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Fight against naxals: 7,000 CRPF troops from four states to be re-deployed in south Bastar

The central government has directed the withdrawal of over 7,000 CRPF personnel from their long drawn deployment in four states, the maximum being from West Bengal.These armed troops, part of seven battalions, will subsequently be re-deployed for conducting operations in Naxal-hit regions of south Bastar in Chhattisgarh, a recent government order has said. The force was deployed to carry out anti-Naxal operations in West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand whereas for internal security-related duty in Uttar Pradesh. As per the directive issued accessed by PTI, the Union Home Ministry early this week informed the respective states enumerating that the maximum of three battalions are to be withdrawn from West Bengal, two from Bihar and one each from Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.Official sources said the move to take out the Central Reserve Police Force battalions from these states has come after a long time and the Home Ministry ordered for their marching after the paramilitary made a demand to it that it requires more battalions in Chhattisgarh in order to open more bases in the Maoist hotbed in Chhattisgarh. As the biggest Left Wing Extremism (LWE) combat challenge is now in south Bastar, that borders Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, it is required to enhance the number of CRPF boots in these areas, they said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The districts of Sukma, Dantewada, Bijapur, Kanker and Kondagaon witness the maximum movement and activity of the armed Maoist cadres and since the last year, the CRPF has begun opening camps in the interior areas to penetrate into the core Naxal areas, they said. The LWE theatre in all the states from where the battalions have been ordered to be taken out, except Uttar Pradesh, have seen a marginal dip in the strength and control of Naxals and the forces are now in the dominating position, a senior official supervising anti-Naxal operations for the CRPF explained.Uttar Pradesh has one LWE affected district – Sonebhadra – and the lone CRPF battalion proposed to be taken out from this central Indian state would come from a group centre of the force under which eight-nine battalions operate, he said. These states are the only places from where the CRPF could take out few battalions as there is not much scope to withdraw units from either Jammu and Kashmir or the north east, the two other internal security theatres where the paramilitary is deployed thickly.We expect the withdrawal to begin by this month end and their re-deployment in Chhattisgarh to be completed by the year end, he said. The Home Ministry, under the same order, has asked the Chhattisgarh government to provide “adequate logistics and accommodation” for these new incoming units. The CRPF, country’s largest Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) with over three lakh personnel in its ranks, has about 30 battalions deployed in Chhattisgarh at present. A CRPF battalion has over 1,000 troops
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Flashback: When paper tickets were issued in Delhi Metro to handle commuter rush

A day after the first corridor of the Delhi Metro was launched by then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in December 2002, the rush was so “massive” that paper tickets had to be issued to handle the flow of passengers, many of whom thronged stations more out of curiosity than the need to commute, officials said.Vajpayee, who died on August 16 after prolonged illness, had inaugurated the 8.2-km stretch between Tis Hazari and Shahdara stations of the Red Line on December 24. The corridor was thrown open for passenger services the next day, coinciding with his 78th birthday.”Besides, tokens and smart cards, paper tickets were issued on the first day of service (December 25, 2002) itself. People queued up from 1 am onwards, so that they could be the first to board the metro train,” a top DMRC official said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>After the state-of-the-art rapid transit system was introduced in the city, many people somehow believed it was there only temporarily, and thus the DMRC had to issue advertisements in newspapers to tell the people “it was here to stay”.”Advertisements were issued after the first day of the operations as there was tremendous rush of passengers, and we required the public to come in a staggered fashion. We wanted to convey to them that the metro was going to be here in the city permanently,” DMRC’s Executive Director for Corporate Communications, Anuj Dayal, told PTI.The new all-elevated corridor that connected Tis Hazari in west Delhi to Shahdara in the eastern part of the city, also had a new system of Automatic Fare Collection (AFC), which includes automatic gate machines, ticket vending and ticket checking machines. The Shahdara-Tis Hazari section has six stations.”Paper tickets were kept in addition to the tokens and smart cards, as a fall-back mechanism, in case there were initial issues with the new AFC system,” he said.On the day of the inauguration, Vajpayee had “boarded a brand new train from Kashmere Gate station of the metro”.”He had even bought a smart card from a counter to enter the paid area of the station. It was a momentous day for Delhi,” the senior DMRC official said.Vajpayee and other guests after boarding the train from Kashmere Gate alighted at Seelampuri station. A function was later held where the then prime minister officially flagged off the service, he said.”It (metro) was the realisation of a long-cherished dream and fulfilment of a dire need for Delhiites. Being the capital of the world’s largest democracy, Delhi witnesses a population surge and needs basic facilities to make life comfortable for the citizens,” Vajpayee had said after the inauguration.In these nearly 16 years, the Delhi Metro network has now expanded to 296 km, with multiple corridors, and has 214 stations. An average of about 27 lakh commuters use it every day.The Red Line, now connecting Rithala to Dilshad Garden, has itself stretched to over 25 km.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>At the inauguration of the 4.5-km Tis Hazari-Inderlok (then Trinagar) section, the second stretch of the network, on October 3, 2003, Vajpayee had said, “Introduction of a fast and efficient metro system in the city was already late but it should now gain momentum.”
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If Goa doesn’t take environmental precautions, expect to see another Kerala: Madhav Gadgil

Noted ecologist Madhav Gadgil has warned Goa may face the same fate as the flood-battered Kerala if it does not take precautions on the environmental front.Like in some other states, Goa, too, is witnessing activities which are driven by greed for unlimited profits, said Gadgil, who headed a committee that authored a widely debated study on the Western Ghats a few years ago.”Certainly all sorts of problems are beginning to surface on the environmental front in the Western Ghats. Goa, of course, does not have Western Ghats which are so high as in Kerala, but I am sure Goa will also experience all sorts of problems,” he said, reacting to the worst-ever floods in the southern state.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>He said thereason for not taking any environmental precaution (in general) is purely greed for unlimited profits.”You have seen it in Goa too. The Union government- constituted Justice M B Shah commission has estimated illegal profits of Rs 35,000 crore from illegal mining,” he said.Also readPilots write to PM Modi, offer to fly planes to Kerala on ‘voluntary basis'”There is also enormous profit in the business of stone quarrying while there is very little investment,” he added while talking about rampant hill in the Western Ghats.”The greed for enormous profits has been allowed to go on unchecked, which has actually worsened economic disparity in the society.Also readKerala floods: Coast Guard, armed forces save newborn near Idukki dam”So now those who are making money through these means are even more effective in getting the government allow this kind of rampant illegal behaviour,” Gadgil said.The ecologist said governments have been lax on implementing environmental norms.Also readKerala floods: Red alert withdrawn for all districts, rains likely to continue “The central government is actually bending over backwards to make sure the National Green Tribunal does not function properly,” he said.Gadgil had done extensive study on Goa’s environment based on the data provided by iron ore mining companies in their Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) reports in 2011.He had then said the mining companies submitted false information in their EIA reports.”In Goa, they had asked me to look into the impact of mining on environment. Every EIA suppressed fact about hydrological impact of mining,” the 73-year-old expert said.”On `sadas’ (plains) of Goa there are a lot of streams which are originating but they dont mention about them in their EIA reports. All kind of false statements are made in these reports,” he said.Gadgil had headed the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) set up by the government.The WGEEP, in its 2011 report, had recommended that several areas in Kerala which come under the Western Ghats be classified as ecologically sensitive.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The panel had recommended strict curbs on mining and quarrying and on use of land for non-forest purposes.



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Watch: Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes immersed in Ganga at Har-ki-Pauri in Haridwar

The ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee immersed in Ganga river at Har-ki-Pauri in Haridwar on Sunday.Vajpayee’s daughter Namita Bhattacharya and granddaughter Niharika had earlier collected three urns of the ashes from Smriti Sthal in New Delhi. The ashes were taken by road to Prem Ashram before it arrived in Har-ki-Pauri for immersion.Earlier in the day, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took part in ‘Asthi Kalash Yatra’ of Vajpayee.After Haridwar, the former prime minister’s ashes will also be immersed in all the holy rivers of Uttar Pradesh, including Ganga, Yamuna and Tapti, to respect his grand stature.Adityanath had earlier said that Uttar Pradesh is the late BJP stalwart’s workplace and by immersing his ashes in all the rivers across the state, people will get a chance to be a part of his last rites.Vajpayee, the 10th prime minister of India, breathed his last on Thursday evening. He was cremated on Friday with full state honour at Smriti Sthal in the national capital.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The former prime minister, whose ancestral home is at Bateshwar in Agra, died at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) following a prolonged illness. He was 93.
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Kerala floods: Coast Guard, armed forces save newborn near Idukki dam

From flood-ravaged Kerala comes a story of grit of the Coast Guard and armed forces personnel who saved a newly-born baby in a night-long rescue operation near the Idukki dam two days ago.The rescue operation began after a call from the Mumbai Coast Guard about rising water level in the Idukki dam area, the Army officer, who led the team, said.”We were in the weekly commanders’ conference at Kochi when a call came from the Coast Guard office in Mumbai to send the best team near the dam where water was flowing above the danger level,” Lt Col Shashikant Waghmode said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Lt Col Waghmode, an assault engineer officer, currently on deputation to the Coast Guard, volunteered to lead the team and within 30 minutes, the team members were selected.Many Coast Guard personnel were called from various ships, he told PTI when asked about the operation.They were equipped with boats, outboard motor, ropes, digging tools, survival ration and medical kits, he said.”After the briefing by District Commander DHQ-4 DIG Sanathan Jena, the team, comprising 16 Coast Guard divers, started the journey at night,” he said.The terrain was a challenge as Idukki is located in a hilly area, which had a number of landslides. There were waterfalls and poor visibility due to fog. The ‘nullahs’ (drains) and rivers were overflowing, he said.The team had to cross the Chappat bridge as the dam gates were going to be opened at 4.30 am.”I had taken along drivers experienced in the hilly terrain and after nine hours we managed to cross the bridge at 4 am, half-an-hour before the dam gates opened,” said Lt Col Waghmode, an alumnus of the Sainik School at Satara in Maharashtra.In Idukki, they found that all the villages were evacuated and hotels, shops, ATMs and petrol pumps were shut.There was no place to take shelter, he said.For the next four days, the Coast Guard team rescued many people in Manjumala and nearby villages and cleared debris and boulders.”I was leading a peculiar team comprising personnel from the Coast Guard, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. I was given the best sea divers of the Coast Guard, Navy nursing assistants, vehicle drivers of the Army and the Air Force,” he said.”On August 16 night, just as we reached an abandoned government hospital for rest after four days of non-stop work, the local police officer, villagers and NDRF officials came to us, asking to save the life of a woman who had just given birth,” he said.The locals told the rescue team that the woman and her five family members were stuck in a flooded house without food and water for four days, he said.The team then launched a night-long rescue mission, calling it “Operation Water Baby”, Lt Col Waghmode said.The woman’s house was two km from the point where the rescue boat was unloaded, he said.”The best six members of the team were selected and the operation began at 10.30 pm in pitch dark and against the water current,” the officer said.The outboard motor was not effective as there were lot of stones, debris and mud mounds below but the team pushed the boat for about 2 km against the water current, which was around 15 knots, he said.The team reached the house, guided by local policemen who accompanied them in the boat, at 1.30 am.”The family was in a bad state. They were not aware that someone was coming to their rescue. Due to medical issues of the newborn baby and the mother, we decided to wait till sunrise and continued the operation early morning with the help of a local doctor,” he said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>”On our way back, wherever there was less water, we lifted the boat with family members inside it. After we reached a safe spot, the woman told us that she will make her baby boy join the armed forces,” the officer said.After this rescue operation, the team was given a choice to return and rest, but the personnel chose to proceed to Chengannur and join another rescue operation, he said.





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Lucknow family remembers Vajpayee’s Eid visits, will keep festival low-key this week

Uttar Pradesh Urdu Akademi head Asifa Zamani will keep the Bakrid celebrations this week low-key at her household as a mark of respect for Atal Bihari Vajpayee, with whom she says her family shared a special bond.Her late husband, former UP minister Aijaz Rizvi and Vajpayee knew each other from the days when the BJP was a fledgling party, Zamani told PTI. If the BJP leader happened to be in Lucknow around Eid, he used to drop in.Rizvi, who was an advocate, used to handle the paperwork when Vajpayee contested the Lok Sabha elections from Lucknow.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”We are deeply pained and anguished by the death of Atalji, her son Asif Zama Rizvi said.”The friendship between Atalji and my husband can be traced back to the days when the BJP was a party with two MPs. Both of them knew each other even before that, she said.So, whenever Atalji came to Lucknow from Delhi, my husband would go to the Charbagh railway station to receive him, she said.Her husband became a member of the UP Legislative Council thrice, and she credits this to Vajpayee.Asifa Zamani, who has been head of department of Persian at Lucknow University, said the former prime minister had immense trust in her husband.He used to phone Aijaz in advance and tell him that all papers should be ready so that he can come and file his nomination papers,” she said.If Vajpayee happened to be in Lucknow around Eid, he would turn up at her house to have the ‘kimami sewai’.The moment he entered the house, he would ask, ‘Where is the sewai? Bring it quickly’, she said.Keeping his health in mind, I used to make separate kimami sewai for him, which would be less sweet, she recalled.Vajpayee would complain about the sweetness. But he would eat it with a smile, she said.”While leaving the house, he would give a silver coin to my son Asif and daughter Sheema as an Eid gift,” the 75-year-old said.After Rizvi’s sudden death in 1998, their daughter Sheema Rizvi stepped into her father’s shoes. Vajpayee helped the family then too, Asifa Zamani’s son Asif Zama Rizvi said.Sheema Rizvi was a member of the UP Legislative Council for two terms, and served as a minister under chief ministers Ram Prakash Gupta, Rajnath Singh and Mayawati.Sheema Rizvi died in 2009.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Asif Rizvi said, “We are deeply pained and anguished by the death of Atalji. Hence, we have decided that Bakrid celebrations in our home will be a low-key affair this time as a mark of respect for the departed soul.”
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Bengal to give Rs 10 crore for Kerala flood relief: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal government will contribute Rs 10 crore to the Kerala Chief Ministers relief fund in the wake of the recent rain-fed floods in the southern state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said.”My heart goes out to the people of Kerala battling #KeralaFloods In this hour of crisis, to stand beside the flood-affected people of Kerala, we have decided to make a contribution of Rs Ten Crore to the Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund,” Banerjee wrote in her Twitter handle. She said that the state was willing to extend all form of assistance and support to the Kerala government to deal with the current flood situation there.”We are also ready to extend all other assistance and support that may be needed to tackle the calamity. We pray that our brothers and sisters of Kerala resume normal life soon,” Banerjee added.In the rain-battered Kerala, 194 people have so far lost their lives since August 8.
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Allahabad HC stays Akhilesh Yadav’s plan to construct heritage hotel, issues notice to ex-UP CM

A Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court stayed any construction on four properties owned by Samajwad Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav, his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party and Janeshwar Mishra Trust on Vikramditya Marg in state capital’s high-security zone.The High Court order has temporarily stopped the Samajwadi Party Chief and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s plan to construct a heritage hotel on plot 1-A Vikramaditya Marg and a library-cum-residence by another property owned by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.A two-member bench of the Allahabad High Court comprising Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Abdul Moin stayed any construction on the four properties owned by Yadav family, trust and the party till September 5 on a PIL filed by a local lawyer Shishir Chaturvedi.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The bench also issued notices to Akhilesh Yadav, his wife Dimple Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party and Janeshwar Mishra Trust seeking their replies on the construction being carried by them against the norms.The High Court observed that land usage of the properties was changed for vested reasons. It has directed the Yogi Adityanath government to get the photograph done on the construction sites within 24 hours and submit a detailed report on how the construction was allowed against rules and without permission on a highly secured Vikramaditya Marg where many VVIPs reside.The High Court has also taken suo motu notice of the public interest issue observing that many such PILs are withdrawn under pressure for various reasons. On the petitioner’s complaint of receiving threats from the Samajwadi Party, the High Court has directed the state government to provide security to the lawyer and his family.
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Man posing as doctor at AIIMS arrested: Police

A 25-year-old man, who was allegedly posing as a doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, was arrested today, police said.Ashish Tripathi, a resident of Ghaziabad, was found roaming inside one of the wards of the hospital wearing a white coat, they added.When Tripathi was intercepted by the guards at the hospital, he claimed to be a senior resident doctor. However, when asked, he failed to produce an identity card, Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Romil Baaniya said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>During interrogation, Tripathi told the police that his pregnant wife was admitted to the hospital and he thought it would be easy to enter the wards wearing a white coat, the DCP added.The police said the accused used to give training to the patients admitted to AIIMS regarding dialysis and was found to have a diploma in operation theatre and management from an institute in Lucknow.A case has been registered in connection with the incident.


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Kerala floods: As rain abates, fears of disease in camps

Incessant rains in Kerala finally let up on Sunday, giving some respite for thousands of marooned families, while authorities feared an outbreak of disease among two million people crammed into relief camps.Incessant rains since Aug. 8 have caused the state’s worst floods in a century. The India Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall only at one or two places of Kerala on Sunday, and in some places the flood waters began to recede.Indian army has led rescue efforts to reach people in communities cut off for days by the floods, with many trapped on roof tops and the upper floors of their homes, and in desperate need of food and potable water. Rescue teams were focused on the town of Chengannur on the banks of the Pamba River, where some 5,000 people are feared to be trapped, officials said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Anil Vasudevan, who handles disaster management at the Kerala health department, said authorities had isolated three people with chickenpox in one of the relief camps in Aluva town, nearly 250 km (155 miles) from state capital Thiruvananthapuram. He said the department was preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases in the camps, where an estimated two million people have taken shelter since the monsoon rains began three months ago.Late on Saturday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that there was no shortage of food in the state as traders had stocked up ahead of Onam. “The only problem is transporting it,” he told reporters. “The central government and public have cooperated well in this effort to fight this disaster.”He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited the state on Saturday, announced an assistance of Rs 500 crore against his request for Rs 2000 crore. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates, where many Keralites work, has also offered assistance to the state.

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Spot the real Milkha Singh: Farhan Akhtar points out glaring error in West Bengal textbook

Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar has urged West Bengal’s Minister of School Education to replace a textbook published with an error in depiction of athlete Milkha Singh.Instead of Milkha Singh’s photo, the publisher has used Farhan’s picture, who played the reel Milkha Singh in the 2013 biographical-superhit ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’.The story was based on Singh’s life, an Indian athlete who was a champion runner and first Indian to qualify for Olympic finals. The film also starred Divya Dutta, Meesha Shafi, Pavan Malhotra and Art Malik in supporting roles.The ‘Rock On’ star took to social media, writing, “To the Minister of School Education, West Bengal. There is a glaring error with the image used in one of the school textbooks to depict Milkha Singh-ji. Could you please request the publisher to recall and replace this book? Sincerely. “On the work front, Farhan Akhtar will be next seen in Shonali Bose’s debut directorial ‘The Sky Is Pink’, alongside Priyanka Chopra.
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In Meerut, minor girl sets self ablaze after men threaten to leak her videos

A teenage girl in Meerut’s Sardhana has set herself on fire after being stalked by few men for some time, said reports on Sunday.According to ANI, the girl has sustained 20-25% of burn injuries.The girl was forced to take the extreme step as she was apparently being blackmailed by some men who threatened to leak her videos, said police. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>A case has been registered and the investigation into the matter is underway, R Pandey, SSP, Meerut said.No arrest has been made so far.

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West Bengal: Cong, CPI(M) to assess ground situation before taking alliance decision

With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the CPI(M) and the Congress, witnessing steady erosion in their support base, have initiated an assessment of the ground-level situation in the state.Facing a tough time in the state due to the “reign of terror and poaching of party leaders by the ruling TMC” and the BJP’s emergence as the main opposition, the CPI(M) and the Congress hope that such an assessment would help them have a better understanding about their “ability to win”, and the strength and weaknesses in all 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal. In the recent panchayat polls and all the by-elections since the 2016 Assembly polls, Mamata Banerjee’s TMC has emerged as the clear winner, but the BJP had pipped the Congress and the CPI(M) to become the main opposition in the state.CPI(M) politburo member Hannah Mollah said all the state units, including West Bengal, have been asked to submit their organisational ground report at the next central committee meet, following which a discussion would take place regarding the state-wise political strategy. “All the state units have been asked to submit their organisational ground report, which also includes the seat-wise position. Then, we will discuss about preparing our strategy,” Mollah told PTI.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>According to a senior CPI(M) state committee leader, a meeting has been convened later this month to discuss various modalities, including the party’s ability to win seats on its own, and prospects of an adjustment with the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls. “Let us accept the fact that the situation in Bengal is not very conducive for us. We have to see which seats can be won if there is an adjustment with the Congress. After we discuss it, we will send the report to the central committee,” he told PTI on condition of anonymity.”We hope the situation will change, as people are fed up with the BJP government at the Centre and the TMC government in the state. People want a secular and a democratic alternative,” CPI(M) state secretariat member Ashok Bhattacharya said. The ground-level organisational report will be followed by a separate assessment of each and every Lok Sabha seat in the state, he said.Out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats, the Trinamool Congress currently has 34, the BJP has two, the Congress has four seats, and the CPI(M) has two.In the 2009 general elections, the TMC had won 19 seats, the Congress six, the BJP one and the Left Front 15. The TMC-backed SUCI (Communist) candidate won one seat. The Congress leadership, on the other hand, is taking inputs from its district base regarding the ground-level situation. Inputs regarding the party’s performance since 2014 till the last panchayat polls, the number of seats it was able to contest in the polls and the percentage of votes are being collated from each and every district, said a senior AICC leader.Congress Lok Sabha MP and the party’s observer in West Bengal Gaurav Gogoi himself has been visiting various districts of the state and talking to district leaders. Asked about the situation in Bengal, state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “Our target is to retain the four seats that we currently have and increase the tally”. According to state Congress general secretary Omprakash Mishra, who has been a strong advocate of a Congress-CPI(M) alliance in West Bengal, if both the parties fight as a political front, then it is in a “comfortable position to win majority” of the seats.Mishra said a Congress victory in the upcoming Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh state elections would generate a strong wave in favour of it in Bengal as well.”If the Congress wins the elections in those three states, then the next Lok Sabha polls will be divided clearly between a Congress-led front and a BJP-led front. And in Bengal, both the Congress and CPI(M) would benefit out of it,” he told PTI. A report prepared by Mishra, on behalf of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC), was sent to the central leadership last month, recommending joining hands with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for the parliamentary election. However, a section of Congress MPs and MLAs feel that aligning with the TMC would be the best way to win maximum number of seats in 2019.According to Congress sources, the party is keen on fighting it alone or as an alliance partner with the CPI(M), as TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has clearly said her party wants to contest the next Lok Sabha polls alone, and win all the 42 seats in the state. Earlier, she had said that in case of an all India anti-BJP opposition front, the party which is the most powerful against the BJP in a particular state should be allowed to fight the polls against the saffron brigade with the formula of 1:1.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>”Which means in Bengal, she will fight alone against the BJP… Her theory of 1:1 is completely absurd and unrealistic,” said a senior state Congress leader. “Banerjee said at a recent rally that her party will fight alone, which means she is not keen on having an alliance. So, in that case, either we have to fight alone or in an alliance with the Left,” he said. The TMC has given a call to win all the 42 seats in the state, whereas the BJP has set a target of winning at least 22 seats in Bengal.
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Nallasopara arrested accused ‘confesses’ role in Narendra Dabholkar’s murder: Maharashtra ATS

Sharad Kalaskar, one of the arrested after explosives were found in his Nallasopara home last week, on Saturday night confessed to the Maharashtra ATS his involvement in the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.“During investigations, Kalaskar also revealed the name of one Sachin Andure, who was arrested two days ago,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, DCP, ATS, while speaking to Zee News.However, Adv Sanjeev Punalekar has claimed that his clients are innocent. “The ATS is known to have made mistakes in the past. They have also made several errors in this case,” he claimed.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Along with Kalaskar, another man, Vaibhav Raut was arrested. According to a DNA report published four days ago, Raut had recommended Kalaskar’s name to Vijay Joshi, who was looking for a tenant for a month. According to Joshi, he was acquainted with Vaibhav Raut (40) and his family for over 15 years. He had rented the flat of Kalaskar upon Raut’s recommendation.Vaibhav Raut (40), Kalaskar and Sudhanava Gondhalekar were arrested in connection with possession of arms and other unlawful activities. The trio — who are suspected to be planning to create chaos in the state — were drilled thoroughly in custody following which the ATS seized additional ammo and other chunks of equipment from Nalasopara and Pune.Hamid Dabholkar, son of the slain activist, greeted the fresh development, which comes five years after the murder. “Now we hope that the investigating agencies arrest the others involved in the killing. It was only due to pressure from the Bombay High Court that the sleuths made the recent arrest,” he added.Dabholkar’s supporters would not stop their protests till all the accused people are in the police net, Hamid said.Dabholkar, founder of the anti-superstition Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, was shot dead on August 20, 2013 in Pune.Recently, the HC had pulled up the CBI and SIT for their slow progress in the Dabholkar and Govind Pansare cases.Referring to the progress in Gauri Lankesh murder investigation, in which the Karnataka police nabbed the accused, the bench said, “If things are not taken to their final conclusion, soon a situation will arise where every reformist, liberal, social thinker will be afraid to voice his/her opinion and may be in future, most of them will have to be given personal security.”<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>In June 2016, Sanatan Sanstha seeker Virendra Twade was first to be arrested. The CBI had also named Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar as the one, who carried out the shootout and killed Dabholkar. “We are also looking into the role of other accused in the case. More arrests are expected in the case. It a huge conspiracy and are linked with other cases,” said a CBI senior officer.


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Family collects Vajpayee’s ashes from Smriti Sthal, to be immersed in Haridwar today

The ashes of former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be immersed in various rivers across the country, beginning from Haridwar on Sunday.Vajpayee’s daughter Namita Bhattacharya and granddaughter Niharika collected the ashes from Smriti Sthal in New Delhi. The former prime minister’s ashes, which were carried in three urns, are being taken by road to Prem Ashram, then to Har-ki-Pauri in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar for immersion.Vajpayee’s immersion ceremony in Haridwar will be attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat among others. After Haridwar, Vajpayee’s ashes will be immersed in various rivers across the country. It will be immersed in all the holy rivers of Uttar Pradesh, including Ganga, Yamuna and Tapti, to respect his grand stature, the state government had announced on Friday.Earlier, Adityanath had said that Uttar Pradesh is Vajpayee’s workplace and by immersing his ashes in all the rivers across the state, people will get a chance to be a part of his last rites. Vajpayee, the 10th prime minister of India, breathed his last on Thursday evening. He was cremated on Friday with full state honour at Smriti Sthal in the national capital. The former prime minister, whose ancestral home is at Bateshwar in Agra, died at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) following a prolonged illness. He was 93.
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Sidhu has committed treason; should get capital punishment: BJP minority morcha leader over Pak Army chief hug

Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) minority morcha leader Aftab Advani on Saturday demanded ‘capital punishment’ for Congress’ Navjot Singh Sidhu for hugging Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as that country’s prime minister.Accusing Sidhu of ‘treason’, Advani said that the cricketer-turned-politician’s move will never be forgotten and forgiven by the people of India. “Sidhu preferred to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony over the funeral of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. There’s no place in this country for such people,” he added.Speaking about his hug with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Congress leader said, “General Bajwa Sahab hugged me and said that it is time for peace. It is my dream as well. Today morning he came up to me and told me that the Pakistan government is thinking of opening a route in Katarpur to mark the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.”Also readTwitter lambasts Sidhu for hugging Pak Army chief and sitting next to PoK President<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Ghulam Ahmed Mir, Jammu and Kashmir’s Congress chief said that Sidhu ought to have avoided sitting next to the PoK president. He was quoted saying by ANI: “He is a responsible person and a minister. Only he can answer, but yes he could have avoided this.”BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra wondered if Sidhu had taken permission from the Congress party before deciding to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony and lambasted him for hugging the Pak Army Chief Bajwa. Also readNavjot Singh Sidhu arrives in Pakistan with special gift for ‘friend’ Imran KhanMeanwhile, Haryana Minister Anil Vij termed Sidhu’s participation in the ceremony as an “act of disloyalty” towards India which “will not be endorsed by any patriotic citizen” of the country.Related Photos
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Navjot Singh Sidhu hugs Pak Army Chief at Imran Khan’s swearing-in: How AAP, BJP and Cong reacted On Saturday, political parties including the BJP and Congress criticised Congress MP and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for hugging the Pak Army chief and sitting next to PoK president Masood Khan at Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony.



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Kerala floods: Rains expected in state for the next five days; fishermen warned to not venture into waters

The Indian Meterological department warned of more heavy “red” category rains on Saturday as tens of thousands of people were still stuck on the rooftops of houses and community centres. Rescue workers have yet to reach many flooded areas, some too narrow for boats to navigate. The relief for Kerala is that there is expected to be reduced intensity of rainfall in the state. A Skymet weather report also suggested that the low intensity rainfall may result in receeding of flood waters.Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has restored all its services to Kerala’s Ernakulam, Kottayam, Thrissur, Palghat, Kozhikode, Kannur and Trivandrum. First service to start at 4 pm to Trivandrum from Bengaluru. Services to Kasaragod not restored.The red alert withdrawn for all districts of Kerala today. Orange alert has, however, been issued for 10 districts, yellow alert for 2 districts. Rescue operations underway across the stateMeanwhile, the Indian Meterological department on Sunday issued a number of releases, where they announced that Thiruvananthapuram will receive light to moderate rainfall till Thursday. Kollam, however, will continue to receive heavy rainfall today, but will see the intensity reducing from Monday.Also readDeclare Kerala floods as a national calamity: Rahul Gandhi to CentreSimilarly, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Thrissur will receive heavy rainfall today, but will see a reduced intensity in the next 23 hours, which will continue reducing in the next few days.”Strong winds mainly from Westerly direction speed reaching 35-45 kmph gusting to 60 kmph likely along and off Karnataka- Kerala coast & over Lakshadweep area. Sea condition is likely to be rough to very rough along and off Karnataka coast and over South and central Arabian Sea. Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off Karnataka coast and over South & central Arabian Sea,” the IMD said in a press release.Also readAhmedabad, Surat fire departments on feet for KeralaKerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said death toll had reached 357. Earlier on Friday, describing Kerala floods as the worst in 100 years, the CM said, “”Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years. 80 dams opened, 324 lives lost and 223139 people are in about 1500+ relief camps.”Kerala has been dealing with unprecedented floods following torrential rains that also triggered landslides, claiming over 300 lives since August 8 besides disrupting normalcy in every sphere of life. While every citizen prays for the well being of god’s own country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took a stock of the relief operations in the city.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Related Photos
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Kerala Floods: Keep calm because the Indian Army is at your service Earlier, Lawyers and judges from the Supreme Court have organised a drive to collect relief materials for flood-hit Kerala. Justices Kurien Joseph and KM Joseph were among those collecting the relief materials, reports added.


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Kerala floods: SC Justices KM Joseph and Kurien Joseph collect relief funds till late night

Lawyers and judges from the Supreme Court have organised a drive to collect relief materials for flood-hit Kerala.According to a LiveLaw report, materials such as bedsheets, food items, drinking water, etc were collected on Saturday till midnight.Justices Kurien Joseph and KM Joseph were among those collecting the relief materials, the report added.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said death toll had reached 357. Earlier on Friday, describing Kerala floods as the worst in 100 years, the CM said, “”Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years. 80 dams opened, 324 lives lost and 223139 people are in about 1500+ relief camps.”The IMD meanwhile said the rainfall intensity in the state will reduce in the next two to three days.Kerala is not expected to receive heavy rainfall from August 20, Mritunjay Mohapatra, IMD Additional Director General said.Also readKerala Floods: Tamil Nadu government, parties, public mobilise relief materials, fundsKerala has been dealing with unprecedented floods following torrential rains that also triggered landslides, claiming over 300 lives since August 8 besides disrupting normalcy in every sphere of life. While every citizen pray sfor the well being of god’s own country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took a stock of the relief operations in the city.But like they said the more the better and we should not forget that every bit counts. Below we have listed out various ways via which you can also make your contribution to the well-being of the flood victims in the state.Also readKerala Floods: Railways dispatches 16 lakh litres of potable water1. AmazonAmazon India has tied up with NGOs in order to provide much-needed help to the Kerala victims. To donate via Amazon, all you need to do is to login to your Amazon account. You can see the list of Amazon’s list of various NGOs that are doing their bit from providing help to the shelters to taking care of groceries and daily need items. You can select any NGOs according to your preference.Also readAAP members to donate a month’s salary each to KeralaAfter selecting the NGO, you can select products across categories which you want to send through your NGO. Then proceed to checkout and write the gift registry address. The last step is to make the payment.2. PaytmPaytm has also given an option to donate via its app. Click on the Kerala icon and you will be able to see choices of fund you would want your contribution to go through. The visible choices are Kerala CM’s Distress Relief Fund, gaon Connection Fund and Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.3. Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF)The Chief Minister also appealed the citizen to make a donation. Following are the account details if you want to donate directly to the CM’s fund.Donations can be made through cheques or demand drafts (DD), or internet banking. Address for cheques: The Principal Secretary (Finance) Treasurer, Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram – 1;Account number: 67319948232Bank: State Bank of IndiaBranch: City branch, ThiruvananthapuramIFS Code: SBIN0070028PAN: AAAGD0584MName of Donee: CMDRF4. Big Basket<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Related Photos
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After Kerala’s loss of ‘Rs 19,500 crore’, here’s what Centre, other states are doing to help God’s Own Country
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Kerala Floods: Helpline numbers and how you can help those stranded in God’s Own CountryBig Basket, like Amazon, has teamed up with Goonj to contribute food packages for those who have been affected by the floods

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40-year-old killed in hit-&-run in Chembur

The Chembur police have arrested a tanker driver who allegedly ran his heavy vehicle over a 40-year-old pedestrian.The accident was reported on Friday noon when the deceased, identified as Naresh Kakrecha, who was accompanied by his wife and his son were walking down the street and the accused, identified as Umesh Yadav (24), carelessly ran over Kakrecha who died on the spot.According to the police, Yadav was driving his vehicle (MH 04 GR 1275) when he lost control over his vehicle and collided with the edge of footpath dragging Kakrecha beneath the wheels.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”The mishap took place near Ambedkar statue in Chembur and in broad daylight. The accused couldn’t handle the mechanical controls of the heavy vehicles following which the accident happened. Yadav who later realized that he drove his vehicle over Kakrecha did not bother to call for medical help and fled from the spot. Kakrecha’s wife called for medical help immediately. She later she lodged a complaint against him,” informed a police officer.”Yadav has been arrested under 279 (rash driving), section 304(a) (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. Necessary investigation is under progress and we have also seized the vehicle of the accused” the officer added.

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Mumbai: Bring your own tiffin, Bhandup school tells students

Narsingh Mane, principal of the school, said, "We have not appointed any new organisation that will serve midday meal to our students yet. Meanwhile we have requested all the parents of the school to send the children with their tiffin. We will soon keep a meeting with parents to decide on what can be served in a mid-day meal to avoid such situation with students."”

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Updated: Aug 19, 2018, 06:55 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>After mid-day meal sends 17 students of Shayadri Vidya Mandir to hospital, the administration asked parents to send children to school with their tiffin till it resumes mid-day meal programme.On Thursday 17 students of class 7 suffered food poisoning after eating midday meal at school. The students were admitted to MT Agarwal hospital for treatment and discharged on the next day.After the food poisoning episode of Thursday, the Shayadri Vidya Mandir school had terminated the services of midday meal provided by Lingeshwar Mahila Bachchat Gat. Out of 700 students of the secondary section who were served mid-day meal,17 kids had to be meted out medical care.Narsingh Mane, principal of the school, said, “We have not appointed any new organisation that will serve midday meal to our students yet. Meanwhile we have requested all the parents of the school to send the children with their tiffin. We will soon keep a meeting with parents to decide on what can be served in a mid-day meal to avoid such situation with students.”


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Co-working spaces spawning a a new style of working

The concept for co-working space is on the rise, especially in metro cities like Mumbai, NCR, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Bengaluru. One of the reports by Knight Frank, an international real estate consultancy firm, had put that, only in the first quarter of 2018, a total 2 million sq ft co-working space was consumed while in the whole of 2017 year the total transaction was 1.8 million sq ft. The co-working spaces even allow are even pet-friendly in many cases.Rajiv Jain, a realtor based out of Worli said, “Recently an MNC was looking for a space in Worli, Lower Parel area, they opted for co-working space instead of renting out an office. It is convenient to rent — one can rent it to be for a day to months and offers several benefits too.”Akshit Mehta, Founder, Vorq Space a co-working space says that co-working is helping the talent stay in town, and preserving their talent and skill for use within the local economy. Even people who use co-working spaces believe that it is a better option because logistics are taken care of. “As a startup, a young and fast-growing company has a lot to focus on. One of the reasons we chose a co-work space over our own independent office is that one wouldn’t have to worry about spending valuable time on logistics and doing up a new space. Of course, co-work spaces also come with the benefit of building a community. You meet other startups and individuals across various fields that open up opportunities for mutual help and collaboration,” said Shirin Johari, Co-Founder, Clap Global a startup.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Even experts say that no hassle of fit-outs is one of the reasons for co-working spaces getting popular. Viral Desai, National Director – Occupier Solutions Group, Knight Frank India, said, “Co-working is now being considered as a real estate solution. Flexibility to scale up and down, ease of transaction in terms of a single cheque, no hassle of fit-outs or dealing with multiple vendors and reduced legal and compliance risk are some of the factors that have paved the way for co-working.”But experts also say that though there is a lot of discussion on whether co-working will replace traditional office spaces, it is important to note that a co-working space is complimentary and not conflicting to the traditional office space and that both will co-exist. “Co-working space in India has become a buzzword owing to its unprecedented growth in the past few years. As per reports, the industry will reach a valuation of $2.2bn by 2022 which sets the tone for a changing shift in working trends of not only start-ups but medium and large enterprises as well. The format is a win-win for both employees and enterprises – a vibrant, flexible workplace for millennials – who constitute a major part of today’s workforce and an ability to easily expand into new areas, set up satellite offices away from their headquarters or even downsize operations if needed for corporates,” said Amit Ramani, Founder and CEO, Awfis.Karan Virwani, Chief WeWork Officer (CWeO), WeWork India, says, “Co-working spaces cater to requirements by providing an environment where companies and people grow together. While co-working is a more evolved concept in the west, it is now becoming a popular trend in the Indian community as more consumers are finding it both convenient and cost-effective. Today, WeWork is a thriving global community comprising of start-ups, freelancers and large enterprises.”BENEFITSPets allowed at work Printouts till certain pages are free No fit-out and interior work hassle. Flexible days Food and various other offers like shopping discounts are also offered
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Mumbai: BMC asks Kandivali society to pay Rs 57,600 for tree trimming

Residents of the Palm Spring society in Charkop in Kandivali west were shocked after they were asked to cough up Rs 57,600 for tree trimming when they approached Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Since the society does not have adequate funds for the same, the residents have no option but to live with the dangerous trees.Around forty families live in Palm Spring that was developed in 2004-05. According to the residents, the old trees were there much before the society came up. “There are around four to five trees with dead branches which need immediate trimming,” said Rambali Tripathi, secretary of the society.Tripathi said that the society is not in a position to pay such a huge amount for tree trimming, thus they have decided to live with them. “We have never thought that such a big amount would be required for tree trimming,” he said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>In June, the Garden Department of R South Ward issued a notice to the society for mandatory tree trimming as part of monsoon preparation. Following BMC’s notice, the society submitted letter and photograph of all trees within society premises. After a visit of the society, the department the sent cost of the tree trimming to be paid in advance.There 13 Ashoka trees, four Gulmohar trees, four Peltophorum trees and 12 Palm trees in the society. During the inspection, the team found that a few tree branches have entered some roos through windows of the building and these need to be trimmed to bring down the weight of the tree. The department also suggested some immediate measures to avoid any fatal incident.As per the law, BMC trims trees which fall in its jurisdiction while in private land, owners have to pay for it. Tripathi said that he will take the matter to Ward Committee as they cannot bear the cost. Shivkumar Jha, chairman of ward committee of R South said that he will seek more details as the amount is very high. A senior civic official from the ward said that the charge has been decided as per la. However, a proposal is with the state government to use corporate fund for tree trimming.JUSTIFIEDAs per the law, BMC trims trees which fall in its jurisdiction while in private land, owners have to pay for it. Thus, the charge has been decided as per law, said a senior civic official from the ward



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Kin enraged as Uttar Pradesh Police cremate Muslim Ola driver in Mathura

An Ola driver who had been missing since August 9 was found to be dead. Not just that, his family learnt recently that UP police have even cremated his body in Mathura’s Ol village, which is 200 km from his house.Mohammad Yusuf (40), an OLA driver had left his north Delhi Sadar Bazaar residence on August 9, but he never returned. His family searched for him, only to find his body. The family had filed a missing person complaint in the Sadar Bazaar police station, which was registered the following morning.When no contact with a family is made, the body is disposed of. As per norms, police wait for 72 hours in cases pertaining to unidentified bodies. While the family is enraged at this act, police defended their stance saying “the man could not be identified, so he was cremated as per procedure”.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”When they did his post-mortem, they should have seen that he was circumcised. This is complete callousness on their (UP Police) part. They should have at least waited for us,” said Atiya, Yusuf’s elder sister.”If the man was a Hindu and we would have buried him, that wouldn’t have been right either. He did not have any ID card. We searched the bordering villages before cremating him,” said Bipin Kumar, the chowki in-charge.On August 10, he was found murdered, with his hands tied behind his back and dumped in a canal. He left his house at 10.30 pm to drop a passenger the night before. Ola responded to his family saying his last known location was at Jhurvai, Mathura, following which the GPS went unresponsive at 12.19 am. The passenger who took the cab could not be contacted by the company.




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Mumbai: Gorai creek turns a feasting place for over 1000 flamingos

After delighting Mumbaikars with its presence in the Malad creek, the Greater flamingos have surprised bird watchers after a flock of 1000 flamingos was spotted at Gorai creek.On Saturday Marine enthusiast Pradip Patade along with animal rescuer Ankit Vyas took a boat ride and saw the flamingos up close.”We could see the Flamboyance (group) of Greater Flamingos standing on the Gorai jetty on the Borivali side as they were foraging for food. For documentation purposes we took images,” said Patade who has been documenting marine life along the coast of Mumbai.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>He said that the locals too seemed surprised as some of the locals claimed that they have never seen Flamingos in the Gorai creek before. “All we can guess is that some of their habitats must have been destroyed forcing them to travel here or simply they might have seen that there is better availability of food,” he said adding that their protection is a concern.The greater flamingos are taller, with black-tipped grey beak, whitish eyes and whiter in body colour and their neck is in a perfect S-shape. They have recently also been spotted at Malad and Lokhandwala mangroves too.Birders state that flamingos can be sighted all along the Mumbai coast and especially in creeks where they ideally feed as they are usually on the move based on the food availability and water levels.


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Mann to launch AAP’s poll drive in Sriganganagar

Monsoon once again has become active in Rajasthan as on Saturday, parts of the state received moderate to heavy showers. In fact, places such as Jaisalmer, Rajsamand and Udaipur recorded heavy rain to the tune of 72 mm, 60 mm and 61 mm respectively.However, rest of the eastern and central parts witnessed light rain spells. Meanwhile, northwestern parts of the state remained very warm and dry, wherein the day temperatures also were high.In Jaipur, despite the scattered cloud activities in the sky over the city, dry and humid continued to make people sweat on Saturday. However, in the evening, the weather took a turn and parts of the city including Ajmer Road, Tonk Road, C-scheme, Walled City, Malviya Nagar, JLN Marg, Vaishali Nagar, Vidhyadhar Nagar observed short spell of moderate to light rainfall. These showers provided much-awaited relief, though water logging in some low areas affected commuters as well.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>As per the MeT office report, Kota recorded 12.1 mm of rain, followed by Ajmer 1.2 mm. Some areas in Jaisalmer, Dungarpur, Bundi, Udaipur, Jhalawar, Banswara, Sirohi, Chittorgarh and Pali also recorded rainfall in the range of 50 to 10 mm.According to weathermen at Skymet Weather, at present, the depression which was over Madhya Pradesh region has moved west and northwestwards and weakened into a low-pressure. Now, the same system lies over parts of Northwest Madhya Pradesh and adjoining parts of East Rajasthan.The U-turnIn Jaipur, despite the scattered cloud activities over the city, dry and humid continued to make people sweat on Saturday. However, in the evening, the weather took a turn and lashed various parts of the city.






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Terribly wrong’ things happening at government shelter home: Sharmistha Mukherjee

The women’s wing of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee made a visit to Mahila Dakshata Samiti’s Snehalaya, a government shelter home for women at Karkardooma in east Delhi and made a shocking revelation that “terribly wrong” things were happening in the shelter home.Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress president Sharmistha Mukherjee, who is also the chief spokesperson of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, lodged a complaint at the Anand Vihar police station on the issue, and sought immediate and strong action after registering the FIR.According to the party’s women wing, one of the inmates they spoke to at the shelter home disclosed that outsiders frequented the place to do “wrong things” and they were often beaten up and denied food by the shelter home keepers.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”Educated women with children reside at the shelter home, but they are beaten up and denied food quite regularly there,” she said while addressing a press conference.Mukherjee also demanded that the Delhi government conduct a social audit of the women’s shelter homes by a neutral agency to find out the truth. She said further action by the Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress will depend on police action taken on their complaint against Snehalaya.She said the Delhi Women Congress volunteers approached seven shelter homes in Delhi on the pretext that they wanted to distribute sweets and fruits to the inmates of these shelter homes, and got entry to three of them. She said the conditions at All India Women’s Conference Shelter Home at Bhagwan Das Road and Prayas were “Okay” while things were “terribly wrong” at Snehalaya.DENIED FOODOne of the inmates at the shelter home said that outsiders frequent the place to do “wrong things” and they are beaten up and denied food by the staff.
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Bombay High Court: Income Tax from foreign company rendered in India is taxable

Recently the Bombay High Court in an order has held that a company or individual who renders services to a foreign company, in India and receives remuneration in foreign exchange, from the company, would be able to claim a deduction in Income Tax.A division bench of Justice M S Sanklech and Justice Sandeep K Shinde, while turning down the appeal filed by Indian Company, SGS India Private Limited, which offers technical services in import and export of goods, said “Section 80­-O of the act very clearly restricts the benefit of deduction, only to the extent technical services which are rendered from India. The present appellant undisputedly provided services such as supervising, loading/ unloading/storage rendered in India and not outside and/or from India. Therefore, would not qualify for deduction under Section 80­-O of the Act. This, even if, it forms a part of the consolidated report furnished to the foreign party.”The company had challenged the orders of the Income-tax tribunal which had disallowed previously allowed deduction claim of 50 per cent, on total foreign earnings, for the assessment years, 1992 to 1998, claiming that it was arbitrary and there has been no change is the trade agreement between the two companies.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Advocate Suresh Kumar appearing for the revenue department argued that there has been an amendment in the provision, following which the deduction allowed on foreign exchange amount for services rendered from India has been lowered. He relied on a Delhi High Court order, to explain different services rendered by an advocate to a foreign client. He said, “If the advocate gives an opinion to a foreign client and receives remuneration, then it is liable for deduction, but if he argued the case for a foreign client in an India court, then he would not be liable to claim a deduction on the remuneration received.”The bench after going through the necessary provisions of law held that “We find that loading and storage of goods for services which may require special expertize would not necessarily be in the nature of technical services.” Thus, this doesn’t allow the company to claim deductions on the services rendered in India..THE RULEAs per the Indian tax laws, the salary earned from a foreign organisation by a person for services rendered in India is liable to tax irrespective of his/her residential status and place of receipt of the salary
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Around 30% flight, train pax traffic may shift on road due to Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway: Report

Around 30 per cent of daily passenger traffic travelling via flight and train may shift their travel mode to the road, once the 701-km-long Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway is ready for public use by 2022, reveals a report prepared on behalf of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC).Currently, more than 26,000 passengers travel between Mumbai and Nagpur daily via flight and train of which nearly 8,000 passengers may shift to the road. 87 more buses and 1,166 more cars are expected to run on the road due to the construction of the expressway, reveals the detailed project report (DPR) prepared for the project.The annual average daily air passengers travelling via flight between Mumbai and Nagpur is 1933, and around 580 passengers would shift to using cars and travel via Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, the DPR reveals. As a result, 387 more cars will be on the road.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>This shift is being predicted despite the fact that it takes 90 minutes for one to travel between Mumbai and Nagpur via flight while it will take around 8-10 hours via Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway.Though some are doubtful about a change in air traffic with people shifting their travel pattern, a shift from rail to road looked more promising.The report reveals that 30 per cent pax traffic is expected to divert to road considering the fact that it will take 7 to 8 hours to commute between the two cities through the expressway while it takes 16 to 17 hours via train.An official from Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) that maintains and operate Nagpur Airport, said, “Flying to and fro from Mumbai and Nagpur can be done in one single day, but in case of Expressway it will take 18 hours of travelling both ways. I doubt that 30 per cent passenger may shift their travel pattern due to this reality.”The report has termed such kind of diversion as ‘induced traffic.’ “Induced traffic consists of trips that people ‘wanted’ to make but did not due to the lack of desired infrastructure or trips that people now ‘want’ to make because of availability of the desired infrastructure,” explains the report.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>THE DETAILED PROJECT REPORT701-km It is south Asia’s longest proposed E-way26,000 people travel between Mumbai and Nagpur8,000 may shift to road after construction of E-way87 more buses will run on road1933 passengers travel via flight580 of the 1933 people will take the road




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Mumbai: Juvenile dolphin and finless porpoise carcass found ashore at Bandra Bandstand

Two carcasses- one of a juvenile dolphin and a finless porpoise was found ashore at Bandra bandstand on Saturday morning. The officials sent out both for post-mortem before burying them.In last 10 days a total of two turtles, two finless porpoises including the one found on Saturday along with a dolphin have been washed ashore. Before this on August 5 and August 7 two turtles both with two flippers missing were rescued from Ghodbunder and Juhu respectively.Range Forest Officer (RFO), Mangrove Cell Prashant Deshmukh said that he received a call from BMC’s disaster management cell at around 7am informing about the washed ashore mammals.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”The Dolphin looked very young and its carcass was fresh and hence we wanted to check the cause of its death and hence we sent it along with the Porpoise for post mortem at Bombay Vetereniray College and the reports would be provided in next two to three days,” said Deshmukh adding that its the wind and rough sea condition that brings the floating carcasses to the shore.Before this two Dolphin carcasses were found at Bandra bandstand and Chimbai on consecutive days in July.Even as activists and animals lovers have been raising concerns about the high number of beachings of marine mammals, marine experts said that while there can be many reasons incuding natural death but it also needs to be understood that due to more awareness every beaching are being reported.”Its difficult to point out a specific reason without a detailed post -mortem but some of the most common factors that affect the marine mammals are pollution due to waste and sewage being released in sea, injuries after being either stuck in nets or being hit by ships, oil spills and others,’ said a marine biologist adding that they can only hope that some clue is provided through the post mortem of the young juvenile Dolphin.EXTENT OF THREATIn the last 10 days, a total of 2 turtles, 2 finless porpoises including the 1 found on Sat along with a dolphin have been washed ashore On Aug 5 & 7, 2 turtles both with missing flippers were rescued from Ghodbunder and Juhu
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City to get light rains today, South Gujarat to get downpur

After giving some anxious moments to the farmers in the state, the return of rain fury in Gujarat ensured that 138 talukas received good rains in the last 24 hours. Gandhidham alone received more than 3.5 inches of rainfall and so did Anjar.It should be noted that both areas are in Kutch which receives scanty rainfall. Across the state, one taluka received over 6 inches of rainfall while two recorded more than 5 inches of rainfall. Rajkot, Jamnagar and several other regions of Saurashtra also received good rains post Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad continued to have another dry run after Friday’s downpour. The lack of rains ensure that get maximum temperature for the city hovered at 34.6-degree Celsius, 2.4 degrees above normal.The met department has however predicted light rainfall for the city on Sunday. Light to moderate thundershowers have also been predicted in South Gujarat and some parts of Saurashtra. Skynet, a private weather forecasting agency has also predicted for Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Gandhinagar among others in the next 12 to 18 hours. At 515 mm of rainfall, the state has so far received 62% of its total average rainfall of the year. Since the monsoon began, 53 talukas have received rains from 500mm to 1000mm while five talukas have received less than 50mm of rainfall so far. In the month of August, the state has so far on an average received only 65 mm of rainfall.


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Rajasthan: July revenue of NWR increases by 17 per cent

NWR has made an increase of 17% in its originating gross earning in the month of July.Giving the information, chief public relation officer of NWR Tarun Jain informed that giving excellent performance in the month of July, in this financial year 2018-19, NWR received originating gross earning of Rs 423.53 crores.This is a higher collection made by NWR as compared to last year’s same month. Infact, NWR in the first 4 months of this financial year, has earned Rs1749.14 crore and this too is 6.7% higher than corresponding months of last year.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The rate of increase in earning from passenger income has been 8.5%, freight loading has been 22.4%, other coaching income has been 28.8% while increased rate from miscellaneous heads of income has been 41.4% this July.With various measures of passenger management during the peak load time, which includes additional coaches and special rail services for fairs or examinations has led to passenger load also increasing to 4.2% in the month of July.With recruitment examinations of constables and other examinations, there has been an increase in passenger load of railways increasing its revenue also. Before this, in the month of January, there had been a rise of 26.03 % in freight loading of NWR than last year taking NWR’s growth rate in freight loading sector highest in railways.



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Delhi government official wins WHO award on tobacco control initiative

An official of the Delhi government’s health department has been awarded the prestigious WHO World No Tobacco Day 2018 Award for his extraordinary contribution towards tobacco control. Additional Director of Health, SK Arora was presented the award by Henk Bekedam, WHO India Country Head at a gathering on August 16.According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey-2 (GATS 2, 2016-17), the prevalence of tobacco use has reduced by 27 per cent in Delhi as compared to 17 per cent for the rest of India on an average. Similarly, current tobacco smokers in the city have reduced by 35 per cent as compared to 23 per cent for the rest of India on an average.The Delhi government’s health department has been fighting against direct advertisement for promoting tobacco brands and surrogate advertisement of tobacco products in the name of pan masala and other eatables such as elaichi (cardamon), for the past four years.Tobacco prevalence in Delhi has come down by 6.5 per cent in the past six years, which is more than the rest of India’s average figures. The current gutka users have also significantly reduced by 63 per cent as compared to the rest of India average figures of just 17 per cent. Even vis-a-vis cessation modalities, Delhi has performed much better than the rest of India.TARGETS ACHEIVEDThe National Health Policy 2017 of the Government of India has set targets of relative reduction in tobacco prevalence by 15 per cent by 2020 and 30 per cent by 2025. Delhi has already achieved these targets.

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Ahmedabad: Fee Regulatory Committee slashes fee of Delhi Public School, Koba by 50%

The Fee Regulatory Committee (FRC) has once again come as a breather for many parents as it slashed the fees of the top schools in the city.The FRC has passed an order for 11 of the 88 schools from Ahmedabad zone that had submitted proposals after the last the Supreme court order. The proposed fees of Delhi Public School, Koba, in Gandhinagar, and Divine Child International school has been slashed by 50%.DPS Gandhinagar which had proposed to charge Rs 1,10,000 for pre-primary, Rs 1,15,000 for primary, Rs 1,25,000 for upper primary for the year 2017-18 can now charge Rs 60,000 and Rs 65,000 respectively.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>For secondary, instead of proposed Rs 1,30,000 they can now charge Rs 65,000 whereas for higher secondary, as against Rs 1,40,000 proposed, they can charge Rs 80,000. Similarly, for DCIS, the FRC has slashed its proposed fee of Rs 1,55,500 to Rs 80,000.”The Supreme Court in its previous order had directed all schools which had not submitted their proposals to submit their proposals. A total of 88 schools from Ahmedabad zone had submitted out of which, FRC has passed an order for 11 schools till now,” Navneet Mehta, District Education Officer (DEO), Ahmedabad city said.As per the Gujarat Self-Financed Schools (Regulation of Fees), Act, the lower cut-off set by the state government is at Rs 15,000 for primary, Rs 25,000 for secondary and Rs 30,000 for higher secondary schools. Schools that propose to charge beyond the cut-off were asked to approach the FRC justifying their fees.
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Rajasthan High Court seeks details of Gaurav Yatra expenses

Rajasthan High Court has sought details of the expenditure incurred by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in ‘Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra’. The court has ordered the party to present before the court a detailed affidavit of all the information regarding the expenditure till August 20. The court will hear the case on August 21. The division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice GR Moolchandani gave this order while hearing the PIL filed by Vibhuti Bhushan Sharma and others. During the hearing, time was sought on behalf of the Bharatiya Janata Party state president for presenting the answer. On behalf of the petitioner it was said that the Bharatiya Janata Party is saying that chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra is a party programme, but the expenses being made are not being disclosed. Government programmes have also been included in the party’s events. In this case, it is a misuse of the government funds, the petitioner said.
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Rajasthan High Court

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Vibhuti Bhushan Sharma

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Signature Bridge to be opened on Oct 31: Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

A day after the Delhi High Court was informed by the Public Works Department (PWD) that the long-delayed construction of the Signature Bridge across river Yamuna will be completed by October, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia inspected the bridge to take note of the ongoing work. He also announced that the bridge will be opened on October 31 for the general public.”The Signature Bridge would be opened for public use by October 31. It’s going to be one of the most important tourist destinations in India. A glass box at 154 mt height would be the top most viewpoint from where we can have a look at our city (sic),” Sisodia tweeted.The bridge, which was supposed to be ready for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, was declared a white elephant by the AAP government. Although a budget of Rs 1,131 crore was sanctioned for it, till now Rs 1,575 crore has been spent. The ambitious Delhi government project located in Wazirabad to connect north and east Delhi is yet to see the light of the day. Being constructed under the aegis of the Delhi Tourism Department, the bridge, besides improving connectivity, is touted to be a major tourist attraction.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The Rs 1,500 crore project was proposed by the Sheila Dikshit government in 2004 and received a nod to start work in 2007.The bridge got environmental clearance in 2011 and was set to be completed by December 2013. The date of completing the project was pushed to June 2016 and then to July 2017, which was further postponed to December 2017.The vigilance department of the state government had found alleged irregularities in the construction of the bridge. The report stated that the issues are “mainly related to cost escalation”, and will be looked into by the PWD and Vigilance departments and will be fixed soon.
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Commonwealth Games 2010

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Nallasopara seizure: Three arrested to be in ATS custody till August 28

The special Anti-Terrorism Squad court presided over by judge V S Padalkar on Saturday, extended the ATS custody of the three men arrested for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to carry out blasts in the city, till August 28. The court while extending their custody held that the objective of the accused to commit an offence is a matter of investigation and if a chance is not given to the ATS even after the recovery of ammunition, then it would amount to a greater crime.The agency had initially arrested Vaibhav Raut. It later arrested Sharad Kalaskar, a resident of Panvel and Sudhanva Gondhalekar a resident of Pune. The agency said that it relied on memorandum statements, recovery of fire arms while pleading for an extension of police custody for the arrested. The ATS also relied on the CCTV footage of an area in Pune where they found footages of all three accused. The agency also claimed that it needs to look at past records of the accused along with their widespread network. “Also they want to check if these arms and ammunition have been used in other crimes in past,” the remand copy read.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The remand application further read that the ATS has recovered two vehicle plates from Kalaskar which it doubts was used in crimes in the past . The ATS also claims to have recovered some chits which are drafted in a code language.As per the remand application, cops have recovered 10 desi pistols, one Katta, one metal air pistol, 10 pistol barrels and other incriminating material in the case. THINGS RECOVEREDThe ATS recovered 10 desi pistols, one Katta, one metal air pistol, 10 pistol barrels, 20 crude bombs , two gelatin sticks, four electronic detonators, two air guns and other material to make explosives from Vaibhav Raut’s house in Nallasopara
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FYJC admissions: Mumbai colleges declare cut-off merit list for special round

City colleges on Saturday, declared the cut-off merit list for the special round. The Education Department received 47,576 applications for special round of First Year Junior College (FYJC) admissions. The department allotted seats to 38,567 applicants in this round on Saturday. Maximum students got seats allotted in special round, however, some are upset over not getting subjects of their choice.Out of allotted seats while 18,699 students were allotted colleges of their first choice. 7,333 received colleges of their second choice, 4,210 got college of their third preference.Among the total 38,567 allotted seats, 35,970 applicants are from SSC board, while from CBSE are 987, ICSE are 892, IGCSE 126, IB 2, NIOS are 192 and others are 398 in special round.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The students who have been allotted colleges of their preference have been directed to confirm their admissions before 21 August by visiting the colleges where they have got admission.While maximum number of students were allotted seats in special round of FYJC online admission process. Some of the students still complaint of not getting subjects of their choice.Bhavika Parekh, one of the parent said, “My son got an admission in special round in Commerce in one of the college of South Mumbai. But unfortunately he did not get subject of his choice. He have been given one of the language subject which he never had in his school after class V.”Another student Yashvi Shah, said, “I got admission in one of the south mumbai college in Commerce but I want IT subject and the college is offering me Hindi instead of that which is not scoring subject. So I will wait till Tuesday to know if there will be more special round as am looking for an admission in KC college.”Rajendra Ahire, deputy director of school education, said, “On Monday we will declare when will be the first come first serve (FCFS) round for students who will not confirm their admissions in special round. In that round all students will be covered and admission will get over. No more rounds will be there after FCFS round.”CUT-OFF OF SPECIAL MERIT LISTKC college Arts — 71.2% Science — 72.2% Commerce — 86.8% Jai Hind college Arts — 79.6% Science — 45% Commerce — 87.2% HR college – – Commerce — 88%
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Ahmedabad: Revisting Chharanagar brutality with verses

While police brutality on the night of July 26 is still fresh in the minds of Chharanagar residents, wordsmiths of the city have penned verses on it. The music of the verses will flow a during poetry recitation session this Monday. Some of them have already been published in Nirdhar — an independent magazine that publishes works on the marginalised class.”The poets have expressed their agony on the atrocity unleashed on the Dalits during the Una incident. Around 14 poets, some of whom were detained by the police on the fateful night, have captured Chharanagar incident, the history of the community,” said Umesh Solanki, the editor of the magazine. Around 33 people of the community and three police officers sustained injuries in the violence. Twenty-nine people, including a photo-journalist, lawyer, artist were arrested.Jayesh Solanki, whose verses voice the plight of the Chhara community says, “It is sad that people from the community have been labelled as criminals. A newborn is tagged as a criminal just by his birth. People from Chharanagar have dreams too, but they are treated as a different part of society,” said Jayesh. “We disagree with the discrimination meted out to the Chhara community, and our poems which will deliver the message in strong lines,” Mushtaq Ali Shaikh, an activist and poet said.


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No consistent rains raises PHED concern over Bisalpur Dam

All eyes of PHED officials in Jaipur are on the water level in the Bisalpur Dam. The officials are caught in a confusion about the future planning of water supply in the city in case the water level of the dam doesn’t increase. A few days back, the department had already cut down the water supply the city was receiving from 547mld to 520 mld.Officials informed that during the summer days, 547 mld water was being given. One of the alternatives which is being given thought is to provide water on an alternative day basis to various colonies. Few colonies may get water one-one day and another half may get on another day.The department is also considering other options like opening up more tube wells for the supply of water in the city while the tubewells which have become defunct they may also be repaired and opened up soon.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>However, since in most of the areas of the city the water level is down and under the dark zone, the places where the water level is high will be chosen for digging new tubewells, informed the sources. Sources also informed that detailed plan has been submitted to senior officials of PHED.The city circle officials are currently not saying anything concrete on this and inform that the plan has been submitted and the decision will be taken in coming days. The current level of Bisalpur Dam is about 309 RL meter and is the main source of drinking water for Jaipur, Ajmer, and Tonk. The dam supplies water for drinking and irrigation purpose to these three districts.The SupplyOfficials informed that during the summer days, 547 mld water was being given. One of the alternatives which is being given thought is to provide water on an alternative day basis to various colonies.

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Jawaharlal Nehru University students allege manhandling by cops during protest

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students on Saturday alleged that they were “manhandled” by the police during their protest against the “failure” of the Centre in providing relief to the people in the flood-ravaged Kerala. The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) filed a complaint in this regard.The students were stopped by the police near Jantar Mantar while they were trying to make their way towards the Union Home Ministry office. They held the protest at Jantar Mantar.”Even as the protest was done with utmost discipline, the Delhi police officers present there purposely created provocation and abused the students physically and verbally. Female students were molested by male police personnel,” the students said in their complaint registered at the Parliament Street police station.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>They also alleged that the students, who could not speak Hindi, were particularly “targeted”. “We demand an immediate action against the police officers deployed at the protest spot failing to which the JNUSU will be compelled to organise strong agitation to ensure that sexual harassment and racial abuse by the police will come to an end,” the complaint stated.However, the police denied the allegation saying that the female cops were deployed at the spot. “The students did not take pre-requisite permission to hold the protest and hence they were stopped. The female students were escorted by female cops to the police van,” said a senior official at the Parliament Street police station.
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Ageing population to help expand e-healthcare

With increase in number of aged people in India, plans are to fast expand the already growing online healthcare services. As per the United Nations Population Fund report, the number of people aged 60+ in India will increase to 30 crore by 2050. Experts say that this change in population will propel the demand for online healthcare facilities in India as deteriorating health which comes with age is one of the major worries for most senior citizens.“India’s healthcare sector is in a bit of a fix at the moment. Government is thinking big and taking a holistic view of the sector. There is traction from Investors on E-Pharma players. E- Healthcare would cover online medical consultation, online medical records, online medicine supply, and pan-India exchange for patient information which ensures long term stay of E-healthcare industry,” Manish Mehta, Founder and Chairman of MeraPatient app, a Rajasthan based mhealth service provider said.As per Inc42 DataLabs, in 2017 Indian health tech startups raised about $34.6 crore across 111 deals which show interest of Investors in the sector. Giant E-commerce players are in exploratory talks to acquire, partner or invest in online Pharma industry. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The reason being that the Indian pharma retail market is valued at approximately Rs 10,000 crore, with E-pharmacy having the potential to capture a 5-15% share in this market as per the Industry data revealed FICCI.With the breakthrough initiatives of government at central level to strengthen the primary health-care system, government has rolled out several schemes and programmes to make primary healthcare system accessible to rural areas. The online market for the sale of pharmaceutical drugs in India (“E-pharmacy”) has stimulated considerable attention from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, where they issued a draft policy for regulating the sector, promising better clarity for the online medicine-delivery space.


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AAP members to donate a month’s salary each to Kerala

The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday announced that all party MPs, MLAs, and ministers will donate a month’s salary for the ongoing relief work in flood-hit Kerala. Hundreds have died while many have lost their houses to the widespread destruction caused by floods following incessant rainfall.Besides the donation, the AAP-led Delhi government on Friday had announced a relief of Rs 10 crore for Kerala.Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal chaired a meeting with officials concluding that each and every party person will contribute to the cause. “All AAP MLAs, MPs and ministers (are) donating one month salary for Kerala,” he tweeted after the meeting.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>He also directed all offices of the Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) to operate as donation centres from where the aid will be sent to the flood-ravaged state.The Delhi government will also issue advertisements for mass awareness in the Capital requesting people to donate generously. The people will be requested to donate blankets, clothes, and bed-sheets through these advertisements.Besides, the government will send large numbers of bottled water, biscuits, and dry food. “The Chief Minister has directed the officials to send the material as soon as possible,” the Delhi government said in a statement.Earlier on Friday, Kejriwal also spoke to Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan and had extended his support. “Spoke to Kerala CM. Delhi government is making a contribution of Rs 10 crore. I sincerely appeal to everyone to donate generously for our brothers and sisters in Kerala (sic),” he had said.The Chief Minister asked the resident commissioner of Kerala to keep him apprised of the requirements in days to come. “Keep us informed, so that we can pitch in whatever is required for the affected people. We are always there to help and will keep sending materials required,” he said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>A HELPING HANDThe Delhi government will also issue advertisements for mass awareness in the Capital requesting people to donate generously. The people will be requested to donate blankets, clothes, and bed-sheets through these ads

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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Notification issued by Maharashtra government to speed up road repairs

The state government issued a nine-page notification to 26 municipal corporations and 300-plus nagar panchayats and municipal councils asking them to take the necessary steps to repair roads, as repeatedly directed by the Bombay High Court, in its order delivered in February and April this year.The civic bodies have been asked to fill up potholes and complete related works including laying utilities in time and in close coordination with authorities concerned, to avoid being slapped with contempt of court.The HC had ordered for pothole repairs in its orders in February and April this year. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The state’s notification was triggered by fatal accidents caused due to bad roads in various cities and towns, and pressure from political parties and groups demanding smooth roads before Ganesh festival in September.Apart from civic bodies, the High Court also asked state and central undertakings including the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, City and Industrial Development Corporation, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation and Mumbai Port Trust to properly maintain roads, walkways and footpaths in their jurisdictions.The High Court, acting on a suo moto petition filed in 2013 over poor quality of roads in the state, had directed that the work of filling up potholes be carried out methodically, as an ongoing project. It had also said that civic bodies will have to display the necessary work details and deadlines for completion while issuing work orders.An officer from the state urban development department told DNA, “As per the high court order, the civic bodies and various undertakings have been asked to put in place Grievance Redress Mechanism to enable the citizens to file complaints about the poor conditions of roads.” <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>PLAN OF ACTIONThe State issued a nine-page notification to 26 municipal corporations, 300-plus nagar panchayats & municipal councils asking them to take necessary steps to repair roads


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Only three functional trains, MMRDA needs 2 more to start Monorail services

While Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has announced of re-starting Monorail services between Chembur and Wadala from September 01, but in reality only three trains out of the total nine are available. The MMRDA hopes to get at least two more trains fit to ply in the next 15 days.To maintain a frequency of 15 minutes, three trains are not enough, sources from the MMRDA said. This also means that frequency of Monorail services won’t be any better than before.Each Monorail train has four coaches, and it was used to ferry around 15,000 passengers daily between Chembur and Wadala when services were operational between February 2014 and November 2017. Services were later suspended due to a fire incident in a empty train.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Trial runs for the first phase of Monorail started from Wednesday, and currently it is being carried only with three trains for six hours daily between 12 and 6 pm, sources involved in trial runs added.A source further added, “It is not possible to start operations with mere three trains but at least a total of four to five trains are required considering a minimum of one train has to be on standby for emergencies.”Out of the total 10 trains, one train was damaged due to fire in November 2017, and out of the remaining nine trains only three are functioning while the rest need repairs and maintenance. An MMRDA official said, “We will get two more trains within the next 15 days fom Malaysian operator Scomi Engineering, and rest of the trains are to be repaired by February 2019.”Lack of functional trains is one of the major reasons behind MMRDA not being able to start the services on the second phase of Monorail between Wadala and Jacob Circle.”For operations on the whole 18-km-long corridor we will require at least 7-8 trains in functional condition. While the remaining trains now will be repaired, Scomi Engineering has to deliver us the balance five trains, as per the plans in 2008,” MMRDA official added.The construction contract of Mumbai Monorail was given in 2008, and the project has been in controversy since its inception due to technical glitches, and has also come under the scanner of Comptroller Auditor and General of India (CAG) over irregularities.STATE OF AFFAIRSWadala-Chembur Monorail operations to restart on: September 01, 2018<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Frequency: 15 minutesTotal Monorail trains: 10Functional Monorail trains: 3Under maintenance: 6Damaged in fire incident: 1





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Farooq Abdullah bats for talks with Imran Khan-led Pakistan, says peace should be given a chance

Former Union Minister and Chief Minister of Kashmir Farooq Abdullah spoke to WION/DNA on wide-ranging issues. He insisted that talks with new Pakistan government led by cricketer turned politician Imran Khan should be resumed.Q: Prime Minister Modi spoke about local bodies poll in Kashmir. Is it a good idea and can they be held peacefully?A: Panchayat is a basic democratic institution. Let people look after their affairs instead of government officers. I think Panchayat elections should be held. I held them under terrible circumstances. There will be some tragedies. Those who do not want elections will try to see they do not succeed. I think it is a good idea and elections must be held.Q: What needs to be done so that things return to normal in Kashmir?A: There are number of things which need to be done. Entire force goes and beats up people. It breaks hope. It is avoidable. People want peace and peace will not flow from the barrel of the gun. It has to come by talking to the neighbour who is promoting unrest in the valley.Unless Pakistan is brought on the table. the situation will not improve. New Prime Minister of Pakistan is taking over today and his utterances have been very good. I hope we would reciprocate. We should try find a way out.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Q: Why are you saying that peace in the Kashmir valley is impossible without Pakistan’s cooperation?A: Who started this whole thing? How did it grow? Where are these people trained? It cannot be ignored that Pakistan is very much part of it. Pakistan also has grievances and they can be settled by sitting across a table. Vajpayee tried but lost 2004 elections. Things could have been better if he had been involved a bit longer. We have to work on those lines.Q: What grievances can Pakistan have?A: Grievances are there and cannot be won by use of the force. Force will not give you the result. Let’s find out what is pinching your foot?Q: Whom do you talk to in Pakistan? Imran Khan? Army? Who?A: Imran Khan has just taken oath. Party that helped come to power is Army and let’s be frank about it. If Imran makes the right move then Army will be support him. I’m not saying that PM’s should talk. Let other people talk and prepare the ground so that PMs could talk one day. I’m not saying that it should be like Agra Summit which took place after Kargil and did not produce any result.Q: Modi made overtures. Met Nawaz Sharif. Look where Sharif has ended?A: Why only Nawaz Zardari is also on the mat. It is there problem. Just because you had dinner with the PM does not mean that problem is solved. It has to be solved at the table. They claim entire Kashmir and we claim what they possess. How can we come out of it? Entire SAARC is held to ransom because of this problem.Q: You have often spoken about LOC being given a sanctity of a border. Is it workable?A: What about Ireland. Look at them today. They have no borders. People work across the border and use different currencies. If there is a will there will be a way. There has to be will from both sides. 70 years are enough.Q: Who needs to make an overture?A: Who makes an overture is not important. Point is that we need a way forward. We are just destroying each other and we need to put an end to it. India needs to focus on better things. There is poverty to fight.Q: How did stone pelting started in the valley? It was not there 5 years back?A: We need to get to the bottom of it. But has there been any political meeting of a political party with the present government. Changing CM’s way does not solve the situation. Talk is the only way forward.Q: Kashmir also has a interlocutor?A: Have you heard anything from the interlocutor? What has happened to previous interlocutors. Nothing has been done on the report they produced. Similarly Vora report too is gathering dust. These reports should tabled in Parliament. Why cannot India see them? We are not anti-India. We are part of India. Rounds of shells are being fired across the border and in the process civilians and soldiers of both sides are dying. Foreign power is making money by selling guns both of us.Q: Is the present violence a fallout of PDP-BJP alliance?A: I don’t want to talk about it. The question is has it brought people together and made India stronger? Or has it divided India and divided them into Hindus and Muslims? Are we dividing India further?Q: Is mainstream politics impacting Kashmiri discourse?A: I think so. Media too has its responsibility. Kashmir is being boiled down to fight between terrorists and Army. But Kashmiri Muslims performing last rites of a pandit in the valley as he does not have relatives is not shown. Hatred is being promoted and this needs to be curbed.Q: What is the principal objection of the national conference on article 34(A)?A: We are opposed to any change. It is our faith. Our faith is article 370 through which JK joined India. We never merged with India. Other states merged with India. JK joined India. It could have gone to Pakistan. Article 370 was brought in to safeguard the interest. You cannot buy lands in Arunachal Pradesh or North East too.Q: What explains the push for 35(A)? An imagination that the process of amalgamation of Kashmir with India is an unfinished business?A: Aren’t we part of India? We are part of India and that is where the battle lie. It is the feeling in some of the people that we are not part of India. This feeling should be taken out of them. We are as much part of India as any other state of India.Q: What is the difference of approach between the present government and one ran by Vajpayee when it comes to Kashmir?A: Vajpayee was a different man. He fought my father. He was from RSS but he knew that if India has to move forward then it has to move forward with everyone. He fought RSS from inside asking them to change with time. He was strong and that is why his name was Atal. He could take decisions which no one could take.Q: Such as…A: When Kargil war took place, I went to meet Vajpayee with a General of 15th Corp. Pakistani soldiers were sitting in our bunkers. The commanders told me that they would win but lose lot of people if Air Force is not used. They argued that mountains are bare and movement of soldiers is taking place in night. I saw the IAF chief going out. But when I told him this, he said,” It needs to be done.” He called back the IAF chief. IAF chief said that if we use the Air Force then it will escalate the war and all border will open up. Vajpayee said that when Pakistanis walked miles insides out territory did they not think that it will open up the borders. He asked him to do whatever is necessary and use whatever he has. Musharraf had to run to Clinton. He lost the battle of Kashmir that day. He had to accept that it was they who were fighting and not jihadis in Kashmir. He had to ask Clinton to tell India that they want to withdraw.Q: How do you remember Vajpayee? There were talks that you would become the Vice President of the country?A: That was not in my fate. He was a great man. He was sensitive. He talked straight. He knew how to live life.Q: Did you share his love of food?A: Whenever he went abroad he would take people accompanying him to the best and choicest of the eating houses. He ran a coalition of 23 parties and it is not a joke. I don’t think that anyone can do it ever again. He ran it very smoothly.Q: Is the perception of terrorist vs Army discourse stalling the talks in Kashmir?A: When firing happens or pelting happens, what happens? Forces enter homes. Things are broken. You antagonize people. This makes them feel that they have nowhere to go. You make enemies.Q: Forces are also getting attacked by stone pelters and people give cover to terrorists when operations are on?A: You cannot win people like this. Infiltration continues. One day the dam would burst. One day escalation between two nations will become too big to handle.Q: It is not easy to talk to a country which perpetrated 26/11? It is a hard choice?A: It is not a simple choice. It is a hard choice. It is neither a simple choice for Pakistan who has been telling there people for past 70 years that Kashmir belongs to them. Can Pakistani PM say that territory with India does not belong to them. Can Indian PM say that let Pakistan keep the other part of Kashmir. Is it possible? That is why it is a hard choice.Q: There are people within India who have a grievance. Kashmiri pandits have not be resettled?A: There are Kashmiri pandits in villages. There are lot of factors. Are Kashmiri pandits willing to go back? They have settled in various parts of the country. When Gujral was PM, we made a plan to get them back but Ganderbal tragedy happened. So, we need to get Pakistan on the table.Q: is it possible to conduct free and fair elections in Kashmir?A: Elections need to conducted. You cannot give in. I won my election but Anantnag election was stayed. Democracy needs to survive.Q: What was the reason behind it?A: You ask people. Do not withdraw from election is my motto. Democratic institutions needs to be strengthened.Q: How do you conduct elections when most of the political stakeholders cannot move around freely?A: Out of 1000, 10 will vote. People will go took elected representatives. These institutions need to be strengthened.Q: Kashmir hops from one election to another without democracy percolating down?A: Why are you worried. It will percolate. You cannot give in. Democratic institutions cannot be killed. There are turbulent times but does not mean that turbulence will remain all the time.Q: Is Grand Alliance a great idea?A: Opposition is required in a democracy. If you have strong Opposition it can check the government. When I came to power in 1996 with huge majority, lot of people wanted to join my party. I would ask them not to do so because Opposition is required. Even if BJP wins the election but Opposition emerges in bigger number, it will be good for the country.Q: Has Rahul Gandhi come of age?A: Same question was asked of Rajiv Gandhi. People would say that how will a pilot run the country. People gain experience over time. He will also learn. Modi also learnt as the CM. Rahul has also learnt.Q: A man was shot inside your residence in JK. Is your life in danger?A: I don’t know ? I faced death. A man enter my house when neither I or Omar was there. It should be probed. How could he enter from the gate without any damage to his vehicle. He drove all the way in and walked right in to the front door of my house. He broke things and started to climb stairs to our bedrooms. Strange. How did he have the knowledge of house? Who is behind it? Was it a recce that something like this could be done in the future? This is when I have all the protection. How did he get in? Something is behind it. It must be probed properly?<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Q: What is the task of Farooq Abdullah in 2018-19?A: I will continue to work to unite the nation. This is the India before I sleep. I want to see an India where hunger does not exist.
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Rajasthan: Second phase of LDC exams today

The second phase LDC recruitment examination-2018 will be conducted on Sunday by the Rajasthan Staff Selection Board. For the second phase of the exam, more than 3 lakh candidates are expected to appear. This examination will be held at 1,070 centres in 20 districts.In the second phase, the exam of candidates having the names from H to M will be included. The LDC recruitment examination will be held in two shifts. The first shift will be from 8 to 11 o’clock in the morning. In the second shift , the examination will be held from 2 to 5 in the afternoon. The Rajasthan Staff Selection Board and the local district administration have made special security arrangements for the examination. The district administration has taken adequate measures to prevent cheating and the candidates will be allowed to enter the examination centres only after strict checking as prescribed in the board guidelines.More than 13 lakh candidates have applied for 11,225 LDC posts of various departments. As a result, the examination is being organised in four phases. The first phase of the examination was concluded last SundayIn the first phase, the exam of candidates having the names from A to G was conducted and a total of 972 examination centres were set up in 17 districts of the state. The other phases of examination are scheduled to take place on August 19, and September 9 and 16. The exam of candidates having the names from N to R will be organised on September 9 and candidates having names from S to Z will be organised on September 16.Tight securityRajasthan Staff Selection Board and the local district administration have made special security arrangements for the examination. The candidates will be allowed to enter the centres only after strict checking as prescribed in the board guidelines.


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Data protection talk on Institute of Law at Nirma University foundation day

The Institute of Law at Nirma University (INLU) on Saturday celebrated its 11th foundation day by organizing a panel discussion on data protection.The panel discussion on ‘The relevance of personal data and its protection in the digital age, addressing challenges to individuals privacy’ had three speakers including Arghya Sengupta, Research Director, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi, Anjali Bhardwaj, Co-convenor, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and Srijan Pal Singh, Founder, Kalam Centre and Cyber Law Expert.The panel discussion on ‘Are our personal data safe and what about the regulations by state and Centre’ kept revolving around the Data Protection Bill as well as Justice BN Sri Krishna Committee report on data protection.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>”Human beings have been treated as a subject until. The social media platforms have gated us as a community in the last 20 years. Today, the problem with the privacy is that no one reads the policy even before agreeing to most of it, and also it being so much filled with legal jargons it is definitely a cumbersome process,” Sengupta, who is also part of the committee, said.Anjali Bhardwaj discussed the current Right to Information structure where government, at times, holds the information in the name of secrecy that is essential for the general people. They need to know the data presented by agencies as well as the ministers. On the contrary, the government wants to protect its privacy, she said.”Right to privacy means right to be forgotten where there is an option to erase/delete the accounts managed and collected by the person himself. But this is not the current scenario as most of the social media platforms have only a deactivation policy,” Srijan Pal Singh said.
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Ahmedabad, Surat fire departments on feet for Kerala

Eight teams of Gujarat Fire and Emergency service Department of Ahmedabad and Surat have been made to be sent for the immediate rescue operation to flood-hit Kerala.The situation deteriorated in the southern state over the last three days.Four teams from Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Service Department and four from Surat Fire and Emergency Service Department have been put on standby from Friday evening, fire officials said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Each team consists of at least 25 to 30 firemen, four boats, four life jacket, rescue ropes, lights, four life buoy’s will be sent to Kerala.”We have been told to be on standby from Friday evening. We are waiting for orders to come,” Rajesh Bhatt, Additional Chief fire officer, said.Two trains cancelled by Ahmedabad Division running between Gujarat and Kerala.Due to extreme weather conditions in Kerala, two trains of Ahmedabad Division running between Gujarat and Kerala have been cancelled.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>The train Bhavnagar-Kochi Express (19260) which was supposed to depart from Bhavnagar on Sunday at around 7.15am has been cancelled and the train Okha-Ernakulam Express(16337) which was supposed to depart from Okha on Monday has been cancelled.


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Rajasthan: Rahul Gandhi to hold roadshows in all seven divisions

The Congress president Rahul Gandhi is likely to hold roadshows in all the seven administrative divisions of Rajasthan before the state goes for assembly polls in the year end. His recent roadshow in Jaipur has given the much-needed boost to the party workers and Congress now intends to repeat the success in remaining divisions of the state. The details of his rallies and overall campaign of Congress in the state was discussed in a meeting between the party president and senior leaders from the state on Saturday. “Its most likely that Rahul Gandhi will hold roadshows in all the remaining six divisions,” said a senior party leader. Congress has already declared its plan to hold “Sankalp Yatra” in five districts. All the major CM candidate probables from the party have been asked to make joint appearances at these rallies in a display of unity. Rahul Gandhi is expected to add personal touch to the campaign during the later half of September. Discussion on these were reported to have taken place during meeting of the party national president with senior party leaders from various states. PCC chief Sachin Pilot, former CM Ashok Gehlot and leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi were also part of the meeting held at Rahul Gandhi’s residence. At the meeting Rahul declared a nationwide offensive against the Union government on issue of Rafael deal while the leaders from the state were too reluctant to talk on any other issue after the meet. “It is a major scam of which Narendra Modi is a beneficiary and we will expose this soon. Moreover, the party president’s visit to state will be decided after September 16,” said Dudi while speaking to DNA.The party has decided to broaden it’s campaign to target BJP central leadership and prime minister Narendra Modi. The assembly elections in Rajasthan and other two states will be followed by general elections and the party has decided to build up its campaigns with both the elections in mind.Display Of UnityCongress has already declared to hold “Sankalp Yatra”. All the major CM candidate probables have been asked to make joint appearances at these rallies in a display of unity.

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Delhi government failed to frame, notify rules for food security act: LoP Vijender Gupta

Leader of Opposition, Vijender Gupta alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party-led (AAP) Delhi government has failed to frame and notify rules for implementing the National Food Security Act (NFSA) even five years after it was enacted.NFSA guarantees provision of subsidised ration through the Public Distribution System to about two-thirds of the nation’s population for which the state governments are supposed to frame and notify rules and implement them.”There is no legal backing for guidelines made by the Delhi government as it has not framed and promulgated rules to ensure accountability, transparency and to establish Grievance Redressal Mechanism. National Food Security Act has provisions for the setting of State Food Commission and for the appointment of District Grievance Redressal Officers. The law also requires mandatory, periodic social audits to ensure accountability,” Gupta alleged.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>The Delhi High Court had directed the state government a year ago to implement provisions of the Act in a time-bound manner by framing rules and notifying them. Gupta further demanded that the Delhi government should take all possible steps to implement the Act in accordance with the directions of the High Court so that no poor and needy person starves.”No deserving and eligible person is deprived of ration. Referring to the distressing incident of death due to starvation of three children in Mandavi area of Delhi(sic),” he said.An NGO named Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyaan had raised the issue in the High Court by filing a petition that slum dwellers were not being provided cheap ration despite being eligible for the same. Only last Friday had the High Court noted that despite the directions issued by it last year, the government has not complied with the directions and provisions of National Food Security Act have not been put in place.CASE HISTORYThe Delhi High Court had directed the state government a year ago to implement provisions of the Act in a time-bound manner by framing rules and notifying them Gupta further demanded that the government should take all steps possible to implement the Act in accordance with the HC directions so that no needy person starves
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Mumbai: Citizens have slowly started opting for organ donation

Recently the 32nd organ donation was done in the city when life-saving organs of a diamond factory worker Suresh Panchal, (46) was donated by his family after he suffered a brain stroke and was declared brain dead on August 15. According to Panchal’s wish, his son consented to donating his heart, liver and two kidneys for the needy patients to save their life.Citizens have slowly started opting for life-saving organ donation of their relatives who are declared brain-dead by the doctor. While the government body is working on creating awareness to donate a life-saving organ, the number of patients waiting for organs is much higher than the donated organs.In Maharashtra, this year the waiting list for the kidney is 4,666, while the waiting list for the liver is 789. Similarly, the waiting list for the heart is 43 and the lung is nine.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>As per the Right To Information (RTI) response given by ROTTO-SOTTO till the month of July, this year, in Maharashtra, around 19 heart, 108 kidney, one lung and 64 liver has been transplanted out of which organ transplant of 49 kidneys, 26 liver, 14 heart and one lung was done in Mumbai. Later in the month of August, four liver, one heart transplant happened in Mumbai.Speaking about the awareness in the public, Sujata Aashetkar, member of Zonal Transplant Co-ordination Center (ZTCC), Mumbai, said, “There has been a slight increase in the number of people opting for life-saving organ of a family member who has been declared brains stem death (BSD). A lot of organizations and institutes like community centers, colleges, schools, trust, hospitals come forward willingly to organize organ donation workshop for their members.”This year, Mumbai’s first lung transplant happened in the month of June when 13-year-old Kurla resident’s family donated her heart, lung, kidneys, and liver after she was declared brain dead by the doctors at Kohinoor Hospital. Last year too there was one lung transplant done in the city.MEDICAL STATISTICSAs per ROTTO-SOTTO’s RTI reply, till July 2018, 19 hearts, 108 kidneys, 1 lung & 64 livers were transplanted in Maha out of which 49 kidneys, 26 liver, 14 hearts and 1 lung were transplanted in city
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Gujarat crypto scam kingpin Divyesh Darji held on arrival from Dubai

Main accused of Gujrat Bitcoin scam Divyesh Darji was arrested by police from Delhi Airport after his arrival from Dubai on Saturday. He is the Asia head of Ponzi scheme Bitconnect, registered in the UK and being operated from Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai.Darji and associates allegedly siphoned off about Rs 88,000 crore from gullible investors. This money was routed through his company called Bitconnect.com, launched around the time of demonetisation.Most of the promoters of this scheme fled abroad after Gujarat CID started the investigation. Many high-profile names, including politicians, are accused in this scam along with Mahendra Chaudhari, Satish Kumbhani and Divyesh Darji. Divyesh Darji is one of the kingpins of the fraud.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>These accused launched various websites as platforms, including www.zewanghelp.com, to promote their virtual ponzi scheme.These fraudsters were using virtual currencies to perpetrate their frauds. They used a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) method that involves from the existing investors to funds contributed by new investors introduced by the existing ones through online platforms. They solicit new investors by fake promising to invest funds to generate high returns in the virtual currency – bitcoin.In April DNA had reported why Indian crypto players are fleeing India, and why they have started operation centres in Dubai and other countries after the RBI’s order for banks and financial institutions to not to deal with digital currencies.The government has indicated in the last budget that cryptocurrency is not a legal tender in India. “The government does not consider cryptocurrencies as legal tender or coin,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said in the Budget speech.Cryptocurrencies are facing worldwide clampdown since last year because of higher fluctuations in prices. China has banned the exchanges in September 2017, as part of a broader crackdown. Regulators in Hong Kong and Singapore have also warned against ICOs, citing concerns about fraud, money laundering, and terrorist financing. South Korean regulators said they would ban ICOs, without giving details.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>No Legal TenderThe Centre has indicated in the last budget that cryptocurrency is not a legal tender in India. “The govt does not consider cryptocurrencies as legal tender or coin,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in Budget speech.

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As floods ravage Kerala, Bengal searches for its migrant workers

As death toll in Kerala floods crosses the 300 mark, administrative authorities of West Bengal are concerned about the migrant workers from the state who have gone to Kerala.Sources at Nabanna, the state secretariat, said that the chief secretary had contacted Kerala administrative officers to enquire about migrant labourers from Bengal who had been to Kerala for a livelihood.Sources also said that at least two labourers from Bengal had been reported missing. According to officials of the labour department in Kerala, there are about three lakh migrant workers registered with the department, of whom about 20 per cent were from Bengal, the highest number compared to other states of the country, followed by Assam.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>People mostly from districts like Nadia, Murshidabad and Nadia of Bengal have migrated to Kerala for earning a livelihood.Nabanna sources also said that the state government had urged the Kerala government to help migrant workers from Bengal who had been stuck in the flood, to return to Bengal. If need be, officials of disaster management force would be sent to Kerala. Preparations are afoot in that regard.Kerala government, in a statement had said that the Labour and Skills department had started a state-level coordination centre at Trivandrum for helping guest workers (as they call migrant workers) and common people in Kerala.“According to the instructions of the labour and skills minister TP Ramakrishnan the facilitation centre has been made operational on war footing,” an administrative official said. Emergency helplines – 0471 2330833, 07012109743 – have been put up for everyone to contact the facilitation centre at Trivandrum. “Guest workers can call on these numbers round the clock and for their convenience they would be assisted in several languages including Hindi, Bengali, Assamese and Odiya,” the official said.Trivandrum Ernakulam and Kozhikode regions of labour department is co-ordinating the relief activities with the help of district authorities and Chief Ministers Disaster Relief Management Centre.The centre is controlled by additional labour commissioner (enforcement) and the details of labourers registered there would be passed on to respective district labour officers and state disaster control centre.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had tweeted her concern for the flood affected in Kerala on Saturday. ‘Words alone are not enough. Yet I must tell all my brothers and sisters of Kerala that our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. Condolences to those families who have lost their loved ones. Strength to those who are fighting the #KeralaFloods’, her tweet read.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>Kerala has witnessed one of the worst natural calamities in the century, which has left over 324 people dead in the last nine days and over two lakh people displaced.
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9 months after ‘neech’ remark against PM Modi, Congress revokes Mani Shankar Aiyar’s suspension

Nine months after creating a political storm with his ‘neech’ remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mani Shankar Aiyar got a major relief on Saturday after Rahul Gandhi revoked his suspension from the Congress party. ‘Congress president has approved the recommendation of the Central Disciplinary Committee of the AICC for revocation of Mani Shankar Aiyar from the Primary Membership of the Congress party with immediate effect,’ a party statement by Ashok Gehlot said. Aiyar was suspended from the party in December last year for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “neech”. The remark drew a sharp reaction. It was widely regarded as “self goal-II” (the first being his 2014 description of the then leading prime ministerial candidate as a “chaiwala”)<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Aiyar has been a member of both houses of Parliament. He has also served as Union Cabinet Minister under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the first tenure of United Progressive Alliance in 2004.But it was PM Modi, who turned the ‘neech’ remark into a major cornerstone during Gujarat election campaign. PM Modi, who was in Surat at that time, portrayed Aiyar’s comments as an insult to Gujarat. “Mani Shankar Aiyar today said I belong to ‘neech’ caste, I am ‘neech’ (vile). This is an insult to Gujarat. Gujarat will reply,” he said at an election rally.The PM had further said: “Congress leaders have been so depressed that they have dropped to a new level in public discourse and are using words that are unfit for democracy. A Congress leader from a family where everyone is highly educated and a minister in the Manmohan Singh government, Aiyar said Modi is from a ‘neech jati’ (low caste). Congress had earlier called me donkey. People of Gujarat will take revenge by casting their votes for the BJP and the result will be evident on December 18.””Yes, I am from a poor section of the society and will spend every moment of my life working for the poor, Dalits, Tribals, and OBC communities. This is Mughal mentality. They can call me ‘neech’, but I will keep doing ‘oonche’ (high) work,” the PM had said.

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PM Narendra Modi thanks UAE for ‘gracious offer’ to help flood-hit Kerala

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday thanked his United Arab Emirates (UAE) counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for offering flood relief support to Kerala.”A big thanks to @hhshkmohd for his gracious offer to support people of Kerala during this difficult time. His concern reflects the special ties between governments and people of India and UAE,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.Earlier on Saturday, the UAE announced to form a committee to provide relief to the flood-affected in Kerala.Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has expressed his condolences over the death of people in flood-hit Kerala and formed a committee to help those affected.Sheikh Mohammed has expressed heartfelt sympathy to President Kovind and to the families of the victims and wished the injured speedy recovery.In a series of tweets, Sheikh Mohammed said, “The state of Kerala in India is currently witnessing huge floods, the most devastating in a century. Hundreds have been killed, hundreds of thousands have been displaced. Ahead of Eid Al Adha, do not forget to extend a helping hand to our brothers in India.”” The people of Kerala have always been and are still part of our success story in the UAE. We have a special responsibility to help and support those affected, especially during this holy and blessed days,” he added.Stating that the UAE and the Indian community will unite to offer relief to those affected, he said, “We have formed a committee to start immediately. We urge everyone to contribute generously towards this initiative.”Kerala has been facing the worst flooding in a century as death toll reached 357 on Saturday.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With ANI inputs)

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Kerala floods death toll rises to 357 as rescue operations continue

As Kerala reels under floods, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said death toll reached 357.”Total 33 people have died in the state today,” Kerala Chief Minister Vijayan was quoted as saying by ANI.”We are in the middle of a disaster, we need unite as one to tackle it,” Vijayan further said.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>Earlier on Friday, describing Kerala floods as the worst in 100 years, Vijayan said that the death toll reached 324.”Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years. 80 dams opened, 324 lives lost and 223139 people are in about 1500+ relief camps,” Vijayan tweeted on Friday evening.Vijayan also urged everyone’s help to ‘rebuild the lives of the affected’ by contributing to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF).”For the people of Kerala, the road to recovery is going to be a long one. Your help no matter how small will be a step to restore normalcy,” Vijayan said in another tweet.The rise in flood water in Periyar River due to rains and the opening of shutters of all major dams including Mullaperiyar, Cheruthoni, part of Idukki reservoir and Idamalayar, have severely affected the lives of people in the downstream areas. The death toll in Kerala floods, ever since the monsoon season began this year, has crossed 300. Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of some of the areas affected by flood.Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Vijayan and Union Minister K J Alphons accompanied the prime minister during the aerial survey.”Centre is providing all possible assistance to Kerala. This includes financial assistance, providing food grains and medicines. We have asked the NHAI, NTPC, PGCIL to render all possible assistance and cater to basic infrastructure needs in the wake of the floods,” the prime minister said.”The Central Government is ensuring that the benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, MGNREGA, various social security schemes, Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture reach those affected on a priority basis in Kerala,” the prime minister said.The prime minister said his thoughts were with those who have lost their lives in the deluge and hoped that the injured would recover soon.A total of 55 NDRF teams are engaged in the rescue and relief work in the flood-affected Kerala. The teams are actively engaged to relocate the marooned people in the state.”Total 15 teams are operational in Thrissur, 13 in Pathanamthitta, 11 in Alappuzha, five in Ernakulum, four in Idukki, three in Mallapuram and two each in Wayanad and Kozhikode,” read the statement issued by the NDRF.Each team of NDRF is accompanied by doctors and paramedics and essential medicines to provide first aid to the people. Director General, NDRF is supervising the entire rescue operation in the state and a 24×7 NDRF control room is monitoring the situation round the clock.Kerala has been facing the worst flooding in a century. The calamity has also grabbed global attention. Even the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took note of the issue and formed a committee to provide relief to the affected people. Earlier on Saturday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the rainfall intensity in the state will reduce in the next two to three days. Kerala is not expected to receive heavy rainfall from August 20, Mritunjay Mohapatra, IMD Additional Director General said. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With agency inputs)

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas confirm they are engaged

The Bollywood superstar and the US singer hold a private traditional engagement ceremony in Mumbai.

When Atal Bihari Vajpayee locked himself up for 72 hours to escape from marriage

Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a lifelong bachelor, a fact that entire India knows quite well. But what many of us don’t know is to what great extent Atal ji had gone to evade a marriage proposal. The story dates back to 1940s, when young Vajpayee was studying at the DAV College in Kanpur. One day, he got the news that his parent were looking for a marriage prospect for him. The very news made Vajpayee so nervous that he ran to his friend’s house and locked himself up for three days.According to a Times of India report, Vajpayee remained locked inside the house of his friend Gorey Lal Tripathi, when he got to know about his parents’ intention of marrying him. Tripathi’s son Prakash said that his father and Vajpayee were in the RSS where they became friends. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>’Atalji had asked my father to lock the room from outside. He would knock at the door from inside when he needed water or food or to go to toilet,’ Prakash was quoted as saying by the TOI.When Tripathi asked Vajpayee why he was so reluctant in getting married, Vajpayee said that he wanted to work for the nation and marriage could become a hurdle. A TV report also quoted former Prime Minister’s relative who said that when Vajpayee’s mother asked him why he was not interested in marriage, he reportedly said that ‘what’s the point? If I get married and leave her (wife) here, she would complain. I can’t work like that.’A master orator, who knew 11 languages, Vajpayee breathed his last on August 16, 2018 at 5:05 pm at the AIIMS in the national capital. The three-time Prime Minister, who won the highest civilian honour – Bharat Ratna, was cremated with full state honours at Smriti Sthal on Friday.

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In flood-hit Kerala, Sikh volunteers provide fresh food to 2,000 people with langar service

In a heartwarming story, a UK based international humanitarian relief organisation have come forward to provide food to over 2000 people affected in flood-hit Kerala.Khalsa Aid, the UK-based Sikh organisation’s Indian wing, reached Kochi to serve food to around 2000 people. The Sikh volunteers have cooked and distributed food in the affected areas.”KERALA FLOODS: Our volunteers are providing hot food for over 2000 people affected by the #KeralaFloods ! We will be setting up another food kitchen too,” Khalsa Aid posted on their official Twitter account.<!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_1 –>See for yourself over here:The death toll in Kerala floods, ever since the monsoon season began this year, has crossed 300. Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of some of the areas affected by flood.Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister K J Alphons accompanied the prime minister during the aerial survey.”Centre is providing all possible assistance to Kerala. This includes financial assistance, providing food grains and medicines. We have asked the NHAI, NTPC, PGCIL to render all possible assistance and cater to basic infrastructure needs in the wake of the floods,” the prime minister said.”The Central Government is ensuring that the benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, MGNREGA, various social security schemes, Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture reach those affected on a priority basis in Kerala,” the prime minister said.The prime minister said his thoughts were with those who have lost their lives in the deluge and hoped that the injured would recover soon.A total of 55 NDRF teams are engaged in the rescue and relief work in the flood-affected Kerala. The teams are actively engaged to relocate the marooned people in the state.”Total 15 teams are operational in Thrissur, 13 in Pathanamthitta, 11 in Alappuzha, five in Ernakulum, four in Idukki, three in Mallapuram and two each in Wayanad and Kozhikode,” read the statement issued by the NDRF.Each team of NDRF is accompanied by doctors and paramedics and essential medicines to provide first aid to the people. Director General, NDRF is supervising the entire rescue operation in the state and a 24×7 NDRF control room is monitoring the situation round the clock.Kerala has been facing the worst flooding in a century. The calamity has also grabbed global attention. Even the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took note of the issue and formed a committee to provide relief to the affected people. <!– /21665149170/dna/dna_article_inarticle_300x250_btf_2 –>(With agency inputs)

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