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Delhi: Deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s office burgled; computers, documents missing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s office in Vinod Nagar area of his Patparganj constituency in east Delhi has been burgled, with the thieves decamping with computers, documents, CCTV camera DVR among others, police said on Friday.”Some materials have been stolen from the reception area of the office which is in the process of being shifted. The burglary is expected to have taken place late last night. The matter is being probed,” said a senior police officer.Two computers, letter pad, hard disk, documents, digital video recorder of CCTV camera among others were stolen by the burglars who entered the premises by breaking the lock of the office, sources said.Police said they received a burglary call at around 9:20 AM following which a team was sent to the spot.”The whole office was ransacked and we we are trying to ascertain what others item are missing. The office was locked at 2:30 AM yesterday, In-charge of the office Upendra said.The matter is being probed, police added.

Tamil Nadu: CM should respond to Rama Mohana Rao’s claim that he is Chief Secretary, says DMK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK on Tuesday demanded an explanation from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam over former Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao’s insistence that he continued to remain on the top post despite being replaced following Income Tax raids at his residence and office.DMK Treasurer and Opposition Leader M K Stalin said he had sought an explanation from Panneerselvam when the raids were being carried out at Rao’s house and office last week.”If the former Chief Secretary is in a position to claim that he is the Chief Secretary, then only the Chief Minister has to respond to that,” Stalin told reporters here.Rama Mohana Rao, who is under I-T scanner, had earlier in the day said that the copy of the transfer order on his removal as Chief Secretary has not been handed over to him yet, and that therefore he continued as the topmost official of the state government.The state government had last week appointed Girija Vaidyanathan in his place, a day after I-T sleuths raided Rao’s Anna Nagar residence and chamber at the state Secretariat.Asked if the BJP government at the Centre was “behind” the raids, Stalin said it was up to the central government, BJP and I-T officials to clarify it.

West Delhi school kids move NGT for more green cover

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aggrieved by the poor air quality due to industries and lack of green cover that is affecting their health, six teenagers from Mundka-Kirari suburbs in West Delhi have moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to seek an increase in green cover and to oppose proposed expansion of industrial activity. The six teenagers — aged between 12 and 16 years — attend schools in the Mundka-Kirari industrial belt and their petition was admitted by the Tribunal last week.The industrial belt in question is spread across eleven municipal wards of Mundka, Nangloi Jat West, Nilothi, Pratap Vihar, Nithari, Kirari Suleman Nagar, Prem Nagar, Sultanpur Majra, Sultanpuri South, Pooth Kalan and Nangloi East. The petition claimed that pollution emitted from industries in this belt is severely affecting the health of “more than 1 lakh children studying in these schools,” and that several students are suffering from breathing problems, especially during winters.Quoting results from the Centre for Science and Environment pollution test of the area, the petition said that PM 2.5 level for 24 hour average was found to be 556 µg/m3, which was 3.8 times higher than rest of Delhi. The petitioners point out that even as the area is already facing poor air quality, the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation has proposed to use 147 acres of vacant land for more industrial activity.“Of the 4,626 acres of land in 11 municipal wards, a mere 1 per cent is green whereas 1,400 acres or more than 30 per cent is an industrial area, 62 per cent is a residential area and rest is commercial area. As the area is already highly polluted… it is submitted that no further development of industries should be permitted in the area until existing pollution levels are brought down to permissible levels,” the petitioners prayed.Local residents also approached the Delhi Chief Minister’s office and the Delhi Development Authority with 5,000 signatures to convert the 147 acres into a biodiversity park, the petition claimed. Dewan Singh, a member of the Mundka Kirari Harit Abhiyan, Spoke to DNA said, “There are more than 50 schools in this area and whenever children go out for recreation, they are affected by the industrial pollution.”

Thane: Man commits suicide, records act on mobile phone

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 50-year-old man allegedly ended his life by hanging himself and purportedly filmed the act on his mobile phone along with a suicide note recorded in his voice, police said on Sunday. The deceased, Babu Sheikh, blamed his daughter-in-law, with whom he had a tiff, and her family for the extreme step, they said.Sheikh lived with his family at Bhaskar Nagar in Ambernath township of Thane district. His son got married last month. However, there used to be frequent quarrels between the family and the daughter-in-law. On one occasion, there was a tiff between Sheikh and the daughter-in-law who later left the house and went to stay with her parents.On the night of December 22, Sheikh learnt from his younger son, how to record a video on mobile phone and later went to sleep in his room in the adjacent apartment. The next morning, when Sheikh’s family members went to wake him up, there was no response and they broke open the door and found him hanging from the ceiling, police said.As the deceased’s son recalled his father having asked him about recording on a handset, he checked his phone and found a purported video of his alleged suicide, which he apparently made by keeping the phone on auto recording mode.A voice recording was also found in the phone in which Sheikh alleged that his daughter-in-law, her father and brother defamed him and doubted his character, due to which he was ending his life, police said. The Ambernath police, based on a complaint by Sheikh’s younger son, registered an offence on Saturday under IPC section 306 (abetment of suicide) against the daughter-in-law, her father and brother, they said.No arrest has been made so far.

Shivaji memorial: Fishermen withdraw stir against statue, ahead of Modi’s Mumbai visit

Mumbai: Fishermen in Maharashtra protesting against a proposed Shivaji Maharaj memorial off Mumbai coast have decided to withdraw their agitation, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the foundation
stone.

“Fishermen have agreed to withdraw their agitation against Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial Bhoomipujan,” a senior official said, after a meeting between Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and fishermen association leaders in Mumbai on Thursday night.

Fadnavis assured fishermen that the government will look into their concerns.

Narendra Modi. PTINarendra Modi. PTI

Narendra Modi. PTI

“At the meeting, it was decided to constitute a joint committee to resolve their issues. The CM thanked fishermen associations,” the official said.

The main feature of the memorial will be a 192-metre-tall statue of the Maratha king. The site is a rocky outcrop
roughly 1.5 km from the Raj Bhavan shore of Mumbai.

Members of Akhil Maharashtra Machhimar Kriti Samiti (AMMKS), an association of fishermen from Cuffe Parade, Machhimar Nagar, Geeta Nagar (near Navy Nagar), near Raj Bhawan and Backbay Parade, had said they will fly black flags on their boats and homes as a sign of protest.

Fisherwomen were to form a human chain from Nariman Point to Girgaum Chowpatty, holding black flags, ahead of Modi’s arrival for the inauguration, said AMMKS leader Damodar Tandel.

The livelihood of 1.5 lakh fishermen residing across five villages in south Mumbai, who have 1,500 large boats and 450 small boats, will be affected by the construction, he had claimed.

First Published On : Dec 23, 2016 09:21 IST

Chennai: IT officials seize demonetised notes worth Rs 10 crores

Tue, 20 Dec 2016-01:15pm , Chennai , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Tamil Nadu, the Income Tax department has seized 10 crore rupees cash and 6 kg gold jewellery in Chennai as part of its anti-black money crackdown operations.Officials said, the seizure, all in demonetized notes of 1,000 and 500 rupee, was made after searches were conducted against a trader dealing in imitation jewellery located in Periamet area of Chennai.They said that the department sleuths acted based on a tip off about stashing of huge currency in scrapped high value notes. He is now being questioned about the source of the huge cash haul.Earlier this month, the Income Tax department raided eight locations in Chennai including Anna Nagar and T Nagar, seizing Rs 90 crore in cash out of which Rs 70 crore were in new notes.

Hyderabad: Unidentified person shoots private bank official

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

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

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

Anthem vigilantes thrash cine-goers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Less than a month after the Supreme Court directed cinema halls across the country to play the National Anthem in theatres, a youth and two students were allegedly beaten up in a theatre in Chennai for not standing up when the National Anthem was being played.According to media reports, the incident took place in Kasi Theatre in Ashok Nagar, where the National Anthem was played and seven to eight people reportedly remained seated. During the interval, one Vijayakumar grabbed Viji, a freelance movie reviewer, by the collar and demanded why he did not stand up for the Anthem. In an argument that ensued, 20 people ganged up and rained blows on Viji and two women Sabaritha and Shreela. “We were harassed and manhandled by the men. They issued life threats and assaulted us. We did not have any intention to show disrespect,” Shreela, told the reporters.28-year-old Vijayakumar who is accused of assaulting them claimed that the group of eight were taking selfies, clapping and whistling when the anthem was played. “Angered by this, along with around twenty others in the theatre, I questioned the group during the interval. And a verbal fight erupted. Immediately the manager from the theatre pacified us and we continued watching the movie along with a security guard,” Vijayakumar told. The victims also alleged that none from the audience came to the rescue.“People must feel this is my country and this is my motherland,” a bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy had said while stressing that it was the duty of every citizen of the country to show respect to the national anthem and the flag.

Cold wave in North India: Multiple flights cancelled in Delhi due to fog, 16 dead in 24 hours in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As cold wave sweeps over North India, nine international and 15 domestic flights were delayed in Delhi due to poor visibility resulting from fog. Dense fog cover was also reported in Amritsar, Punjab.In Uttar Pradesh, 16 people have died in the last 24 hours due to cold wave, ANI reported.In view of intense cold condition and fog, authorities in Gautam Buddha Nagar and Ghaziabad districts have ordered all private and government schools to change timings. Gautam Buddha Nagar District Magistrate N P Singh today ordered change of school timings for Nursery to Class VIII with effect from December 9. District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) Muneesh Kumar said, “New timing of schools are 9.30 AM to 3 PM. It will be effective till next order is issued by the DM.” Meanwhile in Ghaziabad, District Magistrate Nidhi Kesarwani order that instead of 8 AM, now schools will open at 9 AM.For Friday, the Met Department has warned of shallow to moderate fog at isolated places over Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland-Manipur-Mizoram-Tripura, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, Punjab, north Rajasthan and north Madhya Pradesh.

Delhi: Metro coach catches fire at Patel Nagar station, passengers evacuated

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an incident, which could have turned fatal, a static metro coach at Patel Nagar station on Blue Line caught fire on Thursday. The passengers were evacuated safely.As per sources, the high voltage electric wires above the coaches were old and one of them at Patel Nagar station caught fire while the carriage was passing. Thankfully, no passengers were injured. An eye-witness claimed that the metro was stationary when smoke was detected in the coach.The metro was going from Noida City Centre station to Dwarka. The authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire. All metros on Blue line have been halted till further orders.Watch this space for more updates

INS Betwa mishap: Mortal remains of sailor consigned to flames

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mortal remains of sailor Ashutosh Pande, who lost his life in the INS Betwa mishap in Mumbai, were consigned to flames with full military honours at his hometown here.His body was brought by a Navy plane to Dhana airstrip near here and then was taken to his home in Sadbhavna Nagar in a military vehicle for the last rites. His kin and a large number of people were present for the cremation which took place on the 10th Battalion cremation ground yesterday. However, reportedly no senior official from the district administration attended the cremation.Responding to this, Sagar district in-charge collector Kaushlendra Singh said, “If nobody from the administration reached there, then it was a big mistake and it will be ensured that in future such things won’t happen.” Ashutosh’s younger brother Akhilesh lit the funeral pyre.The Navy has ordered a Board of Inquiry (BoI) into the tipping over of guided missile frigate INS Betwa during undocking at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai that killed two personnel and injured 15 others.The 3850-tonne ship, having a length of 126 metres, tipped over while it was being undocked. The mast of the ship hit the dockyard ground, a Naval official had said.

Jayalalithaa’s health: AIADMK workers gather at Apollo Hospitals confident of ‘good news’

Chennai: Scores of AIADMK workers on Monday gathered at Apollo Hospitals, where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment after suffering cardiac arrest, with some wailing and other looking dejected over the news of the deterioration in their leader’s health.

Party workers from several districts like Parimala of Tiruvannamalai and Subramanian of North Chennai, who arrived at the hospital, told PTI that “We are waiting. We are confident that we will get good news soon.”

Some people milling around the hospital premises, including AIADMK workers, were seen praying seeking divine intervention so that their party supremo Jayalalithaa recovers.

Chennai: AIADMK supporters sit in front of Apollo Hospital after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest in Chennai on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI12_5_2016_000027B)Chennai: AIADMK supporters sit in front of Apollo Hospital after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest in Chennai on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI12_5_2016_000027B)

AIADMK supporters sit in front of Apollo Hospital PTI

68-year-old Jayalalithaa has been put on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a heart assist device, and was under the watch of experts, including cardiologists.

State Ministers including senior Minister P Thangamani, and other top AIADMK functionaries like B Valarmathi, who arrived at the hospital earlier, left for a brief while and returned.

Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health with hospital authorities and AIADMK leaders.

Rajini, an elder woman party worker from Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar constituency, was seen praying fervently, tears flowing down her cheeks. She was joined by scores of party women workers from RK Nagar.

With more and more people reaching the premises and lining up the approach roads, it resulted in traffic congestion in the neighbourhood.

Police are having a tough time in regulating the crowd and ensuring that patients are not inconvenienced even as the hospital remained under tight security cover.

Though the state government has not announced closure of schools and educational institutions, some of them remained closed as the managements took a decision in this regard. Even in schools that were open, thin attendance was reported.

Shops and commercial establishments largely remained open, police said.

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 12:30 IST

Demonetisation: Upset over the lack of money at banks, villagers block traffic in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Upset over the lack of money at banks even after 22 days of demonetization, villagers at Bilaspur here today blocked the Noida-Sikandrabad road, affecting traffic for more than an hour.Reportedly the banks at Mandi Shyam Nagar in Dankaur displayed a ‘no cash’ notice and when the villagers reached there they were left agitated.Locals said the villagers then closed the banks’ gates from outside and held protest even as some of them blocked traffic on the Noida-Sikandrabad road.For one and half hour traffic was affected. Senior police officers reached site and pacified the villagers after which the blockade was lifted.”For the last three days I have been visiting the bank to withdraw Rs 2,000 but am unable to get the money. Banks claim they are not getting cash. The ATMs too are without cash,” said one of the villagers, Dharam Bhati.Another villager, Raje, alleged, “Bank officials give money to their known persons out of turn while the common man after standing in queue for hours was told there was no cash and was sent back.”At Udyog Bandhu meeting held today at DM camp office in Noida, some industrialists raised the problems emerging due to demonetization before the district magistrate N P Singh.”Small industries’ production was affected. Though the government has allowed withdrawal of Rs 50,000 from current accounts but bank officials are refusing such withdrawals, saying there was no cash at banks,” they claimed.

Nagpur: BJP MLA’s sons booked for attempt to murder surrender, arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two sons of a local BJP MLA surrendered along with three others before police in Nagpur in connection with a case of attempt to murder against them after they allegedly got into a drunken brawl at a bar, which resulted in death of a 21-year-old man. Rohit and Abhilash, sons of MLA Krishna Khopde, were allegedly involved in a brawl at a bar-cum-restaurant in Shankar Nagar square area of the city on November 20.Abhilash was discharged on Sunday from hospital where he was admitted after the brawl while Rohit was absconding since both of them were booked for attempt to murder, police said. Abhilash and Rohit, accompanied by their father, walked to the Ambazari police station last night and both were subsequently arrested, police said.Khopde is the MLA from East Nagpur constituency. The deceased, identified as Shubham Mahakalkar was said to be the friend of the brother duo. Rohit and Abhilash were booked under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 307 (attempt to murder). Police had earlier launched a manhunt to nab them.

Counting begins for Maharashtra municipal council polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Counting of votes began this morning in the election to 147 municipal councils and 17 nagar panchayats across 25 districts in Maharashtra, seen as a litmus test for the Devendra Fadnavis’ government.As many as 15,826 candidates are in the fray for 3,705 seats spread over the municipal councils and nagar panchayats, where voting was held yesterday in the first phase with around 70 per cent of the electorate exercising its franchise. No nominations were received for Shirala Nagar Panchayat in Sangli district while 28 candidates were elected unopposed.Counting of votes began at 10.00 am. Polling was also held for municipal council presidents post in 147 places for which 1,013 candidates are in the race. The polls are being viewed as ‘mini’ Assembly elections and a test of popularity of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who led the BJP campaign to make inroads in the rural areas where Congress and NCP hold sway.This is for the first time that presidents of municipal councils will be elected directly by people. The second phase for elections to 14 municipal councils will be held on December 14. Demonetization, farm distress, improvement in rural infrastructure and caste tensions due to morcha by various communities in the run up to the polls were the main issues apart from local matters.While ruling alliance partners, BJP and Shiv Sena, had tied up for the polls, the opposition Congress and NCP didn’t formally announce any alliance. While BJP projected development as its main plank, during the campaign Fadnavis hailed the demonetization move as a major attack on black money.The Congress highlighted the hardships being faced by the poor and common man due to demonetization among other issues. In total, including yesterday’s phase, elections are being held for 212 civic bodies, comprising municipal councils and nagar panchayats, in four phases.The next rounds of voting are scheduled on December 14, December 18, and January 8.

Demonetization: Man held for depositing fake notes in Thane bank

Sun, 27 Nov 2016-04:21pm , Thane , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A paper scrap merchant from Ulhasnagar township in the district has been arrested for allegedly possessing counterfeit notes of the demonetized currency and depositing it in a bank, police said on Sunday.Pankaj P Kori (30) went to the Ulhasnagar branch of a leading public sector bank on November 24 and deposited cash in the now defunct Rs 500 notes worth Rs 1.05 lakh. After verification, 11 notes were found to be fake, they said. Subsequently, an offence under IPC section 489 (B) (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) was registered against him under zero category with the Ulhasnagar police station on October 25.The case was transferred to Thane Nagar police station on for further probe and Kori was arrested, police said.

Polling underway for Maharashtra municipal councils

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

MP: 17 children injured as school bus overturns

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seventeen children were injured, six of them seriously, when their school bus overturned near Muderi village in the district on Saturday, police said.The bus of Christ Jyoti School in Lavkush Nagar here was carrying children to the school from Chandla. It overturned near Munderi, nearly 70 kms from the district headquarters, while the driver tried to save a motorcyclist, Sub Divisional Officer of Police, Lajjashankar Mishra said.Six children were seriously injured in the mishap and were admitted at Chattarpur district hospital, while the remaining were sent home after getting first-aid, he said.A case has been registered in this regard and further investigations are on, police added.

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

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

SBI employee dies after collapsing in bank

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 51-year-old employee of State Bank of India (SBI), handling cash counter at a city branch, died after he collapsed during a rush of people who had come to exchange the demonetized currency notes, a bank official said.The deceased, identified as Rampantula Venkatesh Rajesh, was posted as a customer service assistant at Gandhi Nagar branch of SBI in south-western part of city. Branch manager of the bank, S Nausadkar, confirmed the incident. According to family members of the deceased, who was an ex-serviceman, he had complained of chest pain last night. “His wife had advised him to visit a doctor and not to go to bank. However, citing work pressure, he went to the office. In the afternoon, when there was a huge rush of people at the bank, he started sweating profusely and soon collapsed,” a family member said.Nausadkar said, “After Rajesh collapsed, he was immediately taken to a nearby private hospital. There, doctors tried to save him, but was declared dead half an hour later.” Ambajhari police is in the process of registering a case of accidental death.

Demonetization: Rahul Gandhi meets street vendors for ground feedback

Thu, 17 Nov 2016-11:55pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met a group of street vendors in the capital’s Sarojini Nagar market to enquire how the demonetization decision has affected their business.He reached the market around 8.45 PM and interacted with the vendors for nearly half an hour. During his stay, he also interacted with shopkeepers of the area while squatting on the footpath.The Congress Vice President has dubbed the move to demonetize Rs 1000 and Rs 500 currency notes as a knee jerk reaction of the government.He has said while big players involved in black money have been allowed to go scot free, the common man is being harassed. The Congress has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi inside and outside Parliament over the poor implementation of the decision.

Hyderabad: Promising to exchange demonetised notes, 2 extort man of Rs 50L

Hyderabad: Two persons, one of them posing as a policeman, allegedly extorted Rs 50 lakh in demonetised currency notes from a man in Rajendra Nagar area in Hyderabad, police said on Wednesday.

The man from whom the money was looted is a friend of a businessman, police said. A middleman promised the complainant that he would arrange for exchange of Rs 50 lakh in old currency notes outside the banking system.

Representational image. PTIRepresentational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Police said that for the promised exchange, the middleman asked the complainant to take Rs 50 lakh in old currency notes in the latter’s four-wheeler from Secunderabad to Attapur area last night.

On the way, two persons on a motorbike followed the four-wheeler and once it reached at an isolated place, they overtook the car and stopped it.

“They demanded from him to show the ID proof, and questioned him on the huge amount of cash he was carrying,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Rajendra Nagar Division) K Ganga Reddy said.

“They further threatened him that 200 per cent penalty will be imposed on him. Besides, a case will be filed against him and asked him to give the cash bag to them and leave the place. When he resisted, the duo snatched away the bag and fled,” the ACP said based on the complaint.

“One of the bike-borne persons told the victim that he is a police constable and checked the four-wheeler and took away the cash bag,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shamshabad Zone) P V Padmaja told PTI.

A case under IPC section 384 (extortion) was filed and further investigation was on to nab the accused, she said.

The DCP appealed to the citizens not to fall into the trap of such rackets which claim of changing the old currency notes with new ones outside the banking system.

“If anyone has old currency notes in high value they should directly go and deposit in banks or post offices rather than going to the middlemen…and inform the police about such activities,” ACP Reddy said.

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 17:39 IST

Delhi: Gangster wanted in cases of attempt to murder arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An alleged gangster, wanted in four cases of attempt to murder, was arrested from east Delhi, police said on Saturday.Based on a tip-off, the accused, identified as Dharmabir, was nabbed from District Park in Dilshad Garden area in Anand Gram on November 4.Dharmabir had fallen out with some of his gang members and in last few months had committed a series of shootouts.In two such incidents, he had injured one of his former associate Kamaljeet and his brother Charanjeet, they said.After falling out from Kamaljeet, Dharmabir was desperate to eliminate him and his brother.Kamaljeet survived the attack and was admitted in GTB Hospital. Dharmabir then again planned to eliminate Kamaljit in the hospital itself and procured three lab coats to disguise as a doctor and kill him, police said.”He got this idea from a movie he had recently watched on TV. They were about to execute their plan but Kamaljeet was shifted from GTB Hospital to some other hospital and their plan got delayed,” they said.The team of Special Cell got inputs that Dharambir has been hiding in Krishna Nagar area, in a rented accommodation to carry out his plan to murder Kamaljeet, which was foiled, as he was arrested, polic said.

Chennai: Air quality worse, noise level higher than limit on Diwali

Sun, 30 Oct 2016-11:20pm , Chennai , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Particulate matters in air quality and noise level in residential and commercial areas in Chennai this Diwali were higher than the limit prescribed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).A study by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board said particulate matters in air quality in residential areas of Triplicane, Besant Nagar, Nungambakkam and Sowcarpet and commercial places like Thiagaraya Nagar on October 29 ranged from 102 to 178 micrograms, higher than CPCB’s prescribed limit of 100 micrograms to measure Ambient Air Quality. However, the presence of gaseous pollutants and nitrogen dioxide in these areas ranged between nine and 19 micrograms, well within the prescribed standard of 80 micrograms, it said.The noise level that day that moved between 72 db (decibels) and 88 db was much higher than the prescribed maximum limit of 55-65 db, it said.
ALSO READ Delhi’s air quality plunges to ‘severe’ categoryThe release also clarified that the air quality survey results of 2016 were found to be lesser than 2014. The results for 2015 could not be compared due to heavy rains last year, it said.

J-K: 2 JeM terrorists arrested in Baramulla

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two terrorists from Hafiz Saeed’s Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit were arrested on Saturday in Baramulla. One AK-47 and one pistol and ammunition were seized seized from them.Tension at the border was particularly high since yesterday at border over ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir and infiltration bid at border supported by gun-fire across the border.Pakistan Rangers suddenly opened fire to give cover to an infiltration attempt near the Bobiyan village of Hira Nagar sector in Kathua, but had to flee back because of heavy retaliatory fire from BSF troopers positioned near the infiltration prone border.Pakistani army also violated the ceasefire on the LoC in Rajouri sector even as Indian army foiled a major infiltration bid in Poonch sector. Official figures reveal that there have been 30 ceasefire violations on the LoC from January to July 31 this year. Last year 152 ceasefire violations were reported on LoC. In 2014 the number of ceasefire violations from Pakistan was 153.

Bird Flu scare in Delhi: After Delhi zoo, Deer Park too shut as eight more birds die

New Delhi: With eight more birds succumbing to bird flu in Delhi, authorities on Thursday shut down the popular Deer Park and warned people not to touch any dead bird.

Deaths of two more birds each were reported in Delhi Zoo and Deer Park while three dead birds were spotted in Sundar Nagar, near the zoo, and one in Tughlakabad in the city’s deep south.

Giving details, Delhi’s Animal Husbandry Minister Gopal Rai said the total number of deaths of migratory birds in the capital since last week had touched 18.

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“We are trying our level best to control the situation before it gets bad. For now, citizens need not worry and just be careful and alert,” Rai said.

“Reports of dead birds have come from various areas including Sundar Nagar, Tughlakabad and Deer Park. Deer Park has been closed for reasons of safety,” Rai said, adding he will visit the park on Friday at 2 p.m.

“I appeal to the citizens not to touch any dead bird and to instead inform the Animal Husbandry Department on the Helpline,” he added.

The government fears that the deaths may be due to H5 influenza virus which causes avian or bird flu.

Rai said 50 samples from the zoo, various bird sanctuaries in the city and poultry markets in Delhi had been sent to labs for analysis.

Both the Delhi zoo, closed on Tuesday, and the Deer Park will remain shut until normalcy returns.

On Wednesday, the Delhi government announced a Helpline (011-2389 0318) to report cases of bird flu and seek help.

Rai said he would write to the concerned ministers of neighbouring states urging them to take precautionary steps and to coordinate with the Delhi government in its attempts to curb the outbreak.

The Delhi government has set up a 23-member committee to coordinate work among various departments and to probe the reasons behind the bird deaths since last week.

The committee will be headed by Development Commissioner Sandeep Kumar.

On Wednesday, Rai set up six rapid response teams to visit various places including bird sanctuaries and poultry markets. On Thursday, Rai increased their number to 10.

All leave in the concerned departments have been cancelled.

The first deaths of two migratory birds were reported on October 14 in the Delhi Zoo, where six more birds were found dead the next day. One more bird each died on October 17 and 19.

Samples of the eight birds were sent to a lab in Jalandhar and to Bhopal, which confirmed the presence of H5 influenza virus.

Raigarh: Rape accused attempts suicide at police station in Chhattisgarh

Raigarh: A man accused of rape allegedly tried to commit suicide by consuming poison at a police station in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh district, police said on Monday.

“The accused, Setram Rathiya, survived the suicide attempt and is under treatment at ICU in the district hospital,” Raigarh Additional Superintendent of Police UBS Chauhan said.

Rathiya, a school teacher posted at Tarpali village, was arrested on Sunday based on a complaint of rape of a 25-year-old nurse on the pretext of marrying her, in Chakradhar Nagar police station area, he said.

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As per the complaint, the accused had been raping the woman from past two years on the false promise of marriage.

When the victim got pregnant, he forced her for abortion and refused to marry, the ASP said.

On Sunday, the woman lodged a complaint against Setram following which he was apprehended under section 376 (rape), 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code and brought to Chakradhar Nagar police station, he said.

While the police personnel were preparing to take the accused to district hospital for medical examination, he suddenly took out some poisonous substance from his pocket and consumed it, the ASP said.

He was immediately rushed to the district hospital and admitted in ICU in view of his critical condition, he said.

Meanwhile, Raigarh Superintendent of Police BN Meena has directed for a probe into the incident.

The investigating officer has been asked to submit the report in this connection within three days, he added.

Coimbatore: NIA questions three youths suspected with links to ISIS

Wed, 12 Oct 2016-08:55pm , Coimbatore , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three youths with suspected links with Islamic State (IS) were picked up by NIA on Wednesday and are being questioned to probe their alleged association with another suspect arrested from Kannur in Kerala. The NIA had already questioned 13 youths, residing in and around GM Nagar in South Ukkadam in the city during the last 10 days on their reported links with Abu Basheer, one of the six arrested from Kannur earlier this month for being part of an ISIS inspired module who allegedly conspired to carry out terrorist acts.They were in the Facebook and telephone contact list of Basheer. Laptops, mobile phones and some electronic gadgets were also and seized from them.

Junk vehicles to be impounded to curb mosquito breeding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi’s municipal authorities have woken up to the threat of unused cars becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes and have decided to impound all such vehicles gathering dust for yearsThe North Delhi Municipal Corporation has finally decided to get rid of old and abandoned vehicles in wake of the dengue and chikingunya cases spiraling in the Capital.In a drive that kicked off on Monday in central Delhi’s Rajendra Nagar, warning notices were pasted on the windscreens of vehicles with a 24-hour window. In case the owners do not remove the vehicles or failed to claim it, the cars will be towed and finally put up for auction. It is also supposed to help the cash-strapped corporation some earn revenue.The move besides being delayed, in the season’s worse outbreak of vector borne diseases such as chikungunya and dengue, started on a low-scale despite the standing committee chairman Pravesh Wahi directing the department to take up the matter at the earliest. However, according to corporation officers the drive is expected to last till Diwali and will be taken up in all the six zones of the corporationOn Monday five cars in the area were given the notice. “The initiative will help fight controlling mosquito-breeding, as junk vehicles become home to mosquitoes because of water collecting on its roofs or below under and through broken window panes. Owners will be given a 24-hour notice to remove the vehicles, failing which they will have to pay a fine of Rs 7000 -8000,” said, Rajesh Bhatia, councillor Rajendra Nagar and deputy chairman, standing committee, North Corporation, who is behind the initiative.Besides, he said, it will also free crucial road space and allow smooth traffic movement.The corporation along with the police will tow away the vehicles in case of not being removed. After which the owners will have to pay a penalty (equal to the car’s weight) on the basic fine till the vehicle is claimed.”The vehicles will be auctioned within a period of six months,” said, Bhatia.The drive was first taken up two years ago by Bhatia in Karol Bagh zone during which the corporation collected around Rs 40 lakh from the penalties levied.Drive to last till DiwaliThe move besides being delayed, in the season’s worse outbreak of vector borne diseases such as chikungunya and dengue, started on a low-scale despite the standing committee chairman Pravesh Wahi directing the department to take up the matter at the earliest. However, according to corporation officers the drive is expected to last till Diwali and will be taken up in all the six zones of the corporation

AAP MLA Naresh Balyan booked for assault, he files cross complaint

Mon, 10 Oct 2016-10:20am , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police has lodged a First Investigation Report (FIR) against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Naresh Balyan for allegedly assaulting the c president of Mohan Garden area in the national capital. The FIR was lodged yesterday night following a complaint by former AAP volunteer and president of Mohan Garden RWA, Henry George, who has accused Balyan and his associates of tres-passing his office, attacking him and issuing threat to his life. Deputy Commissioner of Police, West Vijay Kumar said the case has been registered against the Uttam Nagar MLA under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Meanwhile, one of MLAs’ supporters in turn filed a cross FIR against George, accusing him of abusing and assaulting the MLA and his supporters near his office. The cross FIRs have been registered at the Uttam Nagar Police Station. Police said no one has been arrested so far and the probe is underway.

Former AAP volunteer files FIR against MLA Naresh Balyan, associates file cross complaint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An FIR was filed on Sunday by a former AAP volunteer against the party Uttam Nagar MLA Naresh Balyan, one of whose supporters in turn filed a cross FIR in an assault case. The cross FIRs have been filed at west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar police station.In his FIR, former AAP volunteer and president of Mohan Garden RWA Henry George has accused Balyan and his associates of trespassing his office, attacking him and issuing threat to his life this afternoon, police said. A case has been registered against Balyan under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 451 (assault) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC, Vijay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), said.Also, a case has been registered against George on the basis of a complaint by one of the MLA’s associates. He has accused George and his aides of abusing and assaulting the MLA and his supporters who were passing from near his office.The case against George has been registered under sections 323, 341 and 506 of the IPC. Kumar said no one has been arrested so far and the probe is underway.

Delhiites face heavy traffic jams as Rahul Gandhi’s Kisan Yatra reaches national capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>East and Central Delhi witnessed heavy traffic jams on Thursday evening as Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s 26-day ‘Kisan Yatra’ through poll-bound Uttar Pradesh reached the national capital. Motorists had a harrowing time as they got stuck in long traffic jams at the Bhairon Mandir Marg, Vikas Marg and Connaught Place.Rahul’s yatra entered Delhi from Ghaziabad around 4pm and he travelled with his supporters through Karkari Mod, Vikas Marg, Laxmi Nagar, Rajghat, Bhairon Mandir and Sansad Marg to culminate at Jantar Mantar.”The traffic was bound to be affected since it’s the festive time and there is more vehicular movement on the roads coupled with the additional traffic coming from outside for the rally. The traffic police were only intimated last evening by Congress members and Rahul’s security personnel to make arrangements,” said a senior traffic police officer.The Twitter handle of Delhi Traffic Police was posting updates about the roads that would remain closed due to the rally and the areas that would see heavy traffic.PTI”There were traffic jams observed in Laxmi Nagar and we had to make diversions at certain points including at Karkari Mod. Traffic was affected at Bhairon Marg and parts of CP with people having to wait in jams. Vikas Marg was also affected since it’s usually a congested route and there was bound to be some effect of the rally on that route. Traffic was manageable on other routes and we didn’t have to make traffic diversions,” said a senior traffic police officer.Traffic police officers said they had made adequate arrangements and there were separate routes charted for the buses carrying supporters.”There was heavy deployment of traffic personnel along the route that he was covering. We had marked parking spaces for vehicles that will be coming. Buses that were carrying supporters were given separate routes to pass,” added the officer.

March against Pakistan: AAP volunteers and MLAs detained, released later

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven AAP legislators were among 11 people who were detained on Tuesday when they were marching towards Pakistan High Commission in Chankayapuri in protest against the “false propaganda” being carried out by the neighbouring country over the surgical strikes carried out by Indian army.Led by AAP Delhi unit Convenor Dilip Pandey, over 100 AAP volunteers and MLAs, took out a protest march towards Pakistan High Commission at around 5.30 PM, police said. Pandey accused Pakistan of maligning India’s image at the international stage after Indian army carried out surgical strikes against the terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied- Kashmir (POK).”We salute the valour of the Indian army and we demand that the government give a befitting reply to the propaganda being spread by Pakistan,” he said.The protesters were stopped at Chankayapuri police station and Pandey along with 11 others were detained, police said. Among the 11 people who were detained, there were seven AAP MLAs. They were Delhi Cantt MLA Surender Singh Commando, Palam MLA Bhavna Gaur, Tilak Nagar MLA Jarnail Singh, Ambedkar Nagar MLA Ajay Dutt, Seemapuri MLA Rajendra Pal Gautam, Burari MLA Sanjeev Jha and Sangam Vihar MLA Dinesh Mohaniya. They were later released at 6:30 PM, police said.

No question of blame game: Kejriwal asked to meet Jung over dengue, chikungunya by SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Warning Delhi government against playing any blame game, the Supreme Court directed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Tuesday to hold a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung by Wednesday to chalk out a strategy for curbing vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya in the national capital.”There is no question of playing any blame game. You have the responsibility to look after the people of Delhi. You may be great but you have to do something to maintain that stature. Nothing digging of the past should happen. You have to look at the future,” a bench of justices MB Lokur and L Nageswara Rao said.It refused to go into the allegations and counter- allegations over power tussle between the LG and Kejriwal-led government and said “no substitute” should attend the meeting with LG, except whose names have been proposed. The court also asked Union Health secretary PK Mishra, Chief Secretary KK Sharma, commissioners of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and New Delhi Municipal Council, CEO of Delhi Cantonment Board to attend the meeting with LG.Apart from the officials and office bearers of civic bodies, the court also asked Amicus Curiae Colin Gonsalves, Chairman of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and General Manager of Northern Railway and Vice Chairman of Delhi Development Authority to attend the meeting to discuss the steps to be taken to check the menace in the city.The bench expressed annoyance after senior advocate Chirag Uday Singh appearing for Delhi government and Health Minister Satyender Jain alleged that officials are not reporting to the minister and not coming to the meetings. “There cannot be two Delhi governments. Officials are not reporting to us they are not coming to the meeting. We should know with whom we should sit and talk,” Singh said.To this, the infuriated bench said, “Don’t beat around the bush. Do we tell you with whom you should sit and talk. Who is the elected government? There cannot be two elected governments. The elected government has responsibility to look after the people.” The apex court further said that whatever has happened are things of the past and the Delhi government has to look at the future and take steps for the betterment of the city. “You have to tell us how you can work in harmony. It can’t be like you are in a closed set of mind. Both of you sit together and work for the betterment of Delhi. What has happened has already happened. Look at the future,” the court said after the Delhi government counsel told it that they are helpless in the prevailing situation.During the hearing, the Delhi government counsel further alleged that civic bodies are not under its jurisdiction and they allocate funds to them for sanitation and cleanliness of the area falling in their jurisdiction. Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar appearing for Delhi Chief Secretary opposed the contention and said that it’s good to say for them that civic bodies are not under their jurisdiction but they do have jurisdiction over the local bodies as per statute.Kumar said that the affidavit of health secretary and minister are not at variance and they are not “at issue” with each other and what needs to be done to check the dengue and chikungunya menace has been outlined. During the hearing, the court rejected the plea of waiving Rs 25,000 as cost imposed on Jain on Monday for failing to file the affidavit disclosing the names of non-cooperating officials after he claimed that he had actually complied with the directions.”The health minister is the head of department. He doesn’t need anyone’s permission to file an affidavit. When no one came forward, the minister filed the affidavit. What was wrong in it? The facts needs to be looked into entirety. He has actually complied with the directions of the court,” the Delhi government counsel said.To this, the bench said, “If that is your argument then you need to answer several other questions. Your plea for waiving of cost is rejected.” The court, then asked Jain what steps he proposes to take to check the menace of dengue and chikungunya in the national capital. “You tell five steps that you want to take to prevent dengue and chikungunya from spreading in Delhi,” the bench said.Delhi government counsel then listed five steps saying they have given contract for 300 fogging machines, 1,000 beds in three hospitals have been reserved under fever management programme, number of mohalla clinics to be increased to 1,000 as against 107 at present, awareness programme, funds to be released to civic bodies for sanitation and cleanliness.Amicus curiae Gonsalves suggested that work has come to a standstill and both the parties needs to sit together to chalk out strategy for making things better in city. He said that accountability needs to be fixed on the person responsible for bringing the situation to such a level when people are dying due to vector-borne diseases.Gonsalves sought court’s intervention and direction for cleaning of garbage as figures are “very alarming” and policy of fogging should be reviewed as several harmful chemicals are used in it and even European Union has banned the process. The apex court had on Monday imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on Jain for failing to file an affidavit disclosing names of officials whom he had alleged of not cooperating in checking the menace of dengue and chikungunya in the national capital.It had last year taken suo motu cognisance of the death of a seven-year-old boy due to dengue last year after being allegedly denied treatment by five private hospitals and subsequent suicide by his parents, and sought response from Delhi government.The matter was taken suo motu cognisance after the couple — Laxmichandra and Babita Rout, both natives of Odisha, committed suicide by jumping from a four-storeyed building in South Delhi’s Lado Sarai after their only son Avinash died of suspected dengue.Five hospitals — Max hospital in Saket, Moolchand Khairatiram Hospital in Lajpat Nagar, Aakash Hospital in Malviya Nagar, Saket City Hospital and Irene Hospital, Kalkaji, were issued show cause notices to explain why their registration should not be cancelled for allegedly refusing to admit the boy.

Delhi govt’s job to ensure city is disease free: Centre tells Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that it was the duty of Delhi government to ensure that the national capital remained clean and free from diseases like chikungunya and dengue. The apex court sought response from Delhi government on a suo motu plea relating to the death of a 7-year-old boy in Delhi due to dengue after allegedly being denied treatment by five private hospitals and subsequent suicide by his parents.Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who was present in the courtroom for another matter, told a bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and D Y Chandrachud that if the AAP-government does not take the responsibility to maintain hygiene in the city, then the Centre may step in to deal with the issue.The bench issued notices to Delhi government and sought its response on steps being taken by to check mosquito-borne diseases dengue and chikungunya in the national capital. The court had last year taken suo motu notice of the matter after a couple — Laxmichandra and Babita Rout, both natives of Odisha, committed suicide by jumping from a four- storeyed building in South Delhi’s Lado Sarai after their only son Avinash died of suspected dengue.Five hospitals including Max hospital in Saket, Moolchand Khairatiram Hospital in Lajpat Nagar, Aakash Hospital in Malviya Nagar, Saket City Hospital and Irene Hospital, Kalkaji were issued show cause notices to explain why their registration should not be cancelled for allegedly refusing to admit the boy.The apex court also refused to entertain a PIL filed by Delhi-based doctor Anil Mittal alleging the apathy of Delhi civic bodies which had led certain areas to look like garbage dumps and caused the outbreak of diseases like chikungunya. The PIL, which was dismissed as withdrawn, had sought a direction that a panel of experts be set up to ascertain the steps taken to tackle diseases like chikungunya in country in general and Delhi in particular.Over 2,600 Chikungunya cases have been reported in Delhi till September 17 and the disease has caused 15 deaths so far. Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes, causing high fever and severe joint pain.

May step in if Delhi govt does not take responsibility of hygiene: Centre tells SC

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that it was the duty of Delhi government to ensure that the national capital remained clean and free from diseases like chikungunya and dengue.

Representational image of people suffering from chikunguniya and dengue. PTI

Representational image of people suffering from chikunguniya and dengue. PTI

The apex court sought response from Delhi government on a suo motu plea relating to the death of a 7-year-old boy in Delhi due to dengue after allegedly being denied treatment by five private hospitals and subsequent suicide by his parents. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who was present in the courtroom for another matter, told a bench comprising Justices MB Lokur and DY Chandrachud that if the AAP-government does not take the responsibility to maintain hygiene in the city, then the Centre may step in to deal with the issue.

The bench issued notices to Delhi government and sought its response on steps being taken by to check mosquito-borne diseases dengue and chikungunya in the national capital. The court had last year taken suo motu notice of the matter after a couple – Laxmichandra and Babita Rout, both natives of Odisha, committed suicide by jumping from a four-storeyed building in South Delhi’s Lado Sarai after their only son Avinash died of suspected dengue.

Five hospitals including Max hospital in Saket, Moolchand Khairatiram Hospital in Lajpat Nagar, Aakash Hospital in Malviya Nagar, Saket City Hospital and Irene Hospital, Kalkaji were issued show cause notices to explain why their registration should not be cancelled for allegedly refusing to admit the boy.

The apex court also refused to entertain a PIL filed by Delhi-based doctor Anil Mittal alleging the apathy of Delhi civic bodies which had led certain areas to look like garbage dumps and caused the outbreak of diseases like chikungunya. The PIL, which was dismissed as withdrawn, had sought a direction that a panel of experts be set up to ascertain the steps taken to tackle diseases like chikungunya in country in general and Delhi in particular.

Over 2,600 Chikungunya cases have been reported in Delhi till 17 September and the disease has caused 15 deaths so far. Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes, causing high fever and severe joint pain.

AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan granted bail in sexual harassment case

New Delhi: A court on Thursday granted bail to AAP legislator Amanatullah Khan, who was arrested for alleged sexual harassment of a relative.

File image of Amanatullah Khan. Image courtesy: Twitter/@KhanAmanatullah

File image of Amanatullah Khan. Image courtesy: Twitter/@KhanAmanatullah

Khan, who represents Okhla constituency in south Delhi, was arrested on Wednesday morning after being called for questioning. He was later produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Vijeta Singh Rawat who sent him to one-day judicial custody.

Following the complaint by the woman (spouse of his wife’s brother), a FIR was lodged against Khan at the Jamia Nagar police station in south Delhi on 10 September.

The complainant accused Khan of pressurising her to establish physical relations. Khan has denied the allegation, saying he had “no connection with the woman at all”.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader was booked under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation), 498-A (relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and criminal conspiracy, police said.

Khan had gone to the Jamia Nagar police station on Sunday to surrender, but police refused to arrest him.

AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan gets bail in sexual harassment case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Thursday granted bail to AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, who was arrested in connection with a sexual harassment case filed by his sister-in-law, after the investigator said he was not required for custodial interrogation.Metropolitan Magistrate Vijeta Singh Rawat gave the relief to the politician on a personal bond of Rs 35,000 and a surety of the like amount and asked him not to contact the complainant or threaten her to take back the complaint.”He shall not in any manner whatsoever interfere in the ongoing probe, the court said, adding that whenever he is required in the police station, he will join and not come along with his supporters.While imposing certain conditions on him, the court said that if violated, the investigating officer (IO) will be at liberty to approach the court for cancellation of Khan’s bail.”Prima facie from the allegations, it appears that section 498A of IPC as such is not made out against the accused as there is no evidence for any demand of dowry or regarding mental physical cruelty perpetrated by him on the complainant.”The primary allegations against him are of section 354 IPC which are of year 2011-2012. However, there are allegations of section 509 IPC which may be recent in nature,” the court said.The court passed the order after the IO said that the politician was not required for custodial interrogation and the probe regarding him was complete.In its order, the court also warned the MLA saying, “he shall not in any manner whatsoever, personally or through his relatives, contact the complainant or threaten her to take back the complaint.”Khan was yesterday arrested and sent to a day in judicial custody.The MLA was arrested by Delhi Police for the second time in three months on separate complaints of women.On September 18, the Okhla MLA, who was out on bail in another case of molestation and criminal intimidation, had gone to the Jamia Nagar Police station and had asked the police to arrest him but they had refused.

AAP MLA held on sexual harassment charges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA, Amanatullah Khan on charges of sexually harassing his sister-in-law. This is the second time Khan has been arrested by the Delhi Police in the last three months. He was later produced at the Saket Court and sent to one day judicial custody.”Khan was asked to join the investigation at the office of DCP (Southeast). He was then arrested on charges of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation in the afternoon,” said joint commissioner of Police, RP Upadhyay.Khan had gone to the Jamia Nagar police station a few days back and asked the police to arrest him but they refused. He was currently out on bail in connection with another case of molestation and criminal intimidation.Khan claimed that he was called for a “general discussion” at the DCP office but was arrested. “Came here at @DCP OFFICE Sarita Vihar for general discussion.but they arrested me #Delhi Police (sic),” he tweeted.On a complaint by Khan’s sister-in-law, a case under IPC sections 354A (sexual harassment), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) was registered at the Jamia Nagar police station against him and the woman’s husband.Khan was arrested on July 24 on a complaint by a Jasola resident who alleged that he tried to mow her down after she visited his residence to raise the issue of power cuts. He was released on bail on July 28.Fifteen AAP MLAs have been booked by the Delhi Police till now on various charges and 12 have been arrested.

Shocking! 21-year-old teacher stabbed 30 times by alleged stalker in Delhi, dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a 21-year-old girl was stabbed to death by the alleged stalker in North Delhi on Tuesday morning.According to reports, Karuna, a teacher at the Novel Reaches School, was stabbed 30 times. The victim was rushed to the hospital in a critical state where she succumbed to her injuries.The family member of the victim, a resident of Sant Nagar Burari, has alleged that the suspect, Surendar Singh, had been troubling her for a year, reported Times of India.(Family members of the girl gathered outside Sushruta Trauma Centre (ISBT) break down after hearing the news: ANI)The report also said that a few months ago the family had lodged an FIR against Surendar Singh but had later reached a compromise.A 34-year-old Singh is a divorcee and his case in pending in court.

Mumbai: Bhojpuri actress gangraped, cameraman held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Mira Road-based Bhojpuri actress was recently gang-raped by a singer and a cameraman after she was offered a drink laced with sedative. On Friday last, the Oshiwara police had registered a case in this regard and arrested the cameraman, while the singer is still at large, sources said. The arrested 31-year- old cameraman has been identified as Abhay Tiwari.According to the police, the 28-year-old victim resides with her husband and two children in Mira Road. The victim had acted in some Bhojpuri albums. A year ago, she had come in contact with Alam, a singer, and they worked together for an album. Alam has an office in the Adarsh Nagar area of Jogeshwari where Tiwari works as a cameraman. “Around 6 PM on August 17, Tiwari called her up and told her to come to Alam’s office saying that two Hindi songs had to be shot for which she would be given a good amount. The victim then reached Goregaon station from where Tiwari picked her up on his motorcycle and they reached Alam’s office around 8 PM,” said an officer from Oshiwara police station.He added that for some time they discussed about money. “As per the victim’s complaint, after some time, while Tiwari and she took cold drinks, Alam had a breezer. She alleged that the cold drink offered to her was laced with sedative and after consuming it, she started feeling giddy. She remembered that the duo took her to a room and took turns to rape her. On gaining consciousness, she fled from the spot and reached home,” said the officer.The victim narrated her ordeal to her husband the next day. “On Friday, they lodged a police complaint against Tiwari and Alam. Tiwari was then picked up from a Goregaon flat. He was produced before a local court and was remanded in police custody. Meanwhile, the victim was sent to Cooper Hospital for medical examination and her report is still awaited. Alam is absconding after the incident and efforts are on to trace him,” said the officer.

AAP govt’s excise policy a political move, says Prashant Bhushan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Aam Aadmi Party member Prashant Bhushan and members of Swaraj Abhiyan on Sunday hit out at the Arvind Kejriwal government’s newly-announced liquor policy, stating that the policy came without introducing mohalla sabhas as promised by the party in its manifesto. Addressing the media at Noida, Bhushan said the existing mohalla sabhas had no legal sanction to close the sprouting liquor shops and alleged the AAP is misleading people of Delhi.”What is the legal sanction behind the CM’s declaration about the role of mohalla sabha in closure of existing liquor shops. The Delhi government has no interest in passing the Swaraj bill which would have mohalla sabhas a legal entity,” he said.According to the Delhi government’s liquor policy, there will no fresh liquor shops allowed in the city this year barring shopping malls. For the existing liquor shops, the mohalla sabhas gets the right to decide if they should be shut. A mohalla sabha taking such a decision should have at least 50% women.”Only those shops should be advertised which have sanction of mohalla sabhas,” Bhushan said.He also questioned the timing of the announcement of the policy and asked why opening of liquor vends has been suspended only for a year.”Why is the announcement of not opening any new liquor shops made by Arvind Kejriwal applicable only for one year? Does Kejriwal want to resume his anti-people liquor policy after elections in Punjab?” said Bhushan.He also demanded shutting down of those shops operating without the consent of the locals and asked if Kejriwal-led government would share the draft excise policy public’s suggestions before releasing it, since the formal policy declaration has already been delayed.Swaraj Abhiyan claimed that the Delhi government gave different figures for the number of new liquor shopped that came up under AAP government in four RTI replies and has sought explanation for for the varying figures.He said a public hearing will be held by Swaraj Abhiyan on August 23 at the liquor vend in Khajoori, Karawal Nagar.

48-day long annual Amarnath yatra kicks off amid tight security

Amid tight security, the 48-day long annual Amarnath yatra began on July 1 in Jammu under the shadow of the recent terror attacks in the state, with Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh flagging off the first batch of 1,282 pilgrims for the cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas.Drones are being used for aerial security of the Amarnath base camp at Bhagwati Nagar area of Jammu city for the first time while at least 20,000 security personnel have been deployed along the two routes. “Adequate security has been put in place to ensure smooth and peaceful conduct of Amarnath yatra this year,” Singh said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first batch of pilgrims, comprising 900 men, 225 women, 13 children and 144 sadhus, left in a convoy of 33 vehicles escorted by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel from Bhagwati Nagar base camp at 0500 hours on Friday, a police officer said.
ALSO READ Jammu and Kashmir: Amarnath yatra transportation fares remain unchangedChanting ‘Bam Bam Bholay’ and singing bhajans, the pilgrims, who reached the Bhagwati Nagar base camp from various parts of the country, left for their onward journey to Pahalgam and Baltal base camps from where they will proceed to the cave shrine, located at a height of 3,888 metres on Saturday. The state is reeling under increased terrorist incidents and attacks on security forces in the Kashmir Valley, posing a huge challenge to the security apparatus in ensuring a peaceful and incident-free Amarnath yatra. Eight CRPF personnel were killed and at least 21 others injured when two militants attacked its CRPF convoy at Pampore in Pulwama district on June 25.As many as 12,500 central paramilitary personnel and 8,000 state policemen will be deployed along the two routes in South Kashmir’s Pahalgam and Northeast Sonamarg.
ALSO READ Centre plans to make Amarnath Yatra a grosser for the localsTight security arrangements outside a base camp ahead of Amarnath Yatra in Jammu on June 29 (Credit: PTI) To review the situation and take stock of security measures put up for Amarnath yatra, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is arriving on a two-day visit in Kashmir and is likely to take part in ‘Pratham Darshan’ of the ice lingam at the shrine.Talking to reporters after flagging off the yatra at Bhagwati Nagar base camp, the Deputy Chief Minister said adequate security forces have been sent by the central government to ensure an incident-free yatra. Flanked by Minister of State for Tourism Priya Sethi and BJP MP Jugal Kishore, Nirmal Singh said that the state government and Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) have made all arrangements with regard to boarding and lodging, medical and other facilities enroute the cave shrine from Lakhanpur to Amarnath cave for the pilgrims.He said that special enquiry centres have been set up by police and other agencies for all type of information, particularly the weather conditions enroute to the pilgrims.As an increased security measure, drones have been inducted for aerial security and crowd management at Amarnath base camp in Jammu winter capital city. “With upgradation in technology, many new electronic surveillance systems have been inducted in the security set up,” a senior police officer said.CRPF will be using the drones for security of Bhagwati Nagar base camp here and a monitoring centre has been set up at the camp. “This will be in addition to the manual security in and around the base camp”, the officer said.

Delhi: Over-head wire damaged, disruption on Metro’s Blue Line

Metro services on Blue Line were severely affected on Monday following the damage of an over-head wire, which led to overcrowding across stations and trains.The incident happened at around 4.30 PM as part of an OHE between Subhash Nagar and Tilak Nagar stations broke. Trains are running on a single line between the two stations. This led to bunching of trains on Line 3 going towards Dwarka. Several trains came to a standstill while others crawled and stood for over 10 minutes at each station on the corridor.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Train services on Line 3 will be affected due to OHE breakdown between Subhash Nagar and Tilak Nagar station of Up Line (Going from Noida towards Dwarka) around 4.35 PM.”This may lead to bunching of trains on Up Line. Single line planned between Tilak Nagar and Rajouri Garden till OHE is rectified,” a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson said.

MHADA lottery 2016: Over 900 houses up for grabs

People interested in buying a house in Mumbai can now apply for MHADA Lottery.The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) has released an advertisement inviting applications for purchasing of 972 houses.Applicants can buy the forms starting June 23 and they will be available until July 24. MHADA will accept the applications from June 24 to July 25. Demand Drafts for the same can be submitted at the AXIS Bank from June 24 to July 27.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>MHADA will announce the names of the lottery winners on August 10.The cheapest houses under the MHADA scheme are in Malvani, Malad, which are priced at Rs 8,17,000 with the carpet area of 16.72 square metres. And the most expensive house available in the scheme is at Shailendra Nagar, Dahisar. It has a carpet area of 78.47 metres and is priced at Rs 83,86,000, reports Marathi portal Zee 24 Taas.You can apply for the online submission process here

Internet services restored in Jammu after four days

Jammu: As normalcy returned to Jammu which saw protests for the last few days over the alleged desecration of two temples, authorities on Saturday restored mobile internet services across the region.

“We have ordered the restoration of mobile internet services across Jammu region. The services were suspended after the turmoil following the desecration of a temple in Roop Nagar area of Jammu on Tuesday,” Deputy Commissioner (DC) Jammu, Simrandeep Singh told PTI.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

He said the situation across Jammu has been peaceful and people of all religions have shown maturity to calm down the passions.

Singh said two more persons were arrested on Friday in connection with the desecration of a Shiv temple in Nanak Nagar area of Jammu.

“The details of the calls made by the accused led to the identification and arrest of two more accused in the desecration of a temple in Nanak Nagar area,” he said.

“The persons who were eyewitnesses to the incident, had informed police that the accused was speaking to someone on phone where he said he had finished the job and the money should be paid to him,” the DC said.

Singh said the whole incident including the alleged “deal” is being probed. “The situation has remained normal across the region. We are investigating both the cases and the culprits would be punished as per the law”, the DC said.

On Tuesday evening, a “mentally disturbed” person had desecrated the Aap Shamboo temple in the Roop Nagar area of the city and on Thursday evening, another temple in the Nanak Nagar area was desecrated by a dismissed constable of Indian Reserve Police (IRP).

The desecration of the temple in Roop Nagar area had led to law-and-order problem in the city with protesters resorting to stone pelting on police personnel and also torching several vehicles in the area.

Jammu internet services suspended after temple desecration

Jammu: Authorities decided to suspend all Internet services across Jammu region on Friday to stop spread of rumours on social networking sites following the desecration of a temple here Thursday evening.

All mobile and broadband-based Internet services have been suspended, a district official said.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

“To stop rumour mongering on social networking sites in the wake of the desecration of Shiv temple in Nanak Nagar area, the authorities decided to temporarily suspend all Internet services including mobile and landline Internet services,” the official said.

One more temple was allegedly desecrated in Jammu on Thursday, leading to tension briefly in parts of the city.

“A man entered a temple in the Nanak Nagar area and tried to vandalise it. The man has been identified and arrested,” Deputy Commissioner of Jammu Simrandeep Singh had said.

A large number of people came onto the roads after news spread. Shopkeepers in the area downed their shutters and held a protest demanding action against the accused.

“Though some people held protest in the area, the situation is normal and under control. Adequate police personnel have been deployed to foil any untoward incident in the area,” Singh said.

The incident took place even as normalcy had returned to Jammu following alleged desecration of a temple in another area Roopnagar on Tuesday by a man who was described by police as “mentally disturbed”. The city had witnessed violence and arson over that incident.

Congress worker killed after two groups clash over cartoon of Sonia Gandhi ‘washing utensils’

A 33-year-old man ended up dead when a fight over an “objectional” caricature of Congress president Sonia Gandhi turned into a fullblown battle in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur. Reports said one group was led by Congress municipal councillor Jatin Raj and another by advocate Prashant Naik. Naik was injured in the clashes, as well.

Six others got injured, five of them seriously, in the clash between two camps in the early hours of Thursday over the photo which was allegedly circulated in a WhatsApp group, police told PTI.

Prashant Naik allegedly posted a photo in the WhatsApp group, which showed Sonia “washing utensils” with a satirical caption saying (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi has reduced Congress President to such a position, CSP Balsavar told PTI.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi. PTI

Congress president Sonia Gandhi. PTI

Area city superintendent of police Inderjeet Balsavar told the media that Umesh Verma alias Guddu, who sustained injuries in the clash, succumbed to his wounds at a hospital. he was undergoing treatment.

According to Jatin Raj’s group, knives were freely used by the rival group inside the Vijay Nagar Police station where they went to lodge a complaint — a charge denied by the policemen on site, who had to call their colleagues from other police stations to discipline the two groups after they turned violent.

Raj has created a group named ‘Vijay Nagar Friends’ on WhatsApp for people to stay connected in his locality.

The two groups gathered at Ahimsa Chowk little after 12 pm on Tuesday and a heated argument took place between them over the caricature of Sonia. In the meantime, acting on a tip-off the police reached the spot and asked them to come to police station to sort out their differences, the CSP said.

When the two groups reached police station, an alleged altercation took place between them and one Umesh Verma was stabbed, who was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, alleged Animesh, a member of the Congress corporator group.

He demanded police should make public the footage of CCTV camera at the police station to bring out the truth. CSP Balsavar said to bring situation under control, police resorted to cane charge but denied that violence took place inside the police station.

The violence took place when the groups were en route to the police station, the CSP said. Advocate Naik said people of both the groups have been booked and further investigations are on.

With inputs from PTI

Jharkhand: Driver of CM’s press advisor abducted, released

The driver of Yogesh Kislay, Press Advisor to Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, was abducted by unidentified persons from Ashok Nagar area here before they let him off near Jamshedpur after taking away the car, police said.The driver, Jitendra Kumar Mahto, told police that the abductors last night intercepted him at Ashok Nagar, beat him up and took him away before leaving him near Ghaghra bridge near the steel town and took away his car and mobile handset.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the FIR registered with the Argora police station, the driver said the abductors had told him that he was being kidnapped as they had asked for an extortion of Rs one crore from Kislay, which he had not iven.Kislay, however, told the police that nobody had demanded money from him.

Mehbooba government releases all 22 people detained after mob violence in Jammu

Under pressure, Jammu and Kashmir government has released all the 22 people who were detained after mobs went on a rampage following the alleged temple desecration at Roop Nagar in Jammu on Tuesday.Police have also suspended its head constable and arrested the man allegedly involved in the desceration.The decision to release the miscreants was taken in a meeting between the government and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) state president Leela Karan Sharma in Jammu on Wednesday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension had gripped Jammu city on Tuesday when a temple was allegedly desecrated by a mentally challenged man at Roop Nagar on Tuesday.Mobs later went on a rampage and torched seven vehicles, including two buses of Jammu and Kashmir police public school, two Maruti cars and one bike and a scooty of head constable, parked outside the police station.Police later resorted to mild lathi charge and fired smoke shells to disperse the unruly mob. Three police personnel of police station Janipur including SHO received injuries while trying to disperse the mob.”A case has been registered at police station Janipur and investigation initiated. Some accused persons have been arrested so far. Preliminary investigations suggest that the accused person who entered the temple is a lunatic patient”, said Abdul Haq Khan while making a statement in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.Police later rounded up 22 people which triggered a chain reaction from the VHP leaders who demanded their immediate release. Sensing trouble, a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir government led by health minister Bali Bhagat held the meeting with VHP leader Leela Karan Sharma and decided to release all the 22 people.”Police had apprehended them as a precautionary measure. All of them have been released. A head constable has been suspended. A person who entered into the temple has been arrested,” Bhagat told dna.VHP leader Leela Karan Sharma said all the boys have been released unconditionally. “A police officer has been suspended and enquiry launched against him. An FIR has also been lodged against the person who desecrated the temple,” he told dna.

Rajasthan: MiG-27 aircraft crashes near Jodhpur; pilots escape safely

A MiG-27 aircraft on Monday crashed near Jodhpur district of Rajasthan.According to initial reports, both pilots have been ejected safely, but three people have suffered injuries.The plane crashed adjacent to a house in an open area in Mahaveer Nagar, SHO Basni Police Station Rajesh Yadav told PTI.The pilot was on a routine training mission. He had reported a technical problem and sought priority landing.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The area has been cordoned off and police officials have reached the spot.ACP Jodhpur (West) Sima Hingonia said a portion of a house where the plane crashed was damaged.

Thane: Why didn’t the confined victims of godman revolt? Cops baffled

The Samta Nagar police in Thane, which is probing a case wherein 28 people, including minors, were unlawfully confined in an ashram and made to perform religious rituals, is baffled about why the victims did not resist and kept facing harassment for over two months. The guru-disciple duo who ran the ashram had also confiscated the mobile phones of the victims so that they could not connect with the outer world, police sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Friday, the police had arrested self-proclaimed ‘god man’ Devendra Dubey and his disciple Bhagwandas Tiwari on charges of wrongfully confining 28 persons in their ashram in Thakur Complex, where they were allegedly trapped and were subjected to harsh treatment and intense torture under the pretext of pleasing the lord and attaining liberation. The police suspect that this is not the only incident wherein Dubey and Tiwari lured people from different states by offering them money and then making them work without wages.”If 28 people are subjected to such ill treatment then there are possibilities that the accused have set up their network across the state and opened several such institutions for making the people do odd jobs. We are baffled as to why 28 people followed the dictatorship of two men in the ashram and could not overpower them in order to set themselves free from their clutches,” said an officer of the Samta Nagar police station.The police suspect that there is something in the case that doesn’t meet the eye. “All the rescued people hail from north India and they are all well-versed in religious verses and are quite learned in the scriptures. Dubey and Tiwari, who hail from northern India, had set up their ashram in 2014. A few months ago, they started calling people from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand to their Kandivli-based ashram to learn rituals and also promised to pay them Rs 600-1,200. Later, they were forcibly made to undergo severe fasts and were also made to do odd chores, in the false assurance that this work will lead them to heaven. The followers who had came there were not allowed to make any sort of communications with the outside world and even their cell phones were seized by the patrons. Under the pretext of religious achievements, the followers were physically tortured inside the ashram,” the officer said.”We are still investigating the case and all the doubts shall be answered after interrogating the accused, who are in remand at present. One of the accused had some contacts with people who would send victims to learn rituals in Mumbai. We are also trying to get leads from the accused to expose any similar ongoing acts and, after getting necessary information from them, we shall take relevant steps. We shall also ask the court to increase the tenure of their police custody so that we can get more details pertaining to the case. The rescued minors have been sent to a juvenile home in Dongri and the rest of the captives have been released. We have recorded the statements of almost all the victims,” said senior police inspector of Samta Nagar police station Dilip Yadav.

West Bengal: Engine train rams goods train; guard critically injured

A goods train derailed and its guard was critically injured when a train engine rammed it from behind in Asansol division of Eastern Railway on Saturday evening, triggering disruption of services, ER officials said.As the engine hit the stationary goods train, several of its rear coaches, including the guard’s cabin derailed injuring the guard, MC Khan, critically, they said. The incident occurred at around 7.30 PM in the up line between Kalubathan and Khatan Nagar stations under Asansol division.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The engine sent from Asansol station was supposed to help the goods train move forward by pushing it from behind as its own engine has not been able to pull it, officials said, adding the speed of the engine was much higher than it was supposed to be which led to the derailment.The derailment triggered disruption of services in which several major trains including two Rajdhani Expresses were stranded, they said. Howrah and Sealdah Rajdhanis were stranded at Barakar and Asansol stations respectively. The two trains left the stations at around 10 PM via diverted routes. Senior officials have reached the spot and attempts are being made to clear the track, officials said.

Dadri: Villagers move court seeking FIR against Mohammad Akhlaq’s family

A group of Bishada villagers on Thursday moved court seeking filing of an FIR for alleged cow slaughter against family members of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was lynched nine months ago on suspicion that his family stored and ate beef at their house.”Bishada residents today gave an application to the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar under Section 156(3) of CrPC with a request to direct the police to lodge an FIR against Akhlaq’s family members,” a Senior Prosecution Officer said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Section 156(3) empowers a magistrate to order an FIR and consequent investigation by the police against those named in the complaint. The court will hear the matter on June 13, he said.”Akhlaq’s family members will be given the opportunity to submit their reply and then the court will decide whether there is need for directing police to lodge FIR,” he said.At a mahapanchayat in Bishada last week, the villagers had given an ultimatum to police to file an FIR against Akhlaq’s family members within 20 days, after a report of a forensic lab in Mathura concluded that the meat found in the victim’s house was of “cow or its progeny”.

New Delhi: Superintendent of children’s home arrested for raping girl inmates

The superintendent at a children’s home in Lajpat Nagar has been arrested after girl inmates of the facility levelled charges of rape against him.”The superintendent of children home in Lajpat Nagar Ram Sahay Meena was arrested on a complaint received through Delhi government official last evening,” a senior police officer said.Meena was sacked along with another staff of the facility on the orders of Delhi Women and Child Welfare Minister Sandip Kumar.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Some girl inmates revealed that they were molested and raped by Meena. They were sent for medical examination and rape was confirmed in a few cases,” the officer said.The Police added Section 376(2)(b) of the IPC (taking advantage of official position and committing rape on a woman) in the FIR registered against Meena, for allegedly taking advantage of his official position and committing rape on the girls in his custody, he said.The incident had come to light after Kumar’s visit to the home and his meeting with the girls on June 3.After consulting the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), the minister had asked them to lodge a complaint against the superintendent under the provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.The minister had ordered termination of Meena and a woman welfare officer who was also allegedly involved in misbehaving with the girls.During his visit, Kumar was apprised that the agitated children had protested against misbehaviour after which he had directed the women staff to talk to them.It was reported to the minister that the superintendent had allegedly taken minor girls to an isolated room and tried to physically abuse them.Police said they are also questioning two more staff members of the facility who are likely to be arrested.

Chennai: Jaya vows to propel RK Nagar to top of growth pyramid

Vowing to make her RK Nagar constituency a model one in the whole of Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa assured the people that all her electoral promises would soon be implemented in right earnest.”I give my assurance that I will implement development schemes in RK Nagar making it a model developed constituency in the whole of Tamil Nadu which will wow people,” she said.In her maiden post poll thanks-giving visit to RK Nagar, which returned her to the Assembly for a second consecutive term, she thanked the people for giving her an opportunity to serve them again. Addressing the people from her campaign van, Jayalalithaa said she had brought in as many good schemes as possible to the constituency in the past one year after she was first elected from RK Nagar.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”When I came here seeking your votes during the Assembly election, I made several electoral promises. I am fulfilling such promises one by one. I give my assurance that soon I will fulfill all the promises.”Profusely thanking them for making her CM for the sixth time, giving her regime a second consecutive term and for re-electing her from RK Nagar for a second term, she said, “you find a permanent place in my heart forever, it will not be sufficient even if I thank you any number of times.” “I will show in action my sense of gratitude,” she added. “Every time I come here, the love you shower on me, the reception that you accords me overwhelms me. I will live up to your faith and love,” she said.

Jat quota stir: Prohibitory orders remain imposed in the capital

New Delhi: In the wake of Jat leaders in Haryana launching fresh stir over quota, prohibitory orders remained imposed in several parts of the national capital on Monday. No violence has been reported till noon.

Over a hundred check posts were set up in areas, mostly bordering Haryana, and the police barricaded some road stretches near Singhu Border, on Nangloi-Bahadurgarh road and Karnal road, senior officials said.

File image of Jat agitation. PTI

File image of Jat agitation. PTI

Riot control teams have also been deployed in northwest and southwest Delhi. The police are taking no chances after the first round of protests in February, in which roads were blocked and agitation was witnessed in these parts of the city.

Sunday evening, Delhi Police had imposed CrPC Section 144 (prohibitory orders against unlawful assembly) in the bordering districts of Delhi and other parts of city which are likely to witness protests in connection with Jat quota demand.

Around 11 am on Monday, a small group of Jat protesters reached near Singhu Border, following which senior officials including the DCP and Joint Commissioner of the range rushed to the spot and the situation was brought under control, officials said.

Most of the areas, in which prohibitory orders were imposed, are either located in the border areas near Haryana or inhabited by large number of people belonging to the Jat community.

The prohibitory orders have been implemented in 18 police sub-divisions -Dwarka and Najafgarh in South West Delhi, Alipur and Bawana in outer Delhi, Mehrauli and Vasant Vihar sub division in South Delhi, Sarita Vihar and Ambedkar Nagar sub division in South-East Delhi, Gokalpuri, Seemapuri and Khajuri Khas in North-East Delhi, Madhu Vihar and Kalyanpuri sub division in East Delhi, Mukherjee Nagar in North West Delhi and whole North Delhi, the senior police said.

These 18 sub-divisions, which have under their jurisdiction over 54 police stations, covering over one-fourth of the land area of the city.

In the first phase of the Jat agitation, violence was witnessed in and around Mukherjee Nagar and Najafgarh areas. In February, the agitating members of Jat community had held demonstrations at several places in the city, leading to severe disruption of traffic on key arterial roads.

Ghaziabad: Looted cigarette truck worth Rs 3.5 crore recovered, one held

A truck carrying a consignment of cigarettes worth Rs 3.5 crore, which was looted last month, has been recovered and one person arrested, police said on Thursday.Bhojpur Police recovered the truck carrying cigarettes of a prominent brand which was looted by a gang of robbers at gun-point and seized part of the consignment sold in Mathura and Agra.SSP KS Emanual said the truck carrying a consignment of 380 cartons of cigarettes, worth Rs 3.5 crore, was dispatched from Saharanpur to Ghaziabad on May 23.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A gang of six armed robbers, who were chasing the truck in an SUV from Saharanpur, stopped it in Modi Nagar in Ghaziabad district and forced the driver to take the vehicle to Bhojpur village.Later they allegedly injected him with a tranquiliser, making him unconscious, police said.They unloaded the consignment and dispatched it to Mathura, Agra, and Mumbai.The gang then drove the truck to Mathura where they abandoned it.During interrogation one of the accused Anil Karira, a native of Agra, confessed to the crime, police said, adding he has been sent to jail.Five other gang members are absconding, they said.Police said the cigarettes sold in Mathura and Agra have been recovered and teams will go to Mumbai to seize the cigarette cartons sold there, the officer added.

25 flights diverted from Delhi owing to bad weather

More than 25 flights diverted from Delhi because of bad weather. PM Modi’s flight from Karnataka was diverted from Delhi to Jaipur , but has now taken off for the capital.Squalls and dust storms accompanied with light rains lashed the national capital this evening bringing the mercury down to 31 degrees Celsius.Light rains hit the capital city at around 9 PM.A dust storm blowing at a speed of 92 km per hour hit Palam observatory, while it hit Safdarjung at a speed of 52 km per hour, MeT said. Safdarjung observatory, reading of which is considered as the official figure for the city, received 0.4 mm rainfall till 8.30 am while areas under Palam, Ridge and Aaya Nagar recorded 3.2 mm, 0.4 mm and 3 mm rainfall, respectively, said a MeT department official.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lodhi Road recorded traces of rainfall till 8.30 am. The maximum temperature was recorded at 31 degrees Celsius, the official said. The humidity oscillated between 79 and 43 per cent. The MeT department has predicted dust storm and thunderstorm along with a squall for tonight and for tomorrow. “Tomorrow the sky will be partly cloudy. Dust storm and thunderstorm, accompanied by squall, is likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperature is likely to hover around 37 and 26 degrees Celsius,” he said.Yesterday, maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 41.5 and 31.6 degrees Celsius.

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