Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat polls: Voting begins for sixth phase of Panchayat elections

Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat polls: Voting begins for sixth phase of Panchayat elections

Jammu/Srinagar: Voting was underway on Saturday for the sixth phase of panchayat polls across Jammu and Kashmir amid tight security. Voters were seen queuing outside polling stations in both the Jammu division and the Kashmir Valley despite the morning chill. Polling started at 8 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m.

Voting for this phase is being held at 3,174 polling stations — 410 in Kashmir and 2,764 in Jammu. At least of 771 polling stations have been categorised — 410 in Kashmir and 361 in Jammu. A total of 7,156 candidates are in the fray for 406 sarpanch and 2,277 panch seats while 111 sarpanchs and 1,048 panchs have been elected unopposed in this phase. Some 597,396 electors will be voting for sarpanch constituencies and 457,581 for the panch. Photo Voter Slips have been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling stations.

In the fifth phase on November 29, the state witnessed a polling percentage of 71.1 percent. The fourth phase on November 27, 71.3 per cent polling was recorded. The third phase held on November 23 witnessed a polling percentage of 75.2 per cent, while 71.1 per cent was recorded in the second phase on November 20. In the first phase held on November 17, 74.1 per cent polling was recorded. The last polls of the nine-phased election is scheduled for December 11. Panchayat election was last held in Jammu and Kashmir in 2011.

RRB Group D: Admits cards for December 5 exams releasing today, here’s how to download

RRB Group D: Admits cards for December 5 exams releasing today, here’s how to download

Candidates appearing for the RRB Group D December 5 exams should get ready to download their admit cards as Railway Recruitment Board will release the admit cards today. Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) will release RRB Group D Admit cards for December 5 exam on their official website ‘www.indianrailways.gov.in’.

Students should check the official website of RRB for updates. On the admit cards, candidates will get the date of exam, city and centre. The admit cards for December 4 exams were released on the official website of RRB yesterday. As per reports, 1.9 crore candidates have applied for RRB Group D Recruitment 2018.

The exams for filling up the posts have begun from September 17. The admit card has been released only for those candidates who applied properly for the exam. It is compulsory for candidates to carry their RRB Group D Admit Card on the day of the examination. Candidates should also carry a valid identity proof and passport size photo.

Once the RRB group D admit cards for December 5 exams have been released, candidates can download it from official website of RRB. Below are the steps explaining how to download the admit cards.

Steps to download RRB Group D admit cards 2018:

Step 1: Visit the official website of RRB — ‘www.indianrailways.gov.in.’ Click on ‘recruitment’ tab on the top.

Step 2: A list of various state websites of RRB will appear on a new page. Click on the state from where you are appearing for the exam.

Step 3: Click on the admit card link.

Step 4: Enter your registration number and date of birth.

Step 5: Click login. Your admit card will appear on the page.

Step 6: Your admit card will be displayed, download it and take a print out for further references.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao under fire for snapping at man

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao under fire for snapping at man

Kagaznagar: Telangana caretaker chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao is facing the heat for misbehaving with a man at an election rally. The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) condemned Rao’s behaviour and called him a “dictator”. The party tweeted, “Drunk with power, KCR acts like a dictator.

Mr KCR, you are answerable to the people of Telangana. Arrogance and dictatorship have no space in a democracy!” Rao on Thursday had lost his cool on a youth, who asked him about 12 per cent reservations for Muslims – an assurance the leader gave to the community in 2014.

KCR, as he is commonly called, was addressing a public meeting at Kagaznagar, when a man from the crowd stood up and asked him about his promise. Infuriated by the man, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief asked him to sit down, accusing him of doing ‘Tamasha’ or a gimmick. “Yes, I will talk about it but you just sit down,” KCR told the youth.

It was then KCR burst out at him. “Baito. Tera baap ko bolunga na. Baito,” said the leader to the voter, adding that he would explain about it to even his father. After coming under heavy criticism, the Telangana caretaker chief minister blamed his detractors and stated that the opposition parties could have set up the man in the rally.

“A rival party making a person drink and sending him to this meeting cannot be ruled out. It happens,” said KCR. The legislative assembly election in Telangana is scheduled to be held on December 7, with the counting of votes scheduled to begin on December 11.

Supreme Court issues notice to Baba Ramdev on book publisher’s plea against HC order

Supreme Court issues notice to Baba Ramdev on book publisher’s plea against HC order

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to Yoga guru Ramdev on a plea by a publisher challenging the Delhi High Court’s verdict restraining sale and publication of a book purportedly on his life. The high court had passed the restraining order after Ramdev claimed that the book had defamatory content.

The apex court listed the matter for further hearing in the first week of February next year. “We will issue notice to Respondent 1 (Ramdev),” a bench of justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said. The publisher, Juggernaut Books, approached the apex court challenging the high court’s September 29 judgement. Earlier, Ramdev had filed the plea in the high court against the book titled ‘Godman To Tycoon’, saying the book, purportedly on his life, had defamatory content and harmed his economic interests and reputation.

Supreme Court adjourns Rohingya case till January 2019 for final disposal

Supreme Court adjourns Rohingya case till January 2019 for final disposal

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned the Rohingya case till January 2019 for final disposal. Due to rising violence against Rohingya in Myanmar, thousands of them entered India and Bangladesh to seek refuge. Around 40,000 Rohingya refugees reside in India after having fled persecution in Myanmar, out of which 16,000 are registered with the United Nation refugee agency.

The central government in 2017 had told the court to identify and deport Rohingyas back to their homeland, stating that they are a threat to national security as they have a connection with terror groups and may be used by the Islamic State for terror attacks. Earlier, a batch of pleas was filed in the apex court opposing the Centre’s decision to deport over 40,000 refugees who had fled from Myanmar after widespread violence and discrimination against the community.

The plea was filed by two Rohingya immigrants – Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir- who claimed they took refuge in India after escaping Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence, and bloodshed against their community in Myanmar. More than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Rakhine in August 2017 after Myanmar’s army launched a massive crackdown in its northern state, retaliating the attacks by insurgents, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on the country’s police posts and a military base.


Coal Scam: Delhi court holds ex-coal secretary HC Gupta and others guilty of corruption

Coal Scam: Delhi court holds ex-coal secretary HC Gupta and others guilty of corruption

New Delhi: A Delhi court Friday held ex-coal secretary H C Gupta guilty of the offences of corruption and criminal conspiracy in a coal scam case relating to allotment of coal blocks in West Bengal.

Besides Gupta, Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar also held guilty private firm Vikash Metals and Power Limited (VMPL), ex-joint secretary in the Ministry of Coal (MoC) KS Kropha, who is still in service and then director (CA-I) in MoC KC Samria in the case.

The court also convicted the firm’s managing director Vikash Patni and its authorised signatory Anand Mallick in the case. The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal blocks in West Bengal to VMPL. In September 2012, the CBI had registered an FIR in the case.

After pronouncement of the decision, all the five convicted persons were taken into custody by the court which fixed December 3 for hearing arguments on the quantum of punishment. The convicts may get a maximum seven-year jail term.

The court had on August 19, 2016, framed charges, including cheating and criminal conspiracy against Gupta, the two public servants, the firm and its two officials in the case. They all had pleaded not guilty and claimed trial. All the accused were currently out on bail.

It had said, “Charge for the offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servants), 420 (cheating) of IPC and also under sections 13(1)(c) and 13(1) (d) (criminal misconduct by public servants) of the PC Act has been framed against all the accused…”

It had put on trial all the accused in the case in which the CBI’s closure report was earlier rejected by the court, asking the probe agency to further investigate the matter. Gupta was earlier also convicted in two other coal scam cases relating to Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL) and Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL). Kropha and Samria were also convicted in KSSPL case.

Around eight different charge sheets have been filed against Gupta and proceedings are going on separately in each case. On July 25, 2014, the Supreme Court had approved appointment of Additional Sessions Judge Parashar as special judge to deal with all coal scam cases.

Congress accuses PM Modi, Arun Jaitley of resorting to ‘fraudulent jugglery’ of GDP figures

Congress accuses PM Modi, Arun Jaitley of resorting to ‘fraudulent jugglery’ of GDP figures

New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of resorting to “malicious and fraudulent jugglery” of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures to hide the “enormous body blow” caused by them to India’s economy.

“Failed ‘Modinomics’ plus a ‘pakoda economic vision’ has sunk India’s economy in complete turmoil. A despotic Prime Minister and ‘pseudo economist’ Finance Minister have repeatedly caused economic mayhem by the ill-conceived decisions of demonetisation, a flawed GST coupled with tax terrorism,” Congress Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

“Faced with utter and complete rejection of the ‘voodoo economics’ of Modi and Jaitley duo, they are resorting to malicious and fraudulent jugglery of GDP figures to hide the enormous body blow caused by them to India’s economy,” he said. His remarks came after the government on Wednesday released the much awaited back-series estimates for India’s GDP which showed a lower rate of growth during the UPA years between 2005-06 and 2011-12 than what was estimated using the earlier methodology.

Surjewala alleged that the entire GDP back series data released by the Centre reflects the desperate attempt of a “defeatist Modi government” to undermine India’s growth story over last 15 years. “Congress party had repeatedly pointed out that, when the base year was changed, the government should follow the healthy international practice and revise the numbers for the previous years. We had demanded that the back series data of GVA and GDP should be calculated and released so that meaningful comparisons can be made.

“The back series data as released by National Statistical Commission (NSC) in August 2018 is available in public domain. The numbers prove the dictum that truth cannot be suppressed,” Surjewala said. The Congress Spokesperson said that UPA 1 and UPA 2 delivered the highest decadal growth (8.13 per cent at factor cost) since Independence.

It is also a matter of record that during this period 140 million people were lifted out of poverty, he said, adding the three best years were 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08. “Arvind Subramanian called them the “boom years”. That golden run would have continued but for the international financial crisis that hit the world in September 2008.”

He said when the UPA demitted office, economic growth had recovered to 6.39 per cent (at market prices) in 2013-14. “Besides, the fiscal deficit had been reduced to 4.48 per cent and the current account deficit had been contained at 1.7per cent.”

Surjewala accused that the revised ‘new series’ computed on Wednesday by the Ministry of Statistics and Niti Aayog has completely undermined the National Statistical Commission, the autonomous body for deciding data transparently and in accordance with global standards of calculating GDP as per market price linked methodology.

“Today, Modi government deceived the country by surreptitiously changing the methodology in order to manipulate GDP data. This is called ‘excel sheet management’ for example deciding the result first and filling the marks later. The new methodology is GVA based, which does not take into account tax, subsidies and consequently is extremely flawed to sub serve the myopic interests of the ruling government,” he said.

Telangana elections 2018: Missing transgender candidate turns up at police station

Telangana elections 2018: Missing transgender candidate turns up at police station

Hyderabad: Transgender candidate M. Chandramukhi, contesting the Telangana assembly elections from a constituency in the city, turned up at a police station late on Wednesday night. Chandramukhi, who is contesting the election from Goshamahal as a candidate of the Bahujan Left Front and was missing since early Tuesday, reached Banjara Hills police station along with her lawyer and some members of the transgender community.

She refused to give a statement to police about her whereabouts, saying she will reveal all the details in court on Thursday. The Hyderabad High Court had on Wednesday directed the police to produce her in the court on Thursday. The court passed orders on a habeas corpus petitioned filed by Chandramukhi’s mother Ananthamma.

Earlier, a missing case was registered at the Banjara Hills police station on a complaint by her mother. Chandramukhi, the only transwoman candidate in Telangana’s assembly elections, went missing early on Tuesday from her house in Jawaharnagar here. According to her supporters, two persons had come to meet her. Later, her mobile phone was switched off. They claimed she had been abducted.

However, after examining CCTV footage, police said on Wednesday that she left the house on her own and was seen walking alone. A police official said she had masked her face to hide her identity. Police had formed 10 teams to trace the missing candidate. A few teams were also deputed to Anantapur and other districts in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

Bahujan Left Front leaders and transgender activists have alleged that people who were opposed to a transgender contesting the election were behind her disappearance. Chandramukhi is contesting from Goshamahal against Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Raja Singh and the Congress party’s Mukesh Goud.

Pakistan has changed the demography of Pakistan: Bipin Rawat

Pakistan has changed the demography of Pakistan: Bipin Rawat

New Delhi: India’s Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat today asserted that India has the hard power- the requisite military deterrence to take on Pakistan. Speaking on theme ‘Addressing the challenge of hybrid conflict in the 21st century’ at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, here, he however balanced his assertion by saying that “creating unrest in our neighbour’s country should not be our first choice.”

“As a nation, we have never been expansionist. We also believe in fairness. India strongly believes in living in peace and harmony with its neighbours. The well being and development of its people through sustained economic growth remains our continued focus are our core national interest. Thus, creating unrest in our neighbour’s country should not be our first choice,” he said while delivering the Y B Chavan memorial lecture, to a distinguished audience.

He added, “ We will continue working with all agencies which work on peace in our country. Our narrative is superior. What can be better than a vibrant democracy for a human mind and human aspiration to thrive upon? This narrative needs to be propagated better.”

Replying to a question, he said, “ Let me say that if you have to take on Pakistan, it cannot end in stalemate. Let me tell you we have this kind of (military) deterrence. If we have to take the call, it is possible to take the call. I don’t think, we should be concerned about this kind of capability we have with Pakistan.”

While warning that “cyber domain emerge as the next battleground’; he said that India’s advanced capabilities in space technology and GPS systems in South Asia which can be used to liquidate a recalcitrant adversary in cyber domain.” Recommending a pro active defence option against hybrid warfare, the Army Chief chalked out an action plan that entails coordination with agencies within India, working with international friends, communication of the right narrative to our people and harnessing of technology optimally.

The Army chief said that hybrid warfare warfare is very much organised. “It is gaining momentum these days and is becoming a new form of warfare. Therefore, this form of warfighting is all encompassing and rather than destroying the military capability of an enemy, it focusses on the population and infrastructure as being the centre of gravity. The use of the word hybrid warfare in military lexicon appears to be relatively new but let me tell you that it repeatedly comes into place in Arthashastra. It is nothing new to us.“

Replying to another question, the Army Chief said that Pakistan has very cleverly changed the complete demography of so called Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. “That is an issue that we have to look at but let us first look at our own part of Kashmir, bring it under control, get the system moving there and then start looking across.”

To the last question, General Rawat said that it is unfortunate that proliferation of internet and social media is attracting people to IS but they don’t really know IS ideology. If you ask them why they fly the black flag, they will tell you that it somehow it irritates the Indian security forces. If you ask them about’ Azadi’, it is not what we feel is ‘Azadi’. So, really speaking, most Kashmiris are actually confused about their own religion.

Chhattisgarh: DRG jawan injured in IED blast in Sukma

Chhattisgarh: DRG jawan injured in IED blast in Sukma

Sukma (Chhattisgarh): A District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawan sustained injuries in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast which took place on Tuesday in the forest area of Minpa in Sukma district. The explosion took place when the troops of 206 CoBRA and DRG were returning to their base camp in Chintagupha.

This is the second attack that has taken place in Sukma district in the last two days. On Monday, as many as nine Naxalites and two security personnel were killed in the same district in two separate operations carried out by security forces. A huge cache of arms and ammunition, including automatic rifles and IED, were recovered by the police.