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Two arrested over Pune rape

Two men are held in connection with the rape of a woman in the campus of tech giant Infosys in the western city of Pune.

‘Awakened’ Hindus can lead world on path of peace: RSS Gen Sec Suresh Joshi

Some 700 delegates from various countries are taking part in the camp, organised by Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, a cultural outfit. It will conclude on January 3.

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BJP will build Ram Mandir in Ayodha: Union Minister Mahesh Sharma

Before that, the Shiv Sena, BJP’s ally at the Centre had demanded a date for the temple’s construction. An editorial in Saamana said: “Building Lord Ram’s temple is a national work. We want a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. But our Lord Ram, like an outcast, has to live in a tent-like mandir. Those in power should be ashamed of this situation of Lord Ram’s temple. Those who have come to power and are holding important posts with the blessings of Ram, should ensure that his exile period ends.”

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Shakur Basti row: Urban Development ministry asks DDA not to carry demolition drive in winter

The action follows the demolition drive by Railways in West Delhi’s Shakur Basti area where a seven-month-old infant was killed on Saturday, triggering a political storm over the incident.

People burning an effigy of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu during a protest over the demolition of a Shakur Basti slum, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday.

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A day after a political slugfest broke out over slum demolition issue, Union urban development ministry directed the Delhi Development Authority to put a hold on all demolitions in the city till winter is over. The DDA has been told not to carry out any further demolition till the winter period is over, according to sources in the ministry.”DDA Chairman has been told to do the needful for banning all demolitions in the winter months. It has been done to prevent people from hardship during the winter months,” the sources added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The action follows the demolition drive by Railways in West Delhi’s Shakur Basti area where a seven-month-old infant was killed on Saturday, triggering a political storm over the incident. While the Railways said child had died before demolition, the AAP-led Delhi government claimed that the death took place during the drive.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had met Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday and got assurance that no further demolition on railway land will take place without rehabilitation of the affected persons.

Arvind Kejriwal meets Suresh Prabhu, says no rehabilitation without demolition

The report comes in sharp contrast to Railway minister Suresh Prabhu’s statements in Parliament on Monday, where he defended the demolition saying that the child had died before the drive began and that the encroachers in slum land had refused to vacate the land despite repeated notices.

The post mortem report of the seven-month old baby girl who died in the Sakur Basti area of Delhi post a demolition drive undertaken by the Railways on Saturday, stated that the death was due to shock, ‘as a result of chest and head injury due to blunt force impact. The report submitted by the department of forensic science and toxicology of Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital said the injuries were ante-mortem, which means the injuries were reported before death.The report comes in sharp contrast to Railway minister Suresh Prabhu’s statements in Parliament on Monday, where he defended the demolition saying that the child had died before the drive began and that the encroachers in slum land had refused to vacate the land despite repeated notices.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report stated that though the child did not have any external injuries, the internal examination of her body revealed that two to four of her left ribs were fractured, a petechia on the superior upper lobe of left lung and bruises on her scalp.Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday met Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, and announced that there will be no further slum demolitions without rehabilitation.”It was decided that there will be no demolition anywhere without rehabilitation in the coming days,” Kejriwal said after meeting Prabhu.He along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met Prabhu at Rail Bhawan. The meeting lasted for about 30 minutes. He said that it was decided that railways will give us the schedule in the next three/four years wherever railways wanted land for its development. “Delhi government will first rehabilitate them as per its rehabilitation policy. We will give houses to them to shift,” he said. “Currently we have given 594 houses to shift them in a peaceful manner with police. First rehabilitation and then the land will be transferred after being vacated,” Kejriwal said.

Demolition of slums triggers face-off between Delhi & Centre; Kejriwal to take up the issue with Prabhu

Arvind Kejriwal will take up the issue and death of a baby at the site with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu as he was not satisfied with the ministry officials’ response.

A fresh face-off between the Delhi government and the Centre erupted on Sunday over demolition of a slum cluster by railways to clear “encroachments” and death of a baby at the site.The demolition of 1200 slum units at Shakur Basti in West Delhi was carried out, with the railways saying the action was necessary for expanding the infrastructure.The railways said the demolition was carried out after three notices, the first one with the March 14, 2015 deadline.Arvind Kejriwal will take up the issue and death of a baby at the site with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu as he was not satisfied with the ministry officials’ response.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In the meeting, Railway officials told the CM said that there is no rehabilitation scheme before demolition. The Chief Minister completely rejected the claims of the Railways,” said a Delhi Government official. After meeting the evicted dwellers, Kejriwal said that those people had been living there since 1992-94, but in one moment, Railway demolished the shanties. “Those who have done this (demolition of shanties) are not humans, instead they are animals and bestial,” Kejriwal said.Sources said that the Railway officials failed to give satisfactory response in the meeting with the Delhi CM. “Railway officials failed to give satisfactory response as to why demolition drive was carried out when asked whether it was an emergency project,” sources said. They added when Kejriwal asked why proper rehabilitation measure was not taken before demolition, Railway officials said they will inform the their Board and Ministry about it.”CM was not happy with the Railway officials’ response and he would take up the matter with Railway Minister,” sources also said.The Delhi government ordered a magisterial probe into the demolition of 1200 slum units at Shakur Basti in West Delhi and planned to move court seeking FIR against those who ordered the action citing the Special Provision Act according to which no demolition can be carried out until government needs land urgently.The railways, on its part, said the removal of “fresh encroachment” was necessary for expanding the infrastructure and that the action had been taken after three notices, the first one with the March 14, 2015 deadline.The baby’s grandmother, however, said it was wrong on the part of the railways to deny any connection of the demolition drive with the death of the child, saying “the officials never informed us in advance”.

Salute sir: Suresh Prabhu responds to distress tweet, arranges food for kid in train

The child’s father tweeted to Suresh Prabhu seeking help for the child who felt pangs of hunger after milk ran out due to the train running behind schedule.

Responding to the tweet, Suresh Prabhu swung into action and directed the DRM of Allahabad to take action in the case,
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Responding promptly to a tweet, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu came to the aid of a hungry child traveling in a train delayed by fog, ensuring that the five-year-old was provided with milk and biscuits by the railway authorities.The child, Avish, who was travelling with his mother Kusum Yadav, boarded the Manduadih (Varanasi) New Delhi Super Fast Express early on Thursday which got delayed due to dense fog. The child’s father Satyendra Yadav, who is based in Delhi, tweeted to Prabhu seeking help for his child who felt pangs of hunger after milk ran out due to the train running behind schedule.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Responding to the tweet, Prabhu swung into action and directed the DRM of Allahabad to take action in the case, PRO of North-Central Railway Amit Malviya said on Friday. Following this, the station master of Fatehpur station provided the family with food when the train arrived there, Malviya said.When the train arrived at Kanpur Station later in the day, Railway authorities there were waiting with milk and biscuits for the child, the PRO said. Later, the mother thanked the railway officials for their prompt service, he added.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu seeks global cooperation on rail security

He said there is a need to share information, ideas and best practices among countries to tackle the security issue.

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Describing rail security as crucial and a much larger concern, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday said global cooperation is required to tackle the issue as railways is considered a soft target by terrorists.Speaking at a conference to discuss the issue of rail security, Prabhu said an attack on railways might be local but the motivation is global. “Whether the attack on trains and stations in Mumbai or at a bar in Paris, the motivation is same,” he said. The conference, organised by International Union of Railways (UIC), was attended by delegates from many countries.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stating that security threat to railways is a common problem, Prabhu said, “Railways is considered a soft target by terrorists. It is not possible to frisk everybody. If people want to target India, they will attack railways. Some countries may not like India to grow.”He said there is a need to share information, ideas and best practices among countries to tackle the security issue. Highlighting the importance of assessing threat perception and intelligence gathering, the Minister said, “With proper assessment, a strategy can be worked out. We need to gather security related information as it is crucial for dealing with it.”Prabhu said safety and security are two big priority issues for the railways.”While travelling, passengers expect good services as well as a safe and secure journey. So safety and security are important for railways. Both are very important globally. While safety is an inbuilt system for railway operation, security needs to be put in place,” he said.Referring to the ideology behind terror attacks, he said, “Security threat comes from misconceived ideology. What is happening is a global phenomenon. So we need to evolve holistic management to look at it.”UIC, established in 1922 for promoting rail transport worldwide, is on a mission to promote interoperability, standardisation of rail transport, increased cooperation and sharing of best practices, and to propose improved technical and environmental performance of rail transport among others.

Watch: Major landslide brings Chandigarh-Manali NH 21 highway to a standstill

Several individuals travelling on the Chandigarh-Manali highway witnessed a landslide as rocks and loose earth collapsed onto the tarmac and the river along the highway.

Rocks and loose earth tumble onto the highway along the river bank on NH21, as captured by the video posted by Suresh Sharma
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The landslide occurred near the Hanogi temple on the National Highway 21 (NH21) between Chandigarh in Punjab and Manali in Himachal Pradesh.The temple is located in the Mandi district. The state Public Works Department (PWD) of the state is working with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to clear the highway at the earliest. Suresh Sharma posted this video of the landslide on his facebook page, <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Landslide near Hanogi temple that blocked Chandigarh-Manali national highway today.
Posted by Suresh Sharma on Sunday, December 6, 2015A diversion via Mandi-Kotala-Bajjura road for vehicles travelling to Manali has been created until the highway is safe to reopen.

Chennai floods: Over 50 trains cancelled, 200 trains affected in TN- Suresh Prabhu

“Senior officers have been deployed at major stations of Tamil Nadu. Over 10,000 food packets and water bottles were distributed to the stranded passengers. Food and drinking water stocks are available at major stations,” he added.

Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday said over 50 trains have been cancelled and around 200 trains were affected over a period of time due to the devastating floods in Tamil Nadu. “This kind of problem did not emerge in the last 100 years. The government is doing its best to overcome the situation arising from devastating floods. Over 50 trains have been cancelled and around 200 trains were affected over a period of time,” Prabhu told the media here. “Senior officers have been deployed at major stations of Tamil Nadu. Over 10,000 food packets and water bottles were distributed to the stranded passengers. Food and drinking water stocks are available at major stations,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prabhu also said the railway doctors have been deployed at various stations to check the deteriorating health condition of the stranded passengers. “Railway Doctors have also been deployed at various stations to check the deteriorating health condition of the passengers. Helpline number is already there but the people are also given basic information through public announcement,” he added.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas today, announced central assistance of Rs. 1,000 crore for rain-hit Chennai. He also met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Woman commuter harassed on train tweets incident, Suresh Prabhu provides immediate help

“@RailMinIndia plz plz help in train no 18030. One male passenger harassing me at Shegaon. I am in train and terrified,” she tweeted.

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A woman passenger travelling alone on an outstation train in Maharashtra was immediately attended to by authorities after she sought help through a tweet directed to the twitter handle of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, a senior Central Railway officer said on Saturday.The commuter, identified as Namrata Mahajan, had posted the tweet, which was directed to Prabhu’s handle @RailMinIndia, at 6.59 PM while she was passing through Shegaon railway station on Friday.”@RailMinIndia plz plz help in train no 18030. One male passenger harassing me at Shegaon. I am in train and terrified,” she tweeted.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Central Railway chief PRO, Narendra Patil said a senior officer, Ved Prakash, immediately noted the tweet and contacted him to do the needful to help the woman. “But she (Mahajan) has not given full details of the train she was travelling in. So a reply seeking details of her train and her berth position was sent to her twitter handle.She was also asked to contact security helpline number 182 which she did after sometime and also gave details about her position via twitter,” said Patil who had by then alerted DRM Bhusaval to get ready to address a passenger in distress. As the train reached Bhusaval railway station in 40 minutes, Mahajan was immediately attended by RPF jawans, he said.Relieved after getting the swift assistance, Mahajan thanked the minister. “@RailMinIndia sir help reached to me. Thanks a lot sir,” she tweeted.When asked why Mahajan felt distressed, Patil said, “the man had a wait-listed ticket and his behaviour and body language did not seem to be decent and since Mahajan was travelling alone, she felt terrified”.The male passenger was shifted to another coach as he had a valid ticket. Patil also appealed to passengers to dial the national security helpline number 182 in case of any emergency.

Raigad police inspector tells CBI he had sent Sheena’s samples sent to JJ hospital in 2012

Indrani and others were arrested in August this year by Mumbai police after which the case was transferred to CBI

Suresh Mirghe, the then police inspector of Pen police station in Raigad, has told CBI that he had sent samples of Sheena Bora’s burn remains to the state run JJ Hospital and the Forensic Science Laboratory in Kalina for examination in 2012 but did not received any reports until his transfer in 2014. Mirghe’s statement was recorded by CBI during its investigations against Indrani Mukerjea who is accused of having killed her daughter with the help of ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai in April 2012. Sheena (24) was burnt and dumped in a forested patch in Raigad, about 84 km from Mumbai.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indrani and others were arrested in August this year by Mumbai police after which the case was transferred to CBI. In May 2012, the Pen police received information that the burnt remains of a body have been found at a deserted spot on the Pen-Khopoli Road. Pen police station inspector Suresh Mirghe along with Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Pradeep Chavan and some constables reached the spot and conducted panchnama of the spot and sent the body for post-mortem. “I called up the Superintendent of Police R D Shinde and informed him about the body and sought instructions from him. Shinde instructed me not to register FIR immediately and first make entry in the station diary and then send the body samples for chemical and DNA examination to J J Hospital,” Mirghe told CBI in his statement.Mirghe added that as per the SP’s instruction he went to Pen police station and made entry in the station diary. “On May 25, 2012 I sent samples from the recovered body’s thigh and hand bone, hair, teeth and skin for expert opinion. I also sought opinion on the age, sex, time of death and reason of death,” Mirghe said. “Till my posting in Pen police station, I did not receive any report from J J Hospital. Although I did not send any further reminder to the hospital, my constable was regularly pursuing the same with authorities at the hospital.In June 2014, I was transferred from Pen police,” Mirghe said. He added that the samples were also sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Kalina but no report was received from there too. “I am facing enquiry as to why FIR was not registered even when a body was recovered in my jurisdiction and for the alleged lapses after recovery of the body,” Mirghe said.

Congress ignored Uttar Pradesh, Bihar for 65 years,alleges Suresh Prabhu

The Minister said a bridge on the Ganga river in Bihar would be constructed soon and e-tendering system was being put in place to check corruption

Suresh Prabhu

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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday said that many areas in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are lagging far behind in development as successive Congress governments ignored such states for the last 65 years.”Congress ignored states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.This is the reason many areas of the two states are still backward. Our effort is to bring UP and Bihar forward,” Prabhu said while flagging off a new train, Sushashan Express, between Balrampur and Gwalior. He said the works which were not done in the last 65 years were completed by the NDA government in just one-and-a-half years.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Minister said a bridge on the Ganga river in Bihar would be constructed soon and e-tendering system was being put in place to check corruption. Prabhu said once cash-strapped railways was now cash-surplus. The Minister also inaugurated 107-km long broad gauge between Badhni and Gonda.

Serve ‘immortality’ laddoo to farmers: BJD leader’s shocker over farmer suicides in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Pramila Mallick, the president of the women’s wing of Odisha’s ruling BJD, on Sunday created a row over farmer suicides when she asked the opposition to serve ‘amar laddoo‘ (immortality sweets) to people so that they would not die henceforth.

Her remark came after the opposition alleged that the state government was sitting pretty even as farmers were committing suicide in the state due to crop loss and loan burden.

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Mallick, who is also a ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator, slammed the opposition and the media for terming the death of any person as a “farmer suicide”.

She said the opposition should serve ‘amar laddoo‘ to farmers so that they would never die.

Mallick rubbished the farmer suicide issue as “wild allegation” conjured up by the opposition.

“Let the opposition prove farmer suicide cases in my area if they have the guts. Let the media, which has published the news, come with me and show me where such cases have taken place in my area,” she dared.

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress took potshots at the BJD for being insensitive to the plight of farmers in the state.

BJP national secretary Suresh Pujari said the “arrogant” BJD’s “doomsday was imminent”.

Congress leader Pradeep Majhi said that while farmers were committing suicide, such a comment by a ruling party leader was “unfortunate”.

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Maggi noodles back on sale in India

Maggi noodles, one of India’s most popular food products, go back on sale five months after a lead scare saw Nestle forced to take them off shelves.

Andhra Pradesh: CM Chandrababu Naidu inaugurates multiplex chain

Capital Cinemas will come up next in Rajahmundary.

Capital Cinemas

Vijayawada is buzzing with the opening of the new multiplex chain by Suresh Daggubati and the Prasad group. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the multiplex chain – Capital Cinemas – at Trendset Mall. Actors Venkatesh and Rana Daggubati, Suresh’s son, were also present. Capital Cinemas has seven screens where 2D, 3D and even 4D films can be viewed. The screens also feature7.1 digital surround sound, Auro 3D Sound, 4K Projection and stadium-like seating for over 2000 at a time in five screens. About 1926 seats including 108 recliners are there for the public to enjoy. Six screens are ready as of now.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Film screenings at the multiplex will likely begin from Vijayadasami. Capital Cinemas will come up next in Rajahmundary.

Chennai: ‘Naalaya India’ movement launched on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday

The NGO is founded on the three virtues of passion, inspire and spread.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

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When Suresh Babu started the Facebook page Kalam’s Kanavu (Kalam’s Dream), he didn’t expect more than 25000 people to join the community. He then decided to start ‘Naalaya I.N.D.I.A’ (Tomorrow’s India), an NGO, on Dr Kalam’s birthday. The aim of Naalaya India is to bring the youth together for change in society. This is in line with late president’s dream of making India a developed country by 2020.Suresh Babu has worked closely with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam during his stay in Anna University. He decided to start the Naalaya India movement to ‘inspire young minds and make the change bigger and stronger’. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NGO is founded on the three virtues of passion, inspire and spread. Suresh Babu said in a press release, “Naalaya I.N.D.I.A will bring the youth of the nation together for one goal – Change. We firmly believe that we are the new generation, who can bring about a change in the world to make it a better place for us and the future. We, the part of the ‘new’, invite you to be the CHANGE.”Naalaya India started off with a conference – People of Change 2015 – from October 12-15, where people from different fields will come to inspire youngsters through exchange of ideas and thoughts. They are also planning to create an online directory of ‘change makers’ which can be accessed by all and serve as a bridge between society and these people.

Cobrapost alleges BJP-VHP-RSS ‘nexus’ on Love Jihad

Saying that Muslims are the ones to incite communal hatred in Uttar Pradesh, Balyan spoke to a panchayat in the aftermath of the Muzaffarnagar riots, denying any case of rape. “I don’t consider anyone guilty. The day when they did it [rape], they did not have any enmity with anyone. I don’t consider anyone guilty,” said Balyan.

Investigative site Cobrapost on Monday blew the cover on how right wing groups joined forces to fabricate the concept of Love Jihad, with the complicity of the state administration and the police force, through a month-long sting operation conducted with the help of AAP leader Ashish Khetan’s Gulail.Speaking to several leaders with a hidden camera, the crew spoke to leaders from the BJP, the RSS and the VHP, many of whom admitted to harassing Hindu women in relationships with Muslim men. This includes BJP Lok Sabha MP from Muzaffarnagar and Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Balyan, BJP MLA from Thana Bhawan Suresh Rana; BJP MP from Kairana Hukum Singh; BJP MLA from Sardhana Sangeet Som, BJP MLC from Mangalore Captain Ganesh Karnik and advocate Jagdish Shenava, VHP’s Mangalore district president, amongst others.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Saying that Muslims are the ones to incite communal hatred in Uttar Pradesh, Balyan spoke to a panchayat in the aftermath of the Muzaffarnagar riots, denying any case of rape. “I don’t consider anyone guilty. The day when they did it [rape], they did not have any enmity with anyone. I don’t consider anyone guilty,” said Balyan.Speaking about a case of fabricated gangrape against three Muslim boys who went out with a girl, Suresh Rana admits on camera to forcing the girl to file a false complaint. “We charged them with rape, but it wasn’t rape, it was consensual. We slapped a rape case against them to teach them a lesson. The girl wasn’t ready to give a statement against them,” said Rana.Hukum Singh says that in a scenario where the girls refuse to lie, the strategy is to catapult the BJP to power and create an atmosphere. “The strategy is to let Modi come to power, then no Mohmmedan will dare look at any of Hindu girls let alone touching them,” says Singh. BJP district level leader Sanjay Agarwal’s said that physical coercion was routinely used. “We beat the girl if she does not listen,” said Agarwal.Those caught on camera said that most of these girls are forcibly ‘rescued’, even when none of them approach the government for rescuing. They also speak of how they filed cases, and mounted pressure on the state administration. The also speak of coercing the women through emotional blackmail and physical abuse. They also distributed inflammatory documents to the public, and ran counselling centres.

Love Jihad: BJP leader says he fabricated rape charges against Muslim boys

Suresh Rana said: “Now I will tell you the truth. We charged them with rape, but it wasn’t rape, it was consensual. We slapped a rape case against them to teach them a lesson.”

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According to various media reports, leaders from BJP, VHP and RSS are involved in what can be best described as the fight against Love Jihad.For the uninitiated, the term Love Jihad is used to describe the act of a Muslim man wooing young Hindu girls and then converting them to Islam.According to India Today, BJP MLA Suresh Rana has admitted that he had fabricated rape charges against Muslim boys to teach them lesson for marrying Hindu girls. A Cobrapost sting suggested that that while the inter-faith marriage was consensual, the Muslim boys were charged with rape to teach them a lesson. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to a post on Youth Ki Awaaz, Suresh Rana said: “Now I will tell you the truth. We charged them with rape, but it wasn’t rape, it was consensual. We slapped a rape case against them to teach them a lesson. The girl wasn’t ready to give a statement against them. If you look at the case in depth, the girl was willing. Three people didn’t take her away by force… Girls are girls…it has been said about them that they will change according to circumstances in five minutes…when she was slapped and coerced, she wrote the FIR (that we wanted).”What do you think?”Another BJP leader embroiled in this scandal is current Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan who was in the news on Tuesday for announcing that labs would set up at ports to check illegal cow-meat export.Balyan was quoted saying by The Wire: “In the beginning, (Muslim) boys would roam around on motorcycles in front of schools and Plus Two Colleges using Hindu names like Sonu, Monu, with a kalawa (sacred thread) tied around their wrists, pretending to be Hindus. A girl who falls in this trap would come to know only later, after eloping with the boy, that she is not with a Hindu. There have been a lot of such cases.”Another BJP leader, Sangeet Som who was booked for making inflammatory remarks about the Dadri lynching, explained how they persuade Hindu girls who have married Muslim men to return to their parents: “We make her see the reason that this is not good for her. We tell her that they are Muslims, they never settle for one woman, whereas a Hindu boy will be automatically sent to jail if he does so. Most importantly, we exert on her emotionally that her mother will die, her father will die and brother might even commit suicide as he would not be able to face the society.”You can check out the whole Cobrapost report here.

‘Violent and outrageous’ Somnath Bharti fails to get relief from Delhi High Court, to move Supreme Court

The aides said Bharti was in his office till morning on Tuesday and left it by the time police came looking for him after his plea for anticipatory bail was rejected.

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He is “violent and outrageous”, noted the Delhi High Court on Tuesday, dismissing anticipatory bail plea by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member Somnath Bharti. The case relates to that of domestic violence and attempt to murder, lodged by his wife Lipika Mitra. His aides said Bharti will soon move the Supreme Court for relief, even as police raided the office and residence of the former Delhi law minister to arrest him.The aides said Bharti was in his office till morning on Tuesday and left it by the time police came looking for him after his plea for anticipatory bail was rejected.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Ten to 12 police personnel came looking for him an hour after the bail plea was rejected by the high court. They also snatched away our mobile phones and went through every nook and corner,” an aide of Bharti alleged.That the former law minister was looking to exhaust all legal options was also made clear by AAP leader Ashutosh earlier on Tuesday.”(Narendra) Modi’s police should know that he (Bharti) has still got the rights to go and appeal in the Supreme Court,” he said.Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Dependra Pathak accused Bharti of evading arrest.”We sent two police teams to Bharti’s office at Dwarka and residence at Malviya Nagar, but in vain. His phone was also switched off,” he said.Earlier in the day, the court noted that the allegations against him are ‘very serious’ and there is no merit in his plea. Justice Suresh Kait cited two other cases including the case of raid targeting some African women against Bharti and said “…which speaks volume and shows that the petitioner (Bharti) is not only violent and outrageous at home but also before the public at large as noted in above mentioned cases.”The court accepted the police argument that Bharti, an MLA from Malviya Nagar constituency, had already been involved in two more cases in connection with the Khirki Extension raid, in which he targeted some African women in January 2014.Justice Kait also accepted Mitra’s e-mail to Bharti on March 20, 2013, in which she had accused him of making his dog to attack her when she was in her advance stage of pregnancy, besides accepting the relevant medical papers produced by the police.Justice Suresh Kait said in the order that the victim had been ‘tolerating’ her MLA husband’s ‘brutal assault’. “The present case is not a simplicitor one for the offences under Sections 498-A (cruelty towards a married woman)/406 (criminal breach of trust) IPC as the complainant has been tolerating cruelty with brutal assault, which is evident from an e-mail dated March 20, 2013, sent by the complainant (wife) to the petitioner (Bharti)…”Bharti is elected as Member of Legislative Assembly of Delhi. He should have shown more generosity and responsibility towards his wife and children. Earlier, he had financial difficulties, therefore, every time, he compromised with his wife. But after being elected as MLA, he failed to win the sentiments and trust of his wife,” the judge observed.

Delhi High Court declines AAP MLA Somnath Bharti’s anticipatory bail plea, arrest possible

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday rejected Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti’s anticipatory bail plea, clearing the way for his possible arrest, news channels reported.

“This petition (for anticipatory bail) is dismissed,” Justice Suresh Kait said.

Bharti had approached the court seeking protection from arrest in a case of domestic violence case filed by his wife.

Speaking to the media, the AAP leader’s lawyer say that he would approach the Supreme Court to seek protection from arrest.

File photo of Somnath Bharti. Image courtesy:FacebookFile photo of Somnath Bharti. Image courtesy:Facebook

File photo of Somnath Bharti. Image courtesy:Facebook

The public prosecutor in the matter, however, said that Bharti, as a responsible citizen, should co-operate in the investigations, and said that his arrest was possible.

Earlier, the court had pulled the MLA for going to the police station late at night, saying, “If he loves going to the police station, then I will send him from here….Once you (Bharti) get relief, you act like a lion and go here and there.”

Bharti had said he has joined investigations on three occasions, and also claimed that the police was prejudiced against him due to his issuance of a notice to the Commissioner of Police in a separate matter which has ‘led to the malicious and vindictive conduct of the commissioner in the case in order to frame and persecute him’.

His anticipatory bail plea stated that as he was the chairman of the Privileges Committee of the state Assembly, Bharti was tasked to issue notice to the commissioner for breach of privilege in a matter.

Seeking cancellation of the non-bailable warrant issued against him, Bharti said it had no purpose as he was not absconding from the law.

The Delhi Police has registered an FIR against Bharti under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 498A (cruelty towards partner in marriage), 324(voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 313 read with 511 (attempt to cause miscarriage without woman’s consent), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.

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Delhi HC extends Somnath Bharti’s protection from arrest in domestic violence case

New Delhi: Delhi High court on Thursday protected controversial AAP MLA Somnath Bharti from arrest by directing the police not to take any coercive steps till pronouncement of judgement on his plea for anticipatory bail in a case of domestic violence lodged by his wife.

Somnath Bharti. Image courtesy: Facebook

Somnath Bharti. Image courtesy: Facebook

Before rising for the day, Justice Suresh Kait extended the protection from arrest to Bharti, granted on 15 September, saying “there is no time left to pronounce the order. So, till then, no coercive steps be taken against Bharti.”

The court, which reserved the order on anticipatory bail, declined the police’s request to withdraw the protection given to him from arrest, asked what has the police done till today as the FIR was lodged on 9 September.

“You (Police) failed to arrest him(Bharti) when he was not given protection from arrest by this court,” the judge said.

The court also expressed concern saying it was conscious about the complainant and her children.

“Keeping in mind that the two children are suffering (due to the matrital discord) this matter needs some reconsideration,” it said.

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Not going to reconcile with Bharti, says estranged wife Lipika Mitra

New Delhi: After AAP MLA and former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti got protection from arrest for two days in a case of domestic violence and attempt to murder, estranged wife Lipika Mitra on Tuesday asked him to “come out of hiding” even as she ruled out any reconciliation with her husband.

“What I feel is that if this time I reconcile, you will see my dead body coming out of his home. Whatever I’m doing is for the welfare of my children. I’m not going to reconcile,” Mitra said.

Somnath Bharti's wife Lipika Bharti. PTISomnath Bharti's wife Lipika Bharti. PTI

Somnath Bharti’s wife Lipika Bharti. PTI

On Bharti having got interim relief from Delhi High Court which has restrained Delhi Police from arresting him till Thursday, Mitra said, “I think it’s good for Mr Bharti. He has got this respite, now he should come out of hiding; no reason for him to go into hiding for another two days.”

Delhi Police have registered an FIR against Bharti over a complaint of domestic violence and attempt to murder by Lipika.

The FIR was lodged after four attempts at mediation between the MLA and his wife failed to bear any result and Lipika insisted that the police should thence act against the AAP legislator.

A court had on July 7 dismissed an anticipatory bail plea moved by Bharti saying that the application was premature since no FIR had been lodged against him.

Lipika had filed a complaint of domestic violence with the Delhi Commission for Women on June 10 alleging that her husband had been abusing her ever since their marriage in 2010. She had also given a complaint to police in this regard.

Bharti on Tuesday was protected from arrest in connection with the case filed by his wife with high court asking the city police not to take any coercive steps against him till Thursday.

While passing the interim order, Justice Suresh Kait also issued a notice to police directing it to file a status report in the case by September 17, the next date of hearing.

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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu calls emergency meeting to review safety measures

The meeting is also expected to discuss an action plan and implementation strategy to make rail travel safer for passengers, sources said today.
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Taking serious note of a spate of train accidents recently, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has called an emergency meeting of general managers of all 17 Zones here on Tuesday to review safety measures. The meeting is also expected to discuss an action plan and implementation strategy to make rail travel safer for passengers, sources said today.”Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has expressed his displeasure over the series of train mishaps recently. He has convened a meeting all general managers of 17 zonal Railways on September 15 to review safety related issues,” sources said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prabhu along with his junior minister Manoj Sinha and full Railway Board will address the meeting, they said adding, “The Minister has been emphasising on zero accident mission and giving top priority to safety.”Meanwhile, Prabhu, who was on week-long tour to Japan and South Korea returned to the capital today, sources said. Of late, Railways safety record has come under question with spate of train accidents.Two British nationals were killed and 10 others injured on Saturday when three coaches of a toy train that was carrying a group of tourists from Britain derailed near Parwanoo between the Kalka and Taksal station. Earlier the same day, two passengers were killed and seven others injured when nine coaches of Mumbai bound Duranto Express from Secunderabad derailed near Kalaburgi in Karnataka on Saturday wee hours.Late last month, a speeding granite-laden truck rammed into Bangalore-Nanded Express train after breaking the closed gate at a level crossing in Anantapur district on August 24 killing six persons and injuring two.On August 4, 29 people were killed when two express trains passing each other derailed while crossing a railway bridge struck by flash floods in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh, sending 17 bogies and one engine tumbling into a rain-swollen river.

Sell land, recover losses: Maharashtra government lines up plan for sick co-op textile mills

A last-ditch effort to revive the sick industry; Halwankar panel has recommended their closure

Maharashtra government may soon allow sick cooperative textile mills in the state to sell off excess land in their possession, so as to recover losses and revive the business. “This is a major step being considered under the comprehensive plan to revive sick textile mills under cooperative structure,” textile minister Chandrakant Dada Patil told dna.Earlier, the Suresh Halwankar committee had recommended closure of all sick mills to cut losses, creating an uproar in political circles. The Congress and NCP had termed the recommendation a “deliberate attempt” to destroy the cooperative sector – where both the opposition parties claim strong presence.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The attempt is seen as a last-ditch effort on part of Fadnavis government to breathe fresh lease of life into nearly 50 cooperative textile mills in the state – which are sick, closed or under liquidation.The government’s share in their capital ranges from 80% to 45%. Most of them are spinning mills. Each unit has loss in tune of Rs20-40 crore.These mills were never given permission to sell the extra land, despite repeated requests to this effect.”The state has never allowed sick cooperative textile mills to sell their land. We expect the decision will help them recover from losses. Where selling land alone won’t help, the government will chip in,” said Patil. The government has not yet decided on whether there should be a cap on saleable land.Patil added, “We want these mills to revive, the government has invested big money in them.”Industry experts called the plan “useless” and “impractical”. “Most sick mills are in smaller cities and towns. The minister possibly doesn’t know that no mill has that much excess land which could fetch them Rs30-40 crore.”Ashok Swamy, chairman of the Textile Federation said, “Selling excess land won’t help much. The government must do something more to support the sector, which once propelled the growth of Maharashtra. Out of 120-plus cooperative mills in the state, 50% are in the sick category. Those functional are also passing through tough time.”The previous Congress-NCP government was in favour of foreign/private sector collaboration to revive the sector, but the plans didn’t take off.Knitting a sorry tale*Around 50 are sick, closed or under liquidation*Each has losses in the range of Rs 10-40 crore*Government share in their capital: 45% to 80%

Kolkata: Suresh Prabhu’s convoy blocked by protesters, minister forced to walk to venue

Prabhu was on his way to attend an event at a hotel in Park Street as a part of his two-day visit to the city, when youth wing supporters of Forward Bloc blocked his convoy.

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Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s convoy was blocked in Kolkata by youth wing supporters of Forward Bloc on Friday. Prabhu was on his way to attend an event at a hotel in Park Street as a part of his two-day visit to the city, when youth wing supporters of Forward Bloc blocked his convoy. The agitators showed him placards, posters and raised ‘go back’ slogans. Since the agitators resorted to an unannounced demonstration, the police were not equipped to handle the situation. The union minister had to get down from his vehicle and walk several kilometres to reach the venue of the event.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The minister faced widespread protests after the railway board conducted an examination for the year 2013-14 to recruit people in several positions of the Indian Railways but people who cleared the examination were not recruited, said agitators. “We urge the Railway Minister to carry out proper investigation into the irregularities in the recruitment process of the Railways. We have cleared the examination, still not managed to get a job,” said Mani Prasad Das, a Forward Bloc supporter. Later, the Minister assured agitators of a thorough investigation into the recruitment process.

Bizarre! Maharashtra police ‘summon’ parrot accused of hurling obscenities at woman

Pune: In a bizarre case, a parrot accused of “hurling obscenities” at an octogenarian woman was summoned to a police station at Rajura in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district on Monday after a complaint against its owner that he had allegedly tutored his caged pet to do so.

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The police was at its wit’s end after 85-year-old Janabai Sakharkar accused her stepson Suresh of teaching his parrot ‘Hariyal’, to shower abuses at her whenever she passed by his house.

In order to verify the agitated woman’s complaint, the police called all the three involved, including Janabai, her stepson Suresh and Hariyal the parrot to the police station.

However, the parrot seemed to have became conscious of khaki clad policmen and kept mum when his cage was brought near Janabai, to see if it would hurl any obscenities at her.

“There is a dispute over land and property between the woman and her stepson. We watched the parrot carefully but it did not utter a word at the police station after being confronted by the complainant,” Police Inspector P S Dongre told reporters.

Although Hariyal never showed any alleged penchant to abuse the woman, the police decided to hand it over to forest department officials, after taking into account the harassed mental condition of the aged woman.

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Harda train tragedy: Authorities still groping in dark for possible cause of accident

Harda/Bhopal: Even though the railways announced completion of the rescue operation on Wednesday evening nearly 40 hours after the unprecedented twin derailment 18 kms off Harda station the authorities were still groping in the dark for possible cause of the accident.

At least 34 people died and 70 others were injured after seven coaches of Mumbai-Varanasi Kamayani Express and five bogies of Patna-Mumbai Janata Express capsized while crossing a swollen Machak river on Tuesday night.

The railway authorities claimed to have rescued over 300 persons but the toll could still go up as several passengers were feared to have been washed away in the gushing waters. Some bodies were recovered from over a mile away from the mishap site.A survivor of Kamayni Express mishap, AkhileshPratap Singh said he along with nearly 100 passengers, travelling in the general class coach managed to reach a hilltop to safety.

Madhya Pradesh Public Relation Department Commissioner AnupamRajan said the dead included 10 women and five children and 11 members of a family going to Shirdi.

West Central Railway spokesperson Piyush Mathur said parts of the two trains plunged into the river as as the base material below the track was washed away in floods triggered by heavy rain.

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The commissioner of railway safety (central zone) will conduct the probe. However, VK Gupta, one of the members of the railway board who visited the site said this was one of the freakiest accidents he had come across. The surprising part was the rise of water level by over four metres in less than 10 minutes between the safe crossing of the previous train and the ill-fated ones.Gupta said the accident could have led to a worse scenario.

Lemuel Lall, a journalist who visited the spot on Wednesday said one of the suspected causes was the abrupt application of brake by the driver of Kamayani Express which was running at a high speed and was signalled to halt by the guard of the slow moving Janata Express.

The unusually sharp braking apparently shook the base below the track that was loosened by flowing water. The track was not inspected in the evening and damage caused by heavy rains went unnoticed. Although the accident site was just over 18 kms from Harda station it took over 30 minutes for the information to reach there. Initial rescue operations were hampered by incessant rain and poor visibility. But the army rushed to the spot and with the help of civilians rescued nearly 250 passengers averting a bigger loss of lives.

A state government official said the rescue operations began in right earnest only after the National Disaster Response Force(NDRF) team arrived at the scene nearly two hours after the derailment.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 to those who suffered serious injuries, and said the accident was caused by a natural calamity and couldn’t have been prevented.

According to another version, the embankment of a pond breached due to sudden release of water from a dam near Aamkhal could have caused the flash flood. The railway official, however, did not confirm any such breach.

There was a war of words between the railways and the meteorological department over the disaster. While the met office says it had warned of heavy rainfall in the affected region the railways denied any such information. The met office said the warning was sent to the divisional railway manager’s (DRM) office on Tuesday morning.

Political games instantly began with the Congress and AamAdmi party squarely blaming Suresh Prabhu for the absence of safety in the railways and demanding his resignation.

At least 23 trains were cancelled for over two days. This is the second disruption of rail traffic in less than a fortnight within the radius of 100 kms of Itarsi, one of the key junctions of Central Indiathat routes rail traffic across the length and breadth of the country.

More than 3,200 express trains were cancelled between June 17 and July 23 resulting in 50,000 ticket refunds per day losses over Rs 1,230 crore.

A major fire that destroyed the route relay interlocking (RRI) cabin at Itarsi. The RRI cabin that was due for replacement in 1998 was continued with for over 17 years. The RRI accident also could have been avoided if a smoke detector been installed.

Twin train derailment claims 27 lives in MP, around 70 injured

Harda (Madhya Pradesh): In a first of its kind disaster, 27 people were killed as two trains derailed within 15 minutes near a bridge in Harda, Madhya Pradesh, sending 21 coaches plunging into the rain-swollen Machak river, officials and witnesses said.

Around 70 people were injured, some reportedly seriously, following the twin accident close to midnight Tuesday.

The Madhya Pradesh government put the death toll at 27. In New Delhi, however, the Indian Railway spokesperson said only 12 passengers died and 25 were injured.

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He said the state government was also taking into account more than a dozen bodies found a little distance away from the accident site and those “people may or may not be our passengers”.

One of the trains was the Varanasi-bound Kamayani Express which derailed at about 11.20 p.m. Less than 15 minutes later, the Mumbai-bound Janata Express on the parallel track also met the same fate – at that very spot.

Desperate passengers screamed in pain and terror as they tried to claw their way out of the mangled coaches. A few managed to come out, bruised and bleeding, but some couldn’t.

Ajay Kumar, 45, a Janata Express passenger going from Bihar to Mumbai, said his wife Kanchan Bai died in the horrific accident.

“There was a huge jolt. I managed to come out of the coach with my daughter. But I saw my wife was still inside the coach which began to fill with water quickly… I saw my wife die.”

Another woman who was warded in the hospital said she was in a coach which suddenly tilted to one side.

“It was really frightening… People tried to go from one coach to another. I have no idea how I escaped. I thank god that I am alive,” she told journalists.

The shaken survivors said they were jolted out of their sleep when their coach fell into the river with a roar.

A Kamayani Express passenger said the first few coaches of the train crossed the river but those after the fourth coach plunged into the water.

“Many of us had to swim out of the coach,” said the visibly rattled man.

The tracks were badly twisted in the disaster. The coaches landed in awkward angles, making the search operation difficult for divers looking for bodies in the river.

The Madhya Pradesh government said the river was in spate and there was soil erosion.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu told parliament that monsoon floods, which caused soil erosion, may have caused the accident — by weakening the bridge over the river.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the deaths “deeply distressing”, and said he was deeply pained over the loss of lives.

“My prayers with the injured. Authorities are doing everything possible on the ground.”

Suresh Prabhu ordered an inquiry into the derailment and announced compensation to the families of the victims.

He said villagers were assisting in the rescue efforts. He said “everything that’s necessary and possible (was) being done” and he was in constant touch with Madhya Pradesh authorities.

The disaster made the CPI-M appeal to the government to give priority to railway safety over plans to run bullet trains.

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Railways order inquiry into twin train mishaps in Madhya Pradesh

He said though prime facie flash floods caused the derailment of these two trains, the real cause will be ascertained after the submission of the inquiry report.

Railways on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the twin train derailments in Harda in Madhya Pradesh which have left 24 passengers dead and ordered compensation for the families of the victims.Commissioner Railway Safety (central zone) will conduct an inquiry into the accidents, Railway Spokesperson Anil Saxena said.He said though prime facie flash floods caused the derailment of these two trains, the real cause will be ascertained after the submission of the inquiry report.The official said just eight minutes before the accident, two trains had crossed that section and drivers of these trains did not detect any problem.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu expressed grief over the death of passengers in the twin train accidents and extended his deep condolences to the bereaved families.Railways have also announced ex-gratia of Rs two lakh for the next of the kin of passengers who died in the mishaps, Rs 50,000 for those grievously injured and Rs 25,000 for passengers with minor injuries.At least 24 passengers, including 10 women and five children, were killed and 25 others injured when 12 coaches of two trains from Mumbai derailed in Harda in Madhya Pradesh and plunged into a swollen Machak river.

Live: Kamayani, Janata Express derail in Harda in MP, at least 15 dead

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Harda: Several casualties were feared when a train from Mumbai to Varanasi derailed near Harda in Madhya Pradesh late on Tuesday, with some bogies plunging into Machak river.

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“Some bogies have fallen into the Machak river,” Harda Collector Rajnish Shrivastava said.

Close on the heels of the Kamayani Express’ derailment, another train — Janata Express from Jabalpur to Mumbai also derailed near the spot, Hoshangabad Divisional Commissioner VK Badham said.

Kamayani Express plying from Mumbai to Varanasi derailed near Harda, about 160 kms from Bhopal. There was no official word on the number of casualties. Television channels reported that several people were feared dead and that five bogies had fallen into the river.

A relief train with doctors and paramedical staff was rushed to the accident site. “Rushing emergency medical & other relief personnel to spot. darkness,water creating hurdles but ordered all possible help. Trying our best (sic), ” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu posted on Twitter.

Prabhu said efforts were underway to pull back the bogies.

“We r gearing up all possible help on basis of info,will not spare any efforts,” the Railway Minister said in a series of tweets.

“Rail Admn & MP govt working together to rescue passengers of Kamyani express accident.Directed GM, DRM,RPF medical staff to rush,” he added.

Railway authorities were trying to ascertain the reason behind the twin derailment.

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Speaker suspends 25 Congress MPs, opposition to boycott session

The government had been pinning its hopes on fissures within the opposition as a strategy in the House, which has remained paralysed over the Congress demand for resignations of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders facing the heat in the Lalit Modi and Vyapam controversies.

(From left) Cong leader Ghulam Nabi Azad , CPI’s D Raja and CPM’s Sitaram after the all-party meet.
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The government-opposition face-off is set to intensify, following Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s decision to suspend 25 of the 44 Congress members for five days for “persistently, willfully obstructing” the House.In an expression of solidarity with the Congress, eight opposition parties, including the Trinamul Congress and the Left, have decided to boycott the House for the next five days. The government had been pinning its hopes on fissures within the opposition as a strategy in the House, which has remained paralysed over the Congress demand for resignations of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders facing the heat in the Lalit Modi and Vyapam controversies.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Speaker’s ruling has come as a boon for the Congress, which was feeling isolated with just the Left standing by it and others remaining either neutral. The TMC and the Biju Janata Dal had voiced anguish over continued disruption of the Houses, even in the all-party meeting, which failed to break the deadlock earlier in the day.Both of them had asked the two main parties to resolve the matter to ensure that other issues can be discussed in Parliament. But, after the suspension, the TMC came out openly in support of the Congress, fearing the action could be used against them as well in future.Almost all parties – be it the TMC, BSP, SP, NCP, AAP or Left – rallied behind the Congress, with the possibility of all opposition parties boycotting the Lok Sabha from Tuesday in protest. The boycott idea came from TMC’s Bandyopadhyay, who announced his party’s for five days.The Speaker named the 25 Congress MPs, who were carrying placards and entered the well of the House, and finally suspended them ignoring an appeal by Bandyopadhyay and Saugata Roy that any such action would only aggravate the situation.She told Sudip to try if he can get the agitators out of the well in five minutes, otherwise she would have to take action. She evoked Rule 374(A), which provided for automatic suspension of a member for five days. Those suspended include President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit, Assam CM’s son Gaurav Gogoi and former Haryana CM’s son Deepender Singh Hooda. Three Left MPs were also protesting from the well but they were neither named nor suspended. The high drama came after a 90-minute all-party meeting, which was held to find a way to end the impasse. As expected, the Congress stuck to its demand for resignations and the government rejected it. The ruling BJP offered that PM Narendra Modi will intervene in the debate, but the Congress refused to give in, saying “resignations first, debate later”. The monsoon session is left with just eight sittings until August 13. It now appears all set to be washed out. Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge attended the meeting. They reminded the BJP that the Congress was only following in their footsteps of disrupting Parliament between 2010 and 2013 and forcing resignations of five Congress leaders even before any charges are framed against them. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley argued that the BJP’s demands were rooted either in CAG revelations, or an FIR or cognisance by courts and were not made in a vacuum. The Congress, however, made it clear it would not budge from its demands. “All I can say is that the government wants to be the king and wants the opposition to behave like subjects. I am afraid that’s not how democracy functions. In a democracy, there is give and take. The government hasn’t taken into account our concerns for action against ministers in the ‘Lalitgate’ and Vyapam scams. The conclusion of the meeting was nil,” Azad said. The Congress MPs suspended from the Lok Sabha are: Abhijit Mukherjee, Gaurav Gogoi, Deepender Hooda, B.N. Chandrappa, Santokh Singh Chaudhary, Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury, Ms Sushmita Dev, R.Dhruvnarayan, Ninong Ering, Gutha Sukhendra Reddy, K. Suresh, Dr. Thokchom Meinya, S.P. Muddahanume Gowda, Mullappally Ramchandran, K.H. Muniyappa, B.V. Naik, Vincent Paula, M.K. Raghavan, Ms Ranjeet Ranjan, C.L. Ruala, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Rajeev Satav, Ravneet Singh, D.K. Suresh and K.C. Venugopal.

Central Railways puts out tenders worth Rs.225 crores in 48 hours

The biggest beneficiary has been the Ahmednagar-Beed-Parli new line.

When it rains, it pours is a phrase the engineers at Central Railway are getting used to. In a rare instance, Central Railway (CR) announced work orders worth Rs.225 crores in a span of 48 hours. On Friday CR’s construction department came out with tenders worth Rs.105 crores for the Kalyan-Kasara third line project while on Thursday it had announced work orders of Rs.120 crores for the Ahmednagar-Beed-Parli new line project.July alone has seen work orders amounting to almost Rs.550 crores being issued, good enough to keep the construction department of CR busy for a couple of years to come. While the railways does not keep these kind of records to know whether this was the highest amount of work orders issued for a single month, officials speaking to dna agreed that it is a kickstart that has come after several years.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The biggest beneficiary has been the Ahmednagar-Beed-Parli new line. A total of Rs.300 crores of the project cost of Rs.2826 crores has been allotted within a month, or around 11% of its total cost. July has also seen work orders of Rs.96 crores for the elevated Kurla harbour station and Rs.38 crores for Panvel terminus, both projects on the drawing board for almost a decade now. “For years the common refrain was that there was no money with the railways. The new thought process is to divert money to projects that will give returns quickly in terms of passenger satisfaction as well as revenue. Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has made far-reaching changes in the way top-level officials like the general manager as well as members of the Railway Board can deal with even large tenders upwards of Rs.100 crores. We believe the streamlined processes will be attractive for firms to carry out these works,” said a top ranking railway official.However, officials tempered the issue with caution saying the optimism would work out only if the work orders get adequate number of firms vying for it. This will come about around August-September when the tenders of these works will be awarded. “No point if the railways keeps coming up with big tenders and we don’t get firms to carry out the works,” said an official.Exactly a year ago, on July 12 dna had highlighted how the railways was getting no bidders for projects in the range of Rs.35 crores. The thinking in the railways at that time was that a poor economy was stopping mid-level engineering firms, the kind that mostly participate in railway projects, from spreading their resources too thin.
Projects galore:July 4 – Rs.96 crore Kurla elevated harbour station orderJuly 19 – Rs.177 crores order for Ahmednagar-Beed-Parli projectJuly 21 – Rs.38 crores tender for Panvel terminus projectJuly 30 – Rs.120 crore order for Ahmednagar-Beed-Parli projectJuly 31 – Rs.105 crores for the Kalyan-Kasara 3rd line project

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Mumbai model rape case: Forensics use print on dress, photos to reconstruct dental imprints of accused

In a unique breakthrough in the Sakinaka model rape case, Mumbai police have found forensic evidence by reconstructing the exact dental imprints of the accused from bite marks on the victim’s body.

With the help of forensic odontology expert at KEM Hospital, Dr Hemalata Pandey, the police have matched the suspect’s teeth impression with the victim’s bite marks and the subsequent report prepared by the forensic team is now part of the charge sheet, according to a report by DNA.

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The case involved  a 29-year-old model who approached the Mumbai police commissioner Raskesh Maria alleging she was sexually assaulted  by police officers working at the Saki Naka police station. She also said that the policemen extorted around Rs 5 lakh from her. The main accused were assistant police inspectors Sunil Khatpe and Suresh Suryavanshi and constable Yogesh Ponde.

One of the problems the investigators faced was that the bite marks on the victims’s body were not fresh as she had gone for a medical examination more than a month after the incident. However, she had photographed her injuries on her phone, continues the report.

These photographs proved to be a turning point as the forensic department used a software to corroborate the information on the image with what the model had told the police.

The next problem was understanding the scale of the image. “The biggest roadblock after this was scaling the image,” said Dr Pandey. “In this case, it was the floral print of the dress that the victim was wearing at the time of the crime. She had clicked a photo were the dress was visible. We then called in for her dress and we were able to convert the photographic proof to clinching evidence,” DNA quotes the forensic expert as saying.

This forensic report could to be the most crucial evidence in the case and the innovative investigation method is sure to benefit the police in future cases as well.

Formalities are over, OROP will be implemented: Manohar Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said his ministry had completed all formalities in respect of the one rank-one pension’ (OROP) scheme for ex-servicemen and nobody should try to “politicise” the issue.

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said his ministry had completed all formalities in respect of the one rank-one pension’ (OROP) scheme for ex-servicemen and nobody should try to “politicise” the issue.”My ministry has completed all formalities and OROP will be implemented,” he said, adding that the executive process takes some time.Speaking at a function to felicitate city-based war veterans, Parrikar said this issue should not be “politicised”. “People still do not know financial implications of this. The Defence Ministry has completed its calculations and there was a unanimous agreement with the Armed Forces on the formula,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After he took over as Defence Minister the figure of scheme provision had touched about Rs 22,000 crore, he said.”The government is committed to taking care of your families. I am also working out a mechanism by which proper compensation can be given in case of battle casualties along with education to the children of the martyrs,” the minister added.Lt Gen B Pandit (retd), who spoke on behalf of the veterans, said delay in the implementation of OROP was causing anxiety among the fraternity.”It is the sacred responsibility of the state to create conditions to keep the morale of the Armed Forces high,” he added.One of the gallantry award winners and 1971 war veteran Wing Commander Suresh Karnik told PTI that he was boycotting the function in protest against delay in implementation of OROP and “lip service” offered by the government to the cause of ex-servicemen.

Kerala: Four SAI athletes attempt suicide; one girl dies, three others critically ill

A young girl athlete died and three others were left in a serious condition after they consumed a poisonous fruit here, a Kerala Police official said on Thursday.

All these sportspersons were inmates at the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) water sports centre at Vembanad lake, Alappuzha district police superintendent Suresh Kumar told IANS.

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“They were all brought in a serious condition to the Alappuzha Medical college hospital, yesterday (Wednesday) night after they consumed a poisonous fruit found commonly in the state,” he said.

“One of them, Aparna, passed away early Thursday, while the three others have been put in the intensive care unit of the hospital and doctors attending on them have said that nothing can be said of the condition now,” Kumar added.

All of them are athletes in canoeing and kayaking. One of the girls, who is in serious condition, is a gold medalist of the recently held 35th National Games here.

Sources in the know of things told IANS that these girls had consumed beer and this was brought to the notice of the authorities. They had admonished these girls for it.

Unhappy at being scolded by the authorities, these girls consumed the poisonous fruit.

By evening, the four girls developed uneasiness at the SAI centre, located in an island off the main land Alappuzha, and were taken to the General Hospital. After doctors found their condition serious, the girls were brought to the Medical College.

A close relative of Aparna said the four girls were under severe stress because of the mental and physical pressure put on them by the SAI authorities.

“A few days ago Aparna was hit on her back using an oar. The hostel of the SAI does not have proper safety measures for the inmates. It was a free for all, to come and go inside the hostel campus,” the relative told the media.

Police are waiting for Aparna’s autopsy report.

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Railways to see $140 bn investments over next 5 years: Prabhu

New Delhi: The government is planning to invest around $140 billion for the development of the country’s railways sector over the next five years, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Wednesday.

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Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu. PIB

“Talking about railways, which is in fact a very important part of this entire infrastructure development ideas of the country, we had decided to put in about $140 billion in the next five years. Largely in the first phase, we would like to invest into areas where we could reap the benefit of that investment very soon,” Prabhu said here at a function.

He said that rather than going in for greenfield investment, the government is using the brown-field route.

“Wherever there are single lines, we are trying to make it double. Wherever there is double line, we are trying to get additional line because land is available and the benefits of that investments, we can get returns very soon. Returns in terms of financial returns and returns also in terms of decongesting the railway network,” he added.

The minister said that the entire idea of investment is to bring in huge benefits for many sector.

Prabhu also said that the government is working on all the infrastructure sectors including roads, railways and ports to reduce the infrastructure deficit of the country.

“I am very sure that in the next few years time, you will see a real improvement into infrastructure climate of the country. In roads and ports, huge activity has started. We are also trying to develop inland waterways. That is something which has huge potential in India,” he said.

He added that the government is working on bringing in integration into various mode of transportation – multi-modal transport system.

“Road, rail, air, seaports and waterways, all of that can be combined. There could be a huge potential for that. In our ministry, we are working on creating an integrated multi-modal transport institution called integrated corporation for multi-modal transport,” the minister said.

“So, all of this will led to a huge investments as well as downstream benefits,” he said adding increased investments in the sector would also help in boosting the services sector.

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Lok Sabha passes Rail Budget; government wants a massive hike in investment

The Rail Budget for 2015-16 was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu making a strong pitch for a massive hike in investment for the Railways.

The Rail Budget for 2015-16 was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu making a strong pitch for a massive hike in investment for the Railways.Announcing several schemes to make the Railways stronger technologically, financially and commercially, he said a strong push would be given to achieve a massive hike in the investment for railways, warning that if this was not done, the national transporter will “sink further and further”.Allaying apprehensions that railways would be privatised, Prabhu said the behemoth was a national asset and its ownership will continue to remain with the people of India, nothwithstanding projects to seek private participation.He also announced setting up of high-level new body, Kaya Kalp Council, to be headed by a distinguished person to turn railways into a vibrant organisation commercially with the participation of private sector.
Prabhu also sought to take the states on board declaring that they would be partners in progress of the Railways by executing several projects in their areas.Detailing the massive increase in the allocation for the states, the Minister gave comparative figures of the last few years to drive home the point that each and every state has got more from the first Rail Budget presented by him.He said several projects announced by his predecessors have been pending for long for want of funds, adding that raising money from outside including PSUs and multi-lateral agencies like World Bank, ADB and IFC was an option.Citing the deal with LIC, he said plans were afoot to partner with other PSUs like Coal India to boost railway infrastructure.Prabhu agreed with the concerns of several members that railways cannot just be a commercial enterprise but added that it can serve the poor only if it was strong and commercially viable.
Rejecting criticism of the freight rate hike proposal, he said it was in fact rationalisation of freight rate as it had gone down in some routes.Citing a CRISIL report, he said the freight rate hike will have virtually no impact on inflation.

Opposition criticises Suresh Prabhu’s rail budget in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: The Rail budget was criticised in Rajya Sabha by some opposition parties for not living up to the expectations of the people, while ruling party members hailed it as a bold one.

Moving the Rail Budget for consideration, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu informed members that his ministry had signed an MoU with LIC which would open a line of credit of upto Rs 1.5 lakh crore which would help funding of projects.

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Speaking after Prabhu, Mahendra Singh Mahra (Cong) said there were expectations from the Rail budget which it has not lived upto.

He said the development of rail network was important also from the security point of view as the expansion of rail, road network by China had come upto Indian border.

Vijay Goel (BJP) complimented the Railway Minister, saying he had presented a good budget.

Before the BJP government came, railways was not very good shape and there are several challenges ranging from losses to safety concerns that need to be addressed, he said.

He said the country had got a bold, practical and realistic budget after a very long time.

Kanak Lata Singh (SP) said farmers, workers and middle classes had been disappointed in the budget and there were no new announcements also.

She said while there is talk for starting Bullet trains, the common people may find it difficult to afford high fares.

Singh said the focus of the people in power should be to work for the common man.

Gulam Rasool Balyawi (JD-U) said things like wi-fi or ordering food online may benefit only a small section of passengers who travel in trains.

He also expressed objection to the manner in which Railways was carrying in publicity of Swacch Bharat campaign claiming that pictures of Mahatama Gandhi had been put on toilet walls. He added that perhaps those who respect the Mahatama’s assassins may not have allowed such a thing. (More)

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Manipur records first swine flu case as 35-year-old woman dies of H1N1

Manipur reported its first swine flu case, a senior Health department official said. A 35-year-old woman of Imphal East district was suffering from the HINI virus. She is admitted in a private hospital yesterday, Principal Secretary Health Suresh Babu said.

The woman was detected to be suffering from swine flu on March 5 after fluid samples of three persons suspected to have been infected by the HINI virus were sent to Mumbai for testing, Babu said.

electricians wearing protective suit prepare to enter an isolation ward for swine flu at the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad, India. Representational Image. AP

Electricians in protective suit due to swine flu at the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad, India. Representational Image. AP

The principal secretary Health said all precautionary measures have been taken up to prevent spread of HINI virus in the state and necessary drugs have also been procured in sufficient quantity.

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Vice President Hamid Ansari admitted to AIIMS for treatment

New Delhi: Vice-President Md Hamid Ansari was tonight admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here for ENT treatment.

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Sources said Ansari will undergo a pre-scheduled, preventive procedure at AIIMS.

A team of doctors, led by Professor Suresh C Sharma, Head of ENT Department of the Institute, would be looking after the Vice-President, sources added.

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Central Railway must recover cost of damage from Diva vandals, say officials

Will the Central Railway go after the Diva vandals, who ran up almost Rs 2 crore worth of damage to 10 of its rakes, and make them pay for it? Just about every official DNA spoke to says, off the record, that it would be the right approach as it would send a stern warning to people that protests against falling punctuality of trains might be fine but damaging public property is intolerable. A top official said they strongly belief that violence during such protests are the handiwork of vandals and general thrill-seekers, and not common office-goers who are the most inconvenienced when train services are down. “Then why should the railways spare these vandals? Ideally railways should approach court to ensure that the damages are recovered from those arrested by the police. If it is proved in court that those arrested indeed were guilty, then they should be made to pay.” However, it being a policy decision that might require the intervention of the railway board as well as the railway minister, no one was willing to come on record. SK Sood, general manager of CR said that he would have to think over the issue before giving an answer. An SMS sent to railway minister Suresh Prabhu didn’t elicit a reply. According to railway officials, there is a precedence with the Mumbai police slapping such ‘recovery’ charges from the perpetrators of the Azad Maidan riots that occurred on August 11, 2012. The collector’s office had estimated the damage in the Azad Maidan riots to be around Rs2.75 crore. The violence had claimed the lives of two youths and left over 50 injured, including 44 policemen. The matter is being currently heard in the Bombay High Court. As front-paged by DNA in its January 3 edition, the damage to CR’s rakes was so excessive that for the first time perhaps it had to send an SOS to Western Railway to send in spares so that the damaged rakes could be re-deployed into service at the earliest. On January 2, commuters ransacked rail tracks and properties following train delays and disrupted traffic on the central line for over six hours.

Work of double-track in Konkan railways to begin soon: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu

The work of double-laning on the Konkan Railway route will start soon and will be completed as early as possible, Railway Minister Suresh said in Ratnagiri on Sunday. Prabhu told reporters at a felicitation programme that the double-track across Konkan railway route is a priority work.Prabhu on the occasion also inaugurated Konkan products-selling stall at Ratnagiri railway station. Local products like kokam, cashewnuts, will be sold and promoted through Konkan railways, while some of the products will also be sold by Central railway trains, he said.The minister said a whitepaper will be issued on working of Indian Railways to explain its plans and projects, which will have details like budget and fund. He said in order to bring transparency in functioning of railways, rail tenders are now available online.

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