Sikar, Oct 7 : A police inspector and a constable, who were chasing an SUV that had sped past a barricade, were allegedly shot dead near Beswa village under Fatehpur police station in this district, officials said Sunday. Sikar Superintendent of Police Pradeep Mohan Sharma said Fatehpur police station in-charge Mukesh Kanungo and Constable Ram Prakash were shot dead when they began chasing the miscreants. The two policemen were on 'routine duty' at the check post on Saturday night, when one Ajay Chaudhary and four of his associates approached the barricade in a sports utility vehicle, Sharma said. The policemen signalled the SUV to stop. The vehicle sowed down momentarily and then sped past the check post, prompting the policemen to give them a chase, he added. At this, the SUV occupants opened fire at the police vehicle, killing the inspector and the constable, the Sikar SP said. Sikar Additional SP Tejpal Singh said search operations have been launched in Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu districts to arrest the suspects. He said, "Ajay Chaudhary and his aides have past criminal records." The bodies of the two slain policemen were handed over to their family members after post mortem, he said. The policemen are to be cremated with state honours, he added.
Jammu, Oct 7 : A tribal organisation has appealed to the Jammu and Kashmir administration to postpone the livestock census in view of the bi-annual migration of Gujjars and Bakarwals -- the main animal rearing communities in the state.
Patna, Oct 7 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Sunday praised the functioning of Self-Help Groups (SHG) in Bihar saying they are repaying loans unlike big shots who flee the country after defaulting on loans. Over 8 lakh SHGs have been formed in the state for helping poor women in villages in carrying out their own small business, the chief minister said.
New Delhi, Oct 7 : Amid fears of U S sanctions over the S-400 deal with Russia, Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat Sunday asserted that India follows an independent policy and was also keen on getting the Kamov helicopters and other weapon systems from Moscow. India and Russia on Friday signed a multi-billion-dollar deal to procure the S-400 Triumf air defence system, which could attract sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
Bhubaneswar, Oct 6 (TST) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday launched 'Nirman Kusuma' programme for providing financial assistance to the children of the construction workers for their technical education in the state.Launching the programme, Patnaik said 'Nirman Kusuma' would help fulfil dreams of construction workers' children. He said the children of construction workers would get financial assistance for their education in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and polytechnics.While an ITI student will be entitled to get financial assistance of Rs 23,600, a diploma student to get Rs 26,300 per annum. A total of 1878 students will get benefit from the programme.Patnaik said the government had already deposited Rs 1.09 crore in the bank account of beneficiaries of the 'Nirmal Kusuma'. The chief minister said the government had decided to increase the financial assistance by 20 per cent for girl students. Female students from standard sixth to post graduation level are being provided financial assistance.Meanwhile, the state government has doubled the death benefits for the construction workers. While the construction workers' family was getting Rs one lakh as compensation, now they will get Rs two lakh.
Similarly, the accidental benefit has been doubled from Rs two lakh to Rs four lakh.
New Delhi, Oct 6 (TST) Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Saturday his government will "crush" those who act against the Constitution irrespective of their political or ideological leanings.Speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Fadnavis said he does not recognise "extreme left or extreme right"."The person, or individual, or institution which is acting against Constitution, I am bound to act against them. They may belong to any class, may belong to any caste...any religion, any institution, they may have any leaning but I am going crush them," Fadnavis said."That is my raj dharma. That is what I am doing. I don't recognise extreme right or extreme left," he told a gathering of business leaders, diplomats, political leaders and commentators at the summit.His government was at the centre of a political row after the Maharashtra police raided the homes of prominent Leftwing activists and arrested five of them for suspected Maoist links on August 28.The arrest of the activists, who were termed "urban naxals", had sparked outraged protests from human rights defenders. Critics of the government insisted that the five were punished for their views critical of the dispensation.The police raids were carried out as part of a probe into the violence between Dalits and the upper caste Peshwas at Koregaon-Bhima village near Pune after an event called Elgar Parishad, or conclave, on December 31 last year. "There are some people who want to pitch two communities against each other so that a situation like civil war is created...not just Bhima Koregaon they are in touch with naxals in Chhattisgarh and other places...they are plotting several things."It's a much larger conspiracy that we have unearthed. So many pseudo liberals came together and went to the SC and still the court ruled in our favour," he said.
Chennai, Oct 6 (Agency) The extreme heavy rainfall warning issued by the Regional meteorological department for south Tamil Nadu has been withdrawn, Deputy Director General S Balachandran said Saturday.The Met office had Thursday forecast extreme heavy rainfall till Sunday, following the formation of an upper-air circulation over Southwest Bay of Bengal adjoining Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.Talking to reporters here, Balachandran said the extreme heavy rainfall warning announced for the southern parts of the state was withdrawn since the upper-air circulation had "weakened".However, he said, places like Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Dindigul, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari might receive "heavy to very heavy rainfall", instead of extremely heavy rainfall, in the next 24-48 hours.For Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, Balachandran said, there might be moderate rainfall in the next 24-48 hours.The fishermen in the Central and South East Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep and Kanyakumari areas were advised not to venture into the sea from October 6 to 8, he said.There might be light showers in Chennai and its outskirts during the next 24-48 hours, Balachandran added.Another report said the tourist places in the Kodaikanal hill station were closed as heavy rainfall lashed Dindigul district Saturday. According to forest department officials, the "Pillar" rock, Guna Parai and other tourist spots were closed.Meanwhile, 25 personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) arrived in Madurai Saturday following the heavy rainfall warning.The entry of Pilgrims from Rameswaram into coastal Dhanushkodi was also barred, officials said.According to Ramanathapuram district administration officials, 215 fishermen who had ventured into the sea for fishing had returned.
Ajmer, Oct 6 (Agency) In a scathing attack Saturday on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the opposition party of practising vote bank politics and dividing people to get into power.The prime minister made the charge at a rally here just ahead of the announcement of assembly election dates for Rajasthan and four other states in November and December.He asked people not to let the Congress get into power again.Modi said vote bank politics is not limited to elections now.Political parties which do vote bank politics divide the bureaucracy when they are in power and this badly affects governance, he said.They allocate the budget as per vote bank politics and therefore overall development does not happen, he said at the meeting which marked the end of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's state-wide political `yatra'.The Congress has established this tradition in the past 60 years, Modi said."With great difficulty, the country has picked the right direction now after 60 years. Don't give them another chance again, he said.He said the Congress leaders' high command is a family and they can do politics only be revering it.He accused the party low-level politics.The Congress leaders were questioning the surgical strikes by the Army across the Line of Control two years ago and insulting soldiers, he said.They should be ashamed of indulging in such politics, Modi said.The rally marked the end of Raje's Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra', an outreach exercise by the Bharatiya Janata Party.The prime minister's rally ended shortly before the Election Commission's press conference in Delhi announcing the polling dates for Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana.Rajasthan will go to the polls on December 7. Counting will take place in all five states on December 11, the EC announced.
Mumbai, October 6: NCP president Sharad Pawar will not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, party leader Jitendra Ahwad said here on Saturday.Putting to rest speculations that Pawar will contest from Pune Lok Sabha seat, Ahwad told reporters that Pawar had already made it clear in 2014 that he will not contest the Lok Sabha polls again."Pawar has told the party not to consider his name as he will not be a candidate. In today's meeting, Pawar said he is not in the (LS) race and nobody should propose his name," said the NCP MLA from Mumbra-Kalwa, in neighbouring Thane district. Awhad also denied that the NCP chief had opposed the candidature of Parth Pawar, son of senior leader Ajit Pawar, for the Mawal Lok Sabha seat."Preliminary discussions are on. The name will be finalised after discussions with party workers," Ahwad said.The former Union Agriculture minister is currently holding a two-day meeting with NCP leaders and functionaries at the party's state unit office to discuss candidates for the LS polls scheduled for next year. The meeting started Saturday morning.In another development, former Maharashtra NCP chief Sunil Tatkare told reporters that he was willing to step aside if Bhaskar Jadhav, another former state party chief, was keen to contest from Raigad Lok Sabha seat.Tatkare had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Raigad, near here, against Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete.Geete is the the Heavy Industries Minister in the Narendra Modi government."I will work for his (Jadhav) win. If Jadhav is interested, I am willing to withdraw. I am not interested in contesting Lok Sabha polls. More than my candidature, I want to ensure victory of a secular government. If Jadhav is interested, I am supporting him," Tatkare said.The NCP has demanded a 50-50 seat-sharing formula for the state's 48 Lok Sabha seats in its alliance talks with the Congress.The two parties had entered into an alliance in 2014 and the Congress contested 27 seats while the NCP put up candidates on 21 LS seats.Pawar will discuss the current political situation in the 21 Lok Sabha seats the party had contested in 2014 and discuss the process of selection of candidates, a senior NCP leader said Friday.The NCP has also called leaders from Jalna, Aurangabad, Dhule and Hatkanangle, since the party plans to stake claim to these four seats, party spokesperson Nawab Malik had said.The Congress had fought from these four seats in the 2014 general elections.The Hatkanangle LS seat is currently held by Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana's Raju Shetti. He quit the NDA and allied with the Congress recently.