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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits Mathura wildlife sanctuary


Lucknow: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday visited Mathura Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Uttar Pradesh and interacted with the its founders and staff members.

The wildlife sanctuary team discussed with the Canadian Prime Minister the need to create awareness about the plight of Asian elephants.
Trudeau was accompanied by his wife and three children. Mathura District Magistrate S R Mishra and the SSP Police Swapnil accorded a warm welcome to the Trudeau along with Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani, founders of Wildlife SOS at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center.

“It is a great honour for Wildlife SOS to have the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sparing his valuable time to see our efforts to protect elephants in collaboration with Forest Department. Our goal is to help conserve and protect elephants,” said Satyanarayan.


Mishra said that it was an honour that the Prime Minister of Canada visited the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center. “This center is a wonderful and unexplored area of Mathura. We hope his visit will attract more people to visite here,” he added. SSP Police Swapnil said that the police had learnt about the special request of the Canadian Prime Minister and made all arrangements to ensure his security during his visit to the Elephant Care Center in Mathura.




Tripura Assembly polls: 78.56 per cent voter turnout in battleground Tripura


Agartala/New Delhi: 78.56 per cent of over 25.73 lakh voters exercised their franchise for the Assembly polls on Sunday in Tripura, where the BJP is trying to dislodge the Left Front after an unbroken 25-year stint in power, officials said.

The polling for 59 seats of the 60-member Assembly was peaceful with thousands of central paramilitary forces fanning across the northeastern state. There were reports of malfunctioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) at some polling stations which were rectified. Polling could not be held in the Charilam constituency due to the death of CPI(M) candidate Ramendra Narayan Deb Barma last week. The constituency will go to polls on March 12.

The Election Commission said in New Delhi the updated polling percentage was complied from 41 of the 59 constituencies. In the last Assembly elections, the voter turnout was recorded at 91.82 per cent, while in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, it was 84.32 per cent, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain told reporters in the national capital. He said two crude bombs were detected and disposed of by security personnel. The voter turnout is likely to rise as queues were seen at polling stations even at 9 pm.


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The voting was to conclude at 4 pm. Under the electoral laws, voters standing in queue at the scheduled time for voting to conclude are allowed to exercise their franchise. Additional CEO Tapas Roy said in Agartala initially there were problems with several EVM machines which were fixed. Earlier in the day, Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti had said voting was delayed in some polling booths of West Tripura, Khowai and Unakoti districts as officials could not properly connect the EVMs. Technicians were rushed in to these placed and EVMs set right.

The BJP, hitherto an “also ran” in the border state, has emerged as the key challenger to the CPI(M)-led Left Front, which has remained unvanquished in the last five Assembly elections. Manik Sarkar, one of the most enduring icons of the CPI(M), has helmed the state for the last four terms. The Congress, which has been marginalised in Tripura, was last in power between February 1988 and March 1993. It is contesting 59 seats and had not fielded candidate for Kakrabon constituency.

The BJP, which has been rapidly expanding its footprint in the northeast, with the party already in power in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, has forged an alliance with Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), an anti-Left party. The BJP has fielded candidates in 51 places, while its ally is contesting the remaining nine seats.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah spearheaded the BJP-IPFT challenge in one of the last bastions of the Left. Sarkar, known for leading a frugal life and the considered the “poorest” of chief ministers in the country, almost single-handedly tried to defend his ‘Red fort’ against the saffron challenge.

Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) K V Srijesh said the voting was “incident free” and no violence was reported from anywhere. While 300 companies of central armed forces were deployed, besides the state police, the BSF kept heightened vigil along the 856-km-long India-Bangladesh border in Tripura.

Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) R K Pachnanda was appointed special observer to coordinate with all security forces deployed for the election. Manik Sarkar cast his vote in Ramnagar constituency here, while Biplab Deb, the state BJP chief, pressed the EVM button in R K Pur seat in Gomati district. Tripura Congress president Birajit Sinha cast his vote at Kailashahar in Unakoti district.




Bollywood make-up artist arrested for running sex racket; 2 models rescued


Bhayandar: Sleuths of the Bhayandar division of the Thane (rural) police rescued two aspiring models who were about to be pushed into flesh trade under the garb of promising roles in films. A 38-year-old female pimp who works as make-up artist in Bollywood was arrested immediately after she arrived with the models near a hotel on the Dhaavgi Road in Uttan late on Saturday night.

Following a tip-off in context to a high-profile prostitution racket, involving a small-time make-up artist in the film industry, a police team led by Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni, under the instructions of SP Dr Mahesh Patil deputed a decoy customer to established contact with the pimp. After the decoy sealed a deal for the two women, the police laid a trap, nabbed the make-up artist and rescued both the aspiring models (who are in their mid-20s) and apparently unaware that they were being taken to solicit potential clients under the garb of a film shoot in Uttan. Not ruling out the possibility of the accused operating a “casting couch” scam that involves trading of sexual favours by aspiring starlets, the investigating team led by Assistant Police Inspector Pravin Salunkhe is probing all angles, related to the racket.

Both the women had come to Mumbai with dreams of bagging roles in Bollywood. A case under section 370 of the Indian Penal Code and sections 4, 5, 7 of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act, (PITA) 1956, has been registered against the pimp who is cooling her heels in police custody. Meanwhile both the rescued women were sent to a rehabilitation centre.




Amit Shah’s Jind rally: One lakh bikers to take part in BJP President’s rally in Haryana today


BJP national president Amit Shah will be holding a massive rally in Haryana’s Jind today. The said event will see more than one lakh motorcycle riders are set to participate in BJP chief Amit Shah’s ‘Yuva Hunkar’ rally in Jind on Thursday.

The rally has commenced early morning in the district with various local BJP leaders seen enthusiastically riding their bikes to join the rally. Leaders including state Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma was among the firsts to commence the rally on Thursday morning. Shah is also expected to ride a bike to reach to the venue, reported The Week.

The rally is being seen as an attempt by the BJP to consolidate its hold on Jind and adjoining areas. Jind is considered to be the nerve centre of Haryana politics.


On Wednesday, it was an unusual sight as Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar rode a motorcycle in Jind where he reached to take stock of the arrangements for the mega bike rally. “All necessary arrangements for tomorrow’s rally have been made,” the Haryana chief minister told reporters.

Khattar was personally overseeing the arrangements along with state party president Subhash Barala and Haryana BJP party in-charge Anil Jain.

State BJP leader Rajiv Jain said the rally was part of ‘Mission Vistaar’ or to strengthen the party at the booth level and to gear up the cadre for polls. The ‘Yuva Hunkar’ rally will attract youth and energise workers, a BJP leader said. As he oversaw the preparations, Khattar drove a bike for sometime while another person riding as a pillion.

The event will see tight security to oversee the smooth functioning the event. Armed jawans could be seen in different parts of Jind and some adjoining towns, including roads leading to the venue at Pandu Pindara village, on the outskirts of the Jind city. A few Companies of paramilitary forces have also reached Jind. Police and security forces have been put on alert to keep the situation under control.

(With inputs from PTI)




Mann Ki Baat: PM Narendra Modi to address nation on February 25


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on February 25 in his monthly radio address Mann Ki Baat programme. This will be the 41st edition of the Mann Ki Baat programme, which will be broadcast on All India Radio (AIR), Doordarshan and also on the Narendra Modi mobile application.

Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter to ask people to share their views, ideas, and suggestions. “What are your ideas and inputs for this month’s #MannKiBaat, which will take place on the 25th? Dial 1800-11-7800 to record your message. You can also write on the NM App Open Forum or share your suggestions on MyGov,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

 
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In his 40th edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ Prime Minister Modi had said, “Woman power is playing a pioneering role and establishing milestones and there are no upper limits for Nari Shakti.”

It will be streamed on the YouTube channels of the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and DD News. Akashwani will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. Mann ki Baat is now available as an Alexa skill.




Kolkata: Journalists attacked by members of right-wing group at an event, 4 held


Kolkata: Several mediapersons were beaten up today allegedly by the members of a right-wing group at a programme here, police said.

The journalists were attacked when they tried to approach a family of 14 members that was apparently converting to Hinduism at the programme organised by the Hindu Samhati Mancha at Rani Rashmoni Road in the central part of the city, a senior police officer said.

Four people, including the Hindu Samhati Manchas president Tapan Ghosh, have been arrested in connection with the incident, he said. “We will examine those arrested so far and carry out raids in different locations to get hold of others who are involved in this case,” he told PTI.


One of the channel reporters said that at least four to five journalists were injured in the attack. The Mancha volunteers insisted that none would be allowed to talk to the family and “pounced upon” the reporters and the camera crew, the reporter alleged. Condemning the incident, West Bengal Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee said people should come forward to stop this “anarchy”.

“Our fight is against this uncivilised behaviour” he said. State education minister Partha Chatterjee demanded strict action against those responsible for the assault. “I condemn this. Those who have tried to create ruckus and assaulted the journalists have no business (being) here. They do not have any presence in West Bengal. This is an attempt to stay in the news. The journalists did the right thing by questioning them,” Chatterjee said.

TMC MP and theatre personality Arpita Ghosh said all should unite to counter the right-wing forces. “Today they are attacking the journalists. Tomorrow they will target somebody else,” she said. Just before his arrest, Ghosh had described the incident as “undesirable” and said it was not an attack on the media.

BJP spokesperson Sayantan Basu said he and other workers do not support attack on the media. Hundreds of right-wing activists from different parts of the state attended the Hindu Samhati Manmcha programme, a senior police officer said, adding the situation has been brought under control.




Madhya Pradesh: 24 bogies of goods train derail in Satna


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Satna: 24 bogies of a goods train was derailed in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna late on Friday night. The train movement on Mumbai-Howrah up the line and Satna-Rewa track were affected due to the derailment. The Railway has started with the reconstruction work of the track to restore the services.

However, there were no reports of any casualties. The incident took place a day after the engine of a 13-wagon goods train derailed near Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district.




Woman delivers baby outside, after denied entry in Gurgaon hospital for not carrying Aadhaar card


Gurgaon: A woman today delivered her baby outside the emergency ward of a civil hospital here after the staff allegedly denied her admission into the labour ward for not carrying her Aadhaar card, her family members said. After the incident came to light, Gurgaon Chief Medical Officer Dr BK Rajora said a doctor and a staff nurse were suspended from duty. The patient, identified as Munni Kewat (25), was taken to the hospital by her husband and others after she experienced labour pain this morning.

“We reached the hospital at around 9 am and went to the casualty ward. The staff directed us to go to the labour ward. When we reached there, the staff there asked for my wife’s Aadhaar card for admission,” Arun Kewat, the woman’s husband said. Kewat claimed he offered to give them the Aadhaar number as he was not carrying the physical card, and said he would provide a copy of the card later.

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“A lady doctor and some nurses present at the labour ward demanded a hard copy of the Aadhaar card and said that she would be admitted only on presenting the card. I asked my relatives to stay with my wife and went to get a printout of the card,” he said. The family then took the woman to the casualty ward, where they were denied entry, Ram Singh, a relative of the woman said.


“I went with Munni to the casualty ward but the staff did not allow her to sit there. They threw us out. Munni was already in severe labour pain and delivered the baby on the floor outside the gate of emergency ward,” Singh added. The entire episode was being filmed by other patients, but the hospital staff did not bother to come to her help, the relative said.

The staff allegedly came to Munni’s rescue only after she had delivered the baby and there was blood all over the floor, Singh added. After her ordeal was over, the family members protested against the inhuman treatment meted out to the woman by the hospital staff and demanded strict action against them, following which a doctor and a nurse were suspended. “We have started an internal inquiry to find if other employees were involved,” Rajora said.




Police procedure after judge Loya’s death violated criminal code, senior counsel Indira Jaising tells Supreme Court


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday was told that the procedure followed by police in the wake of Special CBI Judge BH Loya’s death and the circumstances surrounding it was in breach of the criminal code that requires police to either lodge an FIR or file a closure report.

Telling the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M.Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud that the procedure followed was in violation of Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, senior counsel Indira Jaising took the court through the contradictions and discrepancies in the report submitted by Maharashtra government. Pointing to the lacunae in the police probe after Loya’s death on December 1, 2014, she said that he had no clinical history of cardiovascular or any other ailments like hypertension or diabetes or any other disease.

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He was a teetotaller and led an active life playing tennis every day for two hours, the court was told. Jaising told the bench that similarly his family too had no history of any cardiac ailment, hypertension or diabetes, and subsequently referred to the statement by his son seeking probe into the death of his father. The top court is hearing two petitions seeking independent probe into the death of judge Loya who was presiding over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shoot out case.


Judge Loya had died on December 1, 2014, in Nagpur where he had gone to attend a wedding. In Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shoot out case, BJP president Amit Shah was one of the accused but later discharged. As Jaising dwelt upon these aspects, senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Maharashtra, took exception to the extent an intervener can be allowed to dwell into various aspects of a criminal case.

A visibly displeased Rohtagi took exception to the extent of the area covered by Jaising. He wondered if all the four judicial officers who have given statement saying that judge Loya had died a premature but natural death were lying.Rohatgi said that what Jaising was saying was “ill-founded” and she was promoting “yellow journalism” but she retorted: “Yellow, blue, red. That’s your choice. Choose whichever colour you want.” The hearing will continue on February 12 when senior counsel Rohatgi will lead the arguments for Maharashtra government.




Kolkata school horror: Police arrest teacher for alleged sexual assault of Class 2 girl


Kolkata: A teacher of a private English medium school was arrested on Friday for allegedly sexually abusing a girl student here, police said.

“Soumen Rana, a dance teacher, at a south Kolkata primary school has been arrested under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for… abusing a Class 2 student,” police said.

Denouncing the incident, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said appropriate action would be taken against the concerned school if it was found that the student safety guidelines were not being properly followed.


“I have repeatedly said that the school authorities must ensure safety of the students. Especially in girls schools, security of the students should not be handed over to the male employees,” Chatterjee said.

“We have developed a new set of safety guidelines for schools. If those guidelines are not followed, the government and the concerned department will certainly take appropriate action,” he added.

The incident came to light on Thursday evening. Since Friday morning a group of angry guardians gathered outside the school premises have been demanding punishment for the offender. They also held the school authorities responsible for not having adequate security equipment like CCTV cameras in place and employing male teachers in an all-girls’ school.

“They are saying the CCTV cameras have been removed because repair work is going on. How can they compromise with our children’s safety even after taking so much money every year?” a guardian said.

“Why should there be male teachers in a girls’ school? Specially subjects like dance or physical education, that involve physical activity, should always be taught by female teachers,” another parent said.

A similar incident occurred in the city just over a month back when another south Kolkata school came under fire when a four-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by two physical training instructors. The incident saw massive protests by the guardians for almost a week leading to the arrest of both men and removal of the school’s principal.




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