Death sentence for three in Pune techie rape, murder case

first_imgA city trial court on Tuesday awarded the capital punishment to the three accused in the gangrape and murder of software professional Nayana Pujari in one of the most anticipated judgments in the district and State in recent times.The protracted seven-year trial finally concluded with the sentencing of Yogesh Raut (32), Mahesh Thakur (31) and Vishwas Kadam (34) by Special Judge L. L. Yenkar who said that the crime committed fell within the purview of the rarest of the rare cases.However, the acquittal of all charges of the fourth person Rajesh Chaudhari (30), who was accused in the crime but later turned approver, has courted controversy.“Judge Yenkar has acquitted Chaudhari of all charges in the case while holding three other accomplices guilty. Despite Chaudhari playing an equal role in the crime, why was he let off the hook?” questioned Defence lawyer B.A. Aloor, remarking that the judgment could set a dangerous precedent wherein any accused could find a way of whitewashing his involvement in a serious crime by conveniently turning approver.Cause of controversyThe prosecution, during the course of the trial, had taken a stand that Chaudhari was told that the victim was a sex worker and that this prompted him to be part of the gang-rape.At first, the Yerwada police had arrested all the four accused, including Chaudhari and had slapped similar charges, including kidnapping and murder, against all of them.However, after the charge sheet was filed, Chaudhari had filed an application to turn approver. No charges were framed against him since then.‘Nirbhaya’ case evokedEarlier in the day, Special Public Prosecutor Harshad Nimbalkar vigorously argued for the death penalty commenting on the particularly gratuitous nature of the crime and comparing the case with the ‘Nirbhaya’ gangrape case in Delhi which followed later.“The accused have shown no remorse for the crime they’ve committed to this day,” said prosecutor Nimbalkar.The 28-year-old Ms. Pujari, an engineer with Synechron Technologies in the city’s Kharadi area, was abducted near the Kharadi bypass on October 7, 2009 while awaiting her transport back home. According to investigators, Raut, along with Thakur, Kadam and Chaudhari, who worked as a security guard with the firm, first kidnapped the hapless victim and later raped her in the car. They withdrew Rs. 61,000 using her ATM card and bludgeoned her to death in a remote spot.Nayana’s body was recovered two days after the brutal crime from Khed Taluk, 50 km from the city.“The victim was murdered in cold-blood by criminals who showed her no mercy. One can only imagine her plight and sheer helplessness while she was being gangraped in the car. After strangulating her, the killers attempted to wipe out traces of her identity by attempting to gruesomely disfigure her,” said Prosecutor Nimbalkar, while urging that no mercy be shown to the three accused.The accused trio was brought into the courtroom at 11 a.m. to hear their final statements. Raut, the cab driver who worked for the IT firm and was responsible for engineering the abduction of Ms. Pujari, pleaded innocence by stating that the vehicle used in the crime was not with him on that fateful day.Raut said that he had been “wrongly accused” by the approver Chadhuri. Likewise, Thakur and Kadam told the judge that if they were to be sentenced, then Chaudhuri, too, must share the punishment.On Monday, Judge Yenkar, the fourth to hear the case since the protracted trial commenced in 2011, had pronounced Thakur, Raut and Kadam guilty under sections 376 (rape), 302 (murder), 120B (criminal conspiracy) 361 (kidnapping) along with several other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).For the victim’s husband, Abhijit Pujari and Nayana’s sisters, Manisha and Madhura, who were present in the courtroom, the judgment had an emotional effect as the family had grappled with the painful incident for seven long years. Abhijit said that justice had finally been served with this sentence.last_img read more

‘Rumours’ drove assault on four Sikh men in Chainpura

first_imgRumours and fear of the unknown purportedly drove villagers of Chainpura, about 160 km from Jaipur, to assault four Sikh men here last month. The villagers said the victims, sewadars of a gurdwara, had “hypnotised” them while demanding cash and foodgrain.“They hypnotised us while seeking alms…In a trance, I gave away ₹2,500 and 20 kg of wheat,” said Keshav Singh (60), a farmer. The villagers at Chainpura, dominated by Rawat Rajputs, further accused the men of threatening them.Molestation charge“These Sikh men were roaming around for several days. They were asking villagers to donate foodgrain and threatening people who refused to do so,” said Ajay Rawat, who owns a wine shop in Pushkar.The victims were also accused of child trafficking, molestation, robbery and selling low-quality rice. Earlier this week, a 51-second video of the sewadars being abused and thrashed by the villagers went viral on social media. The victims, who fled to their native place Khairthal in Alwar district, have not returned to Nasirabad to seek action against the accused. The villagers claimed that the mob consisted of youth from the nearby Chat Sardarpura hamlet and not residents of Chainpura.On a complaint lodged by Sarpanch Ramdev Singh, the police detained the four men after the thrashing episode on April 24 and released them the next day following their medical examination and bail orders. Even as no remorse is visible among the villagers, the police here are unwilling to follow up the matter and launch investigation into violence.Deputy Superintendent of Police Jagdish Rao told The Hindu that no investigation could be initiated unless the victims filed a complaint.“We asked the group’s leader, Nirmal Singh, to lodge a counter-complaint, but he refused. We cannot open a case [against the villagers] on our own,” he said.Nasirabad Sadar Station House Officer Laxman Ram said he was in touch with the sewadars, but they were reluctant to come to the town again. “Mr. Singh told me on phone that a complaint would not serve any purpose now.”While insisting that the incident should not be given a communal twist, Mr. Ram said if the police had not reached the spot on time, the mob would have killed the men. “On the other hand, if we had released them without detention for a day, it would have created a law and order situation here,” he said.Sikhs in the darkThe minuscule Sikh minority in Nasirabad was unaware of the incident until the video was circulated on social media. Singh Sabha Gurdwara’s caretaker Tirlochan Singh said the gurdwara volunteers from other places generally did not inform the local community members about their visits. The incident bore similarities to the one in Jharkhand, where six persons were lynched on May 19 on suspicion of being child lifters. Last month, cow vigilantes allegedly lynched a dairy farmer from Haryana and thrashed three others on the Jaipur-Delhi National Highway claiming that they were taking the cows for slaughter.last_img read more

Main accused in Dalit law student murder arrested

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Police on Wednesday morning arrested the main accused in the murder of a Dalit law student at a restaurant in Allahabad.Vijay Shankar Singh, who was absconding since the incident last Friday, was arrested from a bus station in his home district Sultanpur, a police spokesperson said.Singh is employed as a ticket examiner in the Indian Railways and allegedly has links with former BSP MLA and Sultanpur strongman Chandra Bhadra Singh, who joined the RLD after a stint with the BJP.The other three accused in the case, Ramdas Maurya, Gyan Prakash Awasthi and Munna Chauhan, were arrested earlier. Chauhan is a waiter at the restaurant where the incident took place. The police have also recovered the rod and bricks used in the assault from the spot of the crime.Apart from being booked for murder and voluntary assault, the accused will also face charges under Section 3 (2) (V) of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes(Prevention of Atrocities) Act.Minor argumentDileep Saroj (26), a second-year LLB student at the Allahabad Degree College, died on February 11 more than 24 hours after he was assaulted by the accused over a minor argument. Dileep, a resident of Pratapgarh, had gone to the restaurant in Katra Bazaar for dinner, along with three friends, when his leg accidentally brushed against one of the accused leading to an altercation. Some parts of the assault were captured on a mobile phone by a bystander and circulated on social media, leading to massive outrage. The police also relied on CCTV footage to make the initial arrests.Senior Superintendent of Police, Allahabad, Akash Kulhary in his report said that Dileep had received “serious injuries to his head” which were probably caused by the rod.The Opposition parties have criticised the Yogi Adityanath government for the incident. Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati described the incident as “brutal” and said the entire Dalit community was hurt and disturbed by the murder.“Nothing else but the BJP’s casteist, narrow and hate politics is responsible for it,” she said. Ms. Mayawati deputed her party’s State president Ram Achal Rajbhar to meet and console the victim’s family in Pratapgarh district.Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said the incident was a proof of the dismal law and order situation in the State.“Under the present government, the poor, people from backward castes and Dalits are becoming targets of criminals,” Mr. Yadav said, demanding that Dileep’s family be given₹50 lakh as compensation.Enraged by the incidents, several students came out on the streets and torched a bus on Monday, forcing the administration to deploy RAF on the premises of Allahabad University.last_img read more

Bihar bypolls: BJP ahead in Araria and Bhabhua, RJD in Jehanabad

first_imgThe BJP is leading in the Araria Lok Sabha seat and Bhabua Assembly constituency, while the RJD was leading in the Jehanabad Assembly seat in Bihar bypolls. After two rounds of counting, Pradeep Kumar Singh of the saffron party was leading by 2,321 votes in the Araria seat, EC officials said.Rinky Rani Pandey of the BJP was leading by 2,729 votes in the Bhabua Assembly constituency. RJD’s Suday Yadav was leading by around 1,200 votes in the Jehanabad Assembly seat, according to the early trends. The polling was held in March 11.last_img

Gunfight erupts after militants attack BJP leader, guards in Srinagar

first_imgA gunfight between militants and the security forces began on Thursday afternoon after a policeman was injured when militants fired upon the personal security officers (PSOs) guarding a BJP leader on the outskirts of Srinagar.Intermittent firing is on in Balhama as security forces have cordoned off a village, where at least two militants are hiding after attacking BJP leader Mohammad Anwar Khan and his guards, the police said.Preliminary reports suggest that Mr. Khan and his two PSOs were fired upon by the militants at Balhama in Khanmoh. “One policeman was injured in the attack,” said a police official. The exchange of fire started as the militants tried to snatch the weapon from the injured policeman. “Their bid was foiled,” said the official.The area has been cordoned off by security forces.last_img read more

Chhattisgarh to challenge SC judgment on SC/ST Act

first_imgThe Chhattisgarh government will file a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging its order modifying certain provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Chief Minister Raman Singh said on Tuesday. “On March 20, Supreme Court had delivered a judgement on the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The state government will file a petition in the Supreme Court against the decision,” Mr. Singh told reporters.Mr. Singh said his government had also revoked a police department circular for implementation of the Supreme Court order across the State. “The State government is affected by the judgement. In Chhattisgarh, it is the responsibility of the government to protect the honour of SCs and STs. The State government has always been sensitive towards them,” he said. “The state government is completely capable of protecting the interests of SCs and STs. Therefore, we took this decision immediately,” he added.The Supreme Court guidelines, which several Dalit groups claimed allegedly diluted the stringency of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, led to a nationwide shutdown on April 2. Violence during the protests that day saw several people killed and scores injured. The Centre has already filed a plea seeking review of the Supreme Court directive in the wake of large-scale protests by Dalit organisations.The BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are also likely to approach the apex court for a review.last_img read more

Odisha STF widens probe into Tito’s crime network

first_imgThe Special Task Force of the Odisha Crime Branch has widened its investigation into the crime network of history-sheeter Sayed Usman Ali alias Tito. For more than a week now, the STF has been carrying out raids across the State and digging out evidence pertaining to his illegal financial transactions and crime records. Benami properties worth several crore of rupees have so far been tracked.The STF on Thursday sealed five bank accounts in which ₹16.42 lakh was deposited. A process has been initiated for freezing more than 50 accounts of Tito and his wife Benazir Bibi and other 18 relatives in 34 different banks.“Benazir will be examined soon by a team of the STF in her house in Kendrapara. She has a number of petrol pumps, financial deposits and other trades in her name. An expensive car worth ₹90 lakh has also been found in her name,” said an STF member.On June 30, Tito, who had stepped into the crime world over a dispute in a football match, was injured in police firing. Since then the agency has tightened its noose around the criminal. The STF sources said Tito was involved in tender fixing, sand mining and extortion. Himanshu Lal, DIG (STF), Satyajeet Nayak, SP (STF) and Niti Shekhar, Kendrapara SP, are leading different teams in the case.last_img read more

Man lynched in Gujarat over suspicion of theft

first_imgWhen social media rumours on child abduction trigger mob lynchings  According to the FIR, a mob of around 30 people reportedly thrashed the two. While Vahonia died on the spot, Mathur was seriously injured and was rushed to local hospital after the police arrived in the village late on July 27.Meanwhile, villagers and local residents claimed that a gang of about 20 persons attacked their village with the intention of robbery at midnight and when people woke up and gathered near a shop, they managed to catch hold of the two of them, who were then mercilessly beaten up while the others managed to flee from the spot. A 22-year-old man was beaten to death by a mob in Gujarat’s Dahod district while his aide was seriously injured and is said to be critical in a local hospital in the tribal-dominated region.The victim Ajmal Vahonia, and the aide Bhadu Mathur were thrashed by a mob that suspected them to be mobile phone thieves and were attacked near a shop.The deceased had 32 cases of theft, robbery and rioting against him while Mathur was also named as accused in several cases and both were released from jail recently.The police have launched probe in the case while filing a murder case against a mob in Kali Mahudi village. “We have registered a case and probe is under way,” a police inspector in Dahod said. Th accused are yet to be identified by the police.Also Readlast_img read more

Man nabbed for eve-teasing ends life at M.P. police station

first_imgA man who was brought to the Bagh police station in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district in connection with an eve-teasing case, allegedly hung himself in the bathroom there, the police said on Sunday. The man’s uncle, however, claimed that he died after being beaten by the police.Teasing allegation Superintendent of Police Virendra Singh said Sohaib Khan (22) was brought to the police station on Saturday evening after a girl alleged that she was teased by him. “The man hung himself in the bathroom on Saturday evening. We took him to Barwani hospital where he died while undergoing treatment,” the police officer said.Cops suspended He said Bagh police station in-charge Kamal Singh Pawar and constable Mangilal Goyal have been suspended after the incident. Salim Pathan, the uncle of the deceased, however, alleged that it was a case of murder. He claimed that police personnel had beaten Sohaib to death and demanded that they be booked on the charge of murder.People protest Once the news of the incident spread, several people gathered at the police station and staged a protest. The SP said an inquiry had been instituted into Khan’s death and further action would depend on the findings of the inquiry team.last_img read more

Viscera sent for analysis in Unnao assault case

first_imgThe viscera of a key Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) witness privy to the assault on the father of the Unnao rape survivor were on Sunday sent for chemical analysis after an autopsy failed to ascertain the cause of his death, officials said.Amid opposition by his family, the body of Yunus Khan was exhumed late on Saturday night by the Unnao administration, days after the uncle of the rape survivor wrote to the CBI and the police alleging foul play in his death. While pointing out that the body was buried by Yunus’ family in a hurried fashion without informing the police, he demanded that it be exhumed for autopsy, alleging that Yunus was murdered as a part of a “conspiracy” by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.The MLA is in jail facing charges of raping the minor.Yunus died on August 18. As per the post-mortem report, no ante-mortem injuries were present on his body. “Cause of death could not be ascertained, hence viscera preserved for chemical and histopathological analysis,” the autopsy report said, adding that the DNA was also preserved. Yusuf’s family maintains that he died of a liver disease.last_img read more

Will confer top state honour on officers if Centre takes away medals: Mamata

first_imgWith the Centre considering taking punitive action against five senior West Bengal police officers for attending her recent sit-in, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Friday she would bestow on them the highest State award if they were stripped of their medals. The Chief Minister’s assertion came amid continued face-off between the Centre and the State after a CBI team made a failed attempt to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam in which lakhs of investors were duped of their hard earned money with the promise of abnormally high returns. She had abruptly begun a dharna last Sunday to protest the action, which she called an attempt by the Modi government to “stifle the spirit of the Constitution and federalism.”The officers, including DGP Virendra Kumar, were present at Mr. Banerjee’s dharna venue on February 4 in plain clothes.“I will give these five senior officials the highest state honour ‘Bangabibhusan’, if the Centre takes back their medals. Also, I will send a strongly-worded letter, if they send me one,” Ms. Banerjee said on the sidelines of Bengal Global Business Summit, strongly refuting the Centre’s charge that the officials had participated in the dharna. She has been insisting that the officers were present at the protest venue to oversee security. There were indications on Thursday that the Union Home Ministry could strip these five officers, also including ADG (Security) Vineet Kumar Goyal, ADG (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma, Commissioner of Police (Bidhan Nagar) Gyanwant Singh and Additional Commissioner of Kolkata Police Supratim Sarkar, of their awards for meritorious service and stop their empanelment that would block their promotion. Similar action was also likely against Rajeev Kumar, a senior home ministry official said. The home ministry is also believed to have asked the West Bengal government to take action against them for alleged violation of All India Service Rules. It has already sought action against the Kolkata police chief for alleged indiscipline and violation of service rules. The Centre is contemplating issuing an advisory to all states to ensure that officers of uniformed forces adhere to service conduct rules and maintain decorum, official sources said. Mr. Kumar, meanwhile, left for Shillong on Friday where he will be questioned by the CBI in connection with the Saradha scam following an order by the Supreme Court.last_img read more

‘Sacrilege’ issue dominates campaigning in Ferozepur

first_imgWith campaigning gradually picking up in Punjab’s Ferozepur, the constituency which shares international border with Pakistan and is a Shiromani Akali Dal bastion, the public anger against the SAD on the Kotkapura-Behbal Kalan police firing incidents of 2015 which followed the “Bargari sacrilege” seems to have toned down. The ruling Congress, though, is in no mood to let the issues fade away, and is making all efforts to corner the SAD, which saw its worst-ever electoral defeat in the 2017 Assembly elections. Sitting at a roadside tea stall at Ferozepur town’s Zira Gate, septuagenarian Bikar Das is discussing the political scenario and prospects of candidates with others. “While most of the promises made by politicians are not fulfilled, I still feel this (NDA) government has done a few things that are commendable. In my village, many families now cook food using gas cylinders instead of chullah,” says Mr. Das, who hails from Gillanwala village three kms from Ferozepur town. PM’s good work He adds that the Akali Dal — BJP’s alliance partner — will benefit from the ‘good’ work done by the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Also the anger against the Akali leaders has subsided… if I vote for Sukhbir who could be the next CM, it will eventually help the entire constituency.” Nodding his head in agreement, Pipal Singh, the tea vendor, adds, “The Akalis have an edge over others… also, they (Akali leadership) have atoned for their mistakes at the Akal Takht.” SAD president and former Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, the sitting MLA from Jalalabad which falls in the Ferozepur Lok Sabha constituency, is the party candidate for the LS election. Congress has fielded sitting Ferozepur MP Shamsher Singh Ghubaya. Mr. Ghubaya had won the 2014 parliamentary poll as an Akali candidate but had recently joined the Congress. Baljinder Singh, who runs an electronic repair shop in the main market, says, “Mr. Ghubaya was MP twice on the Akali Dal ticket and now he has switched to the Congress. This will make it difficult for the Congress. I think if Mr. Badal wins, it will benefit the town as he is a senior leader and a probable Chief Ministerial.” Congress leaders are targeting the Akali Dal on the “sacrileges” issue. In Fazilka, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had said, “Badals are scared in the face of imminent defeat… Punjab has been through bad times, which the Badals aggravated with their divisive agenda and attempts to create hatred.”last_img read more

India Recorded Highest Average Real Wage Growth in South Asia Between 2008-17: ILO

first_imgAccording to a new report by the International Labor Organization (ILO), India recorded the highest average real wage growth in South Asia between 2008-17.The Global Wage Report 2018/19 said that workers in Asia and the Pacific got the highest real wage growth among all regions between 2006-17 period, with countries like China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam leading the way. This reflected more rapid economic growth than in other regions, the report added.In South Asia, India led the average real wage growth in 2008-17 at 5.5 against a regional median of 3.7. Following India was Nepal (4.7), Sri Lanka (4), Bangladesh (3.4), Pakistan (1.8) and Iran (0.4), PTI reported.According to the report, all emerging G20 countries except Mexico experienced significant positive growth in average real wages between 2008 and 2017. “Wage growth continues in Saudi Arabia, India, and Indonesia, whereas in Turkey it declined to around 1 percent in 2017,” the report said. It also added that South Africa and Brazil have experienced positive wage growth starting from 2016 after a phase of almost zero growth during the period 201216, with negative growth in Brazil during 2015-16, the news agency reported.In 2015, Russia suffered a significant drop in wage growth owing to the decline in oil prices but has rebounded with moderate wage growth. It also noted that several countries have recently undertaken measures to strengthen their minimum wage with a view to providing more adequate labor protection, PTI reported.South Africa announced the introduction of a national minimum wage in 2018, while lawmakers in India are examining the possibility of extending the legal coverage of the current minimum wage from workers in scheduled’ occupations to all wage employees in the country, PTI reported citing the report.“We are seeing some degree I don’t want to exaggerate it – of convergence wages in developing countries are increasing more quickly than those in higher-income countries,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said. “That sounds like good news because we all want to see convergence around the world but let’s not exaggerate because the gaps are still very, very big. Very often the level of wages is still not high enough for people to meet their basic needs.”The global wage growth declined to 1.8 percent in 2017 from 2.4 percent in 2016, ILO said. Its findings are based on data from 136 countries. In the last 20 years, average real wages have almost tripled in emerging and developing G20 countries, ILO said adding in advanced G20 countries, they have increased by just nine percent. Related Itemslast_img read more

Implement NRC in Rajasthan: BJP MLA

first_imgBJP MLA and former Minister Vasudev Devnani has urged the Union government to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Rajasthan to get rid of Bangladeshi immigrants “illegally” staying in the State. The former Education Minister recently wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and claimed that the NRC was needed in the State as several Bangladeshi nationals have “illegally” settled in Ajmer, Jaipur, Kota, Udaipur, Jodhpur and other districts.Mr. Devnani, who represents the Ajmer North Assembly constituency, claimed that several Bangladeshi nationals come to his constituency posing as pilgrims to visit the Ajmer Sharif Dargah.Instead of returning, they stay back and work as labourers without revealing their real identities, the legislator alleged.He claimed that many such Bangladeshis have “illegally” encroached upon land and constructed houses in Ajmer.Some have even managed to obtain government IDs by furnishing fake documents and were involved in criminal activities like theft and loot which is disturbing communal harmony, he added.“In view of the above, the NRC should be implemented in Rajasthan too,” the MLA said.last_img read more

Jammu and Kashmir ceases to be a State

first_imgThe bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories came into effect at midnight on October 30. Girish Chandra Murmu and Radha Krishna Mathur will be sworn in as Lieutenant Governors of J&K and Ladakh respectively at two separate ceremonies on October 31.J&K Chief Justice Gita Mittal will administer the oath to Mr. Mathur at 7.15 a.m. in Leh district of Ladakh. Around 12.45 p.m., she will swear in Mr. Murmu in J&K’s summer capital Srinagar. A special plane has been kept ready in Leh to meet the deadlines of the two ceremonies. Multiple security layers have been finalised for both the UTs to ensure peaceful and smooth ceremonies.Ms. Mittal arrived in Leh on October 30, while the Lieutenant Governor-designates also reached their respective stations. It is not clear who will administer the oath to Ms. MittalSources said no senior political dignitary will participate in these ceremonies, which will be a low key affair. As many as 298 invitations will be sent to local member parliaments, high court judges, heads of commissions and the head of departments of the administration and the police.Incarcerated National Conference leader Dr. Farooq Abdullah and MP from Srinagar is also in the list of the invitees as per the protocol. It remains to be seen if Dr. Abdullah or any of the two other NC MPs from Kashmir will be invited to attend the ceremony in Srinagar or not.Sources said the tenure of the five advisers to Governor Satya Pal Malik, including K. Vijay Kumar, Khursheed Ganai, K. Sikandan, K.K. Sharma and Farooq Khan, will come to an end. Sources said Mr. Khan is tipped to continue as adviser to the Lt. Governor, who is likely to constitute a political council to oversee the governance issues instead of a group of advisers.The status of J&K was reduce to UTs after the Centre passed the Reorganisation of J&K Bill in the Parliament in the first week of August, immediately after the state’s special status was revoked. Since then a cumbersome process of the division of assets and human resource between the UTs was undertaken.Sources said the IAS and the IPS officers, working in J&K, will continue to work here. In the future, the new bureaucrats will be appointed from the AGMUT cadre.Sources said the J&K Bank will continue to act as an agent of Reserve Bank of India to conduct its agency banking business in both the UTs. The UTs will also get two separate animals as symbols on the lines of the State animals.PTI adds:Union Home Ministry replaces State of J&K with ‘UT of Jammu and Kashmir’ in notificationThe Home Ministry in a notification on October 30 replaced the State of J&K with the “Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir” and announced omission of “permanent residents or hereditary state subjects“.In the late night notification, the Ministry’s Jammu and Kashmir division announced a slew of measures, including application of central laws to the state.”…There are references in the state laws that have been applied to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, and the Union Territory of Ladakh to the expressions ‘permanent residents’ or ‘hereditary state subjects’.., wherever they occur, shall be omitted,” it said.The references, by whatever form of words, to the “State of Jammu and Kashmir” or “Jammu and Kashmir” or “State” shall from October 31 be construed as “Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir” or “Union Territory of Ladakh”, as the case may be, it said.It said any reference in any existing law to the “legislature of the state or any House or Houses” shall be construed as references to the legislative assembly or legislature of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.No lawsuit will be maintained for any action taken, including any notification issued or order, rule or appointment made during the period between August 5 and October 31 as these shall be deemed to be valid and operative as if such things had been done or actions taken in accordance with law, according to the notification.It said any person who has taken an oath or made an affirmation before holding office or position as such under the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution or other laws in force in the existing state of J-K immediately before the appointed day shall be deemed to have taken oath or affirmation under the Indian Constitution or law applicable to the two union territories, and shall continue to hold office or position as such till October 31.last_img read more

Centre not providing funds that are due to Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

first_imgAlleging that the Central government was not providing the funds which were due to the State, West Bengal Chief Minister on Thursday said those amount would have helped the state carry out relief work in the Cyclone ‘Bulbul’-hit areas.Ms. Banerjee expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would keep his promise of helping the State in dealing with the relief work in cyclone affected areas.“Around ₹17,000 crore is due to us from the Centre.”If they had given us that due amount, we could have used that to carry out relief works,” Ms. Banerjee told reporters at the State Secretariat on Thursday.She said she would write to the Centre in connection with the dues.The CM also asked people to refrain from playing politics in relief distribution.“It was a big cyclone. Instead of standing by the affected people, some are playing politics and indulging in vandalism. I would urge them to refrain from it. This is not the time to do politics,” she said.The individuals or BJP mouthpieces who are “playing dirty games” should stop, the Chief Minister said.Ms. Banerjee also stressed that the central and the state governments have specific roles to play and they must work together in this situation.last_img read more

Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify

first_imgEx-tennis star Jelena Dokic: Father beat and spit at her Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I’m sorry, sorry, sorry,” a tearful Buffon told Rai television as he confirmed he was ending his international career.“I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football, because we failed at something which also means something on a social level.“It’s the only regret I have. Not stopping, because time passes and it’s normal. I regret just that my final match with the national side coincides with an elimination.“I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including (Gianluigi) Donnarumma and (Mattia) Perin. I embrace all those who have supported me.”Without star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who retired from the national team after Euro 2016, Sweden sealed a return to the world stage after failing to reach the last two editions. The last time the Scandinavians participated was in 2006.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img “I’m emotional and very happy,” said Sweden coach Janne Andersson. “This match showed our collective strength.“With Ibrahimovic we played differently. He’s retired and he’s a great champion. So we adapted and we play in another way now.”Penalty appeals rejectedIt was a mediocre performance by the hosts with Antonio Candreva firing over and Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen denying Alessandro Florenzi and Ciro Immobile.Mikael Lustig almost scored an own goal when his deflection hit the bar.Marco Verratti sat out a ban with Simone Zaza and Leonardo Spinazzola both injured, with Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Belotti not fully fit.Coach Gian Piero Ventura gave Brazil-born Jorginho his first competitive appearance for Italy with Florenzi and Manolo Gabbiadini also handed starts. Napoli’s in-form winger Lorenzo Insigne however was once again left on the bench.Sweden’s Lustig was back from suspension, with Johansson starting in place of the injured Albin Ekdal.The hosts had penalty appeals in the opening few minutes as Marco Parolo appeared to be tripped from behind by Ludwig Augustinsson, but the referee waved play on and booked Giorgio Chiellini for dissent.Sweden lost first-leg goalscorer Johansson after 15 minutes when his left knee buckled badly and he was stretchered off to make way for Gustav Svensson. Despite the support of 74,000 fans in a white-hot atmosphere at the San Siro the 2006 World Cup winners could not find a way through. It is the third time that the Italians will not compete at the World Cup, after not going to the first edition in 1930 and not qualifying for the 1958 finals in Sweden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt marks the end of an era for iconic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who will not be able to compete in a record sixth World Cup. At 39, the 175-times capped Buffon had announced that the finals in Russia would be his last as a player for the national side. Sweden’s midfielder Sebastian Larsson and Sweden’s defender Andreas Granqvist (top) celebrate at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden, on November 13, 2017 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory. AFP PHOTO / Miguel MedinaItaly failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory.The four-time champions dominated possession but struggled to create enough clear-cut chances, as Sweden secured a first appearance at the finals since 2006 courtesy of Jakob Johansson’s first-leg strike in Stockholm.ADVERTISEMENT Jorginho’s through ball found Immobile to pull back from the byline for Candreva to blast over, but Leonardo Bonucci, wearing a protective mask after breaking his nose on Friday, got a knock to the knee and was limping badly.Florenzi thought he had scored on 53 minutes with a flying volley from Matteo Darmian’s cross, but it went wide.Bonucci got down to business taking off his protective mask on the hour mark, with Ventura bringing on Stephan El Shaarawy and Torino striker Belotti.Federico Bernardeschi was the final Italy substitution and Olsen turned away a Parolo header. As the clock ticked the crowd at the San Siro began to sing the national anthem.An El Shaarawy shot was kept out by Olsen and Parolo’s header went wide, then Buffon came up for a corner in a final desperate gamble as Italy fell short of reaching the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. 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