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Gujarat open to idea of high-speed racing in Rann of Kutch

“We expect several thousand more tourists over the next two months in Rann. Every year we are witnessing greater interest, both in India and abroad,” added tourism minister Patel. And with ideas of high speed racing doing the rounds in Gujarat’s tourism ministry, the wastelands of the Rann hope to soon see a display of raw fuel guzzling horsepower that would set the white sands under the full moon on fire.

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Mallikarjun Kharge hits back at Jaitley for blaming Congress for Parliament washout

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Jaitley in his Facebook post today titled ‘Stray Thoughts After the Winter Session’ has castigated Congress strategy of disrupting Parliament session after session

Mallikarjun Kharge

Hitting back at Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who blamed Congress for the washout of Parliament session, leader of the opposition party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun ​Kharge on Thursday said people who don’t believe in Nehru’s philosophy have no right to talk about his legacy.”People who don’t believe in Nehru’s philosophy have no right to take Nehru’s name and legacy,” Kharge told reporters here in response to a question on Jaitley’s Facebook post chiding Congress for disruptions and invoking Nehru’s legacy. He said that despite pleading several times, “they did not celebrate Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary properly and such people have no right to talk.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaitley in his Facebook post today titled ‘Stray Thoughts After the Winter Session’ has castigated Congress strategy of disrupting Parliament session after session. Crediting Nehru for laying down healthy precedents in the initial years of Indian democracy, he said, “The current generation in control of Congress will find a place in history of having weakened what their ancestors established.” On Jaitley criticising the language used by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Kharge said, “BJP is indirectly responsible for the creation of Kejriwal… I can’t say much about it because he (Kejriwal) is their own product.”Responding to BJP’s allegation about competition between Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kharge said the ruling party these days wants to drag Congress vice president’s name in every issue. “…probably these days Rahulji is even appearing in their dreams, this is the problem,” he said sarcastically. Not willing to react on reports that BJP’s Margdarshak Mandal is seeking inquiry against Jaitley on DDCA row following the suspension of party MP Kirti Azad, Kharge said it was an internal matter of their party. “But we also demand an inquiry into the issues that have been brought out by Kirti Azad,” he said.In response to a question about parliamentarians seeking close to 100 per cent pay hike when Parliament did not function, he said, “I don’t know. I have not received any bill regarding it. As soon as it comes I will send my comments.” Responding to a question on Ram Mandir issue, he said such issues were raised whenever elections are approaching. Stating that Congress had always believed and followed adult franchise model, Kharge said some BJP ruled states like Haryana and Rajasthan were trying to restrict it by baring the illiterate from contesting panchayat polls and thereby trying to “snatch away” rights enjoyed by the poor.He said there was no level playing ground for such restriction as India was not a hundred per cent literate country. The Supreme Court had recently upheld the validity of amendments in a Haryana law which fixes various criteria including minimum educational qualification for candidates contesting panchayat polls. Asked whether Congress will challenge this verdict, Kharge said, “…I will discuss this in the party. Definitely, I will take it up.”

Modi in Russia: PM Modi, Vladimir Putin begin annual summit talks

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After the talks, the two sides are expected to sign a number of pacts to expand cooperation in key areas, including defence, nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and trade.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin began the 16th India-Russia Annual Summit talks here on Thursday evening. “From inside the Kremlin! PM @narendramodi & President Putin begin the 16th Annual Summit with a restricted meeting,? tweeted Vikas Swarup, Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs. After the talks, the two sides are expected to sign a number of pacts to expand cooperation in key areas, including defence, nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and trade. The talks between the two countries, bound by special and privileged strategic ties, have been taking place alternately in Moscow and New Delhi since 2000. Besides bilateral issues, the two leaders are likely to deliberate on a number of global issues having political dimensions including the situation in Syria and ways to tackle terrorism. The talks between the two countries, bound by special and privileged strategic ties, have been taking place alternately in Moscow and New Delhi since 2000. It will be prime Minister Modi’s second summit with Mr Putin who had traveled to New Delhi last year for the 15th India-Russia Summit.

DDCA scam: Wait and watch my next move, says suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad

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He said that he had been raising this issue since past nine years and said that he had not teamed up with Congress or AAP.

After BJP MP Kirti Azad was suspended on Wednesday over his remarks about Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s alleged involvement in DDCA scam, he has come out saying that he was never anti-party. “I did not say anything against anyone personally,” Kirti Azad spoke about his suspension. He said that he had been raising this issue since past nine years and said that he had not teamed up with Congress or AAP. He said he had not said anything against the party. “What anti-party activity have I done? I have been raising this issue since 9 years, they must have taken cognizance of that before<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It’s great that I have been suspended from the party for highlighting corruption. It is party’s loss not mine,” Azad said.He said that he had worked honestly for BJP but was branded as anti-party.On being asked on about what was his next move, he replied saying, “Wait and watch.”

Estranged husband Chintan Upadhyay arrested in murder case of Hema, her lawyer

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A team of Kandivli police on Tuesday afternoon produced Chintan and four other accused – Vijay Rajbhar, 40, Pradeep Rajbhar, 22, Azad Rajbhar, 19 and Shivkumar Rajbhar, 19 – arrested earlier in the case, before a magistrate court in Borivli.

Contemporary 43-year-old artist Chintan Upadhyay was arrested by the Kandivali police in the wee hours of Tuesday in connection with the murders of his estranged wife Hema and her lawyer Haresh Bhambhani. According to the police sources, Chintan was called for questioning around 11.30 pm at the police station. Chintan was questioned for over five hours after which he was formally placed under arrest. “We wanted Chintan to answer a few questions, but the latter kept giving unsatisfactory replies,” said a police officer, requesting anonymity.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Deputy commissioner of police, Zone XI, Vikram Deshmane said, “After we found involvement of Chintan in the murder conspiracy we arrested him.” A team of Kandivli police on Tuesday afternoon produced Chintan and four other accused – Vijay Rajbhar, 40, Pradeep Rajbhar, 22, Azad Rajbhar, 19 and Shivkumar Rajbhar, 19 – arrested earlier in the case, before a magistrate court in Borivli. Chintan’s defence counsel Satish Maneshinde told the court that, “relations between Hema and Chintan were cordial and whenever Chintan visits Mumbai he used to stay with Hema.” Prime accused and a wanted in the case, Vidyadhar Rajbhar, had met Chintan in Jaipur a few days before the double murder. The police claimed that this meeting was part of a conspiracy. Countering this claim, Maneshinde said, “Vidyadhar knew Chintan for the last many years. The two used to interact with regards to work. Just because Chintan spoke to Vidyadhar does not mean he had a role in the murder.” He added that Chintan had last spoken to advocate Bhambhani with regards to alimony money. After hearing the arguments, the court remanded Chintan in police custody till January 1, while earlier arrested accused persons were remanded in police custody till December 28. Relatives and friends of Chintan, who were present at the court, refused to speak on the matter. Bodies of Hema and Bhambhani were found wrapped in card boxes in a sewer in Kandivli on December 12.

Supreme Court stays UP Lokayukta’s swearing-in

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The order came from a bench comprising Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit which took cognisance of a PIL filed against the appointment on Saturday morning.

The appointment of the UP Lokayukta, caught in a tortuous tangle since April last year, took another startling turn as the Supreme Court stayed the oath of the new incumbent on Saturday. Ironically, it was an unprecedented order of the apex court itself which had paved way for the new appointment.The order came from a bench comprising Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit which took cognisance of a PIL filed against the appointment on Saturday morning. The PIL contended that the apex court had unilaterally announced the name of Justice Virendra Singh Yadav as the new Lokayukta on Wednesday, but the order was based on incomplete and misleading information given by the state government’s counsel Kapil Sibal.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“I filed the PIL this morning pleading that it be heard on Saturday itself as it would become infructuous if the oath was administered to Justice Yadav on Sunday morning as scheduled,” the petitioner Sachidanand Gupta told dna. “My PIL is based on the letter sent by the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court to the Governor on Thursday, excerpts of which have appeared in newspapers,” he added.The High Court CJ had reportedly stated that Justice Yadav’s name had already been scrapped, and that the apex court had been given false information regarding the names which were discussed by the three-member selection committee, comprising the CM and the Leader of Opposition besides himself, on Tuesday and Wednesday. The panel had discussed five candidates but a different list was submitted to the Supreme Court on Wednesday.In a surprising move, the apex court opened on a Saturday and heard the petition at 4.30pm. After initial arguments, the bench ruled that the matter would be heard when the court reopens on January 4. The administration of oath to Justice Yadav has been stayed till the time the petition is decided.UP Lokayukta tangle – The TimelineMarch 2012 – Lokayukta Justice (retd.) NK Mehrotra completed six-year term, granted two years’ extension the same day by Akhilesh Yadav the day he is sworn in as CMMarch 2014 – The extension also ends, but Lokayukta continues in officeApril 2014 – Hearing a PIL, Supreme Court asks UP to appoint new Lokayukta in six monthsJuly 2015 – Apex court orders state to make the appointment in 30 days; state govt. bent upon appointing its handpicked man; Governor thwarts the move, returns the file four timesAug 2015 – UP govt. amends Lokayukta Act to keep HC CJ out of the appointment process Sep 2015 – After Governor refuses to accept this Bill, the government agrees to go by the old unamended Act.Sep 2015 – CJ refuses to go along, demanding that the amendment Bill be withdrawn firstDec 14, 2015 – Apex court asks UP to appoint Lokayukta in two daysDec 16 – With state still vacillating, appoints Lokayukta, setting a historical precedent Dec 18 — Governor announces his oath to be held on Dec 20Dec 19 — SC stays oath, next hearing on Jan 4

New Delhi: Man jumps before Metro train, dies

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After the incident, Singh was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.
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A 30-year-old man died after he allegedly jumped in front of an oncoming Metro train at Jorbagh station in New Delhi on Friday. The deceased was identified as Manjeet Singh, a resident of Sangam Vihar colony in south-east Delhi. Metro services were briefly affected because of the incident on Friday.No suicide note was recovered from the deceased and police are trying to ascertain the reason behind him taking the extreme step, said a senior police official. Singh was seen on platform no.1 at around 9.05 PM when he allegedly jumped in front of a Metro train headed towards Huda City Centre on the yellow line, the official added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the incident, Singh was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. Police have contacted his relatives and his body will be sent for a post mortem, the official said.

AAPv/s Jaitley: CBI replies to Arvind Kejriwal’s allegations

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The Delhi CM had alleged that the CBI has been asked to target all Opposition parties.
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After Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that ‘CBI has been asked to target all opposition parties and finish those who don’t fall in line’, CBI has responded that it strongly denies the allegations.In a statement, CBI has said that, “CBI strongly denies a statement appearing in certain sections of the media attributed to CM Delhi that ‘A CBI officer told me yesterday that CBI has been asked to target all opposition parties and finish those who do not fall in line’. This is a completely false, baseless and mischievous statement and emphatically denied.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The AAP chief once again chose the social media route to level the charges. He had virtually live-tweeted the CBI raid at his Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar’s office in the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday.Kejriwal had said Jaitley’s assertion that AAP’s allegations against him are “unsubstantiated and non-specific” could not be treated as “gospel truth” as the charges against him were “very, very serious”.

Chennai Floods: How the ‘drinking water brigade’ is providing safe water in the city

Each of the Livinguard water filters can convert 100 – 120 litres of contaminated floodwater per day.

After the floods ravaged Chennai earlier this month, residents have been wary of the spread of diseases. It is in this context that a few people have reportedly donated water purification solutions to help convert contaminated or muddy water into potable water. R Bharaneswaran and Sendhil Thiagarajan, philanthropists based out of Chennai, have donated 500 special drinking water filters to the victims of the Chennai floods. Each of the Livinguard water filters can convert 100 – 120 litres of contaminated floodwater per day. That’s a total of 50,000 – 60,000 litres of pure, bacteria/virus free water, taking care of the needs of 35,000 – 40,000 people a day, without the use of any electricity. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the purposes of natural disasters, Livinguard and Mahindra have also developed the mobile ‘Drinking Water Brigade’. These vehicles can drive into flood areas and purify up to 1000 litres an hour of contaminated muddy water, and can even store up to 300 litres for transport.They have also written to the Tamil Nadu state government in the hope of getting the necessary permission and support from the government to provide more victims of the floods with safe water. Also Read – Chennai Floods: The worst might be over, but keep diseases at bay with these health tips

Hurriyat leaders meet Pak High Commissioner, ask to maintain ‘consistent’ Kashmir policy

After Swaraj met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other leaders, the two countries decided to engage in a comprehensive bilateral dialogue covering Kashmir and other bilateral issues.

Abdul Basit

Two hardliner Hurriyat Conference leaders on Monday met Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit in Delhi and told him that Islamabad should maintain “consistency and firmness” over its Kashmir policy.They also emphasised that Pakistan should play an “active role in highlighting the human rights violations” in Jammu and Kashmir at international fora. “A Hurriyat delegation sent by chairman Syed Ali Geelani today held a detailed meeting for one-and-a-half hours with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit in New Delhi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”They held a detailed discussion over the recent meeting of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan rulers on the occasion of Asia Heart Conference in Islamabad and also discussed the Kashmir policy there,” Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said in a statement in Srinagar. After Swaraj met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other leaders, the two countries decided to engage in a comprehensive bilateral dialogue covering Kashmir and other bilateral issues.The two-member Hurriyat delegation comprised Geelani’s personal secretary Peer Saifullah and chief organiser of the amalgam Altaf Ahmad Shah, he said, adding Deputy High Commissioner and the other officials in the Pakistani mission were also present. “The Hurriyat delegation handed them a message of Geelani that Pakistan should continue to maintain consistency and firmness over its Kashmir policy and play an active role in highlighting the human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir at international forums,” Akbar said.The delegation also apprised the Pakistan High Commissioner about the present situation in Kashmir, he added.

Why should a soldier get killed? Should kill the enemy: Manohar Parrikar

The Defence Minister said he liked to go around without security as “having security might not be safe at times”.
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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said soldiers should be asked to kill the enemy instead of being told to lay down their own lives.”It was said that soldier is ready to lay down his life for country. I am against it. Why get killed? Don’t get killed. Kill the enemy. See the record of one year and you will see the result (of the instruction),” Parrikar said. He was addressing a reception hosted by the state BJP here on his 60th birthday.Recalling the country’s counter-insurgency operation in Myanmar earlier this year, Parrikar said, “After Indian soldiers were martyred, we called for the meeting within three hours. I have got support of (Home Minister) Rajnath Singh.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”After Myanmar crisis, we held meeting within three hours and the entire operation was kept a secret. As per official statement we conducted the operation on Indo-Myanmar Border. But one should know to read between the lines”.The counter-insurgency operation was carried out by commandos in June who destroyed camps of NSCN (Khaplang) militants in Myanmar in retaliation to killing of 18 Army personnel by the ultras in Chandel district of Manipur earlier. The Defence Minister said he liked to go around without security as “having security might not be safe at times”.”They (police) relay message on wireless giving exact position of the VIP. I ask police to stay away as I don’t want security but I have to take it as attack on Union Defence Minister can make international news,” he added.

Pawar play: Maharashtra’s politician for all seasons opens up on his 75th birthday

dna editor-in-chief Uday Nirgudkar with Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar

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In your life, a fighting spirit can be seen. Did you get this from your mother?My mother and father both. My mother was from a common family. She rebelled against the social norms of those times and educated herself. My father was in service but he was associated with the Satyashodhak movement and with Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil, a senior figure in educational sector. It is but natural that these things nourished our minds.Your family has a Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) background. Your mother was a PWP local board member and your brother-in-law is ND Patil. Still, you were attracted to the Congress.My mother was not a PWP local board member. She was elected to the Pune local board in 1936-37 for the first time as a Congress nominee. Around 1948, when the Congress went into the hands of Kakasaheb Gadgil and others in Maharashtra, a section of the party who thought intensely about rural areas felt uneasy. Yeshwantrao (Chavan) was part of that but never quit the Congress. Shankarrao More, Keshavrao Jedhe and others started PWP. Those who were uneasy in the Congress, such as my mother and elder brother, joined the PWP.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In reality, the BJP leaders do not want to remain with the Sena. But after Bihar elections, BJP may start adjusting with the Sena… digest its arrogance and accept its demandsLater Yeshwantrao Chavan inspired you. When did you first meet him?In my childhood, my house had photographs of Stalin, Lenin and Karl Marx but my attraction to the Left did not last long. Yeshwantrao and myself had the same attraction for Nehru and his focus on modern science, technology and democracy as a means of life. This attracted me to Yeshwantrao.You took decisions which would hurt politically but were progressive with long-term social ramifications. Of these, one was the renaming of the Marathwada university. Did it hurt you politically?100 per cent. Marathwada was educationally backward. The first educational complex in Aurangabad was Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Milind College. In Aurangabad university, the academic council unanimously decided to rename it after Babasaheb instead of Marathwada. A recommendation was made to the state but no implementation was done during the tenure of the three chief ministers. Then in Marathwada and Vidarbha, the Dalit Panther and such organisations raised the demand and were upset that Mahatma Phule, Punjabrao Deshmukh and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s names were given (to institutions) but despite the academic council’s unanimous decision, Ambedkar’s name was not given. This made me uneasy. I discussed the issue with my cabinet colleagues and SM Joshi gave me the moral strength. We took a decision but that very evening, houses of Dalits were set on fire. They were killed in Aurangabad, Nanded and other places. I had to suspend the decision in the next few days. It was a painful moment.Looking back, what would you call your most revolutionary decision?This can be one such decision. After the suspension, I lost my chief minister’s post and I had to pay the price in my base – Marathwada. When I became the CM in the 1980s, I realised that I had not taken the youth and people from villages into confidence before the decision. I rectified the mistake and took the decision again. The new generation welcomed it.What happened in 1978? The prevailing phrase then was you stabbed (Vasantdada Patil) in the back.The Congress was divided then. There was one Congress led by Indiraji (Gandhi) and one under Swarn Singh and Bramhanand Reddy. In Maharashtra, Yeshwantrao Chavan was our leader and he, Vasantrao Naik, Vasantraodada Patil were a part of the Swarn Singh Congress or Congress (S). We fought polls against each other but the two formed a government to keep the then Janata Party out. Vasantdada was the chief minister from our side and Nashikrao Tirpude was the deputy chief minister. From Day One, the government was not unified. In Delhi, Abasaheb Kulkarni, Annasaheb Shinde and others met at Yeshwantraoji’s place and concluded that we had to exit the government. The responsibility was handed over to me. Accordingly, I, Sushilkumar Shinde, Sundarrao Solankhe and Datta Meghe resigned as ministers. Chandrashekhar, our friend, declared support for us.Yeshwantrao telephoned me and asked me not to form the government. I agreed but Kisan Veer took the phone from me and since they were very close, told Yeshwantrao that if we back down, the political lives of these youth would be devastated and asked me to go ahead and form the government.This back-stabbing allegation has stuck to you. Do you think it would have been better if this has not happened?If this had not happened, the Congress would not have survived here.You went on to the Shiv Sena’s platform in 1984. What had happened then?In those days, textile mills defined Mumbai’s economy and were staffed by people from rural Maharashtra and Konkan. Firebrand leader Dr Datta Samant called for a textile strike. If Samant’s leadership was accepted by the textile sector, the mills would have gradually shut down on the pretext of strikes, and thousands would have been jobless. George Fernandes, myself asnd Balasaheb Thackeray decided to join hands to take the strike out of Samant’s hands. We succeeded then but unfortunately what we feared eventually happened.Modi made irresponsible, below the belt statements during elections. He should not have lowered the dignity of the PM’s post. In my 50 years of politics, I never saw Jawaharlal Nehru, VP Singh and Manmohan Singh use Modi like languageYou rejoined the Congress in Aurangabad in 1986. Is it true that Rajiv Gandhi kept you waiting for one-and-a-half years? He did not mention your name even once in his speech. Why?After Indira Gandhi’s death, Rajiv Gandhi expressed a wish that I should work with him. When I went for final darshan at her home in Delh and offered my condolences to Rajiv, he held my hand and said, “Sharad, I think enough is enough. Now the time has come, we have to work together.” I said we are with you in your crisis. Then polls were declared and we fought separately. I had no desire to contest the Lok Sabha polls and was the leader of the Opposition. There was a sympathy wave in Rajiv’s favour and there were doubts if the Opposition could survive. In those circumstances, to increase my colleagues’ confidence, I decided to contest. We met regularly. This cemented the decision to join hands and he assigned the responsibility to Arun Nehru. Arun told me in the first meeting that he was not amenable to me returning to the Congress as it would hurt both. But since the leader had said this, we had to finalise the modalities. We decided on the Aurangabad meeting. It is true that Rajiv Gandhi did not take my name but I was told that the family never took names on party platforms. So I never felt anything about it.Why did you clash with people close to you, such as Sonia Gandhi, Vasantdada Patil, and your contemporaries in the Congress, such as Antulay?All of them supported me later. Coming to Rajiv Gandhi, when we came together, I was not holding any post. I was in Goa when he called me at 3.30am and in his typical style asked me what I was doing. I said one sleeps at 3.30 in the morning. I asked him what he was doing. He said he was working. I said you are the prime minister, you have no choice, you have to work. He called me to Delhi. When I reached there, I was called to his home from the airport and was asked to take charge as the chief minister the next day. Shankarrao Chavan was the CM but had been moved to the centre.Do you think if this serpentine journey had been avoided, this Marathi manoos would have become the prime minsiter in 1991?I do not think so. In each of these times, there were reasons for the crisis. You spoke about Sonia Gandhi, now our relations are good. When the issue of making her the (Congress) president came up, we all felt that Sitaram Kesari had to be replaced. This included me, Anthony, Ghulam Nabi Azad and some more Congressmen. But one thing rankled me. When I was in Maharashtra, a meeting of the Congress parliamentary party was called and Pranab da (Mukherjee) put forth a proposal to change the Constitution so that an individual who was not a member of Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha could be the leader of the parliamentary party. After this was done, Soniaji was given the leadership of the Congress parliamentary party. I felt this was inappropriate.When I was in Maharashtra, Pranab da put forth a proposal to change the Constitution so that an individual who was not a member of the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha could be the leader of the parliamentary party. After that, Soniaji was given the leadership of the Congress parliamentary party. It was meant to stop meThis was akin to stabbing Sharad Pawar in the back…This was meant to stop me. Then Sonia Gandhi gave a letter asking me to lead the Congress in the Lok Sabha. I was uneasy. Differences started when there was a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and Sonia Gandhi read a prepared speech that said the BJP was raising the issue of her foreign origins and if this was affecting the Congress party, she will have to think about it seriously. It was decided that the opinions of all in the working committee members would be sought. (PA) Sangma, who was close to Sonia Gandhi, said if leadership is given to you, there will be opposition and the Congress will have to pay the price. Tariq Anwar supported it. I felt these questions would surely come up but we can answer them. The meeting was later adjourned. I took a flight to Pune. At the airport, journalists surrounded me and said that Sonia Gandhi had resigned before the Congress office after we spoke about this. There were demonstrations outside the Congress office and demands were made to expel three of us. We three then met in Delhi and prepared a detailed letter for Sonia Gandhi, in which we said we are not opposed to her foreign origins, but these questions will come up. After getting the letter, the working committee expelled us for six years. We then formed the NCP.Mayawati, Mamata Banerjee, Jayalalitha and Biju Patnaik came to power in their states on their own. The NCP, however, never managed to cross 70-75 seats in the 288 member Vidhan Sabha. Why?We are in the 50-69 range. Our weakness includes Mumbai, which has 36 Vidhan Sabha seats. NCP’s base is rural and consists of the Marathi manoos. But the Marathi manoos in Mumbai and Thane is connected to the Shiv Sena.This base that you are talking of has a caste colour, despite the leader being progressive. Why?Our support base essentially consists of farming communities in Marathwada and western Maharashtra, which are largely Marathas. But we have many people (from other communities). Jaidutta Ksirsagar is a Teli and opposition leader Dhananjay Munde is a Vanjari.If someone opens his mind, such as Aamir Khan, people attack him. He is Muslim, therefore, a soft target for these fringe elementsYou had warned about the impact of drought in the coming summer. You were the agriculture minister for years, your party was in power and when the Congress was in government, your loyalists held portfolios of irrigation and power. Despite this, why weren’t the problems around agriculture in Maharashtra solved?In Maharashtra, agriculture faces limitations regarding water. Expert committees said 65 per cent of the state will stay rain-fed. Maharashtra has the largest number of dams in India but due to the scarcity of water, the problems have not been solved.Are you promoting dynastic politics in NCP?I do not believe in dynastic politics. We are very much clear that people have to choose their leaders. Anyone in our party who is ready to work hard, is capable of expanding the party base and has a knack to solve people’s issues can be a leader. There are several in our party who are capable of leading. Late home minister RR Patil was one of them. Unfortunately he is no more. Besides, Jayant Patil, Dlip Valse Patil, Ajit Pawar, Jaydutta Kshirsagar and so on are there.But you have to choose only one as party leader?The above-mentioned leaders have the potential to lead the party. When the party workers feel that this leader can add more votes, he will be elected and accepted as a natural leader. Why people had to chose Indira Gandhi? Because she helped them get elected. She was a crowd puller. Same is the case with BJP’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In the recent general elections, BJP leaders and workers chose Narendra Modi as their leader, despite having a senior leader like LK Advani.After Bihar elections result, do you think that the third front is again getting stronger? Will such a jumbo alliance succeed?I was 100 per cent sure the combination of Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad and Congress will win the elections. The reason is that each one has its stronghold and solid base. If the Congress and NCP come together against the BJP, we will surely defeat the BJP and can come to power. If the regional parties come together in respective states, they can give a strong fight to the BJP. That can change the political picture of the entire country.Do you think that in Uttar Pradesh also, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati will come together?Not all, they will never come together. There is a possibility of the Congress and SP coming together or BSP and Congress and left forces may join hands.You had said that the mid-term poll was likely to happen?The mid-term elections will not take place at the centre because Narendra Modi has enough numbers to run a stable government. I predicted mid-term poll in Maharashtra because BJP had no majority and was surviving on the props of Shiv Sena. I think the BMC elections scheduled in 2017 will be a turning point for the state politics. BMC is crucial for the Sena. In BMC, Sena is in a strong position. At the same time, the BJP is also spreading its base so there is likely to be a stiff competition between Sena and BJP. That will widen the rift and finally cause the separation. In reality, the BJP leaders do not want to remain with the Sena. But after the Bihar elections, BJP may start adjusting with the Sena and digest its arrogance and accept its demands.Many people have returned their government awards in protest against the intolerance in the country. What is your take on it?People’s opinion and government’s stand are two different things. A recent controversial statement by former Army chief VK Singh, now a central minister, was unfortunate. Some one from BJP also said if you are eating beef, then you should go to Pakistan. These statements were made by the ruling party leaders as well as by people who are in the government. The sad part is no one is there to contain them. If someone opens his mind, such as Aamir Khan, people attack him. He is Muslim, therefore, a soft target for these fringe elements. I read that BJP president Amit Shah warned these fringe elements. If it is true then it is the right step. The PM must have also have given suggestions to contain these elements. I did not find anything wrong with artists returning their awards.Modi had come to Baramati during Lok Sabha elections and lambasted NCP. He even called it the Naturalist Corrupt Party. Now the same Modi is praising you.Modi made irresponsible, below the belt statements during elections. He was the prime ministerial candidate. He should not have lowered the dignity of the post. In my 50 years of politics, I never saw Jawaharlal Nehru, VP Singh and Manmohan Singh use Modi like language. During his tours, it is Modi’s responsibility to maintain the dignity of the country and its people.

Park Street rape case: Suzette Jordan’s rapists pronounced guilty

Suzette Jordan, the Kolkata woman, was gang-raped in the dead of the night on February 5, 2012.

After almost four years of a tough legal battle, a Kolkata session court on Thursday pronounced three of the five men accused in what came to be known as the Park Street rape case, as guilty.Suzette Jordan, the Kolkata woman, was gang-raped in the dead of the night on February 5, 2012. Her case was vilified by the judgement, after struggling against much social stigma, coming directly from West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who had accused Jordan of fabricating the case, questions over what she was doing in a club, and intimidation from the more powerful families of the rapist. Jordan, who passed away in March this year from encephalitis, had made a powerful statement by shunning anonymity and revealing her identity to support other victims of sexual assault.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While two of the accused are missing, the court booked the other three under Sections 376(d), 323 and 506 of the IPC. Jordan’s family, her parents, two daughter and sister, have finally been given enough cause to celebrate, saying they were “happy” with the order and that Suzette’s soul would now rest in piece.Her lawyer, Anirban Guha, said that this was justice, though it came late. However, “better late than never” he told dna. “If she had been alive today, she would have been very happy,” said Guha. He added that Suzette’s actions made it possible for many other women to break their silence and fight legal battles over sexual assault. He called her an icon who gave courage to countless other women.With the positive verdict, he said the state was now trying harder to catch the missing two accused. However, the family and he were aware that this was not the end of the road, as the now convicted could appeal in higher courts.”We have fought so far and will will fight again,” said Guha.The quantum of punishment is to be pronounced on Friday.

Sukma anti-Naxal Ops: Five jawans injured

The injured jawans were airlifted by IAF chopper to Raipur for treatment, he added.

Speaking over the Sukma encounter between security forces and Naxals, Inspector General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) R.K. Vij on Tuesday said the firing went on for quite some time, in which many Naxals were gunned down. Though he refused to reveal the number, the IG said, “After the firing, when our jawans went to collect the bodies, they were attacked by Naxals. In the attack, five (2 STF and 3 Zila Bal) jawans were injured, and were given tactical retreat.”The injured jawans were airlifted by IAF chopper to Raipur for treatment, he added. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Theft leaves 46-year-old Andheri woman totally deaf

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A man has registered an FIR (First Information Report) with the DN Nagar police station after the sound processor of his wife’s cochlear implant device was stolen.The device, costing Rs 2.5 lakh, was stolen from the residence of Pradeep Bamne, a tailor in a small chawl in Andheri, in April this year. The device belongs to his wife Prerna.”She has not been hearing anything for the last seven months. Now she speaks loudly. I told the police that we don’t want anything else which we lost, but only the processor. It is of no use to anybody,” said Pradeep.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pradeep and Prerna had bought the implant after raising money with the help of some NGOs.Forty six-year-old Prerna lost hearing in March 2012. After a lot of tests, it became clear that she has permanent hearing loss. Though its exact cause is not known, doctors say it could be the effect of drugs she had consumed in the past.It was then an ENT specialist in KEM Hospital advised Prerna to undergo cochlear implant surgery, costing Rs 5.8 lakh. They came into contact with Dr Hetal Marfatia, professor, unit head, ENT department at KEM. She successfully underwent the surgery and was leading a normal life since then.In April 2015, there was a theft in her house. The dry box, in which she had kept the implant in the night to get rid of moisture, was stolen. She lost her processor.”There are two parts to an implant. An internal device, which is fitted surgically and the external device, which is worn behind the ear – sound processor. When patients go to sleep, they remove the external device (sound processor). The device is kept in a dry box with silica gel so that moisture doesn’t destroy it. This improves the life span of the implant,” said Dr Marfatia.”Now, to hear again, Prerna has to buy another processor, which costs Rs 2.5 lakh. She has to raise funds. It’s very unfortunate,” she said.Pradeep says he will have to approach NGOs again to help his wife regain hearing. “But I know, it’s going to be difficult.”

No extra chance for 2012-14 civil services candidates: Govt

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the prestigious examination annually to select IAS, IFS and IPS officers.

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The UPSC aspirants who took the civil services examination in the last three years (2012-14) need not be given an additional chance this year, the Centre has decided. The move comes following a directive by Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to examine whether candidates who were eligible to take civil services examination 2011, or had taken 2012, 2013 or 2014 examination should be given another chance to take this year’s test with changed pattern. “After analysing all facts, it has been decided that these candidates do not deserve to be given additional chance to appear in civil services examination”, an order issued by DoPT said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the prestigious examination annually to select IAS, IFS and IPS officers, among others, in three stages–preliminary (having two papers), main and interview. It had in 2011 modified the structure of preliminary examination and substituted the paper on optional subject (Paper II) by introducing a new paper viz General Studies Paper II on aptitude test. Since there was a change in the format, many candidates appearing for civil services exam 2011 alleged that they did not have adequate time to prepare and opposed the new pattern. The government had in August last year given an assurance in Parliament regarding an additional attempt to the 2011 candidates, this year. Following which an order was issued by the DoPT.Aggrieved over the decision, an application was filed in the CAT seeking its direction for the government to allow an additional attempt this year to those candidates who did not appear in 2011 exam but appeared in tests of subsequent years or for those who had applied for the test in 2011. The CAT had disposed off the petition with the direction to the DoPT to take a decision on it within four weeks of receiving copy of the order. After considering the matter, it has been decided that the candidates who had taken attempts in civil services examinations in 2012, 2013 and 2014 had got sufficient time to prepare and acclimatise themselves with the new pattern of General Studies Paper II (aptitude test) introduced in 2011.Moreover, such candidates got the benefit of relaxation in terms of age and attempts in 2014, the DoPT said and decided against giving additional chance this year for those candidates. The government had last year made amendments in the eligibility conditions which resulted in relaxed age criteria and increased number of attempts.

We are in it together’: PM Modi annouces Rs 1,000 crore addl relief for flood-ravaged Tamil Nadu

After an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced an immediate release of Rs.1,000 crore for relief and rehabilitation works in Tamil Nadu. “A sum of Rs. 1,000 crore will be released immediately by the Government of India to carry out relief works. This will be in addition to Rs.940 crore which was released earlier (by the Centre),” he said in a brief statement at the naval base “INS Adyar” here. Flanked by Governor K Rosaiah and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Modi began his brief statement with a sentence in Tamil saying telling people of Tamil Nadu, “I will be in support of you”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Switching to English, Modi said he has seen the damage and misery caused by the monsoon fury. “People of India stay with people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of need,” he said after the survey in which he was accompanied by Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, who hails from Tamil Nadu. Modi also tweeted later, “The Government of India stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of need. I have directed that Rs. 1000 crore be released immediately by the Govt of India to Tamil Nadu for immediate relief,” he said in another tweet. “I have seen the damage and misery caused by the extremely heavy rainfall,” said another of his tweet.The prime minister made the announcement after holding consultations with the Chief Minister at the naval base here.Earlier, Modi arrived from Delhi at the naval working station ‘INS Rajali’ in Arakkonam, about 60 km from here, and made an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas of Chennai, its suburbs and Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts. After an earlier spell of heavy rains and damage in November, the prime minister had announced release of Rs.940 crore to Tamil Nadu.

How 10-year-old Ishita Katyal became the speaker at TEDYouth conference

When asked about future plans, while it is confusing for even adults to answer, 10-year-old Ishita Katyal is confident – she wants to be an author and a motivational speaker. Studying in 5th standard at Vibgyor School in Pune, Ishita was the youngest speaker at the TEDYouth conference held in New York on November 14 this year, where she spoke on the topic ‘What do you want to be now’ for four minutes. Slated to talk at the TEDxGateway in Mumbai on December 5, iamin caught up with this brilliant young girl.

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Her journey to TEDYouth ConferenceIt all started in 2013 when Ishita attended a TEDx Pune event with her mother and she heard speakers talk on motivational and current topics. “I got inspired listening to the speakers at the conference and I wanted to organise my own TEDx event. My parents and my family encouraged me to do so,” said Ishita. After clearing two interviews on Skype conducted by TED members, the young girl was selected to be the youngest organiser of TEDxYouth events in Asia-Pacific region.After this, Ishita organised a TEDxYouth at Balewadi event at her school which highlighted on how to make lives simpler through the use of technology.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Selection of topicAlthough quite young, Ishita was always intrigued when she was asked who she wants to be in future. “It is a generic question which is asked to children right from the age of 4-5. I wanted to talk on this because it is a question that everyone should consider, from a younger age. I am sure most of the kids of my age would be asked of the same,” she added.The applaud she received at the TEDYouth conference for her speech was effective enough to prove that a child too could also make a considerable impact on audiences.Future endeavoursAn avid book reader, Ishita has already authored a book titled Simran’s Diary, a story of a girl named Simran and her daily life adventures. “I want to write more books. Also, I want to be a motivational speaker and talk on inspiring topics like how to fulfil your dreams. I want to speak in more events in future,” she added.Ishita says that it is her parents and family who inspire her to follow her dreams without any pressures. “We are happy that she is so confident of her life goals. We want her to get maximum exposure so that even in future she may try a new field and do what she wants to,” said Nancy Katyal, Ishita’s mother.(Ishita Katyal will be speaking at the TEDxGateway, Mumbai, on December 5, 2015, at NCPA.)
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PM Modi returns home after attending Paris summit

“After historic @COP21 summit, where India shared its strong commitment to mitigate climate change, PM reaches Delhi,” the PMO tweeted.

PM Modi returns home after attending Paris summit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday returned home after his two-day visit to Paris during which he attended the crucial climate change conference and launched the India-mooted International Solar Alliance.”After historic @COP21 summit, where India shared its strong commitment to mitigate climate change, PM reaches Delhi,” the PMO tweeted.During his visit, the Prime Minister met US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the climate conference and held a bilateral meeting with Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe. Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif also had a “casual meeting” on the sidelines of the climate summit.The Prime Minister also met his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and a host of other world leaders.Modi along with French President Francois Hollande had launched the International Solar Alliance and pledged India’s assistance of USD 30 million for the initiative that brings together developed and developing countries.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar retiring from politics?

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has reportedly hinted at retiring from politics.

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Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has reportedly hinted at retiring from politics.Parrikar, a former Goa chief minister, speaking at a function in Mapusa town of Panaji, said he does not feel inclined to take up big responsibilities.”After 60 (years), one has to think about retirement. I turn 60 on December 13, therefore, I had started thinking about retirement two-three years back. I have to intensify that, therefore, I don’t feel inclined to take up big responsibilities,” reported IANS. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Parrikar also stated that his attention would linger on Goa and that if the state government veers onto the wrong path, he would endeavour to bring it back on track.In 2014, Parrikar was inducted into the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance. He has also served as chief minister of Goa.

Threat note found onboard Jet flight causes panic, delays flight

A Jet Airways spokesperson said all 159 passengers and seven crew members disembarked without incident and were taken to the airport terminal.

A hand-scribbled note found on the safety manual of a Jet Airways aircraft, which threatened that the plane would be blown off, caused panic onboard the flight as well as the city airport, from where it was about to leave. Around 166 passengers, including crew members, aboard the Kuwait-bound flight had a harrowing time on discovery of the note, resulting in the plane returning to its bay after it had started to taxi for take-off . The incident happened on Saturday around 10.15pm when a passenger found the note inside the safety manual and immediately informed the cabin crew. The crew then alerted the pilot who decided to return to bay.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jet Airways spokesperson said all 159 passengers and seven crew members disembarked without incident and were taken to the airport terminal. “After a thorough search by security agencies, the aircraft was cleared for onward journey,” the spokesperson added. Airport sources said after the flight was brought back around 10.25pm, all passengers and crew members were frisked by the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad of the CISF. The cargo and baggage belonging to them too was checked for explosives. After more than four hours of this, the message was declared as a hoax and the flight was allowed to leave for its destination, around 4.20am.The incident comes in the backdrop of the severe security threat that vital installations in the country, including the highly sensitive airports in Mumbai and Delhi, face.As per the records, the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) has been receiving similar bomb threats regularly, all of which have been hoaxes. According to the threat assessment team at the airport, which consists of representatives from all security agencies monitoring the airport, a standard operating procedure is followed before declaring a threat call a hoax.

Aamir Khan Intolerance Row: Woman commits suicide after husband criticizes actor

“Sonam Pandey and her husband Mayank were talking about newspaper reports about Khan’s statement yesterday morning. My son poked fun at Sonam, saying what kind of man is the Bollywood star, who wants to settle abroad on the advice of his wife,” said Mayank’s father, RP Pandey. Angered by her husband’s criticism of Khan, Sonam ran upstairs and locked herself inside a room, he added.

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A dispute with her husband over remarks by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan saw a woman here committing suicide by consuming poison, her family members claimed. Police said they are investigating the alleged suicide by one Sonam Pandey and the claims by her family members that she took the extreme step as she was distressed by her husband’s comments mocking Khan. “Sonam Pandey and her husband Mayank were talking about newspaper reports about Khan’s statement yesterday morning. My son poked fun at Sonam, saying what kind of man is the Bollywood star, who wants to settle abroad on the advice of his wife,” said Mayank’s father, RP Pandey. Angered by her husband’s criticism of Khan, Sonam ran upstairs and locked herself inside a room, he added. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”After a while, she started screaming and, when Mayank went to her help, he found her vomiting. It appears she consumed some poisonous substance. Sonam was rushed to the hospital, where she died later, Pandey said. When contacted, Kotwali police station inspector Praful Shrivastava said they were “investigating the matter and will proceed accordingly”. Khan had touched off a storm with his remarks earlier this week that his wife Kiran Rao had asked him whether they could settle abroad given the incidents of intolerance in the country.

Woman commits suicide after husband mocks Aamir Khan

Jabalpur: A dispute with her husband over remarks by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan saw a woman in Jabalpur committing suicide by consuming poison, her family members claimed.

Police said they are investigating the alleged suicide by one Sonam Pandey and the claims by her family members that she took the extreme step as she was distressed by her husband’s comments mocking Khan.

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“Sonam Pandey and her husband Mayank were talking about newspaper reports about Khan’s statement yesterday morning. My son poked fun at Sonam, saying what kind of man is the Bollywood star, who wants to settle abroad on the advice of his wife,” said Mayank’s father, RP Pandey.

Angered by her husband’s criticism of Khan, Sonam ran upstairs and locked herself inside a room, he added.

“After a while, she started screaming and, when Mayank went to her help, he found her vomiting. It appears she consumed some poisonous substance. Sonam was rushed to the hospital, where she died later, Pandey said.

When contacted, Kotwali police station inspector Praful Shrivastava said they were “investigating the matter and will proceed accordingly”.

Khan had touched off a storm with his remarks earlier this week that his wife Kiran Rao had asked him whether they could settle abroad given the incidents of intolerance in the country.

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Mohan Bhagwat bats for mother tongue as medium of learning during initial education

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Stating that the mother tongue is the best medium of instruction at the primary school level, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday sought priority for native language over foreign language in initial education.”If mother tongue is the medium of learning during the initial education, it makes learning easier in further education. This is not possible if one starts learning in a foreign language since childhood,” Bhagwat said. The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh chief was addressing silver jubilee function of Vidya Bharati institute here. There are several instances of people who studied in their native tongue and went on to serve the country at highest levels, Bhagwat said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RSS chief, however, said he was not opposed to teaching of other languages. “We should know our mother tongue. Hindi unites the entire country and the number of people who know Hindi is increasing. After having a complete knowledge of the mother tongue, we should also learn foreign languages to make our country shine at the international platforms.”None of the foreign languages are unacceptable to us, but the priority should be learning the mother tongue,” he said. He also hailed the efforts of Vidya Bharati to impart “culture-based” education.

How the Uzbekistani belly dancer was murdered, driven around Delhi for two hours and set on fire

Shokhista, mother of the murdered Uzbekistani belly dancer, being consoled by her younger daughter Nadira

After a missing Uzbek woman was found murdered in Haryana’s Sonipat earlier this week, harrowing details of how the crime took place have emerged from the interrogation of Gurvinder alias Gagan who is being accused of the killing. What has baffled the police even more is the transformation of Gurvinder from a taxi driver to a sex racketeer who allegedly murdered not only the 28-year-old woman Shakhnoza Shukurova but also another Uzbekistani woman who had helped the accused to kill the victim.Gurvinder told investigators of Delhi Police that he along with Atazhanova Shaknoza Kupalbayevna or Naaz, strangulated Shukurova, also known as Shahnaz, after she kept on demanding Rs 8 lakh that he owed her. According to an investigator, the accused called Shahnaz to meet him and strangulated her in the Indica car driven at that time by Gurvinder.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the alleged murder on September 24, the two drove around Delhi for two hours before dumping the body in Haryaná’s Sonipat area. Shahnaz’s body was stuffed into a bag following which Gurvinder allegedly set the bag on fire and threw it in a dense patch of forest in Sonipat.”The duo had driven around for about two hours with the body. They decided to proceed to Haryana via Karnal road but had not thought about how exactly the body would be disposed of,” said a police official quoting Gurvinder.According to the official, the duo came to the conclusion that burning the body would be a better option than burying it.”They spotted a petrol pump on the highway and parked the vehicle at a distance of half-a-kilometre from it. Gurvinder then allegedly went to the petrol pump and told the workers present there that the petrol in his car had finished and he needed some of it so he could go home. Gurvinder told us that he used the same petrol to burn the body,” the official further added.Gurvinder apparently didn’t even look back after setting the body on fire and left with Naaz.A missing report was filed by a driver of a private taxi who reported Shahnaz had been missing. Shahnaz who worked in Delhi as a belly dancer, is survived by her mother and two sisters who flew in from Uzbekistan on October 2 and have been been in constant touch with Delhi Police since then. Yet Gurvinder managed to mislead the investigators. When he finally confessed to the crime, not only did he spill the beans on the gruesome murder but he also claimed that he had killed Naaz as well and dumped her body in Hapur area of Haryana. Sources told dna that police had checked the area identified by Gurvinder only to find nothing. Delhi police officials now believe that Gurvinder is still trying to mislead the investigators. Official sources even told dna that the second Uzbekistani girl, Naaz might not be involved in the murder at all. “There is a chance that the accused along with some other of his associates might have killed the two girls as they owed them money. He is trying to shield the other accused,” said a police source. “There might be more people involved in the human trafficking racket as it came to the fore that Naaz had also sent a letter to Uzbek embassy that she was being forced into prostitution,” the source further said, adding that there were three other suspects whom police are trying to nab. “One from Goa, another from Bangalore and third one seems to be an Afghan national,” the source said.

Mining on non-forest land can begin with nod from state governments

According to the new guidelines, the ministry had “received representations to amend the (earlier) guidelines under Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 to allow mining on non-forest areas.

Relaxing green norms for coal production, the environment ministry has decided that companies can begin work in non-forestry areas of a coal block even before they obtain requisite clearances to mine in the forested areas of the block. The decision is likely to benefit power companies and cut down time taken to mine coal. As per earlier guidelines issued by the environment ministry under the Forest (Conservation), Act, 1980, coal mining on non-forest land was not allowed until the Centre released forest land for mining.According to the new guidelines, the ministry had “received representations to amend the (earlier) guidelines under Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 to allow mining on non-forest areas. After ‘careful examination’ of the representations received, the ministry decided that the onus of granting permission to begin mining on non-forest areas should be on the state governments. Explaining this decision, the ministry’s new guidelines said, “The State government, if so desires, may execute a separate mining lease for a whole or part of non-forest land falling in mining lease, once Stage-I approval under FC Act 1980 for the entire forest land falling in such mining lease is obtained.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Adding a note of caution, the guidelines also added, “The state government, in such cases, shall take all measures that no violation of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 occurs on forest land.”The ministry’s move relaxes the norms for coal mining on multiple counts. To begin with, Stage-I forest clearance under the FC Act, 1980, only pertains to recommendation of projects by the ministry’s expert committee for clearance. After obtaining this recommendation, the project proponent has to ensure that forest rights of tribal communities are settled under the Forest Rights Act, 2006. Besides, they also are required to deposit money with the ministry for afforestation and comply with other conditions, such as mitigation measures to conserve wildlife if necessary.Later, companies obtain Stage-II clearance only when they fulfill these obligations. However, it has been witnessed in several instances that forest rights of tribal communities are not settled on time. In certain instances, final clearances for cutting down forests may be rejected if the project proponent is found violating conditions laid down after the Stage-I clearance. But, the new guidelines effectively detach fulfilling of conditions pertaining to forest land by allowing mining to begin on non-forest areas.While this may increase coal production and boost the power sector, environmentalists said that it will hasten the vetting of projects and clearances. Even as India is trying to increase its share of renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions, 52% of the country’s energy needs are met by coal and 66% of power generation is coal based, according to data from Coal India Limited, the world’s largest producer of coal. Stages for clearancesThe ministry’s move relaxes the norms for coal mining on multiple counts. To begin with, Stage-I forest clearance under the FC Act, 1980, only pertains to recommendation of projects by the ministry’s expert committee for clearance. After obtaining this recommendation, the project proponent has to ensure that forest rights of tribal communities are settled under the Forest Rights Act, 2006. Besides, they also are required to deposit money with the ministry for afforestation and comply with other conditions, such as mitigation measures to conserve wildlife if necessary.

Why Pahlaj Nihalani’s video about PM Modi might secretly be a spoof

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

This expression has arguably never been more true than when it comes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM has many MPs, ministers and allies such as Sakshi Maharaj, Yogi Adityanath, VK Singh, Giriraj Singh, Shatrughan Sinha, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Uddhav Thackeray, among others, who seem to be hell-bent on spoiling the image of the PM and his government.

Believe it or not, this is actually a screenshot from Pahlaj Nihalani's video. Screenshot taken from YouTube

Believe it or not, this is actually a screenshot from Pahlaj Nihalani’s video. Screenshot taken from YouTube

The latest to join this list is Pahlaj Nihalani, whose appointment as the chief of Central Board of Film Certification had sparked a debate on whether the entertainment industry is being saffronised.

In a “song dedicated by Pahlaj Nihalani”, the CBFC chief went all out to ensure that the whole country knows about his immense love for the Prime Minister. According to Huffington Post, The video titled ‘Mera Desh Hai Mahan‘ is playing in theatres across the country during interval of Salman Khan-starrer Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (probably to ensure everyone leaves the theatre to have some snacks).

Nihalani went so overboard in expressing his admiration for the PM that the video actually seems like a spoof.

Among some of the things shown in the video is a photoshopped image of PM Modi doing yoga atop some mountain. After seeing the Prime Minister doing yoga, a bunch of children in the video shout: “Modi Kaka!”

After the children shout, “Modi Kaka!” for the second time, the PM magically disappears. Yes, you read that right.

The video has tried to suggest that PM Modi has some very cool superpowers, maybe like the teleportation superpower of X-Men’s Nightcrawler.

Still not convinced that the video might secretly be a spoof?

If the quality of editing in the video which suddenly inserts an abnormally muscular man singing praises for the PM in front of Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and US President Barack Obama is not enough evidence, then maybe the fact that some of the locations shown in the video are actually not from India might convince you.

Yes, a video titled ‘Mera Desh Hai Mahan‘ (My country is great) doesn’t even show locations in India. This was pointed out by Sandhya Ramesh on Twitter.

And the video scores brownie points for being one of the worst propaganda videos with cheesy lines like ‘Pita aur beti ki selfie se maa ka swabhimaan badhaana hai‘ and ‘jahaan yoga se ho din ka aarambh, koi rog kahaan phir hona hai‘.

Maybe Pahlaj Nihalani thought that the people foolish enough to watch Prem Ratan Dhan Payo would also be foolish enough to fall for this video with ridiculously high levels of flattery.

But as it turns out, this video has become another reason of embarrassment for the government. Some celebrities from Bollywood called the video “an obscene form of flattery”, according to ABPLive.

“How blatant, obscene and jarring can this get? There has to be at least some sanctity of the chair a person holds,” the report quoted filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt as saying.

Let’s at least hope that the way this video (or an unintentional spoof) backfired on Nihalani, will discourage him from making any more of these abominations.

You can watch the whole video here:

Deal with ISIS flag waiving in Kashmir seriously: Shiv Sena

“ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, has lately become active in Jammu and Kashmir as well. The raising of ISIS flags in Kashmir is a very serious issue. After the human slaughter in Paris, we need to deal with this issue even more seriously,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

File photo: Masked men displaying ISIS and Al Qaeda flags in Srinagar

In the wake of Paris terror attacks that claimed at least 129 lives, the Shiv Sena on Monday said that it was time India dealt with periodic incidents of waiving of ISIS flags in Kashmir with an “iron hand”. The Sena also noted that talks of human rights of terrorists should be shunned as they need to be rooted out completely.”ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, has lately become active in Jammu and Kashmir as well. The raising of ISIS flags in Kashmir is a very serious issue. After the human slaughter in Paris, we need to deal with this issue even more seriously,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The edit said that it was imperative for India to understand that Western countries’ fight against terror was limited to their own interests and “we need to fight terror in our own way.””Many countries including Pakistan have condemned the terror attacks in Paris. One can only laugh when a country like Pakistan condemns these attacks because the neighbouring country is a factory that makes terrorists.. But until these terror attacks happen on their soil, America and European nations won’t understand India’s pain.”Terrorists are not even leaving European nations now.Cracks are developing in their once impregnable security walls. This incident has claimed the largest number of lives after the Second World War. Europe needs to take lessons from this incident. Shun talks of human rights of terrorists and eliminate them from their roots,” the Sena said.

Chennai-Bengaluru Highway riddled with potholes, traffic jams due to heavy rain

Due to Diwali, many people had travelled across to Chennai or Bengaluru but with the heavy rains, the highway has been damaged, say commuters.

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As rains continue to lash both the cities of Chennai and Bengaluru, the popular Chennai-Bengaluru Highway has also taken a beating. The drive between the two cities is about five hours and many people choose to head out during holidays. Due to Diwali, many people had travelled across to Chennai or Bengaluru but with the heavy rains, the highway has been damaged, say commuters.The six-lane highway is a much faster way to reach either city, than by train or flight. Thus, many people who enjoy driving, usually prefer this mode of travel. Professional Valekumar Krishnan who had driven down to Bengaluru for Diwali returned to Chennai on Sunday, but says that the drive was not the pleasant one it usually is. “I started from Bangalore at 2 pm on Sunday and it was raining all the way till I reached Chennai. The rains kept intensifying every 50 kms and didn’t let up. After I crossed about half the distance, say 1080 kms, the roads were absolutely potholed! This was the state of the roads all the way to Chennai. I think there were 10 potholes every 50 m. The traffic slowed down a lot and the commute took much longer,” he tells dna.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Other people took to social media to express their dismay at the state of the highway between the two cities.

Is Mumbai prepared for a Paris-style attack?

Speaking to dna, experts said that little has changed on the ground and the city remains as vulnerable and as soft a target it was on November 26, 2008 when 10 armed fidayeen including Mohammed Ajmal Kasab attacked the city and killed 166 people and injured more than 300.

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Within a few hours of the Paris terror attack, startling similarities with the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks emerged. However, the one question that remains topmost on most peoples’ minds is, whether after seven years of the audacious attacks is Mumbai prepared to tackle a similar attack or any other such spectacular terror attacks? Speaking to dna, experts said that little has changed on the ground and the city remains as vulnerable and as soft a target it was on November 26, 2008 when 10 armed fidayeen including Mohammed Ajmal Kasab attacked the city and killed 166 people and injured more than 300. Former Mumbai police commissioner D.Sivanand?han says “After the 26/11 terror attack we were fully prepared to tackle such a kind of situation but that was seven years ago. Now, with the changing times, even the terrorists would have advanced in technological know-how and weapons, so the police force also constantly needs to upgrade itself”. He added, “As police comissioner post 26/11, I did my best to get the police force capable and ready to tackle such a situation with number of sophisticated weapons that were brought in and other measures being taken”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Interestingly, post 26/11, the Maharashtra government on the recommendation of the Ram Pradhan committee tried implementing a number of measure sought by the committee. However most of them either did not see the light of day while some of them, after implementation, were totally neglected. Post the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the shortage of good quality bulletproof jackets was highlighted — however inspite of the Pradhan committee recommendation to procure bulletproof jackets the force is yet to get them. Similarly, one of the most important recommendations by the committee was to strengthen coastal security in Maharashtra. However seven years after the Mumbai terror attacks, the Mumbai police is yet to get space for even one more coastal police station. Interestingly, most of the policemen posted at the coastal police stations don’t know how to swim. Similarly the Mumbai police had procured amphibious marine crafts, Sea?-legs, spending crores of rupees which are currently left unused due to technical snags. Even the bomb detecting van fitted with an X-ray and scanning machine worth Rs7 crore, procured post 26/11, is lying wasted at the Mumbai police headquarters. However former Indian Police Service (IPS) K P Raghuvanshi said ” I think we are better prepared than the last time as we have now Force One, NSG hub in Mumbai and a Quick Response team for such attacks”. He added,”However if terrorists use new means and methods every time, then no security forces in the world can claim to be fully prepared”. Former IPS officer Y P Singh said “I don’t think that we are prepared for such attacks. Personally I feel averting such attacks with the help of intelligence is more important rather than responding once the attack has taken place”. He added “The state and the central intelligence agencies lack coordination and since there are ego issues, the security of the nation takes a hit”.

NGO Goonj founder blames Diwali crackers for the fire

The police and the fire department could not yet confirm the cause of fire.

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After the Delhi centre of NGO Goonj was gutted in fire on the day of Diwali, its founder Anshu Gupta on Friday alleged that the incident was caused by a firecracker and started an online campaign against the same.”Here I was asking you to spread the message against crackers and there a cracker did this to Goonj’s center in Delhi…tonnes of material, where we all had put in our days and nights turned into ash! Nothing much to say…anger on this insane, menace, vulgarity called crackers,” the Magsaysay awardee wrote in a Facebook post.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Will share more as we fight back but certainly one of the saddest moments for the team and lakhs of people who are a part of Goonj’s larger family…particularly sad as blankets to woolens, clothes to whatever is needed much more, in the days to come,” the social entrepreneur said.”Response on a few things from our Delhi office might be slow for the next couple of days as the team is fighting back with this huge loss of material, money and space,” he added.However, the police and the fire department could not yet confirm the cause of fire.On Wednesday, a fire broke out around 7 PM in a facility of the Goonj NGO at southeast Delhi’s Madanpur Khadar area. As many as 10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and it took several hours for the firefighters to douse the flames, fire officials said.

Modi in UK: Here is how British media gave a not so glowing welcome to PM Narendra Modi

After it raised the issues of intolerance, Gujarat 2002 at the joint statement press conference yesterday, PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Kingdom was mostly received by the UK media with harsh, scathing. headlines and columns.

While David Cameron enthusiastically welcomed PM Narendra Modi, the British media was anything but complimentary about it. After it raised the issues of intolerance, Gujarat 2002 at the joint statement press conference yesterday, PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Kingdom was mostly received by the UK media with harsh, scathing. headlines and columns. Here is how major news media covered his visit.The TimesPM defends Modi on human rights as £9bn in deals awaitBritain will continue to pursue stronger ties with India despite Narendra Modi’s record on human rights, David Cameron insisted.The prime minister issued his defence of Mr Modi as the Indian premier’s UK visit was overshadowed by protests outside Downing Street. Mr Modi was also forced to deny accusations of “growing intolerance” under his rule and that he had once been barred from Britain. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Read more here.Hold your nose and shake Modi by the handThe egregious PM is not a man who shares our values but Britain’s relationship with India is bigger than one manRead more hereThe IndependentFour times David Cameron gave warm welcomes to leaders of countries with questionable human rights recordsIt is not the first time David Cameron’s meetings with world leaders have been met with condemnation from critics who have questioned the UK’s dealings with countries that hold poor human rights records. Read more hereDaily TelegraphAll is forgiven, Mr. ModiIndia’s prime minister, a man once shunned by Britain and the US, is greeted with all honors, untroubled by the protestersRead more here The GuardianIndia is being ruled by a Hindu TalibanNarendra Modi is clamping down on tolerance and freedom of expression. In Britain we have a responsibility to speak out against itRead more hereIndia’s prime minister is a Hindu extremist who fails to condemn lynch mobs. Yet it seems that trade deals matter more to our governmentIndia’s prime minister is a Hindu extremist who fails to condemn lynch mobs. Yet it seems that trade deals matter more to our governmentRead more here Narendra Modi’s UK visit is a historic moment for our very special relationshipWhat other politician can attract 60,000 people to Wembley? For David Cameron and the 1.5 million British-Indian community, this is about so much more than trade and politics Read more here The TelegraphFrom pariah to ‘rock star’ world leader: Narendra Modi prepares to visit BritainIt is a long way from his roots as a tea-seller’s son helping his father at a small Gujarat train station to lunch with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.And it is also a far cry from life as a political pariah shunned by Britain for a decade to the role of “rock star” world leader who will pack Wembley stadium with adoring Indian expatriates and stay overnight at Chequers.Read more here The GuardianNarendra Modi’s belated visit to Britain shows where his priorities lieAs his 29th overseas destination, the UK’s lack of real interest to the Indian PM is clear, but the trip comes at a useful time for ModiRead more here

25-year-old techie from Chennai commits suicide in Singapore

Deepika delivered a baby girl on September 2. She was married to Jai Krishnan and was working in Singapore.

A 25-year-old software engineer from Chennai committed suicide in Singapore on Wednesday, a leading daily reported. Deepika jumped off the 15th floor of an apartment complex. Her parents have now filed a harassment complaint to Chennai police commissioner TK Rajendran.Deepika was reportedly married to Jai Krishnan and was working in Singapore. The couple had a baby girl on September 2. Her parents, Srinivasan and Usha, have alleged that their son-in-law harassed their daughter. Deepika sent an SMS to her sister at 7 am on Wednesday stating, “If anything happens to me you should ask my husband to pay for the expenses to bring my body to India.” It is also reported that Deepika’s sister received another SMS a few days back where she said that she was depressed and wants to end her life.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Her parents have reported that Jai Krishnan and his parents wanted to call off the marriage because she wore spectacles. As a result, Deepika underwent eye surgery before her marriage to him in 2014. When they requested their son-in-law to send their daughter to Chennai for delivery, he is said to have refused stating he wanted Singapore citizenship for the child. After admitting her in the hospital, he reportedly demanded Rs 10 lakhs for hospital expenses. Deepika’s mother and father have asked the police commissioner to get their son-in-law to bring back her body and the baby to Chennai. According to the report, the police have sent the complaint to the Central Crime Branch (CCB) who will now investigate the case.

BJP Delhi unit too talks of fixing responsibility

The Delhi unit feels that the party made similar mistakes in the run-up to assembly elections in the national capital.

After the veterans criticised the leadership of the party over Bihar debacle, BJP leadership in Delhi, where the party faced a similar rout eight months ago, is also demanding accountability and fixing of responsibility.The Delhi unit feels that the party made similar mistakes in the run-up to assembly elections in the national capital.The party’s loss in Delhi was described as a collective responsibility. Many in the party had then expected the high command to look into the reasons for the rout. However, eight months on, the cadre still awaits party’s observations on defeat in Delhi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The unit also feels that had the party introspected the Delhi debacle, Bihar rout could have been avoided.However, the Delhi state leadership does not want to criticise the party up front.”After every defeat, the party needs to introspect. There can be one hundred reasons, and we as a party should look at them,” said Rajya Sabha member and former Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel. Goel, however, said that he would speak in detail at an appropriate time in the party forum. While it was expected that the leadership would look at the reasons for poor performance in Delhi, no such discussion ever took place either at the state or national level.”In both states, we ignored the local leadership, ‘paradropped’ candidates and campaign managers from outside. We have paid the price for ignoring local leadership,” said a senior BJP leader on condition of anonymity.In Bihar local leaders such as Sushil Kumar Modi were sidelined by the party.The entire campaign revolved around Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. Similarly, in Delhi while leaders like Dr Harshvardhan and Vijay Goel were made to sit on the fence, the party brought in the ‘outsider’ Kiran Bedi as its chief minister candidate.Delhi BJP leaders are also questioning the role of party leader like Ananth Kumar who was at the helm of affairs both in Delhi and Bihar.The Delhi unit also feels that in the case of both Bihar and Delhi, party failed to assess the strength of its rivals. “There was no anti-incumbency against Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi and Nitish Kumar in Bihar. But in both the states, we kept on targeting these leaders instead of taking the BJP’s development plank to the states,” said another leader who did not want to be quoted.The state also feels that the party needs to realise that people vote differently while choosing state and Central governments. “Winning and losing an election is part of the political process. The performance of the central government cannot be compared with that of the states. The challenges for the states are different and people vote differently while choosing their MLA or MP,” said Vijender Gupta, leader of opposition in Delhi assembly.

Bihar Elections 2015: Arun Jaitley refuses to blame Mohan Bhagwat, says vote trasferability of grand alliance reason behind NDA’s defeat

Jaitley refuses to do finger-pointing.

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After severe drubbing in the Bihar elections, BJP parliamentary board took a stock of the situation on Monday. The meeting was attended by group of 12 leaders which was chaired by party president Amit Shah. PM Modi also attended the meeting. The likes of Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari were also present. After the meeting, Arun Jaitley addressed the press. He said that major factor of defeat was that constituents of grand alliance who fought alone earlier was united this time and managed vote transferability. Jaitley said that RSS has clearly expressed its stand on reservation and so has BJP. He refused to put the onus of defeat on the comments made by RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat, as many political pundits and even some within BJP has done.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arun Jaitley also refused to put the blame on allies saying they tried their best. He says that there is no one to blame separately and it is the collective responsibility of the party.Jaitley clearly rejected the notion that this is a referendum on the Modi government, saying it is something only known in journalistic parlance. Arun Jaitley expressed hopes that reform process will not be hurt by party’s setback in the Bihar polls. Finance Minister said that whatever package has been promised to the Bihar government will be delivered to them. Jaitley also tried to playdown the Bihar elections saying that party has done reasonably well in Assam, Kerala, Andamans, Ladakh etc.

Bihar elections 2015: A turning point for national politics?

For Modi, the NDA’s defeat would mean Nitish Kumar emerging as a challenger to take him on in the national arena, the central leadership’s elbow room to pursue its economic agenda narrowing down and political rivals saying that the Modi wave has lost momentum.

Exultant after the JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance appeared on course to attaining a resounding victory, top leaders Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav talked of the national repercussions. While Nitish was diplomatic and statesman-like, Lalu brazenly announced that he would launch a nationwide stir against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “After Diwali and once the government is put in place, I will organise a rally in Varanasi, PM’s electoral constituency,” he said. Nitish said that in the wake of atmospherics in the country, which had been vitiated by attacks and statements of ruling BJP leaders or affiliated organisations, the nation wants a strong opposition and all eyes were on Bihar. “This election undoubtedly will have ripple effects at the national level,” he said, without elaborating if there will be realignment of forces at Centre. Lalu was more blatant, saying since Nitish will be busy with governance, he will work to demolish the Modi government. On his nationwide stir, Lalu said he will unite farmers, labourers and the deprived sections “who have been chased out of Bihar,” to uproot the communal Modi government.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Analysts also say that the election will have an impact on Modi’s persona. This was supposed to be his (Modi’s) election; one more triumph in his supposedly uninterrupted march to victory which would have given him further fillip to mould himself into the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s style of functioning. He threw himself heart and soul against the Mahagathbandhan’s chief ministerial candidate, Nitish Kumar. For Modi, the NDA’s defeat would mean Nitish Kumar emerging as a challenger to take him on in the national arena, the central leadership’s elbow room to pursue its economic agenda narrowing down and political rivals saying that the Modi wave has lost momentum. After Delhi, this is the second electoral defeat in a row for the BJP. In Bihar, unlike in Delhi, the fight was directly between Modi and Nitish Kumar in the absence of a state leader being projected as chief ministerial candidate. Observers believe that these elections have given a readymade leader to confront Modi in next Lok Sabha polls and perhaps a new national leader has emerged in Nitish Kumar. For the Congress, Nitish Kumar’s emergence in the national scene is a double-edged sword. With Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi still being an unacceptable face for the middle and aspiring class, to take on Modi, Nitish could emerge as a formidable leader in a front against NDA, in case the government further fails in achieving its economic goals by next year. The middle class could have more traction with the JD-U leader than with young Gandhi or Lalu. Besides having to face a more belligerent Opposition in Parliament, the government loses hopes of a more bipartisan Rajya Sabha where legislations have faced the numerical hurdle. Even as Modi took on Nitish Kumar right from questioning his DNA to attacking him and Lalu over religion-based reservation, people at the grass roots appreciated the chief minister’s development model, rejecting the diatribe against him as well as the politics of polarisation. Congress would now be keen to replicate the Bihar experiment nationally, returning to its 2003 Shimla Sankalap, which it had dumped at the Jaipur brainstorming session in 2013. Sankalap talks about forming alliances with like-minded parties to combat communalism. Alternatively, the Third Front may also be rejuvenated once again and it would pose a much bigger challenge to the BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections. The BJP had won just over 30% of votes in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and a ‘Mahagathbandhan’ at the Centre might turn out to be a bomb that no amount of electoral engineering by Amit Shah could prevent from exploding on the party’s prospects. In Delhi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also said the message of polls was well beyond Bihar’s borders. He said the poll results sent a loud and clear message to Modi, BJP and RSS that they cannot win elections by dividing the country and making Hindus and Muslims fight. “We shall show them in the coming months that this country is not of any one religion or one caste but it belongs to all,” he said, vowing to demolish the arrogance of Modi in the coming days. His advice to Modi was that he’d better stop giving promises and speeches and start working as the country is at standstill for the last one year because of his inaction. “Your car is not starting. Start it and step on the accelerator or else the people will pull you out of the car,” he said, telling the PM to stop the foreign travel mania and talk to the farmers and the youth whom he had given promises that remain unfulfilled. He, however, steered clear of questions on whether Congress would enter into alliances in other states headed for elections as in Bihar. He also declined to comment on whether his party would participate in the new government under Nitish Kumar.

Bihar assembly election 2015: Fight between development and desperation, says BJP

The result of this elections will decide whether the Narendra Modi factor is still working for the BJP or following a year-and-a-half of his tenure, if his charisma is fading.

The Bharatiya Janata Party seems to be sure of winning the Bihar assembly elections 2015 as counting of votes began on Sunday. After the early trends were in favour of the BJP, it has changed sides marginally towards the Grand Alliance.BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told Zee, “Big day, fight between two ‘D’s today- Development & second D-desperation for existence.”“I am sure for the benefit of Bihar, benefit of the nation, development would be victorious because Bihar has to march ahead,” he added.The result of this elections will decide whether the Narendra Modi factor is still working for the BJP or following a year-and-a-half of his tenure, if his charisma is fading.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If the NDA manages to win Amit Shah will certainly be number two in the BJP while the loss for Mahagathbandhan will mean a tough time for the Congress and RJD in Bihar.

Saudi hand-chopping incident: No exit visa for Indian maid if ‘assault’ is mentioned

As per Saudi rules, the exit visa is granted by the employer or the sponsor.

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After her hands were chopped off by her employer in Saudi Arabia last month, Tamil Nadu’s Munirathinam Kasthuri is now finding it difficult to leave the country and return to India. Her sponsor is refusing to give an exit visa if the case of assault if not withdrawn.Kasthuri’s hand was cut off after she had complained about poor work condition. Now she is trying to return to her village but in order to do so India must meet her employer’s condition that the mention of assault must be removed while giving her an exit visa, reported Hindustan Times. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per Saudi rules, the exit visa is granted by the employer or the sponsor. After the incident came to light, the Indian embassy in Riyadh has lodged a complaint with the Saudi foreign ministry.According to Hindustan Times’ sources, Saudi authorities are not ready to admit that the employer had brutally chopped Kasthuri’s hand and instead want to imply that it was a result of an accident after Kasthuri “jumped off from the house”.However, sources told HT that India was not ready to withdraw the case and was in talks with Saudi Arabia to resolve it.In September, a Saudi diplomat was booked for allegedly raping two Nepali women. The women, aged around 30, have alleged that they were abducted and raped by the diplomat repeatedly in a flat here, on the outskirts of Delhi. Saudi Arabia refused to withdraw his diplomatic immunity.Also read- Modern slavery: Understanding the situation of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia

Ghulam Ali cancels concerts in India; refuses to perform till bilateral issues are resolved

After his concert in Mumbai was forcibly cancelled by Shiv Sena last month, Pakistani Ghazal singer Ghulam Ali will not perform in India till bilateral issues are resolved.

After his concert in Mumbai was forcibly cancelled by Shiv Sena last month, Pakistani Ghazal singer Ghulam Ali will not perform in India till bilateral issues are resolved. According to CNN-IBN, Ali is hurt by the politics being played over his concerts and said that he will not be performing in India till the time the issues between the countries are resolved.All his concerts scheduled, including the one in Delhi on December 3 and in Lucknow on November 25, have been cancelled.On October 9, Ali was scheduled to perform at Mumbai’s Shanmukhananda Hall but the organisers cancelled the show after a meeting with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. The party threatened to disrupt the concert, warning that no artiste from Pakistan will be allowed to perform in the city till terror emanating from across the border is stopped. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Post this incident, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal Chief Minister invited Ghulam Ali to perform in their states. Following this, it was announced by AAP that the concert will be held on November 8 in the national capital. Also read: Shiv Sena’s antics over Ghulam Ali leave a discordant note in the world of artRecently, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his government will ensure full-proof security to the ghazal maestro if he still wishes to perform in the city.”We will not hesitate to put behind bars and prosecute anybody, even somebody from our party or our friends (referring to Shiv Sena) who breaks the law. When Ghulam Ali ji was to perform in Mumbai, we had announced full security for him. But before we could formally communicate with them, they decided to back out,” Fadnavis said.Meanwhile, appreciating the decision taken by Ghulam Ali, Censor board member Ashok Pandit has appreciate the move. “Ghulam Ali has taken the right decision. I appreciate this decision. Other artists from Pakistan should also take the lead and decide not to come to India till their country starts behaving well with our soldiers. I appreciate he understands that Pakistan is killing our soldiers. They cannot be using India as an ATM. I have never seen him criticise what Pakistan has been doing,” reports ibnlive.com quoting Pandit.

83-year-old Jain woman in Tamil Nadu observes ‘santhara’ to end life

In Jainism, santhara is known as a highly regarded practice, that is attained by rejecting all desires of the materialistic world including food and even water gradually.

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After the Supreme Court gave a stay-order on the Rajasthan High Court’s verdict that had categorised the Jain ritual of ‘santhara’ a penal offence, 83 year old Marudevi Ammal opted to observe the ritual where one fasts unto death.It’s been 40 days since Marudevi is observing santhara in a Jain temple in Thensenthamangalam, a remote village in Tiruvannamalai district, reported a leading daily.Elders of the Jain community reportedly said that Marudevi may be the first woman to embrace the ritual in Tamil Nadu.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Jainism, santhara is known as a highly regarded practice, that is attained by rejecting all desires of the materialistic world including food and even water gradually. According to the report, signs of this ancient ritual are available in santhara inscriptions in Tamil Brahmi dating back to 5th century AD, where the death of ascetic Chandranandhi fasted for 57 days till his death in Villupuram. Another mention is in a 10th century AD inscription that details the death of Ilayaparadarar who fasted for 30 days, reported the leading daily.Chennai-based Jain scholar K Ajithadoss was quoted in the report as saying that a few examples were also reported 10 years ago. However, the ritual has vanished and in such light, Marudevi’s vow for Santhara should be seen as reviving this traditional value system which is at the verge of extinction.

Jammu & Kashmir: Four months after suicide, failed student declared passed

Father of deceased 17-year-old J&K boy Adnan Hilal Gilkar calls this a clear case of murder

Adnan Hilal Gilkar

Shock, anger and disbelief has descended upon Jammu and Kashmir after a 17-year-old engineering student, who committed suicide after being marked failed in an examination, was declared successful after re-evaluation, four months after his death. Adnan Hilal Gilkar, who was pursuing a diploma in electrical engineering at Government Polytechnic College, Srinagar, committed suicide on June 18, the day he was declared ‘failed’ in his physics paper by the J&K state board of technical education. Adnan had jumped into the River Jhelum on June 18 after checking his result on the internet, which declared that he had failed his Physics paper. Seemingly depressed, he climbed atop Abdullah Bridge and jumped into the river. Four days later, his body was fished out from Jhelum in the old Srinagar city.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After the re-evaluation process, Adnan has secured around 70 per cent aggregate marks in the first semester of the course. In the subject, in which he was previously failed, he has secured 48 marks contrary to the earlier 28, for which he committed suicide. “It is a clear case of murder. We are completely shattered. My son has always been a bright student all through. He got a distinction in matriculation. He was one of the first 100 students to crack the entrance test for the engineering course. Now, after his death they say he had actually passed the exam and not failed as declared by them earlier,” Hilal Ahmad Gilkar, Adnan’s father, told dna. Gilkar, a guest faculty at Institute of Management and Public Administration (IMPA), said that he had applied for re-evaluation of his Physics paper since Adnan had told him that he had answered all the questions with ease. “After Adnan wrote the paper he told me that he had insisted on a continuation sheet because he needed to write more. He was given a second answer script to write his answers. I went for the re-evaluation and came to know that he had actually got 48 marks and not 28. Insensitivity and callous attitude of the evaluators has cost me my son,” lamented Gilkar. Gilkar has decided not to back down and take legal action against the authorities for callousness. “I will fight for justice. I will highlight this issue and take legal action against the authorities because their follies have claimed an innocent student’s life,” he said. Facing flak, the J&K State Board of Technical Education tried to deflect blame, saying that they just compiled the results. “Our re-evaluation is a fair system of marking. A student having doubt can come and see his answer paper. We get it evaluated from two experts. Some students pass and some fail in the re-evaluation process,” said Nazir Hussain Malik, secretary of the board.

OROP: After military veterans, ex-paramilitary personnel protest at Jantar Mantar

After military veterans, retired paramilitary officials had decided to hold a ‘dharna’ in Delhi on Monday demanding One Rank One Pension (OROP) benefits and other privileges.

OROP protests

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Ex-paramilitary personnel have begun a dharna at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Monday, demanding One Rank One Pension (OROP) under the ex-servicemen category, said India Today. After military veterans, retired paramilitary officials had decided to hold a ‘dharna’ in Delhi on Monday demanding One Rank One Pension (OROP) benefits and other privileges under the ex-servicemen category. An association of former officials of forces like CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF and SSB had planned to hold the sit-in at Jantar Mantar for implementation of their demands which they say have been in the waiting for the last over a decade.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Our major demands to the government are the granting of OROP to paramilitary veterans like military personnel, exemption of serving troops from contributory pension scheme and extending full benefits to these forces under the ex-servicemen category.”The ‘dharna’ and protest began at 10 am on Monday at Jantar Mantar. The association has already sent a memorandum to the government in this regard and failing to get any reply they have decided to begin the protest here. “The country cannot sleep peacefully even for a day without the paramilitary forces. There is no proper rehabilitation ensured for these forces.We need the support of the government and public in bettering the lives of these men and women who are on job 24×7 in hard working conditions,” national general secretary of the All India Central Paramilitary Forces and Ex-servicemen Welfare Association PS Nair said, adding the defence and paramilitary forces should be kept on equal footing while granting service benefits.The association claims to have support of a maximum number of state chapters in this regard and has met senior government leadership in this context earlier. The agitators have also demanded that benefits of health care and canteen facilities should be extended to the families of both the serving and retired personnel. “The agitation beginning tomorrow will be held for three-four days and if the government does not listen to us we will begin a large action from March next year,” Nair said.There are about nine lakh personnel serving in these forces working under the Union Home Ministry while there are an equal number of retired personnel and their families in the country.honouring them,” he said.(With PTI inputs)

Kerala: Community comes forward to help schoolboy assaulted by father

The police have now filed non-bailable charges against Muthu Ganesh and three of his accomplices.

The story of the father abusing the mother and children came to light when the ninth standard student told his teachers at the CCM Higher Secondary School at Karikkattoor. Officials from Childline, the Special Branch and the state intelligence wing came to the school with the police who then collected evidence against Muthu Ganesh, reports Malayalam Manorama. Numerous organisations and people have reportedly come forward to help the student and his family. The father is reported to have hidden the boy’s certificates and documents, denying the benefits due to him as a member of the OBC. He is said to be a very good student at school.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The boy’s mother was so badly beaten up that she couldn’t move. She was admitted to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College and is now recovering at home.The report adds that the boy’s father came with a friend and they beat him, his mother and even his grandmother. After their marriage the husband, Muthu Ganesh, started throwing parties with free flowing alcohol and when the family objected, he beat them up. The younger son was taken by him to the toddy shop and forced to drink. When this happened, the mother left with her children. The family has been on the run for the last year even as the father continued to follow and harass them. The police have now filed non-bailable charges against Muthu Ganesh and three of his accomplices.

All you need to know about Karva Chauth

Here’s why women observe Karva Chauth.

Karva Chauth celebration

The festival of Karva Chauth comes once a year and has a very rigorous fast observed by ladies from sunrise till sunset for the long life, happiness and safety of their husbands. Karva Chauth is a very prominent festival of North India and this tradition of keeping fast is seen more in women from this region. For those of you who don’t know, Karva Chauth has many ancient stories associated with it.In the Mahabharata, Arjun once went to the Nilgiris for penance. In the meanwhile, Pandavas faced a lot of trouble. Seeing their adversity, Draupadi pleaded to Lord Krishna for his help and he suggested that she observe this fast. She followed the fast with all rituals and the result was Pandavas were freed of their problems. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The day of Karva Chauth starts with daughter-in-law getting a sargi from her mother-in-law. A sargi is basically a collection of variety of food which the daughter-in-law must have before the sunrise. It contains sweets and fruits along with parathas to be consumed before the sunrise. After sunrise, she is not supposed to have even a drop a water until she sees moon in the night. This day holds a very special importance in a women’s life since it is her way of showing love and respect to her husband. The women get decked up in their ‘laal joda’ (a red colour garment), apply mehendi and dress up elaborately like a bride.In the evening,while breaking the fast, all the women sit in circle and pass around their ‘baya’. The ‘baya’ is a plate full of sweets with a saree given from the woman’s mother to her mother-in-law. The katha of the Karva Chauth is read aloud and after the moon is sighted, the woman prays for her husband’s well-being. The first sip of water and first bite of the food is offered to her by her husband. After the fast is broken, husbands are expected to gift their wives a certain thing as a gesture of goodwill and as appreciation for the pains they took.In the north India where this day is no less than Diwali, you have markets flooded with all items related to Karva Chauth and its preparations. Women pamper themselves a day prior to this big day and make sure they look their best on their special day. One of the major reasons, why this Karva Chauth became such an important and famous amongst us, is Bollywood. Many Bollywood movies have shown the Karva Chauth sequence thanks to the Johars, Chopras, Bhansalis and Barjatyas.Some useful tips for ladies who couldn’t keep fast this year but plan to next year– Avoid eating fried food like samosa in the morning before you start your fasting. This might make you nauseous.- Eat lots of fruits like sweet limes, oranges, apricots, dates and figs which will keep you hydrated- Eat yoghurt. It helps a lot.- Avoid having coffee or tea. You might need your gelusil after this.

Sheena Bora Muder case: Indrani Mukerjea not suffering from dengue

After hospitalisation, her platelet level has improved considerably, Lahane said, adding that a dip in platelet level may occur sometimes due to fever and not necessarily dengue.

Doctors attending to Indrani Mukerjea -prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case–at the JJ Hospital on Thursday said that she has not contracted dengue.The 43-year-old former media executive was brought to the state-run facility from Byculla Women’s prison yesterday after her platelet levels dropped.Hospital Dean T P Lahane told PTI that though Indrani’s platelet count has dipped, she has not been diagnosed with dengue.Her tests (for dengue) are negative, he said.After hospitalisation, her platelet level has improved considerably, Lahane said, adding that a dip in platelet level may occur sometimes due to fever and not necessarily dengue.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lahane said a decision on Indrani’s discharge will be taken this evening by doctors treating her after proper medical examination and her platelet count check.Indrani is said to have been suffering from fever and body ache for almost a week.Yesterday, prison authorities had informed a magistrate court here that Indrani was suspected to have dengue as her platelet count went down to 65,000.Magistrate R V Adone had directed the prison authorities to produce Indrani (yesterday) in view of the application made by CBI seeking her voice samples.Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyamvar Rai are in judicial custody. The three are accused of killing her 24-year-old daughter Sheena and disposing of the body in a forest in April 2012.On October 2, Indrani was taken to J J Hospital from Byculla womens’ prison in an unconscious state, fuelling speculation that she had overdosed on anti-depressant drugs.But the probe by Inspector General (prisons) ruled out the possibility of drug overdose, poisoning or suicide bid, and concluded that she had collapsed only because of weakness.

RK Pachauri case: Delhi HC allows woman’s plea to remove her name from petition

The court, however, declined her plea for early hearing of the matter, saying there was no urgency and it will be heard on the date already fixed, December 3.
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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed a plea by a woman, who has accused TERI Director General R K Pachauri of sexual harassment, seeking removal of her name from a petition seeking cancellation of the anticipatory bail granted to him. Justice S P Garg said the woman be now referred to as ‘Ms X’ in the proceedings pending before him.The court, however, declined her plea for early hearing of the matter, saying there was no urgency and it will be heard on the date already fixed, December 3.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The application of the woman was filed before the court which was hearing her plea for cancelling the anticipatory bail granted to Pachauri by a lower court on March 21. The 29-year-old female research analyst has alleged in her plea that “free and fair investigation” cannot be carried out if he was “allowed to roam around freely”.Countering this contention, the TERI chief had said there was “nothing on record to suggest that free and fair probe is not possible in the present case”. On March 21, Pachauri was granted anticipatory bail by the trial court which had rejected the police request for his custody in the case. On February 13, an FIR was registered against Pachauri on charges of sexual harassment under IPC sections 354, 354(a), 354(d) (molestation) and 506 (criminal intimidation).Pachauri, who is currently on leave from TERI, has requested a modification of an earlier court order and permission to resume work from the office premises. After the sexual harassment complaint, Pachauri had stepped down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in February and proceeded on leave from TERI.

Zuckerberg’s thoughts on ‘mistakes’ will make you rethink your career

In India for a town hall style meeting in Delhi, Mark Zuckerberg has been more than a crowd pleaser.

Mark Zuckerberg speaking at an earlier conference
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In India for a town hall style meeting in Delhi, Mark Zuckerberg has been more than a crowd pleaser. After speaking about how glad he is that an overwhelming number of people have been able to tell their family and friends that they are safe via facebook after the recent earthquake, he began taking questions from audiences. On the subject of making mistakes, Zuckerberg said that,”when we are working on something important like connecting people with each other, their friends and families. People are more forgiving of your mistakes…”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Zuckerberg said he did not no much about business when he began, “I didn’t know anything bout business ot hiring. Noone is born with these skills. You learn about these things like everything else – trial and error”.Also Read: 10 inspiring quotes from Mark Zuckerberg’s townhall at IIT-DelhiWatch him answering the question:Zuckerbergn the subject of making mistakes, o
Mark Zuckerberg talks about making mistakes during his Delhi Town Hall Q & A
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What seems to be his mantra is “You do it, dont be too afraid to make mistakes and if you do make mistakes you recover and you keep going”

Mark Zuckerberg’s townhall in Delhi: Here’s some questions we don’t think he’ll be answering

Mark Zuckerberg could walk on the streets in India and many people may not even recognise the t-shirt-clad young CEO. But there will be very few people who don’t recognise the blue-and-white logo of his creation – Facebook.

There are over 130 million Facebook users in India alone, which is much more than several other countries in the world. Which is what brings Zuckerberg to India to address a townhall in IIT Delhi on Wednesday afternoon. And he can expect to face a barrage of questions ranging from how he started it all to the contentious internet.org.

I’m heading to India and I’ll be hosting our next Townhall Q&A in Delhi on Wednesday, October 28 at 12pm IST (11:30pm…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, October 15, 2015

His post announcing the townhall already has thousands of questions: some serious, others about technology and some that just aim to troll him. And while Zuckerberg will be busy explaining how he plans to power Facebook in rural India and when the Dislike button will be active, we have a list of important questions as well, with tongue firmly in cheek.

Can Facebook introduce a creep filter that automatically block anyone who used key words like ‘Fraandship’ and ‘gr8 pic dr? It would save women the bother of opening such messages in the  ‘other’ folder in their inbox.

Can Candy Crush and Criminal case requests unleashed on unsuspecting friends be banned? In fact, the only thing we want to crush on seeing such game requests is someone’s internet access (or head.)

Can there be a limit to the number of duck-face selfies one uploads a day?

Will you ever come between anyone and the camera again? After being unceremoniously moved from between the camera and Narendra Modi, has the Facebook chief learned his lesson?

Ceasefire violation: Pakistan targets 30 border posts in Jammu & Kashmir, five civilians injured

After over a month-long lull, Pakistani troops on Friday night resumed ceasefire violations along the international border.

Jammu: Villagers showing mortar shells fired from across the border by Pakistan in a village of Sadoh, Samba district, on Sunday.

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At least five civilians were injured in overnight ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba and Kathua district.Pakistani troops targeted 30 border posts during the heavy shelling that still continues at some places.According to reports, Pakistan Rangers used 82 mm mortars and heavy machine guns. The Border Security Force (BSF) strongly retaliated, resulting in a heavy exchange of fire. Several houses and shops have been damaged in the shelling.Speaking to ANI, local from Kathua said, “Neither us nor our children have slept for the last 3 days, we are scared.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After over a month-long lull, Pakistani troops on Friday night resumed ceasefire violations along the international border.The ceasefire violations, which had become routine, had stopped after the Director General (DG)-level talks between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers on September 12.Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire 17 times in September 2015. On September 5, an army jawan was injured as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district.On August 28, three civilians, including two women, were killed and 17 were injured as Pakistani troops pounded border areas of Jammu with heavy shelling and firing.

This WhatsApp group has a JOSH for change

JOSH members contribute Rs 500 per month which is used for various social projects.

Joy of Serving Humanity (JOSH), a WhatsApp group started by Pune’s Smita Chelamchela, is an initiative to use technology to touch the lives of others. The group, which started with 5 members, has now grown to 45, with people from different backgrounds coming together for a common cause. JOSH members contribute Rs 500 per month which is used for various social projects. “After I came back to India from USA, I started a group that included mothers of my kids’ schoolmates. We conducted various social programs in Mumbai. I moved to Pune a year back and started the same concept which is now growing on a larger scale. The money that we collect each month is put to use in helping individuals, NGOs, orphanages and old age homes,” said Chelamchela. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apart from Pune, JOSH consists of members from other cities in India and a few NRIs residing in different countries. “The ground work is done in Pune as a majority of our participants are here. We do a background check of those interested in joining the group before adding them,” she says. JOSH is currently working on three major projects – an initiative for farmers in drought-struck areas of Maharashtra, an initiative to support a learning centre for the underprivileged and helping various NGOS across the city. Read the full article here. For more hyperlocal stories visit iamin.in

1 civilian killed after Pakistan Rangers violate ceasefire along International Border in Jammu

The ceasefire violations, which had become a routine, had stopped after the Director General (DG)-level talks between BSF and Pakistan Rangers on September 12.

After over a month-long lull, Pakistani troops on Friday violated the ceasefire along the International Border in Jammu region, killing one civilian and injuring two others.”At about 1705 hours, Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked firing, targeting BSF Naka mound and civil Labourer in the Samba sector, who were carrying out construction work of culvert well inside the Indian territory,” a BSF spokesman said.The BSF gave a befitting reply to the Pakistani firing, he said, adding the exchange of fire stopped at 1730 hours. As per initial reports, three civilians working on the construction of the culvert received bullet injuries, the BSF spokesman said. Police said one of the injured died on way to the hospital where the other injured were undergoing treatment.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”One of the injured has succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital. The other injured are undergoing treatment at district hospital Samba. We are yet to ascertain the identity of the deceased,” SSP Samba Joginder Singh told PTI.Today’s ceasefire violation from the Pakistani side came after a lull of more than a month. The ceasefire violations, which had become a routine, had stopped after the Director General (DG)-level talks between BSF and Pakistan Rangers on September 12.

Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya booked for molestation at Durga Puja pandal in Mumbai

The incident happened at the Lokhandwala Durga Puja pandal of which Abhijeet was one of the organisers and the victim had come there to watch singer Kailash Kher’s performance.

A woman has accused controversial singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya of abusing and molesting her following which an FIR was slapped against him late Thursday night at the Oshiwara police station.The incident happened at the Lokhandwala Durga Puja pandal of which Abhijeet was one of the organisers and the victim had come there to watch singer Kailash Kher’s performance.Due to overcrowding she had to leave her seat and stand up to watch the show, which is when she felt Abhijeet touching her inappropriately. After she vociferously objected to his misconduct and asked to be taken to the officials to complaint, the singer threatened her of ‘consequences’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, an FIR has been lodged against Abhijeet under Section 354 A (Molestation) 506 & 34 of the IPC.

Foreigners use tattoos to express affection for Hinduism

Faith engraved: Delhi tattoo artist says Lord Shiva, Ganesha and Hanuman most popular among tourists

A tattoo artist at work in New Delhi on Monday
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Matthew Gordon, the Australian tourist who along with his girlfriend, was allegedly harassed at a restaurant in Bengaluru by right-wing elements who objected to a tattoo of a Hindu goddess on the man’s leg, is hardly the only tourist to have a Hindu deity tattooed on his person. Lokesh Verma, founder, Devil’z Tattoo, one of New Delhi’s most popular tattoo chains, said that his studios receive plenty of travellers, who want religious tattoos to “express affection or pay tribute to Hinduism”.”Many wan tattoos on their shin or some part of their lower body, as they already have tattoos on their upper body,” said Verma. “We have to advise them that it could be a problem in India, as the lower body isn’t seen as sacred. I don’t agree with it personally, and I think people should be able to decide for themselves, as a tattoo is a strong expression of your beliefs.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India is not the only place where the what one has inked where could land one in trouble. Verma describes how a friend of his with Buddha tattooed on his back almost got beaten up on a beach near Colombo.”Foreigners agree to conform, as all they want to do is pay tribute in the best manner possible,” adds Verma. Gordon too expressed the same sentiment in a Facebook post after the incident, where he claimed to have got Yellamma and Ganesha tattoos because of his respect for Hinduism.Foreigners with a penchant for the exotic apart, plenty of Indians go in for such tattoos, albeit on the upper body. “After family, religion is the most common basis for a tattoo. Half of the tattoos we make are of gods,” says Verma, adding that the trend started almost a decade ago when Sanjay Dutt got a Shiva tattoo, and most Indian men followed suit. “Shiva is the coolest. Else it’s Ganesha, Hanuman, Om, shlokas or mantras.”The reasons are plenty; some kids see it as a compromise with parents who would disapprove other tattoos, some follow celebrities, some want to express strong religious beliefs, sometimes, very strong ones. “After the Uttarakhand floods, these college educated twenty somethings were got inked in my studio, with religious tattoos. They discussed how the floods were caused by a Shiva statue being removed from its designated spot.”

BSNL to allow landline users avail free call benefit on mobile

BSNL mobile subscribers will soon be able to avail free calling benefits offered on their landline phone as the state-run firm is going to roll out a convergence platform that will sync subscribers’ mobile and fixed line connections.

BSNL mobile subscribers will soon be able to avail free calling benefits offered on their landline phone as the state-run firm is going to roll out a convergence platform that will sync subscribers’ mobile and fixed line connections.”We are in the process of rolling out fix mobile convergence platform by Diwali. This will enable consumers avail value added service in mobile phones, make free night calls from mobile phones if they have subscribed to landline and host of other modern facilities,” BSNL Chairman and MD Anupam Shrivastava said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said that with this roll out, consumers will be able to link their mobile and landline accounts.”The sync between the two accounts will be such that it will enable our subscribers receive their landline calls on mobile phones,” Shrivastava said.BSNL has invested over Rs 400 crore to modernise its landlines.The company slipped to sixth position in terms of overall subscriber base in April. At the end of August, BSNL’s total subscriber base was around 7.8 crore. After a long period, BSNL in July and August 2015 ranked among top five mobile players in terms of net addition of monthly subscribers.BSNL, however, has been losing customers in landline space despite offering free night calls from landline to any phone in India.”We have been able to arrest decline rate in landline connections. In a few months and with launch of fix mobile convergence, our landline should turn positive. We have already turned gainer for mobile subscribers under mobile number portability scheme,” Shrivastava said.The company has launched free roaming scheme which enables its subscribers to attend free incoming calls while travelling anywhere in the country at no extra cost.”Free roaming scheme has become one of the major growth drivers for uptake in mobile subscriber number,” Shrivastava added.The company is also in the process to tie up with Hitachi’s ATM business unit which will allow its landline customers, who pay bill offline, to make payment anytime during the day.”Many landline users still pay bill at our counter. The counters are open for limited time and between peak office hours i.e. 10am – 2pm. We are partnering with Hitachi. It will install ATM at our premise which will also accept cash.BSNL customers will be able to pay their bills at this ATM as per their convenience,” Shrivastava said.He said that Hitachi ATM machines will be rolled out initially in small cities around March 2016.BSNL will also get revenue share from each transaction made on ATMs installed in its premise.

Three held in Telangana for cheating ‘Snapdeal’

The trio was using the modus operandi since a year.

Three persons were arrested on Saturday for allegedly cheating Snapdeal– an e-commerce company, police said.The accused – Rapalli Mahesh (24), Bandi Yadaswamy (25) and G Ratnakar (23) of Godavarikhani town used to order online some items which included electronic goods, mobiles and sarees etc, Godavarikhani town Inspector D Upender said.”After receiving the items on Cash on Delivery (COD) scheme, they were returning some ‘other’ items to the company by keeping the items supplied alleging that the items supplied to them are duplicate and demanded refund of money,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since the items were returned, the firm was refunding the amount online. The trio was using the modus operandi since a year. A case had been registered under relevant section following a complaint by Snapdeal, he said, adding investigations were underway.

Madhya Pradesh: Students to be allowed to take engineering exams in Hindi

After deciding to make available medical syllabus books in Hindi, the Madhya Pradesh Technical Education Department has decided to conduct examination of engineering papers too in Hindi.

After deciding to make available medical syllabus books in Hindi, the Madhya Pradesh Technical Education Department has decided to conduct examination of engineering papers too in Hindi.The MP Technical Education Department has decided to make papers of engineering in Hindi along with English in technical colleges affiliated to the state’s Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV) from next session, a Public Relations Department official said on Thursday.”Students can write the papers either in English or Hindi as per their choice. This was stated by Higher and Technical Education Minister Umashankar Gupta at a meeting of officers of private universities on Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) at RGPV here on Wednesday,” the official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gupta said the implementation of CBCS in all private universities should be considered and that the government and private universities should share their best practices.He also launched e-thesis/dissertation submission system and directed to upload on website old research papers.RGPV vice-chancellor Piyush Trivedi informed that through CBCS, students will be free to choose courses as per their talent and academic capacities.CBCS maintains coordination of courses with liberalisation and globalisation. It provides mobility to students to continue their studies in any institution throughout the world by transferring their credits.Besides offering choice of courses to students, CBCS also gives autonomy to institutions in selection of courses.They would be free to continue old pattern also. Students of all categories will benefit from this system ensuring open learning atmosphere on the choice of students, he added.

Girl in Andhra Pradesh forced to sit on hot iron slide for urinating in class

A four-year-old girl was allegedly forced by her teacher to sit on an iron playground slide, which had turned burning hot in the mid-day sun, after the toddler urinated inside the class at a private school in Rajahmundry of East Godavari district (Andhra Pradesh), police said on Wednesday.

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A four-year-old girl was allegedly forced by her teacher to sit on an iron playground slide, which had turned burning hot in the mid-day sun, after the toddler urinated inside the class at a private school in Rajahmundry of East Godavari district (Andhra Pradesh), police said on Wednesday.The girl Jwalastri, a student of LKG in the school in Chataparru village, sustained burns on her private parts due to the incident that happened on Tuesday.”Jwalasri’s teacher Anjana Devi punished her for urinating inside classroom by forcing her sit on a hot iron slide at school,” Eluru DSP Sarita said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Her private parts sustained injuries. The girl was then taken to hospital and the issue has been informed to the child authorities as well,” she added.The girl’s parents lodged a complaint against the school principal Dhanalakshmi and teacher Anajan Devi in this connection.Police have registered a case under section 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint). After the incident, the students organisation staged a sit-in protest in front the school demanding action against the teacher.

Bihar Polls: EC directs District Magistrate to probe into sting operation of JDU leader Awadhesh Kushwaha

After the video of Kushwaha’s sting went viral on social media, he resigned from his position saying that the allegations are of serious nature and that he can no longer hold on to the position till he is proven not guilty.

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Election Commission has directed concerned District Magistrate to probe into alleged sting operation involving former Bihar Cabinet Minister Awadhesh Kushwaha. One of the senior JDU leaders, Kushwaha was handling Urban Development and Registration as well as Excise and Prohibition ministry in Bihar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kushwaha told ANI that it was a conspiracy by his political opponents and that he will try to bring out the truth. After the video of Kushwaha’s sting went viral on social media, he resigned from his position saying that the allegations are of serious nature and that he can no longer hold on to the position till he is proven not guilty.JDU president Sharad Yadav said that Kushwaha will no longer be a JDU candidate from Pipra assembly constituency and that another nomination will be filed.BJP leader Giriraj Singh on the other hand said, taking a jibe on the Grand Alliance, “I think the bigger fish couldn’t be trapped, he (Avdhesh Kushwaha) was just a smaller one.”

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Here are some of the must read stories on dna at 6 pm.1) Shiv Sena sets conditions for Kasuri’s book launch: The Shiv Sena on Sunday dared former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri to pay tribute to the Indian soldiers, who died in the recent ceasefire violations, before his book launch in Mumbai.2) 583 candidates in fray in 1st stage of Bihar elections: After high pitch bitter campaigning which saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the rival camps led by Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad holding a string of rallies, the stage is set for voting in 49 seats of Bihar Assembly elections in the first phase of the five-phase poll on Monday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>3) India lose by 5 runs after Dhoni fails to finish: India lost a match they should have won, as MS Dhoni showed once again why he is on a decline. Despite Rohit Sharma’s 150, India could not cross the finish line after his dismissal.4) Turkey sees ISIS hand in Ankara bombings: Initial indications suggest ISIS was responsible for twin bombings in the Turkish capital Ankara and investigations are focusing on the radical Islamist group, two senior Turkish security sources said on Sunday.5) Aching to hear Ghulam Ali’s melodies? Catch his famous songs on FM tonight: After Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s Mumbai concert was cancelled following Shiv Sena’s threat to disrupt to the show, a well known Delhi radio channel is set to pay tribute to him by playing his famous songs.

After Dadri lynching, Muslim students hop back to schools

Fear factor: After lynching incident only one Muslim student turns up for her class

School has 129 students including 32 Muslim students

As Bisara limps its way back to normalcy, teachers of the lower primary school located in the heart of the village await Muslim students who have not attended any classes since Mohamad Akhlaq was lynched by a mob on September 28.The school has classes up to class V and a total of 129 including 32 Muslims. Poonam Chauhan, a teacher here, was teaching the first standard when dna spoke to her. Her class has 5-6 Muslim students who too have remained absent so far.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, students not attending classes is not the only concern for the teachers of this school. Poonam told dna that after the killing of Akhlaq, the schools remained shut for the next few days giving students ample time to be at home.”The moment the children walked in they started discussing things which they must have been hearing at their homes. I literally had to let them play to take their mind off from what they were talking about,” she said. Poonam also told dna that she would be carefully observing behaviour of her students over the next few days and if she finds something distasteful or alarming, the children will be immediately counselled.”Children are innocent and impressionable. Hence I have decided to tread carefully from now on,”she said. “I hope the Muslim students return soon,” she added.Neesha Akhtar was among the five students who attended the classes on Friday for the first time in two weeks. Her teacher Kanchan, told dna that everything was normal in her class but the fact that there was still tension in the village could not be denied. Kanchan believes that the tense environment finds its way into all corners of the area, including the school.”No doubt parents and elders impact children in many ways but every child is different. For instance the fifth standard which I am teaching at the moment are more mature and they can feel the sensitive time that they are living in. Surprisingly they have shown great maturity,” Kanchan said.Sitting across her teacher was Neesha, busy giggling with another girl before being silenced by Kanchan. When asked if the other girl was her friend, Neesha responded, “She is Shalu, my best friend”.