UP tax official held for raping junior in Bhopal

BHOPAL: An Uttar Pradesh tax official was allegedly raped in a posh hotel in Bhopal by her senior on Sunday night. She has told police that he was exploiting her for a long time, but she drew the line when he beat her up and threatened to sexually assault her daughter as well.
The accused, Pankaj Kumar Singh, deputy commissioner with UP’s commercial tax department, has been arrested. He is charged with rape and assault and will be produced in court on Tuesday. The survivor, who had come to Bhopal to attend an event, alleges that Singh followed her here and forced her to go with him to a luxury hotel although she had checked into a separate star property. She has told police that she knows Singh since 2010. According to SP (south) Lodha Rahul Kumar, she said that Singh once took her to his house in Noida, on the pretext of getting her to meet his mother, but raped her.

Kamla Nagar police station SHO Madan Mohan Malviya said the woman dialled 100 around 3.30am on Monday and a patrol team responded immediately. She was brought to the police station, where she filed a complaint against Singh. She alleged that after the rape in the hotel room, he beat her up, hurled abuses at her and threatened to sexually abuse her daughter, too. She decided to go to police.

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House approves death for rape of under-12 girls

NEW DELHI: Parliament on Monday passed a legislation prescribing stringent punishment, including death penalty, to those convicted of raping a girl below 12 years of age. The law replaces the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance that was promulgated on April 21, following an outcry over the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of another woman at Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

The ministry of women and child development is processing a proposal to bring amendments to the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act 2012 to make it gender-neutral.
Replying to a debate, junior home minister Kiren Rijiju said the government brought the bill, as in the last few months, “heart-rending incidents of rape of underaged girls have taken place in the country”.
The deadline for the completion of trial in all rape cases will be two months. A six-month time limit for disposal of appeals in rape cases has also been prescribed. There will also be no provision for anticipatory bail for a person accused of rape or gang rape of a girl under 16 years.

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Supreme Court adjourns hearing on Section 35A in J&K

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday adjourned a scheduled hearing on PILs challenging the validity of Article 35A of the Constitution which prohibits non-permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) from permanent settlement in the state, and from acquiring immovable property, government jobs, scholarships and aid there.
Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar said that a three-judge bench needs to determine whether this matter is required to be referred to a five-judge bench. Both the Centre and J&K sought an adjournment of hearing as a Panchayat election process is underway in the state.

Representing the J&K government, advocate Rakesh Dwivedi said SC has already settled the issue by ruling that Article 370 of the Constitution has already attained permanent status. “In any event as the issue required interpretation of various constitutional provisions, let there be no interim order,” Dwivedi appealed to the bench.
Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, counsel to a petitioner, countered and said: “It is a strange situation in J&K as persons from Pakistan can come and settle in the state under a law but those who have been staying for generations cannot even get a government job.”

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Militant arrested with 8 grenades in Jammu

JAMMU: A militant was arrested and eight grenades recovered from him in Jammu as police foiled a major terror plot to trigger blasts in the winter capital, days ahead of the Independence Day.
Acting on intelligence inputs, police intercepted a bus in Gandhi Nagar area here late on Sunday night and arrested a youth from Kashmir who was carrying eight hand grenades, a police officer said.

In view of the arrest, a high alert has been sounded in Jammu. The militant is being put through sustained interrogation to ascertain about the plans and his contacts in the city and its outskirts, police said.

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SC gets its 8th woman judge- Indira Banerjee


NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Indira Banerjee has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of India.
With this, the apex court gets its eighth woman judge, after Fathima Beevi, Sujata V. Manohar, Ruma Pal, Gyan Sudha Misra, Ranjana Prakash Desai, R. Banumathi and Indu Malhotra.
Banerjee assumed charge as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court on April 5, 2017.She succeeded Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, who was then elevated to the top court.
She is also the second woman to head Madras High Court, after Justice Kanta Kumari Bhatnagar.

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4 terrorists killed in fresh exchange of fire with security forces in Shopian

SRINAGAR: Four terrorists were killed in a fresh exchange of fire with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, the Army said on Saturday.
With these deaths, the number of terrorists killed in the overnight operation reached five.
The security forces had cordoned off the area last night following specific intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists there and had started a search operation there.
The search operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists fired upon the security forces, an official had said.

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Punjab gets epidemiologists microbiologists and staff nurses

CHANDIGARH: Punjab health and family welfare minister Brahm Mohindra on Thursday handed over appointment letters to 282 staff nurses, 11 epidemiologists and 14 microbiologists in a function held at training institute in Mohali.

Mohindra said the Congress government with these appointments, the health delivery system would witness improvement and quality health services could be ensured to the public.

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TN issues GO shifting all idol theft cases to CBI


CHENNAI: Within a day after informing the Madras high court that it had taken a policy decision to transfer all temple idol theft cases to the CBI, the Tamil Nadu government issued an order, shifting out cases being investigated by special idol wing team headed by inspector general of police A G Pon Manickavel.
The economic offences wing ADGP said that since the cases with idol wing were of significant nature, the investigations needed proactive involvement of central agencies. “Some of the idols are antique idols dating back to thousands of years which could not be valued in terms of money. Some of the idol theft cases have inter-state and international ramifications. In some cases, stolen idols have been traced to foreign countries. The ADGP has recommended that, in the interest of fair and just investigation, all the investigation cases by the special team may be considered for transfer to CBI,” said the order.

“The governor accords his consent to the extension of powers and jurisdiction of members of the Delhi Special Police Establishment in the whole of Tamil Nadu to investigate all investigation cases with special team constituted for the idol theft cases and in all future cases,” said the order.

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Cops identify eight Burari shooters


NEW DELHI: The shooters involved in the sensational quadruple murders of rival gangsters and bystanders in north Delhi’s Burari on June 18 have been identified by Special Cell of Delhi Police. Non-bailable warrants have been issued against eight absconding criminals and police have also booked them under the string- ent MCOCA.
Fajja is the second-in-command in Gogi’s gang at present. In January, he, Gogi, Rohit and two others had shot their rival, Ravi Bhardwaj, 30 times in full public view in Prashant Vihar. Gogi and he had also killed two school teachers last year over the suspicion of them being associated with their rival Sunil Tillu gang.

On June 18, Gogi and his associates had indiscriminately fired at a group of men who they suspected to be associated with his rival Tillu gang. As the targets and passersby ran for cover, the assailants chased and shot at the four men at three spots in the locality. A member of the rival gang, Gogi’s associate and two passersby were killed in the incident.

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Construction workers to get free DTC rides

NEW DELHI: Construction workers in Delhi will soon be able to travel on DTC buses free of cost. Delhi government has decided to provide construction workers with bus passes free-of-cost to travel anywhere in the city.
While some agencies provide housing to the construction workers close to the site, in most cases they travel long distances, sometimes from labour camps set up in the periphery of the city and end up spending huge amounts on their daily travel.
“The free bus pass would help the workers save a substantial amount on commuting. All construction workers registered with the board would be eligible for it. The board has a huge corpus meant for welfare of the workers and DTC would be paid from that fund,” Rai said.

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