Rajasthan: Maderna taken to Delhi by CBI; aide shifted to RAC premises


Sacked Rajasthan Minister Mahipal Maderna, presently under the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the case of the missing nurse Bhanwari Devi case, was today shifted to New Delhi.
According to Bureau sources, Maderna has been taken to the national capital for further interrogation in the case. 
The shifting came amid reports of alleged threat to CBI officials over telephone.
Another key suspect in the case and Maderna's close aide Parasram Bishnoi - the brother of ruling Congresss MLA Malkhan Singh, has also been shifted from the CBI office to the RAC premises here on security grounds.

Rajasthan: Maderna, aide remanded in CBI custody till Friday

Sacked Rajasthan Minister Mahipal Maderna and his close aide Parasram Bishnoi were today remanded in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody till December 9 in the case of a missing nurse.
The duo was arrested by the agency last evening in the infamous Bhanwari Devi case, and today produced before the CBI Special Court which remanded them into the custody till Friday.
Maderna was arrested yesterday along with Parasram Bishnoi, who is the brother of the ruling Congress MLA Malkhan Singh Bishnoi.
Parasram's legislator brother Malkhan and their sister Indra are also expected to be re-summoned for another round of interrogation by the agency in this case which had raked up a major controversy in the desert state.

Rajasthan: CBI arrests sacked Minister Maderna in missing nurse case


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested former Rajasthan Minister Mahipal Maderna in connection with the case of Bhanwari Devi, the auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) who has been missing since September 1.

The CBI is investigating the case related to the abduction, sexual exploitation and suspected murder of the nurse.

Earlier in the day, the agency had interrogated Maderna, who was sacked by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for his alleged involvement in the scandal, sitting Congress MLA Malkhan Singh's brother Paras Ram Bishnoi and the missing nurse's husband Amar Chand Nat.

CBI has announced a reward of Rs.10 lakh to anyone providing information leading to the recovery of the nurse. Besides, a reward of Rs.5 lakh has also been announced for credible information leading to apprehension of the absconding accused Sahiram Bishnoi.

"Further investigation is continuing to unearth the larger conspiracy so as to identify the other conspirators & perpetrators of this crime and recovery of Bhanwari Devi," a CBI press release said.



6 killed, 25 injured in bus trailer collision in Rajasthan

At least six people were killed and 25 others injured in collision between a bus and trailer on the Bikaner-Jaisalmer highway, about 20 km from here, this morning.
Police sources said the bus was proceeding to Jaisalmer when it rammed into the trailer near Gangashahr at 1030 hrs.
Five people died on the spot, while one succumbed to his injuries later.
The injured were admitted at the Prince Bijoy Memorial (PBM) Hospital here where the condition of three to four was stated to be serious, the sources added.

Suzlon wins Rs 470 crore contract from Coromandel Wind Energy

File photo of a wind farm in Rajasthan.
File photo of a wind farm in Rajasthan.
Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy Limited today said it had won a Rs 470 crore contract from Coromandel Wind Energy Limited (CWE), a Chennai head-quartered  independent power producer (IPP), for its maiden wind power project in Rajasthan.
The project will comprise of 36 units of Suzlon’s new S97 - 2.1 MW wind turbine generators and shall be commissioned in FY 2012-13, a press release from the company said.
Under the agreement, Suzlon will supply, set up, operate and maintain a 75.6 MW wind power project for Coromandel. The deal is valued at nearly Rs 470 crore, the release said.
“The company has been set up to be a preferred investment vehicle for foreign and local investors targeting the booming energy sector in India. The company plans to list on a recognized exchange either in India or London at the appropriate time and expect to achieve a market capitalization in excess of $250 million by 2014," Dr Arun Subbiah, Director, CWE said.
"This is only the beginning of CWE’s plans to be one of India’s leading clean energy IPP and become a 1000 MW scale company in this sector. We are sure our relationship with Suzlon will be one step towards achieving this," he said.
Mr Anand Rengaswamy, Managing Director, CWE, said: “The clean energy IPP sector in India is in its early stages of evolution and we expect to benefit from an early mover advantage. In a time when the Indian economy is booming and the country’s power requirements are increasing, we feel that secular IPP’s can make a substantial difference in the market. We are convinced that Suzlon, the market leader in India has the capabilities, expertise, and track record to support our aspiration and business plan.”
Mr Tulsi R. Tanti, Chairman and Managing Director, Suzlon Group, said: “The order from CWE is a testimony to the IPP sector’s trust in Suzlon. We are set to lead the booming IPP market segment in India and are fully geared to serve their specific requirements through our capabilities across the wind energy value chain. We look forward to a long-term relationship with CWE.”

Gehlot's chopper makes emergency landing near Pilani in Rajasthan

A helicopter carrying Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot made an emergency landing at a place about 12 km from Pilani town in Jhunjhunu district after it developed a technical snag.
An official spokesman told UNI here that the Chief Minister was heading for Nyangli in Churu district to participate in some programmes.
However, the state helicopter developed some snag while it was flying over Pilani town.
Pilots Capt U K Sharma and Capt Rakesh Sharma instantly decided to go for an emergency landing and landed the chopper safely, he said.
"The Chief Minister is safe and has proceeded for Nyangli by road after arranging a private vehicle," the spokesman said.
This is the second such incident involving Mr Gehlot. Earlier, in year 1999-2000, during his previous regime, he faced a similar situation when his chopper made an emergency landing in the same area.

Shakira in Udaipur

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira in Udaipur

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador singer Shakira with  a group of poor  adolescent girls  to talk about  educating and empowering girls to break the cycle of poverty and inequity – nationally and globally in Udaipur on November 16, 2011. UNI PHOTO
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador singer Shakira with a group of poor adolescent girls to talk about educating and empowering girls to break the cycle of poverty and inequity – nationally and globally in Udaipur on November 16, 2011. UNI PHOTO

Rajasthan: Gehlot drops five ministers, inducts six

Amin Khan, who had recently tendered an apology to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil for his derogatory remarks against her, was re-inducted in the three-year-old Ashok Gehlot-led Council of Ministers in Rajasthan which was reshuffled today with induction of six members and dropping of five incumbents.
Governor Shivraj Patil administered the oath of office and secrecy to Ashok Bairwa, Khan, Virender Beniwal, Dayaram Parmar, Manju Meghwal, Naseem Akhtar Insaf and Vinod Chaudhary at a ceremony in the Raj Bhawan at 1545 hrs.
Gehlot, his Ministerial colleagues and several other dignitaries were present. 
While Bairwa, presently working as Minister of State (with independent charge), has been elevated to the rank of Cabinet minister, Khan has been re-inducted in the Council of Ministers after a gap of over one year.
Among the six new Ministers of State, Khan, Beniwal and Parmar would hold independent charge. 
Parmar, a seasoned legislator, had earlier worked as Minister in the previous Congress-led government. Beniwal, Meghwal, Insaf and Chaudhary have got ministerial assignments for the first time.

Former Rajasthan Minister Rathore passes away


Veteran Congress leader and former Rajasthan Minister Khet Singh Rathore passed away at the MDM Hospital here today.
Rathore was not keeping well for sometime and was admitted to the hospital on November 7 where he breathed his last around 1115 hrs today.
He was 87. He is survived by a married daughter.
Born on December 11, 1924 in Chordia Kalan village under Shergarh tehsil in this district, Rathore was elected to Rajasthan Assembly for seven times between 1952 and 1998.  
He had served as Minister in various Congress-led Governments in the state for several years and had the distinction of working with Chief Ministers such as Mohan Lal Sukhadia, Haridev Joshi, Shiv Charan Mathur and Ashok Gehlot.
He was cremated here this afternoon. Mr Gehlot, Home Minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal, Panchayati Raj Minister Bharat Singh and Health Minster A A Khan attended the funeral.

Maderna, wife and Cong MLA quizzed in case of missing nurse


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today interrogated Congress MLA Malkhan Singh in the case of missing nurse Bhanwari Devi, who is suspected to have been abducted, sexually exploited and killed, even as the agency continued questioning sacked Minister Mahipal Maderna for the second day.

According to reports received at the State headquarters here, Maderna's wife and Rajasthan State Apex Cooperative Bank chairperson Lila Maderna and a lady police personnel were also being quizzed.

Legislator Malkhan Singh was summoned at the agency's office in Jodhpur where interrogation was still in progress. Maderna, who was dismissed from the cabinet last month in the wake of this controversial case, was also questioned at the agency's office there, sources told UNI over telephone.

Advani calls for simultaneous LS, Assembly polls

Senior BJP leader L K Advani said on Friday it was time to seriously consider the desirability of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies in the country.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani today said it was time to seriously consider the desirability of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies in the country.
"Similarly, state funding of elections is an idea whose time has come," Mr Advani said at a press conference during a stopover here in his Jan Chetna Yatra against corruption and black money.
"We are proud of Indian democracy. Free and fair election is the instrument to know popular will in a democracy. It is eminently desirable that comprehensive electoral reform is undertaken to make our democracy more accountable and responsive," he said.

CBI grills former Rajasthan Minister in Bhanwari Devi case


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today questioned sacked Rajasthan Minister Mahipal Maderna in connection with the alleged kidnapping and murder of the an auxiliary nurse midwife Bhanwari Devi, who has been missing since September 1.

"Mr Maderna was questioned in the CBI office in Jodhpur," an official from the agency said. 
CBI sources said he was being questioned on the basis of the CDs recovered by the agency from a bank locker allegedly owned by the 36-year-old nurse. She went missing from Jodhpur on September 1.

CBI arrests four in Rajasthan cop's burning case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested three persons and a sub-inspector of police under suspension in connection with a case relating to the alleged murder of a police officer by a mob on March 17 this year in Rajasthan.
The three persons were all residents of Surval village and were held in connection with the alleged murder of Phool Mohammed, the then station house officer (SHO) of Man Town Police Station in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan.
The case also relates to culpable homicide not amounting to murder of Rajesh Meena, resident of Badolas in Sawai Madhopur and damage to public property and hurt to other police personnel, the release said.

CBI announces Rs 5 lakh reward for info in Bhanwari Devi case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for credible information leading to the recovery of Bhanwari Devi, a nurse and folk singer in Rajasthan, who has been missing since September 1.
The family of the 36-year-old auxiliary nurse and midwife (ANM), a resident of Berunda village in Jodhpur district, suspects that she was abducted and murdered. 
Her husband has alleged that she was abducted at the behest of former state Water Resources Minister Mahipal Maderna and his associates. They have denied the charges.
The CBI has also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for absconding accused Sahiram in the case.
A press release from the agency said the information may be given at CBI Camp Office, Circuit House, Jodhpur (Rajasthan) on phone numbers:             09530346277, 09530346277, 02912513315 and 01124368641. The identity of the informer will be kept confidential, it said.
Meanwhile, the police remand of Shahbuddin, a key accused in the case, was extended by five days on Monday.
The CBI took over the investigation of the case on October 11 and registered a case in this regard.

2 killed in train-tractor collision in Rajasthan; mob blocks route

Two persons were killed and one injured seriously when their tractor trolley rammed into a speeding goods train near here today after its occupants forced open a level crossing gate.
According to a railway spokesman, the occupants of the tractor trolley assaulted gateman Radhey, forced him to open the gate of the level crossing (No 248) between Bharatpur and Dhormi Jagina stations and then made an unsuccessful bid to get through the crossing.
In the process, the tractor trolley rammed into a fast approaching 
goods train and the collision left two persons dead and one injured
critically, the spokesman said.
Later, a mob blocked the rail route, forcing the railway authorities to divert some important trains on alternative routes. Eleven trains were diverted and the run of two trains was suspended, the spokesman added.

SC directs Rajasthan ADGP to surrender in Dara Singh encounter case

The Supreme Court today directed Rajasthan Additional Director General of Police A K Jain who is wanted in connection with the fake encounter of Dara Singh by the State police, to surrender before the authorities.
Several senior Police officers are facing allegations of their alleged involvement in the killing of Dara Singh. The alleged criminal, who was involved with the liquor mafia, was shot dead by the state Police in October 2006 in Jaipur.
Earlier, counsel for the petitioner had contended that Mr Jain had been evading interrogation and was not cooperating in the investigation.

Dacoits loot passengers of GT Express near Dholpur


A gang of dacoits robbed passengers of the Gwalior-bound GT Express of cash, ornaments and other valuables after injuring five of them yesterday.

The train was on its way to Gwalior from Delhi via Agra when the robbers boarded it from Dholpur, police and railway sources said today.

The outlaws resorted to firing and assaulted the passengers as soon as the train reached the outskirts of the city.

The miscreants shot at three passengers, beat up two others and looted around Rs 1 lakh in cash and ornaments from the terrorised passengers, the sources said.

Later, the dacoits stopped the train at the Chambal bridge by pulling the chain and fled with the booty into the ravines of Chambal.

The injured passengers - three with bullet injuries - were admitted to hospitals in Morena and Gwalior, the sources said.

Four Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel, who were on duty on board, have been suspended, they added.



Rajasthan: CBI quizzes two accused in case of missing nurse


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today interrogated two accused in the sensational case related to alleged sexual exploitation, abduction and suspected killing of an auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM), Bhanwari Devi, even as the Rajasthan High Court adjourned hearing in the habeas corpus filed for recovery/production of the woman, untraceable since September 1.

The CBI sleuths today went to the jail here to interrogate accused Sohanlal and Baldev alias Balva and quizzed them for more than an hour, official sources said.

3 injured as train hits JCB machine in Rajasthan


Three people, including a railway employee, were injured when the Kathgodam/Ranikhet bound Bikaner-Kathgodam Express train hit a JCB machine crossing the tracks between Napasar and Sita near here yesterday afternoon.

According to Railway and police sources, the JCB engaged in work for construction of a flyover was crossing the tracks, ignoring the fast approaching train.

One injured person was admitted to hospital in Ratangarh while two were brought to the PBM Hospital here, sources said.

The train, however, proceeded on its run to the destination, they added.



Missing nurse case: Rajasthan Minister Maderna sacked

Rajasthan Water Resources and Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) Minister Mahipal Maderna has been sacked from the Cabinet in the wake of controversy over his relations with auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) Bhanwari Devi who has gone missing since September 1.

According to sources, Governor Shivraj Patil has dismissed Mr Maderna on the advice of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Industries Minister Rajendra Pareek has been entrusted with Mr Maderna's portfolios, the sources added.

The disappearance of the nurse has led to a major controversy in the state following allegations of her links with some politicians, including Mr Maderna and an MLA.

7 of family die in van-truck collision in Rajasthan


Seven members of related families were killed in a collision between a speeding truck and a van near Indersar village in Rajgarh region of this district of Rajasthan this morning, police said here.

The victims were returning home in Fatehpur town of Sikar district, after paying obeisance at Haridwar, when their van was hit from the rear by a speeding truck.

The collision was so powerful that the van was damaged badly and all seven people, including a woman and a girl, died on the spot, police said.

Rescue teams had a tough time extricating the bodies from the damaged vehicle, the police added.



Minor quake recorded in Haryana-Rajasthan border region

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the border region between Mahendragarh district of Haryana and Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

An IMD bulletin said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 28.2 degrees North and longitude 76 degrees East, occurred at 15.57 hours today at a depth of 6 km.



CBI registers case in Bharatpur violence

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today registered a case in the Bharatpur violence in Rajasthan in which 10 people were killed in clashes between two communities last month.

The clashes took place in Gopalgarh between two communities over a land-related dispute.

An inquiry into the matter was referred to the CBI by the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan and a judicial probe was also ordered into the incident.



CBI starts probe in Rajasthan missing nurse case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today took over the probe into the mysterious disappearance of Bhanwari Devi, a nurse in Rajasthan.

The CBI has registered a case in this regard, an official of the agency said.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had issued a notification in this regard on October 3.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had recommended the CBI probe on September 14.

State Health and Water Resources Minister Mahipal Maderna has been linked to Bhanwari's disappearance.

Bhanwari Devi, a midwife, is missing since September 1. Her husband has alleged that she was abducted at the behest of Maderna and his aides.


Dalit youth beaten to death in Rajasthan in apparent honour killing


In an apparent case of honour killing, a Dalit youth was tied to a tree and lynched in Dholipal village of this district of Rajasthan yesterday.

The youth, Prahlad, alias Babloo, had reportedly eloped with a young married woman of a different caste about three months ago, police said today.

Enraged with his act, the three brothers of the woman yesterday tied him to a tree at the "chaupal" in the village and assaulted him with batons, hammer and sharp-edged weapon in the broad daylight.

Later, the victim was rushed to the district hospital by his kin from where he was referred to Bikaner. However, he succumbed to his injuries on the way.

The three accused have been arrested and a case of murder and atrocities under the SCs and STs Atrocities(Prevention) Act lodged against them.


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