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School vehicle driver tries to rape Class IV student

School vehicle driver tries to rape Class IV student

BAREILLY: In a shocking incident, a driver of a school vehicle tried to rape a Class IV student on way from school to the child’s house. The incident happened on Tuesday. When the family of the 10-year-old came to know about the incident, they caught the driver and thrashed him soundly.

The accused was handed over to police who have registered a case under POSCO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act. Action would also be taken against the school management. Police said such incidents have taken place earlier also in the district.

According to police, the student is physically challenged. She resides in Quila area and studies in a private school located on Pilibhit road. Tempo driver Rehan, who hails from Faridpur tehsil, used to ferry the child to school. On their way from school to home on Tuesday afternoon, he asked the child to sit on the front seat beside him. He allegedly made her to sit in an inappropriate manner. After Rehan dropped the other kids, he reportedly tried to grope her and rape her. However, when the girl raised an alarm by screaming and crying, Rehan dropped her near her house. Before leaving, he threatened her that if she dared to tell anyone about the incident, he would push her out from moving tempo.

As the girl’s mother is ill, the child did not tell her about the incident, said police. On Wednesday, the student refused to go to school. When her father asked her why, she narrated the whole incident. The girl’s father along with neighbours caught Rehan when he came to the locality to drop other schoolchildren. The people thrashed him and handed over to police. A case has been registered against him under section 354 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and POSCO Act.

Circle officer city-II, Mukul Dwivedi, said, “Rehan has been sent to jail. When parents approached the school management, they washed their hands of, saying it had nothing to do with them. We will also take action against the school management as it is their duty to conduct proper background check of vehicles coming to the school and ensure safety of children.”

Superintendent of police (city) Rajeev Malhotra said, “We will soon conduct a drive against all city-based schools to check whether they verify and maintain records of vehicles that ferry their students.”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bareilly/School-vehicle-driver-tries-to-rape-Class-IV-student/articleshow/44840074.cms

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Arrest warrant issued against 9 Torrent officials

Arrest warrant issued against 9 Torrent officials

AGRA: Additional chief judicial magistrate-IV (ACJM) issued an arrest warrant against nine employees of private power distribution company, Torrent Power Limited, on Thursday for their alleged involvement in a bribery case. Three of them are senior officials of the company.

Acting on a complaint filed by one Vinod, a Dalit, ACJM Lalita Gupta issued the warrant against the Torrent officials. The complainant alleged that the accused demanded Rs 50,000 bribe from him for giving him a job in the security department of Torrent Power Limited. The senior security head has been named as main accused in the case besides zonal in charge, assessment in charge and seven other junior staffers.

Talking to TOI, Rinku Pathan, advocate of the complainant, claimed that his client was severely thrashed by the Torrent staff when he demanded his money back from the officials. He also alleged that the Torrent officials threatened to kill in case he reported the matter to the police.

However, the man reported the incident at Shamshabad police station on March 30, 2014. The police allegedly delayed in taking action against the senior Torrent staff. It was then that Vinod approached the district court. After initial probe, the court issued warrants against nine people, all employees of the power distribution company.

The court has issued a warrant under sections 420 of the IPC (covers offences relating to cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace.) and section 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation).

Prakash Sajnani, vice-president, human resource, Torrent Power Limited, said the company is not aware about any such case. He claimed that those named in the FIR are very honest and old employees of the company.

“As we deal with power distribution in a city which is famous for power theft, such cases are common. Whenever we conduct a raid in any area, multiple cases are filed against us. This demoralizes our officials but we will continue to deliver our best services,” added Sajnani.

The official also claimed that they would probe the matter and take appropriate action against whosoever is found guilty in the matter.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/Arrest-warrant-issued-against-9-Torrent-officials/articleshow/44840072.cms

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Ramanathapuram custodial death: Six police personnel transferred

Ramanathapuram custodial death: Six police personnel transferred

MADURAI: Ramanathapuram district superintendent of police N M Mylvahanan transferred six police personnel, including a special sub-inspector, attached to the S P Pattinam police station to the armed reserve police.

These policemen were on duty when the shooting incident took place at the police station on Tuesday. Syed Mohammed, 27-year-old man who was taken to the police station to question him in connection with a petty case, was shot dead by sub-inspector A Kalidoss, apparently in self-defence when the former stabbed him.

Kalidoss was placed under suspension on Wednesday. Special sub-inspector Paramasivam, head constables Dhanabalan, Duraikannan and Iyyappan and special police youth brigade personnel Mahalingam and John Ravi were transferred on Friday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Ramanathapuram-custodial-death-Six-police-personnel-transferred/articleshow/44846993.cms

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Delhi cop posing as NRI transfers Rs 35 lakh into own account

Delhi cop posing as NRI transfers Rs 35 lakh into own account

PANAJI: A Delhi police constable posing as an NRI account holder in a nationalized bank branch in Goa transferred 35 lakh into his bank accounts in Delhi through an alleged fraudulent online transaction, but ran out of luck after cyber crime cell sleuths of Goa police cracked the hacking code and traced him with the booty.

Accused Neeraj Kumar, a constable attached to Lodhi colony police station, New Delhi, was nabbed by the Goa police on Thursday and brought to Goa. The original NRI customer, whose account he is said to have hacked, holds an account with a nationalized bank in Mapusa.

Police said that a complaint was received from the manager of the nationalized bank that based on an email sent to them by the accused who posed as the NRI customer based in Dubai the bank had transferred the amount into the account as per the email.

The account holding NRI customer was earlier a manager in the same bank and hence had a good rapport with the bank staff.

He used to transfer his money regularly by sending an email to the bank. Police suspect that the NRI account was hacked and his transactions were tailed by the accused. Knowing the system well, the Delhi constable used the methodology to commit the crime.

As soon as the customer got a message of the funds transfer, he complained to the bank that he had never made such a request. Soon after receiving the information from the NRI, the bank manager lodged a complaint before the cyber crime cell of Goa police. A case was registered on September 27, 2014, under Sections 468 (forging documents for forging purpose), 471 (using forged documents as genuine), 66 (hacking) and 66-D (forging documents through electronic means) of IT Act.

During investigations, police traced the IP address of the internet connection, registered from a Delhi address, from which the email was sent. Investigations showed that money was transferred to five different accounts.

Police said that the accused opened a bank account in a nationalized bank in Noida, Sector 19, in the name of Kumar Trading Company and the amount was transferred to this account through fraudulent means.

The accused then withdrew part of the amount using self cheques and ATM withdrawals and some amount was transferred to another account in the name of Shyam Trading company, Delhi, which also belonged to the accused.

The cyber crime cell consisting of inspector Rajesh Job and constable Amresh Rane rushed to Delhi and collected leads in the case while camping there for a week. They zeroed in on the constable. Police said that the accused has been suspended several times from service in the past.

Goa crime branch SP Karthik Kashyap said that two to three more persons involved in the case are on the run.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Delhi-cop-posing-as-NRI-transfers-Rs-35L-into-own-a/c/articleshow/44842505.cms

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Ex-Kerala minister caught stealing electricity

Ex-Kerala minister caught stealing electricity

Ex-Kerala minister caught stealing electricity
 The anti-power theft squad of the KSEB on Thursday raided Mustafa’s residence at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam and found that he used power supplied for agriculture for domestic purpose. 
KOCHI: The Kerala State Electricity Board on Thursday slapped a Rs 8,000 fine on former minister and expelled Congress leader T H Mustafa for stealing electricity. The anti-power theft squad of the KSEB on Thursday raided Mustafa’s residence at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam and found that he used power supplied for agriculture for domestic purpose.

KSEB also served a bill of Rs 35,000 towards consumption charges. An official said Mustafa’s action came under the purview of power theft.

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Jilted youth stabs schoolgirl to death

Jilted youth stabs schoolgirl to death

BHAGALPUR: A spurned collegian stabbed a school-going girl to death in full public view at Warisaliganj, 8km from divisional HQ town of Bhagalpur, on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the class VIII student received at least 15 wounds on different parts of her party after 23-year-old Abhishek Kumar grabbed and attacked her with a knife when she was returning home after attending a tuition class. Pleas of mercy by the victim’s younger sister fell on deaf ears. “I cried, caught hold of his feet and begged for didi’s life, but he didn’t listen to me,” said the 11-year-old eyewitness who was accompanying her sister, three years older than her.

The BA-part III student also threatened passersby with dire consequences if they came forward to help the girl. After the crime, he stabbed himself. The schoolgirl died on the spot while the boy was later admitted to a hospital.

Police said the boy’s father died long back and he lived with mother and other kin at their house situated just in front of the girl’s house. The two families constructed their houses a year back only.

The girl’s father works as a goldsmith at a shop in Bhagalpur. She was the eldest among five sisters and brothers. Her younger sister said the boy had harassed her sister earlier too.

Bhagalpur SSP Vivek Kumar said the boy was being treated under police detention. The girl’s body was sent for postmortem and its report is awaited. Prima facie the motive behind the murder is one-sided love of the boy, the SSP told TOI and expressed shock over what happened to the schoolgirl for no fault of hers.

A pall of gloom has descended on the locality in which the two families live.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/Jilted-youth-stabs-schoolgirl-to-death/articleshow/44843842.cms

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4 persons booked in connection with gang rape case in Muzaffarnagar

4 persons booked in connection with gang rape case in Muzaffarnagar

MUZAFFARNAGAR: Four persons have been booked in connection with an alleged gang rape of a 26-year-old girl in Shamli district, police said on Friday.

The incident had taken place two months ago at Jhinjhana town, when the victim was allegedly gang raped by two youths Rashid and Mobin, police said, adding, they were aided by two girls in the crime.

A case was registered against the two accused youths and two women identified as Reshma and Imrana on Thursday under section 376 and 120 B of IPC, they said.

The accused are absconding, they said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/4-persons-booked-in-connection-with-gang-rape-case-in-Muzaffarnagar/articleshow/44845984.cms

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Black money case: Can’t disclose names of foreign account holders, Modi govt tells SC

Black money case: Can’t disclose names of foreign account holders, Modi govt tells SC

NEW DELHI: The Union government on Friday filed an application in the Supreme Court, saying it cannot disclose details of foreign accounts held by Indians which are governed by bilateral double taxation avoidance treaties.

Petitioner and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani said this is an attempt by Narendra Modi government to shield those who stashed black money abroad.

Jethmalani said such a plea could be made only by crooks who have illegally parked their ill-gotten money abroad and not by a democratically elected government.

The apex court agreed to hear Centre’s application on October 28.

Attorney general Mukul Rohatagi said the government cannot reveal names of those foreign account holders against whom no prosecution is launched.

The attorney general told the apex court court that revelation of names of Liechtenstein Bank account holders has been seriously objected to by the German government. The government is on the verge of signing important double taxation avoidance treaties with many countries, including USA in December, the attorney general added.

“If names of those not prosecuted are given out, then it will dry up the foreign government sources which provide the information about Indians stashing illegal money abroad,” Mukul Rohatagi said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Black-money-case-Cant-disclose-names-of-foreign-account-holders-Modi-govt-tells-SC/articleshow/44846119.cms

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PM unveils labour reforms to end ‘inspector raj’

PM unveils labour reforms to end ‘inspector raj’

New Delhi, Oct 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled a string of labour reforms, including measures to end ‘inspector raj’, asserting that ease of doing business is “essential” to ensure ‘Make-in-India’ campaign is successful.Narendr Modi

He dedicated a number of schemes under Shramev Jayate (work alone triumphs) programme which includes portability through universal account number for employee provident fund, single window portal to enable doing business with labour ministry and labour inspection scheme in central sphere.

Modi said these steps exemplified his government’s approach of ‘minimum government and maximum governance’.

Elaborating on steps to end the inspector raj — harassment by officials, Modi said a transparent labour inspection scheme is being developed to check arbitrariness.

While so far the units for inspection were selected locally without any objective criteria, the new scheme envisages that serious matters will be covered under the mandatory inspection list.

A computerised list of inspections will be generated randomly on predetermined objective criteria and complaints-based inspection will also be determined centrally based on data and evidence. There will also be provision of Emergency List for inspection of serious cases.

“We have replaced 16 forms (which factory owners had to fill) with one form, which is available online. Now computer draw will decide which inspector (labour) will go for inspection to which factory and he will have to upload his report online in 72 hours.

“These facilities are what I call minimum government, maximum governance. I have been hearing about ‘inspector raj’ since childhood,” Modi said.

Noting that it is the responsibility of the government to simplify processes for doing trade, the Prime Minister said, “Ease of business is the first and foremost requirement if ‘Make In India’ has to be made successful. Ease of business is the priority for Make In India.”

Inaugurating the ‘Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Karyakram’ organised by the Labour Ministry, Modi also reached out to 4.2 lakh ITI students through SMS as he greeted the achievers with ITI degrees in various fields, hailing the undergraduate technical course.

Besides the ITI students, about one crore EPFO subscribers also got SMSes regarding portability through UAN and about 6.50 lakh establishments and 1,800 inspectors got SMSes about Unified Labour Portal which, the government believes will make for a transparent and accountable Labour Inspection Scheme.

The Prime Minister said that this event is different from other launches as the message has reached to the stakeholders at the same time.

Laying emphasis on skill development in Apprenticeship Protsahan Yojana that he launched, the Prime Minister said that the country has huge potential to provide manpower to the world, which will require this by 2020.

Presently there are 2.82 lakh apprentices undergoing training against 4.9 lakh seats.

An initiative to revamp the apprenticeship scheme has been undertaken and the particular scheme will support one lakh apprentices during the period up to March 2017.

Reaching out to the working class, he said that he is keen that Rs 27 thousand crore lying unclaimed in PF accounts are given back to their claimants arguing that if mobile subscribers get connectivity everywhere they go, why cannot migrating labour force can continue to get PF benefits.

“I have to give back this money to the poor. This Rs 27 thousand crore belongs to the poor,” he said even as he took a dig at this critics for questioning his vision.

“Those who ask what is Modi’s vision won’t be able to see this because the power of their spectacles has gone up just looking for a vision,” he said.

Stressing that the government functions on trust and not doubt, he said that this was the vision behind his government’s decision allowing self certification of documents by enterprising youths, who had to run from pillar to post earlier to get their documents attested by officials.

Exhorting people to accord respect to labour and consider labourers as ‘Shramyogi’, he said that society can develop only if the dignity and honour of labour is restored in social life vis a vis other white collared jobs.

Noting that it is ironical that while an unemployed graduate in some other course is respected, those from ITIs are looked down upon and they are hesitant to identify themselves due to it.

“We have not considered labour respectable. We treated it as downgrade,” he said, adding that a compassionate approach will ensure that “Shram Yogi” becomes “Rashtra Yogi” and “Rashtra Nirmaata”.

Modi made a strong pitch for understanding and appreciating labour issues through the perspective of the labourers, so that they could be resolved with compassion.

The Prime Minister lauded the efforts of the Ministry of Labour and Employment in launching a series of schemes simultaneously, which took into account the interests of workers as well as the employers. He said the Shram Suvidha Portal has simplified compliance of 16 labour laws, through a single online form.

Modi said that transparent Labour Inspection Scheme for random selection of units for inspection would end undue harassment of the “Inspector Raj,” while ensuring better compliance.

The Prime Minister said the initiative of appointing National Brand Ambassadors of vocational training would instill pride and confidence in ITI students.

Lauding e-governance as easy, effective and economical governance, he said that it will also boost transparency.

http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/69218-pm-unveils-labour-reforms-to-end-inspector-raj

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ABVP bomb attack to kill inspector: Kerala govt withdraws case

ABVP bomb attack to kill inspector: Kerala govt withdraws case

Kasargod, Oct 16: The Kerala state government has withdrawn a case pertaining to attempt to murder on former Museum Circle Mohanan Nair allegedly by a group of RSS and ABVP activists, including students of MG College.

The incident related to the case took place in 2005 during a student clash that erupted in MG College. Then, Museum circle inspector Mohanan Nair had suffered serious injuries when a group of miscreants belonging to ABVP threw country bombs at a police cordon stationed in front of the college gate.

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Mohanan Nair, injured in the bomb attack by RSS and ABVP activists in 2005 (file photo)

The decision to withdraw the case was taken on the basis of a memorandum submitted by the 32 accused in the case to the government. Based on the government decision, the prosecution initiated steps to withdraw the case. It is said that there was strong pressure on Mohanan Nair not to object the government decision.

The police party led by Museum CI Mohanan Nair was a part of a huge posse of police, who had gone to the college to supress a violent student clash that broke out inside the campus. Suddenly the students stated hurling crude bombs at the police party, in which Mohanan Nair suffered serious injuries. Following this, the police had barged into the college and seized huge collection of weapons from inside.

The accused in the case submitted the memorandum before the government last year. It was following this they initiated steps to withdraw the case, which was going on before the additional sessions court here.

It is also learned that Mohanan Nair, who was the complainant in the case, was not so keen on withdrawing the case. But he had too much pressure on him as a result of which he had to finally succumb. It is also alleged that Mohanan Nair consecutively failing to appear before the court four times despite being summoned by court to hear his stance, was in protest against the government decision. Following this the court dismissed the case.

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Delhi cop posing as NRI transfers Rs 35 lakh into own account

Delhi cop posing as NRI transfers Rs 35 lakh into own account

Panaji, Oct 17: A Delhi police constable posing as an NRI account holder in a nationalized bank branch in Goa transferred 35 lakh into his bank accounts in Delhi through an alleged fraudulent online transaction, but ran out of luck after cyber crime cell sleuths of Goa police cracked the hacking code and traced him with the booty.

delhi policeAccused Neeraj Kumar, a constable attached to Lodhi colony police station, New Delhi, was nabbed by the Goa police on Thursday and brought to Goa. The original NRI customer, whose account he is said to have hacked, holds an account with a nationalized bank in Mapusa.

Police said that a complaint was received from the manager of the nationalized bank that based on an email sent to them by the accused who posed as the NRI customer based in Dubai the bank had transferred the amount into the account as per the email.

The account holding NRI customer was earlier a manager in the same bank and hence had a good rapport with the bank staff.

He used to transfer his money regularly by sending an email to the bank. Police suspect that the NRI account was hacked and his transactions were tailed by the accused. Knowing the system well, the Delhi constable used the methodology to commit the crime. As soon as the customer got a message of the funds transfer, he complained to the bank that he had never made such a request. Soon after receiving the information from the NRI, the bank manager lodged a complaint before the cyber crime cell of Goa police. A case was registered on September 27, 2014, under Sections 468 (forging documents for forging purpose), 471 (using forged documents as genuine), 66 (hacking) and 66-D (forging documents through electronic means) of IT Act.

During investigations, police traced the IP address of the internet connection, registered from a Delhi address, from which the email was sent. Investigations showed that money was transferred to five different accounts.

Police said that the accused opened a bank account in a nationalized bank in Noida, Sector 19, in the name of Kumar Trading Company and the amount was transferred to this account through fraudulent means.

The accused then withdrew part of the amount using self cheques and ATM withdrawals and some amount was transferred to another account in the name of Shyam Trading company, Delhi, which also belonged to the accused.

The cyber crime cell consisting of inspector Rajesh Job and constable Amresh Rane rushed to Delhi and collected leads in the case while camping there for a week. They zeroed in on the constable. Police said that the accused has been suspended several times from service in the past.

Goa crime branch SP Karthik Kashyap said that two to three more persons involved in the case are on the run.

http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/crime-a-crash/69235-delhi-cop-posing-as-nri-transfers-rs-35-lakh-into-own-account

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Bangalore: Raghaveshwara bail – HC asks govt to approach sessions court

Bangalore: Raghaveshwara bail – HC asks govt to approach sessions court

Bangalore, Oct 16: The single judge bench of the state high court (HC) presided by Justice K N Phaneendra, which examined the government’s plea seeking cancellation of bail granted to Sri Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swamiji of Ramachandrapur Mutt, who is facing allegation of rape, directed the government to move an application in the sessions court which granted bail to the Swamiji in the first instance.

The bench, which held hearing on the plea of the government on Wednesday October 15, observed that as per the judgment of the Supreme Court, bail granted by the court concerned should be questioned in that court itself. The bench also observed that the subordinate court has the power to grant anticipatory bail and cancel it. It said that the government should first move its application for cancellation of bail in that court, before seeking remedy from elsewhere.

‘As the additional advocate general has sought urgent hearing of the application, the subordinate court should take up the government’s petition seeking cancellation of Swamiji’s bail as soon as possible and announce its judgment based on merits,’ the court order said. Before passing the order, the high court dismissed the government’s argument that the judge of the subordinate court had sanctioned anticipatory bail to the Swamiji without properly using his discretion.

The bench in its oral observations, noted that the judge of the court is empowered to hear a case also has been vested with the power to uphold or reject anticipatory bail applications. ‘We observe that the judge has used his discretion after considering all the aspects, background of the case, and other details. The order of the court has clearly mentioned the details of allegations faced by the Swamiji. We do not have reasons to believe that there is foul play here,’ it observed.

‘We do not find any fault in Swamiji’s action in legally obtaining anticipatory bail from the sessions court, as the single judge bench of the high court, while dismissing an application seeking cancellation of case against Swamiji, had clearly said that the discretion over arresting or not arresting the Swamiji stands delegated to the investigating officer. Apprehending arrest under these terms, the Swamiji has legally obtained anticipatory bail. Why did the government not move an application before the judge to cancel the bail forthwith,’ the bench questioned. At one stage, the bench wanted to know whether it can go ahead with dismissing of the government’s petition, or whether the government will opt for withdrawing the petition.

In his arguments, additional advocate general, A S Ponnanna, averred that the sessions court had hurriedly granted anticipatory bail to the Swamiji, without even issuing notice to criminal investigation department (CID)and seeking objections if any. He said that the anticipatory bail has been obstructing free and fair investigation, quoting several judgments of the Supreme Court.

In the meanwhile, the CID police have served another notice to the Swamiji to appear before them for interrogation again on Thursday. It is learnt that in all likelihood, after interrogation, the Swamiji will be subjected to medical examination. It may be recalled that CID officials had told the media persons on Tuesday that the Swamiji would be subjected to all the tests that are normally conducted on persons accused of rape.

A delegation led by president of Karnataka Mahila Lekhakiyara Sangha, Vasundhara Bhupathi, and journalist, Gauri Lankesh, met the state chief minister on Wednesday, and submitted a petition seeking appointment of a special public prosecutor to ably handle the rape case filed against Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swamiji.

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=270496

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Mangalore: Blame game hampers review meeting at Lady Goschen

Mangalore: Blame game hampers review meeting at Lady Goschen

Mangalore, Oct 16: The blame game at review meeting to discuss on the progress of construction work of a new block at Lady Goschen hospital hampered it, even as the district in charge minister Ramanath Rai warned all the stake holders to pace up the work as the snail-like progress continued to bother the district administration.

While deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim whipped the contractor and the MRPL for causing delay in erecting the new block earmarked at RS 21.74 crores that had to be completed by the end of this year, Abhay Chandra Jain was the first to join his voice passing stern directives to the general manager of the Mangalore Refinery Petrochemical Limited (MRPL), Susheel Chandra to release the pending bills in time.

Though MRPL currently has released around RS 7 crores, the company failed the meet the requirement of the contractor who handed over the bill showing spared amount to Rs 8.50 crores. The health and family welfare minister U T Khader reprimanded the contractor for fusing delay citing late payment and ordered him to carry out the work until his balance payment crosses Rs three crore.

“Why did you take up the tender from the government, if you had to wait for the inflow of fund?” Khader questioned the contractor. However, the contractor remained mum as warnings poured out against him from ministers of the state and top bureaucrats of the district.

Moreover, the district in charge minister Rai who chaired the meeting advised the MRPL to keep up the promise of releasing 80% of the bill submitted by the concerned authority within a week. The general manager of the MRPL nodding to the requests told the company was committed to complete the work very soon that was taken under corporate social responsibility.

However, the lack of team work and internal bickering came to fore, with all the ministers pressing to pick up the task as a team work and trying to pacify the fight between the MRPL and the deputy commissioner, Ibrahim. The health minister also hinted the delay due to various reasons has put the elected representative on the fix before the general public.

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=270465

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Bhatkal: Three teenagers go missing, families search in Goa

Bhatkal: Three teenagers go missing, families search in Goa

Bhatkal, Oct 16: Three teenagers, studying in 8th standard at Shams English Medium School, Bhatkal, have been reported missing since Wednesday October 15 evening.

The missing boys have been identified as Mahmood (13), son of Noorul Ameen Rodda, Rushdaan (13), son of Khaleel D A, and Qais (14), son of Irfan Malpa.

It is said that after attending the remedial class at the end of the school day on Wednesday, they had returned home but went missing the same evening.

According to sources, it was initially rumoured that these boys had gone to Goa by train. Acting on the information, the family members went to Goa and searched in many places, but in vain.

Rushdaan and Mahmood are residents of Bhatkal Rahmatabad. Qais is from Kargadde.

A missing case has been registered in Bhatkal town police station and further investigation is going on.

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=270689

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Assaulted IAS officer Rashmi alleges former ATI DG of Rs 100-crore scam

Assaulted IAS officer Rashmi alleges former ATI DG of Rs 100-crore scam

Mysore/Bangalore, Oct 17 (DHNS): On Thursday, IAS officer Rashmi V Mahesh of the 1996 batch, who is the Director-General of Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Mysore, sought the aid of the media to attack her senior, and predecessor Amita Prasad (1985 batch), against whom she has already lodged a complaint.

Rashmi, who has pressed for a CBI probe into alleged irregularities in the ATI, said the extent of the scam was close to Rs 100 crore, during Amita Prasad’s tenure.

Rashmi said the assault on her at the ATI on Wednesday following the death of a gazetted manager was pre-meditated. It was a fallout of her attempts to check rampant corruption in the institute. In her complaint lodged with the police late on Wednesday, she held the employees of Bharani Catering, Bangalore, who she said had benefited from irregularities at ATI, responsible for the attack.

She complained of facing hostilities from some employees as accountability was increased and leakage of funds were reduced.

“Their latent thoughts were inflamed by the fact that the former DG (Amita Prasad) continued to retain and use the official DG quarters and she would conduct meetings of all disgruntled staff, tenderers and officials.

Further, on and off, during the last two weeks the former DG and her husband and ADGP Intelligence A M Prasad were living at ATI. It is but a strange coincidence that such an event occurs just a day after they formally vacated the DG quarters,” she said

Similarly, at a high level meeting at Chief Minister’s home office Krishna on Wednesday, Commerce and Industries department Additional Chief Secretary K Ratna Prabha had a heated argument with Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda and Chief Minister’s Additional Chief Secretary D N Narasimha Raju.

Ratna Prabha took exception to Gowda complaining to the chief minister of delay by her department in fixing compensation for land being acquired for industrial purpose in his home district Kolar. Ratna Prabha hit back at Gowda and said the price fixation committee was headed by district deputy commissioners and not her department.

The chief minister later pacified the officer. Earlier, during the meeting, tempers flared between Ratna Prabha and Narasimha Raju. Ratna Prabha, a senior IAS officer, objected to Raju obtaining information related to the Industries department directly from a subordinate officer.

Ratna Prabha asked him to follow the protocol of obtaining information from the department head. “I am responsible for all the issues as head of the department. What if the junior officer gives wrong information to the chief minister,” she said.

In May this year, then Additional director-general of Police, KSRP, P Ravindranath, had a public spat with then Bangalore Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar.

After being accused of taking pictures of a woman at a Bangalore coffee shop, Ravindranath had charged Auradkar with hatching a conspiracy to malign him. He had even filed a case against Auradkar and another IPS officer B R Ravikanthe Gowda under the SC/ST Atrocities Prevention Act. Ravindranath had also publicly criticised ADGP Intelligence, A M Prasad, accusing him of treating him as a “dalit” and not as an IPS officer.

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Mangalore: 22-year-old astrologer from Sagar murdered in city

Mangalore: 22-year-old astrologer from Sagar murdered in city

Mangalore, Oct 17: A young self-styled astrologer was found murdered in the city on the night of Wednesday October 15.

The deceased has been identified as Suresh (22), a native of Sagar in Shimoga district, who reportedly used to eke out a living by making astrological predictions to those who sought his services. He was found to have suffered deep wound to his head, ostensibly inflicted by someone by using heavy object.

Suresh had rented a room in the third floor of Singala Chamber Complex on Maidan 4th cross in the city on October 12. His body was found in a lifeless state at around 11.45 pm on October 15 in the lane adjacent to the said building. P Ganesh, who works as security guard for the building was the first to notice the body and alert the building owners.

It is gathered that Suresh had approached the same building for renting a room along with two others, at about 8 am on October 12. However, all the three were sent back as no rooms were vacant then. On the same night, two persons approached the building staff and took room no 2 on rent. On next morning, another friend of the duo joined them, it is said. All the three told the staff that they hail from Shimoga and making astrological predictions was their profession.

On the next day, the security guard advised these three persons to join four persons from Gadag who stayed in room no 10. As such, seven persons started staying together in room No 10.

The security guard left to attend to his ailing children and returned to the building at 8.45 pm on October 15. After dinner, Ganesh, who flashed torchlighth around the building, noticed that a person was lying on the lane next to the building. He informed owner of the building, Nilesh Singala, after which they approached the person and noticed that the body belonged to Suresh who had hired a room in the building.

It is suspected that those who were among the roommates of Suresh would have killed him with some weapon. Some said they had seen Suresh in the evening. A case stands filed in Bunder police station, and investigation has been taken up.

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Villagers pelt stones, open fire at police in UP village

Villagers pelt stones, open fire at police in UP village

Muzaffarnagar: Two security personnel were injured when villagers here allegedly opened fire and pelted stones at a police team which had gone to arrest 20 persons accused in Phuganagang-rape cases during Muzaffarnagar riots, police said on Thursday.

The incident took place in Phugana village yesterday, after the villagers opposed the arrest of 20 accused in the five gangrape cases which took place during the riots, Superintendent of Police Rural, Alok Piryadarshi said.

The irate mob pelted stones and opened fire at the police in which policeman Amar Singh and home guard Abul were injured, the SP said.

An accused, Ajit was arrested yesterday, police said, adding, a case was registered under various sections against one hundred people and 14 people were named for interfering in police action.

After the incident yesterday, security has been tightened in the village, he added.

A Special Investigation Team had found 22 persons to be involved in the five Phugana gang-rape cases. Two accused, Vedpal and Roki had been arrested earlier and after the arrest of Ajit, 19 others are still absconding.

At least 60 people were killed and thousands displaced during the riots which hit western UP in 2013.

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Top jurists want change in collegium system

Top jurists want change in collegium system

New Delhi: Several top jurists on Monday pushed for scrapping the existing collegium system where judges appoint judges but government`s plans to bring a bill to make the process of appointments more transparent may take some more time.
At a meeting to discuss judicial reforms, the “predominant” view was that collegium system needs to be “changed”, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said after three-and-a-half hour long deliberations.

The Attorney General said those present in the meeting gave their point-of-view as to whether the collegium system should remain or not, but the debate has not ended.

He said on how exactly it will be changed and what should be the composition, is still being discussed.

Asked on the next step, he said the Law Minister will decide on the issue and perhaps there could be another exchange of ideas.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “there was a consensus for improvement and the need for making it (appointment of judges) more transparent.”

Asked whether there was a consensus to scrap the collegium system, Prasad said it will not be appropriate for him to make a public statement in this regard.

The Narendra Modi government plans to bring the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill in this session of Parliament.

Also on the agenda today was other reforms related to the judiciary including the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill which the previous UPA government had brought.

But those who attended the meeting said most of the time was used on discussing the collegium system.

Almost all those present in the meeting were of the view
that the Executive should not assume control of the appointments in higher judiciary — the Supreme Court and 24 High Courts — riding on the wave of anti-collegium clamour.

Those who attended the meeting said the predominant view was that the judiciary should continue to have the majority say in the proposed JAC and the Government should only be represented by the Law Minister.

Constitution experts Fali Nariman and Soli Sorabjee are learnt to have said that there must be no tinkering with the basic structure of the Constitution.

The government is learnt to have assured the jurists that the exercise was aimed at ensuring more transparency in the appointment process to allow the best of judges enter the higher judiciary.

Issues like whether the recommendations of the proposed JAC will be binding on the government still need to be thrashed out.

Prominent among those who attended today`s consultations included former CJIs AM Ahmadi and VN Khare, eminent lawyers KTS Tulsi, KK Venugopal, Law Commission Chairman Justice AP Shah, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar and former Delhi University Vice Chancellor Upendra Baxi.

The Law Minister had on July 21 said the government was seeking the views of various political parties and eminent jurists for setting up a Judicial Appointments Commission which would scrap the present system of judges appointing judges.

The practice of judges appointing judges started after 1993, replacing the system of government picking judges for higher judiciary comprising the Supreme Court and high courts.

The move to set aside the 1993 Supreme Court judgement, which led to the collegium system, requires a constitutional amendment.

An earlier effort by the NDA-I government in 2003 to replace the collegium system met with no success. The then NDA government had introduced a Constitution amendment bill but Lok Sabha was dissolved when the bill was before a Standing Committee. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was the Law Minister then.

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Centre working on Justice system reflecting values enshrined in Constitution: Law Min

Centre working on Justice system reflecting values enshrined in Constitution: Law Min

Bangalore: Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said the Centre is working hard to ensure citizens get a justice system which reflects values and ideals enshrined in the Constitution.

A big step forward in this direction is structural reforms of the judicial system, he said in his address at the 22nd annual convocation of National Law School of India University here.

He said once the states endorse the constitutional amendment of National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill which was unanimously passed in both houses of Parliament, the law would mark the beginning of a new participatory process, with increased transparency in selection of judges, while maintaining judicial independence and predominance.

“This was a process for which the wheels were set in motion at least two decades ago. We are now committed to developing the databank of the performance of young lawyers so that the best talent is considered for appointment as judges,” he added.

The convocation was presided over by Justice R M Lodha, Chief Justice of India and NLSI Chancellor. It was also attended by sitting and retired judges of Supreme Court and State High Courts and representatives from the Bar Council.

Prasad said not only was a transparent and independent justice system required, “we also must address the fact that the justice delivery system itself is weighed down with issues of pendency and backlog of cases.”

The Minister said this was problem that concerns not only members of legal profession, but more importantly the public at large, which is looking for much more efficiency in dispensation of justice.

The two major contributing factors to pendency, he said, are the inadequate number of judges (vacancies) coupled with infrastructure deficiencies.

“Many of you (students) may become judges and I encourage you to aspire towards that, but be the kind of judge or advocate that simplifies the experience for the litigants, and demystifies the judicial process so that he or she is satisfied and feels that justice has been served.”

Admitting that a large number of vacancies continues to be a problem at both the subordinate and High Court level, he said “on a more positive note, I’m pleased to announce that there has been an in principle approval to increase in the sanctioned strength of High Courts by 25 per cent.”

“The High Courts have begun the process of sending in proposals regarding the same. We look forward to having this develop quickly and will keep everyone up to date on its progress,” he added.

Noting that provision of good infrastructure is a stepping

stone to ensure more efficient justice delivery, Prasad said this is a primary responsibility of a state government, but the Centre is working on these issues in tandem with various High Courts and State governments through a centrally sponsored scheme.

“By extending a hand financially, we are hoping that the resources of the state government would be bolstered to ensure that judicial infrastructure is robust, and as per global standards, that is the ultimate goal. This includes construction of court premises and buildings as well as residential accommodation for judicial officers,” he added.

Stating that substantial efforts had already been made to embrace Information and Communication Technology in courts at both district and subordinate levels, he said this is a major priority area for the government, which was working in mission mode, in collaboration with National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the Supreme Court eCommittee.

“Through this, we are aiming to get over 14,000 subordinate Courts computerised,” he said.

Highlighting the issue of undertrials, Prasad said this was something that was of utmost concern to the government.

“This is not only a human rights issue for those who are lodged behind bars, but also a matter of great concern for our judicial system,” he said.

He said 66 per cent of the prison population today comprises undertrials. “In other words, there are more undertrial prisoners in jails compared to actual convicts.”

Pointing out that the law was amended to facilitate release of prisoners who had served at least half the maximum period of imprisonment specified for that crime, he said implementation must however be undertaken urgently and there was a need to employ technology and ICT methods to address this problem.

“The Centre has already started this process. The National Informatics Centre has created software for prisons with a goal of developing a database of prison inmates- with a focus on undertrial prisoners,” he said.

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Village tense after gang rape of 13-yr-old

Village tense after gang rape of 13-yr-old

AGRA: Tension gripped Iradat Nagar locality of the city after a class VII student was allegedly gang raped by two college-going youths from another community, prompting cops to keep a strict vigil in the area.

The girl’s family alleged that police had delayed in lodging the FIR as members of two different communities were involved in the incident.

Villagers and the victim’s school teachers staged a demonstration outside the Iradat Nagar police station on Tuesday evening demanding immediate arrest of the accused, after which the two accused — Parvez, a BA final year student and Pinki, a student of BSc second year student were nabbed.

The 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped on October 11 when she was returning home from school. She had alleged that the two youths had dragged her into a field and raped her, leaving her injured severely.

The girl revealed her ordeal to parents after reaching home, after which her relatives reached the police station to lodge an FIR. However, the cops allegedly refused to entertain them. Later, they claimed that FIR would be lodged after a medical check-up of the girl. When villagers came to know about the callous approach of the cops, they staged demonstration demanding justice for the girl.

“An FIR under section 376 of IPC and protection of children from sexual offences (POCSO) act has been lodged against the two accused, both adults. They are in police custody,” said Arvind Pathak, inspector Iradat Nagar police station. He added that the girl was found to be medically fit and was sent home after completing formalities.

However, even after the arrest, the Gadi Harlal village, which falls under Iradat Nagar police station, is gripped with tension as the accused belong to a different community. SSP Shalabh Mathur ordered the police to remain alert and keep a tight vigil in the area to prevent any untoward situation.

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Tantrik rapes woman with help of two wives

Tantrik rapes woman with help of two wives

SURAT: A tantrik was arrested by police for allegedly raping a 23-year-old woman with the help of his two wives in Amroli.

Police arrested Bhupat alias Mama Chauhan, his wives Mona and Rama, all three residents of Amroli. The accused were booked on charges of rape and criminal intimidation.

The survivor, a teacher, was worried as her father had gone missing. On failing to find her father she was suggested Chauhan’s name by a known person. The complainant met Chauhan and described her problem. Chauhan claimed that he will find her father with his secret powers but for that she will have to follow his “instructions”.

Chauhan asked the complainant to get physical with him and raped her for 4 days. Chauhan’s wives first pressurized the victim and later threatened to kill her if she informed the police.

The police conducted a medical examination of the victim and following strong evidence, arrested the three accused.

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