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Sushma Swaraj promises to reunite Geeta with her parents

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has assured Geeta, the mute-deaf girl who returned to India in October this year after being stranded in Pakistan for over a decade, that the government is trying hard to locate the whereabouts of her parents.Geeta, who returned to India on October 26 after inadvertently crossing into Pakistan over a decade ago, is staying here at a facility of a hearing and speech impaired institute run by a local NGO.
on Tuesday, Swaraj met the girl.”Sushma called Geeta to a hotel here last night. As soon as the girl reached Sushma’s place, the overwhelmed Minister hugged her. In a 30-minute meeting, the Minister assured the girl that the government is employing all possible means to trace her parents to re-unite her with them,” the institute’s sign language department head Monika Punjabi Verma said on Wednesday. Geeta showed Swaraj a cloth which she had knitted after which the minister admired her talent, the sign language expert added. On December 18, the Minister had tweeted Geeta’s photographs snapped during days when she got separated from her parents, mentioning some of her birth marks, in an apparent attempt to reach her parents.On Tuesday, a 40-year-old woman from Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh claimed herself to be mother of Geeta. The woman, Aneesa Bi gave an application seeking permission to meet Geeta by describing her as her daughter, Najjo. According to her, she had disappeared from Gotegaon in Narsinghpur district about 13 years back. The woman also submitted a passport size photograph of her lost girl, District in-charge collector, Ashish Singh told PTI.He said Aneesa’s application was forwarded to Social Justice Department. The officer recalled receipt of four similar applications in the past staking claim for Geeta and sought permission to meet her. “These (applications) too were forwarded to Centre,” he said.Earlier, in November, a (Mahato) family from Bihar had come forward claiming that Geeta was their daughter after she felt that they were her parents. However, DNA tests conducted on her proved otherwise.Mahato claimed Geeta was his first child and her name was Heera who was lost in a fair in 2004. Geeta had failed to recognise the Mahato family after arriving here though after seeing their photographs had earlier identified them.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Be wary of that imported scotch being offered for cheap! It may be fake

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Sources said a huge racket involved in this business exists in and around Mumbai.

Tempted by that offer of a bottle of premium scotch claimed to be sourced from a “duty-free” shop and being offered at a hefty discount for your New Year bash? Do not fall prey to the lure as there are chances that this bottle may be a cheap brand of liquor being passed off as the original.”With December 31 round the corner, bootleggers and counterfeiters are cashing in on the increased demand for liquor by trying to pass off duplicate liquor as the original brew for cheaper by claiming that it has been sourced from duty-free shops. For instance, a bottle of high-end whiskey which costs Rs 5,000 in a wine shop may be sold for around Rs 2,500 by these people with the bottle containing mid-range liquor,” said a senior state excise department official.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier this month, the state excise flying squad raided a building in Andheri (West) and arrested six people involved in manufacturing and sale of duplicate Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL). They also seized bottles of premium whiskey brands and raw material.The prime target of these rackets, which make a killing due to the margins involved, is the neo-rich class which seeks to shift from low quality liquor to premium brands but is unable to distinguish between original and duplicate versions.Liquor smugglers also try to cash in on the higher demand for liquor by bringing in duty-evaded alcohol from neighbouring states Goa and Daman, which have liberal excise duty regimes than Maharashtra, leading to cheaper goods.The flying squad also intercepted 500 boxes of duty-evaded IMFL and beer, which were brought into Maharashtra from Goa and Madhya Pradesh, and arrested two people. The stash, which is worth Rs18 lakh, includes 350 boxes of whiskey and 150 boxes of a popular brand of strong beer.Sources said a huge racket involved in this business exists in and around Mumbai. The kingpins and foot soldiers of this illegal business rent premises on a temporary basis in Bandra, Santa Cruz, Khar, Vile Parle, Andheri and Goregaon and prepare duplicate liquor.These counterfeiters purchase empty bottles from bhangar (scrap) shops or order original-looking replicas of bottles and caps from other countries which are then brought to Maharashtra via neighbouring states.Though it is mandatory for all retail outlets to smash bottles of premium imported brands, like scotch and single malts, and deface or remove labels from empty IMFL bottles to prevent their misuse, it is difficult to ensure that individual consumers followed suit.”It is necessary for people to purchase liquor from authorised wine shops because there are chances that bootleggers may be bottling cheap quality alcohol in bottles of premium brands and passing them off as originals. Such liquor may also be harmful for health,” said a senior state excise official.

Vyapam scam: Madhya Pradesh HC grants bail to former minister Laxmikant Sharma

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Sharma, a former Technical Education Minister, who has been lodged in Bhopal jail since June 2014, is likely to walk free tomorrow after the prison authorities complete the legal formalities for his release.

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday granted bail to former state minister Laxmikant Sharma, an accused in the 2012 scam of police constable recruitment examination, conducted by Vyapam (MP Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal).Sharma, a former Technical Education Minister, who has been lodged in Bhopal jail since June 2014, is likely to walk free tomorrow after the prison authorities complete the legal formalities for his release.A division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi granted bail to Sharma after his counsel told the court that other accused in the police constable recruitment test conducted by Vyapam in 2012 had got bail.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Counsel Anil Khare, Bhaskar Pandey and Praveen Verma said that their client was not the kingpin of the case. Sharma has only been accused of mediating in the case, they argued. CBI, the prosecution agency in Vypam scam, opposed the former minister’s bail stating that if he was released, he would influence the ongoing probe in the massive racket. The bench, after hearing the defence and the prosecution, directed that Sharma should be released on bail after he furnishes a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh.Earlier, the high court had granted bail to Sharma in some other scam relating to recruitment tests which were conducted by Vyapam.

Mumbai double murder: Neighbours of key accused recall him as reclusive

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Vidyadhar, who is on run, was a resident of Charkop in suburban Kandivli (west) and used to stay in a rented flat with his wife, mother and sister in a two-storey building.
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Neighbours of Vidyadhar Rajbhar, the prime accused in the double murder of artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani, recalled him as a reclusive who mostly kept to himself. Vidyadhar, who is on run, was a resident of Charkop in suburban Kandivli (west) and used to stay in a rented flat with his wife, mother and sister in a two-storey building.”Vidyadhar shifted here with his family four months back. Though our interaction with Vidyadhar was very limited, he seemed to be a very simple person and used to keep to himself. We never had any problem with him,” said Yagnesh Jatwal, who runs a tailor shop, opposite to Vidyadhar’s building.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jatwal recalled that Vidyadhar had distributed sweets to his neighbours after birth of his daughter four months back.”His sister used to visit my shop for tailoring work,” he said.Jatwal said Vidyadhar was last seen on Saturday, the day when bodies of Hema and Bhambhani were found packed in cardboard boxes covered with plastic sheets in a drain in Kandivli. Another neighbour said that police sealed Vidyadhar’s flat on Sunday morning.”A large crowd had gathered here on Sunday morning and when I came here, I found police sealing his flat,” he said.Police have so far arrested Vijay Rajbhar, Azad Rajbhar, Pradeep Rajbhar and Shivkumar Rajbhar alias ‘Sadhu’ in connection with the double murders. Meanwhile, a police official said they are tracking Vidyadhar’s location by putting his mobile phone under surveillance.”We are trying to trace him, but he has switched off his mobile phone,” he said.Police had on Tuesday said that Vidyadhar’s last location was traced to Itarsi railway station in Madhya Pradesh and that he may surrender soon.Meanwhile, Hema’s lawyer Vinod Gangwal said the deceased’s family has already named Chintan Upadhyay, Hema’s estranged husband, in their statement and that police are “duty-bound” to include his name in the FIR.”If police do not do that (include Chintan’s name in FIR), we will approach court,” he said, adding that the police should have recorded statement of the family immediately after the murder came to light and not after four-five days.

Shah Rukh Khan a patriot, go watch ‘Dilwale’: MP home minister Babulal Gaur

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Earlier, BJP general secretary and former Madhya Pradesh Minister Kailash Vijaywargiya had strongly criticised Shah Rukh Khan for his comments on intolerance.
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Even as right-wing activists staged protests against Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dilwale in various parts of the state today, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur said that the actor was a patriot.”Yes, he is a nice man and a patriot,” Gaur told reporters when asked about the protests. He further said the film was “very good” and the people should watch it.Earlier, BJP general secretary and former Madhya Pradesh Minister Kailash Vijaywargiya had strongly criticised Shah Rukh Khan for his comments on intolerance.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The release of “Dilwale” was marred by protests in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and other parts of the state. The protesters have taken exception to Khan’s comments a few weeks ago where he had expressed concern over rising intolerance in the country amid a raging debate on the issue.

Acid attacks: Supreme Court asks, states, UTs to rehabilitate victims, ensure free treatment

The Supreme Court in September had issued show cause notices against governments of Kerala, Karnataka, Mizoram and Madhya Pradesh.

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The Supreme Court on Monday asked states and UTs to compensate, rehabilitate and ensure free treatment to acid attack victims as per its guidelines.The Supreme Court in September had issued show cause notices against governments of Kerala, Karnataka, Mizoram and Madhya Pradesh asking why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for not filing responses to its directions on issues like rehabilitation of acid attack victims. A bench comprising Justices MY Eqbal and C Nagappan had asked the Chief Secretaries of the four states to file their replies to the contempt notices within two weeks and posted the matter for hearing on September 23.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: Russian acid attack victim goes back; India to pay medicine billsThe bench was hearing a PIL filed by a Bihar-based NGO Parivartan Kendra seeking the court’s direction on the rehabilitation of the victims. Earlier, the court, which had passed a slew of directions on the issue, had given two weeks more “as a last chance” to certain states for filing counter affidavits. “In the event, this order is not complied with, then Chief Secretary of the respective defaulting States and the Union Territories shall appear in person before this Court on September 9, the next date of hearing,” it had said.Prior to this, the court had come to the aid of acid attack survivors by issuing directions including an order to all private hospitals across the country to provide free treatment, including medicines and expensive reconstruction surgeries, to such victims. It had asked all state governments and Union Territories to “take up the matter with the private hospitals” to ensure that acid attack victims are attended to immediately and adequately. The hospitals, where such victims are rushed after the incident, would have to provide a certificate or document stating that the person was an acid attack victim and the document would enable her or him to access free treatment, including surgeries, at a later stage, it had directed.On the banning of off-the-counter acid sale across the country, it had asked all states and UTs to notify acid as a “scheduled substance” to stop its unregulated sale. The court had also said its order should be sent to Chief Secretaries of all states and UTs, who in turn, would ensure that it reached District Magistrates for compliance and directed them to publicise it to ensure awareness among the people. (With PTI inputs)

Botched eye-surgery in MP: Not possible to restore eye sight of 40 patients, says AIIMS docs

Pandit, however, conceded that a standard procedure was not adhered to while conducting the surgeries. “The eye surgeon who had carried out the operation has said that operation theatre was not in order,” he added.

Most of the patients of botched-up cataract surgery conducted at a government camp in Barwani district last month have complained of a total loss of vision and only three-four of them could get their vision restored, according to an AIIMS ophthalmologist. A team of six expert doctors from the Delhi-based premier institution, led by ophthalmologist Dr Atul Kumar, today started examining the patients who complained of a blurred vision since the surgeries were held last month. “We have examined 45 patients. Of them, 40 have complained of losing their vision completely. Pus formation has taken place in their eyes due to infection,” Kumar said. He said only 3-4 patients, out of 45, may regain their vision. Kumar said the AIIMS was ready to render all possible help to the victims if the Madhya Pradesh government sends them to Delhi for further treatment.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The patients have been treated at two private hospitals here after they developed swelling in eyes, coupled with irritation and blurred vision, after undergoing cataract surgeries conducted at a government camp in the district during November 16 and November 21. Kumar said the infection in their eyes could have been caused due to improper medicine. “The quality of medicines used during government’s cataract eye operation camp should be probed,” he said.Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Health Department Joint Director, Sharad Pandit said it would be premature to draw any conclusion on reason behind the incident since a probe is on. “The investigation being carried out so far has pointed out that the patients have contracted both bacterial and fungal infection. We are also looking at the upkeep of operation theatre, the medical implement and the medicine used during the time of operations,” he said. Pandit, however, conceded that a standard procedure was not adhered to while conducting the surgeries. “The eye surgeon who had carried out the operation has said that operation theatre was not in order,” he added.For its part, the government had already suspended seven persons, including Dr R S Palod under whose guidance the camp was organised, and six personnel of Health department.​ Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had talked to Union Health Minister JP Nadda and sought his cooperation in the treatment of the patients. After his discussions with Nadda, the team of doctors was sent to Indore. The state government has announced that it will bear entire cost of treatment of the eye patients. It has also set up a team to probe the incident, and has suspended six people, including an ophthalmologist.

Every 5th food sample tested in India is adulterated, UP most guilty state

As per the report compiled by the state governments, food safety labs received 83,265 samples, of which 74,010 were tested till November 24, 2015.

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One out of every five samples of food items tested by public food safety labs in the country has been found “adulterated and misbranded”, with maximum in Uttar Pradesh followed by Punjab and Madhya Pradesh.Over Rs 10.93 crore penalty has been imposed in 2,795 cases, while culprits have been convicted in 1,402 cases so far this year, according to the testing report of public laboratories released by the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).As per the report compiled by the state governments, food safety labs received 83,265 samples, of which 74,010 were tested till November 24, 2015. Out of the tested samples, the labs found 14,599 samples were “adulterated and misbranded”, the data showed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A maximum 4,119 samples were found adulterated and misbranded in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Punjab (1,458), Madhya Pradesh (1,412), Gujarat (1,243), Maharashtra (1,162) and Tamil Nadu (1,047). The penalty of Rs 10.93 crore has been imposed in 2,795 cases, and maximum fine of Rs 5.98 crore was imposed for cases reported in Uttar Pradesh.As many as 2,676 criminal cases and 7,860 civil suits were registered, of which convictions were reported in 1,402 cases, the report added. Issues related to quality of food and FSSAI came into the limelight after it imposed the ban on Maggi in June this year, which was later lifted by the Bombay High Court.In August this year, the Supreme Court junked the FSSAI’s advisory that asked manufacturers to get clearance for products even if the ingredients were already approved or deemed safe. The government is also mulling Rs 1,750-crore proposal to strengthen central food regulator FSSAI as well as state bodies.

Number of ‘communal’ incidents down since NDA in power: Kiren Rijiju

Amid heated exchanges between the opposition and treasury benches, he said while there has been some rise in incidents between 2014 and 2015, but compared to 2013, they have come down.

He also said he would not like to comment on the communal incidents which took place during the UPA rule.

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The number of communal incidents in the country have declined “substantially” since the NDA government has come to power, the government said in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.Responding to a series of supplementaries on communal incidents in various parts of the country, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said between 2013 and October this year, the number of communal incidents reported have come down “substantially.” As opposition members questioned his remark, the minister said so far this year four major communal incidents have taken place. “In fact, the incidents have gone down and not come up since our party has come to power,” he said during Question Hour.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid heated exchanges between the opposition and treasury benches, he said while there has been some rise in incidents between 2014 and 2015, but compared to 2013, they have come down. He said he was comparing the number of incidents since 2013 as NDA was not in power for the entire of 2014 but only part of it. He also said he would not like to comment on the communal incidents which took place during the UPA rule.In the written reply, government has explained that ‘major events’ are classified as those where over five persons have been killed or 10 injured or which lead to multiplicity of fatalities and extensive destruction of property.’Important events’ are classified where at least one person has been killed or at least 10 persons are injured.According to the written reply, in 2014, 644 ‘communal incidents’ took place, including 133 in UP, 72 in Rajasthan, 97 in Maharashtra, 56 in Madhya Pradesh, 73 in Karnataka, 10 in Jharkhand, 74 in Gujarat, 7 in Delhi, 61 in Bihar and 16 in West Bengal. This year, between January and October, 650 incidents have taken place with a maximum of 139 taking place in Uttar Pradesh.While 97 incidents were reported from Maharashtra, 86 from Madhya Pradesh, 79 from Karnataka, 24 from Jharkhand, 47 from Gujarat, 59 from Bihar and 24 from West Bengal. Rijiju rejected suggestions by Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge that there have been more communal clashes in states where BJP has “more presence” such as Gujarat, Karnataka and Bihar. “It is not a fair comment. What Kharge says does not tally with the figures. It is the responsibility of state government or MPs,” the minister asked.

Drone eyes in sky keeping intruders off Vidarbha’s Pench tiger reserve

“There has been a fall in poaching and illegal entry after the drone was deployed (a few months ago). People are aware that they are being watched,” said Reddy,

The big cats of the Pench tiger project in Vidarbha as well as the flora and fauna there can now rely on the eyes in the sky to protect them from poachers and tree-fellers. The officials have pressed into service a drone which will keep an eye out for intruders, be it to hunt animals or fish in the reservoir there. Located near Nagpur, the Pench tiger reserve is the first in Maharashtra and the second in India after the Panna tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh to procure an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for conservation purposes. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Buoyed by the success, officials are planning to procure and deploy more drones to effectively cover reserve’s 257.26 sq.km core area and a 483.96 sq.km buffer zone, habitating 21 tigers, 33 species of mammals, over 160 species of birds, reptiles, fishes and amphibians. “We are using the drone to get an aerial view of the park,” MS Reddy, chief conservator of forests and field director of the Pench project told dna. “It provides us an aerial view of the park, its water bodies and helps map the area,” he said, adding the drone was being used for aerial reconnaissance, protection, photography and documentation. The drone can stream live photos and videos though it is not equipped with a night-vision camera as of now.”There has been a fall in poaching and illegal entry after the drone was deployed (a few months ago). People are aware that they are being watched,” said Reddy, adding the “idea itself acts as a deterrent”. “We are also using it to watch if fishing is taking place in the Pench reservoir, in violation of the ban. It helps us devise a strategy after estimating the strength of the fishermen,” he said. The drone in use costs around Rs 1.10 lakh and plans are afoot to buy bigger ones. “We are going in for bigger ones, as the one in use has a flight time of just 15 minutes. We are looking for a UAV which has a flight time of over one hour,” he added. Around 20 forest personnel have been trained in using the drone. “Technology is a great help in conservation,” he noted, adding the drone could observe intruders from a distance and could stay safe unlike camera traps which could be easily accessed and damaged. Located at a distance of around 70km from Nagpur, the Pench tiger reserve was declared as India’s 25th tiger reserve in 1999. It also has an eco-tourism area. The reserve is an important corridor between the forest areas of Madhya Pradesh (Pench Tiger Reserve) and Nagzira-Navegaon and Tadoba- Andhari Tiger Reserves in Maharashtra. African safariPlayers and coaches of the South African cricket team visited Pench on Saturday for a tiger safari. The team could get a glimpse of the big cat, a leopard and other birds and animals, said Reddy. Senior forest department officials and experts accompanied them.

Uttarakhand floods: Couple fakes childrens’ deaths, gets compensation

Around 5600 people were killed in Kedarnath flashfloods, including those killed and those who went missing.

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A couple from Madhya Pradesh took compensation from both Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh governments after producing false documents to show that their two teenaged children had perished in the 2013 flashfloods in Kedarnath.The couple took Rs 4 lakh from Uttarakhand government and Rs three lakh from the Madhya Pradesh government in compensation claiming that their 16-year-old son Ajay and 14-year-old daughter Mamata had died in the Kedarnath tragedy, Haridwar Police Station inspector M S Negi said on Wednesday. They had produced the death certificates of the two children to claim the compensation while they were still alive, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The fraud came to light on Monday when Haridwar Police arrested Ramkripal and his wife Vidya from a slum in the city on a tip-off and they confessed to their crime. Ramkripal worked as a mason in Kedarnath when the tragedy struck in June 2013 killing thousands of people and leaving thousands missing.According to an official estimate, around 5600 people were killed in Kedarnath flashfloods including those killed and those who went missing. The couple hails from Chattarpur in Madhya Pradesh, the official said.Negi said Madhya Pradesh Police was informed of the fraud on Tuesday and the couple produced in a court in Haridwar which sent them on 14-day judicial remand on the same day.

PM Modi’s Clean India mission has made a promising start, says global agency

“This is no small task in a country where 560 million people still defecate in the open,” it said.

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Lauding the Clean India Mission for making a ‘promising start’ in providing eight million toilets in the first year, a global agency WaterAid, has stressed on more funding and changing the people’s behaviour to make the programme a success.Poor construction and failure to convince people to change their behaviour can lead to toilets falling into disuse, WaterAid, an international charity working on improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation, cautioned in its report on the status of world toilets released last week. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Swachh Bharat’ (Clean India) mission to deliver a toilet to every household and end open defecation by 2019, it said: “This is no small task in a country where 560 million people still defecate in the open.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”One year in, they’ve delivered toilets to 8 million households a promising start. But, to succeed, more funding, greater government prioritisation at all levels and a focus on changing people’s behaviour to ensure everyone uses these new toilets will be required,” said the report titled “It’s No Joke: The State of the World’s Toilets 2015″.Stressing on the need to change the people’s behaviour to ensure everyone uses newly built toilets, it carried a photo of a household toilet stated to be in Madhya Pradesh’s Panna district, which is used as a satellite dish stand.”If just one person continues to defecate in the open, the environment remains polluted for everyone. If Clean India is to succeed, sanitation must be seen as a fundamental human right along with food, education, livelihoods and health, for everyone in the country including the poorest and most marginalised,” it said. The report said 173 people were defecating in the open for every square kilometre in the country.”That ratio would be the same as 500 people having to defecate in the open in the Square Mile of the City of London, or 15,000 people in Manhattan, New York City. Open defecation leaves communities filthy and children ill and undernourished,” it said. The report said it is women and girls who feel the impact of a lack of sanitation most severely. “Without a safe, private place to relieve themselves, girls and women are often left with no choice but to go out at daybreak or in the evening to find a place to go in a field, roadway, railway track or bush. “These unhygienic, unsafe conditions can contribute to infection and leave them more vulnerable to harassment or assault,” said the report released on the occasion of World Toilet Day on November 19.It said the impact of inadequate toilets at school is greater on girls who have begun menstruation.”Without proper sanitary supplies or a safe, private place at school to wash and care for themselves, many girls stay home for that week each month; they quickly fall behind, and it’s often not long before they stop attending entirely,” it said.”We all laugh at toilet humour but the state of the world’s toilets is really no joke,” it said, adding more than 650 million people in the world do not have access to clean water, and more than 2.3 billion do not have access to a safe, private toilet. “Diarrhoea is one of the three most common killers of young children globally, along with pneumonia and malaria.Majority of these deaths – 58% of them – could be prevented by clean water, sanitation and good hygiene including hand washing with soap. That is more than 314,000 young children who could be saved, every year,” it said. More than 140,000 children younger than five years die each year in India due to diarrhoea, it added.

World Toilet Day: Is the government on track to tackle India’s sanitation problems?

Modi’s Swacch Bharat programme wanted to make India open-defecation free by 2019. But is his dream going as per plan?

When Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, one of his key stated missions was to build toilets across rural India, so that every household has access to sanitation facilities. His Swacch Bharat programme wanted to make India open-defecation free by 2019. But is his dream going as per plan? According to Saraswati Prasad, joint secretary, ministry of drinking water and sanitation, Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G) division, nearly 55% of households in India don’t have toilets. The cost of constructing these 12 crore toilets in rural India would approximately be Rs 1.96 lakh crore. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the 2014 report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 792 million people in India didn’t have access to improved sanitation facility in 2012. It also stated that India continues to be the country with the highest number of people (597 million people) having to resort to open defecation. Additionally, it was one of the countries that was making the least strides in reducing open defecation. In India, the 2011 census also shows a similar story. If you take a look at the statistics, you see that 9 out of 10 houses in rural areas don’t have a toilet in Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh (86%) comes second followed by Chhattisgarh (85%), Odisha (84%), Bihar (81%), Rajasthan (80%), Uttar Pradesh (77%), Tamil Nadu (73%), Karnataka (68%) and Gujarat (65%). Kerala is last on this list with only 5.6% houses with toilets in rural areas. According to government data, more than 2 crore toilets have been built for rural households between December 2012 and February 2015, but the number of toilets being built for each year has been steadily decreasing for some reason. In 2011-12, about 90 lakh toilets were built, but it’s only been 50 lakh toilets for 2013-14. A March 2015 report published in a leading daily stated that since Swacch Bharat was launched in October 2014, six lakh toilets are being built each month. But to reach the target of 12 crore toilets by 2019, at least ten lakh toilets need to be built each month. Thus, the government is still far below target. So if India continues to build only about one crore toilets a year in rural households, the dream of achieving the target that the government has set itself, can only be expected by 2026-27.

Three Madhya Pradesh sales tax officials caught for accepting and extorting bribe’s from local businessman

Bhopal: Three sales tax officials were arrested late Tuesday after they were caught accepting a bribe of Rs.3 lakh in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district, an official said on Wednesday.

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Superintendent of police in the Lokayukta office, Geetesh Garg told IANS that the officials were arrested after a businessman lodged a complaint.

Suresh Yadav in his complaint said that the officials told him to pay them a bribe of Rs.3 lakh per month.

The three officials have been granted bail, Garg said.

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Bihar polls: Shatrughan Sinha lashes out at BJP, says he has ‘mass support’

Sinha took another shot at the BJP leadership, claiming that despite his sincerity, efforts, and good intentions, the ‘Bihari Babu’ had been kept away campaigning.

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BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on Thursday claimed he had never asserted that the Bihar election results could have been different if he had been made the party’s CM candidate.Blaming the media, Sinha on Twitter said that it was the media who had created this impression. According to Sinha, he only believed that ‘things could have been better’ if he had been called for campaigning.Sinha took another shot at the BJP leadership, claiming that despite his sincerity, efforts, and good intentions, the ‘Bihari Babu’ had been kept away campaigning. “My friends, voters, supporters were let down,” he said.The Bollywood star of yesteryear then emphasised his popularity among the masses: “A more enthusiastic participation of my friends, fans, voters and supporters would’ve certainly helped to make a difference of a few seats,” Sinha opined.Sinha concluded however that now that the Bihar elections had been lost, the party must focus on fixing responsibility for the defeat.The BJP-led parties lost the Bihar elections in a landslide on Sunday, winning just 58 seats, with the saffron party itself getting just 53. The Mahagathbandhan on the other hand emerged grand victors with 178 seats in the 243-member Bihar assembly.Earlier, Shatrughan Sinha had hit back at BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya for calling him a dog.Barely 24 hours after the party-led NDA was humiliated in Bihar, the dog analogy was used by Vijayvargiya, a BJP General Secretary and a party strategist for Bihar. His comment came just days after he was forced to withdraw his controversial tweets targeting Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.Related Read: Dog remark: Shatrughan Sinha hits back at Kailash Vijayvargiya, says ‘Haathi chale Bihar, bhaunken hazaar’In a bitterly fought election between Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi, the Mahagathbandhan won 178 seats in Bihar, a commanding two-third majority in the 243-member assembly. The Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies had to settle for a mere 58 seats.Vijayvargiya was on Monday asked to comment on Sinha’s remarks that the poll outcome could have been different had he been projected as the chief ministerial candidate and that those responsible for NDA’s defeat “should be taught a lesson”.”When a car moves, a dog moves under it too, the dog believes that the car is moving because of me. This party is not dependable on one person, it’s a whole organisation and there’s a big hierarchy here. Those who are out of it were on a ‘Maun Vrat’ and now they are speaking,” Vijayvargiya, a former minister in Madhya Pradesh, said.

Dog remark: Shatrughan Sinha hits back at Kailash Vijayvargiya, says ‘Haathi chale Bihar, bhaunken hazaar’

A day after BJP’s humiliating defeat in the Bihar assembly elections, a war of word has broken among party leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Shatrughan Sinha.

A day after BJP’s humiliating defeat in the Bihar assembly elections, a war of word has broken among party leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Shatrughan Sinha.Hitting back at Kailash Vijayvargiya’s comment which likened him to a dog, Sinha on Tuesday said ‘Haathi chale Bihar, bhaunken hazaar’.Sinha tweeted his response, Barely 24 hours after the party-led NDA was humiliated in Bihar, the dog analogy was used by Vijayvargiya, a BJP General Secretary and a party strategist for Bihar. His comment came just days after he was forced to withdraw his controversial tweets targeting Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.In a bitterly fought election between Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi, the Mahagathbandhan won 178 seats in Bihar, a commanding two-third majority in the 243-member assembly. The Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies had to settle for a mere 58 seats.Vijayvargiya was on Monday asked to comment on Sinha’s remarks that the poll outcome could have been different had he been projected as the chief ministerial candidate and that those responsible for NDA’s defeat “should be taught a lesson”.”When a car moves, a dog moves under it too, the dog believes that the car is moving because of me. This party is not dependable on one person, it’s a whole organisation and there’s a big hierarchy here. Those who are out of it were on a ‘Maun Vrat’ and now they are speaking,” Vijayvargiya, a former minister in Madhya Pradesh, said.The dog analogy has been used by a BJP leader for the second time in recent weeks after Union Minister VK Singh did so over the Dalit burning incident in Faridabad.Vijayvargiya had said Sinha’s identity in politics is because of the BJP and he alone should decide on his loyalty to the party.Sinha has been severely critical of BJP leadership, particularly those in the Bihar unit. After he was left out of the campaign for the Assembly polls, he said he was “deliberately sidelined”.

‘We don’t deserve you’: Barkha Dutt writes moving open letter to Shah Rukh Khan

After Shah Rukh Khan was targeted by several leaders of the right-wing for his remarks on religious intolerance in the country, journalist Barkha Dutt wrote a moving open letter to the Bollywood actor, supporting him and saying the country didn’t deserve a person like him.

In the letter which was published in Hindustan Times, Dutt wrote that this wasn’t the first time Khan had faced attack from the right-wing because of his views on religious intolerance.

Barkha Dutt (left) and Shah Rukh Khan. GettyImages

Barkha Dutt (left) and Shah Rukh Khan. GettyImages

“When we met five years ago in Mumbai you were angry. Because then too, like now, the lunatic hate brigade wanted to banish you to Pakistan. (Lucky them, I say.) You were being asked to say sorry for your view that Pakistanis should be allowed to play in the Indian Premier League. And you gutsily refused. Your film My Name is Khan was just going to be released; the Shiv Sena had been attacking theatres screening it,” Dutt wrote in her letter.

She also praised him for being one of the few “among the biggest and most glamorous stars” who had the guts to speak up on the heated issue of religious intolerance.

Dutt also wrote that she herself had been criticised by right-wing leaders for asking Khan questions on creative freedom and tolerance.

Shah Rukh Khan had earlier said that he supports the artists who have returned their awards and believes they are brave. “I respect the people, if they have a call that makes them feel that if the gesture is going to turn things around, I think it’s very brave, very honest, very clean. As far as I am concerned, I’ve never participated in something as huge and as meaningful, as they have. But if it calls for it yes… symbolically, yes, it is important if you feel cinema is suffering, then here’s my national award… I stand by the people who take a stand.” he had said.

Dutt’s open letter comes at a time when Khan has been viciously attacked by right-wing leaders, with some of them even ridiculously comparing him to terrorists, calling him anti-national and a ‘Pakistani agent’.

Right-wing leaders then lashed out at him over his statement. BJP MP Yogi Adityanath compared him to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack. In another controversial remark, Adityanath, the MP from Gorakhpur, had said that Khan should remember that if a “huge mass” of people in the country would boycott his films, then he would also have to wander on streets like a “normal Muslim”.

Senior BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh Kailash Vijaybargiya had also attacked Khan on Twitter. “Shah Rukh Khan lives in India but his mind is in Pakistan…Shah Rukh is now singing in the same tune of intolerance along with Pakistan and other anti-India forces,” Vijaybargiya had said in a series of tweets.

Controversial Hindutva leader Sadhvi Prachi had called Khan a “Pakistani agent”, who should be sent to that country.

“Shah Rukh Khan is an agent of neighbouring coutry Pakistan as he reflects their (Pakistan’s) ideology. Such a man should go to Pakistan,” she said while talking to reporters in the court complex in Muzaffarnagar.

(With agency inputs)

Shah Rukh Khan gets invited to stay in Pakistan by JuD chief Hafiz Saeed

Jamaat-ud-Dawaa (JuD) chief and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed has invited actor Shah Rukh Khan to Pakistan, amid various controversies surrounding the actor and his stance on #AwardWapsi and the rising incidents of intolerance in India.

Saeed took to Twitter to invite Shah Rukh Khan and other Muslims who “are facing difficulty and discrimination in India” to Pakistan. Although, the account from which he has tweeted has not been verified.

In a series of media interviews on 2 November, (his 50th birthday), Shah Rukh Khan had accepted the growing intolerance in the nation, and admitted that he would return his award as a symbolic gesture.

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“Yes there is intolerance, there is growing intolerance. People put words in the air even before thinking. We keep talking about new India, but if this country is not secular, happy in its approach and allowing people to be… the youngsters are not going to stand for it. It’s stupid to be intolerant,” said Shah Rukh Khan at the Twitter town hall hosted by Rajdeep Sardesai, India Today had reported.

In retaliation, Kailash Vijaybargiya, a senior BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh, called Shah Rukh Khan anti-national and that was followed by Sadhvi Prachi equating him with the alleged 26/11 mastermind.

Congress’ potshot at BJP: Yogi Adityanath, Kailash Vijayvargiya are ‘new icons of tolerance’

Randeep Surjewala and Digvijay Singh slammed the BJP leaders in a series of tweets.

Congress on Wednesday took a dig at BJP in the wake of controversial remarks by some of its senior leaders against Shah Rukh Khan, terming Yogi Adityanath and Kailash Vijayvargiya the “new icons of tolerance” of the ruling party.Randeep Surjewala and Digvijay Singh slammed the BJP leaders in a series of tweets.At a Congress briefing, senior spokesman Anand Sharma said that Vijayvargiya’s remarks needed to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.”Whoever is with the government is right and is a citizen of the country. But those who don’t fall in line are targeted,” he said as he referred to Vijayvargiya’s remark that Shah Rukh lives in India but his soul was in Pakistan.The Madhya Pradesh MLA had later withdrawn his controversial tweets but asserted that, had there been intolerance in India, Shah Rukh would not have been the most popular actor after Amitabh Bachchan. At the Congress briefing, Sharma said that a large number of Hindus do not believe in the policies of RSS and that it should stop claiming that it represents the entire community.Controversial BJP MP Yogi Adityanath today compared Shah Rukh to Pakistani terrorist and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed after the actor’s “extreme intolerance” comment, sparking condemnation. Adityanath alleged that Shah Rukh and Saeed are speaking the same language of terror and said he did not see any difference in their language.BJP later strongly disapproved of Hindutva leader Adityanath’s controversial comments, terming them “uncalled for” and stating that they did not reflect in any way the core belief of the party or Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

BJP leader Vijayvargiya attacks Shah Rukh Khan, says his ‘soul in Pakistan’

The comments by Vijayvargiya and Sadhvi Prachi, a controversial Hindutva leader, came notwithstanding the refrain of top BJP leaders in the recent weeks that insensitive comments should be avoided by partymen.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was on Tuesday dubbed as “anti-nationalist” and “Pakistani agent” by senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya and controversial Hindutva figure Sadhvi Prachi in their attack on him over his “extreme intolerance” comment. Vijayvargiya, a BJP general secretary and a former state minister of Madhya Pradesh, said Shah Rukh’s “soul” is in Pakistan though he lives in India, a day after the actor said there is “extreme intolerance” in the country, adding his voice to the protest against the ‘climate of intolerance’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The comments by Vijayvargiya and Sadhvi Prachi, a controversial Hindutva leader, came notwithstanding the refrain of top BJP leaders in the recent weeks that insensitive comments should be avoided by partymen. Vijayvargiya is one of the party strategists for the Bihar Assembly elections.”Shah Rukh lives in India, but his soul is in Pakistan.His films make crores here but he thinks India to be intolerant,” Vijayvargiya said in a series of tweets amid mounting concerns over the “climate of intolerance” in the country.”If this is not anti-nationalist, then what is it. India is making a bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations and all the anti-Indian forces including Pakistan are creating a conspiracy,” he said.The BJP leader alleged that the attempt to create an “environment of intolerance” in the country is part of the conspiracy.”Shahrukh’s comment about intolerance points that he is matching the tunes with Pakistan and anti-Indian forces,” he said. “Today when the entire world is respecting India, talking about increase in intolerance makes the country weak in front of the world.” Vijayvargiya said that when the entire world is respecting India, talking about increase in intolerance makes the country “weak” in front of the world. The BJP leader also posed a question to Shah Rukh over blasts in Mumbai.”When hundreds of people died in the 1993 blast in Mumbai, then where was Shah Rukh Khan. When Mumbai was attacked in 26/11 attacks, then where was Shah Rukh Khan,” he added. Sadhvi Prachi while terming Shah Rukh as a “Pakistani agent” said he should be sent to that country. “Shah Rukh Khan is an agent of neighbouring coutry Pakistan as he reflects their (Pakistan’s) ideology. Such a man should go to Pakistan,” she said while talking to reporters in a court complex in Muzaffarnagar. Turning 50 yesterday, Shah Rukh came out strongly against what he called “extreme intolerance” in the country, saying intolerance towards creativity and religion will hurt the country. “There is intolerance, there is extreme intolerance… there is I think… there is growing intolerance,” he said. “It is stupid… It is stupid to be intolerant and this is our biggest issue not just an issue…Religious intolerance and not being secular in this country is the worst kind of crime that you can do as a patriot,” he added. “If there is intolerance to creativity, intolerance through religion, we are taking away every step that the nation is taking forward,” he said.

TMC leader Derek O’Brien terms Kailash Vijayvargiya’s attack on Shah Rukh Khan as ‘sickening’

Vijayvargiya, a former state minister of Madhya Pradesh, said Shah Rukh’s “soul” is in Pakistan though he lives in India, a day after the actor said there is “extreme intolerance” in the country.
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Reacting sharply to senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya’s comments on Shah Rukh Khan, TMC national spokesperson Derek O’Brien termed it as “sickening”.”Sickening remarks against Shah Rukh Khan by BJP general secretary also Bengal in-charge. What kind of attitude is this? Everyone else is bad and only you are good?” Derek said in a statement.Vijayvargiya, a former state minister of Madhya Pradesh, said Shah Rukh’s “soul” is in Pakistan though he lives in India, a day after the actor said there is “extreme intolerance” in the country.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Shah Rukh lives in India, but his soul is in Pakistan. His films make crores here but he thinks India to be intolerant,” Vijayvargiya said in a series of tweets amid mounting concerns over the “climate of intolerance” in the country.Related read- ‘Traitor’ Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘soul in Pakistan’: BJP’s Vijayvargiya and Hindutva figure Sadhvi Prachi hit out”If this is not anti-nationalist, then what is it. India is making a bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations and all the anti-Indian forces including Pakistan are creating a conspiracy,” he said.Turning 50 yesterday, Shah Rukh came out strongly against what he called “extreme intolerance” in the country, saying intolerance towards creativity and religion would hurt the country.

‘Traitor’ Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘soul in Pakistan’: BJP’s Vijayvargiya and Hindutva figure Sadhvi Prachi hit out

The comments by Vijayvargiya and Sadhvi Prachi, a controversial Hindutva leader, came notwithstanding the refrain of top BJP leaders in the recent weeks that insensitive comments should be avoided by partymen.

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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was today dubbed as “anti-nationalist” and “Pakistani agent” by senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya and controversial Hindutva figure Sadhvi Prachi in their attack on him over his “extreme intolerance” comment. Vijayvargiya, a BJP general secretary and a former state minister of Madhya Pradesh, said Shah Rukh’s “soul” is in Pakistan though he lives in India, a day after the actor said there is “extreme intolerance” in the country, adding his voice to the protest against the ‘climate of intolerance’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The comments by Vijayvargiya and Sadhvi Prachi, a controversial Hindutva leader, came notwithstanding the refrain of top BJP leaders in the recent weeks that insensitive comments should be avoided by partymen. Vijayvargiya is one of the party strategists for the Bihar Assembly elections.”Shah Rukh lives in India, but his soul is in Pakistan.His films make crores here but he thinks India to be intolerant,” Vijayvargiya said in a series of tweets amid mounting concerns over the “climate of intolerance” in the country.”If this is not anti-nationalist, then what is it. India is making a bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations and all the anti-Indian forces including Pakistan are creating a conspiracy,” he said.The BJP leader alleged that the attempt to create an “environment of intolerance” in the country is part of the conspiracy.”Shahrukh’s comment about intolerance points that he is matching the tunes with Pakistan and anti-Indian forces,” he said. “Today when the entire world is respecting India, talking about increase in intolerance makes the country weak in front of the world.” Vijayvargiya said that when the entire world is respecting India, talking about increase in intolerance makes the country “weak” in front of the world. The BJP leader also posed a question to Shah Rukh over blasts in Mumbai.”When hundreds of people died in the 1993 blast in Mumbai, then where was Shah Rukh Khan. When Mumbai was attacked in 26/11 attacks, then where was Shah Rukh Khan,” he added. Sadhvi Prachi while terming Shah Rukh as a “Pakistani agent” said he should be sent to that country. “Shah Rukh Khan is an agent of neighbouring coutry Pakistan as he reflects their (Pakistan’s) ideology. Such a man should go to Pakistan,” she said while talking to reporters in a court complex in Muzaffarnagar. Turning 50 yesterday, Shah Rukh came out strongly against what he called “extreme intolerance” in the country, saying intolerance towards creativity and religion will hurt the country. “There is intolerance, there is extreme intolerance… there is I think… there is growing intolerance,” he said. “It is stupid… It is stupid to be intolerant and this is our biggest issue not just an issue…Religious intolerance and not being secular in this country is the worst kind of crime that you can do as a patriot,” he added. “If there is intolerance to creativity, intolerance through religion, we are taking away every step that the nation is taking forward,” he said.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan reaches out to distressed farmers via radio programme

Taking a cue from Prime Minister’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took to radio to reach out to farmers across the state in their hour of crisis following extensive damage to their crops due to erratic monsoon this year.

Taking a cue from Prime Minister’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan took to radio to reach out to farmers across the state in their hour of crisis following extensive damage to their crops due to erratic monsoon this year.The Chief Minister appealed farmers “to be patient, not to lose hope and be courageous” to face difficulties while informing them that the government will be convening a special session of the State Assembly in the first week of November for getting House approval for disbursing enhanced relief to them.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chouhan was responding to queries of farmers through a live phone-in programme at the All India Radio in Bhopal on Wednesday.The Chief Minister assured state government’s full support to farmers.He said that a year has been lost but all is not. The state government is taking every possible measure to help the farmers overcome the crisis, an official of the Public Relation Department said today.Immediate steps have been taken to provide relief like distribution of aid, ensuring crop insurance amount, providing seeds and fertilizers for the rabi crop, zero per cent interest loans, helping farmers to organize marriage ceremony of daughters, deferring loan recovery, Chouhan said.Giving credit to peasants for bringing glory to Madhya Pradesh, he said that it is due to their hard work that the state’s agriculture growth rate continues to be average 20% for the last four consecutive years.The Chief Minister reiterated his resolve to make agriculture a profitable business. He said that irrigation is vital for the growth of farm sector. It has been increased to 36 lakh hectare and will soon be increased to 50 lakh hectare.

Bankruptcy law to be introduced in Parliament this Winter Session: Government

It can be noted that due to string of corruption allegations against Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh chief ministers, the opposition did not allow Parliament to function during the Monsoon Session and the entire session was a washout.
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Government on Tuesday said the Bankruptcy law will be introduced in Parliament this Winter Session, while the passage of the GST Bill will remain on the top of agenda, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said.”Our plan is to introduce the Bankruptcy law in the Winter Session but as you know our number one priority continues to be the GST. But right after the GST, the next in line is the Bankruptcy law,” Sinha said.It can be noted that due to string of corruption allegations against Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh chief ministers, the opposition did not allow Parliament to function during the Monsoon Session and the entire session was a washout.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress, which is the main opposition and which had drafted the key GST Bill, is also against the NDA version of the bill saying many key provisions of the original bill have been altered. Since the government does not have majority in the Rajya Sabha, it needs to get the opposition on its side to pass the GST Bill that involves amending the Constitution.On this, Sinha said the government is already in talks with the Opposition as Parliament session is round the corner.”We are always in discussions with all parties to ensure that Parliament functions smoothly and that important legislations such as the GST and Bankruptcy laws are passed,” the Minister added.Describing the Rs 6,100-crore Bank of Baroda scam as a one of the events, he said the scam originated misusing the circular trading mechanism to take advantage of duty drawbacks.”Compliance in all of our banks is excellent and we are obviously tightening that further. State Bank of India is going to be providing a very high quality set of benchmarks for all banks. Of course, the RBI has stepped up its vigilance, so has the financial intelligence unit,” he said.

Over 15,000 tons of pulses seized from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Haryana

About 7,033 tonnes of lentils were seized from Maharashtra, 5,487.74 tonnes from Karnataka, 2,051 tonnes from Rajasthan and 764.07 tonnes from Haryana.

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Intensifying crackdown against hoarding, four states including Maharashtra and Karnataka on Friday seized over 15,000 tonnes of pulses, while prices saw a modest dip in some parts of the country. This takes the total seizure of pulses so far to 50,656.79 tonnes, recovered in 3,149 raids carried out in 10 states. The seized lentils will be offloaded in the market to boost supply.”Raids to check hoarding are continuing in various states. Today, four states reported that they have seized 15,335.95 tonnes of pulses, mostly imported tur dal,” a senior Consumer Affairs Ministry official told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Of which, about 7,033 tonnes of lentils were seized from Maharashtra, 5,487.74 tonnes from Karnataka, 2,051 tonnes from Rajasthan and 764.07 tonnes from Haryana, according to the statement issued by the Consumer Affairs Ministry.”As a result of action taken by states, there has been a decrease of about Rs 200/quintal in mandi rates in Mumbai and also in futures trading of chana,” the Ministry said. Retail prices of pulses have also declined in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, it added. So far, the largest quantity of pulses has been seized in Maharashtra at 30,373 tonnes, followed by Karnataka (5,967 tonnes), Chhattisgarh (4,525 tonnes), Telangana (2,546 tonnes), Madhya Pradesh (2,295 tonnes), Rajasthan (2151 tonnes), Haryana (1,932 tonnes), Andhra Pradesh (859.87 tonnes), Tamil Nadu (4.32 tonnes) and Himachal Pradesh (2.44 tonnes). Raids are being carried out after state governments were exhorted to intensify action against hoarding.Earlier on Friday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley met importers to discuss problems faced by them in procuring pulses from the global market. Dal prices have risen across the country due to a shortfall in domestic output by 2 million tonnes in 2014-15 hit by poor rains. There is also global shortage of lentils.(With Agency Inputs)

CBI begins probe into Vyapam recruitment officer’s death

Bhubaneswar: Railway officials in Odisha were on Tuesday questioned by a CBI team in connection with the mysterious death of Bijaya Bahadur Singh who served as an observer in some Vyapam recruitment tests in Madhya Pradesh.

“They asked us several questions like from where the body was recovered, who was the ticket collector in the particular coach, whether the victim was immediately taken to hospital and how we came to know about the incident,” N Pradhan, the station master of Belpar Railway Station.

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Singh’s body was recovered from railway tracks in the early hours of 15 October. The 1978 batch retired IFS officer Singh, who was travelling by Puri-Jodhpur Express had reportedly fallen from the locomotive.

He along with wife Nita Singh and daughter, was returning to Bhopal, and his wife had filed an FIR at Bilaspur after he was initially found missing

The CBI office here refused to divulge anything about the visit of the agency’s team to Jharsuguda in connection with Singh’s death.

Singh was appointed in various committees of the Vyapam (Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal or Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board MPPEB) from 2010-13. He had served as an observer in these committees.

The Supreme Court had handed over the probe into Vyapam scam to CBI in July. The premier investigating agency is probing into the scam and cases related to death of over 40 persons linked to the scam, including accused and witnesses.

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NITI Aayog working on agri-land lease law for farm income

With increasing incidents of suicide and growing debt among farmers in the country, government’s think tank – NITI Aayog – has found a solution for regular income for the farmers i.e. agriculture land leasing. NITI Aayog has formed an expert committee that would be working to formulate a model agriculture land leasing law.The ten-member committee, headed by former commissioner for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) and director of Council for Social Development (CSD) Dr T Haque, would submit its report by December to the NITI Aayog. The committee has also been asked to suggest amendments keeping in view the need to liberalise land leasing for agriculture efficiency, equity, occupational diversification and rapid rural transformation. The committee has already held first round of talks with chief secretaries of seven states who are also committee members and may involve chief secretaries from other states for consultations too.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Talking to dna, an official from the NITI Aayog on condition of anonymity said, “The focus right now is on agriculture land leasing for farming only, but we could also look at leasing land for industrial purpose too. With land acquisition becoming difficult due to stiff political opposition and farmer resistance, land leasing could be one of the best ways forward.””NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya also thinks so,” he says adding that “Small-scale farming is becoming unviable and with at least leasing farmland, farmers can get assured income. Since everything would be in black and white, it would help them to reserve their rights. BJP state governments too seem to like the idea.”However, committee chairman Dr T Haque, said, “Our mandate is to just look at land leasing for agriculture purpose only and no directions have come for industrial purpose. Agriculture land leasing will help in three ways as it will help in improving productivity, will give access to credit and crop insurance to lease holders and better utilization of land and labour.”He adds that with this, farmers can get atleast regular income and risk would be forwarded to the lease holder.There are various mechanisms to assure that agriculture land is used for farming only. “There could be ceiling on the land that a person can take on lease. It would be a simple model frame work facilitating state governments.”On question of whether the move will help contract farming in the country by corporate, he said, “It is too soon. Let us work on the model and develop it.”He refused to comment further.Land being a state subject, it’s the prerogative of state government to decide on whether to allow leasing agriculture land by farmers or not. At present the country has a wide variation in agriculture land leasing.For example in North Eastern states like Nagaland, no one holds the land rights. The land rights are with the village community which is headed by village chief or king. He is the one who decides how much land is to be given to a person for cultivation.Similarly, in states like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka, agriculture land leasing is illegal except certain categories of people who are allowed to lease out land. These are widows, minors, physically challenged people and those working in armed forces. In the states of Kerala, Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir, leasing out of agriculture land is banned legally.

Senior Congress leader Parasram Bhardwaj passes away due to cardiac arrest

Raipur: Senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Parasram Bhardwaj died on Monday in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district.

Parasram Bhardwaj. Image courtesy: @News18Hindi/Twitter

Parasram Bhardwaj. Image courtesy: @News18Hindi/Twitter

“68-year-old Bhardwaj died of cardiac arrest early this morning at a hospital in Bilaspur town,” state Congress spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi told PTI.

His final rites were performed at his native place Kharoda village in Janjgir-Champa district this evening, he added.

Bhardwaj represented Sarangarh Lok Sabha Constituency in undivided Madhya Pradesh for six times in a row from 1980, Trivedi said.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has expressed heartfelt condolence on Bhardwaj’s demise, an official statement here said.

In his condolence message, Singh said Bhardwaj had maintained healthy relation with the public of his area, owing to which he was elected as MP for six times.

His sad demise is an irreparable loss, he added.

Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Congress also expressed its profound grief on the demise of the veteran leader.

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh also expressed grief over his death.

Singh termed Bhardwaj’s demise as his personal loss and prayed to god to give strength to the family to bear the loss.

Bhardwaj was the state party president in undivided Madhya Pradesh when Digvijay Singh was the Chief Minister of the state.

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Vyapam: Digvijay Singh seeks CBI probe of ex-forest officer’s death

Bahadur, who had conducted two tests of Vyapam after it appointed him as observer during 2010-2013, was found dead on railway tracks near Belpahar in Jharsuguda district of Odisha in the wee hours of October 15.
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Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh has demanded CBI probe into the death of the retired Indian Forest Service officer Vijay Bahadur (63), who had served as observer for two recruitment tests conducted by the scam-tainted Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board.”(The death) must be investigated by CBI investigating the Vyapam (Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal) scam,” the Congress general secretary tweeted on Saturday.One of the whistle-blowers in the scam, Ajay Dubey, too has written to the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, demanding a CBI probe into Bahadur’s death. Bahadur, who had conducted two tests of Vyapam after it appointed him as observer during 2010-2013, was found dead on railway tracks near Belpahar in Jharsuguda district of Odisha in the wee hours of October 15. He and his wife Nita Singh were returning here after attending a re-union of 1978 batch of IFS officers by Puri-Jodhpur Express when he went missing.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Assistant sub-inspector Kuleep Patel, the investigating officer, told PTI over phone that the police were expecting autopsy report tomorrow. The cause of death will be known only after that, he said, adding that the body bore injury marks on the left hand and the right foot.The mysterious death has brought the scam, a massive admission and recruitment racket, back in focus. It also revived the memory of Namrota Damor, a medical student and an accused in the scam, whose body was found on the tracks near Ujjain in January 2012 under mysterious circumstances.The Supreme Court handed over the probe into Vyapam scam to CBI in July. The Central investigating agency is probing the scam and also the deaths of over 40 persons, including accused and witnesses, linked to it.

Vyapam scam: Observer for recruitment tests found dead on railway track in Odisha

Former IFS officer, Vijay Bahadur, who was an observer for two recruitment tests in the Vyapam scam was found dead in Odisha. Bahadur was found dead on railway tracks in Jharsuguda on Thursday, October 15.

Former IFS officer, Vijay Bahadur, who was an observer for two recruitment tests in the Vyapam scam was found dead in Odisha. Bahadur was found dead on railway tracks in Jharsuguda on Thursday, October 15.As per a report in Hindustan Times, Bahadur had gone to Puri with his wife Nita Singh to attend a reunion of 1978 batch IFS officers. Deputy superintendent of police, GRP (Jharsuguda), Dilip Bag told the daily, Bahadur prima facie died after falling from the moving train. But, the post-mortem report is still awaited and probe into the case will progress based on it.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report also said that his wife Nita Singh had raised questions over the open door of the AC compartment and the absence of a coach attendant.Related read: Vyapam scam: 70 accused seek ‘permission to die’ from President Pranab MukherjeeAll Vyapam scam related cases were recently handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Taking the Vyapam scam probe forward, CBI had carried out searches at nearly 40 places in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh including the premises of alleged mastermind Jagdish Sagar and Dhanraj Yadav, a former OSD to Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav.The searches in connection with alleged irregularities in the conduct of examinations by MP Professional Examination Board, popularly known as Vyapam, spanned across Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Rewa, Jabalpur, Lucknow and Allahabad among other cities, CBI sources said.A few weeks ago, senior official of the Central Bureau of Investigation, sent to Madhya Pradesh to aide the probe into the Vyapam Scam, was found in an unconscious state at a railway station in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi district.

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

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

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

Vidhan Sabha recruitment scam: Digvijay Singh to appear before Bhopal Police over

The alleged scam took place between 1993 and 2003, when Singh was the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh will appear before the Bhopal Police on Thursday in connection with the probe of a recruitment scam case of Madhya Pradesh.The statement of Congress general secretary would be recorded in Jahangirabad police station.The alleged scam took place between 1993 and 2003, when Singh was the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.Earlier this year, Jahangirabad police had registered a case against Singh, former Speaker Sriniwas Tiwari and others for alleged forgery, conspiracy, cheating, misuse of office as well as offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act following a complaint filed by the Assembly secretariat about irregularities in recruitment during 1993 to 2003.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

dna Afternoon Must Read: From coal scam to meat ban enforcement during Navratri and more

Go through the curated of list of must reads for this afternoon.

Here is a list of curated must read for the afternoon.1. Meat ban to be enforced in Agra during Navratri?A Hindu group in Agra has demanded for ban on meat during the 9-days long Navratras. It’s not just the sale they want to be banned but also consumption of meat. Read more here.2. Dadri lynching, Ghulam Ali incident unfortunate but how is Central government related to them, asks PM Modi<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accusing the opposition of indulging in pseudo secularism and politics of polarisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described the Dadri lynching incident and the cancellation of Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai as “unfortunate” but said his government has nothing to do with them. Read more here.3. With pulses, vegetables getting costlier, WPI inflation marginally up at (-)4.54% in SeptemberWPI inflation rate edged up marginally to (-)4.54% in September with pulses, vegetables and onion turning costlier even as the overall deflationary trend persisted for 11th month in a row. Read more here.4. Coal scam: Court frames charges against ex-coal secretary and 5 othersA special court on Wednesday framed charges against former coal secretary HC Gupta and five others in a coal scam case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh to an accused firm. Read more here.5. Chinese media asks India to be vigilant about joining anti-China campAsserting that the Sino-India relationship is on a sound track, the Chinese media on Wednesday asked India to be vigilant to the efforts to rope it into anti-China camp in the backdrop of Japan joining the Malabar naval exercises. Read more here.(With Agencies)

Coal scam: Court frames charges against ex-coal secretary and 5 others

A special court today framed charges against former coal secretary HC Gupta and five others in a coal scam case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh to an accused firm.

A special court on Wednesday framed charges against former coal secretary HC Gupta and five others in a coal scam case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh to an accused firm.Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar put the six on trial for alleged offences under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of IPC and under relevant provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Besides Gupta, the court framed charges against two senior public servants, K S Kropha and K C Samria, firm Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL), its managing director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia and chartered accountant Amit Goyal. Kropha was the then Joint Secretary in Ministry of Coal, while Samria was the then Director (Coal Allocation-I) section in the ministry.The court has now fixed the matter October 28 for admission/denial of documents by accused, filed in the case by CBI.The court had on October 1 ordered framing of charges against these accused observing that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was kept in the “dark” by Gupta, who had prima facie violated the law and the trust imposed on him on the issue of coal block allocation.The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Thesgora-B Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to KSSPL. The court on October 13 last year had summoned them as accused after refusing to accept CBI’s closure report. The accused were earlier granted bail by the court.CBI had lodged an FIR against KSSPL, its officials and other unknown persons for alleged misrepresentation of facts, including inflated net worth, to acquire the coal block.

How these Dalit and tribal women from rural Madhya Pradesh are making themselves heard

In 2008, a few Dalit women from a village in Dabhora block in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh were denied their basic right to fetch water by local goons. The prevailing apathy in the country’s system meant their pleas to the local police and administration went unheeded.

Women from Bahini Darbar with the newsletter (Image source: Milaap)

In 2008, a few Dalit women from a village in Dabhora block in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh were denied their basic right to fetch water by local goons. The prevailing apathy in the country’s system meant their pleas to the local police and administration went unheeded.Cornered into fending for themselves, the women instead of blaming the existing system, took the matter in their own hands. They started Bahini Darbar, a 10-page newsletter, which covers the issues of Dalits and tribals in Rewa. The monthly, handwritten in Bagheli, also educates locals of their rights. Copies of the handwritten newsletter are then distributed among locals for Rs 10 each.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the last seven years, Bahini Darbar has grown leaps and bounds with the number of women running it increasing from 15 to 35 and the newsletter reaching 700 villages in Dabhora block. All this was achieved by the women without having access to a printing press. The women have turned a centuries-old malaise of casteism into an opportunity and are leading a movement of literacy and empowerment.A few Bahini Darbar copies
The mouthpiece has filled in the vacuum created by the mainstream media which habitually fails to cover such grave issues in the country.With the Bahini Darbar going from strength to strength, they could very well bring a revolution in the rural Rewa and bring balance in socio-economic power equation. Could Bahini Darbar replicate the success of Khabar Lahariya? They certainly can. Conviction and a copier machine was all they had to reach this far.Also read: How these woman journalists in rural Uttar Pradesh are inspiring changeThe group is now trying to pool in funds to educate more women and reach out to more locals. Here is how they are crowdfunding for Bahini Darbar.

Hardik Patel takes dig at PM Narendra Modi over Gujarat ‘development model’

“Many farmers have ended their lives in Gujarat in the last two months,” he said.

“Talented youths are not getting opportunity to become engineers and doctors in Gujarat,” he said.

In a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Patel quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel on Sunday said Modi became the PM of the country by eulogising the Gujarat model of development, although the state was no different from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. “By eulogising the Gujarat model of development, one has become the Prime Minister of the country. But the fact is that the state (Gujarat) is like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh,” he said. “Many farmers have ended their lives in Gujarat in the last two months. Talented youths are not getting opportunity to become engineers and doctors in Gujarat,” he said, adding that although the state is considered prosperous, it can boast of only a few wealthy people.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Referring to the PM’s recent visit to the Facebook campus in the US, where he broke down and got emotional while talking about the sacrifices his mother made as he grew up, Hardik said the PM should take his mother along with him. “The man who claims of having 56-inches chest breaks down remembering his mother. If he remembers his mother so much on foreign soil, why doesn’t he take her with him?” Talking about the Patidar quota issue, he said the community has 14 per cent reservation in Madhya Pradesh, while it was 27 per cent in other states. “Does Madhya Pradesh lie in Pakistan? In some districts of MP, Patidars are not reaping the benefits of reservation. Are these districts in China?” he asked in a lighter vein.He said that no member of his community has become a Rajya Sabha member after Independence and recalled that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who belonged to his community, held the country together. He said 80 per cent Patidars were with BJP. “If Patidars do not get respect, lotus will not bloom in the country in future (BJP will not come to power),” he said.

Govt does not have info on definition of ‘Hindu’, reveals RTI query

Gaur had sought to know the definition of the word Hindu in the light of the Indian Constitution and the law.

Gaut also wanted to know why Hindus were considered to be a majority community.
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Union Home Ministry does not know the definition of the word ‘Hindu’. In reply to an RTI query by Neemuch resident Chandrashekhar Gaur, the ministry said it does not know the definition of the word Hindu. “To my query under RTI about the meaning and definition of the word Hindu in the light of the Indian Constitution and the law, the Home Ministry in its reply on July 31 said the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) doesn’t have information regarding it,” said Gaur, a resident of Neemuch district in Madhya Pradesh. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gaur had also sought to know on what grounds a community was considered Hindu, and why Hindus were considered to be a majority community. The government’s reply was baffling, he said. “If the government doesn’t know the meaning and definition of the word Hindu, on what basis did it enact the Hindu Marriage Act?” he questioned.

MP CM Chouhan assures support to farmers, declares 82 districts drought-hit

Bhopal: Declaring 82 tehsils being drought-hit, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday assured farmers of his government’s support in this need of the hour and announced early disbursal of relief funds.

Talking to reporters in Bhopal, Chouhan said he found due to no rains and crop diseases about 19,900 villages of the state’s 23 districts crops have been affected. Earlier, 32 tehsils were declared drought-hit, pushing the presently tally to 114 thus far.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. AFP

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. AFP

Assuring farmers to not lose hope, the chief minister said the government presently has around Rs.1,000 crore for their help and if required it would be raised to Rs 2,000 -Rs 3,000 crore soon.

Earlier in the day, the chief minister presided over a meeting of officials and directed for evaluating the drought-hit areas. He also directed to provide relief funds to all affected farmers at the earliest and suspend crop debt recovery from drought-hit farmers.

Meanwhile, a debt-ridden and crop loss-hit farmer, 45, committed suicide by hanging himself with a tree in Baitul district.

A police official told reporters that a tribal village was found hanging in a field, two days after he left home. His 15-year-old daughter said her father had mentioned about his heavy debt and crop loss and thus left to meet her mother who works in Maharashtra.

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SC expresses satisfaction with CBI probe into Vyapam scam

New Delhi: In a pat for the CBI, the Supreme Court on Friday appreciated the investigation it is undertaking into the Vyapam cases – involving irregularities in admission and recruitment in Madhya Pradesh – even as Congress leader Digvijaya Singh told the court that in last four months the investigating agency has made no arrests.

The words of appreciation for the work done by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) came from the bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu, Justice SA Bobde and Justice Amitava Roy as it perused the status report on the investigation done by the investigating agency so far.

The report was given in a sealed cover.

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Noting that “so many people have been examined and so many things have happened”, Chief Justice Dattu said: “We are satisfied with the progress you have made.”

Appearing for Digvijaya Singh, senior counsel Kapil Sibal told the court that though CBI took over the investigations four months back but so far no one has been arrested. “I don’t see any action on the ground.”

Telling Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar about the court’s satisfaction with the work done by the investigating agency, Chief Justice Dattu observed that “Kapil Sibal is not satisfied”.

In his application, Digvijaya Singh has sought direction that all complaints relating to Vyapam admission and recruitment scan made by the public at large on or before 9 July, 2015, be handed over to the CBI.

Besides that, he has also sought that all the status reports relating to investigations by the SIT/STF filed before the Madhya Pradesh High Court also be handed over to the CBI.

Digvijaya Singh has also sought direction to high court to handover the pen drive and truth lab report to CBI for its consideration.

Meanwhile Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi apprised the court about the steps being taken by the government to add more people to augment the strength of the CBI and fill the existing vacancies.

Giving more time to CBI, the court directed the listing of the matter on 23 November.

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Jhabua explosion: Cops pin hope on DNA report to know about Kasawa

“We have not yet reached any conclusion yet on whether Rajendra Kasawa is dead or alive. We hope that the DNA test report of the three unclaimed bodies will bring out the truth,” Jhabua Superintendent of Police Sanjay Tiwari said.

Jhabua explosion: Cops pin hope on DNA report to know about Kasawa

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After groping in the dark for nearly a month over the massive explosion in Petlwad town that killed 89 people, Madhya Pradesh police are pinning hopes on the outcome of the DNA profiling of three unclaimed bodies of from the explosion site to ascertain whether Rajendra Kasawa, the prime accused in the case was dead or alive.”We have not yet reached any conclusion yet on whether Rajendra Kasawa is dead or alive. We hope that the DNA test report of the three unclaimed bodies will bring out the truth,” Jhabua Superintendent of Police Sanjay Tiwari said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The law enforcers have sent the samples of the family members of the prime accused for matching it with the profile of three bodies to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Sagar district in the state, a police officer said.Despite announcing a reward of Rs one lakh immediately after the explosion on September 12 in a building in Petlawad town, police have not been able to solve the mystery behind Kasawa’s ‘disappearance’.According to an eyewitness, a minor explosion had taken place at Kasawa’s godown first and those who were near the new bus stand rushed to the spot to see what had happened, he said.After four minutes or so, a series of explosions in the godown near a public place took place that threw people in air in an area of 100 metre and blew up a building housing a hotel where people had thronged for breakfast on September 12 morning, they said.The blast in the stockpile of mining explosive unlawful stored by Kasawa at a public place, ripped through a crowded area, killing 89 persons and injuring more than 100 people. Kasawa had been booked under 304 (manslaughter) of IPC and other sections of Explosive Substance Act, after the incident.

CBI officers probing Vyapam scam has no space to sit, Supreme Court told

Pointing out that MP government has allotted two premises in Bhopal, which were under construction/repair till October 4, CBI said there is no “suitable” office premises and infrastructure at Gwalior, where CBI is investigating more than 50 cases, till date.

CBI’s 55 officers, investigating the Vyapam scam and deaths-related cases in Madhya Pradesh, don’t have space to sit. The shortage of infrastructure has “seriously” impeded the pace of probe, the agency told the Supreme Court on Thursday.It also said the shortage of investigating officers (IO) and supporting staff is delaying the probe.Filing a compliance report pursuant to the apex court’s September 11 order, the CBI said, “IOs have been squeezed in the existing ACB branch of CBI in Bhopal, which severely lacks space and infrastructure to cater the functional requirements of the CBI Vyapam scam investigation team. There is not enough space for the IOs to sit, much less to examine the witnesses and to keep safe custody of the documents.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per the report “though, around 30 investigating officers assisted by 25 sub-inspectors are presently investigating the Vyapam scam and deaths-related cases with full dedication and are working hard to investigate them thoroughly in the shortest possible time but shortage of IOs and support staff like stenographers/typists/constables retard the pace of investigation. Much energy and effort of IOs is going diverted away from investigation…”Pointing out that MP government has allotted two premises in Bhopal, which were under construction/repair till October 4, CBI said there is no “suitable” office premises and infrastructure at Gwalior, where CBI is investigating more than 50 cases, till date.One of the premises at Bhopal would be handed over to CBI in the next few days.Regarding the appointment of special public prosecutors for the cases pending in 24 courts, the agency said CBI has interviewed and selected the names and after giving approval to the names, the department of personnel and training (DoPT) has sent it to the law ministry for notification.It also informed the court that 107 cases were reported by special task force (STF) for further investigation. As many as 112 FIRs were registered by CBI and the documennts relating to cases were also taken over.In 72 cases charge sheets have been filed by STF before the trial court and the agency has taken over all the documents.The apex court, which had ordered to transfer the Vyapam cases from STF to CBI on July 9, is to hear the matter on Friday.

Indore:First Green Corridor transports liver to airport in 10 minutes

The liver would be transplanted in a patient in Delhi.
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In a first for the financial capital of Madhya Pradesh, the Indore administration successfully created a ‘Green Corridor’ and transported a liver to the city’s Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport within a span of 10 minutes. The liver would be transplanted in a patient in Delhi.According to a senior official of the district administration, the Green Corridor was deftly set up from a hospital situated at the Choithram Square leading up to the city airport between 11:30 AM-11:45 AM, to ensure that the ambulance reaches the destination smoothly and without any hurdles.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ambulance, which carried the liver, covered a distance of about 10 km and reached the airport in 10 minutes. After completing the formalities, the liver was safely placed in a Delhi-bound private aircraft, he said. Indore Divisional Commissioner Sanjay Dubey supervised the entire operation, he said.The liver belonged to Rameshwar Khede, a Khargone resident, who was declared brain-dead 12 hours after sustaining injuries in a road accident yesterday, he said, adding that the victim’s family agreed for the donation.In the post-mortem conducted this morning, Khede’s liver was taken out and then safely preserved for transplantation, the official added. A Green Corridor is a special travel route without red lights to ensure the transportation in minimal time with traffic signals being on manual mode.

2.50 lakh cases pending in Madhya Pradesh High Court

Nearly 2.50 lakh cases are pending before the Madhya Pradesh High Court, an official said on Wednesday.

Nearly 2.50 lakh cases are pending before the Madhya Pradesh High Court, an official said on Wednesday.Around 2.50 lakh cases are pending in three benches of the state High Court at Jabalpur, Indore and Gwalior, the High Court’s Principal Registrar (Judicial) Manohar Mamtani told PTI.Asked whether the pendency was due to shortage of judges, he said that the total sanctioned strength of judges in the High Court was 53 but right now it is having 30 judges. He felt that the sanctioned strength of the MP HC judges should be increased to 75-80. Mamtani said that the disposal of cases was more than filing of litigations in 2014.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About the pendency of cases in lower courts, he said that it was around 12 lakh comprising 9.30 lakh criminal and 2.76 civil litigations as of July 1 this year. He said that efforts are on to bring down the pendency of cases in lower courts. Cases older than five years have been disposed off in many districts of the state, he added.About state government’s move to hire people to translate the High Court’s orders from English to Hindi, Mamtani said that process has been initiated.

Vadodara auto driver saves MP teen from crocodile’s jaws

In a heroic act, an autorickshaw driver today rescued a 17-year-old youth from the jaws of a crocodile in Vishwamitri river.

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In a heroic act, an autorickshaw driver today rescued a 17-year-old youth from the jaws of a crocodile in Vishwamitri river.The youth, Mukesh Sakla from Madhya Pradesh, was spotted in the river which passes through the middle of the city this afternoon crying for help and saved by auto driver, Ganibhai Mohammed Sheikh after a 10-15 minute battle with the crocodile.Narrating the incident, Sheikh said, “I saw a youth screaming for help in the river while passing over Bhimnah bridge in Sayajigunj area at around 1230 hrs. Several people had gathered on the bridge and were pelting stones at the crocodile.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”After stopping my rickshaw, I went near the site of the river where this youth was struggling for life. I picked up an iron road from a nearby construction site and started hitting the crocodile on its head. The crocodile had clutched the youth’s left hand between its terrifying jaws. Soon the crocodile retreated in the river water and the youth, who was bleeding profusely, was brought out,” the 52-year-old auto driver said.Sakla was rushed to the Gujarat Government-run SSG Hospital in a municipal van by local residents and is undergoing medical treatment.Talking to PTI, P B Chauhan, Range Forest Officer, said they are trying to record the teenager’s statement. “The youth said he is from Madhya Pradesh, but beyond that he has not told us anything about himself or his family. It is also not known how he got into the river,” he said.Chauhan said several people told him that he jumped into the river from the bridge. “There are many crocodiles in the river and one of them suddenly attacked and grabbed his left hand,” he said, quoting eye-witnesses.Sheikh said it took him 10 to 15 minutes to free the youth from the aquatic reptile’s jaws. It is not known how serious is Sakla’s injury.More than 200 crocodiles are thought to inhabit Vishwamitri.

Bengaluru: Call centre employee gang-raped

The woman, who is from Madhya Pradesh, was waiting for transport to return home at around 10 PM when the duo stopped their vehicle and offered to drop her to her destination, police said.

A call centre woman employee was allegedly gang-raped by two men in South-East Bengaluru.”A woman in her twenties, an employee with a call centre here, was gang-raped on the night of October 3 by two persons in South-East Bengaluru,” City Police Commissioner N S Megharikh told reporters here.The woman, who is from Madhya Pradesh, was waiting for transport to return home at around 10 PM when the duo stopped their vehicle and offered to drop her to her destination, police said.They took her to a deserted spot, raped her and then dropped her back in Madiwala area in South East Bengaluru, police said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The woman called up her friends, who arrived at the spot and immediately took her to nearby St John’s Hospital, where doctors called police, police said, adding that they have recorded her statement.The woman was discharged yesterday, they said, adding that a special team has been formed under Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) Rohini Katoch Sepat to trace the duo.CCTV footage at major traffic junctions in the locality was being examined to find out the vehicle, police said.The woman’s statement was recorded by a judicial magistrate yesterday, they said.

Here’s how prisoners can be productive too

The training and subsequent job help inmates get back on their feet and ensures employment after the release.

As Indian prison system seeks more and better jobs for the swelling ranks of inmates, Tamil Nadu’s effort to provide vocational training has made the state highest gross earner. In 2014, Tamil Nadu had reported the highest gross value of sale proceeds of Rs 36.97 crore followed by Kerala where inmates produced goods worth Rs 21.43 crore. Bihar was on third position with Rs 15.74 crore and Maharshtra was ranked fourth with Rs 14.34 crore.The training and subsequent job help inmates get back on their feet and ensures employment after the release.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, when it comes to meaningful employment that resulted in highest earning per inmate (value of goods produced per inmate) Kerala was on top of the chart with Rs. 30,285 followed by Tamil Nadu at Rs 23,291 as compared to all-India average of Rs 3,628 during the year 2014.According to Prison Statistics of India 2014 report, prisons across the country were housing 4,18,561 inmates as on December 31, 2014. Of the total, 1,31,517 (31.4%) were convicts and 2,82,879 (67.6%) were under trials. Interestingly, highest annual expenditure per inmate Rs 85,193 was reported from Delhi followed by Telangana Rs 81,551, Nagaland Rs 75,886, Arunachal Pradesh Rs 71,878 and Bihar Rs 57, 507 during the financial year 2014-15.According to the report, highest numbers of 11,344 inmates in Punjab followed by 8,251 in Rajasthan were provided with vocational training last year. Tamil Nadu’s prisons trained 3,043 inmates, including 116, in weaving.Tamil Nadu has 15,874 inmates in its prisons across the state. The report has highlighted seven types of vocational training -? Agriculture, Canning, Carpentry, Handloom, Soap and Phenyl making, Tailoring and Weaving.Report says a total of 63,256 prison inmates were provided with various vocational training last year with maximum number 6232 (9.85%) trained in weaving followed by 4916 (7.8%) in tailoring, Agriculture 4556 (7.2 %) and Carpentry 3303 (5.2%).”The training facilities available in jails depend on the local conditions. The availability of raw materials, local market needs, demands and marketing of finished products mainly decide the vocational training facilities available in any jail premise,” the report stated.Crowded PrisonsThe report recorded 4,18, 536 jails inmates till 2014 against the capacity of 3,56,561 in the country. The highest number 88,221 inmates including 3,572 female were reported from Uttar Pradesh followed by Madhya Pradesh 36,443, Bihar – 31, 295, Maharashtra -27,868 and Punjab – 26,007 at the end of the year 2014. Dadra & Nagar Haveli reported the highest overcrowding in prisons — over 331% of the capacity — followed by Chhattisgarh – 258.9% and Delhi – 221.6 %. Murder alone accounted for 60.9 % (69,773 out of 1,14,584) of the total convicts under IPC crimes.”A total of 390 women convicts with their 457 Children and 1,172 women under trials with their 1,320 children were lodged in various prisons in the country at the end of 2014,” report further stated.

US museum will return over 100 stolen antiques to India

The Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio will return over 100 stolen Indian artefacts. These antiquities were donated to the museum by Subhash Kapoor who is being investigated by US Departments of justice and homeland security, reports an English daily.

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The Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio will return over 100 stolen Indian artefacts. These antiquities were donated to the museum by Subhash Kapoor who is being investigated by US Departments of justice and homeland security, reports an English daily.According to the reports, Kapoor donated over 115 objects. Some of them were from Gupta period. The terracotta pieces are from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and western India.Some of these articles date back to 1st century BC. The museum will coordinate with Indian consulate to return these items.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Digvijay Singh served notice over irregularities in appointments in MP secretariat

The police served a notice to senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh at his official residence in Bhopal on Sunday for alleged irregularities in appointments at the Madhya Pradesh State Assembly secretariat between 1993 and 2003.

Former MP CM and Congress leader Digvijay Singh

The police served a notice to senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh at his official residence in Bhopal on Sunday for alleged irregularities in appointments at the Madhya Pradesh State Assembly secretariat between 1993 and 2003.Since the MP Chief Minister himself was out of Bhopal, his staffers were handed over the notice asking Singh to appear at the office of City Superintendent of Police (CSP), Jehangirabad to record his statement on September 30 in connection with the alleged recruitment scam, police official Saleem Khan told PTI today.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In February this year, the police had booked All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Digvijay Singh, former MP assembly speaker Sriniwas Tiwari and others under different sections of the Indian Penal Code, including forgery, conspiracy, cheating, misuse of office and other sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, after a complaint lodged by the MP Assembly secretariat.The alleged recruitment racket took place when Singh was MP Chief Minister from 1993 to 2003.

Excise informers striking deal with bootleggers too?

Dept’s cut-off as reward is a maximum of Rs 1,000, even if the information had lead to a recovery running into crores

File pic of Malvani victims’ kin in protest

A maximum of Rs 1,000. This is what an informer gets as reward for tipping off the state excise department, even if the recovered stash of hooch or smuggled in IMFL (India made foreign liquor) run into crores. This paltry compensation, excise officials admit, inhibits their ability to expand their network of informers. A strong informer network will help in ground-level intelligence collection on hooch rackets like the one that wreaked havoc in Malvani, which claimed over 100 lives recently. “Unlike the police, the excise department has few provisions for granting prizes to informers… According to the rules framed in 1976, the department can grant cash prizes of Rs 500 to informers. This may have been a princely sum then, but means little today. The maximum we now gift is Rs 1,000, irrespective of whether he/she has spent money on gathering or parting with the information,” noted a senior state excise official.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Another official said at times, members of the raiding team contributed money as ‘baksheesh’ (prize) for the informer. “We have to take care to retain a good informer with inside knowledge of the nuts and bolts of the system. They can lead us to a major racket. After all, one good informer is equivalent to 50 officers,” the official noted, adding these people were either part of or related to the illicit trade. He complained it was not unusual to get calls from informers late at night asking for money. “We have to keep them in good humour,” the official admitted. He added that at times, some unscrupulous informers, unable to extract a promise of a substantial reward from officials, later go in for bigger deal with smugglers or bootleggers. A senior official has sought that the government formulate a scheme to reward informers on lines of the police. In cases of narcotics seizures, informers and even officers are awarded a certain percentage of the seizure. “We can at least have a system where informers get a reward based on the net excise duty saved by the seizure, or a fixed cash amount higher than what is given today,” the official noted. The official said they had eight staffers – including one inspector and two sub-inspectors for around 125 licences – making it difficult for them to track offences like bootlegging, smuggling and duplication apart from routine work like inspection of licences with this skeletal strength. “It’s therefore better that the police lead the crackdown against illicit hooch and bootlegging,” he said. Of the around 3,600 officials and staff in the department, around half – mainly sub-inspectors – are based at manufactories for supervision. Up to 1974, the department had no punitive powers like the police, which were later granted to inspectors and subsequently to sub-inspectors in 1991. Maharashtra follows a policy of discouraging liquor consumption through high prices and low sales and has one of the highest excise duty regimes in India. However, neighbouring states and union territories like Goa and Daman have comparatively liberal policies and the cheaper costs of liquor there lead to a huge incentive for smugglers and bootleggers to smuggle in the brew to Maharashtra. With neighbouring Gujarat under prohibition, Maharashtra has also become a transit point for transporting liquor from states like Haryana and Madhya Pradesh to the dry state.

CBI officer on route to join Vyapam scam investigation found unconscious

A senior official of the Central Bureau of Investigation, sent to Madhya Pradesh to aide the probe into the Vyapam Scam, was admitted to a hospital on Thursday after he was found in an unconscious state at a railway station in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi district. He was headed to Gwalior on Malwa Express.

A senior official of the Central Bureau of Investigation, sent to Madhya Pradesh to aide the probe into the Vyapam Scam, was admitted to a hospital on Thursday after he was found in an unconscious state at a railway station in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi district. He was headed to Gwalior on Malwa Express.Bindu Shekhar Jha, deputy superintendent of police, was first admitted to a hospital in Jhansi (UP) and then transferred to another one in Gwalior.The development comes on the same day when the probe agency conducted search operations at around 40 locations across Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in connection with the Vyapam scam.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While CBI maintained that the officer suffered brain hemorrhage at around 7.30 am on Thursday morning, local police in Jhansi told dna that they initially suspected that the DSP was either in an inebriated condition or drugged by robbers operating in trains.”The officer was found on the stairs of a bridge at the Jhansi railway station. We initially suspected that he might have had too much alcohol or might have been robbed. His belongings were found to be intact hence we ruled out robbery. After a CT scan of the CBI officer indicated that he suffered a brain hemorrhage. He was then taken to Gwalior,”said Ram Bodh, superintendent of police railways (Jhansi).”The hospital in Gwalior has better amenities,” said a CBI spokesperson when asked about the reason behind his transfer to another hospital.The superintendent of Police (Gwalior) said, “The matter is being investigated by the Railway police. At our end we only have information that the CBI officer is undergoing treatment after he was found on a railway station in Jhansi.”Given the spate of mysterious deaths of persons related directly or indirectly to the Vyapam Scam, the CBI had to release a ‘clarification’ in the evening.”The concerned CBI Officer was posted at a Delhi unit. He was not connected with Vyapam-related investigation in any manner. He was sent to Madhya Pradesh to support Vyapam searches in case of a requirement.However, he reportedly had a brain hemorrhage on the way and did not reach the destination. He was rushed to the nearest hospital where he is under treatment. Anything beyond this clarification is speculative, “read the statement.On Thursday, CBI conducted searches at around 40 places, including 23 in Bhopal, five in Indore, two in Bhind and rest in Rewa, Ujjain, Vidisha, Chhattarpur, Jabalpur, Ashok Nagar, Badwani. Searches were conducted in Allahabad and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh as well.Officials till late evening continued the searches at the residential and official premises of 29 accused persons. The list includes former education minister Laxmikant Sharma, his former OSD O P Shukla, governor Ram Naresh Yadav’s former OSD Dhanraj Yadav, mining baron Sudhir Sharma, Vyapam’s former exam controller Pankaj Trivedi, chief system analyst Nitin Mohindra, system analyst C K Mishra, director of private medical college Dr Vinod Bhandari, his general manager Pradeep Raghuvanshi and Jagdish Sagar who is said to be one of the masterminds of the massive recruitment and education scam. However most of the persons in the list are under arrest. Suffered brain hemorrhage: CBIWhile CBI maintained that the officer suffered brain hemorrhage at around 7.30 am on Thursday morning, local police in Jhansi told dna that they initially suspected that the DSP was either in an inebriated condition or drugged by robbers operating in trains.Meanwhile, Thirty five people related to the scam have died under mysterious conditions including Akshay Singh a Delhi-based journalist who was trailing the story of Namrata Damor, an alleged beneficiary of the scam. Namrata was found dead on a railway track in Ujjain.

Vyapam scam: CBI official probing case found unconscious at Jhansi station

The officer was on his way to Gwalior aboard Malwa Express.

The CBI’s additional SP Bindu Shekhar Jha who was investigating the Vyapam scam, was found unconscious on Thursday at Jhansi station. The officer was on his way to Gwalior aboard Malwa Express.Taking the Vyapam scam probe forward, CBI today carried out searches at nearly 40 places in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh including the premises of alleged mastermind Jagdish Sagar and Dhanraj Yadav, a former OSD to Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. The searches in connection with alleged irregularities in the conduct of examinations by MP Professional Examination Board, popularly known as Vyapam, spanned across Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Rewa, Jabalpur, Lucknow and Allahabad among other cities, CBI sources said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They said the searches are not case specific and were aimed at unravelling the larger conspiracy of alleged corrupt practices in the conduct of the examinations. The residential premises of Dhanraj Yadav, former OSD to MP Governor Ram Naresh Yadav, in Lucknow, alleged mastermind Jagdish Sagar, former MP Minister Laxmikant Sharma and other suspects including Bharat Mishra, Vinod Bhandari, Sudhir Sharma, Om Prakash Sharma, Nitin Mahindra among others are being searched, they said.The sources said the office of MP Professional Examination Board is also being searched by the CBI team. The agency has registered over 105 cases in connection with various aspects of Vyapam scam. The Supreme Court has directed CBI to take over all Vyapam scam matters irrespective of their present status. “Whatever is the stage of the case, you (CBI) will have to take over all the matters,” a bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu had said, while allaying the apprehension of CBI that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and Special Task Force (STF) of state police may not cooperate with it if it takes over the cases which were in trial stage. “You take over and the SIT/STF will cooperate with you, We will ask them to co-operate,” the bench, which also comprised justices C Nagappan and Amitava Roy, had said.Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for CBI, had said there were difficulties in taking over 72 cases, which were at different stages of trial, as they were being prosecuted by SIT/STF and their investigation officers (IOs) may not extend cooperation to the CBI.

Vyapam scam: CBI carries out search at 40 places in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh

The Supreme Court handed over the Vyapam cases to the CBI on July 9. Over 40 people linked with the scam have died under mysterious circumstances or committed suicide since the investigation began.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) teams carried out Vyapam scam searches at around forty places in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. The searches were conducted in Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Rewa, Jabalpur, Lucknow and Allahabad. The CBI had earlier written to the Bhopal Central Jail authorities, seeking permission to interrogate former Madhya Pradesh Minister Laxmikant Sharma in connection with the alleged role in Vyapam scam. The CBI had also sought permission to interrogate Sharma’s Officer on Special Duty (OSD) O.P. Shukla and local Congress leader Sanjeev Saxena. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vyapam scam is an admission and recruitment scam involving politicians, senior officials and businessmen in Madhya Pradesh. The Supreme Court handed over the Vyapam cases to the CBI on July 9. Over 40 people linked with the scam have died under mysterious circumstances or committed suicide since the investigation began.

Vyapam scam: ED quizzes accused Jagdish Sagar for information about his property

Sagar, who was arrested in connection with 2013 Vyapam scam, was brought from Bhopal jail amidst tight security to the ED’s sub-zonal office, where sleuths quizzed him for four hours, the ED official said.

Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials on Wednesday interrogated Jagdish Sagar, an accused in Vyapam scam, and reportedly managed to get more information about his ‘ill-gotten’ property which was allegedly amassed through his involvement in the Vyapam scam, a top ED official said.Sagar, who was arrested in connection with 2013 Vyapam scam, was brought from Bhopal jail amidst tight security to the ED’s sub-zonal office, where sleuths quizzed him for four hours, the ED official said.”We have received information about some properties owned by him. We suspect that he amassed this property through the black money he had minted in the Vyapam scam,” the ED official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, the ED had grilled Sagar on August 26 last year after it attached his movable and immovable properties worth Rs 3.34 crore, the ED official said. Besides Sagar, ED has investigated Vyapam’s former examination controller Pankaj Trivedi and nine others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).According to the MP police, Sagar, who had allegedly colluded with Trivedi, had allegedly taken huge bribes from many students to admitting them fraudulently to government medical colleges across Madhya Pradesh.

Website giving information on nation-wide pending cases launched

The latest consolidated figures of district-wise pending cases would be now a click away following the launch of the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG).

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The latest consolidated figures of district-wise pending cases would be now a click away following the launch of the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG).NJDG, which was on Saturday inaugurated by Supreme Court judge Justice MB Lokur, will give litigants and others the consolidated figures of pending cases in District Judiciary across the country.Aimed at promoting transparency and access to information for all stakeholders in the justice delivery system, the NJDG public access page can be visited at the National eCourts portal, ecourts.gov.in’. It will give consolidated figures of pendency of cases in district judiciary across the country.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”These statistics, which will be updated every day by the respective court complexes covered under the eCourts Project, will show case pendency broken into civil and criminal cases and segregated into age-wise categories of upto 2 years, between 2 to 5 years, between 5 to 10 years and more than 10 years.”The NJDG page for public access will also disseminate national and state, district and court-wise information about institution and disposal of cases and also the cases filed by senior citizens and women in the total pendency,” said the press note issued by Supreme Court Registry.Presently, NJDG contains information on 1.94 crore pending cases out of approximately 2.7 crore cases of district judiciary under all the high courts of country except Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, where case data is being migrated to national version of Case Information Software.”Some courts are not yet computerised and, in some cases, connectivity issues may lead to non-updation of information,” the release said.

Bihar polls 2015: Rahul Gandhi dubs PM Narendra Modi as ‘Feku’, says Centre is anti-poor

He brought out the recent scams the BJP government in state and Centre has been involved in

“Started off as a tea seller, Modiji’s clothes started getting better. From kurtas he moved onto Rs 15 lakh suits,” he said. (File Photo)

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Reiterating his ‘Suit-boot ki Sarkar’ jibe, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a ‘feku’. “Prime Minister Modi promised two lakh jobs, promised Rs.15 lakh to each account and to reduce high prices. Did it happen? ‘Feku tha, hai’ (He was a braggart and will remain one)​.” said Rahul Gandhi while addressing a rally here.Gandhi reiterated his ‘Suit-Boot’ remark, ‘A lot is revealed by what clothes one wears’ “I had mentioned in Parliament about a ‘Suit Boot’ government not being a government for poor. If you look around you wouldn’t find anyone wearing a suit or boot, People here are wearing torn clothes or kurtas ,” he added. ​He said, “The BJP doesn’t want to mingle with poor people. They want to keep their suits clean.”Gandhi again took a jibe at PM Modi, “Started off as a tea seller, Modiji’s clothes started getting better. From kurtas he moved onto Rs 15 lakh suits.”He said the Centre’s pro-rich policies will take away lands from the poor, “The price of your land will go up. PM Modi and his suit-boot friends want to take it away in the name of development.”He brought out the recent scams the BJP government in state and Centre has been involved in. “There was a PDS scam ​in Chhattisgarh where Rs 1000 crore was looted while the governmnet in Madhya Pradesh saw a Vyapam scam.”Continuing his slogan war, Gandhi said, “The PM says, ‘na khaunga na khaane dunga’ while Sushma Swaraj was rescuing Lalit Modi.” He promised that the Congress will bring jobs in the state, “If our government is formed here, we will create employment opportunities in Bihar.”