The Chief Minister has also directed administrative and police officials in districts to regularly review the steps being taken for women security and inform senior officials on a regular basis, the official said.Stressing that his government was firm on upholding the security and dignity of women, he said a state-wide drive has been launched to free public places of anti-social elements and check incidents of eve-teasing, indecent behaviour and passing of lewd comments at women and girls.The UP Home department has issued fresh directives to identify those involved in misconduct at schools, colleges, bus stations, railway stations, malls and markets.The government is also firm on checking unnecessary harassment of girls and boys merely in the name of curbing eve-teasing in public places like coffee shops, markets and parks.The government has also made it clear that vigilantism of any sort in this regard will not be tolerated.‘No unnecessary harassment’With TV channels reporting that couples were being harassed and humiliated by anti-Romeo squads at some places, Adityanath asked officials to ensure there was no “unnecessary harassment“.The Chief Minister asked the Principal Secretary (Home) to chalk out clear guidelines for anti-Romeo squads and ensure there is no unnecessary harassment of boys and girls moving around or sitting at any place, an official release said.Anti-Romeo squads, a poll promise of the BJP that secured a remarkable victory in the Uttar Pradesh election, drew criticism from certain quarters with visuals of policemen targeting young boys and girls going viral on TV and on social media.“The idea is to question, check group of boys or boys alone near colleges and other places and create fear among potential harassers in public places,” said a police officer.However, it was being dubbed as an attempt at moral policing and widely criticised in some quarters as the modus operandi was being compared with the infamous ‘Operation Majnu’ in 2005, in which boys at crossings and markets were pulled up, and couples in gardens were thrashed by police.The officer sought to clarify that the only job (of the anti-Romeo squads) was to ensure safety of women and that eve-teasing does not take place.“For this we will also take preventive steps like not permitting miscreants to loiter in public areas frequented by women. I will not say it is moral policing,” he said.The Chief Minister, who holds the portfolio of Home department, has also asked for effective steps in cases of acid attacks.Mr. Adityanath has termed law and order as the top priority of his government and has asked for daily reports from all DMs and SPs on law and order. Acting on the Allahabad High Court’s order asking anti-Romeo squads to follow guidelines, the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday directed the police to ensure that no inhumane measure was adopted in the name of ensuring security to women.There should be no shaving of heads, blackening of faces or “murga pose” (sit-ups while holding ears), a senior official said here.The guidelines have been issued after the intervention of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath amidst reports of harassment by anti-Romeo squads.These special squads of UP Police were formed after the Yogi Aditynath government assumed office this month, fulfilling one of the poll promises of the BJP.The Allahabad High Court had yesterday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to ensure that guidelines were followed by anti-Romeo squads and action was taken as per the law.The court’s Lucknow bench of justices Amreshwar Pratap Sahi and Sanjay Harkauli had given the order on a PIL that alleged that police were not following the guidelines during the drive, aimed at checking eveteasing, and was harassing couples.Also Read After U.P., Bihar BJP demands anti-Romeo squads
Identifying around 900 tourism sites, the Bihar government is preparing a new road map to woo tourists from across the world. The new roadmap is likely to be approved by the end of this month or the first week of June.The state government had earlier asked all district magistrates of the State to identify spots in their respective jurisdiction to be developed as potential tourist attractions and send a detailed report to the headquarters. According to state tourism department officials, DMs of all 38 districts have sent their reports under which around 900 such spots have been identified which could be developed as tourist places. These places broadly fall into Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Gandhi and Ramayan Circuit of the state.“We’ve received details from the district magistrates identifying the potential tourist spots…we’ll first inspect those sites in view of their tourist potential before giving final shape to the roadmap for approval…besides, Buddha and Jain circuit spots, the state has huge potential for other tourism sectors too”, State Tourism Minister Anita Devi said. The MPs, MLAs, and local representatives too have suggested potential spots in their constituencies which could be developed as tourist attractions. “The idea is that visiting tourists should stay in the State for a longer time…it will boost the state’s economy as well”, said a department official. A group of four companies, he said, have been given the task of preparing the roadmap. Meanwhile, the State tourism department has also geared up to showcase major tourist destinations of Bihar at an event organized by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce in Calcutta on Friday. Besides highlighting the Buddhist and other heritage tourist spots to the visiting dignitaries at the event, the department officials would also showcase the successful celebration of the recently held 350th Prakash Parv in which Sikh devotees from around the world had visited Patna and enjoyed the festival. Earlier, the annual event of Kalchakra Puja too was successfully organized at Bodh Gaya in which lakhs of Buddhist pilgrims from around the world participated.Bihar stands at eighth position as far as foreign tourist footfalls are concerned. Patna, Gaya, Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Vaishali, Nalanda and Banka are major destinations. Last year, over 10 lakh foreign tourists had visited Bihar while in 2015 their number was a little over 9 lakh. “The number of foreign tourists in the state has been increasing consistently from the last five years and now we want to increase it further”, said the official. When asked whether prohibition has any impact on the flow of foreign tourists in the state, the official quipped, “official figure doesn’t suggest that”.
With the farmers’ protest in Madhya Pradesh spilling over to the border districts in Rajasthan, farmers in Chittorgarh and Pratapgarh served an ultimatum on the State government to meet their demands for better crop prices, loan waivers and agricultural pensions.Amid the mounting anger following the death of five farmers in police firing in Mandsaur, farmers’ bodies agitating under the banner of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti announced that an indefinite strike would be launched in Pratapgarh next week if the government fails to address the issues raised by them.Condolence meetings were organised at Krishi Upaj Mandis and elsewhere in the two districts to pay homage to the deceased farmers. Farmers also halted trucks carrying fruits and vegetables and spilled milk on the streets on Tuesday and Wednesday, while trading activities at the Krishi Mandis were stopped.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi landed at Dabok airport near Udaipur on Thursday and left for Mandsaur via Nimbahera in Chittorgarh district riding pillion on a motorcycle. He was stopped at Neemuch near the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border and taken into preventive custody.Rajasthan Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot and leaders such as Girija Vyas, Digvijay Singh and Kamal Nath accompanied Mr. Gandhi. Mr. Gandhi was later released in the evening and allowed by the administration to meet the family members of farmers at the inter-State border.Mr. Gandhi said Congress was in solidarity with the families of farmers who had lost their lives and he would raise the farmers’ issues in the Parliament. “In [Narendra] Modi’s india, Rs.1.10 lakh crore of bad debts of corporate houses are written off, but not a single rupee of farmers’ loans is waived…Farmers are toiling to produce food for the country,” he said.In a tweet earlier in the day, Mr. Gandhi said the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments were “doing their best to prevent me” from entering M.P. and meeting the families of farmers killed in Mandsaur.Police have increased vigil in Pratapgarh district, which is barely 30 km away from Mandsaur. A delegation of farmers met Pratapgarh Collector Neha Giri and submitted a memorandum listing the demands for higher minimum support prices for their crops, inclusion of local crops in the MSP list and waiver of electricity bills.The All India Kisan Sabha, which is the CPI(M)’s farmers’ wing, has also decided to launch a State-wide agitation in support of the demands of farmers in Madhya Pradesh. “Problems of farmers in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are identical. We will burn the effigies of M.P. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan in the demonstrations to be held in different towns on Friday,” AIKS joint secretary Sanjay Madhav told The Hindu.Rebel Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ghanshyam Tiwari also warned that the discontent among farmers would create the similar problems for the Rajasthan government as those in Madhya Pradesh. “The farmers will adopt the path of agitation if the government ignores their plight. It is high time proper incentives were provided to the agriculture sector,” he said.
Condemning the brutal murder of television journalist, Santanu Bhowmick, CPI (M)’s Polit Bureau on Thursday blamed BJP-backed miscreants for the incident.Mr. Bhowmick was hacked to death on Wednesday when clashes broke out between CPI (M)’s Tribal wing Tripura Upajati Gan Mukti Parishad workers and the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura. He was covering the agitation organised by the IPFT when he was hit from behind. Four IPFT men have been arrested for the murder. The BJP blamed CPI (M) workers for the murder. Assam Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma in a tweet on Thursday said, “I highly condemn brutal killing of young Tripura TV journalist Santanu Bhowmick. Shri Manik Sarkar’s CPI (M) government has much to answer.”In a counter, the CPI (M)’s official twitter handle put out a letter reportedly written by BJP’s State treasurer, Sujit Banerjee. The letter said ₹2 lakh was handed over to the IPFT on instruction from central leadership.The CPI (M) Polit Bureau said in a statement that there was a pattern to these killings. “On the heels of the murder of Gauri Lankesh has come yet another killing of a progressive journalist. There is a clear pattern in this employed by the RSS-BJP particularly in the states were elections are due of silencing progressive journalists and the dissemination of truth to the people,” the PB said.
The chances of bringing back Jitendra Arjunwar, currently lodged in a jail in Pakistan after he inadvertently strayed across the border, brightened with the Ministry of External Affairs telling its counterpart in Islamabad that he was an Indian citizen. Arjunwar (22), a resident of Seoni in Madhya Pradesh, crossed the Indo-Pak. border after running away from home five years ago and was caught there on August 12, 2013, by the patrolling officers of Pakistan Rangers, officials said.Documents sent“The MEA has confirmed to its Pakistan counterpart that Arjunwar is an Indian citizen. We have sent documents related to his citizenship on Wednesday as demanded by the MEA and the Ministry of Home Affairs,” Tarun Nayak, Superintendent of Police, Seoni, told reporters on Friday. “Once the citizenship is confirmed, Arjunwar would be released from jail in Pakistan,” the police officer added.Kin confirm verification Arjunwar’s brother Bharat, who works as a mechanic in Barghat town in Seoni district, confirmed that he and other family members were called to Barghat police station for the verification (panchanama) of documents. He said that Arjunwar’s voter ID and ration card had been submitted as proof of his being Indian.Bharat claimed that Arjunwar was lodged in Karachi’s Malir jail and was unable to walk properly and used crutches.
Two minor girls were killed by their family members in Bareilly in separate incidents on Monday, following their love affairs. Both the incidents of honour killing had been reported from rural Bareilly in the last 24 hours. In the first incident, a 15-year-old school girl was killed in Bahedi village in rural Bareilly allegedly by her family members after sherefused to testifyagainst her boyfriend who was in jail. After killing the girl, the family members tried to burn her body but some of the neighbours alerted the police. The police reached the spot and recovered half burnt body of the victim. The man who belonged to another religion and the girl eloped two months ago after which her family members and fellow villagers, had attacked his house. Later they registered a case against the man under POSCO. Police arrested him and was under trial. . In another incident of honour killing in Mandwa village in Bareilly, a student of standard ninth was killed by her parents and her body burnt on Sunday after she reached home late. Her parents fled from the village on Monday.
A special Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe court on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment till death to self-styled godman Asaram Bapu after holding him guilty of raping a minor girl in his ashram at Manai village, near here, five years ago. Two of Asaram’s aides were also convicted and sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment each.Special Judge Madhusudan Sharma convicted Asaram, 77, under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Juvenile Justice Act, holding him guilty of committing the sexual offence against the teenage girl. The judgment was pronounced in the high-security Central Jail, where Asaram has been lodged since September 1, 2013.Asaram case verdict: As it happenedThe co-convicts, Sharatchandra, director of a residential school in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh, where the victim was studying, and Shilpi, warden of her hostel, were convicted for criminal conspiracy under I.P.C. and sentenced to 20 years in prison.The court also imposed a fine totalling ₹5 lakh on the three convicts and ordered that it would be paid to the victim, who belongs to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh.The teenage girl had stated in her complaint that Asaram had called her to a farmhouse of one of his followers in Manai, which was temporarily converted into an ashram, and raped her in the night of August 15, 2013. Following his arrest and judicial custody, Asaram was denied bail 12 times.
Tension prevailed in Punjab’s Phagwara town on Sunday after the death of a youth who was injured during a clash between Dalit groups and members of right-wing outfits on April 13 on the issue of renaming the town’s Gol Chowk (roundabout) as Samvhidhan Chowk.Dalit activist Yashwant (19) succumbed to injuries on the intervening night of April 28 and 29 at DMC hospital in Ludhiana, where he was undergoing treatment.Security was stepped up across Phagwara to prevent any untoward incident after the body was handed over to the family for last rites on Sunday morning.While mobile Internet services had been suspended in Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar districts since Sunday morning as a preventive measure, over 4,000 policemen were deployed in all sensitive areas of the town.Inspector General of Police (Jalandhar Range) Naunihal Singh told reporters that the police were keeping a close eye on the situation. “Apart from the forces on the ground, we are tracking all movements through CCTVs from our police stations,” he said. Two groups has clashed on the night of April 13 over an attempt to install a flex-banner with Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s picture on it at the town’s Gol Chowk and renaming it as Samvhidhan Chowk.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth, currently on an election campaign in Karnataka, is rushing back on May 4 night to visit storm-ravaged Agra, a senior official said on May 4.The Chief Minister will arrive in Agra on May 4 night and visit the calamity-hit areas on May 5 morning, Principal Secretary Information Avanish Awasthi said.Mr. Adityanath was criticised on May 3 by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for remaining in Karnataka even after his own State was hit by storm. “I am sorry your CM is needed here in Karnataka,” Mr. Siddaramaiah tweeted. “I am sure he will return soon & attend to his work there.”Also Read Mr. Adityanath will review the relief and restoration efforts in Agra district, the U.P. official said.The Chief Minister will later leave for Kanpur to monitor the relief work there and in nearby districts, Mr. Awasthi said.A high-intensity storm ravaged parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on May 2 night, leaving 73 people dead and 91 injured in Mr. Adityanath’s State alone.Agra district was the worst hit, accounting for 43 deaths and injuries to 51 others.Mr. Adityanath was earlier scheduled to campaign in poll-bound Karnataka till May 5. Fresh thunderstorm alert issued to U.P., West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal will celebrate Bengali author Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, who wrote the national song Vande Mataram, rather than Rabindranath Tagore. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said there is nothing new about Tagore to celebrate.“There is nothing new to celebrate about Rabindranath Tagore. Everything has been said and done and he is revered. We will rather celebrate the achievements of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay as he is not properly recognised in Bengal,” Mr. Ghosh told The Hindu on Sunday. The key reason for not engaging with Bengal’s favourite bard is however different. The Trinamool Congress has been over celebrating Tagore over the last years, he pointed out.“The Trinamool has been able to get involved in a big way in celebrating Tagore’s works. The ruling party is even utilising government funds to celebrate the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore,” said Mr. Ghosh. On the other hand, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s contribution to the “rise of Indian nationalism and the freedom struggle is hardly celebrated in Bengal”, he said. In fact, the BJP will hold a conference on Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay during national president Amit Shah’s Bengal visit later this month. Mr. Shah will be visiting Bengal on June 27 and 28, and he will visit Purulia district where two BJP workers died recently. The 19th century author’s novel Anandamath — which was set in the background of the Sanyashi Bidroho (rebellion of monks in late 18th century) — is considered to be one of key works on Bengal’s nationalism.Tagore and HindutvaAsked if ideological difference is the reason behind the State BJP’s decision to not celebrate Tagore, Mr. Ghosh clarified that Tagore also spoke positively of Hindutva.“Tagore also spoke of Hindutva and explained its meaning. He also said that Muslims and Christians of the country were originally Hindus who later changed their faith,” said Mr. Ghosh.A senior State BJP leader admitted that “Mamata Banerjee has found a successful way to reach out to people by celebrating Tagore. But Trinamool has largely ignored Bankim Chandra. We want to fill up that gap.”Moreover, “our Intellectual Cell has not been very active of late. Celebration of Bankim Chandra’s works will give fresh oxygen to the Cell’s effort to garner support of the civil society,” the BJP leader said.
A campaign launched by the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress to strengthen its presence at the polling booths ahead of the State Assembly elections due in December this year has attracted the party workers in large numbers as well as the local populace in the remote areas. The Congress has refuted the charge that it is a “gimmick” to display power.The ‘Mera Booth, Mera Gaurav’ (my booth, my pride) campaign has been devised to prompt the Congress workers to take pride in the party’s most fundamental unit and reinforce the organisational value of unity in its rank and file. Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot has addressed a large number of booth-level programmes in several towns and villages across the State. Mr. Pilot led a massive rally of party workers here on Monday to protest against the alleged misuse of government machinery and money by the ruling BJP during a dialogue meet held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jaipur on July 7. Mr. Pilot said the BJP, which had wasted the hard-earned money of taxpayers to gather the crowds of so-called beneficiaries of government’s schemes, had betrayed the public mandate.The campaign at the booths, on the other hand, is claimed to be an innovative way to motivate the party workers and strengthen the party at its core. “This is an innovation like no other. With other parties painting the picture of workers mobilising to strengthen the party leaders, we in the Congress have mobilised our party leaders to strengthen the core workers,” Pradesh Congress vice-president Archana Sharma said here.Besides Mr. Pilot, AICC general secretary Avinash Pande, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and AICC secretaries Vivek Bansal, Devendra Yadav, Qazi Nizamuddin and Tarun Kumar have attended the booth-level outreach programmes during the last one and a half months.‘Not a gimmick’ Ms. Sharma refuted the BJP’s allegation that the Congress’ campaign was a gimmick to display power and said it was nurturing the very roots of the organisation. “As a united front, we believe that a healthy organisation gives a healthy regime,” she said, adding that the party had reached out to more than 7,00,000 people across the State.During the programmes, the Congress leaders have highlighted the BJP government’s alleged failures and the previous Congress regime’s achievements through one-to-one contacts, street plays and pamphlets.BJP accuses Cong. Newly-appointed State BJP president Madan Lal Saini has accused the Congress of imitating the ruling party’s ‘Mera Booth, Sabse Mazboot’ (my booth, the strongest) campaign running for four years. At some places, the Congress workers and leaders were reportedly involved in scuffles because of ‘local politics’.After the completion of the campaign, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is likely to address a rally in the State next month to give a fillip to the party’s preparations for the Assembly polls.
President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to two land amendment Bills in Gujarat that proposes to allot surplus agriculture land, meant for landless farmers, to industries and civic bodies.The two bills are the Gujarat Agricultural Lands Ceiling (Amendment) Bill 2015 and the Gujarat Agricultural Lands Ceiling (Amendment) Bill, 2017.Gujarat Congress had opposed the legislations, alleging that surplus agriculture land acquired during land reform days in 1960s that are meant for landless and marginal farmers will be handed over to industrialists.The Bill first introduced in 2015 under the then BJP chief minister Anandiben Patel was returned by the Centre twice, on grounds that it deviated from the original 1960 Act and would affect agricultural production. In its replym the Gujarat government had told the Centre that surplus land will be allotted to industries only in return for land somewhere else, thereby not affecting the land bank. According to the Agricultural Land Ceiling Act, 1960 there is a cap on holding agricultural land and the Act empowers the State government to acquire surplus land and allot it to landless farmers.”The State assembly had unanimously passed amendments to the Bill, but it was pending with the Centre for over two years. After the necessary changes were made by the State government in the legislation, it was sent to the President for assent,” said a senior home ministry official.Gujarat government had told the Centre that some of the acquired surplus land was not viable for farming. It also said that the civic bodies will be asked to use the land to construct schools or other public amenities.
Five persons, including a woman, died of asphyxiation inside a newly constructed septic tank at Durgi village in Odisha’s Rayagada district on Sunday morning.The woman, Rashmita Kadraka, was the first to suffer asphyxiation inside the tank. Five others who entered the tank to rescue her also suffered the same fate. One of them is battling for life at the Christian Hospital in Bissamcuttack.Roof brokenVillagers had to use an excavator to break down the roof of the underground tank to rescue the six unconscious persons. All of them were shifted to the Christian Hospital, where five were declared dead.The mishap occurred around 9.30 a.m. at a house at Paika Street in Durgi village. The woman was the first to enter the tank and fell unconscious after inhaling poisonous gases formed inside the closed tank. When she did not come out, a mason entered the tank to rescue her and become a victim of asphyxiation.To rescue the two, four youths of the village then entered the tank. When the six persons did not come out, the villagers used an excavator to break open the roof of the tank to rescue them. The unconscious persons were immediately taken to hospital, but five of them could not be saved.The local police have sent the bodies of the five deceased for autopsy and started investigations.
A police case was on Monday registered against more than a dozen students of the Benaras Hindu University (BHU) for allegedly assaulting and verbally abusing students, including women, who were organising a programme to mark one year of protests against gender-based restrictions on campus. While ten students were named in the FIR lodged at Lanka station, around a dozen unknown outsiders have also been booked for offences under Sections 147, 354, 323, 504 and 506 of the IPC.The charges include criminal intimidation and assaulting a woman with the intent to outrage her modesty.While the organizers accused the ABVP, the student wing of the RSS-BJP, of disrupting the show in the FIR the complainant student names “goons and and lumpen elements.”As per the complaint, the accused students and other outside elements disrupted the event at Malviya Gate on Sunday evening when the girls were holding nukkad nataks and other cultural programmes to mark their struggle against hostel rules and for gender equality.“When we protested [against them for using foul language and harassing us], they got aggressive and started assaulting those present,” read the complainant by one of the students.The students alleged that they were also threatened with dire consequences.The persons named as accused were Abhay Pratap Singh, Anurag Singh, Abhishek Mishra, L.N Sharma, Shivam Dwivedi, Ashish Yadav, Samir Singh, Vishwajit Singh, Abhay Pratap, and Abhay Singh.Most of them were second year and third year B.A students.Last September, girls of the BHU had led a campaign against the administration demanding a gender-just space and security for women students.
Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday accused the ruling Congress government in Punjab of encouraging radical elements, asserting that the plot to eliminate former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, which was uncovered by the Uttar Pradesh police – ”was a direct fallout of this support.”A joint delegation of Akali Dal and BJP met the Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore here and alleged that anti-national forces want to silence Parkash Singh Badal as he stands for ”Hindu-Sikh unity”. “Congress party is playing into their hands by sponsoring protests against the Akali Dal as well as its senior leadership,” alleged the delegation members.Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal alleged that on October 5, when radical elements attacked his cavalcade in Sangrur district they were facilitated by the Police.Punjab chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh has assured of full protection by his government for the ”Badals” in view of the enhanced threat perception to their lives.In Mohali talking to journalists, Capt. Amarinder said that he was cognizant of recent reports of increased threat perception to the lives of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and former deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, and ”would ensure that full security is provided to the father-son duo.”The delegation also urged the Governor to look into the issue of state government’s recent decision of not regularising the services of 8,886 teachers. “These teachers, who had put in eight to ten years of service and were drawing salaries between 35,000 to 45,000 were now being asked to work at a flat rate of Rs 15,000 for three years before they could be regularized. Governor should direct the government to rescind this order immediately,” the members demanded through their memorandum.A delegation of Aam Aadmi Party MLAs led by leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema also met the V.P.Singh Badnore regarding the demands of agitating teachers.“Punjab government decision to scale down salaries of teachers was irresponsible and immoral. This has lowered the prestige of the teaching community and demoralized the teachers who were working on lower pay scales for the last ten years,” said Mr. Cheema.Reacting to memorandums submitted by Shiromani Akali Dal and Aam Aadmi Party leaders, Capt. Amaridner said that the government was fully seized of the matter and was trying its best to resolve the issue. He said that services of nearly 40,000 employees, including teachers, needed to be regularised, which may take some time in view of the fiscal crunch faced by his government.
The Tripura CPI(M) alleged that its senior leader and former Finance Minister Bhanu Lal Saha and scores of party workers were attacked during the by-elections to vacant seats in nine municipal bodies in the State on Thursday. The party withdrew its candidates competing in four wards of Agartala Municipal Corporation alleging threats and intimidation. Supporters of the CPI(M), led by senior leaders Pabtra Kar and Manik Dey, staged a protest outside the State Election Commission office here claiming failure of administration in conducting free and fair bypolls. Mr. Kar complained that the Election Commission remained unmoved despite several complaints filed by them. By-elections were held in 67 seats under different municipal bodies, including the AMC. A total of 174 candidates from different parties are contesting the bypolls. The counting of votes will take place on Friday. The BJP denied the allegations of attacks and threats on political rivals anywhere. “The CPI(M) has lost the support of people, so they are putting false blame on us to find a route to escape the polls,” BJP State vice-president Ashish Saha said.The CPI(M) claimed seven of its supporters were injured in an attack by BJP workers at Salema in Unakoti district on Wednesday evening. The attack reportedly occurred after the CPI(M) reopened its office in the area.It said party leaders and cadres again came under attacks during the municipal bypolls on Thursday. Mr. Kar said the attacks took place in Agartala, Bishalgarh, Belonia and Santirbazar.
The hearing on the Samjhauta Express blast case of 2007 in the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here was on Thursday has been postponed for March 18.Advocate Mukesh Garg, one of the counsel for the accused Swami Aseemanand, told reporters “Hearing was scheduled for today, however, the district bar association of Panchkula had suspended work on some local issue. In wake of this, the court adjourned the matter and the fixed the next date of hearing on March 18.”The trial in the case has concluded and the court was expected to deliver a verdict on March 11. However, Rahila Wakeel, a Pakistani national and daughter of one of the victims of the blast had on March 11, filed a petition through advocate Momin Malik, to get her statement recorded as witness in the 12-year-old case.Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) member Aseemanand is the prime accused in the case. The blasts on the Samjhauta Express, near Panipat, on February 18, 2007, and the subsequent fire in the coaches killed 68 passengers and injured a dozen. Those killed included Indian civilians and government officials, and a large number of Pakistani nationals.The initial investigation was carried out by the Railway Police and the Haryana Police. Later, the Union Home Ministry handed over the probe to the NIA in July 2010.
Not all sperm are created equal. Some swim like Michael Phelps and others swim like your 80-year-old grandmother. The difference, researchers have found, lies in their ability to compress their DNA. A sperm expressing less of a gene called protamine 2 relative to a gene called protamine 1 is able to more tightly wind up long strands of its genetic material in its nucleus, making its head sleeker—and more hydrodynamic. These differences have important consequences in the real world. Reporting in the current issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team found that more promiscuous species of mice produce less protamine 2 relative to protamine 1 in their sperm, and thus more hydrodynamic sperm. The reason is that males of these species mate with females in quick succession, so males with the fastest sperm are more likely to sire pups. As a result, promiscuous species of mice are more likely to produce sperm that are champion swimmers.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
Planetary geologists have long sought to explain regions on Mars where broad areas are littered with shattered, tilted, kilometers-thick chunks of rock. In many cases, these so-called chaotic terrains also seem to be sources of fantastic floods (such as the Aram Chaos crater, upper left; relative elevations range from red [high] to low [blue]). Previously, some teams have proposed that these floods resulted when immense subterranean reservoirs of ice were suddenly melted by the rise of molten material from deep within the Red Planet, and others have suggested that the water was carried from distant regions via aquifers and then somehow abruptly released. A fresh hypothesis suggests that the chaotic terrain in and around Aram Chaos resulted when a buried ice lake trapped in the ancient impact crater suddenly collapsed. In this scenario, the 4.2-kilometer-deep crater started collecting water soon after it formed about 3.5 billion years ago. Then, after the 1.5-km-or-so-deep lake froze, windblown sediments began to accumulate upon its surface. Once that material reached a thickness of 2 kilometers, it blocked the transfer of heat from Mars’s interior, allowing it to melt a large fraction of the buried lake’s ice. Eventually, sometime about 2.5 billion years ago, the weight of the sediments caused the lake’s icy ceiling to collapse, sending immense amounts of water to the surface, the researchers propose online this month in Icarus. Then, that water broke through the crater rim (artist’s concept, lower right), possibly through a weak spot previously eroded by ground water seeping through the rocks at high pressure. Over the course of 30 days or so, possibly less, about 93,000 cubic kilometers of water—almost 80% of the volume of all free-flowing fresh water on Earth today—carved the 15-km-wide, 2.5-km-deep Aram Valley.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
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