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The Goa police on Thursday pressed charges of rape against the accused in the murder of 28-year-old Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin in Canacona in south Goa. A post-mortem conducted at the State-owned Goa Medical College Hospital near here confirmed that the victim was raped.A brutal murderUmesh Gaonkar, Superintendent of Police incharge of the Crime Branch, told The Hindu on Thursday evening that the post-mortem report had confirmed cranio cerebral damage and constriction of neck as the reasons for death. “Rape was also confirmed,” Mr. Gaonkar said.Vikat Bhagat, a local history-sheeter and prime suspect in the case, was arrested by Goa police on Tuesday night. Bhagat has been remanded in police custody for seven days till March 21.The naked body of McLaughlin was found in a field around 150 metres from the main road at Devbag in Canacona on Tuesday morning.
A man was trampled to death while trying to take a selfie with a wild tusker in Odisha’s Angul district on Monday. The incident took place around 10 a.m.in Nimiribeda village.The elephant, which got separated from its herd, was moving near the village temple when Jayadev Nayak decided to take a photograph. While he was immersed in taking the selfie, the elephant closed in from behind and knocked him down before trampling him.Jayadev succumbed to his injuries while being taken to a hospital, said Chitta Ranjan Behera, Inspector of the Khamar police station.In a similar incident in September, another man was crushed to death by an elephant in Sundargarh district while taking a selfie.Herds on the move Elephant herds are attracted by paddy in the fields. Elephants have been found outside the forest limits in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Keonjhar, Angul, Dhenknal, Khordha and Subarnapur districts.A very large herd, comprising 90-odd jumbos, is at present traversing through the Nilgiri area of Balasore district, forcing villagers to spend sleepless nights. Forest department officials have been trying to prevent the elephants from straying into human habitation.The large elephant herd had migrated from Jharkhand to West Bengal and entered Odisha a month ago.“We have set up solar fences and dug up trenches to keep the elephants in their territory,” an official said.
The first test for the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), after the breakdown of the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) and imprisonment of its president Lalu Prasad after conviction in a fodder scam case, is slated to come up next month in the byelection to the Araria Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar. The seat fell vacant on the death of the RJD MP Mohammed Taslimuddin in September last year. As per rules, the seat has to be filled within six months.Mr. Taslimuddin’s son Sarfaraz Alam is now a Janata Dal (U) legislator. He had fought on the JD(U) ticket as part of an understanding between the two parties. The party is now keen that he come back and contest the seat his father once held. “He [Sarfaraz Alam] is definitely one of the candidates we are considering but there are others too. We will take a formal decision once the election is notified,” RJD spokesperson Manoj K. Jha said. Mr. Alam on his part is ambivalent and is not denying that he may switch sides for the bypoll. “I believe that cadres are the actual party. I am currently in JD(U) and will take a call once I decide to fight,” he told The Hindu. In 2014, Mr. Taslimuddin had won the poll by a margin of over 1.46 lakh votes over the BJP candidate. The JD(U) candidate came a poor third in the contest. If one were to add the votes polled for JD(U) and BJP, they easily exceed RJD’s tally by over 83,000 votes. Mr. Jha disagreed that the bypoll will be a litmus test for his party or a bellwether for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “We had won the seat in 2014 despite a Modi wave. So I am sure we shall win it once more,” he said.
Urging the people to ensure peace in the Darjeeling hills, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday inaugurated a two-day Hill Business Meet in Darjeeling. “You give us peace [in Darjeeling], we will give you prosperity,” the Chief Minister told the gathering which comprised a number of industrialists from Kolkata. Announcing a special incentive of ₹100 crore for the development of industry in the hills, she said: “The bandh in the hills had caused a ₹300-crore loss to the tea industry and about a ₹1000-crore loss to the entire economy of the hills.” Ms. Banerjee was referring to the 104-day-shutdown from July to September 2017, when the hills were on the boil over a violent agitation for creation of a separate State of Gorkhaland. During her inaugural address, Ms Banerjee kept referring to the need for peace and stability in the hills. “Please ensure that there is no violence, some individual leader can gain out of it but not the youths of the hills,” she said. The Chief Minister said other than tourism and tea there is lot of scope for horticulture and IT and software industry.Full cooperation “Let’s first make a start. Our government is fully ready to help you. I can also assure you on behalf of the industrialists that they will give you full cooperation,” she said.The idea of business summit in the hills was mooted by Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) chief Benoy Tamang. Mr. Tamang was appointed chief of GTA by Ms .Banerjee when GJM president Bimal Gurung resigned from the post.PTI adds: “Darjeeling is a part of West Bengal and will continue to remain so without being separated from it. I give more importance to Darjeeling than my own constituency and will continue to do this if I am ensured that peace would be maintained here,” Ms. Banerjee said.Apart from focusing on eco-tourism and adventure tourism, the GTA is identifying heritage sites which can be converted into effective tourism products, she said.The Chief Minister also said Kurseong will be developed as an education hub, while two IT hubs would come up in Kurseong and Mirik.
A city Judicial Magistrate First Class(JMFC) court on Friday granted bail to Kenneth Silveira, who was arrested by Crime Branch of Goa for posting fake information about Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s “death” on Facebook.He was released on a personal bond of ₹10,000.In a related development, members of civil society staged a protest outside the Goa Police headquarters here on Friday morning condemning the arrest. Kenneth, 35, was arrested by the Police on Wednesday night, a day after he put a post on Facebook wall claiming Parrikar, who is currently undergoing treatment in the U.S., was “no more”. A First Information Report was filed after a local BJP worker filed a complaint with the police, and he was arrested, with investigators claiming that he was not cooperating with the probe. A few members of civil society staged a protest outside the state police headquarters accusing the police of trying to muzzle free speech. The Opposition parties have also criticised the police for arrest of Silveira, who incidentally had contested the 2017 by-poll in Panaji, where he had lost to Chief Minister Parrikar.Superintendent of Police Karthik Kashyap said that the investigation would continue.
Chairman of the Madhya Pradesh Gau Samvardhan Board (Cow Protection Board) Swami Akhileshwaranand Giri, who was recently elevated to the rank of Cabinet Minister, has sought the formation of a ‘cow Ministry’ in the State.As per the board’s proposal to the government, the ministry can avail a part of the funds earmarked for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) works.“When Anand Mantralaya (Ministry of Happiness) can be constituted, why can’t there be a Gau Mantralaya? Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan himself keeps a cow at his residence. The Gau Samvardhan Board has prepared a proposal and conveyed it to the Chief Minister,” he said.“Currently matters related to the cow are handled by the Animal Husbandry Department. We want a ministry exclusively for the cow. The cow should be kept out of animal category,” he said.“The board has a meagre annual budget of ₹16 crore and no powers, so a separate Ministry is needed,” he said.The ministry could promote “cow-related industry,” create jobs for rural youth and conduct research in the field of cow breeding, he said. Rajasthan had set up a directorate for cows, but it too was inadequate, he opined.Funds from MGNREGA“Over 1.5 lakh cows are taken care of at 604 registered gaushalas (cow shelters) in Madhya Pradesh. Around the same number roam free on roads. The number of cows is expected to increase by 25% in the next livestock census,” he said.“The board has proposed that out of MGNREGA funds (around ₹15,000 crore for the State), ₹1,000 crore can be given to the cow ministry,” he said.
For the first time, all law books required by visually impaired administrative officials in Odisha are being printed in Braille format. The law books are being transcribed into Braille and then printed at the Red Cross Computerised Braille Press in Berhampur, the only Braille press in the State. Till now 20 volumes of law books have been printed in Braille, including books on basic laws as well as service rules of government servants. According to Braille press manager Prakash Narayan Rath, 17 more law books would be printed in Braille in the coming months. “Last year two visually impaired youths qualified for the Odisha Administrative Service. There was a need for law books in Braille for their training and future operation. So in December last year, the Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department ordered printing of all law books of concern to administrators in Braille form,” said Mr. Rath. The law books that have been already been transcribed into Braille include the ones related to law and order like the Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, Dowry Prevention Act and Orissa Police Act. To help visually impaired administrators in revenue matters, Braille books on Manual of Tahsil Accounts, Orissa Survey and Settlement Manual, Orissa Government Land Settlement Act, Orissa Mutation Manual, Orissa Moneylenders Manual and Orissa Law of Mines and Minerals have been printed. Braille law books also include Prevention of Corruption Act, Essential Commodities Act, Orissa Irrigation Act, Orissa Schedule Areas Transfer of Immovable Property Act and Orissa Panchayat Samity Manual. The compilation of Government of Odisha Service Rules in four volumes and Orissa Civil Service Rules-1962 in two volumes have also been printed in Braille. According to Mr. Rath, transcribing law books into Braille will have long-lasting benefits. “In the computerised Braille press, we have saved the e-version of all these books and whenever the need arrives we can easily reprint them,” he said. Former Ganjam Bar Association secretary Manoj Patnaik welcomed the decision, saying it will encourage more and more visually impaired persons to take up government administrative jobs.
The Humane Society International (HSI)-India has alleged that a female dog was brutalised and abused by an unknown person pushing a screwdriver in the animal’s private parts in the coastal village of Siolim. In a complaint to the Goa Director General of Police (DGP), HSI-India demanded registration of a First Information Report (FIR) and criminal investigation in the case. The letter also urges DGP to issue an alert against the unknown abuser in the village of Siolim.The complaint comes a few days after recent case of brutalising of a pregnant goat by eight persons in Haryana.In a letter written by N. G. Jayasimha, MD, HSI-India, the society also demanded that a crackdown on those involved in animal cruelty can help keep such “dangerous criminals off the street.” The alleged cruelty came to the fore after the six-year-old female dog was picked up on July 19 by volunteers of HSI, India near the Siolim fish market for animal birth control surgery earlier this month.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has signed a pact with Mumbai-based Tata Trusts, under which the trust will provide technical support to speed up the development process of the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.The pact has been signed as part of the Centre’s Aspirational Districts Programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January, under which 115 districts have been identified and are being encouraged to catch up with the ‘best’ districts within their respective States on 49 different development performance indicators. As per this plan, the Tata Trusts will deploy two trained researchers or ‘Development Fellows’ to the district, who will assist the local administration in implementing government as well as non-governmental development projects in a cohesive manner. A statement from the Tata Trusts on Thursday said that its engagement in Gadchiroli will be similar to its ongoing participation in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and other rural upliftment programmes in the State.Gadchiroli is situated in the south-eastern part of Maharashtra and is known for its dense forests. The district has seen sporadic violence due to the presence of left-wing extremism, which affects access to official development programmes in some parts.
An MLA of the Opposition All India United Democratic Front has charged the authorities of a premier college in Assam’s Nagaon district with “saffronising” the college environment by asking the students to wear “proper uniform”.There cannot be any harm if some girl students go to college in hijab and niqab , AIUDF MLA Aminul Islam said in a Facebook post.Anandaram Dhekial Phookan College Principal Surajit Kumar Bhagowati on Friday said he did not ban any religious outfit and only issued a notice before the autumn vacation asking students to wear “proper uniform”.Of the 20% Muslim students of the college, only the MLA’s daughter comes in burqa, Dr. Bhagowati said, adding that he was feeling threatened and has lodged a police complaint over the Facebook post. “All the students come to college in proper uniform as mentioned in the college prospectus. But only one student, MLA Islam’s daughter, wears burqa in college,” he said.In his October 24 post, Mr. Islam said, “No such decision (banning religious outfits) was taken in the last 60 years of the college’s existence. I would like to know where in the Indian Constitution or the State gazette notification it is written that one cannot wear such outfits.”
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced his government’s decision to provide old-age pension to an additional five lakh beneficiaries under its Madhu Babu Pension Yojana in the State.The new beneficiaries would avail of the benefits under the scheme from December 15.A total of 43 lakh people are getting old-age pension at present. While those aged between 60 and 80 years get ₹300, those above 80 years receive ₹500 every month. The Chief Minister also announced that 40,000 artists will get assistance of ₹1,200 per month under the Mukhya Mantri Kalakar Sahayata Yojana with effect from December 15.Mr. Patnaik directed the District Collectors to disburse the assistance to beneficiaries under both the schemes from December 15 to 20 by organising special camps.
A Youth Akali Dal leader was arrested for allegedly vandalising the statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Ludhiana on Tuesday.The police said they have arrested Youth Akali Dal leader Gurdip Singh Gosha and the other accused, identified as Meet Pal Singh Dugri, would also be nabbed soon. According to the police, six to seven people were accompanying the two accused and they will be identified soon. The miscreants sprayed red and black paint on the statue at the Salem Tabri area in Ludhiana, the police said, adding that they carried out the act in full public glare and blamed Rajiv Gandhi for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. A video purportedly showing the episode has also gone viral on social media. The incident also triggered strong protests by Congress supporters at various places in the State. The protesters also threw black paint on posters of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. Strongly condemning the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked Sukhbir Singh Badal to stop indulging in petty politics and warned him that such acts would backfire on his party in the coming Lok Sabha polls.
Maharashtra will not sign a water-for-water agreement with Karnataka till it gets back over six thousand million cubic feet (6 tmcft) of pending supply from Karnataka which has only returned 0.078 tmcft of the total 6.787 tmcft diverted to it since 2016. The two States are now sparring over signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to exchange 4 tmcft of water on each side of the border on condition that Karnataka returns 10.787 tmcft at the end of the agreement period, senior officials said.The Water Resources Ministers of the two States have traded charges, blaming each other for the faltering deal. Karnataka Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar on Saturday termed the Maharashtra decision to cancel the MoU as “shocking”. “Earlier, based on our request, the Maharashtra government had agreed to release water after due payment. But now they have backtracked and are not releasing water into the Krishna river. This is an unexpected and shocking decision by the Maharashtra government, especially as it concerns drinking water,” he tweeted. He said Karnataka had paid money in lieu of water released from Maharashtra. “Even after 2016, we have paid most of the bills. Around ₹35 crore is pending now, for the release of around 5.35 tmcft of water,” he said.In response, his counterpart Girish Mahajan said unless the pending supply is fully returned, there is no question of signing a water deal. “They (Karnataka ministers and secretaries) are not even taking our calls, forget talking about the deal,” Mr. Mahajan had told reporters earlier.The MoU shows Maharashtra had plans to supply 4 tmcft from Koyna and Warna downstream of the Rajapur K.T. Weir. In return, Karnataka was to release 4 tmcft form Tubachi Babaleshwar Lift Irrigation Scheme (LIS) to be used in drought-prone areas of Jath taluka in Maharashtra and Vijaypur taluka in Karnataka. Senior officials said there was no question of taking payment for the pending water and the State would only sign the MoU once the pending supply is returned. “We don’t want money; we want our water back,” said an official. The MoU documents shows the two States disagreed on the point of ‘measure discharge’. “Since infrastructure is proposed to be created parallel to the existing Tubachi Babaleshwar LIS to cater to Maharashtra’s needs, there is no need to measure the discharge at the State border,” the Karnataka government wrote in response to the draft MoU. In its reply, Maharashtra said the MoU is as good as dead. “Karnataka has expressed its inability to lift 2 tmcft in the rabi season. In short, the Karnataka government has almost denied to make available 4 tmcft at the State border, while suggesting a parallel scheme by the side of the Tubachi Babaleshwar. This suggestion is unacceptable to us,” Maharastra government said in its response. (Inputs from Bengaluru bureau)
This week the new winners of the most prestigious U.S. government prize for young scientists were honored at the White House, although they had to cool their heels as President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanged some harsh words. The 102 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers recipients also had some advice to those hoping to follow in their footsteps. Read about it on Science Careers.