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3 Indians beaten by Saudi employer, Sushma Swaraj promises action

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In the Whatsapp video, a Saudi employer can be seen beating the men with a wooden plank.
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Amid reports that three men from Kerala were beaten by their Saudi employer after they were coned by a placement agency and sent to Saudi Arabia, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said they have been given police protection and the matter will be followed up.According to reports, three men got conned by a placement agency which gave false job promises and sent them to Saudi Arabia, where they were allegedly attacked by their employer.In the Whatsapp video, a Saudi employer can be seen beating the men with a wooden plank.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In response to the reports, Swaraj tweeted, “We have approached the police and got them police protection. We will follow this up.”

External Affairs Ministry releases picture of Geeta, urges nation to help find her parents

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“We would also circulate this picture of Geeta through the public broadcasters so that if anyone who knows Geeta find this photograph , they can come forward and help us,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday released a picture of Geeta, the hearing and speech-impaired young woman who had returned to India recently over a decade after inadvertently crossing into Pakistan and asked the media to help them in finding her parents. “We appeal to everyone including the media to help us find the parents of Geeta. We would also circulate this picture of Geeta through the public broadcasters so that if anyone who knows Geeta find this photograph , they can come forward and help us,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup told the media. “Geeta doesn’t have pictures of herself when she was a teenager. Based on the information we got from Geeta we have taken her picture. This is an actual picture, not a photo-shopped one of Geeta as she would have looked when she was living India,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swarup also said that the photograph was taken up in a photo studio. “The only thing is Geeta as her parents would have remembered her, we have tried to bring the same look of Geeta when she was a teenager,” he added.”This is our best bet and we hope that those who can ‘recognize her as she looked back then can come forward and we still remain hopeful that Geeta can be reunited with her family,” he further said.

Saradha scam: Madan Mitra’s judicial custody extended till December 31

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Mitra, former transport minister who was arrested on Decemnber 12, 2014, had surrendered before the court after his bail was cancelled by Calcutta High Court on November 20.

Mitra’s counsel did not press for bail but requested that he be treated as a Division-I prisone

The judicial custody of Trinamool Congress leader and former West Bengal minister Madan Mitra, an accused in the Saradha chit fund scam, was on Thursday extended by a city court by another 14 days till December 31. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Sougata Roy Chowdhury passed the order after Mitra’s counsel did not press for bail but requested that he be treated as a Division-I prisoner besides being extended all necessary medical assistance as he was suffering from various ailments.Mitra, former transport minister who was arrested on Decemnber 12, 2014, had surrendered before the court after his bail was cancelled by Calcutta High Court on November 20. Meanwhile, another accused city-based entrepreneur and chairman of the now-defunct Xenitis Group, Santunu Ghosh and Arindam Das, alias Bumba, a close aide of Saradha scam mastermind Sudipta Sen were also remanded to 14-day judicial custody. Ghosh, whose business included computer and computer components manufacturing and automobile business, is said to have taken a huge loan from Saradha group but did not return the money. Das was allegedly involved in operating the money spinning schemes of the ponzi company in the state.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Indo-Pak Foreign Secreatries meet: Venue not yet decided, no role for Hurriyat separatists

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In August, the NSA-level talks were called off after New Delhi had made it clear that the then Pakistan National Security Advisor Sartaz Aziz would not be allowed to meet Kashmiri separatist leaders.

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India on Thursday said the date and venue for next month’s meeting between Indo-Pak Foreign Secretaries are yet to be finalised and asserted that all bilateral issues are to be addressed mutually between the two countries.”Two Foreign Secretaries are in touch with each other but the date and venue are yet to be finalised. All the bilateral issues are to be addressed mutually between India and Pakistan and this was recently reiterated in a joint statement issued after the External Affairs Minister’s meeting with the Pakistan Prime Minister and his Foreign Affairs Advisor in Islamabad,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was asked if Pakistani delegation again met Hurriyat separatists or the Kashmiri separatist leaders tried to meet them in New Delhi.In August, the NSA-level talks were called off after New Delhi had made it clear that the then Pakistan National Security Advisor Sartaz Aziz would not be allowed to meet Kashmiri separatist leaders.

Dogged Opposition: VK Singh booed in parliament by for his ‘dog remark’

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When he was again called to make a statement regarding status of implementation of the recommendations of the Standing Committee, BSP members joined their Congress counterparts to jeer at him. Some of them also shouted “V K Singh Murdabad” (down with V K Singh).

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Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh, who has been at the centre of the ‘dog analogy’ controversy, was today jeered by some Opposition members in Rajya Sabha when he rose to lay the listed papers. Some Congress MPs booed him when he was called by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to lay the papers listed against his name in the day’s list of business of the House. When he was again called to make a statement regarding status of implementation of the recommendations of the Standing Committee, BSP members joined their Congress counterparts to jeer at him. Some of them also shouted “V K Singh Murdabad” (down with V K Singh).Singh had kicked up a row when he reacted to the killing of two children from a Dalit family reportedly saying if someone throws stones at a dog, why blame the Govt for it. The opposition had targeted him over the remarks during the earlier part of the winter session, seeking his resignation. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh laid the statement regarding status of implementation of recommendations and observations contained in the 14th report of the department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance on Demands for Grants (2015-16) pertaining to the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. Singh is also a minister of state for statistics and programme implementation. Order was restored in the House once he sat down after laying the papers.

Uttar Pradesh: Headless bodies of woman, daughter found near railway tracks

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The beheaded bodies were recovered on Wednesday and police had to rely on the victims’ mobile phone to identify the duo as Malti and Anita (18), residents of the Duhara area.

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The headless bodies of a 48-year- old woman and her daughter were found near railway tracks in Basti, police said on Thursday.The beheaded bodies were recovered on Wednesday and police had to rely on the victims’ mobile phone to identify the duo as Malti and Anita (18), residents of the Duhara area. The bodies were found lying behind a sugar mill in the Purani Basti area here, police said.Inquiries are on into the matter, they said, adding that the bodies have been sent for a post-mortem.

Congress plans grand show on eve of Rahul-Sonia appearance in court

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The Congress sources said it would be a show of strength to express solidarity with the party leadership and register protest against senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy’s attempts to implicate its leaders with the charge of usurping properties of the defunct newspaper National Herald in Delhi and eight other cities.

Sonia Gandhi and other Congress leaders after submitting a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee demanding removal of Arunachal governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa

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The Congress is planning a grand show on Saturday, when Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi and five other leaders are appearing before a magistrate’s court here in the National Herald case. They party has summoned all its chief ministers, state party presidents and MPs to the AICC headquarters at 24 Akbar Road here on Saturday for a likely march along with leaders to the Patiala Courts.The Congress sources said it would be a show of strength to express solidarity with the party leadership and register protest against senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy’s attempts to implicate its leaders with the charge of usurping properties of the defunct newspaper National Herald in Delhi and eight other cities.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As a strategy, Rahul has decided not to offer bail or sign a security bond as he prefers to be sent to judicial custody. Though, earlier it was decided that Sonia will file for a bail bond because of her fragile health along with 86-year old treasurer Motilal Vora, party sources said, Congress president may also opt for jail to secure a sympathy for ‘victimisation by the ruling BJP and the Modi government’. They said Sonia and Rahul were taking a cue from former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi whose political fortunes resurrected following her arrest in 1977 after losing the elections.

Maharashtra Legislative Council: Opposition stages walkout on Muslim reservation issue

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Leader of Opposition, Dhananjay Munde, said the High Court has upheld the reservations in educational institutions for Muslims, but the government still allowed the original ordinance in this regard to lapse, and no fresh decision was forthcoming.

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Opposition members in the Maharashtra Legislative Council on Tuesday staged a walkout to protest against the BJP-led government’s “indifferent attitude” towards the issue of reservations for Muslims.The issue was raised by NCP’s Khwaja Beg and Jaywantrao Jadhav, who wanted to know government’s stand on re-issuance of ordinance to extend reservations to Muslims in the educational institutions and government jobs.Leader of Opposition, Dhananjay Munde, said the High Court has upheld the reservations in educational institutions for Muslims, but the government still allowed the original ordinance in this regard to lapse, and no fresh decision was forthcoming.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This showed the indifferent attitude of the BJP-Shiv Sena government,” he alleged.Senior cabinet minister Eknath Khadse (BJP) listed the objections raised against giving reservations to Muslims, and said the matter was pending before the High Court. The reply failed to satisfy the opposition MLCs who trooped out of the House.

Modi in Kerala: Youth Congress workers arrested for waving black flags at Prime Minister

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As the PM’s motorcade was reaching the venue of a function where Modi later unveiled the statue of former chief minister R Sankar, the YC workers managed to wave the black flags and also released in air some balloons tied with black flags despite the presence of police personnel in large numbers.

PM Narendra Modi in Kerala on Monday.

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Four Youth Congress activists were arrested on Tuesday in Kollam for waving black flags at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s motorcade on Tuesday evening in protest against exclusion of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy from a statue unveiling function.As the PM’s motorcade was reaching the venue of a function where Modi later unveiled the statue of former chief minister R Sankar, the YC workers managed to wave the black flags and also released in air some balloons tied with black flags despite the presence of police personnel in large numbers.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Youth Congress activists were protesting the exclusion of Chandy from the statue unveiling function. A group of activists also held a fast in front of Sankar’s statue at Chinnakada in the heart of Kollam town. Youth wing workers of RSP also protested.Mahila Congress members took out a march to the venue of the function by covering their mouth with black band.

Militant hideout busted, explosives recovered in Poonch

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Based on specific input about presence of explosives and other stores in the Berirakh forest area of Mendhar tehsil of the district, a defense spokesman said, “a joint search operation was launched in the afternoon by Mendhar Rashtriya Rifles (RR) battalion which ended in the recovery of large quantity of explosives and other items”.

Security forces on Monday claimed to have busted a militant hideout and recovered a large quantity of explosives and other supplies in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.Based on specific input about presence of explosives and other stores in the Berirakh forest area of Mendhar tehsil of the district, a defense spokesman said, “a joint search operation was launched in the afternoon by Mendhar Rashtriya Rifles (RR) battalion which ended in the recovery of large quantity of explosives and other items”.The recoveries included four Chinese grenades, three Under Barrel Grenade Launchers (UBGL), one 9-mm pistol and magazine, 24 9-mm rounds, four AK magazines, 276 rounds of AK ammunition, five electric detonators and three electronic components, the spokesman added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Hyderabad girl under watch for suspected ISIS links after arrested IOC executive spill the beans

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Why the Chennai floods should be an eye opener for city planners

The experts have, however, also highlighted the positive use of social media Twitter, Whatsapp and Facebook — as a resource tool for the people to organise and help each other.

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The severe flooding in Chennai caused by torrential rains is a result of climate change and should be an eye opener for city planners, experts have warned.Some experts have opined that Chennai being one of the outsourcing hub of India and a major destination of foreign investment, the current disastrous situation could also affect the national economy.”Chennai has seen 17 days straight of rain, precisely the kind of extreme weather event that experts say will only become more common in a warming world,” said Nambi Appardurai, India’s adaptation strategy head for World Resources Institute (WRI). “Having been in the adaptation business for about 10 years now, I find these events reinforce the challenges we face in adapting to a changing climate. No doubt about it, there’s so much to learn from this experience.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”These sudden, erratic rainfalls are something we’ve seen happening over the years and the fact that this is an El Nino year has also contributed to extreme events. Certainly, though, climate has an impact as well,” he said.The experts have, however, also highlighted the positive use of social media Twitter, Whatsapp and Facebook — as a resource tool for the people to organise and help each other.Aswin Punathambekar, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan, said with over half a million tweets in less than two days, citizens in Chennai and across the country mobilised to produce an infrastructure of care.”The hashtags #chennairains and #chennairainshelp are a truly creative, citizen-driven response to a crisis and at the same time a resounding call for the government machinery in India to rethink urban planning, develop better systems to deal with natural disasters and to lead the way in tackling climate change,” he said.Puneet Manchanda, a professor of marketing at the Ross School of Business, said the economic impact of the heavy rain in Chennai is going to be significant.”Obviously, industries such as tourism will face adverse outcomes as Chennai is the entry point for most tourists. The local infrastructure, especially roads, has also taken a big hit and this will continue to impact the local economy much after the rain subsides,” he added.Matthew Boulton, whose research in India involves vaccination and other public health issues, felt that the risk of drowning and electrical hazards may be two of the most immediate dangers, but flooding and standing water of this magnitude can significantly increase the risk for serious waterborne illness, like childhood diarrhoea.”Although many scientists are saying that these rains are a direct result of global warming, I think that climate change has exacerbated the intensity of such extreme weather events,” said Mayank Vikas.Meanwhile, the Srivari Sri Balaji Temple, located in Franklin Township, New Jersey, has announced to organise a prayer on behalf of the Chennai flood victims today.”The prayer is being held to offer spiritual support to the thousands of individuals impacted by the floods in Chennai,” the temple said in a media release.

How the spirit of Chennai shone through amidst the flood fury

At a time when the entire country is struggling to understand tolerance and intolerance, on days when most newspapers and TV news channels woke up to the flood in Chennai way too late, I am thankful for what I saw in the last 24 hours.

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We joked about the Mumbai rains in 2005. We called those who panicked about going home old fuddy duddies. Then we stepped out of our offices in Lower Parel and walked through chest high water. It took us over four hours to cover about five kilometres. On the way, we were recipients of kindness by residents of the areas we passed. They handed out packets of biscuits, bread, bottles of water. We had no umbrellas, we were soaked through and rats floated alongside us. Mumbai in July 2005 was a nightmare I’ll never forget. No one will. But it also threw up something that’s become hard to define, but easily bandied about – the spirit of Mumbai.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>No one really knows what it is, but the closest one can come to describe it would be to use the word resilience. The city was applauded for its grit and the fact that it was back on its feet in two days. I wondered what it was about Mumbai and its people that made them come together stronger than the rain that was battering them. I wondered if it was endemic to that city alone. In the last 48 hours, I have discovered it isn’t. Because I saw the same thing happen in Chennai – through the day, and all night long. People opened up their homes to strangers — human and animal. They filled their online wallets with money and generously offered to recharge phone numbers. They made packets and packets of food to distribute to those stranded. In a sweet, infallible gush of innate goodness, people on Twitter came together to act as go-betweens for those who were stranded and those who were offering help in any form. The exact thing that happened in Mumbai, but ten times over, and twice as fast, thanks to Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp. This overflow of dignified, dedicated, almost bullish empathy I was seeing, made me cry, I’ll be honest. It made my spirit swell and it made my heart ache with a pain that I haven’t known in a long while. Friends and online acquaintances messaged me to say how their faith in humanity, something that this country has steadily been depleting in people I know, was restored. I am sure many others got similar messages from their friends and acquaintances. All it takes is one tragedy bigger than us, one calamity that threatens to defeat us completely before we reach deep, deep within for reserves of that unique thing that sets us apart and refuses to be beaten. It is also the very thing that makes us bay for each others’ blood when things don’t go our way on a normal, non-catastrophic day. If you don’t dwell on the definition of catastrophe too much, by the way.At a time when the entire country is struggling to understand tolerance and intolerance, on days when most newspapers and TV news channels woke up to the flood in Chennai way too late, I am thankful for what I saw in the last 24 hours. Unadulterated, binding, even magical examples of humanity – the one thing an entire country pretends not to have. Empathy and humanity, things most of us fight day in and day out. Our own and others’; because being human and empathic makes us vulnerable. And you sure as hell don’t want to be that because how are you going to survive, then?Well, turn to Chennai today and see how vulnerability has opened up homes to strangers, created relief volunteers when the system seemingly broke down (after a point helpline numbers were unreachable), found food, and even oxygen tanks for the ill. Then tell me letting yourself be vulnerable and wearing empathy on your sleeve is a bad thing.

Pakistan interfering in mobile phone operations in Jammu & Kashmir: Aircel

Anil Gupta, Regional Business Head, North, Aircel, said after the issue was raised by telecommunications companies operating in the state, the Centre has started testing the interference in the areas where such frequency is high.
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Pakistan is resorting to cellular interference in some areas of Jammu and Kashmir and operators working in the state have taken up the issue with the Centre, a leading telecom company said on Thursday.”We have highlighted the issue with the government and the government is supporting us on that. There is the issue of interference and the government will find a solution to it shortly,” Anil Gupta, Regional Business Head, North, Aircel, said. Gupta said after the issue was raised by telecommunications companies operating in the state, the Centre has started testing the interference in the areas where such frequency is high.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We had received complaints about poor services in some areas because of the interference. Testing of the interference in those areas has been done and government is supporting us in testing. So, we are trying to see how best we can offer the services to our customers in those areas,” he said. He said the company was also addressing the issue of call drops at the national level.”It is a normal thing which happens due to various reasons primarily due to expansion. But we are addressing the issue at the national level,” Gupta said.Earlier, the company launched two innovative products for rapid growth of internet adoption in the state. Claiming the products were the first of their kind, Aircel introduced ‘Free basic internet’ for all new subscribers and ‘Unlimited data’ at the rate of Rs nine per day for the existing customers as part of the telecom operator’s strategy to push mobile Internet usage. Gupta said the product has been specially designed keeping in view the dramatic increase of mobile data users, for whom it is as much a part of their daily lives as voice calling.”With this new product, all new prepaid customers will be able to now browse and actively use their favourite applications such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, besides also accessing their daily need applications for banking and travel, utility bills payments, etc. The offer is aimed at fuelling mobile internet adoption in J-K, keeping in view that a considerable population of about 60 per cent of our mobile phone users is still offline,” he said.The company also offered unlimited data – both 2G as well as 3G at Rs nine per day.”We firmly believe that internet is for all and through our constant efforts of innovating products and services, we aim to make Aircel a gateway to the internet for many. Free Basic Internet was created with that thought and is in line with our promise of ‘doing a little extra’ for our subscribers. We are confident that it will not only greatly ease the pockets of our new customers, but also help us fuel internet adoption in the state for those who still are not online. This is clearly a reflection of our vision to empower all our customers with easily accessible and affordable internet,” Gupta said.He said the free basic internet will be given to the new customers for the first three months.

Subramanian Swamy’s shocking claim: Rahul Gandhi is a British citizen

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“While UK permits dual citizenship, India emphatically does not. Article 18 prohibits an Indian citizen from accepting even foreign titles. Hence, Mr Rahul Gandhi has, prima facie, committed an unconstitutional act and therefore liable to be stripped of his citizenship and membership of the Lok Sabha,” Dr Swamy said.

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According to various media reports, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy fiercely attacked Rahul Gandhi, claiming that the Congress vice-president was a citizen of UK. He said that since India doesn’t allow the citizenship of two countries, his Indian citizenship should be cancelled. He claimed that he had evidence that Rahul Gandhi had declared himself a British citizen from 2003-2009 for the purpose of floating a private company in London.Swamy wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi demanding the government strip Gandhi of his citizenship.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”While UK permits dual citizenship, India emphatically does not. Article 18 prohibits an Indian citizen from accepting even foreign titles. Hence, Mr Rahul Gandhi has, prima facie, committed an unconstitutional act and therefore liable to be stripped of his citizenship and membership of the Lok Sabha,” he said. The Congress’ Ajay Maken meanwhile dismissed the allegations saying that Swamy always made silly statements in order to try to seek publicity and nobody took his statement seriously.

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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah says no one can stop him from eating beef

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He recalled the Kerala House incident where the police entered the premises after hearing rumours about beef being circulated. He also called the Dadri incident inhumane and said that right-wing organisations like the Bajarang Dal, Sri Ram Sene, Vishwa Hindu Parishat were showing growing levels of intolerance under the BJP regime.

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On Thursday, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah added more fuel to the fire by saying that no one could stop him from eating beef. At the Karnataka Youth Congress General Body meeting, he ridiculed the government’s anti-beef policy and was quoted saying: “Till date I have never eaten cow meat. But if it suits my palette and if I want to eat beef, I will eat it. Nobody can stop me.”He recalled the Kerala House incident where the police entered the premises after hearing rumours about beef being circulated. He also called the Dadri incident inhumane and said that right-wing organisations like the Bajarang Dal, Sri Ram Sene, Vishwa Hindu Parishat were showing growing levels of intolerance under the BJP regime. (Read: Is cow slaughter becoming the Hindutva equivalent of drawing the Prophet?)<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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Two children of a Dalit family burnt alive in Haryana in an attack by upper caste men

Faridabad: Two children of a Dalit family were on Tuesday burnt alive and their parents suffered injuries allegedly after some persons from upper caste set their house afire while they were sleeping.

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The shocking incident occurred at around 2.30 am at Sunped village on the outskirts of Delhi, police said, adding two persons have been arrested.

11 persons, including a father-son duo, have been booked on murder, rioting and other charges, a police spokesman said.

Vaibhav, who was two-and-a-half years old, and his sister, 11-month-old Divya, died after the attackers allegedly poured petrol from the window and set the house ablaze while the family was sleeping inside. A religious programme was being held nearby in the village at that time.

Their mother Rekha, 28, suffered serious burns and has been referred to Delhi for treatment while their father Jitender, 31, too suffered injuries while trying to save his family.

Concerned over the attack on the Dalit family, Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Khattar over phone asking him to ensure security to everyone and prevent any recurrence of such incident, officials said in Delhi.

The Union Home Ministry also sought a report from the state administration.

A compensation of Rs 10 lakh has been announced for the family by the Haryana government, state officials said.

Jitender alleged that the attackers were from Rajput caste and the family had a confrontation with them over a murder in October after which a case had been registered.

“We were sleeping when they poured petrol from the window. I smelt the petrol and tried to wake up my wife but by then the fire had started. They locked the door from outside. My children died in the fire…,” said an inconsolable Jitender.

“They had threatened that they will finish my family, that I should never return to the village… I won’t but please give me back my children,” he said.

The incident has led to tension in the area and security has been tightened. Subhash Yadav, commissioner of police of Faridabad, reached the village and is monitoring the situation.

“Sunped resident Balwant and his son Dharm Singh are among 11 persons booked under IPC sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object).

“Two persons have been arrested,” the police spokesman said.

An SC/ST Commission team met the victims’ family and assured them that they will get justice.

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NCW sends notice to Karnataka Home Minister KJ George over rape remarks

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“He doesn’t even know what rape means and that is why he has commented like this,” the Home Minister said.
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No proposal of tax exemption to chopper services going to Vaishno Devi: Jammu and Kashmir govt

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The move led to criticism of the state government from many quarters as they claimed that it was targeted at Vaishno Devi and Amarnath pilgrims.
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Welcome to Digital India: Communal revolution will be WhatsApped from Dadri to Muzzafarnagar

We are not a country of beggars and elephants and snakecharmers.

This is a new India of Whatsapp and smartphones and MyGov.in. That’s the Digital India Narendra Modi sold, to a starstruck Silicon Valley just the other day.

Mr Modi told an inspiring story about an India where farmers in Maharashtra are on a Whatsapp group to share agricultural tips and techniques.

Days later barbaric violence erupted in Dadri village, not too far from Delhi. A mob, apparently fired up by announcements of cow slaughter made at the local temple, barged into the house of the Muslim ironsmith, convinced that he had beef in his refrigerator. Soon the iron smith was dead, his son in hospital and #DadriLynching was the latest hashtag of shame on Twitter.

It sounds medieval but this too was powered by Whatsapp and social media.

The villagers of Bisada, writes Betwa Sharma in Huffington Post, have pictures of meat and bones, clinching proof in their minds that Mohammad Akhlaq’s family slaughtered a cow. “The photos have spread like wildfire across the village, and almost everyone has images on their own phones,” writes Sharma. Pictures circulated via Whatsapp.

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Union Minister Mahesh Sharma in Dadri. Image from PTI.

Vandana Rana, the sister of Vishal Rana who has been named in the police FIR as being part of the lynch mob, tells Supriya Sharma of Scroll that she often gets messages and videos on the subject of cow slaughter. “The videos are from Kashmir, from Muzzafarnagar, basically from Mohammedan areas, where cows are being killed,” she says. She gets the images via Whatsapp.

Whatsapp is just technology. It’s neither good nor bad. It just depends on how we use it – to share farming tips or get blood boiling. The government is not unaware of its power for rumourmongering. At the height of the Hardik Patel reservation agitation in Gujarat, there was a clampdown on social media, such as Whatsapp and Facebook.

But the larger and more troubling issue outlives the ban. There is a whole alternate media universe that has been spawned via social media where rumours, Photoshopped pictures and canards go viral faster than a news story can. This is a global phenomenon. A decade old picture of two Hmong children comforting each other in north Vietnam has been peddled on the Internet as “two Burmese orphans”, “victims of the Nepal earthquake” and even the Syrian civil war.

In India we have seen again and again, the deadly consequences of this alternate media underworld. In 2013, a Whatsapp video of two boys being beaten, fanned the Muzaffarnagar riots. By the time it was determined the video was at least two years old, filmed perhaps in Afghanistan or Pakistan, it was too late. It had served its deadly purpose. “”We did not imagine so many people would have access to the net on their mobile phones and WhatsApp,” a police offer admitted to Indian Express. Is the uber-connected digital India Mr Modi plans going to be as swift to burst these bubbles as a politician is about using Section 66A against someone forwarding a cartoon?

When Mr Modi tells the Silicon Valley technorati about how Twitter has turned everyone into a reporter, he misses a very important caveat. It is a “reporter” who is in the end unaccountable, whose “report” does not have to stand the scrutiny of a newsroom and an editor.

News trader. Presstitute. Paid media — All these epithets are used routine and with relish, not just by trolls but even by ministers. In the civic elections in Bengal this weekend, a female journalist was threatened with gangrape allegedly by Trinamool goons and others were beaten up for daring to take pictures of outsiders at polling booths. It might suit a political party to take potshots at the media, and sometimes those potshots might even be deserved, but the more we vilify media as a whole, the more we ensure that conspiracy theories and Photoshopped pictures thrive. Their oxygen is this distrust of mainstream media.

It should give us pause that ordinary people accept something blindly because they “saw it on the Internet” while they dismiss everything they don’t like in the papers or on television as “paid news”. As Shashi Tharoor writes in India Shastra, a friend’s father says once he did not believe anything if it was not in the Times of India. Now he does not believe anything if it is in the Times of India.

The quip always elicits a chuckle. But the consequences of that, and media has indeed played its own part in its degradation, are devastating for all of us. “Even if one felt that Hinduism was under threat, that media was engaged in a conspiracy against the current regime” it should have been easy, writes Santosh Desai in The Times of India, to say “‘you cannot get together in a mob and stone a man to death because of what he eats. It is wrong’.”

But that did not happen. In an anguished piece after visiting Basehara village, NDTV’s senior executive editor Ravish Kumar asks “How is it that I didn’t find a single person who looked ashamed or had even a shred of remorse? Why was no one distraught that thousands of people from the village could have been transformed into a killer mob?”

The answer could lie in what they are reading and watching. Why do they believe their phones and not his channel? Why is Whatsapp the paper of record? In our haste to determine via forensics what the Akhlaq family was eating, we forget to check what the mob that attacked them was being fed.

This is where the silence of Narendra Modi becomes damning. He cannot be responsible for every Whatsapp rumour. But he has the bully pulpit to do his best to puncture its bubble. And every day he tweets about Safaigiri awards, the World Billiards championship and Sushma Swaraj’s UN speech but not Dadri, the bubble grows bigger. Every time he vilifies media, the bubble grows stronger.

Until one day it gains enough power to leap outside the virtual reality of a mobile phone and go into a man’s house, ransack his refrigerator and beat him to a pulp with a sewing machine.

“The pace at which people are taking to digital technology defies our stereotypes of age, education, language or income,” Modi had said proudly at a gathering of Silicon Valley CEOs.

He was right. Dadri, Muzaffarnagar,Vadodara proved it. Chillingly so. And it will happen again.

Watch: Full speech of Sushma Swaraj at UN General Assembly

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A day after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raked up Kashmir, External Affairs Minister used the same forum to raise the issue of “illegal occupation of parts of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir” by Pakistan and said terror attacks from there are engineered to legitimise it.

A day after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raked up Kashmir, External Affairs Minister used the same forum to raise the issue of “illegal occupation of parts of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir” by Pakistan and said terror attacks from there are engineered to legitimise it.Addressing the UN General Assembly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj referred to the perpetrators of 26/11 attacks who continue to roam freely in Pakistan and pressed the world community to ensure that countries which provide finances, safe havens and arms to terrorists “pay a heavy price”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Watch the full speech

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Patel agitation: Rajkot man commits suicide in support of quota stir

Police have recovered a suicide note in which he clearly mentioned that he took the extreme step in support of the Patel reservation agitation.
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A man belonging to the Patel community, which has been agitating for reservation under OBC category, allegedly committed suicide in Rajkot on Saturday saying he had taken the extreme step for supporting the ongoing stir, police said.”Umesh Patel, aged around 34, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with the ceiling of his factory in Vavadi area in the city’s outskirt,” Sub-Inspector Nagjibhai Gardhara of Rajkot taluka police station said.Police have recovered a suicide note in which he clearly mentioned that he took the extreme step in support of the Patel reservation agitation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I seek apology from all my brothers from the Patidar (Patel community) because I could not remain with you in this agitation. My sacrifice should not go into vain,” states the note.Before killing himself, Patel also sent message on ‘Whatsapp’ – a social messaging service saying, “When you will get this message, I would have gone so far from you. Please forgive me, as I am your brother, but please continue this fight for reservation. My sacrifice should not go into vain.” Gardhara said his body has been sent for a post-mortem in civil hospital here and investigations are underway.The Patel community under the leadership of 22-year-old Hardik Patel has been demanding reservation under OBC quota for the past several days.

Political commentator and journalist Cho Ramaswamy battling for his life in Chennai hospital

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The latest news from Apollo Hospitals in Chennai is that political commentator and journalist Cho Ramswamy is critical. He was admitted to hospital yesterday.

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The latest news from Apollo Hospitals in Chennai is that political commentator and journalist Cho Ramswamy is critical. He was admitted to hospital yesterday.Cho Ramaswamy, 79, has been in and out of hospital over the last few months due to respiratory issues. He is being treated at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. The hospital has now stated that he is in a critical condition. His health has been deteriorating since January this year.Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited him when he was in Chennai on August 7 to unveil National Handloom Day. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa visited him on August 29 when he was admitted in hospital due to server joint pain.Jayalalithaa and Cho Ramaswamy have known each other for nearly 60 years. The political analyst has seen her in films and politics and at one time was also her advisor. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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Maharashtra board exam for Class IX students to include framing Whatsapp, text messages

The change was announced by the state board’s monthly magazine in its latest edition on September 17.

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State board students of class IX can now be asked to construct a leave message or condolence message on Whatsapp and text messages for their examinations. According to reports, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education’s new paper pattern design for students will include a component where there will be one question related to composing text messages for mobile phones.The change was announced by the state board’s monthly magazine in its latest edition on September 17. Although the details of the new design has not been set out clearly yet but most teachers have welcomed the inclusion of the component. A lot of schools, however, have not received the circular stating the new changes yet. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior teacher from Hansraj Morarji Public School, Uday Nare said, “Since it is introduced for Class IX, there are chances of it being carried forward in Class X too. All the new policies are first implemented in Class IX and then in Class X. It is good for students to learn how to frame formal messages on SMS or Whatsapp, but we have not trained students for the October exam,” a leading daily reported.

Lalbaugcha Raja 2015 live streaming: Take Bappa’s live darshan

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Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal has been organising Ganesh Chaturthi since 1934 and is known as Lalbaugcha Raja not just in Mumbai but across India. Lakhs of devotees stand in long queues for hours to see the idol in Mumbai. We share with you a video of the Lalbaugcha Raja 2015 Ganpati idol. Take Bappa’s live darshan sitting at home or on the move:

Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal has been organising Ganesh Chaturthi since 1934 and is known as Lalbaugcha Raja not just in Mumbai but across India. Lakhs of devotees stand in long queues for hours to see the idol in Mumbai. We share with you a video of the Lalbaugcha Raja 2015 Ganpati idol. Take Bappa’s live darshan sitting at home or on the move:Watch Lalbaugcha Raja live!<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also Read: Planning to visit Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesha this year? Here are some traffic regulations you must know

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Watch: How India reacts to a woman peeing in public will shock you

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It’s the norm for Indian men to pee in public. In fact, the behaviour is so ubiquitous that often their are signs on walls to tell men that they SHOULD NOT PEE there. But this begs, the question exactly where are women supposed to pee?

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It’s the norm for Indian men to pee in public. In fact, the behaviour is so ubiquitous that often their are signs on walls to tell men that they SHOULD NOT PEE there. But this begs, the question exactly where are women supposed to pee?One YouTube Channel however decided to see how Indians would react if they saw a woman urinate in public. The result is shocking to see the least. Watch the video below:

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WhatsApp text from UP CM Akhilesh Yadav leads to Rs 1 crore haul

But, on Tuesday evening a simple Whatsapp message led to the recovery of a big cache of black money.

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Social networking may be proving a boon for people to connect with each other across great distances. But, on Tuesday evening a simple Whatsapp message led to the recovery of a big cache of black money. Interestingly, the tip-off about the cash being transported landed in the WhatsApp inbox on chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s mobile.The CM immediately alerted police officials about the WhatsApp message which said that two vehicles bearing Uttarakhand registration numbers were transporting heavy cash. One of the cars sported a red beacon, and was transporting the cash from Haridwar to Lucknow, the message said. The tech-savvy CM forwarded the message to the police officials on WhatsApp.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since the message had come from the CM himself, the police immediately swung into action and all the vital points on the routes from Haridwar to Lucknow were sealed. Soon enough, the Bareilly police spotted the two suspicious vehicles near the Rampur border. The two Scorpios sped off to escape the police dragnet. However, the police nabbed them in Bareilly after a hot chase of about 70km.Bareilly SP Sameer Saurabh told reporters on Wednesday that three bags filled with cash totaling Rs 1.01 crore were seized from the SUV with a red beacon. It bore a plate announcing the ownership of the district panchyat chief of Haridwar Anjum Begum, a BSP leader of Uttarakhand. Former BSP MLA Mohammed Shahjad and his gunman were travelling in the vehicle.In the other vehicle, police found a property dealer Sattar, who when quizzed revealed that he too was carrying cash. He claimed that the cash was meant for a property deal in Lucknow.Sources say the Chief Minister remained keyed into the situation all along till late night when the men were taken to the police station. Some arms were also seized from the vehicles.Additional DG (law and order) told reporters here that Income Tax authorities had also been taken into the loop to ascertain the source of income. He said that a number of fake number plates were also found from the vehicles. There was also a fake one in the name of “Observer, Election Commission of India”, he said.

Why has India blocked mobile internet messaging?

People in India’s Gujarat state have continued to swap messages online despite a mobile internet blackout imposed after huge protests and deadly riots.

Mobile Internet services still suspended in Gujarat; Whatsapp, Facebook messenger, Instagram down

For the last 20 hours, internet services on mobile phones have been suspended. Even when using Wi-Fi, Facebook messenger, Instagram and Whatsapp services are down in the state

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For the last 20 hours, internet services on mobile phones have been suspended. Even when connected to wi-fi, Facebook messenger, Instagram and Whatsapp services are down in the state. The move came hours after Hardik Patel had sent a message on WhatsApp asking people to remain calm.The police confirmed that they had shut down internet services on mobile phones as a security measure. Along with that major internet service providers have also shut down their services. Late on Wednesday night, Mr Patel had written: “I make an appeal to maintain peace and keep calm. I give a call for Gujarat bandh tomorrow (Wednesday). This decision has been taken by Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti considering widespread violence in the state.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Whatsapp had been used by Patel’s supporters to communicate with one another. A police officer was quoted saying: “Last night, there were concerns of rumour-mongering and crowd mobilization through WhatsApp.” At the time of writing (8:35 PM), internet services are still suspended in Gujarat.Reacting to the unrest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace and uphold the values of democracy. Sporadic incidents of violence were reported last night in Ahmedabad and Surat last night, following Hardik Patel’s detention. About 5,000 paramilitary personnel were rushed to Gujarat in the morning. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, assuring her full support to tackle the situation.

Mangalore moral police at it again: Muslim man stripped, beaten for talking to Hindu colleague

In another shocking case of moral policing, a man was stripped, tied to an electric pole and beaten. His crime? He spoke with a woman co-worker in the street who happened to be from another community.

In a shocking incident in the town of Mangalore in Karnataka, the 28-year-old man has said that he had met his woman colleague in order to give her some money on Monday evening when he was assaulted.

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The victim in his police complaint said that he was in his car and the woman standing outside, when he was assaulted and was only trying to give some money to the woman, according to an Aaj Tak report.

The group also reportedly questioned the woman on why she was interacting with a man from another community.

And as if a public humiliation wasn’t enough, the group that assaulted him took photos of the victim tied to the electric pole. They were then shared widely on social media.

Police sources also said that both the man and the girl work in the same supermarket located and the man has been hospitalised due to injuries sustained from the incident.

It is unclear who the group of men who assaulted him were or what political affiliations they had. Reports said  that the police has detained the men in question and are conducting an investigation.

This is not the first time such an incident has taken place in Mangalore.

In March, Bajrang Dal ‘activists’ objected to female students traveling on a study trip. In February,  the Indian Express reported that a student was reportedly abducted and assaulted by a group of men who accused him of featuring in a photograph shared on WhatsApp, which showed a man lying on the laps of fellow lady students.

In one of the moral policing incidents as recent as last week, the Kukke Sri Subrahmanyeswara College in Sullia taluk in Dakshina Kannada district on Friday suspended two 2nd year BBM girls because of a picture of them with wine and beer bottles at a tourist spot went viral on WhatsApp, reports Times of India.

Patidar reservation: Social media spreading Sardar Patel movement like wild fire

Interestingly, social media movement is snowballing with volunteer support, not ground leaders of PAAS and SPG.

Patel community members hold placards and shout slogans during a protest demanding reservation for their community in Vadodara on Friday

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The rapidly spreading support of Patidar reservation and presence in rallies across the state is fueled not just by the leaders’ personal outreach but lakhs have been reached on smart phones through social media – Patidar Apps, Facebook and Whatsapp. What is perhaps more interesting is the online campaigns are not managed by the leaders on ground themselves but motivated people who regularly update and run the virtual show.In a span of 45-days, ongoing pro-reservation agitation has spread like wildfire. Instead of an organised effort of spreading the message, gathering crowds or organising events, unorganised efforts from individuals is drawing maximum crowds. “We have not even set-up a control room or a committee that looks after propaganda. All efforts are self-motivated,” Varun Patel, in-charge of Patidar Anamat Aandolan Samiti (PAAS) in Ahmedabad said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There are about 56 WhatsApp groups and some 15 Facebook pages. “None of these platforms is created by PAAS or Sardar Patel Group or any other local committees (there are 42 such groups) of the community. It is all self-motivated. An individual who supports the movement or our cause starts working for us on his own. Depending on his skill some create groups or pages; others contact people door-to-door at village level or ward level,” Patel adds.Group meetings at ward and society level are also organised. Any person with good leadership skills takes the lead. “For all of our rallies we have not collected any funds. Donations are in the form of expenses incurred for buying caps or printing banners or publicity material. But nothing is sought by any of our leaders,” he said. Two Apps to downloadTwo applications for Android have been created for support, event participation and regular updates of the movement – Patidar and Patidar Anamat. They were created on August 18 and 19 respectively and atleast two thousand people are reported to have downloaded them by Friday evening. These are interactive apps which allow users to upload pictures and share thoughts.

Muslim women want oral talaq to go. Will Ulemas oblige?

In a study conducted by an NGO across 10 states, it was found that Musim women want the practise to be banned.

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A study conducted by the NGO, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, across 10 states has found that 92.1% Muslim women want the discriminating practise of oral triple talaq to be banned, a leading daily reported. The NGO plans to raise this issue with the Law Commission and the National Commission for Women.For the study, interviews were conducted of 4,710 women from July to December in 2013. The results showed that 55% of them were married even before the age of 18 and over 53% of them had faced domestic violence in their marriages, the daily reports. The study found that people have advanced to using mediums like Skype, Whatsapp and emails for delivering the talaq. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The author of the study Zakia Soman told the newspaper that, in 2014, 80% of the 235 cases that came to Sharia adalats were of oral talaq, which would leave the women with no hope after the divorce as most of them are not earning. Soman told the daily that in the 2013 study they also found that 78% were homemakers without any income source, 73% of women were from families whose annual income was lower than Rs. 50,000 and 82% did not own any property. This is the reason why 93% of the women favoured of some process of mediation before divorce. Despite opposition from the community, 83.3% believed that codifying Muslim family law would benefit them. On codification, Soman tells the daily, “Government has molly-coddled and appeased those groups which have taken upon themselves to speak for the community. It is our constitutional right. For groups that cite religious freedom as an argument, it is at the expense of women’s rights.”Soman’s co-author Noorjehan Safia Niaz also told the daily that a majority of women wanted the codified law to cover polygamy and custody of children, apart from divorce , and want it to be based on the framework of justice in the Quran.

Mangaluru college suspends girls after their drinking photos go viral on WhatsApp

In a bizarre move that reeks of moral policing, a college in Mangaluru has suspended two students because they were caught with alcohol bottles in WhatsApp photos that went viral.

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Yes, according to Times of India report the Kukke Sri Subrahmanyeswara College in Sullia taluk in Dakshina Kannada district on Friday suspended two 2nd year BBM girls because of a picture of them with wine and beer bottles at a tourist spot went viral on WhatsApp.

“The college has received information that the girls’ photos were circulated on WhatsApp. A students’ organization and local people have demanded action against the girls. The principal suspended the girls and has initiated an inquiry into the issue,” College vice-principal M Manmohan was quoted as saying in the report.

The decision seems harsh since the alleged incident took place outside the campus and the college does not reserve the right to suspend students for activities outside campus.

Indian colleges have gained quite an infamy for suspending students left, right and centre. While IIT-Roorkee suspended over 70 students for underperforming in exams, the famous St Stephen’s college had suspended a student for launching an online magazine.

New age militancy: How the Hizbul Mujahideen is using social media to lure Kashmir’s youth

Militants have taken their popaganda online, in an attempt to recruit youth in Kashmir.

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Videos and photos posted on social media and circulated on Whatsapp are increasingly playing a part in the recruitment strategy used by Burhan Wani, the regional commander of the Hizbul Mujaheedin, to lure Kashmiri youth.The militant group is reportedly starting a fresh recruitment drive from August 21, according to a Firstpost report, which adds that the minimum eligibility is clearing Class 10, with Rs 35,000 being promised as salary.Son of a government school principal in Tral, there is a Rs 10 lakh reward for any information on 21-year-old Burhan, who represents the new breed of youth from wealthy families joining the militants, according to an Indian Express report. With different Facebook accounts, websites and pages like Tiger Tral, HM Tral, Burhan Trali, Burhan is reportedly very active on digital platforms and keeps posting images and videos and also uses uses Whatsapp to spread messages.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This may also explain how hundreds of youth turned up for the funeral of Burhan’s brother, who was recently killed by security agencies.The videos being circulated depict young men in combat fatigues walking around and posing with guns or praying. Many don’t even bother to mask their identity. However, police have not been very successful in tracking down the source of the videos and photos released by the militants. The widespread unemployment is one of the reasons why the militants are successful in selling the idea of militancy as a heroic and glamorous profession to youth in the area.

Patriotism at your fingertips: Now use an app to raise the tricolour this Independence Day

The flag unfurls to a resounding tune of the national anthem which ends with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s triumphant call of ‘Jai Hind’.

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Technology company Trendyworks has come out with a ‘FamilyApp’ on occasion of Independence Day through which one can experience the pride of hoisting the national flag from anywhere in the world in a single click. The application is available on Google Play Store.The company has built flag hoisting feature in the ‘FamilyApp’, which makes it possible to sing the national anthem in 10 languages – English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada, and Oriya, it said in a statement. “Once you download and open the app you will see the folded National Flag on a pole. The app works on voice commands and the flag rises along the pole when the user says ‘Jai Hind’. The flag is completely hoisted when ‘Jai Hind’ is said three times.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The flag unfurls to a resounding tune of the national anthem which ends with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s triumphant call of ‘Jai Hind’,” it said. “The best part is you can take a selfie with the tricolour and share it with your friends on Whatsapp and Facebook,” the company, founded by Neeraj Jewalkar, a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor, said.

Watch: AIB urges you to make a last ditch effort to save the internet!

In their latest video, the AIB team urges people to celebrate ‘Happy Internet Independence Day’ instead of just ‘Independence Day’ on August 15.

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The All India Bakchod (AIB) team had created quite a buzz pitching for net neutrality earlier this year. Spurred by the awareness, one million people ended up sending emails to the TRAI.As the discussion on net neutrality has now shifted to mygov.in, the AIB team tells you exactly what you can do, despite the tight deadline of August 15 to leave your suggestions on the site.Lashing out at telecom operators as well as internet.org by social media platform ‘Facebook’, they explain how there has been an attempt to change the definition of net neutrality. They also throw light on the meaning of ‘zero-rating’. “It is creating a garden of select apps and services that people can access for free, but as soon as people leave this garden and go to the rest of the internet, they get charged”, they say, adding that “Facebook is just trying to make sure that there will not be another Facebook again.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The video also talks about what will happen if the Department of Telecom starts licencing for VOIP apps. It would force Whatsapp, Viber, Skype etc to buy licences for the call services that they offer to their customers. “So, if Whatsapp has to pay for the licence, then clearly, we are the ones who will have to pay Whatsapp for it.”While the government has invited your inputs on the subject, it would require users to register on MyGov.in and leave their comments. And you have a time only till August 15 to do this! So quick, click on this link to lend your voice and show your support for net neutrality.

PM Narendra Modi likely to visit UAE on August 16-17

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According to reports, the Prime Minister is also expected to attend a public reception hosted by members of Indian community at Dubai Cricket Stadium on August 17.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit the United Arab Emirates on August 16-17 marking the first trip by an Indian prime minister to the country after Indira Gandhi.According to reports, the Prime Minister is also expected to attend a public reception hosted by members of Indian community at Dubai Cricket Stadium on August 17. Modi’s trip will be significant in the backdrop of current political churning in West Asia.

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Louis Berger case: Goa crime branch questions former CM Digambar Kamat

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Former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat is being questioned by the state’s crime branch in connection with the U.S. firm Louis Berger bribery case. Meanwhile, former Louis Berger vice-president Satyakam Mohanty has been arrested after being questioned by the Goa crime branch in connection with this case.

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Former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat is being questioned by the state’s crime branch in connection with the U.S. firm Louis Berger bribery case. Meanwhile, former Louis Berger vice-president Satyakam Mohanty has been arrested after being questioned by the Goa crime branch in connection with this case.Mohanty’s arrest comes after Anand Wachasunder, a senior official who headed the controversial JICA water project in Goa, was held by the crime branch. The New Jersey-based firm was charged with paying around USD one million in bribes to win major projects in Goa and Guwahati. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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All you need to know about ‘mother of all insurgencies’ NSCN-IM

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All you need to know about the formation of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, the breaking away of NSCN-K and the peace process with Centre.

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The National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) signed a peace accord with the Modi-led BJP government on Monday. The agreement came eighteen years since 1997 when the talks had begun with the insurgent group.About the NSCNThe National Socialist Council of Nagaland was formed in January 1980. The founders, Isak Chisi Swu, Thuingaleng Muivah and SS Khaplang had created the group to oppose the Naga National Council’s decision to accept the Indian Constitution. They were against the Shillong Accord of November 1975 which was signed by Angami Zapu Phizo’s Naga National Council.
The objective of the group was to create a sovereign nation ‘Naglim’ which would have all regions in the Northeast and Myanmar that are inhabited by the Naga tribes. The group follows Mao Zedong’s ideaology and Christianity with the underlying principle of socialism for economic development and a spiritual outlook – ‘Nagaland for Christ’.
The faction NSCN-IM, which came to be known as the ‘mother of all insurgencies’ after a split between two clans in the group. In April 1988, Khaplang leading the Konvaks clan announced the formation of NSCN-K after making an unsuccessful attempt on Muivah’s life. Khaplang now heads the recently-floated United National Liberation Front of Western South-East Asia, an umbrella group of five more rebel outfits from northeastern region, including ULFA, PLA and NDFB(S). NSCN-K, along with a few Manipuri outfits, were responsible for the killing of 18 army men in Chandel district of Manipur on June.
The NSCN-IM was thus created by Tangkhul clan under its leaders Isak and Muivah. Both NSCN-IM and NSCN-K have been accusing each other of working for the government of India.
The NSCN-IM<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The group reportedly runs a parallel government in regions which it controls. The regions include several districts in Nagaland as well as neighbouring Assam, Arunachal Pradesh. The leaders and members have lived or traveled to countries like Pakistan, China and Thailand. The group reportedly has support from the Naga community in Thailand.
The group has reportedly reached out to UN Human Rights Organisations in Geneva, Unrepresented Nations People’s Organisation (UNPO) at the Hague and the UN Working Group on Indigenous People (UNWGIP).
NSCN-IM agreed to a ceasefire in 1997 which led to the beginning of the peace process with the Indian government.
However the process ran into a hurdle when the group demanded for a separate flag and its demand to get all Naga-inhabited areas under one administrative umbrella.
In 2011, Chairman Isak Chishi Swu accepted an Indian passport on his return from Bangkok, Thailand last month, encouraging the peace process.
In June 2015, the group offered to assist Centre to take down its rival NSCN-K. It had expressed its desire to help security forces hunt down its arch rival NSCN-K rebels, who killed 18 soldiers in Manipur in June, 2015. The Centre was turned down the offer saying it was capable of dealing with the NSCN-K.
A five-point resolution was passed by the Nagaland legislative assembly on July 27, which also included “integration of all contiguous Naga-inhabited areas”, reports The Hindustan Times. This was unanimously supported by the representatives of Naga civil society.
Other resolutions which were passed were the resumption of ceasefire between New Delhi and NSCN-Khaplang and removal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) of 1958 from Nagaland, adds the report. The NSCN-K in March 27, 2015, walked out of the peace process that was signed in April 2001 this year.
The resolution has caused worry among Nagaland’s neighbours Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipuras over the “integrating Naga-inhabited areas”. The resolution has evoked a feeling of threat to the states’ territorial integrity.
Violent protests have followed the Nagaland’s demand. In Manipur a mob had set fire to the state assembly in 2001.

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Supreme Court issues notice to Jayalalithaa in DA case

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The Karnataka High Court had given a clean chit to Jayalalithaa and three others on May 11, clearing them of “all charges” in the 19-year-old case, helping her to return as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

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The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa over the petition filed by the Karnataka Government challenging her acquittal in the Disproportionate Assets case. The Karnataka High Court had given a clean chit to Jayalalithaa and three others on May 11, clearing them of “all charges” in the 19-year-old case, helping her to return as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The Bengaluru trial court had convicted Jayalalithaa for possessing assets disproportionate to her known sources of income and sentenced her to a four-year jail term and imposed a fine of Rs. 100 crore. The High Court had later overruled the judgement. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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Sushma tweet: Will speak in Parliament, says Rahul Gandhi

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On Tuesday, Special CBI judge Bharat Parashar had issued summons to former coal minister of state Santosh Bagrodia and ex-coal secretary H.C. Gupta in a coal block allocation case involving Rajya Sabha member Vijay Darda.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday assured that he would speak in the Parliament over External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s claims that a senior leader from the Grand Old party was pressing her to give a diplomatic passport to coal scam accused Santosh Bagrodia.”We will speak in the Parliament,”Rahul told a horde of media persons outside the Parliament. Sushma has said on twitter that she will reveal the name of the Congress leader on the floor of the House .On Tuesday, Special CBI judge Bharat Parashar had issued summons to former coal minister of state Santosh Bagrodia and ex-coal secretary H.C. Gupta in a coal block allocation case involving Rajya Sabha member Vijay Darda. Bagrodia and Gupta have been asked to appear before the court on August 18.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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AAP workers clash with police at Anand Parbat over 19-year old woman’s murder

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“Delhi”s police under Modi is blind towards violence against women. It seems the bribes of the assaulter”s are more than the blood of our sisters. AAP will ensure that Meenakshi gets justice,” the party”s youth wing chief Ankush Narang, who was leading the protests, said.

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers clashed with Delhi Police demanding the resignation of the local ACP and SHO over the recent death of a 19-year-old woman in the Anand Parbat area after being stabbed. “Delhi”s police under Modi is blind towards violence against women. It seems the bribes of the assaulter”s are more than the blood of our sisters. AAP will ensure that Meenakshi gets justice,” the party”s youth wing chief Ankush Narang, who was leading the protests, said.He demanded immediate resignation of the Anand Parbat police station SHO and Patel Nagar Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and an independent inquiry into the case adding that few protesters were injured in the lathicharge. Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the large number of protesters of the party”s youth wing gathered outside the Anand Parbat police station and clambered over the barricades put up in the area marked by a heavy police presence. Later AAP deplored the “high handedness” of police.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police Commissioner BS Bassi defending the action of cops saying that “whatever has been done by the police has been done on merit and shall be done on merit too.” Nineteen-year-old Meenakshi was brutally stabbed to death allegedly by two brothers living in the Anand Parbat area for protesting their verbal abuse on July 16.

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Four girls ‘put up for sale’ as sex workers on Whatsapp rescued in Delhi

A 13-year old girl, who came from a poor family in Ramgarh, Jharkhand, had run away from home hoping to make a better life for herself in Delhi. Little did she know what fate had in store for her.

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A protest against child trafficking. Image courtesy- AFP

At the Purani Delhi railway station, she met a man who took her to a house in the Sitapuri where she, along with three other girls, went through 15 days of torture. The girls were allegedly assaulted, forced to consume alcohol and watch pornography, and were ‘put on sale’ as sex workers through messages on Whatsapp. Their ordeal was reported by the Hindustan Times and The Times of India on Friday.

The matter came to light when one of the girls called up her family in Ghaziabad, after which the police conducted a raid on the house and rescued the girls.

The HT report quoted an official saying that the girls were to be sold off for a price between Rs 40,000 to Rs 1.5 lakhs. Three persons were arrested in connection with the crime in Bihar. They have been identified as Ajay Kumar, Rajan Kumar and Raju Kumar Choudhary.

According to the HT report, the accused used to engage in trafficking of girls, who would be forced into marriage and in work as domestic help. However, their key business was said to be the sex trade.

While two of the rescued girls belong to Jharkhand, one is from Delhi and one is from Ghaziabad.

Cases of human trafficking have been steadily increasing in India, reveal statistics from the National Crime records bureau. Here are figures for human trafficking from 2009 to 2013-

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Parliament canteen need not be subsidised too much: PC Chacko

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Congress eader PC Chacko on Friday said that the Parliament canteen need not be subsidised too much for its members. “Parliament canteen need not be too much subsidised. Too much of subsidy for parliament canteen is not anecessity,” Chacko said.

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Congress eader PC Chacko on Friday said that the Parliament canteen need not be subsidised too much for its members. “Parliament canteen need not be too much subsidised. Too much of subsidy for parliament canteen is not anecessity,” Chacko said..On Wednesday, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Jay Panda gave up his subsidy after revelations that MPs dine in Parliament at highly subsidised rates Panda took to Twitter and said that he had written to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan giving up his subsidy. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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Trinamool Congress slams government panel’s report on net neutrality

Trinamool Congress on Thursday slammed a government panel’s report which has proposed regulation of domestic calls made using internet at par with phone calls, saying the recommendations are “by the telecom companies, of the telecom companies and for the telecom companies”.

Trinamool Congress on Thursday slammed a government panel’s report which has proposed regulation of domestic calls made using internet at par with phone calls, saying the recommendations are “by the telecom companies, of the telecom companies and for the telecom companies”.Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien indicated that the matter would be raised in Parliament which meets next week for the Monsoon session and expected Congress as well as ruling BJP to bat for net neutrality.”This is by the telecom companies, of the telecom companies and for the telecom companies,” he told PTI while commenting on the report on net neutrality submitted by a panel of the Department of Telecom.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While underlining that he had no problem with the telecom companies, he said, “I believe that in the larger interest of 20 millions of people who use internet in India, the freedom to choose should be maintained.”Hitting out at telecom companies, the Rajya Sabha MP said the private players, “which reported profits”, are trying to kill technology “when they are not able to compete with it”.”We will keep this fight for net neutrality going on. Please do whatever it takes to keep the net neutrality. No matter how big the boys are, we must be strong and upright,” he emphasised.He said TMC is not alone on the issue. “I am confident that Congress too will bat for net neutrality. So should BJP.” The panel has proposed to regulate domestic calls made using Internet-based calling applications such as Skype, Whatsapp and Viber at par with phone call services offered by telecom operators.The panel has opposed projects like Facebook’s Internet.org, which allow access to certain websites without mobile data charges, while suggesting that similar plans such as Airtel Zero be allowed with prior clearance from TRAI.

Oommen Chandy mulls action against top cop who didn’t salute him at function

Chandy said the ADGP had not only failed to salute the Minister, but his explanation for his behaviour could not be accepted. MLAs attending the meeting said such incidents would send “wrong signals” and cannot be accepted.

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Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday said “suitable action” would be taken against senior IPS officer Rishiraj Singh, who allegedly showed “disrespect” to Home minister Ramesh Chennithala by refusing to acknowledge his presence at a function and failed to even salute him. This was stated by Chandy at a meeting of UDF parliamentary party members here.Chandy said the ADGP had not only failed to salute the Minister, but his explanation for his behaviour could not be accepted. MLAs attending the meeting said such incidents would send “wrong signals” and cannot be accepted. The incident had occurred on Saturday when the Home Minister had arrived to attend the passing out parade of women police personnel at the Police Academy in Thrissur.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ADGP Rishiraj Singh, in charge of special services and traffic, was seated on a sofa and continued to do so and did not proceed to welcome the Minister or salute him. He continued to cold shoulder the Minister even after he reached the dais and only after Chennithala left the venue, did he get up and leave. Chennithala, who also attended today’s meeting, did not say anything, sources said.The Minister had yesterday told reporters at Kochi that he had no complaints with regard to Singh’s behaviour. “I have no complaint against anyone in this regard. It is for the DGP to probe if his behaviour violated protocol”, the Minister had said. The ADGP’s photograph showing him seated went viral in the social media and it was alleged that he had shown disrespect by not standing up and saluting the Minister. The officer had later clarified that the Minister had entered through the back side of the venue which he had failed to notice.”The Facebook and Whatsapp postings are creating confusion among the public. When we are sitting on the dais facing the parade, the Minister entered from behind. How will we see a person who is behind us? At the parade we are supposed to get up only when the national anthem is played,” Singh had said.

The weird and wondrous life of Lalit Modi: Life lessons from his online avatar

Lalit Modi is in the eye of a yet another controversy, but that isn’t stopping him from being the his typical self-assured self on social media.

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On Monday, he declared a full-blown ‘war’ against his detractors on Twitter, warning them of sensational disclosures saying it was his ‘turn to get everything out.’ He also assured us that a ‘storm was about to hit’ and that ‘the games have just begun’ in a series of tweets, screenshots and emojis that were meant to intimidate his opponents.

This isn’t the first time that the former IPL chief has used social media to put forward his often vociferous views. Modi, who seems to be living the good life abroad if his social media accounts are anything to go by, is in the habit of uploading the highlights of his life on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Thus we know in which beautiful foreign country he is in and with which international celebrity he is partying. And in between all the typical-teenager type photographs of food, scenery, motivational quotes, family and hashtags, the man of the moment manages to teach us a few things as well.

Here are the life lessons we have learned from the weird and wondrous life of Lalit Modi on social media.

Love your family, a little too much, maybe

A large chunk of Modi’s Instagram feed is all about loving his family. He has uploaded several photographs showing his wife Minal, son Ruchir and daughter Aliya along with cutesy captions. and loads of loving hashtags. But Modi’s love for his family extends to his extended family as well, as seen from a photograph showing his ‘hot sisters-in-laws’.

Real globe-trotters always have very own journo posse… of one, as in Rajdeep Sardesai

You know you have made it when top journalists fly to a foreign locale just to talk to you. After the Sushma Swaraj- Lalit Modi controversy broke out, many journalists would have given anything to talk to the man, but the lucky winner was Rajdeep Sardesai who will be flying to ‘beautiful Montenegro’ to talk to Modi.

Forget wine, it is more important to be a connoisseur of compliments

Lalit Modi’s online feed shows us that it is extremely important to let the world know what the world think of you. Or in his case, to let social media know what news media thinks about you. Hence, he uploads all screenshots of all the news stories that show him in a positive light and even those that discredit his opponents. Because who doesn’t love compliments?

1/6 a #story likely to #change the way one #sees a #sports #federation today. #ICC #bcci #cricket #global.

A photo posted by Lalit Modi (@lalitkmodi) on Apr 30, 2015 at 6:01am PDT

Those who can’t read, just emoji, baby! For example: Look, Arnab is a monkey

After Arnab Goswami went postal reporting the ‘Modigate’ controversy, Lalit Modi tweeted out a series of Whatsapp screenshots about his exchanges with Harini Rana, a sports journalists with Goswami’s channel. The conversation showed him calling her boss ‘a big fat monkey’ which he reinforced with a number of monkey emojis. Emoji overload seems to be a habit with Modi as his tweets about his press statement had bomb and TV emojis in it, referring to the ‘bombshell’ that we could see on TV.

Black people are our brothers, or sisters, in this case.

One look at Modi’s Instagram feed and you’ll see that he has partied with a lot of international celebrities and made sure that the world knows all about it thanks to his regular updates. But what stands out in his photographs is not Paris Hilton or Kevin Spacey, but him referring to supermodel Naomi Campbell as ‘sister’ on a number of occasions.

With the #indian bear with sister @iamnaomicampbell in #HAVANA #cuba in the #square in the #marina A photo posted by Lalit Modi (@lalitkmodi) on Feb 26, 2015 at 2:55pm PST

Killing it in Cuba with sis and gang #naomicampbell #parishilton

A photo posted by Lalit Modi (@lalitkmodi) on Feb 26, 2015 at 2:52pm PST

Inspirational quote? Sex joke? Sometimes it’s sooooo hard to decide.

Sometimes all we need to feel better after a hard is to read some inspirational words, at other times we need a bit of humour. And Lalit Modi has plenty of both to impart judging from his Instagram feed.

In #life one needs to #forgive and move on – but in #life #mantra of mine is this.

A photo posted by Lalit Modi (@lalitkmodi) on May 27, 2015 at 8:11am PDT

Beti Bachao, selfie kheecho: Haryana village launches ‘Selfie with daughter’ contest

Jind: In a unique initiative to save girl child in Haryana, where the sex ratio has been dismally low, a village panchayat in Jind has started a contest for clicking “selfie with daughter”.

Bibipur village panchayat has launched the contest in which parents from across the state have to take selfies with their daughters and send it to village Sarpanch Sunil Jaglan through social messaging app Whatsapp.

The best three selfies would be awarded with trophies, certificates and cash prize, the village panchayat declared.

The selfies would be judged by a delegation of 30 women sarpanchs and aanganwadi workers who will be visiting the village from Punjab on June 19.

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The delegation would be here to learn about the initiatives of the panchayat to prevent female foeticide and to increase the standing of women in society.

“I have received over 100 selfies with daughters from across the state in last three days,” Jaglan said. “Usually we don’t see many pictures of daughters in people’s house here. The objective of the contest is to increase importance of daughters in their homes,” he said.

“Clicking selfies is the latest craze, so we decided to hold this contest to encourage parents to take pictures with their daughters,” he said, adding that the panchayat is contributing in the “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” campaign through it.

Haryana is among the bottom five states in terms of sex ratio. In 2014, the sex ratio at birth was 871, a marginal increase from 868 in 2013.

Meanwhile, to mark the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Ram Prasad Bismil, the village panchayat has decided to develop a “Bismil selfie spot” at Lado Sarovar.

The spot is being developed in such a manner that more people can be accommodated in a picture, he added.

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Chennai: Search for missing Dornier aircraft continues

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In addition to the advanced Boeing Poseidon P81 surveillance aircrafts, said reports. The aircraft CG-791 was on a routine surveillance off the coast of Chennai on Monday evening when it lost contact.

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The search for the missing Dornier aircraft of the Indian Coast Guard has entered its fourth day on Friday. Fifteen ships belonging to both the Coast Guard and the Indian Navy are a part of the search mission, in addition to the advanced Boeing Poseidon P81 surveillance aircrafts, said reports. The aircraft CG-791 was on a routine surveillance off the coast of Chennai on Monday evening when it lost contact.As per reports, the search operation teams detected an oil spill near the probable area of crash and the water samples had been sent off by the Indian oil corporation to determine whether the oil was that of aviation fuel or diesel used by the fishing boats. Coast guard officials (east region) said the crew consisting of two pilots and one observer were highly experienced. The aircraft was inducted last year into services. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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UP civil services prelims paper leaked on Whatsapp

First time in the history that highly prestigious examination’s paper is leaked; STF had picked up two suspects

Whatsapp may be good for teen friendship, courting or just to keep in touch. But, examination mafias operating in UP on Sunday used the hugely popular social networking app as a criminal device to sell the preliminary examination paper of the UP Public Service Commission for a whopping sum of Rs 5lakh per candidate.This is the first time in the history of this highly prestigious organisation, responsible for the recruitment to the state’s top provincial services, that an examination paper has been leaked. How did this happen?The lid was blown off the leak, just 15 minutes before the examination was scheduled to start at 9.30 am, on Sunday. Word about the leak–discovered at a centre at Thakurganj locality of Lucknow – went viral immediately – ironically enough, mostly through Whatsapp.While the officials dithered on what to do next, the diligent ones among the candidates kept writing their paper. It was only when they emerged from the examination halls that they were told of the authorities’ decision that the examination had been cancelled. What was the reaction?As the second paper of the day was shelved, students who had been preparing for over an year or, may be, years, and who had written their examination in the first paper with complete diligence, went berserk at several places. They burnt effigies of the UPPSC Chairman Anil Yadav outside the examination centres at Allahabad, where the UPPSC HQ is located, Varanasi, Kanpur, Lucknow and in some other districts across the state. Police had a tough time controlling the angered candidates who reportedly damaged several government vehicles at some places. What are the authorities saying now?UP DGP AK Jain told dna, “We have cancelled the examination. Those who are responsible will be hunted down soon and punished. The question paper was being distributed on WhatsApp.”He said the police had initial information of the leak and had put some mobiles on surveillance. He said the STF had been pressed into service. “This is an organised racket, and we will book them under Gangster Act, too, besides the relevant IPC provisions,” he added.By evening, sources said, the STF had picked up two suspects and they were being interrogated. The sources also informed that a Haryana-based gang could be involved. Who is Anil Yadav?The UPPSC chairman has had a chequered record as all examinations conducted since he took over last year have been surrounded by one controversy or the other. The Allahabad High Court has, in fact, asked him to explain his conduct in a case where all rules and norms were allegedly thrown to the wind to ensure mass recruitment of one particular backward caste in the reserved quota. He is known to be close to the ruling political masters who, incidentally, also happen to be Yadavs. Earlier leaks in prestigious examinations in UP 22-06-2014 – CPMT cancelled after paper is leaked 02-11-2014 – SSC examination put off after paper leak 30-11-2014 – RRB examination cancelled after similar leak

CBI seeks help of Google, CERT-In, IT Ministry to track rape videos

New Delhi: To track down the origin of purported rape videos on social media, CBI has written to Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and Google seeking their help to nail the culprits who uploaded them on YouTube and WhatsApp.

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CBI sources said on Thursday that the agency took the decision while probing nine videos depicting sexual violence which have been handed over by the Supreme Court for probe.

The sources said that the picture quality of some of the videos, which appear to be three to five years old, is too poor to identify the alleged offenders.

They said the agency has also referred the videos to CFSL to extract all the available clues from them which could help to decipher the cases.

Besides CERT-In, Google is tracking the origin of these videos, the agency has also asked the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to appoint a nodal officer to help it.

The Supreme Court had taken suo-motu cognisance of a letter written by Hyderabad-based NGO to Chief Justice of India HK Dattu.

The NGO has also annexed nine videos of separate sexual offences being circulated on social media in a pen drive. The apex court had ordered CBI to start probe in the cases.

CBI sources said the agency had on Tuesday arrested property dealer Subrat Sahu alias Kalia from Bhubaneswar who has purportedly figured in one of the nine video clips handed over to the agency for probe by the apex court.

The sources said CBI has registered case on charges of common intention, propagating obscene material and assault to woman with intent to outrage her modesty under provisions of Indian Penal Code besides provisions of Information Technology Act related to violation of privacy and publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form.

Besides this case, the agency has registered six FIRs of alleged gang-rape and one FIR of rape while a Preliminary Enquiry has also been registered. The FIRs related to gang-rape and rape, the agency has also invoked sections of abduction.

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WhatsApp jokes to Facebook posts: How Section 66A was abused in Kashmir

Late in August 2014, a message circulated on a WhatsApp group managed by a local journalist in Srinagar, shockingly announced the demise of famous Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, asking its group members to come to Srinagar’s Lal Chowk for in-absentia funeral prayers.

The news was a hoax. But the police, nevertheless, lodged a case against the group administrators under section 66A of the IT Act for sharing information that could “create disturbances and destroy peace in Kashmir”.

The police booked three men, Javed Ahmad from Budgam, Raja Hilal from Pulwama town and Tahir Bukhari from Baramulla district for spreading rumors and fabricated information, using the Internet based messaging application.

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“It was a joke and no one among us took it seriously,” Ajaz Ahmad, one of the recipients of the message, told Firstpost on Tuesday.

Kashmir has been a particularly enthusiastic user of section 66A of the Information and Technology act.

The Jammu and Kashmir police have, in the last four years, booked scores of people including politicians, journalists and students under the act, which was scrapped by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

London based BBC broadcaster and now PDP leader Nayeema Ahmad Mahjoor, is one of the persons who found themselves of the wrong side of 66A after making a Facebook post expressing her opinion about a shooting in Lal Chowk, which left a civilian dead.

“I had causally asked people on Facebook, as a journalist, what had happened in Kashmir and had expressed my apprehensions about the killing, but the state didn’t like my opinion and I was booked by the police. It was an curb on the freedom of speech and expression,” Nayeema told Firspost.

Nayeema believes that case against her was an attempt to send out a larger message that expressing political views on social networks would not be tolerated.

“I always had apprehensions that I might get harassed or arrested.Every time, you talk of human rights violations, you are slapped with something or the other. I don’t know what has happened to the FIR though police said they would withdraw it. Now, I feel relieved today. I’m happy that the act has been scrapped,” she added.

Faizan Samad was the first youth from Kashmir valley to be booked under Section 66A – for posting pro-Independence slogans when civilian unrest broke out over the killing of teenager Tufail Matoo in police action.

At least 16 people were booked in 2012 for their alleged role in organizing protests on social networking websites.

In October 2012, three youth from Kishtwar district were arrested and sent to jail for 40 days after they were tagged in an allegedly blasphemous video posted on Facebook. One of them had commented on the post.

Kishori Sharma, Bansi Lal and Moti Lal Sharma were charged with desecrating religious symbols and inciting communal hatred under the IT ACT.

In January, 2013, police filed a case (Fir No 12/2013) under the same act against an unknown person who had uploaded a two-minute video clip on Facebook showing a group of policemen ruthlessly beating a young boy inside a police in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. The boys were shown pleading before two senior officers, even as the cops
ripped off their pants and hurled abuses at them in Kashmiri.

The Supreme Court’s likely verdict on the constitutional validity of the act on Tuesday has validated the argument that 66A is too loosely worded, and has been used by the police to book people despite several directives from the Supreme Court about the potential abuse of the provision.

Section 66 (A), which prohibited the communication of information of a “grossly offensive” or “menacing” nature through computers and communication devices, has been used in the state to arrest people over posts and comments which the government claimed were anti-national, communally sensitive” or abusive.

Meanwhile, the police said Tuesday that it would review the cases of all the people, who were booked under section 66 of the Information Technology (IT) Act across the state.

“We will look into the cases in light of the Supreme Court verdict. So, whatever remedial measures need to be taken, we will do that,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Javed Gilani, said.

WhatsApp jokes to Facebook posts: How Section 66A of IT Act was abused in Kashmir

Late in August 2014, a message circulated on a WhatsApp group managed by a local journalist in Srinagar, shockingly announced the demise of famous Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, asking its group members to come to Srinagar’s Lal Chowk for in-absentia funeral prayers.

The news was a hoax. But the police, nevertheless, lodged a case against the group administrators under section 66A of the IT Act for sharing information that could “create disturbances and destroy peace in Kashmir”.

The police booked three men, Javed Ahmad from Budgam, Raja Hilal from Pulwama town and Tahir Bukhari from Baramulla district for spreading rumors and fabricated information, using the Internet based messaging application.

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“It was a joke and no one among us took it seriously,” Ajaz Ahmad, one of the recipients of the message, told Firstpost on Tuesday.

Kashmir has been a particularly enthusiastic user of section 66A of the Information and Technology act.

The Jammu and Kashmir police have, in the last four years, booked scores of people including politicians, journalists and students under the act, which was scrapped by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

London based BBC broadcaster and now PDP leader Nayeema Ahmad Mahjoor, is one of the persons who found themselves of the wrong side of 66A after making a Facebook post expressing her opinion about a shooting in Lal Chowk, which left a civilian dead.

“I had causally asked people on Facebook, as a journalist, what had happened in Kashmir and had expressed my apprehensions about the killing, but the state didn’t like my opinion and I was booked by the police. It was an curb on the freedom of speech and expression,” Nayeema told Firspost.

Nayeema believes that case against her was an attempt to send out a larger message that expressing political views on social networks would not be tolerated.

“I always had apprehensions that I might get harassed or arrested.Every time, you talk of human rights violations, you are slapped with something or the other. I don’t know what has happened to the FIR though police said they would withdraw it. Now, I feel relieved today. I’m happy that the act has been scrapped,” she added.

Faizan Samad was the first youth from Kashmir valley to be booked under Section 66A – for posting pro-Independence slogans when civilian unrest broke out over the killing of teenager Tufail Matoo in police action.

At least 16 people were booked in 2012 for their alleged role in organizing protests on social networking websites.

In October 2012, three youth from Kishtwar district were arrested and sent to jail for 40 days after they were tagged in an allegedly blasphemous video posted on Facebook. One of them had commented on the post.

Kishori Sharma, Bansi Lal and Moti Lal Sharma were charged with desecrating religious symbols and inciting communal hatred under the IT ACT.

In January, 2013, police filed a case (Fir No 12/2013) under the same act against an unknown person who had uploaded a two-minute video clip on Facebook showing a group of policemen ruthlessly beating a young boy inside a police in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. The boys were shown pleading before two senior officers, even as the cops
ripped off their pants and hurled abuses at them in Kashmiri.

The Supreme Court’s likely verdict on the constitutional validity of the act on Tuesday has validated the argument that 66A is too loosely worded, and has been used by the police to book people despite several directives from the Supreme Court about the potential abuse of the provision.

Section 66 (A), which prohibited the communication of information of a “grossly offensive” or “menacing” nature through computers and communication devices, has been used in the state to arrest people over posts and comments which the government claimed were anti-national, communally sensitive” or abusive.

Meanwhile, the police said Tuesday that it would review the cases of all the people, who were booked under section 66 of the Information Technology (IT) Act across the state.

“We will look into the cases in light of the Supreme Court verdict. So, whatever remedial measures need to be taken, we will do that,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Javed Gilani, said.

WhatsApp jokes to Facebook posts: The many ways section 66A was abused in Kashmir

Late in August 2014, a message circulated on a WhatsApp group managed by a local journalist in Srinagar, shockingly announced the demise of famous Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, asking its group members to come to Srinagar’s Lal Chowk for in-absentia funeral prayers.

The news was a hoax. But the police, nevertheless, lodged a case against the group administrators under section 66A of the IT Act for sharing information that could “create disturbances and destroy peace in Kashmir”.

The police booked three men, Javed Ahmad from Budgam, Raja Hilal from Pulwama town and Tahir Bukhari from Baramulla district for spreading rumors and fabricated information, using the Internet based messaging application.

Image used for representational purposes only: AFPImage used for representational purposes only: AFP

Image used for representational purposes only: AFP

“It was a joke and no one among us took it seriously,” Ajaz Ahmad, one of the recipients of the message, told Firstpost on Tuesday.

Kashmir has been a particularly enthusiastic user of section 66A of the Information and Technology act.

The Jammu and Kashmir police have, in the last four years, booked scores of people including politicians, journalists and students under the act, which was scrapped by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

London based BBC broadcaster and now PDP leader Nayeema Ahmad Mahjoor, is one of the persons who found themselves of the wrong side of 66A after making a Facebook post expressing her opinion about a shooting in Lal Chowk, which left a civilian dead.

“I had causally asked people on Facebook, as a journalist, what had happened in Kashmir and had expressed my apprehensions about the killing, but the state didn’t like my opinion and I was booked by the police. It was an curb on the freedom of speech and expression,” Nayeema told Firspost.

Nayeema believes that case against her was an attempt to send out a larger message that expressing political views on social networks would not be tolerated.

“I always had apprehensions that I might get harassed or arrested.Every time, you talk of human rights violations, you are slapped with something or the other. I don’t know what has happened to the FIR though police said they would withdraw it. Now, I feel relieved today. I’m happy that the act has been scrapped,” she added.

Faizan Samad was the first youth from Kashmir valley to be booked under Section 66A – for posting pro-Independence slogans when civilian unrest broke out over the killing of teenager Tufail Matoo in police action.

At least 16 people were booked in 2012 for their alleged role in organizing protests on social networking websites.

In October 2012, three youth from Kishtwar district were arrested and sent to jail for 40 days after they were tagged in an allegedly blasphemous video posted on Facebook. One of them had commented on the post.

Kishori Sharma, Bansi Lal and Moti Lal Sharma were charged with desecrating religious symbols and inciting communal hatred under the IT ACT.

In January, 2013, police filed a case (Fir No 12/2013) under the same act against an unknown person who had uploaded a two-minute video clip on Facebook showing a group of policemen ruthlessly beating a young boy inside a police in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. The boys were shown pleading before two senior officers, even as the cops
ripped off their pants and hurled abuses at them in Kashmiri.

The Supreme Court’s likely verdict on the constitutional validity of the act on Tuesday has validated the argument that 66A is too loosely worded, and has been used by the police to book people despite several directives from the Supreme Court about the potential abuse of the provision.

Section 66 (A), which prohibited the communication of information of a “grossly offensive” or “menacing” nature through computers and communication devices, has been used in the state to arrest people over posts and comments which the government claimed were anti-national, communally sensitive” or abusive.

Meanwhile, the police said Tuesday that it would review the cases of all the people, who were booked under section 66 of the Information Technology (IT) Act across the state.

“We will look into the cases in light of the Supreme Court verdict. So, whatever remedial measures need to be taken, we will do that,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Javed Gilani, said.

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Activist Sunitha Krishnan’s car attacked for WhatsApp ‘shame the rapist’ video

Activist Sunitha Krishnan, who had recently kicked off a Shame the Rapist Campaign, was attacked by unidentified goons in Hyderabad today morning.

Krishnan’s car was stoned by some people smashing the rear window.

Krishnan tweeted the following:

The incident came two hours after Krishnan posted a video featuring a man sexually assaulting a woman. The video was making the rounds on WhatsApp.

As it happens in many such cases, it seems like the man had wanted the incident of assault to be filmed. He is seen smiling at the camera while disrobing his victim. The girl is heard pleading with the men filming the assault asking them to take pity on her saying nothing will be left of her life if the video is released.

Sunitha Krishnan. Image courtesy: Twitter.

Krishnan took the video and completely blurred out the victim’s face and body, highlighting the man’s face in it. She has since then been circulating the video with the man’s face clearly visible, asking people to help nab the rapist.

The video had been uploaded on YouTube on 5 February and has since then got over 16,000 views.

According to her tweet, today morning she spoke to NDTV and also gave the channel her version of video to be telecast so that the assaulter is traced and booked.

Her car was attacked soon after.

Krishnan, a rape survivor herself, heads Prajwala, an anti-trafficking organisation based out of Hyderabad. Krishnan, who was gangraped by eight men when she was 15-years-old started Prajwala in 1996 with Brother Jose Vetticatil.

In India, like sexual assault itself, filming an incident of rape is rampant and is widely used a method to silence victims. In fear of shame and social stigma several victims don’t go to the police. Krishnan’s campaign is a bold attempt to bring such criminals to the book.

Activist Sunitha Krishnan starts ‘Shame The Rapist’ campaign, gets attacked

Activist Sunitha Krishnan, who had recently kicked off a Shame the Rapist Campaign, was attacked by unidentified goons in Hyderabad today morning.

Krishnan’s car was stoned by some people smashing the rear window.

Krishnan tweeted the following:

The incident came two hours after Krishnan posted a video featuring a man sexually assaulting a woman. The video was making the rounds on WhatsApp.

As it happens in many such cases, it seems like the man had wanted the incident of assault to be filmed. He is seen smiling at the camera while disrobing his victim. The girl is heard pleading with the men filming the assault asking them to take pity on her saying nothing will be left of her life if the video is released.

Sunitha Krishnan. Image courtesy: Twitter.

Krishnan took the video and completely blurred out the victim’s face and body, highlighting the man’s face in it. She has since then been circulating the video with the man’s face clearly visible, asking people to help nab the rapist.

The video had been uploaded on YouTube on 5 February and has since then got over 16,000 views.

According to her tweet, today morning she spoke to NDTV and also gave the channel her version of video to be telecast so that the assaulter is traced and booked.

Her car was attacked soon after.

Krishnan, a rape survivor herself, heads Prajwala, an anti-trafficking organisation based out of Hyderabad. Krishnan, who was gangraped by eight men when she was 15-years-old started Prajwala in 1996 with Brother Jose Vetticatil.

In India, like sexual assault itself, filming an incident of rape is rampant and is widely used a method to silence victims. In fear of shame and social stigma several victims don’t go to the police. Krishnan’s campaign is a bold attempt to bring such criminals to the book.

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