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Falling from trains accounts for 49% of all rail injuries

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If there was ever a clear reason why trains require automatic closed doors, this is it. Statistics collated by the Untoward Incident Cell of the Railways in Mumbai shows that the maximum number of injuries to passengers is from them falling from running trains. In fact in the past five years (2011-2015), of the 20,258 passengers who were left injured due to untoward incidents in the Railways in Mumbai, Pune and Solapur division, a sizeable 9,856 passengers – about 49% – were those who fell from trains.The highest number of these passengers is in Central Railway’s Mumbai division – 5,454 passengers – followed by Western Railway’s Mumbai division at 3,742 passengers. This is, of course, because between them WR and CR run about 3,000 local trains each overloaded by as much as 58%.The largest passenger survey by the Railways a couple of years ago showed that during peak hours, there are 5,560 passengers in a 12-coach train with a capacity of 3,522 passengers. A train’s ideal capacity of 3,522 is arrived at by assuming two people stand for every one passenger seated. A normal 12-coach rake has 1,174 seats. Experts believe overloading of anything above 15% is inhuman.Falling down from trains is the second major cause of death as well. Out of the 21,565 passengers who died in these untoward accidents in these four divisions between 2011 and 2015, a total of 4,637 passengers – or about 21.5% – died after falling from running – and almost surely – overcrowded trains.Crossing tracks and getting knocked down, however, continues to be the biggest killer on the tracks. Of the 21,565 passengers who got killed in train incidents, 11,965 – or about 55.4% – died due to being knocked down by a train while they were crossing the tracks.The plan to have automatic closed door mechanism on Mumbai’s locals has so far been a non-starter. In March last year, WR tested this system in one of its women’s coaches but removed it soon after due to technical glitches. This July it again allotted Rs 1.3 crore to fit 22 such automatic doors in three coaches.The accidents in numbers:Accidental Injuries (between 2011 and 2015)Division Line Cross Fell Down Other Total1) Mumbai (CR) 1641 5454 3558 110872) Mumbai (WR) 982 3742 1840 68403) Pune (CR) 235 637 365 12634) Solapur (CR) 41 23 2 68Accidental Deaths (between 2011 and 2015)Division Line Cross Fell Down Other Total1) Mumbai (CR) 6055 2767 2228 111192) Mumbai (WR) 3487 1307 1193 61123) Pune (CR) 1476 401 939 28464) Solapur (CR) 947 162 368 1488(source Untoward Incident Cell/Railways and government railway police/ state government)

Flipkart, Infosys, AskMe: Why recent spate of job cuts should worry us

New Delhi – In the last few days, newspapers have had screaming headlines of loss of thousands of jobs across the services sector.

On Monday, The Indian Express reported Infosys, the country’s second largest software exporter, has cut 500 jobs after the company recorded poor quarterly results were and lost a contract from RBS.

Over the weekend, reports said about 4,000 people were about to lose their jobs due to a suspension of operations at e-commerce website AskMe. Earlier Flipkart had asked about 700 underperformers to leave. Meanwhile, Snapdeal is shutting down a luxury fashion portal which could lead to loss of hundreds of jobs. Taxi aggregator Ola has shut down operations of TaxiForSure, a company it had acquired in March 2015, again resulting in hundreds of lay-offs.

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Should a few thousand jobs getting axed in the services industry worry us? It should, indeed. The services sector has been the key jobs creator in India, since manufacturing has not been a big draw. Remember, about a million Indians reach the employment age every month. Finding employment for them is in itself a daunting task and the enormity of the problem becomes larger when seen in the context of job cuts in the sectors which were seen as most employment friendly.

Already, the government’s own data show job growth slowed to a six-year low in 2015 under the NDA government. There is no data to show if the decline has been arrested in the first six months of this calendar year since the Labour Bureau is yet to release these figures.

Let us look at the IT sector, one of the largest services sector employers. This story points out that India’s IT industry is faced with one of the leanest years of growth in its history and the lower demand for IT services is driving down hiring numbers. Automation is adding to the worries. Companies like Infosys and Wipro have become selective in hiring even freshers — a departure from the traditional “mass hiring” strategy that IT firms have followed for the last two decades.

In the ecommerce space, jobs are being lost in large numbers as the sector begins a painful consolidation drive. Unconfirmed reports have already suggested that one of the poster boys of India’s ecommerce industry may be looking to merge with another biggie – if this were to happen, there could again be a massive realignment of jobs.

D K Joshi, chief Economist at Crisil says India needs to create high-value added jobs as lower level jobs are already getting eliminated on increased automation. Joshi was one of the authors of a 2014 Crisil report on jobs which predicted a slowdown in employment generation in the coming years. The decline in employment creation has been compounded by falling labour intensity in the economy as automation rises.

This is because the GDP growth in recent years has been driven by less labour-intensive services such as IT/ITeS, business and financial services and the capacity of labour intensive sectors such as manufacturing to absorb labour has diminished considerably in face of rising automation and complicated labour laws.

Sectors such as IT/ITeS require only around 1-2 people to produce Rs 1 million of real value-added GDP so that higher growth in these sectors does not create large-scale employment. Also, the labour dependency of the manufacturing sector – which once used to be the most labour-intensive sector barring agriculture – has diminished considerably as automation has increased.

According to this report, the ‘Internet of Things’ is expected to take away close to a lakh jobs in India in the next five years because of technological innovation.

A report by HDFC Bank on India’s tapering jobs growth says that “employment elasticity” in the economy is now close to zero – for every one point rise in GDP, jobs grow only 0.15.

Fifteen years ago, it was 0.39. The economy’s job creating potential has shrunk 60 percent during the last decade-and-a-half. Put simply, we are close to literally achieving “jobless growth.”

The Crisil report has also predicted a sharp decline in employment generation in the non-agriculture sector in the coming years as the economy treads a lower-growth path.

“CRISIL estimates that employment outside agriculture will increase by only 38 million between 2011-12 and 2018-19 compared with 52 million between 2004-05 and 2011-12. Due to insufficient employment creation in industry and services sectors, more workers will become locked in the least productive and low-wage agricultural sector. We estimate that 12 million people will join the agriculture workforce by 2018-19, compared with a decline of 37 million in agriculture employment between 2004-05 and 2011-12.”

Madan Sabnavis, Chief Economist at Care Ratings, had pointed out earlier that job creation has been slow in the last few years because of a virtual stagnation in manufacturing sector growth.

“There has been limited job creation in the last couple of years despite India’s GDP showing an uptrend. This is because in the physical segment, we have not seen similar growth commensurately”. He pointed out that the government has really offered no new jobs in PSUs etc whereas even the private sector has seen layoffs or some replacement jobs at best these last few years.

Already, overall job creation has been suffering under the Modi Government despite India’s galloping GDP, as the government’s own data show. Last available data of the Labour Bureau for the December quarter of 2015 show no new jobs were created but there was actually a decline of 20,000 jobs across eight labour intensive sectors.

Remember, the September quarter of the same year had added 1.34 lakh new jobs across the same eight sectors and was still the slowest quarter in the previous six years (barring 2012 where quarter wise data was not available). Now, with the December quarter data in, the total number of new jobs created across the eight sectors between January-December 2015 stood at just 1.35 lakh. This is the slowest pace of new jobs being created since 2009.
Here’s some easy math for grasping the enormity of this slowdown in jobs under the NDA: The Modi government took charge in mid-2014 and for that full year, 4.93 lakh jobs were added across these eight sectors.

So job addition in the first full year of this government fell to just a fourth of 2014 and was only a tenth of the growth seen in 2009, when the UPA was in power.

Joshi of Crisil says the government is not oblivious to job creation and points to the recently announced package for the textiles sector to boost jobs. The textile and apparels industry employs over 100 million people directly and indirectly and is thought to have the potential to create 50 million more jobs by 2025. But India lags in competitiveness to even Bangladesh in textiles and reaching the target of 10 million additional jobs over the next three years looks tough.

Employment in the textiles and apparels sector fell 0.11 percent in April-June 2015, rose 0.18 percent in July-September and 0.23 percent in October-December 2015, according to Labour Bureau estimates. Hardly the pace at which the expected job creation will happen.

Jobless growth is a reality staring India in the face. The government and industry must work together to solve this crisis.

Jigisha murder: Two get noose, one escapes with life term

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Savita Ghosh heaved a sigh of relief when the judge pronounced death sentence to two of her daughter Jigisha’s killers and life to one. Her husband JN Ghosh, who has been living listlessly for the past seven years, finally lifted his head and looked up when the judgment was announced. Grateful, the parents left courtroom number 306 in South Delhi’s Saket district court with tears in their eyes.”I have been waiting for this day for the past seven years. The quest for justice has kept us alive all these years,” said Savita. “I know vengeance is wrong and my daughter will never return, but at least my heart got some solace knowing that her killers got the death penalty,” she added.On July 14, a Delhi sessions court convicted Amit Shukla, Ravi Kapoor and Baljeet Malik of kidnapping and killing IT executive Jigisha Ghosh. “No escape from the conclusion that the crime was committed by the accused persons,” additional sessions judge (ASJ) Sandeep Yadav had announced in the open court.All three have been held guilty under sections 364/302/201/394/468/469/471/34b of the Indian Penal Code. Kapoor was further convicted under the relevant sections of the Arms Act.On Monday, the court gave the death penalty to Ravi Kapoor and Amit Shukla, and life sentence to Baljeet.”Offence in the present case was committed in cold-blooded, inhuman and cruel manner,” the court said. “Convicts were satisfied only by brutally mauling her to death. In other words, convicts behaved in uncivilised and barbaric manner against a helpless girl,” he added. “The magnitude and brutality exhibited by convicts while committing the crime brings this case within the category of rarest of the rare case,” the court said.”This is a landmark judgment because for the first time death penalty was given in a case riddled and built around circumstantial evidence,” said HGS Dhaliwal, former deputy commissioner of police (South).This trial sets a precedent because for the first time, a sessions judge ordered a probation officer (PO) to prepare a pre-sentencing report (PSR), as mandated by the Delhi High Court, before he could award the convicts any punishment.A suitable punishment was then awarded based on the observations made by the PO in this report. According to the PO, claims of Kapoor and Shukla were “unsatisfactory” for various reasons. Both had multiple criminal charges against them, including convictions, and were involved in various violations within jail. Also, the duo can’t be reformed or rehabilitated and would “continue to remain a threat to the society”.The judge spared Malik of noose since the PO observed that he could be reformed. “If released, Malik planned to become a gym trainer to support his family,” the PO noted.All three convicts were imposed a fine of Rs 9 lakh under various sections of which Rs 6 lakh will go to Jigisha’s parents as compensation.Jigisha, an operations manager with Hewitt Associate Pvt Ltd, was kidnapped on March 18, 2009 after her office cab dropped her near her home in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar, around 4 a.m. Her dead body was found two days later in Surajkund, almost 18 kms away. Jigisha was robbed of her valuables, including ATM card, gold jewellery, and money.A week later, her killers were caught after a constable recognised Baljeet from the Close Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) at an ATM in South Delhi. Upon sustained interrogation, it was revealed that all three accused had also murdered television executive Soumya Vishwanathan.

Murbad leopard continues to evade forest dept officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The leopard in Murbad taluka continued to evade forest department officials on Monday. With two people being killed in the last four days, tempers have been rising in the area and heavy rains dampened the search mission.The forest department has set up five trap cages. But a senior official from Thane (territorial) said that the leopard seems to be well aware of the cages. “On several occasions, it came close to the trap cages but not even once entered them. This means that it has been trapped earlier as well,” he said. Though forest officials are armed with an order to shoot the leopard under the Wildlife Act, they are more keen on trapping the leopard than shooting it. “We have written to the superintendent of police (SP), Thane (rural), to provide sharpshooters to shoot the leopard, if required. However, our emphasis is on trapping the leopard either in a cage or by tranquilising as we don’t want to put down a wild animal,” said KP Singh, chief conservator of forest (CCF), Thane (territorial).According to sources, the forest staff, including the tranquilising team, is already moving around six villages where the leopard movement was tracked. Shooters from Thane were expected to join them by late Monday evening.However, rains made the operation difficult since Monday morning. It was after 7pm, when there was some respite, the teams started intensive search.In fact, on Monday, the forest department set up a makeshift control room in Tokawade village. “We have circulated several pamphlets with the mobile numbers of the forest staff across several villages like Singapur, Vaishakhare, Tokawade and others in about a 10-km range and have asked people to alert us if they spot the leopard,” said a forest official. Given the open landscape, it is extremely difficult to keep track of the leopard, and, hence, this was one of the best options. By Monday evening, there were several fake alerts too.On Sunday evening, it claimed the second victim, Barku Bhoir (52), who was grazing cattle in the Palu-Sonawale dam area, barely 5 km from where the leopard claimed its first victim, 54-year-old Mirabai Vare.“We are now only focusing on ensuring that no human life is lost and hence we have been asking villagers not to venture out alone and not to allow children to go to school alone. While people are extremely scared, we are telling them to take basic precautions for a few days till we trap the big cat,” said another senior forest official.

Issues in Kashmir can be resolved politically, not judicially: Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir in an attempt to address issues in the prevailing situation in the state, the Supreme Court on Monday said the issues should be “dealt with politically” and it can’t be managed judicially.The apex court also asked the Solicitor General to help activist lawyer and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) leader Bhim Singh to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue.”This issue has various dimensions and therefore should be dealt politically and moreover, everything cannot be managed within the judicial parameters,” a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur said.The bench also referred to a meeting today between a delegation of the state’s opposition parties led by former chief minister Omar Abdullah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked Singh to join the delegation.When the senior lawyer said the “RSS-dictated” government would not invite him, the court, which asked Solicitor General (SG) Ranjit Kumar to facilitate Singh’s meeting with Modi, was annoyed.”Don’t make a political statement here. You tell us whether you want to go and meet the political leadership or not,” the bench said.Singh sought imposition of Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir in the prevailing situation in the valley.The bench said the statements made by Bhim Singh may not be “relevant judicially” but they may be “relevant politically”.Earlier, the Centre, in its status report filed in the court earlier this month had said that the law and order situation in the Valley has improved considerably.The Valley has been witnessing a spate of violent protests following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.According to Centre, a total of 872 incidents of violence were reported mainly from south Kashmir and parts of central and north Kashmir.It was stated that in these incidents, 42 civilians and two security personnel were killed, while 2656 civilians and 3783 security personnel were injured.

Narendra Modi’s talks offer signals end of road for separatists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what can be qualified as a significant statement on the ongoing Kashmir crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed “deep concern and pain” at the prevailing situation in state and called for a “dialogue to find a permanent and lasting solution” within the framework of the Constitution.Though PM’s statement goes one step forward than his last utterance on Kashmir at a rally in Madhya Pradesh on August 9 in which he had broken his silence on the unrest by appealing to the youth to hold laptops instead of carrying stones, it indicates end of the road for separatists by sticking to the oft-repeated “within the framework of Constitution”.It backtracks a long way from the position former PM Vajpayee’s took by indicating that he would go beyond the Constitution to settle Kashmir dispute in his famous quote of Insaniyat, Jamhooriyat and Kashmiriyat.Trying to make an emotional connect with the people of the distraught region, the PM said, “those who lost their lives during recent disturbances are part of us, our nation; whether the lives lost are of our youth, security personnel or police, it distresses us.”The PM’s remarks stand in contrast with those of finance minister Arun Jaitley, who, while addressing a rally in Jammu’s Samba region on Sunday, described stone-throwing protesters as “aggressors out to divide the country”.Interestingly, a day earlier, home minister Rajnath Singh in Lucknow had sought to apply healing touch by saying that “I want to tell the people of Kashmir that we not only love the land of Kashmir but also its people. I would like to appeal to the Kashmiris that we do not want to see stones, bricks and firearms in their hands but pen, computers and jobs. We want to see you employed.”Modi’s statement came soon after he met a delegation of the opposition parties from J&K who called on him to apprise about the “dangerous” situation that is spreading beyond the Valley to Pir Panjaal, Chinab valley of Kargil regions and asked him to find a lasting political solution to the vexed issue through dialogue instead of applying piecemeal administrative measures.Former chief minister Omar Abdullah, who was part of the 20-member delegation, said the PM accepted delegation’s memorandum and agreed that development alone is not an answer to the crisis. “The Prime Minister told us in categorical terms that development alone will not resolve this problem,” said Omar.Refusing to draw any conclusions, Omar added, “I am not going to put words into the Prime Minister’s mouth nor am I going to draw further meaning from what he said.”However, in his statement, the PM indicated that the Centre is keen for a political outreach and is looking for a window to begin the process of dialogue, as he emphasized that “there has to be dialogue and we need to find a permanent and lasting solution to the problem within the framework of the Constitution.”Conveying that his government and the nation stands with the State of Jammu & Kashmir, PM urged all political parties to reach out to the people and convey the same and appealed for restoration of normalcy.The delegation on Saturday had met President Pranab Mukherjee and sought his immediate intervention to impress upon the Central government to find a political solution to Kashmir crisis. It now plans to meet mainstream opposition parties to build more pressure on the government.The PMO said the meeting with the delegation comprising of Omar Abdullah of National Conference, Ghulam Ahmed Mir of Congress, Hakeem Mohammad of People’s Democratic Front, M Y Tarigami of CPM and Ghulam Hassan Mir of Democratic Party Nationalist was held in “an atmosphere of free and frank discussion”.Sources in the home ministry said the Centre would soon make an announcement on banning the use of pellet guns and suggest alternate measures of non-lethal nature to control the agitators.

Kashmir’s ‘curfew schools’

Makeshift schools have been set up in mosques and homes in Indian-administered Kashmir for children whose education is affected due to the ongoing unrest.

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PM Modi expresses concern over Kashmir situation; CM Mufti says unrest in valley was ‘pre-planned’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to reach out to people of Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed his “deep concern and pain” over the situation there and asked all political parties to work together to find a “permanent and lasting” solution to problems in Jammu and Kashmir. Making an appeal for restoration of normalcy in the Valley where the unrest entered the 45th day, Modi emphasised that there has to be a dialogue.An official statement issued after his 75-minute-long meeting with a joint opposition delegation led by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the Prime Minister appreciated the “constructive suggestions” made by them during the talks and reiterated his government’s commitment to the welfare of people. The 20-member delegation comprising Omar and seven of his National Conference MLAs, Congress legislators led by PCC Chief G A Mir and CPI-M MLA M Y Tarigami had called on the Prime Minister this morning and made an appeal for a political approach for resolving the crisis in the Valley and to ensure that the “mistakes” of the past are not repeated.Expressing his “deep concern and pain” at the prevailing situation, the Prime Minister said “those who lost their lives during recent disturbances are part of us, our nation; whether the lives lost are of our youth, security personnel or police, it distresses us.””Government and the nation stand with the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Prime Minister said, and suggested that all political parties should reach out to the people and convey the same.Kashmir unrest was ‘pre-planned’: Mehbooba MuftiJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti found nothing wrong in opposition leaders meeting PM Modi over the situation in the valley. “We live in a democratic set-up. If opposition leaders meet the Prime Minister or the President, if some solution can be found, it is a good thing,” said Mufti. Contending that the unrest in Kashmir was “pre-planned”, Mufti said a “handful of people” were deliberately keeping the Valley on the boil while 95% people were peace-loving and should not be punished for the fault of 5%. She expressed pain that children are being used as a shield by “vested interests” while attacking camps and posts of security forces to incite them, as a result of which innocent kids become a casualty.Referring to the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in a gunfight, the Chief Minister said, “there was nothing new in this. Killing of militants has been happening for the past 25 years. I want to tell you this because all this was pre-planned. They were waiting for a reason, a chance to put the state back into that fire in which it was always.” She said, “they (those indulging in violence) are only a handful of people. Most Kashmiris want peace. They understand that the kind of freedom Kashmir is enjoying today is not there even in Islamic countries like Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey and Pakistanis. When gun enters a country, it is no more free, no matter how much it claims to be free.”NC President Omar Abdullah thanks PM Modi for hearing them outThe 46-year-old Working President of National Conference Omar told reporters after the meeting that they requested the Prime Minister for finding a political solution to the Kashmir issue so that a lasting peace is ensured in the state as well as in the country.”I am not going to put words into the Prime Minister’s mouth nor am I going to draw further meaning from what he said,” Omar said.”We talked about the same thing that we have been talking with other leaders ever since we arrived in Delhi that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, especially in light of the present crisis, needs to be understood correctly after which a solution is required. We emphasised that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is more of political in nature. Time and again such situations do arise but if we are unable to find a political solution to it, we will be repeating our mistakes again and again,” he said.

Madras HC quashes order directing CBI probe into IIT-M appointments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court set aside a single judge’s order on Monday directing a CBI probe into faculty appointments made by Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, from 1995 while pulling up the institute for ‘gross irregularities’ in the recruitment process in the past. Partly allowing an appeal by IIT-M challenging the July 25, 2013 order of the single judge, the court ordered payout to an aggrieved faculty member in the matter. Citing Supreme Court rulings, a division bench comprising Justices A Selvam and P Kalaiyarasan said it was not inclined to venture upon and decide about appointment to the posts and held, “This case does not warrant any enquiry by the CBI for the lapses committed by the institute.”It said, “No doubt, selection for the posts of associate professor and professor were made contrary to the terms of the advertisement and gross irregularity has been committed by the institute in the selection process.” However, it noted that Associate Professor WB Vasantha, on whose plea the single judge had directed a CBI inquiry into lapses over appointments of professors since 1995, had not made any allegation of malafide. “It is suffice to observe and direct that the institute as an institute of national importance should be a role model to others in adopting the procedures and laws not only in selection process but in all aspects,” the bench said.Vasantha had applied for the post of Associate Professor in the mathematics department in 1995 but was not selected. In 1996, she applied for the post of Professor, but was appointed as Associate Professor. She had notified the IIT in her joining report in 1997 that she was accepting the post without prejudice to her right to challenge her non-selection for the post of Professor. The IIT, however, rejected the “conditional joining report” following which she had moved the court and got an interim injunction restraining the institute from terminating her service.Contending that lapses were made by the IIT over appointments, she had submitted that two candidates were selected though they did not have requisite qualification and sought a CBI probe. The bench while upholding the single judge’s view that irregularities were made vis-a-vis appointments, directed the IIT to consider Vasantha for the post of Associate Professor and Professor from the relevant dates. It asked the institute to pay within two months her the salary and allowances for the post of Associate Professor from her joining date of June 1, 1997.

Jigisha Ghosh murder case: Justice delivered in letter and spirit, says probe team head

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior police officer HGS Dhaliwal, whose team cracked the 2009 Jigisha murder case, termed on ‘s sentence to the three accused as “justice delivered in letter and spirit”. A local court awarded death penalty to two convicts and life term to another for robbing and killing IT executive Jigisha Ghosh in New Delhi in 2009.”The verdict in the case announced today by is justice delivered in letter and spirit,” said the then DCP(South) whose team had investigated and arrested the accused within a week.Dhaliwal, who is currently posted as deputy director general of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security of India, is no longer associated with Delhi Police but he has been in constant touch with Jigisha’s parents and was present in the court when the verdict was delivered.”Her parents thanked the police for cracking the case. They were under acute depression when the incident happened. Her mother says if not for police, she would have committed suicide. They had lost all motivation to live. We put a small team of lady constables and inspectors at their home just to support them in every sense,” he said.Jigisha’s parents were kept informed of all the developments in the case and even though it was painful for them to hear what their child went through, they knew that the right people had been caught, the officer said.Talking about the accused, Dhaliwal said, “They shared minute details and based on which there were substantial recoveries – the vehicle in which the crime was committed, the goods that were purchased. Even the credit card bill that the customer has to sign, their handwriting was verified. All those things are irrefutable. The CCTV footage was also recovered and all those things helped nail the culprits.”When the case was cracked, it was reported that a tattoo on the left wrist of one of the accused had helped the police catch them, but Dhaliwal said that traditional beat policing did the trick.”The tattoo had got a lot of traction. This was a case where lot of beat policing came into play. We had a combined meeting of all the police stations and we distributed coloured photographs of the accused to all the beat officers. Normally, there are pictures of wanted criminals pasted randomly on walls and people don’t pay heed to them but our staff carried the pictures of the accused for two days and would tell people how valuable their input would be. The input also came from a beat officer saying that he had seen someone similar to the man in the photograph in Vasant Kunj area. We developed those leads and when we caught them they told us the chronology of the events.”28-year-old Jigisha, working as an operations manager in a management consultancy firm, was abducted and killed on March 18, 2009 after she was dropped by her office cab in the wee hours near her home in Vasant Vihar area of South Delhi.

Najeeb Jung suspends officers, refers case to CBI

Another possible flashpoint between AAP and LG as Jung has suspended Navelendra Kumar Singh, former OSD to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, and another official for allegedly handing over land meant for DUSIB to a private party <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday suspended Navelendra Kumar Singh, former OSD to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, and another official for allegedly handing over land meant for DUSIB to a private party.Singh, currently posted as ADM (South/East), and SDM (Model Town) Amit Kumar Pamasi have been placed under suspension. Also, ADM (North) KC Surendra has been “recommended to be placed under suspension by the Union Home Ministry”.”Navelendra Kumar Singh had passed an illegal order to hand over prime land in Bhalswa to a private individual, which was acquired for DUSIB (Delhi Urban Shelter Development Board),” a source said.The action was taken against the other two as they implemented the “illegal” order passed by Singh after his transfer. “The case for further investigation is being referred to CBI immediately,” the source added.

Rajnath Singh to visit US September-end for security dialogue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Enhancing anti-terror cooperation, sharing intelligence inputs and offering easy travel to each other’s citizens would be high on the agenda during the visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to the US next month.Singh will lead the Indian delegation at the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue to be held in Washington in September-end with the US team to be headed by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Charles Johnson. The new dates have been fixed after the bilateral dialogue was postponed last month as Parliament was in session and the Home Minister was busy with the proceedings, official sources said.Further cementing anti-terror cooperation, real-time sharing of intelligence inputs, cyber security and critical infrastructure protection, countering illicit finance, global supply chain security, megacity policing and science and technology are some of the other key issues to be discussed at the strategic meeting.This senior-level exchange between India and the US will reinforce the strategic homeland security partnership and enhance operational cooperation in investigations, capacity building, and countering threats, sources said. Upcoming law enforcement engagement proposals include sharing lessons learned and best practices in police training and responding to mass casualty exercises, improving both nations’ capabilities to respond to terrorist incidents and natural disasters.Besides, there will be discussions on two key recently- signed agreements — Global Entry, a US Customs and Border Protection programme that permits speedy clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travellers upon arrival in America; and the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-6 (HSPD-6), which allows access to information on terrorists.The US has been pressing for India’s inclusion in the Global Entry so that high dignitaries like former presidents, former prime ministers, former Union ministers, film stars, top industrialists and frequent flyers could visit America without any hassle.There will be extensive discussion on the Global Entry during the dialogue, the sources said. Initially, the names of around 2,000 prominent Indians could figure in the coveted list, which would be expanded gradually after proper background checks of each individual. Incidents like brief detention of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan recently at the Los Angeles airport would be avoided when the Global Entry will be implemented.

Payal Abdullah evicted from Lutyen’s: Omar’s nameplate removed from govt bungalow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Action to evict Payal Abdullah, estranged wife of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, from the J and K government bungalow in New Delhi was initiated on Monday by the state authorities. A squad from the J and K Resident Commissioner’s office broke the outer gate of the bungalow and were taking out her belongings. The action followed a Delhi High Court order on August 19.After asking her orally to “gracefully” vacate the official bungalow, the court had said Payal and the estranged couple’s two sons staying with her are “liable to be evicted forthwith”, terming their entitlement to retain it as “wholly illegal”. Payal, who has been residing at the bungalow since 1999, had approached the High Court after the trial court on August 16 had asked her to move out of the house in Lutyen’s zone here.The high court was hearing Payal’s plea seeking that she and her children be not evicted from 7, Akbar Road (type VIII) bungalow in New Delhi or an alternative accommodation be provided in view of their security status and threat to their lives. The J and K government opposed Payal’s stay in the bungalow, saying it was faced with an extremely piquant situation as it does not have an appropriate accommodation to house the Chief Minister in Delhi befitting her position and security imperatives.

CBI finalises chargesheet against Virbhadra Singh; Rs 10 crore DA allegedly found

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI has finalised its chargesheet in the disproportionate assets case against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his family members after its probe found that Rs 10 crore of ill-gotten assets were allegedly amassed during his stint as the Union Minister. CBI, which had registered an FIR last year to probe allegations that Singh had allegedly amassed over Rs six crore of disproportionate assets, has concluded that the figure is around Rs 10 crore, the agency sources claimed on Monday.The agency had initiated an inquiry alleging that as Union Minister during 2009-2012 (UPA rule), Singh had accumulated disproportionate assets worth Rs 6.03 crore (approx) in his family members’ name, CBI had said. The allegations have been strongly refuted by Singh.The findings of an year-long probe, which is almost complete, alleges that a complex web of investments, unsecured loans, property and share purchase besides false claims of agriculture income were used to camouflage the assets which were disproportionate to known sources of his income, CBI sources said. They said the agency will soon move Delhi High Court seeking permission to file the charge sheet in the matter.A detailed forensic analysis of documents and cyber forensic analysis of the computers of Singh’s associates shows an alleged conspiracy in which money was purportedly routed through a complex web of shell companies into real estate investments as well, the sources claimed. The FIR had named Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and Chunni Lal Chauhan. The allegations have been refuted by Singh.In a statement, the CBI spokesperson had said it was further alleged that Singh had invested his unaccounted income in LIC policies in his name and in the name of his wife and other family members through a private person by showing the same as agricultural income.The CBI claimed an MoU was signed between Singh and Chauhan on June 15, 2008 for maintenance of an apple orchard for three years. Chauhan had deposited Rs 5 crore (approx) in his own bank account and debited the same through cheques for purchasing various LIC policies in their names, CBI had alleged in FIR. CBI now claims that Singh’s wife Pratibha had given the money in cash to Chauhan to be invested in 11 LIC policies. Over eight policies worth Rs 4.4 crore matured from which a property was purchased in Greater Kailash worth over Rs five crore, the sources said.Another associate of Singh, V Chandrasekhar, had provided Rs 80 lakh in the property purchase, CBI has now alleged. The probe has found that the MoU was back dated through forgery in the stamp paper after they came to know about CBI probe into their assets, the sources claimed. They said the investigations show that stamp papers which were used in the MoU were not even printed in 2008 besides the forensic analysis of stamp register shows that name of Anand Chauhan was inserted by overwriting on the stamp purchase register.It was alleged in the FIR that Singh attempted to legitimise the same as agricultural income by filing revised Income Tax Returns in 2012 showing an increment from Rs 45 lakh, claimed in the ITRs of 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12, to Rs 5.1 core in the revised Returns as earned from sale of apples from Srikhand Orchards to United Apple Associates, Pawanoo. The probe has now found that the purported claims of Rs 5.1 crore being agriculture income from the sale of apples grown in Srikhand Orchard in Palampur was also false, the CBI sources alleged.The agency got the orchard examined by experts of Indian Agriculture Research Institute who in their report said it could not have produced apples worth Rs 5 crore which were mentioned in the revised income tax returns of Singh, the sources claimed.The IARI in its report said that 75 per cent of the trees in the orchard could not have started production in 2008. It also said that 1700 plants were planted within five to six years and the orchard could not have produced apples worth Rs 5.1 crore as claimed in the ITRs of Singh, the sources said. The forensic examinations of computers seized from United Apple Associates that accounts were allegedly tampered in 2013-14 to show the backdated payments of the apples, they said, adding that that examination also showed that payments were made for transport vehicles which were either two-wheeler or non-existent.The sources claimed that probe has found that Pratibha was an active participant in the routing of allegedly illicit assets. It is alleged in the probe that she allegedly gave Rs 98 lakh in cash to businessman V Chandrasekhar for showing investment in his company Tarini Infrastructure. It is alleged that the businessman got prepared demand drafts from three shell companies for showing purchase of shares worth Rs 98 lakh by them in his company.Another element is purchase of a farm house worth Rs 1.2 crore by the son of the chief minister in Dera Mandi area here in 2011. To facilitate the purchase, Rs 90 lakh were allegedly transferred from Chandrasekhar to Singh while Rs 30 lakh were allegedly routed through a shell company, the sources said. The agency has found that the farm house which Vikramaditya Singh was claiming to be mere agriculture land with boundary was was actually a furnished farm house with a swimming pool and out house, they said. The sources also claimed that in her statement the woman who sold it in in 2008 to one Picheshwar Gade, from whom Singh had purchased in the property in 2011, had claimed that she had sold it for Rs 3.90 crore. They said it shows that property was undervalued for at least Rs 2.7 crore to hide alleged disproportionate assets as property price was reduced by same amount for deal which took place three years later. The sources said they have also found that Rs 3.90 crore were transferred from Chandrasekhar to Singh as “unsecured loan” for the repair of ancestral palace but the immediately investments were made in Fixed Deposits, immovable properties.They said when asked about source of Rs 3.90 crore, Chandrasekhar had claimed that he earned through chilli and grain trade but these claims have allegedly found to be false. It has emerged in the probe sale receipts were actually created on his own computers. Besides, the persons whom he claimed he entered in business reportedly refused to acknowledge any such business dealing with him.

People threatening to attack me: Delhi minister Kapil Mishra tells Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra on Monday wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding action against “fake” social media accounts impersonating him and trying to incite “communal and caste-based” tensions. Mishra, who is known for his active social media presence, alleged that the way these fake accounts and posts are being promoted betrays a “systematic, professional and organised attempt” to incite violence.”Some posts are so…poisonous that people reading and spreading (them are) openly giving threats of attacking me,” Mishra’s letter to Singh and Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma, said.Mishra listed ‘@kapilmishrapp and @JalMantri’ as the fake Twitter handles and ‘@unofficial KapilMishra and @KapilMishraG’ to be the fake Facebook accounts.”I am writing to you to ensure strict criminal action against such people as people running these accounts are causing a threat to communal harmony in an organised and criminal manner,” the AAP leader said.

Ryan Lochte loses all his major sponsors after Rio incident, apology | Reuters

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Solution to Kashmir lies in India adhering to UN resolution: Hurriyat chief Geelani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressed for a lasting solution to Kashmir problem, hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday said it lies in India adhering to the United Nations resolution.”…Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani said for the lasting solution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute, the Indian state must shun state violence and uphold international law, respect and adhere UN charter and especially the UN resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir,” a spokesman of the Hurriyat said. “By fulfilling its promises and obligations towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir, we understand the universal principle of ‘right to self-determination’ is the only road through which peace can be achieved in Jammu and Kashmir,” the spokesman added.Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Aasiya Andrabi said people must not pay heed to the “useless activities” of mainstream politicians of Kashmir. “All they want is power and nothing else,” she said.Andrabi said Modi’s response to these pro-India politicians explains their “uselessness” with regard to resolution of Kashmir issue.

Natural to express grief over mistreatment of Dalits: LK Advani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran BJP leader LK Advani on Monday said the Dalits have been suffering atrocities for a long time and it is natural to lament the mistreatment meted out to them. “Atrocities on Dalits is not today’s phenomenon. It is natural to express grief over the way the Dalits have been mistreated across the country,” he said, when asked about recent flogging of the Dalits at Una.Advani, who is a Member of Parliament from Gandhinagar, was in Ahmedabad for the ongoing Tiranga Yatra and visited Sabarmati Ashram and a school during his visit. He praised the development works done by the BJP Government in the state.”I am really happy to see the development of the art gallery and garden in Jodhpur municipality ward,” Advani told a gathering during the Tiranga Yatra. “It is a matter of great happiness to see unprecedented development works done in Karnavati (Ahmedabad) and in my constituency, first under the leadership of Narendra Modi and then by Anandiben Patel (who succeeded Modi as the CM),” Advani said. He also addressed the students of a municipal school where he talked about the origin of the tricolour.

India lose top ranking to Pakistan as West Indies test ends in draw | Reuters

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Afzal Guru row: JNU panel submits final report on students’ punishments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The JNU on Monday said the Appellate Authority which heard the appeals of the varsity students who were penalised in connection with the controversial February 9 event has submitted its final report.”In the light of the recommendation of the High Level Enquiry Committee and subsequently the recommendation of the panel constituted to assist the Appellate Authority, the Vice Chancellor put his mind to various dimensions of the concerned issue to come to a conclusion and has taken the final decision on the appeals made by the students,” a university statement said. “The authority after thorough analysis of each case, has issued the final report to be implemented by the Chief Proctor,” the statement added.Senior university officials, however, refused to comment when asked about the contents of the report. JNU was at the centre of a controversy in February this because of an event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru at which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. Three students including the students union chief Kanhaiya Kumar were arrested in a sedition case over the event and are now out on bail. 21 JNU students were slapped with varied punishments ranging from rustication, hostel debarment to financial penalty on basis of the probe by the HLEC which found them guilty of violation of discipline norms.The students had gone on an indefinite hunger strike against the decision which lasted for 16 days. As the varsity refused to relent and withdraw the punitive action proposed against the students despite their failing health, some students moved the Delhi High Court challenging the action. Following this, the High Court issued directions to JNUSU to immediately withdraw the hunger strike and to not launch any fresh agitation. It had stayed action against the students till their appeals have been decided by the appellate authority.JNU had then formed a four-member committee to hear appeals of those who had been found guilty of indiscipline by the varsity probe panel.

Kashmir unrest: Lessons learnt in 2010 were unlearnt in 2016, says Omar Abdullah

New Delhi: National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Monday said that the lessons learnt in Jammu and Kashmir in the 2010 unrest were unlearnt in 2016.

Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah. PTIFormer Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah. PTI

Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah. PTI

“People must appreciate that after 2010 we learnt lessons that allowed us to bring six years of peace and calm in Jammu and Kashmir,” former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah told India Today in an interview.

“The lessons of 2010 allowed us to deal with a far more threatening situation when Afzal Guru was hanged,” the NC leader said, adding, “You don’t appreciate when the good work is done, you don’t appreciate that Jammu and Kashmir has some peaceful years in the last eight to ten years.”

“And suddenly when you have a problem like this then people make sweeping generalisations that nothing good has been done there and mainstream politicians have only hoodwinked the people and worsened the situation,” he rued.

“But, it is not the truth. Yes, we are not blameless, I have never said that mistakes were never made by us. I have always accepted,” he added.

“But the fact is that the lessons learnt in 2010 was unlearnt in 2016 and that’s what we need to correct,” Abdullah said.

The NC leader’s remark came on a day he led a delegation of opposition leaders from the state to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the current unrest in the valley where over 65 people have died in clashes with security forces following the 8 July killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.

The delegation also met Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leader Sitaram Yechury.

Tamil Nadu: HC declines to stay suspension of 79 DMK MLAs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court declined to grant an interim stay on suspension of 79 DMK MLAs from the state Assembly on Monday, but issued notice to the state Chief Secretary on petitions filed by leader of the opposition MK Stalin and another DMK member. The petitions challenged their en masse suspension from the Assembly and sought a direction to declare all proceedings and actions taken as illegal, ultra vires and unconstitutional.Declining to pass an interim order, the First Bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan, said, “Since it is a matter of function of the House and the order has been passed by the Speaker, we are not inclined to pass interim orders. “But there will be no question of making the prayer infructuous as ultimately the validity of the resolution would have to be decided as it may have other ramifications,” it said. The bench directed the petitioners-Stalin and DMK MLA Thiagarajan– to serve private notices to the Speaker, P Dhanapal, and the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretary, and posted the matter for further hearing to September 1.When the matter came up, senior counsel for Stalin, Mohan Parasaran submitted that it was for the first time in the history of the Assembly that a resolution had been passed suspending en masse all opposition DMK MLAs. In his plea, Stalin sought an interim direction to permit him and other suspended members to attend and participate in the present session. He submitted that the blanket resolution to suspend all DMK members, who had signed the attendance register on the date was without any basis or material. He said the majority of DMK members, including he himself, were not in the House when the resolution was passed by voice vote.He submitted that the resolution was later modified to include the DMK members who had been present and those who had not signed the attendance register and alleged that the Speaker’s action was “unprecedented, motivated and biased which completely undermines democracy”. Stalin submitted that the resolution was passed under rule 121 of the Assembly “which is ex-facie unconstitutional as it provides for the grave punishment of suspension without any opportunity of hearing to the member in question.” He said, “the resolution and actions pursuant thereto are a blatant violation of Articles 14,19 and 21 of the Constitution of India and completely arbitrary and deprive the members the valuable right of representing the people of their constituency and liable to be struck down.” He also sought a direction to declare Rule 121 as illegal, ultra vires and unconstitutional.On August 17, uproarious scenes were witnessed in the assembly when DMK MLAs were evicted and suspended en masse by the Speaker for a week for allegedly disrupting proceedings. Initially, 80 MLAs were suspended but later the suspension of one legislator was revoked as he was not present during the ruckus, triggered by remarks of an AIADMK MLA who allegedly ridiculed Stalin.

India, US to sign key logistics agreement during Parrikar’s US visit this month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and the US are likely to sign a key logisitics agreement later this month which will enable both the countries to use each other’s assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies. The agreement called the ‘Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement’ (LEMOA) is likely to be signed during Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit to the US, starting August 29. The agreement was announced during the visit of US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter in April this year.The move will allow both the countries to use each other’s bases as well as assets for replenishment of supplies and refuelling. However, it will not allow stationing of troops in each other’s bases.Other issues that are likely to be discussed include project under the Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) and the aircraft carrier project. The US is also likely to push its case for manufacture of American fighter jet plane in India under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Author Perumal Murugan ends self-imposed exile with 200 new poems

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Contemporary Tamil author Perumal Murugan on Monday ended a self-imposed literary exile of 19 months with a new book – a collection of 200 poems “A Coward’s Song”. Threatened by protests from Hindutva activists against his Tamil novel “Madhorubagan” (One Part Woman), which they deemed offensive, a dismayed Murugan had announced in a Facebook post in December 2014 that the writer in him was dead. “Author Perumal Murugan is dead,” he had written.In July, the Madras High Court had dismissed a plea seeking prosecution of the author and ban of his “offensive” book in Tamil, besides forfeiting all the copies of its English translation “One Part Woman” saying there was nothing obscene in the book. Dressed in a white shirt and dhoti, Murugan, speaking in Tamil read out a powerful statement after the launch of his new book at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, which was translated and read out in English. The 50-year-old author also recited two poems “Hometown” and “A Coward’s Song” before that.Describing the first three months after he had declared his “death”, Murugan said he did not want to “even write one word”. He said during that time he felt like a like “a walking corpse”, and “like a rat in a burrow”. “It was poetry that saved me. My mind has now attained a state of being able to write poetry,” he said, adding now when he writes he feels a censor seated within him and “unable to shake him off”.”My writing will do little to change the world so let me be quiet and speak through my writings,” said the author, who began writing poetry when he was a child.In the discussion with Nilanjana Roy following the reading statement, Murugan said he believed “No writer can write a single work in defence of caste.””In my perception caste is ubiquitous but present subtly in society. Why caste exists and why is so divisive is a question that plagues me,” Murugan said.The author was introduced by poet Ashok Vajpeyi, who said it was “encouraging for poets like us that he is alive and that he chose to write poetry instead of prose”. Refusing to delve into the dark days following his self- imposed exile, the author, who is also a professor of literature, said he never believed he would be able to write again.”Today is a happy day for me. My book of poems has been published and released in Delhi. I don’t want to relive my dark days of 2015,” he said. Murugan, who has previously written six novels, four collections of short stories and four anthologies of poetry, said he doubts whether he can continue to write in his usual realist mode. “I doubt whether I can continue to write in future in the realist mode. I might have to resort to other techniques. Only time will tell on that,” he said.

‘Mulayamwadi’ Amar Singh threatens to resign from Rajya Sabha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Claiming that people close to Mulayam Singh Yadav are being “insulted” in the Samajwadi Party, its MP Amar Singh on Monday threatened to resign as a Rajya Sabha member. “I have never said I am Samajwadi. I am Mulayamwadi…But it has become kind of a crime to be Mulayamwadi,” he said.He said he is awaiting a meeting with Mulayam to discuss the issue. “I will hand it (resignation letter) directly to (Rajya Sabha Chairman) Hamid Ansari. I am not the one who uses resignation as a pressure tactic,” he told a TV news channel. Singh, who had recently returned to the SP fold, said several senior party leaders were opposed to his return.In Rajya Sabha, he said, he sits at the back benches with party leaders like Reoti Raman Singh and Beni Prasad Verma, while leaders like Naresh Agarwal hog the limelight. “When personal choices overtake merit, politics suffers,” he said without naming the leader who had been targeting him. He said he is maintaining silence as Mulayam has advised him to keep “mum”.Singh along with his close associate Jaya Prada were expelled from the Samajwadi Party in February, 2010. He floated his own political party, Rashtriya Lok Manch, in 2011, and fielded candidates in 360 of the 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2012 assembly polls. However, his party did not win a single seat in the election. He joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal party in March, 2014, and contested from Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Recently, he returned to the SP fold and was sent to the Upper House.

Kiren Rijiju says BRICS nations should work together on Disaster Risk Reduction

New Delhi: Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday urged BRICS countries to come together for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), saying it will help in influencing the global agenda for strengthening efforts on the issue.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. PIB

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. PIB

India is willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with other BRICS nations and explore all possible areas of collaboration in DRR, he said while inaugurating a two-day BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) meeting on disaster management in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

According to a press release issued here, the minister said that DRR is a “high priority area” for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“It is time that we move away from a static understanding of risk, and that we must realize that tomorrow’s risk is being built today,” he said, adding that there is a strong need to focus on urban disasters keeping in mind that a large number of people will be living in cities by 2050.

“We need to move towards an all-society approach to tackle disasters. While governments have to pay a central role, they cannot do it by themselves. They have to take everybody along. The government action must be geared towards empowering and supporting communities and individuals to be more and more self-reliant in their quest for resilience,” Rijiju added.

Congress reacts cautiously over new RBI governor’s appointment

New Delhi: Congress on Monday reacted cautiously over the appointment of Urjit Patel as the next RBI Governor even as it took a dig at the Modi government, saying incumbent Raghuram Rajan was “literally hounded out”.

Urjit Patel. Reuters

Urjit Patel. Reuters

“The RBI governor is taking over in rather peculiar circumstances and that is the biggest under-statement which I can make,” party spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters.

“He is stepping into an office where his predecessor was literally hounded out. So, we will have to wait and see,” he said.

At the same time, Tewari said RBI as an independent body has had a very glorious and illustrious past, many distinguished, men and women have led and contributed to this institution and so, “therefore, let us wait, the jury is really out on this one.”

BSF troops deployed in Jammu & Kashmir after 12 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force (BSF), which was taken off counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir in 2004, was deployed on Monday in the summer capital after a gap of 12 years. BSF personnel were deployed in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk in the city and adjoining areas for law and order duties, a police official said.Officials from the civil administration, BSF and police top brass refused to comment on the deployment of the force in the city. This is for the first time since 2004 that BSF has been called for active duty in the city.BSF, which conducted anti-militancy operations in Kashmir for nearly 13 years from 1991, was replaced in the city by CRPF in 2004. The BSF troops were then moved to their primary duty of guarding the Line of Control and the international border.

Kashmir unrest: Arun Jaitley appeals to youth in Valley to shun violence, blames Pakistan for instigating them

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday appealed to youth in turbulent Kashmir to shun violence and at the same time said security forces will have to act in self-defense if they are attacked.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. Youtube

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. Youtube

Stating that a political solution to the problem in Jammu and Kashmir will have to be fond soon within the Constitutional parameters, Jaitley said security forces need not use force if the protests are peaceful.

“But if they bring weapons, explosives (and) attack security forces… come in thousands and pelt stones on security forces, this constitutes an attack and security forces will have to act in self-defence,” he told Aaj Tak news channel.

At an event in Jammu on Sunday, Jaitley while acknowledging that the situation in Kashmir is “serious” asserted that there can be no compromise with those indulging in violence and described stone-pelters as “not satyagrahis but aggressors” who target police and security forces.

“I want to appeal to the youth of this country who have strayed on the wrong path, that they should leave the wrong path as they will otherwise be a loser in the end,” he said.

Jaitley also blamed Pakistan for not just training and funding terrorists but also for instigating the youth in Kashmir Valley.

“Security forces cannot lower their guard (against terrorists),” he said, adding, “Those who live by the gun, (will) perish (by the gun).”

On possible solution to the problem, he said separatists and terrorists will have to be isolated while needs of the common citizens in the Valley addressed compassionately.

“We have to take along the common citizen of Kashmir Valley. There cannot be any scope for any injustice to the public at large but at the same time there is also no room for any compassion for terrorists,” he said.

On talks with Pakistan, he said the present government as well as the previous ones were of the view that dialogue with the neighbour has to continue but the issues to be discussed will be decided by the Ministry of External Affairs.

Jaitley said armed separatists receive “weapons, training as well as funding from Pakistan with a view to destabilise the country… there is evidence to this effect.”

West Bengal: Big blow to Congress, loses zilla parishad in its stronghold Malda to TMC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress on Monday received a big jolt in its stronghold Malda as the party lost control of the zilla parishad with 14 members belonging to Congress and the Left defecting to Trinamool Congress.Today’s development is significant as TMC drew a blank in Malda in the last Assembly poll, held only about three months ago. The defection drew a sharp reaction from CPI(M) and the Left, which accused the TMC of trying to establish a one-party rule in the state and trying to distort the basics of Indian democracy and Constitution. State Transport minister and TMC’s in-charge of Malda district Suvendu Adhikari told reporters that in the 38-member Malda zilla parishad, eight Left and six Congress members, including ZP sabhadhipati Sarala Murmu, joined the party during the day, while two Samajwadi Party members extended support.The TMC has six members in the present zilla parishad. Dipali Biswas, who won on CPI(M) ticket in the Assembly poll, and a zilla parishad member had joined TMC last month. Adhikari said that those who joined TMC did not support the “unethical alliance” between Congress and Left during the last Assembly election.”They have also been inspired by the development works undertaken by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” he said. Commenting on the development, Leader of opposition and state Congress leader Abdul Mannan told PTI: “The TMC is trying to establish a one party rule in the state and that is why they are constantly poaching on opposition MLAs and councillors and elected members.”They want to wipe off every sign of opposition from the state. They are afraid of the opposition and that is why even after winning so many seats, they have to poach on opposition party leaders and workers,” he said. CPI(M) politburo member Mohammed Salim said TMC is trying to distort the basics of democracy and constitution of our country. “They are trying to distort the basics of Indian democracyand Constitution of our country. They don’t have an iota of respect for the basics of Indian democracy. That is why even after drawing blank in the assembly elections in Malda district they have the audacity to intimidate and poach on public representatives of the opposition parties,” Salim said.Adhikari had earlier claimed that within the next few months his party would take control of Murshidabad and Malda zilla parishads.”The Congress will politically cease to exist in days to come in the state. The party will virtually turn into a signboard in days to come,” a senior TMC leader said. In neighbouring Murshidabad, another Congress stronghold, the party faced a serious challenge to defend its zilla parishad as eight of its members, one of CPI(M) and another from AIFB had recently joined TMC taking the number of TMC zilla parishad members to 29 in the 70-member council.

Congress hits back at Arun Jaitley, says India grew faster under Jawaharlal Nehru

New Delhi: India grew much faster in the 1950s than many other countries, including China, Congress said on Monday, debunking Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s claim that Nehruvian model held it back.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. PTI

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. PTI

“The acceleration which India received in the 1950s has not been surpassed since, and India grew much faster in this period than many of its contemporaries, including China,” the party said in a commentary.

Targeting Jaitley, it said the Finance Minister shares his party’s “total disregard for history.”

Alleging that the BJP not only disregards history, but carries out a concerted campaign to distort it, it suggested that Jaitley’s statement that the Nehruvian Model was at play from 1947 to 1995 and that was the reason why there was little development in the economy fell in that category.

The commentary posted on the party’s website said in the 50 years prior to Independence, India was growing at a paltry 0.5 per cent per annum, and apart from certain regions like Calcutta or Bombay, the country was barely industrialised.

“Under the Nehru Government the Indian economy grew at 4 per cent. Over 1950-65, its growth of per capita income was approximately 1.7 per cent.It has been said by many that these numbers are not great because the country’s base was low. This assessment, as quoted in a ‘The Hindu’ essay, ignores a very recognised feature of economic growth that every increase in wealth makes the next step that much easier to take due to increasing returns to scale,” the party said.

“Having seen the horrors of colonialism, the Nehru government, which had towering freedom fighters, worked tirelessly to ensure that India never faced any form of imperialism, including economic imperialism. Development of heavy Industry was seen as a marker of Independence,” the commentary further added.

Hitting back at Jaitley, it said after failing to provide jobs for youth and controlling food prices, the Finance Minister has “now decided to do what the BJP does best when its policies come a cropper, level insults at India’s first Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.”

Kashmir unrest: India must respect UN resolutions, shun violence to find solution, says Syed Geelani

Srinagar: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressed for a lasting solution to Kashmir problem, hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday said it lies in India adhering to the United Nations resolution.

File image of Syed Ali Shah Geelani. AFP

File image of Syed Ali Shah Geelani. AFP

“…Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani said for the lasting solution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute, the Indian state must shun state violence and uphold international law, respect and adhere UN charter and especially the UN resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir,” a spokesman of the Hurriyat said.

“By fulfilling its promises and obligations towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir, we understand the universal principle of ‘right to self-determination’ is the only road through which peace can be achieved in Jammu and Kashmir,” the spokesman added.

Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Aasiya Andrabi said people must not pay heed to the “useless activities” of mainstream politicians of Kashmir. “All they want is power and nothing else,” she said.

Andrabi said Modi’s response to these pro-India politicians explains their “uselessness” with regard to resolution of Kashmir issue.

EC to now review national, state status of political parties every 10 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what may be a major reprieve for BSP, NCP and CPI, the Election Commission on Monday amended rules whereby it will now review the national and state party status of political parties every 10 years instead of the present five. The BSP, CPI and NCP were facing the prospects of losing their national party status after their dismal performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The EC had served them notices in 2014 on the issue.A Commission notification said while the criteria of being recognised as a national and state party will remain unchanged, the review of the status will take place every two consecutive Lok Sabha or assembly elections instead of one. This means, that the review will take place every ten years.The Commission has amended Paragraph 6C of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968 to affect the change. It was last amended in 2011. This change in rules will ensure that ruling parties do not lose their status due to anti-incumbency factor after every election.At present, BSP, BJP, Indian National Congress, NCP, CPI and CPI-M are the six recognised political parties. Besides, there are 64 recognised state parties in India.Recognition as a national or a state party ensures that the election symbol of that party is not used by any other political entity in polls across India. Other registered but unrecognised political parties have to choose from a pool of “free symbols” announced by the Commission from time to time.Besides, these parties get land or buildings from the government to set up their party offices. They can have up to 40 number of ‘star campaigners’ during electioneering. Others can have up to 20 such ‘star campaigners’.A political party becomes eligible to be recognised as a national party if it has won 2 per cent of seats in the Lok Sabha from at least three different states in the latest general election; or in a Lok Sabha or assembly election it has polled 6 per cent of the total valid votes in at least four states, in addition to winning four Lok Sabha seats; or it has been recognised as a state party in at least four states.

Former child workers in India bang the drum for education | Reuters

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Dawood’s close aide Zahid Miyan under NIA’s radar, chargesheet filed

Mon, 22 Aug 2016-09:09pm , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a chargesheet against underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s close aide Zahid Miyan. This is the latest development from India’s side in the attempt to round up Dawood’s aides across the globe. Earlier, the NIA had approached the Interpol to trace Dawood’s aide Javed Patel alias Javed Chikna in Pakistan, arrest him and hand him over to India.According to reports, South Africa based Zahid Miyan was part of the team that masterminded the conspiracy to kill Hindu leaders and a list of BJP and RSS members was also prepared. NIA investigation had revealed earlier that a new terror outfit was being planned by D-company and the conspiracy was hatched in Karachi and South Africa.

PM Modi orders task force to study central services’ structure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed constitution of a task force to study cadre structures of various central services like IFS and IRS in order to check stagnation level and other issues. The task force, to be headed by T Jacob, Additional Secretary in Department of Personnel of Training (DoPT), has been asked to submit its report within three months time.In accordance with the direction of the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC), a task force has been constituted on August 16, 2016 to comprehensively study the cadre structures of all organised services in government of India and address issues in time bound manner, an order issued today by the DoPT said. The ACC is headed by the Prime Minister.The task force will suggest the way forward to mitigate the stagnation level and “to suggest the ideal recruitment of organised Group A services”, as per its terms of references. All cadre controlling authorities like Ministry of External Affairs for Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Finance Ministry for Indian Revenue Service (IRS) among others have been asked to provide their inputs so that it can be examined by the task force before finalising its recommendations.

JNU row: Appellate authority submits final report after hearing students’ appeals

New Delhi: The JNU on Monday said the Appellate Authority which heard the appeals of the varsity students who were penalised in connection with the controversial 9 February event has submitted its final report.

File image of Kanhaiya Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid. PTI

File image of Kanhaiya Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid. PTI

“In the light of the recommendation of the High Level Enquiry Committee and subsequently the recommendation of the panel constituted to assist the Appellate Authority, the Vice Chancellor put his mind to various dimensions of the concerned issue to come to a conclusion and has taken the final decision on the appeals made by the students,” a university statement said.

“The authority after thorough analysis of each case, has issued the final report to be implemented by the Chief Proctor,” the statement added. Senior university officials, however, refused to comment when asked about the contents of the report.

JNU was at the centre of a controversy in February this because of an event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru at which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

Three students including the students union chief Kanhaiya Kumar were arrested in a sedition case over the event and are now out on bail. 21 JNU students were slapped with varied punishments ranging from rustication, hostel debarment to financial penalty on basis of the probe by the HLEC which found them guilty of violation of discipline norms.

The students had gone on an indefinite hunger strike against the decision which lasted for 16 days. As the varsity refused to relent and withdraw the punitive action proposed against the students despite their failing health, some students moved the Delhi High Court challenging the action.

Following this, the High Court issued directions to JNUSU to immediately withdraw the hunger strike and to not launch any fresh agitation. It had stayed action against the students till their appeals have been decided by the appellate authority.

JNU had then formed a four-member committee to hear appeals of those who had been found guilty of indiscipline by the varsity probe panel.

26/11 Mumbai attacks: ‘Financier’ sent to judicial remand, ‘case returns to 2009 phase’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The alleged financier of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, who supplied nearly Rs 4 million to the LeT men, has been sent to judicial remand after the Pakistani anti-terrorism court hearing the case did not allow the FIA to have his custody for more days. Sufayan Zafar has joined the other six suspects – Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Mohammad Younis Anjum – in the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, where they are lodged since 2009.Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the Mumbai attack, is living at an undisclosed location after being released from jail on bail over a year ago. The anti-terrorism court sent Zafar on the judicial remand on Saturday noting that the Federal Investigation Agency had been given enough time to probe the suspect, a source in the FIA said on Monday. He is accused of providing Rs 3.98 million to co-accused Riaz through account no. 2338-2 of the Muslim Commercial Bank’s Drigh Road branch in Karachi and account no. 2464-0 of the Allied Bank’s Drigh Colony branch in Karachi prior to the Mumbai terror attack.During interrogation by the FIA, he was quizzed over providing millions of rupees to the suspected terrorists of the Mumbai attack case, his relations with them and other absconding suspects, the source said. “The FIA has interrogated Zafar for providing financial assistance to the co-accused in the Mumbai case besides his connection with the terrorists and the LeT. He was also interrogated for the channel/source from which he got the huge sum of money to provide it to the co-accused,” he said.Zafar was absconding after being declared proclaimed offender in the Mumbai case. He was arrested early this month (on August 3 or 4) from his hideout in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. A resident of Gujrawala district of Punjab – some 80 kms from Lahore, Zafar is among 21 other absconding suspects wanted in this high-profile case. According to court documents, the other suspects who allegedly arranged funds for the attacks include undertrial Ahmed and Anjum and proclaimed offenders Mohammad Usman Zia, Mukhtar Ahmed, Abbas Nasir and Javed Iqbal.The FIA wanted more time to investigate him further, the source said, adding that the agency would indict him along with the seven other suspects of the case in the trial court after completing his challan. The trial court will resume the hearing of the case on September 7 after over a month-long court summer vacation. Defence lawyers are of the view that indicting Zafar along with the seven accused may further delay the conclusion of the case, which has been pending in an anti-terrorism court (ATC) since 2009, due to repeating the exercise of cross- examining witnesses in the light of the new arrest. “Since the trial is being conducted under Section 21-M of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, Zafar may be tried along with seven suspects for an offence they are alleged to have committed in connivance with each other,” Raja Rizwan Abbasi, counsel for Lakhvi, told the Dawn. “The Mumbai attack case has returned to 2009 when the trial against the seven suspects began,” Abbasi said. He further said that seven years after its commencement, the case was still at zero point and the prosecution would take another seven to eight years to repeat the exercise.”The interned accused cannot wait for such a long period and have the right to move the court for post-arrest bail,” he said, adding the prosecution had no option but to seek a joint trial of Zafar along with the seven suspects. The prosecution has concluded evidence of all 68 Pakistani witnesses and requested the court to summon 24 Indian witnesses. The trial proceedings have come to a halt as India is yet to send 24 witnesses to Pakistan for recording of their statements in the trial court.Pakistan says the trial cannot be concluded unless India sends its nationals for recording their statements in the case. As many as 166 people were killed and over 250 injured in the attack carried out by 10 LeT men. Nine assailants were killed while the lone survivor, Ajmal Kasab, was captured and later executed.

Kashmir unrest: Handful of ‘vested interests’ inciting trouble in Valley, says Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said a handful of people opposed to peace were inciting youth to violence in the Kashmir Valley.

She said she was unable to understand why such madness has gripped the Valley, this time around though there have been deaths in shootouts before.

“There have been encounters before, people have been killed before but why so much madness this time around,” she wondered while addressing a gathering here, referring to the cycle of violence in the Kashmir valley following the 8 July killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Speaking at an official function in the Bhagwati Nagar area of the city, Mehbooba, who visited Jammu for the first time since the violence began in the valley last month, said some elements “who do not want peace in Kashmir” are inciting youths to violence “for their vested interests”.

Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti. AFP

Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti. AFP

Coming down heavily on such elements Mehbooba said that 95 per cent of Kashmiris should not be held to ransom for the misdeeds of just five per cent of bad elements.

“Why should 95 per cent people of Kashmir suffer for the misdeeds of five per cent,” she said.

“Whenever they see that some constructive work is being done, some progress is being made, they try to hinder it,” Mehbooba said as she urged the central government to look at the plight of the “majority of peace-loving people”.

She asserted that the predominant majority of Kashmiris were peace loving and want “dignity and development”.

Mehbooba said the security forces have been exercising restraint and it was people “who use children and women as shields while attacking police stations and security forces’ camps” who are responsible for the large number of casualties.

“A large number of security personnel have been injured ever since the unrest began. This shows the level of restraint they have been exercising.”

The real culprits are those who use children and women as shields while attacking police stations, and when tempers rise they just disappear from the scene, Mehbooba said.

“These people started trouble in 2008. They started trouble again in 2010 following a fake encounter in Machil. After I took over, they tried to start trouble on the pretext of Handwara (alleged rape) incident which they failed to do.”

She said these elements also tried to raise the issues of separate colonies for retired soldiers and Kashmiri Pandits but “failed”.

At least 68 people have been killed and thousands injured in the recent unrest in the valley.

Mehbooba said violence was no means to achieve anything.

The fact that students from Kashmir studying outside the state did not face any problems because of the unrest proves the fact that people in other parts of the county love Kashmiris, said the chief minister.

She welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s statement that dialogue is important for a lasting solution.

“We welcome Prime Minister’s statement. We also want a lasting solution. Wherever needed, we will cooperate,” she said.

Mehbooba thanked the people of Jammu for maintaining peace and harmony at a time the valley was scarred by violence.

Kashmir unrest: Handful of ‘vested interests’ inciting trouble in Kashmir, says CM Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said a handful of people opposed to peace were inciting youth to violence in the Kashmir Valley.

She said she was unable to understand why such madness has gripped the Valley, this time around though there have been deaths in shootouts before.

“There have been encounters before, people have been killed before but why so much madness this time around,” she wondered while addressing a gathering here, referring to the cycle of violence in the Kashmir valley following the 8 July killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Speaking at an official function in the Bhagwati Nagar area of the city, Mehbooba, who visited Jammu for the first time since the violence began in the valley last month, said some elements “who do not want peace in Kashmir” are inciting youths to violence “for their vested interests”.

Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti. AFP

Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti. AFP

Coming down heavily on such elements Mehbooba said that 95 per cent of Kashmiris should not be held to ransom for the misdeeds of just five per cent of bad elements.

“Why should 95 per cent people of Kashmir suffer for the misdeeds of five per cent,” she said.

“Whenever they see that some constructive work is being done, some progress is being made, they try to hinder it,” Mehbooba said as she urged the central government to look at the plight of the “majority of peace-loving people”.

She asserted that the predominant majority of Kashmiris were peace loving and want “dignity and development”.

Mehbooba said the security forces have been exercising restraint and it was people “who use children and women as shields while attacking police stations and security forces’ camps” who are responsible for the large number of casualties.

“A large number of security personnel have been injured ever since the unrest began. This shows the level of restraint they have been exercising.”

The real culprits are those who use children and women as shields while attacking police stations, and when tempers rise they just disappear from the scene, Mehbooba said.

“These people started trouble in 2008. They started trouble again in 2010 following a fake encounter in Machil. After I took over, they tried to start trouble on the pretext of Handwara (alleged rape) incident which they failed to do.”

She said these elements also tried to raise the issues of separate colonies for retired soldiers and Kashmiri Pandits but “failed”.

At least 68 people have been killed and thousands injured in the recent unrest in the valley.

Mehbooba said violence was no means to achieve anything.

The fact that students from Kashmir studying outside the state did not face any problems because of the unrest proves the fact that people in other parts of the county love Kashmiris, said the chief minister.

She welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s statement that dialogue is important for a lasting solution.

“We welcome Prime Minister’s statement. We also want a lasting solution. Wherever needed, we will cooperate,” she said.

Mehbooba thanked the people of Jammu for maintaining peace and harmony at a time the valley was scarred by violence.

Kashmir unrest: Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviews security situation in the Valley

New Delhi: As unrest in Kashmir Valley continues, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and discussed the way forward to bring peace.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh. AFP

Home Minister Rajnath Singh. AFP

During the hour-long meeting, senior security officials briefed the Home Minister on the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley and steps taken to restore peace, sources said.

Singh also discussed how to bring back normalcy in the border state as early as possible, sources said.

Kashmir Valley has been witnessing unrest after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani for the last 45 days.

As many as 65 people including two police personnel have been killed and several thousand injured in clashes that began on July 9.

The Home Minister on Saturday had said that peace and normalcy should be restored in Kashmir by holding talks with “our own people”.

“Some people in order to serve their selfish motives are forcing the innocent children and youths of Kashmir to pick up stones… Is this not playing with their future? I want to tell those having such nefarious intentions not to encourage the innocents to pick up stones.

“Which father will ask his children or youths to give up studies and pick up stones?” Singh asked, adding the youths of Kashmir should instead be having pens, books and computers in their hands.

At a function to unveil a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji at Lucknow University, he said that the solution to all the problems of Kashmir and its people can be found only through mutual dialogue.

“These children are innocent and citizens of India…If there is a problem or difficulty, it cannot be solved through demonstrations, it can be resolved only through mutual dialogue,” he said.

JNUSU demands action against student accused of rape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU Students Union on Monday approached the varsity Vice Chancellor seeking action against a student who has been accused of sexual assault by a fellow mate. A 28-year-old JNU student had approached Delhi Police on Sunday and filed a rape case against an activist of the left-affiliated All India Students Association (AISA), accusing him of raping her in a hostel room on the university campus. The woman, a Ph.D student, alleged that Anmol Ratan, also a Ph.D student, offered her a copy of a movie that she was looking for, took her to his hostel room and offered her a spiked drink. She told police that he raped her when she was unconscious. He also threatened her and asked her not to report the matter.Taking strong note of the incident, AISA had yesterday expelled Anmol from the party which ended his primary membership.”We condemn the incident and call for speedy action in the case. Since the complaint has been filed with police, we demand that the force takes all necessary steps to ensure justice and arrest the accused without delay. Also, the university must take necessary action against the accused student,” a statement issued by JNU Students Union (JNUSU) said.Meanwhile, the complainant could not record her statement before the magistrate citing illness.”The victim was sent for recording of her statement before a magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC but she cited illness due to which it has been postponed now,” said RP Upadhyay, Jt Commissioner of Police, southeastern range. He said that the statement is expected to be recorded tomorrow. The accused student has not joined the probe and is unavailable for questioning, he added.The university authorities condemned the incident as a blot on the university’s image and urged the JNU community to remain vigilant against such incidents.”JNU administration strongly condemns an incident of heinous rape in a campus hostel. It has completely shaken the JNU community and has tarnished the image of the university. The administration does not tolerate such incidences and resolves to take appropriate measures to prevent them in future. We appeal the students, staff and teachers to remain vigilant against such incidences,” an official statement said.The BJP’s student wing-ABVP which is locked in an ideological battle with the left-groups on campus today staged a protest in university demanding rustication of Anmol. They also submitted a memorandum to Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar in this regard.”We will not let JNU become a rape capital. The way these people conduct anti-national activities on campus similarly they indulge in rapes and are habitual offenders,” alleged a statement from ABVP.

Peace-loving Kashmiris not stone-pelters, only 5% creating unrest: Mehbooba Mufti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the opposition National Conference urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the prevailing unrest in Kashmir at the earliest, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said a handful of people against peace were inciting the youth to brew violence in the valley for their vested interests.Mehbooba said the Kashmiris want freedom from such forces, who are troublemakers and creating disturbances, disrupting peace. “Kashmiris are not stone-pelters. They are peace loving, they want to open their shops, they want to send their wards to school,” she said. Urging the Centre not to see the people of Kashmir with the same eye, Mehbooba said: “There are only five percent of people, who are disturbing peace and creating law and order situation in the valley. But 95 percent are innocent people and they want to live in peace, but are suffering due to a section of selfish creatures.”Stating that violence brings only destruction and nothing else, Mehbooba said, “Guns went into Afghanistan, Syria and Russia. Was anything achieved there by using those guns” Violence brings only destruction and nothing else.” The Chief Minister, who was speaking after inaugurating a sewage treatment plant here, said these elements also tried to raise the issues of separate colonies for retired soldiers and Kashmiri Pandits but failed miserably in their attempts.The Kashmir Valley has been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.

New Delhi: CISF jawan commits suicide at National Museum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A CISF jawan on Monday allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in the National Museum complex in New Delhi. The incident was reported around 1:30 PM. The body of Constable M K Roy (30) was found hanging at the forces’ unit lines in the museum complex near the India Gate, officials said. The Central Industrial Security Force is tasked to secure the complex and Roy was posted as a washerman of the said unit.”A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the reasons behind Roy taking the extreme step. Police have registered a case in this regard,” they said.

Fresh pleas in SC against Bombay HC order on beef ban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two fresh petitions were filed on Monday in the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court order upholding the ban on beef imposed by Maharashtra government through an enactment.The pleas filed by All India Jamiatul Quresh of Maharashtra and Delhi respectively alleged that politics was being played on the issue of slaughtering cows. They also said the petitioner organisations respected cows and calves but the members of Qureshi community be allowed to slaughter bulls and bullocks who have crossed the age of 16 years as they are of no use to farmers. The Bombay High Court had upheld the beef ban imposed by the state government after the enactment of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act banning the slaughter of bulls and bullocks, besides cows.The high court, however, had said that mere possession of the meat cannot invite criminal action while striking down the relevant sections of the Act. Earlier, Supreme Court had issued notice to Maharashtra government on a separate plea challenging the High Court verdict which held that mere possession of beef of animals slaughtered outside the state cannot invite criminal action.The plea was filed by ‘Akhil Bharat Krishi Goseva Sangh’ which had told the apex court that they were challenging part of the May 6 verdict of the High Court which had said provisions of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act was an infringement on the right to privacy of citizens and unconstitutional.The high court order had come on a bunch of petitions challenging the provision of the law which had said that mere possession of beef in any place in the state is a crime. As per the Act, slaughter attracts a five-year jail term and Rs 10,000 fine and possession of meat of bull or bullock leads to one-year jail and Rs 2,000 fine.

Mumbai’s local dish under trouble: HC directs action against illegal ‘Shiv Vada Pav’ stalls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court directed the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) on Monday to initiate action against all illegal ‘Shiv Vada Pav’ stalls across the city within three months. A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice MS Sonak was hearing a public interest litigation filed by NGO Janseva Mandal.The petitioner alleged that there are over 250 ‘Shiv Vada Pav’ stalls across the megapolis, which are operating without license and cooking food in the open. The petition pointed out that a recent High Court order had banned cooking in illegal stalls and carts in the city, as it was not permissible under the Food Safety rules. The bench directed the civic body to take action against all those stalls which are operating without license from the concerned authority and submit a compliance report after 12 weeks.As per the plea, in 1995, the Maharashtra government launched a scheme named ‘Zunkha Bhakar Kendra’, to provide wholesome food at subsidised rates to the people. The scheme was dropped in 2000 due to blatant misuse by stall operators. The same year, a new scheme titled ‘Shiv Vadapav’ was floated, but was not approved. Even then, the stalls and carts mushroomed across the city, the PIL claimed.The petition sought directions to MCGM to remove all such illegal ‘Shiv Vada Pav’ stalls.

PM Modi’s call for dialogue on Kashmir unrest is ‘shooting from the hip’: Congress

New Delhi: Congress on Monday dismissed as “shooting from the hip” Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s call for a dialogue to find a lasting solution to the unrest in Kashmir Valley which is on the boil for 44 days.

PM Modi holding a meeting with a delegation from the Opposition in Kashmir. PTI

PM Modi holding a meeting with a delegation from the Opposition in Kashmir. PTI

“It looks that the Prime Minister’s words keep changing. What he said at the all-party meeting, his remarks in the Independence Day address and on Monday, he is talking of dialogue, but dialogue with whom?. There is a suspicion that these are mere words, mere empty rhetoric for the Prime Minister. He is unfortunately shooting from his hip and merely shooting the breeze,” party spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters.

He said that it was not clear with whom the Prime Minister wants to have a dialogue. “When you talk of a dialogue, to talk to people who are estranged from you. You do not talk to such people who are with you and are part of the mainstream.”

Tewari said that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s assertion on Sunday that those indulging in stone-pelting in Kashmir are “not satyagrahis but aggressors” showed that he and the Prime Minister are not on the same page.

He also claimed that several Union ministers are also speaking in different voices. “The essence of the Finance Minister’s statement is that there is no political problem in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said, adding that Jaitley’s comments implied that he felt there was no need for dialogue.

Asked whether Congress favoured talking to the Hurriyat, he suggested that the first learning of a spokesman was not to answer hypothetical questions. Noting that Congress is concerned over “irresponsible” handing of issues relating to national security, Tewari said that the party is willing to offer constructive suggestions if the governement approached it and have a “cohesive approach”.

He said that the Prime Minister has been using three words “insaniyat, jamhooriyat and Kashmiriyat” for the past two years, but “we doubt if the Prime Minister understands the essence of these three concepts in entirety”.

“What does Kashmiriyat mean to the PM. How does he include it in his policies? Are there, indeed, any policies on these? What does he mean by jamhooriyat? Parties have been contesting election for decades in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. He also asked as to what is the Prime Minister’s definitaion of “insaniyat”. “Is insaniyat used as a balm for those harmed in this sensitive time?”

MJ Akbar holds talks with Iraqi leadership, seeks rescue of 39 Indians

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India on Monday requested Iraq for assistance in rescuing 39 Indians taken hostage in war-ravaged Mosul two years back as Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar held extensive talks with President Fuad Masum and other top Iraqi leaders in Baghdad on a range of issues including threat from Islamic State.Iraq has been hit hard by the Islamic State (IS), which has captured vast swathes of the oil-rich country and the talks focused largely on ways to combat terrorism and the two countries resolved to support each other in fighting the menace. Besides President Masum, Akbar held talks with President of the Council of Representatives Salim al-Jabouri, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Eshaiqer Al-Jaafari and National Security Advisor Faleh al-Fayyadh.In the meetings, Akbar sought Iraq’s assistance in tracing the 39 Indians and securing their safe release. The Iraqi leadership assured full cooperation and support in the matter, the Ministry of External Affairs said here. The two sides discussed the entire gamut of bilateral engagement, including in spheres of trade, investment, energy security, defence and security and counter terrorism.Akbar arrived in Baghdad yesterday on a three-day visit, as part of a three-nation trip to Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.”The two sides acknowledged the grave threat posed by international terrorism and its sponsors to international peace and security as also the very architecture of nation state. “They conveyed strong support to each other in their common fight against the menace of terrorism,” the External Affairs Ministry said, sharing details of Akbar’s meetings with Iraqi leaders. The MEA said Akbar conveyed India’s support for the unity and territorial integrity of Iraq and conveyed New Delhi’s abiding commitment to the emergence of a stable, peaceful, united and democratic Iraq, which was in the interest of regional and global peace and security.The Minister conveyed New Delhi’s willingness to partner in the reconstruction of Iraq as also for continued assistance through India’s well acknowledged capacity-building programmes under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC). Before Akbar, the then External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had paid a visit to Iraq in June 2013. Khurshid’s visit then was first visit by an External Affairs Minister since 1990.

‘Modi govt in Ambani’s pockets’: Kejriwal targets Amit Shah, Reliance and Mohan Bhagwat on Twitter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mohan Bhagwat should himself father ten children and raise them well before “inciting” Hindus, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday, wading into the row over the RSS chief’s comments on Hindu population. “Before inciting the Hindus, Bhagwat should himself father 10 children and show that he can raise them well,” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.Bhagwat had on Saturday courted controversy when he said, “Which law says that the population of Hindus should not rise? There is nothing like that. What is stopping them when population of others is rising? The issue is not related to the system. It is because the social environment is like this.”The RSS chief’s remarks had come during an interaction at an event in Agra when somebody asked him a question on the issue of declining Hindu population. The AAP chief also took on BJP chief Amit Shah over his comments on nationalism.”We have to unite against those who want to crush freedom of speech and democracy in the garb of nationalism,” said another post by Kejriwal on the microblogging site.Kejriwal was referring to Shah’s tweets that people will have to unite against those “dividing” the nation in the name of nationalism and that no nation can stand together in the absence of nationalism and patriotism.In another tweet, Kejriwal alleged that “Congress was in Ambani’s pockets, similarly the Modi government is in Ambani’s pockets too.”His comments came on a day the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) sought quashing of an FIR against it for alleged irregularities in raising the price of gas from KG 6 basin, telling Delhi High Court that the AAP government was “never entitled” to lodge an FIR against it.

Amnesty row: Facing flak from BJP, Kanataka Home Minister says he hasn’t given clean chit in sedition case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara on Monday said that he was misinterpreted on the issue of the Amnesty International sedition case by vested interests. “I have been misinterpreted, that is why I did not want to react to it unnecessarily. The government of India has all the facilities to find that what Amnesty India is doing. If they are doing an anti-national activity, let them find it out and take an action. Nobody stops the centre, agencies or home ministry from taking any action. Why do they think that Karnataka is trying to protect them or give them a clean chit?” Parameshwara said.Parameshwara said that he has not given the Indian chapter of Amnesty a clean chit and added that the investigation is still going on. “I am not a fool to say that everything is being well and everything is going good. All I said is that I have not heard Amnesty International involved in any anti-national activity as per my knowledge. If there is anything else, that is fine, the law will take the appropriate course of action. That’s all I have said, and I am standing by my statement,” he added.He said, “We make statements but not in response to other’s statements. In this case, I have told that I have not come across this and they are trying to say that the state home minister is giving a clean chit, yet I have not given them a clean chit, investigation is on and how can they interpret to their own advantage. I had never interfered in any case, and I do not want to do it now also.” He added that if the (Police) commissioner has made a statement, let it be on record and the FIR, as to how they are handling it and take action accordingly, whether to close the case, or take it forward. The investigation officer is to decide and we are not to interfere in that.On Saturday, Parameshwara reportedly said Amnesty International did not do anything seditious by organising an event in support of Kashmiris. At an event organized by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee to mark the birth anniversary of late Rajiv Gandhi and D Devaraj Urs, he had said: “I do not believe Amnesty International has conducted any seditious activity. Shouting slogans does not constitute anti-national activity.”Last week Karnataka Police had filed a case after anti-India slogans were allegedly raised during a debate on Kashmir organised by Amnesty in Bengaluru. The debate became muddled after some people from Kashmir, exchanged heated words with Kashmiri Pandit leader and former journalist RK Mattoo when he said, “The army is present everywhere in the North-East, Kashmir and other sundry places. I can tell you proudly that the Indian Army is one of the most disciplined armies in the world.””Pro-freedom” Kashmiris at the debate shouted slogans and policemen posted for the event eventually managed to pacify the two groups. Amnesty India said it had organised the event as part of a campaign to seek justice for “victims of human rights violations” in Jammu and Kashmir. It, however, said “it considers the right to freedom of expression under international human rights law protects the right to calmly advocate political solutions that do not involve incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.”

Urjit Patel is a competent economist, hope he’ll be able to contain inflation: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: Calling Urjit Patel a “competent economist”, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday expressed hope that as the next RBI Governor he will be able to contain inflation and contribute in country’s economic growth.

Urjit Patel will take over as RBI chief on 4 September. Reuters

Urjit Patel will take over as RBI chief on 4 September. Reuters

The government has named Patel to succeed Raghuram Rajan as the next Reserve Bank of India governor for a three-year period. He will replace Rajan on 4 September.

“Dr Patel is a competent economist, a monetary economist. He has worked in various capacities in RBI. I believe that he will be able to contain inflation with Monetary Policy Committee to assist him. He also contribute to country’s economic progress,” Jaitley told news channel Aaj Tak.

Patel has been holding charge of the monetary policy decisions of the central bank.

The government has notified monetary policy framework agreement under which RBI will target to contain inflation at 4 per cent with an upper and lower tolerance band of 2 per cent.

The six-member monetary policy committee will decide on interest rates based on this inflation target. P

On Rajan, Jaitley said there were no differences between the outgoing governor and the government, and the relations were cordial.

The Finance Minister said Rajan has done his job well.

Woman mauled by stray dogs: Kerala Cyber Warriors hack into Maneka Gandhi’s ‘People For Animals’ website

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid a debate in Kerala over increasing stray dog menace, a self-proclaimed hackers group Kerala Cyber Warriors hacked into Maneka Gandhi’s website ‘People For Animals’ on Sunday. The group demanded a Stray Dog Free India. They shared the following post on their Facebook page:The website is now operational again. Kerala state minister on Monday said strong measures would be taken to get rid of canines creating havoc on streets. “There is no legal hindrance for killing violent stray dogs. Lives of the citizens are of prime importance for a government,” Minister for Local Self Governance K T Jaleel told reporters in Nedumbassery near Kochi. Two days after a 65-year-old woman became the latest victim of the stray dog menace in Kerala, Jaleel asked the local bodies to take strong steps to put an end to the problem in their area.”The government will go ahead with the strongest action (to end the menace),” he said.Siluvamma was attacked by a large pack of dogs on the Pulluvila beach in Thiruvananthapuram last week and succumbed to injuries while being rushed to a hospital.In another incident last week, Daisy, a native of Pulluvila, was attacked and severely injured by stray dogs. The 52-year-old woman was rushed to the Government Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram and given a shot of anti-rabies vaccination. Hospital sources said though she had injuries on her hands and legs, her condition was stable. Stray dogs had also attacked the people who had come to the woman’s rescue.Wandering stray dogs have been posing a threat to people, especially women, children and the elderly in coastal stretches in Kerala for some time. The issue has been a point of debate in Kerala for the last few years after an increase in incidents of stray dog attacks and was also raised in the Assembly earlier this year.According to a report submitted in the Supreme Court recently in a connected case, more than one lakh people in Kerala have been bitten by dogs in 2015-16. The report was submitted by a committee appointed by the apex court to look into the aspect of treatment of people bitten by stray dogs and claims of compensation in the state. It also said Kerala is estimated to have a stray dog population of 2.5 lakh, which feeds lavishly on the waste and garbage dumps across cities and towns.

Maharashtra: 25-year-old woman gangraped in Ahmednagar, two arrested

Ahmednagar: A 25-year-old woman was allegedly raped by three persons in Ahmednagar after they lured the victim with the promise of getting her a bank job, police said on Monday.

According to Deputy Superitendent of Police P Pratap Baviskar, the incident took place on Saturday evening after which two persons identified as Vilas Haribhau Varpe (32) and Vilas Raghunath Shinde (30) were arrested on Sunday.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Varpe is working in a co-operative bank at Supa tehsil in the district. The third accused is absconding and police have launched a manhunt to trace him, he said.

The accused abused the woman — a science graduate — after taking her to an isolated spot in Dharmadi hills in Rahuri tehsil, 48 kms from Ahmednagar. The trio also filmed the act and  threatened the girl from disclosing anything, police said.

The victim was also robbed off her mobile and cash.

Soon after the incident, an FIR was registered in Rahuri Police station under sections 376, 392 and 506 of IPC on Saturday after the woman lodged a complaint. Varpe, one of the accused, is  working in one of the Co-operative Banks at Supa tehsil in the district, police added.

Amnesty International not been given a clean chit, says Karnataka Home Minister Parameshwara

Bengaluru: Under attack over the Amnesty International row, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara on Monday said he had not given a clean chit to the rights advocacy group, which has been booked for sedition for hosting an event where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.

Proceedings during the Amnesty International India's event. AP

Proceedings during the Amnesty International India’s event. AP

“First of all let me clarify because there is a lot of talk in the media about it….Let me be very clear, I have not given any clean chit to Amnesty International,” Parameshwara told reporters as he went into damage after his remarks drew sharp criticism.

“All I have said is that I have not heard Amnesty International being involved in any anti-national activity. Second thing is, there is an investigation going on, and I am not a fool to say that everything is well,” he said. To a query, Parameshwara said his remarks had been misinterpreted.

“Of course, I have been misinterpreted. That is why I did not want to react to it unnecessarily,” he added. “Now that the investigation is going on, the law will take its own course. That’s all I have said and I am also standing by that statement,” he said.

He said he is not going to interfere with the probe as Home Minister and it has been left to the police to decide on the next course of action against Amnesty International. “The (police) commissioner has made a statement which will be on record. It is left to the police and the IO (Investigating Officer) to take action accordingly – whether to close the case; whether to take it forward… I am not going to interfere in that.”

Parameshwara rejected the charge by some Union Ministers that the state government was protecting Amnesty International and had virtually given it a clean chit. He asked the Centre to get the activities of the NGO probed and take action accordingly.

“Why they (central government) think that we in Karnataka are trying to protect them, trying to give them (Amnesty international) a clean chit and all those things. They (BJP) have the government of India in their hands and also all investigation agencies in their hands. Let them find out what Amnesty international is doing and take action accordingly,” he said.

“Nobody can stop the Centre or the Union Home Ministry or any other agency which is responsible for that (from probing Amnesty’s activities),” he added. Parameshwara had on 20 August said Amnesty has never involved itself in any kind of anti-national activities.

“I have not heard of Amnesty International being involved in any seditious activity so far,” he had said. The Kashmiri Hindu Cultural Welfare Trust Chairman Romesh Kumar Mattoo had criticised him for having given a “clean chit” to the organisation when it was being probed for alleged sedition.

Home Minsiter Rajnath Singh to visit US in September for security dialogue

New Delhi: Enhancing anti-terror cooperation, sharing intelligence inputs and offering easy travel to each other’s citizens would be high on the agenda during the visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to the US next month.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh. AFP

Home Minister Rajnath Singh. AFP

Singh will lead the Indian delegation at the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue to be held in Washington in September-end with the US team to be headed by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Charles Johnson.

The new dates have been fixed after the bilateral dialogue was postponed last month as Parliament was in session and the Home Minister was busy with the proceedings, official sources said.

Further cementing anti-terror cooperation, real-time sharing of intelligence inputs, cyber security and critical infrastructure protection, countering illicit finance, global supply chain security, megacity policing and science and technology are some of the other key issues to be discussed at the strategic meeting.

This senior-level exchange between India and the US will reinforce the strategic homeland security partnership and enhance operational cooperation in investigations, capacity building, and countering threats, sources said.

Upcoming law enforcement engagement proposals include sharing lessons learned and best practices in police training and responding to mass casualty exercises, improving both nations’ capabilities to respond to terrorist incidents and natural disasters.

Besides, there will be discussions on two key recently- signed agreements — Global Entry, a US Customs and Border Protection programme that permits speedy clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travellers upon arrival in America; and the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-6 (HSPD-6), which allows access to information on terrorists.

The US has been pressing for India’s inclusion in the Global Entry so that high dignitaries like former presidents, former prime ministers, former Union ministers, film stars, top industrialists and frequent flyers could visit America without any hassle.

There will be extensive discussion on the Global Entry during the dialogue, the sources said.

Initially, the names of around 2,000 prominent Indians could figure in the coveted list, which would be expanded gradually after proper background checks of each individual.

Incidents like brief detention of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan recently at the Los Angeles airport would be avoided when the Global Entry will be implemented.

JNUSU demands action against student accused of rape, ABVP stages protest

New Delhi:JNU Students Union on Monday approached the varsity Vice Chancellor seeking action against a student who has been accused of sexual assault by a fellow mate.

A 28-year-old JNU student had yesterday approached Delhi Police and filed a rape case against an activist of the left-affiliated All India Students Association (AISA), accusing him of raping her in a hostel room on the university campus.

The woman, a Ph.D student, alleged that Anmol Ratan, also a Ph.D student, offered her a copy of a that she was looking for, took her to his hostel room and offered her a spiked drink.

Representational image. ReutersRepresentational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

She told police that he raped her when she was unconscious. He also threatened her and asked her not to report the matter.

Taking strong note of the incident, AISA had on Sunday expelled Anmol from the party which ended his primary membership.

“We condemn the incident and call for speedy action in the case. Since the complaint has been filed with police, we demand that the force takes all necessary steps to ensure justice and arrest the accused without delay. Also, the University must take necessary action against the accused student,” a statement issued by JNU Students Union (JNUSU) said.

Meanwhile, the complainant could not record her statement before the magistrate citing illness.

“The victim was sent for recording of her statement before a magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC but she cited illness due to which it has been postponed now,” said RP Upadhyay, Jt Commissioner of Police, southeastern range.

He said that the statement is expected to be recorded on Tuesday.

The accused student has not joined the probe and is unavailable for questioning, he added.

The university authorities condemned the incident as a blot on the university’s image and urged the JNU community to remain vigilant against such incidents.

“JNU administration strongly condemns an incident of heinous rape in a campus hostel. It has completely shaken the JNU community and has tarnished the image of the university.

“The administration does not tolerate such incidences and resolves to take appropriate measures to prevent them in future. We appeal the students, staff and teachers to remain vigilant against such incidences,” an official statement said.

The BJP’s student wing-ABVP which is locked in an ideological battle with the left-groups on campus on Monday staged a protest in university demanding rustication of Anmol.

They also submitted a memorandum to Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar in this regard.

“We will not let JNU become a rape capital. The way these people conduct anti-national activities on campus similarly they indulge in rapes and are habitual offenders,” alleged a statement from ABVP.

India seeks Iraq’s help in release of abducted Indians: MEA

New Delhi: India has sought the release of 39 Indians abducted in Iraq while expressing support for “unity and territorial integrity of Iraq”, the External Affairs Ministry said on Monday.

Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar, who is on an official visit to Iraq from 21  to 23 August, conveyed this while meeting the top Iraqi leadership, according to a statement issued by the ministry.

A file image of MJ Akbar. AFP

A file image of MJ Akbar. AFP

Among others, Akbar met President Fuad Masum, President of the Council of Representatives Salim al-Jabouri, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Eshaiqer Al-Jaafari, and National Security Advisor Faleh al-Fayyadh.

“During the official meetings, the two sides acknowledged the grave threat posed by international terrorism and its sponsors to international peace and security as also the very architecture of nation state,” the statement said.

Both sides conveyed strong support to each other in their common fight against the menace of terrorism.

“The minister expressed India’s support for the unity and territorial integrity of Iraq and conveyed India’s abiding commitment to the emergence of a stable, peaceful, united and democratic Iraq, which was in the interest of regional and global peace and security,” the statement said.

Akbar also sought Iraq’s assistance “to trace the whereabouts and safe release” of 39 abducted Indians.

“The Iraqi leadership assured of full cooperation and support in the matter,” the statement said.

The 39 Indians were reportedly abducted by the Islamic State terrorist organisation in Iraq in 2014.

The two sides also discussed the entire gamut of bilateral engagement, including economic, trade, investment, energy security, defence, security and counter-terrorism.

Akbar conveyed India’s willingness to partner in the reconstruction of Iraq as also for continued assistance through the Indian government’s well acknowledged capacity-building programmes under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme.

Sushma Swaraj meets Myanmar President, takes up issue of cross-border activities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Myanmar will not allow its territory to be used for any anti-India activities, this was conveyed by Myanmarese leaders to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who assured “all help” to the new government that came to power in March after decades of military rule. In the first high-level visit from India after the civilian government assumed office in Naypyidaw, Swaraj called on President U Htin Kyaw and held talks with State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi on key bilateral issues, including cross-border activities by certain insurgent groups.Describing India as a friendly country, Myanmarese President U Htin told Swaraj that he looks forward to a “very productive partnership”. “Myanmar leadership assured that they will not allow any insurgent groups to use any territory for action against India, (that) they all recognised is a friendly country which has stood by people of Myanmar and they look forward to a very productive partnership with India as Myanmar continues on its journey of peace, progress and development,” MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup told PTI.The issue of cross-border activities by certain insurgent groups was taken up by Swaraj in her maiden meeting with the country’s first democratically-elected President in five decades, according to sources. Swaraj’s visit comes just days after the Indian Army had an encounter with NSCN-K militants in Nagaland who were trying to enter the country from Myanmar. While reports suggested that the Indian Army had crossed over to Myanmar, it was denied officially by India.Swaraj also discussed with the Myanmarese leadership how India can help in Myanmar’s development efforts. They discussed a number of areas of possible collaboration, such as power. India is already supplying 3 MW electricity to Myanmar through the Moreh-Tamu link but this can be further upgraded, Swarup said.Cooperation in renewable energy, transport, health, education and social development was also discussed during the meeting Swaraj had with the leadership. They also discussed the possibility of strong cooperation in area of agriculture, particularly pulses where there is a possibility of importing large amount of pulses from Myanmar, Swarup said following Swaraj’s 45 minutes-long meeting with Suu Kyi.Congratulating Suu Kyi for the victory in the “first genuine election”, Swaraj assured her of “all help”.”India is committed to strengthening your democratic institutions and socio-economic development of your people,” Swaraj said during her meeting with Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy party won a historic landslide election last year that finally brought an end to five decades of military rule. Swaraj said this was the message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee. “Both sides agreed to make efforts to ensure peace and security along the long shared border. The Myanmar side stated that activities of insurgent groups would not be countenanced from Myanmar territory and suggested that this issue should be addressed and taken forward through cooperation in established bilateral forums,” sources said.Swaraj extended invitations to both the Myanmar President and Suu Kyi to visit India at their earliest convenience. Both invitations were accepted, sources said. Suu Kyi recalled her long association with India. Both Suu Kyi and the President said they were looking forward to a visit to India.Swaraj also conveyed India’s very strong support to Myanmar in exploring possibilities of further strengthening democratic institutions. The Myanmarese President remarked that India is a country that Myanmar can learn from, Swarup said.”India is the country we should get best lessons from on what democracy means,” U Htin was quoted as saying. This visit by Swaraj will serve as a very strong foundation for development and diversification of bilateral ties which are set for a very bright future, Swarup said.”Discussions were held in a very cordial and friendly atmosphere as befitting the traditionally close ties and strong people to people links between the two countries. Myanmar leaders were deeply appreciative of the fact that EAM represented the first Cabinet-level dignitary who had paid a visit to Myanmar after the new government took office,” sources said of Swaraj’s meetings with the leaders here.Swaraj expressed “fullest support” to the new Myanmar government in its efforts to meet its developmental goals.Suu Kyi also briefed Swaraj on the preparations for the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Conference for National Reconciliation. Swaraj, on her part, conveyed India’s full support to this process and said India stands ready to extend any necessary help.”Both sides agreed that India’s Act East Policy fitted neatly into Myanmar’s needs and as such areas of mutually beneficial cooperation should be identified in the near future,” sources said.Swaraj was accompanied by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and other senior Ministry of External Affairs officials. Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar and a Nobel laureate besides being a democracy icon, thanked Swaraj for the support.Banned from becoming president by a junta-era Constitution, Suu Kyi has a strong control over the country’s first civilian-led government. The Constitution effectively bans her from the top post as it rules out anyone with foreign-born children or spouses from becoming president. Suu Kyi married and had two sons with a British national. The military also retains control of the key home, defence and border affairs ministries, while 25 per cent of parliamentary seats are reserved for unelected soldiers.Incidentally, Swaraj’s visit comes just days after Suu Kyi made a high-profile trip to China.

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