BJP, officials misused their authority; it’s matter of shame: DK Shivakumar on being 'forcibly deported' to Bengaluru


BJP, officials misused their authority; it’s matter of shame: DK Shivakumar on being 'forcibly deported' to Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka): Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar, who was on Wednesday detained by Mumbai Police and barred from meeting rebel MLAs staying at a hotel in the city, said it was a "matter of shame" that he was sent back to Bengaluru, and blamed the BJP for the same.

"Mumbai is known for its hospitality. I had booked a room there and was on an official visit to meet my friends and colleagues, but BJP and officials misused their authority. It's a matter of shame," Shivakumar told ANI here. The Congress leader, who was in Mumbai earlier in the day to meet disgruntled MLAs, said he was being "forcibly deported" to Bengaluru. He, however, exuded confidence and said all disgruntled legislators will return to the Congress-JD(S) fold.

He alleged that he was not allowed to meet the MLAs at the behest of BJP, whose leaders, he alleged, are sitting inside the hotel to prevent him from entering. The 10 dissident MLAs of Congress and JDS are currently staying at the Renaissance - Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel. Shivakumar, who reached the hotel on Wednesday morning to pacify the rebel MLAs, was forced to sit outside the hotel after being denied entry. However, Mumbai Police detained Shivakumar, Milind Deora and other Congressmen and kept them at Kalina University rest house.

The leaders were later released, and the police took Shivakumar to the airport for forcibly sending him back to Bengaluru, informed Office of Congress leader Milind Deora. The Congress has been accusing the BJP of conspiring to topple Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka. The ruling alliance 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.

 
 
 



No means to verify Nirav Modi's travel plans: Centre


No means to verify Nirav Modi's travel plans: Centre

New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday said that passport of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, the main accused in the USD two billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case, was revoked in February last year as per provisions and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has "no means" to verify his travel plans.

The government's response came in Lok Sabha to a question by Congress' Shashi Tharoor who sought to know whether MEA had revoked the passport of Nirav Modi to prevent him from evading the criminal justice system in India. "The Ministry revoked the passport of Nirav Modi as per the provisions of Section 10(3)(c) of the Passports Act, 1967, on February 24, 2018," Minister of State in MEA V Muraleedharan said in a written reply.

To a question whether Modi travelled multiple times to foreign countries on an Indian passport which was revoked, the Minister said, "The Ministry has no means to verify the travels, if any, and the passport used for such travels by him." Last week, Pune's Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) had passed an order asking Nirav Modi and his aides to pay Rs 7300 crore with interest to PNB. The order was passed by presiding officer/judge Deepak Thakkar in two cases registered by PNB in Mumbai.

The development comes less than a week after the Singapore High Court ordered the freezing of a bank account belonging Modi's sister and brother-in-law. The diamantaire was arrested on March 19 by Scotland Yard in connection with the USD two billion Punjab National Court (PNB) loan default case. India is seeking Modi's extradition to make him face the law of the land for allegedly committing economic offences like fraud and money laundering. Modi is lodged at Wandsworth prison in south-west London.




There're rumours about my ill health, don't worry I am alright, says Sushma Swaraj


There're rumours about my ill health, don't worry I am alright, says Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi: Denying reports about being unwell, former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday evening asked her wellwishers not to get worried and took to social media to inform that she was doing fine.

“Aaj ke Tweets dekh ke aisaa lagta hai ki jaise mere asvsth hone kii afvaah chal rhii hai ki main sabhi ko btaanaa caahti hoon ki kriipyaa chintaa na karein main bilkul thik hoon. (After viewing today's tweets, it seems as if there are rumours about me being unwell. I want to tell all the well-wishers that I am all right. So please do not worry)," Swaraj wrote on Twitter.

 
 
 

आज के ट्वीट्स देख कर ऐसा लगता है की जैसे मेरे अस्वस्थ होने की अफवाह चल रही है। मैं सभी शुभचिंतकों को बताना चाहती हूँ की कृपया चिंता न करें। मैं बिलकुल ठीक हूँ।

 
 
 

Last Saturday, Swaraj moved out of her official residence in New Delhi. Swaraj had opted out of the Lok Sabha elections citing health reasons. She was appointed the External Affairs Minister in the first term of Modi government in 2014. The portfolio is now held by former foreign secretary S. Jaishankar. During her tenure, the Bharatiya Janta Party leader was extremely active and popular on Twitter for reaching out to the Indian diaspora in distress. She was also loved by users for her witty and humorous replies.




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.

 
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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."

 




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