December 2019

first_imgPanaji: The four-day annual pre-Lent festival began with festive fervour Goa on Saturday.King Momo and his entourage entered the capital and kicked off the party, decreeing that everyone attending the festival must enjoy their time over next four days.Goa Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma flagged off the Panaji carnival floats parade on Saturday, with Mumbai-based music director, Joe D’Costa and Goa’s renowed Fado singer, Sonia Shirsat, playing the carnival theme song ‘Kai Boro Dis’. The attendees chanted “Viva Carnival” at King Momo’s float, at the streets of Panaji.However, the carnival parade was comparatively subdued this year, and the festival was bereft of its political patronage due to the State Assembly elections. The crowd of revellers, too, lacked enthusiasm. The floats highlighted various social, environment, and wildlife issues. Banks too highlighted the importance of cashless transactions in sponsored floats.last_img read more

first_imgBharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Michael Lobo was on Friday elected as Deputy Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly.The two-time MLA from Calangute defeated Congress nominee Izidore Fernandes by 21-15 during the third and final day of the Budget session here.While the lone Nationalist Congress MLA, Churchill Alemao, did not participate in the voting, Congress’ MLA Fransisco Silveira reached late to the House.last_img

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the country’s longest road tunnel that links Kashmir Valley with Jammu by an all-weather route and reduces the distance by 30 km.The 9-km long ‘Chenani-Nashri Tunnel,’ built at the cost of ₹2,500 crore, was dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister in Chenani in the presence of Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.”Kashmiri youths have two options: tourism and terrorism. For 40 years terrorism gave you nothing but bloodshed, deaths and destruction. Had you chosen tourism, the benefits today would have been phenomenal,” said Mr. Modi after the inauguration.”Want to tell the Kashmiri youth what actually is the power of stones. On one side, youth in Kashmir throwing stone. On other side, people giving their blood and sweat, cutting rocks for Kashmir’s development,” he added.After the inauguration, Mr. Modi, along with Mr. Vohra and Ms. Mehbooba, travelled in an open jeep through the tunnel for some distance.The Prime Minister, the Governor and the Chief Minister then posed for a photograph with the engineers who were involved in construction of the tunnel. A screen grab of the newly inaugurated Chenani-Nashri tunnel, in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. Courtesy: Narendra Modi – YouTube  “Tunnel to bring Kashmir closer to the country”J&K Chief Minister Minister Mehbooba Mufti welcomed Mr. Modi and said the tunnel would bring Kashmir closer to the country. “The tunnel will not just reduce the physical distance but bring Kashmir closer to the country. The inauguration of tunnels will also help (sic) to join the hearts of the people,” she said.She thanked Mr. Modi for his support during the unrest in the State in 2016. “The situation has improved now but lot needs to be done. We have won all wars but our real strength is democracy. We have to help to bring the people out of trouble through agenda of alliance,” she added.”The J&K tour operators have a message for you: Kashmir is a safe place for tourists,” she further said.Tunnel to reduce travel timeThe tunnel, bypassing snow-bound upper reaches, will reduce the journey time by two hours and provide a safe, all-weather route to commuters travelling from Jammu and Udhampur to Ramban, Banihal and Srinagar.The estimated value of daily fuel savings will be to the tune of ₹27 lakh, according to the PMO.The tunnel is equipped with world-class security systems, and is expected to boost tourism and economic activities in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.The Chenani-Nashri Tunnel is a single-tube bi-directional tunnel with a 9.35-metre carriageway and a vertical clearance of 5 metres.There is also a parallel escape tunnel, with ‘Cross Passages’ connecting to the main tunnel at intervals of 300 metres.It also has smart features such as an integrated traffic control system; surveillance, ventilation and broadcast systems; fire fighting system; and SOS call-boxes at every 150 metres.last_img read more

first_imgTwenty people, including the four main accused, have been arrested by the J&K police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the fatal mob assault on DSP Ayub Pandith on June 22.“Twenty assailants have been arrested so far. One of the accused, Sajad Ahmmad Gilkar, alias Saja Bilu, was killed in an encounter on July 12 at Redbugh, Budgam,” said Inspector- General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan in Srinagar.The killing of Pandith, who belonged to the security wing, by a mob on the premises of historic Jamia Masjid on Shab-e-Qadr during Ramzan, shook the Valley and evoked widespread condemnation. Eyewitnesses helpThe police claimed there was “a very good response from the general public as eyewitnesses voluntarily came forward to render assistance in the investigation”.Mr. Khan said four of the main accused were identified and arrested first. “It led to subsequent arrests. It has surfaced that a group of assailants saw the officer checking the security personnel deployed for the access control duties of the Jamia Masjid and as soon as the officer came out of the premises of the mosque, the assailants heckled him,” he said.The police have also recovered crucial evidence, including an iron rod used to assault the officer, a service pistol in a damaged condition and the deceased officer’s cellphone. “The officer — in self-defence — had fired some shots below the waistline, causing injury to three assailants. However, the mob continued to beat him, which ended in his lynching,” said Mr. Khan.More arrests soon“Some more arrests are expected, which will lead to the completion of the investigation,” Mr. Khan said. The IGP however, ruled out any delinquency on the part of the police on the day of incident.Meanwhile, Independent MLA Engineer Rashid on Monday held a protest in Srinagar over the alleged thrashing of policemen by Army jawans on Saturdaylast_img read more

first_imgPune: Providing yet another lifeline to fraud-accused builder Deepak S. Kulkarni, the Supreme Court on Friday granted the developer an extension of four weeks to repay investors. However, while disposing off the special leave petition (SLP), the Bench comprising Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Uday Umesh Lalit made it clear that no further extension would be granted after January 19, 2018. “We respect the Supreme Court’s directive. All money will be returned to investors within the stipulated time frame [January 19, 2018] as directed by the court. No one will be cheated of their rightful money. The apex court, through its order, has expressed confidence in us. We hope that our business will soon be back on track,” said Mr. Kulkarni, through a statement.The developer and his wife, Hemanti, accused of duping thousands of investors across Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur, had filed an online SLP in Supreme Court on December 20 seeking further extension of interim relief in a bid to stave off arrest.On December 19, the Bombay High Court, after providing an extended breather to him for a fortnight, had cancelled Mr. Kulkarni’s adinterim relief, following which the Pune police claimed the builder was ‘absconding’.The HC rejected any extension of Mr. Kulkarni’s relief after the DSK Group failed deposit ₹50 crore in the court registry within the stipulated fortnight.A total five of FIRs across Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur have been lodged against the developer and his family since October 28, with more than 3,000 investors filing cheating complaints against Mr. Kulkarni.More than 8,000 persons, a majority of them senior citizens, are said to have invested in the DSK group’s fixed deposit (FD) scheme. The developer is said to owe an excess of ₹600 crore to investors. On November 8, a special court in Pune had quashed the interim bail application of Mr. Kulkarni and his wife.The Kulkarnis, facing prospect of arrest, had then moved the Bombay High Court against the Pune court’s order and were granted interim relief, which was extended periodically for nearly a month on promise of repayment to investors.last_img read more

first_imgQuestioning the credibility of electronic voting machines, BSP chief Mayawati on Monday asked why the BJP was afraid of holding elections through paper ballots. She said the chief election commissioner must think about it in wake of doubts being raised from several quarters.“If BJP leaders consider themselves honest, why are they afraid of conducting future elections through ballot papers,” she told a press conference on her 62nd birthday, alleging that the BJP came to power in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand because of alleged faults in the functioning of the EVMs. The debate over the authenticity of EVMs has been on for nearly an year now. Other political parties, including the Congress, too, previously raised the possibility of tampering with EVMs. The Election Commission has rejected the charge. Following the Gujarat Assembly polls in December, the EC did a random vote count on EVMs and paper trail slips in 182 polling stations in the state for greater transparency. An official of the election machinery in the state had then said there was a “100 per cent match” in the vote count. Ms. Mayawati, whose birthday is being celebrated as ‘Jan Kalyankari Diwas’ by her party, also expressed the possibility that the Lok Sabha polls, due in 2019, may be held this year along with various state Assembly elections. She released the 13th edition of a book based on her life — A Travelogue of my Struggle-Ridden Life and BSP Movement-13.“The BSP was the first party in the country to raise the issue of EVM anomalies soon after the results of the UP Assembly elections were out, and approached the Supreme Court.Later, whatever improvements were made in the EVMs, it was due to the efforts made by the BSP,” she claimed. The BJP won the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls — held in February-March last year — after a gap of 15 years during which regional parties like the SP and the BSP had held sway. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ms. Mayawati said: .“Har-Har Modi, Ghar-Ghar Modi had a narrow escape of being thrown out from Gujarat this time. Had the voteshare of Dalits in Gujarat been 18 to 20 per cent, he would not had been able to escape.” The slogan she referred to was a campaign highlight of the BJP during the general elections in 2014. Levelling allegation at the Centre, she said: “The BJP government wants to change the Constitution and laws. A minister in their government is talking about changing the Constitution, but no action has been taken against him.” The BSP chief alleged that the Congress and the BJP have damaged every section of the society after Independence.“Today there is an atmosphere of communalism and casteism in every state. Capitalistic-minded political parties do not like our party. The BJP is trying to finish our party. Both, the Congress and the BJP are chor-chor mausere bhaai (hand in glove with each other). These parties do not want to see Ambedkar-inspired party (the BSP) to move ahead. First, it was the Congress and company, which tried to finish us, and now it is the BJP and company which is trying to do so,” she said. Ms. Mayawati said as she was not allowed to speak in the Rajya Sabha, she resigned.“In the same manner, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar was also harassed, and subsequently he resigned from the post of the Union Law Minister,” she said. The BSP chief said: “I want to know from the Congress why Babasaheb was not honoured with Bharat Ratna. Why the recommendations of Mandal Commission were not implemented. The BJP government is virtually deactivating the reservation system, thereby rendering people jobless.” She said people who had to face trouble due to demonetisation would be given help by her party.last_img read more

first_imgThe police have sought from the Aligarh Muslim University details of every student, including those from Kashmir, who left their studies midway. “We wanted to know the possible reasons for their leaving and what they are doing now. The AMU has also been asked about any criminal cases filed against their students,” said Aligarh Senior Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandey.Police handling the local-level probe into the activities of AMU geology research scholar Mannan Wani, from Kashmir, are keeping an eye on almost every Kashmiri student studying in AMU. Mannan was suspended after reports emerged that he had joined a terror group. The police are trying to find out who Mannan’s friends in AMU were. They are also trying to find the dates on which Mannan visited his home town. A four-member team from Tirahgaown police station of Kupwara district, headed by sub-inspector Mohammad Zahoor Wani, is in the city. Meanwhile the university has tightened vigil in and around the campus and has completely barred the unauthorised entry of outsiders. All the guards deputed at the hostel gates have been asked to be prompt in identifying the legal occupants of the hostel and to maintain a register of all the visitors. The wardens have been asked to increase the frequency of checking in the hostelslast_img read more

first_imgPanaji: The Goa police on Thursday began implementing the Supreme Court committee directions on tackling deaths due to traffic violations. The Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety had recently issued directions to suspend driving licences, of offending drivers, for at least three months for committing traffic violations such as over-speeding, jumping red light, carrying overload in goods carriage, carrying persons in goods carriage, drunken driving/riding and using mobile phone while driving/riding, among others.In order to ensure strict compliance of these directions, Goa Police apart from issuing/compounding challan for these traffic violation, will be confiscating the licence of the defaulter under due acknowledgement and then forward it to the concerned State Assistant Director of Transport recommending suspension of the same, said a senior Goa traffic police officer.last_img read more

first_imgTwo pilgrims died of cardiac arrest near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath while another was killed in a road accident in Pulwama district, taking the death toll in this year’s pilgrimage to 20. A private vehicle, carrying Amarnath pilgrims, collided with a school bus at Padgampora in the Awantipora area, resulting in death of one woman pilgrim, a police official said. He said she was identified as Savita, a resident of Jaipur. A pilgrim, identified as Mahinder Pal, fell unconscious last night at Kali Mata track and later died, the official said. G. Koteshwara, a 70-year-old pilgrim from Andhra Pradesh, died due to cardiac arrest at the holy cave yesterday, he said. With these, the death toll in this year’s pilgrimage — which began on June 28 — has gone up to 20.last_img read more

first_imgThe political slugfest over the bandh called by Bharatiya Janata Party in West Bengal continued for the second consecutive day on Thursday, with the Trinamool Congress leadership alleging that a shop owner at Keshiary, Paschim Medinipur was killed during the bandh.TMC leaders including Subrata Bakshi and Manash Ranjan Bhunia visited the area and met the family members of the deceased. “Shame on you BJP. Innocent people are getting killed. Surely the state government will stand by the family in this hour of grief,” a TMC statement said.The BJP, however, denied involvement in the violence. Its senior leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said the TMC was trying to defame his party by levelling such allegations.last_img read more

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that attacks on migrant north Indian workers in Gujarat is a sign of “a crumbling establishment and economy.”‘Terror of poverty’ “There is no bigger terror than poverty. The root of the violence in Gujarat lies in unemployment and closed factories. The system and the economy are both crumbling. Targeting migrant workers is absolutely wrong. I will stand completely against it,” Mr. Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.Earlier, the Congress said Chief Minister Vijay Rupani does not have the right to continue in his position if he cannot stop the violence against migrant workers.“The recent incidents in Gujarat, where more than 40,000 people from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan are being beaten up and forced to flee is part of a conspiracy that needs to be exposed,” said Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi.Following the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Gujarat’s Sabarkantha last week, allegedly committed by a migrant worker from Bihar, there has been a backlash against workers from Bihar and U.P. in the State.Asked to comment on reports that Thakore Sena — an organisation associated with Congress lawmaker Alpesh Thakore — was behind some of the mob attacks on migrant workers, Ms. Chaturvedi said,“When they cannot control a situation, they use the patented technique of blaming the Opposition.”“The BJP is using this to carry out a ghar wapsi of the workers from Bihar and U.P.,” she added.last_img read more

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Friday quashed a Delhi government circular giving preferential treatment to city residents over others at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in east Delhi as a pilot project.A Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V.K. Rao said it led to the creation of a “class within class” of identically placed citizens which was “impermissible”.No justification The Bench also rejected the State government’s defence that the decision was taken due to lack of facilities, saying that the State “cannot avoid or shirk away” from its constitutional obligations on account of financial constraints or lack of infrastructure and manpower.The court did not approve of the State government’s decision to classify patients as Delhi residents and non-residents based on their voter identity cards, saying such a classification “was based on no reasonable justification”.Soon after the verdict, State Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the government will challenge the decision in the apex court.The court decision came on a petition by NGO Social Jurist, filed through advocate Ashok Agarwal, challenging the October 1 circular issued by the State government regarding commencement of the pilot project.Quashing the circular, the court said it classifies identically situated persons differently for the purpose of granting them medical facility “without any rational basis” and therefore, it cannot be upheld.The Bench said the circular proposed to achieve the goal of decongestion and avoid situations like assault on doctors, but to do that the government was practising a classification which was prohibited under the law. The Bench noted that as per the circular, non-resident Delhi patients were given a light-blue coloured OPD card and facilities of free medicines, pharmacy and investigations were denied.last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district on Monday temporarily suspended operations to rescue 15 miners trapped since December 13 in a 370 feet illegal coal mine in Lumthari village.The exercise will resume once powerful pumps are made available to the authorities, said district Deputy Commissioner F.M. Dopth.NDRF Assistant Commandant S.K. Singh said the current water level in the mine shaft is about 70 feet. About 100 personnel of the NDRF are waiting for the water to recede to 30 feet for divers to do their job.last_img read more

first_imgA month after a trial court in Bhubaneswar absolved the two accused in the 2011-12 case of rape and murder of a 19-year-old from Pipili, the State crime branch police here on Thursday approached the Orissa High Court challenging their acquittal.Criminal appeal plea High Court sources confirmed filing of the criminal appeal plea but said the matter has not been listed for adjudication yet. The crime branch moved the High Court after consultations with the State Director of Public Prosecutions and the State Advocate General. However, a special public prosecutor appointed by the crime branch police will conduct the case on its behalf. Crime branch Additional DG Santosh K. Upadhyay had earlier indicated the government’s decision to challenge the acquittal verdict, stating that the case was investigated properly. “The prosecution had argued the case, touching every possible angle, clearly establishing the involvement of the accused persons in the case,” the ADG had said.One of the accused, who reportedly had a relationship with the victim, and his younger brother were arrested in connection with the case. The teenager was allegedly raped and an attempt was made to kill her by strangulation on November 28, 2011.Allegations that local BJD MLA and then Minister Pradeep Maharathy was sheltering the accused had led to massive public outcry. Following this, the State government handed over the case to the crime branch police and Mr. Maharathy was asked to put in his papers. The rape victim, who was rescued, had slipped in a coma while undergoing treatment at S.C.B. Medical College and Hospital here and died on June 21, 2012, after battling for life for nearly seven months.Soon after the lower court verdict, Mr. Maharathy, a Minister, made distasteful observations regarding the victim and her family. After a massive public backlash, he was forced to tender his resignation from the Cabinet for the second time.last_img read more

first_imgFollowing the nationwide launch of the ‘Mera Parivar-Bhajapa Parivar’ campaign last week, the Himachal Pradesh Congress has approached the Election Commission of India protesting against the hoisting of BJP flags on the houses of beneficiaries of Central government’s schemes, terming it ‘unconstitutional’.The Himachal unit of the Congress has highlighted the issue in a letter to the EC. Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP has launched the ‘Mera Parivar-Bhajapa Parivar’ campaign, through which it plans to reach out to five crore families of party workers by unfurling its flags across the country.Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Kuldeep Rathore told The Hindu that benefits to the people under various schemes were given by the government and not by a political party. Hence, it cannot be politicised by such a campaign.“…the motive behind such action is to derive benefit in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The action is unconstitutional, coercive and breach of privacy of the individual. The benefits are given by the government and not by any political party,” Mr. Rathore has written in the letter addressed to the EC.Urging the ECI to immediately ask the BJP to stop from hoisting party flags, Mr. Rathore wrote, “…these actions will send a wrong signal among the masses and create unrest in society. Hence, the Commission is requested to restrain the BJP from indulging in such action.”Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had on February 12 hoisted party flags on the houses of a few party workers at Chhota Shimla in Shimla, kicking off the ‘Mera Parivar-Bhajapa Parivar’ campaign in the State.last_img read more

first_imgThe Pakistan army on Wednesday targeted dozens of forward posts and villages with artillery guns along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri and Poonch districts, officials said. The intense shelling and firing from across the border continued throughout the night in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, while it started in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch in the early hours of Wednesday, they said. Officials said the Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, and the exchange of heavy fire caused panic among the border residents. However, there was no report of any casualty on the Indian side, they said. Pakistan had resorted to cross-border firing at Nowshera and Sunderbani in Rajouri and Krishna Ghati in Poonch on Tuesday as well. While the cross-border skirmishes lasted for over three hours in Nowshera sector which left a soldier injured, the firing in Krishna Ghati took place from 6 pm to 8:15 pm. Firing in Sunderbani sector started at 8:30 pm Tuesday and ended around 4:30 am on Wednesday, the officials said. Minutes later, they said the guns once again roared in Krishna Ghati sector and firing was underway between the two sides when last reports were received.There has been a spurt in ceasefire violations by Pakistan after India’s preemptive air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Balakot on February 26 following the February 14 suicide bombing in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Four civilians, including three members of a family, were killed and several others injured in over 60 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch last week.last_img read more

first_imgFirst indications of an alliance being stitched by the smaller political parties for the upcoming Lok Sabha election have emerged in Rajasthan with the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party, formed ahead of the 2018 State Assembly polls, announcing its plan to contest all the 25 seats in association with other parties opposed to the Congress and BJP.The RLP, headed by Khinvsar MLA and BJP rebel Hanuman Beniwal, had won three seats in the State Assembly election. The party had fielded its candidates in 57 constituencies and contested the polls without any alliance.Mr. Beniwal said here on Tuesday that the RLP had not only won three seats, but also obtained a considerable vote share and made an impact on the results in about two dozen Assembly constituencies. The party won Khinvsar and Merta seats in Nagaur district and Bhopalgarh seat in Jodhpur district.The RLP president said the party was trying to enter into an alliance with other parties and discussing the framework of accord with Bahujan Samaj Party, Bharatiya Tribal Party, Communist Party of India and some other smaller political outfits. He said a decision on his own candidature in the Lok Sabha election would be taken after consultations with the party workers and Assembly poll candidates.‘No relief yet’Mr. Beniwal said the Congress, which was elected to power in Rajasthan following its promises made to farmers and youth, had yet to extend relief to vulnerable sections of society. “The loan waiver has not benefited all the eligible farmers, while moong (lentil) procurement is yet to start and the contractual workers in government offices are still waiting for regularisation,” he said.The RLP chief said several promises made in the Congress’ manifesto could have been fulfilled before the election’s model code of conduct came into force. “Evicting the BJP from power has not served the purpose. The ruling Congress is yet to take meaningful action for people’s welfare.”Though the Congress had declared earlier this month that it would have no truck with allies in the Lok Sabha polls, its stance has been perceived as a strategy to put pressure on the smaller parties to accept an alliance on its terms and agree to a limited number of seats.last_img read more

first_imgExtending a helping hand to cyclone-hit Odisha, the Tamil Nadu government has announced financial assistance of ₹10 crore as an immediate relief contribution.“On behalf of the State government and the people of Tamil Nadu, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the family members of all those who lost their lives in the cyclone,” Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said in a statement.Severe cyclonic storm Fani has caused unprecedented and extensive damage in certain districts of Odisha, especially in Puri, he noted and observed that this cyclone and heavy rains has also caused untold suffering to the people of the State of Odisha.As Odisha was faced with the arduous task of taking immediate rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures in cyclone-ravaged areas and facilitating reconstruction efforts, the Chief Minister said he was giving ₹10 crore from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund to the Odisha government. U.P. gives ₹10cr. The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday announced ₹10 crore as relief from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for those affected due to Cyclone Fani in Odisha, according to a government spokesperson.last_img read more

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first_imgThe recent boom in the Indian real estate industry has prompted NRIs (Non Resident Indians) to sell their properties in India to take advantage of the hike in land prices. Related Itemslast_img