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Simultaneous polls not possible before 2024, says ex-CEC TS Krishnamurthy

The holding of simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections may not be possible before 2024, and a Constitutional amendment is required to conduct such a synchronised exercise, former poll panel chief T S Krishnamurthy said.Ideally, it is good to have simultaneous elections, once every five years, former Chief Election Commissioner Krishnamurthy said, when asked to share his view on the issue, repeatedly advocated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Also readBJP starts campaign for simultaneous polls”Is it possible? Unless the Constitution is amended, may not be possible,” he told PTI.”We follow the Westminster system of vote of confidence.If we follow the American system where there is a fixed executive, then there will be a fixed term…even if somebody is voted out, someone else has to be elected by the House.Until that time, the former government will continue to operate,” he noted.The “other alternative” to the simultaneous elections is bunching of all polls due in a year as recommended by the standing committee of Parliament, but this also needs a study and Constitutional amendment for implementation, he said.From the administrative perspective and for saving money, it might be convenient to hold simultaneous elections, the former CEC said.Also readPM appeals to parties to consider simultaneous polls”More than that, all this vengeful politics, vicious propaganda, campaign and personal attacks will reduce as they (elections) will not be throughout the year,” he said.Krishnamurthy said that holding simultaneous elections is just not possible in 2019 as the five-year term of governments in some states has just commenced last year, and that polls are due in some other states this year.”May be 2024, they can plan for that,” he said.On the prime minister batting for having a single electoral roll for Lok Sabha, Assembly and local body polls, Krishnamurthy said it has always been the Election Commission’s view also.”That requires an amendment to the state election law.One electoral roll is desirable,” he added.

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Kolkata market fire: 2 persons charred to death, over 300 shops gutted

A major fire broke out in a market in Dum Dum area in outskirts of Kolkata in West Bengal on Monday in which two persons were charred to death and hundreds of shops were gutted, Fire Brigade said.The fire broke out in the Gora Bazar of Dum Dum at around 2 am today, they said. Twenty fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the fire brigade said adding that the fire has been brought under control. Two charred bodies have been recovered from the market, they said adding that the cause of the fire was not yet known. More than 300 shops have been gutted in the fire, they said. According to Zee 24 Ghanta report, the locals alleged that fire tenders took long time to come and that helped the blaze to spread further. There was lack of sufficient water to douse the fire also, according to locals. This is the third time fire has broken out in Gora Bazar market in recent history. Also readBawana Fire: Workers were making firecrackers, but believed they were ‘packing colours’There was a UCO Bank branch in the market. It has been completely gutted to ashes in the fire. Many shopkeepers and locals have account in that branch. According to locals, many shopkeepers had stocked extra goods owing to Saraswati Puja. They were hoping for a brisk sale on Monday morning. Their hopes too were reduced to ashes. With agency inputs

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Bawana Fire: Workers were making firecrackers, but believed they were ‘packing colours’

The firecracker factory in Bawana where 17 people were killed in a massive fire on Saturday had kept workers in dark about their nature of work. Workers were told that they were packing colours in boxes and not gunpowder, some women who worked at the factory said. It was earlier reported the facility was only being used to store firecrackers but workers have rubbished such claims. Also readBawana fire: How inhuman working conditions saved the lives of these three womenAccording to many of the workers, they were given small boxes to pack gunpowder which was used to make firecrackers. They were, however, told that it was only colour. They felt burning sensation in their bodies due to working with the gunpowder as no precautions were taken, workers, many of them women, said. Ten women and seven men were killed while a man and woman were injured in the massive blaze at a “cold firecrackers” unit in outer Delhi’s Bawana industrial area on Friday. One of the women who died in the fire was said to be pregnant. Also readBawana factory was operating without license, says MCD14 of the deceased had been identified — Rohit, Sanjit, Sukhda, Khusna, Soni, Suraj, Ravi Kant, Baby Devi, Afshana, Sonam, Reeta, Madeena, Rajjo and supervisor Ajeet Ranjan till Sunday.The bodies of two men and one woman are yet to be identified, the police said yesterday. The 49-year-old Manoj Jain, who was running the factory, has been arrested. The police are still probing the cause of the fire. Also readBawana Fire: Screams echo through alleys as charred bodies arrive homeA senior official of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has said that the unit did not have a “working license.” According to the officials, the factory was functioning “illegally”, as no application seeking a license for the property was received since 2014 when an application was rejected for not having “complete formalities”.The case was yesterday handed over to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police from the district police.

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Kamala Mills Fire: One fire officer suspended for granting NOC, 140 likely to resign

140 officers from Mumbai Fire Brigade are meeting the chief fire officer PS Rahangdale today at 4pm after the row over action taken against fire officers after the Kamala mills fire incidence. They are also likely to submit their resignations.A fire officer who is a member of Fire Brigade officer’ association said, “We grant NOCs on conditions and if the owners are following fire norms is work of the ward office. It’s not correct to put all blame on non-compliance on fire officers. We are fire fighters our job is on the field and not clerical.”For granting NOC to 1Above and Mojo’s Bistro one fire officer is suspended, and another officer Rajendra Patio has been arrested in the case.Also readKamala Mills dir, 2 others heldRavi Bhandari, the director of Kamala Mills, a hookah parlour owner and a fire brigade official were arrested on Saturday in connection with the Kamala Mills Compound fire for promoting illegalities. The trio was arrested by the NM Joshi police on Saturday and will be produced in the court on Sunday.According to police, it was Bhandari’s responsibility to obtain permissions and permits related to fire safety. Utkarsh Pandey, who supplied hookahs to 1 Above and Mojo’s Bistro, was arrested as Mumbai Fire Brigade’s report said the fire was sparked by hookah embers. Fire officer RB Patil was arrested for issuing No Objection Certificates while knowing the illegalities in the construction.Also readKamala Mills Fire: Mojo’s Bistro owner surrenders, sent to police custody for 5 days”The fire brigade official gave an NOC despite knowing the illegal developments and fire safety hazards involved,” said a police officer. “Bhandari made clear violations by not acquiring several permissions from government agencies before letting out the properties to 1 Above and Mojo’s Bistro.”S. Jaykumar, Additional Commissioner of Police, South Region, said, “The accused have been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder among other sections of the Indian Penal Code.”Three people, who were arrested on Saturday in connection with Kamala Mills fire tragedy, were produced before a Mumbai court on Sunday.The arrested people were identified as Ravi Surajmal Bhandari, partner of Kamala mill, Rajendra Baban Patil, fire officer and Uttkarsh Vinod Pande, supplier and contractor.The lawyer of one of the accused, Uttkarsh Vinod Pande, said that his client was innocent and allegation levelled against him a wrong.‘They are making a false allegation on my client Uttkarsh Pandey. He was not present at the time of the incident, so he is not responsible for this. He was not even present near the vicinity of the incident spot,’ advocate Sayaji Nangre said.Around 14 people were killed and 12 suffered critical injuries in the massive fire that broke out at the Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel locality in Mumbai in the wee hours of December 29.The Mumbai Police had earlier arrested two owners of Mojo’s Bistro, the restaurant from where the fire triggered and also the son of former Pune police commissioner K K Pathak.Earlier, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), in its reports, had confirmed that the fire started from Mojo’s Bistro and spread rapidly to ‘1 Above’ restaurant.With inputs from agencies

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Under constant fear of Pakistani shelling, displaced border dwellers demand land, bunkers in J&K

Living with the constant fear of Pakistani shelling, displaced border dwellers are scared of returning to their homes and are demanding early sanction of the “promised” piece of land in safer zones and construction of bunkers.The demands were made by people putting up at three relief camps set up by the state government here for border dwellers who have been bearing the brunt of heavy Pakistani shelling.12 persons, including five security personnel, have been killed and over 50 others injured in the unprovoked and indiscriminate firing by Pakistan in the five districts of Jammu, Kathua and Samba along the IB and LoC since Thursday last.Last month, the Centre gave a sanction for construction of 14,460 underground bunkers at a cost of Rs 415.73 crore for safety of people living along the LoC and the IB in Jammu division.The BJP had promised five marlas (1361.25 sq ft) of land for border villagers during the election campaigning in the state ahead of forming a government with the PDP in 2015.However, last year, the government informed the state legislative assembly that it had decided to construct bunkers in border districts instead of allotting five marlas of land to each family as shifting of population to another place would not be in the interest of the state or nation.What we are getting is only hollow promises and unabated firing from Pakistan over the last four years. The government needs to act and provide us the promised five marlas of land away from the firing zone for our safety, Sudesh Kumari, a resident of Beghwara Choga, told PTI.Kumari is among 150 border residents camping at the Indian Training Institute (ITI) complex in this sector after one of her relatives lost his life in the Pakistani shelling along the International Border in Bhera village on Saturday.Hamara Jeena Haraam Ho Gaya hai (Our life has become a hell), she said as nearly three dozen women gathered to condole the demise of her brother-in-law Ghar Singh in the Pakistani shelling second the view.Singh was among six persons killed in R S Pura and Arnia sectors, while 32 others were injured.The dead included a BSF jawan.Suneeta said, We are living a life of uncertainty with no future. During firing, we are even unable to help our children to move to safety, she said, adding the lurking threat of Pakistani shelling is taking a toll on our mental health.Making a passionate appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 75-year-old Krishna Devi from Abdullian said, With folded hands, we want to say that we are not even safe in our homes as shells pierce the roof and walls and we should be helped on humanitarian grounds.Her grandson Pankaj Kumar said they are afraid to go back to their homes.The firing was intense (over the past week) and we fear it might continue till Republic Day, he said. Kumari said they had a narrow escape while fleeing the village as a mortar shell missed them and landed on a tree.Had the shell not landed on the tree, it would have hit the vehicle we were travelling in from the village to the rehabilitation camp, she said.Kanta Devi, a resident of Kapurpur and putting up at government boys higher secondary school, said, The truth is bitter the government is not doing enough for our safety and security while the firing from across the border had increased manifold over the years.What we are going through, we pray nobody else should face such a situation, she said.Kastoori Lal said many VVIPs including deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh and Relief and Rehabilitation minister Javaid Mustafa Mir visited the camp since Saturday and extended condolences to families who lost their dear ones in the Pakistani firing and assured all possible help.How long we will stay at the camps? We want government to fulfil our demand of allotment of land at safer places and early construction of bunkers, he said.He said there is no alternative to peace.”We want peaceful atmosphere to return by strictly implementing the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two countries as innocent people are getting killed and displaced on the either side.Health Minister Bali Bhagat said India has taken many initiatives to normalise relations with Pakistan but the neighbouring country needs to understand the futility of violence and reciprocate positively.Not only the people of Jammu and Kashmir but the entire country wants good neighbourly relations between India and Pakistan, he said.However, he said it is unfortunate that the firing from across the border is going on, killing innocent persons and resulting in displacement of the people.The government was doing its best to provide relief to border residents displaced by the Pakistani firing.We have already issued a high alert all along the 449 km stretch from Kathua to Poonch-Rajouri, comprising both IB and LoC.We have deployed 197 ambulances and identified25 health institutions which are very close to villages affected by the firing, he said.He said despite tasting defeat at the hands of India many times, Pakistan continues its mischief.”I am of the opinion that the central government is going to take a strong measure in coming days…from former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we extended the hand of friendship keeping in mind the doctrine that friends can be changed but not neighbours.”When we are getting shells from Pakistan, we are compelled to direct that if they fire one shell, respond it by 10 shells, he said.The minister said the world understands that India is a powerful country and its Army has the capability to cross the border and hit terrorist targets and return without the knowledge of their counterparts.

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Marathi actor Praful Bhalerao killed in train accident

Bhalerao had also featured in Marathi serials like 'Tu Majha Sangati', 'Nakushi' and 'Jyotiba Phule'.”
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Saraswati Pandal set on fire in West Bengal’s Howrah

A pandal dedicated to the Goddess of Learning, Saraswati, on the occasion of Vasanta Panchami was set ablaze in Baltikuri in West Bengal’s Howrah District.Witnesses said that some inebriated local residents were responsible for the incident.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rahul Sinha criticised Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying her decision to ban Durga Visarjan, Ram Navmi and Hanuman Jayanti processions in the state was the main reason for such incidents.”It is sad that religious rituals are attacked these days in West Bengal. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is responsible for it. She has banned Durga Visarjan, Ram Navmi and Hanuman Jayanti processions. That is why anti-social elements dare to burn Saraswati and Durga idols,” he said.An investigation is underway.

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Chinese Navy gets new electronic warfare aircraft: Report

China has built a new type of electronic warfare aircraft which can cover bigger combat areas such as the South and East China seas and greatly enhance the Navy’s capabilities in modern warfare, a media report said today.The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s South China Sea Fleet deployed the H-6G bomber in its recent combat manoeuvres.The aircraft developed for 10 years in service is equipped with the Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) pods underneath its wings.It was the first time the bomber played “a supporting role in the electronic warfare”, China Central Television (CCTV) reported last week.The modified H-6G fitted with ECM pods can engage in combat missions using electronic jamming, suppression and anti-radiation, it said.”The main role of the electronic fighters is to obstruct the enemies’ electronic jamming devices – for example, radar, to temporarily or permanently, if powerful enough, cover the surveillance devices and to hide our combat platforms’ track,” Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the state-run Global Times.”The H-6G electronic warfare aircraft boasts of high electronic jamming power and can cover relatively bigger combat areas such as the South China Sea and East China Sea,” Song said.China has developed advanced and standardised ECM pods to modify multiple types of fighter jets for combat requirements, such as the J-15 type fighter jets. Using the ECM pods in fighters is the most efficient and effective way, Song said.China’s JH-7 fighter bomber was also seen carrying such ECM pods in previous PLA Air Force military practices, according to CCTV.China’s PLA Navy deploys such EMC pods carrying aircraft together with its warships and other combat vessels for electronic combat missions and to enhance combat capabilities, Song said.China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Beijing has built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region.China claims almost all of South China Sea and has also laid claims on the Senkaku islands under the control of Japan in East China Sea.Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counterclaims over the South China Sea.Both areas are stated to be rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources. They are also vital to global trade.

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World Economic Forum: PM Modi to share his vision for India’s future engagements

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday left for Davos to participate in the World Economic Forum where he said he will share his vision for India’s future engagements with the international community.The prime minister had said in his departure statement yesterday that India’s engagement with the outside world in the recent years has become “truly and effectively multi-dimensional covering the political, economic, people to people, security and other spheres”.”At Davos, I look forward to sharing my vision for India’s future engagement with the international community,” he said.Modi, who will deliver the opening plenary address at the WEF summit on Tuesday, said he is also looking forward to separating bilateral meetings with Swiss President Alain Berset and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Davos.”I am confident that these bilateral meetings would be fruitful and give a boost to our relations with these countries and further strengthen economic engagement,” he said.Modi will host a dinner for global CEOs today. On Tuesday, he will interact with global business community members, besides delivering his keynote address.

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SP prepars for LS 2019: Would like to campaign from Kannauj, Mulayam from Mainpuri

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav today said he would like to contest next year’s general elections from Kannauj constituency, presently held by his wife Dimple Yadav.”I will like to contest from Kannauj,” he told reporters here after paying tribute to veteran socialist leader Janeshwar Mishra on his death anniversary.Replying to a question, Akhilesh Yadav said ‘netaji’ Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest the polls from Mainpuri.In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the 78-year-old SP patriarch had contested from Azamgarh and Mainpuri and won both, but chose to retain Azamgarh to strengthen the party in eastern Uttar Pradesh.He vacated Mainpuri, which was then won in a by-poll by his grandson, Tej Pratap Yadav.The SP insiders said the decision of the party chief to contest the next general elections from Kannauj was aimed at quelling allegations of promoting “dynasty” in the party.Kannauj could, however, pose crucial test for the SP in the present scenario as in last year’s assembly election, the party had lost two of the three seats in the Lok Sabha constituency to the BJP while it won the Kannauj city seat by meagre 2,000 votes.To make matters worse, the SP lost all the three nagar palika chairman seats and all five nagar panchayat chairman seats in Kannauj in the recent civic polls.Dimple Yadav had beaten the BJP candidate in 2014 by just 20,000 votes.Akhilesh Yadav has represented Kannauj thrice in the Lok Sabha before relinquishing the seat after becoming chief minister in 2012.Speaking about the current BJP regime in the state, Akhilesh Yadav charged the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh with “failing” on all fronts, especially the law-and- order situation.”The Yogi Adityanath government has failed on all the fronts. There is no law and order in the state. The incident of dacoity yesterday in Kakori, on outskirts of the state capital, has exposed the tall claims of the state government on the law and order front,” he said.”Kakori, which was known for martyrs who laid down their lives for the sake of the country’s freedom, is now becoming infamous for dacoities,” he said.Martyrs Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan, Rajendra Lahiri and Thakur Roshan Singh, were hanged on December 19, 1927, for the Kakori conspiracy against the British.Citing recent crime incidents in Kannauj and Mathura, Akhilesh Yadav accused the police of inflicting atrocities on people and said that under such circumstances only Samajwadi (socialist) ideology can fight for the people.”The BJP divides the society while samajwadis unite people,” he said.

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Kurukshetra mall vandalised ahead of Padmaavat release

Miscreants vandalised a mall in Kurukshetra, Haryana, over the weekend ahead of the anticipated release of the movie ‘Padmaavat’.Eyewitnesses said that a group of people opened fire first and then attacked the mall with hammers and swords.Kurukshetra Police said some of the miscreants have been identified and further investigation is being undertaken.”We suspect that this act was against the release of Padmaavat. Around 20-22 people suddenly entered the mall at 6.48 pm, vandalised it and escaped from here without saying a word. We have identified a few of them,” said a Haryana Police officer.Last week, the Supreme Court set aside notifications passed by the governments of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat to ban the release of Padmaavat.Padmaavat will be released on January 25 in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

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AAP MLAs disqualification: Delhi High Court to hear plea against disqualification today

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Justice Loya death case: This is serious matter, will look into all documents, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Monday told petitioners in Justice BH Loya death case to submit all documents in the top court. The next hearing has been scheduled for February 2 at 2pm, when the Supreme Court will decide whether an investigation is required in the death of Judge Loya.The apex court restrained all High Courts from entertaining any petition relating to Justice Loya’s death case.The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that ‘this was a serious matter and that we will look into all documents.’In the explosive hearing, CJI Dipak Misra got angry when senior lawyer Indira Jaisingh inferred that the Supreme Court is going to gag media. He then asked her to retract and apologise.Also readSupreme Court bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra to hear Justice Loya death case today – 10 Points The bench got irked when senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for a Bombay lawyers body which had filed a PIL in the high court there, took the name of BJP president Amit Shah during the hearing alleging that everything has been done to protect him (Shah).”As of today, it is a natural death. Then, do not cast aspersions,” the bench said while considering the strong opposition of senior advocate Harish Salve, the counsel for Maharashtra government in the case.Also readHave no doubts about father’s death: BH Loya’s sonDuring the hearing, the Maharashtra government told the Supreme Court that a careful and prudent investigation was conducted after the media reports and four judicial officers assured there was no foul play involved. The three-judge bench recorded statements saying Justice Loya died of cardiac arrest, the ANI reported.Earlier, a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra had recused itself from hearing two petitions, filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla and a Maharashtra journalist B S Lone on the issue from hearing and had said that let the matter be posted before “an appropritate bench”.Also readNew Supreme Court Bench may hear BH Loya death caseIn pursuance of that order these two matters were listed today before the bench headed by the CJI.The Loya case was one of those which was indicated by the four senior most apex court judges — justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — at their press conference where they had questioned the manner in which sensitive cases were being allocated.(With inputs from PTI and ANI)

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Demanding Aadhaar as a proxy for identity must be criminalised: Edward Snowden

American whistle-blower and former Central Intelligence Agency employee Edward Snowden continued voicing his concern about data of Indian citizens getting misused by the Government of India though Aadhaar cards.Taking to Twitter, Snowden backed former RAW Chief KC Verma, who in an article in The Wire, had written about his experiences with Aadhaar. Snowden retweeted the article, with a quote that read, “Rarely do former intel chiefs and I agree, but the head of India’s RAW writes #Aadhaar is being abused by banks, telcos, and transport not to police entitlements, but as a proxy for identity–an improper gate to service. Such demands must be criminalized.”Later, UIDAI tweeted a series of tweets debunking the myths behind Aadhaar. One of them read, “#Aadhaar is an identifier, not a profiling tool. Aadhaar database does not keep any information about bank accounts, shares, mutual funds, property details, health records, family details, religion, caste, education etc. #AadhaarMythBuster (sic).”To which Snowden said, “That might be true if banks, landlords, hospitals, schools, telephone & internet companies were prohibited by law from asking for your #Aadhaar number. But any Indian can tell you they’re asked for their number by non-government entities––and those companies have databases too.”Snowden said that the Aadhaar database conceived and introduced by the Indian government can also be misused and abused. Retweeting CBS journalist Zack Whittaker’s response on a BuzzFeed report on the breach of Aadhaar database in India, Snowden said, “It is the natural tendency of government to desire perfect records of private lives. History shows that no matter the laws, the result is abuse.”Snowden also criticised the UIDAI for registering an FIR against a journalist from the Tribune, who exposed how easy it was for anyone to access information of a billion users for just Rs 500.Taking to Twitter, Snowden said, “The journalists exposing the #Aadhaar breach deserve an award, not an investigation. If the government were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians. Want to arrest those responsible? They are called @UIDAI,” Snowden tweeted.

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Fringe Fury | Watching Padmaavat? Then Karni Sena has this brutal warning for you

Barely three days before much-delayed release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat, Rajput Karni Sena has issued a chilling warning to those interested in watch the movie.Staging a protest against the period drama in Jaipur, the members of the fringe group said, ‘We are confident that no cinema hall will screen the film.’‘If someone does they should be ready to bear the consequences. Consider it a warning or request,’ a Karni Sena member was quoted as saying by ANI.The members of Karni Sena have been staging protests all over the country. On Monday, some protesters created a ruckus and tore the poster of ‘Padmaavat’ outside a movie hall Telangana.The manager of Tivoli Theatre said that they informed about the same to Begumpet police, following which they reached there and pacified the matter.‘Few persons came to Tivoli Theatre and tore the posters of Padmaavat, which is going to be screened on 25. We immediately informed the matter to Begumpet police. They reached the spot and spoke to them and sent them back,’ the manager said.Earlier, members of same organisation burnt ‘Padmaavat’ posters and staged a protest against the release of the movie in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow and said, “We will protest in front of every theatre and urge not to screen the movie”.The Supreme Court, recently, stayed notifications issued by the four states – Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat – to ban the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum-opus.In its interim order, the court said all states are constitutionally obliged to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident during the screening of the film, after permission has been granted by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The period drama has run into trouble time and again, as members of several Rajput factions have accused the director of the film, Bhansali of distorting history. Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles, the film is all set to release on January 25.

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Former Pakistan envoy to US booked for ‘maligning’ country

Pakistan’s former envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani, has been booked for allegedly giving hate speeches and writing books and articles defaming the military and the government.Haqqani was named in FIRs lodged by three people in two police stations in Kohat district of northwest Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, accusing Pakistan of “maligning” in his books, the DawnNews reported.The three FIRs were registered in Cantonment and Bilitang police stations by Momin, Muhammad Asghar and Shamsul Haq.The complainants alleged that the former ambassador had caused irreparable loss to the country and defamed it.Asghar alleged in the FIR that Haqqani was a “mentor of the Memogate scandal” and had issued visas to “CIA and Indian agents” while serving as Pakistani ambassador to the US.He served as ambassador from 2008 to 2011 in US and was removed for alleged role in what is known as Memogate controversy.The sections of the Pakistan Penal Code applied by police in the FIRs are 120B (hatching a criminal conspiracy) and 121A (waging a war against Pakistan).A police official said that under due procedure, Haqqani should surrender himself to them or he would be declared an absconder.Haqqani was criticised by parliament for his column in The Washington Post in which he had written that he had helped the US forces in eliminating al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden when the government and the Inter-Services Intelligence had been kept in the dark about the secret operation.It was about a memo sent to former Admiral Mike Mullen apparently seeking help of the then Obama administration to avert a military takeover in the wake of raid at the hideout of Osama in May 2011.Haqqani has also served as ambassador to Sri Lanka from 1992 to 1993.

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Victim in rape case involving Asaram to be examined from Jan 29

The Gujarat government on Monday told the Supreme Court that the victim in a rape case involving self-styled preacher Asaram Bapu will be examined from January 29.The top court adjourned the hearing on the bail plea of Asaram by nine weeks and said it will taken it up after the victim is examined by the trial court.A bench of Justices N V Ramana and A M Sapre which was initially inclined to dismiss the bail petition said the petitioner can easily approach after the victim is examined.The court had on January 15 sought to know the status of trial in a rape case involving Asaram and asked the Gujarat government to file a progress report on it.Asaram’s counsel had then told the court that in the Gujarat case, out of 92 witnesses, 22 material witnesses have been examined, 14 of them are dropped and rest need to be examine.On August 28, the apex court had expressed anguish over the tardy pace of progress in the rape case and had asked the state government to file the report.On April 12 last year, the apex court had asked the Gujarat trial court to expedite the recording of evidence of prosecution witnesses in a sexual assault case lodged by two Surat based sisters against Asaram.Earlier, the top court had refused to grant bail to Asaram on various grounds in the two sexual assault cases lodged in Rajasthan and Gujarat.The two Surat-based sisters had lodged separate complaints against Asaram and his son Narayan Sai, accusing them of rape and illegal confinement among other charges.The elder sister, in her complaint against Asaram, had accused him of repeated sexual assaults between 2001 and 2006 when she was staying at his ashram near Ahmedabad.In the case in Rajasthan, a teenage girl had accused him of sexual assault at his ashram in Manai village near Jodhpur.The girl, who belonged to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, was a student living in the ashram.The apex court had on November 18 last year sought the response of the Centre and five states on a plea seeking a CBI probe into the alleged murder of children and attacks on several witnesses in the Asaram rape cases.Asaram was arrested by Jodhpur Police on August 31, 2013 and has been in jail since then.

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Yechury-Karat faceoff: CPI yet to decide on tie-up with Cong, will discuss with CPI-M

Reddy does not think there is any possibility of having an all India alliance with the Congress, but said "in some states, no-contest type of things can be worked out." "But we want the Left unity as the first priority. So, on this issue, we want to discuss in our party and with the CPI(M) also," he said.
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury's draft resolution proposing an alliance with the Congress was yesterday voted against by the Left party's central committee, which ruled out any form of electoral ties with the party.
The draft prepared by the Yechury-led faction, which had favoured adjustment with the Congress to stop the BJP, was defeated in voting by the Kerala delegation led by politburo member Prakash Karat.
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"The draft political resolution adopted after incorporating some amendments, states that there is no electoral alliance or understanding with the Congress," Yechury said after the conclusion of the meeting. ”
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If convicted, the accused will stay in a correctional home till he is 21 years old after which the court can shift him to a jail or grant him bail, it had said.
The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 lowers the age of juveniles from 18 years to 16 years for heinous crimes such as rape, murder and dacoity-cum- murder, which warrant at least seven years of imprisonment.
However, the JJB first decides whether the crime was "child-like" or committed in an "adult frame of mind", following which it orders the accused to be tried as a juvenile or an adult.

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Monday 22 January 2018 12:40 IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>A Gurgaon sessions court today deferred till February 2 the hearing of a case relating to the murder of a seven-year-old boy in a private school due to non-availability of the judge concerned.The matter was adjourned as Additional Sessions Judge Jasbir Singh Kundu was on leave.During the last hearing, the court had barred the media from using the name of the 16-year-old juvenile accused and asked media houses to use imaginary names.While the seven-year-old victim was named ‘Prince’ by the court, the juvenile accused was named ‘Bholu’ and the school was called ‘Vidyalaya’.On January 8, the court rejected the bail plea of the accused student. It also imposed a cost of Rs 21,000 for “wasting the court’s time” in baseless litigation and directed the father of the accused to deposit the amount.The victim was found with his throat slit in the school’s washroom on September 8 last year.Gurgaon Police had claimed the crime was committed by a school bus conductor. This was later refuted by the CBI.The probe agency claimed the teenager had killed the child in a bid to get the school closed so that a parent-teacher meeting and an examination could be deferred.The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on December 20 held that the teenager would be tried as an adult and directed that he be produced before the Gurgaon sessions court.The Board had noted that the accused was mature enough to recognise the consequences of his actions.If convicted, the accused will stay in a correctional home till he is 21 years old after which the court can shift him to a jail or grant him bail, it had said.The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 lowers the age of juveniles from 18 years to 16 years for heinous crimes such as rape, murder and dacoity-cum- murder, which warrant at least seven years of imprisonment.However, the JJB first decides whether the crime was “child-like” or committed in an “adult frame of mind”, following which it orders the accused to be tried as a juvenile or an adult.

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India is a step closer in acquiring the formidable S-400 Triumf missile system. The Rs 39,000 crore deal with Moscow will give New Delhi not only an edge over Islamabad but will also bring it on par with Beijing. The talks regarding the deal have entered the final talks, a Times of India report said on Monday. The Narendra Modi government is keen on closing the deal in the fiscal of 2018-2019. The surface-to-air missile system can detect, track and destroy enemy targets at a range of 400 km and altitude of 30 km. According to a Mail Today report, the Indian Air Force had conducted the field evaluation trails, which were said to be successful.Manufactured by Almaz Antey in Russia, the missile system includes set of radars, missile launcher sand command posts.If India is able to close the deal, it would be able to track all Pakistani air bases. Also, China installations in Tibet would also come within India’s striking range. HIGH IN DEMANDRecently, Turkey had also signed a pact with Russia regarding the supply of S-400 surface-to-air missiles. The S-400 accord, reportedly worth some $2.5 billion, has caused concern in the West because Turkey is a member of NATO and the system cannot be integrated into NATO’s military architecture.It is the latest in a series of moves by Ankara to boost its defence capabilities as it faces threats from Kurdish and Islamist militants at home and conflicts across its borders in Syria and Iraq.No details of the accord were available and officials were not immediately available to comment. But Sergei Chemezov, head of the Russian state conglomerate Rostec, told the Kommersant daily on Wednesday Russia would supply Turkey with four batteries of S-400s under the deal.He said Moscow was expected to begin the first deliveries in March 2020 and that Turkey was the first NATO member state to acquire the advanced S-400 missile system.

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Amid ongoing row over the screening of upcoming Bollywood movie ‘Padmaavat’, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday said that he will comply with the Supreme Court’s order and provide a security to theatres screening the movie.The Chief Minister’s assurance came after the Supreme court paved the way for the nationwide release of ‘Padmaavat’ by staying the ban on its screening in Gujarat and Rajasthan.Maintaining that states were under constitutional obligation to maintain law and order, the apex court had said that this duty also includes providing police protection to persons who are involved in the film, its exhibition and the audience watching it.Haryana government have not issued any formal order but had stated that they would not allow the exhibition of the film.”If someone decides not to screen the film it will be good, but if someone screens the film they will be provided security. It is our duty to comply with Supreme Court’s order,” Khattar told media.Also readPadmaavat | Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh & Shahid Kapoor film is releasing on January 24th – but there’s a twist Last week, some members of a Rajput organisation had stag a d protest against the film in Ambala and said they will burn down the theatres if Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie is screened in the theatres. However, the Gujarat Multiplex Association has already decided not to screen the film across the state as everyone is scared.On Sunday, hundreds of members of the Karni Sena from Gautam Budh Nagar, vandalised the Delhi Noida Direct Toll Plaza, leading to a massive tailback of vehicles till south extension. Whereas, protestors resorted to violence and targeted public properties in Gujarat.Meanwhile, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh moved the Supreme Court seeking a recall of its January 18 order.Also readBrandishing swords, women take out rally against Padmaavat

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Delhi police arrests most wanted Indian Mujahideen terrorist Abdul Subhan Qureshi

A Special Cell of Delhi Police on Monday arrested Indian Mujahideen terrorist Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Touqeer after a brief exchange of fire.Qureshi was involved in 2008 serial blasts in Gujarat. He is also allegedly involved in various terror-related cases being probed by Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra police forces. “We have arrested India’s most wanted terrorist Abdul Subhan Qureshi who is also the founder of Indian Mujahideen. He was again trying to revive Indian Mujahideen,” said DCP Pramod Kushwaha.The Special Cell officer said that Abdul Subhan Qureshi was living with forged documents in Nepal.Qureshi has been sent to 14 days police custody by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sehrawat.The Indian Mujahideen terrorist is also accused of being originally a commander of the banned terror outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), who later with the help of other terrorists launched the Indian Mujahideen. 41-year-old Qureshi hails from Maharashtra and he is an engineer by profession. Qureshi has also worked in top-notch companies and at one point of time, he also arranged funds for terror activities.After Batla House encounter, Qureshi moved around India and then from Ruxaul border, he went to Nepal where he taught English in a private school.Between 2015-17, he also stayed in Saudi Arabia using a fake passport.

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Know how Bunch of Fools, a Raipur community, ensured their city stays clean

One month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Clean India with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan mission, a group of seven friends – all working professionals based out of Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur – came together to clean all the dirty spots of the city.Today, from an originally seven-member team, Bunch of Fools (that is the community’s name) has over 200 members who come together every Sunday to clean various pockets of the city. As part of the cleaning, they put up murals, clean the area of rubbish and awareness campaigns on cleanliness.Also readFadnavis govt offers cash incentives to Maharashtra cities that perform well in Swachh Bharat rankingsSpeaking to DNA, Satish Bhuwalka, one of the original founders said that the name came from the fact that people would laugh at their dream of a Clean India. “They would call us fools, but instead of taking it negatively, we made it a point to channel it in the right direction to initiate the Clean Raipur drive,” he said.The group comes together every Sunday to go to various pockets of the city and clean it. On the first weekend, they spent between Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000 to buy cleaning equipment to begin their programme. “From then, we have a Maruti van that full of cleaning equipments,” Bhuwalka, now aged 32, said.Also readEvery Indian house will have a toilet before 2019 elections; changing mindset challenge: CentreInitially, there were several challenges as the areas that were cleaned up were immediately messed up in a day or two. “We then would go on Saturdays with our awareness team and speak to locals. They would agree in joining our initiative and help us cleaning the area on Sunday. That way, the area got cleaner because residents felt a sense of ownership,” he said.On April 1, Bunch of Fools will clean their 200th venue. “It’s our day as it is April Fool’s Day,” joked Bhuwalka added, but on a serious note added that it was a matter of pride that they were able to successfully continue working every Sunday without taking a break. “We’re achieving our dream of cleaning our city. It was ranked 129 earlier, but I hope that we will see an improvement,” he added.Also readChhattisgarh: Raipur organises nation’s first ‘Kachra Mahotsav’ The highlight, however, for the team was meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31 last year. “November 1 is Chhattisgarh Foundation Day and Prime Minister Modi met us a day earlier. He didn’t want to see our work, but said that he had been following what we had been doing to the city. It was a matter of pride for us, as he keenly watches the Swachh Abhyaan Mission,” Bhuwalka said, adding that Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has also actively followed their work.On thoughts of expanding, Bhuwalka says that there is still plenty of time for that, as Raipur is their primary focus. “We have received calls from Mumbai and New Delhi to come. While we are unable to, we have asked people to use our name to clean their respective areas,” he added.From a seven-member team, today Bunch of Fools has over 200 members with a 60-40 men-women ratio. “In our first year, we had no women in our team, but they gradually joined and their presence has made a lot of difference because of their commitment and sincerity to keeping their area clean,” he said.

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Maharashtra govt to sell Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali products via E-Seva Centres

The Maharashtra government will now sell Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali products through ‘Aaple Sarkar Seva Kendra’ which provide citizens all services in one place.The state government has issued a notification in this regard, and this is the first time where a private company’s products will be sold through the government.’Aaple Sarkar Seva Kendra’ provides a host of services related to ration cards, birth certificates, income and domicile certificates, PAN Card, Aadhaar etc.The development comes after the company announced its foray into e-commerce plans and tied up with Flipkart and Amazon.Patanjali is the only firm that finds a mention in the list of products/services offered. A report also says that in the Government Resolution, Patanjali products are listed as a separate category that citizens can avail through e-seva centres.The portion of the GR mentioning Patanjali was copied from the guidelines issued by the Centre through its special purpose directives called the common service centre, said Principal Secretary (State Information & Technology) SVR Srinivas.”It is wrong to assume that Maharashtra government is promoting Patanjali through its network. And the portion you are talking about is not even 0.1% of the entire notification,” the officer told Mumbai Mirror.Last year, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam had filed a plea against Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurveda, alleging major irregularities in the allotment of over 600 acres land to the company for setting up a food park in Maharshtra’s Nagpur.Nirupam also alleged that while the current market value of the land is at least Rs 100 crore per acre, Ramdev s Patanjali Ayurveda received it at a throwaway price of Rs 25 lakh per acre.Meanwhile, the Himachal Pradesh government will also provide products of Baba Ramdev-founded Patanjali at its fair price shops.

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Padmaavat | Supreme Court to hear Rajasthan and MP govt’s plea against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie on Tuesday

The Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh government on Monday moved the Supreme Court against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Padmaavat.The state governments are seeking a modification in the order of the apex court, where it lifted ban on the movie in four states. The top court is likely to hear the plea on Tuesday. The movie will hit the theatre screens on January 25. The states claimed that section 6 of the Cinematograph Act empowers them to stop exhibition of any controversial movie on the grounds of possible violation of law and order.Also readPadmaavat protest reaches NCR; DND toll vandalised, 15 arrestedSenior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Viacom 18 the producers of the Deepika Padukone-starrer, opposed urgent hearing on any such interim applications.The court, however, agreed to hear the applications tomorrow.Also readDespite the protests, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ may open to over 65% occupancyThe Supreme Court had on January 25 paved the way for the nationwide release of ‘Padmaavat’ by staying the ban on its screening in Gujarat and Rajasthan.The apex court also restrained other states from issuing any such notification or order banning the screening of the movie.Also read‘Padmaavat’ | After Karni Sena’s threat, Rajasthan govt assures security to CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles, is based on the saga of historic battle of 13th century between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.Haryana and Madhya Pradesh governments have not issued any formal order but had stated that they would not allow the exhibition of the film.Maintaining that states were under constitutional obligation to maintain law and order, the apex court had said that this duty also includes providing police protection to persons who are involved in the film, its exhibition and the audience watching it.

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Kamala Mills Fire | Police may book architect of pubs, compound co-owner, civic officials

The NM Joshi Marg police probing the Kamala Mills fire tragedy that killed 14 people and injured at least 22 are likely to book the architect of 1Above and Mojo’s, the co-director of Kamala Mills compound, as well as the civic officials who have been suspended from duty.On Saturday, the police had arrested Ravi Bhandari, a co-owner of the compound, Utkarsh Pande, the hookah supplier at 1Above and Mojo, and Rajendra Patil, a fire officer.The police believe that all three individuals are equally responsible for the tragedy. They have also said that the architect of both pubs has been booked for using flammable material as part of the décor. In addition, BMC officials have been booked for allowing illegal extensions in the premises.Also readKamala Mills Fire | BMC report says combustible materials caused blaze at 1AboveThe three accused were produced before the Bhoiwada court on Sunday from where they have been remanded in police custody till January 25.The lawyers of the accused have, however, argued that they have submitted the documents and there was no need for police custody.Also readDNA EXCLUSIVE | Despite Kamala Mills fire, rooftop parties get a green signalA report filed by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (BMC) has concluded that the Kamala Mills fire that started at Mojo Bistro thanks to a piece of charcoal spread to 1Above, the restaurant above Mojo as the latter had some highly combustible material in its premises.The Mumbai police had earlier said the owners of 1Above were responsible for the deaths of 14 people.Also readKamala Mills dir, 2 others heldThe report has also recommended a departmental inquiry against 10 municipal officials.Mojo Bistro, which was located a floor below 1Above, was reportedly the source of the fire after a piece of charcoal in a hookah started the blaze that killed 14 people on the midnight of December 28.Kripesh and Jigar Sanghavi, the owners of 1Above, were arrested on January 11 and have been charged with Indian Penal Code sections 304 – Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, 337 – Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others, 338 – Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others and 34 – Common intention.Earlier, the owner of Mojo’s Bistro Yug Pathak was produced in Bhoiwada court on Sunday. Pathak had been arrested in connection with the fire in Kamala Mill’s which claimed 14 lives on Saturday. He will be kept in police custody till January 12.14 people were killed and 21 injured after the fire broke out on the midnight of December 28.Among those killed was Khushbu Bansali, a woman who was celebrating her 29th birthday at “1Above”, and several of her friends.Two American brothers of Indian origin, and their aunt, who had gone to celebrate Khushbu’s birthday, were also among the dead.The blaze, the cause of which is not clear yet, started after 12.30 am at the 1Above pub on the terrace, resulting in collapse of its bamboo-propped canopy, as towering flames leapt metres into the dark sky. It also engulfed the Mojo’s Bistro pub a storey below.Related Photos
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Prakash Raj’s acerbic take on Darwin row | Man evolving into ape, trying to take us back into Stone Age

National Award-winning actor Prakash Raj, known for his critical comments on the Narendra Modi government, has done it again .On Monday, the actor took to Twitter to express his anguish over Junior Minister Satyapal Singh’s remark on Darwin Theory.‘ our ancestors have not seen ape evolving in to man” says minister. But dear sir,..can you deny that we are witnessing..the reverse….man evolving into ape by digging the past and trying to take us back into STONE AGE……#justasking (sic),’ Raj tweeted in morning.The comment came a day after Singh on Sunday maintained his stand and said that he was a ‘man of science.’Also readAfter questioning Darwin Theory, Junior Minister Satyapal Singh says ‘I have PhD in Chemistry’‘I’m not coming from Arts background… I have completed my PhD in Chemistry from Delhi University,’ Singh told news channel NDTV.Singh’s Darwin remark sparked major controversy as many people took to Twitter for slmmaing the minister for his ‘unscientific approach’.Also readDarwin’s theory of evolution wrong, no one ever saw ape turn into man: Union Minister Satyapal SinghSingh had claimed that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution of man was “scientifically wrong” and it needs to be changed in school and college curriculum.The Minister of State for Human Resource Development said, ‘our ancestors have nowhere mentioned that they saw an ape turning into a man.’Also readPolitics maketh man into monkey: Twitter on Satyapal Singh’s claim that evolution was scientifically wrong”Darwin’s theory (of evolution of humans) is scientifically wrong. It needs to change in school and college curriculum. Since the man is seen on Earth he has always been a man,” he said while speaking to reporters on Saturday.The IPS officer-turned-politician was in this central Maharashtra city to attend the ‘All India Vaidik Sammelan.’ “Nobody, including our ancestors, in written or oral, have said they saw an ape turning into a man,” he said.”No books we have read or the tales told to us by our grandparents had such a mention,” the minister added.Darwinism is a theory of biological evolution that states that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual’s ability to compete, survive, and reproduce.It was developed by Darwin, a 19th century English naturalist, and others.It is not the first time Singh has made a controversial statement. In September last year, Singh had said that engineering students should to learn about Vishwakarma, a Hindu deity, worshipped by craftsmen and engineer community and the first Indian who flew an airplane, alongwith Wright Brothers, in their institutes.”When students in India are taught about the invention of airplanes, they are taught that Wright Brothers invented the plane in 1903 but how many of them know that before Wright Brothers, first plane was invented by an Indian Shivakar Babuji Talpade in the year 1895? Are students taught these things at IITs or engineering institutes? They are not, but they should be,” Singh had said.He added that along with the Wright Brothers, students should be taught about Talpade and Pushpak Viman, which is a flying chariot described in Hindu texts.”We are currently lagging behind in research and innovation. Our researchers need to be told about our rich culture and our civilization which dates back many thousands of years. We have seen such amazing examples of scientific inventions in the past, we should learn from them,” he had said at an award function organised by All India Council for Technical Education.

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Chhattisgarh: Raipur organises nation’s first ‘Kachra Mahotsav’

The Raipur Municipal Corporation in Chhattisgarh has organised the city’s first garbage festival that ended on Sunday. However, a tweet by the municipal corporation says that it is also the nation’s first such festival.A press release added that the aim is to increase awareness, aim to increase awareness, use the waste generated in the city creatively and to showcase multiple techniques for reusing things that are labelled as garbage.The three-day festival will be filled with workshops, talks, performances and also some interesting installations.Also readEvery Indian house will have a toilet before 2019 elections; changing mindset challenge: CentreAs part of their unique celebrations, other districts in Chhattisgarh have also shared innovative ideas including poems by students on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene.Earlier, the Centre had said that every household will get a toilet and will be open-defecation free before the 2019 elections, but have cautioned that changing the general mindset of the people still remains a challenge. Hardeep Singh Puri, has had a tough task to manage the huge quantum of daily garbage generated across urban areas. In fact, experts have said availability of toilets and their maintenance are key to their use, particularly public toilets in urban areas. In rural areas, on the other hand, the bigger challenge is to make the facility available to people. He added that rural India had achieved only 39% sanitation coverage till October 2014 when the Swachh Bharat Mission was launched. “Over 5.9 crore toilets have been built and nearly 30 crore rural Indians have stopped defecating in the open since the launch of the mission. 290 districts in seven states of Sikkim, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh have become open defecation free. We are expecting another 8-10 states to become ODF by March, taking the total to about 18-20. We expect 400 districts to be ODF by March,” the official said.

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Mumbai: Two firemen injured after manufacturing unit catches fire in Marol

At least two firemen were injured in firefighting operations at a closed manufacturing unit in Mumbai’s Marol area late Sunday.According to reports, the fire started at 1 am in a ground-plus-one storey manufacturing unit where electrical wiring, moulding machines, boilers and other plastic material were stored. “It took around four hours to douse the flames after eight fire engines, six water tankers and ambulances were deployed,” a fire official told DNA.Two firemen sustained minor burn injuries and have been admitted to Cooper Hospital in Juhu. They have been identified as Jagdish Hangar (32) and Vilash Chhari (53).Mumbai has witnessed several fire incidents since December 29, when a Level 4 fire caused by charcoal in a hookah killed 14 people attending a birthday party at 1Above, a club in Kamala Mills Lower Parel. Following this, incidents in Marol, Lower Parel, Kanjurmarg and South Mumbai, and neighbouring have been reported with an additional count of five fatalities. The final fire in Thane which took place on Friday saw fire rise from the fourth floor of a high rise and go up to the 26th floor of the building in Hari Nivas Circle. Fire officials evacuated over 150 people in that incident, and no fatalities were reported.

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Amid border tension, Centre’s interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma kicks off Mission Kashmir

Amid “Khoon Ki Holi” on borders, Centre’s Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma is embarking on ‘Mission Kashmir’ to reach out to the people and help in restoring peace in the restive Jammu and Kashmir.Sharma on Sunday met Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra in New Delhi and held extensive discussions on several important issues relating to the restoration of peace and normalcy in the state. Sharma is leaving for Kashmir on Monday to meet a cross-section of society and help in bringing normalcy to the state.Also readCeasefire Violations: Pakistani troops resort to heavy shelling in Jammu and Kashmir, 12 killed in 4 days It will be Sharma’s first visit to Kashmir in 2018. Since his appointment last year, Centre’s interlocutor has visited different places including sensitive South Kashmir to hold discussions with people.Centre’s interlocutor’s visit comes against the backdrop of escalating tensions on Line of Control and International Border in Jammu division. Also read120 schools in Poonch ordered closed due to Pak firing, residents live in fear as ceasefire violations continueThe death toll in the ceasefire violations on LoC and International Border (IB) has climbed to 12 since Wednesday night. More than 50 people have suffered injuries and thousands of people have fled their homes. Schools and educational institutions in the five-kilometer range of International Border and LoC have been shut as a precautionary measure.A Border Security Force (BSF) spokesman said cross-border fire stopped at 05.45 on Monday. “It had covered the whole area of Pargwal, Mad, RS Pura, Arnia, and Ramgarh. However, there was no fire in Samba-Kathua area. There is no BSF injury”, he said.The spokesman, however, noted that there have been occasional small burst coming from few of Pakistan Posts.Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan not to turn the state into “Jung Ka Akharda” (battlefield) and instead make it a bridge for friendship. “I request our Prime Minister and neighboring country Pakistan not to allow Jammu and Kashmir to become Jung Ka Akhara and instead make it a bridge for friendship. Like we had opened (cross LoC) roads –Muzaffarabad, Rawalakote — so there that there is business and Khoon Ki Holi is stopped… our kids go to schools, our people stay in their homes without fear and our people go to farms without any hassles”, said Mehbooba.

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Every Indian house will have a toilet before 2019 elections; changing mindset challenge: Centre

Top government functionaries believe that every household will get a toilet and will be open-defecation free before the 2019 elections, but have cautioned that changing the general mindset of the people still remains a challenge.As per a Times of India report, the urban affairs department headed by Hardeep Singh Puri, has had a tough task to manage the huge quantum of daily garbage generated across urban areas. In fact, experts have said availability of toilets and their maintenance are key to their use, particularly public toilets in urban areas. In rural areas, on the other hand, the bigger challenge is to make the facility available to people. He added that rural India had achieved only 39% sanitation coverage till October 2014 when the Swachh Bharat Mission was launched. “Over 5.9 crore toilets have been built and nearly 30 crore rural Indians have stopped defecating in the open since the launch of the mission. 290 districts in seven states of Sikkim, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh have become open defecation free. We are expecting another 8-10 states to become ODF by March, taking the total to about 18-20. We expect 400 districts to be ODF by March,” the official said.Also read#3yearsofModiGovt: Healthcare in right direction, but 2019 deadline of ‘Clean India’ may need extensionWith the primary objective to reduce open defecation through the construction of individual, cluster and community toilets, the mission aims to achieve an Open-Defecation Free (ODF) India by 2 October 2019 by constructing 12 million toilets in rural India, at a projected cost of Rs 1.96 lakh crore.With one and a half years left, the mission has a long way to go, as data from the Swachhta Status Report from the National Sample Survey Office 2016 suggests. According to that report, 8.9% of urban India has to opt for open defecation, while 55.4% in rural India have to defecate in the open.The number of individuals openly defecating in rural India has increased from the previous year. In the previous 2015 report, it was suggested by the Swachhta Status report that 52.1% of rural India still defecate in the open.The Centre for its part, despite the increase in numbers, has been doing its bit to construct toilets across the country. As per data provided by the Swachh Bharat website, 70.3 lakh applications for individual toilets have been received. Of this, 25 lakh toilets have been completed, while work on 17 lakh toilets have commenced. Similarly, 80,554 community toilets have been completed, while work on 94,023 have commenced. When it comes to public toilets, the government says it has completed 23,760, while 36,246 are being completed.To meet the 2019 deadline, the government, too, has started using innovative methods to ensure that people use toilets. Haryana has drones monitoring people who openly defecate, while the Madhya Pradesh government has passed a bill that says people who don’t have a toilet at home won’t be able to contest panchayat elections. Similarly, Chhattisgarh has a law that says that those without a toilet at home won’t have access to public distribution ration.More recently, the mission teamed up with Google to launch the toilet locator so that urinating in public will come to an end.So far, 40 million household latrines have been constructed since 2014. “Betweeen May 1 and May 21, 2017, 4,89,710 individual household latrines were constructed across the country, as per data from the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin website. The report adds that Gram Panchayats have self-declared 1,93,081 villages to be open defecation-free, but 53.9% of these have not been verified, according to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.In 2017, a parliamentary panel said that India will miss its target of becoming open defecation free by 2019 due to “insufficient allocation of funds” under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much publicised ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’

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Supreme Court bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra to hear Justice Loya death case today – 10 Points

The Supreme Court will hear pleas filed by three petitioners seeking a SIT probe into the alleged mysterious death of CBI judge Justice BH Loya on Monday.Here are 10 major points from the big story:1: A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, will hear the petitions.2: The change of Bench comes a week after another Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and MM Shantanagouder, hearing a plea seeking inquiry into the Justice Loya’s death, recused itself and asked for putting up the matter before an ‘appropriate Bench’. The shift comes amid allegations by the four senior-most apex court judges that the CJI was arbitrarily assigning politically sensitive cases to a bench of his choice.3: The top court had asked the Maharashtra government earlier in the month to submit the post-mortem report of the CBI judge, who had died in alleged suspicious circumstances in 2014, citing that the “matter was very serious.”4: According to reports, Maharashtra-based journalist Lone and activist Tehseen Poonavala had filed independent pleas seeking a fair probe into the death of Justice Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, involving various police officers and BJP president Amit Shah.5: On January 14, Justice Loya’s son Anuj Loya addressed media and said that the family doesn’t believe that there is any suspicion regarding his father’s death.6: Judge Loya’s son Anuj said in a press conference that they are greatly distressed by the developments of last few days.7: Anuj flanked with his lawyer categorically denied that there was any malpractice in Justice Loya’s death.8: The latest move unfolds as one of the apex court judges Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar is on leave.9: The apex court had earlier fixed the date of hearing on January 15.10: Earlier, a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, “sought an urgent hearing on the plea” for a probe into Judge Loya’s death on December 1, 2014.

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Padmaavat protest reaches NCR; DND toll vandalised, 15 arrested

Amid ongoing protests over the release of controversial movie Padmaavat, 15 people were arrested in National Capital Region (NCR) for vandalising DND toll plaza in Noida.Protests were also organised in Gurgaon where the effigies of the film producer-director Sanjay Leela Bhansali were also burnt.The police said that the arrested men were from various fringe groups like Bajrang Dal, Karni Sena, Kshatriya Sena, Hindu Vahini and many others were armed.Speaking to Hindustan Times, Jitender Singh Chauhan, who claimed to be the national executive member of the Karni Sena said, ” We visited all the cinema halls on MG Road and Sohna Road. We handed them a memorandum asking them not to screen the movie Padmaavat.”Also readPadmaavat: Outfit threatens to blow up Uttar Pradesh multiplexes“With DND flyway being toll free, the counters were non-operational. Only the windows and computers were broken,” Superintendent of Police (City) Arun Kumar Singh told The Hindu.“I don’t endorse the vandalism that took place at DND flyway, but authorities need to understand why this happened,” said Lokendra Singh Kalvi, founder-patron of Karni Sena.A group on Sunday took out a “jauhar swabhimaan” rally in Chittorgarh against ‘Padmaavat’ film demanding a complete ban on it.Several women and men, who were part of the rally, were holding swords and shouted slogans against “Padmaavat” film- maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali.But, much to the relief of the filmmaker and the distributors, the Supreme Court, earlier this week, allowed a country-wide release of the controversial movie on January 25.

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Dalit farmer allegedly crushed under tractor by loan recovery agents in UP’s Sitapur

A Dalit farmer in Uttar Pradesh was allegedly crushed to death under a tractor by a loan recovery agents for failing to deposit arrears.The incident took place in Bhauri village of Sitapur district on Saturday.Gyan Chandra had taken Rs 5 lakh loan to purchase a tractor in 2015 and had paid back Rs 4 lakh to the finance company. However, he had assured to pay the remaining amount, reported Hindustan Times.According to family, Chandra told the agents that he will pay Rs 65,000 by January-end since he had already deposited Rs 35,000 in the first week.However, the agents who had gone to him home to collect the dues rushed to the field of a panchayat member after they were told that he was there. The agents told Chandra to pay the due amount or hand over the tractor.According to Chandra’s brother, the agents refused to entertain his plea and snatched the tractor’s key. Chandra held on to the tractor’s bonnet but they started the vehicle, dragging him along when he came under the wheels and died on the spot.The police have assured the villagers to take action against the culprits.

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Bawana fire: How inhuman working conditions saved the lives of these three women

Inhuman working conditions at the firecracker factory in northwest Delhi’s Bawana probably saved the lives of three women – two of whom had joined on the same day of the fire that killed 17 people.As per an Indian Express report, the three women, identified as Meena, Chanchal and Rekha left work an hour early, protesting the ‘hazardous’ working conditions. They had an argument with their supervisor, citing difficulties in breathing because of the gunpowder in the air.In addition, the women said that they were employed without providing any documents such as identity proof. They also alleged that they were also unaware of the nature of the job, or that it included handling explosives.Also readBawana fire: North Delhi Mayor hits out at Arvind Kejriwal; says controversial video is ‘doctored’DNA had even learnt that the shutters of the factory were down before the fire broke out. There was no escape route as the blaze ripped through the two-storeyed structure in North Delhi’s Bawana, multiple sources and workers said on Sunday. Only a small door, part of the main gate, was open, but it was too small to be of any help. “The lockdown was usual, primarily to prevent workers from stealing articles or shirking work,” said a surviving labourer.Chief Fire Officer GC Mishra also said that a charred body was found near the shutter, suggesting that there were efforts to open it. “Had the shutter not been down, it would have been an easy escape route,” he said.Also readBawana fire: Workers made Rs 200 per day in building that claimed 17 lives in DelhiDelhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal said Principal Secretary (Home) will conduct a detailed inquiry into the tragedy. Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik also handed over the probe to the Crime Branch as the case “requires extensive investigation and a detailed follow-up”.The warehouse’s licence was rejected in 2014. It started operating illegally a fortnight ago, sources said. The Delhi government said the warehouse was originally supposed to be a plastic goods factory.Also readBawana Fire: Trade Union demands adequate compensation for victimsIt was a grade-four fire that means it was not big. But explosions took place inside the cracker packaging unit that resulted in casualties. Eleven bodies were recovered from the first floor. Two bodies were recovered from the staircase, three on the ground floor and another in the basement.Eleven bodies have been identified. Doctors said the 11 identified had 30-40% burn injuries, while the others were completely charred.Ten women were among the victims. Meanwhile, warehouse owner Manoj Jain, who had been arrested on Saturday night, was sent to one-day judicial custody. DCP Rajneesh Gupta said Jain was taken into custody after a brief interrogation as the police filed an FIR against him for negligent conduct and culpable homicide not amounting to murder. A forensic team reached the spot to investigate the reason for the fire, he said.”Jain runs the factory which he had taken on rent since January 1 this year,” said Gupta, adding that as per an injured labourer, packing of crackers was being done in the building.Delhi industries and urban development minister Satyendar Jain told reporters that a probe committee has been formed and strict action will be taken after the report is submitted.It took three hours for the Delhi Fire Services to douse the fire with the help of 80 fire fighters, 16 civil defence employees and 13 ambulances from the Delhi Government’s Centralised Accident Trauma Services (CATS).Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken on Sunday visited the site of the tragic fire incident in Bawana that claimed 17 lives and demanded a judicial probe into the incident.He also questioned Delhi government’s agencies and said their role in the tragedy should be probed.Related Photos
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In Pics: Fire in cracker factory in Delhi’s Bawana kills 17 people”We demand judicial probe. The role of Delhi government’s agencies Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (DSIIDC) and the pollution department cannot be investigated impartially in a magisterial inquiry,” he told reporters at the site.

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To avoid paying Rs 60 toll at Mumbai’s Bandra-Worli Sea link, Mercedes car driver shows fake letter

A case of cheating and forgery was filed after a person in a Mercedes car showed a fake letter to escape paying toll of Rs 60 at the Bandra-Worli Sea Link here.Police said that the incident happened around 8:20 pm on Thursday and the fake letter identified the holder as Bhavik Bhanushali.”The car had a protocol sticker and the driver showed a letter to the toll attendant informing him that the car was exempt from toll,” said Senior Police Inspector Pandit Thackeray of the Bandra police station.Thackeray said the letter stated that the car was exempted from paying toll at the Mumbai Entry Point Ltd ( the firm which collects toll on behalf of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation) and IRB tolls on Mumbai Pune Express Way, MSRDC, National Highway 4 and Pune-Nashik toll points till December 2018.”The letter had a logo of the MEPL and signature of the firm’s vice chairman and managing director. The toll attendant grew suspicious and cross-checked it by sending an image of the letter to his senior colleague,” Thackeray informed.Police said that the car was allowed to proceed at the time as the inquiry and cross-checking was creating a bottleneck at the booth, much to the irritation of cars lined up behind the Mercedes.Once the staff at the booth got a confirmation from their superiors that the letter was fake, a case of forgery and cheating was registered with the police, the official added.”The entire episode has been captured on CCTV. We have forwarded the registration of the car to the Regional Transport Office to track down the owner of the car,” the official added.

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Budget-2018 may not be populist, hints Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday indicated that the upcoming Budget will not be a populist one and said it’s a myth that the common man expects “freebies and sops” from the government.In an interview with a broadcast news channel tonight, he also pledged that his government will stay on the course of the reforms agenda that has pulled out India from being among the ‘fragile five’ economies of the world to being a ‘bright spot’.PM Modi stoutly defended his economic policies, saying demonetisation was “a very big success story” and that he was open to changes in the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) to plug loopholes and make it a more efficient ‘one-nation-one-tax’ system.He rejected criticism of providing a jobless growth, saying “lies” were being spread about employment generation and his government’s policies were oriented towards creating jobs.Acknowledging farm distress, he said it was the responsibility of the centre and the state governments to identify and address farmers’ issues.Also readUnion Budget 2018-19 | Govt may tweak tax slabs, bring standard deduction: SurveyAsked if his government will turn populist in its last full-year Budget before the general elections in 2019, PM Modi said the issue falls under the ambit of the Finance Minister and he does not want to interfere in it.”But those who have seen me as the chief minister (of Gujarat) and also as the Prime Minister (would know) common man does not want all these things. It is a myth,” he said.The common man, he said, expects honest governance. “He doesn’t demand sops and freebies. It is our myth.”PM Modi said his government was taking decisions to fulfil the needs and aspirations of the common man.Asked specifically if he will resist populism in the Budget to be presented on February 1, he said it needs to be decided if the country needs to grow and become strong, should “this political culture, the Congress culture, be followed”.On job-less growth, the Prime Minister said, “Lies are being spread about employment generation.”Explaining in detail, he said the formal sector accounts for 10 per cent of the employment and the remaining 90 per cent jobs are in the informal sector.In last one year, 70 lakh new retirement fund or EPF accounts have been opened for the youth between 18 and 25 years of age, he said. “Doesn’t this show new employment,” he asked.Stating that there is no statistics for people working the informal sector, he said there are new chartered accountants, lawyers, doctors and consultants who have joined the vocation since 2014.Doubling of road construction in last three years could not have happened without employing people and so was doubling rate of rail track laying, he said. Also, programmes like electrification and work on ports gathering pace could not have happened without generating employment, he said.The Prime Minister said his government’s policies promote employment particularly in sectors like textile and leather.Also, providing loans to 10 crore non-corporates and small businesses under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) has created entrepreneurs and jobs, he said.On farm distress, PM Modi said the “criticism is justified” and “we can’t deny this”.It is the responsibility of the central and state governments that problems faced by farmers are understood and resolved, he said.Schemes like crop insurance, irrigation projects, soil health cards, increasing urea availability and stopping diversion of subsidised crop nutrient are all aimed at addressing farm distress, he said and added that making available solar pumps, increasing agro-product processing and focus on rural and agro-based industries were high on his mind.On the task before him in the last one-and-half years of his government, PM Modi said providing electricity to four crore families who still do not have power and completing the programmes and schemes started for the benefit of the common man would be the priority.Referring to economic achievements, he said in 2013-14, just before the BJP government came to power, India was considered “among the fragile five economies” in the world.”Within three years, India has come not just come out of being among fragile file but also its economy is seen as a shining star with optimism and expectation,” the prime minister said.India has on all economic parameters done well inflation or the rate of price rise, has averaged 3 per cent in last three years as against 10 per cent previously, FDI inflows have more than doubled to USD 62 million from USD 30 billion; fiscal deficit has been brought down to 3.5 per cent of GDP from over 4.5 per cent, current account deficit has come down to 1-2 per cent from 4 per cent, he said.”The world looks at these parameters and says India is a bright spot,” he said. “We believe that India’s growth rate will rise in the coming days.”About being the first prime minister to be addressing plenary at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, he said this has been made possible because India has progressed.”India has shown its economic strength to the world and so it is but obvious that the world wants to know India, it wants to know India directly (from the top leader) (and) understand it,” PM Modi said.”India has become a land of great opportunity now,” he said. “India has become an attractive investment destination.”The prime minister said institutions like the IMF and World Bank and rating agencies like Moody’s are all complimenting steps taken by India.Attacking critics of demonetisation, the prime minister said people attempted to “ignite a fire, incite riots and knocked at doors of the Supreme Court. They tried everything possible just to save those who were hoarding black money, to save the corrupt, to save the dishonest.”The overnight decision to ban 86 per cent of the currency in circulation was “a very big success story”, he said.It wasn’t about just one currency note going and another coming, but the move brought worldwide respect for India and its governance and to the central bank, RBI, he said.PM Modi said India has jumped 42 places on ease of doing business ranking since the NDA came to power. “This in itself is a big achievement,” he said.”The world is astonished that India has ended over 1,400 obsolete laws have been scrapped in last three years. Freeing a person from the clutches of these laws is a bigger achievement than making a new law,” he said.The system, he said, should be proactive towards the needs of the common man.He went on to cite giving free cooking gas connection to 3.3 crore poor women to save them from domestic pollution and providing electricity connection to four crore households that still do not have power as examples of his efforts for ‘ease of living” for common Indians.The prime minister said people will realise the good work of his government only when they compare it the previous 10-year rule of the Congress-led UPA.

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Om Prakash Rawat to take over as new CEC: 10 things to know about him

The government on Sunday appointed Om Prakash Rawat as the next Chief Election Commissioner. He will succeed Achal Kumar Joti whose term comes to an end today.Here are some things to know about Rawat- Rawat was born in December 2, 1953- He did his BSC and MSc in physics from Banares Hindu University- He has an additional MSc in social development planning from the United Kingdom- He is a 1977 batch IAS officerAlso readMadhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer Om Prakash Rawat is the new Election Commissioner- As an IAS officer, he served in both the Union government and the Madhya Pradesh government.- Some of his key positions include Principal Secretary to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Defence- He retired in December 2013- He was appointed one of two election commissioners of India in 2015 where he managed state elections in Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Puducherry, Assam, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh- He also managed the Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections- He was appointed CEC on January 21, 2018

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Vasundhara Raje Raj: CM is India’s first e-ratna

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje has became the first digital jewel. She has been conferred with e-Ratna award by Computer Society of India (CSI)and Rajasthan under her governance has emerged as the ‘Best e-Governance State of India’ for the second consecutive year. Rajasthan excelled and left behind several other states that are considered to be the IT hubs.Along with the two awards five initiatives of Department of Information Technology, Rajasthan bagged the e-Governance initiative award of the year.CSI-Nihilent e-Governance awards were announced at the 52nd annual convention of CSI held in Kolkata on Friday. Deputy speaker of Rajasthan assembly, Rao Rajendra Singh accepted the awards on behalf of the CM and state.“Even as it has been for 16 years that eGovernance award are being announced at annual convention of CSI, the ‘eRatna of India’ award was added to the list for the first time. CM Raje has thus become the first person to get the award,” said an officer at the DoIT, Rajasthan.This year there were 180 projects from several departments of Union and state governments nominated for the awards. These were evaluated on various criteria of implementing information and computer technologies for providing a more reliable, convenient and transparent solution for government services. Projects of Rajsathan to have scored on the stringent criteria and multilevel evaluation also reflected on the CM Raje’s mission of good governance through digital solutions.The evaluation of the CSI has once again reflected of the innovations being held in the state in not only IT field, but in social welfare and water conservation as well.5-STAR PERFORMANCEAlso, five initiatives of Department of Information Technology, Rajasthan bagged the e-Governance initiative award of the year. Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana bagged the best initiative in the field of healthcare, Raj Mahila Suraksha in women safety and security, Raj e-Gyan in education, Fraud Detection Framework for process innovation and Mukhymantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan received excellent initiative of the year award. These are also related to flagships schemes of the Raje government and on priority of the CM.

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National Law University Jodhpur hosts eleventh convocation

Eleventh convocation ceremony of National Law University Jodhpur was organized at the NLU Campus on Sunday. Professor Bhanu Pratap Mehta, Vice Chancellor of Ashoka University, Haryana was the chief guest of the ceremony and the ceremony was headed by Chancellor of NLU, Jodhpur & Chief Justice, Rajasthan High Court, justice Pradeep Nandrajog.Addressing the function, Professor Bhanu Pratap Mehta said that it is good to see that in the past years, NLU Jodhpur has succeeded in making its distinctive identity in the country’s famous law institutes.The talent, creative energy, and competence of the students here have created new hopes. Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court and Chancellor of National Law University Pradeep Nandrajog distributed the degrees to the students. Judge of Rajasthan High Court, G.K. Vyas, Delhi High Court Judge Ravindra Bhatt, member of Bar Council, General Council, Executive Council and Academic Council, former Judges, Senior Advocates, and Lawyers were present on that occasion.PRIZE & AWARDSDegrees were given to 220 students of graduation and postgraduation courses, students who received degrees in research. 20 talented students were awarded Gold Medal and Rs 5000 cash prize and Justice Chandmal Lodha Memorial Gold Medal Award.

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Complaints against doctors rising, DMC received 234 in 2017

The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) received 234 complaints against doctors in the Capital, in 2017 alone. Of these 74 complaints were decided, 82 were sent to the Disciplinary Committee, and four had to be settled through monetary compensation.While the complaints and medical negligence complaints against the doctors continue to rise in the Capital, in a written response to a question raised in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, J P Nadda called a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) that claimed 57 per cent allopathic doctors as “erroneous”.The report ‘Health Workforce in India’ released by the WHO in 2016 pointed out that more than half of the doctors in the country are fake. The minister, however, denied this and disregarded the report, despite the fact that the DMC received several complaints against doctors in 2017.”We received at least 20 complaints every month last year. Based on the evidence, some of these complaints are accepted to be reviewed. The number of complaints has increased in the last few years,” said Dr Girish Tyagi, Registrar, DMC.As per the WHO report, 31 per cent of doctors in India in 2001 were only educated till secondary level while 57 per cent did not have proper medical qualifications. Based on a 2001 consensus, the report suggests that there are 80 doctors for every one lakh people in the country, but this number drops lower to 36 when all the Allopathic, Homeopathic, Unani and Ayurvedic doctors, without degrees, are excluded.”The report is erroneous since MBBS is the minimum qualification for enrolment as a registered medical practitioner in a State Medical Register to practice medicine, and hence all registered doctors have medical qualifications. Section 15 of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, prohibits a person other than a medical practitioner enrolled on a State Medical Register to practice medicine in a state. Since health is a state subject, the primary responsibility to deal with such cases of quacks lies with the respective state government,” said Nadda in his response.

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Love for Hindi led her to be a topper in BA

Ten years after she turned out to be a graduate in BSC (Mathematics), Vandana Tiwari got her graduate degree again in 2017.This time she got it for her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hindi. The 35-year-old decided to be a graduate in Hindi just for the sheer love of the language. “I am in love with Hindi. I write poetries, stories in the language. I simply love the language and hence decided to get a degree in it,” said the native of Uttar Pradesh who first came to Gujarat after her marriage.Tiwari found support not only from her husband, a computer hardware engineering but also from her own parents. “My father is a farmer and my mother is illiterate yet they encouraged me to study further,” said Tiwari.Tiwari said she had all throughout studied in Hindi medium. “But when I came to Gujarat, I had the option of choosing to do something either in Gujarati or English. That is why I chose BSC (mathematics) because that would mean the language would not be much of a problems. At that time I did not have the option of doing a bachelor in Hindi,” said Tiwari.She now plans to do an MA and later an Mphil and Phd in the language. She, however, clarifies that she does not want to do it just to get a job. “I have so much interest in the language, I think I can learn all throughout the rest of my life,” said Tiwari. She said she would leave her then 3 year old son at home while she attended college. “I would never have achieved what I did, had it not been for my husband and in-laws who supported me so much,” said Tiwari.

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Finally, Ashok Gehlot hits the campaign trail

With just a week left for voting, AICC general secretary and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot kick-started his campaigning for the bypolls.Gehlot began campaigning in Bhilwara (Mandalgarh constituency) and sought votes for Vivek Dhakad. He undertook a door-to-door campaign for Dhakad and also held rallies in the rural belt, appealing to voters to support the Congress. Gehlot will be touring Alwar on January 23 and Ajmer on January 24-25 to give a fillip to the party’s image. Gehlot initially distanced himself from active campaigning since January 10, when all party candidates filed nomination. He was present in rallies held on the event of filing nominations. Though, in the last 10 days, he did not tour bypoll constituencies but visited other areas like Bikaner and Sikar.As campaigning enters its final leg with polling scheduled on January 29, Gehlot decided to opt for active campaigning.In Mandalgarh, he attacked the Vasundhara Raje government for its alleged failures in governance.Meanwhile, PCC chief Sachin Pilot, who is active in campaigning for two fortnights, toured Ajmer and took potshot at the ruling BJP on various issues like what he claimed misrule and the party’s campaigning where it said it was sure of victory in all the bypoll seats of Ajmer, Alwar and Mandalgarh. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is feeling the heat of defeat in Ajmer, Alwar and Madalgarh bypolls. Despite beinga star campaigner, he is not coming this time. Also, we (Congress leaders) go to temples to seek blessings while BJP does politics on religion,” said Pilot, while seeking votes for candidate Raghu Sharma in Ajmer.‘Temple politics’ flared up in the Gujarat assembly elections when AICC president Rahul Gandhi visited a shrine, which was dubbed as the Congress’s inclination towards ‘soft Hindutva’.PROTEST AGAINST HIGH VATCongress staged a protest against rising prices of petrol as well as diesel and burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ChiefMinister Vasundhara Raje demanding abolition of value added tax (VAT) and cess which could help in bringing down price of products.The protest by party leaders was held at 16 junctions in Jaipur on Sunday. “Until demand for abolishing VAT and cess is not met, the party will continue to protest against the government,” said Pratap Singh Khachariawas, president of the Jaipur District Congress Committee.

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DNA ANALYSIS | Alwar bypoll: Minor groups to play major role

It’s a known fact that in byelection caste and community lines are going to play an important role. In the byelection, every single caste based vote bank can play a decisive role in this so-called semi-finals of assembly elections. While the majority of the limelight is on three major castes, this minor vote bank can create a huge upset for the front-runners.The candidates who will get the support of this small vote banks will reach the Parliament. This is the reason why the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) and the Congress are busy wooing the caste based vote banks. There are about 18 lakh voters in Alwar Lok Sabha constituency. And half of the vote banks belong to three castes while the vote banks belong to one dozen small castes. There are about 9 lakh voters of Ahir, Scheduled Castes(SC) and Mev-Muslim class in the three big vote banks. Apart from this, the remaining nine lakh voters from a dozen castes including Scheduled Tribe Castes (ST), Brahmins, Vaishyas, Gurjars, Jats, Mali.The biggest vote bank is Yadav (Ahir) vote bank. That is the reason BJP and Congress have given the ticket to the person of Ahir community. Jaswant Singh Yadav from BJP and Karan Singh Yadav from Congress belongs to the same caste, Yadav vote bank is definitely going to be divided.Mev-Muslim vote bank is considered as the Congress’s traditional vote bank. While the SC vote bank can divide into Congress and BJP. In such a situation, the BJP and the Congress are busy wooing the voters of Brahmin, ST, Jat and other castes to win their candidate. Both the electoral strategies of the parties have been made keeping in mind the caste vote banks. BJP has fielded its legislators, ministers, and leaders in campaigning as per caste vote bank.Congress has also sent leaders for campaigning keeping the caste-based equations in their mind. The leaders of both parties are giving their best as they know that caste factor will, without doubt, define the performance of the parties in this byelections.

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Vasundhara Raje banks on woman power to clinch bypolls

As caste equations led to a flare-up in Alwar ahead of the parliamentary by-elections, a visit by chief minister Vasundhara Raje helped cool tempers on Sunday. The CM, who reached Alwar to campaign for party candidate Jaswant Yadav, held dialogues with members of various communities.Instead of appeasing the communities separately, she appealed for collective woman power.“Women are mothers and if someone has one on his side, he needs nothing more,” Raje said while meeting women representatives of the area. Here, she hailed the women for their strong will-power and zeal to deal with all sorts of hardships and emerge victorious. It’s the blessing of mother-power that Raje sought for her party. “It’s this power that will help us win in all three constituencies,” she said.During the discussion, she also cited a coincidence: That initials of the three constituencies to undergo by-poll Mandalgarh (M), Ajmer (A) and Alwar (A), combine to spell ‘MAA’, a Hindi synonym for mother.She also met local representatives from Alwar rural, Ramgarh and Rajgarh-Lakshmangarh areas of the constituency during the day. Among these were community leaders of various castes and religion. All of them expressed their support for the BJP candidate in the coming election.CM Raje has been actively campaigning for party candidates for the past few days. In the sequence, she held meetings at various areas of Ajmer parliamentary constituency and Mandalgarh assembly constituency in the past two days. On Sunday, too, she was at Kishangarh area of Ajmer where she met several local representatives and sought their support for party candidate Ramswaroop Lamba. Her arrival at Alwar further boosted the morals of party workers and state president Ashok Parnami, who had been camping at Alwar for the past few days.BOOSTING ENERGYHer arrival at Alwar further boosted the morals of party workers and state president Ashok Parnami, who had been camping at Alwar for the past few days. Parnami has been focusing on strengthening the Shakti Sangathan units to ensure effective movement of party workers on the field. CM Raje has been actively campaigning for party candidates for the past few days. In the sequence, she held meetings at various areas of constituencies.

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You aam aadmi? Your RTI plea may or may not be heard in JMC, thanks to Mayor

If you have filed an RTI with the Jaipur Municipal Corporation and its reply has not been sent to you, chances are that you will not be heard even when you file the first appeal. The common man is not able to get information from the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.Mayor Ashok Lahoti himself is becoming a hindrance in the right to information of the common man. The Mayor has not heard the first appeal of RTI for 10 months. Hundreds of applications are pending for the first appeal in the municipal corporation. The applicants are made to run from pillar to post at the JMC headquarters. But the Mayor is not hearing the appeals.Under the RTI, the applicant can make the first appeal to the concerned department if the said officer does not report or gives wrong information. In the first appeal, if the information is not received, the applicant can apply a second appeal in the State Information Commission. The mayor has the right to hear the first appeal in the municipal corporation. According to the rules, the Mayor should hear the RTI appeals from time to time. But this is not happening in the JMC.Ashok Lahoti took over as the Mayor on December 14, 2016. After assuming office, the Mayor heard RTI appeals for his first three months in office. Since then the hearing on first appeals have not being taking place. According to information received under RTI, there were 521 appeal applications pending to the Mayor’s office till March 31, 2017.According to JMC sources, this figure has reached over 1,000 in the last 10 months. Former Mayor Nirmal Nahata used to hear RTI appeals once a month during his tenure. Former mayor Jyoti Khandelwal also maintained a schedule of RTI appeals. Khandelwal used to hear the RTI appeals on the first and third Monday of the month. If there was a government holiday on Monday(s), she would hold the hearing next day.The present Mayor Ashok Lahoti is taking meetings of Swachh Survekshan, doing inaugurations and laying foundation stones and attending meetings at the BJP office. But he is not hearing the RTI appeals.Prakash Shukal, noted veteran RTI activist by the name of PIL Man, says that RTI is the right of the common man. RTI appeals are not being heard in the municipal corporation and furthermore no municipal official is ever available in the concerned offices.All officers have argued that they are engaged in a clean survey.GEHLOT STRICTUREFormer Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had made compulsory for officers for hearing of the common man under Rajasthan Right to Hearing Act -2012. All deputy commissioners and commissioner in the municipal corporation should hear under the Rajasthan Right to Hearing Act -2012 and the RTI Act. But the officials in the municipal corporation are not hearing.

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Mumbai Marathon 2018: Day of Ethiopian road runners in Mumbai

Having run six marathons before, Ethiopia’s Solomon Deksisa came to Mumbai with one aim – to win the $4,05,000 Mumbai Marathon. And it took just 2 hours, nine minutes and 34 seconds to achieve his target of winning the coveted gold medal in the overall men on Sunday morning which he proudly wore after the event.While he could not better his personal best of 2:06:22 achieved in the Rotterdam Marathon in 2016, the victory in Mumbai gave Deksisa an immense pleasure coming under difficult conditions and rough, narrow, turning and twisting streets of Mumbai.Deksisa’s compatriot Shumet Akalnaw reached the finish 16 seconds behind him at 2:10:00 while the third place went to Kenya’s Joshya Kipkorir who clocked 2:10:30.It was a double delight for Ethiopia as the women’s title too went to them with Amane Gobena clinching the gold in 2:25:49.The winners of both overall men’s and women’s categories will return home richer by $42,000.”I expected to win,” said an elated Deksisa with the help of his translator Getaneh Tessama who is also his coach. “This is my first win in Mumbai and will motivate me to participate in other races,” he added.Deksisa looked at ease for most part of the race, but there was also a stage when the tiredness gripped him, especially, while running uphill in areas of South Mumbai on return.Once crossed Chowpatty, the champion runner upped his pace leaving others behind. The route before the finish had a lot of twists and turns, thanks to metro work, but that did not affect his pace as he ran with full focus looking behind if his competitor Shumet was anywhere close.”Shumet was behind me and was close and I was worried. So I did not realise about the turns in the last 700m. When the pacemakers dropped out the plan was to come ahead (of the rest),” a relived Deksisa said.Meanwhile, Shumet was both happy and disappointed to come second. “I prepared for the race well. Happy that I came second but disappointed that I could not complete it in time and could not run faster,” said Shumet.Gopi winsOn the eve of the D-Day the Indian men – Gopi Thonakal and Nitendra Singh Rawat had kept a target of 2 hours and 13 minutes to reach the finish line.However, the duo faced similar issues like others as the duo clocked 2:16 for a 1-2 finish with Gopi finishing four seconds ahead of Rawat with the finally timing being 2:16:51s.The third place went to Andhra boy Srinu Bugatha who finished at 2:23:56.”I was running for the record. The pace setters were slow too. The timing also depends on the climate too which became hotter in the latter stages,” said Gopi.Now his aim is to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia.For Rawat, it was still satisfying especially running a full marathon after Rio Olympics due to hamstring injury. “It was good especially coming after a long time.”He, however, a suggestion for the organisers. “Considering it was warm, the marathon should start an hour early and who knows we might get to see world records broken,” said Rawat.Sudha triumphsThe Indian women’s category saw Sudha Singh crash but after crossing the finishing line to finish on top with the timing of 2:48:32 with Jyoti Gawte (2:50:47) and Parul Chowdhary (2:50:47) following her at second and third respectively.The Indian gold medal winners won Rs 5,00,00 while the runners-up went home with a purse of Rs 4,00,00.

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47-year-old Muslim teacher bags gold and third PG degreeLove for Hindi, led her to a gold in BA

Yasmin Desai has a very simple answer to anyone who asks her how she won a gold medal in MA (linguistics). Desai, who did her MA in economics way back in 1992 and later on went on to do an MBA from UK said this time she had more time to prepare. “Earlier, when I was studying, I also took tuition for students. I was simply too busy and would study just a fortnight before exams. This time around, I did not have to take care of my son who is in college and had enough time on hand so that is the secret to my gold medal,” said Desai.Interestingly, Desai did not tell her family about her third Masters degree. “Only my husband and my parents knews.My parents don’t understand much about my education. But the rest of my family wondered why I wanted to do an additional Masters degree when I already had two,” said Desai. So to avoid her extended family from discouraging her, Desai told them that she was doing a course on food and nutrition. “But now that I have got a gold medal, I will proudly tell them,” said the 47-year-old who feels that there is no age bar if one needs to study. She admits that had it not been for the support of her husband she would not have achieved what she has. Incidentally, she is not satisfied with her achievement. She plans to do an Mphil and then a PhD later.Desai, who at present works as a teacher and also tutors Class 12 arts students believes that her latest MA degree will be of help in her teaching too.

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Speak up Delhi: Transport Min Kailash Gahlot among 20 AAP MLAs disqualified

Fresh trouble brewed for the Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday with the President Ram Nath Kovind approving the Election Commission’s (EC) disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs. The EC observed that the 20 legislators held office of profit, which was in violation of Constitutional norms.The AAP government had appointed 21 parliamentary secretaries soon after it came to power in 2015. One of the MLAs from Rajouri Garden resigned from the post to contest Punjab Assembly polls, bringing the number of PS to 20. The 20 disqualified lawmakers include popular faces like Alka Lamba, Kailash Gehlot, Adarsh Shashtri, Som Dutt, among others. Upholding the recommendation given by the top election body, the notification issued by the law ministry read, “Having considered the matter in the light of the opinion expressed by the Election Commission, I, Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, in exercise of the powers, do here hold that the aforesaid 20 members of the Delhi legislative assembly stand disqualified from being members of the said assembly.”Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in the meantime, will continue to enjoy majority in the assembly, albeit with significantly reduced numbers. The AAP rode home to power with 67 seats in 2015, which came down to 63. The party suspended cabinet minister Asim Ahmed Khan and later sacked Sandeep Kumar who got embroiled in a sex scandal. After sometime, Kapil Mishra, another legislator also rebelled against AAP. The Kejriwal government, which stares at by-elections on the 20 seats, will now have a majority of, still notches above the half mark of 35.The EC’s decision on Thursday led to crossfire of remarks from AAP and its arch rival, the Bharatiya Janata Party. AAP leaders minced no words in accusing the central government of arm twisting them and a larger conspiracy being hatched. In a sharp rebuttal, it trained guns at Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti for acting at the behest of the Narendra Modi government. Reacting to the development, Kejriwal had tweeted, “The path of truth and honesty is marred by many obstacles, which is inevitable. But the universe and almighty conspires in favour of the righteous. Time is proof that truth always triumphs in the end because we are dedicated towards serving the nation and the society, and not our personal gains.”Meanwhile, clamour for the CM to step down on ‘moral grounds’ grew across rival parties. Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken tweeted, “Kejriwal has no right to continue. Half of his cabinet ministers removed on corruption charges!20 MLAs who were enjoying ministerial perks would be disqualified! Where is Lokpal? The MLAs and Ministers enjoying perks of power and foreign travel-Where is political probity?” AAP FUMESThe EC’s decision on Thursday led to crossfire of remarks from AAP and its arch rival, the Bharatiya Janata Party AAP leaders minced no words in accusing the central government of arm twisting them and a larger conspiracy being hatched In a sharp rebuttal, it trained guns at Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti EXPERT SPEAKThis is a victory of the constitution and people of Bharat. I am a proud Hindu and an ardent devotee of Hanuman(ji). This is a matter of principles. I have nothing against Arvind Kejriwal or these AAP MLAs. I am very happy that my struggle has paid off.Prashant P Umrao, advocate who filed petition against the 20 legislatorsVOICESI support the decision taken by the EC. The AAP government was very much in the know of Constitutional rules yet it decided to go ahead with the appointments. They should keep their conscience clean before casting aspersions at others as is their trait. There is no way the 20 MLAs did not enjoy any perks that came with the post of parliamentary secretaries.—Poonam Gogia, Delhi CantonmentThe Election commission will set a new precedence by the disqualifications. Rules are the same for everyone. The AAP will cry foul because it is in the wrong. Kejriwal should not call it a political witch hunt and bringing the role of the CEC under scanner is not ethical. He should resign on moral grounds.—Shariq Ali Khan, DwarkaI have never been in favour of the way AAP government has worked or tweaked rules to suit their interests. While these lawmakers may play the victim, truth is that they took the voter who brought them to power, for a ride. The CM must display some moral propriety and probity. He is answerable to the public. As he said, truth will prevail. Truth has prevailed. His MLAs held the office of profit in gross violation.—Shaurya Pruthi, SaketOur government is being targeted for the honest work we have been doing in the city for the past three years. BJP is unhappy with the successes of AAP in Delhi. The MLAs were not given an opportunity to present evidence with them. They have a lot to tell and prove that there was no office of profit case. It is unconstitutional and illegal.—Manish Sisodia, deputy chief ministerI feel the AAP MLAs should have been given an opportunity to explain their stance. They have been shown the door all of a sudden. Unfortunately, the current politics is such that it is tough to decide what is the real truth. —Manan Kumar, VikaspuriI think it is unfair to disqualify 20 MLAs. The MLAs should have seen it coming if the government had violated Constitutional rules. Nevertheless, as another by-poll is in the offing, the tax payer’s hard earned money will be spent on it. —Sagar Sharma, Badarpur

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Bengal BJP banks on Puja to reach out

Buoyed by its success in organising Ram Navami events, West Bengal BJP is all set to organise Saraswati Puja across the state, as per the instructions of party president Amit Shah, senior party leaders said.“Celebration of Saraswati Puja would be one of the best ways to build a connect with the people in general. Our highest leadership has instructed us to hold the event across Bengal,” a senior state BJP leader said.He said organising the puja had been the brainchild of former TMC Rajya Sabha member Mukul Roy, who defected to the BJP last year.“The puja has been one of the strongest tools of TMC to develop a connect with the common people, and BJP is trying to exploit that area as well,” he added.State BJP president Dilip Ghosh confirmed the celebrations. “Besides being a religious festival, Saraswati Puja is part of the culture of this state, and so, this year we have decided that it will be celebrated in a big way by us,” Ghosh said.He said instructions have been sent out to party leaders right down to the grassroots level that they should collaborate with clubs and local organisers of Saraswati Puja.Party national secretary Rahul Sinha said, “It is occasions like these that we need to reach out to the people. It will help in increasing our popularity.”The move comes as the state is headed for panchayat elections this year, and the Lok Sabha elections next year.

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History enthusiast makes subject fun for students

On February 4, Vedak and a few other youngsters have organised an entirely crowdfunded trip for 40 students of the Mangubhai Dattani School in Borivali to Sudhagad near Raigad. "We will teach the Maratha history to students after showing them the fort and telling them the significance of each part of it. Some of the historical references would also be taught with the help of games," he added. Vedak said that over the next few days the group would involve more and more students in the initiative.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Monday 22 January 2018 6:35 IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>With the aim to make history interesting for school students, 23-year-old Dipesh Vedak, a resident of Thane has started a unique initiative.Vedak, a history enthusiast and an avid trekker, has started an initiative to teach history to students in an interesting way by taking them to places of historical significance like forts and fortresses.Being a graduate in history himself, Vedak felt that most children are disinterested in history because it is not taught to them in an interesting manner.”As a child, I also never imagined that I would go on to do a Major in history in college. But the way in which the subject was taught in the later years made me interested in it,” added Vedak.On February 4, Vedak and a few other youngsters have organised an entirely crowdfunded trip for 40 students of the Mangubhai Dattani School in Borivali to Sudhagad near Raigad. “We will teach the Maratha history to students after showing them the fort and telling them the significance of each part of it. Some of the historical references would also be taught with the help of games,” he added. Vedak said that over the next few days the group would involve more and more students in the initiative.

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‘Harassed’ cop, kin commit suicide

In a shocking development that occurred early on Sunday, four members of a family, including a police constable of Nagaur district police, committed suicide by hanging. The constable and his family had even posted their suicide note on WhatsApp to “explain” the reason why the family took this drastic step to pull the plug on their lives. The constable had been accused of conducting a theft at his neighbour’s house. This had dented the pride of the family to a great extent.The deceased have been identified as constable Gainaram, wife Santosh and the couple’s daughter Sumitra and son Ganpat. “Gainaram was posted as driver for Didwana Additional Superintendent. The incident occurred at the constable’s home in Bagrasar under Surpaliya police station area. At 4.22 AM on Sunday, he posted picture of a handwritten suicide note on WhatsApp. After the post was read, officials rushed to his house and broke open the door only to find the post to be true” officials said.In the note, the constable had alleged that while posted in the police lines in March 2012, he came in contact with one Rashakishan Mali – an assistant sub-inspector – and with time, the families came closer. “Gainaram went on write that whenever Radhakishan or his family faced any problem(s), he and his family stood by them. Gainaram’s wife stayed in hospital for Radhakishan’s wife’s delivery. In March 2012, Radhakishan went out of station and when he returned he found the door was open and a theft had occurred and Radhakishan accused Gainaram and his family for it. Investigation was conducted in the matter several times and a Final report (FR) was also filed. During the time, Gainaram was transferred to various places and faced hardships. Recently the investigation was opened again and the investigating officer filed a challan in court due to which the family was under depression,” officials said.This is the fourth death in the Nagaur police department in a fortnight. THE TRIGGER?The constable and his family had even posted their suicide note on WhatsApp to “explain” the reason why the family took this drastic step to pull the plug on their lives. The constable had been accused of conducting a theft at his neighbour’s house.

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City airport to get a restaurant, lounge in both terminals

Soon, Amdavadis flying out of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) will be served piping hot food at each terminal. Filling the long pending requirement, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to bring a restaurant and a business lounge, at both terminals.Confirming the same, Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI said, “There was no restaurant at Ahmedabad airport serving hot food and we have been getting requests for quite some time. Hence, we decided to bring a restaurant and a business lounge at both terminals – international and domestic this year. We will be soon issuing the bidding process and have decided to restrict the bidding to only local vendors due to pending partial privatisation.”A source from airline said, “We have been writing to the airport operator for the need of a business lounge. Gujarat is a business hub and we have many business class passengers flying in and out of Ahmedabad, especially during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. Business class passengers are charged more than economy and if they do not get that feeling at the terminal, it is of no use. We are glad that finally such a decision is being taken.”Another source from the airport said, “Business class lounge was long pending. It was kept on hold due to pending partial privatisation tender. Since the partial privatisation involved only the operations and management to be with a private operator and the rest with the AAI, it was unclear whether business lounge will come under AAI or private operator. The bidding process has already been delayed for quite some time so this decision is welcomed.”Interestingly, the Gujarat chapter of the Air Passengers Assocaition of India (APAI) in 2016 had mentioned about the lounge in a draft of recommendations, which was sent to the AAI. It mentioned, “There is not a single table or desk available in the airport for passengers to use. There is a severe paucity of plug points to charge laptops and cell phones. The lounge at the domestic terminal has been out of commission for many months because the tender was delayed, a pathetic excuse which has inconvenienced so many travellers.”WHAT AAI SAIDThere was no restaurant at Ahmedabad airport serving hot food and we have been getting requests for quite some time. Hence, we decided to bring a restaurant and a business lounge

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Crores join hands, back Nitish Kumar’s anti-dowry campaign

Nearly four crore of the Bihar’s 11 crore population stood hand in hand on Sunday, forming a human chain that stretched almost 14,000 kms across the length and breadth of the state in support of eradication of dowry and child marriage, a social awareness campaign launched by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on October 2 last year.The chain commenced with CM Nitish, his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi and their cabinet colleagues and senior bureaucrats at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan, where it was in shape of Bihar’s map. Nitish released balloons with the slogan ‘Na Dahej Na Baal Vivah’ to mark the commencement of the event at 12 noon. From here, four branches of the chain were taken out in four different directions extending on the national and state highways and other sub-routes in the 38 districts of the state.Speaking to media after the 30-minute event, Nitish said the campaign to stop dowry and child marriage will continue. “This is just a manifestation of people’s resolve and I am satisfied at the response,” he said and added that he will also review how fruitful the campaign has been.On January 21 last year, a similar human chain of 11,500 km in length and comprising 3.11 crore people was formed in Bihar in support of prohibition and de-addiction.“The official figures on participants will be available only by Monday as data from the panchayat level has to be collected,” said a top official.

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Citizens join hands with police for road safety awareness

With an aim to create awareness on road safety in an innovative way, a citizens group and college students have come forward to help the police authority.The road safety campaign started by Mumbai Traffic Police, RTO, V Citizens Action Network got volunteer participation from Thakur Complex Resident’s Association (TCRA) and college students. The objective the campaign is to create awareness that road safety is the responsibility of every individual and not just that of the police authority.The campaign involves commuters to take a pledge and use the hashtag #MySafetyMyLife on social media to upload their selfie with the pledge.Speaking about the response from the commuters, Sanjay Jaiswal, founder of TCRA, said, “We got a good response. The commuters were interacting with us. The traffic police from the area also joined us to create safety awareness among the commuters.”Students from different colleges joined hands to volunteer for the initiative. Prajval Kataria, student council head of Jai Hind, said, “We also had a meeting with the traffic police to clear our doubts and get facts of the road safety issue. So far, we have taken up the initiative around seven traffic junctions in the south Mumbai area. We wanted to join the initiative because we have seen minor road accidents around our college area.”Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic), Amitesh Kumar, said, “The aim of the campaign is to create awareness of rules and regulations. We wanted the commuters to obey the rules voluntarily so that we don’t have to do enforce the commuters.”Sandeep Ohri, another resident, said, “We started an offline and online campaign for the people to upload their selfie with a pledge. In this way, we want to spread the word that it is individual’s responsibility to save their life by ensuring to follow road safety rules.”

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Most Thane restaurants do not comply with fire safety

Restaurants in Thane seem least bothered to have fire safety measures in place. Though over 542 Thane hotels took forms to obtain fire NOC from the fire department of the civic body, only 180 applied for the same. However, inspection from the fire department revealed that even they are not safety compliant.Since most hotels, restaurants and hookah parlours in Thane do not have these measures in place, Thane municipal corporation (TMC) has given them 15 days period to apply for the requisite fire NOC.However, on Saturday, hardly any bothered to apply. “Of the 542 forms for NOC distributed, only 180 applied for a joint inspection,” says Shashikant Kale, chief fire officer, TMC. Even those who have applied for the NOC failed to meet the fire safety norms prescribed by the TMC.Sandeep Pachange, president, MNS student wing, said, “Despite extended deadlines, these hotels and hookah parlours have failed to obtain NOC. They should be shut till they meet the required safety norms. They should be allowed to operate parcel counters and not function fully,” he says. “We will wait for TMC to take action. But we will definitely shut them in MNS style,” he said.

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Padmaavat row: Karni Sena requests Jodhpur theatre owners not to screen the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film
‘Hate Story 4’ actress Urvashi Rautela gets trolled for her bold attire at Filmfare awards!
Katrina Kaif’s look from ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ revealed!
Clash averted! ‘Sony Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ won’t lock horns with ‘Pad Man’ and ‘Aiyaary’, will now release on this date
Aamir Khan’s ‘Secret Superstar’ breaks the record of ‘Dangal’ in China, mints Rs 100 crore in 2 days!
Sushant Singh Rajput’s birthday plans REVEALED!
Check pic: Miss World Manushi Chhillar’s selfie with Ranveer Singh makes us wish to see them in a film!
‘Baahubali’ actor Prabhas to tie the knot this year?
Kriti Sanon wishes Sushant Singh Rajput on his birthday in the best way ever!
Dutt biopic: Ranbir Kapoor reunites with ‘Saawariya’ co-star Sonam Kapoor on the last day of shoot, Check pics!
‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ | Happy being the relatable hero, says Kartik Aaryan

Sabarmati Riverfront in Gujarat to stretch to 32.2km soon

The showpiece of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development talk – Sabarmati Riverfront — is all set to extend its length. Right now, it has an average 11km on each side, covered under the first phase of the project. After the announcement of deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, civic chief Mukesh Kumar made a provision of Rs 850 crore for the second phase of the riverfront, while announcing a draft budget for the 2018-19 fiscal.The iconic Riverfront of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has an existing length of about 11km on the eastern and western bank of the Sabarmati River. An addition of 5km will be made on each side. AMC has also consulted the Army authority as some part of the land is going to be in the Cantonment area at Shahibaugh.Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Limited (SRFDCL) a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) of the AMC, has already invested Rs1,152 crore for the first phase of the project. This is the place where most Amdavadis love to spend time, where events and festivals are taking place at large.”We are extending the project now. We have already initiated the expansion permission from the Army. Now the state government will also allot us with land. In the total of 101 acres of land, the western side has 57 acres and the eastern side 54,” said Pravin Patel, standing committee chairman of the civic body.Patel added that the estimate also includes RCC roads on both sides.General manager of SRFDCL Jagdish Patel said the design of the proposed extended park will be slightly different. “The expansion is proposed from Dafnala to Indirabridge on the eastern side and from torrent power house to Indira bridge on the western side. The width at this side is deeper,” said the general manager.”The design might change this side, keeping in mind the flooding situation during monsoon, when river receives excess water from Dharoi Dam,” added Patel.PHASE ONEEast side Vasna Barrage to SubhashbridgeEast side 11.3 kmWest side 11.2kmPROPOSED PHASE TWODafnala and Torrent power house to IndirabridgeEast side – 5.4kmWest side – 4.3kmIt regularly exhibits annual events like international kite festival and flower showHas many parks one of them is Subhash bridge park visited by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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Despite the protests, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ may open to over 65% occupancy
Padmaavat row: Karni Sena requests Jodhpur theatre owners not to screen the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film
‘Hate Story 4’ actress Urvashi Rautela gets trolled for her bold attire at Filmfare awards!
Katrina Kaif’s look from ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ revealed!
Clash averted! ‘Sony Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ won’t lock horns with ‘Pad Man’ and ‘Aiyaary’, will now release on this date
Aamir Khan’s ‘Secret Superstar’ breaks the record of ‘Dangal’ in China, mints Rs 100 crore in 2 days!
Sushant Singh Rajput’s birthday plans REVEALED!
Check pic: Miss World Manushi Chhillar’s selfie with Ranveer Singh makes us wish to see them in a film!
‘Baahubali’ actor Prabhas to tie the knot this year?
Kriti Sanon wishes Sushant Singh Rajput on his birthday in the best way ever!
Dutt biopic: Ranbir Kapoor reunites with ‘Saawariya’ co-star Sonam Kapoor on the last day of shoot, Check pics!
‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ | Happy being the relatable hero, says Kartik Aaryan

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