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Centre modifies rules, bans sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at markets
To ensure the rules are implemented, undertakings will have to be taken in the market by 'District Animal Market Monitoring Committee' (at district level) and 'Animal Market Committee' at local levelNew Delhi, May 26: The Union Environment Ministry on Friday modified the animal cruelty rules, making it mandatory to ensure the cattle are not bought or sold with a purpose of slaughtering.As the ministry notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules-2017, it asserted that the aim is to regulate animal market and prevent cruelty.To ensure the rules are implemented, undertakings will have to be taken in the market by 'District Animal Market Monitoring Committee' (at district level) and 'Animal Market Committee' at local level."When someone comes to sell a cattle and someone is purchasing it, they have to give an undertaking that it is not for the slaughter purpose and the member secretary of the market has to take an undertaking and ensure from ...




Saharanpur violence: Bhim Army demands justice for Dalits
New Delhi, May 26: Newly formed Dalits' rights group Bhim Army on Thursday issued ultimatum to the Uttar Pradesh government to bring the perpetrators of the May 5 Saharanpur violence to book.The group also said if the government fails to provide justice, they would not shy away from taking up arms."If pressed against the wall, they must know that we do not only follow B.R. Ambedkar but Udham Singh as well... If we do take up arms, then it will be for justice and peace for our community," Ravi Kumar Gautam of the Bhim Army told the media.He also urged the state government to do justice "so that peace can be maintained".The members of the radical "apolitical" group accused the district administration of colluding with the upper caste members and giving them a free rein during which they "ransacked and burnt down 65 houses and 25 shops" belonging to Dalits."The biggest failure of the administration was not confiscating the arms after May 5. At ...




9 burnt alive in Bihar bus fire
Patna, May 26: Nine passengers aboard a private bus were burnt alive and half a dozen were injured when it caught fire near Harnaaut area of Bihar's Nalanda district on Thursday, the state police said.All the injured were rushed to a government hospital.Over a dozen passengers got trapped in the rear side of the bus after fire suddenly broke out, said police officials. The b9 burnt alive in us was not air-conditioned.The cause of the fire was being ascertained, they said.Bihar Disaster Management Minister Chandrasekhar has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the victims and promised to provide treatment to those sustained burns in the blaze.(IANS)




Highway horror: Man killed, four women gang-raped in UP
Noida, May 25: A scrap dealer was killed and his mother, wife, sister and sister-in-law raped by a group of armed men who waylaid their car and also looted the family, near Jewar on the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh early on Thursday, police said.The incident occurred some 60 km from here on Jewar at around 1.30 a.m. Eight members, including four women, of a Greater Noida-based family were headed to Bulandshahr to visit an ailing relative in a hospital there.According to the victims, six armed men forced the car, an Eeco van, to stop by shooting at its tyres near Sabota village in Jewar.The armed men took turns to rape the women at gun point in a nearby field.When scrap dealer Shakeel Qureshi, 40, put up a resistance, the men shot him dead. The victims were also looted of their valuables, mobile phones and Rs 47,000 cash, police said.The Uttar Pradesh government has handed over probe in the matter to the Special Task Force (STF) of UP Police."They raped the women and tied up ...




Two communities clash in Aligarh
Lucknow, May 25: People from two communities came to blows and pelted stones at each other in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh district, triggering panic, police said on Thursday.The melee started with a minor accident late on Wednesday night after which people from both sides clashed and pelted stones at each other in Ladia locality.The locality is considered 'hyper sensitive' communally and as the news of the clashes reached the district officials, police reinforcements were sent and the situation brought under control. District officials pacified the angry mob and asked them to return to their homes.Dhruv Kumar, Station House Officer (SHO) of Sasni Gate area where clashes took place, informed IANS that police was identifying mischievous elements and will take action against them.The situation is tense but under control, he further added.(IANS)




Twitter is anti-Modi, anti-Hindu, says Singer Abhijeet after suspension of his account
Arundhuti Banerjee, Mumbai, May 24: Twitter is anti-national, anti-Prime Minister Narendra Modi and anti-Hindu, asserts singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, whose account on the social media platform was suspended over his offensive and sexist posts. He feels with the ban, Twitter is suppressing the "voice of the nation".Abhijeet, a popular singer of Hindi film songs like "Main koi aisa geet" and "Suno na", is known to be an active right-wing supporter and clashes with liberal voices on social media. In the recent past he courted controversy with his comments and Twitter posts on issues of political importance.On Tuesday, Twitter suspended his account over sexist and offensive remarks targetted at some women users, particularly JNU student-activist Shehla Rashid, following which Twitter took the action.Abhijeet is angry."Twitter is a platform for anti-nationals, anti-Indian Army, anti-Modi, anti-Hindu and for terrorist supporters. I would say all are Naxals,...




7 die in Patna hospital, junior doctors may intensify strike
Patna, May 24: Though at least seven patients have died at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) during their strike since Tuesday night, junior doctors have now threatened to extend it indefinitely if their demands are not met, officials said on Wednesday.Protesting junior doctors have been abstaining from work for 24 hours, seeking action against police officials who cane-charged them a few days back and left some of them injured.The PMCH is the largest medical and healthcare centre in Bihar that attracts patients mainly from rural areas of the state.Junior doctors of the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) have also joined the protest to express solidarity with their PMCH counterparts. They have reportedly stayed away from work since Wednesday morning."Seven critical patients died due to lack of treatment following the strike by PMCH junior doctors on Wednesday morning, which has badly hit emergency and Out Patient Department (OPD) services," an official ...




After two days, Paresh Rawal deletes tweet on Arundhati Roy
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 24: Facing huge criticism along with some pats on the back, actor-cum-politician Paresh Rawal has deleted his tweet wherein he had suggested that "Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy."  Rawal had tweeted about India's celebrity writer on Sunday night, it was there for two days but it is not visible on his twitter timeline anymore.   Meanwhile, Twitter has suspended the account of singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya for posting allegedly some offensive tweets.   In reaction, his colleague Sonu Nigam, who created a controversy after tweeting on Azan last month, has reportedly quit the Twitter.   ALSO READ: Tie Arundhati Roy on Army jeep. Who said this? A BJP MP




Religion does not divide society on caste basis: Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama also called for efforts to revive ancient Indian values and knowledge as they were more relevant to modern times Bengaluru, May 24: True religion never divided a society on caste basis but denying social justice to the deprived was due to the feudal system, said Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Tuesday."A religion does not divide society into upper and lower castes. Religion has nothing to do with it (division). Denying social justice on caste basis is from our feudal system," he said at a seminar on B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution.Admitting that social justice was being denied on caste basis due to the feudal system that still existed in society, he said caste-related injustice could be removed through education."Inferiority complex among sections of society can be eradicated only through education. A sense of equality facilitates self-confidence. Equality can be achieved through self-confidence and hard work," he r...




Violence-hit Saharanpur tense but under control: Official
The area has been on the boil since April 20, when a clash between the two communities singed the region Lucknow, May 24: A day after clashes between Dalits-Rajputs left one dead, the situation in a violence-hit village in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district remained tense but under control on Wednesday, an official said.Home Secretary Mani Prasad Mishra, who is in the team sent by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to Shabbirpur, where over 20 people were also injured in sword attacks, told IANS on phone that adequate security deployment has been done."Situation is under control, we are monitoring everything and will be camping here (at the scene) till normalcy returns," Mishra added.A team of four officials including the home secretary, Additional Director General (ADG) Law and Order Aditya Mishra, Inspector General (Special Task Force) Amitabh Yash and DG Security Vijay Bhushan were flown down in a special plane to the violence-hit area late on Tuesday night.The area has ...




Jaipur court rejects civic body's plea, reorders opening of Hotel Rabbani
Raheem Khan, IndiaTomorrow.net, Jaipur, May 23: Though a city court had ordered reopening of the Hotel Hayat Rabbani on 29th April but the civic body did not follow the order offering lame excuses. It moved the court seeking change or stay on the order, but the court today repeated the 29th April order and asked Nagar Nigam to open the hotel or face contempt of court charge.  On 19th March night, at the call of some members of a local cow vigilante group, the Jaipur Police raided Hotel Hayat Rabbani, forced guests out, arrested co-owner and a cleaner and sealed the hotel. Then, the police collected allegedly left-over meat from the hotel dustbin and sent for forensic test.   After the forensic lab cleared it was not beef, the hotel owner Naeem Rabbani moved the court seeking order for unsealing the hotel.   On 29th April, Additional Civil Magistrate & Metropolitan Magistrate Amarjeet Singh, passed order in favour of the hotel owner and asked the municipal cor...




Suspecting cow smuggling, police detain animal ambulance run by BJP minister's NGO
Ghaziabad, May 23: Overzealous Ghaziabad police detained an ambulance run by People for Animals (PFA) which was transporting a calf with a fractured leg to its animal hospital in Dhaulana - suspecting it to be a case of cow smuggling."Over-enthusiastic police wanted to capture cow smugglers transporting bovines for slaughter, and could not determine that it was an animal ambulance, though it had a blue light on the hood and it was written boldly on the side. They detained it for several hours," said Ashima Sharma, trustee of PFA which is run by Union Minister Maneka Gandhi."The ambulance is being run for the past more than 15 years for the welfare of animals. Police should ascertain the reason for detaining the ambulance and causing hurt to a noble cause," Sharma said.SP City Akash Tomar said that police let off the ambulance later. "Police verified the credentials of the ambulance and allowed it to move after it was found to be genuine," he said.The polic...




30 years after Hashimpura massacre: Will we get justice in our lifetime, ask survivors
Asad Ashraf,  Justice is a word and demand they have been reiterating for thirty years now, although the significance of the word is wading away, yet they have been chasing it for three decades. The system of the country seems hell bent on making them believe that justice has different connotations for different communities. Justice has become a fading word for the residents of this locality, which is known worldwide for the brutalities it suffered from those who were supposed to be protecting the laws. Since then the word justice seems to be evading from their daily life and they in a bid to chase it have spent thirty long years.   In Hashimpura, Meerut which witnessed the massacre of 42 of its residents at the hands of paramilitary and police forces and their bodies thrown in canal, Justice is the word on everyone's lips. The moment one asks them about the sad day, the reply comes Justice is what we want before speaking out anything, as if they put a disclaimer that wh...




Qazis to tell bridegrooms to shun triple talaq: AIMPLB in SC
New Delhi, May 22: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Monday told the Supreme Court that it will tell Qazis to "advise" the bridegroom and bride during nikah to do away with the provision of triple talaq as it was undesirable in Shariat.The AIMPLB, in their affidavit filed before the top court on Monday said, "At the time of performing 'Nikah' (Marriage), the person performing the 'Nikah' will advise both the Bridegroom/Man and the Bride/Woman to incorporate a condition in the 'Nikahnama' to exclude resorting to pronouncement of three divorces by her husband in one sitting."The AIMPLB filed the affidavit in pursuance of its statement of May 18 before the five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar that the Board has decided to send an advisory to all the Qazis across the country to give the bride an option to include in the Nikhahnama a condition that would disallow the husband to divorce by pronouncing triple talaq in one sitt...




Thousands of Dalits protest near Parliament House in Delhi
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 21: In the biggest show of strength in recent years, thousands of Dalits from different parts of the country particularly Uttar Pradesh - the state which saw violence against the community earlier this month - held a massive protest demonstration near the Parliament House here on Sunday.   Wearing blue caps inscribed with "Bhim Army", in a reference to Dr. Bhim Rao Ambdekar, the protesters were demanding justice for the victims of Saharanpur violence.   On 5th May, a clash erupted between Dalits and Thakur community in a village of Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh where a young man was killed and at least two dozen Dalit houses were torched in retaliation.   Some youth leaders of Dalit community including Jignesh Mevani from Gujarat and Bhim Sena chief Chandrashekhar addressed the mammoth gathering.   Bhim Sena chief Chandarshekhar, who is wanted by police in Saharanpur case, said: "They ...




Girl chops off swami's private parts to resist rape
Thiruvananthapuram, May 20: A 54-year-old Swami was bobbitised by a 23-year-old girl in the state capital after she was subjected to alleged sexual harassment for the past five years.According to a statement issued here on Saturday by Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital authorities, it was around 12.39 a.m that Hari Swami of a Hindu ashram near Kollam was brought to the hospital with his genitals severed almost 90 per cent.A team of medical professionals conducted a plastic surgery and he is now reported to be out of danger.According to the girl, the Swami was a frequent visitor to their home here and used to conduct religious ceremonies and right from the time she was a Class 12 student she was under his duress.This incident occurred on Friday night when the girl using a knife slashed the Swami's genitals.The local police have registered a case against the Swami.Prameela Devi, member of the Kerala State Women's Commission, said she felt proud of the girl that she did this, as ...




Three more lynched in Jharkhand over suspicion of child lifting
Since last week, total ten people have been lynched in three such lynching incidents in the state over the rumor of child theftn IndiaTomorrow.net, Ranchi, May 19: In another incident of lynching in a Jharkhand village late Thursday night, three more persons were lynched by a mob over suspicion that they were child lifters. Early in the day, three others were lynched on similar suspicion.   In Nagadih village of district Singhbhum, villagers lynched three persons suspecting them to be child lifters last night.  While an old woman who was also thrashed, got severely injured, and was later admitted to a hospital in Jamshedpur.   These three victims were identified as Vikas Kumar Verma, Uttam Kumar Verma and Ganesh Kumar Gupta hailing from Jugsalai and Bagbera towns of Singhbhum district.  Vikas and Gautam were real brothers.   District Singhbhum is adjacent to district Seraikela-Kharsawa where earlier on Thursday four cattle traders were also lync...




US court jails 2 for hate crime against Sikh man
Washington, May 19: A US court sentenced two men to three years in prison for severely beating a Sikh man in California and cutting off his hair.Chase B. Little and Colton T. Leblanc, both of Texas, pleaded no contest to felony assault and committing a hate crime against Maan Singh Khalsa during last year's September 25 attack, the New York Times reported on Thursday."Both men went out of their way to cut Khalsa's hair, which he maintained unshorn as part of his Sikh faith, 'making this so clearly a hate crime'," said Prosecutor Simon O'Connell of the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office.Khalsa, 42, appeared before Judge Patricia Scanlon during the hearing in Martinez, California, on Thursday and recalled details of the frightening attack. "Cutting a Sikh's hair is one of the most humiliating things anyone can do to a Sikh. The attackers did not just attack my body, they attacked my dignity, my spirit, my faith, my religion and my entire community," Khalsa...




2 Haryana ASIs suspended in Rohtak gang-rape case
Rohtak Police had recorded the woman's gender as 'male' in its report but changed it later to 'female' Chandigarh, May 19: The Haryana government on Thursday ordered the suspension of two Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs) and transferred a Station House Officer (SHO) for alleged lapses in the Rohtak gang-rape and murder case.The Haryana Police has also initiated departmental action against the officials, Director General of Police (DGP) B.S. Sandhu said.The Sonipat City ASI was suspended for negligence while Rohtak Urban Estate ASI was suspended for recording wrong information in the post-mortem report.Rohtak Police had recorded the woman's gender as 'male' in its report but changed it later to 'female'.The SHO of Sonipat City had been transferred for taking the matter casually.A young woman who had gone missing from Haryana's Sonipat district on May 9 was abducted, gang-raped and brutally murdered. Her body was found on the outskirts of Rohtak town, 70 km from the national capital,...




4 lynched in Jharkhand over rumours of 'kid theft'. Deceased identified as Naeem, Khalil, Farzu and Raju
IndiaTomorrow.net,Ranchi, May 18: Four persons were beaten to death in Jharkhand's Seraikela-Kharsawa district on Thursday on the suspicion of being child lifters, police said.   According to police, eight persons arrived at the district's Rajnagar village in two vehicles. Suspecting them to be child lifters, the villagers raised an alarm.   While four persons who were in one vehicle managed to escape, the other four hid themselves in a nearby place but were caught by the villagers and beaten to death.   As the police received information about the incident, they reached the village. But the villagers torched the police vehicle. In the ensuing clash, five policemen were injured and the villagers torched two more vehicles.   Senior police officials have reached the village to take stock of the situation.  Indica car of suspected child lifters were torched by villagers (Photo - Dainik Bhaskar)  Last week, three persons were lynched in the same ...




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