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President Pranab Mukherjee leaves for Delhi after southern sojourn

The Rashtrapati Nilayam is one of the Presidential Retreats in the country. Located at Bolarum, Secunderabad here, the Nilayam was built during the Nizam era and it was handed over to the Government of India after Independence. The single-storey building is located in a 90-acre estate.

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Nawaz Sharif thanks PM Modi for Lahore visit; says high time India, Pakistan set aside hostilities

Sharif also expressed optimism that India-Pakistan ties would improve in the days ahead and the “spirit of goodwill generated with Modi’s visit will continue to prevail”.

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IAF officer sacked for spying for ISI sent to 4-day police custody

The police said that “with his arrest, they have come across a honeytrapping module, backed by intelligence agents from across the border, which creates fictitious accounts (cyber entities) in popular social networking sites, pretending to be women, befriend defence personnel and officials from security forces and allegedly lure them into espionage.” PTI

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Ensuring women safety: Mobile phone companies have agreed to install panic button, says Maneka Gandhi

These girls will be specially trained to function as a bridge between the police and community women and will help in ensuring protection of women against violence of all kinds.

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Modi in Pakistan: PM has taken a ‘courageous’ step, says Sudheendra Kulkarni

“Modi going to Lahore and meeting Sharif on Atalji’s birthday is a pleasant surprise,” he said. “Today is also the birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan. Jinnah wanted India and Pakistan to live together in peace,” he said. Hameed Haroon, the chief executive officer of Karachi-based Dawn Group of Publications who is currently visiting Mumbai, said “Modi has made an adroit move”. “This visit indicates that he wants good relations between the two neighbours,” Haroon said.

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Uttar Pradesh: Minor gangraped, brutally killed; village tense after police fails to nab accused

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DIG, Aligarh Division, Govind Agarwal said that the station officer Ram Kumar Gupta has been removed from duty and sent to police lines, for negligence.

Tension prevailed at the village Gurusikhran in Harduganj area in the district after police failed to arrest the four unidentified persons who allegedly gangraped and killed a 17-year-old girl two days ago. All shops in the village remained closed today while agitating villagers staged dharna at the police station, last evening, demanding arrest of the accused. They were protesting against the “indifference and undue delay” by the police response in helping the victim’s family after her body was recovered.DIG, Aligarh Division, Govind Agarwal said that the station officer Ram Kumar Gupta has been removed from duty and sent to police lines, for negligence. Three separate police teams have been formed to nab the four unidentified culprits, he said, adding that over a dozen youth have been picked up so far for questioning.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, district BJP President Deoraj Singh, who visited the village yesterday, said that the incident showed the poor law and order situation in the state. He warned that his party would launch an agitation if the culprits were not nabbed soon.

Family had contacted ISIS suspect Sultan, begged him to return: Police

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As per Majid, a few days before Ayaz left home, he had told his mother that he wanted to open a computer shop on rent nearby and wanted Rs 2 lakh for it.

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Family of Ayaz Sultan, who, security agencies suspect, left the country to join terror outfit Islamic State, had contacted him on Wednesday afternoon. The family members said they had contacted Ayaz on at least three occasions since he disappeared, but he did not respond to them. According to his brother-in-law Majid Shaikh, “Ayaz was online on WhatsApp on Wednesday, his last seen was 12.42pm. He was also online last Friday. We dropped him several messages and WhatsApp calls on his number, but he didn’t get back to us. Though his phone is switched off, he has internet access. His mother too pleaded with him to come back as the family is facing a lot of trouble because of his disappearance. We hope he replies to us soon.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As per Majid, a few days before Ayaz left home, he had told his mother that he wanted to open a computer shop on rent nearby and wanted Rs 2 lakh for it. She gave him Rs1 lakh and told him to arrange for the remaining money. He added that after a few days Ayaz told his family that he would be giving a job interview to secure work in Kuwait-based company soon. “On October 30 around 5.30am, Ayaz kept all his luggage outside the house, he was trying to give the impression that he was going for a short trip. So he started to leave carrying just a backpack, that’s when his mother woke up and asked him where was going. Ayaz said he was going to Pune for the job interview. He has not returned since,” said Majid. When there was no word from Ayaz and his phone was switched off, the family contacted Ayaz’s sister in Kuwait. She told them that Ayaz had not come there. That’s when they started getting worried and lodged a missing complaint with the Malwani police. Ayaz used to regularly hang out with Wajid Shaikh, Mohsin Shaikh and one Moin from the same locality. The family then started making inquiries with Wajid and Mohsin. “Mohsin told me that Ayaz had taken Rs10,000 from him. Wajid too was unaware of Ayaz’s whereabouts. We later learnt that on December 15 Wajid, Mohsin and one Noor Mohammed have left their homes. Ayaz never told me what he did with Rs1 lakh his mother gave him,” said Majid. “Ayaz was the only well-educated person in the family, knowledgeable about computer… His family told the police that they had noticed change in his behaviour, he used to stay isolated and would mostly stay out of the house. At home too, he would spend most of his time on his mobile phone, which had an internet connection. We are not ruling out his chances of having left the country,” said an officer from Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad.

‘Call money’: Creditor held for seeking sexual favours

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Ramakrishna would later seek sexual favours from the woman borrowers by threatening them, the DCP said.

A private money lender was arrested here today for allegedly cheating and seeking sexual favours from at least two woman borrowers in connection with “call money” racket probe, police said. The accused, identified as Gudivada Ramakrishna, also allegedly usurped property of a loanee in the city. Explaining the modus operandi of Ramakrishna, DCP (Law and Order), Zone I, CM Thrivikrama Varma said the accused used to lend money on exorbitant rates after obtaining promissory notes and blank cheques from the borrowers. Ramakrishna would later seek sexual favours from the woman borrowers by threatening them, the DCP said. “Police raided his house in Pedawaltair area here and seized 37 blank cheques, 39 promissory notes and LIC bonds belonging to borrowers, besides an SUV, a two-wheeler and four knives,” Varma said. Ramakrishna has been booked under various sections of IPC including 384 (punishment for extortion), 354-A (physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and for cheating. “The call-money case was registered against Ramakrishna at Arilova police station in the city on December 15 following a complaint lodged by a woman,” the officer said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said police are expecting more women victims to lodge complaints against Ramakrishna. The DCP said the complainant, a resident of Adarshanagar area, had borrowed from Ramakrishna by pledging her gold ornaments. “However, when she wanted to get her jewellery released by paying Rs 4 lakh upfront, the accused returned only half of the valuables and sought Rs 4.5 lakh in cash in addition. “When the woman expressed her inability to pay, he allegedly sought sexual favours from her and one of her friends,” the DCP added. He said Ramakrishna had also allegedly sought sexual favour from another woman borrower, a resident of Narasimhanagar area, after she failed to repay the interest on loan. Call money refers to a mode of private lending where loan is made available instantly at borrower’s doorstep but at exorbitant rates of interest and the lender can demand repayment anytime over a call. In some ‘call money’ cases, the private lenders allegedly sexually exploited woman borrowers when they failed to repay.

Odd-even formula: Delhi ministers to carpool to work starting January 1

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Announcing the blueprint of road-rationing experiment, Kejriwal said that carpooling was the only solution to cope with the odd-and-even number scheme. “I will share the cars and I will do carpooling. It is the most practical thing,” the Chief Minister said.

Sending out a message to people, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet minister will carpool to work during the 15 days of odd-even scheme starting January 1.Announcing the blueprint of road-rationing experiment, Kejriwal said that carpooling was the only solution to cope with the odd-and-even number scheme. “I will share the cars and I will do carpooling. It is the most practical thing,” the Chief Minister said.Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said that all the Delhi government ministers and officers will follow the scheme from January 1 to January 15. “During 15 days of odd-even scheme, I will carpool with my cabinet colleagues to reach Delhi Secretariat,” Rai said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain, who is also nodal officer for fighting pollution in the national capital, said that he will carpool to his work to encourage people to share their cars. In next two-three days, Delhi government will launch a carpooling app so that people can use share their cars during the scheme.

Grieving relatives of BSF plane crash confront Rajnath Singh

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Merely 24 hours after the crash, a wreath laying ceremony was held in the honour of nine Border Security Force and one Sashastra Seema Bal personnel, who became victims of a BSF air crash on Tuesday morning.However, the ceremony which was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung among others, proved to be an embarrassment for Singh since anger was a dominant emotion among the family members.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sentiment which could further be aggravated. dna has learnt that the crashed Ranchi-bound aircraft personnel personnel, was a second hand carrier purchased from a United States based aircraft supplier company.According to documents accessed by dna, Aircraft Type Beech Super King Air B-200 with registration number VT-BSA, was previously owned by Rangeflyers Inc, an aircraft supplier company based in Wichita in US.According to its website, Range Flyers customers include the United States government, defense contractors, airline charter and business jet operators, aircraft manufacturers, dealers, brokers and individual aircraft owners. The BSF aircraft ( serial number BB1485) that was sold to the Union Home Ministry was de-registered in the U.S in 1995 after being used by the company for more than a year. The Home Ministry purchased the aircraft the same year and was being used ever since. An email sent to Rangeflyers Inc has so far went unanswered. The company has also not responded to phone calls made by dna. Meanwhile the inconsolable family members of the victims surrounded Singh and Rijiju at the ceremony demanding an explanation for the crashes that seem to routinely affect the air wing. Colleagues, and batch mates present at the ceremony also questioned the government, its administration and their apathy towards a soldiers life. “Why does the government even bother to hire people, if all they want to do is have them killed eventually,” an officer complained. “So much money is spent in their training, for what?,” he added. Sympathy and support was drowned by Saloni, Ravinder Kumar’s daughter as she was heard accusing Singh “why did you allow them to fly in antique planes? Why does a soldier’s family have to cry everytime?” The inconsolable family members surrounded Singh and Rijiju demanding an explanation for the crashes that seem to routinely affect the air wing. Rajendra Prasad Bhatt, elder brother of deceased Deputy Commandant Bhagwati Bhatt, had just one question on his mind “What will happen to the surviving family members?” He wondered how the government would compensate the families and ensure the financial security of their future. For a batch mate, Bhatt’s death brought back suppressed memories. According to the batch mate who wishes to remain unnamed, Bhatt is the second close friend he has lost to air crash related incidents. Four years ago in 2011, four persons died when a helicopter belonging to the Border Security Force crashed in the hills of Fatehpur village near Abu Road in Rajasthan. Among them was Bhatt’s batch mate and friend Deputy Commandant Vivek Chaudhary. There were two air crashes in 2011 alone.

Road clear for ULFA leader Anup Chetia’s release from jail

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ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia was granted bail on Wednesday in the last of the four cases registered against him.

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ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia was granted bail on Wednesday in the last of the four cases registered against him, paving the way for his release from jail. Chetia’s counsel Bijon Mahajan told reporters quoting the CBI investigation officer as saying that the investigating agency does not have any objection if Chetia is granted bail.Before granting bail, the Additional Sessions Judge also went through the case diary. Chetia, lodged in the Guwahati Central Jail, was granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 30,000 and a surety from one individual, Mahajan said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The court, however, granted the bail with conditions that Chetia cannot hamper the process of investigation and he cannot leave the jurisdiction of the Special Judicial Magistrate without prior permission,” the senior advocate said.Chetia had earlier been granted bail in three cases out of the four that were registered after his deportation to India from Bangladesh. On Tuesday, Chetia secured bail from the Additional Sessions Judge in one of the cases.On December 17, the designated court here had allowed the ULFA leader to be on bail in two TADA cases for facilitating his trial and for him to participate in the ongoing peace process.Chetia was handed over to India by Bangladesh where he was in jail since his arrest by the country’s police in 1997 on charges of cross-border intrusion, carrying fake passports and illegally keeping foreign currencies.

Witness in Asaram rape case goes missing

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Two months later, along with his son Narayan Sai, the self- styled godman was booked for the alleged rape of two sisters at their ashram in Gujarat’s Surat.

A witness in the rape trial against Asaram has gone missing from Thakurganj area here, adding a further twist in the cases involving the self-styled godman that have seen several other witnesses being either attacked or murdered. Rahul Sachan, a witness in rape cases against Asaram, has been missing since November 26, Station Officer Samar Bahadur Yadav said, adding that a report in this regard has been lodged on the basis of a complaint by his security guard, constable Vijay Bahadur. Asaram has been in jail in Jodhpur since September, 2013.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two months later, along with his son Narayan Sai, the self- styled godman was booked for the alleged rape of two sisters at their ashram in Gujarat’s Surat. Nine witnesses have been attacked so far and three of them have died.Talking about the missing witness, Yadav said that Sachan never used to share his address and rarely took his security guard with himself. The guard went to Sachan’s residence four days back but was told by the former’s landlord that he had not come to his lodgings for many days. He said that Sachan was missing since November 26. Asaram is facing trial in three criminal cases.A sessions court in Jodhpur is trying a case against Asaram on the charge of raping a 16-year-old girl, the daughter of a Shahjahanpur couple who had been his devotees for several years, in August 2013 in his Jodhpur ashram. Another case is being tried by a Gandhinagar court which relates to allegations of rape between 2001 and 2006, levelled by a Surat-based woman against Asaram.In yet another case, Asaram and his son Narayan Sai have been accused of rape on October 6, 2013, by two sisters, also from Surat.

Aurangabad cops asked not to keep film songs as ringtones

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The police officers have been asked to keep a ringtone that is ‘appropriate and nice.’
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In a bid to improve the image of police among the public, Special Inspector General of Police Vishwas Nangre Patil has asked officials of Aurangabad range to desist from keeping film songs, loud sounds or bird chirping as ringtone of their mobile phone.”It has been observed that ringtones of police officers and personnel in the range are either film songs, loud sounds or chirping of birds. Because of such ringtones, the image of police among common man is taking a beating,” he said in an order sent to all police superintendents in Marathwada region.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It should be ensured that the mobile ringtone of police officers and personnel is appropriate and nice,” the senior IPS officer said.”Heads of departments in the force should issue instructions accordingly to police personnel under their jurisdiction,” the Special IG said.

10 killed as BSF aircraft crashes in Delhi

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A Border Security Force (BSF) plane crashed on the boundary walls of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here on Tuesday morning, killing all 10 people on board, including the two pilots, and injuring two labourers on the ground who were hit by debris.Even as an inquiry has been ordered into the incident, eyewitnesses said the aircraft narrowly missed the densely populated localities nearby, including a train, that passed on the Delhi-Jaipur line, seconds before the crash just about 50 metres from it, thus, avoiding a large collateral damage.The pilot, after detecting a snag, had contacted the Air Traffic Control and had sought permission for an emergency landing at the nearest runway but crashed in the process, a source said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“At 9.45 am, a phone call from monitoring station was received at BSF Air Wing control Room, Palam about some mishap with the VT-BSA, Superking B-200 plane. At 9.45 am, ATC, Palam airport, informed that it had crashed.The aircraft was totally burnt and all personnel were charred to death in the crash,” BSF said.The aircraft had taken flight from Palam Technical Airport at 9.40 am and plunged within five minutes, officials said. The flight was on way to Ranchi ferrying six technicians to repair an Mi-17 BSF chopper stationed there.Commanded by Captain Bhagwati Prasad Bhatt and co-pilot Captain Rajesh Shivrain, the aircraft was returning to the runway number 10 after developing a snag from the Dwarka locality side when it got entangled into tree branches just about 20 metres outside the airport boundary and finally crashed into a sewage treatment plant inside the airport.Eyewitnesses’accounts said the aircraft veered off over the Delhi-Rewari-Jaipur main railway line which is just about 50 metres from the accident site. “I saw the plane just above the tracks and veering left before a tall flame rose at the airport boundary,” said railway gateman Pramod Kumar who claimed to witness the accident from his elevated cabin at the Shahbad Mohammadpur railway crossing, less than 500 metres from the crash site. “The flames continued for over 20 minutes before I heard the police and ambulance sirens, he said adding the average frequency of trains passing the line is less than 10 minutes here.Another eyewitness who identified himself as Naresh Bharal said, “If the plane had crashed in the Baghdola village, which is less than 500 metres across the railway tracks or on the railway crossing where road vehicular traffic is high during the day, the damage could have been bigger.” Bharal said he was shaken after seeing the crash from such close quarters, a feeling expressed by several local residents who said they were lucky to have escaped the plane crashing on their homes.While emergency services were launched after the crash, air and rail traffic were not affected due to it.The bodies of three personnel were found charred in the burnt cockpit while the remaining seven were found entangled with the remains of the aircraft fuselage. The turbine multi-engine aircraft weighing 5,669 kg and with a seating capacity of 10 , plus two crew members, was registered with the BSF in 1995. Based at IGI airport itself. Deputy Commandant D Kumar, Inspector RP Yadav, Inspector SN Sharma, Sub Inspectors Ravindra Kumar, Sunder Singh and Chotte Lal, Assistant Sub Inspector DP Chouhan and a Constable K Rawat were those killed besides the two pilots.Meanwhile, Delhi Police has registered an FIR under section 304 A (death due to negligence) 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others), and 337 (Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of Indian Penal Code.The FIR, according to a senior police officer, was registered against unknown persons. ” We will proceed further once we receive the Director General of Civil Aviation report. The black-box has been recovered from the spot,” the officer told dna.

CBI registers case against IRS officer

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The official, named Sanjay Kumar, a IRS-1991 Batch is the Financial Advisor as well as the Chief Accounts Officer posted at Employees Provident Fund Organization.

The Central Bureau of Investigation today registered a disproportionate assets case against as IRS officer posted at Employees Provident Fund Organization in New Delhi. According to the CBI, the amount being contested as disproportionate to the official’s income is more than six crore rupees.The official, named Sanjay Kumar, a IRS-1991 Batch is the Financial Advisor as well as the Chief Accounts Officer posted at Employees Provident Fund Organization. According to the probe agency, his wife as well as two firms based at Mumbai and New Delhi are also named as accused in the case.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It was alleged that the said officer of EPFO had accumulated assets in his name and in the name of his family members which are disproportionate to his known sources of income. It was further alleged that his wife abetted him in the offence by investing the money through the said firms,” said CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh.According to CBI, searches were conducted at seven locations in New Delhi, Mumbai and Patna.”Searches were conducted at the official and residential premises of accused and others which led to recovery of incriminating documents relating to investments, properties, FDRs and others,” the official added

Co-pilot of BSF plane was to attend daughter’s event at school

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Shivrain, a fitness and sports enthusiast, was the only officer of the border guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) working in the Border Security Force air wing

Parts of the crashed plane

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38-year-old Captain Rajesh Shivrain would have attended the school function of his young daughter on Tuesday had he not been co-piloting the ill-fated BSF aircraft that crashed after a short take-off in New Delhi.Shivrain, a fitness and sports enthusiast, was the only officer of the border guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) working in the Border Security Force air wing and was reputed for having some deft hands at the flying machines, including on the Superking B-200 that he and his pilot colleague Deputy Commandant Bhagwati Prasad Bhatt was commandeering. The young officer’s two little kids Pradyumn and Pari were in school when their father was flying the BSF sortie to Ranchi carrying a team of six technicians and two others.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He was supposed to come back and go for his 5-year-old daughter’s school function in the evening. It is really tragic and the twist of fate that he met with the air accident,” a senior official said. They said as soon as the news of the air crash came in, the SSB rushed some of its men to fetch the children from school and look after the family. “He went down in the Dwarka area, kilometres away from where he lived,” the official said, adding that Shivrain lived in Sector-4 of Dwarka locality of the national capital.SSB Director General B D Sharma described Shivrain as a “good officer, brave, sensitive and physically very fit.” “It’s a sad day for us to have lost a very good officer,” Sharma said. Shivrain, who joined SSB in 2002 as an officer, was flying the plane with his batch-mate Bhatt, and, coincidentally both were born in 1977.A resident of Bhiwani, Shivrain joined the BSF air wing in the pilot rank in 2009 and was soon to be inducted permanently in this special unit of the Union Home Ministry. Senior officials of central police forces will pay their last respects to their fallen colleagues at the Safdarjung airport tomorrow after which the mortal remains of Shivrain will be brought to the SSB headquarters here and subsequently a ceremonial guard will take his body in a truck to his village in Haryana.

Dawood’s offer to return wasn’t genuine: Former Mumbai Police Commissioner MN Singh

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Singh was speaking at a function here to launch a novel written by the veteran journalist Sheela Raval

Former Mumbai police commissioner MN Singh on Tuesday rubbished the reported claim by the fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, one of the prime accused in 1993Mumbai blasts case, that Indian authorities spurned his offer to return to India and surrender.Singh was speaking at a function here to launch a novel written by the veteran journalist Sheela Raval. “Dawood never seriously wanted to surrender when he offered his conditions for surrendering by speaking with the veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani,” Singh said. “If any person wants to surrender, he wouldn’t put the conditions which he had put,” said Singh, adding that the gangster only wanted to create a misleading picture that hewanted to return to India but the concerned authorities stopped him.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Dawood is a gangster, but by definition he became a terrorist. He is a genius, who, despite being born in a dingy area of Dongri (in Mumbai), being uneducated and a son of a city police constable, is tagged as the 57th most powerful man on the earth who has accumulated around US$ 6.7 billion by his illegitimate activities,” the former IPS officer said.Considering this, “Dawood could have returned back to the city, faced trial and led the life of a respected and rich businessman by converting all his illegitimate money into legitimate businesses here. Such things happen in other foreign countries,” said Singh, speaking with the media afterthe book launch.

BSF plane crash: Delhi Police register FIR

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All the 10 persons on board a small Ranchi-bound BSF plane carrying technical personnel were killed when it crashed near Dwarka and burst into flames just outside the IGI airport here shortly after takeoff, following which the Civil Aviation Ministry ordered an enquiry.

Delhi Police have registered a case in connection with the crash of a Ranchi-bound BSF plane shortly after it took off from IGI Airport in Delhi on Tuesday, killing all 10 persons on board.”We have registered an FIR under Sections 304 A (causing death by negligence), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of IPC and investigation has been taken up,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI Airport) D K Gupta. The FIR, against unnamed persons, was registered at the police station in IGI Airport this evening. The matter is being probed by a team supervised by Gupta himself, a senior official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All the 10 persons on board a small Ranchi-bound BSF plane carrying technical personnel were killed when it crashed near Dwarka and burst into flames just outside the IGI airport here shortly after takeoff, following which the Civil Aviation Ministry ordered an enquiry. Following the incident, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed the Prime Minister about the crash and rushed to the site, which was also inspected by Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi.Aviation sources said the accident happened at around 9.50 am when the twin-engine Superking plane crashed into the airport boundary wall near a railway track and landed in a sewage treatment plant while returning back apparently due to a technical problem five minutes after it took off for Ranchi. The aircraft lost contact with the Air Traffic Control, at 9.50 am, they said. The 10 persons onboard the ill-fated aircraft comprised the pilot, who was a second-in-command rank officer of SIB, the co-pilot, who is a Deputy Commandant, six technicians, one engineer and one crew member.

Veterinarian with alleged BJP affiliation among latest arrests in Dadri lynching

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

3 missing Malwani youths may not have joined ISIS: ATS

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Lots of people from the area leave home and return after a few days or months, says a police officer

Ayaz Sultan’s mother and brother at their residence in Mhada’s Malwani Gate No 8 on Monday
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No, the three Malwani youths who have gone missing might not have left to join the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria (ISIS), says the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).”The three are missing and there is nothing so far to substantiate that they would have joined ISIS. We are, however, inquiring the matter,” said a senior ATS officer.In fact, one police officer even said that youths leaving home and returning are nothing new in the area.”Lots of people go missing from the Malwani area and return home after a few days or months. We have filed missing persons complaint and are trying to trace the three” said senior police inspector Milind Khetle of Malwani police station.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Of the three – Ayaz Sultan (23), Wajid Shaikh (25) and Mohsin Shaikh (26) – Sultan left home on October 30 and the other two on December 16.According to the police, Sultan, who was working in a private company, left home after telling his family that he is going to Pune in connection with a job offer from a Kuwaiti company.Wajid, a commerce graduate, who joined his family business of selling lemon juice, left home after for “getting a correction done in his Aadhaar card”.Mohsin, an auto rickshaw driver left home telling his family that he is stepping out to attend a friend’s wedding.Family of Wajid Shaikh, who stays in Chawl No 76 of Gate No 8 in Malwani, said they do not believe that he could go to the extent of joining the ISIS.”He was a religious Muslim and would offer namaz five times a day. We don’t know Ayaz Sultan, Mohsin Shaikh and their families,” said Wajid’s father Bashir.Wajid’s family is originally from Hospet in Karnataka. He is the only son of Bashir’s seven children. Wajid’s family has been staying in Malwani for the last 20 years.Wajid had left two mobile phones home before leaving. The ATS has seized them.After futile attempts to trace Wajid, his family lodged a missing person’s complaint with Malwani police the same night. “We noticed nothing unusual in Wajid’s behaviour,” said Wajid’s sister Ayesha.Wajid’s wife Bilkis, who is staying in Ghansoli in Navi Mumbai, said: “I have reported the matter to the police and would not like to say anything on the issue.” “Wajid would focus only on his work and would not interact much with anyone. I learnt through the media that he had gone missing and would have gone to join ISIS. I don’t think Wajid would do anything of this sort,” said Wajid’s cousin Wasim Khan.Family of Ayaz Sultan did not comment.

India to offer site in Andhra Pradesh to Russia for nuclear plants

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The two countries are likely to sign an agreement for the two units with provisions for involvement of India’s private sector in the project including in supply of various components.

Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi
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India is expected to offer a site in Andhra Pradesh to set up units five and six of Kudankulam nuclear power plant by Russia in sync with broad principles of ‘Make in India’ initiative and a decision in this regard is likely to be finalised during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Moscow this week. The two countries are likely to sign an agreement for the two units with provisions for involvement of India’s private sector in the project including in supply of various components. “We will follow principles of ‘localisation’ as per Make in India initiative for setting up Kudankulam nuclear power plant five and six,” sources said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> They said a site in Andhra Pradesh has been finalised for the project in line with government’s policy for ensuring optimum use of the available nuclear sites in various states to accommodate more atomic reactors. Incidentally, Centre has already shortlisted the Kovvada site to build a project with the assistance of US-based nuclear vendor, GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy. Modi is scheduled to visit Russia from December 23-24 to hold an annual summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Russia has been a key partner of India in the civil nuclear energy sector. In the last summit between Modi and Putin, it was decided that Russia will build at least 12 nuclear reactors in India by 2035. In April last year, India and Russia had signed an agreement to build units 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam project at a cost of Rs 33,000 crore. However, work on the ground is yet to start. The units 3 and 4 are be coming up in Tamil Nadu’s coastal district of Tirunelveli. Earlier this month, Nikolai Spasskiy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Rosatom – the Russian counterpart of the India’s Department of Atomic Energy, visited India and he is believed have discussed with DAE brass about various aspect of the proposed pact for Kudankulam 5 and 6. Units 5 and 6 of VVER technology are expected to be of the same MW like units 1-4, but the cost details of the project are yet to be finalised. The government is constructing six reactors in new projects like Jaitapur (EPR 1000×6) in Maharashtra built with French technology, Kovadda in Andhra Pradesh (1000MW x 6) and Mithi Virdhi in Gujarat.

60-year-old woman gangraped in Jind

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The incident took place on Friday evening when the woman had gone to Kaithal.

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A 60-year-old woman was allegedly abducted and raped by three persons, police said on Sunday. The incident took place on Friday evening when the woman had gone to Kaithal. There she met her neighbours Jaybir and Jitendra who promised to drop her home. But they took her to a slum near Hansi Branch Nagar, where an unidentified person joined the duo and raped her, police said. The accused threatened the woman with dire consequences if she revealed the matter to anyone and dumped her near the Hansi Branch Nagar bridge. Based on a complaint of the woman, a case of rape, abduction and attempt to murder has been registered against the three persons, a police officer said, adding that further investigation into the case in on. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Panchkula plot case: BJP looking for black cat in black bag, says former CM Bhupinder Hooda

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Haryana Vigilance department on Saturday registered an FIR against former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and three others in Panchkula Industrial Plot case on orders of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Haryana’s former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday said allegations of corruption in Panchkula Industrial Plot case against him is a case of political vendetta as the BJP government is behaving like a blind man looking for a black cat.”It is a complete case of political vendetta and witch hunting. This government has failed on every front and trying to divert the attention from their corruption cases. They are behaving like a blind man looking for black cat in black bag in dark night which is not there,” Hooda told ANI here. Haryana Vigilance department on Saturday registered an FIR against former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and three others in Panchkula Industrial Plot case on orders of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana government has also recommended a CBI inquiry into the case. The three others, against whom the case has been registered are former Chief Administrator of Haryana Urban Development Authority DPS Nagal, former Chief Finance Officer S.C. Kansal and another former officer of HUDA B. B. Taneja. Chief Minister Manohar lal has said that there were allegations of nepotism and favoritism and cheating in the allotment of 14 industrial plots by HUDA in Panchkula.

Mumbai double murder: Hema Upadhyay was warned of threat to life hours before death

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The family members of artist Hema Upadhyay suspect the role of her estranged husband Chintan Upadhyaya in the double murder and want the police to probe it.

Hema Upadhyay

Mumbai artist Hema Upadhyay, who was found murdered last weekend along with her lawyer, had received a call hours before her death warning of a threat to her life, says a report in Indian Express.Upadhyay received a call last Friday evening allegedly from a person working in the studio of absconding accused Vidyadhar Rajbhar. Shankar Lal, who worked with the artist in her studio in Andheri.”Between 4 pm and 5 pm on December 11, Hema received a call from somebody after which she got hold of a screwdriver and removed her name plate from outside her office. When I enquired she said that she had received a call where the caller had asked her to beware as her life was in danger,” Shankar Lal told police, says Indian Express.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The family members of artist Hema Upadhyay suspect the role of her estranged husband Chintan Upadhyaya in the double murder and want the police to probe it.The deceased artist’s cousin brother Deepak Prasad told mediapersons on Thursday that he and his other family members “strongly suspect Chintan’s role behind the conspiracy to kill Hema and her 65-year-old lawyer Harish Bhambhani”. Prasad also said that the motive, as cited, of the prime accused Vidhyadhar Rajbhar and his men to kill Hema and her lawyer for Rs five lakh was not true, as she had financially helped Vidhyadhar in the past and never asked him to return her money. He also alleged that some years back, Chintan had threatened Hema that he would kill her and could go to any extent to do that.Meanwhile, a senior police officer, who is probing the case, told PTI on Friday that, “When a body is recovered and identified, police immediately take the statements of the deceased’s relatives to get their version.””In this case too, we had taken the statements of the deceased’s relatives. Hema’s relatives have accused Chintan of hatching the conspiracy to kill her,” he said.Based on the statements of Hema’s relatives, Chintan was constantly grilled for four days by several police officers in connection with the twin murders, he said. The deceased artist’s husband still remains a “suspect” in the case, he said, adding the motive behind the murder is yet to become clear. However, without proper evidence, police cannot arrest anyone based on mere allegations, he further stated.Only after the arrest of the Vidhyadhar, who is on the run, the police could get a clear picture about involvement of Chintan, if any, the officer said. He also said that Hema’s relatives were trying to build pressure on the investigating team by approaching the media and expressing their views which they have already mentioned in the statements given to police.Bodies of noted installation artist Hema (43) and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani wrapped in plastic and packed in separate cardboard boxes were found dumped in a drain in suburban Kandivali on December 12.So far, police have arrested four persons in the case namely Azad Rajbhar, Pradeep Rajbhar, Vijay Rajbhar and Shivkumar Rajbhar alias Sadhu and booked them for murder and causing disappearance of evidence. Except Sadhu, who was nabbed from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, the remaining three were picked up from Kandivali on Sunday.Three of the accused –Azad, Pradeep and Vijay– were placed under arrest on Tuesday after being booked under IPC sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).The three, who are in police custody till Saturday, are in the business of manufacturing and selling fibre glass used by Hema and Chintan for their installations. Sadhu was earlier remanded in police custody till December 22.Based on leads provided by the accused during their sustained questioning, teams of Mumbai Police has been searching locations in and outside Maharashtra to nab Vidyadhar, who used to make the material required by Hema for her work.

Nirbhaya rape accused to walk free tomorrow

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The victims’ parents, who were present in the court, were crushed and heartbroken upon hearing the order. Visibly moved with tears in eyes, Asha Devi, the mother vowed to carry on the fight for justice.

Nirbhaya’s mother Asha expresses her disappointment after the Delhi High Court refusal to stay release of the juvenile convict on Friday.

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The juvenile convict in the Nirbhaya gangrape case will walk free on Sunday. The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to extend his stay in the observation home saying the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2000 has stipulated the maximum period of three years. “Having regard to the fact that the maximum stay that can be directed in the Special Home under Section 15(1) of the Act is three years and that the respondent No.1 (convict) would be completing the period of three years by December 20, 2015, there cannot be any direction to continue his stay in the Special Home beyond December 20, 2015. Hence, we decline to issue any direction as prayed by the petitioner,” a bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The victims’ parents, who were present in the court, were crushed and heartbroken upon hearing the order. Visibly moved with tears in eyes, Asha Devi, the mother vowed to carry on the fight for justice. BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy, the petitioner in the case, was seen consoling the parents in the courtroom, assuring them that he has not given up. “This fight is not just for your daughter alone, it is now for the nation,” Swamy said. Two days ago, the victims’ parents had staged a demonstration at Jantar Mantar here protesting against the release of the juvenile. At that time, the mother had said she would continue her fighting till the very last moment. In its order, the high court also directed the Juvenile Justice Board to take a final decision on his rehabilitation and the management committee of the Delhi government would keep a watch on him for two years as per the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Rules. The convict, who is now 21, is to release on December 20 after his three years stay in the observation home as part of the sentence for the offence of rape. The bench directed Juvenile Justice Board (JJB-II) shall interact with the juvenile his parents/guardians as well as the officials concerned of the department of women and child development, Delhi government regarding the “post-release rehabilitation and social mainstreaming” of the juvenile and pass appropriate orders in accordance with the provisions of the JJB Act and Rules. It referred to the Rules 55 which makes it mandatory for the Management Committee to consider and review periodically post-release or post restoration follow up. Rule 65 also provides for a detailed procedure of restoration of the juvenile back to the family and the follow-up action by the Juvenile Justice Board. The bench also recorded the Rule which restrains the JJ Board from sending the juvenile to his family in case he is reluctant to go home. According to the Rule, a quarterly follow-up report to the JJB by the concerned Child Welfare Officer or Probation Officer or the non-governmental organization for a period of two years. The bench, however, never closed the petition saying the issue raised by the petitioner is “of public importance” which needs deeper consideration. The court has to ascertain the factum of reformation of the juveniles in conflict with law before they are released from the Special Home on expiry of the period of stay ordered by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB). The court sought response from the Centre and Delhi government to file response on the issue within eight weeks, while posting the matter for March 28, 2016. The court’s order came on Swamy’s plea against the release of the “unreformed” juvenile convict. He cited the Intelligence Bureau (IB) report about him having been radicalised after being shifted with a juvenile apprehended in connection with the Delhi High Court blast case. The Centre had told the court that juvenile’s stay in an observation home should be extended till all aspects including mental health and post-release rehabilitation plans are considered by the authorities. The juvenile, who was under 18 when arrested for brutal rape and murder of a para-medical student on December 16, 2012, was tried under the Juvenile Justice Act. He was ordered to be kept in a remand home for three years.Swamy in his plea asked the court to pass order that “such unreformed juvenile not be released until it is demonstrably assured that he has reformed, ceased to be radicalised and is not a menace to the society”. Meanwhile, a trial court had awarded death penalty to four rapists which was upheld by the high court. Out of the six convicts, prime accused Ram Singh was found dead in Tihar Jail and the juvenile was sent to reform home.The appeals for four convicts are pending before the Supreme Court.

Online jihadis abuse girls who went on an army sponsored tour

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Online moral police and separatists are gunning for the group of 30 girl students for going on an Indian army sponsored Bharat dharshan. From calling for social boycott to asking boys not to marry these girls, the online abuse against the students has broken all records.

It is turning out to be redux of the Praagaash controversy in the strife torn Kashmir.Online moral police and separatists are gunning for the group of 30 girl students for going on an Indian army sponsored Bharat dharshan. From calling for social boycott to asking boys not to marry these girls, the online abuse against the students has broken all records.Unfazed by the abuses, the girls put up a brave face as they arrived after the 10 days of tour on Wednesday. From saluting to shouting loud Jai Hind to singing patriotic and Bollywood numbers, the girls’ message was loud and clear that they cannot be browbeaten to submission by online abusers and separatists.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 80 girls had signed in for the 10 days tour to different parts of the country. However the army pruned the list and selected 30 girls who were taken to Delhi, Agra and other places. During their tour, the girl students met President Pranab Mukherjee, HRD minister Smriti Irani and visited parliament.But back home, the girls and the parents had to face abuse where in the online `jihadis’ posted pictures and videos on social networking sites calling for social boycott of the families. “Third rate girls from third rate families”, reads one abusive post on the face book.Another netizen asked the society to boycott these girls and their families. One face book user even went to the extent asking boys not to marry these girls. “Kis besharam baap ki beti (daughter of shameless father)”, reads another abusive post.The abuse had an eerie similarity with Praagaash all girls rock band which was disbanded after Grand Mufti of Kashmir Bashir ud-din Ahmad issued fatwa calling music un-Islamic in 2013. This had followed abusive and hate messages posted on the social networking sites against the three girls of the band.Unperturbed by the abuse, the girl students said the tour has helped them to open up vistas and horizons. “It was a great experience for all of us. World opened before us”, said one of the girlsLieutenant General Satish Dua, General Officer Commanding (GoC) 15 corps, admitted that some of the comments were so low that he could not even mention it here. “It is up to the civil society to take stock and whether young girls should be subject to such trauma”, he said.The army commander said it was very voluntary tour with the assistance of schools, education department and with the consent of parents. “In fact we had the list of 80 students. But we had to prune it down. And those who could not tour were disappointed”, he said.Lieutenant General Dua said India is a free country and everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. “Social media even more so. Similarly the children and parents are entitled to their opinion and attitudes,” he said.

ATS questions 16-year-old Pune girl ‘radicalised’ by ISIS sympathisers

“The interrogation of the girl revealed that she was ready to go to any extent to carry out the ISIS directive,” Pune ATS officer Bhanupratap Barge told PTI revealing the details of the ATS operation.

A city-based 16-year-old Muslim girl, who was reportedly radicalised by her ISIS contacts abroad and brain-washed to go to Syria, has been questioned by sleuths of Pune Anti-Terrorism Squad and sent to a de-radicalisation programme, an ATS officer said here tonight.According to the officer, the girl is a bright convent educated class XI student, studying in a city college.”The girl was interrogated by the ATS last week after monitoring her movements for many days on getting information about her. It confirmed her initiation by the ISIS.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The interrogation of the girl revealed that she was ready to go to any extent to carry out the ISIS directive,” Pune ATS officer Bhanupratap Barge told PTI revealing the details of the ATS operation.The girl is now undergoing a de-radicalisation programme with the help of her family members and community religious leaders, who are fully cooperating with us, he added.According to the ATS, the minor girl got attracted to the ISIS ideology after watching a documentary on television and subsequently started regularly monitoring news on Al Jazeera channel.”Later, she used the internet to get in touch with ISIS contacts and got in touch with about 200 young persons from different countries. Her interrogation revealed that she was told to come to Syria for medical education and for further initiation,” Barge said.He said that the girl, who is highly intelligent, had recently changed her lifestyle and started wearing burqa, giving up jeans she used to wear before her exposure to the ISIS contacts.”Even her family members noticed the change in her and felt disturbed,” the ATS inspector said.Barge said the de-radicalisation programme of the ATS with the help of community clergy and family members was “working” for the girl with encouraging results.Pune has been on the terrorist radar and had witnessed bomb blasts including the German Bakery blast that killed 17 persons including many foreigners in 2010.

Rajender Kumar quizzed for third day, CBI claims to have got key inputs

Kumar, the Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, was examined for 12 hours, along with Intelligent Communication Systems India Limited (ICSIL) MD R S Kaushik, CBI sources said, adding that they have got important information during the interrogation.
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CBI claimed to have got important inputs during interrogation of senior bureaucrat Rajendra Kumar who was questioned for third consecutive day on Thursday in a corruption case.Kumar, the Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, was examined for 12 hours, along with Intelligent Communication Systems India Limited (ICSIL) MD R S Kaushik, CBI sources said, adding that they have got important information during the interrogation. Kumar’s lawyer B S Joon said he is cooperating with the agency.CBI has registered a case of corruption against Kumar, a 1989-batch IAS officer of Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre, and six others for allegedly favouring a private firm in awarding Delhi Government contracts.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The agency on Tuesday carried out searches at his office, which is in the same premises as that of Kejriwal, triggering a political storm with Aam Aadmi Party accusing the Centre of misusing CBI.CBI has, however, denied the allegations.Meanwhile, Joon said CBI is not harassing Kumar. “The allegations in the FIR are wrong. The allegations regarding tender do not stand. He was questioned regarding tenders given to ICSIL. He has been called tomorrow to be examined again regarding tenders given to Endeavour Systems Private Limited,” the lawyer told reporters.

CBI raids: AAP defends Rajender Kumar; cites his ‘clean’ service record

Kumar, a 1989-batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre, is facing probe for purportedly favouring a software firm in his capacity as a senior bureucrat in the Sheila Dikshit dispensation.

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The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday sprang to the defence of senior bureaucrat Rajender Kumar, who is facing a CBI probe over allegations of corruption, and virtually gave him a clean chit.AAP leader Sanjay Singh said Kumar, who serves as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary, has a clean service record that spans over 27 years, in which allegations of corruption were never made against him.”You are asking why Kejriwal kept a corrupt official like Rajendra Kumar. Kumar has served for 27 years. Has there ever been a probe over allegations of corruption against him? “In the last 27 years, there has not been a single allegation of corruption against Rajendra Kumar. The media should not distort facts. It is also showing that Rs 28 lakh was recovered from his salary account. Does a salary account contain unaccounted money?” Singh asked.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh made the comments during a highly charged press conference, where the AAP attacked Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for alleged financial bunglings in DDCA. Kumar, a 1989-batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre, is facing probe for purportedly favouring a software firm in his capacity as a senior bureucrat in the Sheila Dikshit dispensation.

Bribery case: Delhi Court sends IAS officer Sanjay Pratap Singh to judicial custody

Singh, a 1984-batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre, and his personal assistant Ramesh were produced before Special Judge Anju Bajaj Chandna after expiry of their seven-day police remand and the CBI moved an application requesting the court to send them in judicial custody.

Arrested principal secretary of Delhi government Sanjay Pratap Singh (centre) in New Delhi.
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IAS officer Sanjay Pratap Singh and his personal assistant, arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2.2 lakh, were remanded on Thursday to judicial custody till December 23 by a Delhi court after the CBI said they were not required for further custodial interrogation.Singh, a 1984-batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre, and his personal assistant Ramesh were produced before Special Judge Anju Bajaj Chandna after expiry of their seven-day police remand and the CBI moved an application requesting the court to send them in judicial custody. Singh, who was holding the post of Principal Secretary in Department of SC, ST and Minorities, has been suspended by the Delhi government.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI had earlier told the court that they would examine the bank lockers of Singh during the police custody and he was also required to be interrogated regarding the property papers recovered during the searches. It had alleged that the accused had demanded a bribe of Rs 2.2 lakh from the complainant and Singh had instructed that the money be delivered to his PA. CBI had alleged that out of Rs 2.2 lakh, Singh’s PA pocketed Rs 20,000.According to CBI, Singh had allegedly demanded the bribe from the owner of a firm that supplies security guards and other manpower for clearing pending bills. The two accused were arrested after the complainant had approached Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office.CBI had alleged that the businessman, whose firm supplies peons, security guards and other staff for sundry works to various agencies, had accused Singh of demanding Rs 2.2 lakh as bribe for clearing bills for services rendered by the firm.”The complainant had recently approached Chief Minister’s Office. The CM’s office then guided the complainant in trapping the official and got S P Singh arrested by CBI red handed. CBI acted on the complaint received from CM Office,” a Delhi government spokesperson had said.Both the accused have denied all the allegations.

Now, Congress seeks JPC probe into DDCA scam

Taking animosity to next level, thus making washout of winter session now a certainty, main Opposition Congress on Wednesday demanded constitution of a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to look into irregularities in Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) and resignation of Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, who happens to be a former president of the cricket body. Jaitley, however, dismissed the allegations, saying they are without any basis.Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday had attempted to link the CBI raid on his secretariat to the DDCA enquiry report and other related files. He had proposed to order a commission of inquiry into the report of the committee to go into the cricket affairs.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a virtual tit-for-tat, Congress launched an attack on Jaitley and the affairs of the DDCA, claiming it was a Section 25 non-profit company, and could not divert its funds to non-cricketing activities, as alleged in the committee report. Jaitley had levelled almost similar allegations over the National Herald affairs, implicating Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi for diverting funds from a Section 25 company, without proper authorisation.Flanked by Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and party leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, senior spokesman Ajay Maken said that pending the completion of inquiry through a JPC, Jaitley must step down. He also accused the Delhi chief minister of sitting on a three-member committee report for over a month now. The chief minister had on November 12 asked a three-member committee to go into the DDCA affairs within three days. He wanted to know why Kejriwal did not proceed to take action by registering a first information report or writing to the Delhi High Court for a court-monitored CBI inquiry.Maken said four persons in the DDCA, who have been “known for their proximity” to Jaitley, have been named as “officers in default” by the Registrar of Companies in his order of August last year. “How can a fair probe into the issue be possible as long as Jaitley is the finance minister with corporate affairs portfolio as well,” he wondered.Maken noted that virtually all enforcement authorities – ED, IT, Revenue intelligence, Serious Fraud Investigation Office – directly report to Jaitley. “The same agencies are supposed to take action against DDCA for infraction of various rules and norms of the Companies Act and under criminal law,” he said.Maken, who has earlier been sports minister at the Centre, said the Registrar of Companies has “proved” the charges of irregularities after he had complained to the then corporate affairs minister M Veerappa Moily, who had ordered the ROC inquiry. He said the investigation by the Serious Fraud Investigation Officer had found that the reconstruction of the Ferozshah Kotla stadium was carried out between 2002 and 2007 which saw an escalation of costs by Rs 90 crore. He said the initial budget was Rs 24 crore but eventually it went up to Rs 114 crore.Maken claimed that it was also revealed by SFIO probe that there was no record of tender for most of the contracts issued by the DDCA for the construction of the stadium. He said the report found that many companies that were given contracts were actually owned by the office bearers of the DDCA.

Islamic State-Al Qaida rivalry reaches Indian subcontinent

Mohamad Asif in the custody of Delhi Police’s Special Cell on Wednesday
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The rivalry between dreaded terrorist group Islamic State and Al Qaeda has apparently reached the doorsteps of the Indian subcontinent according to intelligence agencies. The apprehension of the intelligence agencies as well as senior officials of Delhi and UP Police comes after arrest of two men who are accused of being operatives of Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). Sources in the Special Cell of Delhi Police told dna that during a meeting held in South Waziristan (Pakistan), attended by senior Al Qaeda leaders, IS influence in India was discussed at breadth and a unanimous decision was taken to undermine IS efforts of recruiting Indians.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The meeting held in February 2014, that is more than six months before Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al Zawahiri floated AQIS, was also attended by Maulana Asim Umar, the special cell said. Six months after the meeting, Umar was declared the Amir (head) of the AQIS and according to the police one of the two operatives arrested by them, attended the AQ meetings held in February. “AQIS was declared in September 2014 by none other than Ayman Al Zawhiri who chose Umar, a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal district, as the head of AQIS. One of the arrested operatives of AQIS, identified as Mohamad Asif (a resident of Sambhal district in UP), has claimed to have attended meetings held in South Waziristan which were attended by AQ leaders of Arabian descent. The foundations of AQIS were laid in the meeting and Asif has told us that Al Qaida leaders were concerned about IS making inroads into the sub-continent,” said a senior official of the Special Branch. This is not the first time when armed groups based in South Asia have shown their discontent over IS activities in the region. Earlier this year Lashkar-e-Taiba had termed IS as a “sectarian force” in one of its statements. “Mohamad Asif was chosen as the chief motivator for South Asia region. This was after he was given extensive training during his visit to Pakistan which lasted for over a year, ” the officer added.Investigators claimed that Asif was in touch with many youth whom he was trying to recruit for AQ. “At least two boys, identified as Sharjeel and Rehan, have been sent to Pakistan for arms training. Another youth from Hyderabad was in touch with him and would be questioned soon. Besides this we have arrested an Odisha youth who was in touch with Asif,” the officer said further. “The recent spate of AQIS recruitments indicate that there is a battle of supremacy raging between AQ and ISIS. The arrests are very crucial and we are sure that the accused will shed some light on Al Qaeda’s plans in India,” said another senior police officer. Asif was arrested on December 14 from Delhi’s Seelampur area while as Odisha youth Abdul Reham, was arrested today. Asif, along with Sharjeel and Rehan , is said to have entered into Pakistan through Iran in June 2013 after procuring travellers’ visa on the pretext of performing ziyarat at the shrine of the late Grand Ayatollah Khomaini in Tehran.A person code named Qasim was Asif’s main contact and also facilitated his travel after the duo got in touch through social media in 2012. Upon his return, Asif is said to be working as an accountant in a methanol producing factory in Sambhal and had travelled to Delhi for recruitment purposes, police said.

Amitabh Thakur will have to move govt first against his suspension: Allahabad HC

After the disposal of the appeal, in the event the petitioner was still aggrieved, then he would have an opportunity to avail the remedy before Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in accordance with law, the court observed.
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The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday said suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur will have first to approach the central government through the competent authority by filing an appropriate appeal against his suspension order. It said that in the event such an appeal was filed with in 15 days from today, the central government shall dispose of the it within three weeks.After the disposal of the appeal, in the event the petitioner was still aggrieved, then he would have an opportunity to avail the remedy before Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in accordance with law, the court observed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A division bench of Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi and Justice Attau Rahman Masoodi passed the judgement while disposing of a writ petition filed by Thakur challenging his suspension order dated July 13 this year.The petitioner alleged that the continued suspension order on account of inaction of the respondent – state and the malafide alleged deserve to be interfered with and the court should invoke its writ jurisdiction for quashing the same. A preliminary objection was raised on behalf of the respondents with regard to the maintainability of the writ petition while referring to rulings of the apex court and opposed the petition. In response, the petitioner had drawn the attention of the court to the order passed by the CAT dated November 30.”The suspension order has to be viewed in the light of the allegations raised on the issue of jurisdiction, violation of rules and malafides, if any, and the Central Administrative Tribunal is not precluded from entertaining any such petition as has been observed in the order dated November 30,” the court observed.Thakur was suspended after he had accused Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, on July 10 of threatening him on phone. He alleged that Yadav was angry because his wife Nutan had filed a corruption case against a minister in the state government. However, the state government said that Thakur was suspended on charges of indiscipline and corruption.

Rajender Kumar, Principal Secy to Delhi CM Kejriwal, questioned for nine hours by CBI

Despite repeated queries on the alleged benefits, if at all, received by Kumar for purportedly favouring a software firm, CBI sources limited themselves to saying that the owners of the firm had worked with Kumar “at some point of time”.

Delhi Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar after being questioned by the officials at CBI Headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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Rajendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, was subjected on Wednesday to a marathon nine-hour questioning along with two other accused as the agency tried to look for a quid pro quo in a corruption case against him.Despite repeated queries on the alleged benefits, if at all, received by Kumar for purportedly favouring a software firm, CBI sources limited themselves to saying that the owners of the firm had worked with Kumar “at some point of time”.Along with Kumar, CBI also examined owner of Endeavour Systems Private Limited Dinesh Gupta and Managing Director of Intelligent Communication Systems India Limited (ICSIL) R S Kaushik here at its headquarters. CBI sources claimed that Kumar has been providing information which was not given by him on Tuesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The officer arrived at the CBI headquarter at 9.40 AM for the questioning and left at around 6.45 PM in the evening. His lawyer H S Phoolka was also in the vehicle with him.Meanwhile, CBI, which is facing flak from Aam Admi Party and other opposition parties at Centre for its searches yesterday at the office of Kumar, a 1989-batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre, tried to defend itself saying it has not seized any material which is not relevant to the investigation.”CBI seizures during the searches at all 14 places, were in the presence of independent witnesses, as per the procedures laid down by the law. The search-cum-seizure memo containing details of all seized items will be produced before the competent court,” agency spokesperson Devpreet Singh said. She claimed that blatantly incorrect information is being spread by certain quarters since yesterday to discredit the agency with the intent to obstruct investigation.CBI neither prevented nor disallowed any person in their movement to the various offices in the Delhi Secretariat including the Chief Minister’s office except the Office Chamber of his Secretary, Rajendra Kumar and that of his Personal Assistant.”CBI has already clarified that the office of the Chief Minister Delhi was neither searches nor sealed,” she said.The agency’s action yesterday evoked sharp reaction from Kejriwal who accused it of searching files “unrelated” to the probe against Kumar and claimed that a file relating to DDCA was scrutinised by it.”CBI kept reading DDCA file in my office.They would have seized it. But after my media briefing, they left it. Not clear if they took a copy. Documents seized from my office.No relation to allegations being probed. Item 7-file movement register of last one month,” he said in a series of tweets.Jaitley had dismissed on Tuesday the allegations against him as “rubbish”. Kejriwal also uploaded image of a document listing the files allegedly taken away by CBI from Delhi Secretariat during its day-long raid yesterday.Agency sources claimed that it has recovered documents pertaining to bank balances of approximately Rs 28 lakh from Kumar who is facing probe for allegedly favouring a private firm in government contracts. The documents pertaining to fixed deposits worth Rs 1.66 crore were allegedly found from A K Duggal, former MD, ICSIL, CBI sources claimed.Kumar was questioned by the CBI for about seven hours late last night after the probe agency sleuths raided his Delhi Secretariat office, triggering a political storm between Delhi government and the Centre.The CBI said that it has registered a case against Kumar and others on allegations against the officer that he abused his official position by “favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders from Delhi government departments”.Kumar has been booked under 120-B of IPC (criminal conspiracy), and 13(2), 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Criminal conspiracy, criminal misconduct etc) for allegedly favouring a private company in five contracts worth Rs 9.5 crore during 2007-14.CBI carried out searches at 14 places connected with Kumar in the national capital, including his residence, and various locations in Uttar Pradesh. The agency has claimed to have recovered about Rs 16 lakh, including Rs 2.4 lakh in cash, foreign currency of the value of Rs 3 lakh from the residence of Kumar.”The allegations against Kumar were raised by Ashish Joshi, former Member Secretary, Delhi Dialogue Commission,” the CBI said.As opposition attacked the Centre over the CBI action, the agency went on an overdrive to convey that the raids were being undertaken after following a due a process of law which included getting a search warrant from the competent court. On Tuesday, Kejriwal had called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “psychopath” and “coward” after the raids and targeted Jaitley over alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket body under his watch.

Get in line, no ‘special’ darshan on Ekadasi, Dwadasi days at Tirupati temple

The move will enable more common pilgrims to witness the ‘Vaikunta Dwara Darshanam’.
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There will be no special (privileged) darshans allowed this year on the occasions of ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi’ and ‘Vaikunta Dwadasi’ on December 21 and 22 respectively, according to a New Indian Express report.This was decided in a meeting held by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on Tuesday, to discuss arrangements for the two days. The move will enable more common pilgrims to witness the ‘Vaikunta Dwara Darshanam’. The EDP wing has been reportedly instructed to release 10,800 online tickets, whereas the IT wing has been asked to keep booking slots open from 1pm to 9pm. Since each slot would accommodate 1,200 pilgrims, Temple Deputy Executive Officer C Ramana had been directed to check provisions for hassle-free ‘darshanam’, the report adds. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ‘Annaprasadam’ facility would commence from early hours of December 21 and light food such as ‘rava upma’, ‘atukula upma’, ‘pongal’ etc., would be served to the devotees.

Two suspected jihadists planning attacks in Delhi during Christmas arrested

Special Cell teams are conducting search operation at several places across UP, tracking other potential operatives of the jihadi outfit, said a police officer.

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Two suspected operatives of a jihadi organisation, who were allegedly planning to carry out attacks in the national capital during Christmas and New Year, were detained by the Special Cell of Delhi Police on Tuesday.The two suspected operatives are believed to be natives of Sambhal district in Uttar Pradesh. Police refused to disclose the names of the operatives and the organisation they belong to. Special Cell teams are conducting search operation at several places across UP, tracking other potential operatives of the jihadi outfit, said a police officer.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The two youths detained by the police were already under the Special Cell’s scanner. However, they disappeared around two years ago, following which they are suspected to have crossed the border and attended training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan with their associates, the officer said.The two youths were detained on Tuesday from Delhi following intelligence input suggesting their presence. The police have also got certain leads suggesting that the duo, along with their associates, were allegedly planning strikes in the national capital during Christmas and New Year season, the officer said.It is also believed that the duo attended training facilities allegedly set up by LeT, the officer added. Earlier this month, the Special Cell had registered a case in connection with the presence of two suspected LeT operatives who allegedly infiltrated from PoK and were seen in the national capital, where they are allegedly hatching plans to target high profile individuals.

Three more arrested in double murder case

According to the Kandivli police, the three arrested on Tuesday are Vijay Rajbhar, Azaad Rajbhar and Pradeep Rajbhar. Police sources said all three accused were allegedly present at the workshop along with Shivkumar and wanted accused Vidhyadhar Rajbhar when the murder took place.

The Kandivli police on Tuesday arrested three more persons in connection with the murder of renowned artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani. The trio was arrested hours after one of the main suspect, Shivkumar Rajbhar, was arrested by Mumbai police in a joint operation with Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF), in Varanasi on Monday. According to the Kandivli police, the three arrested on Tuesday are Vijay Rajbhar, Azaad Rajbhar and Pradeep Rajbhar. Police sources said all three accused were allegedly present at the workshop along with Shivkumar and wanted accused Vidhyadhar Rajbhar when the murder took place. “The trio was placed under arrest for their involvement in the murder of Hema and Bhambhani. The trio knew the arrested accused Shivkumar and all of them trace their roots to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh,” said an officer privy to the investigation on condition of anonymity.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The investigations have revealed that Hema and Bhambhani were allegedly smothered to death in the metal fabrication workshop in Charkop area of Kandivali. “We have got four accused in our custody and Shivkumar have already confessed to his role in crime,” said a police officer. He added, “We have also recovered ATM cards, library cards, etc belonging to Hema and Bhambhani, from Shivkumar, proving his involvement in the crime. We are yet to ascertain the exact motive behind the murder and that would be clear once we have Vidhyadhar in our custody. A massive manhunt has been launched to arrest him.” The Kandivli police booked the trio for murder, destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy and produced them before the local magistrate court which remanded them in police custody till December 19. Bodies of Upadhyay (43) and her counsel Bhambani (65) were found in Kandivli nullah on Saturday evening. Upadhyay and Bhambhani were reportedly missing since Friday evening and man missing complaints were registered at Santacruz and Matunga police stations respectively by their relatives. During the course of the investigation, the Mumbai police ascertained that Upadhyay and Bhambhani were last seen together leaving Upadhyay’s studio on Veer Desai road in Andheri (W). Upadhyay had in 2010 filed for divorce from an estranged Chintan, accusing him of domestic violence. The family court had passed a decree in favour of Chintan, which Upadhyay had challenged in the Bombay High Court. Bhambhani was representing her in the case. The celebrated artist couple was in news when Upadhyay filed a criminal case against Chintan in 2013 for sketching obscene paintings on the walls of their bedroom.

CBI raids: BJP lashes out at Kejriwal, to conduct ‘Pol-Khol Abhiyan’

Kejriwal earlier claimed that the CBI raided his office at the behest of Prime Minister Modi. He also went as far as to call the Prime Minister a ‘coward and a psychopath’.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday lashed out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for using unparliamentary language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the CBI raided his Principal Secretary Rajender Prasad’s office.”The BJP has taken the decision that it will launch a ‘pol-khol abhiyan’ against the AAP for the next 48 hours and will expose the party on the ground,” Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhayay said.”He should be ashamed of the kind of language he is using against the Prime Minister. This is not the language of democracy,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The CBI is an independent agency; it is doing its work. The CBI must be having some proofs that is why it has raided on several places. You have made it a hell out of it, stating that the Chief Minister?s office was raided,” he further said.Kejriwal earlier claimed that the CBI raided his office at the behest of Prime Minister Modi. He also went as far as to call the Prime Minister a ‘coward and a psychopath’.”CBI lying. My own office raided. Files of CM office are being looked into. Let Modi say which file he wants?” Kejriwal tweeted.”I am the only CM who dismissed, on my own, a minister n a senior officer on charges of corruption and handed their cases to CBI. If CBI had any evidence against Rajender, why didn’t they share it wid me? I wud hv acted against him,” he said in another tweet.The CBI has registered a case against Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajender Kumar for allegedly favouring a firm in getting contracts from Delhi government. “FM lied in Parliament. My own office files are being looked into to get some evidence against me. Rajender is an excuse,” tweeted Kejriwal.Refuting Kejriwal’s allegation on the raid on Chief Minister’s office, the CBI has said that the raid was conducted on the Principal Secretary’s office following a warrant.

CBI being dictated by someone, says Rajender Kumar’s HS Phoolka

HS Phoolka maintained that the CBI had no business to enter the Chief Minister’s office. Phoolka also said that the agency’s denials that it had not entered the Chief Minister’s office was a “mere eyewash”.

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Senior lawyer H S Phoolka who is representing Rajender Kumar, Principal Secretary of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Tuesday described the CBI action as “politically motivated” and said his client was being made a “scape goat”.”I wonder how could the files pertaining to 2007 allegation be in the office of present Chief Minister. The CBI is being dictated by someone,” Phoolka, who is associated with AAP, said.He maintained that the CBI had no business to enter the Chief Minister’s office. Phoolka also said that the agency’s denials that it had not entered the Chief Minister’s office was a “mere eyewash”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”All the files of the Chief Minister are always lying on the table of the Principal Secretary. So now the CBI needs to answer what were they looking for. How can files of alleged 2007 scams related to education, electricity and others be lying in the office of the present Chief Minister. Whom is the CBI trying to fool? The answer is straight that Kumar is mere a scape goat and target is someone else. Its a politically motivated case,” Phoolka said.The lawyer, who was accompanying the wife of Kumar, an IAS officer of 1989 batch, was waiting at the CBI headquarters for a meeting with his client.”We have been told that he will be released soon. After that we will chalk out the future strategy which includes taking a legal recourse,” he said.”We will first see what action CBI will take and accordingly we will make a strategy and act.”

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal claims CBI raids his office; CBI, Jaitley deny

The Chief Minister, however, claimed that his office was raided which was denied by the CBI as well as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha where the opposition created an uprorar and forced a couple of adjournments.

Kejriwal claims CBI raids his office; CBI, Jaitley deny charge

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Amid claims and counter-claims, CBI on Tuesday raided the office of an officer of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a corruption case that led the AAP chief to call Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “coward and psychopath” and intensifying the face-off between AAP and Centre.The Chief Minister, however, claimed that his office was raided which was denied by the CBI as well as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha where the opposition created an uproar and forced a couple of adjournments.”CBI raids my office,” Kejriwal claimed in a tweet. “When Modi cudn’t handle me politically, he resorts to this cowardice. Modi is a coward and psychopath,” he said in another tweet expressing his anguish over the raids.A CBI Spokesperson, however, said the searches were being conducted only at the office of the Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar. Searches were being conducted at 14 locations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. CBI sources claimed the case is against Kumar and six more accused.In the Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said Kejriwal’s office was not raided and that the raid was in relation to a case of alleged corruption against an officer of the Delhi government. The CBI raid has nothing to do with Kejriwal or his tenure and that the graft case against the officer also pertains to his past, he added.This was countered by Kejriwal who tweeted, “FM lied in Parliament. My own office files are being looked into to get some evidence against me. Rajender is an excuse”.The BJP also hit back at Kejriwal with Union Minister Prakash Javadekar saying the CBI was only probing a complaint of corruption against an officer and maintained it has nothing to do with Kejriwal’s office.CBI sources said that a team of its officials went to the Delhi Secretariat, which houses office of Kejriwal and other ministers in the morning and conducted the search in the third floor of the building. The CBI said it has registered a case against Rajendra Kumar on allegations of abusing his official position by “favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders from Delhi government departments.” “After taking warrants, searches are being conducted in the office and residence of Rajendra Kumar. The allegations against Rajendra Kumar were raised by Ashish Joshi, former Member Secretary, Delhi Dialogue Commission,” the agency said.The third floor of the secretariat also houses Kejriwal’s office.Delhi Government and AAP reacted angrily to the “raid”, calling it a “darkest” day and “undeclared emergency” in the history of Indian democracy.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed the Centre was controlling the CBI and claimed the raid at Rajendra Kumar’s office was aimed at sending message to officials “if they worked with Kejriwal honestly, they will be troubled.” Another AAP leader Ashutosh said CBI is “lying to the teeth” for saying that the office of the chief minister was raided and attacked Modi.BJP condemned Kejriwal for the kind of language used to criticise Modi and said it was “absolutely unacceptable”.”Does he want to protect the corrupt?,” Javedekar asked, adding, “Instead of taking action against the corrupt, he is accusing the prime minister. This is absolutely unacceptable.”

Maharashtra: Minor girl dies after suicide attempt along with teacher over ‘love affair’

The 17-year-old girl, a student of class X, had an affair with her ashram school teacher.

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A minor girl, who apparently had an affair with a 27-year-old teacher in her school, died after both allegedly tried to commit suicide at a town near Nashik, police said on Tuesday.The 17-year-old girl, a student of class X, had an affair with her ashram school teacher Samadhan Subhash Patil. The duo, both residents of Galane village in Chalisgaon taluka of Jalgaon district, had been missing for last couple of days, Chandwad police station inspector Anant Mohite said.The two came to Chandwad tehsil town in Nashik district on Monday and allegedly consumed poison at Chandreshwari temple there, he said. Later, police rushed to the spot after some locals informed them about the duo lying there. The police rushed them to a hospital, but the girl died en route, he said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The teacher was later shifted to Nashik Civil Hospital, the police officer said, adding that they suspect that the duo tried to end their lives over their love affair.Meanwhile, the girl’s body was sent for postmortem and later handed over to her relatives. A case has been registered in this connection, police added.

Modi govt constantly humiliating non-BJP CMs, alleges Congress

Party’s senior spokesman Anand Sharma said that Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was not the only Chief Minister “insulted” by the Centre.

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Amid the row over “insult” to Kerala Chief Minister, Congress on Monday made a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government charging it with constantly “humiliating” non-BJP Chief Ministers and also attempting to “destabilise” Congress governments.Party’s senior spokesman Anand Sharma said that Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was not the only Chief Minister “insulted” by the Centre.”There are complaints against the Prime Minister from other State government’s also. On Sept 27, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddharamiah was not invited to Indo-German conclave in Begaluru.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was not invited to a function concerning a Metro between Delhi-Faridabad where the Prime Minister was the chief guest, he recalled. He alleged that Governors appointed by BJP – all RSS supporters, are getting involved in day to day running of government, which was beyond their mandate.Turning to the Kerala issue, he claimed that the letter that is being circulated by BJP is written after the Chief Minister had been asked to recuse himself from the event by the Officer on Special Duty of the Prime Minister. He said that the Chief Minister did not wanted to embarrass the Prime Minister and he wrote the letter after the OSD asked him whether he agreed to recuse himself from the function.”Despite talking about co-operative federalism, they are constantly slighting non-BJP Chief Ministers….They are attempting to destabilise Congress governments”, he said without elaborating.

DCW serves notice to AIIMS for ‘negligence’ in treating ‘raped’ minor

The minor girl was allegedly sexually assaulted on Friday while she was playing outside her home by a teenager from the same neighbourhood in south Delhi’s Tigri area, following which police had registered a case and apprehended the accused.

DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal who met with the girl on Sunday quoted the version of investigating police officer and the counsellor of DCW’s Rape Crisis Cell, saying that she was not provided treatment for 3.5 hrs at AIIMS.
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Taking a strong note of alleged negligence in providing timely medical treatment to a seven-year-old rape victim, the Delhi Commission for Women has served a notice to AIIMS and sought an ‘action taken’ report in two days.The minor girl was allegedly sexually assaulted on Friday while she was playing outside her home by a teenager from the same neighbourhood in south Delhi’s Tigri area, following which police had registered a case and apprehended the accused.DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal who met with the girl on Sunday quoted the version of investigating police officer and the counsellor of DCW’s Rape Crisis Cell, saying that she was not provided treatment for 3.5 hrs at AIIMS.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The victim who was brought to the hospital in a very serious condition at 8.35 pm on December 11, was bleeding heavily. However, the girl was left unattended and even first aid was denied to her for more than 3.5 hours until around 12 pm,” she said in the notice to the Director, AIIMS.The investigation officer and RCC counsellor had also made a written complaint to the Delhi Chief Minister’s Office regarding the same at 11.45 pm. Maliwal said that upon enquiry she was informed “verbally” by the duty officer that the hospital has sought a written explanation from the HoD (Gynaecologist) over the “negligence” complaint.

New Delhi: Stricter traffic rules to be implemented starting tomorrow

The senior officers and field staff have been briefed through meetings and a detailed circular about implementation of the new guidelines will come into force from tomorrow morning, the officer said.

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Driving licences of traffic violators in the national capital will be suspended for three months as Delhi Traffic Police is all set to implement Supreme Court-appointed committee’s recommendations from tomorrow.”Seizing and suspension of driving licences, even for the first offenders, will take place for jumping red light, drunken driving, over-speeding, using mobile phone while driving, and carrying passengers in goods vehicles,” said Muktesh Chander, Special Commissioner (Traffic).”We are going to implement the recommendations of the Supreme Court’s Committee strictly from day one and all the Traffic staff have been readied to handle violators as per the new guidelines,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The senior officers and field staff have been briefed through meetings and a detailed circular about implementation of the new guidelines will come into force from tomorrow morning, the officer said. Besides, the violations of traffic rules will also be punished with heavy fines.Fines for first offence and subsequent offences in case of over-speeding will be Rs 400 and Rs 1,000 respectively, the officer said. In case of drunk driving, court challans will be issued and such drivers could end up paying a fine of upto Rs 2,000, besides serving jail term of upto 6 months on being sentenced by magistrate on their first offence.On subsequent offences of drunk driving, the accused will pay fine of upto Rs 3,000, besides being sent behind bars for a period of upto 2 years, he said. The fines for using mobile phone while driving as first and subsequent offence will be Rs Rs 1,000 and Rs 2000. People not wearing helmet and seat belt will be fined with Rs 100 and Rs 300, the officer added.

Mumbai double murder: Fourth suspect detained in Varanasi in Hema Upadhyay murder case

The suspect, identified as Shivkumar Rajbhar alias Sadhu, was tracked down and detained by a Mumbai police team which had rushed to the temple town on Sunday following inputs that the culprits might have fled to Uttar Pradesh.
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Mumbai police on Monday detained a key suspect from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the double murder case of well-known installation artist Hema Upadhyaya and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani on the basis of information provided by three already under detention since Sunday.The suspect, identified as Shivkumar Rajbhar alias Sadhu, was tracked down and detained by a Mumbai police team which had rushed to the temple town on Sunday following inputs that the culprits might have fled to Uttar Pradesh.”We haven not arrested but detained Shivkumar Rajbhar alias Sadhu in Varanasi,” Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deven Bharti told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police had detained on Monday Azad Rajbhar, Pradeep Rajbhar and Vijay Rajbhar in Mumbai in connection with the sensational twin-murder. Based on information provided by the trio, the police detained Sadhu, who is suspected to have played a key role in the murder of the artist and her lawyer, police said.Three detained from Mumbai are in the business of manufacturing and selling fibre glass, which was used by Hema and her estranged husband Chintan Upadhyaya, also an artist, for their installations, said an officer privy to details of the probe. Those detained had known Chintan for the last few years. One among them had called up Hema on her mobile phone before her murder, police said.The bodies of Hema (43) and Bhambhani (65), their hands and feet tied with ropes, were recovered stuffed in cardboard boxes from a drain in suburban Kandivali on Saturday following which police were called in. Their body samples have been sent for chemical analysis and autopsy reports are awaited, a senior police officer said.”As per our probe their bodies (in boxes) were transported in a tempo from suburban Juhu to Kandivali (W),” DCP (Detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni said.Police have also quizzed the driver of the vehicle who dumped the boxes in the drain thinking they contained broken antiques. The statement of the transporter has been recorded, police said.Earlier, the police had on Saturday recorded the statement of the watchman at Hema’s apartment on Juhu Tara Road and her domestic servant Lalit Mandal. Hema’s husband Chintan, who was in Delhi and arrived in the city yesterday, was also questioned by the Crime Branch.The Baroda-born artist, who was locked in bitter divorce proceedings with her husband, had in 2013 filed a case against Chintan, alleging he painted obscene pictures of women on the walls of their matrimonial home in Mumbai to harass her. Bhambani had represented Hema in the case.According to police, Hema’s domestic help had filed a missing complaint at Santacruz police station on Saturday after she did not return home whole of Friday. Bhambhani’s younger daughter Anita had also filed a similar complaint at Matunga police station the same day.Hema was last seen by the watchman of her apartment building at 11 am on Friday. According to Anita, Bhambhani had left his King Circle home in Matunga to meet Hema at around 6.30 PM on Friday. Investigators said Bhambhani met Hema at her art studio in Andheri around 8.30 PM on Friday before talking to his wife on phone. Thereafter the Bhambhani family could not establish any contact with him despite calling him several times.Police suspect that an unidentified person known to the duo had called the lawyer to give fresh evidence in a property dispute involving Hema, who was suspected to have been strangled with Bhambhani by the perpetrators of the crime.Additional Commissioner of Police (North Region) Fatehsingh Patil claimed his team was “very close” to cracking the case.. Police said Bhambhani’s car, in which he had left for the meeting, is still to be traced.

Government to put in place system for regulating UAVs: Home Secretary

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said there was a need for regulating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to prevent its misuse, particularly in populated areas and sensitive locations like airports.

To check use of UAVs by rogue elements to carry out terror attacks, the government is mulling to put in place a system to detect and defeat such threats and regulate low flying objects.Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said there was a need for regulating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to prevent its misuse, particularly in populated areas and sensitive locations like airports. “We need to go into regulations. We need to have a system to detect and destruct rouge aircraft… We have to ensure that UAVs are not hijacked by rouge elements and misused,” he said addressing a seminar on ‘India’s Internal Security and UAVs’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Home Secretary said the process of detection and destruction of UAVs is an evolving process and experts are still working on it. “That is an evolving technology. People are still getting into it, how to do what to do, how to destroy them. It is difficult for UAVs as it has very little footprints. If it is detected in a populated areas or in an airport or in a runway, we don’t know what would be the impact of its destruction. We really don’t aware what would be the consequences,” he said.Mehrishi said putting in place certain regulations in operating UAVs have two aspects — preventive and enabling — and the government was working on both. “We have to work to prevent illegal things from happening…We also have to do enabling, licencing (of the UAVs),” he said. The Home Secretary said the government was also exploring the option of using UAVs for works like surveillance in large establishments such as refineries, secure oil pipelines from being broken or stolen, crime detection etc. “One positive side of the homeland security (of the use of UAVs), whether to send relief in a disaster situation, how to send medicine, delivery of food, whether it is for traffic management and probably detection of crime.”So, homeland security is an issue we have to look forward. We are in the Home Ministry ….little concern about certain things in homeland security. We are currently doing that…including the issue of infiltration from the western side of the border from the hostile neighbour,” he said. Mehrishi, however, said infiltration from across the Indo-Pak border has come down to almost negligible level even though there were areas that need to be secured through technology and increasing capacity, including by using UAVs.”One important aspects for us is to reduce boots on the ground. We are also using technology intensively so that we ensure security and less personnel on the ground,” he said. The Home Secretary said there was a need for homeland security specific facilities such as how to detect ungrounded mines where our security forces are exposed to in certain areas of the country.Addressing the seminar, Air Marshal V R Chaudhary strongly pitched for bringing UAVs and all low flying objects under the ambit of some rules and regulations as they were “security threat”. “UAVs are security threat which may impact airliner carrying passengers. …we need to regulate UAVs. They should be given permission for selected areas. We are not advocating complete ban on these kinds of machines. What we are saying is that they should be regulated,” he said.”One can order an UAV on the Internet. The easy availability of UAVs on the Internet, its small size is definitely a security threat,” he said. Air Marshal Chaudhary said UAVs are difficult to detect as they operate within the line of sight and low speed. It is difficult to detect in a crowded environment. “However, it has the potential to damage. Even the smallest of UAV can carry upto two kgs of RDX. One can well imagine the potential of damage a UAV can cause if it is detonated,” he said.Air Marshal Chaudhary said currently UAVs are not under any regulation and hence its operation can’t be banned completely and action can be taken against any violator only under IPC. “There are lots of example globally where UAVs, due to going out of sight or going out of control of operator, creating potential damage or hazard to civil aviation,” he said. The IAF officer said there should be concerted effort to check potential threat from such unconventional platforms like UAVs, paragliders, hot air balloons.

Mumbai: Fabrication artist behind double murder?

Two bodies found in Kandivli on Saturday identified as those of celebrated artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer.

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The two bodies that were found in Kandivli (W) on Saturday have been identified as those of artist Hema Upadhyay (43) and her lawyer Harish Bhambani (65). Hema was involved in an acrimonious divorce battle with Chintan Upadhyay, a celebrated name in the art world, in the Bombay High Court. The bodies were found in two gunny bags inside two cardboard boxes in a drain near Dhanukarwadi around 7:30 pm on Saturday. On Sunday, the Mumbai police detained three people and questioned Chintan for over six hours. Sources in the Mumbai police told dna that a fourth suspect, a metal fabrication artist called Rajbhar, could turn out to be the key suspect. The police are on the look-out for him.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> According to sources, Rajbhar is believed to have called Hema, claiming that he has clinching evidences against Chintan, which would help her in the divorce case. “We learn that Rajbhar wanted to meet Hema to hand over some proof against Chintan. Hema then asked Bhambani to accompany her. It seems that they were murdered after they reached the place where Rajbhar was waiting,” said a source.”It looks like that the idea was to kill Hema, but as Bhambani was accompanying her, he became a collateral damage,” he said. The bodies were first spotted by some local sweepers. When they found something amiss, they informed the police. When the boxes were opened, the police found two bodies – one of a male and the other of a female – wrapped in plastic sheets. “Initially, the identity of the bodies could not be ascertained as the murderers did not leave any personal possessions of the victims. Their cellphones, wallets and jewellery were missing,” said an officer from the Kandivli police station. “Bhambani’s hands were tied and his mouth was gagged with a cloth and had a cello tape on it. Hema’s body was just wrapped in a plastic sheet,” he said. The identities of the bodies were ascertained on Sunday. “Both of them were strangulated to death and there are no external injury marks on the bodies,” said an officer. “We have sent the bodies for autopsy,” he said. An officer privy to the investigation said that before leaving his residence in King’s Circle around 6:30 pm on Friday, Bhambani had told his family that he has a meeting with a client in Andheri. Hema left her residence in Juhu on Friday morning and headed straight to her studio in Laxmi Industries off Veer Desai Road in Andheri (West). Around 6:30 pm, Hema made a call to her help, Hemant Mandal, asking him not to expect her for dinner. “The CCTV footage collected from the area of Laxmi Industries Estate establish that both Hema and Bhambani left the studio around 8:30 pm in the lawyer’s Honda City,” said an officer. “Their last cellphone tower location was in the Kandivli area. We have not yet recovered the missing car”. When Hema did not turn up home on Friday night, Mandal made several calls to her. When she did not answer, he approached the Santa Cruz police station and registered a missing complaint on the wee hours of Sunday. Even Bhambani’s family registered a missing complaint with the Matunga police station. As the Kandivli police launched an investigation into the double murder, the Mumbai crime branch also started a parallel investigation. Hema had filed for divorce in 2010, citing domestic violence. The family court had passed a decree in favour of Chintan. But Hema challenged it in the Bombay High Court and Bhambani was representing her. The celebrated artist-couple were in the news in 2013, when Hema filed a criminal case against Chintan for sketching obscene paintings on the wall of their bedroom. “Prima facie, personal enmity seems to be the reason behind the murder but investigations are still on and we are checking for further leads,” the police said.

Did the judiciary help avoid another AAP-Delhi police confrontation over Odd-Even formula?

Some quarters of the Delhi police had begun to anticipate yet another confrontation between the Aam Aadmi Party government and the Centre

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As the Delhi government announced its decision to allow even and odd number cars to ply in Delhi on alternate days, senior police officers, in meetings held soon after, had voiced their concerns about viability of the plan introduced to counter air-pollution. Some quarters of the Delhi police had begun to anticipate yet another confrontation between the Aam Aadmi Party government and the Centre. However by December 7, three days after the AAP government’s decision, the mood within the Capital’s police had changed. A senior police official, who witnessed the growing opposition within police ranks to the odd-even formula, said, that had it not been the ‘supporting statements’ made by judiciary, especially, Tirath Singh Thakur, the Chief Justice of India, the already rocky relationship between Delhi police and AAP would have suffered another blow.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “Initially there wasn’t any communication between the state government and police about the latest steps taken to reduce air pollution. Naturally a lot of pessimism about the odd-even formula existed, especially among the senior police officials. The concerns were raised in a series of inter-department meetings on Friday last week. But statements in support of the formula made the police re-think its approach,” said the senior police official requesting not to be named. The official added that statements made by CJI Thakur had especially helped to ‘reduce doubts’ among senior police officials. “The top rung of Delhi police now believes that the judiciary, like many other people of the city, wants to at least try the formula. We are now working out a plan to enforce the plan effectively,” the official added. “If a judge of the Supreme Court can pool cars, it sends a message to the people that we have no problem. We can walk down or even take a bus,” Mr Thakur had said. In response Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had tweeted, “His (CJI Thakur’s) support to odd-even formula is welcome and a huge encouragement”. “Supreme Court judges pooling cars would inspire millions to follow. Thank you My Lords.” Another senior police official told dna that not only the statements in support of the odd-even formula had helped to cool down possible confrontation between the Centre and AAP, the rejection of a petition to block Delhi government’s proposal had ‘more or less sealed the deal’. The Delhi High Court on Tuesday had refused to block the Delhi government’s proposal to allow vehicles with odd and even registration numbers on alternate days from Jan 1 stating the petition filed against the plan was “premature”. dna contacted Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander, the officer at the helm of the affairs in the national capital. When asked to confirm if the Delhi police in its entirety supported the formula, the official said, “I cannot speak on behalf of other senior officials. The officials at their personal levels might have varying opinions but the department follows orders and that is what we will do,”. He added that the police department has held multiple meetings with representatives of the Delhi government to work out the details of the formula. “We are also researching on cities that have enforced such a formula and taking notes. Besides this there are discussions to be held on decisions as under which law is the traffic police to fine persons not following the odd-even formula. If it is under the Motor Vehicle Act, then it is under our domain, but if the Environment Protection Act is to be evoked than the Environment Ministry has to be taken on board,” said the senior police officer.

Chennai floods: UP Congress chief booked for maligning RSS using ‘morphed’ photo

As per the complaint, Khatri used a stray 2010 photo of some unidentified people to depict an RSS worker creating disruptions during flood relief operations in Chennai.

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Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Nirmal Khatri has been booked for allegedly trying to malign the RSS by “morphing” a photo that purportedly shows its activist disrupting flood relief operations in Chennai.A case was registered against Khatri on Friday under Section 469 of the IPC (forgery for purpose of harming reputation) and Section 66D of the Information Technology Act (cheating using computer resource) on the complaint lodged by some senior BJP leaders and RSS workers, Circle Officer (Sadar) Asim Choudhary said on Saturday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per the complaint, Khatri used a stray 2010 photo of some unidentified people to depict an RSS worker creating disruptions during flood relief operations in Chennai. The photo had gone viral on Facebook and other social networking sites.

Santosh Mahadik killing: Army calls off one of its longest anti-terror ops

Calling off the operation – launched on Nov.13 following a tip-off – has raised many questions than answers over the fate of militants who the security forces believed were hiding in the jungles.

Indian army has called off one of the longest anti-terror operations in the high-altitude Manigah forests in the border district of Kupwara. In a month-long operation, security forces killed one militant of the group responsible for the killing of Colonel Santosh Mahadik, the commanding officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles who was leading the operation against the militants in the forests on November 17. Another militant of the group was found dead in the jungle probably due to the cold weather. Calling off the operation – launched on Nov.13 following a tip-off – has raised many questions than answers over the fate of militants who the security forces believed were hiding in the jungles.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “Let army explain what they achieved. Public and even soldiers were subjected to lot of inconvenience. Other than satisfying their egos did it serve any purpose,” asked Langate MLA and president of Awami Itihaad Party, Sheikh Abdul Rashid aka Engineer Rashid. While senior superintendent of police, Kupwara, Ajaz Ahmad said the operation has been called off and siege lifted completely, Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at Srinagar, said “it has been scaled down, but cordon and search will continue.” Admitting that habitat area was affected, Joshi said “the people can now move freely”. Ajaz Ahmad said two militants have been killed in the operation. Surrounded by mountains and dense forests, Manigah is a bowl with huge rocks and thick foliage, which helped the militants though the forces had choppers and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to its advantage.

Bihar govt announces measures to stop cheating during exams in 2016

State Education minister Ashok Choudhary told reporters that it has been decided to drop centres blacklisted for large-scale cheating in the past three years from the list of venues where matriculation examination would be conducted for nearly 16 lakh examinees in March 2016.

A government school Vaishali district in Bihar whose photograph showing parents and friends scaling wall of the four-storeyed building like spiders to give chits to the examinees in March this year had gone viral.
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The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar on Thursday announced stern measures to stop cheating during matriculation exam in 2016, including delisting centres cheating in past three years.State Education minister Ashok Choudhary told reporters that it has been decided to drop centres blacklisted for large-scale cheating in the past three years from the list of venues where matriculation examination would be conducted for nearly 16 lakh examinees in March 2016. There are around 12 such blacklisted schools, he said.These include the government school at Mahnar in Vaishali district whose photograph showing parents and friends scaling wall of the four-storeyed building like spiders to give chits to the examinees in March this year had gone viral giving a bad name to the state, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accompanied by Principal Secretary Education D S Gangwar, Choudhary said in case of report of mass scale copying in the 2016 Matriculation examination from any centre, responsibility would be fixed on the concerned District Education Officer and head of that centre.In a bid to conduct a cheating-free examination, the Education minister said that exam schedule has been announced in advance of 100 days this time. Promising to strike at the root of the problem, the minister, who is also state chief of Congress, said efforts would be made that syllabus was completed well in time so that students go prepared to the exam centres.

Rolex, jewelry and 300 bottles of foreign liquor allegedly recovered from IAS officer in Delhi

While principal secretary Sanjay Pratap Singh and his PA were arrested by CBI in an operation on Wednesday evening. The problems of the senior bureaucrat, who was nearing retirement, seem to have multiplied overnight.

Arrested principal secretary of Delhi government Sanjay Pratap Singh (centre) in New Delhi on Wednesday

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The Rs 2.2lakh bribe, allegedly accepted by the principal secretary of Delhi government’s welfare department, seems to be quite a meager sum when compared to the luxurious items the IAS officer owned.While principal secretary Sanjay Pratap Singh and his PA were arrested by CBI in an operation on Wednesday evening. The problems of the senior bureaucrat, who was nearing retirement, seem to have multiplied overnight.According to the Central Bureau of Investigation Singh, besides being the owner and co-owner of at least eight properties in Delhi-NCR area, had quite a taste of expensive items, which have now been allegedly recovered by CBI sleuths.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expensive watches, more than 300 bottles of foreign liquor (including expensive scotch) and jewelry, whose net worth is yet to be calculated are some of the items recovered by the CBI. All the items have now have been confiscated by the agency after sleuths conducted multiple raids at atleast eight flats owned by the senior bureaucrat and his wife.The flats that CBI raided, also have come under scanner of investigators who have calculated the net worth of the properties somewhere between 15-20 crores rupees. Among the flats, three are located in Noida, two in Greater Noida, two in Gurgaon and one in posh Safdar Jung enclave area of south Delhi. The flats in NCR are also located in some of the most expensive sectors and most of them are currently occupied by tenants.”Pearl Gateway, Amrapali, Unitech High and Unitech Habitat are among the gated societies and towers where the CBI on Wednesday conducted raids. All of the flats are located in some of the most expensive sectors of NCR.For instance Sector 44,15, 50 of Noida and Greater Noida and Sector 56 in Gurgaon. We will investigate if the said properties qualify for a disproportionate assets case against the accused,”said an official source.Singh, (an IAS officer of 1984 Batch of AGMUT cadre), was appointed as the head of department of welfare of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and minorities in August 2014, when the national capital was being governed by L-G Najeeb Jung. But the agency claims that he had been under scanner for quite some time now.The reason for keeping Singh under radar is attributed to the multiple complaints lodged against him often accusing the officer of using government funds for personal use.Singh had been accused of taking a trip to Kasual, Lahol Spiti and Manali allegedly on government expenses when he was sent in as an observer during the 2012 assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh.Another complaint against Singh is that of purchasing a Tata Sumo car in the late 90’s when he was project director in Urban Basic Services Programme.He had later been accused of purchasing yet another car, this time a Maruti Suzuki, which he allegedly used for months before his department took notice of the same.His journey came to an unlikely end on Wednesday evening when he was caught red-handed in a trap laid by the CBI. This was after a complainant, who is apparently an AAP volunteer, approached the CBI and accused Singh of demanding a bribe from him. AAP claimed that complaint did so on direction of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind KejriwalThe complainant’s firm was providing manpower in the form of security guards to the department of welfare and Singh had, through his PA asked for a bribe to clear certain bills.The agency claimed after receiving a complaint from the owner of the firm, an undercover CBI official was sent in to meet the PA who first checked the money and allegedly kept Rs20,000 for himself. The remaining sum was taken outside welfare department’s Vikas Minar office in ITO area of Delhi where Singh was allegedly waiting in his car for his PA. As soon as the money was delivered to him, the CBI took him in custody. A lesson for others, says SisodiaDeputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said the arrest of the bureaucrat will serve a lesson to those who indulging in corruption despite his government’s anti-graft measures.He said, “When our chief minister Arvind Kejriwal says he will follow the corrupt people till hell, he means it. Whether that corruption is being committed by a minister or a junior staff, we will not spare them. SP Singh’s arrest proves that our government will not tolerate corruption.””I had also received some complaints about him, but there wasn’t any substantial evidence available. I had even conducted a surprise raid in his office, when I had discovered how he employed one security guard wherein on paper he had stated the employment of two security personnel. “

Rahul Gandhi prefers jail in National Herald case: Congress sources

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi talks to mediapersons at Parliament during the ongoing Winter session in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi prefers jail in the National Herald case and will not take bail or even sign a personal bond on December 19, say party sources.This strategy has been approved even by his mother and party president Sonia Gandhi, a source said. She has given the go-ahead as the party believes that no crime has been committed and it would also create a sympathy wave and highlight Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “vindictiveness” not only against the Congress but all his opponents.However, Sonia will file for a bail bond because of her fragile health. The five other accused, including 86-year old treasurer Motilal Vora, will also do so, said sources.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On December 19, Rahul, along with his mother, will appear before a metropolitan magistrate here.Soon after returning from Tamil Nadu, Rahul outlined his party’s strategy: to highlight the “political vendetta” of the government to garner sympathy. Coming out of Parliament on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi said: “It’s 100% political vendetta coming out of the PM’s Office. It is their way of doing politics. We have full faith in the judiciary (to come clean in the National Herald case).”In a massive blow to Sonia and Rahul, the Delhi high court had on Monday dismissed their pleas challenging the summons issued to them in the National Herald case, in which they have to appear before the trial court. The court observed that the actions of Congress office-bearers named in the case “smack of criminality”.BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy had filed a criminal case of cheating and misappropriation against them in February last year for allegedly usurping the defunct English daily National Herald’s owner Associated Journals Limited’s (AJL) property worth crores of rupees by forming a company in the name of Young India Limited.Senior advocates and party leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal on Wednesday evening briefed the Congress MPs of both the Houses for an hour about the case in the Parliament House Annexe, assuring them not to be worried as there is “zero criminality” involved in the case since there has been “no cheating” as alleged by Dr Swamy because he has not shown who has been cheated.Asked by MPs why they did not rush to the Supreme Court after a single-judge bench of the Delhi high court dismissed the case, the duo said they would wait for the outcome of the first date in the trial court of the metropolitan magistrate and then move the apex court against the high court judgment, which is full of errors as the judge even went to endorse Dr Swamy’s reliance on a Bill still pending in Parliament for amending the Companies Act that proposes to change Section 8 to allow restructuring of companies.Singhvi said that even if a Section 25 charitable company is dissolved, its assets can only go to another Section 25 company and not to anybody else Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi and Opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Congress group leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, made it clear that the Congress has “no grudge” against the judiciary, but was protesting against the government’s “policy of vindictiveness”.Kharge got the opportunity, after a lot of struggle with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, to lash out at the government for the “policy of suppression to harass the opposition leaders and frighten them”.Azad said that Dr Swamy, who had filed the case against the Gandhis, had also taken the matter to the Enforcement Directorate but its then chief was summarily removed after he gave a report to the government in August that there is no case of money-laundering.Rajan S Katoch (59), a 1979 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, who was given the third extension in June till to October was summarily removed after Dr Swamy alleged that he favoured Gandhis.

Dadri Lynching: Police documents raise doubts on weapons used by accused

A senior police officer, when asked if Vishal and Shivam were taken by police to identify more suspects, said, “The accused had identified some people but we cannot arrest them arbitrarily. The accused have tendency to mislead the police but it is our job to refine the evidence gathering process”.

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Even though Mohamad Akhlaq’s family have repeatedly expressed their satisfaction over the investigation into the brutal murder over beef, this September, police documents raise certain questions which cops might find hard to answer when the case will go on trial, later this month. As per the recovery memo, which lists the weapons recovered by the police in the aftermath of the murder, they have recovered just five sticks. Out of the 10 arrested, police says no weapons have been recovered from four of the arrested men, which include Shivam and Vishal Rana, the son of a local BJP leader. Police claimed to have recovered five sticks, out of which three are shown to be smeared with blood. An iron rod is shown to have been recovered from one of the accused identified as Vivek. The other accused in the case from whom police have recovered a weapon include Rupinder, Om, Sandeep , Saurav and Gaurav. The recovery memo does not clearly mention Vishal and Shivam, who, allegedly, were the ones to have announced from a temple in Dadri’s Bisara village on the night of September 28, that Akhlaq had slaughtered a cow. Interestingly, in early November, Subodh Singh, the investigating officer of the case, was transferred to Varanasi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Meanwhile, in his statement in front of a magistrate, Danish Saifi identified three more men involved in the attack, taking the number of accused to 19. The statement quotes Danish saying that the accused, after using abuses against him and his father, alleged that they had slaughtered a cow. The mob, according to Danish said, ‘Maaron saalon ko. Hinduon ka khoon pani samajh rakha hai (Beat this scum up. They think Hindu blood is like water) Confessional statements of Shivam and Vishal, accessed by dna, also quote the two main accused on how they attacked Akhlaq and his younger son Danish, after they found out that the family had slaughtered a cow. In addition to the confession, police documents quoted Vishal stating, “I know the people who provoked us to take the step. I don’t know them by their name but I can recognise their faces and can identify them if police takes us to them”. A senior police officer, when asked if Vishal and Shivam were taken by police to identify more suspects, said, “The accused had identified some people but we cannot arrest them arbitrarily. The accused have tendency to mislead the police but it is our job to refine the evidence gathering process”. The “evidence gathering process”, which the senior police official mentioned, also takes into account fine details of the case such as who among the accused used what kind of weapons to attack Akhlaq and Danish. According to medical reports, while Akhlaq had sustained 18 injuries, Danish had also suffered multiple injuries including a fractured skull. It is yet to be known if police has established the exact role of each of the accused men. When asked to comment on the ongoing probe, Yusuf Saifi, counsel for Akhlaq’s family said, “If we find any discrepancies in the probe we will point them out to the authorities. SSP Kiren S and the police team investigating the matter have done a great job till now. We hope police uncovers the entire truth.”

Allahabad HC order on remaining probe into DA case against Amitabh Thakur

The court passed the order on a petition filed by an officer seeking directions to get investigation of the disproportionate assets case against him at Gomtinagar police station here done by any agency other than the Vigilance Establishment.
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The Allahabad High Court has directed that the remaining investigation into a case of alleged disproportionate assets against suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur be conducted by an officer of SP rank of the Economic Offences Wing( EOW) and verified by its DGP expeditiously.The court passed the order on a petition filed by an officer seeking directions to get investigation of the disproportionate assets case against him at Gomtinagar police station here done by any agency other than the Vigilance Establishment.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A division bench of Justice Ajai Lamba and Justice Akhtar Hussain Khan here gave the order on Monday after hearing the petitioner and government advocate Rishad Murtaza.According to the government advocate, the court said that the investigation done till now by the Vigilance was correct but in the interest of justice the remaining investigation shall be conducted by an officer not below the rank of SP and verified by the DGP, EOW.The petitioner s contention was that the FIR against him was registered on an Open Enquiry report presented by Vigilance Director Bhanu Pratap Singh and is now being investigated by Daddan Chaube who is directly subordinate to the Director and hence he will not go against the conclusions made in the previous enquiries, which will make the investigation prima-facie biased.In reply to it, Murtaza submitted that the investigation was being fairly conducted by an inspector of the Vigilance in accordance with legal provisions along with its vedeography and no harassment was being meted out to the petitioner.

No funds, closure threat looms over children’s homes not meeting criteria

This August, the women and child development department had ordered a detailed inquiry into the living conditions of the children in these homes.

Release of grants will stop for homes not meeting eligibility criteria

The government is expected to shut down children’s homes that do not meet the basic infrastructure criteria as per the Juvenile Justice Act. It is also likely to stop release of grants to those who are not up to the mark.Highly-placed sources said children’s homes across the state have been classified under three categories — A, B and C. Grants from government will be continued only to those falling in ‘A’ category, whereas those in ‘B’ would be given a chance to improve their infrastructure but no grants. However, those falling in ‘C’ category will be shut down soon. As of today, the department pays Rs900 per month per child to the children’s homes.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The final order/government resolution announcing it is expected to come out soon.This August, the women and child development department had ordered a detailed inquiry into the living conditions of the children in these homes. The inquiry, however, is being conducted by officers of other departments — social welfare and rural development — to make it foolproof.”Homes that score between 90% and 100% will be placed in category A, those scoring between 80% and 90% would fall in B, and any home scoring less than 80% will be placed in category C. Once the report is out, stringent action will be taken against those in the last category,” said a senior officer.As per the Act, children’s homes should have a fairly large physical space for reception of children, besides attached bathing and toilet facilities. The homes for transit care should have the minimum facilities of boarding and lodging and provide for fulfillment of basic needs in terms of clothing, food, health care and nutrition, as well as additional facilities for education, vocational training and recreation.Also, the home managements were told to ensure that biometric machines are put in place in all the centres to know the exact count of children in every home, and every child living in such a home must enrol for Aadhaar.”This is important as the department pays the management an allowance of Rs900 per month per child. Therefore, it is vital to know the exact number of children to prevent corruption,” the officer said.Sources claimed that the initiative to conduct such an inquiry was taken by minister Pankaja Munde herself. There are approximately 1,100 children’s homes across Maharashtra. In 2012, the Centre had made it mandatory for all children’s homes in India to be registered under the Act even if they have a licence under any other law.

Jammu & Kashmir: Militants attack CRPF convoy in Anantnag, six jawans injured

The injured have been shifted to a hospital in Anantnag, the officer said, adding the area has been cordoned off and a manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers.

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At least six CRPF jawans were injured when unidentified militants today opened fired on their convoy on Srinagar-Jammu national highway in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.Militants fired at a CRPF bus, which was part of a convoy on way to Jammu from Srinagar, near Green Tunnel at Samthan in Bijbehara, 50 kms from here, a police officer said.He said six CRPF jawans were injured in the attack.The injured have been shifted to a hospital in Anantnag, the officer said, adding the area has been cordoned off and a manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Chennai floods: Railways to run special trains to help stranded passengers

However, trains continued to be cancelled in large numbers and tracks remain submerged in many places.

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With the waters receding slowly in some areas in Tamil Nadu, the Railways have increased their deployment to rescue stranded people, with around 10 to 20 special trains running everyday, evacuating people in large numbers.”The water has receded in some areas in Chennai and we are repairing the damages in tracks and bridges. We are using more of the special trains and are planning a massive deployment. We ran 22 special trains yesterday and have planned 10 special trains today. Additional coaches are on standby for the specials,” Railways Public Relations Officer Anil Saxena told ANI. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, trains continued to be cancelled in large numbers and tracks remain submerged in many places.”Even though the special trains are doing well, we hope that by evening we can restore long distance trains. Chennai Central still remains waterlogged, which is making things difficult. Around 130 trains had to be cancelled today and we have cancelled around 500 trains till now,” Saxena added. Around 66,000 people have been rescued through the special trains and food, drinking water and medicines are also being distributed in large number, while railway engineers and technicians are working hard to normalise the situation and provide rescue and relief to stranded passengers, he added. Meanwhile, in a positive note for stranded passengers, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said that commercial flights are expected to begin their services after December 6, once power is restored in the airport.”We started technical flights yesterday, but resuming commercial flights services will take time as the airport basement remains flooded and there is no power supply. We expect commercial flight services to resume after December 6,” Sharma told ANI.With the torrential rains having slowed down to light showers, rescue ops and relief works have intensified as the NDRF and the Navy are taking advantage of the situation to help the stranded people.

No lessons learnt about handling disasters by government or planners

Moreover, the prime minister Narendra Modi recently, a year after, announced a package of Rs7,854 crore for reconstruction and flood management for Jammu and Kashmir, environmentalists are surprised that even after such a large-scale devastation, no ban has been imposed on constructions in low-lying areas.

An aerial view of the submerged Chennai airport on Wednesday

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Whether it’s 2013 Uttarakhand flash floods or 2014 Srinagar deluge, no lessons are learnt from disasters, either by the government or by the planners. Not only the large amount is allocated to the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the stellar force, pressed for rescuing victims remains unspent, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), a body mandated to ensure responses to disasters, remains headless for over a year now. Moreover, the prime minister Narendra Modi recently, a year after, announced a package of Rs7,854 crore for reconstruction and flood management for Jammu and Kashmir, environmentalists are surprised that even after such a large-scale devastation, no ban has been imposed on constructions in low-lying areas. A similar situation exists in the Uttrakhand as well.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Experts had hoped changes in land use policy, building structures and city expansion. “But nothing has changed. People are still engaged in constructions near Jhelum and encroaching its embankments. Even government appears at peace with this dangerous status quo,” a state government officer told dna. A year later, there are no plans to de-silt river Jhelum. Almost 5,334 million tonnes of soil gets deposited in water bodies annually and yet the massive dredging still awaits a nod. While major breaches have been restored, some 70 of them still need restoration. A similar indifference is marked at the central level as well. In 2014-15, the NDRF was allocated Rs200 crore. However, the force was unable to spend so, the revised estimates were reduced to Rs50 crore. The actual expenditure at the end of year turned to a meager Rs7.11 crore. Despite of this, in 2015-16, insiders say, there was little to use this amount for developing both residential as well as office accommodation and training infrastructure at the battalions. The force has submitted a proposal of Rs2,000 crore, an MHA officer told the Parliamentary Standing Committee. Eight out of ten battalions of NDRF (each NDRF battalion consists of 1,149 personnel) deployed across the country have no permanent buildings and facilities for its men. Only two battalions posses permanent structures which exist at Mundali, Odisha and Pune. The rest eight — Guwahati, Kolkata, Patna, Ghaziabad, Vadodara, Bhatinda, Vijaywada and Arakonam — are operating out of makeshift structures and tents. The NDMA, an apex body under disaster management act, constituted in September 2006, has no vice-chairman, over the past 18 months. “The country can ill afford indecisiveness at apex level in matter of disaster management,” says Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Gowda. The NDMA, chaired by prime minister has just three members, Dr DN Sharma, Kamal Kishore and Lt Gen NC Marwah.

Tiger conservationist Hans Dalal aims to reduce conflict between man and animal

After working with various NGOs for three years, Hans, along with his wife Avantika Chandra, decided to start their own NGO called Prowl.

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“I love tigers,” he says when asked to describe himself. Hans Dalal, a tiger conservationist, says that passion is all you need to work in this field.A sound engineer by profession, Hans first saw a tiger in 2007 when he was on a forest safari at the Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh. “The moment I saw the handsome animal, I fell in love and wanted to pursue a life around it. But I had my own music studio back in Mumbai then and needed to sort that out first. So I returned to Mumbai and in a year’s time, shut the studio with help from my wife,” Hans tells iamin.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He then took up a course in wildlife conservation with Tiger Watch, an NGO at Ranthambore and volunteered with a few other such NGOs post completing the seven-week course. “You meet a lot of like-minded people at the course. They acclimatize you with wildlife and its conservation at the course and that’s all you need. What is important is your passion for working in this area,” says Hans, who always had an interest in the outdoors, even as a child, when he was involved in a number of treks and expeditions.Hans, who has also been battling cerebral palsy, initially worked as a community conservation officer in Ranthambore. As a part of his job, he worked with villagers living close to the forests. “The nearby villages are highly affected by wildlife and vice versa. We work with these villagers in terms of educating them about the importance of conserving wildlife. There are many poachers among these villagers since that is their livelihood. We rehabilitated these poachers in different jobs. Some of them I also pulled into the music industry after stumbling upon a few singers among them. I thus combined my two passions – music and tiger conservation,” he says.Hans also went on to shoot a music video with some of these villagers and later made a 20-minute long documentary ‘With a little help’ on their life and work.After working with various NGOs for three years, Hans, along with his wife Avantika Chandra, decided to start their own NGO called Prowl. It was his wife’s dream to start their own venture and it was done in 2013. Prowl which tracks the movement of tigers with the help of camera traps between Maharashtra and Telangana and trace conflict tigers for the Maharashtra forest department. In coordination with local NGOs, it also conducts training programmes for forest guards as well as for villagers.“We teach the villagers about composting for manure and have recently also begun to tell them about organic farming so that they end up improving the soil quality in their locality. We want to reduce their forest dependence. They go to the forests for almost everything – from wood to food. We want to minimise man-animal conflicts,” said Hans, adding that the aim of Prowl is to involve local communities in tiger conservation.Hans narrates an incident he experienced in a forest in Maharashtra earlier this year. “It was right there, in front of me – a giant living tiger. I was on my feet and so was he. For the first couple of minutes I was blank – scared, numb, shocked and elated for being in such close proximity with him,” he recounts.“After a while, once I was stable, I told the others not to run,” he describes, adding that they were almost 18 of them including a team of the Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF), one of whom then fired a couple of shots in the air and the tiger ran away.“It was one amazing experience,” exclaims Hans, who doesn’t sound like he is anywhere close to regretting choosing this way of life.Prowl is funded by donations from wildlife lovers and enthusiasts. But that is not enough, he says. “We are therefore building a resort near the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur, Maharashtra. That way we will be able to live in the forests, continue to work for tiger conservation and at the same time have a source of income,” he said.(Hans Dalal will be speaking at the TEDxGateway, Mumbai, on December 5, 2015 at NCPA)
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