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Demonetization will cause 1.5% GDP loss

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former finance minister and Congress spokesperson P Chidambaram on Friday pegged the hit to the GDP at 1.5 per cent that is Rs 1.5 lakh crore as against former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who had pegged the loss to 2 per cent or more. He said the govt should not misread people’s patience as being happy with the demonetization, asking the Prime Minister to put an end to all restrictions on withdrawals of own money by the people and grant them back the economic freedom to withdraw as much money as they want in the new year.He said it is fair to expect that there shall be no queues outside bank branches and ATMs, that all ATMs will be open round the clock, fully stocked with currency notes, the bank will pay the money written on the cheque and not ask the drawer to draw another cheque of smaller amount.Dropping a hint that the whole demonetization exercise was PM Modi’s own brainwave, Chidambaram asked for making public the agenda note of the board of governors of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Cabinet note on the demonetization on November 8. He pointed out that RBI Governor Urjit Patel and only three non-official directors of the RBI Board met in Delhi at 5.30 pm on November 5 and took the decision to recommend demonetization of 85 per cent of the Indian currency in just 30 minutes. He wants to know how the governor and ‘three wise men’ reached such a momentous conclusion in so short a period and said that it should be made public what was discussed and if there were any dissents.Chidambaram said it would bring out the truth that everything was prescribed to both the RBI Board and the union ministers at the Cabinet meeting to have the command performance (as per the PM’s wish). He said he only hopes that there would not be another ‘surgical strike’ of this dimension on the people. Taunting at the BJP leaders describing the bank note withdrawal as a ‘surgical strike’, he said, “it should rather put all surgeons to shame.”

Digi Dhan Mela: PM Modi launches Bhim app, now only thumb impression needed for secure digital transaction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking at the Digi Dhan Mela at the Talkatora Stadium on Friday, PM Modi announced a new BHIM App. PM Modi said the Government of India had announced schemes to reward small traders and customers who use digital payments. He said: “On the day of Christmas, GoI announced schemes to reward small traders and customers who resort to digital payments. These two initiatives, the Lucky Grahak Yojana and DigiDhan Vyapar Yojana are a Christmas gift to the nation. Prizes are given to those who make transactions of more than Rs 50 and less than Rs 3000, so that the poor can win. Over the 100 day period, several families will be given the prizes. These schemes were launched to benefit poor.”He also said: “The mega draw will take place on 14th April, the birth anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. Launch of ‘BHIM’ App is significant. In addition to his role in making of the Constitution, Dr Ambedkar was also a great economist. Dr Ambedkar’s thesis offers significant insights of various economic issues.”He added: “Ek zamana tha unpadh ko angutha-chaap kaha jata tha, ab waqt aisa hai aap hi ka angutha aapki pehchan aur bank. In 2 weeks, will make one more accomplishment, it’s security is being worked on. It will empower BHIM; you’ll only require your thumb to pay.”He went on to add that some people were pessimists and he couldn’t help them. Hitting out at the opposition, PM Modi said: “Ek neta ne kaha khoda dungar aur nikaali chuhiya; Mujhe toh chuhiya hi nikaalni thi, wohi toh sab kha jaati hai chori se. ” Speaking about the media, he said: “In last 50 days, media while covering me, also questioned the Govt on how will the country become digital when poor don’t have mobile. I am thankful to the media as this has helped Govt formulate schemes and take up initiatives to empower the poor.”He further said: “Aane wale dino mei media bahut seva kar sakta hai; Media ’17 mei poochega ki do-do mobile phones lekar ghoom rahe ho aur cashless nahi ho? Yeh desh apne andar ki burai ko khatam karne ke liye ek hua, itna kasth jhelne ke liye aage aaye, yahi humare desh ki takat hai.”Prime Minister Modi recently announced two award schemes named ‘Lucky Grahak Yojana’ for retail consumers and ‘Digi Dhan Vapar Yojana’ for small businesses to encourage digital payments during his 27th edition of ‘Mann ki Baat’ address.The winners will get a minimum of Rs. 1,000 through a lucky draw – while the winners will be chosen on daily and weekly basis under the Lucky Grahak Yojana, merchants who have won under the Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana will be announced every week.The first ‘Digi Dhan’ mela (fair) was organised in Gurugram, Haryana, on Monday and was inaugurated by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Special arrangements made in Bihar for Prakash Parv

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A total of ten trains and 300 buses will take devotees from Punjab to Patna for on January 5. The Punjab govt has made elaborate arrangements for the devotees who will travel free of cost to Patna for the ‘Prakash Utsav’. The state govt has also co-ordinated with Bihar govt for providing a free stay to thousands of devotees who would attend the celebrations.“In all the trains, one compartment will be reserved for women. The trains departing from 3 Takhts Sri Amritsar, Sri Anandpur Sahib and Sri Damdama Sahib will have one coach each for Nihang Sikhs (an armed Sikh order)” said Punjab Education Minister, Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema, adding that the Punjab Government has made arrangements for free travel and free meals.Over 25,000 devotees from Punjab are expected to take part in the event, which will be held in Takht Sri Patna Sahib, in Patna, also the birth place of the tenth Sikh guru. Thousands of devotees have already reached the venue.Dr Cheema further divulged that residents of every constituency would be fetched in 10 special trains as per the coaches apart from 3 buses operating from each constituency taking the total to 300 buses. Punjab government had earlier organized two functions at Sri Anandpur Sahib and New Delhi in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also present.

When I was treated with suspicion for depositing my mother’s rainy day savings: An open letter to Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dear Mr Jaitley,When PM Modi asked citizens of the country to give him 50 days, we supported him because he claimed that we would get a better future. We were led to believe that there was a proper plan in place, and we’d be able to deposit our old notes without too much of a hassle. Time and again, we were assured that we had till December 30. Of course, given the number of rule changes till this point, it was optimism to the file of foolishness. On Monday morning, RBI announced that an amount exceeding Rs 5,000 can be deposited in the bank accounts only once till the December 30, quite contradictory to your earlier announcement. Later the same evening, you clarified that “No questions will be asked if any amount of junked currency is deposited in one go,” and we believed in you again.
ALSO READ Inquisition for Rs 5000: Why Modi govt is making it very hard to support demonetizationHowever, reality was a little different as I realised when I went to deposit my mother’s savings. Like any other Indian woman she liked to keep some money aside for a rainy day and hoped to deposit the money once the queues had thinned. Upon hearing the Dec 19 announcement, she freaked out and asked me to deposit the money as soon as possible. As much as I hated waiting in queue to deposit some cash whose existence my mom didn’t remember for ages now, I was mentally prepared to come across at least 40-50 other hassled people who would have come to deposit their ‘old currency’.
ALSO READ Govt will come with structured response: RS Prasad goes into damage control over Rs 5000 deposit announcementHowever, to my surprise there wasn’t a long queue, with only 5-7 people waiting to deposit and withdraw cash. I thought that the process would be fairly simple when the security guard handed me a form to fill and directed me towards the queue. In the form, I just had to fill basic information such as my account details and the value of currency (I didn’t even need to fill my PAN card details because the amount was less than Rs 50,000). I thanked my stars that I won’t have to wait in the queue till the end of the year.
ALSO READ New Rs 5000 deposit rule an influential step to curtail misuse: MoS Finance Gangwar I had assumed I would be done in 10-15 minutes. However, that wasn’t the case. Mr Jaitley, I am sure you’re trying your best to help all the individuals out there, but I must say that the ground reality is slightly different.Firstly, the person at the deposit counter was already hassled because he hadn’t found time to have lunch till 4.30 PM, and then he had to deal with a person who didn’t have stamp on his cheque and me and the person behind me who had old currency of the value more than Rs 5000.He asked me if I had made a deposit yesterday, I denied and stated that this is my first deposit in all the days. I further went on to explain that you had assured that we can deposit more than Rs 5000 without being questioned, he told me I could deposit a ‘huge amount such as Rs 6,500’ only if I submitted an acknowledgment and presented an original identity proof.I was then asked to meet one of his seniors, who asked me to fill another form wherein I had to give my account details, details and a copy of identity proof along with an address proof and the reason for depositing the amount late. The senior checked all the original identity proofs and signed the acknowledgment, and called his colleague to do the same, who choose to sign it ‘later’.To add to it, the colleague mocked me for finding Rs 6,500 in a purse. He even thought I was the most innovative of the lot he had met ever since morning.Unfortunately, by the time I was done, the deposit counter was shut but since I was in queue earlier, they were kind enough to let me deposit the money. What was truly galling during the entire process was the fact that I was made to feel like a petty criminal.Why do I need to explain where the money came from? Rs 6500 isn’t a huge amount,. Both the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister of the country had assured me that I had all the time in the world to deposit my money. Does the FM and PM’s words have no value at all?But I guess I should soldier on, because all this is for the betterment of the country? Isn’t feeling frustrated for 45 minutes, being late for office, being treated like a petty criminal to deposit a small amount of my mother’s savings all justified for the greater good of nation? Of course, we are willing to soldier on because we believe, but it’d nice if we weren’t treated like criminals. Thank you,Another citizen waiting for ‘acche din’

PM Modi lacked guts to participate in Parliamentary debate: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rejecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s allegations that opposition parties were trying to defend the dishonest and were running away from a debate as ‘absolutely wrong’, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday said the former was not ready to address Parliament, because he did not have guts to participate in the debate.”This is absolutely wrong. Modiji himself failed to address parliament. Modiji speaks outside and not in parliament because there was pandemonium. If in the din, the Taxation Bill could be passed, the Disability Bill and supplementary demand were passed, then why did not Modiji make a statement? He was not ready, because he did not have guts to participate in the debate,” Kharge told ANI.”When Modiji declared demonetization on November 8, he should have given a statement in the House on November 16, but he did not. When he made the announcement outside parliament and made statements on TV, radio and for press, then why did not he give a statement in the House,” he asked, adding that the Prime Minister came to the House not for answering questions, but just to mark his presence.
ALSO READ Demonetization: Cash crunch to normalise by Febuary 2017, says reportJustifying the opposition’s stand in parliament, the Congress veteran said, “We demanded an adjournment motion for a debate under Rule 56, but that was denied. Then we said we are ready to discuss the issue under Rule 184, dropping the demand of an adjournment, but they were not ready for that. It entails voting, but despite their majority in the Lok Sabha, they denied. At the end, we said we are ready for a discussion under any rule, but they were not ready for even that.””He thinks he can speak anything outside parliament, because those are electoral stunts as he had said he would bring black money stashed in foreign nations and would give Rs. 15 lakh (to everybody), but later BJP president Amit Shah said those were political stunts. So, these stunts are their preparations for election in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa and other states and that was why they did not want a discussion in the House,” Kharge added.
ALSO READ NDA govt did what Congress should have done in 1971: Narendra ModiAddressing his sixth “Parivartan Rally” in Kanpur on Monday, the Prime Minister hailed his demonetization move, saying it is aimed at curbing corruption and black money and to benefit the poor and honest citizens.Prime Minister Modi attacked the opposition for stalling proceedings during the winter session of parliament, alleging that parliament was not allowed to function as opposition parties were trying to defend the dishonest and were running away from a debate on the issue of corruption and black money.The Prime Minister said that during an all-party meeting convened before the winter session, he had suggested a debate on simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies and donations to political parties.

Government always has final say in Army Chief’s selection, says Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Satyvrat Chaturvedi appeared to go against his party’s line on Monday, when he said that the final decision in the selection of the army chief lies in the hands of the government of the day.”Seniority is an important consideration, but it is not the only consideration. Qualification is also an important factor. So, the government must have taken the decision considering all factors. I feel that the present man appointed is a general and he a past record. All these things must have been thought about,” Senior Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi told ANI.Chaturvedi insisted that politics and defence should be kept apart in the national interest.
ALSO READ Rawat appointment row: Never played politics with Army like BJP, won’t ever do it, says Congress”In terms of the appointment of the army chief, controversy cannot be welcomed. The decision of what is supreme for national interest is taken by the ruling government. Army and politics should be like two poles apart. I don’t find it right to play politics over national security, he said.”I am in favour of keeping this issue away from any controversy. I don’t want to comment on it,”he added.
ALSO READ Army chief appointment: Govt cites Rawat’s track record to blunt opposition’s attack The Centre has attracted criticism from the opposition parties for choosing Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat as the next army chief, for superseding two senior officers ? Lt. Gen. Praveen Bakshi, the senior most army commander, who heads the Eastern Command, and Lt. Gen. P.M. Hariz, the chief of the Southern Command.However, the government on Sunday clarified that the appointment of Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) is based purely on merit from a panel of officers in the rank of army commanders, irrespective of the corps to which the officer originally belonged.

DNA Evening Must Reads: Furore over army chief’s appointment; Imtiaz Ali on his film with SRK-Anushka; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Furore over army chief’s appointment: Congress demands answers, govt says permission of 10, Janpath not requiredWith the Centre announcing the name of Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat as the new Chief of the Army Staff superseding two seniors for the coveted post, the Congress on Sunday demanded an answer from the government over the decision, while asserting that the Army is a public institution and the nation deserves an answer. Read more hereElection Commission seeks ban on anonymous contributions to parties above Rs 2000Seeking to stem the flow of blackmoney in polls, the Election Commission has urged the government to amend laws to ban anonymous contributions of Rs 2000 and above made to political parties. Read more hereIND vs ENG: Heartbreak for KL Rahul, but opener leads strong Indian reply on Day 4Talented opener KL Rahul displayed superb temperament but missed out on a well-deserved double century by a solitary run even though India were in a commanding position at 391 for 4 on the third day of the fifth cricket Test against England in Chennai. Read more hereEmbarrassed, upset over handful of employees: Axis Bank’s Shikha Sharma”Embarrassed and upset” over the conduct of a handful of employees bringing the organisation into disrepute, Axis Bank MD and CEO Shikha Sharma said the bank has hired KPMG to conduct a forensic audit for enhanced due diligence and building more safeguards. Read more hereImtiaz Ali FINALLY breaks silence on his film with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma!SRK and I want to do something different in ‘The Ring’, Imtiaz said. Read more here

Mamata Banerjee questions I-T exemption on deposits in old notes by political parties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday questioned the government’s decision to give income tax exemption on deposits by political parties in old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, saying the timing of the announcement shows that there may be “an ulterior motive”.Her statement came a day after Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia stated that political parties depositing old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in their accounts will be exempt from income tax provided the donations taken are below Rs 20,000 per individual and properly documented. “They need to clarify that #DeMonetisation means it is #DeMonetisation for all. Same rules for everyone. If 500/1000 are illegal tender, then how are they trying to show that there is a division btwn common people & political parties?” Banerjee said in a series of tweets.”Even the timing of these statements show that there may be an ulterior motive. Is there a motive? Are they trying to give a hidden message to cadre of one political party? Why these confusing and misleading statements now? They must clarify,” she said. “It is most unfortunate how there are confusing and misleading statements coming from senior govt officials,” said the Trinamool Congress chief, who has been vociferous in her opposition to the Centre’s demonetisation move.In a press conference yesterday, Adhia had said the government is not tinkering with the tax exemption available to political parties and they are free to deposit old 500 and 1000 rupee notes in their bank accounts. But these deposits will, however, be subject to the condition that individual donations taken in cash do not exceed Rs 20,000 and are properly documented with full identity of the donor.”If it is a deposit in the account of a political party, they are exempt. But if it is deposited in individual’s account then that information will come into our radar. If the individual is putting money in his own account, then we will get information,” he had said.

Why did Vajpayee not ‘re-implement’ demonetization if it was a success: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for saying the late Indira Gandhi lacked courage to demonetize high value currency, the Congress hit back at the Centre saying why was demonetization not re-implemented by BJP stalwart Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1978, if it was so successful in the first place.Taking to Twitter, Congress leader Ahmed Patel accused the Centre of “promoting black money” and asked the ruling party to read up history properly as the grand old party had always been firmly against demonetization.”From Rajendra Babu to Indiraji to Dr Singh,we have been consistent in opposing note ban. Those in habit of U turns should read history properly. In 1978, Vajpayee ji was part of decision to demonetize Rs 1000, as PM he re-introduced it. Can anyone say he put party interest before nation?” he said in a series of tweets.Asserting that he respected Vajpayee, who was a cabinet minister during demonetization in 1078, Patel questioned that did he did not re-implement it during his government if it was a success. “I respect Vajpayee ji. He was Cabinet Minister during 1978 demonetization. Why he did not re-implement it during his govt if it was a success? Is it a coincidence that both, Rs 1000 note & Rs 2000 note is a legacy of NDA 1 & NDA 2. So who is promoting black money ,” Patel said.Prime Minister Modi on Friday said Indira Gandhi rejected suggestions for demonetization in 1971, saying she wanted to win elections, but that resulted in poor economic conditions in the country. Alleging that Indira sold out India by ignoring advice to demonetize, Prime Minister Modi said, “She told her finance minister YB Chavan: ‘Are no more elections to be fought by Congress.'”Stressing that the implementation of demonetization policy was required in 1971, but it was implemented now, the Prime Minister, hitting out at the opposition at the BJP Parliamentary Party meet, said, “For the Congress, party is bigger than nation; but for us, the nation is above the party.”

DNA Morning Must Reads: Modi’s jibe at Congress over demonetization, Pentagon asks China to release its drone; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. NDA govt did what Congress should have done in 1971: Narendra ModiPM uses the BJP parliamentary party meeting platform to take on the Opposition on demonetization, an issue which had stalled the Winter Session. Read more.2. It is clearly marked as ours’: US asks China to return seized drone immediatelyChina seized US underwater drone in South China Sea. Read more.3. Rahul Gandhi’s ‘bomb’ explodes: Why the Opposition split ahead of meeting with PM ModiOpposition parties accused Rahul of breaking an understanding by going alone to meet the PM and fixing an appointment with President Pranab Mukherjee in his own name. Read more.4. Demonetization: Supreme Court says it will not ‘interfere’ in govt’s decisionThe SC’s order came in response to a petition filed on November 10, against the government’s November 8 announcement of demonetizing Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Read more.5. IND vs ENG: Kohli as good as Ajinkya Rahane in slips – R SridharThe value of Ajinkya Rahane in slips for the spinners is realised when he is absent from the team. Read more.

DNA Evening Must Reads: Modi accuses Indira, 50% tax on undisclosed money, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Indira Gandhi sold out India by ignoring Chavan’s call for demonetization in 1971: PM ModiPM Modi alleged that Indira Gandhi sold out India by ignoring advice to demonetize, Prime Minister Modi said, ‘She told her finance minister YB Chavan: are no more elections to be fought by Congress.’ Read more here.2. Demonetization: SC transfers petitions to 5-judge constitution benchThe Supreme Court bench hearing the petitions against demonetization transferred the matter to a five judge constitution bench on Friday and stayed all matters pertaining to various High Courts. Read more here.3. Putin gave Obama clear response on allegations of hacking during US election: ReportThe Kremlin said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin had given President Barack Obama “a really clear response” to US allegations that Moscow had interfered in the US presidential election by hacking Democratic Party organisations. Read more here.4. Govt says ’email us about black money info’, 50% tax to be imposedPeople can give information about conversion of black money to the government email address created to get such information, stated Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia. He announced that unaccounted cash can be disclosed under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) from December 17 2016 till March 31 2017. Read more here.5. No official estimation of black money before or after demonetization announcement: JaitleyThere is no official estimation of black money either before or after November 8 — the day government announced scrapping of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday. Read more here.

DNA Evening Must Reads: Govt demands apology from Rahul Gandhi, Disabilities Bill passed in Rajya Sabha, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Govt demands Rahul’s apology, says allegations against PM Modi made out of ‘desperation’Rejecting as “baseless” the allegations levelled by Rahul Gandhi against the Prime Minister, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar on Wednesday said they were made out of “desperation” and asked the Congress Vice President to apologise. Read more hereRights of Persons with Disabilities Bill passed in Rajya SabhaA bill stipulating up to two-year jail term and a maximum fine of Rs 5 lakh for discriminating against differently-abled persons was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Read more hereSyria: Nearly 1,000 people held at Iran checkpoint outside Aleppo, says Turkey’s AnadoluNearly 1,000 people from Syria’s Aleppo evacuated overnight after a ceasefire deal, are held at an Iranian militia checkpoint outside the city, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency quoted the head of the Turkish Red Crescent as saying on Wednesday. Read more hereVoting by minority shareholders of TCS sent a strong signal for governance reform: Cyrus MistryA day after being voted out as TCS’ director, Cyrus P Mistry on Wednesday took the moral high ground, saying over 70% of non-promoter shareholders either voted against the resolution to remove him or abstained. Read more hereAmazon Prime Video launched, now access movies and shows at Rs 42/monthAmazon Prime Video is now available on Android and iOS. Read more hereCrime Patrol actor Kamlesh Pandey commits suicideTV serial actor Kamlesh Pandey, who had played a police officer in Crime Patrol, committed suicide by reportedly shooting himself in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. The reason behind his suicide is not known. According to reports, he was in Sanjivini Nagar and his wife’s sister Anjani Chaturvedi was present. Read more here

We have to differentiate between militants and their families: Mehbooba Mufti to security forces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday asked security forces to restrain themselves from using pellet guns and differentiate between stone-pelters/militants and their families, while noting that force was used to deal with law and order in the Valley during the recent unrest.”When we have to deal with such situation, we have to use force sometimes and I have no hesitation in saying this. We should all speak truth. We had to use force because we had to protect the lives and properties of all the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” she said. The chief minister was speaking at the passing-out parade of Jammu and Kashmir Police at Commando Training Centre here in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.Mehbooba said if force was not used, losses would have been more.
ALSO READ J&K govt to pay Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia to Burhan Wani’s kin for his brother’s death”If we had not done so, there could have been more killings, more losses. But now, our endeavour should be to see towards those people who were confined to their homes because of the situation, strikes and curfew and what they have gone through in these six months,” she said. The chief minister said now that the situation has improved and the time has come to “change our ways”. “But now I think that when the situation has improved, the time has come to heal the wounds of the people. Now, we have to change our ways. We have to differentiate between the situation as of today and what was four months back. We will have to give special focus to the youth,” she said.She said security forces have to differentiate between offenders like militants and stone-pelters and their families. “We cannot weigh every youth by the same scale, we cannot see every youth with suspicious eyes, then the situation will not improve. We have to differentiate between militants and their families. We have to differentiate militants from their parents, siblings and children and we cannot weigh them by the same scale.”If any youth is a habitual stone-pelter, we will have to differentiate between him and his family. You have to differentiate between an elder person involved in such activities and a student and see how to tackle them,” she said.Mehbooba asked the security forces to exercise restrain while dealing with law and order situations.”I hope that you will not deject me because I want J-K to prosper again, where guns or pellet guns are not used. I hope that police and security forces try to not use pellet guns. If there is an attack on your camp or police station, then I understand, but if someone throws stones at you, you should try to restrain yourselves till we find an alternative to pellet guns and ban them completely,” she said.As many as 86 people, including two policemen, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley that began on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces. Around 5000 security forces personnel have also been injured in the clashes. The chief minister said reconciliation was the only way forward in Jammu and Kashmir. “I am of the belief that there is no way forward in J-K other than reconciliation. PSA and AFSPA are temporary and I want you to help me, our government, in creating such an atmosphere in J-K where a time will come when PSA is used only against criminals, drug addicts and smugglers and not against 40-year-old or 80-year-old or 19-year-old or students. “No one from outside can help us in doing that. We have to help ourselves and in that, the role of police is very important,” she said.”We had army and security forces here before as well, but when militancy erupted here, AFSPA had to be imposed. Now, we all have to try together to create such an atmosphere where such laws like AFSPA, PSA or other hard measures are gradually revoked. I or my ministers cannot do this alone, after the role of people of J-K, your role is very important for that,” she said. Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his decisions like paying a visit to Lahore and demonetization, Mehbooba said no other prime minister would have taken such decisions.”I am hopeful that you will help me in creating such an atmosphere in J-K where there is reconciliation and dialogue. I want to make it clear that the current PM has guts to visit Lahore and he did it despite criticism but unfortunately Pathankot (attack) happened. “It is this PM who took such a huge decision of demonetization, knowing that people will face hardships and will be angry for some time. I do not think any other PM would have taken such decisions,” she said.The chief minister said once peace is established in the state, it can act as a bridge of peace between India and Pakistan. “If you all help us in creating peace in J-K, then I assure you – the people of J-K – that the way our PM went to Lahore by keeping everything else on the side and offered a hand of friendship, and when there was unrest, he sent a (all-party) delegation from Delhi to listen to people, understand and talk, so if we can create a better situation, then we can create conditions for dialogue with everyone not only in J-K, but we can act as a bridge of peace between India and Pakistan (as well),” she said.

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

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

DNA Evening Must Reads: SC asks theatres to play national anthem before films, Yuvraj-Hazel wedding, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National anthem to be played in theatres before movie plays, orders SCThe Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that cinema halls across the country must play the national anthem before the screening of a film and people should stand up as a mark of respect. Read more herePetrol to be costlier by 13 paise, diesel cheaper by 12 paisa from midnightPetrol price was on Wednesday hiked by a marginal 13 paisa a litre while diesel rates were cut by 12 paisa in line with global trends. Read more hereIndia’s GDP grows 7.3% in second quarter of 2016-17As per CSO, India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at a healthy rate of 7.3% in the July-September quarter i.e Q2 of the fiscal year 2016-17. Read more here Demonetization: BJP slams Rahul Gandhi for accusing govt of helping black money hoardersHitting back at Rahul Gandhi for accusing the government of helping black money hoarders with the amendment to I-T law, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday asked the Congress leader to give such a statement inside Parliament and wondered whether his party is “interested in debate or rules of debate”. Read more hereCyclonic storm ‘Nada’ to cross Tamil Nadu coast on December 2A depression over Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm and cross the north Tamil Nadu coast early on December 2, bringing heavy rainfall in its wake, the weather office said on Wednesday. Read more here See pictures: Yuvraj Singh, Hazel Keech look stunning in their wedding attiresThe entire cricket fraternity gave the couple their best wishes. Read more here

DNA Morning Must Reads: Live updates on terror attack in Nagrota in J-K; another window for black money holders; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Live | Jammu and Kashmir: Terror attack near army camp in Nagrota, two jawans injuredExchange of fire between Army and terrorists is on. Read more.2. Another window for black money holders as govt looks to tweak Income-Tax lawThis legislation has an income disclosure scheme, under which black money holders can deposit the banned high-value currency notes in their accounts and declare them to the government.. Read more.3. Pakistan had a ‘direct role’ in mutilation of jawan’s body in Machhil: Indian Army”Refer to Machhil operation of November 22, where body of one soldier was mutilated, search leads to recoveries that indicate Pakistan’s complicity,” an army officer at the Udhampur-based Northern Command said in a statement. Read more.4 .India v/s England: Now, spinners turn it with batEngland stare at defeat as Ashwin takes 3 to restrict tourists to 78/4, trail by 56 runs after Jadeja, Jayant score fifties. Read more.5. Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt discuss love, life, relationships, break-ups and more…In an exclusive interview with DNA, the ‘Dear Zindagi’ stars offer their takes on modern-day relationships. Read more.

Should there be ‘Bharat Bandh’ or should the route of corruption be blocked: Modi hits out at Opposition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at opposition parties for their ‘Bharat Bandh’ call against demonetization, saying they are organising the strike at a time when he is trying to root out corruption and black money.”I am stopping black money and corruption and some are giving call for Bharat Bandh,” he said at BJP’s ‘Parivartan Yatra’ rally here in eastern Uttar Pradesh.Without naming any opposition party, Modi said, “We are trying to curb corruption and they are organising ‘Bharat Bandh’. Should there be ‘Bharat Bandh’ or should the route of corruption be blocked?” Several opposition parties have given a call for ‘Akrosh Diwas’ tomorrow to protest against the Centre’s demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. The Prime Minister said the decision on demonetisation was tough, “but (the) future will be bright”.Referring to the problems being faced by the common man including villagers in withdrawing money, he advised them to take the e-wallet route. “Era of wallet has gone, you can use your mobile phone as your bank branch with the same ease with which you take snaps and send them to friends,” Modi said. Modi said just as people did not have to attend classes to learn how to use mobile phones, they can now use the device in the same way to carry out monetary transactions. “I have already said problems do come. I have sought 50 days from you. Of these, 30 days are still left and the government is taking all efforts to assuage the sufferings of people,” he said.”Have you learnt how to charge your mobile by going to school? You have learnt to operate WhatsApp. Technology has become easy. If you have (a) bank account, you can purchase whatever you want,” he added. Amid the opposition parties creating uproar over poor implementation of demonetization and stalling Parliament for days, Modi said he is aware that people are facing inconvenience.”The NDA govt at the Centre is fully dedicated to the poor, farmers, villagers and dalits,” he said amid applause from the crowd. A united opposition has been attacking the Centre in Parliament over the demonetization issue, with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh terming the move a “monumental management failure” and a case of “organised loot and legalised plunder” which would lead to dip in GDP growth by at least 2 per cent. Modi also attacked the Samajwadi Party government in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, saying it was not interested in implementing central schemes for farmers.Thanking the people attending his rally, he said that in 2014 elections when he was himself contesting from Varanasi, he visited many areas of the state but the crowd was not as big. “As compared to today, only half of people used to come. Now a huge crowd, including women, has come to give me blessings,” he said, adding, “I bow before you for the trust you have on me… I will not betray you.”

Punjab jailbreak: Rajnath Singh seeks report from Punjab govt, ready to provide assistance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday about the Nabha jailbreak in which a hardcore Khalistani terrorist escaped along with five other prisoners and sought a detailed report from the state government. The Home Minister, who was in Hyderabad, also asked the Chief Minister to take urgent steps to tighten security in all jails in Punjab, officials said.During the 15-minute telephonic conversation, Badal briefed Singh about the incident and steps taken to nab the culprits. “I have told the Home Secretary to get a report from the Punjab government immediately. If the Punjab government needs any assistance, we will provide it,” Singh said.Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also spoke to the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and apprised him of the details of the incident. He updated the NSA on steps being taken to apprehend the culprits. Concerned over the incident, Home Ministry asked the Punjab government to send the report as early as possible.
ALSO READ Centre seeks report from Punjab govt on jailbreakUnion Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi also spoke to Director General of Punjab Police and asked him to ensure adequate security in all jails in Punjab. In the sensational jailbreak, a group of armed men in police uniform attacked the high-security Nabha Jail in Patiala and fled with six prisoners, including Khalistan Liberation Front chief Harminder Mintoo, an accused in 10 cases.The incident came two days after Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked security forces to guard against attempts to disturb peace through “vicious” political campaign or by external extremist forces during the election process in Punjab and four other states. “We have to keep strict vigil against external extremist elements who may try to create disturbance in Punjab. There have been increased activities of the Sikh terrorists in recent months.
ALSO READ Attempts likely to disturb peace during assembly polls: Rajnath Singh”Similarly in Manipur, we have to ensure peace keeping in mind the ethnic divide. In Uttar Pradesh too, there may be attempts to disturb law and order through vicious political campaigning. We have to keep strict vigil and take proper steps to ensure peace during election,” he said at the DGPs conference in Hyderabad on Friday.

Payal Abdullah’s plea on government accomodation reserved by Delhi High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Friday reserved its order on a plea of Payal Abdullah, estranged wife of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, for government accommodation for her and her sons on the ground that they enjoyed ‘Z’ and ‘Z plus’ security status. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice VK Rao said that it will consider whether Payal and her kids was entitled to get the government accommodation on parity with some of the political leaders who have been granted the same on security ground.The petitioners, including the couple’s two children, have sought parity with others who enjoyed similar security status and have been given government accommodation. The court was hearing an appeal against a single judge’s August 19 order asking her to vacate the 7, Akbar Road bungalow in Lutyen’s Delhi that she was residing in.The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), however, opposed her contention for government accommodation on the ground of security threat and said it is for Delhi Police to ensure safety for her stay here. Her counsel claimed that she and her sons were living in a rented flat which is not appropriate on security ground as they have to house around 90 security personnel, who have to stay on roads near their accommodation.
ALSO READ Payal Abdullah loses court battle, rendered homelessIn her appeal, she has contended that the August 19 order of the single judge mentioned no date and time of eviction and “hence the very act of summoning and pressing into service of armed public auxiliary/servants of different forces” for giving effect to the order was in violation of The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act.The counsel argued that under the Act, possession of a public premises cannot be taken after sunset, whereas she and her sons were evicted on the evening of August 22. Payal has also challenged the single judge’s observation that if her husband and father-in-law, both of whom are ‘Z plus’ protectees, could be secure in private accommodation, there is “no reason” why she and her sons cannot be.
ALSO READ Payal Abdullah evicted from Lutyen’s: Omar’s nameplate removed from govt bungalowShe contended that her husband, Omar, and father-in-law, Farooq Abdullah, were temporary visitors to Delhi and can be protected in private premises for a short duration, unlike her who is a permanent resident here. The single judge had said Payal and her sons were “liable to be evicted forthwith”, after terming their entitlement to retain the bungalow as “wholly illegal”.Justice Indermeet Kaur had said that Payal’s apprehension that she and her sons would not be given adequate security cover was “misconceived” and dismissed her plea to retain the bungalow. Prior to the high court’s August 19 decision, a trial court here had on Augusut 16 asked her to move out of the house. Three days later, Justice Kaur had asked Payal’s counsel, “Will you gracefully evict or I should pass an order?” However, her counsel had refused to do so.
ALSO READ Delhi HC to hear Payal Abdullah’s plea for retaining Lutyen residenceIt had also rejected Payal’s argument that she and her sons were central protectees by saying that as per a secret document submitted by MHA, their security status was granted by the state of Jammu and Kashmir because they were the wife and children of Omar Abdullah.

DNA Morning Must Reads: Latest on demonetization; Newborn trafficking racket in Bengal; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Old notes can’t be exchanged now; govt likely to levy 60% tax on unaccounted bank depositsGovt stops swapping of old currency over the counter | Likely to levy 60% tax on unaccounted bank deposits post November 8. Read more.2. Newborn trafficking racket: CID officials recover 10 infants in a midnight raid in West Bengal10 infants recovered from an old age home in West Bengal. Read more.3. India has zero conviction on money laundering: US reportsThe PMLA was introduced in 2002 and was amended in 2012 to align with international laws related to AML/CFT. Read more.4. India v/s England: Time to act, not reactChief coach Anil Kumble rubbishes ball tampering allegations on Kohli; praises his bowlers, particularly Jayant Yadav. Read more.5. I don’t talk about my problems to anybody: Alia BhattAlia Bhatt talks about ‘Dear Zindagi’, her reason for doing the film, her character, and about giving and getting advice. Read more.

DNA Evening Must Reads: Arun Jaitley hits out at Manmohan Singh, Ratan Tata shares thoughts on demonetization, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maximum black money transactions took place under UPA: Arun Jaitley hits back at Manmohan SinghTaking a dig at the opposition who have decided to launch ‘Aakrosh’ (anguish) Day over the demonetization issue, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that it was ironical of the previous government to consider it a blunder since it was under them that the black money transactions had become glaring and rampant. Read more here.Demonetization: Jaitley speaks to bankers, PM Modi calls cabinet meeting in the eveningRajya Sabha was adjourned till Friday after opposition created uproar and stormed the well over Prime Minister’s absence in the house post lunch on Thursday, demanding his presence throughout debate on demonetization. Follow latest updates on demonetization here.India summons Pak Dy High Commissioner over repeated ceasefire violationsMinistry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson, Vikas Swarup announced on Thursday that the MEA had summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Syed Hyder Shah and stated that despite calls for restrain, Pakistan violated ceasefire 27 times from November 12 to 21. Read more here.Demonetization causing great hardship, Govt should consider relief measures for poor: Ratan TataThe Tata Sons chairman took to Twitter to share his thoughts about the implementation, noting that it was causing ‘great hardship to the common man’. Read more here.Celebration in Nikki Haley’s village in Punjab after her appointment as US Ambassador to UNNikki Haley may have been born in the United States but her extended family back in India is thrilled that the South Carolina governor has been named by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as ambassador to the United Nations. Haley’s parents hail from rural Punjab, in northwestern India. Read more hereRanbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor in Sanjay Dutt’s biopic!Rajkumar Hirani has finalised Sonam as the leading lady for his biopic on Sanjay Dutt. To know more about her role, click here.

Result ‘fabricated’ by ‘blind bhakts’: Congress on 93% support for demonetization on NaMo app

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress alleged that the survey, conducted via an official app of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to gauge public opinion on demonetization comprised “manufactured questions and pre-fabricated answers by blind bhakts”.”Modi Govt manufactures yet another lie through self serving survey on demonetization. You can’t fool people of India through such gimmicks (sic),” party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.”A trumped up survey, manufactured questions & pre-fabricated answers by blind bhakts. Who cares for pain of common Indian?(sic)” he said in another tweet and alleged that only “rhetorical questions which left no room for us to disagree!” were asked in the survey.A day after the Prime Minister sought public feedback on the issue, the PMO today said more than 93 per cent of the five lakh people who participated in a survey on Narendra Modi App have supported demonetization.”Modi Ji has not demonetised the Indian currency; Modi Ji has demonetised the people of India,” the Congress leader later said in a statement.He said the government has failed to apologise for the deaths due to demonetization.”The government is so arrogant that it is not ready to acknowledge and express regrets over the deaths in the wake of demonetization. For the Prime Minister, his position has become important,” Surjewala said.”Even though 70 people have died due to the decision, Modiji is not ready to address Parliament,” he said, adding that the entire opposition is united against demonetization and will participate in the ‘Aakrosh Diwas’ protest on November 28.Surjwala said even after 13 days since the announcement of the decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, people in towns and villages continue to face severe cash crunch.Attacking the Modi government over cross-border firing by Pakistani troops, he said that after a-month-and-a-half after the surgical strikes in PoK, India has lost 16 army men, six BSF jawans and 10 civilians in firing.”Despite these casualties, we are being told that we have a strong Prime Minister. We are still waiting to see strength of the 56 inch chest,” he said in the statement.

Narendra Modi seeks public opinion on demonetisation after Parliament outrages over his absence


DNA Morning Must Reads: Tsunami hits Japan after 7.4 magnitude quake, latest on demonetization, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake of 7.4 magnitude, nuclear plant briefly disruptedMagnitude 7.4 quake strikes near Japan coast early Tuesday. Read more.2. Demonetization: RBI gives borrowers extra 60 days to repay home, car loans up to Rs 1 croreAllows both individuals and companies with loans up to Rs 1 crore an additional grace period of 60 days to repay their loans. Read more.3. Amid House logjam, government and BJP firefight oppn’s note ban offensiveAmit Shah meets Jaitley in Parliament as Opposition parties unite to confront govt over impact of demonetization. Read more.4. Dismiss BCCI top guns, appoint Pillai as observer: Lodha panelIn a status report submitted on Monday, the third one till date, Justice Lodha panel has recommended this move in order to pave way for the implementation of its July 18 orders in toto.Read more.5. We have to take the hint: Arjun KapoorArjun Kapoor on the way ahead and beating Hollywood at their own game. Read more.

DNA Evening Must Reads: Lodha panel moves SC, Demonetization protest in Parliament, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Demonetization:10 Opposition parties including Left and TMC get together to corner govtLeaders of Congress, Trinamool Congress, JD(U), BSP, CPI(M), CPI, NCP, RJD, JMM and DMK held a meeting here this morning to forge a common plan of action with an aim of mounting attack on the government. At the meeting, which was attended by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, it was decided that these parties will continue to press for an adjournment motion in Lok Sabha and a debate under a rule which entails voting. Read more here2. Will speak for American ‘values and ideals’ if necessary: Obama on Trump presidencyUS President Barack Obama on Sunday said that people should take a “wait-and-see” approach on President-elect Donald Trump as the real estate mogul works to assemble his choices for senior administration posts. Obama said he could not guarantee Trump would not pursue the policy positions he took during the campaign, but said the realities of the White House would force him to adjust how he approaches many issues. Read more here3. Relief for govt employees: Group-C staffers get Rs 10,000 cash in advance amid demonetizationGovernment employees of Group-C of all Ministries, Departments and associate organisations are given the salary advance in cash, a senior Home Ministry official said. In the Home Ministry, those who availed the facility got the cash in the denomination of Rs 2000 and Rs 100. Read more here4. Lodha panel moves SC to remove rule-breaking BCCI officials, appoint GK Pillai as observerThe apex court-appointed Justice RM Lodha committee has moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to appoint former home secretary G K Pillai as an observer to “guide” BCCI in the administrative works including award of contracts, transparency norms and holding of future domestic, international and IPL matches. Read more here5. India v/s England: Visitors paid for lack of intent, says Virat KohliChasing an improbable 405 to win the second test, Cook and Hameed added 75 for the first wicket but both fell before the close on day four. The touring side were all out for 158 shortly after lunch on the fifth and final day to lose by 246 runs, all 10 of their second-innings wickets going down for 83 runs. Read more here

Watch: Kejriwal slams journalist for refusing to directly link 55 deaths to demonetization

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has been one of the most vocal critics of PM Modi’s move to demonetize Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. And the Delhi CM lost his cool with a BBC journalist who refused to blame 55 deaths that took place to the demonetization announcement by PM Modi. In the video, Kejriwal can be heard screaming: “Few of your colleagues in media still have the courage and integrity to ask people in the queues about the issues they are facing due to this move..” He further said: “Yeh janta dekh rahi hai ke BBC waale kitne imaandaar hain (The public can now see how honest BBC is) “55 people have died in the country since the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes have been banned. And the BBC is saying we can’t link this to demonetization. This is their honest journalism.”He further added that he was ‘ashamed that reporters are saying that the two issues cannot be linked’. He added: “ “People are dying and it is there in the newspapers and here you are saying that there has been no enquiry People are dying, business are down, people don’t have anything to eat in their homes, and you are saying jaanch nahi huyi (there has been no investigation).” When asked how he withdrew cash, Kejriwal said that he had sent his driver to the ATM.The interviewer then informs him that an AAP legislator had visited the BBC office and when they asked him if he stood in the queue, he said that his driver had withdrawn the money on his behalf. “Haan toh?” responded Kejriwal. “What are you trying to prove? That 55 people haven’t died?” Kejriwal went on to allege that the rich weren’t affected, and told the journalist to ‘do an interview properly’. Earlier, Arvind Kejriwal announced that he would intensify his fight against demonetization which was “anti-national”. The Delhi Chief Minister and AAP National Convener also plans to hold similar public meetings in poll bound Punjab and many other parts of the country.In Uttar Pradesh, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief will address the rallies in Meerut, Varanasi and Lucknow on December 1, 8 and 18 respectively, party spokesperson Deepak Bajpai said. Kejriwal, who had given a three-day ultimatum to the Centre to roll back demonetization yesterday, told NDTV that he will decide his next course of action after consulting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.”It is anti-national to support demonetization in the present form, which is the biggest scam, worth Rs 8 lakh crore, in independent India’s history,” Kejriwal said. He will also be live on social media site Facebook at 7 PM tomorrow, to “apprise” the people on the “currency crisis” and will also “produce documents against the Prime Minister”.Between November 20 and November 30, he will address 21 rallies in Punjab, starting from Sukhbir Singh Badal’s constituency Jalalabad. AAP is locked in a triangular contest with the Congress and incumbent BJP-SAD alliance in the state which goes to polls early next year.”Although the exact number of public meetings are yet to be ascertained, about 90 such meetings are being planned across the country where he will garner support against demonetization of high value currency,” party sources said.Kejriwal had pitted himself against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi, which he had lost by over 3 lakh votes.Asked about BJP’s criticism that he was siding with “scam-tainted” Trinamool Congress, Kejriwal said he would like the Centre to probe everyone including “myself and Mamata Banerjee”, but “who is stopping it from doing so despite having all the agencies at its disposal.” Earlier, Kejriwal tweeted that the decision taken by a government that has “lost connect” with people smacked of “insensitivity”.”I am very sad that FM has plainly refused to even review and consider rollback. Modi govt has lost connect wid people n has become very insensitive,” Kejriwal tweeted.With inputs from agencies

If you can run marathon in Delhi, you can run anywhere: HC on pollution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you can run a marathon in Delhi you can run anywhere, the Delhi High Court on Friday said while referring to the “hazardous” air pollution levels in New Delhi and suggested measures like immediate extinguishing of landfill fires and ensuring only CNG taxis enter the national capital to improve air quality.”If anyone can run a marathon in Delhi, they can run anywhere,” a bench of justices B D Ahmed and Jayant Nath said after it was informed that despite the high pollution levels there was going to be a marathon in the city on November 20. The court, however, asked the Delhi government to issue an advisory for the public informing them about the air quality which the bench noted contained pollutants four times more than the prescribed standard.Observing that factors like fires in landfill sites, stubble burning in neighbouring states of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, plying of all India permit diesel cabs in the city, fireworks, road dust and construction work pollute the air, the bench issued a slew of directions to address each of them.
ALSO READ Delhi pollution | Govt inaction amounts to ‘genocide’, people are being killed: HCNoting that Punjab government was “still in denial mode” regarding its contribution to air pollution in the city, the court directed it to file an affidavit, with specific timeline, indicating a “clear cut action plan” to “completely eliminate” stubble burning next year as it alone produces 17 million tonnes of straw, bulk of which was burned causing a spike in air pollution there as well as in New Delhi.On the issue of diesel cabs plying in the city, the court was told by amicus curiae, senior advocate Kailash Vasdev, that of the 1,84,000 taxis in the city, 88,623 were running on diesel. Of these 40,000 were city based while the remaining were all India permit taxis coming from other states.Observing that what happens in neighbouring states affect Delhi also, the bench directed them to come up with a “clear cut action plan” to “streamline” granting of all India permits to inter-state cabs so that diesel taxis can be turned to CNG, as taxis from there come and go out of the capital.The municipal authorities, who are responsible for landfill sites, were told to immediately extinguish the fires burning in such areas as smoke rising from there would subject people to “serious health hazards” as they contain particulate matter like PM 2.5 and 10 apart from carcinogens. Taking “judicial note” of construction sites being not cleared of rubble and debris after completion of work, the court directed the municipal corporations, DDA and Public Works Department (PWD) to take “emergent steps” to minimise air pollution. It directed the authorities to ensure that “each site is kept debri free” and that there is proper cleaning up of dust and construction rubble. “If this is done, the particulate matter which comprises construction debri and road dust shall be reduced and we would see an improvement in air quality,” the court said and listed the matter for hearing on November 25.The bench also suggested that the government should take up the responsibility of setting off fireworks during festivals, like Diwali, as is done in other countries like the US on July 4 every year. “I wonder why the government does not take over setting off of fireworks. There can be designated places where people can go and watch fireworks, like in USA on July 4 every year.There fireworks are genuine, not these spurious Chinese variety,” it said.The court, meanwhile, directed the National Capital Region Planning Board to have a meeting in next three weeks on the issue of air pollution and to file a status report on what was decided in the meeting. “Frankly speaking, this is not our job. It is yours (government and authorities). Why are you not doing anything? Each one of you. Think about the children growing up today. We are surviving because we grew up in a much cleaner environment,” the bench said after the amicus said the “buck stops” with the court and it has to issue directions to ensure reduction in air pollution.The court was hearing a PIL initiated by it on the issue of alarming levels of air pollution in the national capital.On November 10, the court had said the alarming pollution level is literally ‘capital punishment’ for Delhiites who are being robbed of three years of their lives due to it. It had held the government’s inaction and stubble burning in Punjab as being responsible for the situation. The court had said that the grave situation was leading to the “decimation” of more than 60 million life years or one million deaths, which it termed as “genocide”.

DNA Evening Must Reads: Latest uproar over demonetization, India issues demarche to Pakistan; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Demonetization move will not be rolled back, some CMs are spreading panic: FM JaitleyLok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessed a huge uproar on the issue of demonetization. Follow live updates here. 2. Azad compares alleged death due to demonetization to those who died in Uri, govt dubs comment ‘anti-national’Heated exchanges broke out between treasury and opposition benches when Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s said that more people died due to government’s decision on demonetization than those killed in Pakistani terrorist firing in Uri. Read more here.3. India issues demarche to Pakistan over continued ceasefire violationsThe Ministry of External Affairs called in a senior official of the Pakistan High Commission on Wednesday and issued a demarche on the continued violation of ceasefire along the Line of Control. Read more here.4. Wanted to curl up and never leave the house, says Clinton in post-election speech”We have work to do, and for the sake of our children and our families and our country, I ask you to stay engaged, stay engaged on every level,” said Hillary Clinton in her first public appearance after being defeated by Donald Trump in the high-voltage race for the White House. Read more here.5. Mallika Sherawat tear gassed and beaten up by masked thugs inside her Paris flatThe attack has happened just about a month after a similar incident happened with Kim Kardashian, who was robbed at gunpoint in a neighbouring flat. Read more here.

Indelible ink to be ONLY used for people EXCHANGING old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There seems to be some confusion over reports that banks are using indelible ink to mark customers and they won’t be able to withdraw money or use ATMs after that. That’s not true. The move is only there for people exchanging old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes over the counter.The govt said in a press release: The drawing limits against Bank Accounts and from ATMs and over the cash disbursement have also been increased. It was noted that one of the primary reasons for long queues was that the same persons were visiting Bank branches, ATMs etc. repeatedly. It was also noted that certain unscrupulous elements are using the services of poor and innocent people to convert their black money into white. To prevent such misuse of the facility and enable larger number of persons to draw cash, indelible ink used during elections shall be used for over the counter exchange against old Rs.500/- and Rs.1000/- notes. This is not applicable in the case of withdrawal from or deposit into accounts. The move it’s believed is aimed at curbing, individuals who keep on exchanging currency notes for unscrupulous elements and will hinder these elements from sending people to exchange old notes. Decision to use indelible ink mark on hands of people depositing and exchanging scrapped currency is a corrective measure to prevent unscrupulous elements from taking advantage of the demonetisation drive, Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said. He said such measures would be taken on continuous basis to deal with the problem of cash crunch.”This is corrective measure (use of indelible ink mark).Some people were coming again and again,” he said. “Corrective measure would be taken on continuous basis so that public gets cash in a smooth manner,” he added. He also appealed to the public that there is no need to panic as there is sufficient cash available in the system. “We are reviewing situation continuously to provide relief and convenience to the public,” Meghwal said. Earlier in the day, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said the government has decided to introduce use of indelible ink mark for customers exchanging defunct currency notes. “It has come to notice of the government that in many places the same people are coming back again and again and we have also received reports that certain unscrupulous elements who are trying to convert black money into white have organised groups of innocent people and are sending them from one branch to another branch to exchange notes and get Rs 4,500,” Das said.Here are some other important decisions taken regarding supply and availability of currency notes:1. Highest importance should continue to be given to ensure convenience for the public. Effort should be made to avoid long queues in Bank branches, ATMs, etc. Already separate queues for senior citizens, divyang persons etc. have been announced. The drawing limits against Bank Accounts and from ATMs and over the cash disbursement have also been increased. It was noted that one of the primary reasons for long queues was that the same persons were visiting Bank branches, ATMs etc. repeatedly. It was also noted that certain unscrupulous elements are using the services of poor and innocent people to convert their black money into white. To prevent such misuse of the facility and enable larger number of persons to draw cash, indelible ink used during elections shall be used for over the counter exchange against old Rs.500/- and Rs.1000/- notes. This is not applicable in the case of withdrawal from or deposit into accounts. Cash disbursement points, especially Bank branches will be advised to put-up notices outside their branches advising people to avoid exchange of old notes over the counter multiple times. 2. Already instructions have been issued permitting District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) for cash withdrawal from existing accounts, subject to limits applicable in the case of Banks. Arrangements have been made to enhance the availability of cash with the DCCBs. 3. Arrangements have been made to make available adequate cash to the Postal Department for their use including the branch Post Offices. There are 1.3 lakh branch Post Offices having wide coverage in the rural areas. Availability of adequate cash with the branch Post Offices will ensure wider coverage of the rural areas. 4. Contributions are made in hundis and separate boxes in places of worship. Such establishments have their accounts with the Bank branches. Bank branches have been advised to approach the concerned authorities in these establishments to obtain the currency notes, especially of lower denomination and put them back into circulation. This will help in improving the circulation of lower denomination currency notes. 5. Information has been received that there is sudden spurt in the quantum of deposits in several Jan Dhan Accounts. There are also reports of unscrupulous elements using Jan Dhan Accounts of poor and innocent persons to convert their black money into white. Such spurt in deposits will be looked into closely. Jan Dhan Account holders are requested not to allow their accounts to be misused by anyone. Further, it is also clarified that Jan Dhan Account holders will not be put to any kind of inconvenience for carrying-out their legitimate activities. 6. Old Rs.500/- and Rs.1000/- notes are accumulating in Post Offices and Bank branches. Special efforts will be made to shift such notes and create space in the Post Offices and Bank branches to receive new notes. 7. A high level Task Force consisting of representatives from various agencies is being set-up to monitor movement/receipt of fake notes in vulnerable areas. This Task Force will also take special efforts to monitor black money being deposited into Bank/Postal Accounts, especially under fictitious and other names. 8. A technology team is being set-up to popularize the use of e-wallets. 9. Government is closely monitoring the supply of essential commodities. 10. A coordination group chaired by the Cabinet Secretary and including representatives of various Departments and major Banks is holding regular meetings to monitor the implementation of all the steps.

Good intention, bad execution: Chetan Bhagat on Modi government’s war on black money

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While’s India’s self-proclaimed intellectuals often look down upon Chetan Bhagat and his work, India’s best-selling author has some very keen insights into what the common man is thinking. On Saturday, the One Indian Girl author took to Twitter to explain that while the government’s move to demonetize Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes might be well-intentioned, the execution has been poor.He wrote on Twitter: “While demonetization might be well-intentioned, the poor execution such as empty ATMs may lead to a lot of suffering for ordinary citizens. To queue for several hours to find an empty ATM for Rs 2,000 of your own money is no fun. Execution of an idea as important as the idea. Incompatibility of notes, small limits, limited number of bank branches and the massive swapping required – did they run through scenarios? All Indians being asked to prove they aren’t criminals and their money is legitimate. Least u can do is not make them suffer while doing so Don’t use patriotism as an excuse for bad operations research type planning. What’s not going well has to be told, in national interest I love my country.”He added: “I am all for cleaning up economy. I am for big ideas, like demonetization. However, I also think execution is important. It will be sad if good idea to clean up economy becomes political negative for govt who did it. Will discourage. Hope execution fixed soon. People on twitter are digital savvy, comfortable with digital payments world. Most real sufferers of liquidity crunch not on social media. Wonder why the size of the new notes was changed, taking them unusable in existing ATMs, esp when secrecy meant u couldn’t modify ATMs. Changed physical dimensions of notes made them incompatible with ATMs. No need to justify that mistake by saying stand in q for patriotism.” Arun Jaitley said on Saturday it would take time for banks to make changes to automated teller machines to dispense the new bank notes as millions of people lined up at branches to get cash. Arun Jaitley said ATMs had not been calibrated before the announcement this week to demonetise 500 and 1,000 rupee notes for secrecy reasons. “It is a massive operation, it will take time.” Congress party leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal on Saturday questioned the centre on demonetisation issue and asked why common persons like him had to stand in line when the bank account and the money was his. Stating that the decision was not well thought out one and made in haste, Sibal said,”my question is…account is mine, money is mine, then why should I stand in a line.”Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party had informed its friends about the demonetisation of currency notes before hand and claimed that he had evidence to prove his charge. He also demanded a complete rollback of the move as it is creating panic among the common people and giving rise to rumours of shortage of essential commodities. The allegations also come at a time when the people are thronging banks and ATMs to withdraw and deposit cash. The government had kept the banks shut for one day and ATMs for two days after the announcement in order to prepare for the rush for cash.On 8th November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes with effect from midnight, making these notes invalid in a major assault on black money, fake currency and corruption.In his first televised address to the nation, Modi said people holding notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 can deposit the same in their bank and post office accounts from November 10 till December 30. (In his 40-minute address, first in Hindi and later in English, the Prime Minister said the notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 “will not be legal tender from midnight tonight” and these will be “just worthless piece of paper.” However, he said that all notes in lower denomination of Rs 100, Rs 50, Rs 20, Rs 10, Rs 5, Rs 2 and Re 1 and all coins will continue to be valid.He also announced that new notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 will be introduced. ATM withdrawals will be restricted to Rs 2000 per day and withdrawals from bank accounts will be limited to Rs 10,000 a day and Rs 20,000 a week.Banks will remain closed tomorrow and ATMs will also not function tomorrow and day after, Modi said. He expressed confidence that the staff of banks and post offices will rise to the occasion to introduce the new order within the available time. He also expressed confidence that political parties, workers, social organisations and the media will go further than the government in making it a success.

Because of local inconveniences, circulation of black money cannot go on: Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rejecting Rahul Gandhi’s charge that the demonetisation move has hit farmers, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday the Congress leader must “apply his mind” and understand that those in farming will not face any tax whether they keep their money at home or in banks. He denied Gandhi’s charge of common man being inconvenienced because of withdrawal of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and also rejected former finance minister P Chidambaram’s estimation of cost of printing the new Rs 2,000 notes as “highly exaggerated”.”As far as Rahul Gandhi is concerned, he should understand that any person, especially poor and common man, will not face any inconvenience,” Jaitley told reporters in Delhi.As agriculture income is exempt from income tax, farmers face no levies whether they keep their money in banks (by depositing old and now withdrawn currency notes) or in their houses, he said, adding that in both cases no tax is levied on them. “If he keeps (money) in banks, then he can earn interest and money will also be safe. So they will have three advantages — no need to pay tax, earn interest, and money will be safe. If he stacks money unsafely at home, then he will face hardship,” he said. “So before giving such statement, he (Gandhi) should apply his mind and seriously ponder.”
ALSO READ War on Black Money | What were people searching on Google when PM Modi made the announcementGandhi had in a series of tweets targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the demonetisation move, saying “real culprits” who have stashed black money are “sitting tight” while lives of farmers, small shopkeepers and housewives “have been thrown in utter chaos.”Challenging Chidambaram’s reported statement that introducing new currency notes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 denomination will cost Rs 18,000-20,000 crore, he said, “It is a highly exaggerated figure which has been mentioned.” “After all when the entire currency is printed the cost would be known,” he said.
ALSO READ War on black money | Private hospitals urge govt to allow them take Rs 500, Rs1000 notes Chidambaram, he said, had the privilege of becoming the finance minister thrice. “It would have been better if he took steps… In all these three terms, had he taken any step to curtail black money? Which are these steps?” “Saying that because of local inconveniences, circulation of black money should go on within the country… these kind of alibis to continue black money hardly carry any weight,” he said.On Chidambaram’s worries about implementation, he said there would initially be restrictions on withdrawal. “But later on, it is your own money, whatever way you want to use it. Long term, the money is yours, no one is confiscating money.”Asked if the government’s move is linked to the upcoming assembly elections in states like Uttar Pradesh, he replied in the negative. “But if as a result of this decision, elections become cheaper it will be a good beginning,” he said.On reports of Cabinet ministers not being allowed to carry mobile phones in the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday when the decision was taken, he said, “Well, its part of normal discipline that you don’t keep your phones on in Cabinet meeting.”

Venkaiah naidu decries criticism of ban on NDTV India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>enouncing references to the Emergency in the context of the one-day ban on NDTV India channel, Information and Broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu on said the action against the Hindi news channel was taken in the interest of the “country’s safety and security”.Addressing a press conference, he said the NDA government has the highest regard for freedom of media and politicisation of such issues will only affect the safety and security of the country. He also slammed Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi for “talking about the dark days of Emergency”. “I was surprised, aghast. Some people talked of Emergency-like situation. The action was taken in the interest of the country’s safety and security”, he said.”I do not know how they are saying this is the first time. I read in a newspaper today that it is first time (that Government has issued a ban on a television channel). Shall I give the list of how many times channels were ordered to go off air?”, he asked. Listing out the names of some of the channels that were banned in the past, he said, “AXN was banned for two months. FTV was banned for two months. Enter10 for one day. ABN AndhraJyoti seven days. Al Jazeera was banned for five days for showing wrong map of India. “These are all done earlier. Now they are saying it is done for the first time, murder of democracy, Emergency reminiscent and all”, he noted.
ALSO READ Govt on NDTV ban: Nation comes first “People know what is good and what is bad and people understand what is required in the larger interest of the country. That is why I saw that people on social media supported the Government’s stand except some people who are not well informed”, he said. “Politicisation of such issues will affect the safety and security of the country”, Naidu, who is here to attend a conference organised by Builders Association of India, said.Maintaining that the Government was duty bound to act on such issues and does not require to approach the courts, he said, “I have to answer tomorrow in Parliament. I have to answer people tomorrow.”
ALSO READ Govt defends NDTV India ban, says UPA gave 21 such orders “Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is talking about dark days of Emergency. Do you know what is Emergency? Some people who were in the Congress at that time and now in different political parties also joined the chorus now because it has become a fashion. They just want to use each and every occasion to criticise the government and take the name of the Prime Minister for each and everything”, he said. Responding to criticism by Editors Guild of India, Naidu said, “The Editors Guild of India, a responsible organisation that took a full day to come out with its response should realise that under Sub-section (2) of Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, Central Government is required to regulate or prohibit the transmission of any channel or programme in the interest of sovereignty, integrity and security of India and as per Para 8.1 of Uplinking Guidelines, is empowered to take action for transmitting any objectionable content inconsistent with public interest.
ALSO READ From Kejriwal to Rahul Gandhi: How politicians reacted to NDTV India’s one-day banTherefore, the Government is not required to approach the Courts in such cases, as suggested by the Guild, he added. “I leave it to the wisdom of the Editors Guild to ponder if the decision against NDTV India for the reasons explained, is really reminiscent of the dark days of Emergency,” he said.Naidu said that very recently in an interaction, he had stressed that effective self-regulation by media is the best way of protecting its freedom and we are committed to it. “I also said that freedom is best upheld when its value is fully appreciated. In this case, that much valued freedom was not put to best use by NDTV India. I am happy to note that the people of the country are broadly with the decision in the matter of NDTV India,” he said.Always, there will be a minority who are critical of whatever the Government does in the best interest of the country, Naidu added. The minister also said that in several advisories issued by the previous UPA Government, all news and current affairs TV channels were clearly asked to exercise restraint, maturity and sensitivity while reporting on anti-terrorist operations in the larger interest of safety and security of security forces involved in such perations and civilians.Expressing concern over continued violations, the then UPA Government concluded that any coverage violating such norms amount to coverage against the interests of the nation, he added.

PM Modi should visit families of martyrs: Mulayam Singh Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit families of martyrs and said he does not advocate Indo-Pak war but a middle path so that soldiers do not have to make the supreme sacrifice to protect the borders.”We don’t want any Indo-Pak war or soldiers sacrificing lives on border, there should be a via media solution,” he said flagging of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s rath yatra.”As the defence minister, I used to visit families of martyr soldiers. I want our PM to visit their families. I salute families and want to say they might be in grief but they should be proud that their son died while securing our borders,” he said.
ALSO READ Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’ starts today; suspense over presence of Mulayam, Shivpal”Ram Manohar Lohia had given message of humanity at international level and SP believes in it,” he said.Targeting the Modi government over the alleged suicide by an ex-serviceman over OROP issue, Akhilesh said the “forces which came to power” (at Centre), have “diverted the path of the country”.
ALSO READ Akhilesh govt has no achievement to share in its ‘rath yatra’: BSP”Those sacrificing their lives on borders to save us are also committing suicide. You should think which type of people are ruling us. We have to make SP government in 2017 as only it can bring a change in the country,” he added.An ex-serviceman had allegedly committed suicide in New Delhi on Tuesday over the issue of OROP.

Bird Flu in Delhi: Govt mulls action plan to restrict spread of virus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the growing number of cases of bird flu being reported in the national Capital, authorities are now mulling over whether to kill birds of the affected species to restrain its further spread.Senior government officials said that while the spread of the Avian Influenza virus has currently only been restricted to Rosy Pelicans, Ducks, and Painted Storks, the Delhi government has now prepared an action plan to contain the spread of the virus.As per the ‘Action plan of animal husbandry for preparedness control and containment of Avian Influenza’ issued by the Centre in 2015, certain steps have to be taken mandatorily to prevent the spread of the virus. “The Animal Husbandry and Public Health Department of State Government are supposed to set up a control room and constitution of Rapid Response Teams (RRTs). It should also set up an infected zone of one-kilometre radius from the epicentre for the culling of the affected birds,” said a Delhi government official. He added, “Setting up a surveillance zone of 1-10 kilometres for medicines/disinfectants is also mandatory as per the guidelines.”A total of 24 birds have died since October 14, leading to a possible viral spread scare in the national Capital. Sources said that a total of three bird deaths have been confirmed to be cases of bird flu so far.Delhi government’s Development minister Gopal Rai said that while the latest samples of the dead birds (ducks) has been sent to the Central lab in Bhopal for testing, the government has set up six multiple teams at major poultry markets in the city.“The culling of birds will be taken up if the virus is found in more such birds. The H5N8 virus is not fatal to humans. Although as a precautionary step we have sent all the samples to Bhopal and have already begun spraying disinfectant and anti-virus at the epicentre of the diseases,” said Rai.Previously, the state government of Karnataka had culled more than 1.3 lakh chickens at a farm in Kidar district in May earlier this year. In Haryana, culling of more than 100 ducks was ordered in Chandigarh’s Sukhna Lake in December 2014 after samples indicated the presence of the H5N1 virus in some of the birds.Meanwhile, sources in the animal husbandry department said that if the teams at poultry markets find positive samples, no poultry will be allowed to enter the national Capital. “We have already communicated the current status of the bird flu virus to the other states. Multiple teams have been deployed at poultry markets to ensure thorough check up of the birds, although if samples are found positive of the virus, poultry import will be seized immediately,” said a senior government official.Bird Flu Crisis: SC attacks Govt The SC has attacked the AAP government for its failure to handle the bird flu crisis in the city. Accusing the government of not being proactive it said, “Delhi Government should not just react to situations but also think of the future,” the bench said citing media reports about the closure of Deer Park due to recent cases of bird deaths there. The Court’s remark came after the AAP government’s counsel submitted that the government was doing its duty.

1077 kids died in Maharashtra’s tribal schools in 15 years, cause of death ‘unknown’ for 2/3 cases: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state-run tribal residential schools which are established to educate the children of tribes living in dense forests have turned into a killer trap, taking lives of as many as 1,077 students over the past 15 years. The government aided schools have also witnessed 386 deaths in a decade.A majority of these 1,077 deaths which included 493 girls, could have been prevented, if the Tribal Development Ministry and officials responsible for the functioning of these institutions had done their job properly, finds a high-level probe by the Salunkhe Committee, a report of which was submitted to the Governor of Maharashtra on Wednesday.“In 67% cases, there was no proper mention of cause of death in the death certificates,” states the Salunkhe committee report in a startling revelation which also hampered the probe’s aim to find the reasons behind such an alarming number of deaths in tribal schools. DNA has a copy of the report.The 12-member committee analysed 793 deaths. While ashram schools failed to produce any data related to 12% deaths, for over 17% deaths it was “unknown cause”, for 13% as “sudden death” and 23% kids passed away due to “severe illness”. Such a vague description of children’s death also casts aspersions over the competency of the doctors issuing the documents. Over 31 deaths were attributed to suicide.The 10+ age groups suffered more deaths than the lower age group. Over half of the dead children were girls. “Since death certificates in most cases were vague, missing most crucial details, reason of their deaths can’t be ascertained. Sexual exploitation angle can’t be ruled out,” Dr Salunkhe, former director of health, Maharashtra, told DNA.“The analysis of student deaths shows that most children die at home, which mostly means parents take them home when sick or dying. The causes include accidents like drowning, snake bites, suicides, major and even minor illnesses, most of which could be managed or prevented,” finds the 84-page probe.“Tribal school children are served meals after a gap of 15 hours which not only leads to malnutrition, it hampers their development in the growing age and also predisposes them to many diseases,” says Dr Salunkhe, pointing out serious lapses in the functioning of these institutions despite adequate monetary allocation. Taloda (Nandurbar district) tribal area registered more than 166 deaths in 10 years, the highest in the state. This is followed by Dharni (Amravati 71), Kalwan (70), Nashik district (56) and Dahanu (51). Over 80 kids died in Palghar district.The probe also reveals overcrowding, lack of adequate staff, poor infrastructure, lack of healthcare facilities, safety measures, cots, mosquito nets, life skill training, recreational and sports facilities at residential schools. Learning outcome of tribal kids was found to be low and the dropout rate was found to be high when compared to other subgroups.“Compound walls are missing which leads to open access to miscreants. Electricity, apart from regular failure, is poorly used due to lack of bulbs and tubelights,” says the report. Not surprising then that over 35 kids had died due to snakebite.The committee also found that over 31 kids had committed suicide in the state-run residential schools, indicating pathetic living conditions and lack of counselling services which every student living without a parent needs. The Salunkhe committee had surveyed the tribal schools in the state over the last four months and was tasked with suggesting measures to prevent such deaths in future.The probe was initiated in the month of May by the Tribal Development Department following a news report based on RTI information which revealed that Maharashtra accounted for the largest number of tribal children’s death in the country.Recommendations of the committee*Availability of 108 ambulance service for every tribal school*Preparation of accountability matrix for management of every illness*Empanelment of private doctors in absence of government facilities*Special care of under 10 children*At least one counsellor at every tribal project area*Proper mention of cause of death in death certificate *Every death must be reviewed by the district collector*Convergence and coordination of all departments*Display of helpline and emergency services*Sports facility for mental and physical wellbeingIn Maharashtra*529 state-run tribal schools*556 state-aided tribal schools*Total 4.45 lakh children enrolled*Rs12,000 crore allocationDeaths in tribal schools of MaharashtraYear Boys Girls 2013-14 86 69 2014-15 87 63 2015-16 47 65 (Source: Salunkhe Committee report, Govt and aided schools)

Mukesh Bhatt on Ae Dil Hai Mushkil row: ‘Rajnath Singh has assured full govt support’

Mukesh Bhatt on Ae Dil Hai Mushkil row: ‘Rajnath Singh has assured full govt support’


Ahead of the release of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Mukesh Bhatt (president of Film and TV Producers Guild), Dharma Productions’ Apurva Mehta and Fox Star India’s Vijay Singh have gone to meet the Home ministry to ensure full support of the release of the film.

Karan Johar himself was supposed to meet Rajnath Singh, but has not gone to Delhi on Thursday, 20 October. Instead, he may meet Singh in Mumbai on 21 October.

Before the meeting, Mukesh Bhatt had said, “I know my government will protect me. The government should have zero tolerance against violence.”

Meanwhile, Babul Supriyo, Asansol MP, who was also a part of the meeting said, “MNS is a party of goons.”

After the meeting, Bhatt revealed what Rajnath Singh said regarding the film’s release, “He (Rajnath Singh) will request everyone to to keep law and order intact with no violence at theatres. This assurance comforts me that I dont have to be scared. He has given me 100 percent assurance. MNS is our brothers who have gone astray. They have different thoughts. We dont wanna fight with our brothers. Let bygones be bygones and lets celebrate Diwali.”

Centre harassing AAP and Delhi govt for doing good work: Kejriwal

Wed, 19 Oct 2016-11:40pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused the Centre of “harassing” Aam Aadmi Party and his government for doing good work.”Gulab gets bail today. FIR agnst Imran quashed by Del HC yesterday. What purpose is srved? Centre harassing us bcoz Del govt doing gud work (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted after a court granted bail to AAP MLA and incharge of Gujarat affairs Gulab Singh Yadav, arrested in extortion case. AAP leader Ashish Khetan said the Delhi High Court has also quashed an FIR against Delhi Minister Imran Hussain in an extortion case.Khetan said of the 14 AAP MLAs arrested, only one case is such that there was a trial against legislator Akhilesh Pati Tripathi in which he was acquitted. “The rest of the cases MLAs were given bail. “During the emergency, there is a un-declared emergency in Delhi. For every small reason, an AAP MLA is arrested and this has become a motive of the Delhi Police. The Anti-Corruption Bureau, which reports to Ministry of Home Affairs. Now CBI is unleashed upon us. There is no parallel of harassment of any government like this,” Khetan added.

Centre harassing AAP government for doing good work: Arvind Kejriwal

Centre harassing AAP government for doing good work: Arvind Kejriwal


New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused the Centre of “harassing” Aam Aadmi Party and his government for doing good work.

“Gulab gets bail today. FIR agnst Imran quashed by Del HC yesterday. What purpose is srved? Centre harassing us bcoz Del govt doing gud work (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted after a court granted bail to AAP MLA and incharge of Gujarat affairs Gulab Singh Yadav, arrested in extortion case.

A file photo of Arvind Kejriwal. PTIA file photo of Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

A file photo of Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

AAP leader Ashish Khetan said the Delhi High Court has also quashed an FIR against Delhi Minister Imran Hussain in an extortion case.

Khetan said of the 14 AAP MLAs arrested, only one case is such that there was a trial against legislator Akhilesh Pati Tripathi in which he was acquitted.

“The rest of the cases MLAs were given bail.

“During the emergency, there is a un-declared emergency in Delhi. For every small reason, an AAP MLA is arrested and this has become a motive of the Delhi Police. The Anti-Corruption Bureau, which reports to Ministry of Home Affairs. Now CBI is unleashed upon us. There is no parallel of harassment of any government like this,” Khetan added.

What are you chest-thumping about, Congress asks govt on Brics

What are you chest-thumping about, Congress asks govt on Brics


New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday dismissed government’s claim of isolation of Pakistan at the just-concluded Brics summit and asked what was it chest-thumping about.

“We do not have in the Brics Summit Declaration a single word for Pakistan. We do not have in the Brics Declaration a single word – forget action – on Jaish. We do not have in the Brics Declaration a single word about LeT.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with other Brics leaders in Goa. PTI

PM Narendra Modi with other Brics leaders in Goa. PTI

“We do not have in the Declaration a single word about cross–border terrorism,” party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters, insisting that the media has been “fed by the staple diet of chest-thumping, self-congratulatory press blitzkrieg by soldiers of the BJP”.

He insisted that the Declaration does “not have a single word of support” on the issue from either China or Russia-India’s long-time friend.

He said what was significant in the Declaration is that there is “specific reference” to several other threatening organisations which threaten China and Russia “but those who threaten India have no place. What are you chest-thumping about?”

“You decide for yourself whether the glass is one-quarter full and three-quarters empty,” Singhvi remarked.

Declare emission, noise levels, car makers told

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All automobile manufacturers will have to furnish vehicle emission and noise level details of their vehicles from April 1 next year, the government announced Tuesday as concerns mount over the impact of indiscriminate honking and vehicular pollution levels.Vehicle manufacturers will have to compulsorily state the sound level for horn and pass-by noise values in the Form 22, the amended version of which will also include the brand, chassis number, engine number and emission norms of a vehicle,The ministry of road, transport and highways said in a statement that Form 22, under the Central Motor Vehicles Act, 1989, had been amended. Unlike the earlier Form 22, which merely certified that the vehicle complied with the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act and rules, including the relevant emission norms, the revised form will also seek the emission and noise level details of each vehicle.The amended rules will apply to all vehicles run on petrol, CNG, LPG, electric, diesel and hybrid, including agricultural and construction vehicles, as well as e-rickshaws and e-carts.”This is bound to act as a selling point for vehicles since more people are likely to buy those adhering to the specified emission norms and standard noise levels,” a senior official from the ministry said.Welcoming the move, environmental activist Sumaira Abdulali, said giving information on noise and emission in a government document will not only make such details more accessible to the public but also create more awareness among buyers about vehicles.”However, different bodies such as the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) have different set standards for noise. These standards should be brought in line to the lowest decibel level; there is also a Bombay High Court order upholding this,” Abdulali, who is convenor of the Mumbai-based Awaaz Foundation that works against noise pollution, added.Ideally, the sound level of the horn should be 10 decibels more than the standard noise of the vehicle that includes the engine and exhaust sound, she said.Delhi govt strengthens drive against imported firecrackersThe Delhi government on Tuesday resolved to strengthen its drive against imported firecrackers ahead of Diwali, ordering inspection teams formed in this regard to check markets and godowns more frequently. In a review meeting attended by senior officials of DPCC, Police, SDMs and Deputy Commissioners among others, Environment Minister Imran Hussain directed that strict action be taken against those found violating the norms. “The 11-district-wise inspecting teams of area SDMs and Executive Engineers (DPCC) constituted to check availability of imported firecrackers in the market should enhance their field inspections. The team(s) of officers from Licensing Unit constituted to check godowns randomly for availability of imported firecrackers in the market should augment their vigilance and field visits,” an official statement said.

Patna station tops list of railway WiFi users searching for porn

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Free WiFi at railway stations has proven to be a big hit and the reason for that won’t shock you. It seems like porn tops the list of searches and the station leading that particular race is Patna station.Up till now, 23 stations in the country have free WiFi. An official of RailTel, a state-run company in charge of broadband services told IANS: “More than any other railway station in the country, where free Wi-Fi service was launched, the Patna railway station is on the top in the country for using internet search, particularly serach for porn sites.”After Patna, the station second in the list is Jaipur, followed by Bengaluru and New Delhi. Patna is the first station in the state of Bihar to get WiFi and over 400 stations in the country are likely to get WiFi in the next three years. Two years ago, when the Bihar govt introduced free WiFi in the city of Patna, it was used mostly to download movies.

Pampore attack: Kashmir supercop Altaf ‘laptop’ was killed just when EDI attackers crossed LoC

Young men, even adolescents, lethally trained as killing machines that would make most commandoes blanche, ready to even die on command… that is the Pakistani attackers’ profile, according to some of those who played key roles to fight the EDI attackers from Monday to Wednesday.

That, in fact, is the typical profile of some of the militants who conducted some of the most daring and dramatic fidayeen attacks in Kashmir since the beginning of this year.

The ravaged Entrepreneurship Development Institute building in Pampore. PTIThe ravaged Entrepreneurship Development Institute building in Pampore. PTI

The ravaged Entrepreneurship Development Institute building in Pampore. PTI

It turns out that the two commandos who were killed in the EDI building were part of a group of eight (possibly nine) militants who infiltrated into the Kashmir Valley through the ranges above Bandipora last October.

The army has identified one of them as Maaz. The other was probably called Waleed, according to one of those involved in the identification. The investigators are not entirely sure about the younger second man. If he is Waleed, his adolescence has progressed from about a year ago. His face has filled out and he looks more like a grown man than the boy in the photograph the investigators have.

This particularly lethal group of eight or nine fidayeen are linked to some of the most high-profile militant encounters of the past year. These include the two attacks on the CRPF on the Anantnag-Srinagar highway and both the attacks on the EDI.

Dramatic welcome

Ironically, the group’s ingress into the Valley was connected with two of the most important men involved in militancy and counter-militancy respectively. One was Abu Qasim, the extraordinarily popular Pakistani militant who was based in south Kashmir until he was killed late last year. This group of eight or nine was so important that Qasim went to Bandipora in northeast Kashmir to receive them.

That’s where the key figure in counterinsurgency entered the picture: sub-inspector Altaf ‘laptop’ got wind of the fact that Qasim was going to Bandipora that day — 7 October last year. A double agent set up Altaf with that information. Qasim was ready for him with an ambush. He killed Altaf at a barricade on the road. Of course, Qasim too was killed a few weeks later, near Kulgam in south Kashmir.

However, the names and pictures of the eight boys who he had gone to receive were now with the police. For, Qasim had dropped his phone at the site of his encounter with Altaf. Passport-sized pictures and names of eight members of the group that crossed the LOC were in that phone.

As the police identified bodies after some of the major encounters of this past year, they discovered again and again that members of the group (which Qasim had gone to receive) had starred in each of those actions. The photographs in Qasim’s phone matched the faces of the fidayeen killed.

By the time the EDI encounter ended on Wednesday, seven of them had been killed. As in the EDI attack, two of those eight were killed in each of three earlier encounters. Only one fidayeen was killed in one encounter. So only one, possibly two, of that extraordinarily lethal group probably remains.

Intelligence reports

According to those involved in countering the EDI attack, the police had intelligence since about last Wednesday that a fidayeen attack was likely in that area. There was a talk of the boys being on a motorcycle. Even a registration number was circulated to the forces.

A top army officer said the men probably wanted to attack a convoy on the highway and then go into the EDI building, which is strategically located right by the highway. He speculated that they must have reversed that plan after a heavy army and paramilitary deployment on the highway prevented them from attacking a convoy on the highway.

The director of the EDI is said to have turned down a proposal that a police or CRPF picket be posted in a room on the ground floor of this second EDI building (a hostel) after the main EDI building was destroyed during an earlier militant encounter in January this year. Much of the equipment that survived that attack had been shifted to the hostel building. It had been used until hartals and stone-pelting demonstrations prevented normal movement after 8 July this year.

Most people in authority, within Kashmir and even more so in New Delhi’s corridors of power, have been clueless about what has been unfolding in Kashmir. No action was taken to secure the place even after the intelligence reports about fidayeen last week.

Smoke gave them away

By last weekend, the fidayeen boys were apparently under pressure from their handlers to act. They may have been ordered to enter the EDI building during the weekend so that they could use it as a base to initiate action. A senior officer said that a message from the fidayeen boys to their handlers across the Line of Control was intercepted early on Monday morning. Watch television, the message said: you will see something by 7.30 am.

Possibly, they planned to emerge from the EDI building to launch an attack on the highway.

However, at 6 am, a guard at the EDI gate noticed some smoke in one of the rooms of the EDI hostel building, which was meant to be vacant that Monday morning. He telephoned the EDI director, who told him to go and check. When he approached, the fidayeen fired.

Some soldiers who were on the road close by heard and reported the firing. That is when the encounter which lasted more than two-and-a-half days began.

The army laid one cordon, then a second. The fidayeen boys were well-prepared. They had set up piles of explosives on certain stairwells, ready to be blown up. And they had food and other stores with them. Early during the encounter, it was reported that three attackers were in the building.

Priority to avoid casualties

The army commanders were under pressure from political authorities, who were distressed that the stand-off dominated the media for such a long time. But the commanders’ had their priorities right: they were determined to avoid casualties, even if it took longer. What the brass feared most was the possibility that the men might slip away. That would have been a huge embarrassment.

A top officer went into the campus in a Caspar armoured vehicle. An IED mine was placed in the compound. Its deafening roar was calculated to disorient the militants.

The firing was stepped up at the windows of two bathrooms, one above the other, from where the militants seemed to be firing. Perhaps fearing that the forces were closing in on their location from within the building too when the barrage of fire on the building was stepped up, two boys jumped from an upper floor.

Evidently highly trained, they both survived the fall. One of them was killed in the fearsome barrage of fire that targeted them on the ground. But the other managed to roll back into the building.

Finally, the attack ended when he too was killed on Wednesday afternoon. It took till late at night, though, to comb the entire building for any remaining militants, explosives or booby-traps.

The big question is: how many of the very many groups that have infiltrated since the beginning of this year comprise such extraordinarily trained commandos as the eight that came when Hamza killed Altaf, almost exactly a year ago.

Arunachal Pradesh: BJP to join Pema Khandu-led PPA govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP will join Pema Khandu led PPA govt in Arunachal Pradesh. BJP’s Tamiyo Taga to be inducted as a minister, BJP State President has confirmed. In a shocker for Congress, all but one of its MLAs, including Chief Minister Pema Khandu, had joined the People’s Party of Arunachal Pradesh in September .Sources said Khandu, who two months ago became chief minister in a development that restored the Congress government, along with 43 Congress MLAs joined the PPA and virtually converted it into a PPA government.Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday said that the decision of 43 Congress MLAs to join Peoples’ Party of Arunachal, the lone regional party of the state, was in the interest of the state and the people.”It is an undeniable fact that for a resource-stressed state like Arunachal it has to depend on the Centre for all its needs. It is difficult to make things done at the Centre with political difference,” he told reporters during a press conference. He said the decision to join the PPA was “conscious and unanimous” as most of the MLAs expressed their views in a meeting convened this morning that to get more development funds from the Centre it was imperative to go for a change.The only MLA who has stayed with the Congress is Nabam Tuki, who was replaced as Chief Minister when the Congress, in an effort to control the rebellion in its ranks replaced him with Khandu in July.In the Assembly of 60, Congress had 47 MLAs, BJP 11 and two independent. Status of two Congress MLAs were yet to be decided as they put in their papers before the recent series of political developments that led to first Tuki government falling in January 2016, imposition of President’s rule and installation of the late Kalikho Pul government for a short span.Pul, a Congress MLA and had committed suicide last month, was forced to resign in July following a Supreme Court judgement following which Pema Khandu took over.

Navjot Kaur Sidhu resigns from BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Navjot Kaur Sidhu resigned from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday, less than a month after her husband formally resigned from the party. BJP Punjab President Vijay Sampla has reportedly accepted her resignation. Earlier in the day, she sent her one-line resignation to the party president at the party headquarters in Chandigarh. “I hereby resign from the primary membership of the party,” Joshi quoted Kaur as saying in her resignation letter.However, one of Kaur’s aides said that she has not resigned from the party as an MLA. She is expected to address a press conference on Sunday in Amritsar giving reasons for her resignation. Kaur was the former chief parliamentary secretary (Health). She was at loggerheads with SAD-BJP govt in Punjab and had also accused of the state government of meting out ‘step-motherly’ treatment to her constituency. Last year she had observed a hunger strike in protest against alleged blockade of funds by Punjab govt. Kaur had also announced that she will not contest polls as long as BJP remained an ally of SAD.In July this year, Navjot Singh Sidhu had resigned from Rajya Sabha citing differences with the party. Last month, he announced a new political front called Awaaz-e-Punjab, however he announced recently that the party will not be participating in Punjab elections slated for next year. Later he said that his political front was ‘open to alliance’ for the ‘betterment of Punjab’.

NDA govt is useless, weak and fascist, says Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress Party on Saturday said the BJP-led NDA regime is useless, weak and fascist. Referring to Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam’s recent controversial comment on the Indian Army’s surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC), party spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit said that everybody in India has the Right of freedom of speech and expression. “Anybody can ask a question of the government in a democracy; to express their opinion, but after that if you threaten the family members of the person and put him in danger, then the government has turned into a fascist government. That regime which cannot take a question on itself, then that it is useless, weak and fascist,” he said. Nirupam’s wife, Geeta, has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that ever since her husband questioned the veracity of the surgical strikes across the Line of Control, she feels that her family is unsafe in India. “Has nobody ever spoken against the government before? Have all their families been threatened with murder? Then why is my family being singled out,” wrote Geeta in her letter to the Prime Minister. “When Kiran Rao said this country is not safe under the current regime, this pretentious country felt bad and upset about it, but today even I want to say, yes I feel unsafe in my own country,” Geeta added.
ALSO READ Every Indian wants surgical strikes but not fake ones: Cong leader Sanjay Nirupam doubts Modi govt and Indian ArmyGeeta also wrote about the callers who had targeted Nirupam’s 80-year-old mother and abused her.

dna Morning Must Reads: Latest on BCCI’s tussle with SC; Hurricane Matthew death toll nears 900; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Trouble mounts for Anurag Thakur; SC asks if BCCI chief ‘asked ICC to suspend India’ if Lodha reforms implementedThe court has given Thankur 10 days to file the affidavit before the matter will come up for hearing on October 17. Read more.2. Sikh-American brutally assaulted in alleged hate crime in US”Maan Singh Khalsa was brutally attacked and his turban was violently knocked off & hair cut on September 25, 2016,” the Sikh Coalition, the nation’s largest Sikh civil rights organisation said on Facebook. Read more.3. dna impact: Maharashtra govt finally wakes up, proposes reforms to curb malnourishment27k ration cards for tribals ready; land rights norms relaxation and clearance of claims within 6 months on anvil. Read more.4. More than 800 dead from Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, Florida coast hitThe number of fatalities in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, surged to at least 842 on Friday. Read more.5. Pahlaj Nihalani: Does Arnab think he runs the country from his newsroom?Pahlaj Nihalani takes on Goswami. Read more.

Dialogue between India, Pakistan the best way to go: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday commented on the recent surgical strikes conducted in PoK by the Indian government by saying that he still believes that dialogue between India and Pakistan is the best way to sort things out. “BJP makes up new words. What is surgical? War is a war, the villagers don’t understand ‘surgical’. It’s good that Indian army conducted surgical strike, but we still believe that dialogue is the best way to sort things out,” said Akhilesh.He also hit out at the Centre and said that the Samajwadi Party govt has provided more job opportunities than anyone else. “No government has given as many job opportunities as we have. BJP promised ‘acche din’, but who has benefited from that? They will be judged by what they have delivered,” said Akhilesh. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday heaped praise on the Indian Army, saying they carried out a ‘100 percent perfect surgical strike’ on the seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC). “We carried out a 100 percent perfect surgical strike. Our nation carries the heart and courage to carry this task out. There are many people who are not loyal to our country and criticised the Indian Army, but we don’t have to give them any proof,” Parrikar said.”Some ex-servicemen wrote to me and said that they are ready to fight on the border if need arises. I salute them,” he added.

dna Morning Must Reads: Latest on surgical strikes, 3 infiltration bids foiled, successful satellite launch and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Surgical Strikes | Security czars in govt weighing options on releasing footage; discusses future strategy implicationsPrime Minister Modi’s message advising everyone to remain calm post the Cabinet meeting on Thursday was short and crisp. According to sources the PM said — not everyone needs to speak on the surgical strikes, it is the Army’s job and they should be allowed to handle it. Read in detail2. J&K: Militants attack army camp in Kupwara; Army says 3 infiltration bids foiled along the LoCSome militants on Thursday attacked an army camp in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, prompting security forces to retaliate, army said. “At around 5 AM, militants opened firing on an army camp at Langate in Kupwara district, which was retaliated by the alert jawans,” an army official said. Read more3. Rajan’s NPA schemes may get quiet burial; Patel hints at new debt resolution frameworkInflation has flown out of the Reserve Bank of India’s top agenda as Urjit Patel, its new governor, unveiled his maiden credit policy that would make both the growth-focused government and companies happy. Read more4. India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-18 launched successfully on board Ariane-5 from KourouIndia’s latest communication satellite GSAT-18 was on Thursday successfully launched by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana. Read more5. Hurricane Matthew kills 26 in Caribbean; prompts Americans to flee coastHurricane Matthew twisted toward the Bahamas and Florida’s east coast on Wednesday after killing at least 26 people and damaging a majority of homes in Haiti’s south, prompting the hard-hit country to postpone a long-awaited presidential election. Read more6. Wriddhiman Saha is here to stayThough he was clutching on to his first man of the match award in Tests for two fifties in the second Test at his home ground, Eden Gardens, on Monday, wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha had a sorry-looking face. Read more7. Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday plansKing Khan has big plans for his 51st birthday on November 2. Find out more

Undisclosed income now at over Rs 71,000 crore under IDS, says ICAI

New Delhi: More than Rs 71,000 crore of undisclosed income has been declared under the one-time disclosure window IDS, chartered accountants’ apex body ICAI said today – giving an amount much higher than the initial figures announced by the government.


The four-month Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) is a one-time opportunity to those with hidden income to come clean by making the disclosure and paying 45 per cent tax and penalty. After the end of the window on September 30, the government had pegged the disclosed amount at Rs 65,250 crore, while adding that the final figures may go up on further tabulation.

“More than Rs 71,000 crore (worth undisclosed income) has been disclosed under the IDS as per latest available information,” ICAI President M Devaraja Reddy said here at a press conference.

The number of assesses who disclosed their assets under the scheme is more than 64,000, he added.

Reddy said the information is from the CBDT and “the amount could go up and not come down”.

On October 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that as much as Rs 65,250 crore of blackmoney was declared under IDS.

Jaitley had also said 64,275 declarations were made in the four-month window and this figure could go up once all the declarations filed online and manually are compiled.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) was actively involved in spreading awareness about IDS.

When asked whether non-taxpayers also made disclosures under the scheme, Reddy replied in the affirmative.

“My observation of my friends who have been doing taxation, 40-60 per cent (of people who participated in the IDS) are non filers,” he said.

“We are having more than 10 lakh assesses and when over 64,000 come (participates in IDS), then most of our taxpayers are very honest,” he added.

According to him, the declarants can be broadly classified into two categories – those are regularly paying income tax but have not paid properly and the other class is of those who have not paid income tax at all.

“Earlier, there was a feeling that chartered accountants were not supporting this scheme… we are verifying everything and explaining things to the assesses.

“Our role is only advisory. It is our duty to explain to the assesses. We are certifying only that which is correct,” he added.

On lapses in making proper disclosures, Reddy sought to put the onus on tax practitioners who are not qualified chartered accountants, stating that “some people who don’t have knowledge” are also there.

“(With regard to tax filings) there are lapses. There are many tax practitioners who are not CAs but who have done BCom, who have done LLB but not having good practice in High Courts.

An LLB person wants to go to court, become High Court judge, Supreme Court judge.

“Those who don’t have capabilities come to do book keeping… This class has become more. They don’t have any control and don’t have any disciplinary mechanism there.

They are also not having upgradation of skills,” Reddy said.

The ICAI President also said ignorance of some IT practitioners and greed of small business people resulted in lapses.

I asked PM Modi to expose Pak propaganda, why is BJP rattled: Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rejecting BJP’s criticism, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused it of playing politics over the anti-terror surgical strike and said why was the party “scared” when he had only asked the Prime Minister to counter the false propaganda by Pakistan. Maintaining that Aam Aadmi Party believes that surgical strikes did take place, Kejriwal said that in his video message yesterday he had only appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give a befitting reply. In a rare gesture, Kejriwal has yesterday “saluted” Modi for the surgical strikes by the Army on terror launch pads across the LoC.At the same time, he had urged the Centre to counter the smear campaign by Pakistan and international media, but BJP alleged that Kejriwal had in the garb of his statement questioned the Army’s assertion on surgical strike and insulted the armed forces.”I have supported the Prime Minister, applauded the army. I only said that Pakistan is spreading false propaganda in the world that surgical strikes did not happen. We all believe that surgical strikes took place,” Kejriwal said today. “Pakistan is spreading the propaganda across the world and international media is running this that surgical strikes did not take place. I had only appealed to the PM that a befitting reply should be given to Pakistan.”If I said that we have to counter Pakistan’s false propaganda then why is the BJP so rattled and scared? We all have to counter Pakistan’s propaganda and we should all, irrespective of the party, strengthen PM’s hands in this,” Kejriwal said.Claiming that Kejriwal “sought proof” on the anti-terror operation, the BJP asked him not to belittle the armed forces by getting influenced by Pakistani “propaganda”. At a press conference today, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the AAP leader should answer whether he believed in the Indian Army or not. Kejriwal later retorted: “I am unhappy. Ravi Shankar ji is saying I am playing politics. Am I playing politics or they?”Senior AAP leader Ashutosh said Pakistan is insulting ‘Bharat Mata’ and Indian army through its propaganda, but BJP is settling score with Kejriwal. “I am amazed that Ravi Shankar Prasad instead of unmasking Pak Propaganda is questioning AK. Shows BJP’s bankruptcy of ideas,” Ashutosh tweeted. Earlier, Kejriwal asked Modi govt to show proof. “Last week our army showed valour and avenged the deaths of 19 soldiers killed in the Uri attack. I may have differences with the Prime Minister over a 100 issues. But when he has shown the will (to deal with this matter), I salute him,” he said.This is perhaps the first time that Kejriwal, who has been critical about the Modi government and its Pakistan policy, has come out praising him. On the day of the strikes, the Delhi Chief Minister had hailed the army, but there was no word of praise for Modi.A day later, he had told the Delhi Assembly that is time to stand with the Centre and the differences between them can be sorted out later. Claiming that Pakistan has gone “berserk” after the strike, Kejriwal said, it is resorting to smear campaign against India at international fora and this has to be countered.”It has resorted to playing dirty politics. Since the last two days, Pakistan is taking international journalists to the border and trying to show that surgical strikes never took place. “Two days back, the United Nations gave a statement that there was no such activity on the border,” he said. “My blood boiled over these news reports (of the international media). Pakistan is indulging in smearing India’s image at the international level.The UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) “has not directly observed” any firing along the LoC, UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric had said on September 30 against the backdrop of the surgical strikes conducted by India.”I appeal to the Prime Minister that the way he and the Army taught Pakistan a lesson on ground, he should also unmask the propaganda by Pakistan at international level. The whole country is with you. I also appeal to the countrymen not to believe in the false campaign by Pakistan,” he said.

dna Morning Must Reads: Updates on Cauvery water row; Second Day of #INDvNZ; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Cauvery water row: Karnataka misses Supreme Court deadline, calls legislature session on Oct 3The Supreme Court had on Friday asked it to discharge 6,000 cusecs from October 1 to 6, warning no one would know when the “wrath of the law” would fall on it. Read more here2. Govt nets Rs 65,250-crore hidden wealth through Income Declaration SchemeThe government has unearthed Rs 65,250 crore worth of undisclosed income and assets from 64,275 declarants under its four-month Income Declaration Scheme (IDS), which opened in June this year. Read more here3. Army ready for any eventuality after surgical strikeAmid heightened tension with Pakistan, Army asked the forces to be “prepared for any eventuality” and maintain “very high level of alert” as its Chief Gen Dalbir Singh visited Jammu and Kashmir to assess the military preparedness. Read more here4. Indian-origin South African teen wins top prize at Google Science FairThe Google science fair is a programme for any budding scientists between the ages of 13 to 18. Read more here5. Godse should have killed Jinnah: Babu HaabiFacing a police complaint for his music video Bobocanta, which shows Mahatma Gandhi dancing and doing headstands while Parliament burns in the background, rap artist Babu Haabi talks about politics, Pakistan, how he bagged Udta Punjab and more.6. India v/s New Zealand 2nd Test: How Bhuvneshwar Kumar turned out to be an unlikely hero in EdenKumar made the most of overcast conditions to harass the Kiwi top order. Read more here

GST Council agrees on 5 areas, says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In signs of fracture, the Centre and states on Friday disagreed on decisions reached at the first meeting of the GST Council on service tax assessment although they reached a consensus on area based exemption in the new tax regime.The second meeting of the all-powerful GST Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, agreed on five subordinate legislation dealing with issues ranging from registration to invoicing under the new Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime. It also agreed on the treatment of exemption from GST. Currently, the Centre gives exemption to 11 states mostly in North East and hilly regions from excise duty as also many states give the same as incentive for setting up industry.The council decided that under GST, which will subsume excise duty and VAT among other levies, taxes will have to be collected and it can be reimbursed from the annual budgets to the exempted categories. But there were divisions over ratifying or approving the minutes of the first meeting of the Council, held last week, after at least two states disagreed with what was documented as decided on the Centre’s assessing 11 lakh service tax filers in the new dispensation.”Obviously the first item has to be approval of minutes of the last meeting. With regard to one item recorded in the minutes with regard to the service tax assessments in the new dispensation, there was a long discussion on the interpretation on the decision taken in the last meeting and that discussion consumed a lot of time today. That discussion was inconclusive and therefore it will continue in the next meeting on 18th (October),” Jaitley told reporters.Non-ratification of even one item on the minutes means the whole minutes are not agreed. Initially, it was thought that the minutes should be put to vote as those objecting to them were far less than those agreeing but Jaitley wanted to take decisions with consensus and so it was postponed.Uttar Pradesh’s Minister for Vocational Education and Skill Development Abhishek Mishra said the minutes were not approved in entirety. The second meeting of the GST Council finalised rules for registration, rules for payments, returns, refunds and invoices. With this as many as 6 issues have been settled by the Council, that has representatives of all the states, in two meetings in a span of one week.Discussions on service tax assessment and the formula for calculating compensation to be paid to states in case of revenue shortfall as a result of implementation of the GST regime, possibly from April 1, 2017, would be taken up at the next meeting on October 18-20. It will also decide on the all important GST rate, Jaitley said, adding that the government is targeting November 22 for completing major work on deciding tax rate, exemptions and draft legislation by the Council. There were two items regarding draft GST rules on agenda of today’s GST Council meeting, he said.”Now these rules are with regard to registration, rules for payments, return, refund and invoices. These rules are notified once the Act is passed… These 5 sets of rules were taken up for consideration and have been approved. So we are in a state of readiness with the subordinate legislation once the act itself is approved,” he said.The rules approved will form part of the supporting legislations needed to rollout GST. “So once the act is passed by Parliament or by the state legislatures as the case may be, we want the draft rules to be ready so that the rules can be notified immediately,” he said.Stating that the second item on agenda was treatment of existing tax incentives by the Centre, he said, has given some exemptions from excise duty to 11 North-East and hill states.Similarly, states too give out a series of incentives.”It is possible that some of the exemptions may get phased out. But for the exemptions which may remain how will these exemptions fit into the GST system. So the Council took up for discussion the management of these exemptions. And it was agreed that there would be a levy of tax under the GST system on all exempted entities. Once the tax is levied, the central govt or state government, which gets that tax, would then reimburse from the budget, that quantum of tax back to exempted entity,” he said.Under the GST system, everybody will have to pay tax but those exempted would be entitled to be reimbursed the levy they pay. On the issue of service tax assessment, he said the central government’s understanding is that an arrangement as been finalised for continuing with the existing system and transferring it to states when their officers are trained.On services that are taxed partly by the Centre and partly by states, he said experts will examine and report it in next meeting for a final decision.Asked if tax exemptions would be grandfathered, Jaitley said: “It is not necessary to grandfather everything but if you do grandfather it then the process of payment of tax and reimbursement, it will be like a direct benefit cash being returned. Today, we discussed the principle by which exemptions would be dealt with.” There will be a levy under the GST tax on exempted entities, he said.”Once the tax is levied, the central government or the state government which gets that tax would then reimburse from the Budget that quantum of tax to the exempted entity. So you will have the GST system in operation where everybody has to pay the tax but if you are an exempted entity and the state or Centre decides to continue that exempted entity then they would be entitled to that amount being given back to them,” he said, adding that the details in each case will be worked out.Which exempted entities will remain or not will be decided by states and the Centre, he said, adding that states would have to decide on exempted entities as they will reimburse tax to them. Jaitley said there were discussions on interpretation of service tax, division of authority between centre and states, but they were inconclusive.”Now after this, two items remain. The rates would be the big item to discuss and then after we will go to draft rules of GST law,” he added.Explaining how the area-based exemptions would be doled out, Jaitley said the centre gives incentives to North Eastern states. But the tax that comes to the central kitty, 58 % belongs to Centre and 42 % is devolved to the states.”Hence, we (Centre) will reimburse only 58 %. How the remaining 42 % will be reimbursed that arrangement has to be worked out. I can’t get 58 % tax and reimburse 100 %,” he said.The 14th Finance Commission in its report has scaled up devolution to states from the central pool of taxes to 42 % from 32 %. “We are trying to build every decision through consensus. And as far as possible there is no voting because in that way federal spirit is maintained. Wherever possible dissent should not arise and wherever there is dissent it should be taken up in next meeting,” Jaitley said.Asked how the supply contracts, where both goods and services components are there, would be taxed in the GST regime, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said that has been referred to the officers committee.”So the question is what happens to those kind of cases where there is both goods and services. Now it will become supply contracts. Now the officers committee will look into this and come back to GST Council,” Adhia said.

‘Horrible’ attack like in Uri obviously escalates tensions: US on surgical strikes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A terrorist attack like the one on an Indian Army camp in Uri “escalates tensions”, United States have said, asking Pakistan to take action against UN-designated terrorist outfits and delegitimise them.”Obviously, an (terrorist) attack like that (in Uri) escalates tensions. What I don’t want to do is try to get into, you know, some sort of broad characterisation one way or the other but obviously an attack like this is horrific and…”, the State Department Spokesman, John Kirby, told reporters.The spokesperson was interrupted by a reporter mid-way that her question was about India’s response to the September 18 Uri attack.
ALSO READ Indian Army surgical strike destroys 7 terror launch pads; govt reassures foreign envoys, Oppn over strikes”But the Indian response is that — is that the kind of escalation that Secretary Kerry was warning against?” the journalist asked referring to the telephonic conversation between the Secretary of State John Kerry and the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj earlier this week.Kirby was quick to clarify that he was referring to the Uri terrorist attack. “Oh, I thought you were talking about the Uri attack,” the spokesman said.
ALSO READ ‘A real message has gone’: Shashi Tharoor lauds Indian Army after surgical strike On September 27, Kerry spoke with Swaraj. For technical reason, the conversation was spread over two separate calls.”I can confirm for you that the secretary spoke with — on the 27th, so earlier this week, with Indian External Affairs Minister Swaraj and reiterated his strong condemnation of the September 18 Uri attack. He condemned terrorism in all its forms and he cautioned against any escalation intentions,” he said.
ALSO READ Uri payback: Decoding the role of Indian Army’s Special Forces in the surgical strikeResponding to questions, Kirby called for de-escalation of tension between the two countries. “We’ve seen those reports (of Indian surgical attack), we’re following the situation closely as I think you can understand. We also understand that the Indian and Pakistani militaries have been in communication,” he said.”We believe that continued communication is obviously important to reduce tensions. We’ve repeatedly expressed our concerns regarding the danger that terrorism poses to the region and we all know that terrorism in many ways knows no border,” Kirby said.”We continue to urge actions to combat and de-legitimise terrorist groups like LeT, and Haqqani Network, Jaish-E-Mohammed. So, this is something that we’re obviously keenly focused on,” Kirby said in response to a question.Counter-terrorism co-operation, he said, is something that the United States is always working at with its partners in the region.”We’re always trying to get better at combating terrorism in the region. There are many ways you can do that, you know, through information sharing regimens and increasing communication between all parties involved,” he said.But he refused to entertain question on if there was any co-operation between India and the United States on the latest Indian operation.”I don’t have a specific laundry list here to read out to you because, frankly, it’s something that we’ve been constantly working at with our partners in the region,” he said.Kirby said America’s message to both sides has been the same in terms of encouraging them to increase communication to deal with this threat and to avoid steps that escalate the tensions.”I think I’m not going to get into characterising each and every step along the way there.”But obviously, what we want to see is increased cooperation against what is a very shared common threat for both countries, and to see steps being taken to deal with it by all sides,” Kirby said.Meanwhile the US Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, who was in Washington DC has rushed back to New Delhi.”As far as I know, he’s returning to New Delhi. My understanding is that he believed that it was, appropriate for him to go back.”He has got a big job. There a lot of responsibilities that come with it. And, obviously it’s a very dynamic situation and he felt it was prudent to go back. We support that,” Kirby said.

Modi’s Mann Ki Baat: Twitter loses it over youth who started studying three hours more after Uri attack!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the last few days, PM Modi’s oratorical game has been top drawer. His speech at the BJP National Meet drew praise from all quarters. He continued in the same vein in his bi-monthly Mann Ki Baat, where he referred to a youngster called Harshvardhan who’d been moved by the Uri attack. He read out a message of the 11th standard student who had expressed anger over the Uri incident and had the desire to do something over it. After lot of deliberation, he decided to spend extra 3 hours to studies every day as his contribution to the country.Appreciating the boy’s “constructive thinking”, Prime Minister said, “there is a lot of value in the anger that people of the country have. This is a symbol of the country’s awakening. This anger is of the kind of ‘do something’… When 1965 war (with Pakistan) broke out and Lal Bahadur Shastri was leading the country, similar was the feeling, anger in the country.”He said: “A youngster wrote to me, Uri attack troubled me. I wanted to do something but I didn’t know what to do. And what could a small scholar like me do. How can I improve the nation? So I decided I will study three hours extra for the nation so that I can help the country by becoming a good citizen.”Understandably, Twitter was bowled over by the remark, particularly since the BJP and Modi govt has a prominent leader called Dr Harsh Vardhan.Epic life advice for HarshVardhanLikening the anger in the country over Uri attack to that witnessed in the 1965 war, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today maintained that those responsible for the terror strike will surely be punished as he asserted that the army does not speak but displays bravery.He also sent out a message to the people of Kashmir, which has been witnessing unrest for over two months, saying that “peace, unity and harmony” are the ways to resolve problems and expressed confidence that all issues can be addressed through discussions.In his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ which he began by paying tributes to the 18 soldiers who died in the Uri attack on September 18, Modi said, “this cowardly act was enough to shake the entire country. There is mourning as well as anger in the country.”He said, “This is a loss not only for those families which lost their sons, brothers, husbands. This loss is for the entire country. That is why, today I will say only this much, which I said on that day (of the incident) also and I will repeat it today, that the guilty will surely be punished.”Reposing faith in the Indian army, the Prime Minister said it will foil all such designs through its bravery.”They (Indian armymen) are the people who take bravery to its pinnacle so that 125 crore people can live a peaceful life,” he said.”We are proud of our army. People and politicians get opportunities to speak and that’s what they do. But the army does not speak. The army displays its bravery,” Modi said.With agency inputs

Don’t believe distorted secularism, treat Muslims as your own: PM Modi at BJP National Meet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Contending that the definition of secularism has been distorted, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked Jan Sangh ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay to say that Muslims should be treated as “your own” rather than seeing them as “items of vote market”. Addressing the BJP Council meeting here, he said his government’s mission of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’ is not a political slogan but a commitment to ensure welfare of the last man in the society.In his speech, Modi spoke at length about secularism, balanced and inclusive growth and need for electoral reforms while paying tributes to Upadhyay on his 100th birth anniversary.”These days, the definition has been distorted. Even nationalism is cursed these days,” he said. While talking about life and contribution of Upadhyay, Modi quoted him as saying, “don’t reward nor rebuke Muslims.Empower them. They are not items of vote market nor are they substance of hate. Treat them as your own.”At the conclusion of the two-day BJP conclave here aimed at making inroads in Kerala, the Prime Minister traced the party’s journey from the days of Jan Sangh and asserted that “we never compromised with our ideology”.He said if the BJP had compromised with the ideology, it could have attained power long back. Speaking at Session 2 of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya’s centenary celebrations in Kozhikode, Kerala, the PM asserted that the BJP had never comprised its values. He said: “A PM of this country was once asked for how long will you remain PM? He answered that the one who goes to Everest does not go there to reside but to make history. However, we are not part of such a journey. If we wld have entered politics for gains, we would have compromised on values at some level. A country such as ours – full of young people, should have youthful dreams and youthful pace.”He added; “BJP’s original character is based on principles of welfare of people. We have never compromised on our ideals. Other parties might have good people but we have more good people than them. All our senior leaders made us what we are today.”He added: “Deendayal Upadhyaya ji said, Muslims shouldn’t be treated as substance for votes or looked down upon, they should be considered equal. Deendayal Upadhyaya kehte thea gar sabhi ko barabari me lana hai to upar ke logo ke jhukar ke apne haath vanchit logo tak badane chahiye. Deendayal Upadhyaya has said, 50 years back, “Don’t reward Muslims, don’t rebuke Muslims, empower them. Our Govt is committed to the welfare of the last person in the society.” He said: “Today people discuss about global warming, but Deendayal Upadhyaya ji back then used to say that we should respect our resources. On Mahatma Gandhi birth anniversary (Oct 2), we will ratify the decisions that were made during COP21. Our party was formed for poor section of society & all our initiatives today are focussing on down trodden people only. There is a need for a discussion to bring in change in the procedure for elections in our country.” With inputs from PTI and ANI

BJP National Meet Session 2: Watch livestreaming of PM Modi’s speech

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking at Session 2 of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya’s centenary celebrations in Kozhikode, Kerala, the PM asserted that the BJP had never comprised its values. He said: “A PM of this country was once asked for how long will you remain PM? He answered that the one who goes to Everest does not go there to reside but to make history. However, we are not part of such a journey. If we wld have entered politics for gains, we would have compromised on values at some level. A country such as ours – full of young people, should have youthful dreams and youthful pace.”He added; “BJP’s original character is based on principles of welfare of people. We have never compromised on our ideals. Other parties might have good people but we have more good people than them. All our senior leaders made us what we are today.”He added: “Deendayal Upadhyaya ji said, Muslims shouldn’t be treated as substance for votes or looked down upon, they should be considered equal. Deendayal Upadhyaya kehte the agar sabhi ko barabari me lana hai to upar ke logo ke jhukar ke apne haath vanchit logo tak badane chahiye. eendayal Upadhyaya has said, 50 years back, “Don’t reward Muslims, don’t rebuke Muslims, empower them. Our Govt is committed to the welfare of the last person in the society.” He said: “Today people discuss about global warming, but Deendayal Upadhyaya ji back then used to say that we should respect our resources. On Mahatma Gandhi birth anniversary (Oct 2), we will ratify the decisions that were made during COP21. Our party was formed for poor section of society & all our initiatives today are focussing on down trodden people only. There is a need for a discussion to bring in change in the procedure for elections in our country.” In a clear message to the Kashmiri separatists, BJP President Amit Shah today said the central government will not have talks with those who do not believe in the Indian Constitution but those who consider themselves Indians. Acknowledging that the situation in the valley has been worrisome for last few months, he said if anybody thinks that Kashmir could be separated from India, then it is nothing but a daydream which will never come true. In his inaugural address at the party’s National Council meeting here, he also invoked the party s garib kalyan agenda, saying the central government has been dedicated to the development of the poor since Narendra Modi took oath as the Prime Minister. He said the next one year will be observed as ‘garib kalyan year’. With the Prime Minister and other senior leaders listening, Shah devoted most of his speech to the saffron party s ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay, whose 100th birth anniversary fell today, and his concepts of ‘antyodaya’ (uplift of the last man) and integral humanism.Touching upon the Kashmir unrest and Uri terror attack, the BJP chief asserted, “Kashmir is an unbreakable part of India and no force in the world can separate it from us.” The BJP-led government “is willing to discuss all paths to peace but the talks will be held with those who consider themselves Indians No talks will be held with anybody who does not believe in the Constitution, he said. This is a clear message to separatists who are insisting that talks cannot be held within the Indian Constitution. Referring to the Uri attack, Shah said BJP will not tolerate terrorism and the party and its government stand for “zero tolerance” to it. Heaping praise on Modi, he compared him with noted freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak, saying he had infused hope and aspiration among masses with his Gujarat model during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and later with his work in the same way Tilak gave voice to the nation s discontent with the colonial rule with his call for swaraj (self-rule). BJP governments in 13 states besides the Centre are now working to unlift and empower the poor following the Upadhyay s concept and that is why its dispensations in many states have been re-elected on the basis of performance, he said.

dna Evening Must Reads: Mumbai on high alert; J&K HC refuses to ban pellet guns, India’s official Oscar entry; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Live: Mumbai on high alert after school children report seeing men with arms near Uran naval base​Indian Navy, Anti Terrorists Sqad (ATS) and other security agencies have been put on a high alert after suspicious movements of people with arms were reported by school children in Uran, near Mumbai. Follow live updates here. 2. Jammu and Kashmir: High Court refuses to ban pellet guns, cites mob violence in ValleyRejecting a plea seeking ban on use of pellet guns in controlling street protests in Kashmir Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has cited the ground situation and observed that as long as there is violence by unruly mobs, use of force is inevitable. Read more.3. #INDvNZ: Kiwis surprise India with pace and swing, hosts reduced to 291 for 9 at the end of Day 1India frittered away a solid start as a middle-order collapse saw them reduced to 291 for nine on the opening day of the first cricket Test against New Zealand in Kanpur. Read more. 4. NHRC issues notice to Maharashtra govt over death of tribal kids due to malnutritionTaking suo motu cognizance of media reports about the death of 600 kids from malnutrition this year in Palghar district of Maharashtra, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued a notice to the Devendra Fadnavis government. Read more.5. Just In: Tamil film ‘Visaranai’ is India’s Oscar Awards entry for 2017The jury of the Film Federation of India, headed by Ketan Mehta this year, has selected the film from the 29 entries which included the likes of Udta Punjab, Thithi, Sairat, Neerja, Nil Battey Sannata etc. Read more.

Rahul Gandhi condemns Pak; blames Modi’s ‘short-sighted’ alliance with PDP for increasing terrorism in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused Pakistan of being responsible for the Uri terror attack while apportioning blame on the NDA government’s “politics” for it.The Congress vice president said while the UPA government spent nine years fighting terrorism and curbing it, the BJP-PDP alliance has “opened space” for terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. “UPA Govt spent 9 years fighting terrorism in Kashmir, we had vanquished terrorism there. PM Modiji’s short-sighted alliance with PDP opened space for terrorism in Kashmir, our soldiers have died and I condemn that,” said Gandhi. He further added, “I condemn what Pakistan has done. However, the space for that has been created by politics that NDA has carried out in Kashmir. The NDA has no strategy in Kashmir, national security cant be handled like public meets. This is a serious matter. Congress is ready to help in whatever way possible as far as our soldiers and Government of India is concerned. But we want a long term concrete strategy not this events based activity. Because this is extremely dangerous for the country.”

Uri attack: Will the pre-2014 Narendra Modi please stand up?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Pakistan ko usi ki bhasha mein jawab dena chahiye, ye love letter likhna band karna chahiye” ( We should answer Pakistan in their own language, stop writing these love letters) – Narendra Modi in an interview before 2014 pollsTwitter is full of such similar angry rhetoric from the Gujarat strong man, sentiments expressed at various crucial junctions targeting the ruling UPA regiment, where he promised decisive leadership vis-a-vis Pakistan. 2 years and 5 months down the line as PM of the country, in a post Una and Pathankot scenario, geopolitik reality may be finally catching up with Narendra Modi. The death of 18 valiant young men has suddenly put his leadership under the spotlight and this incident will test his mettle as a PM and probably will determine his legacy vis-à-vis foreign policy something which he has made the cornerstone of his tenure.Modi’s Pak policy till now has been fluctuating and ill-defined. Like every PM, Narendra Modi too believed that he can crack the Pak riddle to cement a lasting legacy. The massive mandate buoyed him to go out on a limb to invite Sharif for the oath-taking ceremony. He followed it up with the birthday visit late December last year when he took an impromptu detour to Pakistan while coming back from Afghanistan.He also gave a Pakistani team access to the Pathankot airbase after the attack. But all of it ended in disaster. Nawaz Sharif under domestic compulsion and army coercion has only hardened his line. When it came to cross-border terrorism Pakistan continued to live in denial (or pretended to) despite clear-cut evidence to the contrary. They have also tried to blow up the Kashmir issue and the death of Burhan Wani was hailed as sacrifice of a martyr by the top military and political regime of our neighbour.The brutal attack on Indian forces by Jaish terrorists backed by a Pak deep state shows that it is continuing its policy of bleeding India by a 1000 cuts. But how can India respond to it? Pre–Uri, India’s response to Pakistan’s Kashmir rhetoric was opening a new front in Balochistan. While that is a long game, the fierceness of this attack where the toll may well rise over 18, has raised demand for swift retributions. Yet as we all know, offensive and inevitable counter-offensive raises threat of rapid escalation, which can be potentially catastrophic as both India and Pakistan are nuclear nations.Manmohan Singh realised that after 26/11, and despite mulling over several options including that of surgical strikes on terror camps operating from PoK, military option was ruled out. But can the current regime afford to show such a tepid response? It promised a bold, muscular Pak policy and the core voter base will hope that deeds match the words spoken. In the last 24 hours, PM has said that perpetrators of the attack will not be spared. Rajnath Singh has dubbed Pakistan as a terrorist state and Ram Madhav, known as a crucial conduit between BJP and RSS has raised the pitch demanding a jaw for a tooth. The reports coming from the Cabinet Committee of Security meeting though is sober. It is looking for possible political consensus before planning any possible offensive. Some sources are reporting that PM is keen on a ‘visible response’.There are multiple options India is looking at. The option of getting Pakistan diplomatically isolated has been tried in the past with various amount of success. With USA increasingly getting frustrated with the Pak establishment, diplomatic isolation is a feasible idea except the fact that China will look to veto it to further their agenda. The same goes for economic isolation in places like WTO. India can revoke the Most Favoured Nation status given to Pakistan, but is unlikely to have any lasting damage.Most experts have advocated for surgical strikes to break terror instruments in Pak-occupied Kashmir to send out a message. While that would be definitely look good, but possible and likely retaliation can’t be ruled out. Does Modi have a national mandate to take such arduous steps? While many may like to live in denial, the Kashmir situation is part of the larger conflict against Pakistan.. The hostility of a section of people of the Valley towards the Indian state gives Pak a moral high-ground,some legitimacy to butt into Indian affairs. As Mehbooba Mufti said, Modi can solve the problem. But it will need political bravado, out-of-the-box thinking and possible electoral backlash. A greater autonomy for the state within the Indian constitution can be a possible solution. In the long-run, some peaceful mitigation of the Kashmir issue can go towards blunting Pakistan’s edge.Many experts have pointed out that Indian army’s resources aren’t in the best shape, the air force suffering from shortages of modern tech. These factors obviously will play in mind of our security and political establishment when discussing the pros and cons of what response India should give. As ex- PM Manmohan Singh said, we can’t choose our neighbour. He decided to brazen it out during his term, never getting into confrontation mode with Pakistan. Modi may not have the leeway as his past assertions will continue to haunt him. How he can keep his credibility without forgetting geopolitical realities will decide India’s eventual response. He has to really walk on thin ice here.But there’s a silver lining in all this. Pakistan’s doublespeak over the years has finally been exposed. It’s evident that there’s no going back as BJP Union Minister Ravishankar Prasad pointed out ‘ties will be never the same again’. All the early noise from the high-level meet on the Uri attack indicate, that this time it will be a different response. At a high-level meet, Modi chaired a meeting in which he said he wants clear evidence of Pakistan’s complicity to be presented to global fora including UN General Assembly. They want to nail Pakistan on a global stage and also ‘diplomatically isolate’ Pakistan. Sources claim that the general belief was that India ought to avoid a knee-jerk reaction and will take short- and long-term implications into consideration. MOS Home Kiren Rijiju told reporters: “Everything is in front of the people. We must not give much attention to Pakistan’s reaction. We will take our steps carefully.” Whether the Modi govt can expose the Pakistani state’s duplicity on a global stage is something we will have to wait and see. Because this time merely saying kadi neenda or promising that Pakistan will get a ‘befitting reply’ is just not enough. As the BJP slogan in 2014 went: ‘Janta maaf nahi karegi’.

Uri terror attack: Congress blames Modi, asks if PM will act against Parrikar

New Delhi: Congress on Monday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Uri terror attack, holding him “singularly responsible for the complete disarray”, and asked if he would act against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

“India’s borders & National Security has been under siege for last 2 years. Def Min. should be held accountable (sic),” Congress’ chief spokesman Randeep Surjewla tweeted.

Army soldiers rush to the attack site in Uri. PTI

Army soldiers rush to the attack site in Uri. PTI

In a series of tweets, he attacked Modi and the Centre over the terror strike on an Army base in which 17 soldiers were killed on Sunday.

“Will PM Modi show courage of conviction by acting against those responsible in his own command & control structure including his Def Min.? (sic)” Surjewala asked.

“Will PM Modi concede that #UriAttack happened on account of a massive intelligence failure? Despite Poonch incident, why were we unprepared?

“EAM (External Affairs Minister) Sushma Ji is conspicuous by her absence on foreign policy. Isn’t PM Modi singularly responsible for the complete disarray?” he asked.

Surjewala wondered that while Modi has said that the attack won’t go unpunished, “will he traverse the distance from rhetoric to reality by firm & appropriate response?”

“Will ModiGovt tell who leaked info of troop movement and changeover? Why were jawans in tents and not in two empty buildings?” he attacked.

He said the attack is the “final wake up call” for thegovernment which should ask the international community to impose sanctions against Pakistan. “Test for all Nations who oppose terror & stand with India,” he said.

Taking a dig at Parrikar, he said the Defence Minister is “busy threatening fellow Indians like Aamir Khan” and asked whether the priorities have gone wrong for the government.

In one of the deadliest attacks on the Army in recent years, 17 jawans were killed and 19 others injured as heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the force in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours yesterday.

Four militants involved in the terror strike were killed by the Army.