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  • UP: Fire breaks out near Kanpur railway station; no casualties reported
    by ANI on 11/26/2022 at 9:02 am

    Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], November 26 (ANI): A massive fire broke out at a godown of plastics opposite the Government Railway Police (GRP) Barrack at the Kanpur Central Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. According to the GRP inspector Ram Krishna Dwivedi, atleast six fire tenders have arrived at the site to douse the fire.The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. No casualties have been reported so far.More details are awaited. (ANI)

  • Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to 26/11 Mumbai terror attack martyrs
    by ANI on 11/26/2022 at 9:00 am

    New Delhi [India], November 26 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday remembered the martyrs of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and paid them tribute. "Soldiers who gave the supreme sacrifice to protect India are the pride of the nation. My humble tribute to the brave heart warriors and citizens who sacrificed their lives in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack," Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet. "Hindustan (India) has always stood against threat and violence, and it will continue to stand against it," he said. On November 26, 2008, ten Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists (LeT) carried out 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks killing at least 166 people, including 18 security personnel and leaving 300 wounded in Mumbai. "I lost my uncle Jaywant Patil. Several years have gone by, and we still can't forget it," Divya Patil, niece of Mumbai Police constable, Jaywant Patil - one of the security personnel who were killed in the Mumbai Terror Attack. [{6e3f81e2-1ca8-494b-816e-0488587ea4d1:intradmin/ANI-20221126062356.jfif}]"But the Govt has at least remembered a lot of things, which is a positive note for us," the girl said while speaking to ANI. (ANI)

  • An institution thrives with time only when it functions democratically: CJI Chandrachud
    by ANI on 11/26/2022 at 8:51 am

    New Delhi [India], November 26 (ANI): Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud on Saturday said that an institution thrives with time only when it functions democratically.Speaking at the Constitution Day celebrations held at the Supreme Court, CJI said the Constitution enstrusts the legislature, executive, and judiciary to bridge the gap between institutional ideas and social realities.He said that the representation of the marginalised communities must be enhanced in the legal profession."An institution thrives with time only when it functions democratically. I believe as Chief Justice of India, it is my responsibility to consult judges in the Supreme Court, High Courts and district judiciary," said CJI.He said that lawyers and judges spend their time and years, unravelling the text of the Constitution, but the story of the Indian constitution is not a story only of legal text and legal interpretation."It is a story of human struggles and sacrifices. It is a story of undoing injustice against the marginalised sections of our society. The women, the disabled, the Dalits and the members belonging to tribes and segments situated in far-flung areas of the country. It must be remembered that the marginalised communities were the first to plant the seeds of the Constitutional ideas of liberty, equality and fraternity, on Indian soil," said the CJI.CJI further said that the first wave of resistance against the colonial power came from the indigenous communities of India.Our constitution is a social contract entered into between those who are in power historically and those who are oppressed and sought to change the power hegemony and chose to govern themselves, said the CJI.Justice Chandrachud said India's liberation from colonial rule and the drafting of the Constitution were simultaneous projects."The prolonged struggle for independence culminated with the demise of the colonial rule, and the birth of an independent nation governed by self-rule. However, the death of the colonial regime was not accompanied by a simultaneous birth of Constitutional values that we hold on to so dearly. When India gained her independence, she was invested in social evils," CJI further said.He further said that scholars have documented the refusal of colonial courts to interfere in cases involving socio-religious customs even if marginalised communities' rights were in question. This was changed after the Constitution, he added.The Constitution of India is to a large extent aspirational for it seeks to deliver political freedoms and civil rights attempting to shred colonial baggage, CJI said.CJI said that in a nation as large diverse and graded as ours, the paramount challenge of the judiciary as an institution faces is to ensure that the justice delivery system is accessible to everyone and these challenges require dedicated actions.We have been adopting technology to improve the working of courts, said the CJI adding that "it is of supreme importance and necessity that the courts are remodelled to reach out to the people instead of the people reaching out to the court in their quest for justice".To ensure that the courts reach out to the people it is essential that the litigation process is simplified and made citizen-centric, he said while stressing that the judiciary is engaged with technology.He said during the Covid-19 pandemic technology gained prevalence and it has to be ensured that the technological infrastructure on which public funds have been spent is not dismantled, but strengthened further.The Supreme Court now functions in a hybrid mode with both online and offline courts, which enable lawyers and parties-in-person to appear from different parts of the country, said the CJI.Though the Supreme Court is located on Tilak Marg, the Supreme Court is Supreme Court for the entire nation, he added.As the Chief Justice, CJI Chandrachud said, I am attempting to adopt technology-based services in the listing of cases and court hearings, so that institutional flaws such as delays and listing and hearing can be removed from our vocabularies.The Supreme Court of India uses technology to make the justice delivery system more accessible and citizen-centric, he further said."While technology has ably aided us in ensuring the functionality of the Judiciary during the pandemic. Technology must be augmented with institutional reforms to resolve the chief issues of access to justice. The first interface of the people with the judicial system is the district judiciary. It is thus of paramount importance that the district judiciary is strengthened and supported," CJI said.He appealed to the young people to reflect on the social realities of India and work towards achieving fraternity by dedicating themselves to the cause of justice in whatever way possible."Sometimes change happens by small acts of kindness. The heart and the soul of law as it is administered in courts is our sense of compassion to our citizens," said CJI Chandrachud while concluding his speech.Attorney General for India R Venkataramani also speaking at the event, emphasised the importance of the government not overloading the Supreme Court with endless statutory appeals.He said the conversion of the Supreme Court into a small cause court must stop. AG said, "It is important that the government stops overloading the Supreme Court with endless statutory appeals alongside the seamless and huge flow of cases from High Courts. The conversion of Supreme Court into a small causal court must stop." (ANI)

  • False promises of AAP won't work in MCD elections: BJP Minister Anurag Thakur
    by ANI on 11/26/2022 at 8:50 am

    New Delhi [India], November 26 (ANI): Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday attacked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and accused its leaders of engaging in corruption and scams."All AAP ministers are not only involved in serious allegations of corruption but also jailed. This shows that his (AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal's) politics is only about corruption, liquor and scams," said Thakur while speaking to ANI during a public rally on Saturday.The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said, "People want to give a clear message to Kejriwal in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election that false promises won't work."The MCD elections are scheduled to be held on December on December 4. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday released its 12-point manifesto for the MCD elections.The counting of votes for the 250-ward MCD will take place on December 7.The civic polls are shaping up to be a two-way contest between the BJP, which currently holds the civic reins in the national capital, and the AAP, which is in power in the state.Delhi Minister and AAP leader, Satyendar Jain, was arrested and in jail since June in connection to a money laundering case. A video of him getting a full-body massage surfaced on social media recently sparking a controversy about the Minister getting a VIP treatment despite being held for a crime. The purported CCTV footage dated September 13 showed the Minister lying on his bed and reading some papers while a man sitting next to him is seen massaging his foot.Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader, Manish Sisodia, was also made the prime accused in an FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe alleged irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the new state excise policy 2021-22.However, the charge sheet submitted by the CBI in the liquor scam on Friday did not name the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia who was mentioned in the FIR in the connection with the scam. (ANI)

  • BJP releases 40-point manifesto for Gujarat polls; promises implementation of UCC recommendation, Anti-Radicalisaton Cell
    by ANI on 11/26/2022 at 8:36 am

    Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India], November 26 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday released the party's manifesto for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls, which are slated to be held in two phases on December 1 and December 5.The party manifesto, released by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, BJP national president JP Nadda, and state party president CR Paatil, has made at least 40 promises including the complete implementation of the Gujarat Uniform Civil Code Committee's recommendations."We will ensure the complete implementation of the Gujarat Uniform Civil Code Committee's recommendation and create more than one lakh government jobs for women in the next five years," Nadda said on the release of the manifesto further promising that if it will come to the power again, the party will create an Anti-Radicalisation Cell to identify and eliminate potential threats and sleeper cells of the terrorist organisations and anti-India forces.The BJP, which has been in power in the state for more than two decades, promised free-of-cost, and quality education to all the female students here from Kindergarten to Post Graduation and added that it will provide free two-wheelers to the meritorious college-going female students. It further added free bus travel to women senior citizens and promised to provide one lakh government jobs to the women for the next five years. For the tribals in the state, the BJP in its manifesto also promised to enable mobile delivery of ration across all the 56 Tribal Sub Plan Talukas in the state and ensured Rs 1 lakh crore under the Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana 2.0 for the all-round socio-economic development of tribals.Adding further, it read that the Birsa Munda Adi Jati Samriddhi Corridor between Ambaji and Umergram will spur growth by connecting every tribal district's headquarters with a 4-6 lane state highway, and by constructing a tribal cultural circuit will connect Pal Dadhvaav and the Statue of Unity to Shabari Dham.The BJP also promised to provide advanced healthcare facilities in tribal areas by setting up eight medical colleges, and ten nursing/para-medical colleges. As many as eight Gujarat Industrial Development Corporations (GIDC) in the tribal belt will generate employment opportunities for tribal youth, it added.25 Birsa Munda Gyan Shakti Residential Schools will also provide the best residential schooling facilities to 75,000 meritorious students from the tribal community.On the health front, BJP promised to double the cap under Ayushman Bharat from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh per family and ensure free-of-cost medical treatment. Mukhyamantri Free Diagnostic Scheme with a corpus of Rs 110 crore will also be ensured to provide free-of-cost diagnostic services for EWS households.It further added to provide Rs 10,000 crore in Maharaja Shri Bhagvatsinhji Swasthya Kosht and mentioned that three Civil Medicities, and two AIIMS-grade institutions will also be structured here. The manifesto then promised to upgrade the infrastructure at Hospitals, Community Health Centres (CHCs), and Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs).BJP has also promised to provide Rs 10,000 crore under Gujarat Krishi Infrastructure Kosh to develop Khedut Mandis, modern Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMC), sorting and grading units, cold chains, warehouses, primary processing centres, and will also expand the existing irrigation network through projects such as Sujalam Sufalam, SAUNI, lift irrigation projects, micro irrigation, drip irrigation.With the additional budget of Rs 500 crore, the party will strengthen the Gaushalas here and set up 1,000 additional Mobile Veterinary Units.It also promised to build seafood parks in South Gujarat and Saurashtra, build the country's first Blue Economy Industrial Corridor and strengthen the fishing-related infrastructures.In the electoral manifesto released today, the BJP promised to convert 20,000 government schools into Schools of Excellence in the next five years with a budget of Rs 10,000 crore. Keshavram Kashiram Shastri Higher Education Transformation Fund with a budget of Rs 1,000 crore, will also be used to construct new government colleges and revamp the existing ones, it read further adding that 20 lakh employment opportunities will also be created in the state.It, then, promised four Gujarat Institutes of Technology (GIT) like IITs as the Centres of Excellence and would emphasise the Gujarat Olympics Mission to create world-class sports infrastructure aiming to host the Olympics in 2036.If BJP wins the assembly election for this term, it has promised Shramik Credit Cards for the labourers that would help them with collateral-free loans up to Rs 2 lakh. It added that the OBC/ST/SC/EWS students who get into a National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) top-ranking institution in India ot any top-ranking world institution for higher education will be given a one-time incentive grant of Rs 50,000.It added the complete implementation of the Gujarat Uniform Civil Code Committee's recommendation and the formation of an Anti-Radicalisation Cell to identify and eliminate potential threats, and sleeper cells of the terrorist organisations and anti-India forces.It has also put forth that Gujarat can become a USD 1 trillion economy by focusing more on services and investing in human and institutional capacity-building for new-age industries. The party will also attract foreign investment of Rs 5 lakh crore and make the state the Defence and Aviation Manufacturing Hub of India.We will develop the first-of-its-kind Parikrama Path of 3,000 km encircling the whole state with 4-6 lane roads/ highways by constructing a South Eastern Peripheral Highway and North Western Peripheral Highway, it added.The Gujarat Link Corridors will also be completed by augmenting the highways through the East-West Corridor connecting Dahod with Porbandar and North-South Corridor connecting Palanpur to Valsad.It will also provide seamless connectivity between economic hubs and national highways by developing the Saurashtra Express Highway Grid.The manifesto then mentioned the use of Rs 25,000 crore under the Gujarat Urban Development Mission to transform the urban landscape with a focus on decongesting the existing cities (Satellite Townships) and increasing ease of living (Riverfront, Recreational Parks, Urban Forests, Traffic Management Systems) for citizens.The Bharatiya Janata Party will also complete the works of Gandhinagar and Surat Metro and will kick start the first metro rail service at Saurashtra (Rajkot) and Central Gujarat (Vadodara).On religious fronts, the party will also work at Devbhumi Dwarka Corridor to establish it as western India's biggest spiritual centre, comprising of the World's tallest Shree Krishna statue. It will also invest Rs 1,000 crore to renovate, expand and promote temples, following the successful transformation model of Somnath, Ambaji and Pavagadh.It will also spend Rs 2,500 crore to promote Gujarat's culture at the national and international levels by building museums, centres for performing arts, and Sardar Patel Bhawan. (ANI)

  • Gujarat Polls: "Bharat Jodo? I think it is useless" says BJP candidate who left Congress in 2019
    by ANI on 11/26/2022 at 8:33 am

    Junagadh (Gujarat) [India], November 26 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Manavadar assembly seat, Jawahar Chavda on Saturday said that AAP was "nowehere to be seen" and the Congress is "trying its best" in the state but both parties do not offer any competition to the BJP in the ensuing Gujarat elections."Bharat Jodo? I think it is useless. After the scrapping of Article 370, the entire India became one. Congress doesn't want to win, that's what I felt while staying in the party," Chavda who had resigned from Congress and joined BJP in 2019 told ANI.Chavda , considered to be an influential leader from Ahir community was elected to the Assembly on a Congress ticket from the Manavadar seat of Junagadh district in 1990. After joining the BJP, he was also made the Cabinet minister of Tourism and Fisheries in the state government the same year."For the last 32 years, I'm here and won around five polls. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is nowhere in the picture. Congress is trying its level best," Chavda told ANIThe BJP leader said that he is hopeful to win the upcoming assembly election from Manavadar seat of Junagadh."It's easier for me to win this time as I proved what power can do and how I can help people," said Chavda.Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra has already covered parts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Maharashtra and is in Madhya Pradesh. Bharat Jodo Yatra, which began on September 7 from Kanyakumari, will end in Kashmir next year. It is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India, claims Congress. Gujarat, which has 182 assembly constituencies, will go for polling in two phases on December 1 and 5. The voting for Manavadar seat is scheduled on December 1, and the counting of votes will be done on December 8. (ANI)

  • Chhattisgarh: Four Maoists killed in encounter with security forces in Bijapur
    by ANI on 11/26/2022 at 8:19 am

    Bijapur (Chhattisgarh) [India], November 26 (ANI): Four Maoists were killed in an encounter with security forces in the forest area of Bijapur district in the early morning of Saturday, the police said.Officials said that security forces received input about the presence of 30-40 Maoists in Pomra forest area under Mirtur police station."Four Naxals including two men and two women were killed in an encounter with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) jawans," Bijapur SP Anjaneya Varshney told ANI.Varshney said that security forces were carrying out an anti-Naxal operation, and the encounter took place in a forest area under Mirtur Police Station in Bijapur district at around 07.30 am. The bodies of three of the Naxals were recovered after the encounter, and the fourth Naxal's body was found during the search operation. "Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the spot and a search in the area is ongoing," said SP Varshney. Earlier in April this year, four police personnel were injured in Bijapur district after Naxals opened fire on a police camp. The incident had taken place at Jaigur camp under the Kutru police station. Three out of four injured are from the District Police force Bijapur and one from the 4th Batallion Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF). An assistant police constable posted at Mirtur police station in Bijapur district was also killed by Naxals at a weekly haat market in the area. Earlier, an Assistant Sub-Inspector rank officer of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was killed in a high-pressure improvised explosive device (IED) blast attack by Naxals in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh. The incident was reported in March this year. (ANI)

  • Karnataka: Driver sexually abuses schoolgirls in Chikkamagaluru; arrested
    by ANI on 11/26/2022 at 7:59 am

    Chikkamagaluru (Karnataka) [India], November 26 (ANI): The Karnataka Police have booked and arrested a driver under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act after he admitted to the offence of molesting schoolgirls, police said.A First Information Report was lodged against the driver Rajappa, 50, who has been accused of harassing the girls by showing his private parts and touching them inappropriately.The Sakkarayapattana police in Karnataka has booked this driver, who used to pick up and drop off teachers at the school under section 354A(1)(iv) of IPC and sections 8 and 12 of the POCSO Act. According to the police the villagers had caught and tied him to a temple pillar, before bringing him to the police station on Thursday.Police said that he had accepted his act of molesting the schoolgirls.More details are awaited. (ANI)

  • First Indian artisan to create Kashmiri Namda combining Australia's "Nuno Felting Technique" with traditional felting
    by ANI on 11/26/2022 at 7:58 am

    Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], November 26 (ANI): Farooq Ahmed, an expert craftsman of Srinagar, has breathed new life into the sector by aligning the industry with modern technology. He has combined the Australia-based "Nano Felting Technique" with traditional handicrafts to create a new craft that is unmatched in the world. This makes Farooq Ahmed the only craftsman in India who has combined this with traditional felting. New handicrafts, silk carpets and scarves are being made using the technique. The products made by them are also liked by the public.It is worth mentioning that Kashmir valley has centuries-old handicrafts like paper mashi, shawl weaving, carpet weaving, handloom, khatband, wood carving, namda sazi and gaba sazi etc. In such a situation, it is considered a good thing to harmonize these crafts with modern techniques.Farooq Ahmed, while talking to Milap News Network, said that it took him at least two years to learn this skill during which he was able to create these innovative products after tireless efforts day and night. He said that a designer from Delhi helped him to learn this new technique."He helped me a lot, when he told me this technique, I didn't think that I would be able to learn it, but Alhamdulillah, after a lot of hard work, I succeeded in it."It should be remembered that Farooq Khan's family has been associated with the textile industry for decades and he is said to be the last hope of the textile industry in Kashmir. He has also received many honours at the national and local levels. Due to their efforts, many new designs and techniques are now being incorporated into the traditional art of Kashmir. They say that they are trying to restore the glory of this dying art by giving a new life to the traditional handicrafts of Kashmir with these products.Farooq Khan is working on this new technique with a private craft organization but is not happy with government policies to promote artisans."There is no support at the government level to promote this craft while raw materials are also not available in the valley," he said.Farooq Khan claims that he is the only artisan who creates new products using this technique. "To the best of my knowledge, I am the only craftsman to create a new product with such a technique." (ANI)

  • Shraddha murder case: Delhi Police yet to receive DNA test report of victim's body
    by ANI on 11/26/2022 at 7:46 am

    New Delhi [India], November 26 (ANI): The DNA test report of the victim's body, in the heinous Shraddha Walkar murder case that shook the nation, has not been received by the police, confirmed Delhi Police in its statement on Saturday."DNA test report (of victim's body parts) has not been received by the police", said Sagar Preet Hooda, IPS, Special Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, Zone II.Earlier on Friday, the Delhi Police confirmed that the polygraph test of Aaftab Amin Poonawalla, accused in the macabre Shraddha Walkar murder case, could not be conducted.Speaking about the test, Sagar Preet Hooda said, "Polygraph test of the accused Aaftab Amin in Mehrauli police station case FIR No 659/22 under section 365/302/201 IPC could not be held today".Notably, the Delhi Police, which is probing the Shraddha Walkar murder case in which her live-in partner Aftab Amin Poonawala had strangulated Walkar to death allegedly and chopped her body into 35 pieces, dumped it in the Chhatarpur area of the national capital, has taken DNA samples of Shraddha's father Vikas Walkar on November 16, so that the dumped body parts and blood sample can be matched.Earlier, Delhi police, after recovering around 12 suspected body parts disposed of by Aaftab, the accused in the Shraddha murder case, later brought him to the jungle to recover other body parts, according to police sources on November 13.Delhi Police has also confirmed that during the course of the investigation, blood stains were found in the kitchen of accused Aftab Amin Poonawalla's flat in Delhi's Chhatarpur. The blood samples were sent for examination to ascertain whose blood it was.Notably, the Delhi Police solved the six-month-old blind murder case and arrested Aftab Amin Aaftab on the basis of Shraddha's father's complaint.Aftab and Shraddha met on a dating site and later moved in together at a rented accommodation in Chhatarpur.Delhi Police received a complaint from Shraddha's father and registered an FIR on November 10.Delhi Police interrogation revealed that Aftab killed Shraddha on May 18 and later started planning for disposing of her body. He told police that he had read about human anatomy so that it could help him in chopping off the body. Police said that Aftab, after searching in shopping mode Google, cleaned blood stains from the floor with some chemicals and disposed of stained clothes.Meanwhile, the Southern District Police of Delhi had on November 17 contacted their Eastern counterparts in a bid to match the DNA sample of chopped body parts including a human head which the latter had recovered earlier in June.According to the sources, the East Delhi Police had found a chopped head and hand in the Trilokpuri area of Pandav Nagar police station of the national capital in June this year, which was nearly a month after Shraddha was murdered (on May 18).Later, the body parts found in East Delhi were sent for a DNA test, and the forensic report is awaited, as per the Delhi Police statement. (ANI)