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Juvenile Justice Bill: As parents watch, Nirbhaya gives India what she didn’t get

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We are satisfied … but there is grief that our daughter Jyoti was denied justice, says victim’s mother after RS passes Juvenile Justice Bill

Rajya Sabha members on Tuesday bowed to an emotionally surcharged public pressure, debated for more than four hours, went against a UN convention, rejected amendments and opposition and passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill. In fact, with the 2012 Dehi gang-rape victim Jyoti Singh’s parents watching the proceedings from the gallery, two members even withdrew their motion for sending the Bill to a select committee first. “This is a nuanced Bill….It does not mean that a 16-year-old goes to jail at all,” said Maneka Gandhi, Union minister for women and child development.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> What it prescribes is that if a child, between 16 and 18 years of age, commits a heinous crime, he will be sent to a Juvenile Justice Board. “The board, with the help of psychologists and experts, will decide whether the crime was committed with an adult’s mind or a child’s mind,” she explained. Several Opposition members wanted the Bill to be sent to the select committee first to crease out several anomalies, but withdrew their amendments for a smooth passage of the Bill. Even the Congress did not support the amendments moved by its own member Prof. M V Rajeev Gowda. The Left parties walked out in protest declaring that though they are in favour of the passage of the Bill, it should be referred to the select committee first as it deals with a very sensitive issue that should not be drowned in emotions because of public pressure. Many members also criticised the lowering of age as it went against the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It mandates that all children under the age of 18 years be treated equal. India is a signatory to this convention. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in May after including 11 out of the 13 recommendations by the parliamentary standing committee. It now needs the final assent of the President to become an Act. Incidentally, it was Maneka Gandhi who, as a minister in 2000, had increased the age of juvenile culpability from 16 years to 18 years. What is the incident?In December 2012, 23-year-old Jyoti Singh was beaten and gang-raped in a private bus by six persons in New Delhi, of which one was a juvenile, a few months short of 18 years. The juvenile walked free after serving the maximum sentence of three years’ confinement in a reform facility. One accused died in police custody, and the other four are on death row. The incident and the law on juvenile justice sparked a public outrage across the

Nirbhaya case: Everyone has failed us, says victim’s dad as juvenile walks free

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Even as the 20-year-old convict in the 2012 gangrape and murder of a physiotherapy student was released from a juvenile home on Sunday, protestors, led by parents of the deceased victim, took to the streets of Delhi demanding a stay on his release. The parents, who headed a demonstration at India Gate late evening were detained by the police and taken to the Parliament Street police station along with dozens of supports. The detention took place after almost an hour of sloganeering by more than 150-200 protestors, some of whom demanded a renewed death sentence for the juvenile.

Nirbhaya’s parents Badrinath Singh and Asha Devi

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Even as the 20-year-old convict in the 2012 gangrape and murder of a physiotherapy student was released from a juvenile home on Sunday, protestors, led by parents of the deceased victim, took to the streets of Delhi demanding a stay on his release. The parents, who headed a demonstration at India Gate late evening were detained by the police and taken to the Parliament Street police station along with dozens of supports. The detention took place after almost an hour of sloganeering by more than 150-200 protestors, some of whom demanded a renewed death sentence for the juvenile.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The day was marred with utter confusion as both Delhi police as well as Aam Aadmi Party government remained tight-lipped over the status of the juvenile who was supposed to be released on Sunday at 10 am. On Saturday night in a last-ditch attempt to stall his release, Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal filed a special leave petition (SLP) with the Supreme Court, challenging the High Court order that refused to restrain the convict’s release. The SLP was referred by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur to the vacation bench. The grounds which has been taken in the appeal against the High Court order says that no mental assessment of the state of mind of the juvenile offender has been taken into account for his release. The apex court in a late night hearing refused to stop the convict’s release, but agreed to hear the plea on Monday. Sources told dna that the Juvenile Justice Board processed the convicted 20-year-old as per the mandate under the law and the state’s women and child department as well as the CMO had been kept in the loop. While no government or police official was willing to be quoted on whether or not the juvenile was released, sources told dna that the juvenile had been released to an NGO based in Delhi and was no longer under the protection of the Delhi police. “JJ board officials and members of the NGO have taken him in. We cannot disclose where he is as of now,” said a senior police officer. The officer however added that there were chances that the juvenile would be taken to a village near to his native of Budaun in Uttar Pradesh. As per the norms his criminal record has to be expunged and his new identity will not be revealed. The development clearly did not go down well with the parents of Jyoti Singh, who told dna that all they wanted from the authorities to either delay the release of convicted juvenile or to reveal his identify as he poses a threat to the society. Badri Nath, father of Jyoti, told dna, “I have met everyone, from the Prime Minister to senior police officers to even the clerks working in that remand home. No one helped. The DCW also waited for the last moment to act.” Both Badri Nath and his wife Asha Devi were in the evening detained by police and released late in the night. Scores of ABVP activists and Congress workers were also detained when their sloganeering turned into a near confrontation with the local police. “Everyone has disappointed us,” said Badri Nath moments before his detention.

A juvenile needs support system to lead normal life: Experts

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Youths protest against the release of juvenile in Nirbhaya case
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A day before the juvenile convicted in the December 16 gang-rape of a young paramedic Jyoti Singh, known as Nirbhaya, is to be released after three years in a remand home in New Delhi, a protest led by the victim’s parents erupted outside the home. It culminated, on Saturday evening, in the detention of Nirbhaya’s parents and others by the Delhi police, even as the former juvenile was shifted from his north Delhi correctional institute to an “undisclosed location” outside the capital. Sources said the juvenile has been kept under observation of an NGO under protection of Delhi Police amid concerns that there is threat to his life.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal angrily tweeted that he was shocked at the police action and had asked the chief secretary to talk to the police commissioner. Later in the evening, Jyoti’s parents were released.The protest was another symptom of the anxiety gripping the capital over the juvenile’s release. A recent demonstration held by certain civil society groups and the Centre for Social Research spoke out strongly against his release, asking for proof that he had “reformed”. They also asked for protection for Jyoti’s parents.Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal wrote to the President Pranab Mukherjee, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur and the Principal Magistrate of the Juvenile Justice Board, Murari Prasad Singh, asking for a stay on the boy’s release.Amidst this furore, there have been some voices asking people to give the justice system a chance, especially in the light of the after care provision where the boy would be monitored periodically for two years. This provision is for those who are recognised as no longer in conflict with the law but are in need of care and protection till they get back on their feet. A senior officer with one of the city’s remand homes told dna that this includes providing accommodation with a group of peers, certain financial support till the person in question is able to provide for themselves.The officer added, based on his experience of dealing with juveniles, that everything a child becomes is formed by the society they have grown up in, all what they have been exposed to. Whether they are in an observational home for a few days in judicial custody, or a remand home for a few years after conviction, no amount of counselling and intervention will help unless they have a support system when they go out.”Though we have engaged mental health experts to understand the children’s’ psyche, what they’re dealing with, they go back to same, unchanged, circumstances outside the institute,” said the officer. “They find that what they have been taught and counselled on doesn’t work in these communities. They and their parents need support systems, so they know who to turn to when they need help. Right now, they don’t have that, and their families have no resources to get them help.”Children don’t realise the consequence of the habits they pick up, till they turn into addictions, the officer added, or criminal behaviour. Often they are trapped by their circumstances. We can teach them, said the officer, to recognise their mistakes, and right from wrong, so that hopefully they will be able to choose their path outside.However, counselling has shown to help these juveniles settle into law-abiding lives after they leave these correctional facilities.Bharti Ali, co-founder of the NGO HAQ: Centre for Child Rights, said that with minimal counselling they had been able to reduce the rate of repeat offenses to half, in the cases they dealt with. This juvenile too, she added, had received counselling, but could have got more. “He was witness to something extremely brutal on 16 December, and he needed help getting over that,” she said.Both Ali and the officer refrained from commenting on what would happen to the former juvenile after his release. Ali did add that the society needed to have “faith” in the juvenile justice system, and in the state’s claim that it would monitor his mental health.

Nirbhaya case: Delhi High Court refuses to stay release of juvenile convict, to be released

The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to stay the release of the juvenile convict in the December 16 gang-rape case.

The juvenile convict in Nirbhaya case

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The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to stay the release of the juvenile convict in the December 16 gang-rape case after completion of his 3-year jail term. The convict will be released on or before December 20.”We cannot prohibit juvenile’s release as per the statutory and existing provision of law,” said the court.The court also asked Juvenile Board to interact with convict, his guardians and officials of Delhi government regarding his post release rehabilitation.Reacting to the court’s order, Nirbhaya’s mother said, “Even after all our efforts, the juvenile convict will now be released.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days ago, in a brave homage to her daughter, the mother of the victim took her name in public.The 23-year-old paramedical student Jyoti Singh was brutally sexually assaulted on the ill-fated night of December 16 three years ago, and died 13 days later, triggering a massive public outrage. Among many, her spirit continued to live, and in tribute she was given the name ‘Nirbhaya’ or brave heart.BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had pleaded that the juvenile convict should not be released till it is demonstrably assured that he has reformed himself and was not a menace to the society.Earlier in the day, the parents of the victim had expressed hope that the court would take a decision in favour of the society.”If someone like him gets released, it clearly shows the helplessness of the government and the law of our country. We hope that the High Court takes the decision in favour of the society because even the High Court knows the suffering of my daughter,” Nirbahaya’s mother said.”I have been reiterating that the juvenile shouldn’t be released, he has not committed a fault, he has committed a crime,” she added.

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.

United opposition decries CBI raids, most parties distance themselves from Kejriwal’s accusations against PM Modi

In the border state of Arunachal Pradesh, where like Delhi Assembly the ruling party is enjoying 4/5th majority, it is alleged that Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa has summoned the state assembly on Wednesday to topple the Congress government.

Lucknow: Activists of Aam Admi Party stage a protest against the CBI raid at CM Arvind Kejriwals office, at GPO in Lucknow on Tuesday.

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The political climate of the capital abruptly turned hot on Tuesday morning when a team of CBI officials swooped at Delhi government’s secretariat ostensibly on a complaint against principle secretary to the chief minister, Rajender Kumar. Also, the news of alleged horse-trading of MLAs in the far-off Arunachal Pradesh also faded the last hope of passage of important legislations in Rajya Sabha, which like its previous session is heading for an imminent washout.In the border state of Arunachal Pradesh, where like Delhi Assembly the ruling party is enjoying 4/5th majority, it is alleged that Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa has summoned the state assembly on Wednesday to topple the Congress government.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s twitter messages of a CBI raid at his office starting at 10:18 a.m. immediately got support from almost the entire opposition and from the fraternity of non-BJP ruled states’ chief ministers.West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was among the first to show solidarity as she tweeted “Sealing of a Chief Minister’s office is unprecedented. I am shocked.”Retweeting her comment, Kejriwal replied, “Mamata Di, This is undeclared emergency.”Soon the issue was resonating strongly in the parliament with TMC leader in the Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien denouncing the raids at Delhi CM’s office demanded that the government should make its stand clear on the floor of the house.Leader of the house Arun Jaitley responded by saying that chief minister is not the target of CBI raids as they are being conducted at his principal secretary’s office in connection with an old case and simultaneously at 14 other places.But his defence had no impact on the shouting MPs. Soon Kejriwal in a tweet accused Jaitley of lying in the parliament saying that “My own office files are being looked into to get some evidence against me. Rajender is an excuse.”Hurling another blow at Jiatley, Kejriwal again tweeted, “Which file was CBI looking for in my office? DDCA files in which Arun Jaitley is in dock. I was about to order a commission of enquiry.”Showing unprecedented camaraderie Congress, which is at loggerheads with AAP in Delhi, joined the anti-BJP chorus that was also joined by the MPs of JD (U) and Left parties among others.Crying foul of CBI raids being done at the behest of the Centre, without keeping chief minister in loop and at a time when the parliament in session, a united opposition sharply criticised the move calling it an unprecedented attack on the federal structure of the country. As a result the parliament saw frequent and disrupting and ended without conducting any business.JD (U) leader, K C Tyagi described the CBI raids as “return of the emergency”.Joining the protest against CBI raids, leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad raked up the issue of Modi government-appointed Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa arbitrarily convening the state assembly session from Wednesday for removal of the Speaker without consulting the elected government.Describing Arunachal governor “acting like a dictator to murder democracy with intentions to topple a duly elected government” Azad demanded his immediate dismissal.But while opposition parties unitedly fought in favour of Kejriwal, his terse comments against PM Modi, calling him a “coward” and a “psychopath” found little favour as most parties distanced from the undemocratic mannerism.BJP demanded an unconditional apology from Kejriwal for hurling wild accusations against PM Modi. The opposition parties too described the comments as taking the political discourse to a new low.Reflecting on day’s events, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the language used by the Delhi CM against PM Modi cannot be approved of but he blamed the BJP for setting the agenda outside Parliament so the House does not function.”When Parliament session is on, incidents which divert attention is not undertaken by the government normally…Whatever happened in Arunachal, Delhi CM office, are indications in this direction. But then what happened in Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, Lalit Modi issue in Rajasthan?” asked Yechury.Disapproving Kejriwal’s accusatory language, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi also blamed PM Modi for starting such accusatory language. He said such language is taking the political discourse to low level and need corrective measures as such language has not been used earlier even at the height of political tensions.At the same Sighvi targeted Kejriwal for “hypocrisy” in his conduct.”Chickens are coming home to roost. Kejriwal would demand raids at the drop of hat,” Singhvi said.

Vijayvargiya, yet again: BJP leader uses dog analogy to hit out at Shatrughan Sinha

Metaphors involving dogs appear to be really catching on of late. The latest one comes from BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, who reportedly hit out at Shatrughan Sinha using the canine analogy.

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“When a car is being driven and a dog is in the car, the dog believes he is driving the car,” ANI quoted Vijayvargiya as saying. He was commenting on actor-turned-BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha’s comments after the verdict in the Bihar polls. Sinha had said that Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was the most successful chief minister in the country after West Bengal’s Jyoti Basu.

Sinha, however, said that he had not worked against the BJP in any way, adding, “But if the BJP wants to take action against me, I cannot stop the party.”

Not long ago, Vijayvargiya had triggered a controversy when he tweeted that Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s soul was in Pakistan. This was when the actor had spoken about the rise of intolerance in India.

Vijayvargiya, not exactly known for restraint in his public utterances, has made controversial statements on several occasions in the past as well. In July, reacting to reports of multiple deaths allegedly linked to the Vyapam scam, he had said that the controversy was of a chutput (small) nature for the party.

In anticipation for his denial, we clarify that Vijayvargiya has absolutely not compared Shatrughan Sinha to a dog. That, clearly, is the wrong conclusion to draw from the statement.

The last time, after his tweets on Shah Rukh Khan, he had done a complete turn-around after pressure from his party.

He had said, “My intention was not to hurt anyone. I take back my yesterday’s tweet,” he said on microblogging site Twitter this morning, even as his party distanced itself from his earlier remarks critical of the actor saying it was “not the view of the BJP”.

In another tweet, the BJP general secretary had said that had there been intolerance in India “after Amitabh, Shah Rukh would not have been the most popular actor. Some people have drawn different meaning from my tweet.”

Bihar polls: EC chief on two day visit to check preparations

Election Commission (EC) chief Nasim Zaidi, along with his team, is going on a two-day visit to Bihar to review the preparations for the first, second and third phase of assembly elections in the state.The team includes Election Commissioners Achal Kumar Jyoti and O.P Rawat. Zaidi will hold meeting with the representatives of different political parties today afternoon.EC would also review meetings with Commissioner, Inspector General and SSP of those districts where 1st, 2nd and 3rd phase of elections are scheduled to be held. Zaidi will also meet the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of Police, Bihar before returning to Delhi. The first phase of elections will be held on October 12, while the second and third phase will take place on October 16 and October 28. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

PM Modi pays tribute to 1965 Indo-Pak war martyrs

Prime Minister Modi had earlier urged the people to spend time at the ‘Shauryanjali’ exhibition while addressing the nation in the 12th edition of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme.

Narendra Modi lays a wreath at India Gate in New Delhi to commemorate soldiers who died fighting in the 1965 war with Pakistan

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tribute to 1965 India-Pakistan war martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti on the last day of ‘Shauryanjali’ exhibition , set up by the Army as part of the golden jubilee commemoration of the 1965 war. Prime Minister Modi had earlier urged the people to spend time at the ‘Shauryanjali’ exhibition while addressing the nation in the 12th edition of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme. “History was recreated at Shauryanjali. We have always heard about the valour of our forces,” he had said. The exhibition being held on the Rajpath lawns, was scheduled to end on September 20, but was extended for two more days after the event received a huge turnout.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Govind Pansare murder case: Woman having close links with Sanatan Sansthan detained

Pansare (81) was gunned down outside his home in Sagar Mala locality of Kolhapur city on February 16 and succumbed to his injuries on February 20 at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital.

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Close on the heels of the arrest of a man allegedly having links with rightwing outfit “Sanatan Sansthan” in connection with the murder of Communist leader and rationalist Govind Pansare, a 32-year-old woman has been picked up by police for questioning from Kanjurmarg in Mumbai suburb.The woman, identified as Jyoti Kamble, was detained for questioning and taken to Sangli, where police arrested Samir Gaikwad in connection with the case on Wednesday. Suspected to be having close links with Sanatan Sansthan, Jyoti was said to be in constant touch with Gaikwad as could be gathered from call details, a senior officer of Mumbai police told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gaikwad, an active member of ‘Sanatan Sansthan’ since 1998, was arrested on Wednesday based on leads obtained through electronic surveillance by the Special Investigating Team (SIT), set up to nab Pansare’s assailants.Inspector General of Police Sanjay Kumar Verma said the investigators are interrogating the woman on various aspects of the case. Jyoti runs a mobile repair shop and has been a member of Sanatan Sanstha since long, said another senior police officer, who is part of the probe team.Gaikwad was taken into custody after police went through his “innumerable” phone call records. He was produced in a court at Kolhapur in western Maharashtra which remanded him in police custody till September 23.Pansare (81) was gunned down outside his home in Sagar Mala locality of Kolhapur city on February 16 and succumbed to his injuries on February 20 at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital. The senior CPI leader was a prominent social activist in Maharashtra and worked for the welfare of the poor and suppressed. He was also at the forefront of the toll agitation in Kolhapur. His popular book Shivaji Kon Hota (Who was Shivaji), projected Shivaji as the people’s king as against his portrayal as a Hindu bigot by certain right wing outfits and fringe groups.The book sought to counter propaganda of the Hindutva outfits while noting that Shivaji was a secular ruler whose top generals and associates were Muslims. Pansare’s frequent speeches challenging the communal agenda of right-wing outfits angered them, his family said.Another rationalist Narendra Dabholkar was killed in Pune in 2013. Dabholkar, who spent much of his life exposing sham rituals, miracles, black magic, and godmen, was murdered in Pune in 2013 and there has been no breakthrough in his case yet.In the wake of the recent murder of Kannada scholar and social activist M M Kalburgi at Dharwar in Karnataka, Left parties and rationalist outfits have expressed serious concern and anguish over the delay in bringing to book culprits behind such murders. They have also alleged that the perpetrators of such crimes are connected to rightwing and fundamentalist outfits.According to government sources, there were specific phone calls between Gaikwad and his woman friend wherein he was bragging about having done away with Pansare.”There are other conversations too (between the two) that were under surveillance. When alleged involvement of Sanatan Sanstha came up, he (Gaikwad stopped talking about this. We were waiting for some more days to see if he resumed talking and revealed more. But when he did not, we picked him up to find out more,” they said. However, it is yet to be established whether Gaikwad did anything on behalf of the right-wing organisation and had any role to play in the crime.”If it is established that the organisation had some role (in the murder), action will be taken against it. We are aware that previous state government had made an attempt to ban the organisation. If a direct linkage is found, action may be contemplated,” they added.For its part, the Sanatan Sanstha had given a clean chit to Gaikwad, saying he was being falsely implicated by police in the case.”Earlier, inquiry of many seekers of Sanatan was also conducted in case of the killing of Dr Dabholkar. Sanatan Sanstha also faced similar criticism on earlier occasions. However, no output came out of these inquiries,” Sanatan Sanstha’s managing trustee Virendra Marathe had said on Wednesday.Name of the right-wing organisation had cropped up after blasts at Thane and Vashi in Maharashtra in 2008 and recovery of explosive material in Panvel.The Mumbai ATS had chargesheeted six members of the Sanatan Sanstha and its front, the Hindu Janjagriti Samiti, in connection with the blasts.In 2009, a low-intensity bomb went off in Goa for which members of the right-wing organisation were chargesheeted. The blast took place at Madgaon in Goa on October 16, 2009, on the eve of Diwali. Two activists of the Sanstha had succumbed to injuries when the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) they were carrying in a scooter – also owned by a Sanstha member – exploded prematurely.

Vyapam scam: CBI seeks medical history of journalist Akshay Singh

The probe agency on Wednesday sought Singh’s medical reports from his family to study his history. CBI officials said the reports will be sent to a medical board which will ascertain whether Singh had any medical history which might have led to his death.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has decided to seek opinion of medical specialists to further their probe into the mysterious death of Akshay Singh, a Delhi based journalist who in July died mysteriously while trailing the infamous Vyapam Scam in Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua district.The probe agency on Wednesday sought Singh’s medical reports from his family to study his history. CBI officials said the reports will be sent to a medical board which will ascertain whether Singh had any medical history which might have led to his death.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The reports have been sought to ascertain if the deceased had a medical history that might have contributed to his death. We have to probe the death from all possible angles and studying the history of the deceased can offer valuable insight to the investigators,” said an CBI official adding that the agency will also be quizzing Singh’s co-workers and friends.Singh had died while conducting an interview of Mehtab Singh, the father of Namrata Damor, an alleged beneficiary of the Vyapam scam, whose body was found on a railway track in Ujjain, in January 2012. The 19-year-old girl’s case was declared that of a suicide and police in 2013 had filed a closure report of the same.Dr Anand Rai, one of the three whistleblowers of the Vyapam scam, has been advocating a thorough probe into Namrata’s death and had told dna earlier about the last conversation he had with journalist Akshay Singh before his untimely death. According to Rai, Singh had asked which of the deaths related to the Vyapam Scam he considered to be the most suspicious. “I mentioned three cases and Namrata was one of them. It was only after a few days that I came to know about his death through news,” Dr Rai told dna.Namrata had undergone an autopsy in which the surgeons declared that it was a case of homicide. However police sought a second opinion from Medico-Legal Institute whose director Dr DS Badkur inspected the spot on February 7 the same year and submitted his report in March rejecting the opinion of autopsy surgeon that Namrata death was homicidal. In its report the Medico-Legal Institute also questioned the competency of the team of surgeons which had done autopsy on Namrata.Police in 2013 filed a closure report, however the case was highlighted again this year with Singh’s death in Jhabua where Namrata’s family lived.According to eye-witness accounts, Akshay Singh suddenly collapsed during the interview and had saliva flowing out of his mouth. He was then taken to a government hospital which did not possess a defibrillator which is used to pass electric energy into the patients heart. Singh was then taken to a another hospital named Jeevan Jyoti, which didn’t have an defibrillator either. Namrata’s family accompanied by Singh’s panic stricken co-workers then took him to Dahod (an adjoining town in Gujarat about 48km away from Jhabua) where he was declared dead upon arrival.Singh was among the 35 persons, allegedly related to the Vyapam Scam, found dead under mysterious circumstances. His family while refusing any help from the Madhya Pradesh government had demanded a probe into his death stating that Singh was ‘healthy, fit and fine when he left home’. The opposition dispute the official number of deceased persons claiming that the number of deaths exceed 50.On the jobAccording to eye-witness accounts, Akshay Singh suddenly collapsed during the interview and had saliva flowing out of his mouth. He was then taken to a government hospital which did not possess a defibrillator which is used to pass electric energy into the patients heart. Singh was then taken to a another hospital named Jeevan Jyoti, which didn’t have an defibrillator either. Namrata’s family accompanied by Singh’s panic stricken co-workers then took him to Dahod (an adjoining town in Gujarat about 48km away from Jhabua) where he was declared dead upon arrival.

Kargil Vijay Diwas: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar pays tribute to Kargil martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday led the nation in paying homage to the Kargil war heroes by laying a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti here.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday led the nation in paying homage to the Kargil war heroes by laying a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti here.Along with Parrikar, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Navy Vice Chief P Murugesan also paid tributes to the martyr’s on the 16th anniversary of India’s victory in the Kargil war.Several events are planned at army centres across the country to celebrate the Kargil victory and pay respect to the over 400 soldiers who were martyred in the Kargil war.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suhag who had yesterday visited the Kargil War Memorial in Drass yesterday had said the armed forces will not let another Kargil-like conflict to take place.Though the celebrations to mark the 16th anniversary of India’s victory in the Kargil War, also called Vijay Diwas, began on July 20, the main functions are planned for today.The Kargil war, which began in May 1999, lasted for more than two months before Pakistani soldiers, a bulk of them drawn from its Northern Light Infantry, and irregulars withdrewfrom the mountain tops they had occupied overlooking the Srinagar-Leh highway.In the conflict, the Indian Army lost 490 officers, soldiers and jawans.

Fencing champion dies after being pushed out of train by cops

The fencing sportsman Hoshiyar Singh aka ‘Rocky’ was travelling with his wife, mother and seven-month-old son in the Mathura-Patna Passenger when the shocking incident occurred.

Two constables of Uttar Pradesh Government Railway Police (GRP) are reported to have pushed a national fencing champion from a moving train. The young man died a painful death on the tracks for refusing to grease the palms of men in uniform.What is worse is that instead of booking the culprits for their horrific crime, the police are bent upon proving that the two constables were innocent. No arrest has been made so far, though railway minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered an inquiry.Fencing sportsman Hoshiyar Singh aka ‘Rocky’ was travelling with his wife, mother and seven-month-old son in the Mathura-Patna Passenger when the shocking incident occurred.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rocky had won the bronze in the under-17 national fencing championship in Kerala in 2005. He had also won several other medals and awards at state and national level fencing tournaments.”He was still alive when he was lying on the tracks with grievous injuries. But nobody came to help us,” Rocky’s wife Jyoti told reporters on Friday. Crying inconsolably, she narrated the entire tragedy before the media.Jyoti was travelling with her son and mother-in-law in the ladies’ coach while Rocky was in another compartment of the train. Even as the train was moving, she called him on his mobile to say that she was feeling very ill.At the next station, Sikandra Rau in Hathras near Mathura in west UP, Rocky got into the ladies’ compartment to inquire about her health. Soon, the train moved on and he stayed back with his wife. Two GRP constables in the compartment ordered him out, saying it was only meant for women.Rocky tried to reason with them, but they said he could stay on only if he paid Rs 200. As he refused, Jyoti alleges, the cops pushed him off the moving train. She pulled the emergency chain and brought the train to a halt. But, Rocky breathed his last soon afterwards.The police are now trying to cover up the entire incident. “He (Rocky) had got down to get water, and tried to board the train after it had started moving. He fell down and was hit fatally by the moving train,” SP GRP, Agra, Gopesh Khanna told reporters. He said that some people had instigated Jyoti to cook up the story so that she could get a good compensation from the government. “Even the TTE in his report has said that the cops had not pushed him off the train,” he said. Another gruesome incidentIn an equally gruesome incident, a national-level volleyball player Arunima Sinha had been pushed from a train near Bareilly in UP in April 2011 by some hoodlums trying to snatch her gold chain. Her leg was amputated rendering her incapacitated for life. In that incident, too, the UP GRP had tried its best to hush up the case, and even gone to the extent of spreading the canard that she was travelling without a ticket. However, Arunima went on to become the first female amputee ever to climb the Mount Everest.

Smriti Irani hails new social security schemes as ‘historic step’

The schemes — Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Atal Pension Yojana (APY) — were simultaneously launched at 115 locations throughout the country.

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani today said the three new social security schemes launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi are historic step towards ensuring economic security for the people of the country.”There was a promise that Narendra Modiji made to the people of this country that those who face economic challenges shall be given economic security,” Irani told reporters here launching the schemes in Telangana.”I am happy to say that three social security schemes launched by the Prime Minister — Atal Pension Yojana, it benefits especially those in unorganised sector and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is historic because for just Rs 12 a year, a citizen can avail of benefits and cover for up to Rs two lakh in case of accidental death or mishappening and under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, for a mere Rs 330, life insurance cover is made available to every Indian citizen,” she said.”I congratulate the people of India who have bestowed their confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is with their cooperation and blessings that we will work on the path of financial security,” Irani added.Recalling that bank accounts more than the given target were opened in Telangana under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana’, Telangana Finance Minister E Rajender said the state government would make all efforts for the success of the three social security schemes launched today.Telangana BJP president and MLA G Kishan Reddy, BJP floor leader in the Legislative Assembly K Laxman, several other MLAs and officials were present on the occasion.The schemes — Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Atal Pension Yojana (APY) — were simultaneously launched at 115 locations throughout the country.

Former Gujarat Chief Secretary Achal Kumar Jyoti appointed as Election Commissioner

Born on January 23, 1953, Jyoti will have a tenure of nearly three years, when he will turn 65, the age at which ECs demit office under the Constitution.

Achal Kumar Jyoti, a former Chief Secretary during the tenure of Narendra Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister, was on Thursday appointed as the Election Commissioner, filling one of the two vacancies in the three-member body.The appointment of Jyoti (62), who retired from active service in January, 2013 after serving in various capacities in Gujarat including as Chairman of the Kandla Port Trust between 1999 and 2004 and Managing Director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL).His tenure as EC will commence from the day he assumes charge, a Law Ministry notification said today.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Born on January 23, 1953, Jyoti will have a tenure of nearly three years, when he will turn 65, the age at which ECs demit office under the Constitution.An EC or a CEC has a tenure of six years in office or till he or she attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.After V S Sampath demitted office in January, H S Brahma was elevated as CEC. But after Brahma demitted office, two posts of ECs in the three-member body have remained vacant.Between April 19, when Nasim Zaidi took over as the CEC till today, he was the only member in the poll body.In the coming days, the government will appoint one more Election Commissioner to fill up the last vacancy.He has also worked as Secretary in the Industry, Revenue and Water Supply Departments.

Former Gujarat CS AK Jyoti appointed Election Commissioner

New Delhi: 

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The appointment of Jyoti (62), who retired from active service in January, 2013 after serving in various capacities in Gujarat including as Chairman of the Kandla Port Trust between 1999 and 2004 and Managing Director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL).

His tenure as EC will commence from the day he assumes charge, a Law Ministry notification said today.

Born on January 23, 1953, Jyoti will have a tenure of nearly three years, when he will turn 65, the age at which ECs demit office under the Constitution.

An EC or a CEC has a tenure of six years in office or till he or she attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.

After V S Sampath demitted office in January, H S Brahma was elevated as CEC. But after Brahma demitted office, two posts of ECs in the three-member body have remained vacant.

Between April 19, when Nasim Zaidi took over as the CEC till today, he was the only member in the poll body.

In the coming days, the government will appoint one more Election Commissioner to fill up the last vacancy.

He has also worked as Secretary in the Industry, Revenue and Water Supply Departments.

PTI

Imposter stays in Mussoorie academy for IAS officials for 6 months, SIT to probe

In a major security breach, an imposter pretending to be a trainee IAS official stayed at the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri Administrative Academy in Mussoorie, the training ground for the country’s civil service officers and a location that is supposed to have high security. What is perhaps more disturbing was the fact that she managed to stay on for six months without detection.

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Lal Bahadur Shastri Administrative Academy in Mussoorie. Image from PTI.

The woman’s fake identity card said her name was Ruby Choudhury, and that she held the post of sub-divisional magistrate.

The civil service recruits training academy learnt about the woman and her prolonged stay at the institute when she had already left on March 27, Dehradun SSP Pushpak Jyoti said.

“Police are investigating the matter and at the moment we are not in a position to comment on this matter,” said Jyoti, according to this HT report.

The matter came to light when administrative officer of the institute Satyavir Singh lodged an FIR in this connection at Mussoorie police station on Tuesday, the SSP said.

According to the FIR, the woman hailing from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh arrived at the academy on 20 September and introduced herself as Ruby Choudhry, a trainee IAS officer and stayed there for a little over six months before mysteriously disappearing on 27 March, the official said.

The SSP said a special team headed by Mussoorie police inspector Chandan Singh Bisht has been constituted to find out how the woman gained entry into the high security academy and managed to stay there for so long without the knowledge of the authorities.

This TOI report also states that she had been living in the staff quarters that was originally allotted to a security guard, Dev Singh, who is a permanent employee of the academy and has been there for 20 years. The guard , incidentally, was served suspension orders on 29 March.

Documents seized from the room where she stayed are being closely investigated, police said adding that the team constituted by Uttarakhand police will first interrogate Satyavir Singh who lodged the FIR in this connection.

However, the “imposter” had been traced by today afternoon when she gave an interview to CNN-IBN stating that she is not at fault for her stay at the academy. She said, in the interview, that the deputy director Saurabh Jain should be blamed as he took a bribe of 5 Lakh to issue her a fake card. She also clarified that she was not absconding or evading the police.

No FIR has been registered against her so far.

With inputs from PTI

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal holds review meetings with several departments

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his six ministers held review meetings with officials of several departments on their preparations on implementing Aam Aadmi Party’s 70-point poll agenda.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his six ministers held review meetings with officials of several departments on their preparations on implementing Aam Aadmi Party’s 70-point poll agenda.Sources said officials of power department were pulled up for not planning to devlop transmission network in the city despite the fact that the Centre had allocated sufficient funds in the 2014 general budget.However, officials said that they got approval in January this year and that’s why they were not be able to make action plan to develop tranmission network.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had in July last year allocated Rs 500 crore each for Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and ultra mega solar power projects besides Rs 200 crore for strengthening Delhi’s transmission network, among other programmes.
In the meeting, officials have been directed to prepare action plan to develop transmission network in national capital so that people don’t have to face problem.A senior official said that on the issue of subsidy on power bills, government has asked the power officials to prepare an action plan by next week.In today’s meeting, officials from Revenue Department, Delhi Jal Board and others were also present.
Officials of DJB are believed to have informed the ministers that they have planned to install more than 600 water ATMs across the city.Sources in the government said that review meetings of different departments will be held tomorrow.

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