Congress will solve farmers' loan woes, says Rahul

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said no farmer in the country will ever go to jail over non-repayment of loans if his party is voted to power.
Focusing on the farmers and the poor, Gandhi made a promise during his poll rally here in Rajasthan that the poor people would start getting Rs 72,000 soon after the elections.
Continuing his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on various issues, he asked the crowd if any of them received Rs 15 lakh as promised by the Prime Minister.
"I met the Congress Think Tank and asked for a decent figure we can promise to the country's poorest segment. They suggested a figure of Rs 72,000. The Congress has made up its mind of depositing the amount in the account of the woman member of the family," he said.
"There is no dearth of money. It depends on the wish and will of the 'watchman'. PM Modi is cunning... he can deposit Rs 45 crore in the bank account of Anil Ambani but not a single penny in your bank account," he finished his sentence with the word "Chowkidar" and the people uttered "Chor hai" after him.
"I will take out money from all those accounts filled up by Modi, and deposit it for the NYAY (scheme)," he added.
Speaking at another rally in Jalore-Sirohi on Thursday, he said the NYAY scheme will infuse life into the Indian economy and will not put any additional burden on the country's budget.
"The economy shall gain speed with NYAY. Gabbar Singh Tax (referring to the Goods and Services Tax) and demonetisation impacted the economy badly... Many people lost their job. The unemployment rate became highest in 45 years," the Congress leader said.
"Now, when 5 crore families of the country will get Rs 72,000 a year, their purchasing power shall go up which will boost the economy," he added. 

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Right wing protestors force Naseeruddin Shah to give Ajmer Literature Festival a miss

Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah on Friday gave the Ajmer Literature Festival a miss due to strong protests by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and other right wing associations for his controversial statements.
In a TV interview, Shah had said that he fears for his children in this country. He has reportedly said, "In some areas killing of a cow receives more importance than lynching of a police officer..."
Meanwhile, the Bollywood actor told the media that he loves the country he resides in. "What mistake did I make by expressing my thoughts," he asked.
Police officials in Ajmer confirmed that right wing demonstrators did protest against Shah. However, no FIR has been lodged. 

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SpiceJet launches direct flights on Delhi-Kishangarh route

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet today launched daily direct services on the Delhi-Kishangarh-Delhi route, providing connectivity from the national capital to places such as Ajmer and Pushkar in Rajasthan.
The marble city of Kishangarh -- located 33 km from Ajmer and 45 km from Pushkar -- will be Spicejet's eighth destination in  the country and the second in Rajasthan (after Jaisalmer) under UDAN, the government's regional connectivity scheme.
SpiceJet is the first and only carrier to offer daily direct air connectivity between Kishangarh and Delhi, a perss release from the airline said.
Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said, “SpiceJet is proud to put Kishangarh (Ajmer) on the country’s aviation map and connect it with Delhi and multiple domestic and international destinations on our network. The new flight services will unleash the tourism potential of the city like never before providing a convenient mode of travel for the millions of tourists and pilgrims who visit Ajmer and Pushkar. The new flight will also provide a boost to traders and businesses of the marble city.”
Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India. The city is home to the famous Jagatpita Brahma Temple considered to be one of the five sacred pilgrimage destinations for Hindus.
The famous Ajmer Sharif Dargah of Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti located at Ajmer attracts millions of people every year from India and abroad. The new daily flight will provide pilgrims and tourists a much better access to Ajmer and Pushkar, the release said.
SpiceJet will be deploying its Bombardier Q-400 aircraft on the route.

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7 killed as dumper collides with bus in Rajasthan

7 dead in bus-trailer collision in Rajasthan
Seven people were killed and 20 others injured when a dumper, driving on the road's wrong side, rammed into a state roadways bus in Rajasthan's Ajmer district on Sunday, police said.
The incident near Tabiji village involving a Rajasthan Road Transportation Corporation bus going from Pali to Bharatpur was so intense that the one side of the bus was totally crushed.
The locals called police immediately and the victims were rushed to the nearby Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital.
Police sources said that the deceased were identified as Arun Kumar from Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj, Tarachand from Ajmer, Dilip from Rajsamand, Nyara from Bundi and Jishan from Pali. Bus conductor Sabeer Khan from Uttar Pradesh was also killed. The seventh victim is yet to be identified.
According to a local police official, the driver of the bus as well as the dumper managed to flee from the spot.
Ajmer administration has declared an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to the families of deceased and Rs 10,000 each to the injured.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, BJP state President Madanlal Saini and his Congress counterpart Sachin Pilot expressed their condolence to the families of the deceased while state Education Minister Vasudev Devnani and other BJP leaders rushed to the spot after hearing about accident to monitor the relief works being done under directions of District cCollector Aarti Dogra.
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President Kovind to visit Rajasthan, Maharashtra from May 13-15

President Ram Nath Kovind will pay a visit to Rajasthan and Maharashtra from May 13-15, an official press release said here today.
On Sunday, Mr. Kovind will attend a civic reception hosted by the Government of Rajasthan in Jaipur. At the civic reception, he will interact with select beneficiaries of the Sundar Singh Bhandari EBC Self Employment Scheme; the Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Antyodaya Self Employment Scheme; and the scheme to waive off loans and interest payable by members of the SC/ST, Divyang and other deprived communities. 
On May 14, the President will visit Pushkar and Ajmer in Rajasthan, before departing for Mumbai in Maharashtra.
On May 15, he will grace the inauguration of the 4th Global Exhibition on Services and launch of the “12 Champion Services” initiative in Mumbai.  
On the same day, he will visit the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, be introduced to an exhibition on Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) technologies and inaugurate DAE facilities in Trombay, Mumbai. 
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Bye-elections to be held in Rajasthan, West Bengal on January 29 for three LS, two Assembly seats

The Election Commission of India (ECI) today said it would hold bye-elections on January 29, 2018 to fill three vacancies in the Lok Sabha – two from Rajasthan and one from West Bengal – as well as a vacancy each in the Legislative Assemblies of the two States.
The Lok Sabha seats which are vacant are Alwar and Ajmer in Rajasthan and Uluberia in West Bengal, while the vacant Assembly seats are Mandalgarh in Rajasthan and Noapara in West Bengal.
An official press release said that the notifications for the bye-elections would be issued on January 3 and the last date for filing nominations would be January 10. Nominations will be scrutinized on January 11 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is January 15. Counting of votes will be taken up on February 1.
All the three Lok Sabha vacancies have arisen due to the death of sitting members.
The Ajmer seat fell vacant after the death on August 9 of former Union Minister and BJP MP Sanwar Lal Jat, while the Alwar seat became vacant after the death on September 17 of BJP MP Chand Nath.
The Uluberia vacanacy has arisen following the death of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sultan Ahmed on September 4.
The electoral rolls of the constituencies with reference to January 1, 2018 will be used for the bye-elections and these will be finally published on January 2.
The Commission has decided to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) units in all the polling stations in these constituencies.
The Model Code of Conduct has come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Parliamentary/ Assembly Constituency going for bye-election is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission’s instruction No. 437/6/INST2016-CCS, dated 29th June, 2017 (available on the Commission’s website). The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the State Government concerned. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government for the State concerned, the release added.
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Lok Sabha member and former Union Minister Sanwar Lal Jat passes away

Sanwar Lal Jat, former Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha member from Ajmer in Rajasthan, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here early today after a brief illness.
He was 62. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Mr. Jat, who had served as the Minister of State for Water Resources in the Narendra Modi government, had been in coma for more than a week before the end came at 6.15 am today.
He had suffered a heart attack during a meeting of the party in Jaipur on July 22, sources said.
Born on January 1, 1955, Mr. Jat had a Master's degree in Commerce and a Ph.D. from the Rajasthan University. He initially worked as a supervisor at the Ajmer Dairy and later taught at the local government college.
He was a five-time member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly and had also served as a Minister in the State Government. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in May 2014 and served as Minister of State for Water Resources from November 9, 2014 to July 5, 2016.
He had also served as the Chairman of the Rajasthan Farmers' Commission.
His body was flown to Jaipur today and kept at the State BJP headquarters there for people to pay their last respects. His last rites will be performed at Gopalpura, his native village, tomorrow.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his passing away. " Anguished by the demise of MP & former Union Minister, Shri Sanwar Lal Jat. This is a big loss for the BJP & the nation. My condolences," he said on Twitter.
"Shri Sanwar Lal Jat worked extensively for wellbeing of villages & farmers. My thoughts are with his family & supporters in this sad hour," he added.

Ajmer-Ratlam Express extended upto Indore via newly constructed Q-Track

The 19653 /19654 Ajmer-Ratlam Express was extended upto Indore via the newly constructed broad gauge Q-Track with the flagging off performed by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu along with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan through video conferencing from Rail Bhavan today.
The dignitaries who attended the programme at Rail Bhavan end included Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assembly of the local area. Chairman, Railway Board, A. K. Mital, Member Traffic Railway Board, Mohd Jamshed and other Railway Board Members and senior officials were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Mahajan, said, “Today’s train extension shall be beneficial to everyone in Madhya Pradesh area. Under the leadership of Suresh Prabhu most of the demands regarding rail connectivity in Indore region have already been fulfilled and the area does not have any more demands.
“Indore-Dahod track work is in progress. Railway connectivity with the industrial township of Pithampur has been accomplished and container services have also started. Mhow station development is ensured. Army has given land for it. Madhya Pradesh won't lag behind in the process of growth. I appreciate the leadership of Suresh Prabhu ji under which the difficult work of making tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir area was completed,” she added.
Mr Prabhu said, “Allocation to Madhya Pradesh has been raised to Rs. 2871 crore in the last two years from Rs. 632 Crore in the previous year which is increase of 354%. In 2017-18 Rail Budget allocation, it is further raised to 750% more. Funds are no more impediment in the process of growth.
“Gauge conversion, doubling and tripling projects have gathered pace in Madhya Pradesh. Projects of Rs. 56,547 crore are being implemented. Seven new surveys are conducted and have been sanctioned. Gauge conversion from Chittorgarh, Ratlam, Indore work has been completed. Indian Railways and Madhya Pradesh Government will soon form Joint venture company. State Government has given assent. Next Year on Gudi Padwa, it shall be done,” he added.
The extension of the train will provide an additional connectivity between Ajmer and Indore via Ratlam through the newly commissioned broad gauge section. There will be no change in the timings of the train between Ajmer and Ratlam, an official press release added.

Modi hands over "chaadar" to be offered at Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti

Prime Minister Narendra Modi handing over Chaadar to be offered at Dargah Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer Sharif to Union Ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Jitendra Singh, in New Delhi on March 24, 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi handing over Chaadar to be offered at Dargah Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer Sharif to Union Ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Jitendra Singh, in New Delhi on March 24, 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over a "chaadar" to be offered at the Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Ajmer Sharif, to Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Minister of State in the PMO, Dr. Jitendra Singh, here today.
The Prime Minister also conveyed greetings and best wishes to Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s followers across the world, on the occasion of his annual Urs.
In a message, Mr. Modi said that Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is a symbol of the great spiritual traditions of India. He said Gharib Nawaz’s service of humanity would remain an inspiration for future generations. He offered his best wishes for the successful conduct of the Urs.

NHAI awards contract for four-laning of Bar-Bilara Jodhpur section in Rajasthan to L&T

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has issued letter of award (LOA) for four-laning of the 111 km Bar-Bilara-Jodhpur section in Rajasthan to infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T).
The project. Estimated to cost Rs. 895 crore, will be taken up under phase IV of National Highways Development Programme (NHDP), an official press release said.
The section connects western Rajasthan and border areas (Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Barmer) to eastern part of Rajasthan such as Ajmer and Jaipur.  
“This is a major strategic route connecting Jodhpur as an important feeder route during war time.  Four laning of the section will permit smooth flow of military traffic as well as heavy commercial and domestic traffic.   It will also facilitate transportation of mining and agriculture product,” the release said. 
The project will have two bypasses, one at Bar (3.25 km) and another at Bilara (6.70 km), four flyovers, three pedestrian underpasses, four major bridges and one railway overbridge.  The project would be executed in EPC mode and the scheduled time of completion is 30 months from the date of commencement, the release added.

Delhi Police arrest 4 suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists from Rajasthan

Four suspected IM terrorists arrested in Rajasthan
The Delhi Police today said they had arrested four suspected terrorists of the Indian Mujahideen (IM), including the dreaded Zia ur Rahman alias Waqas, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with several bomb blasts across India, and three members of the IM's Rajasthan module from various cities of the state.
The four men were arrested from Ajmer, Jaipur and Jodhpur and the police described it as a major success in its fight against terrorism sponsored from across the border. 
The other three men were identified as Mohammad Mahruf, 21, of Jaipur; Mohammad Waqar Azhar @ Haneef, 21, of Jaipur; and Shaquib Ansari @ Khalid, 25, of Jodhpur.
Mr S N Srivastava, Special Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, said the police had also made huge recoveries of suspected explosive material, detonators, electronic circuits, timers and other such items from Jaipur an Jodhpur at the instance of the arrestd men.
"With this, a spectacular terrorist strike has been averted. The Special Cell has got registered cases under the Explosive Substances Act at Jaipur and Jodhpur regarding the recoveries made from the terrorists of the Rajasthan module of IM," he said.
According to him, the Delhi Police had been working on clues that came up during the interrogation of Yasin Bhatkal, one of the founders of the Indian Mujahideen and among India's most wanted terrorists, who was arrested by Indian agencies in August last year from the India-Nepal border along with his associate Asadullah Akhtar @ Haddi.
After months of efforts in Karnataka, Odisha, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, the police received specific information on March 21 that Waqas was expected to arrive in Ajmer, Rajasthan by train the next day.
A team was despatched to Ajmer and they took positions at strategic points across the station and kept a watch on the passengers arriving there from various places.
Mr Srivastava said Waqas was spotted alighting from one of the trains and was apprehended. He was brought to Delhi, where he was produced before a special court and remanded in police custody. He is being interrogated by the police, he said.
According to him, Waqas said he had gone to Ajmer to oversee preparations being carried out by the other three men for a "spectacular terror strike".
The police sent teams to Jodhpur and Jaipur and, with the assistance of the local police, arrested the three men, he said.
Mr Srivastava said the material recovered from the men were meant to be used to fabricate powerful improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to create havoc in the national capital.

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CCEA okays new broad gauge line between Ajmer and Sawai Madhopur

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the construction of a new broad gauge line between Ajmer and Sawai Madhopur via Tonk in Rajasthan. 
The total length of the new line will be 165 kms, an official press release said.
The release said the total anticipated cost of Rs.873.71 crore for this project would be funded 50 per cent through budgetary support and 50 per cent through the Government of Rajasthan. Land will be provided free of cost by the Government of Rajasthan. 
The line will be completed in eight years during the 13th Plan period, the release said.
The new line will cater to the travelling needs of the people of the area and carrying of goods on Ajmer-Sawai Madhopur via Tonk. It will also provide infrastructure support to the backward districts of Ajmer, Tonk and Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan as also an alternate route between Chittaurgarh and Sawai Madhopur on the Delhi-Ahmedabad route, it added.

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PM says Govt. to build network of 100 small airports across India

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday that the Government had drawn up an ambitious programme to build a network of 100 small airports in the small cities and towns of India to give a boost to the economic and industrial development of these areas.
PM lays foundation stone of Kishangarh airport in Ajmer
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the Government had drawn up an ambitious programme to build a network of 100 small airports in the small cities and towns of India to give a boost to the economic and industrial development of these areas.
Laying the foundation stone of the first such airport at Kishangarh, near Ajmer, in Rajasthan, he said airports were, until recently, considered a facility for only the rich.
But air connectivity had now become a pre-requisite for development and lack of such facilities could impede progress, he said.
Dr Singh said the people of Rajasthan and around Ajmer and Kishangarh would begin to see the benefits of the new airport when it is completed by 2016.
He said the number of air travellers had grown dramatically in the country to around 16 crore at present and the number was expected to go up to 30 crore by 2020. He said massive efforts were needed to build airports and other infrastructural facilities to meet this growing demand. He said the Government had decided to involve the private sector also in this effort.
Dr Singh said Rajasthan attracted tourists from all over the world because of its rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, glorious traditions, proud history and unique art forms.
He said Ajmer attracted visitors of all religions to the famous Hazrat Khwaja Moniuddin Chishti shrine. He said there were also other major attractions in the state such as the Brahma temple and the annual fair at Pushkar as well in places such as Chittaurgarh and Nagaur.
He said Ajmer and many of these other places did not have air connectivity, and the nearest airport for people planning to visit them was in Jaipur, some 150 km away.
He said the completion of the airport would give a boost to tourism and pilgrimages and enable the region to make rapid economic and industrial growth.
He said the message of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti was one of peace and harmony, which had assumed added importance at a time when some parts of India had witnessed communal violence.
Dr Singh said nobody had ever gained from hatred and violence. He said India is known for tolerance and respect for all religions and different views.
He said people of different religions, communities, languages and tribes had lived in peace and harmony through the ages in India and the only way forward for the country was to strengthen and adhere to these traditions.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, Union Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot were amongst those present on the occasion.

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We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.

Minor fire in Ajmer-bound Shatabdi Express

Passengers of the Jaipur bound Delhi-Jaipur-Ajmer Shatabdi Express remained stranded near Dausa for some time following a sudden fire in the engine of the prestigious train this morning.

5 killed, 4 injured while travelling on roof of train

Five youths, who were travelling on the roof of the Gwalior-Udaipur Mail train were killed and four others injured when they hit a flyover between Ajmer and Bhilwara stations in Rajasthan early today.

Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


Rajasthan govt, recommends remission of Chisty's sentence


The Rajasthan government has forwarded again to Governor Shivraj Patil the mercy petition of 80-year-old Pakistani prisoner Khalil Chisty from Ajmer jail with a recommendation of remission of his sentence on humanitarian grounds.

This is the second time that the state government has forwarded the petition to the Governor.

Earlier, the government had sent the petition to the Governor about a couple of months ago but Mr Patil had then sought more details in Chisty's case alongwith the government's recommendation, an official spokesman said here last evening.

The sessions court in Ajmer had awarded Chisty life sentence in January this year in a murder case after an 18-year-long trial. He had filed an appeal in the High Court but his bail plea was rejected.

Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju had recently sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention for the release of the Pakistani national, who is suffering from a number of ailments, on humanitarian grounds.

A mercy petition filed by Chisty's kin and human right activists was also pending before Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot who had forwarded the same to the Governor for his consideration.

Chisty, a virologist by profession, came to Ajmer 18 years ago to visit his brother.


Dikshit inaugurates transit camp for Urs pilgrims in Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today inaugurated a 20-day transit camp for pilgrims departing from the city to attend the 799th annual Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti at Ajmer Sharif.

Pilgrims from all parts of the country reach the national capital to further travel to Ajmer.

Ms Dikshit said her government had been providing all possible help in organising camps for pilgrims of all religions.

"The Urs camp at Burari Maidan is being organised consecutively for the last 11 years. It has been observed that every year the arrangements are becoming better than the past. The stay of pilgrims in transit camp will be comfortable," the Chief Minister added.

She exhorted the pilgrims to pray for unity and brotherhood during annual Urs at Ajmer.

The Delhi Transport Corporation, the Delhi Police, Health Department, the Delhi Jal Board, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, and other departments have rendered their cooperation in providing facilities in the camp.

The government has made arrangement for free stay of pilgrims. For security of the people, several ambulances have been deployed and CCTV cameras have also been installed.

A total of 195 mobile public conveniences have also been stationed.

The DTC is also offering its Delhi tour buses for the convenience of pilgrims. An eight-bedded mini hospital, and Ayurvedic and Unani health centre have also been commissioned.

The Rajasthan Roadways has made arrangement of buses for Ajmer.

Revenue Minister Ashok Kumar Walia, Delhi Power Minister Haroon Yusuf and other officials were also present on the occasion.


NIA's credibility more than that of Aseemanand: Chidambaram

Union Home Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram holding a press conference to present the Report Card of the Ministry of Home Affairs for the month of March, 2011, in New Delhi on April 01, 2011. Union Home Secretary, G.K. Pillai and the Director General (M&C), Press Information Bureau, S.M. Khan are also seen.
Union Home Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram holding a press conference to present the Report Card of the Ministry of Home Affairs for the month of March, 2011, in New Delhi on April 01, 2011. Union Home Secretary, G.K. Pillai and the Director General (M&C), Press Information Bureau, S.M. Khan are also seen.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today said the credibility of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is more than that of Aseemanand, an accused in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case, and hoped that the agency would take the case trial to its logical end in a court of law.

Mr Chidambaram's remarks came in response to a question whether the NIA would be able to prove its case against Aseemanand after the latter did a volte face and told Ajmer's chief judicial magistrate that he had agreed to turn approver in the case under pressure from the investigating agencies, including the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the NIA.

"Please remember, Aseemanand is an accused in the case and the credibility of NIA is more than that of Aseemanand," said Mr Chidambaram at the release of the monthly report card of his ministry.

The swami had earlier sent a letter to the magistrate, expressing his desire to turn an approver in the case and stand witness for the prosecution.

The Rajasthan home department has agreed to hand over the probe in the blast to the NIA.

The Centre had sent a proposal to various state governments to hand over the probe into cases involving the right-wing terror organisations to the federal agency. The cases included terror attacks on the Ajmer Dargah, Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid and in Malegaon, Maharashtra.

The Centre's contention was that since the same radical outfits were involved in these attacks, they should be investigated by the NIA.

The Centre also proposed to hand over the investigations in the murder of slain Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak Sunil Joshi - a key accused in the cases - to the NIA. Joshi was shot dead in Madhya Pradesh soon after the Ajmer blast.

The Ajmer blast case had been investigated by the Rajasthan ATS that had submitted a charge sheet against three accused last October and arrested Swami Aseemanand, among others.


Swami Aseemanand remanded to ATS custody till Feb 11

A local court today remanded prominent Sangh Parivar activist and Abhinav Bharat functionary Swami Aseemanand to the custody of the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) till February 11 in the October 2007 Dargah Sharif blast case.

He, along with another accused Bharat Mohan of Valsad in Gujarat, was produced before the Judicial Magistrate (First) Vikram Singh, who remanded them to police custody till Friday next.

The Hindu leader was arrested by the ATS on January 22 last, following his admission before a court of his involvement in the terror blasts at places like Malegaon, Hyderabad and Ajmer and on board the Indo-Pakistan Samjautha Express in 2007.

Bharat Mohan was arrested from Valsad recently on the basis of tips provided by Aseemanand during interrogation.


Rajasthan: Bikaner at -2 colder than Mount Abu

The desert town of Bikaner at minus 2.0 degrees Celsius turned out to be the coldest place with south-westerly winds in lower level restricting the impact of the cold wave in northern Rajasthan and some smaller pockets.

The northern town, where the mercury stayed at zero degrees last morning, recorded a further fall of two degrees today to turn colder than Mount Abu which recorded minus 1.0 degrees, Meteorology office sources said.

The weather conditions in the Pilani town of Jhunjhunu district also remained grim with the mercury touching the mark of 0.4 degrees, almost the same level of 0.5 degrees that it was at yesterday.

Jaisalmer also remained affected with icy winds as the famous tourist resort shivered at 1.2 degrees.

Elsewhere in the state, Churu recorded a minimum temperature of 2.5 degrees, followed by Ganganagar 3.7 degrees, Udaipur-Dabok 4.7 and Jaipur recorded five degrees.

Several stations including Ajmer, Jaipur, Udaipur, Churu and Kota recorded rise in night temperatures under the impact of the south-westerly winds, sources said, adding the change in wind pattern might ease further the cold wave conditions in a day or two.


PM offering a Chaadar for the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Ajmer Sharif

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh handing over the ‘Chaadar’ to be offered at the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Ajmer Sharif to the Minister of State for the PMO Prithviraj Chavan in New Delhi on Thursday.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh handing over the ‘Chaadar’ to be offered at the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Ajmer Sharif to the Minister of State for the PMO Prithviraj Chavan in New Delhi on Thursday.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh handing over the ‘Chaadar’ to be offered at the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Ajmer Sharif to the Minister of State for the PMO Prithviraj Chavan in New Delhi on Thursday.

Mayo College, Ajmer

Called the Eton of India, set up by the British rulers in 1870 to ensure to the sons of India's aristocracy a "liberal and enlightened education" as part of their political and psychological management of India and Indians, now a premier residential school, prepares boys for class X and XII examinations of the CBSE, offers science, commerce and humanities, has exchange programmes with premier public schools in the UK.

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