Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Offices Set Afire, But Civic Body Elections To Be Held On Schedule

The urban body elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be conducted in four phases.


The Jammu and Kashmir administration is preparing for the upcoming civic polls on a war footing despite increasing incidents of arson in the Valley, a boycott call by separatist leaders and two major political parties deciding to abstain.

The state election body will source electronic voting machines (EVMs) from Punjab and ballot boxes from Haryana for the electoral contests ahead. While the municipal polls will be held in four phases through October 8 to 16, the panchayat elections are scheduled for the first week of November.

“We have sourced about 20,000 ballot boxes from Haryana for a very nominal fee,” Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra told NDTV. “The state will pay around Rs 8-10 per day for every box used, plus transportation costs.”

The EVMs will be brought in from Punjab, he added.

Urban body elections in the state will be conducted in four phases. Although September 25 is the last date for filing nominations for the first phase of polling, not a single candidate had obliged in the Kashmir region until Tuesday. Jammu was doing better, with 22 nominations being filed until then.

The panchayat elections, on the other hand, will have 35,096 constituencies going to the polls in nine phases in Kashmir and Leh, and eight phases in Jammu. “As south Kashmir is the most vulnerable of these regions, we will ensure additional security arrangements there. We have staggered polling in sensitive zones, so maintaining law and order can be easier,” a senior officer said.

Moreover, officials have been instructed to videograph everything about the polls, from filing of nomination papers to storage of ballot boxes, to ensure complete transparency.

A senior officer from North Block said seven panchayat ghars — buildings where local body members meet to perform official duties — have been burnt down by miscreants until now. “Some local elements are trying to sabotage the democratic process, but we are providing polling stations with adequate security,” he added.

As many as 40 schools were burnt down in 2016, in the wake of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani’s death in an encounter, but the state administration was able to stem such incidents with the help of the local community.

While the PDP and National Conference decided to keep away from the upcoming polls to protest against the purported threat to Article 35A of the Constitution, separatist groups have asked the “freedom-loving people” of Kashmir to observe a complete boycott. Article 35A, which was incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 presidential order, accords special rights and privileges to Jammu and Kashmir citizens and bars outsiders from acquiring immovable property in the state.

The security of the candidates contesting in the local body polls has also become a great concern. Intelligence agencies have warned of increased violence during this period.

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Wife, Daughter Of Former High Court Justice Held Hostage, Robbed In Delhi

Police are making efforts to catch the former servant of the family who allegedly robbed them

New Delhi: 

The wife of a former Chief Justice of the Delhi High court was held hostage at her residence allegedly by her servant and accomplices who fled with cash and valuables worth lakhs of rupees, police said Wednesday.

The incident took place on Monday night and was reported to police by the daughter of the former judge Dalip Kumar Kapur who was also at home at the time of the incident.

In her statement to police, Riba Kapur, the 78-year-old wife of the former judge alleged that she and her 45-year-old daughter who lives with her were held hostage by the servant and his accomplices, a police officer said.

Ms Kapur alleged that her daughter was hit by an iron rod by accused, the officer said.

Police said the accused stole cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees and fled the spot in the car owned by the victims.

The injured daughter called up the police and informed about the incident.

The servant was hired just four days before the incident, police said, adding that a case has been registered and efforts are on to nab the accused.

Chief Justice Dalip Kumar Kapur, at whose residence in southeast Delhi’s New Friends Colony the incident took place, passed away in 2000 due to brain haemorrhage, they said.

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J&K Local Body Poll Dates Announced, Voting To Be Held In 4 Phases

Model code of conduct has already come into force in the state. (File)

The municipal body elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held in four phases through October 8 to 16, State Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra announced on Saturday.

The polling dates are October 8, 10, 13 and 16, and the votes would be counted on October 20. The electoral process will be held from 7 am to 2 pm, news agency ANI quoted Mr Kabra as saying.

According to reports, electronic voting machines or EVMs will be used for the first time in the state civic body polls. Migrants will be allowed to vote through postal ballot.

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Indian Couple in US Refuse Medical Tests For Infant, Held For Neglect

The couple, Prakash Settu and Mala Paneerselvam, was earlier sent to a prison in Fort Lauderdale


An Indian-origin couple in the US was granted bail on Thursday after being arrested for allegedly neglecting and abusing their six-month-old daughter.  They were arrested last Friday, weeks after they took her to a hospital at Broward County in Florida with a swollen left arm. However, Child Protective Services will continue to have custody of their six-month-old babies, with no parental access.

Authorities booked them for child neglect and abuse after the couple from Tamil Nadu allegedly questioned why the girl had to undergo expensive tests at the medical establishment and attempted to take the child from the hospital against doctors’ advice.

The couple, Prakash Settu and Mala Paneerselvam, was earlier sent to a prison in Fort Lauderdale with the bail amount set at $200,000. A person familiar with the matter told NDTV on Thursday that “the bail amount was ultimately reduced to $30,000, and the couple released just a few hours ago”.

The baby, Himisha, and her twin brother were taken away from them by Child Protective Services a few weeks ago.

Friends of the family, who deny the allegations levelled against the couple, have organised an online fundraiser to help them wage a legal battle against the US authorities. “Separating newborn twins from biological parents is a sin. Let them hand over them to me, as a grandmother. I’d take care of them,” Ms Paneerselvam’s mother, Malika, told NDTV.

A close friend of the couple claimed that they had enquired about the need for expensive medical tests at each stage of the treatment only because they could not afford them. “Their insurance did not cover all of them. This was misconstrued as neglect,” the friend said.

 The Ministry of External Affairs is also in touch with US authorities in this regard.

However, a report from Florida Health Children’s Medical Services, Broward County, in NDTV’s possession alleges that Mr Settu and his wife refused to let hospital staffers conduct a “skeletal survey” and even tried to take their daughter away. The hospital viewed this as a case of possible child neglect and summoned Child Protective Services agents to the scene.

The US consulate, when contacted, stated that they will not be able to comment on “individual cases of investigation”.

The US has very stringent laws on child protection, and several cases of parents being booked for child neglect and abuse have cropped up over the years. In one such instance, an 18-month-old boy from Bengal was taken away from his parents in 2012 after he suffered a head injury. He was brought back to Kolkata a year later.


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Alastair Cook Says He Can Walk Away With His Head Held High

Former England skipper Alastair Cook was an emotional man at the end of the final match of the series against India on Tuesday. England won the fifth Test by 118 runs to win the series 4-1. Playing in his last Test, Cook scripted a fairytale ending to his career in the longest format by scoring a century in England’s second innings and clinching the man of the match award. “It has been the most amazing week. Got a text from Beefy (Ian Botham) and he said Can I have your scriptwriter? The memories shared with my team. Some very good moments,” Cook said at the post-match ceremony. “You miss all the highs. I would miss playing for this team. This week can’t be beaten. I can walk away with my head held high,” he added. The last day of the series saw a bit of drama as centuries by Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant had given India a slim hope of clinching, or at least saving the Test. 

Rahul played a fighting knock of 149 runs before a spectacular delivery by England spinner Moeen Ali ended his resistance. Pant, who scored 114, gave him excellent support from the other end as the duo built up a partnership of 204 runs to frustrate the England bowlers for a lengthy period.

However, once the duo were back in the pavilion, the hosts quickly wrapped up the Indian tailenders to complete a well-deserved series victory. 

It was a memorable day for James Anderson as well, as the England pacer’s second innings figures of 4/63 saw him go past Australian legend Glenn McGrath to take the fourth spot on the list of all-time highest Test wicket-takers.

Anderson, who now has 564 Test wickets to his name, is leading McGrath by one wicket. He is preceded on the list by Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble.

“Today it showed how tough Test cricket can be. I leave with great memories. To see Jimmy go past Glenn McGrath was brilliant. Just has been a privilege to have played with England’s greatest cricketer,” Cook said. 

“No disrespect to any other cricketer. He almost takes it for granted that he will hit the length from ball one. It is fitting that he got the last wicket,” he added.

(With IANS Inputs)

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150 Employees Held Hostage In Bihar Over Illegal Power Supply Demand

An FIR said the villagers pelted stones, burnt tyres at the gate of the township (Representational)


A state-run electricity company on Monday alleged that around 150 of its employees and their family members have been held hostage by a group of people demanding illegal electricity supply to their villages in Bihar’s Aurangabad district.

The 150 employees of the Bharatiya Rail Bijlee Company Limited (BRBCL) and their family members are being held hostage in a township since Sunday evening by people of Surar and neighbouring villages, Vishwanath Chandan, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) manager (public relations), Patna, told PTI.

The BRBCL is a joint venture between the NTPC and Indian Railways, and located in Aurangabad with 1000 MW (4X250MW) capacity.

“The electricity generated by the BRBCL is supplied to the railways and Bihar government. Transmission and distribution of the generated power is not in our domain and we can not supply power to any other entity,” Mr Chandan said.

An FIR was lodged that said the villagers pelted stones, burnt tyres at the main gate of the BRBCL township and cut supplies of essential commodities such as milk, vegetables and medicines by not allowing anyone either to enter or exit the township. Over 100 villagers are blocking the township.

Stating that the people of township were feeling insecure and apprehending threat to their lives and properties, the company sought police intervention at the earliest, Mr  Chandan said.

BRBCL sources alleged that the villagers used to pilfer electricity generated by the BRBCL from underground cables for over seven years, but it was snapped three days ago following a short circuit.

Talks between the local administration and villagers have failed to resolve the crisis, Mr Chandan added.

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Aero India 2019 will be held in Bengaluru : Government

बेंगलुरु में ही होगा एयरो इंडिया 2019 का आयोजन, घमासान के बाद सरकार ने किया साफ

सरकार ने साफ किया है एयरो इंडिया 2019 का आयोजन बेंगलुरु में ही होगा.

खास बातें

  1. एयरो इंडिया 2019 का आयोजन बेंगलुरु में ही होगा
  2. केंद्र सरकार ने किया साफ, 20-24 फरवरी के बीच आयोजन
  3. आयोजन स्थल को लेकर मचा था घमासान

नई दिल्ली : एशिया की सबसे बड़ी विमानन प्रदर्शनी (एविएशन एग्जिबिशन) में शुमार ‘एयरो इंडिया’ के आयोजन स्थल को लेकर बनी असमंजस की स्थिति खत्म हो गई है. सरकार ने साफ किया है एयरो इंडिया 2019 का आयोजन बेंगलुरु में ही होगा. 20-24 फरवरी के बीच आयोजित होने वाली इस प्रदर्शनी में तमाम उपकरण तो प्रदर्शित होंगे ही. साथ ही लोगों के लिए हर बार की तरह इस बार भी एयर शो का आयोजन भी होगा. प्रदर्शनी में विमानन क्षेत्र के बड़े निवेशक और वैश्विक नेता तो शामिल होंगे ही. साथ ही इस बार दुनिया के कई थिंक टैंक भी शिरकत करेंगे. इससे विमानन क्षेत्र में हो रही प्रगति और नए आईडिया को शेयर करने में मदद मिलेगी. मेक इंडिया को भी बढ़ावा मिलेगा. 

एयरो इंडिया शो बेंगलुरु से लखनऊ शिफ्ट होगा? कुमारस्‍वामी ने पीएम को लिखा पत्र 

आपको बता दें कि पिछले कुछ दिनों से एयरो इंडिया के आयोजन स्थल को लेकर विवाद की स्थिति बनी हुई थी. बीच में खबर आई थी कि रक्षा मंत्रालय ‘एयरो इंडिया’ और एविएशन प्रदर्शनी का आयोजन स्थल बेंगलुरू से लखनऊ स्थानांतरित करने की योजना बना रहा है. इस खबर के बाद कर्नाटक ने केंद्र से इस मामले में अपना रुख स्पष्ट करने को कहा था. कर्नाटक के नाराज उप मुख्यमंत्री जी परमेश्वर ने कहा था कि राजग शासन में राज्य की महत्वपूर्ण रक्षा परियोजनाएं अन्य राज्यों को जा रही हैं. उनकी टिप्पणी उत्तर प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री योगी आदित्यनाथ द्वारा रक्षा मंत्री निर्मला सीतारमण से एयरो इंडिया का आयोजन स्थल स्थानांतरित करने का अनुरोध करने के बाद आयी थी. 


एशिया का सबसे बड़ा विमानों का मेला ‘एयरो इंडिया’ मंगलवार से बेंगलुरू में होगा शुरू 

VIDEO: एयरो शो में सूर्यकिरण एयरक्राफ्ट ने दिखाया दम

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Jio Phone 2 Third Flash Sale to Be Held Today at 12pm on Jio.com: Price, Specifications, More

Since its launch, the budget-friendly Jio Phone 2 will be available for the third time in India today. The flash sale will be conducted on the company website, and it will begin at 12pm IST. The big highlights of the Jio Phone 2 are its QWERTY keyboard, dual SIM card support, and its large display screen. Just like the last two sales, this one is also expected to see many users trying to grab the device. We recommend prospective buyers to start checking the Jio.com website a few minutes before 12pm to have a shot at adding the Jio Phone 2 to the cart.

Jio Phone 2 is priced in India at Rs. 2,999. For this device, buyers can choose between three recharges for the 4G feature phone, priced at Rs. 49, Rs. 99 and Rs. 153. Just like before, the third flash sale is also going to offer limited units. Those who get lucky enough to add the phone to their carts will get the device shipped home within 5 to 7 business days.

For those who can’t get their hands on the Jio Phone 2, can opt for the Jio Phone, priced at Rs. 1,500, which is refundable. Feature phone users can also opt for an exchange offer, where they exchange their old feature phone with get the Jio Phone at Rs. 501. They will also have to purchase a Rs. 594 recharge, giving them 90GB of 4G data and unlimited calls as well as 100 SMS per day and access to Jio apps.

Coming to the specifications, the Jio Phone 2 runs on KaiOS, features a 2.4-inch QVGA display, sports 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). The phone has a 2-megapixel rear and a VGA front camera. It packs a 2000mAh battery, and connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, VoWi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and FM radio. There is a dedicated button for voice commands that helps you activate Google Assistant while on the go.

Compared to the original model, the Jio Phone 2’s design is one of the major differentiators between the two phones. The dedicated 4-way navigation keys offer a BlackBerry-style appearance. Even the display is larger and the form factor much wider.

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Indirapuram Youth Held On Rape Allegations By A Minor Girl

The police arrested the youth on a tip-off. (Representational)


The Indirapuram Police has arrested an 18-year-old for allegedly raping a minor girl who lives near Abhay Khand, the police said today. 

City superintendent of police Shlok Kumar said the incident happened on Sunday when the 15-year-old girl’s father had gone to his work and the mother had left for village.
He said the youth took advantage of the absence of the girl’s parents and allegedly raped her at her house. 

On raising an alarm, the youth allegedly threatened the girl with dire consequence and fled, said the officer. When her father returned, she narrated her ordeal to him after which he approached the police and filed an FIR.

Mr Kumar said the accused has been booked under IPC section 376 (punishment for rape) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act.  

The officer said the police arrested the youth this afternoon on a tip-off. He also said the girl has been sent for medical examination. 

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Student union elections held peacefully, vote counting will be on September 11 in rajasthan

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