After cancelling booking, Mumbai hotel serves tea, doughnuts to Karnataka Congress Minister Shivakumar

After cancelling booking, Mumbai hotel serves tea, doughnuts to Karnataka Congress Minister Shivakumar

Mumbai: Karnataka Congress Minister DK Shivakumar, who had to wait under a tree for over three hours, was treated with hospitality by the hotel where rebel MLAs are lodged, despite the inn cancelling his booking.

Shivakumar, who in a bid to pacify dissidents reached Mumbai this morning, was served tea, coffee and doughnuts by the hotel staff on regular intervals. Those accompanying him, media and police personnel were also offered food. The Congress leader was sipping a hot beverage while talking to ANI as he camped outside the hotel waiting for rebel legislators to meet him. Though it is unclear whether Shivakumar and others bore the expenses or it was a courtesy gesture by Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel.

This morning, the cancelled the Congress leaders booking citing "some emergency". In response, the Congressman said he loves the facility and they should be proud of a customer like him. The 10 dissident MLAs of Congress and JDS are currently staying at the facility, however, they have expressed their wish to not meet Shivakumar. The Congress has been accusing the BJP of conspiring to topple Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka. The ruling allaince is making all efforts to protect its government which seems to have fallen short of a majority.

The rebel MLAs had checked into Mumbai's Sofitel Hotel on Saturday and later moved to the Renaissance Hotel in the city on Monday. The 13-month old Congress-JD(S) government slumped into crisis following the resignation of 10 MLAs from the membership of the state Assembly last week. Congress' Roshan Baig and independent H Nagesh have also deserted the HD Kumaraswamy government.

The state Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the 225-member Assembly is 113. However, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in his reply in Parliament, asserted that his party is committed to parliamentary democracy and has no relation with the developments in Karnataka.


Man held for raping six-year-old girl in Dwarka: Police

Man held for raping six-year-old girl in Dwarka: Police

New Delhi: A 24-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping a six-year-old girl in Dwarka's Sector-23, police said on Friday. According to a senior police officer, the incident took place on Tuesday afternoon.

The victim was found in the bushes adjacent to a road and rushed to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, the police said. Later, she was shifted to the Safdarjung Hospital, where her condition was stated to be critical, they added.

Police identified the accused with the help of CCTV footage obtained from the area. The footage showed the accused with the girl on the day of the incident.

The accused, who was unemployed and lived in the same locality as that of the victim, was subsequently arrested, the police said. A case was lodged and further investigation was underway, they added.


Farmer committed suicide after failing to repay loan, claims family

Farmer committed suicide after failing to repay loan, claims family

Rajasthan: Family of the farmer, who allegedly died after committing suicide in Raghunathpura of Sri Ganganagar here on Thursday claimed that he was forced to take the extreme step because he was unable to repay a bank loan.

"My brother used to receive frequent notices from Marudhara Gramin Bank branch in Vijaynagar. He was unable to repay the loan and was very stressed about it," said the brother of the farmer.

The 42-years-old farmer Netram Nath allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticides in his farmland in Raghunathpura village on June 3. According to family members, Nath took this step as he was undergoing a major financial strain.

"We are protesting against the Rajasthan government in Sri Ganganagar with Netram's dead body. The state government should immediately waive off farmers loan and they should provide all the farmers with Rs 20 lakh as compensation amount," a villager staging protest told ANI.

He added, "If Ashok Gehlot-led BJP government does not do anything in this regard at the soonest, we will be taking Netram's body to Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha and will stage a protest over there, on Friday."

Villagers found Netram lying in an unconscious state on a cot and informed his family members. Police immediately reached the spot and took him to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead by the doctors.

Marudhara Gramin Bank manager Jagroop Singh denied that the bank had sent notices to Nath. "We had not sent any bank notice to Netram for the past few months; he is our regular customer, why would we bother our regular customers by sending a notice? His account currently holds Rs 3 lakh approximately," said Singh.The farmer is survived by his wife and two sons.


Delhi: School principal held for raping, threatening teacher

Delhi: School principal held for raping, threatening teacher

New Delhi: The principal of south Delhi's Jasola school was held on Thursday for allegedly raping and threatening a lady teacher, police said. Soon after the teacher lodged a case in Sarita Vihar Police Station, police rushed to arrest the accused identified as Rakesh Singh.

"A complaint was registered with us by the victim in which she alleged that she was being raped and threatened by her school principal for the last few years in the school premises," police said. "The victim told us that she was first assaulted in June 2017 when Singh called her to take extra classes after school hours. The principal took her to his office room and offered her soft drink laced with sedatives. After she lost her consciousness, Singh raped her and made a video of the incident," said the police.

Since then Singh has been threatening the 27-year-old victim saying he would make the video viral if she did not comply with his demands. The accused has been arrested. Further investigation is underway.


Residents forced to drink contaminated water in UP's Moradabad

Residents forced to drink contaminated water in UP's Moradabad

Moradabad: Deprived of drinking water facility, disgruntled residents of Budh Vihar Colony here are forced to drink contaminated water.

"The supply water that comes from the Municipal Corporation is very dirty. It has become impossible for us to drink it," Sita Devi, resident of the colony told ANI.

The residents, here, have been drinking the polluted water for two years. Their colony adjoins a posh locality, which has a proper water connection, added Devi.

"While the adjoining area gets fresh water, our colony receives yellow water in the taps. We go to their area every day to fetch fresh water. For this, we sometimes have to stand in line from morning till evening," another woman, Urmila, said.

She added that due to the poor quality of water, the residents of the colony have contracted various diseases.

Sunil Kumar, Chief Engineer of the Municipal Corporation, said that the concerned official is on leave and will inquire about the matter once he is back.

A social activist, Akshara Yash, said that the residents have repeatedly complained to the District Magistrate, but to no avail. "The water they drink and bathe with stinks and is yellow in colour. They have protested against it, but to no avail," said Yash.

Supreme Court convicts 12 persons for killing ex-Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in 2003

Supreme Court convicts 12 persons for killing ex-Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in 2003

New Delhi: The Supreme Court convicted 12 persons on Friday for killing former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in 2003.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra allowed the appeals of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Gujarat government challenging the high court order by which the convicts were absolved of murder charges in the case.

The apex court, however, dismissed a PIL filed by NGO "Centre for Public Interest Litigation" (CPIL) seeking a court-monitored fresh probe in the Pandya murder case. It also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on CPIL for filing the PIL and said no further petition would be entertained in the case.

The Gujarat High Court, while acquitting the 12 persons of the charges of murder, had upheld the trial court's decision that convicted them for criminal conspiracy, attempt to murder and offences under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA).

The trial court had awarded punishment ranging from five years to life imprisonment to the convicts.

Pandya was the home minister in the then Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government. He was shot dead on March 26, 2003 near Law Garden in Ahmedabad during morning walk.


Don’t take democracy for granted: PM Modi on Emergency

Don’t take democracy for granted: PM Modi on Emergency

New Delhi: Recalling Emergency that was imposed on June 25 in 1975, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said democracy was a part of India's culture and heritage but warned people not to take it for granted.

Resuming his 'Mann ki Baat' radio programme after being elected for a second term, the Prime Minister also urged people to make water conservation a mass movement - like the Swachh Bharat mission - to overcome water shortages.

When the Emergency was imposed, people felt something had been taken away from them, he said. And it was opposed not only opposed by political parties but also by the common man, he added.

"When there is something close to us, then we underestimate its importance," Modi said. "We overlook its amazing facts too. We take for granted the invaluable democracy we have got.

"We should keep reminding ourselves that our democracy is very great and it has a place in our veins." Modi added: "India can say proudly that apart from rules and law, democracy is our heritage and culture.

"When Emergency was imposed, resistance against it was not limited to the political arena or politicians. There was outrage in the conscience of one and all.

"The collective torment on the loss of democracy was evident... It is difficult to savour the joy of democratic rights unless they are snatched away."


BJP targets 1 crore members from West Bengal this year

BJP targets 1 crore members from West Bengal this year

Kolkata: West Bengal BJP President and party MP Dilip Ghosh said on Sunday that the saffron outfit was eyeing one crore membership from West Bengal this year.

"Last year, we had enlisted 42 lakh members. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the party had got 86 lakh votes. In the recently held general elections, we got 2.30 crore votes and half of them should be enlisted as party members.

"We will renew the membership of the existing members and target over one crore membership from West Bengal this year," he told party workers at a meeting in Howrah district.

Urging the party workers to expedite the process of enlisting members, which will commence from July 6, Ghosh told them to reach out to those who did not even vote for the BJP.

"Other states may look at 20-30 per cent increase in membership, but West Bengal is different. The state is at the centre of the country's focus. We should double our membership," he said, adding that the party is gaining popularity everyday as workers from other parties are joining the BJP.

Ghosh also accused the state's ruling Trinamool Congress of inciting violence in West Bengal and destroying the democratic rights of the citizens.

"Fed up with Trinamool's extortion, people have started to come to a party which had three members in the legislative Assembly before four new BJP MLAs were elected in the by-elections. Many Trinamool Congress MLAs too have crossed over to the BJP," Ghosh said.

Meanwhile, the booth-level workers of the Delhi BJP will try to enlist 14 lakh new members in the party in over a month long nationwide membership drive scheduled to begin from July 6.

The party has designated five workers at each polling booth as 'Panch Parmeshwars' (booth-level workers) who will serve as a link between the party and the voters living in the area covered by the booth.

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said the membership drive in the national capital will be different from other states where aim is to add 20 per cent new members to the existing numbers.


Muslims gift silver chariot to Jagannath temple in Ahmedabad

Muslims gift silver chariot to Jagannath temple in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad: In a bid to spread a message of communal harmony, Muslim community in Jamalpur city has been gifting a silver chariot to the Lord Jagannath temple of Ahmedabad from past 20 years.

This year also, a silver chariot was gifted to the priest of the temple, ahead of the 142nd Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra, which will commence on July 4 in Ahmedabad.

Rauf Bangali, the man, who gifted the silver chariot to the temple told ANI, "We have been gifting a silver chariot since Godhra incident to spread communal harmony. We have been doing this for the past 20 years. We have given the silver chariot to Dilipdasji Maharaj."

Rauf believes that the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra or chariot festival is observed across the country to unite people and foster peace and harmony in the world.

After receiving the silver chariot by Muslim community, the head priest of the Ahmedabad Jagannath temple, Dilipdasji Maharaj told media, "Since ages, Rauf Bangali has been offering a silver chariot to the temple. I would like to thank the Muslim community for their efforts to spread communal harmony. I pray to God that communal harmony stays like this."

As part of Rath Yatra, the deities of Jagannath, his elder brother Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra are taken out in a procession. Amidst religious rituals, dance and music, splendidly decorated rath or chariot with their idols are drawn by the devotees using ropes till the palace gate and then brought back to its starting point.


Raipur: The establishment of the Institute of Epidemiology at Ayush University

Raipur: The establishment of the Institute of Epidemiology at Ayush University

Governor's meeting of Li Health Department

Governor Mrs. Anandiben Patel took a meeting of the health department in Raj Bhavan on June 25. On this occasion, the Health Minister Shri T. S. Sameerde and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Smriti Health Sciences and Vice Chancellor of AYUSU University Dr. A. Of Chandrakar was also present. In the meeting, discussions related to various activities of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Smriti Health Science and Ayush University Chhattisgarh were discussed.
Governor Mrs. Patel said in the meeting that establishment of eidipiology institute in the university should be established. He instructed the University to start a state-of-the-art research center for research on medicine, ayush and nursing subjects.
For the training of physicians of AYUSH University in the meeting, starting from the training course from 01st August, and sending the information about the various achievements of the University, regular activities, to the public, F.M. It was also decided to start band radio substation. On this occasion, Secretary, Health Department, Mrs. Neharka Barik and other officials were present.