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Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi urges India to embrace Mahatam Gandhi’s legacy ‘Khadi’

Calling on the nation to embrace Khadi as it was the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the fabric signified the culture of India and added that it was bound to produce employment in the nation.Addressing the nation in the 16th edition of his ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme, he said that Khadi had become a symbol of the nation with its own identity. “In relation with Khadi, Sardar Patel has said that India’s freedom lays in Khadi and so does the nation’s cultural identity. In India, the very religion of non-violence lays in Khadi and so does the development of farmers,” the Prime Minister said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lauding the people associated with Khadi, he said that the fabric was quickly gaining attention among the youth and was carving a niche for itself in the world of fashion. He added that the Railways Ministry, Police Department, Indian Navy, Uttarakhand Postal Service and other government offices had taken the initiative to promote Khadi. “Due to the efforts of many government organisations in the field of Khadi, around 18 lakh people can be granted employment,” the Prime Minister said.Talking about bringing in solar energy in Khadi generation, he said that using the sun to power the spinning wheels had been a revolutionary idea. “Geeta and Komal Devi from Rajasthan and Sadhna Devi from Bihar wrote to me on how powering the spinning wheel using solar energy had brought a radical change in their lives,” he added.The Prime Minister reminded the nation that when they remember Mahatma Gandhi on 30th January, they should include at least one item of Khadi clothing in their wardrobe.

Delhi: Political conspiracy behind MCD workers strike, claims PWD Minister Satyendar Jain

Smelling political conspiracy behind the strike by the MCD workers, Delhi Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday alleged that they were being forced to do the same by the municipal councillors.”The workers are not willing to go on strike. They are being forced to go on the strike. The MCD councillors are leading the strike. It is a political game now,” said Jain. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jain, who met the North and East MCD Commissioners this morning, said that he has got an assurance from them that the workers would get back to work at the earliest. “We have instructed the MCD workers to clean the city. The MCD Commissioners have assured us that the workers will get back to work. We have also told them to get the private workers on work and clean the garbage,” he said.Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers took to the streets to clear up the growing pile of garbage across the national capital. Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel is leading a team in Shahdara while Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is overseeing the same in Patparpanj. Earlier, Jain set up a task force to clean up the piling garbage across the national capital and deployed around 100 trucks with ten workers each to clean up the city.The indefinite strike by the MCD workers has entered its fifth day today as they have shown no signs of backing down from their agitation.

Pathankot attack aftermath: IAF completes security audit of facilities

The Indian Air Force has completed a security audit of its almost 950 flying and non-flying bases in the aftermath of Pathankot terror attack and is likely to seek permission of the Defence Ministry to induct more Garud commandos.Top sources in the Air Force said the audit, ordered after the attack on its air base in Pathankot earlier this month, has identified the chinks in the security and measures would be taken to plug them.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asked if the Defence Security Corps, made up of retired soldiers, would be replaced with other security personnel, the sources said Garud commandos are already present at its facilities and, if needed, more will be added.They made it clear the security of bases will continue to be handled by the DSC personnel and Garud commandos.Sources said identification of loopholes in security has been completed and the next step will be to test them.The Garud (Special Forces of the IAF) was formed in 2003 for providing specific in-house role capabilities to the IAF.Garuds are specially trained to be a Quick Reaction Force at important IAF bases, protect IAF’s high-value assets, conduct search and rescue during peace and war, and undertake counter-terrorism tasks and special missions.Garuds have been effectively deployed as part Indian peacekeeping missions in support of the UN and for evacuation of Indian nationals from war zones.The Defence Ministry is in the process of setting up a committee to review security at all armed forces facilities in the country based on the “risk factor”, besides the audit undertaken by the individual services themselves.”A specific team is being made. It will visit (the bases) and look into priorities like risk factor, sensitivity and assets. It will also talk to the local commanders,” Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said on January 21.

Three men arrested with 1000 kg explosives, 132 detonators in Madhya Pradesh

Three people were arrested and explosives weighing 1000 kilograms were also recovered from them at Sagar in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday.Besides the massive haul of explosives, around 132 detonators and other materials were also seized by the police.Meanwhile, the questioning of the three men is underway.Further details awaited.

Engaging with academia: Political scientist Nandini Deo says strategies mobilise people, not religious ideologies

Nandini Deo, an assistant professor in the department of Political Science at Lehigh University recently released her book Religion and Gender in India: The Role of Activism. Nandini is known in academic circles for her work in politics and advocacy in India and co-authored The Politics of Collective Advocacy in India with Duncan McDuie Ra. She spent the last 10 years of her career studying social movements in India and has openly expressed her interest in women’s activism, “it would have been the next career choice,” she laughs.

Nandini Deo. Image Courtesy: Lehigh UniversityNandini Deo. Image Courtesy: Lehigh University

Nandini Deo. Image Courtesy: Lehigh University

On a visit to India, Deo spoke to Firstpost about her latest research findings. Her thoroughly-researched book takes the form of a historical analysis of the rise and fall of Hindutva and the role of feminist politics in India.

Deo speaks of “critical junctures” that have been reached in terms of social movements in India — she analyses the 2014 General Elections in India and protests that emerged in women’s groups about sexual violence. Deo elaborates upon how effective feminism is as social movement.

The book highlights the core dynamics of both movements and shows how strategies such as grassroots education, electoral mobilisation, media management and donor cultivation lead to a movement’s growth and not just ideology.

Women’s movement vs Hindu nationalist movement

Her endeavour to understand how activists influence policy — essentially stems from the idea that “activists are not particularly successful” in influencing policy. Through a comparative approach she chose to describe what were the things, activities and strategies that the women’s movement could employ in their bid to become more successful in creating social change. Deo paints a vivid picture (backed by qualititative data) of both, the Hindu nationalist movement and the women’s movement, and charts their successes, stagnation and failures; Deo’s main concern has been to understand the various ‘strategies’ at play.

The women’s movement, Deo observes lacks a specific lobbying voice — which leaves the movement scattered and frayed around the edges; the Hindu nationalists, however employ organised functions that help them create more influence and lead to more “successes”.

“Women’s groups come together only when there is an issue at hand, they unite. However, during other times, they go back to the fringes, they recede and go back to working on their specific and specialised issues,” she says.

She demonstrates this through her own experience in the field, when Deo, a women’s movement sympathiser, found it odd that almost none of the women’s organisations/groups she interacted with tried to pull her in; “there was only once when I was asked to join a cause,” she says.

However, during the time she spent with Hindu nationalists, she encountered assistance and help at each step. “The women’s movement, in my opinion is not particularly savvy about recruiting new people to their cause,” she laments.

The women’s movement is too comfortable being “closed in” and is not inclined to finding new ways of pushing for their goals.

Ideology is not the only motivator

Deo’s core argument is that “ideologies and grievances that inform the events are less important than the long term strategies of the activists who embody these movements.”

Academics and political commentators have believed so far that ideology forms a big part of why an individual supports a movement, but Deo has found in her research that “ideological blinders” are part of the picture, but only in a limited way. “Ideas matter, but only in some ways,” she adds.

Should the women’s movement be more in sync with the government in order to be more successful? Deo says that it is necessary to be cohesive in function — “its members need to latch on to opportunities and mobilise consistently,” she says.

Using the national state of Emergency in the 1970s (declared by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi) as an example, Deo says that many women’s organisations collectively decided not to work with a “corrupt” state — in this ideological disillusionment, they sought support from foundations and international agencies — “perhaps they would have done better by staying ‘in sync’ with the government,” posits Deo.

The Hindu national movement did very well by staying in the mainstream and strategising to gain control of the state — they focussed their energies on education, while the women’s movement veered away from such an emphasis and that is perhaps where the women’s movement should strive to make a comeback, says Deo.

Sushma Swaraj says Rohith Vemula ‘not a Dalit’; Kailash Vijayvargiya blames HCU students

The Congress and BJP continue to trade barbs and make shocking statements over the Dalit scholar’s suicide in Hyderabad. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide in the Hyderabad Central University, was not a Dalit.”The facts have come out in the case and as per as my complete knowledge, that student (Rohith) was not a Dalit. By calling him a Dalit student, this whole case has been raised a communal incident by some people,” Swaraj said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kailash Vijayvargiya on Saturday blamed the protesting students at the Hyderabad Central University for the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.”Rohith Vemula was not that weak to commit suicide. Those who are opposing hanging of terrorists, those who say that they would arrange beef party and those who opposed Yakub Memon’s hanging, such people are committing suicide. Those who are protesting are responsible for his death,” Vijayvargiya said at a function here.Vijayvargiya, who is not new to controversy, had earlier drawn flak for comparing BJP leader and actor Shatrughan Sinha with a dog walking past a car and thinking that the car was following it. He had also stirred a controversy by saying that Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan lives in India, but his soul is in Pakistan.On Rohith’s birthday anniversary on Saturday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi sat on fast along with the protesting students at the Hyderabad Central University.Rohith, a PhD student at the university, committed suicide on 17 January by hanging himself in his room. He was among the six research scholars, suspended by the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) in August last year in connection with an alleged attack on an ABVP leader.(Agency Inputs)

MCD strike Day 5: Undeterred AAP leaders take to the streets to clear up garbage

As the indefinite protest by the MCD workers who are agitating over the non-payment of their dues enters its fifth day on Sunday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were seen taking to the streets to clear up the growing pile of garbage across the national capital. Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel led a team in Shahdara while Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia got to work in Patparpanj. Meanwhile, AAP ministers Kapil Mishra and Imran Hussain will be seen in action at Karawal Nagar and Ballimaran respectively.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, the Public Works Department, which comes under the Delhi Government, set up a task force to clean up the piling garbage across the city. PWD minister Satyendra Jain deployed around 100 trucks with ten workers each to clean up the city. MCD workers who are venting their ire by dumping piles of garbage outside the homes and offices of AAP leaders, agitated outside the residence of Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel yesterday. “We are not being paid because of AAP’s iternal conflicts. We are suffering because of them and so are our families. We have to pay rent and send our kids to school. What should we do if we don’t get paid?, ” a protestor said.Earlier, state transport and rural development Minister Gopal Rai faced the fury of the workers who left a mountain of garbage right outside his residence. Delhi’s deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was also meted with the same treatment as a pile of refuse was dumped outside his office by the MCD workers.Over 1.5 lakh MCD employees including sanitation workers and other employees of the three municipal corporations – NDMC, SDMC and EDMC – have decided to go on a three-day strike from today over non-payment of dues. The cash-strapped North and East Delhi civic bodies have been unable to pay salaries to workers for three to four months now.

Support demand of protesting MCD workers: Arvind Kejriwal

Expressing his support towards the demands of the agitating Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) workers who are on a strike over the non-payment of their dues, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that he hoped a solution will emerge after the hearing next week. “I support demand of protesting MCD employees that they should get their full salaries. I hope some solution will emerge after Tuesday HC hearing,” Kejriwal tweeted.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also lauded the efforts of the Delhi Public Works Department (PWD) who are working to clear up the growing pile of garbage across the city in the wake of the indefinite strike. “I am told PWD people and trucks worked whole night to clean up garbage. I would urge all AAP volunteers to help PWD,” Kejriwal said.Meanwhile, a meeting was underway between PWD Satyendra Jain and the North and East MCD commissioners at the former’s residence. Earlier, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took to the streets to clear up the growing pile of garbage across the national capital.Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel lead a team in Shahdara while Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia got to work in Patparpanj. AAP ministers Kapil Mishra and Imran Hussain were also seen in action at Karawal Nagar and Ballimaran respectively with party volunteers.Earlier, Jain set up a task force to clean up the piling garbage across the national capital and deployed around 100 trucks with ten workers each to clean up the city. The indefinite strike by the MCD workers has entered its fifth day today as they have shown no signs of backing down from their agitation so far.

9 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy

Nine Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested while fishing off the Sri Lankan coast while in another incident 50 nets were damaged allegedly by the Lankan Navy when local fishermen were fishing near Katchatheevu, a top fisheries department official on Sunday said.In the first incident, the fishermen from Kottaipattinam and Jegadapattinam in Pudukottai district were arrested while fishing near Iranatheevu island, a sensitive area where the LTTE had their camp earlier, around midnight last night, Pudukottai Assistant Director of fisheries Sekhar said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Lankan Navy arrested the fishermen along with their two boats, he said. Rameswaram Assitant director of fisheries Gopinath said 50 fishing nets of Rameswaram fishermen were damaged when their boats were attacked allegedly by Lankan naval personnel while fishing near Katchatheevu today.

Yashwant Sinha’s jibe on Modi smells of dissatisfaction from being left out: Shaina NC

Reacting to veteran BJP leader Yashwant Sinha’s outburst that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government would meet the same fate as that of the Indira Gandhi-led Congress, which was drubbed in the elections after Emergency, his party colleague Shaina NC on Sunday said everyone is entitled to their opinion, but this smells of some kind of dissatisfaction of not being included in larger scheme of things.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”People are entitled to opinion, some satisfactory some not so satisfactory, but all in all, it is the public of this country that will decide,” she said.”I don’t think that anyone can defect from the issue, because Modi ji’s work is here to speak. The way he has performed as a prime minister and continues to do so on the international forum and in India, nobody can take that away from him,” she said defending Prime Minister Narendra Modi.On the film fraternity going increasingly vocal on the issue of intolerance, the BJP leader said, “I don’t know if people are getting affected by this kind of commentary, but I only want to say that no kind of commentary can cause any discomfort to ‘Indianess’ of India, because we are a united country and we will always be, despite our diversities in ideology, religion, thought process etc.””My only appeal to the film fraternity will be rather than giving these kind of statements, it’s important to keep people unified by positive messages,” she said on the sidelines of monthly yoga event organized at Marine Drive in Mumbai.”Modi ji started International Yoga Day on June 21, and thus, we thought why not to keep the movement alive by doing Yoga every month at Marine Drive. Sometimes for women, sometimes for senior citizens and sometimes for Mumbai Police, however, this time it is for children,” she said.

Delhi: Min Satyendra Jain calls for emergency meeting with MCD commissioners, discusses salary issue

In view of doctors now joining the indefinite protest by the MCD workers who are agitating over the non-payment of their dues, Delhi Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendra Jain on Sunday called for an emergency meeting. Jain has called the meeting at his residence at 9:30 am where members from the Health Ministry will also join the discussion to tackle to crisis.Before the emergency meet, Jain is also set to meet the North and East MCD commissioners at 9 am. Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will be seen taking to the streets to clear up the growing pile of garbage across the national capital.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel will lead a team in Shahdara while Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will get to work in Patparpanj. AAP ministers Kapil Mishra and Imran Hussain will also be seen in action at Karawal Nagar and Ballimaran respectively.Earlier, Jain set up a task force to clean up the piling garbage across the national capital and deployed around 100 trucks with ten workers each to clean up the city. The indefinite strike by the MCD workers has entered its fifth day today as they have shown no signs of backing down from their agitation so far.

MPPEB exam 2016: Download MPCDF Admit Card from mpvyapam.nic.in

Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) also known as Vyapam is soon going to take written examinations for the recruitment for positions MP State Co-Operative Dairy Federation Limited. The written exam for the recruitment of various posts in MP State Co-Operative Dairy Federation Limited of the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) is scheduled on 21 February, 2016. It is mandatory to carry the admit card for the exam.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The vacancies include the position of Technician, Junior Laboratory Assistant, Assistant Grade-III, Manager, Junior Technician, Assistant Grade III, Dispatch Clerk & Other positions.The candidates who applied for the examinations can download their admit cards from the official site by visiting www.vyapam.nic.in/e_default.htmAll the candidates must remember to carry their admit cards or hall tickets for the examination. No candidate would be allowed to appear for the exam with their admit cards.MPPEB is Madhya Pradesh’s profession examination board. The board conducts several examinations for admissions to the professional courses and streams. The board comes directly under the Directorate of Technical Education, government of Madhya Pradesh.

PM Narendra Modi to share his thoughts on ‘Mann Ki Baat’ today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the nation through the 16th edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on Sunday. The programme will be broadcast on the entire network of All India Radio and Doordarshan at 11.00 am.Regional language versions of this broadcast will be aired by AIR stations in respective regions at 8.00 pm in the evening. The programme would also be streamed on the YouTube channels of Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and DD News.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In earlier episodes, Mr. Modi had shared his thoughts on a range of issues including drug addiction, farmers problems, menace of corruption, declining sex ratio and high rate of casualties in road accidents.

One dead in shooting outside Denver motorcycle expo; event canceled | Reuters

DENVER A battle involving gunfire and knives erupted at a Denver motorcycle exposition on Saturday afternoon, leaving at least one person dead and sending seven people to the hospital, authorities said.

There were no immediate arrests in the mayhem, which took place at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo at the National Western Complex, Denver Police Chief Robert White said at a news conference. The event was canceled for Sunday.

Police were talking to several witnesses and a “person of interest” about the incident, in which four people were shot, one stabbed and three injured in other ways, possibly in a fist fight.

Three people were in critical condition at area hospitals, while the others had less serious injuries.

White said there was more than one shooter but could not say could why the fight started.

“Whether it was motorcycle gang-related, whether it was motorcycle club-related, that is still to be determined,” White said. “This is very early on in the investigation.”

The incident recalled a shootout last May outside a restaurant in Waco, Texas. Nine bikers were killed, 18 injured, and scores were arrested in that incident.

A witness who requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation told the Denver Post newspaper that the fight was started by rival biker gangs.

The gun fight occurred during the first day of the annual Colorado Motorcycle Expo, described on its Facebook page as the largest indoor motorcycle swap meet in the country, drawing thousands.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman in Colorado and Mary Wisniewski in Chicago; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

‘Spotlight,’ actors of color win big at SAG awards amid diversity furor | Reuters

LOS ANGELES “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV,” Idris Elba joked on stage after winning twice at Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, where actors of color claimed a slew of wins amid a furor in Hollywood over the lack of on-screen diversity.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson and the cast of “Spotlight” – all white actors – won the top three film awards of the night, but the rest mainly honored diverse cast and roles. That is in stark contrast to the Oscars, where no actors of color are nominated this year for the industry’s highest honors.

“Spotlight,” about the Boston Globe’s probe of child abuse in the Catholic Church, beat out hip-hop biopic “Straight Outta Compton” for best film ensemble. The movie starred Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams.

“This is not only for survivors of this horrific situation, this is really for the disenfranchised,” Keaton said. “This is for the Flint, Michigans in the world, for the powerless.”

DiCaprio was named best actor for playing a fur-trapper in pioneer-era retribution drama “The Revenant.”

“We all stand on shoulders of giants, so thank all those actors from past who have inspired me and all the actors in this room,” DiCaprio said.

Larson, who played a woman held hostage with a young son in “Room,” was named best actress, while Sweden’s Alicia Vikander won best supporting actress for playing the wife of transgender artist Lili Elbe in “The Danish Girl.”

“Spotlight,” DiCaprio, Larson and Vikander are all nominated for Oscars, and with their Saturday wins, are cemented as front-runners in their respective categories.

Elba, a black British actor, won two SAG awards: best supporting actor for playing a mercenary commander in Netflix’s West African war drama “Beasts of No Nation,” and best actor in a limited series for BBC’s crime drama “Luther.”

“We made a film about real people and real lives, and to be awarded for that is very special,” Elba said of his “Beasts” win.

In the television categories, which featured far more diverse actors and roles, Netflix’s women’s prison show “Orange Is the New Black,” won the best comedy series ensemble award for the second consecutive year.

“Look at this stage,” cast member Laura Prepon said while accepting the award. “This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity. Different race, color, creed, sexual orientation.”

“Orange” star Uzo Aduba won best comedy series actress for playing kooky inmate Crazy Eyes, Queen Latifah won best actress in a TV miniseries for playing blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO’s “Bessie,” and Viola Davis won best drama actress for ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.” All three actresses are black.

Jeffrey Tambor won best comedy series actor for playing Maura Pfefferman, an aging wealthy transgender woman in Amazon’s “Transparent.”

“I’d like to dedicate this award to the non-Maura Pfeffermans who don’t have a lot of cash for their operations, for their medicine, for their freedom,” Tambor said.

Kevin Spacey was named best drama actor for political thriller “House of Cards,” and British period drama “Downton Abbey” was named best drama ensemble.

(Editing by Jill Serjeant, G Crosse and Lisa Von Ahn)

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Jammu and Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti to chair first formal PDP meet, to discuss govt formation

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s daughter Mehbooba Mufti will hold a meeting with senior party leaders on Sunday on government formation in the state. Following the death of Sayeed, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had said it will review the implementation of its Agenda of Alliance — entered with the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir — during the term of the coalition government headed by the PDP founder before making a decision on fresh government formation. The PDP has 28 ministers in the state assembly and needs 16 members to form the government. The state is under the governor’s rule.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to The Hindustan Times report, Mufti will discuss her father’s agenda of peace and development today. “We will discuss the agenda of peace and development set for the party by the late chief minister,” party spokesman Nayeem Akhtar said while adding that the party has authorised Mufti to decide on government. Mufti will meet with party legislators, provincial presidents, district presidents and zonal presidents of Kashmir province at her Fairview residence.He, however, refused to comment on whether the party will take a decision on the matter today. “She is yet to speak about government formation to party members,” he said.The BJP is hopeful that the meeting will bring out a decision on government formation. “We hope something concrete comes out of Sunday’s meeting. PDP has to take a call, we are in no hurry,” said BJP’s Dr Nirmal Singh to the daily. Some of the PDP’s demands are to remove AFSPA from the state, holding a dialogue with separatists and giving Centre owned projects to the state.

dna morning must reads: From the Congress-BJP clash over Rahul Gandhi’s hunger strike to Indian shooters missing an Olympic berth

1. Congress, BJP clash on Rahul Gandhi’s fast with Hyderabad studentsCongress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s day-long fast on Saturday in empathy with the Hyderabad students’ fast for deceased Dalit student Rohith Vemula evoked a sharp reaction from the BJP. Read more here<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Why hasn’t there been a crackdown on terror funding?On the terror-funding trail | Does funding for terror groups go through the hawala and cricket betting route as claimed by bookie Mukesh Sharma and others? If so, why hasn’t there been a crackdown? Yogesh Pawar gets some answers. Read more here3. Budget 2016: FM Jaitley pitches for reforms, hopes Congress will let GST bill passMaking a case for 8-9% growth rate, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday indicated that his upcoming Budget will not resort to “sheer populism” for good ratings and will focus on structural reforms. Read more here4. Indian shooters fail to grab Olympic quota place on Day 4 of Asian Shooting QualifiersIt was a perfect case of so near yet so far for Indian shooters on the fourth day of the Asian Shooting Qualifiers for the Rio Olympics here on Saturday. Read more here5. At least 37 refugees, including children, drown off TurkeyThe Turkish coastguard has recovered the bodies of women and children washed up on a beach after yet another boat with refugees sank while trying to reach Europe, leaving at least 37 dead. Read more here

School van collides with another vehicle in Imphal; 1 dead, 21 others injured

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Clash between two communities in Delhi injures 15 people

New Delhi: At least 15 people were injured in a clash which broke out between two communities in northwest Delhi’s Sangam Park area on Saturday evening.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

By midnight, several police teams were deployed in the area and a case of rioting was registered, said a senior police official.

The violence erupted after a youth was thrashed by some locals when he was caught allegedly trying to forcefully enter the residence of a family belonging to the another community, said an official.

People from the youth’s community soon gathered at the spot and were confronted by a group representing the other community, the official said.

The injured have been hospitalised and police are questioning locals, trying to ascertain the identity of those involved im the violence, the official.

Earlier in the day, two youths were shot at by unidentified persons near the same locality where violence erupted later in the evening, police said.

PTI

Kamduni gangrape case: Kolkata court awards death sentence to 3 convicts, life term for 3 others

Kolkata: A Kolkata court on Saturday sentenced three convicts to death and awarded life term to three in the infamous Kamduni gangrape case.

With the arguments on the quantum of punishment not concluded on Friday, the court on Saturday continued with the hearing before deciding the sentence to the six people convicted in the brutal gangrape and murder of a college student in West Bengal’s Kamduni village.

Punished? ReutersPunished? Reuters

Punished? Reuters

The court of additional district and sessions judge Sanchita Sarkar on Thursday convicted Saiful Ali, Ansar Ali and Amin Ali of gangrape and murder. The trio got death penalty.

Three other accused—Sheikh Emanul Islam, Aminur Islam and Bhola Naskar—have been convicted of gangrape, criminal conspiracy and causing disappearance of evidence and have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Amid tight security arrangements, the proceedings of the day began with the defence counsel pleading that the case did not warrant awarding death penalty.

With the counsel yet to conclude their arguments, the court announced it will pronounce the sentencing on Saturday upon conclusion of the arguments.

The 20-year-old girl was attacked while she was returning home from college on 7 June 2013. The second-year BA student was forcibly taken inside a factory where she was gangraped and then savagely murdered, sparking widespread outrage across the country.

Nine people were arrested and charged for the crime, with the court on Thursday acquitting Rafiqul Islam and Nur Ali while the ninth accused Gopal Naskar died while the trial was on.

The residents of Kamduni led by Tumpa Koyal and Moushumi Koyal continue to press with their demand for death penalty for the convicts and also opposed the acquittal of the two accused.

Led by the two Koyals and several eminent personalities from the city, many of the friends and relatives of the victim, had floated a platform ‘Kamduni Pratibadi Mancha’ seeking speedy justice and capital punishment to the guilty.

They knocked on the doors of top political and constitutional authorities including the president, demanding the trial be expedited.

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Congress, BJP clash on Rahul Gandhi’s fast with Hyderabad students

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s day-long fast on Saturday in empathy with the Hyderabad students’ fast for deceased Dalit student Rohith Vemula evoked a sharp reaction from the BJP. Three Union ministers led by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu accused the Congress of shedding “crocodile tears” over Rohith’s suicide and blasted Rahul for using students as a “political tool.” Ahead of elections in UP, Congress is already out to make Rohith the face of its campaign against the government. Big banners depicting Rohith and Rahul Gandhi have been put up outside Youth Congress headquarters in Delhi.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said nine cases of Dalit student suicides had taken place in the campus during the UPA rule but Rahul never bothered to go there as he asked opposition parties to wait for the report of the judicial commission probe ordered by the Centre into the suicides.”Congress is shedding crocodile tears simply to gain political mileage… This is part of their anti-Modi campaign across the country,” Naidu told reporters while Union transport and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari decried Rahul for “politicising” the students at a time when they are busy with studies as the exams near.Earlier in Hyderabad, activist and Professor Kancha Ilaiah offered juice to Rahul to end his strike. Rahul thanked Rohith’s family and students of the university for inviting him. Drawing a parallel between the lives of Rohith and Mahatma Gandhi, the Congress vice president said, “It is a very interesting day as it is not just Rohith’s birthday but also Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary. Nobody has a right to take away the right to ‘search for the truth’. This is exactly what happened with Gandhiji and Rohith as well,” he said. Rahul also advocated enacting a law to end discrimination at universities.Gadkari accused Rahul of trying to create another round of unrest, just to politicise the issue. Rural development minister Birender Singh said: “The Congress party which that has been reduced to 44 MPs from 206 MPs in Lok Sabha is politicising every issue.” Hitting back, Congress spokesman Ajay Maken asserted that the students in Hyderabad, and in fact in many cities including Delhi, are agitated because the government has failed to initiate action against its ministers for the suicide of the Dalit scholar.”Who has resorted to politics in the matter? It is the BJP. Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya wrote to HRD minister Irani against the Dalit students following complaint from the local ABVP President. The HRD Minister wrote as many as five letters to the university (for actions against Rohit and his other colleagues)” Maken told reporters here.He also referred to BJP general secretary Murlidhar Rao’s “patently false” charge that Rohith was not a Dalit and that he and other Dalit scholars with him had links with the Naxalites. Is this not politicisation, he asked.Three of the students including two research scholars who were earlier suspended along with Rohith and have sat on a fast unto death, are also demanding sacking of Union ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya. Rohith was found hanging in the varsity’s hostel room on January 17.

One week before PM Modi’s visit, major fire at Paradip Refinery

A week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates Paradip Refinery of IOCL to the nation, a major fire broke out at its atmospheric vacuum unit on Saturday, triggering panic among its employees.At least six fire tenders have been deployed to douse the flames. There is no report of any casualty or injury due to fire yet, ASP of Jagatsinghpur district Madhbananda Sahu said.The fire broke out at the refinery’s AVU near gate number 1. The cause will be known after the flames are put out, he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The incident triggered panic among IOCL officials as the refinery is getting ready for the Prime Minister’s visit here to dedicate the Rs 35,000 crore project to the nation on February 7.No official from fire department or IOCL was immediately available for comment. However, sources said AVU is a part of the crude oil processing unit.The incident took place when Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was present in the refinery premises. He earlier reviewed arrangements for Modi’s visit to the plant, they said.The helipad where the Prime Minister’s chopper is slated to land is around 400 metre from the site, the sources added.

Three ISIS sympathizers remanded to NIA custody

The three Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) sympathisers who were arrested by The National Investigation Agency (NIA) were granted custody by a special judge at the Patiala House District Court till February 9. The three men Sheikh Azhar Al Islam Abdul Sattar Sheikh, Mohammed Farhan Mohammed Rafiq Shaikh and Adnan Hussain Mohd. Hussain were deported from Abu Dhabi and arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi on January 29 whereupon NIA officials nabbed them.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The three are suspected to being involved in a conspiracy to recruit, radicalise and motivate people in India and abroad to undertake and plan terrorist attacks. Information leading to the arrest of these three suspects came about from the interrogation and investigation of 14 ISIS sympathizers who were arrested by the NIA. “During the interrogation of those 14 suspects, one of them revealed knowledge about a separate module operating from Abu Dhabi,” a source stated. “It was this information that led us to this group,” he added.These suspects have been charged with Section 120b of the Indian Penal Code along with Section 18, 18-A and 18-B under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 as amended.Hussain hailed from Bhatkal, Karnataka and Shaikh hailed from Thane, Maharashtra. However, the origins of Al Islam are so far unknown. The three suspects were brought to the trial court premises in central Delhi amid heavy security. Security officials secured the entire court premises and the threat level was elevated during that time. The in camera court proceedings lasted for 20 minutes during which armed personnel stood guard outside the court entrance.The arrest of these suspects is alarming as it shows the deep trenches made by this banned terror outfit within the Indian diaspora and the number of takers it has.

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RIP General KV Krishna Rao

General KV Krishna Rao (retired), who donned many critical mantles for India politically, besides being the 14th Chief of Indian Army, breathed his last here on Saturday, at the age of 92. He passed away at the Army Research and Referral hospital following a cardiac arrest, the Army said in a statement.The officer, who figures in the famous frame of the 1971 War, in which Pakistani Lieutenant General Niazi surrendered to Lieutenant General JS Aurora, is also hailed as having dexterously dealt with political upheavals in Jammu and Kashmir as the state’s governor where he ensured Parliament and state assembly elections under his tenure.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He had two tenures as governor in J&K during the turbulent phase of the beginning of miltancy — 1989-90 and then between 1993-1998. In 1995, he survived a series of bomb explosion during his Republic Day speech at Jammu.It was during his first tenure as Governor in Jammu and Kashmir, that militancy reared its head again. He was removed and the reins were handed over to Jagmohan. But it it to his credit that three years later, when he returned as governor in 1993, he is effectively broke the back of militancy.The celebrated Army officer was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1942 — which was the first time Indians were allowed as officers – and had many feats credited to him as a military commander. He is considered the father of the notable Operation Falcon by the Indian Army on the Sino-Indian border and also participated in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. His division was instrumental in capturing of the Sylhet Area and the liberation of North East Bangladesh. He was awarded the Param Vishist Seva Medal for his role in the Bangladesh war.As a young officer, he served in Burma, North West Frontier and Baluchistan during the Second World War.General Rao retired as Chief of the Army Staff and Chairman Chiefs of Staff in 1983.Remembering Rao, Strategic Affairs expert Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak (retd) said that his death was “a big loss, as he was not just a military commander but an able administrator”.”Apart from role as the army chief, he had a distinguished career as the governor of turbulent Jammu and Kashmir. He managed to rule the state very skilfully and successfully and unlike other governors, gelled well and was popular with Kashmiris,” Kak said.Former military secretary and former commander of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps of the Indian Army, Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain (retd) remembers Rao fondly as someone he knew personally.”My father (who was also a Major General) and he worked together. My son and his son grew up together. I have watched him from close quarters and can proudly say that he was among the finest officers that the Indian Army has had. He was extremely far-sighted as a military man and not a tactical operations expert. Perhaps, this was the trait that led him to a successful tenure as governor in Jammu and Kashmir.”Rao also served as governor of Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura in June 1984 where he is credited with checking insurgency.

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Amethi stays high on Smriti Irani’s priority list

Smriti Irani may have lost to Rahul Gandhi in Amethi but she is making sure that people in the Congress bastion don’t forget her. The human resource development minister has made six trips to Amethi since May 2014 and announced as many as 30 schemes, besides setting up a nodal office of sorts for the Lok Sabha constituency at her residence in Delhi.Unlike many of her contemporaries in the party and outside, who didn’t re-enter the Congress’ home turf after defeat, Irani is ensuring that she doesn’t fade away from Amethi memory, as one more candidate who lost and never returned.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The fact is that Irani, who lost to the Congress vice president by over 100,000 votes in the last general election, has been making frequent visits to Amethi, a constituency where she, so far, has nothing at stake. She could pose a stiff challenge to the Gandhis in the times to come.She has also been making announcements for the constituency and is using the resources of the central leadership to fulfill them, it is learnt.In her two-day visit to Amethi earlier this month, the HRD minister promised skill development centres for the youth of the constituency. To tie up loose ends, a team from the skill development ministry was with her during the visit. While Irani is back in Delhi, the skill development team is conducting its survey in the constituency.”The ministry along with the local BJP unit is now identifying five boys and girls from all 981 polling booths in the constituency. These 4,905 young boys and girls will be trained under national skill development mission,” explained Ajay Tripathi, a BJP worker from Uttar Pradesh.This is in tune with the 30-odd different announcements she has made in the last one-and-a-half years. These include the setting up of a soil testing laboratory, a skill development centre instead of the Indian Institute of Information Technology campus at Amethi, a government school at Fursatgunj and a 300- bed hospital for women.BJP supporters also feel that it was through Irani’s initiative that the railway station at Gauriganj was upgraded and a separate counter for railway inquiry and reservation is now in place. The minister, they add, can also be credited with getting 50,000 people insured under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana.A portion of Irani’s MP local area development (MPLAD) fund has also been utilised in Amethi for purchasing ambulances. According to party insiders, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, will also be using his MPLAD funds in Rahul Gandhi’s constituency.Back in Delhi, a nodal officer has been appointed at Irani’s official residence to coordinate with the BJP team in Amethi. “We receive complaints and feedback. Sometimes even people from Amethi come to us with their complaints. We try to do whatever we can,” said a party worker.While the local BJP unit in Amethi feels that Irani’s frequent visits have pumped new life into the dead BJP unit of the area, the Congress leadership says her only intention is to grab headlines.Labelling Irani the most controversial BJP leader, Congress leader Akhilesh Pratap Singh said, “Whenever she is out of news at the Centre, she visits Amethi to make headlines. Amethi will gain nothing from her visits.”Smriti Irani’s visitsJuly 19, 2014Distributed relief material to 70 families who suffered losses becauseof a fire at Tiloi and Gauriganj assembly segments.May 12, 2015Held kisan panchayats and a jan sabha. Persuaded the centre to buy damaged grains at appropriate price.May 26, 2015Announced upgradation of the Gauriganj railway station and insurance of 15,000 people under PM Suraksha Bima Yojana.August 23, 2015Addressed a gathering of women on Raksha Bandhan. Addressed a gathering of 25,000.September 20, 2015Initiated a tree plantation drive. Announced setting up a school at Fursatganj.January 17-18, 2016Announced setting up of skill training institutions. 4,905 youth will get trained from March under a skill development ministry programme.

Cops arrest man who alerts them, court sets him free

Help us to serve you better, says a Mumbai police catchline.When 36-year old call-centre employee Sumit Salvi tried that on Thursday, he was arrested and jailed.This is all that Salvi did. He called up the police control room and alerted them about a conversation between two persons of Pathani origin.Salvi informed Shubhangi Shinde, who attended the call, that the two were probably plotting to do something in Andheri.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shinde duly passed on the information to her superiors. It was then relayed to the local police, crime branch and Anti-Terrorism Squad.In the end, cops concluded that it was a hoax call and traced Salvi’s mobile number and the MIDC unit of the crime branch arrested him.When he was produced before the Esplanade court the next day, the court was stunned. The court discharged the case and told the police that they should have sought its permission before filing an FIR against Salvi as the offence was non-cognisable.However, inspector Suhas Borate of the Azad Maidan police station still believes that what Salvi did was a non-cognisable offence.”We registered a case under IPC Section 505 (2) for making statements that can create or promote enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes,” he said.The court discharged Salvi, saying he was accused under Section 505 (1) for publishing or circulating statements, rumour or reports and that was a non-cognisable offence.Yet, the Azad Maidan police are in no mood to give up.”Some miscommunication led to Salvi’s discharge and we would move the court again on Monday,” says Borte. He said that a charge sheet would also be filed against Salvi.

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Wedded to global khilafat, Islamic State suspects silent on Kashmir, Babri Masjid issues

Over a dozen suspects, arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for links with the dreaded Islamic State (IS), not only have a disdain for those who do not share ‘values’ with the radical school of thought but also see ‘nationalist insurgencies’ in Afghanistan and Kashmir as problematic.According to NIA sources, the suspects, currently in its custody, have expressed dislike for Muslim minorities and see ‘nationalist insurgencies’ in Afghanistan and Kashmir as roadblocks in establishing a global khilafat. Also, unlike Indian Mujahideen (IM), IS sympathisers have graduated to ideas beyond retribution for perceived ‘atrocities’ against Indian Muslims.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The accused, unlike IM, hardly mentioned Babri Masjid demolition or Gujarat,” said an NIA official.The official said that the suspects, arrested by the agency during a nation-wide crackdown on alleged IS sympathisers, do not have particular enemies in mind and neither had narrowed down on possible targets which they could have attacked.”The accused are at a stage where they feel that any entity, person or state, that do not share their vision for a khilafat is an enemy. An assessment of some of the statements apparently made by leaders of west Asian terror outfits clearly show how they see India and other South Asian countries as targets,” the official added.The 13th issue of IS propaganda magazine Dabiq, which carried an interview of Hafiz Saeed Khan, the emir of ‘Khorasan’, also reflected a commonality between NIA findings and views shared by the IS leaders about India and Pakistan.”In west Asian countries, radical groups like IS are called ‘takfiris’ – a word used for a person who accuses another Muslim of apostasy,” said an NIA official.Interestingly, IS had in its latest edition of Dabiq referred to Hamid Gul, an ex-director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah, as ‘murtaddin’ or apostates. The magazine identifies Hafiz Saeed as the chief of ‘apostate’ Laskar-e-Toiba.Saeed had said that the Pakistan army and intelligence exploited Islamic organisations on the issue of Kashmir for their despicable personal interests. “It’s neither concern over the affairs of Muslims, nor is it for the sake of establishing Allah’s law in the land,” he had said.

President Pranab Mukherjee, PM Modi pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 68th death anniversary

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 68th death anniversary at the Gandhi memorial Rajghat.Vice president Hamid Ansari, defence minister Manohar Parrikar and Urban Development minister M Venkaiah Naidu were present at the meet in Rajghat. After offering floral tributes at the Gandhi memorial, an inter-religious prayer was also conducted.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress President Sonia Gandhi along with Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit paid respects to the Father of the Nation. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also visited the memorial.The Father of the Nation was assassinated on January 30, 1948, also observed as Martyr’s Day in the country.Paying respect to Gandhi, Modi tweeted, “Salutations to beloved Bapu on his Punya Tithi”.He also paid tributes to all those who had laid down their lives for the country.”Remembering the valour of all martyrs, who gave their lives for the Nation. Their sacrifices remain etched in our memory,” he tweeted.BJP leader L K Advani, Union Ministers Mahesh Sharma, Babul Supriyo and Rao Inderjit Singh as well as the three service chiefs — General Dalbir Singh, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Admiral Robin Dhowan were also present at the meet at Rajghat to pay tributes to the Mahatma and to those who sacrificed their lives for the country.On Saturday, Dr Mahesh Sharma, the minister of state for Tourism and Culture also inaugurated a 25-panel exhibition titled ‘Mohan se Mahatma Tak’ highlighting the experiences and struggles that shaped Gandhi’s life and led him to become the Father of the Nation.Babul Supriyo, minister of state for urban development presided over the event, which was organized by Rajghat Samadhi Samiti –under the MoUD.A nine-day long discourse by Shri Morari Bapu, of Sri Ramcharitmanas fame, on Manas Rajghat Katha interpreting Gandhi’s life, work and philosophy on the lines of Ramcharitmanas was also organised.Meanwhile, a group of nearly 65 civil society organisations chose the occasion to come together under the banner of People’s March in defence of the republic, to highlight different social issues like increasing attacks on women, Dalits, minorities, people with disabilities and farmer suicides.The group conducted a protest march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar on Saturday afternoon.”We chose this day to highlight different issues that the country is grappling with right now. There are instances of growing intolerance towards minorities, there is no freedom of expression as well as atrocities towards the downtrodden,” said social activist Shabnam Hashmi.

Put new accounting standard on hold: Tax committee

The ghost of MAT (minimum alternative tax) has reemerged as tax simplification committee, headed by justice Easwar, wants to hold new accounting standard rules sighting adverse and uncertain impact on MAT. But the government body, which has shaped new accounting norms, has refuted this apprehension of Easwar Committee. Tax Simplification Committee is going to submit its final report to finance minister on Sunday (31st January 2016). dna has seen the final version of this report which suggests to hold new accounting system for certain period to evaluate its impact on MAT.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New accounting norms will change the rule of game of profit counting. Book profit to income figures of businesses will be changed. IND-AS (Indian version of International financial reporting standards) are being implemented with effect from previous year starting on first April 2015. From April 1st 2016 Ind-AS will be mandatorily applicable for certain businesses.The committee suggested to government that it could have adverse impact on MAT. Tax committee said in final report that Ind-AS will hit companies’ book profit as well as income figures. Committee has suggested that “till such time the taxation department as well as assessee are able to understand the real impact on taxable income and book profit”. MAT is a minimum tax-based on book profit.But the body, which has finalised the Ind-AS norms, has rejected this nervousness. Chairmen of National Advisory Committee on Accounting Standards (NACAS), who is behind the Ind-AS norms, Amarjit Chopra said to dna “the mandate to Eswaran committee was to look at simplification of existing income tax laws. For the purpose of studying the impact of Ind-AS on various aspect of tax laws, a group has already been constituted including past president of ICAI Kamlesh Shivji Vikamsey. It is my earnest desire that the group submits its report at the earliest”.Government of India has constituted a 10-member committee under the chairmanship of justice R V Easwar to ‘study and identify the provision and phrases in income tax’ which create litigation on account of interpretative differences. The committee has one-year tenure. On 31st January 2016, the first set of recommendations is submitted to Finance minister Arun Jaitly in New Delhi. Government has been indicated that relevant part of Easwar committee report will be included in upcoming budget.What is IND-AS?Currently, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has issued 39 Indian Accounting Standards (Ind-AS) which have been notified under the Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules, 2015 (“Ind AS Rules”), of the Companies Act, 2013. Whenever a company gets covered under the proposed roadmap, Ind-AS becomes mandatory, its holding, subsidiary, associate and joint venture companies will also have to adopt Ind-AS.On 16 February 2015, Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has issued the roadmap for Ind-AS implementation. Highlights are as follows:2016-17 – Companies (listed + unlisted) whose net worth is equal to or greater than Rs 500 crore2017-18 -Unlisted companies whose net worth is equal to or greater than Rs 250 crore and all listed companies2018-19 onwards – When a company’s net worth becomes greater than Rs 250 crore2015-16 or later – Entities, not under the mandatory road- map, may later voluntarily adopt Ind AS2018-19 or later -Banks, NHB, SIDBI will follow Ind-ASFine print of Easwar COMEETE’S FINAL REPORTRaise the threshold limits and reduction of the rate of TDS from 10% to 5%Surplus up to Rs 5 lac income should count as long term capital gain (tax free).Higher interest in case of delayed Tax refundNo interest be disallowed if source of investment is directly relatable to taxable incomeEliminate taxation of the purchaser of the property on the amount of differences between the sale price and the stamp duty valueReduce the time limit for rectification of orders of the tribunal from the present four years to 120 daysRelease the property attached (section 281 B) on submission of bank guaranteePresumptive income scheme for professionals

Foreign firms unhappy over slackening reforms: Survey

Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reform agenda is held up in the parliamentary logjam spearheaded by the opposition Congress, as many as 141 European business groups, enjoying stakes in India, have reported ‘dampening spirits’ over past one year. They also felt that 2016 could be critical for Modi government to unleash reforms, and sustain foreign investment flow.A survey of these companies – conducted by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi – found that the West was expecting Modi to remove obstacles, mainly in the areas of taxation and labour laws.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Some obstacles still need to be overcome, mainly in areas of taxation and regulations. So 2016 could prove to be critical in implementation of reforms,” said Kandarp Singh, chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, releasing the business climate survey (BCS).He, however, added that the overall sentiment remains positive.The government’s biggest tax reform, goods and services tax (GST) legislation, is stuck in the Rajya Sabha, for want of numbers. The government itself, fearing political backlash, had earlier abandoned other reforms like amendments in land acquisition law and labour laws, despite riding to power on a huge majority, 19 months back.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had cautioned that blocking the legislation would cause immense damage to the reforms push. On Saturday, he said that the changes Congress is demanding on GST bill “go against the grain of what they themselves had brought”.The Swedish Ambassador said that despite a slight dampening of the sentiment, companies from his country continue to invest and expand their manufacturing and operations in India. But he felt that 2016 could be crucial for the Indian government in sustaining this momentum.The survey found high inflation, rising labour cost, delay in receiving payments and long and complex sales procedures as the main dampening factors. As many as 65% of companies described regulations and taxation rate factors hampering operations and ease of doing business in India.Other bottlenecks included import regulations, custom duties, bureaucratic red tape and corruption. Even though there has been relief in bureaucratic procedures and corruption as compared to previous years, one out of three companies reported of having to pay bribes at one stage or other.

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SAG awards honor actors of color amid Hollywood diversity furor | Reuters

LOS ANGELES Actors of color were the big early winners at Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild awards, as Idris Elba, Queen Latifah and the cast of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” were honored amid a furor over on screen diversity that has cast a shadow over Hollywood.

Elba, a black British actor, won for his portrayal of a mercenary commander in Netflix’s gritty West African war drama “Beasts of No Nation.”

“We made a film about real people and real lives, and to be awarded for that is very special because a lot of people were damaged from that,” Elba said on stage. The actor was snubbed in the best supporting actor Oscars category this year.

Elba also took home the award for best actor in a limited series for playing a conflicted police detective in BBC’s dark crime drama “Luther.”

Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black,” about a group of incarcerated women, won the best comedy series ensemble award for the second consecutive year.

“Look at this stage,” cast member Laura Prepon said on stage. “This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity. Different race, color, creed, sexual orientation.”

Queen Latifah won best actress in a TV miniseries for playing blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO’s “Bessie.”

“I hope that anyone out there who does not come in the package that people say you should, keep fighting for it,” the actress said.

The awards were in stark contrast to the Oscars, where no actors of color are nominated this year for the industry’s highest honors.

Television, enjoying a golden age with bold dramas and streaming platforms that bypass traditional advertisers, more closely reflects the country’s ethnic and religious diversity.

“Orange” star Uzo Aduba won best comedy series actress for playing kooky inmate Crazy Eyes, beating out contenders such as “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and “Parks & Recreation” actress Amy Poehler.

Aduba thanked “Orange” creator Jenji Kohan “for making a show that represents so many people.”

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander bested Kate Winslet in the best supporting actress category for her role as the wife of transgender artist Lili Elbe in “The Danish Girl” and thanked her fellow actors and the transgender community.

Jeffrey Tambor won best comedy series actor for playing an elderly transgender woman in Amazon’s “Transparent.”

“I play Maura Pfefferman, she’s very entitled and has a lot of money, and I’d like to dedicate this award to the non-Maura Pfeffermans who don’t have a lot of cash for their operations,” Tambor said.

The Screen Actors Guild, which comprises the largest voting body at the Oscars, does not pick a best picture winner, but instead rewards acting prowess by choosing a best ensemble cast.

Award pundits say “The Big Short,” a movie about Wall Street malfeasance, or “Spotlight,” about a newspaper’s probe of sex abuse in the Catholic Church, are likely ensemble winners, with hip-hop film “Straight Outta Compton,” “Beasts of No Nation,” and Hollywood blacklist tale “Trumbo” rounding out the competition.

(Editing by Jill Serjeant, G Crosse and Lisa Von Ahn)

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To Rohith Vemula, on his birthday: We know who killed you, Mahatma Gandhi

Your death, like that of Jyoti Singh Pandey before you, has become a defining moment in the struggle for equality, ending caste-based discrimination.

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Rohith Vemula was not a Dalit, says Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide in the Hyderabad Central University, was not a Dalit.”The facts have come out in the case and as per as my complete knowledge, that student (Rohith) was not a Dalit. By calling him a Dalit student, this whole case has been raised a communal incident by some people,” Swaraj said.On Rohith’s birthday anniversary on Saturday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi sat on fast along with the protesting students at the Hyderabad Central University.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gandhi said, “When you let what has happened to Rohith happen in the country, it will happen to you one day, no matter who you are. You will one day find that the same people, who crushed Rohith, will be blocking your path to freedom, to progress…Rohith was also an Indian youngster who was searching for truth. Nobody has right to take away the right to ‘search for the truth’, this is exactly what happened with Gandhi ji and Rohith as well,”Rohith, a PhD student at the university, committed suicide by hanging himself in his room. He was among the six research scholars, suspended by the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) in August last year in connection with an alleged attack on an ABVP leader.The HCU has already revoked suspension of the four students, following uproar over Vemula’s suicide.

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Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) also known as Vyapam is soon going to take written examinations for the recruitment for positions M.P. State Co-Operative Dairy Federation Limited on 21st February 2016.The vacancies include the position of Technician, Junior Laboratory Assistant, Assistant Grade-III, Manager, Junior Technician, Assistant Grade III, Dispatch Clerk & Other positions.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The candidates who applied for the examinations can download their admit cards from the official site by visiting www.vyapam.nic.in/e_default.htmAll the candidates must remember to carry their admit cards or hall tickets for the examination. No candidate would be allowed to appear for the exam with their admit cards.MPPEB is Madhya Pradesh’s profession examination board. The board conducts several examinations for admissions to the professional courses and streams. The board comes directly under the Directorate of Technical Education, government of Madhya Pradesh.

Alleged 2nd-in-command of ISIS in India is juvenile: Lawyer

A magistrate’s court in Mumbai on Saturday sent a youth arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad for allegedly recruiting boys for the ISIS to a children’s remand home, as his lawyer claimed he was just over 16.”The court remanded him to remand home and asked the ATS and the defence to adduce (more) evidence about his age,” an ATS officer said.When the boy was produced before the court, his lawyer Chirag Shah showed his SSC certificate to establish that he was 16 years and 8 months old. ATS, on the other hand, produced electoral roll from the website of Election Commission where his age is shown as 20.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The magistrate then remanded the `boy’ to children’s home and directed the defence and the prosecution to satisfy the court on the point of his age at next hearing on February 8.The prosecution said the accused was second-in-command of ISIS in India and was assigned the task of recruiting. He ran two safe houses — one in Mumbai and another in Goa — for the training of recruited youths, it said.The accused was arrested last week from Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh. ATS suspects he allegedly radicalised and guided Ayaz Sultan who left the country last month, reportedly to join ISIS. The ATS has registered a case against Ayaz, former BPO employee. Ayaz and three other youths reportedly left home to join ISIS after being allegedly radicalised by the accused.Two of them — Noor Mohamad and Wajid Shaikh — returned in last week of December.

Kamduni rape and murder case: TMC hails judgment as win for state admin, opposition questions procedural delay

The ruling Trinamool Congress on Saturday hailed the judgement in the Kamduni gangrape and murder case as a big achievement of the state administration while the opposition Left Front and Congress questioned the ‘delay’ and acquittal of two accused respectively.”It is a big achievement of the administration,” TMC leader Mukul Roy said. “We are happy with the judgement. Those who have committed the crime, the judicial system has punished them. We are happy that the culprits have been punished,” TMC leader and state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said. Three persons, convicted in the brutal Kamduni gangrape and murder of a 21-year-old college student over two years back, were today sentenced to death by a city court while three others got life imprisonment.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Additional Sessions Judge Sanchita Sarkar handed out capital sentence to Aminul Ali, Saiful Ali and Ansar Ali, while Imanul Islam, Aminul Islam and Bhola Naskar were sentenced to life imprisonment for the gangrape and murder of the young woman on June 7, 2013. The Opposition, however, questioned why it took so “long” for the police to place the charge sheet and why it “failed” to get evidence against the two who were acquitted by the court.
ALSO READ Kamduni rape and murder case: Sessions court sentences 3 convicts to death, 3 get life imprisonment”What took so long for the police to book those criminals? If police had acted impartially then the two who were acquitted could also have been booked,” a Left Front leader said. WBPCC President Adhir Chowdhury too welcomed the judgement but questioned the role of police in the probe which led to acquittal of two other accused.
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Andhra Pradesh: Girl kills self after uncle scolds her for speaking on mobile

A girl allegedly committed suicide on Saturday by consuming pesticide at Lingavarigudem village in Nalgonda, Andhra Pradesh after her uncle scolded her for speaking on mobile phone, police said.The girl, a class 9 student, took the extreme step by consuming pesticide in her house, a police officer said.Prima facie, she was speaking to someone on the mobile phone, which she did not own, while she was returning home from school. Her uncle saw this and scolded her. Following this, she got upset and consumed pesticide, the officer said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to police a case has been registered and investigations are underway.

Rohith’s suicide not linked to ‘small incident’ of hostel expulsion: BJP leader Kailash Vijaywargiya

Terming the expulsion of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula from Hyderabad University hostel as a “small incident”, BJP leader Kailash Vijaywargiya on Saturday said he doubts whether this alone led to suicide by the “courageous youth”.”The suicide of Vemula is unfortunate. He was a courageous youth who had a zeal to swim against the tide. Though a probe is on in his death, I don’t believe he committed suicide just because of a small incident of his expulsion from the hostel,” the BJP General Secretary said. “I don’t think he took the extreme step because he was perturbed over his expulsion,” he told reporters here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I think those people who are responsible for his suicide are the ones who are agitating to defame Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government. Once the probe is complete, these people would get exposed,” Vijaywargiya maintained. The 26-year-old scholar committed suicide early last week, a fortnight after he and four other researchers were expelled from the university hostel in connection with an alleged case of assault.Asked about Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi taking part in the agitation over Rohith’s death, Vijaywargiya said, “Politics should not be done on the issue. Our political rivals are unable to digest that under Modi’s leadership, the country’s stature is rising in the world and therefore they are indulging in such acts.” Referring to the issue of making public documents related to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, he said, “the earlier Congress-led governments were unable to fulfil this old demand. However, Modi fulfilled the promise he had made to Netaji’s family members and because of this his great grandson joined BJP.”The BJP leader, in-charge of poll-bound West Bengal, said the Modi government has made these documents public in national interest so that people know the historical facts related to the legendary freedom fighter.On the issue of quota, he said “we are of the opinion that society’s weaker sections should get the benefit of reservation as before.”

Attempt to glorify assassin of Mahatma Gandhi unfortunate: Digvijay Singh

“The whole world is following the path of non-violence shown by Mahatma Gandhi. But there is a section of people in the country who are trying to glorify his assassin, Nathuram Godse, which is unfortunate,” he said at an event. Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Saturday termed as “unfortunate” the alleged attempts to “glorify” Nathuram Godse when the world was following the path of non-violence shown by Mahatma Gandhi.”The whole world is following the path of non-violence shown by Mahatma Gandhi. But there is a section of people in the country who are trying to glorify his assassin, Nathuram Godse, which is unfortunate,” he said at an event.”These people are trying to disturb the communal harmony, the foundation of which was laid by Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru,” he said at an event organised by NGO Observer Peace Foundation.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh’s remarks came in the backdrop of the BJP-led Goa government’s plan to release a book on Godse, which was earlier scheduled for today on the occasion of the death anniversary of the Father of the Nation but put off following protests by social organisations and political parties.Criticising the NDA government’s ambitious scheme to develop 100 smart cities, he said “till there are no smart villages, smart cities alone won’t help the development of the country.”

6-year-old boy’s death: Deputy CM Manish Sisodia demands probe into case

In a shocking incident, a six- year-old student of a prominent private school in South Delhi was found dead in a water tank under the school’s amphitheatre on Saturday, triggering demands for cancellation of its licence even as Delhi government ordered a magisterial probe into the case.The boy, identified as Divyansh Kakrora, was a class I student at Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj, police said, adding he was last seen before the seventh period, which was around 12.20 PM.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The authorities then started looking for him and after sometime he was found floating inside the pit which is used as a water storage tank. It is under the ampitheatre in the school’s playground. The school authorities then took him to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. It was around 2.40 PM that the hospital authorities informed the police about the matter, police said.An FIR has been registered at the Vasant Kunj North Police Station under Section 304 (A) of IPC against unknown persons for causing death due to negligence.”Investigation of the matter is underway and whatever legal action needs to be taken, will be taken,” DCP (South) Prem Nath said.Delhi Government has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.”We have ordered District Magistrate of New Delhi to probe the case. I need a report to take action. The probe will find facts and fix responsibility for the child’s death,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who holds the Education portfolio, said.Divyansh was also to participate in a poetry competition organised at the school on Saturday. His parents are both paramedic staff at AIIMS, police said, adding the family lives in Sultanpur locality in south Delhi’s Mehrauli area.The boy’s father termed it a conspiracy and alleged that someone from the school authority was behind the incident.Several police teams were rushed to the spot after the incident came to light. The school authorities were questioned and a case of negligence is likely to be registered in connection with the incident, a senior official said adding how he fell into the pit is still to be ascertained. The boy’s body was later sent for postmortem examination at AIIMS, police added.On Wednesday, a five-year-old boy died after he fell into a septic tank of a municipal corporation-run school in south west Delhi’s Kapashera area, following which a case of negligence was registered.In a letter to Sisodia, Vijwasan MLA Devinder Sehrawat said, “The parents of the students of the locality are very concerned after such an incident. I request the Delhi government to take strong action against the delinquency of the school authority. The licence of Ryan International should be cancelled.”The swimming pool in the school that is being illegally run using DJB water should be immediately sealed. The officials, which may include personnel from DJB, should be strictly acted against.”A number of parents of children studying in the school came out openly demanding action against the school.”The school authority must be punished,” said an angry parent.

1,600 villages along Ganga to be made filth free, says Union Minister Uma Bharti

The Centre will implement a four-pronged programme in which as many as 1,600 villages along the Ganga stretch will be made filth free by October, Union Minister Uma Bharti said today.The government will implement the package in 1,600 village panchayat headquarters along the river banks within the next six months and complete the first phase of Ganga cleaning by October this year, she said.The second phase will be attained in four years after that in which 6,000 villages will be taken up for the programme, the Water Resources Minister said. Bharti was speaking on the sidelines of ‘Swachh Ganga- Gramin Sahbhagita’, a national-level consultation programme organised for heads of villages located along the river banks.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The event, considered to be the first attempt to rope in villagers in the ‘Clean Ganga’ mission, saw participation of around 1,200 panchayat heads. “There is a need to take care of four things for cleaning villages along the Ganga. Those are…where will sewage water go? How to divert drains flowing into the river? “How to convert waste generating from the villages into fertilizers, and how to generate employment by cultivating medicinal plants along the river?” she said.The Water Resources Ministry also inked MoUs with HRD, Shipping, Rural Development, Sports, Tourism, Ayush and Youth Affairs and Sports Ministries for carrying out various activities under the ‘Namami Gange’ programme. As per the MoUs, all institutes affiliated to HRD along the river stretch will join the mission and old water bodies located along the Ganga and the Yamuna will be restored.Government is also planning to initiate organic farming along Ganga banks to generate jobs for local youth.Bharti said several celebrities and renowned personalities, including spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and film actor Amitabh Bachchan, have expressed desire to be part of the mission. Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani, Birender Singh, Sarbananda Sonowal, Mahesh Sharma and Sanwar Lal Jat also attended the event. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, eco-activist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal and ayurveda exponent Acharya Balkrishna also attended the event, along with around 1,200 panchayat heads.

Vajpayee, Advani and MM Joshi deserve much more than what they have been given: Shatrughan Sinha

“First phase is mockery as they will make fun of you. In the second phase they will ignore you, in the third phase, they will heap ignominy on you and if you cross the lines, they will oppress you and currently these leaders including me are trapped between oppression and respect,” he added. BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, who has repeatedly questioned the present party leadership, today said former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are the “silver lining in the political cloud of India” and “deserve much more than what they have been given”.Answering questions at the valedictory of a ‘students parliament’ here, he said in the present scenario, “All the three (Vajpayee, Advani and Joshi) deserve much more than what they have been given as they are the silver lining in the political cloud of India.” “Any movement has to go through four phases before it reaches to respect,” said the 70-year-old Patna Sahib MP, who has been at variance with the leadership over a host of issues.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”First phase is mockery as they will make fun of you. In the second phase they will ignore you, in the third phase, they will heap ignominy on you and if you cross the lines, they will oppress you and currently these leaders including me are trapped between oppression and respect,” he added. The actor-turned-politician concluded by saying “Come what may, at the end victory will be ours.”The function was organised by Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT).

Centre has released Rs 128 crore for minorities in Assam, says concerned minister Najma Heptulla

Union Minority Affairs Minister Najma A Heptulla on Saturday said the Centre released Rs 128 crore last week to Assam for implementing various schemes of development of minorities.”Last week, we released Rs 128 crore to Assam. Although Assam did not give the utilisation certificates earlier, but we pro-actively pursued the matter as it would be lapsed if not used before March 31,” Heptulla said at a press conference.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She said the money would be used for projects related to development of minorities in the state.Meanwhile, Heptulla on Saturday chaired a meeting to review the projects for development of minorities in North East.”I regret to say that apart from Assam, no minister from any other NE state attended the meeting,” she added.Heptulla examined the progress of 11th and 12th Five Year Plan of North Eastern states and evaluated the progress of schemes like Multi-sectoral Development Programme, Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme, Scholarships, National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation, Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills, Waqf Matters and National Waqf Development Corporation.The Minister declared that henceforth all welfare schemes for the minorities will be based on the 2011 census.”In this regard, the Ministry of Minority Affairs has made a comprehensive survey of the population of minorities up to the block level so that fund distribution for minorities reaches the target audience,” she added.At the review meeting, Heptulla asked the states to come up with proposals based on the needs and demands of the market and said the final focus should be on employment generation of individuals at the micro-level.

‘Saala Khadoos’ v/s ‘Mastizaade’ collections: None of them is winning the box-office battle

R Madhavan’s latest with Rajkumar Hirani, ‘Saala Khadoos’, doesn’t seem to have impressed the masses.The sports-centric film has failed to garner much interest from the viewers and had a bleak start on Friday with only Rs 1.28 crore collection on day one. The film was also released in Tamil by the name ‘Irudhi Suttru’, which earned a little over Rs 90 lacs.The total for this film starring real-life boxer Ritika Singh goes up to Rs 2.19 crore. Overseas, the film managed to earn around Rs 75 lacs.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted:Saala Khadoos clashed with Sunny Leone’s adult-comedy ‘Mastizaade’ which also stars Tusshar Kapoor and Vir Das in the lead roles.The film had a poor start as well, however managed to have better openings as compared to Saala Khadoos. The film, directed by Milaap Zaveri, earned around Rs 3.45 crores on day one.

Budget 2016: Subramanian Swamy urges Centre to stress on agriculture sector

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday urged the Centre to give more stress to agriculture sector in the upcoming union budget.Participating in a pre-budget analysis session held at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM-K)’s Kochi Campus, Swamy said farmers should be empowered to export their produce through Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Make in India’ programme.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I am totally in support of Make in India. It is a good idea. What is important is the process of Make in India. I think one of the things, we have to do is somehow promote agricultural system…Start empowering the farmers to export,” he said.Suggesting reforms to accelerate export of agriculture produce, he said all “our agriculture products are cheap” and they could match the quality of the farm products of developed world including Japan and European countries.”The rice produced in India and the rice produced in same quality in Japan is seven times more expensive,” he said, adding, milk and vegetables produced in India are also “less expensive” than any other parts of the world.Swamy said the government has been taking many positive steps for the Indian economy, since the last two years.”I hope that the Union Budget 2016 is growth-oriented and proves its commitment to the Indian middle-class by taking steps to alleviate their concerns,” he said.He attributed much of the stress in financial institutions to loans advanced to large companies.”This budget should focus on measures to improve access of funds by Small and Medium Enterprises,” he said.Swamy also suggested an enhancement of investments as well as measures to curb corruption.

When Anupam Kher called Shashi Tharoor a ‘Congi chamcha’

Anupam Kher who has been in the eye of controversy ever since he was awarded the Padma Bhushan has now locked horns with erudite Congress leader and MP Shashi Tharoor. The veteran Bollywood actor said in a TV interview with a private channel that he was scared of openly proclaiming that he is a Hindu these days. Kher who rejects all allegations of being involved with BJP and says that he only supports nationalistic cause was called out by Shashi Tharoor for his comment. Tharoor tweeted, “Come on Anupam. I say it all the time. I’m a proud Hindu. Just not the Sangh’s kind of Hindu. @AnupamPkher.” <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kher rebutted strongly tweeting, “Come on Shashi. Never thought you will misinterpret my statement like trolls do. And behave like a Congi Chamcha.” However, Tharoor with his quick wit did not let go of this insult. He said that he was a proud MP of the Congress and didn’t believe in resorting to insults. The Congress MP also reminded Kher that people normally used abuses when they ran out of arguments. Kher though tried to stick to his point saying,This is how the entire war of words played out on Twitter. With agency inputs

Six-year-old boy found dead in school water tank in Delhi, probe ordered

Divyansh Kakrora’s body was later found floating inside the pit, used as a water storage tank, under the ampitheatre in the school’s playground, police said.

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Indrani Mukerjea and Sanjeev Khanna’s judicial custody extended till February 12

The judicial custody of prime accused in Sheena Bora murder case Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai was extended till February 12 on Saturday.Earlier, the judicial custody of former media honcho Peter Mukerjea, who is Indrani’s husband, was extended till February 8.On January 11, a Mumbai Esplanade court had extended the judicial custody of Peter till January 25.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mukerjea was arrested on November 19 and his wife Indrani Mukerjea is in prison for allegedly murdering Sheena, who is Indrani’s daughter from an earlier relationship.

Former Army Chief Gen K V Krishna Rao passes away

Former Army Chief General K V Krishna Rao, who played a key role in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, died here today at the military hospital following a cardiac arrest. He was 92.Rao also served as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir at a time when militancy was at its peak in the state. Rao was the 14th Chief of the Army Staff of Indian Army and had an illustrious career spanning over four decades in the force. He was commissioned into the Army on August 9, 1942. As a young officer, he had served in Burma, North West Frontier and Baluchistan during the Second World War.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During extensive Punjab disturbances in the run up to the partition in 1947, he served both in East and West Punjab. He also participated in the 1947-48 war against Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. He was a founder Instructor of the National Defence Academy during 1949-51.Rao had commanded a brigade in the forward area of Ladakh during 1965-66, an infantry division in Jammu Region during 1969-70 and a Mountain Division engaged in counter insurgency operations in Nagaland and Manipur during 1970-72.During this period, his Division also participated in the 1971 India-Pakistan War in Eastern Theatre and was instrumental in the capture of Sylhet area and liberation of North-East Bangladesh, an Army statement said. He was awarded the Param Vishist Seva Medal for displaying outstanding leadership, courage, determination and drive during this war.Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar condoled his death and said “the country has lost one of our best known military leaders. He was a visionary who led ably, inspired a generation of soldiers and initiated modernisation of the Indian Army in the early 1980s.”Rao’s contribution in the 1971 War and maintaining the unity and integrity of the country shall always be remembered, he said. Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag also condoled the demise of Krishna Rao.During 1975-76, he was also the Chairman of the Expert Committee constituted by the government on re-organisation and modernisation for future defence of the country. He served as Deputy Chief of Army Staff at Army Headquarters during 1978-79. Subsequently, he was promoted and served as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Command during 1979-81.Rao was appointed as Chief of Army Staff on June 1, 1981 and served in that capacity till July 1983. He was also the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, the highest appointment in the Services, during March 1982 to July 1983.From June 1984 to July 1989, Rao was the Governor of the North Eastern States of Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura. He was also the Governor of Mizoram in June 1988, and March to July 1989. Rao was appointed as the the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir during 1989-90.”When a proxy war developed in Jammu and Kashmir and reached its peak, he was reappointed as Governor and served there from March 1993 to May 1998. In this capacity, he was instrumental in restoring peace and democracy in the insurgency-riven state,” the statement said.PDP president Mehbooba Mufti today expressed grief over the death of former Army Chief General K V Krishna Rao who also served as the governor of Jammu and Kashmir. Mehbooba conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the peace of the departed soul, a PDP spokesman said in a statement.Rao was the governor of Jammu and Kashmir for the first time from July 11, 1989 to January 19, 1990 and the second time from March 13, 1993 till May 2, 1998. Rao governed the state under Governor’s Rule and ensured successful parliamentary and assembly elections in the state in 1996.

Kolkata hit-and-run: Court rejects bail pleas of accused trio

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Kerala UDF govt decides not to accept minister K Babu’s resignation

After the vigilance court had ordered registering of FIR against Babu, he had resigned on 23 January.

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Rahul Gandhi using students as political tool: BJP

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Dattatray Padsalgikar takes over as new Mumbai Police Commissioner

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Kamduni gangrape case: Kolkata court awards death sentence to three convicts, life term for three others

Kolkata: A Kolkata court on Saturday sentenced three convicts to death and awarded life term to three in the infamous Kamduni gangrape case.

With the arguments on the quantum of punishment not concluded on Friday, the court on Saturday continued with the hearing before deciding the sentence to the six people convicted in the brutal gangrape and murder of a college student in West Bengal’s Kamduni village.

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The court of additional district and sessions judge Sanchita Sarkar on Thursday convicted Saiful Ali, Ansar Ali and Amin Ali of gangrape and murder. The trio got death penalty.

Three other accused—Sheikh Emanul Islam, Aminur Islam and Bhola Naskar—have been convicted of gangrape, criminal conspiracy and causing disappearance of evidence and have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Amid tight security arrangements, the proceedings of the day began with the defence counsel pleading that the case did not warrant awarding death penalty.

With the counsel yet to conclude their arguments, the court announced it will pronounce the sentencing on Saturday upon conclusion of the arguments.

The 20-year-old girl was attacked while she was returning home from college on 7 June 2013. The second-year BA student was forcibly taken inside a factory where she was gangraped and then savagely murdered, sparking widespread outrage across the country.

Nine people were arrested and charged for the crime, with the court on Thursday acquitting Rafiqul Islam and Nur Ali while the ninth accused Gopal Naskar died while the trial was on.

The residents of Kamduni led by Tumpa Koyal and Moushumi Koyal continue to press with their demand for death penalty for the convicts and also opposed the acquittal of the two accused.

Led by the two Koyals and several eminent personalities from the city, many of the friends and relatives of the victim, had floated a platform ‘Kamduni Pratibadi Mancha’ seeking speedy justice and capital punishment to the guilty.

They knocked on the doors of top political and constitutional authorities including the president, demanding the trial be expedited.

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Kerber stuns Williams to win Australian Open title | Reuters

MELBOURNE Angelique Kerber became the first German to win a grand slam title since her childhood idol Steffi Graf in 1999 when she upset world number one Serena Williams 6-4 3-6 6-4 to clinch the Australian Open on Saturday.

The 34-year-old American had been seeking her seventh Melbourne Park title and 22nd overall, which would have moved her into a tie with Graf for the most grand slam singles titles in the Open era.

The seventh seeded Kerber, however, was not overawed by the occasion of her first grand slam final, breaking twice in the first set as Williams made 23 unforced errors.

Williams cut down on the errors to send it into a third, which Kerber, who had the opportunity to serve it out while leading 5-3 only for the American to battle back, clinched when Williams hit a volley long in the next game.

The opening salvo had looked ominous as Williams raced through the first game to love and then put pressure on the German, who was down 15-30 after a double fault but managed to suppress any demons she may have had and held on.

The 28-year-old German then played superb defensive tennis against the powerful Williams, scrambling to force her to play an extra shot that ultimately contributed to 23 unforced errors from the American in the first set.

Those errors and a lack of timing on several potential winners enabled the German to break again in the seventh game and then seal the first set in 39 minutes when Williams made another unforced error.

The pair held serve in the opening two games of the second set before Williams began to get her timing back and made less errors as she raced out to a 4-1 lead, though the concerned look she shot her supporters in the players’ box suggested she had been battling to work the German out.

Williams sent the match into a decider when Kerber hit an easy forehand into the net to clinch the second set.

Both players suffered early breaks in the third set but the championship appeared to have tipped in the German’s favour in a marathon sixth game when she finally converted her fifth break point to take a 4-2 lead.

She extended that to 5-2 and was serving for the title at 5-3 before Williams fought back, though the inspired German was able to clinch her first grand slam and then collapse onto the court in jubilation.

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India sued by Marshall Islands over nuclear weapons

According to The Guardian, the international court of justice, founded in 1945 to rule on legal disputes between nations, announced late on Friday The Marshall Islands have sued India, Pakistan and Britain, and will seek to persuade the UN’s highest court to take up a lawsuit, accusing the countries of failing to halt the nuclear arms race.According to The Guardian, the international court of justice, founded in 1945 to rule on legal disputes between nations, announced late on Friday, dates for separate hearings for the three cases between March 7 and March 16.In the cases brought against India and Pakistan, the court will examine whether the tribunal based in The Hague is competent to hear the lawsuits.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The hearing involving Britain will be devoted to ‘preliminary objections’ raised by London. A decision will be made at a later date as to whether the cases can proceed.

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