<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday asserted that all possible steps will be taken to preserve and strengthen country’s integrity and security – be it external or internal threats.Chairing the 27th meeting of the Southern Zonal Council here, Singh said state governments must ensure better inter-State coordination and take up joint operations in common border areas.”All possible steps will be taken to preserve and strengthen the integrity and safety of our country, be it either from external or internal threats,” he said. The Home Minister said in the recent past, the Left Wing Extremism had been assuming serious dimensions in certain parts of the country.The Minister said state governments must ensure better inter-State coordination and take up joint operations in common border areas. Two top Maoist leaders, including a woman,had been killed in a police ‘encounter’ in Padukka forest range near Karulai in Nilambur in Malappuram district last month. “The recent incidents that occurred in Kerala underscored the paramount need for further tightening up of administrative and police machinery,” he said.The Council reviewed progress of implementation of various recommendations made in the last meeting relating to issues of fishermen, Peninsular Region Industrial Development Corridor, extension of High Speed Rail Corridor between Thiruvananthapuram up to Mangalore and Udupi, introduction of peninsular tourism trains in the zone and Amendments to the New Road Transport and Road Safety Bill. Thereafter, the Council took up issues which relate to uniformity in allocation of funds for scholarships in proportion of population of SC/ST for all courses, revision of ceiling on profession tax by Government of India, prevention of communicable diseases, naxalism, promotion of oilseeds and oil palm cultivation and development of Puducherry Airport.Out of the 22 items discussed, 16 were resolved in the meeting. The Home Minister said the Central government is committed to further strengthen the Zonal Councils and the Inter State Council. He said the meetings of five Zonal Councils and their Standing Committees were held in 2015 after a long gap. Earlier, all the five Zonal Council meetings were held in one year only in the years of 1972 and 2005.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government’s Power Department has requested Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung to constitute a three-member selection committee to appoint chairman for the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC).”A proposal to this effect has been sent to the LG for approval,” said a senior Power Department officer. He added: “As per Section 85 of the Electricity Act, 2003, the selection committee is to be constituted by the state government. The power and functions of the state government were delegated to the LG vide a Government of India notification. dated 20.2.2004.”Former DERC Chairman Krishna Saini, a 1981-batch Indian Revenue Service officer, who was appointed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, was removed from the post on November 4, following Jung’s direction to withdraw his appointment order. Saini was appointed without Jung’s approval, which had led to a major confrontation between the AAP-led government and the LG.Interestingly, the Delhi Cabinet had to approve his removal, which has still not happened.In its judgment on August 4, the High Court had declared Saini’s appointment illegal following which Jung set aside his appointment on grounds of “illegal infirmities” on September 22.Taking a serious note of Jung’s order, Kejriwal had shot off a lengthy letter to the LG, asking him to reconsider his decision in public interest. The state Cabinet requested Jung to reconsider the decision thrice, but all in vain. Thereafter, the Power Department issued an order to remove Saini with immediate effect.
Karachi/New Delhi: India and Pakistan were on day engaged in war of words after Islamabad claimed that it prevented an Indian submarine from entering its territorial waters, a charge which was strongly dismissed as “blatant lies” by New Delhi.
“Indian Navy categorically denies the statement of Pakistani Navy as blatant lies,” Navy spokesperson Captain DK
Sharma said, adding that Indian Navy did not have any under water movement in the said waters as claimed by the Pakistani Navy.
The sharp reaction by Indian Navy came after Pakistan claimed that an Indian submarine, after being detected near
Pakistan’s territorial waters had been pushed back.
“While Indian Army continues to undertake serious ceasefire violations along LoC and Working Boundary, Indian
Navy has also deceitfully deployed its submarines against Pakistan with ulterior motives,” Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
“However, Pakistan Navy once again proved its vigilance and operational competence by detecting and blocking an Indian submarine from entering in Pakistani waters. The unsuspecting submarine was detected and localised south of Pakistani coast on November 14,” the statement said.
“Thereafter, despite submarine’s desperate efforts to escape detection, it was continuously tracked by Pakistan Navy fleet units and pushed well clear of our waters,” it said.
Today’s charge by Pakistan came two days after its army chief General Raheel Sharif had said his men killed 11 Indian soldiers in cross-border firing across the Line of Control (LoC).
That statement too was denied by the Indian Army.
First Published On : Nov 18, 2016 21:28 IST
India’s arguably most viewed anchor bid farewell to his colleagues but not before a four-hour-long mega show he had planned to make his departure a spectacle turned into a damp squib.
According to people in the know of the developments, the mega show planned by Arnab Goswami even had India’s biggest Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and a host of top politicians confirming their presence but top brass of Times Now thought otherwise.
“The show is cancelled,” announced Goswami, who spent some quality time with his staffers after hosting The Newshour. His last show was on 14 November, titled Arnab on Newshour. Thereafter, the shows went on without any names.
It was not immediately known why the last, signature show was cancelled by the Times Now management though insiders in the Times Now newsroom said members of the top brass of the channel had a brief conversation with Goswami, probably impressing upon him why a big bang sign out would be “a little unnecessary and not have the top management’s permission”.
Once he realised the special show would not be allowed, Goswami, as told by witnesses, sat down with his newsroom colleagues and emotionally narrated — some of his colleagues even started weeping — how he worked tirelessly to make the channel South Asia’s number one. He exhorted his colleagues to remember how “you should not be afraid to question the rich and the mighty”.
Aware Goswami would take loads of sheen and viewers along with him, the Times Now management is now into a virtual firefighting mode, the changeover, and fresh induction process being supervised by none other than Vineet Jain and Times group top editor Joydeep “Jojo” Bose, sources unwilling to be identified said. The two want to bolster their operations in the National Capital, especially in key areas like Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), and the headquarters of Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party.
The channel is keen to have a bevy of anchors. Names floating in the market include Sreenivasan Jain of NDTV and Rahul Kanwal of India Today — who would be able to retain similar “aggression” like Goswami and constantly work towards getting the big scoops for the channel. Some sure shot names include former managing director at India Today, Network18, TV Today Network Ltd Vinay Tiwari and Hector of NewsX, the latter once colleague with Goswami.
While Goswami has kept his cards close to his chest, he has already asked a number of his colleagues to put in their papers. If sources are to be believed, he is personally in touch with people who he thinks will bring in value to the newsroom — cricket, corruption, cinema — are high on his agenda. “News must break with us first,” he told those whom he had approached, and those who have been calling him ever since he has announced his departure from Times Now.
Interestingly, he is trying to pick up “hardcore reporters” in the hinterland. Goswami has already said he wants to be the first one in India to shift the focus of news out of Lutyens Delhi.
Those in touch with Goswami say the seasoned anchor has stressed on the big impact story, not necessarily from the New Delhi. Goswami has already made it clear that he is seeking to create a blast on the digital platform, indicating how a reporter should not call it a day just by telecasting his story. His real work would be to upload it on the web and then push it to be among the top trending ones. The journalists — some already armed with offers from Goswami — have started looking for the big stories.
Probably Goswami remembers how he could not go out with a big bang, and that it would be great to create one when he resurfaces in his new avatar.
The author is India Editor, Central European News (CEN), Vienna. Views are personal.
First Published On : Nov 18, 2016 19:50 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fishermen were asked by the IMD on Sunday to be cautious while venturing into sea along the Odisha coast in view of a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal, with the system likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm.A depression over east-central Bay of Bengal moved east-north-eastwards, intensified into a deep depression today and lay centered over east-central Bay of Bengal, about 950 km east-southeast of Gopalpur, the MeT Department here said. The system is most likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm in 24 hours and move north-eastwards to reach close to north Myanmar coast shortly. Thereafter, it will recurve initially north-northwestwards skirting Myanmar coast and then north-westwards towards the of north-west Bay of Bengal, it said. While sporadic rainfall may occur in 11 districts in the central and north Odisha on October 26 and 27, weather elsewhere in the state would be generally dry during the next 24 hours, but the sky would be cloudy, Director of the Meteorological Centre here, Sarat Chandra Sahu said. However, Distant Cautionary Signal Number One (DC-I) has been hoisted at all ports in Odisha and fishermen are advised to be cautious while venturing into interior and distant sea along Odisha coast during the period. The withdrawal line of southwest monsoon continues to pass through Lat.22 N/Long.94 E, Lat.19 N/Long.90 E, Lat.16 N/Long.85 E, Tirupathi, Bengaluru, Mangalooru, Lat.13 N/Long.70 E and Lat.13 N/Long.60 E. Conditions are becoming favourable for further withdrawal of southwest monsoon from the remaining parts of the country during next 2 – 3 days. The Depression over eastcentral Bay of Bengal moved east-northeastwards and lay centred at 1730 hours IST of yesterday, the 22nd October 2016 over the same region near Lat.14.9 N/Long.92.0 E about, 370 kms north-northwest of Port Blair and 490 kms southwest of Yangon (Myanmar).It continued to move east-northeastwards and intensified into a Deep Depression over Arakan coast and adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal and lies centred at 0830 hours IST of today, the 23rd October 2016 near Lat. 15.5 N/Long. 93.0 E about, 420 kms north of Port Blair and 360 kms west-southwest of Yangon (Myanmar). The system is most likely to intensify further into a Cyclonic Storm during 24 hours. It is likely to move northeastwards and reach close to north Myanmar coast by today evening. Thereafter, it is likely to recurve initially north-northwestwards skirting Myanmar coast and then northwestwards towards northwest Bay of Bengal. The cyclonic circulation over southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area now lies over southeast Arabian Sea and neighbourhood and extends between 3.1 & 5.8 kms a. s. l. The western disturbance as an upper air cyclonic circulation over northern parts of Jammu & Kashmir and neighbourhood has moved away east-northeastwards.A fresh western disturbance as an upper air trough in mid tropospheric westerlies runs with its axis at 3.1 kms a. s. l. roughly along Long.64 E to the north of Lat.32 N. System is likely to move east-northeastwards. In the regions where the southwest monsoon has withdrawn: Day temperatures were appreciably to markedly above normal in some parts of Assam and Meghalaya and of coastal Andhra Pradesh; appreciably above normal in some parts of east Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Rayalaseema and of south interior Karnataka and were above normal in some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland-Manipur, Mizoram-Tripura, West Bengal and Sikkim, Bihar, west Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and of Telangana and in remaining parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fishermen were asked by the IMD on Sunday to be cautions while venturing into sea along the Odisha coast in view of a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal, with the system likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm.A depression over east-central Bay of Bengal moved east-north-eastwards, intensified into a deep depression on Sunday and lay centered over east-central Bay of Bengal, about 950 km east-southeast of Gopalpur, the MeT Department said.The system is most likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm in 24 hours and move north-eastwards to reach close to north Myanmar coast shortly. Thereafter, it will recurve initially north-northwestwards skirting Myanmar coast and then north-westwards towards the of north-west Bay of Bengal, it said.While sporadic rainfall may occur in 11 districts in the central and north Odisha on October 26 and 27, weather elsewhere in the state would be generally dry during the next 24 hours, but the sky would be cloudy, Director of the Meteorological Centre here, Sarat Chandra Sahu said.However, Distant Cautionary Signal Number One (DC-I) has been hoisted at all ports in Odisha and fishermen are advised to be cautious while venturing into interior and distant sea along Odisha coast during the period.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena on Saturday announced its in-principle approval to forge a pre-poll alliance with rebel RSS leader Subhash Velingkar-led Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM), for the election to the 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly to be held next year.”In-principle, we have decided to fight the election in an alliance. It would be a seat-sharing agreement. The details of seat sharing would be discussed later,” Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray said after emerging from the meeting with Velingkar. Thackeray and Velingkar held a meeting at a five-star resort near here to formally discuss the alliance.The Sena chief said both the parties share similar ideology, which prompted them to think about joining hands.Responding to questions, Velingkar ruled out that the GSM was his attempt to venture into politics. “I have no political aspirations. I will not be contesting election. The party is formed for the cause,” he said.”BJP completely betrayed people on the issue of the medium of instruction (MoI). Now, we want to ensure that BJP is thrown out of power, that is why we are in the fray. We are sure of winning several seats considering the response that we receive during our visits,” he added.Velingkar, an RSS veteran in Goa, was given the marching orders on August 31 after Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), of which he is a convener, expressed its intention to contest the 2017 Assembly elections against BJP.Velingkar was removed by RSS after he took a strident stance against the ruling BJP over the issue of medium of instruction and even showed black flags to the party chief Amit Shah at Bambolim during his visit there on August 20. Thereafter, Velingkar had announced his plans to float a new political outfit to take forward the cause of regional languages such as Konkani and Marathi as Medium of Instruction (MOI) and against the state government’s policy of supporting English medium schools.On October 2, Velingkar floated GSM and vowed to defeat the BJP in the coming Assembly polls. BBSM has been vociferously opposing grants to English medium schools in Goa and led agitations against the Laxmikant Parsekar government demanding that primacy be given to Marathi and Konkani languages as the medium of instruction (MoI) in schools.Shiv Sena had earlier announced support to Velingkar, stating that the party was ready to join hands with him if he launches a political party to contest the Goa Assembly polls scheduled early next year.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The high alert and multi-agency search – initiated along Mumbai coast and adjoining areas after a group of men was spotted moving suspiciously near a Naval base at Uran near here early on Thursday morning – was scaled down on the second day, even as the local police and state machinery continued with the combing operations.Schools, colleges and government offices remained shut on Friday too, and there was heavy presence of uniformed men. For the residents in Uran, the life and conversations revolved around the terror scare.House-to-house searches were conducted outside the populated areas of Uran town to ascertain if the suspects had taken cover in any of the locked and unused houses or shelters. Just outside Uran town, there’s heavy growth of vegetation due to ongoing monsoon thereby making it possible for suspects to hide in the surrounding areas and avoid getting notice from the happenings in the main town.Combing operation was conducted within the premises of Uran Education Society English Medium School and Junior College, where the two schoolchildren who raised the alarm on Thursday study.Navi Mumbai Commissioner of Police Hemant Nagrale refused to divulge details on till when will the operations continue and if any headway has been made in the case.But sources shared that nothing concrete or substantial, that may once again heighten the security risk of critical installations in the region, was found. However, police said that based on the description given by the schoolchildren who spotted the armed suspects, their sketches were issued late on Thursday night.On Friday, the Indian Navy did not conduct any aerial reconnaissance, which it had done on Thursday. However, the level of alert inside the naval bases or installations in and around Mumbai is high.”As far as Navy is concerned, operations based on Thursday’s sightings of suspected terrorists are over. Sanitisation of naval areas has been undertaken. Navy is maintaining close liaison with local police and other agencies for further updates. As far as the state of alertness is concerned, Navy maintains a high state of alert at all times in consonance with the prevailing circumstances,” said Commander Rahul Sinha, spokesperson of Indian Navy.On early Thursday morning, two schoolchildren separately reported sighting of suspected terrorists – dressed in pathani suits and carrying backpacks. Thereafter, high alert was sounded by the state administration to avoid any incident in the immediate aftermath of Uri army base attack and an attack similar to 26/11.
Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Friday said the government will implement the third edition of odd-even scheme only after analysing report of its six-member committee and surveys of media organisations on the ongoing second phase of the car-rationing plan. Rai said that after analysing surveys and reports, Delhi Cabinet will take a final decision on introducing the next phase of the car-rationing plan in the national capital.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government’s move came a day after the Transport minister appealed to newspapers and news channels to conduct an open survey on the existing odd-even scheme, alleging conspiracy is being hatched to “sabotage” the scheme.Last week, government had constituted a six-member committee, headed by Special Transport Commissioner K K Dahiya, to study the impact of the opening of schools and hot weather during the scheme and also suggest when the government should implement the next edition of the scheme.”We have decided to analyse surveys of media organisations which have been appealed by the government to conduct open surveys on second phase of odd-even scheme through various modes like SMS, field survey and others. Besides, we recently constituted the six-member committee to study the impact of opening of schools and hot weather in its second edition. We will analyse both surveys of media organisations and our committee’s report. Thereafter, Delhi Cabinet will decide the fate of third phase of the scheme,” Rai told PTI.The minister said Delhi government is strengthening public transport system by introducing new buses so that people won’t have to face problems in the next phase of odd-even scheme. On Thursday, Rai had claimed that many people are following odd-even scheme.He had said that some TV channels are telecasting seven videos on traffic-congestion and seeing them, it seems that due to odd-even scheme, people are “facing a lot of difficulties”, but the real picture is different.”When we meet people, they say that odd-even scheme is good, but TV channels are showing different pictures,” Rai had said on Thursday.
The Central government said it will ensure early transfer of mortal remains of Indian prisoner Kirpal Singh, who died under mysterious circumstances in a Pakistani jail. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swaroop said the acting high commissioner in Islamabad was seeking a meeting with the Pakistan foreign office officials to facilitate the transfer as well as to ascertain the cause of death.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kirpal Singh (50), a suspected spy, had been languishing in a Pakistani jail for nearly 25 years. He was found dead in his cell last Monday under mysterious circumstances. He had allegedly crossed the Wagah border into Pakistan in 1992 and was arrested. He was subsequently sentenced to death in a serial bomb blasts case in Pakistan’s Punjab province. It was also reported that after the death of another prisoner Sarabjit Singh in April 2013, Kirpal was put in a separate cell.Kirpal’s sister Jagir Kaur, a resident of Gurdaspur, who has sought a meeting with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, said her brother had written letters to the family, wherein he had expressed apprehension about his life and his wish to return to India. Though Pakistani officials have said that Kirpal died a natural death, his family has alleged foul play.Kaur said they received the last letter in February, wherein Kirpal again stated his desire to return. “I want to return to my motherland before I die… I have been facing a difficult time here,” he said in his letter. Kaur, who is awaiting the arrival of Kirpal’s remains, said his health had deteriorated and he had been pleading his family to take up the issue before the government.”Kirpal Singh was found dead in his cell in the early hours of Monday,” said an official of Kot Lakhpat Jail, according to Pakistani media reports from Lahore. “The inmates of the cell near Kirpal’s cell stated that he complained of pain in his chest and died instantly,” the report added.According to his family, Kirpal worked with the Army but left in early 90s. Thereafter, he made two trips to Pakistan, before he was caught in 1992. His family came to know of his imprisonment in 1994.
Days after PDP and BJP formed the government here afresh, Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said his party had entered into the coalition despite “totally different” ideologies of the two parties to fight separatist forces and serve Jammu and Kashmir. He said BJP has “emotional and ideological” relationship with Jammu and Kashmir and would never compromise with any type of separatism.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have a political ideology that we will never compromise with any type of separatism. We will oppose it,” said Jaitley, Minister for Finance and Information and Broadcasting, while attending a party programme. “Today it is a political reality that the mainstream political parties and the people of Kashmir region come together in our fight against separatism and we have to use this coalition in that direction,” he said as he urged all political forces in the state to come together and fight the forces of separatism.Jaitley said it is “known to everybody and our friends in the PDP also know that our ideologies are totally different but in such a political scenario to serve the country and the state, BJP got the opportunity to serve the state.” His comments on coalition came less than a week after PDP and BJP formed afresh the government headed by Mehbooba Mufti after nearly three months of uncertainty.The two parties ran a coalition government headed by PDP leader Mufti Sayeed for 10 months before his sudden death on January 7. Thereafter, there was wrangling between the two parties, leading to uncertainty for sometime.Responding to questions, Jaitley said, “I will not comment about the country but will comment on Jammu and Kashmir. BJP not only has a political relationship but an emotional and ideological relationship with Jammu and Kashmir.” He recalled that when Jan Sangh, the parent party of BJP, was formed, the first issue it raised was about Jammu and Kashmir and the leaders made sacrifices.”The nationalistic path that we are following, its foundation was laid by Shyama Prasad Mookerjee and Pandit Prem Nath Dogra,” the Union Minister said.”Today, it is a unique situation and in which the people of the state gave a verdict during elections in which the maximum seats in Jammu were won by us. In Kashmir, PDP got most number of seats and if we do arithmetic of all four major parties, the arithmetic decided which government would be formed so it was dictated by the arithmetic,” he said.He said it was a hard situation, as to how to move forward, and the political leadership in state and in Delhi had to accept the challenge.”I am of the opinion that several people contributed to making the state unit of the party strong,” he said.
A teenaged boy got his 25-year-old brother killed by two other juveniles in northeast Delhi’s Nand Nagri area, police said on Monday. The three juveniles, all aged over 16 years, were apprehended in the last 48 hours in connection with the murder, they said. According to police, they had found a body with as many as 47 stab injuries in a public park at Nand Nagri on Thursday.The deceased was a youth from the same locality whose body was identified by his mother and brother. Two of the juveniles in the case were allegedly hired by the third to kill his brother and had offered Rs 20,000 for the contract, DCP (Northeast) Ajit Kumar Singla said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the call details of the deceased youth’s mobile phone was analysed, it emerged that the last phone call he had received was from one of the three juveniles. Police zeroed in on him and took him in for questioning, during which he confessed to having murdered the youth along with another juvenile. He also said he had flushed his SIM card in a toilet to avoid getting tracked by police.After the second of the juveniles was apprehended, the duo disclosed that they were paid Rs 20,000 by the brother of the deceased, also a juvenile. Thereafter, police apprehended the third teenager, who told them that he got his brother killed as he used to hit their mother and often got into fights with other family members.Police said that on Wednesday, one of the juveniles called the victim on the phone and asked him to join him and another friend (the second juvenile) over drinks. Once they were drunk, one of the juveniles held the victim while the other stabbed him multiple times. The duo fled the scene leaving the body lying in a pool of blood.One of the juveniles threw the deceased person’s mobile phone in a garbage dump, which the other juvenile, however, retrieved secretly. The phone was later recovered by the police. One of the juveniles also sustained an injury on his thigh with the same knife that was allegedly used in the murder.Police also recovered their blood-stained clothes. “We are also in the process of writing to the Juvenile Justice Board urging them to act in view of the amended Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, under which juveniles over 16 years can be treated like adults in cases of heinous offences,” he said.