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States to steer future suburban network?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It seems the railway ministry has finally had enough of running suburban systems. In a draft policy issued a couple of days ago to all state governments by the Works Planning directorate of the ministry, the latter has put all responsibility of conjuring up new suburban systems in cities on the respective states. State governments have been asked to give their feedback in the next fortnight.The catalyst for the ‘hands-off’ policy, according to officials, is the bleeding status of its seven current suburban railway systems. According to the CAG report tabled in June this year, the cumulative losses from the suburban systems of Central, Eastern, South-Central, South-Eastern, Southern, Western and Kolkata Metro for the period 2010-15 stands at a whopping Rs 13,631 crore. During this period, the Railways carried a total of 3,054 crores, of which suburban passengers accounted for 2,225 crores or 72 per cent of all passengers.According to the draft policy released this week, “feasibility studies for suburban projects, duly considering the technical requirements, site feasibility and operational requirements, shall be carried out by the state government at their own cost.” Another criteria is that, “the complete cost of land acquisition, leasing of railway land and resettlement and rehabilitation shall be met by the states, by providing interest-free subordinate debt to the Special Purpose Vehicle or from its own resources.”Going further, the draft states that “guarantees for the loans to be taken by the SPV shall be provided by the state government.” The future sustenance of the suburban system has been given to the state government. The draft statement states that “state government would set up a dedicated urban transport fund at state level and city level through levy of dedicated taxes, levies, betterment tax, impact fee, development charges and higher floor area ratio in the influence zone of proposed railway stations to create a pool of resources for part financing the project’s capital cost, replacement of assets and providing operational subsidies.”

Demonetization: Naxals force elderly to convert black money in Jharkhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to evade scrutiny, Naxals in Jharkhand are forcing elderly people to exchange their unaccounted money after demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.In Latehar district, one of the most Naxal-affected areas in Jharkhand, the left-wing extremists, who have extorted crores of rupees by levying “tax” and through ransom, are forcing elderly people to deposit the cash into their accounts, using the cap of Rs 2.5 lakh deposit in one go.”It is correct. We have received information that Naxals are using villagers to deposit their extortion money into bank accounts so that it can be converted into legal currency. Not only elderly people, but young people could also be involved in the practice,” Latehar Superintendent of Police (SP) Anoop Birtharay told PTI.Birtharay said that for the last two days, police have been conducting searches in several places to nab those involved in the illegal practice.”We suspect that some locals, who could be Naxal sympathisers providing logistical support to Naxals, are behind it,” the SP said.Birtharay said police are keeping a close vigil and conducting raids upon receiving tip-offs to nab those involved in the practice. Vehicle checking is also being conducted.”We got information that some Naxals from Bihar were scheduled to hold a meeting with their Jharkhand counterparts here but panicked upon learning that police have been conducting raids to nab them,” he said.

Demonetisation: Naxals using villagers to convert black money into legal currency, say Jharkhand cops

Latehar: In a bid to evade scrutiny, Naxals in Jharkhand are forcing elderly people to exchange their unaccounted money after demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.

In Latehar district, one of the most Naxal-affected areas in Jharkhand, the left-wing extremists, who have extorted crores of rupees by levying “tax” and through ransom, are forcing elderly people to deposit the cash into their accounts, using the cap of Rs 2.5 lakh deposit in one go.

“It is correct. We have received information that Naxals are using villagers to deposit their extortion money into bank accounts so that it can be converted into legal currency. Not only elderly people, but young people could also be involved in the practice,” Latehar Superintendent of Police (SP) Anoop Birtharay told PTI.

Birtharay said that for the last two days, police have been conducting searches in several places to nab those involved in the illegal practice.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

“We suspect that some locals, who could be Naxal sympathisers providing logistical support to Naxals, are behind it,” the SP said.

Birtharay said police are keeping a close vigil and conducting raids upon receiving tip-offs to nab those involved in the practice. Vehicle checking is also being conducted.

“We got information that some Naxals from Bihar were scheduled to hold a meeting with their Jharkhand counterparts in Latehar but panicked upon learning that police have been conducting raids to nab them,” he said.

A local resident said on condition of anonymity that some elderly people of Matlong village are visiting banks in Latehar district headquarters carrying lakhs of rupees to deposit into their account so that they could help Naxals convert their ill-gotten money.

“A few days ago, an elderly woman who was unable to even recognise notes correctly, went to a state-run bank to deposit Rs 4.5 lakh in her Jan Dhan account. She, however, went back without depositing the money, saying she was asked to show PAN card which she did not have,” he said.

Another villager said in some cases, some Naxal sympathisers are depositing the money willingly after deducting their “share” which ranges from 10 percent to 30 percent but in other cases, many elderly people are forced to comply with the Naxals’ instructions.

“Naxals are frustrated with the government’s move demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. They are threatening locals to deposit their money into banks so that the cash does not become defunct,” the villager said.

Inspector General of CRPF (Jharkhand) Sanjay A Lathkar said they too have received some information that Naxals were trying to convert their money in the area.

“Some people have been arrested with old notes. We are keeping a close watch on Naxals’ movement in the state and would foil any attempt by them to convert money. The state police is also looking after these inputs,” he said.

Recently, the CRPF recovered Rs 25 lakh from two suspects of People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a breakaway faction of CPI (Maoist) and one of Jharkhand’s several dominant extremist outfits, in Bodo area.

The two arrested suspects are said to have links to PLFI supremo Dinesh, a CRPF official said.

Security agencies suspect that the seized cash could be part of funds used for Naxalite activities.

NaxaLs have amassed nearly Rs 1,500 crore organised extortion business in the form of “levy”, police and central security officials said.

Many splinter groups are said to be indulged in “levy” collection besides carrying out kidnapping, looting and narcotics trade, they said.

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 12:46 IST

South Asian satellite likely to miss December deadline

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious South Asian satellite project, announced two years ago, is likely to miss the December deadline as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch GSLV Mark III that month.”ISRO has been launching at least one satellite every month, so our calender is perennially packed and at this point of time it looks difficult to launch the South Asian satellite in December. It could get delayed by a month,” a senior official said.Launching of GSLV Mark III will be a crucial development in the country’s space history. The Launch Vehicle is likely to be sent in the space by December end.”Work on GSLV Mark III is in progress, but the date for the launch is yet to be arrived at. The project will help ISRO launch satellites weighing around four tonnes,” ISRO chairman and Department of Space Secretary A S Kiran kumar told PTI.ISRO currently has the capability of launching satellites weighing up to 2.2 tonnes.It has launched two satellites in September, and it is expected that October will also see launch of two more satellites. On August 28, it conducted the first experimental mission of Scramjet Engine.The delay in the South Asian satellite also comes at a time when the regional grouping’s annual summit in Islamabad has been called off following escalation of tension between India and Pakistan, in the wake of the Uri terror attack.”We are working on the South Asian satellite project, but no date for launch has been finalised,” Kirankumar said.Modi, during the regional bloc’s 2014 Summit in Kathmandu, had announced launching of a SAARC Satellite as a ‘gift’ to its neighbours in order to expand information sharing and connectivity within the region.SAARC had come into being on December 8, 1985 and the initial plan was to operationalise the satellite in December this year.However, Pakistan opposed the move and demanded that the satellite be brought under the ambit of the grouping. This was unacceptable to India. The name was later changed to South Asian Satellite.Barring Afghanistan and Pakistan, all other SAARC countries have given their go-ahead to the project.Even as the political leadership of Afghanistan has given an in-principle nod to the project, there are some technical issues involved which are preventing Kabul to give its final consent and the “technical teams of two countries are sorting it out”.The delay in launching the project may also help bring Afghanistan on board, sources said.Another reason for the delay in launching the South Asian satellite, was cancellation of SAARC Summit in Islamabad which was scheduled next month, a source said.This has given ISRO the time to focus on GSLV Mark III launcher.Sources said that once GSLV Mark III is launched, India will not have to depend on others for sending its heavy satellites in space, which it currently does from Guiana Space Centre near Kourou in French Guiana.A good amount of money earned from the launch of light-weight foreign satellites with its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) goes into hiring the launchpad in Kourou.

Abhishek Banerjee ‘stable’ after accident; PM Modi conveys regards to Mamata

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trinamool Congress MP and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee was on Tuesday injured when his vehicle met with an accident on NH-2 near Singur while he was returning here from Murshidabad. Ten policemen of the 28-year-old MP’s convoy were also injured.”Abhishek Banerjee was injured when the vehicle he was travelling in met with an accident on the Durgapur Expressway near Singur in Hooghly district. He was immediately taken to a hospital,” ADG (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma told PTI.CM Mamata Banerjee said he was stable now. Two special teams from CID and Kolkata Police are inquiring into the cause of the accident, a senior CID officer said.”Even as five of them were released after preliminary treatment, I have asked to take all 10 policemen who were in Abhishek’s convoy to Belle Vue Clinic for thorough medical check up,” Banerjee said. “President Pranab Mukherjee called me up and inquired about Abhishek’s health condition,” she said adding, “Abhishek is stable now. Doctors are investigating the nature of his injuries.”PM Modi also tweeted wishes for a speedy recovery to Abhishek and spoke to the CM.Referring to earlier incidents in which other cars had came close to Abhishek’s convoy, Mamata said police would investigate why such things are repeatedly happening.Abhishek, also the TMC youth wing president, was returning from Murshidabad district after a party programme. Soon after his SUV reached Singur on the Durgapur Expressway, it hit a wrecker van and overturned, injuring the occupants, eyewitnesses said. He was rushed to Kolkata and admitted to Belle Vue Clinic.Hospital sources said a medical board has been formed for his treatment, while some medical tests and investigations have already been conducted.”Mr Banerjee’s injuries are being investigated thoroughly. He has been taken to the ITU and a CT Scan and other tests have already been done. After the reports are available, a medical bulletin will be released,” Belle Vue Clinic CEO P Tondon said.While the Chief Minister was keeping in touch with the hospital authorities, party leaders rushed to the hospital to enquire about Abhishek’s condition and treatment.Senior party leader Manas Bhuniya, who recently joined the TMC from Congress and was accompanying Abhishek, said his vehicle was at a gap behind the TMC MP’s convoy.On his way, Bhuniya rescued Abhishek and took him to the hospital in his vehicle.

MIDC to put all land information on website for the people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Learning a lesson from land issue which led to the resignation of former revenue minister Eknath Khadse, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has decided to put all land in its possession on the website and make the entire process of allotment of land online.Minister of industries Subhash Desai said that the MIDC, after the decision at its board of director’s meeting, has issued an advertisement in newspapers in this regard. He said that by duly informing the public about this, all the MIDCs in the state would be putting the record of land in their possession on its website. He said that keeping the land unprotected can make the land vulnerable and that is the reason records of every piece of land will be maintained and put up so that people at large come to know about the same.In reply to a question by reporters, Desai admitted that this step was taken after the resignation episode of former revenue minister Eknath Khadse. It was Khadse who had to resign after allegations were made about purchase of MIDC land in Bhosari areas in Pune district by his wife and son-in-law. Desai had maintained that the land in question was owned by MIDC.Stating that the responsibility of waste water treatment, solid waste management, power and road infrastructure within MIDC lies with it, Desai, on Friday, announced that a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) company will be launched to create all this infrastructure. Desai added that to provide state of the art infrastructure, MIDCs will also be providing poles, wiring for power supply as well as that of roads within MIDC and waste treatment in the industrial areas. For this, the SPV company will be formed with the help of all stakeholders since the government alone cannot undertake all these activities even though MIDC has sound financial position.

Jammu and Kashmir: Seven killed after vehicle falls into gorge in Bandipora

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven people were killed while nine suffered injuries when a vehicle carrying over twenty-one people skidded and fell into a deep gorge on the Gurez-Bandipora road near Tragbal in Jammu and Kashmir.The tragedy occurred late Friday night, as five people were brought dead and two succumbed to injuries at Bandipora hospital. The injured nine people are being treated at the hospital.A manhunt is on for the driver of the bus who is said to be missing. The vehicle belonged to Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle crashes near Jaisalmer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of the IAF on Thursday crashed near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.The UAV crashed near Bada Bagh, about 5 kms from Jaisalmer city, this morning, Defence Spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha said.The UAV was on a routine sortie.A court of Inquiry has been ordered, he said.

19 buffaloes, Rs 22 crore seized in Haryana; 6 arrested

Six persons were arrested and 19 buffaloes and Rs 22 crore seized from two vehicles at different places here, police said.Police intercepted a vehicle near Pindara village here and recovered 10 buffaloes and Rs 12 crore in cash from it, they said, adding three persons travelling in the vehicle were arrested.Nine buffaloes and Rs 10 crore in cash were recovered from another vehicle near Siddhikhera village. Three persons were also arrested, police said.A case has been registered against the accused and investigation is underway, they said.

Watch: ISRO sets record, launches 20 satellites in one go

Scripting history, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday launched 20 satellites, including 17 foreign payloads, using its flagship rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C34 from its Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.The launched vehicle lifts off with India’s Cartosat 2 series satellite meant for earth observations as the primary payload and 19 other micro and nano satellites. Making two unique records, ISRO launched an unprecedented 20 payloads in a single mission from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The mission would long for 26 and a half minutes by which time all satellites will be put into a polar synchronous orbit of 505 km height one by one.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Later, the fourth stage engine of the rocket is going to be subjected to a complex experiment by re-igniting it twice to check for its ability to launch many satellites at different heights in a single mission.

Smooth progress on launch of Indian rocket with 20 satellites: Isro

Chennai: The countdown for the launch of Cartosat-2 series and 19 other satellites on Wednesday morning is progressing smoothly, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said.

The satellites’ health is being checked and the preparations for the filling of the fuel for the second rocket’s second stage/engine is under progress, the Isro said on Tuesday.

“The countdown is progressing normally,” it said.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

On Wednesday at 9.26 am, Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will lift off from the rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with 20 satellites.

The rocket’s main cargo will be India’s 725.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation.

This satellite is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B.

The other 19 satellites weighing totally about 560 kg are from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as one satellite each from Sathyabama University, Chennai and College of Engineering, Pune.

The rocket will blast off from the second launch pad with a total payload of 1,288 kg.

The whole mission will get over in about 26 minutes.

The images sent by Cartosat satellite will be useful for cartographic, urban, rural, coastal land use, water distribution and other applications.

On the other hand, the 1.5 kg Sathyabamasat from Sathyabama University will collect data on green house gases while the one kg Swayam satellite from College of Engineering, Pune will provide point-to-point messaging services to the ham radio community.

Wednesday’s mission will be the first time the Isro will be launching more than 10 satellites with a single rocket.

In 2008, the ISRO had launched 10 satellites with the PSLV rocket.

Countdown begins for launch of ISRO’s Cartosat-2 series, 19 other satellites

A 48-hour countdown began on Monday for the launch of record 20 satellites, including India’s latest earth observation Cartosat-2 Series Satellite, onboard PSLV C-34 from Sriharikota on June 22.The countdown began at 9.26 AM after the launch authorisation board (LAB) gave the clearance for the mission on Sunday and the process of filling the fuel was underway, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After creating a record in 2008 for placing 10 satellites into various low earth orbits in a single launch, ISRO is all set for the new record of launching 20 satellites, including those from the US, Germany, Canada and Indonesia.ISRO’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C34) is scheduled to lift-off with the satellites at 9.26 AM from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, about 100 km from here in Andhra Pradesh, on June 22.India’s earth observation spacecraft Cartosat-2 Series satellite, which is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B, and 19 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 560 kg at lift-off would be injected into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit.According to ISRO, the total weight of all the 20 satellites is about 1,288 kg. The co-passengers include satellites from the US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as two satellites from Indian Universities.The mission would carry LAPAN A3 of Indonesia, BIROS of Germany, SKYSAT GEN 2-1 of US, MVV of Germany among the micro satellites, ISRO sources had earlier said.

Nirbhaya scheme: Women to get buses with safety measures

Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari will dedicate buses with safety measures for women under the Nirbhaya Scheme to public in the national capital on Wednesday. The proposal was approved by the Union Cabinet in January 2014. The proposal include setting up of a unified system at the National Level (National Vehicle Security and Tracking System) and State level (City Command and Control Centre) for GPS tracking of the location, emergency buttons and video recording of incidents in public transport vehicles.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the first phase, 32 cities of 13 states in the country with a population of 1 million or more will be covered. Total estimated cost of the project is Rs 1404.68 crore which will be funded by Ministry of Finance from the ‘Nirbhaya Fund’.
ALSO READ Delhi Govt notifies app-based premium bus services starting from June 1Once the scheme is made operational in major cities, ensuring safe, reliable and comfortable public passenger bus service across the country will be made possible.The major impact of the scheme will include maping of routes of the public vehicles; tracking of vehicles on the route; highlighting of violations through visual and text signals; panic button alert to transport and police through visual, text and voice; permit, registration and license cancellation based criteria for enforcement and providing safety and security to women and girl child in distress in minimum response time.Video recording in Public Transport vehicles with large seating capacity will be used as evidence. This will act a preventive measure for probable offenders.

Shimla: 13 killed as vehicle falls in gorge

Thirteen persons were killed and another injured when the vehicle they were travelling in rolled down into a 300-foot deep gorge near Bada Kamba on Chaura Kamba link road in tribal Kinnaur district, police said today.The 14 occupants of the vehicle were returning late last night after leaving a newly wedded woman at her in-laws’ place when the tragedy struck, about 250 km from here, they said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twelve persons died on the spot and one succumbed to injuries on way to the hospital while the lone survivor jumped out of the falling vehicle, police said.The brother of the bride and the vehicle’s driver were also killed, they said.The district administration reached the spot and all the bodies have been recovered and sent for postmortem.The vehicle was “overcrowded” and cause of accident is yet to be ascertained, police said.Meanwhile, three more persons who were injured when a private bus yesterday fell in a nulla in Chamba district, succumbed to their injuries in the hospital raising the death toll to 17, police said.

A giant leap: Isro all set to launch indigenous space shuttle

Thiruvananthapuram: For the very first time in its history, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is actually growing wings as it embarks on a never before space flight this month that would make history.

The Indian space agency is all set to undertake the maiden launch of its very own indigenous version of a ‘space shuttle’, a fully made-in-India effort.

Today, a sleek-winged body almost the weight and size of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) is being given final touches at Sriharikota, awaiting the final countdown.

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AFP

Yes, the big powers abandoned the idea of a winged reusable launch vehicle, but India’s frugal engineers believe the solution to reducing cost of launching satellites into orbit is to recycle the rocket or make it reusable. Scientists at Isro believe that they could reduce the cost of launching stuff into space by as much as 10 times if reusable technology succeeds, bringing it down to $2,000 per kg.

Very soon, and if all goes well possibly before the monsoon sets in, India’s space port at Sriharikota, on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Andhra Pradesh, will witness the launch of the indigenous-made Reusable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD). This will be the first time Isro will launch a spacecraft, which actually has delta wings and after launch, will be glided back onto a virtual runway in the Bay of Bengal.

The RLV-TD is unlikely to be recovered from sea during this experiment as it is expected that the vehicle will disintegrate on impact with water since it is not designed to float. The purpose of the experiment is not to see it float but to glide and navigate from a velocity five times higher than the speed of sound onto a designated virtual runway in the Bay of Bengal some 500 km from the coast.

Very similar in its looks to the American space shuttle, the RLV-TD is being experimented in a scale model, which is almost six times smaller than the final version.

K Sivan, director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, says, “These are just the first baby steps towards the big Hanuman leap.”

The final version will take at least 10-15 years to get ready since designing a human rated reusable rocket is no kid stuff.

DCW issues notice to app-based taxi services in Delhi

The DCW on Friday issued notice to five app-based taxi services including Ola and Uber seeking to know the number of taxis which operate under their banner in the national capital and number of drivers whose details have not been duly verified. The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), which has taken suo- motu cognisance of the threat to women’s safety posed by unregulated taxi aggregators in Delhi, has also sought to know the extent of compliance by these taxi operators of the prevalent rules and regulations imposed by the Delhi government. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DCW has also sought details of the drivers who possess the Public Service Vehicle Badge issued by the Transport Deptartment. “Of the drivers operating under the banner of your company, how many drivers have licenses from outside the state? Please provide state-wise details of the same,” the notice issued by DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said. “What is the protocol followed by you to connect to the police in case a distress call is received? Please provide us copies of all standard operating procedures followed by you for the same, data on response time and a brief summary of all cases in 2015 that have required police intervention,” it said.The recent case of molestation of a Belgian national by an Ola cab driver on May 7 and case of the rape of a 26-year-old women by a Uber cab driver, which has also resulted in conviction of the driver has highlighted the looming threat on women safety at the hands of unregulated taxi aggregators in the capital, Maliwal said. She said that as per the prevalent rules and regulations imposed by the Delhi government, the conditions that need to be satisfied by all taxi aggregators for taxis/cars operating under their banner include that the taxi shall be fitted with GPS and GPRS based tracking device, printer and a display panel showing the path traversed and total distance covered.

Pune: 15-year-old boy driving car mows down elderly woman to death, injures two children

A 15-year-old boy was detained by the Pune city police for allegedly killing an elderly woman and injuring her grand-daughter and neighbour at the Ekbote colony of Ghorpade Peth on Sunday.According to a report in Indian Express, the deceased Dupada Hanumant Autade (70) was sitting under a tree, where the car rammed her down. Her two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, Arohi, alias Durva Lakhan Autade and a three-year-old girl from the neighbourhood Alisha Dastagir Shaikh, were also injured badly. The two girls were rushed to the hospital, where they are being treated now. An FIR has been lodged by Dupada’s daughter-in-law, Shanta at the Khadak police station.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The minor, as per information from the police, is a student of class IX in a local school. He has been detained on charges of negligent driving. The minor’s uncle Sahdev Lakshman Dhavare has been booked too, as he allowed the minor to drive the car in the absence of a license. Dhavare was accompanying the minor on the passenger seat next to him. He had reportedly asked him to take the car in reverse when they lost control of the vehicle. They have been booked under section 279, 304 (2), 337, 338 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections of the Motor Vehicle Act.

Don’t issue licences to liquor vendors along National Highways: Centre to States

New Delhi: Alarmed at “deadly figures” due to drunken driving menace, the Centre has asked state governments not to give licences for liquor shops along the National Highways.

In India, around 1,18,840 road accidents have occurred in the last five years due drunken driving. “Chief Secretaries/Principal Secretaries/Secretaries (Transport) of all states/UTs have been requested to ensure that no licence is issued to liquor vendors along with the National Highways,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari informed Rajya Sabha today.

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Rajya Sabha. PTI

Though licencing of liquor shops is covered under Excise Policy of the state and enforcement of various provisions of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 is responsibility of states, on account of “deadly figures due to drunken driving menace” the Centre has taken various steps, the minister said.

Inceptors with breath analysers have been provided by his Ministry to states to check cases of violations of traffic rules including drunken driving, he added. Section 185 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 provides for punishment of imprisonment or fine or both for the offence of drunken driving.

West Bengal: 30 injured in road mishap in Malda

At least 30 people of a marriage party including the bride and groom were injured when the vehicle they were traveling in overturned near Maheshtala in Malda district, police said on Sunday.A mini-truck carrying 29 people turned turtle after a tyre of the vehicle burst. The driver of the vehicle was also injured. The marriage party was returning from Lakhsmi Narayanpur village in South Dinajpur district to Sitalpur village in Malda district last night, police said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bride and groom suffered fractures in their hands and legs in the accident. 15 injured have been admitted to Malda Medical College and Hospital and the rest to a local health centre, they said.

Isro rocket carrying India’s final navigation satellite lifts off from Sriharikota

Sriharikota: An Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket lifted off successfully on Thursday afternoon with the country’s seventh and final navigation satellite, IRNSS-1G, from the rocket port.

The PSLV-XL standing 44.4 metre tall and weighing 320 tonnes, tore into the afternoon skies at 12.50 pm breaking free of the earth’s gravitational pull.

Named the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), it consists of a constellation of seven satellites of which six – IRNSS-1A, IRNSS-1B, IRNSS-1C, IRNSS-1D, IRNSS-1E and IRNSS-1F- have already been put into orbit.

Representational image. Courtesy ISRO.Representational image. Courtesy ISRO.

Representational image. Courtesy ISRO.

The PSLV-C33, carrying IRNSS-1G, in its 35th flight, would be the XL variant that was used during launch of Mars Orbiter Mission, Chandrayaan-1, ASTROSAT besides the six IRNSS satellites.

The seventh satellite in the series – IRNSS-1G – weighing 1,425 kg is expected to soon join the other six.

With the operationalisation of six satellites, India has demonstrated the system’s targeted position accuracy which is much better than 20 metres over 24 hours of the day.

With the launch and operationalisation of IRNSS-1G, the seventh in the constellation, the completion of IRNSS constellation will be achieved, ISRO said.

Just over 20 minutes into the flight, the rocket would put IRNSS-1G into orbit at an altitude 497.8 km. The satellite’s life span is 12 years.

According to ISRO officials total cost of all the seven satellites was Rs 1,420 crore.

With inputs from agencies

Pollution-free: BJP MP cycles to Parliament, another rides a horse

New Delhi: BJP MP, Ram Prasad Sharma, arrived on horseback while another, Manoj Tiwari, rode a bicycle to parliament to mark their protest against the Delhi government’s odd-even traffic restrictions.

Sharma, who represents Tezpur constituency in Assam, rode a white horse, with a placard that read: “Pollution Free Vehicle”.

Delhi’s northeast MP Manoj Tiwari pedalled his way on a bicycle to parliament.

Former Delhi state BJP president Vijay Goel protested against the odd-even curbs by putting out posters and stickers on his SUV against the scheme.

On Monday, several BJP lawmakers, including actor-turned politician Paresh Rawal, violated the odd-even traffic curbs on four-wheelers by commuting in their even-numbered vehicles on the odd date.

Rawal later apologised to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Members of parliament are not exempted from the restrictions on four-wheeler use in the Delhi government’s odd-even scheme which came into effect for the second time on April 15. The city government has arranged for buses to ferry the MPs, but not many members are opting for these.

Delhi: Road-dust and fly-ash bigger summer pollutants, says study

As the odd-even scheme’s second phase faced a stern test on Monday, critics and skeptics of the scheme have once again pointed that the focus of the initiative has shifted from reducing pollution to decongestion of road traffic. This, critics have said, has led to sidelining of holistic measures needed to reduce other major sources of pollution such as road dust, industries and domestic sources.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though there have been several studies in the past on the major sources of pollution in the capital, the last comprehensive study on this issue, carried out by Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, has clearly shown that road dust and not vehicular pollution is the biggest source of air pollution. According to the IIT-Kanpur study that was carried out between 2012 and 2015, road dust is the top contributor to both PM10 (particulate matter) and PM2.5 emissions in Delhi.Particles with a diameter of 10mm or less are called PM10 and those with a diameter of less than 2.5mm are called PM2.5. These fine particles when ingested by our respiratory organs pose health hazards and respiratory disorders.Followed by road dust, vehicular pollution, domestic fuel burning and industries are the biggest sources of PM2.5 pollution. The report though, also says that the two most consistent sources for PM10 and PM2.5 pollution in both winter and summer seasons are secondary particles and vehicles. In fact, among vehicles, trucks contribute 46%, the maximum, to air pollution followed by two-wheelers that contribute 33% while four-wheelers contribute 10%.In summer, coal and fly ash contribute about 30 per cent of PM10 and unless sources contributing to fly ash are controlled, one cannot expect improvement in air quality, the report said. Delhi is home to two coal-fired power plants at Rajghat and Badarpur of which the Rajghat plant has been shut down while two of the five units at the Badarpur plant continue to operate. Delhi also has nearly 9,000 restaurants which use coal in tandoors and they are one of the biggest sources of fly ash emissions, the report had said.Biggest contributors to Delhi pollution (source: IIT-Kanpur study)Road dust: 38Domestic: 12%Industrial stack: 11%Concrete batching: 6%Biggest sources of PM10 and PM2.5 pollution in summer (Source: IIT-Kanpur study)Coal and Flyash: 37-26%Soil and road dust: 26-27%Secondary particles: 10-15%Biomass burning: 7-12%Municipal solid waste burning: 8-7%

Watch: Mail van catches fire suddenly in New Delhi, none hurt

A mail van heading towards Patel Chowk was completely damaged when it suddenly caught fire near the Reserve Bank of India building in New Delhi on Monday evening.According to fire officials, the incident took place around 5.40 pm in Sansad Marg and the driver of the van stepped out of the vehicle when he saw smoke emanating from the engine.Several fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the area was cordoned off by the police. The operation is underway, the fire official added.

West Bengal: Four bombs found in car meant to pick up poll personnel in Malda

Four bombs were found in a car on Saturday, which was supposed to pick up poll personnel, in Malda town just as a driver was about to start the vehicle.The driver noticed a polythene bag containing some objects lying under his car seat. The vehicle was parked in the compound of the Central School which is serving as the DCRC office for the Assembly polls, slated for Sunday.The driver was about to start the car for picking up the polling personnel who had assembled at the DCRC office. He raised a hue and cry following which people rushed to the spot.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A bomb squad arrived and took away the polythene bag. Confirming the incident, ADM, General, Debotosh Dutta, said he was rushing to the spot.Meanwhile, the assembled drivers of the vehicles have refused to drive demanding adequate security, leading to the suspension of movement of polling personnel.

Hyderabad: Porsche of Union Minister YS Chowdary’s son seized in rash driving case

Traffic Police in Hyderabad has seized the Porsche of the son of Union Minister of State for Science and Technology YS Chowdary in a case of rash driving.”Yesterday, we had information that some people were indulging in rash driving. We came to know that these people are indulging in rash driving mainly on weekends,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), LS Chowhan told ANI.”So, we placed two teams and during the course, we have caught hold of 14 people. We have booked cases under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act. They will be released after paying fines. Yesterday, Union Minister YS Chowdary’s son Kartik was also booked under the same act. His vehicle was seized,” he added.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A little over a week ago, Chowdary was served with a non-bailable warrant by a court in Hyderabad for non-payment of a loan.

Uttar Pradesh: Five killed in road accident; 1 injured

Five persons were killed on Saturday when a speeding car rammed into a tree near Jhandapur Mazar, police said.The incident occurred at about 7 AM. The driver of the car, which was on its way from Chandpur to Bijnor, lost control of the vehicle which crashed into a tree and turned turtle, they said.Four persons, including the driver, were admitted to the hospital, where they were declared brought dead. Another person who was seriously injured succumbed to his injuries later, police said. The deceased were between 20 to 25 years of age, they added.

Two people killed, seven injured in bus accident on Mumbai-Pune Expressway

Pune: Two passengers were killed and at least seven others injured when a speeding private bus hit a road divider on Mumbai-Pune Expressway on Thursday morning.

The mishap occurred near Odoshi village. The bus was heading for Mumbai from Karnataka.

The bus was carrying about 30 passengers, some of whom were thrown out of the vehicle due to impact of the accident, police said.

The condition of three of the injured was stated to be serious, they said.

The injured passengers have been admitted to a nearby hospital.

PTI

Yamuna Expressway accident: Probe team visits victim’s family, son blames Smriti Irani for death

A fact finding team of Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Samajwadi Party visited the residence of the doctor who was killed in the accident on Yamuna Expressway last week even as his family accused Union Minister Smriti Irani for “inhuman conduct” and ignoring the victims on the night of the mishap.On March 5, Irani escaped with minor injuries when her vehicle and her escort vehicle had rammed into another vehicle that had allegedly hit a motor cycle killing one Dr Ramesh Nagar and injuring his daughter Sandali and nephew Pankaj. The team, led by Samajwadi Party Lok Mani Jadon, yesterday met Nagar’s family in Etmadpur district of Agra.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, the minister’s office had clarified in a statement that the vehicle mentioned in the media reports of having hit the motorcycle had nothing to do with Irani’s cavalcade and that she had directed SSP, Mathura, to arrange ambulance immediately so that injured could be given medical treatment at the earliest. SSP Mathura Rakesh Singh had also stated that the minister’s car had nothing to do with the accident involving the motorcycle.According to Jadon, the family members alleged that Dr Nagar could have been saved had the HRD minister taken all the injured to hospital in Noida or Mathura. Abhishek Nagar, who had filed an FIR with the police alleging that Irani ignored the victims and moved away, said that police should have verified the vehicle from the injured before coming to any conclusion.”Only the eye-witness can identify the offending vehicle since, after the mishap, four or five vehicles of the minister’s fleet had collided,” Abhishek, Dr Nagar’s eldest son, claimed. “The minister virtually buried humanity and left without ensuring medical aid to injured,” he charged.”The minister should visit the bereaved family, express sorrow for her conduct and provide maximum help to family, failing which we will burn her effigy and demonstrate against her conduct,” he said.”My father was the only bread-earner and now our family is facing financial problems,” he said.”We shall apprise Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on the incident and request him to provide maximum help to our family,” he added.

MLA Engineer Rashid ‘attacked’ in Jammu & Kashmir by people ‘carrying BJP and Bajrang Dal flags’

Jammu and Kashmir Independent MLA Engineer Rashid on Saturday claimed he was attacked in Reasi district by a group of people carrying RSS and Bajrang Dal flags.”I was on my way to Rajouri when a group of 20-25 people who were carrying RSS and Bajrang Dal flags stopped my vehicle near Bamla under the jurisdiction of Reasi district,” the Independent MLA from Langate constituency of Kashmir told PTI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He alleged that the protesters first raised slogans against him and then attacked his vehicle with rods, sticks and stones.”Even I was hit by a stone, the police escort which accompanied me from Jammu saved my life otherwise they would have killed me as they tried to drag me out of my vehicle”, he said.Accusing the Station House Officer (SHO) of Sunderbani of helping the attackers, Rashid said, “strict action should be taken against him”. He also said that his attackers raised slogans against him.Rashid said that the security personnel accompanying him somehow manage to help him flee from the spot but when he was on his way to Jammu, his vehicle was once again attacked by some people.”It is my personal vehicle as I don’t travel in government given vehicle. They have damaged my car completely”, he said.When asked whether he would lodge a police complaint against the attackers, Rashid said that the police must take congnisance and take action against the accused on its own.”If anything of this sort happens in Kashmir, police is swift to slap PSA against Kashmiris then why the treatment is different with the goons in Jammu”, he said.When contacted, a senior police official said that they are investigation the matter and anything in this regard can be said only after verifying all the facts.

Snapdeal employee Dipti Sarna’s kidnapping inspired by Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Darr’: Ghaziabad SSP

Noida: The prime accused in the Snapdeal employee kidnapping case is a history-sheeter with as many as 30 cases registered against him. The police have described him as a Bollywood-inspired “psychopath” who was tracking Dipti Sarna for around a year and wanted to win her heart. He escaped from police custody in Sonepat during a court hearing in June 2014.

“The accused was highly inspired by Bollywood movie Darr, in which Shahrukh Khan’s character gets obsessed with a woman, he read Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ during the time he spent in jail and was inspired by the relationship between Hitler and Eva Braun, and he also took inspiration from the life and struggle of Genghis Khan,” Ghaziabad SSP Dharmendra Singh told reporters as he announced the arrest of five people in the case.

Here’s how this “psychopath” along with four other accomplices went about his sinister plan to win over the Snapdeal employee.

— The accused saw Dipti with a male friend at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station and fell in love with her.
— He started tracking Sarna’s movements and soon bought two auto-rickshaws to execute his plans of kidnapping her.
— He tried to kidnap her several times but failed as Dipti, who used to deboard metro at Ghaziabad’s Vaishali station, always preferred taking shared autos in which a few women were already seated.
— On February 10, the accused along with his associates, managed to puncture the auto-rickshaw in which Dipti and several others were travelling and intercepted the vehicle with his own auto.
— Three of the co-accused were present in this auto. The accused convinced the driver of the punctured vehicle to shift the passengers, of which three were women (including Sarna), to his vehicle.
— There were two vacant seats in the autorickshaw, and it was Dipti and another woman who decided to board it as they were in a rush to reach their destinations.
— During the journey, the accused men present in the auto, pulled out a knife and threatened the other woman asking her to step out of the vehicle.
— Once she obliged, they blindfolded Dipti, pointed a gun at her and headed towards an undisclosed location.
— On their way, the autorickshaw in which Dipti was being taken to, broke down.
— Meanwhile, the prime accused was following her in a car.
— At the point where the auto-rickshaw broke down, the accused men dumped her mobile phone (which the police have failed to recover) and backpack behind an under-construction bungalow.
— From the spot of the auto-breakdown, the prime accused made Dipti sit in his car and headed towards his native village.
— On the way, his vehicle ran out of gas for which he borrowed his cousin’s car and continued the journey towards a village in UP’s Baghpat.
— There they held the girl captive for a night, during which the prime accused did his best to convince her that he did not want to hurt her and it were his co-accused who had actually abducted her.
— He played the ‘hero’ and, meanwhile, kept telling her that it was her male friend (with whom he often used to see Sarna) who had ulterior motives and wanted to kill Sarna’s relatives.
— The next morning, the prime accused took Dipti to a railway station and made her sit on a train heading towards Delhi.

PTI

Odd-even misdirected: PIL in Delhi High Court

On a day the second phase of the odd-even scheme was announced, a PIL was moved in the High Court alleging that the government has “maliciously misdirected themselves” to cut the number of vehicles on road instead of enforcing pollution control rules.The petition by NGO ‘Campaign for People Participation in Development Planning’ alleges that the rise in vehicle- generated air pollution in Delhi was due to “non-enforcement and non-implementation” of the 1988 Motor Vehicle Act, which prescribes punishment for driving a polluting vehicle.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The petition filed through advocate Anil Aggarwal has claimed that pollution tests carried out at the checking centres were a “sham” and pollution under control (PUC) certificates were being “casually issued” with the knowledge of the government and its agencies.”Instead of checking vehicles and stopping the offending vehicle from being driven on road, the respondents, who are guilty of dereliction of duty on their part to enforce and implement section 190, maliciously misdirected themselves to cut the number of vehicle on road by prohibiting even and odd numbered vehicles from being driven on alternate days, in manner and terms contrary to the very object and purpose of the Act,” said the petition, which named the Centre and Lt Governor as respondents. It claimed that such action also “impinges on fundamental rights of the people”.The AAP government on Thursday announced the second phase of the odd-even scheme of vehicle rationing from April 15 to 30. The NGO said “continued failure of the respondents in enforcing section 190 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, vehicle generated air pollution level has gravely risen in past years, endangering health and life of the people of the capital.” the society has claimed in its plea.It sought directions to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and LG to “immediately and strictly enforce and implement section 190 of the Act” for preventing polluting vehicles from being driven on the roads.The society also sought carrying out of surprise inspections of pollution control centres to ensure PUC certificates were being issued after carrying out all prescribed tests. It has also sought an immediate survey of number of house-hold factories and industrial units “illegally operating in unauthorized colonies” and their removal, saying they too contribute towards air pollution.

IPS officer’s beacon-fitted SUV stolen; alert sounded by Delhi Police

An alert has been sounded after a blue-beacon flashing SUV of a senior IPS officer was stolen in the wee hours of Wednesday from Noida prompting police to launch a massive manhunt in the wake of the security alert for Republic Day.”All DCPs have been asked to direct their personnel and local police to inform immediately if they spot the said vehicle. Several checking teams have been deployed and traffic officials have been briefed about the SUV,” Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said. Officials said all police units in the national capital region have been alerted in this regard.They said the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) bearing registration number CH-01 GA 2915 of ITBP Inspector General (IG) Anand Swarup was stolen from his Sector-23 residence in the intervening hours of January 19-20. They said the vehicle is suspected to have been stolen around 3:30 AM.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They said the guard on duty in the complex alerted the Swarup family about the missing vehicle after which an FIR was lodged by the officer in Sector 24 police station in Noida. The vehicle was parked late on Tuesday night after it came back from Delhi, they said.Swarup, a 1992-batch Indian Police Service officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is posted as IG (Provisioning) at the headquarters of the border guarding force in Delhi. ITBP has instituted a court of inquiry into the incident, they said, adding the IG was posted in Delhi few months back on transfer from Mussoorie.Officials said the SUV was purchased some months back and has a blue beacon, a two-star police IG plate and an ITBP flag in the front.The police are making all efforts to trace the vehicle in the wake of the recent Pathankot attack where terrorists had overpowered an Punjab police SP riding a similar vehicle to reach the IAF base before launching the deadly strike. There have been instances in the past when vehicles with beacon, including during the Parliament attack, were used to launch terror attacks by hoodwinking security officials.The National Capital Region is already on high alert in view of the Republic Day celebrations.

Odd-even scheme: Delhi govt collects over Rs 2 crore from fine

The Delhi Government has collected over Rs 2 crore from the over 10,000 challans issued by traffic police, transport department and Sub Divisional Magistrates to violators of odd-even scheme which ended on Friday.According to official data, as many as 10,021 people were challaned for violating car-rationing scheme, which came into force from January 1. The Sub Divisional Magistrates (SDM) challaned as many as 5,582 motorists, while around 2,870 people were fined by the Delhi Traffic police for violating the scheme, a senior official said<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal praised the traffic police for their assistance in enforcing the odd-even scheme. The Government had stipulated Rs 2,000 penalty under relevant sections of Motor Vehicle Act for each violation of the restrictions rolled out on January 1 and remained in force between 8 AM to 8 PM during weekdays.The AAP government has already announced that it will provide subsidy on purchase of cycles, from the money collected as challans during the implementation of period of odd-even scheme.According to the government’s plan, after the car-rationing pilot scheme is wrapped up, the government will constitute a committee to work out further modalities of the idea.