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India close in on victory after Kohli’s third double ton | Reuters

By Sudipto Ganguly
| MUMBAI

MUMBAI India captain Virat Kohli struck a sublime double century before his bowlers picked up six England wickets to put the hosts on course for a series-clinching victory in the fourth and penultimate test at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.Trailing 2-0 in the series, England needed a win in Mumbai to keep alive the series but the tourists now require something extraordinary to even save the match following Kohli’s batting masterclass.India piled on 631 in their first innings on the fourth day, a lead of 231 runs over England, after Kohli’s third double century of the year.The touring side were 182 for six in their second innings at stumps, still trailing by 49. Jonny Bairstow was unbeaten on 50 with nightwatchman Jake Ball falling for two in the last over before the close.Paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed first-innings centurion Keaton Jennings for a golden duck and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja sent back England captain Alastair Cook for 18 and Moeen Ali for nought to leave England tottering at 49-3 at tea.Joe Root and Bairstow hit brisk fifties during their stand of 92 for the fourth wicket before the former fell leg before to off-spinner Jayant Yadav for 77.The wickets of Ben Stokes, who made 18, and Ball to off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin towards the end further dampened England’s hopes of saving the match.

Bairstow was given out by umpire Bruce Oxenford first on 32 and then on 37 but the England wicketkeeper managed to overturn the decisions both times on review.KOHLI DOUBLE
Earlier, the 28-year-old Kohli was out for a career-best 235 and added 241 for the eighth wicket, the highest for India, with Yadav, who scored 104, his maiden test hundred.

Kohli, who was on 147 overnight, and Yadav continued to torment the England bowlers who went wicketless in the first session after India resumed on 451 for seven.The right-handed batsman has now scored a double hundred in all three series India have played in 2016 — in West Indies, against New Zealand and now against England.Kohli, who has already scored 640 runs in the series at an average of 128, drove Ball for a straight four on the fifth delivery of the day to get past 150, signalling another harrowing session for the England bowlers.

Kohli, who hit 25 fours and a six in his knock, got past his 200 with a single to mid-wicket off leg-spinner Adil Rashid but his celebration was quite muted compared to when he completed his hundred on Saturday.He raised both his hands while completing the run and took off his helmet before acknowledging the applause from the sizeable Sunday crowd at the ground, overlooking the Arabian Sea.Kohli accelerated after the fall of Yadav and was out caught at the cover boundary off Chris Woakes. Yadav, whose previous highest score was 55, hit 15 boundaries in his knock and looked in discomfort only against a couple of short deliveries from the England fast bowlers.Rashid finished with four wickets. (Editing by Amlan Chakraborty and Clare Fallon)

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First Published On : Dec 11, 2016 17:02 IST

Ravindra Jadeja has no regrets about missed ton | Reuters

By Amlan Chakraborty
| MOHALI, India

MOHALI, India Ravindra Jadeja had no regrets after falling 10 runs short of a rare test century by a number eight batsman on Monday.The 27-year-old all-rounder had shown great restraint during a partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin that swung the third test against England India’s way, but he suddenly went on the attack and perished trying to hit Adil Rashid for six.”The shot that I got out to is my pet shot,” Jadeja told reporters.”I can hit six anytime with that shot. I had the confidence, but the ball came rather slow off the wicket and that’s why I didn’t get the required impact. I am not disappointed that I got out to a shot like that.” After 22 tests and constant speculation about whether he was worth a place in the team, Jadeja arrived at the crease with India in some trouble at 204-6.

England attacked with a heavily-packed off-side field and he was largely content to nudge the ball around until he got into the 70s when he suddenly went on the attack.He moved outside his wicket to smash Chris Woakes for the first of four boundaries in one over and charged down the pitch to try to launch Rashid over the ropes, only to be caught by Woakes in the deep.”They were bowling boring lines. It was only outside the off stump, off-stump, off-stump and off-stump,” said Jadeja who has never made a test hundred.

“I was not running out of time. In fact I had enough time. I just thought ‘let’s disturb the bowler by going outside off-stump’. There were only two fielders on the leg-side. That’s what I was trying and luckily I got four boundaries in that over.” Jadeja brought up his third test fifty in 104 balls, marking the achievement with his trademark bat-swirling celebration.”It’s a traditional Rajput style. I can’t bring a sword into the ground, so have to make do with the bat,” he said.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is among those who believe Jadeja is a better test batsman than his 23.5 average suggests and the all-rounder does not lack self-belief.”It’s not that I consider myself as a batsman, I am a proper batsman,” said Jadeja, the first Indian to hit three triple centuries in first-class cricket.”I’ve been scoring runs in first-class cricket….Of course this is my longest test knock but I knew I can play and pace my knock. I was not in a hurry. I knew once I settle, I can accelerate after 50-60-70 balls.” (Editing by Ed Osmond)

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First Published On : Nov 28, 2016 19:41 IST

Chief Information Commissioner can transfer Commissioners: Bombay HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court has held that the State Chief Information Commissioner has powers under Right to Information Act (RTI) to transfer State Information Commissioner from one region to another for the purpose of ensuring that the Commission functions in a smooth manner. This significant ruling was delivered by a bench headed by Justice V M Kanade, who recently held that the State Chief Information Commissioner has such powers under section 15(4) of RTI Act to transfer State Information Commissioners from one region to another. The bench was hearing a petition filed by a Pune-based journalist Vijay Kumbhar challenging transfer of Ravindra Jadhav, State information Commissioner posted at Amravati, to another place. Jadhav did not challenge his transfer but Kumbhar filed a petition challenging the transfer of Jadhav from Amravati to another place on the ground that the State Chief Information Officer had no powers under RTI Act to transfer State Information Commissioners. The high court was satisfied that the petitioner was a responsible public activist and hence it permitted him to file this petition as a PIL. “In our view, the State Chief Information Commissioner has powers under section 15 (4) of RTI Act to transfer State Information Commissioners from one place to another to ensure smooth functioning of the Commissions in the State,” the bench ruled. “If there is any curb on his authority, the very aim and object of having the State Information Commission would be rendered nugatory and would be defeated. We do not see any substance in the petition,” said the bench. “The petition is therefore dismissed and the interim order passed earlier stands vacated,” the bench ruled. “It has to be remembered that the RTI Act was passed in order to ensure that there is transparency in the functioning of the Governments and their instrumentalities. In a democratic country, citizens are required to be informed about the manner in which the governments and their authorities function so that there is no scope for arbitrary action and also to contain corruption and lastly to hold governments and their instrumentalities accountable,” the bench further observed.

Casino busted in Sainik Farms, 36 held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A joint police team of Neb Sarai and Malviya Nagar stations busted a make-shift casino in the posh Sainik Farms locality on Sunday and arrested 36 people.The casino at farmhouse J-255 was operating hardly 2km from the Neb Sarai police station, right under the cops’ noses. “Cash chips worth Rs13,645,000, 23 bottles of liquor, 250 packets of playing cards and 11 luxury cars were seized from the spot,” said DCP (South) Ishwar Singh. Two separate cases under the Delhi Gambling Act and the Delhi Excise Act were registered in this regard.Harender Kaushik and Kunal Chandra, owners of the farmhouse, have gone absconding. They had rented the property to Ravindra Tokas, who has been arrested. The Delhi Police have requested the court to seal the farmhouse.A Goa casino lookalike, J-255 sported gambling tables surrounding a swanky bar. Further in, a room to the right had a well displayed TCS John Huxley casino table. The room on the other end had another table to cater to more people.Sources said it was no less than a movie scene. Women served alcohol and businessmen smoked while cash tokens worth lakhs exchanged hands. From food to high-end liquor to luxury cars to, of course, money, everything was available. Businessmen had to bring in cash tokens worth at least Rs five lakh to gain entry.Sources further said the regular attendees were a close-knit group. Entry was allowed on invitation only, spread through the word of mouth. Social networking or putting any information regarding the casino on WhatsApp was strictly forbidden.

India should only be called Bharat, head of Jain Digambar sect tells PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jain Digambar sect’s head Acharya Vidyasagarji Maharaj on Friday suggested Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the country should be called only ‘Bharat’, during their brief meeting in Bhopal.Prime Minister Narendra Modi also sought blessing of the religious leader.Among other things, the Jain sect leader suggested Modi that the country should be called only ‘Bharat’ instead of having the alternative official name of India. “Vidyasagar and Modi spent around 10 minutes together. He was accompanied by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Madhya Pradesh Governor O P Kohli and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan,” Jain Digambar community’s local spokesman Ravindra Jain told PTI.”He suggested that the country should be referred to as Bharat instead of India. No country has two names and so should be in the case of our nation, he told the Prime Minister,” Jain said.Besides, Vidyasagar also suggested that orders of the courts should be delivered in regional languages, Jain said. The spiritual leader also expressed concern about students who take loans for education but do not get jobs later, Jain said.Two years ago, there was a series of talks between RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Vidyasagar at Ramtek near Nagpur. Two months ago, BJP president Amit Shah had met Vidyasagar in Damoh district.

Land-grabbing case: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam meets Maha CM Fadnavis, gives ‘clinching evidence’ against Minister Waikar

Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam on Thursday met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and handed over documents which he claimed proves Minister of State for Housing and Shiv Sena leader Ravindra Waikar’s involvement in land grabbing.The documents contained “clinching evidence”, he told reporters after his meeting with Fadnavis at his official residence.During the meeting, the Congress leader demanded immediate dismissal of Waikar and demolition of the illegal construction at a government gymnasium in Aarey Colony.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Chief Minister assured me he would take a serious note of my complaint,” Nirupam said.On Monday, the Congress leader had filed a complaint against Waikar with the state Lokayukta alleging the minister usurped government land in Aarey Colony and made illegal constructions at a government-run gymnasium there.Waikar, while denying the charges of land grabbing, had said yesterday that permissions for construction were given by the Urban Development Department, headed by the Chief Minister himself. Nirupam has also accused the Sena leader of misusing his position to clear a slum redevelopment project for a firm in which he was a partner earlier.

Acid Attack on a college teacher in Bhopal

Bhopal: A college teacher was today seriously injured after two bike-borne assailants allegedly threw acid on her, police said.

The incident took place around 9 am in the posh Arera Colony area in front of her house while she was on her way to the college, Habibganj Police Station In-charge, Ravindra Yadav said.

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The attackers have not been identified as yet. One of them had covered his face with a mask while the other was wearing a burqa, he said.

It is not clear whether the burqa-clad person was a male or female.

The victim sustained severe burns on her hand and waist by the acid hurled on her, the police official said.

She was admitted to a private hospital where her condition is stated to be stable.

A case has been registered against two unidentified persons under sections 326 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC and efforts are on to nab the duo.

Mumbai: Empty coach derails, affects services on Western line; locals running late by an hour

The services of Western Railway were affected on Tuesday morning after an empty coach of an express train derailed between Elphinstone & Lower Parel railway station.The trains on the slow track have been diverted to the fast track while the trains on the fast track are running an hour late.”Slow local lines are affected. Fast lines working only. Restoration work is in full swing,” tweeted Western Railway.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>No person has been injured in the incident. Ravindra Bhakar, chief public relations officer, WR said the incident took place at around 2am and that work on removing the coach was on.Speaking to dna, Western Railway DRM said, “We have asked BEST to run additional services. Of the 260/270 odd services that we run during morning hours, about 60-70 have been affected.”He further added, “The train that has derailed has not been brought back on track. Now we will move on to, what you call is, the roll-up operation followed by fixing the over-head wire.”By 12.15 the services should be up and running, he added.A commuter who has to head to Jogeshwari for work said, “I got to know about the services being terminated at Lower Parel via news. It’s only when I reached the station about five minutes ago I realised that there are hardly few passengers.”Stampede at Parel station as passengers take central line as alternative routeCrowd at Parel stationOne woman who identified herself as Sadhana said that she had boarded a train going to CST with her son but had got down at Parel station. However, the two got separated in the crowd. She’s been waiting on the bridge for over 15 minutes trying to spot her son.WR restoration work to extend into afternoonWestern Railway officials monitoring the coach toppling incident close to Lower Parel station told DNA that the clearing work might extend into the afternoon.Officials said the overhead wires and equipment have been damaged and work on recharging them will begin after the mega-crane removes the toppled coach from the site.Prima facie, officials said, it seems that the west side buffer of the coach got entangled with some infringing equipment because of which it derailed and then toppled pr capsized as the railways term it. The coach was going from the Lower Parel workshop to the Lower Parel yard for night stabling when the incident occurred.

Dombivili explosion: Devendra Fadnavis ‘saddened’ by incident

A major fire at a chemical factory in Dombivali area near Mumbai left three persons dead and over 20 others injured on Thursday.As many as, eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the flames, which erupted after a blast in a boiler of the factory. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis swiftly swung into action following the mishap and asked the authorities to speed up the relief operations.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Saddened to know about the unfortunate & tragic incident that took place at Dombivali,” Fadnavis tweeted. “Spoke to police officials & local authorities and asked them to speed up the relief operations,” he said. “We are constantly in touch with the local administration and we would leave no stone unturned in our efforts & relief operation,” he mentioned in another tweet. Pic Source: Zee 24 Taas Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde said all efforts were being made to expedite the rescue operation and ensure proper medical care to the injured persons. He said the cause of the explosion would be probed.BJP MLA from Dombivili Ravindra Chavan expressed serious concern over the explosions in the MIDC and sought a permanent solution to it. Thane District Regional Disaster Management Cell in-charge Santosh Kadam said the rescue operations were affected because of the fire in the company premises. Hence, it was not immediately known how many persons were trapped inside, he said.At least 15 ambulances were rushed to the site, he added.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal summoned by court for using the term ‘thulla’

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was on Saturday summoned by a local court as an accused on a criminal defamation complaint filed against him for his alleged ‘thulla’ remark against Delhi Police with the magistrate saying that prima facie he committed the offence. Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey sought the appearance of Kejriwal on July 14 after hearing pre-summoning arguments on the complaint filed by a constable posted at Lajpat Nagar police station here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Prima facie, the court is satisfied that offence punishable under sections 499/500(defamation) of IPC is committed by Arvind Kejriwal so he be summoned for the same…for July 14, 2016,” the magistrate said.Constable Ajay Kumar Taneja, the complainant, claimed that being a member of Delhi Police he was defamed by the word used by Kejriwal.In the complaint, filed through advocate L N Rao on July 23 last year, the constable claimed that Kejriwal had used the “derogatory” term ‘thulla’ for policemen on a news channel while talking about AAP government’s “constraints” in ensuring effective functioning of the Anti-Corruption Branch.”If a word like ‘thulla’ is used by an eminent personality like Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to refer to personnel of Delhi Police, then the general public would too have no respect or regard for police personnel who dedicate their entire lives to maintain law and order in Delhi,” it said.The constable had earlier claimed to have called the office and residence of Kejriwal and also on the helpline numbers to talk to him but there was no “positive response”. “That due to the acute agony and being mentally hurt by the attitude of Kejriwal towards Delhi Police, the complainant was unable to concentrate on his job as he was very much disturbed,” his plea said. A similar complaint was filed against Kejriwal by another constable posted at Govind Puri police station here, which is pending before a court here.

Ujjain: Seven dead, 90 injured as thunderstorm hits Kumbh mela site

Seven people were killed and around 90 others injured when heavy rains accompanied by lightning and squall flattened and uprooted makeshifts tents of pilgrims in and around the site of ongoing Simhatha Kumbh Mela on Thursday evening. “Seven people have been killed and 90 other injured in and around the Mela area,” Ujjain Divisional Commissioner Ravindra Pastaur told PTI.The second ‘Shahi Snan’ (royal bath) is slated for May 9.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prima facie, the casualties resulted due to collapse of tents and some gates erected at the Kumbh area. Among the deceased is a woman pilgrim who was killed in Undasa area when lightning struck her.According to police official B S Chauhan, nearly a third of the tents put up by the pilgrims were blown away in the squall. It will take at least a week to erect them again, he said. Authorities fear that the death toll may rise as the rescuers are clearing the collapsed tents and pulling out the people trapped under them.PTITerming the incident as painful, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased persons and Rs 50,000 to seriously injured and Rs 25,000 to the minor injured, an official spokesman said.Chouhan would visit Ujjain on Friday to take stock of the situation. He tweeted that rescue teams, officials and public representatives have reached the spot and that they will take care of the pilgrims.The rain made large parts of the Mela ground slushy, making the rescue operation difficult. Authorities have cut off the electricity supply to the area as a precautionary measure. The deceased have been identified as Rumal Kaur, Amba Bai, Prahlad, Bhagirath, Rishi Prasad and Bhuti Bai, District Hospital Police Post Head Constable Babulal said.PTIHowever, the identity of the woman pilgrim who was killed in Undasa area is not established yet.According to eye witnesses, a big drainage suffered a breach on Ramghat on the banks of Kshipra river as a result of which filthy water is gushing into the river. The state government has spent more than Rs 3,600 crore for developing infrastructure and facilities for the month-long congregation.

Celebratory gun firing: Why Anjali’s death should serve as a wake-up call for us all

Anjali, 17, died after four days of struggle in a hospital in Delhi’s Paschim Vihar. Her death didn’t merit front page space in today’s newspapers; television channels made only a perfunctory reference to the development. The government’s flip-flop on Kohinoor received more attention instead.

Does it surprise one that there is no outrage over the fact that a young girl died because some people decided to have fun with guns? No. She was the daughter of a tea stall owner; obviously not belonging to the social classes which interest journalists. Moreover, it was an accident. People keep dying in accidents, don’t they?

Anjali, who? Many would ask this question. She is a girl from the Mongolpuri area of Delhi who on Saturday suffered from gunshot injuries to the head while watching a marriage procession on the street from her house two storeys above. A class 12 student, she was on her balcony with her sisters when someone in the procession started firing in the air to celebrate the occasion. One bullet got lodged in Anjali’s head. She was rushed to the hospital where she died on Tuesday. No one had been arrested by the police till Wednesday morning though they claim to have identified the culprit.

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What is more worrisome about this episode is this could happen to any one of us. A similar incident had resulted in the death of a youth in outer Delhi in 2012. Every year police have been making arrests but there has been no real check on this obnoxious practice. Police say there’s no law banning such firing and they can act only when they catch the culprits in action. This is not easy when a big procession is on, they say.

Pressing the trigger for fun is almost a tradition in several western UP districts and many parts of Bihar, Rajasthan and Haryana too. In the Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh, an 8-year-old boy was killed when Samajwadi Party workers started firing to celebrate a local election victory. This incident took place in the month of February. A couple of years ago a girl from Sonepat in Haryana was killed when she was hit by a stray bullet fired during a marriage ceremony. People at the marriage function of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja at Rajkot on Sunday have been accused of indulging in celebratory firing. In some parts of Bihar, it is not even worth participating in a marriage without celebratory gun firing.

There are numerous such incidents and there is little point in listing them out in detail. But this is a dangerous practice that has threatened and claimed many lives. It perhaps originated in the late medieval period to project strength and power. But today it has very little relevance and comes across as gimmicky.

It means nothing but the fact that it survives should be worrisome. The crude practice is reflective of a callous disregard for human life. Open display of weapons, and thus power, militates against all norms of a civilised society. Such incidents remind us that we live in an unsafe social environment; there are just too many people who can shoot us.

Anjali’s case should serve as wake-up call. Her death was no accident. It was murder.

Celebratory firing at Ravindra Jadeja’s marriage: Gujarat top cop says it’s lesser compared to UP

Gujarat in-charge DGP P P Pandey on Monday termed as a “minor issue” the celebratory firing at wedding ceremony of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, saying in his home state of Uttar Pradesh such practice is common where at least 100 rounds are typically fired in every marriage.”It’s a minor issue. I am from UP. Hundred to two hundred rounds are fired in every marriage there,” Pandey told television reporters who asked him to comment on the celebratory firing at the cricketer’s wedding in Rajkot on Sunday. He said such incidents are not “uncommon in marriages” in Uttar Pradesh.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 27-year-old left-handed batsman tied the nuptial knot with Reeva Solanki in a ceremony at Rajkot where a reveller opened celebratory firing in the air. Pandey had taken over from outgoing DGP P C Thakur on Saturday after the latter was transferred to New Delhi on a Central deputation as Director General Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards.Police yesterday initiated inquiry after a reveller shot several rounds in the air in Jadeja’s marriage procession. Nobody was injured in the incident.The incident occurred when a reveller, apparently a relative of Jadeja, who was within a few feet of the horse-mounted cricketer, fired in air from his revolver. Police had said it’s illegal to use even licensed firearms except in cases of self-defence.Rajkot police had already launched an inquiry to find if the revolver used was licenced or not.

BJP leader Giriraj Singh ‘promoting groupism in party’, says party colleague

BJP MP from Salempur, Ravindra Kushwaha alleged that his party colleague and Union Minister Giriraj Singh was “promoting groupism” in the organisation.”The minister is promoting groupism in the party…what he did in Bihar to the party he is trying to do the same in Uttar Pradesh,” Kushwaha said. The MP also alleged that the MoS for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises did not visit his constituency despite his several requests but went there on Thursday, in Sikanderpur, without taking him into confidence.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”When I came to know of the minister’s visit, I tried to contact him on phone but he didn’t pick it up,” Kushwaha said.Meanwhile, when the visiting minister was asked to react on the Kushwaha’s charges, Singh said he had gone there on an invitation from the organisation. It was the duty of the organisation to inform the MP of the visit, he said.

JNU row: TDP disagrees with govt on invoking sedition charge against students, calls its ‘too harsh’

NDA constituent TDP was on Wednesday at variance with the government over invoking sedition charge against JNU students, calling it “too harsh”.Participating in a debate in the Lok Sabha over the JNU row and the controversy over Hyderabad Central University research scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide, TDP member Ravindra Babu said Jawaharlal Nehru University had a culture of debate and never any serious acrimonious incident occurred there.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”But an unnecessary controversy has erupted there and sedition charges invoked against some students. I think it is too harsh a measure,” he said.He instead favoured slapping sedition charge against people who deserved such treatment.”How many banks, one after the other, have declared NPAs? Everybody is competing. Economic frauds are committed by people who belittle the country, who embezzle the country s money and make India economically weak. Sedition charge needs to be invoked against them and not the students,” he said.Babu said the students are “innocent” and need to be “corrected”. “We cannot do it by punishing them. By punishing them we will make them hardcore criminals. Let us not do that,” he said.”We are very proud of all our institutions. There has always been unity in diversity. If anybody who criticises India is labelled as anti-national, then Ambedkar also needs to be labelled as anti-national because he burnt ‘Manusmrti’ in public,” Babu said.

Bengaluru: Man hurls ‘packet’ at Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah; claims it was bomb

In a security scare, a man on Sunday hurled a packet, claiming it was a bomb, at a stage when Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Union Minister Ananth Kumar and former Chief Justice M N Venkatachaliah were present there.A man seated on the balcony of Ravindra Kalakshetra auditorium in Bengaluru suddenly stood up as Siddaramaih started to speak and shouted, “What have you done to our community? Tell that first.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He then threw the “plastic packet” on to the stage which fell short of the chief minister and lay close to where Kumar and Venkatachaliah were seated, police said.Security personnel present on stage soon cleared the packet and the man was whisked away from the auditorium by police even as he continued questioning the CM. Police said the packet contained chocolate wrappers and the man was being questioned.”According to preliminary information, the man has been identified as B S Prasad and works with the Forest Division of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP),” said Sandeep Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central Division) Bengaluru City.Stating that police are in the process of collecting information about him from BBMP and also his family members, Patil added the man’s responses to police questions were peculiar.”He is saying that he wants to become Member of Rajya Sabha so he had come there. We are gathering information about him and his activities,” Patil said.Speaking to reporters after the function, Siddaramaiah denied that the incident was a security breach, saying “such incidents are common in a democracy.””I don’t know which caste he belongs to, whichever caste is depressed and oppressed we are working for them… Such things are common in a democracy. I have seen such things several times,” Siddaramaiah said.The chief minister said he felt there might be someone who instigated the man as otherwise he did not see the need for him to behave in such a manner.Asked whether it was a security breach, he said, “who will know when so many people have come here? What can be done if someone comes as a citizen? Such things are common in democracy or else how can it be democracy?”

‘Beef Biryani’ at AMU: No evidence to prove cow meat in biryani, says police

A preliminary probe has found “no evidence” to suggest that cow meat was served at Aligarh Muslim University’s college canteen as was claimed by some right wing groups, police said.”A police team led by the Station House Officer, Civil Lines Police Station, visited Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College’s canteen immediately after receiving complaints by some right wing organisations that beef by being served there. However, the team found no incriminating evidence whatsoever to suggest that any banned food item was being served in the canteen,” Senior Superintendent of Police K Ravindra Gaur said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The row broke out after ring wing activists alleged that ‘beef biryani’ was being served at the AMU Medical College canteen, an allegation promptly denied by the university.BJP Mayor Shakuntala Bharti, along with party leaders and several right wing activists, held a demonstration outside the office of Senior Superintendent of Police, demanding registration of an FIR against the contractor of AMU medical college canteen for serving ‘beef’.An university spokesman clarified that it was a common practice in India and abroad to refer to buffalo meat also as beef. In fact cow meat had been banned in this institution more than a century back by its founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, keeping in view Hindu sensitivities on this matter, he said.AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt Gen (Rtd) Zameer Uddin Shah, on Sunday said that he was “seriously concerned” over the entire episode and the fact the City Mayor had taken up this issue with the police.”I wish to point out that there is no truth whatsoever in the entire allegation that cow meat is being served anywhere at the AMU campus. This is entirely an attempt to whip up communal tension on a very lame excuse,” Shah said.”We, at AMU, are deeply aware of the sentiments involved in such sensitive issues and there is no question of permitting anybody for violating the law on this matter,” he said.

Iconic Indian all-women UN peacekeeping unit to return finally

Ending a nine-year-long association, India’s all-women UN peacekeeping contingent to war-torn African nation Liberia will be finally coming back to the country this month.An all-male contingent, however, will continue its duties there with the latest such squad being flagged off on Monday by the Central Reserve Police Force. India, through the CRPF, has served in the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) since 2007 with both the male and female paramilitary personnel serving in the African nation.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CRPF women squad was the first-ever all-woman police in UN peacekeeping history. While nine all-women contingents have served in Liberia till now, the seventh male contingent led by CRPF Commandant Ravindra Bhagat was sent off by force chief Prakash Mishra. The Director General said, this time, the United Nations has only sought the male unit for Liberia and not the female team. He urged the departing 120-member male contingent to make the country proud by their “work and conduct” during this year-long sojourn.”Apart from your duties, you should also keep intact the highest traditions of your devotion to duty and exhibit good conduct,” the CRPF chief told the squad specially trained in UN police duties. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had in January this year bid the final farewell to the Indian unit called the Female Formed Police Unit (FFPU) as the country is getting ready to assume full responsibility of national security amid the ongoing UNMIL drawdown.The Indian female contingent will leave from Liberia on February 14 and be here by the following week, a senior official said. Indian contingents were tasked with civil police duties, jail protection and guarding, town patrolling, anti-robbery and anti-riot action, with the women team also entrusted with an exclusive duty to guard President Sirleaf.

Interim Vice Chancellor makes second appeal in two days to restore normalcy at Hyderabad University

Interim Hyderabad Central University (HCU) Vice Chancellor Vipin Srivastava on Tuesday made his second appeal in two days to students who have escalated their protests over the suicide of dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula to help restore normalcy on the campus.The fresh appeal came even as one of the seven students on hunger strike over the suicide was today shifted to the varsity’s health centre after his health deteriorated. His condition was later reported to be stable.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Hyderabad police, meanwhile, foiled attempts to take out a ‘peace’ rally towards Tank Bund and took 54 protesting students in preventive custody. They were later let off. The students, under the banner of Osmania University JAC and University of Hyderabad JAC, assembled near the People’s Plaza as per their plan to take out a ‘peace’ rally towards Ambedkar statue at Tank Bund.In the appeal put up on the varsity website, Srivastava said the University activities have come to a standstill due to continued blockade of academic and administrative facilities because of the agitation. This will lead to a delay in the completion of courses affecting the employment and higher education prospects of the students, he said.”Besides, disbursement of fellowships, scholarships and salaries (especially class IV and contract employees) is getting delayed inordinately,” he said in the appeal. He mentioned that the HCU administration has taken two steps within its “realm” – withdrawal of punishment given to the students and an ex-gratia of Rs 8 lakh to the Vemula family.Vemula and four other students, all from the dalit community, were suspended last year by the varsity for allegedly attacking an ABVP leader. HCU has already revoked suspension of the four students, following uproar over Vemula’s suicide on January 17.”The University reiterates its appeal to the students and requests the parents and public to bear with us while we make earnest efforts to restore the normalcy at the earliest,” the interim V-C further said.Srivastava said he and the HCU fraternity deeply condole the “tragic and untimely” death of Rohith Vemula. He had yesterday appealed to the students to withdraw their hunger strike, saying the deadlock could be resolved only through dialogue and that the administration should be allowed to function.”One of the seven students who are on the indefinite hunger strike was admitted to university health centre following the deterioration of his health,” Ravindra Kumar, chief medical officer said.”He was semi-unconscious in the afternoon. He was taken to the health centre. His condition is stable now,” Kumar said.The second batch of seven students sat on indefinite hunger strike day before yesterday after the first batch was forcibly taken away and admitted to hospital on Saturday.