind of justice is this?” she said.”I had seen Maya Kodnani at a distance of just 25-30 metres. I am disappointed by the verdict. Maya-ben had come not once but twice to the area on the day of the incident. How can the court deny what we had seen from our own eyes,” said another victim, Salim Sheikh, whose house was damaged during the riot and who too had deposed during the trial.The high court said in its verdict that prosecution witnesses’ statements about Kodnani were contradictory, and the charge of conspiracy wasn’t proved against her.A mob killed 97 people, most of them from a minority community, in Naroda Patiya area of Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002, a day after the torching of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra which triggered state-wide riots.

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Gujarat ATS books two suspected ISIS operatives for planning to attack Jewish synagogue in Mumbai

The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad on Friday filed a charge sheet in a court in Ankleshwar town of Bharuch district against two suspected ISIS operatives who were arrested last year.While the accused, Mohammad Kasim Stimberwala and Ubed Ahmed Mirza, were held on charges of planning a ‘lone wolf’ attack on a Jewish synagogue in Khadia area here, the charge sheet claimed that they had also planned attacks on the Jewish community in Mumbai.They wanted to carry out the attack in Mumbai as more Jews lived there compared to Ahmedabad, claimed the over 1,500 pages’ charge sheet, filed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate R D Mehta.Also readGujarat ATS arrest two suspected ISIS terrorists from SuratThe charge sheet was filed in Ankleshwar as one of the suspects was held from there in October last year.While Stimberwala worked as a laboratory technician at a hospital in Ankleshwar, Mirza was a lawyer practising in the Surat district court.Also readGujarat ATS arrests 2 men with Islamic State links; brothers were planning ‘lone-wolf’ attackBoth were “highly radicalised by the Jehadi ideology of the Islamic State and actively planning lone wolf attacks on Jews”, it claimed.Abdullah el-Faisal, a radical preacher based in Jamaica, and suspected ISIS handler Shafi Armar were shown as “absconding” in the charge sheet.The arrested duo were in touch with el-Faisal and Shafi Armar to plan attacks on Jews in India, and conducted recce of some of the targets. They were even planning to send radicalised youths outside India to take part in terrorist acts, the charge sheet said.Though Stimberwala and Mirza tried to procure weapons through their contacts in Delhi and Lucknow, they failed, said the charge sheet.Apart from planning a ‘lone-wolf’ attack on the synagogue in Khadia area here, for which Stimberwala conducted a recce, they also thought of carrying out attacks in Nariman Point area in Mumbai to maximise the impact as a considerable number of Jews live there, it said.Both have been charged with IPC sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 121-A (sedition) and 125 (waging war against any Asiatic power in alliance with India). They were also booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).As per the FIR lodged in October, both the accused were under the influence of El-Faisal, who was convicted for spreading hatred in the UK and deported to Jamaica.El-Faisal was subsequently detained in Jamaica on the charge of persuading youths to travel to Syria to take up jihad, the FIR had said.

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From ‘misuse of authority’ to ‘conspiracy to pay illegal gratification’: Why Congress wants CJI impeached

The handling of the contentious case pertaining to a Lucknow-based trust that runs a medical college, the alleged “misuse of authority” as Master of the Roster and a charge relating to acquiring of a piece of land are among the issues cited in a notice of impeachment against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra for “misbehaviour”.The seven parties, including the Congress, that moved the impeachment notice against Misra, listed out five counts of “misbehaviour” which include a charge that the CJI brought a piece of land by filing an affidavit later found to be “false” and he returned the plot only in 2012 after he was elevated even though the same was cancelled in 1985.Addressing a press conference, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said the notice has cited a “conspiracy to pay illegal gratification” in the Prasad Education Trust case and the denial of permission to proceed against a retired high court judge in the same matter.Also readHere’s why Manmohan Singh did not sign impeachment motion against CJI Dipak MisraThe former law minister said it is on record that the CBI has registered an FIR in the case and there are several recorded conversations between middlemen including a retired judge of the Orissa High Court, excerpts of transcripts of which are set out in the articles of charge. “References to the Chief Justice by innuendo in these conversations are evident,” he said, adding that the denial of permission to the CBI to register an FIR against Justice Narayan Shukla of the Allahabad High Court, when the CBI shared incriminating information with the Chief Justice “was itself an act of misbehaviour”.Also readImpeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra: Arun Jaitley terms it ‘threat to judicial independence’ – Read Full text”All this requires a thorough investigation,” Sibal demanded. Another charge is of listing the petition against the Prasad Education Trust before himself, even when he was heading the Constitution bench, Sinbal said, adding doing so was against the convention. Sibal said the second charge relates to the Chief Justice having dealt on the administrative as well as on the judicial side with a writ petition which sought an investigation into the matter of Prasad Education Trust, in which he too was likely to fall within the scope of investigation. Also readDay after judge Loya verdict, opposition parties give notice for impeachment of CJI Dipak Misra He said the allegations include the “serious charge” of “antedating” (backdating) of an order for listing of a petition related to the investigation against the Prasad Education Trust in the Supreme Court.”The charge of antedating is by all accounts a very serious charge,” he said. The fourth charge pertains to a piece of land which Misra acquired as an advocate by giving a “false affidavit” and the plot was surrendered in 2012 when he was elevated to the Supreme Court, even though orders cancelling the allotment were given in 1985, Sibal said.The fifth charge relates to “the abuse of exercise of power by the Chief Justice in choosing to send sensitive matters to particular benches by misusing his authority as Master of the Roster with the likely intent to influence the outcome”. “As representatives of the people, we are entitled to hold the Chief Justice accountable just as we are accountable to the people. The majesty of the law is more important than the majesty of any office. “We hope that a thorough enquiry will be held so that truth alone triumphs. Democracy can thrive only when our judiciary stands firm, independent of the executive, and discharges its constitutional functions honestly, fearlessly and with an even hand,” Sibal told reporters. Sibal said the charges as stated “suggest conduct unbecoming of a person” holding the office of the Chief Justice of India. “We took upon ourselves to move the impeachment motion in the background set out above but on the basis of charges of acts of misbehaviour that are set out in the impeachment motion. We do not wish to repeat those charges here in detail. “We only wish to state that anyone occupying the office of the Chief Justice of India must be judged on the basis of the highest standards of integrity,” he said, demanding an inquiry against the CJI under the Judges (Inquiry) Act, 1968.

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‘Thank you! Concluded my fast demanding justice for Andhra people’: Chandrababu Naidu to Modi on birthday wishes

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu who was on a day-long hunger strike, on Friday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for greeting him on his birthday.The chief minister, who turned 69 today, chose not to celebrate his birthday and sat on a fast instead to protest against the alleged injustice meted out to the state due to the ‘non-implementation’ of the Andhra Pradesh reorganisation and to press on the Centre to grant Special Category Status.The Chief Minister who is fighting against the Central government observed a hunger strike at Vijayawada’s Indira Gandhi Stadium.In a Tweet, Modi had wished a long and healthy life to Naidu.However, after breaking the fast, Naidu thanked Modi and said, “Thank you very much for the greetings. I have just concluded my 1 day fast, Dharma Porata Deeksha, demanding justice for 5 crore people of Andhra Pradesh.”Last month, Andhra ruling party TDP quit its alliance with the BJP in the state over the same issue.Naidu also thanked Kamal Haasan for his support. Wishing the CM, Haasan had said, “Sir you have chosen your birthday to go on a fast for your state. I can’t greet you with the regular many happy returns of this day, but I can wish you success in your demand for the returns your state expects for your investment to the country.”Naidu has been calling for the special category status to Andhra Pradesh. Asserting his demand, the TDP had quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) last month.The SCS was first accorded in 1969 to Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Nagaland. Over the years, eight more states were added to the list – Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tripura and, finally, in 2010, Uttarakhand.

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Madhya Pradesh horror: Blood-soaked body 6-month-old found; cops suspect rape

The blood-soaked body of a six-month-old infant was recovered from the basement of a building here, a police official said today.Police identified the accused as Sunil Bheel (21), claiming that he was seen in CCTV footage, at around 4.45 am, carrying the infant on his shoulder.The post-mortem of the infant, which was carried out at the state-run MY Hospital here, suggested that she might have been raped before being killed as her private parts bore an injury mark, a source said.”The body of the infant was recovered from the basement of a commercial building in Rajwada area. The accused, Sunil Bheel, had kidnapped her early today morning when she was asleep with her parents outside the Rajwada Fort. The accused was sleeping close to the family,” said HC Mishra, deputy inspector-general of police, Indore.The accused and the infant’s parents knew each other and were in the business of selling balloons, Mishra said.Also readKathua rape and murder: Kerala artist whose cartoons ‘offended Hindu sentiments’ sent rape threats “The accused is seen carrying the infant in CCTV images of around 4:45am today. He then took her to the basement of the building, some 50 metres away from where the family was sleeping, and her body was recovered in the afternoon,” he said.”The infant had an injury on her head. The accused probably threw her to the ground. However, only the post-mortem report will verify if she died due to this or whether she was smothered,” Mishra said.Also readJaved Akhtar on Kathua case: “Bad things” happening too frequently “We are going to arrest the accused shortly,” he added.Earlier, a minor girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, had disappeared from near her home in the forests next to Rasana village in Kathua on January 10.Also readKathua rape revolting, hope PM Modi pays more attention: IMF chief Christine LagardeA week later, her body was found in the same area, and medical examination pointed towards sexual assault.During initial investigations, police arrested a juvenile. Later, the case was transferred to Jammu and Kashmir Police’s crime branch.Two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and later, another five people, including a former revenue official and the alleged conspirator, who surrendered before the special investigation team, were among those arrested.The state police crime branch, which probed the rape and killing of the girl, had filed a main charge sheet against seven people and a separate charge sheet against the juvenile in a court in Kathua district earlier this week.Jammu has been on tenterhooks since the brutal incident. The bar associations have been opposing the action against the accused, alleging that the minority Dogras were being targeted.Lawyers took to the streets shouting slogans and trying to block the road outside the court where the charge sheets have been filed.

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SC to hear Aadhaar-voter ID link PIL after verdict on pleas challenging Aadhaar

The Supreme Court on Friday said that it will hear a petition seeking linking of Aadhaar cards with voter identity cards and property documents after it verdict on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the 12-digit unique identification number.The plea, filed by advocate and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, has sought a direction to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take appropriate steps to implement an ‘Aadhaar-based election-voting system’ to ensure maximum participation in polls and curtail fake, bogus and duplicate voting in the spirit of section 17-18 of the Representation of People Act, 1950.”We will list the petition for hearing after the Aadhaar judgment,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said while hearing the plea which also claimed that the linking of Aadhaar with voter ID cards and property documents will help to prevent ‘benami’ transactions.Also readIMF praises Aadhaar and GST, says reforms carried out by Modi govt bearing fruit “The court will list it for hearing after it decides the constitutional validity of Aadhaar scheme and the law,” the bench also comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said.The petition has asked for a direction to the Centre through the Ministry of Law and Justice to take appropriate steps to link movable and immovable property documents of citizens with their Aadhaar number to curb corruption, black money generation and ‘benami’ transactions.Also readNot sure if Aadhaar is best model to accord benefits: Supreme Court tells UIDAI It has alleged that duplicate voting was prevalent in the country as the current system has not been able to control booth capturing and bogus voting.”The current system is better but not the best. An Aadhaar-based election-voting system will have more authentication of voters and better security of the voting process. It can protect the voted data and most importantly, the voter can cast his vote from any corner of the country,” it said.Also readUIDAI denies its counsel ‘accused Google of trying to fail Aadhaar’The Aadhaar-based voting system would involve fingerprint of the voter which is saved in the government’s Aadhaar database, the petition said.

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Nitish Katara case: HC dismisses Vishal Yadav’s parole plea

The Delhi High Court today dismissed a plea of Vishal Yadav, serving life term in the Nitish Katara murder case, for three-month parole for arranging funds for his family.Justice S P Garg denied the relief to the convict who had said he has to sell a property to arrange money and wanted to file an appeal challenging the 2014 order of the high court in the murder case.The court, however, said Yadav can apply for custody parole for the purpose, if he intends to.Vishal had sought a three-month parole to engage a lawyer and make other arrangements to exercise his legal and constitutional rights.The plea was opposed by Delhi police’s Additional Standing Counsel Rajesh Mahajan on the grounds that there was a threat to the life of the victim’s mother Neelam Katara and also to the lone witness in the case.Vishal had claimed there was no one else to look after his daughter, studying in class 10, for her education and that he has to dispose of his property in Ghaziabad’s Vaishali to arrange funds for her studies and his litigation.On August 29 last year, the Supreme Court had dismissed his plea seeking review of its verdict sending him to prison for 25 years.The apex court had also awarded a 25-year jail term to his cousin Vikas Yadav and 20 years in prison for third convict Sukhdev Pehalwan in the case.The top court had earlier dismissed the appeals against their conviction in the case of kidnapping of Katara from a marriage party on the intervening night of February 16-17, 2002 before killing him for his alleged affair with Bharti Yadav, the sister of Vikas Yadav.Bharti is the daughter of Uttar Pradesh politician D P Yadav who is in jail in connection with another murder case.Katara was murdered as Vishal and Vikas Yadav did not approve of his affair with Bharti because they belonged to different castes, the lower court had said in its verdict.

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Partial win for Yechury, CPI(M) adopts draft to involve Congress in anti-BJP fight

The serious differences at the CPI(M) meet here over whether or not to involve the Congress to take on the BJP may finally be resolved, with the top leadership deciding to omit a critical phrase “no understanding” from the official draft political resolution.The resolution, once finalised, would chalk out the political-tactical line of the CPI(M) for the next three years The critical issue in the intense debate centred around whether the CPI(M) should join hands with “all secular, democratic forces”, including the Congress, to fight the BJP. At a politburo meeting this evening after two days of debate on the draft resolution, top leaders discussed the demands put forth by several delegates regarding voting by secret ballot on the document.The leadership instead chose a middle path by deciding to amend official draft by omitting the crucial phrase “no understanding” with the Congress, which was a victory of sorts of the “minority view” held by General Secretary Sitaram Yechury. The official draft, backed by Prakash Karat, had said that the party should unite all secular democratic forces “without having an understanding or electoral alliance with the Congress party”. But in the amended document, it is now written that the party can unite secular democratic forces “without having a political alliance with the Congress party”, thus keeping the doors open for an electoral understanding. “There can be an understanding with all secular opposition parties including the Congress in Parliament on agreed issues. Outside parliament, we should cooperate with all secular opposition forces for a broad mobilisation of people against communalism. “We should foster joint actions of class and mass organisations in such a manner that can draw in the masses following the Congress and other bourgeoise parties,” the latest version of the crucial political document says. Earlier, Karat had said it was not the party’s practice to disallow someone from taking responsibility even if he or she holds a minority view, in an apparent indication towards speculations regarding removal of Yechury in case his minority view on the draft political resolution gets defeated at the ongoing party congress.”In our party there is always a majority and minority view. In all our political discussions, it is a normal thing to have divergent views. It is not a new thing. Once different views are expressed and it is collectively decided by a vote, then it becomes a collective opinion of the party,” Karat had told a press conference on the sidelines of the congress. Replying to questions, he said: “In our party, everybody has the right to express their views in the right forum. Some minority view person cannot take responsibility… ..That is not our practice.” Regarding the demand for a secret ballot being raised by several delegates opposing the official draft political resolution, Karat said though this was an unprecedented demand, it has never been practiced in the party congress.”There is no instance for voting on a resolution by secret ballot so far in our party congress.It has never happened. It is not our practice. We never had this practice but this is the highest decision-making body. Let us see what our delegates say about this”, he had said. On the second day of discussions on the draft political resolution, several more delegates supported the demand for a secret ballot. Some of them also submitted this in writing.Yesterday, the demand for a secret ballot was raised by a delegate from Maharashtra, who referred to the recent massive farmers’ agitation there and said that the CPI(M)’s peasants wing, All India Kisan Sabha, was able to unite the farmers, cutting across political lines.Toeing Yechury’s “minority line”, he had said if the party differentiated between secular parties, then the BJP would would take the opportunity away. His views gained support from delegates from several states during the debate both yesterday and today. The critical issue in it centres around whether the CPI(M) should join hands with “all secular, democratic forces”, including the Congress, to take on the BJP. While the Karat faction has been against any understanding with the Congress, the Yechury faction has favoured joining hands with all secular parties to fight the BJP in the changed scenario, especially after the recent ouster of the CPI(M)-led Left Front from Tripura as well as the victory of a united opposition in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the recent Lok Sabha bye-elections.

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Explained: How SC judges can be impeached

The Constitution lays down a rigorous procedure for removal of a judge of the Supreme Court or high court and can be initiated only on grounds of proved misbehaviour or incapacity.Article 124 (4) of the Constitution and the provisions of the Judges (Inquiry) Act, 1968 and corresponding rules deal exhaustively with the whole procedure. The process for the removal of a Supreme Court judge is mentioned in Article 124(4) of the Constitution. It is termed as impeachment. Article 124(4) says, “A Judge of the Supreme Court shall not be removed from his office except by an order of the President passed after an address by each House of Parliament supported by a majority of the total membership of that House and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members of that House present and voting has been presented to the President in the same session for such removal on the ground of proved misbehaviour incapacity.”For initiating the impeachment process, a motion has to be moved by either 100 Lok Sabha members or 50 Rajya Sabha MPs. If the motion is admitted, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha or Chairman of the Rajya Sabha will constitute an inquiry committee. This inquiry committee will comprise three members — a Supreme Court judge, a high court chief justice and an eminent jurist. The committee will frame charges and ask the judge to give a written response.The judge also has the right to examine witnesses. After the inquiry, the committee will determine whether the charges are valid or not and then submits its report.Also readHere’s why Manmohan Singh did not sign impeachment motion against CJI Dipak MisraIf the inquiry committee finds that the judge is not guilty, then there is no further action. If it finds him guilty, then the House of Parliament which initiated the motion, may consider continuing with the motion. The motion will be then debated and the judge (or his representative) will have the right to represent his case. After that, the motion will voted upon. If there is two-thirds support of those voting, and majority support of the total strength of the House, it will be considered to have been passed. The process will then repeated in the other House. After that, the Houses will send an address to the President asking that the judge be removed from office.

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PIL on female genital mutilation; SC makes Kerala, Telangana parties

The Supreme Court today ordered Kerala and Telangana to be made parties to a PIL that has challenged the practice of female genital mutilation of minor girls of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it would accord final hearing to the petition on July 9.It ordered that states like Kerala and Telangana, where Bohra Muslim community reside, should also be made parties to the litigation and issued notice to them as well. The states which are already party in the case are Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Delhi,The court had on May 8 agreed to examine the issues raised by Delhi-based lawyer Sunita Tiwari by saying that the practice of female genital mutilation was “extremely important and sensitive”.It had issued notices and sought replies from four union ministries, including the Woman and Child Development, besides Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Delhi where Dawoodi Bohras, who are Shia Muslims, predominantly reside.Tiwari, in her plea, has sought a direction to the Centre and the states to “impose a complete ban on the inhuman practice” of ‘khatna’ or “female genital mutilation” (FGM) throughout the country.The plea has sought a direction to make FGM an offence on which the law enforcement agencies can take cognisance on their own. It has also sought to make the offence “non-compoundable and non-bailable” with provision for harsh punishment.The ministries of Law and Justice, Social Justice and Empowerment have also been made parties in the plea which referred to various conventions of the United Nations, to which India is a signatory.The practice of female genital mutilation resulted in “serious violations of basic fundamental rights of the victims who in these cases are minors,” the plea said.FGM is performed “illegally upon girls (between five years and before she attains puberty)” and is against the “UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights of which is India is a signatory”, the plea said, adding that the practice caused “permanent disfiguration to the body of a girl child”.”The practice of ‘khatna’ or ‘FGM’ or ‘Khafd’ also amounts to causing inequality between the sexes and constitutes discrimination against women. Since it is carried out on minors, it amounts to serious violation of the rights of children as even minors have a right of security of person, right to privacy, bodily integrity and the freedom from cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment,” the plea said.”It is a ritual performed on every girl child within the Dawoodi Bohra religious community without any medical reason and does not have any reference in the Quran.”It violates the rights of the child and human rights. It also violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is a crime in the Unites States of America under the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 and now a crime in Australia and some other countries as well,” it claimed.Many countries including Australia, USA and the United Kingdom have banned the practice, it said, adding “there is no law in India banning FGM or Khatna to declare it illegal.”

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NIA chargesheets Hizbul Mujahideen chief’s son for raising funds for terror acts in 2011 case

The NIA on Friday charged Syed Shahid Yusuf, son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, with indulging in unlawful activities and raising funds for terror operations in a 2011 case.The agency made the allegations in a charge sheet filed before District Judge Poonam A Bamba, who posted it for consideration on May 4.The final report has alleged that Yusuf had hatched a conspiracy to received funds from Pakistan through hawala channels to spread terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The NIA has accused him of committing various offences punishable under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.42-year-old Yousuf was posted as agricultural assistant in Budgam town of central Kashmir when he was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on October 24 last year. He is currently in judicial custody. His bail plea was dismissed by the trial court here on March 7.The NIA charge sheet was filed under sections 13 (punishment for unlawful activities), 17 (punishment for raising funds for terrorist act), 18 (punishment for conspiracy), 20 (punishment for being member of terrorist gang or organisation), 21 (punishment for holding proceeds of terrorism), 38 (membership of a terrorist organisation) and 39 (support given to a terrorist organization) of UAPA.Also readMissing Army man joins Hizbul Mujahideen, says JK police officialsThe final report also accused him of hatching a criminal conspiracy, punishable under section 120-B of Indian Penal Code.The agency said the case was registered on the basis of information regarding funds from Pakistan being sent to Jammu and Kashmir through hawala channels via Delhi to spread terrorism.Also readShock, disbelief after top Hurriyat leader’s son joins Hizbul Mujahideen in KashmirThe NIA had earlier alleged that the accused had links with proscribed terrorist organisations like Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. It has claimed that Yousuf had received a total of nearly Rs 4.5 lakh through eight international wire transfers.The agency, which had in 2011 arrested several persons including one Ghulam Mohd Bhat with Rs 21.2 lakh, alleged that Yousuf was “one of the several Indian contacts of Bhat” who had been in touch with him for receiving money transfer codes.It had alleged that Yousuf’s involvement was found in collecting funds from a terrorist outfit in Saudi Arabia as well as from other accused on the directions of his father, Mohd Yousuf Shah alias Syed Salahuddin, the self-styled supreme commander of the Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen.Syed Salahuddin was declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Department of State in June last year.The NIA had registered two other cases related to terror funding — one in November 2011 and the other in May 2017. It had filed a charge sheet against 10 people including Salahuddin in the April 2011 case.In the latest case, the NIA arrested various people including some close relatives and aides of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

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Next time you mediate, think of children who are suffering: Sisodia to PM Modi over Marlena’s sacking

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging the recent sacking of Atishi Marlena as the Delhi minister’s advisor has dashed the hopes of poor people who used to send their children to government schools.Asserting that the brightest of the ideas implemented by the AAP dispensation in the education sector in Delhi came from Marlena, Sisodia said the Prime Minister should think of the city’s children next time he “meditates”.In his letter laced with sarcasm, Sisodia said, “The support that the Delhi government has received from the Centre is known to everybody. But despite that we have done significant work in the areas of education, health, water and electricity”. Sisodia says in the letter that Delhi government improved the infrastructure of its schools, fixed accountability, opened schools of excellence and done much more in the sector. “Marlena, who is a St Stephens and Oxford graduate, suggested and extensively worked on these ideas. By sacking her you have killed the hopes of poor people who used to send their children to our schools,” he says. “Everybody says you are a ‘yogi’. So, next time you are performing meditation or yoga, think of these children who will suffer because of your decision.” he added. Earlier this week, the tussle between the AAP government and the Centre escalated with the cancellation of appointment of nine advisors to Delhi ministers following the Union Home Ministry’s directions which said these posts were “not sanctioned”. These advisors included those assisting Sisodia.Meanwhile, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the appointment of his advisor A K Singhal has also been cancelled. Jain said Singhal was looking after projects in the health department. “Singhal is a financial expert. He had been working with us for the last one-and-half years. With the help of his service, there has been improvement in various projects be it forensic labs among others,” the minister told reporters here. According to an order issued by General Administration Department of the Delhi government on April 17, the Union Home Ministry had said in a letter on April 10 that advisors were not on the list of posts approved for ministers and the chief minister. “No prior approval of the central government has been taken for creation of said posts on which these persons have been appointed on co-terminus basis,” the order stated.

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BJP releases third list of 59 candidates, fields another Reddy brother in Karnataka polls

The BJP has fielded Karunakar Reddy, one of the Reddy brothers – tainted mining barons- from Harapanahalli as it released its third list of 59 candidates today for the Karnataka assembly elections.The party had in its second list fielded another of three Reddy brothers, Somashekhara Reddy, from Ballari.Reddy brothers have been accused in the past of illegal mining.Their political influence within the BJP seemed to have waned after the alleged scam erupted but it appears that they have made a comeback with the party rewarding them and their associates with tickets in a region they wield considerable influence.With announcement of 59 more candidates, the BJP has declared its nominees for 213 seats for the elections to the 224-member state assembly.It has fielded Gopal Rao from Chamundeshwari, from where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is contesting on a Congress ticket.The BJP also changed its candidate from Kolar Gold Field seat reserved for scheduled caste candidates. S Ashwini will now be its nominee from the seat, the party said said.The BJP has so far not announced its candidate from Varuna, the current constituency of Siddaramaiah from where the Congress has fielded his son.B Y Vijayendra, son of its chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa, is seen as the likely BJP candidate from there.

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Opposition gloats as Calcutta HC asks state EC to reschedule West Bengal Panchayat polls

In a jolt to the State Election Commission (SEC), West Bengal government and the Trinamool Congress the Calcutta High Court directed the SEC to issue a fresh notification extending the day for nomination submission by a day and reschedule the Panchayat polls, in consultation with the state government.After Justice Subrata Talukdar passed this order on Friday, the previous polling dates of May 1, 3 and 5 would automatically stand cancelled because technically there has to be a gap of at least 21 days between the last day of nomination and the first day of polling process.The single bench also quashed the notification of SEC issued on April 10, by state election commissioner AK Singh with which he cancelled his notification on May 9, of extending the last day of notification by a day.Also readWest Bengal Panchayat polls: Calcutta HC directs state EC to extend nomination dates, gives new election scheduleLeaders of the Opposition are naturally happy about it. Calling the order a historic one, BJP leader Pratap Banerjee said, “It is true that the BJP was the first one to file a case against the SEC and the state but this win should be attributed to the people of Bengal. Let us see what step the SEC takes next.”State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury said it was the moral defeat of TMC. “The helplessness of SEC is also exposed. It had been an unprecedented political degradation and that is why the intervention of the judiciary was sought. SEC had played second fiddle to the state government,” he said and also added that the rescheduling of elections didn’t mean peace had been restored. “We also apprehend that with the announcement of new dates, there will be fresh violence unleashed by the state government with the help of state police,” he said.CPI(M) leader Rabin Deb said it was not possible for filing of 20,000 nominations in one day. “We will talk to the SEC and see what can be done about it,” he said. CPI(M) lawyer Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya said that the SEC and the state government should take lessons from the decisions. SEC’s independent character has been questioned. HC has quashed the April 10 order of the SEC.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that they welcomed the decision of the court. “After this hopefully SEC will complete the election fast because a lot of days have been lost because of people who had moved court because they don’t want the election to be completed on time. After this heat will rise and monsoon will set in. There is no time to lose . People will suffer owing to this postponement,” she said.

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Court grants time to CBI to procure sanction to prosecute Lalu in IRCTC case

A Delhi court today pulled up the CBI for not procuring sanctions from concerned authorities to prosecute former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav, before filing its charge sheet in a graft case related to allotment of IRCTC hotels.Special Judge Arvind Kumar said the court was to conclude the trial in the case in one year and a lot of matters were pending before it.The three, along with others, are accused in a case of alleged irregularities in grant of an operational contract of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm.”You (investigating officer) should have filed a foolproof charge sheet,” the court said when the IO informed that the agency was trying the procure the sanctions to prosecute some present and former public servants.The agency informed the court that it has already applied for the sanctions to prosecute some accused persons and would soon move applications against some other accused.”Give me a date. If sanctions are not received by that date, I will pass an appropriate order,” the judge said and posted the matter for further hearing on May 9.The CBI had on April 16 filed a charge sheet against two companies and 12 people in the case.Besides these three, former union minister Prem Chand Gupta, his wife Sarla Gupta, then group general manager of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) B K Agarwal, who is at present Additional Member of Railway Board, then Managing Director of IRCTC P K Goyal and then IRCTC Director Rakesh Saxena, were also named in the charge sheet.Others named in the charge sheet, include then group general managers of IRCTC V K Asthana and R K Goyal, Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owners of Chanakya Hotel.Delight marketing company, now known as Lara Projects, and Sujata Hotels Private Limited, have also been named as accused companies in the charge sheet.The CBI had registered a case in July last year and carried out searches at 12 locations in Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Gurugram in connection with the case.The charges in the case include criminal conspiracy (120-B), cheating (420) under IPC and corruption, the CBI had said.

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BBC apologises for confusing PM Modi with Sri Lankan President Sirisena

The BBC today apologised for mistakenly referring to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a live news broadcast of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) last night.The Sri Lankan President was seen disembarking from his car at the entrance of Buckingham Palace to join the other heads of government for the CHOGM launch hosted by Queen Elizabeth II when the BBC host said Modi, “the Prime Minister of India since May 2014 arriving at Buckingham Palace”.”This was a mistake made during a live broadcast and we apologise for our error,” a BBC spokesperson said.Also readIMF praises Aadhaar and GST, says reforms carried out by Modi govt bearing fruit According to reports, the news presenter on duty was given incorrect information which she went out to read out on air.This is not the first time the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) finds itself in this embarrassing position.Also readPM Narendra Modi joins world leaders for CHOGM to discuss global and Commonwealth priorities; will fly to Germany next In December last year, the public broadcaster aired clips from the 1976 box-office hit ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ with actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in song sequences when referencing the death of actor Shashi Kapoor.”BBC ‘News at Ten’ is very sorry wrong images were used to mark the death of Shashi Kapoor. Not our usual standards and I apologise for any upset,” ‘News At Ten’ editor Paul Royall said in a statement on Twitter soon after the broadcast on December 5, 2017

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Kathua rape and murder: Kerala artist whose cartoons ‘offended Hindu sentiments’ sent rape threats

A Kerala-based artist, who has been on the receiving end of social media abuse after her cartoons in support of the Kathua rape and murder victim did the rounds on the internet. More recently, an NDTV report says that the woman’s home in the state’s Palakkad district was stoned on Thursday night.The artist, Durga Malathi, had sketched images of religious symbols, such as the trident, that resembled male genitalia smeared in blood. The sketches were widely circulated on social media, attracting heavy abuse. A number of people have claimed that her cartoons offended the sentiments of Hindus – a claim that she has denied.”These drawings are not about religious symbols like Trishul, but about how the rapists think with their genitals. That’s why in the Kathua victim’s case she was raped inside a temple. These are men who think, act and play politics with their genitals. I am being accused of hurting Hindu sentiments. That is not true. It’s not about Hindu religion at all,” she told the news channel.Also readJaved Akhtar on Kathua case: “Bad things” happening too frequently Responding to the comments on social media, Durga Malathi said that she had been ‘verbally raped’ by online trollsThe Kerala Police have filed a complaint against unidentified men for throwing stones at Durga Malathi’s house.Also readThe irony! Congress worker groped by colleagues at Kathua protestThe minor girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, had disappeared from near her home in the forests next to Rasana village in Kathua on January 10.A week later, her body was found in the same area, and medical examination pointed towards sexual assault.During initial investigations, police arrested a juvenile. Later, the case was transferred to Jammu and Kashmir Police’s crime branch.Two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and later, another five people, including a former revenue official and the alleged conspirator, who surrendered before the special investigation team, were among those arrested.The state police crime branch, which probed the rape and killing of the girl, had filed a main charge sheet against seven people and a separate charge sheet against the juvenile in a court in Kathua district earlier this week.Jammu has been on tenterhooks since the brutal incident. The bar associations have been opposing the action against the accused, alleging that the minority Dogras were being targeted.Lawyers took to the streets shouting slogans and trying to block the road outside the court where the charge sheets have been filed.

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HC stays 26/11 trial against Abu Jundal till June 11

The Bombay High Court today stayed the 26/11 terror attacks trial against alleged LeT operative Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal pending hearing of a plea filed by the Delhi Police against a lower court order, which asked them to provide travel documents to the accused.The Delhi police’s Special Cell had approached the high court earlier this month claiming privilege over the documents and urged the court to quash and set aside the trial court’s order.Justice Nitin Sambre today posted the petition for hearing on June 11, but stayed the trial against Jundal till then.The petitioner’s counsel Hiten Venegaonkar argued that the documents were classified and hence could not be shared with the defence.Jundal’s lawyer Yug Chaudhary, however, argued that the rights of the accused were being curtailed.The trial court had last month directed that the travel documents be shared with Jundal’s lawyer Abdul Wahab Khan after an application was made by them.The trial against Jundal has been going on since over a year and the prosecution had last year recorded the statements of Pakistani-origin US national David Headley, who had carried out a recce of the spots in Mumbai, which were attacked.According to the prosecution, Jundal allegedly coordinated the November 26, 2008 attacks from a terror control room in Karachi. After the carnage, which left 166 people dead and over 300 injured, he reportedly moved to Saudi Arabia.Jundal’s lawyer has been arguing that the Saudi government deported Jundal, and three Indian police officers accompanied him on the flight to Delhi.The defence sought to review Jundal’s travel papers and the passenger list prepared by the airways, in which Jundal and the officers came to the national capital.According to the defence, if the documents submitted by the airways to the Delhi Police are perused, it could damage the prosecution’s theory and raise questions over its claim that a Pakistani passport and identity cards were seized from Jundal at the time of his arrest.The defence filed the application for travel documents earlier this year.It sought photocopies of the passports of the two officers who allegedly travelled with Jundal from Saudi Arabia, the passenger list of the Jet Airways flight from Saudi to Delhi, and a provisional travel paper issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).The prosecution has to examine five more witnesses in their case against Jundal.

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Unnao rape case: BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengal remanded to CBI custody for another week

The CBI remand for the arrested accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was extended for another week till April 27 by the POCSO Court Unnao on Friday evening.In a surprise move, the investigating agency produced Sengar before the Special Judge POCSO Court no 10 in Unnao district and sought his remand. The CBI remand of the BJP MLA, who is facing charges under Sections 3 and 4 of the POCSO Court, was ending on Saturday at 10 am.The Special POCSO Judge Ashutosh Kumar accepted the CBI’s application and plea for his further interrogation and gave a week’s remand to the agency till April 27 10 am. Soon after getting his remand from the POCSO Court, the CBI sleuths took Sengar to some unknown destination for further interrogation.Also readUnnao case: Yogi Adityanath govt withdraws security cover of rape accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh SengarEarlier, the Uttar Pradesh government withdrew the ‘Y’ category security cover of rape accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.The Bangarmau MLA from Unnao district enjoyed ‘Y’ category security which has a security cover of 11 personnel, including one or two commando and police personnel.Also readUnnao Rape Case: CBI makes second arrest, woman accomplice of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar heldThe MLA, who was arrested by the CBI this week in connection with the alleged rape of 18-year-old-girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, is currently in the custody of the agency.The CBI, which is probing the case, has registered three cases against Sengar in regard to the crime he allegedly committed last year.Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Police had charged him under sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (abduction of woman), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and handed over the case to the CBI.

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