IAF officer tests positive for Zika virus in Kanpur

An Indian Air Force (IAF) officer tested positive for Zika virus in Kanpur district, health officials said on Sunday, adding that the process of finding contracts and monitoring health people nearby was already underway according to protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Chief Medical Officer Nepal Singh said a 56-year-old IAF official had been admitted to the Air Force hospital days earlier with health problems including fever and kidney problems. With unusual symptoms detected in the case, the patient’s blood sample was sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune for further examination.

The NIV confirmed on Sunday that the patient had tested positive for the Zika virus.

Samples from 22 other people, who came in contact with the patient and his family members, were also sent for testing.

Before CM’s two-day visit, TMC delegation leaves for Goa

Before boarding the flight, Supriyo told reporters: “Didi [Banerjee] has given me responsibilities, and that is why I am going to Goa. I know the state well because I have done a lot of concerts there. But this time, I’m going on a political mission. I have the feeling that
TMC will do very well in Goa. Many leaders have joined the party recently. Mamata Banerjee will also be there on October 28. We therefore look forward to this trip.

Banerjee is scheduled to be in Goa on October 28-29. With TMC deciding to contest Goa’s assembly elections next year, Banerjee’s visit is seen as the start of the party’s election campaign in the state. Party strategist Prashant Kishor worked with members of his Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) team to strengthen the TMC organization there and help the party grow its footprint ahead of the elections. the state. Former Goan chief minister Luizinho Faleiro was appointed TMC’s national vice president on Friday, nearly a month after joining the party.

Since winning the West Bengal election, the TMC has been working to expand its base in other states.

Fertilizer crisis: Haryana will set up nakas to end “interstate black marketing”

Amid long lines of farmers wanting to buy fertilizer (ammonium phosphate) in southern Haryana, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Sunday that he had asked DCs and SPs in Rewari, Mahendragarh, Charkhi Dadri, Bhiwani, Nuh and Jhajjar to check vehicles leaving the state by setting up nakas so that fertilizers are not illegally left the state. Haryana officials suspect black fertilizer marketing in neighboring states, with state agriculture minister JP Dalal saying “we have reports of huge black fertilizer marketing in Punjab and the United States. Rajasthan ”.

The chief minister chaired a high-level officers’ meeting on Sunday evening in which the availability and demand for DAP fertilizer was discussed. “There will be no shortage of DAP fertilizer in the state,” he said after the meeting. The state government claims that more fertilizer is available in the market this year compared to last year. However, given the demand from farmers, according to the government, the CM spoke by telephone on Sunday with the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya, to increase six additional rakes on which the Minister of the Union accepted.

Calling on farmers to be patient, Khattar said that there are currently 24 DAP fertilizer rakes available for farmers in the state, and five more rakes will be received. “After CM’s talks with the Union Minister, a total of 11 additional rakes will be available with the state by October 31 after receiving 6 additional rakes. The CM also issued instructions to take strict state border measures to control black marketing of DAP from Haryana to other states. The CM has appointed administrative secretaries in charge of the six districts with immediate effect to closely monitor the situation arising from the DAP request. They will be present in the respective neighborhoods from October 25 to 27 and will monitor the distribution of DAP.

The chief minister told officers that according to farmers who have registered for rabi crops on the ‘Meri Fasal Mera Byora’ portal, DAP fertilizers should be distributed to farmers so that DAP can be made available to farmers. real farmers on time.

While instructing officers to ensure the supply of DAP according to demand, the chief minister said the area where farmers need DAP first should be supplied first. He said that while last year 87,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer were sold in the state through October 24, this year to date 98,000 metric tonnes have been sold. Khattar called on farmers to buy DAP only as needed and not to store excess so that it can be distributed evenly.

Zia Mustafa kills everything but draws the curtain on the Nadimarg Pandit massacre

With the assassination of Zia Mustafa, the “commander” of Laskhar-e-Toiba who was taken away by security forces to identify militant hiding places in a forest in Poonch, the long-standing trial of the 2003 Nadimarg massacre lost the main defendant in the case and the only one facing substantive charges. “The trial against him is over. The court will learn that he was killed and the case against him will be closed, ”said Mustafa’s lawyer, Mohammed Mubashir Gattoo.

All that remains of the case is a charge of dereliction of duty against seven police officers. Gattoo said the court should consider the prosecution evidence against them.

The Nadimarg massacre rocked J&K and the rest of India at a time when the security situation in the old state was believed to be improving. The incident and the nearly two-decade delay in the trial are cited by Kashmir’s Pandit groups as evidence of the denial of justice.

Most of Nadimarg’s pundits had left during the 1990 exodus; about fifty people had however chosen to stay. On March 23, militants in army fatigues lined up 11 men, 11 women and two children outside their homes and shot them dead. After this outrage, the remaining Pandits also left.

Mustafa was arrested on April 10, 2003 by J&K police as the mastermind of the massacre.

A resident of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in Rawlakot, Mustafa, who was 26 at the time, was exhibited at a press conference by J&K DGP AK Suri in Srinagar as a big catch.

Suri said Mustafa was a LeT “district commander” who directed the killings. He was reportedly carrying an AK rifle, ammunition and a wireless set when he was arrested. He reportedly told police interrogators that the LeT leadership in Pakistan asked him to carry out the massacre.

No other activist has been arrested for the murders. Three other militants named in the FIR were said to have been killed during a meeting in Kulgam by the BSF in April 2003. The police officers who were in charge of guarding the village were accused of not having done so under article 30. of the Police Act.

An indictment was filed in court on June 9, 2003, and three months later, on October 1, charges were laid against Zia and the seven police officers.

The prosecution had a list of 38 witnesses, but in February 2009, after only nine were interviewed, the Shopian Magistrates’ Court closed evidence for the prosecution citing the long delay and inability to the prosecution to produce the other witnesses.
The state appealed to the High Court the same month, which dismissed the plea saying it could not tolerate the delay. In 2015, the Supreme Court asked the High Court of J&K to take over the case.

Mangrove cell seeks clarification on the construction of a cycle path at Lake Powai

The state government run mangrove cell raised concerns and asked for clarification on the nature of the construction of the Lake Powai bike path project.

The proposed cycle path project along the Lake Powai boundary encountered opposition from citizens, environmentalists and the BJP in the BMC. Residents and activists opposed the construction of the trail saying it would impact the habitat of Indian swamp crocodiles.

In a letter to BMC, Neenu Somraj, Assistant Conservator of Forests (Mangrove Cell) said: “If work continues at this location (Lake Powai), it should be stopped immediately.

The letter requested clarification on the nature of the construction. He also asked BMC to submit a site inspection report as well as the actions / constructions on the site and the authorizations obtained for the construction of cycle paths.

In a letter dated October 8 to BMC, the mangrove cell also confirmed the status of Lake Powai as a protected wetland under previous orders of the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court.

BMC said work on the site has been halted and an environmental expert committee has been set up “to discuss the development of the lake and implement all necessary mitigation measures to not only mitigate but also improve the lake and its surroundings ”.

Stalin D, director of the environmental group, Vanashakti, got under the relevant letter under a right to information request (RTI) this week. “According to the Supreme Court’s National Atlas of Wetlands, Lake Powai is an important wetland in terms of biodiversity and should be protected to conserve wetlands,” the letter read.

Stalin D had also filed a complaint with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. In a clarification released Oct. 12, the civic body pointed out that the project does not qualify for environmental clearance from the National Environmental Impact Assessment Authority.

Lake Powai, an artificial wetland, is polluted due to the discharge of sewage and siltation. Currently, almost 25% of the lake is covered with water hyacinths, floating vegetation and garbage.

Recently, environmentalists wrote to the civic body to stop spraying chemicals in Lake Powai to control water hyacinths.

MP: Bajrang Dal Activists Ransack “Ashram-3” Web Series Set For “Misrepresentation”, Puts Ink On Prakash Jha

Bajrang Dal activists reportedly ransacked the filming of the third season of the “Ashram” Bhopal web series and also dumped ink on its producer-director Prakash Jha, accusing him of falsely representing Hindus, the report said. police.

The windshields of two crew buses were also shattered by stone throws, they said.

In addition, Bajrang Dal threatened to no longer authorize the filming of this web series.

Talk to PTIPolice Superintendent (SP) South Bhopal Sai Krishna Thota said some people raised objections and organized protests against the name of the web series when its filming was underway in the former prison in Arera Hills.

“Bajrang Dal activists objected that this web series hurt the feelings of Hindus because it contained obscene scenes,” he said.

Protesters also threw ink at Prakash Jha and threw stones, the officer added.
Thota said the windshields of two buses were damaged by stone throwing and one person was injured.

He said that immediately after the incident, police personnel arrived at the scene and brought the situation under control.

No one has been arrested in this regard so far, he said.

Bajrang Dal activists also launched slogans against Prakash Jha and Bollywood actor Bobby Deol, who stars in the Ashram web series, accusing them of hurting Hindu feelings, eyewitnesses said.

Speaking to reporters, Bajrang Dal State President Sushil Surhele said his organization’s activists would not allow the filming of “Ashram” in Bhopal.

“Prakash Jha has wrongly portrayed the arrangements in a Hindu ashram in previous seasons by showing the exploitation of women by gurus. There have been ashrams in sanatan dharma for the past thousand years which have played an important role in building social values. There is no truth to what has been shown in this web series, ”he said.

Will Jha dare to do such a web series on other religions, he asked.

“We have blackened the face of Prakash Jha and are looking for Bobby Deol, who is expected to learn from his older brother Sunny Deol (Bollywood actor and BJP MP), who has played roles in patriotic films,” he added. .

So far, no statement has been released on behalf of Prakash Jha.

Speaking to reporters, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Irshad Wali said strict action would be taken against those involved in the incident.

“Three-four vehicles were damaged and we will identify the people involved in this heckling. Measures will be taken against these people, ”he said.

Farooq Abdullah marveled at Shah’s comment on state restoration JK

National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Sunday expressed surprise at the statement by Union Home Secretary Amit Shah that Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood would be restored after the legislative elections.

He declared that “the impulses and aspirations of the people must be satisfied for a lasting peace” in the territory of the Union.

Abdullah expressed surprise at the logic advanced by the central leadership that the state will be restored after the completion of the constituency demarcation and the holding of elections.

“It’s strange,” he said and recalled the multi-party meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi a few months ago in which he addressed these issues.

“Modi had at that time asserted that the gap between New Delhi and JK should be bridged by winning hearts… Hearts cannot be won by undermining the status of Jammu and Kashmir, which was forked and then downgraded “, he added. The NC chief said at a public meeting in Mendhar in Poonch district.

Defending the decision of the BJP-led NDA government to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Shah said on Saturday that August 5, 2019, was written in golden letters in Kashmir history.

He reiterated that elections would be held in JK after the delimitation exercise and would be followed by the reestablishment of the state.

“Elections are going to take place. (Kashmiri politicians want the) delineation to be stopped. Why? Because it harms their policy. Now such things will not stop in Kashmir.

“The youth of Kashmir will have opportunities, so a good demarcation will be made, which will be followed by elections, then statehood will be restored. I have said it to the country’s parliament and it is the roadmap, ”Shah said.

Abdullah added that it must happen for the first time that a state is transformed and declassified as Union territory.

“The impulses and aspirations of the people must be satisfied for a lasting peace,” he stressed.
Advocating for the Indo-Pakistani dialogue, the CN chairman said peace in the region will remain elusive unless a conducive atmosphere is created for talks between the two neighboring countries.

He also denounced the attempts to divide society for political ends and said it was not good for the unity of the country and the integration of people.

“The nation cannot afford to break up into pieces on the basis of religion. Elections should not be conducted on religion, as they provide an opportunity to build responsive governments that serve the people in terms of development and economic empowerment, ”he said.

The former chief minister expressed grave concern at the loss of life and damage to growing crops and orchards due to heavy downpours, hail and high winds across Jammu and Kashmir.

Abdullah, who is on a four-day visit to Jammu province, also called for a comprehensive assessment by expert panels of the damage caused, saying preliminary relief in terms of financial assistance should be provided to those affected until ‘until the assessment is complete.

He also called for the immediate release of compensation to the next of kin of those killed.

Maulvi says threatened to arrest namaz in Gurgaon, 2 reserved

Two men were convicted of allegedly threatening a maulvi to stop conducting the Friday namaz and forcing him to sing “Jai Shri Ram” after confronting him in Sector 39 on Friday evening. Police said the allegations have yet to be verified.

Earlier that same day, a group of people disrupted namaz in Sector 12.

Aman Yadav, Deputy Police Commissioner (ACP), Sadar, said: “An FIR has been registered and an investigation has been launched. “

The defendants were convicted under Articles 153-A of the IPC (promotional enmity between different grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and acts detrimental to the maintenance of l harmony), 253-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting their religion or religious convictions), 34 (common intention), 341 (unjustified coercion) and 506 (criminal intimidation) in Sadar police station on Saturday evening, police said.

Police said the incident happened at 11 p.m. on October 22, when the complainant, who leads namaz on Friday in Sector 40, was on his way home after shopping. According to police, he alleged that two men, one of whom is a local resident, started following him and confronted him in front of a house in Sector 39.

In the FIR, the complainant said: “The accused threatened me and told me to stop doing the Friday namaz. The two [accused] threatened me with dire consequences if I ignored their warning to end the Friday namaz. I begged them to live in peace and not to spread hatred, but they continued to abuse and asked me to sing “Jai Shri Ram”.

The complainant said he repeated the song several times because “he feared for his life”.

Talk to Indian express On Sunday, the maulvi said: “They let me go but continued to follow me home. They also circled my house on motorbikes three times. Me, my family and others in the neighborhood are now extremely afraid and we feel threatened. The whole experience rocked us and we don’t know when they [accused] can reappear and attack us.

A police officer, familiar with the investigation, requested anonymity, said: “The complainant’s allegations have not yet been verified. An accused has been named in the FIR. He has a previous case of assault registered against him.

Amit Shah
Terrorists Will Fail If J&K Youth Work For Development: Amit Shah

Union Home Secretary Amit Shah, speaking at a rally in Jammu on Sunday, said if young people work for the development of Jammu and Kashmir, terrorists will fail in their goals. He also said the government remains committed to its efforts to ensure that no civilians are killed in violence and that terrorism is wiped out in Jammu and Kashmir.

“No one will be able to stand in the way of Jammu and Kashmir’s development. An investment of Rs 12,000 crore has already come and we aim to reach a total of Rs 51,000 crore by the end of 2022. If young people work for development, terrorists will fail in their sinister plan. We aim to ensure that no civilians are killed in violence and that terrorism is wiped out from J&K, ”Shah said.

Shah’s statement comes on a day when two policemen and an army soldier were injured in the shooting between security forces and activists in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Police and army personnel were injured when attacked as they took Zia Mustafa, a Pakistani activist from Lashkar-e-Taiba, to the forest area to locate an activist hideout in Bhata Durian .

“From this land of temples and Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, which is also the birthplace of Pt Prem Nath Dogra and the martyrdom of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, I say that those who attempt to disrupt peace and development in the Jammu and Kashmir will not be allowed to succeed, ”added the Minister of the Interior, who is on his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir since the repeal of article 370 in August 2019.

October 24 is the anniversary of the birth of Pt Prem Nath Dogra who founded Praha Parishad and led the agitation against Article 370.

“Not just in Jammu, people across the country can never forget it. He founded Praha Parishad and, along with Dr Shama Prasad Mukherjee, launched slogans affirming that there cannot be two heads, two flags and two constitutions in one country, ”Shah said.

He added: “This region is going through an era of development and some are trying to cause disruption. However, I have come here to tell you that no one will be able to disrupt the era of development in Jammu and Kashmir. No one will be able to stop it.

Shah, accompanied by Union ministers Dharmender Pradhan and Dr Jitendra Singh as well as UT Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, inaugurated and laid the foundation stones on Sunday for various projects worth Rs 15,000 crore.

“The days of discrimination against Jammu are over. No one can do injustice now. The development will take place simultaneously in Jammu and Kashmir. The two will progress together and help move the country forward, ”he said.

(With PTI inputs)

Drugs will turn into powdered sugar if Shah Rukh joins BJP, says Maharashtra minister

Maharashtra Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Saturday mocked the BJP over the cruise ship drug bust case, in which Aryan, the son of movie superstar Shah Rukh Khan, is one of the arrested defendants, and said “the drugs would turn into powdered sugar” if the actor joined the saffron party.

A massive drug shipment was seized in the port of Mundra in Gujarat, but instead of investigating the case, the Narcotics Control Bureau, a central agency, was tracking down Shah Rukh Khan, he alleged.

“The drugs will turn into powdered sugar if Shah Rukh Khan joins the BJP,” the senior NCP leader joked.

Bhujbal, who was speaking here at a meeting of Samta Parishad-NCP, also said the government of Maharashtra had passed an order on the OBC quota, but a BJP official challenged it in court. .

He asked if the BJP was against granting reservations to other backward classes.