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MUMBAI’S RAINY NIGHTMARE REFUSES TO END

MUMBAI’S RAINY NIGHTMARE REFUSES TO END n People walk through a flooded street following heavy rain

n People walk through a flooded street following heavy rain that lashed Mumbai on Wednesday. Issuing a red alert, the IMD has

predicted intense showers in Mumbai and surrounding areas over the next 24 hours.

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VILLAGES CUT OFF

SCHOOLS SHUT

DANGER MARK

TRAINS CANCELLED

Several villages were cutoff in Raigad, Palghar, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Gondia and Gadchi- roli districts due to flooding

The heavy rains, which continued to lash Mumbai for the second day on Wednesday, prompted authorities to shut down schools

Savitri, Kundalika, Patalganga and Amba rivers were flowing above the danger mark. Khalapur received 268mm rainfall between Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Mumbai, several local trains on the Central and Harbour railway lines and some sections of the Western line were cancelled

Blast at fireworks unit kills 23 in Punjab town

Surjit Singh and Vishal Sally

n letters@hindustantimes.com

BATALA: An explosion ripped through a firecracker factory in a residential neighbourhood in Punjab’s Batala town on Wednesday afternoon, killing 23 people and injuring another 27. The blast, which occurred around 3.45pm, also damaged nearby buildings and shattered the windows of residences and commercial establishments in a 200 metre radius. The exact cause of the blast was not immediately known. Local residents said the explo- sion could be heard across the town, roughly 200 km from state capital Chandigarh. Inspector general Surinder- pal Singh Parmar, who con- firmed the death toll said the legal status of the factory was under probe. “In initial investigation, it was learnt that a large quantity of explosives lying in the factory,” sub-divisionalmagistrateBalbir Raj Singh said, confirming the timing of the blast. An elderly woman and her grandchild, who were passing close to the disaster spot, were among the dead.

passing close to the disaster spot, were among the dead. n The legal status of the

n The legal status of the firecracker factory in Punjab’s Batala town is

under probe, the police said.

This is not the first time an accident has taken place at the factory. On January 21, 2017, a similar blast had rocked the fac- tory, killing one person and injuring three others. At that time, the administration had ordered the cancellation of the factory’s licence. “It (the blast) was so powerful that I fell unconscious for a long time,”saidSahibSingh,whohad

SAMEER SEHGAL/HT PHOTO

gone to the factory to buy fire- crackers for the 532nd marriage anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh faith, popularly known as “Babe Da Viah” which falls on September

5.

Punjab minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa reached the accident spot and announced a compensation of ~2 lakh to the

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After protests, HK withdraws controversial extradition bill

Associated Press

n letters@hindustantimes.com

HONGKONG:HongKongchiefexec-

utive Carrie Lam announced on Wednesdaythegovernmentwill formally withdraw an extradi- tion bill that sparked months of demonstrations, bowing to one of the protesters’ demands in the hope of ending the increasingly violent unrest. But lawmakers warned that the bill’s withdrawal was not

enough to end the turmoil, which

has increasingly focused on alleged police brutality against protesters and democratic reforms. The bill would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials. It has prompted massive pro- tests since June that disrupted transport links and caused the airport to shut down earlier this month. Lam said the government

wouldnotacceptotherdemands including an independent inquiry into alleged police mis- conduct and the unconditional release of those detained. Instead, she named two new members to a police watchdog agency investi- gating the matter. Lammadetheannouncement after meeting with pro-govern- ment lawmakers and members of the National People’s Congress andtheChinesePeople’sPolitical Consultative Conference. ››P19

Johnson suffers Brexit defeats as election looms

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday suffered another parliamentary blow over the country’s move to leave the European Union as MPs backed a bill to block a no-deal Brexit, which could trig- ger a snap general election. Opposition MPs and Tory rebels ensured the bill to prevent Britain leaving the EU without a deal in ace passed its first stage of reading by 329 votes to 300.››P19

NRC oustees may get another 120 days to appeal

NEWDELHI: The 1.9 million people of Assam excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) could have the 120 days’ deadline to challenge their exclusion before a foreigners’ tribunal extended, a senior gov- ernment official who did not want to be named said.

According to the final NRC released on August 31, of the 33 million applicants, 3.11 million figured in the list while over 1.9 million were left out. P13

Selja new Haryana Cong chief, Hooda named CLP head

NEW DELHI: The Congress on WednesdaynamedKumariSelja as the party’s new Haryana unit president and former chief min- ister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as the legislature party leader and the election management com- mittee chairperson in the state. Selja, 56, a Dalit, is a former Union minister. She will replace Ashok Tanwar, also a Dalit, ahead of the assembly elections due in Haryana in October-No- vember this year. ››P8

   

CALLOUS HUMANITY

 
     

Plastic in stomach kills Delhi’s last Cape buffalo

Joydeep Thakur

   

Singh and Bhawal refused to comment.The zoo’s cura- tor RA Khan confirmed the death of the animal, but said he was “clueless” about the cause as the post-mortem report was with the zoo director. “Delhi is a declared no-plastic zone. But it remains only on paper. Visi- tors enter the zoo freely with plastic bags and even throw them everywhere inside the premises. There is no check,” said animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi, trustee of the People for Animals, a non-governmental organisa- tion. In his Independence Day

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n joydeep.thakur@htlive.com

 

ABOUT THE SPECIES

 

NEWDELHI:A week after the death of the lone Cape buf- falo, a large African bovine, at the National Zoological Park in Delhi, it has emerged that the animal may have died after consuming a plas- tic bag possibly discarded by a visitor to the zoo. The male Cape buffalo, a species found only in Africa, died on August 27. “During post-mortem, a plastic packet was found in its stomach. The plastic might have flown into the {animal} enclosure. Visitors often come with plastic bags in the zoo and discard them,”

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Found only in Africa, large herds of such buffaloes are encountered in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

them,” n Found only in Africa, large herds of such buffaloes are encountered in South Africa’s

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Cape buffaloes are known to kill lions and humans and are often tagged as Black Deaths.

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Delhi zoo had two Cape buffaloes until February 2017.

said a senior official at the zoo who didn’t want to be named. A letter accessed by Hindu- stan Times, written by the zoo’s veterinary officer Abhi- jit Bhawal to zoo director Renu Singh on September 1,

corroborated this. “Further incidence of plastic in the stomach of the Cape Buffalo has raised many questions. Hence, I would request you to kindly take the matter seri- ously,” the letter said.

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ModithanksPutinfor support on J&K stand

VLADIVOSTOK MEET India, Russia against interference in others’ internal matters

HT Correspondent

n letters@hindustantimes.com

NEWDELHI: India and Russia are opposed to “external interfer- ence” in the internal affairs of any country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednes- day as the two countries signed several energy deals to bolster bilateral economic ties. Although Modi didn’t name any country in his remarks fol- lowing the annual summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Far East port city of Vladivostok, they came against the backdrop of Pakistan’s efforts to internationalise India’s move to scrap Jammu andKashmir’sspecialstatuslast month. “Both of us are against exter- nal interference in the internal affairs of any country,” Modi said, speaking in Hindi during a joint media interaction with Putin. The Russian leader described India as a “key part- ner” and said he maintained “close official and personal ties”

DK SHIVAKUMAR IN ED CUSTODY TILL SEPT 13

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on WednesdaysentCongressleader DK Shivakumar in Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody until

September 13, saying the allega-

tionsagainsthimwereveryseri-

ous in nature and required his custodial interrogation. The ED arrested Shivakumar on Tuesday citing enough evi- dence of alleged money launder- ing. Earlier in the day, ED informed the court that it found “some loose sheets” fromShiva- kumar’s residence mentioning

“cash payments of ~44 crore to dif-

ferentpersonsbetween2014and

2016”. Shivakumar’s lawyer, Abhishek Singhvi, argued that his client has been interrogated

for 33 hours.

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Hit by slowdown, Maruti to suspend work for two days

NEW DELHI: Maruti Suzuki India Ltd said on Wednesday that it will suspend vehicle production at its plants in Gurugram and Manesar as the automaker battles an unprecedented slowdown in sales. India’s largest passenger vehicle maker by sales will shut the two plants on Saturday and Monday, according to a company statement. This will be the first time the company will close both plants simultaneouslyfortwodays.The step is an indication that Suzuki Motor Corp expects sales to remain weak even during the upcoming festive season that is crucial for business. ››P21

Muslims say idols in outer courtyard can’t prove title

NEWDELHI: TheSunniWaqfBoard told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that idols of Hindu deities were worshipped in the outer courtyard of the disputed

site before they were installed in the inner courtyard under the central dome of the Babri Masjid. Senior advocate Rajeev Dha- vanmadethesubmissionbefore

afive-judgebenchwhileadvanc-

ing his arguments on the Shebait rights, or management rights, claimed by the Nirmohi Akhara, a religious denomination. When the bench asked him if he disputed the shebait rights, Dhavan replied in the negative. “Whenyouarenotdisputingthe

shebaitrights,areyounotaccept-

ing that part of the mosque was also(a)temple?”thebenchasked, to which Dhavan’s response was:

“Yes,maybe,butwhatpart.”››P11

response was: “Yes,maybe,butwhatpart.” ›› P11 n PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin

n PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin visit the Zvezda shipyard, accompanied by

Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin (centre), ahead of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia.

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with Modi. India has told the world com- munity the changes in Jammu and Kashmir are an internal matter and Moscow has backed New Delhi’s moves, saying they were within the framework of

the Indian Constitution. Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale told a media briefing that Modi had explained to Putin therationalebehindthechanges in Kashmir and thanked the Rus- sianPresident forgivinga“clear

message” on the issue. He added

that Russia stood firmly behind India on its stand regarding Kashmir. A joint statement said the two

sides“emphasisedtheircommit-

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Dawood, Saeed designated terrorists under new UAPA

Neeraj Chauhan

n letters@hindustantimes.com

NEW DELHI: A month after Parlia- ment amended an anti-terror law to enable individuals (as opposed to organisations) to be designated as terrorists, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government on Wednes- day declared four of the most wanted men in India as terror- ists, arming investigating agen- cies with additional powers to act against them. The four individuals are Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, Lash-

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INFILTRATORS WITH LINKS TO PAK HELD

SRINAGAR: Two Pakistani nationals associated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba were

caught while trying to enter Kashmir, top security offi- cers said on Wednesday. “Pakistan is desperate for

terrorists to infiltrate

disrupt peace in the valley,” Lt General KJS Dhillon said

at a briefing.

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KARTARPUR TALKS HIT A ROADBLOCK

NEWDELHI: India and Pakistan on Wednesday failed to final- ise a draft agreement on the Kartarpur Corridor after the Pakistani side adopted an inflexible attitude on certain conditions, including a ser- vice fee for pilgrims and the presence of Indian consular

officials to facilitate pilgrims,

officials said.

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J&K move timed to avoid fresh violence, checkmate Pak: Rawat

Harinder Baweja

n harinder.baweja@hindustantimes.com

NEW DELHI: One month after the nullification of Article 370 of the Constitution,armychiefGeneral BipinRawat has backedthe tim- ing of the move, and called upon the people of Jammu and Kash- mir and the militants to give peace a chance. “Another phase of violence was going to start and the timing was right because Pakistan was also under pressure of being placed on the black by the Finan-

under pressure of being placed on the black by the Finan- › We are not going

We are not going after the terrorists

because we don’t want a gunfight to

vitiate the atmosphere anddropyour guns

GENERAL BIPIN RAWAT, army chief

Think about it

guns GENERAL BIPIN RAWAT, army chief Think about it cial Action Task Force (FATF). I told

cial Action Task Force (FATF). I told the government the army would provide the military sup- port it needed to implement the decision,” Rawat said in an inter- view with HT.

Thearmychiefsaidthepeople of Kashmir and the militants should give peace a chance.

“There has been violence for 30

the anger behind

and give peace a chance.” ››P9

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A 14-year-old boy woke up to find his

father, a jeweller, sitting on his bed with his throat slit at their home in Delhi’s Madhu Vihar near Dwarka on Wednesday. The man died before his

The court ordered transfer of the Shahjahanpur law student, who

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RANK 118

RANK 118

RANK 118

Crime, bad air make Delhi less liveable

HT Correspondent

n letters@hindustantimes.com

NEWDELHI: The Capital dropped six places to rank 118th on a list of the world’s most liveable cit- ies due to increase in crime and poor air quality, an annual sur- vey by the Economist Intelli- gence Unit (EIU) showed on Wednesday. Delhi registered the biggest decline in Asia while Mumbai fell two places to 119th on the Global Liveability Index for 2019 that was topped by the Austrian capital of Vienna for

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THE FAULT IN OUR CITIES

Delhi and Mumbai fared worse than last year in the 2019 Global Liveability Index that ranks 140 cities

DELHI MUMBAI 2019 2018 2019 2018 118 112 119 117 Reason: Increase in crime and
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1 Vienna, Austria
138 Dhaka, Bangladesh
2 Melbourne, Australia
139 Lagos, Nigeria
3 Sydney, Australia
140 Damascus, Syria

RANKING CRITERIA The EIU survey takes into account:

Stability

Culture and

environment

Healthcare

Infrastructure

Education

into account: ■ Stability ■ Culture and environment ■ Healthcare ■ Infrastructure ■ Education
into account: ■ Stability ■ Culture and environment ■ Healthcare ■ Infrastructure ■ Education

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Delhi slips 6 places in world’s mostliveablecities’ranking

GLOBAL LIVEABILITY INDEX The city ranked 118th due to rise in petty crime cases, poor air quality

HT Correspondent

n htreporters@hindustantimes.com

NEW DELHI: The national capital has slipped six places to rank 118th on a list of the world’s most liveable cities, a report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit stated on Wednesday. The decline in ranking for New Delhi was attributed primarily to an increase in petty crime cases and witnessing “some of the world’s worst air quality levels”, the annual Global Liveability Index stated. The study was conducted in 140 cities around the world, in whichViennaremainedthemost liveable city for the second year in a row. “The Indian capital has seen an increase in petty crime cases over the past year, as well as recording some of the world’s

worstairqualitylevels.The2018

update to the World Health Orga- nisation(WHO)GlobalAmbient AirQualityDatabaseshowsthat New Delhi currently boasts the sixth highest annual mean con- centration of fine particulate matter among cities around the world,” the report stated. New Delhi got an overall score

of 56.3 out of 100. It was followed by Mumbai which got a score of

56.2 and was ranked 119.

Out of the five parameters on which the cities were ranked, New Delhi got the lowest rating forits‘stability’.Thecitysecured

a score of 50 in terms of stability. The other four parameters includedhealthcare,cultureand environment, education, and infrastructure. For education, New Delhi was given a score of 75 that was more than what some other cities got despite being rankedwayaboveIndiancapital. For infrastructure, Delhi got

58.9 which is more than that of

Hanoi (55.4) and Mexico City (46.4). Both Hanoi and Mexico City had their overall rankings

n Owing to the problem of poor air quality that worsens in the national Capital

n Owing to the problem of poor air quality that worsens in the national Capital during the winter months, the city received a low score of 51.4 in the culture and environment category.

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POLLUTION WOES

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The Indian capital has seen an increase in petty crime cases over the past year, as well as recording some of the world’s worst air quality levels, the global study said

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New Delhi got an overall score of 56.3 out of 100. It was followed by Mumbai which got 56.2 and was ranked 119.

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Out of the five parameters on which the cities were ranked, New Delhi got the lowest rating for its ‘stability’. The city secured a score of 50 in terms of stability. The other four param- eters included healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. For education, New Delhi was given a score of 75 that was more than what some other cities got despite being ranked way above Indian capital.

higher than Delhi. In the category of culture and environment, almost all cities ranked above Delhi excluding Jeddah, Ho Chi MinhandBanderSariBagawan. Owing to the problem of poor air quality which worsens in the national Capital during the win-

termonths,NewDelhireceiveda

low score of 51.4 in the culture and environment category. According to experts, Delhi needs sector-based solutions for its holistic development. “Blan- ketsolutionswon’tworkactually as the connotation of, say, safety and security, is different in resi- dential areas than what it is in a commercial area. Augmenting public transport and last mile connectivity is one aspect that actually addresses both the issues — safety and pollution.

This should be looked at immedi-

ately,”SanjuktaBhaduri,profes-

sor of urban planning at School of PlanningandArchitecture,said.

City needs to work on lowering pollution, petty crimes: Experts

HT Correspondent

n htreporters@hindustantimes.com

NEWDELHI:Fromcreatingagender inclusive infrastructure to col- laborating with neighbouring states and focusing on data to tackleairpollution, expertssaid Delhi needs to reorient its meth- odology to mitigate the two big- gestproblemsthecapitalfaces— air pollution and rise in petty crimes. An annual survey on Global Livability Index, released by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Wednesday, stated that Delhi ranks poorly because of its “appalling air quality” and rise in pettycrimes.Thenationalcapital

was ranked 118th among 140 cit- ies, six ranks lower than that of last year. “Even though the air quality in Delhiimprovedoverthelastfew months, this improvement was marginal. Theprimaryproblem

is the collation of data itself. It is not captured in real time across

thecity,whichmakestheassess- efforts from the police, the gov-

ment of pollution levels difficult,” Vivek Chattopadhyay, senior program manager (Clean Air Program) at the Centre for Sci- ence and Environment, said. Kalpana Viswanath, co-founder of mobile app Safeti- pin, which supports women’s safety, however, disagreed that “rising crime rates” was a pri-

ernmentandallotherstakehold-

maryfactorforDelhi’spoorrank-

ing. “It has to be majorly about air pollution. The toxic air quality surely has pulled down other parameterslikehealthcare.But, I do not really see crime as a major factor. The gender safety index has in fact improved in recent times in Delhi because of

ers,” she said. The report also made a men- tion of Delhi’s “rising crime rates”, that affected its “stabil- ity”. Untilmid-Augustthisyear, Delhi saw 832 crimes reported every day on average — a 27% jump from the corresponding period in 2018.

Chandni Chowk: HC asks for inspection of alternative sites for transformers

Richa Banka

n richa.banka@htlive.com

NEWDELHI: The Delhi High Court on Monday asked all the stake- holders in the Chandni Chowk redevelopment project to con- duct an inspection of the alterna-

tive sites for the relocation of 18

transformers. The order was passed after objections were raised on the location and type of thetransformersthathavebeen installed on the central verge of

the 1.5-km stretch.

A bench of justices S Murali-

dharandTalwantSinghpermit-

ted the applicants to conduct the

inspection of the places where the

transformers could be relocated aftersenioradvocateVibhaDatta Makhija told the court that they had suggested alternate places for the transformers. In a meeting on August 23, chaired by Delhi’s lieutenant gov- ernor , it was decided that a total of 18 out of 19 transformers will remain on the central verge. The ShahjahanabadRedevelopment Corporation (SRDC), which is executing the project, informed

the L-G that the first 800 metres of the road, from Red Fort, will be free of any transformer. A status report in this regard was submitted to the HC on Mon- day. During the proceedings,

Makhija,appearingforthearchi-

tects,informedthecourtthatthe oil transformers are unsafe as they catch fire and hence dry transformers have to be installed. Thecounselappearingforthe Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) said that it would want to conduct an independent inspec- tion of the sites on the basis of the Central Electricity Authority. However, the SRDC told the court that the possibility of locat- ing vacant land for relocation of the transformers is not feasible. Following this, the court directed the North MCD to assign an engineer who would accom- pany the stakeholders to conduct the inspection on September 5. The matter would be now heard on October 16.

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Jeweller found dead with throat slit, police clueless

HT Correspondent

n htreporters@hindustantimes.com

NEW DELHI: A 14-year-old boy woke up to find his father, a jew- eller, sitting on his bed with his throat slit at their home in west Delhi’s Madhu Vihar near Dwarka in the early hours of Wednesday. The man died before his son could fetch help. Police could not find any clue

in the case till late in the day as there were no entry marks of an intruder, said Anto Alphonse, deputy commissioner of police (Dwarka). Alphonse said the police were yet to speak to the five members of the family who were inside the house at the time

of the murder.

The victim, Lalit Aggarwal, lived with his wife and two teen- age sons on the first floor of their building and ran a jewellery shop from the ground floor. For the past few days, Aggarwal was joined at home by his mother-in- law and sister-in-law. Alphonse said prima facie it didn’t seem like a robbery case. “Nothing has been missing from the house or the jewellery shop,” said the DCP. Aggarwal’s 14-year-old son, who studies in class 9 at a pri- vate school, told the police in his statement that his father had returned home from work around 11pm on Tuesday. “He told me that he was to leave for Punjab around 4am on Wednesday with his two friends for the registration of a plot of land,” said the boy. The DCP said that the initial probe revealed that the prop- erty belonged to one of his friends and Aggarwal was to go to Punjab just to give him com- pany. However, the DCP said that the role of any person could not be ruled out at this stage. The boy and his father slept in

a room on the first floor of the house while his younger brother, mother, grandmother and aunt slept in another room.

brother, mother, grandmother and aunt slept in another room. n Victim Lalit Aggarwal SOURCED NO HEADWAY

n Victim Lalit Aggarwal

SOURCED

NO HEADWAY

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Aggarwal’s teen son told police that his father had returned home from work around 11pm on Tuesday

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“He told me that he was to leave for Punjab around 4am on Wednesday with his two friends for registration of a plot,” said the boy

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Police said that the initial probe revealed that the property belonged to one of his friends and Aggarwal was to go to Punjab just to give him company.

“Around 2am, my father sud- denly pulled my hand with a jerk to wake me up. I saw my father seated on the bed, his head bent forward and his body shaking. He tried to speak some- thing, but couldn’t,” said the boy. The boy realised something was wrong. He said he made a futile attempt to wake up his family through screams before knocking on the door to alert his mother. “By the time I returned to the room and switched on the light, my father had collapsed,” the boy said. Aggarwal was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead, the police said. Another investigator said

that after the murder, the boy had found the inner door of the house locked from inside, but the outer iron gate to be open.

locked from inside, but the outer iron gate to be open. Government of India Ministry of
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Ministry of Science & Technology

Department of Science & Technology

National Award for Women’s Development through Application of Science & Technology

(Category I & II are for the applicants of any gender, who have contributed for Women’s development through application of Science & Technology; Category III is for young woman applicants only who have contributed for societal benefit through application of Technology) Nominations are invited to recognize the contribution of institutions & individuals who have worked for women’s development through application of Science and Technology (S&T), in the following categories. Category I: For individuals The award would carry a cash of R5.00 lakh (Five Lakh) along with a memento and a citation Category II: For institutions The award would carry a cash of R15.00 lakh (Fifteen Lakh) along with a memento and a citation A new category, of awards has been introduced this year:

Nominations are invited to recognize the contributions of young woman who has shown excellence through application of Technology, for societal benefits. Category III: National Award fo r Yo ung Woman showing excellence through application of Tech nology, for societal benefits The Award would carry a cash of R1.00 Lakh (One Lakh), a Citation and a Memento. Who can apply

Sciences or a Bachelor Degree in Engineering/Technology/Medicine can apply; For Category II, S&T based institutions (governmental & non-governmental) - Recognized R&D laboratories, Universities and Educational Institutions, S&T based voluntary organizations, registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 or a trust registered under the Indian Trusts Act 1982 or Charitable or Religious Act 1920 or under the corresponding State Act, can apply. Voluntary organizations having NGO darpan portal registration number are only eligible to apply. For Category III, the candidate should be resident Indian young woman (between 20-40 years of age) with at least Post Graduate Degree in Natural Sciences or a Bachelor Degree in Engineering/ Technology/Medicine. She should have developed a technology for societal benefit which should be well established and verified by an Institute of repute. Documentary evidence of the patent status of her technology should be provided.

For Category I, resident Indian citizens of any gender with at least Post Graduate Degree in Natural

Employees of Ministry of Science & Technology and those who have already received this award are not

eligible under any categor y. The candidates applying in Category I & II should have an experience of 10 years and outstanding

contribution in research, design, development, adaptation or application of science and technology for women’s development. However, ten years’ experience is not necessary for applying under Category III. Other conditions given at the departmental website in line with the existing awards will be applicable.

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1. Applications in all categories are to be submitted through nominations only, self-nomination will not be considered.

2. Nomination for the Awards can be made by Vice Chancellors of Universities, Directors of IITs, IISERs, NITS, R&D institutions, Heads of Academic Institutions, Heads of science based voluntary organizations, Secretaries of S&T Departments & other Ministries related to Women’s development, Secretaries of State S&T Departments/Councils for S&T; earlier winners of this award.

3. For more information, format for nomination and general terms & conditions please visit departmental website:

www.dst.gov.in. Complete nominations (three copies) with enclosures (one set only) as per the format should be sent to: The Head, Science for Equity Empowerment and Development (SEED) Division, Department of Science & Technology, Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-110016 on or before October 30, 2019. And a soft copy of the proposal should be sent at email id: nawd18-dst@gov.in. Ms. Indu Puri, Scientist E, SEED Division, DST, New Delhi Phone: 011-26590341, mail: indub.puri@nic.in can be contacted for any quer y.

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Trafficcopsbreakingroad rules to pay double penalty

PRACTISE WHAT YOU PREACH Experts say rule should apply to all road authorities, not just police

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NEW DELHI: Law enforcers will have to pay double the penalties prescribedunderthenewMotor VehiclesActforbreakingtraffic rules, an order issued by the Delhi Traffic Police on Tuesday stated. As per the order, all traffic

police officials will be liable to pay double the fines set under the amendedlawforbreakingtraffic rules while driving official or pri- vate vehicles. For instance, if a traffic police official is caught for jumping the red light, she will be fined ₹2,000 instead of the ₹1,000 mandated in the amended MV Act. Similarly, for committing offences such as drivingdangerouslyanddriving

withoutlicenseforwhichthegen-

eral public will have to pay ₹5,000,

the enforcing officials will be lia- ble for a fine of ₹10,000.

DCPs (deputy commis-

sioners of police) districts/units are directed to brief and sensitise the staff working under their operational control accordingly to follow traffic rules and regula- tions in true letter and spirit whethertheyareriding/driving police vehicles or their own pri- vate vehicles,” read the order, which was undersigned by joint commissioner of police (traffic) Meenu Choudhary. The provision to penalise enforcingauthoritieshigherthan the general fine amount is stated under section 210-B of the newly implemented act. The section elaborates, “any authority that is empowered to enforce the provision of this Act

(Motor Vehicles Act, 1988) shall, if such authority commits an offence under this Act, shall be

liablefortwicethepenaltycorre-

sponding to that offence under this Act (sic).” Transport experts said that this provision was made under the law to make the enforcement agencies more accountable and to encourage them to “practise what they preach”. “This rule, however, should not just be limited to the police. Otherwise it will just be hypoc- risy. This rule should be applica- ble to every road authority,” said Rohit Baluja, president of Insti- tute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE).

Two NIA staffers held for stealing fake currency from agency’s store

All

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NEW DELHI: Two staffers of National Investigation Agency (NIA) have been arrested by the Delhi police for allegedly steal- ing Fake Indian currency notes (FICN) with a face value of ₹1.5 crore from the strong room (equivalent to a maalkhana of a police station) of the federal anti- terror agency. The currency, in the denomi- nation of ₹2000 notes, was seized by the agency during raids in Gurugram in May last week. An official familiar with the matter said that a constable of the agency and a pantry staff were seen in the CCTV footage at headquarters stealing the fake currency presuming it to be gen- uine notes. The senior officials informed the Delhi police which registered a case and took them into custody. A SP-rank officer of the NIA who had recovered the fake cur- rency was recently repatriated to his parent cadre after it was found that he was extorting money from a businessman. An NIA officer stated, “An exhibitcontainingfakecurrency was stolenfromNIAmaalkhana last week by one constable and a pantry staff. The stolen exhibit was recovered soon thereafter. Appropriate legal action was taken in the matter. Delhi Police has registered a case and arrested both the accused.” Parvinder Singh, additional deputy commissioner of police, said the police had registered a case of theft at the Lodhi Colony police station on August 30 after receiving a complaint from the NIA that ₹1.5 crore of counterfeit currencynotes werestolenfrom the NIA maalkhana. “The NIA also informed us about the people they suspected of stealing the currency notes. The two suspects named by them were the ones who had access to that room,” said the officer. Singh identified the arrested men as NIA constable Ashok and pantry staff member Sunil and said that both were arrested on August 30.

Lawwill be stricter for those enforcingit

The amended Motor Vehicles Act provides for penalising law enforcers more when they commit an offence

penalising law enforcers more when they commit an offence n The commissioners Delhi Traffic for Police

n The commissioners Delhi Traffic for Police compliance. have issued the order to all deputy

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without certificate Driving PUC

without Driving licence

Dangerous driving

without Driving RC

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insurance without Driving

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Ggm tractor driver fined ₹59,000 as confusion prevails over new law

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GURUGRAM: A tractor trolley driver,carryingbricks,wasfined ₹59,000 on Tuesday after he jumped a traffic signal in New Colony, police said. According to the police, Ram Gopal was not carrying the requisite docu- ments, and the traffic police per- sonnel on duty fined him for 10 offences and his tractor trolley, whichhadatemporarynumber, was impounded. According to his ticket, he was finedfordrivingwithoutalicense (₹5,000), registration certificate

(₹5,000),plyingtransportvehicle

without fitness certificate (₹10,000), third party insurance (₹2,000), air pollution certificate (₹10, 000), carriage of dangerous goods (₹10,000), dangerous driv- ing (₹5000), for disobeying police

orders(₹2,000),disobeyingtraffic

signal (₹5,000) and jumping the traffic light (₹5,000). Three days after the Motor

VehiclesAmendmentAct,which

steeplyraisedpenaltiesfortraffic violations, came into force, con- fusion prevailed on Wednesday as motorists queued up to pay the hefty fines at the challan branch of the office of commissioner of police.Severalmotoristsalleged harassment by police personnel and expressed their inability to pay the “extortionate” fines. Theysaidthepolicewereissuing ticketsarbitrarilyandtherewas no clarity on whether certain offences would be waived off. Shiv Kumar, an autorickshaw driver, said he was picking up passengers from the bus stand on Wednesday at 9.20am when a traf- fic policeman issued a fine of ₹37,000. “I was shocked when he issuedtheticket.Ipurchasedthe auto three months ago, so I had all the documents. I pleaded with them to look at the documents, but they were in a hurry. A poor man cannot pay his income of two months in fines,” he said. Aseniorpoliceofficersaidthat

the Haryana deputy general of police (DGP) had ordered all police officials that commuters

should not be stopped only on the pretext of checking their docu- ments only to issue fines.

“TheDGPhasstatedthatvehi-

cles should only be stopped if there is a traffic violation, such as notwearingthehelmet,seatbelt, rash driving, jumping red light. Strict compliance is required from all police officials in this regard,” the officer said. Several motorists said they were unaware of the hike in pen- altiesforviolatingtrafficnorms. Prince, 25, who works with an automobile company in Bad- shahpur, said he was simply flagged down on Monday by a policeman on MG Road when he was on his way to work. “I did not havesomedocuments.Thepolice officer issued a challan of ₹23,000. Even my motorcycle may not be worth that much money in the second-hand market. I took a leave from work and came here to

submit the documents,” he said standing in the queue at the Traf- fic Tower, challan branch. However, officers at the chal- lan branch informed violators that the quantum of fine can be

waived off for offences related to documentation, if the papers are produced and found in order. An official, requesting ano- nymity, said, “For instance, if a

personhasbeenfinedfornotcar-

rying licence, RC and insurance, butproducesthemlater,thefines

would be waived off and only ₹100 penalty would be levied for each

offence.But,fornon-compounda-

ble offences (related to traffic vio- lations) such as jumping a traffic signal, wrong side driving, drunken driving, the penalty would have to be paid in full.” ACP, traffic (west), Ashok Kumar said, “The new rules would make the system more robust. We are already hearing reports of people queuing up at petrol pumps for pollution checks.”

UNDER THE COVER OF MIST

UNDER THE COVER OF MIST n Traffic around Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday. Met officials said as

n Traffic around Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday. Met officials said as moisture laden winds are

coming in, relative humidity on Wednesday was 10% higher than Tuesday.

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NEWDELHI: Delhi woke up to a misty Wednesday morning as high relative humidity in the air brought down the vis- ibility levels drastically. “It was not pollution, but high levels of relative humidity, which created the mist. The air quality is in the moderate category at present,” said P Gargava, member secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board. As moisture laden winds are coming in, the relative humidity was at least 10% more compared to any other day. At 8:30 am on Wednes- day, the RH was 84%, which was around 74% on Tuesday during the same time. As a result the visibility dropped to around 1200 m, which usually remains around 3000m. The maxi- mum and minimum temper- ature were 35.8 degrees Cel- sius and 28.6 degrees Cel- sius.

Heroin worth ₹125 crore seized, 2 held

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NEWDELHI:Two men from Mani- pur have been arrested with 25 kilos of heroin they were trans- porting in a SUV on the Karala- Bawana Road in outer Delhi, police said on Wednesday. Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, dep- uty commissioner of police (spe- cial cell), pegged the worth of the recovered drug at R 125 crore and said that they were being smug- gled to Delhi by an interstate syndicate that also supplied the narcotics to other states such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The officer said a portion of the drugs seized was to be sold to a man in JJ Colony in Bawana. “We are looking out for other narcotic retailers who would purchase from this gang,” said the officer. Yadav identified the arrested men as 24-year-old driver Cham- ling Amol and 40-year-old gen- eral store owner Madhav

Cham- ling Amol and 40-year-old gen- eral store owner Madhav n The suspects (second and fourth

n The suspects (second and fourth from right) in police custody. (Right) The car in which heroin was being transported.

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Goutam – both residents of Mani- pur. The officer said this gang would procure raw materials from the borders of Manipur and Myanmar, turn it into heroin and then transport it to Delhi and other states along the way in a white Mahindra Scorpio. The DCP said a special cell team had been keeping a watch

on the activities of this syndicate for five months and knew the identities of the suspects, but had kept the information discreet. On Sunday, the police received a tip-off about drugs being moved in a SUV on the Karala-BawanaRoad.Thepolice had the vehicle’s number and found 25 kilos of the drug and Amol inside the SUV, said the

found 25 kilos of the drug and Amol inside the SUV, said the DCP. ButtheothersuspectGoutam, about

DCP. ButtheothersuspectGoutam, about whom police knew would be in the vehicle, was not found in the vehicle. “It turned out that Goutam had stayed back in Luc- know to meet an associate. So, we got to know his location from Amol and arrested him from Lucknow on Monday,” said another investigator. Police said that they have also seized a mobile phone and some SIM cards from the vehicle and are using the informationrecov- ered from it to identify the heroin buyers in Delhi as well as other people involved in the manufac- ture and supply chain in Mani- pur.

involved in the manufac- ture and supply chain in Mani- pur. n As many as 400

n As many as 400 permanent and temporary structures were demolished in Greater Kailash-1 on Wednesday. The drive will be taken up in other south Delhi areas as well, said officials.

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Encroachments on footpath in GK-1, Nizamuddin cleared

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NEW DELHI : The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Wednesday started an encroachment removal drive in areas such as Greater Kailash-1, near Nizamuddin Dargah and Okhla Phase-I. The action was

initiated on the directions of the Supreme Court on Monday in connection with encroachment and parking problem in residen- tial as well as commercial areas in the national capital. A senior SDMC official said in Greater Kailash-I the drive was conducted at Hansraj Gupta Margwhereencroachmentfrom the footpath was removed in com- pliance with the orders of the Supreme Court. “As many as 400 permanent and temporary structures were demolished which included guard cabins set up on footpaths right outside several houses in GK-I. Nearly 100 plant pots were alsoremovedfromthefootpaths. We had issued 19 challans on account of encroachment on pub- licland,”aseniorSDMCofficial, privy to the development, said.

Theofficialaddedthattheanti-

encroachment drive will con-

tinue in other areas of south Delhi as well. The apex court had noted in its observations on the issue that

footpathsaremeantforpedestri-

ans and many people encroach footpaths for reasons such as extending the garden, making security guard cabins, etc.

as extending the garden, making security guard cabins, etc. n In GK-1, illegal guard cabins built

n In GK-1, illegal guard cabins built on footpath were demolished by

the anti-encroachment team.

“Alltheseareencroachments

of public space. We direct that all security guard cabins should be builtwithintheplotareaandnot on the footpaths,” the court had observed.

“Inanycolonywherethefoot-

path is found to be encroached upon, strict action should be taken against the owner and the encroachment should be removed from the footpath. In case such house owners, after removal of the encroachment, againencroachuponthefootpath then rules may be framed to dis- continuemunicipalserviceslike

water, electricity, sewage to the residence of the encroachers,” the Supreme Court had said. The SDMC officials said that it was a joint encroachment

removalactionwhichsawpartic-

ipation of officials from the main- tenance, licensing, horticulture

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andDEMSdepartments.During

the drive one JCB, one platform, twocranes,onelifter,fivetrucks and one tipper were used. Encroachments were also removedfromnearNizamuddin

Dargah,blockDandFsurround-

ing area Okhla phase-I, P-block

SouthExtensionpart-II.Tempo-

rary sheds, plant pots, canopies were removed from these areas, the official said. In Najafgarh zone of the SDMC, the anti-encroachment drive was carried out in Dwarka sector 19 and at Ambrai village. Anothersouthcivicbody offi- cial said an area of 2,500 sq feet of footpaths were freed from encroachment. Thedepartmenthadremoved eightsteelcounters,tables,tank, woodencounter,utensils,chairs, boards in the drive there, the offi- cial said.

Heritage tag proposal work may begin soon

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NEWDELHI:TheDelhigovernment will soon begin research for the proposal to be submitted for the world heritage city status for Delhi, officials said on Wednes- day after deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia held a meeting with representatives of INTACH, tourism department, urban development, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi Municipal Council, Municipal

YUVA CENTRE OPENS

NEWDELHI: Eighteen youngsters with a criminal background are among 130 men and women who will be trained as emergency medical technicians under the Delhi Police’s YUVA initiative to wean away the younger generation from crime.

The police said this after inaugurating a new skill centre at the Lodhi Colony police station on Wednesday in the presence of L-G Anil Baijal and police commissioner Amulya Patnaik. This is the 22nd YUVA skill centre in Delhi. The newly inducted trainees include 85 women and 45 men. Officials said that they have trained nearly 9,000 youngsters from the weaker sections of the society, in a bid to steer them

the objections that were raised

earlier,” said Abhinandita Mat- hur, cultural advisor to Delhi government. AG Krishna Menon, chief con- sultant at INTACH, said, “In 2015, when Delhi’s name was pro- posed, there was no precedent of

a part of the city being nominated. However, there are now exam- ples such as Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Mumbai.” In 2015, the Centre

hadwithdrawntheproposal,say- away from crime.

ing it could affect infrastructure development in the city. WhileAhmedabadandJaipur were accorded the badge for the World Heritage City in 2017 and 2019, Mumbai’s cluster of Victo-

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Corporation of Delhi, and Shahja-

hanabadRedevelopmentCorpo-

ration to ensure that various

stakeholders were on board over the proposal. Last month, members of INTACH had met chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to discuss Delhi’s nomination to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Cities.

“Themeetingwithmorestake-

holders was to discuss and under- stand what had happened last time. The secretary of tourism has been directed to find out details on the objections that were raised before and do back- ground research to understand the feasibility and the status on

rian and Art Deco buildings in the Fort precinct and Marine Drive

weredeclaredUnescoWorldHer-

itage sites in 2018. “A lot depends on UNESCO. They may ask us to resubmit the dossier or may ask us to consider the updated ver- sion of the dossier,” he said. A tourismdepartmentofficial said, “We need to see what is required to revise the proposal and whether it can be revised in present form or the entire dossier needs to be prepared again,” the official said.

and whether it can be revised in present form or the entire dossier needs to be
and whether it can be revised in present form or the entire dossier needs to be
and whether it can be revised in present form or the entire dossier needs to be
and whether it can be revised in present form or the entire dossier needs to be
and whether it can be revised in present form or the entire dossier needs to be
and whether it can be revised in present form or the entire dossier needs to be
and whether it can be revised in present form or the entire dossier needs to be
and whether it can be revised in present form or the entire dossier needs to be
and whether it can be revised in present form or the entire dossier needs to be
and whether it can be revised in present form or the entire dossier needs to be
and whether it can be revised in present form or the entire dossier needs to be

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DDA to develop

33kmbicycle

track in S Delhi

PROPOSAL TABLED It will connect residential areas such as Tughlaqabad, Greater Kailash, Saket and Nehru Place, an official said

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Develop- ment Authority (DDA) has pro-

posed to develop a 33-km dedi-

catedcorridor,“TheDelhiCycle-

walk” project, for pedestrians and cyclists in south Delhi. The proposal was tabled before Delhi’s lieutenant governor (L-G) Anil Baijal on Wednesday. The corridor will connect the residential areas in South Delhi such as Tughlaqabad, Greater Kailash, Saket and Nehru Place, and will pass through city’s green lungs—Jahapanah forest --and other green spaces. “The idea to develop the corridor con- necting all the green spaces,” said a DDA official. “It will be a loop around the city like a ring and connect metro stations, bus stands, high density residential areas, busi- ness districts, industrial areas, recreational areas and master

plan greens to make Delhi a ‘city

of connected forests and lakes’,”

read the release from Delhi L-G office. According to a senior DDA official, the corridor will be largely on the ground and will have some elevated and under- ground sections, especially

wherever the corridor will cross the arterial roads. “The idea is to connect pro- vide people a safer and greener

alternativeformobility.Thecor-

ridor will be planned in such a way that people can just walk or cycle to the nearest metro sta- tions or bus stands. It will pass

PEDAL POWER IN DELHI

PEDAL POWER IN DELHI n DDA is working on a similar project in central Delhi. HT

n DDA is working on a similar project in central Delhi. HT ARCHIVE

n

The track will also pass through city’s green lungs— Jahanpanah forest— and other green spaces

n

According to officials, It will be a loop around the city and connect metro stations, bus stands, high density residen- tial areas, business districts, industrial areas and recreational areas

n

The corridor will be largely on

 

the ground and will have some elevated and under- ground sections, especially wherever the corridor will

cross arterial roads.

n

No trees would be cut for the project

n

Bike sharing project soon along the corridor

n

Plazas on the corridor will have facilities such as toilets

and kiosks.

through the green areas,” said a senior DDA official, requesting anonymity. He added, “A detailed design plan will be prepared with help from other stakeholders. Once, approved the work will be done a phased manner.” At a few places where master plan greens do not abut residen- tial areas, elevated tracks will be planned alongside master plan roads. No trees would be cut for the project, said an official. DDA also plans to start a bike sharing

project on the dedicated corri- dor. Delhi L-G has directed the DDA to take help of urban plan- ningexperts, Archeological Sur- vey of India and Delhi govern- ment’s forest department to detail out the project and pre- pare for its execution. As per the concept plan, there will be plazas constructed at reg- ular intervals for people to use the tracks. The plazas will be interlinked and will have facili- ties like toilets, kiosks etc.

Need more youth in power, will bat for under-30 quota: Tharoor

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NEW DELHI: Batting for the youth, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said there ought to be reservation for elected offi- cials under 30. “I believe that even 18-year- olds should be allowed to contest for different offices. In fact, I would even recommend a reser-

vation for elected officials under 30. This is a young country and more younger people should be

in

The Thiruvananthapuram MP, who was attacked by mem- bers of his own party for seem- ingly “praising” Prime Minister Modi, said: “This government only specialises in sloganeering. There are no jobs and students who will soon be graduating from their colleges and looking

for the jobs will be impacted most by it.” He was speaking at an event organised by NSUI near north campus, attended by around 300 students from Delhi University (DU). The DU students’ union (DUSU) polls are scheduled for September 12. Candidates filed their nomination Wednesday and final list of names would be released Thursday.

TalkingaboutCongress-affili-

ated students’ group NSUI’s campaign “Awaaz Uthao, Seeti Bajao’, Tharoor said, “The cam- paign is relevant since this is a government that suppresses whistleblowers. Somebody needs to raise their voice against

power,” he said.

needs to raise their voice against power,” he said. n Shashi Tharoor said the government was

n Shashi Tharoor said the government was built on

marketing and it specialises in

sloganeering only.

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inequality.” During the hour-long interac-

tion, Tharoor fielded questions on various issues including

KashmirandtheNationalRegis-

ter of Citizens (NRC) exercise. “What is happening in Kash- mir is a travesty of democracy by completely subverting spirits of the constitution,” he said, adding that he was “curious to see how the Supreme Court reacts to the petitions being filed on the mat- ter.” On the NRC matter, he said, “People who have been living here since 1971 have been called foreigners. They talk about Viv- ekananda and forget that it was Vivekananda who said that India was a place which offered place to persecuted people.” Tha- roor also added that the Con- gress party is “doing everything it can” on the matter but “they have divided opinions on north- east.”

student polls

studentpolls

 

ABVP ATTACKED NOMINEES: SFI

NEWDELHI: On the day of nomination for the Delhi University students’ union (DUSU) polls, the Students’; Federation of India (SFI) on Wednesday alleged that members of the Akhil Bharat- iya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) stopped them from filing their nomination. “Nomina- tion papers of students were torn in this attack,”they alleged. ABVP denied the allegation: “They came to file their papers late,” said Ashutosh Singh, ABVP. Polcie said they are investigating

the complaints.

NO POLLS IN DDU COLLEGE

NEWDELHI: Deen Dayal Upadhyaya college an- nounced that it would not conduct students’ union elections this year. The college is not included in DUSU panel and conducts its own elections. Acting princi- pal Hem Chand Jain said, “About 400 students re- quested that extreme politicking is going on in the college and they don’t want to have a polls in these circumstances. There were a few police cases as well. The proctorial board came to this decision after a meeting.”

TikTok muser held for mobile snatching

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n shafaque.alam@hindustantimes.com

NEWDELHI: Twenty-two-year-old Shahruk Khan, a TikTok muser

with 42,400 followers and 2.78 lakh likes on his videos, was

arrestedalongwiththreeaccom-

plices on charges of mobile snatching in Greater Noida. Khan, whohailsfromBuland- shahr, lives in a rented accommo- dation in Greater Noida. He used to work as a cab driver in Saudi Arabia for three years and returned to India three months ago. Police said on his return, he became a member of a snatching gang, a charge he denies. The three other accomplices were identified as Asif (21) and Faizan (20), residents of Buland- shahr, and Mukesh (25), a resi- dent of Site 5 in Greater Noida. Khan briefly talked to media on Wednesday after his arrest and broke down. “They (accom- plices) had taken my motorcycle

broke down. “They (accom- plices) had taken my motorcycle n (Left) Shahrukh Khan (white shirt) caught
broke down. “They (accom- plices) had taken my motorcycle n (Left) Shahrukh Khan (white shirt) caught

n (Left) Shahrukh Khan (white shirt) caught with three other accomplices; (right) on the mobile app, he

had over 42,400 followers and 2.78 lakh likes/hearts.

to commit the crime. I was not involved in the snatching inci-

dents,” he said. Police have recov- ered five stolen mobile phones, one motorcycle and ₹3,520 cash from their possession. During questioning, Khan revealed that he had worked as a cab driver in Saudi Arabia. “He got to know of TikTok (a social

mediaappforcreatingandshar-

ing short lip-sync, comedy, and

talent videos) in Saudi Arabia. He made a number of music videos

and had a lot of fan following. But,

on the other hand, he was leading

a snatching gang in Greater

Noida,”SujeetUpadhyaya,SHO,

SectorBeta2policestation,said.

A scan of his TikTok profile

shows that he has 42,400 followers and 2.78 lakh likes/hearts on his videos. “Aap ka apna – O Zalima”, reads his bio. The last video he

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postedhadapunchline—“People make their life, I make my heaven.”

RanvijaySingh,superintend-

ent of police (rural), Gautam Budh Nagar, said police had received six complaints of

snatching and theft at different places. A case of snatching was filed against them in Kasna police sta- tion on July 26. The complainant,

AjitSingh,atransporterandresi-

dent of Ecotech 3 area, said three bike-bornemenhadsnatchedhis driverBhagirath’smobilephone and ₹26,000. “The men had come on a motorcycle. They also thrashed the driver when he tried to resist the snatching,” he said. Thegangwasalsowantedfora mobile snatching in Knowledge Park area on September 3. The complainant, Tikak Singh, said bike-borne men snatched his phone near Tugalpur and fled towards LG roundabout. The SP said police launched an investigation and identified the suspects with the help of manual andelectronicsurveillance.“We received information about the snatchers’ movement near Sec- tor Alfa -2 in Greater Noida on Wednesday. A teamfromSector Beta 2 police station rushed to the spot and arrested the suspects,” he said. The four persons were produced in court and sent to judicial custody.

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ARTIFICIAL POND TO SAVE A RIVER n After the National Green Tribunal banned the immersion of

n After the National Green Tribunal banned the immersion of idols in the Yamuna river on grounds

of pollution, devotees used an artificial pond at Shiv Ghat near Yamuna Khadar for the ritual on

Wednesday.

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IN GOVT SCHOOLS

HC tells govt to scale up awareness efforts on menstrual hygiene

Richa Banka

n richa.banka@htlive.com

NEWDELHI:The Delhi High Court has asked the state government to scale up efforts in creating awareness about menstrual hygiene in schools, hold interac- tivesessionseverytwoweeksfor students to remain updated and get their queries answered by counsellors. A bench of Justice G S Sistani and Justice Jyoti Singh directed the government and all munici- pal corporations to provide a break-up of the number of co-edu- cational and girls-only schools. The court’s order came on a plea filed by advocate Setu Niket whoclaimedtherehadbeenarise in the number of girls aged 10 dropping out of schools due to lack of education on menstrua- tion. On August 13, advocate Sanjoy Ghose, the Delhi government’s additional standing counsel, informedthecourtthatascheme was in place to provide sanitary napkins to girls at a subsidised rate. He said 45,000 non-school going girls have been regularly availing of the scheme. “The government purchased

14.4lakhsanitarynapkinsfor₹28

lakh and another supply worth ₹9 lakh is in the pipeline, stocks of which would be received in the stores between August 13 and

August 16. However, there is no

specificinformationwhetherthe same has been received by now or not,”theaffidavitsaid.Ghosetold the court that free sanitary nap- kins had been given to girls in the Delhi government-run schools under the Kishori Yojana. The court asked the authori- ties to inform if any common cir- cular had been issued to all the heads of institutions on educating girls about menstrual hygiene. “The aim and object of the schemes should be first to edu- cate the children, remove their doubts and educate them about the reasons and the importance of personalhygiene,”thecourtsaid in its August 13 order, adding every effort should be made to ensure privacy. The court said a circular detailing these aspects, if not issued, should be sent to schools within four weeks. It also said counsellors, if not present, should be made available in four weeks. Binay Bhushan, director, directorate of education, said

they were yet to receive the order.

“Wearealreadyprovidingregu-

lar workshops and awareness campaigns on menstruation in government schools. We will surely follow the court’s direc- tions,” he said. The court asked authorities to file affidavits within six weeks.

Former AAP MLA withdraws plea on disqualification

HT Correspondent

n letters@hindustantimes.com

NEWDELHI: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed BJP leader and former AAP MLA Kapil Mishra to withdraw his

plea, challenging his disqualifi- cation by the Delhi Assembly speaker.

“I have joined the Bhartiya

Janata Party (BJP), my sole mis-

sion now is to throw out the cor- rupt Kejriwal government from Delhi,” Mishra later told report- ers outside the court. Mishra’s lawyer Ashwani KumarDubeyhadrequestedthe court to allow him to withdraw the plea.Mishra had earlier said

in his petition that the Speaker

disqualified him, assuming he had voluntarily given up mem- bership of AAP on January 27. It said the Speaker deliberately ignored the fact that he had attended the Budget Session of Delhi Assembly from February 22 to February 28 and followed all orders issued by the AAP chief whipandsupportedallbills, pro- posals and resolutions tabled by the government. Mishra had contended that other AAP leaders such as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had shared stage with rival political parties such as the Congress and hence there cannot be different yardsticks for members. In his plea, Mishra said the disqualifi- cation was illegal as he was not provided any opportunity to present his case.

Gym trainer held for killing amputee dad in Outer Delhi

HT Correspondent

n htreporters@hindustantimes.com

New Delhi: A gym trainer has been arrested for killing his father – a 52-year-old amputee – following a heated exchange in outerDelhi’sJafarpurKalanlast week, police said on Wednesday. Deputy commissioner of police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse identified the dead man as Ashok Kumar, a man who worked as a mason until he lost his hand in a road accident three years ago. Ashok died after being shot thrice, allegedly by his 27-year- old son Amit Kumar. The officer said that Ashok lived with his family in Khera Dabur village in Jafarpur Kalan. Ashok, apart from being a gym trainer also worked as a bouncer. Ashok’s brother-in-law, Sat- bir, told the police in his state- ment that the murdered man would drink heavily and was often abusive to his family mem- bers. The DCP said that Ashok’s “abusive behaviour routinely led to arguments” in the family. While Alphonse quoted Amit as saying that he had often argued with his father over his behaviour, the trigger for the murder was an argument that Ashok had with a neighbour on the afternoon of August 27.

THEVICTIMALLEGEDLY

OFTENABUSEDHIS FAMILY IN A TEMPER; ON THE DAY OF MURDER, HE ABUSEDHISSON’S MINORCHILDREN

ON THE DAY OF MURDER, HE ABUSEDHISSON’S MINORCHILDREN “Ashok began abusing the neighbourduringtheargument. When

“Ashok began abusing the neighbourduringtheargument. When Amit tried to stop him, he began abusing his minor chil- dren. Amit almost assaulted his father, but I intervened to sepa- rate them,” said Satbir on whose statement the murder case was registered. Ashok then walked away to another neighbour’s home to play cards, but his son allegedly brought out a pistol – that he had procureda fewmonths ago – and followed him. According to the DCP, Amit pumped three bullets into his father’s body in the neighbour’s house, killing him on the spot, and fled. The officer said that Amit had loitered around in Haryana for the last one week before his moneydriedup.“Hewasvisiting a person in his village to borrow some money on Tuesday when we were tipped. We arrested him and recovered the pistol used by him in the crime,” said the DCP.

AIIMS exploring use of

drones for eye transplant

HT Correspondent

n

htreporters@htlive.com

NEWDELHI:The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi

(IIT-D), is exploring the possibil- ity of making use of drones to transport corneas to hospitals for transplantation surgery. Corneas need to be trans- planted ideally within six hours of the donor’s death. The use of drones is expected to save pre- cious time that tend to get wasted in negotiating traffic. “It’s just an idea at the moment, as part of the memoran- dum of understanding that AIIMS and IIT-D has signed for exchange of research and inno- vation. It’s too early to comment how feasible the idea will be in the long run,” said Dr JS Titiyal, professor, department of oph- thalmology, AIIMS. Even though corneal trans- plant surgeries are the most common of all transplant surger- ies, eye donations taking place in

the country are still not enough

to meet the demand. Of the 1,00,000 patients requir- ing an eye transplant annually, barely 26,682 could get it last year. TheNational EyeBank(NEB) of AIIMS transplanted 1,426 cor- neas last year, but the waiting

periodfornon-emergencytrans-

plant surgery at the hospital last year was at least six months. “Eye donations are improv- ing, and with that the number of surgeries is also going up. In fact, in past five years we received more donations than what our eye bank got in the previous 45 years. Our wait period dropped from the earlier one year to three months this year,” said Dr JS Tit- iyal. Pallavi Kumar, executive Director (Delhi-NCR), MOHAN Foundation, says, “AIIMS’ fig- ures are not bad. They are doing fine amid several challenges.” Apart from increasing dona- tions, the other challenge that the experts face is to increase the conversion rate.

Pregnant women miss out on central scheme as dispensaries run out of vaccination cards

Vatsala Shrangi

THE SCHEME IS

n vatsala.shrangi@htlive.com

NEW DELHI: Pooja,19, is five

months pregnant. A resident of

a slum cluster in southeast

Delhi’s Tughlaqabad, she was to

get the mother and child protec- tion (MCP) card from the local health centre in the first month

of her pregnancy. It would help

her enrol in the union govern- ment’s scheme that helps expecting mothers with mone- tary benefits. “Each time I asked about the

card, the staff there tells me that it’s not available and hands out a paper slip instead,” she said. The problem is widespread. Over 500 Delhi government-run dispensaries and urban health centres in the city have run out

of these cards, which will be a

vaccination record for both

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GRASSROOTSLEVEL HEALTH WORKERS AND ASHAWORKERS

CENTRES, GRASSROOTSLEVEL HEALTH WORKERS AND ASHAWORKERS mother and child. However, for Pooja, it also means access

mother and child. However, for Pooja, it also means access to ₹5,000 that will be paid in three instalments under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojna (PMMVY) to her bank account. The slips that Pooja is pro- vided with keeps vaccination records, but not access to the fund. In case a slip is lost or she doesn’t have the relevant slip, she could lose benefits of the scheme entirely.

According to officials, the centres have run out of these

cards for over a year. “In case of missing docu- ments of the first three months of pregnancy, it is difficult to register women under the scheme,” said a Child Develop- ment Project Officer (CDPO), in-charge of block level moni- toring of anganwadi centres in southeast Delhi, who did not wish to be named. “Commonly known as vacci- nation card, it is essential to keep a record of the immunisa- tion of both the mother and the child. It has been out of stock since early last year in my area. We have asked people to keep photocopies of the slips, yet they end up misplacing it, which affects treatment,” said supervi- sor of a cluster of aanganwadi centres in Samaypur Badli. According to a senior Delhi government officer, the cards

have been out of stock as the ten- dering process took a long time, as well as for other procedural issues. Dr Nutan Mundeja, director, directorate of family welfare, said, “The cards are in the proc- ess of being procured and will be available at all the over 600 health centres that provide the services within the week.” According to Arvind Singh, head, research and advocacy, Matri Sudha, an NGO working in field of health and malnutri- tion, availability of these cards is the key to health for a large part of the population in Delhi. “The card is the only proof for important vaccinations such as tuberculosis and hepatitis B. It is important in the backdrop of severe malnutrition witnessed among children in low-income settlements,” said Singh.

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It is important in the backdrop of severe malnutrition witnessed among children in low-income settlements,” said
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Act against illegal dairies: HC

Richa Banka

n richa.banka@htlive.com

NEWDELHI:The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the authorities to take action against illegal dairies operating in the national capital. A bench of Chief Justice DN PatelandJusticeCHariShankar disposed of a bunch of pleas after the government’s additional standing counsel Sanjoy Ghose informed the court about the actionbeingtakenagainstillegal dairies. In an affidavit filed by the

Delhi government’s animal hus- bandry department, the high court was told that the local bod- ies had taken prompt action, including impounding and fin- ing stray cattle, in the last eight months. The affidavit said that from January 1 to August 15, local bodies had sent 6,723 stray cattle to Gaushalas (cattle shelter). He told the court that 215 dair- ies had been sealed and 1,365 prosecuted by local bodies under provisions of the Delhi Munici-

palCorporation(DMC),Act1957.

The reply said Rs 6, 48, 970 fine

had been imposed on defaulting

units and individuals. It said the

DelhiPollutionControlCommit-

tee (DPCC) has imposed an envi- ronmental compensation ran- ging from ₹2 lakh to Rs 4 lakh on 41 dairies between July 4 and August 15. Ghose told the court licences had been issued to 58 dairies in the north corporation areas, 38 in south and 1 in East between January 1 and August 15, 2019. He said electricity and water connections to illegal dairies were disconnected and such premises sealed.

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Modi thanks Putin for support on J&K stand

ment to…principles stated in the UN Charter, including the inad- missibility of interference in the internal affairs of member states”. With India-Russia trade stag- nating in recent years, Modi and Putin decided to increase trade from the current annual level of

about $11 billion to $30 billion by 2025. The two sides signed 15 agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in

fields such as energy, defence,

and air and maritime connectiv-

ity.

Besides an agreement on a

strategy to enhance bilateral

trade, they also signed a pact on

joint production of spare parts

and other items for Soviet-era

and Russian weapons and mili-

tary hardware. They also signed

a road map for cooperation in

hydrocarbons during 2019-24.

India’s top gas importer Pet- ronet LNG agreed to buy lique- fied natural gas (LNG) from Novatek and invest in its future projects.Thetwocompanieswill also look at joint marketing of gas as a motor fuel in India. Coal India signed a deal to mine coking coal in Russia’s Far East, and private company H-Energy is looking at buying LNG from Novatek. Besides investing in each other’s future LNG projects, Novatek and H-Energy plan to set up a joint venture to market LNG in India, Bangladesh and other markets. GAIL (India), which has a 20-year contract to buy LNG from Gazprom, is looking to acquire a minority stake in the Arctic LNG-2 project led by Novatek. “We have had a major break- through in the energy sector. This is a sector where we are looking to diversify our sources of supplies and we are increas- ingly finding it attractive to buy oil and gas from Russia,” Gokhale told the media. India’s move to strengthen

energytieswithRussiahasnoth-

ing to do with issues faced by the country in purchasing oil and gas from Iran, he added. He said Iran had been a reliable and major supplier of energy to India, which is now looking to diversify sources because of growing energy requirements. Modi, who is also the chief guest at the Eastern Economic Forum to be held in Vladivostok on Thursday, travelled on a cor- vette from Ajax Bay to Zvezda shipyard. They were briefed about theshipyard’smodernisa- tion and inspected models of ships. Theyalsoheldone-on-oneand delegation-level talks at the Far Eastern Federal University. Modi also said after the talks that Indian astronauts will be trained in Russia for the coun- try’s first manned space flight. The two sides also have mean-

ingful discussions on major global and regional issues, and India wants to see an Afghani- stan that is independent, safe, united,peacefulanddemocratic, he added. The joint statement said both

countries will intensify work to eliminate barriers to trade, including protective measures,

customsandadministrativebar-

riers. They will also work on pro- moting mutual settlement of payments in national curren- cies, it added. Civil nuclear cooperation is an important component of the India-Russia strategic partner- ship and the two sides noted the progress in the construction of the remaining four of six nuclear reactors at Kudankulam. “Both sides engaged in discussion on the second site and welcomed continuation of technical discus- sions on the VVER 1200 of the Russian design and joint manu- facturing of equipment and fuel,” the statement said.

Dawood, Saeed designated terrorists under new UAPA

kar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Muhammed Saeed, LeT com- mander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the co-mastermind of

the26/11Mumbaiterrorattacks;

and fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. JeM claimed responsibility for the February 14 Pulwama suicide car bombing that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers and brought

India and Pakistan to the brink of war. LeT masterminded the

2008 Mumbai attacks that left 166

people dead. Dawood Ibrahim is wanted in connection with the

1993 Mumbai serial blasts that

left 257 people dead. The four men are the first to be declared individual terrorists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2019, approved by Parliament. Designating them as individual terrorists gives additional pow- ers to the investigation agencies, particularly the National Inves- tigation Agency (NIA), which can seize properties linked to a terror probe without taking per- mission from state police. The four have already been desig- nated as global terrorists by the United Nations. Opposition parties have criti- cised the new law, whose consti- tutional validity has been chal- lenged by the Association for Protection of Civil Rights in the SupremeCourt throughapublic interest litigation. Critics argue thatthenewlawgivesunfettered powers to investigating agen- cies. According a gazette notifica- tion issued by the government on Wednesday, the ministry of home affairs cited a series of ter- ror attacks in which Masood Azhar was involved, including one on the Jammu and Kashmir assembly complex in 2001; an

attack on Parliament in the same year; the2016Pathankot airbase attack; attacks on a BSF camp in Srinagar in 2017 and bombing of the CRPF bus in Pulwama on February 14. It said Azhar was designated a global terroristundertheUnited Nations Security Council Reso- lution 1267 on May 1, 2019, and declared a proclaimed offender by a special judge (Prevention of Terrorist Activities), NewDelhi. On Saeed, the notification said he was involved in various attacks, including one at the Red Fort in 2000, a CRPF camp in Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) in 2008; the Mumbai terror strike in 2008 and the attack on a Border Secu- rity Force (BSF) convoy in Udhampur in Jammu and Kash- mir in 2015. Saeed, also the founder of Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), was designated a global terrorist on December 10, 2008. LeT commander Lakhvi, the government said, was involved in various attacks including the Red Fort attack in 2000, Rampur CRPF camp in 2008; Mumbai in 2008 and on the BSF convoy at Udhampur . Lakhvi was desig- nated as a global terrorist on December 10, 2008. DawoodIbrahim, thenotifica- tion said, runs an international underworldcrimesyndicateand is involved in perpetrating acts of terror, promoting religious fundamentalism, terror financ- ing, armssmuggling, circulation of counterfeit currency, money laundering, narcotics, extortion and benami real estate business in India and abroad. He was also involved in assassination attempts on prominent person- alities, it said. Dawood Ibrahim was desig- nated as a global terrorist on November 3, 2003. It also said Dawood executed the series of bomb blasts along with his asso- ciates in Mumbai in March 1993 that injuredmorethan1,000peo- ple apart from killing 257 and causingwidespreaddestruction.

Crime, bad air make Delhi less liveable

the second consecutive year. Melbourne in Australia was ranked second. The EIU said the decline in Mumbai’s rank was mainly due to a downgrade in its culture score, while New Delhi dropped on the index because of down- grades to its culture and envi- ronment score as well as fall in the stability score owing to ris- ing crime rates. “This year we also note the demonstrable impact of the effects of climate change on live- ability. Several cities, such as New Delhi in India and Cairo in Egypt received substantial downgrades on their scores owing to problems linked to cli- mate change, such as poor air quality, undesirable average temperatures and inadequate water provision,” the report said. The study said that Asian cit-

ies overall scored slightly below the global average while three Asian cities — Port Moresby in

PapuaNewGuinea(135th),Paki-

stan’s Karachi (136th) and Bang- ladesh’s Dhaka (138th) — are among the 10 least liveable glo- bally. While New Delhi was given an

overall score of 56.3, Mumbai got 56.2, while top-ranked Vienna scored 99.1 and least-ranked

Damascus(Syria)got30.7points.

A score between 50-60 points,

which is the case for India, indi- cates constrained liveability conditions. Delhi’senvironment minister Kailash Gahlot said for the past sevenmonths, the national capi- tal has enjoyed the cleanest air quality compared to the corre- sponding period in the last eight years. “Pollution mainly rises for about two months during winters because of crop burning

in Haryana and Punjab. It is, in

fact, much lesser than neigh- bouring cities. Being the

national capital, it also becomes aperceptionissuesincethefocus

is a lot on Delhi,” Gahlot said. The EIU’s index ranks cities

by five headline criteria. Stabil-

ityandcultureandenvironment

are the two most important cate- gories, weighted equally at 25%

of the total. Healthcare and

infrastructure are matched at 20%, with education coming in last with a 10% weighting.

“We expect problems relating

to climate change to put increas-

ing pressure on liveability scores

in the coming years and for the

number of cities affected to grow,” the report noted. Several major global cities received mixed scores. London and New York ranked 48th and 58th out of the 140 cities in the survey, underlining that most liveable cities are generally less global capitals and more regional second city. “Both are rated very highly for their cultural amenities, but

they struggle in the stability cat- egory, owing to perceptions of the risk of crime and terrorism. Infrastructure is also perceived

as a weakness, as both cities are

struggling to cope with growing pains,” the report noted. Madhav Pai, director of the WRI India Ross Center for Sus- tainable Cities, said tackling air pollution needed concerted effort frommultiple states. “The report makes it clear that air pol- lution is affecting Delhi’s econ- omy. Pollution is not a city-cen- tric issue, rather it is a regional issue which Delhi alone cannot solve. So, the neighbouring states too must put in coordi- nated efforts,” he said. Paiaddedthatgendersecurity can be enhanced in Delhi by making the city’s infrastructure more inclusive.

(With agency inputs)

WHILENEWDELHI WAS GIVEN A SCORE OF 56.3, MUMBAI GOT56.2, WHILETOP-RANKED

VIENNASCORED99.1

OF 56.3, MUMBAI GOT56.2, WHILETOP-RANKED VIENNASCORED99.1 Blast at fireworks unit kills 23 next of kin of

Blast at fireworks unit kills 23

next of kin of the dead and ₹50,000 for the injured. “Deeply anguished to learn of the loss of lives due to the blast in the fire- cracker factory in Batala,” chief minister Amarinder Singh tweeted.

The deaths included the owner of the factory and six of his relatives who were staying

on first floor of the factory build-

ing,saidpolice.Labourerswork-

ing at the factory and local resi- dents were also among the dead. “As I heard the blast, I rushed to spot and I was shocked to see dead bodies lying on the road and drain,” said Satpal Singh, a labourer. Locals said the firecracker

unit was manufacturing and storing crackers for ‘nagar kir- tan’ - a religious procession marking Guru Nanak’s mar- riage anniversary celebrations -

slated to reach the town late Wednesday evening. (with agency inputs)

Cape buffalo

speechthisyear, PrimeMinister Narendra Modi urged citizens to avoid using plastic bags and rid themselves of the habit of using single-use plastic by October 2,

the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Delhi zoo had two Cape buffa- loes, one of which died of tuber- culosis in February 2017. Inhab- itants of woodland savannas, large herds of African buffaloes are encountered in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, with smaller herds in Zululand and the Eastern Cape. Cape Buf- faloes are known to kill lions and humans and are often tagged as Black Deaths. The letter written by Bhawal also mentions a meeting of the zoo’s health committee on August 7 where the issue of lack of cleanliness in the zoo was

raised. “The members of the health committee have also con- veyed that cleanliness and hygiene in the National Zoologi- cal Park is not good. AM Pawde (head of the wildlife department at the Bareilly-based Indian Vet- erinary Research Institute) has specifically pointed out lapses in the cleanliness around enclo- sures,” said the letter. The letter also lists a slew of measures that need to be taken inside the zoo and staff quarters to prevent the spread of vector- borne diseases such as dengue and malaria. Some zoo officials said it was not the first time that an animal in the zoo had died after eating plastic. In the early 1990s, a kan- garoo was suspected to have died after consuming plastic. “This is a very unfortunate incident. The zoo should be kept clean, particularly the area around enclosures,” said BS Bonal, former member-secre- tary of the Central Zoo Author- ity.

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Emeritus professor row: JNU admin justifies review policy

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NEWDELHI:AdayafterJawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association(JNUTA)demanded retraction of letters sent to 12 emeritus professors seeking details of their work, the univer- sity administration on Wednes- day said the process was to ensure other distinguished pro- fessors could get a chance at it. The varsity also said “there is a motive to defame administrative reforms and application of rules.” “There are 21 emeritus profes- sors in JNU —17 from social sci- ences and humanities and four from sciences. One can see that there is a huge skew in the earlier appointments of Emeritus Pro- fessors,” registrar Pramod Kumar said in a statement. He said that faculty members “who could have positively guided upcoming researchers” have “missed out in the past from being appointed as an Emeritus Professor”. Explaining the var- sity’s stand, Kumar said the objective was to set up an age limit “so that justice is given to the deserving retired faculty members”. The JNU was embroiled in a controversy after it was found that it had sent letters to 12 emeri- tus professors, including histo- rian Romila Thapar, who attained 75 years, seeking their current resume for evaluation.

There are 21 emeritus professors in JNU —17 from social sciencesandhumanitiesandfour from

sciences. One can see that there is a huge skewin the earlier appointments of emeritus professors.

PRAMOD KUMAR , registrar, JNU

of emeritus professors. PRAMOD KUMAR , registrar, JNU Registar Kumar on Wednes- day said the JNU

Registar Kumar on Wednes- day said the JNU was not target- ing single emeritus professor as alleged by many. “A motivated campaign was soon launched using the name of one emeritus professor, among many, prima-

rily to find fault with a new rule,” he said. The statement comes a day after JNUTA accused JNU administration of engaging in “blatant falsehood” by claiming that the letter to Romila Thapar was sent with the objective of

ascertainingThapar’s“availabil-

ity” and “willingness” to con- tinue her “association with the university” and not to assess her for continuation.

AISA ACCUSES ABVP OF POLL CODE VIOLATION The All India Students’ Associa- tion (AISA) on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Jawaharlal Nehru University election com- mittee, alleging that the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)hadviolatedtheelection code of conduct by inviting politi- cal leaders to campus. AISA demanded action over the issue.

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ommendations specifically pro-

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ers from addressing any public meetings urging students to vote foranyorganisations.Yet,aBJP leader from Delhi, Atif Rasheed, andthenationaljointorganising secretary of ABVP Shri Niwas attended a meeting at the School of Computer Science on Septem- ber 2 at 6pm, seeking to influence voters in JNUSU poll,” the outgo- ing president of JNU Students’ Union, N Sai Balaji, wrote in his complaint to election committee. The ABVP said it did not orga- nize any such event. “Since ABVP is enjoying support from students on campus, the Left Unity is shocked to see its defeat and is hence doing such propa- gandaagainstABVP. Theyhave always been dividing students on campus along the lines of religion and caste,” the ABVP said in a statement. However, BJP member Atif Rasheed tweeted about his pres- ence at the event on Wednesday and said he was there to talk about ABVP’s viewpoint to stu- dents.

Delhi govt sets up panel to identify local power faults

NEW DELHI: The Delhi govern- ment has set up a committee to identify neighbourhoods that witness power cuts due to “local faults” and draft a power aug- mentationplan,seniorofficials said on Wednesday. “Delhi currently provides round-the-clock power supply

to its residents at the cheapest cost. That has been possible because of massive expansion in distribution and transmis- sion infrastructure in the past five years,” the government said in a press statement. Senior government officials said power cuts in Delhi have reduced by 85% since 2014, attributing the remaining 15% to “local faults” and not power

shortage,whichseveralneigh-

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Shivakumar in custody till Sept 13

MONEY LAUNDERING CASE A day after ED arrest, the agency tells Delhi court his custody is imperative; Congress says it will not be intimidated by the ‘politics of persecution’

Namita Singh

n namita.singh@htlive.com

NEWDELHI: A court in New Delhi on WednesdaysentCongressleader DK Shivakumar in Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody until September 13, saying the allega-

tionsagainsthimwereveryseri-

ous in nature and required his custodial interrogation. The ED arrested Shivakumar, a former Karnataka minister, on Tuesdaycitingenoughevidence of alleged money laundering arrest him. The ED earlier on Wednesday informed the court that it found “some loose sheets” from Shiva- kumar’s residence mentioning

“cash payments of ~44 crore to dif-

ferentpersonsbetween2014and

2016”.Whileseekinghiscustody,

theagencysaidShivakumarhas not been truthful and needs to be

confrontedwithvoluminousdoc-

uments to establish alleged money laundering. The ED claimed that Shiva- kumar was evasive and non-co- operative and there was “phe- nomenal growth” in his income

while he held an important posi- tion.Additionalsolicitorgeneral

K M Nataraj and special public

prosecutors N K Matta and

Nitesh Rana appeared for the ED and argued that Shivakumar’s custody was imperative to “unearth the source of proceeds

of crime and modus operandi”.

The ED argued that Shivakumar

is accused of “great economic

offence” and has not explained

the cash allegedly seized in the case.Theagencyclaimedthatthe accused has not named his audi- tors and refused to acknowledge the recovery of documents from

hishousementioningcashtrans-

actions. It said that he was also evasive on details of financial transactions and could not fur- nish the details of his income from agricultural activities. Shivakumar’s lawyer, AbhishekManuSinghvi,argued that his client is not a flight risk. He added that Shivakumar has joinedtheinvestigationmultiple times and has been interrogated for 33 hours. Singhvi said that the agency ignored this and has straightaway asked for 14-day custody. He informed the court that the ED’s case is based on the

one that the Income Tax (I-T)

department filed in June 2018. He added that the Karnataka high court stayed the case under sev- eral sections of the I-T depart- ment on August 20, while the

remainingonesarecompounda-

ble offences. He objected to ED’s submissionthathisclientwasnot beingtruthful.“Iftheprosecutor

is going to decide what is the truth and what is not then why do we need the judge?” he asked. Separately, former Congress chiefRahulGandhiattackedthe Centre over Shivakumar’s arrest. In a tweet, Gandhi called the arrest “another example of the vendetta politics unleashed by the government”. Shivakumarearliercalledthe cases against him “politically motivated” and said he is a victim of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s politics of venge- ance and vendetta. CongressspokesmanManish

TewaritoldreportersthatShiva-

kumar’s only crime was that he provided protection to Gujarat Congress lawmakers whom the BJP was trying to poach during the Rajya Sabha elections in 2017. He accused the BJP of contin-

ued “persecution” of opposition leaders to cover up the complete breakdown of governance. Tewari called the arrest of Shiva- kumar the latest in a series of “continued political vendetta”.

“Has there been any convic- tion of any opposition leaders in

the last five years? For the last

five years, this politics of persecu- tion has been carried on relent- lesslyagainstoppositionleaders of every shade and hue,” Tewari added.“Persecution only requires misuse and abuse of

stateinstruments.Whenthelaw-

yers of the government plead for custodial interrogation in the courts of law, it is a euphemism for physical, mental and emo- tional torture of their political opponents,” he said. He added that the Congress is not going to be intimidated. “As the premier

political party, it will continue to ask the hard questions. We will continue to demand answers, we

We will

will continue to agitate

not allow democracy to be stifled through intimidation being per- petrated by the NDA-BJP govern- ment,” he added.

per- petrated by the NDA-BJP govern- ment,” he added. n Members of the Indian Youth Congress

n Members of the Indian Youth Congress clash with defence personnel as they protest against the arrest

of DK Shivakumar at Raisina Road in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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The journey of a Cong firefighter

Vikram Gopal

n letters@hindustantimes.com

BENGALURU: KarnatakaCongress leader DK Shivakumar’s arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a case of alleged money laundering has placed the focus

again on his meteoric rise in state

politicsandtheequallyimpress-

ive increase in his wealth. His assets grew from around ₹7 crore in 2004, from when election affidavits listing the assets of elec- tion contestants are available, to ₹618 crore in 2018. The assets of his brother, DK Suresh, the MP from Bengaluru Rural, saw his assets surge to ₹338 crore in 2019 from ₹85 crore declared in 2014. Shivakumar has come a long way since he was promoted from the Youth Congress to the main Congress organisation four dec- ades ago following a split in the party’s Karnataka chapter. He won his first election to the assembly in 1989 and has since been a permanent fixture in the Congress,earningadmirersand detractors in equal measure.

Shivakumar,now57,benefited

from a schism in the Congress after former CM, Devaraj Urs, broke away from the party in 1979 overdisagreementswiththethen PM Indira Gandhi. A majority of the cadre in the Young Congress joinedUrs.AyoungShivakumar was promoted as the party sought to build the local unit from

promoted as the party sought to build the local unit from n D K Shivakumar scratch.In

n D K Shivakumar

scratch.In 1985, the then unknown 23-year-old took on vet- eran HD Deve Gowda in the Sath- anur assembly seat. Although he lost by around 15,000 votes, it brought him close to party lead- ers, a senior Congress leader recalled. Contests with the Deve Gowda family would go on to define his career over the next decade as the Congress attempted to project the younger leader fromtheVokkaligacommunity, in addition to former CM, SM Krishna, as alternatives to the veteran. In 1999, Shivakumar defeated Deve Gowda’s son, HD Kumaras- wamy, in the race for the Satha- nurassemblyseatbeforepulling off his biggest victory in the 2004 Lok Sabha election when he helped Congress’s Tejaswini defeat Deve Gowda in the Kanak- apuraconstituency.Thatvictory cemented his credentials as a force in the Bengaluru Rural region. These victories did not go

ED action sparks violent protests across Karnataka, buses damaged

BENGALURU: Formerministerand Congress leader D K Shiva- kumar’s arrest over alleged

moneylaunderingtriggeredpro-

tests across Karnataka on Wednesday. In Shivakumar’s Kanakapura constituency, protestors threw stones and damaged several buses belonging to the Karnataka State Road Transport Corpora- tion. The Bengaluru–Mysuru highway was closed for traffic after protesters burnt tyres and blocked the movement of vehi- cles. As a precautionary meas- ure, schools and colleges across Ramanagara district, under which Kanakapura falls, were closed on Wednesday. Incidents

of stone-pelting, blocking of traf-

fic and dharnas were reported

from across Karnataka. Former CM Siddaramaiah,

who participated in protests in

Mysuru,saidthatcentralgovern-

ment agencies were being used to target opposition leaders. He called Shivakumar’s arrest an attempt to divert the attention from BJP government’s struc-

tural failures and to prevent voi-

ces of dissent. “Shivakumar is a

victim of vindictive politics.”

unnoticed and SM Krishna made him minister for urban develop- ment. One close associate of Shiva-

kumarsaidthatbetween2006and

2013, the Vokkaliga leader faced

his toughest time, unable to chal- lenge the ascendance of the JD(S) under the Gowda family, which was in power for four years. At this time, a probe into illegal

quarryingnamedtwocompanies

associatedwithhimandoneasso- He said that Shivakumar

ciated with his brother and MP, DK Suresh. The taint would come back to haunt him after the 2013 polls, when Siddaramaiah, who was then elected CM, refused to

include him in the state Cabinet, only doing so six months later after he was pressured by the party. The crucial turning point for Shivakumar came in 2017 , when the party decided to bypass CM Siddaramaiah and Congress’s

stateunitpresident,GParamesh-

wara, and asked Shivakumar to play host to MLAs from Gujarat. This was done to safeguard them from poaching attempts by rivals ahead of a Rajya Sabha bypolls. In the 2018 assembly elections, Shivakumar decided to bury the hatchet with Kumaraswamy. The coalition collapsed in July 2019 after a rebellion by members of both parties. Shivakumar’s skills as a troubleshooter for the Congressdidn’tbenefittheparty this time.

C Venugopal called Shiva-

kumar’s arrest “a clear case of

political vendetta by the fascist BJP government at the Centre”. He said that after former Union minister P Chidambaram, yet another leader “has been dubi- ously,vengefullyandselectively targeted”.

KarnatakahomeministerBas-

vrajBommaiaskedtheCongress to ensure protests remain peace-

ful. He said that officials had been instructed to take all necessary measures to ensure law and order was maintained. “We have to see that the public at large is not affected, and there should not be any violence,” he

would definitely come out clean and added the country would understand the BJP’s ulterior motives. “We are all with him [Shivakumar] in these difficult timesandshallprovidehimwith full support,” he tweeted. Congress general secretaryK

said.

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Cong names Selja Haryana president, Hooda CLP leader

Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

n aurangzeb.naqshbandi@hindustantimes.com

NEW DELHI: The Congress on WednesdaynamedKumariSelja

as the party’s new Haryana unit

presidentandformerchiefminis-

ter Bhupinder Singh Hooda as the legislature party leader and the electionmanagementcommittee chairperson in the state. Selja, 56, a Dalit, is a former Unionminister. Shewillreplace Ashok Tanwar, also a Dalit, ahead of the assembly elections in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruledHaryanathataredue in October-November this year. Selja’s appointment comes months after the BJP swept the April-May Lok Sabha polls in

Haryana and won the state’s all 10 seats. Hooda, 71, and Tanwar have been at loggerheads and the infighting has been blamed for weakening the Congress in Hary- ana. Street fights between Tan- war and Hooda’s supporters embarrassed the Congress on many occasions and all efforts by the central leadership to set its house in order failed. Hooda had threatened to “chalk out his own path” if the

changesdidnottakeplaceimme-

diately, and also formed a 33-member committee of loyalists to suggest the future course of action. Therewasintensespeculation that Hooda would announce his

own party at a public rally in Roh- tak on August 18. He did not do so but put the Congress on notice by criticising its stand on the abro- gation of Constitution’s Article 370 that gave Jammu and Kash- mir a special status and sup- portedtheCentreoverthemove.

Hooda’s supporters sought Tanwar’sreplacementcitinghis failure in reviving the party despite being at the helm for almost six years. The BJP won seven out of Haryana’s 10 Lok Sabha seats in 2014 and went on to formthegovernmentforthefirst time on it own in the state after the subsequent assembly elec- tions in October that year. By appointing Hooda as the legislature party leader and the electionmanagementcommittee head and not the state unit chief as he had demanded, Congress’s interimchief,SoniaGandhi,has sought to strike a fine balance

betweendifferentcastes,accord-

ing to people aware of the devel-

ing to people aware of the devel- n Bhupinder Singh Hooda (above) and Kumari Selja opments.
ing to people aware of the devel- n Bhupinder Singh Hooda (above) and Kumari Selja opments.

n Bhupinder Singh Hooda (above) and Kumari Selja

opments. She has also sent a strong message that the leader- ship will not succumb to any pres- sure tactics, the people added. After his appointment as the CLP leader, Hooda said, “The party has taken the right deci- sion. I accept it. I am thankful to Soniaji.” HoodawillreplaceanotherJat leader Kiran Choudhry, 64, as the legislature party leader. He will be a part of the screening commit- tee, a key panel that shortlists candidates for the elections. He had insisted on being a part of the candidate selection panel if deniedthestatepresident’spost. GhulamNabi Azad, Congress general secretary in-charge of Haryana, admitted there was a delay in the appointment of state chiefandlegislaturepartyleader but added: “It is better late than never”. “Whatever done in the past is past. This is the future and the new team will ensure to strengthen the Congress in elec- tions,” he said when asked about Hooda pressure tactics. He added there is a fixed term for a presi- dent when asked why Tanwar was replaced. Rohtak-basedpoliticalanalyst Rajendra Sharma said the Con- gress has done a good balancing act by taking care of different casteequations.“AshokTanwar had weakened the Congress in Haryana and he failed to connect notonlywithmassesbutalsohis own colleagues,” he said.

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₹47,500 FINE IMPOSED ON ODISHA AUTODRIVER UNDER NEW MV ACT

BHUBANESWAR: A day after a motorcyclist in Gurugram was fined ₹23,000 for violations under the new Motor Vehicle Act, transport department officials in Bhubaneswar imposed a hefty penalty of ₹47,500 on an autorick- shaw driver for a slew of violations. Officials of Regional Transport Office of Bhubaneswar imposed a whopping ₹47,500 on Haribandhu Kanhar, the autorickshaw driver after he was found to be running the vehicle without valid driving licence, registration certification, permit, pollution under control certificate and insurance. Junior motor vehicle Inspector Sandeep Paikray said Kanhar was penalised ₹10000 each for violating permit condi- tions, drunken driving and air/noise pollution, ₹5,000 each for expired driving license, expired registration certificate and allowing unauthorised person to drive the vehicle,₹2,000 for plying the vehicle without insurance and ₹500 for general offence. A challan was issued in the name of the owner of the vehicle Kanduri Khatua, a resident of Nayagarh. The vehicle was seized after the driver, who had purchased the second hand auto-rickshaw at only ₹25,000, said he can not pay.

OUTGOING GUV BACKS STATE GOVT ON SABARIMALA

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In his

parting speech outgoing Gover- nor of Kerala Justice P Sathasivam on Wednesday justified the state government’s position on Sabarimala hill temple. “I feel the state government was bound to go by the verdict. If anybody has some grievances they should have approached the court,” said the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court adding the Governor’s intervention was needed only when constitutional machinery failed in the state. He said a healthy relation must prevail between the Governor and the state government. But state BJP leaders were quite critical about his silence over the Sabarimala stir. P Sathasivam was the first Supreme Court Chief justice to assume a Governor’s post.

RAJ BODY AGAINST WOMEN IN LIVE-IN RELATIONSHIPS

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Human Right Commission on Wednesday asked the Centre and state government to create awareness campaign to keep women away from live-in relationships, saying women are treated as “concu- bines” in such relationships. “It is the responsibility of the govern- ment and human rights organisa- tions to protect women from harms of live-in relationship,” said an order issued by SHRC. The order argued the government should bring a law for live-in relationships as it was the government’s responsibility to “protect” women from increasing trend of live-in relationships. The commission said the couple in a live-in relationship must be of legal age to marry or qualified to enter into a legal marriage and must have voluntarily cohabited.

CONG RESTRUCTURES DATA CELL, WILL HANDLE PROJECTS, DIGITAL MEMBERSHIP

NEWDELHI: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) data analytics depart- ment will now be called the AICC technology and data cell and handle various projects, including the digital membership process, a party circular said. The cell will function as part of the party’s organisation department, currently headed by general secretary KC Venugopal. Earlier, it functioned as a separate department and its chairman Praveen Chakravarty reported directly to the then Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. Chakravarty will be its chairman and the cell will be responsible for various technology initiatives and projects. It will also be responsible for maintaining and providing constituency-wise data analysis and maintain- ing and providing the central data base of party members, workers, “influencers” and the office bearers at all levels.

“influencers” and the office bearers at all levels. Nobody should interfere in govt, allegations serious, says

Nobody should interfere in govt, allegations serious, says Scindia

HT Correspondents

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letters@hindustantimes.com

BHOPAL/GWALIOR: Allegations by MadhyaPradeshforestminister UmangSingharthatformerchief minister Digvijaya Singh was

interfering in the state govern- ment are “serious” and CM Kamal Nath should look into them, seniorCongressleaderand

formerUnionministerJyotirad-

itya Scindia said on Wednesday. Scindia was responding to journalists’ questions on the side- lines of a programme in Gwalior where he also said “nobody should interfere” in the function- ing of the state government. “With a lot of difficulties and hard work, all party workers including myself have estab- lished the Congress rule in Mad- hya Pradesh. We aspired to create a new Madhya Pradesh which will have progress and develop- ment. The government should work in accordance with those hopes and aspirations,” he said. Singhar has accused Singh of running the government from “behind the curtains,” and has written to interim Congress pres-

the curtains,” and has written to interim Congress pres- n Jyotiraditya Scindia identSoniaGandhi,allegingthat Singh

n Jyotiraditya Scindia

identSoniaGandhi,allegingthat Singh was trying to destabilise thestategovernment.Singhsaid in response that Singhar should discusshisgrievanceswithchief minister Kamal Nath, denying the allegations raised by the min- ister. Scindia said, “The charges (levelled by Singhar) are serious. Both the sides should be made to sit. CM should listen to both- Umang Singhar ji and Digvijaya Singh ji. There is no ambiguity that government should run on its own strength. It should run in an independent manner and there should be no interference from anyone in the government.” On Wednesday, some Con- gress workers burnt an effigy of Singhar outside his residence

and raised slogans such as “Dig- vijaya Singh zindabad” and “Umang Singhar murdabad,” TV channel videos showed. Con- gressmediainchargeShobhaOza

said she was not aware of any pro- test. Singhar’soutburstcameafter Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP, wrote

to all the ministers seeking an appointment with them to inquireabouttheactiontheyhad taken on his letters on various subjects, including transfers of government employees. On Tuesday evening, CM Nath

summonedtheminister.Ameet-

ingbetweenthemlastedforabout

an hour or so. The forest minister refused to disclose what tran- spired in the meeting. State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Rajneesh Agrawal said, “At least the Con-

gressleadershavestartedadmit-

ting that there is a war within the party among different factions. The BJP leaders have been say- ing it from the day one that Con- gress knows only one business i.e. running a transfer and post- ing industry. This is exactly [what is] happening now.”

Border talks with India delayed, China confirms

Sutirtho Patranobis

n spatranobis@htlive.com

BEIJING: China said on Wednesday that the next round of border talks with India under the “spe-

cialrepresentatives”(SR)mecha-

nism had been postponed. Top officials from the two countries had been expected to meet later this month in New Delhi for the 22nd round of the talks to resolve the long-standing dispute over the 3,488 km border. It had been postponed because of “India’s schedule”, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a brief statement to Hindustan Times on Wednesday. “Recently, China and India (were) communicating on state councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi’s attendance at the new round of SR’s meeting on the Chi- na-India boundary issues,” the statement said. “Due to India’s schedule, this visit has been temporarily post- poned. The two sides will con- tinue to maintain communica- tion on this issue,” the foreign ministry statement added. There was no immediate reac- tion from Indian officials.

HT reported on Wednesday that talks between India and China on the boundary issue

under the framework of the Spe-

cialRepresentatives(SR)mecha-

nism are likely to be delayed. Thetwosideshadnotformally announcedanydatesforthetalks

under the SR mechanism. But the people aware of the develop-

mentssaidChina’sforeignminis-

ter Wang Yi was expected to visit New Delhi next week for talks with National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval. It is rare -- in fact unheard of -- for China to officially confirm the delay of the top-level bilateral meeting,whichthegovernment, or the foreign ministry, hadn’t even announced. India hadn’t officially announced the talks either although officials had shared information about the meeting with the media. It was learnt that Beijing had proposed a set of dates for the SRs to meet in September, which New Delhididn’tagreeto,andinstead had proposed alternative dates. So far, the two sides haven’t found dates which are conve- nient to both.

AFTER A LONG WAIT

Ex-Chinese soldier gets visa to visit family in Madhya Pradesh

Sutirtho Patranobis

n spatranobis@htlive.com

BEIJING: A Chinese surveyor of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), who made headlines in 2017 following his return to China after 54 years in India, has finally received a visa after a long wait to revisit his family in Madhya Pradesh. Wang Chang Qi, 80, had applied for a visa in April to visit his family in Tirodi village in MP. It finally came through earlier this week. In 2017, Wang was accompa- nied by son, Vishnu Wang, daughter, Anita Wankhede, daughter-in-law, Neha Wang, and granddaughter, Khanak Wang, when he returned to China. The same year, he had

travelled back to Tirodi to be beside his ailing wife, who passed away soon after. However, unlike in 2017 and 2018, when he received multi- ple entry visas to visit India in about a week, this time the wait was long at nearly five months. Wang Qi was captured in India after he crossed the bor- der in 1963. After his release from jail in 1969, Wang married an Indian woman and had four children.Wang’s status as a prisoner of war was never clear and although Indian authorities were aware of his case, he never made his way back to China. In 2017, he was able to return to his hometown in Shaanxi province with a passport issued by the Chinese embassy

in New Delhi in 2013. Wang told HT from Xianyang city in northwest China’s Shaanxi province on Wednesday that a relative had received a call from the Indian embassy in Beijing that his new India visa had come through. “I missed my family and friends in India very much. I don’t know why the Indian embassy in Beijing delayed my visa so long,” Wang said from Xianyang, adding that he wants to ask officials about the delay. Wang has been staying in a hotel in Xianyang and came to Beijing thrice since April but went back disappointed each time. “Once I receive the visa, I will book my ticket immedi- ately,” Wang said.

“My father applied for visa on April 17 at the Indian embassy in Beijing,” his son, Vishnu Wang, told HT from Tirodi. A few weeks after submit- ting his application form for a visa, Wang was told there were mistakes in the form, and that he should apply again for an electronic visa. In July, according to Vishnu, that application was rejected as well. Wang had to resubmit the application in July. Several emails and phone calls to the embassy didn’t help. The reason for the delay was never made clear to him. Vishnu said the family, espe- cially the three grandchildren, were waiting to see Wang after a long gap.

grandchildren, were waiting to see Wang after a long gap. n Wang Chang Qi at his

n Wang Chang Qi at his house in Tirodi area of Madhya Pradesh’s

Balaghat. He returned to China in 2017 after 54

years in India.

HT FILE

to China in 2017 after 54 years in India. H T F I L E n

n Ratul Puri

Chopper scam:

ED arrests Ratul Puri in money laundering case

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday arrested Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath, in a money laun- dering case related to the Agust- aWestland chopper scam. Puri, already in judicial cus- tody in a separate money laun- dering case related to an alleged bank loan fraud, was produced before special judge Arvind Kumar in pursuance to the pro- duction warrant issued against him. After he was arrested by the ED, the court remanded Puri to one-day judicial custody and said it would hear on Thursday the probe agency’s plea seeking

his custodial interrogation in the money laundering case related to the VVIP chopper scam. The agency informed the court that although it had for- mally arrested the accused, it was constrained to move the application for judicial custody as it was too late in the day and the ED required time to move the plea for custodial interrogation. The court in its order said:

“The accused is remanded to judicial custody for one day. The accused shall be produced on September 5.” Puri had earlier moved an application in the court seeking to surrender in the case. The money laundering case was lodged following alleged irregularities in purchase of 12 VVIP choppers from Agusta- Westland. In the scam, Delhi high court had earlier dismissed Puri’s anticipatorybail plea, sayinghis custodial interrogation was “required for an effective inves-

tigation”.

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HINDUSTAN TIMES, NEW DELHI

hindustantimes

nation

09

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 05,

2019

Two infiltrators with LeT links held in Valley

PROOF Officials say Pakistan trying to disrupt peace, infiltration attempts made continuously

Press Trust of India

n letters@hindustantimes.com

SRINAGAR:Two Pakistani nation-

als associated with the Lashkar- e-Taibawerecaughtwhiletrying to enter Kashmir, top security officers said on Wednesday. “Pakistan is desperate for ter-

to disrupt

peace in the valley,” General Offi- cer Commanding (GoC) of the Army’s 15 Corps Lt General K J S Dhillon said at a joint briefing withAdditionalDirectorGeneral of Police, Kashmir, Munir Khan. He said the two Pakistani nationalsassociatedwiththeLeT were apprehended on August 21. Two videos were played dur- ingthepressbriefingshowingthe

apprehendedPakistanisconfess-

ing to infiltration. “Thesetwovideosveryclearly showhowPakistan,itsArmyand the citizens of Pakistan are being pushed into Kashmir to under- take terrorist activities in the val-

ley to disrupt the peace that is pre-

vailing,speciallyafterAugust5,”

Dhillon said. Munir Khan said infiltration

attemptsarebeingmadecontinu-

ously. “Many such (infiltration) attempts have been foiled by the Indian Army so far,” he said. In the video clip, the captured Pakistani nationals identified themselves as Mohammad Khalil and Mohammad Nazim, hailing from Rawalpindi area of Paki- stan. “We were extensively helped by the Pakistani Army to enter into Jammu and Kashmir

and our job was to target Indian Armyunits,”MohammadNazim said while sipping tea. The two admit that they were being trained by Lashkar and Pakistan

Armypersonnel,andnamedsev-

rorists to infiltrate

eral of their accomplices. “Ordersandinstructionshave been very clear that we have to avoid any kind of civil casualty and we are adhering to it,” Khan said, adding that things are improving gradually and hope- fully they will fall into place and normalcy will return soon. Dhillon said that in Pakistan occupiedKashmir,allthelaunch

Dhillon said that in Pakistan occupiedKashmir,allthelaunch n The Indian Army and police play a confessional video

n The Indian Army and police play a confessional video of an LeT suspect in Srinagar on Wednesday.

AP

pads are full with the terrorists of varioustanzims(terrorgroups).

“Eventhesetwocapturedter-

rorists were housed at the Paki- stani forward posts of the Army and then they were guided by the Pakistani regular troops up to the LoC,” he said. As the terrorists in their state- ments have said, all the launch pads across the LoC, not only opposite Kashmir but also oppo- sitePoonch,RajouriandJammu, are full of terrorists of various groups, and every day infiltra- tions are being attempted, Dhil- lon said. “In Kargil, they refused to take back the bodies of their soldiers. In this incident they refused to

take back the bodies of their citi- zens and now we have live terror- ists who are Pakistani citizens with us,” the Army officer said. The DGMO of Indian Army has already conveyed to the DGMO of Pakistan about these apprehended individuals, Dhil- lon said. The launch pads are full with the terrorists ready to be launched into Kashmir to disrupt peace, the officer added.

Curbs reimposed in Kashmir as teen dies

Press Trust of India

n letters@hindustantimes.com

SRINAGAR: A Kashmiri teen who

was injured in clashes with secu- rity forces last month died at a Srinagar hospital in the early hours of Wednesday, prompting JammuandKashmirauthorities

to

reimpose daytime restrictions

in

majority of the city, officials

said. Asrar Ahmed Khan, who was

injured in police action in Soura

at the outskirts of the city, was

around 18 years of age and is

alleged to be part of a mob stag- ing a protest on August 6, a day after the state’s special status was abrogated by the Centre. Khanhadsincebeenadmitted

to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of

Medical Sciences at Soura. After

battling for his life for nearly month, he succumbed to injuries

in the early hours of Wednesday,

“He did not have any bullet injuries,” a senior police official said. According to the officials, he was injured with a blunt object that day when an unruly crowd was indulging in heavy stone pelting. The crowd had alleged that he

was hit by a tear gas shell but evi-

dence suggested that the injury could be possibly by a stone. Additional Director General

of Police Munir Khan, who was

at a press conference during which the Army had released a video of two Pakistani terrorists, said the matter was being inves- tigated. “The youth was recovering well but somehow his condition

deteriorated and he passed away during the night,” Khan told reporters. Khan, who belonged to a poor

family, has been buried as the authorities imposed strict restrictions in the area and other

parts of downtown city and Civil Lines area as a precautionary measure.

Aboutthearmsandammuni- the officials said.

tion recovered from the two ter- rorists, he said that war-like stores and some IED materials were recovered from them.

The nature of injury was yet

to be known as police had denied

that bullets were fired to dis- perse the mob.

A R M Y

C H I E F S AYS

‘Violence detrimental to Kashmir people’

Harinder Baweja

n harinder.baweja@hindustantimes.com

NEW DELHI: One month after the

nullification of Article 370 of the Constitution,Army Chief Gen- eral Bipin Rawat has backed the timing of the move, and called upon the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the militants to give peace a chance. “Another phase of violence was going to start and the timing was right because Pakistan was also under pressure of being placed on the black by the Finan- cial Action Task Force. I told the

governmentthearmywouldpro-

vide the military support it needed to implement the deci- sion,” Rawat said in an interview with Hindustan Times, FATF, a multilateral watch-

dog, placed Pakistan on its “grey list” in June 2018 for failing to counter fund-raising by terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). Following an assessment meeting in June in Florida, it urged Pakistan to swiftly com- plete its action plan to counter terror financing by October 2019. “Otherwise,theFATFwilldecide the next step at that time for

insufficientprogress,”thewatch-

dog said, indicating it may place the country on its “black list”, which entails harsher financial

on its “black list”, which entails harsher financial n General Bipin Rawat sanctions. In the interview,

n General Bipin Rawat

sanctions. In the interview, the army chief said the people of Kashmir and the militants should give peace a chance. “There has been violence for 30 yearsandyouhavebeenthrough difficult times. Leave the anger behindandgivepeaceachance,’’ Rawat said. He said he was offering a “peaceful gesture” to the terror- ists. “We are not going after the terrorists because we don’t want a gunfight to vitiate the atmos- phere. I don’t want to lay cordons and conduct searches, but we have to clap with both hands. Think about it and drop your guns. This generation has not seen peace,” he said. The general blamed “some instigators” for continuing restrictions, saying the minute the curbs were relaxed, there is trouble and the Valley is locked

downagain.“Theinstigatorsare not allowing the benefits of the process of integration (through

the nullification of Article 370) to come in.” On August 5 and 6, Parliament effectively revoked Article 370 of the Constitution that conferred special status on Jammu and Kashmir, and Article 35A that reserved benefits like govern-

ment jobs and property owner- ship for people deemed to be per- manent citizens of the state. The state is to be divided into two Union territories -- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Pakistan has stepped up re-openingterrortrainingcamps and attempting to push infiltra- tors across the line of control.

AskedaboutPakistan’scontinu-

ing war rhetoric, Rawat said, “I am ready for whatever Pakistan wants. If it wants a BAT (border

action team) action, I am ready. If

it wants limited action with India,

I am ready and if it wants war with India, the Indian army is ready.” Rawat said that Pakistan has only exposed itself through its

rhetoric. It was telling the world that it was not sending terrorists

to India but by speaking up now,

it is in effect owning up to its sup-

port of terror.” You cannot pre- pare terrorists in 15 days. On the line of control, we remain ever

prepared and in the Valley, we remain every deployed,” he said. Asked if the rising anger in the Valley would lead to more local Kashmiris joining the ranks of militants, he said, “Whether there are 300 or 500, we are con- cerned with their capacity to strike. If they strike, who will it affect? Violence is detrimental to the local Kashmiri and the loss is not of the Indian establishment.” Firmly denying allegations of torture and of his men telling Kashmiriwomenthattheywould now marry them, Rawat said, “Kashmiris are very good at maligning the forces to the media. Our men do not do this. Give me the name of one of my men and I’ll punish that man. We are running goodwill schools and the attend- ance is better there than in other schools. If we are so bad, why do you come to us?” Defending the government’s

move to nullify Article 370, Rawat said, “The only way to address the alienation was by removing the Article. We want to embrace the Kashmiri by becoming one inte- grated nation.” Asked if the battle for the hearts and minds of Kashmiris

was being lost, the general said,

“Battles are not lost in one month. The government is looking at eas- ing pressure and removing restrictions gradually.”

Concerned by Pak vandalism, India tells UK

Rezaul H Laskar and Prasun Sonwalkar

n letters@hindustantimes.com

INDIANOFFICIALS

BELIEVETHE

PROTESTSAREPART OF PAKISTAN’S EFFORTS TO INTERNATIONALISE THEKASHMIRISSUE

OF PAKISTAN’S EFFORTS TO INTERNATIONALISE THEKASHMIRISSUE on Wednesday conveyed to the UK its strong concern over

on

Wednesday conveyed to the UK its strong concern over protests by “Pakistan-incited elements”

that resulted in the vandalisation of the Indian high commission in London twice in less than a month.

NEW

DELHI/LONDON:

India

spokesperson Raveesh Kumar

said: “We consider these inci-

Tuesday’sviolentprotestout- dents to be unacceptable and

havestronglyurgedtheGovern-

ment of UK to take action against those involved, and take neces- sary steps to ensure the normal functioning of our mission and the safety and security of our per- sonnel.” India, he said, is “deeply con- cerned by the reports of unruly demonstrations by Pakistan-in- cited elements and consequent organised vandalism of the prop- erty of the high commission of India in London”. Tuesday’s pro- test was the second time in recent weeks that such an incident had affected the “security and the

side the mission was the second such incident since August 15. Some 2,500 protestors from across the UK, most of them of Pakistani and Kashmiri origin, joined the “Kashmir Freedom March”fromParliamentSquare to the high commission at

Aldwych.Theprotestors,includ-

ingpro-Khalistanielements,car-

ried flags of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Khalistan. The protestors threw stones, bottles,eggs,tomatoesandshoes at the Indian high commission, smashing several windows. External affairs ministry

normal functioning of our mis- sion”, he added. Scotland Yard said there had been two arrests for “criminal damage” but didn’t give further details. The Twitter handle of the

Indian mission tweeted a photo of

a smashed window and said:

“Anotherviolentprotestoutside the Indian High Commission in

Londontoday,3September2019.

Damage caused to the premises.” Independence Day celebra- tions in London by the Indian diaspora too had been disrupted by Pakistan-backed protestors and pro-Khalistani elements, who pelted stones and eggs. Following the protests on August 15 and 17, India had con- veyed its concerns to British authorities about damage to the Indian mission and the harass- ment of members of the Indian community by Pakistan-backed elements. New Delhi has also been concerned about the man- ner in which the continuing pro- tests have been played down by

British officials. Britain’s Foreign Office had called last month’s protests as “overwhelmingly peaceful” whileScotlandYardcalledthem “largely peaceful”. A Foreign Office spokesperson described

Tuesday’s protest too as “largely

peaceful”andsaidpoliceensured

a safe perimeter. The UK takes

the security of all diplomatic mis- sions“extremelyseriously”and the Foreign Office was “in close contact with our colleagues at the highcommissionthroughoutthe day to ensure their safety and ability to work”, the spokesper- son added. Responding to the Indian mis- sion’s tweet on Tuesday, London mayor Sadiq Khan had tweeted:

“I utterly condemn this unaccept-

able behaviour and have raised thisincidentwith@metpoliceuk

to take action.”

Indianofficialsbelievethepro-

tests are part of Pakistan’s efforts

to internationalise the Kashmir

issuefollowingNewDelhi’sdeci-

sion to scrap J&K’s special status.

India sowing the seeds of war with Kashmir move:

Pak army official

Imtiaz Ahmad

n letters@hindustantimes.com

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army

has said that India is sowing the seeds of war with its move to withdraw Jammu and Kash- mir’s special status. “The situation in Kashmir has become a big danger in the region…the Indian action in Kashmir is sowing the seed of war,” said Major General Asif Ghafoor, director-general of the Inter-Services Public Relations, addressing a news conference

on Wednesday.

Ghafoor said the armed for- ces of Pakistan have strived to establish peace in the country and are playing their role for regional peace, but a “befitting response” will be given to any false-flag operation staged by India. The Pakistan army spokes- person told the press conference

that the region is in the midst of

a power struggle involving

global powers. “Maybe India thinks that it can take action against us and that would weaken us. We want to tell India that wars are not only fought with weapons and economy, but with patriotism.” Ghafoor also clarified that

Pakistan does not follow the “no first use” policy on nuclear weapons. He was asked about the statement by defence minis- ter Rajnath Singh, who said last month that India may see a major shift in its nuclear weap- ons doctrine by doing away with

a ‘no first use policy’ in the

future.

“We don’t have any ‘no first use’ policy…Our weapons are for deterrence. As far as India is concerned, it us up to them to formulate any policy,” he said. Ghafoor’s comments came days after Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed that his country will never ever start a war with India, amid escalating tensions between the nuclear powers over the Kashmir issue. Ghafoor said the first strike could follow with the sec- ond strike. “Nuclear countries have no room for war,” the mili- tary’s spokesperson said. (With agency inputs)

Kartarpur talks stalled, India blames ‘inflexibility’ by Pak

Rezaul H Laskar and Surjit Singh

n letters@hindustantimes.com

NEWDELHI/ATTARI:India and Paki-

stan on Wednesday failed to final- ise a draft agreement on the Kar- tarpur Corridor after the Paki- stani side adopted an inflexible attitude on certain conditions, including a service fee for pil- grims, officials said. During the third round of talks

betweenseniorofficialsforfinal-

isingmodalitiesforoperational-

ising the corridor, the Pakistani

side also opposed the presence of

Indianconsularandprotocoloffi-

cials to facilitate the pilgrims every day, the people said. “Owing to inflexibility shown by Pakistan, the agreement could not be finalised today. Pakistan

has insisted on charging a service fee for allowing pilgrims to visit Darbar Sahib Gurdwara, which is repugnant to the spirit of the Kartarpur Corridor,” said SCL Das, joint secretary in the home

ministry,wholedtheIndiandele-

gation. “Pakistan has also shown its

unwillingness to allow the pres- ence of protocol officials at the gurdwara premises to accom- pany pilgrims for their facilita- tion. The Pakistani side was strongly urged to reconsider its position,” he said. Anotherofficial,whodeclined to be identified, said: “It seems the Pakistani side came with a brief

to not conclude the agreement. They wanted to indulge in propa- gandaratherthanserioustalks.” The Indian side “urged them to seek political guidance and reconsider their positions”, this official added. DassaidIndiaunderscoredthe importance of ensuring a safe and secureenvironmentforpilgrims. TheIndiansidesharedconcerns regarding individuals or organi- sations based in Pakistan, which may try to disrupt the pilgrimage and misuse the opportunity to play with the sentiments of the pilgrims, he added. The Pakistani side insisted on charging a service fee of $20 from each pilgrim and did not agree to allow up to 10,000 pilgrims on spe- cial occasions because of infra- structure constraints, people familiarwithdevelopmentssaid. The Pakistani officials said they could agree to allow “more pil- grims” on special occasions sub- ject to available capacity, the peo- ple said. However, the two sides reached an understanding on visa-free travel of 5,000 Indian pil- grimseverydayviathecorridor during the meeting held at Attari against the backdrop of height- ened tensions. “There would not be any restrictions based on faith. Per- sons of Indian origin, holding OCI cards,canalsovisitDarbarSahib Gurdwara using the corridor,”

the official cited above said. The corridor will be opera- tionalthroughouttheyear,seven days a week, and pilgrims will

have the choice to visit as individ- uals or in groups, and on foot, the people said. They also agreed on emer- gency evacuation procedures, especially for medical emergen- cies. A decision made at a meeting of technical experts on August 30 regarding sharing of details of pil- grims using the corridor was endorsed by both sides. The people said significant progress has been made in build- ing state-of-the-art infrastruc- ture, including a passenger ter- minal on the Indian side that can

handlemorethan15,000pilgrims

a day, and is expected to be com- pleted by October. All facilities on Indian side will be ready for the pilgrimage through Kartarpur Corridor by the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, in November. Paki-

stan’sForeignOfficespokesper-

son Mohammad Faisal said his country reaffirmed its commit- ment to opening the Kartarpur Corridor on time and urged India to show flexibility. He said Islam- abad has taken unprecedented steps to facilitate Sikh pilgrims and that another round of delega- tion-level talks will be held to finalise the agreement.

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IMRAN DISCUSSES KASHMIR WITH UAE, SAUDI MINISTERS

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday discussed the situation in Kashmir with visiting foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, amidst tensions with India after New Delhi abrogated Article 370. Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan arrived here early in the day and were received by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Khan said that Saudi Arabia and the UAE, along with the world, should play a role in urging India to reverse its recent decision on Jammu and Kashmir.

COMMUNICATION BLOCK HINDERING SCRIBES, SC TOLD

NEWDELHI:A senior journalist from Jammu and Kashmir told the Supreme Court Wednesday that “communica- tion blockade” still prevails in the valley and scribes were facing “hostil- ity and aggression” in seeking access for their work. In an affidavit filed in the apex court, Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, said constant monitoring of news reports sent through a “makeshift media centre” in Srinagar, disregard for press cards and movement passes and deletion of photos and videos shot by scribes is “causing fear and anxiety” among them. Bhasin’s said that some journalists have been issued a movement pass, which is akin to curfew pass, but it does not ensure unrestricted access to all public places.

DON’T FORESEE ANY WAR WITH PAKISTAN, JAVADEKAR SAYS

CHANDIGARH:Union Minister Prakash Javadekar here on Wednes- day said they do not foresee any war between India and Pakistan, amid heightened tensions between the two nations after the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. “We do not foresee any war (with Pakistan),” Javadekar said when asked that a Pakistan minister has expressed apprehensions about it. “The issue is that Pakistan is nervous. There is no need to react to what Pakistan people say. In the whole world, they are being ridiculed,” said Javadekar, the Union minister for HRD. Reiterating that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India, he said now all laws would be implemented here.

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Application are invited for the following posts on purely Contract basis for a period of one year subject to availability of fund/continuation of project for the project title “District Mental Health Programme” (DMHP) under NMHP Programme for five Districts namely, Chattarpur (South District), Jahangirpuri (North-West District), Dwarka (South West District), Timarpur (North District) & Moti Nagar (West District) from interested and eligible candidates as per details given below:-

 

Sr.

Name of Posts

No. of posts

Qualification as per last date of receipt of application

Fixed Emoluments per month (in Rs.)

No.

 

1

Psychiatrist *

04

Essential: MD in Psychiatry or equivalent degree from Institution recognized by Medical Council of India. Desirable: 2 years experience of working as a specialist in a hospital. Note: In case the candidates having above qualification are not available, the candidates having following qualification can also be considered, MBBS degree from Institute recognized by Medical Council of India (MCI) with one year experience in Psychiatry department from a Govt. Institute Recognized by MCI.

63,000/-

(03 UR & 01 OBC)

 

2

Clinical Psychologist*

03

Essential: Post Graduate degree in Psychology or Applied Psychology and M.Phil in Clinical Psychology/Medical & Social Psychology/Mental Health & Social Psychology obtained after completion of two years full time supervised training course from the institutions recognized by Rehabilitation Council of India.

35,000/-

(02 UR & 01 OBC)

 

3

Psychiatric Social

03

Essential: Post Graduate Degree in social work awarded after completion of course of study of minimum two years in mental health or psychiatric social work.

35,000/-

Worker*

(02 UR & 01 OBC)

 

4

Psychiatric Nurse*

03

Essential: B.Sc in Nursing or equivalent degree from institution recognized by Nursing council of India and at least 2 years experience of working in psychiatry/ mental health institution/hospital. Desirable: PG Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing from institution recognized by Nursing Council of India.

35,000/-

(02 UR & 01 OBC)

 

5

Community Nurse*

05

Essential: B.Sc Nursing from an institution recognized by Nursing Council of India. Desirable: 2years experience of working in a Hospital.

25,000/-

(04 UR & 01 OBC)

 

6

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer *

03

Essential: Graduation in any subject from a recognized university. Knowledge of Windows- based packages/applications. Desirable: 2 years experience of working in a health care institution.

20,000/-

(02 UR 01 OBC)

 

7

Case Registry Assistant**

05

Essential: Higher Secondary and knowledge of Windows-based package/ applications. Desirable: 1 year experience of working in a health care institution.

10,000/-

(04 UR & 01 OBC)

 

8

Ward Assistant/Orderly**

02

Essential: Higher Secondary from a recognized Education Board or equivalent. Desirable: 1 year experience of working in a health care institution.

10,000/-

(02 UR)

   

Total

28

   

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2.

The candidate who have applied against the advertisement on 5.12.2015 & 6.12.2015 may also reapply afresh but they need not to resubmit requisite fee.

3.

As two nos. of cases i.e. W.P.(C) No. 9724 of 2016 and CS (OS) No. 135 of 2017 filed by Dr. Ajit Kumar Yadav & Ors which are sub-judice in Hon’ble High

Court, Delhi, therefore and final judgment of Hon’ble High Court, Delhi will be applicable to all contractual employees to be engaged in DMHP through this Recruitment Notice.

4.

Interested and eligible candidates may submit application in prescribed format along-with attested copies of educational qualification, experience certificates

and Demand Draft of Rs. 500/- (for*) and Rs. 250/- (for**) in favour of Director, IHBAS (Exempted for SC/ST candidates). IHBAS reserves the right in increase/

decrease or not to fill any of the above post. Complete application forms should be addressed to Joint Director (Admn), IHBAS, Dilshad Garden, Delhi-110095. For prescribed Application Format and other details please visit our website www.ihbas.delhigovt.nic.in

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List of candidate eligible for interview as well as date of interview will be published on the Notice Board and website of IHBAS. In case number of applicants

is more for any post mentioned above, written test will be arranged for selection on a date to be announced.

 

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Last date for submission of application form complete in all respect within 30 days from the date of publication of the advertisement in Employment News.

No application will be entertained after prescribed date. For details of eligibility criteria i.e. Qualification, Experience, Age, pay/Consolidated remuneration &

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I, ANISH Kumar Chaudhary S/o Shri Roop Narayan Chaudhary R/o House No. 1253/48-D, Molarband Extn. Badarpur, New Delhi-110044, My Son (minor) name is wrongly mentioned in his birth certificate as Satyam Kumar Chodhary, his correct name is Satyam Chaudhary and my wife name mentioned as Saroj, her correct name is Saroj Chaudhary.

I, KAMALA Spouse of Yogeshwar Prasad R/o QU-17B, Pitampura, Delhi-34 have changed my name from Kamala to Kamlesh Nainwal as per affidavit dated 27-8-2019

I, PANKAJ Kumar Sharma, 55A Pratap Nagar Mayur Vihar Phase-1, Delhi-110091, have changed my name to Pankaj Sharma for all purposes.

I, PUSHPA Rani Saini W/o Sh. Sukhpal Singh Saini R/o H.No. 1993, Sec-28, Faridabad have changed my name from Pushpa Rani to Pushpa Rani Saini for all future purposes.

I, SHUSHILA w/o Shri Beant Pal Singh r/o 107, Himgiri Apartments, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018 have changed my name to Sushila Devi

I, ASLAM S/o Meenu Mistri R/O H. No 40-A, Sharma Market Pul Pehlad Pur New Delhi 110044. have changed my name from Aslam to Aslam Malik.

I,(MOKSH JANGRA) S/O (MUKESH

KUMAR) R/O of (H. NO. 51, Veena Enclave,Nangloi, Delhi-41) shall henceforth be known as (MOKSH) affidavit no(IN-DL49586121404823R) sworn before notary (Notary Public Delhi) Dated(03-09-2019).

I, MEERA Kaushik W/o Sh. Kapil Kaushik R/o H.No. 1/10122, West Gorakh Park, Babar Pur Road, Shah- dara, Delhi-32 have change my name after marriage Meera Sharma to Meera Kaushik for all future pur- pose. Both are same & one person.

I, SEEMA Malik W/o Sh. Chander Pal Singh R/o 1678/3, Gali No. -2, Govindpuri Extension, Kalkaji, New Delhi- 110019 declare that after my marriage with Chander Pal Singh I have changed my name from Seema Malik to Seema Sehrawat for all futures purposes.