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2002 Gujarat riots: Supreme Court defers hearing on Zakia Jafri’s plea till Nov 26

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The Supreme Court on Monday deferred till November 26 hearing on the plea of Zakia Jafri challenging the clean chit given by the Special Investigating Team (SIT) to Narendra Modi, who was then Gujarat Chief Minister, in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar said, “The matter will take some time for hearing. The plea will be heard on November 26”.

The SIT objected to the petition stating that this matter had already been looked into by it and need to be given a quietus. It also objected to activist Teesta Setalvad, secretary of NGO – Citizen for Justice and Peace- joining the petition as one of the petitioners beside Jafri.

At the outset, senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi appearing for SIT said Zakia’s plea was not maintainable and social activist Teesta Seetalvad cannot be the second petitioner in the case.

The bench said it will look into the application before hearing the matter on making Seetalvad as the second petitioner in Jafri’s plea.

On February 8, 2012, the SIT filed a closure report, giving the clean chit to Modi and 63 others, including senior government officials, saying there was “no prosecutable evidence” against them.

Ehsan Jafri was among 68 people who were killed at the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad when a mob attacked it on February 28, 2002, a day after the S-6 Coach of the Sabarmati Express returning from Ayodhya at Godhra was burned, triggering the riots in Gujarat.

Zakia, the wife of Ehsan Jafri, an ex-MP who was killed in one of the worst incidents during the riots, has challenged the Gujarat High Court’s October 5, 2017 order rejecting her plea against the SIT’s decision.

“The present Special Leave Petition is filed before this Court against the final judgement and order dated October 5, 2017 passed by the High Court of Gujarat…which erroneously upheld the order of the magistrate accepting the closure report filed by the Special Investigative Agency appointed by this Court concerning the violence in Gujarat in 2002,” said the plea of Zakia filed through advocate Aparna Bhat on November 13.

The plea further said the high court “failed to appreciate” the Petitioner’s complaint which was independent of the Gulberg Case registered at Meghaninagar Police Station.

Zakia sought an interim order to the SIT to carry out further investigation with regard to her complaint and the evidence provided by her before the magistrate through the protest petition.

“The allegations in the case were against various bureaucrats, police officers and political leaders. The issues brought forth reflected conspiracy, abetment and hate speech by the accused, which culminated in the violence in Gujarat,” the plea alleged.

It said that the high court order be set aside as “it failed to appreciate that the then chief minister and other prominent members of the political right wing made inflammatory speeches, the home department turned a blind eye towards various SIB reports for prosecuting certain VHP office bearers and publishing houses for propagating an incendiary rhetoric which would amount to an offence under IPC”.

“Whether the High Court failed to appreciate that senior police officers and members of bureaucracy were not reprimanded but rewarded for gross dereliction of duty and collaborating with the illegal plans of the CM/BJP during 2002 riots and afterwards?,” the plea charged.

The high court in its October 5, 2017, order had said that the SIT probe was monitored by the Supreme Court but had partly allowed Zakia’s petition as far as its demand of a further investigation was concerned.

It had said that petitioner can approach an appropriate forum including the magistrate’s court, a division bench of the high court or the Supreme Court seeking further investigation.

Setalvad is also a co-petitioner in the appeal seeking reversal of the Gujarat high court order.

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Canadian International School celebrates Teacher’s Day with joy and gusto

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Teacher’s Day was celebrated with joy and gusto at the Canadian International School (CIS) today. Apart from students wishing their teachers in a special way by holding up appreciative banners and placards, they also had the opportunity to purchase flowers and cards for their teachers. The School Community Association (SCA) put up stalls selling beautiful roses and thoughtful gift cards for students to purchase. Teachers were treated to delicious chocolates too! Students at CIS hold a yearly tradition of giving flowers to teachers. The flowers are a symbol of gratitude and respect towards the faculty for their dedication and commitment to inculcate the best knowledge and perspectives among the students. Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was President of India, is remembered on this day for his vast intellectual prowess and his contribution to the betterment of teachers.

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Commenting on this celebration, Shweta Sastri, Managing Director, Canadian International School said: “Our teachers are an inspiration to us all. Year after year, they have moulded and shaped our students into responsible, caring, and successful individuals. At CIS, every day is Teacher’s Day – every day is a celebration of our teachers for their commitment towards creating the empowered, global citizens.”

Happy Teacher’s Day

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. I believe the teachers at CIS do great justice to these words from the great thinker and scientist Albert Einstein,” said a parent, Mr. Sridhar, appreciating the teachers for their contribution to education and the students’ intellectual outlook and knowledge.

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A student, Anushka Ganesh, who expressed gratitude to the teachers said: “Our teachers always encourage us to learn and experience new things.”

Happy Teacher’s Day

“It is a day with many smiles and a day to feel special. Teachers and students bond and become closer to each other. Enjoy Teacher’s Day,” said a teacher, Samanthea Laitfang.

Happy Teacher’s Day

 

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Greenwood High hosted WISSEN 2019 – City’s esteemed quiz competition for schools

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Bangalore, September 03, 2019 : Greenwood High International School hosted the 6th edition of the inter school quiz competition – WISSEN 2019 at its Bannerghatta Road campus. The response from students of prominent schools in Bangalore and across India was overwhelming with participation from 70 schools. The quiz, which was open to students from grade 7 to 10, revolved around current affairs, history, sports, entertainment, India etc with emphasis on environment and air pollution. The quiz was conducted with lot of verve and vibrancy by renowned quiz master Vinay Mudaliar. WISSEN aimed to create awareness in the young minds across the nation about the dangers of growing air pollution.

The WISSEN 2019 was won by Presidency School R T Nagar, which secured the first prize of Rs 100,000. The second prize of Rs 50,000 was won by National Public School, Indiranagar and the third prize of Rs 25,000 went to Sri Kumaran Public School. Prizes were also presented to the ‘Best Outstanding Team’, ‘Audience Round’ and ‘Social Media Contest’.

“Greenwood High’s vision is to impart a wide variety of knowledge and information among students. We want students to be well informed about current issues, history, sports, entertainment, environment and air pollution and generally matters about India. Greenwood High is also dedicated to the cause of inculcating values of sustainability among younger generations. The crux of the theme of WISSEN is to engage students in proactive practices of environmental conservation,” said Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High International School.

 

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Nuakhai: Odisha Celebrates the New Harvest

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Nuakhai is an ancient agricultural festival primarily observed by the people of Western Odisha in India. The word Nuakhai comprises of two words, Nua means New and Khai means food. So, as per the name the festival is celebrated in the joy of newly harvested crop by the farmers. Every year, it is observed on the day after the Ganesh Chaturthi, mostly in the month of August or September.

The celebration of new harvest traces back to Vedic period where the sages or Rishimunis used to preach about Panchyajna, the five important events in the agrarian yearly calendar. These five major events or activities include Sitayajna which means plowing of the land, Pravapana yajna which refers to sowing of seeds, Pralambana yajna which indicates beginning of crops cutting, Khala yajna which means harvesting of grains and Prayayana yajna which refers the preservation of the yield.

Out of these five activities, Pralambana yajna, which means the cutting of new crops and offering the first harvest of the year to the mother goddess, what we call, celebrate and rejoice as Nuakhai festival.

The Western part of Odisha celebrates this auspicious festival with much pump and jubilation. People wear new clothes and offer prayers to the God and enjoy delicious foods prepared from the newly harvested crops.

Although the festival lost its significance over the period, the tradition was much encouraged in 12th century A.D. by the then king Chauvan Raja Ramai Deo of Patanagarh, currently known as Bolangir district of Odisha. The king was aware of the significance and contribution of agriculture towards the development of economy of a state. Hence, the celebration of Nuakhai symbolizes and promoted the farmers way of life in the Western Odisha region.

Nuakhai Festival gives the new generation a great message regarding the significance of agriculture in the economic development of the country and the role of farmers in the process of building a nation. Therefore, even the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has greeted the people of Odisha on the occasion of Nuakhai.

“Nuakhai Juhar! Greetings to the people of Odisha as they celebrate the festival of Nuakhai. May this festival further happiness in society,” the Prime Minister said.

 

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Former editor of Hindi Blitz Dr. N. K. Nautiyal no more

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The doyen of Hindi journalism, a veteran writer and former editor of popular tabloid Hindi Blitz and Nutan Savera, Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal is no more. He took his last breath on 30th August at his Dehradun residence where he was convalescing from last few days.

Earlier, Dr. Nautiyal refused to be admitted in ICU and preferred a quiet death. Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal who was the former state minister of Uttarakhand had also served as the chairman of Badrinath Kedarnath Mandir Samittee. He was living in Mumbai, however originally hailed to Masaan village, Sithonsiun Patti of Pauri Garhwal district.

Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal with a modest village background had shifted to Mumbai to pursue his journalistic career. He worked in several other newspapers in Maharashtra and contributed hundreds of articles in national and regional dailies. However, it was a turning point for him when he joined the Hindi Blitz, Mumbai. He had also worked in Navbharat Saptahik Mumbai, Dainik Lokmanya Mumbai, Lokmat Nagpur, Delhi Press Sarita, and several other prestigious publications before joining Hindi Blitz. In association with a former journalist J. K. Karanjia at Hindi Blitz, Dr. Nautiyal, as an editor of the paper, had achieved a tremendous prestige and reputation. The newspaper was famous to highlight and expose various scoops during the emergency in 1977. After retiring from Blitz, he started his own publication Nutan Savera weekly and contributed a lot towards the promotion of Hindi literature.

Late Dr. N. K. Nautiyal in a jovial mood with his family in Mumbai

The people-friendly journalist was extremely close to the political stalwart and former Union minister and chief minister Dr. Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna. He played a vital role in the formation of Democratic Socialist Party at the national level under the leadership of late H.N. Bahuguna.

Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal was also a labor union leader who fought for the rights of the workers in his capacity as the president of the CPWD workers Union from 1954 to 1957. He was extremely active in several other movements including the ‘Separate Uttarakhand’ movement, Goa Liberation Movement and many journalists’ struggles.

Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal was honored with many prestigious awards such as Sangita Vachaspati Samman of Hindi Sahitya Sammelan of Prayag, Pandit Jhabarmal Smriti Award (Bhopal), Aashirvaad Samman (Mumbai), Hindi Patra Lekhak Sangh Puraskaar, Haneshmani Smriti Samman and many more.

He was a progressive orator, writer, social activist and a huge-hearted human being having a sound network of political connections at the national level including the leaders of all the political parties who respected him to the core.

Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal’s contribution to promoting Hindi literature at the pan India level is unforgettable. His demise is a huge setback to journalism and literature fraternity of the country and Uttarakhand. May the Almighty give peace to his pious soul.  Uttarakhand Journalists Forum pays its rich tributes to this towering journalist.

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25 year old businessman shot dead in Karol Bagh

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The deteriorating law and order situation in the capital can be easily gauged from the fact that a budding young businessman Vinay was shot dead at Tank Road in Karol Bagh at 11.30 PM yesterday, while the road was still full of traffic.

Vinay was just 25 years and had a readymade garments business at Tank Road. The desperadoes, allegedly four in number were reported to have pumped four bullets from close range on Vinay, who was running desperately to save himself, with nobody coming to his rescue.

There was commotion all around in Arya Samaj Road and the nearby areas of Karol Bagh after this shoot out, which people thought was a gang war. The police have reported that they have already arrested two of the accused. The police are actively on the lookout for the other two accomplices and are hopeful of catching them very soon.

The police have also recovered the fired bullet covers. According to the police, the quarrel between the victim and the killers was the result of a loan of Rs. 15 thousand perhaps taken by Vinay from another businessman. The altercation was regarding this non-repayment of debt. However, the family and the father of the deceased have refused to admit this police theory.  The deceased’s father has accused a local financer of allegedly killing his son.

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Union cabinet to open 75 new medical colleges in the country

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The union cabinet presided by the prime minister Narendra Modi today took several significant decisions which include unanimous recommendations pertaining to a revolutionary change and improvement in the health sector of the country, promotion of Foreign Direct Investment to boost the nation’s s economy and to ensure the overall improvement of farmers.

The union cabinet started its deliberations with the paying of tributes to the former union minister, late Arun Jaitley. After the cabinet meeting, union minister Prakash Javadekar revealed that a very important decision under the prime minister’s leadership has been taken. It was regarding the opening of seventy-five new medical colleges in the country, incurring a budget of Rs. 24 thousand three hundred crores.

The proposed seventy-five new medical colleges would open opportunities for prospective MBBS aspirants for 15700 seats and will also ensure medical facilities for treatment to millions of people in various states of the country especially the people of the grass-root sections of the society who largely bank on free and concessional treatments in government hospitals.

In addition to the opening of 75 medical colleges, the BJP led NDA government also announced a Rs 6268 core subsidy for export of six million tonnes of sugar during the marketing year of 2019-20 starting October in order to liquidate surplus domestic stock and help mills in clearing the massive sugarcane arrears to farmers.

Union Minister Javadekar added: The government has taken an important decision in the interest of sugarcane farmers. The cabinet has approved export subsidy for 6 million tonnes for 2019-20.

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First woman DGP of Uttarakhand Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya is no more

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Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has expressed his grief and sorrow over the sad demise of the first woman Director General of Police of Uttarakhand and condoled her untimely death. Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya the second woman IPS after Kiran Bedi, currently, the Lt Governor of Puducherry met her last in Mumbai after suffering from a brief illness. She had retired from her service and was staying in Mumbai.

Kanchan Chowdhary’ s sister Kavita Choudhary had made a popular television serial on her life namely Udaan for Doordarshan several years ago which was quite a hit on the small screen. Originally hailing from Himachal Pradesh, Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya completed her graduation from Rajkiya Women College, Amritsar and thereafter pursued her post-graduation in English literature from Delhi University.

She joined the India Police Service in 1973 and was quite an ebullient officer. After serving in various important capacities she was elevated as the Director-General of Uttarakhand police in 2004, as the first woman DG of the hilly state after IPS Kiran Bedi who had been IG Prisons of Tihar Jail before retiring from her long challenging innings.

She retired from service as DGP Uttarakhand Police in October 2017 after rendering thirteen years of dedicated services as DG Police of Uttarakhand. During her long stint of more than a decade, Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya had made a good number of reforms in Uttarakhand police giving it the title of ‘Friendly Police’. It was because of her outstanding services as an exemplary officer of high decorum that she was bestowed with the coveted President’s Police Medal at Rashtrapati Bhawan in 1997.

Being a well-read and highly qualified officer she always had an urge to serve the poor, needy and the people of the lowest ebb of the society and was therefore impressed by the crusader against corruption Anna Hazare’ s movement. She, therefore, joined the Aam Aadmi Party of Arvind Kejriwal and contested the parliamentary election from Haridwar but lose.

An academician and an ebullient police officer of repute Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya breathed her last, last night in a Mumbai hospital after suffering from a brief illness. Though she has left for her heavenly abode, as an officer of high reputation and fighting spirit Kanchan would be a source of inspiration for the aspiring girls interested to become IPS officers in the near future. Our heartfelt condolences.

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Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha felicitated outstanding students

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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal felicitated several outstanding and studious students of the tenth and twelfth standards from the various schools of the National Capital Region who had secured more than 90 percent marks in their final board examinations.

Delhi CM awarding exceptional students

About 142 meritorious students of the tenth board and 59 outstanding students of the twelfth board were felicitated by the chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal at a function held in Garhwal Bhawan, New Delhi. This was held under the auspices of the biggest social organization of Uttarakhand, primarily for Garhwalies, in the capital called Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha. GHS was formed in 1923 with meager means and resources.

Delhi CM awarding exceptional students

Amongst the first recipients of the meritorious trophies was Khushi Rawat of the tenth standard who’d exceptionally secured 99.4 percent marks and Dhruv Rawat of class 12th who had scored 98.2 percent marks. In all about 201 students who had secured more than 90 percent, marks were felicitated on this occasion. The outstanding children were presented Rs. 1100 each, a memento and a certificate of meritorious appreciation.

Delhi CM honoring exceptional students

In addition to these felicitations Dr. Priya Baluni was honored for successfully completing MBBS and Kumari Supriya Rawat, Kumari Megha, and Anirudh Rawat were awarded for winning the gold and silver medals in 64, 61 and 50 kilograms category in the state boxing championships of 2019.

Honoring the exceptional achievers

Apart from these achievers Dr V S Negi and Veer Singh Panwar were also felicitated for successfully winning the Executive Council Election in DUTA and as deputy chairman of East Delhi Municipal Corporation.

While the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was the chief guest on this occasion other special guests of honor were Districts Sessions Judge Prem Kumar Barthwal, educationist Dr. Jeet Ram Bhatt, Vipin Chandra, Joint Secretary Earth Science ministry, J Sundriyal, JT Secretary Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Arvind Kumar Nautiyal Jt Secretary Environment and Forest Ministry, Dr. P S Bhandari, HOD Burns and Plastic Surgery, Lt Genl Arvind Rawat (Retired ) Associate professor in Delhi University, Dr V S Negi and others.

The former additional commissioner of Delhi police Dinesh Bhatt was the special chief guest on this occasion. The Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha deserves high appreciation for honoring outstanding and meritorious students as this encourages and helps budding students to progress in life and in their professional careers.

The program was ably anchored by the general secretary of GHS Pawan Maithani. The credit for the success of this noble endeavour primarily goes to the GHS president M S Rana and his entire team of dedicated office bearers.

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Former PM Manmohan Singh divested of SPG security, will enjoy Z+ protection

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The central government may withdraw the Special Protection Security cover of the ex-prime ministers and their sons and daughters whose threat perception is negligible.

The former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s 3000 strong security in charge have been reportedly informed about this decision orally by a senior officer. The former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is aware of this governmental decision who has been asked to wait. The SPG unit posted outside the Moti Lal Nehru residence of former prime minister had also been informed about the decision and had been asked to wait for a final decision. Dr. Manmohan Singh’s daughters had already given up the SPG security cover voluntarily in 2014.

The SPG comprising of 3000 elite force would be available only to the present prime minister Narendra Modi, Congress leaders Sonia, Rahul, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

The decision was reportedly taken after a three months review involving the Cabinet Secretariat and the Ministry of Home Affairs with inputs from intelligence agencies, the Research and Analysis Wing and the Intelligence Bureau.  According to the official privy to the development, who asked not to be named the government had according to the procedures laid down by the SPG act 1988, renewed Dr. Singh’ s SPG details for a year and thereafter for three months, including for his wife Gursharan Kaur.

“The current security cover review is a periodical and professional exercise based on threat perception that is purely based on a professional assessment by security agencies. Dr. Manmohan Singh continues to have a Z+ security cover,” a home ministry official said.

An officer of the security establishment said the withdrawal will hardly make any difference as now the former PM will enjoy Z-level protection, which essentially meant that there is no cap on the number of personnel and vehicles that can be deployed for his security.

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Late leader Arun Jaitley’s ashes immersed in pious Ganges at Haridwar

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The ashes of the mortal remains of the former Union finance minister and a towering leader of BJP Arun Jaitley were today immersed in the pious Ganges after the performance of rituals.

The ashes of the late leader were immersed by his son Rohan with tears in his eyes in the presence of the chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat and the union minister for Human Resource Development and MP from Haridwar Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

The close relatives of the grief-stricken family of the deceased leader and a large number of followers, BJP workers and state leaders were also present on this occasion. Before immersing his ashes a brief condolence meeting was held at the bank of Ganges at Haridwar.

Late leader Arun Jaitley’s ashes immersed in the pious Ganges at Haridwar

Earlier in a day, late leader’s son Rohan and wife went to Nigam Bodh Ghat to collect his ashes for immersion in the pious Ganges. Several senior leaders and ministers like Rajnath Singh, Union home minister Amit Shah, etc were present at the time of bidding a final adieu to late Arun Jaitley at Nigam Bodh Ghat.

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley had passed away in AIIMS on Saturday at the age of 66. He was suffering from Cancer. Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS cardiology department on 9th August when he complained of breathlessness and chest pain.

He was put on a ventilator and was being closely monitored by the multi-disciplinary doctors and surgeons of neurology, nephrology and cardiology departments. He had a kidney transplant in May this year and was highly diabetic as well.

The President, Vice President, Prime Minister and top leaders across the political spectrum and hundreds of thousands of party workers had expressed their grief and condolences on Jaitley’s sad demise. He was indeed a great leader and a capable organizer known as the troubleshooter of the saffron party and prime minister Narendra Modi.

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