first_imgProhibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were imposed and Internet services suspended in many ‘sensitive’ districts of Haryana today in the wake of the Jat body’s plan to ghearo the Parliament on March 20.The section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), prohibiting unlawful assembly, has been imposed in many sensitive districts, including Rohtak, Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri and Hisar, where Internet services have also been suspended for indefinite period, official sources told PTI.Restrictions have been imposed on the movement of tractor-trolleys from one district to another, they said, adding that the Army has been called in to manage the situation.Meanwhile, All-India Jat Aarkashan Sangarsh Samiti (AIJASS), the body spearheading the agitation for reservation, remained firm on laying a siege to the national capital from March 20 as they alleged that their demands had not been met.AIJASS president Yashpal Malik said the Centre should intervene to resolve the issue.“From February last year, we have held talks on six occasions with the Haryana government. But our demands have still not been met,” he said.He also alleged that the Manohar Lal-led state government was “confused and not showing sincerity in resolving the issue”.Reacting on Mr. Khattar’s statement that the Jat body was “frequently shifting the goal posts and that Malik had made unilateral announcements in Panipat that they (Jats) were to have a meeting with the CM in Delhi yesterday”, the AIJASS president said, “Attempts are being made to weaken our agitation. This government looks utterly confused. Their statements are only complicating the situation.” “We wanted the Chief Minister to take a final call on our demands. It was decided that he will meet us in Delhi and discuss all issues with us. But the CM skipped the meeting despite being in Delhi,” he claimed.“Therefore, we have decided to continue with our agitation and we will now move to Delhi on March 20,” he said.On the imposition of prohibitory orders in the state, Mr. Malik said, “We have the right to protest. We have been doing so for the last so many days in a peaceful manner. The law of the land does not prevent us from going to Delhi to raise our point in a democratic manner.” Besides seeking quota, the demands of the Jats include release of those jailed during last year’s agitation, withdrawal of cases slapped during the protest and government jobs for the kin of those killed and injured while taking part in the stir.The Jats have been sitting on dharna in various parts of Haryana since January 29.last_img read more

first_imgJapan is going to build a war museum at the hillock at Maiba Lokpa in Bishnupur district, Manipur, where a Japanese camp was located during World War II. The Japanese ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, said about 70,000 Japanese soldiers had died in battles from March to June 1944 in Imphal and Kohima. He said that the mortal remains would be located for the last rites and sought the cooperation of the people. Twenty-five persons would be invited to Japan from Nagaland and Manipur. Besides, a seminar would be held in November to help students who want to study in Japan.Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh welcomed the plan to build a museum and promised all assistances to the Japanese government.last_img read more

first_imgRajasthan Police has arrested Indra Bishnoi, who has been evading arrest for the last six years in the sensational Bhanwari Devi murder case, in Madhya Pradesh. The case had grabbed headlines in 2011 after the name of the then Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna cropped up in connection with the murder of Bhanwari, an auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM). “A Rajasthan police team with the help of Madhya Pradesh police arrested Indra Bishnoi from Nemawar area last night,” Additional Superintendent of Police (Dewas) Anil Patidar told PTI on Saturday. She reportedly carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on her head. According to police sources, she was living with a family in Nemawar as a destitute. The CBI has so far filed three charge sheets against 17 accused including Maderna and former Congress MLA Malkhan Singh. Among the accused, 15 were in judicial custody, one was out on bail while Bishnoi was absconding. Bhanwari, posted as auxiliary nurse midwife at a sub- centre in Jaliwada village, around 120 km from Jodhpur, had gone missing on September 1, 2011. She disappeared after a CD allegedly showing Maderna in compromising position with the 36-year-old nurse was aired by some news channels. The CBI had said that Bhanwari was allegedly abducted from Jodhpur’s Bilara area on September 1, 2011 and murdered. Her body was handed over to another gang which burnt it in a limestone quarry and dumped the remains in a canal, it alleged. Maderna (65), who then represented the Osian assembly constituency, was arrested on December 2, 2011 in Jodhpur by the CBI along with Parasram Bishnoi, brother of Malkhan Singh.last_img read more

first_imgThe Economic Survey assumes that other States will follow Uttar Pradesh’s example and waive farm loans, taking the full waiver amount to ₹2.2-2.7 lakh crore, according to the second portion of the survey released on Friday. The Survey’s own calculations find that only a few States have the fiscal space for such waivers, and so most will have to either cut expenditure or increase taxes. The total impact of waivers could be to lower demand by as much as 0.7% of the GDP, it said.“It is assumed that waivers will apply at the loan rather than household level, since it will be administratively difficult to aggregate loans across households,” Volume 2 of the Economic Survey, tabled in Parliament, said. “It is also assumed that other States will follow the U.P. model [of waivers up to ₹1 lakh for all small and marginal farmers]. On this basis, an upper bound of loan waivers at the All-India level would be between ₹2.2 and ₹2.7 lakh crore.”Four effectsThe Survey says the waivers will have four effects on aggregate demand: on private consumption impact via increases in private sector net wealth, public sector impact via changes in government expenditure/taxes, crowding out impact via higher borrowings by State governments, and crowding in impact via higher credit availability as bank NPAs fall.“Loan waivers will increase the net wealth of farm households,” the report said. “Since loan waivers are assumed to increase aggregate income by 28%, consumption is estimated to increase by 7% or about ₹55,000 crore.”The Survey estimated that for States with fiscal space, loan waivers would add about ₹6,350 crore to demand via the additional interest costs and for States without space, waivers could reduce demand by about ₹1.9 lakh crore.The Survey’s calculations show that while Andhra Pradesh, U.P, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh have no fiscal room to waive farm loans, States such as Maharashtra, West Begal, Karnataka and Gujarat have ample space.last_img read more

first_imgPune:The Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has crores to spend on publicity stunts and propaganda campaigns, but no money for farmers, said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday. Attacking the State government’s ‘Mi Labharthi (I am a beneficiary)’media blitz as part of the Congress and NCP’s ‘Halla Bol’ yatra in Latur district in the arid Marathwada region, Mr. Pawar said, “No one has benefited from any of this [BJP] government’s promises. The much-touted farm loan waiver has come a cropper. Farmers are devoid of even basic amenities like round-the-clock electricity as opposed to states like Telangana which provide 24 hours electricity to their farmers.” Power billsThe NCP leader further alleged that the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Ltd. (MSEDCL) was forcefully recovering money from the farmers, which in turn was driving them towards suicide. Mr. Pawar visited Shahaji Rathod, a farmer from Ujani village in Latur’s Ausa Taluka at a local hospital and announced ₹1 lakh for his treatment.Mr. Rathod had recently attempting suicide in front of the local MSEDC office by consuming a poisonous substance as he was allegedly unable to pay his electricity bill. “The Rathod family runs a humble flour mill to make ends meet… Shahaji’s case is an example of the BJP government’s apathy towards the State’s farmers. What happened to the government’s ‘solar krishi pump’ scheme, which was scuppered after the distribution of a mere 2,200 pumps,” asked Mr. Pawar.last_img read more

first_imgIn an apparent retort to Rahul Gandhi’s suit-boot ki sarkar jibe, the BJP has claimed the Congress President wore a jacket worth USD 995 at a concert organised by his party in the poll-bound State of Meghalaya while being “indifferent” to the woes of people.In a tweet, the BJP alleged the Congress government in Meghalaya was mired in corruption. It said instead of attending a musical event, Mr. Gandhi should have given a report card of the State government.“So @OfficeOfRG, soot(pun intended!)-boot ki sarkar with ’black’ money fleeced from Meghalayan State exchequer by rampant corruption? Instead of singing away our woes, you could have given a report card of your inefficient govt in Meghalaya! Your indifference mocks us!,” the BJP’s Meghalaya unit tweeted.So @OfficeOfRG , soot(pun intended!)-boot ki sarkar with ‘black’ money fleeced from Meghalayan State exchequer by rampant corruption? Instead of singing away our woes, you could have given a report card of your inefficient govt in Meghalaya! Your indifference mocks us! pic.twitter.com/sRvj5eoyRb— BJP Meghalaya (@BJP4Meghalaya) January 30, 2018  The party’s State unit also tweeted an image of a jacket similar to the one Mr. Gandhi wore having a price tag of USD 995 (little over Rs 63,000).The tweet, suggesting that the jacket worn by Mr. Gandhi was bought with black money, drew a sharp reaction from Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury, who alleged the BJP was leading a “suit-boot ki sarkar” at the Centre, and had no moral authority to question Mr. Gandhi.She said the saffron party was “frustrated” due to Mr. Gandhi’s “rising popularity”.Ms. Chowdhury accused the Modi government of being “idle”, and said it should rather focus on issues such as the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, and rising prices of fuel and vegetables.“Their frustration is directly proportionate to the rising popularity of Rahul Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi connects with the young. So, this idle and suit-boot ki sarkar has no right to talk about it,” she said.“Those who wove own name on suit, do they have any moral authority to question Rahul Gandhi’s jacket? How do they know the rate of the jacket? I will show the jacket can be bought at Rs 700. What will they say then?” she asked.Mr. Gandhi had mocked Prime Minister Modi with his “suit-boot ki sarkar” jibe when he wore a suit with his name finely embroidered on the stripes for a meeting with the then US President Barack Obama. The suit was later auctioned and bought for over ₹4.3 crore by a Surat businessman.Mr. Gandhi is in Meghalaya to campaign for the party for the upcoming Assembly polls.He had attended the concert in Shillong yesterday, apparently to reach out to the young voters.Dressed in blue denim trousers and a black jacket, he urged the youth to love and respect each other to make the country strong.last_img read more

first_imgIn a bid to check the spree of illegal encroachments on the hill slopes of the district’s eco-sensitive Pavana dam area, the Western Bench of the National Green Tribunal has issued notices to the State Environment Department, and 53 other people, including many celebrities.A Bench comprising Justices S.P. Wangdi and Dr. Nagin Nanda was acting on an environment interest litigation (EIL) filed by Sanjay Vishwanath ‘Bala’ Bhegade, a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Maval, around 18 km from the city.“The area [in Maval Taluk] under the water catchments of the Pavana Dam, surrounded by hills, has been declared as an ‘eco-sensitive zone’ by the committee formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in 2000 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Pronab Sen,” reads Mr. Bhegade’s petition.However, recently, a number of diamond merchants, cricketers, industrialists and Bollywood personalities have built luxurious villas and farm-houses on the hills, said advocate Asim Sarode, counsel for the petitioner.“The illicit constructions are shearing away the natural contours on the hilltops and hill-slopes, and the rampant felling of trees was causing permanent damage to the environment,” said Mr. Bhegade.Mr. Bhegade also alleged that the constructions had already disrupted water channels, forcing streams and rivers to alter their natural flowing path, posing a serious risk of landslides. “Earlier, some villagers had approached government authorities to apprise them of the situation. But other than sending notices to the owners of the illegal constructions, no action was taken. Hence, I have filed this EIL,” Mr. Bhegade said. Despite the ecological damage and a significant reduction of forest and green cover area, the taluk still retains its importance as a forest area rich in biodiversity, as is noted by the Madhav Gadgil and Kasturirangan panels on the ecological preservation of the Western Ghats, Mr. Sarode said.The tribunal also reprimanded the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) and the Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board for the rise in encroachments in the area. The next hearing is set for August 6.last_img read more

first_imgAt least four alleged cattle smugglers transporting a dead buffalo were assaulted by a mob here in the early hours of Wednesday, the police said.Villagers allegationVillagers alleged that the men were caught in village Nagla Mandhata while they were transporting the buffalo’s carcass in a pick-up van.They were, however, rescued by the police who intervened in time, Hasayan SHO Jitendra Kumar said.‘Animal poisoned’The owner of the buffalo alleged that the animal had been poisoned by the fourcattle smugglers.Tough actionSuperintendent of Police Sushil Ghule said tough action would be initiated if it was found that they were cattle smugglers.The incident, which took place before dawn in Hathras district, about 200 km from Delhi, assumes significance as it came against the backdrop of a backlash over the death of a man attacked by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan.Centre’s advisoryThe Centre had put out an advisory on Tuesday asserting that States need to take measures against such incidents.last_img read more

first_imgWest Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party president Dilip Ghosh’s vehicle was attacked Thursday at Sitalkuchi area of Cooch Behar district by unidentified miscreants.Mr. Ghosh is in the district to take part in the saffron party’s ‘Rathyatra’. He was attacked when he was on his way to Mathabhanga in the district.“TMC leaders attacked my car and shouted slogans demanding that I should go back. Some of my party workers were injured during the violence. The police were watching merely as mute spectators,” he said after the incident at Sitai More in Sitalkuchi.Senior TMC leader Rabindranath Ghosh termed the allegation as baseless and said the attack was a fallout of infighting in BJP.The district police administration said they are looking into the incident.Save Democracy RallyBJP president Amit Shah is scheduled to kickstart the party’s ‘Save Democracy Rally’, comprising three ‘Rath Yatras’, in the state.BJP has claimed that the Rath Yatra would be a “game changer” in West Bengal politics and Shah had set a target of winning 22 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state.Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah, several top BJP leaders and chief ministers such as Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Raman Singh, Yogi Adityanath, Uma Bharati and Giriraj Singh will participate in the campaign.Mr. Modi is likely to attend four rallies to give a thrust to the party’s campaign in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.last_img read more

first_imgThe Chhatra JD(U), student wing of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumars party, won the president’s post in the Patna University Students Union (PUSU) elections, the results of which were declared in the early hours of of Thursday. Putting up its best-ever performance, the student body of JD(U) also won the treasurer’s post while the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of RSS bagged the other key offices of vice president, general secretary and joint secretary. This is only the second time in the history of Chhatra JD(U) when its candidates have won key posts in PUSU elections. Previously, the student body had won the joint secretarys post in 2012. The PUSU polls this year witnessed fierce campus rivalry between the Chhatra JD(U) and the ABVP, with allegations of JD(U) national vice-president Prashant Kishor meddling in the elections putting the partys relations with its ally BJP under strain. Incidentally, both Mr. Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi a senior BJP leader had been PUSU leaders.Hailing the victory of Mohit Prakash and Kumar Satyam for the posts of president and treasurer respectively, JD(U) spokesman Neeraj Kumar tweeted “poll results have placed a mirror before those who have become synonymous with lumpenisation of politics. Patna University students have voted in favour of politics that is free from corruption and imbued with the virtues of character and good conduct.” For the other top posts, the ABVP winners are Anjana Singh (vice president), Manikant Mani (general secretary) and Raja Ravi (joint secretary). Polling had taken place for the PUSU elections on Wednesday and counting of votes continued through the night.last_img read more