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A woman wearing a ‘burkini’ protests outside the French Embassy in London on Thursday. Demonstrators held a a ‘Wear what you want beach party’ to protest against the ban on the swimwear on beaches in France. —PHOTO: AFP

NEWS – 27/8/16

International

France’s highest administrative court on Friday suspended a controversial ban on the burkini by a French Riviera town after it was challenged by rights groups.In a judgement expected to lead to bans being overturned in around 30 towns, the State Council ruled the measure was a “serious and clearly illegal violation of fundamental freedoms”.The court said local authorities could only introduce measures restricting individual freedoms if wearing the Islamic swimsuit on beaches represented a “proven risk” to public order.The judges said there was no such risk in the case before the court concerning Villeneuve-Loubet, a resort on the Cote d’Azur between Nice and Cannes.The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) hailed the ruling as a “victory for common sense”.

The speech that Hillary Clinton delivered on Thursday was the one that many Democrats had been waiting for.It was a blistering attack on Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric that left no gaffe or alleged dog-whistle unmentioned, framing him as a vessel for hate speech, a champion of conspiracy theories, and a representative of the far-right fringe of the Republican Party.

DARAYA: Rebels and civilians, many in tears, began evacuating the Syrian town of Daraya on Friday after a four-year army siege, in a blow for the beleaguered opposition.
The evacuation came after a deal struck by President Bashar al-Assad’s government and opposition forces in the town, which is near Damascus and was one of the first to rise up against the regime.The fighters and their families left the devastated town aboard buses escorted by ambulances and Red Crescent vehicles, an AFP reporter said.
The first bus to emerge from Daraya carried mostly children, elderly people and women.

China has quietly decided to exercise leadership in plugging the roots of instability in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan, following Washington’s diminishing role in the region, and compulsions of its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, says a senior Chinese researcher.China’s decision to turn proactive along the turbulent AfPak-Central Asia corridor was anchored earlier this month. Top military commanders from China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan met in Urumqi, capital of China’s Xinjiang province on August 3, to form a “Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism in Counter Terrorism.”In an exclusive interview with The Hindu, Hu Shisheng, Director of the Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said: “The background to this is that we found that those in Xinjiang who seek independence and who even want to go outside to join the battlefield with ISIS and other terrorists, choose this route between China, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and even Pakistan to the training grounds in West Asia. Consequently, in recent years China has dramatically enhanced its military assistance to Tajikistan. Recently, we decided to increase this kind of military cooperation with Afghanistan. We want to plug this flow between Xinjiang and Tajikistan and Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

In the last few weeks the two presidential nominees have received their initial intelligence briefings. Although the experience must have been different for each — it was Donald Trump’s first, whereas Hillary Clinton is an experienced intelligence consumer — they were both recipients of a product authorized by President Barack Obama, the intelligence community’s most important customer and the official who more than anyone else controls how intelligence is shared inside and outside the US government.For years the CIA shielded from public view every single one of the briefings that it produces daily for the president’s eyes only, arguing that even letting go one 50-year old briefing could harm national security.

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ANKARA: A Kurdish militant suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a checkpoint near a police station in southeast Turkey on Friday, killing at least 11 police officers and wounding 78 other people, the prime minister said.The attack struck the checkpoint 50 meters (yards) from a main police station near the town of Cizre, in the mainly-Kurdish Sirnak province that borders Syria.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which was the latest in a string of bombings targeting police or military vehicles and facilities. Authorities have blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, for those attacks.

The Philippines government and Maoist-led rebels agreed indefinite ceasefires on Friday as part of an accord to accelerate efforts to end a conflict that has lasted almost five decades and killed at least 40,000 people.The government expressed hopes that a peace agreement could be reached within a year after the Oslo talks. The guerrillas, who reiterated demands for “revolutionary change,” stopped short of setting a deadline.Both sides, at a signing ceremony in a hotel on the outskirts of Oslo, hailed the ceasefire deal and measures to step up negotiations as a breakthrough after 30 years of fitful peace talks.Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende, hosting the ceremony, urged both sides to mirror an agreement between Colombia’s government and Marxist FARC rebels to end Latin America’s longest conflict.

A top executive at a South Korean company facing a corruption investigation was found dead early Friday just hours before he was due to be questioned by prosecutors.Lee In-won, vice president of the conglomerate Lotte Group, was discovered lying on the ground with a necktie around his throat, according to local police.Police said they suspected he may have hanged himself and fallen to the ground when the necktie broke, but the cause of death hasn’t officially been established. A four-page letter was found at the scene in Yangpyeong county, east of Seoul, police said, declining to comment on its contents.

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MOGADISHU: At least seven people were killed in a bomb and gun attack on a beach restaurant in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, police said on Friday.
Shabaab jihadists attacked the Banadir Beach Restaurant in Mogadishu on Thursday, setting off a car bomb before exchanging fire with security forces, an AFP correspondent said.
Security forces said they killed two attackers and arrested another after a six-hour operation overnight.

Former Bush administration official Paul Wolfowitz said he is considering voting for Hillary Clinton in an interview in which he lambasted Donald Trump as dangerous.Wolfowitz, who was the deputy secretary of defense for President George W. Bush in the lead-up to and start of the Iraq War, said in an interview published Friday that while he isn’t enthused about it, he may be forced to vote for Clinton.

DALLAS:  A leader of the group that organized the protest where a sniper killed five law enforcement officers in Dallas was sentenced on Friday to prison for unrelated probation violations.State District Judge Gracie Lewis revoked probation for Dominique Alexander and sentenced him to two years in prison with credit for time served. Alexander, the 27-year-old founder of the Next Generation Action Network that organized the July 7 rally to protest recent fatal police shootings of black men, had been on probation for a 2009 felony injury to a child conviction.The hearing Friday was held two weeks after Dallas County District Attorney officials filed a motion to revoke Alexander’s probation for multiple violations. Alexander’s supporters have said those issues had largely already been addressed by the same judge at previous hearings. They say he is being targeted because of the protest, but the shooter Micah Johnson was not affiliated with their group.

Dallas Protest Leader Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison

Tunisia’s parliament on Friday resoundingly approved the new unity government of Youssef Chahed, supporting a cabinet line-up which will have to tackle the country’s pressing socio-economic and security challenges.
There were 167 votes in favour, 22 against and five abstentions. The cabinet, headed by Chahed — who at 40 will become the country’s youngest prime minister since it won independence from France in 1956 — is set to take office in the coming days.

Tunisia Parliament Approves New Unity Government

MIAMI:  President Barack Obama on Friday burnished his environmental legacy by establishing the world’s largest marine reserve, home to thousands of rare sea creatures in the northwestern Hawaiian islands.
Obama’s announcement more than quadrupled the size of the existing protected area, known as the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which is now 582,578 square miles (1.5 million square kilometers) — about four times the size of California.The waters are home to pristine coral reefs and hundreds of animals found nowhere else on Earth, including a new species of ghost octopus discovered only this year and the world’s oldest living organism, black coral, which is estimated to be 4,265 years old.
Some 14 million seabirds soar over the area and make their nests on the islands, including a 65-year-old albatross named Wisdom. The area is also home to threatened green turtles and endangered Hawaiian monk seals.
The marine monument was established in 2006 by then president George W. Bush and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.

Barack Obama Establishes World's Largest Marine Reserve In Hawaii

Canada PM Justin Trudeau To Mount Charm Offensive In China: Officials

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is said to go to China.

OTTAWA:  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will tour the Great Wall, shoot hoops with retired basketball star Yao Ming and meet with women entrepreneurs when he travels to China next week to bolster trade and diplomatic ties, his office said Friday.
There will also be meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and senior government officials during the August 30 to September 6 trip, which includes stops in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Trudeau will travel as well to Hangzhou for a summit meeting of the Group of 20 economic powers on September 4 and 5.

But ordinary Chinese citizens can also expect to see the playful political leader pose for selfies with locals, and reach out to them through social media — as he has done everywhere he has gone since being elected to Canada’s highest office late last year.

Brazil Police Recommend Corruption Charges Against Ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva: Official

Police recommended corruption charges against Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

RIO DE JANEIRO:  Police on Friday recommended corruption charges against Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as part of a probe into a huge embezzlement scheme at state oil company Petrobras.
The recommendation, which must now be considered by prosecutors before becoming formal charges, was made in a filing seen by AFP. A judge would still have to decide whether to accept the charges.

The development comes as Lula’s successor and protege Dilma Rousseff fights an impeachment trial in the Senate.

Lula, who founded the Workers’ Party and was president between 2003-2010 before helping Rousseff get elected, and his wife face corruption and money laundering charges.

NEWS 27/8/16 – INDIA

NEW DELHI: Amid the continued disturbances in Kashmir, an all-party delegation from the Centre is expected to visit J&K early in September for talks with civil society and other stakeholders to try and resolve the stalemate.
Home minister Rajnath Singh announced his intention to lead an all-party group at a press conference with chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday . Mehbooba is likely to discuss the contours of the proposed visit when she meets PM Narendra Modi on Saturday .

Women be permitted to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the Haji Ali Dargah at par with men”, ruled the Bombay High Court on Friday in a landmark verdict allowing the entry of women up to the mazar in the revered Sufi dargah in south central Mumbai.However, the Division Bench of Justices V.M. Kanade and Revati Mohite-Dere granted a six-week stay on the order on a request by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust to enable it to go on appeal before the Supreme Court.The court was hearing a public interest litigation petition filed by Dr. Noorjehan Safia Niaz and Zakia Soman, co-founders of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, in November 2014.

FREE TO pray:A woman sits in front of the Haji Ali Dargahin Mumbai on Friday.— Photo: Vivek Bendre

NEW DELHI: Concerned about the menace of rash and negligent driving which claims nearly 400 lives on Indian roads every day, the Supreme Court said on Friday that the existing two-year imprisonment for the offence was grossly inadequate

The first batch of six elephants, led by Arjuna, was accorded a warm and traditional welcome on arrival at the Mysuru palace to participate in the Dasara festival, here on Friday.The elephants which completed the Gajapayana from the jungle camps at Veeranahosahalli on Sunday, were camping at Aloka campus on the outskirts of the city and the Forest Department received them at Aranya Bhavan in the morning. After special prayers, the elephants were decorated and embellished with flowers and decorative motifs at 2 p.m. after which they marched through the main thoroughfares of the city to arrive at the Jayamartanda Gate of the main palace.As Arjuna and company marched through the main roads, the traffic came to a halt even as people lined up to behold the arrival of the elephants that signals the countdown to Mysuru Dasara. The elephants marched in a single file with Arjuna in the lead followed by Balarama, Gajendra, Abhimanyu, Kaveri and Vijaya.

A tourist taking a selfie with the Dasara elephants at the Mysuru palace on Friday.— Photo M.A. Sriram

A federal judge on Friday refused to block a California law tightening vaccination requirements for schoolchildren in the state.
The ruling came in response to a lawsuit by parents and health and education-related nonprofits, challenging the law at the beginning of the first school year in which it was to go into effect.The measure eliminated the so-called personal beliefs and religious exemptions from California’s school vaccination law, meaning that only children with a valid medical excuse could forego vaccinations for such childhood diseases as measles and polio.
The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in San Diego last month, asked for an injunction to stop the requirements from going into effect, but Judge Dana Sabraw ruled that state legislatures have a “long history of requiring children to be vaccinated as a condition to school enrollment,” and not allowing personal or religious exemptions.
“In this case, plaintiffs have not made a showing that they are entitled to the extraordinary remedy of a preliminary injunction,” Sabraw wrote in the 18-page ruling.

US Judge Will Not Block California School Vaccination Law

NEW DELHI: After the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill+ , the health ministry plans to frame regulations for in vitro fertilisation (IVF), embryo transfers and sperm banks — another set of infertility-related services and an industry that is mushrooming largely in an ad-hoc manner across the country. Estimates show that assisted reproductive technology (ART), of which IVF and surrogacy services are most common, is a Rs 3,000-crore industry in India.
“We are aware of the way these clinics are increasing and that there is a need to regulate them. We are working in that direction,” said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, secretary of the department of health research which had an important role in drafting the surrogacy bill.
While regulating clinics, the ART bill is expected to set forth norms for procedures, sperm donations and embryo transfers as well. The ART (assisted reproductive technology) bill is also expected to draw a clear framework for compensation and bring out guidelines on pricing of such procedures. “The draft ART bill will be brought to the public domain very soon. The draft bill is quite old and requires some changes. We need to bring other things under its purview. We are working to do that,” an official said.

Indians spent eight times more on private hospitals and twice as much on transport patients compared to costs in government hospitals, according to the National Health Accounts (NHA) Estimates for the Financial Year 2013-14. The data was recently released by the Health Ministry after almost a decade.The Estimates say households spent Rs. 64,628 crore in private hospitals compared to just Rs. 8,193 crore in government hospitals. A total of Rs.18,149 crore was spent by households in patient transportation services like use of an ambulance.Considering all revenue sources, including government funding, expenditure on private hospitals — Rs. 88,552 crore — was double that on government hospitals — Rs. 41,797 crore.India spent a total of Rs. 4.2 lakh crore on healthcare in 2013-14 at 4 per cent of the GDP, of which Rs. 3.06 lakh crore or 73 per cent came from households.

NEW DELHI: Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw will make his first visit to India on Saturday, giving India and Myanmar an opportunity to reset relations after a couple of years of distinct cooling of ties. It is U Htin Kyaw’s first visit since he took over as President, but it has not escaped New Delhi’s notice that Aung San Suu Kyi’s first big foreign visit was to Beijing last week.Her visit to China preceded her forthcoming visit to the US in September, and she will only come to India in October for the BRICS-BIMSTEC summit in Goa. India has tried hard to get the relationship back on track with foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, too, making her first visit to the country last week. MEA joint secretary Sripriya Ranganathan has described engagement with Myanmar as a “very important relationship.”

While several questions still remain unanswered on the land deal involving Chief Secretary Arvind Jadhav’s family, the Revenue Department’s probe has given the transaction a clean chit. It blamed the entire confusion on no more than “technical goof-up” by computer operators.The report submitted by D.B. Natesh, Assistant Commissioner, to Deputy Commissioner V. Shankar,  states that there is “no irregularity” in either the land purchase transaction by Tarabai Jadhav or in the subsequent documentation and computerisation process. The report attributes the error to the operator selecting the wrong option in the Bhoomi software during the digitising process

A national network of doctors committed to promoting rational and ethical healthcare on Friday criticised the bill drafted by the NITI Aayog and its report on restructuring regulation of medical education and the medical profession, saying it was merely championing “accelerated privatisation and commercialisation of medical education”.
Protection of patients and the need for a strong clampdown on unethical practices is clearly not a priority in the report and the bill, said the Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare (ADEH). They argued that the bill legitimised and legalised profiteering in medical education by proposing that for-profit entities, including businesses and corporations, would be allowed to open and run medical colleges.
“Until now, only not-for-profit entities were allowed to run medical colleges, a provision which was often flouted, but instead of clamping down on the misuse, the NITI Aayog is arguing for abandoning the principle itself..

A 10-year-old girl from a village near Ponneri in Tiruvallur district died at the Institute of Child Health, (ICH) Egmore, on Friday. This is the fifth death from the district since last week.“This is not related to the deaths of four children from the district. This is an isolated case of Hepatitis A,” Director of Public Health K. Kolandaisamy said.Meanwhile, three quacks were held in Ponneri on Friday. G. Sreenivasan, 47, and M. Paramasivam, 63, both operating out of Ponneri for several years, as well as B. Somasekar, 38, operating from Kadamancheri, were arrested, police said. A search is on for two others reported to be operating in the locality.“The child, M. Vaishnavi, from Keerapakkam near Ponneri, fell ill about two weeks ago and is believed to have been treated by a quack, before she was taken to the Ponneri government hospital and then referred to Egmore,” he said.This death comes a week after the death of four young children from two villages – Adi Andhrawada and Kaverirajapuram – at the ICH, which health officials have attributed to mixed infections, including dengue and leptospirosis.“The lab report in Vaishnavi’s case confirmed Hepatitis A. We have already conducted surveillance in the village to check for any other cases, but this seems isolated. In any case, we are checking all the pipelines in the village, and if necessary, will replace them,” he said.Hepatitis A can be caused by consuming contaminated food or water.A doctor at the ICH said that Vaishanvi was admitted on August 22, and that her cause of death was hepatic encephalopathy.

NEW DELHI: With clicking of midair selfies by pilots in cockpits getting recognised as a major distraction to safe flying globally, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is soon going to issue an “air safety circular” on the issue. Airlines are going to be asked to ensure crew does not click pictures in cockpits mid-air.The regulator had last week grounded some pilots for a week for taking mid-air selfies in the cockpit and warned others against doing so. “Our upcoming circular will comprehensively cover photography in aircraft,” said an official. The issue could do with some clarity as there is lot of confusion about the same as some rules prohibit photography in air by even passengers and other permit them.

R. Vijay alias Vijayakumar (40), of Gandhi Colony in Kootathupatti, Ayothiapattanam, was sitting near his house, when the gang of eight members arrived on two motorcycles and hacked him to death and fled the scene.Vijay died on the spot.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court said auto fuel adulteration was rampant in India and asked the Centre whether it could install adulteration sensitive fuel dispensers at petrol pumps to check this corrupt practice.”Can the ministry of petroleum and natural gas devise a fuel dispensing machine that is equipped with sensors to automatically stop dispensing petrol or diesel the moment it detects adulterated fuel?” a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur asked on Friday. It told solicitor general (SG) Ranjit Kumar to respond in six weeks.

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the Tamil Nadu government’s plea for an urgent judicial direction to the Karnataka government to release 50.052 tmcft of Cauvery water from its reservoirs to feed the agricultural lands of Tamil Nadu in the “interest of justice”.A Bench led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, on an urgent mentioning by Tamil Nadu, agreed to post the case before a suitable Bench for hearing on September 2.Tamil Nadu has accused neighbouring Karnataka of diverting precious river water meant to be a lifesaver for Tamil Nadu farmers during distress years for undeclared projects in violation of the final orders of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in 2007. Tamil Nadu’s application, drawn by advocate G. Umapathy and filed by advocate B. Balaji, contended that it had not received 10 daily/monthly releases from June 1 to August 19, 2016, causing a cumulative shortfall of 50.052 tmcft at Billigundulu.

NEW DELHI: There are signs the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is concerned about delayed projects or works undertaken by central government agencies in BJP-ruled states. Just hours before PM Narendra Modi chaired the meeting of council of ministers on Friday, PMO sought details of such projects from the key infrastructure ministries.
Sources said that PMO wanted the information by evening itself. This is being seen as an indication of how the country’s highest executive wants BJP-ruled states to help accelerate delayed and stuck projects and also take the necessary steps for quicker completion of such works.In a puzzling paradox of demand and supply theory, cement prices in Telangana have gone up significantly, despite a lull in the construction business for the past few months.Builders in the State vouch that the rise in the prices has nothing to do with the off-take quantities, and that the production, in fact, had been cut down by manufacturers owing to lack of demand.The price per bag of cement, which was about Rs.220 two weeks ago, is being quoted anywhere between Rs.300 and Rs.320 now in the market, with dealers speculating that it would go further up to Rs.340 per bag. In any case, the cement price is looking north by at least 30 per cent, which, builders fear, is not good for the sector which is already in doldrums.Further, it could adversely affect the middle class housing aspirations too. As a precursor to the price rise, the manufacturers have stopped supplies to the dealers for the past one week or so, allegedly for creation of artificial demand.“Supply has been stopped during the last five to six days, and reopened only today, with an increase of price by 30 per cent. There is no hike in the manufacturing costs to justify the increase. In fact, the manufacturers have cut down the production to save on labour and material overheads,” says K. Sridhar Reddy from the Telangana Real Estate Developers Association (TREDA).

: Film actor and Jana Sena founder Pawan Kalyan will address a public meeting at Indira Maidanam here on Saturday.The meeting, scheduled for 4 p.m., will be similar to the one held at the launch of the Jana Sena in Hyderabad two years ago. He is expected to be the lone speaker at the meeting.Party sources disclosed that the Tirupati platform may make Pawan get into serious politics, from when he will start questioning the government on its commissions and omissions.The party representatives inspected MCT’s Nehru high school grounds, SVU’s Tarakarama stadium and TUDA’s Indira Maidanam and finally plumped for the last for the ‘mega’ public meeting, though it is the smallest among the three and hence could not hold even a portion of the expected crowd.

A view of the TUDA’s Indira Maidanam where Pawan Kalyan will address a public meeting in Tirupati on Saturday.-- Photo: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi will undertake a long winding road show from eastern UP to the western region early next month to shore up support for Congress for next year’s assembly polls.The yatra will start from Deoria and touch roughly 42 districts before culminating in the vicinity of the national capital, possibly Meerut. It would see the Congress vice-president stay on the road for around 25 days.The proposed yatra is another of the Congress campaign activity in the hope of landing in a position of reckoning in the state where it has languished on the margins for around three decades.

: The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Centre to a petition by a West Bengal-based Muslim woman to declare the practices of talaq-e-bidat (triple talaq), nikah halala and polygamy under Muslim personal laws as illegal and unconstitutional.A Bench of Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud tagged the petition filed by Ishrat Jahan, who is a native of Howrah, with a batch of petitions filed by other Muslim women, women’s rights organisations and the Supreme Court’s own suo motu PIL to consider whether certain practices of marriage and divorce under Islamic personal law amount to gender discrimination.

MUMBAI: Sufi shrines have traditionally been liberal spaces, known for their all-embracing philosophy. Friday’s historic verdict lifting the ban on women’s entry into the Haji Ali Dargah’s sanctum sanctorum restored the shrine’s famed inclusivism.I n one stroke, the HC order also dispelled notions that Islam discriminates against women and fuelled a debate within the community on whether the clergy was denying women what religion gave them. “… Sunnis who visit Sufi shrines were seen to be practising gender discrimination when they stopped women from visiting Haji Ali Dargah. This verdict will help change this perception,” a senior cleric in the city who follows the Deobandi school of thought said.

Punjab AAP convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur addressing the media in Chandigarh on Friday. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

Punjab AAP convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur addressing the media in Chandigarh on Friday. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

The Aam Aadmi Party on Friday removed its Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur from his post and constituted a panel to inquire into allegations of corruption against him. The party’s most visible face in Punjab came under a cloud after a video clip surfaced apparently showing a man leaving a cash packet with him.The decision to remove Mr. Chhotepur was taken at the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) meeting held to discuss the sting operation and the graft charges against him. It was also decided to constitute a two-member inquiry committee under Jarnail Singh, co-incharge of Punjab affairs, to probe the entire episode, party sources said.Notably, several AAP leaders from Punjab, including MP Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh, had written a letter to Delhi Chief Minister and party’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal, asking him to sack Mr. Chhotepur, citing the party’s principle of zero tolerance to corruption.Earlier in the day, Mr. Chhotepur accused party members of hatching a conspiracy against him and dubbed Mr. Kejriwal of being “anti-Punjabi and anti-Sikh.”

NEW DELHI:  A death row convict in the Jigisha Ghosh murder case was on Friday held guilty in another case of killing a cab driver by a Delhi court.
Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav convicted Ravi Kapoor, who was earlier this week awarded death sentence for killing 28-year-old IT executive Jigisha, and another accused, Ajay Kumar, of kidnapping and killing cab driver Mohd Nadeem in January 2009.The court also held two other accused – Aarif and Ajay Sethi – guilty of the offence under section 413 (habitually dealing in stolen property) of the IPC.
It asked the Delhi government to apprise it about the conduct and scope of rehabilitation of the four convicts and sought a pre-sentence report within four weeks to decide on their quantum of punishment.
The court will hear arguments on sentence on October 1.

Delhi Court Convicts Jigisha Ghosh's Killer In Another Murder Case

NEW DELHI: After the UN confirmation of Dawood Ibrahim’s addresses in Pakistan, the central government said on Friday that it was incumbent upon Islamabad to extradite the global terrorist who has for long been provided sanctuary by Pakistan.Calling Pakistan the prime perpetrator of terrorism, India said it could only have a result-oriented dialogue with Islamabad aimed at vacation of territory that Pakistan continues to hold illegally in J&K. Besides the fact that Dawood’s Pakistan addresses had been verified, the foreign ministry said some other records had also been added in his listing such as his wife’s name, father’s name and several of his aliases.”Dawood Ibrahim continues to remain on the designated list as a global terrorist. The 1267 monitoring committee continues to retain his Pakistani passport as a valid document, the UN has also confirmed that he resides in and has properties in Pakistan and the UN continues to keep aregular watch on him,” said MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup, as he expressed hope Pakistan would heed the international opinion on the issue.

Though bulk of over 5,200 objections filed so far on reorganisation of districts are apparently for alternative new districts than those notified, government sources rule out considering such objections.The objections and suggestions were invited from people only with regard to the notified districts in line with the Telangana Districts Formation Act, 1974 and Telangana District Formation Rules, 2016. For instance, suggestions for inclusion or modification of some villages, mandals or divisions within a notified district can be considered on the basis of their merit. But if the objections pertain to create new districts like Gadwal, Jangaon or Mancherial, they could not be considered at this stage as they were not in the notification, official sources said.“It is feasible to combine or drop some districts but new districts not included in the notification can’t be created in this phase,” they added. The government, however, is confident that the notified new districts will be functional from Dasara with skeletal staff drafted out of the existing one. The draft notification was the culmination of all the views and opinions, political and non-political, to meet the objective of correcting the Hyderabad-centric development of the State and improve the delivery of services for people in all areas- rural, urban and scheduled areas. “The decisions primarily were taken keeping in view people’s convenience,” the sources said. None of the political parties disagreed with districts’ reorganisation for greater development and decentralised growth. Some of their genuine concerns were Act 1 of 1970, which bans sale of tribal lands to non-tribals or protecting the jurisdiction of scheduled areas.

BALASORE/KALAHANDI:  Days after reports of a man walking 10 kms with his wife’s body slung over his shoulder created a furore, a disturbing video has emerged showing hospital workers mutilating the corpse of a dead woman.
The amateur video, shot in Odisha’s Balasore, shows hospital workers standing over the dead body of a woman, breaking her bones, wrapping it in a sheet and slinging it on a bamboo stick before carrying it along.
The body of 80-year-old Salamani Behera was to be taken from a community health centre to the Balasore district hospital for post-mortem. Unavailability of an ambulance and the setting in of rigor mortis forced hospital workers to break the body at the hip.
The explanation from officials did little to relieve the pain of the family. All that the victim’s son could do was helplessly watch the way his mother’s body was being treated.

No Ambulance To Carry Body, Odisha Workers Break Woman's Bones, Stuff It In Bag

NEW DELHI: Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday played down the Scorpene leak saying its a “not big worry”, but there are few pockets of concerns because the ministry is assuming the worst case scenario.
The defence minister said that the leaked documents put on the web of ‘The Australian’ newspaper does not include any of the weaponry systems of the Scorpene as been reported in the media.
Parrikar said that the navy has assured him that most of the leaked documents are not of concern.
The minister also said that Scorpene submarine has not even fully completed the sea trials, which is important to understand how it will work under water.
The Indian Navy has taken up Scorpene document leak matter with French Directorate General of Armament.

Facing criticism that the proposed new internal security legislation could undermine democratic freedoms, the Maharashtra government on Friday decided to withdraw the draft, posted on its official website, and evolve a political consensus before placing it for Cabinet approval. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K. Bakshi said in a statement, “On the instructions of the Chief Minister, it has been decided to place the draft of the proposed Maharashtra Protection of Internal Security Act before an all-party committee for discussions. Thereafter, the proposed draft will be discussed in the Cabinet.”Mr. Bakshi, who had defended the draft legislation on Wednesday and clarified that the government does not intend to curb democratic freedom, said, “After discussions, public suggestions and objections will be invited. The final draft will be sent to the Legislature after approval of the Cabinet.”The legislation proposes special security zones where movement of arms, explosives and inflow of unaccounted funds will be prohibited.

sRINAGAR: The ongoing unrest in Kashmir has led to a whopping Rs 6,400-crore loss to the economy of the Valley, with businesses being badly hit due to curfew and separatist sponsored strikes.
Tourist and other business activities in Kashmir have come to a halt for the past 49 days after protests erupted in Kashmir following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideenterrorist Burhan Wani+ in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 8.
Clashes between protesters and security forces have claimed the lives of 66 people and left thousands of others injured.
Shops, business establishments, private offices and petrol pumps have been shut as the separatists groups have called for a complete strike to protest the civilian deaths in the violence after Wani’s killing+ .
The separatists have announced periods of relaxation, but they are usually in the night which does not help the traders who allege that there have been instances ofmasked youths or even security forces+ forcing the shopkeepers to down the shutters.

The Chennai Central Crime Branch police on Friday arrested SRM University chancellor T.R. Pachamuthu alias Pari Vendhar after an overnight interrogation at the Old Police Commissionerate office in Egmore in connection with cases of cheating filed by parents of some medical course aspirants and the mysterious disappearance of film producer Madhan.Late in the evening, he was produced before the Saidapet Judicial Magistrate XI after being examined by doctors since afternoon. However, till late in the evening, he was not remanded in judicial custody with his lawyers pressing for bail on health grounds.The police had questioned Mr. Pachamuthu, who also heads the Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK), which allied with the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha and 2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, after being rapped by the Madras High Court recently for shoddy investigation.The court had specifically asked the police why Mr. Pachamuthu, a suspect in the case, was not questioned and warned that the probe would be transferred to an external agency. Mr. Pachamuthu came under the scanner soon after his close aide and founder of Vendhar Movies Madhan had gone missing in late May after leaving behind a ‘suicide’ note in which he claimed to have deposited money collected from MBBS aspirants with the SRM group of institutions.While Mr. Pachamuthu filed a complaint accusing Madhan of having illegally collected the money, over 110 parents had approached the police claiming to have given Rs. 50 lakh each on the promise of being admitted to the MBBS course.

SRM University chancellor T.R. Pachamuthu who was arrested on Friday. Photo; M.Vedhan

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