Senior journalist, author Kuldeep Nayar passes away at 95

Senior journalist, author Kuldeep Nayar passes away at 95

New Delhi: Senior journalist and author Kuldeep Nayar died at a hospital here. He was 95, his family confirmed on Thursday. Nayar breathed his last at the Escorts Hospital at 12.30 a.m., and his cremation will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. Nayar, who was also a human rights activist, served as High Commissioner to the UK in 1990 and was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha. A syndicated columnist, he has written several books including “Beyond the Lines” and “India after Nehru”.

Bihar: Armed man clutches Tej Pratap’s hand while extending greetings on Eid al-Adha

Bihar: Armed man clutches Tej Pratap’s hand while extending greetings on Eid al-Adha

Vaishali (Bihar): An armed individual clutched Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tej Pratap Yadav’s hand in Mahua, where the leader had arrived to extend greetings to people on the occasion of Eid al-Adha on Wednesday. In the wake of the incident, the former state health minister alleged that the incident was a conspiracy hatched by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to kill him.

“While I was on my way to Mahua, an armed person held my hand and was unwilling to leave. This is a conspiracy by RSS and BJP to kill me,” he said. The man was spotted by Yadav’s driver among the crowd gathered to greet him in Mahua. Subsequently, the driver and others present there raised an alarm, after which the man was handed over to the police. However, Yadav claimed that no arrest was made. Questioning the state government in the wake of the incident, the RJD leader said, “When MLAs and ministers are not safe here, how can commoners be safe?”

Uttar Pradesh: 5 injured in firing near Commissioner house in Gorakhpur

Uttar Pradesh: 5 injured in firing near Commissioner house in Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh): Five people suffered injuries after unknown armed miscreants opened fire near the Commissioner house on Wednesday. According to Gorakhpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shalabh Mathur, three out of the five persons were shot in the leg and were shifted to a hospital in the vicinity for treatment.

He further claimed that one of those who was shot at was threatened earlier in the day by one of the attackers. “One of the victims was earlier threatened by the attackers. When he was waiting with his friends near the commissioner office, 6-8 people, whom he has identified, opened fire at them. Teams have been sent to nab the accused,” the SSP said. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will chair a high-level security meeting later in the day.

A 20-year-old student messaged a girl, his Instagram friend, asking her to have sex with him

A 20-year-old student messaged a girl, his Instagram friend, asking her to have sex with him

Hyderabad: A 20-year-old student messaged a girl, his Instagram friend, asking her to have sex with him and that he would pay for it. He did with bruises, because the girl called the boy to an apartment in Madhapur, and got her friends to beat him up badly.
Meanwhile, both the boy and the girl have lodged counter complaints with the Madhapur police, who have registered two cases.
The girl, a 20-year-old engineering student living in Dilsukhnagar, received a message from one N Vikram Nayak on her Instagram profile on July 3. “Initially, the conversations were normal, but gradually, he started showing his lust and desperation by directly asking for sex. Vikram told her that he would meet on Saturday (August 18) to have sex, and misbehaved with her,” the police, quoting her complaint said.
She also alleged that Vikram was also having similar conversations with other girls on Instagram.
Meanwhile, Vikram who went to meet the girl on Saturday at a flat in Ayyappa Society was beaten by her friends. A native of Warangal district, Vikram said in his complaint, “I received a message from the girl to meet her. I rushed to Hyderabad on Saturday and went to the address provided by her. When I entered the flat, some six persons who were present there locked the door and beat me with iron rods.”
Madhapur sub-inspector Venkat Reddy said “Vikram was asking the girl to have sex with him and was troubling her. A case has been registered against him under section 354 D of IPC (stalking). In order to teach him a lesson, she told her friends, who beat him badly.”
The SI said that the girl should have complained to the police about the harassment, instead she told her friends. “Nobody has the right to take the law into their hands and act violently. If the boy has committed a mistake, they should have approached the police or brought him to the police station, but cannot beat him up,” said SI Reddy.
A case has been booked against six persons for illegally confining and causing hurt to Vikram. Both the cases are being investigated and action will be taken against the accused in both the cases.”

by agency

3 abducted children rescued, kidnappers held

3 abducted children rescued, kidnappers held

Hyderabad: Hyderabad Police on Tuesday rescued three children who were kidnapped by two women abductors.
As per the police, one of the boys, Ayush, was kidnapped by the two women from Secunderabad Railway Station on Monday while his mother had gone to buy breakfast. When the mother did not find her child, she immediately complained to the Railway Police and later to the local police.
Acting on the complaint, the police team checked the CCTV footage and spotted that two women took Ayush with them and later boarded an RTC bus.
Upon interrogation, the conductor of the bus recalled and shared information about the accused women, following which the police team began a search operation to nab them.
Subsequently, the two women were held and Ayush, along with two other abducted children, were rescued.


12 Killed, Over 5,000 Displaced in Karnataka Floods; Rains Cut off Roads, Snap Power Supply

12 Killed, Over 5,000 Displaced in Karnataka Floods; Rains Cut off Roads, Snap Power Supply

Bengaluru: Heavy rains in Karnataka districts that neighbor flood-ravaged Kerala have left at least 12 people dead and more than 5,000 displaced, prompting Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to question why the Centre has not come forward to offer any relief so far.

Among those killed were a mother and son, who were missing for the last four days. Leelavathi, 65, and her son 28-year-old Umesh, who were stranded in Mukodlu in rain-affected Kodagu district were declared dead in the evening. However, their bodies have not been recovered by the rescue team.

BA Saldana, a former municipality member in Hassan district, had gone to Arehalli village near Beluru to review the misery caused by rain. But his trip turned fatal as he slipped into an overflowing lake. Locals tried to rescue him, but their attempts were in vain.

As per official records, so far 12 people have died in Chikkamagaluru, Hassan and Kodagu districts. Shivamogga, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts too are facing a flood-like situation.

In Kodagu, officials said 4,225 people have been rescued from 1,194 places so far, but hundreds are still missing. Out of 296 villages in the rain-affected district, 13 have been completed submerged.

The rain coupled with the landslips has also affected power supply to the district as over 3,800 electric polls have broken down, 260 transformers are submerged and power cables have snapped.

Areas like Madapura, Shuntikoppa, Chettalli, Bidalli, Shanthalli, Somvarpet, Shrimangala, Virajpet have no electricity since the last two days.

The last remaining open road link between state capital Bengaluru and Mangaluru was also cut on Monday. Heavy rains had earlier shut down Charmadi Ghat and Shiradi Ghat, leaving only Bisile Ghat as the link between the two centres. But heavy landslide in Bisile Ghat caused major damage to the road and it too had to be shut down.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy addressed the media on Monday after reviewing the situation in Kodagu. “Around 845 houses have been destroyed, 123km roads are damaged, 58 bridges, 28 government offices, 3,800 electric polls have broken down. Our officers are working round-the-clock to ensure situation comes under control,” he said.

He further said that he had sought help from Himachal Pradesh government as the state witnesses natural disasters like floods and landslides almost every year.

“In Himachal Pradesh, every year they face flood-like situations. So I have requested their assistance as they are well trained to handle the situation. I got good response from them and they agreed to extend all help,” Kumaraswamy said.

The CM also announced another Rs 100 crore as part of flood compensation, to add to the Rs 100 crore announced earlier.

He also questioned why nobody from the central government had visited the state so far.

“I have requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi's help. Defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman should have visited the state to review the situation, but she has not come. I don't want to comment on this," he added.

He further said that the government will keep victims of flood away from paying tax.

Garuda commandos, who have been deployed in rescue operations, managed to rescue a 62-year-old women, Maramma, who was stranded near the Kabini water reservoir. The reservoir has reached its maximum capacity and overflowing water has created huge risk in the downstream villages. Many have already shifted to safe places and rescue operation is underway.

Around 97 Pourakarmikas of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have also reached Kodagu to help in relief works and to install moveable bio-toilets in Kodagu areas where the rescue camps have been set up.

No Decision on Uniform Civil Code as Law Panel Chairman Set to Retire, Sixth Schedule Also a Hurdle

No Decision on Uniform Civil Code as Law Panel Chairman Set to Retire, Sixth Schedule Also a Hurdle

New Delhi: The 21st Law Commission of India will not be proposing the much anticipated Uniform Civil Code due to lack of time as its Chairman is set to retire on August 31. There is also the added hurdle of the Sixth Schedule, which gives protection to personal laws in tribal dominated areas. The Commission will now move only amendments to several personal laws.

In December 2017, BS Chauhan, the Law Panel chief, had told this reporter that the exemptions under the Constitution must be honoured as an imbalance could disturb the essence of the Constitution.

“Constitution itself has given so many exemptions to so many people like the tribals, etc. There are exemptions even in Civil Procedure Code and Criminal Procedure Code... UCC is not a solution and there cannot be a composite act. You cannot say forget the Constitution and do away with the sixth schedule," said Justice Chauhan.

According to sources in the law commission, News18 has learnt that Commission believes that “even if any future Chairman of the law commission decides to propose a uniform civil code, they would still have to deal with the hurdle of the sixth schedule.”

“The commission has to work within the framework of the Constitution and cannot transgress it. But we cannot propose a UCC now as there is no more time with the Commission,” said a source.

The law ministry, in July 2016, had asked the Law Commission to determine if UCC was possible in India.

In October 2016, the Commission had sought public opinion on the exercise of revising and reforming family laws of all religions in the context of Article 44 of the Constitution, which talks of a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) for all citizens.

The Commission has appealed to members of religious, minority and social groups, non-government organisations, political parties and government agencies, to present their views through a questionnaire on a range of issues, including the practice of triple talaq and the right to property for a woman citizen.

It was after a year since then that the Commission Chairman had told News18 that UCC would not be possible.

However, the exercise of seeking opinion continued till May 2018 with several bodies and individuals making their pitch for and against this case.

However, a working paper dealing with all such suggestion and making amendments to personal laws will be put up in public domain before the Commission’s term ends on August 31. Public can discuss and debate the working paper thereon.

In December 2017, News18 had reported the chairman’s inclination to move personal law amendments rather than bringing the UCC.

Terming the prospect of Uniform Civil Code difficult to implement, Law Commission Chairman Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan had said, “UCC is not possible and not even an option”.

“Personal Laws can never be done away with as they have constitutional protection,” Justice Chauhan had told this reporter.

The chairman was then planning to suggest specific amendments to several personal laws, dropping the idea of UCC, which gained momentum during public debate on instant triple talaq.

“UCC is not possible. We will try to recommend religion-wise amendments in family laws. It would be the piecemeal way to suggest what are the changes required in Hindu law, Muslim law, Christian law, Parsi law, etc. We will target the problems of each religion and deal with them accordingly. We cannot take the whole UCC, as we cannot go outside the constitution,” the chairman had said in a detailed interview to News18.

Class IX boy kills mother after she scolded him for skipping studies

Class IX boy kills mother after she scolded him for skipping studies

Bhopal: In a shocking incident, a 15-year-old boy studying in Class IX killed his widowed mother after she scolded him for not studying at Pindrai Saraf village under Hivarkhedi police outpost of Chhindwara district in Madhya Pradesh late Saturday night, police said.
The teenager had changed his blood stained clothes and was preparing to escape when the police nabbed him.

The deceased has been identified as Kumari Uike (35), wife of late Jogesh Uike, police said.

Primary investigations have revealed that the accused also has a minor sister. Kumari used to work as a labourer and did petty jobs to earn a living after the death of her husband.

The accused had skipped studies and had run away to a relative’s place last Friday. Kumari went to the relative’s house and brought him back this Friday.

In a fit of rage, she scolded him and also beat him up for skipping studies with a wooden stick. Irate, the boy took an iron rod and assaulted her on the head and neck, killing her on the spot.

After committing the crime, he changed the blood stained clothes and had escaped to a relatives place. After getting information, police arrived at the village and made the arrest.

“He was produced before the juvenile justice board which sent him to reform home Sunday,” Hivarkheda police outpost incharge, KK Dongre said.

36-year-old jeweller shot dead by gang of robbers in Ahmednagar; brother injured

36-year-old jeweller shot dead by gang of robbers in Ahmednagar; brother injured

Ahmednagar (Maha): A 36-year-old jeweller was shot dead allegedly by a gang of eight robbers at his shop here in Maharashtra, police said today. The robbers barged into the jewellery shop, located at Kolpewadi village in the district, around 8.45 pm yesterday, Additional Superintendent of Police Rohidas Pawar told PTI.

When the shop owner, Sham Subhash Ghadage, resisted their move, the robbers shot at him in the head, killing him on the spot, he said. His brother Ganesh Ghadage (50) tried to save him, but the miscreants fired at him also and fled after robbing jewellery from the shop, Pawar said. The jeweller’s brother received bullet injuries in his stomach and was admitted to a government hospital, the official said, adding that a search was on for the assailants.

Ex-classmate sends morphed photos of girl to her father, demands money

Ex-classmate sends morphed photos of girl to her father, demands money

Hyderabad: Special Operation Team of Hyderabad City Police arrested three persons who had posted objectionable photographs of a girl on the cellphone of her father and demanded Rs. 5 crore from him.
DCP Mr. Avinash Mohanty informed that a Special Police Team was constituted taking immediate action on the complaint received from a resident of Himayatnagar. Police arrested three persons, Manika Vineet (25), a resident of Nizamabad, Daggu Ganesh (25), a resident of Mancherial and Gollapally Mahesh (27), a resident of Kareem Nagar.
It is reported that on 9th August, they posted a few morphed photographs of the girls on the cellphone of her father and threatened that if Rs. 5 crore is not paid to them, these photographs would be uploaded on the social media and the entire family will be wiped out.
According to the report of the police, the girl and Vineet were classmates in 2015 in Event Academy. They became friends. Seeing the lifestyle of the girl, Vineet developed greed. He connived with two miscreants photographers and make them part of his conspiracy. They got the photograph of the girl from Facebook.
Police called the accused persons under the pretext of giving money and nabbed them.