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Panchayat polls in Odisha to be held in five phases between 13-21 February

Bhubaneswar: The State Election Commission (SEC) on Tuesday announced dates for panchayat polls in Odisha.

The panchayat polls, which has been scheduled in five phases, will begin on 13 February, 2017, and end on 21 February, said a release.

With the announcement of poll dates, the model code of conduct came into effect in the state from Tuesday. It will be in force until the end of the last phase of the poll, it said.

Representative image. PTI

Representative image. PTI

“The aspiring candidates can file nominations between 11 January and 17 January next year. The papers will be scrutinised on January 18 and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is 21 January,” said State Election Commissioner R.N. Senapati.

The final list of contesting candidates will be declared on the same day.

The SEC has asked the district collectors to maintain law and order for smooth conduct of elections in their districts.

The elections will be held for the posts of 853 Zilla Parishad members, 6,802 Sarpanches, 6,801 Panchayat Samiti members and 92,052 ward members, in which 2,60,92,507 voters will exercise their franchise.

The state government has reserved 50 percent seats for women candidates in the panchayat elections.

First Published On : Dec 27, 2016 16:04 IST

Punjab: 9 women injured in acid attack after land dispute turns violent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine women, including the wife of a sarpanch were injured in an acid attack after a heated altercation over a Panchayat land turned violent, in Bhui village in Kapurthala district, here on Monday.The incident took place when Vinod Kumar, who is Sarpanch of Bhui village went to the land site alongwith his wife Reena and four other women for construction of a community centre. However, another family belonging to the same village had been locked in a conflict over the land and alleged that it belonged to them. When the family stood their ground on not allowing any construction activity on the land, it led to a heated argument between the two groups. The situation turned ugly, when some members of the family allegedly threw acid on the sarpanch’s wife and women accompanying her.All the injured were rushed to the Civil hospital, where they are currently admitted. However, the sarpanch’s wife, Reena had to be referred to a government hospital in Jalandhar with serious injuries.”It was a land dispute between the two groups. The Panchayat wanted to construct a community centre, which the other group opposed and it led to an argument between them. We have registered a case and investigation is on. One of the accused, who is the husband of the woman who allegedly threw acid has been arrested. We will arrest others, after recording statements of all victims, who are currently in hospital,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kapurthala, Rajinder Singh while talking to DNA.SSP Singh said all the victims are undergoing treatment and are out of danger.

Tripura panchayat by-polls: Left Front wins 43 out of 47 seats

Fri, 23 Dec 2016-10:50pm , Agartala , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ruling Left Front in Tripura on Friday swept the by-polls to the three-tier gram panchayat by winning 43 out of total 47 seats in the state, elections for which was held on December 21, officials said.Secretary of the State Election Commission Prasenjit Bhattacharya said the by-elections were held in 44 Gram Panchayat seats, of which the CPI(M) alone won in 38 seats, CPI in two seats, BJP won in two seats and TMC in two seats. “Besides gram panchayats, by-elections were also held to two Panchayat Samiti seats at Durga Chowmuhani in Dhalai district and at Gournagar in Unakoti district, where the ruling CPI(M) registered their win. By-poll was also held to one Zilla Parishad seat in Unakoti district, which was also won by the CPI(M),” Bhattacharya told reporters here.The by-polls were necessitated due to deaths and resignations of the candidates.

NGT raps Uttarakhand govt over rehabilitation of villagers facing threat from wild animals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday questioned the Uttarakhand Government over the issue of relief and rehabilitation of villagers residing inside Rajaji National Park, who are facing threat from wild animals.Today, on the plea of Ex Jila Panchayat Member, for the relief and rehabilitation of thousands of poor villagers residing inside the Raja Tiger Reserve, the NGT issued notice to the Uttarakhand Government and asked them to file a proper response. Madan Singh, an ex zila Panchayat member has stated in his application that about 10 villages which are inside the Rajaji National Park are not only facing threat from dangerous wild animals but have been deprived by the Uttarakhand Govt of basic fundamentals facilities like Water, Electricity etc.The court after hearing the submission made by the counsel of the applicant orally directed the Counsel of the Uttarakhand Government to look into the matter and to file proper reply till next date of hearing.The next hearing in the matter is on 9th February 2017.

Opposition stalled Parliament to sidestep discussion on political funding : Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday hit out at the opposition for opposing demonetization and accused them of stalling all business in the winter session of Parliament just to sidestep discussion on funding of political parties.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi favoured discussion and change in fund raising process of political parties during the all-party meeting at the beginning of winter session and said all elections from Panchayat to Parliament should be held on the same day,” Shah said. “But the opposition did not allow a discussion in the entire winter session. They do not have any intention of wiping out black money from politics. Modiji has put forward a view, and I want to appeal to leaders of all opposition parties that and we should accept discussion on it to bring probity in politics,” he said at his party’s Parivartan rally here.Continuing his attack on parties opposing demonetization, Shah said only those whose “billions have been reduced to trash” are feeling the pain after the measure. “Have you seen the faces of Mamata (Banerjee) and Mayawati…their faces have lost glow, they have started looking 10 years older in a day’, he said. In one stroke by PM Modi, drug dealers, fake currency racketeers, Naxalites and terrorists have been set right, Shah said.Stressing that development of UP is possible only when BJP is voted to power with a two-thirds majority, Shah termed SP and BSP as family and caste-based parties which cannot work for development of the entire society. “It has been either ‘chacha-bhatija’ or ‘bua-bhatija’ who have been harming the state’s development in the past 15 years,” he said, referring to UP SP chief Shivpal Yadav, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati. Akhilesh was not allowing the benefits of the central schemes to reach the people as it would increase the popularity of central government, Shah claimed.”The benefits of Fasal Bima Yojana could not reach the beneficiaries as there was a tiff for commission between the chahcha and bhatija,” he claimed. Shah said the UP Chief Minister has been talking of an alliance with Congress as it seems he has now realised that defeat is staring him in the face.”Since the past one month Akhilesh Yadav has been talking about alliance. Is he seeing defeat for his party? Even if all the parties come together the people of UP have decided to vote BJP to power in the state,” he said. Shah was also particularly critical of Mayawati for her alleged corruption.”Though there is no record set for corruption in the world but if such a record is made Behenji’s number will come out top in it,” he said. Referring to the issue of ‘triple talaq’, Shah said after the central government clearly stated its views in the Supreme Court against it, the SP, BSP and Congress have all gone silent. “Na haan kehte kain na naa.” He also appealed to women voters to question those parties on what they are doing for women’s rights and whether they agree on triple talaq or not when they come seeking votes. “Should Mulsim women get their rights or not? Modi has worked towards securing the rights of women in the country”, he asserted.

Local Arunachal Congress leaders ‘astonished’ by corruption charges against Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who is at the centre of a controversy for having sought release of payments for contractors named in a vigilance probe, said on Thursday that the Congress Party has made a grave mistake by raising their finger against him, and therefore, they will have to pay the price for their lifetime. The Lok Sabha MP also shared a post on Twitter in which he said that he had the support of senior Congress Panchayat leaders. He wrote on Twitter: “This is a tight slap on the face of Congress ! Senior Congress Panchayat leaders are also condemning the shameful & malicious Congress act.”The letter reportedly written by Congress Panchayat leaders, claimed that he they had approached Rijiju for help since they hadn’t been paid. They wrote in the letter:“We would like to inform that we were deprived off the rightful payment due to us for performing the services of providing boulders for the project during being engaged as sub-contractor of Patel Engineering. As we were facing financial difficulties we had approached the NEEPCO and Patel Engineering admin many times but they have not listened to our request for release of our due payments. Shri Rijiju being our local MP we had approached him for taking our issues at appropriate level. His conduct in this case was his responsibility towards the people of projects affected site irrespective of political affiliation. We may have political differences because many of us are representing congress party in public life but it is our right to approach elected representatives to resolve grievances irrespective of political affiliation.” Earlier, talking to the media, Rijiju said if he has committed something wrong, then the Congress has no morale right to even exist even as a political party. ‘If I have committed something wrong then the Congress has no morale right to even exist even as a political party because as a people representative we normally recommend the people’s need, we recommend people’s request. That is our job. If I don’t recommend and I don’t have the local people then what am I for’ I am the Member of Parliament for my people,’ he said.Requesting for a thorough probe into the matter, he said, ‘I have written to only one recommendation letter. There are thousands of recommendation letter written by the Congress MLAs, Congress Chief Ministers, Congress MPs. It all should come out. So, if there is a thorough inquiry then the Congress will think again to raise this issue.’‘I have very clearly said that the Congress Party has made a grave mistake by raising their finger against me, they will pay the price for their lifetime, I’m telling you,’ he added. Rijiju had earlier said “Congress people should apologise for this. The scam – awarding of contract and payments – all happened during the Congress’ reign, and thus, the Congress should apologise to the nation”.‘The scam happened during the Congress reign, it has not happened during our regime. After 2014 had there been awarding of any contract or was there any payment’ Hence, all evidences are during the Congress’ time, so, they must apologise,’ he said.Rijiju brushed aside all allegations of corruption levelled against him and his distant cousin, saying that the ones planting such news would be beaten up with shoes if they come to Arunachal. He pushed aside all blame calling it “shameful” and asked if helping one’s own people can be termed as ‘corruption’. Rijiju, his distant cousin, a contractor in Arunachal Pradesh, Goboi Rijiju, and several other officials of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) have been alleged of corruption in the construction of two dams for one of the biggest hydro-electric projects in Arunachal Pradesh.Their names, including the names of Chairman and Managing Editor of NEEPCO, have been mentioned in a 129-page report submitted by the Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) Chief Vigilance Officer.With inputs from ANI

Demonetization is a right decision, but it isn’t surgical strike against black money: Hardik Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel said on Sunday the poor and farmers have been hit the most by the note ban and it cannot be termed as a surgical strike against black money. “As far as curbing black money is concerned, it is a right decision but it is not a surgical strike against the wealth amassed illegally. I could not see the son of Jaitley, Adani or Ambani in the queues. I saw only farmers and poor people there,” Patel said.Asked whether he supported demonetization, he said, “It is a welcome step against corruption. But if it is merely a gimmick then it is not good.”It is okay if the government continues with the note ban but it should also address the problems of farmers and the poor, the Patidar leader said. Asked if he will join protests against demonetization, he said, “No. I will not protest demonetization. I will protest corruption.”At a “Kisan Panchayat” organised by suspended AAP MLA from Bijwasan Col Devendra Sehrawat, Patel claimed that there is no development in Gujarat and the state is reeling under “a debt of Rs 3 lakh crore”.

BJP garners 19 seats, Congress 14 in Rajasthan bypolls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ruling BJP and Congress retained their positions in the closely fought local bodies by-elections in Rajasthan garnering 19 and 14 seats out of 37 respectively that went to polls on Tuesday.The ruling party and main opposition in the state gained one seat each in the bypolls held for Panchayat and municipal seats in the state, counting for which took place on Thursday. The bypolls for local body seats in 20 districts were held on November 29 in the backdrop of the centre’s demonetization move and the outcome was being being keenly watched.Just days earlier, BJP won the first phase of civic elections in Maharashtra and local bodies by-elections in Gujarat with the party claiming that it was an endorsement by the people of the demonetization decision. As per the final results for 37 seats announced last night, BJP won 19, Congress 14 whereas Independent candidates managed to get only 4 seats. The elections were held for 3 zila parishad seats, 10 municipal seats and 24 panchayat samiti seats.In the bypolls for 3 Zila Parishad seats, BJP candidates Santosh Patidar and Murlidhar won in Banswara and Bhilwara respectively while Congress candidate Pyareshwari was the winner in Jalore.In the 24 Panchayat samiti seats that went to polls, BJP and Congress won 12 and 10 seats respectively while two seats were captured by Independent candidates. Of the 24 Panchayat Samiti seats, BJP’s Laxmi Kumari and Vikas Kumar and Congress candidate Tara Devi were elected unopposed on Mundawar, Neemrana and Rajgarh seats respectively in Alwar district. The bypolls for the Panchayat Samiti seats were held in Alwar, Banswara, Baran, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Churu, Dausa, Dungarpur, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Sikar Sirohi and Udaipur districts.On 10 municipal seats in nine districts, BJP won five, Congress three and the Independents won on two seats. BJP State Vice President Bhajan Lal said the party’s victory shows that there is no adverse sentiment in public towards the PM’s decision of demonetization. “We have gained victory and this clearly shows that public is with BJP. This also shows that the public has welcomed the recent decision of the Prime Minister on demonetization and supported the party,” he said.PCC President Sachin Pilot said the results of bypolls normally remain in the favour of the ruling party. He said the voting percentage of Congress has improved in all the bypolls held over the last three years which is quite satisfactory.

NGT orders ban on noise, solid waste pollution in Sundarbans

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has ordered a ban on noise and solid waste pollution in the Sundarbans area in a bid to protect the wildlife during the coming tourist season.The Kolkata bench of NGT, comprising Justice (retd) SP Wangdi and Dr PC Mishra, taking up the matter suo motu, prohibited the use of mikes or loudspeakers blaring music, fancy decorative lights, release of solid waste and other material in river water. The bench, in an order passed this week, directed the principal secretaries of four departments, Tourism, Environment, Home and Panchayat to ensure compliance of the order to maintain the ecology of the forests.”Hundreds of motor launch, steamers and cruises take tourists to the Sundarbans during the winter for excursions and picnics leading to a lot of sound, air and solid waste pollution in the rivers and canals crisscrossing the largest mangrove forest in the world,” environmentalist Subhas Dutta, who has been appointed amicus curiae in the matter by the NGT bench said.Home of the Royal Bengal Tiger, apart from a large number of other wildlife including alligators, dolphins, deer, wild boars, etc, the Sundarbans on the Ganga delta is already facing a threat to its ecological balance owing to deforestation and increasing human habitats and population.Air and sound pollution are also on the rise in the Sundarban National Park and Tiger Reserve and its fringe areas owing to modern facilities being extended to these areas, which are not so remote now as compared to a decade ago, with better road communication and other modern facilities being available. “The NGT has also directed the Pollution Control Board (PCB) to visit all 174 hotels, resorts, lodges and homestays operating in the Sundarbans area and review their pollution control systems and whether these are conforming to rules and guidelines,” Dutta said.The state PCB officials would check the year of establishment of these places, whether these have consent to establish and consent to operate by the PCB as also the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) permission, he said.

Panchayat bypolls in eight Tripura districts on Dec 21

Wed, 23 Nov 2016-02:51pm , Agartala , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>By-poll for one seat of Zilla Parishad, two Panchayat Samities and 44 Gram Panchayats in eight districts of Tripura would be held on December 21, official sources said.State Election Commissioner, G Kameswar Rao said official notification for the by-polls would be issued tomorrow and the entire process of the by-polls would be completed by December 26. As the by-polls would be held in 25 blocks across eight districts of the state the Block Development Officers (BDO) would be appointed as Returning officers for the Gram Panchayats and Panchayat Samities.Election for only one Zilla Parishad in Unakoti district would be held and in that case the District Magistrate of Unakoti District would act as Returning officer , Rao told reporters last night.He said altogether 28,692 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the by-polls.

Jammu & Kashmir unrest: ‘PM Modi ready to talk to anyone to pacify situation’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shafiq Mir, the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference, on Sunday expressed satisfaction with the assurance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to normalise the situation in the state where more than 90 people have been killed and thousands wounded in clashes between the protestors and security forces post the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.Mir, who was part of the 30-member delegation of an apex body representing 4,000 village panchayats of the state, said the Prime Minister promised them to take all steps to pacify the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.”We discussed a lot of issues related to Jammu and Kashmir in particular we focused on the present situation of the state. So far as the four month-long unrest is concerned, we discussed the issue of schools being targeted in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We also discussed the anger amongst the young generation in the state. We are very much satisfied that the Prime Minister heard us patiently and assured us to take apt steps on the issues discussed with him,” he said.”Speaking about the schools being torched and the students suffering in the area, the Prime Minister assured that doors of schools of the entire nation are open for them. The Prime Minister also said that he is ready to talk with anybody and that he is open to criticism as well,” he added.Prime Minister Modi on Saturday said that development and trust would be cornerstones of his government initiatives to pull Jammu and Kashmir out of the prolonged unrest.The Prime Minister assured the delegation that growth and development of the state was high on agenda.According to reports, another school building yesterday was gutted on the 120th day of unrest in a fire in Bandipora district of Kashmir, taking the number of schools damaged during the ongoing unrest in the Valley to 32.The Jammu and Kashmir High Court last week took suo moto cognisance of the incidents and directed the state government to ensure that the schools are protected.Expressing concern over the burning down of schools in the Kashmir Valley, the National Panthers Party (NPP) has called for the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state, claiming that an atmosphere of complete chaos exists and needs to be quelled.

Haryana: INLD to observe ‘black Diwali’ against ‘anti-people’ policies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana’s main Opposition party INLD said on Wednesday it will observe ‘Black Diwali’ to protest against the state government’s “anti-people” policies and “cheating of farmers by denying them MSP”.”All sections of the society, be it farmers, traders, employees or the youth, are fed up with anti-people policies of the Khattar government. Therefore, the INLD has decided it observe black Diwali this year,” said senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala at a press conference in Chandigarh.The Leader of Opposition said his party will boycott the state’s golden jubilee celebrations on November 1, if the government fails to fulfil its promises. “If they are really concerned about the welfare of people, then they should immediately increase old-age pension to Rs 2000 and give unemployment allowance to the youth.”They should ensure adequate crop prices as per the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations and employees should be given pay scales at par with Punjab,” he said, adding if they cannot take these steps, “we will boycott the celebrations”.He alleged the BJP government has failed to come out with a roadmap for the year-long celebrations from November 1 to October 31, 2017 to mark Haryana’s 50-years of statehood. “They are wasting nearly Rs 1,700 crore of public money (on the celebrations) to glorify their own and the party’s image. They want to implement the RSS’ agenda,” Chautala alleged, adding the INLD could call ‘Haryana bandh’ anytime after November 15.Chautala alleged as paddy arrivals at different ‘mandis’ (grain markets) in Haryana was picking up, farmers were facing tough times because they were not getting full minimum support price (MSP) for their crops. “Farmers have told us they are being denied MSP on the pretext of high moisture content in their crops,” he said.”Farmers are being paid at least Rs 200-300 per quintal lesser than the MSP. The Centre has fixed MSP Rs 1,470 per quintal for common variety paddy and Rs 1,510 per quintal for Grade ‘A’ paddy,” he claimed. Demanding an inquiry Chautala said, “Millers have deployed their men to check moisture content in crops. They show the moisture content beyond the permissible limit of 17% and then impose arbitrary cuts on MSP.” Chautala claimed as against Rs 1,330 per quintal MSP for bajra crop farmers were getting only Rs 1,220.He also alleged that Khattar government was preparing to handover Panchayat land to big industrialists. “In another ‘Tughlaki farman’ (order), the government has told Panchayats with revenue more than a crore that funds cannot be disbursed by the ‘sarpanches’ and it will be done by an executive engineer,” he claimed.

2008 Malegaon blast: Congress demands immediate removal of NIA chief

Congress on Wednesday demanded immediate removal of NIA chief in the wake of an order of a special court in the Malegaon Blast case, alleging that it showed how the probe agency is being used to exonerate BJP and RSS sympathisers.”The latest pronouncement by the Court on the Malegaon blast case has again highlighted how NIA is being used to exonerate BJP/RSS sympathisers”, party spokesperson Shobha Oza told reporters underlining that the Court has observed that prima facie, Sadhvi Pragya remains an accused in the case.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Insisting that doubts are being raised on the functioning of the NIA, she said that it is a cause for concern for the country.Demanding reinstatement of special prosecutor Rohini Salian who had accused the NIA of telling her to go soft on the BJP/RSS sympathisers, she claimed that the way the NIA is working to “weaken the case is worrisome”. She also accused the government of “tampering” with the chargesheet framed by the ATS in the Malegaon case.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh should explain to the country who in their Government is the ‘manipulative hand’ in this case and carrying out the miscarriage of justice, she said.On the Ishrat Jahan case, she wanted the government to release the B K Prasad committee report and refrain from resorting allegations against the opposition. On BJP Chief Amit Shah’s statement that a “large section” believes that Jan Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee’s death was in fact “murder” , Oza asked whether any of their organization members had raised the question then.”Now the year 2016 is going on. Where was Atal Ji’s Government? Why did they not raise this question then and get the investigation done. It is their Government in both Centre and J&K now. They should answer rather than raising questions, even on Deen Dayal Upadhyay”.Party General Secretary C P Joshi attacked the government for providing a “meagre” outlay of Rs 94 crore for the Panchayat Raj Ministry despite the fact that it looked after the third tier of government.

Modi govt to showcase West Bengal as model for success in MGNREGA project

With the successful implementation of the MGNREGA project in West Bengal, the Modi government is keen on showcasing the state as a model state, according to the state’s Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee.”The centre is happy with the performance in implementing MGNREGA project in West Bengal. It wants to showcase Bengal as a model state,” Mukherjee told reporters here after his meeting with a visiting central delegation.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He claimed to have been able to provide benefits to the people and in turn helping expedite progress in the rural belt.Emerging from a meeting with the central delegation, Mukherjee said that representatives of eight states would visit Bengal next November to have a first-hand experience of the successful MGNREGA project.The minister said that Aadhaar card should not pose any threat to the villagers in getting jobs under the MGNREGA project.State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier said that she would write to the centre asking it not to make Aadhaar cards mandatory for those working under the MNREGA scheme.The state government was opposed to making Aadhaar a must for labourers as it was estimated that only about 70% of them possessed Aadhaar cards.The Chief Minister would soon write to the central government requesting it not to make Aadhaar card compulsory till its registration was 100 per cent complete, officials in the state secretariat said.

West Bengal: Class IX girl protests harassment, thrashed with rods

A Class IX girl and her mother were severely beaten up along with a local Gram Panchayat member when they protested the harassment of the girl by a local youth at Manikchak in Malda district on Thursday.A senior police officer said the family members of the youth Noor Ali (20) thrashed the girl and her mother with rods and stick when they went to Ali’s residence to complain against continued harassment and stalking of the girl allegedly by the youth at public places in the past one year.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the local Gram Panchayat member Ayush Karani intervened and tried to stop the attackers, he too was beaten up allegedly by Ali’s family members including women, the officer said.All the three were taken to Kaliachak Gramin Hospital, the officer said.The accused youth and the family members were absconding.

Student lynched in West Bengal: Arrested TMC leader Tapas Mallick says not involved in incident

Trinamool Congress leader Tapas Mallick, prime accused in the murder of an ITI-student in Diamond Harbour of South 24 Parganas district, on Sunday claimed that he has been “framed” and had no role in the incident.”I have no clue about the incident… I know nothing about it… I have been framed,” Mallick said before he was taken inside CID headquarters Bhawani Bhawan here for questioning.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mallick along with six other accused were brought to the CID headquarters in connection with the lynching of the ITI student on suspicion of being a cattle lifter.Mallick, TMC Upa-Panchayat Pradhan, was arrested from near Duttapukur in neighbouring North 24 Parganas district on Thursday night and remanded to 13 days’ police custody. Nine others were also been named in the FIR by the youth’s family.According to CID officials, Mallick was grilled for over an hour. At one point of time, he was grilled along with the other accused.”We are trying to reconstruct what exactly happened on May 9. We have to get the entire picture of the incident,” a senior officer of the CID told PTI on condition of anonymity.Meanwhile, the victim’s family feared “partiality” by the CID and demanded CBI probe.”We are still not sure whether we will get justice or not… There are accused persons who are still roaming. We cannot rely on the CID. We want CBI to probe into the case,” victim’s father Kartik Purkait said.Kaushik, who had gone to visit his aunt in the area, was roaming around when he was severely beaten up by a mob on suspicion that he stole a buffalo. He died hours later at S S K M Hospital in Kolkata. The incident triggered public outrage in the area with a mob vandalising houses of the accused when the youth’s body was taken to the house of his aunt in a procession on Wednesday.

TMC leader Tapas Mallick arrested for allegedly lynching ITI student in West Bengal

Diamond Harbour (WB): Local Trinamool Congress leader Tapas Mallick, one of the 10 persons named in the lynching of an ITI student in Diamond Harbour of South 24 Parganas district, has been arrested, police said on Friday.

Tapas, the TMC Upa-Panchayat Pradhan of the area, was absconding ever since his name surfaced in the FIR lodged by the family of Kaushik Purkait who was beaten to death on Monday night.

He was arrested from near Duttapukur in neighbouring North 24 Parganas district late Thursday night, a senior police officer said.

He was accompanied by a youth named Biltu from the car in which they were travelling, the officer said. The youth has been detained.

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Four others had earlier been arrested in connection with the murder of the youth, who was mercilessly beaten up on suspicion of being involved in theft of cattle from the area, the officer said.

Koushik, who came to visit his aunt in the area, was roaming around when he was confronted by members of a local club and forcibly taken to a room on Monday night.

He was later rescued by his relatives who rushed to the spot on hearing about the incident and took him to Diamond Harbour Hospital. He died hours later at SSKM Hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday.

The incident triggered a public outrage in the area with a mob vandalising houses of the accused when the youth’s body was taken to the house of his aunt in a procession on Wednesday.

Opposition CPM, Congress and BJP visited the family of the deceased and demanded punishment for those involved and immediate arrest of Tapas, alleging that he was deliberately not being arrested by the police despite playing a key role in the confinement and lynching of the youth.

While the four other arrested have already been remanded to 13-days’ police custody by SDJM court,

Diamond Harbour on Wednesday, Tapas would be produced in the same court later in the day.
Nine others were also been named in the FIR by the youth’s family.

West Bengal: Irate mob lynches student to death over suspicion of stealing cattle

An irate mob in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district on Tuesday killed one student, suspecting him to be a cattle thief. The Barasat ITI student, Kaushik Purkait was allegedly lynched by the mob when he was roaming around the cattle on Monday night, when locals suddenly surrounded him and held him hostage. Purkait was a resident from South 24 parganas dictrict’s Diamond Harbour area. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Purkait’s family members claim that a Trinamool Congress Panchayat Samity member, Tapas Mullick asked for Rs.1,50,000 for his release. They also claim that Mullick had made Purkait sign a bond of Rs.60,000 for his release. When he refused, he ordered the mob to attack him.When the student’s parents got information of their son being attacked and abandoned, they took him to a state-run hospital in Kolkata. However, he succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. Meanwhile, the parents have registered a complaint with the Diamond Harbour police station and demanded immediate action against the accused. District police have also begun an investigation into the case. On the other hand, Mullick has been absconding after the incident.

11-year-old Hindu boy raped and murdered in Pakistan

A 11-year-old Pakistani Hindu boy has been allegedly raped and murdered in Sindh province, triggering protests by people demanding a probe into the recent incident.The son of a Hindu doctor was found dead in a swimming pool inside a Hyderabad Club on April 13. The family members of the boy claim that he was deliberately thrown into the pool to cover up sexual abuse and murder.Chetan Kumar, the father of the victim, said that the boy went missing for more than an hour despite tight security inside the club. His son’s body was later found ‘bearing torture marks on his face’ floating in the four-foot-deep swimming pool in the club.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kumar said that despite repeated requests, the club’s administration was not providing him access to the CCTV footage from the day of the incident.Protesters have demanded the Sindh government to order a probe into the alleged murder of the boy, Dawn reported.Former Member of National Assembly Kiswan Chand Parwani, former Member Provincial Assembly Lachhman Karmani and others contended that the young boy did not drown but was raped and then hrown into the pool.Hindu Panchayat activist Karmani alleged that boy was killed after being raped.

Security beefed up for 3rd phase of Bihar panchayat polls

State Election Commission has made adequate security arrangements for the third phase of panchayat polls in Bihar.Voting will begin at 7 AM in 62 blocks of 38 districts at 13,307 polling stations where 65,95,475 voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in the third round of polling, State Election Commission’s (SEC) Secretary Durgesh Nandan said. “All the polling stations would be manned by armed forces in tomorrow’s (May 2) polling. Besides, 3,997 patrolling magistrates have been assigned for the purpose,” the SEC Secretary said, adding that observers have been appointed in the blocks going to polls in the third phase.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To ensure free, fair and peaceful polling, the SEC has further appointed ‘observers’ in all the 62 blocks which will go to polls tomorrow. In tomorrow’s polling, votes would be cast to elect 129 members of Zila Parishad, 1,284 members of panchayat samities, Mukhiya and Sarpanch in 941 gram panchayats, 12,863 members of Gram Panchayat and 12,863 members of ‘Gram Kutchery’.Polling would be held from 7 AM to 5 PM except in Maoist-affected areas where voting would come to end at 3 or 4 PM, he said. The 10 phase three-tier panchayat polls are being held to elect a total of 1,161 members of Zila Parishad, 11,496 members of Panchayat Samities, Mukhiya and Sarpanch in 8,392 gram panchayats, 1,14,733 each members in Gram Panchayat and Gram Kutchery in the state.The remaining eight phases would be held on May 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26 and 30.

West Bengal elections 2016: TMC accuses central forces of unleashing a reign of terror

Accusing Central Paramilitary forces of “misbehaving and unleashing a reign of terror” during the fifth and penultimate phase of West Bengal assembly election, the Trinamool Congress on Saturday claimed that irrespective of it the party has already reached comfortable majority to form the next government.”The Central paramilitary forces has unleashed a reign of terror. They have locked up clubs in various constituencies. The way they have been unleashing terror it seemed that they have been working under the instruction of someone else. They even misbehaved with voters,” TMC vice-president Mukul Roy told reporters.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Roy, however, exuded confidence and claimed that TMC had already crossed the majority mark after the fourth phase of polls and will get a “comfortable majority” after fifth phase of polls.”As we had said that we had already got the majority after the fourth phase of polls. But in spite of so much of terror we have achieved a comfortable majority after this phase,” Roy said.Earlier in the day senior Trinamool Congress ministers accused Central paramilitary forces of misbehaving with voters “in the name of maintaining law and order”.”The Central paramilitary forces in the name of maintaining law and order are misbehaving with voters and the common people. They are frisking people without any reason, beating voters. We condemn this. But irrespective of such intimidation, we will win the polls,” senior TMC leader and state Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee said.”The paramilitary forces have a language barrier. But local police is there to help them overcome that. We are 100 per cent sure about winning the polls after the results are announced,” senior TMC leader and state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said after casting his vote in Behala West Constituency.West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had during her election campaign few days back lashed out at Central forces for imposing “curfew” in areas where polls are on.A heavy voter turnout of 78.25 per cent was registered till 5 PM today in the fifth and penultimate phase of Assembly polls in West Bengal, which saw sporadic incidents of violence that left at least 15 injured.

Samajwadi Party MLA and supporters protests after his ‘illegal’ building is demolished, detained

A team of Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) on Thursday demolished part of an “illegal” building of an MLA of the ruling Samajwadi Party, situated close to the chief minister’s residence, triggering protests from him and his supporters.As soon as the news reached MLA Rampal Yadav, he along with his supporters reached the spot and protested the move leading to a clash among between them and the police. The police had to later resort to lathicharge to disperse the crowd. The MLA and a number of his supporters were detained and taken to police lines.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”They have been detained and we are taking them to police lines. One of the supporters had taken out a revolver during the protests,” SSP, Rajesh Kumar Pandey said.The LDA team had reached the site in Jiamau locality to demolish the MLA’s complex, constructed “flouting” the LDA norms, this afternoon and bulldozed a part of it in the presence of heavy police force and district administration officials.The complex is “illegal” and action at our end is likely to continue till early morning as work on removing the structure, used for installing advertisements atop the building, was on till late in the night, an LDA official said.Meanwhile, part of a hotel, owned by the same MLA in Sitapur was also “demolished” there as its was “against norms”, officials said.Rampal, the legislator from Biswan seat of Sitapur, was suspended from the party during Panchayat polls after he fielded his son Jitendra for the post of district panchayat chairman against his party’s official candidate. Jitendra won the election. However, after elections, his suspension was revoked.

PM Modi lauds Jharkhand for ‘single window system’ for farmers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lauded the BJP-led state government for bringing in ‘single window system’ for farmers of Jharkhand.”Single Window System is there in big cities. Every government talks about single system for industrialists. But the Raghubar Das government is bringing the system for farmers. I congratulate the Jharkhand government and (the Chief Minister) Raghubar Das,” Modi said in Jamshedpur.He was addressing Panchayat Sammelan in Jamshedpur.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A file photo of Narendra Modi. Getty images

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From invoking Indira to mocking Mani Shankar Aiyar: Highlights of PM Modi’s blistering attack on Congress

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made a fresh pitch for passage of GST and other legislations in the Rajya Sabha considering the “conducive atmosphere” that has been prevailing in Parliament this session with cooperation from the opposition.Like in the Lok Sabha last week, he was both conciliatory and mocking towards the opposition, particularly Congress, during his hour long reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Upper House. Referring to some 300 amendments that have been tabled to the motion of thanks, Modi appealed to the parties to withdraw them and passed the motion unanimously to ensure dignity of the President’s office and in keeping with the high traditions of the House.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Watch the full speechHowever, despite his appeal, the government suffered an embarrassment when the House adopted the Motion of Thanks to President’s Address with an amendment moved by Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad in a division in which 94 voted for the amendment and 61 against. The amendment regretted that the address did not commit support to rights of all citizens to contest Panchayat elections in the backdrop of law in Rajasthan and Haryana where matriculation has been fixed as the criteria for contesting the polls.Invoking NehruDuring his speech, Modi invoked late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s words to say that Rajya Sabha is a chamber of ideas and there was need for coordination between it and the Lok Sabha because both of them are part of a structure. “I hope we give importance to Pandit Nehru’s thinking and I hope all pending bills are passed in this session,” he said amid thumping of desks by the treasury benches. The government has been having difficulties in getting through with its legislations, especially the crucial Goods and Services Tax bill, because of the lack of majority in the Upper House. Adopting a conciliatory approach, the Prime Minister referred to the President’s address in which the President appealed to the members to ensure smooth functioning of the Parliament and not allow disruption. “We have been running Parliament this session smoothly for this I would thank the opposition for carrying forward President’s message. The impact of the President’s message is a matter of pride for us,” he said.Pointing to the smooth functioning of the Houses this session, Modi said the Lok Sabha sat till mid night yesterday and the Rajya Sabha had a late sitting a couple of days ago. “Even after the late sittings, the members were enthusiastic and excited. Because, after a long time, they got an opportunity to express themselves in Parliament and to put through their views across. “The Question Hour is a good opportunity for members to keep the government, ministers and the executive on a tight leash and ensure accountability which is greatest strength of democracy,” he said.Modi said in the past session, out of 169 starred questions, only seven were taken up while 42 hours were wasted because of disruptions. In the session before that, only six questions were taken up and 72 hours were lost in disruptions. “Now, ministers and officials are forced to make preparations for replying in Parliament. This is the strength of democracy. No words are enough to thank…,” he said.The Prime Minister told the Congress that it was in power for long and that the NDA has got the opportunity now. “Development in fits and starts is not enough. Such an approach will leave us far behind. We need to move from incremental to quantum jump,” he said.Mocking Congress The Prime Minister mocked the Congress for claiming ownership to the programmes of his dispensation. In his reply, Modi pressed the need for cooperation between Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, considering the fact that many of the bills passed by the Lower House have got stuck in the Upper House.”This is the Upper House. When great people move, others follow them… Whatever happens in this House (Rajya Sabha), its impact is felt on Lok Sabha, Assemblies and Municipal Corporations. So we should think how to create an atmosphere by which democracy can be strengthened,” he said.Modi mentioned GST and said there are many bills like this which are pending in the Rajya Sabha. “The Peoples’ Representatives (Lok Sabha) have endorsed (bills) but Representatives of the States (Rajya Sabha) have not,” Modi said. He then invoked first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to pitch for coordination between the two Houses. “If there is no coordination and cooperation, then difficulties will increase. Nehruji had this concern…. Hope we pay attention to Nehruji’s concerns and clear all pending bills. There is a good atmosphere…By passage of the bills, the country will get momentum.”Modi said the opposition was welcome in criticising and finding faults, if any, in the implementation of initiatives taken by his government as he listed a number of programmes, including for farmers, youth and other sections of the society.At the same time, he targeted Congress for claiming ownership to the schemes of his government by quoting Indira Gandhi as saying “There are two kinds of people in the world — one who works and another who takes credit for it…You try to belong to the first category because there is little competition in it. This has been said by Indiraji.” The Prime Minister told Congress benches that they had got a chance for long to enjoy power and it was now BJP-led coalition’s turn to work for the country.While noting that all governments have made some contribution, the Prime Minister said, “if we work with the attitude of ‘hota hai, chalta hai’, it will take a long time for the development of a big country like India. We need to apply full force.”‘Political colour to Panchayat amendment’The Prime Minister, in his speech, referred to the qualification criteria fixed in BJP-ruled Rajasthan and Haryana for those contesting Panchayat polls and said it has been approved by the Supreme Court but attempts are being made to give it a “political colour”. “There can be difference of opinion…Some say what about those who remained illiterate,” he said, and went on to target Congress, saying the reason for ‘illiteracy’ was the policies followed by its government after Independence.Mani Shankar Aiyar and Ghulam Nabi Azad targeted “We want to bring any qualitative change but it is being politicised,” Modi said, daring Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad to give 33 per cent tickets to totally illiterate people to contest the upcoming Assembly elections in the five states to demonstrate Congress’ commitment in this regard. Congress member Mani Shankar Aiyar intercepted to say that the Prime Minister has no idea how much illiteracy has increased since Independence and he is insulting the nation by his remarks.Modi, however, was sarcastically dismissive of his comments, terming these as ‘bhule bisre geet’ (old songs) sung by someone whose membership is coming to an end. While targeting Congress, Modi likened it to ‘death’, saying the party never gets any blame. “Death has a blessing. It never gets blamed for anything. If somebody dies, the blame goes to reasons like cancer, age.. Death itself is never blamed or defamed.”Sometimes I feel that Congress has this blessing. If we criticise Congress, the media terms it as ‘attack on opposition’ but not an attack on Congress. However, if we attack (JD-U leader) Sharad ji (Yadav) or BSP, then it said it is an attack on JD-U or BSP. “Congress never gets the blame….It needs to be pondered upon as this is in itself a big science,” he said.Taking a dig at Azad for referring to alleged fault lines in Jan Dhan Yojana, Modi said that he was trying to find fault with a microscope. “I thank Ghulam Nabi Azad ji. This is what opposition should do. He got the recording done of what is lacking in Jandhan in Bhopal. Whatever the facts be, I appreciate the effort. It shows the Opposition is vigilant.”Had you worked so hard while in in government, there would have been no need for Modi to do Jandhan. You went out with a microscope to see where we were lacking. Had you earlier worked with binoculars, this work would not have been left for Modi,” he said sarcastically. Contending that his government’s focus is on good governance and transparency, the Prime Minister referred to the scams like 2G and Spectrum during the UPA regime.”What was the climate before our government came? All round corruption and nepotism had gripped the country. Right or wrong, the trust had gone down. The country’s image had taken a beating abroad as well,” he said claiming that his government was a policy driven one.Government’s initiatives listed Listing the initiatives of the government on allocation of mines, spectrum and FM bandwidth, Modi also referred to a write up in Forbes magazine, which lauded the way natural resources are being auctioned in India. “This is the way matters should be handled,” the Prime Minister said quoting from the magazine as he reminded Congress of the controversies surrounding the allocation of coal mines during the UPA.The Prime Minister said coal allocation has fetched over Rs 3 lakh crore, spectrum allocation around Rs 1 lakh crore while the auction on going for six other minerals could fetch Rs 18000 crore. Modi also said that over 300 projects worth Rs 15 lakh crore that were pending at various levels have been cleared by his government.The Prime Minister, who has often been criticised by the Opposition for “centralising” all powers in his hands, spoke at length on how his government decentralised powers. “The third big aspect of good governance is decentralisation. It is such a big country that you can not run through centralisation. The more you decentralise the better it will work,” Modi said amid counter slogans from the Opposition benches, which shouted “one-man show”.The Prime Minister also made a veiled reference to alleged corruption in environmental clearances when Jayanthi Natarajan was Environment Minister in UPA without naming her. “Government has taken many steps towards decentralisation,” he said disapproving of the tendency to concentrate all powers in Delhi. “We all know what all was talked about then. Everyone knows that,” he said adding that his government also increased the rights of states in granting permissions for sand mining. Digvijay Singh (Congress), however, countered it saying sand mining has been a state subject.

Congress flexes muscles on making education compulsory for contesting panchayat election

For the second consecutive year, the Opposition once again flexed its majority in the Rajya Sabha to snub the government, by forcing an amendment to the motion of thanks to President for his February 23 address to the joint session of Parliament. Earlier the main Opposition Congress had drafted an amendment related to intolerance, JNU issue and suicide of Dalit student Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad Central University to embarrass the government.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>But taking the government and even other Opposition parties by surprise, leader of Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad brought amendment against making educational qualification mandatory in the Panchayat elections in the BJP-ruled Haryana and Rajasthan. The amendment was voted by 94 votes and 61 against. The party leaders later said, they will raise the issue all over country, as it amounted disqualifying a large number of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Minority population along with other poorer sections from contesting local body elections.”This is a design, where Haryana and Rajasthan have been made testing ground to implement in countrywide, to disenfranchise backward and poorer communities,” party spokesperson Jairam Ramesh told dna. His senior colleague Azad said the party decided to use the larger issue, instead of intolerance, JNU and Hyderabad University issue, as they had been already discussed in the House and were confined.Insiders said over past six months party was debating to raise the issue, countrywide to point out anti-Dalit and anti-poor attitude of government. But there was no consensus at the party forum, till on Tuesday, party president Sonia Gandhi raised it during her speech in Lok Sabha on eve of International Women’s Day. She said as the country celebrates the 125th birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar, on the other hand in some states, the right to contest elections at the local level has been significantly curtailed on educational grounds. “For no fault of theirs, a very large number of rural women, belonging to the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, are being denied their basic Constitutional right. This compels our urgent legislative attention,” she said.The motion adopted by the House after an hour-long reply by Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the President did not mention the government’s failure to protect fundamental rights of women, Dalits and tribals to contest the Panchayat elections just because they were not educated. Surprisingly, the BSP and TMC didn’t participate in the voting, as they walked out soon after PM’s speech.

Rajya Sabha adopts Motion of Thanks to President’s address but with an amendment

The Opposition on Wednesday embarrassed the Centre in Rajya Sabha by adopting an amendment to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address.Congress’ leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad had moved an amendment against making educational qualification mandatory for contesting panchayat elections, hoping opposition members will rally together as the change hits grassroots level politics. “Making educational qualification mandatory for contesting panchayat elections impacted the Dalit men and women.. it also impacted the minorities and the backwards as well. This amendment by the BJP has inhibited the backwards to contest the elections of Sarpanch and Panchayat. Many of the seats of the Panchayats in Rajasthan and Haryana were lying vacant due to this archaic law,” Azad told the media here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”That is why I had moved a resolution on behalf of the party because we feel that there should have been a paragraph and the Centre has failed to fulfill the aspirations of people of this country,” he added. The law in some BJP-ruled states like Haryana and Rajasthan makes minimum educational qualification necessary to contest local elections.The ‘minimum’ education required for eligibility to contest in a panchayat election is completion of matriculation in case of general candidates; completion of Class 8 for a woman candidate or a candidate belonging to Scheduled Caste; and completion of Class 5 pass for a Scheduled Caste woman candidate contesting for the post of ‘Panch’.

Watch: Full speech of PM Modi’s reply on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in the Rajya Sabha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made a fresh pitch for passage of GST and other legislations in the Rajya Sabha considering the “conducive atmosphere” that has been prevailing in Parliament this session with cooperation from the opposition.Like in the Lok Sabha last week, he was both conciliatory and mocking towards the opposition, particularly Congress, during his hour long reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Upper House.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Referring to some 300 amendments that have been tabled to the motion of thanks, Modi appealed to the parties to withdraw them and passed the motion unanimously to ensure dignity of the President’s office and in keeping with the high traditions of the House.Also Read: Modi appeals for passage of pending bills; says Cong is like death, never gets blamed for anythingHowever, despite his appeal, the government suffered an embarrassment when the House adopted the Motion of Thanks to President’s Address with an amendment moved by Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad in a division in which 94 voted for the amendment and 61 against.The amendment regretted that the address did not commit support to rights of all citizens to contest Panchayat elections in the backdrop of law in Rajasthan and Haryana where matriculation has been fixed as the criteria for contesting the polls.With PTI inputs

West Bengal: Man threatens to ‘eliminate’ minister Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury, arrested

One person was arrested for allegedly threatening to eliminate state minister Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury for being ‘responsible’ for the killing of two teenagers in December and for sending a Trinamool Congress leader in jail in Malda district, police said.Chowdhury, the minister for food processing and horticulture, lodged a complaint with the police that someone called him up at about 8 am and threatened him with “dire consequences”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When asked about his fault, the caller told Chowdhury that the minister was responsible for the loss of lives of two teenage boys of Kulipara locality of Englishbazar area in the district in December and subsequent jailing of local Trinamool Congress leader Pabitra Roy, police said.Roy, Sabhapati of English Bazar Panchayat Samiti, was arrested for allegedly firing from his vehicle on December 27 in Malda, which killed two teenagers, they said.The two were shot dead when some persons, fleeing in a car after fatally hitting a cyclist, allegedly fired on a mob chasing them at Kulipara in Malda district. Roy, who was using the vehicle, was arrested and is now in judicial custody.Following the FIR of the minister, the police arrested the caller, identified as Naresh Chowdhury, from his residence at Kulipara.

Telangana may invite Dalai Lama to inaugurate ‘Buddha Vanam’ project

The Telangana government is planning to invite spiritual leader Dalai Lama for the inauguration of ‘Buddha Vanam’ (Buddha garden) project in the city.Telangana IT and Panchayat Raj Minister KT Rama Rao said this during a meeting with an official of Dalai Lama Centre for Ethics and Transformative values from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (MIT), a state government release said.A new facility of the Dalai Lama Centre is proposed to be set up in Hyderabad, the release said.

Karnataka panchayat polls: Congress, BJP try to woo JD(S), independents

Efforts are on by Congress and BJP to woo JD(S) and independents to stake claim to panchayats that got a hung verdict on Tuesday. Out of 30 zilla panchayats, Congress has clear win in 10, BJP in 7 and JD(S) in 2, while 11 panchayats have got a hung verdict. The 11 zilla panchayts are Yadgir, Raichur, Belagavi, Tumkuru, Kolar, Bengaluru Urban, Mysuru, Shivammogga, Vijayapura, Bagalkote and Dharwad. At least in seven of these eleven seats, JD(S) will play a decisive role.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ruling Congress had yesterday edged ahead of BJP in the Taluk and Zilla Panchayat elections, polls for which were held in two phases. Former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar said Congress is the direct opponent to BJP at all levels. He said “other than Congress we are ready to join hands with independents, even JD(S). I think our local level leaders will take appropriate decision.”
ALSO READ Karnataka Panchayat polls: Congress edges ahead of BJP in Taluk and Zilla Panchayat electionsStating that the poll results were not on expected lines, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had yesterday said that “we are open to working with secular parties, but a decision will be taken after consulting with local leaders.” Expressing similar opinion, state Congress chief G Parameshwara has said whereever there is such situation we will look for options.”Principally, we will decide on whether to join hands and will leave it to our local leaders to take decision looking at local situation,” he said. Parties are also exploring for options in Taluk Panchayats where about 43 panchayats have got hung verdict.Congress had joined hands with JD(S) for the Mayoral elections at Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the city civic body, to keep the single largest party BJP out of power in September last year.

It was Tagore who gave ‘Mahatma’ title to Gandhi: Gujarat High Court

Seeking to end the confusion caused by the answer key of job exam held by a Rajkot local body, the Gujarat High Court on Friday declared that it was poet Rabindranath Tagore who first used the title `Mahatma’ for Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.Justice JB Pardiwala, while disposing of a petition, noted that all school textbooks give the credit for the Mahatma title of Gandhi to Tagore. Sandhya Maru, a candidate, had moved the HC challenging the answer key of the examination conducted by Rajkot District Panchayat Sikshan Samiti for the post of panchayat talati.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maru said that due to ambiguity about who called Gandhi a Mahatma first, she lost marks as the examination had negative marking system. As per the key released by the Samiti, the answer to the question was an “unknown journalist”.Maru had also challenged the answers to two other questions: which is the longest river of India and which article comes before the word `Mt Everest’. As per the key, answers are Brahmaputra and `a’. The court made it clear that longest river of India is Ganga while the word Mt Everest will not have any article (a, an or the) before it. The court directed the Samiti to make changes in the result of the petitioner by adding appropriate marks.

Mamata Banerjee decides to allow 30 days child care leave to male govt employees

In a major policy decision, West Bengal Government has decided to allow paternity-cum-child care leave of 30 days for its male employees which can be availed either during child birth or until their children turn 18.Announcing this at the State Secretariat Nabanna, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the decision was taken at a cabinet meeting to enable male employees to discharge their parental responsibilities. The state government had earlier allowed maternity leave for 180 days and child care leave for 730 days to female employees of the state government and Panchayat Raj, besides other local bodies, boards, corporations, undertakings, companies, state aided universities, sponsored and non-government aided schools and colleges, Banerjee said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The scheme would be implemented with immediate effect, she added.

Gujarat: Legal tussle over who gave the title ‘Mahatma’ to MK Gandhi

History books say that the title of Mahatma was bestowed on Gandhi by Rabindranath Tagore, but the Gujarat government thinks otherwise, insisting that an “unknown journalist” from Saurashtra actually gave the title. The matter has now landed before the Gujarat High Court.Rajkot District Panchayat Sikshan Samiti, which conducted an exam for the post of Talathi in the Revenue department, has cited the work of Narayan Desai, son of Gandhi’s secretary Mahadev Desai, to claim that the title was given to Gandhi by the anonymous scribe from Jetpur town.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sandhya Maru, one of the candidates who appeared for the exam, has challenged this “right answer key” besides two other answer keys which were part of the question paper before the high court as the exam had negative marking system for wrong answers. The exam was conducted in six other districts as well.”In the provisional answer key, the answer to the question on ‘who first named Gandhi as Mahatma’ was Tagore, but in the final answer key the answer got changed to ‘unknown journalist’,” the petition stated.Hemant Munshaw, the lawyer representing the Rajkot District Panchayat Sikshan Samiti, told the court that papers for the exam were set by an outside agency based on the autobiography of Narayan Desai and not by officials of the district panchayat.”Narayan Desai, who had spent around 20 years of his early life with Mahatma Gandhi, had said in his autobiography that he (Gandhi) was first called ‘Mahatma’ by a journalist from Jetpur town in Saurashtra when he was in South Africa in 1916 and after that Tagore called him ‘Mahatma’ (sic),” Munshaw told the court.During the hearing of the petition last Thursday, Justice J B Pardiwala asked the government to conduct such exams with care and dedication, and posted the next hearing for February 26.In her petition, Maru also challenged the answer key to the question: “Which is the longest river in India?… ‘The answer got changed from the Ganges to Brahmaputra. Though Brahmaputra is the longest river, it is spread in three countries, while Ganga is the longest (river) in India.” She also contested the correct usage of article in the answer key to the question “which article comes before Mt Everest.””The correct answer ‘the’ was changed to ‘a’ (in the answer key),” the petition contended.

Thousands bid emotional farewell to Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad

The body of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad was laid to rest with full state honours, after thousands of people bid an emotional farewell to the Siachen braveheart at his native village of Betadur in Dharwad district of north Karnataka on Friday.Full throated chants of “Hanumanthappa amar rahe” and patriotic slogans rent the air as the mortal remains of Hanumanthappa was buried at a land adjacent to the Gram Panchayat office, with thousands of people from the village and nearby areas cutting across age, in attendance. The last rites were performed according to Lingayat community rituals.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The scene of Hanumanthappa’s wife, mother and two-year-old daughter paying their last respects at the High School ground in Betadur touched the chord of hundreds of people, who had gathered there, leaving many teary-eyed.
ALSO READ Siachen Braveheart: 5 caricatures paying tribute to Lance Naik Hanamanthappa KoppadAn air of melancholy hung in the air as the family of Hanumanthappa was inconsolable, and at one point of time, his wife Mahadevi even fainted and was consoled by members of the family, the military and police.The village was in sorrow ever since Thursday as hope and prayers gave way to gloom with the death of Hanumanthappa, a resident of Betadur who had joined the army 13 years ago, chasing his dream even after being rejected earlier at some army recruitment rallies.Earlier, Hanumanthappa’s body that was kept at KIMS Hospital in Hubballi last night was shifted to Nehru Ground in the city, where hundreds of people arrived in an unending stream and paid their homage.Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Union Minister Ananth Kumar, Home Minister G Parameshwara, several state ministers and leaders of political parties paid their last respects.The body was brought to Betadur village in Kundagol taluk of Dharwad district in a procession in its final journey. Siddaramaiah visited Betadur to meet Hanumanthappa’s family members and consoled them.The body of 33-year-old Hanumanthappa,who epitomised grit and determination having survived miraculously under 30 feet of ice and snow under which he was buried for six days, was brought to Hubballi last night from Delhi where he breathed his last after a valiant battle for life.The Chief Minister had yesterday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh for the bereaved family. He had also announced a site, land, job for Hanamanthappa’s wife and memorial for the brave heart.Karnataka government has said that similar compensation will be given to two other soldiers from the state- Mahesh from Mysuru, Nagesh from Hassan who have died in the Siachen tragedy.

Telangana: Pregnant woman assaulted and paraded naked in Warangal

On Monday, a 20-year-old pregnant woman was stripped, assaulted and paraded naked in Wardhannapet by her husband’s first wife’s relatives. A report in Deccan Chronicle states that the relatives blamed the young woman for neglecting the first wife. They allegedly beat her up, burnt her private parts with a piece of burning wood and paraded her naked on the streets, The police and local people came to the help of the young woman, Anitha, and rescued her and admitted her to the local hospital. Now the police have filed a case against nine people including Anitha’s husband, Bbanoth Ravi, and the first wife Swaroopa. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wardhannapet CI Santhosh has told the daily that Anitha and Ravi, who was a farmer, got secretly married in Tirupati in March 2015. But Ravi had already been married to Swaroopa for five years and had two children. Once Swaroopa found out, they had a big argument and he apparently started to neglect her and moved in with Anitha.The police have also told the daily that Ravi ill-treated Swaroopa and her parents when they questioned him. Swaroopa finally went to the panchayat who was looking into the matter. Ravi had reportedly told her he would give Rs 7.5 lakh to his children and divorce her. At the panchayat hearing, a fight broke out between Ravi, Swaroopa and Anitha. Ravi was attacked by Swaroopa’s relatives and he fled so they then attacked Anitha.Police cases were registered and Swaroopa and Ravi are now in custody along with some others adds the daily.

Haryana Panchayat Polls: Woman holding Harvard degree wins Zila Parishad elections

A Harvard-educated Yukti Chaudhary, who won the recently held Panchayat polls from Haryana’s Fatehabad, on Sunday said she would push for women’s education and health.Yukti, who was elected from Ward No 5 of Fatehabad Zila Parishad, while listing out her priorities, said, “There are a lot of things I feel should be pushed for in a rural setting. Education, especially those of women, is something I feel strongly about. Then there is issue of women’s health. We would also like to start a plantation drive on barren land.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yukti (27), has done her graduation in history (honours) from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University. After doing her LLB from Delhi University, Yukti did her LLM (masters in law) in International Human Rights from Harvard Law School in Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.She appreciated the “positive” initiatives like ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’, saying, “…changes cannot be brought about overnight. However, considering the larger picture, I do think such initiatives can have a positive impact.”She also said more and more people in Haryana, infamous for its adverse sex ratio, were now in favour of girls being given proper education and equal opportunities as boys.When asked what was her motivation to fight the Zila Parishad polls and now possibly vie for the post of ZP, Yukti said, “We (the family) hadn’t planned anything. When polls were announced, we (I) filed nomination towards the end….I am not going to make any special efforts from my side for the post of chairperson. Yes, if other members of the ZP wish so, I am ready to accept the challenge,” Yukti said.At the same time, Yukti said the family she was born to and the one in which she is married into had political background.”I have a political background from both sides. My grand father Dr Hari Singh was a Congress MP from Rajasthan. My husband’s grand father Mani Ram Godara was a former Home Minister from Haryana.”

Congress using Patel community for political gains: Hardik Patel

Jailed Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel has written a letter to Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki alleging that his party was using the the community for its own political gains and if this continues, it won’t come to power for another 25 years. He also warned Solanki that his party would never get back to power in Gujarat, if it does not stop politics in the name of Patel community.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the letter, written from Surat jail yesterday and made public by his lawyer today, Hardik wrote, “Congress won recent Panchayat polls (in Gujarat) due to our agitation only. I am writing this letter because I have learnt that your party is using Patel community as well as some of our agitation leaders. But, your party has done nothing concrete for us yet. We will not allow this approach of your party. I request you to stop the politics in the name of our community. Congress is out of power in Gujarat since the last 21 years. If this kind of politics does not stop, you will not come to power for another 25 years,” he said.The quota agitation spearhead also asked Solanki not to be under impression that Patels do not have any other option than voting for Congress.”You might be under the impression that since Patels are unhappy with BJP, we do not have any other choice than to vote for Congress. If you believe so, then it is your mistake. We will find a third option if needed,” Hardik’s letter said.

Nehru’s letter calling Netaji Bose a war criminal is fake: AAP

Varanasi: Aam Aadmi party on Sunday said that the purported letter by Jawaharlal Nehru allegedly calling Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose a ‘war criminal’ is “fake”.

Addressing a press Conference, AAP leaders Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh seconded the Congress’ claims about the letter calling it rubbish and forged.

Jawaharlal Nehru (left) and Subhash Chandra Bose. GettyImages

Jawaharlal Nehru (left) and Subhash Chandra Bose. GettyImages

The AAP leaders said the letter that has surreptitiously been circulating on the internet was a part of a conspiracy in which few people were trying to portray one leader as greater than the other.

They alleged earlier it was tried to glorify Sardar Patel as bigger than any other leader in the country.

The AAP leaders said that people “who have no association with country’s freedom struggle are trying to belittle Nehru and Gandhi.”

They also criticised the NDA government for declassifying secret files relating to Bose in parts.

The duo said that the government should declassify all the files together instead of making it part-wise such as 25 files every month.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made public digital copies of 100 secret files relating to Bose on his 119th birth anniversary, which could throw some light on the controversy over his death.

The files were declassified and put on digital display at the National Archives of India (NAI). The NAI also plans to release digital copies of 25 declassified files on Bose in the public domain every month.

The AAP also targeted the Samjawadi party government for “jungle raj” in the state, and said law and order has been paralysed with loot and murder taking place frequently.

The duo also questioned BSP chief Mayawati‘s “silence” over the suicide of a Dalit student Rohith Vemula.

They alleged that money and muscle power was used to win the Zila Panchayat elections, which the SP government openly supported.

They also urged the election commission to hold the Zila Panchayat chief elections directly on public voting system instead of the voting by few elected Panchayat members.

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Two dead while making crude bombs in Birbhum district of West Bengal

Two people have died while making crude bombs at Khairasol in Birbhum district of West Bengal.According to police sources, on Thursday night, a crude bomb accidentally went off inside a house, killing two.”Two people have died while making crude bombs. No one is feared to be trapped inside the house. We are investigating the case,” Mukesh, Superintendent of Police, Birbhum district told dna.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources reveal that the house belonged to Panchayat Trinamool Congress leader Sheikh Jamir Hussain and the two deceased are the brothers of Hussain – Hafizul and Tarique.However, local Trinamool leader Malay Mukherjee ruled out such allegations and said that the house did not belong to any Trinamool Congress leader. “This house does not belong to any Trinamool Congress leader. There are no links of the party,” Mukherjee said.

Teaching, singing national anthem not un-Islamic at all: Darul Uloom

Some years ago, the Deoband school had kicked up a big controversy by issuing a ‘fatwa’ that Muslims should not sing the national anthem or ‘Vande Mataram’ as certain portions in these hymns worshipped the motherland as a Goddess. “A Muslim worships none other than Allah,” the Darul Ifta had ruled in response to a question.

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Get ready to go to jail, BJP warns Arvind Kejriwal

BJP’s charge came after a defiant Kejriwal said the Commission of Inquiry constituted by the Delhi government would continue its probe into alleged irregularities in DDCA even after it was declared illegal by the Home Ministry.

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Samples of Pathankot attackers collected for DNA tests

After the post-mortem, the bodies have been handed over to the police, he further said. Six terrorists were eliminated by the security forces including NSG, Army, Air Force, after they struck at the Air base on Saturday.

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Pathankot terror attack: Sukhbir Singh Badal meets Rajnath Singh; seeks more BSF men to guard border

Badal said both NIA and Punjab Police are investigating the case. “We will go backward and forward and find out what has happened,” he said.

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Himachal Pradesh: Panchayat polls results declared in 10 districts; both Congress, BJP claim victory

The CPI(M) also made a dent in Congress bastion in Shimla district, winning from two Zila parishad wards. The Panchayats polls in Kangra district would be held on January 10 and 12, while 52 urban local bodies including 29 municipal councils and 23 Nagar Panchayats would also go to polls in a single phase on January 10.

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Delhi minister’s brother booked for molestation

The complainant ultimately narrated her ordeal to her family members and later approached the police. Ahmed is the brother of Imran Hussain, legislator from Ballimaran and Delhi’s minister for environment and food and civil supplies.
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Rajnath Singh should rethink his assessment of ISIS after Malda violence, says VHP

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had on December 27 said that global terror outfit Islamic State has failed in its attempts to establish roots in India due to strong family values in the society which act as deterrent to radicalisation.
“Today, IS being talked across the globe. But India is the lone country in the world where it has not been able to establish its roots due to family values of the Indian culture,” he had said during a conference in Lucknow.

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7.5 lakh Muslims, Christians re-converted in last 10 years: VHP leader Pravin Togadia

“Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya, and there is no doubt about it. To build it, the Parliament must bring a law,” he said.

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AAP govt refuses to implement Centre’s order on officers suspension

“The matter was twice placed before LG, but he never said that he has any disagreement on revision of the remuneration and retairnership fee. He only raised the issue of competence of Council of Ministers to take this decision without the approval of the MHA, which is subjudice,” it said. Later, on December 23, the government Cabinet reiterated its decision to hike the fees and sent a copy of its decision to the LG, the letter said.

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Chill returns in north; avalanche kills 4 soldiers in Ladakh

The snowfall in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir began in the morning and it received 2.8 mm of rainfall during the night, the MeT official said, adding the minimum temperature here went up by nearly five degrees to settle above the freezing point at 2.2 degrees Celsius. Most of the higher reaches of the Valley, including the twin resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam, received moderate snowfall during the night, while the plains have experienced snow since the morning, the official said.

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UP Panchayat Chairman polls: Samajwadi Party wins 36 seats, including Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi

“She has not taken party’s advice on withdrawing her candidature and it is her personal decision,” said Rahul Gandhi’s representative Chandrakant Dubey who was present during the filing of nomination by Chaurasiya.

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Delhi Police to use choppers by next year to manage traffic: BS Bassi

Delhi Traffic Police had last year used helicopters for aerial surveillance on three occasions — Durga idol immersion, Diwali eve and security during India-Africa summit. The choppers were rented from Pawan Hans and it cost the department around Rs 4.5 lakh for a single-day operation, a police source said.

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Pathankot attack may be aimed at disrupting India-Pak ties: China

“We believe that India and Pakistan should work together to maintain positive momentum. We condemn all forms of terrorism and we believe all sides should enhance dialogue and cooperation to combat all forms of terrorism,” she said. Heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists on Saturday attempted to storm the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot. The attackers were believed to have infiltrated from Pakistan and there was speculation that they may belong to Jaish-e-Mohammad headed by Maulana Masood Azhar of the Kandahar hijack episode.

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Supreme Court to consider community’s view against jokes on Santa Banta jokes

“All the jokes relating to Sikh community should be stopped. My children are humiliated and feel embarrassed and they don’t want to suffix Singh and Kaur after their name,” Chowdhury had claimed.

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She said the HRD Ministry had undertaken two programmes – Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan and Unnat Bharat Abhiyan – for encouraging school students to be handled by institutions of higher learning so that they go beyond text books and innovate, and for adopting five villages around every educational institution to enhance the living condition of their residents by transfer of latest scientific discovery and technology.

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People of city ‘fortunate’ police not under Delhi govt: BS Bassi

“The present system is the best. No Prime Minister has any vested interest in Delhi unless he belongs to Delhi. I have not seen any PM having any local interest in Delhi during my long career,” he said.

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‘Lack of coordination’ in operation against Pathankot terror attack, say experts, veterans

Voicing a similar opinion, Lt Gen. (retd) Raj Kadyan said there should have been a “single point command” for dealing with the operation and the government has erred in following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), which gives army the charge of handling such a situation.

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