Yuva Sai Sagar

An online news channel

Tag: monday

No clean chit to Arun Jaitley: Manish Sisodia

Hitting at finance minister Arun Jaitley, Delhi government on Monday said there is no question of giving a “clean chit” to him when an investigation into its alleged financial irregularities is yet to start.”No clean chit has been given to anyone in Delhi cricket body investigation. The enquiry is yet to begin,” Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.The BJP said the AAP government should apologise to Jaitley for charging him with corruption in DDCA even though its own report found nothing culpable against him.Sisodia raised a number of questions on financial irregularities in DDCA’s functioning and in giving tenders for work already done.”Election commission of DDCA, Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), and fact finding committee have found scams involving crores of rupees. How fake companies were created and given tenders and how payments were given for work which had already been done,” he asked.”The election commission reports also say that private cricket academies are being run under the umbrella of DDCA. There is no scope for students of school and colleges to participate in league matches of DDCA,” he said.Sisodia said an inquiry commission headed by former solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam that the city government set up has yet to start its probe, and that Jaitley would have a lot to answer for.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also said he would not apologise for targeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the DDCA issue as his government’s panel did not give anybody a clean chit.The Chief Minister tweeted, “BJP almost begging me for an apology, won’t oblige them. Let @arunjaitley be cross-examined in defamation cases<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Gujarat: Botched up cataract surgeries leave 12 without sight

A team led by Dr Rupali Mehta, regional deputy director health-Rajkot and leading ophthalmologist, was asked to investigate the matter on behalf of the government. “Our reports show that 12 people have been contracted endophthalmitis. The cause of infection based on the Operation Theatre (OT) culture report is bacteria and fungus found in the environment of the OT. This happens due to improper sterilisation of the area. However, no organism was found in the instrument fluid. We have done the panchnama and sealed the OT of the hospital,” Dr Mehta told dna on Monday.Will they see again? No answer
Dr Mehta expressed concern over return of vision for those who have lost it. “Currently all the patients have perception of vision, which means if someone puts the light on, they can see it, but no figures. This has happened because of spread of infection,” she said.
“A team of expert doctors from MNJ Hospital, Ahmedabad, will visit the city on Tuesday to assess the situation further. It will issue an advisory to both the hospital and the surgeon,” she added. She confirmed that the patients were referred to the retinal surgeon at the Rajkot Medical college on Monday. “If required, they will be sent to MNJ hospital and the entire expense of the treatment will be borne by the government,” Dr Mehta added.The hospital
Sadhu Vaswani is a trust hospital. Between January and December 2015, it has conducted 273 eye operations with an average of 25 to 30 operations a month. However, on December 23 alone, it conducted 25 operations. All the patients had been advised the surgery at a camp conducted on December 19 by the hospital.The doc who did it
Dr Hetal Bakhai who first conducted the operations runs a private hospital and also provides services at Sadhu Vaswani hospital. In past 10 years, he has conducted over 40,000 eye surgeries.What the doctors say
“The OT was sterilised yet bacteria was found which infected 12 patients. Topical cataract surgery was performed on all the 25 patients (surgery done without injection). Lower immunity and age factor are behind 12 people getting infected. Two of them, Gyaniben and Ibrahim Habib, might never get their vision back. There are fair chances for the rest to be able to see again.”
— Dr Hetal Bakhai, who first conducted the operations”I conducted the second surgery of eight of the infected patients and I am very positive that they will most likely get their eyesight back. However, that will take around a month and a half. The patients were referred to me by the hospital. When they approached me, their eyes were swollen and there was lot of inflammation in the eyes due to turbid fluid. As a retinal surgeon, my job was to clean the infection.” —Dr Milan Thakkar, who conducted the second round of operationsNames of the patients who lost their vision
Ramnik Damani(64),
Surajba Dilubha (65),
Ibrahim Habib (85),
Rajak Ibrahim (40),
Pravinsinh Chodani (60),
Bhikubhai Ayabkhan (52),
Gyaniben Chatali (63),
Ramniklal Chavda (72),
Hiraben Motwani (70),
Nandaben Ramchandani (50),
Memudaben (60),
Dashrathba Dilubha Sodha (60)-“This incident is definitely a blot on the hospital, but I will term it as an accident and not an incident,” B.B. Gogia, trusteePatients speak
“I spent Rs4,400 on the operation at Sadhu Vaswani and Rs7000 on the second operation by Dr Thakkar. But none of us was issued any receipt by Dr. Thakkar,” —Ramnik Damani”We were also told by Dr Thakkar that he would remove the infection but would not guarantee return of visibility. We were also made to sign papers on that,” another patient

Masuma Bharmal Jariwala

<!– –>

0
0
0

TOP
<!– /.block –>TOP <!– /.block –>
<</h2>
Forest panel stalls clearance for three coal mines owned by PSUs <!– /.block –>
<!– /.block –>
<!– /.block –>
Also ReadIndiaBJP has a ball over Congress blooperIndiaGurgaon girl kidnapped outside her college, freed after 7 hoursIndiaBMC cracks whip on officials who failed it in Bombay High CourtIndiaTwo South Mumbai women seek medical help for excessive shoppingIndiaCentre contradicting own stand on DDCA probe: AAPIndiaTamil Nadu elections: DMK chief Karunanidhi extends hand of friendship to Congress for alliance <!– /.block –>

<!– /#sidebar-second –>Forest panel stalls clearance for three coal mines owned by PSUs<!– /.block –> <!– /#content_bottom –>
<!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Desktop_970x90_BTF –><!– /.block –><!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Tablet_728x90_BTF –><!– /.block –> <!– /#bottom_bar –>

<!– footer start –>

Partner site: Zee News
©2015 Diligent Media Corporation Ltd.

<!– footer end –>

Ayodhya Ram Temple row: UP CM meets top officials, reviews situation

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

Taking note of media reports in this regard, Yadav summoned top officials of Home and Police departments and directed them to take effective measures to maintain law and order in the state

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday held a meeting with top officials and reviewed the law and order situation in the backdrop of two stone-laden trucks arriving in Ayodhya on Sunday.Taking note of media reports in this regard, Yadav summoned top officials of Home and Police departments and directed them to take effective measures to maintain law and order in the state. “No one should be allowed to vitiate the law and order situation in the state. The matter of Ayodhya dispute is pending in the Supreme Court. The state government will follow the SC order in letter in spirit. No nuisance will be tolerated by anyone in the state,” Yadav said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”You (Police) should keep an eye on rumour mongers and anti-social elements and remain alert,” the Chief Minister said. He also directed to keep social media platforms under careful observation to prevent posting of “objectionable” content.The state government had on Monday sought a “confidential” report from Intelligence Department on two stone-laden trucks arriving in Ayodhya six months after the VHP announced a nationwide drive to collect stones for construction of Ram temple.

Remo Fernandes no longer Indian citizen; summons issued through Portugese embassy

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

The 62-year old singer is accused of threatening a minor girl at Goa Medical College And Hospital where she was being treated after being hit by a car driven by Remo’s son Jonah.
File Photo

Pop singer Remo Fernandes, accused of threatening a girl, had surrendered his Indian citizenship and become a Portuguese national, the Goa police on Tuesday said. He had been issued a summons through the Portuguese embassy to appear before the investigating officer, the police said.The 62-year old singer is accused of threatening a minor girl at Goa Medical College And Hospital where she was being treated after being hit by a car driven by Remo’s son Jonah.”Remo has already surrendered his Indian passport and taken Portuguese citizenship. So we had to issue him a summons through the Portuguese embassy,” inspector Jivba Dalvi said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He has been asked to appear before the investigating officer at 4 pm tomorrow, while his son has been summoned at 10 am.Police had earlier asked Remo to be present on Monday, but he didn’t turn up, so a second summons was issued.”We have already submitted the summons to the Foreigner Regional Registration Office which will forward it to the embassy,” inspector Dalvi said.Remo, who resides in Goa but is currently touring Europe, has said the charges against him are baseless.

TMC leader Sudip Bandopadhyay claims he received death threat

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

As the Lok Sabha resumed after lunch, Bandopadhyay raised the issue saying he had received SMSes of death threats on Monday

Sudip Bandopadhyay

AFP
Sudip Bandopadhyay, leader of Trinamool Congress in Parliament, on Tuesday claimed that he had received death threats, with the government assuring him that “every possible step” will be taken to ensure the safety of members of the House.As the Lok Sabha resumed after lunch, Bandopadhyay raised the issue saying he had received SMSes of death threats on Monday. “I received a message at 1:25 PM from an unknown number yesterday. It said that I will be killed and my body will taken to Kalighat in Kolkata. The nature of the language was also derogatory.”I responded to the message and I again received two messages at 2:15 PM and 2:24 PM today. I raised this issue with our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee following which she addressed a press conference. She has also advised me to put this on the record of the House,” Bandopadhyay said. He said while he was seriously ill some eight months back, there were cases of robbery at his house, following which he had shifted residence.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While he was speaking, his party colleagues demanded the presence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the House. “He is the leader of the party (TMC) and this is a serious matter,” they said. In response, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the Home Minister was away at the site in South West Delhi where a BSF plane crashed this morning. The TMC leader “has faced with a similar problem in the past. I assure that the government will take every possible step for the safety of members and views this matter seriously,” Rudy said.

West Bengal – Bidhannagar City Police arrests 28 for shooting porn movie

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

The police have also arrested the landlord for renting out the community hall without the production of any valid documents.

File Photo

Bidhannagar City Police arrested as many as 28 people on Monday while shooting a porn movie amidst a residential township. Acting on a tip-off, officials of Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate carried out a raid at a community hall in the DD block, rented out for weddings and arrested the male and female actors, camera persons, director, and technicians of the porn movie. Of the total 28 arrested, seven are female and 21 are male.The police have also arrested the landlord for renting out the community hall without the production of any valid documents.“These people shoot x-rated movies and upload it on several sites. The filmmakers have collaborated with people in Delhi who upload these movies on the internet after they are shot in Kolkata. We have even contacted the websites to provide us some information, so that we can intercept others involved in this racket,” said Deputy Commissioner (Detective Department), Kankar Prasad Barui.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

DDCA row: PM Modi backs FM Arun Jaitley, says he will pass ‘with flying colours’

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

“Arun Jaitley will come through with flying colours in the same manner as L K Advani did in Hawala case,” the Prime Minister said at a weekly meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party.

Reacting to the District Cricket Administration (DDCA) controversy for the first time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told BJP lawmakers that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley would “come through with flying colours,” from the controversy. “Arun Jaitley will come through with flying colours in the same manner as LK Advani did in Hawala case,” the Prime Minister said at a weekly meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party.The Prime Minister also said that the Congress is raking up manufactured allegations to defame the government, said Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, quoting Modi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has issued a notice to CM Arvind Kejriwal and five AAP leaders on a defamation suit filed by Jaitley against them. The political slugfest over DDCA affairs intensified on Monday after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley filed a criminal defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other leaders of AAP for allegedly defaming him in the DDCA controversy before a Delhi court which took cognisance on his plea.Escalating the issue, BJP MP Kirti Azad, who has been indirectly cornering Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, late on Monday night called Jaitley a ‘napunsak’ in a tweet. However, later he claimed his Twitter account had been hacked.The one member Commission of Enquiry will be headed by former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium.Meanwhile, undeterred by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s decision to slap civil defamation cases against Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP colleagues for allegedly defaming him in connection with the DDCA controversy, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday said it is neither ‘scared’ nor ‘threatened’.

Mumbai double murder: Artist Hema Upadhyay’s estranged husband Chintan arrested

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

Artist Chintan Upadhyay was brought to Kandivali police station late on Monday night, following which he was arrested.

PTI
The city police investigating the double murder case of artist Hema Upadhyay and lawyer Harish Bhambhani on Tuesday arrested her estranged husband Chintan Upadhyay.Artist Chintan Upadhyay was brought to Kandivali police station late on Monday night, following which he was arrested.So far, police have arrested four persons in the case namely Azad Rajbhar, Pradeep Rajbhar, Vijay Rajbhar and Shivkumar Rajbhar alias Sadhu and booked them for murder and causing disappearance of evidence. Except Sadhu, who was nabbed from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, the remaining three were picked up from Kandivali on Sunday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three of the accused — Azad, Pradeep and Vijay — were placed under arrest on last week after being booked under IPC sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).Bodies of noted installation artist Hema (43) and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani wrapped in plastic and packed in separate cardboard boxes were found dumped in a drain in suburban Kandivali on December 12. Hema, a Baroda-born installation artist, was locked in bitter divorce proceedings with Chintan, a contemporary artist. She had in 2013 filed a case against him alleging that he painted obscene pictures of women on the walls of their matrimonial home in Mumbai to harass her. 65-year-old Bhambhani had represented Hema in this case.

Veterinarian with alleged BJP affiliation among latest arrests in Dadri lynching

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

Former BJP member Ram Jethmalani to defend Kejriwal in defamation case

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

Jethmalani was expelled from BJP in 2013 after making anti-party comments. His battle with the BJP, from which he was expelled in May 2013 for “breach of discipline” goes back several years.

Former BJP member and senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani will be defending Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the defamation case filed against him by Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday.Jethmalani was expelled from BJP in 2013 after making anti-party comments. His battle with the BJP, from which he was expelled in May 2013 for “breach of discipline” goes back several years.Earlier this year, he also published an article in the form of an advertisement criticising the Modi government for its stance on the black money issue, in which he posed 12 stinging questions to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asking his view on bringing back the money from foreign bank accounts into India.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party have repeatedly blamed Jaitley on the alleged financial irregularities in DDCA, after the CBI raided the Delhi secretariat last week.Jaitley, who was the president of DDCA till 2013, has rubbished the allegations against his family members.However, on Monday, the finance minister filed a civil defamation case against Kejriwal and five other Aam Aadmi Party leaders including Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee over their comments on the alleged irregularities in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), seeking Rs10 crore as damages.Jaitley accused AAP leaders of issuing false and defamatory cases against him and his family members.

VHP begins ‘Ram shila pujan’ in Ayodhya

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

A fresh load of stone meant for temple construction arrived in Ayodhya from Rajasthan on Sunday. RJB Nyas president Mahant Nritya Gopal Das began a Ram Shila Pujan (stone worship) programme on Monday, saying construction of the Ram Temple would begin soon.

The RamJanmabhoomi (RJB) Nyas (trust) has restarted the work of polishing stones meant for the proposed construction of a grand Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. However, the move is largely seen as an attempt by the saffron brigade to create the required momentum for the BJP in preparation for the crucial UP assembly election in 2017. This is what the oldest litigant of the dispute, Hashim Ansari (93), said on Monday.A fresh load of stone meant for temple construction arrived in Ayodhya from Rajasthan on Sunday. RJB Nyas president Mahant Nritya Gopal Das began a Ram Shila Pujan (stone worship) programme on Monday, saying construction of the Ram Temple would begin soon.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the Ayodhya tangle locked in a legal dispute, now before the Supreme Court, work at the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Ram Mandir Karyashala (workshop) in Ayodhya had been stopped about eight years ago. Political watchers say the timing of the VHP restarting the work seemed to be linked to the upcoming UP polls.”The time has come for the construction to begin. Work will begin soon with the blessings of Lord Ram,” Das said.However, the mukhya pujari (chief priest) at the makeshift Ram temple, Mahant Satyendra Das said there was no way the temple construction could begin since the matter was under litigation. “It seems that the VHP wants to demonstrate that the fervour of the temple movement has not slackened with the death of Ashok Singhal,” he said.A firebrand Hindutva leader who spearheaded the temple movement in the late 80s and 90s, Singhal passed away recently.At least 2 lakh cubic metres of stone would be needed for the proposed temple. Out of this, the VHP workshop at Ayodhya has already polished and readied about half. Sources in Ayodhya said the stone needed for the structure up to the first floor has already been polished. The latest supply is for the roof of the first floor, they added, saying more stone-laden trucks were on the way.Political animals have already started tucking into the issue. “The Samajwadi Party (SP) government in the UP is responsible for this development,” said BSP chief Mayawati, alleging that the BJP and SP were hand in glove in trying to vitiate the communal atmosphere.Ansari said, “This is all a part of petty politics. The temple issue is being stoked again for the UP election in 2017.”

Air India stops 19 Indian students from boarding Hyderabad – San Francisco flight

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

Air India on Monday night barred 19 Indian students from boarding its flight to San Fransisco so they are not “inconvenienced” after being told by the US authorities that the two universities to which they had secured admission were under “scrutiny”.

Air India on Monday night barred 19 Indian students from boarding its flight to San Fransisco so they are not “inconvenienced” after being told by the US authorities that the two universities to which they had secured admission were under “scrutiny”.The national carrier, which did not allow these students to board the flight at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, has decided not to accept students headed to these universities till the time it got clearance from Air India’s US office for their travel.”Air India received communication on December 19, 2015 from the US Customs and Border Protection agency that two universities namely Silicon Valley, San Jose, California and North Western Polytechnic College, Fremont, CA are under scrutiny and students who arrived into San Francisco were not allowed to enter the US and were deported back to India,” an Air India statement said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In the past, we have witnessed that students who secured admission in those institutions have been deported to India as soon as they land there. To avoid embarrassment to them and save their money, we prevented them from boarding the flight,” an AI official said in Hyderabad.Air India has offered full refund and waived all charges such as cancellation and rescheduling fee.The airliner said it will start accepting students travelling to join these universities, at no additional cost, as soon as clearance is received from Air India’s US office.The statement said so far 14 students who travelled on Air India flights to San Francisco have been deported. Students travel on a one-way ticket to the US and, in the event of deportation, incur huge expenditure to buy a ticket back to India on first available service. Further, seats are often not available on any airlines to travel back,” it said.”Considering the situation, as a precautionary measure and to avoid inconvenience, students booked for travel to take admission to these universities are not being accepted on Air India flights,” the statement said.US Consulate officials in Hyderabad said they are trying to gather information on the episode.”We are indeed aware of the reports that some students were denied entry on the flights to the US. At this time, we don’t have any further information to share with you on this particular issue, but we are seeking clarity on the situation.”As soon as we have new information, we will get back to you immediately,” an email reply from the US Consulate said.When contacted, an immigration official at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport said that clearance for boarding a flight has to be given by the airline concerned through the issuance of boarding pass.”The students were not issued boarding passes. It is the airline’s responsibility to clear passengers. We have nothing to do with the issue,” he said.

Rohtak gangrape case: 7 accused sent to gallows; ‘How many times Nirbhaya would die’, asks the judge

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

The trial was completed within ten months after hogging headlines due to the brutality of the crime. The capital punishment awarded by a lower court is subject to the confirmation of High Court.

The seven convicts who were awarded death sentence in the gangrape-cum-murder case of a Nepalese woman, by a court in Rohtak on Monday.

PTI
Seven persons, convicted for raping and killing a 28-year-old mentally-challenged Nepalese woman, were sentenced on Monday to death by a court, with the Judge asking “how many times Nirbhaya would die” and such crimes should be met with a “very heavy hand”.The trial was completed within ten months after hogging headlines due to the brutality of the crime. The capital punishment awarded by a lower court is subject to the confirmation of High Court.Additional District and Sessions Judge Seema Singhal, who had convicted all the seven accused in the case last week, pronounced the quantum of punishment on Monday. Interestingly, apart from the seven convicts, one juvenile was also involved in the crime and is facing trial before Juvenile Justice Board.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The woman was brutally raped and murdered and her body dumped in a field along the Rohtak-Hisar highway near Bahu Akbarpur village of Rohtak in February this year. The post-mortem examination report of the woman mentioned several injuries on her private parts, doctors of PGIMS had said, adding that stones and blades were also found in her body. The case had hogged media headlines earlier this year, and the opposition had targeted the Manohar Lal Khattar government over alleged deteriorating law and order situation in the state.Given the brutality of the crime, the prosecution had appealed to the court that capital punishment be awarded to the convicts.”The court awarded death sentence under Section 302,” lawyer Pradeep Malik, who represented the victim’s side in the case, said.Besides, they were sentenced under Section 376 D (gang-rape) and awarded life imprisonment for remaining part of their life.”They were also sentenced under Section 366 (kidnapping) in which they got ten years, under Section 201 which is destruction of evidence for which they were handed down a sentence of seven years. Besides, Rs 50,000 fine was imposed on all the seven,” he said.Malik also said the court has said that “all the sentences will run consecutively.””It’s a landmark judgment, in which the court has said that these sentences will run one after the other. Normally concurrent sentences merge into maximum sentence. Here the sentences will run one after the other,” he pointed out.Haryana DGP Yashpal Singhal had constituted a Special Investigation Team which arrested the eight out of nine accused identified in the case. Before Rohtak police could arrest the ninth accused, he committed suicide in New Delhi.Those awarded capital punishment are Rajesh alias Ghuchru, Pawan, Parmod alias Padam, Sarwar alias Billu, Manbir alias Manni, Sunil alias Mada and Sunil alias Sheela of Gaddi Kheri village. Another accused, a juvenile, is still facing trial in the case before Juvenile Justice Board, Malik said.All the convicts were residents of Gaddi Kheri village in the district. Another suspect, Sombir, of the same village had allegedly committed suicide. The woman from Nepal, who was staying with her sister and brother-in-law at Chinyot Colony in Rohtak, had gone missing from their house on February 1. Her body was found lying at Bahu Akbarpur village in the district on February 4.The court has said there will be no remission, no concession, no parole, no furlough for the seven, Malik said.The lawyer said that in all there were nine accused in the case and “one of them committed suicide on a day when others were arrested, which was February 9. One was declared juvenile and is he facing trial.”Quoting the judge’s verbal observations made in the court before she pronounced the quantum of punishment, Malik said, “the judge said that besides being a judicial officer, she was also a human being and can hear the wale and cries of women subjected to extreme torture by the male counterparts…Need of the hour is to convey a message in the society that women are not a weaker sex.””Women refuse to accept the names Nirbhaya and Damini given to them, reasoning that they should not be denied their identity. How many times Nirbhaya would die. Nobody has a right to take away our individuality,” the Judge said. Also, the Judge said that the scars caused on the body of the victim cannot be washed off, but scars on the soul will also remain, Malik said.”Today’s judgment will be a step towards giving a message to the society that such crimes will be met with a very heavy hand and appropriate punishments will be awarded to the perpetrators of such heinous crimes,” the judge said.The SIT had prepared the chargesheet against the accused in May this year. The Haryana police had earlier constituted seven teams to investigate the case and had also announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh leading to the arrest of the accused. A total of 57 out of 61 persons had deposed to support the prosecution during their statements recorded between October 15 to October 25.

Unfortunate that Sharad Pawar couldn’t become first Marathi PM, says Maharashtra CM Fadnavis

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

While Fadnavis, also Leader of House, moved a resolution congratulating Pawar in Legislative Assembly, the same was moved in the Legislative Council by the Leader of House and Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse.
File Photo
PTI
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday termed as “unfortunate” the NCP chief and veteran politician Sharad Pawar not becoming first Prime Minister hailing from the state when he was at peak of his political career. Both Houses of state legislature on Monday extended warm greetings to the Maratha strongman, having a political career of nearly five decades, who turned 75 recently.While Fadnavis, also Leader of House, moved a resolution congratulating Pawar in Legislative Assembly, the same was moved in the Legislative Council by the Leader of House and Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It was unfortunate that Pawar could not get the opportunity to become the first Marathi-speaking Prime Minister when he reached the pinnacle of his political career spanning 48 years. He could have been the first Marathi- speaking Prime Minister,” Fadnavis said while lauding Pawar for his “political acumen and administrative capabilities”. Members cutting across party lines echoed Fadnavis.Prominent among them to hail Pawar, who turned 75 on December 12, were the Leader of Opposition, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil (Congress), Jitendra Awhad (NCP), PWD Minister Eknath Shinde (Shiv Sena), Sharad Sonone (MNS), Chhagan Bhujbal (NCP), Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde (BJP). How Pawar, the erstwhile Congressman, missed the opportunity to become PM has always been a topic of intense political discussions.In his book ‘Life on my terms – From the Grassroots and Corridors of Power’, Pawar had revealed how Congress president Sonia Gandhi was opposed to his becoming the prime minister in 1991 as she did not want “someone with an independent mind” at the helm. Fadnavis said Pawar enjoys good relations with leaders cutting across political parties.”Pawar always believed in and has maintained cordial relationship with political opponents since he was of the opinion that we are not political enemies. “We are fortunate in Maharashtra to have good relations with all political parties unlike in some states in South India where the situation is quite different,” the CM said.He said Pawar has held various positions in state politics since he started his political career in 1967.”Right from a minister, who has helmed various portfolios, to become Chief Minister…Pawar moved to Central politics where he went on to become Defence Minister and later agriculture minister (sic),” the CM added.Fadnavis recalled that Pawar was felicitated by the state legislature on November 27, 1990 when he turned 50.”Pawar is associated with many social, educational and sports (associations) and was at the helm of affairs in Board of Control for Cricket in India, Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India and State Wresting Association,” the CM said.Winding up the discussion which lasted for over two hours, Speaker Haribhau Bagde also joined the MLAs in congratulating Pawar.

Gujarat HC notices to Gujarat govt and police on Hardik Patel’s bail plea

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

Hardik is at present behind the bars in two separate sedition cases.
File Photo
PTI
The Gujarat High Court on Monday issued notices to the state government and police on Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel’s bail plea in a sedition case filed against him by the city crime branch.Justice A J Desai issued the notices and kept the next hearing on January 6.Hardik is at present behind the bars in two separate sedition cases. This particular bail plea was in reference to the second sedition case filed against him and five others by the city crime branch, in which they were charged with inciting people to resort to violence during the quota agitation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bail plea says that the sedition charge against Hardik are politically motivated. It also mentions that charging Hardik and others Patel quota agitation leaders with sedition was an attempt by the state government to suppress a legitimate agitation for reservation.Today when the court proceedings begun, the high court faced a dilemma as two bail applications were filed in the same sedition case. While one application was filed by his old lawyer B M Mangukia, the other one was filed by lawyer Rafiq Lokhandwala and Zubin Bharda. However, Hardik’s family members said they have appointed new lawyers, after which Mangukia withdrew the plea filed by him.The crime branch had charged Hardik and five of his key aides under Indian Penal Code sections 121 (waging war against government), 124 (sedition), 153-A (promoting enmity between different communities) and 153-B (assertions prejudicial to national integrity). However, the high court had recently removed section 121, 153-A and 153-B from the FIR, while sedition charge was upheld.Hardik’s bail plea has been rejected by Additional Sessions Judge N G Dave earlier. Hardik has also filed an application in the high court seeking bail in the first sedition case filed against him in Surat. The sessions court in Surat had also rejected his bail plea on December 10.Surat police booked him under sedition charge for allegedly inciting a fellow activist to kill policemen instead of committing suicide.

Lakhanbhaiya fake encounter: Bombay HC stays Govt’s decision to suspend conviction of 11 cops for 6 months

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

Lakhanbhaiya was shot dead allegedly by the policemen in suburban Versova. The 11 policemen were released from jail on December 3.
File Photo
dna Research & Archives
In a blow to the 11 policemen whose life sentence was suspended for a period of six months by Maharashtra government, the Bombay High Court on Monday granted an interim stay on the suspension order and directed them to surrender by January 4.The state government had last month passed an order by which it suspended for six months the life sentence imposed on 11 policemen convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the fake encounter of alleged Chhota Rajan gang member Ramnarayan Gupta alias Lakhanbhaiya in November 2006.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lakhanbhaiya was shot dead allegedly by the policemen in suburban Versova. The 11 policemen were released from jail on December 3. Lakhanbhaiya’s brother Ramprasad Gupta, a practising advocate, approached the high court challenging the government’s decision and terming it as “illegal, null, void, bad in law, perverse, unreasonable, arbitrary, cryptic, vague and liable to be quashed and set aside.”A division bench of justices R V More and V L Achiliya on Monday heard the petitioner’s advocate Yug Choudhary, the policemen’s counsel Girish Godbole and prosecutor Usha Kejriwal at length.”The government cannot take such decision of suspension in a case where a public servant has been convicted on a charge punishable with death. Such a suspension amounts to release of a convict from prison,” Justice More said.”There are hundreds of prisoners who are suffering from serious medical ailments. The government should consider their cases also for such suspension of sentence orders,” Justice Achiliya said.The court, while admitting the petition, granted stay on the suspension order and directed the policemen to surrender by January 4. The petition has been posted for further hearing on March 7. A sessions court had earlier convicted 21 people in the case, including the 11 policemen, and awarded them life imprisonment, while acquitting only encounter specialist Pradip Sharma in July 2013.

Air pollution situation in Delhi of an emergency nature: Delhi High Court

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

DPCC has also been asked to provide the court with details of action taken by it, against any violations, in the last five years.

Air pollution in Delhi
File Photo

Air pollution in the national capital is of an “emergency nature”, the Delhi High Court on Monday observed and said this situation would not have arisen if the authorities had implemented laws and rules in place to prevent environmental degradation.A bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva was of the view that while legislations were in place for ensuring maintenance of air quality levels, individuals and departments tasked to enforce the rules, “have not done their work”. It directed officers of all concerned authorities, including Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), that “all the rules have to be followed to the ‘t’ as the situation today is of an emergency nature”.”This situation would not have arisen if all authorities had implemented the rules,” the court said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The court, referred to particulate matter-PM 2.5 and PM 10-and said as per the statutory norms their levels are not to exceed 60 microgram per cubic meter per day and 100 microgram per cubic meter per day, respectively. However, as per DPCC monitoring stations, their levels are always far in excess of 400/500. It directed DPCC, represented by advocate Sanjeev Ralli, to “analyse data from 2011 onwards and to provide us a monthly average chart of each pollutant.” Another exercise the panel has been directed to carry out is to give a weekly chart of the pollutants during the months from October to February for all the years from 2011 to 2015. DPCC has also been asked to provide the court with details of action taken by it, against any violations, in the last five years. Meanwhile, on the issue of traffic management to reduce the timings of idling vehicles, the court observed that despite its direction for zero tolerance towards violation of rules, especially by people who jump onto other carriageways to get ahead during traffic snarls, police was doing nothing. “People in Delhi need to be disciplined. Send anyone who changes carriageways to turnaround and go in the opposite direction from which they came, as they do in Mumbai,” the bench said while hearing a PIL initiated by it on the issue of increasing air pollution in Delhi. Delhi Traffic Police, in an affidavit, told the court that it had identified 14 areas in the city which were heavily congested and that, in those places, it had observed zero tolerance for violation of rules.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal appeals to MPs to pass Juvenile Amendment Bill

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

The apex court earlier on Monday dismissed the petition of DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal against the release of the juvenile offender in the gang rape case, saying ‘there has to be a clear legislative sanction’ in this regard.

DCW Chief Swati Maliwal
File Photo
PTI
After the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the plea by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) against the release of the juvenile offender in the December 16 gang-rape case, DCW chief Swati Maliwal urged the Rajya Sabha MPs to unitedly pass the juvenile law.”Yesterday, I had met Hamid Ansari ji and he had assured me that he will produce it. I am very happy that tomorrow it will be produced. I appeal to all the MPs to unite to pass this bill, otherwise it will be a tight slap to all the Nirbhaya’s of the nation,” Maliwal told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I just got to know that within a minute, three laws were passed in the Rajya Sabha. I want to know why this Juvenile Justice Act Amendment bill was not passed in the last three years and how much more time will the Rajya Sabha take to pass this bill? How many more Nirbhaya’s will be created in this nation, after which the Rajya Sabha will pass the bill?” she added.The apex court earlier on Monday dismissed the petition of DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal against the release of the juvenile offender in the gang rape case, saying ‘there has to be a clear legislative sanction’ in this regard.Disappointed with Supreme Court’s decision, Nirbhaya’s parents on Monday said that the women of this country will never get justice. Rejecting the DCW’s petition, the apex court earlier said that under existing law detention cannot go beyond three years.The parents of the victim protested in the national capital on Sunday. Hundreds of sympathisers joined them at Rajpath near India Gate to show solidarity. The victim’s mother had said that she wanted justice for her daughter and said steps should have been taken long before to not set him free. Six persons, including the juvenile, had assaulted and raped Nirbhaya in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16, 2012.The victim succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital. Four of the accused were awarded death penalty by the trial court which was later confirmed by the Delhi High Court. Their appeals are pending before the Supreme Court. Another accused, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail in 2013.

DDCA row: Arun Jaitley files criminal defamation case against Kejriwal, AAP leaders; court takes cognizance

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed a criminal defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other leaders of AAP for allegedly defaming him in the DDCA controversy before a Delhi court which took cognizance on his plea.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed a criminal defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other leaders of AAP for allegedly defaming him in the DDCA controversy before a Delhi court which took cognizance on his plea.Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, who appeared for Jaitley, told the court that the accused Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders have made completely baseless and defamatory allegations against the Finance Minister regarding alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaitley, who has sought Rs 10 crore damages from the AAP leaders for making “false” statements against him over alleged irregularities in DDCA, was accompanied by Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, JP Nadda, Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.In a packed room, Jaitley told the court that he “did not take “a single penny” from DDCA and Kejriwal and others made defamatory and baseless allegations.The case will be heard next on January 5.Speaking to media, RS Rathore said, “BJP & Arun Jaitley ji is not scared of inquiries at all. Everyone knows the high standards of Jaitley ji’s politics.”Senior party leader Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Allegation against Arun Jaitley ji are baseless, good that a defamation case has been filed.”Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders have publicly been making allegations against Jaitley with regard to the DDCA affairs although some of the allegations have gone beyond that.Earlier in the day, BJP MP Kirti Azad, who has been campaigning against alleged corruption in DDCA, dared Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to file a defamation case against him.Taking to micro-blogging site, Kirti Azad wrote:

Nirbhaya case: Demand in Rajya Sabha for immediate passage of juvenile bill

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

As memories of the brutal 2012 Nirbhaya case returned with the release of the juvenile, Derek O’Brien (TMC) said he has given a notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business and taking up the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2014.

Juvenile bill gains urgency in Rajya Sabha
File Photo

A demand for expeditious passage of the amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act to allow children between 16-18 years to be tried as adults in heinous crime cases was made in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, soon after the Supreme Court dismissed a plea against the release of the juvenile offender in the December 16 gang-rape case.As memories of the brutal 2012 Nirbhaya case returned with the release of the juvenile, Derek O’Brien (TMC) said he has given a notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business and taking up the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2014. He said the House had only three days to go before end of the Winter Session and government’s listed agenda includes commercial courts, arbitration and real estate bill. The government has not even listed the juvenile bill for discussion and passing on Monday, he said during Zero Hour.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is incumbent upon the House to listen to what is going on outside,” he said, asking the House to rise above politics. “It is not a perfect bill but let us list it and pass the bill,” O’Brien said.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the bill was listed on December 8, 10 and 11. “We have listed it for tomorrow,” he said, adding if all agree the bill can be taken up for discussion today itself.Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said O’Brien has raised a relevant point. If the government and opposition agree the bill can be discussed. “But government has to list the bill.” Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the bill is not listed on Monday even though the Congress had at all-party meeting last week agreed to its passage.On Monday, the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2015 has been listed for passing. “We are committed to passing it today,” he said adding the juvenile bill can be taken up on Tuesday.

Nirbhaya case | Black day for women of country: Maliwal on Supreme Court plea dismissal

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

“It is a black day for women in history of the country. I also believe that the Rajya Sabha has cheated the country by keeping the law pending which could have facilitated stronger punishment for juveniles in heinous crimes,” the chief of Delhi Commission for Women told reporters outside the Supreme Court.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal on Monday termed it a “black day” for women after the Supreme Court dismissed her last-minute plea against the release of juvenile convict in December 16 gangrape case and said the country has been “cheated” as a proposed law which could have allowed stronger punishment to him remains pending in Rajya Sabha.”It is a black day for women in history of the country. I also believe that the Rajya Sabha has cheated the country by keeping the law pending which could have facilitated stronger punishment for juveniles in heinous crimes,” the chief of Delhi Commission for Women told reporters outside the Supreme Court.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She was referring to the bill to amend the Juvenile Justice Act which remains stuck in the Rajya Sabha. The proposed amendment bill seeks stringent punishment for children aged 16-18 years involved in heinous crimes.”The judges told me that they share our concerns but there is no provision to subvert the existing law. I think the time for candle marches is over and women should pick up mashaals (torches) instead to demand for justice,” Maliwal added.Hours before the juvenile was to be freed from an observation home on completion of his three year term at Majnu Ka Tila, Maliwal had moved the Supreme Court on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday in a last-ditch effort to try and stall the release.In its post midnight order, the Supreme Court had declined to stop the release of the juvenile offender and posted the matter before a vacation bench to be heard on Monday.Amid continued protest by the victim’s parents, the juvenile convict was yesterday released and sent to an NGO at an undisclosed destination with police no longer guarding him.The Supreme Court today dismissed Maliwal’s plea saying “there has to be a clear legislative sanction” in this regard.The vacation bench comprising justices A K Goel and U U Lalit’s bench also did not agree with the submission that the juvenile offender can be subjected to the reformation process for a further period of two years under the juvenile law.

How many Nirbhayas needed for laws to change: Victim’s parents

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

The victim’s mother Asha Devi said her fight against the system would continue.

PTI
With the Supreme Court rejecting the plea against release of the juvenile convict, the parents of the December 16 gangrape victim today said the courts have failed them and asked how many Nirbhayas would it take for the laws to change.The victim’s mother Asha Devi said her fight against the system would continue.”We were not very hopeful that the Supreme Court will give a favourable verdict but I want to ask how many Nirbhayas are needed for the laws to change in the country,” the victim’s father Badri Singh Pandey told reporters.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The court is not bothered about the concerns of the public….This fight is not just about Nirbhaya but for every girl who is unsafe in a country which has such laws,” he added.The victim’s mother said she would fight till the law is changed.”I will not be defeated, the SC decision can’t stop me, I have to fight a long battle, I will fight till the bill is passed and law is changed.”The court is saying that the law does not permit further punishment for the juvenile but why is the case against other convicts still pending. Why have they not been hanged yet?,” she said.The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea of DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal against the release of the juvenile offender, saying “there has to be a clear legislative sanction” in this.

Will file FIR against Jaitley, says AAP leader Sanjay Singh

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

Upping the ante against Jaitley, AAP pressed for his immediate removal from the Union Cabinet and said it would not be “bogged down by such intimadatory tactics”.

Sanjay Singh

PTI
As the political slugfest over DDCA affairs intensified between AAP and Arun Jaitley, the party on Sunday night hit back at the Finance Minister saying it will file an FIR against him on Monday.Jaitley had earlier said that he was slapping criminal and civil defamation cases against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders in Delhi courts on Monday for making “false and defamatory” statements against him.”I will file an FIR against @arunjaitley and others tomorrow,” AAP leader Sanjay Singh tweeted on Sunday night.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Upping the ante against Jaitley, AAP pressed for his immediate removal from the Union Cabinet and said it would not be “bogged down by such intimadatory tactics”.AAP government also announced a Commission of Inquiry to go into alleged irregularities in Delhi and Disrtict Cricket Association.Jaitley said that he has instructed legal team in his personal capacity to institute civil defamation cases in the Delhi High Court and criminal defamation cases in the Patiala House courts against Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai. Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders have publicly been making allegations against Jaitley and his family members with regard to the DDCA affairs.Jaitley has rubbished the allegations against his family members. He has chosen not to give any legal notice to Kejriwal and other AAP leaders asking them to apologise or face defamation cases. Instead, the cases will be filed straightaway in the courts.

Nirbhaya case: DCW chief Maliwal writes to Juvenile Justice Board asking them not release convict

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

Maliwal has written to the Juvenile Justice Board asking them not to release the convict.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal

DCW chief Swati Maliwal hoped that the juvenile offender in the December 16 gangrape case will not walk free today as scheduled as her plea against his release will be heard by the Supreme Court tomorrow.In a dramatic post-midnight move, the Delhi Commission for Women had approached the Supreme Court to stay release of the juvenile convict, who is now 20 years old and was known to be the most brutal of the attackers.”How many more Nirbhayas will we create before we change the system. Nirbhayas rapist should not be released under any circumstances today,” Maliwal tweeted. “SC accepted r petition. Matter listed on Monday as Item No 3. Case subjudice now. Nirbhaya rapist should not be released until case heard,” she said in another tweet.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maliwal has written to the Juvenile Justice Board asking them not to release the convict.A vacation bench comprising Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit in their order pronounced at 2 AM, posted the matter for hearing on Monday.Related Read: Nirbhaya case: Everyone in India is against release of the convict, says DCW Chief Swati MaliwalThe Special Leave Petition filed by DCW against the order of the Delhi High Court, which refused to restrain the release of the convict, was referred by the Chief Justice of India TS Thakur before the vacation bench.After the order by the court, DCW chairperson and the lawyers of the women’s panel hoped that since the matter has become sub judice, the government and Delhi Police will not release the juvenile offender on Sunday as scheduled.On Saturday, the juvenile was moved out of Delhi even as distraught parents of the victim strongly kept on opposing his release. The parents were briefly detained by the police after they held a protest against the convict’s release.Sources said that the convict was taken to an undisclosed location from a correction home in North Delhi amid concerns that there was threat to his life. They said the juvenile has been kept under observation of an NGO under protection of Delhi Police.When contacted, the father of the victim said that they had gathered for a peaceful demonstration near the correction home in Majnu Ka Tila against the release of the juvenile convict but the police detained them.The convict is likely to walk free from the undisclosed location today, in adherence to the existing legal provision, the sources added. Delhi government has said it had submitted a rehabilitation plan for the juvenile convict.

Temperature drops to season’s lowest in Mumbai

“);
}
$(‘.social-sticky’).addClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
}else{
$(‘.social-sticky’).removeClass(‘sticky-social-top’);
$(‘.social-sticky’).html(shtml);
}
});
}

“Mumbai is seeing clear skies, even as the night temperature is dipping further as the winds are turning from north easterly to northerly,” said VK Rajeev, forecasting director, IMD Mumbai.

Mumbai is finally shivering in chill. Friday was the coldest day this December, with minimum temperatures – from Santacruz – recording 14.1 degree Celcius. While weathermen claim that clear skies and northerly winds are responsible for the chill, the denizens are finding comfort in sweaters, shawls and windcheaters. On Friday, Colaba the maximum temperature of 31.2 degree Celcius while the minimum recorded was 19.3 degree Celcius, which was lower than that recorded on Thursday which was 20.5 degree. Meanwhile, the maximum temperatures recorded at Santacruz was 33.3 degree Celcius while the minimum recorded was 14.1 degree celcius lower than 15.6 degree celcius minimum recorded on Thursday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “Mumbai is seeing clear skies, even as the night temperature is dipping further as the winds are turning from north easterly to northerly,” said VK Rajeev, forecasting director, IMD Mumbai. Weather officials had forecast that the temperatures were likely to dip this week, On Monday, Colaba recorded minimum of 23.0 degree Celsius while Santacruz saw the minimum temperature as 18.4 degree Celsius. Officials informed that in December 1949, temperatures had hit an all-time low of 10.6 degrees Celsius. Last December, the lowest recorded was 12 degrees Celsius.

Maneka Gandhi puts onus on Rajya Sabha, asks it to clear Bill on Nirbhaya

Putting the onus on the Rajya Sabha to clear the bill on mandatory registration of offenders, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Monday said it is important to bring a juvenile within the ambit of law.

Putting the onus on the Rajya Sabha to clear the bill on mandatory registration of offenders, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Monday said it is important to bring a juvenile within the ambit of law.”I wish the Rajya Sabha would allow me to pass this Act, at least it would give relief. They should be kept under watch. At the moment, you are not even allowing me to pass a bill. We are all stuck,” Gandhi told the media here.”We have seen for the last two years and the act is stuck in the Rajya Sabha, saying that nowadays it is important to bring 16- year old also within the ambit of law, and to give them the belief that if they commit heinous crimes, they will be taken to task,” she added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She further pointed out that she would be meeting the Home Minister this evening to say that some safeguards should be put into place.Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy said that he was hopeful about the courts handing down an order to prevent the release of the juvenile involved in the December 2012 gang rape case in outer Delhi.The victim’s father also said that the juvenile convict must not be freed as he might be a ‘threat to society’.”It is not about being a juvenile or an adult, but about crime. The crime he has committed and after he is released it will definitely affect the youth in the country. He is a threat to the society. I believe that he should not be released anyhow. The person who can sit inside jail and learn to be a jihadi, what will he do outside,” asked the victim’s father.Earlier in the day, the Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated adjournments with the Congress Party insisting on the dismissal of the SAD-led government in Punjab for its inability in maintaining law and order.

Double murder: Man arrested from Varanasi confesses to crime

Sadhu Rajbhar confesses to killing celebrated artist Hema Upadhyay, lawyer Bhambani; Cops on the lookout for 4 more suspects

Hema Upadhyay

In a major breakthrough, the Mumbai police have arrested one of the suspects, Shivkumar alias Sadhu Rajbhar, allegedly involved in the sensational murder of renowned artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Harish Bhambani.Dna had on Monday reported about the alleged involvement of Rajbhar.The arrest was made in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday. The police have also recovered 11 ATM cards of Upadhyay and Bhambhani from the suspect.The police have now launched a manhunt for one Vidyadhar Rajbhar, another suspect. The police have learnt that the double murder was committed in a metal fabrication workshop at Kandivli on Friday night.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>UP Special Task Force (STF) chief Sujit Pande told reporters in Lucknow that Shivkumar had confessed to his crime. Shivkumar has told the police that he and four others were involved in the murder. The UP police have also recovered the visiting card of celebrated artist Chintan Upadhyay, Hema’s estranged husband, with whom she has been fighting a divorce case.According to Shivkumar’s confession, a dispute over Rs 5 lakh was the main motive. However, the police do not believe this as the only reason.Police officials said Shivkumar’s father Vidya Rajbhar alias ‘Gotu’ was in charge of a godown in Charkop, Mumbai, where Hema used to store her works. Rajbhar had taken a loan of Rs 5 lakh from Hema, who had been persistent in demanding it back. Shivkumar told the police that he had called Hema on Friday evening, telling her that he had crucial information regarding her estranged husband Chintan.The Mumbai police, on receipt of specific information that Shivkumar was hiding in Bada Gaon in Varanasi, sent a team to UP. They then roped in the STF and picked him up.”We have handed over the custody of Shivkumar to the Mumbai police and they will be taking him for further investigation”, additional director general of police (law and order) Daljit S Chowdhary of UP police told dna.Shivkumar has reportedly told the police that men from UP and Mumbai were involved in the murder.

Saradha scam: TMC removes general secretary after CBI interrogation

Panda, while reacting to the move, said, “I accept my party’s decision and won’t say anything to the media.”

Shankudeb Panda

Hours after he was questioned for the second time by CBI in the Saradha scam, TMC state general secretary Shankudeb Panda was on Monday removed from his post, a senior Trianmool Congress leader said.”He has been removed from all party posts with immediate effect, but he will continue to be a member of the party,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee told PTI. Panda, while reacting to the move, said, “I accept my party’s decision and won’t say anything to the media.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was on Monday grilled for the second time by the CBI in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. The central agency had earlier interrogated the TMC leader, who was attached to the Saradha Group as a journalist, on December 2. Panda had earlier been grilled in December, 2014 by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), also probing the multi-crore scam, in which several Trinamool leaders have been accused of wrongdoing.

Modi govt bereft of roadmap and strategy on how to deal with Pakistan: Congress

Anand Sharma

Congress on Monday sought to pick holes in the government’s Pakistan policy, wondering why the Narendra Modi dispensation was accommodating Islamabad so much and agreeing to move at a pace convenient to it.Reacting to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s statement in Parliament on her recent visit to Pakistan, senior party spokesperson Anand Sharma said it indicated that the Modi dispensation was “bereft of a roadmap and a strategy on how to deal with Pakistan”. “Why is India accommodating Pakistan so much? Why are we agreeing to move at a pace comfortable to them?” he asked while speaking to reporters here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said that it was a matter of concern that the government was dealing with Islamabad in “fits and starts”. Claiming that India seems to have accepted a position that it opposed in August, Sharma said there is a need to get some assurances from Islamabad. He faulted that there was no mention of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and the expeditious trial of the Mumbai terror attacks accused, and also took exception to the statement making no reference about either cross-border terrorism in Afghanistan or the three attacks on the Indian Mission there.While dealing with Pakistan, he said, India should also move at a pace comfortable to Afghanistan. “At the same time, Congress has always said that India and Pakistan must engage with each other. Dialogue is the only way forward,” he said. Rejecting any “flip flop”, Swaraj on Monday asserted that the decision to re-start talks with Pakistan was based on “trust” and said the intent would be to have an “uninterrupted” dialogue process despite provocations by the “saboteurs”, an apparent reference to terror groups.

Pro-ISIS slogan at Rajasthan rally: BJP hits out at Congress

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Congress had uttered no word on the controversy although he expected the opposition party to make “maximum noise” as it had been raising the issue of intolerance.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

The BJP on Monday charged Congress workers with participating in a rally where protesters allegedly shouted pro-ISIS slogans in Rajasthan and sought to corner the party saying that the “champions of secularism” were silent over the issue.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Congress had uttered no word on the controversy although he expected the opposition party to make “maximum noise” as it had been raising the issue of intolerance. “Slogans against RSS and in support of ISIS were made. But these political champions of secularism spoke no word.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They were silent. We thought they would demand sedition charges against people involved in this… “In fact, some were seen protecting the Congress leaders involved in this rally,” Naqvi alleged. “If by mistake, somebody associated with the BJP had made such comments, then they (opposition parties) would have raised a hue and cry today. This is a very dangerous and destructive mentality. And supporting such people directly or indirectly is more dangerous still,” he told a press conference.Four persons were arrested for allegedly shouting pro-ISIS slogans at a rally in Rajasthan’s Tonk district, which was held in protest against the reported “derogatory remarks” against Islam by a right-wing activist.

Jammu and Kashmir tourism website hacked

The investigation into the matter is underway.
Representational Image

The J&K Tourism Department on Monday claimed that its website was hacked few days ago, which led to some of its content getting “destroyed”.”The Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir, has clarified that its website www.jktourism.org was hacked few days ago and some of its contents were destroyed,” a spokesperson of the department said.He said that the investigation into the matter is underway and further necessary safety measures to protect the content are being taken.The explanation came after a tender notice was posted on the department’s website inviting suppliers to deliver laptops and other equipment to Quad-e-Azam University in Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Doing ‘our best’, will appoint new Lokayukta soon: UP after SC cracks whip on state govt

The apex court on Monday rapped the UP government for not appointing Lokayukta despite its directions and ordered compliance by December 16, saying it seemed that appointing authorities have their “own agenda”.
File Photo
dna Research & Archives
The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday said it was doing “its best” to appoint a new Lokayukta as soon as possible, hours after Supreme Court cracked the whip on the state government for not appointing the anti-corruption ombudsman even after its earlier directions. Senior government officials on Monday went into a huddle in Lucknow after the apex court’s direction to the UP government to appoint a new Lokayukta within two days.”The state government is doing all its best to appoint a new Lokayukta as early as possible,” an official spokesman told PTI. They also said that senior officials were going through today’s order.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The apex court on Monday rapped the UP government for not appointing Lokayukta despite its directions and ordered compliance by December 16, saying it seemed that appointing authorities have their “own agenda”.”Why do you not appoint the Lokayukta? Why has our order not been complied with? Why can’t the Chief Minister, the Governor and the Chief Justice (of the High Court) sort this out?,” the bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and N V Ramana said.”We don’t mince words. It seems, each one of you have your own agenda… you make the appointment by Wednesday,” it said while fixing the petitions on the issue for hearing on December 16.A tug of war is being witnessed between the state government and Governor Ram Naik for the last several months over the appointment of a new anti-corruption ombudsman after justice (retd) N K Mehrotra.In August this year, the Governor had returned a file recommending Justice (retd) Raveendra Singh’s name to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for the third time.A Raj Bhawan communique had said the Governor returned the file asking the state government to follow proper procedure for the appointment. It had said that Leader of the Opposition Swami Parsad Maurya wrote to the Governor informing him that the three members of the selection committee — the Chief Minister, Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court and Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly — never met to decide the name of the Lokayukta.The state government officially recommended Singh’s name on August 5. The file has since gone back and forth thrice. Naik has made it clear he will not give his assent until the name is cleared in a meeting of the selection committee. He has also recommended that the selection committee first consider a panel of names rather than directly take an opinion on just one name.The Supreme Court had issued notice to the state government on December 4, asking why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against it for non-compliance of its order to appoint a new Lokayukta in the state. A bench comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and NV Ramana had sought response from the state on a fresh contempt petition alleging that despite apex court’s orders to find a suitable replacement of current Lukayukta, no appointment has been made so far.Amid the tug-of-war between UP Rajbhawan and the state government, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had met Governor Ram Naik on December 9. The Governor is believed to have told the chief minister to find out a way with regard to appointment of Lokayukta after discussing the issue with Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court DY Chandrachud. The Governor does not appear to be in favour of referring the Lokayukta issue for presidential consideration as it will only prolong the matter.Naik has returned the file concerning the appointment of a new Lokayukta to the state government a number of times, each time asking the chief minister to follow the proper procedure for selecting the ombudsman. The process to select the new Lokayukta ran into rough weather after the Chief Justice had expressed his reservations against the government’s nominee Justice (retd) Ravindra Singh Yadav.The state government and the Governor are also not on the same page on Yadav’s nomination and the file recommending his name has moved back and forth between Rajbhawan and the state government. The UP Assembly has passed the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta and Up-Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2015, to amend Lokayukta Act dropping Allahabad High Court Chief Justice from the selection committee.The bill proposed that the committee be made a four-member body comprising the CM, Leader of the Opposition, Speaker and a retired judge who would be selected in consultation with the CM and Speaker. The amendment was passed after the Governor refused to accept the appointment on the grounds that a proper meeting of the selection committee was not held and also the Allahabad HC Chief Justice had expressed reservations in view of Singh’s proximity to the ruling Samajwadi Party. The bill is still awaiting the Governor’s nod.On April 24, last year, the court had upheld the constitutional validity of amendment in UP Lokayukta Act for fixing eight-year tenure for the anti-corruption ombudsman. It had also directed the state government to take steps for selecting new incumbent within six months. The apex court, in July this year, had taken note of a contempt petition alleging non-compliance of its on April 24, 2014 order and directed the state to do the needful within 30 days.Justice Mehrotra was appointed as Lokayukta on March 16, 2006 for six years. Later, the government granted him a two-year extension by amending the Act under which the tenure was extended to eight years or till a successor took over. While upholding the constitutional validity of the amendment to the UP Lokayukta Act, the court had directed the state government to take steps to select a new ombudsman within six months.

BJP has been treated with political untouchability in Kerala, says PM Modi in Kerala

PM Modi addressed BJP workers and leaders in Kerala on Monday evening. He said that after independence, BJP and its ideology has suffered the most atrocities in Kerala.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing BJP karyakartas in Kerala.

Image courtesy: ANI Twitter handle
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Kochi Naval Base in Kerala on Monday on a two-day trip to Kerala. The Prime Minister was received by Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Oomen Chandy. This is PM Modi’s first visit to Kerala after he took over the Prime Minister’s post in 2014.PM Modi addressed BJP workers and leaders in Kerala on Monday evening. He said that after independence, BJP and its ideology has suffered the most atrocities in Kerala. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I want to apologise to Kerala, I should have come here earlier. After independence, if you look at the political history of a state, BJP and its ideology has suffered atrocities most in Kerala. In the last some years, more than 200 BJP workers were killed, murdered due to political reasons in Kerala. BJP has been at the receiving end of political untouchability in Kerala from other parties. Today I pay tribute to all those BJP workers for their martyrdom,” PM Modi said. He further added, “People have made up their mind now, they have accepted you whole-heartedly, your hard work has paid off. During my visit to UAE I met Indian workers, and I also interacted with people from Kerala.PM Modi also spoke about the nurses who were held captive in Syria by terrorists and commended the government’s efforts to bring them back. “Few months ago, some of our daughters from Kerala who were working as nurses were held captive by terrorists, entire country was in tears. But as a result of our good relations with other nations, our daughters were brought back safely,” he said. He also said that the youth in Kerala can lead the ‘Digital India’ project. “India is a young nation. We want youth to get opportunities and that too in India. We’ve given priority to ensure security of Indians living all across world, because a large population of Kerala youth working abroad. Kerala’s youth strength is such that they can lead ‘Digital India’ project.” “Change must be brought to quality of life of fishermen from Kerala, will introduce a scheme related to modernised fishing industry soon. It is my dream that every Indian has his own house when India will celebrate its 75th Independence day in 2022. Around Rs 2100 crore has already been disbursed to 2,25,000 people from Kerala under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana,” he said.Also read: Did Kerala CM Oommen Chandy decline attending PM Modi’s event?On Tuesday, he will unveil a statue of former Chief Minister R Shankar at a Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) programme in Kollam.In a series of tweets, PM Modi expressed excitement over his visit to Kerala on Monday morning.

Over 8 lakh engineering seats stayed vacant in 2014-15: Govt

In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani said that “overall, there is surplus capacity in the engineering sector with 8,44,328 seats remaining vacant in 2015”.

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani at parliament during the winter session in New Delhi on Monday.

PTI
Over 8 lakh engineering seats remained vacant in 2014-15, the government on Monday said as it noted the surplus capacity in the sector while pointing to “competition among students due to limited seats” in government and reputed private institutions.In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani said that “overall, there is surplus capacity in the engineering sector with 8,44,328 seats remaining vacant in 2015”. She noted, however, that “there is competition among students due to limited seats in government and reputed private institutions as compared to the number of applications”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, in a written response to another question, Irani said that her ministry is considering a proposal for the setting up of a National Academic Depository, which envisages online storage, verification and authentication of academic awards.In her reply to another question, Irani said that all institutions of higher education have been requested to install solar rooftop systems.

Nirbhaya Case: Subramanian Swamy hopes that juvenile order is in public interest

“My guess is that the high court will set a new standard so that juveniles who commit heinous crimes do not have an easy out just by claiming to be juveniles,” Swamy added.

Subramanian Swamy
File Photo

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that he was hopeful about the courts handing down an order to prevent the release of the juvenile involved in the December 2012 gang rape case in outer Delhi.”The main important thing that the management committee has to consider is the mental health which has been provided under the rules as a precondition for setting him out into society. So, what has been finally decided is that the court has reserved its orders, but it has said that it has understood the gravity of the situation and we will definitely give an order which in the public interest. And the most important part which the court have observed is that the rules do provide that the juvenile must be a law abiding citizen before he is released into mainstream society,” Swamy told media.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “My guess is that the high court will set a new standard so that juveniles who commit heinous crimes do not have an easy out just by claiming to be juveniles,” he added. Holding the Congress responsible for the continuing lawlessness against women in society, Swamy further stated that the law has to be amended which is lying in the Rajya Sabha. He accused the Congress of blocking the passage of the legislation into law. “Such an important law has been blocked for almost six months. It is a shame on the Congress Party. It could have been passed in the Rajya Sabha on a priority basis, as it has already been passed in the Lok Sabha. The Congress are to be blamed for continuing lawlessness against women in our society,” he added. Meanwhile, the victim’s father said that the juvenile convict must not be freed as he might be a “threat to society”. “It is not about being a juvenile or an adult, but about crime. The crime he has committed and after he is released it will definitely affect the youth in the country. He is a threat to the society. I believe that he should not be released anyhow. The person who can sit inside jail and learn to be a jihadi, what will he do outside,” asked the victim’s father.

Government downplays Hafiz Saeed’s statement, says India capable of countering any threat

Downplaying the statement of Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, the government on Monday asserted that India is capable of countering any threat or challenge to its territory or sovereignty, and added that his statement should not be given too much importance.

Image Courtesy: Twitter Video

Downplaying the statement of Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, the government on Monday asserted that India is capable of countering any threat or challenge to its territory or sovereignty, and added that his statement should not be given too much importance.”The related department and the officials are placing the proofs against Hafiz Saeed. India is capable of facing any threat. So, I don’t think these are issues to be discussed publicly. I think there is no reason to be disturbed about what somebody says, because India is capable by all means to face any kind of threat or challenge,” said Union Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Echoing similar sentiments, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affiars Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Hafiz Saeed is a criminal and he needs to be punished.”India has a zero tolerant attitude towards terrorism. There is no compromise in that. It’s not important what he says…it’s important what we say,” he added.The reaction from the government came after Hafiz Saeed dared India to prove his involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.According to a video posted on his Twitter account, Saeed is seen saying, “Our government remained silent, but let me respond to Sushma. It’s been seven years but they could not prove who was behind the Mumbai attacks and Insha Allah (if Allah wills it) they will never be able to prove it until eternity.””India has failed to provide any evidence of Mumbai attacks, while on the other hand Modi has confessed for worst terrorism of #1971.”Saeed’s statement also comes after India was assured of steps being taken to expedite the early conclusion of 26/11 Mumbai trial, after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Pakistan last week

National Herald issue: No breakthrough in sight on Parliament logjam

Modi keen to get through the GST bill but it is yet to decide and agree to the three amendments the Congress wants

Sonia Gandhi

The Congress looks all set to brazen out the National Herald issue by reviving recently debated corruption issues in BJP ruled states and launching fresh attacks on the ruling BJP in the week of the winter session beginning on Monday. Not only it is expected to re-seek parliament’s indulgence on issues of corruption including Lalit gate involving external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan chief minister Vasudhara Raje Scindia and Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh Vyapam but also raise pitch on recent CAG findings on Rice scam in Chhattisgarh and counter PM Modi on the issue of cooperative federalism for keeping Kerala chief minister out from an inaugural event.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress on Sunday said that chief minister Oomen Chandy was kept out from a function to unveil the statue of Congress icon and former Kerala chief minister, R Sankar in Kollam by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. It described it a fresh attempt of BJP and RSS to misappropriate another Congress Icon of the yore after trying to usurp Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Lal Bahdur Shastri. “It was incidentally the chief minister who invited Prime Minister, Modi in the first instance, on the request of Vellapally Natesan general secretary, Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam to unveil the statue,” the Congress said in a statement. At loggerheads with the ruling BJP, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s met senior party leaders informally at her house on late Sunday evening apparently to decide about the overall strategy to deal with raging issues in the parliament that includes National Herald and positioning on the GST bill among others. Seen highlighting different issues in the two houses of Parliament, the Congress also wants to bring its MPs in sync and raise similar issues simultaneously in both the houses. The meeting assumes significance, as the week of the winter session beginning on Monday is being seen as crucial to decide if issues would settle down between the two bickering parties to allow parliament to function normally where important legislative business is getting piled up with every lost day. PM Modi is keen to get through the GST bill but it is yet to decide and agree to the three amendments the Congress wants it to carry out which include doing away with a proposed additional 1% levy on the supply of goods to be levied over and above GST; capping of the GST rate at 18% and its inclusion in the constitutional amendment bill; and creation of an independent dispute resolution mechanism. To BJP’s irritation, it has also said that GST is not its only priority as other bills are important too. However, as no meeting could take place to break the logjam between the BJP and the Congress last week, the Congress is expected to keep the pot boiling by reviving issues that had lost the lustre during fast faced developments.

Kandivali fire: ‘My son can’t speak, what will I do with the food?’

The Magars are just one of the many families thus affected.

Sooraj Magar with his mother Sunita.
Aparna Shukla
iamin.in
Nine-year-old Sooraj Magar, following the shock of the blasts that led to the Kandivali fire, has lost his speech and has been mentally disturbed ever since the incident occurred on the morning of December 7. The shock has not only left the family in despair, but the future of this child is also marked by uncertainty.”I don’t know what to do with him. Where do I take him? All our money has gone into the fire. What will we do?” asked a helpless Sunita Magar, Sooraj’s mother.Sunita’s brother Prakash said, “There was a huge shocking noise when the cylinders started blowing up. The one that was next to our house shook every one of us and this little one has not been speaking ever since.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The family ran towards a tree once they heard the explosion. “At that time, all that I was thinking of was my child. I grabbed him and ran for my life,” remembers Sunita, who is now mulling going back to work just so she can make money for the treatment. “He can’t say Ma,” said Sunita, as she burst into tears.The Magars are just one of the many families thus affected. “People are coming with food and clothes. What do I do with it? My child can’t speak and how can I eat?” she added.However, Sooraj’s condition can improve if he is given proper psychological counselling, doctors believe. Dr Jaideep Mankani, who practices at Thakur Village, said, “The blast could have had a severe effect in his ear, but that will not at all affect his speech. The reason he is not able to speak is because he is in shock, deep psychological shock. Proper counselling and care could help him come out of it.”The fire engulfed more than 1,000 houses in Damu nagar, Kandivali on Monday. The number of dead is still unknown as some were reduced to ashes. To help the Magars give their boy Sooraj medical treatment, call Prakash, his uncle on 959-456-0213.
This article was first published on iamin.in. For more such hyperlocal stories, visit their website.

Delhi reacts to the odd-even formula and its success around the world

The Aam Aadmi Party, while accused of not cooperating with the municipal corporations and the Delhi police while coming up with such plans, has pleaded with Delhi’s folks to try this for 15 days, at least. If this does not work, Kejriwal has said, it will be withdrawn.

Of the recent anti-pollution measures organised by the Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government, the ‘odd even number plate formula’, that will in theory reduce the number of private vehicles plying in Delhi by almost half daily, has set the city abuzz. With almost 75 lakh cars on Delhi’s streets, according to statistics from May 2013, and the city’s pollution levels going off the charts, the government is pushing this as a desperate measure for increasingly desperate times.However, even in the midst of a public health emergency, the city, at least the section that owns and drives cars regularly, is trying to wrap its brain around how it will function without its vehicles every other day. This has lead simultaneously to outrage, bewilderment, humour — mostly on Twitter — and some willingness to give it a chance. Monday even saw a PIL filed in the Delhi High court against this step being implemented.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party, while accused of not cooperating with the municipal corporations and the Delhi police while coming up with such plans, has pleaded with Delhi’s folks to try this for 15 days, at least. If this does not work, Kejriwal has said, it will be withdrawn.Vehicular pollution is an established cause of pollution levels. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee ( DPCC) stations’ data on Monday read PM 2.5 and PM10 at 381 and 647 micrograms per cubic metre, in pockets of the city. The World Health Organization has designated the safe level for PM2.5 particles at 25.Meanwhile, in Beijing, a city that frequently competes with Delhi for the higher pollution levels, the first ever red alert was announced as the PM2.5 particles read at 300 micrograms per cubic metre, and climbing.However, with barely three weeks left to go for the formula’s 1 January implementation, there is much concern over the public transportation in the city. Though the government has announced upping of metro frequency, hiring more buses to supplement the Delhi Transport Corporation’s fleet, installing CCTV cameras to check violators, time might be too short for proper implementation. The government, it seems is on a war footing to make the project work, with PWD minister Satyendra Jain and transport minister Gopal Rai seeking meetings with union transport minister Nitin Gadkari, and Kejriwal himself seeking an audience with union home minister Rajnath Singh to discuss all related issues.Global examples have also been cited — Beijing implemented the measure before the 2008 Olympics, Athens and Mexico City have tried it in some form or the other, and Paris gave it a go last year. All saw some measure of success, with the French government apparently hailing the move after only one day.However, a report in The Guardian, from 2014, warned that such restrictions, if put in place arbitrarily, can backfire. Mexico City saw driver buying cheaper, less inefficient cars to get around the ban, raising the pollution levels after an initial drop. Bogota, Columbia, saw drivers using off peak hours to do more driving, after the authorities restricted cars during peak hours, leading to more emissions. Beijing, too, after a successful run saw people buying more cars.If the Delhi government has to make a success out of this scheme, even a short term one, it will have to chart out a plan to plug such gaps.

Karnataka Lokayukta resigns over alleged bribery scandal

Rao, who had resisted growing calls for stepping down following the allegation, had tendered his resignation on Monday and it was accepted by Governor Vajubhai R Vala on Tuesday, ending months of uncertainty hanging over the institution.

Karnataka Lokayukta resigns
File Photo

Facing the prospect of his removal, controversial Karnataka Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao has resigned over an alleged extortion racket in the anti-graft ombudsman’s office involving his son.Rao, who had resisted growing calls for stepping down following the allegation, had tendered his resignation on Monday and it was accepted by Governor Vajubhai R Vala on Tuesday, ending months of uncertainty hanging over the institution. “Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka is pleased to accept the resignation of Dr. Justice Y. Bhaskar Rao, as Lokayukta of Karnataka State with immediate effect,” a Raj Bhavan communique said on Tuesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rao is on a long leave since July last after his son Ashwin Rao was arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in connection with the case. A motion moved by BJP and JDS and also supported by the ruling Congress seeking the removal of Rao is pending before the Karnataka Assembly with the Speaker Kagodu Thimappa considering it before referring the issue to the Karnataka High Court Chief Justice to take the process forward.According to the Lokayukta Act, recently amended to simplify rules for removal of the anti-graft ombudsman, on admission of the motion, the presiding officers shall refer the matter to the High Court Chief Justice for investigation into the grounds over which the removal is sought. If the charges against the Lokayukta are proved by the inquiry, it is then taken up for consideration and adoption of the motion and sent to the Governor for assent.The investigation for proof of misbehaviour or incapacity of Lokayukta has to be done as provided in the Judges (Inquiry) Act, 1968, by a three-member committee, comprising two judges and a jurist. The scandal surfaced after Lokayukta Superintendent of Police Sonia Narang wrote a letter to the Registrar of Karnataka Lokayukta about the complaint she received from a person who alleged that someone from the Lokayukta office demanded Rs 1 crore in bribe to avoid a raid. The SIT has arrested 11 persons, including Ashwin Rao, and registered five cases in connection with the alleged racket.In another development, a motion seeking removal of Upa Lokayukta Subhash Adi, moved by the Congress but not supported by BJP and JDS, is also before the Assembly. In their petition against Adi, the ruling party members have accused him of “misuse of office, misconduct and inefficiency”. The Opposition maintains there are no specific charges against Adi and the move against him is an attempt to shut down the Lokayukta institution itself.Former Upa Lokayukta SB Majage had earlier alleged that Adi had closed a case of misconduct against a medical officer from Hubballi, which was a being handled by him. Following that, some Congress leaders had demanded Adi’s resignation. The Congress leaders had also alleged that the medical officer was a relative of Opposition BJP leader in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar, during whose Chief Ministership Adi was appointed as the Upa Lokayukta. Procedure for removal of the Upa Lokayukta is similar to that for a Lokayukta.The Assembly Speaker has, however, said that he is not convinced with the evidence produced that alleged Adi had shown favouritism and exceeded his jurisdiction.

‘Helpless citizens targeted mercilessly,’ says petition challenging Delhi government’s proposed ‘odd-even’ curb on vehicles

“The respondents have failed to check the main cause of concern of pollution in Delhi and are targeting mercilessly and arbitrarily the helpless citizens of this city,” the PIL said.

A PIL was on Monday moved in the Delhi High Court against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s plan to restrict plying of private vehicles having odd and even registration numbers on alternate days from January 1 in the national capital to combat air pollution.The matter was mentioned before a bench of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva who listed it for hearing on December 9.The petitioner, Shweta Kapoor, has sought directions restraining implementation of the policy, saying “imposition of such a policy/law would be contrary to public interest and has been imposed without any public debate or discussion and without understanding the situation and facts and circumstances in India”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The plan is expected to be implemented from January 1, 2016.The petition, filed through advocate R K Kapoor, has questioned whether the AAP government has the power to modify the vehicular movement in the national capital.Terming the national capital’s public transportation system as “undeveloped and unsafe”, the petitioner has said that it would create problems for women who travel alone as well as differently-abled persons who use modified vehicles to commute.Shweta, who is also a lawyer, has said in her petition that “curtailing the constitutional rights of the citizens by following unreasonable and arbitrary measures as is being done in the present case by the respondents is only going to add to the chaos and shall not actually uproot the actual causes of pollution from the city which include dust, entry of trucks inside the city and traditional ways of waste disposal”.She said the government has not paid any attention to dust from construction sites and has focused only “on a limited question of private vehicular pollution”.”The respondents have failed to check the main cause of concern of pollution in Delhi and are targeting mercilessly and arbitrarily the helpless citizens of this city,” the PIL said.”Simple measures which could have caused the pollution to reduce in the city are better management of traffic and traffic signals and their synchronization, and better road construction technology in Delhi,” it said.

Espionage racket: Police say there was conflict within ring

Former army hawaldar Munawwar Ahmad Mir, government school teacher Sabar, and serving army rifleman Farid Khan were presented before a Delhi court today, following which they were taken on police remand till December 10, said a senior police official.
Representational Image
dna Research & Archives
Interrogation of the last three accused arrested in the suspected ISI-linked espionage racket by Delhi Police on Monday brought to fore a conflict within the spying ring which might have led to its busting. Former army hawaldar Munawwar Ahmad Mir, government school teacher Sabar, and serving army rifleman Farid Khan were presented before a Delhi court on Monday, following which they were taken on police remand till December 10, said a senior police official.When they confronted during their interrogation here, it came to light that Farid came in touch with Mir and Sabar in 2013 when he was posted at Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, said an official privy to the investigation. They introduced Farid to Kafaitullah Khan, the alleged intelligence operative who headed the ISI-backed espionage racket, and Farid allegedly started passing on documents related to troop deployment and threat perceptions, said the official. He transmitted documents mostly through Sabar. The documents were further sent to Faisal, who monitored the espionage racket’s activities from Pakistan and also gave them assignments at times, through e-mails, said the official.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was Kafaitullah, who received money transfers, partially through bank and a private agency. He later paid off his spies, including Farid, said the official. It was towards the end of 2014 that Farid, posted at Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry division of the army, was transferred to Darjeeling. He allegedly continued sending secret documents — under his code-name ‘Surgeon’ — from the army units based in east but most of them were rejected by Pakistan-based operative Faisal, said the official.When a disgruntled Farid communicated this to others in the racket, they told him that the documents he had sent after being posted in Darjeeling was not of any use to the consumers of the data allegedly transmitted by the espionage racket, said the official. The last remuneration which Farid is found to have received was of Rs 50,000 sent through bank transfer by Kafaitullah in four instalments in the first half of 2014, said the official.”Farid was later side tracked by Kafaitullah and he has not been active for at least the past six months. The conflict with Farid could be a reason behind the network getting cracked open,” said the official.Around a month ago, an “informer” approached police and reported about the espionage racket, following which a case was registered on November 16 by the Crime Branch. On November 26, they intercepted Kafaitullah while he was on his way to Bhopal in a train, said the official.Apart from secret and confidential documents recovered from Kafaitullah’s possession, the police recovered a CD, in which he had recorded several conversations with alleged associates of the racket, said the official. The evidence obtained from Khan’s possession later led to the arrests of serving BSF personnel Abdul Rashid, who was allegedly an active spy at the time arrest, Mir and Sabar from Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir over previous week.Farid was arrested on Sunday after being handed over to the police by the army, which has already detained him in connection with the case after being reported.

Court orders status quo on planned ‘beef’ & ‘pork’ fests in Osmania University

The status quo order was passed by Junior Civil Judge of the City Civil Court, G Ravinder, on a petition filed by Janardhan, an advocate, who contended that the planned festivals by some student groups are in violation of Cruelty Towards Animal Act and Cow Slaughter Act.

A local court on Monday ordered “status quo” till December 21 vis-a-vis the ‘beef’ and ‘pork’ festivals proposed to be held on the Osmania University campus here this week.The status quo order was passed by Junior Civil Judge of the City Civil Court, G Ravinder, on a petition filed by Janardhan, an advocate, who contended that the planned festivals by some student groups are in violation of Cruelty Towards Animal Act and Cow Slaughter Act.Janardhan submitted that the university is an educational institution and that no politics should enter into its sphere and that sentiments of different communities would be hurt if the proposed ‘beef and pork festivals’ are to be held. The ‘beef festival’ has been planned to be held by a group of students on December 10, coinciding with the International Human Rights Day, against alleged attempts to curb dietary habits of certain groups. Another group of students had said they would conduct a ‘pork festival’ on the same day, saying that pork is more nutritious and that its consumption provided livelihood to certain communities. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung felicitates armed forces personnel on flag day

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

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

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

December 16 gangrape: Maneka Gandhi to talk to Home Ministry on juvenile’s release

Gandhi, in a letter written to Law Minister Sadananda Gowda, had requested that police should keep a track of the movements of such convicts post-release for which a law should be enacted

Maneka Gandhi

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on Monday said she will speak to the Home Minister over the release of the juvenile convicted in December 16 gang-rape case following reports that he may be put up with an NGO once set free later this month.”We have no information about it. We will speak to the Home Minister tomorrow (about) what they intend to do,” she said after releasing a Handbook on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace. She said the ministry had requested the Law Ministry for enactment of a law to monitor sex offenders but has not yet received any reply.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gandhi, in a letter written to Law Minister Sadananda Gowda, had requested that police should keep a track of the movements of such convicts post-release for which a law should be enacted. In cases where the accused are convicted for committing heinous crimes, the orders of the court may also include mandatory requirement of registration of the accused in local police station so that police can monitor their activities and keep track of their movements, Gandhi had said.

GST Bill: Congress says ball is in govt’s court

Congress has put forward three “concrete” points for consideration of the government but it is yet to get a reply.

GST

Courtesy: Priya Saraf
Congress on Monday put the onus of ensuring passage of the GST Bill on the government, saying it is yet to revert to the opposition parties on their concerns.”Ball is in their court. Government has to take a call and revert to opposition parties as to how GST Bill does not become a kill-GST Bill but rather remains an effective GST Bill,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters here.He said the Congress has put forward three “concrete” points for consideration of the government but it is yet to get a reply.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an apparent reference to the Arvind Subramanian panel suggestions, the Congress spokesperson said, “Government has also finally relented and has seen the voice of the reason.” “Congress party has clearly stated that GST is a Bill that was conceived and was presented to Parliament and the nation by the Congress party,” Surjewala said.The government has listed the goods and services tax (GST) bill for consideration in the Rajya Sabha this week, without securing a commitment from the Congress, whose support is essential for the passage of the legislation that requires a constitutional amendment.The bill seeks to bring all goods and services under a uniform tax regime but has been stuck in the Rajya Sabha, where the ruling NDA is in a minority, on some key points.The Lok Sabha has passed the bill.

Dog analogy row: Delhi Court quashes plea seeking FIR against VK Singh

Meanwhile, the Congress, led by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, protested against the former army chief outside the Parliament today and demanded his resignation.

VK Singh

A Delhi Court on Monday dismissed a criminal complaint seeking lodging of an FIR against Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) VK Singh for his dog analogy.Earlier in the day, the government appealed to the opposition to stop politicising General (Retd.) Singh’s remark and said that the matter was now over since he has apologised in this regard. “This issue is being repeated and escalated unnecessarily as he has reiterated time and again that in no way he wanted to hurt or insult any section of the society with his statement. But we can’t help it if the people want to keep this issue alive for political reasons,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told ANI here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, the Congress, led by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, protested against the former army chief outside the Parliament today and demanded his resignation.

Chennai Floods: What it’s really like to deliver aid in a disaster zone

While there has been an outpouring of aid from people all over the world, the unsettling truth of the hour is that it is an impossible task to provide aid to a population of over 4.5 million people solely through private donations.

Relief packets being distributed in a waterlogged locality.

It’s Monday and Chennai is once again bustling with energy. At first glance, except for a few puddles and stray heaps of mangled debris along the roadside, there are few indications of a city that has lost more than 270 lives in the floods last week. However, the reality is starkly different.As one moves away from the main roads into the bylanes of Chennai, a contrasting image emerges. Lorries and SUVs unabashedly plastered with Amma stickers ply the narrow streets of the worst affected areas carrying food and water. “The people don’t care so much for food anymore. There are so many groups providing food. Yesterday, we took two food varieties – chappati kurma and lemon rice. People preferred the chappati kurma – it’s tastier than the rather dry lemon rice. They’ve started developing preferences as there is surplus,” says Natraj an organising member of a civilian relief camp at Lalit Mahal in Mandavelli, Chennai. Relief centre co-ordinators and field-workers alike have acknowledged that there is enough food and water to go around now. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Who really needs aid?Though the Tamil Nadu government was a full 48 hours late in beginning to provide rescue and relief, they’ve certainly played catch up and are now doing a commendable job providing sustenance aid for the worst affected areas. But helping the worst affected areas is just the tip of the iceberg – these areas are also those with the highest visibility and subsequently receive the most amount of aid. There are several neighbourhoods in and around Chennai that have lost everything, but haven’t been able to receive aid because their neighbourhoods technically don’t fall under the ‘worst affected areas’ category.On the ground, there seems to be a sense of pride amongst volunteers, both civilian and government, in being able to offer help to the ‘people who need it the most’. And for some reason, this measure seems to be inferred by the levels of water stagnation that each area was subject to. In reality, whether water levels were 4ft or 12ft, the tragedy of a submerged home is just that. The need of the hourThe real need of the hour for people who’ve lost everything seems to be basics like blankets, floor mats, pillows, mosquito coils, hygiene products and basic provisions. “My mother is sitting on the streets. There is absolutely nothing except the roof and the floor remaining in what used to be our home. The walls have been washed away. It’s the home I grew up in. We’ve lost everything we’ve ever owned,” says a tearful Kanniamma, whose family lives in Jafferkhanpet. Kanniamma isn’t alone. There are several lakhs of people in Chennai who’ve lost all their life’s savings and possessions and have to start afresh.Information economy and the Chennai floodsOver the last six days, a highly complex but workable information web emerged in Chennai. As most of the city quickly lost electricity and telephone connectivity to the torrential rains, it was almost impossible to identify the areas that were at risk of being submerged and needed help. With very little TV coverage and a tight-lipped government, it was up to the common man to organise the first-response rescue efforts. Chennaivasis who still had power and internet transformed into digital volunteers, not sleeping a wink through several nights. Powered by the deluge of information collated through word-of-mouth, on-ground reports from rescue volunteers and SOS messages on social media from their loved ones all over the world, a pattern of the most affected neighbourhoods in Chennai emerged. The twitter hashtags #chennairainshelp #chennairains #chennaifloods and #verified became the lifeline of the entire civilian rescue operation. Vithun Ravindhran, a digital information volunteer says, “I’ve hardly slept for a few hours in the last six days. But the very thought that my updates could save someone’s life on the ground keeps me going. The group effort of Chennai’s volunteers has managed to save the lives of thousands. I’ll only stop when no one’s life is in danger anymore,” he says. Related Read – Chennai floods: Here are some tips for volunteers working on the groundThe challenges of delivering aid in a disaster zoneWhile there has been an outpouring of aid from people all over the world, the unsettling truth of the hour is that it is an impossible task to provide aid to a population of over 4.5 million people solely through private donations. “Yesterday we almost got mob-lynched by 300 aggressive people who isolated, surrounded and violently banged on our cars as they spotted blankets being stacked up inside the car. It was the scariest experience of my life. We had to return without distributing the supplies as they’d have surely broken into the car and beaten us up if we had stayed there any longer. Our fellow-volunteers who are professional body-builders had to push away the people so that the car could move out of the narrow street. It only goes to demonstrate the level of desperation and dire need that the people are in,” says Srisai Sivakumar, an on-ground volunteer.This is not an isolated incident, Sam Paul, another volunteer who spearheaded massive relief works in Chennai, made a post on his Facebook wall warning volunteers not to go into affected areas without the support of the local leader or strongman. Other volunteers have said that the Chennai city police have been of massive help in accompanying civilian volunteers and helping them distribute aid. The reality of the situation is that there just isn’t enough aid available. Distributing limited aid in one of the most densely populated cities in the world, unfortunately means that the fittest victim will receive the most. Relief material packed for distributionMoving from relief to rehabilitationBig FM’s RJ Balaji another volunteer who used his celebrity status to bring together a big volunteer group, put out a video yesterday saying that they were going to stop all the relief efforts starting Monday, 7 December. “We did whatever little we could in the last five days. All of this has only been immediate relief. But long-term relief for the affected people cannot be attained just by giving them a packet of biscuit, milk or water. In order to take this relief work to the next level, it has to turn into rehabilitation work.”With the water-levels receding and Chennai returning to business-as-usual, the affected people are now grappling with the reality of having to rebuild their lives from scratch. Donations and aid have begun dwindling down and most volunteers have returned to their day jobs today. Chennai is slowly emerging from the worst flooding it has seen in a century – but the big question looming over everyone’s heads is this – What is the real function of a state government that meticulously kept its money-churning liquor shops open throughout the deluge, but failed miserably in organising rescue and relief for a full 48 hours? The author is a Communications Specialist who was born and raised in Chennai. She volunteered as a digital and on-ground volunteer during the Chennai floods.Also Read: Notes from the Chennai Floods: Better off than most

All cars to run on Sundays: Delhi government

Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain said that government has started a series of meetings to roll out strategy on the issue

Both the odd and even-numbered cars will be allowed to ply on Sundays, the AAP government on Monday announced adding that it is the “responsibility” of the Delhi Police to implement the formula to curb air pollution in the national capital.Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain said that government has started a series of meetings to roll out strategy on the issue and DMRC will also be asked to increase its working hours to accommodate a huge crowd of passengers. As per Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plan, odd-numbered cars will be allowed to ply on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while even-numbered vehicles will run on the other days – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government will only allow emergency vehicles like PCR van, fire tenders, ambulances on the roads of the national capital. “We will allow odd and even numbered vehicles on Sunday as there is no heavy traffic on the capital’s roads on that day. We have enough time to make a strategy on the implementation of odd and even formula,” Jain, who is also Health and PWD Minister, said.Asked about the Delhi Police not being informed before introducing even and odd formula, Jain said, “Police is a part of government and they (police) are not the government. It is their responsibility (Delhi Police) to implement the law enacted by the government.” The minister said that Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Cluster have been asked to increase the frequency of their buses by 20 per cent.”Besides, Metro will also be asked to increase their working hours so that people don’t have to face problem while using public transport. If we increase public transport by 20 per cent, there will be no problem for people,” he also said. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on said that the government would discontinue the move after 10 to 15 days if people faced problems. On December 4, the AAP government had come out with a plan of restricting private vehicles bearing odd and even registration numbers to alternate days from January 1 in the national capital.

Assam speaker suspends 6 BJP MLAs, 9 Congress MLAs who backed opposition

With no signs of cooling of frayed tempers, the Speaker called the Marshals, who took the BJP MLAs out of the House, and announced his decision to suspend the members for the Winter Session period.

Assam speaker Pranab Gogoi

http://assamassembly.gov.in
Six BJP MLAs and nine from Congress, who had recently declared their allegiance to the opposition party, were on Monday suspended from Assam Assembly for the 5-day Winter Session by Speaker Pranab Gogoi for disobeying his ruling and creating noisy scenes.Just before the beginning of the Question Hour on the first day of the session, the Speaker gave the ruling that all the BJP members and those from Congress supporting it, have been suspended from the House for the entire Winter Session.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP has six MLAs and nine Congress MLAs recently announced their decision to join the party. All of them were suspended. The strength of the Assembly is 126. Earlier, when the House assembled, BJP MLA Jadav Chandra Deka demanded scrapping of the Question Hour and holding of a discussion on the “deteriorating law and order situation” in the state.”The law and order situation is deteriorating day by day. Hindi-speaking people are being tortured and Jehadi activities are on rise. Allow us to discuss the issues by today itself,” Deka said.When the Speaker did not accept his demand, all BJP MLAs stood up and shouted in support of their demand. Immediately, all Congress MLAs, including the ministers, countered the opposition demand by shouting back.The BJP MLAs then rushed to the Well of the House and pressed the Speaker with their demand. They were joined by the Congress MLAs, who had recently declared their allegiance to the opposition party but had not resigned from the ruling party. Thereafter, Congress MLAs also rushed to the Well and shouted slogans against BJP, leading to a face-off between the members. With no signs of cooling of frayed tempers, the Speaker called the Marshals, who took the BJP MLAs out of the House, and announced his decision to suspend the members for the Winter Session period. Congress MLAs then returned to their seats and normal business began.Outside the House, the expelled BJP members shouted slogans against the state government and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who holds the Home portfolio. The opposition members also demanded immediate resignation of the Chief Minister for failing to improve the law and order situation in the state.However, the Congress MLAs, supporting BJP, have not formally resigned forcing the ruling party to seek termination of their membership just before the start of the Winter Session. On Monday, after the Question Hour ended, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rockybul Hussain again demanded action against the nine Congress members.”Some of our MLAs walked out with BJP members and they have not resigned from the party. It proves that they have defected. There are many recommendations against defection in India. I request you to take action against them accordingly,” Hussain told the Speaker. On this, the Speaker said, “I will take action as per rules.”

Government to replace ‘lost, damaged’ passports of Chennai flood victims for free

This news comes as a major relief for the Chennaites, who are facing a massive lose of property among other valuables due to the deluge and the resulting floods.

Chennai floods
File Photo
AFP
The government on Monday announced that those who have lost their passports or got them damaged due to the floods in Chennai can have them replaced free of charge. “If your passport is lost or damaged in floods, pl go to any of three Passport Seva Kendra’s in Chennai. They will issue u fresh passport free of charge,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.This news comes as a major relief for the Chennaites, who are facing a massive lose of property among other valuables due to the deluge and the resulting floods.Meanwhile, the Chennai Airport has become fully operational from Monday morning, as airliners are resuming their domestic and international flights from there. The Civil Aviation authorities said the airport that was shut down last Wednesday due to heavy inundation is now ready for operation day and night.”We are happy to announce that it has been decided to resume the round the clock services, all weather operations from 6 a.m. December 7. In other words, from 7th December, 2015, normal operations of Chennai Airport i.e. both domestic and international flight operations will start operating,” said a statement released by Chennai Airport Director Deepak Shastri.

India, Pakistan NSAs talk terror and Jammu & Kashmir in Bangkok

Secret meeting also covers other issues; Up next will be meeting between foreign ministers

Narendra Modi with Nawaz Sharif

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi had an animated discussion with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris last Monday, many wondered what they could have discussed. In the absence of any official release about the talks, the media could only speculate about the contents. On Sunday, the answer became clear to all and sundry. In an unusual turn of events, the National Security Advisors (NSAs) of the two countries – Ajit Doval and Lieutenant General Naseer Khan Janjua – met in Bangkok, away from media limelight.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> This time, there was an official statement. “The discussions covered peace and security, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, and others, including tranquility over the Line of Control,” a Ministry of External Affairs statement said. The statement said the two sides also agreed to carry forward constructive engagement. What it signals is a possible meeting between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz. Swaraj is set to visit Islamabad on Tuesday for the Afghanistan-related Heart of Asia ministerial conference. A meeting between the two ministers on the sidelines of the conference is highly possible now. Any forward movement in these talks will also prepare the ground for Modi’s visit to Pakistan, the first one after Vajpayee’s in January 2004. Pakistan is hosting the SAARC summit next year. Interestingly, the NSA-level Bangkok meeting coincided with the Track-II, 17th Chaophraya Dialogue between Indian and Pakistani journalists in the same city. However, it seems none of them got any hint of the meeting, till the foreign offices of both countries put out a joint statement. The timing and the venue of the meeting were kept a secret, lest it gets derailed. Last Monday’s meeting between Modi and Sharif in Paris was the first between the two leaders since they met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Ufa, Russia, in July this year. They had then agreed on a meeting between the NSAs of the two countries and had also directed the foreign secretaries to renew talks. However, talks between NSA Ajit Doval and his then Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz, scheduled in New Delhi in August this year, were cancelled after the Pakistan high commission insisted on inviting Hurriyat leaders for a reception in honour of Aziz. India also wanted to skip the word Kashmir and other bilateral issues and concentrate only on terrorism during the talks, which was unacceptable to Pakistan. Last month, on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Valletta, Malta, Sharif had told British Premier David Cameron that Islamabad was ready for unconditional talks with New Delhi. Though no country will acknowledge it, it seems the Paris meeting, which sparked hopes of a renewal of the dialogue process, was an outcome of nudging by big powers. Senior journalists at the 17th Chaophraya Dialogue, who met under the aegis of Jinnah Institute (JI) and Australia-India Institute (AII), called upon both the governments to delink confidence-building measures from dialogue process, and called for encouraging cross-LoC interactions. They expressed the hope that the two countries would meet soon to increase bilateral trade and economic cooperation, and urged Pakistan to give Non-Discriminatory Market Access status to India.

Attempting to corner Kumari Selja, BJP gets into its own web

Re-igniting the controversy surrounding Selja’s statement that she was asked about her caste while entering Bet Dwarka temple, Jaitley tabled Selja’s remarks made in the visitors book during her visit to a Dwarka temple, in which she had praised the temple for its upkeep and maintenance.

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s fresh attempt to spin a web around Congress leader Kumari Selja’s backfired on Wednesday landing BJP again in trouble on Wednesday.Re-igniting the controversy surrounding Selja’s statement that she was asked about her caste while entering Bet Dwarka temple, Jaitley tabled Selja’s remarks made in the visitors book during her visit to a Dwarka temple, in which she had praised the temple for its upkeep and maintenance.Referring to his own statement made on Monday in which he had questioned Selja – what she did as a cabinet minister after being meted out such a treatment — Jaitley poked further saying, “But she did not want to answer that question. I have now received an intimation through some people that, let alone not complaining, she had, on her visit, said very complimentary words in writing about the temple itself,” Jaitley said on Wednesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Now, she compliments the temple in writing, let alone complaint against any kind of discrimination which took place there,” said Jaitley.While reading out Selja’s comment from the visitor’s book, Jaitley apparently failed to take into account that Selja during her speech on Monday had mentioned about discrimination faced at Bet Dwarka temple and not the new Dwarka temple.Supplied fuel to rekindle fire afresh, Selja retorted, “I made it very clear that it was the Bet Dwarka, not the main Dwarka. Please don’t do this Mr Leader of the House. It doesn’t behove well if you are carrying it on like this one day after another.”An otherwise meticulous Jaitley turned around to check from his colleagues to know whether Selja had referred to Dwarka or Bet Dwarka.Even before he could manage, other leaders from the treasury bench jumped into the debate, with senior BJP leader Piyush Goyal calling it “another incident of manufactured problem and manufactured discrimination.”Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi added, “She does not want to accept the truth and is trying to mislead the house.”This was enough to break the calm in the house that was prevailing after Prime Minister Modi’s conciliatory effort to reach out to the opposition in his reply on Constitution Day debate.The congress members entered the well of the house demanding an apology from the Prime Minister. The faux pas brought the CPI, TMC and the JD(U) together to back the Congress.”Sir, after three days of discussion, when everybody was gracious, unnecessarily, a provocative remark has come from that side,this is very serious. The member should either withdraw or te4nder apology for the remark,”said Derek O’Brien of the TMC.Sitraman Yechury also demanded an apology from the BJP for their remark.The Rajya Sabha kept facing repeated adjournments on the issue as deputy chairman P J Kurien failed to bring tempers down. He even tried to take the senior members of the house tom his chamber to settle the issue which proved futile.Finally the deadlock broke after Kurien raising the issue of grave flood situation in Chennai asked the members to postpone the thorny issue till tomorrow and concentrate on conveying solidarity to people of Tamil Nadu and suggest ways to provide help.The Congress yielded to the request with assurance that the matter will be taken up in the presence of Rajya Sabha chairman, vie president Hamid Ansari on Thursday.

Astonished with Kumari Selja’s remarks about Dwarka temple: Parimal Nathwani

Selja Kumari on Monday, while participating in debate on ‘Commitment to the Constitution’ in the Rajya Sabha, had said that she was asked about her caste when she had visited Dwarka temple in Gujarat as a Cabinet Minister, leading to arguments between the ruling and opposition sides.
File Photo
dna Research & Archives
Reacting to Congress leader Kumari Selja’s statement in the Rajya Sabha over being enquired about her caste during a visit to Dwarka temple in Gujarat in 2013, Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani on Wednesday said he was “astonished” at the former Union minister’s remarks as she had then praised the temple authorities for its management and seemed to be happy.Kumari on Monday, while participating in debate on ‘Commitment to the Constitution’ in the Rajya Sabha, had said that she was asked about her caste when she had visited Dwarka temple in Gujarat as a Cabinet Minister, leading to arguments between the ruling and opposition sides.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nathwani, also the vice chairman of the Dwarkadheesh Devsthan Samiti, said the Congress minister during her visit to Dwarka temple in February, 2013 as a cabinet minister, she had mentioned about the cleanliness and maintenance of the temple premises in the visitors book.”Kumari Selja, during her visit on February 22, 2013, she had written in the visitors book that with Lord Krishna’s blessing they had a very good ‘darshan’ and maintenance of the premises was excellent. It reflects that she was happy and appreciated the temple authorities,” Nathwani, independent MP from Jharkhand, told PTI.Terming Selja’s remarks as “astonishing”, he said there was nothing “humiliating” in being asked about caste as it is “customary” practise at Hindu temples or shrines.”With due respect to her, I would state that there is nothing humiliating in Tirth Panda asking devotees about their ‘Gotra’ (family root). This is a normal practise at all major Hindu shrines and pilgrim places,” he said.The MP said raising such issues only creates flutter and controversy on the issue, therefore, is unnecessary.”I am a Dalit but I am Hindu. I feel like visiting temples. I wanted to go to Dwarka temple. I have visited hundreds of temples. (I visited) Dwarka temple when I was Cabinet minister. I was asked about my caste,” Selja had said during the debate on ‘Commitment to the Constitution’.

No need to play national anthem in cinema halls, people go there for entertainment: AIMIM MLA Imtiyaz Jaleel

“I love my country and have great respect for our tri-colour and national anthem, but I don’t want to show my patriotism, respect and love for this great country by singing the national anthem in a cinema hall,” Jaleel said in his post on social media.

File photo

Local AIMIM MLA Imtiyaz Jaleel on Monday said national anthem need not be played in cinema halls as people go there for entertainment.He said that merely singing the national anthem in a cinema hall does not make anybody patriotic.”I love my country and have great respect for our tri-colour and national anthem, but I don’t want to show my patriotism, respect and love for this great country by singing the national anthem in a cinema hall,” Jaleel said in his post on social media.He said playing the national anthem in cinema halls is “a big no as people go there for some entertainment and not for getting any certificate on patriotism”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The MLA said playing the anthem could be made mandatory in schools and colleges.Watch: Video shows family thrown out of theatre for not standing for national anthemHis comments came against the backdrop of an incident in a cinema hall in suburban Mumbai wherein a family was being asked to leave by the audience for not standing up while the national anthem was being played.In Maharashtra, it is mandatory for all cinemas to play the national anthem before every film.Jaleel said that love and respect should come from within and not just by singing the national anthem before start of a film.Jaleel said an MNS leader, who was one of the panelists on a television programme, had said that he be sent to Pakistan.”I don’t know when these nautanki artists learn to call a spade a spade. Don’t thrust your superficial patriotism on us. It’s my country and I don’t have to prove my love for India to any Tom, Dick and Harry,” he added.Meanwhile, MNS activists demonstrated at Shivaji Park in Mumbai over Jaleel’s comments.

Will implement Anna’s suggestions on Lokpal: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal’s comment assumes significance as the government on Monday, after tabling the Bill, defended the proposed four – member selection committee — comprising Chief Minister, Leader of Opposition, Delhi High Court Chief Justice and Speaker — as one that is independent.
File Photo
dna Research & Archives
Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday thanked Anna Hazare for supporting the Delhi Janlokpal Bill 2015 with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal suggesting that he will “surely” effect the changes proposed by the veteran social activist, chiefly in appointment and removal of the ombudsman.”Annaji, thank you for your support and blessings. We will surely implement your suggestions,” the Chief Minister tweeted.Kejriwal’s comment assumes significance as the government on Monday, after tabling the Bill, defended the proposed four – member selection committee — comprising Chief Minister, Leader of Opposition, Delhi High Court Chief Justice and Speaker — as one that is independent. While welcoming the Bill, Anna has suggested that the Lokpal selection panel be of seven members, with two high court judges and one eminent person. Impeachment proceedings for removal should begin only after a Supreme Court go-ahead, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per the draft Bill, the Chairperson or any member of the Janlokpal can be removed on the ground of proven misconduct or incapacity only by the Lt Governor on the recommendation of the Assembly by a minimum two-third majority of the total membership. The appointment and removal process of the members has come under criticism from former AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav and BJP who have accused Kejriwal of playing the “biggest fraud” by diluting the provisions that had been envisaged originally.AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas and Sanjay Singh met Anna at Ralegan Siddhi today. Anna said he will step in if the NDA government at the Centre puts obstructions in the way of Janlokpal Bill, especially over the contentious clause which brings Union government functionaries under its ambit.”You go ahead, I will see if these provisions are opposed. They should not be opposed. It will be sad if obstacles are put on the way of a potentially good Lokpal. Centre has no intention for a corruption-free India,” Anna told reporters.

Bollywood star must give ‘slap apology’

India’s Supreme Court told a Bollywood actor to apologise to a fan whom he slapped seven years ago while he was shooting a film.

BJP tolerant on ‘fabricated propaganda’ of intolerance, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Hitting out at the opposition for creating an illusion of intolerance in the country, Naqvi said the BJP is satisfied that the wrongly portrayed issue of intolerance in the country is now being understood.

Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said his party was very tolerant in discussing the ‘fabricated propaganda of intolerance’ in the Parliament.”We are even tolerant on the fabricated propaganda of intolerance and that is why we openly participated and discussed the issue,” Naqvi said.Addressing the media after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary party meeting held here, Naqvi dubbed the issue of intolerance as a political joke (siyasi shagufa), and added that his party is still concerned and ready to discuss that joke.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu were also present at the meeting.Hitting out at the opposition for creating an illusion of intolerance in the country, Naqvi said the BJP is satisfied that the wrongly portrayed issue of intolerance in the country is now being understood.”All those people who wanted to create an environment of illusion, there masks are now being uncovered,” he added.Naqvi also said that the recently concluded state polls results were discussed at the meeting.”Venkaiah Naidu ji also advised all members to be careful with the use of words and to stay steer clear of controversies,” he added.The Lok Sabha discussed the raging issue of intolerance in the country on Monday, the fourth day of the Winter Session of Parliament, amidst an uproar over accusations made by the Left against Home Minister Rajnath Singh.CPI leader Mohammad Salim accused Singh of saying that ‘a Hindu has become India’s ruler after 800 years’ after Narendra Modi came to power last year.The Home Minister denied making any such remark and sought an apology over the allegation. Parliament had to be adjourned four times on Monday because of this ruckus.Opposition parties also hit out at the ruling party over the recent killings over beef rumours, and for the controversial remarks made by party members.

Rajnath Singh seeks apology over allegation of ‘Hindu Prime Minister’ comment

Salim claimed he was only quoting from the November 16 issue of English magazine “Outlook” and tabled the magazine authenticating it.

The Lok Sabha on Monday plunged into pandemonium with four adjournments, as the MPs from both sides turn intolerant during the debate on rising incidents of intolerance in the country. The treasury benches took objections on CPI(M) member Mohd Salim’s remarks that Home Minister Rajnath Singh while hailing Narendra Modi had said ‘he is the first Hindu ruler after 800 years after Prithviraj Chavan.’ Home minister Rajnath jumped to his feet to deny any such comment and challenged Salim to tell the House when and where he had said so, or apologise. As Salim tried to fight back, claiming “this is tyranny of majority,” Rajnath said he was badly hurt as never such a serious charge was levelled on him, asserting that “no home minister can continue in his post after making such a statement.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Salim claimed he was only quoting from the November 16 issue of English magazine “Outlook” and tabled the magazine authenticating it. The ruling benches refused to let him go as minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy kept pleading with him to withdraw the remarks until his charge is verified, particularly after the Home Minister has flatly denied it. “Do not push the nation into a dangerous situation, making difficult for us to sit in the House.”Rajnath asserted that even his political opponents would not accuse him of making the statement attributed to him. He was right as the BJP leaders outside the House endorsed him, noting that the magazine had misquoted him.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who had allowed the debate urging members not to themselves become intolerant while discussing intolerance, sought to end the controversy by adjourning the House for lunch break, after declaring that particular allegations of Salim are “not kept in debate.” Noting that Salim had also not given notice to Rajnath as per the rules, particularly when such a charge is made on the home minister of the country, she repeated that “it will not be on record.”

Climate Summit: Developed nations must leave room for developing countries, says PM Modi

“We have to ensure, in the spirit of climate justice, that the life of a few does not crowd out the opportunities for the many still on the initial steps of the development ladder. The advanced countries must leave enough room for developing countries to grow. We must strive for a lighter carbon footprint on our growth path,” Modi said at the Innovation Summit on the sidelines of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) which kicked off on Monday.

AFP
Developed nations must leave enough room for developing countries to grow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, asserting that the life of a “few” should not crowd out the opportunities for the many still on the initial steps of the development ladder.Noting that innovation is vital for combating climate change and ensuring climate justice, Modi also urged the world to come together in a partnership to bring clean energy within the reach of all.”We have to ensure, in the spirit of climate justice, that the life of a few does not crowd out the opportunities for the many still on the initial steps of the development ladder. The advanced countries must leave enough room for developing countries to grow. We must strive for a lighter carbon footprint on our growth path,” Modi said at the Innovation Summit on the sidelines of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) which kicked off on Monday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also read: Paris Climate Change Summit: By 2030 India will produce 40% of its energy by non fossil fuels, says PM Modi”For that we must come together in a partnership to bring clean energy within the reach of all. Innovation is vital for combating climate change and ensuring climate justice. We need research and innovation to make renewable energy much cheaper, more reliable and easier to connect to transmission grids,” he said.Noting that there is a need to make conventional energy cleaner while developing newer sources of renewable energy, Modi said this is a global responsibility for the collective future.”Our innovation initiative should be driven by public purpose, not just market incentives, including on intellectual property. That also means strong public commitment by suppliers to developing countries,” Modi said.”That will make clean energy technology available, accessible and affordable for all. This partnership will combine the responsibility of governments with the innovative capacity of the private sector. We will double our investments in research and innovation and deepen collaboration among ourselves,” he said.Modi observed that there should be an international network of 30-40 universities and labs focusing for next ten years on renewable energy and said innovation must be backed by means to make it affordable and ensure adoption. “We have very successful models of public-private partnership with many countries present here. India is also building renewable capacity in developing countries, including small island states,” he said.”The progress on clean energy technology and costs is impressive. If we raise the level of our efforts, we can transform the world. We will also lay the foundation of a new economy in new low carbon age,” Modi asserted.”We will restore the balance between ecology and economy, and between our inheritance and obligation to the future. And, live up to Gandhiji’s call to care for the world we shall not see,” he added.Modi highlighted that a vast section of humanity lives at the edge of poverty and in darkness after the sun sets and they need energy to light up their homes and power their future.”They are also the most vulnerable to the consequences of an industrial age powered by fossil fuel. Access to energy and a better life is a universal aspiration. So are clean environment and healthy habitats. As the world’s majority works its way to prosperity on a planet left with very limited carbon space, we have to do many things,” he said.Earlier, Modi and Obama met as part of “Mission Innovation” which was announced by the US earlier.It is an initiative to dramatically accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation to address global climate change, provide affordable clean energy to consumers, including in the developing world, and create additional commercial opportunities in clean energy.

© 2018 Yuva Sai Sagar. Theme by Anders Norén.