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BSF plane crash: Grieving relatives confront Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh

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A small 20-year-old BSF plane ferrying the force’s technical personnel to Ranchi crashed in Dwarka area on Tuesday and burst into flames just outside IGI airport shortly after take-off.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh extend his condolences to the family members of BSF plane crash victims at Safdarjung airport in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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Tearful relatives of the victims of the BSF plane crash here that killed all 10 occupants confronted Union Minister Rajnath Singh today with a slew of questions including why “old aircraft” were being used and lives of troops put at risk.As Singh and mourning relatives bid adieu to victims amid grief and anger, the Border Security Force(BSF) chief D K Pathak maintained that its crashed Beechcraft Super King was completely “airworthy” and flying “very well” and rejected allegations about any possible defect in the 11-seater aircraft. A small 20-year-old BSF plane ferrying the force’s technical personnel to Ranchi crashed in Dwarka area on Tuesday and burst into flames just outside IGI airport shortly after take-off.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Why are old aircraft being used and lives of troops put at risk?” was one of the questions faced by Singh. A distraught and agitated daughter of Sub-Inspector Rabinder Kumar, who was among the 10 personnel killed in yesterday’s crash, asked Singh and BSF Director General D K Pathak to “address” these issues so that soldiers on the line of duty are not killed in such mishaps. “Jawab dijiye (give me an answer). Why only soldiers get killed in such accidents and it never happens to VIPs,” she asked as soon as Singh began meeting the families after paying tributes and placing floral wreaths on mortal remains of the victims.A composed and moist-eyed Home Minister consoled the young woman and assured that their grievances would be looked into as he said he would review each and every aspect that they have underlined. The silence of the foggy and wintry morning at the airstrip was broken when the family members, one by one, started wailing, and their screams rent the sombre air. The next of kin of other personnel who had come to pay their respects to their near and dear ones at the BSF hangar at Safdarjung airport here had more or less the same grievances and stories to tell.”My son-in-law told me that the planes in the BSF air wing are getting old and new ones are expected in sometime. I don’t know when will these new aircraft come but surely he will not be there to see them,” said the father-in-law of the co-pilot Rajesh Shivrain. The family members of another personnel said they were being told that the BSF fleet is growing old and new acquisition is stuck in “red tape”.”This is worrying, for us and everyone who is associated with this wing. We just want that a soldier’s life should not be put at stake by using old machines,” a family member of Assistant SI D P Chauhan said. BSF Director General D K Pathak said the ill-fated aircraft was 20 years old and in the aviation (domain) an aircraft has life till 40-45 years.He said the main probe into the crash is being done by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and that it would be “premature” to speculate on the possible reasons for the mishap. The BSF Chief said the plane B-200, registered as VT-BSA, was flying about 3-4 days in a week. “As I said, this aircraft has been flying very well…it had been flying three to four days in a week and there was absolutely no problem. Whenever any kind of a snag is reported it is promptly attended to and aircraft is not made airborne until it is certified by the technicians that it is worthy to fly,” he said.

Madhya Pradesh: Rs 7 lakh cash under bed, five iphones, 20 foreign watches found in clerk’s house

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Acting on a tip-off, sleuths of Lokayukta Police raided the house of Narendra Gangwal and recovered jewellery, foreign watches, five Iphones.

Lokayukta Police on Saturday raided the residence of an Assistant Grade-II clerk, posted at the Collectorate office here, and unearthed huge amount of wealth, including assets over Rs 60 lakh and Rs 7 lakh cash, highly disproportionate to his known sources of income.Acting on a tip-off, sleuths of Lokayukta Police raided the house of Narendra Gangwal and recovered jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh, papers of land worth Rs 55 lakh, 20 foreign watches, five Iphones and details of a bank locker (documents), beside Rs 7 lakh cash that was hidden beneath a bed, Lokayukta Inspector Basant Shrivastava said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raids were also conducted simultaneously at his residence in Neemuch and Mandsaur districts.Shrivastava said sleuths conducted the raid at a time when Gangwal was planning to leave for Goa on a vacation. He had also taken loan from various banks, amounting to Rs 10 lakh.Two kgs silver and 250 gram gold ornaments were recovered from the bank locker, the officer said, adding that Gangwal also owned a car.In Mandaur, team of Lokayukta Police recovered ornaments worth Rs 10 lakh and documents related to bank accounts and a locker, which will be opened later.Further investigations in the matter are on, he added.

ACB unearths assets worth several crores amassed by 2 Andhra Pradesh babus

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In a statement issued in Hyderabad, the anti-graft agency said that searches were conducted at the office and residential premises of G Suseela, Tahsildar, Sangam Mandal in Nellore district today.
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The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday claimed to have unearthed assets worth crores of rupees amassed by two government officials through illegal means, in two separate cases. One of the officials has been arrested, the ACB said.In a statement issued in Hyderabad, the anti-graft agency said that searches were conducted at the office and residential premises of G Suseela, Tahsildar, Sangam Mandal in Nellore district today.”The searches resulted in unearthing of immovable assets of two houses at Bangalore, four houses in Nellore, 25 acres of land at Chegerla Nellore district and five plots at various places worth about Rs 2 crore,” it said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The officer has been arrested and will be produced before the ACB court, Nellore, the release added.In another case, the ACB conducted searches at the houses of D Ravikumar, Assistant Executive Engineer, Quality and Control, Panchayat Raj Department in Visakhapatnam, and his relatives. The searches were conducted on the tip-off that Ravikumar allegedly possessed disproportionate assets to his known sources of income, an official release said. Total assets, whose market value is about Rs 6 crore have been found, it added.

Osmania University beef festival: Eight organisers detained, BJP MLA who threatened to kill arrested

Eight organisers of the controversial ‘beef festival’ on Osmania University campus were detained while BJP MLA T Raja Singh, who was opposing the the event, was arrested in Hyderabad this morning, police said.

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Eight organisers of the controversial ‘beef festival’ on Osmania University campus were detained while BJP MLA T Raja Singh, who was opposing the the event, was arrested in Hyderabad this morning, police said.A ‘curfew-like’ situation prevailed on the campus with heavy police security being deployed to prevent any untoward incident.A students’ group had earlier declared that it would hold a ‘beef festival’ on the campus on Thursday, coinciding with the World Human Rights Day, while another group also announced its plan to organise a ‘pork festival’ the same day, which raised the possibility of confrontation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We detained last night eight key members of the group which announced the beef festival today. As per court order, we will not allow any festivals on the Osmania University campus,” a police official told PTI. Assistant Commissioner of Police K Ram Bhupal Rao told PTI that they arrested BJP MLA from Goshamahal, T Raja Singh, as a preventive measure to maintain law and order.Related Read: Telangana BJP MLA Raja Singh Lodh says ready to kill people for eating beef, threatens Dadri-like incidentThe legislator had vowed to stop the ‘beef festival’ and also announced that he along with other groups would perform a “Gau Puja” (cow worship) on Thursday. Earlier, he had also shown willingness to kill whoever consumes beef. A city civil court had passed the status quo order three days back, which amounts to staying the holding of the festivals, on a petition filed by an advocate.The petition contended that these events are in violation of Cruelty Towards Animal Act and Cow Slaughter Act, and hurt the religious sentiments of the people. Large scale violence was witnessed when beef festival was organised on the campus by a section of students in 2011, 2012 and 2014, said the petition.On the University premises, police imposed restrictions on movement of people and vehicles. Barricades were put up at all the vantage points of the institution and heavy police security was deployed. Police did not allow even regular morning walkers in the university on Thursday. Osmania University, one of the oldest educational institutions of higher learning, has already clarified that activities unrelated to academics, including ‘beef festival’, ‘pork festival’ and ‘gau-puja’ would not be permitted on the campus.

Eight Indian fishermen arrested for poaching in Sri Lankan waters

Colombo/Rameswaram: Eight Indian fishermen were arrested on Sunday by Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly poaching in the country’s waters, the sixth such incident this month.

The fishermen were arrested along with their two trawlers this morning for fishing in the waters near the Delft islet in Jaffna, a Sri Lankan Navy official said.

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They have been handed over to the Fisheries and Aquatic Department officials in Karainagar in Jaffna, the official added.

The fishermen were almost near the Lankan coast when they were arrested, Rameswaram Assistant Director of Fisheries Gopinath said, adding that while four fishermen hail from Rameswaram, the rest are from Pudukottai.

On November 26, Lankan navy personnel arrested 15 Tamil Nadu fishermen on charges of allegedly violating the International Maritime Boundary Line.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi the same day seeking his intervention for release of fishermen arrested by the Lankan Navy and seized boats, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had said with the arrests continuing ‘unabated,’ it has created a sense of fear and unrest among the community.

The Navy had arrested 34 fishermen on different occasions earlier this month on charges of poaching in Lankan waters.

Today’s arrests followed the release of all 126 Indian fishermen last week who were in Sri Lankan custody for poaching in the country’s territorial waters.

Sri Lankan government says it is planning to introduce a new legislation to confiscate equipment of Indian fishermen poaching in the country’s waters.

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Bengaluru: Woman raped in Cubbon Park; 2 security guards arrested

A 35-year-old woman was allegedly raped by two security guards at the famous Cubbon Park on Wednesday night, police said on Thursday.

A 35-year-old woman was allegedly raped by two security guards at the famous Cubbon Park on Wednesday night, police said on Thursday.Police said they have arrested both the security guards in connection with the incident.The woman hailing from Tumkuru had come to the city to take membership in a tennis club functioning at the sprawling Cubbon Park when the incident occurred, they said.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Sandeep Patil said “The incident came to light when an Assistant Sub-Inspector who was on rounds noticed the woman sitting near Siddalingaiah Circle around 2.30 AM and questioned her.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said, “Immediately she was brought to the Cubbon Park Police Station and a detailed statement taken from her.” The woman had come to the club late afternoon. Though some workers told her there was none in the club and asked her to come today, she decided to stay back near by.At about 9:30 PM noticing her alone in the park two security guards approached her, the DCP said.When she asked them to help her make her exit from the park as she did not know the way, the guards under the pretext of helping her had taken her to a secluded place and allegedly raped her.Patil said, “A case has been registered. Guards have been detained, detailed investigation is going on and medical examination of victim and two accused is also being done.”He said a case has been booked under Indian Penal Code section 376 (punishment for rape).

New twist to Dalit children murder case, forensic reports contradicts victims claims

The spot examination revealed “no traces of outside entry into the premises when the alleged attack took place,” says the report submitted to the CBI, according to a media report.

Two children had died and their parents were badly burnt in the incident in Sunped in Faridabad with allegations that some upper caste people were behind it.

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In a new twist to the burning of a Dalit family in Faridabad days back, forensic experts of Haryana are understood to have concluded that the fire started from inside their house and not outside as claimed by the victims. The Haryana forensic team has submitted its report to the CBI, whose sleuths along with the investigating agency’s own forensic experts visited the crime site yesterday, a day after taking over the case from the state police. Two children had died and their parents were badly burnt in the incident in Sunped in Faridabad on October 20 with allegations that some upper caste people were behind it. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The team of Haryana experts has reportedly found a half-burnt kerosene oil plastic bottle under the partially burnt bed and a burnt match stick lying on a slab next to the window of the room. The spot examination revealed “no traces of outside entry into the premises when the alleged attack took place,” says the report submitted to the CBI, according to a media report. The team of experts included Director, Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and Assistant Directors of the Physics and Chemistry divisions of the FSL, Karnal. However, none of the experts came on record and refused to make any statement.The reported contention of the forensic report raises questions over the allegation by Jitender, who had said that his house was set on fire by a group of upper caste men from outside. His four-year-old son Vaibhav and eight-month-old daughter Divya had died due to burn injuries suffered in the incident while he and his wife Rekha were injured.A First Information Report (FIR) was registered against 11 people on charges of murder, voluntarily causing hurt, rioting with deadly weapon and under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. All the 11 people have been arrested.Haryana Police, in its initial investigation, had said that the attack was linked to a clash on October 5, 2014, in Sunped in which three upper caste people were killed. When asked to comment on this, Cabinet Minister Capt Abhimanyu said mere said, “The CBI is working on the case…let the probe agency do its examination.”

As Geeta returns home, India issues visa to girl from Pakistan for transplant operation

Dubai: In a humanitarian gesture, India has issued a visa to a five-year-old girl from Pakistan suffering from chronic liver disease to undergo a transplant operation in the country.

Basma Mohammad Faisal is currently admitted in Royal Hospital in Oman and is scheduled to undergo a liver transplant operation at the Global Health City in Chennai.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Wednesday, “We have issued a visa for Basma’s surgery in India. We wish her a speedy recovery.”

“She has become very weak, as she has not taken food for many days. We’ll fly to India once the doctors give her the fit-for-flying certificate. Right now, she is being fed directly into her bloodstream through a drip IV lodged in her vein,” her father Mohammad Faisal Raza said.

A spokesperson at the Global Hospital said that hospital staff has been in touch with the family to plan their travel to India.

“Our liver transplant team has already gone through the reports for the patient sent from Oman. The child has a cirrhotic liver with high serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). With the background problem of chronic liver disease, along with biliary system issues, it is essential for Basma to undergo a liver transplant operation,” said Syed Zia Akhtar, Assistant Manager-International Patients Assistance Center, Global Health City.

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Dalit children burnt alive: Upper castes hold mahapanchayat, accuse authorities of bias

The upper caste members demanded that the seven arrested persons be released till the probe is completed.

The upper caste families said that the government is siding with the Dalits “just because they are Dalits”. (File photo of the dead toddlers)

Decrying the arrests in the Dalit children burning case, a ‘mahapanchayat’ held here by upper castes on Sunday accused the authorities of bias and “bowing to the pressure of caste politics”. The meeting attended by members from different associations of Kshatriyas, Brahmins and Rajputs claimed that the case was not about “inter-caste fight” but was a “feud between two families”. The upper caste members demanded that the seven arrested persons be released till the probe is completed. The meeting also asked the authorities to first complete the investigation into the earlier killing of three persons from the family of the accused allegedly by relatives of Jitender, father of the deceased children.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two-and-a-half-years-old Vaibhav and 11-month-old Divya had died after their assailants allegedly poured petrol through one of the windows of their house in Sanped village here on the intervening night of October 19-20. While the children perished in the blaze allegedly set off by some upper caste people who had a running feud with the Dalit family, their parents suffered severe injuries in the attack.The mahapanchayat also voiced for a compensation for the accused family as “the family is not left with any source of income and is in a difficult financial condition”. Accusing the establishment of “bowing down to the pressure of caste politics”, the upper caste families said that the government is siding with the Dalits “just because they are Dalits”. “While the Dalits are united in terms of following the call of their leaders, the upper castes are divided within their self made limits,” they said. The families also requested the authorities to shift the accused from Bhondsi prison to Neemka, so that their family members can meet them more frequently. Deepak Gaur, member Akhil Bhartiya Brahmin Sabha said that they would come out with a rally soon if their demands are not heeded to.Meanwhile, the women members from the accused family also met Assistant Commissioner of Police Vishnu Dayal today and asked for a detailed and unbiased probe into the case.CORR

Pakistan wants better bilateral relations but India’s response ‘discouraging’: Sharif

Washington, DC: Terming the Kashmir issue as the bone of contention between India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said New Delhi’s response to Islamabad’s desire for better bilateral ties has been discouraging.

“New Delhi’s response to the desire of bilateral ties is discouraging,” Geo TV quoted Sharif as saying during his address to the Pakistani diaspora soon after arriving in the US on a four-day official visit.

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Sharif said the Kashmir issue is the bone of contention between the two neighbours and it will have to be resolved for peace and stability in the region.

Earlier in the day, Sharif was received at the Andrews Airforce Base by the Assistant Secretary of State Peter Selfridge and accorded a Guard of Honour by the United States armed forces.

During the visit, the Pakistan Prime Minister will hold discussions on wide-ranging issues of bilateral interest with President Barack Obama on 22 October, Vice President Joe Biden, and various Cabinet members.

Sharif will also interact with members of the US Senate and the House of Representative as well as senior US Government officials.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the US president hoped to strengthen ties between security forces of both countries to counter extremist forces in that region.

“What the President hopes to do is to strengthen the relationship between the two countries based on our shared interest…in countering extremist forces in that region of the world.

“I am confident that the President will come to his meeting with Prime Minister Sharif with some ideas about what more the Pakistanis could do to strengthen the relationship between our two countries and to advance the security interests of our two countries,” he said.

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India’s response to desire for better ties discouraging, says PM Nawaz Sharif

“New Delhi’s response to the desire of bilateral ties is discouraging,” Geo TV quoted Sharif as saying during his address to the Pakistani diaspora soon after arriving in the US on a four-day official visit.

Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, during a meeting with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in Ufa. during the BRICS/SCO Summits – Russia 2015 on July 10, 2015 in Ufa, Russia.

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Terming the Kashmir issue as the bone of contention between India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said New Delhi’s response to Islamabad’s desire for better bilateral ties has been discouraging.”New Delhi’s response to the desire of bilateral ties is discouraging,” Geo TV quoted Sharif as saying during his address to the Pakistani diaspora soon after arriving in the US on a four-day official visit.Sharif said the Kashmir issue is the bone of contention between the two neighbours and it will have to be resolved for peace and stability in the region.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier in the day, Sharif was received at the Andrews Airforce Base by the Assistant Secretary of State Peter Selfridge and accorded a Guard of Honour by the United States armed forces.During the visit, the Pakistan Prime Minister will hold discussions on wide-ranging issues of bilateral interest with President Barack Obama on October 22, Vice President Joe Biden, and various Cabinet members.Sharif will also interact with members of the US Senate and the House of Representative as well as senior US Government officials.White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the US president hoped to strengthen ties between security forces of both countries to counter extremist forces in that region.”What the President hopes to do is to strengthen the relationship between the two countries based on our shared interest…in countering extremist forces in that region of the world.”I am confident that the President will come to his meeting with Prime Minister Sharif with some ideas about what more the Pakistanis could do to strengthen the relationship between our two countries and to advance the security interests of our two countries,” he said.

Tribal woman accuses Tirla Janpad CEO of seeking sexual favours

Talking to reporters, the CEO said he would take legal recourse against the woman for manhandling him. “I will talk to media only after that,” he told reporters

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The Chief Executive Officer of Tirla Janpad in the district was allegedly beaten in his office by a tribal woman, who claimed that the officer sought sexual favours from her, police said. “In her complaint to the police, the woman said she had gone to the CEO Pramod Singh’s office with an application under the Indira Awas Yojna, a social welfare flagship programme of Indian government to provide housing for the rural poor in India,” Ayodhyaprasad Kushwaha, Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of district police station for SC & ST, said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CEO did not sign her application and asked her to come home, she said in the complaint, according to the ASI. The woman then allegedly beat the officer in his chamber. Talking to reporters, the CEO said he would take legal recourse against the woman for manhandling him. “I will talk to media only after that,” he told reporters. Kushwaha said the woman’s complaint had been handed over to the Dhar City Superintendent of Police Vikram Singh for further probe.

CBSE releases UGC-NET June 2015 results, visit www.cbseresults.nic.in

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday declared the results of the University Grants Commission – National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET).

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday declared the results of the University Grants Commission – National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET).The exam was held on June 28 across the country. Candidates can now check their results by entering their roll numbers and date of birth on its website (www.cbseresults.nic.in), the CBSE said in a statement.Students who have qualified for the award of the junior research fellowship (JRF) would get a basic stipend of Rs 25,000 a month along with the house rent allowance (30% in tier I cities) to pursue their research work for a period of five years.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The purpose behind this test is to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian universities and colleges. Many students across the country attended the exams.CBSE conducted NET in 84 subjects at 89 selected NET Examination Cities spread across the country.The NET exam is conducted twice a year. CBSE also announced the next UGC-NET exam will be conducted on December 27, 2015. Online applications for this exam will begin from October 1 and the last date to apply will be November 1.Follow these steps to access the results:- Visit the website provided below- Enter your roll number and birth date in the given fields and submit- Candidates can also take a print out of the results- Check your results here: cbseresults.nic.in

CBSE UGC-NET 2015 exam results declared on cbseresults.nic.in

CBSE has also released final answer keys for Paper I, II and III on the official website of CBSE NET.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has declared the University Grants Commission – National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) examination results on Tuesday over the official website. The exams were held in June 2015.CBSE has also released final answer keys for Paper I, II and III on the official website of CBSE NET. The purpose behind this test is to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian universities and colleges. Many students across the country attended the exams.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBSE conducted NET in 84 subjects at 89 selected NET Examination Cities spread across the country. The candidates who qualify for the award of Junior Research Fellowship are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor.The NET exam is conducted twice a year. CBSE also announced the next UGC-NET exam will be conducted on December 27, 2015. Online applications for this exam will begin from October 1 and the last date to apply will be November 1.Follow these steps to access the results:-Visit the website provided below-Enter your roll number and birth date in the given fields and submit-Candidates can also take a print out of the resultsCheck your results here: cbseresults.nic.in

Jhabua blast aftermath: 69 detonators, gelatin sticks seized

An intensive search operation was launched following reports of large number of persons storing gelatin sticks in an illegal manner for carrying out mining and blasting rocks for construction work, he said.

Two days after an explosion claimed 89 lives in Petlawad town in tribal Jhabua district, police today recovered 69 detonators and large number of gelatin sticks from the residence of the brother of the main accused in the incident.Rajendra Kasawa, the main accused in connection with the incident, is absconding since the explosion occurred on Saturday, a police official said.Police recovered 69 detonators and two batteries from the Mahavir Colony residence of Narendra Kasawa, Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Virendra Singh Bais said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gelatin sticks too were recovered from the place, but their exact number is not yet known, he said.Narendra is also absconding along with his family from Petlawad, he said.An intensive search operation was launched following reports of large number of persons storing gelatin sticks in an illegal manner for carrying out mining and blasting rocks for construction work, he said.A reward of Rs one lakh was earlier announced by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for information leading to the arrest of Rajendra Kasawa, as his administration came under scanner over allowing storage of explosives in a crowded residential area.Meanwhile, Chouhan, who had visited the blast site yesterday and also gone door-to-door meeting the affected families, reached Petlawad again today to meet the victims.The state government had yesterday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of those killed in the explosion.At least 89 people were killed and nearly 100 injured after a massive blast caused by mining explosives stored in a building ripped through a crowded area in Petlawad town.The blast completely destroyed at least two buildings –one in which explosive material for digging wells was stored and an adjacent restaurant, and damaging several houses.The explosion took place in the building of Kasawa who had a licence to use explosive material for digging wells. He stored the explosive material, including gelatin sticks in huge quantity, in the residential building having two shops in it and situated close to the busy Sethia Restaurant in new bus stand area, a police official said.

Saudi diplomat case: Gurgaon Police Commissioner cuts short his leave to pursue probe

The five-day leave – comprising three days casual leave and two day ‘station’ leave – to Virk was sanctioned on September 3, which is four days before the two women were rescued by the cops, said Chechi.

The five-day leave was sanctioned on September 3, which is four days before the two women were rescued by the cops (File Photo)

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A day after proceeding on leave, Gurgaon Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk was back to work on Friday, cutting short his five-day leave, to pursue investigations into the alleged rape and torture of two Nepalese women by a Saudi diplomat. Virk had gone on leave yesterday, a day after he filed a “detailed” report into the case to the Ministry of External Affairs, leading to questions and speculation. “The Police Commissioner joined duty today and he shall continue to head the probe in this case,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajesh Chechi, who is also spokesperson for Gurgaon Police said. Gurgaon Police has said that the leave sanctioned to the Police Commissioner had nothing to do with the case.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The five-day leave – comprising three days casual leave and two day ‘station’ leave – to Virk was sanctioned on September 3, which is four days before the two women were rescued by the cops, said Chechi. The report sent to the ministry also included the result of second medical examination of the victims, which confirmed rape and sodomy. Earlier in the day, the hard disk of digital video recorder connected to around six CCTV cameras covering crucial spots outside the diplomat’s residence turned out to be corrupt. It has now been sent to the State Forensic Science Laboratory in Madhubani, said a police official. The two Nepalese women were rescued from the diplomat’s house in Gurgaon by the police after receiving a complaint from an NGO. The External Affairs Ministry yesterday asked the Saudi Embassy to direct the diplomat to cooperate in the investigation into the case.

Anti-India forces conspiring to target strategic assets, says Rajnath Singh

Hyderabad: Unable to stomach the country’s rapid growth, anti-India forces are conspiring to inflict losses on strategic and critical installations in a bid to weaken its economy, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Reuters

Singh said India is counted among one of the biggest ‘Emerging Economies’ in the world and the country is poised to become a USD seven trillion economy in the next five to eight years from the present USD two trillion.

“I am confident about it. India’s reputation has also increased in the international community. Anti-India forces are not able to digest these trends and they want to damage India’s important strategic and sensitive installations,” he said after reviewing the passing out parade of Assistant Commandants and Sub-Inspectors of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), at the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA) in Hyderabad.

“They (anti-India forces) will make continuous attempts to weaken India from economic and strategic point of view. And hence, you (CISF) need to face this challenge and I am hopeful you will emerge victorious,” Singh said.

Noting that terrorism is a big threat not only to India but to the whole world, the Minister said terror attacks have a long term impact on people.

“Anti-national forces are constantly keeping an eye on India and we need to give them a befitting reply. Such forces will make all out efforts to decimate India and there are no two opinions on this.”

Singh wondered why such forces resort to terror strikes on a peace-loving country like India, which is the only country that propagated the spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the entire world is a family).

“I am fully confident, that our para-military forces, our armed forces and CISF personnel have gained enough core competence to fight terrorism. I have full confidence that in case terrorists plan to attack any important strategic installation in the country you will foil their designs,” he said.

The Minister also said ‘Cyber Terrorism’ is an upcoming challenge wherein attackers use digital routes to target important installations. “I have been told the CISF personnel are imparted advanced training to tackle this menace.”

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Odisha: Three BSF men, one civilian killed in Naxal attack

“Three personnel, including an Assistant Sub-inspector, Head Constable and Constable have been killed in the ambush while the company commander Assistant Commandant Ashok Kumar is among the six injured,” he said.

Three BSF personnel and a civilian were today killed and six others injured when Naxalities ambushed a patrol of the paramilitary force and triggered a landmine blast in the jungles of this district in Odisha.The patrol of the 104th battalion of BSF was near its Janbai base in Malkangiri district when Maoists ambushed it with a landmine blast and firing at around 7.30 AM, a senior official said.”Three personnel, including an Assistant Sub-inspector, Head Constable and Constable have been killed in the ambush while the company commander Assistant Commandant Ashok Kumar is among the six injured,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Officials said a civilian was also killed during the ambush and senior BSF commanders have rushed to the spot.”The officer, who is injured, has lost an eye. He and others have been admitted to government hospital in Malkangiri,” they said.Fresh reinforcements of the Border Security Force have been rushed in from nearby locations, they said.BSF is deployed in the area for conducting anti-Naxal operations and the squad, which went on patrol last night, was on a similar task when the ambush happened.The explosion took place when the group of BSF personnel from Janbai base camp near the construction site of Gurupriya bridge reached Chintamdoli ghat after crossing Chitrakonda reservoir by a boat, Inspector In-Charge of Chitrakonda police station Pitabas Dharua said.Soon after the landmine at the ghat went off, some Maoists present in the area also opened fire on the BSF personnel, he said, adding that the BSF men returned the fire.The six injured BSF jawans were immediately taken to the district headquarters hospital here, Inspector In-Charge of Malkangiri Police Station, R K Das said.The condition of three jawans was stated to be critical, he said.The bodies of the slain jawans were being brought to the hospital for post-mortem, he said.Senior police and BSF officials, including Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, visited the hospital and took stock of the situation.

Five sleeping labourers crushed to death by truck on pavement

He said that the truck driver was absconding after the accident, but one of his accomplices was arrested by the police.

Five labourers from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were killed and three others injured when a truck ran over them while they were sleeping on a pavement here.The incident occurred past midnight in Chandigarh’s Transport Chowk traffic light-point when the men, four of them from Rajasthan and one from UP, were sleeping on the pavement, Assistant Superintendent of Police (East) Guriqbal Singh Sidhu said today, adding three other labourers were also injured.He said that the truck driver was absconding after the accident, but one of his accomplices was arrested by the police.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The labourers were sleeping when the truck ploughed into them. The accident occurred near the dead end of the road,” Sidhu said.Asked if they suspect the truck driver was inebriated, the ASP said, “Investigations in this regard are on”.A case has been registered, he said.

Murderous machine: Man killed by robot at factory in India

In a scene straight out of Terminator, a machine killed a man in a factory. But this time the factory was in Manesar and not Los Angeles.

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According to The Times of India, Ramji Lal, a 24-year-old worker working at the leading unit in SKH Metals, located at the Industrial Model Township (IMT) Manesar, was killed after he accidentally stepped in front of the robot.

The robot  in the factory was pre-programmed to weld metal sheets. When one of the sheets got dislodged, Lal reached to adjust the machine and that’s when the “welding sticks attached to the pre-programmed device pierced Lal’s abdomen,” a worker told the newspaper.

However, IANS is reporting that  that the man died from an electric shock after he came in contact with the robot.

“The company management and the contractor have been booked on charges of causing death due to negligence,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Rajesh Kuwar told IANS.

The police are currently looking at CCTV footage and gathering information from workers and the company.

In July, a worker was killed in a Volkswagen plant in Germany after the robot grabbed him and thrusted him against a metal plate. The Financial Times journalist who tweeted the story found herself in the spotlight as well.

The woman in question, is named Sarah O’Connor and she was talking about a killer machine. Sound familiar?

Golf course boundary wall obstructs elephant movement

The alleged illegality of the boundary wall and the death of a male elephant calf has been well documented by the Golaghat forest division in May this year.

A boundary wall erected for a golf course in the No-Development Zone (NDZ) of the Kaziranga National Park, Assam, that resulted in the death of a male elephant calf and which also obstructs movement of elephant herds has drawn the ire of National Green Tribunal. In an on-going matter regarding illegal activities of stone crushing and brick kilns carried out in the park’s NDZ, the petitioner pointed out these alarming developments.During a hearing on August 5, the petitioner alleged that the Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. (NRL) has illegally built a two-km long boundary wall for a golf course around their township and that this wall has not only obstructed elephant movement, but also resulted in the death of an elephant calf in May.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The petitioner produced photographs of an elephant herd bumping against the said boundary wall. In its order, the NGT’s principal bench chaired by justice Swatanter Kumar said, “The photographs have been placed on record to show that Golf Course has been made right in the midst of the Kaziranga National Park and the animal corridor in Kaziranga National Park are being interfered. That will not only disturb the animals but even effect the environment and ecology of that area.”The bench added, “In the meanwhile, we direct that no excavation work or felling of trees would be carried out in the No Development Zone in the Kaziranga National Park.” On the request of the petitioner, the Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. has now been made a respondent in the matter.The alleged illegality of the boundary wall and the death of a male elephant calf has been well documented by the Golaghat forest division in May this year. The letter of the Assistant Conservator of Forests, to the Divisional Forest Officer said, “The NRL has felled trees that formed part of a dense forest, measuring 5 hectares north of their township and excavated the land for construction of a golf course which is within the No Development Zone. This land is adjacent to the Proposed Deopahar Reserve Forest, and will cause extensive damage to the biodiversity of the land.”In its examination of the elephant calf’s death, the forest division had this to say, “On spot verification it was observed that the elephant calf died due to severe haemorrhage owing to violent thrust. It appears since the corridor was blocked by Numaligarh Refinery Limited Township wall, the elephant diverted to hill terrain and fell down and hit some hard object.” The said wall, it added is clearly causing congestion, and is fragmenting forest habitat; the end result being blockage of the crucial path for elephant movement.Along with the closure of brick kilns and stone crushing units, the petitioner has requested the NGT to direct the refinery to compensate for destruction of the forest land in the NDZ and restore it to the original condition. Green reserve ·The Kaziranga National Park is the largest habitat of the vulnerable one-horned rhinoceros. ·Currently, it does not have a notified eco-sensitive zone that will regulate activity and accord protection to the adjacent areas ·But, in 1996, a No-Development Zone was demarcated to regulate activities around the Numaligarh refinery ·The Karbi-Anglong Elephant Reserve is adjoining to the Kaziranga national park

BSF detain ‘mentally unstable man’ who crossed Pakistan border in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday detained a ‘mentally unstable man’ from Pakistan who crossed the border near Vighakot in Gujarat’s Kutch district, officials said.

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“A mentally unstable man from Pakistan, aged around 40, was caught from Vighakot in Khavda village of Bhuj tehsil after he crossed the border,” V S Sirohi, Assistant Commander of BSF, Gujarat Frontier, told PTI.

According to BSF officials, the man is mentally unstable and could only utter his name as Shokat. The BSF personnel deployed at Vighakot near border
piller number 1170 found the man with torn cloth today.  He failed to provide his identity proof when they asked for it, said the official.

Later, the BSF personnel came to know from his behaviour that he was mentally unstable, he said. BSF has been trying to seek details about his native
in Pakistan, he added.

This is the third incident where a Pakistani national has been held by the Indian force in Gujarat in last 15 days, the officer said.

On July 24, a 23-year-old youth from Islamabad in Pakistan, identified as Mahammad Farhanbasha Abubakar, was detained from a mosque in Bhuj town of Kutch. Earlier on July 20, a Pakistani national, named Himmat Gul Hussain (40), who appeared to be mentally unstable, was held by BSF along the border near Khavda in Kutch district.

PTI

Not correct to expect govt to keep post of one’s choice vacant: Madras High Court

Disposing of the petition by one S Amuthavalli who sought appointment on compassionate grounds for her son after the death of her husband in 2005, Justice S Vaidhyanathan noted that she had been offered the post of sweeper in 2007. Without joining the post and making representations and levelling charges against the officials was not correct, he added.

The Madras High Court bench on Monday observed that it was not correct for a petitioner to expect government to keep one post of her choice ready to provide employment to her or her son after obtaining the qualification on compassionate grounds.Disposing of the petition by one S Amuthavalli who sought appointment on compassionate grounds for her son after the death of her husband in 2005, Justice S Vaidhyanathan noted that she had been offered the post of sweeper in 2007. Without joining the post and making representations and levelling charges against the officials was not correct, he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Nowadays, getting employment itself is very difficult. The petitioner’s case had been considered and she was given a post of sweeper in 2007.”If the petitioner felt it was below her dignity to join the post, she cannot expect the government to keep a post of her choice ready to provide employment to her or her son (who got qualified for Junior Assistant’s post), the judge said.The officials had considered her case and the government had no objection for the respondents to appoint her, he said.The Judge said it was open to the petitioner to indicate her willingness to join the post in 30 days, failing which the the government offer would stand automatically cancelled. He also made it clear that if the post was not available now, the petitioner could be accomodated in some other post in Class III or IV and thereafter posted in sweeper post.The petitioner contended that there were vacancies in the town panchayat for the post of Junior Assistant and her son got qualified now and the post be given to him. But the judge felt that as she had already applied for herself, she was only entitled to the Class III or Class IV.The woman’s husband worked in Oddanchattiram municipality as a sweeper. She applied for a post on compassionate grounds but did not join when offered it. Then she sought appointment for her son as Junior Assistant. Hence she filed this petition.

St Stephen’s molestation case: College not a probe agency says Thampu

New Delhi: St Stephen’s principal Valson Thampu, who is facing allegations of shielding a professor who is accused of molesting a PhD student, today said the college was not an investigative agency and it was for police to conduct the probe.

“When the girl had complaint to me I had forwarded it to the concerned body. When the court denied the professor a bail, he resigned as the Bursar and I made alternate arrangements. But ensuring justice is not in the hand of the college now. The institution is not an investigative agency,” Thampu said.

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St Stephen’s College Principal Valson Thampu. IBNLive

“Police is conducting a probe into the matter and we are cooperating in every capacity. HRD Ministry and Delhi Commission for women had asked for an action-taken report and I have replied with facts. If he is guilty, he should be punished,” he added.

The student had on June 19 lodged an FIR against Satish Kumar, an Assistant Professor in college’s Chemistry department, alleging that she was sexually assaulted by him.

She had also alleged that college principal tried to protect him when the matter was reported to the college authorities.

The victim has claimed in her complaint that Thampu had “criminally intimidated her to give a written application to him expressing her consent to close the matter in college itself in order to not cause any delay or problems in completion of her PhD”.

Thampu has, however, not been named in the FIR.

A Delhi Court had on Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of the accused professor following which he has resigned from the post of college’s Bursar.

PTI

Shortage of personnel plagues FDA in Maharashtra

Amidst the raging controversy of unsafe Maggi noodles, it is pertinent to note that the city has a rickety Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department, in which up to 70% posts of officials are lying vacant since the past three years.

Amidst the raging controversy of unsafe Maggi noodles, it is pertinent to note that the city has a rickety Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department, in which up to 70% posts of officials are lying vacant since the past three years.For a humungous population of 1.19 crore in the city, there are only 16 food safety officers (FSOs). The total sanctioned posts for FSOs in Mumbai are 57, of which 41 posts are lying vacant. “70% of the posts have not been filled since over three years,” said a senior FDA official.Last week, the strength of FSOs in the city reduced, after three of the 19 FSOs were transferred out of Mumbai, leaving the city struggling to manage with only 16 of them. “Moreover, two of the 16 FSOs are on long term maternity leave. We have only 13 FSOs working currently,” the official added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The duties of the FSO involve conducting random checks on food business operators and vendors to collect samples of food products like oil, tea, milk, packaged food and cooked/uncooked food. They have to submit samples of the food to the laboratories for testing and monitor if there are any violations samples in contravention to the Food Standards and Safety Act, 2011.Every month, one FSO has to collect five food samples and conduct 10 inspections of Food Business Operators in their area.In the entire state of Maharashtra, there are 265 sanctioned posts for FSOs, of which nearly 30% (77 posts) are lying vacant since three years. “The incumbent FSOs are overworked. They work over 12 hours a day ensuring that samples are collected and tested as well as prosecutions are filed,” said Suresh Annapure, joint commissioner (food), state FDA.Close to 50% of assistant commissioner level posts are lying vacant in Maharashtra. “Of the 65 sanctioned posts for Assistant Commissioners, 31 have not been filled despite multiple proposals to the state government for filling them,” said the official.Apart from shortage of personnel, state FDA has only four mobile vans, of which one is in Mumbai. “Transportation for officials becomes a huge issue. How are officials expected to do field work with only one van available at their disposal? They have to travel in public transport for inspections and collection of samples,” added the senior official.

Two troopers, two Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh attack

Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh): Two troopers and two Maoists were killed in a gun battle after a group of rebels attacked a patrol party of security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Sunday, police said.

Two more troopers, who were part of the joint patrol comprising Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Guard (DRG) personnel, were injured in the gun fight that took place around 6 am in the Jappemarka forest area.

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Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela said the 100-strong joint STF and DRG patrol party was on its way to conduct search in the forest area, where the Maoists were lurking.

The Maoists fired at the patrol party, which retaliated with equal force.

The gun battle lasted for close to one-and-half hours, police said.

The Maoists fled the scene under the cover of the thick forest. The bodies of the two Maoists were later recovered from the forest.

The slain troopers were identified as Constable Sitaram Kunjam from STF and Assistant Constable Motiram from DRG, said Additional Director General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations) RK Vij.

IANS

Magisterial probe into the killing of youth in Budgam, Kashmir begins

Srinagar: A magisterial probe began on Tuesday into the killing of a youth last week in police firing in Budgam district that led to widespread protests in parts of Kashmir.

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“The Additional District Magistrate Budgam, who has been appointed enquiry officer to ascertain the causes and circumstances leading to the death of Suhail Ahmad Sofi on Saturday, will record statements of witnesses from today,” an official spokesman said.

He said the enquiry officer will record the statements of witnesses in connection with the incident till 27 April during office hours on all working days.

The Jammu and Kashmir government had ordered a magisterial probe into the 18 April incident when a youth Suhail Ahmad Sofi was killed in police firing at Narbal in Budgam district.

The family of the deceased has alleged that Sofi and two others were shot by police personnel after being detained. While Sofi succumbed to the injuries, the other two youths sustained injuries in the incident.

Police has arrested two cops including an Assistant Sub Inspector in connection with the case and attached the SHO concerned for lack of supervision.

PTI

Protests erupt in Chandigarh after naked body of 4-year-old girl found

Chandigarh: A four-year-old girl, who had gone missing since yesterday, was found dead here today with police suspecting the victim may have been raped before being killed.

“The child has been found murdered. We cannot confirm at this stage if she was raped also, which will be established only after the postmortem examination,” Chandigarh’s SSP, Sukhchain Singh Gill said today, after parents of the victim and locals staged protest here.

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The body of the girl was found this morning at colony number 4. The minor had gone missing since yesterday evening, after which her parents had filled a missing complaint with the police.

The situation in the colony was tense and heavy police force has been deployed to maintain law and order as the girl’s parents and other locals have been protesting since this morning against the incident.

The family has alleged that police failed to take action on time. The colony residents raised slogans against the police and the forces faced a tough time to deal with the situation.

“We are trying to maintain law and order situation in the area,” Assistant Superintendent of Police (East) Parvinder Singh said.

PTI

SIT defends four Gujarat police officers in Gulberg case

Ahmedabad: The Supreme Court-formed SIT, the prosecution agency in 2002 Gulberg Society riot case, here today defended four former top-ranked Gujarat police officials in connection with survivors’ plea to arraign them as accused.

Special Public Prosecutor R C Kodekar of Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Friday said before the Gulberg Society trial court judge P B Desai that the no criminal negligence was observed in conduct of the four police officials during the time of the massacre.

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Earlier, the survivors of the riot had made an application to arraign four officials, including the then city Police Commissioner P C Pandey, former Joint Commissioner of police M K Tandon, former Assistant Commissioner of police P B Gondiya and the then Assistant Commissioner of police (crime branch) S S Chudasama, saying they did not react on time to rein in a mob that went on rampage and killed 69 people from the minority community.

The deceased persons include former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri.

Kodekar today said that SIT’s stand is clear from the day one on the arraignment of the accused as on January 6, 2010, the probe agency had stated that there was no negligence in the conduct of M K Tandon.

“In a case of negligence in performing duty, SIT had earlier suggested conduct of a departmental inquiry. SIT stands by its earlier stand today also in connection with the plea seeking further inquiry under section 173 (8) of CrPC,” said Kodekar.

Kodekar mentioned that former investigating officer of SIT, A K Malhotra, the then Deputy Inspector General in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), said in a report before the apex court that Tandon and other three officials had not conducted any negligence during the riots.

That report was submitted before the Supreme court in 2011 and amicus curiae of the case Raju Ramchandran has also submitted his report in the case, after which the apex court had directed that the court, trying the riot case, can take cognisance of that report, he said.

Kodekar is likely to continue his submissions on April 1.

Advocate S M Vora, who represents the victims of the Gulberg Society riot case, had yesterday said before the Special Trial court that the four police officials did not take adequate action to control the mob on the day of the incident on February 28, 2002.

The Gulberg Society incident had taken place a day after a coach of Sabarmati Express was burnt near Godhra railway station, in which 58 people kar sevaks were killed.

PTI

Two sentenced to 5 years in prison for cow slaughter

Muzaffarnagar: A local court in Muzaffarnagar has sentenced two persons to five years imprisonent for cow slaughter.

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Additional District Session Judge Manoj Kumar convicted Ryasat and Nazim under Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each, said Assistant District Government Counsel Javed Choudhry.

On August 17, 2004, police had raided a house and recovered 30 kg beef and cow skin. However, the duo Riyasat and Nazim had fled from the spot.

Police had registered a case in this connection.

PTI

West Bengal: Four policemen injured in mob attack

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Four policemen were injured, two of them seriously, when a mob turned its ire on a patrol team after a cyclist was injured by its vehicle in Katwa of Burdwan district on Saturday.Superintendent of Police SMH Mirza said the four police personnel including an officer of Assistant Sub-Inspector rank from Katwa police station were dragged out of the vehicle by the mob and beaten up after the patrol van accidentally hit a cyclist injuring the youth at Daihat More. The vehicle was then set ablaze.Of the four injured, two constables had to be admitted to Katwa Hospital while the rest were given first aid. The cyclist, who suffered foot injury, was later rushed to the hospital by police and his condition was stable, Mirza said.A bigger police contingent, led by Additional SP (Rural) Paresnath Chowdhury and SDPO Dhruba Das, went to the spot and brought the situation under control, the SP said. Raids were being conducted in the area to net those involved in the attack on the police team.

Indian diplomat Atul Khare named UN Under Secretary-General for Field Support

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has appointed senior Indian diplomat Atul Khare as the Under Secretary-General for Field Support to head the department that provides dedicated support to peacekeeping missions around the world.Khare, 55 will succeed Bangladesh’s Ameerah Haq as the Under Secretary-General for Field Support, Department of Field Support (DFS).Khare has been appointed as the head of DFS, which provides dedicated support to peacekeeping field missions and political field missions around the world.The Permanent Mission of India to the UN welcomed the announcement, expressing confidence that Khare will discharge the important responsibilities entrusted to him with complete distinction.A statement issued by Secretary General Ban’s spokesperson said Khare “brings to the position strategic management and innovative reform expertise in both headquarters and field perspective.”Currently providing charitable medical advice in India, Khare has had a long career with the United Nations, most recently as the Assistant Secretary-General leading the Change Management Team (2011-2012) and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and Deputy Head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York (2010-2011).He was previously Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste and Head of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) at the level of Under Secretary-General (2006-2009). He earlier also worked as Chief of Staff and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General with the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET).Former Director of The Nehru Centre and Minister (Culture), High Commission of India in London (2005-2006), Khare joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1984 and has served in Indian Missions in Paris, Dakar, Port Louis and London as well as the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations here.

Marine pollution posing challenge to fish trade, human health: Experts

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Experts on Tuesday expressed concerns over rising marine pollution saying that it was posing a “great challenge” to the fish trade and also to the health of consumers. “The issue of marine pollution due to anthropocentric activities needs immediate attention,” said K Sunil Mohamed, Principal Scientist and Head, molluscan fisheries division of the Central Marine Fisheries research Institute. He was addressing a symposium on ‘Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology for Human Health’ at the ongoing 102nd India Science Congress here. “This (marine pollution) poses a great challenge to the (fish) trade and (to health of) consumers,” Mohamed said, adding that “major species are depleting rapidly which require major policy and governance decisions to ensure sustainability of resources for future.” Assistant Director General of Hyderabad-based World Fish Centre, Vijay Gupta said, “Fish is the most important component of the food basket in developing countries.” He said though India is the second largest producer of fish, there is a huge gap between the country and China, which is the top fish producer. “The improved strain of ‘Jayanti Rohu’ fish provides new hope to fish farmers for increasing productivity and profitability,” he said. Observing that inland saline aquaculture is another promising field, Gupta said aquaculture biotechnology using “genetic manipulation” could solve future fish food requirements. “The success of fish breeding holds a great promise for inland aquaculture and conservation of endangered species,” he added. The symposium was chaired by Prof W S Lakra, Vice Chancellor, Central Institute of Fisheries Education. Also Read: Air, water and noise pollution is steadily going up, says environment status report

Court allows Enforcement Directorate to drop M Karunanidhi’s daughter S Selvi as witness in 2G scam related case

A special court on Tuesday allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to drop DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s daughter S Selvi as a prosecution witness in a 2G scam-related money laundering case in which the trial is going on.The court’s order came after ED’s special prosecutor NK Matta contended that the agency does not wish to examine Selvi and T Siva Subramanian as witnesses in the case.Selvi and Subramanian, along with 28 others, were named as prosecution witnesses in the charge sheet filed by ED in the case against ex-Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others, including Selvi’s mother Dayalu Ammal.”It is further submitted by NK Matta, special PP that prosecution does not wish to examine S Selvi and T Siva Subramanian as witnesses in this case. Prayer allowed. Both of them are dropped from the list of witnesses to be examined,” Special CBI Judge O P Saini said.The court is in the process of recording statements of prosecution witnesses in the case in which it had framed charges against 19 accused — 10 individuals and nine companies — under the provision of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).During the day’s hearing, the court recorded statement of ED’s Assistant Director Kamal Singh which remained inconclusive and would continue tomorrow. On October 31 last year, the court had put on trial the 19 accused after they had pleaded not guilty and said that they will go on trial for the charges against them.The court had framed charges against the accused, saying Raja connived with Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal and other co-accused in “parking” of illegal gratification of Rs 200 crore in DMK-run Kalaignar TV. If convicted, Raja and others will face a maximum sentence of upto seven years.