Jammu and Kashmir: 2 terrorists neutralized by security forces during an encounter in Shopian

Jammu and Kashmir: 2 terrorists neutralized by security forces during an encounter in Shopian

Shopian (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Two terrorists were neutralised by security forces in an exchange of fire that broke out in Awneera area of Shopian district on Tuesday morning.

Troops of CRPF 178 Battalion, SOG Jainapora, one Rashtriya Rifles carried out the cordoned off and search operation (CASO) during which the encounter occurred at 3:25 am.

The Indian Army said, "During the search operation, the troops recovered bodies of two terrorists." The operation has been concluded now.


15-year-old girl abducted, gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh

15-year-old girl abducted, gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh

Most of India sizzles at record temperatures

Most of India sizzles at record temperatures

New Delhi: Large swathes of the country seared under record high temperatures on Monday with the mercury touching 48 degrees Celsius in Delhi, the highest for June, and hovering around the 50-degree Celsius mark in many other areas in north India.

There was no immediate respite in sight as the monsoon advanced slowly in southern and northeastern India and the weather department forecast that heatwave conditions were likely to prevail in north and western India for a couple of days more.

Churu in Rajasthan was the hottest recorded place with a high of 50.3 degrees Celsius, followed by Banda in Uttar Pradesh (49.2), Allahabad (48.9), Sriganganagar (48.5) and Narnaul in Haryana (48.3). Delhi recorded its highest-ever June temperature at 48 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab and Haryana, many areas reeled under a high of over 45 degrees Celsius. Narnaul, with a maximum of 48.3 degrees Celsius, was the hottest place in the two neighbouring states that were under the grip of a severe heatwave.

Scorching heatwave swept Chandigarh, which recorded a maximum temperature of 44.1 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal. In Punjab, the maximum temperature in Amritsar was 45.2 degrees Celsius, six degrees above normal. Maximum temperatures in Ludhiana and Patiala were seven notches above normal at 45.5 and 45.8 degrees Celsius, respectively.

In UP, Banda was the hottest place with a maximum of 49.2 degrees Celsius. People in Allahabad and Jhansi to sweltered under highs of 48.9 and 48.1 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Severe heatwave conditions persisted in the desert state of Rajasthan. Maximum temperature in most of the cities was recorded above 45 degrees Celsius -- 47.4 in Bikaner, 47.3 in Kota and 46.3 in Jaipur, according to weather department officials in Jaipur.

Jammu recorded the hottest day of the season with a maximum temperature of 44.4 degrees Celsius. The prevailing heatwave conditions intensified power and water woes in different parts of the region in Jammu and Kashmir. The mercury in Srinagar too rose and settled at 29.2 degrees Celsius, 1.2 notches above normal.

According to an IMD bulletin, "Heatwave to severe heatwave conditions (are) very likely to prevail over Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, southern parts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh during next 2 days. Intensity and spatial extent of heating is very likely to reduce substantially thereafter."

In large areas, a heatwave is declared when the mercury touches the 45-degree mark for two consecutive days and a severe heatwave is when the temperature soars to 47 degrees Celsius for two days on the trot, according to the India Meteorological Department.

In small areas, like the national capital, a heatwave is declared if the maximum temperature is recorded at 45 degrees Celsius even for a day, it said. Heatwave conditions also prevailed in Telangana, Odisha and West Bengal where the mercury settled at above normal levels in many areas.

In Odisha, coastal and interior areas reeled under unbearable weather conditions due to rising temperature coupled with high level of relative humidity.

Hirakud in western Odisha turned out to be the hottest place in the state recording 44.8 degree Celsius followed by 44.6 degree in neighbouring Sambalpur, officials said.

Adilabad district in Telangana recorded a maximum temperature of 44.3 degrees Celsius. The weather office in Hyderabad issued a warning that heatwave conditions are very likely to prevail at

isolated pockets in different districts of the state till June 12.With the Monsoon unlikely to make an entry in West Bengal soon, the Met department said day temperatures in south Bengal are likely to be above normal by two to three degrees Celsius.

It said that heat wave condition is "very likely" to prevail over Purulia, Bankura, West Burdwan, Birbhum, West Midnapore and Jhargram districts of West Bengal during the next three days.

The Southwest Monsoon advanced slowly into other parts of the country, having made an onset over Kerala on June 8, a week after its normal arrival.

"Southwest Monsoon has further advanced into remaining parts of South Arabian Sea & Lakshadweep area, most parts of Kerala, some more parts of Tamil Nadu, remaining parts of southeast Bay of Bengal

, most parts of Southwest & East-central Bay of Bengal, some more parts of Northeast Bay of Bengal, some parts of West-central Bay of Bengal, most parts of Mizoram and some parts of Manipur," according to the IMD bulletin.

Himachal Pradesh's Una district experienced the hottest day in 14 years. Una sizzled at 45.2 degrees Celsius on Monday, Shimla MeT Centre Director Manmohan Singh said. The previous highest temperature in Una was same as 45.2 degrees Celsius on June 21, 2005, he added.


‘No way to verify if PoK terror camps closed’

‘No way to verify if PoK terror camps closed’

Bhim Army protests outside Nair Hospital, alleges Payal Tadvi was murdered

Bhim Army protests outside Nair Hospital, alleges Payal Tadvi was murdered

Mumbai: Ashok Kamble, president of the Maharashtra unit of Bhim Army on Wednesday protested outside BYL Nair Hospital alleging Dr Payal Tadvi’s death was not due to suicide but she was “murdered”. He also demanded action under ‘Prevention of Atrocities Act’ be carried out against the officers who were suspended by the hospital administration and strictest of punishment for the three accused.

“We have got some information which reveals that it is not a suicide case but murder since there are some marks on Payal’s upper back, we are waiting for the postmortem reports. We came to know through media that three accused have been arrested and some concerned officials were also suspended. We demand the Atrocities act be put on the suspended officials too, we are holding protests to demand the same,” he said.

Kamble laid out the three demands of the Bhim Army, he said, “We want death sentence for the people accused in the death of Payal Tadvi other than that we also want the officials to be taken to task. We also want all the SC/ST students in the Nair hospital to be asked whether they are facing any harassment here.” On being asked about Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad’s plan to join the protests in support of the late Dr Payal Tadvi Kamble, he said that he was supposed to arrive by May 30 if the administration failed to deliver justice and also conveyed the warning of his chief.

“Chandrashekhar Azad has said that he will come to Mumbai by May 30 if proper action is not taken against the three accused and other guilty. He has also warned that any disruption in the city after his arrival would be the responsibility of the state government,” Kamble said.

All the three accused doctors in the case- Ankita Khandelwal, Bhakti Mehre and Hema Ahuja have been arrested and are likely to be produced before the court today. Mehre and Ahuja were arrested on Tuesday. The three doctors were arrested for allegedly abetting the post-graduate medical student Tadvi, who belonged to the Scheduled Tribe community, to end her life on May 22.


Jagan Mohan Reddy takes charge as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, occupies CM office in State Secretariat

Jagan Mohan Reddy takes charge as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, occupies CM office in State Secretariat

Police made blunders in Aligarh case: Ex-DGP Vikram Singh

Police made blunders in Aligarh case: Ex-DGP Vikram Singh

Noida: Former Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police Vikram Singh on Friday lambasted the state police for allegedly making blunders in the Aligarh murder case of two-and-half-year-old child while asserting that getting the accused punished in 30 days may help in winning back people's trust.

Speaking to ANI, he said, "People are furious which is obvious. First of all, the police should work on gaining the trust of people. If the case was registered after 30 hours of delay, this is a very big lapse.

Secondly, the parents of the victim were pushed out of the police station, which is again a mistake. The police also failed to take action under Section 166A of IPC." Demanding a fast-track court hearing of the case, Singh further said, "They have made the team but this is not rocket science.

Best forensic science experts, statements under 164 CrPC, fast track court and private counsel should be deployed to make sure that the accused get punished within 10 days." He also criticised the local police head of the village and stated that the incidents could have been averted with "better watch".

"Tappal is not a big place and the station in-charge must have kept better watch if there was a family dispute. Police and administration should have made more efforts to catch the culprits. I would say that it was a total miscarriage of the police procedure," he said.

The police said on June 5 that the girl was abducted and killed in a revenge crime over a financial dispute her father had with the accused, Zahid.

A postmortem was conducted under the supervision of a team comprising of three doctors which confirmed that she was strangulated but ruled out the possibility of rape.

People take to streets, seeking justice for Twinkle Sharma

People take to streets, seeking justice for Twinkle Sharma

Lucknow/Aligarh: Locals on Friday took to the streets, seeking justice for two-and-a-half-year-old Twinkle Sharma, who was killed in a gruesome manner in Aligarh.

A large number of people including children protested in Aligarh, seeking justice for the deceased. They demanded nothing less than capital punishment for the accused of the murder. In the state capital, a candlelight march was organised, demanding justice for the deceased.

Durgesh Tripathi, a Lucknow University student, told ANI: "We are united against the horrendous crime that took place in Aligarh. We must ensure the safety of our daughters. We demand capital punishment for the accused." Another protestor Anshu Priya said: "We want a safe society. There should be security for all."

A social activist Suman Singh Rawat said: "This is a shocking incident. The government should give the harshest punishment to the perpetrators of this crime so that it works as a deterrent for others." Earlier in the day, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) asked for an inquiry report from the Aligarh Senior Superintendent of Police.

The Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the case.Two accused -- Zahid and Aslam -- have been arrested in connection with the murder.

The police had said on June 5 that the girl was abducted and killed in a revenge crime over a financial dispute her father had with Zahid.

A post-mortem examination was conducted under the supervision of a team comprising three doctors which confirmed that she was strangulated but ruled out the possibility of rape, sources said.

RSS emerges as final court of BJP appeal

RSS emerges as final court of BJP appeal

New Delhi: A power struggle has broken out within one week of formation of the new Modi government and the blame for it is being laid at the doorstep of BJP President and Home Minister Amit Shah. He allegedly tried to cut to size Defence Minister Rajnath Singh from whom he acquired the home portfolio, allowing him to sit in only two of the eight cabinet committees while giving himself a berth in all eight, to underscore that he is No 2 in the Cabinet. However, Shah’s hope of Prime Minister Modi siding with him in case of any showdown was dashed to the ground with Singh beseeching the RSS to restore his seniority. Singh belongs to the RSS and is respected by the present leadership.A clear fallout of the development is that the RSS leadership has emerged as the court of appeal in case any such problem erupts in the ruling BJP.

Asserting that he was already No 2, since he was sworn in immediately after the PM and Shah took the oath only after him, Singh reportedly made his displeasure known to the Prime Minister, saying he could not take such "humiliation" of being downgraded. He relented only after Prime Minister Modi urged him to come around and ordered rejig of the cabinet committees. Now, Rajnath is on four additional committees. No one in the government or the BJP is, however, ready to stick his neck out to say who really plotted Rajnath's downgrading and how the decision happened to get reversed.

Shah is a clear loser in the revised list as he not only loses one of the two committees he added with Rajnath Singh becoming the chairman of the cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs but he has been also placed below Rajnath Singh in the new pecking order. The defence minister has nothing to do with parliamentary affairs as the committee's chairmanship invariably goes to the home minister but Modi had no option but to accept the RSS diktat. Those in the BJP worried over the prospects of the Modi-Shah combine running roughshod over all others are happy at the apparent assertion of the RSS, as seen in restoration of pride of Rajnath Singh.

However, the issue of who is No 2 will be faced again on Saturday when PM Modi goes on a 2-day visit to Maldives and Sri Lanka. The practice is that the PM writes to the Cabinet Secretary informing who will chair any emergency Cabinet meeting during his absence from the country. Shah would have been his natural choice, but no longer after the RSS snub. Since Shah has been calling meetings of the union ministers on his own, Modi may choose not to designate anyone as No 2; yet he may allow Shah to carry on as he has been doing since he became the home minister.


Not demand, it is our natural claim: Shiv Sena on Deputy Lok Sabha Speaker post

Not demand, it is our natural claim: Shiv Sena on Deputy Lok Sabha Speaker post

New Delhi: Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut on Thursday said that his party has 'natural claim' over the position of Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker.

"This is not our demand, it is our natural claim. Shiv Sena has right on this position. Why should we demand it since it is our right?" Raut said while speaking to ANI here.

Raut's demand comes amid speculation over the possibility of Naveen Patnaik's BJD getting the post. While Raut termed BJD a friend, he questioned how a party that fought against the NDA can get the position.

"We have 18 MPs. But there are talks that the position will be given to some other party, which is also our friend. BJD fought against NDA in the general elections, how can they give this post to them? Only Shiv Sena should get the hold of this position," he asserted.

As per various reports, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has also kept forward the demand for the post before BJP president and Home Minister Amit Shah.

Another BJP ally, JD(U), was given the post of Rajya Sabha's Deputy Chairman in August last year.

Shiv Sena was granted one ministerial berth in Narendra Modi's cabinet with party MP Arvind Sawant being given the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

In the Lok Sabha polls, Shiv Sena-BJP alliance swept the state of Maharashtra with 41 out of the total 48 seats. While Thackery's party got 18, the BJP got 23.

Arvind Sawant, the lone Shiv Sena union minister, won Mumbai South seat against Congress candidate Milind Deora by a margin of over 1 lakh votes.