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NDA defeat in Lohardaga bypoll reflects Raghubar Das govt’s performance: JMM

Earlier during his press conference in the day, Chief Minister Raghubar Das said it was not an issue when a reporter asked him to comment on the vacant ministerial berth.

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Nine Congress leaders expelled in Chhattisgarh for ‘anti-party’ activities

The main opposition Congress in the state has fielded its young face Devendra Yadav for the mayoral post in the Bhilai Municipal Corporation which saw polling on Monday.

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DDCA row: No clean chit to Arun Jaitley, BJP begging for apology, says Arvind Kejriwal

Party spokesperson M J Akbar said the DDCA file which Kejriwal made his basis to attack Jaitley over the CBI raid and affairs of the cricket body does not name Jaitley.

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Country passing through crisis under NDA rule: Sachin Pilot

Before his address to party workers, the state Congress chief unfurled the party flag and greeted party leaders and workers on the foundation day of the party. Those who addressed the party workers on the occasion included state Congress vice president Gopal Singh Shekhawat and former Rajasthan Congress chiefs B D Kalla, Chandrabhan, and former Union Minister N N Meena.

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Odd-even formula: AAP volunteers to help implementation within framework of law

Ashtuosh also talked about the lack of necessary “strength” of the Delhi Police. “Various committees have recommended to increase the strength of Delhi Police by double as around 30 per cent of the cops are deployed in security duty. The Centre should look into the matter,” the AAP leader added. The scheme, set to roll out from January 1 for 15 days, has been proposed to curb pollution in the national capital by restricting movement of private vehicles based on their registration numbers.

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We don’t need to denigrate our heroes: Shashi Tharoor on criticism of Nehru by Congress mouthiece

‘Congress is focused on tomorrow, why these people are focused on yesterday’ History is about the great national heroes. Our freedom is their legacy,’ he added. In the December issue of ‘Congress Darshan’, questions have been raised on Jawaharlal Nehru’s decision for the state of affairs in Kashmir, China and Tibet. The article clearly states that Nehru should have listened to freedom fighter and former home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s views on international affairs. It also criticised Sonia Gandhi and said her father was a fascist soldier.

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Nobody who gets close to Pakistan remains in politics for long: Shiv Sena

“The whole country is asking if BJP would have similarly welcomed a Congress PM’s unannounced stopover in Lahore like they did for Modi. Pakistan’s soil is cursed and kissing it would prove to be costly because it is soaked in the blood of lakhs of innocent Indians,” the edit said.

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DDCA row: Kirti Azad suspended by BJP, defiant MP threatens to make ‘more revealations’

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erming the charges levelled against him as “laughable”, he rejected that he “colluded” with Opposition in attacking senior party leaders like Arun Jaitley and said it is the Opposition which has picked up the issues raised by him for the last nine years.

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Suspended by BJP, Darbhanga MP Kirti Azad on Wednesday threatened to make “more revelations” in the coming days and said he didn’t expect the party “to stoop so low” by acting against him for “speaking against corruption”.”Wait and watch what I do next. Now I will tell everyone,” he said, adding he will move the party’s ‘margdarshak mandal’ which has party veterans like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi to ask if the party suspends someone for speaking against corruption in Delhi’s cricket body. “I am really very saddened. I never though that BJP would stoop to that level that a person who had joined them from an illustrious Congress family is suspended for fighting corruption,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I will go to the ‘margdarshak mandal’ and ask them that if a person speaks against corruption does the party crucify such a person and suspend him,” Azad told PTI when asked about his next move. Questioning his suspension, he said the party did not follow the due process and also did not serve a show cause notice before taking such an action against a Member of Parliament.”The due process has not been followed. They did not serve a show cause notice. If you have to suspend an MP, you have to move the Parliamentary Board. Did you do that? How can they violate the very own laws that have been made by us,” he questioned. Terming the charges levelled against him as “laughable”, he rejected that he “colluded” with Opposition in attacking senior party leaders like Arun Jaitley and said it is the Opposition which has picked up the issues raised by him for the last nine years.”Who said I have teamed up? This issue I have been raising is very old, I haven’t teamed up with the Opposition. It is a matter of regret that Opposition has picked up the issue which I was raising,” he said.”Now you see and look at the Opposition, how they will have them. They will use my name and attack. My party gave it to them on the platter, not me,” he said, adding that those who have suspended him for raising a voice against corruption have “defamed” the Prime Minister.He added that he is yet to get any letter and asked, “Which letter? I have not received any letter yet. I have just reached Ahmedabad. I will see.” Azad said he felt “let down” by the party as the man against whom he raised charges did not put up a defamation case against him, but the party for which he has fought for all these years has served him a show cause. Asked about the charges that he was colluding with the Opposition, he said, “These people are telling me that I have colluded with AAP which is born only yesterday. What rubbish and ridiculous…”On whether Jaitley was behind his suspension, he claimed, “He was putting pressure, I knew it from everyone.” Claiming himself to be a man who honestly worked for the party and had an opportunity to become a Union minister when his father was the chief minister, who did not allow so, he said, “If party suspends me, it is unfortunate for the party.” He said he has been raising the issue of corruption in DDCA for nine years but “they did not listen to me. If anyone is responsible for this, it is the party itself”.”This is the reason why such a situation has risen. I have not said anything against the party. I have said that I support the Prime Minister on his statement that ‘na khaunga na khane dunga’ (Neither will I do corruption, not allow it to happen),” he said.

‘Achhe din’ only for Modi, not aam aadmi: Rahul Gandhi in Amethi

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The Congress leader alleged the Modi government thrice tried to finish the land acquisition law brought by the UPA government but every time the move was blocked by his party.

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Intensifying his attack on the Modi government over price rise, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on said ‘achhe din’ has come only for the Prime Minister and not the common man.”The aam aadmi is groaning under unprecedented price rise. It is no achhe din (good times) for them. It is achhe din only for the Prime Minister,” he said on the first day of his two-day visit to his Amethi Lok Sabha constituency. Rahul, who led the opposition attack against the NDA government within and outside Parliament, said only his party was fighting strongly against BJP on the price front.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”BJP is responsible for the unprecedented price rise in the country,” he said, adding, “inflation is at its peak. Nothing has been done for farmers and the youth”. Addressing a few roadside meetings, including at Nigoha and Chatoh, he asked village heads to raise their voice against cancellation of food park and paper mill projects in Amethi and said Congress wanted all welfare schemes of the Centre and the state to be implemented through gram pradhans.Later, at a meeting of newly elected village heads at Ramsapur village in Chatoh block, Rahul said, “We could have changed the face of Amethi through mega food park and Hindustan Paper Mill and these projects would have provided employment to 15,000-20,000 people. Land was given for these projects, but BJP doesn’t want that a food park or paper mill is set up here.” He said 40 different factories were to be set up in the food park, which would have benefited farmers the most, but all hopes have been dashed. “We want the village heads to raise their voice against this. Besides, they should protest curtailment of their rights,” he said.Noting that the modern panchayati raj system was the brainchild of his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul said Congress favoured more powers for village heads. He claimed various laws enacted by the previous Congress governments gave more powers to village heads, unlike the legislations brought by the Modi government.The Congress leader alleged the Modi government thrice tried to finish the land acquisition law brought by the UPA government but every time the move was blocked by his party. Rahul interacted with village heads on different issues, during which a gram pradhan asked him about the logic behind fixing minimum educational qualification by Haryana government for contesting panchayat elections. The Congress leader appeared to be in agreement with the decision of Haryana’s BJP government when he said a village head should have some minimum educational qualification to bring about development of the village.He also enquired about progress of MNREGA scheme, another pet project of the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government. Earlier at Nigoha, Rahul said that during the Lok Sabha election campaign Modi had promised to deposit Rs 15 lakh in every person’s account after bringing back the black money stashed away abroad. “Has it been deposited?” he asked sarcastically.Promising to carry on development work in his Lok Sabha constituency, he said, “We will complete development works in Amethi. We will fight unitedly as a single person cannot continue the struggle alone.” There was minor trouble during Rahul’s visit when Congress workers clashed with each other after one car hit another. Two people were injured in the clash.

Co-pilot of BSF plane was to attend daughter’s event at school

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Shivrain, a fitness and sports enthusiast, was the only officer of the border guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) working in the Border Security Force air wing

Parts of the crashed plane

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38-year-old Captain Rajesh Shivrain would have attended the school function of his young daughter on Tuesday had he not been co-piloting the ill-fated BSF aircraft that crashed after a short take-off in New Delhi.Shivrain, a fitness and sports enthusiast, was the only officer of the border guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) working in the Border Security Force air wing and was reputed for having some deft hands at the flying machines, including on the Superking B-200 that he and his pilot colleague Deputy Commandant Bhagwati Prasad Bhatt was commandeering. The young officer’s two little kids Pradyumn and Pari were in school when their father was flying the BSF sortie to Ranchi carrying a team of six technicians and two others.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He was supposed to come back and go for his 5-year-old daughter’s school function in the evening. It is really tragic and the twist of fate that he met with the air accident,” a senior official said. They said as soon as the news of the air crash came in, the SSB rushed some of its men to fetch the children from school and look after the family. “He went down in the Dwarka area, kilometres away from where he lived,” the official said, adding that Shivrain lived in Sector-4 of Dwarka locality of the national capital.SSB Director General B D Sharma described Shivrain as a “good officer, brave, sensitive and physically very fit.” “It’s a sad day for us to have lost a very good officer,” Sharma said. Shivrain, who joined SSB in 2002 as an officer, was flying the plane with his batch-mate Bhatt, and, coincidentally both were born in 1977.A resident of Bhiwani, Shivrain joined the BSF air wing in the pilot rank in 2009 and was soon to be inducted permanently in this special unit of the Union Home Ministry. Senior officials of central police forces will pay their last respects to their fallen colleagues at the Safdarjung airport tomorrow after which the mortal remains of Shivrain will be brought to the SSB headquarters here and subsequently a ceremonial guard will take his body in a truck to his village in Haryana.

Jitan Ram Manjhi’s kin arrested in murder case

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Senior Superintendent of Police, Gaya, Garima Malik told reporters here Manjhi’s grandson Vikki Manjhi and his father Yogendra Manjhi were arrested and charged with the murder of Vikki’s 25-year-old wife Soni Devi on Saturday last.
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In an embarrassment to the former chief minister and HAM (secular) president Jitan Ram Manjhi, his son-in-law and grandson were arrested in Gaya on Tuesday in connection with the alleged murder of his granddaughter-in-law.Senior Superintendent of Police, Gaya, Garima Malik told reporters here Manjhi’s grandson Vikki Manjhi and his father Yogendra Manjhi were arrested and charged with the murder of Vikki’s 25-year-old wife Soni Devi on Saturday last. Vikki’s mother Sunaina Devi, who is the eldest daughter of Jitan Ram Manjhi and a ward member of Gaya Municipal Corporation, was allowed to go home following interrogation at a police station although the investigation in her role will continue, she said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Soni Devi was allegedly murdered at her husband’s home in Gaya town on the intervening night of December 19-20 and she was cremated by her kin at Vishnupad ghat the next morning, Malik said.Her father Ramdev Manjhi, a native of Sugaon village under Makhdumpur police station area in neighbouring Jehanabad district, had lodged an FIR charging his son-in-law and other family members with murdering his daughter and destruction of evidence.

Real-life Gangs of Wasseypur: Man chops father’s killer’s body into 12 pieces!

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When he was captured by the police, he claimed that he had seen the man kill his father. Police SP Ram Suresh Yadav said that he confessed to the crime and showed no remorse.

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In a shocking murder that is reminiscent of Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, the son of a murder victim has confessed to stabbing his killer’s father to death and chopped his father’s body into 12 pieces, one for every year of his father’s death. Alam Khan was 12 when he saw his father was murdered by a family friend in 2003, and he had secretly planned his revenge ever since. Recently, Alam Khan invited his father’s murderer over for a drink and after getting him drunk knifed him to death before using a hammer and hacksaw to dismember the body and chopped it into 12 pieces. He and an accomplice then threw the pieces of the body into the river. However, when the bags washed up on the river’s banks, police were able to recognise him because of a distinctive scar on his torso. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When he was captured by the police, he claimed that he had seen the man kill his father. Police SP Ram Suresh Yadav said that he confessed to the crime and showed no remorse.

Big Fat Indian Wedding: Pune groom receives Audi and 12 Royal Enfields from father-in-law!

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The lavish expenditure and gifts have made jaws drop and become the talk of the town in Pune.

When you see the display of ‘gifts’ at this wedding reception, you will wonder at the limits of gift-giving during weddings.At a wedding in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area of Pune, the new son-in-law and the rest of his family was reportedly given an Audi, a Fortuner and 12 Royal Enfield bikes as wedding presents from the father-in-law. This was not all. The aunt of the groom got an Activa bike for performing some rituals and others got gold rings, reports Zee24Tass.com.The lavish expenditure and gifts have made jaws drop and become the talk of the town in Pune.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Puraskar wapasi suddenly stopped after Bihar poll results: Devendra Fadnavis

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He questioned why no awards were returned when a tribal family was burnt alive in Bhandara district a few years ago?

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

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Making his stand on intolerance debate and puraskar wapasi public for the first time, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday hit back at Congress by saying people of the country were always tolerant and even assimilated invaders. He added that the returning of awards stopped after the Bihar election results. He also questioned why no awards were returned when a tribal family was burnt alive in Bhandara district a few years ago? The CM was talking during a discussion in the state assembly on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and Constitution, held to commemorate the father of Indian Constitution’s 125th birth anniversary. The event witnessed political one-upmanship and trading of allegations. Expressing his displeasure, Fadnavis said the discussion could not attain the height it deserved because his predecessor Prithviraj Chavan used the platform for political purpose.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Citing the example of emergency, Fadnavis said when lakhs of people were put behind the bars, it was courts that provided relief to the Indian democracy. He cited the famous Keshavanand Bharati case and said the allegations that the present central government has changed the Preamble were baseless, since Constitution formed the Parliament, and the Parliament did not have any right to change the very foundation of the Constitution. He said it was strange to see that those who used emergency to silence the Opposition are now citing the misuse of the central bureau of investigation (CBI). A pin-drop silence prevailed during the CM’s 45-minute speech, in which he the underlined importance of Samrasata– the ethos of the Indian society. He said former RSS chief Balasaheb Devras had explained Samrasata during his spring lecture series in Pune, and it meant surrendering one’s identity for the larger national interest. He said there was no need for the Indian society to take any lessons about tolerance, since the real country and its people assimilated even invaders such as Shaks and Hoons. He also pointed out that no one returned any award when a Tribal famil was burnt alive in Bhandara a few years ago, and the award returning spree suddenly stopped after the Bihar election results. Earlier, starting the discussion, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan criticised the Narendra Modi-led central government and said it was misusing CBI against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. He added that the government has a vindictive approach towards the Congress leaders. Chavan said it was Atal Behari Vajpayee who tried to bring in the word Samrasata in the Constitution. He, however, failed because the word is used by RSS, said Chavan. He questioned as to whether surrender by all leaders for a single leader was the meaning of Samrasata. He cautioned that this kind of unilateralism would usher in an autocratic rule, posing danger to the Constitution, plurality, diversity and rich heritage of the country. Chavan also cited Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s statement, saying howsoever good was the Constitution, it depended upon the quality of people for whom it was made. If people are bad, the Constitution would prove to be futile in ushering in the welfare state, he said. To that Fadnavis replied why were the fundamental issues of poverty and illiteracy not solved when the Constitution was in the hands of good people of Congress for almost six decades?

DDCA row: Kirti Azad falls shy of taking Arun Jaitley’s name

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The press conference came in the midst of AAP leaders and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accusing Jaitley of being lax on corruption in DDCA when he headed it as president for 14 years from 1999.

Kirti Azad

BJP MP Kirti Azad, who has been campaigning against alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket body, on addressed a press conference here but did not take the name of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, under whose charge as president of DDCA he claimed there were financial bunglings.Demanding an ED and DRI probe into the affairs of DDCA, he refused to join issues with Jaitley, who had called him a “trojan horse” in the BJP, saying “one should refrain from making it a battle between Trojan horse and Achille’s heels”. Flanked by former India captain Bishen Singh Bedi and former cricketer Surinder Khanna at the media interaction that lasted less than two hours, the third time MP from Darbhanga repeatedly said there was no personal fight in his principled campaign but played footage of a DDCA AGM of 2011-12 CD which purportedly showed Azad questioning Jaitley who was in the chair.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The footage also purportedly showed Jaitley defending the the DDCA office bearers who were being questioned by Azad on alleged financial bunglings. The press conference came in the midst of AAP leaders and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accusing Jaitley of being lax on corruption in DDCA when he headed it as president for 14 years from 1999.Jaitley had dismissed the allegations against him, saying this was an attempt by AAP and Kejriwal to deflect attention from the case of corruption against his principal secretary Rajendra Kumar, who was being questioned by the CBI in connection with an alleged scam. Asked repeatedly as to why he was not taking the name of Jaitley and what were his allegations against him, Azad said there was no personal or political fight. “It is a matter of principles and we have been fighting this battle for the last nine years,” he said.Asked whether he has been gagged by party president Amit Shah, who had summoned him a couple of days ago and asked him not to hold the press conference, Azad made light of the meeting saying,”I had a good breakfast with him. He offered me idlis. I said it was very good.” Asked about Jaitley’s interview to a daily in which he had suggested that Azad had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi during UPA’s tenure to “fix” Jaitley, Azad said his late father was a Congressman and they had family relations.”MPs of various parties meet each other and nothing can be read into this,” Azad said. Azad, on the question of meeting Gandhis, said as an MP he meets a lot of people and, if this was a crime, nobody can meet anybody in Parliament. “We should not go into all this and we should concentrate on corruption in DDCA. There is nothing political here. I have been raking up this issue for a long time. Had it been so then my big brother, who had to become Director (Intelligence), during UPA why was he superseded?”The person who has levelled this allegation against me, he too meets a lot of people. So, should I level some allegation against him? That’s not right. My father used to say that if one wants to become a big man, one should not indulge in small talk,” he said. Azad said he has not levelled allegations against anybody and that it is upto the CBI how it proceeds with the inquiry.Asked whether it was a personal fued with Jaitley, Azad said he does not have any personal fight with anybody despite people making remarks against him. “What personal fight can I have with anybody? People say a lot of things to me. Sometimes somebody says Trojan horse. I have never replied. For the last nine years, I have only said there is corruption in DDCA.”Our Prime Minister is our hero, in the country and outside. We admire him so much that he is fighting against corruption. We are not fighting against any person. I am there in the fight against corruption with him. If the party takes action against me, it will not be proper,” he said. Asked specifically about the kind of allegations which he wanted to level against Jaitley, he said that he was not levelling any allegations but only saying that the corruption, which has been going on in the DDCA for the last so many years, must end. ‘Asked how much was Jaitley responsible for the corruption in DDCA, Azad said,” You are trying to make me fight with someone which I will not. I have been fighting this (battle against corruption) for the last nine years. The new party (AAP) which has come is now making it a political issue. This was my issue. “You are trying to make it a fight between two individuals. Something which is a principled stand, you are making it personal and political. We should look at the crux of the problem rather than create a wedge between people or make it look political,” he told the media, apparently referring to the hype surrounding the issue.The video that was shown at the press conference claimed around 14 companies to whom payments had been made when Jaitley was at the helm of DDCA were non-existent. When those who conducted the ‘sting’ operation visited the addresses of the companies mentioned in the records they could not locate them. “The business governance norm is to float tenders. But these fraud companies are given work worth crores of rupees but the nature of work is not mentioned.”Corruption has happened and the SFIO said there were financial irregularities. DDCA is LIC (legal institute of corruption). DDCA accounts are forged. These are fraud companies which didn’t exist but were given contracts worth crores,” Azad said. He said although CBI has given notice to DDCA with regard to alleged corruption, the “criminal aspect” has still to be looked into.”I would like the Enforcement Directorate and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence to investigate. POCA (Prevention of Corruption Act) can also be invoked in DDCA affairs. “We need to find the trail of the money, where the money has gone,” the BJP MP said.

Nirbhaya case: Why acting so late to stop juvenile’s release, victims’s parents ask

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The reaction action Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) in a dramatic move approached the Supreme Court late Saturday night to stay the convict’s release.

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Questioning the role of the Centre and Delhi government, the parents of December 16 gangrape victim on Sunday asked why they did not take action earlier to stop the imminent release of the juvenile convict. Opposing the release of the juvenile, the victim’s mother said, “Our fight is just on the issue that he (juvenile convict) must not come out. If he will come out then what is the point of hearing (by Supreme Court) or any other thing.” “All knew that he will be released so steps should have been taken during these three years,” she said adding, “I want justice and stay on his release.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The reaction action Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) in a dramatic move approached the Supreme Court late last night to stay his release. In their order pronounced at 2 AM, a vacation bench refused to stay his release, scheduled for today, by giving an urgent hearing and posted the matter for hearing tomorrow. The victim’s father too expressed unhappiness with the Centre and Delhi government for showing “helplessness” on the issue of release of the juvenile “What hearing? But what can we do? Whatever the court is doing is right. Our government, whether Centre or state, they only listen to you when you protest and get lathicharged, else they don’t care. However, if proper hearing or verdict would have passed on this case, then we would not have seen this day,” he said. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who had filed a plea in the High Court against the juvenile’s release, pointed to the “provisions” which have to be applied before the juvenile convict is formally released. “According to rules of the Juvenile Justice Act, he can can be left out from the custody of the Juvenile Justice Board but he cannot be released as free person till management committee appointed for the purpose decides whether he is mentally sound, whether he has socially mainstreamed and that he has reformed.”

Man poisoned to death by in-laws over fight with wife

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Police noted that the matter was under investigation. However, no arrests have been made.

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A 30-year-old man was allegedly poisoned to death by his in-laws, after his wife moved to her parents house due to marital discord, in Jhakrai village here.The deceased, Ranjeet Singh of Kasganj town here got married to Sushila of Jhakrai village three years ago but soon after their marriage, many issues surfaced between them, police said.The wife then moved to her parents’ house, they said.A week ago, Sushila’s father Bijendra Singh called the victim to their village on the promise that they would send their daughter with him.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>But Bijendra Singh, along with his nephew Virendra and two others, killed his son-in-law by giving him poison, police said.Police added that soon after the incident, the woman’s family fled from the village, leaving behind Ranjeet Singh’s body.The deceased’s brother, Manoj Kumar and other family members lodged an FIR against Bijendra Singh and his family yesterday at Kotwali Aliganj here, they said.Police noted that the matter was under investigation. However, no arrests have been made.

Nirbhaya case: Parents hold protest demanding stay on juvenile’s release, say SC hearing of no use

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Nirbhaya”s father also stressed that there is no point of hearing on the matter in the Supreme Court on Monday, while the convict will be freed today.

Nirbhaya’s mother

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With the juvenile convict in the December 16 gang rape and murder case all set to walk free on Sunday, the victim’s parents wanted justice and demanded stay on the convict’s release.”I just want justice, I want stay on his (juvenile convict) release. Hearing is just to mislead the people. They (DCW) tried in night. They might have been able to stop the release if they had tried during the day,” said Nirbhaya”s mother.”We had gone there to demand justice but we were harassed. What happens to their force when women suffer on the roads? Why don”t they stop crime then? The government and the police do not bother about it. The common people will suffer,” she added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nirbhaya”s father also stressed that there is no point of hearing on the matter in the Supreme Court on Monday, while the convict will be freed today.”Not only in India, but also abroad, people do not want his release, as he had not done the act of a juvenile. The Prime Minister has the power to stop his release, but no one is taking any action,” he said.Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has decided to hear the plea of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) against the release of the juvenile in the rape case on Monday, ruling out that there will be no stay on his release.DCW chief Swati Maliwal reached the Supreme Court last night after DCW decided to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the apex court to stall the release of the convict.Related Read: Nirbhaya case: DCW chief Maliwal writes to Juvenile Justice Board asking them not release convictThe parents of the victim held a protest at Jantar Mantar. They had earlier decided to hold the protest at the India Gate, but because of the imposition of Section 144 in the area, they were not allowed.The convict, who is now 20-years-old and was known to be the most brutal of the attackers, has been taken to an undisclosed location from a correction home in North Delhi amid concerns that there was a threat to his life.Earlier, the parents of the gangrape victim, along with students and activists were detained by the police as they staged a protest against the release of the juvenile convict. The police action was condemned by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. In December 2012, the teenager was part of the six member gang that lured a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist and her male friend onto a bus, where the girl was gruesomely raped and her companion brutally beaten. The girl subsequently succumbed to her injuries 13 days later in Singapore. The incident caused nationwide outrage and led to widespread outpouring of anger against the rapists, including the teenager.

RSS’s Muslim body to launch education trust

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According to the Rajinder Sachar committee report, the share of Muslims in government services is just 4.4%.

Only 2.2% of Maharashtra Muslims complete education till graduation.

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The RSS-affiliated Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) is planning to push the cause of education among Muslims by launching a trust to undertake educational and social activities. The trust will start educational institutions and ensure that Muslim students benefit from scholarships. The ‘Shaheed Ashfaque Ullah Khan Memorial Trust,’ will be named after freedom fighter and revolutionary Ashfaque Ullah Khan, who was sentenced to death with his close friend Pandit Ramprasad Bismil by the British in the 1925 Kakori conspiracy case. Like Bismil, who is known for his patriotic poem “Sarfaroshi ki Tammanna Ab Hamare Dil Mein Hai,” Khan too was an Urdu poet, and prominent member of the Hindustan Republican Association.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The MRM is the only niche organisation in the Sangh Parivar for Muslims. “We will ensure that minority community students get scholarships, launch computer training and e-learning centres and start schools… and even management and architecture colleges,” the trust’s president Latif Magdum told dna. The trust will be formally inaugurated in Pune on December 21 by senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar, who is the MRM’s chief patron, and the trust’s chief advisor. Ashfaq Ullah Khan, who shares his name with that of revolutionary poet-grandfather is also scheduled to attend along with former vice-chancellors SN Navalgundkar and SN Pathan. “Only MRM members can be members of the general body,” said Magdum, who has been associated with Pune’s Azam Campus as the secretary for around 30 decades. Magdum, a senior MRM functionary, was among those, who were invited for the swearing in of Narendra Modi as the prime minister last year. The trust will have Chhattisgarh Wakf Board chairman Muhammed Salim Ashrafi as the vice-president, Dr Tahir Hussain as the secretary, Abbas Ali Bohra as the treasurer, Dr Zakir Hussain and Jharkhand minority commission chairman Shahid Akhtar as joint secretaries. “As part of our social activities we will seek to bring the community into the national mainstream and organise programmes like Independence Day and Republic Day celebrations and commemorate 1857’s great war of Independence… and help those who are needy,” said Magdum, adding that the trust would start educational institutions with minority status. The trust also plans to construct a memorial of the revolutionary after whom it is named, in Delhi and state capitals, he added. In a bid to deepen its outreach among Muslims the MRM was established in 2002 at the behest of then RSS chief KS Sudarshan. It was initially called “Rashtravadi Muslim Andolan-Ek Nayi Raah” and re-christened the MRM in 2005. Muslims form around 10.6% of Maharashtra’s 11.23 crore population. However, only 2.2% of the community has completed education till graduation and the proportion is at a lower 1.4% for women. According to the Rajinder Sachar committee report, the share of Muslims in government services is just 4.4%. The community also suffers from regressive social practices like oral, triple talaq and low literacy and work participation of women. In September 2014, the body had held its first programme in Mumbai where Kumar, who was questioned by the CBI in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blasts at Hyderabad, addressed participants while making a strong pitch against cow slaughter and on the common ancestry between Hindus and Muslims.

Nirbhaya’s parents and 40 students released after short detention by Delhi Police

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the detention as “unacceptable” and said he has asked Chief Secretary KK Sharma to talk to Police Commissioner BS Bassi to secure the release of the victim’s parents.

ABVP activists along with Nirbhayas parents staging a protest against the release of juvenile delinquent in Nirbhaya Case, in New Delhi on Saturday.

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Parents of the December 16 gangrape victim along with 40 DU and JNU students were detained by the police on Saturday as they staged a protest against the release of the juvenile convict in the case. The father of the victim said that they had gathered for a peaceful demonstration against the release of the juvenile convict but the police detained them.”Is there no justice in this country?” he asked.However, police said that the parents were “not detained” but just removed from the road “for their safety”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We detained around 40 youths who had blocked a stretch on the Outer Ring Road but the parents of the victim were not detained. They were removed from the road for their safety, put on a van and brought to the operation cell in Maurice Nagar and later we arranged for their transportation to be taken back home,” said DCP (North) Madhur Verma.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the detention as “unacceptable” and said he has asked Chief Secretary KK Sharma to talk to Police Commissioner BS Bassi to secure the release of the victim’s parents.However, the father of the victim accused the Delhi government of trying to shield the convict, who has now turned 20.The protesters staged the demonstration at the Outer Ring Road stretch near the correction home, where the juvenile convict was put up, and allegedly blocked the road causing traffic congestion in the area.Also read: DCW reaches out to SC as a last-ditch attempt to stop juvenile convict’s releaseMembers of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) had earlier staged a protest at Jantar Mantar demanding the convict juvenile should not be released. Later, the students along with the victim’s parents held a protest outside the juvenile home and shouted slogans that the government should take immediate steps to stop his release.Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi today said, “Prime Minister travels the world, but there is no law for women here. Everyone promises change but nothing has been done.””We have been waiting for justice for three years. The government and judiciary have given up on us. Rapists have been given a report card that you can rape and you will give you machine and money and will protect you by forming a committee,” he said.

My son is innocent, claims father of arrested Al- Qaeda operative

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Two suspected al Qaeda operatives were arrested earlier this week by the Delhi Police, who claimed to have busted a module of the terror group in the Indian subcontinent that was operating out of the country.

Father of a suspected al-Qaeda operative, who was arrested recently in Delhi, has claimed that his son is “innocent” and that the family would try to save him.”My son used to sell clothes brought from Delhi. He is not much educated and never fights with anyone. How can we believe that he was associated with al-Qaeda. My son cannot be a terrorist,” Ataur Rehman, father of Mohammad Asif told repoters in Sambhal on Thursday. Two suspected al Qaeda operatives were arrested earlier this week by the Delhi Police, who claimed to have busted a module of the terror group in the Indian subcontinent that was operating out of the country.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Mohammed Asif (41) was held from Seelampur in northeast Delhi, another operative, Abdul Rahman (37) was nabbed in Jagatpur area of Cuttack in Odisha, police said. According to police, it was found during interrogation that Asif belonged to Deepa Sarai mohalla in Sambhal district, from where one Zafar Masood was arrested on December 17 in this connection. “My son is innocent and we will trying to save him,” Rehman said.Asif’s youger brother too defended him and said that he (Asif) had once gone to Saudi Arabia and then he had sold his portion of house to manage money.”An alert has been sounded in the district after the arrests in Delhi and Odisha,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Atul Saxena had said yesterday. “Directives have been issued for verification of workers in factories and a search operation has been started,” he had said.Asif is believed to be one of the founding members and the Indian head (amir) of al-Qaeda in Indian subcontinent’s (AQIS) motivation, recruitment and training wing.AQIS was floated by al-Zawahari in September, 2014, following a meeting in the Af-Pak region which reportedly had in its quorum the entire grand council (Arabian Shura) of al-Qaeda, including al-Zawahiri’s son-in-law, a senior official said.

Bangkok handshake effect: Pakistani military hands over J&K youth to Indian army after six months

The timing of the handover is also significant given the new found bonhomie after National Security Advisor (NSAs) of both countries met in Bangkok which was followed by the visit of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to Pakistan to attend heart of Asia conference.

Bonhomie appeared to have replaced the hostilities on the sensitive Line of Control (LoC) after Pakistani military handed over a Jammu and Kashmir youth to the Indian army, six months after he had crossed into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), in Poonch district of Jammu division. Mohammad Rashid of village Degwar-Teruan in the Poonch district had crossed over to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on June 12 and since then his whereabouts were not known. On Wednesday, Pakistan army handed him over to Indian army at Chakan- da-Bagh crossing on the LoC in the Poonch district. “The individual has been handed over to police for further questioning. Rashid, who was a contractual driver, had crossed over for the reasons still under investigation by the police. His father Sattar Din had registered a First Information Report with the police”, said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Usually any individual who inadvertently strays across the LoC is handed over to the respective armies within days after proper verification. But Rashid’s case is a stark contrast since his father had lodged a report and he was in PoK for six months without any trace. The timing of the handover is also significant given the new found bonhomie after National Security Advisor (NSAs) of both countries met in Bangkok which was followed by the visit of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to Pakistan to attend heart of Asia conference. Camaraderie between the two countries notwithstanding, Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested Rashid and he has been sent to joint interrogation centre to unravel the mystery behind his sudden disappearance. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Poonch JS Johar said Rashid was booked under EIMCO (Egress & Ingress Movement Control Ordinance) after he had crossed the LoC into PoK some six months ago. “They live near the fence (at LoC) and he had crossed over to the other side. You can go to PoK via Chakan da Bagh on permit. If you do not go with valid permit, you have to be booked under EIMCO. He was handed over yesterday and we have arrested him under that case”, Johar told dna. Police said the investigation and interrogation of Rashid will help in unraveling the truth behind Rashid’s disappearance. “Interrogation and investigation will go on. He has been arrested since he was wanted by us. We will share with you whatever comes after his interrogation”, Johar said.

Delhi gang rape victim named by mother

The victim of a gang rape on a Delhi bus in 2012 is named by her mother, three years after the attack.

Chennai floods: ‘We had to pay a bribe to cremate our mother’

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We failed to get justice for our daughter, says Nirbhaya’s father

The juvenile convict, allegedly “the most brutal” of the six accused, is scheduled to be released on December 20 after his term at the observation home ends.

The juvenile rapist in the Nirbhaya gangrape case.
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“We have failed. Now there is no hope for justice,” said the distraught parents of December 16, 2012 gangrape victim on the eve of the third anniversary of the incident that shook the nation as they appealed not to release the juvenile convict.”With each passing day her memories get more intense. But we are not even able to face the memories as we have failed to secure justice for her. And now there is no hope for justice!,” the 50-year-old father of the victim said in a choked voice.According to the father, it has been three years and yet the four culprits have not been hanged. The juvenile convict, allegedly “the most brutal” of the six accused, is scheduled to be released on December 20 after his term at the observation home ends. The father of the girl said the youth, who was a juvenile at the time of the incident, should not be released as he is a “threat” to the society. They have also submitted representations to the Home Ministry and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) demanding the same.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”For us he is the the killer of our daughter who is being set free despite his heinous crime. We demand that he should not be released,” the father said.But despondence enters his tone as he says, “We are small people. Who will listen to us? For the last three years we have knocked each and every door with the hope of getting justice, but all in vain,” he said.Meanwhile, the Centre had yesterday asked Delhi High Court to extend the observation home stay of the juvenile convict, saying several mandatory aspects were missing from the post-release rehabilitation plan which needed to be considered before setting him free. The father also stressed that it was important to assess the mental health of the boy before releasing him.”There is a need to assess his mindset to ensure that he does not attack another girl like he had attacked my daughter after being released,” he said.On Wednesday, in remembrance of their beloved daughter and to reaffirm their lifelong commitment to improve women’s safety, the parents of the December 16 victim, in collaboration with women’s and citizens groups, will mark the day as ‘Nirbhaya Chetna Divas’ at Jantar Mantar.

Samajwadi Party not for alliance in 2017 UP polls, but open for 2019 elections: Akhilesh Yadav

Speaking during ‘Agenda Aaj Tak’ conference in New Delhi, Akhilesh reiterated that he would like to see his father and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav don the role of Central leader after 2019 elections.

Akhilesh Yadav said SP will face assembly polls, which he termed as “more than agni pariksha” (acid test) on the back of “developmental” works its government has done as he listed projects his dispensation completed/has proposed.

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Samajwadi Party (SP) is open for tie-up for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Friday even as he ruled out the possibility of forging alliance with any party for 2017 state assembly polls.Speaking during ‘Agenda Aaj Tak’ conference in New Delhi, Akhilesh reiterated that he would like to see his father and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav don the role of Central leader after 2019 elections.Akhilesh indirectly ruled out possibility of SP heading into next Lok Sabha election under Nitish Kumar, contending that the Bihar Chief Minister and RJD chief Laloo Prasad Yadav had considered his father as their leader when the grand alliance came into being.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We are ready for the assembly polls. We are keeping eye on 2019 polls too. We will get clear majority in (assembly polls). So, no alliance for the state election. But it will be good if anyone is interested in joining us for upcoming elections of 2019,” Akhilesh said.Akhilesh expressed confidence that “someone” from UP will play the role of Central leader during the 2019 polls and wished the person to be a samajwadi (socialist).Asked if his party will accept Nitish Kumar as the leader going into the next general elections, Akhilesh said, “When the grand alliance (ahead of Bihar polls) took shape, Netaji was its president. All the leaders made him the president. But on internal politics, only Netaji can speak, I cannot .why SP pulled off But both Nitish and Laloo had considered him as their leader.”Akhilesh said SP will face assembly polls, which he termed as “more than agni pariksha” (acid test) on the back of “developmental” works its government has done as he listed projects his dispensation completed/has proposed.The Chief Minister termed as “big verdict” BJP-led NDA’s drubbing in the recent Bihar elections, but added it was voters in Uttar Pradesh who had defeated “communal forces” in the state first.On being asked if SP, which had pulled out of grand alliance for Bihar elections, learnt a “lesson” from the poll results there, Akhilesh said it were the “fissiparous” forces which needed to take lessons from the outcome as he referred to Dadri episode and demands of ban on cow slaughter – though without naming any organisaiton.When an attendee at the event asked the SP leader whether it was acceptable to him if Rahul Gandhi was made Prime Minister and himself as his deputy, Akhilesh referred to the offer he had made to the Congress vice president last week.”See, I had given that formula (Mulayam as Prime Minister and Rahul as Deputy Prime Minister). My father made me a Chief Minister. So, I will do something for my father,” he joked.When questioned about RSS reiterating its stand of constructing Ram temple in Ayodhya, the SP leader said, “people of Uttar Pradesh are sensible. They were deceived by acche din talk once, but that will not work with them now.” Akhilesh also dismissed a question that his party worked as “shock absorber” for NDA headed by BJP during Bihar election, saying the Amit Shah-led party and SP were “completely different” outfits in nature.Akhilesh avoided speaking directly when asked if SP will support NDA Government over GST and said his party was in favour of a formula that will “not affect states and people”.When one of the attendees asked why SP doesn’t control its leader Azam Khan from allegedly making “vicious” statements as it embarrasses Muslims in the country, Akhilesh defended his cabinet minister saying, “You don’t listen to him completely. None speaks sweeter than him.”He reiterated his government carried out developmental works in constituencies led by leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi.To a teaser why SP leaders were “afraid” of CBI, Akhilesh said in a lighter vein, “Congress people can tell you better about it”.

National Herald case: Transfer of shares to Young Indian Limited ‘totally illegal’, says Shanti Bhushan

Former law minister Shanti Bhushan on Friday said that the transfer of shares of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) to Sonia-Rahul Gandhi controlled private firm Young Indian Limited (YIL) was ‘totally illegal’.

Former law minister Shanti Bhushan on Friday said that the transfer of shares of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) to Sonia-Rahul Gandhi controlled private firm Young Indian Limited (YIL) was ‘totally illegal’. “I don’t think any notice were sent to any of the shareholders. The transfer of control and shares from a large number of patriotic people to a family is ‘totally illegal’. A large number of patriotic Indians had contributed for a public cause. Their right has been taken away and transferred to a close held company, namely Young India, in which there are only four share holders Sonia Gandhi 38%, Rahul 38%, MotiLal Vora 12% and Oscar Fernandes 12%,” Bhushan told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bhushan said his father had bought large number of shares of AJL in 1938, which he had inherited. “National Herald was started in 1937-38. My father was a Congressman, and therefore, like all well to do Congressmen, he had also subscribed to the creation of the National Herald and he had paid for a large number of shares. These facts have to be asserted from the registrar of companies. His name still continues to be on the shareholders list,? he added. The Prime Minister was visibly upset with the opposition party`s unrelenting protests after a Delhi court asked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to appear before it on December 19 over BJP leader Subramanian Swamy`s lawsuit accusing them of financial misappropriation in taking control of the defunct National Herald newspaper.”Democracy cannot function on the whims and fancies of anyone,” the Prime Minister said. Repeated adjournments of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have stymied the government`s efforts to push key reforms, especially the goods and services tax bill, in the ongoing winter session.

Delhi Police nab kidnappers of minor girl days after her return

On December 22, the minor’s father lodged a missing person’s complaint with the Uttam Nagar Police station, following which the police immediately swung into action to locate the missing girl.

Delhi Police arrested two men who kidnapped, gang raped and attempted to murder a 14-year-old girl who hailed from Uttam Nagar, West Delhi. Several cases of kidnapping, attempt to murder, rape among others have been filed against the accused Mohit alias Kishan and Vipin, both 22 years old. A third consort – Devendra, alias Daku Singh, believed to be Mohit’s brother is absconding.On December 22, the minor’s father lodged a missing person’s complaint with the Uttam Nagar Police station, following which the police immediately swung into action to locate the missing girl. The minor, traced to Yatharth Hospital, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh on December 6, was suffering from a gunshot wound and alleged history of sexual assault. She was later shifted to Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, whereupon she was questioned by the police and her statement recorded by a court’s magistrate.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a press conference held at the Delhi Police Headquarters, Joint Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak south-west range said “Based on the victim’s testimony and verification, two of the three accused were arrested and interrogated by the police on December 9 where they admitted to all charges. A car used in the kidnapping was also recovered by police personnel.”According to the minor girl’s statement, Mohit obtained the minor’s telephone number and proceeded to have several conversations with her over a period of few days. He then convinced her to run away with him on December 22. Once the minor was in his possession, Mohit and his accomplice Vipin, bundled her in their car – Hyundai Santro, and made their way to Tugalpur village near Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh where she was gang raped by them and a third accused Devendra aka Daku Singh. On December 5, Vipin, drove the victim in a white Mahindra Bolero, to a field near the village where she was held captive on the pretext of freeing her. However, the other two culprits awaited them and proceeded to rape her. As the minor attempted to escape the clutches of her captives, Devendra shot her above the abdomen with a country revolver and her body was dumped in a dry well in Tugalpur village, Uttar Pradesh.The girl, who was grievously injured pretended to be dead and later cried out for help when she was sure her molesters had gone away. She was rescued by locals and transferred to the hospital for treatment.The minor is now recovering at the hospital while police personnel continue their hunt for the third accused. According to a statement from the police, Mohit and his brother Devendra are history sheeters, though there seems to be no prior record for Vipin.

It’s matter of sorrow that Parliament is not running: PM Modi

With the continuous disruption of Parliamentary sessions and the stalling of important bills, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it is a matter of sorrow that Parliament is not running.”People only talk about GST and Parliament, but there are several other measures for the poor that are pending in Parliament. It’s matter of sorrow that Parliament is not running,” said Modi at the Jagran forum in Delhi.”Democracy cannot function at the whims and fancies of anyone,” he added.Stating that he wants to make India’s development journey a ‘Jan Andolan’, he said, “Everyone must feel he or she is working for India’s progress. The first thing is to have faith in the people and their strengths. This becomes ‘Lok Shakti’.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi also highlighted the importance of public participation in a democracy and said that the definition of democracy could not be restricted only to elections and the governments.”Democracy is strengthened by people’s participation,” he said.Invoking Mahatma Gandhi to highlight the importance of ‘jan bhaagidari’, Modi credited the Father of the Nation for bringing a big change in the process of the freedom struggle.”Mahatma Gandhi transformed the freedom struggle into a ‘Jan Andolan’. He turned a common man into a soldier of the freedom struggle,” he added.He also took the opportunity to express his concern over the repeated disruptions in the Parliament and said that the rights of the poor are being ignored with the Parliament not functioning.(With ANI inputs)

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung felicitates armed forces personnel on flag day

The Lt Governor also released a Flag Day Brochure of the Rajya Sainik Board and urged everyone to contribute generously to the cause of rehabilitation and welfare of ex-servicemen and their families.

Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung , Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Dy CM Manish Sisodia pose with Gallantry awardees during a function in New Delhi on Monday.

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday felicitated armed forces personnel here on the occasion of Armed Forces Flag Day.Ten 10 gallantry awardees and 19 Distinguished Service medal winners were honoured at the function which also saw the Lt Governor felicitating and extending ex gratia amounts to Manju, the wife of late GDSM Sandeep Yadav, and his father Birender Singh.Sandeep was martyred during a cordon and search operation in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on August 15, 2008.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Armed Forces of India have resolutely upheld the tradition of service before self and made us stand proud as citizens of this great nation. The Armed Forces personnel have always made immense personal sacrifices while discharging their duties,” Jung said at the function.The Lt Governor also released a Flag Day Brochure of the Rajya Sainik Board and urged everyone to contribute generously to the cause of rehabilitation and welfare of ex-servicemen and their families. The function held at Raj Niwas was also attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, and senior officers of army, navy, air force and Delhi government.Armed Forces Flag Day is observed on December 7 every year to honour the martyrs and men in uniform who valiantly safeguard the nation’s sovereignty and integrity.

Ambedkar, Hedgewar similar, had put nation before self: Mohan Bhagwat

Paying tributes to Ambedkar on his 60th death anniversary, Bhagwat said, “the father of constitution studied with a great difficulty and used his knowledge for the benefit of country and not for himself”.

Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said like dalit icon B R Ambedkar, the RSS founder K B Hedgewar also worked selflessly for the welfare of the country.”Dr Ambedkar played a big role in framing our Constitution. He was a great intellectual who freed thousands of people from slavery. Like Dr Ambedkar, Hedgewar also worked selflessly for the welfare of the country,” Bhagwat said at a function to inaugurate a school premises named after Hedgewar at Bambolim near here.Paying tributes to Ambedkar on his 60th death anniversary, Bhagwat said, “the father of constitution studied with a great difficulty and used his knowledge for the benefit of country and not for himself”.Hailing Hedgewar, Bhagwat said the former had always passed in first class in academics.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The man after whom this school has been named was always a first class student. As a boy, he participated in the ‘Vande Mataram’ agitation in Nagpur, after which the British closed down all schools there,” Bhagwat said, adding that Hedgewar was rusticated from school because he refused to apologise for participating in the agitation. Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, state chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, deputy chief minister Francis D’Souza were present at the function.

Chennai Floods: Students recount harrowing ordeal, Nepal quake survivor among hundreds rescued

SRM University has three campuses and its main centre in Guindy and VIT Vellore’s Chennai campus were badly-hit.

A waterlogged area in the city

PTI
18-year-old Abhik Thapa, a Nepalese student at a private university in Chennai, had come to India as one of the lucky survivors of the killer April earthquake and now he is heading back to Kathmandu after having lived through the Chennai rains tragedy.The student of genetics at the SRM University, which bore the heavy brunt of the rains during the first few days, was among the several students left stranded in their hostels, after the torrential rains pounded the city last week.Thapa and his college mates were eventually rescued by a coordinated team of defence personnel and finally brought to the Tambaram Air Base, nearly 30 km from here, before being flown to Delhi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”My home is in Kathmandu and our family survived that massive calamity, with a little damage to our house. But, yes the disaster and the experiences thereof, of seeing Nepal get back on its feet, helped me cope with with tragedy,” Thapa told PTI in Tambaram.As per the plan, several of the rescued people after being assembled at the Tambaram Base are being taken by Mi-14 choppers in batches to the Arakkonam Naval Base, 70 km west of Chennai, and from there to different cities, mostly in C-17s. A couple of civilian rescue flights also ferried a few hundred students in the past few days to Delhi, Bengaluru or Hyderabad.Mumbai-native Sankalp Mohapatra, 21, was stranded for nearly three days at Chennai Airport along with several of his friends from VIT, Vellore. All of them were to catch a flight back to their hometown, little knowing that they had something else in store. Battling choppy weather, power crisis, inundated streets and the odds, the students, with a few girls among them, survived through the tough times, keeping each other strong.”Our flight was for December 1, and after announcement of delay it was finally cancelled. We all slept at the airport as we were expecting a replacement flight next day, but it only got worse from there. Next day evening they shut down the electricity connection, as water was coming to the arrival side, and then by late evening it went pitch dark,” Sankalp says.”We then stepped out of the airport and decided to first make way to the Koyambedu bus station in Chennai, but seeing the water gushing out, we decide to go back to the airport premises, as we felt it was safer there,” the fourth-year student of Computer Science adds.His friend Pallav Gupta, 21, a Delhi resident, shares another harrowing tale of their ordeal. “Many taxi and auto drivers tried to take advantage of our situation. They were asking Rs 35,000-Rs 40,000 for taking us barely a few kms. Even for the nearest metro, they charged about couple of thousands (of rupees). We did not have much money, the ATMs were out of cash, so we could not leave the airport,” Gupta rues. Pallav’s friend, Aditi Mehindiratta, 21, a Gurgaon resident, who was with them, says she was worried, but at no point scared. “After our flights were cancelled, we were given a bus by the airport authorities to Koyambedu Bus Terminal, but on way to the place, we saw water gushing out in front of us. “We then immediately turned around and went back to the airport and stayed put there until help arrived from defence, after one of our friends, whose father is in Air Force contacted him,” she says.SRM University has three campuses and its main centre in Guindy and VIT Vellore’s Chennai campus were badly-hit.”We were in our rooms on the ground floor when the water started entering from beneath the doors and suddenly started rising. We immediately ran upstairs on to the higher floors.Our university rescue team helped and fed us initially and then defence people came in and took us to Tambaram Air Base,” says Ayush Pandey, a Kanpur native and a 1st year student at the VIT Chennai campus.19-year-old Akhshay Jyoti, son of a retired commander in Navy, had to contact his father, after being surrounded with water at his campus in Hindustan University. “We were stuck in our university for a few days after the last heavy rain and later a ‘Chetak’ came and airlifted five of us students. We were then brought to the Tambaram Base before flying out in a civilian flight from the Arakkonam Base,” he says.Tejas Mohlah, who called help for his VIT friends at the airport, says, “We had also decided to go to the nearest dry place possible or the metro station, which nonetheless was packed like sardines. “Our friends who were there told us the ticket queues ran for so long, it was taking three hours to get a ticket, and the train were running at long intervals.”18-year-old twin brothers George and Verghese, who hail from Kerala, flashed a ‘V-sign’ from the window of the Mi-14, when they were transported to Arakkonam along with other rescued students. “We were born together, and we survived together,” says George.

15 things you need to know about the Father of Constitution BR Ambedkar

Some highlights from Ambedkar’s life .

December 6 is the death anniversary of BR Ambedkar, best known for being the architect of the Indian constitution and for his struggle against untouchability in the Indian society. Ambedkar passed away in 1956, when he was 65 years old.Here are 9 facts you need to know about this great man, who made the Indian constitution possible. 1. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born on April 14, 1891 in Mhow ( currently in Madhya Pradesh). He belonged to the Mahar caste, considered as untouchable and dalit. A young Ambdekar faced blatant discrimination in school. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Ambedkar’s father served in the Indian army and his ancestors had worked with the East India Company.3. Ambedkar was a student par excellence. He had degrees in law and economics from iconic places like the Columbia University and the London School of Economics. 4. He was the first Union Minister of Law and Justice in the Nehru government. 5. Ambedkar wrote a short autobiography called Waiting For a Visa in 1935-36. It chronicled his experience with untouchability, including his struggles after he returned to India and started working in Baroda. 6. While working in Bombay at Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, he faced hostility from colleagues for being from a lower caste. 7. Ambedkar strongly spoke out against Manusmriti for justifying caste discrimination and untouchability and even burnt its copies. 8. In 1936, Ambedkar formed Independent Labour Party, to give a voice to the downtrodden. 9. In 1942, he formed the Scheduled Castes Federation. However, his party had very limited electoral success.10. Ambedkar was the Chairman of the constitution drafting committee. 11. He resigned as the Union Law Minister when his Hindu Code Bill failed to pass in the Parliament. 12. Ambedkar was the man behind the setting up of the Finance Commission of India. His ideas were also used when the Reserve Bank of India was founded. 13. He was fervently against Article 370, which grants special status for Jammu and Kashmir. 14. He converted to Buddhism in 1956 along with his wife.15. He suffered from severe diabetes towards the end of his life.

Farmer suicides resurface; 5 end lives in 5 days in Malegaon

Five farmers have committed suicide in five days since December 1, 2015, in Nashik district, out of which four were in Malegaon tehsil and one in Igatpuri.Sunil Desale (35), a resident of Sherul village, ended his life by hanging himself from a tree. An ST driver, who was passing by, saw the body at 6:45 am on Friday in a farm in the Hiswal area of the village and alerted the villagers. The villagers identified Desale.Desale’s wife had committed suicide only two months earlier. They leave behind two sons – aged 6 and 4 years. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Desales own 5 acres of land and had taken a loan of Rs 6 lakh for a poultry farm. But the poultry shed was destroyed in a storm two years ago. They still have to repay the co-operative bank loan. Unable to bear the loss, Desale must have ended his life, villagers said.Another farmer, Krushna Shinde (40), ended his life on December 3. Shinde had retired from the Indian Army after 13 years. He had also taken a loan to start a dairy business in his native village at Waghere in Igatpuri tehsil. Two months ago, he took another loan from a private bank. Unable to bear with the agricultural losses and take care of the rising expenses of his children, ailing parents and the marriage of his brother and sister Krushna consumed pesticide in his farm on Thursday afternoon. Though family members rushed him to a hospital, he didn’t survive.The other three to end their lives were Ganesh Bachchav (33), Pravin Magar (48) and Mahesh Sonawane (36) – all from Malegaon. They committed suicide on December 1. Bachchav, who had little more than one acre of dry land and had a loan of Rs 1 lakh, hanged himself from a tree. Crop losses, an ailing father and daughter and brother are believed to be the reasons behind his suicide. Magar, who owned 2 acres of land and had a loan of Rs 3 lakh, ended his life by consuming pesticide.Sonawane, a resident of Padalde village, also consumed pesticide of December 1. He was farming onions and cotton on his 5-acre land, but ended up with a debt of Rs 75,000 after the drought situation.Malegaon has faced drought for three consecutive years. Unseasonal rains and hailstorm only added to farmers’s woes and 19 of them have ended their lives since the last 11 months.“This is a very sad situation. We have been counseling farmers and trying to create awareness that ending life is no solution… We have even requested banks to be considerate and give farmers extended time to repay loans. The situation is tough and we have to see that farmers do not take the extreme step”, said district collector Ramdas Khedkar.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti says Bihar election results a lesson to fringe elements misusing Hinduism

The daughter of state Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed was asked a question how does her party justify when noises including by some Union Ministers of “go to Pakistan”.

Mehbooba Mufti

PDP President Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday demanded that “fringe elements” acting in the name of Hinduism should be checked, drawing comparison with elements of ISIS who misuse Islam.”In our country tolerance is the strength of the country and if we don’t stop this so-called fringe elements…What is happening in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq… because those are also fringe elements who are misusing the name of Islam.”So in our country there are fringe elements who are misusing the name of Hinduism and they also compare it with nationalism which is worse,” she said while speaking at the HT Leadership summit in Delhi. Mehbooba, whose party PDP heads a coalition government with BJP in Jammu and Kashmir, said Bihar elections had done a “great job” to the “fringe elements” who misused the name Hinduism comparing it with “nationalism”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The daughter of state Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed was asked a question how does her party justify when noises including by some Union Ministers of “go to Pakistan”. She said “the mentality is the same..it is the thought process that counts.” She referred to late Pakistani Prime Minister ZA Bhutto’s quote who had said that India is thriving because of the chaos and noise of democracy.”…When people are trying to fight a battle with rising prices, don’t get onions, and suddenly some people start dictating as to which meat should one consume? This is not done. This is not acceptable,” she said.To a question whether it was affecting the PDP-BJP alliance in the state which saw death of a young trucker being killed by such fringe elements, she said “the murderers have been booked and tough action has been taken. This is what counts. Statements can be there but at the end it’s the action that counts.”As she settled down for the interaction, Mehbooba was asked a question about the possibility of her succeeding her father as Chief Minister, she replied, “I am not comfortable with this question please. I don’t want to think about it. I am working for the people and will continue to do so.”

Intel note calls Kafaitullah a notorious criminal

As the espionage network prevalent in the Indian armed forces widened with the arrest of Munawwar Ahmad Mir, a retired Rashtriya Rifles constable from Jammu and Kashmir, the family of the two main accused seems to be in denial, claiming that two main accused are innocent.Relatives of the two Rajouri men, identified as Kafaitullah Khan and BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed, arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan, told dna on Friday that the duo had a ‘long family history’ of serving in the Indian armed forces and would not dare to collaborate with Pakistani Intelligence operatives.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An intelligence note consisting of a profile of the duo, also mentions their family history and current socio-economic status. The note accessed by dna states that siblings of the two accused, are currently serving in the Territorial Army and BSF respectively.”After verification, Kafaitullah Khan S/O Qudratullah Khan caste Doman, age 35 years, is a resident of village Kalai. His brother is serving in the Army (TA),” the profile reads. An intelligence official told dna that Kafaitullah’s father has expired and that he has mother, wife and four children. The note also mentions Kafaitullah as a notorious criminal against whom case FIR No. 13/2012 under section 363, 109 and case FIR No. 101/2014 under section 307 of the Ranbir Penal code stand registered.However, Mohamad Amin, brother-in-law of Kafaitullah claimed otherwise. While speaking to dna, Amin said that Kafaitullah was getting only Rs 4,000 in salary as the bulk of it would get deducted as he had taken to build a house. “His brother is in the army as well. He had been selected for BSF but decided not to join due to personal issues faced by the family. The cases against him are false,” said Amin.Both Kafaitullah and his cousin Rasheed were arrested by the Crime Branch for sending documents related to security deployment to a Pakistani intelligence operative. A senior police official told dna that Crime Branch recovered incriminating documents at the residence of Kafaitullah, yet his family claimed that no such documents were recovered.However, the intelligence note profiling the accused states,”The subject (Kafaitullah) was arrested by Crime Branch on November 26, at railway station Delhi and was brought to his native village Manjakote, on his disclosure some documents, including one identity card issued by Education department was recovered from his house”.”We can’t travel all the way to Delhi so we don’t know what is happening with his case. Through media reports we are getting to know about. We are sure he will be released soon as he is innocent,” Amin said.Similarly, Rasheed’s brother too is currently serving in the BSF. Rasheed had also joined the BSF in 1990 and now stands accused of procuring secret documents and sending them to Kafaitullah and a PIO identified as Faizal.”The duo had sent the documents through whatsapp and deleted the conversation they were having with PIO’s. We cant disclose the nature of other documents recovered from the duo,” said a senior police officer.Meanwhile Tahzeem Akhtar, wife of Rasheed, while speaking to dna said, “There are many soldiers in our family and this is a conspiracy against us. My husband has been in army for 25 years and his record is clean. So how so suddenly does all this evidence comes up. Someone in the village did not like to see us serving the nation.”She added that, her husband would be released soon ‘as all of this was a misunderstanding’. But not according to the Crime Branch whose investigators are now looking at a wide network of espionage.”Many more arrests will follow,” said an officer adding that at least four new names have cropped up during the investigation so far.Munawwar Ahmad Mir, joined the Indian Army in 1995 and took retirement in 2011 after serving in J&K Light Infantry, Rashtriya Rifles at various places in India was arrested by the Crime Branch.

Saina Nehwal to donate Rs 2 lakh for Tamil Nadu flood victims

Star shuttler Saina Nehwal will donate Rs 2 lakh for the people affected by heavy rains and flood in Tamil Nadu, her father said on Friday.

Star shuttler Saina Nehwal will donate Rs 2 lakh for the people affected by heavy rains and flood in Tamil Nadu, her father said on Friday.”Saina would like to donate Rs 2 lakh to the victims of rains in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. I am going to make it happen,” Saina’s father Harvir Singh said.Saina, currently ranked number two in BWF world rankings, is training under renowned coach Vimal Kumar in Bangalore.Unprecedented heavy rains over the last several days have led to widespread devastation in Chennai and its neighbouring districts in Tamil Nadu. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

December 16 gangrape: Victim’s parents say convicted juvenile still a threat

There is no proof that he is no longer a threat to society and especially women. Moreover, nobody knows how he looks. How do we know we are safe. Will police guarantee the safety of my family, said the father to dna.

As the juvenile, convicted in the 2012 brutal gang-rape and murder of a physiotherapy student in Delhi, is all set to be released later this month, parents of victim have almost given up on the hope on his release being stalled.Parents while speaking to dna also reacted sharply to reports that the authorities were planning to send him to an NGO where he would be closely watched. Nirbhaya’s parents had petitioned the home ministry, courts and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in an effort to stop the convict’s release.”There is no proof that he is no longer a threat to society and especially women. Moreover, nobody knows how he looks. How do we know we are safe. Will police guarantee the safety of my family,” said the father to dna.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”They are talking about sending him to an NGO. But will his activities be monitored all the time. I don’t think so. Murders take place in jails and the government thinks that they can control this culprit when he is freely roaming outside,” the father said. “The government is fooling us,” he addedThe NHRC had issued notices to Centre and Delhi government on a complaint by the parents, apprehending threat to society from the juvenile convict in the case who is set to be released next month.”They have stated that the juvenile, who was largely responsible for the death of their daughter and was the most brutal amongst all the offenders, is supposed to be released sometime in December.”They have submitted that such persons are threat to the life and liberty of the common man. There should be a mechanism to keep a strict check on them so that people are not subjected to any risk of being harmed. The complainants have also stated that the rate of recidivism (committing crimes again) is fairly high,” said an NHRC statement.The accused juvenile, now a 20-year-old was convicted for gangraping Nirbhaya in a moving bus on 16 December 2012, along with five other accomplices. During the course of investigation it came to fore that it was him that had brutalised the victim more than any other accused.”There was talk of placing charges under the National Security Act (NSA) in order to keep the convict in jail but nothing concrete has come out so far,” said a senior police officer.The other accused included Ram Singh, Vinay Sharma, Vinay Kumar, and brothers, Mukesh and Pawan Gupta. All of them were sentenced to death by the Delhi High Court and Ram Singh committed suicide in Tihar Jail in 2013. The juvenile was given the maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment in a reform facility and is supposed to be released in December.

Married daughter eligible for deceased father’s govt job on compassionate grounds: Chhattisgarh HC

The HC cited that “policy of compassionate appointment excluding married daughters for consideration is a retrograde policy of the welfare state, and violative of Article 16 (2) (no discrimination on grounds of religion, caste, sex etc) of the Constitution.”

A married daughter is eligible to get government job of her deceased’s father on compassionate grounds, the Chhattisgarh High Court has observed. Justice Sanjay K Agrawal made the observation on Tuesday while hearing a petition filed by Sarojani Bhoi (28) who had challenged the state government on the ground that she was not given the job of her father who passed away in 2011.The HC cited that “policy of compassionate appointment excluding married daughters for consideration is a retrograde policy of the welfare state, and violative of Article 16 (2) (no discrimination on grounds of religion, caste, sex etc) of the Constitution.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Father of Sarojani, Jaldev Pradhan who was working as Amin Patwari in the water resources department of the state s Mahasamund district, died on January 6, 2011. He left behind his wife Hemkanti and two married daughters Sarojani and Sanyukta, he said.The petitioner made an application for compassionate appointment pleading that after the death of her father she is maintaining her family including her mother as she has no other source of income. The state government had rejected her application holding that as per clause 3 (1)(c) of the policy dated 10/06/2003, the married daughter of the deceased government servant is not entitled to compassionate appointment. Thereafter, Sarojani filed the writ petition challenging the legality and validity of the clause,Contending that the state policy is “unconstitutional” Sarojani said a married daughter holds equal rights as that of a married son to get her deceased father’s government job. After hearing arguments from both sides, Justice Agrawal observed that prohibiting the consideration of the married daughter from seeking compassionate appointment merely on the ground of marriage is plainly arbitrary and violative of constitutional guarantee envisaged in Article 14, (equality before law) 15 (no discrimination on grounds of religion, caste and sex etc) and 16 (2) of the Constitution of India, he said.The court further held the state government’s policy of 2003 in this regard was “void and inoperative” and ordered the state government to reconsider the claim of the petitioner within 45 days.

Real dirt of India lies not on the streets but in ‘our minds’, says President Pranab Mukherjee

“Every day, we see unprecedented violence all around us. At the heart of this violence is darkness, fear and mistrust. While we invent new modes of combating this ever spiralling violence, we must not forget the power of non-violence, dialogue and reason,” said President Pranab Mukherjee.

The real dirt of India lies not on the streets but in “our minds and in our unwillingness to let go of views that divide society into them and us”, President Pranab Mukherjee said in Ahmedabad on Tuesday emphasising on cleansing minds of divisive thoughts.Speaking at a function in Sabarmati Ashram here, Mukherjee cited Gandhiji’s vision of India as an inclusive nation where every section of population lived in equality and enjoyed equal opportunity and said the essence of being human is “our trust of each other”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Every day, we see unprecedented violence all around us. At the heart of this violence is darkness, fear and mistrust. While we invent new modes of combating this ever spiralling violence, we must not forget the power of non-violence, dialogue and reason,” he said.Mukherjee has been speaking against intolerance after the Dadri lynching incident and subsequent events.He said Ahimsa (or non-violence) is not a negative force and “we must free our public discourse of all forms of violence, physical as well as verbal. Only a non-violent society can ensure the participation of all sections of the people, especially the marginalised and the dispossessed in our democratic process.”The President said Gandhiji gave us an object lesson in Ahimsa by taking the assassin’s bullets with the name of Rama on his lips.Inaugurating the Archives and Research Centre at the Ashram, he said the real dirt of India lies not in our streets but in our minds and in our unwillingness to let go of views that divide society into ‘them’ and ‘us’, ‘pure’ and ‘impure’.”We must make a success of the laudable and welcome Swatch Bharat Mission.However, this also must be seen as just the beginning of a much larger and intense effort to cleanse minds and fulfil Gandhiji’s vision in all its aspects,” said Mukherjee, who is on three-day maiden visit to Gujarat.He said, “So long as the dehumanising practice of carrying night soil persists, we cannot have real Swacch Bharat”.Mukherjee said Gandhiji is not just the “Father of our Nation’ but also the maker of our nation as he gave us the moral vector to guide our actions, a measure by which we are judged.”Gandhiji saw India as an inclusive nation where every section of our population lived in equality and enjoyed equal opportunity.He saw India as a country which would celebrate and constantly strengthen its vibrant diversity and commitment to pluralism.”Gandhiji wanted our people to move forward unitedly in ever widening thought and action.And most of all, he did not want us to convert the celebration of his life and message into a mere ritual,” the President said.The real essence of Gandhiji’s legacy and its continuing resonance lies in his injunction to us that all our actions must keep in mind the last person.The last person in India is often a woman, a Dalit or an Adivasi.”We must constantly ask ourselves, do our actions have meaning for them?, he asked.Mukherjee said we must empower the poorest of the poor.”Everyone must act as trustees of collective welfare and wealth. The essence of being human is our trust of each other.The damage we see to the environment all around us- reminds us of the need for trusteeship, the President said.”Only those who are confident of their conviction, secure in their faith and rooted in their culture can hope to live in an open house, an open society.If we close ourselves in, seek to be immune from other influences, it shows that we are prepared to live in a house that is devoid of fresh breeze,” Mukherjee said.Remembering Gandhiji’s favourite Bhajan, “Vaishnava Jana To” which was being sung this morning as he entered ‘Hriday Kunj’ in the Ashram, he said this immortal hymn of Narsinh Mehta says the true devotee is one who is compassionate and moved by empathy for others.”This capacity for compassion and empathy is the true foundation of our civilisation,” Mukherjee said.Gandhiji used a very special word for civilisation, Sudhar (improvement). Sudhar is not just the good path or the right path but also that which holds human civilisation together. Let us pledge to join hands and build an India that truly exemplifies this Sudhar,” he added.

Mind your own business, Captain Amarinder snubs Sukhbir Singh Badal

Asserting that the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ was a religious congregation, he said, Sukhbir by trying to accuse all those who attended it as ‘Khalistanis’ (people demanding separate Sikh homeland) was hurting the religious sentiments of people and trying to project an entire community as anti-national.

Amarinder Singh

Punjab Congress President Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday snubbed Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and rejected his demand for action against Congress leaders attending ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ (congregation of sikhs) at Amritsar on November 10.”You better mind your own business than meddle in our party affairs”. “It is like devil quoting scriptures”, he remarked. The PCC President asked Sukhbir and his father (Parkash Singh Badal) that before raising an accusing finger on the Congress leaders, who attended the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ purely as true Sikhs, they should better take action against SAD sitting MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha who boasts himself as a “terrorist”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Before resorting to such neurotic breast beating about threat to peace in Punjab and trying to blame Congress for it, why don t you ask your father Parkash Singh Badal as what made him to pronounce the then chief minister Beant Singh assassin Balwant Singh Rajoana as ‘Zinda Shaheed’ (living martyr) and bring back another life convict Devinderpal Singh Bhullar to Amritsar and treat him as a state guest”, Capt Amarinder asked Sukhbir.Ridiculing Sukhbir s “day dreaming” of ruling for next 15 years, the PCC president asked him, “forget about next 15 years, better start worrying as what will happen after 15 months from now when you will be running for cover and you will no longer have hundreds of security personnel to protect you”.Asserting that the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ was a religious congregation, he said, Sukhbir by trying to accuse all those who attended it as ‘Khalistanis’ (people demanding separate Sikh homeland) was hurting the religious sentiments of people and trying to project an entire community as anti-national. “Do you mean that those who had come there to protest against the desecration of Holy Guru Granth Sahab were all Khalistanis?” he asked Sukhbir to clarify while adding, “and do you mean that every Sikh who raised his voice against desecration and rightly blamed you for it, is a Khalistani?”

Gujarat local body polls: Congress hopeful after high voter turnout

The leader said he can envisage the defeat of BJP and victory of the Congress.

Overwhelmed by the high voter turnout till noon across Gujarat for the second phase of local body elections, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel expressed confidence of winning the polls and termed the trend as a “wave for change”.Patel on Sunday exercised his franchise at a booth in his ancestral village of Piraman in Bharuch district . “This enthusiasm among people, who are coming out in huge numbers, to cast their votes, indicates a wave of change. Attempts were made (by BJP) to replicate the ‘Gujarat Model’ across India. But, people will eventually realise that they have been cheated and misguided by such claims of development,” Patel told reporters.The leader said he can envisage the defeat of BJP and victory of the Congress.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Polling to 31 district panchayats, 230 taluka panchayats and 56 municipalities was conducted today from 8 AM to 5 PM. Counting of votes will be done on December 2. As per the primary report from the State Election Commission, more than 35 per cent voters have already exercised their franchise till 3 PM across Gujarat. Among the prominent personalities, who have cast their votes, include state Health Minister Nitin Patel, Minister of State for Home Rajni Patel, Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and many other leaders from both the parties.After casting his vote in Kadi town of Mehsana, Nitin Patel also expressed confidence of winning polls. “For BJP, development is the only agenda, be it local body polls, Assembly polls or Lok Sabha. People of Mehsana, who were deprived of drinking water earlier, are now given water from Narmada. People knows what this BJP government has done for them,” he said.Besides, people associated with the Patel Quota stir also cast their votes, including president of Sardar Patel Group(SPG) Lalji Patel. Face of quota movement, Hardik Patel’s father Bharatbhai, mother Ushaben and sister Monica also exercised their franchise in Viramgam town of Mehsana

Jan Lokpal bill is ‘Jokepal’ bill, say the Bhushans

They described the Janlokpal as “Jokepal” saying that under pressure, due to unjustified delay, the Delhi cabinet has now passed a Delhi Janlokpal Bill, 2015 which is cheating with national capital and the Lokpal movement.

Questioning the provisions of the Delhi government’s proposed Lokpal bill, noted activist-lawyers Prashant Bhushan and his father Shanti Bhushan on Saturday accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of committing the “biggest fraud” on the people by diluting the original Jan Lokpal draft of the Anna movement and demanded the CM’s resignation. They described the Janlokpal as “Jokepal” saying that under pressure, due to unjustified delay, the Delhi cabinet has now passed a Delhi Janlokpal Bill, 2015 which is cheating with national capital and the Lokpal movement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Swaraj Abhiyaan leaders questioned the present provisions of appointment of the Lokpal, his jurisdiction, removal of chairperson or members of Janlokpal, no investigating machinery and also penalty on false complaints, and claimed that Union ministers and officials were put under the ambit of the proposed legislation “deliberately” to provoke confrontation with the Centre. The AAP government, which is yet to make the bill public, has “diluted” the original provisions of Jan Lokpal of Anna movement, they said. Prashant Bhushan said Kejriwal does not like to be questioned just like “Modi” so he has chosen not to make the contents of the Bill public. “No activist or movement in India’s history has played such a big fraud with people. This will only ensure that the Central government does not approve and the Bill never gets passed. Kejriwal never had the intention to form a strong Lokpal body,” the former AAP leader said. These two lawyers were among those who had founded the Aam Aadmi Party with Kejriwal. They demanded Kejriwal’s resignation saying he had come to power on the promise of providing a strong and independent anti-corruption watchdog but had failed. The Delhi government has extended the ongoing winter session of the state assembly by a week to enable passage of the bill. The Bhushans said the proposed watchdog will not be independent and has been kept under the government, in the bill. The Bill, which was recently cleared by the AAP cabinet, says that a four-member selection committee, comprising the Chief Minister, Speaker, Leader of Opposition and Delhi High Court Chief Justice would appoint the Lokpal, while the removal can be ensured by a motion in the Assembly with two-thirds majority. “Even the Centre’s Lokpal Act, which has been termed as jokepal by Kejriwal, is stronger than this Bill. This is a ‘mahajokepal’. Kejriwal must resign from office,” senior Bhushan said. “In all the draft Lokpals that we have prepared till date, state Lokayuktas are not supposed to have any such powers….,” they said, also questioning the provision which stipulates one-year imprisonment for false complaints, saying it will only deter complainants.

No cricket with Pakistan till border situation becomes normal, says Anupam Kher

Citing the recent killing of Santosh Mahadik in a shootout with militants in Kashmir, Anupam Kher said that not playing cricket will be a way to show sensitivity towards the bereaved family.
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India should not resume its cricketing ties with Pakistan until the situation at the border becomes “normal”, feels veteran actor Anupam Kher. Kher, 60, is in Jharkhand to shoot for an upcoming biopic on Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He plays Dhoni’s father Pan Singh in the movie.”According to me, till the time our people are being killed on the front, matches should not be held. If diplomacy says that we should give a chance to enemy or neighbours, sports has its own status, people have their own status and music has its own status, that diplomacy has to be sorted out by the government,” he said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Citing the recent killing of Santosh Mahadik in a shootout with militants in Kashmir, he said that not playing cricket will be a way to show sensitivity towards the bereaved family.”Some things are above other things. What I feel is we should show sensitivity and cricket matches can be postponed for the time being, till situation becomes normal. When people stop killing innocents… then we will think. There is no urgency to play,” he added.There is a proposal for resumption of cricket matches between India and Pakistan. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is awaiting the government’s response on the fate of the series. The Pakistan Cricket Board has already got clearance from its government. Both countries have not played Test cricket since 2007 but Pakistan toured India in the winter of 2012-13 for a short limited-over series.

BJP slams Farooq Abdullah for his remarks on Kashmir, demands an apology

Jammu: BJP on Saturday sought an apology from former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah for saying that PoK is part of Pakistan, and said he was “deliberately raking up” the issue in order to remain in news for his political survival.

“Probably Farooq Abdullah is either suffering from amnesia or deliberately raking up the settled issue in order to remain in news for his political survival,” BJP spokesperson Virender Gupta told reporters.

Farooq Abdullah. File photo. AFPFarooq Abdullah. File photo. AFP

Farooq Abdullah. File photo. AFP

Gupta strongly condemned the statement the National Conference Patron made on Friday that “PoK is part of Pakistan” and will remain with it while India will continue to control its part of Jammu and Kashmir.

The BJP spokesperson said Maharaja Hari Singh while signing the Instrument of Accession made the whole of Jammu and Kashmir, under his control, part of the Dominion of India.

He said Farooq Abdullah’s father Sheikh Abdullah had even endorsed the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India.

Gupta said Pakistan was an aggressor which forcibly occupied the part of Jammu and Kashmir that is presently under its occupation and that it was India which took up the matter with the UN Security Council.

He added that the Indian Parliament, in a resolution in 1994, unanimously resolved its determination to get vacated PoK, part of Jammu and Kashmir, from illegal occupation of Pakistan.

“Abdullah by his uncalled-for statement has acted against the resolution and harmed the interest of the nation and weakened India’s position on the J&K issue,” the BJP spokesperson said.

Replying to queries about the reported demand in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) of joining India, Abdullah had said on Friday, “It will never happen. It (PoK) is part of Pakistan and will remain part of Pakistan. This (Jammu and Kashmir) is India’s part and will remain part of India…”

Gupta said Abdullah must seek apology from the nation for his this blunder and set things in the right perspective. It looks like that the leaders of National Conference have been so much demoralised and frustrated that they have lost their wit and giving such irresponsible statements, he alleged.

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AAP reacts to ‘Jokepal’ remark, says Prashant & Shanti Bhushan should join BJP

Rejecting criticism by Bhushans who termed the anti-graft legislation as ‘Maha Jokepal’ and alleged that the provisions had been diluted and tweaked to “provoke” the Centre,

Now that the BJP is in power, he does not want the Lokpal to investigate the Centre.

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Hitting back at Shanti and Prashant Bhushan, AAP on Saturday claimed that they were opposing the Janlokpal Bill at the behest of BJP and asserted that the proposed legislation was similar to the one tabled by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during his previous 49-day tenure. Rejecting criticism by Bhushans who termed the anti-graft legislation as ‘Maha Jokepal’ and alleged that the provisions had been diluted and tweaked to “provoke” the Centre, the ruling party in Delhi said the father-son duo should now join the BJP.Launching the counter-attack, AAP fielded its spokesperson Raghav Chadha, who had once hosted a Google Hangout on Janlokpal Bill with Prashant’s father Shanti Bhushan — one of the key faces during the Anna movement. “This is the same bill which was introduced by the AAP government (during its 49-day rule). Prashant ji was fine when the same bill was introduced during the AAP’s last government,” Chadha said “Why did he not raise any issue at the time? Now that the BJP is in power, he does not want the Lokpal to investigate the Centre. He should join the BJP and also make public relations between (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley and the Bhushans. He should first ask his party (the BJP) to appoint a Lokpal at the Centre” he said, adding that it was (Prashant) Bhushan who had pushed for registering an anti-corruption case with the Delhi ACB against the then Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily and Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP’s Delhi unit secretary Saurabh Bharadwaj said by opposing to bring the Centre under Delhi’s Lokpal ambit, Bhushan was “batting for the BJP”. Prashant Bhushan and Yogender Yadav—both founder members of the AAP—were sacked for “anti-party activities” after they fell out with the leadership. However, no action was taken against Shanti Bhushan. In a news conference held today, Prashant Bhushan accused Kejriwal of playing the “biggest fraud” on people by diluting the provisions of the Jan Lokpal draft of the Anna movement while Shanti Bhushan demanded the Delhi CM’s resignation.Prashant read out certain provisions of the Janlokpal draft Bill, that is yet to be made public by the Delhi government. He claimed that Ministers and officials of the Centre were put under the ambit of the proposed legislation “deliberately” to provoke confrontation with the Centre. AAP leader Sanjay Singh accused Bhushan of “misleading” people over the Janlokpal Bill. Another party leader Ashutosh said, “First he (Bhushan) tried to defeat the AAP at the behest of Arun Jaitley and now he has objections on Lokpal.” Meanwhile, Chadha said that the Bill will be tabled in the Assembly on Monday.

Arvind Kejriwal govt’s Janlokpal Bill ‘worse than a Jokepal’: Prashant Bhushan

Led by activist Anna Hazare, Bhushan and his father Shanti Bhushan, along with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia, Kiran Bedi were among the leading faces in the fight for a Lokpal.

Bhushan, a noted lawyer, said the bill “thrashes” all the principles of an independent Lokpal

Swaraj Abhiyan leader Prashant Bhushan on Friday claimed the Delhi government’s new Janlokpal Bill is different from what was drafted during the Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement, as the appointment and removal of an independent ombudsman will now be done by the state government. Bhushan, a noted lawyer, said the bill “thrashes” all the principles of an independent Lokpal and it is “worse than a Jokepal” — a term used by the AAP after the Centre passed its Lokpal bill, and that it was designed to fail. “Delhi Lokpal bill trashes all principles of an independent Janlokpal that we had drafted: Appointment & removal not under government; Independent Investigating agency under Lokpal.Saw shockingly dishonest Delhi Lokpal bill: Appointment & removal by Delhi Government; No investigating agency under it; Empowered to investigate Government Of India as well; Designed to fail! (sic)” Bhushan said on Twitter.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Led by activist Anna Hazare, Bhushan and his father Shanti Bhushan, along with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia, Kiran Bedi were among the leading faces in the fight for a Lokpal.Bhushan, who formed Swaraj Abhiyan after being expelled from AAP, said the appointment and removal of Lokpal by the government itself fails the whole purpose. “The Chief Minister, speaker, the Chief Justice of Delhi and the Leader of the Opposition will choose a Lokpal. This means of the four, three are from political class and two (the CM and the Speaker) are from the ruling party or the government. The dismal will be in the hands of the government as it prescribes removal by a two-third majority. Our fight was that the appointment and removal of Lokpal should be free from political interference,” Bhushan said.He said by bringing the Government of India under the ambit of Delhi Lokpal, itself means failing the legislation as the Centre will not give its consent for such a bill. Bhushan also accused the Kejriwal government of not making the contents of the bill public. “Kejriwal will table the bill on Monday, pass it and send it to the Centre. The Centre will obviously not pass it and the Delhi government will make hue and cry over the issue,” Bhushan added.He noted that under the original Lokpal draft there was a demand to bring the CBI under the Lokpal, but under the proposed legislation, the investigating agency will aided by the officers recommended by the Delhi government. The AAP and the government declined to comment on the issue.

Rebuilding Life After 26/11: ‘Struggle to pay rent of Rs 4000 every month’

On the 7th anniversary of 26/11, iamin interviews survivors of the attacks in Mumbai.

Deepak Gupta decided to give up studies and pursue a skill course to support his family after losing his father in the 26/11 attacks.
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He sat silently, hugging his bag, young but with a certain strength and confidence in his bearing. After all, since his father who used to be a hawker at CST station was shot dead on 26/11, seven years back, Deepak Gupta had to shoulder a lot of responsibilities. A good student with an interest in economics, this 22-year-old has decided to give up studies and pursue a skill course. He tells iamin how he hopes to pay the rent and is proud to be able to help his family, even at the cost of education.How did you get to know of your father’s death?We didn’t get to know that day, even though we had heard of the attack. The next day Dadaji (grandfather) called us and told us what had happened. He was 36 years old when he was killed in the terror attack. It shook us up, but as a family we stood by each other. We hardly had time to mourn because there was so much to take care of. We were left with hardly any money and reality hit us hard.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>How did your family recover?I have an elder sister and two younger siblings. All four of us started helping out our mother with her chores. We would sweep and store water and also study for school. Eventually, we all overcame the trauma, but things obviously changed for us. For instance, my sister had to marry early, immediately after her 12th standard, for various social reasons. If dad was alive, sister could have graduated.What do you plan to do?Every month we find it difficult to pay a meagre rent of Rs.4,000. That’s why I decided to join an electrician’s course so that after 6 months I can start working as a professional.I plan to help my family as much as I can. My younger siblings are still too young and can help only with household chores. Once I start earning, my mother can stop stressing and worrying. Hopefully, we’ll see better days and lesser financial troubles.
This article was first published on iamin.in. For more such hyperlocal stories visit their website.

Asaram’s daughter-in-law records statement against him

She levelled the charge against her father-in-law and husband, currently in jail in separate rape cases, while recording a statement before the police

Asaram Bapu

The daughter-in-law of self- styled ‘godman’ Asaram Bapu on Tuesday once again accused him and his son Narayan Sai of harassing her.She levelled the charge against her father-in-law and husband, currently in jail in separate rape cases, while recording a statement before the police here. No FIR has been registered yet. A senior officer of Khajurana Police Station said Janaki, Narayan’s wife, had on September 19 lodged a complaint and the police called her today to record her statement in which she reiterated the harassment charge.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Janaki’s lawyer Rohit Yadav said she handed over wedding photographs and some documents to the police.The 38-year-old, in her complaint, alleged her husband Narayan Harpalani (his real name) had illegitimate relations with a lady disciple at his ashram, and when the woman allegedly became pregnant, Narayan said he wanted to marry her.Janaki told her husband he can marry the disciple after divorcing her. Narayan allegedly tied the knot with her in Rajasthan keeping Janaki in the dark, the complaint said. Janaki also alleged that under Asaram’s pressure and influence, her father Devraj Krishnani donated his valuable property to the godman’s Bhopal ashram.According to Janaki, she married Narayan on May 22, 1997. Both Asaram and Narayan are in jail, in Jodhpur and Surat, respectively, in connection with separate rape cases.

Indrani told me Sheena married diamond merchant in US, says Vidhie Mukerjea

Mumbai: Vidhie Mukerjea, daughter of Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, has told the CBI that when she tried to contact Sheena Bora after her disappearance in April 2012, she received a reply but from a new email id in Sheena’s name.

This may bolster CBI’s case that after murdering Sheena in April 2012 and disposing of her body, Indrani, her mother, used to send emails or text messages in her name.

Sheena Bora in a file photo. PTISheena Bora in a file photo. PTI

Sheena Bora in a file photo. PTI

Vidhie, whose statement was recorded by CBI after it took over the case, also says that whenever she asked Indrani about Sheena’s whereabouts, Indrani used to get angry.

Indrani told her that Sheena had married a diamond merchant in the US, according to Vidhie.

“The police informed my father (Peter) and me that Sheena Bora was murdered on 24 April, 2012 and a murder case has been registered against my mother (Indrani), driver Shyam Rai and my biological father Sanjeev Khanna. I contacted Sanjeev Khanna and asked him about the murder and his involvement in the said crime. He took it very casually and said `ha ha’ and disconnected the call,” Vidhie says in the statement.

“In 2009, Sheena started living with us in Mumbai. Then she was introduced to me as my mother’s sister. At the same time, I came to know that Sheena and Rahul (Peter’s son from earlier marriage) were having an affair. Due to this, Peter and Indrani used to quarrel a lot. My mother dislikes Rahul,” Vidhie told CBI.

“During 2009-2010, I came to know that Sheena was my mother’s daughter as communicated by Rahul to my father Peter. I enquired with my mother and she shouted saying Rahul is lying as he wants his father Peter to divorce her,” Vidhi says.

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Financial transaction motive behind Sheena Bora’s murder: CBI tells court

The CBI had come across some important information and incriminating documents which are very crucial for the purpose of investigation, it said.

The submissions were made by CBI while seeking the extension of Peter’s custody by 10 days to probe the financial angle of the sensational case.

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The CBI on Monday told a court that financial transaction was the motive behind the murder of Sheena Bora in which her step-father Peter Mukerjea, a former media magnate, and her mother are among the four accused. The CBI also submitted that when Indrani tried to access Sheena’s email account Peter was present with her.The submissions were made by CBI while seeking the extension of Peter’s custody by 10 days to probe the financial angle of the sensational case. The court, however, gave CBI the custody of Peter, who was arrested on November 19, only till November 26, after observing there was nothing new in the agency’s arguments. “Investigation is necessary and hence the custody is extended till November 26,” the magistrate Mahesh Natu said. The CBI while maintaining that financial transaction was the motive behind the murder of 24-year-old Bora said Peter during his interrogation disclosed investments of crores of rupees made by him and Indrani. “Peter has disclosed that investments of crores of rupees were made by him and Indrani (his wife, prime accused in the case) in the form of fixed deposits in UK and India and some immovable properties were also acquired by them during 2010-2011, but he did not disclose the source of money for acquiring the said assets,” CBI’s custody extension application said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI had come across some important information and incriminating documents which are very crucial for the purpose of investigation, it said, adding that Peter had exclusive knowledge about the same, so he needed to be interrogated thoroughly. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for CBI, said when Indrani tried to access Sheena’s email account Peter was present with her. Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her former driver Shyamvar Rai are already chargesheeted in the case for the murder of Sheena Bora (24), Indrani’s daughter from an earlier marriage, in April.

Dadri lynching: Mohamad Akhlaq’s son still unaware of his father’s fate

Danish, who was injured in a mob attack on September 28, which left his father dead, is under the impression that his father is on a religious journey across India and will return back in January.
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Still unaware of his father’s fate, Mohamad Akhlaq’s younger son Danish Saifi, was discharged from the Army Hospital earlier this week and is limping back to recovery, a development that has left his family both happy and uncomfortable. Danish, who was injured in a mob attack on September 28, which left his father dead, is under the impression that his father is on a religious journey across India and will return back in January.Speaking for the first time after the fateful night when his family was attacked on suspicions of eating beef, Danish said that he was recovering from the temporary memory loss he suffered due to the brutal attack and would like to resume normal life soon.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I am feeling better now, but, it will take at least a year to recover completely. Till then, I will prepare for the IPS examinations. It’s my parents’ dream,” said Danish to dna while discussing his plans for the future.When asked about the well-being of his parents he responded, “They are well. Father is travelling across India for a religious journey,” said the 22-year-old. Danish had received grievous injuries on his head in a mob attack allegedly led by Vishal Rana, son of a local BJP leader.Almost two months later, Danish has now shifted to Delhi’s Subroto park, where his brother Sartaj was allotted an accommodation by the Indian Air Force. After being operated twice, Danish is now better but continues to have acute pains in his ear and the fingers of the left hand.When asked if he remembered what transpired that night, he responded, “I heard the announcement but didn’t pay attention to it. Sometime later, when I was climbing the stairs to my room I saw Vishal and Shivam trying to scale our wall. A mob gathered outside our main door. They were abusing us and were trying to barge in. That’s when I yelled at Vishal and asked him what were they trying to do and he responded, ‘There he is’. Moments later there were people coming from all sides,” Danish said.Danish asked his mother and grandmother, who were at that time in the ground floor of the house, to lock themselves in the kitchen. He himself ran back to the room on the first floor where his sister Shaista and father were. “I bolted the door from inside and tried to reason with them but they kept on saying that they will not leave us. When I refused to open the door they broke it down so we entered the next room. The door in that room did not have a bolt so I tried to block the door using my hands but there were too many of them. And when they entered they started beating us up,” Danish said.”I have been told father was injured badly too.” Danish named some attackers who are not listed as accused in the FIR filed by Dadri police.His brother told dna that the family avoids talking about what happened that night but Danish has ‘too many questions’ and keeps on asking why his father hasn’t even called him once after the attack.”We are being discreet but he is suspicious. We don’t have a television set and he doesn’t read newspapers because it causes strain on his eyes. I hope we keep up the lie,” said Sartaj.

‘We want Ramzan to unite with his mother’, says Sushma Swaraj

“I have asked my mother to come here. I have told her that I am being treated well here. I want to go to Pakistan,” he said.

“The Pakistan High Commission has not said anything about it yet,” Swaraj told the media here. (File Photo)

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External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said India wants 15-year-old Pakistani boy Ramzan, who has been stranded in Bhopal for over two years, to unite with his mother. “Ramzan told me that his mother has told him that she wants to come to take him from here. We want Ramzan to unite with his mother. Now it’s up to Pakistan if they want to accept him as a citizen because Pakistan will give that visa. The Pakistan High Commission has not said anything about it yet,” Swaraj told the media here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”When I learnt about Ramzan’s case, I asked the Indian High Commission to Pakistan to meet Ramzan’s mother and ask her if she wishes to come to India. If Ramzan’s mother is ready to come to India, then we are willing to give her visa for that time,” she added. Swaraj further said if Ramzan’s mother does not have any document or proof to give to the Pakistan High Commission then the DNAs can be matched. Meanwhile, Ramzan looked quite relaxed and expressed his desire to go back home. “I have asked my mother to come here. I have told her that I am being treated well here. I want to go to Pakistan,” he said.Ramzan, who hails from Karachi, was separated from his mother at age of 10 when his father Mohammad took him to Bangladesh and remarried. After being tortured by his step-mother, the boy crossed the border alone in 2011 with the hope of coming back to his mother in Pakistan.Ramzan travelled to many states before landing in Bhopal.

Sheena Bora case: Peter Mukerjea charged with murder, CBI gets 14-day custody

The CBI, which arrested Peter on Thursday night in a sensational twist to the case, told the court of Metropolitan Magistrate that he was involved in conspiracy with his wife Indrani and had played an active role in the murder of his step-daughter.

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Former media baron Peter Mukerjea, husband of prime accused Indrani Mukerjea in the Sheena Bora murder case, was charged on Friday with murder, a day after his arrest and sent to CBI custody by a local court till Monday. The CBI, which arrested Peter on Thursday night in a sensational twist to the case, told the court of Metropolitan Magistrate that he was involved in conspiracy with his wife Indrani and had played an active role in the murder of his step-daughter. Sheena was Indrani’s daughter from her first marriage.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The central probe gency, which was represented by Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, also told the court that Peter was in continous conversation with Indrani prior, during and after the gruesome murder. Peter was also charged with criminal conspiracy.The Metropolitan Magistrate also transferred the trial in the case to a sessions court in Mumbai and directed the three accused–Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai– be produced there on December 3.”The case is committed to CBI court and jail officials are directed to produce them to the sessions court,” ordered Mumbai Metropolitan Magistrate RV Adone before whom the trio were produced. The accused, who were arrested in August this year, and have been in judicial custody since then, was also handed over the copy of the chargesheet, which was filed by CBI on Thursday.According to sources, the probe agency, to which the case was handed over on September 29 after an apparent turf- war between the ousted Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria and Ahmed Javed who replaced him, had questioned Peter for hours before it was decided to place him under arrest on Thursday after another round of questioning for allegedly “shielding the accused” and “inconsistencies” in his statements.Though Peter was earlier interrogated by the Mumbai Police, he had consistently maintained that he was unaware of what happened to Sheena as Indrani had told him that she was abroad. The CBI, which filed its chargesheet on Thursday three months after Sheena Bora’s remains were found in a forest near Mumbai in August this year, has charged Indrani, Khanna and Rai with criminal conspiracy to kidnap, murder, cheating, destruction of evidence, forgery and use of forged documents besides violation of provisions of Information Technology Act.Sheena was allegedly murdered by her mother Indrani, Khanna and Rai in April 2012. The body of the 24-year-old was dumped in a forest in the neighbouring Raigad district. While being taken out of the court, Indrani said she was innocent and was being “framed” in the murder of her daughter. Meanwhile, Peter’s son Rahul Mukerjea, who had come to attend the court hearing in Mumbai on Friday, told reporters that his father’s arrest came as as “shock” to him.”I don’t believe he knew (anything about the murder)..otherwise I wouldn’t be here,” he told reporters.Rahul, who was earlier seen coming out of the CBI office at around 10.30 AM, is said to have been grilled by the probe agency for over 12 hours.According to sources, he was called to the CBI office in South Mumbai last night and was asked whether he and Sheena had revealed to Peter that Sheena was not Indrani’s sister but her daughter. He was also asked if he had raised concerns about Sheena’s safety after she disappeared in 2012, they said.The statement of Rahul, who was purportedly in a relationship with Sheena, is being corroborated with the statement given by his father to ascertain the facts of the murder case. Apart from Rahul and Peter, police have already questioned Vidhie, daughter of Indrani and Sanjeev Khanna besides Siddharth Das, biological father of Sheena and Mikhail Bora earlier.Ever since the investigations began, the case has been through some dramatic turns like hospitalisation of Indrani after she collapsed in the Byculla prison. The case also generated much political heat with the opposition attacking the BJP-led Government in Maharashtra for abrupt transfer of Maria in September in the midst of the probe.Recently, Indrani was again hospitalised after her platelet count dipped drastically. However, doctors at the JJ Hospital in Mumbai made it clear that she had not contracted dengue as suspected. Before this, on October 2, Indrani was taken to 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. Later, she was discharged and sent back to jail.

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France names first attacker, vows to destroy Islamic State | Reuters

PARIS Police questioned on Sunday the relatives of one of the suicide attackers who brought carnage to Paris on Friday, with France denouncing the strikes as an act of war and vowing to destroy the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters that three jihadist cells staged co-ordinated hits at bars, a concert hall and soccer stadium killing 129 people and injuring 352, including 99 who were in a serious condition.

Museums and theatres remained shuttered in Paris for a second day on Sunday, with hundreds of soldiers and police patrolling the streets and metro stations after French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency.

Seven gunmen, all of whom were wearing suicide vests packed with explosives, died in the multiple assaults. The first to be identified was named as Ismael Omar Mostefai, a 29-year-old who lived in the city of Chartres, southwest of Paris.

French media said he was French-born and of Algerian descent. Molins said the man had a security file for Islamist radicalisation, adding that he had a criminal record but had never spent time in jail.

A judicial source said Mostefai’s father and brother had been taken in for questioning, along with other people believed to be close to him.

Another source said police had found a car in a suburb east of Paris that was believed to have been used in the assault, suggesting that at least one of the attackers had escaped.

Prosecutors said the slaughter – claimed by Islamic State as revenge for French military action in Syria and Iraq – appeared to involve a multinational team with links to the Middle East, Belgium and possibly Germany as well as home-grown French roots.

Greek officials said one and perhaps two of the assailants had passed through Greece in October from Turkey alongside Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their homeland.

“We are at war. We have been hit by an act of war, organised methodically by a terrorist, jihadist army,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls told TF1 television on Saturday night.

“Because we are at war we will take exceptional measures. We will act and we will hit them. We will hit this enemy to destroy them, obviously in France and Europe … but also in Syria and Iraq,” he said. “We will win.”

France was the first European state to join U.S. air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq in September 2014, while a year later it extended its air strikes to Syria.

It had already scheduled to send an aircraft carrier to the region later this month.

YOUNG VICTIMS

The names of the first victims have started to filter out on social media, many of them young people who were out enjoying themselves on a Friday night. The dead included one U.S. citizen, one Swede, one Briton, two Belgians, two Romanians and two Mexicans, their governments said.

In the worst carnage, three gunmen systematically killed at least 89 people at a rock concert by an American band at the Bataclan theatre before detonating explosive belts as anti-terrorist commandos launched an assault.

It was the deadliest attack in France since World War Two and the worst such assault in Europe since the Madrid train bombings of 2004, in which Islamists killed 191 people.

Quoting an unnamed senior official, Israeli television said Israel’s spy services saw a “clear operational link” between the Paris mayhem, suicide bombings in Beirut on Thursday, which killed 43, and the Oct. 31 downing of a Russian airliner in the Egyptian Sinai, where 224 people died.

France had been on high alert since Islamist gunmen attacked the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in January, killing 18 people.

Those attacks briefly united France in defence of freedom of speech, with a mass demonstration of more than a million people. But that unity has since broken down, with far-right populist Marine Le Pen gaining on both mainstream parties by blaming France’s security problems on immigration and Islam.

If confirmed, the infiltration of militants into the flow of refugees to carry out attacks in Europe could have far-reaching political consequences.

The attacks fuelled a debate raging in Europe about how to handle the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees and other migrants propelled by civil war in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

(Writing by Crispian Balmer; editing by Anna Willard)

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OROP protest: Ex-servicemen to hold rally in Punjab tomorrow

“Around 100 of our members who turned up here from parts of the country did meditation as part of the protest,” IESM spokesman Colonel (retd) Anil Kaul said.

Continuing with their protest over ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) scheme, members of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) held demonstrations at Rajghat on Saturday even as they threatened to escalate pressure on government with a rally in Haryana’s Ambala tomorrow. “We sought from the Father of the Nation to guide us in our fight against the injustice. Around 100 of our members who turned up here from parts of the country did meditation as part of the protest,” IESM spokesman Colonel (retd) Anil Kaul said. Kaul maintained the veterans have received no communique on behalf of the government over the issues they have raised and said that a rally will be held in Ambala as part of series of demonstrations. “We are going to hold a rally in Ambala tomorrow. Our teams from northern India will gather there in big number. Our Delhi unit too will join the agitators there,” Kaul said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government had last Saturday notified OROP scheme for over 24 lakh ex-servicemen and six lakh war widows in the country. It has dropped the contentious proposal to exclude ex-servicemen who sought premature retirement from the ambit of OROP. But the armed forces personnel who opt to get discharged on their request would henceforth not get OROP benefits, as per the notification.IESM members who have been protesting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi since June, have rejected the notification and returned their medals expressing dissent over the same.

Mehbooba Mufti readying to become next chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir?

The CM showered praises on his daughter and credited her with the victory in the polls in the state.

Otherwise, she was satisfied with her role of a single mother of two young daughters following her divorce from her husband.

Is Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti readying to take over reins of power from her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and become the next chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir? Sayeed on Friday dropped enough hints for Mehbooba’s takeover, though he did not specify any time frame for the change of guard in the state. “It (handing over reins of power to Mehbooba) is a democratic process… It will be the party’s decision. Who comes in is not the issue this time, however,” Mufti told reporters in Jammu. The CM showered praises on his daughter and credited her with the victory in the polls in the state.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”She is working tirelessly in the field and strengthening the party base. Consolidation of party’s base is not because of me, but because of Mehbooba. I find very little time for party affairs. It was because of her that we won the elections in Bijbehera in 1996,” Mufti said. Speculations are rife that Mehbooba was being groomed to take over as chief minister from her father. However, there has been no official confirmation about the transition of power in the state until Friday when Mufti dropped enough of hints of possible transition of power. A law graduate, Mehbooba, 55, holds the record of not losing any election from south Kashmir either for the assembly or Parliament. A reluctant politician initially, Mehbooba plunged into electoral fray in 1996 from her home constituency of Bijbhera on the instance of her father who was then the tallest Congress leader of J&K. Otherwise, she was satisfied with her role of a single mother of two young daughters following her divorce from her husband.However, the transition would not to be a smooth affair given the internal bickering within PDP over aligning with the BJP in the state. Lok Sabha MPs from Srinagar and Baramulla constituencies, Tariq Karra and Muzaffar Baig respectively, have openely castigated the party for entering into an alliance with BJP for power. Tariq Karra, a former J&K finance minister who defeated National Conference president and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah in his pocket borough of Srinagar in 2014, even went to the extent of asking Mufti to walk out of the alliance and align with the secular forces. However, the chief minister put up a brave face saying the dissent is the essence of democracy. “Dissent is the essence of democracy. Muzaffar Hussain Baig is senior party leader and he has every right to have his own point of view… Anybody can share his views. I am not the sole authority”, he said.Elaborating, Mufti noted that dissent is in every party and they should welcome it. “We should engage in a debate. Whatever I did on March 1 (the date when PDP-BJP government was formed) I see a level of satisfaction among the people on the ground,” he said.

Prince William and wife Kate to make maiden India tour next year

The royal couple, both aged 33, are likely to travel without their two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte on the trip, media reports said.
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Prince William and his wife Kate will undertake their maiden visit to India next year, Kensington Palace announced on Friday.The royal couple, both aged 33, are likely to travel without their two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte on the trip, media reports said. The visit is set to be their first official overseas tour together since their three-day tour of New York in December 2014.Although Prince William has never visited India before, his father Prince Charles has carried out eight official royal tours to the nation, the most recent being a nine-day tour of Dehradun, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi in November 2013. William’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales also visited India in 1992. Meanwhile other British royals to tour the region include Sophie Wessex, Prince Andrew and Queen Elizabeth II, who last travelled to India in 1997. The tour announcement came after the 89-year-old monarch met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for lunch at Buckingham Palace.

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.

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