|22 killed in massive landslides in Darjeeling, many missing|
|SILIGURI (WB), July 1 (Agencies): At least 22 people were killed and many others were missing in landslides triggered by heavy rains in three sub-divisions of Darjeeling district since last night.
The landslides in 25 places in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong subdivisions also caused extensive damage to NH-10 and NH-55, cutting off road link to the region. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel were carrying out rescue operations and Army's help has been sought.
20 persons were also injured in the calamity and 15 people were reported missing at 8 Mile and 11 Mile areas in Kalimpong, SSB sources said.
"22 people were killed in landslides at different places in Darjeeling hills," Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan said in Kolkata.
Border Roads Organisation (BRO) men were engaged in...|
|Lalit Modi drags Sonia, Varun Gandhi in escalating row|
|NEW DELHI, July 1 (Agencies): Scam tainted former IPL chief Lalit Modi today sought to drag BJP leader Varun Gandhi in the Lalitgate controversy alleging that a deal was offered to settle matters with Sonia Gandhi, which Varun dubbed as "baseless" and "nonsense".
In a series of tweets, Lalit Modi has alleged, "Mr @varungandhi80 came to see me at my house a few years ago and said he can settle everything in @INCIndia with his aunt. He wanted me to meet her sister from italy...."
Vehemently denying the charge, Varun told agencies, "This is absolutely baseless and it is beneath my dignity to respond to this nonsense."
The BJP has also come to Varun's defence, saying he is in a different party than Sonia Gandhi.
"Varun Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi are in different parties and the world knows a...|
|Cash-for-Vote Scam accused TDP MLA Revanth Reddy released from jail|
|HYDERABAD, July 1 (Agencies): A day after getting bail from Hyderabad High Court, Telangana TDP MLA A Revanth Reddy and two others were today released from Cherlapally Central Prison here, with scores of cheering supporters of Reddy raising slogans and waving Telugu Desam flags.
Reddy, waving the TDP flag, greeted the huge gathering even as he was showered with flowers as he came out of the jail premises.
Amid bursting of crackers and drum beats, the party workers and his supporters celebrated his release as he was being taken in a procession from the jail towards the TDP headquarters in Banjara Hills. The followers were seen garlanding Reddy who shook hands with them.
Earlier, family members of Revanth Reddy and his relatives and a large number of party leaders and workers gathered ne...|
|AAP admits giving perks to party members|
|NEW DELHI, July 1 (Agencies): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi today admitted that a few party members were getting benefits like official house and cars.
In a reply to BJP MLA O P Sharma's question, government said that these members have been appointed as co-terminus staff with it.
Government in its reply said that Bibhav Kumar, private secretary to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aswathi Muralidharan, joint secretary to Chief minister, have been allotted houses.
The government also said the salary of these staff, who are in the grade pay of Rs 8,700 equivalent to senior IAS officers.
Apart from 17 co-terminus staff, eight contractual staffs are hired and get Rs 60,000 to Rs 1.15 lakh.
There are two advisors who work on the salary of Rs one per month.
|DCW being used as a 'Political Tool': AAP|
|NEW DELHI, July 1 (Agencies): AAP today claimed vindication of their stand following DCW's submission before the Delhi High Court that proceedings against party leader Kumar Vishwas have been closed, and said it amounted to a "clean chit" to him even as the party attacked the panel's chief for misusing the body as a "political tool".
Responding to AAP's attack, DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh denied suggestions that the panel had dropped its charges against Vishwas of not quashing "rumours" about an illicit liaison with an AAP volunteer.
"What clarification does she (Singh) want from Vishwas? Even the complainant has not accused Vishwas of anything. Her charges are against four individuals who harassed her on social media," AAP leader Somnath Bharti, Vishwas's counsel in the case, said.
|Court directs police to provide security to witness|
|JODHPUR, July 1 (Agencies): A court here directed the police to provide adequate security to a prosecution witness in the rape case against Asaram Bapu after she expressed inability to depose claiming threat to her life.
Sudha, a former 'sevadar' (assistant) of the self-styled 'godman' and an important prosecution witness, did not appear in court today. The woman apprised the court of her fear that she might be attacked and sought adequate security cover.
District and Sessions Judge Manoj Kumar Vyas, however, assured her of adequate security cover. The court gave directions to the Police Commissioner of Jodhpur to ensure her safety so that she could appear in Court to give her statement fearlessly.
"She was summoned by the court on Wednesday, but she has written to the Court apprising ...|
|BJP parliament board to decide on CM face for Bihar: Hussain|
|PATNA, July 1 (Agencies): Fending off persistent queries from various quarters about its chief ministerial face for the crucial Bihar Assembly polls, senior BJP leader Syed Shahanwaz Hussain today said the party's Parliamentary Board will take a call on the issue.
"Let us leave the decision on chief ministerial face to our parliamentary board to decide," he said in reply to a volley of questions from reporters here.
"We have a a galaxy of leaders (in Bihar) ... But in BJP it is only the Parliamentary Board that decides on issues like declaring the chief ministerial face or going to polls under collective leadership," the BJP national spokesperson said.
Asked whether BJP felt any pressure to declare its chief ministerial face for Bihar after the secular alliance did so about a month ago...|
|Raje illegally occupying Dholpur Palace: Jairam Ramesh|
|NEW DELHI, June 29 (Agencies): Keeping up the heat on the Lalitgate issue, Congress today accused Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje of "forcible, illegal occupation" of the Dholpur Palace along with Lalit Modi through a private company.
Senior party leader Jairam Ramesh claimed that Hemant Singh, the estranged husband of Raje, had admitted before a court that the palace was the property of the Rajasthan government.
He told reporters that several revenue department documents between 1954 and 2010 showed that the palace was a government property but Raje and Lalit Modi's company Niyant Heritage Hotels has turned it into a "high end luxury hotel" and invested Rs 100 crore with no role of the state government.
Incidentally, this has happened post 2009 when the state was ruled by Cong...|
|HC refuses to restrain Jung-appointee Meena from entering ACB office|
|NEW DELHI, June 29 (Agencies): Delhi High Court today asked Lt Governor-appointee Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief M K Meena to act in accordance with the law, while refusing to issue directions to restrain him from entering office as sought by the Delhi government.
Justice V P Vaish also declined Delhi government's pleas to stop Meena from removing the FIR book from ACB headquarter, recording new FIRs and seeking immediate removal of paramilitary personnel posted there.
As senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for the Aam Aadmi Party government, sought directions to restrain Meena from allegedly pressurising ACB officials, the court directed Meena to act in "accordance with law", while posing whether the ACB would function "smoothly" if he was restrained from entering the ACB off...|
|Jaya flags off first phase of Chennai metro|
|CHENNAI, June 29 (Agencies): The first phase of the much anticipated multi-crore Metro Rail chugged into the city today, with Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa flagging off the inaugural service steered by a woman driver.
Jayalalithaa launched the services on the Alandur-Koyambedu sector by flagging it off from the state secretariat through live video, throwing open to the public a mass rapid transport system.
The route dedicated to the public is an elevated structure covering a distance of 10.15 km, consisting of Alandur, Ekkathuthangal, Ashok Nagar, Vadapalani, Arumbakkam and Koyambedu Railway stations besides the yard at the last stop, a state government release here said.
The route of the train has been mainly on the busy 100 ft road and would cater to lakhs of commuters when fully com...|
|Over 60 school kids in Bihar fall ill after eating mid-day meal|
|MADHUBANI, June 29 (Agencies): More than 60 students of a government primary school in Madhubani district of Bihar fell ill today after eating mid-day meal, a police official said.
The incident happened at Bhavnathpur Primary School under Bhairav Sthan police station in the district.
The students were taken to a primary health centre (PHC) at Jhanjharpur from where 30 of them were released after preliminary treatment, the official said.
"The students complained of burning sensation in the throat and stomach ache after consuming food provided by the school authorities," Bhairav Sthan Station House Officer S N Das said.
The SHO added 30 students were under observation at the PHC.
The police also seized samples of food given to the children and sent them for forensic tests.
|Trinamool Cong leader gets bail in Parui Hate speech case|
|SURI (WB), June 29 (Agencies): Birbhum district Trinamool Congress president Anubrata Mondal, accused of delivering a hate speech in July last year at Parui, was today granted bail by a local court.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Indranil Chatterjee granted Mondal the bail against a personal bond of Rs 1,000, according to Assistant Public Prosecutor Kuntal Chatterjee.
The court had summoned him after a case was filed in the Parui police station in connection with his alleged provocative speech.
A charge sheet was filed by the investigating officer in the CJM's court on June 24, nearly a year after the hate speech was allegedly delivered by Mondol on July 17, 2014.
Mondal had allegedly instigated his party workers to hurl bombs on the police and torch houses of Independent candidates just b...|
|Lalit Modi Row: Cong questions PM's silence|
|HYDERABAD, June 29 (Agencies): Senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao today questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on 'Lalitgate' issue during his 'Mann ki Baat' programme and on allegations against foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje.
"He (Modi) talked about yoga, environment, women and all in his 'Mann ki Baat'. That is good. But, he did not remember Lalitgate," Rao said.
During the UPA government, Congress leaders like Pawan Bansal, Ashwini Kumar and Shashi Tharoor had quit as Union ministers soon after allegations were made against them, he recalled.
Swaraj and Raje are under opposition fire to quit their respective posts over their links with former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who is facing probe by the Enforcement Directorate i...|
|Separate law for protection of journalists demanded|
|GUWAHATI, June 29 (Agencies): Journalists today protested against the attacks on media personnel across the country and Assam in particular and demanded a separate law for their protection while carrying out their duties.
Wearing black bands around their mouths, the scribes from print and electronic media and journalists' organisations demonstrated for an hour in front of the Guwahati Press Club.
The protest followed the killing of two journalists within a month in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
Leaders of the Assam Bartajibi Sangha, Journalists Association of Assam, Journalists' Forum Assam, Sports Journalists Welfare Organisation among others addressed the gathering and demanded a separate legal provision for protection of journalists on duty.
They mentioned the alleged burning t...|
|Malegaon case after Modi govt came to power: SPP|
|MUMBAI, June 25 (Agencies): Kicking up a controversy, the Special Public Prosecutor in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case in which some Hindu extremists are accused, today alleged that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had asked her to "go soft" on the accused after the Narendra Modi Government assumed power in May last year.
"An NIA officer called me up and said he wanted to meet me. He then met me some time last year and asked me to go soft on the accused in this case," claimed Rohini Salian, who is the SPP in the case.
She said the officer had apparently got instructions from higher-ups to convey this to her, Salian told reporters here.
"Again on June 12 this year, the same officer met me and conveyed orally that I was to be replaced by some other lawyer in this case. I told hi...|
|Judge who suggested rapist-victim mediation expresses concern about Women Safety|
|CHENNAI, June 25 (Agencies): The Madras High Court Judge, Justice P. Devadass, who recently referred the case of a rapist for mediation with the victim that triggered a row, today expressed concern over women and children increasingly becoming target of "lust" of men and said such "vultures" cannot be spared lightly.
He made the observation while upholding ten-year rigorous imprisonment on a person for raping a four-and-half- year old child.
Justice Devadass in his order said, "The appellant has raped the girl who was then four and half years old," as he endorsed the judgment of December 20, 2010 of the Erode Principal Assistant Sessions Judge.
"In these days, increasingly women and children are becoming target of lust of men. It is a motiveless crime. It is beastly behavior. Such kind...|
|JD(U) MLA Anant Singh sent to jail in alleged kidnapping case|
|PATNA, June 25 (Agencies): A local court has remanded influential JD(U) MLA Anant Singh to 14 days' judicial custody in connection with a kidnapping case at Bihta.
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) Danapur Tribhuvan Nath late last night remanded Singh to 14-day judicial custody, in the case at Bihta in rural Patna in last year.
As Singh, MLA from Mokamah in Patna district, was taken to Beur jail amid tight police security a little after midnight, his supporters stopped a few trains at Barh and Mokamah stations and blocked roads at many places in Barh.
Anant Singh was arrested yesterday in connection with a 2014 case of kidnapping of a builder at Bihta in rural Patna in November, Senior Superintendent of Police Vikash Vaibhav said.
However, during hours of search at his offi...|
|Women commit suicide after alleged harassment by recovery agents|
|AZAMGARH, June 25 (Agencies): Two women committed suicide by consuming poison after being allegedly harassed by recovery agents of a money lending firm here, police said today.
Thirty-eight-year old Sita and Namita Tiwari(40) had borrowed money from a finance company on heavy interest. The recovery agents were harassing the duo who were unable to clear the debt amount, Superintendent of Police Akash Kulhari said.
He said the two women were disturbed and committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance last night in Purushottampur village last night.
They were admitted to the district hospital where they died during treatment, the officer said....|
|Constable pens reference book on rape cases|
|MUMBAI, June 25 (Agencies): A head constable from Aurangabad crime branch has authored a guide for police on handling rape cases, based on Supreme Court rulings and observations.
Senior IPS officer Sanjay Kumar, additional DG CID crime, today lauded head constable Dwarkadas Bhange, who has penned the book.
"This book will help increase conviction rate in the state," he said, at the book release event in Aurangabad. The book is titled 'Supreme Court on Rape Cases'.
Bhange, a science and law graduate, joined the police force in 1991.
The 121-page book on rape cases, printed at the government printing press, contains over 5,000 references of observations, directions and conclusions given by the SC since 1967.
The book was released by state Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal.