With additions like INS Khanderi, we're capable of giving Pakistan much bigger blow: Rajnath Singh

With additions like INS Khanderi, we're capable of giving Pakistan much bigger blow: Rajnath Singh

Mumbai: Pakistan should be wary of the recent additions to our naval capacity as with them we could deliver them a bigger blow, said Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh at the commissioning ceremony of the second Kalvari-class submarine INS 'Khanderi' on Saturday.

"Pakistan should understand that today with the strong resolve of our government and advancement in naval capacity with additions like INS Khanderi, we are capable of giving a much bigger blow to it," Singh said at an event here.

Lauding the name given to the Kalvari-class submarine, Rajnath said, "The name Khanderi is inspired by the dreaded 'Sword Tooth Fish,' a deadly fish known to hunt whilst swimming close to the bottom of the ocean.

Khanderi is also the name of an island fort constructed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He was one of the few medieval rulers in the country who understood the significance of Naval supremacy."

Singh also praised India's collaboration with France in building the INS Khanderi, which is the second of the Navy's six Kalvari-class submarines being built in India.

It is a diesel-electric attack submarine which is designed by French naval defense and energy company DCNS which is being manufactured at Mazagon Dock in Mumbai.

"Our special partnership with French naval will touch new heights. The construction of the submarine is benefiting industries indirectly, through the Make in India program. Our government is alert to the needs of our defense forces and we are committed to fulfilling it," he said.

The Defense Minister in his speech also said that he would stay on board the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya for today. He also hailed the work done by the Indian Navy in ridding the sea routes of piracy and added about the upcoming additions to its capabilities.

"Our Navy has done great work in the eradication of Piracy in waters. When sea routes are secured, the impact can be seen on the trade of that region. The Nilgiri ship is also going to be launched and world-class aircraft carrier dock will also be inaugurated soon," Singh said.

Become voracious readers beyond social media: Ex DGP Ansari

Become voracious readers beyond social media: Ex DGP Ansari

Hyderabad: Acquire competence in your respective fields and become voracious readers of books beyond Social Media like whatsApp and facebook, advised Mr. Mohammed Wazeer Ansari, IPS (Retd.), former Director-General of Police, Govt. of Chattisgarh to  Media students of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) on Thursday.

In a guest lecture on “Police and Media Relations in the Era of Information”, organized by Department of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ), Mr. Ansari, IPS said that media and police are two integral pillars of democracy. Both are important for a healthy democracy.

Addressing the students, Mr. Ansari noted that the image of both media and police is not very positive in society.

However, both play a unique role in keeping society safe and healthy.

Villagers claim PMAY houses in Uttar Pradesh given to dead and NRIs

Villagers claim PMAY houses in Uttar Pradesh given to dead and NRIs

Indian Railways identifies 24 important routes where private players can be invited to operate trains

Indian Railways identifies 24 important routes where private players can be invited to operate trains

The Indian Railways is mulling the idea of handing over operations of more trains to private players in the coming days on several important routes with improved services and amenities for passengers.

According to DNA, the Indian Railways has identified 24 important routes where private players can be invited to operate trains in the coming years. The decision comes under the 100-day agenda of the national transporter to hand over operations of the trains to private players on key routes.

The routes identified for privatisation, Delhi - Katra/Jammu, Delhi - Howrah, Delhi - Chennai, Delhi - Secunderabad, Mumbai - Chennai, Howrah - Chennai, Howrah - Mumbai and Secunderabad - Hyderabad have been proposed for long haul trains. Railways is also mulling getting private players in suburban train operations. For suburban train operations, Railways has identified Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Secunderabad. Intercity routes have also been identified which include Mumbai - Pune, Mumbai - Aurangabad, Mumbai - Madgaon, Delhi - Chandigarh/Amritsar, Delhi - Jaipur, Howrah - Puri, Howrah - Tata, Howrah - Patna, Secunderabad - Vijaywada, Chennai - Bengaluru, Chennai - Coimbatore, Chennai - Madurai and Ernakulam - Thiruvananthapuram, reported DNA.

Earlier, the Indian Railways had announced to grant operations of two of its luxurious Tejas Express trains to Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) between Lucknow-New Delhi and Mumbai-Ahmedabad. The railways had earlier clearly said that before engaging private operators to run the trains, the national transporter will consult the trade unions and other stakeholders.

The IRCTC has started the booking of tickets for the Tejas Express between Lucknow-New Delhi from October 5 onward journey. The IRCTC's Tejas Express will be flagged off from Lucknow on October 4. The minimum fare for the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express has been kept at Rs 1,125 for the AC chair car, while the fare for Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express AC chair car will be Rs 1,280. On the other hand, the ticket price for Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express Executive chair car has been kept at Rs 2,310 and the Delhi-Lucknow fare for Executive Chair Car will be Rs 2,450.

The passengers travelling on Tejas Express from Lucknow to Kanpur in AC chair car will have to shell out Rs 320 and Rs 630 for the Executive Chair car (ECC). For Lucknow to Ghaziabad travel, the passenger needs to pay Rs 1,125 for the AC chair car, while Rs 2,310 for the ECC. On the return journey, the fare is Rs 1,155 for AC Chair car from Delhi to Kanpur while for the ECC it is Rs 2,155.


Government to establish degree, professional, administrative colleges in Kashmir Valley

Government to establish degree, professional, administrative colleges in Kashmir Valley

Jammu and Kashmir: In a bid to uplift the education sector in the state, Jammu and Kashmir government will soon establish 16 degree and four professional colleges in the valley.

Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) stated that one administrative college will also be established here. The Division Commissioner on Wednesday reviewed the progress on the land identification process.

"Govt to establish 16 degree, 4 Professional, one Administrative College in Valley. Div Com reviews progress on land identification process," the Department of Information and Public Relations tweeted.

According to DIPR, in order to submit the Pre and Post Matric Scholarship forms, the government will also set up three internet Kiosks with professional staff in every District Collector's (DC) office for the students here.

"Submission of Pre, Post Matric Scholarship forms- Govt to set up 3 Internet kiosks with professional staff in every DC office in Valley for students," DIPR tweeted.

The development came two days after the Central government in a major development to revitalize health and medical education in the Himalayan region, announced a new medical college for the Leh district of Ladakh region.

The Health and Medical Education Department has prepared a detailed project report (DPR) and technical report for construction of government medical college as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the opening of 75 new medical colleges throughout the country.

The officials informed that the pre-execution DPR is in the process of finalization and a total amount Rs 325 crore will be sanctioned by the government for the establishment of the college.


Over 6,000 youth take part in Army recruitment drive in Jammu-Kashmir

Over 6,000 youth take part in Army recruitment drive in Jammu-Kashmir

Poonch: More than 6000 youth took part in the recruitment drive organised by the Army in the bordering Sowjian belt for the post of porter here on Tuesday.

The recruitment drive was organised by 40 Rashtriya Rifles unit of the Indian Army. Amidst the complaints of large-scale unemployment in the area, the candidates expressed their gratitude to the administration for carrying out the recruitment.

Thankful to the Indian Army, a local of Poonch, Khalil said, "We thank the army for keeping the recruitment as there is a lot of unemployment here." One of the candidates, Altaf hailing from Nowhera, requested the government to carry out more such recruitments in order to provide the youth of the region with livelihood opportunities.

"There is so much unemployment here that more than 5000 people are desperate for the job of a porter. If we are craving for the job of porter then imagine what would happen if there was permanent recruitment here? We have graduates and postgraduates here who are competing for this job," he said.

Sarpanch of the area, Mohammad Bashir Mir also requested the government to carry out permanent recruitment.

"Around 7000 people have come here to appear for the recruitment and many of them are highly educated owing to widespread unemployment. The government should take note of this and carry out more recruitment," he said.


Kerala bypolls: 71.43 per cent voter turnout at Pala

Kerala bypolls: 71.43 per cent voter turnout at Pala

Pala: An estimated voter turnout of 71.43 per cent was recorded in the bypolls held at Pala constituency here on Monday. "Out of a total of 179,107 voters, 127939 people cast their votes. Of these 65203 were males and 62736 were females.

74.32% of the men voted and 68.65% of the women voted," read a press release from Kerala Information and Public Relations department. Voting for bye-election in the Pala Assembly seat commenced on Monday at 176 polling booths spread across the constituency.

A total of 13 candidates are in the fray, including Tom Jose of United Democratic Front, Mani C Kappan of Left Democratic Front and N Hari of National Democratic Alliance.

The bye-election was necessitated in Pala following the death of Kerala Congress (M) leader KM Mani in April this year. Mani represented Pala constituency for over 50 years.

Last month the Election Commission announced bye-elections for four Assembly seats in Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Tripura, and Uttar Pradesh. The counting of votes will take place on September 27.


Delhi: Man kills sister's friend over suspicion of affair

Delhi: Man kills sister's friend over suspicion of affair

Swami Chinmayanand in hospital after victim demands arrest

Swami Chinmayanand in hospital after victim demands arrest

Shahjahanpur: Former Union Minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand, accused of raping a student, has been admitted to Shahjahanpur government hospital after his health deteriorated.

The 73-year-old politician was being treated by a team of doctors in his Mumukshu ashram where he has been held under house arrest since September 13. Chinmaynand was shifted to the hospital on Wednesday.

Chief Medical Superintendent M.P. Gangwar said: "After his condition worsened on Wednesday, he has been shifted to the medical college hospital and admitted in ward number 8."

Chinmayanand has chronic diarrhoea. He complained of uneasiness late on Monday and the doctors were called in. This was hours after the law student had appeared before the court to record her statement.

The 23-year-old law student has accused Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her repeatedly and blackmailing her.

The student, on Wednesday, threatened to end her life if Chinmayanand was not arrested. She said that it had been over 15 days since she recorded her statement but the Special Investigation Team (SIT) had not yet arrested the accused.

A member of the investigating team said, on condition of anonymity, that they would wait for Chinmayanand to recover before further action could be initiated.


Tabrez Ansari lynching case: Jharkhand police bring back murder charge on all accused

Tabrez Ansari lynching case: Jharkhand police bring back murder charge on all accused

Eight days after the Jharkhand police dropped the murder charge against 11 accused in the mob lynching case of young Muslim man Tabrez Ansari, they brought back the same charge on the accused on Wednesday after obtaining a fresh medical report.

According to Indian Express, in a statement, the Jharkhand Police said that in the first chargesheet, “opinion on the cause of death” was kept “reserved” in the viscera report. And on invoking the murder charge under Section 302 of the IPC, police said they had “additional evidence” like the opinion sought from a second medical board of directors, which opined that Ansari’s death was due to the combined effect of “injury and cardiac arrest” and that the video was not tampered with.

Ansari was seen on national television being beaten up with rods while tied to a pole and forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' over alleged theft in June. Based on a fresh medical report, the police on Wednesday filed a supplementary charge sheet before a court in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, retaining Section 302 of the IPC (murder) against the 11 accused.

The police had on September 10 dropped murder charges against all the 13 accused in the mob lynching case and converted it into one of culpable homicide not amounting to murder (Section 304 of the IPC) on the basis of postmortem, medical and forensic reports which said 24-year-old Ansari died of cardiac arrest. While the quantum of punishment under Section 302 is death or imprisonment for life and fine, the penalty under Section 304 is imprisonment for life or imprisonment for 10 years or fine or both.

The 13 accused were arrested in connection with the death of 24-year-old Ansari. Ansari worked as a labourer and welder in Pune and had come home to celebrate Eid when he was captured by locals at Dhatkidih village on the night of June 17 over suspicion of trying to steal a motorcycle.

He was tied to a pole and assaulted by a mob with sticks and iron rods. A video of the scene that went viral and was flashed across tv networks showed he was forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Jai Hanuman' by his tormentors. Though there was no evidence of the perpetrators' link to any Hindu right organisation, Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists had protested their arrest.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) was set up to look into the case after Ansari was declared "brought dead" by doctors at the Tata Main Hospital in Jamshedpur on June 22. Two policemen were suspended in connection with the incident.