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MoEF panel asks Jharkhand to examine alleged violations at India’s oldest uranium mine in Jaduguda

An expert forest panel of the union environment ministry has sought a detailed report on alleged violation of forest conservation Act and mining lease at India’s oldest uranium mine in Jaduguda, East Singhbhum in Jharkhand, operating since 1967, ministry documents show. It has also deferred the Uranium Corporation of India Limited’s (UCIL) application for renewal of forest clearance that is required to operate the mine on 135 hectares of forest land, with 100 hectares of underground mining and the rest overground. The forest land, though not part of any protected wildlife area is a part of the Singhbum elephant reserve.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The UCIL is a public-sector enterprise under the Department of Atomic Energy and is responsible for mining uranium ore that is processed and fed to the country’s nuclear power plants.The regional chief conservator of forest, Jamshedpur, had submitted on record that in 2014, UCIL operated the mines even after the expiry of mining lease in violation of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, and had directed UCIL to stop all work on forest land. Accordingly, the divisional forest officer, Jamshedpur directed UCIL to stop mining on forest land. The panel noted that mining lease was granted for a period of twenty years between 1997 and 2007 but later, it could not get the lease renewed. UCIL though has claimed that Deparment of Mines and Geology, Jharkhand, has granted mining lease renewal up to 2027. Senior UCIL officials could not be reached for a comment.The expert panel while deferring recommendation for forest clearance has asked the state government to submit a report on violation of lease within two weeks along with present status of forest land in the proposed area.The panel has also asked the state authorities to clarify on the discrepancy in the dates of lease renewal and specify the period of which the mine was operating without a valid lease in violation of Forest Conservation Act, 1980.In addition to this, the state government has to also examine and submit a detailed report on under what authority UCIL was allowed to carry out the mining operations without approval of the ministry, collection of penal compensatory afforestation and additional net present value.As per UCIL’s website it is currently operating six underground mines in Bagjata, Jaduguda, Bhatin, Narwapahar, Turamdih and Mohuldih and one open pit mine Banduhurang in Jharkhand. Ore from these mines is processed in two plants at Jaduguda and Turamdih. The company is constructing a new underground mine and process plant at Tummalapalle in Andhra Pradesh and as part of its expansion is setting up new mines and in Karnataka, Telanagana nd Meghalaya.Submit report in 2 weeksThe expert panel while deferring recommendation for forest clearance has asked the state government to submit a report on violation of lease within two weeks along with present status of forest land in the proposed area. The panel has also asked the state authorities to clarify on the discrepancy in the dates of lease renewal and specify the period of which the mine was operating without a valid lease in violation of Forest Conservation Act, 1980.

Pre-monsoon showers bring relief, heat wave abates for now

After weeks of scorching heat that resulted in one of the warmest April on record, heat wave conditions have abated across most parts of the country and pre-monsoon showers were recorded in northern, eastern and a few central regions.On Thursday, the Met department’s weather warning indicated that barring Kerala no other state or region in the country was reeling under heat wave conditions that cause the day temperatures to rise 5-6 degrees above normal. Already, over 150 people have been killed due to the heat wave, especially in Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday and Thursday, rainfall occurred at many places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, East Uttar Pradesh and Odisha too. Maharashtra and Gujarat though did not receive any pre-monsoon showers but may see some in the coming days. The abating heat wave brought down temperatures across the Gangetic plains and even in north India, the conditions were more comfortable even as temperatures remained high.Patna, Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Bankura, Gorakhpur and Varanasi in the Gangetic plains that had experienced record breaking heat in April all temperatures drop by 4-5 degrees.Met experts said that weather phenomenon such as western disturbance, cyclonic circulation and wind discontinuity have all resulted in bringing relief from the heat wave. “With soaring temperatures, a lot of moisture is drawn in and combined with favourable wind patterns, it has resulted in pre monsoon showers. A western disturbance over north India brought snowfall in J&K and rainfall in many places across north India, reducing temperatures. But, the relief is temporary and temperatures will rise again next week,” said DS Pai, director, long-range forecasting division, India Meteorological Department.Pai also added, “These pre-monsoon showers are nothing unusual and with temperatures rising high so early, they were bound to occur. Temperatures in April were one degree above normal in relation to the historical average.”

Heat wave takes death toll to 88; condition to prevail for next 4 days, warns MeT

Mercury continued to soar in major parts of the country. Even though four districts of Assam were hit by the first wave of floods which affected 45,000 people, Odisha’s Titlagarh recorded highest temperature of 45.8 degrees Celsius taking the death toll to 88 in the state.Met department warned people that the condition will continue for at least another four days. West BengalBankura district in West Bengal touched the highest 43.8 degrees Celsius temperature while Kolkata recorded an above normal 40.2 degrees Celsius.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BiharBihar also continued to sizzle under intense heatwave on Sunday even though mercury dipped marginally at several places, including capital town Patna. Patna remained the hottest place in Bihar for a second day on Sunday with maximum temperature at 41.1 degrees Celsius.OdishaMercury continued to soar in major parts of the state with Odisha’s Titlagarh scorching at 48.5 degrees Celsius even as four districts in Assam were hit by the first wave of floods affecting around 45,000 people.Titlagarh has been experiencing extreme heat for the past several days and on Sunday the town recorded its highest temperature for the month of April in the last 17 years.The Odisha government has confirmed four deaths due to sun stroke, however, the suspected casualty list in the state due to heat wave has grown from 79 to 88.JharkhandSteel city Jamshedpur in Jharkhand also scorched at 45.8 degrees Celsius.Ranchi experienced 39 degrees Celsius, compared to Saturday’s 41.5 degrees Celsius.DelhiIn national capital Delhi, however, the mercury remained below 40 degree Celsius mark. The maximum temperature settled at 37.3 degrees Celsius, a notch below the normal, while the humidity level in the air remained on the lower side, oscillating between 13% and 56%.South IndiaIn south India, Chennai, Hyderabad and several other cities recorded temperature above 40 degrees Celsius.HaryanaHisar in Haryana recorded a high of 39.4 degrees Celsius. Chandigarh braved hot weather at 35.3 degrees Celsius.PunjabIn Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 35.8 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded a maximum of 36.5 degrees Celsius and 36.6 degrees Celsius respectively.(With Agencies)

We need to strengthen panchayats, the gram sabhas are as important as Parliament: PM Modi

Jamshedpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made a strong pitch for strengthening democracy at the grassroots level as he asked the gram panchayats to play active role in developmental activities, taking advantage of the immense resources and schemes of his government.

On the ‘Panchayat Day’, he said the country’s progress depends hugely on the development of villages and emphasised the need for bridging the gulf between cities and rural areas by ensuring that all modern day facilities reach even the far off places.

While laying thrust on progress of rural areas, with particular focus on farmers, women-folk and child care, Modi said he wants to leave a legacy after his five-year tenure which would be talked about in terms of exceptional achievement in the years to come.

“We need to strengthen panchayats. The gram sabhas are as important as Parliament,” he said addressing a programme on the culmination of 10-day ‘Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday’ campaign in the tribal-dominated state of Jharkhand.

“We have to work shoulder-to-shoulder to fulfill the dreams,” Modi said, underlining the need for cooperation between gram panchayats and the central government.

Pitching for progress of villages, he asked the village heads to take a lead in undertaking developmental activities, including infrastructure development, construction of toilets to ensure end to open defecation, ensuring proper healthcare to prevent child birth mortality and provision of better education to ensure there is no school dropouts.

“Earlier there was shortage of funds. Now there are lot of finances available…There is no dearth of funds. There is no dearth of schemes. But there is a need for dedication by those who work at the grassroots level,” Modi said.

“Be aware, remain alert. Lead from the front. Then officers will also do their work,” he told the village heads.

In this context, he particularly emphasised the role of women panchayat representatives, who constitute 40 per cent of
the 30 lakh representatives.

“Ensure that open defecation of our mothers and sisters is brought to an end. Ensure construction of toilets. Take a pledge in this regard. There is nothing more shameful than our mothers and sisters defecating in the open,” Modi told the women representatives of panchayats.

Asking the women representatives to take a lead in bringing about changes in social lives, he said they should see to it that there is proper utilisation of funds.

The women representatives also look into the aspects like child nutrition and pregnancy-related issues, he said.

He suggested that each village should take up one task each year like ensuring all farmers get crop insurance, ensuring preservation of water, ensuring digitalisation, and ensuring adequate attention to children.

A file photo of Narendra Modi. Getty imagesA file photo of Narendra Modi. Getty images

A file photo of Narendra Modi. Getty images

Noting a huge mismatch in facilities available in cities and villages, Modi said, “We have to bridge this gulf… If electricity is available in cities, should it not be available in villages? If cities have good roads, should the villages also not have good roads?… After so many years of Independence, the gap between cities and villages is only increasing.”

He said his government has provided adequate funds in this year’s budget for development of villages.

“The country has reposed faith in me for five years. I want to leave a legacy.. People should talk later that I did this for the villages. I will do something which will in reality be a foundation (for progress),” the Prime Minister said.

Talking about the programmes launched by his government for development of rural areas, he mentioned the scheme for electrification of all the remaining 18000 villages in 1000 days from August 15 last year when he announced it.

Regarding this, he asked the gram panchayats to be alert to see whether work on this project is being done properly.

“Sometimes it is said that electricity has reached a particular village. But then media reports that only the pole has reached the village. I want to tell the villagers to be alert so that no wrong information is given to me. If you stay alert, it will reduce my concerns,” he told the village heads and asked “Won’t you share my concerns?”

He then referred to the practice of cooking using wood, saying by this method a woman consumes fumes equal to 400 cigarettes in a day.

“Imagine what would be happening to the health of that mother who cooks. This is happening in the 21st century. Will we let our mothers die like this while cooking food for us? We have to rid her of this,” Modi said.

He said the government plans to give LPG connections to five crore households in three years and asked village heads to see whether the benefits reach the intended people.

Describing his government as one which “lives and dies for the farmers”, he noted that recently a programme had been launched under which agriculturists can directly sell their produce through an E-portal to get the best price.

He asked the village heads to see if there are any “shortcomings” in it since it is in the initial stages.

He also asked the village bodies to show awareness towards digitalisation of rural areas, a task undertaken by his government.

Modi said he had decided to hold the Panchayat Day function in Jamshedpur rather than Delhi because he believes that “the country is big and Delhi is not the country”.

Earlier, he noted that such functions used to be held in Delhi “but we decided to take the government out of Delhi, in the midst of the people.”

In this context, he invoked Mahatma Gandhi, saying he used to say that “India lives in the villages”.

“I urge you, neither you have to stop, nor be tired,” the Prime Minister told the gram panchayats, particularly their heads.

The Union Budget has been hailed as it was the first time that it focused on villages and farmers, Modi said.

“If the representatives of the villages take pledge that with people’s confidence in them, they could develop villages in five years, people will remember them for years,” he said.

Observing that around 40 per cent of the 30 lakh representatives of Panchayats are women, the Prime Minister asked them to lead the change in villages.

“The voters did their duty. Now it is the turn of Panchayat representatives,” Modi said.

He said Budget was there for midday meals and let the representatives ensure that children get good food and do not suffer from malnourishment.

Pointing out at BPL women suffer problems during child delivery, Modi asked panchayat representatives to launch an awareness campaign so that deliveries are done in hospitals and both the mother and the child are safe.

He asked the representatives to ensure that every child goes to school and is given the pulse polio drops.

Contending that nothing had happened during 60 years after Independence, he said now lakhs of rupees are sent to villages for development works.

The representatives should also help farmers through “Per Drop More Crop” scheme and make them aware of using lift irrigation, sprinklers, modern technology, bee keeping, fisheries and other things.

“Active panchayats could attract officials coming to them as the officials too have to achieve their targets,” Modi said and greeted officials and leaders, who went to villages and created an atmosphere of work despite the heat wave.

PM Modi to address panchayati representatives in Jamshedpur amid shutdown call

Ranchi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a conference of panchayat representatives at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand on Sunday amid a shutdown called by the opposition JMM to protest the domicile policy and also against Modi using a corporate house stadium to address rural bodies representatives.

Around 3,000 Panchayati Raj representatives from across the country are expected to attend the conference at the Tata Sports Stadium, Jamshedpur, on Sunday.

Along with them, Modi will address 2,58,000 gram sabhas of the country live through radio and Doordarshan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTIPrime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

According to a state government official, the campaign aims to generate nationwide efforts to strengthen Panchayati Raj, and through it increase social harmony across villages, promote rural development, and foster farmers’ welfare and livelihoods of the poor.

The topics discussed in these gram sabhas are about gram panchayat development plans for local economic development, optimum utilization of funds available with panchayati raj institutions, clean drinking water and sanitation, role of women in villages, rural development and social inclusion.

Security has been beefed up in view of the prime minister’s visit and programme.

The main opposition party of the state, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has called a shutdown in Kolhan under which Jamshedour falls.

The JMM has called a shutdown on three issues: to oppose the Domicile Policy announced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state; on a case related to elected panchayat in a scheduled area; and also that Modi will address panchayat representatives from the Tata Sports Complex, which belongs to a corporate house.

“Modi is using the Panchayati Raj system for corporate houses. Why is Modi not holding the programme at a government stadium? Modi wants to facilitate corporate houses in the state to set up industries,” Supriyo Bhattacharya, JMM general secretary, told IANS.

The JMM will attempt to disrupt the prime minister’s programme and stop the panchayat representatives. The district administration has made it clear that stern action will be taken if any problem is created during Modi’s programme.

Rs 823 crore released by Centre to tackle water crisis: Union Minister Birender Singh

Keeping in view the “acute” water crisis in several parts of the country, the Centre has released Rs 823 crores to tackle the situation, Union Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said on Wednesday.Altogether 13 states in the country are facing water crisis and ten of them have already declared themselves as drought-hit while Haryana, Bihar and Gujarat, which were also affected, have not done so yet, he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Keeping in view the request by various states affected by the crisis, the Centre has released Rs 823 crore, Singh said, adding that states have been asked to spend 10 per cent of the unused fund to improve drinking water condition, electricity or other developmental sector.The Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation and Panchayati Raj was in the steel city to review preparation for the Panchayati Raj Diwas function to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jamshedpur on April 24. Altogether Rs 1,525 crore meant for drinking water was unutilised by various states till date, he said but did not name them.Rajasthan had responded positively and apprised that it had utilized the fund meant for drinking water, he said. Asking the people not to rely on monsoon only, Singh emphasized the need for rainwater harvesting to ensure availability of water for drinking, irrigation purposes and others.Modi has already held three rounds of meeting on the issue, he said, adding, the government has taken initiatives to locate and regenerate reservoirs and water bodies which have dried up.Referring to Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Singh said the government has planned to construct 5.5 lakh km of rural roads to link rural areas with the main road. Out of the 5.5 lakh km, 4.13 lakh road have already been constructed while the remaining will be constructed in next three years’ time, he said.”We have completed 67 per cent of the road construction work and the remaining will be constructed in next three years time,” Singh said.

Woman alleges she found a condom in her chilli paneer!

A Tata steel official from Jamshedpur alleged that the she found a condom in her meal! The lady in question had ordered a spring roll dosa and chilli paneer from Dosa Hut, which was delivered by Gravycart.com. She told Hindustan Times: “As soon as I opened the box of chilli paneer, what I found was disgusting, inhuman and horrendous – the packet had a condom inside,” she said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She called back the delivery boy and claimed her refused to take back the food, saying it was half-eaten. “I had just opened the packet and there is no question of eating after I saw what it contained. He was trying to act innocent and blamed me for corrupting the food,” the woman said.The restaurant’s owner denied the claim and alleged the condom had been put there and the food was half-eaten. He also added if the condom had fallen in the food, it would have mixed and melted or at least lost its shape during the delivery.Gravycart founder-director Nitin Sharma said that the delivery boy was dismissed and money returned to the woman. “We don’t prepare the food or package it; we just deliver the orders booked through our website that has 20-23 reputed restaurants on the list. We have decided to put our seal on every food packet that can’t be opened without tearing the aluminium foil,” said Sharma.He repeated the conspiracy charge and said the delivery boy denied any wrong doing. “We are clueless as to how a condom came into the packet. It seems like a conspiracy to malign our company,” he added.

No home sans toilet in next 2-3 years: Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das

Every home in Jharkhand will have a toilet in the next two-three years, Chief Minister Raghubar Das said in Jamshedpur on Sunday.”The state government has set a target to build three lakh toilets in 2015-16. We have already constructed over two lakh of them while work is on to achieve the target. There will be no home without a toilet in the state in the next two-three years,” Das said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said each MLA irrespective of party affiliation has been asked to spend Rs 50 lakh from their MLA Local Area Development fund to construct toilets in his/her constituency.The CM was addressing a gathering of corporate houses, business establishments, trade associations, hoteliers, social activists and others at a programme to discuss how to make Jamshedpur a green and clean city.”We want Jamshedpur, which was founded by doyen of industry J N Tata, and already a developed city, to become a role model for the state,” he said.Das urged the people and the civil society to contribute their share in achieving desired result within given time.”We should not depend on government for everything but everyone has to discharge their duty and keep the place in and around they live neat and clean,” he said.Corporate houses including Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tinplate Company of India, RSB Transmission, Jamipol, Tata Pigment, Singhbhum Chambers of Commerce and Industry and others have promised to donate dustbins to be installed across the city.Advocating for a long-term policy to achieve clean and green Jharkhand, Das said neither the government nor the people have a magic wand to ensure development within a short span of time.The chief minister said, “We can not expect to achieve all round development by ignoring the rural pockets of the state. Any government scheme will be successful only when we ensure the involvement of people.”Participation of government, administration and other stakeholders, including general public, could only ensure all round development, he said.Considering the increasing load in the cities, he said, “We have to frame a development plan keeping in view the needs for the next 20 years.”The objective behind launching Yojana Banao campaign was to involve rural people in framing schemes as they were the best to identify what they need, he said. Das said the government will dig ponds and build check dams to catch rainwater from this year.Appreciating the government’s move, Rajya Sabha MP and former state Congress chief Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu said involvement of all stakeholders was important to achieve a clean and green state.Balmuchu also cautioned against expecting change overnight as it needs time for people to keep the surroundings neat and clean a practice. He suggested incorporation of a subject on environment in schools.

Bihar govt concentrating on development agenda: Dy CM Tejaswi Yadav

Bihar government has been concentrating on the development agenda, despite the negative campaign launched by the BJP, said Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav on Wednesday.Yadav, who was in the steel city, said the Nitish Kumar-led grand alliance government in Bihar was marching on the path of development under “Bihar Vikas Mission to ensure all round development in the next five years.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We will involve professionals, experts, retired IAS and IPS officers and others to achieve the target,” he said.Refuting allegations of ‘Jungle Raj’ prevailing in Bihar, Yadav, said they were “baseless and are negative campaign by the BJP and its allies.””There were some incidents in the state due to personal or family reasons, but we have arrested the accused,” he said.”But, what is happening in Jharkhand? A rape victim is being raped in the hospital in Jamshedpur and murders are taking place in front of police stations in the state capital,” he alleged.”The Jharkhand government has failed to carry out infrastructure development, which had plenty of opportunities for growth. Road connectivity also needs to be developed,” Yadav, who reached here from Ranchi, said.Referring to the package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run up for the state Assembly elections, he said it was mere repackaging.”I had recently met Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and appealed him to implement the promises Modiji had made during his campaign,” the RJD leader said.Attacking the Jharkhand government for failing to deliver, Yadav said the people of Jharkhand have responded to the state government in the Lohardaga by-elections and the opposition parties would put up a united face like Bihar in Godda, where by-election was to due in the next few months.”We have lost the last Assembly elections in Jharkhand because we were not united,” he admitted.”If a grand alliance can be experimented successfully in Bihar, than why not in Jharkhand?” Yadav said claiming Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad were making efforts to bring all secular forces under one roof and oust the BJP.

Differently-abled woman allegedly denied wheelchair, made to crawl after deboarding Air India plane

New Delhi: Air India has ordered an enquiry into an incident where a differently-abled woman was allegedly made to crawl after deboarding a plane in New Delhi in the absence of a wheelchair even as the national carrier’s CMD expressed regret over the inconvenience caused in a letter to her.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The incident took place on 29 January when Anita Ghai, a differently-abled woman, landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi by an Alliance Air flight from Dehradun and requested for a wheelchair.

Ghai, who is a Delhi University associate professor, had alleged that she was made to “crawl” to the passenger coach as the airline failed to arrange a wheelchair due to “security” reasons.

In a letter to Ghai, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani has deeply regretted the inconvenience caused to her.

“We are also looking at the reasons behind the wheelchair request not having been indicated in the ticket/PNR that you booked for your journey through Balmer and Lawrie.

“Had the request been made, the timely availability of wheelchair at the ramp could have been ensured and the inconvenience caused to you could have been avoided,” Lohani said in the letter.

He also assured her that the carrier is fully sensitive to the needs of its passengers, especially the differently-abled.

Alliance Air, the regional arm of Air India, operated an ATR aircraft for the flight from Dehradun to Delhi.

Regarding the incident, Lohani told PTI that there was lack of communication, adding that steps would be taken to ensure that such things do not happen again.

“It was unfortunate,” he said, adding that after getting the enquiry report, steps would be taken.

Lohani also noted that the passenger was in an ATR aircraft where wheelchairs can be taken only till the stairs of the plane.

When asked whether the incident is hurting the carrier’s image, Lohani replied in the affirmative.

“I boarded this flight with four of my colleagues. Despite my repeated request, the (air) hostess did not recognise my requirement for a wheelchair after reaching. The flight reached at 7:30 pm. I waited patiently with one of my friends,” Anita Ghai had said.

“At 8:15 pm, we realised that there was no chance of (getting) a wheelchair. The (passenger) coach came at 8.30 pm after repeated requests from the flight commander. Since security reasons are critical, they made me crawl to go to the coach,” she had alleged.


Delhi court sent suspected Al Qaeda members to judicial custody till 10 February

New Delhi: A court here on Monday sent Maulana Anzar Shah, a suspected Al Qaeda member, and another accused to judicial custody till 10 February.

Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh remanded Shah and Abdul Sami in judicial custody after Shah was presented before him after expiry of his police custody.

Delhi Police told court that accused are not required for further custodial interrogation.

Shah was arrested on 6 January by the anti-terrorist Special Cell from Bengaluru on the charge of plotting to carry out a series of terror strikes in the country. He was in police custody till 1 February.

Representative image. AFPRepresentative image. AFP

Representative image. AFP

Sami, a resident of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, was arrested from Nuh, the district headquarter of Mewat on the Delhi-Alwar highway, about 45 km from Gurgaon on January 18 and was presented before a Delhi court, which had sent him to two weeks police custody.

Sami is the fifth terrorist to be arrested within a month in the ongoing operation by the Delhi Police’s Special Cell against the Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-continent (AQIS).

The Special Cell had in December last year arrested three AQIS operatives — Zafar Masood, Abdul Rehman and Mohammed Asif. All the three accused are in judicial custody.

Asif was the recruitment and training head of AQIS.

They have been booked under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.


Jamshedpur: 15-year-old rape victim undergoing treatment at government hospital raped again

A 15-year-old rape victim, undergoing treatment at the government-run M G M Hospital in Jamshedpur, was allegedly raped by a security guard in the hospital premises on Sunday night.The police had arrested and forwarded a boy to the remand home after the victim alleged he had raped her in Parsudih, on the outskirts of the steel city here, a couple of days ago.Following which, the girl was admitted to the hospital by the police.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The minor was allegedly raped by a private security guard on duty in the hospital tonight, police said.”We have detained two persons for questioning in this regard, while the culprit is missing,” said Senior Superintendent of Police, Anoop T Mathew.The police have started investigation into the allegations made by the girl and have launched a hunt to apprehend the private security guard, Mathew said.An FIR was registered on the basis of the statement given by the girl, the police said.The incident occurred hours after Chief Minister Raghubar Das inspected the hospital and held a meeting with authorities assuring improvement in the condition of the hospital.

Delhi police arrest al-Qaeda man Abdul Sami from Haryana

A 32-year-old man from Haryana’s Mewat district has been arrested by Delhi Police for suspected links with al Qaeda, fifth arrest in its ongoing operation against the terror outfit, police said on Monday.Abdul Sami, was arrested by Delhi Police’s Special Cell from Nuh town in Mewat. He was brought in New Delhi and produced before a court which remanded him in police custody till February 1, Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep said. Sami, a native of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, is alleged to be a key operative of al Qaeda’s module in the Indian sub-continent (AQIS), police said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On January 6, the Special Cell had arrested Maulana Anzar Shah, a cleric from Bangalore, for alleged links with AQIS. In December, they had arrested three suspected AQIS operatives.While Mohammed Asif (41), the first one to be arrested from Seelampur in Delhi, is believed to be one of the founding members and the head (amir) of AQIS’s motivation, recruitment and training wing, another operative Abdul Rahman (37) was arrested from Jagatpur area of Cuttack in Odisha.The third suspected AQIS terrorist to be arrested was Zafar Masood, who allegedly acted as a financier for the module. He was arrested from mohalla Deepa Sarai in UP’s Sambhal district. Shah, the fourth to be arrested, had allegedly met Mohammed Asif at a religious congregation in Bangalore, following which he was introduced to Abdul Rahman and Zafar Masood.He was asked provide logistical support whenever the need arose, said an official privy to the investigation. They were all booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The police have yet not disclosed Sami’s role in the module.

Jamshedpur: 4-year-old tribal girl allegedly raped

Locals spotted the girl crying near a bush this morning and informed the police, Mishra said, adding that he himself rushed to the spot along with the other policemen and took the girl to M G M Hospital, where doctors referred her to Tata Main Hospital for better treatment. A four-year-old tribal girl was allegedly raped by an unidentified person in Sidgora locality in Jamshedpur, police said on Saturday.The accused had picked up the girl from her thatched house when her parents were reportedly sleeping in an inebriated state after returning from Tusu mela last night, a police official said. The girl was taken to an isolated place where the culprit is suspected to have committed the crime, said Deputy Superintendent of Police, K N Mishra.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Locals spotted the girl crying near a bush this morning and informed the police, Mishra said, adding that he himself rushed to the spot along with the other policemen and took the girl to M G M Hospital, where doctors referred her to Tata Main Hospital for better treatment.The parents were unaware of the incident till residents informed them today, he said. Mishra said police has registered a case in this connection and has launched a manhunt to apprehend the culprit.

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