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Nirbhaya case: It is important not to be swayed by public opinion, says expert

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The juvenile involved in the December 16 gang rape was released by authorities on Sunday.

Delhi police officers escort the juvenile accused of rape, outside the Juvenile justice board in New Delhi on Saturday.
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Raj (19)I started doing drugs when I was still in school. It began with bidis and cigarettes, though I soon graduated to the heavy stuff and got hooked onto smack (heroin). I then took to a life of crime to support my smack habit. Nobody told me that what I was doing was wrong. I came from a broken family and was uneducated. The law finally caught up with me and I was arrested for stealing and pick-pocketing. Since I was an addict, I was referred to and enrolled in a de-addiction programme at the Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses (SPYM). It was difficult at first, but I am clean now. I work here at the Sewa Kutir full-time cooking in the canteen. My next aim is to make amends with my family, it will be a slow process but I will persevere.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahul (23)My father who was a habitual substance abuser threw my mother and my sisters out of the house, I soon followed. Life on the street was tough and I did what one has to survive. My drug habit compelled me to steal. I would sometimes used a knife to get what I wanted. I was caught by the police in 2004 and sent to a detention centre. At the same time I lost my mother, I remember I was not given leave to attend her funeral. My situation and my environment was such that I did not know any better.I am filled with regret. To atone myself, I now help and volunteer at a de-addiction centre. I counsel those who walk in the centre and help wean them off drugs if that’s what they want.(names of the juveniles have been changed to protect their identity) The juvenile involved in the December 16 gang rape was released by authorities on Sunday. His release was marked by protests and a last ditch midnight appeal by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) to delay his release, which was overturned by the vacation bench at wee hours of Sunday In a stark contrast to the current public sentiments, various experts and welfare officials are of the opinion that rehabilitation and reformation of a juvenile is possible under most circumstances. As the debate for the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 rages on in the public and Parliament, Enakshi Ganguly Thukral, co-founder of Haq – Centre for Child Rights says, “When one considers penalties for a juvenile, it is important not to be swayed by public opinion. One must consider and keep the offender as the primary focus and not the offence.” According to a social worker at SPYM, “It costs Rs3,000 per day to do smack, that makes it Rs90,000 per month. A child on the street hooked on drugs has no option but to take to crime to support this habit,” he added. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the incidence of juvenile crime was 0.5 per cent in 2001, and the number rose to 1.1 per cent in 2011. However, the NCRB statistics attribute this rise in figures mainly due to the increase of the upper ages of juveniles from 16 years to 18 years according to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2000. Another reason for the increase can be credited to the addition of 11 new special and local laws added to the list in 2014. Though there is much furore about the rise in crime, statistics also show that there has been a decrease in violent crimes among juveniles in the year 2014. “When a child is deprived of his basic needs, he takes to crime. We have thus economically empowered children who have come in conflict with the law,” says Father Anthony, founder of Empowerment of Child Human rights Organisation (ECHO). Father Anthony has more than 15 years of experience towards understanding juvenile delinquency. “In my experience, I have achieved 100 per cent success rate with juvenile reformation and rehabilitation,” says he. His work with the juveniles have created successful customs officers, traffic police assistants and some are even working in multi-national organisations and jewellery stores. There are around 33,000 juveniles in the system. According to statistics, juveniles are responsible for less than 5 per cent of all rapes. Atiya Bose, Director of a Mumbai-based NGO Aangan feels that “The main issue and the reason why rehabilitation is important for young people is because they are amenable to reform. I have seen huge changes in juveniles when one has worked with them comprehensively on all fronts that includes a combination of a support system.” Bose went on to add that “Juveniles who commit crimes serve the punishment as metted out to them according to the law. Should they then be vilified and damned for life?” Short staff board While the Juvenile Justice Board has been in existence for a while, there does not seem a concerted or well thought out programme. It is understaffed and not enough resources have been allocated for the welfare of children who come in conflict with the law. With public sentiments swaying opinions, experts feel the main issue is being lost in the noise.

Chennai rains: Citizens come to the rescue of rain-affected people

From making and distributing food and clothes to helping rescue people, they are doing everything they can along with NGOs and individually.

Rescue workers on a boat move people to safety amidst water-logged houses in a flooded suburb of Chennai

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Despite the rains throwing normal life out of gear, many people in Chennai have been busy over the last few days. Instead of sitting at home and waiting for the rains to subside, several people decided to venture out and help those in need. From making and distributing food and clothes to helping in rescue efforts, citizens have been doing everything they can along with NGOs as well as individually.Also Read – Chennai: Firemen rescue over 5000 people in waterlogged areas<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NGO Eco-Kitchen along with the Rajasathan Youth Association and Chennai Food Bank has been instrumental in making and distributing food to residents who have been affected by waterlogging and floods. Eco-Kitchen has subsidised their food rates extensively to help out. The Rajasthan Youth Association has distributed more than 15000 packets of food (in bulk) across the city over the last few days. RCC Magnum (affiliated to the Rajasthan Cosmo Club) has also distributed around 4000 bulk packets of food in the city over the last few days. Some of the areas these groups have gone to are Perungalathur, Ennore and Chemmenssery. Also Read – Chennai: Post rains, fear of diseases and infections in the city Sri Arunodayam is another organisation that has preparing food for nearly 700 people on a daily basis and distributing it since Saturday. But waterlogging and lack of provisions has hampered their operations now. Chennai Volunteers is also involved in helping people. Some of their volunteers have been visiting slums to figure out what is required so that they can be collected and given to them. AID India is also involved in distributing food and other relief items. Also Read – Chennai: Schools to remain shut for another two days due to waterloggingThere have also been many volunteers from companies who have pooled together money to buy food in bulk and distribute it. Volunteers from Tata Consultancy Services pooled in money to buy food and distribute it in areas like Chetpet. If you wish to contribute, contact:Udhavum Ullangal Public charitable Trust, 77, First Main Road, CIT Nagar, NandanamChennai Volunteers, 49, Eldams Road, AlwarpetAID India office at 45, Pycrofts First Street, RoyapettahIyyappan Subramaniam, Sri Arunodayam Trust, 35, Sivananda Nagar, Kolathur, near Arya Bhavan Hotel – Mob: 9444915803

Maharashtra: RSS growing popular among youth, trend to go up in future

As per the RSS data, out of the 3,429 shakhas spread over four regions of Maharashtra– Konkan, Western Maharashtra, Devgiri and Vidarbha– 2,229 are ‘Bal and Tarun Samyukta Shakha’ (Children and Youth Joint Shakhas) for the members between the age group of 12 and 18.

Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has claimed that its popularity among the youth was on the rise, as 65% of its shakhas in Maharashtra were composed of members between the age group of 12 and 18 years.Shakha is a place where RSS volunteers gather every day and currently, there were 50,432 shakhas across the country.As per the RSS data, out of the 3,429 shakhas spread over four regions of Maharashtra– Konkan, Western Maharashtra, Devgiri and Vidarbha– 2,229 are ‘Bal and Tarun Samyukta Shakha’ (Children and Youth Joint Shakhas) for the members between the age group of 12 and 18. 120 of the total shakhas in the state have members between the age of 18 and 40, which together with Children and Youth Joint Shakhas comprise 68% (2,349 out of 3,429 Shakhas) of the total shakhas.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The shakhas with members over 40 years of age comprise around 32% (1,080 out of total 3,429 shakhas) of the total number in Maharashtra, the data said. These figures have helped the RSS to dispel the “allegation” that the organisation was not present among the youth.Satish Modh, Sanghchalak of Konkan region of RSS told PTI, “Only nine% of our shakhas (4,551 out of the total 50,432 at the national level) comprise members over 60 years of age. These figures themselves prove that we are fast becoming popular among the youth and this trend is more likely to go up in the near future.”He said that as per the figures till September this year, there were 50,432 RSS shakhas at 31,840 locations across the country. “The number would considerably go up by March next year,” he added.

Plot revealed? Nayantara Sahgal says Rahul Gandhi is showing ‘signs of great change’

“Many of us thought Rahul would be better if he takes up something else,” she said

“He was very impressive, very thorough about his facts,” she said.

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Noted writer and niece of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Nayantara Sahgal is impressed with the way Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has decided to play a “bigger role” and feels he is showing “signs of great change”. Speaking on the sidelines of fourth Chandigarh Literature Festival here today, Sahgal, when asked to comment on what she thought about Rahul, said, “Like everybody else I thought (several years back), he did not want to be in politics. Many of us thought it would be better if he takes up something else.” She, however, quickly added that now she has seen a great change in Rahul.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Recently, I watched him speak in the context of Bihar elections. He was very impressive, very thorough about his facts… Perhaps he has decided to throw in his weight fully now. Before that, he was doing it behind the scenes, trying to organise, democratise the Youth Congress. Now, may be he has decided to play a bigger role. “He is certainly showing signs of great change. I have noticed a change, which is very positive,” said Sahgal, who recently returned her ‘Sahitya Akademi’ Award over the Dadri lynching incident and growing inolerance.When asked did politics beckon her at any point in time, Sahgal, who said that in her early life, she has been deeply influenced by Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi, replied, “Never”. She further said that she could have gotten into “politics at any time (as it ran in the family). On two occasions I was offered a seat in Parliament, but I have never wanted power and never wanted wealth. I have never had any hankering for these two things.” Yet, she said, “politics has served me as a very good material for my fiction (as a writer)”.

Azamgarh youth who joined Islamic State wants to return home, contacts family

New Delhi: A youth from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, who had joined Islamic State to fight in Iraq, wants to return home and has contacted his family to facilitate it.

The youth, in his late 20s, had gone to ISIS-held areas about six months ago through Turkey, ostensibly to fight for the Middle-East terrorist group after getting attracted to it online.

However, officials familiar with the development said, he soon got frustrated with activities of IS and wanted to get back home.

The recent bombing by western forces in IS-held areas prompted the youth to frantically call his family and ask them to ensure his early return.

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Representational image. Reuters

The family approached the security agencies for help and the agencies are trying to get in touch with the youth, who is in IS-held areas in Iraq, bordering Syria.

The youth was helped in his travel to Iraq by an Indian origin man based in United Arab Emirates, who is under watch of security agencies of India and UAE for his online activities.

The youth is a class XII pass out and was involved in small businesses before leaving to join IS, official said.

He is considered to be the first person from Uttar Pradesh to join IS directly without having any contact with any terrorist organisation in India and without any criminal past.

He is among the 20-odd Indians who are currently fighting for IS in Iraq-Syria. These include two youth from Mumbai outskirts Kalyan, an Australia-based Kashmiri, one youth from Telangana, one from Karnataka, one Oman-based Indian and another Singapore-based Indian.

In 2014, a youth from Kalyan had returned home after spending about six-months with IS.

Among the six Indians, who fought alongside the IS and got killed were three Indian Mujahideen terrorists, including Sultan Ajmer Shah and Bada Sajid, who had joined its ranks after being in Pakistan, two from Maharashtra and one from Telangana.

On 15 September, UAE deported four Indians suspected to have links with ISIS and it is expected to send back the same number of people soon.

About a fortnight ago, the UAE had sent back a 37-year-old woman, Afsha Jabeen alias Nicky Joseph, who was allegedly involving in recruiting youths for IS.

Earlier in January, Salman Mohiuddin of Hyderabad was arrested at that airport when he was preparing to board a flight to Dubai on way to Syria via Turkey.

So far, 17 young men, mostly from Telangana, have been prevented from travelling to Syria, ostensibly to join IS.

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dna must read: From air strikes in Afghanistan to Dalit student attacked in Rajasthan

1) Suicide bid or not? Conflicting reports on Indrani Mukerjea’s health leads to confusion

1) Suicide bid or not? Conflicting reports on Indrani Mukerjea’s health leads to confusionConfusion prevailed on Saturday when two contradictory medical investigation reports emerged after Sheena Bora murder case accused allegedly overdosed on a drug inside the jail. The Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory (KFSL) report, submitted to the Maharashtra government, concluded that Indrani’s blood, urine and stomach wash tested negative for any poisonous substance. Dr TP Lahane, Dean of J J Hospital, however, claimed that Indrani’s urine sample sent to the Hinduja hospital tested positive for psychoactive drugs. Read More<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2) Rajasthan: Dalit student thrashed for touching mid-day meal platesIn a shocking incident, a lower caste Dalit student of a government school in Jodhpur city Rajasthan was beaten up by his teacher for touching plates being used to serve mid-day meal on Thursday. Although, India banned caste-based discrimination in 1955, its 170 million Dalits continue to face prejudice in every sector from education to employment, because of their traditional occupations such as street sweeping and grave digging. Read More3) Air strikes kill at least 19 at Afghanistan hospital; UN chief calls for impartial probeAn air strike, probably carried out by US-led coalition forces, killed 19 staff and patients on Saturday, including three children, in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, the aid group said. Read More4) Nepal turns to UN over ‘obstruction” of trade point with IndiaNepal has turned to the UN over alleged obstruction of a key border trade point with India that has resulted in acute shortage of essential goods as it appealed to the international community to ensure that land- locked countries’ freedom of transit is not curtailed. Deputy Prime Minister Prakash Man Singh, who led Nepal’s delegation to the UN General Assembly, held talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during which the issue of “India’s blockade” on the border also figured, sources close to Singh told PTI. Read More5) Maharashtra government comes up with plan to stop radicalisation of disgruntled Muslim youthA proposal named ‘De-radicalisation of Youth and Communal Amity’ is in the works to bring them to the mainstream. This, after the government has realised that there is a direct link between growing radicalisation and a sense of alienation among the youth of the minority community. A government resolution, listing various proposals, is expected to be out in a fortnight. Among other things, it calls for special allocation of funds to Muslim-dominated areas for better implementation of various schemes, modernisation of madrasas and counselling to those lodged in jails under charges of terrorism to help them overcome their past. Read More

A Maharashtra government idea to pacify disgruntled Muslims

The disgruntled Muslim youth may think twice before turning radical now on.The Maharashtra government has a solace. A proposal named ‘De-radicalisation of Youth and Communal Amity’ is in the works to bring them to the mainstream. This, after the government has realised that there is a direct link between growing radicalisation and a sense of alienation among the youth of the minority community. A government resolution, listing various proposals, is expected to be out in a fortnight. Among other things, it calls for special allocation of funds to Muslim-dominated areas for better implementation of various schemes, modernisation of madrasas and counselling to those lodged in jails under charges of terrorism to help them overcome their past.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources said that, as a pilot project, the government has already allotted funds to several Muslim-dominated areas for infrastructure development. For instance, Malegaon has been given Rs 2 crore for infra-related schemes.The government is aware it is treading on sensitive territory here, and makes its intentions clear. “This is not appeasement but acting on the findings of the Sachchar committee. It’s the need of the hour and we have to ensure holistic growth of the state,” said minister of state (home) Ranjit Patil. One of the most unique and ambitious highlights of the resolution is on countering provocative content spread on social media. It plans to check this by pitting harmonious content prepared by Imams/religious leaders/thinkers of the community.Sources said that instructions have already been issued to departments like education, health, urban development, housing, industry and revenue to work out plans to take beneficiary schemes to minority-dominated areas, and to their fullest.“We are still working on the draft of the resolution, but in a nutshell, the main aim of the proposal is to induce confidence among the members of the minority community and bring them to the mainstream,” said Patil.Though Muslims form over 10.6% of Maharashtra’s population, they fare poorly in social and developmental indicators like education, fertility rates, health, and participation of women in the workforce. The chief minister’s study group, under former IAS officer Mehmood-ur-Rehman, which examined the socio-economic and educational backwardness of Muslims, noted: “It will not be hyperbole to say that Indian Muslims are among the poorest of the poor today.”The government has also asked all departments to share their database with the home department to create a single pool of information.The reform agendaIncreased access to education, health schemes and jobs for minority youths Counter radical/provocative messages on social media by circulating content by Imams/religious leaders or other thinkers from the communitySpecial relaxation to minority community for scholarshipsSpecial funds for minority-dominated areas to improve overall infrastructureTo extend beneficiary schemes meant for SC/ST/OBCs to the minority community

Maggi effect? FSSAI chief moved to newly-created post in Niti Aayog

New Delhi: Food safety watchdog FSSAI’s CEO Yudhvir Singh Malik, the man behind the ban of global giant Nestle’s popular noodle brand Maggi, was today moved out and shifted as Additional Secretary in Niti Aayog.

Malik, a 1983 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, was appointed to the post of Chief Executive Officer in Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) under Health and Family Welfare Ministry, only in September last year.

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The Appointments Committee of Cabinet(ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the appointment of Malik as Additional Secretary in the Niti Aayog, an order issued by Personnel Ministry said.

He has been appointed in the newly created post by cancelling the appointment of Keshni Anand Arora, his batch mate from the same cadre.

It was during Malik’s tenure that samples of Maggi noodle samples were subjected to lab tests which found that it contained added Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and lead in excess of the permissible limit.

FSSAI had on 5 June banned the instant snack that has had a level of global resonance that’s unprecedented for the Indian food regulator.

However, the ban was later lifted by the Bombay High Court with the condition that manufacturing and selling would be allowed only after fresh tests.

The ACC also approved appointments of Kavita Gupta and Kiran Soni Gupta as Textile Commissioner and Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports respectively.

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Congress organises victory rally over lapse of Land Ordinance, Rahul Gandhi takes dig at PM Modi

The programme was organised by Youth Congress to “celebrate the victory” of farmers after the government was “forced” to let the land Ordinance lapse in the face of vociferous protests by opposition parties, including, prominently, the Congress.

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Ahead of a ‘victory rally’ planned by the party over its land Bill agitation, Congress Vice- President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he talks about democracy but “forgets” about the farmers and labourers who make up its foundation.”Modi-ji talks about democracy but does not talk about our farmers and labourers, who run this democracy. He forgets them,” Gandhi told a group of farmers from northern India at 10, Janpath. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, too, was present for the interaction.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The programme was organised by Youth Congress to “celebrate the victory” of farmers after the government was “forced” to let the land Ordinance lapse in the face of vociferous protests by opposition parties, including, prominently, the Congress.”This is the victory of Congress. But it is the victory of farmers as well,” said Rahul.Youth Congress President Amarinder Singh Raja Brar said around 400 farmers from states like Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh met the Congress President and the Vice President to express their solidarity over the isue.Congress is holding a Kisan Mazdoor Samman Rally at the Ramlila Ground here on September 20 to greet farmers and party workers after it “forced the government” to not go for a renewal of the “draconian” land ordinance.In the run-up to the rally, Congress youth wing activists on Saturday gathered outside 10, Janpath, and party headquarters 24, Akbar Road, to celebrate what they termed was their success at having “compelled the BJP-led government to go back to UPA’s land law”.

Delhi Police, religious leaders counsel youth detained for harassing women

According to police, the youths were detained under Section 65 D.P. Act for harassing women in public places.

Delhi police in collaboration with religious leaders and non-governmental organisation held a counselling session for 70 youth who were detained for allegedly harassing women by passing lewd remarks. The youth were detained after the North-West District police had deployed personnel in civvies on selected places viewed to be vulnerable to women. The youth were supposed to be detained following counseling session in which religious leaders representing Islam, Hinduism as well as Brahma Kumaris were brought in to counsel the youth. The ‘operation’ was called Shishtachar or civility which required cops to detain those whom they see harassing women.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> According to police, the youths were detained under Section 65 D.P. Act for harassing women in public places. “They were given counseling and explained about the consequences of harassing women or passing lewd remarks at them. Religious leaders and NGOs representatives were roped in to help these youths mend their ways. Some anecdotes on moral values were told to them,” said N. Gnanasambandan, Deputy Commissioner of Police, North-west district. “They were advised to respect women as they respect their own sisters and mothers. They were also administered pledge for respecting women inside and outside their homes and not to indulge in any activity which causes harm to society in general and women in particularm” added Gnanasambandan.

Youth Congress workers protest seeking PM Modi’s answer over Vyapam scam, Lalit Modi row

PM Modi should then test DNA of youth of the nation from the samples sent to him and analyse their demands,” Raja said.

Youth Congress shave heads to protest against PM Modi

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Lending a rather dramatic touch to their protests against the Centre, Youth Congress workers on Thursday had their heads shaven and nails cut in the open, even as they threatened to intensify the stir if BJP ministers involved in Lalit Modi row and Vyapam scam do not resign. During their rally held here to convey their demands, Indian National Youth Congress (IYC) members collected hair and nail samples of 51 protesters. IYC President Amarinder Singh Raja warned of similar protests across the country if External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajashthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan “don’t resign”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a statement on DNA at Bihar. He should then test DNA of youth of the nation from the samples sent to him and analyse their demands,” Raja said. The 51 activists shaved their heads near the headquarters of the party’s youth wing at Raisina Road here. Their march towards the Parliament was halted by the police. The protesters carried placard and shouted slogans like “Sushma resign karo”, “Modi chuppi todo”, “Yuvao ka DNA check karo” during the march. Delhi Unit chief of IYC, Amit Mallik said the protest aimed at impelling Modi to break his “silence” over the alleged scams.”We have taken this unique route so as to wake the Prime Minister from his slumber. We will go for more aggressive measures if our demands are not met,” IYC spokesperson Amrish Pandey said. The party will “not budge” from its demands notwithstanding government attempts to “divert” the issue, he said.Prominent among those present at the protest were IYC National Secretary Sitaram Lamba.

Youth Congress says PM Modi a ‘replica’ of Hitler, demands his resignation

Pressing for their demand, members of Congress’ youth wing also staged a street play taking jibe at BJP ministers at the Centre and in states.

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Youth Congress activists on Tuesday staged a protest demanding resignations of BJP leaders involved in the Lalit Modi controversy and the Vyapam scam, and slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi dubbing him as a “replica” of Adolf Hitler.Pressing for their demand, members of Congress’ youth wing also staged a street play taking jibe at BJP ministers at the Centre and in states.”Modi is replica of Adolf Hitler. He talks when abroad, but is silent on vital issues in the country. His major focus is on wearing shawls, mufflers and spending more on his lifestyle.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”(Sushma) Swaraj and (Vasundhara) Raje took crores of rupees from Lalit Modi and helped fugitive in return. (Shivraj Singh) Chouhan says ’49 toh kya agar 49,000 log bhi mar jaye mein resign nahi karunga (will not resign even if 49,000 people will die in Vyapam scam)’,” Indian Youth Congress president Amrinder Singh Raja alleged.He said the organisation will continue its protest until the “corrupt” BJP leaders resign.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje are at the centre of a row for allegedly helping Lalit Modi procure British travel documents and supporting the ex-IPL chief’s immigration plea, respectively.Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is under attack in connection with the Vyapam scam, which the Congress wing said has claimed lives of 49 persons associated with it.

Amid hardening stands hopes of reviving session fade

With the suspension of Congress members ending on Friday, all eyes are on the last week of the monsoon session beginning Monday, amidst hopes of reviving the session and passing key economic bills — Goods and Services Tax (GST), land acquisition and real estate — diminishing.The Congress is all set to harden its stand in Parliament, as the BJP on Thursday launched an onslaught against the party in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and outside Parliament.While in Lok Sabha, BJP members submitted a privilege motion against Youth Congress leaders for demonstrating outside the residence of Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, 30 Rajya Sabha members of NDA have sent a letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari seeking action against Congress members who were disrupting the House.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Lok Sabha, where the ruling side is in a majority, the Speaker had suspended 25 Congress MPs, but in Rajya Sabha the Opposition outnumbers the BJP-led NDA. BJP sources said the petition to the Chairman was more of political posturing to register the treasury’s protest against the disruption.The GST is pending in Rajya Sabha, where the NDA’s numerical disadvantage has come in the way of passage of bills. The government was keen on getting the GST passed to ensure that the rollout timeline did not get disturbed.The government is now mulling various options to overcome the hurdle of being in a minority in Rajya Sabha in future. Sources said the government would consider converting legislations into money bills, for which it was not mandatory to get the approval of the Upper House. They said though there was no immediate plan, this could be an option before the government if the Opposition persisted with its resistance.Though the money bill route cannot be applies to the GST, a constitution amendment bill, most other legislations can be made money bills, the sources said. The government had made the black money bill a money bill for its smooth passage in Parliament.Though government is waiting to see what strategy the Congress would adopt when it returns to the House on Monday, floor managers seem to have reconciled to the washout of the session. Sources said the government had conveyed to the Congress that its demand for resignations, which had stalled Parliament, would not be accepted.The government’s tactics to drive a wedge in the Opposition also weakened after the suspension. However, the government tried to reach out to non-congress opposition parties. Finance minister Arun Jaitley met NCP leader Sharad Pawar, sources said.The Congress, meanwhile, is getting more belligerent inside and outside the House. The Congress has even shifted out its press conferences from Parliament to the party headquarters.Countering the BJP’s charge, the Congress blamed the Prime Minister and the government for disruption. “The Prime Minister is complicit by his silence, is endorsing the acts of omission and commission. It is the arrogance and the obduracy which has caused the logjam in the Parliament and it is very clear that Shri Narendra Modi and his Government feel that they are beyond Parliamentary accountability and the laws of the country,” Congress leader Anand Sharma said.He made it clear that the Congress would persist with its “resignations first, then debate” position. On Congress joining discussion in the Parliament on the statement of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha, Sharma said the Prime Minister has to inform us as to what action he proposes to take and the discussions will follow.On BJP MPs submitting a notice for a privilege motion against Youth Congress Leaders, he said “protest is basic and fundamental right in a democracy….. If 25 MPs are not able to represent their constituencies which lead to a collective boycott by the opposition, there is a concern and there is a protest…..If the protestors had said anything against the Parliament of India, anything against the Speaker. To demonstrate against a decision and that too outside the precincts of Parliament, that is a different issue altogether.”

BJP members submit privilege motion against Youth Congress for ‘attacking’ office of Speaker

BJP members have submitted a privilege motion against Youth Congress leaders for “attacking” the office of Speaker by demonstrating outside her residence in protest against her decision to suspend 25 Congress members from the Lok Sabha.

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BJP members have submitted a privilege motion against Youth Congress leaders for “attacking” the office of Speaker by demonstrating outside her residence in protest against her decision to suspend 25 Congress members from the Lok Sabha.When the matter was raised in the House by several BJP MPs, including Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu who wanted the notice to be sent to the Privileges Committee, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan sounded reluctant but later said she would consider it. Raising the issue, Kirit Somaiya termed the Youth Congress demonstration outside the Speaker’s official residence on Wednesday as unprecedented and said such an incident has never happened.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP chief whip Arjun Ram Meghwal called it “murder of democracy”, saying the Speaker has been accused of being “partisan” and motives were being imputed to her actions. With Speaker Sumitra Mahajan sounding reluctant, Naidu urged her not to take the issue as “personal” as it was about the “institution” of her office. He requested her to send the notice to the Privileges Committee. Mahajan said she would consider it.The motion was supported by several BJP members including R K Singh. “It pains if somebody protests against the Speaker outside her residence and threatens to burn her effigy… It is nothing but blackmailing, threatening. This is a very serious issue. It is an assault on the system. Even people outside are aghast. People can disagree with the Speaker. What is the purpose of going to the Speaker’s house,” Naidu said.Youth Congress members held a demonstration outside the Speaker’s official residence here on Wednesday to protest against her decision to suspend 25 Congress MPs.

Congress demands sacking of Chhattisgarh minister whose wife used proxy candidate for exam

Singh said action will be taken under the rules against those found guilty in this connection.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Wednesday dismissed Congress’ demand for sacking of School Education Minister Kedar Kashyap, a day after a dummy candidate allegedly appeared for a university examination in place of his wife.”The minister did not appear for the exam hence he cannot be sacked. He (Kedar Kashyap) was not the one who sat for the exam,” Singh told reporters responding to a query on the government’s stand on Congress’ demand for sacking of Kashyap over the episode.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CM was addressing media persons on the sidelines of a programme in Champaran village.A dummy candidate had yesterday appeared in place of Kashyap’s wife, Shanti Kashyap for MA (English) final exam conducted by Pt Sunderlal Sharma Open University, held in Bastar district’s Lohandiguda region.Following the incident, a two-member committee was constituted by the university to probe the incident.Singh said action will be taken under the rules against those found guilty in this connection.”As the incident came to light, I spoke to VC of the university and he informed me that a probe committee has been formed and it will submit its report on Thursday.”Everything will be clear once the committee would submit its report based on which the university and the government will taken action,” he added.The CM’s response evoked a strong reaction from Congress, with its leaders accusing him of attempting to defend the minister.”The statement of the CM that Kashyap himself did not seat for the exam is very irresponsible. The CM could not wash hands off from the controversy by pleading ignorance about the deeds of Shanti Kashyap,” said Congress state general secretary Shailesh Nitin Trivedi.He said such a “major forgery” was not possible cwithout the involvement of Kashyap.”Kashayp has lost the moral right to remain in position hence he should resign or be sacked,” Trivedi said.Meanwhile, a large number of Youth Congress and NSUI workers protested in front of Kashyap’s house in Raipur and Jagdalpur demanding his dismissal over the row.

Tamil Nadu government to observe APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday as ‘Youth Renaissance Day’

Tamil Nadu government will also constitute the ‘Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award’ for persons who strive towards promoting scientific growth, humanities and students’ welfare

APJ Abdul Kalam at Jaipur Literature Festival 2015

Amid widespread demands to conserve the legacy of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Tamil Nadu government on Friday said an award would be constituted in his name and his birthday would be observed as “Youth Renaissance Day”.Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said she had issued directions to constitute the ‘Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award’ for persons who strive towards promoting scientific growth, humanities and students’ welfare and that the award would be given away during Independence Day every year.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This was in line with her government’s policy of creating a ‘Strong India and Resourceful Tamil Nadu,’ she said in a statement here.The award will carry an 8 gram gold medal, Rs 5 lakh in cash and a citation and would be presented to a person hailing from the state, she said, adding it would be given away from this year.Further, October 15, Kalam’s birthday, would henceforth be observed as ‘Youth Renaissance Day’ by the Tamil Nadu government, she said.”Abdul Kalam always wanted to remain a teacher. He was a driving force behind the growth of youth by his enlightening remarks that struck a chord with students,” she said while recalling his contributions towards India’s growth.Kalam was a multi-faceted personality, often described as ‘Missile Man’ and ‘Nuclear Hero,’ Jayalalithaa said while tracing his humble origins.His hard work and dedication not only made him a veteran scientist, but also the President, she said, adding, he had a vision that the country should become a superpower by 2020.Kalam died on July 27 in Shillong and was laid to rest at his native Rameswaram in the state with full state honours yesterday, with thousands of people attending his funeral.

Protests in Srinagar after recovery of youth’s body in Jhelum river

Protests broke out in Maisuma area of the city on Sunday following recovery of the body of a youth from the Jhelum river.

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Protests broke out in Maisuma area of the city on Sunday following recovery of the body of a youth from the Jhelum river.Security forces fired tear smoke shells to disperse the stone-pelting crowd, police said. The youth, Owais Ahmad Fafu, had gone missing a few days ago. He went out with his friends and did not return home.His body was fished out from the Jhelum river at Shadipora area of Bandipora district.A group of youth started pelting stones at police and paramilitary CRPF near the Akhara Building in Maisuma area after the body of Fafu was handed over to his family in nearby Mandirbagh area, a police official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The official said that the cops initially tried to chase away the protesters by resorting to baton charge but in vain. Over two dozen tear smoke shells were fired to chase away the protesters but the youth kept regrouping to engage the cops, the official said.

Display of ISIS, Pakistan flags is expression of ‘anger’, says Farooq Abdullah

Necessary measures need to be taken to “get these boys back into the national mainstream”, he said, adding, “You have to look at the what is pinching them.”
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With ISIS and Pakistani flags being repeatedly displayed in Kashmir, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Friday said it was an expression of “anger” and “frustration” by the youth who want to “wake up the nation”.The former Chief Minister said “none of us has bothered about them” and there is no way for them to express themselves other than displaying such flags.”It is actually the frustration and anger in the youth. Nothing is being done for them. They can’t show their anger by any other method except by putting these flags up,” Abdullah said when asked about the frequent hoisting of ISIS and other controversial flags during protests in Kashmir.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”They (youth) want to wake up the nation that ‘think of us’. None of us has bothered about them. That is the tragedy of it,” said the NC chief whose party was in power in the state from 2009 to the last year-end.Necessary measures need to be taken to “get these boys back into the national mainstream”, he said, adding, “You have to look at the what is pinching them.”At the same time, he said that borders between India and Pakistan can never be changed as referred to a series of grenade attacks carried out by militants in Srinagar on Friday.”They (militants) are attacking towers. What is attacking a tower going to do? Do you think that will change anything. I am absolutely clear the border will never change, whatever you may do. The border is not going to change,” Abdullah said after a meeting of his faction of the state’s Cricket Association.Invoking former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he advocated friendly relations with Pakistan.”What must be done is friendship between the two countries. It is essential for survival of Kashmir and when I say Kashmir, it means Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. I remember Vajpayee Ji’s words that friends can be changed but neighbours cannot be. Either we can have friendly relations with the neighbours or destruction is around the corner. They (Pakistan) should also understand this that the Muslims across the world today are facing destruction. Who is responsible for it,” he said.Abdullah said the young generation in Kashmir was on the path of destruction and everyone, except the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led state government, was concerned about it.”Everybody is concerned about it. Recently, the NSA (Ajit Doval) had also come to review this (situation). Instead of countering these things, they (the state government) is busy with (affairs of) cricket association,” the NC chief said.He was referring to the recent election conducted by the rebel faction of the association which elected Sports Minister Imran Raza Ansari as the president, replacing Abdullah as the head of the cricket governing body after 35 years.”The young generation is going on to a path of destruction and Mufti sahib’s government is not thinking about how to save the situation from going back to the 1990’s. Youth is now educated and wanting to take the gun,” he said.Abdullah criticised the PDP-BJP coalition government for “withdrawing security of people who are most vulnerable” to militant threats.”Those who are facing the most threat, their security is being withdrawn. Mufti sahib, we also were in power. Farooq Abdullah never reduced your security. Did I trouble you in any way. How long will you continue this way? ‘Jitna aap badla lena chahenge, utna hi Allah bhi aap ka Jinazah jaldi nikalega’ (As much as you will try to take revenge, Allah will hasten your death),” he said.Asked if his security had also been downgraded, Abdullah, who has ‘Z-Plus’ cover, evaded a direct reply saying he was not bothered.”I am not bothered about my security, I have faith in Allah. No security can save me when I am destined to die but I am worried about those who live in vulnerable areas and are at the mercy of God,” he added.

Kailash Satyarthi urges youth to join in campaign against child labour

Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Welfare Sarbananda Sonowal said the country has a huge youth power that can put India as a force to be reckoned with.

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Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Monday called upon the youth to join him in his “ambitious campaign of protecting 100 bilion left out children”.”Youths have the power to bring about changes in the world and to free bonded child labourers from the clutches of traffickers”, Satyarthi said while delivering the K K Handique Memorial lecture on ”Role of Youths in protecting world”s left out children”. He urged youths to make use of social media to fight for the rights of the bonded and left out children.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Your anger must be ventilated in a constructive and positive manner for the protection of bonded child labour and left out children,” he added. He further called upon universities to bring in innovations to maintain excellence in education. “Education must be qualitative, inclusive and ensure equity, besides bringing employability and entrepreneurship,” he added.Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Welfare Sarbananda Sonowal said the country has a huge youth power that can put India as a force to be reckoned with. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said education plays a pivotal role in resolving the problems of children and can bring about a turnaround in all spheres of life.

You have the power to change the world: Satyarthi urges youth to join campaign against child labour

Guwahati: Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Monday called upon the youth to join him in his “ambitious campaign of protecting 100 billion left out children”.

“Youths have the power to bring about changes in the world and to free bonded child labourers from the clutches of traffickers”, Satyarthi said while delivering the K K Handique Memorial lecture on ‘Role of Youths in protecting world’s left out children’.

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He urged youths to make use of social media to fight for the rights of the bonded and left out children.

“Your anger must be ventilated in a constructive and positive manner for the protection of bonded child labour and left out children,” he added.

He further called upon universities to bring in innovations to maintain excellence in education.

“Education must be qualitative, inclusive and ensure equity, besides bringing employability and entrepreneurship,” he added.

Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Welfare Sarbananda Sonowal said the country has a huge youth power that can put India as a force to be reckoned with.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said education plays a pivotal role in resolving the problems of children and can bring about a turnaround in all spheres of life.

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Jammu: Five policemen arrested for allegedly killing a youth

Jammu: Five policemen of Special Operation Group (SOG) have been arrested for allegedly killing a youth on the outskirts of the district in Jammu.

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“Five cops of SOG have been arrested and a case of murder has been registered in connection with the death of a youth in firing in Domana belt of Jammu city yesterday,” a senior police officer said on Monday.

Police fired on a youth identified as Tarseem Lal, involved in narcotics smuggling, when he tried to escape after his arrest in Domana belt resulting in his death, he said.

A case of murder was registered against the cops after Forest Minister and MLA of Domana Bali Bhagat visited the youth’s family and promised them registration of a murder case against the accused policemen.

Bali spoke to Jammu and Kashmir DGP K Rajendra after which a case of murder was registered against the 5 policemen.

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Goa Youth Congress leader gets burnt during protest

The protest was cut short after the incident.

A Youth Congress activist suffered burn injuries during a protest against the state tourism minister Dilip Parulekar here this evening.Varad Mardolkarm, general secretary of state unit of Youth Congress, suffered injuries when protesters were setting Parulekar’s effigy on fire after pouring petrol on it outside the Congress House here.The protest was cut short after the incident. “Varad got in contact with flames accidentally,” said Goa Congress spokesman Sunil Kawathankar.He was rushed to Goa Medical College hospital for treatment.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Youth Congress was protesting Parulekar’s recent controversial remark where he described a gang-rape accused as `naadan’ (naive/idiot) and termed the crime as an isolated incident.

Goa tourism minister apologises for his statement on gangrape

Goa Youth Congress held a protest in the city this evening while NCP leader Trojano D’mello demanded resignation of the minister.

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Goa tourism minister Dilip Parulekar on Saturday tendered apology for his controversial remark about a recent gang-rape in the state. “I am withdrawing my statement. I am apologising for it. I didn’t mean to support the rape,” Parulekar said. Reacting to the gang rape of two Delhi-based girls, the minister had said it was a stray incident, and the culprits were ‘naadan’ (naive/idiots). He had also said that the culprits were not Goans. The statement evoked a sharp reaction from various quarters. Goa Youth Congress held a protest in the city this evening while NCP leader Trojano D’mello demanded resignation of the minister. Two Delhi-based girls, holidaying in Goa, were waylaid and raped by five men on Monday night. All the five were later arrested. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also Read: Gangrape incident ‘small’, maintains Goa minister, Congress protests

IIT Madras row: DYFI members stage protest outside campus, detained

The agitating members of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) raised slogans against the Modi-led Union government and HRD Minister Smriti Irani even as they were whisked away by the policemen.

Scores of volunteers belonging to the leftist DYFI were detained on Saturday after they tried to stage a road blockade outside IIT, Madras to protest the derecognition of a students’ group for allegedly criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, even as some political parties expressed concern over ‘threats’ to freedom of expression.The agitating members of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) raised slogans against the Modi-led Union government and HRD Minister Smriti Irani even as they were whisked away by the policemen.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They also had a heated exchange of words with the police and raised slogans against the management of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) and sought action against it for derecognising Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle recently.A DYFI volunteer said the “agenda of RSS” will not be allowed in Tamil Nadu.Security has been beefed up around IIT-M in anticipation of more protests, police said.Meanwhile, DMK and MDMK expressed “shock” over the “intolerance” shown by the authorities of IIT-M, and expressed concern over “threats” to freedom of expression.”This stand to curb freedom of expression taken by the institution and the Union government is most disheartening.This incident displays a clear unwarranted interference of the Union government in the running of an educational institution,” DMK Treasurer M K Stalin said in a statement.Young minds should be allowed to engage in societal dialogue constructively and dissent should not be stifled, he said, adding, “Such regressive and repressive actions will lead to unrest and rebellion among youth.” “I urge the Union government to respect the freedom of speech and expression of the citizens and be open to criticism and dissent,” he added.MDMK leader Vaiko slammed Irani for saying she had nothing to do with the derecognition episode even as he condemned the institute’s management for “stifling” dissent. “Irani should realise that none has the right to snatch away the basic right of freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution of India,” he said, while urging that the action against the study circle be withdrawn immediately.IIT, Madras, had come under criticism on Friday for derecognising the said students’ body for allegedly violating code of conduct. The issue is scheduled to be taken up in the Board of Students meeting in August.

AAP stages protest against one year of PM Modi-led NDA rule

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that the Central government had failed in fulfilling the tall promises it made to the country in the run up to the elections.

AAP protest at Jantar Mantar(Delhi)

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday staged a protest at Jantar Mantar in the national capital against one year of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s rule.Protesters raised slogans against the Central government and carried placards reading, “RIP Acche Din” and “Acche Dino ki Punya Tithi”.”BJP president Amit Shah called a press conference and unsuccessfully tried to talk about the achievements of his government. They said that we have started the allocation of coal blocks and raised Rs two lakh crores due to that. Who are they fooling? The coal block allocation wasn’t their choice but their obligation,” said party leader Dilip Pandey.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The AAP protest comes a day after the Youth Congress protested against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and alleged that the Central government had failed in fulfilling the tall promises it made to the country in the run up to the elections.Prime Minister Modi took charge of his office on May 26 last year, after a historic election victory that gave the BJP the first parliamentary majority in 30 years and ended two terms of rule by the Congress party.

No farmers’ land will be acquired at throwaway rates, assures Amit Shah

Countering the opposition charge that NDA government was “pro-corporate”, BJP chief Amit Shah on Saturday assured that farmers’ land will not be acquired at throwaway rates for corporate houses.

Countering the opposition charge that NDA government was “pro-corporate”, BJP chief Amit Shah on Saturday assured that farmers’ land will not be acquired at throwaway rates for corporate houses.He also took on the drug menace in Punjab and asked party workers to carry out a major awareness drive to reach out to every youth affected by it and help convince them shun it. He said the BJP government at the Centre was in favour of farmers and the poor and has taken a number of initiatives to help them in their hour of crisis after they suffered crop damage due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm. Seeking to reach out to farmers on the land Bill, he said, “Farmers will be given adequate compensation so that they can buy better alternative agriculture land for further cultivation…”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It will be wrong to say that farmers would be deprived of their land and that it would be purchased at a throw-away price for corporate houses,” he said seeking to allay fears of peasants. Talking about the plight of farmers, Shah said they would get adequate compensation for their agriculture yield damaged in unseasonal rains and hailstorm. He listed out the enhanced compensation to farmers, insurance cover to them and easy credit through Mudra bank as some measures in farmers aid.He also sought to counter the opposition charge that theirs was a “Government of corporates” and said it was the UPA government that was “pro-corporate” as it had allotted coal mines to corporate and their own party members for peanuts. “Our government belongs to every poor citizen of the nation,” he said, adding the Modi Government had opened the bank account of 14 crore people while UPA Government was unable to extend such an enormous benefit to economically poor class.Shah, who was on a visit to the state to strengthen the organisation, asked party leaders to reach out to every village and expand the party base in the border state. The party has 23 lakh members in the state.Taking on the drug menace, he said “Youth in Punjab is badly perturbed due to drug menace but BJP workers will eradicate it from the grass-roots.” Shah was to earlier sit on a ‘dharna’ against the menace in the state, but postponed his plans saying he would chalk out a yatra against it and will chalk out plans later.

Rajasthan farmer suicide: Arvind Kejriwal apologises for continuing speech, says no blame game needed

“Whoever is guilty should be hanged. We should focus on farmers. Farmers are committing suicide and our aim should be to stop suicides.” Kejriwal said.

After 41-year-old Gajendra Singh committed suicide at AAP rally in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday apologised for continuing his speech, and said that there was no need for blame game. Speaking to ANI, Kejriwal said, “I have never had such an experience in my life. The tree was far from the stage and due to tree’s branches I couldn’t see what was happening.”Apologising for continuing his speech, Kejriwal added, “I made a mistake. I should have called off the rally. I continued my speech (after farmer’s suicide), that was my error. I apologise if someone’s sentiments have been hurt. I could not announce from the stage about what was happening on the tree, as there would have been a stampede.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kejriwal further added, “I want to answer to questions that are being raised on us. No blame game is needed. It is not right to blame the police as well. When the body came down he was still alive, AAP workers rushed him to the hospital. I don’t think that anybody of those present there would have thought that a person would commit suicide.”Stating that the inquiry will take place and the culprits will come out in the end, Kejriwal added, “I am saying that incident took place in front of me, I could not sleep for the whole night, but the real truth will come out after inquiry. Whoever is guilty should be hanged. We should focus on farmers. Farmers are committing suicide and our aim should be to stop suicides.” Kejriwal said. 41-year-old Gajendra Singh, a resident of Dausa district and father of three, took his life by hanging himself from a tree on Wednesday, while Arvind Kejriwal was addressing a farmers rally on the issue of Land Acquisition Ordinance.Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Aam Aadmi Party accused the Delhi Police of being responsible for the death of farmer Gajendra Singh, who had committed suicide by hanging himself during a rally in the national capital, announcing a monetary compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the latter’s family.Workers of the Youth Congress and BJP also protested against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal outside his residence following the suicide of farmer Gajendra Singh, who committed suicide during an Aam Aadmi Party rally in the national capital.The demonstrators raised slogans against Kejriwal and burnt his effigies, slamming the Delhi Chief Minister for continuing with his address despite Gajendra’s suicide.

Magisterial probe into the killing of youth in Budgam, Kashmir begins

Srinagar: A magisterial probe began on Tuesday into the killing of a youth last week in police firing in Budgam district that led to widespread protests in parts of Kashmir.

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“The Additional District Magistrate Budgam, who has been appointed enquiry officer to ascertain the causes and circumstances leading to the death of Suhail Ahmad Sofi on Saturday, will record statements of witnesses from today,” an official spokesman said.

He said the enquiry officer will record the statements of witnesses in connection with the incident till 27 April during office hours on all working days.

The Jammu and Kashmir government had ordered a magisterial probe into the 18 April incident when a youth Suhail Ahmad Sofi was killed in police firing at Narbal in Budgam district.

The family of the deceased has alleged that Sofi and two others were shot by police personnel after being detained. While Sofi succumbed to the injuries, the other two youths sustained injuries in the incident.

Police has arrested two cops including an Assistant Sub Inspector in connection with the case and attached the SHO concerned for lack of supervision.

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Police asked him to run, then shot him as he began fleeing: Cousin of teen killed in Kashmir

Narbal: As the body of 17-year-old Suhail Ahmed Sofi was being carried through the narrow lanes of Bazar Mohalla in Narbal area, angry mourners filled the streets and rented the air with anti-India slogans.

Narbal is barely nine kilometres away from Srinagar, but it took this correspondent three hours to reach there as police and protesters engaged in pitted battles at several spots on the way.

According to eyewitnesses who recollected the events of the fateful day, around half a dozen protesters had gathered at Narbal to block the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway. The road-block was planned in protest against the arrest of separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat. Earlier in the day, the Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani had urged Kashmiris to protest Alam’s arrest.

At around 9 am, a contingent of police and paramilitary forces arrived at the spot to clear the road. The protesters started pelting stones at the security forces, who retaliated with gunfire.

Suhail Ahmed Sofi's kin mourn his death. AFP.Suhail Ahmed Sofi's kin mourn his death. AFP.

Suhail Ahmed Sofi’s kin mourn his death. AFP.

“Suhail was not part of the crowd of protesters. In fact, he was all ready to leave for the Government High School in Narbal where he studied. However, as a news spread that a crowd had gathered on the bridge near his house, he left the house, perhaps out of curiosity. Even if the security personnel thought that he was a part of the protest, they could have shot him in the legs.  Why did they kill him? He didn’t try to harm anyone,” Sofi’s inconsolable mother, Firdousa, told Firstpost.

“He lay on the road, bleeding, for fifteen minutes. They (forces) didn’t allow people to take him to hospital,” she added.

Suhail’s cousin Shakeel Ahmad, who had accompanied the teenager to the witness the protests, said that the situation was ‘normal’ till the police arrived.

“At around 9:15 am, four or five boys started throwing stones at the police who had just arrived. Immediately after, one of the cops caught hold of Suhail and asked him to run. When he ran, they shot him. Suhail lay in a pool of blood. I tried to pull his by his arm, but failed. When I saw police coming towards us, I fled from the spot,” he said.

Shakeeel said that by the time he had managed to gather women from neighboring houses, Suhail has lost considerable amount of blood, “We begged police to leave him alone as he was wounded. But they were kicking him. We couldn’t save him,” he said.

“He was in his school uniform – grey pants and white shirt – when he was killed,” Ahmad said.

After the police allowed Suhail’s kin to take him to the hospital, the doctors at the JVC Hospital pronounced him ‘brought dead’. Dr Ajaz Ahmad, Medical Superintendent of the JVC hospital said Sofi had already lost a lot of blood before he was brought to the hospital. “He was hit by a bullet in his back. By the time he was brought here, most of his vital organs, including kidneys, had been irreparably damaged,” Dr Ajaz told Firstpost.

The Jammu and Kashmir police has booked two of its personnel in regard to the case. Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Syed Javid Mujtaba Gillani, said the killing of Suhail could have been “avoided” but the forces violated Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and killed the youth. “We have been investigating the matter and whoever was deployed there violated the SOP,” IGP Gillani said

He admitted that after primary investigation, it was found that Constable Javaid Ahmad had fired with his service rifle on the directions of In-charge police party, ASI Manzoor Ahmad, in violation of laid down SOP.

“Both the ASI and Constable have been arrested and further investigation is underway. Inspector Khursheed ur Rehman, the station house officer of Magam police station has been attached for lack of supervision,” a statement issued by police said.

However, the FIR that has been registered in the case mentions several charges like murder, arson, criminal conspiracy. It is not clear what charges have been slapped on the policemen.

Suhail’s death has pushed Kashmir to the edge once again with hundreds of young boys are pouring on to the streets across the Valley and clashing with heavily armed police and paramilitary personnel. .

Suhail’s killing is the first civilian death in police firing under the newly elected PDP-BJP government led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who preferred not to speak on the issue. The PDP president, Mehbooba Mufti, issued a statement, condemning the killing and sought action against the culprits.

However, the killing has put CM Mufti’s claim of ‘zero tolerance’ for human right violations under the scanner. Soon after he was sworn in, Mufti had asserted that he will hold the armed forces accountable for such incidents, in order to instill a sense of security in the state.

The opposition National Conference condemned the killing and lashed out at PDP for being “culpable” in both the Tral and the Narbal killings. A spokesperson for the party said that it was “tragic” that PDP’s much touted “Year of the Youth” had started with the killing of a youth in Kashmir.

Saturday’s killing comes four days after 24-year old Khalid Muzaffar, brother of a Hizbul Mujahideen commander, was killed by the Army allegedly in custody in south Kashmir’s Tral.

The twin killings have turned on the heat on the political and security apparatus in the Valley with the Hurriyat issuing a fresh call for strike on Sunday.

Net neutrality: Youth Congress, NSUI hold ‘Save the Internet March’

The frontal organisations of Congress took out a “Save the Internet March” demanding ‘net neutrality’ and free Internet access to all.

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Amid a raging debate over ‘net neutrality’, Youth Congress and National Students Union of India (NSUI) on Thursday demanded the government to treat all data on Internet equally. The frontal organisations of Congress took out a “Save the Internet March” demanding ‘net neutrality’ and free Internet access to all.A delegation, led by Youth Congress president Raja Brar and NSUI president Roji John, also met Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and submitted a memorandum, said NSUI spokesman Amrish Ranjan Pandey.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We demand that TRAI and telecom industry avoid favour of any kind of content or media over the other on the Internet, which is the very anti-thesis of net neutrality,” he said.”We believe that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) and the government should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging deferentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment or mode of communication,” the memorandum said.An intense debate, including on social media platforms, began on the issue of ‘net neutrality’ after some telecom firms announced services that are being billed as going against the concept of maintaining equal Internet access for all.These platforms claim to allow users to access a variety of mobile and Internet applications for free, but the critics allege that these services restrict the ‘free’ access to a select group of websites and apps and therefore sabotage the entire concept of keeping the Internet free.

Maharashtra: Writer Girish Karnad joins protest against ban on beef

Beef eating programme was held by Left wing Democratic Youth Federation of India and Dalit outfits to protest against ban on beef.
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Calling ban on beef as an act that was against the diverse food culture of our society, Left wing body Democratic Youth Federation of India and Dalit outfits on Thursday held a beef eating programme in Bengaluru that was attended by Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad.The event was organised in protest against the ban on beef in different parts of the country and also supported and attended another famous Kannada writer Dr K Marulasiddappa. Protesters criticised the beef ban as an attempt to encroach upon the choice of food and against the diverse food culture of Indian society.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Both Karnad and Marulasiddappa did not eat beef, but said they support the event and stand against such ban.”I don’t want people to say that because I eat beef therefore I opposed the law. No, everyone has the right to practice….” Karnad said.To a question he said “Who said large part our population doesn’t eat beef? This nonsense is created by Brahmins;this is created by Hindutva protagonists. Vokkaligas, Muslims, Christians, Dalits and many other communities eat….then how is it against the practice of large population of this country?”Marulasiddappa said “I have not eaten beef here because I don’t follow that food habit, I have that right, but at the same time I don’t have right to scorn at those who eat it. I have respect towards them.”Anticipating trouble as the event had invited a lot of opposition, police intervened and took away the eatables made of beef from the organisers. Criticising the police action as undemocratic, organiserssaid, “this is against the law, we criticise this act by the police, ours was a peaceful programme, we have in no way affected the law and order situation.”

Sadhvi Prachi performs ‘Ghar Wapsi’ on UP youth, administration takes action

Lakhimpur Kheri (UP): District administration here were on their toes after VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi allegedly performed “Ghar Wapsi” (reconversion) of a youth here.

At a programme organised by VHP to mark its golden jubilee year, Sadhvi Prachi carried out “Ghar Wapsi” of the youth.

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As soon as the administration officials came to know about it, they took the youth identified as Rajan Puri into their custody.

Police and administration officials took away the youth to the collectorate to record his statements while the VHP activists resorted to agitation demanding his statements be taken at the place of meeting.

The hour-long drama ended after the youth was brought back to the meeting spot.

Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Rakesh Patel said, “The youth in his statement has said he had adopted Islam in 2006 when he had married a Muslim girl. However, today he re-adopted Hindu religion without any pressure or allurement.”

“The administration will serve a notice on the organisers as they had failed to intimate the authorities about this programme,” he said.

Earlier, Sadhvi Prachi in her address spoke against “Love Jihad” and appealed to follow “Hum Do Hamare Char (We Two Ours Four)” policy to save the country.

She said she was against religious conversion and advocated law to check it.

However, she strongly championed for “Ghar Wapsi” saying “1,400 years ago, only ancestors of Ram and Krishna existed here”. She also appealed youths to avoid western culture which promoted Valentine’s Day.

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Delhi Polls: Rahul Gandhi holds first roadshow; attacks PM Narendra Modi

Gandhi who was late by almost an hour, kept his calm throughout the show, with a smile on his face. Through out the road show which lasted for about an hour and a half, Gandhi was seen constantly waving at the crowd, but had very little to offer.
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A year after its rout in the capital, Congress puts the best step forward by fielding party vice president Rahul Gandhi for his first roadshow at the Kalkaji assembly seat. He said: “When will Modi stop speaking and start working?”Targeting the BJP, Rahul said that it was only favouring some corporate houses. “There are only promises and favouritism towards some three to four corporate houses. But we are the party of the poor,” he said. While the Congress has been targeting AAP as the B team of BJP, Gandhi said, “AAP is not our main contender.”Interestingly, state unit managed to attract big crowd for the event, as most of them had come to see Rahul Gandhi. Besides the state party unit, the Youth Congress and the NSUI, the student wing of the Congress party, too had pitched in their resources to make the event a success for the Congress.”We came here, because we were told that we will get to share the open truck with Rahul Gandhi,” said the disappointed Mohd Rashid. Rashid has joined Youth Congress just to have a close glimpse of the Gandhi family.For the over enthusiastic school children living in the Rajiv Gandhi Transit Camp, a samosa and a can of juice was enough to keep them moving ahead of the Gandhi convoy. Most of them missed school, to hold flags and shout slogans.”We have got free chest batches, flags and caps. After the road show we will be getting a sandwich and a cola bottle,” said Sonu. Sonu reads in fourth standard in the nearby municipal school. On Tuesday he chose to miss school and participate in the road show.It is a very rare occasion in this camp, when the great grandson of India’s first family visits their area. “He is a descendent of the royal family. It is because of his grandparents that we are a free nation today. I have come here to support him,” said Kusum Devi. Kusum is the third generation of the family which has been a Congress loyalist.Gandhi who was late by almost an hour, kept his calm throughout the show, with a smile on his face. Through out the road show which lasted for about an hour and a half, Gandhi was seen constantly waving at the crowd, but had very little to offer.Harping on the old tunes of bringing in the RTI act and MNREGA, Gandhi said, “We have three issues for Delhi. We will give cheap water and power. We will give every body a permanent job and bring an end to contractual labour. The congress will also provide right to shelter for everyone.”

BJP working on Hurriyat agenda in Jammu and Kashmir, alleges Congress

By not forming the government in spite of getting a mandate, BJP was “hijacking” the agenda of Kashmir-based separatists aimed at creating political instability in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress alleged on Sunday.”BJP is least interested in formation of government in the state, they just want to hijack the agenda of the Hurriyat Conference to create political uncertainties and instability in Jammu and Kashmir,” senior Congress leader Sham Lal Sharma said. He was addressing youth workers of the party in Akhnoor.”People voted for a change, let them now judge how their mandate is being humiliated. Despite having the requisite numbers they failed to form a government which resulted in the imposition of the Governor’s rule in the state,” Sharma said. Sharma said that BJP has compromised with the sentiments and aspirations of the people of the Jammu region.While alleging that Jammu has been denied its due right by the Kashmir-centric politicians, he said,”Jammu will no more play second fiddle to Kashmir and our party is determined to bring a separate regional development council for Jammu and we must struggle for it together,” he said. Sharma said that the youth of the county, especially of the Jammu region, had no other option but to leave their house to search for better employment opportunities outside the state.”This is a serious concern as the youth is forced to leave their house and old parents to seek for job opportunities outside the state, the youth needs to have better employment opportunities in the Jammu region,” he said.Sharma urged the Union government to launch a special army recruitment drive in the border areas of Jammu region so that the youth from those areas get an opportunity to serve the country.

Explosives found in railway station at Guwahati

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A huge quantity of gelatin sticks and cordex wires were recovered from an unclaimed bag by the GRPF in Guwahati Railway Station tonight on the eve of the 19th National Youth Festival beginning here tomorrow.During routine patrolling the bag containing 106 gelatin sticks and six wire rolls was noticed in platform number three by the security personnel, said GRPF sources. (an official in the GRPF office in the railway station)To which militant outfit the explosives belonged or who was carrying them was not immediately known as investigations were on, the sources said.Security measures have been intensified in the railway stations and the city where nearly 5000 youths from across the country have congregate to showcase their talent in the field of art and culture at the Festival, police said.At the opening ceremony of the Festival, organised by the union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in collaboration with the state government, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is scheduled to be the chief guest and union youth Affairs and Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will preside over the ceremony.