Winter Session Of Parliament To Be Held From December 11 To January 8


New Delhi: 

The winter session of Parliament will be held from December 11 till January 8, during which the Triple Talaq ordinance is likely to be taken up, sources have said.

“Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) has decided that next Winter Session will be held from 11th December, 2018 to 8th January, 2019,” Union Minister Vijay Goel said.

The winter session usually starts in November. However, it will be the second year in a row when it will begin in December.

The session has been delayed this year due to assembly elections in five states.
 





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2 Held For Running Over Retired Intelligence Bureau Officer


After investigation, the police arrested the accused near a public school on the night of November 11.

Ghaziabad: 

A retired Intelligence Bureau officer died of injuries after allegedly being hit by an auto in Vaishali in Ghaziabad, officials said yesterday.

Senior police officer Ravi Kumar said Niladri Chakravarty had lodged a report at the Indirapuram Police Station regarding the sudden disappearance of his father RN Chakravarty, a resident of Judge Colony in Vaishali, on November 3. Next day, Chakravarty’s body was found under an elevated road in Vaishali.

After investigation, the police arrested one Mansoor and his friend Atabul near a public school on the night of November 11.

During interrogation, Mansoor said on November 2 he and Atabul were looking for passengers, when their auto hit Chakravarthy in the Vaishali Trisection. When they were taking him to the hospital for treatment, Chakravarthy died on the way.

To escape legal action, the two threw the man’s body under an elevated road and took his mobile.

Police have recovered Chakravarty’s mobile phone and the three-wheeler which hit him, the officer said.





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Bangladesh General Elections Deferred By A Week, To Be Held On December 30


Bangladesh people watch television as Chief Election Commissioner Nurul Huda addresses the nation. (AFP)

Dhaka: 

Bangladesh will defer its general election by a week to December 30, the country’s chief election commissioner said on Monday, following requests from several opposition parties to give them more time to prepare.

Last week, the Election Commission had announced that the country would go to the polls on December 23.

“At the request of several political parties the date of general election is deferred by a week to December 30 instead of 23,” KM Nurul Huda, the chief election commissioner, said at an event in Dhaka.

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Girl Allegedly Raped By Doctor, Held Captive For Days In Uttar Pradesh


The doctor allegedly took her to his hospital on the pretext of hiring her as a help. (Representational)

Shahjahanpur: 

A girl was allegedly abducted and raped by a doctor in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur district, police said on Sunday.

The accused, identified as Vinod Kushwah, allegedly took the girl to his hospital on the pretext of hiring her as a domestic help and held her captive in a small room for several days and raped her. When the girl escaped, she narrated the ordeal to her family.

The girl’s family alleged that the police, instead of filing a complaint, tried to shut them down. 

“We have received a complaint from the family. The doctor who was treating their daughter took her to Farrukhabad and raped her. A case has been registered and the medical examination of the victim has been done,” Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) SC Shakya told news agency ANI. 
 





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Man Held After Daughter Accuses Him Of Rape Four Years Ago In Gujarat


The accused has been arrested under relevant sections of the IPC and the POCSO Act. (File)

Surat: 

A man was arrested in Gujarat’s Surat after his daughter complained that he had raped her four years ago, police said today.

The victim disclosed the incident to her mother’s brother, following which a case was registered yesterday and the accused, an autorickshaw driver, was arrested the same day, said sub-inspector CR Desai.

“According to the victim, who is now 15 years old, her father had raped her four years ago when her mother was away, and had threatened her to not reveal it to anyone,” Mr Desai said.

“The victim, whose mother died on November 7 from injuries sustained in a road accident, had gone to her uncle’s place and then refused to go back home. One being asked the reason, she told her uncle that the accused had raped her four years ago,” he said.

The 41-year-old accused has been charged under sections 354 (assault or use of criminal force on woman), 376 (sexual assault) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC as well as relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he informed.





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Demonetisation and GST held back indian economy growth rate says raghuram rajan – रघुराम राजन बोले


वाशिंगटन: रिजर्व बैंक के पूर्व गवर्नर रघुराम राजन ने नोटबंदी और माल एवं सेवा कर (जीएसटी) को देश की आर्थिक वृद्धि की राह में आने वाली ऐसी दो बड़ी अड़चन बताया जिसने पिछले साल वृद्धि की रफ्तार को प्रभावित किया. उन्होंने इस बात पर जोर दिया कि सात प्रतिशत की मौजूदा वृद्धि दर देश की जरूरतों के हिसाब से पर्याप्त नहीं है. राजन ने बर्कले में शुक्रवार को कैलिफोर्निया विश्वविद्यालय में कहा कि नोटबंदी और जीएसटी इन दो मुद्दों से प्रभावित होने से पहले 2012 से 2016 के बीच चार साल के दौरान भारत की आर्थिक वृद्धि काफी तेज रही. भारत के भविष्य पर आयोजित द्वितीय भट्टाचार्य व्याख्यान में राजन ने कहा, ‘‘नोटबंदी और जीएसटी के दो लगातार झटकों ने देश की आर्थिक वृद्धि पर गंभीर असर डाला. देश की वृद्धि दर ऐसे समय में गिरने लग गयी जब वैश्विक आर्थिक वृद्धि दर गति पकड़ रही थी.” 

वित्त मंत्री अरुण जेटली ने हालांकि, नोटबंदी की दूसरी वर्षगांठ पर आठ नवंबर 2016 के सरकार के फैसले का बचाव करते हुए कहा है कि इससे प्रलय की भविष्यवाणी कर रहे लोग गलत साबित हुए. उन्होंने कहा कि पिछले दो साल के आंकड़ों से पता चलता है कि कर का दायरा बढ़ा है, अर्थव्यवस्था अधिक औपचारिक हुई है और लगातार पांचवें साल भारत सबसे तेजी से वृद्धि करने वाली मुख्य अर्थव्यवस्था बना हुआ है. जेटली ने ‘नोटबंदी के प्रभाव’ नाम से डाले गये अपने फेसबुक ब्लॉग में कहा, ‘‘जब तक हमारी सरकार के पांच साल पूरे होंगे तब तक देश में करदाताओं का दायरा लगभग दोगुना होने के करीब पहुंच चुका होगा.” राजन ने कहा कि 25 साल तक सात प्रतिशत की आर्थिक वृद्धि दर बेहद मजबूत वृद्धि है लेकिन कुछ मायनों में यह भारत के लिये वृद्धि की नयी सामान्य दर बन चुकी है जो कि पहले साढ़े तीन प्रतिशत हुआ करती थी. 

रघुराम राजन की RBI को सलाह : आरबीआई बोर्ड को राहुल द्रविड़ की तरह खेलना होगा, सिद्धू की तरह नहीं

उन्होंने कहा, ‘‘सच यह है कि जिस तरह के लोग श्रम बाजार से जुड़ रहे हैं उनके लिये सात प्रतिशत पर्याप्त नहीं है और हमें अधिक रोजगार सृजित करने की जरूरत है. हम इस स्तर पर संतुष्ट नहीं हो सकते हैं.” राजन ने वैश्विक वृद्धि के प्रति भारत के संवेदनशील होने की बात स्वीकार करते हुए कहा कि भारत अब काफी खुली अर्थव्यवस्था है. यदि विश्व वृद्धि करता है तो भारत भी वृद्धि करता है. उन्होंने कहा, ‘‘2017 में यह हुआ कि विश्व की वृद्धि के गति पकड़ने के बाद भी भारत की रफ्तार सुस्त पड़ी. इससे पता चलता है कि इन झटकों (नोटबंदी और जीएसटी) वास्तव में गहरे झटके थे. इन झटकों के कारण हमें ठिठकना पड़ा.” राजन ने पुन: रफ्तार पकड़ रही भारतीय अर्थव्यवस्था के समक्ष कच्चे तेल की बढ़ती कीमतों की चुनौती के बाबत ऊर्जा जरूरतों की पूर्ति के लिये तेल आयात पर देश की निर्भरता का जिक्र किया. 

रघुराम राजन ने कहा, सरकार के लिए ‘कार की सीट बेल्ट’ की तरह है रिजर्व बैंक, जानिए क्या है वजह…

पूर्व गवर्नर ने कहा कि कच्चा तेल की कीमतें बढ़ने से घरेलू अर्थव्यवस्था के समक्ष परिस्थितियां थोड़ी मुश्किल होंगी, भले ही देश नोटबंदी और जीएसटी की रुकावटों से उबरने लगा हो. बढ़ती गैर-निष्पादित परिसंपत्ति (एनपीए) के बारे में उन्होंने कहा कि ऐसी स्थिति को साफ सुथरी बनाना ही बेहतर होगा. राजन ने कहा, यह जरूरी है कि बुरी चीजों से निपटा जाए ताकि बैलेंस शीट साफ हो और बैंक वापस पटरी पर लौट सकें. भारत को बैंकों को साफ करने में लंबा वक्त लगा है इसका आंशिक कारण है कि प्रणाली के पास बुरे ऋण से निपटने के साधन नहीं थे. राजन ने कहा कि दिवाला एवं ऋणशोधन अक्षमता संहिता बैंकों के खातों को साफ सुथरा बनाने में अकेले सक्षम नहीं हो सकती है. उन्होंने कहा कि यह इस तरह की सफाई की बड़ी योजना का एक तत्व भर है. देश में एनपीए की चुनौती से निपटने के लिये बहुस्तरीय रुख अपनाने की जरूरत है. 

मोदी सरकार में मुख्य आर्थिक सलाहकार रहे अरविंद सुब्रमण्यन की किताब खोलेगी ‘मोदी-जेटली अर्थव्यवस्था’ का राज


उन्होंने कहा, ‘‘यदि हम सात प्रतिशत से कम दर से वृद्धि करते हैं तो निश्चित तौर पर कुछ गड़बड़ियां हैं.” उन्होंने कहा कि भारत को इस आधार पर कम से कम अगले 10-15 साल तक वृद्धि करनी होगी. उन्होंने कहा कि भारत को श्रम बल से जुड़ रहे नये लोगों के लिये प्रति माह 10 लाख रोजगार के अवसर सृजित करने की जरूरत है. राजन ने कहा कि देश के सामने अभी तीन दिक्कतें हैं. पहली दिक्कत उबड़-खाबड़ बुनियादी संरचना है. उन्होंने कहा कि निर्माण वह उद्योग है जो अर्थव्यवस्था को शुरुआती चरण में चलाता है. उसके बाद बुनियादी संरचना से वृद्धि का सृजन होता है. उन्होंने कहा कि दूसरा अल्पकालिक लक्ष्य बिजली क्षेत्र की स्थिति को बेहतर बनाना हो सकता है. यह सुनिश्चित किया जाना चाहिये कि सालाना उत्पन्न बिजली उनके पास पहुंचे जिन्हें इसकी जरूरत है. तीसरा मुद्दा बैंकों के कर्ज खातों को साफ सुथरा बनाना है. 

राजन ने कहा कि भारत में समस्या का एक हिस्सा यह है कि वहां राजनीतिक निर्णय लेने की व्यवस्था हद से अधिक केन्द्रीकृत है. राजन ने कहा, ‘‘भारत केंद्र से काम नहीं कर सकता है. भारत तब काम करता है जब कई लोग बोझ उठा रहे हों. आज के समय में केंद्र सरकार बेहद केंद्रीकृत है.” 

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उन्होंने कहा, इसका एक उदाहरण है कि बहुत सारे निर्णय के लिये प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय की सहमति आवश्यक है. इस संबंध में राजन ने हाल ही में अनावृत की गई सरदार पटेल की मूर्ति ‘स्टैच्यू ऑफ यूनिटी’ का जिक्र करते हुए बड़ी परियोजनाओं में प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय की सहमति की जरूरत को रेखांकित किया. प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने सरदार वल्लभभाई पटेल की 143वीं वर्षगांठ पर 31 अक्टूबर को गुजरात के नर्मदा जिले में स्टैच्यू ऑफ यूनिटी का अनावरण किया था. विश्व की सबसे ऊंची मूर्ति कही जा रही 182 मीटर की स्टैच्यू ऑफ यूनिटी को 2,989 करोड़ रुपये का लागत से तैयार किया गया है. इसे महज 33 महीने में तैयार किया गया.



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Notes Ban, GST Held Back India’s Economic Growth


Washington: 

Demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) are the two major headwinds that held back India’s economic growth last year, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has said, asserting that the current seven per cent growth rate is not enough to meet the country’s needs.

Addressing an audience at the University of California in Berkley on Friday, Mr Rajan said for four years — 2012 to 2016 — India was growing at a faster pace before it was hit by two major headwinds.

“The two successive shocks of demonetisation and the GST had a serious impact on growth in India. Growth has fallen off interestingly at a time when growth in the global economy has been peaking up,” he said delivering the second Bhattacharya Lectureship on the Future of India.

A growth rate of seven per cent per year for 25 years is “very very strong” growth, but in some sense this has become the new Hindu rate of growth, which earlier used to be three-and-a-half per cent, Mr Rajan said.

“The reality is that seven is not enough for the kind of people coming into the labour market and we need jobs for them, so, we need more and cannot be satisfied at this level,” he said.

Observing that India is sensitive to global growth, he said India has become a much more open economy, and if the world grows, it also grows more.

“What happened in 2017 is that even as the world picked up, India went down. That reflects the fact that these blows (demonetisation and GST) have really really been hard blows…Because of these headwinds we have been held back,” he said.

While India’s growth is picking up again, there is the issue of oil prices, the economist noted referring to the huge reliance of India on import of oil for its energy needs.

With the oil prices going up, Mr Rajan said things are going to be little tougher for the Indian economy, even though the country is recovering from the headwinds of demonetisation and initial hurdles in the implementation of the GST.

Commenting on the rising Non-Performing Assets (NPA), he said the best thing to do in such a situation is to “clean up”.

It is essential to “deal up with the bad stuff”, so that with clean balance sheets, banks can be put back on the track. “It has taken India far long to clean up the banks, partly because the system did not had instruments to deal with bad debts,” Mr Rajan said.

The bankruptcy code, he asserted, cannot be the only way to clean up the banks. It is the only one element of the larger cleanup plan, he said and called for a multi-prong approach to address the challenge of NPAs in India.

India, he asserted, is capable of a strong growth. As such the seven per cent growth is now being taken granted.

“If we go below seven per cent, then we must be doing something wrong,” he said adding that that is the base on which India has to grow at least for next 10-15 years.

India, he said, needs to create one million jobs a month for the people joining the labour force.

The country today is facing three major bottlenecks. One is the torn infrastructure, he said, observing that construction is the one industry that drives the economy in early stages. “Infrastructure creates growth,” he said. Second, short term target should be to clean up the power sector and to make sure that the electricity produced actually goes to the people who want the power, he said.

Cleaning up the banks is the third major bottleneck in India’s growth, he said.

Part of the problem in India is that there is an excessive centralisation of power in the political decision making, he said.

“India can’t work from the centre. India works when you have many people taking up the burden. And today the central government is excessively centralised,” Mr Rajan said.

An example of this is the quantum of decisions that requires the ascent of the Prime Minister’s Office, he said, amidst mounting tension between the Reserve Bank and the finance ministry.

The RBI led by Governor Urjit Patel and the government have not been on the same page on different issues for some months now. The disagreements came out in open when RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya in a hard-hitting speech said failure to defend the central bank’s independence would “incur the wrath of the financial markets”.

It later emerged that the government had used a never-before-used provision of the law to seek resolution of issues, including the easing of NPA norms, so that banks can kick-start lending and support growth, and transferring more dividend to boost liquidity — issues which the central bank thinks cannot be relented. 





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95-Year-Old Woman, Held Captive By Daughter-In-Law, Rescued


The man said he had not seen his mother for the last three months.

New Delhi: 

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Friday rescued a 95-year-old woman who was allegedly being held captive by her daughter-in-law.

The women’s panel helpline received a call from a person complaining that his old mother was being held captive and tortured by his wife and in-laws. The complainant also informed that his mother is completely bed-ridden.

He further said that he and his wife are having matrimonial discord since they got married and that he has not seen his mother for the last three months.

The complainant mentioned that whenever he tries to meet his mother, he is forced to take help from the local police as his wife does not let him enter the house.

The man also said that he got hopeful when he read in the news that  Delhi Commission for Women had rescued a 50-year-old woman who was held captive by her brother for two years.

Taking action on his plea, the Delhi Commission for Women team went to the location where the old woman was kept but his wife initially didn’t let the team enter the house.

However, after counselling, the team was allowed to enter the house only on the condition that her husband should give a written statement that after taking his mother from home he would never return to the house again.

The man agreed to the terms and gave the statement in writing.

When the  Delhi Commission for Women team and police entered the room where the man’s mother was kept, they were appalled to see the condition in which the old woman was kept. She seemed very ill and was covered with only a thin piece of cloth and had to relieve herself in a bucket placed near the bed.

The team immediately called for an ambulance after which the old woman was shifted to the hospital where the doctor informed that she has a severe infection and needs to be treated immediately.

Delhi Commission for Women Chief said, “It is really sad that the 95-year-old lady was kept in such poor conditions. The Commission shall work on her rehabilitation. I appeal to the people if they see any woman being ill-treated, they should immediately contact the Commission at its helpline 181”.

The old woman is still in the hospital and her son is looking after her.





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Real Kashmir Play First I-League Match In Srinagar, Held To Goalless Draw By Churchill Brothers


Scottish coach David Robertson’s home side will feel an opportunity was lost to register a second successive win in their debut campaign, having won the opener against defending champions Minerva Punjab away from home.

Kashmir opted to solely depend on Ivorian striker Gnohere Krizo for a breakthrough, but the visitors’ defence led by Libyan Hussein Eldor and Serbian Nenad Novakovic had a solid outing, thwarting all such designs of the home team.

Robertson had an unchanged line-up from the eleven which beat holders Minerva Punjab in their opener while Churchill’s Romanian coach Gigiu opted to start with Lamgoulen Hangshing as his under-22 pick instead of Vinil Poojary who had started in the previous game.

It was end to end football in brilliant sunshine, but chances were few and far between in the first half. Danish Farooq hit the bar for the hosts as early as the seventh minute.

Then Churchill’s Israil Gurung broke away on the left flank in the 13th minute and his cross found Langshing with a free header inside the box but his effort went just over the bar.

Krizo was also making his presence felt with some aggressive runs down the middle and putting Eldor and Novakovic under considerable pressure.

He rose for a header in the 37th minute but the weak effort lobbed over the Churchill bar. Willis Plaza broke free on the right side of the Kashmir box and his shot missed the far post, not by much.

The incident of the first half which changed the game completely happened just before the end. Nenad Novakovic under constant pressure from Krizo fumbled a back pass inside his own half on to the path of Aaron Katebe who went off on a run with just the goalkeeper in front of him.

James Kithan, in the Churchill goal, sensed the danger and rushed out of his box to thwart Katebe. The Zambian tried to go around him, but a falling Kithan in the heat of the moment inadvertently stopped the ball with his hand and was promptly sent off.

Churchill ended the half honours even, but with 10 men on the pitch, Vigneshwaran ‘Vicky’ Bhaskaran now in goal, brought on in place of Langshing.

In the second half, Churchill sat deep but the hosts embarked upon a strategy to try and find Krizo with long balls from the deep defence. Their second option was to penetrate down the middle.

Krizo did hit the bar once in the 65th minute after breaking into the box, this time from the left and unleashing a wonderful right-footed curler. The other opportunity was when Katebe and Danish Farooq played a 1-2 on the right and the latter’s shot from inside the box was saved by Vicky in the Churchill goal.

Churchill had the last chance of the game when Dawda Cessay got onto a free-kick halfway between the goal and the right corner flag. His floater was good but could not find the head of a Churchill player.

Churchill now have three points from their three draws while Real Kashmir have picked up their fourth point after their second game.

(With IANS inputs)



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UP STF Busts Gang Providing ‘Solvers’ For Railway Exams; Seven Held


RRB Group D Exams: UP STF Busts Gang Providing ‘Solvers’ For Railway Exams; Seven Held

Noida: 

A Delhi University graduate and a railway trackman are among seven persons arrested here Friday for allegedly providing “solvers” to candidates appearing for Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) examinations, Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) said. The gang used to take money from candidates for sending fake examinees in their place to take the ‘Group D’ examination for selection in the Railways, officials said.

“The gang has taken Rs 2 crore from 200 students to replace them with the solvers for the online examination,” Noida STF Deputy Superintendent of Police R K Mishra said.

“The solvers have sat for these examinations multiple times at centres in Chandigarh, Patiala, Noida and Sonipat,” he said, adding that each of them would get paid between Rs 30,000 and Rs 60,000 for every exam. The UP STF had been getting information about such fraudulent practices by a gang in the railway recruitment exams as well as some other online exams.

“The STF Noida unit had got a tip off from sources that the gang members would be coming to the Group D RRB exam centre in Sector 62 and try to get these solvers take the exam instead of the actual candidates,” Mishra said.

“The STF sleuths reached the spot and arrested the seven gang members including its mastermind around 11.30 am,” he added. The accused were identified as Sanjeet Dahiya, Naveen Kumar, Vikrant, Sumit Kumar, Sunny Kumar, Gajendra Kumar and Subodh Kumar, the STF said in a statement.

The STF also seized three cars, cash worth Rs 4.5, 100 RRB examination admit cards of students and 85 identification documents of students, such as voter and Aadhaar cards, Mr. Mishra said.

During interrogation, Dahiya and Vikrant told the officials that they were running this business for the last few years and had been arranging solvers from among students preparing for competitive exams in Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar, the agency said. Recently, students from Bihar had also joined them.

The STF said Vikrant had recently turned a “contractor” in this nexus and had started arranging solvers directly from Bihar. He earned a hefty commission for every solver.

“Dahiya told officials that he had completed BA from Delhi University and had started getting admissions done fraudulently in his varsity, for which he was once jailed,” the statement said.

Sumit had joined the Railways as a trackman (Group D) in 2013 and is currently deployed at the Baraut station in Baghpat, the STF said.

All the accused have been booked under different sections of the IPC and provisions of the Information Technology Act, it said.

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