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Rahul should apologise for his remarks on ordinance: Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief MInister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. File photo Continuing his attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said the former should apologise to countrymen for “insulting” Prime Minister’s Office over the ordinance that seeks to protect convicted lawmakers.

“The comments made by Rahul Gandhi, about the ordinance is against the dignity of the PMO and amounts to an insult to the country’s self-respect. Therefore he should apologise to the people of the nation,” Mr. Chouhan told reporters at Narsinghpur town before embarking on his ‘Janashirwad Yatra’.

The voice against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Cabinet was raised by the leader of their own party and therefore, the entire council of ministers should immediately step down, he said.

“By making such a statement, especially when the Prime Minister is taking part in important meetings in foreign countries, Rahul has lowered the country’s image in the eyes of the world,” Mr. Chouhan said.

Targetting Manmohan Singh, the Chief Minister said, “The country has never seen such a helpless Prime Minister in its history.”

“Though it was clear ten years back that Manmohan Singh was not the real Prime Minister of the country, it has become all the more evident now that the real power centre is 10 Janpath (Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s residence). This incident has further proved that the country has dual-power centre — firstly, the PMO and secondly 10 Janpath,” he added.

Taking a dig at both Ms. Sonia and Mr. Gandhi, Mr. Chouhan said, “While mother first ensures the passage of an ordinance, the son later talks of tearing it apart!”

In a major embarrassment to the UPA government, Mr. Gandhi had denounced the controversial ordinance to negate the Supreme Court verdict on convicted lawmakers as “complete nonsense” and said the ordinance should be “torn up and thrown away“.


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SC to hear Soni Sori, Kodopi’s bail plea

The Hindu A file picture of tribal schoolteacher Soni Sori. The hearing of the bail petition of tribal schoolteacher Soni Sori and her relative, journalist Lingaram Kodopi, will begin in the Supreme Court on Monday. Bench consisting of Justice S.S. Nirjar will preside over the bail hearing. The bail application was filed two weeks back by Ms. Sori’s lawyer Colin Gonsalves. Lawyer Prashant Bhusan filed the application of Lingaram Kodopi.

While Ms. Sori and Mr. Kodopi either got bail or acquittal in most of the cases, both were denied bail by the Chattisgarh courts. Rejecting the bail petition in Chattisgarh High Court, a couple of months back, Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra said that “on basis of the seriousness of the evidence” the petition had been rejected. Finally, the bail application was filed in the Supreme Court earlier this month.

Ms. Sori has been acquitted in six of the eight cases in the last one and half years, while Mr. Kodopi has been acquitted in the only other case of planning an attack on local Congress leader Avdesh Gautam.

The remaining case is the one of Essar Steel, where both Ms. Sori and Mr. Kodopi have been accused of arranging “protection money” on behalf of the company to Maoists. The main accused, D.V.C.S Verma, General Manager at an Essar steel plant, and B.K. Lala, an Essar contractor, were arrested for allegedly disbursing the money.

Both Mr. Verma and Mr. Lala got bail within the first few months of their arrest.


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Iconic Victoria Memorial to host literary meet

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Concerns of environmentalists allayedCome January 2014, Victoria Memorial Hall, this city’s iconic heritage museum, will play host to the annual Kolkata Literary Meet.  “The settings of Victoria Memorial Hall will provide the right ambience to the literary meet. It is only appropriate to that the event in the city is held at the museum,” Jayanta Sengupta, secretary and curator of the hall, told The Hindu on Sunday. Book lovers are expected to have a unique experience from January 25 to 30. The foundation of the museum, referred as the “Taj of the Raj”, was laid in 1906. Over the years the city’s literary meet has emerged as a prominent gathering of littérateurs, similar to the ones like the Jaipur Literary Festival. Mr. Sengupta dismissed environment activists’ concerns that the conference might have an adverse affect on the memorial as “misplaced and unfounded.”

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BJP MLA’s supporters defy ban, unleash violence in Meerut village

PTI In this September 21, 2013 photo, BJP MLA Sangeet Som is being produced in a court in Muzaffarnagar. Supporters of Mr. Som clashed with police in Meerut after defying prohibitory orders to hold a Mahapanchayat against slapping of the National Security Act on him. Violence and arson erupted at Kherha in Meerut district as supporters of the jailed Bharatiya Janata Party MLA, Sangeet Singh Som, who had gathered in the village for a banned sarvdaliya mahapanchayat, fought a pitched battle with the security forces on Sunday. Though all roads leading to the village from Muzaffarnagar and Baghpat districts had been sealed by the police, and 32 companies of the Central Para Military Force and Provincial Armed Constabulary deployed, besides the presence of 40 women sub-inspectors and 400 women constables, 5,000-6,000 people managed to assemble at the venue.

Fourteen persons, including 13 policemen and Rapid Action Force personnel, were injured in heavy stone throwing. About a dozen vehicles, nine of them belonging to the Central Reserve Police Force, were either torched or damaged. Mohit, 24, suffered a fracture in the jaw as the police lathicharged the mob and fired in the air.

Uttar Pradesh Home Secretary Kamal Saksena said here that 24 persons were arrested and patrolling was intensified in rural areas. Mr. Saksena denied that the Army was called in, adding it was alerted by the district administration.

Sunday’s mahapanchayat at Janata Inter College at Kherha had been organised by Som’s brother Sagar Som, and the MLA’s wife, in protest against his being booked under the National Security Act for allegedly inciting violence in Muzaffarnagar recently. It was to be attended by people belonging to Mr. Som’s community from 24 villages in a three-four-km radius of Kherha. Inspector-General (Law and Order), Raj Kumar Vishwakarama said Kherha is surrounded by sugarcane fields and the crowd, 25 per cent of it women, reached the venue through village pathways. When the people were prevented from participating in the panchayat, the mob resorted to heavy brickbatting.

Describing the violence and arson by the MLA’s supporters as “irresponsible behaviour,” the Home Secretary said strict action would be taken against those who had called the panchayat.


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Dissent note does not dismiss Rajan report: Shaibal Gupta

Dissent note does not dismiss Rajan report: Shaibal Gupta - The Hindu var _comscore = _comscore || [];_comscore.push({ c1: "2", c2: "11398210" });(function() {var s = document.createElement("script"), el = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.async = true;s.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? "https://sb" : "http://b") + ".scorecardresearch.com/beacon.js";el.parentNode.insertBefore(s, el);})(); Follow!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Today's Paper Archive Subscriptions RSS Feeds Site Map ePaperMobileApps Social SEARCHReturn to frontpageHome News Opinion Business Sport S & T Features Books In-depth Jobs Classifieds Shopping Bus tickets National Andhra Pradesh Karnataka Kerala Tamil Nadu Other States National» Other StatesPatna,September 29, 2013 Updated: September 29, 2013 18:56 IST
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Economist Shaibal Gupta, who represented Bihar as a member of the Raghuram Rajan committee, said in Patna on Sunday that the note of dissent only raised technicalities and did not dismiss the panel report.

“The note of dissent was only a technical critique. If the dissenting points were incorporated, it would have been a better report, but that does not mean we are dismissing the report. We welcome the panel report which opens the door for Bihar to be entitled to maximum financial devolution. Both the report and the note have to be seen in a positive light. We were not politically driven. We worked as economists,” Mr. Gupta told a press conference in Patna.

Based on the dissent note, the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had challenged the view that Bihar would gain from the revised framework of backwardness.

The note, said Mr. Gupta, merely advised different variables, than the ones considered by the panel. For instance, the variable of per capita income should have been considered instead of monthly per capita consumption. Other variables, such as health, infant mortality, education, female literacy and per capita electricity connectivity, availability and consumption should have been taken into account.

“We put our critique on record so that their cognisance is taken for course correction when future criteria are framed. The panel has said that the variable will change every five years,” he said. Special category status was not in the terms of reference of the Rajan panel. The body received a note from the Finance Ministry that the category had been subsumed.

The most important contribution of the report was to devise a development index based on performance and need. In this respect Bihar stood to gain the most and could even be entitled for tax breaks, Mr. Gupta said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has hailed the report as “an ideological victory,” while the BJP has criticised the document as “a lame duck report.”

Keywords: Shaibal Gupta, Rajan panel report, Nitish Kumar

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Konkani Wikipedia in the making

Special Arrangement Satish Shetye (middle), Vice-Chancellor of Goa University, addressing presspersons The Goa University has re-launched a four-volume Konkani Vishwakosh (Konkani encyclopaedia) and announced its plan to upload the same on Wikipedia so as to build the Konkani Wikipedia.

The project is seen as a major stride in Konkani learning, research and production of books. The project, which will involve 42 students of the Konkani Department of Goa University including four designated as Ambassadors of Konkani, will turn students into producers of knowledge rather than mere consumers of knowledge. The University has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) for building up the Konkani Wikipedia.

“Wikipedia is a global phenomenon and a platform to bring people together for making creative activities possible, which in fact, has challenged the monopoly of publishers and created a movement in order to put together knowledge, further making it accessible to public,” said Satish Shetye, Vice-Chancellor of Goa University, speaking at the launch of the project.

Narrating how the project began, Registrar of Goa University V. P. Kamat explained that Mr. Satish Shetye, who took over as Vice-Chancellor over a year ago, happened to notice the huge piles of hardbound volumes of the Konkani encyclopaedia stacked in the Goa University library and wished to digitise the manuscripts and re-launch the encyclopaedia. The idea to upload the whole content on Wikipedia was thus born.

The work for the Konkani encyclopaedia project was commissioned during the tenure of the first Vice-Chancellor B. Sheik Ali. The project was seen as a historical step to document the identity of the State and its people and the history of Goa for posterity. University insiders, however, said that no serious efforts were made to take the invaluable research work undertaken beyond the University. Secondly, because of the lack of human resource and funds, no initiative was taken so far to update these volumes.

Initiative

Prof. Shetye took a proactive initiative and tied up with Access to Knowledge Programme of the CIS. The four volumes of the 3,632 page Konkani encyclopaedia are being released under Creative Commons License CC-BY-SA 3.0 to support the movement of open knowledge and open access.

Programme Director at CIS’s Access to Knowledge Programme Vishnu Vardhan said that the process of uploading the four volumes of Konkani encyclopa edia on Wikipedia would be completed in six months’ time. He also stressed on the need to rewrite some of the articles in the encyclopaedia so as to make the content more relevant.

Students of the University involved in digitisation work and rewriting the content see this as an opportunity to learn about digitisation and to write Konkani of global standard, said Madhavi Sardesai, Professor, Department of Konkani at the University. Mr. Vardhan also disclosed plans for a relevant training programme specially co-designed by the CIS as well as the University to put up the content on Wikipedia.

He said that the Goa University is the first in the country to re-license copyright of its content and hailed the initiative towards open knowledge. Though the MoU signed last month would be initially valid for three years, Mr. Vardhan is optimistic that it would go beyond the launch of the Vishwakosh volumes.

Mr. Halarnkar, associated with the Konkani literary movement, who was present at the launch as the editor of the original volumes, welcomed the process of digitisation as relevant, historical and need of the hour. However, he stressed on supervision over the accuracy and accountability while digitising original data and regular updating of the content in the context of the Konkani language, its history and movement.


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Balco land acquisition plan foiled

The Hindu The villagers of Taraimarh boycotted the gram sabha, held to obtain consent for giving forest land to a Balco project. Photo: Suvojit Bagchi On a wet and windy Saturday evening nearly 350 km north of the State capital, Raipur, a non-descript village registered a historic victory against Bharat Alumunium Company Ltd (Balco), an affiliate of India focused global miner, Vedanta. While the Dongria Kondhs turned up in large numbers at the gram sabha to emphatically reject Vedanta’s project at Niyamgiri hills, at the base of Dharamjaigarh hill range in Raigarh, the villagers of Taraimarh dismissed another project of Vedanta by simply boycotting the sabha.

Even after repeated announcements to “choose or denounce” mining in nearly 50 acres of forest land in Taraimarh, villagers refused to respond, forcing the administration to “adjourn” the sabha before time.

Taraimarh opted for an exclusive strategy since Friday. The villagers neither spoke to the media, nor allowed outsiders to enter the village. So no one, including the company’s agents, administration or the media, was aware of the boycott plan. And hence, the quorum required for a legitimate gram sabha could not be “organised” at Taraimarh.

Balco is in the process of acquiring 1,070 hectares of land granted as part of a mining lease in Dharamjaigarh block for its power plant at Korba. Three panchayats of Dharamjaigarh block — Sahpur (which includes Taraimarh), Baysi and Rupunga — will disappear to feed the 1,110 MW plant; 365 hectares of forestland, part of the total land leased for mining, will be accessed from the three panchayats, housing more than a dozen villages. Serial gram sabhas were hosted in three panchayats to obtain consent from the villagers.

The strategy of “civil disobedience” checkmated all, including SDM of Dharamjaigarh S.N. Ram. He snubbed the sarpanch of Taraimarh, Dharamsingh Rathia, in public, almost implicating him for lack of quorum. “If they [villagers] are not coming, then tell me the reason,” Mr. Ram demanded. Mr. Rathia apologetically said that he “tried” his best. Tehsildar K.L. Sori, who was one of the arbitrators at the gram sabha, profusely praised Balco’s activities in the presence of the SDM. “Schools were constructed, hand pumps were fixed [by Balco] and noone opposed those. Isn’t it?” Mr. Sori said, while asking the sarpanch to drum up support for the company. The SDM refused to discuss with The Hindu whether the officials can canvass for a private mining company, especially as arbitrators.

A sizeable crowd gathered at the venue around 1-30 p.m. The locals, including the police, identified the members of the crowd as “outsiders.” While their intention was not known, Collector Mukesh Agarwal was informed of the “company-funded outsiders” by the villagers. Sources in the Raigarh district administration told The Hindu that Mr. Bansal “immediately” called up the officials at the venue.

Within minutes, the SDM asked the police to clear the area and an announcement was made, for the first time, asking the “outsiders” to disperse. “Complaints have been received… I will request them [outsiders] to go away. Only media is allowed to stay,” announced a man, with newly dyed red hair, from the local panchayat.

In another half-an-hour the Dharamjaigarh administration lost interest in the proceedings. “Since only six [out of 260] voters arrived, the gram sabha is adjourned, due to lack of quorum,” announced the man with red hair, amid loud cheers.

Mr. Sori, however, consoled the company’s middleman before leaving the venue. “If more than 100 villagers file application, it can be considered again. If the people who were supposed to appear in the quorum, [still] give their consent, we can definitely consider the case,” he was found saying in a video-graphed footage, clearly violating his official position.

“I have been told, some men are stopping the villagers from attending the gram sabha, it is unfortunate,” associate vice-president (Corporate Communications) of Balco, B.K. Sriwastwa told The Hindu.

On Thursday, another gram sabha was conducted at Baysi, a bigger panchayat about 5 km west of Taraimarh. Nearly 800 villagers, mostly women, staged a demonstration at the venue and brought down a portion of the pandal constructed for the sabha. The husband of the Baysi sarpanch, Ratiram Rathia, said that the “gram sabha was unanimously rejected.”

A local journalist, Sajal Kumar Medhu, who played a key role in resisting mining, said the company “sent a truckload of food to influence the villagers,” who were planning to attend the gram sabha.” Mr. Sriwastwa denied the allegation.


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Strike hits normal life in hills

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Protest against molestation of schoolgirl by RAF constableTension simmered in the Darjeeling hills even as normal life on Sunday was severely affected, with market places closed and traffic off the roads because of the 12-hour strike called by the student organisation affiliated to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).

The strike was in protest against the molestation of a schoolgirl by a constable of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) in Ghoom area near Darjeeling. The incident had sparked violence in various parts of the region on Saturday.

Condemning the “brutal lathi charge” on those protesting the incident, GJM president Bimal Gurung said his party wanted a high-level inquiry into the police action which he described as “an act of cowardice and immaturity.” There was no untoward incident during the strike but it was not clear who were behind the violence on the previous day.

Keywords: Darjeeling hills, GJM strike, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, 12-hour strike, Bimal Gurung

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‘Stage set for farmer-friendly industrialisation’

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‘Poor rehabilitation of displaced tribals is root cause of Maoism’ The pathetic track record of rehabilitation and resettlement of more than three crore displaced tribals since independence is the main cause of the Maoist problem but the new land acquisition law will ensure that they and farmers get their due rights, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Sunday.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 was signed by the President and expected to be notified within the next two months.

This has come in the place of the 119-year-old Act, which was said to be the root cause of struggles by tribals and farmers against forcible acquisition of their land.

But opposing the new Act, activists such as Medha Patkar claimed that it was less progressive than expected, while a few business groups said it was against industrialisation. Mr. Ramesh, however, said the concerns were exaggerated. The new Act would pave the way for a less conflict-driven and tribal and farmer friendly industrialisation,” he said. The new Act would also be applicable to land acquisitions for all future Special Economic Zones.

Keywords: Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Maoist problem, farmer-friendly industrialisation, Jairam Ramesh, Special Economic Zones

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Lalu Prasad’s moment of reckoning?

There is a buzz outside the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) office in north Bihar’s Madhubani. A fleet of Scorpios is parked outside. As uniformed guards saunter around, a dozen men — in starched white kurtas — and one woman are sitting around a table.

Ram Lakhan Ram Raman, former Bihar Education Minister and RJD MLA, is chairing a party meeting to prepare for a district convention. Describing the political mood, he claims, “The poor had got power, freedom from exploitation during the RJD rule, but Nitish Kumar has reversed it. People have begun remembering Laluji’s rule fondly.”

But if there is one theme that dominates conversations across Bihar’s towns, it is not Lalu Prasad’s past. It is his future. A court in Ranchi on Monday is expected to pronounce its verdict in a fodder scam-related case. And if the buzz in government and judicial circles is to be believed, Mr. Prasad is in for tough times. His conviction — if it happens — will take place at a time the succession is unclear, and RJD’s legendary Muslim-Yadav alliance is fraying.

Asked what would happen if the verdict is adverse, there is a moment of silence. Mr. Raman replies, “People will have double the energy. Everyone knows he is being trapped.”

The RJD’s campaign — in the absence of its mascot — will rely on a story of victimhood.

A senior RJD leader in Patna, on condition of anonymity since he does not want to be seen casting aspersions on the judiciary, says: “We will say an upper-caste judge, linked to Nitish Kumar, deliberately issued such a judgment. We will question, why is it that the verdict came now, six months before an election? We will plaster Laluji’s images from prison, with his sons leading the charge in public.” In recent months, Mr. Prasad’s two sons — Tejaswi and Tej Pratap — have been seen on party platforms.

Another party leader says, “Indians have a deep desire to see their leaders penalised. But as soon as they are penalised, there is a surge of sympathy.”

But will it work? Sanjay Yadav, who runs a tea shop at Mominpur village in the Rahika block in Madhubani, says: “What sympathy? Is he Subash Chandra Bose? Is he going to prison for the freedom struggle? If he made money, he will go in. If he didn’t, court will free him.”

Mr. Yadav’s comment does not merely illustrate the limits of playing the victim card, but shows that sections of Mr. Prasad’s own caste base may be exploring other options. There have been increasing Yadav-Muslim tensions on the ground. Dinesh Yadav, another resident of the Rahika block, complains, “Why should Muslim graveyards be fenced on government money? Why should roads be built on priority only where there are minority settlements?”

BJP’s message

Kirti Azad, BJP MP from the neighbouring Darbhanga constituency, admits eyeing the Yadav vote base. He has been visiting villages where such tensions have occurred. The subtle BJP message to Yadavs is that since Mr. Prasad is not in the fray to be Prime Minister, why not try out Narendra Modi. The BJP may also put up additional Yadav candidates. Even if the RJD’s core base remains intact, a churning is unmistakable.

Mr. Prasad retains a substantial — if not the majority — of Muslim support till now. A Muslim schoolteacher in Bisvi village says, “Nitish Kumar may be against Modi’s BJP, but he is with Advani’s BJP. Can he be trusted? Laluji has always been secular.” The fact that there were no major riots during Mr. Prasad’s time is cited by Muslims across the State.

But Mr. Kumar is chipping away at this vote base. In an interview to The Hindu, the Chief Minister had listed out steps he had taken for the community, from fencing graveyards to allotting land for AMU at Kishengunj to providing commons like roads, education, and law and order, which benefited all communities.

The Janata Dal (United) has been specifically focusing on backward Muslims, and its split with the BJP has sent out a positive message to the community.

Congress factor

A key variable would be the Congress’s decision. Memories of the ‘betrayal’ Muslims felt after the Bhagalpur riots of 1989, and the Babri Masjid, are fading. Both the RJD and the JD (U) are keen on developing an understanding with the Congress — even though it has little organisational strength — to send a message to Muslim constituents that only their alliance will be the real alternative to the BJP.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi trashing the ordinance on convicted lawmakers will not only affect Mr. Prasad’s stint as lawmaker, but has almost closed the possibility of an alliance between their parties if the conviction happens. RJD leaders, who say that ‘homework’ had commenced on stitching an understanding, express shock. “Laluji had met Rahul Gandhi recently. And while we knew Soniaji liked Laluji more, we thought the son will listen to the mother at the end.”

Party management

The immediate question, however, will be who takes charge of the RJD in Mr. Prasad’s absence. If it is handed over completely to the sons, there is a possibility of senior leaders rebelling, with some shifting to the JD(U).

But if, party leaders say, Mr. Prasad devises a system of ‘collective leadership’ — with Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Jagadanand Singh, Abdul Bari Siddiqui at the top — the morale could be salvaged. RJD leaders say this will be cosmetic. “Laluji ran the State government from jail. You think he can’t run the party. He will still call the shots as far as ticket distribution, finances, campaign strategy, and alliances are concerned. The only loss is he won’t be there to campaign,” says a senior leader.

Irrespective of what happens on Monday, Mr. Prasad — with his intimate connections with segments of Bihar’s population — will not fade away. He smells an opportunity in the JD(U)-BJP break, and believes his vote base remains intact. Pre-poll surveys indicate that the RJD will get more than the paltry four seats out of 40 it won in 2009. But the challenges will, undoubtedly, multiply. Mr. Raman, sitting in the Madhubani office, says wistfully, “If it was any other person, his heart would have failed. But Laluji is a son of the soil. Don’t write us off.”


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BSF takes up infiltration issue with BGB

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With the arrest of 107 Rohingya Muslims over the past three months for illegally trying to enter West Bengal, the Border Security Force (BSF) has taken up the matter with the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB).

Senior BSF officers, who were part of the delegation at the Director General-level talks held in Dhaka earlier this month, told The Hindu here on Sunday that they had urged the BGB “not to push them” into India.

Owing to ethnic violence in Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims had been moving into Bangladesh over the last few years. From there they enter India in large numbers taking the help of touts, according to Additional Director General (East) BSF, B.D. Sharma.

BSF authorities pointed out that such infiltration had been occurring near the border outposts in West Bengal’s Dakshin Dinajpur, Nadia, Malda and North 24 Parganas districts.

 During talks with the BGB, the BSF authorities pointed out that there were some refugee camps of Rohingya Muslims along the border and from there, people were trying to enter India.

The BSF, however, was told that the United Nations High Commission on Refugees had set up the camps and there was nothing the BGB could do about them. “But the impression we were given by those arrested was that the camps are run by Bangladesh,” an officer said.

 The BGB authorities said that the influx of refugees was a problem for them too and “they are as much a victim as we are.” The BGB officials reportedly said that the influx was because of a humanitarian crisis and they had no role in pushing them into India.

 

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Jawan killed in Srinagar militant attack

The Hindu Security personnel inspect the spot after a CISF jawan was killed and another critically injured when two militants fired on them in Srinagar. Photo: Nissar Ahmad A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan was killed on Monday and another injured in a militant attack in the heart of Srinagar city.

The attack near Iqbal Park took place at 10:25 a.m. when the two CISF jawans were shopping in the busy market near the park, police said.

Police said two militants used silencer-fitted pistols and fired from a point blank range at the jawans, who were not carrying any arms with them.

The jawans were rushed to a hospital in Srinagar, but one of them succumbed to the injuries, while the other is being treated, it said.

Security forces have cordoned off the area and a massive manhunt has been launched to nab the assailants, police said.


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VHP yatra begins in UP

PTI In this Aug 26, 2013 photo, Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists demonstrate against the crackdown on the '80 Kosi Ayodhya Yatra' in Mathura. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) sponsored ‘panch kosi yatra’, a religious march, began on Monday amid tight security, police officials said.

Security forces have been put on high alert around the temple town of Ayodhya and section 144, which prohibits unlawful assembly, is in place, said officials who added only seers and saints would be allowed to participate in the ritual.

Unlike the ’84-kosi Parikrama’ in August when the state government banned the ritual and arrested hundreds of saints and VHP activists, this time no preventive arrests have been made, an official told IANS.

The official added the security personnel have been asked to maintain peace at all costs.

The formal start of the ritual was done Sunday at the Karsevakpuram by the holding of a ‘yagna’.


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Monday, 23 September 2013

Curfew lifted in Shopian

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Life in Shopian town of south Kashmir started limping towards normalcy as authorities on Sunday lifted curfew, which was imposed after killing of five persons in CRPF firing, after 10 days.

“Curfew has been lifted from Shopian town today,” a police spokesman said.

The spokesman said the situation in the town remained peaceful with no untoward incident reported so far.

Curfew was first clamped in Shopian district on September 8, following wide-spread clashes after the killing of four persons in CRPF firing a day earlier.

The prohibitory orders were lifted on September 11, but curfew was re-imposed in the town next day following clashes between protestors and security forces which led to the killing of another youth, taking the toll to five.

The local residents had demanded registration of FIR against CRPF personnel involved in the killings and removal of their camp from Gagran in the town. The process of replacing the paramilitary personnel by Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police started on Friday.

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Tension is running high in Manipur Institute of Technology following the firing of tear gas canisters and baton charging on Sunday night injuring 20 students and forcible eviction of the girls and boys from the hostels at the dead of night by the principal in charge Kulachandra T along with policemen he had brought. The students have been demanding removal of the principal in charge. On Sunday the students staged a sit-in protest in furtherance of their demand.

Mr. Kulachandra came in the afternoon along with policemen and one magistrate. The magistrate gave the agitating students 20 minutes to leave the campus. However the students objected saying that they should be allowed to carry on the peaceful democratic protest. After the expiry of the 20 minutes' time police pulled down the tents and slogans. When the students protested, police resorted to baton charging and firing of tear gas canisters. Most of the 20 injured students were evacuated to hospital. One student coming from Noida was also admitted to hospital.

Soon, the principal in charge ordered the boys and girls in the hostels to vacate. Police forced them to leave. Since the students coming from other states and far off rural and hill areas have nowhere to go, they somehow assembled in the outhouse of a person nearby where they stayed for the night.

Talking to reporters, the general secretary of Democratic Students' Alliance of Manipur Thoithoi Arambam said that the principal in charge had forced the students to deposit magazine fee, developmental fee, placement fee, medical test fee totalling Rs 6,800 each to his personal account. In the last five years the institute has not brought out any magazine.

Mr. Arambam further said that there is no sign of developmental works in the past few years. He said that the baton charge and firing of tear gas canisters are highly objectionable since the students are launching a peaceful democratic protest. DESAM is also demanding removal of the principal in charge.

Home Minister Gaikhangam Gangmei is not making any comment on the alleged excesses of the police in terrorising the students in this manner and eviction of the boy and girl students from other states from hostels at late night.

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Moradabad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) allegedly beat three police officers posted at his residence, following which Uttar Pradesh government suspended him on Sunday.

“SSP Rajesh Modak has been suspended for misbehaviour with his followers,” Home department sources said in Lucknow.

DIG, Moradabad, Amrendra Kumar Sengar said the three police officers had given him a written complaint on Saturday that Mr. Modak had beat them unnecessarily.

“Guman Singh, Sunder Singh and Daya Kishan gave me a written complaint that the SSP, at whose residence they were posted in Moradabad, had beat them without any reason,” the DIG said.

He said the complaint had been forwarded to the headquarters.

Mr. Modak reportedly beat the police officers posted at his residence in Moradabad on Saturday for not informing him about the visit of Samajwadi Party (SP) leader S.T. Hasan and keeping the leader waiting.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hasan said the SSP’s staff kept him waiting for over an hour when he had gone to meet him.

He claimed that Mr. Modak had only scolded his staff and did not beat them in front of him. He said the charge is false and he would write to the Home department asking why the SSP was suspended.

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JIPMER to start deceased donor organ retrieval this year

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JIPMER to start deceased donor organ retrieval this yearKavita KishoreShare  ·   Comment  ·  print  ·   TOPICS India Puducherry
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The Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research is all set to start deceased donor organ retrieval by the end of this calendar year, Director of JIPMER T.S. Ravikumar told The Hindu.

For now, JIPMER had received approval for organ retrieval from the Centre and had set up a brain death committee comprising 24 persons who would be responsible for declaring a person brain dead. The institute had also come up with standard operating procedures for brain death declaration, which was released at a function here on Saturday, he said speaking on the sidelines of a workshop on brain death held at JIPMER.

Once they had trained all their staff in various procedures and requirements, they would start the retrieval. At present, they were still taking training and putting evaluations in place, Mr. Ravikumar said.

In the future, there might be an organ-sharing network between hospitals in Puducherry. However, there was no such move at present. Only after setting up standard operating procedures can any hospital start declaring persons brain dead, he said.

The institute was working with the Tamil Nadu government organ distribution system so that no retrieved organ is wasted. If there were organs that could not be used within JIPMER, they would be sent to Tamil Nadu, Head of the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology Biju Pottakat said.

At present, there are nine or 10 potential donors arrive in JIPMER every month, which roughly translates into 45 to 50 transplant surgeries. These organs, once harvested, can either be used at the hospital or sent to Tamil Nadu. Organs such as liver can be transplanted up to 24 hours after retrieval. For the heart, it is eight to 12 hours.

Till now, most hospitals in Puducherry did not have permission or infrastructure to declare a person brain dead. So, if there were any potential donors, they would either have to be transported to Chennai or their organs would be lost. Now, both JIPMER and Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences had formed a brain death committee and had the required permissions for retrieval, he said.

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Religious fetes misused to fan communal tensions: Nitish Kumar

The Hindu Senior BJP Leader L.K.Advani and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the National Integration Council Meeting at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday. Photo:R.V.Moorthy Religious processions and festivals with strong political overtones and messages are fanning communal tensions in Bihar and the rest of India. In view of a marked rise in this trend, Bihar has decided to increase anti-riots battalions in each of its districts, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said at the meeting of National Integration Council in New Delhi on Monday.

“The number, frequency and magnitude of religious processions are also generally increasing. These are sometimes given innovative names like ‘yatra’ or ‘parikrama’, taken out anytime of the year, and over a larger area. This is unwarranted. Religion, which is largely a private affair practised inside closed premises of homes or places of worship, is more and more becoming occasions for public show of strength-displaying lethal weapons, beating of loud music and unruly mob behaviour on the streets. Any attempt to regulate or control such behaviour is taken as interference into religious freedom and communal passions are stirred,” Mr. Kumar said.

He referred to the recent communal clash in Bettiah town, where “offensive tableaus based on political satire over Minority vs. Majority issues were displayed in a religious procession.” “The event has been recorded and photographed to irrefutably prove that a religious occasion was misused to stoke communal passions among the people. Serious communal clash erupted in the town shortly afterwards,” he said.

Given a festival season, Mr. Kumar requested the Centre to provide central armed police like Rapid Action Force and Central Reserve Police Force for Bihar. In the wake of the Muzaffarnagar riots, he called for a united fight against “forces [that] fan the fire of communal tensions in order to polarise the situation in their favour.”

“All political parties have a crucial role in this scenario. A multi-party democracy invariably leads to competitive politics aimed at cornering a larger share of votes. But we must ask whether it should necessarily lead to passionate persuasion of a divisive agenda?” Mr. Kumar asked.


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AC coach of Magadh Express gutted in fire

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The first class air-conditioned coach of the New Delhi-Islampur Magadh Express was gutted in a fire on Monday morning. All the passengers in the coach were evacuated safely.

When the train was passing between Gahmar and Chausa stations, a ticket checker noticed that there was fire in the AC coach around 11.30 a.m. The train was immediately brought to a halt and all the passengers were removed to safety. No one was injured in the incident, a spokesperson of the East Central Railway told The Hindu.

It took the fire brigade about half an hour to douse the flames. Train services on the route were affected for nearly three hours.

The cause of fire is not yet known and the Railway authorities have instituted an inquiry into the incident.

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