13 - 12 - 2019

43 Dead In Fire At Luggage Manufacturing Factory In Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 08, 2019:The cause of the fire -- which was reported at 5:22 am -- is not known, officials said, adding that over 50 people were inside the factory operating from a residential area when the fire broke out. Thirty fire trucks are at the site and have taken the situation under control. The fire is suspected to have started at the workshop of the bag manufacturing factory.

The factory was operation in an area, whose narrow and congested lanes are lined with many small manufacturing and storage units.

NDRF personnel have reached the area to assist in rescue operations and are currently inside the building to check if anyone is stuck.

Chaotic scenes were witnessed at the site of the fire incident with relatives and locals rushing to the area. "I got a call from his friend informing that he has been injured in the incident. I have no clue which hospital he has been taken to," said Manoj, whose brother was working in a handbag manufacturing unit operating from the premises.

Many people trapped inside were rescued and rushed to RML Hospital, LNJP and Hindu Rao Hospital, fire officials said. Thirty-four people were brought dead to LNJP hospital. Doctors at the hospital confirmed smoke inhalation as the primary cause of the death. Some of the bodies were charred, news agency PTI reported. 

4 accused in Hyderabad rape-murder case killed in encounter: Telangana Police

New Delhi, Dec 06,2019:All four accused in the rape-and-murder case of a 25-year-old woman veterinarian were shot dead in an encounter by the Telangana police during the early hours of Friday.

According to the police, the accused were killed in an exchange of fire which also saw two policemen sustain injuries.

The incident took place around 6:30 AM on Friday, when the accused were taken to the site of the offence for reconstruction of the crime scene as a part of the investigation, a senior police official said.

”They (accused) snatched weapons from police and fired on police and tried to escape... police fired in retaliation in which the four accused died," a senior police official told PTI.

The four men, all lorry workers, were arrested on November 29 for raping and killing the woman by smothering her and later burning her body.They were remanded to 7 days' judicial custody.

Victim's family is understood to have welcomed the encounter of the accused. "We are happy. We did not expect We did not expect this (killing in encounter). We thought they would be hanged through courts.

ITBP jawan shoots dead 5 colleagues, injures 2 in Chhattisgarh

New Delhi, Dec 04,2019:In a suspected case of fratricide, an ITBP jawan allegedly opened fire at his colleagues in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Narayanpur district on Wednesday, killing five personnel and injuring two others, a senior police official said.

The jawan who opened the fire was also killed, but it was not yet clear whether he committed suicide or was neutralised by fellow troopers, he said.

The incident took place around 8.30 am in a camp of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s 45th battalion at Kadenar village, around 350 km from here, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI.

“An ITBP constable, identified as Masudul Rahman, of Nadia in West Bengal, opened fire from his service weapon, killing four troopers at the spot and injuring three other jawans, after some dispute,” he said.

One of the injured personnel succumbed to his injuries later, while Rahman was also killed in the incident, he said. “It was not yet clear whether Rahman killed himself or died in retaliation by his colleagues. Weapons of the killed jawans will be checked to ascertain whether they had retaliated or not,” the IG said, adding that further details of the incident were awaited.

The two injured jawans were airlifted and admitted to a private hospital in Raipur, he added.

Those who died were identified as Head Constable Mahendra Singh of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh, Head Constable Daljit Singh of Ludhiana in Punjab, Constable Surjit Sarkar of Burdwan in West Bengal, Constable Biswaroop Mahtoo of Purulia in West Bengal and Constable Bijeesh of Kozhikode in Kerala.

The two jawans injured in the incident are Constable SB Ullas of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and Constable Sitaram Doon of Nagour in Rajasthan. ( input from news agencies )

Set Aside Vendetta Politics, Fix Economy, Manmohan Singh Tells Centre

Agartala, Sept 1,2019 ( news agencies):The state of the economy today is deeply worrying, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, adding that "all-round mismanagement" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has resulted in the slowdown. The veteran Congress leader's comments come two days after government data showed that India's economy expanded at its slowest pace in over six years in the quarter ended June 30.

Growth in the country's gross domestic product (GDP) stood at 5 per cent in the first quarter of current financial year (2019-20), compared with 5.8 per cent in the previous quarter, and 8.0 per cent in the quarter ended June 30, 20185.8 per cent in the previous quarter, and 8.0 per cent in the quarter ended June 30, 2018.

"India cannot afford to continue down this path. Therefore, I urge the government to put aside vendetta politics, and reach out to all sane voices and thinking minds, to steer our economy out of this man-made crisis," Dr Manmohan Singh said in a video statement.

"The last quarter's GDP growth rate of 5 per cent signals that we are in the midst of a prolonged slowdown," he said, adding that the country has the potential to grow at a much faster rate.

Dr Manmohan Singh is widely recognised for the economic reforms which he announced in 1991 when he was the Finance Minister in the Narasimha Rao government.

Sliding for the fifth quarter in a row, economic expansion came in at the slowest pace since the March 2013 quarter, when it had stood at 4.3 per cent. A slowdown in the sale of cars to biscuits and lakhs of estimated job cuts across sectors plagued the economic growth of the country, say analysts.

In its bid to push investments and revive growth, the government has announced a range of measures in the past few days, including easing of FDI or foreign direct investment norms in four sectors, and a reversal of higher taxes on foreign investors as announced in Budget.

On Friday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced reforms in the banking sector, merging several public sector banks.


Modi govt's go-to man in crisis, Arun Jaitley passes away at 66

Agartala, Aug 24,2019:Former finance minister Arun Jaitley, who was admitted to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, passed away on Saturday following cardiac complications.

Jaitley, 66, had been undergoing treatment at the hospital for several weeks, after he was rushed to the AIIMS on August 9 following breathlessness and restlessness. 

Among the top leaders responsible for the emergence of the BJP at the national level, he was one of the pillars, and chief troubleshooter of the saffron party and the Narendra Modi government in recent times.

With the party since student days as an ABVP activist, Jaitley held the portfolios of Finance, Defence, Corporate Affairs, I&B among many others. Jaitley also spearheaded government policies in the Rajya Sabha as Leader of the Opposition, even though the numbers were not with the Modi government during the first tenure.

lawyer with friends across party lines, his speeches in Parliament were textbook cases of logic and finesse. He was among the BJP leaders available to the media freely, interacting with journalists generally after lunchtime when Parliament was in session.

A  legal eagle, a sharp mind, a perfect Parliamentarian, a former minister of Defence, Finance, I&B, Corporate Affairs, Jaitley was that and much more.

First session of 17th Parl session begins

 New Delhi, June 17, 2019  (Agencies):The maiden session of the 17th Lok Sabha commenced Monday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi among the 320 of the 542 MPs taking oath during the first day of the two-day long swearing-in ceremony marked by some controversy, slip-ups and slogan shouting.

Linguistic diversity was in full play with the oath being taken in different languages as several newly-elected members sported colourful attire, traditional shawls and headgears while a section wore a saffron look. As the Leader of the House, Modi was the first to take oath as member of the lower house, nearly four weeks after leading BJP to a resounding victory in the Lok Sabha polls. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah, Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari were among the prominent members who took oath.

The oath was administered by seven-term BJP MP Virendra Kumar shortly after he was sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Kumar will also oversee the election of the Lok Sabha speaker on Wednesday.

When Modi’s name was called out by the Secretary General for taking oath, members from the ruling NDA thumped the desk greeting the prime minister with slogans such as “Modi-Modi” and “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.

Amid thumping of desks by Congress members, Rahul Gandhi took oath in English. He won the election from Wayanad in Kerala.  Besides the union ministers who were elected to Lok Sabha, members from 23 states and union territories took oath. In all, 320 MPs took oath, according to a Lok Sabha bulletin. The remaining 222 members will take oath on Tuesday.