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29 killed, 250 injured in violence after Panchkula court convicts Dera Sacha Sauda chief in rape case

At least 29 people were killed and more than 250 others suffered injuries as thousands of followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh went on the rampage after he was convicted in a rape case by a special CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana on Friday.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
At least 29 people were killed and more than 250 others suffered injuries as thousands of followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh went on the rampage after he was convicted in a rape case by a special CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana today.
 
The quantum of punishment for the 50-year-old self-styled godman will be pronounced on August 28. Meanwhile, he was taken into judicial custody and flown in a helicopter from Panchkula to Rohtak, where he was lodged in a special jail.
 
Police officials said 28 people had died in Panchkula, which bore the brunt of today's violence, several of them in police firing. There were clashes between Ram Rahim's supporters and the police in Sirsa, where the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters are located.
 
One person died and four people suffered injuries in police firing in Sirsa, where the situation remained tense, with large numbers of Ram Rahim's followers gathered inside the Dera headquarters.
 
The officials said the police had been able to clear the mobs off the streets in all other towns in Haryana.
 
About 60 policemen also suffered injuries in today's incidents, including two senior superintendents of police and one deputy superintendent of police, they said.
 
In Delhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who returned during the day from a visit to Kyrgyz Republic, spoke to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and discussed the situation with them. Mr. Rajnath Singh assured them of all necessary assistance from the Centre.
 
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said he had talked to the Chief Secretary of Haryana who had told him that the situation was being brought under control. "The situation is tense but under control," he said, adding that the Centre was monitoring the situation continuously.
 
Thousands of Singh's supporters had gathered at different points in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana and Punjab and violence erupted shortly after news of his conviction came.
 
 
29 dead as Dera followers bring Panchkula to its knees
In Panchkula, scores of vehicles, including fire tenders, outdoor broadcast vans of television news channels and two-wheelers were set ablaze. The mobs also attacked some government property. Police used teargas, lathi-charges, pellet guns and finally resorted to firing to disperse the mobs.
 
A former follower of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had accused him of repeatedly raping her inside the Dera campus near Sirsa in Haryana in 1999. The first information report in the case had been filed in 2002.
 
The mobs targetted media vehicles and attacked some journalists reporting from the scene.
 
Incidents of violence were also reported from various other places in Haryana as well as Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi.
 
In Delhi, some buses in Jahangirpuri and other localities and two coaches of a train parked in the railway yard at Anand Vihar were partially burnt after they were set on fire by miscreants. Police said reinforcements had been rushed to all affected and patrolling had been stepped up all across the city. The situation was under control, they added.
 
Though thousands of policemen had been deployed in Panchkula and elsewhere in Haryana to prevent any untoward incident, they were unable cope with the wave of violence that started after the verdict was pronounced. Police used teargas shells to try and disperse the mobs. Curfew was imposed in some towns of Punjab.
 
Television pictures showed ambulances bringing scores of injured persons to the government hospital there.
 
The Railways had, as a precautionary measure, cancelled some 300 mail, express and passenger trains passing through  Haryana in the past few days.
 
The Centre had sent several companies of central armed police forces to Haryana at the request of the state government and the Army's assistance had been sought at some places.
 
Mr. Khattar urged people to stay calm and maintain peace. He said strict action would be taken against those who disturb the peace and took law into their own hands.
 
In Gurgaon, near here, the police staged a flag march which passed through Kherki Daula, IMT Manesar, Bilaspur, sohna, Bhondsi and Badshapur as a precautionary measure.
 
"A close watch is being kept on the anti-social elements and miscreants who try to take advantages of such situation," a press release from Gurgaon Police said.
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the "instances of violences" were "deeply distressing". He said he strongly condemned the violence and urged everyone to maintain peace.
 
"The instances of violence today are deeply distressing. I strongly condemn the violence & urge everyone to maintain peace," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"The law & order situation is being closely monitored. I reviewed the situation with the NSA & Home Secretary," he said.
 
"Urged officials to work round the clock to restore normalcy and provide all possible assistance that is required," he added.
 
In Delhi, the police has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, banning the assembly of five or more persons, as a precautionary measure in 11 districts, including New Delhi.
 
"Adequate police arrangements in place & Law & Order situation under control. Officers with reserve force on rounds to maintain peace," the Commissioner of Police said on Twitter.
 
"Appeal to all to maintain peace & order. #DelhiPolice on full alert. Strict legal action will be taken against miscreants for any violation," he added.
 
Meanwhile, the Congress has demanded the resignation of Mr. Khattar and urged the Prime Minister to put the interests and safety of Indians before his party's interests.
 
Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed grave concern and shock at the violence.
 
Ms. Gandhi spoke to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh about the situation. She urged the Governments of Punjab and Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh to ensure the safety and security of citizens. She also appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony.
 
"Violence & brutality have no place in our society. Condemn the rampage and lawlessness in Haryana & appeal to restore peace and tranquility," Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.
 
Mr. Amarinder Singh appealed to the people of Punjab to maintain peace and harmony. "We won't allow anyone to disturb the peace and tranquility of our state," he added.
 
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Rahul Gandhi blames Haryana govt. for Dalit killings in Faridabad

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday visited Sunped village in Haryana, where two children died and their parents suffered injuries in an arson attack on ther house on Tuesday, and blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state for the killings.

 
Rahul Gandhi says visit to Faridabad village no photo op
 
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today visited Sunped village in Haryana, where two children died and their parents suffered injuries in an arson attack on ther house on Tuesday, and blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state for the killings.
 
"Today, in India, those who are weak, those who are poor are facing such atrocities," he told newspersons after meeting the father of the children, Jitender, and other members of the family.
 
"They asked me, 'What was our fault, what wrong did we commit?'" he said.
 
"They did not commit any mistake. They are poor and weak and that is why they were attacked," he said.
 
Mr. Gandhi said that he was told that a group of people had met administration officials to convey their fears. The officials told them to go back to their homes because no one had actually died, he said.
 
"It is the Chief Minister's responsibility to protect the people of the state. Different incidents are happening, in Haryana and elsewhere around the country," he said, calling for strict action against those responsible for the attack as well as the policemen who were negligent in their duties. He said the family of the victims wanted a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
 
"The truth is that this is not a government of the poor and the weak. I have offered all possible help to the family. Whatever they need, they just have to ask," he said.
 
Mr. Gandhi said these incidents were the result of an "attitude" that is shared by the Prime Minister of the country, the Chief Minister of Haryana, the ruling BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), its ideological mentor.
 
"The attitude is that if somebody is weak, he can be crushed," he said. "What you are seeing is the result of this attitude."
 
"We don't want such incidents to happen, and we will fight to ensure this," he said.
 
Mr. Gandhi reacted angrily when a reporter asked him about the BJP accusation that his visit was just a "photo op".
 
"It's insulting when someone says that when someone comes here. It's not insulting to me, but it's insulting these people. What do you men by 'photo op'? People are dying left, right and centre in this country. People are being beaten up in this country. What do you mean that it is just a photo op?" he asked.
 
"Absolutely, I will visit. I will visit again, again, and again," he added.
 
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Jitender's wife Rekha, four-year-old son Vaibhav and eight-month-old daughter Divya suffered burns in the attack. The children succumbed to their injuries yesterday, while their mother is battling for survival in a hospital. Jitender also suffered minor injuries while trying to save his family, souces said.
 
Angry villagers blocked the busy Faridabad-Mathura highway in protest against the incident and demanded the immediate arrest of those named in the police complaint. 
 
Seven policemen, including those tasked to guard the village, have been suspended by the authorities for alleged negligence. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.
 
Apart from Mr. Gandhi, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Brinda Karat, former Union Minister and Haryana Congress leader Kumari Selja, Haryana Janhit Congress (Bhajan Lal) leader Kuldeep Bishnoi and National Commission for Scheduled Castes member Ishwar Singh visited the village to meet the bereaved family.
 
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Modi "deeply concerned", asks for report on Nadia nun's gang-rape, Hisar church attack

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has voiced deep concern about the alleged gangrape of an elderly nun at Nadia in West Bengal recentlyand the attack on a church at Hisar in Haryana and sought an immediate report on the incidents.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has voiced deep concern about the alleged gangrape of an elderly nun at Nadia in West Bengal recentlyand the attack on a church at Hisar in Haryana and sought an immediate report on the incidents.
 
"PM is deeply concerned about the incidents in Hisar, Haryana and Nadia, West Bengal," the Prime MInister's Office (PMO) said on micro-blogging site Twitter today.
 
"PMO has asked for immediate report on facts & action taken regarding the incidents in Haryana and West Bengal," it added.
 
A 71-year-old nun was allegedly gang-raped by dacoits at a convent in Nadia district in the early hours of Saturday. The incident has triggered protests in West Bengal and the state government has ordered a probe by the CID in the case.
 
In the second incident, a church under construction at Kaimri village near Hisar in Haryana was vandalised by a group of people on Sunday.
 
Both the incidents have evoked widespread condemnation across the country, with the Christian community expressing serious concern about the safety of churches and other institutions.
 
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BJP leader Manohar Lal Khattar to be sworn in as Haryana CM on Sunday

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Manohar Lal Khattar, a first-time member of the legislative assembly and former "pracharak" of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Haryana later on Sunday.

Manoharlal Khattar
Manoharlal Khattar
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manohar Lal Khattar, a first-time member of the legislative assembly and former "pracharak" of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Haryana later today.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior BJP leaders are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony that will be held at Panchkula near here.
 
BJP president Amit Shah, former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani and Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states are also expected to be present at the function.
 
Mr Khattar, 60, was elected as a member of the Haryana Legislative Assembly from Karnal, winning his maiden election with a margin of more than 63,000 votes.
 
The elections, held on October 15, saw the BJP capturing power for the first time in the state, winning 47 seats in the 90-member house. 
 
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala came in second with 19 seats, while the Congress, which ruled the state for the last 10 years, had to rest content with third place, with 15 seats.
 
The Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) won two seats and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) one seat each. Independents won five seats.
 
Mr Khattar had been unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party by the party's newly-elected legislators here on October 21.
 
Later, senior BJP leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who was sent here as the party's Central observer for that meeting, accompanied Mr Khattar to call on Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki to apprise him of the party's decision.
 
Mr Solanki invited Mr Khattar to form the new government in the state. 
 
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Mr Khattar was born on May 5, 1954, in Nigana village of Maham tehsil in Rohtak district. His father Harbans Lal Khattar was a Punjabi shopkeeper who had migrated to India during the 1947 Partition.
 
After passing out of school, he moved to Delhi, where he ran a shop near Sadar Bazar while studying for a degree from the University of Delhi.
 
Mr Khattar joined the RSS in 1977 and became a full-time pracharak three years later. In 1994, he was deputed to the BJP. He was Organisational General Secretary of the BJP in Haryana between 2000 and 2014 and was the head of its campaign election committee in Haryana for the recent Lok Sabha elections. He was later made a member of the BJP's National Executive. He is a bachelor.
 
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IGL hikes selling prices of CNG, PNG in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Rewari

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today hiked the selling prices of compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Rewari from midnight tonight following the recent notification of the Government of India increasing the prices of domestically produced natural gas.
 
This revision in prices would result in an increase of 95 paise per kg in the consumer price of CNG in Delhi and Rs 1.26 per kg in the consumer price of CNG in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, a press release from IGL said.
 
The new consumer price of Rs. 39.71 per kg in Delhi and Rs 49.20 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida & Ghaziabad would be effective from midnight tonight.  The price of CNG being supplied in Rewari as a part of trial run is being increased by Re 1 per kg from Rs 49.67 per kg to Rs 50.67 per kg, it said.
 
The release said IGL would continue to offer a discount of Rs 1.50 per kg in the selling prices of CNG for filling between 12.30 am and 5.30 am at select outlets. Thus, the consumer price of CNG would be Rs. 38.21 per kg in Delhi and Rs 47.70 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida & Ghaziabad during 12.30 am to 5.30 am at the select CNG stations across the region.
 
 IGL has also announced increase in its domestic PNG prices from tomorrow. The consumer price of PNG to the households in Delhi has been increased by 80 paise per scm from Rs 25.19 per scm to Rs. 25.99 per scm. Due to differential tax structure in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the applicable price of domestic PNG to households in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad would be Rs 27.64 per scm, which has been increased by 91 paise per scm from existing Rs 26.73 per scm.
 
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In Rewari, the applicable price of domestic PNG would be Rs 27.63 per scm. IGL is supplying PNG to nearly 5.5 lakh households in Delhi and nearly 2.5 lakh households in Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Rewari.
 
"The revision in retail prices of CNG and domestic PNG has been effected after taking into account the overall impact on the cost as a result of the increase in prices of domestically produced natural gas notified by the government.
 
"However, this increase would have a marginal impact on the per km running cost of vehicles. For autos, the increase would be 2 paise per km, for taxi it would be 5 paise per km and in case of buses, the increase would be 27 paise per km," the release said.
 
"With the revised price, CNG would still offer over 59% savings towards the running cost when compared to petrol driven vehicles at the current level of prices. When compared to diesel driven vehicles, the economics in favour of CNG at revised price would be over 32%," it said.
 
IGL is meeting fuel requirements of over 9.75 lakh vehicles running on CNG in NCR through a network of 425 CNG stations. 
 
IGL is a joint venture of GAIL (India) Ltd., BPCL and Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
 
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Jaitley says GST slabs can be reduced only when it becomes revenue neutral plus

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said that there was room for improvement in the Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime but there would be scope to think in terms of fewer slabs only when it became revenue neutral plus.
 
"To ensure this, we have to certainly ensure larger presence," he said while delivering the valedictory address at the NACIN Founding Day and Passing-out Ceremony of the 67th Batch of IRS (C&CE) at NACIN in Faridabad near here.
 
Mr. Jaitley said there are no grey areas in implementation of tax laws. Taxes which are payable have to be paid and which are not payable do not have to be paid, he said. 
 
He urged the officers to choose the path of working with dignity, self-respect and honesty from the very beginning of their careers. The peer group is the best to judge the performance of an officer, he said.
 
National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) celebrated its founding day today for the first time. It started as a Training School on this day in 1955.
 
On the occasion, the passing-out ceremony of Indian Revenue Service (C&CE) probationers of the 2015 batch was also held. The Finance Minister also inspected the passing-out parade and took the salute. Ms. Vanaja N. Sarna, Chairperson, CBEC, welcomed Mr. Jaitley on behalf of NACIN. 
 
The 2015 batch consisted of 147 officer trainees, including 32 women officers. 
 
Mr. Jaitley awarded medals to the five officer trainees who have excelled in different areas of training for their exceptional achievement. Young officer Farah Zachariah was awarded with the Finance Minister’s gold medal for being the overall best officer trainee. 
 
He also unveiled the NACIN Coffee Table Book and Year Book on the occasion. The Coffee Table Book traces the history of the academy as well as of the IRS. 
 
During the ceremony, international capacity building partners of NACIN such as WCO, UNEP, UNODC, ADB and others were also felicitated by the Finance Minister. 
 
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Ryan student's murder probe to be handed over to CBI, says Khattar

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Friday that the probe into the muder of Pradhuman Thakur, a seven-year-old class II student, who was found dead with his throat slit inside the toilet of Ryan International School in Gurgoan on September 8, would be handed over to the CBI.

Ryan International School, Gurgaon
Ryan International School, Gurgaon
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said here today that the probe into the muder of Pradhuman Thakur, a seven-year-old class II student, who was found dead with his throat slit inside the toilet of Ryan International School here on September 8, would be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
 
Talking to newspersons after visiting the parents of the boy here, Mr. Khattar said he had full faith in the Haryana Police but had decided to transfer the case to the CBI in keeping with the wishes of the student's father.
 
He also announced that the state government would take over the management of the school for a period of three months.
 
"It was an extremely unfortunate incident. I have come to meet the family and express my grief," Mr. Khattar said.
 
He said the state government would write to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, recommending a CBI probe, later today. He said he would also appeal to the agency to fast-track the case.
 
Asked about what action would be taken against the management of the school, wich has been accused of negligence, Mr. Khattar said all such aspects would be examined and strict action taken against anyone found guilty of lapses.
 
Late in the night of September 8, the Gurgaon Police had arrested a school bus conductor for the murder of the boy, who was found dead with his throat slit inside the toilet of the school that morning.
 
A knife was found next to the student's body when a staff member of the school discovered him lying inside the toilet around 8 am, school officials had said on that day.
 
The bus conductor Ashok Kumar is a resident of village Ghamdoj near here. Police said he  had confessed to having committed the crime. Police also said the conductor had attempted to sexually assault the boy and, when he failed, killed him with a knife he was carrying.
 
The man reportedly said that he had committed the crime in a moment of madness. He claimed that he had taken the knife to the school toilet for cleaning it there. 
  
Ms. Neerja Batra, coordinator of the school, told reporters on September 8 that, because examinations were scheduled for classes III to XII, the regular school assembly was not held that day and, instead, prayers were said over the public address system while the students remained in their classrooms.
 
"After this, at around 8.03 or 8.04 am, when I came out of my room, I saw some teachers rushing towards this side with the child in their arms. He was in a pool of blood," she said.
 
Ms. Batra said the student was sent to the Artemis Hospital in her car. "I could sense that he was in a serious condition," she said, adding that they also stopped at a small hospital on the way to give him oxygen.
 
The boy was declared "brought dead" on arrival at the Artemis Hospital, police sources said.
 
The discovery of the boy's body was made within about 15 minutes after he reached the school, located on Sohna Road in Gurgaon that morning.
 
 
Khattar says Pradhuman murder case handed over to CBI
Varun Thakur, the father of the boy told reporters that he had dropped his son at the school at around 7. 55 am and that he got a call from the school at about 8.15 am from the school saying that his son was bleeding and was being rushed to a hospital. He was also requested to reach the hospital.
 
"We reached the hospital, and there we were told that our son is no more," he said. 
 
Police rushed to the school and questioned teachers and other staff members and also talked to some of the students. Forensic teams also examined the place where the body was found. Video footage of the CCTV cameras in the school were also examined.
 
The gruesome murder has sparked outrage across the country and angry parents of students demonstrated outside the school as well as other Ryan schools in different parts of the country.
 
Last year, the Vasant Kunj branch of the same school in New Delhi was accused of negligence after a six-year-old student of Class I was found dead in a water tank. That case is still under investigation.
 
Meanwhile, the family of Ashok Kumar, 42, has claimed that he is innocent and alleged that he had been framed.
 
Police has also registered a case against the school management for security lapses and arrested two of its officials, its north India head Francis Thomas and HR head Jayesh Thomas.
 
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New method can keep vitamins intact in fat-free milk

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Low-fat and fat-free food products are gaining popularity among health conscious people. But regular consumption of such food items may result in deficiencies of certain vital nutrients like vitamins and essential fatty acids. Being ‘fat soluble’, such vitamins get removed along with fat when food products are made fat-free.
 
Scientists are working on ways to keep nutritional content of food products intact even when they are made fat-free or low-fat. Researchers at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal, have developed a method to enhance nutritional content of fat-free milk by preparing Vitamin A and milk protein complexes.
 
Vitamin-A is one of the four fat-soluble essential vitamins, the others being D, E and K. The deficiency of Vitamin-A, which is the leading cause of preventable childhood blindness is a major public health problem in India.
 
Researchers modified casein -- a major protein present in milk -- with a chemical called succinic anhydride (SA) and prepared succinylated casein-Vit A complexes. They evaluated different combinations and found sodium caseinate-Vit A and succinylated sodium caseinate-Vit A complexes had high Vitamin-A binding ability and solubility. Hence these complexes may be used to retain essential micronutrients in milk.
 
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It has been suggested that casein owing to its unique properties can be easily used as a delivery vehicle for Vitamin-A in milk. Since SA is classified as ‘generally recognized as safe’ substance by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), modifications of casein using SA is considered safe for human consumption.
 
The new method developed by NDRI team could be used in future for fortification of milk, hich is now permitted by Indian regulatory agencies. “The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has already approved addition of vitamins A and D to milk. These vitamins are being used for fortifying milk by Mother Dairy, Amul and many state cooperatives at the moment,” pointed out Dr. Sumit Arora, who led the research team.
 
The team led by Dr. Sumit Arora included Chitra Gupta, M.A. Syama and Apurva Sharma at the Dairy Chemistry Division, NDRI. This work was published in journal Food Chemistry and was funded by Department of Biotechnology. 
 
(India Science Wire)
 
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Bus conductor arrested for murder of 7-year-old in top Gurgaon school

The Gurgaon Police late on Friday arrested a school bus conductor for the murder of Pradhuman Thakur, a seven-year-old class II student, who was found dead with his throat slit inside the toilet of Ryan International School in the city, adjacent to the national capital, on Friday morning.

Ryan International School, Gurgaon
Ryan International School, Gurgaon
The Gurgaon Police late on Friday arrested a school bus conductor for the murder of Pradhuman Thakur, a seven-year-old class II student, who was found dead with his throat slit inside the toilet of Ryan International School in the city, adjacent to the national capital, yesterday morning.
 
A knife was found next to the student's body when a staff member of the school discovered him lying inside the toilet around 8 am, school officials had said yesterday.
 
"Accused Ashok Kumar resident of village Ghamdoj school bus conductor has been arrested in the murder case of a child student," Gurgaon Police said on its Facebook page late last night.
 
Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner of Police Simardeep Singh told journalists that the 40-year-old Ashok Kumar had confessed to having committed the crime. He said the conductor had attempted to sexually assault the boy and, when he failed, killed him with a knife he was carrying.
 
The man reportedly said that he had committed the crime in a moment of madness. He claimed that he had taken the knife to the school toilet for cleaning it there. 
 
Police said Ashok Kumar would be produced in court later in the day today.
 
Mr. Simardeep Singh said they had not come across any evidence of Ashok Kumar's involvement in any previous crime.
 
Ms. Neerja Batra, coordinator of the school, told reporters yesterday that, because examinations were scheduled for classes III to XII, the regular school assembly was not held and, instead, prayers were said over the public address system while the students remained in their classrooms.
 
"After this, at around 8.03 or 8.04 am, when I came out of my room, I saw some teachers rushing towards this side with the child in their arms. He was in a pool of blood," she said.
 
Ms. Batra said the student was sent to the Artemis Hospital in her car. "I could sense that he was in a serious condition," she said, adding that they also stopped at a small hospital on the way to give him oxygen.
 
The boy was declared "brought dead" on arrival at the Artemis Hospital, police sources said.
 
The discovery of the boy's body was made within about 15 minutes after he reached the school, located on Sohna Road in Gurgaon, this morning, sources said.
 
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Varun Thakur, the father of the boy told reporters that he had dropped his son at the school at around 7. 55 am and that he got a call from the school at about 8.15 am from the school that his son was bleeding and was being rushed to a hospital. He was also requested to reach the hospital.
 
"We reached the hospital, and there we were told that our son is no more," he said. 
 
Police rushed to the school and questioned teachers and other staff members and also talked to some of the students. Forensic teams also examined the place where the body was found. Video footage of the CCTV cameras in the school were also examined.
 
The police had filed a case of murder yesterday on the basis of the father's statement and detained three persons for questioning, including the bus conductor.
 
Meanwhile, angry parents of some other students, who rushed to the school on hearing the news, vandalised a part of the reception area to register their strong protest against the death of the boy on the premises.
 
Among other things, they wondered how the bus conductor managed to go to the school toilet, which is barred for outsiders, whether there were attendants in the toilet to ensure the safety of children and how the conductor could carry a knife into the school.
 
Last year, the Vasant Kunj branch of the same school in New Delhi was accused of negligence after a six-year-old student of Class I was found dead in a water tank. That case is still under investigation.
 
Hundreds of parents of students of the school gathered this morning to protest against the management of Ryan International School, demanding action against the management for alleged negligence which led to the murder of the boy.
 
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Seven-year-old boy found dead with throat slit in school toilet in Gurgaon

Pradhuman Thakur, a seven-year-old boy who was a class II student, was found dead with his throat slit inside the toilet of Ryan International School in Gurgaon, near Delhi, on Friday morning.

Ryan International School, Gurgaon
Ryan International School, Gurgaon
Pradhuman Thakur, a seven-year-old boy who was a class II student, was found dead with his throat slit inside the toilet of Ryan International School in Gurgaon near here this morning.
 
A knife was found next to the student's body when a staff member of the school discovered him lying inside the toilet around 8 am, school officials said.
 
A senior member of the staff, standing in for the principal, told reporters that, because examinations were scheduled for some classes, the regular school assembly was not held today and, instead, prayers were said over the public address system while the students remained in their classrooms.
 
"After this, at around 8.03 or 8.04 am, when I came out of my room, I saw some teachers rushing towards this side with the child in their arms. He was in a pool of blood," she said.
 
The staff member said the student was sent to the Artemis Hospital in her car, and she herself followed in another car. "I could sense that he was in a serious condition," she said, adding that they also stopped at a small hospital on the way to give him oxygen.
 
The boy was declared "brought dead" on arrival at the Artemis Hospital, police sources said.
 
The discovery of the boy's body was made within about 15 minutes after he reached the school, located on Sohna Road in Gurgaon, this morning, sources said.
 
The father of the boy told reporters that he had dropped his son at the school at around 7. 55 am and that he got a call from the school at about 8.15 am from the school that his son was bleeding and was being rushed to a hospital. He was also requested to reach the hospital.
 
"We reached the hospital, and there we were told that our son is no more," he said. 
 
Police rushed to the school and questioned teachers and other staff members and also talked to some of the students. Forensic teams also examined the place where the body was found.
 
Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner of Police Simardeep Singh said the cause of death would be established after the post-mortem examination of the body. He said the CCTV cameras at the school were being examined for any possible clues.
 
He also said that the police had filed a case or murder on the basis of the father's statement and added that two persons had been detained for questioning.
 
Meanwhile, angry parents of some other students, who rushed to the school on hearing the news, vandalised a part of the reception area to register their strong protest against the death of the boy on the premises.
 
Last year, the Vasant Kunj branch of the same school in New Delhi was accused of negligence after a six-year-old student of Class I was found dead in a water tank. That case is still under investigation.
 
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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh gets total of 20 years in jail in 2002 rape cases

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was on Monday sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison, three days after his conviction on Friday in two 2002 rape cases had triggered large-scale violence by his followers which left 38 people dead and more than 260 others injured in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was today sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison, three days after his conviction on Friday in two 2002 rape cases had triggered large-scale violence by his followers which left 38 people dead and more than 260 others injured in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana.
 
CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh, who normally holds court in Panchkula, near Chandigarh, pronounced the sentence in a makeshift courtroom set up in the library of the Sunaria jail in Rohtak, where the 50-year-old self-styled godman was lodged since Friday after his conviction.
 
The judge awarded Gurmeet Singh to ten years in prison in each of the two cases and said that the sentences would run consecutively and not concurrently. He has also imposed a fine of Rs. 15 lakhs on Gurmeet Singh in each of the two cases.
 
Initially, when details of the sentence filtered out of the court, mediapersons had assumed that the sentences would run concurrently. 
 
The picture, however, became clear a little later when the defence lawyer clarified that his client would spend 20 years in prison because the two sentences would run consecutively, one after the other.
 
In view of the violence that broke out after Gurmeet Singh's conviction on Friday, the authorities decided against holding the proceedings in Panchkula and, therefore, the judge was flown in a helicopter to Rohtak.
 
In the proceedings held this afternoon, the judge heard arguments from both prosecution and defence lawyers on the sentence before awarding Gurmeet Singh ten years in prison. The offence predates the new anti-rape laws brought in by the Centre in 2013 which prescribe more stringent punishments for such crimes against women.
 
According to sources, Gurmeet Singh broke down before the sentence was pronounced and pleaded for leniency, saying that he was innocent. His lawyers also urged the court to show leniency in view of the social work and welfare activities carried out by him and the Dera. Lawyers for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on the other hand, called for the maximum sentence for the "heinous crime".
 
Gurmeet Singh is expected to appeal against the verdict in the High Court, while the CBI is also expected to seek enhancement of the sentence.
 
After the pronouncement of the sentence, Gurmeet Singh was taken for a medical examination, following which he was due to taken back to the jail.
 
He had been flown to Rohtak from Panchkula in a helicopter late on Friday afternoon after his conviction in the case.
 
The Haryana Police had made elaborate security arrangements around the jail in Rohtak and the rest of town as well as in all other towns of Haryana to prevent any repeat of Friday's violence. Apart from the state police, personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces were deployed all over the state and the Army was on standby.
 
Two former followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, or "sadhvis", had accused him of repeatedly raping them inside the Dera campus near Sirsa in Haryana in 1999. The first information report in the case had been filed in 2002.
 
At the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, large numbers of its followers continue to stay put inside and the district administration is making efforts to persuade them to leave the premises and return to their homes.
 
Schools and colleges in the state remained closed in Haryana today as a precautionary measure.
 
Police officials said security forces had been given strict instructions to deal appropriately with any situation that might develop after the pronouncement of the sentence. "Our aim is to ensure law and order," they said.
 
The police had searched and sanitized more than 100 Deras in different parts of Haryana over the past three days.
 
More than 920 people had been arrested till yesterday in connection with Friday's violence. Several people were also taken into preventive detention as a precautionary measure ahead of today's pronouncement of sentence against Gurmeet Singh.
 
As many as 76 vehicles, including many motorcyles, were burnt by the mobs on Friday -- 53 in Panchkula  and 24 in Sirsa.
 
Thousands of Singh's supporters had gathered at different points in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana and Punjab ahead of Friday's verdict and violence erupted shortly after news of his conviction came.
 
In Panchkula, scores of vehicles, including fire tenders, outdoor broadcast vans of television news channels and two-wheelers, were set ablaze. The mobs also attacked some government property. Police used teargas, lathi-charges, pellet guns and finally resorted to firing to disperse the mobs. The mobs also targeted media vehicles and attacked some journalists reporting from the scene.
 
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Though thousands of policemen had been deployed in Panchkula and elsewhere in Haryana to prevent any untoward incident, they were unable cope initially with the wave of violence that started after the verdict was pronounced. Order was restored in about three years, during which several lives were lost and property worth crores of rupees destroyed.
 
The Railways had, as a precautionary measure, cancelled some 300 mail, express and passenger trains passing through  Haryana in the past few days.
 
The Centre had sent several companies of central armed police forces to Haryana at the request of the state government and the Army's assistance had been sought at some places.
 
On Saturday, the Haryana government came under flak in the Punjab and Haryana High Court which pulled it up for its poor handling of the situation after the delivery of the verdict by the CBI court in the 15-year-old case.
 
"You let a city like Panchkula burn  for political motives," the court remarked. "You let the situation escalate. You surrendered to the situation," it said.
 
The state government has attracted a lot of criticism for preventing some 1.5 lakh followers of Gurmeet Singh from gathering in Panchkula in the days before the court verdict, despite the ban it had imposed on such gatherings.
 
The CBI had registered the case against Gurmeet Singh in December 2002 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court following an anonymous complaint received by the Prime Minister's Office in April 2002 that he had sexually exploited two of his female followers who were staying in a hostel at the Dera's headquarters in Sirsa. The CBI filed the chargesheet against him in July 2007. It mentions sexual exploitation of two "sadhvis" by him between 1999 and 2001.
 
The special CBI court framed charges against him under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in September 2008. The two complainants recorded their statements before the court between 2009 and 2010. The court decided to hold daily hearings in the case from July 2017 and arguments concluded on August 17. 
 
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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh gets 10 years in jail in 2002 rape case

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was on Monday sentenced to ten years in prison, three days after his conviction on Friday in a 2002 rape case had triggered large-scale violence by his followers which left 38 people dead and more than 260 others injured in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was today sentenced to ten  years in prison, three days after his conviction on Friday in a 2002 rape case had triggered large-scale violence by his followers which left 38 people dead and more than 260 others injured in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana.
 
CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh, who normally holds court in Panchkula, near Chandigarh, pronounced the sentence in a makeshift courtroom set up in the library of the Sunaria jail in Rohtak, where the 50-year-old self-styled godman was lodged since Friday after his conviction.
 
In view of the violence that broke out after his conviction on Friday, the authorities decided against holding the proceedings in Panchkula and, therefore, the judge was flown in a helicopter to Rohtak.
 
In the proceedings held this afternoon, the judge heard arguments from both prosecution and defence lawyers on the sentence before awarding Gurmeet Singh ten years in prison. The offence predates the new anti-rape laws brought in by the Centre in 2013 which prescribe more stringent punishments for such crimes against women.
 
According to sources, Gurmeet Singh broke down after hearing the sentence and pleaded for leniency, saying that he was innocent. His lawyers also urged the court to show leniency in view of the social work carried out by him and the Dera. Lawyers for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on the other hand, called for the maximum sentence for the "heinous crime".
 
Gurmeet Singh is expected to appeal against the verdict in the High Court, while the CBI is also expected to call for enhancement of the sentence.
 
After the pronouncement of the sentence, Gurmeet Singh was taken for a medical examination, following which he was due to taken back to the jail.
 
The Haryana Police had made elaborate security arrangements around the jail in Rohtak and the rest of town as well as in all other towns of Haryana to prevent any repeat of Friday's violence. Apart from the state police, personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces were deployed all over the state and the Army was on standby.
 
A former follower of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had accused him of repeatedly raping her inside the Dera campus near Sirsa in Haryana in 1999. The first information report in the case had been filed in 2002.
 
Gurmeet Singh, 50, was flown in a helicopter late on Friday afternoon to Rohtak after his conviction in the case.
 
At the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, large numbers of its followers continue to stay put inside and the district administration is making efforts to persuade them to leave the premises and return to their homes.
 
Schools and colleges in the state remained closed in Haryana today as a precautionary measure.
 
Police officials said security forces had been given strict instructions to deal appropriately with any situation that might develop after the pronouncement of the sentence. "Our aim is to ensure law and order," they said.
 
The police had searched and sanitized more than 100 Deras in different parts of Haryana over the past three days.
 
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More than 920 people had been arrested till yesterday in connection with Friday's violence. Several people were also taken into preventive detention as a precautionary measure ahead of today's pronouncement of sentence against Gurmeet Singh.
 
As many as 76 vehicles, including many motorcyles, were burnt by the mobs on Friday -- 53 in Panchkula  and 24 in Sirsa.
 
Thousands of Singh's supporters had gathered at different points in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana and Punjab ahead of Friday's verdict and violence erupted shortly after news of his conviction came.
 
In Panchkula, scores of vehicles, including fire tenders, outdoor broadcast vans of television news channels and two-wheelers, were set ablaze. The mobs also attacked some government property. Police used teargas, lathi-charges, pellet guns and finally resorted to firing to disperse the mobs. The mobs also targeted media vehicles and attacked some journalists reporting from the scene.
 
Though thousands of policemen had been deployed in Panchkula and elsewhere in Haryana to prevent any untoward incident, they were unable cope initially with the wave of violence that started after the verdict was pronounced. Order was restored in about three years, during which several lives were lost and property worth crores of rupees destroyed.
 
The Railways had, as a precautionary measure, cancelled some 300 mail, express and passenger trains passing through  Haryana in the past few days.
 
The Centre had sent several companies of central armed police forces to Haryana at the request of the state government and the Army's assistance had been sought at some places.
 
On Saturday, the Haryana government came under flak in the Punjab and Haryana High Court which pulled it up for its poor handling of the situation after the delivery of the verdict by the CBI court in the 15-year-old case.
 
"You let a city like Panchkula burn  for political motives," the court remarked. "You let the situation escalate. You surrendered to the situation," it said.
 
The state government has attracted a lot of criticism for preventing some 1.5 lakh followers of Gurmeet Singh from gathering in Panchkula in the days before the court verdict, despite the ban it had imposed on such gatherings.
 
The CBI had registered the case against Gurmeet Singh in December 2002 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court following an anonymous complaint received in April 2002 that he had sexually exploited two of his female followers. The CBI filed the chargesheet against him in July 2007. It mentions sexual exploitation of two "sadhvis" by him between 1999 and 2001.
 
The special CBI court framed charges against him under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in September 2008. The two complainants recorded their statements before the court between 2009 and 2010. The court decided to hold daily hearings in the case from July 2017 and arguments concluded on August 17. 
 
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Gurmeet Ram Rahim case: Court to pronounce sentence Monday amidst tight security

The Haryana Police said on Sunday that they had made elaborate security arrangements across the state ahead of Monday's pronouncement of the sentence against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted in a rape case by a Special CBI Court in Panchkula on Friday.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
The Haryana Police today said they had made elaborate security arrangements across the state ahead of tomorrow's pronouncement of the sentence against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted in a rape case by a Special CBI Court in Panchkula on Friday.
 
As many as 38 people died and more than 260 others suffered injuries when supporters of the self-styled godman went on the rampage in Panchkula, Sirsa and other towns in Haryana as well as at various places in Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi.
 
Haryana Director General of Police Baljit Singh Sandhu told journalists in Panchkula today that those killed in the violence included 32 in Panchkula and six in Sirsa, where the headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect is located.
 
Gurmeet Singh, 50, was flown in a helicopter late on Friday afternoon to Rohtak, where he is now lodged in the district jail. To prevent any law and order problems, the Special CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh will travel to Rohtak tomorrow and pronounce the sentence there after hearing the defence and prosecution arguments in this regard. The sentence is expected to be pronounced around 2.30 pm tomorrow, police officials said.
 
Mr. Sandhu said there were no untoward incidents in any part of the state today and curfew had been lifted in all towns, except Sirsa.
 
At the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, large numbers of its followers continue to stay put inside and the district administration is making efforts to persuade them to leave the premises and return to their homes.
 
Mr. Sandhu said the police had made elaborate arrangements to ensure law and order all over the state, including in Panchkula, Sirsa and Rohtak. Apart from the Haryana Police, personnel of paramilitary forces have been deployed in sensitive areas and the Army is on standby.
 
However, schools and colleges in the state will remain closed tomorrow as a precautionary measure, he said. He said that, apart from Rohtak and Sirsa, no restrictions were in force in any  part of the state.
 
Police officials said security forces had been given strict instructions to deal appropriately with any situation that might develop tomorrow. "Our aim is to ensure law and order," they said.
 
Mr. Sandhu said as many as 103 Deras in different parts of Haryana had been searched and sanitized over the past two days.
 
Mr. Sandhu said efforts were also on to restore normal train and bus services in the state as quickly as possible after these were suspended for a few days ahead of Friday's verdict in anticipation of trouble.
 
He said as many as 926 people had been arrested so far in connection with Friday's violence.
 
According to him, all six killed during the violence in Sirsa had been identified. He said 24 of those killed in Panchkula had been identified, and 20 bodies had been claimed their relatives -- 10 in Haryana, nine in Punjab and one in Rajasthan.
 
Of those injured, only 17 people were currently undergoing treatment in hospitals, including three policemen.
 
Mr. Sandhu said as many as 76 vehicles, including many motorcyles, were burnt by the mobs on that day -- 53 in Panchkula  and 24 in Sirsa.
 
A former follower of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had accused him of repeatedly raping her inside the Dera campus near Sirsa in Haryana in 1999. The first information report in the case had been filed in 2002.
 
Thousands of Singh's supporters had gathered at different points in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana and Punjab ahead of Friday's verdict and violence erupted shortly after news of his conviction came.
 
In Panchkula, scores of vehicles, including fire tenders, outdoor broadcast vans of television news channels and two-wheelers, were set ablaze. The mobs also attacked some government property. Police used teargas, lathi-charges, pellet guns and finally resorted to firing to disperse the mobs. The mobs also targeted media vehicles and attacked some journalists reporting from the scene.
 
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Though thousands of policemen had been deployed in Panchkula and elsewhere in Haryana to prevent any untoward incident, they were unable cope with the wave of violence that started after the verdict was pronounced.
 
The Railways had, as a precautionary measure, cancelled some 300 mail, express and passenger trains passing through  Haryana in the past few days.
 
The Centre had sent several companies of central armed police forces to Haryana at the request of the state government and the Army's assistance had been sought at some places.
 
On Saturday, the Haryana government came under flak in the Punjab and Haryana High Court which pulled it up for its poor handling of the situation after the delivery of the verdict by the CBI court in the 15-year-old case.
 
"You let a city like Panchkula burn  for political motives," the court remarked. "You let the situation escalate. You surrendered to the situation," it said.
 
The state government has attracted a lot of criticism for preventing some 1.5 lakh followers of Gurmeet Singh from gathering in Panchkula in the days before the court verdict, despite the ban it had imposed on such gatherings.
 
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Modi voices concern over violence in Haryana, says guilty will be punished

 
Those who take law into their hands won't be spared: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today voiced concern about the violence unleashed by supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in Haryana after the self-styled godman was convicted in a rape case on Saturday and asserted that those guilty would be punished.
 
"I want to assure my countrymen that people who take the law into their own hands and are on the path of violent suppression – whether it is a person or a group –neither this country nor any government will tolerate it," he said in "Mann Ki Baat", his radio address to the nation, this morning.
 
"Each and every person will have to abide by the law; the law will fix accountability and the guilty will unquestionably be punished," he declared.
 
More than 30 people died and more than 260 others suffered injuries in the violence in Panchkula and Sirsa. Violence was also reported from other parts of Haryana as well as Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi.
 
Mr. Modi began his address by saying that when, on the one hand, a sense of festivity pervades the land, on the other, news of violence had come in from "one part of the country". 
 
"... it is only natural of be concerned. Ours is the country of Buddha and Gandhi, it is the land of Sardar Patel who gave up his all for the unity of the nation. For centuries, our forefathers have imbibed community values, non-violence, mutual respect – these are inherent to us. We have been hearing and saying Ahimsa Parmo Dharmah from our childhood. In my address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, I had said that violence in the name of faith will not be tolerated, whether it is communal belief systems, whether it is subscribing to political ideologies, whether it is allegiance to a person or customs and traditions. 
 
"No one has the right to take the law into one’s own hands in the name of one’s beliefs. In the Constitution given to us by Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar there is every provision for ensuring justice for each and every person," he said.
 
Mr. Modi stressed that India is a land of diversities, which were not limited to cuisine, lifestyle and attire but seen in every walk of life.
 
"Ours is a rich cultural heritage, spanning thousands of years – when we look at our cultural traditions, social customs, historical events, there would hardly be a day left in the year which is not connected with a festival. You would have noticed, that all our festivals follow the almanac of nature. There is a direct connect with nature. Many of our festivals are linked straightaway with farmers and fishermen," he said.
 
"Speaking about festivals today, I would first like to wish you all michhamidukkadam. The Jain community celebrated the Samvatsari Parva yesterday. In the month of Bhadra, Paryushan Parva is celebrated by the Jain Community. The last day of Paryushan Parva is observed as Samvatsari. This is indeed a remarkable tradition. The festival of Samvatsari is symbolic of forgiveness, non-violence and brotherhood. It is also known as the Kshamavani Parva, and on this day, people traditionally greet each other with, ‘michhamidukkadam.’ We have been hearing in our shaastras, our holy texts, 'Kshama Veerasya Bhushanam', that is, forgiveness is the adornment of the brave. The one who forgives is valiant. And Mahatma Gandhi always said, that forgiveness is the quality of great men," he said.
 
He went on to quote from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, saying, “Mercy is twice blest, It blesseth him that gives and him that takes."
 
Mr. Modi referred to festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Onam, Navratri, Durga Utsav, and said many of these also provided an opportunity to attract foreign visitors. "We should think about what more can be done in this direction," he said.
 
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He also referred to Eid-ul-Zuha which woud be celebrated in a few days from now and greeted people on the occasion.
 
"Festivals are of course symbols of faith and belief; in the New India, we should transform them into symbols of cleanliness as well. In individual households, festivals and cleanliness are linked together. In fact, preparations for festivals always begin with cleaning. This is nothing new for us, but it is important to convert it into a social character.  Public cleanliness must be insisted upon not just in our homes but in our villages, towns, cities, states and in our entire country – cleanliness has to be inextricably linked to our festivals," he said.
 
Mr. Modi also underlined the need to achieve a measure of environment consciousness.
 
He said the cleanliness campaign launched three years ago had begun to show results. "Toilets have increased from 39% to almost 67% of the population. More than two lakh thirty thousand villages have declared themselves open defecation free," he said.
 
He referred to Dhanera village in Banaskantha district of Gujarat, where volunteers of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind cleaned 22 temples and two mosques which had become dirty after the recent floods in the area. "They came together and toiled collectively. The volunteers of Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hindset a fine, inspiring example of unity for cleanliness. If this committed effort towards cleanliness become inherent to us, our country will certainly take our nation to greater heights," he said.
 
The Prime Minister urged people to begin a campaign, Swachchata Hi Sewa, Cleanliness is Service, at least 15-20 days prior to Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October. "Let’s create an environment of cleanliness in the entire country. Whenever and wherever possible, let’s look for the opportunity. But we must all come together. We could look at this as preparations for Diwali, preparations for Navaratri, preparations for Durga Puja. Do Shramdan, Donate through labor.  Come together on Sundays and holidays. Go to settlements in your neighborhood, go to nearby villages, but do this in the form of a movement. I urge all NGOs, schools, colleges, social, cultural and political leaders, people in the government, collectors and sarpanches, to begin creating an environment of cleanliness at least fifteen days ahead of Gandhi Jayanti on the 2nd of October so that it turns out to be the 2nd October of Gandhi’s dreams.
 
"The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has created a section on MyGov.in where after constructing a toilet you can register your name and the name of the beneficiary family, who you helped. My friends from the social media can run a few creative campaigns and thus become a source of inspiration in the virtual world, to see results in the real world. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has organized, the Swachch Sankalp se Swachcha Siddhi Pratiyogita, From the resolve of Cleanliness to attaining Cleanliness Competition comprising an essay competition, a short film making competition and a painting competition. You can write essays in various languages and there is no age limit. You can make a short film even with your mobile phone. You can film a two-three-minute movie that inspires cleanliness. It can be in any language; it could be silent too. The best three participants – three at the district level, three at the state level will be given prizes. I invite one and all – Come, join the Cleanliness Campaign in this manner as well.
 
"My dear young friends, the country celebrates National Sports Day on the 29th of August. This is the birth anniversary of the great hockey player, hockey wizard, Major Dhyan Chand ji. His contribution to hockey was unparalleled. I am reminding you of this because I want the younger generation of our country to take part in sports. Sports should become a part of our lives. If we are a young nation, our youth should get manifested in the field sports as well. Sports means, physical fitness, mental alertness and personality enhancement. What else does one need? Sports, in a way, is a recipe that brings people together. 
 
"The young generation of our country should come forward in the world of sports – and in today’s computer era I would like to alert you to the fact that the playing field is far more important than the play station. Play FIFA on the computer, but sometimes show your skills with the football out in the field. You must be playing cricket on the computer but the pleasure of actually playing cricket in an open field under the sky is something else. 
 
"Young friends, the Sports Ministry is launching a Sports Talent Search Portal to search for sporting talent and to groom them. Any talented child who has an achievement in sports, can upload his biodata or video on this portal. The Ministry of Sports will impart training to selected emerging players. The Ministry is launching the portal tomorrow. The good news for our young friends is that the FIFA Under 17 World Cup is being organized in India, from the 6th to the 28th of October.  Twenty-four teams from all over the world will be making India their home.
 
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"Come, let’s welcome the young visitors from all across the world with the festival of Sports, let’s enjoy the sport, and create a conducive sporting atmosphere in the country. I speak about sports today, and just last week, a heartwarming incident took place, which I would like to share with my countrymen.  I had the opportunity to meet some young daughters, some of who, were born in the Himalayas, who had absolutely no connection with the sea. Six of these young daughters are in the Navy. Their grit and zeal, is inspiring for all of us. These six young women will embark on a voyage across the seas, in a small boat, INS Tarini. The expedition has been named, Navika Sagar Parikrama. They will circumnavigate the globe and return home, after many months. Sometimes they will spend 40 days on the seas in one go; at times, thirty. Our six daughters riding the waves of the high seas, with courage, is the first instance of its kind in the world. Each and every Indian would be proud of these daughters. I salute their valour and I have asked them to share their experiences with the entire country. 
 
"I too am making a separate arrangement for their experiences on the Narendra Modi App to ensure that you can read it. For this is a tale of heroism, a tale of personal experiences, and I would be happy to bring you the stories of these daughters. My best wishes and blessings to these daughters," he said.
 
Mr. Modi referred to Teachers' Day on September 5 and suggested a campaign "Teach to Transform, Educate to Empower, Learn to Lead".
 
"Can we move ahead with this resolve?  Get someone committed to a five-year resolve. Show him the path of attainment, which he can achieve in five years - so that he can experience the joy of success in life. Such an atmosphere can be created by our schools, our colleges, our teachers, our educational institutions. When we speak about transformation in our country, we must think of our teachers as we do of our mothers. The teacher plays a vital role in transformation. In the life of every teacher, there are incidents of simple efforts that succeeded in bringing about a transformation in somebody’s life. We will play a big role in the transformation of the nation, if we make a collective effort. Come, let’s move forward with the mantra, Teach to Transform," he said.
 
Responding to a question from a listener, Mr. Modi said that 30 crore new families had been linked to the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna in the last three years.
 
"This number is larger than the population of many countries of the world. And today I feel a great sense of fulfilment, that within three years, the last man on the fringes of society has become a part of the mainstream economy of the country. His ways have changed, he has now started going to the bank. He has started saving his money. He feels financially secure. When there is cash in the hand, or in the pocket or at home, one is tempted to indulge in wasteful expenditure. There is now an air of prudence. He is now beginning to understand that the money can be of use for his children. The money can be used productively in the days to come. Not just this, when a poor person sees a RuPay Card, in his pocket, he finds himself to be equal to the privileged – that if they have a credit card in their pockets, I too have a RuPay Card in mine. He feels a sense of dignity.  
 
"In the Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojna, almost 65 thousand crore rupees have deposited in banks by our underprivileged brethren. In a way, this is a saving for the poor, this is his empowerment for the future. And those who opened their accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, have received the benefit of insurance as well. Schemes like, Pradhan Mantri Jeewan Jyoti Bima Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojna, with a small premium of one rupee or thirty rupees, are giving a new sense of confidence to the poor. For many families, in times of adversity, or on the demise of the head of the family, through the one-rupee insurance,they received two lakh rupees in a matter of days. Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna, Start Up Yojna, Stand Up Yojna – for Dalits, Adivasis, women, educated youth, youth who want to stand on their own feet - for millions and millions through Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna, they have been able to get loans from banks without any guarantee. They have been able to stand on their own feet and have succeeded in giving employment to one or two other people as well," he said.
 
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Haryana BJP chief's son arrested for stalking, released on bail

 
Haryana BJP chief's son held for stalking girl
Vikas Barala, the son of Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Subhash Barala, and one of his friends were arrested here on Saturday for allegedly stalking a girl, the daughter of an IAS officer, in the city late on Friday night.
 
The two men, Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar, were later released on bail as they were booked under bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Motor Vehicles Act (MVA), official sources said.
 
Faced with a political and public outcry, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar assured journalists that the law would take its course in the matter.
 
Mr. Subhash Barala, a member of the Haryana Legislative Assembly, also said he respected the law and that the "truth" would come out in court.
 
Mr. Satish Kumar, the deputy superintendent of police in the Union Territory, said the girl, a disc jockey, had called up the police late on Friday night and told that the two people were following her in a sports utility vehicle (SUV).
 
The police immediately put out the number of the SUV on its wireless network and soon located it and apprehended the two men, who appeared to be drunk, he said.
 
On the basis of a complaint from the girl, the police booked both youths and placed them under arrest, he said.
 
Mr. Kumar said the youths had chased the girl for quite a distance and even tried to stop her car two or three times. They also banged on the girl's car with their hands, he said, quoting her complaint.
 
He said a medical examination of the two youths indicated that they had been drinking alcohol. Their vehicle was impounded.
 
The duo were booked under Section 354 D (stalking) of IPC and 185 of the MVA (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs), police said.
 
After the complainant recorded her statement before a magistrate under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), the police added Section 341 of the IPC ( wrongful restraint) in the first information report (FIR) against the two men.
 
Mr. Kumar said the police would take legal opinion to see if other sections of the IPC could be added in the FIR. He also denied there was any pressure on the police in the matter.
 
Mr. Khattar said he was confident that the Chandigarh Police would investigate the case properly. "I believe in the law," he said.
 
"This issue is not about Subhash Barala. It is an issue about an individual and law will take its own course," he said.
 
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The girl posted an account of her ordeal on her Facebook page and thanked the Chandigarh Police for the manner in which it responded to her distress call. "They almost restore my faith in the system," she said.
 
"I was driving home from the sector-8 market at about 12:15am, and crossed the road into sec-7, where the petrol pump is. I was also on the phone with a friend at the time, and realised about a minute later that a car was following me.
 
"It was a White SUV, and as I noticed it, it pulled up and started driving alongside my car. I was now in sec-7, heading towards the lights next to St.Johns' in 26. There were 2 guys inside the SUV, and they seemed to really be enjoying harassing a lone girl in the middle of the night, judging by how often their car swerved, just enough to scare me that it might hit me," she said.
 
"By now I was totally alert and mildly panic-y, so I decided to turn right from the St.Johns' traffic lights towards Madhya Marg(a more crowded, seemingly safer road). I tried to turn right from the lights but the SUV blocked my way, forcing me to go straight into sec-26. At the next turn, I tried to turn again, but this time they went a step further. Right at the turn, they blocked the road in front of my car, and the guy in the passenger seat got out of the car and started walking towards me. I reversed as fast as I could and went straight and took the next right turn before they could catch up again," she said.
 
"I used this time to also call the cops at 100, and explain to them the situation and my exact location and where I was headed. The cop who answered my call, intuitively sensed the urgency in my voice, and promised me that help would be along very soon. I hung up and had now reached the main road, and hadn't seen the SUV for about 15 seconds, so I hoped, that they'd seen me calling the cops and disappeared. I was wrong.
 
"I was now on a straight road for about 5-6 kms (Madhya Marg), and that entire time, the SUV stayed alongside my car, trying to bully me into stopping every 10-15 seconds LITERALLY. I was in a full-blown panic attack by now because they would keep trying to corner me, and I'd somehow manoeuvre my way out and keep moving. My hands shaking, my back spasming from fear, half in tears, half bewildered, because I didn't know if I'd make it home tonight. Who knew when, or if, the cops would show up.
 
"These guys INCESSANTLY bullied me all the way to Solitaire (end of 6 kms), and at the traffic lights, blocked my car for the final time. This time they meant business, because they left me absolutely no space to move or escape, and the passenger JUMPED out of the car and moved towards mine.
 
"I don't know how, but I reversed my car and moved to the right where there was space, all this while constantly honking so the few vehicles around would know something was wrong. At this point, the guy had reached my car, banged loudly on my window, AND TRIED TO OPEN THE DOOR HANDLE!
 
"Just as he did this, I saw a PCR pull up at the lights, quite possibly in response to my call. They heard me honking, and saw the SUV swerving left and right in an attempt to block me, and a couple of cops ran out towards the SUV, nabbing it just in time, because they were blocked in by traffic," she said.
 
She went on to say how she drove home, informed her father and the two of them then went to the police to file a complaint.
 
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IGL gets permission from Haryana govt. to lay city gas distribution network in part of Gurgaon

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today said it had received permission from the Haryana government to lay a city gas distribution (CGD) network in a part of Gurgaon district.
 
IGL is the supplier of compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) in Delhi and in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh and it is the entity authorized by Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India for Gurgoan since 2004.
 
The company had been pursuing with the Haryana government for permission to lay, build and operate CDG network in Gurgoan, a press release from the company said.
 
As per letter issued by Director of Industries & Commerce, Government of Haryana on July 13, IGL has been permitted to lay city gas distribution network in Gurgoan in the area lying between west side of Sohna Road and National Highway – 8 of Gurgoan.
 
The state government of Haryana has also decided to allocate 10 plot sites for setting up CNG stations for which IGL has been asked to identify the areas and approach HUDA/HSIDC for allotment of sites as per policy of the government. 
 
IGL has already been authorized to set up CGD network in adjoining district of Rewari also, where the project work is in progress and trial run of CNG sales has already started, the release said.
 
Mr. E. S. Ranganathan, Managing Director, IGL said IGL was fully prepared to  meet the desired targets of setting up 10 CNG stations and providing 10,000 PNG connections. He said the entire IGL team is already in action to make sure that that the targets are achieved. “IGL is in the process of drawing up an investment plan amounting to capital expenditure of Rs 75 crore to Rs 100 crore in a year in this area”, he added.
 
IGL is the largest CNG distribution company in the country having set up 425 CNG stations in less than two decades. The company has a track record of having successfully rolled out CGD projects in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. In the city of Rewari in Haryana, where the CGD project work is in progress, IGL has already achieved the project milestones for the first year within ten months of start of project work, the release added.
 
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Uttarakhand, Haryana declared Open Defecation Free States

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Under the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G), rural Uttarakhand and rural Haryana have declared themselves as the 4th and 5th Open Defecation Free (ODF) States of India.
 
The two today joined the league of Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala, which were the first three states to be declared ODF. 
 
Nationally, the sanitation coverage has increased from 42% to over 64% in just two and a half years since the launch of SBM, an official press release said.
 
Uttarakhand has 13 districts, 95 blocks, 7256 gram panchayats and 15751 villages while Haryana has 21 districts, 124 blocks, and 6083 gram panchayats - all of which have declared themselves as ODF in formal declarations in Dehradun and Chandigarh, respectively.
 
Speaking at the event in Dehradun, Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation said, “On 2nd October 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, started the Swachh Bharat Mission. Today, it has become a true people’s movement. People of Uttarakhand and Haryana, the government officials and representatives of other institutions have contributed towards this milestone.”
 
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, said, “Collaborative community participation has led Uttarakhand to achieve this ODF status. The Prime Minister’s call for a Swachh Bharat has resulted in this special achievement. I would like to laud the role of the gram pradhans in making Uttarakhand ODF.”
 
Congratulating the newly declared ODF States, Mr. Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation said, “Following the tremendous progress being made in ODF declaration across the country, the next step for Swachh Bharat Gramin will be to focus on sustaining this ODF status and systematic solid and liquid waste management in rural India.”
 
With the total number of ODF States now rising to five, more than two lakh  villages and 147 districts have also been declared ODF across the country, the release added.
 
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Municipal solid waste segregation at source in National Capital Region to be launched on Monday

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Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu will launch a campaign for segregation of municipal solid waste at source -- households, hotels, restaurants and so on -- in Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad tomorrow.
 
Under the new system, wet waste will be collected in green bins and dry waste in blue bins, an official press release said.
 
This major new initiative to address the problem of solid waste management will be launched in 130 cities where waste-to-compost plants are either functional or under construction, it said.
 
Mr. Naidu will launch the segregation campaign in National Capital Region covering a total of nine urban local bodies including five of Delhi by flagging off segregated waste collection vehicles from Talkatora Indore Stadium in the national capital. Residential Welfare Associations, Hotels and Restaurants who have taken commendable initiatives in this regard will also be felicitated. 
 
In the National Capital Region, about 15,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste is being generated every day while about 65 million tones of such waste is produced every day in urban areas of the country. 
 
Launch of waste segregation at source is being done in the backdrop of 145 waste-to-compost plants becoming functional across the country, increasing compost production from 1.50 lakh tonnes in March, 2016 to 13.13 lakh tonnes at present. Another 150 compost making plants are under construction with total compost production capacity of 95 lakh tonnes per year. 
 
Incorrect disposal and burning of solid waste results in emission of climate change causing greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide to the tune of 12.69 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in the country per year, i
 
A recent study revealed that improper solid waste management causes 15 diseases including hepatitis, cholera and malaria. Segregation of dry and wet waste at source leads to removal of carcinogenic and heavy metals from organic waste resulting in production of good quality compost. Segregation also assists in conversion of non-recyclable dry waste to RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) or energy through Waste-to-Energy/RDF Plants, with minimal amount of inert waste going to landfills. 
 
Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu is the only city so far to have ensured 100% segregation of solid waste at source, the release said.
 
Mr. Naidu will also launch the waste segregation at Indore tomorrow. In other States, Governors and Chief Ministers will be doing the same. 
 
Under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), 100% door-to-door collection, transportation and processing of solid waste is targeted by October, 2019. While 100% door-to-door collection and transport of solid waste has been achieved in over 41,000 of the total 81,000 urban wards in the country, processing of such waste is about 22%, the release added.
 
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Jat leaders suspend quota stir after talks with Haryana CM

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Jat leaders suspended protests planned in Delhi tomorrow to press their demand for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions after talks with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal here today.
 
Mr. Manohar Lal told a press conference at Haryana Bhavan here this evening that the two sides had come to an agreement on five points aimed at finding a solution to the issue.
 
Union Ministers Birender Singh and P.P. Chaudhary were amongst those who attended the meeting.
 
Jat leader Yashpal Malik said the Jats would not come to Delhi tomorrow to stage the protest. He said they had agreed to the five points, as outlined by Mr. Manohar Lal, and trusted the Government would implement them in a time-bound manner.
 
The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti had given a call for a march to Parliament here tomorrow and for protests at the Delhi border to press for its demands, prompting the authorities to take a series of measures, including suspension of Delhi Metro train services to stations outside Delhi in the National Capital Region (NCR) and imposition of traffic restrictions in Central Delhi from tonight.
 
The Chief Minister said that the Centre would begin considering the issue of reservation for Jats in Central Government jobs and educational institutions once appointments were made to the posts of Chairman and Members of the National Commission for Backward Classes.
 
He said the State Government would begin the process of including the community in the 9th Schedule once the High Court gave its verdict on the Bill brought by it.
 
Mr. Manohar Lal said the State Government would review all cases filed against pro-reservation agitators since 2010 and ensure that they received full justice. He said that a member of the family of those who died or were disabled during the agitation would be given a job by the State Government. He said the compensation announced for those who were injured during the agitation would be released. 
 
The Chief Minister said inquiries against officials would be expedited and strict action would be taken against anyone found guilty.
 
Mr. Malik said the Jat leaders would coordinate with the Government to ensure that the agreed points were implemented in a time-bound manner.
 
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Swachh Shakti Saptah to underline women’s role in Swachh Bharat Mission

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The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation yesterday launched Swachh Shakti Saptah, a week-long programme of activities across the country to highlight the role of women in the Swachh Bharat Mission and to recognize their leadership.
 
More than 1000 women swachhta champions from the grassroots attended the launch by Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar at Gurugram, near here, in association with Haryana government.
 
Deputy Commissioners of 11 open defecation free (ODF) districts of Haryana were honoured on the occasion.
 
The launch was marked by release of balloons by ground level women leaders, inauguration of a sanitation related exhibition and a series of folk cultural presentation relating to women and Swachhta (cleanliness).
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Tomar lauded the leadership role being played by women across rural India in the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission and for making it a people's movement. 
 
Throughout the coming week, events will be held across the country to honour women champions, women sarpanches, ASHA workers, school teachers, young students and senior citizens. The week will culminate with a mega-event in Gujarat named Swachh Shakti 2017 where the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address 6000 women sarpanches and honour them for their contribution to Swachh Bharat.
 
The Minister also announced that the number of ODF districts in the country had now crossed 100. Over 1.7 lakh villages have become ODF, he said.
 
The achievement of this milestone has made it an occasion of double celebration for the Mission, he said. He lauded everyone involved in the Swachh Bharat Mission, especially the administrations of these 100 districts, for their exceptional efforts towards making the Prime Minister’s vision of a Swachh and Open Defecation Free India a reality.
 
Mr. O.P Dhankar, Haryana Minister for Development & Panchayats, and Agriculture, was also present at the event. Speaking on the occasion, he said that women are natural leaders of Swachh Bharat Mission. He also declared that Haryana will become an ODF State by November this year.
 
Senior officers of the central and state government attended the function along with other stakeholders.
 
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President’s Standard to be presented to two IAF units at Ambala on Nov 10

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President Pranab Mukherjee will award the prestigious President’s Standard to 501SU, Signal Unit and 30 Squadron, during a grand ceremonial parade scheduled to be held at Air Force Station Ambala on November 10. 
 
"Presidents Standards or 'Nishaan' are much coveted and have a special significance for all of us in uniform," stated Air Marshal S B Deo, AOC in C, Western Air Command, while addressing a curtain raiser press conference  at Air Force Station Ambala yesterday.
 
The Station Commander of 501 Signal Unit, Group Captain Vineet Jindal and Commanding Officer of 30 Squadron, Wing Commander Abhay Arun Phasnsalkar will receive the President’s Standard.
 
The President will also release a First Day Cover of 501 Signal Unit and 30 Squadron during the ceremony. 
 
Operational outfits of IAF become eligible for award of President’s Standard only after completion of 18 years. The selection is based on their performance and achievements, both during peace and hostilities. 
 
This honour is an acknowledgement of the meritorious service rendered by the selected units over the years. 
 
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Deo and other dignitaries would witness the ceremony. Retired Air Warriors and previous Commanding Officers of both the recipient units are also invited for the occasion. 
 
Various dignitaries expected to grace the President’s Standard Presentation Ceremony are the Governor of Haryana, Chief Minister and senior state government officials, an official press release added.
 
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Prabhu lays foundation stone for elevated rail line in Haryana

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Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu today laid foundation stone for the construction of a 4-km Elevated Rail Line on the Rohtak-Gohana stretch in Haryana under Delhi Division of Northern Railways, through video-conference. 
 
A parallel synchronized ceremony was held at Rohtak. Mr Manish Kumar Grover, Minister for Cooperation, Haryana, presided over the ceremony in Rohtak. 
 
The elevated line would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 315 crore and help in decongesting Rohtak city, provide safety to road users by eliminating five busy level crossings connecting residential colonies and enable operational flexibility for the Railways, an official press release said.
 
This will the first elevated rail track of Indian Railways built for facilitating smoother road traffic in densely populated city areas. Out of the cost of Rs. 315 crore, the Railways will spend Rs. 90 crore and the rest will come from the Haryana Government. 
 
The elevated track would be built adjoining to the existing alignment leaving 12m wide strip for construction of road on railway land and once it is operational, the existing track would be retired. 
 
The project will be completed by 2018 when the work on bullet train project will start. The tender for preliminary works such as Survey, Geo-Technical investigations and Design & Drawing, and so on has been awarded and work has commenced. 
 
The elevated tracks are safer as there would not be any trespassing on them. The experiment will also help study how elevated tracks will help ease traffic problems in congested cities and can become an example for resolving urban transportation chaos. 
 
Constructing elevated corridors will save the hassles of land acquisition that can delay the project. An elevated corridor will be financially more viable compared to the compensation amount to be given to the land owners. Also, it will ensure speedy execution of the project. 
 
A number of foreign countries have preferred elevated rail corridors.. Globally, a majority of high-speed trains have been operating on elevated corridors. Countries like Japan, France and Germany have developed elevated corridors for their high-speed trains. 
 
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IGL to start CNG supply in Rewari, Haryana by year-end

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) has announced plans to start the supply of compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) in Rewari, Haryana by the year-end.
 
A press release from IGL said here that the company had set up a local office in Rewari for the purpose.
 
The release said the company had recently been authorized by the Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) to lay City Gas Distribution (CGD) network in the geographical area of Rewari to provide CNG and PNG.
 
Mr. E.S. Ranganathan, Managing Director, IGL said the company plans to  bring the convenience of clean fuels like CNG and PNG to the automobiles, domestic kitchens, commercial establishments and industries of the district. He said IGL expects to start CNG supply in Rewari by the end of the year at one retail outlet of an oil marketing company (OMC). Thereafter, it plans to start two or three IGL owned CNG stations apart from CNG fuelling facilities at OMC retail outlets within two years.
 
On the PNG front, IGL has plans to start supply of domestic cooking gas through pipe to households in Dharuhera and Bawal in a year's time.  IGL aims to provide 5000 piped gas connections to domestic kitchens in three years. The cost of the project is expected to be around Rs 150 crore over a period of two years. In the first year, 40-50 kms of gas pipeline network is expected to be laid in Rewari district.
 
IGL is a joint venture of the public sector GAIL (India) Limited and BPCL.
 
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Magnitude 4.1 earthquake jolts Jhajjar in Haryana, tremors felt in Delhi, Gurgaon

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, jolted the Jhajjar region of Haryana, about 60 km from here, and the tremors were felt in the national capital and Gurgaon.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 28.6°N and longitude 76.6 °E, occurred at 2057 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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CBI raids premises of former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda in alleged land scam

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today conducted searches at the premises of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and others in connection with an alleged land scam at Manesar in the state.
 
In all, the agency carried out searches at about 24 locations in the case, which relates to alleged irregularities in the purchase of land from farmers and landowners in Gurgaon district.
 
The raids were conducted at Rohtak, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Panchkula and Delhi, among other places, CBI sources said.
 
Apart from Mr. Hooda, the CBI officials searched the offices and residential premises of a senior serving bureaucrat, Mr. S. S. Dhillon, and two retired IAS officers, Mr. M. L. Tayal and Mr. Chattar Singh, the sources said.
 
"The incriminating documents/materials recovered during searches are being scrutinized," a press release from the CBI said.
 
The CBI had registered a case in the matter on September 15, 2015 against "unknown public servants of Haryana Government and unknown private persons" and taken over the investigation of FIR No. 510 dated 12.08.2015 registered at Police Station Manesar under sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 & 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, on the request of the State Government and directions of the Central Government.
 
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It was alleged that the private builders, in conspiracy with certain public servants of Haryana Government including important functionaries and others, had purchased around 400 acres of land from the farmers and land owners of village Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula in Gurgoan at throwaway prices, under the threat and false apprehension of acquisition by the Government, during the period August 2004 to August 2007. 
 
In this process, initially the Government of Haryana had issued notifications under various sections of Land Acquisition Act for acquisition of land measuring about 912 acres for setting up an Industrial Model Township, the allegations said.
 
As a result of this, a large number of land owners, in haste, had allegedly sold their land at throwaway prices. It was further alleged that the land, about 400 acres, had been grabbed from the land owners by the private builders under the threat of acquisition at meagre rates. 
 
An order was also allegedly passed by the Competent Authority in Government on 24.08.2007 releasing this land from the acquisition process in violation of the government policy and the licenses/CLU were issued to the private builders. 
 
An alleged loss of approximately Rs.1500 crore was caused to the land owners in the matter, the complaint said.
 
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