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Narendra Dabholkar murder case: Bombay HC reprimands CBI for slow probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Coming down heavily on CBI, the Bombay High Court on Friday said it was “bungling up” probe in the murder case of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar by causing inordinate delay in obtaining forensic reports from the Scotland Yard.A division bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and BP Colabawalla, which was hearing petitions filed by the family of Dabholkar and murdered activist Govind Pansare seeking HC supervision in the probe, was irked when CBI sought further adjournment in the case as it was still awaiting report from the forensic lab in UK. “The more you postpone and delay the more benefit the accused will get. It also gives an impression in the society that you (CBI) are not serious about the case and are not pursuing the probe sincerely. “You are just bungling it up. It is your credibility at stake. You should remember that this delay is impacting two trials which are ready to commence,” the court said.The agency had earlier claimed before the HC that it had sent bullets and empty shells recovered from Pansare’s body and the crime scene to the Scotland Yard to ascertain if there was any link between the Dabholkar and Pansare murders. The agency wanted to seek a third opinion as the forensic labs in Mumbai and Bangalore had submitted conflicting reports.Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for CBI, today told the court that the agency is still awaiting reports from UK and that several letters have been sent pursuing the case. “Alternately we could seek opinion from the forensic lab in Delhi,” Singh said.Irked by this, the court said if there was alternative of seeking opinion locally then why did the agency not do it before. “You (CBI) were aware of the difficulties and obstacles when you sought report from UK. What prevented you from seeking opinion from a local third party expert before? The point is efforts taken should be sincere. Especially in cases like this where the offence is of a serious nature and impacts the society,” Justice Dharmadhikari said. The court noted that the delay caused by the probe agency would not only benefit the accused but would also give a bad impression to the society at large.On Pansare murder case which is being probed by the state CID, the court called for better coordination between CBI and CID. “When the accused are common in both the cases then the agencies should coordinate and take joint efforts to nab the accused,” the court said.Special public prosecutor Ashok Mundargi, appearing for state CID, told the court today that a supplementary charge sheet has been filed in the case against two accused – Sameer Gaikwad and Virendra Tawde and two absconding accused. Mundargi said all efforts are being taken to nab the absconding accused.The court while posting the petitions for hearing after six weeks said this was the last chance it was giving to CBI to procure reports from UK and also sought a progress report from CID on its probe against the absconding accused.While Dabholkar was murdered in Pune on August 20, 2013, Pansare was shot on February 16, 2015 in Kolhapur. He died on February 20.

Deutsche Bank’s staff pay stays high, come rain or shine | Reuters

By John O’Donnell
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FRANKFURT Deutsche Bank has continued to pay staff roughly the same amount as it did a decade ago, despite the financial crisis and a collapse in profits, according to a Reuters analysis of its financial reports.Germany’s biggest bank paid its staff more than 13 billion euros ($13.6 billion) in total last year, including benefits and bonuses, despite making a loss of almost 6.8 billion euros. That level of pay was about the same as in 2007, when it made a profit of around 6.5 billion euros.This year, staff received more than 9 billion euros in the nine months to September, while profit in that time was about 500 million euros, according to its reports.The payouts show how Deutsche Bank, which recently had to deny speculation that it would be rescued by Germany as it faces a heavy U.S. penalty for selling toxic mortgage securities, rewards staff at a steady level despite sliding profits.Deutsche Bank declined to comment on the pay figures.By comparison Swiss rival UBS reduced its staff costs by almost 1 billion Swiss francs to just under 16 billion francs ($15.55 billion) in 2015, compared with 2010. It made a net profit of more than 7.5 billion Swiss francs in 2010 and more than 6 billion Swiss francs last year.

Britain’s Royal Bank of Scotland, as it retrenched in investment banking, and Barclays, which did not, also reduced staff costs over this time.Stubbornly high costs at Deutsche Bank have frustrated shareholders, and the staff expenses over almost a decade illustrate the scale of the challenge facing its Chief Executive John Cryan to turn the group around.

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High pay has also grated with many ordinary Germans, who often criticise the bank for its aggressive pursuit of success on Wall Street, while losing touch with its roots in Frankfurt.”The bank has consistently paid bonuses and high salaries to reward success – success that has not materialised,” said Dieter Hein, an analyst from Fairesearch in Frankfurt. “As profits collapsed, pay has even increased. This is absurd.” In 2007, Deutsche Bank paid employees a total of just over 13 billion euros. While the figure dipped the following year, it rebounded in 2010 to 12 billion euros and rose higher still – as profits shrank. Its downward profit spiral reached a nadir in 2015, when it made the loss of more than 6.7 billion euros.

But overall staff costs are likely to come down at Deutsche, as Cryan reassesses a year-old strategy to revive the flagging group, which has seen sharp falls in its stock price and even some customers withdrawing funds.The bank said in October last year that it planned to cut 9,000 staff. Executives are also examining a further 10,000 job cuts, a source recently told Reuters.On pay, the bank has introduced new rules to tie bonuses to overall group performance, although salaries, which have risen across the industry, are not affected by that change. ($1 = 0.9585 euros; $1 = 1.0288 Swiss francs) (Reporting By John O’Donnell; Editing by Pravin Char)

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First Published On : Dec 15, 2016 21:55 IST

Hackers target ATMs across Europe as cyber threat grows | Reuters

By Jim Finkle

Cyber criminals have remotely attacked cash machines in more than a dozen countries across Europe this year, using malicious software that forces machines to spit out cash, according to Russian cyber security firm Group IB. Diebold Nixdorf and NCR Corp, the world’s two largest ATM makers, said they were aware of the attacks and have been working with customers to mitigate the threat. The newly disclosed heists across Europe follow the hacking of ATMs in Taiwan and Thailand that were widely reported over the summer. Although cyber criminals have been attacking cash machines for at least five years, the early campaigns mostly involved small numbers of ATMs because hackers needed to have physical access to cash out machines. The recent heists in Europe and Asia were run from central, remote command centres, enabling criminals to target large numbers of machines in “smash and grab” operations that seek to drain large amounts of cash before banks uncover the hacks.“They are taking this to the next level in being able to attack a large number of machines at once,” said Nicholas Billett, Diebold Nixdorf’s senior director of core software and ATM Security. “They know they will be caught fairly quickly, so they stage it in such a way that they can get cash from as many ATMs as they can before they get shut down.”Group IB declined to name banks that were “jackpotted,” a term used to describe forcing ATMs to spit out cash, but said the victims were located in Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Britain and Malaysia.Indeed, Dmitry Volkov, head of threat intelligence with Group IB, told Reuters he expects more heists on ATMs.MORE HEISTS EXPECTED
Hackers have moved from stealing payment card numbers and online banking credentials to more lucrative hacks on bank networks, giving them access not only to ATM machines, but also to electronic payment networks.

A February attack on servers at Bangladesh’s central bank that controlled access to the SWIFT messaging system yielded more than $81 million in one of the biggest digital heists on record. Russian banks lost over $28 million in a series of wire-fraud cases that were identified earlier this year.”What we are seeing demonstrated is the new model of organised crime,” said Shane Shook, an independent security consultant who helps banks and governments investigate cyber attacks and reviewed Group IB’s findings. Diebold Nixdorf and NCR both said they had provided banks with information on how to thwart the new types of attacks. “We have been working actively with customers, including those who have been impacted, as well as developing proactive security solutions and strategies to help prevent and minimize the impact of these attacks,” said Owen Wild, NCR’s global marketing director for enterprise fraud and security.Disclosure of the campaign follows two ATM hacks in July: $2.5 million was stolen from Taiwan’s First Bank and $350,000 from Thailand’s state-run Government Savings Bank.

Hackers remotely infected ATMs at both banks, forcing them to spit out cash that was collected by teams of “money mules,” who authorities say travelled to Asia from Eastern Europe. ONE CRIMINAL GROUP?
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier this month sent a private alert to American banks, warning them to be on the lookout for attacks on ATMs following the heists in Taiwan and Thailand, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. An FBI spokesman declined to comment on the attacks in Europe.

Group IB said it believed the attacks across Europe were conducted by a single criminal group, which it dubbed Cobalt. It named them after a security-testing tool known as Cobalt Strike, which the perpetrators used in the heists to help them move from computers in the bank network that were infected with tainted emails to specialised servers that control ATMs. Group IB believes that Cobalt is linked to a well-known cyber crime gang dubbed Buhtrap, which stole 1.8 billion rubles ($28 million) from Russian banks from August 2015 to January 2016, because the two groups use similar tools and techniques.Buhtrap stole money through fraudulent wire transfers, not ATM jackpotting.The ATM Security Association declined to comment on Group IB’s findings. Members of the group, which works to improve ATM security, include ATM maker Diebold Nixdorf (DBD.N) as well as banks ABN Amro (ABNd.AS), Bank of America Corp (BAC.N), Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS.L) and Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC.N).Representatives of Europol, which coordinates investigations of cyber crimes across Europe, had no immediate comment. (Reporting by Jim Finkle in Boston; Additional reporting by Anthony Deutsch in The Hague; Editing by Dan Grebler and Bernadette Baum)

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First Published On : Nov 22, 2016 00:38 IST

2002 Gujarat riots accused extradited from UK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old man wanted in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat was on Tuesday extradited from the UK to stand trial in India, becoming the first person to be sent back from Britain 24 years after the two countries signed an extradition treaty.Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel had been arrested by Scotland Yard in west London in August on a Red Corner Notice issued by Indian authorities. His extradition order was signed by UK home secretary Amber Rudd on September 22 and the “surrender arrangements” were finalised for his departure. It marks the first extradition from the UK since the signing of the India-UK Extradition Treaty in 1992.”Following Government of India’s request for extradition, Mr Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, an Indian national, is being extradited on 18th October, 2016 to face trial in India,” the High Commission said in a statement.”Mr Patel is facing trial in connection with post-Godhra riots in India in 2002. He is charged with the offence under Section 302 of IPC, along with 43 other accused. The offences include being member of an unlawful assembly; rioting and murder. The accused was arrested in India and was on bail and after jumping bail had escaped to UK,” the statement added.According to Gujarat Police, Patel is wanted in connection with riots in Ode village of Anand district. A team of officials from India will take him into their custody to fly him back to India today.”On 22 September the Secretary of State (Amber Rudd), having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed the order for Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel’s extradition to India. He is accused, whilst being part of a rioting mob, of three counts of murder, two counts of using unlawful violence with others for a common purpose and one count of arson,” a UK Home Office spokesperson had confirmed last week.On March 1, 2002, 23 people from the Muslim community were burnt alive in a house in Pirwali Bhagol area of Ode village. Patel along with two other accused, who are still at large, are accused of being part of the rioting mob at the time. Patel’s whereabouts were traced to a home in Hounslow, west London, after which Scotland Yard nabbed him on August 9.”On 9 August officers from the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) extradition unit attended an address in Beavers Lane, Hounslow and arrested Samir Vinubhai Patel, aged 40, on a warrant issued under section 71 Extradition Act 2003. He appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on August 10, 2016,” a Scotland Yard statement said.”We can confirm that Mr Patel has consented to his extradition to India. However, we are unable to comment on any surrender arrangements as this is an operational matter for the police,” a UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) statement added.

Govind Pansare case: Bombay HC extends stay on framing of charges against accused

The Bombay High Court on Friday extended the stay on framing of charges against Sameer Gaikwad, a right-wing Hindu activist, who has been arrested in connection with the murder of rationalist Govind Pansare as the prosecution is awaiting a forensic report from the UK. The report has been sought to find out if there was any link between the killings of Pansare, and rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and MM Kalburgi.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On June 9, the high court had directed a sessions court in Kolhapur which is at present conducting the trial against Gaikwad, to defer framing of charges. The direction was given on a petition filed by the Maharashtra government’s CID, which is probing the Pansare murder case, challenging a May 20 order passed by the Kolhapur sessions court rejecting the prosecution’s application seeking to defer framing of charges against Gaikwad, pending the forensic report.Public Prosecutor Sandeep Shinde told HC that CBI has sent empty cartridges recovered from the crime scene in all the three murders to a forensic lab of Scotland Yard police in the UK. “CBI is in touch with authorities concerned and has assured that all necessary steps will be taken to procure the report expeditiously,” Shinde said.Justice Sadhana Jadhav then adjourned the petition for further hearing on July 8. “The stay granted shall continue till further orders,” the court said. Gaikwad, an alleged member of Sanatan Sanstha, is the only suspect arrested by Kolhapur Police in connection with this case. He was arrested on September 16, last year from his residence in Sangli.Pansare and his wife were shot by unidentified persons in Kolhapur during their morning walk on February 16, last year. While his wife survived, the veteran CPI leader died in a Mumbai hospital four days later. Yesterday, the HC had sought to know from the Maharashtra government if it has decided to seek a CBI probe in the Pansare case as claimed by the lawyer of the family of the slain activist, even as the prosecutor said he has no such instruction so far.It also came down heavily on CID and CBI, probing the Pansare and Dabholkar murder cases respectively, for slow progress.

Put your heads down and complete investigation in a fair manner: HC to CBI in Dr. Dabholkar murder case

The Bombay High Court on Thursday came down heavily on the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), for divulging details of their investigations in the murder of Dr Narendra Dabholkar to the media.It said, “There has to be fair investigations and fair trial, your officers are giving news material, not doing investigations.” It also attributed the approach of CBI as ‘Childish’.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A division bench of Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice Dr. Shalini Phansalkar Joshi, directed authorities to expedite the process for receiving opinion from the Scotland yard police, as regards the ballistic report on whether the weapons used in the murder of Dr. Dabholkar and Dr. Govind Pansare was the same and told the Maharashtra government to place on record its decision with reasons if any to transfer the murder case of Dr. Pansare to the CBI.The bench after going through the progress reports submitted by CBI and SIT said “There is nothing new in these reports which have not already been given out in public domain. If you say the court should monitor the progress then the information should not be given to the media/press, which will hamper investigations.”Further it said, “Terror has no religion or caste, sex or place of work, be sensitive and careful while investigating such cases.” The court added “With this kind of investigation you are helping the making of a film or TV serial, merchants in that business will thrive on the information given by you (CBI), but society will suffer. Those who sell information and those who consume will not bother, while those officer getting publicity will also not, is there any concern in you to wipe the tears of those affected by the murders.”The state government also informed the high court that it had not yet taken any decision to transfer the murder case of Dr. Pansare to the CBI which is probing the murder case of Dr. Dabholkar. It said, “Hope you are investigating on your own and coordinating but not spoiling each other’s case.”The court also reprimanded the media for printing every minute detail in the case given by the CBI officers. It said, “Every evening between 10 pm to 12 am we see on televisions cases being picked and judgments passed within hours. More often we have seen that such case where media has taken keen interest has led to acquittals in court.”The bench told the CBI that by giving details to the media important piece of evidence is being destroyed. “Hats off to you (CBI). If TV channels show every move of yours then won’t it affect your search and seizure operations? Won’t showing your officers and witnesses affect Identification Parade?”Family members of Dr. Dabholkar and Dr. Pansare assured the court that information which could affect the probe will not be divulged to the media and if they have any, then it would be shared with the probe agencies.Asking the CBI/SIT officer to keep their heads down and to ensure proper investigations are carried out, the court adjourned the hearing on the plea by six weeks, saying it hopes the investigation is carried out in the right direction.On May 9, 2014, the HC had transferred probe into Dabholkar murder case to CBI. The main reason for transferring the case was that the court felt a need for a detailed probe.Both Dabholkar and Pansare were killed by unidentified shooters in separate incidents while they were taking their morning walk.

Govind Pansare murder case: Trial against Sameer Gaikwad stayed till further orders

The Bombay High Court has directed a Sessions court to defer framing of charges against Sameer Gaikwad, an alleged member of Sanatan Sanstha who is arrested in activist Govind Pansare murder case, as the prosecution is awaiting forensic report from the UK. The report is being awaited to establish if there was any link between the killings of Pansare, and rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and M M Kalburgi.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Justice Sadhana Jadhav on June 9 ordered the sessions court in Kolhapur, which is presently conducting trial against Gaikwad, to defer framing of charges against him.The direction was given on a petition filed by Maharashtra government’s CID, which is probing the Pansare murder case, challenging a May 20 order passed by the Kolhapur sessions court rejecting the prosecution’s application seeking to defer framing of charges against Gaikwad, pending the forensic report. “At the stage of framing of charge, it is necessary to apprise the accused of all the allegations levelled against him and the charges faced by him. That it is incumbent upon the prosecution to establish the nexus and apprise the accused of the fact as to whether there is any nexus between the homicidal death of all the three luminaries and the specific role attributed to the accused,” Justice Jadhav said. Justice Jadhav, while staying the order of the sessions court rejecting the prosecution’s application, directed it to defer framing of charges in the case until further orders from the high court. Government pleader Sandeep Shinde informed the high court that the state CID had filed an application before the lower court seeking to defer framing of charges against Gaikwad, as they were still waiting for a report from the Scotland Yard Police forensic laboratory to establish nexus between the murders of Pansare, Dabholkar and Kalburgi. Shinde told HC that earlier the Karnataka police, which is probing the death of Kalburgi, had taken from the state CID five empty cartridges and one bullet recovered from Pansare’s body to see if the murders were connected. Later CBI, which is probing Dabholkar’s death, took over the cartridges and bullet from Karnataka police and sent the same to the forensic laboratory of Scotland Yard Police in the UK for testing, and the report is awaited.CBI had on Friday night arrested a member of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti Virendrasing Tawde in connection with the murder Dabholkar in Pune in 2013, the first in the case by the agency. The Samiti is linked to Goa-based radical Hindu group Sanatan Sanstha, which had come under the scanner for the murder of Pansare in February 2015.

Gujarat: Jama Masjid in Vadodara claims to have world’s biggest Quran

The Jama Masjid in Vadodara has added another feather to its cap with the claim of having the biggest Quran in the world.The mosque, which is famous because of its association with cricketers Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan, has now claimed of having the biggest elaboration of the holy text.The length and breadth of this Quran is 75 inch and 41 inch respectively. The ink used in this Quran is made up of Kohl and peacock’s feather. The border of this Quran is elaborated with a gold coating.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is worthy to be noted that a Quran, kept at Russian city of Kazan’s Qolsharif mosque has been awarded a Guinness World Records certificate for being the world’s largest.Printed on Scotland paper, this Quran edition is 150×200 cm, has 632 pages and weighs 800 kg.The cover of the religious text was made of malachite and semi-precious stones and is encrusted with phyanite, jade, gold and silver leaf.

Imran Khan’s ex-wife Jemima slams her brother Zac Goldsmith’s ‘racist’ campaign

After Tory Zac Goldsmith lost out to Sadiq Khan in London, even his sister Jemima Goldsmith slammed him for a campaign many have called racist. Many have criticised Goldsmith for running the campaign which has been called ‘dog-whistle racist’ and looked to link Sadiq Khan to extremists.Now Zac Goldsmith’s sister who was once married to Pakistani politician and ex-cricketer Imran Khan has criticised his campaign saying his campaign didn’t reflect ‘who I know him to be’. She wrote on Twitter: “Sad that Zac’s campaign did not reflect who I know him to be- an eco-friendly, independent- minded politician with integrity. Congratulations to @sadiqkhan-1st Muslim Mayor of London- a city for all cultures, backgrounds & religions. A great example to young Muslims.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dealt a crushing blow in Scotland, where it came third behind the Scottish National Party and Britain’s ruling Conservatives, Labour did better than expected in England, saving its left-leaning leader from an early challenge.But the big prize was the London mayor vote, which pitted Khan, 45, who grew up in public housing in inner city London, against Conservative Zac Goldsmith, 41, the son of a billionaire financier.”This election was not without controversy and I am so proud that London has today chosen hope over fear and unity over division,” Khan said in a short speech after the results.”I hope that we will never be offered such a stark choice again. Fear does not make us safer, it only makes us weaker and the politics of fear is simply not welcome in our city.”Plaudits for Khan flooded in from as far afield as New York, whose mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter: “Sending congratulations to London’s new mayor and fellow affordable housing advocate, @SadiqKhan.”Khan’s 13.6 percent margin of victory over Goldsmith was the widest in a London mayoral election in 16 years, showing that a bitter campaign marred by accusations that Khan had links to extremists and charges of anti-Semitism within Labour ranks had failed to deter his voters. The Labour lawmaker replaces Conservative Boris Johnson, who ran the city of 8.6 million people for eight years. A top campaigner for Britain to leave the EU, Johnson is seen as a contender to succeed David Cameron as party leader and prime minister.The Conservatives were keen to keep hold of the post, which does not run the City of London financial district but has influence over government in lobbying for the capital. The mayor is responsible for areas such as policing, transport, housing and the environment. Khan, looking exhausted after a much delayed result, made an emotional speech referencing his Pakistani father, who he said would have been “proud that the city he chose to call his home, has now chosen one of his children to be the mayor.”ACCUSATIONSKhan held his lead in the opinion polls, despite accusations by Goldsmith that he has shared platforms with radical Muslim speakers and given “oxygen” to extremists.Khan says he has fought extremism all his life and that he regrets sharing a stage with speakers who held “abhorrent” views. The Labour Party accused Goldsmith and the ruling Conservative Party of smearing Khan.Goldsmith denied the charge, saying he had raised legitimate questions over his opponent’s judgment – but the tactics do seem to have backfired, with some voters interviewed by Reuters saying they found the campaign “disgusting and slimy”.While fighting those charges, Khan, a former human rights lawyer, also distanced himself from the newly elected Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, after a row over anti-Semitism.The Labour leader ordered an inquiry into charges of anti-Semitism after suspending Ken Livingstone, a political ally and a former London mayor, for saying Adolf Hitler had supported Zionism.The impact of the crisis was difficult to gauge in the election of more than 2,700 local officials and new devolved authorities in Scotland and Wales.Compared to the last regional elections in 2011, Labour’s share of the vote was down 9.2 percent in Scotland and 7.6 percent in Wales, allowing a strong showing for the anti-EU UK Independence Party before a referendum on membership of the bloc on June 23.But, with fewer losses in England than expected, Corbyn was able to rally enough support to prevent an early challenge.Corbyn, who was elected as party leader last year on a wave of enthusiasm for change and an end to ‘establishment politics’ among mostly younger members, welcomed some of the results and said he would fight to re-establish Labour in Scotland.”We hung on and we grew support in a lot of places,” he said. But he did little to quell criticism of his leadership in a party which has moved from crisis to crisis, the latest the row over anti-Semitism forcing Corbyn to suspend Livingstone. Richard Angell, director of Labour activist group Progress, said the party had to refocus on issues that concern voters. “Corbyn need to shake up his operation, kick out Ken Livingstone as a first step to nailing the anti-Semitism problem and focus on voter-friendly policy,” he told Reuters.

No intolerance in India: Kiren Rijiju tells Parliament

Government on Tuesday denied existence of alleged intolerance in the country.ICC World Twenty20 2016: Afghanistan vs Scotland, Group B 2nd T20 Match Live Cricket Scores & Ball by Ball commentary”The prevailing situation in the country does not indicate existence of alleged intolerance in the country,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told the Lok Sabha in a written reply. The Minister said in the first month (January) of 2016, a total of 59 communal incidents took place in different parts of the country of which 12 were reported in Uttar Pradesh, 11 in Madhya Pradesh and seven in Bihar.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In 2015, a total of 751 communal incidents were reported in the country of which 155 took place in Uttar Pradesh, 105 each in Maharashtra and Karnataka, 71 in Bihar, 65 in Rajasthan and 55 in Gujarat. Altogether 644 communal incidents were reported across India in 2014 and 823 in 2013.

BJP hails roll back of proposal to tax EPF withdrawal

BJP on Tuesday welcomed the roll back of the proposal to tax EPF withdrawal and took a jibe at Congress after some of its leaders sought to take credit for the government’s rethink, saying it can claim credit for the passage of GST and other bills if it agrees to help the treasury benches.ICC World Twenty20 2016: Afghanistan vs Scotland, Group B 2nd T20 Match Live Cricket Scores & Ball by Ball commentary”BJP welcomes the (government’s) decision to withdraw the proposal. The budget was hailed across the country for its focus on the common man, poor and farmers but a section was upset with the move to tax EPF. Its withdrawal is a good step,” party National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said. He also attacked Congress as many party leaders credited Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s protests against the move for the government’s decision.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Congress and Rahul Gandhi can take credit for all decisions. He can take credit for the passage of GST and other bills if he lets Parliament function and helps the government in the passage of bills. These are not the bills of BJP but of the country,” he said.
ALSO READ EPF tax rollback a welcome relief to salaried class, says ExpertsSharma also asked Rahul to practise constructive and not destructive politics. Gandhi should practise constructive and not destructive politics and help the government in country’s development, he said.

Buffaloes have entered the water: Sri Sri quotes villagers to defend World Cultural Festival

We have not cut any trees, have just trimmed four. We want a clean Yamuna and we care about the environment,” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said. Art of Living guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, under fire for organising a massive event on the Yamuna floodplain, said his organisation will build a “biodiversity park” in that area and rubbished allegations of ecological harm. Ravi Shankar told reporters here that not a single tree has been cut in the run up to the World Cultural Festival to be held between March 11-13 and that four trees have only been trimmed in the riverine area. “Villagers said that their buffaloes never went near the water in the past. Now I have been informed by the them that those buffaloes have entered the water. The villagers are very happy. “We will leave the place after making a biodiversity park there. In the past, our volunteers have brought out 512 tonne of garbage from Yamuna. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ICC World Twenty20 2016: Afghanistan vs Scotland, Group B 2nd T20 Match Live Cricket Scores & Ball by Ball commentaryWe have not cut any trees, have just trimmed four. We want a clean Yamuna and we care about the environment,” Ravi Shankar said. The event, slated to take place between March 11-13 on the west bank of Yamuna floodplain near DND flyover, has been organised to celebrate 35 years of The Art of Living. It is being supported by the Centre and the Delhi government among others, and is expected to attract around 35 lakh people. It has come under the scanner of National Green Tribunal after a set of petitions were filed demanding its cancellation over concerns of potential permanent damage to the riverbed.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the event on Friday and President Pranab Mukherjee was to attend the valedictory function on Sunday. However, Mukherjee pulled out of the event in the wake of controversy citing “unavoidable circumstances”.

Trupti Desai sets 15-day deadline, threatens to launch protest march

Activist Trupti Desai on Tuesday said if the Trimbakeshwar trust in 15 days does not take a decision to end the 400-year-old tradition of not allowing women into the sanctum sanctorum, Bhumata Brigade supporters will march again towards Trimbakeshwar that too without a prior notice.ICC World Twenty20 2016: Afghanistan vs Scotland, Group B 2nd T20 Match Live Cricket Scores & Ball by Ball commentary”If the Trimbakeshwar trust doesn’t take a decision within 15 days, we will go there again without any information. We will also meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis this week to urge him to take a decision on this,” Desai said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Desai also hoped that the Government and administration would accept their demand. Activist Trupti Desai, who was detained in the morning while on her way to Trimbakeshwar temple, has been released by police.Some of the women activists, who were detained on Monday while heading towards the temple, were also released. “Why police stopped us from going to Trimbakeshwar temple; it is wrong,” said Desai after she was detained.Desai and her supporters had yesterday vowed to break the age-old rule of not allowing women inside the temple. They have demanded that women should be allowed to enter the inner sanctum of Trimbakeshwar temple on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. The temple trust has maintained that the ban on the entry of women is based on tradition, claiming that no objection has ever been raised on the same.

Government assures opposition of providing security to Kanhaiaya Kumar

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday sought security for JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar in view of two “rewards” announced by two persons on his life and for chopping off his tongue, after which the government said adequate protection will be provided to him.Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, the senior Congress leader said one Adarsh Sharma of Purvanchal Sena had put up posters announcing reward of Rs 11 lakh for anyone who kills Kanhiaya Kumar.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ICC World Twenty20 2016: Afghanistan vs Scotland, Group B 2nd T20 Match Live Cricket Scores & Ball by Ball commentaryAzad also said Kuldeep Varshnay, a BJP Yuva Morcha leader, had also announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for cutting off Kumar’s tongue. “Provide security to Kanhaiya Kumar. His life is in danger,” he said.He said first fake videos were circulated against the student leader and then he was booked under charges of sedation. “When he is out on bail, there is conspiracy to kill him,” the Congress leader said.He also sought strict action against those who made fake videos related to Kanhaiya Kumar.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said adequate security will be given to Kanhaiya Kumar. He also said BJP took immediate action Varshnay and legal action too would be taken.Regarding the alleged fake videos, Naqvi said investigation was on. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien too said there should be investigation into the fake video matter.

TDP MLA N Balakrishna apologises for his ‘vulgar’ remarks about women

Telugu actor and TDP legislator Nandamuri Balakrishna has expressed regrets over his alleged “objectionable” remarks on women at a movie function here recently.ICC World Twenty20 2016: Afghanistan vs Scotland, Group B 2nd T20 Match Live Cricket Scores & Ball by Ball commentaryThe Hindupur MLA, also brother-in-law of AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, is under fire from various political parties and women organisations for his alleged objectionable remarks on women.””Balakrishna regrets over his remarks and apologises if they hurt the feelings of any section. He made those remarks as part of fun (during the movie function) and did not aim at anyone. He also said that he inherited the culture of respecting women from his father NT Rama Rao,” a statement from Telugu Desam Party issued here said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police complaint was lodged against the MLA by a section of lawyers for allegedly passing “vulgar” comments against women at a movie audio release function.”We have received a complaint against Balakrishna alleging that he made some vulgar comments against women at an audio release function for a movie held three days ago. We are seeking legal opinion on the issue,” Saroornagar police inspector S Lingaiah said yesterday.Meanwhile, Opposition YSR Congress party has demanded an apology from the CM and Balakrishna on the issue.

Around 89 lakh children not fully immunised: Government

Government on Tuesday admitted that 89 lakh children in India are either partially immunised or have received no immunisation, though it claimed an increase of five percent in immunisation during the year as against one percent over the last four years.ICC World Twenty20 2016: Afghanistan vs Scotland, Group B 2nd T20 Match Live Cricket Scores & Ball by Ball commentary”As per Rapid Survey on Children, 2013, which is the latest survey available annually, about 89 lakh children in the country remain either partially vaccinated or unvaccinated. Of these 89 lakh childrem, 17 lakh are unvaccinated while 72 lakh are partially vaccinated,” Health Minister JP Nadda told the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The major reasons for all children not being vaccinated are lack of awareness amongst parents about benefits of vaccination and fear of side effects. “There has been a five per cent increase in immunisation of children during the year after first phase of Mission Indradhanush launched from April to July 2015. We were earlier having only one per cent increase every year in the past four years. Now the increase till now by the end of second phase of Mission Indradhanush is about 6 to 7 per cent,” Nadda said.He said the second phase of Mission Indradhanush for immunising children was launched from October 2015 to January 2016 and as on February 15, “we have reached out to 1.42 crore children, of which 37 lakh children were fully vaccinated and about 37 lakh pregnant women were vaccinated for tetanus toxoid.”The Minister said “we are also enhancing more vaccinations through Mission Indradhanush and vaccines for four diseases of JE adults, Rotavirus, Robella and for Pneumonia have been added. It is a continuous process.” To a question on Zika virus, he said, “there is no vaccination for Zika virus as of now.”On whether the tribals are being reached through Mission Indradhanush, Nadda said, “it aims to reach out to those we are unable to reach. We have mapped out the left-outs. Tribal area is very much in focus and we are getting very good results.” Talking about the 201 high focus districts, he said, 20 lakh children have been fully vaccinated and 21 lakh mothers have also been vaccinated.

Working for consensus on Women’s Reservation Bill: Government tells Lok Sabha

Amid demands for early passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill, Government today said in Lok Sabha that it is working towards evolving consensus on it and expressed hope that it would succeed in this at the earliest.ICC World Twenty20 2016: Afghanistan vs Scotland, Group B 2nd T20 Match Live Cricket Scores & Ball by Ball commentaryThe erstwhile UPA government tried to evolve consensus on the issue for 10 years and the present dispensation is continuing that effort, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said after an impromptu debate on women’s empowerment on the occasion of International Women’s Day during which the demands for reservation were raised.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Our government is working towards evolving consensus…Hope we succeed at the earliest,” he said about the bill which proposes 33% reservation for women in Lok Sabha and Assemblies. The bill was passed by Rajya Sabha in 2010 but got stuck in Lok Sabha due to stiff resistance by a number of parties. When a member from the opposition camp wanted a concrete assurance, Naidu hit back saying “they (Congress government) could not evolve consensus in 10 years”.
ALSO READ On Women’s Day, RS members ask for women’s bill to be passed by Lok SabhaHe said the Modi government, meanwhile, has initiated a number of schemes for empowerment of women, including ‘beti bachao, beti padao’ (save girl child, educate girl child).Utmost important is education of girl child, the minister said, adding the earlier governments have worked in this direction and the present dispensation is doing it “more effectively”.
ALSO READ Women’s Reservation Bill: Sonia Gandhi attacks govt; says ‘maximum governance’ means giving women their duesAfter education, girls need to be provided with job opportunities, he said, adding that without provision of jobs, the “discrimination” against women will not end.Another way of ensuring empowerment of women is to ensure that under the ‘Housing-for-all’ scheme, titles are registered in the name of the woman.Noting that illegal and anti-social practices like dowry deaths, child marriage and atrocities are still continuing, Naidu pressed for “introspection” by the society and “change of mindset” towards the fair sex.”We should ponder over these developments. It is not an issue of this party, that party… I do not want to politicise this. If blame is to be taken, all parties should take responsibility proportionate to the time they ruled,” he said.He said it cannot be accepted that practices like female foeticide is part of “culture” in India which is described as “motherland”.

75-year-old Indian-origin UK Maoist cult leader jailed for 23 years for raping followers

Aravindan Balakrishnan, a 75-year-old Indian-origin man who ran a secretive extremist Maoist cult, was Friday sentenced to 23 years in jail by a UK court for a string of sexual assaults.Balakrishnan, known to his followers as Comrade Bala, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court in London for six counts of indecent assault, four counts of rape and two counts of actual bodily harm. He had been convicted following a jury trial in December last year.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>His wife, Chanda Balakrishnan, who had lived with him as part of the Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought for nearly 30 years had claimed earlier this week that his conviction was a “frame-up”.She had been unaware that her husband had fathered a daughter with his devoted follower Sian Davies and kept her imprisoned in a London flat for years. Balakrishnan had denied charges of rape and told the jury that he was “the focus of competition” between “jealous” women who made sexual advances on him.The sentencing ends an over two-year police investigation into a case which Scotland Yard detectives described as “completely unique”. Detective chief superintendent Tom Manson, from the Metropolitan Police’s Organised Crime Command, said: “It seems extraordinary that Balakrishnan could command such control over so many people, however all of the victims have told us in great detail that they very much believed his claims of power and greatness and the threats he made to them”.”They all described feelings of fear and being totally controlled him. All of the women have faced huge challenges in adapting to day-to-day life since they left Balakrishnan’s control but with the support of a number of charities and professionals are making exceptional progress and their bravery deserves recognition and praise,” he said.

Jayalalithaa launches ‘Amma seeds’ scheme for farmers, urban gardening

Under agriculture department initiatives, she inaugurated a series of buildings including dry and cold storage facilities constructed at an estimated Rs 28.51 crore, the release added.

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