A massive earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale rocked Jammu and Kashmir leaving two people dead and bringing back memories of horrors during the 2005 temblor in the restive state.The tremors were felt at around 12.45am when people were in deep sleep. Braving bone-chilling cold, people rushed out of their homes and assembled in the open areas reciting verses of the holy Quran.Two people died of heart attacks in J&K post the earthquake. Zahid Ahmad suffered a cardiac arrest due to the shock at Gulatha Harni village in Mendhar of Poonch district in Jammu division. A 42-year-old old baker also suffered cardiac arrest as he rushed out of his home in Ganderbal district following the earthquake.”We are trying to inquire into the causes of the death of the person. We are trying to ascertain whether he died due to the earthquake or if there are other causes for this death. If it is found in the enquiry that he died due to the tremors, I will sanction the relief”, Mohammad Haroon, deputy commissioner, Poonch told dna.Senior superintendent of police, Ganderbal, Imitiyaz Parry said a man has died but police were not told about it. “We have su moto notice and have sent a police party to check out the details”, he said.This is the second time in the last three months that Jammu and Kashmir has been rocked by a powerful temblor. On October 27 a powerful earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale wreaked havoc killing two elderly women. Two army men suffered serious injuries when their bunker wall collapsed in the quake.Panic gripped the Kashmir Valley with people rushing out of their homes taking refuge on the roadside. Screams of women rent the air at a number of places as panic-stricken people prayed for safety. Some women and children even fainted due to fear.The scene was a throwback to the October 2005 quake when thousands of people died and tens of thousands of houses and other structures were damaged in the border areas of Uri and Tangdhar sectors of north Kashmir.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
A few rounds of meetings have taken place since October, when the idea was mooted for the first time by the prime minister. IIT Delhi which has one of the first industry incubation centres will be amongst the first one to get a research park on its campus. “We already have a very successful incubation centre. The process of setting up a research park has already been initiated. We will be able to set up a research park early next year,” said Professor Kshitij Gupta, officiating director at IIT Delhi.
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Wajid was last night traced near Pune, the ATS official said.
One of the three missing youths from Mumbai suspected to have joined terror outfit Islamic State (IS) has been traced near Pune and let-off after interrogation, an ATS official said on Wednesday. Three missing youths – Wajid Shaikh (25), Mohsin Sayyed (26) and Ayaz Sultan (23) — all from the Malvani area in western suburb of Mumbai — had left home and were suspected to have joined the IS. The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) as well as local police were trying to locate their whereabouts after their parents lodged missing complaints with the Malvani Police. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wajid was last night traced near Pune, the ATS official said. “Wajid Sheikh was in some part of south India, we followed him and tracked him near Pune,” he said. The youth was brought to Mumbai and allowed to go home this morning after being quizzed, he said, adding that the whereabouts of two other youths were not yet known.Sultan went missing on October 30 and Wajid and Mohsin since December 16, a police official had earlier said. According to police, Sultan left home on October 30 after telling his parents that he had to go to Pune in connection with a job offer he got from a Kuwait-based firm. Mohsin left home on December 16, saying he was going to attend a friend’s wedding. Wajid also left home the same day saying he had to get the name on his Aadhar card corrected, police had earlier said.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said 823 communal incidents took place in 2013 and 644 such incidents occurred in 2014
A total of 650 communal incidents have occurred till October this year, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said 823 communal incidents took place in 2013 and 644 such incidents occurred in 2014. “During January-October 2015, 650 communal incidents have occurred in the country,” he said in written reply to a question. Rijiju said the responsibility of maintaining law and order, registration and prosecution of crimes, including religion related offences, rests primarily with the respective state governments .State governments are competent to deal with religion related offences, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The minister said the central government assists the state governments in a variety of ways like sharing information, sending alert messages, sending central armed police forces to the state governments on specific requests. In addition, the central government send advisories prior to various religious festivals, observations and on developments having bearing on communal harmony, he said.
National Investigation Agency on Monday filed a second supplementary charge sheet in connection with the blast that took place on October 2, 2014 against accused Nurul Hoque Mondal alias Naeem and 27 others at a city court for waging war against Bangladesh.
Investigations by NIA into the last year’s Burdwan blasts has revealed that Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was trying to topple Sheikh Hasina government by establishing Sharia law and spread its tentacles in India.National Investigation Agency on Monday filed a second supplementary charge sheet in connection with the blast that took place on October 2, 2014 against accused Nurul Hoque Mondal alias Naeem and 27 others at a city court for waging war against Bangladesh, an Asiatic power which is in alliance and peace with India. “They (JMB) hatched a conspiracy wherein the main purpose was to establish Sharia Law in Bangladesh by toppling (the) democratically elected government and to spread tentacles in India for the furtherance of their goal,” a NIA release issued here today said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Their (JMB’s) intention and conduct was evident from the preparation they made in the form of full-fledged bomb making factory at Khagragarh, Burdwan to radicalise vulnerable sections, recruit new members and train them at selected madrasas viz Simulia and Mukimnagar and certain other places/hideouts. “They also intended to collect funds for the banned outfit for its members on the pretext of helping poor Muslim students– a fact which was established during further investigation,” it said.Probe into the matter established that all the 27 accused were associated with each other, the NIA said in its release. On grilling Naeem, NIA had learnt that the outfit was trying to build networks in Howrah, North and South 24 Parganas and Hooghly districts too.Naeem had gone to Bangladesh and stayed at Jatrabadi in Dhaka and also to Mirpur for nearly one and half months and was trained in bomb-making by one Bashir alias Talha and Anish alias Kausar, the release said.Bashir is the son of senior JMB leader Saidur Rahman in Bangladesh, it said. Naeem, a resident of Bakshipur in Murshidabad, was arrested in June from Howrah railway station. “Materials recovered from Naeem revealed that he was following the incidents of atrocities against Muslims all over the world and videos of Osama Bin Laden, Mulla Omar, Bangla Bhai and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). “It also revealed the way he was trained in handling weapons, fidayeen attacks and IED blasts,” the NIA release said.During the probe, it was also established that a Bangladeshi national Sadik alias Sumon was one of the trainers of JMB and used to teach violent Jihad by delivering motivational speeches.”He was actively involved in motivating the vulnerable youths from Sahebganj area as well as from Murshidabad for undergoing terrorist training camps organised by JMB in which handling of arms, explosives besides manufacturing bombs and physical training were imparted to them,” as per the release.
About 15,000 candidates have qualified in this year’s civil services preliminary examination, results of which were declared on October 12.
No paper admit card will be issued for this year’s civil services main examination, scheduled to begin from Friday, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has said. The candidates will have to download their e-admit cards and take a printout thereof. UPSC will be conducting the main examination at 23 centres from December 18 to 23. The civil services examination is conducted annually in three stages — preliminary, main and interview — to select officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Commission has uploaded the e-admit cards on its website at www.upsc.gov.in. The candidates are advised to download their e-admit cards and take a printout thereof. The candidates will have to produce the printout of their e-admit cards at the allotted venue for appearing in the examination,” a press release issued by the UPSC said.”No paper admit card will be issued for this examination by the Commission,” it said. In case the photograph is not visible or available on the e-admit cards, candidates are advised to carry identical photograph for each session along with proof of identity such as valid identity card, Aadhar card, voter identity card, driving license, passport etc. to the venue of the examination.About 15,000 candidates have qualified in this year’s civil services preliminary examination, results of which were declared on October 12.As against a record number of 9,45,908 candidates who had applied for the exam, about 4.63 lakh wrote the test on August 23, which is about 49% of the total applicants.
David Headley, a US man sentenced to 35 years in prison for his role in plotting the 2008 Mumbai attacks, agrees to turn witness in India.
What the Bombay High Court judge said.
On Thursday, the Bombay High Court acquitted Salman Khan of all charges of the 2002-hit-and-run case in which he had been earlier convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment by a sessions court. On September 28, 2002, his car had rammed into a bakery shop in suburban Bandra where one person was killed and four others were injured. What the trial court said in May 2015On May 6, Salman was convicted of culpable homicide and sentenced to five years imprisonment in the 2002 hit-and-run case but was granted interim bail till May 8. He had been found guilty of offences under section 279 IPC (rash and negligent driving), and sections 337 and 338 IPC (causing hurt by acts endangering life or personal property of others). He was also sentenced to jail for six months under sections 181 (driving without licence) and 185 of Motor Vehicles Act (drink driving).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Judge Deshpande had also rejected the prosecution’s plea that the actor was not drunk while driving and also that he didn’t have a driving licence. “All charges have been proved against you…What you have to say?” the judge asked Salman who was in the dock. “I hold that you were driving the vehicle. You were intoxicated. I also do not agree with your plea that the person who had died had received fatal injuries after a crane dropped the car on the persons underneath while removing it,” the judge said, rejecting the defence’s claim that the actor’s driver Ashok Singh was at the wheel when the accident took place.What Bombay High Court said in December 2015While acquitting the 49-year-old actor in a jampacked courtroom, Justice AR Joshi said, “The appeal is allowed. The trial court’s verdict is quashed and set aside. Salman is acquitted of all charges.” On hearing the verdict, Salman broke down. The actor, who wore a blue-white check shirt, arrived in the court at 1.30 p,m even as the police made a tight bandobast around the high court premises. He was accompanied by his bodyguard Shera, brother-in-law Ayush, sister Alvira and his manager.Justice Joshi, who started dictating the verdict on Monday, said the prosecution failed to establish its case against the appellant accused (Salman) on all charges.Lawyers, litigants and many others had gathered in and around the court to have a glimpse of Salman as he came rushing from a studio in Karjat on the outskirts of Mumbai where he was shooting.The judge said the burden is on the prosecution to establish the guilt of the accused and this needs to be done beyond reasonable doubt. There are various shortcomings by the prosecution like not recording evidence of necessary and important witnesses and omissions and contradictions in the evidence of injured witnesses, which definitely create a doubt about the involvement of Salman for offences for which he has been charged, the court said. On the basis of such evidence, Salman cannot be convicted, it said.The judge further said that the investigation was conducted in a faulty manner with many loose ends and as such benefit of this had to be given in favour of the accused. It is the duty of the court to analyse the evidence submitted to it and to see that the offence is proved beyond reasonable doubt, Justice Joshi said.He said he is of the considered view that the appreciation of evidence done by the trial court while convicting the appellant was not proper and legal, as per the principles of criminal jurisprudence. Consequently it must be said that this is not a case where the prosecution has successfully established its charges, he observed, adding that the entire evidence of the prosecution was circumstantial in nature.On the main aspects as to driving and drunkenness, the prosecution has not brought any material evidence which spells out the offence of the accused, the court said. The trial court erred in accepting bills (of Rain Bar and Restaurant where Salman had gone before the mishap) without a panchnama, the judge said while dictating the verdict. In summary: 1. The appeal is allowed. The trial court’s verdict is quashed and set aside. Salman is acquitted of all charges.2. The prosecution failed to establish its case against the appellant-accused (Salman) on all charges. The burden is on the prosecution to establish the guilt of the accused and this needs to be done beyond reasonable doubt.3. There are various shortcomings by the prosecution like not recording evidence of necessary and important witnesses and omissions.4. There are contradictions in the evidence of injured witnesses, which definitely create a doubt about the involvement of Salman for offences for which he has been charged. On the basis of such evidence, Salman cannot be convicted.5. The investigation was conducted in a faulty manner with many loose ends and as such, benefit of this had to be given in favour of the accused.6. The trial court erred in accepting bills (of Rain Bar and Restaurant where Salman had gone before the mishap) without a panchnama, 7. The judge said he is of the considered view that the appreciation of evidence done by the trial court while convicting the appellant was not proper and legal, as per the principles of criminal jurisprudence.Salman Khan case time-line: September 2002: Salman Khan’s car runs over five people sleeping on a Mumbai street killing a homeless man and injuring four others. October 2002: Khan charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder was arrested but granted bail. May 2003: Court rejects Salman Khan’s plea to drop culpable homicide charge.June 2003: Bombay High Court drops culpable homicide charge and instead, he is tried for rash and negligent driving. October 2007: Ravindra Patil, the prime witness dies .March 2015: Salman Khan tells the court that he was drunk and his driver was behind the wheel. May 2015: Salman Khan is found guilty and given a five-year sentence by a trial court. December 2015: Salman Khan is acquitted of all charges.
The magisterial court had on December 7 dismissed his plea observing that no criminal offence was “ex-facie” made out against the former Army chief.
A court on Wednesday issued notice to Delhi Police on a revision petition challenging an order dismissing a criminal complaint seeking registration of FIR against Union Minister VK Singh for his alleged “dog” remarks in the aftermath of burning of two Dalit children in Haryana. Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Gupta admitted the revision petition filed by an advocate and fixed the matter for final arguments on December 16. The court has also called for trial court record in the matter.The revision petition was filed yesterday by complainant, advocate Satya Prakash Gautam, who has challenged the trial court’s order alleging that magistrate “has only desperately tried to shield the proposed accused under various pretexts including those not even on record, like the intention of the proposed accused while making impugned statements which were the basis of filing the present complaint.” “It is clear…that the Metropolitan Magistrate has tried to step into the shoes of the counsel of the proposed accused to defend him. Thus, the impugned order deserves to be set aside on this ground alone,” he has alleged. The magisterial court had on December 7 dismissed his plea observing that no criminal offence was “ex-facie” made out against the former Army chief.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court had said that for no reason Singh’s statement can be seen as a remark made to demean any caste or creed and it does not see the comment as an “analogy drawn between the dog (as an animal) and humans (of a caste or creed)”. The complainant had alleged that Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs, had hurt the sentiments of the Dalit community with such remarks. Singh had kicked up a storm with his alleged remarks in connection with the Faridabad incident, that the government cannot be blamed if anyone throws a stone at a dog.The court had on October 29 directed the police to file an action taken report (ATR) on the complaint seeking lodging of FIR against Singh under provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Information Technology Act and IPC. The police, in its ATR, had earlier told the court that Singh had not made any “specific derogatory and humiliating statement” warranting his prosecution on the complaint for his alleged “dog” remark. The report had said that no cognisable offence was made out against Singh for his alleged remarks on October 21.
However, the Union Home Ministry maintained that Delhi Police, as a conscious policy of “truthful reporting”, is registering complaints in the recent years with an objective that no crime, especially crime against the vulnerable groups, including women, goes unreported
In the past three years, five minor girls were allegedly raped in every two days, forming around 46% of the total rape cases reported in the national capital in the corresponding period.”In 2013, 1,636 rape cases were reported in Delhi of which, in 757 cases victims were minors. In 2014, 2,166 rape cases were reported in which 1,004 pertained to minors. “Till October 31 this year, as many as 1,856 rape cases have been reported and in 824 cases, the victims are reported to be below 18 years,” Rajya Sabha was told on Wednesday.However, the Union Home Ministry maintained that Delhi Police, as a conscious policy of “truthful reporting”, is registering complaints in the recent years with an objective that no crime, especially crime against the vulnerable groups, including women, goes unreported. “During 2014, the work-out percentage of rape cases in Delhi was as high as 80.79%. Similarly, during the current year (upto October 31, 2015) it is 77.16%,” the Rajya Sabha was told.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Crimes like rape are handled with great sensitivity and various measures have been taken by Delhi Police for the safety of women in the city. Emphasis is given to ensure that all cases of crime against women are investigated by women officers. “Delhi Police has organised self-defence training programmes in which 17,699 girls and women were imparted training during the year 2014,” said Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary.
The CAG has also recommended ensuring data integrity which alone can provide reliable periodic status check and timely remedial measures.
The CAG pointed out that while the Swachh Bharat Mission was launched by the Prime Minister on October 2, 2014 with an aim of 100 per cent open defecation free India by 2019, before this similar targets for eradication of open defecation were set out for 2012, revised to 2017 and again set out for 2022.
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The country’s sanitation programmes have failed to achieve the desired targets largely due to planning level weaknesses even as large-scale diversions, wastages and irregularities were detected, the CAG said on Tuesday.”…audit clearly reveals the failure of the sanitation programmes in achieving the envisaged targets,” the CAG report on performance audit of total sanitation campaign/Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan tabled in Parliament said.The CAG pointed out that while the Swachh Bharat Mission was launched by the Prime Minister on October 2, 2014 with an aim of 100 per cent open defecation free India by 2019, before this similar targets for eradication of open defecation were set out for 2012, revised to 2017 and again set out for 2022.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The conceptual frame-work kept changing from supply driven to demand driven and finally to ‘saturation and convergence’ approach, yet the lessons learnt and experimentations through this long journey do not seem to have made much impact on the sanitation status in the country,” the country’s top auditor said.The CAG said its audit has brought out planning level weaknesses which were critical for the success of programme. Nearly Rs 10,000 crore was spent on the rural sanitation programme by the Central government in the five years covered by audit and large scale diversions, wastages and irregularities were noted, it said.”More than 30 per cent of individual household latrines were defunct/non-functional for reasons like poor quality of construction, incomplete structure, non- maintenance,” it pointed out.It said unless implementation is based on realistic planning and is backed by large scale information, education and communication campaigns to bring about behavioural changes in the target population and overall governance at the grass root level improves, mere deployment of resources may not have any significant impact. The CAG has also recommended ensuring data integrity which alone can provide reliable periodic status check and timely remedial measures. It said convergence with related programmes like NRHM is necessary and an effective mechanism for independent evaluations is required to achieve desired goal of Swachh Bharat.The first structured programme for rural sanitation, the Central Rural Sanitation Programme, was started in 1986. Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) was started with the main objective of providing access to toilets to all by 2012 and providing sanitation facilities for all schools and anganwadis by March 2013.In 2012, TSC was further transformed in Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) with modified objective of achieving the vision of Nirmal Bharat by 2022 thus effectively shifting the sanitation targets by nearly a decade, the report pointed out. P
The proposed law comes amid keenness of the government to attract the greater foreign investment.
Bill on commercial benches in High Courts introduced in Lok Sabha
A Bill aimed at creating commercial benches in select high courts to settle high value commercial disputes was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday. In October, government had promulgated the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Ordinance, 2015, when a bill in this regard was pending with a Parliamentary Standing Committee. The Bill, moved by Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, seeks to replace the ordinance.The proposed law comes amid keenness of the government to attract the greater foreign investment. Certain foreign companies were said to be hesitant to do business in India because of the long-drawn litigations. The Prime Minister has been stressing on steps to promote ease of doing business in India.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From October 23, the day the ordinance on the bill came into force, all pending suits and applications relating to commercial disputes involving a claim of Rs one crore and above in the high courts and civil courts stood transferred to the relevant Commercial Division or Commercial Courts as the case may be.Commercial Divisions are to be set up in those high courts, such as those in Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and Himachal Pradesh, which are already exercising ordinary original civil jurisdiction. The Commercial Divisions will exercise jurisdiction over all cases and applications relating to commercial disputes. The Commercial Division shall have territorial jurisdiction over such area on which it has original jurisdiction.Commercial Courts, which will be equivalent to district courts, are to be set up in states and Union Territories where the high courts do not have ordinary original civil jurisdiction.
India’s pharmacies are under pressure as online-only pharmacies are luring more and more customers away from traditional shops.
Torrential rains have left at least 245 people dead since October 1, according to Tamil Nadu government.
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is likely to visit flood-affected parts of Chennai this week. Sources in the party said that Gandhi is likely to visit there on December 8. The flood-ravaged city was struggling to return to normalcy with partial restoration of telecommunication and train services, besides many roads also becoming fairly motorable even as water-logging woes continued in several areas.Torrential rains have left at least 245 people dead since October 1, according to Tamil Nadu government. The situation took a turn for the worse on Tuesday with large areas of the city flooded. The deluge destroyed crucial road and rail links, shutdown the airport, snapped power and telecom lines and left lakhs of people stranded. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
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The state government on Saturday in its affidavit before the Bombay high court, provided the information that over 300 persons have been prosecuted under Maharashtra’s new beef ban law ever since March 2015, as reported by an English daily. The division bench consisting of Justices Abhay Oka and S C Gupte, was made aware about the conditions in the state right from when the law was brought into force to October, wherein 155 cases were lodged under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act. While Amravati topped the list with 54 cases, Mumbai only registered two FIRs. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The cases registered were related to the sale or transport of bulls, bullock for slaughter as well as for possession of meat of a cow, bull or bullock. These charges are punishable with imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of Rs 10,000 and a jail term of one year and a fine of upto Rs 2,000 respectively. The High Court while hearing the petition, primarily focussed on section 5D, which criminalises possession of beef.While the petition filed by citizens of Mumbai stated that court needs to protect their rights, as they belong to “cultural minority”, who consume beef. Advocate general S G Aney and advocate Hiten Venegavkar, representing the state, said that, “India is a vast country and people have different cuisine as part of their daily food. Eating a particular food does not entitle the constitution of a minority… The state’s objective is not to impose a vegetarian regime.”The next hearing of this case has been scheduled for December 9.
PARTY POOPER | Only a limited number of dancers should take the floor * Showering of currency notes will be a strict no-no
Under fire from the Supreme Court for failing to comply with its order to issue licences for re-opening of dance bars, the Fadnavis government has come up with a new set of regulations, including making CCTV cameras mandatory in bars that are expected to open soon.Highly-placed sources in the department said as per the draft proposal, the number of dancers will be restricted to four to make surveillance easier. The dancers must be aged 18 and above and should neither wear provocative/obscene/vulgar clothes nor booze around that time.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A five-feet gap between the dance floor and the visitors will be made compulsory. Besides there will be a ban on showering of currency notes on the dancers, and smoking would not be permitted inside the bars.”Implementing the regulations would be the job of local police. Also the licence holders will be bound to follow changes that we may make in the regulations from time to time, else their licence will be cancelled,” said a senior officer.Sources said the new regulations will be put up before chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who’s handling Home portfolio, for the final consent.On October 17, while directing the government to issue licences, the court had added a caveat that “no dance performance shall remotely be expressive of any kind of obscenity in any manner” and that “licensing authority can take steps so that the individual dignity of a woman is not affected and there remains no room for any kind of obscenity”.Sources in the department said that in 2006, soon after Bombay high court had first turned down the ban, a committee was set up under the home department to look into measures that can restrict exploitation of women and youth. “Some of the above mentioned measures were then recommended by that committee,” the officer added. KILLJOY CURBS Only 4 dancers allowedCCTvs in bars a mustMinors can’t performDancers not to drinkNo-smoking restrictionNo showering of notesNo getting near dancersDress code for dancers
In a big relief to the hapless residents, supply of milk and vegetables picked up pace today but there were complaints of scarcity in several places coupled with high prices for essentials.
At least 245 people have died in rain-related incidents since October one. (PTI)
Flood-ravaged Chennai and its suburbs enjoyed further respite from rains on Saturday but residents battled scarcity of commodities and high prices while communication services and train services were partially restored. But air services, suspended till tomorrow, may take two or three more days to resume. Only technical flights and ferry services were operated today. However, intermittent rains and an overcast sky have left people worried. The Regional Meteorological Centre has forecast light rains in the next 24 hours for the city and suburbs.Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, S R Ramanan told reporters that heavy rains were possible in the coastal and southern districts of the state. He has advised fishermen of southern coastal districts against venturing into sea for fishing. At least 245 people have died in rain-related incidents since October one. The worst-hit city and suburbs and Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts took a pounding on Tuesday when a large number of areas were flooded. The deluge destroyed crucial road and rail links, shutdown the airport, snapped power and telecom lines and left lakhs of people stranded.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a big relief to the hapless residents, supply of milk and vegetables picked up pace today but there were complaints of scarcity in several places coupled with high prices for essentials.Mobile phone and internet services were getting restored in a staggered manner in several parts of the city.Bringing cheers to stranded passengers, Southern Railway announced resumption of services to several inter-State destinations including Bengaluru and Mysore from here effective tomorrow. Also, local train services here resumed today between Egmore-Tambaram.
Lifts ban on them from coming academic year on mounting pressure from managements
Maharashtra has opened the doors again to new higher education institutions. Six months ago, the government had imposed a blanket ban on them, citing “a huge number of vacant seats” in existing colleges and “falling standard of education”. But the government recently promulgated an ordinance to amend the Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994, recently, allowing state universities to accept proposals till December 31 for setting up new colleges in 2016-17. Sources say the government’s change of heart amounts to bowing to the pressure of college managements.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Universities can approve proposals till the end of this year even in the absence of a perspective plan, extending the October 31 deadline as mandated under the Act. Earlier, the government has directed universities to hold up their perspective plans till broader guidelines are issued on the basis of a brand new “comprehensive higher education policy” for the entire state as per the suggestions of the Narendra Jadhav commitee. The comprehensive plan for the state is not yet ready though the Jadhav committee has submitted its report to the government a month ago. dna had reported about the recommendations of the committee. The government holds the final say in approving new educational institutions in the state, approved by govt-run universities. The ban on new institutions has sparked off an uproar among aspiring college managements, with some of them even seeking legal remedies. The ban also invited criticism from academicians and other stakeholders who called it arbitrary. Even minister of state for higher and technical education- Ravindra Waikar, a Shiv Sena leader, was unhappy with the ban decision. Last year, Mumbai university alone received around 70 applications for new colleges. However, the government issued a resolution in April 2015 stating that no new permissions will be granted for 2015-16.
Mangesh Ahiwale, a vada pav seller from Mumbai has donated Rs 20,000 to CM Relief Fund.
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A Vada Pav seller in Mumbai has donated Rs 20,000 to the Chief Ministers Relief Fund for drought-hit farmers in Maharashtra.CM Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday praised the gesture of Mangesh Ahiwale.”In a great gesture of humanity, a Vada Pav seller Mangesh met me and contributed Rs 20,000 for the CM Relief Fund,” the CM tweeted.”On 11th October, he announced he will donate all earnings from the day to relief measures for drought-hit farmers…he sold Vada Pav for Rs 5 instead of Rs 12 that day…,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
He was replying to a question whether the government proposes to amend existing law to accommodate the proposal of the high court.
Government has no proposal to accommodate observations of Madras High Court of castrating those who are guilty of raping a child, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. In reply to a written question, Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said the government was “aware” of the high court observation on child rapists. He was replying to a question whether the government proposes to amend existing law to accommodate the proposal of the high court. Chaudhary, however, said that there is no proposal to amend the provisions of the Indian Penal Code or Criminal Procedure Code to accommodate the stated observations. Justice N Kirubakaran of the high court had pronounced the judgement on October 16 in which he had asked the Centre to consider castration as punishment for child rapists. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
The court’s order came after the CBI moved an application, saying due to serious threat perception to Rajan from his rivals, it would be “extremely unsafe” to produce him in the open court and requested for conducting the proceedings through video conferencing.
Underworld don Chhota Rajan, who is lodged in Tihar jail under judicial custody in an alleged fake passport case, will not be produced physically in the court for remand proceedings due to “serious” threat perception. Special CBI Judge Vinod Kumar said the remand proceedings in the case will be conducted through video conferencing from jail.The court’s order came after the CBI moved an application, saying due to serious threat perception to Rajan from his rivals, it would be “extremely unsafe” to produce him in the open court and requested for conducting the proceedings through video conferencing.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The accused (Rajan) is required to be produced on December 3. Therefore, I direct that further judicial remand of accused, who is lodged in Tihar Jail, shall be granted through video conferencing facility and accused need not be produced physically in the court,” the ordered.”Copy of this application be sent to the concerned Jail Superintendent as well as to branch incharge of the computer branch, who is managing the court room having video conferencing facility,” the court said.Rajan was sent to high-security Tihar prison in judicial custody on November 19 in connection with the case. Deported after being on the run for 27 years, the 55-year-old gangster, whose real name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, was remanded in judicial custody in connection with the fake passport case.Rajan, once a close aide of fugitive terrorist and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, has been brought to the country to face trial in over 70 cases of murder, extortion and drug smuggling in Delhi and Mumbai.After his arrest in Bali on October 25, India had pressed for his early deportation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 14 had announced that government will start unveiling the secret files related to Netaji from January 23 next year, raising hopes about solving the seven-decade-old mystery about his disappearance.
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The government has approached Japan, the UK, Italy, Russia, the US and Austria as part of efforts to get information relating to disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.”The issue of handing over documents relating to Netaji has been taken up with governments of Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK and the USA,” Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh told Lok Sabha.He was replying to a question on whether government has started making efforts to contact various countries concerned to share information on Netaji in order to declassify them.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 14 had announced that government will start unveiling the secret files related to Netaji from January 23 next year, raising hopes about solving the seven-decade-old mystery about his disappearance. Modi had made the announcement during a meeting with family members of Bose. In the meeting he had agreed with their suggestion to request foreign governments to declassify files on Netaji available with them.Sixty-four files running into nearly 13,000 pages relating to Bose were declassified in September by the West Bengal government. The files showed some of his close family members were spied on in independent India but there was no clarity whether he died in an air crash in 1945 as is widely believed.Netaji’s family too has approached the governments of Russia, Japan, the US and UK seeking details about his mysterious disappearance. Replying to a separate question, Singh said 74 missing defence personnel are believed to be in Pakistan’s custody including 54 since 1971. He said government has repeatedly taken up the matter with Pakistan for their release.Asked whether several Indian soldiers were tortured to death in Pakistan during Kargil war, he replied in the affirmative. On whether government was contemplating to take up these matters in the International Court of Justice, the Minister said government would be open to invoking the jurisdiction of ICJ, subject to the Supreme Court’s ruling in an ongoing case.
Two of Ali’s scheduled concerts in Mumbai and Pune in October were cancelled following protests from Shiv Sena while he backed out from his Delhi programme last month citing personal reasons.
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Pakistan ghazal legend Ghulam Ali, whose concerts in Maharashtra and Delhi were cancelled recently, will perform in Kerala twice in January.The 75-year-old singer is scheduled to perform in the state capital on January 15 and in Kozhikode on January 17 at the invitation of social organisation ‘Swaralaya’. An office bearer of Swaralaya said that the singer had confirmed his participation. The organisation would also honour Ali during the function. The singer could not be reached for comments.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two of Ali’s scheduled concerts in Mumbai and Pune in October were cancelled following protests from Shiv Sena while he backed out from his Delhi programme last month citing personal reasons. The Shiv Sena had held that while tension remained at the Indo-Pak border, such a concert could not be allowed.
The 56-year-old maid hails from Mungileri village near Katpadi in Tamil Nadu. She has since returned home after the brutal attack in Riyadh in October.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought justice for a woman from Tamil Nadu whose arm was chopped off recently by her employer in Saudi Arabia.”The Prime Minister has sought justice for Kasthuri Munirathnam, whose arm was chopped off by her employer, during his recent meeting with Saudi ruler,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in Lok Sabha during Question Hour. Modi had met Saudi King Salman Al Saud in Turkey on the margins of the G20 Summit on November 16.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 56-year-old maid hails from Mungileri village near Katpadi in Tamil Nadu. She has since returned home after the brutal attack in Riyadh in October. Swaraj said when the incident of Munirathnam came to light, the Indian Embassy immediately contacted the Saudi Arabian authorities and insisted on registering an attempt to murder case.”However, I am pained to say that the Saudi authorities soon issued a statement saying she fell down while trying to flee the house of her employer. We have not accepted this and continue to pursue the case to get her justice,” she said.The Minister said the government was working with several Gulf countries to stop exploitation of Indian labourers in those countries. Swaraj, who is also Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, said it was a common complaint that many employers in Gulf countries seize the passports of their Indian employees to ensure that they do not return home easily.To help such distressed Indian workers, she said, Indian missions often hold public grievance meetings to help them and try to retrieve such passports from their employers. If these efforts do not bear fruit, such distressed Indians are given emergency exit permit for their return.The Minister said the government has already decided that all Indians going abroad as domestic help must go through government-registered recruitment agencies so that no exploitation takes place. Swaraj said those who go abroad through unregistered recruitment agents in an unscrupulous manner can be termed as human trafficking.”We are trying to bring such activities under the ambit of Anti-Human Trafficking Act,” she said.The Minister said as per the information made available to the Ministry, there is no general pattern to indicate an increase in cases of exploitation or torture of Indian workers.
India’s manufacturing sector grew at its weakest pace in over two years in November as demand and output continued to soften, a business survey showed on Tuesday.
Nikkei’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index, compiled by Markit, fell to a 25-month low of 50.3 in November from October’s 50.7. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.
The output sub-index fell to 50.4 from 51.2 the previous month as domestic demand remained weak.
The subdued domestic demand and competitive pressure appeared to slow new orders, whose sub-index fell to a 25-month low of 50.5, from 51.2 in October.
“Signs of the sector slowing have been building up, as growth of both new orders and output has eased in each of the past four months,” said Pollyanna De Lima, economist at Markit.
India’s economic growth picked up in the July-September quarter, outpacing China on improving domestic demand and manufacturing activity, so the latest survey will make disappointing reading for the government and central bank.
The Reserve Bank of India is expected to keep policy unchanged this week as it looks to control inflation, which edged up to 5.0 percent in October, leaving it to the government to implement growth policies.
Input prices increased for a second month although firms did not pass on the cost burden fully to consumers.
(Reporting By Krishna Eluri; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
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The Official Liquidator of Hyderabad High Court has lodged a complaint with Malkajgiri police and a case of cheating, forgery and other relevant offences has been registered.
The money was transferred to at least 13 accounts.
Fixed deposits of Rs eight crore, belonging to the Hyderabad High Court, were found to have been withdrawn fraudulently from a state-run bank in Malkajgiri area recently, the police said on Tuesday. An amount of Rs nine crore, pertaining to the High Court Liquidated Funds, was deposited in the bank in the form of FDs in October this year.But fake deposit bonds were issued to the depositor and the original bonds were found to have been used subsequently to withdraw the FDs prematurely, said the assistant commissioner of police (Malkajgiri division) M Ravichandan Reddy.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The money was transferred to at least 13 accounts. We are probing possible role of some middlemen and bank officials in the fraud. We have picked up some people for questioning,” the ACP said.The Official Liquidator of Hyderabad High Court has lodged a complaint with Malkajgiri police and a case of cheating, forgery and other relevant offences has been registered.
Amid heated exchanges between the opposition and treasury benches, he said while there has been some rise in incidents between 2014 and 2015, but compared to 2013, they have come down.
He also said he would not like to comment on the communal incidents which took place during the UPA rule.
The number of communal incidents in the country have declined “substantially” since the NDA government has come to power, the government said in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.Responding to a series of supplementaries on communal incidents in various parts of the country, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said between 2013 and October this year, the number of communal incidents reported have come down “substantially.” As opposition members questioned his remark, the minister said so far this year four major communal incidents have taken place. “In fact, the incidents have gone down and not come up since our party has come to power,” he said during Question Hour.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid heated exchanges between the opposition and treasury benches, he said while there has been some rise in incidents between 2014 and 2015, but compared to 2013, they have come down. He said he was comparing the number of incidents since 2013 as NDA was not in power for the entire of 2014 but only part of it. He also said he would not like to comment on the communal incidents which took place during the UPA rule.In the written reply, government has explained that ‘major events’ are classified as those where over five persons have been killed or 10 injured or which lead to multiplicity of fatalities and extensive destruction of property.’Important events’ are classified where at least one person has been killed or at least 10 persons are injured.According to the written reply, in 2014, 644 ‘communal incidents’ took place, including 133 in UP, 72 in Rajasthan, 97 in Maharashtra, 56 in Madhya Pradesh, 73 in Karnataka, 10 in Jharkhand, 74 in Gujarat, 7 in Delhi, 61 in Bihar and 16 in West Bengal. This year, between January and October, 650 incidents have taken place with a maximum of 139 taking place in Uttar Pradesh.While 97 incidents were reported from Maharashtra, 86 from Madhya Pradesh, 79 from Karnataka, 24 from Jharkhand, 47 from Gujarat, 59 from Bihar and 24 from West Bengal. Rijiju rejected suggestions by Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge that there have been more communal clashes in states where BJP has “more presence” such as Gujarat, Karnataka and Bihar. “It is not a fair comment. What Kharge says does not tally with the figures. It is the responsibility of state government or MPs,” the minister asked.
By Vivek Kaul
Data released by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation shows that India’s gross domestic product (GDP), a measure of the size of the economy, grew by 7.4% during the period between July to September 2015. These are fantastic numbers in a world where real economic growth is slowing down. Even China is finding it tough to grow at rates that it did in the past.
So what is driving India’s economy? Manufacturing grew by a 9.3%. Trade, hotel, transport, communication & services related to broadcasting grew by 10.6%. And financial, insurance, real estate and professional services grew by 9.7%. These three segments which formed 62.6% of the total economy between July to September 2014, helped the economy grow by 7.4%. Agricultural, forestry and fishing grew by just 2.2%.
The question is how believable is this growth of 7.4%? The short answer is—not very. It is worth mentioning here that GDP is ultimately a theoretical construct. Most real economic numbers suggest otherwise.
Let’s take a look at them one by one.
1) Exports have been falling eleven months in a row. In fact, between April and October 2015, exports have fallen by 17.6% to $154.29 billion, in comparison to the same period last year. Between April and October 2014, the exports had stood at $187.29 billion. A greater than 7% economic growth rate with falling exports is a little difficult to believe.
2) Corporate profitability continues to remain subdued. As a recent news-report in the Business Standard points out regarding the profitability for the period July to September 2015: “It was another muted quarter for India Inc, with aggregate profit growth at both the operating and net level growing at only under one per cent over a year-ago period. The sample is of 2,300 companies…The numbers are worse for the benchmark indices such as the Nifty, where operating and net profit are down between three-five per cent over the year-ago quarter, with aggregate numbers below expectations.”
3) Passenger vehicles sales, another good measure of economic recovery, have been subdued through most of this financial year, though there has been some recovery in October 2015, which doesn’t come under the July to September 2015 period, for which the economic growth number has been reported. Between September 2015 and September 2014, passenger vehicles sales went up by only 3.85%.
4) Motorcycle sales, a very good economic indicator in the Indian context, have fallen for most of the financial year, only to have recovered a little in October due to festival season sales. It remains to be seen whether the sales can be sustained for November 2015. Data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam) points out that motorcycle sales during the first six months of the year (April to September 2015) were down by 4.06% to 5.36 million units, in comparison to the same period last year.
5) Tractor sales have been falling for thirteen months in a row. Data from the Tractor Manufacturers Association shows that sales have fallen by 20% during the first six months of this financial year (i.e. April to September 2015). This is a clear example of weak agricultural growth.
6) The loan growth of banks continues to remain subdued. The sectoral deployment of credit data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) shows that bank loans grew by 8.4% between September 2014 and September 2015. In fact, they grew by an even slower 8.1% between October 2014 and October 2015.
7) Along with this, the bad loans of banks continue to pile up. As a recent report in The Indian Express points out: “Already burdened by bad loans, 37 banks, led by public sector ones, have reported a 26.8 per cent rise in non-performing assets (NPAs) over the 12-month period ending September this year.”
The overall non-performing assets of banks as of September 2015 stood at Rs 3,36,685 crore. This was an increase of Rs 71,000 crore, according to numbers put together by credit rating firm CARE.
8) The number of stalled industrial projects went up during the period July to September 2015. As a recent research note by Morgan Stanley points out: “The stock of stalled projects climbed in the September quarter, while existing capacity is being underutilized. This has, not surprisingly, lowered interest in greenfield investments, with industrial credit loan growth stagnating in single-digits.” The bulk of the stalled projects belong to the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors. Further, there is a good anecdotal evidence to suggest that small and medium enterprises, a major source of job growth, continue to struggle.
9) The Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan recently pointed out that factories were running 30% below capacity as of now. A research report by DBS points out that the capacity utilisation rate was at 80% in 2011-2012. This suggests a significant slack in the economy. How is manufacturing then growing by 9%, as suggested by the data released by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation?
10) The real estate sector, a major employer of people, continues to be in the doldrums, with new launches coming down and the number of unsold homes going up.
11) Further, for two years in a row India has had a deficient monsoon. In its end of season report, the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the nation’s weather forecaster, stated that “rainfall over the country as a whole was 86% of its long period average (LPA). Thus years 2014 & 2015 was the fourth case of two consecutive all India deficient monsoon years during the last 115 years.”
IMD uses rainfall data for the last 50 years to come up with the long period average. If the rainfall is between 96% and 104% of the 50 year average, then it is categorised as normal. If it is between 90% and 96% of the 50 year average is categorised as below-normal. And anything below 90% is categorised as deficient.
If something has happened only four times in 115 years, there is clearly reason to worry, given that nearly half of India’s population is dependent on agriculture. Also, this has clearly slowed down consumer demand in much of rural India.
On the positive side a lot has been written on the 36% jump in indirect tax collections. This has been offered as an example of a revival in economic activity. Nevertheless, much of this huge jump has come from the government increasing the excise duty on petrol and diesel and capturing much of the fall in oil prices. Excise duty collections have jumped by 68.6% during the course of this financial year.
In fact as a recent ministry of finance press release points out: “These collections reflect in part increase due to additional measures taken by the Government from time to time, including the excise increases on diesel and petrol, the increase in clean energy cess, the withdrawal of exemptions for motor vehicles, capital goods and consumer durables, and from June 2015, the increase in Service Tax rates from 12.36% to 14%. However, stripped of all these additional measures, indirect tax collections increased by 11.6% during April-October 2015 as compared to April-October 2014.”
As the Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian recently said in an interview: “Even if you take away all the new things, new taxes have been added, that number[indirect taxes number] is growing at a robust about 11.5 -12% and if that number is right, that means that the underlined economy is recovering.”
There are few other data points on the positive side. The commercial vehicle sales have been robust during the first six months of the financial year. At the same time consumption of petroleum products has also gone up by 8.5% between April and September 2015.
While the underlying economy might be recovering, it is very difficult to believe that it is growing at 7.4%. In fact, Subramanian and Rajan suggested the same in a very roundabout sort of way in a recent joint interview to a television channel.
To conclude, once you take all the factors I have listed above into account, the economic growth (or GDP growth) number of 7.4%, doesn’t look believable.
(Vivek Kaul is the author of the Easy Money trilogy. He tweets @kaul_vivek)
The wait is finally over.
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The wait is finally over. Tamil Nadu Polytechnic Diploma Results for October 2015 has been published. For checking the result students have to first log on to tndte.com. Students for all the three years can access their result there under the poly exam process. Students need to keep their registration number handy. They can access their result after entering their registration number, date of birth and answering the security question.
After four writers backed out of the Bangalore Literature Festival over their objections to statements he made, founder director Vikram Sampath has decided to step down from all his responsibilities at the Festival.
Sampath issued a statement on Saturday in which he said that he has become “the target of a personalized campaign” because of his views on the Award Wapsi campaign and on the Tipu Sultan controversy.
Sampath had written in an October article for The Mint newspaper that he doesn’t support the action by writers to return their Sahitya Akademi awards in protest against intolerance because the awards are given by the Akademi, which is autonomous and has nothing to do with the government against whom the writers are protesting. He had also stated that he will not return his Akademi award.
Four writers who took objection to his comments – Dayanand TK, Arif Raja, OL Nagabhushana Swamy and Satchidanandan – backed out of the Festival.
Sampath also said in the statement that during the recent Tipu Sultan controversy, he had a signed a petition, along with other historians and archaeologists, about how it is necessary that “multiple view points and narratives in Indian historiography” are recognised.
“As someone who has researched the history of Mysore for over 15 years, I believe I am entitled to have an intellectual stand point on a matter of historical debate as also to this invaluable gift of freedom of expression that the founding fathers of this great country have fought hard to achieve for us,” he said in the statement.
He stated that he finds it “distressing” that his ”personal freedom of expression is coming in the way of the Festival” and in the interests of the Festival, he has decided to “step away from all responsibility of organising the Festival.” He now hopes that the writers who had backed out of the Festival will reconsider their decision and return to the Festival.
In a recently done security audit by the ICAO, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, (BCAS) fully met the target of implementation of security norms thus steering clear from the threat of a possible downgrading of India’s safety ranking.
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India’s aviation safety and security security has got a thumps up from the UN oversight body International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).In a recently done security audit by the ICAO, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, (BCAS) fully met the target of implementation of security norms thus steering clear from the threat of a possible downgrading of India’s safety ranking.ICAO carries out periodic audits of member countries and assesses their implementation of norms of security and safety measures in handling all areas of civil aviation security and safety including full ground handling at the airports, aerodromes, including the track record of companies involved, airlines and flight schedules and paths managed by the air traffic control (ATC) etc.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The audit done by ICAO in October this year certified that effective implementation of aviation security in India stands at respectable score of 99.23% while India’s compliance of ICAO security requirements stands at 99.59%.The ICAO team conducted audit of Indian civil aviation security and security at Delhi airport in October across nine audit areas including legislative and regulatory architecture, performance of security personnel, security training, catering services and ground handling etc.The move, officials said, will help upgrade US regulator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation security rating of India thereby enabling starting more flights to US destinations that were in limbo because of bad rating of security and safety measures. In an earlier audit done in 2011, the ICAO had given 89% compliance to civil aviation security ans safety ratings.To fall in line with ICAO measures, country’s nodal aviation security body BCAS started the process of hiring around 400-500 personnel to help tide over the acute manpower shortage. The ministry of civil aviation also set the ball rolling to induct 21 personnel at different levels in the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB).
New Delhi: Concerned over slowing global demand and declining exports, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today underlined the need for creating an ecosystem to boost shipments to the markets overseas.
He asked exporters to produce quality products at competitive prices to meet the challenge of slowing demand in international markets. “One important factor, which our global experience now teaches us is that the world wants to buy good products, it wants to buy cheaper products and therefore you have to think ahead of the others, manufacture products which are cost and quality competitive.
“This can actually enable you, even in adverse global circumstances, to find a bigger market. And we have to create in India an ecosystem which can actually facilitate that,” he said.
The minister was speaking at the closing ceremony of 14-day long India International Trade Fair here. Observing that trade helps in expanding economic activity, Jaitley said the “glaring challenge” is to step up shipments at a time when the world trade was getting compressed.
“The purchasing capacity of global buyer is contracting. Their ability to buy has been reduced and therefore suppliers are going to find it difficult (to get buyers),” he added. He further said that declining prices of oil, gas, metals, food products and other commodities in the global market has adversely impacted the value realisation from exports.
India’s exports have remained in the negative territory for the 11th month in a row by registering a dip of 17.53 per cent in October to USD 21.35 billion, mainly on account of slowing global demand.
Talking about trade fairs, Jaitley said they are going to help boost trade activities. This year, India International Trade Fair (IITF) witnessed about 17 lakh footfalls. The minister said IITF is a very prized location, and “many would want to shift this elsewhere but I’m told Mr (L C) Goyal (Chairman of India Trade Promotion Council) is determined not to move”. Exhorting Goyal for makeover of the Pragati Maidan, Jaitley said, “Don’t be satisfied with…your past bureaucratic experience, your resourcefulness should not only be limited to police.”
Goyal was Home Secretary prior to taking over the charge of Chairman ITPO. “Your energy and resourcefulness in fact, if it manages to re-develop, will probably leave a lasting asset for this country and leave behind a very good footprint,” the minister said.
On Tuesday, AAP party workers protested outside the MLA’s house with regard to his sexist remarks against Alka Lamba
Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker, O P Sharma was suspended from the Delhi assembly for making derogatory and sexist remarks about Aam Aadmi Party MLA, Alka Lamba on Tuesday.
According to The Hindu, the Chandni Chowk MLA will remain under suspension till Thursday. He represents east Delhi’s Vishwas Nagar assembly constituency. BJP leaders have in recent times found themselves embroiled in some controversy or the other. Just last month, on 22 October, a local BJP leader in Daman was suspended from the party for allegedly assaulting a woman councillor, according to an India Today report.
The Hindustan Times quotes the MLA’s remarks as “Ye toh Raat Bhar ghumne wali”. According to the Speaker, Ram Niwas Goel, the remarks couldn’t be clearly heard but quoted the BJP MLA as saying that Lamba was a woman who “roams in the night,” the phrase usually has a connotation of a woman of loose morals or a slut.”
This incident occurred during a discussion on the homeless and night shelters. Opposition leader, Vijender Gupta accused the government of not being serious about poor people’s deaths. According to The Hindustan Times, Gupta had claimed that 3000 people had died from March to October and Sisodia alleged that during President’s rule, the contract to run shelters was given to a security agency.
Lamba objected to Sharma’s remark and said that the cause of the death of homeless people was drugs and not cold. It is after this that Sharma made the remark against Lamba.
The Hindustan Times quotes the Speaker saying, “I have been observing the behaviour and language of OP Sharma for the past four days. But the language he used for a woman legislator is deplorable and beyond imagination. Despite warnings, OP Sharma did not mend his ways. I also advised the leader of opposition to reign in his colleague but in vain. OP Sharma stands suspended from the House till Thursday.”
This is not the first tussle between the two MLA’s, according to The Hindu‘s report, the two MLA’s had locked horns with each other when Lamba had led a ‘raid’ against Sharma’s restaurant leading to allegations and counter allegations.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal expressed his shock and dismay on Twitter:
Deputy CM, Manish Sisodia asked the Speaker to refer the matter to the ethics committee. According to The Indian Express, the AAP MLAs voiced their protest over the remarks and rushed into the well of the House shouting slogans and demanding his expulsion. Party sources told The Hindu that the AAP legislators are seeking for a suspension till the conclusion of the Winter Session and are also ‘considering disciplinary action’ — including a criminal case and cancellation of his membership to the Assembly.
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Detailing the extent of the damage, Jayalalithaa told the PM that despite her government’s preventive efforts, the state had suffered severe damage on account of the “extremely heavy and sustained” rainfall which, she said, had left a trail of destruction and that her government had allocated Rs 500 crore for relief work.
Vendors push a cart on the waterlogged Marina Beach in Chennai on Saturday.
With the North East monsoon leaving a trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu, the state government on Monday pegged the damage at Rs 8,481 crore, with Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately release Rs 2,000 crore to sustain relief work.In a letter to the Prime Minister, she said that 169 lives have been lost in various rain-related incidents since October 1, 2015.Detailing the extent of the damage, Jayalalithaa told the PM that despite her government’s preventive efforts, the state had suffered severe damage on account of the “extremely heavy and sustained” rainfall which, she said, had left a trail of destruction and that her government had allocated Rs 500 crore for relief work.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The assessment of damages and requirement of funds for immediate relief and restoration of infrastructure which she said had been speedily carried out indicated a much higher financial requirement.”The requirement of funds for immediate rescue and relief and the temporary and permanent restoration of infrastructure has been worked out at Rs.8,481 crore in all….” “This assessment has been made as an immediate measure since the Government of Tamil Nadu requires assistance from Government of India to meet the very high expenditure requirements that such a severe calamity has caused. The funds required are well beyond the resources available with the state, including the State Disaster Response Fund,” she said.She requested Modi to depute a central team immediately to make its on-the-spot assessment of damage and to release central financial aid without any delay keeping in view the urgency of restoring many of the infrastructure facilities and services to the flood affected people.”In the meanwhile, I request that an on account release of Rs 2,000 crore may be sanctioned immediately to enable the state government to sustain the relief and restoration operations with the same vigour,” Jayalalithaa said.Jayalalithaa recalled that a deep depression of ‘high intensity’ in the Bay of Bengal had hit the Tamil Nadu coast near Marakkanam on November 10, 2015, causing extremely heavy rains, particularly in the four northern coastal districts of Cuddalore, Kancheepuram, Chennai and Tiruvallur.”Based on the forecast received from Indian Meteorological Department and the alerts received from the National Disaster Management Agency, adequate precautionary measures were taken which minimised loss to life and property,” she said, adding state-level agencies and the local administration in the affected districts were put on high alert.High level teams of ministers and senior IAS officers were deputed to various districts to monitor the preventive, rescue and relief operations while personnel of different departments, including Revenue, Police, Fire Service and Public Works Department were fully mobilised, the CM said.”In addition, the services of the National Disaster Response Force, Army, Air Force, Navy and the Coast Guard were requisitioned wherever the need was felt. I thank you for the promptness in the dispatch of these forces,” she told Modi.However, despite all efforts taken by the state Government, “as the rainfall was extremely heavy and sustained for several days, it has left a trail of damage and destruction,” she said.Citing an example, she said at Neyveli (Cuddalore dt.), it rained 437 MM on Nov 9. Similarly, Chennai received the second heaviest monthly rainfall recorded in the past more than 100 years in just the first 20 days of November. The rainfall continued for several days as the deep depression was followed by another low pressure system, she said.The CM said many parts of the state had been severely affected due to flooding. One hundred and sixty nine lives were lost during this North East monsoon since October 1 and there was widespread damage to property, including dwelling units and crops, she said.Infrastructure, including roads and bridges, storm water drainage systems, water supply and sewerage systems and electricity supply systems have been ‘battered’ in many areas, Jayalalithaa said, adding more than four lakh people have been shifted to relief camps even as relief work was being undertaken on a war-footing.”The tireless immediate rescue and relief operations conducted against heavy odds were widely appreciated,” she said.
Geeta, the speech and hearing impaired Indian woman, was living in Pakistan after accidentally crossing the border over a decade ago.
External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday confirmed that the search for Geeta’s parents is on and all efforts are being made to ensure that she unites with her family at the earliest.Geeta, the speech and hearing impaired Indian woman, was living in Pakistan after accidentally crossing the border over a decade ago. “At present, she is staying in Indore. Many more photos have come to us and many have claimed to be her parents. We are sending all the photos to Geeta but she has so far denied. Our search will be on and we would want her to get back to her family,” Swaraj told the media here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I will be meeting Geeta tomorrow. She had earlier recognised her parents by seeing their photos but after coming here she said they are not her parents. We had given blood samples for DNA test and it did not match,” she added. The External Affair Minister further said that one should not politicise humanitarian issues.” These are humanitarian issues. His (Ramzan) case dates back to October 13, but it came to our notice after Geeta’s case was raised. Geeta’s case was also old, but it came to notice after the movie ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. So, these humanitarian issues should not be mingled with politics,” said Swaraj.Geeta was reportedly just seven or eight years old when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago at the Lahore railway station. The Indian Government had earlier said that Geeta would be handed over to the rightful family only after the DNA test.
Kejriwal was criticised even on social media with many even posting a tweet of his that wrote in October 2013.
“Yesterday, Arvind Kejriwal hugged the ideology which he had been opposing,” Patra said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday drew flak for hugging RJD chief Lalu Prasad during the oath-taking ceremony of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with his former colleague and Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav saying that it was a “shameful” act. Yadav, who was expelled from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), said it was not mere hugging, but the defeat of ideals to form a bloc against the BJP. “Political capital of the movement sold to symbols of political corruption. Ashamed!”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This is the same logic which Congress supporters used to use against the Lokpal movement. They would say that they (the Congress) are corrupt, but the Lokpal movement should not be supported as it would help the BJP. Kejriwal used the same logic, but shamed those strove against corruption,” Yadav said in a post on his Facebook page. LJP leader Chirag Paswan said he was surprised to see Kejriwal hugging Prasad. “You cannot give Lalu ji a benefit of doubt as he has been convicted in a corruption case. Kejriwal is known for his anti-corruption stand and his hugging Lalu ji indicates whether he has stopped his war against corruption.” BJP’s Sambit Patra too attacked Kejriwal saying the AAP chief used to hold one press conference after another in which he would name Prasad in his list of most corrupt politicians. “Yesterday, Arvind Kejriwal hugged the ideology which he had been opposing,” Patra said.Kejriwal was criticised even on social media with many even posting a tweet of his that wrote in October 2013. “Laloo made crores in fodder scam. But no order for recovery of that money. Just 25 lakh fine and few years in jail. A sweet deal,” the Delhi CM had tweeted.Hitting back, Kejriwal supporters claimed that it was Prasad who forcibly hugged him despite his reluctance and defended the friendly gesture between the two saying that it was nothing but a “political courtesy”.
Despite ED’s several requests, international agency refuses to budge, continues to put stumbling blocks in ED attempts to deport LaMo
The Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) attempt to get the Interpol issue a red-corner notice (RCN) and subsequently get Lalit Modi deported from the UK has hit another stumbling block.The international agency has demanded a copy of the charge sheet filed in India against the Indian Premier League (IPL) kingpin and wants the case details to be handed over to him as part of his fundamental rights.However, on November 18, the Mumbai ED refused to part with any legal document or the charge sheet against Modi as they feared that he would find some way out of deportation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This is the fourth query from the Interpol to the CBI. A copy of the email dated October 27, in possession of dna, said: “In order to deliver its opinion on the case, the Interpol’s commission has to be in a position to invite Modi, who is aware of the RCN request, to provide his views on this request, to uphold the principle of due process and fair hearing, to preserve Interpol’s judicial immunity and to avoid any successful action of the individual regarding the violations by Interpol of his fundamental rights.”The email also sought the go-ahead from the National Central Bureau to authorise the commission to provide a copy of the arrest warrant and case details, which have been already submitted for the issuance of an RCN.”The ED reply would be the same – that Modi has no rights on internal investigation details,” said a source.Typically, the process of RCN takes no more than two weeks. But in the case of Modi, it appears that the international organisation is acting as his guardian, said a source.ED has been probing Modi, the IPL and its executives for alleged violation of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The case relates to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which had awarded a 10-year media right to WSG for $918 million.WSG then entered into a deal with MSM to make Sony the official broadcaster. The contract was replaced later with a nine-year deal, where MSM paid $1.63 billion.Even on the three previous occasions, Interpol had raised “frivolous queries”, already delaying Modi’s deportation. ED sources have pointed out Modi’s political and international connections. He himself had given several examples of him being in touch with top political brass.The Interpol has, on its Website, spelt out the norms for issuing RCNs, which mandates only a non-bailable arrest warrant from a country.The ED suspects that the Interpol has adopted a go-slow approach. Since August, when the first appeal was made for issuing RCN, the Interpol has raised the same set of queries three times, each differently worded, said sources.On August 19, the CBI sent the required papers/documents to the Interpol to process the RCN. The very next day, ED was asked to explain the reasons for issuing the RCN.In September, the Interpol asked the CBI to establish the sequence and details of the three years of probe into the money-laundering case, since it was registered in 2012.ED was given a month’s time to respond on the second round of queries, which they had provided much before the deadline.In October, the ED received the third set of questions, more or less similar with the previous ones.Meanwhile, former Interpol chief Ronald K Nobel being defensive to Modi also gained a lot of attention when he clarified that Modi was never on the Interpol database and that allegations that he had removed Modi’s name were false.
She said the quantum of exports has not fallen drastically but the currency depreciation is yielding lower revenue for same volume of sale.
Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday rejected Congress’ charge of falling exports despite Prime Minister’s ‘frequent’ foreign trips, saying his visits have removed the “blot” of corruption and “misgovernance” during the earlier government.She said Congress was wrong in linking up the two issues as exports have fallen because of dip in demand globally and negative growth rate in some of the major consuming nations. “With the Prime Minister going abroad and projecting what India truly stands for and simultaneously doing things (reforms) here…(that) has removed that ‘kalank’,” Sitharaman told PTI in an interview here. The country’s image and standing as an attractive investment destination had suffered because of misgovernance and the Supreme Court’s cancelling 122 coal mine allocations in one go on charges of misconduct, she said, while adding that these issues gave a “thrashing to India’s image”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I think Congress party should be a bit more cautious before commenting on these matters and if your image is thrashed and hit rock-bottom”, it will not serve India’s economy, she said. Congress had earlier this week taunted that India’s exports have dropped by a whopping 45 per cent despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi making 30 foreign visits in 18 months. “Exports are suffering because of various reasons… I think, the Prime Minister is doing a big service to this nations’ image by restoring it… India’s image now stands at one of the very best and it is sort after an investment destination,” Sitharaman said.She said the quantum of exports has not fallen drastically but the currency depreciation is yielding lower revenue for same volume of sale. “So the same quantity of exports, you are earning far less,” she said, adding that the slump in crude oil prices has meant that rates of finished product or fuel, which was the second biggest export grosser for India, too have dipped along. Also, commodity prices have fallen globally.She said that Congress party should do a bit more homework before they comment on these matters.The Prime Minister’s visits have changed the image of India, which was completely thrashed and beaten before May 2014, she said. Sitharaman said that exports are declining due to various reasons including slowdown in global demand and dip in commodity prices worldwide. India’s exports remained in the negative territory for the 11th month in a row, registering a dip of 17.53% in October to US $21.35 billion, due to a demand slowdown, while trade deficit showed an improvement.
Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi, representing the Modi government, told the Supreme Court on Thursday that it is not possible to give draft MoP for vetting by by judiciary
The Modi government on Thursday refused to formulate a draft memorandum of procedure (MoP) to be followed by the Supreme Court collegium for appointments of judges to the higher judiciary, according to Zee News and PTI.The Supreme Court on Wednesday had asked the Centre to frame the draft MoP for future appointments in higher judiciary after considering all suggestions on the issue.Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi, representing the Modi government, told the Supreme Court on Thursday that it is not possible to give draft MoP for vetting by by judiciary. Rohtagi, instead, asked the court itself to pass directions on the issue.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: NJAC: More than a mere power tussle between politicians and juristsAfter receiving diverse suggestions from various quarters on the improvement of the collegium system, the Supreme Court on November 3 had said that “there can’t be wholesale change” in the system for the appointment of judges for high courts and supreme court.It had asked parties involved to respond on four points – transparency, minimum eligibility criteria, need for secretariat (office) and how to deal with complaints that come against prospective appointments.A constitution bench headed by Justice JS Khehar had said that the response the court had received was “tremendous” and “diverse in nature” after its October 16 verdict, which quashed the National Judicial Appointment Commission Act.In a 4-1 majority judgment on October 16, the Supreme Court had held the 99th Constitutional Amendment Act 2014 and the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act 2014, to be “unconstitutional and void”.
Chennai: A court in Chennai on Monday granted bail to ultra-Left propadandist folk singer Kovan who was arrested on 30 October for alleged sedition.
Granting him bail, Principal Sessions Judge N Audinathan observed during the hearing that the case was not one of defamation.
The judge directed Kovan to appear before the Investigation Officer as and when required and also to furnish a personal bond of Rs 5,000 with two sureties of like sum.
54-year-old Kovan, propagandist singer of ultra-Left arts and literary outfit ‘Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhagam’, was arrested in Tiruchirapalli on 30 October for alleged sedition, uploading “defamatory” electronic content against Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and “disturbing” public peace.
On 7 November, the Madras High Court had stayed a local court order remanding Kovan to two days police custody, saying it was ‘erroneous.’
Justice C T Selvam had passed the interim direction at a special hearing at his residence on a petition by the singer, challenging Chief Judicial Magistrate Court’s 6 November order.
The allegedly defamatory content in the form of videos were uploaded on some Tamil websites and had also gone viral in messaging mediums like Whatsapp.
The content, though centred over the liquor vending policy of Tamil Nadu government, allegedly had direct references to Jayalalithaa in a bad light.
The HC had said a perusal of the papers revealed that in permitting two-day custody to Kovan, the primary concern of the lower court had been the need to probe any link with Naxals.
Singhal has been suffering from respiratory problems for over a month now. He was earlier admitted to Medanta on October 20 after his condition deteriorated in Allahabad and was flown in to the national capital in an air ambulance.
“He is presently in the intensive care unit under treatment of a group of specialists comprising of people from critical care, respiratory, cardiology, neurology and nephrology,” Doctor AK Dubey told the media here.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal who was admitted to the Medanta Hospital here has been put on life support system and his condition is serious. “He is presently in the intensive care unit under treatment of a group of specialists comprising of people from critical care, respiratory, cardiology, neurology and nephrology,” Doctor AK Dubey told the media here.Singhal has been suffering from respiratory problems for over a month now. He was earlier admitted to Medanta on October 20 after his condition deteriorated in Allahabad and was flown in to the national capital in an air ambulance.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Keeping in view Singhal’s bad health, the VHP has cancelled its 18-day Chaturved Swahakar Yajna that was slated to start at Delhi’s Birla Mandir from today , as well as its Diwali Milan programme.
Singhal was earlier admitted to Medanta on October 20 after his condition deteriorated in Allahabad and was flown in to the national capital in an air ambulance.
VHP patron Ashok Singhal has been admitted to a multi-speciality hospital in Gurgaon once again after his health deteriorated. Singhal was admitted to Medanta multi-speciality hospital late last night. According to a VHP statement, doctors attending on him at Medanta multi-speciality hospital say that his condition is “critical”. Singhal is suffering from respiratory problems for over a month now. Singhal was earlier admitted to Medanta on October 20 after his condition deteriorated in Allahabad and was flown in to the national capital in an air ambulance. He was discharged only two days ago. BJP President Amit Shah and party’s general secretary (Organisation) Ramlal, besides Union Health Minister J P Nadda today visited him at the hospital and inquired about his health. VHP international vice president Om Parkash Singhal, general secretary Champat Rai and other leaders have also assembled at Medanta.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Keeping in view Singhal’s bad health, VHP has cancelled its 18-day Chaturved Swahakar Yajna that was slated to start at Delhi’s Birla Mandir from November 16, as well as its Diwali Milan programme.
BBC Newsnight speaks to a maid from India, Kasturi Munirathinam, who alleges her employer in Saudi Arabia chopped off her arm.
Gandhi has had several public disagreements with party chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and other members of the AAP.
AAP leader Mayank Gandhi
AAP leader Mayank Gandhi has resigned from his post in the party’s national executive, said an English news channel. Gandhi said his reason for doing so was, “I am losing interest in politics”.Gandhi has had several public disagreements with party chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and other members of the AAP. Last month, Gandhi had accused Kejriwal of playing “gutter politics” and destroying the party organisation, after the AAP disbanded its Maharashtra unit, of which Gandhi was a key member. Gandhi was earlier on the core committee of the India Against Corruption movement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mayank Gandhi had written blogs criticising AAP’s decision to oust Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. There was pressure on the state unit to act against Mayank Gandhi and it was not in favour of it. “Plus, the Mumbai unit is marred by factionalism with one section having the support of the party leadership in Delhi, while there is another section supporting Mayank,” a senior state party leader who requested anonymity had said in October. The leader also termed the decision as “unfortunate”.Reacting to the development, Gandhi alleged that Kejriwal was determined to finish the party whose members have “got overpowered by gutter politics”.”AAP people had entered politics by forming a party to clean the gutter, but unfortunately on the contrary, members got overpowered by the gutter politics,” Gandhi had told PTI in October.Gandhi, who contested the Lok Sabha polls from Northwest Mumbai constituency, took to twitter to express “sadness” over the development. “Beautifully functioning Maharashtra teams dissolved. Sad that politics has won!” he had tweeted.”Let the high command expel me from the party, but the truth is that the high command himself is hellbent to finish the party’s root in Maharashtra,” he said.Gandhi had strongly spoken against removal of founder members of AAP like Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the PAC in March and had said he will continue to raise his voice.In a veiled reference to Kejriwal, Gandhi had said, “It is now true that AAP has only one voice in the party. Whosoever, puts different voice, not matching with high command, he is kicked out.””Two type of politics, one that works with the people on the ground and other that do chaplusi in Delhi. The second type has won. Jai ho.,” he tweeted.
The Morcha, a combine of 27 sanitation workers union is on strike from October 23 over their demands including payment of previous years arrears, regularisation of contractual workers and cashless health cards.
MCD sanitation workers protesting against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Delhi Secretariat in New Delhi on November 5, 2015.
The striking sanitation workers will light earthen diyas using water instead of oil on Diwali on Tuesday, as a mark of their protest and and “angst” over non payment of arrears and their other unfulfilled demands.”We are empty handed due to non payment of our dues including arrears and so we have decided to light diyas with water on the garbage dumps,” said Sanjay Gehlot, president of Swatantra Mazdoor Vikas Sanyukt Morcha.The Morcha, a combine of 27 sanitation workers union is on strike from October 23 over their demands including payment of previous years arrears, regularisation of contractual workers and cashless health cards. The strike which hit many parts of the city, specially those under East Delhi Municipal (EDMC) area, has slowed down following court orders ordering the civic authorities to lift unattended garbage, although many unions claim to be on strike.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”After the High Court order, the sanitation workers were threatened with action after which some joined duty but majority of them are still on strike,” Gehlot said.”We have slowed down the strike although in view of the problems caused by huge piles of garbage and the resulting unhygienic conditions in the festival season,” he accepted.”The strike will be intensified after Diwali and we will ensure that its base is expanded in all the three municipal corporations,” he added.East Delhi Mayor Harshdeep Malhotra said that all the sanitation workers were “on duty” and it “seemed only their leaders were on strike.””I have checked with wards and all the sanitation workers are doing their job. Around 2200-2300 metric tonne of garbage is generated per day in the municipal area which is being collected by sanitation workers without any problem,” he added.
Amnesty, in a media statement on October 27 before the final court verdict on war criminals Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, had said that “serious crimes by freedom fighters” during the 1971 Liberation War had gone unpunished.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has lambasted Amnesty International accusing it of trying to protect war criminals as she alleged that the global rights group had been bribed to defend the accused. Hasina accused Amnesty of taking money for its defence of the war criminals calling the the act “despicable”, news portal bdnews24.com reported.Amnesty, in a media statement on October 27 before the final court verdict on war criminals Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, had said that “serious crimes by freedom fighters” during the 1971 Liberation War had gone unpunished.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hasina said, “We’ve strongly condemned it (statement) and will continue to do so”.”They received something big for it,” Hasina said at a press briefing yesterday, implying that Amnesty was paid off for making the statement.The prime minister also urged for an early conclusion of the war crimes trials.”We have to take steps to try the (suspected) war criminals quickly,” she said.War crimes suspects were put on trial after the formation of the first war crimes tribunal in 2010. A second one was constituted two years later to expedite the trials. But the government merged the two tribunals after many cases were resolved and the number of pending cases decreased. Most of the war criminals are from the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami, which opposed Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan.The Supreme Court handed death sentences to wartime Al-Badr chief Jamaat leader Mujahid on June 16 and Chittagong’s BNP leader Chowdhury on July 29. The full verdicts were published on September 30. The convicts have sought a final review of the verdict before execution. The apex court will hear their pleas on November 17 amid allegations of attempts to obstruct the trials.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met a delegation of artistes led by Bollywood actor Anupam Kher protesting against a section of artistes who are returning their awards over “intolerance” in the country.
“He (Modi) listened to us and said the intolerance issue is harming the country and its reputation,” Kher said after meeting the prime minister.
“The filmmakers and documentary makers must make an attempt to talk to the PM and not wait for the government to contact them. We have to express our anguish but nothing should come between us and the integrity of the nation to be discussed outside India in an intolerant manner,” he added.
Earlier on Saturday, the delegation led a ‘March for India’ to protest against those returning their awards over intolerance.
After the march, Kher called on President Pranab Mukherjee, and described it as a “great meeting” where he raised concerns about the ‘award wapsi’ by various people.
Kher also said the Prime Minister’s Office had invited renowned Urdu poet Munawwar Rana, but he has not replied to it so far.
On October 18, Rana had returned his Sahitya Akademi award along with the Rs.1 lakh cash prize amid the ongoing debate over growing intolerance. Rana had said that if he is called by the PMO, he will go and meet Modi.
Rajan was arrested on the basis of an Interpol Red Corner notice at Bali airport on October 25 after he reached Bali from Australia.
The team of Mumbai police which had gone to Bali, Indonesia, to secure deportation of Chhota Rajan was not allowed to meet the gangster even once, an official on Saturday said. “Our team did not have any access to Rajan, all the communication they received was through the (Indian) consulate official in Bali,” said a senior crime branch official here. The police team, which had left Mumbai on October 30, had only a glimpse of Rajan four days later, on November 3.Rajan was arrested on the basis of an Interpol Red Corner notice at Bali airport on October 25 after he reached Bali from Australia. The senior official also said that this was Rajan’s first visit to Indonesia and he had planned to spend at least 15 days there on a “vacation”. Even during the flight back to Delhi, the Mumbai police team couldn’t speak to Rajan. “It was a 10-hour flight from Bali to Mumbai. Most of the time Rajan was sleeping. A team of seven officials, comprising men from Mumbai police, CBI and Delhi Special Cell, accompanied him,” the official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also said that contrary to past media reports, Rajan doesn’t have any kidney ailment, though he has had a heart bypass surgery. A day before Rajan landed in Delhi, Maharashtra government, in a surprise move, decided to transfer all the cases against him to CBI. Rajan had earlier told mediapersons that some police officers in Mumbai were on the payroll of his rival and fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim. Mumbai police had till now not shared any documents pertaining to cases against the gangster with CBI as they were awaiting notification from the state government, the crime branch official said.
It all began when the Shiv Sena announced in the last week of October that it will not allow any Pakistani actor to step on Maharashtra’s soil. The party also made it clear that Pakistani actors like Mahira Khan or Fawad Khan would not be allowed to promote their upcoming films in Maharashtra.
Mahira Khan’s response, however, could not have been wittier. An image surfaced online a few days back showing Mahira at a Halloween party in Lahore posing with film director Asim Raza, who was dressed up as a Shiv Sena leader holding the placard that read, “Mahira ko bahar nikaalo“.
Anger and outrage erupted against Mahira Khan because of that image, reported IANS. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, who has thundered in support of the right-wing several times on TV news channel debates and has also tweeted saying that “Shiv Sena was so right in their act of blackening” Sudheendra Kulkarni’s face, also tweeted against Mahira.
Pandit said that he condemned the ‘intolerant’ act of Mahira Khan, stressing on the fact that she was a Pakistani artist.
Eventually, Mahira Khan apologised for the picture. She said she didn’t intend to hurt anyone’s sentiments and artists should not be dragged into politics. She also said the image was made out “to be something it never was”, although she didn’t mention who the people responsible for that interpretation were.
But why should Mahira Khan have to apologise for that picture in the first place?
Did that picture contain any communally offensive jibe?
Was it sexist, racist or elitist?
Was it anti-India?
The answers, we can all agree, are no, no and no.
The picture was just a response to a political party whose idea of patriotism is to ban everyone from Pakistan from entering Maharashtra — except Malala Yousafzai, of course.
The picture was a counter-view (and that too, in the form of a joke) to a hardline stance taken by a political party. What seems to be lost on the likes of Pandit is that if what Mahira and Asim did was indeed an act of ‘intolerance’, then political cartoons and caricatures — which by nature take digs at political parties and their ideologies — become ‘intolerant’ acts.
Without belabouring the point, the biggest irony is that the picture is being called ‘intolerant’ by a person who could apparently not tolerate a light-hearted joke about the behaviour of a certain political party to which the person has taken a fancy.
Far more unfortunate, however, is the fact that one should have to justify the context of a picture. Bear in mind, this wasn’t an inflammatory statement delivered from the pulpit of a rally, or oven a television broadcast. It was a photograph of two people at a party.
The merits of freedom of expression notwithstanding, so long as that expression is not sexist, or communal or racist, or biased against a community, this sort of attack on someone’s expression is baseless. Disagreeing respectfully with that point of view is one thing, attacking the right to make a point — not to mention turning the whole issue personal — is a different thing altogether.
Moreover, one of the most ridiculous aspects of this situation was that Mahira Khan had to apologise whereas the person actually dressed up like a Shiv Sena leader and holding the placard was Asim.
Of course, this doesn’t mean what he did was wrong.
This just goes to show that the outrage, apart from being wrong in principle, was also misdirected. Is this also a thinly-veiled case of sexism or just the fact that Mahira is probably better known in India than Asim? Whatever be the reason, it’s laughable when the person who faced the most criticism was someone standing next to the person who caused all the outrage.
Intolerance against a point of view which opposes a political party’s stand is exactly the kind of thing that worsens the already terrible reputation of tolerance in India.
When people have to worry about what they can wear at a Halloween party, we’re entering a truly dangerous time.
The 55-year-old gangster, whose real name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, was remanded in CBI custody by a magistrate.
Underworld don Chhota Rajan was on Friday sent to CBI custody by a court in Delhi, a day after he was brought from Indonesian city of Bali.Deported after being on the run for 27 years, the 55-year-old gangster, whose real name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, was remanded in CBI custody by a magistrate who conducted the proceedings at the CBI headquarters in view of security reasons.”CBI has got the custody of Rajan in one of the cases against him,” a CBI spokesperson said without elaborating. Rajan, once a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, has been brought to the country to face trial in over 70 cases of murder, extortion and drug smuggling in Delhi and Mumbai.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Friday, he was taken straight to the CBI headquarters where he was subjected to a preliminary round of questioning.After his arrest in Bali on October 25, India had pressed for his early deportation, which, however, got delayed due to closure of Bali’s international airport due to spewing of volcanic ash from a nearby mountain.Upon his arrival in Delhi, he was taken into preventive custody of Interpol division of the CBI till the central probe agency completes legal formalities for registering a case of allegedly procuring fake passport and takes over the cases handed over by Maharashtra government. Earlier, the spokesperson had said that Rajan was medically fit and required no dialysis.Related Read: Chhota Rajan or not Chhota Rajan? How the CBI has hoodwinked one and allChhota Rajan details on Dawood Ibrahim new and revealing: Sources
He submitted that in the vigilance’s inquiry report there was no evidence of demand and receipt of bribe.
Kerala High Court on Friday declined to grant an immediate stay on a Vigilance court order directing further probe against state Finance Minister K M Mani in the bar bribery scam and posted the matter to November 9. Justice B Kemal Pasha posted to November 9 the prayer for stay by the Vigilance department, saying, “We will finally hear the matter on Monday.” The Vigilance department pressed for a stay order today itself.Earlier, the Judge wanted the Vigilance and Anti Corruption bureau to explain as to how the department was aggrieved by the October 29 order of Special Vigilance Court in Thiruvananthapuram which had rejected its final report seeking to close the case against Mani, who has been accused of taking bribe to renew bar licences in 2014. The observations were made by Justice Pasha when an appeal by the Vigilance Additional DGP seeking to set aside the Vigilance Court order came up for hearing before him. State Advocate General KP Dandapani assailed the Vigilance court judgement, saying due to the order, the Vigilance department was not in a position to investigate cases in the state.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He submitted that in the vigilance’s inquiry report there was no evidence of demand and receipt of bribe. The only evidence was that one man had gone inside the house of the Finance Minister. Counsel for Leader of Opposition in Assembly, V S Achutanandan, contended that the Vigilance petition was not maintainable and the proper remedy was to file a revision petition. He also opposed the grant of stay. The Vigilance Court while ordering further probe into the bar bribery case against Mani had observed that there are “sufficient materials for making out a prima facia case.” Special Judge John K Illekadan had passed the order for further probe, rejecting the final report of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau to close the case against Mani. “From an overall analysis of the materials available on records and from the events which followed in quick succession in the case, it can be seen that there are sufficient materials for making out a prima facia case in respect to the alleged incident,” the judge had observed.An FIR had been filed against Mani in Thiruvananthapuram court last year after a ‘quick verification’ by the Vigilance department on the allegations made by Kerala State Bar Hotel Owners’s Association working President Biju Ramesh that the Minister had accepted Rs one crore as bribe for renewal of licence to 470 Indian Made Foreign Liquor bars in the state.
This is the third instance where Geeta did not recognise the people who claimed to be her parents.
Geeta, the deaf and mute girl who returned to India from Pakistan recently, did not recognise a couple from Uttar Pradesh who arrived here claiming that she was their long-lost daughter, district authorities said on Friday.This is the third instance where Geeta did not recognise the people who claimed to be her parents. Earlier she had failed to recognise the people who claimed that they were her parents or family members after she arrived in New Delhi, Indore district collector P Narhari said. Geeta, who lived in Pakistan for about 15 years after accidentally landing in the country as a child, is currently lodged at an institution for the hearing- and speech-impaired here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We showed Geeta the photos of Ramraj Gautam (45) and his wife Anara Devi, hailing from Rama-ka-Purva in Pratapgarh district of UP, who claim that Geeta is their daughter and her real name is Savita. But she didn’t recognise them,” Narhari said. About Gautam’s and his wife’s application for permission to meet her, the collector said he had forwarded it to the Ministry of External Affairs for decision. “We are also making efforts to trace her family,” said the collector.”We are playing the role of guardian,” Narhari said, adding that unauthorised persons and outsiders were not allowed to enter the institute where the girl is living. However, she was not being kept in isolation and wasn’t cut off from the outside world, he said, adding she had made friends at the hostel and recently even went out for a stroll.Geeta was only 7-8 years old when the Pakistan Rangers found her sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express at Lahore 15 years ago. She was adopted by Edhi Foundation’s Bilquis Edhi and lived with her in Karachi. She returned to India on October 26.
NEW DELHITata Motors Ltd posted a surprise 4.3 billion rupee ($65.4 million) net loss in the quarter to the end of September after sales in China fell and a port explosion damaged thousands of vehicles.
Tata said on Friday that sales of its Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) cars in China, which have long propped up profits, started rising again in October after several months of declines though a squeeze on margins had hurt profitability.
China was once Tata’s fastest growing market but it has struggled with sluggish demand in the last few years. Sales fell 32 percent in the July to September quarter as an economic slowdown hit the world’s biggest car market.
JLR’s pretax profit of 88 million pounds in the quarter was down from 609 million pounds a year earlier, Tata said.
“As we exited the quarter in September, as well as in October, including China, the wholesale performance and the acceptance of the new products is very strong,” Chief Financial Officer Chandrasekaran Ramakrishnan told reporters.
“It gives us a great confidence to look at (the second half) in terms of the business and financial performance.”
Tata said it had booked a 24.93 billion rupee charge at the group level after a chemical blast in the Chinese port of Tianjin in August destroyed or damaged thousands of JLR vehicles.
Phillip Capital analysts said margins at JLR fell to 12.2 percent, a multi-year low and under its 14.9 percent estimate.
“Overall the stark compression in margins at JLR spooked us as well as street … outlook on margins to be very critical for us to form a concrete view on the stock,” they said.
Tata said consolidated profit before tax and exceptional items slid to 15.4 billion rupees from 56.4 billion a year ago, reflecting the weaker sales in China and foreign exchange moves.
However, the company said a stronger performance in Europe and North America helped offset weaker sales in China and other emerging markets. Net sales during the quarter rose to 608.53 billion rupees from 601.64 billion a year earlier.
Analysts on average had expected Tata to report a net profit of 21.36 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters data, down from 32.9 billion rupees a year earlier.
Shares in Tata, which have fallen by close to a fifth this year, closed down 1.9 percent on Friday underperforming a flat Mumbai market.
($1 = 65.7800 rupees)
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The trial court had on October 7 said that prima facie various offences including criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under IPC and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act relating to public servant abusing official position were made out against Ramadoss and several others.
The Supreme Court on Friday declined to entertain the plea of former Union minister Anbumani Ramadoss for quashing of charges against him in two corruption cases.A bench comprising justices T S Thakur and V Gopala Gowda asked him to approach the special court while declining his plea to stay the ongoing trial in the cases filed by CBI.On October 20, the Delhi High Court had refused to grant any interim relief to Ramadoss in the matter.The trial court had on October 7 said that prima facie various offences including criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under IPC and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act relating to public servant abusing official position were made out against Ramadoss and several others.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The trial court had said that the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) leader had “criminally conspired” with other accused and abused his authority.Ramadoss was the Union Health Minister from May 2004 till April 2009 in the UPA-I government.The two graft cases relate to alleged favours shown by Ramadoss and other accused to private Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital (RMCH), Bareilly (UP) and Indore-based Index Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (IMCHRC).In the case of IMCHRC, apart from Ramadoss, the trial court ordered framing of charges against then Deputy Secretary in Health and Family Welfare Ministry KVS Rao, college chairman S S Bhadoria, college employees Nitin Gothwal and Pawan Bhambhani.It had said they were prima facie found to have committed the offences under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC read with section 13(2) and 13(1)(d) (abuse of power by public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using forged documents as genuine) of IPC.This charges were objected to by the PMK leader.
Making it clear that there was no bar on the collegium to appoint judges for higher judiciary in view of growing number of vacancies, the Supreme Court on Thursday also fixed November 13 as the deadline for public to place their suggestions to improve collegium system.”We don’t want to delay. We don’t want to say anything to the collegium. We have not said anything to the collegium and we will not be saying anything. Whatever they want, they can do. If they do not want to proceed, let them not. It is their business,” the Constitution bench of five-judges headed by Justice J S Khehar said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accepting the submissions of Bar Council of India chairman and attorney general Mukul Rohtagi, the bench asked the government to issue a public notice inviting representations and suggestions from all quarters of the public on the website of the law and justice ministry by 5pm on November 13.”All those who desire to make suggestions may do so directly, on the website of the department of justice, ministry of law and justice…,” the bench said and posted the matter for hearing on November 18 and 19.The court took on record the compilation of over 60 suggestions from various sources filed by additional solicitor general Pinky Anand and senior advocate Arvind P Datar who had tabulated suggestions from various associations and lawyers.Earlier, the court asked the lawyers to compile the suggestions on four points — transparency, need for eligibility criteria for appointment of judges, establishment of a secretariat for the collegium and evolving a mechanism of complaint redressal.Dattar said as certain suggestions could not be classified under any of the four categories, a fifth category – “miscellaneous” was added to the list.The compilation also submitted to the court a list of suggestions given by the government which termed it as “special suggestions”.The suggestions also included a written test for elevation to Supreme Court and a Secretariate which should be independent and without executive’s interference to assist the collegium in the appointment of judges.The Centre has suggested a three-step procedure and also an Annual Report on appointments which should be publicly available.On October 16, while setting aside the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act to replace the two decade-old collegium system in judges appointments, the court had restored the collegium system and sought suggestions from stake holders to improve the appointment system.
Facebook may seem like a fun social network with photos of food and selfies but one can never be too careful.
A Mumbai-based woman was cheated off Rs 12 lakh by ‘American businessman’ who befriended her on Facebook, reports Hindustan Times. A case has been registered with the cyber cell at the Bandra Kurla Complex.
The accused reportedly told her that he was caught by Customs at Delhi airport on his way to India to see her and made her deposit money in a bank account for his release, the report added.
The 46-year-old woman was under the impression that the businessman was on his way to meet her and had got along ‘expensive gifts’. She had met him online towards the end of October and had told her that he donate money for charity in India and asked her for help.
“In all, she was made to deposit Rs 12 lakh on different pretexts, including conversion fee of foreign currency into Indian currency. To gain her trust, the accused even sent her emails with the signature of the RBI chief,” a BKC cyber police station was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
Cyber crime though Facebook is not uncommon in India with easy access and the ability to create a fake personality though a fake ‘profile’.
In October, a Chennai woman complained against a driver working in Saudi Arabia of cheating and threatening her after the two had gotten married meeting through Facebook. She had given him her jewelry and other valuables to help him only to realise he was a married man, according to a report by The New Indian Express.
Seriously, think before you accept a Facebook request.
An informal group of 7-8 people who call themselves Ride2Light did a rally run of a distance equivalent to seven half-marathons in order to bring awareness to the condition of Chintamani farmers.
Ride2Light. Image credit: Official Facebook page
Karnataka is going through an alarming agrarian crisis this year. The state received below normal rainfall which has led to a rain deficit of 22% and left 136 taluks drought-hit. Reports say, at least 600 farmers have committed suicide so far.In this scenario, a group of good Samaritans are working tirelessly to provide help to the farmers from Chintamani, which is located near Chikkaballapur.An informal group of 7-8 people who call themselves Ride2Light did a rally run of a distance equivalent to seven half-marathons in order to bring awareness to the condition of Chintamani farmers. They started the run from Freedom Park in Bengaluru to Chintamani on 31 October 2015, and back again the next day.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Last year the group gained attention and admiration for their 2,400-km-long bicycle ride from Bengaluru to New Delhi last year for various social causes and raised Rs 3.5 lakh for charity.Here the group is seen speaking about their initiative for last year:This year the group has focused its energy on helping the farmers of Chintamani. Apart from the run, the group is using crowdfunding platform Milaap to provide contour bunds, farming equipment, infrastructure for the restoration of traditional farming and solar electricity to the farmers. They also want to set up a library for the farmers.If Ride2Light gets enough support there will hope, if not for the entire state, but certainly for Chintamani farmers to find a way out of the agrarian crisis.Here is how you can help Chintamani farmers too.
The fate of the minor rape victim, who delivered a baby girl on October 26, hung in balance as the court along with a panel of senior lawyers mulled how to ensure a secure future for the girl and her child.
In a path-breaking decision which could well serve as a precedent for courts in rape cases, the Allahabad High Court has ordered a generous award for a rape survivor and her child, while also trying to secure her future in the best way possible.The fate of the minor rape victim, who delivered a baby girl on October 26, hung in balance as the court along with a panel of senior lawyers mulled how to ensure a secure future for the girl and her child.On Tuesday, the Lucknow bench of Justices Shabihul Hasnain and DK Upadhyay ordered that the girl and her newborn be looked after by the state government’s Child Welfare Committee. It also directed the government to pay a compensation of Rs10 lakh to the 13-year-old mother besides the Rs3 lakh the government had already announced. The amount would be in the form of a fixed deposit in her name, which she would be able to use on attaining the age of 21 years.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The court has also asked the state government to finance her studies and give her a job when she is 18 years of age. Interestingly, the court referred to the victim only as ‘A’ and her father, who had moved the writ petition, as ‘F’ during the entire hearing to maintain the privacy of the girl and her family.The minor girl was raped by a 16-year-old of her village in Barabanki in February this year. By the time the family came to know of the pregnancy, it was too late to abort the foetus.The girl, who had told the court earlier that she would give up the child for adoption as she did not want to live with the ‘stigma’ all her life, had second thoughts. The father, too, who was of the firm view that the baby girl should be given in adoption, finally gave in due to his daughter’s ’emotional attachment’ to the infant.