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New Zealand: Sushma Swaraj reaches out to help family of Indian youth stabbed to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 26-year-old youth from Sirsa in Punjab was stabbed to death allegedly by a girl in New Zealand last week and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has stepped in to help his family bring back home his mortal remains.Swaraj directed the Indian High Commission in New Zealand to help the family of deceased Hardeep Singh after they reached out to her on twitter.”Deol family – Rania (Sirsa) : I hv seen news report and given instructions to our High Commissioner in New Zealand,” the External Affairs Minister tweeted.According to Hardeep’s grandfather Baldev Singh Deol, he had gone to New Zealand on a study visa to pursue a course in hotel management.According to reports in New Zealand media, Hardeep suffered serious injuries during an assault on Christmas on Sunday at Cashmere house. He was taken to Christchurch Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.Local police said a 22-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, adding the charge was likely to be replaced with a murder charge.They said the inquiry has been upgraded to a homicide investigation.The Minister, who is recuperating after undergoing a kidney transplant on December 10, is known for her prompt response to Indians who are in distress abroad, many of whom approach her through twitter for help.

Another train derails near Kanpur: 62 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 60 passengers were injured in Wednesday’s Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailment accident near Kanpur, raising serious questions on the safety of train passengers in the country. While the cause of the accident could not be ascertained, sources said railway fracture was suspected to be the possible reason for derailment of 15 coaches Ajmer-Sealdeh Express.The incident comes just a month after 150 people were killed and more than 200 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express train derailed in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh on November 20. While the investigation report of that incident is yet to come out, initial report had suggested rail fracture as possible reason for that accident too. Incidentally, both these accidents occured in the early hours of morning.Wednesday’s mishap took place when the train was crossing a bridge overhead a dry canal in the area and reportedly two coaches of the train also fell in the canal. Some railway officials, who did not wish to be named, said it was almost miraculous that there were no casualties. They added that had the train been running on a high speed, the impact of the accident would have been much more. “The train had just pulled out of a railway station and its speed was rather slow. The train was travelling at a speed of 108km per hour,” an official said.Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced a thorough investigation into the accident and Commissioner Railway Safety of Northern Circle was put in charge of the inquiry. Sources in Railways said a possible fracture in the track appeared to be the prima facie cause of the mishap. Maintenance issues coupled with drop in temperature cause fracture in rails. A senior railway official, however, said that weather and fog had no role to play in Tuesday’s accident.There has been an increase in incidents of derailments this year. According to railways data, there have been 67 derailment cases this year since April while it was 52 in the corresponding period last year. Railway Board Member (Traffic) Mohd Jamshed however, said that the total number of accident cases has come down in comparison to previous years though the railways’ plan of action is to achieve zero accident target. The total number of accidents was 137 three years back which has come down to 87 this year, Jamshed said. Prabhu announced ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 for seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for people with minor injuries. 62 people suffered injuries and 11 of them had grievous injuries, a railway official said.

War on black money: Income Tax dept begins process of analysing deposits post demonetization

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The I-T department has begun the process to examine bank deposits and transactions to check possible black money instances and said once the last opportunity to declare funds in old notes under the PMGKY scheme ends it will be very tough for hoarders.Interacting with representatives of trade bodies, Chartered Accountants and other professionals, Principal Commissioner of Income Tax A K Chauhan said that under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) scheme, cash and deposits “maintained” by a person can only be declared by an entity and not in the name of someone else. “We are in the process of examining and identifying deposits in bank accounts. So, I would say don’t feel complacent…People who wish to use the scheme should avail the PMGKY. We are putting in our efforts to analyse the data that we obtain from the Financial Intelligence Unit and others to do this,” he said.”After the closure of the scheme, it will be really really tough for evaders,” Chauhan told the participants. He said the scheme is valid for people and entities who maintain their own cash and deposits, and if they aim to avail the PMGKY for someone else, whose accounts they handle, that will fall into the purview of the Benami Transactions Act, which is not allowed under the latest scheme. “The declaration made under the PMGKY shall not confer any benefit, concession or immunity on any person other than the declarant,” he said.Chauhan also told them that the PMGKY should not be considered as the “Income Declaration Scheme Part-II” as it has a different “motive and purpose”. While ensuring that the “confidentiality” of the declarations under the latest scheme will be guaranteed, he said this was the “last opportunity” for people with black money to come clean. The PMGKY provides last chance to holders of undisclosed income in the form of old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes to come clean but any person facing prosecution for corruption, holding benami property, money laundering, violation of foreign exchange or drug trafficking among others will not be eligible to be a declarant under the scheme.The senior I-T department official of Delhi region reiterated the salient features of the scheme during the interactive session. Tax at the rate of 30 per cent on the undisclosed income, surcharge of 33 per cent of tax and penalty of 10 per cent on such income is payable, besides mandatory deposit of 25 per cent of the undisclosed income is to be ensured in the PMGK Deposit Scheme. Income declared under the scheme will not be included in the total income of the declarant under the Income Tax Act for any assessment year.Also, non-declaration of the black money under the scheme now but showing it as income in the tax return form would lead to a total levy of 77.25 per cent in taxes and penalty. In case the disclosure is not made either using the scheme or in return and the taxman later detects it through its intelligence and investigation methods, a further 10 per cent penalty on tax will be levied followed by prosecution, he added.The declarations, he said, can be made by the declarant before the Jurisdictional Principal Commissioner of I-T or using the e-filing portal of the department in prescribed forms for both the primary scheme and the deposits scheme.

Chennai: Hotels, clubs directed to wind up New Year parties by 1 am

<!– /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.

Rail fracture suspected to be reason for Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rail fracture is suspected to be the possible reason for the Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailment near Kanpur causing injuries to over 50 passengers. Though the real reasons behind the derailment would be ascertained after the completion of the inquiry, prime facie it seems a possible fracture on the track caused the mishap, sources in the railways said.Maintenance issues coupled with drop in temperature cause fracture in rails. The railways had witnessed a major train accident involving Indore-Patna Express which claimed 150 lives just 38 days back at Pokhrayan near Kanpur. While the final report about the mishap is yet to be submitted, initial report had suggested rail fracture as possible reason for it.Both train mishaps involving derailment of several coaches had occured in the early morning hours near Kanpur.However, while 14 coaches of Indore-Patna Express got derailed claiming lives of about 150 passengers on November 20, the railways said there was no casualty in today’s derailment involving 15 coaches of Ajmer-Sealdah Express.”There were no casualties and 53 passengers were injured in the derailment of 15 coaches of Ajmer-Sealdah Express,” said railway spokesperson Anil Saxena.He said an inquiry has been ordered into the Ajmer-Sealdah Express accident. Commissioner Railway Safety of Northern Circle will hold the inquiry and submit the report at the earliest.Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced ex-gratia for the injured passengers in the mishap. While those passengers with serious injury will get Rs 50,000 as ex-gratia, passengers with simple injury will get Rs 25,000.

Election Commission announces Odisha panchayat polls dates

Tue, 27 Dec 2016-10:51pm , Bhubaneswar , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Odisha Election Commission on Tuesday announced dates for panchayat polls in the state. As per the notification issued by the commission, the elections will be held for the posts of 853 Zilla Parishad Members, 6802 Sarpanchs, 6801 Panchayat Samiti members and 92,052 ward members in five phases on February 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21 respectively.State Election Commissioner Rabi Narayan Senapati said aspiring candidates can file nominations between January 11 and 17 and the scrutiny of the papers will be done on January 18. He said casting of votes would take place from 7 AM to 12 noon and counting of votes will be done from 1 PM onwards on these days. Around 2, 60, 92, 507 voters will exercise their franchise in the elections.

I-T department says, post raids, black money to attract over 137% in tax, penalty

Chandigarh: Black money holders will have to bear taxes and penalties amounting to as high as 137 percent if they do not admit to or fail to explain the source of undisclosed income after being raided, the income tax department said on Monday.

However, the total levy can touch 107.25 per cent if the undisclosed income is admitted during search operations and that income substantiated, the department said in a release, adding the tax dodgers can come clean by paying 50 per cent on bank deposits post demonetisation.

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If one fails to admit his unexplained income during the course of search and in case, taxes are not paid and he does not substantiate the manner in which income is earned, then the tax incidence will be 137.25 percent, the tax department said in a release.

However, if undisclosed income is admitted during search, taxes are paid and return is filed before the specified date declaring this income and assessee substantiates the manner in which income is earned, then the tax rate will be 107.25 per cent, the release added.

“We are asking people to declare their undisclosed cash deposits in banks, post offices which have not been subject to tax earlier under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna, 2016 (the scheme),” Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (NWR) Rajendra Kumar said in Chandigarh on Monday.

This scheme which has come into effect on 17 December shall remain open for declarations up to 31 March, 2017, he said.

If the income is not admitted during search and the assessee is not able to substantiate the earning, it will attract 60 per cent tax, 60 per cent penalty, 15 per cent surcharge, 3 per cent education cess surcharge — amounting to 137.25 percent.

In case, the income is admitted during search and the assessee is able to substantiate the earning, it will attract 60 percent tax, 30 percent penalty, 15 per cent surcharge, 3 percent education cess surcharge — totalling to 107.25 percent.

The Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Act, 2016 has amended the penalty provisions in respect of search and seizure cases, the release said.

The existing slab for penalty of 10 per cent, 20 percent and 60 per cent of income levied under section 271AAB has been rationalized to 30 per cent of income, if the income is admitted and taxes are paid. Otherwise, a penalty at the rate of 60 per cent of income shall be levied, the department said in the release.

First Published On : Dec 26, 2016 22:15 IST

Demonetisation: Fake notes of new Rs 2,000/500 worth Rs 26.10 lakh seized; 2 held in Gujarat

Rajkot: Two persons were arrested on Monday with counterfeit currency in the denominations of newly introduced Rs 2,000 and Rs 500, having a face value of Rs 26,10,000, police said.

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“Acting on a tip-off, the city crime branch sleuths intercepted a car at Hanuman Madhi area and arrested two persons with fake currency notes of Rs 2,000 with face value of Rs 26 lakh, and of Rs 500 with face value of Rs 10,000,” Rajkot Commissioner of Police Anupam Singh Gehlot told mediapersons here.

The arrested persons were identified as Hruday Jagani and Lakshman Chauhan, both hailing from Ahmedabad, he said.

The notes were kept inside the speaker box of the car in which they were travelling, Gehlot said.

He said a high quality colour printing machine was also seized from their possession which was used to print the currency notes.

The cover of notes’ bundles bore the tag and seal of a public sector bank to make them look like original, he said.

“Hruday used to work as a printer and has a sound technical know-how of printing and cutting notes with perfection so that they look like original,” Gehlot said.

“The mastermind was identified as one Jignesh Shah, who is a land broker in Ahmedabad. Jignesh would find customers looking to exchange their old currency notes, and would order printing of notes after he struck a deal with his customers,” the senior police officer said.

A search is on to nab Shah.

He said the accused might have supplied several such notes since demonetisation came into effect on November 9.

“They would bring such notes into circulation in different ways. They’d hide duplicate notes in the bundle of original notes so that it was supplied easily, and would earn around Rs 15,000-20,000 on supply of Rs 2 lakh,” Gehlot said.

“Another modus operandi was to hide blank notes below the Rs 2,000 lookalike duplicate notes,” he said.

Gehlot said ever since demonetisation came into effect, around Rs 2 crore worth of old notes and Rs 70 lakh of new notes were seized from Rajkot alone.

First Published On : Dec 26, 2016 15:48 IST

US rape victim: I’m not happy with Delhi police probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An American woman who was gang-raped by five men at a hotel in April in New Delhi said that she was still not satisfied and confident about the probe being carried out by the Delhi police.The woman, who arrived in the capital last week to give her testimony in the case, said while she loves India, the police need to do more to make women feel safe. Speaking to DNA, the victim said: “I was drugged and raped by five men. I can identify each one of them. It was emotionally very traumatising to deal with things, post the incident. I was living in another country and hence dealing with laws in India was difficult. The process of filing the case was frustrating and I don’t feel confident of the way the Delhi police are dealing with the case,” she said.”The cops tell me that they are doing everything they can but I don’t feel assured,” she added. On the other hand, the police have claimed that the investigations were going on well and the alleged suspects have been identified.”The accused have been identified and have been questioned as well. The police are trying to gain clinching evidence. The Delhi police have high regard for the victim who has travelled back to this country to give her testimony in the case,” said Joint Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak.The victim also said that when the tour agency and the hotel were informed about the incident, they were shocked but disinterested, bothering more about their own image, rather than trying to help her by finding out more details about the incident.”I don’t remember writing any positive feedback regarding the agency or the tour and travel company. I know there are other victims of these men as well. I will seek justice for what happened to me during my visit here,” she said.Terming coming to India was a “lifelong dream”, the victim said that she was very excited when she came to the country. “I still love the country but would want someone to come along when I come again. The problem in India lies with rape and violence which are issues that need attention. More needs to be done regarding tourists and rape laws in the country,” she said.”After the horrific December 16 gang-rape (Nirbhaya), there is still some amount of effort that needs to be taken in terms of policing,” she added.After undergoing a turmoil of emotions, she said that it was only by the end of July that she decided to take up the case and file an FIR. “My family and friends encouraged me to take up the case,” she said.

No TDS on monetary benefits of nuns and priests working for Christian organisations: Madras HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Madras High Court has made it clear that no tax can be deducted at source from the salaries and other monetary benefits given to nuns and priests working in various teaching institutions established and administered by the Institute of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary and similar Christian organisations.’The high court was deciding upon a batch of 74 petitions seeking quashing of an order of Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Chennai, and consequential circular insisting on the recovery of tax at source (TDS) from nuns, fathers and priests. Justice TS Sivagnanam, in his order, said, “The Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax who was bound by the circulars issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CTBT) in 1977 exempting the missionaries from payment of tax, has ignored and issued the above circular (which) has to be definitely set aside.”The judge cited various Supreme Court decisions and said the Income Tax Department was duty bound to examine as to whether such income reaches the nuns and priests as their income. “…the revenue cannot dispute the fact that on account of vows taken by the nuns and priests, especially the vow of poverty, the income has to reach the congregation to which they belong. Therefore, without considering such aspect merely by referring to the fact that the salary is paid to the individuals on account of their personal skills appears to be applying an incorrect test.”As pointed out in Sital Das/Tirtha Das (cases), there may be obligations in other cases but what is required to be seen as the nature of obligation which alone is the decisive factor. If this obligation is taken into consideration, it is clear that by virtue of the precepts of Canon Law, the salaries cannot be treated as income in the hands of the priests and nuns,” the HC said.The judge, while referring to another judgment of the apex court, said, “It was held that unless they received salary, the question of payment of contribution towards the employees provident fund would not arise.” The judge said, “Revenue (department) has not been ableto point out as to the incorrectness of the circulars issued by the CBDT nor it has been demonstrated as to how and in what manner it is conflict with any decided case.” “In such circumstances, the circulars issued by the CBDT are binding upon the authorities…as long as these circulars and clarifications having not been withdrawn or modified, these have to be followed by the officers subordinate to the Central Board.”For all the above reasons, all the writ petitions are allowed and it is held that no tax can be deducted at source from the salaries and other monetary benefits effected to persons who are the members of the religious congregation and it would be sufficient if the head of the institution concerned certifies the names of the staff members, who were members of the religious body and the period during which they have served and the designation of the post,” the judge said.

RBI truck carrying new notes penalised by RTO for overloading

Mumbai: A container truck hired by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to carry demonetised currency notes from Bhilai in Chhattisgarh to Nagpur, was stopped at Deori border check-post in Gondia district and penalised for overloading, by the Regional Transport Office (RTO).

The action was taken on Tuesday night and Rs 30,000 fine was collected from the driver, an RTO official said.

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Representational image. Reuters

“The container had the capacity to carry 16 tonnes of load, but we found that the it was carrying 21 tonnes. The vehicle was filled with scrapped notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination, which it was transporting to RBI’s currency chest in Nagpur,” Vijay Chavan, Deputy Regional Transport Officer of Gondia district told PTI on Friday.

The vehicle was stopped by local officials posted at Deori check-post.

“The vehicle papers and other necessary documents were verified. We received a communication from Transport Commissioner based in Nagpur that the vehicle can be released after the payment of fine,” Chavan said.

“As per the calculation, the driver was asked to pay a fine of Rs 30,000, as the container was carrying five tonnes above the permissible limit. The officials issued a receipt of the fine payment and the vehicle was let off,” he said.

First Published On : Dec 23, 2016 19:55 IST

West Bengal: BJP sends delegation to violence-hit Dhulagarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A three-MP delegation of BJP will visit Dhulagarh in West Bengal on Saturday to look into incidents of violence, the party said on Friday claiming that its supporters and members of a particular community have been targeted.The delegation includes Satyapal Singh, a Lok Sabha member and former Mumbai Police Commissioner; Jagdambika Pal, also a Lok Sabha member, and Roopa Ganguly, a Rajya Sabha member from West Bengal. West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh will join the delegation once it reaches the state, party leaders said.BJP has alleged that the minority wing of the ruling Trinamool Congress has targeted Hindus in the area in Howrah district for their support to the saffron party. West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Thursday enquired from the state Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purakayastha about the law and order situation there.According to information received from the Governor’s residence, Purakayastha briefed Tripathi on the matter. “The governor asked the DGP to ensure peace and law and order in the area and to take strict action against the culprits,” a release issued by the Raj Bhavan said on Thursday.Tension erupted in Dhulagarh when two groups reportedly clashed as a procession was brought out in the area last week.As per a senior officer at the Howrah Commissionerate, police had to use tear gas to bring the situation under control when the groups hurled bombs at each other.

NIA team visits Poonch, looks into cross-LoC trade records

Tue, 20 Dec 2016-07:12pm , Jammu , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team visited the border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir and took the cross-LoC trade records from the Chakan- Da-Bagh Trade Facilitation Centre.”NIA has visited Poonch. They are looking into cross-LoC trade records”, Deputy Commissioner, Poonch, M H Malik said on Tuesday. They (NIA team) have taken records of Chakan-Da-Bagh Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) and are going through it.The team is looking into any suspicious activity under the grab of cross LoC trade.The NIA team is headed by IG rank officer is camping in Poonch. They have talked to several businessmen and cross LoC traders besides officials and officers of TFC.

Watch | Caught on camera: TMC MLA speaks on phone during National Anthem

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an incident signifying embarrassment for the Trinamool Congress (TMC), a party MLA Vaishali Dalmiya was caught on camera speaking over the phone while the National Anthem was being played.The TMC leader, who was present at a sports event in Howrah, West Bengal on Sunday was busy attending phone calls while the National Anthem was being played.Dalmiya, who is the daughter of late Jagmohan Dalmiya, former President of International Cricket Council and Board of Cricket Council of India, was attending Commissioner Cup, a Football tournament organised by Belur Police Station.This is not the first incident when a politician came under the radar for talking over phone during national anthem, as earlier, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah faced a huge backlash for talking on phone while the national anthem was being played.Meanwhile, in Kerala at least six people were detained for allegedly showing disrespect to the national anthem and in another incident a Kerala writer was charged with sedition over a Facebook post that was allegedly disrespectful to the national anthem.

Hyderabad: Unidentified person shoots private bank official

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An official of a private bank was shot at on Sunday and injured allegedly by an unidentified person at his residence in Hyderabad, police said. The accused went to the flat of Manmadh Dalai, the private bank official, at Shanti Nagar this afternoon and had a word with him before firing, a police official said.The banker sustained injury in the leg and he was rushed to a hospital. The victim is out of danger, said the official. Hyderabad Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy said the accused would be soon nabbed. “… He (accused) spoke in Telugu, English and broken Hindi. He ran away after he (victim) sustained injury in the leg. The way he spoke to the watchman, with the wife of the (victim) on intercom and the owner, we cannot come to a decision… It could be robbery,” Reddy told reporters.”We will definitely detect the case soon by taking into consideration whether he (accused) came in connection with bank transactions or whether he was completely an unknown person or he came through employees of the bank,” he added.

Moti Bagh rape case: Delhi Police to request for a trial in fast track court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police on Friday said it would try to file a chargesheet as soon as possible in the Moti Bagh rape case in which a 20-year old girl was allegedly raped in a moving car in South Delhi’s Moti Bagh area. Deputy Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh said the police would also request for a trial in a fast track court.”We will try to file the chargesheet as soon as possible and request for a trial in a fast track court.The victim had come here in search of job. The accused who drives a shared car offered to drop her. She doesn’t know much of the roads of Delhi. The driver took her to a secluded place and raped her. When the driver went to ease himself, the girl came out of the car,” Singh told the media. Singh said the police provided assistance to the victim, who later on identified the area where the incident took place.”Our road patrol car spotted her and she narrated the entire incident. The police in the car informed the police station and our emergency response vehicle. The victim identified the spot where the incident took place. We immediately sent her to hospital for medical examination,” he added.The 20-year-old girl was from Noida and came to Delhi in search of a job. The accused driver who was driving a rental car bearing a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sticker has been arrested by the police. After searching for a job the whole day, the girl was waiting for the bus at around 9 PM last night near All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS).A Maruti car stopped by and the driver offered her to drop to Noida. It is alleged that around 11 PM to midnight near Moti Bagh area, the driver molested the 20-year-old and raped her. The girl managed to run away somehow and reached the police, who were patrolling near the South campus area.The PCR van took the victim to the police station and a medical check up was conducted. The accused driver had fled from the spot after leaving the car. The police has registered a case under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 357 and 376 and arrested the accused from his friend’s house.

Bombay High Court wants minors protected during Muharram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the state government whether it can implement the circular, issued in 2014, by Mumbai police, ensuring minors are prevented from taking part in Muharram procession and inflict injuries on themselves, across the state.The 2014, circular issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) had stated that the police will be taking all preventive measures to ensure that no follower of the Shia sect, inflict injuries on themselves. Meetings between organisers were held before the procession wherein senior members were appealed to ensure that injuries would not be inflicted. The police also kept first aid boxes and ambulances ready to meet with any unforeseen situation and video recorded the entire procession, which took place in South Mumbai.A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Anuja Prabhudesai while hearing a suo-moto public interest litigation asked the government whether it would extend the scope of the police circular to entire state and if not then provide reasons for not doing so, before the court by January 9.In 2014, the court while hearing the petition had said, “Our concern is only about injuries caused to children, we don’t want to interfere in religious rites, but at the same time we don’t want the children to be injured.” The petition had taken objection to the injuries inflicted on children during the Muharram procession. It had also sought a ban on the procession as children were being injured by sharp weapons.Further, the ‘matam’ it claimed was prohibited under the newly enacted legislation — Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifices and Other Inhuman Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act.

Demonetisation: Delhi Police recovers Rs 3.25 crore in old notes from hotel raid

New Delhi: Delhi Police raided a hotel in Karol Bagh here and recovered Rs 3.25 crore in demonetised notes from five persons, police said on Wednesday.

Based on secret information, the Crime Branch conducted a joint raid with Income Tax officials late last night at Taksh Inn in Karol Bagh and found five persons in two rooms of the hotel carrying a total amount of Rs 3.25 crore, said Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime).

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The five men are carriers and have been identified as Ansari Abuzar, Fazal Khan, Ansari Affan, Ladu Ram and Mahaveer Singh, he said. The recovered amount was kept in different suitcases and cardboard box.

It was found during interrogation that the money belongs to some Mumbai-based hawala operators, said the officer.

“They had hired packaging specialists who pack these notes in such a manner that they are even undetectable by airport scanning machines. Experts in packaging are using some tapes and wires which pass through X-ray,” he said.

The Income Tax department has seized the cash and is analysing the mobile phone details of these people since their phones contain details of lot of other hawala operators, he added.

First Published On : Dec 14, 2016 11:24 IST

Delhi: Over Rs 3 crores in old notes seized during raid on hotel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax (IT) Department and Delhi Police on Tuesday night conducted a raid on a hotel in Karol Bagh area, and seized over Rs 3 crore in banned currency notes.Based on secret information, the Crime Branch conducted a joint raid with Income Tax officials at Taksh Inn in Karol Bagh and found five persons in two rooms of the hotel carrying a total amount of Rs 3.25 crore, said Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime).The five men are carriers and have been identified as Ansari Abuzar, Fazal Khan, Ansari Affan, Ladu Ram and Mahaveer SinghThe recovered amount was kept in different suitcases and cardboard box. It was found during interrogation that the money belongs to some Mumbai-based hawala operators, said the officer.”They had hired packaging specialists who pack these notes in such a manner that they are even undetectable by airport scanning machines. Experts in packaging are using some tapes and wires which pass through X-ray,” Yadav said.A day ago, unearthing a racket involved in the illegal conversion of demonetized notes, the ED arrested seven alleged middlemen and seized Rs 91.94 lakh in new currency in Karnataka as part of its money laundering probe.Officials said the agency arrested the accused, including the brother-in-law of a state government official, under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Cops to send car involved in Navy Nagar accident for RTO inspection for expert opinion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to build a water-tight case against the wife of a Lance Naik who was arrested on Sunday for mowing down two children while learning driving in the Navy Nagar area, the Cuffe Parade police will rely on a report from the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to rule out any glitch in the vehicle being cited as a defence at a later stage. The couple had bought the vehicle very recently, the police said.“Normally people do tend to claim in court that some fault had occurred in the vehicle, and hence the mishap took place. We would be sending the vehicle for RTO inspection. Their expert opinion would clarify whether the vehicle had some technical glitch or not,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone I, Manoj Kumar Sharma.The RTO inspection report would later be part of the charge-sheet that would be filed against the couple in the court, police said. “We would also be recording more statement of witnesses to bolster our case,” Sharma added.According to the police, Sangeeta Rai, wife of Lance Naik Santoshkumar was practicing driving, without a drivers license,with her husband seated beside her on Sunday afternoon.“Sangeeta could not spot two brothers, Akshansh, 13, and Abhay Dhyani, 7, and instead of applying brakes, she pressed the accelerator and went on to hit the cycle on which they were riding, killing them on the spot,” said another police officer.As per the police, after the mishap, the children were rushed to INS Ashwini Hospital in Navy Nagar. “The couple first informed the defence staff about the mishap and did not make any attempts to flee. They wanted to report the matter to the police themselves,” said the officer.Meanwhile, the bodies of the two children were handed over to their family for last rites. Their father Raviprasad Dhyani was inconsolable and had fainted after he saw the bodies of his children, and had to be admitted in a hospital.Chief Defence spokesperson, Commander Rahul Sinha, said, “It is very unfortunate that such an incident took place in the restricted area of the army. A court of inquiry has been ordered for the same. The incident could have been avoided. There are driving schools within the army, if they (couple) would have used it, the environment would have been much safer for all of them. It isn’t the first incident where a learner hits the accelerator instead of the brake. ”When asked if the army would take any action on the Lance Naik who was present in the car at the time of the accident, he added, “It depends on the authorities, whether they would take any action on it.”

J&K govt to pay Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia to Burhan Wani’s kin for his brother’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir government has cleared ex-gratia to next of kin of 17 persons, including Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani’s brother, killed in militancy-related incidents in the Valley, while giving one week’s time for filing of any objection before formal orders are issued. Burhan Wani’s killing by security forces in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Kokernag area on July 8 this year triggered unrest in the Valley which has left as many as 86 people dead.According to a notification issued by Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, ex-gratia relief under rules has been cleared by the District Level Screening-cum-Consultative Committee (DLSCC) in favour of next of kin of those persons who died in militancy-related incidents.Among the 17 names in the list of persons killed in militancy-related incidents is Wani’s brother, Khalid Muzaffar Wani, who died in firing by security forces in Buchoo forest area of Tral on April 13 last year.The DLSCC meeting took place under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Muneer-ul-Islam, on November 24. The deputy commissioner has sought objections, if any, to the notice within seven days before the formal orders are issued.Under the rules, an ex-gratia of Rs four lakh is sanctioned in such cases. Army had said that Khalid was an over-ground worker of Hizbul Mujahideen and was killed in an encounter. However, locals claimed that he had no links with militancy. Khalid (25) was pursuing Masters Degree in Political Science from the Indira Gandhi National Open University.Also on the list is Shabir Ahmad Mangoo, a contractual lecturer who died when he was allegedly beaten up by the army personnel at Khrew in Pulwama on August 17 this year.Locals had claimed that army conducted house to house searches for the youths, who were leading violent protests in the area, which was resisted by the residents of Khrew.In the ensuing clash, 30-year-old Mangoo died. Army had ordered an inquiry into the incident, saying such incidents would not be tolerated. “These raids were not sanctioned in the first place. It is unjustified. Nobody can support it and it will not be tolerated,” the then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda had said.

Exgratia for Burhan Wani’s kin announced, authorities seek objections within seven days

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has cleared an ex-gratia to next of kin of 17 persons, including Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani’s brother, killed in militancy-related incidents in the Valley, while giving one week’s time for filing of any objection before formal orders are issued.

Burhan Wani’s killing by security forces in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Kokernag area on 8 July this year triggered unrest in the Valley, which has left as many as 86 people dead.

According to a notification issued yesterday by Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, ex-gratia relief under rules has been cleared by the District Level Screening-cum-Consultative Committee (DLSCC) in favour of next of kin of those persons who died in militancy-related incidents.

Funeral of Burhan Wani. ReutersFuneral of Burhan Wani. Reuters

Funeral of Burhan Wani. Reuters

Among the 17 names in the list of persons killed in militancy-related incidents is Wani’s brother, Khalid Muzaffar Wani, who died in firing by security forces in Buchoo forest area of Tral on 13 April last year.

The DLSCC meeting took place under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Muneer-ul-Islam, on 24 November. The deputy commissioner has sought objections, if any, to the notice within seven days before the formal orders are issued.

Under the rules, an ex-gratia of Rs four lakh is sanctioned in such cases.

Army had said that Khalid was an over-ground worker of Hizbul Mujahideen and was killed in an encounter. However, locals claimed that he had no links with militancy.

Khalid (25) was pursuing Masters Degree in Political Science from the Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Also on the list is Shabir Ahmad Mangoo, a contractual lecturer who died when he was allegedly beaten up by the army personnel at Khrew in Pulwama on August 17 this year.

Locals had claimed that army conducted house to house searches for the youths, who were leading violent protests in the area, which was resisted by the residents of Khrew.

In the ensuing clash, 30-year-old Mangoo died.

Army had ordered an inquiry into the incident, saying such incidents would not be tolerated.

“These raids were not sanctioned in the first place. It is unjustified. Nobody can support it and it will not be tolerated,” the then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda had said.

First Published On : Dec 13, 2016 15:19 IST

Swaraj undergoes kidney transplant, condition stable: AIIMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj “successfully” underwent a kidney transplant at AIIMS in Delhi on Saturday and her condition is stable. Swaraj, 64, was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit after the nearly six-hour-long surgery by a team of 50.AIIMS sources said the kidney for Swaraj was donated by a woman who is in her 40s and not related to the External Affairs Minister. A team of senior doctors has been monitoring the minister’s condition round-the-clock. “The surgery was successful and uneventful. She is admitted in the ICU and her condition is stable. Her condition is being closely monitored by a team of doctors. The donor voluntarily donated her kidney to the Minister,” AIIMS Director MC Mishra said when contacted.As no suitable donor was available in the immediate family, the transplant was done with the kidney from a living unrelated donor, sources said, adding the clearance for it was obtained from the Authorisation Committee of AIIMS. Mishra said the surgery was carried out at the cardio-thoracic centre by a team of 50 personnel including transplant surgeons, transplant anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and other supporting staff.
ALSO READ Sushma Swaraj undergoes kidney transplant at AIIMSThe team comprised Mishra, surgeons VK Bansal and V Seenu, nephrologist Sandeep Mahajan and Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS) chief Dr Balram Airan among others. “The surgery started at around 9 AM and ended at 2.30 PM following which the minister has been shifted to the ICU. First, the organ was harvested from the donor which took one-and-half hours and then it was transplanted,” Mishra said.Living, unrelated donor could be anyone who is emotionally attached to the recipient, such as a friend, a relative, a neighbour or an in-law. A large number of people including Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit wished Swaraj speedy recovery. “We wish MEA Sushma Swaraj Sahiba speedy and full recovery,” he tweeted.Swaraj has been suffering from diabetes for quite sometime and after it was found that she had renal failure, she was put on maintenance dialysis. On November 16, Swaraj herself had tweeted that she was in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Swaraj, who has been in and out of the hospital for last few months, was admitted to AIIMS on November 7. After Swaraj made public her health condition on social media, several people offered their kidneys to her.

India should deal with PoK, just like Indira Gandhi handled Bangladesh Liberation: Shiv Sena

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena on Saturday called on the Centre to abandon all endeavours for international help in dealing with the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) issue and said that the matter should be handled in the way former prime minister Indira Gandhi dealt with the Bangladesh Liberation War- by going to war against Pakistan. Indira Gandhi had concluded that instead of taking in millions of refugees, it was economical to go to war against Pakistan and charged head on into the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that India must handle the situation themselves and refrain from dragging the international community in the matter, as the same solution could be used by separatists over Kashmir. “We are not going to get any international help on this matter. If we talk about brining help from the global arena, then the separatists sitting in India and the Pakistan High Commissioner in Delhi will do the same for our Kashmir. India should interfere directly in PoK, the way Indira Gandhi did with Bangladesh,” Raut said.Asserting that the responsibility was solely on the Indian government in the matter, the Shiv Sena leader added that the Centre has shown the nation the dream of a unified India and must come through in it.Under Indira Gandhi’s India provided aid to about 10 million people who fled their homes to the neighbouring West Bengal, Tripura, Meghalaya and Assam, to escape the Pakistani army in 1971 India sent its troops to fight against Pakistani and at the end of a nine month-long war, Bangladesh was put on the world map.Meanwhile, anti-Pakistan protests erupted as Kashmiris complained of human rights violations by Islamabad on the people living along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Pakistan police and paramilitary forces brutally assaulted leaders and activists of the Peace Committee, a coalition of progressive and nationalist organisations in PoK.The Peace Committee was protesting against the activities of Jihadi groups in the area and when they refused to stop their sloganeering and March, they were thrashed by the security personnel.Several people participating were severely injured after they were baton charged and hit by tear gas shells.The police and the paramilitary personnel also stopped the demonstrators from approaching the Line of Control (LoC).

Pakistan doesn’t want to live in ‘perpetual hostility’ with India: Abdul Basit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Striking a conciliatory note amid rising tension in ties, Pakistan today said it does not want to live in “perpetual hostility” with India, noting time has come for the two neighbours to decide whether status quo should continue or a new beginning be made.Calling for an “uninterrupted and uninterruptable” bilateral engagement, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said the two countries must overcome the differences in order to embark on a “irreversible trajectory” of cooperative relationship. Maintaining that Pakistan was ready for comprehensive talks with India, Basit, however, said the desire for engagement was missing from the Indian side, adding his government has patience and was ready to wait for resumption of dialogue. “I think we have wasted 70 years of our existence. Time has now come to make up our mind on what do we want. Whether we would like to continue with the status quo or we want to make a new beginning in our ties,” Basit said.His comments at a discussion on Indo-Pak relations came amid escalating tension between the two countries over a number of cross-border terror attacks, including at army establishments in Uri and Nagrota, and India’s surgical strikes across the LoC in September. “Pakistan does not wish to live in perpetual hostility with India. We remain positive and constructive but it takes two to tango. There are serious problems between the two countries. We cannot shy away from them but at the end of the day we can engage in purposeful diplomacy, we can realise results for mutual satisfaction and make a good beginning,” he said.At the same time, he said, for Pakistan Jammu and Kashmir was the core issue between the two countries and finding a solution to it could bridge the trust deficit them. “We need to move from conflict management to conflict resolution and that obviously cannot happen unless we talk to each other with sincerity and seriousness of purpose,” Basit said. Holding that talks may bring down tension, Basit said Islamabad was “positive and constructive” in its attitude, adding the engagement should be meaningful and address the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.”Whenever there is any desire in New Delhi to engage with us, Pakistan would respond positively and constructively provided the engagement is meaningful and does address the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said, pitching for diplomacy to be given a “fair chance” to deliver. At the same time he said,” At present, unfortunately we do not see much desire in New Delhi to engage with us in a comprehensive manner. We are ready to wait, we have patience. We will wait and see how things unfold in months and years ahead.”The Pakistan envoy said it was essential for the two countries to overcome the differences in order to embark on an “irreversible trajectory of cooperative relationship. Holding that SAARC summit in Islamabad could not be held due to differences between India and Pakistan, he said good relations and peace between the two sides will benefit the entire region. “The developments since July in Jammu and Kashmir yet again very clearly show that Jammu and Kashmir is the main issue. Islamabad’s feeling is that unless we move towards finding a just and fair solution to this problem, it will continue to be very difficult to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries.”It is in our mutual interest to have peace and also in the interest of the region. We have seen what happened to SAARC summit. It could not take place primarily because of the differences between the two countries,” he said. In this context, he said Pakistan was ready to move towards projects relating to regional connectivity and integration. Basit also rejected observations at the deliberations, attended by top diplomats, representatives from Jammu and Kashmir and foreign policy experts, that Pakistan may be “balkanised”.”I think Pakistan has a very, very bright future. It is a very confident country. We are moving ahead. People of Pakistan are very confident. We are destined to become a regional economic hub. We do not have any doubt about our future. Pakistan is not going to be balkanised,” he said. Speaking at the event, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar slammed government’s Pakistan policy, saying engagement with Islamabad is the only way to stop terror. It should be left to Pakistan to solve its internal problems, he said apparently referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reference to trouble in Balochistan. Aiyar also said no country was isolating Pakistan as claimed by New Delhi.He questioned the efficacy of the surgical strikes launched by the Indian army in PoK in containing terror. India must accept the significance of Pakistani army’s role in that country, he said, adding Pakistan has also suffered a lot due to terrorism.

Jayalalithaa’s death: Silent marches, prayers across Tamil Nadu

Chennai: Silent processions were taken out and prayer meetings held for the third day today in several places in Tamil Nadu to condole the passing away of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. People continued to throng the MGR Memorial here, where Jayalalithaa was laid to rest, and they paid homage and offered prayers.

A woman walks in front of a portrait of Jayalalithaa. ReutersA woman walks in front of a portrait of Jayalalithaa. Reuters

A woman walks in front of a portrait of Jayalalithaa. Reuters

City Police Commissioner S George visited the site and held consultations with officials over various arrangements so that the people can pay their homage smoothly. Also, people continued to flock the Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa, where she lived for over 30 years.

A sand sculpture was carved out on the Kanyakumari beach using about nine tonnes of sand where people paid homage by showering flower petals. Party cadres lighted lamps and candles before the portrait of Jayalalithaa and offered prayers at prominent locations here, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Coimbatore and other places across Tamil Nadu. Silent processions were taken out in places including Mamallapuram in Kanchipuram district and Kodaikanal where thousands of men and women participated.

Cadres cutting across party lines participated in the Kodaikanal silent march. AIADMK workers in Tiruchirappalli demanded that the Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa be converted into a memorial.

First Published On : Dec 8, 2016 15:52 IST

BJP supports EC’s appeal for curbing money power and paid news in polls: Subramanian Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday supported the appeal of the Election Commission of India to take measures to curb the increasing use of money power and paid news during elections. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, “If a political party is involved in money laundering instead of using funds for political purposes, then this is serious. It can happen because there are a lot of tax benefits for political parties. This case should be investigated.” Earlier, Chief Election Commissioner Dr Nasim Zaidi said released 47 proposals of the ECI for law making, which have also been examined by the Law Commission.He said the important proposals included the recommendations pertaining to decriminalisation of politics, prevention of abuse of money, transparency, making bribery a cognisable offence, criminalising paid news, empowering ECI to countermand election in cases of bribery and abuse on the lines of countermanding in event of booth. He further said the ECI and the Law Commission recommendations are being scrutinised by a task force in the Law Ministry and the outcome is eagerly awaited.

Lost in translation: Woman withdraws rape case after not understanding FIR written in Marathi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Wednesday quashed a FIR, chargesheet and proceedings in a case of rape, unnatural sex and cheating after the complainant herself filed a petition for quashing it. The woman said that the officer had not explained to her the contents of the FIR correctly as she didn’t know the Marathi language.The woman and the accused had a relationship for about a year, but when she realised that the boy was married, she had approached the police. A Division Bench of Justice VM Kanade and Justice Nutan Sardessai while accepting the arguments put up by Advocate Mahesh Vaswani on behalf of the 20-year-old petitioner, said that even the Supreme Court of India has recognised live-in relationships and even recognised rights for the children out of such relationships. It was argued that girl had registered a FIR dated 03/12/2015 at the Khar Police Station, and the boy was arrested and was behind bars for over three months. The police had also filed a chargesheet in the case on 03/03/2016. Then, between May and June this year, the complainant had written to the Mumbai Police Commissioner and Chief Minister saying that the allegations in the FIR were wrongly recorded in her statement and that the Khar Police should record her further statement and absolve the boy of the charges of rape and other charges.However, the Khar Police had informed the complainant that they would not record her further statement to clarify her case and she must approach the court. The Bench interviewed the victim and after being satisfied, quashed the case.

Rohingya refugees a security threat in Jammu and Kashmir: VHP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rohingya refugees, who have found safe heaven in Jammu and Kashmir, pose a threat to the security of people in the region and should be “thrown out” of the state, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad said on Monday.State VHP President Leela Karan Sharma sought to link the terror attack at Nagrota, Samba and other places to the refugees from Myanmar, saying the strikes were not possible “without local support and hideouts”.”We oppose their settlement in Jammu. The state government should throw out these foreigners out of the state. They should not be allowed to set up clusters on government or private land. It’s a risk to the security of people and the Army,” he said .”A very deep-rooted conspiracy is being hatched by the refugees from Myanmar. There number, according to government figures released last year, is 5,700. It must have increased by now,” the VHP leader said.Jammu and Kashmir is a sensitive state a victim of militancy and the Kashmir Valley has seen “forced migration of Hindu families, but the Rohingya refugees were settled in clusters. People in the administration gave them ration, water and electricity connections”, he claimed.”It is strange how the refugees, after crossing the Indo-Bangla border and crossing the entire country have come to Jammu,” he said.A VHP delegation also met the Divisional Commissioner Jammu and apprised hime of the issue, Sharma said.

Maharashtra: Minor girl gangraped; 5 minor students, collegian detained

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A 13-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by five minor students and a collegian at Ashwin Nagar here in September, police said on Monday.The victim was taken to a row house by a collegian. Her cold drink was spiked to render her unconscious, after which the five minor students and the collegian raped her in turns, Deputy Commissioner of Police Shrikant Dhivare said. They threatened the girl of dire consequences if she revealed anything.However, the victim informed her mother about the ordeal yesterday, after which the family lodged a complaint with the Ambad police station, said the official.Subsequently, all the accused were detained. Prima facie, the collegian created a group on a social networking site and included some girl students. He then allegedly started sending obscene messages on the group.In September, the collegian took the victim to the house where the crime was committed, another police official said.A case under various sections of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 (POSCO) was lodged and a probe is underway, he added.

Amid tensions, Sartaj Aziz, NSA Ajit Doval meet on sidelines of ‘Heart of Asia’: Reports

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid ongoing tension between India and Pakistan over the continuous ceasefire violations and cross-border terrorism, reports on Sunday said that Pakistan Premier’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz and India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) met on a sideline of the Heart of Asia conference.According to reports, the duo met after the delegation level dinner late on Saturday.However, though there is no confirmation if they actually met, a photo of Aziz and Doval walking along with Pakistan’s envoy Abdul Basit has surfaced on social media.Aziz who arrived on Saturday also exchanged pleasantries with Prime Minister Narendra Modi before attended a dinner.Interestingly, in a goodwill gesture, Aziz sent a bouquet to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, extending his “sincere good wishes for her full and speedy recovery” from illness.Tension between the two countries escalated after the cross-border terror attack on an army base in Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir.Pakistan and India had held a meeting during the 2015 Heart of Asia Summit in Islamabad during which both countries had agreed to start a ‘Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue’ which was to cover all outstanding issues. The resumption of the dialogue could, however, not take place due to the Pathankot terror attack in January 2016.Earlier this week, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit had said Pakistan was ready for unconditional resumption of dialogue if India was ready.India has made it clear it will never accept continued cross-border terrorism as the ‘new normal’ in bilateral ties with Pakistan and that talks cannot take place in an atmosphere of “continued terror”.

American tourist gang-raped in Delhi, police registers FIR

Sat, 3 Dec 2016-05:20pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police on Saturday registered an FIR based on a complaint filed by an NGO alleging that an American tourist was raped by five men at a five-star hotel in Connaught Place in March.The complaint was filed through an email. It alleged that five men had entered the woman’s room on the pretext of some tour and travel-related work and raped her.The victim did not approach police as she was scared and returned to the US. The accused also threatened her of dire consequences if she told anybody about it, the complaint said. “An FIR was today registered in connection with the incident,” Delhi Police spokesperson and Joint Commissioner of Police (South West) Dependra Pathak said.

NSEL Scam: Maha govt forms taskforce to review probe into Rs 5,600-crore fraud

Mumbai: Maharashtra government has formed a taskforce to review and coordinate the ongoing probe into Rs 5,600-crore National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) scam in which 13,000 investors lost their money.

The taskforce will be headed by Sales Tax Commissioner Rajiv Jalota, while state Excise Commissioner V Radha and Joint Police Commissioner (EOW) Pravin Salunkhe will be members of this team, a government resolution issued in this regard said.

NSE building. PTI

NSE building. PTI

Additional Commissioner of Police (crime) K M M Prasanna is “invitee” on the taskforce. Similarly, legal officer in Mumbai police commissionerate is also part of the team to provide legal advice from time-to-time, says the GR. The probe into the financial fraud is headed by DCP Jaykumar of the economic offences wing (EOW).

A Home Department official said the state government’s decision to set up the taskforce is to coordinate between the probe team and the special team of secretaries in the Union Finance Ministry overseeing the investigations into the scam.

The taskforce will meet every fortnight in the first three months and later every month. It has been entrusted the task of preparing an action plan on protecting investors interests and how their money can be returned to them.

The force will report to the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) and submit details of the meetings. Joint CP (EOW) will be the nodal officer to coordinate between the state government and the central agencies like Sebi, Enforcement Directorate.

First Published On : Dec 3, 2016 14:53 IST

TMC hits back at govt, says show us documents proving WB govt invited army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hitting back at BJP for its claim that army presence at toll plazas in West Bengal was routine exercise conducted in full knowledge of local authorities, TMC leader Derek O’Brien has asked the Centre to “show the document” which proves that the state had “invited” or given “permission” for it.Kolkata Police had in fact written a letter stating that Army should “not be sent” to the state, O’Brein said, adding that he would place that letter before Parliament on Monday.”The central government should show us a single letter which proves that the West Bengal government had invited army to the state. There is no such letter. There is only one letter written by Kolkata Police Additional Commissioner…I will table that letter on Monday morning (in Parliament)…it says that the army should not be sent there. Show us a letter or document which says the army was given permission,” he said outside Parliament.O’Brein claimed he had also spoken to some of the former chief ministers to know if state government’s permission was required for army deployment in a state. “They all said, yes”.”Without the permission of the state, the army cannot go in. Where is the letter? I challenge…show us the letter,” he said.Earlier, the row over Army taking over road toll plazas in West Bengal echoed in Parliament with TMC seeing “sinister” designs behind the move and the government vehemently denying the charge, saying it was a routine exercise conducted in full knowledge of the local authorities.BJP claimed that Army’s presence at toll plazas was an “annual exercise” which was projected in a “wrong way” and charged Banerjee with “stalling” Parliament proceedings by such “diversionary” tactics.Banerjee, yesterday, decided to stay at the state secretariat ‘Nabanna’ for the night, even after the force was removed from a toll plaza near it as per her demand.

Teesta Setalvad siphoned off Rs 3.85 crore for personal use: Gujarat police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat police told the Supreme Court that it has proof that social activist Teesta Setalvad and her Javed Anand had diverted funds received for their NGO, which works for the welfare of 2002 riot victims, for personal use, reports The Times of India. Out of Rs 9.75 crore received in donations, they siphoned off Rs 3.85 crore, the police said.As per the 83-page affidavit filed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Rahul B Patel, Setalvad and Anand and their trusts have not cooperated with the police to provide the documents needed to probe into the complaints by the 2002 riots victims at Gulbarg Society which said they did not deliver what they had promised once the donations increased.The affidavit informs that the couple siphoned money from HRD Ministry grant of Rs 1.40 crore between February 2011 and July 2012.It also says that the activists did not inform the police that they had opened two more accounts belonging to Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and Sabrang Trust. “As soon as these three accounts were seized on January 23, 2014, the couple immediately transferred Rs 24.5 lakh and Rs 11.5 lakh from the other two accounts of Sabrang Trust, unknown to the investigation authority, by way of demand drafts on a single day,” the affidavit said.The police rejects claim made by Setalvad and Anand that most of the riot-related cases were fought free of cost by top lawyers. They said that the couple had paid over Rs 71.40 lakh to the lawyers.The affidavit said that Setalvad and Anand both “calculatingly misappropriated trusts huge funds and pocketed in their personal account” and has sought their custodial interrogation of the couple.

We will not accept continued terror as the ‘new normal’: India says no to talk with Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India on Thursday made it clear that there will be no bilateral talks with Pakistan on the sidelines of Heart of Asia Summit. MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that India is favour in talks but not in current situation. Swarup said, “We will not accept continued terror as the new normal in bilateral ties”. He clarified that India hasn’t received any proposal for meeting from Pakistan. On Nagrota attack, where 7 security men were killed Vikas Swarup said, “We are awaiting specific details on Nagrota attack before deciding on next step. Govt has taken the incident very seriously and will do what it feels is required for our national security”. Dawn report rules out bilateral meet with PakistanPakistan will have no bilateral meeting with India on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar where the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is set to participate on Sunday, according to a media report. Aziz is leading the Pakistani delegation to the two-day conference of the process that focuses on regional cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours for improving connectivity and tackling security threats.”Pakistan and India would not hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia ministerial conference being held in Amritsar,” Dawn reported, citing officials. “For now we don’t see any willingness on their part…the ball is in India’s court, for they know we are willing but we don’t know whether they are willing,” it quoted an official as saying.Pakistan and India had held a meeting here at the last HoA ministerial conference and agreed to start ‘Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue’ that was to cover all outstanding issues.The resumption of the dialogue could, however, not take place due to the Pathankot terror attack in January this year. An official was also quoted as saying that Pakistan had not formally reached out to India for a bilateral meeting in Amritsar. Pakistan’s High Commissioner in India Abdul Basit, while participating in BBC Urdu’s ‘Facebook Live’ interaction yesterday, said Pakistan was ready for unconditional resumption of dialogue if India is ready.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is not attending the Heart of Asia ministerial meeting. “Since Sushma Swaraj is not attending, it’s difficult to have a meeting with anyone else,” the daily quoted a Pakistani diplomat as saying. “The Pakistani side believes that the way out of the current stalemate in ties is India giving up its intransigence,” the daily said.”India has to make up its mind. They are not willing to discuss Kashmir,” the official said. India has been non-committal about holding bilateral talks with Aziz but has made it clear that “talks and terror cannot go hand in hand”. With PTI inputs

Nagrota attack: Martyr Sukhraj’s last rites held with full state honours

Batala: The last rites of Hawildar Sukhraj Singh, who was killed in the Nagrota terror attack, was held with full state honours in his native place on Thursday. Singh, 32, was among the seven army personnel killed when heavily armed terrorists in police uniform stormed an Army unit at Nagrota, about three kilometers from the Corps headquarters on the outskirts of Jammu city.

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Nagrota attack claimed lives of at least 7 Indian soldiers. PTI

The martyr’s body wrapped in the tricolor was brought in a bedecked Army vehicle and a large number of people reached here to pay their last respects to Sukhraj Singh, who had joined the Indian Army 11 years ago.

His elder brother Dhanraj Singh lit the pyre, amidst chanting of patriotic slogans. He is survived by wife Harmeet Kaur, mother Swanjeet Kaur, elder brother Dhanrah Singh, seven-year-old daughter Subhpreet and five-year-old son Sargundev Singh.

Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, Pardeep Sabharwal placed a wreath on behalf of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, DSP city Ravinder Pal Singh Dhillon on the behalf of director general police and Major Hari Chandera and JCO Baljinder Singh placed wreaths on belhaf of the army.

An army contingent of 21 soldiers paid tributes by reversing their arms and firing shots in the air. Deputy Commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia and a government job to the next kin of martyr Sukhraj Singh.

His wife Harmeet Kaur had said yesterday that her husband was posted at Nagrota in Jammu six months ago and was to come home on leave on 29 November. “But instead of going on leave, he fought the terrorists and attained martyrdom,” she had said. The soldier’s family members demanded that Pakistan be “taught a lesson” for harbouring terrorists.

First Published On : Dec 1, 2016 17:49 IST

Sartaj Aziz to visit India on Sunday for Heart of Asia meet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is set to visit India on Sunday to attend the Heart of Asia meet in Amritsar, according to a media report.The two-day conference is being held in Amritsar this weekend (December 3-4) and Aziz visit Amritsar on Sunday, Dawn News reported.Aziz is leading the Pakistani delegation to the meeting of the process that focuses on regional cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours for improving connectivity and tackling security threats. But no meeting with Indian officials is scheduled on the sidelines, the report said.”For now we don’t see any willingness on their part…the ball is in India’s court, for they know we are willing but we don’t know whether they are willing,” an official was quoted as saying.Pakistan and India had held a meeting in Islamabad at the last Heart of Asia ministerial meeting and agreed to start ‘Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue’ that was to cover all outstanding issues.The resumption of the dialogue could, however, not take place due to the Pathankot terror attack in January this year.An official was also quoted as saying that Pakistan had not formally reached out to India for a bilateral meeting in Amritsar.Pakistan’s High Commissioner in India Abdul Basit, while participating in BBC Urdu’s ‘Facebook Live’ interaction yesterday, said Pakistan was ready for unconditional resumption of dialogue if India is ready.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is not attending the Heart of Asia ministerial meeting.”Since Sushma Swaraj is not attending, it’s difficult to have a meeting with anyone else,” the daily quoted a Pakistani diplomat as saying.”The Pakistani side believes that the way out of the current stalemate in ties is India giving up its intransigence,” the daily said.”India has to make up its mind. They are not willing to discuss Kashmir,” the official said.India has been non-committal about holding bilateral talks with Aziz but has made it clear that “talks and terror cannot go hand in hand”.

Post demonetisation, BMC to go cashless, accept online payments only

Post the demonetisation move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for a cashless economy on Mann ki Baat last week. “Our dream is a cashless society. But why can’t India move towards a ‘less-cash society’. I know you will not disappoint me,” the Prime Minister had said.

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Now, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to adopt real-time gross settlement (RTGS) as a form of payment, reported The Indian Express.

Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta was quoted as saying that to maintain transparency the BMC will go completely cashless and accept only online payments. Soon, even cheques will not be accepted. “The BMC would devise a unified software and all payments could be made through it,” he told The Indian Express.

While the BMC accepts online payments for property tax, water bills, octroi, it is the contractors who depend on cash payments, according to Hindustan Times. The report said that as many as 8,000 workers from 1,000 different organisations are employed by contractors.

First Published On : Nov 30, 2016 14:53 IST

Pakistan ready to hold talks with India, says Abdul Basit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking ahead of the 6th Heart of Asia conference to be held in Amritsar next week, Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit told an Indian TV channel that his country is ready to have a dialogue with India.”The schedule of Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz is not cast in stone and if there was an offer for talks from the host nation (India), then it would be accepted by Pakistan,” the Dawn quoted Basit as telling the AAJ Tak television channel.”We can delay talks for months or even for years, but ultimately, a solution to the problems between India and Pakistan can only come through dialogue, and therefore, both nations must sit and discuss all the issues that confront them,” he added.He also said that the ongoing tension on the borders that separates the two nations was in no one’s interest.He said that there is a need to convert the 2003 ceasefire understanding into a formal agreement between India and Pakistan to end all hostilities.

Nagrota attack: Militants strike army camp; 1 jawan dead, 2 hurt in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu: Militants attacked an army camp in Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir early morning on Tuesday, officials said. The attack reportedly started around 5.30 am with militants firing at a field regiment camp located in the garrison town of Nagrota near the headquarter’s of army’s 16 corps in the state.

Two-three suicide attackers are believed to be holed up in the area as a heavy exchange of fire is going on between the militants and security forces, however, their exact number is still not confirmed.

The ongoing firing has killed one jawan, CNN-News18 reported and injured two others, one of them being a junior commissioned officer. According to the TV news channel, the militants entered the area dressed in army clothes.

“A group of heavily armed militants, believed to be four-to-five in number, attacked the 166 field army regiment camp in Nagrota area of Jammu today (Tuesday) morning,” the police told IANS.

According to CNN-News18, the militants are currently holed up inside the officer’s mess. This is the seventh terror attack in the last seven days. “The encounter is currently in progress, however, the number of militants is still not confirmed. We will able to give more details only once the operation is over,” Defence PRO, Manish Mehta told the news channel.

The security forces have cordoned off the area and ordered to shut down all schools Nagrota tehsil as a precautionary measure.  “We have ordered closure of all schools and education institutions in Nagrota tehsil in view of the terror attack”, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said.

“We have ordered closure of all schools and education institutions in Nagrota tehsil in view of the terror attack”, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said.

In view of the attack, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been closed for traffic in the area, PTI said.

An alert has been sounded in Jammu city as well.

The attack came around the same time when an infiltration bid was undergoing near the Chambliyal Border Outpost in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir.

With inputs from IANS

First Published On : Nov 29, 2016 10:42 IST

JNU missing student: Najeeb missing for over a month, police raises reward amount

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police has raised to Rs 10 lakh the reward amount for anyone providing information that could help locate JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing for over a month now. Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma approved the increase in the reward amount from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, said a senior police officer.The Delhi Police’s Crime Branch team is investigating the case after it was transferred to them. Initially, the reward amount was Rs 50,000. Later on, it was increased to Rs 1 lakh and subsequently to Rs 2 lakh last month. Verma later raised the amount to Rs 5 lakh.The crime branch team was able to trace Najeeb’s movement on October 15 after they had found the auto driver who had ferried him to Jamia Millia Islamia that day. The police had also sent Jamia CCTV’s cameras to FSL Hyderabad to retrieve footage of the night and a report is awaited.Najeeb had gone missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with ABVP members the night before. Last month, an SIT was formed to trace the missing student following an instruction from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to the Delhi Police Commissioner. The SIT, headed by Additional DCP-II(South) Manishi Chandra, could not to gain any actionable clue in the matter.The SIT was focusing on psychiatric angle in the probe after it was learnt Najeeb was allegedly suffering from OCD with depression. The team was also mulling to seek help of psychiatrists from AIIMS or RML to chalk out a plan for investigation. The Crime Branch has been investigating all probable angles.

Will ‘positively consider’ if India proposes talks on Heart of Asia sidelines: Abdul Basit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Ahead of a visit by its Foreign Advisor Sartaj Aziz’s to India to attend Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar, Pakistan on Monday said it will “positively consider” if India, as a host, proposed a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the forum.However, none of the two has approached each other in this regard, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said. “As a host, if India approaches us with a proposal (for talks on the sidelines), Pakistan will positively consider it,” Basit told Aaj Tak news channel.Aziz’s would be the first high-level visit from Pakistan after the announcement of Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue (CBD) in December last year which never took off in the wake of terror strikes, including the Pathankot airbase attack by Pakistan-based terror groups in January, and subsequent incidents which led to intense tension between the two countries. India has been non-committal about holding bilateral talks with Aziz but has made it clear that “talks and terror cannot go hand in hand”.

Give list of people facing sedition cases, ‘martyrs’: CIC to MHA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With tags of ‘patriots’ and ‘anti-nationals’ being at the centre of debate, the Central Information Commission has asked the Home Ministry to make public the list of people who are facing sedition charges for indulging in alleged anti-national activities.The transparency watchdog’s directives came on a petition by Moradabad-resident Pawan Aggarwal, who had sought from the Prime Minister’s Office through an RTI application the list of persons declared as “martyrs” and “anti-nationals”. Aggarwal’s petition was forwarded by the PMO to the Home Ministry which responded that there was no list available with it in which people were categorised as “patriots”, “martyrs” or anti-nationals, hence the information cannot be provided.The Ministry had said that it did not categorise any person as a “patriot”, “traitor” or a “martyr” based on certain yardsticks and specifications or maintained any data of such categories of persons. “The respondent further submitted that under the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005, a public authority is under obligation to provide an applicant only that information which exists in the records and is held by or under the control of that authority,” Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava noted in the order.During the hearing before Bhargava, Aggarwal contended that sedition cases have been filed against a number of persons. Hence, MHA should be having details about persons who are being involved in anti-national activities. Similarly, the Freedom Fighters Division, MHA will also be having information about freedom fighters/martyrs, he argued. “The Commission, after hearing the submissions of both the parties and perusing the records, observes that as per National Crime Bureau Research (NCRB) 47 cases pertaining to sedition were registered in 2014. Hence, information about persons indulging in anti-national activities should be available,” Bhargava said.Bhargava said in case the information was not available with MHA, the RTI application should have been transferred to the public authority which holds such information.The Information Commissioner pointed out that he had come to know from another case that Indian Council for Historical Research has been working on a project of the Culture Ministry entitled as “Dictionary of Martyrs: India’s Freedom Struggle (1857 to 1947)”.”The Commission had also observed that MHA should have a credible repository of information on freedom fighters. The Commission, therefore, directs the CPIO, MHA to provide point wise information as available with them to the appellant and point(s) for which the information is not available with them, forward the RTI application to the public authority concerned,” Bhargava directed.

Polling underway for Maharashtra municipal councils

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Polling began for elections to 147 municipal councils and 17 nagar panchayats in Maharashtra on Sunday morning. The polling began at 7.30 AM and will end at 5.30 PM, an official said.As many as 15,827 candidates are in the fray for the 3,706 seats spread over the municipal councils and nagar panchayats, where the first phase of polling is in progress.For the post of municipal council president in 147 places, there are 1,013 candidates, State Election Commissioner JS Saharia said. He said 147 municipal councils and 18 nagar panchayats were to vote in the first phase. However, 27 candidates have been declared elected unopposed.For Shirala Nagar Panchayat in Sangli district, not a single nomination was received. Hence, voting is being held in 3,706 seats for the 164 municipal councils and nagar panchayats, the official said. A total of 24,191 nominations were received. Out of this, 20,716 papers were found valid. As many as 4,889 candidates withdrew from the elections. For the municipal council presidents’ posts, 2,374 nominations were received. As many as 1,533 papers were found valid, while 520 withdrew. Counting of votes will be taken up on Monday.

Demonetization: ED & Delhi Police say they are unaffected, CBI reserves comment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demonetization will have no impact on investigating agencies which possess a huge cache of old Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, seized over the years as case property, with their officials saying the cash was “government accounted money” and could be deposited in respective bank accounts till December 30.While the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Delhi Police said they would have no problem in depositing the cash in the banks, the CBI preferred to reserve its comments by maintaining that the issue was “under examination”.Agencies like CBI and ED deal with huge cash amounts which are recovered or seized during raids and investigation of their cases. Both the agencies deal with high-stake financial frauds and ED is a specialised agency handling money laundering matters as well. ED and Delhi Police said the confiscated cash lying with them would be deposited in their designated bank accounts by December 30, the deadline fixed by government, to deposit old currency notes.On being asked about the impact of demonetization on cash recovered by them during probe, Delhi Police’s Joint Commissioner of Police (South-Western Range) Dipendra Pathak said the cash stored in the ‘malkhana’ (warehouse) would be deposited in the banks and it can be done till December 30 as the money is “government accounted”. He, however, said that though all the money is accounted for, it is difficult to tell the number of high denomination currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500. He said police officials have been instructed to move concerned courts and seek direction on how to go ahead with each case where the case property involves cash.Similarly, a senior ED official said the move has “not affected” the agency as according to procedure, the seized money is either deposited in the designated bank accounts or converted into fixed deposit receipts (FDRs).When asked about the steps being taken by CBI to deal with the issue of demonetization as the agency stores the currency notes seized during raids, an official said the matter was “under examination and we are not going to make any comment on it”. In his comments, Pathak said “the government has given time till December 30 and we can deposit the cash by then. The confiscated money can also be converted into FDRs through the concerned court’s permission. It depends on case to case”. “Investigating Officers will move concerned courts and it will be decided only by the court as to how we have to go about it. I have already instructed the officials of my range to move courts on this issue,” he said.Pathak said that in cases where a person has been arrested red-handed with huge amount of cash, the police can take the photograph of original currency notes recovered from him to prove its case in the court. “We can also take photograph of the currency notes and keep it with us and then get the notes deposited in banks,” he said.Asked if they have received any specific notification from the government regarding the process to be followed on seized cash of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 denomination, Pathak said no separate notification has been received for the probe agencies. The ED officer said it was not in his knowledge. On being asked about how ED is dealing with this issue, the official said, “demonetization has not affected the ED at all. The government has given time till December 30. So if any cash is lying with the ED, it will be deposited in designated bank accounts and we do not need to get it exchanged”.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Officer part of initial probe team to return

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the officers who was part of the team handling the initial probe into the Sunanda Pushkar murder case might join the SIT again even as senior officials said an order is awaited in this regard.The SIT is preparing a report on the status of the probe and submit it to senior officers. “With the transfer of officers, the SIT has seen a lot of re-jigging. One of the inspectors, who was initially part of the SIT and was later transferred to another wing of the Delhi Police, might come back to the SIT. A recommendation has been made, but no formal orders have been issued yet. There are chances that the orders might come soon,” a source said.Police have been sending reminders to Canada’s Department of Justice seeking details of the deleted chats from mobile phones of Pushkar and her husband, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, and a team is likely to be sent there.Last month, the city police had written to Enforcement Directorate to probe the financial irregularities related to the now-defunct Kochi IPL franchise as part of its ongoing investigation into the murder case.The matter was being handled by Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing which was handed the probe during the tenure of former Police Commissioner BS Bassi, but in a letter written to ED, the Delhi Police had asked it to probe the matter. In September, Sunanda’s viscera samples were brought back from a FBI lab in the US by the members of a Delhi Police team probing the high profile case.The Delhi Police had also asked the FBI lab to submit its final list of observations so that they can be produced before of a medical board, which is likely to be formed soon. Sunanda (51) was found dead at a suite in a five-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014, a day after her spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over her alleged affair with Tharoor.Several persons including Tharoor have been questioned in connection with her death. Police have also conducted polygraph test on six persons, all prime witnesses in the case, including Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh, driver Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple.In February, Tarar was questioned about her relation with the Congress leader and his wife, her fight with Sunanda over Twitter, and other issues revolving around Sunanda’s death.

Mumbai remembers horrific 26/11 attack, pays homage to martyrs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the nation remembers the deadly 26/11 attack which enters into the eighth anniversary, the political fraternity thronged to the memorial to pay homage to the victims of the horrific terror attack.Floral tributes were paid to the martyrs who laid their lives while fighting terrorists who launched series of attacks at the southern Mumbai eight years ago.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was accompanied by Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao Police Commissioner Data Padsalgikar and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, paid visits to the 26/11 police memorial site at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana. “Paid humble tributes and salutes to the brave heroes who sacrificed their lives to protect several lives on 26/11 in Mumbai,” tweeted Fadnavis.”We remember and pay homage to all those who lost their lives in 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai and we resolve to fight Terror at every level,” tweeted Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh. Family members of the policemen, who lost their lives during the November 2008 attacks, were also present during the ceremony. Students of Mithibai College too organised a peace march to commemorate the memory of the martyrs of the 26/11 attack.On this day in 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists came to Mumbai via sea route from Pakistan and carried out series of coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across the city. The attacks lasted four days, killing 166 people and injuring over 300. Various events are today being organised in the business capital to pay tribute to the victims of 26/11.To pay tribute to the martyrs, Public Concern for Governance Trust(PCGT) an NGO, in association with the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), is organising an event, “Unity in diversity-together we remember 26/11”, at NCPA’s Jamshed Bhabha Theatre.

Telangana: Police Sub-Inspector commits suicide, shoots himself with service revolver

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police sub-inspector today allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself at Upparapalli here apparently over family issues, police said. Sridhar, who had been drawn for bandobast duty as part of security arrangements in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, allegedly shot himself on his chest with his service revolver, they said.”He was drawn for bandobast duty. Last night he was on duty and he allegedly committed suicide this morning,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shamshabad Zone) P V Padmaja told PTI. “As part of bandobast duty he came to city on November 23.He was found dead near an apartment by a policeman who was scheduled to take over duty this morning,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Rajendra Nagar) K Ganga Reddy said.Sridhar had joined as Sub-Inspector in 2012 and was attached to Chintalamanepalli Police Station. As per preliminary investigation, he resorted to the extreme step allegedly due to family issues, the ACP said.Further probe is on.

Government and cops get notice after Najeeb Ahmed’s mother moves HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than a month after Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed went missing under mysterious circumstances, his mother Fatima Nafees on Friday filed a Habeas Corpus petition in the High Court, expressing dissatisfaction over the police investigation in the case.The matter was listed before the Division Bench comprising Justices G S Sistani and Sunita Gupta, which issued notices to the Delhi government and the police, asking them to come up with explanations. The Bench also directed the Delhi Police to come up with their investigation report within three days.Najeeb Ahmed, a resident of Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh and a first-year MSc student at JNU, has been missing since October 15 following an altercation with some ABVP members on the night before at the Mahi Mandavi hostel.In her petition, Nafees expressed dissatisfaction with the way the Delhi Police have been conducting the investigation and accused the varsity administration of “shielding the persons responsible for her son’s disappearance”.The case was recently transferred to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police from the special Investigation Team formed by the Commissioner of Police, Alok Kumar Verma.Last week, the Crime Branch traced the initial movement of Najeeb, stating that he had taken an auto-rickshaw from outside JNU for the Jamia Millia University after calling his mother.The revelation came after the sleuths managed to trace the auto driver who ferried Najeeb. The driver even took the police to the spot where he dropped the student. Before shifting to Mahi Mandavi hostel in JNU campus, Ahmad was living with his relatives in Jamia.Earlier, the Delhi Police had raised the reward from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh for anyone providing information that could help locate Najeeb.The issue had almost paralysed the functioning of the varsity with agitating JNU Students Union keeping Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and other university officials under siege for over 20 hours.Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had also pulled up the force and asked the CP Verma to make all efforts to trace the missing student.

More trouble for AAP, CBI files corruption case against leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another setback to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against party legislator from Okhla, Amanatullah Khan, on Friday for the alleged recruitment scam and financial irregularities in Delhi Waqf Board when Khan was its chairman.The agency registered a corruption case against Khan after Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung recommended a CBI probe into the scam allegations, after he dissolved the board in October. This is expected to further escalate tension between the Centre and the AAP government.”We have registered a corruption case against the then chairman of Delhi Waqf Board and unknown persons under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act related to criminal misconduct and corruption,” said a senior CBI officer.The FIR has been registered based on the complaints submitted by BJP leader and RTI activist Vivek Garg, and Mohammad Mustafa, to the Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in September.The case pertains to misuse of official position, financial irregularities and allowing encroachers and tenants to occupy Waqf Board properties in violation of the lease rules of the board, the agency said.The FIR alleged that the existing Waqf Board was illegally scrapped and superseded by the Delhi government under the directions of Deputy Chief Minister and Chief Minister of Delhi, CBI sources said.It alleged that another Waqf Board was constituted and its chairman was elected under the directions of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in contravention of the Waqf Act-1955 and Delhi Waqf rules of 1977.Sources also said that the ACB has submitted all documents related to the case to the CBI for further probe last week. ACB had grilled Khan and also carried out raids at the Waqf Board during preliminary inquiry into the complaints.”We have submitted our inquiry report to the CBI,” a source in ACB said.According to the complaints, when Khan was the Chairman of the board, around 40 people were hired in contravention to the recruitment rules. It was also alleged that the jobs were given to Khan’s relatives and AAP workers and that no advertisements were issued regarding the recruitment. They further alleged that the Delhi Waqf Board has recruited people on several key posts since Khan became the chairman of the body in March this year.On October 7, Jung dissolved the Waqf Board and referred the matter to the CBI. He directed the authorities concerned to reconstitute the board, quashing all appointments made by Khan. While Khan was the Chairman of the board, retired IPS officer Mehboob Alam was appointed as CEO. Both the appointments were struck down by the LG”for not having obtained the approval of the competent authority”.The LG office, in a statement, had said: “In view of the deliberate and persistent acts of illegality, violation of rules, allegations of corruption, possibility of mala fide intentions etc, the matter related to the Delhi Waqf Board is referred to the CBI for investigation.”Jung has also directed Divisional Commissioner A Anbarasu to constitute a committee to review the legality and propriety of all decisions and action taken by the Board after its constitution in March 2016 and submit its report . Earlier this month, the officer had submitted the report to the LG office .

Man drives car onto Andheri station platform

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day before the eighth anniversary of the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) unit of Western Railway was left red-faced after a man drove his car right onto the first platform of Andheri station, one of the country’s busiest stations. Rajesh Yadav, 36, drove from a ramp in the north-west end of the station and then came onto platform number 6 — used by CST-Andheri Harbour trains — causing panic and amusement among commuters in equal measure. The incident happened around 3.15pm and Yadav was apprehended by RPF at 3.30pm.RPF officers said that the car — a Toyota Innova numbered MH-06-AF-7469 — has been confiscated. Yadav was charged under sections 154 (Endangering safety of persons travelling by railway), 145 (nuisance) and 147 (trespassing into railway territory) of the Railway Act, 1989. Incidentally, the RPF admitted that the portion of the station where the incident happened is not covered by any CCTV camera.”He works for a company as a driver. According to his statement, he had not slept for the past two days and due to that he could not make out the entrance of the railway platform,” said Deepak Devraj, Deputy Commissioner of Railway Police, Western Railway.Speaking to DNA, Shailesh Gupta, Additional Divisional Railway Manager of Western Railway, said: “This is a worrisome incident. It happened because several ramps that lead into the stations do not have barricades because we need to allow wheel chairs inside. However, now we have decided to barricade these ramps in such a way that at least four-wheelers can’t access stations.”But the fact that it caught the RPF napping was undeniable. Several of the top RPF officers of both the division and zone were unaware of the details of the incident even as late as 6pm. A message sent to Railway Protection Force Director General SK Bhagat on whether this was a massive security goof-up did not elicit a response.About driver YadavRajesh Yadav is a resident of Salim Chawl in the Guzdar Bund area of Santa Cruz and is employed as a driver with Gammon India, a construction firm with its office at Prabhadevi. Yadav told the police that while returning from the airport after dropping a company official, he lost his way which finally landed him inside the station. He was taken to Cooper hospital for a medical test.

Heavily penalise those violating construction norms: LG Najeeb Jung

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday flagged garbage-burning and violation of construction norms as “serious” component of air pollution in the national capital, and directed the authorities to stop the work and “heavily penalise” the offenders.The Lt Governor also formed a committee of the three municipal commissioners to work out a comprehensive plan for cleanliness and check unauthorised construction going on in the city and directed that a report be submitted to him by December 2.Jung held a third review meeting to discuss the condition of air pollution, wherein he was apprised that PM 2.5 level and PM 10 level have come down by 1/4th and 1/3rd respectively from November 15 to 24. The meeting was attended by Delhi PWD Minister Satyendar Jain, Environment Minister Imran Hussain and officials of other departments concerned.He directed the MCDs and Delhi Police to ensure that Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) guidelines are followed where construction is on and violators are strictly dealt with and penalized. “Those failing to pay challan should be heavily penalised and the work should be stopped by agencies concerned,” Jung said.DPCC was asked to share the database of construction sites with the agencies concerned so that those can be monitored. All the three Municipal commissioners were told to hold meetings on air pollution every month and work out a plan to regulate entry of construction material in their areas.In the meeting, CSE director general Sunita Narain said there is no evidence to suggest that construction sites are the primary cause of pollution in Delhi. “Narain made the comment in the context of NGT’s recent observations of a possible ban on construction. Someone in the meeting said construction is behind one-third of pollution in Delhi. “She said it is not true and the focus should be on dust control measures, as these may also emanate from combustion,” Anumita Roychowdhury of CSE , who was also present in the meeting, said. Commissioner of south MCD informed that 1,305 challans have been issued for burning of dry leaves, garbage, while 853 challans have been issued for violation of construction and demolition norms. Five buildings have been sealed for dust pollution and 11 diesel generator sets impounded.DPCC informed that it has closed 32 Units of polluting factories in industrial areas and 163 in redevelopment areas. PWD secretary informed that eight out of 17 U-turns have been made operational at Delhi borders to prevent non destined vehicles from entering Delhi.Special CP (Traffic) said from November 7 to 24, as many as 27,798 vehicles have been checked at Delhi borders, out of which 6,051 have been turned back. Advisories have been issued to neighbouring states to prevent such vehicles from entering Delhi.4,464 vehicles have been challaned for not carrying Pollution Under Control Certificates and diesel vehicles, which are more than 15 years old, have been impounded. The Lt Governor directed the Transport Department to examine and suitably amend the Motor Vehicles Act for destruction of impounded vehicles. In the meeting, Jain submitted that traffic police must ensure that the trucks drive in the left lane alone and their entry into the city, as per the Lt. Governor’s directions, should be only after midnight.

Sartaj Aziz statement on Modi evokes sharp reaction in India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan’s foreign policy Chief Sartaj Aziz’s statement that his country’s missions abroad, including the one in India, are reaching out to people opposed to Prime Minister Modi’s ‘extremist policies’ has evoked sharp reactions from India. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Islamabad should focus its energies on ‘stemming the rot of terrorism’, instead of making baseless charges. On Tuesday, Aziz conveyed to the country’s Senate that his government was doing its utmost to engage the international community, including its regional partners, to counter India’s efforts to isolate Pakistan in the region.Swarup said Aziz has probably not anticipated the kind of reception he may receive. “Pakistan would be well advised to focus its energies on stemming the rot of terrorism instead of expending its breath in making baseless allegations. It was also reported that Pakistan has set up a high-level committee to formulate ‘a doable and sustainable’ policy to highlight the Kashmir issue globally and is also reaching out to Indians who are opposed to Modi’s ‘extremist policies’.Giving details of the demarche issued to Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner on Wednesday, Swarup addressed concerns at the continued attempts to infiltrate armed terrorists from across the LoC to target Indian postsand patrols.“In the last week alone, there have been 15 instances when terrorists indulged in nefarious activities in the vicinity of Pakistani army posts across the Line of Control,” he said, adding Pakistan forces have committed 27 ceasefire violations between 16 and 21 November, 2016 which constitute a clear violation of the ceasefire agreement of 2003.

Eight years after 26/11, wait for RPF commando centre continues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eight years after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, which exposed the limited fighting abilities of the Railway Protection Force, the wait for a specialised commando training centre for the RPF continues to be trapped in the files. The latest plan, to build one at RPF’s Chink Hill facility near Solapur, requires a little over Rs4 crore to create the all-important ‘baffle’ walls. These walls ensure stray bullets don’t hit civilians while the force practices firing.Baffle walls are made up of reinforced cement concrete and steel-fibre infiltrated concrete which give the structure the strength to trap bullets from pistols to assault rifles, said officials.”The plan is to convert the Chink Hill facility into a Specialised Arms Training Centre where up to 60 RPF personnel can be trained in all kinds of firearms as part of their commando training,” explained Rambhau Pawar, Deputy Chief Security Commissioner of the RPF Zonal Training Centre, which oversees the Chink Hill facility.Messages sent to RPF director-general SK Bhagat on when the money for the baffle walls would be sanctioned or what would be the time frame for the completion of the commando training facility project elicited no response.The need for a commando training facility was felt after the nation was subjected to painful images of helplessness of RPF personnel during the 26/11 terror raid on Mumbai in 2008. RPF constables, armed with British-vintage .303 rifles, first tried to ward off the two terrorists at CST that day. But when most of the British-vintage .303 rifles jammed, these personnel had little choice but to duck for cover from the assault rifle fire from the terrorists.The preliminary planning for such a centre took almost two years and on December 9, 2010, the then railway minister of state KH Muniyappa told Parliament that a commando training facility for the RPF would be set up at Canning in the South Parganas district in West Bengal. A sum of Rs26.70 crore was sanctioned and railway construction firm Ircon was given the task of creating a blueprint. By 2013, the plan had to be dropped due to hassles in land acquisition, said officials.”The RPF plans to have a total of 22 commando companies raised from its present personnel and another 12 companies from each battalion of the Railway Protection Special Force. The hallmark of any good commando unit is training day in day out and for that a training facility is essential. Currently, RPF commandos are being trained at facilities as varied as Force One in Mumbai, the Counter-Terrorism and Jungle Warfare Centre in Kanker in Chattisgarh among others. These centres have a long waiting period now,” explained an official.

India summons Pak Dy High Commissioner over repeated ceasefire violations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson, Vikas Swarup announced on Thursday that the MEA had summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Syed Hyder Shah and stated that despite calls for restrain, Pakistan violated ceasefire 27 times from November 12 to 21. He added that the MEA called in Pak DHC on and issued a demarche, the 4th one in this month owing to continued ceasefire violations from other side of LoC. Swarup said that these violent acts constitute a clear violation of the ceasefire agreement of 2003.Swarup also dissuaded from internationalising the Kashmir issue as it has borne no fruit and advised Pakistan to first end state support to terror. While India is not ruling out the possibility of bilateral talks with Pakistan Foreign Affairs Minister Sartaj Aziz, Swarup said he could not confirm anything on the matter.In the aftermath of Indian army’s “punitive fire assaults”, DGMOs of India and Pakistan on Wednesday spoke at the latter’s request for an “unscheduled hotline interaction” during which the “unethical” act of mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers by “terrorists” was raised. Indian DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh raised the issue of infiltration attempts by terrorists from Pakistan into Jammu and Kashmir and “unethical act of mutilation of the body of Indian soldiers close to the Line of Control by terrorists infiltrating from Pakistan”. Pakistan’s DGMO was exhorted to exercise strict control on their troops to refrain from any “nefarious activities”, it said.

Pakistan summons Indian Deputy High Commissioner for the third time this week

Islamabad: Pakistan summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh for the third consecutive day on Wednesday to condemn “unprovoked ceasefire violations” at the LoC and claimed Indian troops were “intentionally” targeting civilian areas.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Director-General (South Asia and SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned Singh and strongly condemned the ceasefire violations by Indian troops in Dhudnial sector “by intentionally targeting a civilian bus”, resulting in the death of nine civilians and injuries to another nine, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

This was the third time Singh was called in by Pakistan to lodge a protest over the ceasefire violations at the LoC. On Monday — and then on Tuesday — he was summoned.

Earlier on Wednesday, Pakistan Army said seven persons, including three of its soldiers, were killed in an exchange of fire with Indian troops on the LoC.

The clash occurred a day after India warned of retribution after losing three soldiers in Pakistan firing and after Pakistan yesterday rejected as “false” and “baseless” the charges that the body of an Indian soldier was mutilated by Pakistani soldiers in a cross LoC-attack.

Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in a series of tweets had said the reports about the mutilation were aimed at maligning Pakistan.

Indian and Pakistani DGMOs also talked today in an “unscheduled” hotline interaction during which the “unethical” act of mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers by “terrorists” was raised. The interaction between the military officers was requested by Pakistan after the Indian action at the LoC.

First Published On : Nov 24, 2016 10:02 IST

Indo-Pak DGMOs speak after Army retribution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amidst tensions along the LoC, the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan, in an unscheduled hotline interaction, spoke to each other on Wednesday.This conversation between Lt Gen Ranbir Singh and Major General Sahar Shamshad Mirza took place even as reports on Wednesday stated that the Indian Army had launched a massive retribution offensive to avenge the killing of three soldiers in the Machhal sector of Kupwara.Two BSF jawans were injured in cross-border action on Wednesday. Since September 29, when India launched “surgical strikes” inside Pakistani-controlled territory, the country has lost 18 jawans, 13 from the Army and five from the BSF, with many others injured.Sources said that Pakistan had asked for the DGMO talks, which came close after the Pakistan Foreign Office confirmed that Sartaj Aziz, who functions as Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, will attend a regional conference in Amritsar early next month. This ignites the hope of easing of tensions.Pakistan DGMO who called his Indian counterpart on Wednesday morning informed him about the civilian casualities. He said a minibus was hit with small and big arms in the town of Lawat in Neelam Valley, killing nine passengers and injuring 11 others. The minibus was on its way to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).Lt Gen. Singh expressed grief at the civilian casualties, but emphatically stated that the retaliatory firing by Indian troops was carried out targeting locations from where Pakistan has initiated ceasefire violations on Indian posts. He also raised the issue of civilians and soldiers being killed on the Indian side, due to unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops.Earlier in the day, from Poonch to Rajouri and from Machil to Keran, the Indian Army has gone on an all-out offensive to target Pakistani posts on the other side of Line of Control across Jammu and Kashmir.”We are carrying out the fire assaults,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman, in Srinagar.Army sources said that massive damage was inflicted on Pakistani posts after the Indian fire assault. They added that the Army used light artillery to target Pakistani posts, decimating several of them on the LoC.On the other side, Pakistani media reports quoting Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) admitted that three Pakistani soldiers—Captain Taimoor Ali Khan, Havaldar Mushtaq Hussain and Lance Naik Ghulam Hussain—were killed.In retaliatory fire, two BSF soldiers were injured when Pakistani shells landed near their post on the LoC in the Keran sector of Kupwara district. Indian Army launched the fire assaults soon after it vowed to avenge the killing of three soldiers saying “retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act.”It was reported that the Border Action Team (BAT) of Pakistan had badly mutilated the body of one soldier and killed two others when they ambushed a counter infiltration patrol on the Line of Control (LoC) at the Machhal sector of Kupwara district on Tuesday. BAT is a mix of Pakistani Special Forces, which are used as the force multiplier by Pakistan army on the LoC.During the telephone conversation, the Indian DGMO also raised the issue of infiltration attempts by terrorists. He described the mutilation of the body one Indian soldier as “unethical”. Pakistan, however, rejected as “false and baseless” the reports regarding the alleged mutilation of the solider.”These reports are a fabrication and a blatant attempt to malign Pakistan,” said Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakariya.General Singh also asked his Pakistani counterpart to exercise strict control on his troops and to refrain from any nefarious activities. “This will lead to the return of normalcy along the LoC,” he said. He also stated that any case of ceasefire violations or infiltration attempts from Pakistan on Indian territory, would receive an appropriate response from the Indian Army.On the diplomatic front, Pakistan’s Director General (SAARC) Dr. Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh, on Wednesday morning, to protest against the firing.Later in the evening, India also summoned Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah, on Wednesday, to issue a demarche.

Man rapes 3-yr-old neighbour, leaves her in a pit for dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 35-year-old man raped the three-and-a-half-year-old daughter of his neighbour on Monday and dumped her in a ditch, taking her to be dead. The girl was rescued nine hours after the horrific incident, and the accused, identified as Birbal, was arrested from his home.The incident took place in the Harijan Basti locality of north Delhi. The victim is undergoing treatment at a city hospital, and her condition is reported to be stable.Around 9pm on Monday, the Police Control Room (PCR) received a call regarding kidnapping of a minor girl. A police team reached the location, where the father of the victim informed them that the child was playing outside their home before she went missing. She was last seen at 7pm.A case of kidnapping was registered and the police swung into action to find the child. A team including Assistant Sub-Inspector Naseeb Singh, and Constables Jaideep and Pradeep was formed to handle the sensitive matter.Locals in the area were questioned, who revealed that they had seen the girl playing.The elder sister of the victim then told the police that she had seen someone giving her a chocolate. On the basis of this input, the police started their inquiry. It then came to the fore that someone had seen a man, who lived in the same building as the victim, with her. Accused Birbal had worked with the victim’s father as well.Birbal was picked up from his home after midnight. “He was in an inebriated condition and could not even speak or stand properly. He denied that he was with the victim. Finally early on Tuesday morning, he regained consciousness and confessed that he had raped and killed the child,” a police officer said.Based on the information provided by the accused, the police started looking for the girl near the Sarai Rohilla railway station. After searching for almost an hour, they spotted her in a pit near the tracks. “The girl was numb and had no clothes on her body. We were shocked to see her,” said the landlord of the victim’s house. The only sign of life she showed was when she started crying on seeing her mother. She was immediately rushed to the Bara Hindu Rao Hospital.”A case under section 363 (kidnapping), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (rape) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has been registered at the Sarai Rohilla police station. Further investigation is underway,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), North, Madhur Verma.

Indore-Patna Express derailment: Railways suspends 5 officials, transfers Jhansi DRM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Railways suspended five senior officials and transferred Jhansi Divisional Manager (DRM) on Tuesday as the probe into the Indore-Patna Express accident gained momentum, with blood samples of the two drivers sent for alcohol test. The death toll in Sunday’s mishap rose to 150, making it the deadliest train accident in the last 17 years with four more persons, including a 12-year-old boy, succumbing to their injuries.Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer (Carriage and wagon) Navaid Talib, Divisional Engineer MK Mishra, Senior Section Engineer Ambika Ojha, Section Engineer Iswar Das and Senior Section Engineer Sushil Kumar Gupta were suspended for dereliction of duty while DRM of Jhansi Division SK Aggarwal was transferred.While Jhansi DRM was transferred to Ranchi, the five officials were suspended pending inquiry. “It was very necessary to take action to fix responsibility. Suspension and transfer order was issued pending inquiry being conducted by the Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS),” said a senior Railway Ministry official.
ALSO READ Indore-Patna Express tragedy: Deadliest rail mishap since 1999, toll climbs to 150Meanwhile, Railway Safety Commissioner PK Acharya said blood samples of the two drivers of the train have been sent to a lab to ascertain if they were in an inebriated condition that could have caused the deadly derailment. “Blood samples of both the drivers have been sent to a laboratory for tests. I can make further comments once the laboratory sends the reports,” he said replying to questions on whether the drivers were under the influence of alcohol.Acharya, who is probing the accident and had inspected the site on Monday, said it may take about two-three days to complete the inquiry and the report will be submitted to the government in a month’s time. The statements of the driver, the assistant driver, a police inspector and a few other people have been recorded, he said, adding that this is first round of questioning and there will be more rounds.
ALSO READ Indore-Patna Express derailment: 12-member GRP team formed for investigationHe said samples of the broken railway track have been brought to Kanpur and are being sent for examination to the Research Designs and Standards Organisation’s (RDSO) laboratory. A 12-member team of Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel has also been formed to investigate the derailment.On being told that the GRP had registered FIRs against unknown people and is also investigating the matter, Acharya said he had nothing to do with the GRP’s probe. The deaths reported from hospitals pushed the toll to 150even as railway services resumed on Jhansi-Kanpur section after damaged tracks were replaced between Pukhrayan and Malasa stations. “Ram Singh, 52, and Abhay Shrivastava, 12, passed away during treatment at Regency and Hallet hospital of Medical College here,” Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Ramayan Prasad said. The identity of two other deceased was not known.With these deaths, the derailment of the train 19321 has become the deadliest rail accident since August 2, 1999 when 290 persons were killed after two trains carrying a total of 2,500 people collided at Gaisal in Assam. Prasad said the condition of six persons is serious.145 bodies have been identified and handed over to the families after post-mortem. The autopsy of five other bodies will be conducted after they are identified, he added. Meanwhile, train services resumed on the affected section, where 14 coaches were derailed in the wee hours of November 20, disrupting traffic on the route. Four trains were cancelled and 14 diverted after the accident.Kanpur IGP Zaki Ahmed said that besides replacing rails, electrical works were completed to ensure train operation on the busy route. “The route became operational last night after the damaged tracks were removed from the site. A trial run was conducted on the tracks before the resumption of train services,” he said.According to prima facie investigation, 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express were derailed at Pukhrayan in Jhansi division near Kanpur due to rail fracture. A high-level probe was ordered by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday, who promised “strictest possible action” against the guilty.

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