Monthly Archives: JULY 2017
Nitish Kumar quits as Bihar CM, says 'Conscience pricked me'
Nitish Kumar has resigned as the chief minister of Bihar. The Janata Dal (United) leader submitted his resignation to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Wednesday.
He cited irreconcilable differences with ally RJD on the issue of corruption charges against his deputy Tejashwi Yadav for his decision.
"In the circumstances that prevail in Bihar, it became difficult to run the grand alliance government,” Kumar told reporters outside Raj Bhavan after submitting his resignation to Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi. He did not rule out taking BJP’s support for forming a new government.
Asked if he will now form a government with BJP’s support, he said,”Whatever had to happen has happened. Now see what happens next.”
His stunning move came after Lalu Yadav reiterated earlier today that his son, Tejashwi, would not quit as No 2 in the government despite being caught in a corruption scandal. "I did not ask for anyone's resignation," said Kumar, "but I told Tejashwi and Lalu that they must explain the charges publicly. The atmosphere had become such that it was impossible to work," he said, adding "my conscience told me to quit."
Kumar has recently called on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to intervene and convince RJD leadership that Tejashwi must resign in the interest of the alliance and smooth functioning of the government.
Bihar Governor accepted Nitish Kumar's decision and asked him to continue as caretaker CM.
The sudden development throws the politics of Bihar into chaos with no party having a majority in the 243-member Assembly. Kumar’s JD(U) has 71 seats, while the RJD has 80. The BJP has 53. If the BJP and its allies extend support to Kumar and he chooses to accept it, the numbers of the new arrangement will go well past the half-way mark at 129.
Meanwhile PM Modi tweeted in support of Kumar; congratulating the latter for joining the fight against corruption.
Army Colonel serves legal notice over withdrawal of free rations
A senior Army officer has served a legal notice to the Union government protesting against the alleged withdrawal of free ration to Army officers in peace areas and sought restoration of the benefit within 60 days.
Col Mukul Dev, Deputy Judge Advocate General, HQ 12 Corps, wrote to the Government of India through Defence secretary Sanjay Mitra seeking immediate withdrawal of the order.
The government’s decision to give an allowance of Rs 96 for daily purchases in place of paid-for rations to the officers in peace areas from this July has triggered resentment.
In his notice, Col Dev claimed that he joined the army in 1988 after he came across a UPSC advertisement/ notification in a newspaper about the Combined Defence Services examination. According to him, his decision to join the army was predicated on the provision of free ration, as was spelled out in the terms and conditions of the notification.
"There was no mention of provision of cash in lieu of free rations in the notification. The decision of yours has violated the basic terms and conditions of my service upon which I was employed and commissioned and that too without obtaining any written consent from me,” read the notice dated July 1.
"It may kindly be noted that such notification for provision of free rations to the officers of Indian Armed Forces is still in force even today for the officers who are due for commissioning in near future or who are aspiring to join the Indian Armed Forces," it said.
In case of non-reversal of such orders within a period of 60 days from the issue of this legal notice, I shall be constrained to approach the Court of Law as also to raise the matter in any other appropriate judicial forum," Dev wrote in the notice.
The colonel from the army’s legal branch is posted as the deputy judge advocate general of a corps headquarters in Rajasthan.
Following the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, the Centre has decided to replace the free ration entitlement to officers in peace postings with a daily ration allowance of 96.03, effective July 1.
The government's decision to substitute ration with money had not gone down well with both serving and retired officers, who claimed that an allowance of roughly 3,000 a month was not sufficient. Another bone of contention was that they would be taxed twice: once as income tax on the allowance and second in the form of GST on food items.
Delhi cop suspended for masturbating before women constables, touching them inappropriately
A Delhi Police constable was allegedly caught masturbating in front of a female constable in the mess of a police training centre in Jharoda Kalan in south west Delhi. The incident was then reported by the woman officer who informed her seniors on Saturday night.
The police said that the accused cop has been suspended and a departmental inquiry has been initiated against him. Police is also likely to register an FIR against him, sources said.
Police sources said the cop, posted at the police training college in Jharoda Kalan, had also inappropriately touched two women constables at dinner. At around 6pm, inside the mess, the cop who was reportedly reeking of alcohol touched two women constables. They threatened to inform their superiors if he did not apologise. An hour later, another woman constable alleged that the cop had stripped and masturbated in front of her.
Senior officers arrived at the college after the woman informed the police. After investigation, it was found that the police officer returned to his room to drink more alcohol after the two women threatened to notify the police. He later went to the terrace and stripped.
A senior police officer confirmed the news and said they are conducting a departmental inquiry.
There have been a series of such cases recently. The latest incident comes just two days after a 32-year-old man was arrested over allegations that he masturbated in front of a German woman in south-east Delhi's Greater Kailash.
A week ago, a 22-year-old woman had posted a video on social media of a man who masturbated in front of her and five other women while on a busy train in Mumbai.
8 dead as building collapses in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar, 30 feared trapped
A four-storied building located in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar area collapsed this morning, killing at least eight people. According to reports, the incident took place at around 10.40am at Damodar Park on Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg. The building housed a nursing home on the ground floor and people were residing on first floor and above.
Eight others - including four males and and four women - were injured while 16 people were rescued, including 10 women.
Fourteen fire tenders and two rescue vans have been rushed to the spot and rescue operations are underway at the site of the ground plus four-storeyed building ‘Saidarshan’, Chief Fire Officer P Rahangdale said.
"The entire ground and four floored residential building collapsed. About 30 persons are suspected to be trapped. Until now 16 persons (have been) rescued and sent to hospital," Rahangdale further said.
BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta has ordered an inquiry into the collapse. The inquiry committee has been asked to submit the report in the next 15 days.
Fire brigade and NDR personnel are at the spot trying to rescue those trapped. It is learned that there was a maternity home on the ground floor of the building which was undergoing repairs.
The property reportedly belongs to a Shiv Sena leader S Shitap. BMC Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar ordered an inquiry into the incident. "Five people have died, 8 seriously injured. Don’t know about Sunil Shitap, have ordered an inquiry,” news agency ANI quoted Mahadeshwar as saying.
Congress leader Pravin Chheda claimed that Shitap was running a guest house on the ground floor of the building. "Property belongs to Sena’s S Shitap, he was running hospital on ground floor and was now going to run guest house. The onus lies on him,” Chheda was quoted by ANI.
The search for trapped persons inside the debris using search camera is on. More details are awaited.
Nithari killings: Pandher, Surinder Koli get death penalty in Pinki Sarkar murder case
A special CBI court on Monday sentenced to death businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surinder Koli in one of the sensational Nithari killings cases.
Pandher and Koli were found guilty of rape, murder and abduction by special judge Pawan Kumar in the killing of a 20-year-old woman, Pinky Sarkar.
Special Judge Pawan Kumar Tiwari observed it is a rarest of rare case which had shaken the society.
Pandher and Koli were held guilty of kidnapping, rape and murder in the case, CBI spokesman R K Gaur said.
Police had discovered 16 skeletons from Pandher's house in Nithari in Noida on December 29, 2006.
Pandher and Koli were charge-sheeted in 16 of the 19 cases, while three were closed for want of evidence. Most of the victims were young girls.
Prosecution lawyer JP Sharma sought the death sentence and argued that forensic evidence proved that Koli abducted, killed and raped the woman and also tampered with evidence. Since Pandher was in collusion with his domestic help, so he deserved the same punishment for the crime rarest of rare, he said.
On October 5, 2006, the woman was returning home from work. She took the road outside Pandher's residence. Koli lured her inside where she was killed and beheaded. Investigators found her skull behind the house, and its DNA matched with her parents. Her parents also identified her clothes, which were recovered from Koli.
Defence lawyer Devraj Singh contradicted the prosecution's argument and said that on the date of crime Pandher was not present at the crime spot. He said that it has been proved that on that date of the crime, Pandher was in Dehradun. However, after taking stock of arguments from both sides the court held them guilty.
The gruesome cases surfaced when the police discovered the skulls and bones of 16 persons, mostly children, near Pandher's house. The bone-chilling details that were revealed during investigations included Koli's cannibalism.