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August 2019

Army foils Pak BAT strike on LoC, kills 4

New Delhi : The Indian Army

claimed on Saturday that it has foiled an

UK, Germany issue advisory

attempt by Pakistan’s Border Action

Team (BAT) to carry out a strike in

Keran sector on the Line of Control

against travel to J&K

(LoC). Army sources said heavy casualties

were inflicted on the BAT and

New Delhi : The UK and Germany and the ceasefire line (LoC). In the

assessed that four possible Special

have advised their citizens against Jammu area, the security situation is

Services Group (SSG)A commandos

travelling to Jammu and Kashmir due basically stable. However, unpredictable

violent clashes between pro-

were killed as the bodies were spotted

to the recent security alert in the state.

close to the post on LoC where the

Germany has issued a travel advisory testers and security forces are also

action took place. The Army also

strongly discouraging its citizens possible there. In the part of Ladakh

claimed that in the last 36 hours, several

attempts were made by Pakistan army

Kashmir is strongly discouraged, it ble. However, individual terrorist

from travelling to the state. Travel to the security situation is basically sta-

to push terrorists of Jaish e Mohammad

said. In the state

activities can

(JeM) and other organizations into J&K.

of Jammu and

not be ruled

Four terrorists have been killed in the

Kashmir bomb

out. In the

hinterland in the last few days.

attacks have

direct border

Army officials said over the past

three days, Pakistan has launched a

been carried out

regions, clashes

number of attempts to disturb peace in

in recent decades

can occur

the Valley and target the Amarnath

and also recently,

which

and Pakistani

between Indian

Yatra. The BAT attempt had taken

place on the intervening night of July

claimed many

and Indian and

31 and August 1. Search operations

lives.

Chinese security

forces, it said. It asked citizens to

and attempts to recover bodies are

Individual actions directed against

being continuously interfered by

foreigners, including abductions, cannot

be ruled out in the entire region. local authorities and security forces .

always follow the instructions of

Pakistani troops deployed in the area.

This location within the Keran sector

Part curfews were imposed, the The state government has advised the

has been under continuous shelling

advisory added. Travel to the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and tourists

and firing by Pakistani army posts.

Kashmir area, including Srinagar, is to leave the Valley keeping in view of

"Pakistan army regularly attempts

not advised, it said. In the state of the latest intelligence inputs of terror

to push terrorists through infiltrations

Jammu and Kashmir, terrorist acts of threats . Earlier in the day, the UK

and opens up with multitude of

weapons to assist them. India, during

violence and unpredictable conflicts issued a travel advisory for its citizens

travelling to Jammu and

Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists desperately attempted to revive terrorism

and push terrorists from JeM and

numerous Directorate of Military have also been killed by the armed

between demonstrators and the police

Operations level talks, has maintained forces. Weapons including a cache of other ’tanzeems’. These activities by or the army are also taking place. Kashmir, warning against travel to

the right to respond. Such responses sniper rifle, improvised explosive Pakistan establishes its complicity to Since September 2016, there have the state, except Jammu city and

are only against military targets and devices (IED) and mines with terror activities and disrupt peace in also been renewed armed clashes Ladakh, after the Indian government

infiltrating terrorists who are aided by Pakistan markings upon them have Jammu & Kashmir. The response by between Indian and Pakistani troops advised Amarnath pilgrims and

Pakistan army, said an Indian Army been recovered from the slain terrorists.

"In the last 36 hours, Pakistan has in the hinterland," said an official. groups along the international border ty

security forces vindicates the build-up as well as with various separatist tourists to leave in view of the securi-

officer. In the Valley, four hardcore

situation.

Centre’s move on Articles 370, 35A

in J&K is dangerous: Sharad Yadav

Patna : Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) chief Sharad Yadav on

Sunday warned the BJP-led Central government against playing

with Articles 370 and

35A in Jammu and

Kashmir (J&K) as it was

not good for the country’s

unity.

Insisting that the government

was deploying

additional security forces

in the state to present an

artificial threat there,

Yadav told the media:

"The Central government’s

move to play with

Articles 370 and 35A in

J&K is dangerous, it is

not good for the country."

The veteran socialist leader said Articles 370 and 35A were part

of the promises made to J&K by our leaders who fought for the

country’s independence. "But the government is doing everything

to threaten the unity of the country, without listening to the

genuine grievances of the people of J&K," he said.

UNNAO RAPE: CBI searches

17 Places, including Sengar’s

Lucknow/New Delhi : A day after the

CBI questioned expelled BJP MLA

Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the Unnao rape

case, the agency on Sunday said it searched

at least 17 places in four districts in Uttar

Pradesh, including the residences of

Sengar. A senior Central Bureau of

Investigation (CBI) official in Delhi told

IANS that the Central Bureau of

Investigation (CBI) conducted the searches

in Lucknow, Unnao, Banda and Fatehpur,

at some locations in the premises of the

accused and others. The residential premises

of Sengar in Lucknow’s upscale Gomti

Nagar was searched. A CBI team on

Saturday questioned Sengar in Sitapur jail,

where he has been lodged for over a year.

According to CBI sources in Lucknow, the

agency also collected details of the people

the MLA has been meeting in the prison.

Following the outrage over the July 28

road accident that has left the Unnao rape

victim and her lawyer battling for life and

killed two of her family members, the BJP

expelled Sengar from the party.

The girl, meanwhile, is still critical and

on the ventilator. Doctors said that she had

developed pneumonia and could not be

removed from ventilator even on trial

basis’. Senior CBI officers on Sunday also

questioned the owner and cleaner of the

truck that hit the car in which the victim and

others were travelling.

The CBI is focusing on the statement of

D.K. Pal, the truck owner that the number

plates were blackened to escape seizure by

the company that financed the truck. His

statement was contradicted by the finance

company that stated that all installments had

been paid on time. Before appearing before

the CBI officers in Lucknow, Pal said there

was no conspiracy in the road accident as he

was not in contact with anyone, including

the expelled BJP MLA. He said the driver

had been working for him for last four to

five months, while the cleaner was

employed for over three years. The case

relates to the rape of a minor girl allegedly

by Sengar at his residence in Unnao on June

4, 2017 when she had gone to seek a job.


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Chandrayaan-2 orbit

successfully raised

for FOURTH TIME

Chennai : The fourth orbit

raising activity for India's moon

spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 was

performed successfully at 3.27

p.m. on Friday, the ISRO said.

The Indian Space Research

Organisation (ISRO) said the

2,379 kg, eight payloads), the

lander 'Vikram' (1,471 kg, four

payloads) and rover 'Pragyan' (27

kg, two payloads).

The Indian space agency said

the major activities include earthbound

manoeuvres, the translunar

orbit of the Chandrayaan-2 was

insertion, lunar-bound

raised to 277 x 89,472 km by firing

the onboard motors for 646

seconds.

All spacecraft parameters are

manoeuvres, Vikram's separation

from Chandrayaan-2 and touch

down on the moon's South Pole.

The ISRO said the trans-lunar

normal, it said. The fifth orbit

insertion of Chandrayaan-2,

raising manoeuvre is scheduled

between 2.30 to 3.30 p.m. on

August 6. On July 22, the

Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an elliptical

orbit of 170x45,475 km by India's

heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite

Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in

a text book style. The spacecraft comprises

three segments - the Orbiter (weighing

which will send it to the moon, is

scheduled on August 14.

After that, the Chandrayaan-2

is scheduled to reach the moon by August

20 and the lander Vikram will land on the

Earth's sole satellite on September 7.

Indian-origin doctor crowned Miss England

London : A 23-year-old Indianorigin

doctor has been crowned

Miss England after fending off competition

from dozens of other models,

the media reported

on Friday. Bhasha

Mukherjee, 23, from

Derby, holds two different

medical degrees, has

an IQ of 146, making

her officially a 'genius'

and is fluent in five languages,

reports The

Daily Mail.

She was due to start

her new job as a junior

doctor in a hospital in

Boston, Lincolnshire,

just hours after the Miss England

final ended on Thursday evening.

"Some people might think pageant

girls are airheads, but we all

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stand for a cause," she said before

the contest. "My pageant career all

started to happen while I was in the

middle of studying at medical

school - it took a lot of convincing

for me to do it, but

eventually I decided to do

it to balance out my studying

and give me a break."

Mukherjee was born in

India. Her family relocated

to the UK when she was

nine. She went onto complete

two bachelor degrees:

one in medical sciences

and one in medicine and

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University of Nottingham.

As winner of Miss England, she

will be entered into the Miss World

contest and will also bag a holiday

to Mauritius.

Vladivostok : The 5th Eastern

Economic Forum (EEF), to be held here

next month, will provide an important

platform for expanding international

cooperation in the field of sports as discussions

will be held on development of

Olympic movement and impact of

major sports events on the Asia-Pacific

Region. The EEF, to be hosted by

Russian President Vladimir Putin, will

be held from September 4 to 6.

As part of the EEF's business programme,

a session 'Olympism and the

Asia-Pacific: Mutual Influence' will be

held. It will be attended by Pere Miró,

IOC Deputy Director General; Stanislav

Pozdnyakov, President of the Russian

Olympic Committee and four-time

Olympic champion in fencing; Yasuhiro

Yamashita, President of the Japanese

Rampur SP tells Azam Khan to

keep gunners round the clock

New Delhi : The Superintendent of Police (SP),

Rampur has written a letter to sitting Member of

Parliament (MP) from Rampur, Azam Khan requesting

him to ensure that his gunners

are present with him all the

time. Sources said that the letter

was written after the gunners

informed the police lines that

the MP leaves them behind

some times. "The MP at times

has not been taking his gunners

and they are left at home.

Sometimes he takes them. The

gunners are to ensure his safety

and should be with at all hours," a police officer said.

The MP has two gunners given by the Rampur Police.

Azam Khan has been in news for 26 FIR's registered

against him for illegally grabbing the governement land

or lands of farmers in Rampur. In most of the cases registered

against him there is no record of land dealings

and no documents either.

Olympic Committee and judo Olympic

champion; Lee Kee-Heung, President of

the Korean Olympic Committee and

IOC member.

Koji Murofushi, Sports Director for

the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Organizing Committee and hammer

throw Olympic champion, will also participate

in the session. A cooperation

agreement between the Russian and

Japanese Olympic Committees will be

signed at the EEF, said a press statement

issued on Friday. IANS will be the

media partner of the EEF. "The Eastern

Economic Forum has become a powerful,

productive platform for discussion

of development of the key regional

industries and implementation of major

international projects," Pozdnyakov

said, according to the press statement

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WEAK POUND

boosting UK

tourism industry

London : The number of tourists visiting the UK has risen due

to the weakness of the pound which has resulted in boosting the

visitors' spending power, the latest figures show.

The figures revealed by travel data firm ForwardKeys said that

summer flight bookings from long-haul markets were also 6 per

cent higher than in the same period last year, the BBC reported on

Friday. This week the pound hit a 31-month low against the US

dollar amid increasing speculation the UK could leave the

European Union (EU) without a deal.

"This summer is likely to see the highest number of Chinese

tourists to the UK ever," said ForwardKeys spokesman David

Tarsh, adding that the number of Indian visitors was ahead by 20

per cent, with Japan at 10 per cent and the US at 5 per cent.

Sarah Hewin, chief economist for Europe and the Americas at

Standard Chartered, said the low pound meant visitors would be

feeling wealthier.

"The fall in the value of the pound against China's currency

means that Chinese tourists coming to the UK have seen their

spending power increase by around 5 per cent in the past three

months." Patricia Yates, a director at the UK's tourism promotion

agency Visit Britain, is seeing on the ground, said: "The UK is

offering great value for inbound visitors right now which gives us

a valuable opportunity including in Europe, where we are already

running a campaign to promote travel to the UK during the summer."

But when it comes to European visitors, Visit Britain has

said that there was some concern about the impact that the uncertainty

of Brexit is having, the BBC reported.

The latest ONS tourism stats showed that visits from Europe to

the UK were relatively flat from January to March this year - up

just 2 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Heads of Russian, Japanese and Korean

Olympic panels to participate in EEF 2019

"In sports, there are no competitions

that could compare in scale and significance

to the Olympics; the Games can

have a real impact on solving political,

economic and social issues, as well as

contribute to peace, progress, mutual

cultural integration and rapprochement

of peoples," he said.

"Bearing in mind that from 2018 to

2022, the Olympics are being hosted by

APR (Asia Pacific Region) countries,

for us, EEF is a great opportunity to

expand cooperation with national

Olympic committees and organizing

committees of the hosting states," said

the President of the Russian Olympic

Committee. About the agreement to be

signed between the Olympic

Committees of Russia and Japan in

Vladivostok, he said, "It is a very important

thing. It will allow to tone up the

process of preparation of our athletes

that might represent the country in

Tokyo 2020, (and) efficiently and thoroughly

implement key projects and programmes

aimed at achieving best

results."

The most important thing,

Pozdnyakov said is that "such interaction

format turns our relations into a

trusting and constructive dialogue for

discussion of all relevant matters."

It may be noted that a similar cooperation

agreement was signed at EEF

2018 by Pozdnyakov and Gou

Zhongwen, Head of the Chinese

Olympic Committee.

The ceremony was attended by

Russian President Vladimir Putin and

Chinese President Xi Jinping.


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The stand taken by the Supreme

Court of India on the Unnao case is a

slap on the face of the tall claims of

law and order in Uttar Pradesh. That

all the four cases related to it are now

transferred to Delhi and will face trial

with in 45 days from yesterday reflect

how deliberate were Uttar Pradesh

government’s effort to deny her justice.

Can you imagine the horror and

terror that this brave girl faced

through the henchmen of the MLA

Kuldeep Sengar who enjoyed patronage

of all the political parties.

The issue of women’s safety is of

great concern but look at the people.

The bloody village is sleeping as if

nothing happened. Where are the

political parties in Uttar Pradesh.

Why the issue not raised by them

powerfully as happened during

Nirbhaya. Can you imagine, this case

has brought so much misery for the

girls family. Her father was arrested,

tortured and ultimately died in the

custody and the girl was blaming to

herself for his death. Her mother

faced trauma. The girl and her mother

were gang raped by the goons of

Sanger. Her Uncle too was put under

false charges. And finally, when she

did not leave her struggle and fight

for justice, the powerful MLA and

henchmen planned a murder of the

entire family so that the cases are

closed.

How poorly it reflect in our system

that a victim dies the case is closed.

Please dont do so. It is important that

these thugs and cheats are boycotted

publicly and punished by the courts

of law.

The BJP after the high tone of the

CJI has expelled Senger but with a

faint heart. Ofcourse, the party, will

compensate his wife or brothers with

some position as they did to the

chiller politician who abused Ms

Mayawati. They made her MLA and

now the woman is a minister. Look,

how the BJP leader Jagdambika Pal

defended Sengar by accusing the

opposition to plotting the murder of

the family of the Unnao survivor but

did not utter a word against his

‘biradari’ goons.

As I said we all failed in protecting

this. The Thakur leaders remained

mute and in fact protected their own

community goon masquerading as

leader. The Thakur community

remain mute and completely under

the grip their male leadership and

owner, did not stand up. The ‘others’

who felt that it is not an important

issue since the ‘victim’ does not hail

from a ‘marginalised’ or ‘minority’

community. This incident happened

during the Kathua case. The nation

new about Kathua that time but not

Unnao. I dont say that Kathua incident

was not important. I have all

support for those brave legal fighters

who fought and I can understand the

limitations of ours, resources and

everything but we do understand also

the dilemmas of people.

Kathua verdict is already out as it

was actively followed up and taken up

by the activists but unfortunately

Unnao incident was not taken up that

seriously resulting which the state has

the fullest monopoly. It tried to muzzle

her voice. She

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How we failed as a

society in Unnao

was languishing

from here

to there. The

CBI court has

not yet started. It did not have a judge.

Her uncle faced chagesheet while

father was arrested, tortured and killed

in police custody. In the meanwhile,

the girl and her mother also gang

raped. It showed how powerful these

terrorists are. Frankly, in India, incidents

become stories when the perpetrators

of crime belong to other communities.

Have you ever imagined

what would have happened if, the

criminals belonged to other community

particularly Muslim, in the case of

Unnao ? I can bet we would have seen

Karni Senas, Ram Senas, Kshatriya

Senas, Hindu Yova Vahinis, Bajrangis

and what not in the street and country

would have been in the boil and prime

time fake warriors would have

been debating about this all the

time instigating people to boycott

or even take revenge. But this is

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

social and human rights activist

Tsunami fears after quake off coast of Indonesia

Jakarta : Indonesia's

authorities on Friday urged

people living near the coast to

move to higher ground after a

powerful earthquake off the

island of Java, triggering tsunami

fears. Officials said the

earthquake, estimated by US

monitors at magnitude 6.9,

risked generating a tsunami 3

metre (10ft) high. The quake

reportedly struck at a depth of

52.8 km at 7.03 p.m.

According to the United

States Geological Survey

(USGS), the epicentre was in

the Sunda Strait, about 104 km

from the city of Tugu Hilir in

Banten province, on the island

of Java. Tremors were felt in

many cities, including

Indonesia's capital Jakarta,

prompting people to run out of

their homes. The earthquake

lasted around 40 seconds.

There were no immediate

reports of damage or casualties.

The Indonesia's Meteorology,

Climatology and Geophysical

Agency issued a tsunami warning

for four areas. The agency

said there was no change in the

sea water level in the 40 minutes

following the earthquake. The

quake also caused some blackouts,

plunging some of the

not the case with the Thakurs

alone. We have seen this in all the

communities including Dalits,

Adivasis, Muslims too where certain

matters are treated ‘internal’ and people

do not speak up. Women’s issues

are basically treated internally and

affected areas into darkness. The

Indonesian National Board for

Disaster said it was working

with local authorities to evacuate

people living on the coastline.

The board told people in

the affected areas to evacuate to

higher places. There was no

tsunami threat to other countries

along the Indian Ocean,

according to USGS data and

the Indonesia Tsunami Early

Warning System. Indonesia has

a history of devastating earthquakes

and tsunamis with more

than 2,000 killed last

September on the island of

Sulawesi.

become volatile only when the aggressor

belong to another community.

A crime is a crime is a crime and

we need to stand up and speak

against. This country is losing everything.

My worry is not merely the

constitutional court’s supremacy. It

will happen and hopefully, the girl

survive and also her lawyer. The real

worry is how we keep conspicuously

silent on times and speak up on occasions

when it

suits us. The principles

of ‘convenience’

need to be

given a go by if

we want to survive

as a democratic

nation

which can truly

be called

civilised.

I hope the brave girl of Unnao will

survive and speak up her story and

inspire many others who remain to

keep quiet. I can only salute to this

girl for her indomitable spirit, her

Islamabad : Pakistan Prime Minister Imran

Khan will address the nation on August 18 over

his government's performance after completing

a year in power, the media reported on Saturday.

Khan assumed office as the 22nd Prime

Minister of Pakistan on August 18, 2018,

reports Geo News.

The Prime Minister's Office said that Khan

has directed all ministries and divisions to submit

their one-year performance report. He has

instructed the ministries and divisions to highlight

five big achievements during the Pakistan

Tehreek-e-Insaf government's first year in

power by August 9.

August 2019

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courage despite all adversity that it

brought in her life. We know what do

you get after losing all your family

members. That pain will always be

there but she can be an inspiration for

many others who lose hope and just

succumb. Let us hope that she is able

to see the perpetrators of the crime

facing maximum punishment and an

example is set that before others

attempt to do it, they realise that there

is a law which can catch them.

Will this Supreme court monitoring

of this case, will send any message

to the powerful who thing they

can do things at the whims and fancies.

Let us see how our political parties

take up this issue and ensure that

no such leader is given any space in

their parties. Will they rise up and

make an operation clean up in their

respective parties ? Will our society

stand up when the matter comes from

the communities. Will communities

stand up and boycott who are found

of such criminal acts. The Supreme

Court guided court verdict in this case

will come and hopefully, with in this

year, we will get a verdict but the bigger

question is for all of us as a society

? Will the society remain mute to

‘internal’ violation and only take to

street when it is done by the ‘others’.

This is the biggest challenge. Treat

crime as a crime whoever does it is a

criminal. Ofcourse everybody has a

right to have a fair trial. We hope the

terror regimes which have many

enclaves like this in many places of

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other parts

of India will come to an end if there

are clear cut guidelines. And hopefully,

one day, these people will also

called ‘terrorist’ by the government.

Will they ? Not at all because, the

action against Sengar has only happened

after the outburst of the

Supreme Court.

If the Supreme Court can widen

and monitor this case regularly and

give an ambiguous order regarding

the behavior of the police officer or

investigating agencies, it will go in a

long long way. Nothing substantial

happened after Nribhaya case but now

time has come when we all have to sit

and ponder over as why we are unable

to grow and become a civilised society.

Dont leave everything for politicians

and government to ‘think’ as

larger ownership in this case is of the

society which failed to rise up.

Vidya Bhushan Rawat is a social

and human rights activist. He blogs

at www.manukhsi.blogspot.com

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Email: vbrawat@gmail.com

Pak PM to address nation on

completion of 1 yr in office


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MAMATA condoles

Siddhartha's death, flays

harassment by Centre

WI series: Team India begins

preparation for World T20

Jakarta : At least one person was killed,

four others injured and 1,000 people were displaced

when a 6.9 earthquake struck the strait

between the Indonesian islands of Java and

Sumatra, officials said on Saturday. The quake

that occurred on Friday night, caused structural

damage in over 100 buildings, including 58

houses and a

mosque in the

municipality of

Pandeglang, located

closest to the

epicenter and the

worst affected, the

National Disaster

Management

Agency said in a

statement. The

tremor was also felt

in the capital city of Jakarta, located around

250 km northwest, and damaged buildings in

West Java's Bandung, over 300 km from the

epicenter, reports Efe news. The authorities

initially issued a tsunami alert that led people

in several parts of the coast of Java and

New Delhi : Back on the field after their

World Cup debacle, Team India will start their

preparations for next year's World T20 in the

first T20I of the three-match series against the

West Indies at the Central Broward Regional

Park Stadium on Saturday.

Before leaving for the West Indies tour,

skipper Virat Kohli had said the line-up of

such trophies - World T20s in 2020 and 2021

-- ensured "players always had something to

play for, look forward to". And thus, the threematch

rubber will provide him with the chance

of giving youngsters an opportunity to showcase

their talent in the shortest format of the

game.

The series will serve as a great opportunity

for the likes of Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer

and Khaleel Ahmed, who missed out on a

chance to play in the 50-over World Cup in the

UK.

All these three players performed well for

the India "A" side in the Caribbean Islands

and would want to continue with their form

and impress the captain as well as the selectors

for future. The series could also see Rahul

Chahar and Navdeep Saini make their international

debuts as many senior bowlers have

been rested. The only experienced campaigner

in the pace bowling line-up is Bhuvneshwar

Kumar.

In the batting department, Rohit Sharma is

almost certain to be joined by his regular partner

Shikhar Dhawan who got injured in

England. K.L. Rahul will most likely be batting

after Kohli if the team management

doesn''t wish to give Iyer a go. This should be

followed by promising wicketkeeper Rishabh

Pant. The Men in Blue will go into the series

as favourites even though West Indies are

counted amongst the most dangerous sides in

this format of the game.

The hosts, led by Carlos Brathwaite, have

the likes of Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine

and they are more than capable of turning the

game in a flash. In bowling department too,

they boast of having the likes of Sheldon

Cottrell and Oshane Thomas who are matchwinners

in T20 format. Andre Russell being

ruled out due to fitness woes is a big blow, but

fans can be rest assured of some fireworks in

the three-match T20I series.

Squads India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit

Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul,

Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant

(WK), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja,

Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar,

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed,

Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.

West Indies: John Campbell, Evin Lewis,

Shimron Hetmyer, Nicolas Pooran, Kieron

Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite

(c), Keemo Paul, Sunil Narine, Sheldon

Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Anthony Bramble,

Khary Pierre, Jason Mohammed.

1 killed, 1,000 displaced

in 6.9 Indonesia quake

Sumatra, Indonesia's most populated regions,

to move to higher areas. But the warning was

deactivated two hours later. The US

Geological Survey, which records seismic

activity around the world and had initially

estimated the earthquake's magnitude to be

6.8, put the epicenter around 90 km southwest

of Pandeglang and

its hypocenter at a

depth of 42 km.

Indonesia sits

on the Pacific

Ring of Fire, an

area of massive

seismic and volcanic

activities

with 127 active

volcanoes. It

experiences about

7,000, mostly-moderate, quakes a year.

Last September, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake

struck the island of Sulawesi and triggered

a tsunami, causing over 2,000 deaths

and leaving 200,000 displaced from Palu and

Donggala.

Kolkata : Condoling the death

of Cafe Coffee Day Enterprises'

founding Chairman V.G.

Siddhartha, West Bengal Chief

Minister Mamata Banerjee on

Wednesday said the central government

must ensure that political

vendetta and agencies did not

demoralise industrialists and

hamper nation's progress.

"I am deeply shocked by the

incident relating to V.G.

Siddhartha, Cafe Coffee Day

founder. It is indeed very sad and

very unfortunate. From what he

has expressed, it appears he was

greatly depressed due to harassment

and pressure from different

agencies for which he could not

run his business in a peaceful

manner. This he could not resist,"

Banerjee wrote on Facebook. The

CM said she had heard that the

captains of industries were under

pressure; some of them had left

the country and some were contemplating

to move out. Banerjee

wrote: "My appeal to the government

is that when you have been

elected, you have to work in a

peaceful manner so that people

are confident and that political

vendetta and agencies don't

destroy the future of the country".

She expressed her deep condolence

to the family members of

V.G.Siddhartha.

Punjab man commits suicide

after killing family members

Chandigarh : A 27-year-old man committed suicide after he

shot dead five members of his family in a village in Punjab, police

said on Saturday. The incident took place at Nathuwal village near

Moga on Friday night, a police official said.

Sandeep Singh allegedly shot dead his grandmother, father,

mother, sister and her three-year-old daughter and later shot himself,

the official said. His grandfather received bullet injuries.

The reason for the shooting is yet to be ascertained.


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OVER 500 SIKH

pilgrims return from

August 2019

5

Man gives triple talaq

to wife on road in UP

UNNAO RAPE

survivor still in

critical condition

Lucknow : The Unnao rape survivor

was still on a ventilator on Thursday -

the fifth day after the Sunday road accident,

which had left two of her aunts

dead and she and her lawyer injured -

and her condition was still critical, doctors

said.

There was no appreciable upturn in

her condition, which is still grave, said

King George Medical College

spokesperson Sandeep Tiwari, though

the condition of her lawyer Mahendra

Singh had improved marginally.

Singh, who was on oxygen for 10

hours, was then shifted to a ventilator

and this change had been done several

times, he said.

Tiwari said that the CT scan report of

the woman was roughly normal, and her

blood samples have been drawn for various

checks. He said that in such a condition

as hers, no patient is off ventilator

support, which is provided for some

brief periods in order to support the

internal organs.

The rape survivor and her lawyer

were severely injured and both her aunts

killed as a truck collided with their vehicle

on Sunday afternoon as they were on

their way to the Rae Bareli jail to visit

her uncle. Meanwhile, the Unnao

Superintendent of Police has suspended

three of the six police personnel

deployed with the rape survivor for her

protection. According to the district

police chief's spokesman, three police

personnel - Sudesh Kumar, Ruby Patel

and Anita - faced action for not fulfilling

their responsibilities. Of the six police

guards, three were deployed at her home

while three were tasked with accompanying

her when she travelled outside.

When the accident occurred on

Sunday, none of the police personnel

were with her. While police have said

that it is possible that the security personnel

were left behind as there was no

space in the vehicle, however, it was

argued that there were only four people

in the car, including the rape survivor.

New Delhi : The Delhi Minorities

Commission here on Thursday released a fact

finding commission's report on religious

structures in West Delhi and accused

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Parvesh

Sahib Singh of spreading lies. It also demanded

filing of an FIR against him. Singh had last

month claimed that mosques and graveyards

were mushrooming on public land in the

national capital, particularly in West Delhi --

his constituency. He had also submitted to

Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal a list of 54 such

illegal sites. The report rejected the MP's

claims and stated that there were sufficient

PAKISTAN BY ROAD

Amritsar : A 'nagar kirtan' comprising 500

Sikh pilgrims returned to India from Pakistan

via road on Thursday after paying obeisance at

the historic Nankana Sahib, the birth place of

Guru Nanak Dev.

The 'nagar kirtan' or religious procession was

associated with the 550th birth anniversary celebrations

of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of

Sikhism, which would begin on a large scale in

both the countries in November.

Two days ago, the Indian pilgrims had

entered Pakistan's Punjab province to commence

their procession

from the

Nankana Sahib.

On the Indian

side, a sea of

devotees assembled

to receive the

Guru Granth

Sahib, the holy

book, along with

the pilgrims. As

the procession

amidst religious

fervour entered

India from the

Wagah border

crossing, 'Panj

Pyaras' received

the Guru Granth

Sahib.

A red carpet

welcome by

showering flower

petals was given

by the Shiromani

Gurdwara

Parbandhak

Committee

(SGPC), known as the mini-parliament of Sikhs,

where Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal

and his wife and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur

Badal, state Cabinet Ministers O.P. Soni and

Charanjit Singh Channi, and local MP Gurjit

Aujla were among others present on the occasion.

Akali Dal MLA Manjinder S. Sirsa, who is

the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Committee President,

was leading the Indian pilgrims. Besides Sirsa,

Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet

Singh, SGPC President Gobind Singh Longowal

and Chief Secretary Roop Singh, were accompanying

the Sikh devotees.

The devotees crossed the Wagah-Atari joint

check post and were accorded a warm welcome.

They reached Attari, some 28 km from here,

grounds for registering

an FIR against him as

he "targeted a particular

community and

(for) creating communal

disharmony in

Delhi". It also said the

MP had violated the

oath of office and the

DMC should file a

complaint in Lok

Sabha's ethics committee.

With the Assembly polls approaching,

there should be zero tolerance for those

after also paying obeisance at the Kartarpur

Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan's Punjab Province.

The Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, originally

known as Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, is among the

holy shrines which is believed to be the final

resting place of Guru Nanak Dev. Located on the

banks of Ravi river, the Kartarpur Sahib

Gurdwara was built to commemorate the site

where Guru Nanak settled after his missionary

work.

Starting from Nankana Sahib, the 'nagar kirtan'

will visit five 'takhts' (temporal seats) of the

Sikh faith -- Akal

Takht in Amritsar,

Takht Kesgarh Sahib

in Anandpur Sahib,

Takht Damdama

Sahib in Talwandi

Sabo, Takht Patna

Sahib in Patna and

Takht Hazur Sahib in

Nanded in

Maharashtra, before

reaching Punjab's

Sultanpur Lodhi in

November to mark

the 550th birth

anniversary.

The Pakistan government

is likely to

allow pilgrims from

all over the world to

Sikh historical

shrines like Panja

Sahib, Dera Sahib

and Nankana Sahib

during the celebration

in November, a

SGPC official told

IANS here.

"Pakistan feels honoured that celebrations of

the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak are

being started from Nankana Sahib," the Pakistan

High Commission in New Delhi said in a statement

when the Sikh pilgrims left for Pakistan.

Pakistan last month agreed in principle to allow

visa-free, year-long travel to the Kartarpur Sahib

Gurdwara for Indian passport holders and

Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card holders

via the upcoming 4.2-km-long corridor

which is scheduled to be opened by October 31,

a week before the celebrations to mark the 550th

birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

Currently, the devotees from the Indian side

can pay obeisance by seeing through binoculars

the white-coloured Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara

located in Pakistan.

BJP MP accused of spreading lies

about mosques on public land

spreading lies and hates, it said.

The committee, headed by Owais Sultan,

said none of those structures mentioned in

the MP's list were built on public land illegally

or were encroachment.

"The list of mosques, mazaars, graveyards

and madrasas was prepared in a careless and

non-serious manner to spoil the social atmosphere,"

Sultan told media.

The committee's report was submitted to

DMC chairman Zafarul Islam Khan on

Tuesday and was released on Thursday. The

DMC will also submit a copy of the report to

Baijal.

Moradabad : On a day when the country was celebrating

the law against triple talaq, a man in Moradabad district of

Uttar Pradesh announced triple talaq to his wife on a road after

he got into an altercation with his wife.

A video surfaced on the social media on Wednesday in

which the man can be seen fighting with his wife’s brother.

Details of the reason behind the fight were not known. In the

video, the woman can be heard saying that she had earlier

approached the police and complained against her husband.

Police officials said that they were trying to ascertain the

identity of the couple and the truth behind the incident.

Parliament on Tuesday approved a bill outlawing the centuries-old

right of a Muslim man to instantly divorce his wife.

Army chief meets J&K governor;

Assembly polls talk intensifies

New Delhi-Army Chief General Bipin Rawat called on

Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik in Srinagar on

Thursday in what was

termed by defence

sources as a general meeting

to review security scenario

in the valley.

The meeting assumes

significance as it comes

days after the Union

home ministry cleared

deployment of additional

10,000 paramilitary

troopers for Jammu &

Kashmir.

Srinagar-based 15

Corps of Indian Army

tweeted from its official

handle, "General Bipin

Rawat, #COAS along

with #ArmyCdrNC &

#ChinarCorpsCdr reviewed security situation in #Kashmir;

lauded exemplary commitment & high morale of troops &

cdrs. Emphasised on Inter-Agency synergy. Later, called on

Hon'ble Governor of J&K and apprised him of overall security."

A senior army officer told IANS, it was a routine meeting

to review security scenario in J&K.

The movement of additional troops into the valley is variously

presumed to be a precursor to the abrogation of Article

35A and Assembly elections. The state is under the President's

rule. Rawat's meeting with the governor is expected to add fuel

to the speculations.

TWO arrested with fake

currency worth Rs 4 lakh

New Delhi : Two persons, including a women, have been arrested

in North

Delhi for

allegedly carrying

fake

Indian currency

notes

worth Rs 4

lakh, the

police said on

Thursday. The

accused duo were arrested from near the Haiderpur Badli Mor metro

station near Shalimar Bagh.

"After frisking the duo, fake currency notes of Rs 2,000 with a

face value of Rs 4,00,000 were recovered from their possession,"

said a senior police officer. Further investigation is underway.


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BJP's assets increased by

22% in 2017-18: ADR

New Delhi : The total assets

of the BJP in 2017-18 registered

a rise of 22 per cent compared

to previous financial

year's asset declaration of Rs

1,213 crore to Rs 1,483.35

crore, election watchdog

Association of Democratic

Reforms (ADR) has said.

An ADR report said the

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

was among the seven national

parties whose assets, as

declared by them during 2017-

18, was 6 per cent more than

their declaration in 2016-17.

The total assets declared by the

seven parties -- BJP, Congress,

Nationalist Congress Party

(NCP), Bahujan Samaj Party

(BSP), Communist Party of

India (CPI), Communist Party

of India (Marxist) and

Trinamool Congress (TMC)--

in 2017-18 was Rs 3,456.65

crore, up from Rs 3,260.81

crore in 2016-17. "During

2016-17, the declared assets of

the BJP totaled Rs 1,213.13

crore and increased by 22.27

per cent to Rs 1,483.35 crore

during 2017-18," the report

said. As per the ADR report,

the Congress and the NCP

were the only two national parties

that have shown a decrease

in their annual declared assets.

The total assets of the

Congress between 2016-17

and 2017-18 decreased by

15.26 per cent (from Rs 854.75

crore to Rs 724.35 crore) while

those of the NCP fell by 16.39

per cent (from Rs 11.41 crore

to Rs 9.54 crore) during the

corresponding period.

However, the total assets of

the TMC increased by 10.86

per cent, from Rs 26.25 crore

during 2016-17 to Rs 29.10

crore in 2017-18. The assets of

the BSP also showed an

increase from Rs 680.63 crore

in 2016-17 to Rs 716.72 crore

in 2017-18, while the assets of

the CPI-M were Rs 463.76

crore in 2016-17 and it went up

to Rs 482.1 crore in 2017-18.

The assets of the CPI also rose

from Rs 10.88 crore in 2016-

2017 to Rs 11.49 crore in

2017-18. The assets include

fixed assets, loans and

advances, deposits made and

investments, the report said.

According to the ADR report,

the total liabilities for 2016-17

declared by these parties, however,

amounted to Rs 514.99

crore (an average of Rs 73.57

crore per party), which

decreased by 27.26 per cent to

Rs 374.61 crore in 2017-18.

"For 2016-17, the Congress

declared the highest liabilities

of Rs 461.73 crore followed by

the BJP with Rs 20.03 crore.

"And for 2017-18, highest liabilities

of Rs 324.2 crore were

declared by the Congress followed

by the BJP with Rs

21.38 crore and the TMC with

Rs 10.65 crore." Four political

parties declared a decrease in

liabilities between 2016-17

and 2017-18 -- Congress Rs

137.53 crore, CPI-M Rs 3.02

crore, NCP Rs 1.34 crore and

TMC Rs 55 lakh -- while BJP,

CPI and BSP have declared an

increase in liabilities during

2017-18.

After SC rap, public outrage, BJP expels MLA Sengar

slammed for

remark on

press freedom

Islamabad : The global media

watchdog, Reporters Without Borders

(RSF), has criticised Pakistan's Prime

Minister

Imran Khan

for rejecting

the question

of media

curbs in the

country.

During his

visit to the

US, Khan

had said

that talking

about curbs

on press freedom in Pakistan was a

"joke". "It is clear that either you are

very poorly informed, in which case

you should urgently replace the people

around you, or you are knowingly

concealing the facts, which is very

serious, given your responsibilities,"

RSF Secretary General Christophe

Deloire wrote on Wednesday, reported

Dawn newspaper.

The RSF alleged that it was an

"obscenity" for Khan to say that press

freedom was thriving in Pakistan.

Given a recent surge in press freedom

violations, which the RSF enumerated

in a statement, "you will appreciate

that to talk of 'one of the freest

presses in the world' is clearly tantamount

to an obscenity," Deloire said.

He urged Khan to "allow

Pakistan's journalists to exercise their

profession in complete safety and

with complete independence". The

credibility of the Pakistani state and

democracy is at stake, he said. Earlier

in July, the government launched a

blistering attack on the press, linking

critical coverage to potential "treason".

Also in July, a number of private

television channels had their

broadcasts cut after screening a press

conference with former Prime

Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter

Maryam Nawaz. In recent years, the

space for dissent has shrunk, with the

government announcing a crackdown

on social networks and traditional

media houses decrying pressure from

authorities that they say has resulted

in widespread self-censorship.

New Delhi : After much dilly-dallying,

Representing Bangarmau assembly constituency

the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on

in Unnao, Sengar had joined the

Thursday succumbed to immense public

BJP in 2017. It had taken immense pressure

pressure and expelled four-time Uttar

for the BJP to ensure Sengar is arrested after

Pradesh legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar

he was accused of raping a woman in Unnao.

who is under scanner for an alleged attempt

The rape victim is battling for her life after

to kill the woman he was accused of raping.

being seriously injured in a road accident on

The party's decision came on the day the

July 28 near Rae Bareli. Sengar, who is in

Supreme Court took a serious note of the

jail, is under scanner for his alleged role in

incident and ordered that all the cases pertaining

the accident in which victim's two aunts died

to rape and the road accident of the

and her lawyer got seriously injured. He has

victim will be investigated in New Delhi, not

been in all the political parties in Uttar

Uttar Pradesh. BJP MP and spokesperson

Pradesh starting with the Congress, then

G.V L Narsimha Rao said that there is no

joining the Bahujan Samaj Party before having

place for any person in the party who is facing

a stint with Samajwadi Party and finally

serious charges. Sources said that the

landing in the BJP. UP BJP chief Swatantra

party was forced to take action against the

Dev Singh on Wednesday had said that

MLA because of growing public outrage and

Sengar was under suspension amidst growing

demands for his expulsion. Sources said that his

the tough stand taken by the SC sealed Sengar's fate. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Party leaders said that

The party had earlier refrained from taking stern action now defending him had become untenable in wake of political clout in the region forced BJP to delay the decision

to expel him.

as the legislator was seen to be close to Uttar Pradesh the growing sentiment both outside and within the party.

Pak to give consular access to Jadhav, India evaluating

New Delhi/Islamabad :

Pakistan has decided to grant

consular access to Indian national

Kulbhushan Jadhav, a fortnight

after the ICJ ruling, and has

informed India about it.

New Delhi confirmed on

Thursday it has received the

Pakistani proposal and said it will

communicate with Islamabad

through diplomatic channels.

Amid reports that Pakistan has

set some conditions on providing

consular access, like insisting

that it will have its own person

present during the meeting

between Indian officials and

Jadhav, India said that it is "evaluating"

the Pakistani proposal in

the "light of the judgement of the

ICJ ruling".

"I am not getting into the

modalities. We have received a

proposal from Pakistan, and we

are evaluating it in the light of

judgment of the ICJ. We will

maintain communication with

Pakistan through diplomatic

channels," said Ministry of

External Affairs spokesperson

Raveesh Kumar, answering

queries at a media briefing in

New Delhi.

Pakistan Foreign Office

spokesperson Mohammed Faisal,

in an answer to a query at a media

briefing in Islamabad, said: "We

have offered the Indian High

Commission to avail consular

access on this Friday. The reply

from the Indian side is awaited."

According to reports, the time

for the consular access is 3 p.m.

on Friday.

On July 18, Pakistan said it

has informed Jadhav of his rights

to consular access under the

Vienna Convention, in accordance

with the International

Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling, and

said it will grant consular access

to the Indian national "according

to Pakistani laws".

The move comes after the ICJ

rapped Islamabad for continually

denying Jadhav, incarcerated in a

military jail in an unknown location

in Pakistan, consular access

in accordance with the Vienna

Convention.

In its July 17 verdict, the ICJ

had directed Pakistan for a continued

stay on the death sentence

of Jadhav and to provide him

consular access.

Pakistan had refused to allow

Indian officials to meet Jadhav

ever since his "arrest" in March

2016 for alleged espionage. In

April 2017, he was sentenced to

death by a military court, after

which India approached the ICJ.


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Will accept Lamba's resignation even on Twitter: AAP

New Delhi : Soon after Aam

Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Alka

Lamba said on Sunday she will resign

from the party's primary membership

and will contest the next election as

an Independent candidate, the AAP

said it will accept her resignation

even on Twitter.

Lamba, who has not been on the

same page as the party on various

issues since the past several months,

said she took the decision after consulting

the public, although she did

not reveal the date when she would

resign. She also said that she would

not give up her position in the Delhi

assembly. "People from my constituency

have decided that firstly,

instead of compromising with selfrespect

I should resign from the

party's primary membership, which

has been announced today (Sunday),

and secondly, that I should contest the

next election from Chandni Chowk as

an Independent candidate," the

Chandni Chowk MLA tweeted in

Hindi.

Challenging the party and its chief

Arvind Kejriwal, Lamba said: "If you

have guts, then sack me from the

party. I know you will never do this as

you are scared of the people. I will

continue to be the MLA, as I don't

want people and development work

to suffer." Responding to Lamba's

announcement, AAP spokesperson

Saurabh Bhardwaj said: "She has

announced this a dozen of times in the

past. It takes only a minute to send a

written resignation letter to the party

leadership. We will accept it on

Twitter too."

The first major flare-up between

Lamba and the AAP surfaced in

December 2018 when she went

against the party over an alleged resolution

to revoke former Prime

Minister Rajiv Gandhi's Bharat Ratna

award. Since then she has accused the

party of partiality and misbehaviour

on several occasions.

Rupee ends five-month low

post hawkish Fed comment

Mumbai : The Indian rupee fell to a

five-month low while the gold lost

sheen after a surprise hakwish tone of

the US central bank on Thursday.

The Indian rupee weakened to Rs

69.05 from its Wednesday's close of Rs

68.79 after the US central bank stated

that the rate cut was "not the beginning

of a long series of rate cuts". The precious

metal also declined by half-a-per

cent. At the Multi Commodity

Exchange (MCX) at 20.55 IST gold

expiring in August was trading at Rs

35,235 per 10 gram, down Rs 184 or

0.52 per cent. It fell to a

low of Rs 35,025 per 10

gram earlier.

"Market was expecting

a 25 bps rate cut and

Fed delivered it. Though

it was the first rate cut in

a decade, it was a preemptive

action to protect

the US economy

from slowing global

growth and impact of the ongoing US-

China trade war," said Rahul Gupta,

Currency Research Head, Emkay

Global Financial. "Ideally a rate cut

should have depreciated the dollar,

however, the unexp ected hawkish tone

of Fed led to a dollar rally. Also, the

risk appetite plunged putting pressure

on emerging market currencies, resulting

in a gap down opening in the

rupee." Gold contract expiry in

December was trading at Comex at

$1427.25 per troy ounce, lower by

$10.75 or 0.27 per cent from previous

close. Earlier the contract fell to

$1412.25 during the Thursday's trade.

Commodity expert Ajay Kedia of

Kedia Commodity said attributed the

fall in gold prices to strengthening of

the dollar which followed the rate cut.

August 2019

7

Ratul Puri

linked to killing

of witness: ED

tells court

New Delhi : The Enforcement

Directorate on Tuesday told a Delhi

court that Kamal Nath's nephew Ratul

Puri is "highly

influential"

and is

allegedly

responsible

for the

"killing of a

witness". Puri

is under the

scanner for

allegedly

receiving

kickbacks in the AgustaWestland deal

through his companies.

Arguing for the ED, Special Public

Prosecutor D.P. Singh said: "The man is

so influential that he not only poses

flight risk but is capable of and responsible

for tampering evidence and influencing

the witness where one witness we

fear has been killed."

Special CBI judge Arvind Kumar,

who is hearing the anticipatory bail plea

filed by Puri, has posted the matter for

hearing at 3 p.m. While Special Public

Prosecutors D.P. Singh and Naveen

Kumar Matta are representing the ED,

senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi

and Vijay Aggarwal are appearing for

Puri. Earlier on Monday, Special Judge

Arvind Kumar extended the interim protection

granted to Puri while slating the

matter for hearing at noon on Tuesday.

Unnao rape : SC shifts trial to Delhi,

orders solatium, security to family

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on

Thursday passed an unprecedented and

comprehensive order in the five cases

connected with the Unnao rape case.

The court order included compensation

for the victim, shifting of cases to

Delhi, daily trial to be completed in 45

days, security cover for the victim's

family members, best medical treatment

for the victim, completing of investigation

within a fortnight by the CBI in the

accident and possibility of shifting victim's

uncle to Delhi prison on security

grounds.

"The trial judge to whom the cases

have been earmarked will commence

the trial forthwith on a day-to-day basis

and will ensure completion of trial of all

the five cases within 45 days from the

commencement of trial", said Chief

Justice of india (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi.

Dharmesh Sharma, district judge in

Tize Hazari court, will conduct the trial.

The CJI got agitated on learning that

charges in the cases are yet to be

framed. "What is happening in this

country", he lashed out at the authorities

concerned present in the court.

The Bench also awarded Rs 25 lakh

compensation to the victim. "We direct

Uttar Pradesh to pay an interim compensation

and the compensation will be

paid to the mother of the victim by

tomorrow (Friday)", said the court.

The court has granted two weeks to

conclude the investigation into the

Sunday's truck-car accident, which left

the rape victim and her lawyer in critical

condition and her two aunts dead.

Learning about the victim's medical

condition, the court asked the family's

counsel D. Ram Krishna Reddy to

ascertain the family's views in connection

with the victim's transfer to a hospital

outside Lucknow. The court was

informed that the victim was receiving

the best medical attention in a top hospital

in Lucknow. "Amicus curiae to

ascertain the views of the family of the

lawyer of the victim as to whether the

said person should be shifted from the

hospital in Lucknow to another hospital

in the country for more advanced medical

treatment", said the court.

The court also ordered security cover

for the victim and her lawyer, the victim's

mother, four siblings and uncle

Mahesh Singh (younger brother of the

victim's father) and the immediate family

members of Singh, who lives in

Makhi village in Unnao.

"Such security and protection shall

be provided by the Central Reserve

Police Force (CRPF). The commandant

of the CRPF battalion in Raebareli or in

any location near Raebareli where a

CRPF battalion may be located, shall be

responsible for providing adequate

security and protection in terms of this

order," said the court after noting security

threats to the victim's family from

the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator

Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his

henchmen. The court asked the UP government

whether the victim's uncle

should be shifted to Tihar Jail from a

Raebareli jail. "The standing counsel of

UP will inform the court as to whether

Mahesh Singh, currently lodged in

Raebareli jail, needs to be moved out on

account of security reasons," said the

court. The Bench will continue the hearing

on Friday to know if its directions

had been carried out.

The Supreme Court has expanded its

suo moto registered PIL on the steps to

curb child rape cases and included in it

the issue of compensation and protection

to the Unnao rape victim.

The court has considered the amicus

curia's suggestion to make the Bachpan

Bachao Andolan, founded by Noble

Three police guards of Unnao

rape survivor suspended

Lucknow : Three Uttar Pradesh Police personnel tasked with protecting the

rape survivor from Unnao,

were suspended on Thursday

on charges of dereliction of

duty, an official said.

Inspector General of

Police, Law and Order,

Pravin Kumar told reporters

here that the suspended

police personnel are Sudesh

Kumar, and women constables

Sunita Devi and Ruby

Patel. All three were in the

personal security of the rape

survivor but did not accompany her to Rae Bareli on the day the survivor met

with an accident. The young woman, who has accused BJP lawmaker Kuldeep

Sengar of raping her at his residence in 2017 when she was a minor, her family

and her lawyer were hit by a truck in Rae Bareli on Sunday. Her two aunts were

killed and she and the advocate have been critically injured.

Ajendra Awasthi, another advocate for the woman, said he has been provided

with adequate security by the district administration on his request.

Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, a party in

the matter. The CJI on Wednesday took

suo moto cognisance of a letter written

by the victim's family alleging threats

from Sengar's men. The court has

sought a report in seven days from the

registry on the delay in placing the letter

before the court. On Sunday, the victim,

who had accused Sengar of raping her

in 2017, was travelling to Raebareli

with her lawyer Singh and two aunts

when a truck being driven on the wrong

side hit them. The rape victim and her

lawyer are on life support system. Of

the two aunts killed in the accident, one

was witness to the crime.


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BJP manages passage of Triple Talaq bill in RS

New Delhi : A historic legislation,

which criminalises

instant Triple Talaq among

Muslims, got Parliament's nod

on Tuesday, with the government

saying it will provide

much-awaited relief to the

women of the minority community

by ending the "archaic

and medieval" practice.

Scrapping of the practice has

been one of the main planks of

the BJP, whose government at

the Centre led by Prime

Minister Narendra Modi, promulgated

a number of

Ordinances after failing to get

the legislation through the

Rajya Sabha where it lacked

adequate numbers.

The Muslim Women

(Protection of Rights on

Marriage) Bill, 2019 was tabled

in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday

and was passed by 99-84 votes

after a few hours of discussion

and negation of a demand for

sending it to the Select

Committee for proper scrutiny

as well as a host of amendments

moved by the

Opposition members.

An Opposition motion to

send the bill to a Select

Committee was defeated by 84-

100 votes.

The proposed law makes

declaration of triple talaq a cognizable

offence, attracting up to

3 years' imprisonment with a

fine. Under the proposed law, a

Muslim woman against whom

talaq has been declared, is entitled

to seek subsistence

allowance from her husband

for herself and also for her

dependent children. A Muslim

New Delhi-Family members

of the Unnao rape victim, in a

letter to Chief Justice of India

(CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on July 12

had stated that the kin of

accused threatened them to settle

case otherwise they would

be implicated in false cases.

The victim's mother, sister and

aunt alleged they were being

woman, against whom triple

talaq is uttered, is entitled to

seek custody of her minor children.

Members of a number of

parties boycotted voting, benefitting

the government in the

Upper House where the ruling

BJP-led NDA does not have the

majority. BJP's ally Janata Dal-

United also abstained from the

proceedings.

The bill was passed by the

Lok Sabha last week. It will

become the law after President

Ram Nath Kovind signs the

bill. During the debate on the

bill, most of the Opposition

parties objected to the provision

for imprisonment of a man

who utters the word 'talaq'

thrice to divorce his wife, asking

who would look after the

family if the erring male is sent

to jail. Replying to the debate,

Law Minister Ravi Shankar

Prasad countered the

Opposition criticism on making

Triple Talaq a cognizable

constantly threatened by the

men of the accused Bharatiya

Janata Party (BJP) MLA

Kuldeep Singh Sengar. They

sought action against the kin of

accused and lodged a case

against them for threatening

them. "Accused Shashi Singh's

son Naveen Singh, Kuldeep's

brother Manoj Singh and

offence and said nobody questioned

the penal provisions

when the Hindu Marriage Act

of 1955, Dowry Act of 1961

and section 498A of the Indian

Penal Code were brought.

He said when Hindu

Marriage Act was brought, it

was said that the age of the

bridegroom should be 21 while

the bride would be 18. A twoyear

jail term was provided for

those violating the law. At that

time, it was not said that it will

disturb the married life.

Further, the law provided

that a marriage will be void in

case a person went for remarriage

even as he or she had their

spouse. Prasad insisted that the

proposed law had nothing to do

with religion but was only

meant to do away with a social

evil, which has already been

done in many Islamic countries.

Quoting a book by an

Islamic scholar, the minister

said if Prophet Mohammed disapproved

triple talaq centuries

Unnao rape victim's family had

written to CJI about threat

Kunnu Mishra along with

two others visited the victim's

house on July 7," the

letter read. The victim's

family stated in the letter

they told them that they

had bribed the judge and

secured the bail for Shashi

Singh and Kuldeep Singh.

The letter also said on

July 8, Shashi Singh's husband

Haripal Singh came

to the victim's house and

again threatened them.

They also attached photograph

of Haripal Singh

marking his presence at

their residence and visual

of car to support their complaint.

On Sunday, the rape

victim, who had accused

Kuldeep Sengar of raping

her in 2017, was travelling to

Rae Bareli with her lawyer

Mahendra Singh and two relatives

when a truck hit them.

Both the rape victim and the

lawyer have been on life support

since the accident while the

two other woman in the car,

including one who was a witness

to the crime, died.

back, "why are we in 2019

debating whether it is right or

wrong?"

Earlier, while participating

in the discussion, Leader of

Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad

opposed the bill and demanded

it be referred to a Select

Committee so that each provision

could be duly analysed and

vetted.

The Congress leader said the

bill was politically motivated

and there was nothing in the

bill for protection of Muslim

women, for their subsistence

allowance and their children.

He also took on the Law

Minister for "selectively" quoting

Supreme Court orders. He

said the government should

also bring legislation on mob

lynching as the same direction

has come from the apex Court

in the wake of rising violence

against the minority community.

Javed Ali Khan of

Samajwadi Party, while opposing

the bill, said there were

women in the country who

have been abandoned by their

husbands and there are many

famous and renowned persons

among them. "I want to know if

government is planning to

bring any law to ensure the

abandoned wives receive

allowance from these husbands,"

he asked. BJP leader

Bhupender Yadav objected to

his remarks, saying allegations

cannot be levelled against any

person if not convicted by a

court. A Navaneethakrishnan of

AIADMK also opposed the bill

terming it unconstitutional,

arbitrary and illegal. "It is not

Triple Talaq bill passed by Parliament

New Delhi : The Bill outlawing Triple Talaq was on Tuesday

passed in the Rajya Sabha. The Muslim Women (Protection of

Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, was tabled in the upper house

for debate and passage by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad,

who said that though the practice had been banned in many

Islamic countries, India had not done so despite being a secular

nation. The Bill, which criminalises the practice of instant

divorce among the Muslim community, has already been passed

by the Lok Sabha.

sustainable under law... I

humbly submit to this House

that Parliament has no legislative

competence to entertain it,"

he said demanding, scrutiny of

the bill by a Select Committee.

Trinamool Congress member

Dola Sen also demanded

that the bill be sent to a Select

Committee. "We are all for

women empowerment. We are

all for women's rights. Two

things -- one, just remove the

criminality clause. Two, don't

mock the Parliament by passing

this bill today. Send this bill

to a Select Committee," she

said. BJP's Saroj Pandey said

that all those supporting triple

talaq are against women.

T.K.S. Elangovan of DMK

said he welcomed the SC order

on the triple talaq, "but I

strongly oppose the bill introduced

because it is faulty and

government has failed to

New Delhi : A man from Delhi has complained

to the police that he has been receiving

hundreds of phone calls from fans of

Bollywood actress Sunny Leone after his number

was used

in her recent

movie 'Arjun

Patiala'. So far

he has

received hundreds

of calls.

The callers

tell him that

they want to

talk to Sunny

Leone. He

tried to convince

them

that it is not

her phone

number.

It all started

with a scene from the recently-released film

'Arjun Patiala' where the character played by

Leone shares her phone number with another

character in the film.

The victim, 27-year-old Puneet Agarwal, a

resident of Pitampura, has been receiving

innumerable calls and messages since July

understand that the Court has

only made triple talaq as

unlawful and not divorce per se

as unlawful". The Biju Janata

Dal supported the bill but asked

the ruling party as to why it

opposed the judgement on

Sabarimala if it wanted to

empower women.

Party member Prasanna

Acharya said the bill says the

offence of triple talaq would be

made cognizable if the information

is given by the victim or

any person related to her by

blood or marriage but it can be

misused. Congress member

Digvijaya Singh expressed

reservation on the manner in

which the bill was brought and

pointed out that government

had not consulted the Muslim

community on the issue. The

key NDA ally JD-U staged a

walk-out soon after discussion

started on the bill.

Man gets calls asking

for Sunny Leone

26 when the movie was released.

"On July 26, after the release of the movie, I

started receiving calls from unknown people

asking me to let them talk to Sunny Leone.

Initially, I

thought somebody

is playing

a prank on

me, but after a

while, I got to

know that the

makers of the

movie have

actually used

my number

and Sunny

Leone's character

in the

movie dictates

my number,"

said Agarwal.

Agarwal is

now thinking about taking the makers of 'Arjun

Patiala' to court.

"I am being harassed by many callers, people

are abusing me and asking me to do dirty

favours. I have filed a police complaint but till

now the police has not taken any action even

after giving me assurances," he added.


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Doctors, medical students

protest against Medical Bill

New Delhi : Doctors and students

from various hospitals and

colleges protested here on

Monday alleging that the

National Medical Commission

(NMC) Bill will only give a

boost to quacks.

The demonstration came in

response to a call from the

Indian Medical Association

(IMA).

The IMA held a "Delhi

Andolan", which included a

march by the medical fraternity

from Nirman Bhavan - which

houses the Health Ministry - to

Jantar Mantar in the heart of the

capital. Doctors and experts

have alleged that Section 32 of

the proposed NMC Bill will

intensify quackery by rural medical

practitioners, private medical

practitioners and others.

IMA President Santanu Sen

said the "government will have

blood on its hands" if Section 32

Chandigarh : Punjab Chief

Minister Amarinder Singh on

Monday said his government

was formulating a policy to

award a one-rank promotion for

any defence or police personnel

from the state winning a gallantry

award in war or peacetime.

If any such officers or personnel

wish to join Punjab Police, their

service and bravery would be

given due recognition, said the

Chief Minister, while 'pipping

the stars' of Assistant Sub-

Inspector (ASI) on the uniform

of Kargil war hero Satpal Singh.

Satpal Singh, who joined

of the NMC Bill 2019 was not

removed. He said the addition of

Section 32 legalized quackery by

empowering community health

providers to practice medicine

and this would endanger the

lives of people. Rajan Sharma,

another IMA leader, said if

Section 32 was not removed, 3.5

lakh community health providers

would be legalized to prescribe

drugs. The IMA is also opposing

other provisions in the Bill

including the decision to couple

NEXT and NEET and regulation

of fee by the NMC for 50 per

cent seats in private medical colleges

and deemed universities.

"The NMC Bill compromises

patient care and patient safety. It

also violates the constitutional

principles of right to democracy,

federalism and equal opportunity,"

the IMA said in a statement.

The NMC Bill has been listed

for discussion in Parliament on

Monday. The Bill proposes a

common final year MBBS

examination, to be known as

National Exit Test (NEXT), for

admission to post-graduate medical

courses and for obtaining

license to practice medicine. It

would also act as a screening test

for foreign medical graduates,

official sources said. Besides

this, the National Eligibility cum

Entrance Test (NEET), common

counselling and NEXT would be

applicable to institutes of national

importance like AIIMS in

order to achieve a common standard

in medical education in the

country.

Punjab formulating policy for gallantry awardees

Punjab Police after his

discharge from the

Indian Army, was

posted in Drass sector

during Operation Vijay

in 1999. Interestingly,

Satpal Singh finds

mention in

Amarinder's book 'A

Ridge Too Far -- War

in the Kargil Heights'.

Amarinder, who served as an

Army captain during the 1965

India-Pakistan war, promoted

the Vir Chakdra awardee on

Friday from his earlier rank of

Senior Constable in which

capacity he was

managing traffic in

Sangrur district till

July 26.

Director

General of Police

Dinkar Gupta was

also present at the

pipping ceremony.

Amarinder said

he had merely set

right the wrong perpetrated on

Satpal Singh by the previous

SAD-BJP government which

had ignored the valour of the soldier

and failed to give him the

recognition and respect he

deserved. The Chief Minister

said he had not been aware earlier

of the situation and what he

had done now was merely a case

of "too little too late" for the

brave soldier. This should have

been done at the time of Satpal

Singh's recruitment in 2010, he

said.

The policy to be drafted by

his government will leave no

scope for such injustice,

Amarinder said, making it clear

that the policy would cover

police gallantry award winners,

including JCOs, in addition to

the jawans of the defence forces.

'Odisha Rasagola' gets GI

tag in battle with Bengal

Bhubaneswar : Rasagola, the sweet delicacy of Odisha, got the

Geographical Indication (GI) tag on Monday, signalling the end of

the bitter battle with West Bengal over the origin of the famous

Indian sweet. Chennai based GI Registry has granted the GI tag to

'Odisha Rasagola'. The mouth-watering sweet has been registered

under the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and

Protection) Act, 1999. The tag will remain valid till February 22,

2028. The GI tag is a name or sign used on products that have a specific

geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation of that

origin.

Earlier, the Odisha Small Industries Corporation Limited had submitted

the required documents for getting the GI status for 'Odisha

Rasagola'. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his happiness

after Odisha received the GI tag for the sweet delicacy.

"Happy to share that #Odisha Rasagola has received GI Tag in

Geographical Indication Registry. This mouth-watering culinary

delight made of cottage cheese, loved across the world, is offered to

Lord Jagannath as part of bhog since centuries," Patnaik tweeted.

Odisha had moved the GI Registry for its version of the delicacy

after West Bengal was awarded the GI tag for it's variant 'Banglara

Rasagulla' in November 2017.

Odisha had been claiming that the famous delicacy originated in

the state years ago as it was first served at the Lord Jagannath

Temple, the 12th-century shrine in Puri. The word Rasagola was

written in the 'Dandi Ramayana' by Odia poet Balaram Das in the

15th century. However, the Bengal Rasagola was introduced by

Kolkata-based confectioner Nobin Chandra Das in 1868, said

researcher on Jagannath Cult Asit Mohanty, who submitted a report

to the state government. West Bengal and Odisha have been engaged

in a bitter legal battle over the origin of the Rasagola.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Orissa High

Court in February 2018, seeking the GI tag for 'Odisha Rasagola' and

scrapping the tag received by West Bengal.

TIGER TURNAROUND : How over 75,000

frames captured by camera traps HELPED

New Delhi : It took 3.5 crore pictures

from camera traps, out of which

76,523 captured tigers, for the scientists

to complete the tiger head count. The

individual animal was identified using

Artificial Intelligence (AI) to conclude

the presence of around 3,000 tigers in

the county in 2018.

Above all, the general trait of

Indians to co-exist with animals has

been a crucial factor in tiger conservation,

feels Y.V. Jhala, who heads the

Tiger Cell of Wildlife Institute of India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on

Monday released the fourth cycle of All

India Tiger Estimation, which showed

India achieved the target of doubling

the wild cat's population four years

ahead of the deadline of 2022 -- from

1,411 in 2006 to 2,967 in 2018.

How could the tiger population

flourish at a phenomenal rate when

other tiger countries are struggling with

it? Jhala has an answer. It is people's

attitude, he said. "In India, people are

ready to co-exist with animals around.

Despite high human population density,

they follow the motto of 'live and let

live'. In other countries, animals are

generally exploited," he said. The tiger

census was carried out on 3,81,400 sq

km in 20 tiger-occupied states, in which

camera traps were used at 26,838 locations

in a span of 1.5 years. Of the total

3.5 crore photographs obtained through

Capture-Mark-Recapture methodology,

76,651 were found to be of tigers, Jhala

said. Subsequently, individual identification

of tigers was carried out using

pattern recognition programs

ExtractCompare. As many as 2,461

individual tigers -- or 83 per cent of

2,967 -- have photo-captured.

Implementation of conservation initiatives

like voluntary incentivized village

relocations, connecting tiger source

populations through habitat corridors

by National Tiger Conservation

Authority (NTCA) in collaboration

with the State Forest Departments and

NGO's have helped to provide a conducive

atmosphere for tiger breeding.

Jhala belives the number of tigers can

easily go up by another 1,000 by next

census. However, the surplus tiger population

is set to throw up new challenges

as it can aggravate the problem

of human-animal conflict. Interestingly,

30 per cent of the total tigers counted in

the census are photo-captured from

areas that do not fall in protected areas.

"It is about carrying capacity of the

reserves. The challenge now is to look

beyond protected areas and be ready

with measures to address conflicts,"

said Rajesh Gopal, former head of

NTCA. He said community stewardship

can be one of the possible solutions

to address the issue. Bilal Habib, a

scientist with WII, said tiger conservation

outside protected areas would not

be possible if people were not happy

with their presence.

"So tiger conservation should be

economically beneficial for people living

the protected areas. It should be

beneficial to the poor people who

shared the habitat and bear the brunt of

human-animal conflict," he said.


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Mamata demands inquiry into

Unnao rape victim's accident

Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister

Mamata Banerjee on Monday demanded a

high-level

inquiry into

the car accident

of the

Unnao rape

victim

which left

her severely

injured and

two of her

relatives

dead. The car in which the 19-year-old rape

victim, her two aunts and her lawyer were

travelling was hit by a speeding truck in Uttar

Pradesh's Rae Bareli on Sunday.

Trinamool Congress supremo Banerjee also

came down heavily on the BJP government in

Uttar Pradesh and the Centre for failing to

ensure the rape victim's safety and demanded

Prime Minister Narendra Modi look into such

issues. "Every day they defame Bengal but

does the government have any idea what is

happening in Uttar Pradesh? What happened

in Unnao is unfortunate. Two relatives of the

victim died and she is in serious condition.

There should be a high-level inquiry,"

Banerjee told reporters here. "Every day incidents

of lynching are taking place. Fascist rule

is going on in the country. The Prime Minister

should look into them," she said. Earlier in the

day, several leaders from Samajwadi Party and

Congress demanded an investigation by the

CBI into the accident.

Unnao rape victim's road

accident raised in LS

New Delhi : Samajwadi Party member

and former Uttar Pradesh Chief

Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday

raised the issue of the Unnao rape victim's

road accident in the Lok Sabha

but Speaker Om Birla did not let him

speak on the incident. Yadav raised the

issue when his party member Azam

Khan was asked to tender his apology

for his sexist comment against BJP

member Rama Devi on July 25 when

she was presiding the House. "Azam

Khanji has said what he wanted to say.

What about the 'beti' of Unnao? We

should also talk about that," Yadav said.

However, Speaker Om Birla did not

allow Yadav to speak about the road

accident in which the victim sustained

critical injuries along with her lawyer.

Two of her relatives were killed when a

truck rammed their car.

Yadav on Sunday had alleged that it

could be a conspiracy to murder the

woman who had accused BJP MLA

Kuldeep Sengar of raping her in 2017.

The victim was travelling to Rae

Bareli in Uttar Pradesh with her lawyer

Mahendra Singh and two relatives.

Both survivors have been on life support

since the accident.

Yadav also sought a Central Bureau

of Investigation (CBI) enquiry into the

accident. Meanwhile, Congress

General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi

took to Twitter and said: "So a woman

is allegedly raped by a BJP MLA. Her

father is beaten up and dies in custody.

"A key witness dies mysteriously

Unnao rape survivor: Family seeks CBI

probe, Yogi orders free treatment

Lucknow : Mahesh Singh, uncle of

the Unnao rape survivor has written to

the Yogi Adityanath government seeking

a CBI probe into the accident in Rae

Bareli on Sunday in which the rape survivor

and her lawyer have been critically

injured and two women killed.

Uttar Pradesh Director General of

Police O.P. Singh had said earlier in the

day that the government would readily

recommend a CBI probe if the family

wanted. One of the deceased, Pushpa

Singh, was a witness in the rape case

against BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar. ADG

Rajiv Krishna told reporters on Monday

that the state government had decided to

bear the entire cost of treatment of the

rape survivor and her lawyer who are

presently on life support system at the

Trauma Centre in Lucknow.

The ADG said that, prima facie, there

was no security lapse. He said that the

rape survivor had been given nine security

personnel, six of whom were stationed

in Delhi where she lives.

"We have spoken to the three of the

security personnel and they said that the

rape survivor had asked them to stay

back because there was no space in the

car," he said. Swati Maliwal, chairperson

of the Delhi Women's Commission, met

the family of the rape survivor at the

Trauma Centre on Monday morning. She

told reporters, "The condition of the girl

and her lawyer is very critical. The family

wants that they should be taken to

Delhi in an air ambulance. We are prepared

to take the responsibility and I will

talk to the concerned officials." The accident,

meanwhile, is taking a political

overtone with the Samajwadi Party,

Congress and the BSP seeking a CBI

probe into the same.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka

Gandhi Vadra has raised questions after

the Unnao rape survivor's accident.

Reacting to the accident, Priyanka

Gandhi took to Twitter, calling the accident

"shocking". She demanded to know

the progress of the CBI probe into the

rape case and also slammed BJP for not

expelling accused party MLA Kuldeep

Singh Sengar.

BSP President Mayawati alleged that

the accident was a conspiracy to kill the

rape survivor. Samajwadi Party President

Akhilesh Yadav and the Congress have

sought the Central Bureau of

Investigation probe into the incident.

Akhilesh Yadav questioned the absence

of any security personnel at the time of

the accident. A CBI inquiry was needed

to probe whether it was a conspiracy to

eliminate the family or just an accident,

he said. A delegation of Congress and SP

leaders also visited the Trauma Centre

and met the family members of the survivor.

last year. Now her aunt who was also a

witness is killed and her lawyer is critically

injured in an accident caused by a

truck with blackened number plates.

She herself lies grievously wounded in

hospital from the same accident." The

accused remains a BJP MLA and the

BJP government in Uttar Pradesh "has

the audacity to run a 'fearless Uttar

Pradesh' campaign", she said.

"Does it have no moral duty towards

its citizens any more, or was that never

on its agenda anyway?"

Calling the road accident a shocking

incident, she also asked about the ongoing

CBI inquiry in the case.

"Why is the BJP MLA still in the

BJP? Why the lack in security to the

victim and witnesses? Is it possible to

get justice from BJP government without

answers of these questions?."

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi

Adityanath on Monday said if the family

of the Unnao rape victim wanted,

his government was ready to recommend

a CBI probe into the accident.

Fagu Chauhan

sworn as new

Bihar Governor

Patna : Fagu Chauhan, a six-time

member of the Uttar Pradesh

Assembly, was on Monday sworn in as

the 29th Governor of Bihar.

He was administered the oath of

office by Chief Justice of Patna High

Court Amreshwar Pratap Shahi at the

Raj Bhavan here. Chief Minister Nitish

Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil

Kumar Modi and several other leaders

were present during the ceremony.

Chauhan replaced Lalji Tandon who

has taken charge as the Governor of

Madhya Pradesh.

32 arrested

for beating a

man to death

in PATNA

Patna : The police have

arrested 32 people, including 6

women, in connection with

mob-lynching of a man here

on Saturday on suspicion of

being a child lifter and

appealed people to refrain

from breaking the law.

According to the police, the

victim was a mentally retarded

man. He was beaten to death

by a mob at Chulhaichak

under the Rupaspur police station.

Amid the swirling

rumour about the rise in child

lifting incidents in Bihar,

Director General of Police

(DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey

appealed the people not to take

law in their hands. The people

must inform the police instead

of thrashing someone over

some suspicion, he said.

Bihar has witnessed over a

dozen incidents of mob violence

in the past five days.

Two Sikhs on Saturday

were assaulted by a mob on

suspicion of being child lifters

in Patna, before being rescued

by the police. Same day in

Danapur, near Patna, two

youths were thrashed by a mob

on Saturday on suspicion of

being child abductors.

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AZAM KHAN now

charged with grabbing

land for a luxury resort

New Delhi : Slapped with 26 fresh

cases of land grabbing, Samajwadi Party

MP Azam Khan has got involved in yet

another multi-crore land scam. On July 29,

the UP Irrigation Department served him a

notice, alleging that Khan's luxury resort,

Humsafar, located in Rampur, is built on

land owned by the state government.

Allegations of irregularities have been

raised by the

district administration

regarding

possession

of the huge

chunk of government

land on

which the guest

house was constructed.

Azam

Khan, a former

UP Cabinet

Minister, has

been declared

land mafia following

a series of cases registered

against him in connection with grabbing

government or agricultural land owned

by poor farmers.

The Enforcement Department is also

enquiring into alleged money laundering

charges related to donations from abroad

in account of Khan's private University.

The ED has sought a list of cases registered

against Azam Khan from Rampur

police. Meanwhile, the state police has

given three-day ultimatum to Azam

Dalai Lama

congratulates

Yediyurappa

Dharamsala : Tibetan spiritual

leader Dalai Lama on

Monday conveyed his congratulations

to B.S. Yediyurappa

for taking over as Chief

Minister of Karnataka.

"I trust that under your leadership

the people of Karnataka

will see prosperity and

progress," he wrote.

"Last April marked the 60th

anniversary of our life in exile.

As you know, over 30,000

Tibetans reside in Karnataka

state, perhaps the largest

among Tibetans in exile. In

fact, I attended a special function

in Bengaluru last year to

thank the state of Karnataka

and its people for their friendship

and support.

I am proud to state here that

our main centres of learning,

based on the Nalanda tradition

of ancient Indian wisdom, have

been re-established in

Karnataka," Dalai Lama wrote.

Khan's staff to furnish details of all land

deals connected with Mohammed Ali

Jauhar University.

Speaking to the IANS, Suprintendent

of Police(Rampur) Ajay Pal Sharma said

the police have sought the revenue

records, payment receipts and land

agreements with different parties from

whom the land, running into several hundred

crores, was

purchased. "We

need to investigate

the sale deeds and

verify authentic

documents to

ascertain the actual

seller. We also

want to asses the

accounts through

which the payments

were made.

The parties which

received the payments

have to be

authenticated," said the SP. Sources in

the police said that apprehending arrest,

Azam Khan has not visited Rampur for

the past one month. "For the first time in

the recent years, Azam Khan has not

been seen in his constituency for so many

days, " said a police official . Azam(70),

has been an MLA from Rampur for nine

terms. He was first elected on a Janta Dal

(Secular) ticket from Rampur in 1980.

He has been cabinet minister in UP several

times.

Mamata announces mass

contact campaign by Trinamool

Kolkata : Two months after

suffering a setback at the hands

of the Bharatiya Janata Party

(BJP) in the 2019 general elections,

West Bengal Chief

Minister Mamata Banerjee on

Monday announced an

'enhanced mass contact campaign'

for the Trinamool

Congress, terming it as the

"modernisation" of her party.

During the campaign,

more than a

thousand Trinamool

Congress leaders

and elected party

representatives will

visit over 10 thousand

Bengal villages

and town

areas over the next

100 days to build

"stronger contact at the grass

root level and listen to people's

grievances". "Trinamool

Congress is starting a new campaign

to increase the mass contact.

In order to build direct contacts

with common people, we

are introducing a new phone

number where people can call us

and tell us about their problems

and grievances," Banerjee told

reporters following a meeting

with the party MLAs here.

"Through this campaign,

more than thousand Trinamool

Congress leaders and elected

representatives will go to more

than 10,000 villages and towns

in the state in the next 100 days

and build mass contact. They

ASIA

Karnataka Assembly

Speaker Ramesh

Kumar RESIGNS

Bengaluru : Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.R.

Ramesh Kumar resigned from the legislative post on

Monday, 14 months after he was unanimously elected

as the Speaker. "I am resigning from this august

post as Speaker of the

state legislative

Assembly for personal

reasons. I thank all

the members for

cooperating with me

during my 14-month

long tenure in this

chair," Kumar told the

legislators in

Kannada and left the

House. Before resigning, the 70-year-old veteran

Congress lawmaker from Kolar assembly segment,

about 100 km east of Bengaluru, presided over the

proceedings that included the BJP's Chief Minister

B.S. Yediyurappa moving and winning the confidence

motion by voice vote, approving the finance

bill for the state budget for fiscal 2019-20 and its

appropriation estimates.

"As I have to rush to Hyderabad to attend the last

rites of Congress veteran Jaipal Reddy, who passed

away on Sunday, I seek the permission of all the

members to leave the House, handing over the chair

to Deputy Speaker Krishna Reddy of the Janata Dal-

Secular (JD-S).

Though Kumar has been in the spotlight throughout

this month for his conduct inside and outside the

Assembly during the political crisis that gripped the

southern state, his decision to disqualify 17 rebel

legislators of the Congress and the JD-S on July 25

and July 28 made him controversial. The rebels and

the BJP criticised him, terming his decision onesided,

bad in law and against the spirit of the

Constitution, especially the provisions of the 10th

schedule or the anti-defection law.

will listen to the common people

and party activists and spend

nights in those villages," she

said. The Trianmool Congress

supremo also launched a website

-www.dididkebolo.com on

behalf of her party so that the

common people can directly

contact them regarding their

problems and grievances. "The

main motive of this campaign is

to build a strong

mass contact base

and listen to people's

grievances.

Those who want to

directly connect

with us, call us in

the new number

provided or get in

touch with us on the

new website. We

believe that people should be

provided a platform to express

what they feel," Banerjee said,

adding that her party will not

start the campaign for the 2021

state Assembly polls now as the

election is nearly two years

away.

She also said the party leaders

taking part in the mass outreach

programme will be working only

within their constituencies.

Asked if the party's grip at the

grass root level has loosened

over the years, she said her party

still was a "grass root level

party" and claimed that the new

initiatives are being taken to further

strengthen its bond with the

masses. "It is already there.

Hong Kong : More than 20

people have been arrested for

offences including unlawful

assembly in Hong Kong's Tsim

Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Wong

Tai Sin areas, where chaos and

violence raged until early Sunday

morning. After police started dispersing

protesters in Mong Kok

in the west of Kowloon, where an

approved rally on Saturday, was

suddenly transformed into a

smoking battlefield in an unexpected

turn of events, reports the

South China Morning Post.

The organiser of the Mong

Kok rally said

about 120,000

demonstrators

attended on

Saturday. The

organisers'

demands

remained the

same as at other

rallies, that the

government look into alleged

abuse of police power; completely

withdraw the now-suspended

extradition bill; exonerate

all protesters arrested; implement

universal suffrage; and

stop calling the protests a riot.

Later in the night, clashes flared

in Wong Tai Sin after reports that

the police had arrived to arrest

two people. Hundreds blocked

police vans from leaving, and

attacked outnumbered officers

with fire extinguishers, helmets,

umbrellas and other objects. Riot

August 2019

11

More than 20 protesters arrested

in Hong Kong after clashes

police used tear gas, pepper

spray and batons in the streets of

the densely packed neighbourhood,

prompting many residents

- some of them, such as elderly

shirtless men, without protective

gear - to join the protesters in

turning on officers, accusing

them of disrupting their community.

The stand-off in Wong Tai

Sin lasted until around 4 a.m.,

with most of the protesters leaving

after more rounds of tear gas

were fired. On Sunday, protests

were planned in Tseung Kwan O

and Hong Kong Island West,

both densely

populated residential

districts.

Saturday's

gathering comes

after a group of

civil servants -

ordered to be

politically neutral

- joined

demonstrations on Friday to

address protesters' demands, the

BBC reported.

Two months of demonstrations

sparked by the controversial

extradition bill have shown

no signs of abating.

Mass protests began in March

over the bill which would have

allowed extraditions to mainland

China. Although the government

has now suspended it, demonstrators

want the bill fully withdrawn,

and are widening their

demands.

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Coffee Day postpones April-

June earnings announcement

Bengaluru : Coffee Day Enterprises, which lost its

founding chairperson V.G. Siddhartha earlier in the week,

has postponed the announcement of its quarterly earnings

for the first quarter of 2019 which was scheduled to

be announced on August 8.

In a statement on Friday, the company said that

although adequate steps had been taken to complete the

quarterly review in time, owing to "recent developments",

the review and subsequent preparation of the

financial results for the quarter ended June is not expected

to be completed by the stipulated time.

"Due to certain unavoidable circumstances, the board

of directors shall not consider the financial results on a

standalone and consolidated basis along with the limited

review report (collectively quarterly financial results) of

the company and its subsidiaries for the quarter ended

June 30, 2019, in the meeting of the board of directors of

the company to be held on August 8, 2019," the statement

said. The revised date of the meeting to consider the

first quarter financial results will be communicated expeditiously,

it said. In shocking turn of events, Siddhartha's

body was found in Karnataka's Netravathi river on

Wednesday, nearly 36 hours after he had gone missing.

Two days prior to his disappearance, the coffee baron had

left behind a note to his employees which revealed that

he was in deep debt. The mountain of debt was impairing

his business as working capital requirements could not

be met. It led him to sell his stake in IT firm Mindtree

that gave him some room to manoeuvre.

"I have failed to create the right profitable business

model despite my best efforts. I would like to say I gave

it my all. I am very sorry to let down all the people that

put their trust in me.

Century-old Panama Canal lock

drained for maintenance

Panama City : The more than century-old Miraflores

Lock on the Panama Canal’s Pacific side was drained on

Thursday for maintenance,

a routine operation

that will last at

least a week but

scarcely affect ship

traffic.

The work involving

more than 600

technicians will focus

on the lock gates, an executive in the Panama Canal

Authority’s Locks Division, Wilfredo Alberto, said,

adding that it took 14 hours to empty the chamber, two

hours fewer than usual, the Efe news agency reported.

“We do this type of work when client traffic is low. We

never do it in high season, so that it has the least possible

impact on ship traffic. And we advise our clients well in

advance,” he added.

Roughly six per cent of world trade crosses through the

canal via more than 140 sea routes linking 1,700 ports in

160 different countries. The waterway, which measures 82

kilometers (51 miles) in length and is considered one of

the greatest feats of modern engineering, links the Atlantic

and Pacific Oceans and uses a system of locks at different

levels that require 2,02,000 cubic meters (7.1 million

cubic feet) of water every time a ship passes through. The

two biggest clients of the Panama Canal used to be the US

and China, although because of the long-running trade

war pitting those two nations Beijing was recently

leapfrogged by Japan. A recent expansion project that

added a new set of locks (the devices used to raise and

lower ships) and opened in June 2016 has enabled the

waterway to handle so-called Neopanamax vessels.

Those ships include vessels that carry up to 13,000 20-

foot-long containers and are triple the size of the previous

generation of Panamax vessels. The canal also now can

provide service to liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other

giant bulk vessels. The interoceanic waterway was built

by the US between 1903 and 1914 and was handed over to

Panama on December 31, 1999. Earlier this year, the canal

saw its 6,000th Neopanamax transit. More than 50 per

cent of the Neopanamax vessels that have transited to date

have been from the container segment.

FM to meet bank heads over

key sector credit growth

New Delhi : Finance Minister

Nirmala Sitharaman will be

meeting the PSU bank heads and

major private sector banks on

August 5 to review credit growth

in various sectors like MSMEs,

retail, auto, NBFCs and HFCs

which will provide key indications

for the steps needed to

accelerate GDP growth.

The Finance Minister will also

meet stakeholders next week to

finalise decisions and timelines

for action on the U.K. Sinha

Panel report on MSME sector, an

official statement said on Friday.

Many of the actions proposed

by the committee involve interministerial

coordination. The

Finance Minister will be holding

a meeting within the next week

with revenue and expenditure

departments, MSME ministry,

and also ministries IT, rural

development, health and family

welfare, corporate affairs and

Commerce as well as telecom to

finalise decisions and timelines

for action, the statement said.

The expert committee of U.K.

Sinha which submitted the

Hyderabad : The cargo arm of

SpiceJet has commenced its freighter

service connecting Hyderabad with Delhi,

Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.

The first freighter landed at Rajiv

Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) late

on Thursday night. With this, Hyderabad

Airport now has six scheduled freighters

operating, said the airport operator GMR

Hyderabad International Airport Ltd

(GHIAL).

The 737-700F type freighter aircraft

used by SpiceJet will operate six days

every week, arriving from Chennai at 9.45

p.m. and departing for Delhi at 10.45 p.m.

This service will connect the Chennai-

Hyderabad-Delhi-Mumbai-Bangalore

sectors.

The new SpiceJet freighter service will

also offer an opportunity to the shippers

from the region to access the

Commonwealth of Independent States

(CIS) and other markets via Delhi. The

offering also includes postal circulation

among the key metros, saving critical time

MSMEs recommendations for

the sector's development in June,

suggested Rs 5,000 crore

stressed asset fund for MSMEs

on the lines of the Textile

Upgradation Fund Scheme in a

relief to small businesses hurt by

demonetization, the Goods and

Services Tax and an ongoing liquidity

crunch.

The committee said such a

fund could work in tandem with

RBI-mandated restructuring

schemes or bank-led NPA revival

solutions for MSMEs. The committee

also suggested forming a

government-sponsored Fund of

SpiceJet freighter

service links Hyderabad

with domestic hubs

and ensuring

quick delivery of

goods.

"With the addition

of this new

freighter, customers

will have

more options to

ship their goods

within the country

and beyond. The

availability of

high-quality, daily

cargo services is

essential for the

development of

trade especially in high-value and timesensitive

products. This will also give a

boost to the cargo and logistics sector in

the region," said S.G.K. Kishore, CEO,

GHIAL. "The launch of our 737-700F

freighter opens up another option to our

customers in and around Hyderabad. We

have received a positive response from the

market and are confident that this move

will add value to our customers' supply

chains," said Manjiv Singh, Chief Project

Officer, SpiceJet.

Apart from SpiceJet, the other scheduled

freighter services that are operating

from Hyderabad Airport include

Lufthansa, Turkish, Qatar, Cathay Pacific

and Blue Dart. Hyderabad Airport Cargo

serves many multinational companies

across pharma, perishable, engineering,

automobile, aerospace and leather industries.

Apart from all major cargo hubs in

India, international destinations like

Frankfurt, Istanbul, Dubai, Doha and

Hong Kong are also well connected with

the RGIA.

Rs 10,000 crore to support venture

capital and private equity

firms investing in MSMEs. Small

businesses have been facing a

spate of disruptions since the

government decided to demonetize

high-value currency notes in

November 2016. This was followed

by implementation of the

GST in 2017, and then the liquidity

crunch triggered by a series of

debt defaults by group companies

of Infrastructure Leasing and

Financial Services Ltd in 2018.

India's 63.38 million MSMEs

contribute significantly to the

country's economic growth. The

sector accounts for about 45% of

manufacturing output, more than

40% of exports, over 28% of

Gross Domestic Product and

employs about 111 million people.

Automobile sector witnessed

the worst July sales in two

decades. Industry sank deeper in

July with sales at some of the top

passenger vehicle makers plunging

to their worst in about two

decades. The FMCG sector also

slowed down due to lower consumption

in rural market. Rising

economic slowdown leading to

investments and stress in the nonbank

lending space dimmed

demand from both urban and

rural consumers. Irregular monsoon

rain this year further hit

rural sentiments in an economy

starved of fresh private investments.

The Financial Stability

Report (FSR) of RBI in June stated

credit growth of scheduled

commercial banks (SCBs) picked

up, with public sector banks

(PSBs) registering near double

digit growth. Capital adequacy of

the SCBs improved after the

recapitalisation of PSBs.

Cabinet approves new

subsidy rates for fertilizers

New Delhi, The Cabinet Committee on

Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved subsidy

rates for P&K (phosphatic and potassic) fertilizers

for the year 2019-20, an official release said.

The subsidy rates for nitrogen will be Rs 18.90

per kg, Rs 15.21 per kg for phosphorus, Rs 11.12

per kg for potash and Rs 3.56 per kg for sulphur.

The expected expenditure for release of subsidy

on P&K fertilizers during 2019-20 will be Rs

22,875.50 crore. This will enable the manufacturers

and importers to formalize supply contracts for

fertilizers and fertilizer inputs and make fertilizers

available to the farmers, the release said.

Dollar little changed

ahead of Fed decision

New York, The US dollar was little moved in

late trading on Tuesday as market participants are

awaiting the Federal Reserve’s decision on interest

rates amid a slew of economic data.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback

against six major peers, was up 0.01 per cent to

98.0562 at 3:00 p.m. (local time). The US central

bank kicked off its two-day monetary policy meeting

on Tuesday and will announce its decision on

whether to adjust interest rates Wednesday afternoon,

the Xinhua news agency reported.

Investors are speculating that the Fed would cut

interest rates this week for the first time in more

than a decade by 25 basis points. On the data front,

US personal income increased 0.4 per cent in June

while inflation remained below the target set by the

Federal Reserve, the US Department of Commerce

said on Tuesday.


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13

Mediterranean diet during pregnancy may

lower gestational diabetes risk : Study

LONDON : Women who follow a

Mediterranean-style diet during pregnancy,

including a daily portion of walnuts and

almonds, and extra virgin olive oil, may

have a lower risk of gestational diabetes,

a study claims.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes

that is first seen in a pregnant

woman who did not have diabetes before

she was pregnant.

The results, published in the journal PLOS

Medicine, found women who followed a

Mediterranean-style diet during pregnancy had a

35 per cent lower risk of gestational diabetes and

on average gained 2.75 pounds less, compared to

women who received standard prenatal care.

A Mediterranean-style diet rich in good, unsaturated

fats, found in foods like walnuts and extra

virgin olive oil, has been shown to reduce the risk

of heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular death in

adults, according to researchers at Queen Mary

University of London and the University of

Warwick in the UK. Walnuts, in particular, are a

traditional food in the Mediterranean diet because

of their omega-3 ALA content and bioactive compounds,

they said.

While there has been extensive research on the

Mediterranean diet to date, the diet's potential to

improve maternal and offspring outcomes has not

been widely evaluated, making this study particularly

valuable. The study included 1,252 multi-ethnic

inner-city pregnant women with metabolic risk

factors, including obesity and chronic hypertension.

In addition to receiving folic acid and vitamin D

supplementation, the women were randomly

assigned to either a Mediterranean-style diet or a

control group that received dietary advice per UK

national recommendations for prenatal care and

weight management during pregnancy.

Those who followed the Mediterranean diet

consumed a daily portion of nuts, including 15

gram of walnuts, 7.5 gram of almonds, 7.5 gram of

hazelnuts) and used extra virgin olive oil as their

main source of cooking fat. In addition, the diet

emphasised fruit, vegetables, non-refined grains

5 hours daily on phone

increases risk of obesity

New Delhi : Researchers have found that

students who use their smartphones five or

more hours a day are prone to higher risk of

obesity and likely to have other lifestyle

habits that increases the risk of heart disease.

According to a study, researchers analysed

1,060 students (700 girls and 360 boys) of

Colombia with an average age of 19 years

and 20 years, respectively.

"It is important for the general population

to know and be aware that, despite being

undoubtedly attractive for its multiple purposes,

portability, comfort, access to countless

services, information and entertainment

sources, mobile technology should also be

used to improve habits and healthy behaviours,"

said study lead Author Mirary

Mantilla-Morron from the Simon Bolivar

University in Colombia.

The study found that the risk of obesity

increases by 43 per cent if a smartphone was

used for five or more hours a day, as participating

students were twice as likely to drink

more sugary drinks, fast food, sweets, snacks

and have decreased physical activities.

According to researchers, 26 per cent of

the students who were overweight and 4.6

per cent who were obese spent more than

five hours using their device. Spending too

much time using the smartphone facilitates

sedentary behaviours, reduces the time of

physical activity, which increases the risk of

premature death, diabetes, heart disease and

different types of cancer, the study said.

According to Rajesh Kapoor, surgical

Gastroenterology, Jaypee Hospital, Noida,

using smartphones today is not a mere

choice, rather it has become a necessity. But

using it for too long may risk your healthy

life. "The best way out is to encourage yourself

to reduce the duration of time being used

on phones and other related gadgets at the

same time, to indulge in physical activities

like yoga or any other sports or exercise pattern,

and by not becoming a couch potato,"

Kapoor told IANS.

"It is not a question of five or more hours

on the phone. It is a question of how much

activity level we are able to build into our

life," Achal Bhagat, Senior Consultant,

Psychiatry at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals

in Delhi told IANS.

"And if we are not able to build it to an

adequate level, then it increases the chances

of obesity and related health risk factors.

Phone is one of the ways of exhibiting that

we are not doing enough physical activities

in our life," he added.

Two junior doctors suspended over TikTok video

Hyderabad : In the latest TikTok controversy,

two junior doctors, including a

woman, at the government-run Gandhi

Hospital here were suspended on Friday

after their video shot in the hospital went

viral. The junior doctors in the physiotherapy

department made the video and

uploaded it on video-sharing platform.

Their action came under flak from

netizens for behaving irresponsibly in the

hospital where many poor patients turn up

for treatment. Taking serious note of this

incident, hospital authorities suspended

the two junior doctors and also served

notice to the in charge of the physiotherapy

department. They also ordered a probe

into the incident.

Hospital officials clarified that both

medicos were not from the Gandhi Medical

College but from some other college and

were doing an internship at the hospital.

This is the second such incident in a

government-run institution this month.

Seven contract employees of Khammam

Municipal Corporation faced a wage cut

after their TikTok videos shot in the

office went viral earlier this month. In

another incident on July 19, Telangana

Home Minister Mohammed Mehmood

Ali's grandson Furqan Ahmed appeared

in a TikTok video with his friend. Seen

sitting on an official car registered in the

name of Director General of Police and a

part of the Home Minister's convoy,

Ahmed's friend enacted a scene from

Telugu film "Don", threatening to slit the

throat of a police officer.

The Home Minister had apologized for

his grandson's action.

and legumes; moderate to high consumption of

fish; small to moderate intake of poultry and dairy

products; low intake of red meat and processed

meat; and avoidance of sugary drinks, fast food,

and food rich in animal-based fat.

Participants received dietary advice at 18, 20,

and 28 weeks' gestation to help improve compliance

and make sure the diet was made culturally

sensitive. The researchers measured dietary compliance

using self-reported feedback from the participants,

so it's important to note that there could

have been human error in the reporting.

They also assessed the effect of a Mediterranean

diet on other pregnancy complications such as high

blood pressure, preeclampsia, stillbirth, small for

gestational age fetus, or admission to a neonatal

care unit, but did not find any significant associations.

One in four mothers enter pregnancy with preexisting

obesity, chronic hypertension or raised

lipid levels, which can lead to pregnancy complications,

long-term risk of diabetes and cardiovascular

complications for mothers and their children.

RESEARCHERS

develop tool to help

check chikungunya

New York :

Researchers have

developed a tool that

attracts and captures

female mosquitoes

looking for a site to

lay eggs, which in the

future may help curb

the chikungunya

virus.

The study, published

in the journal

PLOS, shows that

Autocidal Gravid

Ovitrap (AGP trap)

successfully protected

people from getting infected with the chikungunya virus in

Puerto Rico.

"AGO traps are a novel chemical-free, effective approach to

control Aedes aegypti (Yellow fever mosquito) populations and

provide protection from infection with the pathogens that these

mosquitoes transmit," said researchers from the US Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Further evaluations should determine if AGO traps are sustainable

and effective in large scale community trials," they said.

The lack of effective tools to control Aedes aegypti mosquito

populations has resulted in the continued expansion of the dengue

virus, zika virus and chikungunya virus. For the study, the

researchers randomly selected 290 households in Puerto Rican

communities that had AGO trap interventions and 349 households

in communities without AGO traps. From intervention communities,

175 household members were analysed and 152 from nonintervention

communities.

Blood samples were collected from each participant to detect

chikungunya virus infection and surveys recorded demographic

information as well as data on mosquito repellent and bed net use

and frequency of mosquito bites.

A total of 114 participants (34.9 per cent) were seropositive for

the chikungunya virus. Among people who spent most of their daytime

hours inside the community they lived in, 10.3 per cent were

seropositive for chikungunya virus in communities with AGO traps

whereas 48.7 per cent were positive for chikungunya virus in communities

without traps.

Among all participants, including those who did not spend as

much daylight time within the community, 26.1 per cent were

seropositive for the chikungunya virus in the intervention communities

and 43.8 per cent were positive in communities without traps.


14 August 2019

HEALTH

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Is your child’s sweet tooth making

you anxious?

Experts estimate that every second

child in India has cavities, which, if not

prevented, can lead to severe dental ailments

and can even affect the overall

development of the child. According to

US National Institute of Dental and

Craniofacial Research, 42 per cent of

children aged two to 11 develop a cavity

in their primary teeth and nearly 28

per cent of children aged two to five

develop at least one cavity. Cavities

refer to tooth decay which happens

when tooth enamel (outer layer of

teeth) is destroyed. This happens when

bacteria in the form of plaque reacts

with sugary foods to form acids that

attack the enamel and erode it. Dental

plaque is the sticky, slimy substance

made up mostly of the germs that cause

tooth decay. It sticks to the teeth and

can eat away the enamel.

Cavities are more common among

children. Due to poor eating and oral

habits, dental plaque is developed frequently

in kids’ teeth. If your child has

toothache and holes/pits are visible,

then it is surely a symptom of the cavity.

Ignoring it can lead to tooth loss and

the decaying of inside parts of the teeth.

A recent study by University of

Melbourne and the Murdoch

Children’s Research Institute at Royal

Children’s Hospital in Melbourne,

Australia, has found that environmental

factors are also responsible for triggering

risk for cavities. All this requires

parents to be aware of the various

dimensions of the problems, as well as

of the fact that this is a common yet

preventable disease. Cavities in baby

and permanent teeth can cause pain and

prevent children from eating, speaking,

sleeping, and learning properly. It is

important to protect both primary

(baby) teeth and permanent teeth.

Primary teeth can get cavities and

permanent ones can develop dental

infections. Tooth decay, especially of

baby teeth is a serious, infectious and

Cavities and the

dangers they pose

transmissible disease that can spread

quickly and lead to infection without

proper precautions. But the good news

is that it is preventable and treatable.

Cavities in children can be treated

by different methods like dental sealant

and fluoride varnishing, apart from

dental filling. Dental sealant protects

teeth especially when children are most

susceptible to having decay. It is less

expensive than filling. Fluoride varnish

is a thick liquid painted on the teeth

with a small disposable brush. It

strengthens tooth enamel and can help

prevent dental decay," says Dr Jayna

Gandhi, Deputy Zonal Clinical Head at

Clove Dental.

Dental plaque and cavity is not a

‘Red wine can treat

depression, anxiety’

Chennai

New York : In a good news for

wine lovers, researchers have found

a compound present in red wine

which can treat depression and anxiety.

The plant compound resveratrol

displays anti-stress effects by blocking

the expression of an enzyme

which controls stress in the brain.

"Resveratrol may be an effective

alternative to drugs for treating

patients suffering from depression

and anxiety disorders," said Ying

Xu, Associate Professor, University

at Buffalo in the US. The findings,

published in the journal

Neuropharmacolog, shed light onto

how neurological processes are

impacted by resveratrol -- a compound

having numerous health benefits

and found in the skin and seeds

of grapes and berries.

While research has identified

resveratrol to have antidepressant

effects, the compound's relationship

to phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4), an

enzyme influenced by the stress hormone

corticosterone, was unknown.

Corticosterone regulates the

body's response to stress. Too much

stress, however, can lead to excessive

amounts of the hormone circulating

in the brain and, ultimately, to

depression or other mental disorders.

The research also reveals that

PDE4, induced by excessive

amounts of corticosterone, causes

depression- and anxiety-like behaviour.

The enzyme lowers cyclic

adenosine monophosphate -- a messenger

molecule that signals physiological

changes such as cell division,

change, migration and death -- in the

body, leading to physical alterations

in the brain. Resveratrol displayed

neuroprotective effects against corticosterone

by inhibiting the expression

of PDE4. The research lays the

groundwork for the use of the compound

in novel antidepressants.

According to the researchers,

although red wine contains resveratrol,

consumption of alcohol has various

health risks, including addiction.

matter to ignore, especially in children

as it increases with time and can make

their oral health poorer. Along with

teaching your child good oral habits

like brushing teeth regularly, preventing

them from eating loads of sweets

and feeding them nutritious and balanced

meals, it is vital to visit the dentist

and get their cavity checked.

Caries are more

common among

children.

Ignoring them

can lead to tooth

loss, decaying of

the inside parts

of the teeth.

HC orders relief to woman

infected with HIV blood

: The

Madurai Bench of the

Madras High Court on

Friday ordered the

Tamil Nadu government

to pay a compensation

of Rs 25 lakh,

provide a house and a

job to a pregnant

woman who was transfused

with HIV-infected

blood in a government hospital at

Virudhunagar district. The court also ordered

the government to provide free medical treatment

for the woman hailing

from Sattur while

hearing a petition for

ensuring safe blood

transfusion and compensation

for her.

The pregnant woman

was transfused with

HIV-infected blood last

year in December as she

was anaemic at the government

hospital in Sattur.

She later delivered a baby in January this

year who was not affected by HIV.

Number of polio cases reaches 47 in Pakistan

Islamabad : The National Emergency

Operation Centre (NEOC) of Pakistan on

Friday confirmed the registration of one new

polio case each in Quetta and Banno provinces.

With this, the number of polio cases has

reached 47 this year, according to an official on

Saturday. "The majority of cases, 36, have been

reported in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province

and its tribal districts. In Punjab five and

Baluchistan and Sindh three cases each have

been reported," the official said.

The official blamed the parents' refusal of to

get their children immunized against polio for

increase in polio cases.


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HEALTH

Have 60gm nuts daily

to boost sexual desire,

ORGASM QUALITY

Madrid : In a good news,

researchers have found that consuming

60 grams of nuts daily improves

sexual functions such as boosting

desire and orgasm quality.

The findings, published in the journal

Nutrients, show that adding walnuts,

hazelnuts and almonds to an

unhealthy western diet can improve

sexual desire and orgasm quality.

For the study, researchers from

Rovira i Virgili University and the

Pere Virgili Health Research Institute

(IISPV) in Spain, conducted a nutritional

intervention study with healthy

participants of reproductive age in

order to determine if regular consumption

of nuts has any effect on sexual

functions. The researchers analysed 83

individuals for 14 weeks who were

following a western diet which is poor

in fruits and vegetables and rich in animal

fats.

In a previous study, the same

research group described how certain

nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts and

almonds improved sperm quality,

although then they had not established

positive effects of nuts on sexual function.

According to the researchers, the

prevalence of erectile and sexual dysfunction

affects two per cent of men

under the age of 40 years, around 52

per cent of men aged 40 to 70 years

and more than 85 per cent of men aged

over 80. The risk factors associated

with sexual and erectile dysfunction

are smoking, excessive alcohol con- sumption, a lack of physical exercise, stress and an unhealthy diet.

August 2019

15

An apple carries about 100

million bacteria: Study

Six new AES cases reported

from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur

Patna, A month after 153 children died of Acute Encephalitis

Syndrome (AES) in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, six fresh cases were

reported in the district on Saturday, leading to panic among

health officials. According to District Health officials, two of the

six children admitted at the Shri Krishna Memorial College

Hospital (SKMCH) are critical. “Four children are undergoing

treatment in the general ward, while two are in the Intensive Care

Unit,” officials said. Cases of AES declined in Bihar since the

arrival of monsoon last month. Till date, 132 children have died

of AES at SKMCH and 21 at Kejriwal Hospital in Muzaffarpur.

More than 650 cases of AES have been reported this year.

Smoking can trigger severe leg

pain, poor wound healing

New York : Researchers have found a strong link between

smoking and peripheral artery disease — a circulatory condition in

which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the limbs —

and this elevated risk can persist up to 30 years after quitting

smoking. The study, led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins

University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, also found that

the link between smoking and peripheral artery disease was even

stronger than that for coronary heart disease and stroke.

“The study suggests that campaigns about smoking’s health

risks should emphasize the elevated risk of peripheral artery disease,

not just coronary heart disease and stroke,” said senior study

author Kunihiro Matsushita. The study found that compared with

never-smokers, those who smoked for more than 40 pack-years

had roughly four times more risk for peripheral artery disease, versus

2.1 times and 1.8 times more risk for coronary heart disease

and stroke, respectively.

LONDON : Besides containing fibre

and vitamins, an apple also carries about

100 million bacteria, and whether these

microbes are good or bad for health may

depend on how the fruit was grown,

according to a study.

The study, published in the journal

Frontiers in Microbiology, shows that

organic apples harbour a more diverse and

balanced bacterial community—which

could make them healthier and tastier than

conventional apples, as well as better for

the environment.

"The bacteria, fungi and viruses in our

food transiently colonise our gut," said

Professor Gabriele Berg, of Graz

University of Technology, Austria.

"Cooking kills most of these, so raw

fruit and veg are particularly important

sources of gut microbes," Berg said.

To help us choose our colonic colonists

wisely, the team analysed the microbiome

of one of the world's favourite fruits: the

apple. "83 million apples were grown in

2018, and production continues to rise. But

while recent studies have mapped their

fungal content, less is known about the

bacteria in apples," said Berg.

The researchers compared the bacteria

in conventional store-bought apples with

those in visually matched fresh organic

ones.

Stem, peel, flesh, seeds and calyx—the

straggly bit at the bottom where the flower

used to be—were analysed separately.

Overall, the organic and conventional

apples were occupied by similar numbers

of bacteria.

"Putting together the averages for each

apple component, we estimate a typical

240 gramme apple contains roughly 100

million bacteria," said Berg. The majority

of the bacteria are in the seeds, with the

flesh accounting for most of the remainder.

So, if the core is discarded, the intake falls

to nearly 10 million, researchers said.

"Freshly harvested, organically managed

apples harbour a significantly more

diverse, more even and distinct bacterial

community, compared to conventional

ones," said Berg.

"This variety and balance would be

expected to limit overgrowth of any one

species, and previous studies have reported

a negative correlation between human

pathogen abundance and microbiome

diversity of fresh produce," he said.

Specific groups of bacteria known for

health-affecting potential also weighed in

favour of organic apples.

"Escherichia-Shigella—a group of bacteria

that includes known pathogens—was

found in most of the conventional apple

samples, but none from organic apples. For

beneficial Lactobacilli—of probiotic

fame—the reverse was true," Berg said.

"Methylobacterium, known to enhance

the biosynthesis of strawberry flavour

compounds, was significantly more abundant

in organic apples; here especially on

peel and flesh samples, which in general

had a more diverse microbiota than seeds,

stem or calyx," he said.

The results mirror findings on fungal

communities in apples, researchers said.

"Our results agree remarkably with a

recent study on the apple fruit-associated

fungal community, which revealed specificity

of fungal varieties to different tissues

and management practices," said Birgit

Wasserman, lead author of the study.

The studies show that across both bacteria

and fungi, the apple microbiome is

more diverse in organically grown fruits,

researchers said.


16 August 2019

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Akhil Sachdeva clarifies

his comment ‘I relate to

Kabir Singh’s character’

HONOURED TO

BE COMPARED TO

DAD: ANANYA

The actor feels comparison between star kids

and their parents is inevitable, it can get daunting

but she wants to take it positively

Singer Akhil Sachdeva’s song Tera Ban Jaunga from the Shahid

Kapoor and Kiara Advani-starrer Kabir Singh became a huge hit.

But that’s not the only reason he got written about. He also garnered

eyeballs for talking about how he could “relate to Kabir

Singh’s character”, that too at a time when a section of the society

criticised the film for glorifying misogyny and toxic masculinity.

Clarifying his viewpoint, Akhil says, “There are several shades

to the character of Kabir, and I think what got highlighted more is

the abusive side of it. So, when I said that I relate to the character,

what I meant is how I am able to connect with the intense and passionate

person that he is.”

The singer adds that people totally misunderstood his point, and

therefore, he feels it’s necessary that they know the truth. “Kabir

is quite passionate about what he loves — in his case, it’s the girl

in his life. I’m passionate towards music and I can go to any extent

to make sure that I create good music. So, I meant everything

in a positive way,” Akhil continues, “People close to me know the

kind of person I am and they did understand what I meant. But

those who don’t know me, might have misunderstood my intention.

I would, in no way, say or promote something that is incorrect.”

Not just irked that people jumped to conclusions, Akhil also

opines that many missed highlighting the good aspects of Kabir’s

character. “Achhe shades bhi glorify honey chahiye the, I feel.

Most people are grey, and the intensity of the good and bad vary

from person to person. I don’t think the film intended to glorify the

character’s negative aspects; that’s what I felt when I watched it.

It’s just about someone called Kabir and how he sees or deals with

certain emotions and relationships in his life. And along with his

negatives, his goodness also touches your soul. And I could relate

to his goodness,” he concludes.

HARJAI HAPPY

Mumbai : Singer Arjuna Harjai is

happy that producer Ekta Kapoor likes his

song "Kis raste hai jana" from

"Judgementall Hai

Kya".

Harjai has sung the

track along with Surabhi

Dashputra. The song has

been picturised on

Kangana Ranaut and

Jimmy Sheirgill, and

shows the struggle of

their onscreen characters.

Ekta, the producer

of the film, recently took

to Instagram to express

her love for the track,

calling it her "favourite

song".

"It has been a wonderful

experience creating

this beautiful melody penned by

Kumaar sir and the rustic voice of Surabhi

does justice with the sentiments of the

song," Harjai said. "Ekta maa'm is an

absolute delight (to work with) and the

fact that she loves this song makes me feel

Actor Ananya Panday, who

made a splashing debut with

Student of the Year 2 (SOTY2),

is already busy with her next, a

remake of Pati Patni Aur Woh

(1978), which also stars actors

Kartik Aaryan and Bhumi

Pednekar.

This film is a romantic comedy

and it is natural that she

will be compared with her

father, actor Chunky Panday,

who is known for his on screen

comic timing. And, Ananya is

bracing herself for it.

“I know there will be comparisons,

I am scared,” she continues,

“But, I am also honoured

to be compared with my

dad. And, I am going to take it

as positively as possible.”

She adds, “As far as comedy

is concerned, my father has set

the bar super-high, so living

up to that expectation is what I

am striving to achieve.”

While the comparisons are

yet to start, we ask her if

Chunky has given her any tips

EKTA KAPOOR'S

praise makes Arjuna

so happy. I hope the audience feels the

same way about the song, and they are

able to connect with the uniqueness of the

track," he added.

Meanwhile,

"Judgementall Hai

Kya" is going steady at

the box office. It has

registered business of

Rs 13.42 crore since its

release.

"Judgementall Hai

Kya" reunites "Queen"

co-stars Kangana

Ranaut and Rajkummar

Rao after a gap of

around five years. The

Prakash Kovelamudi

directorial opened on

Friday. The dark comedy

revolves around

Bobby (Kangana) and Keshav

(Rajkummar) as they lead their life trying

to figure out the difference between reality

and illusions. A murder investigation

brings more chaos to their lives. It is about

finding the person behind the murder.

related to acting or the film

industry or how to pick a film?

The 20-year-old says, “He has

not really given me a lot of tips

because he knows that times

are very different now. Also, he

wants me to have my own journey,

make my own mistakes

and so he does not want to

force anything on me.”

She adds, “In fact, he never

Special services

in action

With action-packed performances

and high-octane drama galore, BOSS:

Baap of Special Services promises to be

a masala entertainer. The handsome

hunk Karan Singh Grover, who is essaying

the role of a cop from special services,

seems to have got right into the skin

of the character. He left no stone

unturned in putting himself on the line

while performing stunts for the series.

Shares Karan , “I work really hard on

whichever role I choose for myself. I

was really excited to play this one as I

got the opportunity to perform some

daredevil stunts. It is not easy to execute

fight sequences with ease. The guidance

of our action director really helped and

was able to perform the stunts on my

own. I hope that the audience will love

me in this avatar.”

came to set when I was shooting

[for SOTY2] and the first

time he saw me acting was in

the film’s trailer. That way, he

doesn’t want to get involved

and wants me to enjoy my journey.”

But that doesn’t mean that

the young actor has not learned

anything from the senior actor

in the house. Ananya says that

she has learned a lot by observing

her father’s conduct.

And one of his qualities that

she admires the most is how he

has lived with his head held

high through everything. “I

learnt from his behaviour as a

person — just seeing him being

thick-skinned (to all the criticism)

and to be able to take a

joke well... I want to have the

same kind of approach. The

ability to laugh at yourself is

not an easy one,” says Ananya,

who recently started a Social

Responsibility Initiative

#SoPositive which helps people

deal with cyber bullies.

Meanwhile, Ananya is

happy that even before the

release of her debut film, she

got to sign her second film. She

says, “When someone sees and

appreciates your work, it’s

always flattering. I am very

excited; firstly, because it’s an

out-and-out comedy film, and

secondly, it’s a remake of an

already popular film.”

‘Writing a book

is challenging’

Actress Richa Chadha, who is set to debut as an author, has

said writing a book was challenging

for her, as, for many

years, she did not want people

to know the inner workings

of her mind. “I say this

every time but I’m lucky that

I’m busy with multiple

things. That’s what keeps me

going. And I’m a creative

soul who thrives on selfexpression.

I enjoy writing,

I’d be writing even if I was a

carpenter or a photographer.

Writing a book is challenging

because for many years, I

didn’t want people to know

the inner workings of my

mind,” Richa said in a statement.

According to the Fukrey actress, writing gave her a break

from the exhaustion of too many simultaneous shoots and projects.

“I knew I was on a deadline and realised I needed some

peace. I was already more than half way through it, but had to

concentrate to the point that I am thinking about this daily. So

taking a break from shoot was essential and I shut myself out,

worked in peaceful isolation to complete the book,” she added.

The book is now officially complete. It will have Richa’s

life experiences in the form of full length stories.


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August 2019

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Alia Bhatt shares emotional post for dad Mashesh

Bhatt on ‘Sadak 2’ Ooty schedule wrap

Actress Alia Bhatt has wrapped up

the Ooty schedule of ‘Sadak 2’ with a

special note to her "not so old man"

Mahesh Bhatt. Alia took to Instagram to

Padma in a food

show again...

Hulu has ordered a new food show, to be headlined by

Top Chef judge

Padma Lakshmi.

The streaming

service has given

a 10-episode

order to the untitled

series,

which is

designed to serve

as a “living

cookbook, made

up more from

people and culture

than

recipes”.

Hulu made

the announcement

at

Television

C r i t i c s

Association

summer press

tour. “Each 30-

minute episode

will start with a

single dish that

represents and

connects a community’s

history

and traditions, and explores the evolution of that community

through that cuisine. The show, filmed around the

country, will showcase everything from street-food to

high-end restaurants “In the hands of different families

and waves of immigration, an organic evolution emerges

between traditional recipes and new approaches, different

perspectives and emotions, all captured through Padma’s

eyes,” read a statement from the streamer. Lakshmi, 48,

also shared the news on Twitter.

share the update on the film through an

image of herself with her father.

"Schedule wrap... My not so old man

has more energy than the whole crew

put together. Love you daddy...until

next time," she wrote along with the

image.

In the image, Alia is all smiles as she

poses with her father for a selfie.

The actress posted special moments

from Ooty with her fans and followers

on social media. She shared how she is

enjoying family time with a picture of

herself with mother Soni Razdan and

sister Shaheen Bhatt, and also the

moment when she channelled her inner

child as she posted an image of herself

on a swing.

Mahesh had also shared a photograph

of sisters Alia, Pooja Bhatt and

Shaheen enjoying quality time together

at the scenic holiday spot.

They were in Ooty to shoot for

‘Sadak 2’, which marks the return of

Mahesh Bhatt as director. The film is a

sequel of the 1991 hit ‘Sadak’.

‘Sadak’, a romantic thriller, featured

Pooja and Sanjay Dutt and was one of

the highest-grossing Hindi movies of

1991. The film also had a popular musical

score.

The late Sadashiv Amrapurkar's

award-winning performance as

Maharani won him fans, and his character

is still considered one of the best

screen villains in Bollywood. The film

bore shades of the 1976 American

movie, ‘Taxi Driver’. ‘Sadak 2’ is

scheduled to release on July 10 next

year.

Can I perform ‘Hare

Krishna Hare Ram',

asks singer Asha Bhosle

in cryptic tweet

Legendary singer Asha Bhosle posted a cryptic

tweet in the wake of a controversy over alleged

beating up incidents in the name of ‘Jai Shri Ram’

slogans. On Saturday, the 85-year-old singer

wrote: “Dum Maro Dum...Bolo Subh Shyam Hare

Krishna Hare Ram...Can I perform this evergreen

song or not?” Bhosle’s tweet ended up dividing

Twitter. Tweeple interpreted that Bhosle’s tweet

implied if people have a problem with 'Jai Shri

Ram' chants, how soon would a song having 'Hare

Krishna Hare Ram' would be questioned.

Celebrities are not shying away from talking about

their political beliefs.

Three days after 49 eminent personalities in a

letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned

lynching incidents and making “Jai Shri

Ram a war cry”, it was the turn of 61 celebrities to

counter, accusing them of “selective outrage and

false narratives” in an open letter.

ABHISHEK BACHCHAN calls

Aishwarya Rai and daughter

Aaradhya his ‘good luck charm’

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan along with daughter Aaradhya sent in good

wishes for husband and

actor Abhishek Bachchans

kabaddi team Jaipur Pink

Panthers. The actress posted

a photograph with

Aaradhya on Instagram as

they cheered for her husband's

kabaddi team.

Showing team spirit,

Aishwarya and Aaradhya

were wearing team jerseys

and were cheering for him.

Abhishek reacted to the

image, calling them his

"good luck charms". And

the charm worked as

Abhishek's Jaipur Pink

Panthers registered a big

win over Bengal Warriors

during the ongoing Pro

Kabaddi League (PKL)

here on Saturday.

Congratulating the team, Aishwarya shared a group picture with the players. She

wrote: "God bless boyz...Shine on Pink Pantherrrrssss."

On the film front, Aishwarya was last seen in ‘Fanney Khan’, which also featured

Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao. She will reportedly be seen in Mani

Ratnam's ambitious project ‘Ponniyin Selvan’.

Arjun Kapoor takes off cap

after nine months, Malaika

Arora says ‘finally’

Actor Arjun Kapoor has finally taken his

cap off. The actor was hiding his hairdo for the

past nine months, to keep his look in the

upcoming period drama ‘Panipat’ a secret.

Arjun shared a stop motion video to flaunt

his short-cropped hair on Instagram.

"9 months later... Baal baal bach gaye," he

captioned the video. The 34-year-old actor

shared a small video clip on Instagram stories

and said it was time to get rid of his caps and

hats.

"Hey, guys. I am finally ready to get rid of

my caps. I know a lot of people have seen me

wearing caps and wondering why I have been

doing that for the last six months. 'Maine apne

baal mundwaye they 'Panipat' ke liye on

November 16, 2018 (I had gone bald for

'Panipat' on November 16, 2018). Now, it's the

end of July. The film is done and I can finally

get rid of my cap."

"Unfortunately, with that, I have to also let

go of all the caps jo maine collect kiye in 7-8

mahino mein. Bohot mazaa aaya pehen ke

(had fun wearing them), lekin now I think it's

time I start roaming around with my hair

being visible because it has grown. The look is

safeguarded because we managed to protect it

for so many months. Thank you for being

patient." Arjun's girlfriend Malaika Arora was

also eager to see him without the cap.

"Hmmm," she commented on one of his

post. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, the

film is based on the Third Battle of Panipat,

which is one of the most epic wars in India's

history. It features actors Kriti Sanon and

Sanjay Dutt in pivotal roles.


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‘I NEVER BOTHERED

ABOUT NUMBERS’

Filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari says she doesn’t want to change herself

and lose the purity she had as a director before she entered Bollywood

Nil Battey Sannata (2015),

Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) and lined up

next is Panga with Kangana Ranaut

and Neena Gupta — the kind of filmography

that filmmaker Ashwiny

Iyer Tiwari has to her credit is surprising

for someone who says she

didn’t know anything about

Bollywood.

“I was in advertising,” she begins,

“and had closely worked with a TV

channel as well, which was partly in

films, too. I moved onto making

films because of the sheer instinct

that I wanted to tell stories on the

larger screen. I didn’t know ABC of

Bollywood.”

Though Ashwiny shares she knew

a lot of ad film directors, she adds,

“My closest brush with the industry

was when I had worked on Kaun

Banega Crorepati with Mr. Amitabh

Bachchan. Then came a show like

Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, and Sakshi

(Tanwar) was my closest interaction.

It wasn’t like I was dealing with

actors day in and day out.”

In an industry where it is believed

that female actors are just beginning

to get their due in terms of on screen

roles, even female filmmakers have

the spotlight on them. How does she

relate to these evolving dynamics?’

“You see, there was Hrishikesh

Mukherjee, Sai Paranjpye — their

cinema was unadulterated, yet commercially

viable. I wanted to make

Diana Penty shines on

ramp at ICW 2019

New Delhi, Bollywood actress Diana Penty stole

the limelight at the FDCI India Couture Week (2019)

on Saturday as she walked the ramp for designer

Gaurav Gupta. The “Happy Bhag Jayegi” actress

was seen wearing a green-gray, sculpted mermaid

gown. With winged eyeliner, glossy makeup and a

french bun, the actress wore a diamond feathershaped

earrings cum ear cuff to complete her look. “I

have always loved being on the ramp. And with

Gaurav, it’s always special. I have been a fan of

Gaurav Gupta and have been wearing his creations

for a while now. I love his aesthetics, his finesse and

his sculpting which he is known for. He is a perfect

red carpet go-to,” Daina told IANS.

“But when I’m off the screen, I’m laid back and

love street style. Not at all a heels person, I will be

spotted in a sneaker, jeans and a shirt or something

easy-breezy at most of the time,” she said.

On work front, Daina will be seen making a special

appearance in “Khandaani Shafakhanaa”, scheduled

for release on August 2.

that [kind of cinema]. I never bothered

about box-office numbers, or

whether I will get screens or not…

that purity has to stay. If I lose out on

that and get entangled [in such

things]… I

don’t want to change myself.

Today [the limelight is on directors]

and we’re presenting ourselves out

there. Audience also looks up to you

as you evolve,” says Ashwiny, who

was recently in Delhi for HT Brand

Studio. Ashwiny’s first film was Nil

Battey.., starring Swara Bhasker, and

it dealt with a mother-daughter relationship.

We ask her if being a female director,

and having an unconventional

female protagonist in her debut film

made getting funding difficult? She

agrees, and elaborates, “I’d not deny

the story was very offbeat.

The characters were from a class

of society that we’re not used to seeing

on cinema. But, we’re still talking

about a relationship! Yes, we

had to struggle to get money to

make the film. I believed the story

must be told. After making that film,

we went to Aanand L Rai to present

the film. He was just opening his

production house then. He felt this

one film will be nice as their first

film to present. Bollywood itself is

welcoming. Writers from small

towns of the country are coming, up,

which is nice.”

Parineeti to use

fashion to

address issues

Mumbai, Actress Parineeti Chopra has close to 50

million people following her digitally. She is now set to

use her digital clout and stature as a fashion icon to raise

awareness on social issues.

On Tuesday, Parineeti shared a photo in which she is

seen sporting a denim outfit with a blue T-shirt that has

a heart shape print in the front in rainbow colours. It

says, “Love is Love”.

“Because…love is love #pride,” Parineeti captioned

the snapshot. According to a source, it was the beginning

of her social media campaign that will see her continue

to raise her voice on important issues that are close

to her heart. “Fashion has, is and will always make bold

statements on issues affecting society. I have always

strongly felt about equality and have always spoken

against stereotypes. Today, I was celebrating India’s

massive decision to decriminalise section 377,”

Parineeti said.

“I will continue raising my voice on important societal

issues through fashion because I feel, as celebrities,

we need to bring attention to important things that are

happening in and around us,” she added.


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The next US President

could also be in 70s: Study

NEW YORK : When Donald

Trump took charge as the US

President in 2016, he became the oldest

American to be elected president

at the age of 70, now chances are high

that the next US President could be

even older, says a study. The research

also suggests that with

more people living

longer and healthier

lives than before,

there is no such thing

as being "too old to be

president".

The researchers

found that age is not a

relevant factor in

judging the fitness of

presidential candidates

to hold the

nation's highest office

as "age is just a number".

"This research for

the first time provides

science-based calculations

that show that the age of a candidate

should not be considered at

all," said study author S. Jay

Olshansky from the University of

Illinois in the US.

According to the researchers, four

of the leading contenders for the 2020

US Presidential elections from both

the Democratic and Republican parties

are in their 70s: US senators Joe

Biden (76), Bernie Sanders (77) and

Elizabeth Warren (70) on the

Democratic side and Republican

incumbent Donald Trump (73).

Overall, seven of the 27 candidates

currently in the race would be aged

70 and older on inauguration day in

January 2021, increasing the odds

that the oldest person ever elected

president could be sworn into office

that day. The study suggests that nearly

all of the candidates meet the criteria

to live healthy and without disability

not only through a first term

but through a second term as well.

Previously, almost four in 10 people

surveyed in a June 2019

Economist/YouGov poll said they

considered anyone

in their 70s "too old

to be president".

But according to

the study, "chronological

age itself

should not be used

as a sole disqualifier

to run for or become

president". In the

paper titled

"Longevity and

Health of US

Presidential

Candidates for the

2020 Election" and

published in AFAR,

the research team

used data from

national vital statistics to estimate

lifespan, healthspan, disabled lifespan

and four- and eight-year survival

probabilities for US citizens with

attributes matching those of all 27

current candidates for the next two

election cycles.

VIDEOS with kids

get 3 times more

views on YouTube

San Francisco : At a time when

YouTube is facing flak for not being careful

with issues concerning children, a new

study shows that videos featuring kids

under 13 years gather three times more

traction on the platform.

US-based Pew Research Centre assembled

a list of popular YouTube channels

that existed through late 2018, and it

analysed all of the

videos that those

channels produced

during the first week

of January 2019.

While only a small

number of English

language videos were

targeted at children,

they still received

more views on average

than other videos

that were not targeted at children, The

Verge reported on Thursday, citing the

report. However, according to a YouTube

spokesperson, the top categories on the app

do not include kids specifically. Comedy,

music, sports and 'how to' remain the most

popular categories. Still, including kids in

videos to increase views is a facet of

YouTube that many creators have picked

up on, the report said. One of the largest

family vlogging channels on YouTube --

The Ace Family -- amassed more than 16

million subscribers in around three years.

Jake Paul, a famed vlogger known for

his pranks, invited a family to live in his

house so he could vlog with their fouryear-old-son

Tydus.

As of now,

YouTube's current terms

of service state that its

platform is not intended

for children under the

age of 13.

Earlier this week,

YouTube came under

the scanner for promoting

white supremacy by

letting a kids' channel

show racist content by

portraying "beauty" and "ugly" looks in

fair and dark skin shades, and failing to

remove it despite reports.

Last week, Google reached a multimillion-dollar

settlement with the US Federal

Trade Commission (FTC) over alleged

violations of children's data privacy laws

on YouTube.


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Hackers access files of USbased

cyber security firm

San Francisco : Using an email address

and password mistakenly exposed on the

Internet, a hacker gained access to the

internal files of US-based cyber security

company Comodo, bringing the credibility

of the company under question.

The credentials were found in a public

GitHub repository owned by a Comodo

software developer, TechCrunch reported

on Saturday.

The account was not protected with

two-factor authentication and with the

email address and password in hand, the

hacker could enter the company’s

Microsoft-hosted Cloud services.

The leaked credentials were discovered

by a Netherlands-based security researcher

Jelle Ursem who reached out to Comodo

Vice-President Rajaswi Das.

According to Ursem, the account

allowed him to access internal Comodo

files, including sales documents and

spreadsheets in the company’s OneDrive

and the company’s organisation graph on

SharePoint, allowing him to see the team’s

biographies, contact information, like

phone numbers and email addresses, photos,

customer documents and calendar.

Screenshots of folders containing agreements

and contracts with several customers

-- with names of customers in each filename,

such as hospitals and US state governments.

"Seeing as they’re a security

company and give out Secure Sockets

Hotter weather

linked to higher

suicide rates

NEW YORK : Hotter weather increases

both suicide rates and the use of depressive

language on social media, says a new study

that analysed half a billion tweets.

The research published in the journal

Nature Climate Change suggests that the

effects of climate change could be as devastating

as the influence of economic recessions

when it

comes to

increasing

suicide rates.

Projected

temperature

rise through

2050 could

lead to an

additional

21,000 suicides

in the

US and

Mexico, the

findings

showed.

"Surprisingly, these effects differ very little

based on how rich populations are or if

they are used to warm weather," said lead

researcher Marshall Burke, Assistant

Professor at Stanford University.

Researchers have recognised for centuries

that suicides tend to peak during warmer

months. But, many factors beyond temperature

also vary seasonally such as unemployment

rates or the amount of daylight

and up to this point it has been difficult to

disentangle the role of temperature from

other risk factors.

To tease out the role of temperature from

other factors, the researchers compared historical

temperature and suicide data across

thousands of US counties and Mexican

municipalities over several decades.

The team also analysed the language in

over half a billion Twitter updates or tweets

to further determine whether hotter temperatures

affect mental well-being.

They analysed, for example, whether

tweets contain

language such

as "lonely",

"trapped" or

"suicidal"

more often

during hot

spells.

T h e

researchers

found strong

evidence linking

warmer

temperature

with higher

suicide rates.

To understand how future climate change

might affect suicide rates, the team used projections

from global climate models.

Temperature rise by 2050 could increase

suicide rates by 1.4 per cent in the US and

2.3 per cent in Mexico. "Hotter temperatures

are clearly not the only, nor the most important,

risk factor for suicide," Burke emphasised.

"But our findings suggest that warming

can have a surprisingly large impact on suicide

risk, and this matters for both our

understanding of mental health as well as for

what we should expect as temperatures continue

to warm," Burke added.

Layer (SSL) certificates, you’d think the

security of their own environment would

come above all else," the report quoted the

Userm as saying. Earlier this year Ursem

found a similarly exposed set of internal

Asus passwords on an employee’s GitHub

public account.

Now get old

Twitter interface

with few clicks

SAN FRANCISCO : A Twitter user

and software developer, Zusor, has

shared a useful ’do-it-yourself’ guide to

bring back the old Twitter interface with

just a few clicks, and has named it

’GoodTwitter’.

To get the old interface, just open

Twitter and follow this sequence of

commands: Click on "(...) More" in the

left-hand menu.

Go to "Settings and privacy" >

"About Twitter" > "Directory". A new

Twitter tab will open, click on "Home"

and you will find the old user interface,

The Next Web has reported.

So far, GoodTwitter has been downloaded

by nearly 35,000 Chrome and

Firefox users, attracting rave reviews on

Reddit. Twitter recently redesigned the

interface for its website version, saying

the new look is faster and easier to navigate,

but a lot of people are not liking

it. The new version comes with an

expanded Direct Messages section and

the ability to let users switch between

accounts faster and directly from the

side navigation. It comes with new dark

themes Dim and Lights Out.

As part of the redesign, while the

Home, Explore, Notification and

Messages options have been shifted to

the left of the desktop, the trending section

has been moved to the right of the

screen.

FACEBOOK users take to

Twitter to vent frustration

NEW DELHI : Many Facebook users have taken to Twitter

to describe the concerns they have with the Mark Zuckerberg led

social media platform with #AndThatsWhyIHateFacebook.

While many users revealed that people often paint a false picture

of their lives on Facebook and hide their real life stories,

some complained about privacy issues.

Explaining why they hate Facebook, some raised concerns

about the social network’s community standards.

"My ex-husband is always on my "people you may know"

list. Trust me, if I knew you better, we wouldn’t have married

#AndThatsWhyIHateFacebook" yelled a Twitter user.

"It’s basically a massive government data gathering operation

where people unknowingly but freely and willingly reveal information

about themselves. #AndThatsWhyIHateFacebook,"

alleged another user. Tweets on the hashtag are continuously

increasing and going viral over the Internet globally.

"Facebook took a great profile design and replaced it with

Timeline, just so they could attract customers they could sell our

info to", said user of @TheGiftOfMayhem Twitter handle.

"People posting 97 pics a day of some random event, all blurry

and in need of some serious cropping and no one needs 97

pics of any event #AndThatsWhyIHateFacebook", said

@tonidevelin. "Cause my grandma sees everything I post

#AndThatsWhyIHateFacebook", tweeted another user.

Another user alleged that Facebook allowed the Russians to

meddle in the American elections, lets neo-fascists organise,

makes human trafficking easier and doesn’t care about it.

The hashtag started trending amid reports that Facebook Co-

Founder Chris Hughes, who called for the breakup of the social

network, is reportedly in talks with influential US government

officials who are evaluating the market power of the company.

WhatsApp building desktop

version that works without phone

SAN FRANCISCO : Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reportedly

working on a desktop version of the app that would allow

users to use the messaging app on a PC without having to connect

their phone to the Internet. In 2015, WhatsApp released a

web version that mirrored the conversation from the mobile app,

but to use it, one needed to have their phone connected to the

Internet. Reliable WhatsApp leaker account WABetaInfo tweeted

on Friday that the company might be developing a Universal

Windows Platform (UWP) app along with a new multi-platform

system that would work even when your phone is off.

In addition, WhatsApp is also reportedly working on a multiplatform

system that would allow users to access their chats and

profiles on more than one device with the same account. The

multi-platform system would also work in synchronisation with

WhatsApp’s UWP, which is also in the works, to offer the standard

chat interface on different devices with the same account.


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August 2019

21

The UAPA bill has been ultimately

passed by the Rajya Sabha yesterday.

UAPA refer to Unlawful Activities

Prevention Act under which the

Central government has got a right to

‘designate’ an individual as a terrorist.

While there is no immediate threat

to arrest, the person will have to

appeal to the government with in

forty days of his/her name appearing

in the government gazetteer. If the

Ministry oblige you then, it will fix

up a committee constituting a retired

High Court or Supreme Court Judge

along with several other members,

mostly from MoHA. If they found

you fine then your name will be

removed but if not then you will get

to file against it at the High Court.

Now, given the nature of things

happening in India with rabid communalism

terming dissent as being

anti national, it would be easier for a

lynch mob to kill a person or his family

once the name appears in the

media. We know it very well that this

absolutely spineless media would not

only add few spices into the story but

also instigate people to kill such people.

There was a time, when media

fought against such draconian measures

like Maintenance of Internal

Security Act ( MISA) during emergency

when agencies had the right to

detain any one without any chargesheet.

There were other laws like

Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act

( POTA) which was misused against

the Muslims, the most and became a

poll issue too. It was finally withdrawn

but government brought

UAPA in the disguise. This was UPA

government’s act which was amended

and shamelessly opposition parties

failed to rise up to the occasion.

In Rajya Sabha, NDA is short of

majority yet all the bills that were

passed in Lok Sabha also got through

Rajya Sabha without much difficulties.

Not only opposition parties mainly

Congress tamely surrendered. The

party’s response on triple talaq was

equally baffling but then Congress

does not seem to have learn any lesson

and it is more painful for all those

who trust it to fight for their right.

Terrorism is a global problem and definitely

killing innocent people need to

be condemned unconditionally. It is

INVITATION

to mob lynching

also important to inquire what breeds

terror and whether this is merely a

political game or historical injustices

too. If terrorism is to be used in terms

of propagating any idea which are

detrimental to our national security,

integrity of the country or its unity

then, broadly, one should agree with it

as we all are bound by the constitution

of our countries and in our case,

Indian constitution, which we all are

proud of, giving

us so much of

space and opportunities

to express

our opinions and

dissent. Problem is not that we should

not fight or make law against terrorism.

Government is duty bound to

ensure safety of the people and make

laws in the better interest of the people.

The issue here is whether this

naming and shaming is a correct thing

to do so. If a person is declared terrorist

by the government, then why

should he be allowed to move around

freely. Why shouldn’t he be arrested,

proper charges are framed and fix up a

time frame under special courts but

what is disturbing is that you

declare an individual as terrorist,

put his or name in the official

gazetteer and then ask him

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

social and human rights activist

to prove that he or she is innocent.

So the person will have to

run here and there for six months to

get into final clearance whether he or

she is not a terrorist. We know how

our file moves, and we should not be

surprised that this will aggravate the

issue. Will the government provide

security to the family of the people

who are designated terrorists so that

the ‘nationalist’ mob does not kill

them. Will their identities be kept

secret. How is that a Republic TV or

an India TV or Aaj

Tak reporter forcing

enter the homes of

the ‘accused’ and

broadcasting live

from there intimidatingly

thirsting

their mikes on the

family people or the

person who is

accused. Will it not

create further frenzy and anarchy.

We can only hope that these are

used in rarest of the rare cases. There

is a provision globally done by the

UN which declared Hafiz Sayed as a

terrorist and he is patronized by the

state. Every state have extra-state

actors and Hafiz is Pakistan’s Inter

Services Intelligence’s prime catch

against India. Pakistan has been

humiliated internationally because of

him and many others residing there

but the religious frenzy and power

make them strong. When UN

declared Hafiz Sayed Global

Terrorist, there was near unanimity

among major countries and none

challenge that process but like they

traced Osama Bin Laden, none is

going to harm him as Pakistan always

use him so when there is too much

pressure, he will be put under house

arrest and then silently allow to do

things.

It is important to define it categorically

so no innocent person is targeted.

If naming and shaming is the

thing then those spreading hatred in

the name of religion, killing people at

their will under any religious pretext,

those who are proudly declaring them

as hating the citizens of the country

who have a different religious or caste

identity. Will this instrument be used

against the terror which spread

through caste supremacy in our villages

that has kept Dalits and tribal

subjugated for centuries. We would

definitely welcome it. What would

we describe Godse and will the book

that he justify killing Gandhi, be still

available or will it be called a literature

spreading terror because the

home minister also talked about such

literature that might spread terrorism

can be designated as terrorist.

As I said government is duty

bound to protect people and not to

intimidate them or snoop them. A

healthy democracy is ultimately good

for all of us and it can not be imposed

by thousands of laws and tactics. we

hope this law will not be able to pass

the validity test from the Supreme

Court. Let us hope lawyers and

human rights defenders will take it to

the court so that this not misused.

Vidya Bhushan Rawat is a social

and human rights activist. He blogs

at www.manukhsi.blogspot.com

twitter @freetohumanity

Email: vbrawat@gmail.com

29 killed in US mass shootings in less than 24 hrs

Washington : At least 29 people

were killed and over 40 others were

injured in two separate incidents of

mass shootings in the US states of

Texas and Ohio in less than 24 hours,

media reports said. In Ohio, nine people,

including the perpetrator, were

killed and 16 others were injured early

Sunday morning in the shootings outside

the Ned Peppers Bar in Dayton

city's Oregon area.

The incident took place after mass

shooting in Texas's El Paso city killed

20 people and injured 26 others on

Saturday.

According to the Dayton Police

Department, the first call of the Ohio

incident came in at around 1 a.m.

"We had officers in the immediate

vicinity when the shooting began and

were able to respond and put an end to

it quickly," the BBC quoted the

Dayton Police Department as saying

in a tweet.

Assistant Police Chief Matt Carper

told the media that officers on patrol

managed to take down the shooter

who is yet to be identified. Carper said

the subject fired a "long gun" with

multiple rounds. He added that it was

"very fortunate that the officers were

in close proximity". Nothing more

was known about the shooter, but

Carper said they were "anxious to discover"

a motivation.

Police believe the suspect

acted alone and that there

was no remaining threat to

the community, but the

investigation, assisted by the

Federal Bureau of

Investigation (FBI), was

going on.

Footage posted on social

media showed people running

as dozens of gunshots

echoed through the streets. It

also showed several bodies

on the floor covered in white

sheets. A note saying staff

members were safe appeared

on Ned Peppers' Instagram

page after the incident and on

the nearby Hole in the Wall

bar's Facebook page, the

BBC said. In Texas, the

attack took place at a Walmart store

near the Cielo Vista Mall in the city

located close to the US-Mexico border

that has close to 700,000 inhabitants.

The suspect, 21-year-old Patrick

Crusius, is currently in police custody.

El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen

said that the Walmart was full of shoppers

buying back-to-school supplies at

the time of the attack. The identities of

the victims were yet to be ascertained.

Allen told the media that the tragic

incident could be dubbed as "hate

crime". El Paso Police and the FBI are

investigating whether an anonymous

white nationalist "manifesto", shared

on an online forum, was written by the

gunman, the BBC reported.

The document said the attack was

targeted at the local Hispanic community.

Governor Greg Abbott described

the attack as "one of the most deadly

days in the history of Texas", while

President Donald Trump called it "an

act of cowardice". Authorities have

termed the Texas shooting as the

eighth deadliest in modern US history.

The attacks came less than a week

after a teenage gunman killed three

people at a California food festival.


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Train services hit, 400 rescued by

boats as rains pound Mumbai

Mumbai : Mumbai and the coastal Konkan

region continued to experience heavy rains on

Sunday with the Central Railway services hit on

various sectors and boats were deployed to rescue

around 400 people stranded in the Kurla suburb,

officials said here. Following incessant overnight

rains, water seeped into many homes in Kranti

Nagar area of Kurla, following which the BMC

deployed rubber boats to rescue around 400 stranded

residents. In Church Road-Dahanukarwadi areas

of Kandivali, some locals made temporary rafts of

wooden board to ferry people to nearby areas for

replenishing stocks of essentials. Around 35 people

of the tiny Ju village in Thane have been stranded

due to rising flood waters and the state government

has requested an air rescue operation for them.

They have been temporarily shifted to Bazarwad

Municipal School and arrangements made to give

them food, water and medical help as required, said

the BMC Disaster Control.

In some villages in Pen, Raigad district, around

60 people were stuck in five-six feet deep water

since 4 a.m. on Sunday, and the authorities have

deployed NDRF teams to rescue them. The downpour,

which revived with full intensity since Friday

night, continued Sunday with many areas of

Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Ratnagiri

remaining submerged, hitting normal life and road

traffic. Barring delays, the Western Railway services

continued, but CR services were hit in some sectors

like Kurla-Sion due to waterlogging on tracks,

breaches in railway lines, landslides on outstation

routes. Its suburban Harbour Line was also paralysed.

Mumbai is likely experience a 4.86 metres

high tide at 2.29 p.m. on Sunday, with the IMD and

BMC Disaster Control warning people to keep

away from coastal areas and beaches in the city. The

BMC, Indian Army, Navy and Air Force, besides all

other agencies, are on a high alert for any eventuality.

A portion of a bridge on Pinjal river in Palghar

was washed away, bringing traffic to a complete

halt on both sides. For the second consecutive day,

waterlooging was reported in many areas of Nala

Sopara, Vasai, Virar, Vikramgad (Palghar district),

Mira Road, Bhayander, Thane City, Bhiwandi,

Kalyan, Titwala, Ulhasnagar (Thane), Roha, Pali,

Mangaon, Karjat, Pen, Panvel (Raigad), and

Mandangad, Chiplun, Dapoli (Ratnagiri). In

Mumbai, several vulnerable spots in Dahisar,

Borivali, Kandivali, Andheri, Santacruz, Khar,

Bandra, Matunga, Parel, Dadar, Kings Circle, Sion,

Vikhroli, Ghatkopar,Kurla, Bhandup, Mulund and

other parts were flooded. Subways in Kandivali,

Woman gets triple talaq over

phone from husband in Saudi

Malad, and Andheri were flooded hampering traffic

movement in the east-west directions. However,

most flights were operating at Chhatrapati Shivaji

Maharaj International Airport with delays of around

30 minutes, said officials.

Till Sunday morning, the IMD said Mumbai city

recorded 142 mm rains and the suburbs notched

204 mm. The BMC’s rain monitors pegged the figure

at 116 mm for Mumbai city, 195 mm for the

eastern-western suburbs. The BMC Disaster

Control have asked people to keep away from all

seafronts for the next two days as extremely heavy

rains are forecast.

5 dead in Maharashtra

rains, IAF, NDRF

rescue VILLAGERS

Mumbai : At least five persons were

killed in Mumbai and Satara as rains continued

to batter large parts of

Maharashtra, especially the coastal

Konkan region, on Sunday, hitting train

services hit badly. Helicopters rescued 73

people in Thane and boats were deployed

to rescue around 400 people stranded in

Mumbai suburbs, officials said.

In the state capital, a woman and her

son were killed due to electrocution in

Santacruz east and a youth was washed

away in Dharavi while two persons from

Pune drowned in a waterfall in Satara

after their vehicle hit a barricade and fell

into a flooded drain at Babhalnala early

on Sunday. Following incessant

overnight rains, water seeped into many

homes in Kranti Nagar, Indira Nagar,

Jarimari, Shankarnagar and Bail-bazar

areas of Kurla suburb and two teams of

the NDRF deployed rubber boats to rescue

around 400 residents stranded there.

"They have been temporarily shifted

to Bazarwad Municipal School and other

schools. Congress activists have also

made arrangements for food, water and

medical help as required," local MLA

and Congress deputy leader in Assembly

Naseem Khan said. The Indian Air Force

deployed a MI-17 helicopter to rescue 58

villagers, including 18 children, from Ju

village in neigbouring Thane as they

were stranded in rising flood waters. In

another operation, 15 marooned villagers

were saved by a MI-17 chopper in

Buranda village of Palghar this evening.

Kushinagar : The Kushinagar police have

registered a case against a man who allegedly

gave talaq to his wife over phone from Saudi

Arabia. This comes three days after the Triple

Talaq Bill was passed by both the Houses of

Parliament and got the President’s assent.

According to reports, the woman’s father

submitted a written complaint to the police on

Saturday following which an FIR was registered

against the husband under Section 4 of

the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on

Marriage) Act, 2019, at the Nibua Naurangiya

police station of Kushinagar district.

The accused Abdul Raheem, son of

Tarabuddin, a resident of Shobha Chapra village

under the Nibua Naurangiya police station

in Kushinagar, said talaq three times to his 25-

year-old wife Fatima Khatoon over phone on

Wednesday and ended the call.

Fatima, daughter of Ahmad Ali, had got

married to Abdul in 2014. After four months of

marriage, Abdul went to Saudi Arabia to work

and came during vacations but his behaviour

with Fatima was not good and even his family

members harassed her.

"On Wednesday, my daughter was doing

household work when her father-in-law

Tarabuddin came and handed her his phone,

telling her to talk to Abdul who said talaq three

times and ended the call. "Abdul’s father called

a panchayat, took my daughter’s thumb print

on a paper and handed her a cheque of Rs 1.5

lakh, saying the marriage was over," said the

victim’s father.

R.N. Misra, Superintendent of Police,

Kushinagar, said, "Taking action on the complaint

of the woman’s father, a case has been

registered against the woman’s husband under

Section 4 of the Muslim Women (Protection of

Rights on Marriage) Act. We are probing the

role of all the people involved and are taking

statements of both sides. Since the accused is

in Saudi Arabia, we are sending notice through

proper channel."


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August 2019

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CBI TO QUIZ TRUCK DRIVER, CLEANER IN

UNNAO RAPE SURVIVOR'S ACCIDENT

Lucknow : A

court here on

Saturday remanded

to three days

CBI custody the

driver and the

cleaner of the

truck involved in

Aurangabad : In a shocking incident, a 19-

the accident of the

year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by four

Unnao rape survivor

and her famday

party in a Mumbai sub-

of her friends after she had celebrated her birthily

on July 28.

urb last month, police said

The CBI will

here on Saturday. The incident

came to light after the

quiz driver Ashish

Kumar Pal and

victim suffered severe pain in

cleaner Mohan for

her private parts and was

three days to

admitted to a hospital in

unearth the conspiracy

behind the

of Aurangabad for treatment.

Begumpura in her hometown

accident. Based on their statements, the investigating

agency will decide its next move. The Earlier today, the Unnao District Magistrate could be a case of rape and

ness to the crime -- were killed in the accident. The doctors suspected it

CBI is also likely to approach the court seeking ordered cancellation of Sengar's arms licenses. informed the police.

permission for the custodial interrogation of Sengar owned a single-barrel gun, a rifle and a The girl, who had kept the matter secret from

expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and revolver. Licences for all three have been cancelled.

The CBI had on Friday urged the top incident. It was on July 7, when the victim had

her family, finally revealed the details of the

others in the case. On July 28, the rape survivor,

who had accused Sengar of raping her in 2017, court not to transfer the accident case related to come to Mumbai and her four male friends,

was travelling to Rae Bareli with her lawyer the Unnao rape to Delhi as an arrested accused whose identities are not yet clear, insisted on

Mahendra Singh and two aunts when a truck had to be presented before a Judicial Magistrate celebrating her birthday at the home of one of

being driven on the wrong side hit them. in Lucknow. Accepting the agency's submission,

them. That evening, after cutting the birthday

While the girl and her lawyer were critically the top court postponed transferring of the accident

case to Delhi for 15 days.

cake, the four friends allegedly overpowered

injured, her two aunts -- one of whom was a wit-

and gang-raped her, and the victim, in deep

Punjab CM for countering

false 'propaganda' on

JALLIANWALA BAGH Srinagar : Former J&K Chief Minister and

Chandigarh : Taking

strong exception to Union

Minister Harsimrat Badal's

remarks on the Jallianwala

Bagh massacre, Punjab Chief

Minister Amarinder Singh on

Friday called upon Congress

legislators to aggressively

counter the false "propaganda"

being spread by the opposition

Akalis. Addressing a meeting

of the Congress Legislative

Party (CLP) here, Amarinder

trashed Harsimrat's criticism

of the Congress' protest

against the Centre's Bill seeking

to remove the party's president

as permanent member of

the Jallianwala Bagh trust.

"She is a habitual liar," he

said, adding that she would lose

the propaganda war against

him, just as she had lost the war

on Twitter a few months ago.

After a fierce debate, a Bill

seeking the removal of the

Congress President as a trustee

from the Jallianwala Bagh

National Memorial, was passed

in the Lok Sabha on Friday,

with the opposition accusing

the government of trying to

"rewrite" history.

During the meeting, convened

to discuss the floor strategy

for the ongoing monsoon

session, the Chief Minister also

urged the Congress legislators

to aggressively counter the

opposition in the Vidhan

Sabha. Given the huge amount

of work done by the government,

the party legislators need

not be on the defensive in the

House, he added. The Chief

Minister, in particular, cited the

work done by his government

in combating drugs and moving

actively towards bringing the

culprits in the Bargari sacrilege

case to book.

The Special Task Force and

Punjab Police had made huge

strides in the eradication of

drugs, while the Special

Investigating Team set up to

probe the Bargari case was

closing in on the guilty

with speed, he added.

The CBI closure

report in the Bargari

cases was totally unacceptable

as it had ignored

many vital aspects of the

investigation, which the

Special Investigating

Team would soon

expose, said Amarinder.

Pointing to the

marked improvement in

law and order since his

government took over in

the state, the Chief

Minister said most gangsters

had been eliminated

and the blanket of fear

that had shrouded the

people during the SAD-BJP

rule had disappeared.

Earlier, senior party leaders

and Cabinet ministers Brahm

Mohindra and Manpreet Badal

underlined the need to strengthen

the Punjab Pradesh

Congress Committee infrastructure

to prepare the party

even more effectively for the

2022 polls.

Manpreet also assured the

legislators that funds would be

made available to them for the

much-needed development

works in their constituencies,

despite the financial crunch

faced by the state.

Aurangabad girl gang-raped at

19th birthday party in Mumbai

Mehbooba Mufti 'requested'

to clarify role in J&K Bank

backdoor APPOINTMENTS

President of Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP),

Mehbooba Mufti, has been asked by the Anti-

Corruption Bureau (ACB) to clarify her role in

the backdoor appointments made in Jammu and

Kashmir Bank on references of some of her former

ministers. ACB Senior Superintendent of

Police (SSP) has sent a communication to Mufti

which said

that during the

investigations

into the backdoor

appointments

made in

the J&K

Bank, it has

surfaced that

some ministers

had sent

recommendations

to the

J&K Bank

Chairman and

on these references

backdoor

appointments

were made. Mufti has been 'requested' to

clarify whether such references had her endorsement,

verbal or otherwise. Whem asked if her

explanation was found to be unsatisfactory, what

would be the next legal move by the ACB,

sources said, "In that case, she would be summoned

to appear before the investigators".

Dozens of backdoor appointments in the J&K

Bank came to the surface during the ACB investigations

into the working of the bank's sacked

chairman, Pervaiz Ahmad Nengroo. Unearthing

of backdoor appointments and virtually unsecured

loans to influential businessmen or kith

shock and trauma, quietly returned home the

next day without informing the Mumbai police

or her family.

However, it was only in

the third week of July when

she complained of severe

pain in her private parts that

she was taken to the hospital

where the matter ultimately

came to light on July 30.

"We have immediately registered

a 'Zero' first information

report (FIR) on July 30

and dispatched the entire

case file to Chunabhatti

police station in Mumbai which will now investigate

the matter," an official of Begumpura

Police Station told IANS.

The victim's condition has been described as

"very serious" by the police and she is suspected

to have suffered multiple internal injuries due

to the gang-rape and is under continuous observation.

A police team has left for Aurangabad to

take the victim's statement.

and kin of the then ministers had jolted the reputation

of the bank as the state government and the

Reserve Bank of India stepped in quickly for

course correction in April-May this year.

Assurances to shareholders and depositors

have steered the bank out of a crisis situation and

efforts are on to sustain and strengthen the

largest financial institution of the state.

Mufti has

been spearheading

the

creation of a

joint front of all

mainstream

political parties

in Kashmir "to

protect the

state's special

status".

She has convened

an allparty

meeting

at her high

security

Gupkar Road

residence in

Srinagar at 6 p.m. on Sunday for the purpose.

She told reporters that since the National

Conference President and MP Farooq Abdullah

was not keeping well, his son Omar Abdullah

would attend the meeting. She also said the

scheduled meeting was to take place in a hotel,

but the police had told her that such a meeting

would not be allowed there.

In a related development, former legislator

and President of Awami Ittehad Party (AIP),

Engineer Rashid, is in Delhi after the NIA summoned

him to appear before the investigating

agency on Sunday.


24 August 2019

WORLD

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PROTEST AND VIGIL FOR INDIAN

DEMOCRACY HUMAN RIGHTS

AND THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION

WHY ARE WE

PROTESTING?

Since the Bharatiya Janata Party

under the leadership of Prime

Minister Narendra Modi came to

power the number of crimes against

Dalits has risen hugely. In 2016,

40801 atrocities against Dalits were

reported, an increase of more than

2000, over 2015 figures. The conviction

rate against those who commit

these crimes has also fallen substantially.

However these figures do

not give us the horrific nature of

these attacks. For example, in

October 2017, in Uttar Pradesh, a

Dalit woman and her unborn child

were killed when she accidentally

touched the bucket of an ‘uppercaste’

woman.

Since the election results were

declared on 23 May 2019, we have

seen a blatant projection of many of

the features of a Hindu state. Central

to this is the horrific heightening of

Hindutva violence against Muslims

and Dalits all over the country. For

example, immediately after the election,

the home of a Dalit couple was

attacked by a mob of 200-300 people

from dominant castes after the

husband had put up a Facebook post

1pm, Sunday, 18th

August 2019

Vigil at Parliament

Square, Westminster,

London SW1P 3BD

saying the government does not permit

the village temple to be used for

Dalit weddings.

Other attacks on Dalits, include

the institutional murder (as in the

Rohith Vemula case) of Dr Payal

Tadavi an Adavasi Muslim doctor

who was driven to her death by the

educational establishment , in this

case by casteist senior doctors in

Mumbai’s TN Topivala National

Medical College; the attack on the

Dalit boy who was tied up and beaten

up for trying to enter a temple in

Rajasthan; the hacking to death

of Ashok a young Dalit left activist

in Tamil Nadu; the killing, in

Gujarat, of 25 year old Haresh

Solanki, who was hacked to death in

front of his pregnant wife Urmilla

by 8 of his upper caste in-laws,

while officials watched; the attacks

on a lone Christian family in a

Thakur dominated area of Lucknow

who were forced to leave their

home. Most

recently in Uttar Pradesh’s

Sonbhadra district there was what

can only be described as a massacre

of Adivasis, with at least ten murdered

following a land dispute .

Meanwhile there have been innumerable

attacks on Ambedkar’s

statues, social boycotts and comments

such as those by Justice V

Chitambaresh, a sitting judge of the

Kerala High Court, proclaiming that

Brahmins must remain at the helm

of the country’s affairs.

At the same time Muslims have

been killed and attacked with inhuman

brutality with ‘Jai Shri Ram’

becoming a murder cry. Tabrez

Ansari, who was tied to a pole and

tortured for 18 hours and then locked

up in police custody, just for having a

Muslim name, is just one example.

There has also been a targeting of

journalists, eminent lawyers (including

Indira Jaising and Anand

Grover how have had a long history

of fighting for human rights and

civil liberties and founded the wellknown

Lawyers Collective) and

human rights activists. While this has

been going on for a considerable period

things have got worse since the

election. Criminal defamation

POLICE URGED

TO “THINK AGAIN”

OVER VILLAGE

STATION SELL-OFF

charges are being used indiscriminately,

Prashant Kanojia an independent

journalist, (himself a

Dalit)was arrested without an arrest

warrant and accused of defamation

for sharing a video of a woman who

claimed to be in love with Yogi

Adityanath, the viciously Hindu

supremacist Chief Minister of UP.

Kanojia was one of four journalists

arrested between June 6 and June 8.

While the earlier cases of violence

against and imprisonment of lawyers

and human rights defenders (such as

those involved with the Bhima

Koregaon case) are still being fought,

these are being joined by new incidents

of threats, raids and intimidation

of civil liberties activists.

Demolition of Shri Guru

Ravidass Mandir at Tuglakabad,

New Delhi

We condemn and protest against

the demolition drive of Delhi

Development Authority (DDA) to

demolish 15th Century Guru

Ravidass Mandir (Temple). Shri

Guru Ravidas was a 15th century

saint who challenged caste orthodoxy.

The Mandir complex has

archaeological and historical significance

and in addition the temple

has a deep spiritual significance to

the faithful of the Ravidassia community

who are traditionally considered

as 'Untouchable'. That the

DDA wants to demolish the ancient

site of the Temple demonstrates its

anti-Dalit policies.

Lynching of Dalits, Muslims

and Christians by RSS-led mobs,

assassinations of dissenters, rapes

and escalating violence against

women and girls, the arrests and

incarceration of human rights

defenders and progressive intellectuals

have turned India into a

republic of fear.

Organised by Castewatch UK

and South Asia Solidarity Group;

supported by Dr Ambedkar

Memorial Committee of Great

Britain, Shri Guru Ravidass

Mission International - Kanshi TV,

Ambedkarite and Indian Buddhist

Organisations in UK, Guru

Ravidass Sabhas in UK, Bhagwan

Valmik Sabhas in UK and many

Human Rights Organisations.

For further information

contact:

MR RAJ MANAK

07460 174843

MR KUNDAN L JHUMAT

07900 460260

@SAsiaSolidarity

@Castewatchuk,

info@castewatchuk.org

Conservative councillors

in Tettenhall are urging

West Midlands Police

to “think again” over its

plans to auction off the

police station building on

the High Street.

News emerged this

week that the police force

had put three of its former

police stations up for sale

in September. The

Tettenhall Police Station,

which is now closed, is

valued at a guide price of

£250,000.

But local councillors

have said they were told in

recent community policing meetings

that the force planned to keep hold

of the station in case it is needed in

future. There has been a recent spate

of anti-social behaviour in the village,

prompting a high visibility

police presence.

And with Prime Minister Boris

Johnson announcing an extra 20,000

police officers will be recruited

across the country over the next

three years, the councillors believe

keeping the station in police hands is

the most sensible option. Tettenhall

Wightwick councillor Wendy

Thompson said: “With the Prime

Minister’s welcome announcement

that he will be boosting police numbers,

it doesn’t make

any sense at all for

West Midlands Police

to be selling off

Tettenhall Police station.

They need to

think again about getting

rid of a building

that they might need

in future. “Although

the station is now

closed to the public,

there is a strong case

for maintaining a

base on the western

side

of

Wolverhampton.

We’ve recently had

some problems in the village with

anti-social behaviour which drew in

police resources from other areas, so

I think this decision to sell the building

could turn out to be short-sighted.”

The sale of Tettenhall Police station

is scheduled to take place on

September 10th.

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