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Trial run begins on Pink Line corridor of Delhi Metro

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trial run began today on a stretch of the 59-km-long Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar section of the Delhi Metro, which on completion would become the longest corridor of the DMRC network. The trials were held on the 6.5-km-long elevated segment between Shakurpur and Mayapuri of the corridor that has been dubbed the ‘Pink Line’, part of the phase-III of the metro network. This is the first trial run on the Pink Line. “Delhi Metro’s new UTO-enabled (Unattended Train Operations-enabled) trains will operate on this corridor. The new trains, with extremely high level of automation, will now undergo rigorous trials between these stations to ensure that they are ready for smooth operations after the commissioning of the corridor. “Initially, train operators will run the trains, but gradually, driver-less operations (on the UTO mode) will be possible,” a senior DMRC official said. While conducting the trials, the interface of the metro train will be checked to ensure that there is no physical infringement with civil infrastructure during the movement of the train on the track and also testing of various subsystems of coaches shall be done. “The new signalling technology known as Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) will be implemented on this corridor. The response of trains at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the operations control centre (OCC) will also be monitored. The response of the track system and the over head electrification will be checked repeatedly,” he added. The section from Shakurpur-Mayapuri consists of five elevated stations, i.e., Shakurpur, Punjabi Bagh West, ESI Hospital, Rajouri Garden and Mayapuri. “This section has one interchange station at Rajouri Garden with Line 3/4 (Blue Line or Dwarka 21-Vaishal/Noida City Centre Line),” the official said. The project had faced delay due to issues of land acquisition. “This section passes above two major jhuggi clusters having 229 jhuggis. In 2012, the DMRC had requested Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement (DUSIB) to take necessary action for relocation/rehabilitation of these jhuggis,” the DMRC said. Four special spans–three steel spans and one cantilever construction span of length 60 metres each–were used in different sections. The metro alignment was crossing over the Delhi-Bhatinda railway line at Shakurbasti which is 19 m high and is the highest among all the special spans used, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man chops off 3-yr-old daughter’s ears, claims seeing ‘ghost’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 35-year-old man allegedly chopped off the ears of his three-year-old daughter in the wee hours today as he was having hallucinations about a “ghost” taking away his daughter, police said. The accused Amrit Bahadur’s family told police that was disturbed after his one-and-a-half-year-old other daughter died a couple of months ago. He had since been having hallucinations about a “ghost” who would take away his child. Bahadur returned home in an inebriated condition and went to where his daughter Bina was sleeping. He was apparently seeing a “ghost” who had threatened to take away his elder daughter. He did not want to lose his daughter and decided to follow the instructions of the ghost, police said. During questioning, Bahadur told police that the “ghost” asked him to make his daughter cry and he poured water on the child. When she started crying, the ghost apparently asked him to cut off his daughter’s ear. He did so and chopped off a small portion of one of the ears. He said the ghost demanded that the ears should be cut off. Bahadur told police that he did what the “ghost” asked him to do and chopped off the ears of his daughter. The ghost then asked him to spill more blood and Bahadur decided to slit his daughter’s neck. But before he could do that, the family members were awakened by the girl’s cries and they stopped him before he could kill her. Hearing noises from the house, their neighbours alerted the police and Bahadur was arrested from the spot, Nupur Prasad, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) said. The police suspect that Bahadur might be suffering from a mental ailment since he has been talking about seeing ghosts and having hallucinations. He claimed that he did what he was instructed to by the “ghost” for his family’s wellbeing. The child was rushed to GTB Hospital by her family, who collected the chopped ears from the spot, and from there, she was referred to AIIMS. Bahadur worked as a helper at a restaurant and also cleaned cars in the morning to make ends meet. His elder brother had passed away seven years ago. After his brother’s demise, he had married his sister- in-law who already had four children. The couple then had two daughters, one of whom died this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI case a vicious campaign to malign reputation: IIT Goa Dir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>IIT-Goa Director B K Mishra today said the CBI case against him was a “vicious campaign” to malign his reputation and social standing. In a statement issued today in response to(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indo-Pak bonhomie witnessed at Chamliyal border shrine

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid chill in the India and Pakistan relations, the border guarding forces of both the countries today visited Chamliyal shrine in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district and vowed to “maintain peace and tranquillity” in the area. Apart from them, thousands of people from either side of India-Pakistan border thronged Saidanwali village in Ramgarh sector to visit the shrine of Baba Dalip Singh Manhas, popularly known as Baba Chamliyal. Pakistan delegation, consisting of 31 officials of Pakistan Rangers, civil administration and prominent civilians led by Sector Commander of Pakistan Rangers Brig Amjad Hussain, arrived at the venue on the Indian side of International Border (IB) at Chamliyal. The Indian delegation, consisting of officers from BSF and civil administration including Deputy Commissioner Samba Sheetal Nanda and led by DIG BSF (Frontier Headquarters) S P Dhiman, attended the sector-commander level meeting here. “During the meeting both sides assured each other to maintain peace and tranquillity on the border area. The meeting was concluded in a very cordial and happy atmosphere,” Dhiman told reporters here today. Pakistan Rangers’ team exchanged sweets with the BSF personnel at venue while sector commander of Pak Rangers handed over a “Chaddar” to the BSF DIG as their veneration to offer at shrine of Baba as customary. The BSF handed over a trolley of shakkar (holy soil) and a tanker of sharbat (holy water) from the shrine to the Pakistani team for the devotees in their country. “On this auspicious occasion a sector commander level meeting was organised between both the border guarding forces at zero line from 1100 to 1205 hours”, DIG said. The annual fair of Baba Chamliyal has been celebrated with full fervour and joviality at BoP Chamliyal in Ramgarh Sector, he said. Prem Singh, a member of the shrine, said every year devotees from both sides of the border converge near the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine to pay obeisance to Baba Chamliyal and take shakkar and sharbat with them. “I came to pray at the shrine as my skin disease is being cured with the use of shakker and sharbat (earth and water of holy shrine),” said Sarvan Singh who arreived here from Punjab. Baba Chamliyal, after whom the village is named, lived about 320 years ago. He is revered by the people of all faiths. Till 1971, Pakistani nationals were allowed to come to the Indian side of the border to pay obeisance at the shrine. However, after the 1971 India-Pakistan war, the practice was stopped. Since then, only a Pakistan Rangers delegation comes to offer chadar and, in return, carries shakkar and sharbat from the shrine for the devotees in Pakistan. Baba Chamliyal Mela has become popular since November, 2003 following a ceasefire and parallel peace initiatives by both the countries. While it is held for three days at the shrine complex on the Indian side, located around 50 kms from Jammu, it is held for a week in Saidanwali village of Sialkote district in Pakistan. A popular belief is that the soil and water from the shrine cure skin diseases. As a result, it draws devotees from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana as well. Baba Chamliyal was beheaded by those who did not like his growing influence. They dropped his body at Saidanwali village in Pakistan, around 300 metres from the border, and the head on the other side, now known as Chamliyal. The legend has it that where his blood fell, the soil turned fertile and a well was dug at the site where his head was dropped. Later, his devotees built a tomb in his memory. BSF and the civil administration had made elaborate arrangements, including transport and food, for the devotees. Administration on both the sides of the border get involved in making arrangements for the people participating in the mela. The BSF authorities in assistance with the district administration and state police have made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of an event. Devotees coming to this place take bath in the belief that by applying soil (shakkar) and water (sharbat) their skin diseases will be cured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Five citizens felicitated for helping cops nab criminals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five citizens, including three students, were today felicitated for helping the police in nabbing accused involved in dacoity and chain snatching cases. They were presented with ‘Good Citizens Award’ by Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat. Those felicitated for their alertness and sense of duty as a citizen were 21-year-old girl student V Mounika, P Srikanth Goud and S Chandra Kanth, (both 19-year-old students) besides S Raji Reddy and R Srikanth. On June 6 Mounika, a resident of Ramannapet village, was on a morning walk, when she noticed a car with a boy, aged around 12, along with other persons. Suspecting the boy might have been kidnapped, she immediately rushed to the Ramannapet police station and narrated what she saw, Bhagwat said. A police team rushed to the spot, where on noticing the cops, the car occupants managed to escape even as the police apprehended the driver and the boy. “Police found six daggers, one axe and eight mobile phones in the car. It was later revealed the car occupants were members of a criminal gang who carried out highway robberies and dacoities,” the Commissioner said. The police, during investigation, succeeded in nabbing seven more members of the inter-state gang which was involved in nine offences in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bhagwat said. The four other award winners, including the two students, had nabbed two chain snatchers who had targeted a 75-year-old woman at Koheda village on June 18, the police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kashmir issue: Pak wants UN intervention, MEA maintains matter to be resolved bilaterally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan said today that the UN has a “responsibility” to resolve the Kashmir issue, days after UN chief Antonio Guterres stated that he is engaged in bringing about an Indo-Pak dialogue to resolve the matter.Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, at his weekly briefing, said Kashmir is an “internationally recognised” dispute and is outstanding on the UN Security Council agenda. “UN has a responsibility by virtue of these UN Security Council Resolutions to resolve the issue and call upon India to immediately stop bloodshed of Kashmiris,” he said.Zakaria lamented that the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions on the Kashmir dispute, which promise Kashmiris their right to self-determination in accordance with their wishes and aspirations, remain unimplemented. Zakaria also stated that UN Secretary-General Guterres had offered mediation to resolve outstanding disputes between Pakistan and India soon after assumption of the office, which had been welcomed by Pakistan.”A similar offer was made in March this year by his Office,” he said. Zakaria’s remarks come after Guterres said on Tuesday that he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue through his meetings with the prime ministers of the two countries.”Why do you think I met three times the Prime Minister of Pakistan and two times the Prime Minister of India,” Guterres said while responding to a question during a press briefing on whether he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute. Following Guterres’ remarks, India affirmed that bilateral issues between India and Pakistan will have to be decided “bilaterally”.”I have seen the reply which has been reported in the media. Essentially the secretary general asked a question in response to a question… Bilateral issues have to be decided bilaterally and the UN secretary general has been made aware of that position,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in New Delhi today.Zakaria claimed that the regional countries have also raised concerns over regional security situation due to the “intransigence and belligerent posturing” by India. He condemned the violence in Kashmir and urged that world human rights organisations to send fact-finding missions in Kashmir. Zakaria claimed that the Kashmiris celebrating Pakistan’s victory in the final of ICC Championship were “beaten up” by the Indian forces.Commenting on the arrest of Muslims in India for celebrating Pakistan’s cricket victory, he said, “It reflects a sad state of affairs in India.” Zakaria said Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has written letters to the UN chief, President UNSC, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretary general to update them on alleged human rights violations by India.

ICC to have Deputy Chairman when Manohar is absent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following are some of the key decisions taken at the ICC Annual Conference. 1) BCCI gets USD 405 million from revenues — highest among full members with 22.8 percent share. 2) Appointment of a Deputy Chairman, who shall assume the duties of Chairman, Shashank Manohar, when he is unable to fulfil his duties. 3) Female Independent Director with full voting rights will be recruited to the ICC Board. 4) Affiliate Membership has now been removed. Only Full and Associate Membership remain. 5) All previously categorised Affiliate Members will now become Associate Members. 6) Every Board Member including Full Member and Associate Member Directors, as well as the Independent Chairman and Independent Director will each have equal votes. 7) A 2/3rd majority necessary for a resolution to be approved. 8) In future, the Chairman of the Associate Members (who comprises one of the three Associate Member Directors) will also be required to be independent of any Member Board. 9) The ICC Full Council also voted unanimously to expel USACA following a Board recommendation in April.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fodder scam: Lalu, Jagannath Mishra appear in CBI spl court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad today appeared before a special CBI court here in three fodder scam cases, while another ex-CM Jagannath Mishra presented himself in the court in two other fodder scam cases. Prasad, Mishra and other accused in the fodder scam appeared before the special CBI court of Shivpal Singh in a case pertaining to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 96 lakh from Deoghar Treasury in the 1990s. The two former chief ministers also appeared in the same court in another fodder scam case for alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore from the Dumka Treasury. Prasad also appeared before the court in another case of alleged fraudulent withdrawal from the Doranda Treasury. The court has fixed the next dates for hearing on June 29 and 30, while June 30 and July 1 for hearing another case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Newborn dies under mysterious circumstances, ants found on his

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A newborn was found dead under mysterious circumstances at the sadar hospital here today as an army of red ants were found on his navel. The infant boy was born at the hospital on June 20 but since he weighed 1.25 kg, which is considered underweight, he was shifted to the special care unit specially meant for the treatment of neonatals. His family are residents of Pathraitha village of Sheikhpura district. Confirming the incident, civil surgeon M P Singh said the red ants were found in his navel in the afternoon today. He, however, did not make it clear whether the infant was dead at the time. He said a three-member committee headed by the hospital’s deputy superintendent has been set up to probe the incident. The newborn’s father Bhushan Yadav, a daily wage labourer, alleged that the infant had died due to the negligence by the hospital authorities, specially the nurse who was attending the neonatal unit.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Flood situation remains grim in 4 districts of Assam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 38,000 people are affected by floods in four districts of Assam, including Kamrup (Metro district which comprises Guwahati, where one person died today after being electrocuted. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the flood situation of the state, with Darrang being the worst affected district, official sources said. One person identified as Dulal Malakar was killed after being electrocuted during flash floods in Guwahati this morning following incessant rains since last night. The rains have caused floods in the capital city with water-logging in Zoo Road, R G Baruah Road, G S Road, Nabin Nagar, Anil Nagar and parts of Hatigaon, Ganeshguri, Hedayetpur and residential quarters of MLAs in Dispur. Many schools declared a holiday today as buses could not ply and exams postponed in some others as school buildings going under waist-deep water, officials said. Water logging caused massive traffic snarls in the city, inconveniencing many. Flood situation in three districts of Lakhimpur, Darrang and Karimganj remained critical with 38,000 people reeling under the impact of the deluge that overran human habitation and crop land, an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report said. Embankments have been breached due to heavy rains in Lakhimpur and Biswanath districts, submerging roads in Karimganj, Majuli and Udalguri districts, the report said. Animals and poultry have also been affected by the floods, particularly in Sonitpur district, the ASDMA said. Reviewing the flood situation of the city with officials of the district administration and power department, Sonowal directed to constitute a joint team of district administration, Guwahati Municipal Corporation, Assam Police, SDRF and APDCL to check and identify all vulnerable points and carry out necessary rectification works immediately and submit compliance report to him within seven days. Six persons had died during the June 13 flash floods in the city.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak attack in J&K: 2 Indian soldiers martyred, one attacker dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistani troops today carried out an attack 600 metres inside the Indian territory in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, killing two jawans and losing one of their men in the retaliatory action.One of the attacker was injured in the Indian retaliatory action and his body was extricated under the cover of heavy firing by the Pakistani troops from their posts across the LoC, an Army official said. The Border Action Team (BAT), which generally comprises special forces of the Pakistan Army and some terrorists, carried out the attack at around 2 pm with the aid of cover fire by the Pakistani troops from their posts, he said.This was the third BAT action in Poonch this year. The official said the Indian Army’s ‘Area Domination Patrol’ was “targeted by the armed intruders and exchange of fire occurred.” “Pakistan s BAT team was 600 metres within the Indian side of the LoC and 200 metres from the Indian posts,” the official said. The Indian troops retaliated and in the firefight, two Indian jawans were killed, the official said.The Indian troops killed one armed intruder, whose body “is within visual reach”, he said. While the firefight was going on, the Pakistani posts resorted to heavy firing, the official said. “The operations are in progress and heavy exchange of fire is going on,” he added.

Naidu says seeking loan waiver has become fashion, draws flak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu said today that seeking farm loan waiver had become a “fashion”, but later offered a clarification after drawing flak from several Opposition parties. Addressing an event in Mumbai in the morning, Naidu said seeking loan waivers had become a “fashion” now but it was not the final solution and should be considered in extreme situations. As many Opposition parties mounted attack on him, he later told reporters in Delhi that he was referring to the “fashion of political parties” competing with each other to ask for debt relief. “Today, it is the fashion of political parties to ask for loan waiver. When I was talking in Mumbai (earlier today), I was referring to the approach of political parties which are competing with each other, asking for waiver of loans,” he clarified. His comments attracted criticism from the Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party, the CPI(M), the CPI and the Samajwadi Party (SP). Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “We condemn the comments in the strongest term. The plight of farmers is such that they are on the verge of committing suicide every day and such a senior leader is terming it as a fashion, it is a shame for the BJP.” He said it was “never expected” that the BJP would make “such a joke of farmers’ suicide”. Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar said the comments shows the “attitude” of the BJP towards the plight of farmers. “The real face of BJP has come out in front of public. This (loan waive) is not a fashion but obligation of the nation to the farmers,” he said. While AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said the comment exposed his bias towards the rich, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury asked if the government would now term farmer suicides “fashionable”. “Will this govt now say that Farmer suicides are also fashionable? We need to do more than loan waivers for our farmers, not mock at them. (sic),” Yechury tweeted. Kejriwal said, “You don’t see a fashion in it when you waive loans of the rich. But when it comes to waiving farmers’ loans, you see it as a fashion. “This is not right. You waive a particular individual’s loan, but not that of crores of farmers. This shows the kind of politics you engage in.” CPI national secretary D Raja termed the comments as “insensitive” and that too coming from a senior minister in the government. “If farm loan waiver was a fashion, then it was the fashion of none other then BJP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who announced loan waiver, which was followed by other BJP states,” he said. SP spokesperson Ghanshyam Tiwari termed the comments as “joke on the people of this country”. Naidu said the political parties should focus on “long- term solutions” such as improving infrastructure, rural roads, assured power supply, provisions of cold storage and godowns and providing affordable and timely cheap credit to farmers, besides providing market facilities for their produce. “We have to take care for these measures. We have not done it in so many years after Independence,” he said. Naidu said political parties should focus on bringing in structural policy changes, instead of adopting short-term measures such as loan waiver. Listing out various initiatives, he said the Modi government had taken a number of steps to improve the situation of farmers and referred to Comprehensive Crop Insurance Scheme, Soil Health Card and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana. Naidu said it was “surprising” that political parties which were in power for years and “did nothing” for farmers, are trying to blame this government for the farmers’ plight.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

WB govt offers talks to bring peace in Darjeeling, Gurung

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The West Bengal government today offered talks to defuse the crisis in the restive Darjeeling hills where a case of murder was filed against Bimal Gurung, the underground leader of the agitation spearhead, the GJM, and his wife for the death of a man during Saturday’s clashes. Darjeeling remained tense, but incident-free on Day Eight of the indefinite shutdown which crippled normal life. Internet services remained suspended with the police saying the step has been taken to stop the spread of rumours that may incite violence. Local cable TV channels were also not beamed. State Home Secretary Malay De, who chaired an all-party meeting in Siliguri on the prevailing situation in the scenic hills, said the doors of the government “are open for talks to restore normalcy in the hills”. The meeting was not attended by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) or any political party in the hills. The Congress, the CPI(M) and the BJP also stayed away from it. A senior police official said a case of murder, arson, assault on police personnel and conspiracy to incite violence on June 17 has been filed against Gurung and his wife Asha. Darjeeling had on that day witnessed widespread clashes between GJM activists and the police in which one person was killed and 35 security personnel were injured, including an India Reserve Battalion (IRB) officer seriously. “We have lodged a case (against Gurung and his wife) and the investigation is on. There were allegations that they were involved in the violence, arson and killing of one person during clashes on Saturday,” the official said. Reacting to the police case against Gurung and his wife, a senior GJM leader charged the police with implicating them in false cases. “Three of our supporters were killed and they are filing cases against us. Cases should be lodged against the police and the state administration for violating human rights and the killing of people,” he said. On the meeting convened by the state government, the home secretary said three political parties, including the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), and two development boards of the hills participated in it. The other parties were not named by him. Asked about the absence of major parties at the all-party meet, he said, “We had invited all the parties without any condition. Had they given their advice on how to bring back peace and normalcy, it would have been better.” De said, “The process will be on. We hope that they will participate in the future. Everybody wants peace. But peace will not return if one adopts a confrontationist attitude.” On the statement of the GJM and other parties that the indefinite bandh will be carried on till the security forces are withdrawn, the home secretary said, “It will depend on our assessment of the situation there.” He said it was the constitutional duty of the state government to maintain peace and public order and steps would be taken accordingly. Normalcy should be restored as people are suffering, he said. The TMC secretary-general and state minister, Partha Chatterjee, who was present at the meeting, said, “They (GJM) are putting the people to trouble. Why are they doing this? They can come to the discussion table and say it.” On the withdrawal of the security forces, he said, “I would like to ask when would they stop violence?” He said the process undertaken by the state government for the development of the hills will be on and that the development work will suffer if normalcy is not restored. On the suspension of Internet services there, he said, “You all know why it was done. The people should not be provoked.” Police patrolling was intensified in the hills since this morning as GJM activists took out processions in support of their demand for a separate Gorkhaland in which BJP supporters participated with party flags. A signature campaign for Gorkhaland was organised by the Citizen’s Forum for Gorkhaland at Chowrasta in the hill town. Ambulance operators, who earlier in the day refused to carry patients fearing harassment, however, resumed their services. In Gangtok, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling extended his support for a separate state carved out of West Bengal, saying it would fulfil the constitutional demand of the people of Darjeeling hills and also bring permanent peace in the region. Chamling, in a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, said, “The fulfilment of the constitutional demand of the people in the Darjeeling Hills will provide long-awaited justice to their patriotism.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man shares wife’s private pics on video chat, held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old marketing executive was arrested today for allegedly sharing his wife’s objectionable photos as well as the videos of their intimate moments on a video chat application, police said. The woman (around 26 years), a resident of neighbouring Medchal district, complained to Cyber Crime Police of Cyberabad Commissionerate that her husband had shot her semi-nude and nude photos without her knowledge and shared them with his friend through the application, an officer said. The couple has been married for nearly 15 months. The woman stated that she had been harassed by her husband since the day of their wedding. “The woman stated that her husband used to take her pictures and videos without her consent by using his mobile phone handset,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Cyber Crimes) S Jayaram said. The officer said the woman suspected that something was amiss and forcibly took possession of her husband’s handset around four days back. Besides vulgar messages, she found her pictures and shared chats in the handset. The woman also found that private videos shot during their intimate moments were shared through the handset, he said. A case was registered following the woman’s complaint. It was revealed during the investigation that the man was habituated to watching porn videos and he used to do sex chat on various porn websites. “About 20 days back, he met a person online and they exchanged their app account details for chatting. On June 11, he started chatting with one Sriman on his app account. After exchanging their personal information, they both came to an understanding, exchanged their wives semi-nude/nude photos through the app,” the ACP said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai, June 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>from the western region at 2100 HRS: BOM 26 MP-FARMERS-LD SUICIDES Bhopal: Distressed over debts, four farmers allegedly end lives in Madhya Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the number of farmer suicides in the state in a fortnight to 21. BOM 7 MH-FARMERS-LD PROTEST Thane: Farmers protesting land acquisition for a proposed airport at Nevali set vehicles on fire and clash with police, leaving four policemen injured. BOM 13 MH-FARMERS-SUICIDE Nashik: Four debt-ridden farmers commit suicide in the last two days in Nashik district BOM 9 MH-NAIDU-FARM LOAN Mumbai: Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu says seeking loan waiver has become a “fashion” of late. BOM 24 BIZ-IT-LD NASSCOM Hyderabad: Indian IT export is projected to grow by 7-8 per cent – the same rate as last year – while the domestic infotech industry is expected to expand at 10-11 per cent in 2017-18, Nasscom says in its guidance. BOM 15 MP-PAK-CRICKET-CHARGE Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh police drops sedition charges against 15 persons, arrested earlier in Burhanpur district for cheering Pakistan cricket team after it won the ICC Champions Trophy final against India. BOM 8 BIZ-IT-PATEL Mumbai: Reserve Bank Governor Urjit Patel says he is not “overly pessimistic” about employment scenario in the IT sector, pointing out that mushrooming startups can compensate for job losses. BCM 12 BIZ-RBI-PATEL-GST Mumbai: Reserve Bank governor Urjit Patel says the soon-to-be implemented GST will not only create a national market but will also broaden the tax base, which in turn will lower the overall taxes in the long-term. LGB 2 MH-COURT-BLASTS Mumbai: CBI seeks severest possible sentence for six persons convicted last week in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. BES10 MH-FARMER’S SON SUICIDE Mumbai: 13-year-old boy, son of an indebted farmer, allegedly commits suicide in Maharashtra’s Osmanabad district BES 15 MH-SENA-NAIDU-FARMLOAN Mumbai: Shiv Sena terms as “insulting and unfortunate” the Union minister Venkaiah Naidu’s remark that seeking a farm loan waiver has become a “fashion”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Removal of Shia Waqf Board members: HC seeks details

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court today directed the Uttar Pradesh government to furnish by tomorrow details related to removal of nominated members of the state Shia Waqf Board. The Lucknow bench of the high court issued the direction on a writ petition moved by Aalima Zaidi and other members removed from the board on June 16. The vacation bench comprising justice Rajan Roy and justice S N Agnihotri directed the state government to produce before it the original report pertaining to the removal of the members and fixed the hearing for tomorrow. The state government had passed an order on June 16, removing the nominated members of the board on the ground that they had indulged in irregularities in connection with the Waqf properties. The members include Akhtar Hasan Rizvi, Sayed Wali Haider, Ashfa Zaidi, Maulana Azim Husain Zaidi, Aalima Zaidi and Nazmul Hasan Rizvi. They were nominated by the erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government. Arguing on behalf of the petitioners, advocate Gaurav Mehrotra submitted that the process for removal of chairman and nominated members is provided in the Waqf Act, 1995, and while removing them, the state government did not comply with its provisions. Besides, the state government passed the removal order in a “whimsical manner” on the basis of an order issued by the chief secretary on March 20, Mehrotra contended. It was also argued that the appointment of the nominated members was a term appointment and as such the members could not be removed before expiry of the term. Opposing the plea on behalf of the state government, the additional advocate general Ramesh Kumar Singh sought time to verify the facts. On June 15, the Uttar Pradesh government, after ordering dissolution of Shia and Sunni waqf boards, had recommended a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities worth crores of rupees committed by the two bodies in the state. There have been serious allegations of corruption against the Shia and Sunni waqf boards related to their properties. The role of the chairman of the Shia Waqf Board Wasim Rizvi as well as the minister for waqf in the previous Samajwadi Party government Azam Khan had come under scanner after the inquiry by the Waqf Council of India. Khan has, however, maintained that he was absolutely clean and the allegations against him were baseless.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pizza comes in 15 min, fire brigade not even after 5 hrs:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A pizza is delivered in 15 minutes but fire brigade vehicles do not arrive even after five hours, Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said today highlighting the sorry state of affairs. The minister said that Punjab requires 550 fire fighting vehicles but practically has only 50 at present. However, he assured the state Assembly that the government would set up a fire directorate to improve fire safety services in Punjab. He was replying to a query posed by Congress MLA Navtej Singh Cheema in the ongoing budget session here today. Against the requirement of 550 fire fighting vehicles, Punjab has only 150, Sidhu said. “Out of these 150, 100 are outdated,” he said. The state has practically just 50 fire fighting machines, he said. The local government minister accused the previous SAD- BJP dispensation of “totally neglecting” this sector. The Centre had given a grant of Rs 90 crore for fire services and out of that only Rs 17 crore were spent and that too for small vehicles, he said. “Pizza can be delivered in 15 minutes but the fire brigade does not reach even after five hours,” he said adding that on the directions of chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, a fire directorate was coming up. A sum of Rs 45 crore has been earmarked for this, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pb Assembly witnesses ruckus; 2 AAP MLAs hospitalised

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two AAP legislators, including a woman, today sustained injuries and taken to hospital when they along with other party members were being “physically” taken out by the marshals out of the Punjab Assembly, which witnessed ruckus over not allowing two suspended lawmakers from entering the House. In the melee, turbans of some of the opposition members also got came off. Speaker Rana K P Singh suspended members of both the AAP and the SAD-BJP for disrupting the House proceedings during the ongoing budget session here after both parties, in an unexpected move, joined hands to protest against him. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh condemned the opposition for their “atrocious” behaviour which smacked of hooliganism in the House, former CM Parkash Sigh Badal described the incident as “midsummer madness of the ruling Congress party and an outrage worse than the horrors of the Emergency days.” The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) termed it as the “murder of democracy”, accusing the government of getting the opposition members beaten up from marshals of the Vidhan Sabha and then getting them thrown out of the complex. Described the government action as “unprecedented”, the AAP said Sarabjit Kaur Manuke, MLA from Jagraon and Manjit Singh Bilaspur, MLA from Nihal Singh Wala, sustained injuries after they were allegedly manhandled by the marshals. Both of them were taken to a government hospital in sector 16. The opposition party also claimed that several AAP MLAs also sustained minor injuries and their clothes torn. As the question Hour began today, AAP MLA Kanwar Sandhu told the Speaker that two suspended members AAP MLA Sukhpal Khaira and Lok Insaf Party (LIP) MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains were denied permission from entering the Vidhan Sabha complex. Khaira and Bains, who were suspended last week, were today stopped from entering Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Protesting AAP MLAs rushed into the Well of the House and raised anti-government slogans for disallowing the two members from entering the House. When AAP MLAs tried to move towards the Chair by forcibly breaking the human chain formed by the watch and ward staff, the Speaker named all the protesting AAP MLAs, directing Marshals to remove them from the House. When protesting members resisted, they were physically removed from the House with opposition members claiming one of their MLAs Pirmal Singh Khalsa’s turban was came off. Akali and BJP legislatoirs then came out in support of AAP for the manner in which AAP MLAs were taken out and they also staged a walk out. However, BJP member Dinesh Singh Babu kept sitting in the House for his question during Question Hour. Later he walked out. After Akalis returned to their seats, SAD President Sukhbir Badal said members of the House had right to protest in the House. This is not the way to remove members which led to turbans getting tossed off and even women members being mistread, said Sukhbir while accusing Speaker of being acting like a “dictator”. Akali members stormed into the Well of the House and indulged in sloganeering against the Speaker. Some of Akali MLAs also tried to break the chain of watch and ward staff. During the resumption of discussion on the budget estimates, Akali MLAs staged walk out, but soon after members of both AAP and SAD-BJP reentered the House and sat on their seats, catching Vidhan Sabha’s watch and ward staff offguard. The Speaker then adjourned the House for 15 minutes. As the House was adjourned, Marshals again physically removed AAP MLAs after they put up resistance, due to which several benches fell. Some Akali MLAs including Pawan Kumar Tinu could be seen stopping marshals from taking AAP MLAs from the House. Then Speaker ordered Marshals to remove AAP members from the Vidhan Sabha complex. When they were physically removing members, turbans of some of AAP MLAs including Manjit Singh Bilaspur came off in the melee. Two AAP MLAs Sarabjit Kaur Manuke and Manjit Singh Bilaspur were put on the stretcher after they fainted, and were taken to government hospital here. Then the House was adjourned for half and hour. After the House reassembled again, Akali leader and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia was seeing carrying a turban of an AAP MLA in the House to show the Speaker the alleged “brutality” of watch and ward staff in dealing with the opposition leaders. The chief minister was disrupted by Akali MLAs from speaking in the House when he was about to start his address. Akali MLAs led by Sukhbir Badal and Bikram Majithia rushed to the Well of the House and also threw some papers towards the Chair, which fell short of the Speaker’s seat. Speaker then named all the present SAD-BJP members for disrupting the proceedings of the House and directed Marshals to take them out of Vidhan Sabha premises. Later the House was adjourned again for 15 minutes. Later a privilege motion and a resolution was moved by parliamentary affairs minister Brahm Mohindra to condemn the behaviour of AAP MLA Jai Kishan for allegedly punching a lady staff member of security when AAP-LIP legislators were being taken away out of the House. Property of Vidhan Sabha was also damaged by AAP-LIP, Mohindra said in the motion. Mohindra moved a breach of privilege motion, condemning the unruly behaviour of SAD MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu and some other opposition legislators. Mohindra condemned SAD legislators for using unparliamnetrty language against Speaker and a Minister, besides not maintaining the decorum of the House yesterday. The House then passed this privilege motion. Earlier, a resolution condemning the unruly behavior of SAD legislators was also brought by Mohindra which was later passed by the House.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

50 pc concession in Hry Roadways buses to any destination for

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To facilitate senior citizens, the Haryana government has decided to allow a concession of 50 per cent in the fares of state roadways buses to any destination, including those in other states. At a meeting held here, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar also directed the officers to abolish bus pass service for Haryana Roadways for the staff of the chief minister and other ministers working in the Haryana civil secretariat, an official release said. “Passengers availing any concession in the fare of Haryana Roadways buses will have to procure e-ticket through Aadhaar-based biometric identification. This will ensure that the facilities are not misused. This scheme will be implemented within the next four months,” an official release said. The decision was mentioned at a meeting of the transport department presided over by Khattar here today, it said. Transport minister Krishan Lal Panwar was also present in the meeting, the release said. The chief minister said that while 50 per cent concession in fare was already being given to men aged 65 years and above and women aged 60 years and above for intra-state travel in the buses of Haryana Roadways, this facility would now be extended to include inter-state travel. He directed the officers to issue a notification to this effect at the earliest. He also directed the appointment of drivers and conductors in Haryana Roadways buses through outsourcing until recruitment is carried out, so that all routes may be covered.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Bird-hit’ GoAir plane with 155 onboard continues flight, DGCA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One hundred and fifty five passengers onboard a Mumbai-bound GoAir plane had the scare of their lives when the pilot allegedly continued to fly it despite a bird hit instead of returning to the airport here. Regulatory body Directorate General of Civil Aviation has de-rostered the two pilots and initiated an inquiry against them, an official said. “We are treating the incident as a serious matter,” said the DGCA official. GoAir’s G8 338 took off yesterday at 10.45 am and soon after, faced a bird hit during its initial climb. But instead of returning the aircraft to the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport immediately, the pilots allegedly continued with the journey. The plane returned to the airport nearly 45 minutes later at 11.28 am. GoAir, however, said it followed the standard operating procedure and the aircraft returned to the IGI airport as a precautionary measure. “All passengers were transferred to another aircraft which was airborne at 1304 hrs,” the airline added in a statement. Bird strikes usually occur when an airplane is flying at low altitudes. Therefore, the most favourable conditions for a bird strike are during take-offs or landings of airplanes. A bird hitting the windshield or canopy, fuselage or even the wing of an airplane can sometimes disrupt the air pressure inside the cabin and result in altitude loss or other flight- related problems. The most dangerous conditions, however, arise when a bird gets caught in the engine. This can cause a disruption in the rotatory motion of the fan blades, resulting in a partial or complete failure of that engine. However, if a bird strike does disable a plane engine, that doesn’t mean a crash is inevitable. Commercial planes are designed to fly with only one engine, and pilots are trained to fly them that way.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

1 held for trading wild animal parts; Vardhan says won’t spare

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A large number of wild animal parts have been seized during raids in Noida, following which a former customs official was arrested. Taking strong note, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan today said those involved in wildlife crimes will not be spared. The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau conducted “wildnet operations” in Noida yesterday and seized parts of wild animals protected under various schedules of the Wildlife Protection Act. The seized items include 25 hatha jodi, 25 siyar singhi, 24 sea fan, one trochus, six lambis shell, 91 black cowrie, 130 white cowrie and 27 sea-shells. Also, over Rs 18 lakh in cash was seized. District Forest Officer H V Girish said that during interrogation, the accused revealed that he was an inspector at the customs department but left his job to start astrology business. The accused used the items for black magic. During the raid, a diary has been seized which contains details of his customer, both Indian and foreign, the official said. A statement from the environment ministry said a case has been registered under various sections of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 under Noida Forest Division of Uttar Pradesh. “Trading in wildlife articles is the third largest trade in the world. Illegal trade of animal parts and other wildlife crimes are being taken very seriously and such criminals will not be spared at any cost,” Vardhan said. Appreciating the seizure of wildlife items, he termed the operation as “timely and appreciable” intervention and said the ‘wildnet operations’ were based on monitoring of websites. Among the seized wildlife articles, ‘hatha jodi’ is the dried male reproductive organ of Monitor Lizard, covered under Schedule 1 Part II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Siyar Singhi, a part of Jackal covered under Schedule-II Part-II of the Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972. Indrajal (Sea Fan) Lambis shell and other sea shells seized are covered under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the statement said. Illegal trade in wild animals parts can lead to imprisonment of three to seven years and a fine of Rs 10,000 for the first offence and imprisonment. Subsequent offences would draw imprisonment of not less than three years and can be extended to seven years, and a fine of Rs 25,000. Vardhan emphasised that the operation in Noida was carried out in continuation of earlier successful operations in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Odisha. “Such operations express the Narendra Modi government’s seriousness and commitment to fight wildlife crime and these operations will be continued in future,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lalu says Nitish making a "historical blunder" on Kovind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD chief Lalu Prasad today said its ally JD(U)’s decision to support NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind was “a wrong decision”, adding he would appeal to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar not to commit “a historic blunder”. The RJD strongman, whose party along with the Congress is in a coalition government with Nitish Kumar’s JD-U in Bihar, said while he would request Kumar to reconsider the matter, there would be no threat to the state government, which would continue despite the JD-U’s decision. “We have made an appeal today and will meet him at an iftar party tomorrow and urge him to review his decision. I will tell him not to commit a historic blunder as his decision to support the BJP candidate is a wrong decision,” he said, replying to a volley of questions on the matter. Asked if Kumar had “betrayed” opposition unity, he said, “Whether one has committed betrayal or not, Nitish Kumar would know better. Our government in Bihar will continue.” He said the opposition would appeal to Nitish “again and again” to think again. “We will not create any threat to the government there,” he added. Lalu Prasad said his was an “ideological battle” against Kovind. “(He) is a hardcore RSS man and even if the Congress had asked us to support him, I would have gone against it,” he said. The RJD supremo said the opposition’s candidate, Meira Kumar, was “bihar ki beti” (daughter of Bihar), and the daughter of former deputy prime minister Jagjivan Ram. She will fight this “ideological” battle, he said. “Lalu Yadav will never make any compromise on ideology. We have today decided on ‘Bihar ki beti’ and ‘great’ dalit leader Jagjivan Ram’s daughter. We fight an ideological battle,” he said. The former Bihar chief minister said while Nitish Kumar skipped today’s meeting of opposition parties, RLD leader Ajit Singh was there, ensuring that 17 parties supported Meira Kumar’s name. He also recalled that it was Nitish Kumar’s JD-U which initiated the discussions for a joint opposition candidate against an NDA nominee. “Sharad Yadav had started the discussions and asked us. He had said their party would go with the consensus,” he said. Nitish Kumar, Prasad added, had said he was supporting Kovind because he was “a good governor and a good man”. “The decision is not taken on any person’s goodness, but it is based on ideology. We are not going to make any compromise on our ideology,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Oppn too plumps for dalit face, chooses Meira as Prez nominee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar of the Congress was today chosen as the opposition’s joint candidate against NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind in a ‘dalit vs dalit’ Presidential battle that saw Bihar’s ruling alliance divided and the BSP getting out of a dilemma. Though the numbers in the electoral college were stacked in favour of Kovind making his election as the 14th President a virtual certainty, the Congress-led opposition decided to put up a fight and also plumped for a dalit face for the July 17 polls. Both Kovind and Kumar are aged 72. The decision to field Kumar was taken at a meeting of 17 non-NDA parties in Parliament House Library with the leaders unanimously endorsing the name of the diplomat-turned- politician. “We have 17 opposition leaders present here and all of us have decided to jointly field Meira Kumar, an IFS officer, former Union Minister and former Speaker of Lok Sabha as a candidate for the forthcoming election for the President of India,” Congress president Sonia Gandhi announced after the meeting. But the candidature of Kumar, who hails from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s home state of Bihar, appeared to put the JD(U) veteran in a spot after he broke ranks from the opposition and backed the candidature of Kovind, a dalit leader from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. Kovind was the Governor of Bihar before being nominated as the BJP nominee. Asked to comment on the JD-U stand, Gandhi said, “We do hope that other opposition parties join us.” “We are also proud that she is the second dalit candidate for the post of President.” Asked whether she was upset with Nitish Kumar for supporting the NDA nominee, she said, “I am not upset with anybody. I appeal to every political party to support.” After the meeting, RJD chief and JD(U) ally Lalu Prasad said he will meet Nitish Kumar and will appeal to him again to rethink on his party’s decision of supporting the NDA nominee, which he termed as a “historic blunder”. He, however, said there was no threat to the Bihar government, where the JD(U), the RJD and Congress are in an alliance. But Prasad’s hopes of any u-turn by Nitish Kumar were quickly dashed with the JD(U) rejecting his request to reconsider its support to Kovind, saying its stand is based on merit and it will stick with Kovind. “Our decision to support Kovind remains unchanged. It was a decision taken on merit after due application of mind and full consultation within the party… We will stick with his choice,” JD(U) spokesperson Pavan Kumar Varma said. Shortly after Kumar’s candidature was announced, BSP supremo Mayawati extended her party’s support to the Congress leader, saying she was “more capable and popular” than Kovind. “The Opposition’s nominee for President’s post Meira Kumar is more capable and popular than the NDA candidate. “The BSP will support Meira Kumar in the presidential election,” she said. Mayawati had said on Monday that her party was positive about the NDA nominating Kovind but wished the ruling alliance had named a non-political dalit candidate for the top post. The brief meeting of the opposition parties started with an address by Gandhi where she talked about opposition unity and putting up a joint candidate. She then handed over the proceedings to NCP’s Sharad Pawar who said there are three main names that were doing the rounds and put out the names of three dalit leaders– Meira Kumar; Sushilkumar Shinde, a former union home minister, and Bhalchandra Mungekar, a former Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra. Soon leaders of various parties proposed the name of Kumar as the best possible candidate and then Gandhi capped the discussions by selecting her name. Earlier, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury put forward the name of Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of B R Ambedkar, but there were no takers. He also informed that Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, who was earlier being considered as the opposition candidate, had himself called to say that it would be better if the opposition puts up a dalit candidate after the NDA named a dalit as its nominee. Leaders of 17 opposition parties were present at the meeting, which included former prime minister Manmohan Singh and senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ahmed Patel, besides Sharad Pawar and Lalu Prasad. Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja, DMK’s Kanimozhi and National Conference’s Omar Abdullah also attended. Though Trinamool Congress’ Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati and SP’s Akhilesh Yadav, who were present at the last opposition meeting held on May 26, were not present their representatives were there. While Derek O’ Brien represented the Trinamool, the SP sent Ramgopal Yadav and the BSP Satish Chandra Misra. Other parties represented at the meeting included JD-S, RSP, JMM, Kerala Congress, IUML and the AIUDF of Assam. JD-U, which has decided to back Kovind, skipped the meeting. But RLD chief Ajit Singh attended, making up for the numbers. Most of these leaders were present during the May 26 luncheon meeting hosted by Gandhi at the same venue. “The name of Kumar has been selected unanimously by one and all. All 17 political parties have unanimously proposed the name of Meira Kumar for the presidential election,” Azad said. He said Kumar is the illustrous daughter of former deputy prime minister and tall dalit leader Jagjivan Ram. “There could not be a better candidate than her.” Yechury also said that “we are appealing to everybody” to support the candidature of Kumar. The BJP said the Congress has made Kumar a “scapegoat” by fielding her and questioned why the party did not nominate her when it was in a position to get her elected to the highest office.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prez Polls: Despite Lalu’s plea, Nitish Kumar not to support ‘Bihar ki Beti’ Meera Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The JD(U) rejected its ally and RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s request to reconsider its support the NDA’s presidential nominee, Ram Nath Kovind, saying its stand is based on merit and it will stick it.After opposition parties decided to field Meira Kumar, Prasad said he will ask Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar not to back Kovind.”Our decision to support Kovind remains unchanged. It was a decision taken on merit after due application of mind and full consultation within the party… We will stick with his choice,” JD(U) spokesperson Pavan Kumar Varma said.He said Kovind is anyway the “president-in-waiting” due to the numerical advantage the NDA has in the electoral college and his contest with Meira Kumar will be a “token” exercise.Defending Kumar against his decision to not go with other opposition parties, the former Rajya Sabha member noted that he had broken ranks with the NDA, of which he was a member then, and supported the UPA’s candidate Pranab Mukherjee in 2012.
ALSO READ Prez Poll: JD(U) shatters Opposition unity, Meira Kumar meets Sonia Gandhi RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav today said he would meet Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in a bid to make him change his mind about supporting NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.There was no threat to the coalition government in Bihar, Lalu Yadav said, referring to his party’s alliance with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in the state.”I will meet Nitish Kumar and will continue to urge him to change his decision of supporting the NDA candidate,” he told reporters after attending the opposition meeting that picked former speaker Meira Kumar as its candidate for president.The JD(U)’s surprise decision to back Kovind had led to cracks in the opposition camp as its chief Nitish Kumar was the one who had initiated the process for a joint opposition strategy on the issue.The opposition’s move to field Kumar makes it a Dalit vs Dalit presidential poll.

Patro to represent BJD when Kovind files nomination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJD vice-president Surya Narayan Patro will be present when NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind files his nomination paper for the presidential election in Delhi tomorrow. Patro, also Odisha’s food supplies and consumer welfare minister, was chosen by BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to represent the party and accompany the chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana during filing of nomination by Bihar governor for presidential election. “I will be present when Kovind files (his) nomination paper,” Patro told reporters before leaving for the national capital. Patnaik earlier had announced his party’s support to Kovind, whom he described as a distinguished scheduled caste leader. While opposition Congress criticised Patnaik and his party for supporting the NDA candidate, another BJD vice- president and state Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout clarified that the party supported Kovind and not the BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

50-yr-old elephant foud dead on banks of Bhavani river

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 50-year-old female elephant was found dead today on the banks of the Bhavani River in Mettupalayam in the district, two days after it was treated for fatigue. Forest department officials found the female elephant lying in a fatigued condition in Koothamandi beat of Sirumugai forest near Mettupalayam two days ago. As it was lying still, forest veterinarian Dr Manoharan provided treatment and administered iron tonic, glucose and other supplementary drugs,department sources said. The elephant returned to near normalty, following which it was made to stand with the help of a crane and given fruits and medicines, they said. After a few hours, it went to the jungle on its own and joined its herd yesterday evening. However, the pachyderm was found dead near the river this morning, they said. Veterinary doctors did a post-mortem and buried the carcass there, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sukesh produced in Coimbatore court in cheating case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sukesh Chandrashekar, arrested recently for allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official on behalf of AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dhinakaran, was today produced in a court here in a seven-year-old cheating case. The Delhi police brought Chandrashekar and produced him before Second Judicial Magistrate Rajkumar, who posted the matter to July 6. He was later taken back to Delhi, the police here said. The case here related to the alleged cheating of a kitchen equipment dealer Rajavelu of Rs 2.50 lakh on the promise of securing a tender from the Karnataka government in 2010. Sukesh and his father Chandrasekhar were arrested in the case subsequently and later granted bail. However, as they failed to appear before the magistrate court here in connection with the case on January 9, an arrest warrant was issued. Sukesh, meanwhile, was arrested by the Delhi police in connection with EC bribery case in April last.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IMA seeks probe after doctor threatens to ‘chuck out’ Hindu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has sought an inquiry after a Mumbai-based doctor, in a social media post, allegedly threatened to “chuck out” Hindu patients undergoing dialysis and let them die. The IMA has written to the Medical Council of India (MCI) to find out if the person is a qualified doctor or quack. The move comes after the IMA received a complaint. Dr K K Aggarwal, the IMA national president, said he had also asked the association’s Maharashtra unit to immediately form a three-member committee and visit the dialysis centre run by the doctor to find out her credentials. “She is neither a member of the IMA nor registered with the Maharashtra Medical Council. An inquiry needs to be conducted to establish if the person is a genuine doctor or a quack…The matter has been referred to the Maharashtra Medical Council and the Medical Council of India (MCI),” he said. Aggarwal has said that laws do not allow discrimination on the grounds of religion to anybody and had made it a punishable offence. “We want the MCI to conduct an inquiry and take action in this matter,” he said. Code of Medical Ethics Regulations say a registered medical practitioner shall not “refuse (a patient) on religious grounds alone to give assistance in or conduct of sterility, birth control, circumcision and medical termination of pregnancy when there is medical indication, unless the medical practitioner feels himself/herself incompetent to do so.” Doctors are expected to abide by the declaration signed at the time of making an application for registration under the provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act, which says, “I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, party politics or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Misquoted on loan waiver statement, claims Venkaiah Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu, who drew flak for his ‘loan waiver has become a fashion now” statement, on Thursday defended his stance, while saying that he was referring to the approach of the political parties who are not focussing on long term, but only short term problems.”I am being misquoted. My statement was in a context that the political parties instead of addressing long term issues and bringing in structural policy changes are adopting short term methods which has become the fashion. I was referring to the approach of the political parties particularly of going to the level of populist schemes like giving grinders, mixies, and lollipops to children,”Naidu told ANI. Naidu further said that waiver has to be done in an extreme situation, but that cannot be a solution in the long term, adding that the government needs to focus more on infrastructure.He further said that with his statement he wanted to imply that the Government should focus on basic infrastructure, including the problems of the farmers like godowns, cold storage, refrigerator vans agriculture rural credit, etc. “What I had said was in the context of addressing the infrastructure including the problems of the farmers. I was talking about the lack of toilet areas, lack of roads, and lack of assured power supply that should be the focus,” he added. Highlighting the achievements of the NDA government, he said his dispensation has taken many initiatives including comprehensive crop insurance scheme, and allocation of Rs. 50,000 crore under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichayi Yojana.
ALSO READ Loan waiver has become fashion now, says Venkaiah Naidu”It is very surprising that the political parties, which were in power for years, could not do anything to address these issues and are blaming our Government and adopting populist schemes of asking for waiving loans,” he added. Naidu earlier in the day said loan waiver has become a fashion and that loans should be waived in extreme situations only.”Loan waiver has become a fashion now. Loans should be waived, but in extreme situations only. It’s not a final solution. You have to take care of the systems. The farmers should be taken care in distress,” Naidu said at India’s largest municipal bond programme here. Slamming Naidu”s statement Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala castigated the former and said that the Union Minister should have not made such a harsh statements at a time when the situation in Madhya Pradesh is so volatile.

Temp remains below normal as pre-monsoon rains continue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pre-monsoon rains continued in the national capital keeping the mercury within normal levels even as humidity shot up. The Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered official for the city, recorded 20.8 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours till 5.30 PM while areas under Lodhi Road, Ridge and Aayangar observatories recorded 24.9, 20.8 and 1.4 mm rainfall respectively during the same period. Palam did not record any rainfall during the period, a Met department official said. The maximum temperature settled at 33.8 degrees Celsius, five notches below the season’s average while the minimum temperature settled at 25.5 degrees, three notches below normal. Humidity, on the higher side was recorded at 92 per cent while on the lower side it settled at 51 per cent. The MeT office has predicted overcast conditions with a possibility of thundery development. “The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 35 and 25 degrees Celsius,” the weatherman said. Yesterday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 23.2 degrees Celsius while the maximum settled at 32.2 degrees Celsius.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adulteration of milk: Samples sent to Pune, Mysore labs: Min

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Minister K T Rajenthra Bhalaji, who has claimed adulteration of milk by some private producers, today said samples have been sent to labs in Mysore and Pune for quality analysis and assured action based on the test results. He stated this in the state assembly responding to questions from Leader of Opposition M K Stalin who referred to Bhalaji’s charge of milk adulteration and sought to know steps taken by the government on the matter. Bhalaji, the Dairy Development Minister, had told reporters in Sivakasi last month that addition of formaldehyde in milk to extend the shelf life was ‘confirmed’, in respect of milk produced by a section of dairy firms. After his remarks triggered protests by dairy firms, he had offered to resign if his claim was disproved. Replying to Stalin, Bhalaji said following information about adulteration, testing of milk samples was ordered on May 26 and the results confirmed “chemical mixture,” thus not safe for consumption. “The samples have been sent to Central government labs in Mysore and Pune for detailed quality analysis. Based on the test reports, appropriate action will be taken on those firms (dairies),” he said. “Action will be taken according to law against erring firms,” the Minister said. He also spelt out statistics on fine amount collected for violating milk standards and safety after court orders. The fine was collected for violations of parameters including low standards, safety and wrong markings. A total fine of Rs 16,26,800 has been collected in over 100 cases between 2011-2017 under Food Safety law, he said. He also said that based on a court order, the State and District level Monitoring Committees (for milk safety) has been restructured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jadhav seeks clemency from Pak army chief: military

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kulbhushan Jadhav has sought clemency from the Pakistan Army chief over the death sentence handed down to him by a military court, the Army said today, weeks after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the Indian national’s execution. Pakistan Army’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement, claimed that in his plea, Jadhav has “admitted his involvement in espionage, terrorist and subversive activities” in Pakistan and “expressed remorse” at the resultant loss of lives and extensive damage to property. “Seeking forgiveness for his actions he has requested the Chief of Army Staff (General Qamar Javed Bajwa) to spare his life on compassionate grounds,” the ISPR said. The statement said that Jadhav, a 46-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, had earlier appealed to the Military Appellate Court which was rejected. Under the law, he is eligible to appeal for clemency to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and if rejected, subsequently to the Pakistan President. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy. The Pakistan military also released a “second confessional video”, in which purportedly Jadhav can be seen “accepting his acts of terrorism and espionage”. In the video, Jadhav is shown to be detailing his alleged “subversive and terror activities” for which he has been convicted by a military court. “During my judicial proceedings which were held under the field General court martial, I was accorded a defence council by the officials here which were conducting the entire proceedings,” he says in the video. He is also shown apologising for his acts and seeking pardon. The Army said it released the video “so that the world should know what India has done and continues to do against Pakistan.” Pakistan Army had also released a “confessional video” of Jadhav after his arrest. Jadhav was in April sentenced to death by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial on charges of “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities” against the country. India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the death penalty handed down to Jadhav on May 8. India has accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by repeatedly denying consular access to Jadhav. In a hearing of the case on May 18, a 10-member bench of the ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav. Earlier this month, Pakistan had said that the Indian national would not be executed until he has exhausted his mercy appeals.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BSP to back ‘more capable, popular’ Meira Kumar: Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP supremo Mayawati today backed the Opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar for the President’s post, while taking exception to NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind’s association with the “narrow ideologies” of the BJP and the RSS. “The Opposition’s nominee for President’s post Meira Kumar is more capable and popular than the NDA candidate,” she said moments after Kumar’s candidature was announced. “BSP will support Meira Kumar in the presidential election,” she declared. Mayawati said Kovind had been associated with the “narrow ideologies” of the BJP and the RSS right from the beginning. “Hence, I do not subscribe to his political background,” she said in a statement issued here. “In the new circumstances, after comparing the qualities of the two candidates it is clear that UPA candidate Meria Kumar is more capable and popular than the NDA nominee. Hence, our party declares support to Meira Kumar for the presidential poll,” she said. The Opposition today unanimously decided to field Kumar, a dalit, as its joint candidate for the presidential election against Kovind, with 17 parties supporting the former Lok Sabha speaker’s candidature. The decision was taken at a meeting of the 17 non-NDA parties in Parliament House Library, with the leaders endorsing the name of the former minister and diplomat, whose father, ex-deputy prime minister Jagjivan Ram, was often hailed as one of the tallest dalit leaders in the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NDA’s prez nominee Ram Nath Kovind gets Z+, NSG security cover

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind has been given ‘Z+’ and NSG security cover by the central government. The commandos of the National Security Guard (NSG) and security agencies have also done security audit of Kovind’s temporary residence — 10, Akbar Road, which is allocated to Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma. “A Z+ and NSG security cover has been given to Ram Nath Kovind,” a home ministry spokesperson said. A security and threat analysis carried out by central security agencies favoured the armed security cover for the presidential candidate. A squad of 10-12 armed NSG commandos will be with Kovind, along with escort and pilot vehicles. It is expected that the elite force will guard him till he takes over the office of the first citizen of India, who is also the supreme commander of the armed forces. The NSG commandos will move around with Kovind who is expected to travel across the country extensively to meet legislators and leaders of political parties to seek support for his candidature. 71-year-old Kovind is a low-profile Dalit activist and a two-term BJP Rajya Sabha member. The NSG protects high-profile politicians such as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, senior BJP leader L K Advani, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, among others. The presidential election is scheduled to be held on July 17. President Pranab Mukherjee completes his five-year term on July 24.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JNUSU office bearers, inlcuding president suspended for ‘misconduct’ and ‘indiscipline’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jawaharlal Nehru University has suspended three office-bearers of its students’ union from the varsity’s statutory bodies and committees for alleged misconduct and indiscipline.Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Mohit Kumar Pandey, general secretary Satarupa Chakraborty and joint secretary Tabrez Hasan have received suspension letters for using “unparliamentary language”, “unruly behaviour” and “unauthorised video-recording” during the last Academic Council meeting.The administration has constituted an inquiry committee to look into the happenings at the Academic Council meeting.JNUSU members have alleged that they were heckled and manhandled by a section of teachers at the Academic Council meeting on June 16.The administration, however, claimed that the student representatives disrupted the meeting.”There is prima facie evidence of misconduct and indiscipline by Mohit Kumar Pandey. He is hereby suspended from participating in all statutory bodies and committees of the varsity with immediate effect until the final outcome of the Proctorial Enquiry Committee,” read a letter issued by the administration to Pandey.Condemning the move, the JNUSU said, “True to its dark history, the JNU administration under the leadership of VC Jagadesh Kumar yet again attempted to silence critical voices.”JNUSU general secretary Satarupa Chakraborty said, “Tomorrow is the Standing Committee meeting and the JNUSU has not been sent any letter. This is nothing but a planned attack against us.”Refuting the allegations of the administration, JNU Teachers’ Association president Ayesha Kidwai said the JNUTA was a witness to the violations committed by the vice- chancellor and his team.”For the first time in JNU’s history, JNUSU representatives were not allowed to speak even once, and the physical challenges on them by some faculty members were not once rebuked by the chair (VC),” Kidwai said in a release.The JNUTA also accused the administration of video recording the proceedings of the May 9 AC meeting without seeking permission of the members.”JNUTA expresses solidarity with JNUSU in its struggle to keep democracy alive in university functioning,” she said

Two truckers held with 25 kgs of poppy in Jammu : Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two truckers were arrested and 25 kgs of poppy recovered from them in the outskirts of Jammu city today, the police claimed. Acting on specific information, the police intercepted two trucks at Kullian the in outskirts of the city, an official said. On search of these vehicles, the police party recovered 25 kgs pf poppy from the possession of truck drivers, he claimed adding that a case under relevant sections of law was registered at the Miran Sahib police station. Further investigation is on, the police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J-K students charged with raising pro-Pak slogans in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police complaint has been lodged against some Kashmiri students at a dental college here for allegedly shouting pro-Pakistan slogans and uploading objectionable picture of Indian cricket team on social media after the ICC Champions Trophy final. Two complaints have been received, one by students of Kalka Dental College and Hospital and the other by Bajrang Dal activists, police said. The right wing activists have demanded their arrest, police said, adding a probe has been launched. The administration of the college, located in Partapur area, has said that a committee has been constituted to probe the incident. Meanwhile, some Kashmiri students, including girls, were reported to have left their hostel. “After India’s defeat in the Champions Trophy final, some Kashmiri students are alleged to have raised pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans,” Anand Kumar, the additional director general of police, Meerut Zone, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Evening Must Reads: Meira Kumar vs Ram Nath Kovind; BCCI to get $405 million from ICC; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Presidential Elections: Opposition picks Meira Kumar against Ram Nath KovindIn a clear move to counter NDA’ s move to field Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind as Presidential candidate, opposition parties have picked former Lok Sabha leader Meira Kumar as their candidate. Follow live updates here.2. Maharashtra: Pellet guns used on farmers protesting against land for new airport, several injuredSeveral farmers were injured after police used pellet guns against those protesting land acquisition for a proposed airport at Nevali in Maharashtra’s Thane district. Read more here.3. Part of us has died: Mosul residents lament the destruction of the Grand al-Nuri Mosque by ISISMilitants destroyed the Grand al-Nuri Mosque on Wednesday evening along with its famous minaret, affectionately called al-Hadba, or “the hunchback” by Iraqis. Read more here.4. GST to lower overall tax burden over time, says RBI Guv Urjit PatelReserve Bank governor Urjit Patel today said the soon-to-be implemented goods and services tax (GST) will not only create a national market but will also broaden the tax base. Read more here.5. BCCI has its way, to get $405 million from ICC’s revenue sharing modelThe BCCI will be getting $405 million as per the International Cricket Council’s revenue sharing model, which was agreed during the apex body’s annual conference in London. Read more here.

Kalwa hospital doctor booked for sexually harassing colleague

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A doctor posted at the civic-run hospital in Kalwa near here was booked today for allegedly sexually harassing his junior colleague, police said. The woman doctor stated in her complaint that she has been facing the sexual harassment since 2014, according to police. The woman and the accused are also attached to a medical college as professors. A case was against against the senior doctor under various sections of the IPC for sexual harassment and criminal intimidation, said police inspector M M Bhagwan. No arrest has been made so far. As per the complaint, the male doctor used to show her objectionable pictures on his mobile phone and even stalked her in the past, the police inspector said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress MPs from Haryana, MLAs discuss organisational polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress MPs from Haryana and a majority of the party’s state legislators here discussed the forthcoming organisational elections at a meeting here today. None of the party’s 17 legislators were present in a meeting called by Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Tanwar last month to discuss organisational elections. Eleven MLAs, who had skipped the meeting on May 30 and have been pushing for Tanwars removal as the party’s state chief, had held a press conference and came out openly in support of Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Six other legislators were not present in Chandigarh. Eleven MLAs, majority of whom are supporters of Hooda, attended the meeting here today presided by state returning officer Pradeep Jain. However, Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhary and MLAs Kuldeep Bishnoi and Renuka Bishnoi were not present in the meeting. The meet was attended by former chief minster Hooda and other party legislators, including Karan Singh Dalal, Geeta Bhukkal and MPs, including Deepinder Singh Hooda and Selja Kumari. After the meeting, Jain said, “All things pertaining to the organisational election were discussed and views of the members who attended it were sought.” Tanwar said the organisational polls are scheduled to be held between September and October this year. About Surjewala not attending the meeting, Jain said, “Being the in-charge of the AICC’s communication department, he was busy in Delhi.” “We have to strengthen the Congress and defeat the BJP in the next elections in Haryana,” Tanwar told reporters. Asked if there was a heated argument between Tanwar and MLAs loyal to him, Hooda said, “The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere, there was no heated exchange.” Tanwar also played down any difference between him and Hooda saying, “There are no differences between Hooda and me.” Notably, over the past few months, differences between Tanwar and Hooda factions have deepened in the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Yechury, Kejriwal attack Naidu for comment on farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today came under attack from the Aam Aadmi Party and the CPI (M) for his comment that seeking loan waivers had become a “fashion”. While AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said the comment exposed his bias towards the rich, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury asked if the government would now term farmer suicides “fashionable”. “Will this govt now say that Farmer suicides are also fashionable? We need to do more than loan waivers for our farmers, not mock at them. (sic),” Yechury tweeted. Kejriwal was equally scathing. “You don’t see a fashion in it when you waive loans of the rich. But when it comes to waiving farmers’ loans, you see it as a fashion. This is not right. You waive a particular individual’s loan, but not that of crores of farmers. This shows the kind of politics you engage in,” he told reporters. Urban Development Minister Naidu had said at an event in Mumbai today that seeking loan waivers had become a “fashion” now but it was not the final solution and should be considered in extreme situations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong. corners Naidu over his loan waiver statement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the wake of Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu’s comment against loan waiver, Congress on Thursday said that former’s party is “anti-farmer” and the Cabinet Minister “himself doesn?t care about the farmers.” Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said that Naidu is not a farmers leader ?BJP is anti-farmer. Venkaiah Naidu ji is not farmer?s leader. He doesn?t care about the farmers,? said Singh. Echoing similar sentiment, Congress leader Surjewala also had castigated Naidu and said that the Union Minister should not have made such a harsh statement at a time when the situation in Madhya Pradesh is so volatile. ?Farmers are committing suicide and Venkaiah Naidu is saying that it has become fashion. We never thought that BJP will mock this situation. This is condemnable and shameful. In Madhya Pradesh, the government has lost his mental balance, the Chief Minister is not providing relieve facility,? said Surjewala. Naidu earlier in the day said loan waiver has become a fashion and should be waived in extreme situations only. “Loan waiver has become fashion now. It should be waived but in extreme situations only. It’s not a final solution. You have to take care of systems. The farmers should be taken care in distress,” Naidu said at India’s largest municipal bond programme here. Naidu, however, later defended his stance, while saying that he was referring to the approach of the political parties who are not focussing on long term, but only short term problems. “I am being misquoted. My statement was in a context that the political parties instead of addressing long term issues and bringing in structural policy changes are adopting short term methods which has become the fashion. I was referring to the approach of the political parties particularly of going to the level of populist schemes like giving grinders, mixies, and lollipops to children,” Naidu told ANI.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmers protest in Maha: Some ministers likely to meet Pawar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A few ministers from Maharashtra are likely to meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar here tomorrow to discuss the issue of a farmers’ protest in a village near Mumbai which turned violent today. Farmers in the western state have been protesting against land acquisition for a proposed airport at Nevali and set vehicles on fire and clashed with police, leaving four policemen injured. “We discussed the issue of farmers and the ongoing protest in Maharashtra. Some minister from the state are to come and meet Pawarji tomorrow. We are hoping the issue would be resolved,” NCP general secretary Tariq Anwar told reporters. He was interacting with mediapersons after a meeting with Pawar at the NCP chief’s residence today, in which party leader Praful Patel, senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmad Patel, and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury were also present. The government had some years ago started acquiring land in the area to set up an airport. The farmers have been opposing the project. However, the protest turned violent as the farmers started agitating simultaneously at several places near Nevali, located about 50 kms away from Mumbai. The angry protesters also clashed with police and pelted security personnel with stones when they tried to control the situation, a police official said. Three police officers and a constable suffered injuries in the clash, he said. The aggrieved farmers had earlier this month approached the Bombay High Court with a bunch of petitions challenging the acquisition of over 1,600 acres of land by the Ministry of Defence for an airport requisitioned during the World War II. According to the petitions, the land was requisitioned by the government through an order passed by the then Thane collector in February 1943 under the Defence of India Rules. The petitions have challenged the validity of the requisition order.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Will meet Nitish, ask him not to back Kovind: Lalu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav today said he would meet Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in a bid to make him change his mind about supporting NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. There was no threat to the coalition government in Bihar, Lalu Yadav said, referring to his party’s alliance with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in the state. “I will meet Nitish Kumar and will continue to urge him to change his decision of supporting the NDA candidate,” he told reporters after attending the opposition meeting that picked former speaker Meira Kumar as its candidate for president. The JD(U)’s surprise decision to back Kovind had led to cracks in the opposition camp as its chief Nitish Kumar was the one who had initiated the process for a joint opposition strategy on the issue. The opposition’s move to field Kumar makes it a Dalit vs Dalit presidential poll.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kovind to file nomination tomorrow; Modi, NDA CMs to be there

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind will file his nomination papers tomorrow in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and most BJP-led NDA chief ministers, besides the heads of some other parties supporting his candidature. Besides the NDA’s constituents, which comprise over 48.6 per cent of votes in the electoral college that will elect the next president, regional parties such as the AIADMK, BJD, TRS and JD(U) have announced their support to the Dalit leader, making his win an almost foregone conclusion. BJP President Amit Shah will also be present when Kovind files his papers, as will the Telangana and Tamil Nadu chief ministers, two leaders from non-NDA parties supporting Kovind, sources in the southern parties said. Kovind is guaranteed to get more than 61 per cent of the vote, and the finally tally may increase depending on how some still-undecided regional parties vote, BJP source said. A group of opposition parties today announced that former Speaker Meira Kumar, also a Dalit leader, would be their joint candidate against Kovind. The election is scheduled for July 17 and the counting of votes will take place on July 20. The term of President Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24. Once elected, Kovind will be the second Dalit to occupy the highest constitutional office. The first was K R Narayanan, who was in the Rashtrapati Bhavan in 1997-2002. A low profile Dalit activist who held various organisational positions in the BJP, Kovind, 71, was made the Bihar Governor in 2015 after the NDA came to power in May 2014. The name of the two-term Rajya Sabha member did not figure among the probables but his nomination by the BJP is now being seen as a “political masterstroke”. He enjoys a clean reputation and has steered clear of any controversy in his over 26-year-old political career. His Dalit background makes him a sound political choice for the saffron party working overtime to woo Dalits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NDA’s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind gets a new address – Mahesh Sharma’s Akbar Rd residence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma’s residence in Akbar Road will be the new temporary address of BJP’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind. Kovind will be staying at the expansive 10 Akbar Road bungalow in the heart of Lutyens Delhi for about a month till the presidential election on July 17, top sources said. The 71-year-old, who looks certain to be the next president, had earlier been allocated 144 North Avenue as Bihar governor. After his resignation as governor, top authorities in the Centre decided he should move to a bigger bungalow for security reasons, the sources added. Interestingly, this is not Sharma’s first tryst with presidents, former, would be and present. The Union culture and tourism minister had earlier been allocated 10 Rajaji Marg, the residence of former president A P J Abdul Kalam, but was asked to leave it for President Pranab Mukherjee who will be moving to the bungalow after his retirement. Kovind was picked as the ruling National Democratic Alliance’s candidate for president earlier this week. He has already got backing from several non-NDA parties, including the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and both factions of the AIADMK.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Love-Kumar-on-Gr-Noida-rape-case @ 6/22/2017 6:42:26 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Noida, Love Kumar on Thursday said that at least four people have been arrested and action would be taken on them in connection with the Greater Noida gangrape case. Speaking to the reporters here, Kumar said, ?Four people have been arrested. Action will be taken against two of them under 120B and Immoral Trafficking Act.” A woman was allegedly gangraped in a moving car in Sohna, Haryana, before she was thrown out in Greater Noida. The shocking incident took place on Thursday night. The car in which the act took place has also been recovered. The woman was later found lying on the road near the Kasna Police Station at Greater Noida. According to the primary information, the woman belongs to Gurugram and was in the Sohna area at around 8-8:30 p.m. when some people, driving a Swift car, dragged her inside and raped her.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

FIR against GJM supporters, chief ‘mockery of democracy’ Roshan Giri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hours after a fresh suo motto FIR lodged against Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung, his wife Asha and other party supporters, the party general secretary on Thursday dubbed it a ?mockery of democracy? while demanding Centre?s intervention in the matter. ?Our three supporters have died and for that charges have been levelled against GJM president Bimal Gurung and frontline leaders. This is a mockery of democracy. This is a political problem and not a law and order problem. By citing it a law and order problem they are trying to suppress our movement,? Giri told ANI. Seeking Central Government and Home Ministry intervention, he said his party was demanding a separate state within the framework of Indian Constitution which is a democratic demand. Earlier in the day, a fresh suo moto FIR was lodged against Gurung, his wife Asha and other party supporters under sections 302 and 120B. The GJM announced an indefinite strike encompassing Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts and the Dooars protesting against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s decision to make Bengali language compulsory in state-run schools. The strike was called even after the Chief Minister assured that the new rule would not be imposed in the hill districts. The protestors are also asking for a separate Gorkhaland, a long pending demand of the people of the hills. Later, Gurung claimed that the West Bengal Police are illegally entering their supporters’ houses and torturing them and also accused them of killing two of his supporters. He said that GJM would further strengthen their agitation. Mamata Banerjee tore into the GJM supporters and said that they aren’t listening to the court, even after it had passed an order citing the bandh was “illegal.” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier reviewed the security situation in West Bengal’s Darjeeling by sending more troops to help restore normalcy as the state government has not yet submitted its report on the situation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Benami properties case: Misa Bharti’s husband appears before I-T office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti’s husband Shailesh Kumar on Thursday appeared before the Income Tax (I-T) in connection with the charges against him on ownership of benami properties.Sources said, presently Kumar’s statement is being recorded.Yesterday, Bharti made an appearance before the I-T department in connection with the same case.Earlier, the I-T department attached a total of 12 plots of Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and ex chief minister Rabri Devi, and sisters Ragini and Chanda Yadav.One farmhouse in Delhi and one bungalow in New Friends Colony are also attached.
ALSO READ IT Department attaches assets in Misa Bharti benami land deal caseThe market value of the total attached property is worth Rs. 175 crore, whereas the book value of the attached property is Rs. 9.32 crore.The I-T department had earlier seized Benami properties of Misa Bharti, Shailesh Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav.Two summons to Misa were also issued, but after she failed to appear, the I-T department proceeded to seize the properties which were raided in May.On June 13, the I-T Department summoned Shailesh Kumar, in connection with the benami assets and tax evasion case registered against him.On June 7, the I-T department slapped a fine of Rs. 10,000 against Shailesh on account of not appearing for interrogation.Earlier, Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh were summoned by the I-T department in connection with a ‘benami’ assets case.The summons were issued days after the arrest of Bharti’s Chartered Accountant (CA) Rakesh Agrawal, in connection with an Enforcement Directorate probe into a Rs. 8,000 crore money laundering racket, involving two Delhi-based businessmen and a few political entities.Agrawal was arrested under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for allegedly being instrumental in providing accommodation entries (illegal funds) to launder the money of businessmen brothers – Virendra Jain and Surendra Jain.The I-T department in its summons reportedly said it wishes to question Misa and her husband on transactions conducted by M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited.The I-T department had conducted raids and surveys at about 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas in connection with alleged benami deals of Rs. 1,000 crore by Lalu’s family

UN has a ‘responsibility’ to resolve Kashmir issue: Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan said today that the UN has a “responsibility” to resolve the Kashmir issue, days after UN chief Antonio Guterres stated that he is engaged in bringing about an Indo-Pak dialogue to resolve the matter. Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, at his weekly briefing, said Kashmir is an “internationally recognised” dispute and is outstanding on the UN Security Council agenda. “UN has a responsibility by virtue of these UN Security Council Resolutions to resolve the issue and call upon India to immediately stop bloodshed of Kashmiris,” he said. Zakaria lamented that the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions on the Kashmir dispute, which promise Kashmiris their right to self-determination in accordance with their wishes and aspirations, remain unimplemented. Zakaria also stated that UN Secretary-General Guterres had offered mediation to resolve outstanding disputes between Pakistan and India soon after assumption of the office, which had been welcomed by Pakistan. “A similar offer was made in March this year by his Office,” he said. Zakaria’s remarks come after Guterres said on Tuesday that he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue through his meetings with the prime ministers of the two countries. “Why do you think I met three times the Prime Minister of Pakistan and two times the Prime Minister of India,” Guterres said while responding to a question during a press briefing on whether he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute. Following Guterres’ remarks, India affirmed that bilateral issues between India and Pakistan will have to be decided “bilaterally”. “I have seen the reply which has been reported in the media. Essentially the secretary general asked a question in response to a question… Bilateral issues have to be decided bilaterally and the UN secretary general has been made aware of that position,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in New Delhi today. Zakaria claimed that the regional countries have also raised concerns over regional security situation due to the “intransigence and belligerent posturing” by India. He condemned the violence in Kashmir and urged that world human rights organisations to send fact-finding missions in Kashmir. Zakaria claimed that the Kashmiris celebrating Pakistan’s victory in the final of ICC Championship were “beaten up” by the Indian forces. Commenting on the arrest of Muslims in India for celebrating Pakistan’s cricket victory, he said, “It reflects a sad state of affairs in India.” Zakaria said Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has written letters to the UN chief, President UNSC, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretary general to update them on alleged human rights violations by India.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Militant killed as Army foils infiltration bid in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A militant was killed today as the Army foiled an infiltration attempt along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of north Kashmir s Kupwara district. A group of militants tried to sneak in from Pakistan- occupied Kashmir but the bid was foiled by the alert troops, an Army official said. The troops challenged them, triggering a gunbattle in which one militant was killed, he said. The operation is in progress, the official said, adding further details were awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Deepinder Hooda fears return of inspector raj under GST

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Deepinder Singh Hooda today raised apprehensions over the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), saying the way ‘one nation, one tax’ regime is being introduced it will lead to flourishing of “inspector raj”. “There are three-four concerns on the GST, one is unleashing of Inspector Raj. To enforce compliance of the provisions, unrestricted powers have been given to inspectors under the garb of anti-profiteering clause. “The inspectors can go, scrutinise, search and make seizure. Not just the fines, but even imprisonment is permissible even for small shopkeepers, that is very concerning,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting called by his party’s Haryana unit in connection with the forthcoming organisational elections. Raising concerns of small shopkeepers, the Rohtak MP said that now they will also be required to file about 37 returns in a year. “They have to file compliance certificates thrice a month, first on the 10th, then on the 15th and the 20th of each month. Whether they have adequate workforce in terms of chartered accountants and IT professionals is an issue, they will feel a little harassed,” he added. Apart from this, he said that there were contradictions in the tax regime. “In some categories, for example on cloth, earlier there was no tax on it but it is unfortunate that for the first time five per cent tax has been imposed. Taxes on fabric were imposed during the British rule in the country,” he said. Expressing concern on high tax rate on ghee, Hooda said that vegetable oil has been kept in the five per cent tax rate slab while ghee in the 18 per cent bracket. “In Haryana and Punjab, people consume lot of ghee. Ghee will become costly. Similarly, cashew nuts be in the five per cent slab while almonds would attract a tax of 12 per cent. “Both in Haryana and Punjab, which are famous for producing the country’s top wrestlers, costly almonds and ghee would be an issue. The wrestlers consume milk with almonds, which is considered good for their health. So, there are lot of contradictions which the government has to explain,” the Congress MP from Rohtak said. Pointing to high tax rate of 18 per cent on computers and printers, he said that when we are looking to make India an IT superpower then the taxes on these should have been low. Hooda said that for farmers, fertiliser and pesticide prices would go up because of the GST as the tax rate has increased on these items. Replying to a question, Hooda said original concept of the GST was “one nation, one tax” but there are five tax slabs now. “In many countries there is flat tax rate, like in Australia, there is 10 per cent flat GST. The need was felt during Congress time that may be two or three slabs are required. Now, there are five slabs, but if you include cess and all, the slabs become nine,” he said. “We hope the government resolves and addresses these concerns and no harassment is caused to the small traders and shopkeepers and the consumers,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sikkin CM backs Gorkhaland movement in letter to Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Thursday wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in which he backed the Gorkhaland movement. ?We all are aware that Sikkim and Darjeeling share a very close bond with similarities of language, culture, tradition, caste, food habits etc. As immediate neighbours, we Sikkimese wish them well forever. We have always been there for the people of Darjeeling Hills in times of need and we reiterate that they have our all-out support for the demand of separate state of Gorkhaland,? Chamling?s letter read. Chamling, who has been in power in Sikkim for nearly 23 years, added that the past three uproarious decades of agitation for the statehood demand in the neighbouring hills has claimed more than 1,000 lives and caused incalculable loss of property and constant threat to security of life. ?The fulfillment of the Constitutional demand of the people of the Darjeeling hills, which is deeply connected with the national identity of the Indian Gorkhas, will provide long-awaited justice to their patriotism. Creation of Gorkhaland state will also restore permanent peace and prosperity in the region and Sikkim will be hugely benefitted,? he asserted. The 66-year-old politician posted the letter on his Facebook page which was shared by about 1,100 people in the first three hours. Chamling also argued in his letter to the Union Minister that disturbances in the Darjeeling hills result in blockade on the landlocked hill state?s only lifeline, NH 10, and prolonged blockade could lead to security concerns since Sikkim shares international borders with China, Nepal and Bhutan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GOLDPETAL Jun17 1GRM 2918 2925 2917 2922 29 KGS

GOLDPETAL Jun17 1GRM 2918 2925 2917 2922 29 KGS

Thu, 22 Jun 2017-06:27pm , PTI

GOLDPETAL Jun17 1GRM 2918 2925 2917 2922 29 KGS GOLDPETAL Sep17 1GRM 2938 2938 2938 2938 0 KGS LEAD Aug17 1KGS 141.25 143.05 141.25 142.2 269 MT LEAD Jul17 1KGS 140.95 142.45 140.4 142.3 2465 MT LEAD Jun17 1KGS 140.05 141.75 139.5 141.6 57806 MT LEAD Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 142.3 0 MT LEADMINI Aug17 1KGS 142.1 142.75 142.1 142.45 16 MT LEADMINI Jul17 1KGS 140.9 142.45 140.4 142.3 791 MT LEADMINI Jun17 1KGS 140 141.7 139.55 141.6 17271 MT MENTHAOIL Aug17 1KGS 948.7 953 947.2 950.4 65 MT MENTHAOIL Jul17 1KGS 938.1 942.5 932.5 940.3 2361 MT MENTHAOIL Jun17 1KGS 927.5 929.4 919.7 927.1 3775 MT MENTHAOIL Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 955 0 MT NATURALGAS Aug17 1mmB 190 191.5 189.9 191 93 mmB NATURALGAS Jul17 1mmB 189.3 191.2 188.9 190.1 2084 mmB NATURALGAS Jun17 1mmB 188.1 189.3 186.8 188 28308 mmB NICKEL Aug17 1KGS 587 589.3 582.3 587.5 234 KGS NICKEL Jul17 1KGS 582.1 584.4 578 583.5 1892 KGS NICKEL Jun17 1KGS 576 578.9 572.4 578 15761 KGS NICKEL Oct17 1KGS 0 0 0 598.8 0 KGS NICKEL Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 593.4 0 KGS NICKELM Aug17 1KGS 586.7 588.5 583.1 586 43 KGS NICKELM Jul17 1KGS 582.8 584.2 578.1 583.5 703 KGS NICKELM Jun17 1KGS 577 578.9 572.5 578 4805 KGS NICKELM Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 593.7 0 KGS RBDPMOLEIN Jun17 10KG 525 525 524.5 524.8 16 MT MORE <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>GOLDPETAL Jun17 1GRM 2918 2925 2917 2922 29 KGS GOLDPETAL Sep17 1GRM 2938 2938 2938 2938 0 KGS LEAD Aug17 1KGS 141.25 143.05 141.25 142.2 269 MT LEAD Jul17 1KGS 140.95 142.45 140.4 142.3 2465 MT LEAD Jun17 1KGS 140.05 141.75 139.5 141.6 57806 MT LEAD Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 142.3 0 MT LEADMINI Aug17 1KGS 142.1 142.75 142.1 142.45 16 MT LEADMINI Jul17 1KGS 140.9 142.45 140.4 142.3 791 MT LEADMINI Jun17 1KGS 140 141.7 139.55 141.6 17271 MT MENTHAOIL Aug17 1KGS 948.7 953 947.2 950.4 65 MT MENTHAOIL Jul17 1KGS 938.1 942.5 932.5 940.3 2361 MT MENTHAOIL Jun17 1KGS 927.5 929.4 919.7 927.1 3775 MT MENTHAOIL Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 955 0 MT NATURALGAS Aug17 1mmB 190 191.5 189.9 191 93 mmB NATURALGAS Jul17 1mmB 189.3 191.2 188.9 190.1 2084 mmB NATURALGAS Jun17 1mmB 188.1 189.3 186.8 188 28308 mmB NICKEL Aug17 1KGS 587 589.3 582.3 587.5 234 KGS NICKEL Jul17 1KGS 582.1 584.4 578 583.5 1892 KGS NICKEL Jun17 1KGS 576 578.9 572.4 578 15761 KGS NICKEL Oct17 1KGS 0 0 0 598.8 0 KGS NICKEL Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 593.4 0 KGS NICKELM Aug17 1KGS 586.7 588.5 583.1 586 43 KGS NICKELM Jul17 1KGS 582.8 584.2 578.1 583.5 703 KGS NICKELM Jun17 1KGS 577 578.9 572.5 578 4805 KGS NICKELM Sep17 1KGS 0 0 0 593.7 0 KGS RBDPMOLEIN Jun17 10KG 525 525 524.5 524.8 16 MT MORE(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three more farmers end lives in MP, 20 suicides in fortnight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Distressed over their debts, three more peasants allegedly ended their lives in Madhya Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the number of farmers’ suicide in the state to 20 since June 8. While two suicides were reported from Sagar and Chhatarpur districts of backward Bundelkhand region, another one was reported from Budni, the assembly segment represented by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. In Sagar, 50-year-old Gulai Kurmi was found hanging from the branch of a tree in his agricultural field in Basahari village under Bina tehsil of the district yesterday afternoon, the police said. Kurmi has left behind a suicide note, in which he said he was being harassed by a moneylender over the loan of Rs one lakh he had taken from him. In the suicide note, Kurmi claimed he had actually paid Rs 2.5 lakh in exchange of loan of Rs one lakh, but the moneylender – named as Shankar Maharaj – continued to harass him. Sagar Superintendent of Police (SP) Sachin Atulkar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Unable to buy books, uniform, indebted farmer’s son kills self

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The last thing the 13-year-old Arbaz Nabilal Attar wanted before ending his life were new textbooks and school uniform. Arbaz hanged himself from a tamarind tree as his father, a debt-ridden farmer in Osamanabad district of Maharashtra, was unable to buy him new textbooks, notebooks and school uniform, police said. The incident took place at Bavi village in Vashi tehsil on June 20, police said. Arbaz, a class 9th student, had told his father Nabilal Mohammad Attar that he needed new notebooks, textbooks and school uniform at the start of new academic year. As Nabilal expressed inability because of lack of funds, an upset Arbaz went to the family’s farm and committed suicide by hanging himself from a tamarind tree, police said. Another farmer spotted him and alerted the family. Nabilal had taken a loan of Rs one lakh from a bank and was unable to repay it, police said. Further probe is on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

We are part of united Oppn., Kovind’s case isolated incident JD(U)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Janata Dal (United) on Thursday downplayed the reports of it opting out of the grand alliance of the Opposition parties and said that that favouring National Democratic?s (NDA) nominee Ramnath Kovind is the single incident where the party has supported the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). JD(U) leader K.C. Tyagi asserted that his party supported Kovind because he has proven his calibre at all levels. ?The JD(U) is a part of the united Opposition, This is an isolated incident. Ramnath Kovind?s tenure in Bihar has been laudable. He has always performed his constitutional duties wonderfully. And as a governor, he has conducted himself very well and executed his duties with finesse,? said Tyagi. The JD(U) had earlier decided to support Presidential nominee Ramnath Kovind and skip the Opposition meeting.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rape case: Court frees man, says woman knew what she was doing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has acquitted a man of the charge of raping his sister-in-law, saying relations between them were consensual and the woman had “adequate intelligence” to understand what she had consented to. The court, while letting off the man, said they both were married and knew they could not wed each other without getting a divorce from their respective spouses. In his order, Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain said the facts and circumstances of the case showed that the woman and the accused were closely related. “They were already married with their spouses living. They since the beginning knew that they had not taken divorce from their spouses and their marriage was not possible,” he said. “They lived in live in relationship for a long time. During that period, they made physical relations. The woman had adequate intelligence to understand the significance with the acts she was consenting to,” Jain said. The judge said that the accused and the complainant, a native of 24 North Parganas district in West Bengal, willingly developed physical relationship and the woman’s consent for the physical relations was an “act of her conscious decision”. According to the prosecution, the woman got married to accused’s brother in 1999 and after she delivered a child in 2000, her husband left her. She then came to Delhi with her brother-in-law, the accused, who found her a job here. Soon they developed physical relations with each other, it said. However, later the accused began to harass her and avoid her, she alleged in her complaint. The accused denied the allegations and claimed he was falsely implicated by her.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

4 debt-ridden farmers end lives in Nashik in two days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four debt-ridden farmers allegedly committed suicide in the last two days in Nashik district where one of them set up his own funeral pyre, officials said today. Supadu Bhika Pawar, 77, a resident of Vadner-Khakurdi village in Malegaon taluka set up his own funeral pyre and then sat in it at his home yesterday, sub-divisional officer Ajay More said. When some locals noticed smoke emanating from Pawar’s house, they rushed in and took him to Malegaon’s civil hospital where the doctors declared him dead, More said. Pawar had taken farm loan in the name of his wife and was finding it difficult to pay it off, the family members said. A case has been registered at Vadner-Khakurdi police station in connection with the incident. Another farmer, Kacharu Punja Aher, 65, from Shivur village in Chandvad taluka, stressed over a loan burden of Rs 3 lakh in his son’s name, consumed poison on Tuesday night. The collector’s office yesterday received a report of his suicide, the revenue department sources said. In another incident, Harishchandra Vasant Ahire, a resident of Brahmangaon in Baglan taluka, ended his life by jumping into a well yesterday morning, tehsildar Sunil Soundane said today. As per preliminary information, Ahire had farm debt, he said. Besides, 32-year-old Appasaheb Khanderao Jadhav, a resident of Borale in Chandvad taluka, ended his life on Tuesday night by touching a live electric wire, police said. He was apparently under stress as he received a notice for non-payment of Rs 50,000 loan which he had taken from a cooperative society in 2010, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AP, TN, T’gana CMs to be present when Kovind files nomination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana are expected to be present when NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind files his nomination papers tomorrow. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is in Delhi. Tamil Nadu’s Edappadi Palaniswami is expected to arrive here tonight and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the morning tomorrow. Soon after the BJP announced Kovind’s name as its candidate for the July 17 presidential election, Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi offered their support. Naidu had said Kovind was the “best selection” for the highest post which also highlighted the NDA’s commitment to downtrodden sections. The TDP is part of the ruling NDA. Rao too offered his support after holding consultations with his party colleagues. Both the factions of the AIADMK, mired in controversies, too offered their support. Sources said Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu spoke to NDA chief ministers and urged them to be present at the time of the filing of nomination by Kovind. Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi, virtually the entire council of Union ministers, NDA chief ministers and MPs and MLAs from across the country will be among proposers and seconders of his candidature.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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