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Sumitra Kumar, senior research fellow at the premier strategic think-tank – Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) — however, is apprehensive about Nawaz Sharif’s manoeuvrability with regard to terror elements given that the Punjab provincial government has over the last few years been allocating considerable funds in its annual budget for the Jamaat ud Dawa. “Even faced with the improbability of making much headway on terrorism and Kashmir in the resumed dialogue, it is still important for India to engage with Pakistan. If India hopes to be taken seriously by the international community it should be seen to be managing its relationships with the neighbours earnestly,” Kumar said. Also, continuing the dialogue might tend to weaken the anti-India elements in Pakistan, he said. Besides, the experience of the last 18 months during which the dialogue was interrupted twice has brought both governments to the view that if any forward movement has to be made in improving relations they can only resort to a dialogue and nothing else,” said Kumar, an expert on Pakistan and military affairs.

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DDCA scam: BJP senior leaders to meet Kirti Azad, raise issue at party forum

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BJP veterans L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha, who had virtually revolted after Bihar poll debacle, today met here to discuss the suspension of MP Kirti Azad and issues related to party leadership.

Senior leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha who are a part of BJP’s margdarshak mandal will meet Kirti Azad after the lawmaker was suspended for targeting Arun Jaitley over the DDCA scam.BJP veterans L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha, who had virtually revolted after Bihar poll debacle, today met here to discuss the suspension of MP Kirti Azad and issues related to party leadership. Unlike their last meeting on November 10 when they had issued a scathing statement against the party leadership, there was no immediate public comment this time round with sources close to them saying that they will raise their issues at an “opportune” time and forum.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asked if the issue of suspension of Azad from BJP after he attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged corruption in Delhi cricket body came up for discussion, a veteran said, “It should be obvious, considering the background of the meeting.” He, however, declined to divulge any details. Advani, Kumar and Sinha drove down to Joshi’s residence at around noon and were in a huddle for close to an hour. “We met. We had tea,” Kumar said as he left after the meeting, declining to elaborate.Azad had sought intervention of the ‘margdarshak mandal’, comprising Advani, Joshi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which was formed by BJP president Amit Shah after he took over the party reins. It has never met since its formation and was criticised as a move to sideline Advani and Joshi.Sources close to the veterans said they were also not happy with the party’s response to their concerns. An impression was given by the leadership that they were reaching out to them but in reality nothing concrete has happened, they said. The four leaders had launched a sharp attack on the leadership on Diwali eve, saying BJP had been “emasculated” in one year and demanded accountability for its massive loss in the Bihar elections.Senior party leaders, including Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, had met Advani later. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav had subsequently said the matter was a “closed chapter”, suggesting that the party had reached out to them to address their issues.Cracking the whip yesterday, BJP suspended Azad, who has been leading a campaign against Jaitley on alleged corruption in DDCA, charging him with anti-party activities and accusing him of “colluding” with Congress and AAP to bring it into “disrepute”. The action of the BJP Parliamentary Board to suspend him from the party’s primary membership with immediate effect came three days after his press conference attacking Jaitley and subsequent acts of defiance both inside and outside Parliament. With agency inputs

CBI may expand ambit of probe against Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar

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Agency sources said they had recovered four files pertaining to recruitment in the Delhi government. In one of the files pertaining to data entry operators’ recruitment, several pages were found to be missing

CBI claimed to have got materials that indicate irregularities in the recruitment process done in Delhi government through ICSIL, and said it is contemplating to expand the ambit of probe against Rajendra Kumar, principal secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.Agency sources said they had recovered four files pertaining to recruitment in the Delhi government. In one of the files pertaining to data entry operators’ recruitment, several pages were found to be missing. This prompted the agency to dig deep into the recruitment process. CBI is currently probing five instances of alleged corruption against Kumar spanning over a period of five years from 2009 to 2014 when he served in the Delhi government in various capacities.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The sources said probe may be expanded further and may involve much more officers and recruitment processes as well. They said nothing has been finalised and any further action will depend on details which might emerge during further questioning of Kumar. Kumar will again be called for questioning in connection with the case as the agency has found five audio clippings in which he is purportedly giving oral instructions to the official concerned to allegedly manipulate contract terms, they said.The sources claimed the purported clippings recovered from email account of Kumar indicate his influence over officers which have not been named in the FIR and they may be included in the charge-sheet.The CBI said it has registered a case against Kumar and others on allegations against the officer that he abused his official position by “favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders from Delhi government departments”.Kumar has been booked under 120-B of IPC (criminal conspiracy), and 13(2), 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Criminal conspiracy, criminal misconduct etc) for allegedly favouring a private company in five contracts worth Rs 9.5 crore during 2007-14.”The accused allegedly facilitated award of contracts worth Rs 9.50 crore (approx) to the said company through ICSIL (Intelligent Communication Systems India Limited) and misused his official position as public servant.”The accused were instrumental in award of projects to the said private company in Delhi Transco Ltd; Health and Family Welfare Department, GNCTD; Delhi Jal Board and Department of Trade and Taxes, GNCTD,” CBI had said in the statement after the registration of the case.

Tihar starts yoga teachers training course for jail inmates

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On successful completion of the course, the trainee inmates will be provided certificate as yoga trainer which will help them find a suitable employment after their release.

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The Tihar authorities on Wednesday launched a yoga teachers training course for inmates in an effort towards their rehabilitation after release. The course was launched with 200-odd inmates selected from all the jails of the prison complex, beginning their training under the guidance of 20 trainers of NGO Panchvati Yoga Ashram and Nature Cure Centre.”This is the first-of-its-kind initiative started in any jail in the country to train inmates as qualified yoga teachers,” Director General (Prison) Alok Kumar Verma said, unveiling syllabus and curriculum of the course designed by Panchvati Yoga Ashram.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On successful completion of the course, the trainee inmates will be provided certificate as yoga trainer which will help them find a suitable employment after their release, said Additional IG (Prison) and Tihar spokesman Mukesh Prasad.Tihar had created a record of sorts when over 10,000 of its inmates had participated in a mega yoga session organised on the occasion of World Yoga Day on June 21.”The yoga revolution started at Tihar is going to be a life changing event for a number of inmates,” said yoga guru Ashutosh Kumar of Panchvati Yoga Ashram.

Punjab Health Minister now calls for a nationwide prohibition on alcohol

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The BJP minister had made the remarks on alcohol on Monday during an interaction after inaugurating a de-addiction centre at Gidderbaha in Muktsar district.

Punjab Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani.
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Two days after stating that he did not consider liquor an “intoxicant”, Punjab Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani in a U-turn on Wednesday said that alcohol was the “root cause of all ills” and favoured a countrywide prohibition and the closure of all distilleries.After facing flak from various quarters over his bizzare remark that “I don’t think ‘sharab’ (liquor) is an intoxicant,” the senior BJP leader, sought to clarify the context in which he had made the statement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asked if he favours prohibition, the Minister addressing a press conference said, “There should be a ban. There should be a countrywide ban on alcohol. Today, I am saying in the media that ban alcohol and all distilleries should also be shut down.”When asked to comment on the controversy, the “teetotaller” minister said, “There has been a debate in the media quoting me as saying that alcohol is a good thing to have and that I don’t consider alcohol as an intoxicant. I have never said anything like that and have been quoted out of context as my statement was twisted”.”Let me clarify a few things, there is no bigger vice than alcohol. Alcohol is the root cause for all ills, for various problems, diseases, various crimes and it should not be consumed. When mediapersons had asked me a question about drug problem, I had said that I do not include people consuming alcohol in the addict category,” he said.Continuing further, he said, “For instance, (Congress leader) Rahul Gandhi had said 70 per cent youths in Punjab are addicted to drugs, some others say 60 per cent have fallen prey to the menace. When I was talking to mediapersons, I said I don’t want to count alcohol as addiction, reasoning that government gives licenses and we have liquor vends and excise policy in place.”He even narrated an old tale to highlight his point that alcohol was the root cause of various ills.”But the media said that I have become ambassador of alcohol. I said I will not take it as a factor in counting when we refer to addicts. If we start to link alcohol to include those who drink it as addicts, then you will find its (alcohol’s) presence in all spheres of life, including it being served in parties, in the Army, even in the Press Club, alcohol is there. If we say anyone who consumes alcohol is an addict, then its like defaming all of them,” he said.Replying to a question, he said, “I dont drink alcohol, I say there can be no bad thing than alcohol.” The BJP minister had made the remarks on alcohol on Monday during an interaction after inaugurating a de-addiction centre at Gidderbaha in Muktsar district.Jyani was holding the press conference here today on the works of his Department of Health and Family Welfare during 2015.

Kerala Governor P Sathasivam not allowed to board Air India Flight as he reached late

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The delayed flight had yesterday reached Kochi airport at 10.58 PM and was to leave by 1140 PM.

Kerala Governor Justice P Sathasivam failed to board an Air India flight from Kochi to the state capital after the pilot reportedly refused to wait for the dignitary and took off.Raj Bhavan sources said the Governor reached Nedumbassery International airport about 10 minutes before the flight was to depart at 11:40 PM yesterday, but the “step ladder had been removed and the flight was pushing back”.According to the sources, the Governor was returning to the state capital after attending a function in Kozhikode.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They were informed by Air India officials that the Delhi-Kochi -Thiruvanthapuram A1048 flight will take off at 1140 PM.The delayed flight had yesterday reached Kochi airport at 10.58 PM and was to leave by 1140 PM.”We got a communication from the airport that the flight will take off at 11.40 PM. However, when the Governor, accompanied by his wife reached the airport at 11.28 PM to board the flight, we saw the step ladder had been removed and the flight was pushing back,” the sources told PTI.AI officials were waiting at the ladder point with the Governor’s boarding pass.The sources said though the Air India manager had informed the pilot that the Governor was arriving, he refused to wait for him and closed the door.When contacted, the airport sources said the Governor had reached the tarmac when the flight was at the “push back stage and the doors were closed”.Raj Bhavan sources said they would be taking up the matter with appropriate authorities even as Air India sources said they were looking into the matter.After an overnight stay at Kochi, the Governor reached the state capital by road this morning.Two years ago, the then Governor Nikhil Kumar had also faced a similar situation.

BSF Plane crash: He was the best pilot around, say friends

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According to a nephew, Bhatt’s wife got the news of the crash as it flashed across the television in the morning. Her worst fears were confirmed as an official from the Border Security Force came by to confirm the news. “He was very dedicated to his family and a very jovial person,” recalls a batch mate who had come to offer his condolences.

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There was a curious crowd of onlookers that comprised local residents, family members and colleagues outside Deputy Commandant Bhagwati Prasad Bhatt’s Sarojini Nagar residence. The small cramped hall is jammed with relatives and well-wishers, while a young boy of three is running around with his friends, oblivious of the fact that his father is never coming home. Bhatt’s wife is inconsolable even as their youngest – a toddler all of 1.5 years sleeps beside her.According to a nephew, Bhatt’s wife got the news of the crash as it flashed across the television in the morning. Her worst fears were confirmed as an official from the Border Security Force came by to confirm the news. “He was very dedicated to his family and a very jovial person,” recalls a batch mate who had come to offer his condolences.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bhatt was the baby in a family that had four brothers and three sisters. “He always wanted to do something different,” says older brother Rajendra, as he fondly recalled their childhood. “Initially he was interested in modelling, though we convinced him otherwise,” he added.Hailing from Uttarakhand, Bhatt grew up in the foothills of the Himalayas, though his higher schooling was in Dehradun. He joined the General Cadre of the Armed Forces and later on got his commercial flying licence from Rae Baireli.There is much anger among the batchmates who had gathered to mourn the demise of their friend. They could not forget Vivek Chaudhary – another batchmate of theirs who suffered a similar fate near Mount Abu almost four years ago. Their association with Bhatt goes back almost 15 years and his death has deeply saddened them.Bhatt – who married his love in 2008 – was posted in Delhi since 2009, when he got his position in the air wing of the BSF. “He was the best pilot around,” echo his friends.Inside the house, the wife has quietened down a bit, exhausted, “he was my strength,” she keeps repeating, tears rolling down her face. “You have to go on,” her friends try to console her, “For your kids, you must take his strength and go on.”The scene at Chotte Lal Sharma’s Sarojini Nagar residence – he was one of the 10 that died in the air crash, is one of caution. Sharma’s brother-in-law Pradeep Sharma said, “We haven’t informed my sister yet. We have simply told her that her husband has met with an accident and he is lying critical in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).” The official phone call confirming the Sharma’s death went to his son Somesh. He too has kept his mother in the dark about his father’s fate.A neighbour recalls, “I would see him (Sharma) every morning before he left for work. He would always say ‘”Please on the lookout and make sure my family is okay.” The neighbour added, “I didn’t see him this morning.”For C L Bhalothia, the morning news of the air crash put him on the edge since he knew his friend Ravindra Kumar, SI (JAM) was on that flight. All he could remember was Kumar telling him “I’m off now, I will see you when I return,” the day before. That was the last time Bhalothia spoke to his friend and colleague of more than a decade.Various colleagues from his department rushed to the spot and confirmed the worst. “The minute I saw the news, I tried to call him on his mobile, it just kept ringing,” Bhalothia recalls. “I could sense something was wrong,” he added. “After a while, the operator message said that the ‘Phone is out of coverage area’, he said.Now came the worst part, Kumar’s family had heard about the crash on the news in the morning, though, it was up to Bhalothia to confirm their worst fears. Bhalotia and his wife immediately made their way to Kumar’s Lodhi Road colony house. Here Bhalothia’s wife is consoling Kumar’s wife Manorama, while Kumar’s children – a son – he is in Class 10 and a daughter – who is studying in the final year of B.Tech, helpless look on. A kindly neighbour is seen bringing trays of teas for the visitors who have come to grieve and offer their support. “Kumar was always seen with a smile on his face and he was always happy,” Bhalothia recalls as he wipes his tears away with his white handkerchief.Kumar, who hailed from Gaya, Bihar, joined the BSF in August 2006 after he retired as a mechanic in the VVIP squadron from the air force. Two younger brothers and his immediate family comprising of his wife and two kids survive him. In the evening, when one tried to call Kumar’s mobile number, the operator message said that the cell phone seemed to be switched off.

Delhi CM Kejriwal demands PM Modi resignation over ‘flop’ CBI raids

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Calling December 15, when CBI conducted the raid at the office of his Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, a “black day”, Kejriwal tore into Modi and dared him to act against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, his Rajasthan counterpart Vasundhara Raje and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
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Mounting a fierce attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday demanded his resignation over what he termed was a “flop raid” by the CBI at the Delhi Secretariat to “protect” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the alleged DDCA scam.Calling December 15, when CBI conducted the raid at the office of his Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, a “black day”, Kejriwal tore into Modi and dared him to act against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, his Rajasthan counterpart Vasundhara Raje and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Kejriwal also defended Rajendra Kumar against allegations of graft committed in his official capacity under the erstwhile Sheila Dikshit government.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He’s being mentally harassed. CBI has got nothing against him in the last eight days. If I can remove my minister and babu for committing corruption, it is also my duty to protect honest officers,” he said participating in a discussion in the state Assembly on the situation arising out of the raid at the Delhi Secretariat and alleged corruption in Delhi and District Cricket Association under Jaitley’s watch.Kumar was seated in the officers’ gallery of the Assembly during the proceedings.”Prime Minister should be ashamed of himself” over the raids, Kejriwal said and went on to take a series of jibes at Modi over “Rs 10 lakh suit” and foreign trips.”He is fulfilling his dreams now as earlier he did not get a visa. Delhi is all right whenever he is out of the city.Whenever he’s back everything goes haywire,” Kejriwal said speaking during the one-day special session of the Assembly which passed a resolution to constitute a Commission of Inquiry to probe alleged corruption in DDCA.”I seek the Prime Minister’s resignation for conducting such a flop raid and for misusing the CBI. If he uses the CBI to get any file then the country will have no democracy left. Tomorrow there can be raids on any Chief Minister. This is dangerous for the country’s federal structure,” Kejriwal said.The Chief Minister, against whom Jaitley has filed both civil and criminal defamation suits, further alleged that the CBI was specifically looking for a file “containing a note” with “incriminating” details.”A DDCA whistle blower used to meet me. That officer told me that there was a meeting of DDCA officials, where Jaitley had told them no not worry about SFIO as he will get it compounded. He (Jaitley) said that he will ensure quashing of cases that come to Delhi police and, if AAP sets up a commission of inquiry, he will get it null and void through ‘our special man’ LG. It was written in that file,” Kejriwal claimed. Kejriwal claimed the Prime Minister was still not able to get over the “pain” of losing the Delhi Assembly elections. Delhi Assembly today passed a motion moved by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia against CBI raid at Delhi Secretariat, condeming the Centre for its alleged high handedness and adding it was in “violation of the federal structure” and the “spirit of the Constitution”.”We are constantly seeking PM’s cooperation and for this, I have met two-three times and told him we don’t need money, and instead, we want him not to put hurdles to our works..give us Delhi for a year and will fulfil your dreams,” Kejriwal said.The Delhi Chief Minister termed the CBI raid at his office as “dangerous” for the country’s federal structure. Kejriwal claimed it was within the government’s powers to set up a Commission of Inquiry to probe alleged corruption in the state’s cricket body.”We have the right to probe the irregularities in sports, player selection, stadium construction. Everyone is admitting that there was a scam…we have power to set up such Commission. In the past, we set up a Commission of Inquiry over the transport scam involving former CM and her officials, but MHA later declared it null and void as LG was getting implicated in it. MHA has no power to declare our Commission of Inquiry null and void,” he said.Refering to Jaitley’s lawsuit, Kejriwal said he was surprised as to how a lawyer (Jaitley) could hurt himself because the Union Minister will be crossed examine by our lawyers for almost one year.”Next pre-summoning evidence on January 5. We want the court to summon us. We will go and trial will begin. His (Jaitley) cross examinitauion will strtech for a year. By filing defamation case, he has hurt himself,” Kejriwal added.Noted criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani will represent Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the civil and criminal defamation suits filed against him by Jaitley. Jaitley had on Tuesday filed both civil and criminal defamation cases against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for allegedly defaming him and sought Rs 10 crores in damages and their prosecution for offences that entail a punishment of upto two years in jail.

Delhi CM Kejriwal faces court case for using ‘defamatory’ words against PM Modi

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The complainant, an advocate, has sought Kejriwal’s prosecution under sections 124A (sedition) and 500 (defamation) of the IPC. The plea was filed at Tis Hazari Courts and it would come up for hearing on January 4, 2016.
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A private criminal complaint has been filed against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a Delhi for using “defamatory” words against Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the recent CBI raid at the office of his Principal Secretary.The complainant, an advocate, has sought Kejriwal’s prosecution under sections 124A (sedition) and 500 (defamation) of the IPC. The plea was filed at Tis Hazari Courts and it would come up for hearing on January 4, 2016.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Advocate Pradeep Kumar Dwivedi has in his complaint alleged that when CBI raided the Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar’s Delhi Secretariat office on December 15, Kejriwal made offensive remarks on his Twitter account against Modi.”Being fully aware of the autonomy and independence of the CBI, the accused (Kejriwal) owing to his personal interest and political enmity, made some offended remarks on his Twitter account towards the Prime Minister of this country, just because of the said raid by the CBI,” the complaint said.”On December 15, the accused posted the remarks on his Twitter account which reads as, ‘Modi is a coward and a psychopath’. The remarks were made against the democratically elected Prime Minister of the largest democracy of the world,” it said.The complainant alleged that Kejriwal had “intentionally” used such defamatory words with a view to spreading a sense of “hatred and contempt” towards the Prime Minister. Dwivedi said he was aggrieved by the alleged defamatory and seditious remarks of Kejriwal.

Bottoms up! Alcohol not ‘intoxicant’, says Punjab health minister

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Jyani told journalists during an interaction after inaugurating a de-addiction centre in his constituency Badal.

Surjit Kumar Jyani

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Bizzare it may sound but Punjab Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani does not consider ‘sharab’ (booze) an intoxicant.”I don’t think ‘sharab’ (booze) is an intoxicant. You cannot call alcohol an intoxicant. It is (consumed) there in the army, parties. The government gives licences for manufacturing liquor, we auction liquor vends. As long as it is done, sharab cannot be called ‘nasha’ (intoxicant),” Jyani told journalists during an interaction after inaugurating a de-addiction centre in his constituency Badal.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Incidentally, Punjab has been facing a problem of drug addiction, which once prompted Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to claim 7 out of every 10 youth in the state were addicts.

Veterinarian with alleged BJP affiliation among latest arrests in Dadri lynching

The Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday arrested five more persons who were allegedly part of the mob that lynched Mohamad Akhlaq in Dadri’s Bisara village in September. The number of arrested persons in the case has now risen to 15 with police looking for four more accused who were named by Shaista and Danish, children of Akhlaq.Among the latest arrested persons is the local veterinarian about whom dna had reported on December 4. Sources privy to investigation said that the veterinarian, identified as Arun Kumar, had affiliations with the local unit of Bhartiya Janata Party.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The arrests were made today (on Monday). Name of the arrested persons are Arun, Hari, Ravin and Vinay,” said Anurag Singh, circle officer Dadri. “The fifth is a juvenile,”he added. The number of juveniles allegedly involved in the murder has now risen to two. When asked about the political affiliations of Arun, the officer said, “Finding political affiliations is not the focus of the investigation. We are arresting persons on the basis of their involvement in the crime,” Singh said.Laxmi Kant Bajpai, the state president of BJP Uttar Pradesh, when contacted by dna for a reaction said, “I am not aware of the latest development. I can only comment once I verify whether the said person has any affiliations with the party.”The 52-year-old Akhlaq was beaten to death by a mob on suspicions that his family had slaughtered a calf and consumed beef. Sources privy to the investigation had told dna Kumar had given his ‘expert view’ on whether the meat found by Vishal Rana, son a local BJP leader, was beef or mutton. The veterinarian was shown the meat allegedly thrown by Akhlaq on the roadside on the night of September 28. The same group of people, allegedly led by Vishal and his cousin Shivam, went on to declare from a temple loudspeaker that a calf had been slaughtered. The group appealed to the residents to gather outside Akhlaq’s home. The FIR had named 10 persons who were arrested by the police in September and October. Another five people were also mentioned in the FIR as unknown suspects. While Shaista, named six more people in her statement to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Danish named another three accused taking the number of accused to 19.

Nitish Kumar moots alternative plan for closed liquor shops, may sell dairy products

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Kumar said almost 6000 liquor vends will have the choice of selling products of Sudha, which is run by the Bihar State Co-Operative Milk Producers Federation Ltd, as it will give a boost to the state-run entity’s business and also provide employment to people running these shops

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If Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has his way, thousands of liquor shops in Bihar may be soon be selling healthy dairy products as his government gradually enforces prohibition in the state.Kumar said almost 6000 liquor vends will have the choice of selling products of Sudha, which is run by the Bihar State Co-Operative Milk Producers Federation Ltd, as it will give a boost to the state-run entity’s business and also provide employment to people running these shops. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of his party JD(U)’s National Executive meet, Kumar said he was “absolutely firm” about his plan to impose prohibition in the state, saying it was his “commitment” and that millions of women in the state want it.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There was this apprehension about loss of employment for people involved in this trade. So my government will give them the choice of selling Sudha products,” he said, noting that most of these vends are in prime locations.He also allayed apprehensions of bootlegging following the liquor ban and said “a good thing ” cannot be stopped due to such fears and his government was taking measures to deal with its fallout.”It will be the joint responsibility of the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police,” he said, adding thousands of self-help groups will assist the government in making the measure a success. His government is also opening de-addiction centres to help people hooked to alcohol.Kumar’s promise of liquor ban is said to have played a big role in rallying woman voters around the grand alliance of JD(U)-RJD-Congress which scored a resounding victory over the BJP-led NDA in the state assembly election. Admitting that his government will suffer a loss of anywhere between Rs 3000-3500 crore once the first phase of prohibition kicks in from April 1, Kumar said his government was prepared meet the challenge. The Bihar government has decided to ban the sale of country-made and spiced liquor in the first phase.

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.

CBI threatening Rajendra Kumar, want him to reveal names of DDCA officials, claims AAP govt

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Based on a note found in the Chief Minister’s office, CBI is questioning Rajendra Kumar.

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The Delhi Government on Sunday alleged that the CBI officials are trying to cover the financial irregularities in DDCA under the helm of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley adding that the officials are threatening Principal Secretary of Delhi Chief Minister Rajendra Kumar and asking him to reveal the names of DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) officials who met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.”They are threatening him to reveal information regarding meeting of DDCA officials. They are putting metal pressure on him to reveal the names of DDCA officials who gave the information. If they are trying to threaten the principal secretary in order to hide the corruption under DDCA, then Delhi Government will not accept this,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told a press conference in New Delhi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Whatever is being asked by the CBI to Rajendra Kumar, it is clear that Arvind Kejriwal was the target and not Rajendra Kumar. The DDCA files which was kept in the office of Chief Minister had a note in which it was written that Arun Jaitley had a talk with the DDCA officials. The CBI officials are constantly asking Rajendra Kumar that who gave him that note,” Sisodia added.Related Read: DDCA scam: BJP MP Kirti Azad to hold press conference, ‘unmask the imposter’ todayRajendra Kumar who has been accused for criminal conspiracy and has a case registered against him is being questioned by the CBI.He has been accused of setting up various companies to give work contracts without tenders which has been a huge loss to the Delhi government.Kumar has been booked under Sections of IPC on charges of criminal conspiracy and under various Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly favouring a private company in five contracts worth Rs 9.5 crore during 2007 to 2014.The CBI carried out searches at 14 places connected with Kumar in the national capital, including his residence, and various locations in Uttar Pradesh.The Delhi Government has accused Arun Jaitley of indulging in financial irregularities while he was at the helm of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). The party also exhorted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack Jaitley from the union cabinet.Hitting back, Jaitley had said that Arvind Kejriwal seems to believe in untruth and defamation, delivered in a language that borders on hysteria.

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.

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

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

State ACB goes on probe overdrive on Delhi government officials

The escalating war between the Centre and the AAP government took a new turn with the CBI raids at Delhi secretary at on Tuesday –but the worst hit in the months-old political crossfire has been the Delhi bureaucracy –more with allegations of the state anti-corruption branch (ACB) going on an investigation overdrive on officials placed with the Delhi government.According to sources, the situation has worsened in the last two months, with the Mukesh Meena-led ACB aggressively digging out age-old complaints against government officials, allegedly putting hundreds of other corruption complaints on the back burner.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior government official claimed the Delhi-government’s anti-corruption helpline 1031 has forwarded more than 500 corruption complaints against Delhi as well as central government officials to the anti-graft body after carrying out preliminary investigations on them.“None of those complaints have been acted upon so far. The ACB has decided to investigate complaints only against Delhi government officials, that too those which it has received independently,” the official told dna.“They didn’t even register an FIR against a DDA (Delhi Development Authority) employee who was caught red-handed accepting bribe by our Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM),” the official said. DDA functions under the central government.The ACB’s alleged ‘selective’ investigation also resonates with a memo issued by lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung in September this year, where the bureaucrats of Delhi government were advised not to follow any ‘illegal orders’ of the Delhi government. The memo also warned the officials of disciplinary action if they chose to follow such orders of the government.The situation has now demoralised many Delhi government officials, many of whom fear they might be targeted just for working with the Kejriwal government.Sources say some are even contemplating seeking transfers elsewhere from the central government, to save themselves of uncalled troubles.An example is that of a case registered against the state’s principal secretary Chetan B Sanghi and other officials for converting 350 industrial sheds from leasehold to freehold in 2011-12, when he was heading the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (DSIIDC) – a step which has been taken both by those heading DSIIDC before and after Sanghi.The case was registered weeks after Sanghi submitted a probe report on the alleged complaints of irregularities in Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA), on which the Delhi government was to set up a commission of inquiry, Kejriwal had revealed on Tuesday.While Sanghi has gone on a long leave and was not available for comments, another official said there is not much they can do if they are scheduled to be the next in the line of fire.“If they (ACB) choose to take up an empty case like that of the DSIIDC, they can slap any charge on us out of vindictiveness,” an official said.Similarly, secretary to CM Rajender Kumar who faced a lot of mud-slinging on Tuesday following the CBI raids in his office, was first interrogated by the ACB. He is also facing ACB investigations on a separate Rs100 crore CNG scam that took place during the Sheila Dixit regime. While the charges against him are yet to be proved by CBI, Kumar is still under the ACB net and has faced multiple interrogation sessions in the last few months. The anti-corruption branch is also probing deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, and has sent a notice to the government’s directorate of information and publicity (DIP) department for allegedly giving contracts of government advertisements to his relatives. A few officers from the department were interrogated by the ACB on Thursday.The anti-graft body has also initiated inquiries on an alleged scam regarding the procurement and disbursing of onions at a subsidised rate.Above all, ACB chief Meena had also ordered a probe into the helpline management of the AAP government’s anti-corruption helpline 1031 and an inquiry against the officials involved in setting it up.Talking to dna, an official from ACB said, “We are investigating the cases against Sanghi, Kumar and others and their details can’t be revealed as of now,” said an official. Meena remained unavailable for dna’s queries despite repeated calls and messages sent to him.A joint commissioner-ranked IPS officer, Meena was appointed in June this year by Jung against AAP government’s wishes. This was a first time that a joint commissioner ranked official was put at the helm of the anti-graft body; the post had earlier been occupied by an additional commissioner-ranked official since the start of the ACB.AAP had claimed that following the Delhi High Court’s order that allowed ACB to also act on corruption complaints against central government officials, the Centre had ‘taken over’ ACB from the Delhi government. However, the battle over the control of the anti-graft body continues.

CBI arrests Income Tax inspector for taking bribe

A mobile shop owner had complained to the CBI that Income Tax Inspector Mukesh Kumar Meena was demanding Rs 1 lakh from him for settlement of a tax matter, CBI sources said.
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An Income Tax inspector was on Wednesday caught red-handed by CBI while accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 from a mobile shop owner in Jodhpur. The CBI sleuths arrested him from the shop and recovered the money from him.A mobile shop owner had complained to the CBI that Income Tax Inspector Mukesh Kumar Meena was demanding Rs 1 lakh from him for settlement of a tax matter, CBI sources said.”The deal was finally settled on Rs 50,000, which was agreed to be taken by Meena in two instalments of Rs 25,000 each”, said CBI spokesperson R K Gaur.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meena had visited the shop to collect first instalments of this evening when the CBI sleuths caught him. Gaur said that Meena will produced in the court tomorrow.

Delhi CMO raid: Incorrect information being spread to discredit us, claims CBI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajender Kumar was on Wednesday again questioned by the CBI in connection with a corruption case.

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Rejecting the allegations made by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi Government; the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday said that they did not conduct the raid at the Chief Minister’s Office, adding that efforts were being made to discredit the investigation agency.”Blatant incorrect information is being spread by certain quarters since yesterday to discredit agency with intent to obstruct investigation. CBI categorically denies having seized any material during searches which are not relevant to investigation. Seizures during searches at all places were in presence of independent witnesses, as per procedure,” CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh told media.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The search cum seizure memo containing details of all seized items will be produced before the competent Court. The CBI has already clarified that office of Chief Minister was neither searched nor sealed. The CBI neither prevented nor disallowed any person in their movement to various offices in Delhi Secretariat including CM Office, except the office chamber of his Secretary, Rajinder Kumar and that of his Personal Assistant,” she added. “It is relevant in this context that earlier in case of Sanjay Pratap Singh, Principal Secretary, Government of NCT, and no functionary of Delhi Government ever contacted or was ever in touch with CBI. Entire operation of laying trap and arrest of SP Singh was conducted by CBI on its own after receipt of complaint followed by independent verification,” Singh said.Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajender Kumar was on Wednesday again questioned by the CBI in connection with a corruption case. Earlier, he was questioned by the CBI for about seven hours late on Tuesday night after the probe agency sleuths raided his office at the Delhi Secretariat.Kumar has been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on charges of criminal conspiracy, and also under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly favouring a private company in five contracts worth Rs. 9.5 crores during 2007-14.

Reservation needed as long as social discrimination exists: Mohan Bhagwat

The Rashtriya Sawayamsevak Sangh chief’s remarks on quota in a recent interview had drawn criticism and the grand alliance of parties led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad had used his remarks to rally around the backward castes.
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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who had recently come in for criticism for his reported suggestion for a review of the reservation policy, on Wednesday batted for quota saying it is needed as long as social discrimination remains in society.The RSS Twitter handle tweeted Bhagwat as saying:The Rashtriya Sawayamsevak Sangh chief’s remarks on quota in a recent interview had drawn criticism and the grand alliance of parties led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad had used his remarks to rally around the backward castes.Quoting Bhagwat as saying at an event today, an RSS spokesperson said he observed that only when discrimination is completely removed from the society then reservation can be stopped but it has to be conveyed by those who have been the victims of social discrimination.After its massive defeat in Bihar, some Bihar BJP leaders had said that Bhagwat’s remarks were used by rival parties to polarise the poor sections of the society in their favour. However, RSS had clarified that Bhagwat was quoted out of context and the Hindutva organisation is in support of reservation.

Congress seeks Arun Jaitley’s resignation over DDCA irregularities

On Wednesday, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas said the CBI ‘raid on the Chief Minister’s Office’ (CMO) was an attempt to divert attention from the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) ‘graft’ issue, but however Finance Minister Arun Jaitley uses CBI, he would not succeed.
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Demanding setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe into the alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) involving Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Congress leader Ajay Maken on Wednesday said ‘Jaitley should resign from his post for a fair and impartial probe’.Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Maken, said “The DDCA irregularity is a very serious matter, and thus, serious examination should be done and serious action should be taken. The DDCA issue should not be diluted, and should not be marred into political controversy as grave irregularities have been committed.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demanding Jaitley’s resignation, he said: “As long as Mr. Jaitley is the Finance Minister, and is the minister in-charge of corporate law affairs, how can you expect a fair trial to take place under his finance ministership?”Lambasting the Arvind Kejriwal Government for holding back the DDCA report for nearly a month, he said, “The DDCA report was put before Kejriwal one month back, and since last one month nothing has happened in the report. And, when Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajender Kumar’s office was raided on Tuesday, he is taking up this issue and linking the CBI raid in connection with a graft case involving Kumar with the DDCA.””The Delhi Government on November 12 had constituted a committee to look into the DDCA case, and gave three days to them for submitting the report. The report was handed over to the government on November 15, then why the Delhi Government was sitting on the report for over a month,”Maken sought to know from the Kejriwal Government.”If Kejriwal’s conscience is clear he should go in for a Court-monitored CBI inquiry into the DDCA case, and should not talk about the commission of inquiry,” he added.Meanwhile, he also read out some issues raised in the report. Earlier on Wednesday, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas said the CBI ‘raid on the Chief Minister’s Office’ (CMO) was an attempt to divert attention from the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) ‘graft’ issue, but however Finance Minister Arun Jaitley uses CBI, he would not succeed.”We will come out with details concerning the DDCA before the press on Thursday,” said added.Kejriwal on Tuesday had alleged that the CBI was searching for the DDCA files aimed at searching files related to graft cases, in which Jaitley was involved, which was rubbished by Jaitley.

Delhi CM’s office was neither searched, nor sealed: CBI

Rajender Kumar was on Wednesday again questioned by the CBI in connection with a corruption case.

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The CBI on Wednesday spoke to the media to address all the allegations made by AAP on Tuesday after the agency raided the CM’s Office in corruption case. CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh said that the raids were conducted as per procedure and that the office of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was neither searched nor sealed. “Blatant incorrect information is being spread by certain quarters since yesterday to discredit agency with intent to obstruct investigation. CBI categorically denies having seized any material during searches which are not relevant to investigation. Seizures during searches at all places were in presence of independent witnesses,as per procedure.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh further added, “The search cum seizure memo containing details of all seized items will be produced before the competent Court. CBI has already clarified that Office of Chief Minister of Delhi was neither searched nor sealed. CBI neither prevented nor disallowed any person in their movement to various offices in Delhi Secretariat including CM Office, except the office chamber of his Secretary, Rajinder Kumar and that of his Personal Assistant.”It is relevant in this context that earlier in case of Sanjay Pratap Singh, Principal Secy, Govt of NCT, no functionary of Delhi Govt ever contacted or was ever in touch with CBI. Entire operation of laying trap and arrest of SP Singh was conducted by CBI on its own after receipt of complaint followed by independent verification,” Singh said. Meanwhile, Rajender Kumar was on Wednesday again questioned by the CBI in connection with a corruption case. Earlier, he was questioned by the CBI for about seven hours late on Tuesday night after the probe agency sleuths raided his office at the Delhi Secretariat. Kumar has been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on charges of criminal conspiracy, and also under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly favouring a private company in five contracts worth Rs. 9.5 crores during 2007-14.Kejriwal had tweeted on Tuesday, “When Modi cudn’t handle me politically, he resorts to this cowardice. Modi is a coward and psychopath,” sparking angry condemnation from BJP which demanded an apology from the chief minister for his “disgraceful” remarks.The chief minister has claimed he was in fact the target and that Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar was just an excuse. A battery of BJP leaders and ministers have also condemned Kejriwal for his choice of words against the Prime Minister calling it condemnable and unwarranted and demanded apology.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar seeks proposal for drinking water, toilet to every home

Connecting every household with drinking water supply and constructing toilet in every home form part of Kumar’s “seven resolves” which has now been adopted by the grand secular alliance government.
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Expressing his commitment to provide drinking water and toilet to every household in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday instructed officials to prepare a proposal to this objective by January 15 next. Kumar gave his direction to official of Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) while reviewing its functiong here, an official statement said.PHED minister Krishnandan Prasad Verma and Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh were present during the review meeting by the CM.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Connecting every household with drinking water supply and constructing toilet in every home form part of Kumar’s “seven resolves” which has now been adopted by the grand secular alliance government. To counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore along with Rs 40,000 crore of previous schemes of the central government, Kumar had come forward with his “seven resolves” during elections at an estimated cost of Rs 2.70 lakh crore.Kumar directed officials to prepare a proposal to achieve the two objectives by January 15, 2016. He laid stress on involvement of masses to achieve the twin objectives. Kumar instructed officials to make people aware against misuse of water for proper use of drinking water.The CM said PHED department would construct toilet in houses which does not have the one at present through “Lohia Swachaha Bihar Abhiyan”.

Arvind Kejriwal claims CBI read DDCA files in CM’s office, seized files unrelated to Rajender Kumar

Taking to micro-blogging site, Kejriwal tweeted, “CBI kept reading DDCA file in my office. They would have seized it. But after my media briefing, they left it. Not clear if they took a copy.”

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A day after the office of Delhi Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary was raided by the CBI in a corruption case, Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the CBI kept reading the DDCA files at his office, and that they were not related to the allegations being probed.”Triggering a political storm, Kejriwal on Tuesday spewed venom on Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling him a “psychopath” and “coward”. He also questioned if the CBI had actually come looking for the DDCA files in which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is in the dock, and that the raid had nothing to do with Rajendra Kumar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday morning, taking to micro-blogging site, Kejriwal tweeted, “CBI kept reading DDCA file in my office. They would have seized it. But after my media briefing, they left it. Not clear if they took a copy.”Reiterating that the finance minister lied in the Parliament, he questioned, “Why is Jaitley ji so scared of DDCA probe? What is his role in DDCA scam?”The Delhi chief minister also posted images of the documents seized from his office and said, “No relation to allegations being probed. Item 7 – file movement register of last one month.” The CBI raids at the office of Rajendra Kumar at the Secretariat was based on a complaint filed by a former member secretary of Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) Ashish Joshi.Joshi had in July registered complaints with CBI and Anti-Corruption Branch of Delhi Government, accusing Kumar of indulging in corruption.Joshi had been at loggerheads with the AAP dispensation after he was sent back to the Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, his parent cadre, in May.On Tuesday, Kejriwal also dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he is not scared of the raid conducted and will continue to fight for the country till his last breath.”I want to tell Modi ji, you scared other people through CBI, but you have no idea what Kejriwal is made up of. I will keep fighting till my last breath for the country,” Kejriwal said.

CBI acted on senior bureaucrat Ashish Joshi’s complaint

Joshi had served as Member (Finance) at the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), and had held additional charge as member-secretary of the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC). During his term, he had alleged that AAP volunteers had misbehaved with him.

The CBI on Tuesday, in a swift move, raided the third floor of the Delhi secretariat that houses chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and secretary Rajender Kumar’s office.Interestingly, the CBI acted on a private complaint that was filed by Indian Post and Telecommunication Finance Service (IP&TAFS) officer Ashish Joshi who had complained to the anti-corruption branch about Kumar. Joshi had received marching orders from the Delhi government, early this year.Joshi had served as Member (Finance) at the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), and had held additional charge as member-secretary of the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC). During his term, he had alleged that AAP volunteers had misbehaved with him.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The senior bureaucrat who repatriated to the Central government comes earlier this year.In April this year, he had written to chief secretary KK Sharma that he was asked to give up the charge he held at the DDC as he was “unable to issue orders to the AAP volunteers working on casual basis in DDC”.He also cited an incident on March 19, when three AAP volunteers allegedly barged into his office at the DDC in Chanakyapuri and misbehaved with him.a note was sent by DDC Vice-Chairman Ashish Khetan to DDC chairman, Chief DDC vice chairman Ashish Khetan had complained to Kejriwal about Joshi that he smokes cigars and chews tobacco within office premises.”AAP had said in a statement that the officer concerned has been running a “systematic vilification campaign” against the Delhi government based on “false allegations and twisted facts”.

Arvind Kejriwal shoots from the hips after CBI raids his office

Police guarding the Delhi Secretariat during a CBI raid on Tuesday.

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A high drama ensued in the capital on Tuesday as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) carried out searches in the third floor of the Delhi secretariat, sealing its premises, which houses the offices of both chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his secretary Rajender Kumar. Kumar and his wife were taken to the CBI headquarters for interrogation on Tuesday evening. Terming the CBI action as an ‘undeclared emergency’, a livid Kejriwal initially took to twitter to express his anguish, calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ‘a coward and psychopath’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> He later alleged that the day-long search carried out by the investigation agency was to look for an inquiry committee file relating to Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) where alleged irregularities were reported under union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s leadership. While Jaitley said he doesn’t need to comment on a ‘rubbish’ statement, an infuriated BJP countered Kejriwal’s attack on the Prime Minister and demanded that he apologise. “Chief minister Kejriwal must apologise to the Prime Minister for levelling baseless allegations against the Prime Minister,” union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at a news conference at the BJP headquarters. However, party sources said there was some disappointment in the treasury benches on the timing of the CBI raid, which had been raised by the Opposition in Parliament. On the other hand, opposition parties in the Parliament came in solidarity with Kejriwal over the CBI raid, but distanced themselves over the CM’s comments on Modi. Speaking to the media, Kejriwal said it has become necessary to reveal that why did the CBI come to his office and which was the file they were looking for. “It is the DDCA file under which Arun Jaitley is getting trapped,” Kejriwal said, adding the CBI had particularly raided his office as against the departmental offices, where only 10 to 15 day-old files are stored. Kejriwal said his government had set up an inquiry committee to probe alleged irregularities in DDCA which had submitted its report. “They have no interest in the contracts awarded by Rajender. If he had awarded contracts in 2007, what were you doing till 2015 Modiji?” asked Kejriwal after a meeting with his cabinet colleagues and senior AAP leaders. The CBI team which reached the Delhi secretariat around 10am continued raids till late afternoon. Earlier, the CBI had registered a case against Kumar under section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and section 13 (2) criminal misconduct, 13 (1) (d) (abusing position as a public servant) of Prevention of Corruption Act. The probe agency claimed that Kumar, during his stint in various Delhi government departments awarded contracts to PSUs which were either headed by him or his associates. The agency also registered cases against AK Duggal, GK Nanda – both former directors of Intelligent Communication Systems India Ltd. (ICSIL), RS Kaushik, MD ICSIL, Sandeep Kumar and Dinesh Kumar, both directors of Endeavor Systems Pvt. Ltd. CBI said Kumar had prior association with both Sandeep and Dinesh Kumar and had been in touch with the duo when he was working as a director in School education department “Based on the complaint filed by former member secretary of Delhi Dialogue Commission in July this year coupled with information that we collected, a case was registered against Rajender Kumar and others. The allegations against Kumar in his capacity as a government servant favoured giving contracts to a private company that was formed by him in 2006,” said CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh. She added that Kumar allegedly facilitated awarding of five contracts worth rupees 9.5 crore rupees between 2007-2014. The complaint on which the CBI acted was forwarded to it by Anti-Corruption Branch headed by senior Delhi Police joint commissioner MK Meena The agency also carried out raids in more than 14 locations that included residences and offices of all the accused and claimed to have recovered incriminating evidence against them. “Investigators had recovered foreign currency worth Rs3 lakh and another Rs2.4 lakh were also seized in the raid. Alongwith the case, the probe agency also confiscated papers of atleast three immovable properties from Kumar. Another Rs10 lakh were recovered from Duggal,” the spokesperson added. According to CBI officials, there are five allegations against Kumar which the agency would be probing. In three cases, Kumar allegedly gave contracts to accused companies without inviting any tenders. The agency added that in the remaining two cases tenders were invited but were ‘tailor-made’ to suit the companies. The accused allegedly manipulated the tender process by designing pre-qualification criteria to award various contracts in favour of the said firm while in other cases, work was awarded without following due procedure. “The accused were instrumental in award of projects to the said private company in Delhi Transco Ltd, Health and Family Welfare Department, Delhi Jal Board and Department of Trade and Taxes, GNCTD,” the spokesperson said. Talking about the controversy over his words, Kejriwal said, “They say that my choice of words were incorrect… I was born in Siwan village of Haryana. Maybe my words were bad. But your actions are bad. You apologise to the nation for your misdeeds and I will apologise for my words,” he said.

Fake Facebook Wall: Arvind Kejriwal lashes out at Narendra Modi for CBI raid

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There was high drama in New Delhi as Arvind Kejriwal claimed that his office was raided by the CBI. Calling Prime Minister Modi a ‘psychopath and coward’, he received support from fellow Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar. Meanwhile Arun Jaitley denied any allegations. “The office of the chief minister of Delhi has not been raided. The raid has nothing to do with Mr Arvind Kejriwal or his tenure as chief minister. The search is against an officer.” Kejriwal however accused the finance minister of lying. Day ago, Arvind Kejriwal had told a leading news channel: “There is definitely a vendetta against AAP. Five of our MLAs have been arrested on flimsy grounds.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Here’s a Facebook Wall showing conversations that never took place: Arvind Kejriwal: I am shocked. We will not yield. Modi is psycopath and cowards. I am the best. I am the man without fear.Mamata Banerjee: I am shocked by this. #JeSuisKejruArvind Kejriwal: Didi, you know na, I will throw my own son in jail if he was corrupt.Daredevil: Hey bro, can you not steal my tagline. I am the Man Without Fear. Except for Didi. FYI My cartoons have never made fun of you
Pulkit Kejriwal: You suck dad. Hate you.
Rahul Gandhi: Don’t kids say the darnest things.
Sonia Gandhi: Yeah they do. Now get off Facebook.Ashutosh: Hey Arvind, you made a spelling mistake, and I didn’t. #SOProudSomnath Bharti: Please don’t drag Don into this. I beg you Modiji, Don has suffered enough.Anupam Kher: Planning another march to protest Ashutosh’s tweets. #JaiHindNarendra Modi: Bhai that puppy remark was a slip of tongue. You will never leave me or what. So many places to see, so little time. Why can’t we all be friends?Nitish Kumar: “I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, what you did, as long as you love mewho you are, where you’re from, don’t care what you did, As long as you don’t forget Bihar.”Narendra Modi: What, did you decide to enter the spoof business?
Devang Patel: Please don’t Nitishji, leave some stuff for me no.Narendra Modi:Haha finally a Patel I like seeing. From Hardik to Ameesha, Patels have really let me down.Star Wars Fans: Modji, why you say ‘May the phorce be with you’ if you no let movie release on time. :(Shah Rukh Khan: Thank you for the birthday wishes, here’s a return gift for you. Watch Dilwale trailer.Star Wars Fans: STFU. Because of your stupid movie we have to wait a week to see Star Wars. If we see one spoiler…Shah Rukh Khan: You guys do know I am best friends with Salman again, don’t you?Star Wars Fans: Oops sorry, our bad. Dilwale roxx, Bhai roxx, Star Wars suxx. Don’t take me to court.Kiran Bedi: How dare Kejriwal use such despicable language for you Modiji?Amit Shah: Kiranji, I hope you know you’re never going to be our CM candidate again.
Kiran Bedi: #SoSad

CBI raids: Modi’s use of CBI won’t scare me, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

The CBI had earlier clarified it carried out searches at the office of Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajender Kumar’s office at the Delhi Secretariat and not that of the Chief Minister.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

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A combative Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, furious over the CBI raid at the Delhi Secretariat, on Tuesday alleged that the day-long action by the probe agency was to look for an inquiry committee file relating to Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) that “traps” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.”It has become necessary to reveal that why did the CBI come to my office today and which was the file they were looking for. This is the DDCA file under which Arun Jaitley is getting trapped. (Ye file hai DDCA ka file jiske andar Arun Jaitley phas rahe hain),” the Delhi Chief Minister claimed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kejriwal said his government had set up an inquiry committee to probe alleged irregularities in DDCA which had submitted its report.”Jaitley was the DDCA President for many years and I had set up a committee to probe all the corruption that has taken place during his tenure. The committee has submitted its report and a commission of inquiry was to be set up over it, and a file pertaining to it was in my office,” alleged Kejriwal.The CBI had earlier clarified it carried out searches at the office of Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajender Kumar’s office at the Delhi Secretariat and not that of the Chief Minister. The action was in connection with allegations against Kumar of favouring private companies in awarding government contracts from 2007-2014.The Chief Minister said the sole motive of the raid was to “target me” and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologise to the nation for his “misdeeds”, saying only then he will tender apololgy for calling him “coward and a psychopath”.After a meeting with his Cabinet colleagues and senior AAP leaders that lasted around two hours, Kejriwal said the Centre will not be able to scare him and that he will continue to fight till his last breath.”They have no interest in the contracts awarded by Rajender. If he had awarded contracts in 2007, what were you doing till 2015 Modiji? It’s been long that your government has come. I want to tell you Modiji, you have scared others through the CBI but Kejriwal won’t get scared. You know what am I made of. I will fight for the country till my last breath but will never get intimidated. Modiji’s use of the CBI and other means won’t scare me, I want to tell him clearly. They say that my choice of words were incorrect, but your actions are bad. My words may be bad, I was born in Siwan village of Haryana. Maybe my words were bad. But your actions are bad. You apologise to the nation for your misdeeds and I will apologise for my words,” he said.The CBI today conducted searches on the third floor of Delhi Secretariat, housing the offices of both Kejriwal and Kumar, in connection with a case which was forwarded to it by Anti-Corruption Branch headed by senior Delhi Police Joint Commissioner M K Meena.Senior official Asish Joshi had filed a complaint to ACB in July that Kumar was favouring a particular company in procurement of IT equipment. Joshi had filed the complaint after he was sacked by the government as member-secretary of the Delhi Dialogue Commission.”What interest did the CBI have in the Chief Minister’s files? Files signed by him as recently as yesterday and important affidavits? Why did the CBI raid that room? Their intention was to find out things against Kejriwal. Want to categorically say that Kumar is just an excuse,” said Sisodia.The Deputy Chief Minister said the CBI sleuths did not even let CM’s media advisor to enter Delhi seccretariat.”The government must clarify whether they have imposed an undeclared emergency,” a visibly agitated Sisodia said.Sisodia claimed the purpose of the raid was also to send a message to officials that “if they worked with Kejriwal honestly, they will be troubled”. A CBI spokesperson said reports from certain quarters regarding searches at the office of Delhi Chief Minister “are baseless”.

New Delhi: 14-year-old girl abducted on way to school, raped by 6 youths inside car

While five of the accused, identified as Rahul (19), Suraj (19), Sandeep (21), Ramesh (27) and Narender (20), have been arrested, their accomplice, Aman (23), is still at large, said DCP (West) Pushpendra Kumar.
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A 14-year-old girl was allegedly abducted when she was on her way to school and later raped by six youths, including a neighbour, inside a van at Dichaon village near southwest Delhi’s Najafgarh area, police said on Friday. While five of the accused, identified as Rahul (19), Suraj (19), Sandeep (21), Ramesh (27) and Narender (20), have been arrested, their accomplice, Aman (23), is still at large, said DCP (West) Pushpendra Kumar.When the girl was on her way to school around 7.30 AM yesterday, the accused waylaid her near her residence in west Delhi’s Jai Vihar area, and allegedly pushed her inside a white Tata Sumo, said police. The girl knew Rahul, who was her neighbour, but could not identify the others, who later turned out to be residents of the same locality, said police.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The accused took the girl to an isolated area at Dichaon village near Najafgarh and all of them raped her inside the vehicle. When she objected and tried to scream, they also allegedly threatened to kill her,” said Kumar.Meanwhile, a local at Dichaon village witnessed the act and reported the matter to a traffic official. The traffic personnel forwarded the information to the police station concerned, said police. Later, when the group was driving through neighbouring village Hiran Kudna, their vehicle was intercepted by a police team.The police team rescued the girl and managed to overpower all the accused youths except Aman, who dodged the team and fled the scene, said police. The police also impounded the vehicle in which the accused allegedly raped the girl. The van is registered in the name of a private enterprise and Narender was its driver, police said.”A case of abduction, gang-rape, criminal intimidation and hatching a criminal conspiracy under IPC and relevant sections of the POCSO Act has been registered in connection with the incident. Efforts are on to nab Aman,” Kumar added.

Nitish Kumar and PM Modi meet for the first time after Bihar elections

Kumar-led grand alliance of JD(U)-RJD-Congress had trounced the BJP-led NDA after a bitter political campaign which saw Kumar and Modi launching a no-holds-barred attack on each other.

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After leading the grand alliance to a spectacular victory in Bihar Assembly polls in a virtual one-on-one battle with him, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”It was a courtesy call. There was no particular issue involved in the meeting,” Kumar said after meeting Modi in the Prime Minister’s Office in Parliament House.Kumar-led grand alliance of JD(U)-RJD-Congress had trounced the BJP-led NDA after a bitter political campaign which saw Kumar and Modi launching a no-holds-barred attack on each other. Kumar also called on President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and presented a bouquet to him. Mukherjee congratulated him on becoming Bihar Chief Minister for the fifth time and conveyed his best wishes, a state government statement said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This was the first visit of Kumar to the national capital after being sworn Chief Minister of Bihar on November 20.Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu was Centre’s representative at the swearing in ceremony, which was attended by a galaxy of leaders from opposition parties. On his demand for a special package for Bihar, the Chief Minister told reporters, “I am hopeful that the Centre will honour the commitment made by the PM. I am hopeful it will be implemented.”Asked whether he would play a role in other state elections after Bihar success, he said, “I am doing my work in Bihar after the elections. Other political parties are there in other states. They will discuss and decide on it.” Kumar is also attending the 75th birthday celebrations of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar in New Delhi.

Government-Congress chill deepens amid Rajya Sabha logjam

Rahul Gandhi sharpened the attack on the government. “It is one hundred per cent political vendetta. Pure political vendetta coming out of PMO. It is their way of doing politics,” he told reporters.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks in Rajya Sabha

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The acrimony in the government and Congress relations intensified on Wednesday as the National Herald case disrupted Parliament for the second day. Both sides hardened positions inside and outside Parliament, leaving a question mark on the fate of the session, in which the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill was to be passed.The government was waiting for Congress president Sonia Gandhi to return from her US trip to begin talks on GST, which was listed in Rajya Sabha this week. However, now she has taken the lead in the Congress strategy on the National Herald case, which the Congress has dubbed as political vendetta.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With frequent disruptions in the Upper House, it was finally adjourned for the day without transacting any business. Though Lok Sabha too witnessed uproar, there was just one adjournment in the House which managed to conduct some business, including zero hour and continuation of discussion on drought.While Congress alleged that it was a 100 per cent case of political vendetta from PMO, the government rejected the charge saying the Opposition party was using Parliament to “intidimate and silence” the judiciary as Sonia and Rahul Gandhi were not given relief by the Court in the National Herald case.Rahul Gandhi sharpened the attack on the government. “It is one hundred per cent political vendetta. Pure political vendetta coming out of PMO. It is their way of doing politics,” he told reporters.At a press conference, parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu dubbed Congress as the “fountainhead of mobocracy” of India politics, saying it was stalling legislative business by “derailing” the functioning of Parliament over court summons.He said other Opposition parties, including Nitish Kumar’s JD-U and SP, were in favour of the GST. The Bihar chief minister who met Naidu at a lunch conveyed to him that he would support GST and that he was against the cap being included in the Constitution, sources said.On the fate of GST Bill, which has been listed for passage in the Rajya Sabha this week, Naidu said it depended on how other political parties reacted and how public opinion shaped up. However, according to sources, the government now appeared reconciled that it may find it tough to get the bill passed in the session, with time running out amidst the standoff.To a question about the TMC supporting Congress on its “vendetta politics” stand, Naidu said “no sensible party or person can support this stand of Congress. Its programme is disruption, disruption, disruption.”Before the House met, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted wishing Congress president Sonia Gandhi on her birthday. “Greetings to Congress president Smt Sonia Gandhi. May Almighty bless her with long life and good health,” he said.As Rajya Sabha met. Congress members rushed into the Well shouting slogans: “Modi teri tanashahi nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi (dictatorship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be tolerated).” BJP seeks Virbhadra’s removalNew Delhi: Stepping up its attack on Virbhadra Singh, a high-level BJP delegation on Wednesday met President Pranab Mukherjee and handed over a memorandum demanding removal of the Himachal Pradesh chief minister after CBI and Enforcement Directorate booked him for graft.The delegation included Union minister J P Nadda, former Himachal chief ministers Shanta Kumar and Prem Kumar Dhumal, party MPs from the state, besides BJP’s state unit incharge Shrikant Sharma and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha president Anurag Thakur.”This is probably the first time in the history of the country that raids have been conducted at the residence of a sitting chief minister. The administration and the government is in a coma. No work is happening and chief minister is busy defending himself.”The party is busy defending him and party leaders are fighting the race for his succession. In such a situation a small hill state like Himachal is suffering. We have demanded that the President remove Virbhadra Singh on moral grounds,” Shanta Kumar told reporters after meeting the President.

PM Modi, Nitish, Lalu attend wedding reception of Arun Jaitley’s daughter

Neither Kumar nor Lalu Prasad had an occasion to interact with Modi during the occasion.

Shah Rukh Khan with Sonali Jaitley

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar and his predecessor Lalu Prasad were among the galaxy of leaders who attended a reception to celebrate the wedding of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s daughter Sonali to businessman Jaiyesh. However, neither Kumar nor Lalu Prasad had an occasion to interact with Modi. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandra Babu Naidu, JD-U chief Sharad Yadav and Congress leaders Anand Sharma, Kamal Nath, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Sheila Dikshit and Rajiv Shukla also attended the luncheon-reception at Jaitley’s residence.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union ministers, industrialists, bureaucrats and Governors Kalyan Singh, Balram Tandon, OP Kohli, Kaptan Singh Solanki, Tathagata Roy and Shanmuganathan.

Delhi court dismisses charge against AAP MLA Akhilesh Tripathi

Earlier on November 26, Akhilesh Tripathi was held in a 2013 case of rioting and criminal intimidation and sent to judicial custody

Akhilesh Tripathi

A lower court in Delhi on Saturday acquitted AAP Akhilesh Tripathi of a two year old rioting case, reports Janta Ka Reporter. In an embarrassment for the police, the Rohini Court also rapped them for bringing such charges against the Model Town MLA. Earlier, on November 26, Akhilesh Tripathi was held in a 2013 case of rioting and criminal intimidation and sent to judicial custody for a day, the fifth lawmaker of the ruling party to be arrested.In 2013, an FIR was registered against Tripathi, Rahul Kumar, Vikas Mandal, Inder Vikram Singh and Kanhaiya Kumar Jha for alleged offences under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 323 (causing simple hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking to Janta Ka Reporter, Tripathi said that this verdict should come as a lesson to the Delhi Police. He said that he will ask Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to control the police forces. Tripathi also accused Delhi Police of malicious action.

BJD distances itself from MP Jay Panda’s view on role of Rajya Sabha

“The BJD believes that Rajya Sabha as a strong pillar, balances the federal system under democratic set-up,” the party said.

Jay Panda

A day after six MPs moved a notice alleging breach of privilege and contempt against BJD MP Baijayant Panda over his write-up seeking the reduction of Rajya Sabha’s power, the regional outfit on Saturday distanced itself from the controversy.”Whatever Panda said on the Rajya Sabha’s role, that is his personal opinion and does not reflect the stand of Biju Janata Dal that believes in the rich tradition of the Parliamentary democracy,” BJD’s general secretary Narendra Kumar Swain said in a statement released in the party’s official letterhead. “In a federal democratic set-up, significance of Rajya Sabha is very important. Indian Constitution makes provision of a two-tier parliamentary system and provides a permanent legislature in the name of Rajya Sabha whose members are being elected by state legislative Assemblies,” the statement said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The BJD believes that Rajya Sabha as a strong pillar, balances the federal system under democratic set-up,” the party said. Panda, a Lok Sabha MP from coastal Kendrapara segment, in a newspaper write-up, said that the “reforms must reduce Rajya Sabha’s power to block the popular mandate…” and mooted for a “rethink on veto power of Rajya Sabha”.

Parliament panel dissatisfied at CSR fund spending

A parliamentary panel led by senior BJP MP Shanta Kumar, which expressed dissatisfaction at the current attitude of companies towards spending their mandatory 2% corporate social responsibility (CSR), believes that if all the 21,429 profit-making private companies in the country diligently contribute, the CSR kitty will add up to a whooping Rs 7-8 lakh crore annually.The 131 profit making public sector units (PSUs) alone last year have contributed Rs 3,683.73 crore.The panel, which also includes another senior BJP MP L K Advani, said in absence of an oversight and also lack of clarity within the Companies Act, the enterprises were frittering and at times, using this fund for marathons, sports activities and other publicity related gimmicks, rather in social programmes.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the government’s annual Plan spending is budgeted at Rs 4,65,277 crore, the addition of such large CSR amount will reduce poverty and raise lifestyles in geometric proportions, without even burdening the exchequer.“While many initiatives have been taken, the pattern of expenditure so far shows that it is not always targeted to the poorest or backward areas. We have, therefore, recommended that CSR should be clearly defined in the Act itself, to ensure allocations are spent for the specified activities,” said Shanta Kumar.The Companies Act of 2013 has made the CSR expenditure mandatory, but the second provision of Section 135 dilutes the spirit, saying if the company fails to spend specified amount, it can get away by just stating reasons for not spending the amount. If the funds are not spent in a year, they have been made lapsable for private companies while it remains non-lapsable for PSUs.The committee which scrutinized the CSR of PSUs also found 50% of allocations remaining unspent. In some cases, they spent them on their own employees and on their normal duties. For example, the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited spent CSR money on upgradation of passenger amenities, for which they have proper budget and is part of their duty. The panel has recommended that local masses and political representatives be involved to give feeling of ownership that would also solve problem of maintenance.The MPs further said that some 64 PSUs have been participating in PM Modi’s pet project Swachh Vidyalaya initiative, which has reported construction of 1.41 lakh toilets. But there is a lot of duplication and overlapping. Also, there is no foolproof mechanism of their maintenance, they said.

Govt firmly commited to impose liquor ban in Bihar from April 2016: Nitish Kumar

The CM, however, refused to state clearly whether prohibition would be only on country-made liquor or also on English brand.

The CM said that Excise and Prohibition department was preparing a detailed policy on the ban.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday once again expressed his government’s firm commitment to impose liquor ban from April 1 next year but did not spell clearly whether prohibition would only be on country made liquor or also include Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL). “There is no confusion in the mind of the government. Liquor ban will come in Bihar from April 1, 2016,” Kumar told reporters.The CM, however, refused to state clearly whether prohibition would be only on country-made liquor or also on English brand. “Everything will be there in the new Liquor policy,” he said refusing to go into details. Kumar’s comment was sought on media reports quoting officials of Excise department that prohibition could only be on domestic liquor that was hitting hard the poor section of the society and not expensive foreign brand. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The reports highlighted that doing away with a revenue of nearly Rs 4,000 crore annually from liquor would not be easy in support of argument that ban would only be on domestic liquor. The CM said that Excise and Prohibition department was preparing a detailed policy which would come to him around the month of January next. “Much before April 1, 2016 after seeing every aspect which includes agreement with liquor companies, a policy would be announced,” he said. “Our commitment to implement prohibition from April 1, 2016 is firm and it will be implemented in every condition,” he said.

Bihar alcohol ban may be limited to country-made liquor

Fulfilling a promise he had made to women before the assembly elections in the state, Nitish Kumar had on November 26, announced his plan to effect a liquor ban in the state next year.

Though Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced that alcohol will be banned in Bihar from April 1 next year, some reports say the ban could be limited only to country-made liquor.Fulfilling a promise he had made to women before the assembly elections in the state, Nitish Kumar had on November 26, announced his plan to effect a liquor ban in the state next year.However, a revenue deficit of Rs 5,500 crore that the ban is likely to bring on, may limit the ban to only country-made liquor, according to a report in a leading daily. “Ban on country-made liquor will be effected first, and IMFL, if it’s economically feasible, later,” a revenue and excise department official told the daily. The ban would be staggered at the very least, an official from an Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) company added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, AJ Mastan, Bihar Minister, Registration & Excise insisted that all kinds of alcohol would be banned. “The government feels that alcohol is death, will a government sell death?” he said. Bihar earns a revenue of Rs 400 crore annually from liquor sale.During his election campaign, women had requested Nitish Kumar at a function to stop the sale of liquor, saying it was ruining their homes and Kumar had promised to do so if he returned to power. The promise is believed to have paid rich dividends to Kumar in the elections as women voters outnumbered men by nearly 5% in all five phases of voting.The erstwhile ruling NDA in Bihar had implemented a liberal excise policy under the earlier government, headed by Kumar himself, due to which a large number of liquor shops had come up in the state. Also Read: Why Nitish Kumar’s plan to ban alcohol in Bihar is flawed

Mohan Bhagwat asks society to prepare for a grand Ram temple

In one of the tweets, Bhagwat recalled that Somnath temple was rebuilt with the “efforts” of the then Home Minister Sardar Patel and the then President had laid the foundation stone.

Mohan Bhagwat

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday asked society to prepare for building a grand Ram temple like the one in Somnath (Gujarat), a call that was disapproved of by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who said BJP was keen on keeping the issue “alive” for political purposes.A day after Bhagwat spoke in Kolkata on Wednesday expressing the hope that the Ram temple in Ayodhya will be constructed in his lifetime, RSS today made a series of tweets quoting Bhagwat on the issue. In one of the tweets, Bhagwat recalled that Somnath temple was rebuilt with the “efforts” of the then Home Minister Sardar Patel and the then President had laid the foundation stone. “India is rich in religion and culture. Ram is our ideal whom some regard as god and some as a great man… Society should rise taking inspiration from Ram and Sharad Kothari and prepare for building a grand Ram temple like Somnath,” the RSS chief said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ram and Sharad Kothari were among the RSS activists killed in police firing on ‘karservaks’ in 1990 when they tried to march to the disputed temple site in Ayodhya. “The grand goal may be realised in our own time. May be we can see it with our own eyes,” he had said in Kolkata. Reacting to Bhagwat’s comments, BJP said that it “definitely believes Ram temple should be built sometime.” In Patna, Nitish Kumar attacked the RSS and BJP over Bhagwat’s remarks and said the saffron party was interested in keeping the issue “alive” for political purposes.”BJP merely wishes to keep the Ram Temple issue alive. They have no respect for Lord Rama,” Kumar told reporters. “They treat Lord Rama as if God is a member of BJP.” Of late, Hindutva leaders have been increasingly demanding the construction of Ram temple, more so after the death of prominent VHP leader Ashok Singhal, a key architect of Ram temple movement.

DERC asked to prepare guidelines for raids on consumers: Delhi Power Minister Satyendra Jain

Responding to several complaints of MLAs that power companies raid consumers late in the night and early in the morning, Jain said the government has got to know about this issue.

Delhi Power Minister Satyendra Jain.
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Delhi Power Minister Satyendra ​Jain on Tuesday said that the government has asked the state’s power regulatory body to prepare detailed guidelines for electricity companies for raiding suspected consumers’ residence.Responding to several complaints of MLAs that power companies raid consumers late in the night and early in the morning, Jain said the government has got to know about this issue.”Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has been asked to prepare guidelines for power companies regarding schedule of raids on the residence of suspected consumers involved in wrongdoings,” Jain told the House.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP MLA Anil Kumar Bajpai moved a Calling Attention Motion towards installation of electricity meters. Bajpai said that government should allow people to install their own electricity meters.Jain said that there is already a provision under which anyone can install own electricity meters, adding that most people don’t know about this rule.

Janlokpal Bil: Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan detained with supporters outside Delhi Assembly

Bhushan claimed that they were detained on orders of the Delhi Assembly Speaker who had directed the police that the protestors should not be allowed to march to the gate of the Assembly where the Janlokpal Bill was tabled by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia .

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Expelled AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were on Monday detained along with their supporters as they staged a protest over the Janlopkal Bill outside the Delhi Assembly alleging that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had “diluted” the anti-graft measure.”Those who claimed to be messiah of the Janlokpal movement are themselves killing it,” Yadav said as he led the protestors who had gathered under the aegis of Swaraj Abhiyan accompanied by Bhushan and Anand Kumar. DCP North Madhur Verma said, “Yadav, Bhushan and 150 protestors were detained and have been taken to the Maurice Nagar police station.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bhushan claimed that they were detained on orders of the Delhi Assembly Speaker who had directed the police that the protestors should not be allowed to march to the gate of the Assembly where the Janlokpal Bill was tabled by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia . On the Janlokpal bill, Bhushan said the 2015 bill was different from the 2014 one in several aspects and claimed that the 2015 bill gave more say in appointment and removal of Lokpal.”The Bill has a provision of investigating Central government employees and the Centre will not allow this. Then Kejriwal will play a victim card. The 2014 Bill did not have the provision of investigating the Union government officials,” Yadav said. The AAP had shot back saying Bhushan should join the BJP for “shielding” Central government employees by opposing the clause.Referring to Kejriwal hugging RJD President Lalu Prasad during the oath taking ceremony of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Yadav said, “They (Kejriwal supporters) were saying nothing happens in shaking hands or hugging as it is political courtesy. Today, we see what happened due to that.” “Four years ago we were against the arrogance of the government and we do that even today. Please don’t forget that if the people bursted Narendra Modi, Manmohan Singh and Kapil Sibal bubble, they can also burst smaller bubbles,” he added.The protestors today carried placards saying, ‘Those who betray people are scared of an open public debate’, a day after Bhushan had dared Kejriwal for an open debate on the Janlokpal bill.

New Bihar MLAs could not take oath due to death of RLSP MLA

As the House assembled for the day on the start of the first session of 16th Bihar Legislative Assembly, Protem Speaker Sadanand Singh announced the death of Rashtritya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) MLA Basant Kumar due to heart attack in Patna on Sunday.

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The newly elected legislators of Bihar Legislative Assembly on Monday could not take oath on the opening day of the new House due to death of a RLSP MLA Basant Kumar.As the House assembled for the day on the start of the first session of 16th Bihar Legislative Assembly, Protem Speaker Sadanand Singh announced the death of Rashtritya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) MLA Basant Kumar due to heart attack in Patna on Sunday. The House observed one minute silence in respect of the departed MLA after which the Protem speaker announced that the oath of the new members, which was on the list of day’s business, would not be done today.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He announced that the oath ceremony would take place tomorrow. The House will sit an hour before the scheduled time of 11 AM tomorrow to speed up the process of oath.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and new leader of opposition Prem Kumar were present in the house when condolence was paid to the departed MLA.The first time MLA Basant Kumar died of heart attack at Patna Medical College and Hospital last night. He had won from Harlakhi Assembly seat in Madhubani district defeating Congress candidate Mohammad Shabir of Congress in the recently concluded Bihar elections. With his death, strength of RLSP of Union minister of state Upendra Kushwaha, has come to one and that of its ally NDA opposition to 57 in the 243-member Bihar house. Later, the body of the departed MLA was brought to the Assembly where Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, Protem speaker Sadanand Singh, BJP leader in both the Houses Sushil Kumar Modi, leader of opposition in Assembly Prem Kumar and a host of ministers and MLAs paid floral tributes.The CM in his condolence message expressed grief over the MLA’s demise. He also announced a state funeral of the MLA.Kumar described the MLA as sincere and dedicated politician who indulged in social service.The opening day of the maiden session of 16th Bihar Assembly after the recently-concluded elections in the state, witnessed bonhomie, with members from both Treasury and Opposition bench greeting each other.RJD President Lalu Prasad’s both sons – Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav – sat next to the CM as per pecking order.Former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, the lone winner from his Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) was also present in the House.Barh MLA Gyanendra Kumar Gyanoo, who is now a BJP MLA, out of old habit was seen entering from the Treasury bench door. He soon realised the mistake and walked to the opposition side.

BJP leader Prem Kumar becomes leader of Opposition in Bihar assembly

The Winter Session of Bihar Assembly is beginning from tomorrow to facilitate the newly-elected MLAs who would take oath on November 30 and December 1 respectively.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s Prem Kumar has become the new Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly.

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Bharatiya Janata Party’s Prem Kumar has become the new Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly. Senior Congress MLA Sadanand Singh on Sunday took oath as the Pro-tem Speaker of the Bihar Assembly. Governor Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to Singh at a function at the Raj Bhawan here. The Winter Session of Bihar Assembly is beginning from tomorrow to facilitate the newly-elected MLAs who would take oath on November 30 and December 1 respectively.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Speaker will be elected on December 2. The Governor will address the joint session of the two Houses of the state legislature the following day. The Winter Session will be up to December 8.WIth agency inputs

Dreaded ISIS a live threat, says top army commander

The army commander’s statement comes just 12 days after the Jammu and Kashmir director general of police (DGP) K Rajendra Kumar said there was no ISIS ideology in the valley.

Indian Army on Saturday pressed an alarm button calling the dreaded Islamic State (IS) a “live threat”, even as the top cop of Jammu and Kashmir had just 12 days ago categorically ruled out the influence of ISIS ideology in the valley.”The IS is a live threat that cannot be ignored. It is a cause of concern and we are monitoring it… All the security forces and the intelligence agencies are monitoring this. That is all I can say,” Lieutenant General Satish Dua, General Officer Commander (GOC) of Army’s 15 Corps, told mediapersons in Srinagar on Saturday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The army commander’s statement comes just 12 days after the Jammu and Kashmir director general of police (DGP) K Rajendra Kumar said there was no ISIS ideology in the valley.”Every case (or raising ISIS flags) is being investigated. We have not seen such (ISIS) ideology in Kashmir,” Rajendra told reporters at Kishtwar in Jammu division on November 16.Lieutenant General Dua’s statement comes two days after inspector general of Border Security Force (BSF) Jammu frontier Rakesh Sharma said it is being believed that ISIS can support Pakistani terrorists who are operating on the Line of Control and International Border.”It is being believed that ISIS can support Pakistani terrorists who are operating on the LOC and IB. Intelligence agencies accept it and there are also inputs. Let us see how things pan out in future”, Sharma said.IG BSF however hastened to add that there are no inputs (about ISIS trying to sneak into the state). “However, we are keeping pace with what is happening in the world. Terrorist can do anything anywhere in the world. We also become vulnerable. We have taken adequate measures. We have sensitized our ground commanders that they should be carefully examining the situation developing in front of them,” he said.Kashmir valley has been witnessing hoisting of ISIS flags and banners by some masked youth particularly in old city after Friday prayers.Sources said police had picked up several youth since the hoisting of the flags last year, but investigation did not reveal any organizational structure for the ISIS in the valley. Even separatist leaders have openly condemned ISIS and stated that there are no traces of the dreaded outfit in the valley.

Odisha: NIA official takes stock of Puri train fire

Officials, probing the matter, suspected that the accused might have been employed by some terror groups trying to create disturbance in religious places.

The NIA officer was likely to interrogate the accused as well.

A senior officer of National Investigation Agency (NIA) today reached here to take stock of the train fire incident at Puri and take a call on whether the agency will take up investigation into it. A Superintendent of Police (SP)-rank officer, Prasant Kumar met senior officials of intelligence wing, Odisha Police, and GRP, who had interrogated Ramachandran Subas, the lone accused arrested in connection with the train fire incident. Kumar, a state police official said, was sent to Bhubaneswar after the Odisha Police sought NIA’s assistance for investigation into the serial train fire incidents in the state. The NIA officer was likely to interrogate Ramachandran as well, the official said.Ramachandran, a native of Tamil Nadu, was arrested on November 12 immediately after a fire broke out at Puri railway station.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Officials, probing the matter, suspected that the accused might have been employed by some terror groups trying to create disturbance in religious places. The Puri train fire incident succeeded similar incidents at Gaya, Kharagpur and Hyderabad. Earlier on Friday, the sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) court of Puri had allowed the Government Railway Police to take Ramachandran in three-day remand. A major fire had broke out at Puri Station on November 12, gutting two coaches each of Nandankanan Express and Tirupati Express and one coach of Puri-Howrah Express, even though there was no casualty. Ramachandran was arrested from the spot on November 12, and a knife, a blade and a match box were seized from him.

Will the alcohol ban in Bihar actually affect the state?

In a state where the consumption of toddy and country liquor is nearly 16 times as much as refined liquor, it begs the question whether the liquor ban will really have an impact.

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The third most populous state in India is set to go dry from April 1, 2016. As per the announcement on Thursday by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the sale of alcohol will be banned from next April in his state. The rising protests by women, especially by women from the Dalit community and backward classes, prompted him to take it up as one of the election promises and he came through.Reports state that the Bihar government earned about Rs 3,500 crore in 2014 through taxes (15% of the government’s total tax intake) on the sale of alcohol. Thus, the government treasury would definitely take a big hit as a result of the ban. But what must be noted here is that Nitish Kumar has not clarified whether the ban is meant for refined and foreign liquor and/or toddy and country liquor.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alcohol consumption data from India’s National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) reveals some interesting facts. As per the NSSO’s 2011-12 consumption data for the states, toddy is the most popular drink in rural areas with country liquor coming in second. Among the bigger states, the data reveals that Andhra Pradesh, followed by Assam, Jharkhand and Bihar, consumes the highest amount of toddy and country liquor.Bihar alcohol consumption per capita per week (NSSO 2011-12):Toddy and Country Liquor – 266 mlBeer, Foreign Liquor and Wine – 17 mlThe NSSO data also shows the direct correlation between income and alcohol consumption. If you look at the urban areas, it’s beer and refined liquor that’s consumed in larger quantities as compared to toddy and country liquor and vice versa.In Bihar, there has been a drastic decline in poverty levels (33.75% of people are BPL according to the 2011-12 report by the Planning Commission) but only 11.29% of the people live in urban areas according to the 2011 census.In a state where the consumption of toddy and country liquor is nearly 16 times as much as refined liquor, it begs the question whether the liquor ban will really have an impact. The only way Bihar can turn into a truly ‘dry state’ is if Nitish Kumar specifically includes toddy and country liquor in the ban.

Elderly Pakistani Hindu woman finally gets permission to leave India

An elderly Hindu woman from Pakistan, who has been stuck in India since March last year due to alleged refusal of Indian immigration authorities to grant her exit permission, will leave for home on Friday. S (CID) Santosh Kumar Chalke said that Hawa Devi has been granted permission to leave for Pakistan, along with her son and sister-in-law. After consultation with the Home Department and perusal of documents, the cash has been found to bona fide for departure from the country, he added.

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An elderly Hindu woman from Pakistan, who has been stuck in India since March last year due to alleged refusal of Indian immigration authorities to grant her exit permission, will leave for home on Friday. S (CID) Santosh Kumar Chalke said that Hawa Devi has been granted permission to leave for Pakistan, along with her son and sister-in-law. After consultation with the Home Department and perusal of documents, the cash has been found to bona fide for departure from the country, he added. “…it has been solved and they have been granted permission to leave for Pakistan on Friday,” Chalke said. Hawa Devi (75) of Mithi in Sindh Province of Pakistan had visited Haridwar on pilgrim visa in March 2014, along with her son Mahesho and sister-in-law Moomal. But when she came back to Jodhpur and wanted to leave for Pakistan, they were allegedly denied permission for departure.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”After completing our pilgrimage, when we came back to Jodhpur and applied for departure permission from Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO), they kept on lingering the matter until the date of visa expired,” said Mahesho.”…we were asked to deposit our passports in January this year at FRRO by an inspector, which we did and today, we do not have any valid document with us to show our status,” Maheso said, adding that they needed to go back home at the earliest to attend to his ailing father.”Though I did not have any trouble living here but the denial of permission to leave for Pakistan was quite a painful experience…,” said Hawa Devi.Hindu Singh Sodha, President of the Seemant Lok Sangthan, which has been fighting for the rights of Pakistani Hindu migrants, said it was unfortunate that a family was made to stay back despite its will to go, that too after expiry of their visa, over some petty.

Court says AAP MLA Akhilesh Tripathi misused liberty of bail

The court had on November 23 issued non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Tripathi, the fifth lawmaker of the ruling party to be arrested, for his non-appearance and he was sent to jail till November 28.

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AAP MLA Akhilesh Tripathi misused the liberty of bail and has no respect for court orders, a Delhi court today said while sending him to judicial custody in a 2013 case of rioting and criminal intimidation.The court ordered that the legislator from Model Town constituency be taken into custody so that his appearance could be secured and the case be tried expeditiously as per the Supreme Court’s directions as it relates to a sitting MLA. “The conduct of accused Akhilesh Tripathi made it clear that he wants to delay the present case and same was mentioned in the last date of hearing also in the order sheet. The conduct of Tripathi makes it clear that he has no concern or respect to the orders of this court and has no respect for the directions of Supreme Court and is not prepare to cooperate with the court. Due to his non appearance, a public witness has been discharged twice by this court,” Metropolitan Magistrate Kapil Kumar said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In these circumstances, there is no option for this court but to take accused Akhilesh Tripathi in the judicial custody till next date of hearing so that his appearance could be secured and the present case be tried as per the directions of the Supreme Court,” the court said. The court had on November 23 issued non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Tripathi, the fifth lawmaker of the ruling party to be arrested, for his non-appearance and he was sent to jail till November 28.The court said the record revealed that Tripathi misused the liberty given to him by virtue of bail several times and earlier also NBWs were issued against him on October 9. He was arrested by police but was released on bail afresh by the court considering that he is a sitting MLA and he undertook that he will appear on every date of hearing. It also noted that the legislator had moved several exemption applications, including he wanted to go to Bihar to attend oath ceremony of chief minister, which were allowed.”It is within the knowledge of Tripathi and other accused persons that directions have been received to this court to expedite the present case as the matter is related to sitting MLA. These directions are of Supreme Court and the same were communicated to this court vide circular… “Many times warnings have been given to Tripathi not to send exemptions and to appear on time, but the conduct of Tripathi makes it clear that warnings of this court have no effect on him,” the magistrate said.In 2013, an FIR was registered against Tripathi, Rahul Kumar, Vikas Mandal, Inder Vikram Singh and Kanhaiya Kumar Jha for alleged offences under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 323 (causing simple hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.According to police, a case was lodged against Tripathi and four other accused on March 9, 2013 following allegations that on March 8, 2013, they along with other AAP supporters had gathered at G T Karnal Road near Lal Bagh Azadpur and entered into a quarrel with complainant Bittu Jha. The FIR registered at Adarsh Nagar Police Station in north west Delhi said that during the altercation, the accused allegedly assaulted the complainant in which he sustained injuries.

Why Nitish Kumar’s plan to ban alcohol in Bihar is flawed

As we’ve seen over the years, both in India and abroad, a ban on alcohol seldom works.

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Sticking to one of his pre-election promises, Bihar Assembly elections, CM Nitish Kumar announced that alcohol will be banned in Bihar from April 1, 2016 which will be rather a cruel joke on alcohol-loving Biharis. The promise to ban alcohol was made to woo women voters who have been at the forefront of protests against rising liquor consumption in rural areas of the state. Bihar’s Excise and Prohibition Minister in Nitish’s cabinet, Abdul Jalil Mastan had said after taking office: “We will start work to impose a ban on liquor in Bihar. It would be visible in the next six months.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Before anyone cries that such a move is unconstitutional, it’s actually not. Alcohol is a state-subject and each state governments has the right to decide whether they want to ban it or not. The last state to bring in a liquor ban was Kerala, which decided to phase out hard liquor in the next ten years. Meanwhile, the consumption of liquor is already banned in states like Gujarat, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and the union territory of Lakshadweep.The alcohol issue in BiharThe alcohol issue in Bihar stemmed from the Nitish Kumar government’s decision to liberalise the state’s liquor policy in 2007 which helped shore up the funds. Big business arrived in the state, but the move was extremely unpopular in various areas. In 2013, the women in Rohtas district, led by Sunita Singh, started the ‘Pragatisheel Mahila Sangh’ to campaign against liquor shops in the state. Alcoholism was a significant problem in the region and even children would get addicted.She was quoted saying by Catch News: “We found that there are over 100 widows in villages like Karwandiya, Bansa and Sitabigha. Most of them had lost husbands due to alcohol addictions. We came to the conclusion that fighting petty vendors is not enough – we will have to wage a political struggle.”The agitation in turn reached Nitish Kumar who promised to ban alcohol if his government came to power. Sadly, we’ve learned the hard way that liquor bans seldom work. Why a ban won’t work While the issue raised by the women about liquor consumption is valid, we’ve learnt over the years that bans seldom work. They just push the alcohol consumption underground which then brings the criminal element into the picture. In the US, alcohol was prohibited from 1920 to 1933, an era known as Prohibition which showed why the banning was never a solution. People still got drunk, drunken driving was still a problem, men still beat up women and their child.There was the added issue of people drinking contraband alcohol which led to deaths sometimes from methyl alcohol poisoning and the law-enforcement officers were stretched thin trying to catch the people who sold contraband liquor (though it did lead to an awesome movie like The Untouchables). The Prohibition also accelerated the rise of the Italian Mafia (romanticised by the likes of Mario Puzo and Hollywood), who made supplying contraband their business and once alcohol was legalised moved on to a host of other avenues. Who it will hurt the mostThe ban on alcohol usually hurts the lowest strata of society the most. In 2015 in Mumbai over a hundred people were killed after consuming illegal hooch. In the last decade, over a thousand people have died due to hooch-related issues in West Bengal (156 people in 2011), Gujarat (136 people in 2009), Karnataka and Tamil Nadu (180 dead in 2008), Odisha ( 200 dead in 1992) and the worst Karnataka in 1981 when over 300 people died due to methyl alcohol poisoning. As we can see from the Gujarat example, a state which has had prohibition since its inception, the idea never worked. Sadly, Nitish Kumar’s hands were tied, and just as he had to include Yadav brothers in his cabinet, this was a pre-poll promise that he had to fulfill.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announces ban on sale of alcohol from April 1, 2016

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday announced that sale of alcohol will be banned in the state from April 1 next year.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday announced that sale of alcohol will be banned in the state from April 1 next year.Keeping one of his promises made before the Bihar Assembly elections, Nitish Kumar said, “I know people will say that even after banning liquor it will be sold illegally, if it happens then we will deal with that strongly.”He further added, “Women in the state started an anti-liquor campaign, I really appreciated that. Those villages which will help us in our campaign against liquor will be awarded.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, LJP leader Chirag Paswan said, “Welcome move of banning sale of liquor. let’s see how successful it is.”According to reports, the Bihar government earned nearly Rs. 3,500 crore last year through taxes on the sale of alcohol.This is the first major announcement by Kumar since he was sworn in as Chief Minister for the fifth time last week.

Pakistan and Nepal call for ‘dialogue’ to improve relations with India

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and Nepal’s Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay were speaking at a seminar on Indo-Pak relations organised by NGO Ambassadors of Goodwill Across Borders in New Delhi.

India’s neighbours on Wednesday called for “dialogue” to improve mutual relations, with Pakistan calling for a revival of the composite framework and Nepal hoping that “tension” over the promulgation of constitution would dissipate and give way to better ties.Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said that a stable and effective regional cooperative architecture was not possible on shaky inter-state relations. He laid stress on the need for talks to achieve peace. Basit and Nepal’s Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay were speaking at a seminar on Indo-Pak relations organised by NGO Ambassadors of Goodwill Across Borders in New Delhi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In order to achieve peace we need to talk to each other. It’s important that we talk so as to overcome the challenges. We need not reinvent the wheel. The composite dialogue framework is all encompassing and includes everything such as terrorism, Kashmir, Sir Creek,” Basit said.The Pakistani High Commissioner insisted that in his capacity he was doing everything necessary to “make this happen”. “We owe it to posterity to resolve our disputes and leave a legacy of peace and friendship.”Meanwhile, speaking on the same theme, Upadhyay observed that Nepal has “never been colonised” in its history, without making any direct reference to India’s role in the ongoing crisis situation in the Himalayan country.”There are issues even within a family. In the same way, there is tension between the governments of the two countries (India and Nepal) at the moment,” he said.Referring to the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, which devastated parts of the country, Upadhyay said that “warmth” exuded by the people of both the nations in the aftermath of the quake gives him hope for better times ahead.”There’s no gas in Nepal because it is completely dependent on India for supply of gas. There’s a humanitarian crisis,” he said.There has been strain in India-Nepal relations in recent weeks in the wake of protests by Indian-origin Madhesis against the new Constitution, with Kathmandu blaming India for fuel shortages by not allowing fuel trucks to cross the border into Nepal. India has been maintaining that the supply was obstructed due to protests on the Nepalese side and has appealed to Nepal to resolve the political crisis.Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar, who was also present on the occasion, stressed on the need for amity between India and Pakistan recalling how Pakistan’s slain Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had talked about a “borderless subcontinent” to him.

LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi attend BJP parliamentary party executive meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah were also present in the meeting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah and L K Advani during a BJP Parliamentary Party Meeting at 7 RCR in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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BJP veterans Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, who had recently attacked the party leadership, on Wednesday attended the parliamentary party executive meeting at the Prime Minister’s residence where top leaders discussed the strategy for winter session of parliament starting Thursday.Advani and Joshi are among the members of the group which meets to formulate the party’s strategy during a parliamentary session. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah were also present in the meeting.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Advani and Joshi were among the four senior leaders, including Yashwant Sinha and Shanta Kumar, who had wrriten a scathing letter on the Diwali eve, targetting the top brass following the Bihar assembly election drubbing for BJP. They had said that the party had been “emasculated” in one year.However, showing signs of thaw, Advani had recently said Modi was on track to bring ‘achhe din’ (good days) while Kumar had expressed his happiness over the party reaching out to them.

Sedition case filed against Aamir Khan, wife Kiran Rao in Bihar court

Muzaffarpur (Bihar): A complaint was filed in a court in Muzaffarpur on Wednesday against film star Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao under various sections including sedition over his remarks on intolerance.

The complaint was filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Sushma Trivedi.

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The court fixed December one for hearing into the matter.

Ojha stated in the complaint that he felt hurt hearing Aamir’s remarks.

The complaint was filed under sections 153 (A),(B) and 124 (A). 153 (A) pertains to promoting enemity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.

153 (B) relates to imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration and Section 124 (A) relates to sedition.

Khan found himself in the eye of a raging storm after he commented last Monday in a programme, “Kiran and I have lived all our life in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India…She fears for her child, she fears about what the atmosphere around us will be.”

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Intolerance row: Lawyer slaps ‘sedition’ charges on Aamir Khan

The case has been filed under IPC section 124 A (sedition), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on religious grounds) 153 B (Imputations) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief).

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Bollywood actor Aamir Khan has been slapped with sedition charges in Kanpur sessions court for his ‘intolerance’ statement and the hearing is set to take place on December 1.Advocate Manoj Kumar Dixit, who filed the case against Khan, said his ‘anti-national’ statement amounts to sedition.The case has been filed under IPC section 124 A (sedition), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on religious grounds) 153 B (Imputations) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief).Earlier, speaking at the eighth edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Aamir had expressed alarm and despondency over the rise in cases displaying intolerance in the last six to eight months.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He had said that a sense a sense of ‘insecurity’ and ‘fear’ had seeped deep within society.”When I go home and talk to Kiran (Aamir’s wife), for the first time she says, ‘Should we move out of India?” Khan said.

Chennai rains: When IIT Madras students came to the aid of people at midnight

Most of the people whom they helped that night don’t know their identity but Ajesh say they prefer it that way.

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The torrential rains on Monday evening in the city had people stuck on the roads for hours. A distance that would take less than two minutes by a vehicle took nearly 30 minutes and roads were chock-a-bloc. Traffic was at a standstill and many people reached home only in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The waterlogging and continuous downpour also hampered police efforts to clear the traffic. The road from Adyar to Guindy also was in a similar situation with traffic at a standstill for hours in front of IIT Madras. Many radio stations in the city were giving live updates to people on which areas were jammed. Rj Sano of Fever FM was also speaking to commuters who weren’t able to reach home.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“We decided to get listeners on air to understand the situation and offer support. While we connected to the traffic police force, it was clear that that they were struggling to ease the situation. Adyar was the worst affected and a few listeners told us that they had clocked in five hours on the road,” she explains. Sano managed to call Ajesh Kumar, who’s doing his PhD in Ocean Engineering at IIT Madras, to check if they could help the people on the road in any way. Ajesh Kumar says that students inside the campus did not know what was happening on the road in front of IIT Madras. They went out around midnight and found that the traffic hadn’t moved for a few hours. They immediately swung into action and spoke to the institute general secretary, the hostel affairs secretary as well as the disaster management committee. Students from various disciplines volunteered to help out and they got in touch with the owners of the two shops on the campus – Gurunath Stores and Ramu Tea Stall. The volunteers then started to distribute water bottles and biscuits to all the commuters who were stuck on the road for hours. “We saw some girls get out of the bus and try to walk through the water as they wanted to reach home. They were crying and there was also a sense of panic among many people. Many wanted to use the washrooms so we showed them the way. Those who were driving from long distances like Pondicherry were especially thankful to us because they had been on the road for hours and had run out of water,” explains Ajesh Kumar. The students worked till 1:45 am on November 24 post which the traffic slowly started to move. Ask him how they paid the shop owners who were kind enough to open the shops at midnight and Ajesh says, “We collected some money from students but they have given us credit. So we can pay them back in time.” Most of the people whom they helped that night don’t know their identity but Ajesh says they prefer it that way. As for any such incidents in future, the PhD student says they have discussed it on campus and now even girls are ready to volunteer and help out if such a situation comes up in future. “The IIT Madras paper Fifth Estate appreciated our work,” he adds stating that all the volunteers were happy that they could help people that night.

Fulfil people’s ‘massive mandate’ instead of grabbing bungalows, Lalu Prasad tells ministers

Patna: Amid reports of some RJD and JD(U) MLAs grabbing official bungalows of their choice in Patna, Lalu Prasad on Tuesday denounced such behaviour and reminded them of the “great responsibility on their shoulders to honour the huge mandate.”

“Why is there a scramble for the legislators’ residences? Everybody will get their house in accordance with the rule,” the RJD chief told a party meeting.

“World will be watching us … We have to understand the responsibility endowed on us by the great voters.

Lalu Prasad Yadav. PTILalu Prasad Yadav. PTI

Lalu Prasad Yadav. PTI

“People have given us massive mandate and we have to fulfil the commitment of service to the voters at all costs,” Prasad, who was flanked by deputy chief minister son Tejaswi Yadav and other senior RJD leaders, said.

According to media reports, many newly elected RJD and JD(U) MLAs had “claimed” bungalows of their choice even without without any allotment.

The reports named RJD MLAs Arun Kumar Yadav and Anil Kumar Yadav and JD(U) MLA RN Singh who had allegedly removed the nameplates of the occupants of the bungalows and put up their own to claim their chosen houses.

Prasad recounted his own experience of staying on for four months in the same peon’s quarter in veterinary college that he inhabited then even after becoming Bihar chief minister in 1990.

“I even held ‘Janata Darbar’ (interface with the general people) there during that period,” he added. Prasad cautioned RJD legislators and other elected party representatives of sting operations.

“You should be watchful of people wearing ties, luring you with offers and indulging in sting operation to tarnish image of the party and the (Grand Alliance) government,” he told party leaders.

He also asked the legislators and MPs to be watchful while speaking over mobile phones also.

“Even if you say yes yes … the speaker (the person on the other end) would record the conversation and give it to some mediapersons to run (as audio record),” he said.

“Lalu has seen many sinister games played by vested interests,” the three-time former chief minister added.

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India’s ruling party confronts Gandhis as parliament gathers | Reuters

NEW DELHI Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just suffered a bruising election setback, yet his party appears in no mood to compromise with the main political opposition to get stalled economic reforms back on track.

Instead, the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched an all-out offensive against the Congress party, in a potentially dangerous game of brinkmanship that risks turning the next parliamentary session into a prolonged slanging match.

“It’s a political vendetta,” said veteran newspaper editor and commentator Shekhar Gupta of the BJP’s attacks on Congress, and specifically Rahul Gandhi, heir apparent to his mother and party leader Sonia Gandhi.

Yet behind the sound and fury on TV news networks may lie a more considered tactic, party strategists and political analysts said: isolate Congress while quietly persuading regional parties to back a tax reform bill that is the BJP’s top priority.

“We are trying to convey to everyone that the government is willing to tweak the bill and present it in a form that benefits all the states,” said one senior BJP source, who did not want to be named.

Sanjay Kumar, director of the CSDS think-tank and a leading opinion researcher, said: “They keep hitting the line that Congress is a dynastic party. The idea is to split the opposition.”

In May, 2014, Modi won India’s strongest election mandate in three decades, but his dominance in the lower house is neutralised by an upper house where the BJP is in the minority.

And, while he has pushed through some reforms by executive order, that solution is temporary and likely to put off foreign companies who want stable legal frameworks in place before investing in Asia’s third-largest economy.

One of the biggest changes Modi envisages to make the economy run more smoothly, a unified tax system, requires altering the constitution.

Securing that amendment in the winter session of parliament that starts on Thursday would be vital to implementing tax reform in 2016, as Modi has repeatedly assured global investors he would.

APPEARANCE OF STRENGTH

The BJP’s aggression may serve as cover for backroom deals that recognise the realities created by its defeat this month in the eastern state of Bihar, Modi’s biggest setback as prime minister.

That election result has given a sense of empowerment to regional leaders like Nitish Kumar, chief minister of Bihar, who teamed up with a local ally to rebuff Modi’s challenge in the state of more than 100 million people.

So, while the BJP strategist spoke of exposing rampant corruption during the decade of Congress rule that ended in May 2014, he saw no contradiction with the idea that “Modi may consider having a cup of tea with Sonia Gandhi“.

The two party leaders have not held face-to-face talks in this parliament since it was elected.

Congress, part of the victorious Bihar alliance, sees no sign that the government wants to engage in sincere dialogue.

Instead it has chided Modi for going on a series of foreign trips since the Bihar landslide and neglecting his work at home.

“Where is a conciliatory attitude?” asked Anand Sharma, a senior Congress leader and interlocutor on the key tax reforms.

“You have a prime minister who has a confrontational mindset, who is arrogant. He humiliates the opposition, day in and day out,” Sharma told ET Now, a financial news channel.

That is despite some senior aides recommending to Modi that he engages the opposition more actively, while a handful of top BJP figures have openly questioned his leadership.

GST OR NOT GST

Perhaps more worrying for businesses waiting with increasing frustration for the new national goods and services tax (GST), there appears to be a lack of consensus on how it would work in practice.

The GST would create a single market in India for the first time since independence in 1947 and, the government estimates, boost the economy by up to two percentage points.

But there is as yet no agreement on what rate the tax should be levied at; three separate committees have yet to make their final proposals.

And, at a meeting of federal and state officials last week, there was no agreement on the threshold at which the tax should apply to small businesses. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley skipped that discussion to attend a film festival.

Some officials express doubts over the Modi government’s strategy for securing the passage of the GST amendment, saying it could miss its self-imposed deadline.

“You have to go more than half the way to convince the Congress,” said a senior government official involved in the policy process. “You have to be more than generous. But the BJP is still behaving as if it was in the opposition.”

(Additional reporting by Manoj Kumar; Writing by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Mike Collett-White)

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Was ‘hurt’ when dropped from CBI chief’s race: Fmr Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar

Neeraj Kumar, a 1976-batch IPS officer who retired in July 2013, also said there was a need for streamlining the procedure of checking such frivolous complaints so that “honest officers are not punished for no fault of theirs”.

Former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar (left) at his book launch event in New Delhi.

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Former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar on Monday said he was “hurt” when he was not selected to the panel of officers running for the prestigious post of CBI director only on the basis of “frivolous complaints”.”I met the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and registered my concern. My name was being dropped only because of frivolous complaints made by some persons,” he said at a function at the launch of his book “Dial D for Don”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kumar, a 1976-batch IPS officer who retired in July 2013, said there was a need for streamlining the procedure of checking such frivolous complaints so that “honest officers are not punished for no fault of theirs”.”I was one of the senior officials who could have been included in the panel for CBI director’s post. But my name was dropped following a series of false complaints. A view was taken in Central Vigilance Commissioner that why an officer against whom there are so many complaints be included. Therefore, I was dropped and of course I was hurt by it. I was perhaps the first serving officer who went to court against it,” he said explaining the series of events that unfolded then. His batchmate Ranjit Sinha was chosen as CBI director.Kumar alleged that the complaints were mainly from a government official and one arms dealer against whom he had carried out through investigations and chargesheeted. The function had former diplomat K C Singh as one of the speakers who narrated his side of stories on various operations carried out along with Kumar, who was serving as Joint Director in the CBI then.Talking about underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Singh said after his tenure in Abu Dhabi had finished, he was tipped for a post as India’s High Commissioner in Pakistan.”One day I received a call from an unknown number who said that he had been instructed by Chhota Rajan (at present in jail) not to go to Pakistan as Dawood’s men would eliminate him.”Singh was instrumental in providing diplomatic help in deportation of many persons from Gulf country including Aftab Ansari who was wanted in connection with shooting at American Center in Kolkata. When asked whether there was a possibility of getting Dawood ever to India, Kumar replied, “It is the right set of people who understand each other, who think of viable plan, then it is possible”.

Mamata Banerjee invites Arvind Kejriwal, Nitish Kumar for business summit

Kolkata: In yet another indication of growing bonhomie among politicians opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party in the country, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has invited her Bihar and Delhi counterparts Nitish Kumar and Arvind Kejriwal for an forthcoming business summit.

“Both Kejriwal and Nitish Kumar have been invited for the Bengal Global Business Summit, beginning on 7 January,” Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member and spokesperson Derek O’Brien said on Monday.

West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. PTIWest Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. PTI

West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. PTI

Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and industry captains from from the US, China and Japan are likely to attend the summit.

The move is seen as yet another effort by Banerjee to form a federal front she has been advocating.

In September, Banerjee attended Kejriwal’s ambitious Chief Ministers’ Conclave on cooperative federalism in New Delhi.

Speaking at the conclave, Banerjee slammed the Narendra Modi government for “running a parellel government through the governors”.

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Memorial unveiled in Sydney for Indian woman stabbed to death in March


Melbourne
: A memorial plaque honouring a 41-year-old Indian woman who was stabbed to death in Australia early this year was unveiled during a memorial service in Sydney.

Prabha Arun Kumar, who hails from Mangalore, was stabbed to death in March in Sydney and the motive of the attack is yet to be ascertained.

The pathway where she took her final steps before being stabbed to death has been re-named as Prabha’s Walk.

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Several family members including Prabha’s daughter, husband and parents from India and friends gathered in the park yesterday on the day after what would have been her 42nd birthday.

“What I’m going through no-one should go through. I want justice,” her husband Arun Kumar said during the service, adding that his wife was a “very caring, loving wife”.

“It was very hard. I don’t want this to happen. I’m helpless now, I can’t do anything,” Arun said.

The family took the same path Prabha took on the fateful night when she was killed. According to media reports, NSW Police helped the family make the trip to Australia to attend the memorial service.

The service was led by a prayer and flowers were laid on the bench unveiled in Prabha’s memory.

Arun also appealed for information into the murder which still remains unsolved. “I hope they (NSW Police) will find the murderer and I am trusting them,” he said.

Prabha’s brother Shanker Shetty said it meant a lot to the family to see the community come together for the memorial service.

“My family is overwhelmed with the support they have received. Coming all the way from another country to feel the warmth of the people they are purely overwhelmed,” Shetty said.

He said his sister was a “quiet girl” who would never harm anybody.

“Why would anybody in this world like to hurt her? I believe that there’s somebody out there who knows something about this, I hope somebody comes forward,” Shetty said.

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Not easy to get Dawood back; he is under Pakistan’s protection, says frmr Delhi police commissioner

Kumar added that the Indian government had made all possible efforts to bring Dawood back, and one day it would succeed

Kumar added that the Indian government had made all possible efforts to bring Dawood back, and one day it would succeed.

Former Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar on Saturday said here that it was not easy to bring back fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, because he was receiving patronage of the “enemy country”. He also said that the recent arrest of Dawood’s arch-rival Chhota Rajan may not help much in this regard. “We can’t say it’s because of (help by Pakistan’s spy agency) ISI or because of the lack of political will of the country (India). If he is still out of our clutches, it’s because he is under the patronage of enemy country. And it’s not a cakewalk to bring such a fugitive don back in such cases,” said Kumar, without naming Pakistan where Dawood is suspected to be hiding.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kumar’s book ‘Dial D for Don’ was today released here in the presence of former Mumbai police commissioners Julio Ribeiro and Satish Sahni, and senior journalist Hussain Zaidi.Kumar added that the Indian government had made all possible efforts to bring Dawood back, and one day it would succeed. The book is in the news with Kumar’s disclosure that at one point in the 1990s Dawood wanted to surrender. “I had three telephonic conversations with Dawood in 1994 when I was probing the 1993 serial blasts in CBI, and one conversation in 2013 during the my last days in Delhi. I am not sure if the person at the other end was Dawood Ibrahim but I have a strong feeling that it was him,” said the 1976-batch IPS officer.Kumar further said he took the initiative to speak to the fugitive gangster because (Dawood’s aide) Manish Lala had informed him that Dawood wanted to make his stand on the blasts case clear. “I don’t claim that I would have got Dawood, or had my lead been utilised better then we would have got him. I got an opening into the case and I worked upon it like any investigating police officer does,” said Kumar.To a question whether the recent arrest of Chhota Rajan would lead to a breakthrough in getting Dawood, Kumar said we should not have too much hope. “Of course Chhota Rajan is a storehouse of underworld information, but it (the information) all is historical, (from) before 1993. They have been on the run and hiding from each other. So I don’t think Rajan could be having some pinpointing information to nail Dawood,” he said.Kumar also acknowledged that his colleagues in Mumbai police and Hussain Zaidi (who is the co-publisher of the book) gave him valuable inputs. “I have written scripts for Hindi movies and serials. I am not new to the writing world. I know how to sequence the events and make them interesting,” said Kumar. The chapter in his book on the Memon family (many members of which were involved in the 1993 blasts) was his favourite as it had a lot of human element, he said.The retired IPS officer, who is presently working as an adviser to the BCCI’s anti-corruption unit, said legalising the cricket betting won’t help much in ridding the game of corruption. “Punters do not put white money. It is all black money. If betting is legalised, only a small fraction of the money will come out as white money, while rest of the betting would continue in black money,” he said.

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