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Demonetization | If I was guided by electoral politics, I would never have done it: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his first interview post demonetization, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reflected on the concerns raised in the weeks since his surprise announcement on November 8. In an exclusive interview with India Today, Modi said, “The revenue collected will be used for the welfare of the poor, downtrodden and marginalised.”The Prime Minister said that these sections of the society were central to the government’s programmes and priorities. He rejected allegations by the opposition that the move was political, in view of the upcoming state elections. “It was a tough decision taken to clean up our economy and our society. If I were guided by short-term electoral politics, I would never have done so,” he said.Asserting the move to ban the high denomination had been welcomed by the 1.25 billion citizens of the country, the PM said that the public’s enthusiasm had not been affected by the dire predictions made by critics. “This acceptance, in my view, is even more historic than the decision itself,” he told the magazine.
ALSO READ Digi Dhan Mela: PM Modi launches BHIM app, now only thumb impression needed for secure digital transaction He also said that the absence of significant incident of unrest was not a small achievement. “At the same time, as with every other process, there is always room for improvement, and I believe that we can, and must, always improve,” he said.On the frequent changes in policy post the demonetization announcement, Modi said,”One must be able to distinguish between niti (policy) and ran-niti (strategy) and not put them in the same basket. The decision of demonetization, which reflects our niti, is unequivocally clear, unwavering and categorical. Our ran-niti, however, needed to be different, aptly summarised by the age-old saying of ‘Tu daal-daal, main paat-paat’. We must stay two steps ahead of the enemy.” He also said that the changes in policy reflected the government’s ability to respond quickly and keeping up with the evolving situation.
ALSO READ Demonetization: PM Narendra Modi slams Congress for stalling debate, openly protecting dishonestyThe Prime Minister said that the return of the money to banks meant that there was a trail for every rupee and made it easier to track sources of black money and schemes of corruption. He also said that the GST and adoption of digital payments would be critical elements of system put in place the government to curb further generation of black money. The Prime called digitisation a major reform with multiple benefits, which include cleaning up of economy, proper accounting and sizing of the formal economy, greater ease and security, building of financial records and greater tax compliance.Addressing the common man’s anger against corruption, he said that it was also imperative to find ways to root out black money in politics. “Everyone, especially our political leaders and parties, will have to recognise and accept this groundswell. The tide is fast changing. Those who don’t evolve with it and insist on sticking to their old ways will only get swept away.You can read the full interview here.

Shahabuddin case: Slain journalist’s wife lodges FIR for threats to withdraw case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan’s wife Asha Ranjan has lodged an FIR alleging threats received asking her to back out from pursuing a case against RJD strongman and former Siwan MP Mohammad Shahabuddin in connection with the killing of her husband who was a working with a prominent vernacular newspaper.Rajdeo, who was the Siwan bureau chief of the newspaper, was shot dead on May 13 at a busy fruit market near Siwan railway station.Mufassil police station SHO Vinay Kumar Singh said Asha filed the FIR on Wednesday where she alleged receiving a phone call from Dubai, threatening her to withdraw the case against Shahabuddin in the Supreme Court in connection with the killing of her husband.
ALSO READ SC to hear plea seeking Shahabuddin’s transfer to TiharShe stated in the FIR, “I got a call from +671 at 12:28 am (on the intervening night of December 26-27). The caller asked me if I knew Shahabuddin. Once I replied in the affirmative, he said a lot of drama has been done and now, I should withdraw the case filed in the Supreme Court against Shahabuddin.”I should stop pursuing the case failing which they (Shahabuddin’s henchmen) would chop us into pieces, so that it would be difficult for anyone to recognise us. I am terrified. Please help me as we have repeatedly been getting threat calls. Even the security provided to our family is only on paper.”
ALSO READ Case against Shahabuddin: BJP questions Nitish Kumar government’s seriousnessThe widow of the scribe had moved the apex court seeking transfer of the probe and trial of her husband’s murder case to Delhi from Siwan as she feared that a free-and-fair trial against Shahabuddin was not possible if he was lodged in a Bihar jail.Shahabuddin is currently lodged in Siwan jail after the apex court had, on September 30, cancelled his bail after hearing the two petitions filed by the Bihar government and lawyer Prashant Bhushan on behalf of the slain scribe’s family.The Bihar government had, on May 16, within three days of the murder, handed over the probe to the central agency.

Expelled MP Sasikala Pushpa’s husband attacked by AIADMK cadres, police complaint filed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK cadres on Wednesday attacked and injured the husband of expelled MP Sasikala Pushpa, who was accused of trying to create a law-and-order problem ahead of Thusday’s General Council meeting to elect a new General Secretary.While initial reports suggested that the attacked man, who was seen bleeding profusely, was Pushpa’s lawyer, police later clarified he was her husband Lingeswara Thilagan, who has been detained for interrogation.Police said no other person was injured.
ALSO READ Suspended MP Sasikala Pushpa has no right to enter party office: AIADMK AIADMK supporters rained blows on Thilagan, who had stayed put there despite being asked to leave, resulting in bleeding injuries on his nose. He was rescued by police who removed him from the vicinity for first aid, even as angry men and women were seen swearing at him.AIADMK workers started gathering at the party headquarters following information that Pushpa, earlier expelled by Jayalalithaa for anti-party activities, could come there ahead of Thursday’s General Council, possibly to seek an invitation to attend it. It was felt that she could even try to contest for the top post.
ALSO READ Sasikala vs Sasikala: AIADMK files a petition to quash former MP’s petitionPushpa had been reportedly questioning Sasikala’s eligibility for appointment as the new General Secretary, a demand being made by a section of party workers.Party spokesperson C R Saraswathy charged Pushpa with trying to create a law-and-order problem ahead of the General Council. “Sasikala Pushpa wants to create a law-and-order problem ahead of the General Council tomorrow. Let her resign first as MP as it was Amma who made her a Rajya Sabha Member,” she said.She alleged that Pushpa’s injured husband had deliberately stayed put at the party headquarters despite being asked to leave and it had been done to “create a problem”. “She (Pushpa) is no more in the AIADMK. In the General Council, only members are allowed and not even special guests are invited,” she said.On the violence, another Spokesperson C Ponnayan said “If someone enters your house and creates problems, there is a consequence– an action has got a reaction.” “However, we do not justify the violence as this movement, launched by MGR (MG Ramachandran) and taken forward by Amma (Jayalalithaa), does not condone violence,” Ponnaiyan added.Sasikala Puspha could not be reached for comments despite repeated attempts. However, she has filed a police complaint against AIADMK cadres for assaulting her husband at the party HQ.Meanwhile, actor Anandraj quit the party, in an apparent fallout with Sasikala.He said he has sent his resignation letter to the party. “I do not have any personal enmity with anyone. I was not invited for tomorrow’s General Council. Let anybody be elected as general secretary. I have sent my resignation letter, hope they accept it,” he told reporters.Anandraj had also been making some comments of late on the issue of Jayalalithaa’s successor to the top post. Without naming anyone, he said nobody should be compared with Jayalalithaa.”In the present situation, even a government officer is using Amma’s name,” he said, in an apparent reference to former Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, who is under the Income Tax scanner, and had repeatedly invoked her name on Tuesday while defending himself during a press meet.”Do not demean the soul of Amma by invoking her name. Do not misuse her name. Anybody is able to use her name. Please respect her,” he said. (With ANI inputs)

AAIB, DGCA to probe Mumbai-bound Jet airways flight skid off

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will investigate the Jet airways accident, wherein a Mumbai-bound flight skidded off on Tuesday at Dabolim airport in Goa.As many as 15 persons suffered minor injuries after the flight 9W 2374, whilst taking off from the ‘HANSA runway 26’ aborted takeoff and spun around 360 degrees.”We regret to inform flight 9W 2374 from GOI – BOM, with 154 guests and 7 crew, veered off the runway while aligning for takeoff. All guests and crew have been safely evacuated. Few guests have sustained injuries during the evacuation process,” said a Jet Airways statement.
ALSO READ Jet Airways Goa-Mumbai flight with 161 on-board veers off runway, 15 passengers injuredThe airline stated that medical assistance is being coordinated to those injured. An Indian Navy spokesperson tweeted that the runway has been opened for operation.

Incumbent upon Rahul to substantiate corruption charge against PM: NCP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has said it is incumbent upon Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to substantiate his corruption claims against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”It’s a political strategy adopted by Congress. In fact, the Congress is supported by several opposition parties, including the JD (U), SP, Left and CPM and TMC. In the last session the opposition was completely united and in that context Rahul has some names, evidences about the involvement of Prime Minister personally. He will have to substantiate it now,” NCP leader Majeed Memon said.He was speaking ahead of a united opposition meeting to devise a strategy against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on demonetization.
ALSO READ Ball in PMO’s court, will PM Modi come clean? Sheila Dikshit on ‘Sahara diaries’Memon also said that this meeting assumes significance as the Prime Minister’s 50 days deadline to ease the cash crunch is coming to an end.”This meeting by the opposition is now to draw a strategy because 50 days are closing now. Now that 50 days are coming to close, the Prime Minister is changing his goal posts. Now, he is saying that the trouble of the poor people is gradually starting to diminish. That would mean that it will continue indefinitely for some longer time, so, his comment has been blighted,” he added.
ALSO READ PM Modi pure as Ganga, no one takes Rahul seriously: BJP on Sahara-Birla bribe allegationsThe meeting, called by Congress, will be followed by a joint press conference by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders. Congress president Sonia Gandhi is also expected to join.However, its attempt to unite opposition parties against demonetisation has suffered a severe jolt with the Left, Janata Dal United JD (U) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) expressing their inability to attend.Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has arrived in New Delhi to take part in the meeting. The DMK, RJD and others are scheduled to participate.

Troubles of honest people to reduce, dishonest to increase after December 30: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday warned of ruin for the dishonest after the expiry of December 30 deadline for depositing scrapped currency and said they should not underestimate the mood of the country against corruption. “Dishonest people, you should not underestimate the mood of 125 crore people. You will have to be afraid of it… Time has come for ruin of dishonest people. This is a cleanliness campaign,” Modi said. “After 50 days (from November 8), the troubles of honest people will start to reduce and the problems of dishonest people will begin to increase,” Modi said.The Prime Minister was addressing a gathering at MMRDA ground in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai after laying foundation of various big ticket infrastructure projects. “We took a big decision against black money and corruption on November 8 and 125 crore Indians endured pain but did not stop supporting me. I want to assure people of the country that this battle won’t end till we win it,” he said.Hitting out at parties opposing demonetization, he said, “this is not a simple battle. Those who have consumed malai (cream) did not leave any stone unturned to foil this (demonetization).” “The corrupt have made all efforts to defeat the decision (demonetization). They even thought of managing bank officials to get their black money converted into white. And that’s how many of them got caught,” he said. “I said there will be pain for 50 days (after demonetization announcement),” he said, adding people are ready to bear the pain in the country’s interest. “People have borne the troubles in the country’s interest and are willing to do so in future too,” the PM said.
ALSO READ PM Modi lays Foundation for Rs 3,600-crore grand memorial for Shivaji MaharajModi alleged that those who benefited from corruption during the earlier regimes “in last 70 years” did all they could to ensure the demonetization move by him does not work. “Those who are used to a certain type corrupt practices for last 70 years, will have to pay the price of their acts,” he said. “Time has changed and after a gap of 30 years, a government with full mandate is in power. One should not forget it. The country will change, will move forward and will hold its head high before the world,” the PM said.Modi, who earlier laid the foundation of the Shivaji Maharaj memorial off Mumbai coast, said the Maratha king was a multi-faceted personality “which inspires us” “I am grateful to the Maharashtra government that I got the chance to perform jalpujan of Shivaji Maharaj,” the PM said. When the memorial is complete, people will admire the iconic building, he said, adding Shivaji Maharaj “is an inspiration for all of us” and remains a torch bearer of good governance.
ALSO READ Mumbai: Modi announces longest sea bridge, two metro lines project worth Rs 1.06 lakh crore”If India is projected in the right manner, it has the potential to attract global tourism,” he said. “After independence, had we adopted the path of development, the problems we face today wouldn’t have been there,” Modi said.Development should be sustainable and should help the poor realise their dreams, Modi said. The PM also dwelt on the various development initiatives of his government. “Our efforts is to ensure affordable medicine to the poor. When we came to power, there were 18,000 villages without power. We decided to provided electricity to them in 1000 days,” Modi said.
ALSO READ As Modi-Uddhav shares stage, BJP-Sena strains comes to foreShiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, whose party has had strained ties with senior alliance partner BJP, also addressed the gathering. However, as Thackeray began to speak, he was greeted with shouts of ‘Modi, Modi’ from BJP workers in audience. “I extend my best wishes for memorial construction and hope that it gets completed within stipulated period,” he said. “I have come here to pay obeisance to Shivaji Maharaj,” Thackeray said, adding the memorial should be built as strong as the Sindhudurg fort, built by the Maratha king.The Sena leader also asked the government to “free forts in Maharashtra from the shackles of the Archaeological Survey of India”. Union minister Nitin Gadkari described Modi as the biggest “Shivbhakt” (devotee of Shivaji).Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the memorial will be the tallest in the world. “If the US is known for the Statue of Liberty, Maharashtra will be known as the land of Shivaji Maharaj,” the CM said. Justifying the state government’s decision to go ahead with the memorial despite opposition from various quarters, including environmentalists and activists, Fadnavis said, “This memorial is to remind people not to forget our glorious past. This memorial will inspire every person to work for good governance.”

Arvind Kejriwal meets Najeeb Jung, says he resigned due to personal reasons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Najeeb Jung resigned as Delhi’s Lt Governor, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met him at Raj Niwas here.Kejriwal reached the LG’s official residence around 8 AM and the breakfast meeting lasted for nearly an hour.Asked why Jung quit, Kejriwal said, “He resigned due to personal reasons.”Yesterday Jung’s office, without citing reasons for his sudden exit, said, “he would be returning to academics”.Jung’s decision had taken political circles by surprise.
ALSO READ LG v/s AAP: A timeline of the battle between Najeeb Jung and Arvind KejriwalSources close to him had said that his resignation has nothing to do with his acrimonious relationship with the AAP government over matters of jurisdiction and he was contemplating to quit for last few months.The Chief Minister was in Ranchi on Thursday when the news of Jung’s resignation broke.
ALSO READ Home Secretary met Najeeb Jung two days ago, was unaware of his resignation”Sh Jung’s resignation is a surprise to me. My best wishes in all his future endeavours,” he had tweeted.Meanwhile, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has criticised the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress for “doing politics” over the resignation of Jung.”I don’t know what problems do the AAP and Congress have. When Jung was working, they were demanding resignation.

Rahul’s allegation against PM Modi lowers political discourse: BJP leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal on Thursday said that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s allegation against Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lowered the level of political discourse.”The speech given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has nothing to do with Rahul Gandhi. It was only his statement that if he speaks, then an earthquake will occur, and what Modiji has said is that Rahul Gandhi has said what he wanted to say, so, there is no possibility of any earthquake,” he said.”Rahul Gandhi has touched upon that aspect which the Supreme Court has already rejected. This only lowers the level of politics,” he added.
ALSO READ Rahul Gandhi is now trying to be new Kejriwal: BJPThe Congress vice-president on Thursday accused Prime Minister Modi of having taken money from the Sahara and Birla business groups when he was chief minister of Gujarat and demanded an independent inquiry into the matter.Gandhi made this assertion in Prime Minister Modi’s native district of Mehsana in Gujarat just days after he said that he had proof of “personal corruption” against the latter.
ALSO READ Lalu Yadav backs Rahul Gandhi, demands SC-monitored probe against PM ModiGandhi alleged that the Sahara Group had paid Rs 40 crore, while the Birla Group had paid Rs 12 crore to Prime Minister Modi, claiming his charges were based on documents recovered during raids on the companies by the income tax department.

AAP v/s LG: Najeeb Jung’s sudden resignation leaves bete noire Arvind Kejriwal ‘surprised’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, whose nearly three-and-a-half-year tenure was marked by frequent run-ins with the AAP government, sprang a surprise by resigning from his post on Thursday, triggering speculation whether he was asked to quit. The sudden announcement that the 65-year-old former bureaucrat had quit took political circles by surprise since only a few days earlier he had written to the Centre that he was going on leave to Goa during Christmas and had even scheduled a meeting with Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.Jung’s clash with the AAP government headed by Arvind Kejriwal that frequently reached the doors of judiciary led to speculation whether his decision had anything to do with the anticipated Supreme Court judgement next month on the powers of an elected government. He had often overruled decisions of the Kejriwal government and the Supreme Court had even observed in one of the hearings that an elected government should have some powers. Jung had invited criticism that his run-ins with the AAP government often brought governance in the capital to a standstill.The speculation ranged between the Centre asking him to quit and the possibility of some embarrassing disclosures that could have persuaded him to put in his papers but his top aide Ajay Choudhury maintained it was purely personal. In a brief statement, Jung’s office said he has submitted his resignation to the government and that he would be returning to academics, “his first love”. Before becoming LG, Jung had headed the Jamia Millia Islamia university as Vice Chancellor.
ALSO READ LG v/s AAP: A timeline of the battle between Najeeb Jung and Arvind KejriwalMehrishi said Jung had given no indication two days ago when he had a meeting with him. “The LG met me day before yesterday but he did not give any indication of submitting his resignation. Another meeting of mine with the LG is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday)… I have come to know about his resignation only from the media,” Mehrishi told reporters. Jung thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his help and cooperation and Chief Minister Kejriwal for his two-year “association”.Sources close to Jung said that his resignation has nothing to do with his acrimonious relationship with the AAP government and he was contemplating to quit for last few months. “His decision to quit was not at all related to his relationship with the AAP government. It was purely a personal decision which he was mulling over for quite some time,” a source said.
ALSO READ Home Secretary met Najeeb Jung two days ago, was unaware of his resignationThe names of former Home Secretary Anil Baijal, Kiran Bedi and BS Bassi are doing the rounds for filling the vacancy caused by Jung’s decision. Reacting to Jung’s resignation, Kejriwal said the decision surprised him and he was ready to work with the new Lt Governor.While BJP was guarded in its reaction, Congress said the Centre must explain why Jung was “unceremoniously removed and whether it was done to bring someone to the top administrative post who is ideologically close to the RSS”.
ALSO READ Despite bitter-sweet experiences, we did a good job in Delhi with Najeeb Jung: Manish Sisodia Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said despite several “bitter-sweet experiences, I can say that we have worked very well for Delhi with Jung. Good wishes for his future”. Kejriwal has been alleging that Jung was siding with the Centre as he was eyeing the post of Vice President, election for which is due in the middle of next year.A 1973-batch IAS officer, Jung had assumed charge as 19th Lt Governor of Delhi on July 9, 2013, five months before the Delhi Assembly elections. The then Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had played a role in appointing Jung to the top post in the city administration.He had run the city for nearly one year during President’s rule after the AAP government had quit on February 14, 2014 after a short stint of 49 days.In the statement, his office also said “Jung also thanks the people of Delhi for all their support and affection, especially during the one year of President’s Rule in Delhi, when he got unstinted support from them and which in turn helped run the administration in Delhi smoothly and effortlessly.”Normally governors are appointed for a five-year term but there is no fixed tenure for Lt Governors.Born on January 18, 1951 Jung did his post graduation in History from Delhi University and later did MA in Social Policy and Planning from London School of Economics, UK. He had joined Indian Administrative Services (IAS) in 1973 and served in Madhya Pradesh government and at several key positions, including as joint secretary in the ministry of petroleum and natural gas, in the central government.A literary enthusiast, Jung had also worked with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies of Oxford University on energy-related issues. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said Jung’s decision appears to be his personal one, adding he served Delhi quite well.Raising questions over Jung’s sudden resignation, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken demanded that the Centre should explain the reasons behind his “unceremonious exit”, saying there is more to it than meets the eye. Maken also suggested that Jung’s sudden exit may be the result of a “deal” between Modi and Kejriwal. “We want to know whether there was any deal between Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal in the sudden resignation of Jung as he was apparently under pressure, or whether the BJP and the central government want to bring in an RSS-connected or RSS-supported person as the LG of Delhi. “The Centre must explain the circumstances leading to Jung’s exit,” he told a press conference.The AAP alleged Jung worked under the “influence” of the Modi dispensation and questioned whether the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government will continue even after the appointment of a new LG. “Modi government promotes its people. We hope he gets a better posting after this. I am unhappy that his tenure was disgraceful. Now that he has gone, good luck to him. “Najeeb Jung’s behaviour was not his. He was under the influence of someone. We hope the next LG gives priority to issues concerning people and does not work under anyone’s influence,” AAP’s Kumar Vishwas said.

Still awaiting reply from Guntur Collector on Rohit Vemula’s caste status: Cyberabad Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cyberabad Police on Wednesday said they are awaiting reply from Guntur Collector on the caste status of research scholar Rohit Vemula, who committed “suicide” on the University of Hyderabad (UoH) campus in Hyderabad on January 17, to enable them to finalise investigation in the case.”It (Vemula’s death) was unfortunate. To finalise investigation in the case (registered under) SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act…we need to have certificate/report from the Tahsildar or Collector with regard to the caste of the deceased (Vemula),” Cyberabad Police Commissioner Sandeep Shandilya said.”There is some problem in that regard…We (Cyberabad Police) have written several times to the Collector and that reply/report based on which we can proceed in this case that is not there. If the Collector gives reply to the letters we can finalise investigation into the case,” the Cyberabad Police chief said.
ALSO READ ‘I am a Dalit from Guntur’: New video of Rohith Vemula emerges after doubts raised over his casteShandilya said he had already met officials of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), who are also following this case. “As of now due to police…(investigations into) this case is not delayed,” he asserted.Vemula’s suicide on January 17 at the UoH had sparked massive nationwide protests, resulting in a fierce political slugfest, with a string of political parties and Dalit organisations siding with students and accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party and varsity administration of being anti-Dalit.
ALSO READ Rohith Vemula suicide: Roopanwal commission submits report; says he was not DalitA group of students under Joint Action Committee for Social Justice, which spearheaded the protests, had held UoH Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile responsible for the suicide of the research scholar.UoH, also known as Hyderabad Central University (HCU) had witnessed sporadic protests since Vemula’s death, with students demanding removal of Appa Rao from the VC’s post and had also been demanding his arrest.Earlier, Gachibowli Police under Cyberabad Commissionerate had registered case against Appa Rao, Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and others under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and for abetment of Vemula’s suicide.The suicide of Vemula had triggered a huge political furore with the then HRD minister Smriti Irani coming under attack along with Dattatreya for having written a letter related to the matter.

Amid row over new Army chief appointment, Lt Gen Bakshi meets Manohar Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at the South Block in New Delhi on Wednesday in the wake of ongoing controversy surrounding the appointment of Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat as the new Army Chief.The meeting between the two came days after Lieutenant General Bakshi, who headed the Eastern Command, was superseded by Lieutenant General Rawat for the top post.The opposition has questioned the government’s decision and demanded an explanation regarding the appointment.
ALSO READ Army chief Bipin Rawat appointment: Opposition corners govt, BJP says don’t politicise The government has, however, clarified that Lieutenant General Rawat was found best suited to deal with emerging challenges including a reorganised and restructured military force in the north, continuing terrorism and proxy war from the west, and the situation in the North-East.According to Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources, Lt Gen Rawat has tremendous hands on experience of serving in combat areas and at various functional levels in the Indian Army over the last three decades. Lieutenant General Rawat is also known for his balanced approach towards soldiering, compassion and connect with the civil society.
ALSO READ Lt Gen Bipin Rawat is next Army chief, Air Marshal Birender Dhanoa to head Air ForceHe has handled various operational responsibilities in many areas including along the LoC with Pakistan, the LAC with China and in the North-East.

Election Commission to ask I-T authorities to look into finances of 200 parties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission is set to write to the Income Tax authorities asking it to look into the finances of over 200 political parties it has ‘delisted’ over a period of time for not contesting elections.The Commission has, over a period of time, identified various parties which have not contested polls since 2005 and has ‘delisted’ over 200 of them.The poll panel believes that most of them exist on papers to help people convert their back money into white by accepting donations.In the next few days, the Commission will send the list of the delisted parties to the income tax authorities seeking action against relevant laws if they are found to be involved in money laundering.While the poll watchdog has the mandate to register a political party, it lacks power under electoral laws to deregister any party.
ALSO READ Government to check misuse of tax exemptions by political parties: Arun JaitleyAs its demand to get power to deregister a party is pending with the Law Ministry, the Commission used its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution to delist parties for being dormant and not contesting elections for a long time.There are over 1780 registered, but unrecognised political parties in the country. Besides, there are seven national parties — BJP, Congress, BSP, TMC, CPI, CMI-M and NCP — and 58 state parties.
ALSO READ EC recommends govt to amend laws on IT exemption, anonymous donations for political parties Seeking to stem flow of black money in elections, the Commission has proposed a slew of electoral reforms but most are pending with the government.

Breaking my head daily, but unable to find a solution: Naidu’s turnaround on demonetization

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After supporting demonetization initially, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday appeared to be having a second thought saying this is not what they wished for and that the solution to problems due to the note ban remained elusive even after 40 days.”Demonetization was not our wish but it happened. More than 40 days after demonetization, there are still lot of problems and there appears to be no solution,” he told a workshop of Telugu Desam MPs, MLCs, MLAs and other leaders here.”It still remains a sensitive and complicated problem,” Chandrababu, who heads the 13-member central committee to look into demonetization issues, observed.
ALSO READ 6 reasons why, despite being criticised, demonetization has failed to halt BJP’s victory march”I am spending two hours daily to find out how to ease the problems caused by demonetization. I am breaking my head daily but we are unable to find a solution to this problem,” he said.It was Chandrababu who had been a strong proponent of ban on high denomination currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000. In fact, he had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 12 reiterating his demand.
ALSO READ Whoever planted the idea of demonetization didn’t know elementary economics: Chidambaram Hours after the Prime Minister came out with the demonetization announcement, the Telugu Desam Party started claiming credit saying it was a “victory for Chandrababu” over his fight on corruption.”This is a moral victory for the TDP,” it said in posts on Facebook and Twitter.
ALSO READ Global rating agency Crisil gives thumbs up to demonetization, predicts lasting economic benefits”Prime Minister Modi may have taken the decision now but Chandrababu had these thoughts even when he was in the opposition (2004-14). He had been fighting for scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes since then,” the TDP said in a Facebook post.The party media cell dug out newspaper clippings dating back to June 2013 when Chandrababu raised the demand for the first time.But as people started facing trouble in exchanging the scrapped notes as well as in withdrawing cash from their accounts, Chandrababu seemed to change his tone and started making critical remarks about the Centre’s move, particularly the introduction of Rs 2000 notes.”We could resolve the ‘August crisis’ (an internal party coup dating back to 1984) in 30 days but this (demonetization) still persists,” he said.He said banks were “not prepared” for a transition to digital economy.”They are unable to even register banking correspondents,” he added.Unless there were remedial measures, people’s woes would continue in the long-term, Chandrababu warned.

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

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

Address support for terror from outside Afghanistan: India tells UN in clear reference to Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a clear reference to Pakistan providing safe havens to terror groups, India has told the UN that the international community needs to urgently address the backing outfits like the Haqqani Network, LeT and JeM draw from their “shadowy supporters” outside Afghanistan.”Experience, as well as academic research, provides ample support for the assertion that conflicts in which foreign assistance is available to shadowy entities that fight legitimate state authorities tend to be more severe and last longer than other types of conflict,” India’s Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said in a Security Council session on the situation in Afghanistan.Without naming Pakistan, Akbaruddin said sustainable peace in Afghanistan is contingent upon terror groups and individuals being denied safe havens in the country’s neighbourhood and the international community must address the issue of the support that terror outfits like the Taliban and al-Qaeda get from their supporters outside Afghanistan.
ALSO READ Pakistan as victim & perpetrator: Different takes on terrorism in Asia”If we are to bring sustainable peace to Afghanistan, groups and individuals that perpetrate violence against the people and the government of Afghanistan must be denied safe havens and sanctuaries in Afghanistan’s neighbourhood,” he said.”We need to address, as an imperative, the support that terrorist organisations like the Taliban, Haqqani Network, Daesh, al-Qaeda and its designated affiliates such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jaish-e Mohammed which operate entirely outside the fabric of international law draw from their shadowy supporters outside Afghanistan,” Akbaruddin said here yesterday.
ALSO READ Pakistan’s ‘outstanding’ issue is its support to terrorism, says India after Trump-Sharif phone callHe pointed out to the meeting in the 15-nation Council that it is apparent that efforts by nations for rebuilding institutions, infrastructure and networks in Afghanistan are being “undermined, schools are being destroyed, mosques bombarded and religious gatherings targeted”.”It is also evident that those who perpetrate these heinous crimes have survived and thrived only with support and sanctuaries on the outside,” he said, in a veiled but strong reference to Pakistan.
ALSO READ Heart of Asia declaration which named Pak-based terror outfits LeT, JeM was unanimous: Sartaj AzizAkbaruddin noted with concern that while the international community recommits to standing by the Afghan people each time the UN members discuss the situation in the war-torn country, the number of Afghan civilian and security forces casualties keeps rising.”While the Taliban sanctions regime remains split for more than five years, the designated terrorist group makes concerted effort to capture and hold territory. Therefore, for numerous Afghan women, men and children there is no respite from the plague of terrorism,” he said.The Indian envoy emphasised that the international community must introspect about the way it is approaching the situation in Afghanistan and whether there is need for course correction.

Writer from Kerala charged with sedition for allegedly insulting national anthem

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Malayalam writer and theatre artist was on Sunday charged with sedition for allegedly showing disrespect to the national anthem, police said.Kamal C Chavara, alias Kamalsy Prana, was taken into custody on charges of insulting the national anthem in a Facebook Post. A case was registered against him by police at Karungapally in Kollam a few days ago following a complaint from Yuva Morcha activists.The case under 124 A (sedition) has been registered against the writer, police said. As per the complaint filed by the Yuva Morcha activists, Kamal had posted some excerpts from his novel “Smasanangulude Nottupusthakam” on Facebook, which they alleged was an insult to the national anthem.
ALSO READ Kerala: Six people arrested for not standing during national anthem, later released Police said Kamal would be handed over to their counterparts at Karunagapalli.The incident comes close on the heels of the arrest of 12 persons earlier this month for not standing up when the national anthem was being played before the screening of a film at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in Thiruvananthapuram.
ALSO READ Chennai: Three youths beaten up for not standing during national anthem in theatreThe Supreme Court had recently directed that cinema halls across the country must play the national anthem before the screening of a film and people should stand up as a mark of respect. The ruling, however, has received mixed reactions from legal experts with a few terming it as “judiciary’s over-enthusiasm” and others saying playing it and respecting it won’t cause any harm.

PDP-BJP govt allowing step-by step erosion of Article 370: Omar Abdullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the Supreme Court held that Jammu and Kashmir has “no vestige” of sovereignty outside Indian Constitution and its own statute which is subordinate, Omar Abdullah on Sunday hit out at PDP-led government saying its “weak” legal defence of state’s special status was “alarming” as it was allowing “step-by-step erosion” of Article 370.Asking the state government to come clean on the issue, the NC leader targeted the PDP, alleging that it seems it has decided to facilitate the “long-cherished desire” of its alliance partner BJP “to circumvent and subvert the Constitution of the state” and attributes of Article 370.”The state government’s weak legal defence of various sensitive attributes of the state’s special status is alarming. The deliberate callousness shown by the state government indicated the tacit connivance of PDP in allowing the step-by-step erosion of Article 370 through a series of politically patronised cases and litigation. The PDP-BJP Government should come clean on its stand on this vital issue that could have far reaching implications for the State,” the former Chief Minister said in Srinagar.
ALSO READ Sovereignty of Jammu and Kashmir within Constitution of India: Supreme CourtThe opposition National Conference (NC) working president said the state government’s counsel in the Supreme Court has made it evident that the state government prima facie “does not oppose” the application of the SARFAESI Act in Jammu and Kashmir.”This has far reaching implications as the application of the SARFAESI Act to J-K was debatable in the context of Article 370 of the Constitution of India as also the provisions of the J-K Transfer of Property Act. Instead of highlighting these arguments and points of view, the state government’s counsel virtually conceded before the SC that Parliament was competent to extend SARFESI Act to J-K,” Omar said, alleging this “implicates” the state government in a visible pattern of such incidents that “are aimed at undermining” the state’s Constitution and Article 370 of the Constitution of India.
ALSO READ J&K residents are ‘first and foremost’ citizens of India, state’s sovereignty within Indian Constitution: SCOmar was reacting after the apex court held that provisions of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 (SARFAESI Act) are within the legislative competence of Parliament and can be enforced in Jammu and Kashmir.The bench set aside the verdict of Jammu and Kashmir High Court that had held that any law made by Parliament, which affects the laws made by state legislature, cannot be extended to Jammu and Kashmir.”The State of Jammu & Kashmir has no vestige of sovereignty outside the Constitution of India and its own Constitution, which is subordinate to the Constitution of India,” a bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and R F Nariman has said.”It is therefore wholly incorrect to describe it as being sovereign in the sense of its residents constituting a separate and distinct class in themselves. The residents of Jammu & Kashmir, we need to remind the High Court, are first and foremost citizens of India,” it has said.

Swaraj continues to promptly respond to Twitter pleas, promises help in bringing back body of Indian from Tokyo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Recuperating after a kidney transplant at AIIMS here, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj continues to promptly respond to pleas for helping Indians abroad — this time from a family which is unable to bring back the mortal remains of a member who died in Tokyo.”We will bear all the expenses (to bring back the body) and do this without delay,” Swaraj on Sunday tweeted from the hospital bed here, a day after the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) sought her help for the family of Gopal Ram who died eight days ago in the Japanese capital.DCW Chief Swati Maliwal had written to Swaraj seeking intervention after Radha Debi, wife of Gopal, approached the Commission seeking help, saying the family was unable to bring the body due to financial constraints.The External Affairs Minister is known for her prompt response in addressing problems of distressed Indians abroad, many of whom have approached her through twitter. Even during her hospitalisation, Swaraj, 64, who underwent a kidney transplant on December 10, has continued to respond to requests for help.
ALSO READ American woman alleges gang-rape, Sushma Swaraj assures action against culprits48-year-old Gopal Ram, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar here, had gone to Tokyo in September last year looking for greener pastures. He died of a cardiac arrest in the Japanese capital on December 10.”The family is severely distressed and needs your kind support. As we all aware you have been extremely pro-active in resolving such matters. Therefore, I am forwarding the representation along with this letter for your kind perusal. Hoping for your support in this matter,” Maliwal said in a letter to Swaraj on Saturday.
ALSO READ Great news: Sushma Swaraj recovering well after successful kidney transplant Gopal was working in Tokyo as a cook in a hotel and, according to a family member, he was fired within three months after which he started working in some local shop.His financial condition was bad because of which he was in distress, he said.On December 10, the family received a call from a person who worked with Gopal, saying that he has passed away following a heart attack.”Since then we have been in touch with Indian Embassy officials in Japan and also have written to the MEA but they have asked us to arrange for several documents and it is becoming extremely difficult for us to arrange things as we are financially not sound.”We want the government of India to help us bring back the body of my father so that we can perform his last rites,” Gopal’s son Jatin said.

‘Yuvraj’ Rahul Gandhi writing last chapter of Congress-free India: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accusing Rahul Gandhi of practising “propaganda of falsehood and rumours”, BJP on Thursday claimed that Congress Vice President is writing the last chapter of “Congress-mukt Bharat” and eroding the party’s base.”He is writing the last chapter of Congress-mukt Bharat (Congress-free India) through his flop and expired script and eroding whatever base the party has been left with. Congress and Rahul Gandhi don’t have any fact or logic. They are engaged in a conspiracy to weaken the fight against black money and corruption through rumours and propaganda of falsehood. Congress and its allies should keep in mind that this is a battle of honesty versus dishonesty,” Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in a statement.Citing BJP’s wins and losses of Congress in state and recent local polls, he said the country is moving towards becoming “Congress-free”. The political drama of the “brand new leader” of the grand old party is also responsible for this, he claimed.
ALSO READ More Rahul speaks, more Congress will be exposed: BJP hits back at ‘personal corruption’ jibe against PM Modi Training guns on Gandhi over alleged corruption involving his party, Naqvi said when “skeletons of corruption” start coming out, they will disturb the “yuvraj’s (prince) political calculations”. Corruption and loot is in the DNA of Congress, he alleged.Latest revelation in the VVIP chopper scam is indicative of the involvement of Congress’ first family, he claimed, insisting this is the reason the opposition party and its “yuvraj” see corruption everywhere. Earlier too Gandhi had levelled “baseless and illogical” allegations but Congress had to face embarrassment and was exposed when the truth came out, the Union Minister said.
ALSO READ He kept quiet for 10 years when MMS govt ‘looted’ country: BJP big guns attack Rahul Gandhi Referring to Gandhi’s attack on BJP over the Lalit Modi episode last year, he said the Congress leader had then also said an earthquake will come when he speaks on the issue. “Rahul Gandhi spoke on the issue in Parliament but no earthquake came, but Congress lost state elections one by one,” he said.

Cleaning black money from system very high on my agenda: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Against the backdrop of his demonetization decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said cleaning the system from black money and corruption is “very high” on his agenda amid a push towards employment generation and self-employment opportunities.”India is currently witnessing an economic transformation… We are now moving towards a digital and cashless economy,” he said while addressing via video conferencing the ‘Economic Times Asian Business Leaders Conclave 2016’ in Kuala Lumpur along with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak.”Presently, cleaning the system from black money and corruption is very high on my agenda,” Modi said, against the backdrop of his November 8 decision to scrap notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination.
ALSO READ War on black Money: RBI suspends junior employee, asks banks to check data for inconsistenciesHe said the economic process in India is being geared towards activities which are vital for generating employment or self-employment opportunities.The Prime Minister told the gathering that a number of steps have been taken to attract greater FDI and listed the various steps taken in this direction.
ALSO READ Demonetization is ‘vasectomy’ of black money hoarders: Rajnath SinghHe also mentioned that amendment to the Constitution to pave the way for Goods and Services Tax (GST), which will overhaul the indirect tax system in India, has been cleared by Parliament and “this is expected to be implemented in 2017″.”We welcome those who are not in India so far… India is not only a good destination. It’s always a good decision to be in India,” Modi said.
ALSO READ Black money crackdown: Rs 39.8 lakh cash seized in Gujarat”We have opened up new sectors for FDI and enhanced caps for existing sectors,” he said, adding the government’s concerted efforts on major FDI policy reforms continue and conditions for investments have been simplified.Total FDI inflows in the last two and a half years have touched $130 billion, Modi said.”The positive change in policy, regulatory and investment environment in India is recognized by both domestic and foreign investors,” he said.Referring to “Make in India” which celebrated 2nd anniversary this year, the Prime Minister said the initiative is aimed at making the country a global hub of manufacturing, design and innovation.”India is currently buzzing with entrepreneurial activity like never before… We have now become the 6th largest manufacturing country in the world,” he said.”Our efforts to ensure ease of doing business in India have been comprehensive and wide ranging, including legislative and structural,” Modi said.He said the government has also “rationalised greatly” the licensing regime and launched “single window interfaces” for registering a business, export-import clearances and labour compliance.”The outcomes of our efforts are visible from India’s global rankings on various indicators,” he said.”We have adopted a comprehensive National Intellectual Property Rights policy to lay the future roadmap for intellectual property,” he said about an issue which has been a major concern among the foreign investors.Modi said startups are the next big economic force in India and are “no less than a revolution”.”Building futuristic infrastructure is the biggest task at our hand. We are developing a pentagon of industrial corridors across India,” the Prime Minister said.He said there is immense focus on removing the logistics constraints and roads, railways, ports are being upgraded across the country.”This is a time for integration…at the level of economy also, we are among the most open and integrated economies,” he said.

VVIP Chopper scam: Ratan Tata must be interrogated, says Subramanian Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday wrote to the Acting Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe into the role of former defence secretary Vijay Singh and Tata Sons interim chairman Ratan Tata in the Agusta Westland chopper scam.Swamy said that he has urged the CBI acting Director to look into the matter of how Ratan Tata appointed Vijay Singh to the board of Tata Trusts, which in itself is illegal.”Ratan Tata went and deposed in Italy in the trial in the Agusta scam, so that itself makes it necessary to interrogate Mr Tata, because how is he involved? If he can obey a summons from Italy, he can obey one from India also,” Swamy said.
ALSO READ Tata Sons Director Vijay Singh ‘involved’ in AgustaWestaland scam: Cyrus MistryFurther stating that all allegations made by sacked Tata chairman Cyrus Mistry so far have been proven true, the senior BJP leader added, “For instance the Air Asia scandal has been proved by records and Delhi High Court has taken notice of it. So, here also it is necessary for the CBI to summon both Vijay Singh who was defence Secretary and also Ratan Tata and interrogate them.”Accusing Ratan Tata of conspiring with Singh, Swamy states in his letter that the ex-defence secretary had engaged in corrupt practices in the Agusta Westland scam, which the CBI is currently probing.
ALSO READ After visit to Italy, CBI now probing money trail of 50 million euro in AgustaWestland scam”Ratan Tata thereafter rewarded Vijay Singh with a directorship in Tata Sons by the dubious route of being a nominee in the Tata Trusts which in itself are illegal since the Tata Trusts are Trusts for philanthropy and owned by the public and not by the Tatas,” the letter said.Asserting that a complaint has been filed in this regard with Securities and Exchange Bank of India (SEBI), Swamy added that such Trusts cannot engage in commercial business even if under the name of Tata and Sons Ltd.

Pakistan paying one crore per terrorist to cross LoC, reveals PoK leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as Pakistan keeps pleading its innocence at international fora regarding it not being involved in terror-related activities, particularly when it comes to India, Sardar Raees Inqlabi, a leader of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir-based Jammu and Kashmir Aman Forum, has rubbished that claim by saying that Islamabad is paying hefty sums of cash to send terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC).”You (Pakistan) are hiring killers and murderers; you pay them one crore rupees and turn them into a bomb and make them cross LoC, which is the main reason of tension. We condemn this terrorism. If you are so fond of firing, you must fight army to army,” says Inqlabi.Further exposing Pakistan’s state-support to terror outfits and questioning Islamabad’s ulterior motives, he asks, “Those terror outfits which are banned in Pakistan in accordance with the National Action Plan, why are they being allowed to operate from ‘Azad’ Kashmir (PoK), and why are the banned groups been given a free hand in PoK.”
ALSO READ Pakistan will splinter into 10 pieces if it doesn’t stop conspiring against India: Rajnath Singh”Those organisations which are banned by Pakistan have been given free hand here and along the LoC, and thus, we demand that Islamabad must impose a blanket ban on such outfits akin to the National Action Plan in Pakistan,” adds Inqlabi.
ALSO READ Pak Army has licence to kill us, rape us, still UN is silent, accuses Baloch activist Naela BalochAccording an official estimate, the Pakistan Army has violated the ceasefire arrangement agreed upon with India in November 2003 along the LoC and International Border (IB) more than 440 times this year.The Pakistan Army is facilitating and aiding infiltration by providing either cover fire or shelter to terrorists attempting to sneak into Indian territory by crossing over the LoC.
ALSO READ 300% increase in terrorists deaths in Jammu and Kashmir compared to last year Last month, Indian security forces released a video clearly showing infiltration bids by Pakistan-backed terrorists.According to the report, more than 100 militants owing allegiance to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen have been staying in terror training camps located in PoK and waiting to sneak across the LoC into Indian Territory.Also slamming Pakistan for practicing discrimination in awarding compensation, Inqlabi said, “If someone dies in a bomb blast in Pakistan, his family is compensated with Rs. 50 lakh, but what we get in PoK is just Rs. 1-2 lakh.”Meanwhile, to mark International Human Rights Day on December 10 (Saturday), Baloch political activists across world, including the UK, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Germany and many other European nations, held protests against the atrocities committed by the Pakistani establishment on their people back home.

Sasikala imbibed thoughts & working style of Jayalalithaa, should lead AIADMK: TN CM O Panneerselvam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Strongly backing late Jayalalithaa’s long time aide Sasikala, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Sunday said she should become general secretary and lead the AIADMK.”There is no second opinion on the issue. If anyone has second thoughts, they are not true AIADMK workers,” Jaya Plus Tamil TV channel reported Panneerselvam as saying.He said Sasikala shared Jayalalithaa’s grief, she lived with her as her trusted aide and was like a sister. She imbibed the thoughts and working style of Jayalalithaa by being with her for over 30 years. She lived like Jayalalithaa’s shadow “till Amma’s death,” he said.”Like Amma, Chinnamma (as Sasikala is referred to by party workers) knows each and every party worker. To ensure continuance of the party’s functioning with the same level of discipline one can find in the army, brought about by Amma, the only way out in the present situation is for Chinnamma to become the general secretary and lead the party,” he said.”To fill the void in the party created by the demise of Amma, AIADMK senior party leaders and ministers have urged Chinnamma to take on the mantle of general secretary,” he said.Panneerselvam, also the party Treasurer, praised Sasikala for steadfastly supporting Jayalalithaa till the end. He condemned criticism against Sasikala from certain quarters and said “rumours will not succeed.”
ALSO READ Sasikala uses the power of the Garden in Tamil NaduEarlier, a plea urging her to step into the shoes of Jayalalithaa was made by a delegation of leaders including AIADMK presidium chairman E Madhusudanan and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Thambidurai when they called on Sasikala at the Poes Garden residence of the late chief minister.A host of state ministers, including Dindigul C Srinivasan and Electricity Minister P Thangamani expressed similar sentiments in interviews to the channel.
ALSO READ Did Jayalalithaa leave behind a will? AIADMK has no answersThe leaders who called on Sasikala included former Ministers K A Sengottaiyan, B Valarmathi, Gokula Indira, former Chennai Mayor Saidai Duraisamy, party spokesperson C R Saraswathy and senior leader A Tamil Magan Hussain.Sasikala, 60, has been a close aide of Jayalalithaa for three decades and has always been seen as a power centre in the party.AIADMK Organisational Secretary C Ponnaiyan said there was nothing wrong in the Chief Minister and key party leaders consulting her. He had also asserted that the General Secretary would be elected soon and party remained united.Jaya Plus Television Channel, a pro-AIADMK Tamil News channel, aired the opinions of several AIADMK functionaries and state ministers, who lent support for Sasikala and urged her to assume the top party position soon.

School teacher quits after being asked to remove burqa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A teacher working with a school in suburban Kurla, Mumbai has resigned alleging that her religious sentiments were being compromised due to the directives from her newly appointed senior.Shabina Khan Nazneen (25) resigned on Wednesday, accusing her senior of forcing her to remove burqa and hijab (headscarf) during the teaching period. She cited that it was “not worthy to compromise with her religious sentiments.” However, the school management has not accepted her resignation so far and said that a decision would be taken by next week.”I repeatedly requested the senior headmistress and conveyed my anguish to Principal too about how I was being regularly forced to do away with the burqa and hijab. But no one paid heed and so finally I sent my resignation to the Principal on December 6,” she claimed.
ALSO READ HC dismisses PIL for ban on burqa, other face veils in DelhiNazneen, who teaches Information Communication Technology to the students, admitted that while other Muslim teachers remove their burqa and hijab while taking classes she is not ready to compromise with this at any cost.She was appointed as a teacher almost three years ago.
ALSO READ Angela Merkel and the burqa ban: The veiled ethical cover upWhen contacted, Vikram Pillai, Principal of the school said, “Her resignation and all related papers have been forwarded to the trust and management of the school and any decision would be taken by next week only.” Meanwhile, Nazneen has also approached an NGO Jai Ho Foundation. The foundation has written a letter to education minister Vinod Tawde.Adil Khatri, trustee of the foundation, said, “This is in violation of her fundamental right to religion and personal liberty. We have urged minister to initiate an enquiry into the matter and act against the wrong-doers.”

Demonetization: Biggest catch since Nov 8, assets worth Rs 142 cr seized in Chennai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the biggest seizure of cash and gold post demonetization, the Income Tax department said on Friday it has seized unaccounted assets worth over Rs 142 crore — that includes about Rs 10 crore in new notes and gold bars weighing 127 kg — during searches at multiple locations in Chennai to check tax evasion.This largest seizure of new currency notes in the country, after the old Rs 500/1,000 notes were scrapped on November 8, was seized by the sleuths of the investigation wing of the Income Tax department after raids were launched on Thursday in eight premises of a group engaged in sand mining in Tamil Nadu. “The group has sand mining licence for the entire state of Tamil Nadu. Eight premises (six residential and two offices) were covered in the search. “During the search, Rs 96.89 crore cash in old high denomination notes and Rs 9.63 crore in new Rs 2000 currency notes along with gold weighing 127 kg worth approximately Rs 36.29 crore were found and seized, as unaccounted assets,” the Central Board of Direct Taxes, policy-making body for the I-T department, said in a statement issued in Delhi.The total value of the assets is about Rs 142.81 crore. Pictures of the seizures made by the sleuths in Chennai show big paper cartons packed with old and new notes kept side-by-side shining gold bars in a room in a posh locality in the southern metropolis. It added that the searches are “still in progress at four out of the total 8 premises and more specific details including modus operandi would emerge after examination of the documents and other evidence detected during the search.” Meanwhile, officials said S Reddy, a contractor working with the state government, has claimed the entire money and the gold as his own and is being questioned along with few other people.
ALSO READ Demonetization: IT department seizes Rs 73 crore cash, 100 kg gold from Chennai jewellersA senior department official said this seizure of gold and cash was “an unprecedented amount that the tax department has seized in recent times.” The department, the officials said, carried out the searches based on intelligence inputs about the activities of Reddy and few others for the last few days.Officials said the agency was investigating how the new notes in such a large quantity were stashed by the individual. The bundles of the new Rs 2000, that were seized, had no banking slips on the them and were jumbled up to mislead investigators, they said.
ALSO READ Demonetization to curb counterfeitingThe officials said a number of documents related to financial transactions, entries of gold sale and records of sale/purchase have also been seized by the tax sleuths. “He (Reddy) is a contractor working with the state government. He is claiming the entire cash and gold to be his own. Further probe is on,” they said. The I-T department, said they will share the case details with the Enforcement Directorate and CBI for further probe into money laundering and corruption angles. Some bank officials are also under the scanner of the taxman. The tax department had made the largest seizure of Rs 5.7 crore cash in new notes in Bengaluru few days back after which two other central probe agencies, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate, had taken over the cases to probe instances of corruption, money laundering and large-scale hawala transactions in the wake of demonetization of high value notes on November 8.

JNU missing student: ‘How can a man vanish suddenly,’ asks HC to Delhi cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court slammed the police on Friday for remaining clueless about missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who has remained untraced for 55 days, asking how can a man just “vanish suddenly”. Maintaining that it was concerned with the recovery of the boy whose mother has been running from pillar to post to be united with her son, the Court said a situation, in which a missing person has not been traced for over 50 days, would create a sense of insecurity among the people.”It is over 50 days. Still you (police) do not know about his whereabouts. How can somebody vanish suddenly and police has no clue about it? Even if we think of the worst, something has to be found out. We are pained that the missing person has not been traced till date,” a bench of Justices GS Sistani and Vinod Goel said.Najeeb went missing from JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel on October 15 allegedly after an on-campus scuffle between him and some members of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The ABVP has denied involvement in his disappearance. The bench said, “We are not concerned with the scuffle.
ALSO READ JNU missing student: Students involved in scuffle with Najeeb identifiedWe only want that the boy is recovered and he returns to his house. We are concerned that the mother should get her child.” The court’s oral observation came after the police and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) informed it that Najeeb has remained untraceable till date and they were making all efforts to locate him.The varsity and the police were responding to the habeus corpus plea filed by Najeeb’s 45-year old mother Fatima Nafees who was also present in the court on Friday. She has sought directions to the authorities to trace her 27-year-old son who was pursuing MSc in Biotechnology from JNU. During the brief hearing, senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra, appearing for the police, told the bench that the Crime Branch was exploring all angles to trace Najeeb and even issued advertisements. “We are diligent, We will do whatever is to be done at our level,” Mehra said.
ALSO READ JNU missing student: Najeeb missing for over a month, police raises reward amountOn the other hand, JNU’s counsel Monika Arora submitted before that “since day one, the university is in regular contact with the Delhi police obtaining updates and providing relevant information to the police regarding the incident. “It is also stated that university has carried out its own search operation in the hostel and the campus of the JNU. Moreover, the security guards alongwith police teams have been coordinating in search of Najeeb in the adjoining and adjacent forest areas of the JNU campus,” Arora said, adding that “the university’s Vice Chancellor has written to the senior police officials and SHO concerned to expedite the search of missing student Najeeb”.To this, the bench said, “this is something very serious. If a person disappears and remains untraced, it would create a sense of insecurity in the public of the city.” The bench asked the police to “explore all angles” and listed the matter for further hearing on December 14. Arora, in a status report, said soon after the incident, the hostel warden had called a meeting including Najeeb and other persons involved in the altercation. “All persons involved in the altercation including Najeeb were called by the warden, some disciplinary measures were taken after Najeeb admitted his mistake for initiating the brawl/altercation with his fellow students. The said issue was resolved in presence of JNUSU President and other college staff and students,” JNU submitted.
ALSO READ JNU missing student case: Delhi HC directs police to file status report within three daysIt also told the bench that the students involved in the scuffle on the fateful night have been identified and their immediate transfer from the hostel was recommended. The counsel said the office of the Chief Proctor has acknowledged that there was a scuffle and submitted the Proctorial Board report on the incident at the hostel. “After Najeeb is found, the disciplinary action awarded to these persons will be again looked into,” the court was told. On November 28, the High Court had sternly asked the city police to “cut across all political barriers” and find Najeeb.

Demonetization: IT dept raids Chandni Chowk Axis Bank, finds Rs 450 crore in fake accounts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a raid conducted by the Income Tax department at Chandni Chowk’s Axis Bank branch on Friday, 15 fake accounts were discovered.According to ANI, an official said that over Rs 450 crores were found in these fake accounts.This amount has been deposited in the bank ever since PM Modi made the announcement to demonetize old Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes on November 8. According to a NDTV report, the fake accounts have been created using forged documents. It is suspected that the money may have been routed to buy gold.Last month too, Axis Bank Kashmere Gate branch in Delhi was raided and two people were caught with Rs 3.5 crore in new currency.
ALSO READ Demonetization: ‘Expect banks to cut lending rates soon’In an effort to curb black money and fake currency, PM Modi had announced that people would be allowed to deposit the demonetized notes in bank accounts only till December 30. The other clause added to the provision is that deposits more than Rs 2.5 lakh will attract scrutiny by the taxman.People who haven’t disclosed black money till September 30 have been given a chance to disclose money and pay a penalty along with 50% tax.

Chennai: In largest haul yet, I-T dept seizes Rs 106 crore in new & old notes, 127kg gold

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax department has seized at least Rs 106 crore in cash, including Rs 10 crore in new currency, and gold bars weighing 127 kg in searches at multiple locations in the city to check tax evasion post demonetization. This is the largest seizure of new currency notes after the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were scrapped on November 8. The I-T operation had been launched on Thursday.Officials said S Reddy, a contractor working with the state government, has claimed the entire money and the gold as his own and is being questioned. “127 kg gold in 1 kg bars and Rs 96 crore in old currency and Rs 10 crore in Rs 2,000 notes have been seized by the sleuths after the operation,” top I-T department officials said, adding “this is an unprecedented amount that the tax department has seized in recent times”.The department carried out the searches based on intelligence inputs about the activities of Reddy and few others for the last few days. Officials said the agency was investigating how the new notes in such a large quantity were stashed by the individual. The bundles of the new Rs 2,000 had no banking slips on them. They said the I-T teams had launched operations on at least eight locations of a “syndicate” involved in currency conversion.
ALSO READ I-T dept finds unaccounted income worth Rs 152 crore after raids in Bengaluru, Chennai & ErodeThe officials said a number of documents related to financial transactions, entries of gold sale and records of sale/purchase have also been seized by the tax sleuths. At least three people of the alleged syndicate are being questioned while few others are under the radar, they said. “He (Reddy) is a contractor working with the state government. He is claiming the entire cash and gold to be his own. Further probe is on,” they said.The I-T department, they said, will share the case details with the Enforcement Directorate and CBI for further probe into money laundering and corruption angles. Some bank officials are also under the scanner of the taxman.
ALSO READ Bengaluru: Income Tax dept seizes Rs 5 crore cash in new and old currencyThe tax department had made the largest seizure of Rs 5.7 crore cash in new notes in Bengaluru few days ago after which two other central probe agencies, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate, had taken over the cases to probe instances of corruption, money laundering and large-scale hawala transactions in the wake of the currency scrap on November 8.

Karunanidhi discharged from hospital, but won’t meet people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK Chief M Karunanidhi has been advised rest and will not meet people as he has been asked to remain cautious against contracting any infection following his discharge from a private hospital in Chennai, the party said on Thursday. “Although Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) has returned from Kauvery Hospital after receiving treatment for the past few days, doctors have advised he should take rest for a few more days and that he be careful and cautious against contracting any infection till then,” the party said in a statement.Therefore, DMK workers and Karunanidhi’s friends have been advised not to pay a visit to the the 93 year-old leader, it said and sought cooperation from them in this regard. Karunanidhi was discharged from Kauvery hospital in Chennai on Wednesday after a week-long treatment for nutritional and hydration support.The former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was admitted there on December 1 after being treated at home for a drug-induced allergy. “After medical treatment, he has improved substantially and was discharged from the hospital today,” Kauvery Hospital Executive Director Dr S Aravindan had said on Wednesday.
ALSO READ Karunanidhi discharged from hospital; advised restHe had said that the hospital will continue to assess and provide necessary medical and nursing care to facilitate the DMK chief’s recuperation at home. The drug-induced allergy has virtually kept Karunanidhi out of public activities for the past one month.

AAP MP Bhagwant Mann held guilty, suspended for rest of Parliament session

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Holding him guilty of putting the security of Parliament House and its occupants at risk, a parliamentary committee probing the videography issue has recommended suspension of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Lok Sabha MP Bhagwant Mann for the rest of the winter session. The committee in its report has held that the conduct of 43-year-old Mann, who had landed in a controversy in July after live-streaming from Parliament House on social media, was “highly objectionable” which shows him “bereft of basic knowledge, etiquettes and responsibilities of the office he holds”.BJP member Kirit Somaiya, who heads the 9-member panel constituted in July, tabled the report in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. It rejected Mann’s apology saying his statements to the panel were contradictory with the MP from Sangrur denying the charge that he had breached the Parliament’s security arrangements.The committee, however, left the security implications of the episode for a thorough review by a Joint Parliamentary Committee on Security and the Ministry of Home Affairs. It also said there are some serious issues about Parliament’s security, which need to be addressed on priority.
ALSO READ Lok Sabha panel probing AAP MP Bhagwant Mann’s video case to submit report in a weekAmong these issues, it said, are “poor quality” images captured by the CCTV. “The committee, therefore, after due deliberations, recommends that Bhagwant Mann, MP, may be suspended for the remaining period of the current session i.e. the tenth session of the 16th Lok Sabha,” it said. The session is scheduled to end on December 16.The parliamentary panel said Mann did not take a coherent and consistent stand and it was only after being granted repeated opportunities to explain the “inherent contradictions” in his replies that he chose to correct himself. However, despite tendering unconditional apology he reiterated his earlier claims in which he denied that he breached security arrangements of Parliament House.
ALSO READ Term of Parliament panel on Bhagwant Mann’s photography controversy extended”The committee feels that the same contradictions are repeatedly surfacing again and again in Mann’s communications and therefore the tendering his apology to it cannot be treated as unconditional apology,” it said. Asking him to refrain from such misdemeanour, the committee in its recommendations impressed upon him the “utmost need for strict adherence to norms and standards of etiquette, due compliance of the rules of procedure and well settled rich traditions of Parliament….” Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had constituted the committee on July 25.In a nearly 12-minute video, apparently shot on July 21, Mann gives a running commentary as his vehicle crosses security barricades and enters Parliament. Mann then enters a room where questions to be taken up inside Parliament were being sorted and describes the process.
ALSO READ Days after attacking journalists, Bhagwant Mann says he ‘respects’ mediaActing tough, Mahajan had said Mann’s videography of the complex had put its security “in peril” and asked him not to attend the House till a decision is taken on the matter. Anandrao Adsul, Meenakshi Lekhi, Bhartruhari Mahtab, Rata De, Thota Narasimham, Satya Pal Singh, KC Venugopal and P Venugopal were the other members of the committee which held 13 sittings to finalise its report.

Demonetization a foolish not bold decision: Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of demonetization, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday described it as foolish, rather than a bold decision. Gandhi said the decision has been implemented without consideration.”The assessment is that, it is a disaster. It has devastated the poor, farmers and daily wage workers. We want to have a discussion. We want a vote, government doesn’t. How can it be a bold decision. It is a foolish decision taken without any due consideration,” he said.Claiming that Prime Minister Modi has ‘changed his narrative’ on demonetization, Gandhi said, “Prime Minister Modi started by saying it is against black money, now the talk of black money is vanished. Then, he went to terrorism. After the terrorists were caught with the new notes, he went to counterfeit currency and later cashless economy. So, basically he is running.”
ALSO READ Nation still facing problems courtesy ‘monumental mismanagement’: Congress on demonetization”PM Modi is running away, if he comes to the House for a debate, we won’t let him run. He (PM Modi) is laughing, having a nice time while the people of the country are suffering. The idea behind a cashless economy is that a few people must get maximum benefits from these transactions, this has damaged the nation,” he added.Further attacking Prime Minister Modi, he said, “If I am allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha, I will show to all how Paytm means ‘Pay to Modi.”
ALSO READ Demonetization: Foreign govts unhappy over cash crunch, may take reciprocal measures When asked about the disruption in parliament, Rahul said the responsibility of running the House is with the government and the Speaker, not the opposition.With the opposition observing Black Day to vent their ire over the existing problems post completion of one month of demonetization, the government today cornered the Gandhi family, saying those questioning the ruling dispensation are the ones supporting the black money holders.
ALSO READ Low growth forecast mainly due to weak Q2 growth, not demonetization: RBIUnion Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said the opposition is not observing a Black Day, but they are voicing their support for black money holders.Taking a dig at the Congress, he added, “Gandhi ji gave call for Satyagrah to see that victory of truth prevails. What are so-called namesakes of Gandhis doing.”Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, echoing similar sentiments, alleged that the opposition protest was aimed at garnering media space.

Sheila Dikshit’s son-in-law files contempt plea in HC against estranged wife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Syed Mohammed Imran, son-in-law of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, on Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court seeking contempt action against his estranged wife and some cops alleging that he was arrested “casually” in a criminal case in contravention of the apex court guidelines.Dikshit’s daughter Latika has alleged that her estranged husband Imran took away papers of a land, owned by her at Nainital, despite having been told not to do so. An FIR under penal provisions relating to cheating, dishonest misappropriation of property and theft has been lodged against Imran.Referring an apex court verdict, Imran said that the police needed to follow the “checklist/guidelines which have been laid down by it against casual arrests in cases under Section 498A (harassment to woman by her husband and her in-laws) of the IPC as also under cases where punishment is for seven years or less”.
ALSO READ Sheila Dikshit’s son-in-law denied bail in case theft, misappropriation of his wife’s propertyThe plea, which came up for hearing before Justice Manmohan, alleged that Imran was “vexatiously and illegally” arrested and detained by Delhi Police without following proper procedure and this “malafide act” of the cops was at the behest of his wife, who belongs to an “influential political family”.Advocates P Banerjee and Neeraj Kumar, appearing for Imran, argued in the court that a false and fabricated FIR was lodged against their client without application of mind and checking the genuineness of his wife’s complaint regarding matrimonial dispute and that he was wrongfully confined in custody for 15 days.
ALSO READ Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit’s son-in-law sent to 2-day police custodyThe counsel said the contents of the FIR “ex-facie” showed that the allegations in the complaint pertained to matrimonial dispute but the FIR was lodged under other penal provisions.The FIR does not disclose commission of any offence under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property) and 380 (theft) read with section 66 of the IT Act, which have been invoked by the police, he said. “The allegations in the FIR are in the nature of matrimonial dispute. The respondents ought not to have registered in a routine manner and in fact should have forwarded the complaint for approval of the DCP/Additional DCP, before registering an FIR,” the plea said, adding that the “police officers have bypassed the law”.To this, the court asked Imran’s counsel to show the law which says that if a section is not added at the time of lodging of an FIR, fresh sections cannot be invoked later on. “According to me, the Criminal Procedure Code says that the magistrate can add sections on his own. Even at the stage of appeal, a charge can be added,” the judge said and posted the matter for further hearing to December 15.Imran was arrested on November 10 from Bangalore and brought here on transit remand, and was granted bail by a court here on November 24. Latika and Imran had got married in 1996, but were living separately for the last 10 months. In her complaint filed in June, Latika had alleged that Imran’s attitude had changed towards her and had become aggressive and rude after her mother lost in the Delhi Assembly polls.

SC to hear plea against CBI interim boss Rakesh Asthana’s appointment on Dec 9

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear on December 9 a plea challenging the appointment of Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as the interim director of CBI.”Okay. It will come up on Friday,” a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao said after advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for NGO Common Cause, mentioned the plea. The petition, filed by the NGO, alleged that the Centre took a series of steps in a “completely mala fide, arbitrary and illegal manner to ensure that Asthana was given the charge of CBI director”.It has claimed that the government did not convene a meeting of the selection committee comprising the prime minister, the leader of the largest opposition party and the Chief Justice of India, even though it was fully aware that Anil Sinha was going to demit the office of CBI director on December 2.
ALSO READ PIL against government’s decision to appoint Gujarat cadre IPS as interim chief of CBIAsthana, an IPS officer of 1984-batch, was elevated as the Additional Director in the agency on December 2 when CBI Special Director R K Dutta, who was reportedly among the frontrunners for the top post, was shifted to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as a Special Secretary.The PIL claimed that the government had “prematurely curtailed” the tenure and transferred Dutta to MHA on November 30 — just two days before Sinha was slated to demit office.
ALSO READ Rakesh Asthana to be interim chief of CBI

Amma no more: Jayalalithaa buried with full state honours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lakhs of grieving men and women bid a tearful adieu to J Jayalalithaa, the charismatic Chief Minister who held sway over Tamil Nadu politics for more than three decades with a pro-poor image, as the AIADMK supremo was buried in Chennai with full state honours on Tuesday.President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, his counterparts from several states, Governor Vidyasagar Rao, DMK leader MK Stalin and superstar Rajnikanth were among the dignitaries who paid homage at Rajaji Hall where the body of 68-year-old Jayalalithaa lay in state since early morning.
ALSO READ RIP Amma: Jayalalithaa’s unfulfilled dream – becoming Prime Minister Sasikala Natarajan, the close confidante of Jayalalithaa for over three decades, was beside the body throughout the day and later conducted the religious rituals before the sandalwood casket was lowered at a site close to MGR memorial on the shores of Marina beach. No sooner had the brief rituals concluded at around 6 PM, the casket carrying the mortal remains of the five-time chief minister was lowered after a gun salute amid emotional chants of ‘Amma Vazhga’ (Long Live Amma) by a sea of humanity which had converged at the burial site.Various leaders including Naidu, Rao, Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Paneerselvam, Speaker Dhanapal and former Governor K Rosiah placed wreaths at the feet of the body that was draped in a silk saree in her favourite green colour and a sandalwood garland placed around her neck. Earlier, thousands of people hailing ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Amma’ (Revolutionary Leader Amma) walked with the cortege that was part of a military convoy in which her coffin was carried, wrapped in the national flag and covered with flowers.
ALSO READ Amma no more: Who performed J Jayalalithaa’s last rites?Amid heavy security cover, the funeral procession made steady progress to the destination, a distance of three km from Rajaji Hall in the government estate, passing through Madras University and the burial site opposite the British-era iconic PWD building. Big photographs of Jayalalithaa, an actor-turned- politician, were placed all around the coffin even as people showered the hearse with flowers, as Sasikala accompanied the body.
ALSO READ Blast from the past: When Jayalalithaa revealed her crushes on Simi Garewal’s talk show!With the Central government ordering a state funeral, personnel from the three armed forces paid their respects and gave a guard of honour before Sasikala conducted the last rites with the aid of a Brahmin priest. The rituals include sprinkling of water, offering of rice, showering of flower petals and sandalwood pieces.Jayalalithaa, a spinster who never shied away from flaunting her religious identity and beliefs, was surprisingly buried and not cremated. She was laid to rest by the side of her mentor and actor-turned politician MG Ramachandran, a former chief minister.Lakhs of people had packed the area around Rajaji Hall where men and women wept in grief as they attempted to reach the body of their Amma or “mother”. The mortal remains of Jayalalithaa was earlier taken from her Poes Garden residence to Rajaji Hall, hours after she died at a private hospital late last night after battling for life for 75 days. Modi flew in from Delhi to pay his homage to Jayalalithaa with whom he enjoyed a personal rapport. The prime minister consoled a teary-eyed Sasikala and placed his hand over her head. At the burial site, the pit where Jayalalithaa’s mortal remains were lowered was filled with sand and mud amid showering of flowers. This was preceded by offering of milk and holy water on her body. Then nails were hammered on the coffin that was engraved with the words ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Selvi’ in Tamil, before being lowered.Jayalalithaa’s body was also covered with an AIADMK party flag red and white in colour with an image of Dravidian ideologue and former Chief Minister CN Annadurai. En route the funeral procession, those on board the cavalcade showered flower petals all along even as AIADMK workers and supporters walked along chanting “Puratchi Thalaivi Amma Pugazh Onguga” (Let the reputation of Revolutionary Leader Amma grow).Emotional men and women thronged terraces of high rise buildings and on both sides of the road, for having a last glimpse of the departed leader that was being taken in a long cavalcade of several vehicles besides the gun-carriage. Amid tight security, which included the deployment of armed reserve and rapid action forces, the procession wound its way to the famous Marina Beach peacefully.Tens of thousands of party workers and common people had gathered at the MGR memorial site there, waiting patiently for several hours to witness the burial ceremony. Those who paid homage to the late leader at Rajaji Hall, included Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Governor P Sathasivam and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.A host of film personalities, including superstar Rajinikanth, actors Sarath Kumar, Sivakarthikeyan, Dhanush, actress Gauthami, besides veteran artistes who had worked with Jayalalithaa decades ago, also paid their last respects. Visiting Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan also paid his last respects.

Amma no more: Who performed J Jayalalithaa’s last rites?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa was laid to rest on Tuesday at Marina beach next to MGR memorial. Her last rites were conducted by her confidante Sasikala Natrajan and an unknown person.According to The News Minute report, that unknown person is real estate businessman in Chennai and the son of Jayalalithaa’s brother Jayakumar.Deepak Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa’s deceased brother’s son, lives a life of relative anonymity.
ALSO READ RIP Amma: This Facebook post about J Jayalaithaa sums up her life perfectly It was earlier speculated that Vivek, the son of Sasikala’s niece Ilavarasi, would have conducted the last rites, but that wasn’t the case. However, there were also reports that Deepak’s sister Deepa Jayakumar and her husband Madhavan were not allowed to visit Jayalalithaa in Apollo Hospital, as Sasikala wanted to keep Deepa away from ‘Amma’.
ALSO READ RIP Amma: Why J Jayalalithaa was buried instead of being cremated According to a Times of India report, the family has been estranged from Jayalalithaa ​ever since 1995. Lakhs of grieving men and women today bid a tearful adieu to J Jayalalithaa, the charismatic Chief Minister who held sway over Tamil Nadu politics for more than three decades with a pro-poor image, as the AIADMK supremo was buried here with full state honours.President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, his counterparts from several states, Governor Vidyasagar Rao, DMK leader M K Stalin and superstar Rajnikanth were among the dignitaries who paid homage at Rajaji Hall where the body of 68-year-old Jayalalithaa lay in state since early morning.
ALSO READ ‘Most men are terrified of me’: Watch J Jayalalithaa’s heart warming interview with Simi Garewal Sasikala Natarajan, the close confidante of Jayalalithaa for over three decades, was beside the body throughout the day and later conducted the religious rituals before the sandalwood casket was lowered at a site close to MGR memorial on the shores of Marina beach.No sooner had the brief rituals concluded at around 6 PM, the casket carrying the mortal remains of the five-time chief minister was lowered after a gun salute amid emotional chants of ‘Amma Vazhga’ (Long Live Amma) by a sea of humanity which had converged at the burial site.Various leaders including Naidu, Rao, Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Paneerselvam, Speaker Dhanapal and former Governor K Rosiah placed wreaths at the feet of the body that was draped in a silk saree in her favourite green colour and a sandalwood garland placed around her neck.Earlier, thousands of people hailing ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Amma’ (Revolutionary Leader Amma) walked with the cortege that was part of a military convoy in which her coffin was carried, wrapped in the national flag and covered with flowers.Amid heavy security cover, the funeral procession made steady progress to the destination, a distance of three km from Rajaji Hall in the government estate, passing through Madras University and the burial site opposite the British-era iconic PWD building.Big photographs of Jayalalithaa, an actor-turned- politician, were placed all around the coffin even as people showered the hearse with flowers, as Sasikala accompanied the body.With the Central government ordering a state funeral, personnel from the three armed forces paid their respects and gave a guard of honour before Sasikala conducted the last rites with the aid of a Brahmin priest.The rituals include sprinkling of water, offering of rice, showering of flower petals and sandalwood pieces.Jayalalithaa, a spinster who never shied away from flaunting her religious identity and beliefs, was surprisingly buried and not cremated. She was laid to rest by the side of her mentor and actor-turned politician M G Ramachandran, a former chief minister.Lakhs of people had packed the area around Rajaji Hall where men and women wept in grief as they attempted to reach the body of their Amma or “mother”.The mortal remains of Jayalalithaa was earlier taken from her Poes Garden residence to Rajaji Hall, hours after she died at a private hospital late last night after battling for life for 75 days.passed away on Monday night in Apollo Hospital, Chennai following a cardiac arrest. Her mortal remains were draped in the national flag and kept in a sandalwood coffin, she was buried on Tuesday with full state honours and was given one gun salute by the army.Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad were prominent people who attended the funeral.(With agency inputs)

Watch | Live streaming of J Jayalalithaa’s funeral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who breathed her last on December 5 at 11.30 PM in Apollo Hospital, Chennai will be cremated with full state honours at Marina Beach on Tuesday (December 6) at 4:30 PM.The funeral will be attended by the nation’s political top brass and people from all across the nation.​Centre has declared one day state mourning and the national flag on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast. A seven-day state mourning has been declared from Tuesday morning to mourn the death of the beloved six-time Chief Minister and a three-day holiday has also been announced for educational institutions in the state.Jayalalithaa, a popular leader who showered the poor with populist programmes, was battling for life since last 75 days.The 68-year-old leader had suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.
ALSO READ Timeline: A chronicle of J Jayalalithaa’s life(With agency inputs)The live streaming of her funeral can be seen here:
ALSO READ All you need to know about J Jayalalithaa

IDS: Under scanner Mahesh Shah taken back home in police uniform

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>City police were on Sunday caught up in a controversy after they gave the property dealer Mahesh Shah, who declared undisclosed income of Rs 13,860 crore, a police uniform to wear when taking him back to his house.Inspector M U Mashi of Satellite area police station said Shah was dressed in police uniform so as to conceal his identity for security reasons. The explanation came after photographs of Shah in khaki uniform circulated on social media. Shah, questioned over his startling claim of undisclosed wealth, was allowed to go home by Income Tax Department officials this morning.”It is our duty to provide protection. We just wanted to conceal his identity. Such steps are necessary to protect him in view of threat to his security,” said inspector Mashi, when asked by the media about the pictures. He also said that police personnel had been deployed outside Shah’s residence for security. On Saturday, Shah made a sensational claim at a TV studio that he was used as a ‘front’ to declare Rs 13,860 crore under IDS.
ALSO READ Police let go Mahesh Shah after questioning over Rs 13,860 crore of undisclosed incomeHe was taken away for questioning from the studio last evening and interrogated through the night at the Income Tax office in Ahmedabad. P C Mody, Director of Investigations, Income Tax, said Shah had been asked to remain present again at the office at 11.30 am on Monday. “But it is up to him what time he eventually appears,” said Mody. Shah came under the scanner after he failed to pay Rs 1,560 crore, 25 per cent of the total 45 per cent tax on the disclosed amount, as the first instalment by November 30.

Sheena Bora murder case: Indrani schemer and manipulator, says secret witness

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indrani Mukerjea was a “schemer and a lady of dominant nature” who used to interfere in the affairs of a media group through her husband Peter who was the CEO, though not being on payroll, a ‘secret witness’ in the Sheena Bora murder case has claimed. Peter was arrested in November last year on the charge of murder conspiracy.A special court on Tuesday opened the statement of ‘secret witness’ Ravina Raj Kohli, former president of Star News, from a sealed cover and handed it over to the defence lawyers. On November 21, the CBI had told the Bombay High Court that it will give a copy of the secret witness’s statement, withheld so far by the agency, to Peter and other accused after deleting a portion of it. “To my understanding, Indrani is a schemer, manipulator and a lady of dominant nature,” Kohli said in a four-page statement recorded on February 10.Sheena, daughter of Indrani from her previous relationship, was killed in a car on April 24, 2012, and her body was later dumped and set afire in neighbouring Raigad district. Police had last year arrested Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and former driver Shyamvar Rai for murder and destruction of evidence. Rai later turned approver.
ALSO READ Sheena Bora case: CBI agrees to give Peter Mukerjea statement copy of ‘secret’ witnessPeter and Indrani were said to be against Sheena’s relationship with Rahul Mukerjea, Peter’s son from his former wife. Kohli stated that before Indrani’s marriage with Peter, she had received a message from her saying that the latter had settled everything with Khanna. “In my view it (the message) was sent by her (Indrani) to avoid any problem in her marriage with Peter,” Kohli told CBI.Peter was the chief executive officer of Star India network from 1999-2007. He and Indrani got married in 2002. After leaving Star in 2007, Indrani established news channel INX News, and Peter managed its two channels, 9X and 9XM. Peter and Indrani exited the company in 2009. Kohli stated that Indrani had told her she was running a recruitment agency in Kolkata before shifting to Mumbai.
ALSO READ Sheena Bora murder: Bombay High Court rejects Peter Mukerjea’s bail pleaIndrani later opened branch offices of the agency in Delhi and Bengaluru. “In due course, she (Indrani) started providing HR support to Star and at the time of her marriage with Peter, she was providing maximum human resources to Star. “I came to know from my sources that Indrani had manipulated this contract of recruitment with Star through Peter by throwing the threat of poaching to the media company,” Kohli said.Kohli claimed Peter was allowing Indrani to ‘interfere’ in the affairs of the company (Star) so much that she used to influence all major decisions of his, despite being not on the payroll. “Once I had an occasion to interact with Peter about Indrani and during the discussion Peter mentioned about Indrani as his retirement plan. It was the reason that she was being promoted by Peter in media business circle,” she said in her statement. She claimed Peter had ‘controlled’ all activities of Star and used to ‘manipulate’ things according to his choice and in a manner which used to be beneficial to him. “Indrani was taking advantage of his power on her personal benefit,” according to Kohli.
ALSO READ Sheena Bora murder case: Peter Mukerjea’s bail plea rejected by High CourtShe said Peter resigned from Star in 2006-07 and floated INX media along with Indrani. “In fact, Peter and Indrani had planned to create this media company (INX Media) with he was still with Star. Before floating the company, he also did management diploma from Chicago,” Kohli stated.She further said that since Peter was a British national and there was a non-compete clause in the agreement with Star Channel, Peter made Indrani as CEO of INX Media. According to Kohli, though the planning and execution of concept of launching the firm was conceived by Peter, he kept Indrani as the face of the company but himself used to run the day to day functioning. “The company did not succeed mainly because of funds problem but Indrani’s inexperienced background of this profession also played a major role,” she stated.In her statement, Kohli also said Peter contacted her to join the company but she refused because they were giving her a “low profile job”. “But I came to know from sources that my name was shown by them in their media company records. Moreover, Indrani was not interested in keeping me in their company,” she claimed.Kohli told the CBI that she had learnt through her sources in media that Indrani and Peter had siphoned off money of their media company “through kickbacks” and parked the amount in some unknown bank accounts abroad, which she said “may be HSBC Singapore or Hong Kong.” “I came to know that Indrani and Peter used the company money to receive kickback from the dummy production companies (sic),” Kohli said.In 2009, Peter and Indrani both left India and settled in UK, although they kept coming to India. “I heard that Peter and Indani were planning to again start their media business in India and in this regard, they had arranged New Year Party in 2013-2014,” she stated. Kohli’s statement also said that Peter and Indrani were known as “Bunty and Babli” (names of the characters of con artists in the 2005 Bollywood movie). She further told CBI that she never met Sheena but came to know from media sources that she was daughter of Indrani, who used to project Sheena as her sister. “It was also a rumour that Indrani and Peter had floated some company in the name of Sheena and both of them had parked huge money in the bank accounts in India and abroad,” Kohli added.

DNA Poll | BJP wins Gujarat and Maha local polls: Did demonetization affect the results?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A lot of political commentators had believed that PM Modi’s demonetization announcement could backfire and lead to a political reversal for BJP. The Opposition, including AAP, BSP, TMC, Congress and the Left Front, have criticised the notes ban saying it is hurting the common man. The received wisdom was that the local bodies elections in Maharashtra and Gujarat would tell us if people were for or against demonetization. In Maharashtra, BJP made major inroads winning 851 seats across 164 urban local bodies. In 2011, the BJP had won 298 seats, but since then BJP has made huge gains in the state by doing well in both the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. In Gujarat, the BJP dominated even further capturing 107 seats out of a total 123 while Congress was reduced to just 14.So did the note ban play a part? Tell us what you think. Do Gujarat and Maharashtra local body elections results show that public is in favour of demonetization?BJP wins Gujarat and Maha local polls: Did demonetization affect the results?BJP romps home in Gujarat and Maharashtra
ALSO READ Demonetization effect? After Maharashtra, BJP dominates in Gujarat municipal electionsPutting a dismal performance ahead of the Assembly polls due next year, the Congress managed to capture only 16 seats in this election. As per the final result declared by the Gujarat State Election Commission, BJP has registered victory in Vapi municipality of Valsad district by capturing 41 out of total 44 seats. Only three seats went to Congress. Vapi municipality was earlier held by BJP.Similarly, BJP made a near clean sweep in the polls to Kanakpur-Kansad municipality of Surat, where it captured 27 out of 28 seats, leaving only one to Congress. It was also held by BJP earlier. In Rajkot, BJP snatched Gondal taluka panchayat, which went for mid-term poll, from Congress by winning 18 out of total 22 seats. Congress settled for only four. Earlier, Congress was ruling Gondal taluka panchayat. The results of the local bodies elections assume significance for the BJP in the run up to the state polls next year, and that they were held just after the demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes by the Centre.
ALSO READ Maha result should be wakeup call for Opposition, trying to mislead people on demonetization: Amit ShahApart from these three elections, Gujarat SEC conducted by-elections on 29 seats of various municipalities, taluka panchayats and district panchayats across the state.The bypolls were necessitated as these seats fell vacant due to various reasons.Out of total 16 seats of different municipalities, BJP bagged 14 while Congress has to settle for only two. Out of the total four seats of district panchayats, both the parties bagged two each. In the taluka panchayat by-polls, BJP won on five out of total nine while Congress captured four seats.Congratulating the state party unit, Prime Minister Modi also thanked the people of Gujarat for showing faith in the party. ‘Congratulations to @BJP4Gujarat Karyakartas, CM @vijayrupanibjp & @jitu_vaghani for their hardwork work across the state. Over the last few days we have seen the results of various polls, Parliamentary, Assembly & local polls across India. Be it the Northeast, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat…BJP has performed very well. I thank the people,’ he said in a series of tweets. BJP’s victory in the first phase of the civic polls in Maharashtra has come as a shot in the arm for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who can now more tenaciously take on the Opposition as well as ally Shiv Sena.The polls are being considered a litmus test for Fadnavis, who led the BJP campaign to make inroads in the rural areas where Congress and NCP hold sway, and have been keenly watched as they are being held post demonetisation.The results of 164 civic bodies, declared yesterday, are also seen by political observers as a sign of the ruling party firming its grip on the semi-urban and rural parts of the state.It belied hopes of the Congress and NCP to cash in on the fallout of note scrapping on the rural economy and small trade as well as the campaign by the Maratha community for quota in jobs and education.The Congress and NCP leaders however have sought to put up a brave face holding that this was “just the first round” of the multi-phased elections and hundreds of civic bodies across the state are yet to go to polls.Some of them also put the blame on failure to work out a coherent alliance at the grassroots against the saffron party, which launched a spirited campaign led by Fadnavis.As the results started pouring in BJP’s favour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi last evening termed the outcome as a “win for pro-poor and development politics of BJP.” Modi also lauded Fadnavis and state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve for the party’s performance in the grass-roots level electoral exercise, held in the backdrop of the demonetisation move.In response to Modi’s tweet, Fadnavis said, “Thanks Sir! You inspired confidence in people that our Nation is transforming. Mandate shows Maharashtra is with your vision of transparency.”Significantly, the results could also have an impact on the crucial Mumbai Municipal polls slated in early next year.The BMC, as the largest and the richest urban civic body is known in local parlance, has been controlled by Shiv Sena for quiet a long time and there is speculation on whether the two saffron parties would forge an alliance this time as well.Mumbai BJP leaders voiced confidence of repeating the success in upcoming rounds of polls not only in other parts of the state but in the megapolis as well.Amarjeet Mishra, General Secretary of the Mumbai BJP, said, “BJP has swept the first phase of municipal council polls and undoubtedly we are going to repeat the same in Mumbai.””Our party has done immense work at grass-roots level such as pushing forward coastal road, Metro corridors which are directly being monitored by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who has emerged as Vikas Purush of Maharashtra,” he added.The ties between Shiv Sena and BJP have been strained since the two parted ways ahead of 2014 Assembly elections.Though Sena is part of the ruling alliance in Maharashtra, it has often been critical of the BJP, both in the state as well as the Centre.The Uddhav Thackeray-led party has also been vocal against the implementation of the demonetisation move.

Punjab jailbreak: Deputy CM suspects Pakistan’s involvement to revive terrorism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a sensational jailbreak, chief of Khalistan Liberation Front militant outfit Harminder Mintoo escaped on Sunday along with five other prisoners after armed men in police uniform stormed the high-security Nabha prison in Patiala, exposing “lapses” and raising doubts of possible collusion of insiders, with the Centre seeking an immediate report.Punjab DGP Suresh Arora said that “the unidentified assailants came in police fatigues and were carrying small firearms.” He said that they told police personnel deployed on jail premises that they were bringing a prisoner. “Later, they fired indiscriminately and fled with six criminals, including a terrorist,” he said, adding over 35 rounds were fire and there was no casualty among the jail personnel, who were allegedly taken offguard and did not offer any strong resistance.”The firing was also done from inside the jail. We will see why the firing was not effective,” the DGP said and added there is a “conspiracy somewhere”. “Had there been effective firing, it would have been the other way round,” he said.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Accused arrested, two suspicious cars impoundedPunjab government sacked two senior prison officials, Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent, suspended ADGP (Jails) and formed an SIT to probe the jail break. It ordered a separate inquiry committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Jagpal Singh Sandhu to look into the “security lapses”. “There are two aspects. One is that the jailbreak will be probed and the second thing is lapses. Who is responsible, if there is any connivance?” the DGP said.Those who escaped from the high-security prison included hardcore Khalistani militant Mintoo, who was arrested by Punjab police in November 2014 after he was deported from Thailand and was wanted in 10 terror cases. Meanwhile, a woman, who was in an SHO’s vehicle, died after being hit by a bullet when the police opened fire at her vehicle after it jumped a barrier about 20 km away from the prison. The incident occurred at a ‘naka’ on Patiala-Gulha Cheeka road, police said.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Khalistani terrorist escapes, high alert in Northern statesAfter the jailbreak, security agencies in northern states were sent into high alert and Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. He sought an immediate report on the incident, besides directing the state to step up security in jails.National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal who apprised him of the details of the incident and steps being taken to apprehend the six absconders. Sukhbir said Pakistan could be behind the incident as it was desperate to revive terrorism in the state post-surgical strike across LoC and vowed that the “conspiracy” will be unravelled soon.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Kejriwal demands Deputy CM Sukhbir’s resignationThe others who fled were gangster Vicky Gaundar, Amandeep Dhotian, Gurpreet Sekhon, Nita Deol and Kashmira Singh, who is also a terrorist. The DGP said that the prisoners had fled towards Haryana. Punjab government has announced a reward of Rs 25 lakh for any person who provides information leading to the arrest of the under-trial prisoners. With Punjab going to polls early next year, the opposition Congress said the incident exposed the “complete breakdown of law and order” in the state and triggered fears of revival of terrorism ahead of Assembly elections. Mintoo was arrested in 10 cases including the 2008 attack on Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and recovery of explosives at Halwara Air Force Station in 2010. A high alert has been sounded in Punjab and Haryana after the incident with security around railway stations, airports, inter-state bus terminuses and other places of key importance stepped up.The CM held a meeting with top brass including State Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal following the incident. A manhunt has been launched to trace the prisoners who escaped, Sukhbir Badal, who also holds the home portfolio, said and added that a special task force has been formed to track them.The Deputy CM said a special investigation team under an ADGP rank officer has also been constituted which shall look into lapses as well as any conspiracy theories surrounding the jail break incident. “Special Investigation team has been asked to submit report within three days in this regard,” he said.The Home Secretary has also been asked to submit a report. “Home Secretary will give me a report on wherever any lapse has taken place. Whosoever will be found responsible in this incident, strict action will be taken against him,” he said.Prabodh Kumar, Additional Director General of Police, Internal Vigilance Cell shall head the SIT comprising Paramraj Singh, IGP/Patiala Zone, Ishwar Singh, IGP, Nilabh Kishore, IGP/Counter Intelligence, Amar Singh Chahal, DIG/Patiala Range and Gurmeet Chouhan, SSP/Patiala.He said the red alert has been issued throughout the state and security at all jails has been furthered tightened. However, Deputy CM said that there was no need to worry adding, “they (prisoners) will not be allowed to run away. Police is after them. We will catch them soon.” Sukhbir had rushed to Nabha jail after the incident, an official spokesman said.ADGP (Jails) MK Tiwari has been placed under suspension, the spokesman said adding that the government has dismissed both the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of High Security Nabha Jail with immediate effect. Meanwhile, ADGP (Railways) Rohit Chaudhary has been posted as new ADGP (Jails) and S Bhupati, an IPS officer has been appointed as the Superintendent of Nabha High Security Jail. Sukhbir also summoned jail minister Sohan Singh Thandale, officials said.The jailbreak incident triggered sharp reactions from the opposition with Punjab Congress President Capt Amarinder Singh alleging connivance of the Badal government in the “brazen daylight” jailbreak. The “shocking manner” in which the gangsters walked into the high-security jail and freed a dreaded Khalistani terrorist along with other convicts clearly shows complicity at the highest levels, he told reporters during the second day of the his road show in Sangrur.Amarinder said the law and order situation in the state had “deteriorated to unprecedented levels” under the Badal regime, especially in the run-up to the Assembly polls. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal demanded the resignation of Sukhbir. “Punjab Home minister shud immediately resign taking responsibility of jail break and killing of innocent girl by Punjab police,” Kejriwal said in his tweet. AAP spokesman and in-charge of party’s affairs in Punjab, Sanjay Singh demanded resignation of Sukhbir and Jail Minister Sohan Singh Thandal. Meanwhile, an eyewitness said that he saw two vehicles outside the prison and some people coming out from inside while firing. “After firing, they tried to flee in their vehicles. One of them threw a quilt near the gate after taking out weapons wrapped in it. They fled while firing,” the youth said. “They were carrying a large number of weapons. As they were not changing magazines, so obviously there were a number of weapons. Three to four people were in police uniforms. “One of them was in sub-inspector’s uniform. They returned from a railway crossing that is around one kilometre from here kept on firing before escaping finally,” he said.

Punjab jailbreak: Special Investigation Team formed by the police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accepting that the Nabha Central Jail incident was result of a conspiracy as well as security lapses, Director General of Punjab Police Suresh Arora on Sunday said five criminals came in a car and told santari (guardsman) that they want to handover a prisoner. “Following which the santari (guardsman) opened the gate and the criminals, who were carrying small arms, overpowered the santaris and as a result six prisoners, four known criminals and two terrorists, were able to escape,” said the DGP, divulging details of the jailbreak.”Their names are Harvinder Mintoo and Kashmir Singh (both terrorists), and gangsters Gurpreet Sekhon, Vicky Gonder, Amandeep Dhotia and Neeta Deol,” he said.Asked why did the santari open the gate so quickly, the DGP said, “There are two aspects of it: one, they escaped, and the second, what were the lapses and who are responsible for those lapses; is there any connivance, we will clear these things soon.”
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Rajnath Singh seeks report from Punjab govt, ready to provide assistanceWhen asked when the criminals fired 100 rounds, why did not security guards respond, he said, “Not 100 rounds; we have found around 30-35 rounds. Though the security guards responded to the firing, it was ineffective, which will be probed into.”Answering a question that if police suspect a conspiracy, the DGP said, “If you say that it’s not a part of conspiracy, then it will be wrong. There is a conspiracy, which we have to unearth. In such a cases, there are also roles of insiders.”
ALSO READ Centre seeks report from Punjab govt on jailbreakHe said Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Home Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who visited the Nabha jail to take on the spot stock of the jailbreak, told them to arrest the escapees and fix responsibility of the incident. “Being a Home Minister his directions are very clear arrest the escapees, fix responsibility of the incident, and to prevent such incidents from reoccurrence by enhancing jails’ security.”When asked could Pakistan be behind the incident, he said, “As a police officer I will not comment on this. It is too early for me.”Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal held a high-level meeting of the civil and police administration, including intelligence officials, in the morning to review the situation. The state government has announced a reward of Rs 25 lakh to any person providing information leading to the arrest of these six escaped under trial prisoners.A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed by the Punjab Police to investigate the escape of six under-trials. Additional Director General of Police, Internal Vigilance Cell, Prabodh Kumar would head the SIT comprising IGP, Patiala Zone, Paramraj Singh; IGP Ishwar Singh; IGP, Counter Intelligence, Nilabh Kishore; DIG, Patiala Range, Amar Singh Chahal; and Patiala SSP Gurmeet Chouhan.At the same time, a massive manhunt has been launched to nab the escaped prisoners, and all districts have been alerted to lay nakas (barricades) and conduct mobile patrolling to nab the escapees. Meanwhile, the statement said, the state government took a series of administrative steps and a red alert has been sounded throughout the state, besides, tightening security apparatus at all jails.Both the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of the Nabha jail have been dismissed with immediate effect, following the incident. The state government has also ordered the constitution of an inquiry committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Jagpal Singh Sandhu to look into the security lapses that led to the jailbreak. ADGP (Railways) Rohit Chaudhary has been posted as new ADGP (Jails) in place of MK Tiwari, who has been placed under suspension, and S Bhupati as the Superintendent of Nabha High Security Jail.

Demonetization: Burnt old notes of Rs 500, 1000 found in Akola

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defunct Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes were found shredded and burnt in Akola town in east Maharashtra, police said on Sunday. The incident occurred on Friday morning when some pieces of the scrapped currency notes were found burning in a lane near a housing society.According to estimate, the pieces police salvaged after dousing fire are to the tune of Rs 58,000. “Police found some pieces of scrapped notes burning in a dustbin on Friday morning. A complaint against unknown person has been filed with Akola police,” Additional Superintendent of Police, Akola, Vijaykant Sagar said.Khadan police station inspector Gajanan Shelke said the notes are estimated to be worth Rs 58,000. “The notes were first cut into pieces and then burned,” he added. He said a conservation worker spotted smoke in the service lane of Om Housing Society on Gorakshan road of Akola city and alerted locals. “On her alert, the locals called police who found that pieces of notes were burning at 2-3 locations in the same lane. The fire was put out and the remaining pieces were seized for investigation,” Shelke said.
ALSO READ Demonetization: Man held for depositing fake notes in Thane bankHowever, police are not sure if the notes were genuine. “It is not yet clear whether the abandoned notes are genuine or counterfeit. We will approach the appropriate authority and hand over the notes to them and seek their report. A complaint is filed with local police station regarding the same. We will investigate the matter further once we get some information about the currency notes,” Sagar said.

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

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

Congress accuses PM Modi of ‘selective leakage’, says partymen brought property from black money

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mounting a fresh attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress on Friday said leakage of demonetization decision had helped BJP leaders buy property by converting their black money through various means a few months before it was announced. Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge accused the Prime Minister of “selective leakage” of demonetization move to his own partymen, who converted their black money through property and other avenues.”This shows who are the real supporters of black money,” he told reporters outside Parliament House. Kharge said democracy functions through discussion and asked the Prime Minister to participate in the debate in Parliament on the issue if he believed in democratic values. “If the Prime Minister believes in democracy, he should come to Parliament and participate in the debate and answer the concerns raised by the opposition on the demonetization issue.”You think you are a ‘samrat’ (king) and the country runs on the diktat of the ‘samrat’. Instead of speaking outside, you should come to Parliament and speak,” he said. On the Prime Minister not speaking inside Parliament, he said, “If he speaks like this, he knows he could face privilege and contempt.”
ALSO READ Demonetization: Rahul Gandhi eager to see PM Modi’s ‘new emotion’ in ParliamentTerming demonetization as the “biggest scam”, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also accused Modi of leaking the demonetization move to top BJP leaders, alleging they bought land using their black money. The party released a list of some BJP leaders who allegedly bought 8 land parcels worth Rs 3.41 crore in Bihar in the run up to the November 8 demonetization move.Surjewala, flanked by Congress spokespersons Rajiv Gowda and Sushmita Dev, alleged that post expose of deposit of money in bank accounts of BJP leaders just before the demonetization, “documents now prove” that BJP leaders bought the land. “Modiji’s mask of fighting black money is off. Stop mocking the people of India and Parliament and look in the mirror. Make all BJP accounts public and tell the details of all property purchased by BJP leaders over the last one year and the truth of demonetization scam will be out,” he said.
ALSO READ Demonetization: Dissolve Parliament and hold fresh elections, Mayawati dares PM Modi”Layers of demonetization scam are getting unearthed by the day as a series of BJP transactions get exposed. Demonetization is emerging as the biggest scam that needs to be probed through JPC and responsibility fixed,” Surjewala said. Kharge said his party was ready to offer any kind of help to curb black money in the country, but objected to the Prime Minister dubbing its leaders as ones standing in support of the menace for raising issues concerning public harassment. “Whatever help you need from us, we will provide for eradicating black money. But, you are playing politics under its garb and are protecting your people. You have given an opportunity to your own people to convert their black money into white through selective leakage. “We will carry on our tirade against it and that is why we want a discussion in Parliament on this. If we want a discussion on black money, you are dubbing us as those in support of black money,” he said.
ALSO READ PM will intervene as & when required: Naidu on demonetization debate in ParliamentKharge also said that people are dying for their own money and this is the situation “we want to discuss in the House with the Prime Minister”. “We requested the Speaker that the Prime Minister must raise the issues he is talking about outside, in the House,” he said.Earlier, hitting out at those accusing the government of not being prepared for demonetization, Modi said they are actually pained that they themselves did not get time to make any preparation. Rajiv Gowda later said Modi had on Friday morning made a mocking attack on the opposition, saying if they had 72 hours, they would have made arrangements. “If anyone had that information and planned to convert black money, it is the BJP,” he said.Sushmita Dev said, “We hope that the Prime Minister will give explanation in Parliament about these land deals. These land deals, not just in Bihar, but all over India, shows that BJP is the corrupt party, which deals in black money.” She said this was done to park BJP’s black money in real estate. “These land deals, all of which took place shortly before November 8 decision flies in the face of Modiji’s statement of wanting to fight black money,” she said.”Modi ji is aware black money is not stashed away in the cupboards of the common man. Today, the revelation made by a BJP member of the Bihar Assembly has proved that in the 6% black money, BJP has a share,” Dev said.

SC collegium reiterated 37 names of judges out of 43 returned to it: Government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Out of the 43 names returned to it by the government for reconsideration, the Supreme Court collegium has “reiterated” its recommendation for 37, deferred three proposals while three other names are still with it, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.On November 18, the Supreme Court had informed the government that it had reiterated every one of the 43 names that was sent back by the government to the collegium for reconsideration. “We have reiterated 43 names for the appointment as judges of high courts which were rejected by the government and have been sent back for reconsideration,” a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and A R Dave had said.But Minister of State for Law P P Chaudhary told the lower house in a written reply that the collegium has reiterated its recommendation for 37 candidates only. “Out of the 77 proposals submitted by the Supreme Court collegium, the government has appointed 34 judges in various high courts and sent the names of 43 recommendees to the collegium for reconsideration.
ALSO READ Judges appointment row: Govt refuses to share draft MoP with Parliament panel for now”The Supreme Court collegium reiterated the names of 37 recommendees; the proposal of three recommendees has been deferred and the proposal of three recommendees are with the SC collegium,” he said. The Centre had on November 15 told the apex court that it has cleared 34 names out of the 77 recommended by the collegium for appointment as judges in various high courts in the country.The government had also apprised the apex court that no file with regard to the recommendations for appointment of judges was pending with it. Against the backdrop of the Supreme Court regularly slamming the government over vacancies in high courts, Chaudhary said pending finalisation of the revised memorandum of procedure — a document to guide future appointment of judges to SC and HCs –during the current year 124 additional judges have been made permanent and 120 new judges appointed in HCs.

Demonetization: 65-year-old man trampled to death outside ATM in Uttar Pradesh

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 65-year-old man was trampled to death outside a bank while standing in a queue to withdraw cash, police said on Tuesday.
ALSO READ Demonetization: Man commits suicide, another collapses and dies in KeralaRamnath Kushwaha, a resident of Gulriha village, was caught in a stampede outside the State Bank of India branch on Monday. He was trampled by a crowd who had gathered to withdraw cash, SP Mohd Imran said.He had gone to withdraw money to make payments to a hospital where his pregnant daughter-in-law has been admitted, the officer said.Kushwaha was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead, the SP said.

Indore-Patna express derailment: Survivors recount horror, say they ‘saw death whisk past us’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We saw death whisk past us,” was the common refrain among the survivors of the ill- fated Indore-Patna Express, with the scenario inside the bogies reflecting the horror they experienced. The interiors of the less-affected coaches also bore hallmarks of the tragedy, with bed sheets, blankets, pillows, half-eaten food, suitcases and bags lying scattered after passengers rushed out in panic when they were jolted out of sleep as the disaster struck just a little after 0300 hrs.Outside, a 17-year-old girl was seen desperately trying to locate her brother, both of whom were returning to Patna after a swimming competition in Bhopal, accompanied by their mother. In the midst of the devastation, there were stories of individual heroics too, with one rescue worker narrating how he managed to pull out five persons alive, one of them oblivious that her limb had got severed. “I pulled out one old day, who was yet to realise that she had lost one of her legs. One person had blood oozing out of his mouth. And the coach had bodies and blood splattered all across it,” Shakti Singh, a rapid reaction force member, said.The survivors thanked the locals who were the first to reach the accident spot in pitch dark to find people in daze, still reeling under the sheer impact of the tragedy. Rescue workers had no time to spare as they said that the mangled coaches contained a large number of bodies. “Those alive have been already rescued. All that is left are bodies. We have just managed to clear half of the worst- affected coaches,” a volunteer said, pointing towards a bogie which looked like a metallic coil after the accident.
ALSO READ Indore-Patna express derailment: 4 trains cancelled, 14 divertedThe army joined the rescue operations, deploying 90 personnel besides a 50-member medical team which included five doctors. Kanpur Station Commander of the army Brig. BM Sharma said: “We have plans to work through the night. We have put up lights. Our teams are already here. Though the railway cranes are working, we have got our armoured recovery vehicle here to speed up the operation.”He said that the army is in touch with the civil administration and all other agencies, including the NDRF. “All are functioning together,” he said.
ALSO READ Major train accidents in India since 1988Over 115 passengers were killed and more than 200 injured, nearly half of them grievously, in the worst train accident in recent years when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed here in Kanpur rural area. Brig Anurag Chibber said the force personnel were using metal cutters to open up the mangled bogies of the train.Over 600 kms away, scenes of tragedy also played out at Patna railway station, with relatives of the passengers making frantic attempts to contact their near and dear ones and pleading officials for information. “I have been calling my father, who was returning from Ujjain, since morning. Calls are going through, but he is not picking up,” said Ranjan.
ALSO READ Indore-Patna express derailment will be probed, let’s work to achieve zero accidents: PM ModiIn another corner of the station, the brother of one of the passengers, Ranjan Kumar Singh, begged officials to share some information. “We have not seen a tragedy of this scale ever in our lives. We are still trying to trace five members of our family,” Deepika Tripathi, a passenger, told reporters.Another passenger said: “We had minor injuries, there was no chance of coming out of the mangled bogie. We somehow managed to escape through the toilet door. All members of my family are safe.”

Indore-Patna express derailment will be probed, let’s work to achieve zero accidents: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On a day when over 100 people were killed in the worst rail accident in recent years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked railways to work towards achieving the zero accident target to make train journeys safe. The derailment of the Indore-Patna Express at Kanpur dehat will be probed, said the Prime Minister at the Rail Vikas Shivir (rail development camp) at Surajkund on the outskirts of Delhi where he along with railway men observed two-minute silence to condole the loss of lives.Describing the accident as “unfortunate”, Modi asked railway officials to ensure fool-proof system in train operation to achieve zero-accident target, according to sources present at the Shivir. Later addressing a rally at Agra, Modi expressed his concern and sympathy for those killed and injured in the tragedy, which is the worst rail accident in recent years.He said the accident will be probed. The Prime Minister, who spent more than two hours at the Rail Vikas Shivir, was given thematic presentations on various aspects of the railways, and later addressed the railway officers. He also visited the gallery created for showcasing railways’ new initiatives.
ALSO READ Major train accidents in India since 1988Night vision camera developed by the railways to help loco pilots, a new faster and lighter mode of transportation called Caterpillar train, water vending machines, food box to keep food hot at rail premises, green initiatives like harnessing solar and wind energy were among those exhibited at the gallery.The three-day Shivir, organised to generate innovative yet practical ideas in the most crucial areas of rail operations and chart out a roadmap for substantial progress of the sector, concluded on Sunday.
ALSO READ Indore-Patna express derailment: Businessman rescued after 10 hours, son missingOn the opening day, Modi had addressed railway employees via video conferencing and said the Indian Railways should transform with the change of the century and focus on “new speeds, progress and new capacity” along with gaining financial strength.The venue at Surajkund was divided into various areas named after iconic trains services like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto, Humsafar, Tejas, Gatimaan, Uday, Antyodaya and Jan Shatabdi. Making Indian Railways the preferred freight carrier in India, reducing the operational cost, improving non-tariff revenue and increasing the investment in rail infrastructure substantially were among the other issues were taken up during the event though the accident cast a spell on the participants, according to sources.

India issues demarche to Pakistan over continued ceasefire violations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has issued a demarche to Pakistan on continued violation of ceasefire along the LoC and strongly condemned increased concentration of terrorists observed across the border in the vicinity of Pakistani forward posts.The Ministry of External Affairs called in a senior official of the Pakistan High Commission on Wednesday and made a demarche on the continued violation of ceasefire along the Line of Control, the ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Thursday.This is the third such demarche this month. “We conveyed that despite calls for restraint, Pakistan forces have committed twelve ceasefire violations between 9 and 15 November, 2016 during which Pakistan Army deliberately resorted to calibre escalation by employing artillery and 120 millimetre heavy mortars against Indian posts. “These violent acts constitute a clear violation of the Ceasefire Agreement of 2003,” Sawrup said. A counsellor rank officer from the Pakistan High Commission was called in.
ALSO READ Ceasefire violation: Jawan dies, 4 others injured in Pakistan shelling in NowsheraIndia has also conveyed its strong condemnation of the “increase in concentration of terrorists observed across the Line of Control in the vicinity of Pakistani forward posts. During the last week alone, there have been 18 instances when terrorists attempted to infiltrate into the Indian side from the vicinity of Pakistani posts and also targeted Indian posts and patrols,” the spokesperson said.Government has also protested the “deliberate” targeting by the Pakistan Army of 14 villages along the LoC during nine to 15 November, 2016 which has resulted in four fatal and 25 non-fatal casualties, besides extensive damage to public and private property and displacement of civilian population, he said.
ALSO READ J&K: 9 civilians, including 2 children, killed in ceasefire violation by PakistanIndia also reiterated the concerns of the government about the safety and well-being of Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan, who inadvertently crossed the LoC over six weeks back, and sought his early and safe repatriation.

Kashmir unrest: Train services partially resume in Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After remaining suspended for over four months due to ongoing unrest in the Valley, the rail service connecting north and south parts of Kashmir resumed partially on Thursday, officials said. The full operations are expected to start within the next 10 days, they said.The rail service resumed from Budgam to Srinagar Railway stations after completion of necessary restoration work on damaged infrastructure and tracks, the officials said. They said the service was resumed along the 11.5 km axis after a trial run on Wednesday. “Two trains were scheduled to run on the route today, one in the morning and another in the evening,” they said, adding the passenger turnout was very low but is expected to pick up in the coming days.The Railway authorities are working on a plan to resume normal operations along the 120-km track between Banihal in south and Baramulla in north Kashmir within next 10 days, the officials said, adding restoration work on the damaged infrastructure and tracks are in full swing and expected to be completed shortly.
ALSO READ Kashmir unrest: Curfew lifted across the valleyNorthern railways suspended the service as a precautionary measure on July 9 following widespread protests over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir a day earlier. The unrest has left 86 persons dead and thousands others injured.The railways suffered heavy losses due to the damages and disruption in its services. “The signal boxes, junction boxes, wiring and other infrastructure have been badly damaged during the unrest,” the officials said.

India calls for ratifying Doha amendments to Kyoto Protocol

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India on Wednesday asked the developed countries to ratify the Doha amendments to the Kyoto Protocol by April next year and not to put in “cold storage” the ambition of climate actions in the pre-2020 period.”Both science and equity demand action now. We cannot put ambition in cold storage for the next four years. Let us talk about early and time bound ratification of Doha amendments.Let us take target of April 2017 for doing this,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s climate negotiator.
ALSO READ Climate change affects ecosystem adversely: Study”When we are talking of completing implementation of Paris agreement, there is no reason why we should delay the implementation of Kyoto Protocol,” he said.The 1997 Kyoto protocol demanded targeted emission cuts from rich and industrialised countries which were mainly responsible for causing global warming. The protocol which came into effect in 2005 was to initially run uptil 2012 comes to an end in 2020.
ALSO READ India’s carbon emissions increased by over 5 % in 2015: studyUnder its provisions, a group of developed countries were supposed to make targeted reductions in their emissions by the year 2012, in what was called the ‘first commitment period’.Though many countries failed to achieve these targets, fresh targets in a second commitment period running till 2020 were decided at the 2012 climate change conference in Doha through what came to be called the Doha Amendments to Kyoto Protocol.Paris Agreement was supposed to be a post-2020 climate agreement, replacing the Kyoto Protocol that will expire in 2020. However, earlier than expected entry into force of Paris Agreement means that the two agreements will run in parallel till the year 2020.

Demonetization | Narendra Modi’s ‘daring’ move ended terror-funding in Kashmir: Manohar Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since the demonetization of high currency notes terror funding has come down to zero and there hasn’t been stone-pelting on security forces, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Mumbai on Tuesday. He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the “daring” move, which, he said, will also help clamp down on the narcotic drugs.”Earlier, there were rates: Rs 500 for stone pelting (on security forces in Kashmir) and Rs 1,000 for doing something else. PM has brought terror funding to zero,” Parrikar said. “In the last few days after PM’s daring move there hasn’t been stone pelting on security forces. I congratulate PM for it,” he said, speaking at an event here organised by the BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar.Talking to reporters later, Parrikar said those who sponsor terror will be affected by the demonetization. Earlier, at the event, Parrikar said, “Bhatkhalkar did not tell me beforehand that he will felicitate me.” A citation was presented to Parrikar, which lauded his role in surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. It also thanked him for providing relief to people affected by land development rules in the vicinity of Central Ordnance Depots.
ALSO READ Modi should apologise for fooling people on black money issue: Congress”When I became Defence Minister, I did not think there will be things like this (dealing with COD-land issue). I thought Defence meant bang-bang on the border,” he said. “Altogether, 17.38 lakh acres of land in the country is under Defence possession. Defence is the largest land owner in India,” Parrikar said.”There was delay in resolving COD issue as there were concerns over security on one hand and people’s concerns on the other,” he said. “Whether it’s border security or economic security, PM Modi has taken daring decisions,” he said, adding “whatever is being done, our jawans on border are doing it, I and PM are just supporting it.”
ALSO READ Demonetization: Modi targets Congress; says poor enjoying sound sleep, rich running to buy sleeping pills”Problem of new notes circulation will be resolved to a large extent in the next four-five days,” Parrikar said. In the next Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections, nobody will be left with power to bribe voters, Parrikar said, without naming the ally Shiv Sena which has been critical of demonetization. The Defence Minister said an issue should not be made out of his simplicity and his shunning various official perks. “I came to Mumbai thrice (on personal visits) and police didn’t know,” Parrikar said.
ALSO READ War on black money: RBI asks banks to waive ATM charges till December 30 BJP MP Gopal Shetty said he will expose Defence officers who indulged in irregularities while dealing with the COD issue. Providing relief to people in suburban Kandivli and Malad here, Parrikar had earlier this year said the local military authority (LMA) will have to respond within 30 days to applications for no-objection certificate for redevelopment and construction near the defence establishment, failing which the state government and the municipal corporation can take a call.The move was welcomed by residents of buildings within the 500-meter radius of the Central Ordnance Depot, a defence establishment spanning across 17 acres of Kandivli and Malad. Two notifications – issued by a cautious government in 2010 in the wake of the Adarsh scam and by the ministry of defence (MoD) in 2011 – had scuttled all redevelopment projects in the highly congested areas of Kandivli and Malad, as they made permission from the LMA mandatory for any construction within 500-meter radius of COD.

Demonetization: With no cash on hand, 4 lakh trucks stranded on highways

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stating that around four lakh trucks are stranded in various parts of the country, the apex transporters body AIMTC demanded immediate increase in cash withdrawal limit from ATMs and banks to avoid crisis. All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), claiming to have 93 lakh truckers, 50 lakh buses and tourist taxi and cab operators under its fold, said at least eight lakh drivers and conductors were severely impacted in the wake of delegalizing of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.”Our about 4 lakh trucks are stranded across India with about 8 lakh drivers and conductors severely hit. The sudden ban on higher denomination notes have made them stand in long queues before banks in different parts. The withdrawal limit is minuscule with ATMs at many places not working and paralysing the transport business,” AIMTC president Bhim Wadhwa said.Demanding immediate increasing of withdrawal limits, Wadhwa warned that essential supplies like milk, vegetables, fruits and medicines would be impacted. The drivers and tourists who are en route do not have ample cash in hand and are starving on the highways with no help coming from any quarter, he said. “The road transport fraternity of India is facing its worst crisis with the banning of higher denomination notes,” he said, adding, this despite transport being the highest taxpayer to the exchequer.
ALSO READ Winter Session: Opposition parties meet to finalise strategy, say demonetization is ‘scripted scam’AIMTC said that in the last fiscal, contribution of the Road transport to GDP was 4.8%, which amounted to Rs 5,44,800 crore annually or Rs 1,492 crore per day. “Eighty per cent of the transport operations cost is cash based. This implies Rs 1,194 crore is required on a daily basis by the transport sector for its operations. As per the finance Act section – 6D(d) of IT Act, Rs 35,000 per truck per trip cash is allowed for en route expenses. A small operator having 10 trucks would require up to Rs 3,50,000 cash per day to tide over his requirement, which is unsustainable under the present cap,” it said.With acute liquidity and financial crunch, the transportation services are poised to come to a standstill, Wadhwa said. He also said export-imports of the country was likely to be hit due to disruption in movement of vehicles to and from the ports. Besides, transporting raw materials to the industries and finished goods to the distribution centres would also get affected.

Mumbai: Baby dies after doctor ‘refuses’ treatment for want of Rs 100 notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A doctor attached to a nursing home in suburban Govandi allegedly refused to treat a premature baby as the parents could not pay the necessary deposit in the wake of demonetisation, following which a case was registered against her.Jagadish Sharma, father of the newborn, had filed a case in this regard with Shivajinagar police station in the city.On November 8, Sharma’s wife Kiran, who was pregnant, was admitted to the nursing home for tests, including sonography.She was expected to deliver a baby around December 7.On November 9, Kiran went into labour prematurely and gave birth to a boy at home before she could be taken to hospital. Afterwards the mother and the boy were rushed to the nursing home.
ALSO READ Shiv Sena requests FM Jaitley to extend deadline for usage of demonitised notes to December 30The woman doctor administered preliminary treatment but allegedly refused to treat the baby further unless Sharma, a carpenter by profession, paid a deposit of Rs 6,000 in notes of less than Rs 500 denomination, police said.Sharma alleged that he requested for some time for getting the Rs 500 notes changed into lower-value currency but the doctor refused and turned them away.
ALSO READ Demonetization: Arun Jaitley slams political parties for ‘irresponsible’ comments The mother and the baby were taken to another hospital where the infant’s condition worsened and he died before getting treatment, as per the complaint.”Today we registered a case against the doctor for causing death by negligence (IPC section 304A) and disobedience of order duly promulgated by public servant (IPC section 188),” said Shahaji Umap, Deputy Commissioner of Police, zone VI.
ALSO READ Watch: Cash-strapped customers allegedly loot fair price shop in Madhya PradeshThere were clear instructions from the state government to hospitals that they must continue to accept Rs 1,000 and 500 notes and a circular to this effect had been issued, the DCP said.”In our investigation we found that the baby died due to refusal by the doctor to treat him,” the officer said.No arrest has been made so far.

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

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

War on black money | Private hospitals urge govt to allow them take Rs 500, Rs1000 notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leading private sector hospitals, including Fortis Healthcare and Paras Healthcare, have urged the government to allow them to accept Rs 500 and and Rs 1000 denomination notes. The government has authorised only government hospitals to accept these notes from patients.”In view of the hardship being caused to the large number of patients at private hospitals, we have made an urgent representation to the government that this exemption should apply equally, for payments, at private hospitals,” Fortis Healthcare said in a statement.The hospital is following up the matter with the authorities and hope the government will step in quickly to resolve the issue. Indian Spinal Injuries Centre too appealed to the finance ministry to allow private hospitals to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes from patients for medical expenses.
ALSO READ War on black money | ‘Right to Life, trade infringed’, plea filed in Supreme Court”The decision to allow Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes only at government hospitals needs to encompass charitable and private hospitals and pharmacies as well,” HS Chhabra, Chief of Spine Service & Medical Director, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre said.He said patients and their families in such hospitals are facing a crisis. “I appeal to the government to look into their problem of these patients and to extend the relaxation it has made with regard to government hospitals to private hospitals too,” he added.
ALSO READ War on Black Money | What were people searching on Google when PM Modi made the announcementSharing similar views, Dharminder Nagar, MD and CEO Paras Healthcare said that the decision “appear to be creating hardships for many patients who are being treated at private hospitals, particularly those hailing from rural areas as they hardly use plastic money”. In a major fight against black money, fake currency, corruption and terror financing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night announced demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes with effect from Wednesday.

War on Black Money: All you need to know about PM Modi’s big decision to scrap Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking the nation by surprise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night announced withdrawal of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes with effect from midnight, making these notes invalid in a major assault on black money, fake currency and corruption. In his first televised address to the nation, Modi said people holding notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 can deposit the same in their bank and post office accounts from November 10 till December 30.In his 40-minute address, first in Hindi and later in English, the Prime Minister said the notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 “will not be legal tender from midnight tonight” and these will be “just worthless piece of paper.” However, he said that all notes in lower denomination of Rs 100, Rs 50, Rs 20, Rs 10, Rs 5, Rs 2 and Re 1 and all coins will continue to be valid. He also announced that new notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 will be introduced.What to do with the existing Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes?
ALSO READ War on black money: Economists say move could adversely impact small, medium-sized businesses# Deposit old notes of Rs 500 or Rs 1000 in banks or post office accounts from November 10 till December 30, 2016 without any limit. There will be a limit on withdrawal of Rs 10,000 per day and Rs 20,000 per week. This limit will be increased in the coming days.# Exchange old notes of Rs 500 or Rs 1000 at any bank, head post office or sub-post office. Compulsory ID proof is required for this transaction. The limit for this will be Rs 4000 upto November 24.
ALSO READ War on black money | ATMs shut on Nov 9: What we know so far# No restriction of any kind on non-cash payments by cheques, demand drafts, debit or credit cards and electronic fund transfer.# On November 9 and in some places on November 10 also, ATMs will not work. In the first few days, there will be a limit of Rs 2000 per day per card. This will be raised to Rs 4000 later.
ALSO READ War on black money | Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes scrapped: Here’s what you should doWill essential services accept Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes post 8th November? To limit inconvenience for common people, some places will still accept the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes till the midnight of November 11 and 12.* For 72 hours, government hospitals will continue to accept old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes for payment.* For 72 hours, railway ticket booking counters, ticket counters of government buses and airline ticket counters at airports will accept the old notes for purchase of tickets.* For 72 hours, old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will be accepted at- petrol, diesel and gas stations authorised by public sector oil companies.- consumer co-operative stores authorised by state or central govt- milk booths authorised by State govts* cremation and burial groundsRBI will be shortly introducing new notes of denomination Rs500 and Rs 2000. Here’s all you need to know about the new notes Rs 2000 noteSee through register with denominational number 2000 can be seen when the note is held against lightLatent image with denominational number 2000 which can be seen when the banknote is held at a 45 degree angle at the eye levelDenominational numeral 2000 in DevnagariPortrait of Mahatma Gandhi in the centreMicro letters ‘RBI’ and ‘2000’Colour shift windowed security thread with inscription ‘Bharat’ (in Devnagari), RBI and 2000. Colour of the thread changes from green to blue when the note is tilted.Guarantee Clause, Governor’s signature with Promise Clause and RBI emblem towards rightMahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (2000) watermarksNumber panel with numericals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right sideDenominational numeral with Rupee Symbol, ~2000 in colour charging ink (green to blue) on bottom rightAshoka Pillar emblem on the rightFor visually impaired:Intaglio or raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, bleed lines and identification markHorizontal rectangle with ~2000Seven angular bleed lines on left and right side in raised printReverse:Year of printing of the noteSwachh Bharat logo with sloganLanguage panel towards the centreMotif of Mangalyaan – reflecting country’s first venture in the interplanetary space……………………………………….Rs 500 note The new Rs 500 notes are different from the present series in colour, size, theme, location of security features and design elements. The size of the new note is 63mm X 150mm. The colour of the notes is stone grey and predominant new theme is Indian heritage site – Red Fort.Obverse:# See through register in denomination numerical.# Latent image of the denomination numerical# Denomination numerical in Devnagari.# Orientation and relative position of Mahatma Gandhi potrait changed.# Windowed security thread changes colour from green to blue when note is lifted.# Potrait and electrotype watermarks.# Guarantee clause: Governor’s signature with Promise clause and RBI emblem shifted towards right# Number panel with numericals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side.# Denomination in numericals with Rupee symbol in colour changing ink (green to blue) on bottom right# Ashoka pillar emblem on the rightReverse:# Year of printing of the note on left# Swacch Bharat logo with slogan# Language panel towards centre# Red Fort – an image of Indian heritage site with Indian flag# Denominaoon numeral in Devanagari on rightFor visually impaired:Intaglio or raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi potrait, Ashoka pillar emblem, bleed lines and identity marks to continue.# Circle with Rs 500 raised print on right # 5 raised lines on left and right in raised print(Source: RBI)Why this decision to scrap existing Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes is a potential game changer Less bang for your black bucks: Those with large amounts of large-denomination black money in cash will be hit hardest, since offloading this cash will become extremely difficult. Exchanging crores of rupees at banks will likely attract the attention of the taxman.Less counterfeiting: These denominations were the most easily and widely counterfeited notes. Taking them out of circulation will eliminate a big source of fake notes.Terrorism funding: A significant amount of terrorism was funded using counterfeit and/or high-denomination notes. This will also be hit badly.Election funding: It is an open secret that elections in India are largely bankrolled by massive amounts of black money, typically in cash that are often used as direct bribes to voters. This spigot will now be shut off, disrupting the electoral system. The UP and Punjab elections will the first to face the brunt of this move.Corruption: Most bribes across the system are typically paid in cash. While smaller amounts will not be affected, large amounts of bribes will now be limited, at least until the new denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 2000 are introduced in large numbers. But again, those will already accumulated cash will be hit hard.

Hyderabad: No money to arrange ambulance, beggar carries wife’s body on cart for 60 kms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apparently devoid of resources to hire a vehicle for shifting his wife’s body to his native place, a middle-aged beggar in Hyderabad carried her corpse on a cart for over 60 kms, but lost his way and reached Vikarabad town instead of his destination in Medak district.Kavitha and Ramulu, both leprosy patients, eked out a living by begging at Langer Houz here. Kavitha (aged around 45 years) died on the night of November 4 near Lingampally railway station due to ill health.Ramulu, a native of Manoor mandal in Medak district, wanted to perform the last rites of his wife there.
ALSO READ Govt apathy? Tribal man walks 10 km carrying wife’s body with daughter in Odisha”After his wife’s death, he decided to conduct her last rites in his native village and asked some local private carriers for shifting her body, who asked him Rs 5,000.”As he did not have any money with him to hire any vehicle, Ramulu put Kavitha’s body on a pushcart and walked all along till Vikarabad and reached here last afternoon,” Vikarabad Town Circle Inspector G Ravi said.
ALSO READ Madhya Pradesh: Man carries mother-in-law’s body on bicycle for 20 kmPolice were alerted when some locals spotted Ramulu crying alongside his wife’s body, following which an ambulance was arranged to shift the body to Ramulu’s native, the inspector told PTI over phone.Meanwhile, some local residents also collected money and gave it to Ramulu.Later, speaking to media, Ramulu said his wife died on Friday night after which he inquired with some autowallas to shift her body. He said they asked a fare of Rs 5,000.Ramulu said as he did not have any money for arranging an ambulance either, he borrowed a small cart from someone and placed Kavitha’s body on it and pulled it all way long.

‘Be solution to pollution’: Delhiites take to streets for their right to breathe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the pall of smoggy gloom suffocates all and cripples life in the national capital, the people from all walks of life geared up to carry out a series of protests beginning Sunday to fight for their right to breathe. The national capital, considered to be the world’s most polluted city, hit a new low the past week. As millions struggle with hacking coughs and burning eyes, many schools across the city have either shut down or ended all outdoor activities.Several mask-clad children and concerned citizens were seen protesting at the Jantar Mantar here against the rising pollution level. They were seen holding placards which read “Be the solution to the pollution”, “Don’t Let Our Future Go Up In Smog, Go Green 2 Breathe” and so on.”My grand children have recently shifted from America. They used to play football but now they can’t play it here. The pollution is affecting the children. Unless we do something, this won’t get resolved. Unhealthy citizen is an unhealthy nation. This problem is there for years. If today we stand up for this then we might get some result in the coming days,” Sanjiv Kumar, one of the protestors, said.
ALSO READ Delhi pollution: Arvind Kejriwal calls emergency meet to take stockEquating breathing in Delhi with that of smoking a pack of cigarettes per day, another protestor said the air in the national capital is getting worse day by day. “Till now, it has never happened that schools have to be closed in Delhi. The air in Delhi is getting worse day by day. We can’t raise our children like this. There has to be combined efforts from both government and individual citizens. This is becoming from bad to worse. Breathing in Delhi is like smoking a pack of cigarettes a day,” she said.”This is happening due to the government. During the time of Sheila Dikshit, it was a complete clean environment. Here we have little children, who are suffering from diseases like asthma. It has become an emergency situation for Delhi,” she added.
ALSO READ Delhi pollution: Kejriwal says schools to be closed for 3 days, Odd-Even may returnAnother protestor said that they would hold such protests every Sunday. “Everyone in Delhi is getting affected with this air pollution. We need a committed and consistent effort for this. This is an emergency, a crisis. The politicians need to listen to us,” he said.Meanwhile, social activist Nafisa Ali voiced her opinion against the use of crackers during the festival of lights Diwali and said the situation of rising level of air pollution in Delhi will change if everybody contemplates over the same. “This situation will change only when we ponder over this. One should not use crackers during Diwali. The Odd-Even scheme was very much successful for change. We should support that. I would request everyone not to use cars and use cycle, metro or just walk for three days,” she added.
ALSO READ Emergency situation in Delhi, Centre says about alarming pollution levelDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called for an emergency meeting this afternoon to take stock of the recent measures announced to combat the soaring pollution-level in the national capital. Technologies like jet sprinkling and the dust sweep machine will be discussed at length during the meeting to be held at Kejriwal’s residence.This development comes in the wake of the Centre calling a meeting of Environment Ministers of all neighbouring states on Monday to put an end to crop burning as Delhi’s pollution rises to alarming level. Kejriwal had met Union Environment Minister Anil Dave on Saturday and sought the Centre’s intervention following which the latter declared an emergency situation in Delhi.Dave said the present circumstances are quite bad, particularly for children, patients, women and the elderly. Kejriwal has, however, blamed the practice of crop burning in Haryana and Punjab for the pollution in the national capital, as air quality in the city dips to its worst in 17 years.Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has also called a high-level meeting on the issue on Monday during which immediate, short-term and long-term measures to combat the growing air pollution in the city are to be discussed. Earlier on Saturday, the first day’s play of two Ranji Trophy games in New Delhi was cancelled due to poor light caused by smog. The players complained of irritation in eyes and breathing problems. The matches cancelled were Group A league encounter between Bengal and Gujarat at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium and Group C match at Karnail Singh Stadium between Tripura and Hyderabad.

Venkaiah naidu decries criticism of ban on NDTV India

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

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