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NAGPUR: The Maharashtra police’s Anti-Naxal Operation unit has claimed that by calling for “Bharat Bandh” on March 29, in protest of life imprisonment to former Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba, the Maoists have confessed that he was linked to them.The unit cited some banners that were put up by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Etapalli and Bhamargad area of Gadchiroli district in the State.The banners read, “Oppose the punishment of life imprisonment given to Prof. Saibaba, [JNU student] Hem Mishra and five others. Make sure the ‘Bharat Bandh’ of March 29 is successful.”The banned outfit also appealed to the people to unite and protest against “long punishments given to peoples’ leaders, who are fighting against corporate expansion, and against the policy of the State to give the country’s natural resources to the corporate houses.”Some pamphlets found in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, apparently issued by the CPI (Maoist), read, “Fight for your water, forest, and land and form a united ‘secular morcha’ to fight the Hindutva fascism. We will fight and defeat the operation Green Hunt.”A press statement issued by the Maharashtra ANO on Wednesday read, “The Maoists and their frontal organisations had tried to portray prof. Saibaba as an innocent wheelchair-bound professor, who has been implicated in a false case.”The Maoists have called for celebration of “Virodh Saptah” (Protest Week) between March 23 to March 29 and “Bharat Band” on March 29.The ANO said, “The investigating officer, Mr. Suhas Bawache, had received over 20,000 letters from more than 90 countries condemning the arrest of prof. Saibaba. Some organisations recently protested in Mumbai demanding the scrapping of the UAPA act under which he was convicted. They could not have asked for Saibaba’s release directly.”The special unit of Maharashtra police also informed that “secret meetings of Maoist supporters ” were organised in Nagpur, and Armori area of Gadchiroli last week, to create pressure on the police against prof. Saibaba’s jail term.The ANO also claimed that the Maoist ambush in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on March 11, which resulted in death of 12 CRPF men, was related to the professor’s conviction as it happened right after he was sentenced by a Gadchiroli court. It also appealed to people to not give any response to the “Bharat Bandh.”
Girls studying in a residential tribal girls’ school in the Dantewada district of south Chhattisgarh have accused some Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men of “indecent behaviour and molestation” inside the school’s premises during a Rakshabandhan programme organised by a local news channel on July 31.“On August 1, the warden of the residential tribal girls’ school, the District Education Officer of Dantewada, and some members of the district council, went to the District Collector with a complaint that some CRPF men had indulged in indecent behaviour with some girls in the residential tribal girls’ school during the programne. They complained that the girls were allegedly frisked by some CRPF men when they went to the washroom,” said Mr. Ajay Singh, DIG, CRPF, Operations, Chhattisgarh sector.
The ruling Congress in Meghalaya has suffered another jolt with State party president and four-time Chief Minister D.D. Lapang deciding to opt out of assembly poll race, due early next year. His announcement came a month after two senior leaders holding cabinet berths – deputy Chief Minister Roytre C Laloo and Roshan Warjri – expressed similar intentions. The 85-year-old veteran leader met All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Sunday to inform her about his decision.“She wished me well and said I should continue to keep the party united and share my experience and advisories with the workers and leaders,” Mr. Lapang said in a statement. The former CM also exchanged greetings with Meghalaya party in-charge C.P. Joshi during a meeting called to discuss the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president. He had informed Chief Minister Mukul Sangma about his decision prior to his meeting with Sonia Gandhi on Sunday.Mr. Lapang had won the Nongpoh seat in the 1972 assembly elections as an Independent candidate. He later joined the Congress and was elected chief minister in 1992, 2003, 2007 and 2009. However, he never completed his tenure as the chief minister.
The crucial Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha byelections in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday were marked by a poor average turnout of only 40.20%.If Gorakhpur recorded only 43% voting, the figure was even lower in Phulpur at 37.39%, as per Joint Chief Election Officer Ramesh Chandra Rai. It is a drastic fall from 2014 when Gorakhpur recorded 54.67% and Phulpur 50.20%, a dip of over 11% and 12%.In neighbouring Bihar, the turnout was slightly better — 57% in the Araria Lok Sabha constituency and 50.6% and 54.6% respectively in the Jehanabad and Bhabhua Assembly constituencies. The byelections concluded with no incidents of violence, but an FIR was filed against Bihar BJP chief Nityanand Rai for violating the model code of conduct by allegedly making a provocative speech during campaigning on Friday at Narpatganj in Araria. There were also reports of VVPAT machines not working at some booths in Bhabhua.The low voting percentages in U.P. will worry the BJP, which won both the seats in 2014 by margins of over 3,00,000 votes. Additionally, in both constituencies the turnout in the urban centres, considered BJP strongholds, was poor, with Allahabad North barely crossing 21%.The U.P. Chief Election Officer’s office said in a statement that while voting was peaceful, 114 VVPATS, 41 EVM balloting units and 38 EVM control units had to be replaced after “minor technical complaints.” The commission had deployed 4,728 EVM control units, 7,098 ballot units and 4,728 VVPATS for the polls, with the VVPAT facility available at all voting centres.In Bihar, the Narpatganj Assembly constituency’s Nodal Officer-cum-Circle Officer Nishant Kumar on Sunday lodged an FIR against the State BJP chief for violating the model code of conduct after Mr. Rai, also Lok Sabha MP from Ujjiarpur, allegedly said that “if the RJD candidate Sarfaraj Alam wins the poll, Araria would become a hub of ISI [Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence].”The Bihar bypolls are being seen as a direct battle between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav. It was the first time Mr. Yadav had led the election campaign of his party in the absence of his father and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, who is lodged in Ranchi jail after being convicted in the fodder scam cases. For Mr. Kumar, this was the first electoral battle after he dumped the RJD to join hands with the BJP again.The Araria bypoll was necessitated by the death of RJD strongman Mohammad Taslimuddin. The BJP fielded Pradeep Singh, who had won the seat in 2009 and finished runner-up in 2014.The Jehanabad Assembly bypoll was caused by the death of RJD legislator Mundrika Singh Yadav and the party fielded his son Suday Yadav from there. The NDA fielded Abhiram Sharma of the Janata Dal (United), who had won the seat in 2010 when his party was an ally of the BJP. In Bhabhua the bypoll was held after the death of BJP MLA Anand Bhushan Pandey.
Five persons, including three pilgrims, were killed and 18 others injured on Friday in two accidents in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri and Ramban districts, police said. Three pilgrims were killed and 18 others injured when their mini bus overturned in Rajouri district, they said. The bus was on its way to the Shiv Khori temple when it overturned at the Triyath belt, police said. The injured have been admitted to the GMC hospital in Jammu, they said. In another incident, two persons, identified as Sanjay Singh and Manjeet Singh, were killed after their vehicle skidded off the road and plunged into a 300-feet deep gorge near the Karool Kundi area in Ramban district, police said. Their bodies have been recovered, they said.
Popular Bollywood and Assamese singer-actor Zubeen Garg has invited the ire of priests at Guwahati’s Kamakhya temple for advising them to stop animal sacrifice.Mr. Garg campaigned against animal sacrifice during his performance at a Bihu function near the temple complex on Monday evening. He took up the issue while referring to Bollywood actor-politician Govinda’s visit to the temple on Sunday, during which a buffalo was sacrificed.“Govinda could have sacrificed himself and not a buffalo to satisfy the Mother Goddess (Kamakhya). No deity wants to be satiated with the blood of animals. Animal sacrifice in the name of religion must end,” Mr. Garg said.His views have not gone down well with the Kamakhya priests. “A singer’s job is to sing, not preach about the age-hold rituals of one of the holiest Hindu temples. Mr. Garg should apologise for hurting religious sentiments,” Kabindra Sarma, chief spokesperson of the temple, told The Hindu.“From the President of India to the average farmer, millions of people visit the temple. Each has his or her own way of seeking the blessing of the Goddess, and animal sacrifice is one of them. We don’t need lecturing from anyone who has no respect for tradition,” Mr. Sarma said.
Twenty six out of 30 students from Super-30 coaching institute in Patna have cracked the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), whose results were declared on Sunday.“This year, the result of Super-30 is a bit less than 100%. 26 out of 30 students have cracked IIT-JEE but still I’m happy for the students and their families”, founder of Super-30 and mathematician Anand Kumar told The Hindu.The institute, since its inception in 2002, has been coaching underprivileged children to enter the IIT, even giving them free food and accommodation. A total of 422 students out of 480 from Super-30 coaching institute have qualified in IIT-JEE since it was started. For the last four years, all 30 students from Super-30 qualified.Mr. Kumar has been featured in several national and international magazines, newspapers and documentaries for his work. His younger brother Pranav Kumar, mother and other family members help him run the institute. Recently, a Bollywood a biopic titled Super-30 starring Hrithik Roshan was announced.
A gruesome incident of honour killing of two teenaged lovers that took place more than a month ago in Odisha’s Koraput district has now come to light. The mutilated bodies of the victims were found on the railway track between Kotpad and Kusumi stations on June 21. Initially it seemed like a case of suicide, but police investigation revealed that the girl’s family had murdered the duo and thrown the bodies on the track. Both the victims were minors studying in the same school.Five persons, including the girl’s father and her brother, were arrested by the police on Tuesday.According to Koraput Superintendent of Police Kunwar Vishal Singh, the girl’s father had met him on July 10 and alleged that his daughter had been murdered. However, investigation and interrogation of the arrested persons revealed details of the gruesome plot.Same school Both victims were residents of Mundaguda village and students of Kusumi High School. They were allegedly in a romantic relationship which was opposed by the girl’s family. The police said her family members had initially planned to kill the boy but later decided to eliminate both of them.On June 20, the five located the youngsters together and dragged them to a deserted jungle area by the side of a railway track near Kusumi. According to police sources, the father, brother and three cousins of the girl warned the teenaged lovers to snap their ties or face dire consequences. When the youngsters refused, they were attacked with sticks and axes.According to the autopsy report, the boy received injuries from sharp-edged weapons on his legs and hands. He died on the spot. The girl was strangulated with her chunri, the police said.To make it look like suicide, their bodies were thrown on the nearby railway track that were later run over by passing trains.
Four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed when the bullet proof vehicle they were travelling in came under attack from alleged Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Saturday. Two others were rushed to a hospital.Bijapur goes for polls in first phase of Assembly Elections on November 12 in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected State.The troops were out for an area domination exercise in a bullet proof vehicle when the The Communist Party of India (Maoist) fired on them, followed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion, a CRPF official said.The incident occurred around 4 p.m. near Murdanda camp of the CRPF under Awapalli police station in Bijapur when the troops were about a kilometre away from their camp. The vehicle was carrying six personnel.The first phase of election will cover 18 constituencies in eight Maoist-affected districts – Bastar, Kanker, Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Kondagaon and Rajnandgaon.
Youth leaders of Opposition parties and organisations joined hands to save the Constitution, which they said is being targeted under the guise of the Ram temple movement, on Sunday.“Religion is not in danger. An atmosphere is being created to pit Hindus against Muslims. The only thing in danger is our Constitution. The temple is being made an issue to hide failures of this government,” said Kanhaiya Kumar, former president of Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union and Communist Party of India leader. The ‘save the Constitution rally’ was organised by 14 different youth organisations across the country and saw participation from the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani and Patidar leader Hardik Patel. It was kicked off from Rajgruha in Dadar, the residence of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, and culminated at Chaityabhoomi near Shivaji Park. Mr. Mewani said, “Every youngster must join hands to save our Constitution. Discussions should be held on the Rafale deal, malnutrition in Jharkhand, employment and demonetisation. Not on Ram temple. When the BJP raise this issue, ask them about Achhe din and employment,” he said.Mr. Patel said, the way this government is pressurising the Supreme Court and CBI and other institutes shows that it wants to compromise the Constitution. “Drought in Maharashtra and farmers’ woes are the real problems. The temple issue is being hyped up to impact the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan elections,” he said.The youth of this country wants employment, Mr. Patel said. “How can the Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad organise programmes in huge numbers in Ayodhya when Section 144 is imposed?Aaditya Thackeray is a young leader. He should have led the protest march against farmer suicides in Vidarbha and Marathwada,” he aked.Maharashtra Youth Congress president Satyajit Tambe said that the association of all youth organisations will continue even in the future and joint agitations will be held to expose the government’s “anti-constitutional” and “anti-youth policies”.
A professor of Jammu University triggered a controversy by allegedly referring to freedom fighter Bhagat Singh as a “terrorist”, prompting authorities to set up a panel to probe the matter. While delivering a lecture at the department of political science on Thursday, Prof. Mohammad Tajuddin allegedly made the reference. Soon after the students took up the matter with the Vice-Chancellor. “Some students met the Vice-Chancellor on Thursday evening and told him about the incident. They submitted a CD as a proof,” Jammu University spokesperson Dr. Vinay Thusoo said. Taking immediate action, V-C Prof. Manoj K. Dhar ordered a probe and ordered disassociation of Prof. Tajuddin from teaching. “Following the complaint, the University on the same day constituted an inquiry committee, headed by University’s Dean Academic Affairs Prof. Keshiv Sharma,” Dr. Thusoo said. He said the committee has been asked to submit its report within 7 days. The matter triggered protests from students who demanded that the professor be suspended from the university. Prof. Tajuddin said his remarks were taken out of context and a 25-second clip was made from his two-hour lecture. Prof. Tajuddin said he was talking about Lenin (Russian revolutionary) in the lecture and in that context, mentioned that the state calls any violence against it as “terrorism”. “Someone took a 25-second video out of my 2-hour lecture. Terrorist word came in that. It was not what I meant. Still, if anyone is hurt, I am really sorry for it,” he said. “I also consider Bhagat Singh a revolutionary. He is one of the people who sacrificed his life for the country,” he said, adding that he did not intend to hurt anyone’s feelings and apologised.
National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah welcomed Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement in the Lok Sabha that the Centre was ready to hold the Assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir.“An important assurance on the floor of the House in the Lok Sabha. This should put to rest the motivated speculation that elections in the State will happen only after the general elections,” he wrote on Twitter.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik rolled out the transfer of funds to beneficiary farmers under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme at a rally in Puri on Friday.Stating that the KALIA scheme was being appreciated across the country, Mr. Patnaik said it will be a milestone in Odisha’s economic growth. The scheme covers more than 50 lakh farmer families including share croppers and landless families, he said.The scheme will help farmers improve agricultural activities and development of their families, said Mr. Patnaik, adding that he rolled out KALIA from Puri with the blessings of Lord Jagannath and no one can stop its journey. The scheme will show a new path to the entire nation, he added.More than one lakh farmers attended the rally. The government credited ₹5,000 each to the bank accounts of 12.45 lakh farmers across the State in the first phase during the day.The farmers will get their entitlement of ₹5,000 under KALIA for purchase of seeds, fertilizers and insecticides twice a year — once on Akshaya Tritiya for kharif season and on Nuakhai day for rabi season.The KALIA scheme, launched on December 31, has become popular because Lord Jagannath is called Kalia by the devotees, said Mr. Patnaik.While expressing gratitude to the farmers, the Chief Minister said, “You raise crops and provide food to the State. Your production is offered (to the Lord) as Mahaprasad. You’re doing a great job, a pious job. So, I named this scheme KALIA.” He added that farmers will get the cash assistance in six crop seasons over a period of three years. An amount of ₹10,180 crore will be spent under KALIA. Besides, crop loans up to ₹50,000 will henceforth be interest-free under the scheme. Also 10 lakh landless households will be supported with a unit cost of ₹12,500 to take up activities like small goat-rearing units, mini layer units, duck units, fishery kits for fishermen and women, mushroom cultivation and bee keeping.An annual financial assistance of ₹10,000 will be provided to vulnerable agriculture households and landless labourers. About 10 lakh such households will be covered over two years.
The People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM), a corruption watchdog turned political party, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking clarification on the reported military build-up along the State’s border with Myanmar.In a letter to the Prime Minister on Monday, the PRISM said Mizoram has no disturbed area necessitating militarisation. Mizoram has six international border districts — Champhai, Serchhip, Lunglei, Siaha, Lawngtlai, and Mamit — where there is neither disturbance nor law and order problems, it pointed out. “Army and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in some parts of Lawngtlai district in January. There is no official announcement made by the State or the Central government regarding their number or motive,” PRISM president Vanlalruata said.There have been reports of deployment of extra forces along Mizoram’s border with Myanmar following drive against extremist groups such as Arakan Army by that country’s military. Officials of Assam Rifles said the movement of extra troops was part of “routine exercises” along the border.
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Europa, the intriguing ice-encrusted moon of Jupiter, may be resurfaced through plate tectonics, scientists have discovered. The result would make Europa the only known body in the solar system besides Earth with plate tectonics, a process in which cold giant platters of crust—or in this case, ice—float around on top of warmer, more viscous layers in the body’s interior. The discovery also makes the moon more interesting in the search for extraterrestrial life, because the recycling action of plate tectonics would provide an important way to exchange chemicals between the surface and the water ocean that lies beneath the moon’s ice cap. Scientists have long known that Europa’s surface is geologically quite young, implying some form of resurfacing. And they have also previously identified expanding bands on the surface that appear to be providing fresh ice (pictured)—regions equivalent to the midocean ridges on Earth where new oceanic crust is formed. But they have been unable to explain where old ice on Europa is disposed of. Now, using images taken by the Galileo spacecraft, scientists have found evidence for missing ice—an area the size of Israel that must have gone somewhere. Reporting online today in Nature Geoscience, they invoke the term subsumption for explaining how the ice that was once in this missing area dove beneath other layers of ice—a process that would be analogous to subduction on Earth, in which oceanic crust falls beneath a continental plate.
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