JDU Suspends Manju Verma, On The Run In Shelter Home Sex Abuse Case


Manju Verma had resigned as the Social Welfare Minister of Bihar in August. (File)

Patna: 

Janata Dal (United) leader and former minister Manju Verma, who is linked to Muzaffarpur shelter home sex abuse cases, has been suspended from the party today, news agency ANI reported.

The decision comes three days after the Supreme Court ripped into Bihar government for its inability to arrest her and had asked state police chief to be present at the court on November 27, if Ms Verma has not been traced by then.

A non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against Ms Verma on November 1 after the top court hauled up the Nitish Kumar government on why the former minister wasn’t she arrested for three successive days.

“Is the former minister above the law,” the top court had asked and observed “something is wrong with the Bihar government.”

In August, the police had raided Ms Verma’s in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter abuse case and seized 50 live cartridges from one of her houses. Later, an arrest warrant against her under the Arms Act.

She had resigned as the Social Welfare Minister of Bihar in August after her husband, Chandrashekhar Verma, came under fire for allegedly visiting the Muzaffarpur shelter home many a time. Mr Verma, a close aide of the prime accused in the case, Brajesh Thakur, has since been surrendered.

Over 40 young girls were sexually abused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home. The sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in an audit report by the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) to the state government’s social welfare department in April. The first case was filed on May 31 against 11 people, including Brajesh Thakur.





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Under Fire, JD(U) Suspends Manju Verma, Former Minister On The Run In Shelter Home Sex Abuse Case


In August, the police had raided Manju Verma’s in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter abuse case

New Delhi: 

Janata Dal (United) leader and former minister Manju Verma, who is linked to Muzaffarpur shelter home sex abuse cases, has been suspended from the party today, news agency ANI reported.

The decision comes three days after the Supreme Court ripped into Bihar government for its inability to arrest her and had asked state police chief to be present at the court on November 27, if Ms Verma has not been traced by then.

A non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against Ms Verma on November 1 after the top court hauled up the Nitish Kumar government on why the former minister wasn’t she arrested for three successive days.

“Is the former minister above the law,” the top court had asked and observed “something is wrong with the Bihar government.”

In August, the police had raided Ms Verma’s in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter abuse case and seized 50 live cartridges from one of her houses. Later, an arrest warrant against her under the Arms Act.

She had resigned as the Social Welfare Minister of Bihar in August after her husband, Chandrashekhar Verma, came under fire for allegedly visiting the Muzaffarpur shelter home many a time. Mr Verma, a close aide of the prime accused in the case, Brajesh Thakur, has since been surrendered.

Over 40 young girls were sexually abused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home. The sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in an audit report by the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) to the satate government’s social welfare department in April. The first case was filed on May 31 against 11 people, including Brajesh Thakur.

 

 





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Muzaffarpur shelter home case: Bihar Police conducting raids in Bihar and Jharkhand to arrest absconding former Minister Manju Verma


खास बातें

  1. पूर्व मंत्री मंजू वर्मा काफी दिनों से फरार हैं.
  2. सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने बिहार सरकार को लगाई थी फटकार.
  3. पुलिस झारखंड और बिहार में कर रही छापेमारी.

पटना: मुजफ्फरपुर बालिका गृहकांड मामले में बिहार की पूर्व मंत्री मंजू वर्मा को पकड़ने के लिए बिहार पुलिस झारखंड और बिहार की कई जगहों पर छापेमारी कर रही है. इस मामले में जांच के लिए छापेमारी के दौरान सीबीआई को मंजू वर्मा के घर से कारतूस मिले थे. मंजू वर्मा काफी दिनों से फरार है, जिसको लेकर सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने बिहार सरकार को फटकार लगाई थी. सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने मंजू वर्मा की गिरफ्तारी न होने पर बिहार के DGP को तलब किया था. दूसरी तरफ, सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने बिहार के अन्य शेल्टर होम के खिलाफ कार्रवाई न करने को लेकर राज्य के मुख्य सचिव को भी तलब किया था. 

 

सोमवार को मामले की सुनवाई के दौरान सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने कहा था कि ये चौंकाने वाली बात है कि मंजू वर्मा को तलाश नहीं किया जा सका. कोर्ट ने कहा कि कमाल है, किसी को ये नहीं पता कि पूर्व मंत्री हैं कहां? मुजफ्फरपुर बालिका गृहकांड मामले की सुनवाई के दौरान सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने यह बात कही. 

पूर्व मंत्री मंजू वर्मा के गायब होने की बात कह क्या बिहार सरकार ने सुप्रीम कोर्ट को गुमराह किया ?


पिछली सुनवाई में सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने सीबीआई को समय पर चार्जशीट दाखिल करने के लिए कहा था, जिससे कि आरोपी जमानत न ले सके. बिहार पुलिस को पूर्व मंत्री मंजू वर्मा की खोज खबर न होने पर सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने हैरानी जताते हुए कहा था कि ‘ऑल इज नॉट वेल इन बिहार’. सुप्रीम कोर्ट में अब इस मामले पर अगली सुनवाई 27 नवंबर को होगी. 

मुजफ्फरपुर कांड: बिहार सरकार ने कहा- हमें नहीं पता मंजू वर्मा कहां हैं, तो सुप्रीम कोर्ट बोला- अजीब बात है, ऑल इज़ नॉट वेल

बता दें, मुजफ्फरपुर बालिका गृह रेप कांड में करीब 34 बच्चियों के साथ रेप की पुष्टि हुई थी. इसके बाद मंजू वर्मा के पति पर भी आरोपी ब्रजेश ठाकुर के साथ संपर्क रखने की वजह से गाज गिरी थी. मंजू वर्मा को बिहार सरकार से इस्तीफा देना पड़ा था. 

टिप्पणियां

(इनपुट-एएनआई)

सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने बिहार सरकार को लगाई फटकार





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Mala Lakhani, Domestic Help Found Dead In Vasant Kunj Home


Murder in Vasant Kunj: Designer Mala Lakhani used to run a boutique in Green Park.

New Delhi: 

A 53-year-old fashion designer and her 50-year-old servant were found dead inside her plush Vasant Kunj Enclave home in Delhi this morning.

Police said the two were stabbed with knives late last night. They were found on the floor, blood pooled around them, when a police team arrived early Thursday. Three people have been arrested and are being investigated.

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Police outside fashion designer Mala Lakhani’s home.

The designer, Mala Lakhani, used to run a boutique in Green Park.

“It was a friendly entry. Primary investigation suggests robbery as the house items were found scattered,” said police officer Ajay Chaudhary.





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Heavy Snowfall In Himachal Pradesh And Kashmir Valley, Home Ministry Advises Precautions


Shimla: 

Himachal Pradesh received fresh snowfall on Wednesday. The Indian Meteorological Department has warned more rain and snow till tomorrow. Most of the popular tourist towns like Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Dalhousie, Dharamsala, Palampur and Manali are likely to get more rainfall, while Kalpa and Chitkul in Kinnaur and Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district might get more snowfall, said the meteorological department.

Keylong was the coldest place in the state with a minus 1.9 degrees Celsius, while it was one degree in Kalpa and 1.2 degrees in Manali. Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 9.5 degrees, whereas Dharamsala recorded a low of 9.1 degrees and Dalhousie 9.3 degrees Celsius.

 

 

The snow and avalanche experts in the home ministry on Wednesday have advised officials in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir, to closely monitor the situation in the wake of heavy snowfall in the higher reaches.

In a statement, the home ministry said that the “state governments are advised to keep a close watch…and keep the ministry informed.”

 

 

 

 

Officials in Kashmir Valley also issued a low-danger avalanche warning for seven districts, after fresh snowfall in the higher reaches of Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Kupwara and Ganderbal districts. People in these districts have been asked not to go to the avalanche-prone areas, said officials.

Most of the higher areas of the Kashmir Valley have been getting rain or snow since Monday, forcing the closure of many roads. Incessant snowfall have badly damaged apple crop in the state. The Jammu and Kashmir government has declared the untimely snowfall as a “state-specific national calamity” so that additional relief can be given to the fruit growers from the state’s disaster response fund.

(With inputs from ANI)





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Couple Found Dead At Home Near Delhi; Husband Was Depressed, Say Police


Ghaziabad police found a suicide note after a couple was found dead in their home (Representational)

Ghaziabad: 

A married couple was found dead at their rented home in Niti Khand in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram near Delhi, police said on Tuesday. The deceased were identified as Kanchan Gupta, 35, and her husband Pravesh Kumar, 24, they added.

Pravesh, a native of Saraswati Vihar in Ghaziabad’s Loni, was depressed as his wife had lodged a sexual abuse report against him in December 2017, for which he had been sent to jail for nearly four months before getting bail, Superintendent of Police Shlok Kumar said.

The case was still under trial in district courts. Pravesh had a court date on Monday, however he didn’t show up.

Since Pravesh did not reach the court, his mother Shushila went to his flat in Niti Khand. When no one responded to her repeated knocking, she called the police. She also sensed a foul smell coming from the house, officials said.

Police broke the door of the flat and found the dead bodies of the couple. While Pravesh was found hanging, Kanchan was found dead in their bed.

A suicide note was also recovered, in which Pravesh allegedly wrote that he was taking this extreme step and nobody was responsible for it.

Both bodies were sent for post-mortem yesterday.

As per the autopsy report, Kanchan had died four days ago and she had either consumed poisonous substance or her husband had served it to her laced in a drink or food, the senior police officer said.

Pravesh was Kanchan’s second husband. She had a 13-year-old child from her first marriage. Pravesh and Kanchan first met at work few years ago. They worked in a mobile shop. During that period, the two were living together, but had not married yet.

Kanchan had lodged a report of sexual assault against Pravesh to mount pressure on him for marriage, officials said.

Even after their marriage, Pravesh was on trial.

“The deaths probably took place because Pravesh was depressed. Viscera of Kanchan has been preserved and sent for examination,” the officer added.
 





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Girl Who Escaped From Patna Shelter Home Returns Home In Bengal


Efforts are on to find the three girls. (File)

Patna: 

One of the four minor girls who had escaped from a shelter home in Patna, has reached her home in West Bengal and efforts are on to trace the three others, Bihar police said today.

The girls had escaped from the government-funded Asha Kiran Home For Girls in Patliputra colony early Sunday by using their ‘dupattas’ as a rope to climb down from its second-floor balcony.

They had been brought to the shelter home last month.

One of the four girls who escaped is 12 years old and the rest are 16, the police said.

“One out of four girls, one has reached her home in 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. The girl has informed the manageress of the Patna shelter home after reaching her home. The shelter home manageress in turn informed us about the incident,” Patliputra station house officer Tarkeshwar Nath Tiwary said.

The girl, he said, had also apologised to the manageress of the shelter home for leaving without informing and had said that the other three too had planned to return to their respective homes, he said.

The FIR about the escape was filed by the shelter home’s manageress and efforts are on to find the three girls.

In April reports of over 30 girls and women being allegedly raped at a state-funded shelter home in Muzaffarpur had come to light, sending shockwaves across the country.

There were other reports of inmates escaping from shelter homes.

While a woman fled from a shelter home in Patna on September 24, two minor girls escaped from another government-funded short-stay home in Khagaria district on October 29.

The woman who fled from the Patna shelter home was later found.





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Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: SC Raps Bihar Government, Summoned DGP and Chief Secretory


खास बातें

  1. मंजू वर्मा की गिरफ्तारी न होने पर SC ने जताई नाराजगी
  2. कोर्ट ने कहा- यह कमाल की बात है
  3. DGP और मुख्य सचिव को किया तलब

नई दिल्ली : मुजफ्फरपुर शेल्टर होम मामले में राज्य की पूर्व मंत्री मंजू वर्मा की गिरफ्तारी न होने से नाराज सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने बिहार के  DGP को तलब किया है. सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने कहा कि ये चौंकाने वाली बात है कि मंजू वर्मा को तलाश नहीं किया जा सका. कोर्ट ने कहा कि कमाल है, किसी को ये नहीं पता कि पूर्व मंत्री कहां हैं. बिहार सरकार को इस मामले में जवाब देना होगा. वहीं, सुप्रीम कोर्ट में बिहार सरकार ने कहा कि मंजू वर्मा मिल नहीं रही हैं. दूसरी तरफ, सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने बिहार के अन्य शेल्टर होम के खिलाफ कार्रवाई न करने को लेकर राज्य के मुख्य सचिव को भी तलब किया है. यह वे 14 शेल्टर होम हैं जिन पर बच्चियों के साथ यौन शोषण के आरोप लगे हैं. अब इस मामले में अगली सुनवाई 27 नवंबर को होगी. 

पूर्व मंत्री मंजू वर्मा के गायब होने की बात कह क्या बिहार सरकार ने सुप्रीम कोर्ट को गुमराह किया ?

टिप्पणियां


गौरतलब है कि सुप्रीम कोर्ट में मुज्जफरपुर शेल्टर होम रेप मामले में सुनवाई हो रही है. पिछली सुनवाई में  सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने सीबीआई को समय पर चार्जशीट दाखिल करने के किये कहा था, जिससे कि आरोपी जमानत न ले सके. बिहार पुलिस को पूर्व मंत्री मंजू वर्मा की खोज खबर न होने पर सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने आश्चर्य जताते हुए कहा था कि ‘ऑल इज नॉट वेल’ इन बिहार. आपको बता दें कि मुजफ्फरपुर बालिका गृह रेप कांड में करीब 34 बच्चियों के साथ रेप की पुष्टि हुई थी. इसके बाद मंजू वर्मा के पति पर भी आरोपी ब्रजेश ठाकुर के साथ संपर्क रखने की वजह से गाज गिरी थी. मंजू वर्मा को बिहार सरकार से इस्तीफा देना पड़ा था.  

मुजफ्फरपुर कांड: बिहार सरकार ने कहा- हमें नहीं पता मंजू वर्मा कहां हैं, तो सुप्रीम कोर्ट बोला- अजीब बात है, ऑल इज़ नॉट वेल

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Causes, Symptoms And Home Remedies To Prevent Pneumonia


Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of deaths in children under five years of age.

World Pneumonia Day is observed every year on the November 12th to raise awareness about pneumonia. Word Pneumonia Day was established in 2009 and seeks to spread awareness of the diseases as a public health issue. Pneumonia is the world’s leading infectious killer of children under the age of 5. This significant day was observed to promote interventions to protect against the disease, prevent and treat pneumonia and highlight proven approaches and solutions in need of additional resources and attention. The day also aims to generate action, including continued donor investment, to combat pneumonia and other common, deadly childhood diseases. Every year World Pneumonia Day has its own theme. This year, the theme of World Pneumonia Day is to Stop Pneumonia: Invest in Child Health”.

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Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of deaths in children under five years of age.
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Also read: Risk Factors Of Pneumonia You Dint Know About: Tips To Prevent Them

Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of deaths in children under five years of age. Although vaccines and other preventative efforts are decreasing the burden of the disease, but still much more efforts are required to eradicate the disease. Those living in poor communities are at a higher risk of pneumonia. Every child, regardless of where they are born, deserves access to lifesaving vaccines and medicines.

Many different germs can cause pneumonia. There are five main causes of pneumonia:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Mycoplasma
  • Other infectious agents, such as fungi including pneumocystis
  • Various chemicals

Some common symptoms of pneumonia are:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Joint pain
  • Chest pain
  • Severe cough
  • Loss of appetite

Pneumonia is a chronic condition and home remedies cannot treat it. However, certain natural remedies can obviously help ease the symptoms.

Also read: Did you know? Pneumonia kills one child less than five years in every two minutes.

5 home remedies to ease the symptoms of pneumonia:

1. Adequate rest:

A sick body needs plenty of time to heal. Therefore, you should refrain from physical activity and bed rest allows the body to focus on repairing itself.

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A sick body needs plenty of time to heal.
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2. Proper diet:

Dietary changes can help treating pneumonia. Eating a varied diet rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits may help the body heal and adequate liquid intake is also essential. Water, coconut water, fresh fruit juice, herbal teas, soups and broths are all easy ways to increase the liquid intake and can help recover from pneumonia.

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Dietary changes can help treating pneumonia.
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3. Salt water gargle:

During pneumonia one generally coughs. To avoid this you can gargle with salt water to get rid of the mucus in your throat and relieve irritation. Simply take a glass of hot water and add a pinch of salt to it. Gargle at least three to four times a day for best results.

4. Lukewarm compress:

If you have fever, you can use a lukewarm compress to help cool your body. Although if you use a cold compress, the sudden temperature change can cause chills. A lukewarm compress provides a more gradual temperature change.

5. Herbal tea:

Herbal teas are great if you have high fever or cold or cough. Prepare a herbal tea for yourself and drink once a day. You can add a piece of fresh ginger, turmeric, some tulsi leaves and one or two strands of saffron (kesar) to your tea. For additional benefits add some honey to your drink.

Also read: Pfizer Gets Patent For Pneumonia Vaccine From Indian Patent Office

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.





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Barcelona Suffer 1st League Home Defeat In 2 Years, Real Madrid Beat Celta Vigo


Real have now posted four consecutive victories since Solari was put in temporary charge while the gap behind Barca has been reduced to four points.

“He has done excellently,” Madrid club director Emilio Butragueno said afterwards. “We are very happy with how things have gone.”

On his future, Solari said: “We’ll see. I don’t usually plan too far ahead but in principle, it´s my day off tomorrow.”

Barca’s shock defeat came despite a return for Messi, whose two goals, one from the penalty spot and another deep into injury-time, proved little more than consolations.

“We don’t leave with the feeling Betis were the better team,” coach Ernesto Valverde said. “I don’t want to take any credit away from our opponent but we could have countered them better.”

It was the first time ever that Messi scored twice and Barcelona lost, but they stay top of the table, even if three clubs now lurk just one point behind. 

Atletico Madrid, whom they face at the Wanda Metropolitano after the international break, Sevilla and Alaves lead the chasing pack.

Alaves beat Huesca 2-1 earlier on Sunday, while Sevilla won by the same scoreline at home to Espanyol, Wissam Ben Yedder prodding in an 89th-minute winner. 

“Top of the table is fine, I won’t deny it,” Valverde said. “It should also help us to realise it is never easy to win.”

Betis’ reward for beating Barca is to climb to 12th. Quique Setien’s side may have pulled back on the sumptuous, attacking football that earned them a sixth-place finish last term but, in full flow, they remain one of Spain’s most difficult opponents to stop.

“We have been a brave team in every way,” former Spain international Joaquin said. “Winning at the Camp Nou requires concentration and doing everything very well. We played a great game.”

Faster, sharper and hungrier

Betis seemed faster, sharper and hungrier while Barcelona’s midfield was repeatedly carved open on the break.

It took five passes for the opener, the last a first-time drive from William Carvalho to free Junior Firpo down the left. He weaved inside Sergi Roberto and struck hard into the net.

Barca had chances but Betis were soon pouring forward again, with Junior’s cross evading everyone except Giovani Lo Celso on the opposite flank. His cute cut-back picked out Joaquin, who stabbed in Betis’ second.

Arturo Vidal replaced the jaded Arthur Melo at half-time and, in the 68th minute, Barca pulled one back, with Jordi Alba tugged down by Cristian Tello, and Messi converting the penalty for his eighth league goal of the season.

But the recovery stalled three minutes later as Marc-Andre ter Stegen let Lo Celso’s shot slip through his fingers and drop into the far corner for 3-1.

Barca were not done yet. Two substitutes combined for a second, Munir El Haddadi laying on Vidal but no sooner had the comeback begun again, it was halted.

First, Ivan Rakitic was sent off, a second yellow card for a late challenge on Lo Celso, and then Sergio Canales tapped in Betis’ fourth from Junior’s cross. Messi added his second in injury-time but there was to be no more late drama.

Madrid’s win was more straightforward as Karim Benzema opened the scoring, a sublime touch and turn making space for a crisp finish into the corner.

Benzema’s shot then cannoned in off Gustavo Cabral before Hugo Mallo’s sweet volley gave Celta hope. Sergio Ramos, however, chipped in a late penalty, Cabral was sent off for a second yellow card and Dani Ceballos wrapped up the points with a superb long-range strike. Brais Mendez scored a second for Celta in injury-time.  

The only blot for Solari was a spate of injuries which saw Casemiro, Sergio Reguilon and Nacho all forced off. Gareth Bale also took a knock to his left ankle in the first half but was able to continue.



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