16-year-old punished by hanging brick from private part; video shared on social media
Uttar Pradesh: In a shocking incident from Shahjahanpur a 16-year-old mentally challenged boy was punished by hanging a brick from his private part as a punishment by his own relatives. The boy’s sister and other family members were also attacked when they tried to complain about the incident which took place on May 26.
“My son Sandeep (name changed) who is specially-abled and also mentally challenged was playing with some boys from the village when an altercation broke out. They beat him and also tied a brick to his private part, they made a video of it and shared it freely. When we got to know of the incident and went to complain they beat us too,” Hari Ram told ANI here.
Dhwani, the sister of the victim said that the spiteful relatives showed no remorse when her mother went to complain about the incident to them. She also accused her relatives of attacking her and her mother with sticks.
“My mother went to complain about the treatment meted out to my mentally challenged brother. I accompanied her to my relative’s place where an altercation broke out. I was trying to save my mother from the relatives when suddenly I was attacked with a stick from behind,” Dhwani told ANI.
Praveen Kumar Yadav, Circle Officer (CO) said that the police has taken cognizance of the issue and is conducting investigations to find out the truth and added that strictest action will be taken against the culprits.
“We have just seen the video, the police has taken cognizance of the video and investigations are going on. We will take the strictest action possible if the incidents in the video are found out to be true, actions under the provisions of human rights violation will also be taken,” Yadav said.
Amrit Tripathi, District Magistrate (DM) Shahjahanpur said that the administration is leaving no stone unturned to nab the culprits and ensure justice is delivered.
“An FIR has been registered regarding the incident which took place on May 26 in a village in the Banda police station area.
The FIR was registered late because the case came to our notice only when its video became viral. Further procedures will be carried out at the earliest,” Tripathi said.
The video of the incident has gone viral on social media.
India removed from US currency monitoring list of major trading partners, China stays
Washington: The US Treasury Department has removed India from its currency monitoring list of major trading partners. In its semi-annual report to US Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies, the department on Tuesday removed India and Switzerland from the previous currency watch list of countries with potentially questionable foreign exchange policies.
India, along with China, Japan, Germany, Switzerland and South Korea, was placed in the bi-annual currency watch list in October last year. The US, however, continued to keep China on its watch list, while urging the Asian nation to take necessary steps to avoid a “persistently weak currency”.
“Treasury continues to urge China to take the necessary steps to avoid a persistently weak currency,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement. Mnuchin stated that China’s renminbi had fallen against the dollar by eight per cent over the last year. He also noted that China’s trade surplus with the US has also widened.
“China’s goods trade surplus with US stands at $419 billion over the four quarters through December 2018,” the report said. Besides China, the currency watch list also included Japan, South Korea, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore, according to the department’s latest report.
“Treasury found that nine major trading partners continue to warrant placement on Treasury’s ‘Monitoring List’ of major trading partners that merit close attention to their currency practices,” Mnuchin said. However, the department, in its report, has declined to designate China or any other major trading partner as a currency manipulator. “No trading partner was found to have met the 1988 legislative standards during the current reporting period,” the report concluded.
Rajasthan’s six BSP to meet Mayawati on June 1
Jaipur: Rajasthan’s six BSP MLAs will meet party chief Mayawati in Delhi on June 1 during which the party’s performance in the Lok Sabha polls in the state will be reviewed, a legislator said Tuesday. BSP MLA Wajib Ali told PTI that the party’s support to the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government would continue.
“There is no agenda of withdrawing support from the government, rather we will discuss how efficiently we can work with the government here,” he said. We will discuss the party’s performance in the Lok Sabha elections in the state. Future strategy will also be discussed in the meeting,” the MLA added.
The six BSP MLAs were scheduled to meet Governor Kalyan Singh here on Monday but the meeting was cancelled at the last moment. Ali said that based on the discussions with the party chief, a decision would be taken regarding the meeting with the governor.
In the house of 200 MLAs, the Congress has 100 and its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has one. Besides the BSP, which has 6 MLAs, the Congress has the support of 12 out of total 13 independent MLAs.
Supreme Court issues notice to Rajasthan Government, Central jail on bail plea in fake currency case
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Rajasthan government and jail superintendent of Jaipur Central Jail on a petition seeking bail for a person lodged in jail in connection with allegedly possessing counterfeit currency notes.
A vacation bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and also comprising Justice Aniruddha Bose, issued the notice, seeking a detailed response from the parties (Rajasthan and Central Jail in Rajasthan) within two weeks.
The lawyer for the petitioner submitted to the apex court that his client is in the last stage of oral cancer and thereby he should be given bail. According to the prosecution, the accused, A. Jaif, is lodged in Central Jail in Rajasthan and is on the verge of his death as he is suffering from the last stage of oral cancer. “My lord have mercy on my client. Please grant him bail,” the lawyer told the court.
Rahul Gandhi should continue to lead Congress: Lalu Prasad
Patna: Hours ahead of a review meeting to discuss the RJD-led Grand Alliance’s routed in the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar, jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday advised Congress President Rahul Gandhi to not resign from the post calling his offer “suicidal”.
“Rahul’s offer to resign is suicidal. Opposition parties had the common goal to dislodge BJP but failed to build a national narrative. The result in a particular election can never alter the reality in as diverse and plural a country like India,” said Lalu Prasad in a tweet.
The RJD President, who is undergoing treatment at a government hospital in Ranchi after being convicted in fodder scam cases, was reportedly disturbed for last few days after his party’s poll rout in Bihar and Jharkhand. However, he asked Rahul Gandhi to “continue to lead the Congress”.
Lalu Prasad said that if the Congress appointed a non-Gandhi as its president, it would be accused of being a Gandhi family “puppet”. “Why should Rahul give such an opportunity to his political rivals?” he said. Referring to humiliating defeat of the Opposition parties in the elections, the RJD leader said the opposition should admit that the resounding victory of the Modi government was its collective failure and should introspect on what went wrong.
He said the opposition parties failed to synchronise their strategies and actions leading to the absence of a national narrative for the public. No clear prime ministerial candidate emerged from the opposition against Narendra Modi. The opposition could not choose one ‘dulha’ (groom) for its ‘baraat’ (wedding procession),” he pointed out.
Lalu Yadav said that the opposition should have collectively projected Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate. “There was nothing wrong in regional parties bargaining for more seats, but they should not have made the strategic blunder of not projecting someone without a national perspective as their prime ministerial candidate,” he said.
Laluji understands the importance of Rahul Gandhi and his family in leading the Congress. It was he who defended and backed Sonia Gandhi, when the issue of her foreign origin was raked up by the RSS and the BJP. Congress minus Rahul Gandhi will be party without the glue to hold it together,” RJD spokesperson Shakti Yadav said.
Senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwary said Lalu has rightly advised Rahul Gandhi. “If the opposition is keen to counter the BJP and defeat it, Rahul Gandhi should continue to lead the Congress and the Opposition,” he said.
Ranil Wickremesinghe vows to stop Islamic State terrorism raising its head again in Sri Lankan
Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has vowed to take security measures to prevent Islamic State (IS) terrorism raising its head again in the country as he appealed people not to support extremism or religious fanaticism.
The premier after meeting with a group of representatives of civil societies and trade union collective at Temple Trees on Saturday said the security forces and police have been able to apprehend everyone involved in the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people, the Colombo Page reported. “But this doesn’t mean that this is the end of this type of terrorism. We now have to take certain measures of counterterrorism to ensure that the country will not face terrorism again,” he cautioned.
He said the government is discussing the counterterrorism measures that are being taken, with the country still on edge after the attacks on three hotels and three churches that were blamed on a local jihadi group, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ). The Islamic State group has also claimed a role in the attacks.
“We have also had the help of the Muslim community in bringing about many changes and suggestions – Madrasa education bill not allowing sharia universities, ensuring name boards in only the three national languages,” the premier said. Civil societies and trade union representatives inquired the prime minister on the political and institutional responsibilities which have failed to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks and also on the security situation in the country after the attacks.
The premier responded, saying the parliamentary select committee (PSC) has been appointed to investigate the issue. He pointed out that the attacks in Sri Lanka is one instance that the ISIS did not have the support of the local Muslim community for their actions and that should be maintained.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe requested not to drive people to extremism by supporting religious fanaticism and racism.
“We must maintain it that way and not allow extremism to come in, racial and religious hatred to come in, whereby driving some people to the other side,” he said.
Christians make up 7.6 per cent and Muslims 10 per cent of mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka. The prime minister said the government will appoint a resident committee of parliament to look into all the incidents and circumstances surrounding the Easter bomb blasts.
Wickremesinghe said a methodology will be devised preventing Islamic State (IS) terrorism to raise its head again in the country by safeguarding the law and order of the country. He also said that the Speaker has agreed to open the proceedings through the media in order for people to gain access to the activities of the PSC.
“Today we have taken all the measure to restore law and order. We’ve been able to observe Ramadan, We’ve been able hold prayers, Sunday Mass, and Vesak Poya has been observed very, very successfully,” he said. He said schools have started and life is getting back to normal. the security forces and police have been able to apprehend everyone involved in the attacks and detained while legal proceedings are yet to be decided by the Attorney General.
“But this doesn’t mean that this is the end of this type of terrorism. We now have to take certain measures of counterterrorism to ensure that the country will not face terrorism again,” the Premier cautioned adding that the government is discussing the counterterrorism measures that are being taken and being presented.
“We have also had the help of the Muslim community in bringing about many changes and suggestions – Madrasa education bill not allowing sharia universities, ensuring name boards in only the three national languages,” the Premier said. He pointed out that the attacks in Sri Lanka is one instance that the ISIS did not have the support of the local Muslim community for their actions and that should be maintained.
OBCs, STs and upper caste Hindus swayed it for NDA: IANS-CVOTER Analysis
New Delhi: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) got maximum support from the Other Backward Castes (OBCs), followed by Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Scheduled Tribes (SCs), according to the IANS-CVOTER analysis of the voting pattern in the General Election 2019. Among the social groups, 47.1 per cent of OBCs voted for the NDA against 43.2 per cent STs and 39.5 per cent SCs. The NDA got overwhelming support across the broad spectrum of social strata.
In comparison, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) got maximum 30.1 per cent of ST votes followed by 29.8 per cent of SC and 25.4 per cent of OBC votes. A dissection of religion-based voting pattern show that the NDA’s largest support base was upper caste Hindus as 51.6 per cent of the community voted for the Narendra Modi-led coalition.
The UPA, on the other hand, got 40.8 per cent share of the Muslim votes. Data shows that 45.7 per cent Christians and 38.2 per cent Sikhs voted for the NDA. The UPA got 28 per cent Sikh and 27.8 per cent of the Christian votes. Barring Muslims, all other religious groups went with the national trend of favouring the NDA.
6 women among 24 held for flesh trade in Gurgaon
Gurgaon: The Gurgaon Police Sunday raided a building in an upscale locality here and arrested 24 people including six women for their alleged involvement in flesh trade, a police spokesperson said.
Shamsher Singh said the raid was conducted jointly by the Durga Shakti Rapid Action Force of the Haryana Police and a team from the Sector-56 police station on specific information about such activities taking place in the building. “The information was given by a neighbour. Subsequently, a joint team of Durga Shakti and Sector-56 raided the place and arrested them.,” Singh, a Gurgaon Police PRO and Crime Branch ACP, said.
The building was taken on rent by one Rajiv Yadav, a native of Mahendragarh district in Haryana, he said. The accused were booked under different sections of the Immoral Trafficking Act. They were produced before a local court which released them on bail after giving them strong warning, he said.
“During investigation, it was found that one Gurmit Singh facilitates girls there, while another accused Harish contacted potential customers. Bhojraj, a resident of Nepal, was hired as a security guard for the building,” Singh said. The building was being used for the purpose for the past few months, he said.
Harish used to contact customers through a WhatsApp group by uploading information and photos of the women and they used to charge customers between Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000 for a day, he said. We managed to arrest Gurmit and Bhojraj during the raid. But Rajiv Yadav and Harish managed to escape. Most of the arrested persons belong to Delhi but three of them are residents of Gurgaon,” Singh said.
Karnataka: Congress calls for CLP meeting in Bengaluru
Bengaluru: In view of the tumultuous political developments in Karnataka, Congress party’s state unit has called for a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting on May 29 in Bengaluru.
Along with senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President Dinesh Gundu Rao, will also be present at the meeting.
Congress has 79 MLAs while Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) has 37 MLAs in the coalition government holding power in the state.
The JDS-Congress coalition which is in power in the state went through a rough patch during the campaigning of the recently held elections with leaders of both the parties accusing each other.
The tensions between the two parties benefitted the BJP which won 25 of the 28 MP seats in Karnataka while both JDS and Congress had to content itself with just one seat each. However, the Karnataka Congress unit had said that there was no threat to the coalition in the state. The CLP meeting is reportedly being held to mitigate the differences between the two coalition partners and to assess whether its flock is intact amid speculation of defections.
Balakot attack was to ensure terrorists don’t carry out action against India: General Bipin Rawat
Ezhimala: Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat has said the Balakot attack in February was to ensure that terrorists being trained across the border do not survive to carry out action against India. Coordinated efforts are being made by various government agencies to tackle cross-border terrorism, he said.
“Through the coordinated efforts of various government agencies, now the NIA has stepped in, the Enforcement Directorate has stepped in and all are trying to ensure financing and funds available to terrorists are cut off,” he said, responding to a question on insurgency in Kashmir at a media interaction here. He also said the situation there has been brought under control.
Rawat said the country has been facing terrorism since Independence and that security forces and all agencies supporting them have met these challenges head on. “We have been able to ensure that the insurgency has been brought under control. Of course in the Kashmir Valley, we have been witnessing ups and downs of insurgencies.
“That’s because they got support from our western neighbour. At the same time many (people) are misguided due to a misinformation campaign spread by terrorists. But we have brought the situation under control,” he said. The Chief of Army staff was interacting with the media here yesterday after reviewing the passing-out parade of 264 trainees, comprising midshipmen and cadets of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and 10 international cadets.
Asked about the radar comment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rawat said some types of radar cannot see through clouds because of the manner in which it is operates. “There are various kinds of radars working with different technologies. Some have the capacity to see through, some don’t have the capacity to see through.
“Some kinds of radar cannot see through clouds because of the manner in which it is operating. Sometimes we can, sometimes we can’t,” Rawat said. In a television interview aired recently, Modi had said he used his “raw wisdom” to dispel doubts of defence experts, who wanted the air strike to be deferred due to bad weather.
“The weather was not good on the day of air strike. There was a thought that crept in the minds of the experts that the day of strike should be changed. “However, I suggested that the clouds could actually help our planes escape the radars,” Modi had said while talking about the cross-border strike on terror camps in response to the Pulwama attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel.
The prime minister’s comment drew widespread ridicule and condemnation from various quarters, including a large number of memes on the social media. The cadets who passed out Saturday marked the culmination of their training at the Indian Naval Academy (INA) here.
The passing-out parade was reviewed by General Rawat and meritorious midshipmen and cadets were awarded medals after the ceremonial review. INA Commandant Vice Admiral R B Pandit and Director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, Anurag Kumar, were in attendance at the parade.
The parade also saw 15 female cadets marching shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts to join the ranks of the Indian Navy, a release issued by the Academy said. There were 10 trainees from various friendly nations, including two each from Maldives, Myanmar and Seychelles, one from Tanzania and three from Sri Lanka.