<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his first interview post demonetization, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reflected on the concerns raised in the weeks since his surprise announcement on November 8. In an exclusive interview with India Today, Modi said, “The revenue collected will be used for the welfare of the poor, downtrodden and marginalised.”The Prime Minister said that these sections of the society were central to the government’s programmes and priorities. He rejected allegations by the opposition that the move was political, in view of the upcoming state elections. “It was a tough decision taken to clean up our economy and our society. If I were guided by short-term electoral politics, I would never have done so,” he said.Asserting the move to ban the high denomination had been welcomed by the 1.25 billion citizens of the country, the PM said that the public’s enthusiasm had not been affected by the dire predictions made by critics. “This acceptance, in my view, is even more historic than the decision itself,” he told the magazine.
ALSO READ Digi Dhan Mela: PM Modi launches BHIM app, now only thumb impression needed for secure digital transaction He also said that the absence of significant incident of unrest was not a small achievement. “At the same time, as with every other process, there is always room for improvement, and I believe that we can, and must, always improve,” he said.On the frequent changes in policy post the demonetization announcement, Modi said,”One must be able to distinguish between niti (policy) and ran-niti (strategy) and not put them in the same basket. The decision of demonetization, which reflects our niti, is unequivocally clear, unwavering and categorical. Our ran-niti, however, needed to be different, aptly summarised by the age-old saying of ‘Tu daal-daal, main paat-paat’. We must stay two steps ahead of the enemy.” He also said that the changes in policy reflected the government’s ability to respond quickly and keeping up with the evolving situation.
ALSO READ Demonetization: PM Narendra Modi slams Congress for stalling debate, openly protecting dishonestyThe Prime Minister said that the return of the money to banks meant that there was a trail for every rupee and made it easier to track sources of black money and schemes of corruption. He also said that the GST and adoption of digital payments would be critical elements of system put in place the government to curb further generation of black money. The Prime called digitisation a major reform with multiple benefits, which include cleaning up of economy, proper accounting and sizing of the formal economy, greater ease and security, building of financial records and greater tax compliance.Addressing the common man’s anger against corruption, he said that it was also imperative to find ways to root out black money in politics. “Everyone, especially our political leaders and parties, will have to recognise and accept this groundswell. The tide is fast changing. Those who don’t evolve with it and insist on sticking to their old ways will only get swept away.You can read the full interview here.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hailing the arrest of TMC MP Tapas Pal by CBI, opposition CPI(M) and Congress on Friday hoped that the law would take its own course and “political match fixing” between TMC and BJP would not affect the progress of investigation.”We have been demanding this for a long time that CBI and ED should properly inquire into ponzi companies. But the investigation came to a complete halt after political match fixing between TMC and BJP. We hope such thing will not be repeated and the case will progress on its own merit and more such arrests will happen,” Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan told reporters.Pal was on Friday arrested by CBI for his alleged involvement in the Rose Valley Chit Fund Scam.
ALSO READ Mamata defends scam-tainted Tapas Pal, claims Modi ‘insulted’ backward classes by naming app BHIM”This is not vendetta politics as TMC is claiming. The arrest is the result of the loot that TMC has done in ponzi scam. We feel that CBI should properly investigate the case and recover the money that has been looted,” CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan’s wife Asha Ranjan has lodged an FIR alleging threats received asking her to back out from pursuing a case against RJD strongman and former Siwan MP Mohammad Shahabuddin in connection with the killing of her husband who was a working with a prominent vernacular newspaper.Rajdeo, who was the Siwan bureau chief of the newspaper, was shot dead on May 13 at a busy fruit market near Siwan railway station.Mufassil police station SHO Vinay Kumar Singh said Asha filed the FIR on Wednesday where she alleged receiving a phone call from Dubai, threatening her to withdraw the case against Shahabuddin in the Supreme Court in connection with the killing of her husband.
ALSO READ SC to hear plea seeking Shahabuddin’s transfer to TiharShe stated in the FIR, “I got a call from +671 at 12:28 am (on the intervening night of December 26-27). The caller asked me if I knew Shahabuddin. Once I replied in the affirmative, he said a lot of drama has been done and now, I should withdraw the case filed in the Supreme Court against Shahabuddin.”I should stop pursuing the case failing which they (Shahabuddin’s henchmen) would chop us into pieces, so that it would be difficult for anyone to recognise us. I am terrified. Please help me as we have repeatedly been getting threat calls. Even the security provided to our family is only on paper.”
ALSO READ Case against Shahabuddin: BJP questions Nitish Kumar government’s seriousnessThe widow of the scribe had moved the apex court seeking transfer of the probe and trial of her husband’s murder case to Delhi from Siwan as she feared that a free-and-fair trial against Shahabuddin was not possible if he was lodged in a Bihar jail.Shahabuddin is currently lodged in Siwan jail after the apex court had, on September 30, cancelled his bail after hearing the two petitions filed by the Bihar government and lawyer Prashant Bhushan on behalf of the slain scribe’s family.The Bihar government had, on May 16, within three days of the murder, handed over the probe to the central agency.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city police has issued directions to hotels and clubs in Chennai, hosting special programmes on New Year’s eve, to wind up celebrations by 1 am.A direction to this effect was given to hotel owners during a meeting chaired by Additional Commissioner of Police K Shankar, Deputy Commissioners (South zone) S Anbu, (East zone) S Manoharan in Chennai, a police release said on Wednesday.Hotel authorities have been directed to take up all preventive measures ahead of the celebrations so that no untoward incidents take place, it said.The advisory issued to the hotels include, checking all vehicles entering the premises and noting their registration numbers, to close swimming pools from 6 pm on December 31 onwards to 6 am of January 1, 2017.They were also asked to deploy security guards in large numbers in the hotel premises, the release said. Besides, the police officials have warned the new year’s eve revellers of strict action against drunk driving. Vehicles would be seized if more than two persons were seen travelling in a motorcycle, they said.
ALSO READ Party poopers: No DJ, early deadline for Kochi hotels on New Year’s eveThe public have been advised not to venture into the sea or set off crackers in places where people gather in large numbers, the release added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ISIS suspect Mohammad Masiuddin alias Musa had planned to attack Mother House in Kolkata to target US nationals according to the chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday at NIA special court. The chargesheet filed by NIA mentions that ISIS suspect had planned to attack Mother House as a lot of US nationals would frequent this place to pay homage to Sister Teresa of Calcutta. A month ago, a seven-member team of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) interrogated Musa in Kolkata.
ALSO READ FBI warns of possible Islamic State-inspired attacks in USThe 25-year-old Musa was arrested from the Burdwan railway station by CID on July 4 on charges of radicalising youths to join ISIS.Later, the probe was taken over by National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the agency is currently probing his links to Jamaat-Ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and also the Dhaka attacks.
ALSO READ ISIS offers $1 million for murder of Kurdish woman who fought themSources in the NIA reveal, Musa had agreed to take on the assignment from a JMB leader Abu Suleiman to target foreigners and US nationals in India and behead them.In March 2015, Musa had met Abu Suleiman in India’s eastern state of West Bengal during his sister’s wedding.
ALSO READ Bengaluru man with alleged ISIS links held in KulluMusa had been in touch with Suleiman over Facebook, but Suleiman had expressed his wish to meet Musa in person. Later, Musa invited him to attend his sister’s wedding, held in Bengal.Meanwhile, Suleiman is on the run and both – Indian and Bangladeshi governments are looking for him.Musa came under the scanner of CID and NIA after his e-mails and calls were traced to Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Syria. Officials in the investigating agency highlight that he had been touch with several ISIS operatives in Syria through the social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Initial investigation revealed that he had also been in touch with several JMB operatives in Bangladesh.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday warned of ruin for the dishonest after the expiry of December 30 deadline for depositing scrapped currency and said they should not underestimate the mood of the country against corruption. “Dishonest people, you should not underestimate the mood of 125 crore people. You will have to be afraid of it… Time has come for ruin of dishonest people. This is a cleanliness campaign,” Modi said. “After 50 days (from November 8), the troubles of honest people will start to reduce and the problems of dishonest people will begin to increase,” Modi said.The Prime Minister was addressing a gathering at MMRDA ground in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai after laying foundation of various big ticket infrastructure projects. “We took a big decision against black money and corruption on November 8 and 125 crore Indians endured pain but did not stop supporting me. I want to assure people of the country that this battle won’t end till we win it,” he said.Hitting out at parties opposing demonetization, he said, “this is not a simple battle. Those who have consumed malai (cream) did not leave any stone unturned to foil this (demonetization).” “The corrupt have made all efforts to defeat the decision (demonetization). They even thought of managing bank officials to get their black money converted into white. And that’s how many of them got caught,” he said. “I said there will be pain for 50 days (after demonetization announcement),” he said, adding people are ready to bear the pain in the country’s interest. “People have borne the troubles in the country’s interest and are willing to do so in future too,” the PM said.
ALSO READ PM Modi lays Foundation for Rs 3,600-crore grand memorial for Shivaji MaharajModi alleged that those who benefited from corruption during the earlier regimes “in last 70 years” did all they could to ensure the demonetization move by him does not work. “Those who are used to a certain type corrupt practices for last 70 years, will have to pay the price of their acts,” he said. “Time has changed and after a gap of 30 years, a government with full mandate is in power. One should not forget it. The country will change, will move forward and will hold its head high before the world,” the PM said.Modi, who earlier laid the foundation of the Shivaji Maharaj memorial off Mumbai coast, said the Maratha king was a multi-faceted personality “which inspires us” “I am grateful to the Maharashtra government that I got the chance to perform jalpujan of Shivaji Maharaj,” the PM said. When the memorial is complete, people will admire the iconic building, he said, adding Shivaji Maharaj “is an inspiration for all of us” and remains a torch bearer of good governance.
ALSO READ Mumbai: Modi announces longest sea bridge, two metro lines project worth Rs 1.06 lakh crore”If India is projected in the right manner, it has the potential to attract global tourism,” he said. “After independence, had we adopted the path of development, the problems we face today wouldn’t have been there,” Modi said.Development should be sustainable and should help the poor realise their dreams, Modi said. The PM also dwelt on the various development initiatives of his government. “Our efforts is to ensure affordable medicine to the poor. When we came to power, there were 18,000 villages without power. We decided to provided electricity to them in 1000 days,” Modi said.
ALSO READ As Modi-Uddhav shares stage, BJP-Sena strains comes to foreShiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, whose party has had strained ties with senior alliance partner BJP, also addressed the gathering. However, as Thackeray began to speak, he was greeted with shouts of ‘Modi, Modi’ from BJP workers in audience. “I extend my best wishes for memorial construction and hope that it gets completed within stipulated period,” he said. “I have come here to pay obeisance to Shivaji Maharaj,” Thackeray said, adding the memorial should be built as strong as the Sindhudurg fort, built by the Maratha king.The Sena leader also asked the government to “free forts in Maharashtra from the shackles of the Archaeological Survey of India”. Union minister Nitin Gadkari described Modi as the biggest “Shivbhakt” (devotee of Shivaji).Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the memorial will be the tallest in the world. “If the US is known for the Statue of Liberty, Maharashtra will be known as the land of Shivaji Maharaj,” the CM said. Justifying the state government’s decision to go ahead with the memorial despite opposition from various quarters, including environmentalists and activists, Fadnavis said, “This memorial is to remind people not to forget our glorious past. This memorial will inspire every person to work for good governance.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh arrived in Manipur capital, Imphal on Saturday to review the security situation in the wake of a blockade imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC).General Singh will also visit Assam to review the security situation there. Meanwhile, a curfew from Lamlong Bridge to Pangei area has been relaxed from 6 am to 5 pm. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju had on Friday visited Manipur to take stock of the situation and asked the state government to step up its efforts in restoring normalcy.Earlier, expressing concern over the long blockade of a highway connecting Manipur, the Home Ministry on Thursday rapped the state government for “failing” to discharge its “constitutional” duties in ensuring smooth flow of traffic on roads despite repeated requests.
ALSO READ AAP, Cong should not do politics on Najeeb Jung’s resignation: Kiren RijijuHome Minister, Rajnath Singh also asked Nagaland Chief Minister, T R Zeliang to ensure there is no disturbance in the movement of vehicles passing through his state, as there have been reports of the Naga Students Federation (NSF) calling for a blockade of vehicles in Nagaland.In a stern message to Manipur Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh, Rajnath said the state is facing an extremely distressing economic situation because of the continuous blockade of National Highway 2.
ALSO READ Centre slams Manipur Govt over economic blockade The blockade in the state was announced by the UNC after the Manipur Government decided to upgrade the Sadar Hills and Jiribam areas to full-fledged districts. Following the state government’s decision on November 1, UNC militants blocked the Imphal-Dimapur and the Imphal-Jiribam highways indefinitely.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Najeeb Jung on Friday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day after springing a surprise by tendering resignation as Delhi’s Lt Governor even as he said that he had wanted to quit earlier but was asked by the PM to continue.Jung reached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) at South Block here around 11.30 AM and spent a little over an hour inside.Sources said it was a courtesy meeting. on Thursday, in his brief resignation statement, Jung had thanked Modi for his help and cooperation.Rejecting speculation that he quit as pressure was mounting on him, Jung was quoted as saying by NDTV that there is no politics behind his decision and that he wanted to quit earlier as well.”I had offered to resign as I had been appointed by the previous UPA government, but the PM asked me to carry on. After three years, I requested the PM to relieve me but he asked me to carry on,” he said.
ALSO READ AAP, Cong should not do politics on Najeeb Jung’s resignation: Kiren Rijiju”After three and a half years, I requested the PM again on Tuesday that I would like to resign on personal grounds,” Jung was quoted as saying.Jung also said that he would like to write a book.
ALSO READ Najeeb calls it quits, speculation over new ‘Jung’ beginsOver the last two years, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has time and again taken on Jung over his perceived closeness to Modi.Earlier in the day, Kejriwal had an hour-long meeting with Jung over breakfast during which the latter reminisced their nearly two-year-long association in governing the city besides discussing other issues.
ALSO READ Arvind Kejriwal meets Najeeb Jung, says he resigned due to personal reasonsThe Delhi Chief Minister said he was invited by the Lt Governor for the breakfast meeting that came a day after Jung’s sudden resignation from the post.Sources said Jung and Kejriwal spoke about the bitter- sweet times and spent some light moments.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also called on Jung.Asked why Jung quit, Kejriwal said, “He resigned due to personal reasons.”Though publicly Kejriwal had made stinging attacks on Jung on many occasions, both of them are known to share a cordial relationship at personal level.Asked about his meeting with Jung, Sisodia said, “We had a very good chat. He shared memories of the last two years and also of his days as a bureaucrat. He said that he was mulling quitting over the last one year.”He wants to spend time with his family and focus on academics. He said that he could not quit due to things like chikungunya (outbreak in the city).”Sisodia said he shared a “good rapport” with Jung and thanked him for his cooperation especially in areas of education. “We will work for the people if Delhi irrespective of circumstances be that easy or tough.”On who could be next LG of Delhi, the Deputy Chief Minister said many names are doing the rounds but nothing official has come up.Sources close to Jung had said yesterday his resignation has nothing to do with his acrimonious relationship with the AAP government over matters of jurisdiction and he was contemplating to quit for last few months.The Chief Minister was in Ranchi yesterday when the news of Jung’s resignation broke.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, whose nearly three-and-a-half-year tenure was marked by frequent run-ins with the AAP government, sprang a surprise by resigning from his post on Thursday, triggering speculation whether he was asked to quit. The sudden announcement that the 65-year-old former bureaucrat had quit took political circles by surprise since only a few days earlier he had written to the Centre that he was going on leave to Goa during Christmas and had even scheduled a meeting with Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.Jung’s clash with the AAP government headed by Arvind Kejriwal that frequently reached the doors of judiciary led to speculation whether his decision had anything to do with the anticipated Supreme Court judgement next month on the powers of an elected government. He had often overruled decisions of the Kejriwal government and the Supreme Court had even observed in one of the hearings that an elected government should have some powers. Jung had invited criticism that his run-ins with the AAP government often brought governance in the capital to a standstill.The speculation ranged between the Centre asking him to quit and the possibility of some embarrassing disclosures that could have persuaded him to put in his papers but his top aide Ajay Choudhury maintained it was purely personal. In a brief statement, Jung’s office said he has submitted his resignation to the government and that he would be returning to academics, “his first love”. Before becoming LG, Jung had headed the Jamia Millia Islamia university as Vice Chancellor.
ALSO READ LG v/s AAP: A timeline of the battle between Najeeb Jung and Arvind KejriwalMehrishi said Jung had given no indication two days ago when he had a meeting with him. “The LG met me day before yesterday but he did not give any indication of submitting his resignation. Another meeting of mine with the LG is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday)… I have come to know about his resignation only from the media,” Mehrishi told reporters. Jung thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his help and cooperation and Chief Minister Kejriwal for his two-year “association”.Sources close to Jung said that his resignation has nothing to do with his acrimonious relationship with the AAP government and he was contemplating to quit for last few months. “His decision to quit was not at all related to his relationship with the AAP government. It was purely a personal decision which he was mulling over for quite some time,” a source said.
ALSO READ Home Secretary met Najeeb Jung two days ago, was unaware of his resignationThe names of former Home Secretary Anil Baijal, Kiran Bedi and BS Bassi are doing the rounds for filling the vacancy caused by Jung’s decision. Reacting to Jung’s resignation, Kejriwal said the decision surprised him and he was ready to work with the new Lt Governor.While BJP was guarded in its reaction, Congress said the Centre must explain why Jung was “unceremoniously removed and whether it was done to bring someone to the top administrative post who is ideologically close to the RSS”.
ALSO READ Despite bitter-sweet experiences, we did a good job in Delhi with Najeeb Jung: Manish Sisodia Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said despite several “bitter-sweet experiences, I can say that we have worked very well for Delhi with Jung. Good wishes for his future”. Kejriwal has been alleging that Jung was siding with the Centre as he was eyeing the post of Vice President, election for which is due in the middle of next year.A 1973-batch IAS officer, Jung had assumed charge as 19th Lt Governor of Delhi on July 9, 2013, five months before the Delhi Assembly elections. The then Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had played a role in appointing Jung to the top post in the city administration.He had run the city for nearly one year during President’s rule after the AAP government had quit on February 14, 2014 after a short stint of 49 days.In the statement, his office also said “Jung also thanks the people of Delhi for all their support and affection, especially during the one year of President’s Rule in Delhi, when he got unstinted support from them and which in turn helped run the administration in Delhi smoothly and effortlessly.”Normally governors are appointed for a five-year term but there is no fixed tenure for Lt Governors.Born on January 18, 1951 Jung did his post graduation in History from Delhi University and later did MA in Social Policy and Planning from London School of Economics, UK. He had joined Indian Administrative Services (IAS) in 1973 and served in Madhya Pradesh government and at several key positions, including as joint secretary in the ministry of petroleum and natural gas, in the central government.A literary enthusiast, Jung had also worked with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies of Oxford University on energy-related issues. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said Jung’s decision appears to be his personal one, adding he served Delhi quite well.Raising questions over Jung’s sudden resignation, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken demanded that the Centre should explain the reasons behind his “unceremonious exit”, saying there is more to it than meets the eye. Maken also suggested that Jung’s sudden exit may be the result of a “deal” between Modi and Kejriwal. “We want to know whether there was any deal between Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal in the sudden resignation of Jung as he was apparently under pressure, or whether the BJP and the central government want to bring in an RSS-connected or RSS-supported person as the LG of Delhi. “The Centre must explain the circumstances leading to Jung’s exit,” he told a press conference.The AAP alleged Jung worked under the “influence” of the Modi dispensation and questioned whether the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government will continue even after the appointment of a new LG. “Modi government promotes its people. We hope he gets a better posting after this. I am unhappy that his tenure was disgraceful. Now that he has gone, good luck to him. “Najeeb Jung’s behaviour was not his. He was under the influence of someone. We hope the next LG gives priority to issues concerning people and does not work under anyone’s influence,” AAP’s Kumar Vishwas said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The special CBI court in Mumbai on Thursday rejected the interim bail application of Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, for conducting post-death rituals of her father in Assam. The court however allowed her to attend rituals anywhere in Mumbai, including at her residence, on December 27.Indrani’s father Upendra Bora died on December 15. Special judge HS Mahajan said Indrani shall be taken out of the Byculla jail in Mumbai in the morning under a police escort and brought back to jail by 7 PM. She shall not speak to the media during this time, the judge said.Indrani had sought interim bail for visiting Assam for the rituals, but CBI opposed her request. The agency produced an e-mail sent by Indrani’s son Mikhail to CBI, saying he did not want her to visit Guwahati. Mikhail, an important witness in the case, said in the mail that his grandfather was bed-ridden for the past one year and he was looking after both his grandparents for the last three years without any financial and psychological support from Indrani.
ALSO READ Sheena Bora murder case: Peter was part of conspiracy from start, says CBIHis grandparents had legally adopted him as their son and he has already commenced the post-death rituals, he said. “Indrani has been accused of murdering my elder sister Sheena Bora and ruining my family. Therefore it is my utmost plea that I don’t want Indrani to come to Guwahati and visit me as this will create chaos and unnecessary disturbance in my life due to media and other persons, and will hamper post-death rituals of my grandfather,” Mikhail said.CBI also said that Indrani’s intention was to influence prosecution witnesses and there was also a possibility that she might try to escape from custody. Indrani’s lawyer then said she may be allowed to conduct the rituals in Mumbai.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal described the resignation of Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday as a “surprise” move while his deputy Manish Sisodia said working with him was a “bitter-sweet” experience, but the AAP government and Jung did a “good job in Delhi together”. Kejriwal and Sisodia spoke to Jung over phone and wished him luck for his future. The Delhi Chief Minister said it was “good” working with him. “Jung’s resignation is a surprise to me. My best wishes in all his future endeavours,” Kejriwal tweeted.The Deputy CM said, “I spoke to him (Jung) who told me he was feeling tired and wanted to work for education. During the 49-day regime as well, we had bitter-sweet experience with him. In health, education, electricity, we and the L-G worked together.” “Despite all the bitter-sweet experiences, I can say that together with Najeeb Jung we have good job for Delhi,” he tweeted.
ALSO READ Jung’s tenure ‘disgraceful’, worked at the behest of Modi: Kumar Vishwas On being asked about names of Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and former Delhi police chief BS Bassi doing the rounds for the post of the Delhi L-G, Sisodia said it is prerogative of Centre to depute Lt Governor. “We want cooperation from the Centre. We will fight for the people’s interest if there is no cooperation from the Centre,” he said.
ALSO READ From Kejriwal to Maken: Politicians react to Najeeb Jung’s resignationHowever, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party slammed Jung, saying he worked under the “influence” of the Modi dispensation. “Good wishes to Najeeb Jung for his future endeavour. God should give some good sense to them who controlled him. Will the war continue even after Jung’s (exit)?” Delhi minister Kapil Mishra said.Senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas termed Jung’s tenure “disgraceful”. Vishwas alleged the L-G troubled the Delhi government at the behest of Modi dispensation and took a jibe saying Jung would get a “better posting”.
ALSO READ Black chapter for women in Delhi over: DCW chief Swati Maliwal hails ‘tyrant’ Jung’s resignation “The Modi government promotes its people. We hope, he gets a better posting after this. I am unhappy that his tenure was disgraceful. Now that he has gone, good luck to him.””Najeeb Jung’s behaviour was not his. He was under the influence of someone. We hope the next L-G gives priority to issues concerning people and does not work under anyone’s influence,” Vishwas said.In a sudden move, Jung resigned on Thursday amid a bitter confrontation with the AAP government. Without citing reasons, Jung’s office said he has submitted his resignation to the Centre. 65-year-old Jung, a former IAS officer, had assumed charge of Lt Governor of Delhi on July 9, 2013.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s move to charge sheet Masood Azhar in the Pathankot terror attack appears to have not made much impact on China as Beijing today said any move by New Delhi to bring about a UN ban on the JeM chief must be in line with rules and procedures laid down by the Security Council.”On the question of listing in the 1267 Committee, I have expressed the Chinese position many times,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told PTI in response to a question on NIA listing Azhar, the head of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad, as terrorist in the charge sheet on the attack on an air force base in Pathankot in January this year.”Listing in the 1267 Committee must be in line with the relevant resolutions of the UNSC and the rules of procedure of the Committee,” Hua said in a written reply here.
ALSO READ After Pathankot, JeM chief Masood Azhar owns up Nagrota attackNIA on Monday filed a charge sheet against Azhar, his brother and two others for hatching the conspiracy of the attack that killed seven personnel and injured 37 others.Hua’s reply came as China’s second technical hold in the UN blocking India’s move to list Azhar as a terrorist under the 1267 committee rules of the UNSC is set to expire towards the end of this month.
ALSO READ Pathankot airbase attack: NIA files chargesheet, names Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood AzharOn March 31, China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, had blocked India’s move to impose a ban on Azhar under the Sanctions Committee of the Council.China was the only member in the 15-nation UN body to put a hold on India’s application with all other 14 members of the Council supporting New Delhi’s bid to place Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.Officials here say that India may have to apply again to the 1267 committee with the charge sheet details to press for its case as its present application will lapse following Beijing’s two technical holds.The two countries have been holding talks on China’s blocking Azhar’s case as well as India’s application to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).The talks appears to have not made much headway as China on December 12 said there is no change in both the cases.”As for India s application for Nuclear Suppliers Group and listing issue pursuant to resolution of 1267 (to list Azhar as terrorist) China’s position remains unchanged,” another Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang had said.His assertion that China’s stand remained unchanged in both NSG and Azhar’s cases was made while answering a question on Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s remarks last week at India-China think tank forum in New Delhi that China should not give a political colour to New Delhi’s efforts to access civilian nuclear technology, in reference to Beijing’s opposition to its NSG bid.Jaishankar had also expressed dismay over the two countries not being able to come together on the issue at critical international forums, a reference to China blocking the ban in the UN on Azhar.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission is set to write to the Income Tax authorities asking it to look into the finances of over 200 political parties it has ‘delisted’ over a period of time for not contesting elections.The Commission has, over a period of time, identified various parties which have not contested polls since 2005 and has ‘delisted’ over 200 of them.The poll panel believes that most of them exist on papers to help people convert their back money into white by accepting donations.In the next few days, the Commission will send the list of the delisted parties to the income tax authorities seeking action against relevant laws if they are found to be involved in money laundering.While the poll watchdog has the mandate to register a political party, it lacks power under electoral laws to deregister any party.
ALSO READ Government to check misuse of tax exemptions by political parties: Arun JaitleyAs its demand to get power to deregister a party is pending with the Law Ministry, the Commission used its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution to delist parties for being dormant and not contesting elections for a long time.There are over 1780 registered, but unrecognised political parties in the country. Besides, there are seven national parties — BJP, Congress, BSP, TMC, CPI, CMI-M and NCP — and 58 state parties.
ALSO READ EC recommends govt to amend laws on IT exemption, anonymous donations for political parties Seeking to stem flow of black money in elections, the Commission has proposed a slew of electoral reforms but most are pending with the government.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After supporting demonetization initially, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday appeared to be having a second thought saying this is not what they wished for and that the solution to problems due to the note ban remained elusive even after 40 days.”Demonetization was not our wish but it happened. More than 40 days after demonetization, there are still lot of problems and there appears to be no solution,” he told a workshop of Telugu Desam MPs, MLCs, MLAs and other leaders here.”It still remains a sensitive and complicated problem,” Chandrababu, who heads the 13-member central committee to look into demonetization issues, observed.
ALSO READ 6 reasons why, despite being criticised, demonetization has failed to halt BJP’s victory march”I am spending two hours daily to find out how to ease the problems caused by demonetization. I am breaking my head daily but we are unable to find a solution to this problem,” he said.It was Chandrababu who had been a strong proponent of ban on high denomination currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000. In fact, he had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 12 reiterating his demand.
ALSO READ Whoever planted the idea of demonetization didn’t know elementary economics: Chidambaram Hours after the Prime Minister came out with the demonetization announcement, the Telugu Desam Party started claiming credit saying it was a “victory for Chandrababu” over his fight on corruption.”This is a moral victory for the TDP,” it said in posts on Facebook and Twitter.
ALSO READ Global rating agency Crisil gives thumbs up to demonetization, predicts lasting economic benefits”Prime Minister Modi may have taken the decision now but Chandrababu had these thoughts even when he was in the opposition (2004-14). He had been fighting for scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes since then,” the TDP said in a Facebook post.The party media cell dug out newspaper clippings dating back to June 2013 when Chandrababu raised the demand for the first time.But as people started facing trouble in exchanging the scrapped notes as well as in withdrawing cash from their accounts, Chandrababu seemed to change his tone and started making critical remarks about the Centre’s move, particularly the introduction of Rs 2000 notes.”We could resolve the ‘August crisis’ (an internal party coup dating back to 1984) in 30 days but this (demonetization) still persists,” he said.He said banks were “not prepared” for a transition to digital economy.”They are unable to even register banking correspondents,” he added.Unless there were remedial measures, people’s woes would continue in the long-term, Chandrababu warned.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a clear reference to Pakistan providing safe havens to terror groups, India has told the UN that the international community needs to urgently address the backing outfits like the Haqqani Network, LeT and JeM draw from their “shadowy supporters” outside Afghanistan.”Experience, as well as academic research, provides ample support for the assertion that conflicts in which foreign assistance is available to shadowy entities that fight legitimate state authorities tend to be more severe and last longer than other types of conflict,” India’s Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said in a Security Council session on the situation in Afghanistan.Without naming Pakistan, Akbaruddin said sustainable peace in Afghanistan is contingent upon terror groups and individuals being denied safe havens in the country’s neighbourhood and the international community must address the issue of the support that terror outfits like the Taliban and al-Qaeda get from their supporters outside Afghanistan.
ALSO READ Pakistan as victim & perpetrator: Different takes on terrorism in Asia”If we are to bring sustainable peace to Afghanistan, groups and individuals that perpetrate violence against the people and the government of Afghanistan must be denied safe havens and sanctuaries in Afghanistan’s neighbourhood,” he said.”We need to address, as an imperative, the support that terrorist organisations like the Taliban, Haqqani Network, Daesh, al-Qaeda and its designated affiliates such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jaish-e Mohammed which operate entirely outside the fabric of international law draw from their shadowy supporters outside Afghanistan,” Akbaruddin said here yesterday.
ALSO READ Pakistan’s ‘outstanding’ issue is its support to terrorism, says India after Trump-Sharif phone callHe pointed out to the meeting in the 15-nation Council that it is apparent that efforts by nations for rebuilding institutions, infrastructure and networks in Afghanistan are being “undermined, schools are being destroyed, mosques bombarded and religious gatherings targeted”.”It is also evident that those who perpetrate these heinous crimes have survived and thrived only with support and sanctuaries on the outside,” he said, in a veiled but strong reference to Pakistan.
ALSO READ Heart of Asia declaration which named Pak-based terror outfits LeT, JeM was unanimous: Sartaj AzizAkbaruddin noted with concern that while the international community recommits to standing by the Afghan people each time the UN members discuss the situation in the war-torn country, the number of Afghan civilian and security forces casualties keeps rising.”While the Taliban sanctions regime remains split for more than five years, the designated terrorist group makes concerted effort to capture and hold territory. Therefore, for numerous Afghan women, men and children there is no respite from the plague of terrorism,” he said.The Indian envoy emphasised that the international community must introspect about the way it is approaching the situation in Afghanistan and whether there is need for course correction.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress Party on Monday said they have fullest confidence in the Indian armed forces and maintained that it has never played politics with the institution and will never do so unlike the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).”Look, things are very simple; the Congress party knows what is to be done and what is not to be done. The Congress has full confidence in the Indian soldiers, the army and army brass. We never did any politics with the army and we will never do this,” Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharya told ANI.”The Congress has the fullest confidence in our army; we know what is to be done and what is not to be done. I don’t want any advice from the BJP. Our love for the Indian Army is much more genuine than that of the BJP,” Bhattacharya added.
ALSO READ Army chief appointment: Govt cites Rawat’s track record to blunt opposition’s attack Bhattacharya’s reaction came after the BJP yesterday condemned the Congress Party for its criticism of the Centre over the appointment of new Army Chief Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat, saying there should be no politics on defence forces.The BJP said Lt. Gen. Rawat has been elevated to the top post considering the current security scenario.
ALSO READ Cong questions new army chief’s appointment, MoD sources say Rawat best suited to deal with terror threatsTerming Lt. Gen. Rawat’s appointment as ‘unprecedented’, Congress leader Manish Tewari said the party does not doubt the new army chief’s abilities, but seeks to know as to why senior people were superseded and the fourth in line has been named as the new army chief.The CPI too criticised Lt. Gen. Rawat’s appointment by superseding two officers. CPI national secretary D. Raja alleged that every appointment by the government has become controversial, be it in the judiciary, the CBI or the army.Describing the controversy as ‘unfortunate’, he said it is not in the interest of democracy and the country.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Malayalam writer and theatre artist was on Sunday charged with sedition for allegedly showing disrespect to the national anthem, police said.Kamal C Chavara, alias Kamalsy Prana, was taken into custody on charges of insulting the national anthem in a Facebook Post. A case was registered against him by police at Karungapally in Kollam a few days ago following a complaint from Yuva Morcha activists.The case under 124 A (sedition) has been registered against the writer, police said. As per the complaint filed by the Yuva Morcha activists, Kamal had posted some excerpts from his novel “Smasanangulude Nottupusthakam” on Facebook, which they alleged was an insult to the national anthem.
ALSO READ Kerala: Six people arrested for not standing during national anthem, later released Police said Kamal would be handed over to their counterparts at Karunagapalli.The incident comes close on the heels of the arrest of 12 persons earlier this month for not standing up when the national anthem was being played before the screening of a film at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in Thiruvananthapuram.
ALSO READ Chennai: Three youths beaten up for not standing during national anthem in theatreThe Supreme Court had recently directed that cinema halls across the country must play the national anthem before the screening of a film and people should stand up as a mark of respect. The ruling, however, has received mixed reactions from legal experts with a few terming it as “judiciary’s over-enthusiasm” and others saying playing it and respecting it won’t cause any harm.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the Supreme Court held that Jammu and Kashmir has “no vestige” of sovereignty outside Indian Constitution and its own statute which is subordinate, Omar Abdullah on Sunday hit out at PDP-led government saying its “weak” legal defence of state’s special status was “alarming” as it was allowing “step-by-step erosion” of Article 370.Asking the state government to come clean on the issue, the NC leader targeted the PDP, alleging that it seems it has decided to facilitate the “long-cherished desire” of its alliance partner BJP “to circumvent and subvert the Constitution of the state” and attributes of Article 370.”The state government’s weak legal defence of various sensitive attributes of the state’s special status is alarming. The deliberate callousness shown by the state government indicated the tacit connivance of PDP in allowing the step-by-step erosion of Article 370 through a series of politically patronised cases and litigation. The PDP-BJP Government should come clean on its stand on this vital issue that could have far reaching implications for the State,” the former Chief Minister said in Srinagar.
ALSO READ Sovereignty of Jammu and Kashmir within Constitution of India: Supreme CourtThe opposition National Conference (NC) working president said the state government’s counsel in the Supreme Court has made it evident that the state government prima facie “does not oppose” the application of the SARFAESI Act in Jammu and Kashmir.”This has far reaching implications as the application of the SARFAESI Act to J-K was debatable in the context of Article 370 of the Constitution of India as also the provisions of the J-K Transfer of Property Act. Instead of highlighting these arguments and points of view, the state government’s counsel virtually conceded before the SC that Parliament was competent to extend SARFESI Act to J-K,” Omar said, alleging this “implicates” the state government in a visible pattern of such incidents that “are aimed at undermining” the state’s Constitution and Article 370 of the Constitution of India.
ALSO READ J&K residents are ‘first and foremost’ citizens of India, state’s sovereignty within Indian Constitution: SCOmar was reacting after the apex court held that provisions of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 (SARFAESI Act) are within the legislative competence of Parliament and can be enforced in Jammu and Kashmir.The bench set aside the verdict of Jammu and Kashmir High Court that had held that any law made by Parliament, which affects the laws made by state legislature, cannot be extended to Jammu and Kashmir.”The State of Jammu & Kashmir has no vestige of sovereignty outside the Constitution of India and its own Constitution, which is subordinate to the Constitution of India,” a bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and R F Nariman has said.”It is therefore wholly incorrect to describe it as being sovereign in the sense of its residents constituting a separate and distinct class in themselves. The residents of Jammu & Kashmir, we need to remind the High Court, are first and foremost citizens of India,” it has said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Recuperating after a kidney transplant at AIIMS here, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj continues to promptly respond to pleas for helping Indians abroad — this time from a family which is unable to bring back the mortal remains of a member who died in Tokyo.”We will bear all the expenses (to bring back the body) and do this without delay,” Swaraj on Sunday tweeted from the hospital bed here, a day after the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) sought her help for the family of Gopal Ram who died eight days ago in the Japanese capital.DCW Chief Swati Maliwal had written to Swaraj seeking intervention after Radha Debi, wife of Gopal, approached the Commission seeking help, saying the family was unable to bring the body due to financial constraints.The External Affairs Minister is known for her prompt response in addressing problems of distressed Indians abroad, many of whom have approached her through twitter. Even during her hospitalisation, Swaraj, 64, who underwent a kidney transplant on December 10, has continued to respond to requests for help.
ALSO READ American woman alleges gang-rape, Sushma Swaraj assures action against culprits48-year-old Gopal Ram, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar here, had gone to Tokyo in September last year looking for greener pastures. He died of a cardiac arrest in the Japanese capital on December 10.”The family is severely distressed and needs your kind support. As we all aware you have been extremely pro-active in resolving such matters. Therefore, I am forwarding the representation along with this letter for your kind perusal. Hoping for your support in this matter,” Maliwal said in a letter to Swaraj on Saturday.
ALSO READ Great news: Sushma Swaraj recovering well after successful kidney transplant Gopal was working in Tokyo as a cook in a hotel and, according to a family member, he was fired within three months after which he started working in some local shop.His financial condition was bad because of which he was in distress, he said.On December 10, the family received a call from a person who worked with Gopal, saying that he has passed away following a heart attack.”Since then we have been in touch with Indian Embassy officials in Japan and also have written to the MEA but they have asked us to arrange for several documents and it is becoming extremely difficult for us to arrange things as we are financially not sound.”We want the government of India to help us bring back the body of my father so that we can perform his last rites,” Gopal’s son Jatin said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ruling AIADMK on Friday dismissed opposition demand for a ‘white paper’ on treatment given to late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, saying it was a part of a “planned campaign” against her aide Sasikala, who, it said, was being backed by senior party leaders as her political heir. These parties were raising such demand when Jayalalithaa’s earlier actions have been suggestive of her seeing Sasikala as political heir, senior AIADMK leader and its spokesperson C Ponnaiyan said.DMK leader MK Stalin and PMK founder S Ramadoss, both of whom had sought a white paper, did not belong to his party, he told reporters. “They are doing politics in Tamil Nadu for political gains. Doctors monitored Amma (Jayalalithaa). Specialists from Apollo Hospitals (where she was admitted), AIIMS doctors, Dr Richard Beale from London and those from Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore worked as a team,” he said. “Ramadoss is not the one who doesn’t know it, Opposition Leader Stalin is not the one who is not aware of it.” Such demands are coming amid growing chorus for Sasikala to take over the reins of the party, he said. There is no need to give credence to such demands for white paper, he said.Stalin and Ramadoss had on Thursday sought a white paper on Jayalalithaa’s medical treatment amid the succession issue in AIADMK following her demise. Party seniors including Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, AIADMK Propaganda Secretary and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambiudurai and a host of Minsters have already extended support to Sasikala’s elevation as General Secretary, a post held by Jayalalithaa till her death.
ALSO READ Wrong to nominate ‘Chinnamma’ as AIADMK gen secy, she tried to kill Jayalalithaa: Sasikala PushpaPonnaiyan, speaking outside the Poes Garden residence where the late AIADMK supremo’s “13th day” of her death was observed, showed a purported 1991 investment document of the former Chief Minister, wherein, he said, Jayalalithaa had mentioned Sasikala as the “nominee” in it.Jayalalithaa had made an investment of Rs seven lakh with a private firm and had mentioned her close confidante as “nominee” and “this can be suggested to show that she saw her (Sasikala) as her political heir then itself,” Ponnaiyan asserted. “…there are no differences in the party and there are unanimous voices that Chinnamma is the conscience of Amma, much like she (Jayalalithaa) was the conscience of (AIADMK founder) MG Ramachandran,” he said.
ALSO READ Jayalalithaa’s aide Sasikala Natarajan to be party’s next Gen Secy: AIADMKHe charged the opposition parties with carrying out an online campaign against Sasikala. Sasikala may not have responded to the calls to take over leadership of AIADMK but pleas in this regard keep mounting, Ponnaiyan said.On Friday’s congregation of party MLAs and Ministers at Poes Garden, he said they had come to pay condolences at Jayalalithaa’s “13th day” ceremony following her demise on December 5.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Extremely upset with the fact that justice has not been meted out to her daughter despite four years after the horrific December 16 gang-rape incident, Nirbhaya’s mother on Friday said that no action has yet been taken against the accused despite the matter being heard in the Supreme Court and added that the situation remains the same as nobody is scared of the law.”It has been four years today, but till now justice has not been served to her (Nirbhaya). We have been trying a lot from the past four years to ensure that she gets justice, yet the accused have not been punished. The case is pending in the Supreme Court, but still we don’t know when she will get justice,” said Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi.”Even today the same thing is happening, small children are being assaulted which indicate that the law of the country is not working properly as it should. Nobody is scared of the law,” she said.
ALSO READ Nirbhaya rape convict Vinay Sharma attempts suicide in Tihar Jail, admitted to hospitalNirbhaya was brutally gang-raped on the intervening night of December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in South Delhi. The incident took place while she was returning with a friend after watching a movie.She died 13 days after the incident at a hospital in Singapore.
ALSO READ Delhi gangrape: Delhi HC rejects plea seeking seizure of ‘India’s Daughter’ documentaryOf the six men arrested in the case, one of the accused Ram Singh hanged himself in prison in March 2013, while another man, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted in August and will serve the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.The other four — Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh — were found guilty and sentenced to death by the Delhi High Court in September 2013.
ALSO READ Amid reports of placing Delhi gangrape juvenile convict under NGO monitoring, Nirbhaya’s parents say he should remain in jailThe men have challenged the death sentence in the Supreme Court, which is currently hearing their appeal.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Income Tax department has seized Rs 10.80 crore cash, of which Rs 8.8 crore is in new notes, after searches on several lockers of a bank in Pune.Officials said the searches were conducted at 15 lockers, belonging to one person, in the Parvati area branch of Bank of Maharashtra of the city on Wednesday and the seizures were effected Thursday.The department has also found alleged irregularities in the operation of these lockers, acquired in a single name in August, which it feels is a fit case for tax evasion. “Search on 15 lockers of the said branch of Bank of Maharashtra yielded Rs 9.85 crore (39896 notes of 2000 which is 7.97 crore and rest in mainly 100 notes). Other premises yielded another Rs 94.50 lakh of which Rs 80 lakh in new currency. Total seizure was 10.80 crore out which 8.8 crore was in new currency,” a source in the I-T department said.”As per bank records, two lockers were shown to be operated 12 times each, post demonetization on different dates in November and December and all operations were found to be done by a single person who was acting as the authorised signatory,” the source added.The CCTV footage in the bank showed big bags being carried in and out by the person who operated the lockers along with other same set of people accompanying him. The tax sleuths have brought to the notice of the bank authorities about the CCTV footage they “shows difference in time from the time shown in the bank records”. Probe in the case was still continuing, they said.
ALSO READ Bengaluru: IT seizes Rs 2.89 cr from flat guarded by dogs, old womanThe department, in the same context, also searched Axis bank branches in Noida and in Connaught Place in the national capital. No seizures have been made in these cases till now, they added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Tuesday dismissed former Maharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal’s petition seeking bail and challenging his arrest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.”We are dismissing the petition. A detailed order will be given later,” said a division bench of justices Ranjit More and Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi.Bhujbal, who is in judicial custody on charges of money laundering since March this year, had sought bail from the Bombay High Court on medical grounds saying his arrest by Enforcement Directorate (ED) was not as per the procedures established by law.The NCP leader had filed a Habeas Corpus petition seeking bail, saying his “arrest” was illegal.On December 5, Bhujbal’s lawyer Vikram Chaudhary had argued that his client should be enlarged on bail since he was not well and undergoing treatment in a hospital here.
ALSO READ Chhagan Bhujbal refuses angiography testThe lawyer had said that the lower court rejected Bhujbal’s bail on medical grounds twice. He, however, has not sought regular bail from the trial court.Chaudhary had argued that ED had not provided the grounds of arrest to Bhujbal, in keeping with the provisions of section 19 of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
ALSO READ MPs, MLAs visited Chhagan Bhujbal in hospital: EDHence, his arrest was illegal and he should be granted bail, the lawyer had said.Bhujbal was arrested on March 14 this year by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Maharashtra Sadan scam and Kalina land case in which he and his relatives were alleged to have received kickbacks.
ALSO READ Money laundering case: ED attaches Rs 90 crore assets against Chhagan BhujbalAfter his arrest, he had approached the high court challenging the constitutional validity of sections 19 and 45 of the PMLA.Section 19 of PMLA empowers the ED to arrest an accused based on evidence gathered by the agency against the individual, while section 45 deals with bail of the accused.However, Bhujbal withdrew his petition and filed a fresh plea in the form of a Habeas Corpus petition challenging his arrest and seeking bail.Habeas Corpus is a recourse in law whereby a person can report an unlawful detention or arrest.Earlier, on November 22, the ED had opposed Bhujbal’s bail saying he had filed the Habeas Corpus petition too late, since he was in custody for nearly eight months.Why did he not file such a plea earlier? Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for ED, had then argued.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Launching a scathing attack on Congress, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the party’s “scandalous record” is making it extremely uncomfortable with the Modi government’s anti-corruption campaign of which the demonetization of high value currency is a cornerstone.Junking of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, he said, will help the world’s fastest growing major economy to move towards less cash economy and digital payments that will help shore up tax revenues and check evasions.Besides, restrictions on cash spending together with mandatory furnishing of PAN will help bring down the level of corruption, he said, adding that the transient problems arising from demonetisation are being addressed by rapidly replacing the junked currency with valid banknotes.
ALSO READ Demonetization effect: Bank credit shrinks by Rs 61,000 crore Amid daily barbs by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jaitley said the party during its 10 year continuous rule from 2004 to 2014 did not take a single step either against corruption or black money.Corruption scandals – ranging from 2G spectrum scam to coal block allocation to Commonwealth Games to deal with AugustaWestland for procuring VVIP helicopters – peaked during the UPA regime, he alleged.
ALSO READ Demonetization to have positive impact on economy: Adi Godrej”Each of the scandals which is even today discussed in public space belongs to that period. Given this scandalous record, it is not surprising that Congress party is extremely uncomfortable with anti corruption campaign that the NDA led by Narendra Modi has launched,” Jaitley told reporters here.High denomination notes, as percentage of total currency in circulation, increased from a mere 36 per cent to over 80 per cent during UPA regime, he said in oblique reference to ill-gotten money usually being hoarded in high denominations.
ALSO READ Modi’s vision of cashless economy left the poor ‘cashless’: Rahul Gandhi on demonetization”There are economic costs of dealing in cash, there are social costs of dealing in cash. These are the costs which system has to bear,” he said.Demonetization, he said, is part of the system overhaul by the NDA government.”It is our strategy that from high cash dominated economy we should become a less cash economy where the amount of paper currency comes down,” he said.Cash will exist but there would be greater digital payments.”Notwithstanding some transient problem which people have to face, we are now rapidly completing remonetization exercise. Everyday RBI is injecting a large amount of currency into the banking system as part of its remonetization exercise. Significant amounts are going to be injected in next three weeks which are gradually bringing the pressure down,” he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of persons on Tuesday staged a protest in front of a theatre here, protesting police taking into custody 12 persons for showing disrespect to the National Anthem at cinemas screening movies of the International Film Festival of Kerala.”The national anthem is not a digital song. National flag is not an audio visual. Cinema is primarily an entertainment. Cinema hall is a place to sell entertainment,” a placard held by protesters at Tagore Theatre, the main venue of the ongoing festival, said.”Please don’t degrade my national anthem,” another placard said.
ALSO READ Kerala: Six people arrested for not standing during national anthem, later released “We love Bharat. Nationalism cannot be imposed,” the protesters said.In two separate cases, 12 persons were taken into custody for showing disrespect to the national anthem from theatres screening films connected to the festival last night.
ALSO READ SC modifies National Anthem order, exempts differently abled from standing They refused to stand up while the national anthem was being played, police said, adding, cases under IPC section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) had been registered.Those arrested were later released on bail, they said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as Pakistan keeps pleading its innocence at international fora regarding it not being involved in terror-related activities, particularly when it comes to India, Sardar Raees Inqlabi, a leader of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir-based Jammu and Kashmir Aman Forum, has rubbished that claim by saying that Islamabad is paying hefty sums of cash to send terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC).”You (Pakistan) are hiring killers and murderers; you pay them one crore rupees and turn them into a bomb and make them cross LoC, which is the main reason of tension. We condemn this terrorism. If you are so fond of firing, you must fight army to army,” says Inqlabi.Further exposing Pakistan’s state-support to terror outfits and questioning Islamabad’s ulterior motives, he asks, “Those terror outfits which are banned in Pakistan in accordance with the National Action Plan, why are they being allowed to operate from ‘Azad’ Kashmir (PoK), and why are the banned groups been given a free hand in PoK.”
ALSO READ Pakistan will splinter into 10 pieces if it doesn’t stop conspiring against India: Rajnath Singh”Those organisations which are banned by Pakistan have been given free hand here and along the LoC, and thus, we demand that Islamabad must impose a blanket ban on such outfits akin to the National Action Plan in Pakistan,” adds Inqlabi.
ALSO READ Pak Army has licence to kill us, rape us, still UN is silent, accuses Baloch activist Naela BalochAccording an official estimate, the Pakistan Army has violated the ceasefire arrangement agreed upon with India in November 2003 along the LoC and International Border (IB) more than 440 times this year.The Pakistan Army is facilitating and aiding infiltration by providing either cover fire or shelter to terrorists attempting to sneak into Indian territory by crossing over the LoC.
ALSO READ 300% increase in terrorists deaths in Jammu and Kashmir compared to last year Last month, Indian security forces released a video clearly showing infiltration bids by Pakistan-backed terrorists.According to the report, more than 100 militants owing allegiance to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen have been staying in terror training camps located in PoK and waiting to sneak across the LoC into Indian Territory.Also slamming Pakistan for practicing discrimination in awarding compensation, Inqlabi said, “If someone dies in a bomb blast in Pakistan, his family is compensated with Rs. 50 lakh, but what we get in PoK is just Rs. 1-2 lakh.”Meanwhile, to mark International Human Rights Day on December 10 (Saturday), Baloch political activists across world, including the UK, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Germany and many other European nations, held protests against the atrocities committed by the Pakistani establishment on their people back home.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Strongly backing late Jayalalithaa’s long time aide Sasikala, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Sunday said she should become general secretary and lead the AIADMK.”There is no second opinion on the issue. If anyone has second thoughts, they are not true AIADMK workers,” Jaya Plus Tamil TV channel reported Panneerselvam as saying.He said Sasikala shared Jayalalithaa’s grief, she lived with her as her trusted aide and was like a sister. She imbibed the thoughts and working style of Jayalalithaa by being with her for over 30 years. She lived like Jayalalithaa’s shadow “till Amma’s death,” he said.”Like Amma, Chinnamma (as Sasikala is referred to by party workers) knows each and every party worker. To ensure continuance of the party’s functioning with the same level of discipline one can find in the army, brought about by Amma, the only way out in the present situation is for Chinnamma to become the general secretary and lead the party,” he said.”To fill the void in the party created by the demise of Amma, AIADMK senior party leaders and ministers have urged Chinnamma to take on the mantle of general secretary,” he said.Panneerselvam, also the party Treasurer, praised Sasikala for steadfastly supporting Jayalalithaa till the end. He condemned criticism against Sasikala from certain quarters and said “rumours will not succeed.”
ALSO READ Sasikala uses the power of the Garden in Tamil NaduEarlier, a plea urging her to step into the shoes of Jayalalithaa was made by a delegation of leaders including AIADMK presidium chairman E Madhusudanan and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Thambidurai when they called on Sasikala at the Poes Garden residence of the late chief minister.A host of state ministers, including Dindigul C Srinivasan and Electricity Minister P Thangamani expressed similar sentiments in interviews to the channel.
ALSO READ Did Jayalalithaa leave behind a will? AIADMK has no answersThe leaders who called on Sasikala included former Ministers K A Sengottaiyan, B Valarmathi, Gokula Indira, former Chennai Mayor Saidai Duraisamy, party spokesperson C R Saraswathy and senior leader A Tamil Magan Hussain.Sasikala, 60, has been a close aide of Jayalalithaa for three decades and has always been seen as a power centre in the party.AIADMK Organisational Secretary C Ponnaiyan said there was nothing wrong in the Chief Minister and key party leaders consulting her. He had also asserted that the General Secretary would be elected soon and party remained united.Jaya Plus Television Channel, a pro-AIADMK Tamil News channel, aired the opinions of several AIADMK functionaries and state ministers, who lent support for Sasikala and urged her to assume the top party position soon.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “misleading” people on demonetization, Congress on Saturday said no one is preventing him from speaking and the opposition is only demanding the PM’s presence in Parliament to debate this critical issue.Attacking the Prime Minister for his remarks that he has not been allowed to speak in Lok Sabha, senior spokesperson of Congress Anand Sharma alleged that Modi was “habitual of peddling untruths” and also asked as to why he did not wait to announce the demonetization decision in Parliament when the House had been summoned by the President.”Prime Minister is habitual of peddling untruths. Nobody has prevented the Prime Minister from speaking. He should not mislead the people. Only thing the Opposition has asked is that he should listen to us, participate and answer our questions because it is he who made this announcement. He could have waited for Parliament to begin on December 16 to make this (demonetization) announcement as the Parliament stood summoned by the President,” Sharma said on Saturday reacting to Modi’s remarks that he was not being allowed to speak on demonetization.
ALSO READ PM Modi’s responsibility to run Parliament, but he ran away: CongressThe Congress said not even once had the PM made any statement on demonetization inside Parliament. “We are demanding that if he makes a statement and everybody listens, then he should be prepared to respond to our questions also. We cannot allow this that he makes the statements outside, he has actually unleashed financial anarchy,” Sharma said.There is a deadlock in Parliament with government and the opposition sticking to their demands. “Opposition is not allowing me to speak in Lok Sabha, so, I have decided to speak in ‘jan sabha’ (people’s assembly). But, whenever I would get a chance, I will try to represent the voice of 125 crore people in Lok Sabha,” Modi said on Saturday at a rally in Gujarat, in a retort to the opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi accusing him of running away from speaking on demonetization in Parliament.
ALSO READ Parliament logjam | ‘Jan Sabha’ better platform for me than Lok Sabha: PM ModiThe Winter Session of Parliament that started on November 16 has been rocked by opposition protest over demonetization and has so far been a virtual washout, with both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha not doing any significant business.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Cabinet decided on Saturday to recommend late AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa for India’s highest civilian honour, the ‘Bharat Ratna’. In its first meeting chaired by Chief Minister O Panneerselvam after Jayalalithaa’s demise, the Cabinet also decided to recommend to the Centre installation of her life-size bronze statue in Parliament complex. “A resolution was adopted in the Cabinet to recommend to the Centre to award Bharat Ratna to honourable Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa,” an official statement detailing the decision taken in Saturday’s meeting said.Further, the Council of Ministers resolved to urge the Centre to install her bronze statue in the Parliament complex, and proposed to raise a memorial building for the deceased leader at the MG Ramachandran (MGR) Memorial site, where she was laid to rest on Tuesday at an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore. The Cabinet further resolved to rename the memorial as Dr Puratchi Thalaivar MGR and Puratchi Thalaivi Amma Selvi J Jayalalithaa Memorial, it added.The Cabinet also proposed to unveil a portrait of the leader in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. Panneerselvam also had a small portrait of his predecessor on his desk.
ALSO READ Cauvery row: ‘Jayalalithaa’s efforts have been rewarded by SC,’ says TN PWD Principal SecretaryThe Cabinet adopted a resolution condoling Jayalalithaa’s death. It said the 68 year-old leader had dedicated her life for the betterment of the people of Tamil Nadu, and help the state take giant strides in sectors like social welfare, education and growth.She was fondly addressed as ‘Amma’ (Mother), it said. Tracing her life from her being born to Sandhya-Jayaram in 1948, it said Jayalalithaa grew to be a bright student in school and excelled in arts like music and dance. It also recalled her successful film career, her skills of speaking several languages and also hailed her as a voracious reader.
ALSO READ Did Jayalalithaa leave behind a will? AIADMK has no answersShe had made her political entry in 1982 under the tutelage of M G Ramachandran and her speech at the Cuddalore public meeting was indicative of her successful political career, it said. She was even lauded by former prime minister Indira Gandhi for her speeches in Rajya Sabha on issues including internal security, it said.She was an “unparalleled leader” in the sense that she was AIADMK General Secretary for 28 of her 35 years of public service, a seven-time MLA and leading the party to many victories including the 2011 and 2016 assembly polls and 2014 Lok Sabha elections, it said.
ALSO READ Jayalalithaa’s death: AIADMK says 280 people have died of grief, shockShe overcame many challenges presented by rivals and had ruled the state with the sole motive of people’s welfare, it added. The Cabinet said Jayalalithaa had donated gold jewelleries she was wearing to then prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri during the 1965 Indo-Pak war.The Cabinet also hailed her active contribution on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, including batting for a separate Tamil homeland of Eelam and moving a resolution in the Assembly. It also referred to her various populist measures like free rice and said it had benefited people immensely.She had also brought the 69% reservation for OBC, it said. “We promise to work in the path laid down by Amma who is now watching us perform” from Marina where she was buried, the Ministers said, condoling her death. Earlier, Panneerselvam and other Ministers paid floral tributes to Jayalalithaa’s portrait and then held the meeting.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after CBI chargesheeted former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran for alleged misuse of high speed data lines, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan said on Saturday that the case was not a new one or filed during the BJP regime, and insisted that it was the DMK leader’s duty to prove his innocence. There was no point criticising the ruling BJP at the Centre on the matter “as this was a pending case”, he said.”This case was filed before BJP government came to power. It was a pending case. That being the case, there is no point criticising the government,” he told reporters at the airport here.Maran, who claimed on Friday that he had done no wrong, had said “an FIR that was filed 4 years ago and had been gathering dust has suddenly been revived now. I don’t know the true background behind this. I have full faith in judiciary and I am ready to face the case legally … whatever the motive behind it,” he had said.
ALSO READ CBI files charge sheet against Dayanidhi, Kalanithi Maran for forgeryMaran was chargesheeted by the CBI for using high-speed data lines provided by state-run companies for the benefit of a TV channel run by his brother. Radhakrishnan also said that if Dayanidhi Maran felt he was innocent, “then it is his duty” to prove so, in a court.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the biggest seizure of cash and gold post demonetization, the Income Tax department said on Friday it has seized unaccounted assets worth over Rs 142 crore — that includes about Rs 10 crore in new notes and gold bars weighing 127 kg — during searches at multiple locations in Chennai to check tax evasion.This largest seizure of new currency notes in the country, after the old Rs 500/1,000 notes were scrapped on November 8, was seized by the sleuths of the investigation wing of the Income Tax department after raids were launched on Thursday in eight premises of a group engaged in sand mining in Tamil Nadu. “The group has sand mining licence for the entire state of Tamil Nadu. Eight premises (six residential and two offices) were covered in the search. “During the search, Rs 96.89 crore cash in old high denomination notes and Rs 9.63 crore in new Rs 2000 currency notes along with gold weighing 127 kg worth approximately Rs 36.29 crore were found and seized, as unaccounted assets,” the Central Board of Direct Taxes, policy-making body for the I-T department, said in a statement issued in Delhi.The total value of the assets is about Rs 142.81 crore. Pictures of the seizures made by the sleuths in Chennai show big paper cartons packed with old and new notes kept side-by-side shining gold bars in a room in a posh locality in the southern metropolis. It added that the searches are “still in progress at four out of the total 8 premises and more specific details including modus operandi would emerge after examination of the documents and other evidence detected during the search.” Meanwhile, officials said S Reddy, a contractor working with the state government, has claimed the entire money and the gold as his own and is being questioned along with few other people.
ALSO READ Demonetization: IT department seizes Rs 73 crore cash, 100 kg gold from Chennai jewellersA senior department official said this seizure of gold and cash was “an unprecedented amount that the tax department has seized in recent times.” The department, the officials said, carried out the searches based on intelligence inputs about the activities of Reddy and few others for the last few days.Officials said the agency was investigating how the new notes in such a large quantity were stashed by the individual. The bundles of the new Rs 2000, that were seized, had no banking slips on the them and were jumbled up to mislead investigators, they said.
ALSO READ Demonetization to curb counterfeitingThe officials said a number of documents related to financial transactions, entries of gold sale and records of sale/purchase have also been seized by the tax sleuths. “He (Reddy) is a contractor working with the state government. He is claiming the entire cash and gold to be his own. Further probe is on,” they said. The I-T department, said they will share the case details with the Enforcement Directorate and CBI for further probe into money laundering and corruption angles. Some bank officials are also under the scanner of the taxman. The tax department had made the largest seizure of Rs 5.7 crore cash in new notes in Bengaluru few days back after which two other central probe agencies, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate, had taken over the cases to probe instances of corruption, money laundering and large-scale hawala transactions in the wake of demonetization of high value notes on November 8.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A month after the demonetization decision, people across the metropolis and adjoining areas are still struggling to lay hands on cash, adversely affecting their monthly payments and businesses. The main reason behind these hardships, according to people are the dysfunctional ATMs that continue to remain dry even a month after the government scrapped notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 on November 8. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is appealing to everyone to adopt cashless methods to make small or big deals. Going by this, why do we need so many ATMs across the country? Uproot them. These are not useful anyway. These ATMs have gone cashless,” said an irked Kalpesh Jain, a cloth trader in suburban Ghatkopar here.Even this morning, Mumbaikars and people living on the city outskirts were seen queueing up outside banks and ATMs to meet their monthly payments. Many were upset about banks also refusing payments to customers due to cash shortage. Waris Sheikh, a professional working in Lower Parel area said, “Since last two days, a bank branch in the Kamla Mill compound has stopped giving cash. There is a board outside the office saying we are taking deposits only.”A homemaker from neighbouring Thane district, Vimala Tripathi, who also sounded frustrated, said, “One month has gone by but there has been no significant improvement in the circulation of money. We still have to stand in long queues in banks and ATMs where there is no cash.”
ALSO READ 30 days on: PM Modi calls demonetization a ‘yagna’ against corruption, Mamata and Rahul Gandhi cry foulAnother homemaker, Sunita from suburban Bhayandar said, “The latest gift by the government is the Rs 2000 note which cannot be used to buy milk, bread, fruits or vegetables. One month time was enough to wipe out the shortage of lower denomination notes in the market.”Traders also complained that their business has suffered by over 40 to 50% as demonetization has badly hit the purchasing power of the people even as government continues to make a push for cashless options.
ALSO READ Demonetization: Congress likens PM Modi to Roman Emperor NeroA restaurant owner in Ghatkopar said, “Unfortunately, people have not been so enthusiastic to pay by Paytm or Freecharge or whatever. Many of them come at my restaurant with a Rs 2000 note, whom we have to turn away. However, there are some who are still hopeful that all these troubles would end soon as promised by Modi who had urged people to cooperate with the government till December 31.” “Modiji had sought 50 days, and now 30 days have passed. We should give him 20 more days and hopefully wait for the situation to improve. But the sad part is that even after 30 days there is hardly any improvement,” a tea-seller from suburban Andheri said.
ALSO READ 30 days post demonetization: Arun Jaitley announces slew of incentives to promote cashless transactionsMeanwhile, the queues before toll nakas have considerably reduced with toll operating agencies taking to e-toll system. Jayant Mhaiskar, MD of Mumbai Entry Point (MEP) Infrastructure, the only toll collection firm at all five entry points to Mumbai, said, “Our firm has expedited all infrastructural arrangements to collect toll at all the entry points in the city, including setting up RFID tag, selling smart cards besides putting PoS machines for debit and credit card holders.” On an average, about 2.20 lakh motorists pass everyday through these five entry points.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after she was laid to rest near the memorial site of her political mentor M G Ramachandran at Marina beach in Chennai, thousands of people from all over Tamil Nadu continued to make a beeline to the spot to pay homage to late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.Teary-eyed party cadres and public stood in long queues to pay their homage to their beloved “Amma”. Besides, a group of people tonsured their heads as a mark of love and affection to the late AIADMK supremo, in keeping with the customary practice of tonsuring head when a close member of the family dies.Police personnel, who came in for praise from public for effectively maintaining peace in the city after Jayalalithaa’s death, were seen regulating the crowds.
ALSO READ Jayalalithaa laid to rest near mentor MGR, Prez, PM attend last ritesPopular Tamil film actor Ajith Kumar who had gone overseas for shooting of his coming film paid his respects at the burial site soon after arriving in the city along with his actress-wife Shalini.An emotional woman party cadre with a ring on her finger with a photograph of Jayalalithaa said “Amma” continues to live in the hearts of the public. Some cadres also visited ‘Veda Nilayam’, the residence at Jayalalithaa at Poes Garden.Some workers said they wished to see the residence of their favourite leader converted into a memorial as a mark of respect. 68-year-old Jayalalithaa, who died on Monday night, was laid to rest on Tuesday.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lakhs of grieving men and women bid a tearful adieu to J Jayalalithaa, the charismatic Chief Minister who held sway over Tamil Nadu politics for more than three decades with a pro-poor image, as the AIADMK supremo was buried in Chennai with full state honours on Tuesday.President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, his counterparts from several states, Governor Vidyasagar Rao, DMK leader MK Stalin and superstar Rajnikanth were among the dignitaries who paid homage at Rajaji Hall where the body of 68-year-old Jayalalithaa lay in state since early morning.
ALSO READ RIP Amma: Jayalalithaa’s unfulfilled dream – becoming Prime Minister Sasikala Natarajan, the close confidante of Jayalalithaa for over three decades, was beside the body throughout the day and later conducted the religious rituals before the sandalwood casket was lowered at a site close to MGR memorial on the shores of Marina beach. No sooner had the brief rituals concluded at around 6 PM, the casket carrying the mortal remains of the five-time chief minister was lowered after a gun salute amid emotional chants of ‘Amma Vazhga’ (Long Live Amma) by a sea of humanity which had converged at the burial site.Various leaders including Naidu, Rao, Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Paneerselvam, Speaker Dhanapal and former Governor K Rosiah placed wreaths at the feet of the body that was draped in a silk saree in her favourite green colour and a sandalwood garland placed around her neck. Earlier, thousands of people hailing ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Amma’ (Revolutionary Leader Amma) walked with the cortege that was part of a military convoy in which her coffin was carried, wrapped in the national flag and covered with flowers.
ALSO READ Amma no more: Who performed J Jayalalithaa’s last rites?Amid heavy security cover, the funeral procession made steady progress to the destination, a distance of three km from Rajaji Hall in the government estate, passing through Madras University and the burial site opposite the British-era iconic PWD building. Big photographs of Jayalalithaa, an actor-turned- politician, were placed all around the coffin even as people showered the hearse with flowers, as Sasikala accompanied the body.
ALSO READ Blast from the past: When Jayalalithaa revealed her crushes on Simi Garewal’s talk show!With the Central government ordering a state funeral, personnel from the three armed forces paid their respects and gave a guard of honour before Sasikala conducted the last rites with the aid of a Brahmin priest. The rituals include sprinkling of water, offering of rice, showering of flower petals and sandalwood pieces.Jayalalithaa, a spinster who never shied away from flaunting her religious identity and beliefs, was surprisingly buried and not cremated. She was laid to rest by the side of her mentor and actor-turned politician MG Ramachandran, a former chief minister.Lakhs of people had packed the area around Rajaji Hall where men and women wept in grief as they attempted to reach the body of their Amma or “mother”. The mortal remains of Jayalalithaa was earlier taken from her Poes Garden residence to Rajaji Hall, hours after she died at a private hospital late last night after battling for life for 75 days. Modi flew in from Delhi to pay his homage to Jayalalithaa with whom he enjoyed a personal rapport. The prime minister consoled a teary-eyed Sasikala and placed his hand over her head. At the burial site, the pit where Jayalalithaa’s mortal remains were lowered was filled with sand and mud amid showering of flowers. This was preceded by offering of milk and holy water on her body. Then nails were hammered on the coffin that was engraved with the words ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Selvi’ in Tamil, before being lowered.Jayalalithaa’s body was also covered with an AIADMK party flag red and white in colour with an image of Dravidian ideologue and former Chief Minister CN Annadurai. En route the funeral procession, those on board the cavalcade showered flower petals all along even as AIADMK workers and supporters walked along chanting “Puratchi Thalaivi Amma Pugazh Onguga” (Let the reputation of Revolutionary Leader Amma grow).Emotional men and women thronged terraces of high rise buildings and on both sides of the road, for having a last glimpse of the departed leader that was being taken in a long cavalcade of several vehicles besides the gun-carriage. Amid tight security, which included the deployment of armed reserve and rapid action forces, the procession wound its way to the famous Marina Beach peacefully.Tens of thousands of party workers and common people had gathered at the MGR memorial site there, waiting patiently for several hours to witness the burial ceremony. Those who paid homage to the late leader at Rajaji Hall, included Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Governor P Sathasivam and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.A host of film personalities, including superstar Rajinikanth, actors Sarath Kumar, Sivakarthikeyan, Dhanush, actress Gauthami, besides veteran artistes who had worked with Jayalalithaa decades ago, also paid their last respects. Visiting Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan also paid his last respects.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who breathed her last on December 5 at 11.30 PM in Apollo Hospital, Chennai will be cremated with full state honours at Marina Beach on Tuesday (December 6) at 4:30 PM.The funeral will be attended by the nation’s political top brass and people from all across the nation.Centre has declared one day state mourning and the national flag on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast. A seven-day state mourning has been declared from Tuesday morning to mourn the death of the beloved six-time Chief Minister and a three-day holiday has also been announced for educational institutions in the state.Jayalalithaa, a popular leader who showered the poor with populist programmes, was battling for life since last 75 days.The 68-year-old leader had suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.
ALSO READ Timeline: A chronicle of J Jayalalithaa’s life(With agency inputs)The live streaming of her funeral can be seen here:
ALSO READ All you need to know about J Jayalalithaa
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons died apparently due to shock and two cases of suicide attempts were reported from the district after the news of Jayalalithaa’s deteriorating health spread last evening, police said on Tuesday.In Singanallur, a 65-year-old painter complained of chest pain while watching television news on Jayalalithaa’s health in his house on Monday.However, he died before being taken to the hospital, police said.In another incident, Palaniammal (62) of Thudiyalur, died of shock after watching the TV news in her house yesterday afternoon, they said.Similarly, a 38-year-old load worker, Raja of Erode, collapsed on the chair, while watching the news channel.
ALSO READ Jayalalithaa had wonderful mastery over facts and theories: President MukherjeeThough his wife called for assistance, the 108 crew of emergency service declared him dead on their arrival, police said.Meanwhile, one Loganathan attempted suicide by jumping down from a 50-foot tall mobile tower in Kuniamuthur in the early hours.
ALSO READ Shops closed, streets deserted: Chennai comes to grinding halt after Jayalalithaa’s demiseHowever, police reached the spot and managed to bring him down, before letting him off with a stern warning.In second such incident, a 45-year-old AIADMK worker, Ramachandran attempted self-imolation near Annur last night.
ALSO READ All you need to know about J JayalalithaaWith 60 per cent burns, he is being treated at the Government Hospital here, police added.Jayalalithaa passed away at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai last night after waging a grim battle for life since her hospitalisation on September 22.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his third stint in the top office, O Panneerselvam was on Monday night sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu hours after his predecessor and party supremo J Jayalalithaa passed away after a prolonged illness.A grim-faced Panneerselvam, who was also seen sporting a beard, was sworn in around 1.15 AM by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan amidst a scene of gloom.After he took oath of office, a total of 31 Ministers, all of them members of the previous Jayalalithaa cabinet, took oath in a simultaneous swearing-in.Panneerselvam was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Rao, who air-dashed here from Mumbai yesterday after Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest.Panneerselvam (65), often hailed as Jayalalithaa’s ‘Man Friday’, took oath in the name of God.
ALSO READ AIADMK chief & Tamil Nadu’s beloved Amma J Jayalalithaa passes awayThis is the third time he is helming the state, acting as a stop-gap arrangement on earlier both occasions when Jayalalithaa was convicted in two separate corruption cases in 2003 and 2014.Earlier, AIADMK MLAs elected him as their Legislature Party Leader, paving the way for his elevation as Chief Minister.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>City police were on Sunday caught up in a controversy after they gave the property dealer Mahesh Shah, who declared undisclosed income of Rs 13,860 crore, a police uniform to wear when taking him back to his house.Inspector M U Mashi of Satellite area police station said Shah was dressed in police uniform so as to conceal his identity for security reasons. The explanation came after photographs of Shah in khaki uniform circulated on social media. Shah, questioned over his startling claim of undisclosed wealth, was allowed to go home by Income Tax Department officials this morning.”It is our duty to provide protection. We just wanted to conceal his identity. Such steps are necessary to protect him in view of threat to his security,” said inspector Mashi, when asked by the media about the pictures. He also said that police personnel had been deployed outside Shah’s residence for security. On Saturday, Shah made a sensational claim at a TV studio that he was used as a ‘front’ to declare Rs 13,860 crore under IDS.
ALSO READ Police let go Mahesh Shah after questioning over Rs 13,860 crore of undisclosed incomeHe was taken away for questioning from the studio last evening and interrogated through the night at the Income Tax office in Ahmedabad. P C Mody, Director of Investigations, Income Tax, said Shah had been asked to remain present again at the office at 11.30 am on Monday. “But it is up to him what time he eventually appears,” said Mody. Shah came under the scanner after he failed to pay Rs 1,560 crore, 25 per cent of the total 45 per cent tax on the disclosed amount, as the first instalment by November 30.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, who had implemented a Voluntary Disclosure Scheme (VDS) to unearth black money during his tenure, said on Thursday the present government had carried out demonetization in a “haphazard” manner causing “unimaginable sufferings” to the people. The JD(S) chief said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have spoken on demonetization in Parliament “so that we could reply”.”The best thing would have been that the Prime Minister should have made a statement in the House on the very first day of the ongoing Winter session” regarding the decision which he had already announced on November 8 when Parliament was not in session, Gowda said in Delhi. “We are not against efforts to curb black money. But in my opinion, the Prime Minister announced demonetization without any preparation. It was done in a haphazard manner,” said the Lok Sabha member who has been waiting to speak on the issue in the House but could not due to its non-functioning.Gowda said 22 days have already passed since the announcement was made by Modi in a nationally-televised address but people, particularly the farmers and the labourers, continue to go through “unimaginable sufferings”. Noting that the Prime Minister had asked people to “tolerate” the difficulties for 50 days, he questioned, “How long does this government want the people to suffer?” The senior leader from Karnataka said in his state, banks do not have enough cash and they close down as early as noon, leaving people high and dry.
ALSO READ Demonetization bitter pill, will have healthy impact: Ramdev Babav”It was a hasty decision by the Prime Minister without proper assessment which has put the country in an awkward situation,” he emphasised.83-year-old Gowda, who was Prime Minister from June 1996 to April 1997, recalled the VDS implemented by him during his tenure which had unearthed Rs 10,000 crore of undisclosed money. Referring to the regular alterations being made in the implementation of demonetization scheme with regard to withdrawal caps and other aspects, Gowda asked, “How many amendments, modifications, changes have been made every day? Changes are still going on.”
ALSO READ Make public all financial & land dealings of BJP & RSS in last 6 months: Congress to PM ModiFinding faults with the government, he said it had first introduced gold bonds, which “did not yield any results”. Then it brought Income Declaration Scheme during which about Rs 65,000 crore were disclosed, Gowda said, even then the government failed to recover the “so-called black money” entirely. “Now suddenly another idea flashed the Prime Minister’s mind…Who gave him the advice? Did he consult any colleague,” he questioned. “Now the government has pushed the Income Tax amendment bill also,” he added.Talking about problems being faced by the people, he criticised the cap on withdrawals, questioning why should even a salaried person not be able to take out as much money as he requires. “I have salaried account but I cannot withdraw money as there is a cap of Rs 24,000 on withdrawals per month,” he said.
ALSO READ Demonetization: Upset over lack of money at banks, villagers block traffic in UPTurning to Modi’s comment that he wants to unearth black money amassed during last 70 years, the former Prime Minister said he was “hurt” by the remark which painted all former governments negatively. “Who created this black money? Are we all included? Is Atal Bihari Vajpayee also included? Are we all responsible for this creation of black money? This remark hurt me,” he said.He said the Prime Minister should not have made a general remark against all those who have run the country with regard to black money generation. On Modi’s campaign to make India a cashless society, Gowda said, “I don’t know whether the dream of the PM will come true.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the three weeks since PM Modi announced the demonetization decision, at least 100 cases have been reported of large amounts of cash being seized by authorities across the country.Though there seems to be divided opinion on the planning, implementation and after-effects of demonetization, it has also given sleepless nights to several black money hoarders. While there have been reports of people burning or throwing demonetized Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in dustbins and rivers, there have also been instances where people have been caught red-handed trying to hide, exchange or find other ways to convert any untaxed or black money.On the basis of media reports so far, around Rs 90 crore has been seized in old and new currency and around 57 people have been detained and arrested since November 10. The maximum number of incidents were reported from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi and Bihar. Two cases involving BJP leaders were also reported from Maharashtra and Gujarat, where money amounting to Rs 91.5 lakh and Rs 31 lakh respectively was seized.
ALSO READ Jan Dhan deposits jump to Rs 64,250 crore, Uttar Pradesh leadsThough, no official figure on fraudulent transactions is available yet, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released data on the deposits made since November 8. A total of Rs 2.99 lakh crore was reportedly deposited in banks from November 19 to 27, while Rs 5.11 lakh crore was deposited between November 10 to 19. There has also been a sharp increase in Jan Dhan deposits across the country. Rs 27,200 crore were deposited in 25.68 crore accounts in just 14 days, from November 9 to 23, while the deposits before November 9 amounted to Rs 45,636.61 crore.While those trying to hide their black money are finding loopholes in the system, the government is trying to avoid leaks. Income Tax Amendment Bill which was passed by Lok Sabha on Tuesday proposes 85% tax plus penalties for those caught illegally converting money, while those who disclose black money will have to pay 50% tax, out of which 25% will be returned after four years.
ALSO READ War on black money: 50% tax on unaccounted deposits, 85% tax if caughtIn order to ensure that people do not deposit someone else’s unaccounted black money in their account, it was earlier declared that the Income Tax department would punish the violators of newly enforced Benami Transactions Act with penalty, prosecution and rigourous jail term of a maximum seven years. PM Modi had on November 8 declared that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes would not be legal tender starting midnight that evening, which sent a wave of panic across the country. Opposition parties, who are not happy with this decision of the government have been protesting against demonetization in Parliament for the last 10 days, while blaming the PM for 82 deaths related to bank hassles that took place after the announcement was made.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In late September, a woman in National City, California, received a voice message on her phone saying she was in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over “tax evasion or tax fraud”Panicking, she rang the number and told a man who said he was from the IRS: “I can pay $500,” half the sum demanded. “I could do a payment plan. I just can’t pay all of it at once.””Ma’am, you can pay $500 today itself. You can do that?” the man asked, adding that lawyers would look at her accounts and work out a monthly payment plan, but she had to pay half now.
ALSO READ Indian call centres stole $300 million from Americans: Homeland Security In transcripts of the conversation that investigators shared with Reuters, the man told her to keep the phone line open and drive to a nearby grocery store, where she bought $500 worth of iTunes gift cards and gave the ‘agent’ the redemption codes.She had just been scammed – one of at least 15,000 people the US Justice Department says lost more than $300 million in an “enormous and complex fraud” running since 2013. The department last month brought grand jury charges against 56 people in India and the United States for “telefraud” scams run from fake call centers in India.
ALSO READ Call centre scam: Kingpin fled to Gulf during police raidInvestigators have arrested 20 people in the United States, and Indian authorities have made 75 arrests following October raids on three premises in the Thane suburb of Mumbai. Charges include conspiracy to commit identity theft, impersonation of an officer of the United States, wire fraud and money laundering.Indian police say they are looking for Sagar Thakkar, a man in his early 30s also known as Shaggy, who they believe masterminded the scam. Thakkar was also among those named by the US Department of Justice. Reuters was unable to contact Thakkar for comment; he is not known to have a lawyer, and police believe he fled to Dubai last month.
ALSO READ Call centre scam: People info sites were used to trap victims”We are trying to complete the procedure to issue a red corner notice for Thakkar,” Parag Manere, a deputy commissioner at Thane police, told Reuters, referring to an Interpol arrest warrant.Police said Thakkar led a lavish lifestyle, frequenting 5-star hotels and driving expensive cars with proceeds from the scam. He gave one, a 25 million rupee ($365,000) Audi R8, to his girlfriend. “We have seized an Audi car, and are trying to find other assets of Thakkar,” Manere said.The FBI, which is involved in the investigations, declined to comment. The Department of Justice did not respond to requests for comment for this article. At a news conference last month, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said the US would seek the extradition of suspects in India, and warned others engaged in similar schemes they could face jail terms.In interviews before the US charges were filed, police, suspects and call center workers in India told Reuters how the scam was run.Training materials and taped conversations, which investigators believe were made by call center instructors for training purposes, shed some light on an operation aimed to exploit the aged and gullible.”TAUGHT TO BE TOUGH””The revenue was unpredictable. Some days were good, some were bad,” Haider Ali Ayub Mansuri, who said he managed operations at one fake call center, told Reuters as he was returned to jail in India last month after a court extended his custody. He is among the 75 arrested by Indian police.”On a good day, we extracted as much as $20,000 from a single US citizen,” he said.In India, the sheer scale of the operation surprised many. For months, hundreds of young men and women worked nights at several call centers in Thane. Callers posed as IRS officers and threatened their victims, often newly-arrived immigrants and the elderly, into paying fictitious tax penalties electronically – sometimes by buying gift cards and turning over the redemption codes, Indian investigators said.”They used to blast out pre-recorded messages to thousands of citizens who were asked to call back. When they called back, there was a center just like this,” said Manere at Thane police. Acting on a tip-off, police raided premises in early October as call center workers settled in for their shift. The buildings housed seven call centers, and over a few days more than 700 people were detained. Most have since been released, but told not to leave the city.Callers bullied their victims with the threat of arrest, jail, seized homes and confiscated passports.”There was one instance where an old lady was crying,” because she didn’t have the money to pay, said a former call center worker who spoke only on condition of anonymity. “But we kept insisting on the money. We were taught to be tough,” he told Reuters.On a follow-up raid in Ahmedabad, 500 kms (310 miles) north of Mumbai, police uncovered what they believe was “a nerve centre for these centers,” said Manere. “A lot of money has been transacted. It’s been going on for a few years.”The police raids found little in the way of documentation, beyond some training materials. Another former worker said this was likely because call center managers stopped employees from bringing pens and phones to work.Reuters was unable to independently confirm the accounts provided by call center workers.WEEKLY INCENTIVESAnother former worker, an economics graduate, told Reuters she took a job without knowing what the center did. The 12,000 rupee ($180) monthly salary was well below the going rate for a graduate, she said, but it was a job, and “people aren’t hiring.”She said several of her colleagues looked as though they had just left high school.Her first week was spent in training with floor managers. While callers spoke to their victims, she said dozens of trainees squeezed in around the room, and had to memorise pages of dialogue for use on calls.Another former employee said his instructors told him his work was illegal, but there was “nothing to worry about.”Callers made “fast money”, another former caller told Reuters. In comments confirmed by investigating officer Mukund Hatote, the worker said: “For every dollar you brought in, you were given 2 rupees (around a third of a US cent).”People wanted to leave rather than be involved in something they suspected was illegal, he said, but carried on because managers offered weekly incentives, such as cash or gadgets, for meeting their targets.($1 = 66.7200 Indian rupees)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indrani Mukerjea was a “schemer and a lady of dominant nature” who used to interfere in the affairs of a media group through her husband Peter who was the CEO, though not being on payroll, a ‘secret witness’ in the Sheena Bora murder case has claimed. Peter was arrested in November last year on the charge of murder conspiracy.A special court on Tuesday opened the statement of ‘secret witness’ Ravina Raj Kohli, former president of Star News, from a sealed cover and handed it over to the defence lawyers. On November 21, the CBI had told the Bombay High Court that it will give a copy of the secret witness’s statement, withheld so far by the agency, to Peter and other accused after deleting a portion of it. “To my understanding, Indrani is a schemer, manipulator and a lady of dominant nature,” Kohli said in a four-page statement recorded on February 10.Sheena, daughter of Indrani from her previous relationship, was killed in a car on April 24, 2012, and her body was later dumped and set afire in neighbouring Raigad district. Police had last year arrested Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and former driver Shyamvar Rai for murder and destruction of evidence. Rai later turned approver.
ALSO READ Sheena Bora case: CBI agrees to give Peter Mukerjea statement copy of ‘secret’ witnessPeter and Indrani were said to be against Sheena’s relationship with Rahul Mukerjea, Peter’s son from his former wife. Kohli stated that before Indrani’s marriage with Peter, she had received a message from her saying that the latter had settled everything with Khanna. “In my view it (the message) was sent by her (Indrani) to avoid any problem in her marriage with Peter,” Kohli told CBI.Peter was the chief executive officer of Star India network from 1999-2007. He and Indrani got married in 2002. After leaving Star in 2007, Indrani established news channel INX News, and Peter managed its two channels, 9X and 9XM. Peter and Indrani exited the company in 2009. Kohli stated that Indrani had told her she was running a recruitment agency in Kolkata before shifting to Mumbai.
ALSO READ Sheena Bora murder: Bombay High Court rejects Peter Mukerjea’s bail pleaIndrani later opened branch offices of the agency in Delhi and Bengaluru. “In due course, she (Indrani) started providing HR support to Star and at the time of her marriage with Peter, she was providing maximum human resources to Star. “I came to know from my sources that Indrani had manipulated this contract of recruitment with Star through Peter by throwing the threat of poaching to the media company,” Kohli said.Kohli claimed Peter was allowing Indrani to ‘interfere’ in the affairs of the company (Star) so much that she used to influence all major decisions of his, despite being not on the payroll. “Once I had an occasion to interact with Peter about Indrani and during the discussion Peter mentioned about Indrani as his retirement plan. It was the reason that she was being promoted by Peter in media business circle,” she said in her statement. She claimed Peter had ‘controlled’ all activities of Star and used to ‘manipulate’ things according to his choice and in a manner which used to be beneficial to him. “Indrani was taking advantage of his power on her personal benefit,” according to Kohli.
ALSO READ Sheena Bora murder case: Peter Mukerjea’s bail plea rejected by High CourtShe said Peter resigned from Star in 2006-07 and floated INX media along with Indrani. “In fact, Peter and Indrani had planned to create this media company (INX Media) with he was still with Star. Before floating the company, he also did management diploma from Chicago,” Kohli stated.She further said that since Peter was a British national and there was a non-compete clause in the agreement with Star Channel, Peter made Indrani as CEO of INX Media. According to Kohli, though the planning and execution of concept of launching the firm was conceived by Peter, he kept Indrani as the face of the company but himself used to run the day to day functioning. “The company did not succeed mainly because of funds problem but Indrani’s inexperienced background of this profession also played a major role,” she stated.In her statement, Kohli also said Peter contacted her to join the company but she refused because they were giving her a “low profile job”. “But I came to know from sources that my name was shown by them in their media company records. Moreover, Indrani was not interested in keeping me in their company,” she claimed.Kohli told the CBI that she had learnt through her sources in media that Indrani and Peter had siphoned off money of their media company “through kickbacks” and parked the amount in some unknown bank accounts abroad, which she said “may be HSBC Singapore or Hong Kong.” “I came to know that Indrani and Peter used the company money to receive kickback from the dummy production companies (sic),” Kohli said.In 2009, Peter and Indrani both left India and settled in UK, although they kept coming to India. “I heard that Peter and Indani were planning to again start their media business in India and in this regard, they had arranged New Year Party in 2013-2014,” she stated. Kohli’s statement also said that Peter and Indrani were known as “Bunty and Babli” (names of the characters of con artists in the 2005 Bollywood movie). She further told CBI that she never met Sheena but came to know from media sources that she was daughter of Indrani, who used to project Sheena as her sister. “It was also a rumour that Indrani and Peter had floated some company in the name of Sheena and both of them had parked huge money in the bank accounts in India and abroad,” Kohli added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A lot of political commentators had believed that PM Modi’s demonetization announcement could backfire and lead to a political reversal for BJP. The Opposition, including AAP, BSP, TMC, Congress and the Left Front, have criticised the notes ban saying it is hurting the common man. The received wisdom was that the local bodies elections in Maharashtra and Gujarat would tell us if people were for or against demonetization. In Maharashtra, BJP made major inroads winning 851 seats across 164 urban local bodies. In 2011, the BJP had won 298 seats, but since then BJP has made huge gains in the state by doing well in both the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. In Gujarat, the BJP dominated even further capturing 107 seats out of a total 123 while Congress was reduced to just 14.So did the note ban play a part? Tell us what you think. Do Gujarat and Maharashtra local body elections results show that public is in favour of demonetization?BJP wins Gujarat and Maha local polls: Did demonetization affect the results?BJP romps home in Gujarat and Maharashtra
ALSO READ Demonetization effect? After Maharashtra, BJP dominates in Gujarat municipal electionsPutting a dismal performance ahead of the Assembly polls due next year, the Congress managed to capture only 16 seats in this election. As per the final result declared by the Gujarat State Election Commission, BJP has registered victory in Vapi municipality of Valsad district by capturing 41 out of total 44 seats. Only three seats went to Congress. Vapi municipality was earlier held by BJP.Similarly, BJP made a near clean sweep in the polls to Kanakpur-Kansad municipality of Surat, where it captured 27 out of 28 seats, leaving only one to Congress. It was also held by BJP earlier. In Rajkot, BJP snatched Gondal taluka panchayat, which went for mid-term poll, from Congress by winning 18 out of total 22 seats. Congress settled for only four. Earlier, Congress was ruling Gondal taluka panchayat. The results of the local bodies elections assume significance for the BJP in the run up to the state polls next year, and that they were held just after the demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes by the Centre.
ALSO READ Maha result should be wakeup call for Opposition, trying to mislead people on demonetization: Amit ShahApart from these three elections, Gujarat SEC conducted by-elections on 29 seats of various municipalities, taluka panchayats and district panchayats across the state.The bypolls were necessitated as these seats fell vacant due to various reasons.Out of total 16 seats of different municipalities, BJP bagged 14 while Congress has to settle for only two. Out of the total four seats of district panchayats, both the parties bagged two each. In the taluka panchayat by-polls, BJP won on five out of total nine while Congress captured four seats.Congratulating the state party unit, Prime Minister Modi also thanked the people of Gujarat for showing faith in the party. ‘Congratulations to @BJP4Gujarat Karyakartas, CM @vijayrupanibjp & @jitu_vaghani for their hardwork work across the state. Over the last few days we have seen the results of various polls, Parliamentary, Assembly & local polls across India. Be it the Northeast, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat…BJP has performed very well. I thank the people,’ he said in a series of tweets. BJP’s victory in the first phase of the civic polls in Maharashtra has come as a shot in the arm for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who can now more tenaciously take on the Opposition as well as ally Shiv Sena.The polls are being considered a litmus test for Fadnavis, who led the BJP campaign to make inroads in the rural areas where Congress and NCP hold sway, and have been keenly watched as they are being held post demonetisation.The results of 164 civic bodies, declared yesterday, are also seen by political observers as a sign of the ruling party firming its grip on the semi-urban and rural parts of the state.It belied hopes of the Congress and NCP to cash in on the fallout of note scrapping on the rural economy and small trade as well as the campaign by the Maratha community for quota in jobs and education.The Congress and NCP leaders however have sought to put up a brave face holding that this was “just the first round” of the multi-phased elections and hundreds of civic bodies across the state are yet to go to polls.Some of them also put the blame on failure to work out a coherent alliance at the grassroots against the saffron party, which launched a spirited campaign led by Fadnavis.As the results started pouring in BJP’s favour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi last evening termed the outcome as a “win for pro-poor and development politics of BJP.” Modi also lauded Fadnavis and state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve for the party’s performance in the grass-roots level electoral exercise, held in the backdrop of the demonetisation move.In response to Modi’s tweet, Fadnavis said, “Thanks Sir! You inspired confidence in people that our Nation is transforming. Mandate shows Maharashtra is with your vision of transparency.”Significantly, the results could also have an impact on the crucial Mumbai Municipal polls slated in early next year.The BMC, as the largest and the richest urban civic body is known in local parlance, has been controlled by Shiv Sena for quiet a long time and there is speculation on whether the two saffron parties would forge an alliance this time as well.Mumbai BJP leaders voiced confidence of repeating the success in upcoming rounds of polls not only in other parts of the state but in the megapolis as well.Amarjeet Mishra, General Secretary of the Mumbai BJP, said, “BJP has swept the first phase of municipal council polls and undoubtedly we are going to repeat the same in Mumbai.””Our party has done immense work at grass-roots level such as pushing forward coastal road, Metro corridors which are directly being monitored by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who has emerged as Vikas Purush of Maharashtra,” he added.The ties between Shiv Sena and BJP have been strained since the two parted ways ahead of 2014 Assembly elections.Though Sena is part of the ruling alliance in Maharashtra, it has often been critical of the BJP, both in the state as well as the Centre.The Uddhav Thackeray-led party has also been vocal against the implementation of the demonetisation move.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the accused of the Nabha jailbreak was arrested by the Shamli Police and huge cache of arms seized from his Fortuner car in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli. Confirming the arrest Shamli Superintendent of Police Ajay Sharma said, “During police checking at Kairana, the accused, who identified himself as Parvinder Singh from Jalandhar, was arrested. He is being questioned.””Accused Parminder has been arrested with huge cache of arms, and he has confessed to his crime. There was a high alert in Uttar Pradesh since the morning, and we had information that accused might try to enter Nepal. During checking, we nabbed him,” Additional Director General (ADG) Daljeet Singh Choudhary said.Meanwhile, a suspicious black Verna car with Punjab number plates was found abandoned at Shamli and Solumajra village in Pundri Tehsil of Kaithal District, respectively. The Kaithal Superintendent of Police swung into action and reached the spot with a team. An investigation is on.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Special Investigation Team formed by the policeKarnal Inspector General of Police Subhash Yadav said, “A car with Punjab number plate was found abandoned in Sonumajra village in Kaithal. We suspect that the car was used in the Nabha jailbreak. An investigation is going on and we are in regular touch with the Punjab Police.”A group of armed men in police uniform broke into high security Nabha Central jail of Punjab and took along six inmates, identified as Khalistan liberation force chief Harvinder Mintoo, Amandeep Doda and gangsters Vicky Gonder, Gurpreet Sekhon, Neeta Deol and Amandeep Dhotia.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Khalistani terrorist escapes, high alert in Northern statesPolice said, all of the escaped are dreaded criminals and high alert has been sounded in entire Punjab. Following the incident, Haryana has also been put on high alert and all borders with Punjab have been sealed and police of both the states are working in coordination with each other. Meanwhile, high alert has been sounded in all jails of the state and Jail Superintendents have been asked to review the security in jails.
Sat, 26 Nov 2016-08:35pm , Jammu , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over the death of three persons and gutting of around 80 hutments in Narwal area of Jammu city on Saturday.The Chief Minister expressed heartfelt sympathies with the families of three persons who were charred to death in the tragic fire incident, officials said. She has directed the divisional administration to extend all humanitarian assistance to the affected families at the earliest, they said.Opposition National Conference leaders and former chief ministers, Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah too expressed grief over the incident. Describing as “most unfortunate” deaths, the two leaders conveyed their condolences to the bereaved family and expressed solidarity with all those whose dwelling units were gutted in the fire.
ALSO READ J&K: Fire in Narwal kills 4, 80 slums guttedThree persons were charred to death and as many others sustained serious burn injuries when their huts caught fire in Narwal area of Jammu city in wee hours of Saturday. Over four dozen huts were damaged in the fire which was later brought under control by deploying several fire tenders.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Out of the 43 names returned to it by the government for reconsideration, the Supreme Court collegium has “reiterated” its recommendation for 37, deferred three proposals while three other names are still with it, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.On November 18, the Supreme Court had informed the government that it had reiterated every one of the 43 names that was sent back by the government to the collegium for reconsideration. “We have reiterated 43 names for the appointment as judges of high courts which were rejected by the government and have been sent back for reconsideration,” a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and A R Dave had said.But Minister of State for Law P P Chaudhary told the lower house in a written reply that the collegium has reiterated its recommendation for 37 candidates only. “Out of the 77 proposals submitted by the Supreme Court collegium, the government has appointed 34 judges in various high courts and sent the names of 43 recommendees to the collegium for reconsideration.
ALSO READ Judges appointment row: Govt refuses to share draft MoP with Parliament panel for now”The Supreme Court collegium reiterated the names of 37 recommendees; the proposal of three recommendees has been deferred and the proposal of three recommendees are with the SC collegium,” he said. The Centre had on November 15 told the apex court that it has cleared 34 names out of the 77 recommended by the collegium for appointment as judges in various high courts in the country.The government had also apprised the apex court that no file with regard to the recommendations for appointment of judges was pending with it. Against the backdrop of the Supreme Court regularly slamming the government over vacancies in high courts, Chaudhary said pending finalisation of the revised memorandum of procedure — a document to guide future appointment of judges to SC and HCs –during the current year 124 additional judges have been made permanent and 120 new judges appointed in HCs.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP President Amit Shah hit out at the opposition parties protesting demonetization on Tuesday, saying the discomfort is evident on the face of the leaders opposing the move, which should worry only those who possess blackmoney. “Those who don’t have any black money in their homes, do they have any reason to worry? Do you see any worries on the faces of our leaders? Now have a look at the face of Rahul baba (Gandhi) and see if can notice discomfort or not,” Shah said addressing a public meeting here.He also targeted other parties asking the crowd if they could see worry on the faces of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati or AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, as the audience answered back saying “yes”. “All of them are worried,” he said.Underlining the effects of the government’s move to demonetise high currency notes, Shah said that through black money terrorism, naxalite movement, drug mafia and counterfeiters operate and “(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi ji, with one stroke of the pen, has turned this black money into scrap”.
ALSO READ Demonetization: Paan shop owner gets ‘fake’ Rs 2,000 note in Ahmedabad”On November 7, they said, Modi ji what did you do on the issue of black money. Now they say, Modi ji why did you do it. The what has turned into why. They are concerned who have millions and billions stashed in their bungalows,” Shah said, taking another jibe at opposition party leaders.The BJP President said that if the human body has an ailment, doctors have to conduct an operation and similarly, demonetization will have a positive effect. “The way demonetization is being opposed, I believe, these people are siding with black money and corruption,” he added.
ALSO READ BJP by-poll victory indicates people support PM Modi’s war on black money: Assam CM Sonowal Shah claimed that BJP was sensitive to the problems being faced by people queuing up outside the banks and ATMs but said they must realise that the step had hurt “those sleeping over hoardes of blackmoney three thousand times more than the people on the streets”.Addressing a huge gathering on the occasion of Parivartan Yatra in the Kumaun University SSJ Campus, Shah said that people have to make a decision in the upcoming assembly elections in Uttarakhand – whether they want a state which is developed or not – as he sought votes to bring change in the state, presently ruled by a Congress government. “We will work to combat Chinese insurgency at the border, control generation of electricity, and work for industrial progress for the benefit of Uttarakhand people,” he said as he appealed to the people to vote for BJP, which “will give you a strong, fear-free and corruption-free government” and then Uttarakhand will be the strongest state in the country.
ALSO READ Demonetization just the ‘beginning’ of fight against black money, says PM Modi in emotional appeal to BJP lawmakersAccusing the Harish Rawat government of doing nothing without taking commission, Shah said having a BJP government both in the state and at the Centre will serve the interests of Uttarakhand better as it would help the benefits of the central schemes and funds percolate to the ground level.He claimed that Uttarakhand could not progress under the Congress as he accused the party of carrying out corruption to the tune of Rs 12 crore. He appealed to the people to ‘save the state’ by putting an end to the current regime. Targeting Rahul Gandhi, he said the Congress vice president had no right to shed “crocodile tears” over One Rank One Pension (OROP) as three generations of party leadership had failed to address the issue which Modi did within two years of coming to power.”Modi fulfilled the vexed demand when Rahul Gandhi had disappeared for six months with no one having any clue of his whereabouts. Perhaps he is not aware of what happened during his disappearance,” he alleged. “Modi has fulfilled an age-old demand. There may be some small outstanding issues which are being looked into by a commission,” Shah told the gathering that included former chief ministers and other top most leaders of Uttarakhand BJP who also made speeches before the party president.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016-10:00am , Jammu , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A suspicious Pakistani national was gunned down by the Border Security Force (BSF) troops in RS Pura sector in Jammu and Kashmir, after he crossed the International Border early on Tuesday morning. After crossing the border, the man took advantage of the cover of fog and reached very close to the Indian fence.He was immediately challenged by the alert troops and once he did not pay heed to the repeated warning, he was shot down. A search operation is being carried out and the body has been sent for identification.Meanwhile, security forces neutralised two terrorists in an encounter today in Bandipora, Jammu and Kashmir.
ALSO READ J-K: Two terrorists gunned down by Army in Bandipora, combing operation underwayThe Army and the police in a joint operation had cordoned off the area to smoke out the two terrorists who were holed up and had opened fire, thus engaging in a heavy gunbattle early in the morning.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death toll mounted to 143 on Monday in the Indore-Patna Express derailment in Pukhrayan in Kanpur rural area as rescuers wrapped up their operation with little hope of finding any survivors after overnight efforts to pull out trapped passengers from the mangled bogies. All the 14 derailed coaches of the Patna-bound train 19321 have been removed from the tracks. Many distraught people were sifting through the luggage and other belongings piled up at the site to look for any clue about their missing loved ones. “I am looking for my brother. Who knows what has happened to him? He may have changed his seat… we have searched everywhere,” said Ramanand Tiwari.After seeing bodies of three of his family members, Nirmal Verma was inconsolable. “Whoever I tried to look for is dead. My brother, my elder sister-in-law, daughter…. I haven’t found my mother yet. I fear I will find her in the same condition,” said Verma who was to travel with his family to a wedding but couldn’t get leave from work and was supposed to join them later. “143 bodies have been found so far, out of which 110 have been identified,” according to IG (Kanpur range) Zaki Ahmad.While 120 bodies were pulled out till last night, some others were found as rescuers later cleared the wreckage. Chief Medical Officer Kanpur Ramayan Prasad said 105 bodies have been handed over to family members after postmortem and free ambulances were provided.
ALSO READ Indore-Patna express derailment: Survivors recount horror, say they ‘saw death whisk past us’24 bodies have been sent to Bihar, 25 to Madhya Pradesh and 56 in several districts of UP. 83 of the 202 injured passengers were admitted in hospitals of Kanpur and neighbouring Kanpur-Rural districts while rest of them have been released, Prasad said, adding 73 of them were seriously injured.Amid scenes of tragedy, a number of good Samaritans took it upon themselves to provide succour to the traumatised passengers and help out the rescuers and others on site and in hospitals by providing food and water. Volunteers from several NGOs, RSS, Sikh organisations and even from many political outfits remained at the accident site till late in the night as rescuers struggled to pull out passengers trapped in the mangled bogies.
ALSO READ Indore-Patna express derailment: Businessman rescued after 10 hours, son missingThe volunteers visited injured victims and the distraught families in the hospitals and distributed drinking water, tea, snacks and fruits among them. Coaches S1 and S2 had telescoped into each other and most of the casualties were feared to have been in these two compartments. S3 and S4 coaches also suffered severe damage while an AC III tier coach was also affected but casualties in it were not heavy.Railway personnel assisted by army, NDRF and state police carried out the search and rescue operation overnight under floodlights. Officials had said that prima facie the cause of the accident could be due to track fracture. A high-level probe had been ordered by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who promised on Monday “strictest possible action” against the guilty. Making a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha, he said a separate investigation will be held aided by latest technical and forensic analysis.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On a day when over 100 people were killed in the worst rail accident in recent years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked railways to work towards achieving the zero accident target to make train journeys safe. The derailment of the Indore-Patna Express at Kanpur dehat will be probed, said the Prime Minister at the Rail Vikas Shivir (rail development camp) at Surajkund on the outskirts of Delhi where he along with railway men observed two-minute silence to condole the loss of lives.Describing the accident as “unfortunate”, Modi asked railway officials to ensure fool-proof system in train operation to achieve zero-accident target, according to sources present at the Shivir. Later addressing a rally at Agra, Modi expressed his concern and sympathy for those killed and injured in the tragedy, which is the worst rail accident in recent years.He said the accident will be probed. The Prime Minister, who spent more than two hours at the Rail Vikas Shivir, was given thematic presentations on various aspects of the railways, and later addressed the railway officers. He also visited the gallery created for showcasing railways’ new initiatives.
ALSO READ Major train accidents in India since 1988Night vision camera developed by the railways to help loco pilots, a new faster and lighter mode of transportation called Caterpillar train, water vending machines, food box to keep food hot at rail premises, green initiatives like harnessing solar and wind energy were among those exhibited at the gallery.The three-day Shivir, organised to generate innovative yet practical ideas in the most crucial areas of rail operations and chart out a roadmap for substantial progress of the sector, concluded on Sunday.
ALSO READ Indore-Patna express derailment: Businessman rescued after 10 hours, son missingOn the opening day, Modi had addressed railway employees via video conferencing and said the Indian Railways should transform with the change of the century and focus on “new speeds, progress and new capacity” along with gaining financial strength.The venue at Surajkund was divided into various areas named after iconic trains services like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto, Humsafar, Tejas, Gatimaan, Uday, Antyodaya and Jan Shatabdi. Making Indian Railways the preferred freight carrier in India, reducing the operational cost, improving non-tariff revenue and increasing the investment in rail infrastructure substantially were among the other issues were taken up during the event though the accident cast a spell on the participants, according to sources.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>People on Saturday continued to queue up outside ATMs with hopes of getting cash, while those opting for bank withdrawal had a tad smooth run as banks offered exchange service of scrapped currencies only to their respective customers.Congress workers held a demonstration in suburban Mulund, where they hit out at the government, claiming demonetization has only benefited the rich and mighty.Less chaos was witnessed outside banks on Saturday after Indian Banks’ Association last night announced that all banks will serve only their respective customers and will not exchange the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from customers of other banks. Senior citizens were, however, exempted and they can go to any bank branch to exchange notes. Security guards were seen checking the validity of customers outside the gates of the banks.
ALSO READ Demonetization: 2 die over failure to get notes exchanged in AligarhSeveral ATMs counters in South Mumbai and suburban areas continued to remain shut as cash ran dry, compounding inconvenience to the people. A visibly upset Mulund resident, Anees Khan said he could only get Rs 2,000 from a bank against the permissible limit of Rs 24,000. “I was shocked to hear when bank official handed me Rs 2000 and not Rs 24,000. What would I do in Rs 2,000. I wrote a complaint…I hope that government would understand the problem which is not just mine, but everyone’s,” said Khan.For advertising professional, Deepika Prajapati, her experience was, however, a smooth one as she got Rs 24,000 in less than 20 minutes. “I went to a bank in Kandivli. There were only 6-7 people in the queue after them, my turn came within 15 minutes and I withdrew Rs 24,000,” she said, flashing new Rs 2,000 notes.
ALSO READ Demonetization: No respite from queues on day 10; ATMs grapple with cash shortageSome people in south Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazar locality said they have been queueing up in the wee hours so that their chance arrives early the next day when the banks open.Meanwhile, Congress workers, holding replicas of the invalidated Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, demanded that immediate steps should be taken to alleviate the problems being faced by people across the country. General Secretary of Congress’s Mumbai North East district Rajesh Ingle said, “We are not against the demonetization which has been brought to curb the menace of black money, but are protesting the unplanned manner in which it is being executed. People have been standing in queues for 7 to 8 hours and despite that they are not getting money.” “This demonetization is benefiting only businessmen, industrialists, while common man, students, labourers, housewives, small traders, patients etc. are the worst-hit. Government must announce extension of exchanging and depositing old notes to steer away the panic,” he added.Meanwhile, some people at the demonstration site, slammed Congress and said even the Opposition party has no moral right to protest over corruption and black money.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons have died in separate incidents in the district allegedly over their inability to exchange the scrapped high-denomination notes after the Central government’s demonetization move.In the first incident, 50-year-old Babu Lal, a resident of Nagla Mansingh in Aligarh, died due to heart attack after failing to exchange old currency notes despite making persistent efforts at different banks since the past three days, family sources said. The victim was under tremendous pressure as his daughter’s wedding was slated for November 26, they said. Babu Lal complained of chest pain after returning from a bank on Friday. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead.In another incident, Mohammed Idrees (45), a resident of Jamalpur locality under Civil Lines police station, died of heart attack while he was on his way to a bank to exchange old currency on Friday, his family claimed. They alleged that Idrees had no bank account, but he was making rounds of a local bank to exchange old notes since the past four days.
ALSO READ Demonetization: DMK to stage human chain protest on November 24Local SP legislator Zameer Ullah Khan said both the incidents were connected with the “shock and frustration over failure to get currency notes exchanged” and demanded proper compensation for their families.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has issued a demarche to Pakistan on continued violation of ceasefire along the LoC and strongly condemned increased concentration of terrorists observed across the border in the vicinity of Pakistani forward posts.The Ministry of External Affairs called in a senior official of the Pakistan High Commission on Wednesday and made a demarche on the continued violation of ceasefire along the Line of Control, the ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Thursday.This is the third such demarche this month. “We conveyed that despite calls for restraint, Pakistan forces have committed twelve ceasefire violations between 9 and 15 November, 2016 during which Pakistan Army deliberately resorted to calibre escalation by employing artillery and 120 millimetre heavy mortars against Indian posts. “These violent acts constitute a clear violation of the Ceasefire Agreement of 2003,” Sawrup said. A counsellor rank officer from the Pakistan High Commission was called in.
ALSO READ Ceasefire violation: Jawan dies, 4 others injured in Pakistan shelling in NowsheraIndia has also conveyed its strong condemnation of the “increase in concentration of terrorists observed across the Line of Control in the vicinity of Pakistani forward posts. During the last week alone, there have been 18 instances when terrorists attempted to infiltrate into the Indian side from the vicinity of Pakistani posts and also targeted Indian posts and patrols,” the spokesperson said.Government has also protested the “deliberate” targeting by the Pakistan Army of 14 villages along the LoC during nine to 15 November, 2016 which has resulted in four fatal and 25 non-fatal casualties, besides extensive damage to public and private property and displacement of civilian population, he said.
ALSO READ J&K: 9 civilians, including 2 children, killed in ceasefire violation by PakistanIndia also reiterated the concerns of the government about the safety and well-being of Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan, who inadvertently crossed the LoC over six weeks back, and sought his early and safe repatriation.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After remaining suspended for over four months due to ongoing unrest in the Valley, the rail service connecting north and south parts of Kashmir resumed partially on Thursday, officials said. The full operations are expected to start within the next 10 days, they said.The rail service resumed from Budgam to Srinagar Railway stations after completion of necessary restoration work on damaged infrastructure and tracks, the officials said. They said the service was resumed along the 11.5 km axis after a trial run on Wednesday. “Two trains were scheduled to run on the route today, one in the morning and another in the evening,” they said, adding the passenger turnout was very low but is expected to pick up in the coming days.The Railway authorities are working on a plan to resume normal operations along the 120-km track between Banihal in south and Baramulla in north Kashmir within next 10 days, the officials said, adding restoration work on the damaged infrastructure and tracks are in full swing and expected to be completed shortly.
ALSO READ Kashmir unrest: Curfew lifted across the valleyNorthern railways suspended the service as a precautionary measure on July 9 following widespread protests over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir a day earlier. The unrest has left 86 persons dead and thousands others injured.The railways suffered heavy losses due to the damages and disruption in its services. “The signal boxes, junction boxes, wiring and other infrastructure have been badly damaged during the unrest,” the officials said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Subahani Haja Moideen, an Indian alleged to be an ISIS operative, arrested from Tamil Nadu, has reportedly told the National Investigation Agency (NIA), that he met a couple from Maharashtra in Islamic State-held territory Mosul, in Iraq, The Hindu reported.According to the report, confirming the presence of an Indian woman, Moideen reportedly told the investigators that during his stay in Iraq, he met the couple, and that they were the only Indians he had come across in Iraq.”He (Moideen) said he met them briefly in a public place,” a senior NIA official told the daily.
ALSO READ ISIS changes strategy, plans to use women as suicide bombers: ReportHowever, he also told the interrogators that he was not sure whether the couple were fighting for the IS.We are trying to determine if the woman went from India or travelled via a third country, the official said.
ALSO READ ‘Indian ISIS operative Subahani Haja Moideen knew Paris bombing accused’31-year-old Moideen was arrested by the NIA with the help of central security agencies and the state police, foiling designs of ISIS operatives to target a few judges of Kerala and foreign tourists visiting the coastal state.He was in Iraq for five months from April 8, 2015. He was taken to Mosul and underwent detailed ‘religious training’, followed by combat training, which included a course in automated weapons. He was then deputed to fight for almost two weeks.During the war, he told interrogators that he was paid $100 per month as an allowance by the ISIS besides being provided with accommodation and food.He arrived in Mumbai after a gap of six months in September last year on an emergency certificate, and returned to his ancestral place where he was staying with his wife. He later managed to get a job at a jewellery shop at Kadayanallur in Tamil Nadu.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rejecting Rahul Gandhi’s charge that the demonetisation move has hit farmers, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday the Congress leader must “apply his mind” and understand that those in farming will not face any tax whether they keep their money at home or in banks. He denied Gandhi’s charge of common man being inconvenienced because of withdrawal of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and also rejected former finance minister P Chidambaram’s estimation of cost of printing the new Rs 2,000 notes as “highly exaggerated”.”As far as Rahul Gandhi is concerned, he should understand that any person, especially poor and common man, will not face any inconvenience,” Jaitley told reporters in Delhi.As agriculture income is exempt from income tax, farmers face no levies whether they keep their money in banks (by depositing old and now withdrawn currency notes) or in their houses, he said, adding that in both cases no tax is levied on them. “If he keeps (money) in banks, then he can earn interest and money will also be safe. So they will have three advantages — no need to pay tax, earn interest, and money will be safe. If he stacks money unsafely at home, then he will face hardship,” he said. “So before giving such statement, he (Gandhi) should apply his mind and seriously ponder.”
ALSO READ War on Black Money | What were people searching on Google when PM Modi made the announcementGandhi had in a series of tweets targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the demonetisation move, saying “real culprits” who have stashed black money are “sitting tight” while lives of farmers, small shopkeepers and housewives “have been thrown in utter chaos.”Challenging Chidambaram’s reported statement that introducing new currency notes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 denomination will cost Rs 18,000-20,000 crore, he said, “It is a highly exaggerated figure which has been mentioned.” “After all when the entire currency is printed the cost would be known,” he said.
ALSO READ War on black money | Private hospitals urge govt to allow them take Rs 500, Rs1000 notes Chidambaram, he said, had the privilege of becoming the finance minister thrice. “It would have been better if he took steps… In all these three terms, had he taken any step to curtail black money? Which are these steps?” “Saying that because of local inconveniences, circulation of black money should go on within the country… these kind of alibis to continue black money hardly carry any weight,” he said.On Chidambaram’s worries about implementation, he said there would initially be restrictions on withdrawal. “But later on, it is your own money, whatever way you want to use it. Long term, the money is yours, no one is confiscating money.”Asked if the government’s move is linked to the upcoming assembly elections in states like Uttar Pradesh, he replied in the negative. “But if as a result of this decision, elections become cheaper it will be a good beginning,” he said.On reports of Cabinet ministers not being allowed to carry mobile phones in the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday when the decision was taken, he said, “Well, its part of normal discipline that you don’t keep your phones on in Cabinet meeting.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leading private sector hospitals, including Fortis Healthcare and Paras Healthcare, have urged the government to allow them to accept Rs 500 and and Rs 1000 denomination notes. The government has authorised only government hospitals to accept these notes from patients.”In view of the hardship being caused to the large number of patients at private hospitals, we have made an urgent representation to the government that this exemption should apply equally, for payments, at private hospitals,” Fortis Healthcare said in a statement.The hospital is following up the matter with the authorities and hope the government will step in quickly to resolve the issue. Indian Spinal Injuries Centre too appealed to the finance ministry to allow private hospitals to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes from patients for medical expenses.
ALSO READ War on black money | ‘Right to Life, trade infringed’, plea filed in Supreme Court”The decision to allow Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes only at government hospitals needs to encompass charitable and private hospitals and pharmacies as well,” HS Chhabra, Chief of Spine Service & Medical Director, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre said.He said patients and their families in such hospitals are facing a crisis. “I appeal to the government to look into their problem of these patients and to extend the relaxation it has made with regard to government hospitals to private hospitals too,” he added.
ALSO READ War on Black Money | What were people searching on Google when PM Modi made the announcementSharing similar views, Dharminder Nagar, MD and CEO Paras Healthcare said that the decision “appear to be creating hardships for many patients who are being treated at private hospitals, particularly those hailing from rural areas as they hardly use plastic money”. In a major fight against black money, fake currency, corruption and terror financing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night announced demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes with effect from Wednesday.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apparently devoid of resources to hire a vehicle for shifting his wife’s body to his native place, a middle-aged beggar in Hyderabad carried her corpse on a cart for over 60 kms, but lost his way and reached Vikarabad town instead of his destination in Medak district.Kavitha and Ramulu, both leprosy patients, eked out a living by begging at Langer Houz here. Kavitha (aged around 45 years) died on the night of November 4 near Lingampally railway station due to ill health.Ramulu, a native of Manoor mandal in Medak district, wanted to perform the last rites of his wife there.
ALSO READ Govt apathy? Tribal man walks 10 km carrying wife’s body with daughter in Odisha”After his wife’s death, he decided to conduct her last rites in his native village and asked some local private carriers for shifting her body, who asked him Rs 5,000.”As he did not have any money with him to hire any vehicle, Ramulu put Kavitha’s body on a pushcart and walked all along till Vikarabad and reached here last afternoon,” Vikarabad Town Circle Inspector G Ravi said.
ALSO READ Madhya Pradesh: Man carries mother-in-law’s body on bicycle for 20 kmPolice were alerted when some locals spotted Ramulu crying alongside his wife’s body, following which an ambulance was arranged to shift the body to Ramulu’s native, the inspector told PTI over phone.Meanwhile, some local residents also collected money and gave it to Ramulu.Later, speaking to media, Ramulu said his wife died on Friday night after which he inquired with some autowallas to shift her body. He said they asked a fare of Rs 5,000.Ramulu said as he did not have any money for arranging an ambulance either, he borrowed a small cart from someone and placed Kavitha’s body on it and pulled it all way long.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the pall of smoggy gloom suffocates all and cripples life in the national capital, the people from all walks of life geared up to carry out a series of protests beginning Sunday to fight for their right to breathe. The national capital, considered to be the world’s most polluted city, hit a new low the past week. As millions struggle with hacking coughs and burning eyes, many schools across the city have either shut down or ended all outdoor activities.Several mask-clad children and concerned citizens were seen protesting at the Jantar Mantar here against the rising pollution level. They were seen holding placards which read “Be the solution to the pollution”, “Don’t Let Our Future Go Up In Smog, Go Green 2 Breathe” and so on.”My grand children have recently shifted from America. They used to play football but now they can’t play it here. The pollution is affecting the children. Unless we do something, this won’t get resolved. Unhealthy citizen is an unhealthy nation. This problem is there for years. If today we stand up for this then we might get some result in the coming days,” Sanjiv Kumar, one of the protestors, said.
ALSO READ Delhi pollution: Arvind Kejriwal calls emergency meet to take stockEquating breathing in Delhi with that of smoking a pack of cigarettes per day, another protestor said the air in the national capital is getting worse day by day. “Till now, it has never happened that schools have to be closed in Delhi. The air in Delhi is getting worse day by day. We can’t raise our children like this. There has to be combined efforts from both government and individual citizens. This is becoming from bad to worse. Breathing in Delhi is like smoking a pack of cigarettes a day,” she said.”This is happening due to the government. During the time of Sheila Dikshit, it was a complete clean environment. Here we have little children, who are suffering from diseases like asthma. It has become an emergency situation for Delhi,” she added.
ALSO READ Delhi pollution: Kejriwal says schools to be closed for 3 days, Odd-Even may returnAnother protestor said that they would hold such protests every Sunday. “Everyone in Delhi is getting affected with this air pollution. We need a committed and consistent effort for this. This is an emergency, a crisis. The politicians need to listen to us,” he said.Meanwhile, social activist Nafisa Ali voiced her opinion against the use of crackers during the festival of lights Diwali and said the situation of rising level of air pollution in Delhi will change if everybody contemplates over the same. “This situation will change only when we ponder over this. One should not use crackers during Diwali. The Odd-Even scheme was very much successful for change. We should support that. I would request everyone not to use cars and use cycle, metro or just walk for three days,” she added.
ALSO READ Emergency situation in Delhi, Centre says about alarming pollution levelDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called for an emergency meeting this afternoon to take stock of the recent measures announced to combat the soaring pollution-level in the national capital. Technologies like jet sprinkling and the dust sweep machine will be discussed at length during the meeting to be held at Kejriwal’s residence.This development comes in the wake of the Centre calling a meeting of Environment Ministers of all neighbouring states on Monday to put an end to crop burning as Delhi’s pollution rises to alarming level. Kejriwal had met Union Environment Minister Anil Dave on Saturday and sought the Centre’s intervention following which the latter declared an emergency situation in Delhi.Dave said the present circumstances are quite bad, particularly for children, patients, women and the elderly. Kejriwal has, however, blamed the practice of crop burning in Haryana and Punjab for the pollution in the national capital, as air quality in the city dips to its worst in 17 years.Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has also called a high-level meeting on the issue on Monday during which immediate, short-term and long-term measures to combat the growing air pollution in the city are to be discussed. Earlier on Saturday, the first day’s play of two Ranji Trophy games in New Delhi was cancelled due to poor light caused by smog. The players complained of irritation in eyes and breathing problems. The matches cancelled were Group A league encounter between Bengal and Gujarat at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium and Group C match at Karnail Singh Stadium between Tripura and Hyderabad.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The national capital is facing the worst smog in 17 years, a green body said on Thursday while asking the Delhi government to issue health alerts and convey that children should stay indoors as there is a state of health emergency due to peaking air pollution.Four days after Diwali, the city’s air quality also remained in the ‘severe’ category as suspended particulates (PM2.5 and PM10) mixed with moisture leading to the formation of a thick cover of smog in the absence of local wind movement. The Delhi government’s inter-ministerial task force headed by PWD Minister Satyendar Jain to combat the pollution menace also met and identified crop burning in Punjab and Haryana as one of the major factors behind the spiralling level of pollutants.Peak level of respirable pollutants PM2.5 and PM10 also violated the safe limits by over 15 times at places like RK Puram. The prescribed standard of PM2.5 is 60 micrograms per cubic metre, but it touched 955 in real-time during early morning hours. Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain wrote to his Union counterpart Anil Madhav Dave requesting strict action against crop burning in the neighbouring states.
ALSO READ Delhi remains covered in smog, air quality ‘severe’On Friday, the Delhi government will raise the issue in a high-level meeting called by the Union Environment Ministry. All the monitoring stations of SAFAR had air quality in the ‘severe’ category. As visibility remained poor and the city choked due to a haze, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) asked the Delhi government to roll out stringent plans for controlling winter pollution from all sources of pollutants and issue daily health advisory to the people.”This demands emergency response to protect the vulnerable – those who are suffering from respiratory and heart diseases and children. The government should aggressively inform all and advise them to stay indoors and avoid outdoor exercises. At the same time, it should roll out stringent winter pollution control for all sources along with emergency action,” said Anumita Roychowdhury, head of CSE’s air pollution and sustainable mobility teams.
ALSO READ Delhi wakes up to severe smog, worst air quality, post DiwaliCSE said that according to the Indian Meteorological Department, this is the worst smog with very poor visibility in 17 years and the Indira Gandhi International Airport recorded the worst levels of smog in 17 years on November 2, with visibility as low as 300-400 metres. It said the analysis of data from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee shows that the levels of PM2.5 have increased by 62.7% on November 2 as compared to that on Diwali (October 30) and the levels were 9.4 times the standard on November 2.Similarly on the night of November 1, PM2.5 concentration had hit 548 microgramme per cubic metre (cum) — nine times the standard, while the following day, PM2.5 concentration increased to 696.25 microgramme per cum — 11.6 times the standard. According to air quality monitoring network SAFAR, PM2.5 levels are in severe category and are expected to remain in this category for more than three days, it said. “Delhi needs strong action to protect people from such deadly exposure. Immediately step up action and put out hard health evidences and heath alerts in the public domain to sensitise people about the harmful effects of smog and push action.”Delhi needs an effective winter pollution mitigation plan that can make a difference. Without strong action smog is only expected to get worse this winter at serious public health costs,” Roychowdhury said.