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Vibrant Gujarat Summit to have conclave of Indian, foreign biz bodies

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 3:31am

Chamber of commerce of nearly 20 states and about 26 from abroad will participate in conclaves during the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January 2019. The move is expected to result in the formation of a consortium of business bodies from across the country, to effectively represent their cases with state and central governments.

Chamber of Commerce from states will participate in a National Conclave while those from abroad will participate in a Global Conclave, being held as a part of MSME Conclave, said Jaimin Vasa, president of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), which is given the task of organizing MSME Conclave by the state government.

"The conclave will try to address three major challenges faced by the MSMEs across the country. These are upgrading the technology as well as bottlenecks in marketing and in getting finance," Vasa told media persons in the city.

The National Conclave may also result in the formation of a national consortium of all the apex chamber of commerce in respective states. "It will enable the exchange of ideas among businessmen of different states and even sharing of business opportunities," said Vasa.

The MSME Conclave will showcase capabilities of different sectors of Gujarat and enable businessmen to get orders from within the country and even export orders. It will have Buyer-Seller Meets, B2B meeting, opportunities for vendor development for MSMEs as well as interaction with academia of the premier institutes for higher education in and around Ahmedabad.

GCCI has entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with close to 40 business bodies abroad. It has invited all of them for the Global Conclave.

"We have received confirmation from 26 organizations and hope that all the 40-odd bodies will participate in the conclave," said Vasa.

GCCI will also have at least one of its representative in all the delegation by the state government that will conduct roadshows in different states as well as in different countries as a part of Vibrant Gujarat Summit.

A Vibrant Gujarat Shopping Festival is also being planned to showcase the expertise of players in textile as well as gems and jewelry sector.

  • Chamber of Comm-erce from states will participate in national conclave while those from abroad will participate in a global conclave, being held as a part of MSME Conclave, said Jaimin Vasa, president of GCCI.
  • Conclave will try to address three major challenges faced by the MSMEs across the country. 
Article Type: ReportSections: BusinessIndiaAhmedabadAuthors: dna CorrespondentAgencies: DNATags: Vibrant Gujarat SummitNational ConclaveMSME ConclaveJaimin VasaGujarat Chamber of Commerce and IndustryGCCIMSMEmemorandum of understandingFri, 31 Aug 2018-06:00amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 6:00amArticle Images:  Picture for representational purpose Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 3From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje restores Auwa idol, Rajput pride

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 3:25am

In second phase of Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra, chief minister Vasundhara Raje is  traversing across erstwhile Marwar in the Jodhpur division. On Thursday, Raje inaugurated a panorama at Auwa village, depicting a forgotten chapter in the history of the state. Auwa, is the only village in Rajasthan that challenged the British rule and put up a valiant fight during the revolt of 1857.

Catering to local sentiment, a replica of the ancient statue of Sugali Mata, the goddess with 54 arms, the protector or Auwa fort was also installed. The original statue was damaged by the British and presently is lying in the Pali Museum. Further a statue of Thakur Kushal Singh, who had led the revolt, was also unveiled.

Tales of bravery of Auwa soldiers and their contribution to the freedom struggle are part of folklore and folk songs of the Marwar region.

Inauguration of the panorama, built at a cost of  5 crore gives a political message too. It can be seen as an effort to woo the Rajput community that is currently upset with the BJP government. Rajputs make up around 10 per cent of the population of Rajasthan and are a decisive vote bank in over 50 of 200 assembly seats. Speaking on the occasion Raje said, “There are many communities that have added to the valour and pride of Rajasthan. Sugali Mata is highly revered. It is great that her statue has been installed.”

BJP terms recognition of Auwa as a ‘correction of mistakes’. “There has been gross disregard of national heroes and it needs to be set right. Their contribution cannot be ignored by terming them feudal or royal,” said Onkar Singh Lakhawat, chairman Heritage Development Board, Rajasthan.    

The message seems to have gone down well locally. “Disregard of 160 years has been set right by BJP. It is a relief to see it happen in my lifetime,” said Pushpendra Singh, a descendant of Kushal Singh. 

BJP  is seeking political future by catering to the ancient valour, But the moot question is; will the deep resentments in Rajput community be sorted out. Will appeasement translate to votes. 

Article Type: ReportSections: JaipurIndiaAuthors: dna CorrespondentAgencies: DNACities: SumerpurTags: Rajasthan Gaurav YatraAuwaBharatiya Janata Party (BJP)Pushpendra SinghFreedom StruggleRajput CommunityOnkar Singh LakhawatHeritage Development BoardFri, 31 Aug 2018-06:10amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 6:10amArticle Images:  Statue of Thakur Kushal Singh was also unveiled in Sumerpur. Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 1From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Ahmedabad: Sex racket busted; three held five rescued

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 3:23am

Naranpura police, on Wedn-esday night, busted a sex racket which was being run inside a bungalow located in Naranpura area of the city. During the operation, five women were rescued and three accused including the pimp was arrested.

As per the police, they got a specific tip-off about a sex racket that was being run inside bungalow number 6 of Kishor Colony located in Naranpura. Acting on the information, two teams were made for the operation and a dummy customer was sent to the bungalow to trap the accused involved in the racket.

At around 11pm on Wednesday, police raided the bungalow and rescued five women who had been forced into the sex racket and nabbed three accused identified as Manoj Trivedi, Varsha Joshi and Kinjal Tardiya.

Further investigation revealed that Trivedi was the one who used to supply the girls while Joshi looked after them and managed the financial deals. Tardiya was a customer. Inspector JR Patel of Naranpura police station said, "We have found out that the pimp Trivedi was supplying the girls to the customer and we suspect that he also supplies girls to other people in the city. Further investigation will reveal more about the case. Currently, we have registered a case against the three and further investigation is on."

Article Type: ReportSections: AhmedabadIndiaAuthors: dna CorrespondentAgencies: DNATags: sex racketNaranpuraAHMEDABADNaranpura PoliceKishor ColonyManoj TrivediVarsha JoshiKinjal TardiyaJR PatelFri, 31 Aug 2018-05:55amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 5:55amArticle Images:  Picture for representational purpose Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 6From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Gujarat High Court judge recuses self from PAAS’ plea hearing

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 3:23am

A Gujarat High Court judge on Thursday recused himself from hearing a petition filed by PAAS in which they have accused the city police of creating hurdles in the fast being carried out by Hardik Patel. 

Justice RP Dholaria said “not before me” when the matter came up for hearing. This is the second time that justice Dholaria has recused himself from a case involving the PAAS leader. Earlier, he had opted out of hearing a sedition case against Patel.

Babu Mangukiya, the lawyer for PAAS, had earlier sought urgent hearing in the matter with Justice Dholaria. He later went to the division bench headed by Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy after the recusal. The bench agreed to consider his request and said that the administrative side would look into it, and that it could not be disturbed in the middle of proceedings.  

It has been five days since the young Patel leader began his fast at his residence in Gandhinagar. In the petition filed by PAAS, the organisation has sought the court’s directions to the police that people who come to meet Patel be allowed to do so. The petition alleges that the cops are turning away most of the visitors who come to the venue.

Article Type: ReportSections: AhmedabadIndiaAuthors: dna CorrespondentAgencies: DNATags: Gujarat High CourtPAASGandhinagarHardik PatelRP DholariaBabu MangukiyaR Subhash ReddyFri, 31 Aug 2018-05:50amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 5:50amArticle Images:  Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 5From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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You all are mukhymantris: CM Vasundhara Raje tells women

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 3:20am

Women are the focus and fulcrum of chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s address during the Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra. Thursday saw the yatra travelling across Pali and Sirohi districts and the talking point at every public meet were women.   

Addressing the audience, Raje elaborates the many schemes that have been designed for women. She speaks to the women and elicits response. “When a boy is born there is celebration. But what is the reaction when a girl is born,” she asks addressing the women in the crows. Sadness and crying, comes the low pitched response from many in the crowds. “Today we have ensured that the daughter is a Lakshmi. Our Rajshree Yojna ensures that she walks into the world with money in her hand. It is 50 thousand for the girl child at various stages till she clears class 12. She is not a burden,” thunders Raje in a tone that finds immediate response among the women.  

“Tell your daughters to study well. We give cycles, scooties and even laptops to the deserving,” she adds. And when she attains adulthood we provide another lump sum amount that can be used either for study or for marriage. But I suggest you to educate her. That is more important,” she counsels, once again eliciting affirmative murmurs. 

Warming up to her absorbed audience Raje then tells them that “Just like I am a mukhymantri, we have made every woman a mukhiya. The Bhamashah card issued in the name of the woman serves to make her the head of the family and it has empowered women. Each one of you is a mukhymantri,” she tells the women in the pandal who are now cheering. It is now time for business and she hits the nail on the right spot. “Congress says, they will break and throw away the Bhamashah Cards when they come to power. This is because they do not like the power it gives you. They do not like the transparency the card has brought in providing public services. You must vote for the BJP,” she says.

Interaction with women is yet not complete. As Raje steps off the stage, she moves into the crowds among women. She pauses here, chats there, stops for a selfie and makes it abundantly clear that women votes are those that she does not plan to leave to chance. 

Article Type: ReportSections: JaipurIndiaAuthors: Sangeeta PranvendraAgencies: DNATags: Vasundhara RajeBharatiya Janata Party (BJP)CongressRajasthan Gaurav YatraRajshree YojanaBhamashahFri, 31 Aug 2018-06:05amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 6:05amArticle Images:  Women folk listen to CM Vasundhara Raje with rapt attention.DNADalbeer Singh Negi Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 2From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Hardik Patel gives up water, fast enters sixth day

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 3:14am

Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel, who is on a protest fast since Saturday, also gave up water on the sixth day of his fast on Thursday, even as doctors once again advised him to get hospitalised. The sixth day of the protest fast also saw a group of Patidar men getting their heads tonsured to press for reservation for Patidar community in higher education and government jobs and farm loan waiver.

Hardik, who has lost over 4 kilos since he started fasting on August 25, was taking water so far while abstaining from any kind of food. However, he announced in the evening that he had also given up water on the sixth day of his fast.

"Till farmers are not given loan waiver, and reservation is not provided, the protest fast and our fight will continue," Hardik wrote on Twitter. He also accused the state government of "suppressing the voice of people".

Doctors from Sola Civil Hospital, who examined Hardik today, once again advised him to get hospitalised, saying that continuing the hunger protest could affect his vital organs.

Six Patidar men got their heads tonsured to protest "against the state government and police's dictatorship", Hardik said. Earlier in the day, Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Delhi Colonel Devendra Sherawat visited Hardik and offered his support. Hardik's grandfather too was among the visitors.

Later, Congress leaders Deepak Babaria and Jagdish Thakor, and MLAs Gyasuddin Shaikh, Imran Khedawala and Baldevji Thakor, met Hardik and extended their support. "We agree with Hardik's demands, and are here to support him," Shaikh told reporters.

Babaria said that the manner in which police had been deployed to prevent people from reaching Hardik's residence was similar to a dictatorship. Hardik proceeded on fast at his residence after he was denied permission to do so at a public place in either Ahmedabad or Gandhinagar. However, support for the protest has been thin as police are not allowing many people to reach him.

Article Type: ReportSections: AhmedabadIndiaAuthors: dna CorrespondentAgencies: DNATags: Hardik PatelwaterHardik Patel's fastPatidar quota agitationPatidar communityReservationHigher EducationGovernment jobsSola Civil HospitalAam Aadmi PartyCongressGandhinagarJagdish ThakorDevendra SherawatDeepak BabariaGyasuddin ShaikhFri, 31 Aug 2018-05:45amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 5:45amArticle Images:  Hardik Patel during the indefinte fastDNAPravin Indrekar Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 12From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Rajasthan: SUV runs over 4 sleeping on pavement, 2 dead near Jaipur Dairy Plant

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 3:13am

A speeding SUV ran over four people sleeping on pavement near Jaipur Dairy Plant near Gandhi Nagar Railway Station, late on Thursday night, killing two persons. 

According to eyewitnesses, the driver of Scorpio SUV could not keep the vehicle under control and as a result, the vehicle rammed into the pavement and ran over four men, who were sleeping there, before coming to a halt. 
Eye witnesses and passersby rushed to help the injured and alerted the cops. Within minutes the police officials reached the spot and an ambulance was also called in which rushed the injured to hospital. 

Meanwhile, the driver of the SUV was surrounded by the people present at the site who prevented him from escaping. 

Soon he was arrested by the police. Till reports last came in, the police was still rushing the injured men to hospital. A case in the matter is expected to be registered once the injured are provided treatment and the deceased is identified.

Tragic End
  • A speeding SUV ran over four people sleeping on pavement near Jaipur Dairy Plant near Gandhi Nagar Railway Station, late on Thursday night, killing two persons. 
  • Till reports last came in, the police was still rushing the injured men to hospital. A case is expected to be filed once the deceased is identified.
Article Type: ReportSections: JaipurIndiaAuthors: dna CorrespondentAgencies: DNACities: JaipurTags: Jaipur Dairy PlantGandhi Nagar railway stationkillingScorpio SUVaccidentFri, 31 Aug 2018-06:00amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 6:00amArticle Images:  The injured lying on the pavement after being mowed down by a speeding SUV at Jaipur Dairy Plant in Jaipur on Thursday, (The driver)DNA Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 4From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Delhi: Three-way access to CCTV footages

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 3:10am

Delhi police, residents and the officials from Public Works Department will get an access to the footage of CCTV cameras which are soon to be installed in the national Capital.

The decision was taken by PWD Minister Satyender Jain in a meeting held two days ago while discussing the standard operating procedure (SOP) prepared by the department on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s ambitious project.

The CCTV footages will be stored for 15 days during which it can be accessed by any of the officials.

The Delhi Cabinet on August 10 had approved the project of installing 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras across the Capital at a cost of Rs 571.40 crore.

"The decision has been taken by the minister. An agreement will now be signed between the parties regarding the accessibility of the CCTV cameras. There will not be a continuous monitoring of footages and the recording will be stored for 15 days," said Manoj Parida, PWD's Principal Secretary, Delhi government.

The custodianship of the cameras has been a bone of contention between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. Recently, a committee formed by L-G had recommended that the Delhi Police will be the custodian of the CCTV cameras installed in public areas in the national capital. However, the government has refuted all such claims.

"The cameras will be installed in next three months," said Parida. The L-G house on Monday clarified that no file pertaining to the installation of cameras is pending with it.

The installation of CCTV cameras in Delhi was one of the key electoral planks of the AAP in 2015 to improve the security and safety of the citizens. The national Capital so far has at least 2.5 lakh CCTV cameras in public areas, the number which AAP plans to increase by 1.4 lakhs.

In May this year, Kejriwal along with his ministers and legislators held a dharna near L-G's office accusing him of stalling the AAP government's ambitious project to install 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras across the city at the "behest of the BJP".

  • The Delhi Cabinet on August 10 had approved the project of installing 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras across the Capital at a cost of Rs 571.40 crore.
  • The custodianship of the cameras has been a bone of contention between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
  • Recently, a committee formed by L-G had recommended that the Delhi Police will be the custodian of the CCTV cameras installed in public areas in the national capital. However, the government has refuted all such claims.
  • Delhi government said it will take three months to instal CCTV cameras. 
Article Type: ReportSections: MumbaiIndiaAuthors: Astha SaxenaAgencies: DNATags: CCTV footagesPWDDelhi PoliceRWAresidentsNational CapitalSatyender JainStandard Operating Procedure (SOP)Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)Delhi CabinetManoj ParidaDelhi GovernmentAnil BaijalAAP GovernmentArvind KejriwalFri, 31 Aug 2018-06:15amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 6:15amArticle Images:  Picture for representation Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 2From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Gujarat: Muslim 'brother' performs Hindu's last rites

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 3:06am

In a stellar example of interfaith brotherhood, the final rites of a Hindu man, whose father is an accused in the 2002 Naroda Gam massacre, were performed by a Muslim man, whose brother is a witness in the riots case.

Kishor Thakor, 23, died in a road accident last week, and at his condolence meet on Thursday, Yusuf Malek, 40, could be seen with a shaved head, in keeping with the Hindu ritual of tonsure.

Kishor's father Baldev, a resident of Naroda who is accused in the post-Godhra riots, said that when his son's body was brought home, he asked "Yusufbhai" to perform the final rites. "My son had an emotional and social bond with the Maleks. How could I take away the right to perform his last rites from them? For me, Yusuf is his elder brother," said Baldev.

On August 23, Kishor was returning from Dholka after meeting his cousin sister, when he met with an accident. Since he didn't return till late night, Yusuf called him up. But a cop answered Kishor's cellphone and told Yusuf that he had been hospitalised.

"Upon reaching the hospital, we came to know that Kishor had been killed in a road accident," said Sharif, Yusuf's younger brother, who is a witness in the riots case.

"We couldn't believe it. We brought his body back to Ahmedabad. Kishor was like a younger brother to us. Our family member is no more," Sharif said.

Yusuf said Kishor actually grew up in their home. "He lived with us," a distraught Yusuf said.

Kishor Thakor worked as a home guard and was a partner in an eatery business with the Maleks.

The Thakors said that when Kishor had got married, they had Yusuf perform all the rituals for him instead of Kishor's father.


Kishor Thakor’s father is an accused in the Naroda Gam massacre. Kishor’s last rites were performed by Yusuf Malek, whose brother is a witness in the riots case. 

Article Type: ReportSections: AhmedabadIndiaAuthors: Gargi RavalAgencies: DNACities: AhmedabadTags: Hindu2002 Naroda Gam massacreNaroda Gam riots caseKishor ThakorYusuf MalekHindu ritualFri, 31 Aug 2018-05:40amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 5:40amArticle Images:  Yusuf’s father with Kishor Thakor, 23, who was killed in a mishap Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 5From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Opposition leader Vijender Gupta lashes out at AAP for health scheme delay

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 3:00am

The leader of oppposition lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government over delaying the implementation of the Central government's mega health insurance scheme for the poor in the national Capital.

According to the party, with just three weeks for the rollout of the Central government's Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Arogaya Yojna on September 25, the AAP government has put obstacles in its implementation.

"It is going to derail the scheme in Delhi just because it is centrally sponsored. With the motive of taking full political credit for the centrally sponsored scheme, it wants the name of the scheme to be Mukhya Mantri Aam Aadami Swasthaya Beema Yojna – Ayushman Bharat," said Vijender Gupta, leader of the opposition.

DNA reported on Thursday that the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had rejected Delhi government's proposal to change the name of Centre's ambitious Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme to Aam Aadmi Mukhya Mantri Swasthya Bima Yojana- Ayushman Bharat. The name suggested by Delhi government gives emphasis to 'Aam Aadmi' and 'Mukhya Mantri' (Chief Minister). 

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government had suggested the name as one of its conditions to adopt the scheme.

"The last-minute hurdle by the AAP government has derailed the process for sending a unique quick response (QR) code which will be sent on September, 5 to each identified family to avail of an annual cashless Health Insurance cover under the scheme," added Gupta.

The health insurance scheme aims to provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually and benefit more than 10 crore poor families across India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, said his government will launch the ambitious the Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme on September 25.

Gupta further said that many states have already signed up for the scheme and the remaining states are likely to sign within a day or two. He urged Kejriwal not to interfere in the implementation of the mega health insurance scheme for the poor. "This is a totally selfish motive to change a name of the scheme. It is unfortunate that the Delhi government has backtracked at the last minute. It stands exposed. Other states are already on the way to implement the scheme," he said.

Article Type: ReportSections: DelhiIndiaAuthors: dna CorrespondentAgencies: DNATags: Opposition LeaderVijender GuptaAam Aadmi PartyAAP Governmenthealth schemeCentral GovernmentHealth Insurance SchemeNational CapitalAyushman BharatPradhan Mantri Arogya YojanaDelhi GovernmentArvind KejriwalNarendra Modihealthcare schemeFri, 31 Aug 2018-06:05amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 6:05amArticle Images:  Image for representation Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 3From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Asian Games 2018: Gujarat girl Saritaben Gayakwad gets nation a gold in relay

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 2:59am

Gujarat girl Saritaben Gayakwad, 22, was part of the women's relay team that won the nation a gold in the Asian Games on Thursday.

Gayakwad hails from a tribal family in Karadi Amba village in Dang district. Her father, a farmer, makes less than Rs 15,000 a month, other than the modest livelihood he earns from the crops.

Gayakwad has played in the Khel Mahakumbh event in Gujarat. Her current coach, Ajimon KS, first spotted her during the Women's State Athletic Championship in 2015 and asked her to train for hurdles too. The expert coach of the Sports Authority of Gujarat (SAG), who trained her at a sports academy in Nadiad, said Gayakwad is immensely talented. He said her discipline is what makes her unique. "She talked to me for half an hour yesterday [Wednesday[ before the race. She was very happy to represent India. I don't think she was under any pressure whatsoever," said Ajimon KS.

Article Type: ReportSections: AhmedabadIndiaAuthors: dna CorrespondentAgencies: DNACities: AhmedabadTags: GujaratSaritaben GayakwadrelayGold MedalAsian Games 2018Khel MahakumbhAjimon KSSports Authority of GujaratFri, 31 Aug 2018-05:35amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 5:35amArticle Images:  Saritaben Gayakwad, 22, hails from Dang districtPTI Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 18From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Garbage: Violators will have to pay more fine - Deccan Chronicle

BBMP - Garbage - 31 August 2018 - 2:58am

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Garbage: Violators will have to pay more fine
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Bengaluru: BBMP is contemplating to sharply hike the fines for residents who are not segregating their garbage at source. It plans to increase it from the existing Rs 100 to Rs 2,500 for households and Rs 500 to Rs 40,000 for bulk generators. However ...

China flood alert sparks fears in Assam & other Northeast states

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 2:20am

China has alerted India about the rising water levels in its transboundary Tsangpo river, called Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and Brahmaputra in Assam, leading to possibility of floods in downstream areas, according to official reports on Thursday.

The fresh threat of flood, which follows heavy rainfall over Tsangpo, has triggered panic in the Northeast states, with the East Siang district administration in Arunachal cautioning the public to stay away from the regions surrounding the river.

A notification issued by the administration quotes the report received from the Chinese foreign ministry to state that the river, on the other side of the border, has seen the highest runoff in half a century — with a discharge of 9,020 cubic metre per second (cumec) on Wednesday. Just about 15 days ago, the quantity of discharge into the Tsangpo/Brahmaputra was 8,070 cumec, as per the Central Water Commission.

Assam's Dibrugarh district administration also issued an order asking officers not to leave the district headquarters as "there may be unprecedented rise in the water level in Brahmaputra". According to the state disaster management authority, branches of the river were flowing above danger level.


Originating in China, Tsangpo is called Siang once it enters India through Upper Siang district, and then joins two other rivers, Lohit and Dibang, downstream to form the Brahmaputra. 

Article Type: ReportSections: IndiaAuthors: dna CorrespondentAgencies: DNACities: New DelhiTags: ChinaArunachal PradeshDibangChina floodAssamNortheast statesTsangpo RiverBrahmaputrarainfallFri, 31 Aug 2018-05:20amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 5:20amArticle Images:  Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 6From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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4 kin of policemen abducted in Kashmir Valley

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 2:19am

Militants unleashed a fresh wave of terror and abducted kin of four policemen in south Kashmir region — all under 12 hours. With this, five relatives of J&K policemen have been kidnapped in the last 24 hours.

Sources said a brother of policeman was abducted from Kangan in Pulwama, while a policeman’s son was abducted from Midoora village. “There are reports coming from Midoora. There is no confirmation from other places,” said SP Vaid, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir.

Article Type: ReportSections: IndiaAuthors: dna CorrespondentAgencies: DNACities: SrinagarTags: militantsTerrorabducteKashmirJammu And KashmirJammu and Kashmir policekidnappingSP VaidFri, 31 Aug 2018-05:55amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 5:55amArticle Images:  Representational purpose Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 6From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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PM Narendra Modi speaks on peace in Nepal

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 2:15am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called upon the seven-member country grouping Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) to work together to “achieve peace, prosperity and happiness”. He arrived in Kathmandu to attend fourth BIMSTEC Summit, which includes — Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal — the countries dependent on the Bay of Bengal. 

India over the years has been encouraging a sub-grouping of South Asian nations who are members of SAARC to isolate Pakistan, which has been hampering the economic progress of the region by blocking connectivity between Afghanistan and India.

Addressing the inaugural session, the PM emphasised on the need for connectivity. He said India was ready to host BIMSTEC nations to encourage coastal shipping and offered to host the BIMSTEC Start-up Conclave.

Article Type: ReportSections: IndiaAuthors: dna CorrespondentAgencies: DNACities: New DelhiTags: Narendra ModiPeaceNepalBengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic CooperationBimstecKathmanduBIMSTEC SummitSaarcCoastal ShippingFri, 31 Aug 2018-05:10amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 5:10amArticle Images:  PM Modi shakes hand with Lankan President Sirisena at BIMSTECPTI Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 6From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Two top Lashkar commanders downed in encounter at Hajin

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 2:10am

Security forces dealt a major blow to Lashkar-e-Toiba on Thursday when they killed two of its top Pakistani commanders, including the chief assassin — dreaded for slitting throats with meat cleavers — in the Hajin area of North Kashmir's Bandipora district.

Elsewhere, Jammu and Kashmir Police detained the father of Hizbul Mujahideen chief operations commander Riyaz Naikoo and relatives of other militants for questioning in South Kashmir district of Pulwama.

The police said that based on credible inputs about the presence of terrorists at Par Mohalla in Hajin, a joint operation was launched by police and security forces in the early hours of Thursday.

"During the searches, terrorists fired on the search party, which was retaliated. In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were eliminated. Huge quantity of arms and ammunition including rifles, magazines, pouches, etc along with other incriminating material was recovered from the site of the encounter," said a police spokesman.

Police said the slain terrorists were identified as Rizwan alias Jindaal and Ali alias Maaz — both Pakistani nationals of Lashkar-e-Toiba. Police said the duo was involved in several attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities in the area.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Bandipora, Sheikh Zulfikar Azad, told DNA that Maaz was the chief assassin behind slitting of the throats of local people. "He was involved in six incidents this year. Of these, he had slit throats in four incidents and in the other two, he had opened fire. It is a big success for the security forces," he said.

Sources added that the 24-year-old Maaz was appointed commander of Hajin in November 2017 after security forces eliminated six top Pakistani commanders including Obaid — the nephew of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and son of second-in-command of Jamat-ud-Dawa Abdul Rehman Maki.

"He was operating somewhere in North Kashmir before he was shifted to take charge of Hajin following the elimination of top militant brass last year. Since then, he has been slitting throats to instill fear among the people," said Azad.

In a separate incident, police has detained the father of Hizbul Mujahedeen chief operations commander Riyaz Naikoo for questioning. Police said Asadullah Naikoo of Beighpora in Pulwama district was being questioned "for up-grade of records."

Separatists, meanwhile, have condemned what they called the "harassment of the families".

Article Type: ReportSections: IndiaAuthors: Ishfaq-ul-HassanAgencies: DNACities: SrinagarTags: Lashkar-e-ToibaSecurity ForcesJammu and Kashmir policeHizbul MujahideenRiyaz NaikooterroristsPakistani nationalsSheikh Zulfikar AzadZaki-ur-Rehman LakhviJamat-ud-DawaAbdul Rehman MakiFri, 31 Aug 2018-05:50amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 5:50amArticle Images:  Army soldiers take positions near the site of encounter at Parra Mohalla, Hajin in Bandipora district of north Kashmir on Thursday PTI Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 4From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Nitin Gadkari assures GST relief for cruise sector

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 2:05am

Union Minister for Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that cruise tourism will soon get relief in terms of Goods & Services Tax (GST) for which there is a lot of ambiguity and is being charged at around 18 per cent in many cases.

Speaking at the Global Cruise Conclave, organised by India Cruise Lines Association, Gadkari said the shipping ministry has already sought GST cut, and the GST council is expected to take a decision in its next meeting. He said India has a lot of potential in the cruise tourism sector and is well poised to grow. "The government is ready to invest in this sector for it to prosper as it carries a lot of potentials. Today when we talk about cruise tourism we only consider our 7,000-km-long coastline, not our around 23,000-km-long riverfront. We have a cruise floating today in Varanasi, and it should be possible in all our rivers," Gadkari said.

Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra said for India and the investors in the cruise industry, it is a case of now or never. "We are into entertainment, but we plan to enter cruise entertainment and give a boost to industry and cruise tourism which also creates direct and indirect employment. Essel Group is committed towards cruise tourism and is starting cruise services from November. I know there are a lot of challenges but we will be able to make it," he said.

Article Type: ReportSections: BusinessIndiaAuthors: dna CorrespondentAgencies: DNACities: MumbaiTags: Nitin GadkariSubhash ChandraEssel GroupRajya SabhaVaranasiGSTcruise sectorcruise tourismGoods & Services TaxGlobal Cruise ConclaveIndia Cruise Lines AssociationShipping MinistryGST Councilcruise industryFri, 31 Aug 2018-05:05amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 5:05amArticle Images:  Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra shares a light moment with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari at a function in Mumbai on ThursdayDNAAadesh Choudhari Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 9From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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'Urban Naxals' take cue from separatists: Letter

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 1:58am

In yet another revelation, contents of one of the letters claimed to be seized by Pune police from those arrested for alleged Maoist links mention the Reds were taking a cue from the separatists in Jammu and Kashmir and even giving monetary packages just like the way separatists are giving it to stone-pelters to attack forces in the Valley.

The sender of the letter is 'comrade Sudha', who, according to police, is trade union activist Sudha Bharadwaj, currently under house arrest in Faridabad. The letter written in Hindi is addressed to 'comrade Prakash', which also has mentions of several persons including Gautam Navlakha, also under house arrest in Delhi.

Referring to the conviction of Delhi University professor GN Saibaba for Maoist links, Sudha in this letter has stated that due to Saibaba's conviction, the morale of the 'Urban Cadre' has hit a low.

The letter mentions, "In order to reduce the impact (of Saibaba's conviction), it is a suggestion that we should give packages to our 'Urban Cadre' and comrades working in interiors, the way separatists in Jammu and Kashmir give terrorists, their families as well as the stone-pelters."

"If the package is given to them, they will be fully devoted to our organisation and it will also make them psychologically strong in facing any legal or other battles," the letter mentions.

The fourth point in the letter mentions the name of Gautam Navlakha and one comrade Ankit for being in touch with the separatists in the valley, police said.

"Ankit and Navlakha are in touch with the separatists in Jammu and Kashmir. We need to upload the videos as well as reach out to media organisations regarding the violations of human rights in Kashmir valley by the forces. We also need to provide legal aid for the case on the use of pellet guns in the Supreme Court for which contact one Comrade Prashant," the letter reads.

The letter's content suggests that it is written before June 23, 2017, as it mentions one event organised on that day in Delhi. The sender was suggesting that the event 'Udta Loktantra' was being organised in Delhi to oppose the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for which Navlakha and Arun Ferreira, another Leftist activist under house arrest should be sent.

  • In the last paragraph of the letter she wrote to ‘comrade Prakash’, ‘comrade Sudha’ —  who, according to police, is Sudha Bharadwaj — writes that she is in urgent need of funds.
  • Sudha says she needs to send some research fellows from JNU and Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) in Mumbai to ‘interior’ parts.
Article Type: ReportSections: IndiaAuthors: Anurag BendeAgencies: DNACities: PuneTags: urban Naxalsseparatistsstone-peltersKashmirJammuPune PoliceMaoist linksRedsJammu And KashmirSudha BharadwajGautam NavlakhaDelhi UniversityGN SaibabaterroristsSupreme CourtUnlawful Activities (Prevention) ActArun FerreiraNaxal linksFri, 31 Aug 2018-05:00amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 5:00amArticle Images:  Social activists and students unions protest the arrest of those accused for Naxal links in New Delhi on ThursdayDNAAmarjeet Singh Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 7From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Have proof against city 'reds', insist Pune cops

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 1:35am

A day after the Supreme Court sentenced five activists to house arrest, top officers from Pune police said they have 'very strong' evidence against those arrested earlier this week to prove that they were trying to spark countrywide violence by inciting the oppressed class, and the Elgaar Parishad was their platform.

On Wednesday, the officers had filed a document in a Pune court asking for their custody, giving 16 reasons for the request. The document said all the activists — Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Vernon Gonsalves, Varavara Rao and Arun Ferreira – are members of the Communist Party of India (CPI) (Maoist) and responsible for setting up city units of the outlawed group.

The petition did not mention a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi, facilitate Maoist funding or procurement of weapons.

A case has been registered against the five for promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, committing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, abating commission of offence by the public or by more than 10 persons and for criminal conspiracy.

A senior police officer from Pune police told DNA that CPI (Maoists) provided funds for Elgaar Parishad. "Maoist member Sudhir Dhawale was a key organiser of Elgaar Parishad held at Pune on December 31 2017 to commemorate the Bhima-Koregaon battle. Some Naxal leaders sneaked into the organisation committee to use the platform to spread Maoist ideology," he says. "They were working on the directions of senior leaders such as Varavara Rao and Vernon Gonsalves."

Despite this, the document presented by the police in the Pune court did not mention the clashes in January at Bhima-Koregaon near Pune, nor the involvement of the accused in the violent incident. Subsequently, the remand report only stated that the accused are active members of the CPI (Maoist) and are trying to "advance their cause" though illegal activities.

"Some of the accused are top leaders of CPI (Maoists)," says a police officer. "They actively participated in raising funds, recruiting people and executing plans to carry out Maoist activities. Under an anti-fascist front, they target oppressed communities, incite communities against each other and use this violence to create and nurture an anti-government opinion in the country."

In the documents seized from the computers and hard disks of these five activists, police claim they found several letters mentioning their names suggesting anti-national activities.

Pune police commissioner K Venkatesham reiterates that "We have proof about how they carry out action against security forces, raise funds and mobilise cadres to carry out anti-national activities. We will present all this in the Supreme Court and will surely take the case to its logical conclusion."

The Charges

Case has been registered for promoting enmity between groups, doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, & for criminal conspiracy.

Article Type: ReportSections: IndiaAuthors: Anurag BendeAgencies: DNACities: PuneTags: Supreme CourtPune PoliceActivists arresthouse arrestviolenceElgaar ParishadSudha BharadwajGautam NavlakhaVernon GonsalvesVaravara RaoArun FerreiraCommunist Party of India (CPI)Narendra ModiMaoistSudhir DhawaleBhima Koregaon violenceCPI (M)Fri, 31 Aug 2018-05:10amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 5:10amArticle Images:  PTI Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 1From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Rahul Gandhi attacks Amazon and Anil Ambani, again

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 1:25am

Launching a no holds barred attack on the government, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused the government of giving an open leeway to Amazon, Ambani and crony capitalists. Challenging Anil Ambani to slap any number of defamation notices against the Congress, Gandhi alleged that Ambani opened his company a few days before getting the Rafale contract in spite of having no experience in building aircraft and despite being in a debt of Rs 45,000 crore.

Gandhi also accused the government of lying for saying that the price of Rafale may seem higher than the UPA deal but is in fact 20 per cent cheaper as the government negotiated for a fully operational and weapon loaded aircraft.

Producing a copy of the India-France joint statement, Gandhi said, "It says, listen carefully, that the aircraft and associated systems and weapons would be delivered on the same configuration as had been tested and approved by the Indian Air Force."

"This point that the configuration will be the same is written in the joint statement signed by the PM. But the PM is saying something else. Does this mean that the person who gave this statement sitting alongside Hollande (former French president) was not Narendra Modi? When it is clearly written that it is going to be the same configuration means that this man is lying," Gandhi said.

Replying to finance Arun Jaitley's blog in which he dubbed Gandhi of indulging in a 'kindergarten debate' on the Rafale deal and asked him 15 questions, Gandhi said, "He has the liberty to ask more questions. But I gave him an option to ask questions in a joint parliamentary committee. It will lay bare what happened in Rafale deal. Nobody has any objection then why not hold a JPC?"

Equipped with fresh RBI data revealing 99.3% demonetized currency notes are back, Gandhi directly accused PM of carrying out demonetization to help Amazon establish business in India and to serve the interests of a coterie of his 15-20 crony capitalist friends.

"All the demonetised currency is back. The GDP is down by 2 per cent. None of the stated objectives have been achieved. Now, PM Modi needs to answer why did he hurt India so badly?" Gandhi said.

"It is a clear case. PM Modi wanted to help top 20 crony capitalists who had huge NPAs. From one hand he took away the money from the pockets of small businessmen, workers, housewives and farmers through demonetization and gave it to his crony capitalist friends," he added.

Article Type: ReportSections: IndiaAuthors: Manan KumarAgencies: DNACities: New DelhiTags: Rahul GandhiAmazonAnil AmbaniNarendra ModiCongressIndian Air Forcedefamation caseRafale DealIndiaFranceArun JaitleydemonetizationFri, 31 Aug 2018-05:05amDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 5:05amArticle Images:  Congress president Rahul Gandhi at a press conference at AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday DNABB Yadav Short URL: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 1From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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