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PM Modi flags off Run for Unity; says Gandhi incomplete without Sardar Patel Open in new window
Source Icon Rediff
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flaged off a Run for Unity from Vijay Chowk in New Delhi to commemorate the 139th birth anniversary Sardar Vallabhai Patel.

Black money: Swiss have agreed to help India but... Open in new window
Source Icon Rediff
If India was able to provide additional and new information about people and entities that figure on stolen lists, they may consider it to exchange information

Memorial construction starts without clearance Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has decided to start construction of a memorial to remember 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims in Rakab Ganj Gurdwara without allegedly getting NDMC clearance.Ravinder Singh, Senior Vice-President, DSGMC, said the construction will begin on Saturday - which is the 30th anniversary of the riot. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal are scheduled to attend the event. The foundation stone of the memorial was laid in June, 2013. BJP leaders Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley were present there. The memorial will serve as an assembling point of families who lost their relatives in the carnage. A wall and a fountain will also be constructed, said Singh.When the foundation stone was laid last year, the NDMC issued a notice. DSGMC replied to the letter saying that it doesn't want to construct a building but only create a space where we can pay homage, said Singh.He admitted that the memorial is yet to get a legal status from the NDMC that denied permission for construction during the tenure of former chief minister Sheila Dikshit. Even during the stone laying ceremony, the NDMC had red-flagged the construction, said Singh.The Union Urban Development Ministry, Delhi Development Authority and the NDMC have the authority to sanction the construction proposal. DSGMC believes that no authority should have any problem if we want to construct a memorial, he added. With one day to go before the construction begins, the DSGMC is hopeful that a solution will be worked out.

Where are the protests? Open in new window
The Hindu
The Narendra Modi government has taken several decisions which have drawn the ire of few alert citizens, but many are oblivious to the implications.

No nominations for Assembly by-elections yet Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Almost three days after the opening of the filing of nominations, no candidate has filed his or her papers in either of the three Assembly seats for which by-polls are scheduled on November 25.The last date of filing nominations is November 5. The lack of interest by independent candidates and other smaller parties in the by-polls may result in a direct clash between the three big players - the AAP, the BJP and the Congress.Our offices for accepting nominations and we are maintaining a daily record of the developments, said a Delhi election official. There are indications that the AAP and the Congress may not repeat their candidates who lost on the Krishna Nagar, Mehrauli and Tughlakabad Assembly seats last year.The three seats fell vacant when BJP's legislators Harsh Vardhan (Krishna Nagar), Ramesh Bidhuri (Tughlakabad) and Pervesh Verma (Mehrauli) were elected to Lok Sabha.Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay has refused to bare the party's game plan or the names of the candidates for the by-poll. The names will be known soon, he said.BJP sources said Upadhyay may himself contest the by-poll from Mehrauli.The AAP appears set to field Sahi Ram from Tughlakabad. The former Bahujan Samaj Party leader, who lost to Bidhuri (34,009 votes) by 5,946 votes, joined the AAP a couple of months back. The AAP candidate Manoj Kumar Ray polled 12,465 votes, while Congress nominee Om Prakash got 9,781 votes. Both of them are unlikely to be repeated by their parties in the by-polls, said sources.In Krishna Nagar, V K Monga of the Congress who polled 26,072 votes is said to be getting close to his old party - the BJP. Sources said if Monga returns to the saffron fold, he may get the BJP ticket from Harsh Vardhan's stronghold. The Congress seems close to approving former Delhi minister A K Walia's candidature from the Krishna Nagar seat. Congress sources said Shastri seemed to be a strong contender for getting re-nomination in the by-poll.

After SC, BJP praises Jung's efforts now Open in new window
Deccan Herald
The Delhi BJP has welcomed the Supreme Court's appreciation of the efforts being made by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to explore possibilities of government formation in the city. Sources said the party leaders were hoping to hear from Jung in the coming days and claimed there was positivity in the party on the issue of giving Delhiites an efficient and responsible government.Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said he would refrain from commenting on the court observation but certainly there is a positive movement in the direction of exploring government formation possibilities.We will follow all directions of the Lieutenant Governor and President Pranab Mukherjee on the issue, he said.Upadhyay, who revamped the city unit of the party on Wednesday, said the BJP was ready for fresh elections.If the Lieutenant Governor advises us to seek a fresh mandate we would do so, he said. There are no two views on the need to give an elected government to the people of Delhi, he said, adding that whenever Jung asks the BJP the party will share its views with Jung on how to safeguard the interest of the people. During the hearing on the Aam Aadmi Party's plea to dissolve the Assembly, the court hinted that a minority government could be the way out of the deadlock in the hung Assembly.The judges put off the hearing till November 11.Sources in the BJP said the court's observation on minority government has shown a ray of hope to the saffron party.A BJP legislator said:The AAP with 28 MLAs formed a minority government in December last year in an attempt to save the city from another round of elections. The BJP has support of 29 MLAs and is almost in a similar position as the one in which the AAP formed the government. We know some of the MLAs from all parties do not want to face fresh elections. May be such legislators may support an effort to save the city from a fresh election, he said. At least 14 first-time MLAs from all parties are not very keen to face fresh elections, he added. According to Sandeep Dikshit, former Congress MP from East Delhi, any delay in dissolution of the Assembly and holding fresh polls may promote horse-trading.We know from experience that such a situation promotes unethical practices, he said. Conducting a fresh Assembly election may cost the exchequer around Rs 50 crore. This is apart from the crores of rupees the candidates may spend on campaigning. Also, a fresh election at this juncture will bring in the poll code and apply brakes on all new projects that the central government has lined up for making Delhi a smart city, said a BJP leader.The 70-member Delhi Assembly's current strength is 67. It has been under suspended animation since February 17 after the AAP government resigned.

Criminal wanted in 5 cases held Open in new window
Deccan Herald
A wanted criminal, having a reward of Rs 20,000 on his head, for his involvement in cases of cheating has been arrested, police said on Thursday.Panna Lal, 37, resident of Uttam Nagar was earlier involved in five case of cheating, police said.On June 10, Kanti Devi, 50, resident of a jhuggi jhopri cluster in Kirti Nagar reported that two persons induced her to sell her gold chain and earrings for a bundle of currency notes under Mayapuri flyover, police said.On checking, it was found that the bundle was containing papers and not the currency notes, police added.An FIR was registered with Kirti Nagar police station. On Thursday, an information was received that the accused person will come near Raghubir Nagar to meet his accomplices.Accordingly, a team was constituted and the accused was apprehended around 10 am from Gaon Wal Chowk, Raghubir Nagar, police said.On interrogation, he revealed that he had no source of income so he indulged in cheating old age people by showing fake currency notes, police said.

Traders keep faith, many open shops in Trilokpuri Open in new window
Deccan Herald
A longer relaxation in curfew on Thursday saw businessmen shedding apprehension in riot-affected Trilokpuri, while camera-mounted drones continued combing operation and anti-riot police and rapid action force held their posts.Police had lifted prohibitory orders between 6 am to 5 pm. Those in the business of tent and catering opened their shops, despite grim chances of roping in new customers.We were to organise four marriages. But all of them were called off because of the worsened situation here, Mohammad Reyaz, owner of the Mirchi Tent House in worst affected Block 27 market, said.He said he had to cater to both Hindu and Muslim families in Block 18, 28 and 36.The markets had come alive after communal clashes this past week with many grocers, chemists, stationers, auto mechanics and even clothing retailers opening their shops.Residents of Block 20 situated close to Mata ki Chowki - from where the communal clashes purportedly erupted - say they have no hesitation making purchases from Muslim shops.What to do? They (Muslims) run most of the shops in the neighbouring market, Bimla said, while claiming that tension has not eased.They sell bangles, some of them are tailors and few also run groceries.Fresh supplies for shops also poured in when the curfew was lifted for the third consecutive day. Tempos full of gunnysacks or cartons kept arriving throughout the day.But with ATMs in the region shut down, there was no easy cash available in the market. There was massive stone-pelting. I got the information from the bank two hours after the riot broke out the day after Diwali, Sunil Kumar, caretaker of ICICI Bank ATM in Block 28 said, pointing at the floor strewn with broken glass and stones.He had opened the ATM for bank officials to remove the cash. I could bring down the shutters on Saturday morning because it was impossible to come here on the evening when the violence broke out, added Kumar.

Mahatma Gandhi seems incomplete without Sardar Patel: Modi Open in new window
The Hindu
Through his skill, vision and patriotism Sardar Patel integrated the nation. We can never forget his contribution in uniting free India

Four extortionists pose as sting operators, arrested Open in new window
Deccan Herald
A gang of extortionits, including a woman and two freelance journalists, who allegedly used to blackmail nursing homes doctors and pathological laboratories' owners posing as sting operators have been busted, police said on Thursday.Recently, these racketeers had extorted Rs 40 lakh from a laboratory owner in west Delhi's Punjabi Bagh after portraying him as a conduit for conducting sex-determination tests.Dhan Singh, 30 and Ram Sharan, 32, worked as freelance journalists for news channels.They had equipment like spycams and recorders which they used to carry out the fake sting operations, police said.Pushpa, 36, used to act as a pregnant woman to trap medical practitioners and Jai Kochar, 24, was their fourth accomplice. All were arrested on Wednesday, police added.Around Rs 70,500 in cash, a Swift car purchased from the extorted money and electronic devices used for the carrying out the fake sting operations have been recovered from their possession, police said.On October 3, Pushpa posing as patient visited the clinic and met the elder brother of the complainant and portrayed that she had some genetic issues concerning her pregnancy, police said.She was advised to consult a gynaecologist. Next day, the complainant had gone out of station with his brother when his father informed him that five to six persons having tags and identity cards of a news agency came to their pathological laboratory, police added.They sent the employees out of the laboratory and asked his father to arrange Rs 1 crore as they had recorded a conversation in which he was reportedly saying their laboratory could arrange sex determination of the woman who had approached him.They also threatened that if the amount was not paid they would telecast the recording on their TV channel. Getting overawed by the blackmailers, his father paid Rs 40 lakh to them, police said.On an information, a team conducted a raid and apprehended Ram Sharan and Dhan Singh.During interrogation, they confessed to running an extorn racket, police said. On their instance, Jai Kochar and Pushpa were arrested.The gang used to target the well-established doctors and owners of nursing homes. Initially, the woman member of the gang would approach the doctor on the pretext of being pregnant and for conducting pre-natal sex determination test. If the victim would refuse, then a dubious and clever strategy of asking leading questions would be adopted, police said.The gang members stationed outside would guide the woman through concealed communication devices and the matter would be recorded through spy cameras. They would ask to get genetic/DNA tests if nothing incriminating was forthcoming and later they would fabricate the recordings by improving and altering the conversation recorded, they added.The accused have disclosed that they used to give share of the extorted money to a manager and another person associated with some news channel, police said.

AAP to now focus on by-polls to three seats in Delhi Open in new window
The Hindu
The Supreme Court describing Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung?s moves to explore the possibility of government formation in Delhi as positive has stalled the Aam Aadmi Party?s demand for immediate...

US asked not to pressurise India to reject cancer drug license Open in new window
The Hindu
An international organisation working for cancer-affected people has asked the Obama administration not to pressurise India to reject a compulsory license on a drug for a rare form of leukaemia, w...

Camel blood can treat thyroid cancer: Study Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Unique antibodies found in camel's blood have qualities to treat thyroid cancer. These are the initial findings of a research initiated at National Research Centre on Camels (NRCC) in Bikaner district of Rajasthan. Scientists have also claimed that these antibodies can be effectively used to treat other form of cancers too. The research is being conducted jointly by National Research Centre on Camels (NRCC), All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).During the research, we found that camel antibodies can treat thyroid cancer. These antibodies can be effective in treating other form of cancers also. The research in this regard is going on at an advanced stage and scientists from NRCC, AIMS and BARC are working together on it, said Dr N V Patil, Director, National Research Centre on Camels (NRCC). Once a treatment using camel antibodies is developed to cure thyroid cancer, it will be six times cheaper than the kit currently used to detect thyroid cancer in human body, he added. Camel antibodies are very tiny in nature and they are scientifically known as nanobodies. These nanobodies can penetrate deep inside human body to reach any area to treat cancer. Camel antibodies can be given to cancer patients by mixing them with medicines. The ability to treat cancer and penetrate in the smallest cell of human body makes camel antibodies a perfect medicine to treat thyroid cancer, said Patil.A lot of experiments have been conducted to establish the findings and the success rate has been 100 percent. But before using it on human body, more experiments will be conducted by the scientists, he added. Earlier National Research Centre on Camels had found similar antibodies in camel milk, which has the ability to attack any random allergen such as viruses, germs and auto immune allergens.

SP MLA, wife join children's scuffle Open in new window
Deccan Herald
In a display of immaturity and arrogance, an MLA of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and his wife joined a fight between two fifth standard classmates one of whom was their son and allegedly slapped the other one before the school authorities in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly town, about 250 kilometres from here.Taking a serious view of the slapping of their child by the MLA and his wife, the parents lodged a complaint and sought action against them but the school management played safe and ruled out any action.According to the report, Samar (name changed) and the child of the SP MLA, who studied at a prestigious convent school in Bareilly, had a fight a few days back.It was alleged that Samar had beaten the MLA's son with an iron rod in the school.On hearing about the incident, SP MLA Shezil Islam and his wife came to the school on Tuesday, summoned Samar in the office of the principal and allegedly slapped him besides twisting his ear, Samar's mother alleged.The MLA alleged that Samar had taken Rs 5,000 from his son. Furious over the slapping, Samar's mother approached the school authorities and sought action in the matter.The school management, however, preferred to avoid taking on the powerful politician and tried to persuade the concerned parties to 'forget' about the incident.There is no need to take action in the matter. The matter has been resolved amicably. The sections of the two children will be changed and they would be given counseling, said a school management functionary.The functionary said that the children used to exchange toffees and chocolates and had good relations.There was not much of a problem with the children, their parents had lost their cool, he added. He also denied that Samar had taken Rs 5,000 from the other boy.

Take a drag at own risk in bus, pay if caught smoking Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Be careful the next time you choose to smoke in the bus. On the month's dry day for tobacco, the Delhi government is planning to intensify raids to clamp down on tobacco sale in the city. To bring down smoking in the transport department, the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) has asked the public to come up with complaints on the toll free number 1800110456 or send an e-mail to if anybody smokes in a Delhi Transport Corporation bus. If any staff is smoking in the bus or any other passenger, a co-passenger can immediately call us up or send an e-mail. In this case, we require certain details like the time, the route number of the bus. We will track the bus and issue challans. This initiative has been on for the past four months now but hasn't been publicised yet, said Dr S K Arora, Additional Director (Health) of the Tobacco Control Programme, DHS. The conductor and the driver will be mainly held responsible. Though the campaign hasn't gained momentum, the department is sensitising taxi, truck and bus drivers to give up all tobacco products. The DHS has also planned extensive awareness campaigns on Friday.The department will conduct raids in West Delhi and book those selling tobacco as the last day of the month is being observed as the dry day for tobacco. There will be several groups that will hold awareness campaigns all over the city to sensitise people against the use of tobacco, said DrArora.The department has identified four departments which are to be made tobacco-free at the earliest. These are the education, medical, transport and police departments. These will include all schools, colleges, coaching centres, hospitals, medical dispensaries, police stations, DTC buses and depots.This means the staff at the respective departments will first be sensitised to not smoke or chew tobacco. Nodal officer has been appointed for each department who are training other officers to sensitise the staff in general, said Dr Arora.Besides, signages of anti-smoking are also being installed in all these buildings to deter people from smoking.Though the department is campaigning through metro, hoardings and through advertisements in the print medium, it is struggling to keep up a sustained campaign as it incurs huge funds.However, it is also using the social media, including WhatsApp into use, to persuade people to not only give up smoking but other chewable products like pan masala, gutkha.

UP panchayat takes over role of judiciary Open in new window
Deccan Herald
A panchayat in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district, about 500 kilometres from here, has decided to virtually form its own regime and entrusted itself with the responsibility of deciding all cases - criminal and civil - concerning its members.It was not that they did not decide cases about their fellow caste members in the past, but this time they went several steps further.The decision was taken at a panchayat of 'Mirasi' community - a sub-group in Muslim community - organised at Miglana area in the district on Wednesday.Mohammed Shamsad, who chaired the meeting, said that the panchayat had decided to bar the members from approaching the courts of the police for resolution of their problems and issues.All cases concerning the members of the community will be decided by the panchayat, Shamsad said.Elaborating on the matter, he said that the panchayat had decided to punish any one who molested a girl, with 'shoe lashes at a public place'.11-member committeeThe panchayat had also constituted an eleven member committee to look into the issues concerning the community and take decisions on them.The panchayat will depute someone to listen to the cases and decide. Justice will be done quickly, he remarked.He claimed that all decisions were taken unanimously. He said that the community members felt that the administrative machinery not only failed to give justice but it also took a long time in deciding cases.They felt that approaching the government machinery for resolution of grievances was a wastage of time and money and therefore they decided to set-up their own system, he pointed out.Shamsad said that the members at the panchayat expressed their sharp resentment over the prevailing backwardness and lack of education in the community. Reports said hundreds of members of the 'Mirasi' community had taken part in the panchayat meeting that lasted for several hours.The panchayats - especially in the western region in the state - had in the past also tried rape and even cases involving love marriages and pronounced judgements.

Reasons behind poor rankings for Indian varsities discussed Open in new window
The Hindu
1,842 students to get degrees at 45th convocation of IIT-D

Cross-check your DDA forms Open in new window
The Hindu
The DDA also clarified that only errors in data punching would be entertained and these must be informed by all the applicants to the banks by November 1.

Road-widening work gives motorists a tough time in Delhi Open in new window
The Hindu
The Rs. 550-crore project covers a distance of 8.3 km on sector road and 2.2 km on NH-8.

Obama urges 'credible' Myanmar vote Open in new window
Source Icon BBC - South Asia
US President Barack Obama calls for an inclusive and credible election process when Myanmar hold elections next year.

China says nets 180 graft suspects in overseas manhunt Open in new window
Source Icon Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - China says it has captured 180 people suspected of committing economic crimes as part of an aggressive anti-corruption campaign targeting suspects who have fled abroad, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Modi remembers Indira Gandhi on her 30 death anniversary Open in new window
The Hindu
I join my fellow countrymen & women in remembering former PM Smt. Indira Gandhi on her Punya Tithi, PM weeted

Narendra Modi remembers former PM Indira Gandhi on death anniversary Open in new window
Source Icon CNN-IBN
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 30th death anniversary and paid tributes to first Home Minister Sardar Patel on his birth anniversary.

Police create local groups to ease tension in Trilokpuri Open in new window
The Hindu
While life is limping back to normalcy in the area, the police are also making their best efforts to restore peace.

Mata ki Chowki in Trilokpuri to be removed by Friday; residents fear recurrence of violence Open in new window
The Hindu
The makeshift temple, Mata ki Chowki, in Block-20 area of Trilokpuri will be removed after a jagran on Friday. The first incident which triggered violence in the colony was reported n...

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