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Class 9 girl gangraped, tortured, strangled to death in UP while traveling to school

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Her mutilated body was found several hours later by villagers, who held back the police from removing it, alleging inaction.

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A Class 9 school girl was gangraped, tortured and strangled to death by four men in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh, according to an NDTV report.The 17-year-old girl was on her way to school on a bicycle when four men on bikes accosted her, dragged to a sugarcane field in the Harduaganj area of the city, where the men allegedly raped and brutalized her before strangling her with her dupatta.Her mutilated body was found several hours later by villagers, who held back the police from removing it, alleging inaction.The villagers were furious and four policemen were subsequently attacked. Senior officers were then brought in to control the situation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons have reportedly been picked up for questioning but no arrests have been made till now, says the NDTV report.”We received information that the dead body of a small girl has been found in the sugarcane fields. We came and investigated the areas, the body has been sent for examination. The reason for the girl’s death will be clear after post-mortem,” said senior police officer J Ravinder Goud.

Dawood visits Pakistan but not a resident, says owner of Pakistani media Dawn

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“Dawood is a murderer. The government should move against all murderers,” he said.

Fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim does not live in Pakistan though he reportedly visits the country often, CEO of a leading media group based in Karachi said here on Thursday. “As far as I know, Dawood Ibrahim is not a resident of Pakistan. I am told he visits Pakistan regularly. I am told he spends time in Dubai and South Africa,” Hameed Haroon, CEO of Dawn Media Group, said. Haroon was responding to a query after a discussion on ‘India and Pakistan: How to make the recent breakthrough in bilateral talks irreversible’, organised by the Mumbai Press Club and the Observer Research Foundation this evening. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Dawood is a murderer. The government should move against all murderers,” he said, adding that “I think of Dawood as a singularly unpleasant chap. I have never seen him.” Further suggesting that if the governments of the two countries were not doing much to further the bilateral ties, then people and organisations including NGOs should take up the initiative. There has to be a people’s movement, as it was during the freedom struggle, to take forward India-Pakistan relations, Haroon added. “Fishermen have now become symbols of the munificence of India and Pakistan. India releases so many fishermen and Pakistan releases so many fishermen. “To make fishermen slaves of the security state and our anger isn’t right,” he said. Both countries should release fishermen, who belong to the poorest sections of society, unilaterally, he said.

Govt recommends traditional medicine practitioners for Medical Termination of Pregnancy

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Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik maintained that the conditionality regarding place of service delivery, training requirement, gestation limit, technology would be defined in the Rules subsequent to approval of the MTP Amendment Bill by Parliament.
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The Health Ministry has proposed an amendment to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act and recommended inclusion of medical practitioners with degrees in traditional medicine to increase the availability of legal abortion services, Rajya Sabha was told on Tuesday.”The Union Health Ministry has proposed an amendment to the MTP Act, 1971 to increase the availability of safe and legal abortion services wherein it is being recommended to increase the base of legal MTP providers…This is proposed to be done “by including medical practitioners with Bachelor’s degree in Unani, Siddha, Ayurveda or Homeopathy and working in public health sector using medical methods of abortion,” Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik said in a written reply.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, he said that the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) have objected to inclusion of new cadres of providers. Naik said that they are opposed to allowing non-allopaths to ‘prescribe’ allopathic medicines and perform allopathic procedures.”The Health Ministry has invited the IMA and FOGSI representatives to provide a solution for ensuring safe abortion services for women in rural remote areas where there is no allopathic doctor to which, however, no solution has been offered,” he said.He said that the ministry has proposed to allow these practitioners in public facilities in the expanded provider base to conduct MTPs using medical methods of abortion.Naik maintained that the conditionality regarding place of service delivery, training requirement, gestation limit, technology would be defined in the Rules subsequent to approval of the MTP Amendment Bill by Parliament.Replying to another question, he said that as per information provided by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TDKL) consists of 2.93 lakh medical formulations of Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha available in public domain in five international languages while work on TDKL Yoga is under progress.Naik said that ten international access agreements on TDKL have been concluded with US Patent and Trademark Office, Patent offices of Europe, Canada, Germany, Japan, the UK, Australia, Malaysia and Chile including Indian Patent office. He said that the Russian Patent office has approached India for entering into TDKL access agreement and the negotiations are in advance stage. He said that the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has informed that a proposal has been moved for signing access agreement with World Intellectual Property Organisation to include TDKL under Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Minimum Documentation to prevent the misappopriation of traditional knowledge through wrongful grant of patents in other countries.

Govt hopes for Juvenile Justice Bill’s passage in Rajya Sabha today without ‘obstructionist politics’ by Congress

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oting that the bill was listed in this session on three occasions on December 8, 10 and 11, Venkaiah Naidu said that the same was also listed for 12 days in a row in the last session.
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As pressure mounted on it for early passage of the Juvenile Justice Bill, government on Monday listed the crucial legislation in Rajya Sabha for passage on Tuesday and blamed Congress for blocking it in the past due to its “obstructionist politics” even when it was listed on 15 occasions.Alleging that important bills of national interest are not being passed due to “obstructionist” politics of Congress, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, “This government was serious to amend the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015. That’s why we brought this Bill and listed several times in the last session as well as this session.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noting that the bill was listed in this session on three occasions on December 8, 10 and 11, Naidu said that the same was also listed for 12 days in a row in the last session.”This government had made attempts to pass this Bill by listing several times in Rajya Sabha but could not succeed,” he said and blamed it on obstructions by Congress.Also read: Nirbhaya’s parents meet Ghulam Nabi Azad, seek passage of Juvenile Justice Bill in Rajya Sabha”Tomorrow as Congress agreed, I hope this Bill will come up for discussion. The passage of this Bill will be a tribute to Nirbhaya. We should pass this Bill so that in future such things do not re-occur and it acts as a deterrent. I am hopeful the Bill will be passed tomorrow,” Naidu said.

DDCA row: BJP stands united with Arun Jaitley, says Amit Shah

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BJP President Amit Shah on Monday came out in strong support for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
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BJP on Monday came out in strong support of Arun Jaitley with its president Amit Shah terming all the allegations levelled by AAP against the Finance Minister as “baseless and far from truth” and asserting that the party stood unitedly with him and will not allow any “conspiracy” to defame him to succeed.Rallying behind Jaitley, Shah also raised questions over the legality of the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Arvind Kejriwal government to probe alleged irregularities in the Delhi cricket body, DDCA, during his tenure.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hitting out at AAP, the BJP president said if it thinks that it can damage Jaitley’s image through its “malicious attempts”, then it is “day-dreaming”. Such efforts would prove to be counter-productive as they will damage AAP only, he said.”All allegations levelled against Jaitley are baseless and far from truth. This is a conspiracy to defame Jaitley. BJP stands united with him and will not allow any conspiracy to defame him succeed,” Shah said in a statement.He also said that what AAP is doing may end up being harmful to them. “If AAP thinks that what they are doing will cause harm to Arun ji’s image then they are day-dreaming. This is going to create a big trouble for AAP,” Shah said.Emphasising that Jaitley is an honest and committed leader, he said even opposition leaders also resist from levelling allegations against him.”Jaitley’s entire public life is like an open book and dedicated to the country and levelling such allegations against him are beyond any understanding as the SFIO had already ruled out his involvement in the day to day functioning of Delhi and District Cricket Association,” he said.Shah’s statement comes against the backdrop of the fierce attack by AAP and its government against Jaitley, seeking his resignation over alleged financial irregularities in DDCA during his 13-year tenure as its head between 1999-2013.Raising questions over the legality of the Commission and its jurisdiction, Shah wondered “how the DDCA functioning comes under the preview of this one-man Commission is a matter of legal debate”. He also termed as “diversionary tactics” AAP’s decision to set up the Commission as well as calling a special session of the Delhi assembly in this regard.The people of the country are aware of Jaitley’s high standards and principles in public life and transparency, he added.

Delhi HC junks PIL seeking freeze on BJP’s lotus symbol

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Lotus represents the manifestation of God, and is also a symbol of purity and tenderness, the plea said.
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The Delhi High Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking freezing of BJP’s election symbol “Lotus” on the ground that it “represents the manifestation of God” and its use during elections was “illegal”.”There is no public interest involved in it,” a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath said.”You (petitioner) came after 35 years,” the court said, adding that “this was done long back in 1980, since then what were you doing”.The court also took into consideration the submissions made by the counsel for central government, advocate Nagender Benipal, who said that similar petitions have been dismissed by the high court earlier, which was later upheld by the Supreme Court.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NGO, in its plea said, “Direct respondent no.1 and 2 (Ministry of Law and Justice and Election Commission of India) to remove Lotus from list of free and unrestricted symbol of poll panel as well as from the election symbol of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the interest of national Justice.”Lotus represents the manifestation of God, and is also a symbol of purity and tenderness, the plea added.

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

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

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal writes to PM Modi, seeks support for ‘odd-even’ measure

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Kejriwal, who has cycled on designated stretches during the past car-free days in the city, said if the experiment meets success then “we may repeat it in the future”.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his cooperation on the ‘odd-even’ initiative, and said directives or a public appeal by him in this regard would have a “major impact”.In a letter, Kejriwal apprised the Prime Minister that he, along with his colleagues, would carpool to office during the January 1-15 period when the vehicle rationing scheme will kick in and urged Modi to request Union ministers and secretaries to do the same. Kejriwal said the AAP government had to resort to the “unexpected and disagreeable decision” in order to mitigate air pollution in Delhi, which has assumed “dreadful proportions”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”People will surely have to face some difficulties in the wake of its implementation… We are all answerable for this problem and we can find out a solution together only,” Kejriwal wrote in the letter.”The Delhi government is taking a lot of steps in this regard and has decided to implement the odd-even measures on an experimental basis. The blueprint is being worked out but it has already been decided that autos, cabs, public transport, ambulances, and emergency vehicles will be out of its ambit,” he added.Kejriwal, who has cycled on designated stretches during the past car-free days in the city, said if the experiment meets success then “we may repeat it in the future”.”I want to request you through this letter to inspire your ministers and secretaries to observe the same. This will send out a good message to the residents of Delhi and our efforts will get support. I believe that if there is a directive or appeal from your side to follow or comply with these rules than it will have a major impact,” Kejriwal wrote.In a radical step to curb air pollution, the Kejriwal government had announced earlier this month that private vehicles bearing odd and even registration numbers will be allowed to ply only on alternate days starting January 1.

Infant Mortality Rate: Parliamentary panel condemns ‘casual’ approach of WCD ministry

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The Parliamentary Committee on Estimates in its report on Malnutrition in Infant and Mother (action taken by the government on the recommendations contained in the Twentysixth Report of the Committee on Estimates) took serious note of the high rate of stunting and wasting among children under five years in the 100 focus districts.
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A parliamentary panel on Monday came down heavily on Women and Child Development Ministry for its ‘casual’ approach in handling the problem of infant mortality rate (IMR) and asked it to submit a response in the matter.The Parliamentary Committee on Estimates in its report on Malnutrition in Infant and Mother (action taken by the government on the recommendations contained in the Twentysixth Report of the Committee on Estimates) took serious note of the high rate of stunting and wasting among children under five years in the 100 focus districts.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Committee had expressed apprehension regarding achievements of Millennium Development Goals to bring down IMR to 28 per 1000 live births by 2015. Unfortunately, there is no response of the government to the aforesaid observation of the Committee except that problem is complex and multiple causes are responsible for it,” it said.”Deploring such a casual approach towards the serious problem of IMR and while reiterating their earlier recommendation, the Committee urges the ministry to furnish a concrete response to their observations along details of new initiatives and remedial measures taken or proposed to be taken for vigorous implementation of nutrition-related programmes with active cooperation and involvement of state governments,” the report said.The Committee has also recommended new and innovative steps such as providing of nutritious food packets using locally produced agricultural and horticultural products that are duly certified. The panel has also sought explanation from the ministry for not conducting National Family Health Survey in 2014. The Committee in their original report had expressed serious concerns over the occurrence of high rate of anaemia among children and women in the country, which increased significantly from 1998 to 2005.”Surprisingly, in response to the Committee’s recommendation to furnish information on achievements in the reduction of anaemia during last five years among women and children, the ministry has blandly stated that no such information is available with them and that the next round of NFHS is being conceptualized. The ministry needs to explain as to why the NFH survey was not conducted in 2014 as originally planned,” the report said.

ACB unearths assets worth several crores amassed by 2 Andhra Pradesh babus

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In a statement issued in Hyderabad, the anti-graft agency said that searches were conducted at the office and residential premises of G Suseela, Tahsildar, Sangam Mandal in Nellore district today.
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The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday claimed to have unearthed assets worth crores of rupees amassed by two government officials through illegal means, in two separate cases. One of the officials has been arrested, the ACB said.In a statement issued in Hyderabad, the anti-graft agency said that searches were conducted at the office and residential premises of G Suseela, Tahsildar, Sangam Mandal in Nellore district today.”The searches resulted in unearthing of immovable assets of two houses at Bangalore, four houses in Nellore, 25 acres of land at Chegerla Nellore district and five plots at various places worth about Rs 2 crore,” it said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The officer has been arrested and will be produced before the ACB court, Nellore, the release added.In another case, the ACB conducted searches at the houses of D Ravikumar, Assistant Executive Engineer, Quality and Control, Panchayat Raj Department in Visakhapatnam, and his relatives. The searches were conducted on the tip-off that Ravikumar allegedly possessed disproportionate assets to his known sources of income, an official release said. Total assets, whose market value is about Rs 6 crore have been found, it added.

Gangrape convict released: Delhi govt submits rehabilitation plan for juvenile

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The official noted that the government will act as per the existing Juvenile Justice Act.

The release of the juvenile was widely criticised by the parents of the victim and several actors.
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Delhi government on Friday said that they have submitted a rehabilitation plan for the juvenile convict in December 16, 2012 gangrape case, who is all set to walk free on Sunday. The government said that as per the plan a one-time financial grant of Rs 10,000 will be given to the youth and a sewing machine will be arranged for him so that he can rent a tailor shop.”Government has already submitted its report in the court on the rehabilitation of the juvenile convict who has turned 20-year-old now,” said a senior government official.The official noted that the government will act as per the existing Juvenile Justice Act. In its report, Delhi government said that the juvenile needs help to sustain a business for an initial period of at least six months and meet the expenses such as renting a shop and procuring tailoring material.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The convict in the brutal December 16, 2012 gangrape-cum-murder case will walk free on December 20 after spending three years in the probation home with the Delhi High Court today refusing to stay his release.Meanwhile, the release of the youth was widely criticised by the parents of the victim and various other bodies, saying he must be kept in observation home until his reformation was ascertained.

Should India have a National Registry of Sex Offenders? Maneka Gandhi asks

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On Friday, Delhi High Court refused to stay the release of the juvenile convict in Nirbhaya rape case.
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Juvenile convict in the December 16 gang-rape case is all set to be released from jail on coming Sunday. He has completed a jail term of 3 years, and amidst all protests, the Delhi High Court refused to stay the release of the juvenile. “We cannot prohibit juvenile’s release as per the statutory and existing provision of law,” said the court. The court also asked Juvenile Board to interact with convict, his guardians and officials of Delhi government regarding his post release rehabilitation.Nirbhaya’s parents and several activists are disappointed in the Court’s ruling. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Despite all our efforts for three years, our government and our courts have released a criminal. The assurance we were given that we would get justice, that has not been delivered. We are very disappointed. We haven’t seen him, not met him, but despite all our efforts, the criminal will walk free,” Asha Devi, mother of the victim, said. Following the judgement, Maneka Gandhi on Friday posed a question on Twitter for people to share their opinions on the ‘National Registry of Sex Offenders’. This will allow citizens to access a list of sexual offenders. Earlier in December too, Maneka had pitched the idea to Law Ministry to initiate mandatory registration of sex offenders by local police to keep them under surveillance and called for the enactment of a law for the same. “In cases where the accused are convicted for committing heinous crimes, the orders of the court may also include mandatory requirement of registration of the accused in local police station so that police can monitor their activities and keep track of their movements,” Union Minister Maneka Gandhi said in a letter to the Law Minister.She suggested that the offenders of heinous crimes should be mandated to provide their personal details to the local law enforcement agency on regular basis. Such an initiative by courts will ensure effective management and supervision of sex offenders and also reduce future offences leading to a sense of security among women and children, she said. On the other hand, there is a group of people who believe that this register may violate the right of convicts. Since there names will be available in a public domain, potential employers may decide not to hire them. The convict, who may have changed his behaviour after coming out of the jail, may have to face discrimination because of his past. According to National Crimes Records Bureau, sexual crimes such as rape have increased from 24,923 in 2012 to 36,735 in 2014 and in case of children, it has increased from 8,541 to 13,766 during the same period. Cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her identity have more than doubled from 40,613 in 2010 to 82,235 in 2014.Similarly, 11,335 cases were reported in 2014 of assault on girl children with an intent to outrage their modesty and 444 cases were registered under the category of insulting the modesty of girl children during the same period.

PM Narendra Modi betraying people, says Former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

On the National Herald issue, Gehlot said that Modi’s intention was not good.
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Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of betraying the people of the country by not fulfilling the promise of containing “sky-rocketing inflation”.”PM Modi has been exposed. The common man is under the burden of sky-rocketing inflation. Crude oil prices reduced in international market but the benefit was not passed on to the people, instead excise duty was increased,” Gehlot said.He also accused the government of protecting Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in the Lalit Modi controversy.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Hardik Patel is a youth and he was booked in Gujarat under charges of sedition whereas this action should have been taken against Rajasthan CM Raje. But unfortunately, no action is being taken against her,” he said, while alleging that the Modi government was targeting Congress leaders.”It is not possible without the nod of PM Modi. This trend is very dangerous,” he said.On the National Herald issue, Gehlot said that Modi’s intention was not good. “National herald issue shows the difference between words and deeds of PM Modi,” Gehlot alleged.

ISRO’s experiment to re-start PSLV stage-IV a success, says official

Veteran nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar, who inaugurated the conference, hailed ISRO for the successful PSLV-C29 mission.

Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully reignited the fourth stage of its workhorse Polar rocket during the PSLV-C29 mission after putting in orbit six Singapore satellites, agency officials said on Thursday.The engine in the upper stage of the PSLV was shut off and re-started after placing the satellites in orbit yesterday, ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) Director S Somanath said. “We tried it for the first time and it was a success,” Somnath said, adding that the technique would be useful when launching multiple satellites in different orbits. The LSPC director was was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of the 23rd national and first international Heat and Mass Transfer Conference (IHMTC 2015), organised by (LPSC). The PS4 is the uppermost stage of PSLV, comprising two ‘Earth storable’ liquid engines.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar, who inaugurated the conference, hailed ISRO for the successful PSLV-C29 mission. “It’s a fantastic technological achievement that so many foreign clients are vying for taking their satellites on board PSLV. It is a great recognition,” he said. The PSLV-C29 injected the six Singapore satellites in orbit completing the exercise in about 21 minutes after it blasted off from the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 110 km from Chennai last evening.Speaking soon after the launch, an ISRO official had said in Sriharikota that the agency was carrying out the experiment to re-ignite stage four of the rocket for four seconds from 67.25 minutes (after the lift-off). “After injecting all the satellites we are carrying out a major experiment to ignite once again PS4. This aspect is going to be a major mission flexibility to plan different orbital missions in a single launch,” he had said.

CBI arrests Income Tax inspector for taking bribe

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

DDCA row: I cannot answer ‘vague’ charges, says Arun Jaitley

Congress and AAP are demanding Jaitley’s resignation over alleged “gross financial irregularities” in Delhi’s cricket body DDCA when he headed it from 1999 to 2013.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday reacted sharply to AAP and Congress’ demands for his resignation over alleged “gross financial irregularities” in Delhi’s cricket body DDCA during his tenure, saying he cannot answer “vague” charges by the two parties which are trying to deflect the issue of corruption.”They can tell me what is the specific issue I can answer it. I can’t answer a vague allegation without any basis. Secondly a state government and a party which is the dock for having supported corruption and having interfered in an investigation in this manner can’t really deflect the issue without any basis,” Jailtey said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress and AAP are demanding Jaitley’s resignation over alleged “gross financial irregularities” in Delhi’s cricket body DDCA when he headed it from 1999 to 2013.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Wednesday indicated that he proposed to order a Commission of Inquiry into the report of the committee set up by his government to go into the DDCA affairs which implicated Jaitley. His party AAP, which is at loggerheads with the Centre over yesterday’s raid on the Chief Minister’s secretariat, also stepped up the attack on Jaitley and Jaitley’s demanded immediate resignation to ensure a free and fair probe into allegations of corruption in DDCA.

Govt blocked 844 social media pages this year: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Out of the total, the government blocked 492 web pages under Section 69A of Information Technology Act, 2000 based on recommendation of a committee set up in this regard, compared to 10 blocked in 2014, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
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The number of social media pages blocked by the government for carrying objectionable content rose to 844 till November this year, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.Out of the total, the government blocked 492 web pages under Section 69A of Information Technology Act, 2000 based on recommendation of a committee set up in this regard, compared to 10 blocked in 2014, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.Under Section 69A of IT Act, the government has power to block any information in any computer resource in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, national security, friendly relations with foreign states or for maintaining law and order.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”A total of 136, 13 and 10 and 492 URLs of social media websites were blocked in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, till November 30, 2015, respectively under Section 69A through the Committee constituted under the rules therein,” Prasad said. The social media links that were blocked on court orders stood at 352.”Further, a total of 533, 432 and 352 URLs of social media websites were blocked in compliance with the directions of the competent courts of India in 2013, 2014 and 2015, till November 30, 2015,” Prasad said.The minister said that the government does not separately maintain data on web pages blocked for anti-religious content. He said that in 2014, a total of 4,192 cases were reported under Section 66A of IT Act which had provision of jail term for sending offensive messages online, but the section is no longer valid since Supreme Court annulled it in March 2015.As per data of 2014 shared by Prasad, 2,423 persons were arrested, out of which 1,125 were charge-sheeted and 42 were convicted under Section 66A of IT Act.

LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to attend ‘Vishwa Sangh Shivir’

Mohan Bhagwat will address a session presided by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman G Madhavan Nair on January 2,

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat are among 700 representatives who will take part in the 6th ‘Vishwa Sangh Shivir’ (World Sangh Camp) to be held here from December 29 to January 3. The representatives from 40 countries across the globe will take part in the ‘Shivir’.”The event is being organised among others by Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), which runs different social activities worldwide,” HSS international ‘Sah-Sanyojak’ (assistant coordinator) Ravi Kumar said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Mahajan will inaugurate the mega event aimed at promoting Indian culture and values world wide,” he said.Bhagwat will address a session presided by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman G Madhavan Nair on January 2, Kumar informed.Among others, representatives of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Sewa International and others organisations will take part in the camp, he said. Kumar further said that the first Vishwa Sangh Shivir was held in Bengaluru in 1990 and such camps had been organised at Vadodra, Mumbai, Gandhinagar and Pune.

ED conducts searches at Karti Chidambaram’s office

ED first conducted searches only at residences of those who are close to Karthi. But later, the team also raided Karti’s office in his presence.
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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has conducted searches at former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram’s office. The matter relates to a case that ED is investigating foreign exchange violations by Advance Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd and Vasan Healthcare. ED first conducted searches only at residences of those who are close to Karthi. But later, the team also raided Karti’s office in his presence. A laptop recovered from his office has been taken under possession. ED South Zone is currently conducting the searches. The searches were reportedly conducted after Mohanan Rajesh, one of the directors of a company allegedly belonging to Karti, gave leads of important files present at the Office of Chess Global Advisory Services Pvt Ltd.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karti is a Tamil Nadu Congress leader. He is also the vice-president of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) and also the chairman of India’s only ATP tournament, the Chennai Open.

We failed to get justice for our daughter, says Nirbhaya’s father

The juvenile convict, allegedly “the most brutal” of the six accused, is scheduled to be released on December 20 after his term at the observation home ends.

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“We have failed. Now there is no hope for justice,” said the distraught parents of December 16, 2012 gangrape victim on the eve of the third anniversary of the incident that shook the nation as they appealed not to release the juvenile convict.”With each passing day her memories get more intense. But we are not even able to face the memories as we have failed to secure justice for her. And now there is no hope for justice!,” the 50-year-old father of the victim said in a choked voice.According to the father, it has been three years and yet the four culprits have not been hanged. The juvenile convict, allegedly “the most brutal” of the six accused, is scheduled to be released on December 20 after his term at the observation home ends. The father of the girl said the youth, who was a juvenile at the time of the incident, should not be released as he is a “threat” to the society. They have also submitted representations to the Home Ministry and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) demanding the same.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”For us he is the the killer of our daughter who is being set free despite his heinous crime. We demand that he should not be released,” the father said.But despondence enters his tone as he says, “We are small people. Who will listen to us? For the last three years we have knocked each and every door with the hope of getting justice, but all in vain,” he said.Meanwhile, the Centre had yesterday asked Delhi High Court to extend the observation home stay of the juvenile convict, saying several mandatory aspects were missing from the post-release rehabilitation plan which needed to be considered before setting him free. The father also stressed that it was important to assess the mental health of the boy before releasing him.”There is a need to assess his mindset to ensure that he does not attack another girl like he had attacked my daughter after being released,” he said.On Wednesday, in remembrance of their beloved daughter and to reaffirm their lifelong commitment to improve women’s safety, the parents of the December 16 victim, in collaboration with women’s and citizens groups, will mark the day as ‘Nirbhaya Chetna Divas’ at Jantar Mantar.

Underage drivers and those without licences cause 1.62 lakh accidents across country

Accidents caused by drivers without licences during the period was 1.01 lakh, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Pon Radhakrishnan told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.
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As many as 1.62 lakh road accidents were caused by underage drivers and those without licences between 2012 and 2014, the government said on Monday.Accidents caused by drivers without licences during the period was 1.01 lakh, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Pon Radhakrishnan told Rajya Sabha in a written reply. He said under-age drivers, below 18 years old, caused 0.60 lakh accidents in the three years.”Section 180 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 provides for punishment of imprisonment or fine or both for the offence of a owner or persons in-charge of vehicle permitting an unlicensed person or under-aged person to drive it,” the minister said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Section 181 of the Act provides for punishment of imprisonment or fine or both for the offence of driving by an under-aged person, he added. He said though the enforcement of various provisions of the Act including driving by underage and unlicensed drivers come within the purview of the state governments, the ministry has been carrying out awareness campaigns on this issue through print and electronic media.India accounts for 5 lakh road accidents a year, one of the highest globally in which 1.5 lakh people lose their lives.

All you need to know about yoga guru BKS Iyengar

Iyengar founded the style of yoga known as “Iyengar Yoga” and is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world.

On Monday, Google marked the 97th birthday anniversary of BKS Iyengar, founder of the Iyengar School of Yoga, with three animated doodles that showed him performing different asanas. BKS Iyengar passed away on August 20, 2014 in Pune following an illness. Here is a brief about the life and times of the world-renowned yoga guru.- Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, was born in 1918 into a poor family in southern India – one of 13 children, of whom only 10 survived.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>- At the age of 16, he was introduced to yoga by his Guru Sri T Krishnamacharya. At the age of 18, he was sent to Pune, Maharashtra by his guru to teach and preach yoga. – He went on to found the style of yoga known as “Iyengar Yoga” and is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He wrote many books on the yoga practice and philosophy. – Iyengar was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014. In 2004, Iyengar was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. – In 1943, BKS Iyengar married Ramamani. He has five daughters namely Geeta, Vinita, Suchita, Sunita and Savitha and one son Prashant.- Iyengar taught several eminent personalities such as J Krishnamurti, Jayaprakash Narayan, Achyut Patwardhan and many other physicians and industrialists. His teachings were well appreciated by Dr Rajendra Prasad, Dr Mohammad Hatta and other eminent personalities from different countries.- His meeting with the violin maestro Yehudi Menuhin in 1952 introduced him to the western World.- He laid the foundation of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune on January 26, 1973 and it was inaugurated on January 19, 1975.- His teachings were first published in 1966 as “Light on Yoga”. This book has been translated into 18 languages. He authored 14 books, including Light on Pranayama and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.- Iyengar also supported nature conservation and had donated Rs 2 million to the Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Mysore.- In 1998, he taught 800 students for a week on the occasion of his 80th birthday at Pune.- Again, in the year 2000, he conducted a special course for senior teachers from nearly 40 countriesVarious yoga institutions established by BKS Iyengar- Pune: Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI)- Mumbai: The Iyengar Yogashraya was inaugurated in 2001. It is run by the Light on Yoga Research Trust- Youth’s Offerings to Guruji (YOG) was formed in 1996 with the objective of raising funds to propagate Iyengar Yoga. – Iyengar also started a public charitable trust ‘Light on Yoga Research Trust (LOYRT)’ with a prime objective of propagating and research on Iyengar Yoga. – Bellur: Bellur Krishnamachar & Seshamma Smaraka Niddhi Trust (BKSSNT) was formed with a vision to serve the village Bellur with all the necessities.

Most defence organisations have accepted OROP, says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

As approved by the government in September, the OROP will be implemented from July 2014 and arrears alone would cost the exchequer about Rs 10,000-12,000 crore.
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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said government’s OROP (One Rank One Pension) formula for retired defence personnel has been accepted by most associations and only a small section had some issues on it.”The government has already announced its decision. Most personnel in their (defence) organisations have accepted that. If one faction or the other have reservations, I think it’s for all of you to sit together and decide …within the organisation itself. The mainstream organisations personally met me and thanked the government that their long-standing demand has been accepted,” he said.The Minister was responding to a question on the implementation of OROP at ‘Aaj Tak Agenda’ programme.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As approved by the government in September, the OROP will be implemented from July 2014 and arrears alone would cost the exchequer about Rs 10,000-12,000 crore.Replying questions on the government’s recent policy initiatives with regard to Pakistan, Jaitley said there were no fundamental changes and effort has been to resolve differences through talks. India’s foreign policy approach, the Minister said, “has always been of resolving disputes by way of talks but the environment, in which you want to talk, the responsibility (of it) lies with Pakistan as well.”So it depends on the environment and conditions. And when the conditions improve, it improves the conditions to talk as well. And government’s policy on the matter, being ongoing for so many years, is appropriate. We should hope that the conditions will remain good and the talks will keep going.”Following the recent meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at Paris, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Islamabad for talks. The official level talks are likely to continue.

Intolerance row: Return of awards by intellectuals ‘beauty of democracy’, says PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti

The strength of India is in its democracy which is being misplayed, said Mehbooba.

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Amid the intolerance debate, BJP’s alliance partner in Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party, on Saturday, said return of awards by intellectuals was not manufactured but the “beauty of democracy”.”We should be proud of Indian democracy that we can register our protest like this as well,” she said talking at the ‘Aaj Tak Agenda’.The PDP leader also said that India is a unique nation with unity in diversity as its core strength and some “fringe elements, who combine pseudo-Hinduism with nationalism”, lead to the problem.Asked about the charge levelled by certain quarters that the return of awards was “manufactured” and not “spontaneous”, she said, “I don’t think so. The award winners are intelligent and can’t be swayed by anyone.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This is a message for everyone that intolerance will not yield anything beneficial for the country and that too when “we want to move on a path of progress,” she said.Terming the entire debate on which meat to eat and not to eat as “sickening”, she said, adding, “Here we talk about this even when the prices of dal have gone up”.”All this discourse is sickening. All religions have contributed to India’s growth where Hinduism has taught us to be tolerant, Islam has taught us equality and Christianity shows us compassion,” she said.Speaking about ISIS, she said the banned terror group was not a threat to Kashmir and the waving of ISIS or Pakistani flags in the Valley was nothing put a publicity stunt aimed at grabbing media attention.”ISIS does not represent Islam, they are killing Muslims, preaching that atrocities be committed. Islam in Kashmir is different and teaches us to live with neighbours in peace. ISIS will never be a threat to Kashmir,” she said.She asked the media not to give publicity to such elements and recalled an incident of August 15. “There were nearly 20-25,000 people at the venue. We took a conscious decision of keep private television channels out of the venue.””We were apprehensive that one of the TV channels will pass on a Pakistani flag or an ISIS flag to someone in the audience and then the focus will shift from the function and this visual will be repeated again and again.”This would have followed by various debates and at the end we would have to hear that the nation wants to know…” she said as the audience in the hall burst into peals of laughter.

Varanasi decks up to welcome Prime Ministers Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi

As a part of the Partner City Agreement between Kyoto and Varanasi signed by the two prime ministers, Abe would be visiting Varanasi, after the summit.

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The holy city of Varanasi decks up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe’s visit here to attend ‘Ganga Aarti’ at famous Dasaswamedh Ghat on Saturday.After the summit level talks, both Prime Minister Abe and his Indian counterpart will be heading for Varanasi, which is barely 15 km from Sarnath, a holy site for Buddhists, where Lord Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon upon attaining enlightenment.At least, along the 25-km stretch of road between Babatpur airport and Dashashwamedh through which the convoy of Prime Minister Modi and his Japanese counterpart will pass through got a makeover.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A huge make-shift stage has been erected on the river bed with the help of pontoons, while a thick blanket of security has been thrown over the city for the VIPs.The visit came in the backdrop of a part of the Partner City Agreement between Kyoto and Varanasi signed by the two leaders during Prime Minister Modi’s trip to Japan last August.It is for the first time that Prime Minister Modi will visit his constituency with a foreign dignitary.

Delhi’s air quality to remain ‘very poor’ over the weekend: IMD

The average levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10 were 174 and 285 microgram per cubic metre on Friday, a senior IMD official said and added that such conditions are expected to remain over the next two days due to atmospheric conditions.

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Delhiites would do well to avoid outdoor activities over the weekend as the city’s ‘very poor’ air quality brings with it the possibility of respiratory illness on prolonged exposure.The average levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10 were 174 and 285 microgram per cubic metre on Friday, a senior IMD official said and added that such conditions are expected to remain over the next two days due to atmospheric conditions.”The wind is not that strong so suspended particulate matters won’t get easily dispersed. Winds from the himalayas have also brought in moisture and resulted in a drop of day- time temperature,” the official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Real-time figures of Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) were more alarming as PM 2.5 and PM 10, fine pollutants which can penetrate deep into the respiratory system, were multiple times higher than the safe limits of 60 and 100. Anand Vihar’s PM 2.5 and PM 10 were 316 microgram per cubic metre and 781 at 8.50 PM while the same were 242 and 480 in the RK Puram area at 5 PM. However, the average level of pollution has seen a dip over the last two days.On December 9, 24-hour-average reading of PM 2.5 was 204 and the Central Pollution Control Board’s real-time air quality index in places like Mandir Marg, Punjabi Bagh, RK Puram had touched the ‘severe’ category at many points during the day.’Very poor’ quality air signifies PM 10 and PM 2.5 levels between 351 and 420, and 211 to 252 micro gram per cubic metre while ‘severe’ is declared when PM 2.5 and PM 10 cross 253, 421 micro gram per cubic metres respectively. PM 2.5, microscopic in size, is considered by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the best indicator of the level of health risks from air pollution.

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

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

Odd-even rule: Schools in Delhi may be shut down from January 1-15, says Manish Sisodia

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that children are most affected due to rising pollution and government will make a policy of odd-even formula with their involvement.

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Delhi government is contemplating shutting the city’s schools for 15 days from January 1 during the trial period of odd-even vehicle formula. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that government has received a proposal to close schools from January 1 to January 15 and if needed, they will announce holidays. He said that children are most affected due to rising pollution and government will make a policy of odd-even formula with their involvement.”We have received a proposal to shut schools (between January 1 and 15). We are considering the proposal and if needed, government will announce holiday for all schools,” Sisodia said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior government official said that there is a winter holiday in all government and private schools from December last week to the first week of January every year. If the Education Department declares holidays for 15 days between January 1 and 15, students’ studies will not be affected, he claimed.”Principals and teachers have to conduct a drive to make the students aware about the sudden increase in pollution level. Children are the biggest stakeholder as 26 lakh students are studying in schools and the policy of odd-even formula will be made with their involvement,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.Sisodia also said that people are affected due to rising pollution but children are the most affected and “we all are concerned about this.” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had held a high-level meeting on Thursday with all his cabinet ministers, concerned departments and agencies to make a strategy for implementing the odd-even scheme.

Ministry of AYUSH to integrate allopathic and traditional forms of medicine

Speaking to dna, Director General of the ICMR, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, said that there was much government encouragement to find ways of integrating allopathic and traditional forms of medicine. ICMR, she said would be responsible for generating and collecting sound data and evidence.

Bringing traditional medicine into the domain of allopathic science, the ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) has announced several projects looking into its “efficacy” in various ailments. In Parliament, minister for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said that the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy had undertaken clinical studies on “chikungunya and influenza like illnesses” and the Central Council for Research in Ayurveda Sciences (CCRAS) and Central Council for Research in Unani Medicines(CCRUM) had signed MOUs with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for joint collaborative projects on Ayurvedic and Unani formulations related to treatment of Dengue and Tuberculosis (TB) respectively.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking to dna, Director General of the ICMR, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, said that there was much government encouragement to find ways of integrating allopathic and traditional forms of medicine. ICMR, she said would be responsible for generating and collecting sound data and evidence.The MOU with the Unani council was signed two years ago under the aegis of the then DG, VM Katoch, who had written to all other institutions to cooperate. Swaminathan, then Director at the National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis, had held meetings with the Unani council to go over the compounds they said might help in TB.”However, we decided that the treatment for tuberculosis had to be allopathic,” said Swaminathan. What Unani could offer was relief with side effects, help build a patient’s appetite, weight, make their jaundiced liver healthier.This resulted in formulations of protocols and, so far, trials are being carried for the safety of these unani formulations in “animal models”. The next step will be to test the interaction of the formulations with existing TB drugs, on volunteers. If that goes well, then the trials will move to giving these formulations to TB patients.”The dengue project is recent and came about after the recent outbreak,” said Swaminathan. she recounted that the Ayurveda council had advertised a list of herbal remedies for dengue during the outbreak, and Swaminathan spoke to Ayush officials about validating these remedies. “If they work then we can out them out in a global market,” she said.Due to this conversation, two teams comprising allopathic and ayurvedic professionals were set up to, again, form protocols and chart a way of carrying out these studies in allopathic hospitals. “Currently it’s in the preliminary stages and we’re looking at four to five hospitals across India to test certain ayurvedic formulations. Right now they’re testing the batches for purity and quality,” said Swaminathan. After this, they need to approach the ethics committee.”Ayurveda hasn’t offered a cure for dengue, but increased symptomatic relief,” she added saying that maybe antiviral activity could be observed in these formulations. “We need to have such clinical trials, similar to how siddha medicine is being tested in a lab in Chennai for antiviral activities.”

Delhi gangrape case: MHA mulls bond for juvenile offender

The parents of the December 2012 gang rape victim, who has been known as ‘Nirbhaya'(fearless), have expressed their apprehension against the release of the juvenile, who was reportedly the “most brutal” of all the six offenders.
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Amid apprehension raised by Nirbhaya parents, the Union Home Ministry is contemplating to ask the juvenile convict to sign a legal bond affirming good behaviour after his release. The bond as per Section 107 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) will act as security for keeping the peace after his release from a juvenile remand home.”The Ministry is mulling on the option in this regard as it is legally not possible to keep him behind the bars,” a senior official said.As per the CrPC provision, when an Executive Magistrate receives information that any person is likely to commit a breach of the peace or disturb public tranquillity and is of opinion that there is sufficient ground for proceeding, he may, require such person to show cause why he should not be ordered to execute a bond, with or without sureties, for keeping the peace for a period not exceeding one year.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The parents of the December 2012 gang rape victim, who has been known as ‘Nirbhaya'(fearless), have expressed their apprehension against the release of the juvenile, who was reportedly the “most brutal” of all the six offenders. The juvenile, who was under 18 when he was arrested for rape and murder of Nirbhaya, was tried under the Juvenile Justice Act and ordered to keep in a remand home for three years. He is set to be released this month. The convict was allegedly radicalised by a fellow inmate, raising concern in the security establishment.The gangrape incident had caused wide public outrage across the country. Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi had recently stressed the need to keep a “close watch” on him following his impending release.The victim, who was brutally assaulted by six persons, including the juvenile, in a moving bus in South Delhi, had succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital after battling for life for 13 days.

Air quality of Delhi set to dip further in the next two days

Levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10, pollutants of microscopic sizes, were largely in the ‘very poor’ category in Centre’s System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) stations.
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Air quality of Delhi will dip further in the next two days with an expected rise in the level of PM 2.5, whose average was ‘very poor’ at 200 micrograms per cubic metre today, due to the influx of pollutants from the Indo-gangetic plains. Levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10, pollutants of microscopic sizes, were largely in the ‘very poor’ category in Centre’s System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) stations.However, few CPCB stations like Anand Vihar, Mandir Marg, Punjabi Bagh and R K Puram had air quality in the ‘severe’ category which has the potential to affect healthy people and “seriously impact” those with existing respiratory ailments.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”24-hour average of PM 2.5 was 200 today. Yesterday it was 189 while tomorrow it is expected to touch 210. It is due to influx of pollutants from distant sources, mostly due to the north-easterlies from the Indo-gangetic plains, an area which stretches from Kolkata to Rajasthan,” Chief Project Scientist of SAFAR Gufran Beig told PTI.Beig pointed out that there has been no significant change in PM 10 levels, which are much coarser than PM 2.5 and cannot travel long distances, indicating that the spurt has not been caused by local factors.”Had the rise been due to local conditions, both PM 2.5 and PM 10 would have risen. On top of that there has been no drop in temperature either which also increases concentration of pollutants,” Beig said.Usual highly polluted spots such as Anand Vihar and Punjabi Bagh continued to have pollutants, five to 10 times above the prescribed limits. 541 and 1431 were the real time PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels of Anand Vihar at 7 PM while the corresponding figures were 454 and 182 at Punjabi Bagh.On prolonged exposure to ‘very poor’ quality air, which signifies PM 10 and PM 2.5 levels between 351 and 420, and 211 to 252 micro gram per cubic metre respectively one can develop respiratory illness.Permissible levels of PM (particulate matter) 2.5 and PM 10 are 60 and 100 micrograms per cubic metre respectively. These particles, which are the major pollutants in the capital’s air, can harm the respiratory system as the particles embed themselves deep inside the lungs.

Offerings from budding scientists: Biodegradable plastic, jaggery chocolates and much more

Better India: First India International Science Festival showcases creativity of the youth

Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan during his visit to Expo

Optometry powered by a cell phone, an app that allows touch-free interaction with computers, biodegradable plastic, a jacket that helps visually-impaired people move, and jaggery chocolates high on haemoglobin content that can be eaten by diabetic people too. These are just a tiny fraction of the sea of projects that were exhibited at the first India International Science Festival (IISF), a nationwide science exhibition that was organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology.Aditya Khant from Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai who came up with Airtouch, an application that allows for ‘touch-free, sensor-independent input for human-computer interaction’. Khant, a student of 12th standard, does not even study computer science in school, and had an exam on Monday. “I build a simpler prototype when I was in the 9th standard in which one could play drums just by hovering your hand over the device.I have been developing that ever since; my mother has helped me with the aesthetics,” he says. He plans to be an entrepreneur.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Delhi-based Shreyas Kapoor of Modern School, Barakhamba, built an app that enables one to accurately find one’s eyesight disorder and apply for a lens accordingly. “An aberrometer (the instrument that determines the power of the lenses a person needs) costs about Rs 13,000. In villages, people are blind because of that. I made an app in which a figure will appear on the screen. A myopic person will see it as ‘8’, while a normal person as ‘5’,” he says. He adds that his school ‘does not know that I exist’, and that he met his mentor, MIT student Kshitij Marwah at a convention sometime ago. He plans to research further on his app, imbibe artificial intelligence in it, and further research on AI in the future.Aditya and Shreyas are both students in a team of 12 students which will represent India in the next leg of the Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) to be held in Arizona next year. IRIS is a nationwide initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (DST), the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Intel Education. The winning team will have a planet named after him or her and will have their graduation funded.On the other hand is Ananya from Deeksha Vidya Mandir from Kadur. Deeply hurt by the death of their pet cow who chewed on plastic, she decided to make biodegradable plastic out of cornflour or potato starch. “I worked on it for six to seven months,” said the 10th standard student, adding that she wants to be a doctor, without leaving her love for experimenting with innovations like these.Ananya is the silver award winner of Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), a nationwide science awards programme organised by DST. The gold was clinched by Oza Alay Kumar from Mehsana who came up with an artificial tree model which will turn carbon monoxide into oxygen, and a wind tunnel which cleans the polluted air with solar energy. Prithvi Raj from Jamtara was given the bronze for inventing a jacket with a radio sensor, arel and solar plates that help the visually-impaired to walk safely on the roads.This is the first time that the ministry has come up with a nationwide science exhibition, and in the process has included IRIS and INSPIRE, two reputed science fairs. The initiative is also helped by Vijnana Bharati, a not-for-profit organisation working for science popularisation”We wish for society to understand science better, and with an exhibition of such a huge scale, we hope that we create an environment in which people will be attracted to science. We have a lot of theoretical ideas, but we need better experiments in this country,” said Jayant Sahasbuddhe, Organising Secretary at Vijnana Bharati. The exhibition, which ended Monday, saw an attendance of two lakh, with children presenting 230-plus research papers besides hosting five workshops for over 10,000 delegates as well as the general public.

AICTE has proceeded against 132 engineering institutions for violating norms: Government

This information was shared in the Lok Sabha by HRD minister Smriti Irani in a written reply to a member’s question

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The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in 2015-16 has proceeded against 132 private engineering institutions which failed to act on norms laid down by it, the government said on Monday. This information was shared in the Lok Sabha by HRD minister Smriti Irani in a written reply to a member’s question. 132 private engineering institutions, including 5 in the state of Rajasthan, which failed to fulfil the norms laid down by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have been proceeded against by AICTE in 2015-16 after issuing a show cause notice and considering their explanation, Irani said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The penal action ranged from reduction in seats in some and even closure of 87 colleges,” she added. Responding to another question, Irani said that as per information received from Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), there is no proposal to draft in some new persons to rewrite certain aspects of Indian history.

Cases of online harassment against women not maintained by govt: Maneka Gandhi

The Union minister said the Information Technology Act, 2000 together with Indian Penal Code have adequate provisions to deal with prevailing cyber crimes.

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The cases of online harassment against women are not maintained by the government, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said on Friday.Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, Gandhi, however, said as per the data of National Crime Records Bureau on cyber crimes, 589, 1203 and 758 cases of publication/transmission of obscene, sexually explicit content (Under section 67 A, 67 B and 67 C of the Information Technology Act) have been registered during 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”After consultation on cyber crimes in India held on July 23, National Commission for Women has submitted a report which inter-alia recommended for opening of more cyber cells, dedicated helpline numbers, setting up forensic labs and technical training law enforcement agencies like police and judiciary to combat cyber crime,” she said.The Union minister said the Information Technology Act, 2000 together with Indian Penal Code have adequate provisions to deal with prevailing cyber crimes.”It provides punishment in the form of imprisonment ranging from two years to life imprisonment and fine/penalty depending on the type of cyber crime,” she said.

December 16 gangrape: Youngest convict won’t walk free, to be sent into custody of NGO, say reports

The convict who is now 21, will be in the custody of an NGO for a year and take vocational training,

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The youngest convict in the 2012 Delhi gang rape case that shook the conscience of the nation, who was a minor at the time he committed the crime, will walk out of the special home on December 22, but will not be free.The convict who is now 21, will be in the custody of an NGO for a year and take vocational training, says an NDTV report. The Delhi Police had earlier wanted to invoke the National Security Act against the youth, to keep him from being released.Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi had said a few days ago that she had written to the home ministry demanding that sex offenders be tracked after their release.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: December 16 rapist walks free: Maneka Gandhi advocates close watch on ‘juvenile’ accused”You know the issue is not of that particular individual, the point is that I have written to the home ministry saying that there should a tweaking of the law in which every person accused of sexual abuse, who has served a time and has come out should have to report to the police station and he should be monitored,” Maneka Gandhi had said.The parents of the woman, who died two weeks after being gangraped, had demanded that the convict’s ‘face be shown to society’ so that people know he is a dangerous criminal.The family had petitioned the home ministry, courts and the National Human Rights Commission to stop the convict’s release. In 2013, he had been sentenced to three years in a remand home, being a minor at the time of the incident.Related Read: Parents of December 16 gangrape victim want juvenile’s face be shown before releaseThe Union home ministry had in October decided to call a meeting of top officials to take a decision on whether to release or not the then-juvenile convict.The home ministry was in a fix what to do with the juvenile convict amid reports that he has turned a radical Islamic hardliner during his stay in the rehabilitation centre where he was indoctrinated by one Abid, a juvenile Kashmiri militant.

Pakistan ghazal singer Ghulam Ali to perform in Kerala in January

Two of Ali’s scheduled concerts in Mumbai and Pune in October were cancelled following protests from Shiv Sena while he backed out from his Delhi programme last month citing personal reasons.
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Pakistan ghazal legend Ghulam Ali, whose concerts in Maharashtra and Delhi were cancelled recently, will perform in Kerala twice in January.The 75-year-old singer is scheduled to perform in the state capital on January 15 and in Kozhikode on January 17 at the invitation of social organisation ‘Swaralaya’. An office bearer of Swaralaya said that the singer had confirmed his participation. The organisation would also honour Ali during the function. The singer could not be reached for comments.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two of Ali’s scheduled concerts in Mumbai and Pune in October were cancelled following protests from Shiv Sena while he backed out from his Delhi programme last month citing personal reasons. The Shiv Sena had held that while tension remained at the Indo-Pak border, such a concert could not be allowed.

No written exam for recruitment of police constables in UP: CM Akhilesh Yadav

Pointing out that there is shortage of constables in the Uttar Pradesh Police, Yadav said that adequate arrangements would be done to train the applicants.
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday announced that there would be no written examination for recruitment to the post of police constable, adding that it would be done on the basis of physical test and the marks obtained by the applicants in high school.”Recruitment will be done very soon of thirty five constables. And the (Uttar Pradesh) Cabinet has taken the decision that examination will not be held. The recruitment will be done on the basis of marks obtained in Class 10th and 12th along with physical test,” said Yadav.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pointing out that there is shortage of constables in the Uttar Pradesh Police, Yadav said that adequate arrangements would be done to train the applicants.

Haryana: 16 people lose vision after botched cataract surgery

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij has ordered a departmental probe into the incident.

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At least 16 people suffered partial vision loss after undergoing cataract surgery at a charitable hospital at Maheshnagar in Ambala, officials said on Tuesday.Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij has ordered a departmental probe into the incident.Ambala Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Dr Vinod Kumar Gupta said the charitable society ‘Sarv Kalyan Sewarth Samithi’ at Maheshnagar conducted the cataract operation on 16 patients on November 24.”The society had no mandatory clearance from us to hold the camp. They had applied for permission in 2013, but it was denied by us as we first wanted to conduct an inspection of the hospital and get details of the surgeons who will conduct operations,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”However, without permission they conducted the camp. Our team had raided the hospital but it is locked. Case had been registered in this connection by the police regarding negligence on the complaint of the SMO,” he said.Dr Gupta said these societies hold such camps as they get huge incentive amounting to Rs 1000 per person operated upon. He said most of the patients have now contacted PGI at Chandigarh for further treatment of their eyes. Sources at PGI said the condition of the eyes of the patient, who were operated upon, is bad.A similar incident had taken place at Samalkha in Panipat in March in which 13 patients suffered from vision loss.

72% Indian companies faced cyber attack in 2015: Survey

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Incidences of cyber crime in India shot up drastically in 2015, with 72% companies in the country falling prey to online attacks this year, a survey report said.”Around 72% of Indian companies faced cyber attacks this year alone. 94% respondents indicated that cyber-crime is a major threat faced by organisations, but surprisingly only 41% indicated that it forms part of the board agenda,” the KPMG Cybercrime Survey Report 2015 prepared by KPMG in India, a professional services firm, said. The survey report was released in the presence of Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmed Javed in Mumbai on Monday. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>83% respondents of the 250+ C-suite executives that participated in the survey indicated that there is usually external involvement in cyber-attacks with directors/management being most vulnerable according to 64%, the report said adding, “It was also alarming to note that 54% indicated that spend on cyber defences is less than five% of the IT spend.” City police commissioner urged the companies to approach police instead of leaving such incidents go unreported.”The reason for this (incidents being unreported), usually, is that the company is afraid of its reputation being spoilt in the market or his shares might come down,” said Javed. Also, the advancement and adoption of technology has enabled criminals to leverage upon it to carry out crime, he said.The Mumbai police has a dedicated cyber police station and is continuously strengthening itself by undertaking trainings to deal with cyber-crime cases, he informed. “It is critical for the citizens, both corporates and individuals, to be aware of cyber risks and not fall a prey to the phishing scams. We are undertaking a drive to educate and create an awareness among citizens with reference to cyber-threats,” Javed said.

What matters is talent, not gender: ISRO scientist Ritu Karidhal

Ritu Karidhal was the project manager of the Mars Orbiter Mission.

Ritu Karidhal says women should have confidence in themselves and not give issue of gender much thought.

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Two years back when the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the country’s first space probe that would orbit Mars labelled Mangalyaan, one picture stood out. It was that of ISRO’s women scientist celebrating, all of them dressed in Kanjeevaram sarees and with flowers in their hair. Comfortable with their femininity, these women had broken the glass ceiling and how!Ritu Karidhal who was the project manager of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) brushes aside any talk of gender inequality and says, “ISRO provides equal opportunity to everyone. What matters most is your talent and not gender.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karidhal joined the organisation back in 1997 and has worked on several missions as the operations director, project manager and deputy project manager for several missions.And what is it that motivated this middle class girl from Lucknow to reach for planets beyond? “I was fascinated with space sciences since childhood. My interest and the support of my parents made me the person I am today.”Karidhal is of the opinion that while many students enter pure sciences, retaining talent will be possible only when one gives importance to new fields of work, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.She also believes that while the number of women entering the field was less a few years ago, today most show courage and enthusiasm.A strong support system pushes most working professionals towards greater heights, it is especially crucial when you are a working mother of two young children. Karidhal adds, “The support given by my family was huge and it made it possible for me to work, sometimes for 24 to 36 hours continuously.” She is of the opinion that women are better at multi-tasking and her message to working women is, “Have confidence in your capability without giving your gender much thought. Be focussed on your goal and work with complete dedication.”(Ritu Karidhal will be speaking at the TEDxGateway, Mumbai, on December 5, 2015, at NCPA)
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New Delhi: Juvenile arrested for allegedly killing woman after she resisted rape

According to the police, the incident took place on the wee hours of Saturday when the accused duo went to the woman’s residence and gained access in the premises by scaling the wall of the adjacent terrace.
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A juvenile who allegedly raped a woman and strangled her to death at her residence in northwest Delhi’s Mukundpur area has been apprehended, police said on Monday. The juvenile’s friend and accomplice in the crime, identified as Abhimanyu (22), is still at large, said DCP (northwest) Vijay Singh.”Both accused live in the same neighbourhood and the minor boy knew that the woman was alone at home. The duo, allegedly sexually assaulted the woman even after she was dead and her body was dumped at a forested area in Bhalswa Dairy area,” said a senior police official.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The woman was pursuing a vocational course in fashion designing. Her brothers live abroad and parents had gone to their native village in UP, leaving her alone for a few days, said the official. According to the police, the incident took place on the wee hours of Saturday when the accused duo went to the woman’s residence and gained access in the premises by scaling the wall of the adjacent terrace. They found the woman sleeping and allegedly used chloroform to make her unconscious, while they allegedly raped her. The woman suddenly gained consciousness and resisted the assault, for which one of the accused allegedly strangled her to death.Once they realised that the woman was dead, they lifted it up and put it in the mini-truck in which they had come. They drove to a forested area around 2-km away from the woman’s residence and dumped the body there. The duo again sexually assaulted the body there and fled from the spot.The woman’s parents started calling her up in the morning and when she did not take the calls, they asked neighbours to check, said police. Even when the neighbours could not trace her, they informed her relatives in Delhi, said a senior police official. Later, a missing complaint was registered, said police. It was in the evening that some locals found her semi-naked body and raised an alarm.In the initial phase of the investigation, the police had zeroed in on the juvenile, but he allegedly managed to mislead cops, delaying the probe. The mini-truck used in the crime and the woman’s mobile phone have been recovered, police said. Abhimanyu’s relatives are being questioned and the police are searching his potential whereabouts, police added.

After ban on coal-mining, people from Meghalaya are taking to turmeric farming

Meghalaya: The National Green Tribunal ban on coal mining and transportation of coal in Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills region has resulted in many of those engaged in the activity switching to turmeric farming for their livelihood.

For the past one year, these coal-miners, who previously practised unscientific mining and transportation of coal, have taken to cultivation of famed curcumin-rich Lakadong turmeric varieties at their villages in East Jaintia Hills District.

D Rymbai, a resident, invested in turmeric cultivation in his six-acre barren land at Moolamylliang village.

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Rymbai owned a few coal mines at the village and never thought of farming as a viable alternative to coal mining until April last year when the NGT issued the blanket ban.

“After the NGT ban, I was disillusioned as to what to do for my livelihood. We had become so dependent on coal mining prior to the ban,” Rymbai said.

Like Rymbai, almost 90 per cent of the residents of the village were totally dependent on money that came from coal.

Rat-hole coal mining took over in the early 90s and in a span of 20 years, one could see holes dug up everywhere in the village land in search of coal and even paddy fields were not spared.

The April 2014 order of the NGT came as a game changer as people started looking for alternative source of income.

District Horticulture officer G Dohling says that the department has come up with a turmeric hub to promote cultivation of the famed Lakadong variety of turmeric.

The hub was built at a cost of Rs 50 lakh, funds from the 13th Finance Commission, and will benefit the local farmers, he said.

Meghalaya produces over 8,000 MT of turmeric in a year and majority of this production is concentrated in Jaintia Hills and Garo Hills region because of the favourable micro-climatic and soil conditions.

According to horticulture department officials, there are at least 1,000 farmers engaged in turmeric cultivation and the number is likely to increase.

Jaintia Hills region consisting of two districts produces at least three varieties of turmeric – Lakadong, Laskein and Ladaw, each having their separate identity, a senior horticulture officer said.

The Indian Council for Agricultural Research data shows that the curcumin content of Lakadong variety is 6.0-7.5 per cent, about 2 per cent higher than the turmeric available in the market.

There is a very high demand from the pharmaceutical industry for these curcumin-rich turmeric varieties as it can be used in cosmetic, pharmaceutical and dye/food-colouring industries.

At present ITC Ltd is procuring Lakadong turmeric slices for extracting curcumin used for in its pharmaceutical units.

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Omar Abdullah defends father Farooq, says Indo-Pak must engage in dialogue

Omar Abdullah said that the current situation (between India and Pakistan) was such that the two countries were not even ready to play a cricket match against each other.

Omar Abdullah said his party was in favour of dialogue, however, the current situation was not conducive for the process.
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Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday came out in defence of his father Farooq Abdullah, who had sparked a row by saying that all the army of the country cannot defend the people against militants.”My father has said the right thing. One can use weapons to a certain extent only, after that the political dialogue will have to take the process forward,” Omar told reporters on the sidelines of a party function in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.”We agree that there has been immense contribution of security forces in Kashmir but if there has to be a solution for this problem then you will have to replace force with political dialogue,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Omar said his party was in favour of dialogue, however, the current situation was not conducive for the process.”We want talks to take place. We have always been in favour of finding solutions through dialogues. But the truth is that the relation between the two countries is so stressed that it is difficult to decide the level of the talks and where,” Omar said.He said that the current situation (between India and Pakistan) was such that the two countries were not even ready to play a cricket match against each other.”Even if there is a dialogue on playing a match it is being held in a third country altogether. In such a situation, the atmosphere of a dialogue doesn’t seem to be right,” he said.While advocating a meeting between the heads of the two countries, Omar said, “We want that the heads of the two countries must meet either in New Delhi or Islamabad and ease the tension and create an atmosphere of dialogue,” he said.Speaking at a seminar organised by members of civil society on Saturday, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah had said, “How much can the army defend us even if the entire army of India came to our rescue, they cannot defend us against terrorists or militants. The only way left is to hold dialogue and find a solution.”

Minor alleges rape in Patna-Indore Express, accused held

The attendant allegedly raped the girl in the moving train and also threatened her against disclosing the incident to anybody.
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A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a coach attendant in the running Patna-Indore Express near Manaknagar in Lucknow, police said. Following her complaint, the 24-year-old accused coach attendant was arrested when the train arrived at Kanpur railway station, a railway police spokesperson said.The spokesman said that when the train arrived at Kanpur railway station this morning they received information about a girl lying in dishevelled clothes in one of the AC coaches. When we enquired her she said she was allegedly raped by the coach attendant, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the minor, she was traveling to Kanpur and was sitting alone in the train in the night when the attendant offered her to get a seat in the AC coach, the spokesperson said. The attendant allegedly raped the girl in the moving train and also threatened her against disclosing the incident to anybody, he said. He further said that seeing the police, the attendant allegedly tried to flee but was apprehended after a chase.The railway police have sent the girl for medical tests. They have arrested the accused and are questioning him, police said.

Kolkata: American tourist held for sexually harassing 14-year-old boy

The boy was allegedly harassed in the tourist’s hotel room.
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A middle-aged American tourist was arrested for allegedly sexually harassing a 14-year-old local boy inside his room at a five-star hotel, police said on Saturday.Following a complaint by the general manager of the hotel, Bidhannagar Police arrested 51-year-old Leslie A Powell on Friday. The complaint was based on the statement of the victim, who had befriended the accused through Facebook.”The accused is a tourist but how he became a friend with the boy through Facebook is still unclear. We are looking into the details,” a senior officer of Bidhannagar Police said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Powell gifted the boy a pair of football boots and a sports bag and also promised to give him a bicycle, he said. Police were looking into the CCTV footages of the hotel as part of the investigation.Powell was remanded on Saturday to jail custody and will be produced before the Barasat Special Court on Monday.

DD plans to strengthen grip on south, east India audience; to reserve slots for regional channels on its DTH platform

In its 24th e-auction on November 9, DD earned Rs31.2 crore for selling five slots on the DD Free Dish.

In an attempt to expand its base within the rural pockets of the country, especially in southern and eastern India, public broadcaster Doordarshan will soon start reserving slots for non-Hindi, private regional channels on the DD Free Dish — its direct-to-home (DTH) platform.According to Prasar Bharati sources, a policy is being framed to facilitate the move that will be ready in the next few weeks. “The move will help us reach the rural population in different parts of the country, especially in the eastern and southern parts of the country where people usually prefer private, regional channels,” an official said. The decision follows successful e-auctions of slots on its direct-to-home (DTH) platform, which has turned out to be a good source of revenue for the cash-strapped DD.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In its 24th e-auction on November 9, DD earned Rs31.2 crore for selling five slots on the DD Free Dish. The takers included Hindi news channel Aaj Tak and Hindi entertainment channel Big Magic, both of which are pay channels.DD officials say, this has been the first time that the bid had gone above Rs6 crore per channel. In the previous e-auctions, the average bid amount was around Rs4 crore. DD officials said the new rural rating mechanism adopted by Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), which is a fairly new rating system for TV, has led several popular private channels to increasingly participate the e-auction process of DD Free Dish slots, in an effort to reach in rural areas, mostly accessed by DD so far.So, reserving certain slots for private, regional channels on its DTH platform will be a win-win situation for DD, as DD would be able to expand itself in the eastern and southern parts of the country, riding on the popularity of other popular regional channels commonly watched by the masses in those regions. Data collected from DD shows DD Free Dish has an estimated 18–20 million subscribers. Last year, DD earned Rs115 crore by e-auctioning vacant slots on its Free Dish. “This year, we hope to earn Rs140 crore through the process,” additional director general CK Jain said, adding that in the next few months, DD may reach a the delayed target of having 112 channels on its platform, of which 64 are reserved channels and 48 are those which are being auctioned. Slots reserved for private, non-Hindi regional channels for viewers from southern and eastern India would be about five, sources said.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani made lifetime chairman of hardline Hurriyat Conference

The meeting thoroughly discussed the prevailing political situation in Kashmir and Hurriyat also made some vital changes in the organizational structure under Article 20 of the Hurriyat constitution, the spokesman said.
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Hardline Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday appointed Syed Ali Shah Geelani as its lifetime chairman while restructuring the separatist amalgam to accommodate leaders who defected recently from the rival faction headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.”Seeing the unshakable, steadfast, uncompromised and active leadership of Geelani, the Hurriyat conference had accepted him as its lifetime Chairman,” a spokesman of the Hurriyat said after a meeting of the conglomerate of various separatist groups in Kashmir.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The meeting thoroughly discussed the prevailing political situation in Kashmir and Hurriyat also made some vital changes in the organizational structure under Article 20 of the Hurriyat constitution, the spokesman said.Senior separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah, who quit the moderate faction of Hurriyat headed by the Mirwaz last year, was appointed as the secretary general of the hardline Hurriyat faction.”Shabir Ahmad Shah was made Secretary General while as Ghulam Nabi Sumji and Masarat Alam Bhat (who is lodged in a jail since April this year) were appointed as his deputies,” the spokesman said.Besides Shah, prominent Shia leader Agha Syed Hassan and Nayeem Ahmad Khan — two other notable leaders to switch Hurriyat factions — were appointed as members to the committee for social and political affairs. Hassan was appointed as the provincial president for Ladakh region while as Khan was appointed as president for Jammu region.

Government considers increase in import of pulses to reduce prices

It was decided that both Commerce and Consumer Affairs Secretaries will hold separate meetings with private traders as well as PSUs to chalk out a plan regarding the import of pulses for the coming months
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Expecting a further increase in the supply-demand gap of pulses, the government is considering importing more lentils to check prices, which are still ruling as high as Rs 180 per kg.So far, state-owned Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation (MMTC) of India has imported 5,000 tonnes of tur on behalf of the government. The stock has been given to some state governments including Delhi at a subsided rate for further distribution in the open market.Pulses prices continue to rule high due to fall in domestic production by 2 million tonnes in the 2014-15 crop year (July-June) due to 14 per cent deficit monsoon.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also Read: Mumbai: Price of pulses skyrocket beyond the reach of citizens On Tuesday, a committee of secretaries from the Finance, Food and Consumer Affairs, Agriculture and Commerce ministries deliberated on availability and prices of pulses and other essential items.”In the meeting, the committee decided to import more pulses. It also decided to monitor quantities of imported pulses on real time basis,” sources said.Also read: Disinvestment: 15% stake-sale in MMTC to fetch about Rs 800 croreIt was decided that both Commerce and Consumer Affairs Secretaries will hold separate meetings with private traders as well as PSUs to chalk out a plan regarding the import of pulses for the coming months, they said.The import plan for pulses is being kept in place amid concerns that the supply gap may widen significantly if the Rabi (winter) crop gets reduced by chance due to any adverse weather conditions.Also Read: India may need to import 10 MT of pulses to tame prices: AssochamTill last week of the ongoing 2015-16 Rabi season, which started in October, area sown to pulses was 74.06 lakh hectare, slightly lower than 77.42 lakh hectare in the year-ago period, according to the Agriculture Ministry’s data.According to sources, the Food and Agriculture Ministries have been asked to achieve procure pulses and reach the targets set for creation of buffer stock.Also read: Why are pulses getting costlier by the day?The country’s pulses production was 17.20 million tonnes in the 2014-15 crop year, much lower than the requirement of 25 million tonnes. The gap is being met through imports.India imports about four million tonnes of pulses largely through the private trade. But this time, the government has started importing pulses after a gap of two years.

Haven’t received notice from Swiss authorities, says former Congress Minister Preneet Kaur’s son

As India sought assistance from Switzerland in probing into Swiss bank accounts allegedly held by former Congress minister Preneet Kaur and her son Raninder Singh, the latter on Tuesday, said they have not received any notice from the Swiss authorities and that they will respond if they get one.

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As India sought assistance from Switzerland in probing into Swiss bank accounts allegedly held by former Congress minister Preneet Kaur and her son Raninder Singh, the latter on Tuesday, said they have not received any notice from the Swiss authorities and that they will respond if they get one.”We have not received any notice. When we receive one, we will respond,” Raninder, son of Preneet Kaur, told PTI.”Whatever the tax authorities have asked from us, we have complied with the same. We have appeared before the Income Tax authorities and recorded our statement,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Preneet Kaur was, however, not available for comments despite repeated attempts. With Indian tax authorities continuing their probe into Swiss bank accounts of several citizens, Switzerland on Tuesday said India has sought assistance in investigations into accounts allegedly held by the former Congress minister.As per the Swiss norms for ‘assistance’ in tax matters, which could involve sharing of account and other details, the Federal Tax Administration (FTA) of Switzerland also asked Kaur and Singh to file an appeal within ten days for “exercise of the right to be heard”. The Swiss tax department has made these disclosures in two separate notifications published today in the Switzerland government’s federal gazette.Earlier when her name had appeared in a leaked HSBC list, Kaur had denied having any account in her name with any foreign bank. She had also said that her statement was recorded earlier by the tax authorities, but she was not shown any document which might indicate having a foreign bank account or a trust.

Woman’s consent obtained by deceit amounts to rape: Delhi Court

The court, while holding a man guilty of raping a woman, said the consent given by the victim for cohabitation was not voluntary as the convict had falsely made her believe that he was unmarried and would marry her after she obtains divorce from her husband.
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A woman’s consent taken on the basis of deception and misconception is “no consent” in the eyes of law and the physical relations established between her and a man amounts to rape, a Delhi court has said.The court, while holding a man guilty of raping a woman, said the consent given by the victim for cohabitation was not voluntary as the convict had falsely made her believe that he was unmarried and would marry her after she obtains divorce from her husband.”The consent given by the prosecutrix to cohabitation with the accused can, by no means, said to be voluntary. It is clearly hit by section 90 (consent known to be given under fear or misconception) of the IPC and the said consent is no consent in the eyes of law as the same was obtained by the accused by practising deception and misconception. Therefore, acts of physical relations between the accused and prosecutrix tantamount to offence of rape as defined under section 375 of IPC. The accused is guilty of the offence of rape,”Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court said prosecution has been able to prove that Uttar Pradesh resident Naim Ahamed had deceived the woman causing her to falsely believe that he would marry her after she obtains divorce from her husband. She was thus made to cohabit with him whereas he had no intention to marry her as he was already happily married, it said. The court would pronounce its order on sentence later this week.According to the prosecution, the woman alleged that Naim, who was staying near her house, had befriended her six years ago and had concealed his marital status. The alleged that he persuaded her to divorce her husband, with whom she had three kids, and after assuring to marry her, he started having physical relations with her.When she got pregnant, he reiterating that he would marry her after she gives birth to their child but when she divorced her husband, Naim started ignoring her and later went missing. In 2012, when she went to his native place in his search, she got to know that the man was already married and had kids.Police said the woman was illiterate and had no means to maintain herself as well as the minor child and took shelter in a government shelter home. Feeling cheated and exploited, she lodged a complaint at Bindapur Police Station in south west Delhi this February. During trial, Naim had denied the allegations.

Supreme Court to hear Subramanian Swamy’s plea on Ram Sethu on November 26

The Sethusamudram shipping channel project has been facing protests from some political parties, environmentalists and several Hindu religious groups.
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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on Thursday BJP leader Subramanian ​Swamy’s plea to withdraw his 2009 petition against the Sethusamudram project, following a recent decision of the Centre that the mythological bridge Rama Sethu would not be dismantled.”List it for hearing on Thursday. We will hear it provided all parties agree,” a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Amitava Roy said when Swamy mentioned the matter for urgent listing. Swamy said his prayer for scrapping of the project stands satisfied after the Centre took a decision and hence, he wanted to withdraw his plea.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Sethusamudram shipping channel project has been facing protests from some political parties, environmentalists and several Hindu religious groups. The mythological Ram Sethu is a continuous stretch of limestone shoals that runs from Pamban Island near Rameshwaram in South India to Mannar Island off the northern coast of Sri Lanka.Under the Sethusamudram project, a 83-km-long deep water channel would have been created linking Mannar with Palk Strait by extensive dredging and removal of the limestone shoals which constitute the Sethu.

Indian actor drowns in waterfall in Malaysia

25-year-old Malaysian-Indian actor L Keshava Rajan was found yesterday between rocks at the Lubuk Degong Waterfalls in Bidor of Ipoh state.

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An upcoming Malaysian-Indian actor has been found dead in northern Malaysia after he allegedly slipped and fell from a waterfall.25-year-old L Keshava Rajan was found on Sunday between rocks at the Lubuk Degong Waterfalls in Bidor of Ipoh state.The actor was reported missing after he had slipped and was swept away by strong currents while picnicking with his family on Saturday.Police said rescue team found the body stuck between rocks.Rajan was scheduled to leave for Chennai on Sunday to make final preparations for the premiere of his debut film Ka Ka Ka Po.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Bengaluru: Truck runs over 4-year-old in the city

The Kamakshipalya Traffic police are said to be investigating.

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On Sunday at Kamakshipalya, a goods truck hit a four and a half year old girl. Around 9:30 am, Bhagya, the daughter Sugappa and Devamma, was playing near the Siddivinayaka temple.A report in The New Indian Express states that the truck driver had unloaded his vehicle of food items for a hotel and was reversing the truck. He didn’t notice the young girl and allegedly ran over her says the report. Bhagya was rushed to the hospital immediately by the locals but she was said to have been brought dead. The police have arrested, Goutom, the truck driver, on a case of negligent and rash driving. It looks like he didn’t have a helper to guide him when he was reversing the truck. The Kamakshipalya Traffic police are said to be investigating. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Congress expresses resentment over 7th Pay Panel recommendations

Party’s senior spokesman Ajay Maken told reporters that Central Government Employees are “frustrated and disappointed” with the major recommendations of the Commission.

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Congress on Saturday expressed resentment over the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission and demanded at least 40% hike in the pay of various categories of government employees.Party’s senior spokesman Ajay Maken told reporters that Central Government Employees are “frustrated and disappointed” with the major recommendations of the Commission. “This is unjust and humiliating for the beneficiaries.””It is unfortunate that the employees, who were given 40% hike in their respective pay by the Fifth and Sixth Pay Commissions, have now been recommended only 14.29 %,” he said pointing out several lacunae in the Seventh Pay Commission report.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress leader also faulted the commission for ignoring the consistent demand to reduce gap between the lowest paid and the highest paid employees from 1:12, recommended by 6th CPC to 1:8. Instead of the gap being reduced it has been further increased by the 7th Pay Commission to 1:14, he claimed.”When we go through the recommendations, it appears that is anti-low paid employees and fails to improve their financial condition. It is tilted towards higher-level officers,” Maken said.He especially took objection to discontinuance of 52 allowances at present available and abolition of all non-interest bearing advances viz festival etc as also Motor Car, Motor Cycle/Scooter/Moped advances. While the Sixth Pay Commission had recommended annual increment between 3 to 4 % of Pay plus Grade Pay, the Seventh Pay Commission has restricted it to 3 % only, Maken added.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik writes to PM Modi on MGNRES funding

Patnaik requested the Prime Minister that the wage rate under MGNREGS, fixed for Odisha, may be increased to Rs 200 per day which is the minimum wage in the state for unskilled workers.

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A day after seeking ‘timely’ financial assistance from the Centre to tackle the drought situation in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday shot off another letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to ensure adequate fund flow under MGNRES for the state.”To reduce the suffering of farmers, adequate fund flow under MGNRES may be ensured by the Centre to the state government,” Patnaik said in the dispatch to Modi.Stating that the drought like situation is prevailing in 139 of the state’s 314 blocks, Patnaik said, “Also, an enabling provision may be made in the NREGA software to enable the state government to provide the extra incentives to the workers under MGNREGS in the state.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Further, Patnaik requested the Prime Minister that the wage rate under MGNREGS, fixed for Odisha, may be increased to Rs 200 per day which is the minimum wage in the state for unskilled workers.The CM also informed the Prime Minister that in order to overcome the situation and to provide livelihood support to farmers in this crisis, the state has taken certain steps to enhance scope of the MGNREGS. Over and above 150 (100 + 50) days works being provided by the Centre, the state government has decided to provide an additional 50 days of work in the drought-hit blocks.The cost of the additional days will be met by the state government from its own resources, the CM mentioned in the letter. This apart, in a bid to increase livelihood support to the workers, the state government has decided to provide 30 per cent extra wages as drought allowance to the MGNREGS workers over and above the wage rate fixed by the government of India. The present daily wage rate for unskilled laborers in Odisha, fixed by Government of India, is Rs 174.The state government will provide Rs 52 as drought allowance from its own resources. Thus the total wages to be paid to MGNEGS workers is Rs 226 per day, Patnaik told the Prime Minister.

Tolerance Debate: PEW survey says Indians believe in religious freedom more than others

Eighty-three per cent Indians say it is very important to have the freedom to practice their religion compared with a global median of 74 per cent across the nations polled.

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India is among the countries which have the highest support for religious freedom with 8 out of 10 Indians believing that it is very important to have the freedom to practice their faith compared with a global median of 74 per cent, according to a new survey. Nonpartisan fact tank US-based Pew Research – that surveyed 38 countries and interviewed 40,786 people between April 5 to May 21, 2015 – found there is strong support for gender equality and religious freedom in India.Eighty-three per cent Indians say it is very important to have the freedom to practice their religion compared with a global median of 74 per cent across the nations polled. Overall, global publics oppose government censorship of the media, except in cases of national security. In India, 74 per cent say media organizations should be able to publish information about large political protests in the country.Across the nations polled, a global median of 78 per cent also say this, Pew said, releasing the contents of its survey. Support for internet freedom in India (38 per cent) is among the lowest of all countries polled. Even though internet freedom ranks last among the six broad democratic rights included on the survey, majorities in 32 of 38 countries nonetheless say it is important to live in a country where people can use the internet without government censorship. Across the 38 nations, a median of 50 per cent believe it is very important to live in a country with an uncensored internet, it said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A global median of 65 per cent say it is very important for women to have the same rights as men and in India 71 percent of those polled agree, the report said. On the issue of equal rights for women, there are sharp differences between men and women in most of the countries in the study. In 24 nations, women are more likely than men to say it is very important for women to have equal rights. “However, in India, there is no gender difference on this question,” Pew said. In India, 49 per cent believe it is very important to have honest, competitive elections with a choice of at least two political parties.Elections are clearly considered a central component of democracy around the world, and among the 38 nations in the study, a median of 61 per cent agree.

Put gradation list of deemed varsities on site, Supreme Court to NAAC

The apex court had earlier asked all deemed universities to file their “self-appraisal report” with the NAAC for award of grades.
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The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to put in the public domain within three days the gradation of deemed universities done by it.A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh was informed by Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh that the NAAC has considered various aspects including self-appraisal report of these universities and put the information regarding their gradation on the website.”Let us know the NAAC grading. If someone is left out and aggrieved, then we will ask Union of India, UGC and the NAAC to look into it,” the bench said while fixing the batch of petitions for hearing in third week of January next year.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The apex court had earlier asked all deemed universities to file their “self-appraisal report” with the NAAC for award of grades. It had given three months time to the NAAC to decide on the issue of accreditation and grades of the 121 deemed universities.”The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) shall not insist for the compliance of the 2010 regulations. The Universities are directed to submit the self appraisal report within ten days,” it had then said and made it clear that any decision of the NAAC would be subject to the outcome of a PIL questioning the procedure of granting recognition to such universities.

Accidental firing by cop outside PM Modi’s residence at 7 Race Course Road

The constable was part of a Police Control Room van team that was making rounds outside the PM Modi’s residence.

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Security at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence was beefed up for few tense moments late on Wednesday evening after gunshots were fired in close vicinity of 7 Race Course road. According to police, the tense situation was diffused after it came to fore that the gunshots were fired accidentally from a service weapon belonging to a constable.The constable was part of a Police Control Room van team that was making rounds outside the PM Modi’s residence. A senior police official told dna that the constable’s weapon accidentally went off when he was trying to place it inside the van. No injuries were from the scene.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The incident took place when the van was nearing the PM’s residence at 7 Race Course road which has a heavy security presence. The area is guarded by Delhi police as well as officials of the CRPF. As soon as the communication about the firing was exchanged between various security agencies, officials in the area swung into action to do.”The firing was aerial and fortunately no one was injured. We have called in the concerned constable and are currently trying to establish what went wrong. The weapon must ideally be locked and in this case it wasn’t so,” said the senior police officer. The officer also added that the situation at New Delhi district is normal.

26/11 attacks: Mumbai court allows police plea to make David Headley an accused in case

The sessions court had on November 6 had reserved its order till November 18 on Mumbai Police’s plea seeking to make Headley an accused in the case.

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A Mumbai court has allowed the Mumbai Police’s plea to make Pakistani-American LeT terrorist David Headley an accused in 26/11 terror attack case.The court has issued summons to Headley, and directed that he be produced via video-conferencing on December 10.The sessions court had on November 6 had reserved its order till November 18 on Mumbai Police’s plea seeking to make Headley an accused in the case. The police had filed the application before the sessions judge GA Sanap on October 8. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court had framed charges against Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the key conspirators of the Mumbai terror attack. The prosecution had told the sessions court that Headley had not been tried under Indian law for 26/11 conspiracy. “An American court is not competent to try offences under Indian Penal Code. The charges for which Headley has been convicted by the US court and the charges we are pursuing against him are entirely different,” said Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.The judge said that the judgement of a foreign court only has “persuasive value” and it cannot be relied upon as evidence. “He should have been made a wanted accused. You are coming with evidence collected by others,” he said. The judge also sought to know why the Mumbai police did not launch an investigation after the US took Headley’s custody.Earlier, the Mumbai police had moved an application before the sessions court seeking issuance of Letter of Request (LR) against Headley for his production through video conference in connection with the 26/11 case.The application said that Headley deserves to be tried by the Mumbai court along with Jundal as both are conspirators and abettors. Headley, accused of conducting a recce of targets before the Mumbai terror attack, was sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment by a court in the USA after he entered into a plea bargaining agreement with the US government.

Intolerance debate: 47 senior academicians hit out at ‘leftist’ scholars alleging hypocrisy

“The closely-linked statements(by the scholars) appearing with clockwork regularity in India and abroad” are a well orchestrated campaign to create a bogeyman and cry wolf.

Terming the followers of this school of thought as “leftists,” the academicians said that they preferred to dismiss dissenting Indian historians as “nationalist or communal”.

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A group of 47 senior academicians on Tuesday accused ‘leftist’ scholars of making hypocritical attempts to claim high moral ground over the issue of intolerance, saying an “orchestrated campaign” was on “to create a bogeyman and cry wolf”.In a statement released here, the academicians associated with various prestigious institutions said that as historians and archaeologists they wanted to respond to the scholars’ “hypocritical attempts to claim moral high ground”.”The closely-linked statements(by the scholars) appearing with clockwork regularity in India and abroad” are a well orchestrated campaign to create a bogeyman and cry wolf. “They (statements) are neither intellectual nor academic in substance, but ideological and, much more so, political,” the academicians claimed in the statement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The statement said that on October 26, 53 Indian historians had voiced alarm at what they perceived the country’s “highly vitiated atmosphere” and attempts to impose a “legislated history.This statement, they said, was followed by an open letter from overseas historians and social scientists warning against a “dangerously pervasive atmosphere of narrowness, intolerance and bigotry” and a monolithic view of India’s history. Many of the signatories to these two statements, they claimed, have been part of an politico-ideological apparatus, which has come to dominate most historical bodies and imposed its blinkered view of Indian historiography on the whole academic discipline.Terming the followers of this school of thought as “leftists,” the academicians said that they preferred to dismiss dissenting Indian historians as “nationalist or communal”.”While we reject attempts to portray attempts to portray India’s past as a glorious and perfect golden age, we condemn the far more pernicious imposition by the leftist school of a “legislated history”, which has presented an alienating and debilitating self-image to generations of Indian students, and prompted contempt for their civilisational heritage,” the scholars said.The statement contained the names of among others Nanditha Krishna, Director, CPR Institute of Indological Research; Dilip Chakrabarti, Emeritus Professor, Cambridge University; Madhu Kishwar, CSDS and O P Kejariwal, Central Information Commissioner and Nehru fellow. Institutions like the Indian History Congress and IndianCouncil for Historical Research (ICHR) have become arenas of power play as well as political and financial manipulation, the scholars claimed. The academicians also claimed that the “leftist school” had itself imposed a “legislated history” and called for a unbiased and new historiography of India.Further, claiming that the leftist scholars had engaged in various unscholarly and abusive practices, the 47 academicians, in their joint statement, also charged that the tradition of plurality that India has cherished has never been practised by this school.

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