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J-K: No respite from detention for Omar, Mufti in sight

Srinagar: Even as the Jammu and Kashmir administration is gradually releasing the mainstream politicians, two former chief ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti’s detention may be extended.

Authorities could extend detention of former CMs
Sources say that authorities could extend the detention of Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, whose custody under section 107 of CRPC had lapsed.
According to sources, deliberations are on whether to continue with the section 107 or slap the Public Safety Act (PSA) on both of them. Same is the case with Shah Faesal, the former IAS officer turned politician, who has also been in detention for months now.
On Thursday two prominent mainstream leaders, senior National conference leader Ali Mohammad Sagar and a senior Peoples Democratic Party leader and uncle of Mehbooba Mufti Sartaz Madni, were shifted from the MLA hostel to a government building M5 on the highly secure Gupkar road, which has been designated as a sub-jail.

Meanwhile, National conference leader and former MLC Bashir Veeri was released from detention on Thursday.

Article 370
More than three dozen leaders were detained after the abrogation of Article 370, but most of them have been released now on the Supreme Court’s direction.

Farooq Abdullah has been detained at his home at Gupkar road in Srinagar, which has been designated as a sub jail.

Omar Abdullah is detained at Hari Niwas and Mehbooba Mufti has been kept in a government building on the Maulana Azad Road.

A total of 35 mainstream politicians were moved from the Centaur hotel on ther banks of the Dal lake to the MLA hostel in November 2019.


A girl was stabbed allegedly by a jilted lover, who later tried to commit suicide !

Burhanpur: A girl was stabbed allegedly by a jilted lover, who later tried to commit suicide, on the terrace of a Burhanpur-based college, Madhya Pradesh Police said.

Both were the students of the same college.
The accused after attacking the girl tried to jump off the third floor of the college building after stabbing himself.

Victim, accused admitted to hospital
Both, the victim and the accused have been admitted to a hospital.
Informing about the incident, Girwar Singh Jalodia Police officer at Kotwali Police Station, said, “We are investigating. The spot and CCTV footage are being examined. One team visited the hospital.”



India’s second-largest metro station set to be launched in Hydrabad !

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao will launch the last section of the first phase of Hyderabad Metro Rail project by commissioning the near 11-km Jubilee Bus Station (JBS) to Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS), Imlibun, stretch on Friday at 4 pm.

Spread over 3 lakh square feet, Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station interchange metro station in Hyderabad is the second-largest metro station in the country after Delhi with many special features.

The station is built in a unique way interchanging both corridors (Corridor-II–JBS to Falaknuma at a higher level and Corridor-I Miyapur to LB Nagar at a lower level ). There are three levels with each level again split into two, as one corridor has to pass over the other.

All the facilities at the stations are seamlessly integrated into a passenger-friendly manner and passengers can transit from one corridor to another in a smooth way.

HMR Managing Director N.V.S Reddy said, “Chief Minister will be flagging off the metro train service for commercial operation at the JBS on Friday. He informed once this ‘Green Line’, the second corridor of the metro rail project is commissioned, it will be the second-largest in the country, with 69 km across three corridors.

Highlights of the JBS-MGBS interchange metro station:
The station measures 142m long and 60m wide.
Platform level of corridor 2 is at 75 ft height and roof level at 108 ft. 
Intermediate floors between the slabs have been created to accommodate technical services.
The station is provisioned with two entry-exits and wider skywalks from both sides of water front for commuters to enter the station and two emergency exits for egress.
Additional entry-exit is provided at the foot of the existing bus facility for alighting passengers coming from different parts of the country. 4 Escalators and 2 lifts are provisioned for this purpose.
The main area of the station is done up in a magnificent way with jaguar brown granite flooring.
The integrated station has four lifts, 12 escalators and a sufficient number of staircases.
Service connection is provided for switching the movement of trains from corridor 2 and corridor 1. 
The station is designed very spaciously to accommodate the future needs of the next 100 years, retail outlets, entertainment zones and convenience outlets in an area concourse level.
The roof is designed with tetrahedron supported columns to look like a modern airport which is placed on the edge, for an unobstructed view and improved aesthetics.


Delhi Election 2020: Is teaching us Bhagavat Gita terrorism, asks Kejriwal's daughter

New Delhi: Ahead of the Delhi Assembly polls, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's daughter Harshita Kejriwal criticised the BJP and asked whether it is terrorism, if her father taught her Bhagavad Gita.

"They say politics is dirty but it's a new low. Is it terrorism if health facilities are made free and brought to people? Is it terrorism if children are made educated? Is it terrorism if electricity and water supply are improved?" Harshita told ANI here.

"My father has always been in social services. I still remember he used to wake us - my brother, mother, grandparents and I, up at 6 AM, make us read Bhagwad Gita and sing, 'Insaan se insaan ka ho bhaichara' song and teach us about it.


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Is this terrorism? Let them level allegations, let them bring 200 MPs and 11 Chief Ministers. Not only us, but two crore common people are also campaigning. They will show them on 11th February if they cast votes on the basis of allegations or the work done," she added.

Asked about Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath making fun of Kejriwal's illness, the Delhi Chief Minister's wife Sunita Kejriwal said, "I pray to God that he stays healthy.

If this is his attitude, then he only will understand it. Don't know whether he is able to sleep at night after saying all this." She also said that people have assured her that their vote will go to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections.

"People are watching how allegations are being put on us. But they assure us that their vote will go only to 'jhaadu'. It is very disheartening to see that allegations are being put on a person who is working so hard," Sunita said.

"This is a democracy. Whoever the people elect, they have to govern. In the past five years, Arvind has traveled a lot to the 70 constituencies of Delhi. People are our family," she added.

She expressed disappointment with the allegation of some people from the opposition that Arvind Kejriwal is a terrorist or Maoist.

"Our concern is about his health. It is very sad that some people from the opposition party are leveling Arvind with tags of a terrorist. He is someone who has devoted his life to social service. People in politics should be mature and not make such statements," she said.

"AAP has worked for the basic education and health services in Delhi in its first term. Further, we want to take Delhi to level 2 if given an opportunity again," she added.

The elections for the Delhi Assembly will take place on February 8 and the counting of votes will take place on February 11.

Who's clapping now? Nancy Pelosi tears up State of the Union speech

On the brink of his Senate acquittal, President Donald Trump will be unleashing "relentless optimism" during his third State of the Union address on Tuesday, a speech designed to pivot from his impeachment to his drive for reelection.

Trump is speaking from a position of strength, with nearly complete control of the Republican Party. The theme of his speech: "The Great American Comeback." It's been a different experience for Democrats, nearly all of whom voted for Trump's impeachment in the House of Representatives.


Where Trump pointed to unity within the Republican Party ahead of the 2020 elections, Democrats and their difficult nomination were displayed after a long night of uncertainty in Iowa's kickoff caucuses.

The contrast with Trump's State of the Union address last year will be stark. Then, Democrats were triumphant just a few days after taking control of the House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi had forced Trump to reopen the government.

Her smirking clap, eye-to-eye with him, mocked the president of the United States in front of the world. Well, Pelosi's action towards Trump does not come off as a surprise as she went on to tear the State of the Union speech after Trump concluded speaking.


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They haven't spoken since Pelosi stood up, pointed at Trump across a table at the White House and bluntly suggested he is controlled by the president of Russia. "All roads lead to Putin," she said, before stalking out. The extraordinary moment last October was captured in a now-famous photograph that Trump released and Pelosi slapped across the top of her Twitter page.

At other times, she's questioned his "manhood" and he's called her "crazy." Impeachment has only inflamed things. Pelosi last week said Trump will never have a true acquittal because the Senate did not hold a real trial with witnesses.

But, she's said with relish, "He'll be impeached forever." Trump, meanwhile, is poised to claim vindication in yet another "witch hunt" by Democrats who, he says, just wanted to overturn the 2016 election. Pelosi and many Democratic women are expected to wear suffragette white to the speech.

The White House said last week to look for "can-do optimism in the face of unjustified pessimism we are hearing from some in Congress." But officials would not guarantee that Trump will stick to his speech. The president will be in the same room as his accusers at a moment of impending victory. He has a strong and often-stated sense of grievance and is known for going off-script.

Look for roaring applause and cheers from Republicans, who have almost completely stuck with the retribution-loving president. Trump is sure to use the speech to try to remind the country of what he's accomplished. The White House would not say whether it is modelling Trump's speech on President Bill Clinton's in 1999, amid his own impeachment trial.

Clinton never mentioned the I-word. Trump is expected to lead with talk about what the White House calls a "blue-collar boom." There have been gains in blue-collar wages under Trump, though some of those gains have faded as Trump's trade war hurt manufacturing.

Will Trump even mention Ukraine? Republicans have started to come out and agree that the president had "inappropriately" tried to get political help from that country while he held up military aid.

The House impeached him for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for his actions in response to the House investigation. The issue clearly puts Republicans in a bind. Several have said that House prosecutors proved their case, but even so, the wrongdoing didn't rise to the level of impeachment or removal from office.

Will he make any mention of the new coronavirus? "We've offered China help, but we can't have thousands of people coming in who may have this problem, the coronavirus," Trump said on Sunday. At the same time, the president has tried to avoid angering China by being too outspoken, according to confidants.

Trump is focused on reintroducing himself to Americans as a president who has made the country - and voters' lives specifically - better. So listen for any mention of foreign policy and national security issues.

Trump's Mideast peace plan is a good test. Trump said that his efforts to solve the long-running conflict between Israel and the Palestinians would gain support because it's a "win-win" for both sides.

In fact, Trump's plan favours Israel on key contentious issues and attaches nearly impossible conditions for granting the Palestinians their hoped-for state. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed the plan as "nonsense."

If Trump says nothing about the plan during the speech, that could signal that Trump knows it's in trouble. Listen for how harsh Trump is on Tehran in the wake of Iran's bombing that injured U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The attack was retribution for the U.S. killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. In the month since an uneasy quiet has settled over the region.

Will Trump suggest he'll eventually want to sit down and talk with the Iranians, signal the door is closed for talks, or poke Tehran? The White House said to expect Trump's tone to be "determined" and "forceful." Will Trump announce a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan? The Taliban want US and other coalition forces to leave.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says a deal is close, but it won't happen without a reduction in violence and a pathway for talks between the Taliban and other Afghans about a peaceful way forward for the nation.

Karnataka police in northern town of Bidar continue to grill students in sedition case

Bengaluru: In an unusual move, the Karnataka police in the northern town of Bidar have been questioning young students for around four hours in a sedition case against their school.

The questioning of children aged between 9 and 12 at the Shaheen Primary and High School in Bidar district spun into a major political slugfest as the police asked the teachers to move out and questioned around 60 students.

The questioning was in connection with the alleged staging of an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) play in the school on January 21.


Days after the play was staged, the school’s headmistress and a student’s mother were arrested for their involvement.

“The Deputy Superintendent of Police comes around 1 pm. They question the children till 4 O’clock. This is what has been happening for the last 4 days. We don’t know why they have put a sedition case against us,” the school’s CEO Thouseef Madikeri told NDTV.

Last week, police had registered a sedition case against the school in for allegedly allowing students to stage an anti-CAA, NRC play, portraying Prime Minister Narendra Modi in poor light. The case was registered on a complaint from social worker Neelesh Rakshyal on January 26, police said.

In his complaint, Rakshyal alleged that that the school authorities ‘used’ the students to perform a drama on January 21, where they “abused” PM Modi for introducing the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens.

The video of the play had gone viral showing students enacting the play. A local resident who was part of the audience uploaded a video of the function on his Facebook page, the complainant said.

Soon after the video went viral, the management of Shaheen School was booked for “promoting enmity between different groups” under Sections 124(A) and 153(A) of the Indian Penal Code.

“The management tried to create fear among the Muslims that they would have to leave the country if the CAA and NRC are implemented,” Rakshyal said.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) BJP’s student wing also jumped into the fray and protested against the school.


BMC Budget 2020: Civic body's new policy will acquire encroached lands by allowing TDR to landowners

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) that presented its budget on Tuesday, reported a dip in the revenue in the previous financial year. It also said that the acquisition of encroached land is an unnecessary expenditure. Now, BMC has introduced a new policy under which the encroached plots will either be acquired by giving transfer of development rights (TDR) to the land owners or will be considered under the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) schemes.

With a vision to create more open spaces in the city, the BMC had come up with a 20-year Development Plan-2034 (DP-2034). As the DP looks at the development of the open spaces in the city, if at all any open spaces like playgrounds, gardens and recreational grounds were to be acquired, the per capita open space ratio would increase three times. The ratio of the open space as of now is 1.28 sq mt per capita and if the plan reaches its target, the ratio could go up to 3.37 sq mt per capita.

However, in the budget presented, BMC stated that the land acquisition under the DP is now divided into two categories- obligatory and discretionary duties. Under obligatory duties, reserved lands will be acquired for roads, bridges, drains and hospitals while under discretionary duties gardens, public parks and recreational grounds will constructed.

As quoted by Indian Express, BMC commissioner Praveen Pardeshi said, “When there is reservation on any land that is fully encroached with slums and if there is plan of development under SRA scheme as per the provision of development control regulations, the civic body will anyway get 25 per cent of the land for designated reservation. It is not advisable to pay huge compensation for the land, as only private landowners will profit.”

In the previous budget, BMC had made a provision of Rs 1,501 crore as capital expenditure to develop reserved land as per DP-2034. However, in 2020-21, BMC has only allocated Rs 785 crore.


BMC Budget 2020: Rs 210 crore hike, but 50 per cent drop in student enrollment in civic schools

Mumbai: Several questions were raised after the announcement of Rs 2,944.59 crore allocation for in the civic budget for 2020-21 on Tuesday.

However, no allocation has been made to start the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) boards in two civic schools, provide sanitary napkins or initiate teacher training.

There is a hike of Rs 210.82 crore hike in the allocation for education this year. But members of the education committee have questioned the hike, given that there has been a reduction in the number of students. Aarti Pugaonkar, a member, said, “There has been a 50 per cent reduction in the number of students studying in BMC schools since 2017. Then, why and for whom is this extra Rs 210.82 crore?”


Ironically, establishing affiliation to the ICSE and CBSE boards is a major project of the civic education department but no funds have been allocated. Joint Municipal Commissioner Ashutosh Salil said, “We will require the ICSE and CBSE board affiliations only after Class 6.

We are in the process of conducting tests to appoint 12 teachers from our existing schools.” Mahesh Palkar, BMC education officer said, “We do not need extra funds, as we already have two school buildings, classrooms and teachers for this project.”


Among the new projects for 2020-21, Rs 50 lakh have been allocated to provide financial aid to the first 25 rankholders in Class 10 exams, to support them for graduation, while Rs 1.84 crore has been provided to implement the use of hand sanitisers for 815 specially abled students in 17 primary schools.

Al-Nasser, committee member and principal of Awami Junior College, Bandra, said, “Are hand sanitisers more important than scholarships? Why is the BMC focusing on starting new things without improving the existing quality of education?” Sainath Durge, another member of the committee said, “Last year, Rs 24 crore was allocated to instal 6,666 CCTV cameras but they were not installed; this year again, Rs 20 crore has been allocated.”

Key Highlights of the Budget

New projects

  • No funds allocated to start ICSE and CBSE board in two BMC schools respectively

  • Rs 1.84 crore to buy and use hand sanitizers in 17 primary schools for specially-abled students

  • Rs. 50 lakh to provide financial aid to the first 25 rank holders of Class 10 (SSC board) examinations

  • Rs 2.50 crore for primary, and Rs 45 lakh for secondary education to delegate powers to school Head teacher

  • Rs 26 lakh to install digital telescope and establish a mini observatory in Vidyan Kutuhal Bhavan to give students first hand experience of space science

  • Rs 10 lakh to construct modular sliding file storage system in offices

  • Implementation of 3 Water Break Bells to remind students to drink water

Continuing existing projects

  • Rs 20 crore to install CCTV cameras at entrance and exit gates of BMC schools as well as inside classrooms of Class 4 to Class 7

  • Rs 2.27 crore to set up Tinkering Labs in 25 civic secondary schools for Class 5 to Class 8

  • 36 Counsellors to be appointed with Rs 1 crore allocated

  • Rs 1.54 crore to start E-Libraries in 25 secondary schools

  • Grants from State Government:

  • Budget provision of Rs 1,031.92 crore made under 'Primary Education Government Aid'

  • Provision of Rs 129.94 crore revenue proposed for Secondary Education


'Committed towards a unified Maharashtra': CM Thackeray accuses Centre of siding with Karnataka in border dispute

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has accused the BJP-led central government of siding with Karnataka in the Supreme Court over the Belgaum border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra.

"I am committed toward a unified Maharashtra... Whatever is happening in Belgaum is shocking. I will meet the committee looking after this matter. The central government is a guardian of all states and is expected to be unbiased towards all states, but it is shocking that Centre is taking sides with Karnataka in Supreme Court for last the five years. This is really shocking," Thackeray said in an interview with Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana.

On December 7 last year, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had chaired a high-level meeting over the border dispute between the two states.

It was decided in the meeting that attempts will be made to get fast track hearing on the border issue in the Supreme Court.

Earlier on January 19, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had said that Belgaum border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra is a long-pending dispute but can be resolved if Union Home Minister wants.

"If Home Ministry can resolve Kashmir issue and abrogate Article 370 then I think this border issue can be resolved too if Amit Shah wants. The matter comes under the Home Ministry. It is a long-pending issue. He should pay attention to this too," he said while speaking to ANI in Belagavi.

Earlier, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had said that the Supreme Court's verdict on the dispute between the two states over Belgaum would be acceptable to all.

Moreover, just as the new year kicked-off, protesters in Belagavi burnt an effigy of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, following which Shiv Sena workers had launched a protest near the Kolhapur bus stand on Sunday, and burnt an effigy of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

Police detained a group of around eight people who were allegedly trying to hoist 'Uttara Karnataka flag' in Hire Bagewadi area.

The border dispute has also led to the cancellation of bus services between the two states.


(With inputs from Agencies)


10 killed, seven injured after dumper collides with SUV in Maharashtra's Jalgaon

Mumbai: Ten people were killed and seven others injured after a dumper truck collided with their sports utility vehicle (SUV) in Maharashtra's Jalgaon district, a police official said on Monday.

The mishap took place around 11 pm on Sunday when Balu Narayan Chowdhary and his family members were on their way to Chinchol village after attending a marriage function in Chopra village, located around 400 km from here, he said. A dumper truck coming from the opposite direction collided with the SUV on Chopra-Faizpur road near Hingola village in Yaval tehsil, the official at Faizpur police station said.

Chowdhary, his wife and eight other SUV occupants died on the spot, he said. Seven others in the car sustained injuries and they were taken to different hospitals in Jalgaon, he said. The victims were residents of Chinchol and Mehul villages under Muktai tehsil, the official added.