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Indian Muslims condemn terror attack on Pakistan Sufi shrine, demand global ban on ISIS
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 18: Muslims took out a protest demonstration here on Saturday condemning the deadly terror attack at the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Pakistan. They demanded global ban on terror outfit ISIS which has claimed responsibility for the attack that killed over 70 persons in Sehwan town of Pakistan's Sindh province on Thursday.   "We condemn the terror attack at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar," said the Muslim protesters in Delhi. "We demand global ban on ISIS," they said.   Gathered under the banner of Raza Academy, the protesters were shouting slogans against terrorism and ISIS. "Terrorist knows no religion," reads one of several placards they were holding.




Women want closure of wine shop, say it's threat to their safety
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 18: While the central and state governments are campaigning to make Delhi safer for women, some 80 women have been holding sit-in here for seven days protesting against a state entity that they say have longed posed threat to their safety, but none from the two governments in the National Capital have come out to hear them.   In the Sector 3 of Dwarka area in West Delhi, several incidents from eve-teasing to molestation to domestic violence have been reported in the recent past. For all this, the protestors hold the entity - a government-run wine shop - responsible and so they demand its closure. They also say that the shop violates the neighbourhood norms of the government itself - the shop is located within 60-70 meters of a government school.   The concern of the agitating women is that the wine shop of Delhi Tourism & Transport Development Corporation Ltd. is very close to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)...




Taj Mahal turning yellow: NGT slaps fine on UP government
New Delhi, Feb 18: The National Green Tribunal on Friday slapped fines on Uttar Pradesh government agencies for not replying to a plea claiming that large-scale garbage burning is turning the Taj Mahal yellow.The Tribunal had asked the state government's Urban Development ministry, Agra municipal authority and its District Magistrate to pay a fine of Rs 20,000 to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).The decision came after an NGO named Social Action for Forest and Environment (SAFE) claimed that a joint report of IIT-Kanpur, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Wisconsin has revealed that the dust and carbon produced from the large-scale municipal solid waste burning is turning the Taj Mahal's white marble yellow.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar earlier sought a reply from the concerned authorities regarding the same. The bench has given a last opportunity to the authorities to file the response."Let reply be filed within two weeks subje...




Delhi Serial Blasts of 2005: Two acquitted, one convicted
New Delhi, Feb 16: A trial court here on Thursday convicted one person, but acquitted two others, in the 2005 Delhi serial blasts case, which had killed over 60 people.Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh convicted Tariq Ahmed Dar on terror charges, while acquitting him of the charges of waging war against the state, conspiring, collecting arms, murder and attempt to murder.The court sentenced Dar to jail for the period already undergone, as he had been in jail since his arrest on November 10, 2005.The court acquitted Mohammed Hussain Fazili and Mohammed Rafiq Shah of all the charges.In 2008, the court framed charges against Dar, accused of being the mastermind behind the serial blasts, and the other two for waging war against the state, conspiring, collecting arms, murder and attempt to murder.The Delhi Police chargesheeted Dar, mentioning his call details that proved he was in touch with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives.The police had registered three separate FIRs in three separa...




Jat agitation in Haryana a major challenge for Khattar
Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Feb 16: Continuing protests by the Jat community in Haryana and their growing ranks are proving a major challenge for the BJP government in the state that had earlier shown political and administrative ineptness in dealing with the anarchic violence a year ago. Bitter memories of the large-scale violence in 10 districts of the state last February during the Jat agitation for reservations, which left 30 people dead and over 200 injured and caused damage worth hundreds of crores of rupees to government and private property, are still fresh in the minds of people.The inept handling by the government of the protests, which eventually led to the violence after the agitation was virtually hijacked by unscrupulous elements, had come in for criticism from all quarters.This time too, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has hardly done much -- since the Jats resumed their agitation on January 29 -- to instil confidence among the people that the situation w...




President, Vice President, PM congratulate ISRO for successful launch of PSLV
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 15: President of India Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated ISRO for the successful launch into space of PSLV - C37, carrying a record 104 satellites on Wednesday.   President of India President of India Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the successful launch into space of PSLV - C37, carrying a record 104 satellites. In a message to A.S. Kiran Kumar, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman of ISRO, the President has said, "I extend my sincere congratulations and best wishes to you and your team at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the successful launch into space of PSLV - C37, carrying a record 104 satellites." "This day shall go down as a landmark in the history of our space programme. The nation is proud of this significant achievement, which has demonstrated, yet again, India's inc...




India puts record 104 satellites into orbit in single mission
Venkatachari Jagannathan, Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Feb 15: India on Wednesday created a world record by successfully putting into orbit 104 satellites, including the country's own Cartosat-2earth observation satellite, in a single mission.With the launch, ISRO surpassed the 37 satellite launch record set by a Russian rocket on June 19, 2014.The co-passenger satellites comprised 101 nano satellites, one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UAE and 96 from the US, as well as two nano satellites from India.The total weight of all the satellites carried on-board is about 1,378 kg.Multiple satellite launches with a PSLV rocket is not new for ISRO, having launched 20 satellites on June 22, 2016."One hundred and four satellites have been put into orbit," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said soon after the launch, congratulating the space agency's team on its success.Exactly at 9.28 a.m. the PSLV-XL variant rocket st...




Haryana gets tough with those drinking in public places
Chandigarh, Feb 14: Drinking in public places will invite stricter punishment and penalties in Haryana, a stated minister said on Tuesday.  Haryana Excise and Taxation Minister Abhimanyu said that the government has notified that no person shall consume liquor at a place which has not been so licensed or authorised under the Punjab Excise Act, 1914, except at one's dwelling house."Therefore, consumption of liquor on or along the road or in a park/garden/market, or a river side etc. shall be an offence," the minister added.He said that consumption of liquor in a vehicle, whether running or parked, shall be an offence. In case of any violation, an excise officer, not below the rank of an Assistant Excise and Taxation Officer (Excise), would detain the offender and seize liquor and the vehicle.The minister said that the District Collector might either refer the case to a court for trial or dispose of the case himself by imposing a penalty of Rs 5,000 per person for the...




Ganga clean up: NGT orders CBI probe against UP Jal Nigam
New Delhi, Feb 14: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday directed the CBI to probe alleged irregularities in the cleaning up of river Ganga by the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam.The tribunal found that Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) on Garh drain in Garhmukteshwar was being constructed without any field work, inspection or analysing the effluents and discharge.After finding that the money spent and preparation done to construct STPs over Garh and Brijghat drain was "dubious", the tribunal directed CBI to launch an inquiry against the UP Jal Nigam General Manager.Grilling the UP Jal Nigam officials over pollution in Ganga river, NGT Chairman Swatanter Kumar said showing laxity on cleaning Ganga was "shameful"."You sit and keep wasting public money. How shameless can you be. Ganga is not cleaned because of officers like you," Kumar said, reprimanding the officers.A five-member bench of the NGT, chaired by Kumar, while cross-examining the Jal Nigam officials, f...




Community clinics changing Delhi's medical landscape
Vishav, New Delhi, Feb 14: In a narrow lane of an east Delhi neighbourhood, people queue up outside an inconspicuous building -- some holding kids. It houses one of the 110 Mohalla Clinics the AAP government has opened in the capital to make healthcare accessible to people for free.The Patparganj facility, part of an initiative lauded by The Lancet Journal and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, is housed in two rooms and a small hallway of the ground floor of a three-storey complex.Doctors and other staff say around 150 patients come every day to get free consultation, medicines and medical examinations.One of the visitors, Sonia's son is suffering from cold and cough for some days. This is her second visit to the clinic. The mother says the boy is feeling a lot better.The clinic has proved to be an asset for low income people, Sonia told IANS."For minor ailments like cough, cold and fever, we would earlier just get medicines from medical stores without consulting a doctor. E...




India has long succeeded because of democracy, diversity: India-born American entrepreneur
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 13: "India has long succeeded because of democracy and because of diversity. We all need to work together to build India which is strong, tolerant, just, and which provides its opportunities to all regardless of who people are," said India-born American entrepreneur, philanthropist Frank F Islam while talking to pressmen at Jamia Millia Islamia here on Monday. Jamia has honoured him with its highest Imtiaz-e-Jamia award.   Azamgarh-born Islam said that if Muslims and Dalits are empowered with education, they can change the landscape of the country.   "It is true that Muslims and Dalits have not done very well in the country. But one of the things that we all have to remember is that if we empower them with education and economic mobility, they can change the world, they can change the landscape of India," said he with Jamia's Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmed standing beside him.   "If we extend our hand, our ho...




Kerala government not serious about SC order on liquor vends: Congress
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 13: The Congress party in Kerala is up in arms over reports that the ruling LDF is likely to file a petition in the apex court over its order on shifting of liquor outlets.State Congress President V.M. Sudheeran told reporters here on Monday that this is nothing but seeking time to delay implementing of the apex court order.The Supreme Court in December last year banned the sale of liquor on highways, forcing them to relocate to interior areas. The order has forced around 300 such outlets comprising beer and wine parlours, five star hotels and state owned liquor retail outlets to look for new places by the beginning of the new fiscal."The Supreme Court order is quite clear and there is no ambiguity as aired by the Kerala government. These are all nothing but playing truant as the state government wants to delay implementing the order. The government through these tactics is inviting protests," Sudheeran added.Due to the directive, more than 170 retail ...




Social sector may be victim of inadequate budget
Bappaditya Chatterjee, Kolkata, Feb 12: Lack of policy directions for ensuring quality implementation of programmes makes the Union Budget 2017-18 allocations to ailing core social sectors like education and health inadequate in delivering the benefits, experts say.Schemes like Swachh Bharat-Urban and the National Social Assistance Programme saw no increase, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan got a mere 4.4 per cent rise in allocation, while the Integrated Child Development Services got an enhancement of about five per cent.Even though programmes like Swachh Bharat-Rural and the National Health Mission got a double-digit hike in percentage terms, the experts said the Budget was "disappointing" and "unsatisfactory", considering the ground realities."The Budget is disappointing. It paid no attention to the effective implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. A mere increase in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) by Rs 1,000 crore is not going to help in meaningful implem...




Nobody has the right to judge anyone's patriotism: Bhagwat
Bhopal, Feb 11: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday said that nobody has the right to judge anyone's patriotism.Speaking at the launch of journalist Vijay Manohar Tiwari's book "Bharat ki khoj mein mere paanch saal" (My five years of discovering India), Bhagwat said: "No one has the right to judge others on the basis of patriotism. Even those who may feel they are running the show in this country, cannot measure anyone else's patriotism and pass judgements."The statement came days after Bhagwat said that all the people who live in India and have respect for its traditions are Hindus and all the Hindus should remain alert for the honour of the country.The RSS chief is on a eight-day visit to Madhya Pradesh. On Tuesday, he met with Sangh officials in Bhopal and on Wednesday, he visited Betul jail to pay a tribute to Sangh ideologue Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar.Bhagwat also participated in the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Bhausaab Bhusk...




Rising inequality leads to rise of authoritarian leaders with divisive agenda: Vice President
IndiaTomorrow.net, Bengaluru, Feb 11: Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari has warned of public despair and social conflicts if rising economic inequality, which is the number one risk, is not checked.  He was delivering the inaugural address, titled ‘Living in Febrile Times', at the First Edition of the Huddle, a three-day conclave organised by The Hindu newspaper, here on Friday.  The Vice President said that the improving living standards, in segments, have perhaps masked a dramatic concentration of income and wealth over the last 30 years.   "The improving living standards, in segments, have perhaps masked a dramatic concentration of income and wealth over the last 30 years. A number of studies have come to the distressing conclusion that despite the increase in the number of people coming out of abject poverty, the majority of people on the planet today live in countries where economic disparities are bigger than they were a generation ago,...




Rapists should be beaten, wounds sprinkled with salt: Uma Bharti
Lucknow, Feb 10: Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Friday said rapists should be beaten up with their head upside down and the wounds sprinkled with salt and chilli.Addressing an election rally in Agra, the firebrand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said "rapists have no space for pardon and should be dealt in this manner only".As people applauded her, the minister said when this would be done to the rapists, they will plead for forgiveness and learn a lifetime's lesson.Bharti added she was not worried about how the human rights group would react to her statement as she was of the firm belief that rapists deserved no sympathy.The Union Minister also had some harsh words for Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav, wife of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.Slamming Dimple for her silence over the gangrape of a mother and daughter on a highway in Uttar Pradesh, Bharti said the Kannauj MP was quiet then, but now she is campaigning for her husband and seeking votes for the Sama...




Attacks on journalists not frequent, claims Minister
New Delhi, Feb 9: Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir on Wednesday said journalists were not being attacked too often in India.Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha about attack on journalists, Ahir said that going by the figures of attacks on journalists, it is "not a large number".He said that in 2014 a total of 114 cases of attacks on journalists were registered and 32 persons arrested in this connection. In 2015, the total cases registered were 28, and the number of persons arrested was 41."This is not a large number given that our country is so large with so much population. I don't think journalists are being attacked too frequently," Ahir said.He added that the police and public order were state subjects."Police and public order are state subjects under the seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India. The existing laws are adequate for protection of citizens including journalists. The Press Council of India takes prompt a...




Liquor sale 28% down in Rajasthan; anti-liquor movement leader happy
Raheem Khan, IndiaTomorrow.net, Jaipur, Feb 9: "It's a welcome development in the districts where the sale of liquor has gone down," said Sawai Singh, Rajasthan Convenor of Drug Free India Movement while commenting on the media reports about 28% decrease in liquor sale in 19 districts of the state.   "People of the state should uproot this evil because it destroys the whole society," said Singh while talking to IndiaTomorrow.net.   He alleged that the state government is promoting this evil. "It is shameful that the government has issued notice to officers of excise department in the districts where liquor sale has come down and is forcing them to increase the sale," said Singh.




Govt. should make budgetary allocation to fight epidemic of cancer: MP
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 9: "The cancer disease is taking the shape of an epidemic in the country but the government does not seem much concerned about it. The government must make allocation in the Union Budget to fight cancer. Rich people spend 40-50 lakhs of rupees abroad and get treatment, from where will the poor spend," asked Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, Rajya Sabha Member of Samajwadi Party.  Taking part in the debate in Upper House on the Budget 2017-18 on Thursday, Nishad from Uttar Pradesh said there is a need that every state should have hospital like Tata Cancer Hospital of Mumbai.  New cancer cases in the country is estimated to grow by 25% by 2020, according to the cancer registry released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Cancer cases are expected to jump from around 14 lakh in 2016 to over 17.3 lakh by 2020. 




Debts, family issues lead paramilitary troopers to suicides
Rajnish Singh, New Delhi, Feb 8: A paramilitary trooper's complaint on social media about stale food might have gone viral last month, but a deeper malaise exists: Indebtedness, disputes relating to property and familial problems drove 60 personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to suicide in 2015, according to a report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The NCRB's "Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India 2015" says 30 of the suicides were over familial and marriage issues while 12 ended their lives due to financial crunch or indebtedness.Four took their lives due to property-related disputes while the cause of 13 suicides could not be ascertained. One trooper ended his life from mental depression due to a service-related problem.CAPFs comprise about 944,000 personnel in the Border Security Force (BSF), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITPB), the Sashastra See...




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