In yet another spine-chilling violence against a minor in Jharkhand a 25-year-old man raped and killed a 3-year-old girl on Sunday. The accused Bandhan Oraon was a neighbour of the innocent victim and is absconding after the crime police said on Monday.
The heinous crime took place when the girl’s parents had gone to the market and the child was playing outside her home on Sunday evening at Kolhutoli village in Gumla district of Jharkhand. While playing, the girl child went to the house of Oraon. He was alone then since his wife had gone to her in-laws to celebrate tribal festival Karma.
When the parents returned back home at night, Oraon told them that the girl was sleeping at his home. The parents carried the girl back home only to discover that the girl is bleeding as her clothes were stained with blood. Finding that the girl is bleeding from her private parts, the parents informed villagers.
However, Oraon managed to escape after the villagers tried to catch hold of him. Later they informed police on Monday morning and sent the child’s body for autopsy. According to the doctors, the child was raped and sexually assaulted. The post-mortem report is yet to come. However, an FIR has been registered in connection to the incident said Anshuman Kumar, Superintendent of Police.
Assam has witnessed 4,130 cases of rape and over 15,000 dowry-related cases ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government came to power in the state two years ago, according to an official data.
The figures could prove to be an embarrassment to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led state government since it came to power in 2016 on a slogan of change and had assured to protect the lives and property of the people.
Assam Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary on Monday said that while 4,130 cases of rape have been reported from across the state in the last two years, a total of 15,470 cases related to dowry have been reported during the period.
Patowary was replying to a question by AGP legislator, Ramendra Narayan Kalita. He was replying on behalf of state Home Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, also Chief Minister of Assam.
"Besides, 15,741 cases of abduction, 32,248 cases of burglary and 2,438 cases of killing were reported (between 2014 and 2016)," he said, adding that 21 deaths related to superstition and witch-hunting have also taken place during the period.
"A total of 56 terrorists belonging to different organisations have been killed by security forces followed by death of seven security personnel and injury to 14 of them due to terrorist attacks during this two years," he added.
In all, 161 cases of rape, 457 cases of sexual harassment, 1,544 cases related to dowry and 1,543 cases of abduction took place in Assam's capital town Guwahati, Patowary informed the House.
While the rain had made Yamuna look comparatively cleaner in past few days, but one again the river wore a foamy look this week after thousands of Ganesha idols were immersed on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.
The use of PoP idols was banned by NGT in 2015 as they don’t easily dissolve in water. The tribunal had later issued instructions to remove all decorations before the idols were immersed. Despite warnings and notices, NGT orders continued to be blatantly disobeyed as idols made of Plaster-of-Paris along with flowers and decoration items could be seen floating on the ghats.
According to a test conducted by Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on August 8, it was found that the pollution level of already at an alarming stage. While the dissolved oxygen levels should be 4 mg/l or above for the aquatic life to sustain, in the reports it was found that DO was zero in at least seven ghats. Further, the report found Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) to be as high as 40 mg/l at places like Kudesia Ghat against a prescribed standard of 3 mg/l or below.
To the worst, as reported by national publication TOI, DPCC officials said Plaster-of-Paris made idols being immersed at Yamuna are likely to push up these levels.
“We have started the testing process and will compare pre and post immersion samples. These will also be compared with last year’s readings,” an official said.
While Durga puja is round the corner, the load of worry has doubled as preparation would be required to avoid a repeat of the situation. “Idols containing toxic dyes are immersed each year and the rules are rarely followed. Better implementation of the NGT order is required on the ground,” Manoj Mishra, convener of the Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan, said.
Flying for the first time, a flyer identified as Abhijit Kumar created a row of panic among passengers on GoAir’s Delhi-Patna flight G8149, last Saturday (September 22) when he accidentally tried to open the aircraft’s exit door mid-air mistaking it with lavatory door.
The crew was alerted about the incident by the youth’s fellow travelers on-board who saw him move towards the washroom but open the exit door instead. Luckily, due to the air pressure difference he could not to do so and was handed over to security personnel after the plane with 150 passengers on board landed safely at its destination - Jayaprakash Narayan International airport in Patna. The first time flyer was released later once the authorities were convinced he had made a genuine mistake.
During questioning, passenger Kumar in his late 20's, argued that since he was travelling in an aircraft for the first time, he mistook the exit door as washroom door.
“I mistook the word lavatory written near the exit gate as the door of the toilet and hence tried to open it. I had no other intention as such,” the youth told the police.
Station house officer (SHO) of the airport police station, Mohammad Sanowar Khan, confirmed that the incident occurred due to confusion, the Deccan Herald reported. He was later released on a personal bond on Sunday.
Budget carrier SpiceJet will commence flight service on the Shirdi-Delhi-Shirdi sector from October 1, said the airline on Monday.
"Our new flight will offer an immediate boost to religious tourism that the city is best known for," Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales and Revenue Officer, SpiceJet, was quoted in a statement.
Besides, it will also launch a new daily direct flight on the Mumbai-Kanpur route from October 8.
The airline will also operate first direct flight on the Mumbai-Jaisalmer route starting October 29 and a third direct flight on Mumbai-Kolkata sector from November 1.
Firebrand young OBC leader Alpesh Thakore, the Congress legislator from Radhanpur in north Gujarat, on Monday denied rumours that he was preparing to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
"I don't know who is spreading these canards at regular intervals but I want to state clearly that I am in the Congress and shall remain in the Congress," Thakore told reporters, flanked by state Congress president Amit Chavda and Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani.
He asserted: "I had joined the Congress after seeking the opinion of over 20,000 followers and today I am entrusted with national responsibility in the party, including in Bihar."
There had been rumours of Thakore negotiating with the ruling BJP and that he might be accommodated as a Minister in the Vijay Rupani government. Political circles have also been speculating that he may vacate his constituency for former Minister Shankar Chaudhary.
"I never do politics of leaving my constituency for anyone. The question does not arise. And why should I leave my constituency for Chaudhary?"
Thakore was also in the news recently for raising his voice against the Congress supporting the BJP govermnent's move to raise salaries for legislators in the state from Rs 70,000-plus to over Rs 1.16 lakh per month.
He had said that it was improper for the Congress not to have resisted this, especially when the citizens were suffering the burden of high prices.
"At times I may speak in heat of the moment which may look as though I am going against my party but that is never my intent," he said.
Defending the continuance of the ailing Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Minister of Goa, Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar on Monday said J. Jayalalitha continued to be the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu despite being unwell for a year and a half.
"We have elected a chief minister and the CM is doing a good job. Healthwise Jayalalitha was unwell for a year and a half, no one raised an issue. I do not understand why the issue is being raised," Dhavalikar told reporters on the sidelines of a function held for the formal induction of two ministers in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition cabinet, at the Goa Raj Bhavan, .
The Minister, who is a member of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, a ruling alliance component, was responding to questions regarding change of leadership, an issue which has hogged the spotlight ever since Parrikar was airlifted to Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences for treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer last week.
Dhavalikar expressed confidence that Parrikar would resolve issues confronting the Goa government "one by one".
"He will put things in order one by one. This is the first step (induction of two ministers), then he will allocate portfolios and then other things will follow," Dhavalikar said, adding that dropping of ministers and adding new ones to the state cabinet was the prerogative of the Chief Minister.
In poll-bound state due this year, Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee President, Bhupesh Baghel sent to judicial custody for 15 days by special CBI court in Raipur. Next hearing is fixed on 8th October. Baghel didn't file for the bail application. Bhupesh Baghel didn't move his bail application or engage a lawyer for that matter. He himself represented his case in the court.
The case was filed against Bhupesh Baghel on basis of a complaint filed by Chattisgarh Minister Rajesh Munat in connection with alleged sex CD scandal of Munat. Besides the state PCC chief, former BBC journalist Vinod Verma was granted bail and the court also removed the extortion charges against him. Another accused Vijay Bhatia, a businessman, has also been granted bail.
Baghel reaches court barefoot
Baghel arrived court premise barefoot today. After the order, when he came out of the court, he was surrounded by his supporters and they started protesting and sloganeering. The police have a tough time while taking him to the jail. Protesters burnt the effigy of the Raman Singh government outside the court premise.
CBI produces the challan again
The first challan was not complete and the court also rejected it and asked the CBI to resubmit. CBI was scolded by the court for the half-hearted preparation for the case. Baghel was present inside throughout the event.
The Congress party has alleged that the CBI is a parrot of the Government and such actions are taken at the behest of the BJP. Congress also alleged that it is a politically motivated move by the Bhartiya Janata Party.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, the organizing institute to conduct Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2019 has extended the last date to apply for the exam to October 01, 2018.
The last date to apply for GATE 2019 with September 21. However it was extended first to September 23 and later to October 01, 2019. The Onlinle Registration or Online Application for GATE 2019 had started on September 01, 2018.
GATE 2019 will be held between Februray 02 to February 10, 2019. GATE 2019 result will be declared on March 16, 2019.
How to apply online for GATE 2019
- Go to the official website: gate.iitm.ac.in.
- Click on the link "Click here to apply online".
- Follow the instruction to complete registration.
- Pay the fees and take a printout.
About GATE 2019
The Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering 2019 (GATE 2019) is a National Level Entrance Test of Engineering conducted every year by the IIScs and IITs, Bangalore on a rotation basis. Through this entrance test, the qualified candidates are able to take admission into Masters and direct doctoral programmes in various relevant branches of science.
Also, many Publis Sector Units (PSUs) directly recruit the candidates on the basis of their GATE scores.
The GATE 2019 this year will be managed by IIT Madras as the examination authority. Candidates can fill their application form by visiting the official website. The complete dates of GATES 2019 are announced by the IIT Madras.
GATE 2019 FEES
The application fee to be submitted with the application is:
For General candidates - Rs. 1500/-
For PWD/ ST/SC and female candidates - Rs. 750/-
GATE 2019 Eligibility
There is no age limit to appear for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). A graduate in B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm, B. Arch, B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S, Pharm. D. (after 10+2), M. Sc./ M.A./MCA or equivalent, Int. M.E./ M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.), Int. M.E./ M.Tech. or Dual Degree(after Diploma or 10+2) and other such exams can appear for GATE. Candidates in final year can also appear for GATE subject to the condition mentioned on GATE website.
GATE 2019 Admit Card Download
After the successful registration and application fee submission, all registered candidates will be issued Admit Cards bu IIT Madras. The Admit Card will be issued to the candidates on January 04, 2019. Candidates have to enter their enrollment ID and password to download their GATE 2019 Admit Card.
GATE 2019 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
The entrance test of GATE 2019 will be held in two sessions in various exam centers on 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th February 2019. This year, one more new paper of Statistics is added by the council authority. The entrance exam will be held for total 24 papers and candidates are allowed to appear in only one paper in any of the session.
Adhunika Prakash, who founded non-profit Breastfeeding Support for Indian Moms in Pune, was on Monday selected among five global leaders for $1 million award each by Facebook as part of its Community Leadership Programme.
Apart from Prakash, Chetana Misra who founded Mompreneurs India and Tamanna Dhamija who created Baby Destination were awarded $50,000 in fellowship each, as the social media giant selected community leaders in residence, fellows and youth participants from over 6,000 applicants across the world, Facebook said in a statement on Monday.
Selected for facebook's in residence award, Breastfeeding Support for Indian Moms is a peer-to-peer support group primarily for breastfeeding parents. The group has more than 80,000 people from across the country.
She aims to work with hospitals in India to help train and support parents, particularly in rural areas.
Mumbai-based Mompreneurs India is a community of like-minded women, allowing them to network, share knowledge and contacts, and benefit from partnerships to start a business and take it online.
New Delhi-based Baby Destination helps mothers exchange information and support one another.
"While speaking with the community leaders, we discovered that lack of training, support and funds are common obstacles to having the kind of positive impact on their communities that these leaders envision," said Facebook.
The three leaders are among 115 people who have been selected into the programme as community leaders in residence, fellows and youth participant to work for community resilience or issues, civic engagement health and wellness parenting education.
"At select points over the next year, the participants will spend time at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park (California), working with the team to help develop their community initiatives," Facebook noted.
Launched in February this year, the programme is designed to enable extraordinary leaders advance their initiatives and build stronger communities through the social networking giant's family of apps and services.