Dress not reason behind rape: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Dress not reason behind rape: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi: Calling for a change in mindset, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, it is ridiculous to claim that a woman’s attire is the reason behind a rape. She further questioned, if the dress is the reason, then why does an elderly woman or a toddler is sexually abused.

“What efforts can be made by external agencies when you have known people absolutely violating the women? Some people say about the way women dress. Then why does rape happen of elderly people? Why does rape happen of toddlers?” the minister said at an event organised by industry lobby FICCI. The minister said law agencies need to be more proactive in providing safety to women.

“Out of every 10 such incidents, seven are committed by people who know the victim– relative, friends, neighbour. Law enforcement agencies need to be far more proactive, I concede all that,” she said. Sitharaman addressed ‘Stories That Matter’-an event organised at FICCI and released the Gender Parity Survey Report.

Chhattisgarh CGBSE Class 10, 12 Results: Results to be declared on May 9; check scores at cgbse.net, cgbse.nic.in

Chhattisgarh CGBSE Class 10, 12 Results: Results to be declared on May 9; check scores at cgbse.net, cgbse.nic.in

In yet another round of exam results, Chhattisgarh Board of School Education (CGBSE) will release the CGBSE class 10 and CGBSE class 12 results on May 9. An official from the board told NDTV that the results will be released on the official website of the board, cgbse.nic.in, on Wednesday. CGBSE candidates can visit the official website and check the results on May 9.

The CGBSE Board conducted the exams in the second week of March 2018, while the class 10 board exam began on 5 March 2018, the board exams for class 12 students started two days later on 7 March. The class 10 exam ended on 28 March 2018 while the class 12 exam concluded on 22 March 2018, reported NDTV.

How to obtain your results:

Step One: Go to the official website of CGBSE at cgbse.net or cgbse.nic.in

Step Two: Click on the results link

Step Three: On next page, enter the roll number mentioned in the admit card. For Class 12, chose your streams from links given there

Step Four: Submit the detail

Step Five: Download your results

Step Six: Save a copy of the result obtained

CGBSE class 10 and CGBSE Class 12 results will be released on third party results website, examresults.net as well.

Jinnah portrait row: AMU postpones examinations till May 12

Jinnah portrait row: AMU postpones examinations till May 12

Aligarh: Amid the ongoing protest in Aligarh Muslim University over the portrait of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, examinations in the varsity have been postponed till May 12.

“Examinations in Aligarh Muslim University have been postponed till May 12 due to the ongoing protests,” Public Relations Officer, Umar Salim Parizda told ANI. The controversy surrounding Jinnah’s poster triggered after BJP Aligarh MP Satish Gautam wrote a letter to AMU’s Vice-Chancellor seeking an explanation on the portrait of Pakistan’s founder in the students’ union office.

The portrait of Jinnah has been hanging on a wall in the students union’s office at AMU for decades. Last week, a clash broke out between students of the AMU and the police over the matter. Internet services were also suspended in the varsity to prevent the communal flare-up over the issue.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu reaches Guatemala

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu reaches Guatemala

Guatemala City: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday reached Guatemala as part of his three-nation visit to Latin America. The Vice President was received by the Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Sandra Jovel and the Ambassador of India to Guatemala Sajeev Babu Kurup at the airport.

He inspected a guard of honour on his arrival in Guatemala City. Naidu is on a five-day visit to Latin America’s Guatemala, Peru and Panama commencing from May 6. This is the Vice President’s first overseas visit after assuming office last year.

He is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Minister of State (MoS) for Tribal Affairs Jasvantsinh Sumanbahi Bhabhor, four Members of Parliament and senior officers of the Government of India, as said in a press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on May 3.

A range of bilateral issues including the strengthening of institutional mechanisms for political interactions, multilateral matters, trade and commerce, investments, information technology, capacity building, traditional medicines, space, defence, and culture are expected to be discussed during his visit.

The Vice President is scheduled to have bilateral meetings with the Guatemalan President, the Vice President, the Speaker of the Guatemalan Parliament and the Mayor of the city of Antigua Guatemala, which is an ancient city near Guatemala City.

The discussions are expected to focus on mutual areas of cooperation. Some of the sectors also likely to be discussed also includes protection of wildlife. A very good example is the protection of Jaguar population in Guatemala, along with the tiger population in India on human resource training and development. India have already provided ITEC training courses in Guatemala.

An interest in learning English from India and information technologies will be an important area of focus and of exchanging know-how on training institutes. The visit will enhance the existing relations between India and Guatemala. Guatemala is the biggest country in Central America in terms of population and economy. It has a population of 16.6 million. India-Guatemala relations have traditionally been cordial and friendly over the years.

The bilateral trade has grown consistently and within few years, it has grown from USD 152 million to USD 263 million. The visit of Naidu is the highest ever from either side, which is a special marker. It will focus on exploring various areas of mutual cooperation.

Atrocities on Dalits didn’t occur during Vajpayee’s rule: Congress

Atrocities on Dalits didn’t occur during Vajpayee’s rule: Congress

Shimoga: Days ahead of the Karnataka Assembly Election, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that during former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s rule incidents of mob lynching and atrocities on Dalits did not happen.

“When Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister, such incidents of mob lynching did not happen. Such atrocities on Dalits did not happen in his rule. His (Vajpayee’s) government did not enter our kitchens and saw what we were cooking,” Azad said while addressing an election rally in Shimoga city.

As the Karnataka elections is inching closer, a political slugfest has erupted in the state with the political parties firing a barrage of barbs at each other. The state has become a battleground and witnessing rallies by various political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief president Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and many more.

The state will go to polls on May 12 to elect its representatives for the 224-member assembly. The results will be out on May 15.

Karnataka Elections 2018: PM Modi to address four public rallies today

Karnataka Elections 2018: PM Modi to address four public rallies today

Bengaluru (Karnataka): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address four public rallies in poll bound-Karnataka on Saturday.

As part of his campaign blitzkrieg, the Prime Minister will address election rallies in Tumkur, Gadag, Shimoga and Mangaluru.

According to reports, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is looking to wrest control from the Congress, may increase Modi’s election rallies to 21 from 15.

After addressing today’s rallies, he is scheduled to stay back in Mangaluru tonight and will take up campaigning again tomorrow in Chitradurga, Raichur, Jamkhandi and Hubballi.

As opposed to earlier schedule, he may also address three public meetings each on May 6 and May 9.
Karnataka BJP president and party’s chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa will accompany the Prime Minister in some of the rallies.

In addition, BJP’s national president Amit Shah is also scheduled to lead road shows in Mysuru district today while Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be addressing four public rallies in Kalburgi district.

Karnataka goes to polls on May 12 and 2,655 candidates, including 219 women, are in the poll fray for securing 224 seats up. The results will be declared on May 15.

Data provided by the Chief Electoral Office in Karnataka has indicated that the BJP will contest all 224 seats, while the Congress will contest 222 seats. The H.D. Devegowda-led Janata Dal-Secular will contest on 201 seats.

Dining with Dalits not enough, need to address their aspirations: Udit Raj

Dining with Dalits not enough, need to address their aspirations: Udit Raj

New Delhi: BJP MP Udit Raj said on Friday that merely having food at homes of Dalits is not enough, as the need of the hour is to address their aspirations and grievances, which are not the same as it were in 80s or 90s.

Addressing a press conference at his residence here, Raj, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Dalit face, also warned that those who do not understand the aspirations of the community would face “consequences”.

“The issues of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is being seen in the circumstances which have hardly any connect with the ground reality. The need of the hour is to address the aspirations and grievances of these communities,” he said deploring the outlook of intelligentsia and other responsible sections vis-a-vis real issues of these communities.  He said on April 2, the way the Dalits and tribals expressed their anguish and feelings across the country made it very clear that the expectations and aspirations are different now.

“They did not express their anguish to ask the so-called upper castes, or those who are in a position to empower them, whether they would have meal together… Now we have to understand that their aspirations have become something else, and are not the same as in the 1980s or 1990s,” the BJP MP said.  He said the community wants respect, jobs, rights and equality. “But attempts are being made to satisfy them by having food, night stay and tea with them.”

Raj said having food at a Dalit household was similar to a doctor giving medicines to treat fever to a patient who had a problem in his stomach.  Citing Congress President Rahul Gandhi as an example, Raj, the national Chairman of the Confederation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Organizations, said that having meal in Dalit households neither empowers the Dalit families nor benefits the politicians.

“Rahul Gandhi is an example of it,” he said.  Raj said that the Dalits are apprehensive that the old system would come back again.   “The mood of Dalits has to be gauged as to why they are disillusioned with the system and continuous dilution of their rights and dignity at the hands of judiciary, executive, academia and the captains of economic pursuits,” he said.

Raj, however, welcomed the government’s campaign that MPs and MLAs should go to Dalit-dominated villages and appraise them of the government schemes, adding that exclusion of the Dalit and tribal men and women from progress of the country would never lead to the progress of the country.

He also appealed to the government that the cases slapped on the Dalits for April 2 agitation over alleged dilution of SC/ST Atrocities Act should be withdrawn.

“When the lawsuits made during the Jat and Patel movement can be withdrawn, then the litigations raised on Dalits can also not be returned,” he said.

Kasauli killing: Son behind bars, mother picks up pieces of her life from debris

Kasauli killing: Son behind bars, mother picks up pieces of her life from debris

Kasauli: Narayani Devi, whose son is accused of killing a woman officer leading a demolition drive against illegal construction, began her day early today, digging deep into the rubble of the guesthouse named after her to try and salvage what she could.

A day after her son Vijay Singh Thakur was arrested on charges of killing assistant town planner Shail Bala Sharma, the owner of the Narayani Guest House, a part of which is being demolished, was stoic, her face giving away little as officials and police kept hawk-eyed vigil on the site that has become the cynosure of national attention.

The court ordered demolition work of two of the four floors of the guesthouse, on the busy Dharampur-Kasauli road, is being carried out by different civil agencies of the Himachal Pradesh government under the careful watch of the Himachal Pradesh police, including commandos. The slender elderly woman, dressed in a salwar kameez and wearing slippers, rifled through the debris of plywood, brick and mortar, picking up pieces of her life as it were, stopping occasionally to tell those engaged in bringing down the floors to be careful.

Narayani Devi had earlier said her son had lost his mental balance as he couldn’t see their guesthouse being demolished. Thakur was arrested in Mathura yesterday in a joint operation by the police in  Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. He allegedly fired and killed Sharma, who was leading a demolition drive against illegal construction and had reached the Narayani Guest House in Kasauli, on Tuesday. “He had spent a lot of money on the guest house.

He even borrowed money to expand it. He was spending money on lawyers’ fees after the case was going on. He was mentally upset for past 2-3 months and was on medication for this,” Narayani said. When her son was brought to the site under heavy police escort late afternoon, her eyes turned moist. “I still don’t think that he could have shot anyone,” she kept saying. The accused’s children and wife restricted themselves inside a portion of the guest house where they live as demolition continued. Narayani said that Thakur’s children were under acute stress and did not attend school for few days.

Most of those who live in the neighbourhood where the shooting incident took place described Vijay Singh, a government employee, as a man who kept low-profile and helped his mother run the guest house. “We were shocked when we heard that Vijay Singh had killed a lady officer. He is an educated person who was also known for his good writing skills. He would take a bus to Shimla from Dharampur to reach his office and was polite and courteous with everyone,” said a local who owns a juice shop. The Supreme Court had on April 17 ordered the state government to demolish unauthorised structures in several hotels and guesthouses in Kasauli and Dharampur areas of Solan district. Four teams were constituted by the authorities to carry out the work.

Also read: Kasauli murder: Himachal Govt to give compensation to victim’s family
Yesterday, the apex court said the “unfortunate death” of the woman government official was the result of “non-implementation of the law”. Seeking the status of investigation in the case, it directed the Himachal Pradesh government to apprise it about the steps taken to ensure that no unauthorised constructions were carried out in the entire state. It also asked the state to inform it about the status of implementation of the order regarding demolition of unauthorised constructions in 13 hotels at Kasauli.

Today, teams from different government departments, including Revenue, PWD, Electricity Department, Forests and Irrigation and Public Health, were engaged in the task of bringing down illegal structures with police personnel being deployed outside each building. Several hotel and guesthouse owners said they have decided to bring down unauthorised constructions on their premises.

Aman, the manager of Hotel Whispering Winds, told PTI that they had decided to voluntarily demolish a portion of the hotel.  Giving details, officials said unauthorised construction in four hotels and guest houses in Sanawar in the area had been demolished.  A hotel on the Dharampur-Kasauli road had allegedly built several rooms without permission and most of the structure was being brought down. According to norms, only three storeys plus one for parking is admissible, but several hotels have openly violated the norms by constructing four to eight storeys. The issue has inevitably acquired political overtones.

Attacking the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh over alleged poor law and order situation, Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu has said the murder of a lady officer at Kasauli had generated fear among law enforcing employees. He alleged that the crime graph had gone up since the BJP came to power in December last year. Hitting out at opposition parties, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said the opposition  should refrain from politicising the Kasauli incident. Unauthorised constructions in the area were old, he said, taking a potshot at rival Congress, which earlier ruled the state.

BSE Odisha Class 10 Results 2018: Results expected on May 5, check scores at bseodisha.nic.in, orissaresults.nic.in

BSE Odisha Class 10 Results 2018: Results expected on May 5, check scores at bseodisha.nic.in, orissaresults.nic.in

In yet another round of results, The Odisha Board of Secondary Education is likely to announce the BSE Odisha Class 10 (Matric) Results 2018 within the first week of May. Candidates can expect the Matric results by Saturday, May 5. In order to view the results, one needs to log on to the official results portals bseodisha.nic.in or orissaresults.nic.in or results.nic.in.

The Class 10 Matriculation exams were held between February 23 and March 8. Over 6 lakh students appeared for it, reported Zee News.

How to access your Odisha Higher Secondary Result 2018:

1. Go to the websites – bseodisha.nic.in or orissaresults.nic.in

2. Click on ‘Class 10th Result 2018’

3. Enter required details such as name and registration number

4. Click on ‘Submit’

The results will be displayed on the screen. Students are suggested to download their results and take a printout of the same for future reference. Students are advised to collect their official mark sheets from their respective institutes.

The said results pertain to Board of Secondary Education, Odisha is a Body Corporate constituted under the Odisha Secondary Education Act, 1953. It regulates, controls and develops Secondary Education in the State of Odisha. It provides varied courses in order to equip students for different occupations, to prepare them for University education and to equip them for various cultural purposes. It examines those who have completed a prescribed course of 753001, Odisha (India).

Now No Arrests for Admin.. WhatsApp admin not at risk

Now No Arrests for Admin.. WhatsApp admin not at risk

No arrests under Sec 66-A for social media posts, rules SC http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/no-arrests-under-sec-66-a-for-social-media-posts-rules-sc/57893.html

The Supreme Court struck down Section 66-A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, on Tuesday. 

Pronouncing their verdict on a PIL filed against the section in a packed courtroom, which empowers the police to arrest a person for allegedly posting ‘offensive materials' on social networking sites, a Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and RF Nariman said the section violated the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression and was therefore was illegal.

Terming liberty of thought and expression as "cardinal", the Bench said: “The public's right to know is directly affected by Section 66-A of the Information Technology Act."

"Section 66-A of the IT Act is struck down in its entirety," said the apex court bench of Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman. 

"Our Constitution provides for liberty of thought, expression and belief. In a democracy, these values have to be provided within constitutional scheme," said Justice Nariman, pronouncing the verdict.

"There is no nexus between public order and discussion or causing annoyance by dissemination of information. Curbs under Section 66A of the IT Act infringes on the public right to know." 

Calling the written word of the provision, which comprises terms such as ‘"annoying", "inconvenient" and "grossly offensive", vague, the apex court said: “What may be offensive to a person, may not be offensive to others".

The assurance given by one government was not binding on its successor, the Bench said. "Governments come and go but Section 66-A will remain forever," the bench said.

The SC, however, refused to strike down two other provisions of the IT Act that provide blocking of websites.