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Rajkot: Five kg gold jewellery looted from Muthoot Finance branch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five kilograms of gold jewellery worth around Rs 90 lakh was allegedly looted at gun point by three unidentified persons from a branch of Muthoot Finance– gold financing company– at Dhoraji town in Rajkot, police said.”Three unidentified persons entered a branch of Muthoot Finance at Dhoraji and looted 4.8 kg gold jewellery at gun point,” Rajkot (Rural) SP Antrip Sood said.Three persons were armed with country-made revolver and knife, and their act was caught on the CCTV camera based on which the police launched a search operation, Sood said.”We have sealed the exit points and have launched a hunt for the robbers with the help of CCTV footages,” he said.The CCTV footages show three robbers armed with revolver and knife forcing the employees of Muthoot Finance at Dhoraji branch to open the locker from where they take out gold jewellery and flee immediately.

3 killed in fireworks factory blaze in Tamil Nadu

Mon, 26 Dec 2016-01:58pm , Virudhunagar (Tamil Nadu) , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three workers were killed on Monday after a fire broke out at a fireworks factory at Naranapuram in the district, police said.Three others trapped in the factory were rescued by fire and rescue services personnel, who are trying to bring the blaze under control, they said.Police said the fire spread quickly owing to extreme heat conditions and the cause of the fire is being ascertained.The injured have been admitted to the Sivakasi government hospital.

Class X CBSE Board exams to be mandatory from 2018

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Board exams for Class X are set to become compulsory for all CBSE students from 2018, three language formula could be extended till Class X and foreign language might be treated as fourth and “elective”, according to decisions taken by the CBSE on Tuesday.At the meeting of CBSE’s Governing body, its members “unanimously” agreed that from the academic session 2017-18, compulsory Board exams should be introduced for all students of Class X, sources said.The decision will now have to be approved by the government before it is implemented. Currently, it is optional for CBSE students to choose either the Board exam or a school-based examination.HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has in the past favoured making Board exam compulsory for CBSE students as is the practice in all state boards.The sources said while there is a view that for the Class X Board exams, 80% weightage will be given to the marks scored in examinations while 20% weightage will be given to school-based evaluation.In another key decision, the CBSE has decided to recommend to the HRD ministry that the three language formula, under which Hindi, English and Indian language are taught, should be extended to class IX and X as well from the current VI to VIII, a source said.Officials added that the Board also favoured sending a recommendation to the Centre that those languages which are listed in schedule VIII of the Constitution should be taught under the ‘Three language formula’ while languages which are “purely foreign” should be taught as a “fourth language as an elective subject.”In the past the HRD ministry run Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) used to offer German as a third language, but the practice was later discontinued.The final call on these decisions will be taken by the government, a senior official said.

CBSE body recommends making Board exams for Class X mandatory from 2018

New Delhi: Board exams for Class X are set to become compulsory for all CBSE students from 2018 as CBSE’s Governing body on Tuesday “unanimously approved” a proposal in this

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At the meeting of the Governing body, its members agreed that from the academic session 2017-18, compulsory Board exams should be introduced for all students of Class X, sources told PTI in New Delhi.

The decision will now have to be approved by the government before it is implemented.

Currently, it is optional for CBSE students to choose either the Board exam or a school-based examination. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has in the past favoured making Board exam compulsory for CBSE students as is the practice in all state boards.

The sources said while there is a view that for the Class X Board exams, 80 percent weightage will be given to the marks scored in examinations while 20 percent weightage will be given to school-based evaluation.

In another key decision, the CBSE has decided to recommend to the HRD ministry that the three language formula, under which Hindi, English and modern Indian language are taught, should be extended to class IX and X as well from the current VI to VIII, a source said.

Oficials added that the Board also favoured sending a recommendation to the Centre that those languages which are listed in schedule VIII of the Constitution should be taught under the ‘Three language formula’ while languages which are “purely foreign” should be taught as a “fourth language as an elective subject.”

In the past the HRD ministry run Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) used to offer German as a third language, but the practice was later discontinued.

The final call on these decisions will be taken by the government, a senior official said.

First Published On : Dec 20, 2016 21:33 IST

Pampore attack: Army salutes heroes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eyes went moist and patriotism filled the hearts when the last post was sounded to pay homage to the three fallen heroes of Pampore. Three soldiers were killed when militants ambushed an Army convoy on the strategic Srinagar-Jammu national highway at Kadlabal area of Pampore in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday. The convoy was on its way to Srinagar from Jammu. Most of the soldiers were returning to rejoin their duties in the Valley after visiting their homes.One of three martyrs hailed from Pune, Maharashtra. Thirty-three-year old gunner Farate Sourabh Nandkumar of Bhekrai Nagar, Pune had joined the Army in 2004 and is survived by his wife Sonali Sourabh Farate and twin daughters.Hailing from Kotolipram, Kannur district in Kerala, Naik (gunner) Ratheesh C, 35 had joined Army in 2001 and is survived by his wife Jyoti Krishna Kumar and a son.Only 24, gunner Shashikant Pandey had four years of service in the Army and was in fact on his way to join his unit in the Valley. Survived by his parents, gunner Pandey hailed from Zharian, Dhanbad district in Jharkhand.On Sunday, Indian Army paid befitting tributes to three of its comrades who embraced martyrdom.In a solemn ceremony at Badami Bagh Cantonment, Srinagar, many senior officials from the civil administration and other security agencies joined Lieutenant General JS Sandhu, General Officer Commanding 15 Corps and all ranks in paying homage to the martyrs on behalf of the nation.“The mortal remains of the martyrs will be flown for last rites to their native places where they will be laid to rest with full military honours,” said an army spokesman here.On this occasion, Indian Army pledged to extend all help to the families of the fallen heroes of Pampore. “In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families of the martyrs and remains committed to their needs and well-being,” said the spokesman.Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Dalbir Singh Suhag also paid tributes to the fallen heroes of Pampore. “COAS and all ranks salute supreme sacrifice of our martyrs and offer condolences to the families of the brave hearts of Pampore,” tweeted Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADGPI) of Indian Army.

Punjab: 600 gm heroin and Rs 12 lakh in new notes seized, three people arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons have been arrested with 600 gram of heroin and Rs 12 lakh in new high-value currency in Punjab’s Amritsar district, police said on Sunday. The three were arrested outside a Suvidha centre in Pataka market on Chamrang road before they could deliver the heroin.The counter-intelligence unit arrested Karaj Singh, Malkeet Singh and Jaswinder Singh – all residents of Ghulami wala village in Ferozepur district – following a tip-off, said Inspector General of Police MF Farooqui. Police said a total of Rs 15.49 lakh was seized from them, and out of that Rs 12 lakh were in the new high-value notes.On Thursday, Punjab police arrested Gurnam Singh and recovered 5 kg of heroin from his possession. The police said the contraband was smuggled into India from Pakistan. Gurnam has sold a part of the heroin to the three persons arrested today, police said, adding that the three had come here to deliver the heroin to someone in Amritsar. The accused have been booked under relevant sections of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

Demonetization: Workers ransack factory over non-payment of wages

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three workers have been booked for allegedly ransacking a factory in Wagle Industrial Estate here as the company could not pay their wages on time due to demonetization, police said on Friday.According to a complaint filed in this regard, the three workers allegedly smashed the window panes of the company’s office in the wee hours yesterday. They also damaged some tiles brought for construction work and broke the partition walls in the premises, they said. The alleged offence was captured in the CCTV installed in the company premises.Subsequently, based on the complaint filed by a senior company official, an offence under IPC sections 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 427 (mischief) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) was registered last evening against the three men with Wagle Estate police station. No arrest has been made so far, police said.According to the complainant, the workers are paid wages on the 10th of every month. This month, the company could not make payment on time due to demonetization, police added.

Renewal of cancelled licences of three NGOs leaves home ministry red faced

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Red faced over renewal of foreign contribution licences to three in question NGOs – Greenpeace India and Sabrang Trust whose licences were cancelled and Citizen for Justice and Peace (CJP) that was under prior permission list – the union home ministry has asked Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) to find out if the online renewal system was hacked or compromised. The ministry came to know about the renewals recently that licences of all the three NGOs were renewed in the first week of August and predated renewal of televangelist Zakir Naik’s now banned NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) that had come to the light on the admission of IRF officials under the very nose of higher officials. The blunder had led to removal of the then joint secretary, G K Dwivedi and suspension of three junior officials.The ministry noticed renewal of licence of Greenpeace India and Sabrang Trust on November 9, 2016 and of CJP on this Tuesday.The ministry has passed an express order declaring all the three renewals as null and void.Greenpeace India’s licence was cancelled by home ministry’s order on September 2, 2014 on grounds of “prejudicially affecting public interest and economic interest” of the Indian state. Similarly, after suspending the licence of activist Teesta Setalvad’s NGO Sabrang Trust in September last year for six months, the ministry had cancelled it in June this year. Setlavad’s another NGO CJP was put under prior permission in July last year for misusing funds. Top officials of the ministry are not ruling out foul play by internal officials in the FCRA cell of the foreigner division.“There is possibility that officials below the level of Under Secretary were involved. It will be probed through an internal inquiry and guilty will be punished,” said the official.“We have also ordered re-vetting of all the 13,000 odd NGOs whose licences were renewed before March 31 and then later on October 31. There is likelihood that licences of more such in question NGOs were renewed,” the source added.Conceding the revelation renewal of licences of three more NGOs other than Naik’s IRF has struck them like a bolt, official said the ministry is looking at overhauling the whole system of renewal and make it fool proof so that such lapses don’t pass without the knowledge of joint secretary level officer.“We have asked the national informatics centre (NIC) to make the online system more secure by making the red flagged NGOs as read only file for all the officials below the level of joint secretary officials. This would allow only the joint secretary to give nod for the renewal of red flagged NGOs,” said sources.Source clarified that licence renewal goof up has nothing to with the transferring of additional secretary of foreigner division, Bipin Mallick to disaster management, as the renewal of licences was neither in his nor in joint secretary’s domain.“It is not the job of a joint secretary or an additional secretary to vet the details of nearly 33,000 NGOs. This is done and vetted by officials below under secretary level and below,” said the source.

Mumbai: Chopper crashes in Aarey Colony in Goregaon, 4 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A helicopter caught fired after it crashed in the jungles of Aarey Colony in Goregaon (East) in Mumbai on Sunday afternoon. Four persons inside the chopper ‘Robinson R44’ were injured in the mishap and have been hospitalised, officials said.According to the fire brigade officials, the incident occurred around 12:15 pm near at Jambli maidan, Filter pada, near Stable no. 21 & 22.”Three fire engines and ambulances were rushed to the spot as soon as we are informed about the mishap. The fire has been doused,” said a fire brigade official. He added that four persons were injured and were rushed to the hospital by the police before the fire brigade arrived.”We are investigating how the mishap took place,” said a police officer.According to ANI, the 1992 made ‘Robinson R44’, which was originally with Pawan Hans, was later sold to a private aviation company which used it for joy ride after repairing it.

Killing of three Lashkar militants sparks protests in South Kashmir

Srinagar: Three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed on Thursday after a six-hour gunfight with security forces in Kashmir, triggering widespread protests across the south of the valley.

Mobile phone and internet services were suspended in parts of south Kashmir to prevent rumours and details of the counter-insurgency operation through social media.

Police said the slain militants were all Kashmiris and apparently belonged to south Kashmir.

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Representational image. Reuters

“Three local militants of LeT have been killed. But a search operation is still going on,” a police officer said.

As news of the killings spread, clashes erupted between security forces and protesters who tried to march towards the gunfight site in Arwani village of Anantnag, some 40 km south of Srinagar.

Clashes between stone-pelting protesters and security forces also erupted at various other places in south Kashmir.

Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Dujana, one of the most wanted militants in the state, was earlier rumoured to be among the gunmen holed up in a house where the militants were holed up.

There were conflicting reports about Dujana. Locals said he escaped from the hideout in Arwani which lies close to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s ancestral Bijbehara town.

But security officials neither confirmed nor denied if he was among the militants trapped since Wednesday night.

Police said security forces surrounded the village late on Wednesday following a tip off about the presence of militants inside the hideout.

“As security forces tightened the cordon, some gunshots were heard. But after that there was no exchange of fire,” the officer said.

He said the gunfight intensified in the morning after militants started firing at the security forces.

Mobile phone and internet services were suspended in south Kashmir Anantnag district as the gunfight raged.

Although authorities did not formally confirm that the mobile phone operations were suspended, but authoritative sources told IANS the action had been taken to check spread of rumours in the area.

First Published On : Dec 8, 2016 18:17 IST

Nagrota attack: Army probe to look into how terrorists entered camp

Mon, 5 Dec 2016-10:42pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The army has initiated an inquiry into the deadly Nagrota attack that will also look into how the terrorists entered the force’s camp from the forest area on its rear side.Preliminary investigations have so far indicated that three terrorists had entered the army’s artillery camp from the rear side and carried out the deadly strike in which seven army personnel, including two Major-rank officers, were killed, official sources said. The attack is being probed and the final report will clarify everything, Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag said on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi on Monday.Five jawans were also killed in an eight-hour gun battle at the military camp near the Army’s 16 Corps headquarters in Nagrota on November 29. Three militants were also neutralised in the attack.The army unit is located just three kms from the Corps Headquarters at Nagrota. A statement by the army soon after the attack had said that the terrorists forced their way into the Officers Mess complex by throwing grenades and firing at the sentries.

Maharashtra: Drugs worth Rs 12 lakhs seized, 3 Nigerians arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Nigerian nationals have been arrested after party drugs worth about Rs 12 lakhs were seized from their possession here, police said on Sunday.Justin Imbonako Joy (28), Yugo Chukua Ajaha (32) and Sulemon Okik Ikinochokoho (26) were spotted moving around the Shivaji Path near Gaondevi Maidan close to Thane station at around 11.45 PM on Saturday, Senior Police Inspector Mandar Dharmadhikari said. “The three were intercepted and were found in possession of contrabands – about 260 gms of mephedrone and nearly 320 gms of ephedrine – valued at around Rs 12 lakhs,” he said.Subsequently, the three Nigerians, residing in Nalasopara area of adjoining Palghar district, were arrested and booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, he said. The case has been transferred to the Anti-Narcotic Cell of Thane police, he added.Notably, in a major haul in April this year, the Thane police had seized around 18.5 tonne of ephedrine, worth approximately Rs 2,000 crore, after raiding the premises of chemical firm ‘Avon Lifesciences Ltd’ in Maharashtra’s Solapur district.

Samba terrorists could have crawled through a tunnel to infiltrate India: BSF

New Delhi: The three militants killed in Samba in Jammu might have crawled through an 80-metre-long tunnel under farm lands to cross the International Border (IB), the BSF chief said on Wednesday.

Addressing journalists on the eve of the Border Security Force’s 51st Raising Dayin Delhi, its chief KK Sharma said the paramilitary force had “strong inputs” about possible infiltration bids by terrorists from across the IB following the Indian Army’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads, and hence it was “in a position” to detect and neutralise the heavily-armed militants.

Security personnel after an encounter with millitants at Army camp in Nagrota. PTISecurity personnel after an encounter with millitants at Army camp in Nagrota. PTI

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“After the operation got over at the Chamliyal BoP (border outpost), we checked the fence and there was no breach. Then on Wednesday morning, we detected a small tunnel of the size of 2×2 metres… We had deployed ‘depth nakas’ across the fence and hence we could detect and neutralise the three militants. The tunnel was found in a field where farming is done and has soft soil.

“The tunnel is about 75-80 metres from the IB and about 35-40 metres from the fence,” he said.

The DG said the border guarding force would take up the matter with its counterparts — Pakistan Rangers, but added that due to increased hostilities, the other side is not “getting in touch” for quite sometime now.

BSF officials said there is “ample proof” and indication to say that the militants crawled through the tunnel to reach this side of the border. Sharma said the Nagrota attack that took place on Tuesday at an army camp was “separate” and it was part of the investigation to find out if it had any connection with the Samba terror bid.

He said that since the increase of hostilities between the two sides, especially post the surgical strikes conducted by the army across the Line of Control, BSF has killed 15 Pakistani Rangers and 10 militants while it lost five troops.

“For the last 15 days there has been no shelling along the IB. Post the surgical strikes we knew that infiltration attempts and attacks would increase along the IB which we exclusively guard and hence anticipating trouble we have been prepared against such attempts,” he said, adding it was pitch dark last night hence picking up movements along the IB was difficult through naked eye.

Sharma said BSF had “strong inputs that infiltration can be attempted from around the IB area and that is why we were in a position to effectively neutralise the three” on Tuesday.

The DG said the three terrorists were carrying huge arms and ammunition like three AK-47s, 20 full magazines, 517 bullets, an 8mm pistol, 20 grenades and a GPS set along with other items on them.

The BSF chief said there are inputs of a “grave threat” to security establishments and hence the forces have beefed up and reviewed camp and perimeter security.

First Published On : Nov 30, 2016 19:22 IST

Army chief Suhag visits Nagrota; combing operation still on

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Wednesday visited the Nagrota-based 16 Corps headquarters and was briefed about yesterday’s terror attack in which seven officers and jawans were killed, even as combing operation to flush out any remaining militant continued.Three militants were killed by security forces personnel and combing operation to sanitise the area was nearing end. Gen Suhag arrived in Nagrota in the afternoon and was briefed by the top commanders on the terror attack at an army artillery unit. He was also briefed about the combing operations. He reviewed the security aspect post terror attack and paid tributes to those killed in the strike. “Combing operation resumed this morning at the camp. The area has to be cleared… Operation is on to see whether there is presence of any other militant in the area. We cannot take chances,” a senior army officer said.’Blinds’ (unexploded shells) were destroyed at the site of the terror attack by a bomb disposal team during the combing operation. Jammu was rocked by two terror attacks yesterday in which seven army personnel, including two Major-rank officers, were killed and eight other securitymen, including a BSF DIG, were injured, before six heavily-armed terrorists were eliminated in the separate fierce encounters. In one incident, a group of heavily-armed terrorists in police uniform stormed an army unit in Nagrota, about three kms from the Corps headquarters on the outskirts of Jammu city.Seven army personnel, including two officers, were killed in this attack before three terrorists were killed in an armed stand-off which also involved a hostage-like situation with 12 soldiers, two ladies and two children being held captive. All were rescued. Three terrorists were gunned down by BSF in Ramgarh area of Samba near the International Border after an encounter that lasted several hours and was followed by intense cross-border firing by Pakistani troops. Four security personnel, including BSF DIG, were injured in this incident.

Centre must prove its patriotism by responding to Machil mutilation incident, says Shiv Sena

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Condemning the Machil incident where three Indian soldiers were killed and one of their bodies was mutilated by Pakistani militants under cover of army fire, the Shiv Sena has asked the Centre to give a befitting reply and ‘prove’ its patriotism.”Just for Rs.2000, the government has forced the people to stand in long queues and you say that these people are displaying their patriotism, I may agree with it, but what about Pakistan which has time and again been abusing our soldiers, when will this government give proof of its patriotism,” Shiv Sena member Sanjay Raut told ANI.He said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government needs to do something as its neighbour has been escalating its artillery attack on India post the surgical strike of September 18.”Pakistan is giving us hints that one surgical strike is not enough for them. We are not asking for war, but the situation warrants the government to do something,” Raut added.Three Indian soldiers were killed yesterday. The body of one of them was found mutilated.”Three soldiers killed in action on LoC in Machil. Body of one soldier mutilated, retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act,” the army tweeted.This is the second such instance of a soldier’s body being mutilated near the LoC in the last two months.

Kashmir: Three Indian soldiers killed in Machhal, one jawan mutilated along LoC

Three Indian soldiers were killed “in action” along the Line of Control (LoC) in Machhal, Jammu and Kashmir, while the body of one soldier was mutilated, the Indian Army said on Tuesday.

The Northern Command also vowed “heavy retribution for the cowardly act”.

“Three soldiers killed in action on LC in Machhal. Body of one soldier mutilated, retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act,” the Northern Command said.

This is the second such incident of mutilation of an Indian soldier by Pakistan in a month’s time.

The last time the body of an Indian soldier mutilated was in October, when terrorists aided by the cover fire by Pakistani Army, crossed the Line of Control and killed an Indian Army jawan and mutilated his body in Macchal sector of Kupwara district of Kashmir on 28 October.

One attacker was killed in the incident.

A day after the Indian soldier’s body was mutilated by terrorists, who escaped back into Pakistani side under covering fire from Pakistani troops, the Indian army hit back, destroying four Pakistani posts and inflicting “heavy casualties”.

The posts were destroyed in a massive fire assault in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara, said the army’s Northern Command.

This is not the first time Pakistan has mutilated the bodies of Indian soldiers.

During the Kargil war in 1999, Captain Saurabh Kalia, Sepoys Arjunram Baswana, Mula Ram Bidiasar, Naresh Singh Sinsinwar, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria and Bhika Ram Mudh of four Jat Regiment were captured by Pakistani troops and brutally tortured.

The soldiers had their ear drums pierced with hot iron rods, eyes punctured and genitals cut off. The autopsy of the bodies also revealed that they were burned with cigarettes butts. Their limbs were also chopped off, teeth broken and skull fractured during the torture. Even their nose and lips were sliced off.

In another incident, on 8 January, 2013, Pakistani soldiers entered Indian territory in Krishna Ghati sector of the border and killed two Indian soldiers — Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh. Indian officials said both the bodies were mutilated, and Hemraj’s body was decapitated.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Nov 22, 2016 17:02 IST

3 killed as Odisha bus overturns in Andhra Pradesh

Sun, 20 Nov 2016-03:00pm , Vizianagaram , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons, including a one-year-old child, were killed when an Odisha Road Transport bus in which they were travelling, overturned in the district in wee hours on Sunday.The mishap occurred when the ill-fated bus, carrying 20 passengers and proceeding to Visakhapatnam from Raighar, turned turtle at Ramabhadrapuram ‘Y’ junction. The three victims died on the spot, Ramabhadrapuram police sub-inspector D D Naidu said.The deceased hailing from Navrangpur (Odisha) have been identified as Faida Sultana (40), Fazima Sultana (32) and Sayyed Mohammed (13 months), the SI added.

Assam: Three soldiers in Tinsukia killed in IED explosion, ULFA hand suspected

Guwahati: Three soldiers were killed after suspected militants fired at an army convoy in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Saturday, defence officials said.

The incident took place at around 5.30 am, in the Pengeri area, Defence public relations officer Lt. Col. Suneet Newton said.

“They (the militants) had planted an improvised explosive device (IED) on the road. When the IED exploded, the convoy stopped. Then the militants fired indiscriminately,” Newton said, adding that although the forces retaliated, four soldiers were injured of which one succumbed in the hospital.

Locals said that the militants had fired upon the vehicle from both the side of the road, which are forested areas.

On Wednesday, militants attacked a van of the Pengeri tea estate killing one person and injuring two others.

First Published On : Nov 19, 2016 10:42 IST

Spiritual retreat for the mind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 10-day meditation retreat only a short distance from the city, that requires one to unplug from the outside world and submit to a rigourous schedule would raise enough eyebrows in surprise and disbelief. It’s practically impossible for the modern urban individual to imagine switching off their phone or take out 10 days from their daily routines to live disconnected in voluntary silence. But it’s exactly this overload of sensory input that one needs to break away from to be able to experience the best of what Vipassana meditation can offer.One of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation, Vipassana was first taught by Gautam Buddha 2,500 years ago after which it was passed down the generations through an unbroken chain of teachers and students. In recent times, the technique was preserved in its original form in Myanmar (Burma), where SN Goenka, the foremost lay teacher of the technique, learnt it from his teacher Sayagyi U Ba Khin for 14 years. Goenka brought the technique back to India and began teaching it in 1969 as a 10-day residential course. Participants follow a strict code of conduct which includes abstaining from killing, lying, stealing, sexual activity and intoxicants.Following the registration formalities on the first day, which include surrendering electronic devices and any kind of reading material, participants enter a vow of ‘noble silence’, which is to be maintained until the tenth day of the course. This is crucial to learning the technique of Vipassana, which requires one’s mind to be free of agitation and external stimuli.The course begins by teaching students the basic technique of anapana meditation in which one needs to focus on the natural breath as it is. Three days of concentrating on the breath, as it enters and exits the nostrils, focuses the mind enough to not be as distracted by thoughts as it was on the first day. This prepares the individual for the fourth day on which instructions for the technique of Vipassana meditation are given. By now the mind which is concentrated enough is able to recognise sensations all over the body that were earlier missed because of their subtle nature and distractions in the form of external stimuli.From the fourth day onwards, students are encouraged to shift the scope of their concentration from the breath to scanning the entire body for sensations. Once the mind becomes aware of these sensations which range from tickling, tingling, itching, throbbing or pain, its immediate reflex is to react and relieve the body of discomfort. However, the challenge of Vipassana meditation is to remain equanimous and simply observe the sensation for what it is without trying to avoid or want more of it. With each passing day, participants are encouraged to take the difficulty level up a notch which includes challenging themselves to sit cross legged without changing their posture and meditate with eyes closed for an hour non-stop. Aversion and craving, says Goenka, are the two vices of the human mind. Anyone who has tried to meditate even for a few minutes would know that the pattern of thoughts that enter one’s mind belong to either one of these categories. Our mind usually indulges in pleasant thoughts with craving and tries to avert the unpleasant ones. This inability to keep our mind from getting entangled in thoughts that seem beyond our control leads to larger repercussions of split second reactions in our daily life such as a misdirected outburst of anger that we often regret later.Regular practice of Vipassana meditation trains the mind on a fundamental level to remain balanced, not give in to either craving or aversion and simply let the moment pass. Over time, this training of the mind brings about a change in our behaviour as an individual. It gives a breather between our thought and action as we notice that we don’t react as quickly as we did before, or take a moment to think before saying or doing something in the heat of the moment.The meditation technique which is taught in a non-sectarian format does not involve rituals or religious activities of any kind and is open to students from all communities and faiths. Each day of meditation ends with a video of SN Goenka who explains the theory and scientific basis of the technique being practiced by the students. He explains why the course requires students to follow a basic vegetarian diet free of excess oil and spices, detailing how the food we consume influences our emotions, thoughts and practice of meditation.To find out more about the technique, centres near you and schedules visit

Dhaka cafe attack: 3 terrorists involved were admirers of Zakir Naik, says govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Three terrorists, involved in the July 1 terror attack in Dhaka, were admirers of Zakir Naik, founder of Islamic Research Foundation, which was banned by the government, Rajya Sabha was informed today.”The three terrorists involved in the attack were reportedly admirers of Zakir Naik,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said in a written reply. The Minister said as per the available information, although the mandate of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) is educational and social, it is also involved in other activities. “Noticing certain violations of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, the IRF has been placed under the prior permission category”.The government on Tuesday decided to declare the IRF, an NGO promoted by the controversial Islamic preacher as an outlawed organisation under the anti-terror law for five years for its alleged terror activities. The decision has been taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Cabinet approved a proposal to declare IRF as an ‘unlawful association’ under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for five years.The move comes after investigation by the Home Ministry found that the NGO was allegedly having dubious links with Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, accused of propagating terrorism. According to the Home Ministry, Naik, who heads the IRF, has allegedly made many provocative speeches and engaged in terror propaganda. Naik came under the scanner of the security agencies after Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ reported that one of the perpetrators of the July 1 terror attack in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran propaganda on Facebook last year quoting Naik.The Islamic orator is banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speech aimed against other religions. He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia. He is popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV, although his preachings often demean other religions and even other Muslim sects. The Mumbai-based preacher who is abroad, has not returned to India ever since the controversy came to light.

Watch: Two Kannada actors feared drowned after chopper stunt goes wrong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two Kannada actors have gone missing, and are feared dead after they jumped from a chopper into a dam for a stunt during a movie shoot. The incident happened at Thippagondanahalli lake on Magadi Road, 35 km from Bengaluru. The incident happened on Monday at 3 pm. Three actors, Duniya Vijay, Anil and Uday, jumped into the lake from a chopper as part of the shooting for the film Masti Gudi. According to a report in The NewsMinute, Vijay managed to swim to the shore, while Anil and Uday did not surface. While a search operation is on to find the duo, the police says that there are thin chances of recovering them, said the report. Watch the video here:Picture Courtesy: ANI

Encounter in J&K’s Shopian: One terrorist killed, one army jawan injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One terrorist was killed and one army jawan injured in an encounter on Saturday between security forces and terrorists in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir. Three terrorists are reportedly holed up in the Dobjan forest area.Operations are still underway with the state police and 44 Rashtriya Rifles personnel involved.More details are awaited.

Three women gangraped in Greater Noida

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three women brick-klin workers were allegedly gang raped by some robbers who looted their houses in Karoli village here, police said on Wednesday.The robbers struck at the houses at around 12.30 AM in the intervening night of yesterday and today and after looting the houses they raped the three women, they said.An FIR has been registered in the matter, Greater Noida Superintendent of Police Sujata Singh said, adding medical examination of the victims have been conducted.An investigation is underway in the matter, she said.

Fire in Delhi’s Shahdara kills three, 10 injured

Fire in Delhi’s Shahdara kills three, 10 injured

Updated: Nov 2, 2016 10:10 IST

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New Delhi: Three persons were charred to death and 10 others injured after a major fire broke out in a house in northeast Delhi’s Shahdara area, officials said on Wednesday.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

A call was received at 5:06 am about fire breaking out in the parking area of a house. The fire spread through the four-storeyed building, said a senior official from Delhi fire services.

Five fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was brought under control by 6:30 am, the official said.

Three persons were killed in the fire and are yet to be identified.

The 10 injured people are currently undergoing treatment at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.

SIMI encounter aftermath: All suspects of 2014 Pune blast case were killed in shootout

Pune: Three among eight members of SIMI who were killed in an alleged encounter by Madhya Pradesh police after they escaped from Bhopal Central Jail on Monday were the suspects in a 2014 bomb blast case in Pune.

The suspects in the Pune blast case were killed in the SIMI encounter. PTI

The suspects in the Pune blast case were killed in the SIMI encounter. PTI

Ahmed Ramzan Khan, Zakir Hussain alias Sadiq and Shaikh Mehboob alias Guddu alias Ismail who were killed in the encounter were wanted in a case related to the low-intensity blast on 10 July, 2014 in the parking lot of Faraskhana police station here in which five people were injured.

The famous Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh temple is adjacent to this spot.

Two other suspects in this case — Mohammad Aizazuddin and Mohammad Aslam — were killed in an encounter in Telangana last year.

An officer of Anti-Terrorism Squad which is probing the blast case said it was trying to get custody of the three SIMI members, but could not get it as the accused were facing several cases in Madhya Pradesh itself.

“With all five suspects, including the three who were killed on Monday, now killed in encounters, the case is likely to be closed,” said the ATS officer.

“Had we got the custody of these three, we would have been able to establish the local links of these suspects. However, now that all three suspects are dead, it seems the case might be closed,” he said.

With Bhopal encounter, all suspects of Pune blast case now dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three among eight members of SIMI who were killed in an alleged encounter by Madhya Pradesh police after they escaped from Bhopal Central Jail on Monday were the suspects in a 2014 bomb blast case in Pune.Ahmed Ramzan Khan, Zakir Hussain alias Sadiq and Shaikh Mehboob alias Guddu alias Ismail who were killed in the encounter were wanted in a case related to the low-intensity blast on July 10, 2014 in the parking lot of Faraskhana police station here in which five people were injured.The famous Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh temple is adjacent to this spot.Two other suspects in this case — Mohammad Aizazuddin and Mohammad Aslam — were killed in an encounter in Telangana last year. An officer of Anti-Terrorism Squad which is probing the blast case said it was trying to get custody of the three SIMI members, but could not get it as the accused were facing several cases in Madhya Pradesh itself.”With all five suspects, including the three who were killed on Monday, now killed in encounters, the case is likely to be closed,” said the ATS officer.”Had we got the custody of these three, we would have been able to establish the local links of these suspects.However, now that all three suspects are dead, it seems the case might be closed,” he said.

Embraer reaches $205.5 million graft settlement with U.S., Brazil | Reuters

Embraer reaches $205.5 million graft settlement with U.S., Brazil | Reuters

Updated: Oct 24, 2016 22:15 IST


By Brad Haynes

SAO PAULO Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA on Monday reached an agreement with U.S. and Brazilian authorities to settle a six-year corruption investigation, paying $205.5 million to turn the page on signs of graft in four foreign contracts.Embraer said an internal probe, launched in 2010 after receiving a subpoena in the United States, found evidence of wrongdoing in deals with Saudi Arabia, India, Mozambique and the Dominican Republic in the five years through 2011.The fine due to U.S. and Brazilian authorities is in line with a $200 million provision Embraer made in July.The planemaker’s shares slipped 0.5 percent in trading in Sao Paulo after news of the accord, which offers closure in a case that risked prosecution of the company under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.The company said it is not party to a parallel Brazilian criminal investigation of certain individuals.

Embraer, the world’s third-largest maker of commercial jets, has replaced much of its senior management in recent years, reinforced compliance efforts and curtailed use of third-party sales representatives, who drew suspicion in deals under review.A sweeping internal investigation led by Baker & McKenzie expanded beyond the scope of U.S. authorities’ initial inquiry, reviewing hundreds of thousands of documents and conducting more than 100 interviews, the company said in a public statement.

In the process, Embraer said that investigators found “the company was responsible for misdeeds in four transactions between 2007 and 2011.” The deals involved:- Eight Super Tucano light attack planes sold to the Dominican Republic.- Three surveillance aircraft sold to India for an undisclosed sum.

– Two E190 commercial jets sold to Mozambique’s state airline LAM.- Three E170 jets sold to state oil company Saudi Aramco for business aviation. (Reporting by Brad Haynes; Editing by Daniel Flynn and Paul Simao)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Pakistan court releases 3 ‘R&AW agents’ for lack of evidence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Pakistani men, alleged to be ‘spies’ of India’s external intelligence agency R&AW, have been acquitted by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi citing lack of evidence in five cases relating to carrying explosives and illegal weapons, media reported on Sunday. Tahir, alias Lamba, Junaid Khan and Imtiaz have been booked for allegedly carrying explosive materials and unlicensed weapons in a Malir locality in April last year, Dawn reported.Police had alleged that the men belonged to Muttahida Qaumi Movement – a Karachi-based political party claiming to represent Mohajirs (Urdu-speaking people of Sindh province) – and were trained by the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).MQM is the single-largest party in Karachi and has dominated its political landscape for years, but since a “clean-up” operation began on the orders of the federal government, the political party has come under pressure.Judge Abdul Naeem Memon of Anti-Terrorism Court-VI, who conducted the trial inside the central prison, exonerated the accused, saying the prosecution was unable to establish their cases against the accused beyond any shadow of the doubt, the report said. There were glaring contradictions in the documentary evidence and in the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses, the court said adding that the police also conducted faulty investigations.According to the prosecution, initially police arrested Tahir and Junaid and allegedly found explosives, weapons and hand-grenades in their custody. They disclosed that Imtiaz, who was arrested by Rangers at MQM headquarters Nine-Zero in March 2015, had provided the explosives and asked them to keep them, it added. Later, Imtiaz was also shown arrested in the main case of explosive material. Three explosives and two illicit weapons cases were registered against them. The court directed the jail authorities to release the three men if they were not wanted in any other criminal case.After the arrest of the accused, SSP-Malir Rao Anwar had claimed that they were MQM men and had been trained by R&AW in India to carry out terrorist activities in the city. The officer had also urged the federal government to ban the MQM and termed it an “anti-state” organisation.Police had not registered any case of anti-state offences against them.

Tribals have a message this Diwali, avoid Chinese products

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Uri attack, there has been campaigns on social media platform to avoid buying Chinese made products as the country supported Pakistan on issue of terrorism. Three tribal families from Andhra Pradesh have come all the way to Kharghar to spread message to avoid Chinese products to decorate homes during Diwali.They insisted that residents should use country made products to teach a lesson to the dragon country. Tribal families are not putting put pressure to buy their products but they indeed insist to buy only country made. “We have brought products made by tribals in Andhra Pradesh. If residents do not like, they do not need to buy. But, they should buy only products made in India not in China and this is the way we can teach a lesson to China for supporting Pakistan,” said Madakam Mada. One of the tribal seller from East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. Though these families are not very much tech savvy, they got to know from their neighborhood boycotting Chinese products and they decided to join in the campaign.Normally, ahead of Diwali, every household plans to go to the finest shops in the market to get their decorative articles for this Diwali. But, this year, they can also find some unique items made of bamboo, cane and papers on the roads of Kharghar, which are probably not available anywhere in the city.Tribal families from Andhra Pradesh have travelled almost 1,100 kilometers to make these articles available for the residents of Navi Mumbai ahead of the festival. They are staying in some temporary tents along the roads for the past few days.While some of them are making articles like kandils, flower pots, lamps among others inside their tents, some others are selling those on the footpaths. The prices of their articles are between Rs 250 to Rs 650.Satish M, another seller says, “All these products are made by tribals in their native place for the past several years. We used sell those in the local markets and the nearby towns in Andhra Pradesh. But, this year, we decided to promote our products in other states and encourage people to buy products made in this country only,” adding that they are getting good response.Satish says, “People are appreciating our effort and quality products available at low price. Such decorative items are not available at any shop in the city. We hope more people would come and purchase our items in the next few days. We will also think of moving to the other parts of the state.”Arpika Banerjee, one of the resident of Nerul says that this is the best example of Make in India campaign and we should promote such effort as part of patriotism.

Why expats think India is better than China and US: 5 takeaways from HSBC survey

India is indeed shining, when it comes to expat life.

A survey conducted by HSBC has found that India is better placed for expats than China and even the US with respondents praising its economy, political stability and even entrepreneurial environment.

As per the survey held among nearly 27,000 expats from 190 countries and territories, India’s overall rank stands at 26, higher than the US’s 30 and China’s 34.

The survey has thrown up some interesting points that paint a rosy picture of India.


The survey found India is a popular destination for expat entrepreneurs. ShutterStock

The ranks were decided taking into account mainly three parameters — economics, experience and family. All the three are captured in league tables and ranked separately as per other sub-parameters.

While in the overall ranking Singapore has emerged the topper for the second year in a row, Switzerland leads the economics league table, New Zealand the experience league table and Sweden the families league table.

However, it is interesting to note that India is considered better than the US and China on many of these parameters.

Here are a few takeaways from the recently released survey:

1) Indian economy better than China, US: In the economics league table, India is ranked 23, while the US is at 20 and China 21. In the sub-parameters, India is at 26 in personal finances as against China’s 10 and the US’s 20. Interestingly, local economy looks better in India (rank 10) than China (20) and the US (16). When it comes to working life, India is ranked 24 between China’s 26 and the US’s 19. Not surprisingly, the survey found that expats have high levels of confidence in the country’s political and economic stability. “Nearly two thirds (64 percent) of expats are confident in the Indian economy, above the expat average of 52 percent across Asia-Pacific. More than half (53 percent) of expats in India also have confidence in the political stability of the country, above the average of 48 percent across Asia-Pacific,” the survey said.

2) Family relationships better in India: This should come as a big boost for the desi brigade: when it comes to family India is ranked much higher (at 24) than the US (37) and China (38). In relationships, India’s score is a higher 15, while the US is at 28 and China 33. Surprisingly, it is so even in education and child care, where India is ranked 16 with the US at 34 and China 30. Raising children is also better in India (28) than the US (34) and China (a lowly 41).

3) India good for career progression: The survey found that expats are all praise for India as a good destination to progress a career. “Three in five (60 percent) expats believe their experience in India will improve their future job prospects, compared with 43 percent of expats across the (Asia-Pacific) region,” the survey said. Also as many as 51 percent of expats in India believe the country is a good place for them to progress their career (42 percent across Asia-Pacific_ and 57 percent feel they have a better chance to acquire new skills here than they did in their home country (44% across Asia-Pacific).

4) India good for entrepreneurship: The country is a popular destination for expat entrepreneurs. “More than one in ten (11 percent) expats in the country moved there to set up a business, more than twice the average of 5 percent across Asia-Pacific,” says the survey. India also draws more expat entrepreneurs than countries in the Middle East, such as Bahrain (7 percent) and the UAE (5 percent). “Almost half (46 percent) of expats report that India is a good place to start a business, more than in both China (39 percent) and Oman (32 percent), and above the Asia-Pacific average of 39 percent,” the survey said.

5) India helps achieve long-term financial goals: Nearly two in five (38 percent) expats in India say their time abroad has accelerated their progress towards saving for their children’s education, above the average of 29 percent in Asia-Pacific. Expats in India are also able to save more, with 44 percent saying that living there has accelerated their progress towards making long-term savings and investments, compared with 39 percent across the (Asia-Pacific) region.

All you need to know about Operation Ginger – the deadliest surgical strike by Indian Army on Pak soldiers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In 2011, India and Pakistan engaged in what appears to be deadliest cross-border surgical strike which lead to the deaths of 13 soldiers and beheading of six of them, reports The Hindu. Three of the heads were taken by the Indian side as trophies, two of taken by Pakistan.Citing official documents and videos, The Hindu reports that Indian soldiers from Kupwara-based 28 Division planned ‘Operation Ginger’ after Pakistan raiders attacked a remote army post in Gugaldhar ridge located on July 30, 2011. Havildar Jaipal Singh Adhikari and Lance Naik Devender Singh of 20 Kumaon were beheaded and their heads were taken back.SK Chakravorty lead the 28 Division which planned to attack the Police Chowki, a Pakistani army post near Jor, Hifazat and Lashdat lodging point after identifying them after seven reconnaissance missions.Operation Ginger was launched on August 30, 2011, and the ambush team went deep inside enemy territory. It was a just a day before the Eid and the enemy troops had not expected a retaliation.The Indian Army soldiers left on 3.00 am on August 29, 2011, and waited until 10.00 pm. They placed claymore mines to ambush Pakistani soldiers. They detonated the mines after four Pakistani soldiers, led by a Junior Commissioned Officer reached the ambush site. Then they lobbed grenades and fired at them. The soldiers also kept an IED under one of the bodies.They chopped the heads of three dead soldiers as one of them fell in the river. They took their rank insignias, weapons and other personal items.Due to the sounds of the explosion, two Pakistani teams rushed to the spot but were killed by a second Indian team waiting close by. As the Indian team retreated, loud explosions were heard which showed that the IED that had been kept under the dead soldier was triggered. Two to three more Pakistani soldiers were killed in the blast. The entire mission lasted for 45 minutes and Indian armymen left at 7.45 am. Three Pakistani heads — of Subedar Parvez, Havildar Aftab and Naik Imran — three AK 47 rifles and other weapons were taken back by the soldiers. Eight from the enemy team were killed and two more Pakistani soldiers were possibly fatally injured in the attack.

Three killed in fire at gas cylinder godown in south Kolkata

Kolkata: Three people were killed in a fire that broke out on Thursday at a south Kolkata godown, where LPG gas cylinders, oil and other inflammable materials were allegedly stored, police and fire authorities said.

The godown on Christopher road in South Kolkata went ablaze around 1 pm.

A photo of the fire that brokeA photo of the fire that broke

The godown in Kolkata. Courtesy: Twitter/@ANI_news

“Three persons died in the fire,” an official at the fire control headquarters said.

Fire department officials and Topsia police station personnel worked in tandem to control the fire.

Seven fire tenders pressed into service managed to control the blaze after a two-and-a-half hours.

“The shop was completely engulfed by the flames. It could have been a lot worse. But we were able to stop the blaze from spreading. The situation is under control now,” a fire official said.

Local Councillor Swarnakamal Saha, who rushed to the spot, said: “It could have been a bigger calamity as the shop is in a slum area. We will look into the issue of the hoaring of inflammable materials in the godown.”

The local residents accused the police and the administration of inaction despite repeated complaints.

“The godown owner is doing this illegal business for long. We have complained many times but no one cared to look into the issue,” an angry resident said.

With inputs from IANS

J7K: Three CRPF personnel injured in grenade attack

Mon, 26 Sep 2016-03:56pm , Srinagar , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three CRPF personnel were injured in a grenade attack by militants in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Monday, police said.Militants hurled a grenade at a CRPF party in Wanpoh area of the district, a police official said. He said three CRPF men sustained injuries in the attack. Security forces have cordoned off the area and launched a manhunt to nab the attackers, the official said.

J&K: Curfew continues for second day in Kishtwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The curfew imposed in Kishtwar district following stone pelting incident triggered by arrest of three separatists remained in force for the second day on Monday even as several towns of Doda and Bhaderwah observed partial shutdown in protest against the arrests. Three separatist leaders in the town were arrested on Saturday night and booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) for disrupting peace in the district following which some persons resorted to stone pelting prompting the authorities to impose curfew in the district.One more person has been arrested from the town for instigating trouble. The curfew that was imposed yesterday as a precautionary measure continues for second day today,” Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kishtwar, Ghulam Nabi Balwan told PTI.”The situation right now is normal and peaceful. The district administration will hold a review meeting and if the community leaders guarantee peace, the curfew would be relaxed,” Balwan said. Sources said the three Hurriyat leaders were booked under PSA for allegedly delivering hate and anti-India speeches since August 4. They were also allegedly instigated the youth to resort to stone pelting and violent protests. Security has been stepped up in the sensitive areas of the district with the deployment of additional personnel of police and para military forces.”The administration is taking all precautionary measures to ensure that law and order continues to be in place in the district,” the DC said, adding, whosoever tries to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of the district would be dealt as per the law. Meanwhile, several towns of Doda and Bhaderwah observed partial shutdown today in protest against the imposition of curfew in the Kishtwar town.Shops and other business establishments and schools belonging to a particular community in Doda and Bhaderwah were closed whereas government offices and banks functioned normally.

Hyderabad rains: Three killed and three injured, CM urges Centre for help

Hyderabad: Three persons were killed as heavy rains lashed various parts of Telangana on Friday, an official said.

Representational image. ReutersRepresentational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

All the deaths were reported from Medak district, which has received heavy rains since Thursday night. A 35-year-old woman and her seven-year-old daughter were killed when their house collapsed in Medak town.

In another incident of house collapse in Mubarkpur village, a 65-year-old man was killed. Three others were injured in the two incidents.

Authorities in Medak, Nalgonda and Warangal districts have declared two-day holiday for all schools and colleges in view of the heavy rains.

Hyderabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Adilabad districts were also receiving heavy rains.

Lakes and streams were overflowing in these districts, inundating low-lying areas. Roads were also flooded in some parts of Telangana, affecting the movement of vehicles.

Hyderabad-Nizamabad road was also inundated, leading to long traffic jam.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has asked officials to be an alert in view of the forecast of more rains over next two days.

Rao, who is in Delhi, reviewed the situation on Friday and directed Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma to prepare a report about the loss due to the heavy rains. He said tanks breached at many places while roads and bridges were damaged.

He asked the District Collectors to assess the damage. The Chief Minister urged the Centre to provide help for relief operations.

Uri Attack: Naib Subedar Karnail Singh fails to keep up his last promise to his family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Little did Naib Subedar Karnail Singh knew that he will not be able to keep up his promise to visit his family on a ‘short leave’ in a few days while making his a last phone call to them.As the Army brought home the body of the brave-heart, who was killed in Sunday’s Uri terror attack, wrapped in tricolor, his family members said death prevented him from keeping his promise when he made the last call to them on Saturday.A pall of gloom descended on Shibu Chak in Bishnah tehsil of Jammu district which lost one of its sons, 48-year-old Singh, who among the 17 army men who lost their lives while fighting the terrorists who attacked the Army Brigade Headquarters in Uri sector of Baramulla district yesterday.
ALSO READ Three Maha bravehearts among 18 soldiers martyred in UriAfter a ‘guard of honour’ and ‘gun salute’, Singh’s mortal remains was consigned to flames with full state honours at his native village, where over 6000 people had gathered.Youngsters were present at the function chanted ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Ramesh Chaudhary Amar Rahey’ while family members lit the funeral pyre of the martyr. “My father had called me from Uri on Saturday last to tell that he will meet us when he would come to home on a short leave in few days as his unit was shifted to Pathankot,” Singh’s son Arun said.
ALSO READ Uri attack: PM Modi calls for Pak to be isolated diplomatically, Army says India will respond at appropriate time”But he has failed to keep his promise,” he added.The soldier left behind his mother Ratna Devi, Geeta Devi and his three son Anmol, Arun and Shivam. While Anmol is studying in First year of Degree course, Arun is a student of class 11th and Shivam is class I.
ALSO READ Uri Attack: Why was my son sent to the front instead of seniors, asks father of martyred jawanPeople of Shibu Chak village felt proud of their son over his bravery making them proud as well as with his martyrdom by foiling terror attack and killing a terrorist in retaliatory firing.”He has made the village a proud with his martyrdom. We heard he was on who fired back first and killed a terrorist”, Madan Lal a villger said.

Nagpur: Minor girl gangraped by three brothers, including two juveniles

Nagpur: Three brothers, including two juveniles, allegedly gangraped a 13-year-old girl at her home in a slum area of the city, police said on Monday.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The three accused, including the eldest brother Sanjay alias Takesh Manohar Verma (21), all residents of Indira Nagar slums in Ganeshpeth area, stormed into the minor girl’s house when she was alone on Sunday.

They allegedly took turns to rape the girl and then fled from the spot, police said.

The girl narrated the incident to her father who runs a paan kiosk. The victim’s parents subsequently lodged a case at Ganeshpeth police station.

Later, the girl was sent for a medical examination which confirmed rape, police said.

Two of the juvenile accused, aged 12 and 17, were held while Sanjay is at large, they said.

The accused have been booked under section 376 (rape) of IPC and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, police added.

Delhi: 22-year-old recipient in kidney racket arrested

A 22-year-old recipient has been arrested in connection with a kidney racket which was busted at a private hospital in New Delhi earlier this month, police said on Friday.The accused, identified as Ashutosh (22), is the first kidney recipient arrested in the high-profile case in which 12 people, including personal assistant of senior nephrologists, middlemen, donors and the racket’s kingpin, have been nabbed so far, a senior police official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The man, a native of Uttar Pradesh, was arrested from a hospital in central Delhi, where he had come for a check-up on Thursday. His father is a junior engineer at Delhi Jal Board, the official said.
ALSO READ Delhi: Three Apollo doctors to be questioned in kidney racket caseAshutosh is believed to have paid Rs 25 lakh for the kidney transplant, of which Rs 3 lakh was paid to the Kanpur-based donor. Efforts are on to identity more recipients in connection with the case, of which three more have been identified, the official said.The middlemen used to forge documents to adhere to organ transplantation laws. So far, the police have come across at least 10 cases facilitated by the racket, the official added.

Six unidentified militants killed in two gunfights in Kashmir’s Kupwara

Srinagar: Six unidentified militants were gunned down by troops in two separate gun battles in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday, a defence spokesman said.

Troops of counter-insurgency Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and special operations group (SOG) this morning launched a massive search operation in the forest area in Lolab in Kupwara district, he said.

“The operation was launched on specific information about presence of a group of heavily-armed militants in the forest area. While the troops were conducting searches, hiding militants opened fire leading to a fierce exchange of fire. Three militants were killed and the operation is still on,” the spokesman told IANS.

He said army also gunned down three more militants in another gunbattle in the forest area near Drugmulla in the same district.

“This operation is also still on,” he added.

Kashmir: Three militants killed in an encounter in Kupwara

Three militants were on Thursday killed in an encounter with security forces in Lolab area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.Acting on a tip-off about the presence of militants in Dobwan forest area, a joint team of police and army launched a search operation, an army official said. As the search operation was going on, the militants opened fire on the security personnel who retaliated.In the ensuing gunfight, three militants have been killed, the army official said. He said the operation was on when reports last came in.

Smriti Irani’s intolerance kept new education policy draft off public domain?

The secret is finally out! The New Education Policy (NEP) drafted by a committee headed by former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian is not finding favours with the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry.Reason: Subramanian’s draft says ‘no’ to three-language formula, and objected to HRD ministry under Smriti Irani for using the word ‘tolerance’ towards Indian diversity. Also, the NEP suggested no detention policy till fifth standard.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”How can anyone say that we should tolerate Indian diversity? It should rather be that we ‘accept’ the Indian diversity,” Subramanian pointed out in his final draft to the HRD ministry. The original suggestions submitted by the ministry had elaborated on teaching the Indian diversity at length and had suggested the word ‘tolerant’ over ‘acceptance’. But the committee overruled the ministry’s preference for tolerance.dna finds out the divergences and intentions of the ministry on several key issues. The draft NEP also contradicts ministry’s stand on Right to Education (RTE) Act and University Grant Commission (UGC). These issues in the past two years have invoked controversies.Soon after taking charge, even in the middle of the session, Irani had amended the three-language formula. Her orders forced students to give up learning German and French and instead choose Sanskrit. Subramanian’s report, however, favours teaching a foreign language in schools. But leaves the option for the states and schools, whether they desire to learn any foreign language as third language.”Three language formula exists. But choices will be made keeping in view the aspirations of parents, teachers, schools and the state. If the state wants to teach a foreign language as third language it should not be considered a violation of the three-language formula,” Subramanian told dna.Highlighting that the three-language formula in the existing formula has been a failure so far, Subramanian favours to relook the policy.The formula was introduced in the education policy of 1956, was reiterated in the 1986 and 2005 draft. “The question is, have we been successful in implementing it? No. Which means there is a problem and we need to address it in a more realistic manner,” he said.Subramanian also added that it would be unfair for those sitting in Delhi to decide what languages the students sitting in the states should study.The NEP draft recommends that mother tongue should be the medium of instruction till class 5. However, choice of teaching English along with regional language should be left to the states. It has asked for introducing English from class 6 and the third language from the secondary level. “This third language can be any of the scheduled languages or a foreign language like French, German, Arabic, Russian or any other foreign language,” the draft reads.Against government’s aspirations to accord Sanskrit a prominent language status, the committee has held that it be treated like any other Indian language. Moreover, the focus should be to teach communicative Sanskrit rather than its grammar, to make it more accessible and easy to people.The ministry had also suggested teaching students to be tolerant towards Indian diversity. But, the committee instead has asked for teaching students to have acceptance towards Indian diversity and take pride in the pluralistic Indian heritage and culture.Subramanian’s draft also endorses the former UPA government’s view to set up a single point National Higher Education Authority, to subsume all the bodies like UGC, All India Council for Technical Education and other regulatory body bodies. It has also proposed a New Higher Education Act, putting aside all the existing and archaic laws related to education.The NEP draft committee also does not endorses ministry’s view on the no detention policy. Irani has been lobbying for complete scrapping the no detention policy, Subramanian however recommends capping no detention till class 5. The draft recommends providing enough support to the student to cope up with the curriculum rather than detaining or no detaining the student in the first place.

This shikarawala gave his life to save Kashmir’s guests

Ghulam Mohammad Guroo lived and died to uphold the rich ethos of atithi devo bhava!The 55-year-old braveheart shikarawala (boatman) made Kashmir proud by giving his own life to save a group of tourists from drowning in the gushing waters of Jhelum. Three days have passed, but Guroo’s body is still untraceable in the river.Tragedy struck on Thursday when Guroo was rowing a shikara to take a group of tourists on a cruise to the old Srinagar city. After returning from Hazrat Shah-e-Hamdan shrine, the boat suddenly lost the balance and capsized near old Fathe Kadal. Guroo, his co-shikarawala and the motor boat driver jumped into the river and rescued all the three tourists.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Later he tried to relax on the banks when one of the haversacks was swept away by the current. He again jumped into the river to retrieve the bag. However, the gushing waters swept him away and since then he is missing,” said Mohammad Sultan, one of the rescuers who was driving the motor boat.Guroo’s shikara (small boat) was part of a cruise team that was hired by a group of 10 tourists from Zero Bridge for old city tour. Guroo’s shikara was carrying three tourists including a woman while seven others were on board the motor boat.”After we rescued them, tourists left this place. Since then we have not seen them. I was summoned by the tourist police yesterday. They were asking me who these tourists were. I said we did not know,” said Sultan.Guroo was an avid swimmer in his youth was known for crossing the rivers and lakes with ease. Luck however had other things in store for him when he jumped into the river but could not swim to safety.A pall of gloom has descended on the family of Guroo which has been camping on the banks of Jhelum for the last three days. “How can we go home without his body? He left for earning livelihood and did not return. We got the news at 5.30 pm that he has drowned,” said Mohammad Ramzan Guroo, the elder brother of Guroo.Massive efforts are on to fish out the body from Jhelum. “Police boats are working overtime to fish out the body. But it continues to remain untraceable. Now the boats have expanded their area of operation to locate the body,” said Noor Mohammad, Jhelum Houseboat Owners Association.Superintendent of Police, North City, Sajad Khaliq said the body of Guroo has yet not been traced from the river. “The body is still not traceable. The tourists were on the downtown tour (when tragedy struck),” he said.

Mumbai: Two youths feared drowned off Juhu beach; 3 saved

Two youths were feared drowned into sea, while three others were saved, after a group of friends went for a swim off Juhu beach here, police and Fire Brigade officials said.A group of five friends, all residents of Juhu Koliwada area, went to the famous beach at around 12:30 pm for swimming, a official from Santa Cruz Police Station said. On-duty lifeguards and Fire Brigade personnel warned them against entering into the sea, Chief Fire Officer Prabhat Rahangadale said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The youths, however, went to a different spot away from the main beach front and ventured into the sea. They soon started drowning, he said. Three of them were promptly rescued by lifeguards and Fire Brigade personnel, while the other two were yet to be traced, Rahangadale said.According to police, the duo feared drowned was identified as Rajendra Chowdhury (20) and Sameer Sheikh (18).

Uttar Pradesh: 3 killed in lightning strike

Three youths were killed and three others injured after being struck by lightning in Motipur area in Bahraich, police said on Monday.The incident occurred on Sunday when the victims were playing cricket at Khamaria primary school ground, they said. Firoz (22), Rohit (19) and Siddhu (20) died on the spot while three sustained injuries, police said.Among the injured, the condition of Jumman (20) is stated to be serious and has been referred to Lucknow, they said. The district administration has announced a financial assistance of rupees four lakh each to the families of the deceased. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Jinxed film?

A critically acclaimed 1958 Pakistani film, boasting a “curious collaboration” with India, makes a rare appearance at last month’s Cannes festival.

dna Morning Must Reads: PM Modi’s Iran visit; Manchester United’s FA Cup win; Game of Thrones Ep 5 preview; and more

1. Recruitment war heats up between IS and al Qaeda in the sub-continentThe Indian sub continent is emerging as a new turf for the global jihadi groups to recruit and draw battle-lines. To attract recruits from India – which has the world’s second largest followers of Islam but have stayed averse to the violent jihad – al Qaeda and Islamic State group have released propaganda videos revealing India’s glorious Islamic past when the country was ruled under Sharia law and chiding the community for not joining the holy war against the taghouts (idolators). Read more here<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. PM Modi’s first Iran visit: Chabahar port, gas high on agendaKeen on deeper engagement with the sanction-free Iran, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Iran on Sunday, on a maiden two-day visit during which a contract for developing the first phase of the strategic Chabahar port will be signed and discussion on gas field development taken forward. Read more here3. Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour killed in US drone strike in Pakistan: ReportsThe United States conducted a drone strike on Saturday against the leader of Afghan Taliban, likely killing him on the Pakistan side of the remote border region with Afghanistan in a mission authorised by US President Barack Obama, officials said. Read more here4. Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-1 to lift FA Cup Manchester United substitute Jesse Lingard’s superb volley in extra time secured a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday for their first major trophy in three years. Read more here5. Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 5 Preview: Night King, Children of the forest, new red priestess and more!This time, Bran seems to move through several visions set in different points of time. We see him with the Three-Eyed Raven at Winterfell again. Read more here

Minor earthquake hits Koyna region in Maharashtra

An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale shook Koyna region of Maharashtra, the fifth tremor in last three days in the high seismic zone. According to the National Centre for Seismology, the earthquake struck at the depth of three kms at 5 PM. On May 18, two quakes measuring 3.7 and 3.9 on the Richter scale hit Koyna region.The next day, two more minor earthquakes measuring 3.7 and 4.0 hit the same area. The Koyna region falls in a seismic zone. The Ministry of Earth Sciences is conducting an experiment in Koyna, which houses one of the largest water reservoir in the country.

Jammu and Kashmir: Police fire tear gas shells as students indulge in protest

Police fired tear gas shells as students indulged in violent protests against law enforcing agencies in central Kashmir Ganderbal district for the second consecutive day on Thursday. A group of students indulged in stone-pelting near Degree College Ganderbal in the main town, 21 km from here, again today, a police official said. Clashes had broken out yesterday as students protested against the alleged “insensitivity” of traffic police which had stopped a passenger vehicle carrying large number of students in the morning. The protestors alleged that the action of the traffic cops had cost them academically. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though the protests were contained yesterday after police resorted to baton charge to disperse the students, violent clashes broke out this afternoon as well near the college as the students demanded action against the traffic cops, the official said. Three policemen have been injured in the clashes so far, the official said, adding damage has been done to the college property. Yesterday, seven protestors and eight policemen were hurt in the clashes. Meanwhile, 10 police personnel were injured in the clashes. “During the clashes, 10 police personnel, including a Station House Officer (SHO), received minor injuries,” the official said, adding that no civilian was hurt in the incident.

West Bengal: Woman lynched on suspicion of being witch again

Hours after a court awarded death sentence to seven persons in connection with the lynching of three women in West Midnapore on suspicion of being witches, a woman was lynched at Debra area in the West Midnapore district on Monday night on the suspicion of witchcraft.A senior district police officer said Sambari Tudu, 45, was dragged from her house at Birsinghpur hamlet under Debra police station area by some locals late last night after a local village court held a sitting and blamed her for the death of some neighbours due to ailments. She was thrashed after being tied to a post and as she slumped to the ground the attackers left the spot, the officer said quoting some eyewitnesses.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As a police force recovered the body on Tuesday tension escalated in the area. The police officer said eight persons have been arrested in connection with the incident so far and further raids were continuing.Seven persons, including a woman, were sentenced to death and six others to life imprisonment by a court in Ghatal on Monday for the 2012 lynching of three women of a single family on suspicion of their being witches at a village in the same district.

Handwara molestation | ‘Policemen slapped me’: Victim makes a u-turn, says cops forced to give wrong statement

In a major twist in the Handwara molestation case, a girl whose complaint of molestation led to protests and firing in the region, said on Monday that she had been forced to record a false statement while in custody and had also been abused.”They (policemen) spoke to me nicely so I narrated the whole incident to them. After which they told me not to tell the real story to anyone. And added that if I divulged anything, then my family and me might land in trouble. They threatened our lives. I told them that to lie is wrong and I won’t lie. There and then, one of the three policemen got up and slapped me and forced me to lie. I retaliated for a while and then I succumbed to their pressure and changed my statement,” said the victim.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The police misbehaved with me, nobody came forward to help. While I was sitting at the police station, several policemen abused me and went away. After a long time, a woman police constable took me to a room and left after a while. The three policemen came into the room with their faces covered,” she added.Handwara witnessed massive clashes between the police and locals on April 12 after the news of a girl being molested by an army soldier spread. The area was under curfew for a week.Five people were killed in firing by security forces during the protests. But in a controversial video shot inside a police station, the girl had denied the molestation allegation. The girl has now changed her statement saying she was under pressure.

Kerala Dalit rape and murder: Amnesty calls for independent probe in case

Amnesty International on Friday asked the Kerala authorities to ensure an independent investigation into allegations of police inaction in a case involving the rape and brutal murder of a 30-year-old Dalit woman in the state.”Police inaction in cases involving violence against Dalit women is unfortunately disturbingly common. Even in this case, the police failed to act on earlier complaints from the family,” said Rekha Raj, programme manager, women s rights, at Amnesty International-India. The failure of the police to investigate previous complaints about caste-based discrimination and harassment against the woman’s family must also be investigated, Raj said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Dalit women face multiple levels of discrimination from the community and often from the police. The Kerala government must hold the police accountable for any inaction on their part,” she added.According to local police, the woman, a law student, hailing from a poor family was raped and brutally assaulted using sharp edged weapons before being murdered at her house at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district on April 28. Three men have been detained in relation to the killing.”We have complained earlier against certain individuals who used to threaten us, but the police did not take any action,” the victim s sister told Amnesty.

Madhya Pradesh: Woman jumps into well with three kids, all die

A woman allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a well along with her three minor children at a village in the district, police said on Wednesday.The woman took the extreme step in Sundrail village last evening as her husband doubted her character because of which she had a dispute with him, Khargone district’s Superintendent of Police Amit Singh said.The deceased were identified as – Kiranbai (27), and her three children Badal (8), Vikki (4) and Durgadas (2).<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bodies were later fished out from the well and sent for autopsy.A case has been registered in this regard at Bhikangaon police station, the SP added.

West Bengal: Three killed while making bombs in Malda

Malda: Three persons were killed and four others injured while they were allegedly making bombs in a house at Jaunpur in this district on Monday, ahead of the last phase of polling on 5 May in West Bengal.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The incident occurred when bombs were being made in the house of one Giasu Seikh in the area bordering Bangladesh at about 1 am, Superintendent of Police Syed Waqar Raza said.

Three persons died on the spot and four others were seriously injured, he said, adding that “local rowdies” were involved in the incident. Giasu was absconding.

Polling was held in the district on 17 April.

The injured were admitted to the Malda Medical College and Hospital.

Centre sends team to Rajasthan to probe deaths at govt-run home

The Centre on Sunday sent a team of experts to Rajasthan to assist the state government in investigating the cause of water and food contamination that apparently led to the death of 12 people with special needs, mostly children, at a government-run home near Jaipur.The five-member team includes a senior paediatrician, epidemiologist and microbiologist and will investigate the causes and also suggest public health measures to prevent such incidents in the future.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Union Health Minister JP Nadda has directed for a special five-member expert team to be sent to assist the Rajasthan government to investigate into the causes of water and food contamination that are reported to have resulted in the death of 12 specially-abled persons in the state-run home at Jamdoli in Rajasthan,” an official statement said.
ALSO READ Rajasthan: 11 persons with special needs, including kids died after drinking contaminated waterNadda has also spoken to the state health minister Rajendra Rathore who informed him that necessary measures have been taken to prevent such incidents in future. “The Union Health Minister assured him of all support. A detailed report in the incident is expected shortly,” officials said.Twelve people with special needs, mostly children, staying at the government-run home died between April 16 and 27 due to suspected bacterial infection after drinking contaminated water. Three officers and as many staff members of the home for people with special needs were suspended after the incident.With the opposition hitting out at Vasundhara Raje government over the deaths, the state government appointed a three-member committee to probe the matter. The Chief Minister yesterday issued instructions for strict action against erring government officials.Earlier in a tweet, Nadda said, “Extremely sad to hear of the death of specially-abled persons in #Jamdoli, Rajasthan. My prayers for them and their families. Sending 5-member experts team to Jaipur today to assist State Govt. to investigate into causes of incident & suggest preventive measures.”

Handwara violence: Officials remove three Army bunkers from main market

Srinagar: Municipal authorities in violence-hit Handwara town in north Kashmir on Tuesday removed three security force bunkers from the main market, fulfilling one of the long pending demands of local residents.

“Three bunkers, which were constructed on top of shops in Handwara main market, have been removed by municipal authorities,” a police official said.

A jawan stands at guard in curfew-hit Srinagar. PTI

A jawan stands at guard in curfew-hit Srinagar. PTI

He said the main bunker, located in the round-about of the main market, has also been vacated and taken over by municipal authorities.

“This bunker will also be demolished and the task will be completed by 2 PM today,” the official said.

The municipal authorities also erected a board on the premises of the bunker, marking the place for conversion into a public park.

The locals had been demanding removal of the bunkers for quite sometime but the Army had put its foot down, saying it was strategically important for the troops.

However, the demand for removal of these bunkers intensified after last week’s violence triggered by alleged molestation of a girl by an army soldier.

Three persons were killed in security forces firing while dealing with the protestors.

Odd-even phase 2: Real test begins as schools and offices reopen today

New Delhi: Three days after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal‘s odd-even scheme was implemented in Delhi, it faced its real test on Monday when it witnessed maximum traffic during office hours.

“Today is the litmus test for odd-even scheme. And just like our last time attempt to make it a success, we have to cooperate with each other,” Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai tweeted.

Meanwhile, heavy traffic was seen near the Akshardham intersection and at the Mayur Vihar-Noida road.

Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra on Monday took a metro from Civil Lines station to attend a meeting.

The 15-day odd-even traffic scheme started on 15 April and aims to put odd- and even-numbered vehicles on the roads on alternate dates.

Handwara firing: ASI suspended for ‘mishandling’ situation

A junior police officer was on Tuesday suspended for “mishandling” of the law and order situation in north Kashmir’s Handwara town that led to the killing of three persons and injuries to four others in firing by security forces on Wednesday.”Assistant Sub-Inspector Mohammad Rafiq rpt Mohammad Rafiq has been suspended pending inquiries into yesterday’s incident,” a senior police official said. He said a magisterial probe and a departmental inquiry are being conducted into the incident.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons — two youths and a woman — were killed when security forces opened fire to disperse a stone-pelting mob which was protesting against alleged molestation of a girl by some of its personnel.The girl has denied she was molested and accused two local youths of hatching a conspiracy. Kashmir remained tense today as one more youth was killed in fresh clashes between protesters and security forces in the Valley amid curfew-like restrictions imposed in view of the disquiet following the death of three civilians in firing by Army yesterday.An Assistant Sub-Inspector of Jammu and Kashmir Police was today suspended for “mishandling” of the law and order situation in north Kashmir’s Handwara town where two youth and a woman were killed and four injured in firing by Army yesterday after allegations that a girl was molested by a soldier (rpt) by a soldier.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is in Delhi on her maiden visit after assuming the charge, raised the matter with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar who assured her that a probe will be conducted and the culprits punished.Describing the firing incident as “very unfortunate”, she said, “Such incidents should not happen in the future.” She said the families of the victims will be compensated.Northern Army Commander Lt General D S Hooda visited the affected area in Handwara and pushed for early completion of probe into the killing of three civilians yesterday. He termed the incident as “highly regrettable”.

Earthquake | Kolkata: Four people injured in West Bengal

high-intensity earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale on Wednesday at around 7.25pm rocked Kolkata and almost all parts of Bengal. While no casualties or injuries were reported from across the state, reports of buildings getting damaged and suffering cracks surfaced. Meanwhile, the Alipore Met Department office has put Kolkata on high alert, warning of after-shocks. The IT-hub in Salt Lake and several commercial complexes and high-rise buildings across the state have been vacated and office goers are still waiting outside.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Metro train services remained suspended for a few minutes, however, services are normal now. On the other hand, cracks were observed at a pillar of an under construction flyover for the Joka-BBD Bag metro project at Behala.As many as four people were injured in the quake that rocked Kolkata and other parts of Bengal. Three people – two females and one male were injured at Bengal’s Siliguri and later they were admitted at the Siliguri hospital. A 19-year-old girl admitted at the Jalpaiguri Sadar hospital, Gita Das was left injured after a portion of the bathroom ceiling collapsed on her head. Immediately, she was rushed to the same hospital and now she is undergoing treatment. Live updates about the earthquake

Mumbai: Three-storey building collapses in Colaba; 3 workers severely injured

A ground plus three-storeyed under construction MHADA building near Colaba Market in Mumbai was collapsed on Monday afternoon. Three labourers who were working inside the building were pulled out and rushed to the St. George Hospital.The part of second floor of Badwariya Mansion at Lala Nigam Road in Colaba collapsed around 2.50 pm, while the repair work was underway. According to the BMC’s disaster management official they received a call at 3.10 pm in the afternoon. “Nearby fire engines were rushed on the spot. A part of building collapsed and three workers were rescued from the debris. Three of them were rushed to the hospital out of which two of the workers were in critical condition.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The eye witness of the incident, Pratik Shah, said, “Luckily the building was vacant. The construction of the building started one month ago due to its dilapidated condition. Other building residents have also been called down due to the ongoing rescue work by the authorities. The front part of the building collapsed down making a huge sound.”The labours taken to the St. George Hospital are identified as Shankar Lal (45), Lalsingh Shaikh (35) and Bholu Shaikh (40). According to the on duty police officer a case has been registered against the contractor Babalu Sayed.Police Inspector, Asaram Pathare, said, “Now the work of removing debris is in progress. The Labour named Shankar Lal is in critical condition. He suffered from head injury and fractures in left leg. While, the other two workers Bholu and Lalsingh suffered a head injury but are out of danger.”