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Last minute patch-up in feud-ridden SP; Akhilesh Yadav, Ram Gopal back

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a massive show of strength by Akhilesh Yadav, who was expelled from SP by father Mulayam Singh Yadav, the party supremo on Saturday backed down revoking with immediate effect the expulsion orders of his son and brother Ram Gopal.After hectic confabulations involving Akhilesh Yadav’s warring uncle Shivpal Yadav, Mulayam and the Chief Minister, Shivpal tweeted that on the SP supremo’s directive, expulsion of Akhilesh and Ram Gopal Yadav from SP was being revoked with immediate effect. “I am coming after having met party chief Mulayam Singh along with CM Akhilesh Yadav. Netaji has given the order that the suspension orders of Akhilesh and Ram Gopal are terminated with immediate effect,” Shivpal said. “All of us together will fight communal forces and we will once again form a SP government in UP with full majority. These are my orders. We will hold discussions within ourselves and decide, and prepare for the upcoming elections,” he said. “All matters have been solved and we will fight the upcoming polls together. We will all sit togther with Netaji and I am sure all problems will be resolved,” he said. On a day of fast-paced developments, Akhilesh earlier in the day convened a meeting of SP legislators where over 200 of the 229 party MLAs turned up expressing their loyalty with the chief minister, a day after he was expelled from the party for indulging in “indiscipline”, pushing the ruling party to the precipice of a vertical split.Some SP MLCs and senior party functionaries loyal to Akhilesh also attended the meeting at the chief minister’s official residence at 5-Kalidas Marg.Senior SP leader and UP cabinet minister Azam Khan then arrived at the CM’s residence and after a brief stay, they drove to Mulayam’s bungalow at a stone’s throw distance.

Day after expulsion, Akhilesh Yadav holds meeting, majority of MLAs present

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Setting the stage for a show of strength, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was expelled from Samajwadi Party by his father and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, on Saturday held a meeting at his residence where a majority of the 229 party MLAs were presentThough the exact number of those present at the meeting was not immediately known, insiders maintained that a majority of the 229 SP MLAs were present. Besides, some SP MLCs and senior party functionaries loyal to Akhilesh attended the meeting. Akhilesh is expected to meet his supporters and party workers later in the day to prove his strength.The chief minister’s 5-Kalidas Marg residence appeared to be the hub of high drama with youth supporters of Akhilesh assembling in large numbers to vent their fury over his expulsion and that of his uncle Ram Gopal Yadav.Political activities heated up right from the morning with a series of meetings planned during the day, when Mulayam will meet party candidates announced by him and state SP chief Shivpal Yadav, the warring uncle of Akhilesh.Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh today termed the crisis in the party as “unfortunate” and asked party members to support Mulayam in the family feud. “I appeal to the party members to stand with Netaji (Mulayam). Whatever is happening is very unfortunate,” Amar, who had recently made a comeback to the party after a long exile, said. Mulayam had yesterday expelled his son Akhilesh and Ram Gopal from SP for six years after they put up candidates against the official nominees and summoned a party meet tomorrow, pushing the ruling party to the precipice of a split just ahead of the UP Assembly elections likely to be announced any day now. Mulayam had said he took the action against Akhilesh and Ram Gopal to save the party which he had built through hard efforts. “We have to save the party. The party comes first. That is why we are expelling both Akhilesh and Ram Gopal ,” he said.He explained that the decision was taken after Ram Gopal , in his capacity as general secretary, called an emergency meeting of the party on January 1 and Akhilesh “supported” it.

Amar Singh taunts Akhilesh for going against father Mulayam, asks SP members to support party supremo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after the feud in the Samajwadi Party widened with the suspension of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the party’s general secretary Amar Singh on Saturday said he is supporting party’s chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and going against his decision is unconstitutional and immoral.Quoting a line from Srimad Bhagwat Puran: “Ram chandra keh gaye siya se aisa kalyug aayega, beta karega raj bechara baap jungal ke jayega,” Singh said that Mulayam is not only the father of the party but also the father of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister. “Those who are going against him are unconstitutional, immoral and are incorrect and I condemn them,” he said.Dubbing the rift taking place in the Samajwadi Party as ‘unfortunate’, Singh appealed to the party workers to support Mulayam in this crucial situation. “I appeal to the party members to stand with Netaji Mulayam Singh. Whatever is happening is very unfortunate,” Amar, who had recently made a comeback to the party after a long exile, said.Amar said, “The foundation of this party was laid by Mulayam Singh with much dedication and hard work. I have said this earlier and will say it now, that Mulayam Singh is the chief of SP and the father of Akhilesh Yadav as well,” he said. Meanwhile, Mulayam has called a Samajwadi Party’s Parliamentary board meeting today.The Samajwadi Party boss yesterday expelled Akhilesh and National General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years over indiscipline. “I solely founded the party, what is their (Akhilesh and Ram Gopal) contribution? They are destroying the party,” he said. “To save the party, we have expelled both Ram Gopal and Akhilesh Yadav for six years from the party. No one has the right to call for a national executive meeting other than the party chief, and by doing this, you (Akhilesh and Ram Gopal) have hurt the party’s interest,”he added.This move comes after Akhilesh had released a list of 235 candidates out of the total 403 seats for upcoming state assembly elections on Thursday, rejecting the list announced by Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday. “We have declared a list of 325 candidates for the 2017 assembly polls; 78 seats still remain. Names of the candidates for the rest of the 78 seats will be announced soon,” Mulayam had said on Wednesday.Akhilesh’s name did not figure in the first list. Mulayam said his son being the chief minister, can contest from any assembly seat he wishes to. With inputs from PTI)

Yadav vs Yadav Dangal: Mulayam Singh expels Akhilesh and Ram Gopal from SP for six years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav came down hard on dissidence by suspending his brother Ram Gopal Yadav for ‘indiscipline’ and son Akhilesh Yadav for six years.He was quoted saying by ANI: “Ram Gopal Yadav suspended from the party for six years for indiscipline. No one has the right to call for a national executive meet other than party Chief; by doing this you have hurt the party’s interest. CM Akhilesh Yadav doesn’t understand, Ram Gopal is trying to weaken him How can he (Ram Gopal) call for emergency national executive meet without my permission’ Normally at least 10-15 days’ notice is given.”He added: “For us party is the most important and our priority is to save the party. To save the party, we have expelled both Ram Gopal and Akhilesh Yadav for six years from the party.” He added: “I have worked really hard to make this party, what was their role in this? I work hard and they reap the fruits? Mukhyamantri main tay karunga kaun hoga. Maine akele hi party banaya thi; Inka kya yogdaan hain? Ram Gopal aur Akhilesh Yadav party khatam kar rahe hain.” On Thursday, Akhilesh released a list of 235 candidates out of a total of 403 seats for the upcoming state assembly elections, a day after his father and party supremo had released the official list, hinting at a deepening crisis within the party. Intense political activities continued at the Samajwadi Party headquarters and at the official residence of the chief minister yesterday. Akhilesh met Mulayam Singh, but as per sources, the party chief refused to make changes in the list of 325 candidates issued by him on Wednesday.According to reports, Akhilesh has removed the name of his sister-in-law Aparna Yadav from the list of candidates that will contest next year’s state assembly polls. She was earlier given a ticket by Mulayam Singh Yadav to contest from the Lucknow Cantt seat.

Demonetization: ED seizes Rs 2.19 crore cash in Chandigarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate seized Rs 2.19 crore on Wednesday from here as part of its operation to check hawala trade in the wake of demonetization.Officials said the sleuths of the agency swooped down on the premises of the cloth trader and few other locations here, based on a tip off received by them about huge illegal currency stashing. While the ED said Rs 18 lakh in new notes was recovered, Punjab Police said Rs 69.35 lakh in new currency was recovered during the raid. The action has been taken under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and the searches are still on, they said. Chandigarh DSP Ram Gopal said a team led by ED’s Deputy Director Gurnam Singh conducted a raid and seized Rs 1.50 crore in demonetized currency and Rs 69.35 lakh in new currency.The raid was carried out at house of one Inderpal Mahajan. He has been arrested and a case has been registered against him, the DSP said. He said the ED team has seized notes for further verification.The Enforcement Directorate has been carrying out searches and enquiry at various places in the wake of demonetization.

Supreme Court likely to pass Uphaar fire tragedy order today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court is likely to pass an order on the plea filed by the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) against Sushil and Gopal Ansal in the June 13, 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case in Green Park locality here on Wednesday.Hearing the case on December 6, the apex court issued a notice to Ansal brothers on the plea of AVUT, seeking an order to restrain them from flying abroad and fixed December 14 as the date for next hearing.Real estate barons Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal gave an undertaking to the apex court that they would not leave India till it commences hearing on the plea of the victims’ association of the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy seeking review of its 2015 verdict.The apex court had in 2015 said that the real estate barons were required to serve two years jail term if they failed to pay Rs. 30 crore each as fine in the matter.A bench headed by Justice JS Khehar on Monday asked counsel representing Ansals to give an undertaking that his clients will not leave the country till the apex court hears the review plea in the case. Senior advocate K T S Tulsi, appearing for AVUT, said Ansals may flee the country and an order be passed to restrain them. The court then sought an undertaking which was given by the counsel on behalf of the Ansals.In 2015, an apex court bench headed by Justice AR Dave decided to hear in an open court the petitions filed by the CBI and AVUT seeking review of the 2015 verdict. Following the judgment, the Ansals had deposited the amount.As many as 59 people were killed at Uphaar Cinema due to asphyxiation and stampede after a fire broke out when an overheated generator exploded in the building’s basement during the screening of blockbuster ‘Border’ on June 13, 1997.

Uphaar fire case: Ansals assure SC they will not leave India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Real estate barons Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal on Monday assured the Supreme Court that they would not leave India till it commences hearing on the plea seeking review of the 2015 verdict in the Uphaar fire tragedy case asking them to serve a two-year jail term if they fail to pay Rs 30 crore each as fine.A bench comprising Justices JS Khehar and NV Ramana considered the submission of Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) that there was a media report about the possibility of Ansals leaving the country in the absence of a restraint order from the apex court. Initially, the court said it would list the interim plea of AVUT for hearing tomorrow as a three-judge bench was not available today.However, the bench later asked the counsel representing Ansals to give an undertaking “on instructions from his clients” that they would not leave India till commencement of hearing on review pleas filed by AVUT and the CBI in the case.Senior advocate K T S Tulsi, appearing for AVUT, mentioned the plea for urgent hearing, saying “restrain respondents accused Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal from travelling abroad without seeking necessary permission of this court during the pendency of present review petition.” AVUT, through its President Neelam Krishnamoorthy, who had lost her two teenaged children in the blaze, cited a media report that convicts were “on the verge of fleeing the country”. “Grave prejudice and irreparable loss would be caused to the Applicant/Review Petitioner (AVUT) if the respondents accused, Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal travel abroad, without seeking necessary permission of this court,” the plea said.59 people had died of asphyxia when a fire broke out during the screening of Bollywood movie ‘Border’ in Uphaar theatre in Green Park area of South Delhi on June 13, 1997. Over 100 were also injured in the subsequent stampede. Earlier, AVUT had mentioned the review plea for urgent hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur who said a new bench would be constituted to hear the review petitions filed by the CBI and Association.Prior to that, a bench headed by Justice A R Dave, now retired, had decided to hear in open court the petitions filed by CBI and the AVUT seeking review of the 2015 verdict. Following the judgement, Sushil and Gopal had deposited Rs 30 crore each to avoid the jail term. In its review plea, AVUT had said the apex court judgement “bestow an unwarranted leniency on convicts whose conviction in the most heinous of offences has been upheld by all courts including this court and sentences imposed on them have been substituted with fine without assigning any reason.” “The sentences of the convicts have been reduced to the period undergone without taking into account the gravity of their offence,” it had said.The CBI, in its review plea, had said the apex court did not give it time to put its views forth which resulted in “miscarriage of justice”. The agency has said, “Due to the paucity of time on the day on which this case was heard, the prosecution could not adequately put across the reasons why this court should not substitute jail sentence with a monetary fine. “This petition also seeks to raise issue of an apparent error of law in the judgement and order of this court which has occasioned a grave miscarriage of justice,” it said.CBI had also claimed that “callousness” of Ansal brothers led to 59 people being trapped and suffocated to death in the theatre. The apex court had, on August 19, 2015 sent Ansal brothers to two years rigorous jail term if they failed to pay Rs 30 crore each within three months.In a judgement on September 23, 2015, the bench had said the “magnitude” of the case “calls for a higher sentence” but the court has to limit itself to the choice available under the law. Earlier, a two-judge bench of justices T S Thakur and Gyan Sudha Misra (since retired) had in a March 5, 2014 order differed on the quantum of sentence for Ansal brothers.While Justice Thakur had retained the one-year jail term awarded by Delhi High Court in 2008, Justice Misra had pronounced the maximum punishment of two years with a rider that it can be reduced to the period already undergone behind bars on joint payment of Rs 100 crore as fine by them.The matter was later referred to a three-judge bench headed by Justice Dave (since retired) which enhanced the sentence to the maximum period of two years under section 304-A (causing death by negligence) of IPC if they failed to pay the fine amount. While Sushil has spent over five months in prison, Gopal was in jail for over four months soon after the accident. The three-judge bench had also said that on the principle of parity, the case of Gopal will stand on the same footing as that of Sushil.

PM Modi is making people cry, shedding crocodile tears: Manish Sisodia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and his cabinet colleague Kapil Mishra were detained on Tuesday when they tried to march to Parliament from Jantar Mantar protesting the Centre’s demonetization move. Before beginning the march, Sisodia launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetization alleging he is making people cry and shedding “crocodile tears”. “We don’t like Modi for what he has done in his personal and political life. This is not notebandi but note-badli. The terrorists in Kashmir today were found with Rs 2000 notes. From where are terrorists getting them? Either you are unaware of the lapse or are involved in it.””He keeps crying all the time and makes people cry. But he sheds crocodile tears. The demonetisation drive should be rolled back. This is what people want,” Sisodia said while addressing the gathering at Jantar Mantar.He was joined by his cabinet colleagues Gopal Rai, Kapil Mishra and Satyendar Jain. “Neither terrorist funding has stopped nor counterfeit notes nor black marketing. The government has no money to give for OROP to soldiers but waives the loans of industrialists,” Sisodia added.A day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is presently in Punjab, exhorted people to “change” the Prime Minister instead of the defunct notes, slogans of “note nahi, PM badlo” were raised at the march. “The PM again became emotional… he is not getting any support. Hence, he is crying. The need is to take the fight to the streets,” Gopal Rai said.The Prime Minister had on November 8 announced withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. The decision has been drawing criticism from opposition parties. The two ministers were released from Parliament Streetpolice station an hour later.

Indore-Patna Express derailment: 12-member GRP team formed for investigation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Railways formed a 12-member team of GRP personnel on Tuesday to investigate the Indore-Patna Express derailment which has left 148 passengers dead and over 100 injured. DSP GRP Jhansi will head the team, Director General Railways Gopal Gupta said in Kanpur on Tuesday.An FIR has already been registered against unidentified railway employees under section 304A (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 of IPC at the GRP police station at Bhimsen railway station.When asked about a broken track led to the derailment, Gupta said no evidence in this regard has been found. Maintaining that no evidence has been found so far about involvement of any terror outfit or explosion in the case, the DG said any conclusion can be reached only after the probe completes.
ALSO READ Indore-Patna Express tragedy: Toll mounts to 146, probe into derailment beginsThe train’s passengers are being questioned in connection with the probe but as the incident occurred around 3 AM most of them were asleep and are not in the state to provide details, he said. Seven bodies have not been identified so far, Gupta said.When asked about some reports that a fish plate was found uprooted at the accident spot, the officer said he has no information about it. 148 people have died after the Indore-Patna Express derailed here in Kanpur rural area just a little after 0300 hours on November 20.

Delhi: Manish Sisodi, Kapil Sharma detained while leading march against demonetization

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and his cabinet colleague Kapil Mishra were detained on Tuesday when they tried to march to Parliament from Jantar Mantar protesting the Centre’s demonetization move.Before beginning the march, Sisodia launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetization alleging he is making people cry and shedding “crocodile tears”.”We don’t like Modi for what he has done in his personal and political life. This is not notebandi but note-badli. The terrorists in Kashmir today were found with Rs 2000 notes. From where are terrorists getting them? Either you are unaware of the lapse or are involved in it.”He keeps crying all the time and makes people cry. But he sheds crocodile tears. The demonetization drive should be rolled back. This is what people want,” Sisodia said while addressing the gathering at Jantar Mantar.He was joined by his cabinet colleagues Gopal Rai, Kapil Mishra and Satyendar Jain. “Neither terrorist funding has stopped nor counterfeit notes nor blackmarketeering. The government has no money to give for OROP to soldiers but waives the loans of industrialists,” Sisodia added.A day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is presently in Punjab, exhorted people to “change” the Prime Minister instead of the defunct notes, slogans of “note nahi, PM badlo” were raised at the march. “The PM again became emotional… he is not getting any support. Hence, he is crying. The need is to take the fight to the streets,” Gopal Rai said. The Prime Minister had on November 8 announced withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. The decision has been drawing criticism from opposition parties. Kumar (49), a resident of Uttam Nagar who sold vegetables in Keshopur Mandi, collapsed outside the Oriental Bank of Commerce branch on Najafgarh Road, while he was standing in a queue to deposit Rs 50,000.Sisodia said the wife of the deceased told him that they did not have any money on them for the past 10-12 days. Kumar was distressed and talked of returning to his native village.The Deputy Chief Minister claimed that Satish fainted after standing in the queue for six hours.Attacking the Prime Minister, he tweeted, “Modiji, after how many deaths will you realise that poor people and not the rich are dying due to your surgical strike (sic),” he tweeted.The AAP has been vocal about their opposition to PM Modi’s demonetization drive.

Ram Gopal Yadav reinstated in Samajwadi Party; to continue as party’s leader in Rajya Sabha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Weeks after being expelled, Ram Gopal Yadav was on Thursday reinstated in Samajwadi Party (SP) with immediate effect.”Ram Gopal would continue to be the leader of Samajwadi party in Rajya Sabha, party spokesperson, national general secretary and member of party parliamentary boar,” said SP Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in a letter.”This was expected to happen. Netaji (Mulayam) was never against me. I was always in the party, but was just technically removed,” Yadav said giving his first reaction after being reinstated. “I have never said or done anything against the party line,” he added.On Monday, Yadav broke down while defending the corruption charges levelled against him and said that injustice has been meted out to him. “I still believe that I am a part of the Samajwadi Party even if I am not operating officially,” he had told the media. “If the people think that injustice has been done with me then they should do justice,” he said.Without taking any specific names, he alleged that some people were illegally distributing the Samajwadi Party ticket for their ulterior motives.

UP Elections 2017: Prashant Kishor meets Mulayam amid talk of possible alliance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress’ poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Tuesday held a two-hour meeting with Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is trying to cobble together an alliance of like-minded parties ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls due early next year.Kishor, along with SP leader Amar Singh, met Yadav at his Delhi residence this evening, apparently to discuss the possibility of an alliance before the poll dates are announced. Sources close to the development confirmed that Kishor met Yadav. There was talk in political circles that Yadav spoke with JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also in Delhi. However, there was no immediate confirmation. Kishor had managed Nitish Kumar’s successful assembly poll campaign last year.Last week, Mulayam’s younger brother and state SP chief Shivpal Singh had met JD(U)’s K C Tyagi and RLD chief Ajit Singh to invite them to SP’s 25th anniversary in Lucknow on November 5. Shivpal had said Lohiaites and followers of Charan Singh should join hands to beat BJP in Uttar Pradesh. Samajwadi Party, which was initially part of Bihar’s grand alliance, had walked out of it after it was offered only a handful of seats to contest the assembly elections there.The grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress had, however, scripted a glorious electoral victory, defeating the BJP-led NDA. Shivpal had recently blamed his estranged cousin Ram Gopal Yadav for Samajwadi Party’s decision to walk out of the alliance in Bihar. Ram Gopal, a Rajya Sabha member, has been backing Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in his fight against Shivpal. Ram Gopal was recently sacked from the party amid escalating tension between the rival camps.Given the unusual belligerence shown by Akhilesh Yadav, the party apparently wants to fortify its position by bringing in new friends. The SP’s main aim in the polls is prevent split of Muslim votes for which it is looking for an alliance with secular parties.

Yadav vs Yadav: Shivpal meeting ‘socialist friends’, trying to cobble ‘grand alliance’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Concerned over the debilitating power struggle in Samajwadi Party, the Mulayam Singh Yadav- Shivpal Yadav camp continued efforts on Friday to cobble together a grand alliance in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, with the latter meeting RLD chief Ajit Singh. Shivpal, who heads the Uttar Pradesh unit of the party, called on Ajit Singh, whose Rashtriya Lok Dal has areas of influence in western parts of the state, apparently to invite him to SP’s silver jubilee celebrations on November 5.The meeting came against the backdrop of talk of attempts at replicating Bihar’s grand alliance experiment in UP. Shivpal had recently pitched for coming together of ‘Lohiawadi’, ‘Charan Singhwadi’ and ‘Gandhiwadi’ forces to defeat the “communal” BJP in the assembly polls due early next year.Samajwadi Party, which was initially part of Bihar’s grand alliance, had walked out of it after it was offered only a handful of seats to contest the assembly elections there. The grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress had, however, scripted a glorious electoral victory, defeating the BJP-led NDA. Shivpal had recently blamed his estranged cousin Ram Gopal Yadav for Samajwadi Party’s decision to walk out of the alliance in Bihar.
ALSO READ UP polls 2017: Congress likely not to be part of ‘grand alliance’Ram Gopal, a Rajya Sabha member, has been backing Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in his fight against Shivpal. Ram Gopal was recently sacked from the party amid escalating tension between the rival camps. Given the unusual belligerence shown by Akhilesh Yadav, the party apparently wants to fortify its position by bringing in new friends.Carrying an invitation from Mulayam, Shivpal has been meeting “socialist friends” in the national capital. On Wednesday, Shivpal had called up Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar and met senior leaders of the party Sharad Yadav and KC Tyagi. Sources in the JD(U) and the SP said the idea behind the invite was to stitch up an alliance in Uttar Pradesh, where a resurgent BJP and Mayawati’s BSP look set to pose a tough challenge to the ruling party.
ALSO READ Explained: The Yadav PariWar “I have come to invite Ajit Singh for SP’s foundation day. All secular parties do not want the BJP to enter Uttar Pradesh. It is an effort to bring together all Lohiawadis and Charanwadis. If it succeeds, we will stop the BJP (from coming to power),” Shivpal told reporters after meeting the RLD chief. “RLD has welcomed the statement of Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav, calling for a coalition of parties against communal forces in Uttar Pradesh,” RLD general secretary Trilok Tyagi said, but added “no decision has been taken yet”.Interestingly, RLD has already announced a coalition with Janata Dal (United), Sharad Pawar-led NCP and ex-BSP leader RK Chaudhary’s BS4 for the Uttar Pradesh polls. The mega alliance has decided to project Ajit Singh’s son and former Mathura MP Jayant Chaudhary as its chief ministerial candidate.

Will immediately implement equal-pay-for-equal-work: Delhi CM Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the AAP government will implement ‘equal- pay-for-equal-work’ principle for its contractual employees vis-a-vis regular ones. The Chief Minister’s announcement on Twitter comes a day after the Supreme Court held contractual employees are entitled to wages on par with permanent staff under the ‘equal-pay-for-equal-work’ principle.”Landmark judgement by SC. Will immediately implement it in Del and simultaneously expedite the process of their regularisation (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.Meanwhile, Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai has convened a meeting of all departments on November 8 to discuss implementation of ‘equal-pay-equal-work’. Rai has directed his department to furnish suggestions on measures for implementation.Earlier in the day, the Labour Minister convened a meeting of department officials at Delhi secretariat.”Government has decided to hold a meeting of all departments on November 8 to implement the Supreme Court order on equal pay for equal work,” Rai tweeted after the meeting.The AAP government has sought proposals from its various departments by November 15 regarding regularisation of contractual employees.

Yadav vs Yadav: BJP questions UP government’s majority

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Monday has questioned the majority of Akhilesh Yadav-led government in Uttar Pradesh, even as the Samajwadi Party (SP) was in the grip of a father and son political tug of war.BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said, “The Samajwadi Party’s internal family feud has some serious ramifications in terms of the question that whether the government of Akhilesh Yadav has the majority or not, because the party is clearly divided between father and the son,” he said. “It also confirms that the Samajwadi Party was never interested in governance, never interested in development, or law and order. They were only interested in power and this fight is a pure fight of power, (and) not about serving the people of Uttar Pradesh,” he added. On June 21, Shivpal had announced the merger of the two parties in the presence of Qaumi Ekta Dal President Afzal Ansari, the elder brother of incarcerated mafia don and legislator Mukhtar Ansari. Akhilesh had opposed the decision and the SP parliamentary board had called it off. On October 1, Akhilesh stripped Shivpal of two other portfolios, social welfare and minor irrigation, and allotted these to other ministers. On his part, Shivpal reiterated that the merger of the Qaumi Ekta Dal (QED) into the SP was effective and there was no need of a fresh announcement. Meanwhile, Shivpal has nominated key aides in the 81-member SP state executive, while showing the door to Akhilesh’s confidants. On October 14, Mulayam, replying to a media query in Lucknow, said the party’s parliamentary board and legislators would select the next CM if the SP secured a majority. This put a question mark over the SP’s election face.A day later, party General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, another uncle, but one who supports Akhilesh, wrote a terse letter to Mulayam against not projecting Akhilesh as the CM candidate. Later, SP national vice-president Kironmoy Nanda had to announce that Akhilesh remained the party?s official chief ministerial candidate for the polls. He claimed Mulayam was only referring to the procedure of electing the chief minister. On Sunday, Mulayam sacked Ram Gopal from the party for six years. Shivpal said he was accused of colluding with the BJP. Against this backdrop, two things stand clear. First, the fissure is too deep to mend in the SP, witnessing a generational shift in leadership. Second, the party has decided to rally behind Akhilesh for the polls, since he remains the best face in the party to project before the electorate. Akhilesh has now decided to chart his own course on the poll campaign. He has sent a letter to Mulayam on proceeding with the ‘Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra’ from November 3. He said it was earlier scheduled from October 3 but had got delayed, even as other parties had kicked off their respective campaigns. On Sunday, Akhilesh Yadav, 43, fired Shivpal Yadav, 61, as a minister in his government for the second time in a month. It was seen as a direct challenge to his father, who has been promoting Shivpal over him. Mulayam Singh Yadav, apparently returning the favour, sacked from the Samjawadi Party, his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, a trusted adviser to Akhilesh. Shivpal Yadav announced Ram Gopal Yadav’s expulsion “for colluding with the BJP”.Ram Gopal, who wrote to the SP chief on Saturday, had sought to caution his cousin that he (Mulayam) would be held responsible if the party was defeated in the 2017 assembly polls+ . He also said that Akhilesh was “undoubtedly the most popular leader of SP” and must be made the party’s CM face in order to win next year’s elections.In his letter, written on Thursday, Singh alleged that Mulayam’s second wife and his brother Shivpal Yadav had been “part of a conspiracy against Akhilesh” since he was nominated as the CM, and urged Mulayam to make way for his son as the party chief.

Yadav v/s Yadav: Mulayam Singh surrounded by evil powers, says Ram Gopal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expelled Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav on Sunday said he is not sad by getting expelled from the party, but was hurt by the false allegations levelled against him by state party president Shivpal Yadav.”I am not sad that I have been expelled from the party, but I am hurt because of the false allegations levelled against me,” Ram Gopal said in a statement.Defending himself, Ram Gopal said it is not a crime to meet leaders from any other political party in a democracy.”Whether I am in the Samajwadi Party or not, I will continue to extend my support to Akhilesh Yadav till he becomes Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh,” he said.Commenting on party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, he said Mulayam Singh is not just his elder brother but also a political ‘guru’ who is currently surrounded by evil powers.Earlier today, Samajwadi Party state president Shivapal Yadav expelled party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav from his position and the party for next six years while accusing him of being part of a conspiracy against the party.”Ramgopal is involved with the BJP; he met BJP leaders thrice in the last few days. He is doing such things because his son Akshay Yadav and daughter-in-law are involved in a scam. To protect himself and his son they are planning conspiracy as per the direction of BJP,” Shivpal said. He said that Ram Gopal is making the party weak, adding Akhilesh is not understanding the facts that who is with him and who is against him.Earlier on Sunday, Akhilesh in an unexpected move sacked four ministers including his uncle Shivpal from the Cabinet. Narad Rai, Saiyyada Shadab Fatima and O.P. Singh are the other three leaders, who have been shown the door by the Chief Minister post the meeting called by him on Sunday.

dna Evening Must Reads: From Yadav vs Yadav feud to India’s win over Pak in Asian Champions Trophy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Live | Yadav vs Yadav: Shivpal out of Akhilesh’s ministry; Ram Gopal sacked from SP in retaliationCrisis hit a new low in ruling Samajwadi Party with UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday taking the extreme step of sacking Shivpal Singh Yadav and three others from his Cabinet. In retaliation, Shivpal Yadav has sent close Akhilesh aide Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years. Catch the live updates here 2. UP, Punjab and three other states likely to go to polls in February- March next yearUttar Pradesh, which is set to witness game-changer elections, and four other states will go to polls simultaneously, most likely in February-March next, commencing shortly after the presentation of the Union Budget on February one. Read more here3. Black money: IT department to intensify crackdown against stash holdersWith both the one-time black money declaration windows concluded, the Income Tax department is set to intensify its crackdown against stash holders after a recent case where an IDS participant surrendered a fresh Rs 30 crore of unaccounted wealth to the taxman after raids were conducted against him. Read more here4. Clinical strike: Pacy India down arch-rivals Pakistan in Asian Champions Trophy India exhibited their composed defence when under pressure from early Pakistan raids and worked hard to gain control of the showpiece encounter of the tournament at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium. Read more about the ‘Clinical strike’ here5. ADHM row: Fadnavis, Johar and Raj Thackeray producing a film called ‘Yeh to hona hi tha’, says UddhavSena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday poked fun at the meeting called by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis to resolve the imbroglio over the release of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, which was facing threat by MNS over the casting of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. Read what Thackeray said here

Yadav vs Yadav: Akhilesh skips meet, Shivpal declares him CM nominee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The rift in Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Samajwadi Party widened further today with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav skipping a crucial meeting called by state party chief Shivpal Yadav to strategise for the assembly polls due early next year where the latter declared him the party’s chief ministerial face.Though Shivpal, the younger brother of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, had met his nephew Akhilesh to personally invite him to a meeting of SP district and city units presidents, the Chief Minister kept away, indicating all was not well in the party despite repeated protestations by its senior leaders to the contrary. Sources present at the meeting said Shivpal, apparently seeking to bury the hatchet, made it clear that Akhilesh will be Samajwadi Party’s chief ministerial candidate, days after Mulayam virtually left the field open by saying the newly elected legislators will choose their leader, something which did not go down well with the camp followers of the incumbent CM.”Akhilesh Yadav will be the next CM, if party is voted to power. He will be our CM candidate,” Shivpal said, according to a leader present at the meeting where delegates were not allowed to carry mobile phones.Shivpal asked them to gear up for elections and also to ensure that the party’s silver jubilee celebrations on November 5 in the state capital was a grand show. “You all should start preparations for November 5 event and make it a big success,” Shivpal told them.Akhilesh, with whom Shivpal is engaged in a running feud over the last few months, has already made it clear in a letter to the Samajwadi Party boss and his father Mulayam that he would be proceeding on his ‘rath yatra’ on November 3 to highlight the development work done by his government, in a clear indication that he would skip that event too.With the tense stand-off between Akhilesh and Shivpal continuing, speculations about a possible split are rife with some even suggesting a new party named National Samajwadi Party or Pragatisheel Samajwadi party with motorcycle as its symbol could be formed by the Chief Minister ahead of the assembly elections. Akhilesh Yadav wants to have a major say in ticket distribution, but Shivpal a leader with grassroots support, is unwilling to cede any ground to his nephew.The state party chief recently announced the first list of candidates, which included the name of Amanmani Tripathi, an accused in the murder of his wife and son of mafia don- turned-politician Amarmani Tripathi, in jail for his alleged involvement in the murder of poetess Madhumita Shukla, without even consulting Akhilesh. The sabre rattling in the Samajwadi Party’s first family began when Akhilesh thwarted a merger of gangster-turned- politician Mukhtar Ansari’s Qaumi Ekta Dal (QED) with the state’s ruling party despite an announcement made in this regard by Shivpal, who had shepherded the move.Shivpal then threatened to quit from SP citing alleged lawlessness and rise in land grab cases in the state. After this, Mulayam had attacked Akhilesh and said ministers in his government were corrupt and a burden on the state.The bitterness deepened over time and, in a surprise action, Mulayam removed Akhilesh as SP’s Uttar Pradesh unit chief last month and replaced him with Shivpal. An angry Akhilesh, in swift retaliatory action, divested Shivpal of all important portfolios, only to return them after a Mulayam-brokered truce. Before the truce was declared, Shivpal resigned from the government and all party posts.Supporters of Akhilesh and Shivpal held demonstrations to show there strength, compelling Mulayam to intervene and declare an end to hostilities between his brother and son. But that did not put an end to the turf war within the SP’s first family as Shivpal sacked several youth leaders considered close to the Chief Minister, including some MLCs.In another setback to Akhilesh, Shivpal went on to declare that the merger with Ansari’s QED stood despite earlier having been declared null and void. Akhilesh, who has a clean image, sacked two important ministers–Gayatri Prasad Prajapati and Rajkishore Singh– facing graft charges. Both were considered close to Mulayam and Prajapati has since been reinducted into the government.The turf war has deeply divided the family, with Mulayam appearing to back Shivpal and his cousin and influential SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav plumping for Akhilesh. Ram Gopal, a Rajya Sabha member and SP ideologue, has even written to Mulayam seeking his intervention to take the youth leaders back into the party fold and ensure Akhilesh has a decisive say in ticket distribution.

Yadav vs Yadav: Akhilesh rath yatra from November 3, might skip SP silver jubilee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The infighting in the Samajwadi Party shows no signs of abating with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday announcing his decision to embark on ‘Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra’ alone from November 3.The announcement gave rise to speculation that Akhilesh might skip his party’s silver jubilee celebrations which begins here on November 5. Party insiders said any attempt to derail or stop him from going ahead with the Yatra could lead to another crisis in the party. In a letter written to party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Chief Minister said all political parties have started their campaigns for the Assembly polls.”I had decided to take out the yatra from October 3 but it was cancelled due to some reasons. I will take out the ‘Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra’ from November 3,” he said. Akhilesh has also sent copies of the letter to state party chief Shivpal Yadav and National General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav. He said yatra’s detailed programme will be communicated to district presidents and party workers in due course.The announcement gave rise to speculation that Akhilesh might skip the sliver jubilee celebrations to send a message that he was unhappy over the expulsion of youth leaders from the party, who would not be present at the event. Earlier in the day, Akhilesh, Shivpal Yadav, and Mulayam held a closed-door meeting at party supremo’s 5 Vikramaditya Marg residence to discuss poll strategy. According to party sources, Akhilesh is adamant on his demands of revoking the expulsion of youth leaders, some of whom are MLCs, and having his say in the ticket distribution.Akhilesh had earlier announced his decision to take out the yatra from October 3 through his twitter handle with a picture in which he was seen sitting inside a bus. It was seen as a move to counter uncle Shivpal, who had been appointed the new state party president in his place. Akhilesh hit back over his removal from the party post by stripping Shivpal of his key ministerial portfolios, bringing the family feud in the open.Through the yatra, Akhilesh is expected to highlight his government’s development works, rally support for the party and demonstrate support for him among the party cadres. Party sources said Mulayam Singh Yadav has so far managed to pull back the party from the brink every time it faces any threat. This time too he has to move swiftly to take care of the concerns of the CM and his supporters, they pointed out.The infighting seems to continuing as of now with Mulayam siding with Shivpal; and his cousin Ram Gopal throwing his weight behind the the Chief Minister. The feud emanated from Shivpal’s attempt to undercut the authority of the Chief Minister and his supporters by denying him a say in the distribution of tickets, and the SP chief’s initial reluctance to name Akhilesh as the party’s presumptive chief ministerial candidate.Trouble in the party has been brewing since Mulayam replaced Akhilesh with Shivpal as the state party chief. Analysts say that since taking over the post, Shivpal has been systematically trying to undermine the authority of the CM, his supporters and Ram Gopal.One of his first acts as state party chief was sacking Ram Gopal’s nephew and party MLC Arvind Pratap Yadav, and a former village head in Etawah Akhilesh Kumar Yadav for their alleged involvement in land-grabbing and other such activities. Recently, Shivpal announced the first list of the party’s canidates for the assembly elections without even consulting either the Chief Minister or Ram Gopal.The SP chief further complicated matters by his reluctance to categorically back Akhilesh as the party’s CM candidate. The pro-chief minister camp fears that all this is a part of a systematic attempt to undermine him and deny him a say in the party. Ram Gopal, who has sided with the CM, shot off an angry letter to Mulayam, urging him to intervene and get Shivpal to take back the expelled leaders and to ensure that the CM had a decisive say in ticket distribution.After today’s meeting between the SP chief and Ram Gopal, there was no indication that the stand-off had been resolved. There was no word on either the question of cancelling the decision to sack Arvind Yadav and Akhilesh Kumar Yadav or on the all-important question of restoring the CM’s right to decide on ticket distribution. With Akhilesh set to begin UP poll campaign ahead of the Party’s silver jubilee celebrations, the rift in the party is again out in the open, especially at a time when efforts are reportedly underway for a patch-up between Mulayam-Shivpal and Akhilesh.Political observers feel that the ongoing power struggle in the ruling party might hamper the Yadav family in the 2017 UP polls. SP youth leaders including Sunil Singh Yadav, Anand Bhadouria, Arvind Pratap Singh Yadav, Sanjay Lathar, Brijesh Yadav, Mohd Abad and Gaurav Dubey, were expelled from the party by Shivpal last month for allegedly raising slogans and protesting outside the house of Mulayam.

SC stays Patna HC’s order quashing Bihar’s ban on sale and consumption of liquor

New Delhi: In a relief to the Nitish Kumar government, Supreme Court on Friday stayed the operation of Patna High Court judgement quashing the state’s law banning sale and consumption of all types of liquor, saying liquor and fundamental rights “do not go together”.

File image of Supreme Court. AFP

File image of Supreme Court. AFP

A bench of justices Dipak Misra and UU lalit also issued notices to all the respondents including some liquor manufacturers, on whose plea the high court had held as illegal and unconstitutional Bihar government’s prohibition law and posted the matter for hearing after eight weeks.

“Liquor and fundamental rights do not go together,” was how the apex court observed before passing the interim order on the appeal against the high court’s verdict. “As an interim measure, it is directed that there shall be stay of operation of the judgement and order passed by the division bench of the Patna high court,” the bench said.

Bihar government has challenged the high court verdict of 30 September which had quashed the notification banning consumption and sale of liquor in the state. However, after the law was set aside, the Grand Secular Alliance government came out with a new law banning sale and consumption of liquor, which was notified on the Gandhi Jayanti day on 2 October.

Senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, assisted by advocates Gopal Singh and Keshav Mohan, told the bench on behalf of the state government that after high court’s order, Bihar has notified a new law on 2 October which repealed the old legislation. “The new law is not under challenge. The high court judgement was in relation to the old law,” he said.

Senior advocate AM Singhvi, appearing for one of the liquor manufacturers, said “this judgement (which is under challenge) is not operational. It is supplanted by a new law. Now, there is nothing to be stayed.” He was opposing the appeal of the state government by submitting that a new law has been notified on 2 October.

There were a battery of senior lawyers, including CS Vaidyanathan, Rajeev Dhawan and Balbir Singh, who appeared to oppose the Bihar government’s appeal raising the issue of fundamental right of equality guaranteed under Article 14 of the Constitution.

UP: Shivpal Yadav continues to flex muscles, suspends six

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After being reinstated as the Uttar Pradesh state president of the Samajwadi Party (SP), Shivpal Singh Yadav on Monday continued to flex his political muscles as he suspended six party leaders and three MLCs for a period of six years.The three suspended MLCs are Sanjay Lathar, Anand Bhadoria and Sunil Sajan while the other suspended leaders are Mohammad Abad, Digvijay Singh Dev, Muntazim Kidwai, Pradeep Tiwari, Vikas Yadav and Brijesh Yadav.Within hours of taking charge as the new party president of the state unit, Shivpal yesterday expelled MLC Arvind Pratap Yadav, the nephew of Samajwadi Party national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, from the party. Ram Gopal, who is party president Mulayam Singh Yadav’s cousin, had last week voiced his support for Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and raised objections to his removal as the Samajwadi Party’s state chief. Arvind, a first time MLC, was earlier the block pramukh in Karhal, Mainpuri – a stronghold of the Samajwadi Party. He was elected the MLC from Etah-Mathura-Mainpuri local body constituency earlier this year.

AMU not minority institution, must follow reservation policy: RSS

Asserting that Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is not a minority institution, RSS on Saturday said the varsity is committing a “big crime” by not implementing the policy of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs.RSS joint general secretary Krishna Gopal said the NDA government’s stand on the issue of AMU’s minority status was in sync with that of previous governments, barring the UPA dispensation, and an order by the apex court in 1968. The NDA government had told the Supreme Court in April that it would withdraw the appeal filed by the erstwhile UPA government challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict holding AMU as non-minority institution.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Centre took the stand which was the position of Maulana Azad, (HRD Minister) M C Chagla, (Saiyid) Nurul Hasan. At that time, all the (then) three Prime Ministers Jawharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi were also there. Our stand is similar to the decision of the Supreme Court. We did not change the decision, it was done in 2005 by the UPA. “So, the present central government has not taken any new decision. They have taken the same decision which was given by a bench of five judges of the Supreme Court in 1968. It’s the same decision taken by the Constituent Assembly, which had Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Maulana Azad and several Muslim leaders,” Gopal said.He was speaking on a day-long workshop on ‘National Reservation Policy and Aligarh Muslim University’, which was attended by several BJP MPs and MLAs.The issue assumes significance as BJP is raising the issue in view of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls where the party is seeking to repeat its Lok Sabha performance when it won 71 of the state’s 80 seats. Speaking on this occasion, BJP from MP from Lalgang Neelam Sonker said “injustice” is being done by the varsity by not implementing the reservation policy and that she, along with other BJP MPs, will raise the issue in Parliament and take it before the people.Gopal said all central universities give reservations to SC, ST and OBCs. He noted that even Banaras Hindu University, on whose basis the law for AMU was formulated, implements the policy of reservation. “On the basis of Kashi (Banaras) Hindu University, the AMU Act was made, but they (the AMU) don’t give reservation. This is a dilemma. This is discriminatory. Not implementing the policy of reservation is a big crime,” the RSS leader said.

AAP suspends Alka Lamba as party spokesperson

Aam Aadmi Party leader Alka Lamba was suspended from the post of party spokesperson after she told reporters that Transport Minister Gopal Rai had been ‘relieved’ of his portfolio in order to ensure fair probe into the Premium Bus Service scheme.Lamba later tweeted that she accepted the party decision. The party had earlier said that senior minister Gopal Rai was being relieved of the Transport Department on health grounds. The portfolio has now been given to his cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The departments left with Rai now include Labour, Irrigation and Flood Control, General Administration Department (GAD), Development and Employment.

Indian Railways goes green, solar-powered train to be tested soon

Aiming to materialise its ambitious plan of harnessing solar energy to run trains, the Indian Railways is set to try its first train powered by the solar panels. Gopal Sharma, the PRO North Western Railways said that the trial run of this train will be conducted by the end of this month.”This train will be run as a passenger train, the route to be decided after the trial run. This is the initiative by the Railways to make use of alternative source of energy,” he said. “The prototype of the solar power-enabled coach where the entire train will be fitted with solar panels is going to be used for the trial,” he added.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sharma further said that as per the plan, the train would be pulled by conventional diesel-run engines while the solar panels will provide all the internal electricity needs for lights and fans on both AC and non-AC coaches.When asked on the profits the Railways aims to generate by using these solar panels, Sharma said that this can be ascertained only after a trial run is over. Meanwhile, the Indian Railways has been focusing on alternate source of fuels with trials already on to use CNG, biodiesel and natural gas among others.According to studies, a train using solar power can reduce diesel consumption by up to 90,000 litres per year and also bring down the carbon dioxide emission by over 200 tonnes. The CNG is being used in local trains on Rohtak’s Rewari section of Delhi Division. The dual fuel concept of using CNG and diesel has also helped in saving fuel and money.The solar power is expected to significantly bring down diesel consumption also aimed at the cost-effective.

Kerala: Argument over leave leads to BSF inspector’s death

A BSF inspector, who had come for poll duty during the May 16 Assembly election, was shot dead allegedly by a jawan in Vatakara following an argument over leave late last night, police said.Inspector Ram Gopal Meena (45) from Rajasthan was shot allegedly by Umesh Prasad Singh using his service rifle, police said. Meena was rushed to a hospital, but he succumbed to injuries on the way.The incident occurred around 11.30 PM. The BSF personnel, who had come to Kerala as part of central forces for deployment during election, were staying at the Islamic Academy, a higher secondary school at Kottakal near Vatakara in Kozhikode district.

New Delhi: May 22 to be the next ‘Car-free Day’

Delhi government has decided to organise the next ‘Car-free Day’ in North-West Delhi on May 22 but the venue is yet to be decided.The government has been organising car-free day on 22nd of every month on different road stretches with an aim to encourage people to use public transport and reduce rising pollution level in the national capital.”We will organise next car-free day in North-West Delhi on May 22,” Transport Minister Gopal Rai said. However, location of the event is yet to be identified, he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The event, promoted by the Transport department, could not be held on April 22 as all the officials were busy with implementation of second phase of odd-even car rationing scheme, which ended today.

Odd-Even: Delhi govt to organise thanksgiving event on May 4

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Saturday said that government will organise a ‘thanksgiving event’ at Chhatrasal Stadium on May 4 to thank all those who participated in making the second phase of odd-even scheme a “success”.Rai said the credit of the success of the scheme goes to civil defence volunteers, traffic police personnel who were deployed on roads during the road-road rationing plan.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We will organise thanksgiving event on May 4 at Chhatrasal Stadium where civil defence and Delhi Police personnel, officials from DTC, transport department, metro will be thanked for making the odd-even scheme a success,” the Transport minister told reporters here.He also said the entire Delhi Cabinet, including Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, will also be present during the event, adding that people, who followed the scheme, are also invited to attend the event.After the first phase of odd-even scheme, the Arvind Kejriwal government had also organised the same event at Chhatrasal Stadium.

Odd-even phase 3 only after analysing reports, says Rai

New Delhi: Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Friday said the government will implement the third edition of odd-even scheme only after analysing report of its six-member committee and surveys of media organisations on the ongoing second phase of the car-rationing plan.

Transport Minister Gopal Rai. Getty Images

Transport Minister Gopal Rai. Getty Images

Rai said that after analysing surveys and reports, Delhi Cabinet will take a final decision on introducing the next phase of the car-rationing plan in the national capital.

The government’s move came a day after the Transport minister appealed to newspapers and news channels to conduct an open survey on the existing odd-even scheme, alleging conspiracy is being hatched to “sabotage” the scheme.

Last week, government had constituted a six-member committee, headed by Special Transport Commissioner K K Dahiya, to study the impact of the opening of schools and hot weather during the scheme and also suggest when the government should implement the next edition of the scheme.

“We have decided to analyse surveys of media organisations which have been appealed by the government to conduct open surveys on second phase of odd-even scheme through various modes like SMS, field survey and others.

“Besides, we recently constituted the six-member committee to study the impact of opening of schools and hot weather in its second edition. We will analyse both surveys of media organisations and our committee’s report. Thereafter, Delhi Cabinet will decide the fate of third phase of the scheme,” Rai told PTI.

The minister said Delhi government is strengthening public transport system by introducing new buses so that people won’t have to face problems in the next phase of odd-even scheme.

On Thursday, Rai had claimed that many people are following odd-even scheme.

He had said that some TV channels are telecasting seven videos on traffic-congestion and seeing them, it seems that due to odd-even scheme, people are “facing a lot of difficulties”, but the real picture is different.

“When we meet people, they say that odd-even scheme is good, but TV channels are showing different pictures,” Rai had said.

Uber officials meet Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, discuss surge pricing

With operation of app-based taxis in the national capital on Delhi government’s radar due to surge pricing, some officials of taxi-aggregator Uber on Thursday met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and apprised him of his business model.”Some officials from Uber today met the Delhi Chief Minister at Delhi Secretariat and discussed a range of issues including surge pricing, diesel cars and permits,” an official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources said that apart from surge pricing, government has objection on per minute charge and vehicles which are registered outside Delhi. Transport minister Gopal Rai today again clarified that ban on surge pricing will continue. On Wednesday, Kejriwal had termed as “daylight robbery” the surge pricing by app-based taxi operators, and said overcharging and blackmailing won’t be allowed in the national capital.”Surge pricing is daylight robbery. No responsible govt can allow that,” he had tweeted.He said some taxi operators were resorting to blackmailing, saying they would not provide cabs if they were not allowed to loot and made it clear that his government would not allow that.

Uphaar case: SC agrees to consider hearing review plea during summer vacation

New Delhi: Giving a fresh ray of hope, the Supreme Court on Tuesday assured Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) that it would consider hearing in the summer break its plea seeking review of the 2015 verdict by which real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal were required to serve two years in jail if they failed to pay Rs 30 crore each.

“Will you be able to argue during summer vacation,” a bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice UU Lalit said when senior advocate KTS Tulsi, appearing for AVUT, sought urgent listing of the plea seeking review of the verdict in an open court hearing.

Tulsi referred to the fact that earlier also, AVUT had sought urgent hearing.

“One of the three judges (Justice AR Dave who is also presiding the bench) will retire by the time this is heard,” the senior lawyer said.

Supreme Court. AFPSupreme Court. AFP

Supreme Court. AFP

The court then said it would consult the concerned judges of the bench and explore possibility of listing and hearing the plea during upcoming summer vacation, beginning on 16 May and ending on 28 June.

Earlier, the CJI had assured the counsel for AVUT that probably the review plea will be listed for hearing after the Holi vacation.

Prior to this, three-judge bench comprising justices AR Dave, Kurian Joseph and AK Goel had decided to hear the review petition filed by CBI and AVUT in an open court.

Fifty-nine cinegoers had died of asphyxia during the blaze when Bollywood movie Border was being screened at Uphaar theatre. The Ansals have already deposited Rs 30 crore each.

The review plea filed by AVUT said “The impugned orders are in gross violation of natural justice and have been passed without affording victims any effective, meaningful hearing.”

It said the apex court judgements “bestow an unwarranted leniency on convicts whose conviction in the most heinous of offences has been upheld by all courts including this court and sentences imposed on them have been substituted with fine without assigning any reason or basis.”

The CBI, in its review plea, had said the apex court did not give it time to put forth its views which resulted in the “miscarriage of justice”.

“Due to the paucity of time on the day on which this case was heard, the prosecution could not adequately put across the reasons why this court should not substitute a monetary fine in place of a jail sentence.

“This petition also seeks to raise issue of an apparent error of law in the judgement and order of this court which has occasioned a grave miscarriage of justice,” the agency said in its plea.

The agency also said the “callousness” of the Ansal brothers led to 59 people being trapped and suffocated to death in the theatre.

The victims, trapped in the balcony of the theatre in South Delhi, had died of asphyxia following the fire and over 100 were injured in the subsequent stampede on 13 June, 1997.

AVUT and the CBI had also filed application seeking open court hearing on the review pleas.

The apex court had on 19 August, 2015 sent Ansal brothers, Sushil and Gopal, to two-year rigorous jail term if they failed to pay Rs 30 crore each within three months.

In a judgement on 23 September, 2015, the bench had said the “magnitude” of the tragedy case “calls for a higher sentence” but the court has to limit itself to the choice available under the law.

A two-judge bench of justices TS Thakur and Gyan Sudha Misra (since retired) had in a 5 March, 2014 order differed on the quantum of sentence for Ansal brothers: Sushil, 76, and Gopal, 67.

While Justice Thakur had retained the one-year jail term awarded by Delhi High Court in 2008, Justice Misra had awarded the maximum punishment of two years with a rider that it can be reduced to the period already undergone behind bars on payment of Rs 100 crore as fine collectively by them.

After this, the matter was referred to the bench of Justices AR Dave, Kurian Joseph and Adarsh Kumar Goel, which enhanced the sentence to the maximum period of two years under Section 304-A (causing death by negligence) of IPC if they failed to pay the fine amount.

While Sushil has spent over five months in prison, Gopal was in jail for over four months immediately after tragedy.

The three-judge bench had also said that on the principle of parity, the case of Gopal will stand on the same footing as that of Sushil.

Odd even 2.0: Real test tomorrow

The real test for the second phase of the odd-even scheme in the national capital will be on Monday, the first working day since the road-rationing measure was rolled out in the city on April 15.All offices, schools and other institutions will reopen tomorrow after the extended weekend. The second phase of the scheme was rolled out on the day of Ram Navami, a public holiday, followed by the weekend.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unlike the scheme’s pilot phase, in which the focus was more on awareness and voluntary compliance, the government has cracked the whip on violators this time, with over 2,300 challans issued in the first two days as against 479 during the same period in the previous phase between January 1-15.A strike called by auto and taxi unions in the city on Monday in protest against app-based cab operators, may add to the woes of commuters especially in view of the odd-even norms which will be in force.Delhi Transport minister Gopal Rai has urged the Lt Governor to direct police to prevent any untoward incident during the proposed strike tomorrow.Rai also met senior police and transport department officials for discussing necessary arrangements to tackle any problems arising out of the strike when only even numbered vehicles, barring exempted categories, can be on the roads.Under the fortnight-long scheme, private cars having odd registration numbers can ply only on odd dates and the even numbers on even dates, subject to a set of exemptions, which include VIPs, women, school going children, medical emergencies, commercial vehicles and CNG cars.The rules, whose violation attract a penalty of Rs 2,000 under provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, are applicable between 8 AM and 8 PM, except on Sundays.In the second phase from April 15-30, the government added into its exemption list people driving with school children in uniform.However, the government has not been able to arrive at a solution to the problem of cars returning after dropping school children or heading towards the schools in the afternoon hours to pick them up, and suggested car pooling.

Odd-even policy: Delhi govt terms response satisfactory, opposition not convinced

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government of Delhi on Friday kicked off the second phase of its odd-even traffic scheme in the national capital. Delhiites and Twitterati generally endorsed the move aimed at battling pollution, but opposition parties slammed it.

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai, who traveled on a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus to take stock of the situation, expressed satisfaction over the response to the second leg of the scheme.

The opposition parties, however, did not back the odd-even plan and demanded improvement in the existing public transport facilities.

Delhi has an estimated over 26 lakh registered cars as of 31 March, 2015. On Friday, the even numbered private cars went off the roads in compliance with the traffic restrictions for four-wheelers.

The first day of the second phase saw roads less crowded as the day also happened to be a public holiday owing to the Ram Navami festival.

Representational image. Tarique AnwarRepresentational image. Tarique Anwar

Representational image. Tarique Anwar

The Delhi Traffic Police challaned as many as 511 violators between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Separately, the Delhi government’s transport department challaned 427 violators through the day.

Those not abiding by the rule are to be fined Rs.2,000.

While the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress demanded immediate steps to improve public transport facilities in the city, former key member of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Prashant Bhushan termed the odd-even exercise a “gimmick”.

“Citizens may offer better solutions for pollution, bike lanes, better public transport/BRT, than gimmicks like odd/even,” Bhushan posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

BJP’s Delhi unit president Satish Upadhyaya said the “unplanned” odd-even scheme was causing inconvenience to the citizens.

“It is the most unplanned scheme the government has come up with. The government has not worked on improving the public transportation system,” he said.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said: “The AAP government was imposing its scheme on Delhiites without improving the condition of public transport.”

Around 4,000 civil defence volunteers, mostly young people, were stationed at major crossings. Sporting green umbrellas and holding placards calling for saving the environment, the volunteers held roses in their hands to present to violators.

Around 2,000 traffic police personnel and 400 ex-servicemen were also deployed to enforce the scheme that is aimed at tackling rising pollution in the city.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has proposed to make it a monthly affair, appealed to the people to make the second phase a success.

“Odd even starts today (Friday). Let’s all join hands and resolve to make it a success,” Kejriwal tweeted in the morning.

Transport Minister Gopal Rai said the public response to the second leg of the scheme was satisfactory.

“As we can see today people are following the odd-even rule voluntarily. I hope the second phase will also be a success like the first phase in January this year,” Rai told IANS.

Rai, who travelled in a DTC bus from the Delhi Secretariat to Pragati Maidan, India Gate, Connaught Place, Minto Road, Ramlila Maidan and other spots, hinted at the possibility of the odd-even scheme being made a feature every month if this phase proved successful.

“The first phase was during winters, and this is summer. We will collate the experiences from both the seasons. Therefore, this is the decisive phase. Depending on the feedback, the government may consider odd-even scheme every month for 15 days,” he said.

Rai had carpooled to office in an odd numbered car with Burari legislator Sanjeev Jha and Mehrauli legislator Naresh Yadav.

The Delhi government had held the first phase of the odd-even traffic scheme from 1 to 15 January this year. The city government’s inititives came after the Delhi High Court last year asked it to take urgent steps to curb worsening menace of Delhi’s pollution.

People on micro-blogging site Twitter mostly praised the odd-even move.

Abhishek Gupta, a cricketer who has played for the national under-19 team, posted: “##RRoads are so empty with young volunteers stand aside of the roads holding roses but finding only few offenders. #OddEvenBegins##.”

Chartered accountant Anurag Pandey said there were no traffic congestions on the roads.

The odd-even vehicle movement plan for four-wheelers will continue till 30 April between 8.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. except on Sundays.

Vehicles operated through compressed natural gas (CNG), two-wheelers, women motorists and several categories of VIPs and parents ferrying children to school are exempted from the restrictions.

Delhi odd-even: Some people running ‘misleading’ campaign, says Gopal Rai

Stressing that Delhi government’s priority is to protect people from the rising pollution, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Friday claimed that some businessmen, who deal in expensive cars, are running a “misleading” campaign against its rationing scheme.The minister also said if there is a reduction of about 30 per cent in the consumption of diesel and petrol, some people face loss in their businesses.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”People who do business of big cars are getting affected due to odd-even but I want to say we don’t want to affect their business. Our first priority is to save the lives of people. Such people are running a misleading campaign against odd-even by manipulating data, which is not right,” Rai said.He further said for the government there is nothing more important than the lives of people.”A campaign is being run by some persons to mislead people that 20 lakh cars will cause the same levels of pollutions as 10 lakh cars do. A lie is being spread about this scheme. Some persons say they don’t know about reduction in pollution but congestion on roads,” he added.

Pathankot attack: Investigation team admits four terrorists were from Pakistan

The Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) admitted on Thursday that the four terrorists who attacked the Pathankot Indian Air Force base were from Pakistan, according to The Indian Express report. The investigation team was at National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters in New Delhi to question witnesses connected to the attack that took place on 2 January.

File image of the Pakistan investigative team. IBN Live

File image of the Pakistan Joint Investigation Team. IBN Live

Seven security personnel were killed in the attack. Though the terrorists were later shot dead, the incident exposed a major breach in India’s border security. Earlier, the NIA team had identified the four fidayeen as Nasir Hussain, Hafiz Abu Bakar, Abdul Qayum and Umar Farooq, reported The Times Of India. Reports also suggested that Pakistan had enough evidence to link them to extremist group Jaish-e-Muhammed.

A senior official was quoted by The Indian Express saying that both the countries have shared the identities of the attackers and will decide on the next course of action.

The report further stated that apart from giving their list of demands, the NIA has put down a list of questions and asked for audio samples of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf and Nasir’s mother Khayyam Baber and have sought access to Azhar and Rauf.

Apart from the details of the four terrorists, the NIA will also share details about the people who had cooperated with them and facilitated their entry into India through Bamiyal village on Indo-Pak border. According to the PTI, DNA samples were taken from the energy drink that the attackers are believed to have consumed before carrying out the suicide attack.

Suspended Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh, his cook Madan Gopal and friend Rajesh Verma were also questioned by Pakistan JIT. Singh has claimed that he, Verma and cook Gopal were abducted by four or five heavily-armed terrorists near Punjab’s Kolia village on 2 January.

The three were earlier questioned by the NIA on 26 March in the national capital and have been living under the agency’s supervision since then, the sources said.

With inputs from agencies

Declare cow ‘Mother of the Nation’: Bhartiya Gau Kranti Manch

If the Bhartiya Gau Kranti Manch of the Shri Gopal Golok Dham Trust is to be believed, the country will be truly free when the indigenous breed of cow is declared as the country’s ‘Rashtra Mata’. Taking this resolve ahead, the organisation has demanded the Centre to declare the Indian breed of cow as “Mother of the Nation”, ahead of its mega rally planned at Ramlila Ground on Sunday. Since 2014, Gopal Mani Maharaj, founder and patron in chief of the Gau Kranti Manch has been travelling the length and breadth of the country, taking the campaign to the people and state governments, he said here on Saturday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Other than declaring the Indian Cow as ‘Mother of the Nation’ and creating an all new Cow Ministry, the Bhartiya Gau Kranti Manch also has three other demands. It wants total prohibition of cow slaughter and capital punishment for those who slaughter them, prohibition of using chemicals in agriculture and promotion of dung manure, prohibition of farming hybrid cows and free milk of Indian cows for girls and boys up to an age of 10 years.”The British dislodged the cow from its hallowed pedestal. There has only been a transfer of power which cannot be called freedom. The countr will be truly free when we declare the revered cow as mother of the nation’ and stop calling it an animal,” said Gopal Mani Maharaj.On Sunday, the Gau Kranti Manch rally is expected to see thousands turn up to exhort the National Democratic Alliance government to fulfill the organization’s key demands. According to Gopal Mani Maharaj, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah, MP’s Yogi Adityanath, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, and Baba Ramdev may attend Sunday’s rally at Ramlila Maidan.When asked what responsibilities would be the mandate of a Cow Ministry, Gopal Mani Maharaj said, “The ministry will be flooded with responsibilities. To begin with, they will have to primarily look at protection of Indian breed of cows, promote the economic issues related to cows, take care of cultural issues and see to it that cow dung is promoted as the primary fuel source for not only cooking, but also in the automobile sector and for generating energy.”He also added that the Bhartiya Gau Kranti Manch did not consider Jersey cows or for that matter any other foreign breed holy.

Delhi ‘s Odd-Even Scheme: AAP govt to decide its future course today

Delhi Government will take a decision on the future of Odd-Even vehicle restriction formula on Thursday.The Odd-Even formula, aimed at curbing air pollution was implemented on a trial basis from January 1-15 in its first phase. Under the formula, odd-numbered four-wheelers were allowed to ply on odd dates and even-numbered vehicles on even dates.Transport Minister Gopal Rai said that the government will make the announcement after reviewing the responses received from the public through multiple channels.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to reports, the second phase is likely to be introduced in April as school examinations will be underway in March.

Two-wheelers may be exempted again, women drivers may be brought in phase II of odd even formula

The Aam Aadmi Party government is likely to exempt two-wheelers from phase II of odd even road rationing formula, even as it plans to bring in the smaller percentage of single women drivers in its ambit. The women drivers were earlier exempted. The odd even formula, in all likelihood, will be back in April after the CBSE board exams of class X and XII, sources said.A formal announcement on the details of phase II of the odd even formula will be made by the Delhi government on Thursday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Largely seen as a political move, if the Arvind Kejriwal government’s call to exempt two-wheelers from the odd and even rule will contradict its earlier stand, where it had maintained that phase I of the rule was merely an experiment and the decision to include two-wheelers in the next round will be taken based on the results of round 1.Even though there was no significant impact in the pollution levels after 15 days of odd even implementation, the AAP government had pegged the experiment as a success following residents’huge compliance to the rule, that also led to traffic congestion at major bottlenecks going down.According to a IIT-Kanpur study, two wheelers account for 33 percent of all PM10 and PM 2.5 emissions by vehicles, while four-wheelers contribute to just 10 percent of the total vehicular pollution load.A senior government official said that the public transport infrastructure is not sufficient enough to take the burden of all of Delhi’s masses, hence the government is planning to exempt two-wheelers in the next round.”Once we have an adequate public infrastructure in place by this year end, we can minimise exemptions from the scheme,”the official said.However, transport minister Gopal Rai had recently announced that while 3,000 public buses will be will be ready to ply on Delhi’s roads by November this year, 1,000 buses to be run under cluster system will be ready to ply on the city’s roads from April-May, the approximate time when the phase II of the scheme is likely to be back.On Wednesday, Rai said the decision on odd even will be taken after reviewing over 11 lakh responses received from the public through multiple sources.The first phase was implemented from January 1-15 and Sundays were exempted from the plan.The government invited public opinion through emails, missed calls, online forms and reached out to nine lakh people through interactive voice response system.AAP MLAs, who organised Jan Sabhas on the same theme, have claimed that public opinion was in favour of bringing back the scheme.

Delhi CM Kejriwal to give Rs 15,000 cheques to e-rickshaw owners

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address a rally of e-rickshaw drivers at Ramlila Maidan on February 17 and distribute subsidy cheques of Rs 15,000 each among them.Transport Minister Gopal Rai said 4,600 drivers have registered their e-rickshaws with the transport department and, as per the government’s scheme, they will be given subsidy of Rs 15,000 each. Rai had in May announced that the AAP government would provide the subsidy payment to e-rickshaw owners upon registration of their vehicle with the transport department.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The chief minister will distribute subsidy cheques among those who have registered their e-rickshaws with the transport department,” Rai told reporters.A senior government official said that the government has also decided to provide financial help to those drivers who have not retro-fitted their old vehicles as per the requirement.”Government has also decided to give Rs 30,000 to 35,000 as financial assistance to the drivers of e-rickshaw who have not retro-fitted their old vehicles due to expenses of retro- fitting,” the official said.The minister said that camps will be organised by all regional authorities for e-rickshaw drivers in March so that they can get their vehicles registered with the transport department by the last date for registration on March 31.

Kamduni gang-rape case: Kolkata court to pronounce judgment today

A Kolkata court is likely to pronounce the quantum of punishment on Friday for six of the accused guilty of gangraping and murdering a woman at Kamduni village in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district.The court had yesterday found six out of the eight accused guilty in the gang-rape case out of which two accused were let off due to lack of evidence.On June 7, 2013, a BA second year student was allegedly gang-raped and murdered by few local miscreants inside an isolated compound at Kamduni village, while she was returning home from her college. Her body was found the next day.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine were arrested in connection with this case. Gopal Naskar, one of the arrested persons, died of fever and septicaemia in custody on August 1 last year while the other eight are in judicial custody.

Day 1 of MCD workers’ strike: Employees dump garbage infront of Gopal Rai’s house

After Delhi’s deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia suffered the brunt of the protesting MCD workers, state transport and rural development Minister Gopal Rai faced the fury of the workers on Friday who staged a protest outside his residence. As the strike enters day three, the outraged employees have left a mountain of garbage right outside Rai’s residence.Over 1.5 lakh MCD employees including sanitation workers and other employees of the three municipal corporations – NDMC, SDMC and EDMC – have decided to go on a three-day strike from Friday over non-payment of dues.The cash-strapped North and East Delhi civic bodies have been unable to pay salaries to workers for three to four months now. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yesterday, Sisodia was meted with a similar treatment as a pile of garbage was dumped outside his office by the MCD workers over non-payment of their dues.. “It is a ‘politics of garbage’ I would like to request the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and all the three mayor’s of BJP to pay the money to the workers,” Sisodia told media here. “The Delhi Government has paid all dues of the sanitation workers before time. It is the BJP which should answer where the money went. The BJP controls the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, having swept the election in 2012”, he added

Delhi’s odd-even scheme likely to be back after March, post board exams

The odd even formula for cars in the capital is likely to be brought back around March end this year, following the city schools’ board exams, a senior Delhi government official informed.”Once the board exams are over, the odd even scheme will be brought back, so that students appearing for the exams are not inconvenienced,” the official said, adding that adequate preparations will be made before that.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>dna had earlier reported that the Delhi government is not likely to bring back the scheme in the next two months, as they wanted to avoid the exam period in the city, which is usually in February and March.Speaking to the media, Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai said that public transport system will have to be bolstered sufficiently before a full-fledged scheme is implemented.He indicated that two-wheelers are likely to be exempted again in the next phase of the scheme after March, since it wouldn’t be possible for the government to procure an additional number of buses by then. “We had to discuss the option of exempting two-wheelers several times during the first phase of odd even scheme,” said Rai.However, according to Rai, 3,000 new buses will hit the city’s roads by this November this year. Rai said that as per the plan, 1,000 buses to be run under cluster system will ply on roads from April-May while 1,000 air-conditioned low-floor buses will hit the streets from August. “Under ‘Premium Bus Service’, we will run 1,000 buses by the end of this year. These buses will have AC, water, magazine, marshals, wi-fi and other facilities,” Rai said, adding that they will have higher fares, and will cater to the higher-income group class, most of whom use cars to go to office.The Aam Aadmi Party government had implemented the pilot project on a trial basis from January 1-15 to curb rising air pollution levels in the city. While the project didn’t reflect much on the air pollution figures, the traffic volume on the city’s roads had reduced considerably during the fortnight of its implementation.

Delhi govt seeks ideas to make car-free day interesting

The Delhi government has sought “innovative ideas” from people in the national capital to make ‘car-free’ day more “interesting” and asked them to send their suggestions via text messages.Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said people can send their innovative ideas to 9871215875 and the government will implement them. Rai’s move comes after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia requested him to make the Car-Free Day more interesting so that people in large numbers participate in the event.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sisodia said that Car-Fee Day, which is observed on 22nd of every month, is a very good initiative to bring down pollution levels. “I request Gopal ji to make Car-free Day an interesting event so that people don’t treat it like a monotonous affair,” the Deputy Chief Minister, who participated in the Car-Free Day said on Friday.

Odd-Even scheme: Will implement rule again in improved form, says Arvind Kejriwal

Expressing his gratitude towards the people of Delhi for ‘successful’ implementation of Odd-Even scheme, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said ‘it would be implemented again, but in an improved form’.Chief Minister Kejriwal had on Friday said that the air pollution levels came down and the national capital’s streets cleared up during the ‘successful’ 15-day odd-even scheme.”I thank the media, people and judiciary for the success of the odd-even plan. We imposed a strict rule but the people of Delhi followed it,” Kejriwal told a news conference. The CM requested the people of Delhi to voluntarily continue with the scheme. “It is a question of our health, our children’s health, our city.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Transport Minister Gopal Rai said 9,144 challans were issued during the odd-even scheme, a radical move by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government to curb alarming pollution levels in Delhi.Kejriwal further thanked Delhi High Court and Supreme Court judges who pooled cars to follow the odd-even scheme although they had been exempted from the plan.

Odd-Even will be back, promises Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to thank the denizens of Delhi for participating in Odd-Even. He wrote on Twitter: “Proud of u Delhi. U give me confidence “Together, we can achieve anything.” 1st phase of Odd Even ends today. Will do again in improved form.” Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the people of the capital to continue observing the odd-even scheme “voluntarily” even as he maintained suspense over when it will be repeated. Addressing a press conference, he thanked the people for the success of the fortnight-long car-rationing measure which Transport Minister Gopal Rai claimed has reduced air pollution by up to 25 per cent. Kejriwal said the government will decide on bringing the restrictions again after assessing its impact at a review meeting on January 18.”On Monday at 3 PM, an assessment meeting will be held with all the departments that were part of it. What are the lessons learnt and when we implement it again, whenever we do that, what are the preparations needed, we will assess,” the Chief Minister said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kejriwal said the measures, unprecedented in independent India’s history, managed to increase the efficiency of the public transportation system, especially buses, as congestion came down “drastically”.People followed the measures not because of the provision of Rs 2,000 penalty for each violation, Kejriwal stressed.”It gained widespread support as we took people along,” he said in a press conference at the Delhi Secretariat, flanked by Transport Minister Gopal Rai and Home Minister Satyender Jain.”People shared tales with me as to how they got used to good habits like metro and carpooling. I appeal them not to leave those habits from tomorrow only because the fine won’t be there. Keep the scheme in force voluntarily because it’s about out health, children’s health and our collective future,” Kejriwal said.Rai said that “three factors” have come up in wake of the restrictions, namely reduction in the level of peak pollution, a cut in the average volume of PM 2.5 (fine respirable particles) and the high quantity of pollutants in the border areas.Kejriwal thanked the agencies involved in enforcing the regulations, including Delhi Police, Civil Defence volunteers, Delhi Metro and “above all the fantastic people of Delhi”. The chief minister said that he found gestures like that of the Chief Justice of India T S Thakur, who carpooled to office, and other judges of the Supreme Court and High Court “overwhelming”. The radical scheme, aimed at curbing soaring levels of pollution, came into force on January 1 leading to major cut in volume of cars on the city’s streets amid the deployment of thousands of traffic police personnel and volunteers. Under the scheme, private cars having odd registration numbers were allowed to ply on odd dates and those with even numbers on even dates. The restriction period was from 8 AM to 8 PM.With inputs from agencies

Uttar Pradesh: Saifai Mahotsava comes to dazzling end amid clash, arson

The 17-day annual Saifai Mahotsava came to an end here with dazzling performances by Bollywood personalities even as the last day of the event was marred with clashes in which two policemen were injured and several vehicles were damaged. The event started with a controversy over Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s absence at the inaugural session and ended last night with several Bollywood celebrities performing at the event.It continued till late last night with performances by Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra, with hit songs rendered by Mika, Badshah and Javeed Ali keeping the audience spellbound. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The event took an ugly turn with locals clashing with the police while jostling their way towards the venue to watch the star-studded show last night. In the clash, four police jeeps and three OB vans of television news channels were damaged. A sub-inspector and a constable were also injured in the brick batting by the mob. The situation was, however, brought under control by the police.Comedian Sunil Grover also performed at the event, which started on December 26.The Chief Minister was conspicuous by his absence and reports said he skipped the inaugural event as he was upset over expulsion of two of his close associates – Sunil Yadav alias Sajan and Anand Bhadauria. Sajan was national president of SP Chhatra Sabha, while Bhadauria was former national president of Lohia Vahini.The expulsion of both the leaders were later revoked and CM attended the event, putting a lid on the controversy which kept hogging newspaper headlines for days. The annual family fiesta, which is being held for the last 18 years, saw performances by Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, ghazal singer Peenaz Masani and several Bollywood stars.The festivities were inaugurated by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, with his brother and cousin Shivpal and Ram Gopal in tow. Ram Gopal lit the lamp and performed ‘puja’ and took part in ‘Hawan’ to mark the beginning of the festivities.

Pathankot terror attack – NIA not satisfied with Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh’s response: MHA official

National Investigative Agency (NIA) is not satisfied with Gurdapur Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh’s responses following extensive interrogation, said an official of Ministry of Home Affairs. The interrogation of the top cop is likely to conclude today, the official added. Singh reached the NIA office for the second consecutive day today for questioning in connection with the Pathankot terror attack.The NIA had yesterday questioned the top cop at its headquarters in New Delhi. Singh had been summoned by the NIA on Friday to appear before it for detailed interrogation. The Home Ministry in a statement yesterday said that Salwinder’s jeweller friend Rajesh Verma and cook Madan Gopal have also been questioned and would be called again for questioning, if needed.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The NIA teams have continued to question SP Salwinder Singh’s friend Rajesh Verma as well as his cook Madan Gopal in Punjab. Madan Gopal will be called for questioning at the NIA headquarters in Delhi and the date of his questioning will be intimated in due course,” it added.Seven security personnel died in the attack of the IAF base in Pathankot, located 250 km from Chandigarh, by terrorists suspected from Pakistan.

DDCA probe panel chief Chetan Sanghi says he was pressurised to name a certain VIP

Delhi government-appointed DDCA probe panel chief Chetan Sanghi has informed the Centre that he was under “pressure” from various “stakeholders” for naming some individuals, including a “certain VIP”, in his report on the affairs of the cricket body.Sanghi, a Principal Secretary in the Vigilance Department, who is now on leave, has written about the alleged pressure in a letter to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta alleged that lawyer Rahul Mehra, a member of the probe panel, had put pressure on Sanghi to name Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has been accused by AAP of allowing wrongdoings to happen under his watch as DDCA chief from 1999-2013.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When contacted, Mehra, a senior standing counsel with Delhi government, strongly denied the charges, calling the allegations of both Gupta and Sanghi baseless and politically motivated.Sanghi had submitted the report to the AAP government in November last year.Based on recommendations of the Sanghi panel, the AAP government had last month set up an inquiry commission to investigate the alleged irregularities in DDCA, including the period from 1999-2013 when Union Finance MInister Arun Jaitley headed it.”There was considerable emphasis on naming who were at fault and in particular a certain VIP. There was a lot of pressure from various stakeholders since the subject was very controversial,” Sanghi wrote in a letter to Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.Since the “formal mandate was not to do so”, a very tight rope walk was taken and the short time frame of three days also did not particularly help matters, he added.Sanghi, who headed the three-member probe committee, said there was a “lot of pressure from various stakeholders” since the subject was very controversial and there were a lot of yesteryear cricket luminaries who were very vocal about the alleged mismanagement in DDCA.This assumes significance in light of BJP’s demand for apology from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for dragging Jaitley’s name into the row when his own government panel did not name any individual.In his letter to Mehrishi dated December 28, 2015 Sanghi has also requested for Central deputation and closing cases initiated against him by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).Sanghi claimed the ACB, headed by LG-appointed Joint Commissioner of Police M K Meena, had filed the FIRs since it had not been in receipt of information in reply from the Delhi State Industrial And Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (DSIIDC), which he headed from 2010-12.”Now that it has since received the requisite information from DSIIDC, it can easily close the investigation because there is no case that can be made out,” the letter said.Sanghi, who was Commissioner, Industries, also headed DSIIDC in that capacity when some irregularities allegedly took place there.On allegations by Gupta and Sanghi, Mehra said there was absolutely no pressure on the panel.”Various stakeholders including a host of former cricketers gave representations to us to which we applied our mind. In case of pressure, if any, take the report and show me where did we mention any name.”If naming was the objective, one could have just handpicked and formed a one-member committee. It was just a collation of existing reports into DDCA affairs. Ironically BJP has been piggybacking on the same report demanding Kejirwal’s apology as it does not name anyone.”Why did Sanghi wait till FIRs were filed against him to come up with such allegations?” he asked.Transport Minister Gopal Rai said there is “no truth in these allegations” and if anyone has any complaints there is a panel which they can approach.Gopal Rai said there is “no truth in these allegations” and if anyone has any complaints there is a panel which they can approach.”There is a Commission which has been constituted to probe allegations and counter allegations related to DDCA. It is the responsibility of the Gopal Subramanium-headed DDCA panel to probe all the aspects in detail and come out with a report,” Rai said.Asked whether it was a setback for the AAP government, Rai said it has now “got used to such things”.”Central government has been consistently creating such pressures and influences. Creating hurdles is their job and doing work is our duty,” he said.Sanghi requested Mehrishi to waive the debarment on him, imposed for his not joining the Women and Child Development Ministry in 2014 on time, which is still preventing him from joining the Union government.Sanghi said he could not join the WCD Ministry since no reliever was posted by the MHA at that time and that the government of Puducherry had wanted him “to see through the Budget session up to March 2015″.”My request is to kindly waive this debarment since I was not at fault and assign me to a posting on Central Deputation,” he said.

DDCA inquiry faced pressure to name a VIP: Panel chief

Delhi government-appointed DDCA probe panel chief Chetan Sanghi has informed the Centre that he was under “pressure” from various “stakeholders” for naming some individuals, including a “certain VIP”, in his report on the affairs of the cricket body.Sanghi, a Principal Secretary in the Vigilance Department, who is now on leave, has written about the alleged pressure in a letter to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta alleged that lawyer Rahul Mehra, a member of the probe panel, had put pressure on Sanghi to name Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has been accused by AAP of allowing wrongdoings to happen under his watch as DDCA chief from 1999-2013.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When contacted, Mehra, a senior standing counsel with Delhi government, strongly denied the charges, calling the allegations of both Gupta and Sanghi baseless and politically motivated. Sanghi had submitted the report to the AAP government in November last year. Based on recommendations of the Sanghi panel, the AAP government had last month set up an inquiry commission to investigate the alleged irregularities in DDCA, including the period from 1999-2013 when Union Finance MInister Arun Jaitley headed it.”There was considerable emphasis on naming who were at fault and in particular a certain VIP. There was a lot of pressure from various stakeholders since the subject was very controversial,” Sanghi wrote in a letter to Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. Since the “formal mandate was not to do so”, a very tight rope walk was taken and the short time frame of three days also did not particularly help matters, he added.Sanghi, who headed the three-member probe committee, said there was a “lot of pressure from various stakeholders” since the subject was very controversial and there were a lot of yesteryear cricket luminaries who were very vocal about the alleged mismanagement in DDCA. This assumes significance in light of BJP’s demand for apology from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for dragging Jaitley’s name into the row when his own government panel did not name any individual.In his letter to Mehrishi dated December 28, 2015 Sanghi has also requested for Central deputation and closing cases initiated against him by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB). Sanghi claimed the ACB, headed by LG-appointed JointCommissioner of Police M K Meena, had filed the FIRs since it had not been in receipt of information in reply from the Delhi State Industrial And Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (DSIIDC), which he headed from 2010-12. “Now that it has since received the requisite information from DSIIDC, it can easily close the investigation because there is no case that can be made out,” the letter said.Sanghi, who was Commissioner, Industries, also headed DSIIDC in that capacity when some irregularities allegedly took place there. On allegations by Gupta and Sanghi, Mehra said there was absolutely no pressure on the panel.”Various stakeholders including a host of former cricketers gave representations to us to which we applied our mind. In case of pressure, if any, take the report and show me where did we mention any name.”If naming was the objective, one could have just handpicked and formed a one-member committee. It was just a collation of existing reports into DDCA affairs. Ironically BJP has been piggybacking on the same report demanding Kejirwal’s apology as it does not name anyone. “Why did Sanghi wait till FIRs were filed against him to come up with such allegations?” he asked.Transport Minister Gopal Rai said there is “no truth in these allegations” and if anyone has any complaints there is a panel which they can approach. “There is a Commission which has been constituted to probe allegations and counter allegations related to DDCA. It is the responsibility of the Gopal Subramanium-headed DDCA panel to probe all the aspects in detail and come out with a report,” Rai said.Asked whether it was a setback for the AAP government, Rai said it has now “got used to such things”. “Central government has been consistently creating such pressures and influences. Creating hurdles is their job and doing work is our duty,” he said. Sanghi requested Mehrishi to waive the debarment on him, imposed for his not joining the Women and Child Development Ministry in 2014 on time, which is still preventing him from joining the Union government.Sanghi said he could not join the WCD Ministry since no reliever was posted by the MHA at that time and that the government of Puducherry had wanted him “to see through the Budget session up to March 2015”. “My request is to kindly waive this debarment since I was not at fault and assign me to a posting on Central Deputation,” he said.

Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh questioned by NIA

Senior Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh was on Monday questioned by NIA in connection with the terror strike at Pathankot IAF base as suspicion arose after several contradictions in his statements during his interrogation.The NIA, which took over the case immediately after terrorists struck inside the IAF base during the intervening night of January 1 and 2, had summoned Singh as he was kidnapped by terrorists during the New Year night before they entered into the air base. Singh, who is at present a Superintendent of Police rank officer posted as Assistant Commandant of 75th battalion of Punjab Armed Police after he was removed as SP (headquarters) Gurdaspur, had allegedly given contradictory statements about his kidnapping and sequences of events preceding and succeeding the hostage event, official sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA has also summoned his cook Madan Gopal to the headquarters for questioning and if need be the two would be confronted, a Home Ministry spokesperson said. The NIA has recorded statement of the caretaker of the shrine which Singh had said that he had visited with Gopal and his jeweller friend Rajesh Verma, who was left bleeding with a cut below his throat by the terrorists after abducting the other two.The caretaker, who is related to the cook, had told the sleuths that Gopal and Verma had come in the morning of December 31 and again in the evening and he was not aware of the reason for his visit to the shrine twice, official sources said.NIA has recored his statement in Pathankot but he has been asked to come on January 13 as his statements were also contradictory in nature, the sources said. Meanwhile, a Home Ministry spokesperson said NIA has moved to secure a Black Notice from Interpol (used to identify unidentified bodies) to ascertain identity of four bodies of terrorists who attacked Pathankot air base.The NIA has also sent some body parts to CFSL to ascertain whether they belong to the remaining two terrorists who were involved in the 80-hour long gun battle with security forces which left seven personnel dead, the sources said.A 10-member NIA team continuing search operation in Punjab has already recovered AK-47 magazine, mobile phone and binoculars from IAF base in Pathankot, the spokesperson said. NIA teams are working across Punjab and are examining witnesses and carrying out search operations at the encounter site as well as outside the base, he said.

Pathankot attack probe: India to seek Interpol help to identify killed terrorists

The Union Home Ministry said on Monday that India will move Interpol to secure a Black Corner Notice to identify the four terrorists killed during the Pathankot operations.A 10-member National Intelligence Agency (NIA) team, led by a DIG, has continued the search operation in the area where the encounter of terrorists took place. The security forces have recovered one more mobile phone, one AK-47 magazine and binocular from the encounter site during the search operation.Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police (SP) Salwinder Singh, who was today summoned by the NIA, was grilled the entire day about the incident. As the examination was not completed, he has been summoned for questioning yet again tomorrow. The NIA teams have continued questioning Rajesh Verma, the friend of Gurdaspur SP, and his cook Madan Gopal in Punjab. Gopal will be called for questioning at NIA HQ in Delhi and the date of his questioning will be intimated in due course.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, NIA teams are also examining witnesses connected to the case. The NIA has registered three cases in connection with the terror strike at Pathankot IAF base. The first case pertains to Salwinder Singh’s abduction and the second for the killing of the taxi driver. Both the cases were registered at Narot Jaimal Singh Police Station in Pathankot district.The third and the main case, registered at Police Station Division No. 2 Pathankot, relates to the terrorist attack on the Air Force Station. Seven military personnel were martyred and another 20 injured when six terrorists crossed the border and launched a massive attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in the early hours of January 2.

J&K CM Mohammed Mufti’s demise: Sonia Gandhi likely to visit Mehbooba in Kashmir tomorrow

Mir said the Congress president would visit the Gupkar residence of the Muftis in the afternoon and meet Mehbooba. However, she will not go to Bijbehara, Sayeed’s ancestral town where he was buried on Thursday, he said.

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Inconsistencies in Punjab SP’s statement, to be questioned again by NIA

The NIA also recorded the statement of caretaker of the shrine who is believed to have told him that Madan Gopal and Verma had come during day time on December 31 only to return in the evening. The NIA plans to question Verma and Gopal again as there were some inies in the account of the kidnapping incident that preceded last Saturday’s terror attack at Pathankot air force base given by all the three, the sources said.

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Pathyankot terror attack – No breach of fencing but there are gapping holes along border: BSF

A tributary of river Beas enters into Pakistan from this village and this route is popular with drug smugglers to enter India.

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Working on ‘leads’ provided by India on Pathankot attack: Pakistan Foreign Office

An element of uncertainty today crept in over next week’s Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan amid indications that these may be deferred in the wake of the Pathankot terror attack last Saturday.

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Punjab Police ‘failed’ to prevent attack despite inputs: AAP

In a pre-dawn attack, a group of heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists, suspected to belong to Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit, struck at an Air Force base here today, leading to a fierce gunbattle in which three security personnel were killed along with the four attackers.

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Pathankot attack: Pakistan number used to hire taxi on Friday by terrorists

Security agencies have found that from the Pakistani mobile number, the handlers were actively giving the directions to the terrorists. Since the Pakistani number was under surveillance, security agencies were able to find out the possible target of the terrorists, leading to dispatching of 160 NSG commandos, army special forces besides others.

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Kerala: BJP intimidating us, alleges Nair community outfit leader

He was apparently referring to a section of BJP members belonging to the Nair community and opposed to his leadership trying to capture NSS Karayogams (village level units). Some karayogams, in which BJP members are in majority, had even passed resolutions against his leadership on various issues.

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