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Body of one of 15 trapped Meghalaya miners found by naval divers

New Delhi: The body of one of the 15 mine workers trapped inside a coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district was found by a team of Navy personnel on Thursday, Navy officials said. The body was brought to the mouth of the rat-hole mine, they said adding the rescue operations were going on. The officials said the body was spotted inside the rate-hole mine and naval divers brought it to its mouth.

After chargesheet, RJD not in mood to give Begusarai seat to Kanhaiya Kumar

Begusarai (Bihar): Chargesheet against former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar might cast a shadow on his possible candidature from the Grand Alliance for the general elections.

Reportedly, Kanhaiya was to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Bihar’s Begusarai constituency as the nominee of grand alliance comprising the RJD, Congress, NCP, Jitan Ram Manjhi-led HAM (S), Loktantrik Janata Dal of Sharad Yadav and all Left parties. However, jeopardizing his candidature, the Delhi Police had on Monday filed a chargesheet in a court against Kanhaiya Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the JNU campus in February 2016.

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According to sources in the RJD, the party is now in two minds about pitting Kanhaiya as their candidate from the Begusarai seat. According to the sources, the RJD does not want to give the seat to Kanhaiya Kumar since he is currently embroiled in the JNU controversy. “That’s why our leader Tejashwi Yadav distanced himself from Kanhaiya Kumar in October 2018 CPI rally in Patna’s Gandhi Maidan and didn’t share stage with him,” sources claimed.

The rally was the official political debut of Kanhaiya Kumar. Kanhaiya is a native of Bihat panchayat under the Barauni block of Begusarai district. Sources from RJD told ANI that Tanveer Hasan, who fought the 2014 general elections on RJD ticket from Begusarai, remained party’s first choice. In 2014, Tanveer Hasan lost to late BJP leader Bhola Singh by 58,000 votes and was second in the race. Despite of the ‘Modi wave’, Hasan managed to garner approximately 4 lakh votes.

Sanjay Nirupam alleges lakhs of bogus voters registered in Maharashtra

Mumbai: Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam alleged on Wednesday that there were lakhs of bogus voters registered in Mumbai and Maharashtra. “There are several (genuine) voters who are claiming not to have received their voter IDs. These are either Congress voters or belong to the minority community,” he said.

Of the 638 voter IDs from the Magathane assembly constituency which he scrutinised, only 182 belonged to genuine voters, while of the 552 voter IDs he got from the Dindoshi constituency, only 290 were genuine, the Congress leader claimed. “There are around 15,000 to 20,000 bogus voters registered in every assembly segment and around 1.25 lakh to 1.5 lakh bogus voters in every parliamentary constituency,” he alleged.

“These voters are only present on paper. Mumbai should be protected from these voters in the upcoming polls,” he said. Voter IDs should be delivered at the voter’s doorstep so as to check genuineness of the ID, he said. He will request the Election Commission to postpone publication of the electoral roll beyond January 31 as it is impossible to delete such a huge number of fake voters by month-end, he said.

Congress not a challenge for AAP: Sanjay Singh

New Delhi: Calling the Congress an “anti-Sikh” party, Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh on Wednesday said the Congress is not a challenge for his party in Delhi, irrespective of who its chief is.

Speaking to media, Singh said the presence of Jagdish Tytler at a ceremony where Sheila Dikshit formally took over as Delhi Congress chief showed that the party is “anti-Sikh”. “The Congress still doesn’t hold people responsible for the killing of so many Sikhs. While Kamal Nath was made Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Tytler was allowed to sit in the front row in today’s event. The party should make its stand clear if it is with the victims or with the culprits,” said Sanjay Singh.

He said the Congress is not a challenge for his party, as the work done by the AAP in four years is “historic”. “No matter who the Congress head in Delhi is, the party is not a challenge for us,” he added. Singh’s comment came amid speculation that the two parties will support each other in the Lok Sabha elections. The AAP also released a statement on Wednesday, saying the prominent presence of Tytler, “one of the main perpetrators of 1984 anti-Sikh riots”, in a public function organised by Congress “exposes the real face of that party”. “It is a shame that such riot masterminds are today the faces of Congress in Delhi,” it said.

48-year-old man arrested for sodomising 12-year-old boy in Thane

Thane: A 48-year-old man was arrested in Thane city for allegedly sodomising a minor, police said on Tuesday. Police identified the accused as Ravindra Sharma, a resident of Hanuman Nagar in Wagle Estate area of the city.

A Shrinagar police station official said the 12-year-old victim had gone out to play with his friends on Monday. “Concerned that he had not returned home even after a long time, the victim’s mother went looking for him and heard him crying inside a house in the neighbourhood,” the official said.

“The boy on seeing his mother ran out of the house crying. She found the accused in an objectionable condition inside the house. She raised an alarm and alerted neighbours who pinned down the accused,” he added. Sharma was brought to the police station by residents where a case under section 377 (carnal intercourse against the order of nature) of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said.

Rajasthan government to felicitate those adopting stray cows on Independence day and Republic day

Jaipur: The Congress-led Rajasthan government has decided to honour those who adopt stray cows on Independence day and Republic day. The Directorate of Gopalan has issued a letter to all district collectors asking them to motivate donors, NGOs, social workers and cow lovers to adopt stray cows and felicitate them on August 15 and January 26.

The Directorate of Gopalan of the state government works for cattle conservation, research and development. Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot Monday said the previous Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government in the state had tried to create “hatred” on such issues. “The previous government had tried to create hatred on such issues, but this government is working differently by bringing everyone together (on the issue),” he told reporters here.

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 “The idea behind the step is to conserve cows with  cooperation from people. Those who adopt stray cows and undertake welfare activities will be felicitated by district collectors on the occasion of Independence day and Republic day,” Vishram Meena, director, Gopalan directorate, said. “The directorate issued a letter to all district collectors on December 28 with details of the campaign for the conservation of stray cows. There are people who adopt stray animals in cow shelter homes. They celebrate their birthdays, wedding anniversaries and such occasions by spending time with their adopted cows. We have asked the collectors to push such initiatives,” he said.

Meena said the interested parties can give their proposal to the respective district collectors. After verification of the claims, the collectors will felicitate such people with a certificate at the district level, he said. The order also mentions that whoever wants to adopt cows can deposit the amount decided by the local cow shelter and can visit the cows anytime. Those who want to keep the stray cows at their houses can also do so, it added.

Jadavpur University professor draws flak for comparing virgin girl to ‘sealed bottle’

Kolkata: A Jadavpur University professor here is drawing flak for a series of Facebook posts where he compared a virgin girl to a sealed “bottle of cold drink or a packet of biscuits” and commented that to men “virgin wife is like angel”.

Kanak Sarkar, a professor of International Relations, also stressed on celibacy and virginity as part of ethics and morality. His social media posts drew howls of protests from netizens and the academic community, while the university promised to take action. “I was not there. I have returned last night. We will take all steps as per law,” Jadavpur University vice chancellor Suranjan Das told IANS on Monday.

Sarkar in his controversial posts wondered whether somebody would be “willing to buy a broken seal while purchasing a bottle of cold drink or a packet of biscuits?” “A girl is born sealed from birth until it is opened… A virgin girl means many things accompanied with values, culture, and sexual hygiene,” he said in his post,” adding “to most boys, a virgin wife is like an angel.” The posts became viral, with scores of social media users trolling him, while women’s rights activists expressed their indignation.

Under pressure, Sarkar deleted some of the posts, but came up with an explanation on Facebook arguing it was his personal post and citing freedom of expression. “Supreme Court has repealed section 66 A of IT Act and given freedom of expression in Social Media. When Taslima Nasrin wrote against a particular religion we supported her Freedom of Expression… I have not written anything against any person, individual or anybody without any evidence or proof or any reference,” he said.

Task of judge is to sit with text of law in context of life: CJI Ranjan Gogoi

New Delhi: Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Monday said that most of the people who study court and law are oblivious of the experiences of the ordinary people to get justice from the court and the task of a judge is to sit with text of law in context of life. He was speaking after releasing a book on former Chief Justice of India Y K Sabharwal.

“Most of the people who studied court and law are oblivious of the experiences of the ordinary people who undertake the journey to get justice from the court. The judges are called on to decide their fate are witnesses to their fate and grit. Task of a judge, to my mind, therefore, is to sit with text of law in context of life,” the CJI said. Justice Gogoi said he was truly honored to be present at the function to release the book titled ‘Beyond the Name Justice Y K Sabharwal, A fulfilling journey’ as he was always a great fan of Justice Sabharwal as his “judicial decisions are exemplifiers of his courageous unbending and fearless attitude when it came to upholding the rule of law constitutional reasons, independence of judiciary and the supremacy of the Constitution”.

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“Undoubtedly Justice Sabharwal has left an endearing legacy in the form of judgements.  Throughout his career as a judge he displayed keen intellect coupled with human courtesy. His judicial pronouncements are replete with pervasive legal understanding and comprehensive erudition. He possessed profound legal knowledge, but also deep practical sense of law,” Justice Gogoi said. The CJI and other speakers made mention of his judgement in Coelho case on the ninth schedule of the Constitution which he authored for a nine-judge bench and all the other eight judges were unanimous with his findings and reasoning.

He also referred to one of his 2006 orders where Justice Sabharwal had asked the Delhi High Court to look into a case by NGO Naz Foundation, challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, on merits saying that questions of infringement of fundamental rights cannot be academic questions. Justice A K Sikri also spoke on the occasion and recalled of his association with late Justice Sabharwal saying that he was “friend of friends”. Senior advocate and former Attorney General for India Mukul Rohatgi, Justice Sabharwal’s sons Chetan and Nitin and his elder brother Jagmohan Sabharwal also spoke on the occasion.

Central government brings upper caste quota into force

New Delhi: The Central government on Monday notified the 10 per cent quota amendment in its official gazette, bringing reservation to the economically weak section among upper castes formally in action.

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“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019, the Central Government hereby appoints the 14th January, 2019 as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force,” the government said. The Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019 was passed by Parliament on the last day of the winter session last week with day-long discussions and voting in both Houses. The Act amends Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution to provide quota to the general category people with a family income of up to Rs 8 lakh per annum. President Ram Nath Kovind has already given his nod to the amendment.

Hyderabad girl repeatedly raped by relative and group of youths for 3 years

Hyderabad: In a shocking incident, a minor girl was reported to being repeatedly raped here by a relative and a group of youths for the last three years, police said on Monday. Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar entrusted the case to Assistant Commissioner of Police K. Sridevi, after the relatives of the victim on Sunday staged a sit-in outside a police station, alleging that an accused was made a witness in the case.

Police arrested a fourth accused in the case, following the protest. The victim, now 16 and a student of 12th standard, alleged that besides four accused already named by her, seven more persons were also involved in the crime. “Some more names were given by the girl. They will also be arrested very soon. No one will escape,” Kumar said. The victim on December 24 lodged a complaint with the police that in 2015 she was subjected to rape by her own relative in 2015 and this continued in the subsequent years with his friends also joining in the crime.

Rajesh Mudda alias Raju, a cousin of the victim, who was staying with her family at Murali Nagar raped her after giving her a soft drink mixed with sedatives. He also took her nude photos and videos on his mobile phone. Raju, who later shifted to another house, told his friends about this and also shared the pictures and videos with them. Shubham Vyas, Abhijit and others used this to blackmail the girl and rape her. They also allegedly gave pills to the girl to terminate her pregnancy.