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[India], Oct 19 (ANI): The Pandalam Palace Trust on Friday wrote a letter to functionaries of Sabarimala Temple asking them to shut down the temple in case of any breach of rituals.
The letter, which is addressed to executive officer and administrative officer of Sabarimala Devaswom, said that if anything happens at the temple against the rituals, it must be shut down.
In case of any breach of rituals, the temple should be reopened only after the Tantri (head priest) cleanses the shrine, the letter further said.
The Pandalam Royal family, who claimed to have a strong bond with Lord Ayyappa, had earlier said that if all women are allowed to enter the temple then the Lord would curse devotees with bad fortune.
The royal family had also organised a peaceful protest on October 12 against the Supreme Court's verdict, which allowed entry of women of all age groups in the temple.
Earlier in the day, State Devaswom (religious trusts) Minister Kadakampally Surendran said that people of all ages would be allowed to go there, but at the same time the government won't allow it to be a place where activists can come and showcase their power. It can't be a place to stage their points of view, he added.
On September 28, the Supreme Court passed the verdict pronouncing that women, irrespective of their age, have the right to enter the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. (ANI)
Distressed by the allegations about his alleged love affair, a sadhu in Uttar Pradesh's Bamna village cut off his private part during a nine-day fasting of Navaratri.
The sadhu identified as Madani Baba, who is currently admitted in a hospital in Bamna district, alleged that a conspiracy was hatched against him by a group of people as they could not bear his aim to build an ashram in an empty land.
He said that the people had tarnished his image by linking his name with a woman who stays in a nearby area.
"The sadhu happens to be a 28-year-old man residing in Kamsin village. He cut off his genitalia after an allegation surfaced against him. His treatment is underway," Bamna district hospital doctor Balveer Singh told ANI.
The district police have initiated an investigation into the matter. (ANI)
[India], Oct 19 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the nation on the occasion of Dussehra and Vijayadashmi on Friday.
"On the occasion of Durga Puja and Vijayadashmi, Dussehra greetings and Shubho Bijoya to fellow citizens. This is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. May the day bring happiness to our families and our shared society," President Kovind tweeted.
Prime Minister Modi tweeted: "Vijayadashami greetings to everyone."
Vijayadashami is majorly celebrated in eastern states of India, marking the end of Durga Puja. Similarly, Dussehra is widely celebrated in northern India when effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Meghnad are burnt with fireworks marking the destruction of evil. (ANI)
[Belgium], Oct 19 (ANI): Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu held a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the European Union headquarters on the sidelines of the 12th Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) summit on Friday.
During the meeting, the two leaders expressed satisfaction with the regular high-level contacts between the two countries and agreed to further strengthen the bilateral ties through greater economic cooperation and people to people exchanges.
Prime Minister Tsipras recalled President Ram Nath Kovind's successful visit to Greece in June 2018.
He then informed Vice President Naidu about the economic conditions of Greece and the efforts taken by the government to restore the stability of the financial system. Prime Minister Tsipras also commended the growth of the Indian economy over the last few years and asserted that it had a positive influence on the global economic situation.
The Greek Prime Minister also encouraged Indian companies to consider investing in Greece, particularly in the port sector. He also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit Greece at an opportune time.
Naidu, meanwhile, thanked Prime Minister Tsipras for inviting India as the "Honoured Country" at the Thessaloniki International Fair in 2019 while asserting that India would be represented at the event with a strong business delegation.
The Vice President also briefed the Greek Prime Minister about the country's economic growth and the efforts being taken by the government to promote inclusive growth through the various developmental programmes and flagship initiatives. He further called for greater tourism flows between the two countries.
Naidu thanked Greece for its support for India's membership to the various export control regimes and for its consistent support to India's candidature for a permanent seat in a reformed and expanded United Nations Security Council. He also talked about the Greek scholar Demetrios Galanos, who had translated, among other texts, the Bhagavad Gita into Greek. (ANI)
[India], Oct 19 (ANI): Congress party president Rahul Gandhi, on Friday, called on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi.
Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, Sonia Gandhi, was also present in the meeting, along with former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and senior Congress party leader Anand Sharma.
Wickremesinghe arrived in India on Thursday on a three-day official visit. He is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.
The visit of the Sri Lankan leader has come close on the heels of a media report that Maithripala Sirisena, the President of the island nation, accused India of hatching a plot to assassinate him.
However, Sirisena categorically rejected the report on Wednesday and hours later had a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Modi.
"He (President Sirisena) mentioned that the mischievous and mala fide reports were utterly baseless and false, and seemed intended to create misunderstanding between the two leaders as well as damage the cordial relations between the two friendly neighbours," read a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.
Wickremesinghe is also scheduled to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh on October 20 before holding a meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj before concluding his visit the same day. (ANI)
[India], Oct 19 (ANI): Two women who were en route to the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala agreed to return after the temple head priest (Tantri) Kandararu Rajeevaru threatened to shut down the temple if they attempted to force their way in.
"We had brought them (journalist Kavitha Jakkal and woman activist Rehana Fatima) till the temple premises but Tantri refused to open the temple for them. While we were waiting, Tantri informed me that if we attempt to take the women ahead they would close the temple," Kerala Inspector General of Police (IGP) S. Sreejith told ANI.
Sreejith assured that the two women will be taken back in full police protection.
He said, "It is a ritualistic disaster. We took them up to temple and gave them protection but 'darshan' is something which can be done with the consent of the priest. We will give them (Kavitha Jakkal and Rehana Fatima) whatever protection they want."
The Sreejith said that the women agreed to cooperate after he had discussed with them the situation prevailing in the hilltop.
"We have told the female devotees about the situation, they will now be going back. So we are pulling back. They have decided to return," he said.
As per reports, tempers cooled down after Jakkal and Fatima who had almost made it to the Lord Ayyappa shrine agreed to give up their journey.
Two days after the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala opened its doors for the first time for women in the 10-50 years age group as per the Supreme Court verdict pronounced on September 28, no woman of menstrual age have yet been able to visit the shrine because of continuous protests.
"The Supreme Court's point is right that men and women are equal. But, the culture that prevails here is that women in the age group of 10-50 years are not allowed in the temple. It is our custom. We should follow our customs as India is a custom-following country," a devotee in Sannidhanam had said.
Earlier in the day, a number of devotees had gathered to block the entry of women trekking up to the hill shrine.
"Police will not create any issue in Sabarimala and we don't want a confrontation with you devotees. We are only following the law. I will be discussing with the higher authorities and brief them on the situation," the IGP had earlier said.
Places around the temple such as Pamba, Nilakkal, Sannidhanam and Elavungal have witnessed the majority of the violent protests since the doors of the shrine reopened on Wednesday. Protestors had allegedly vandalised a bus carrying journalists and other passengers at Laka near the Nilakkal base camp. The police were forced to lathi-charge the protestors as they resorted to stone pelting.
Elderly women were seen entering the temple on Wednesday evening, but women between 10 to 50 years of age refrained from visiting the shrine for the sake of their own safety.
Owing to the protests and violence, Section 144 (prohibiting assembly of more than four people) has been imposed in Pamba, Nilakkal and Elavungal.
The temple opened on Wednesday at 5 pm, and it will close on October 22. (ANI)
[India], Oct 19 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh performed 'Shastra Puja' at Border Security Force (BSF) Sector Headquarters in Rajasthan's Bikaner city along the highly sensitive India-Pakistan border, on the occasion of Dussehra on Friday.
Reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi government's resolve to maintain peace in the Kashmir Valley, he said, "We want that peace be maintained in Kashmir and we are making a lot of efforts to achieving it. We have allocated maximum possible funds for development of Kashmir. As far as terrorism is concerned, all terrorists coming there are from Pakistan."
Singh is on a two-day visit to the city to celebrate the festival of Dussehra with the BSF jawans.
'Shastra Puja' or worship of weapons is part of the Dussehra festival which is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Ram over Ravana.
Last year, the Home Minister had attended Dussehra celebrations at Joshimath in Uttarakhand along the Sino-India border. (ANI)
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday came out with new measures to increase the liquidity flow to non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and housing finance companies (HFCs).
The move comes amid concerns of a credit crunch for the NBFC sector post default by some of the IL&FS Group companies.
"It has been decided that, with immediate effect, banks will be permitted to also reckon government securities held by them up to an amount equal to their incremental outstanding credit to NBFCs and HFCs, over and above the amount of credit to NBFCs and HFCs outstanding on their books as on October 19, 2018, as 'Level 1 HQLA under FALLCR' within the mandatory SLR (Statutory Liquidity Ratio) requirement," RBI said in a notification on Friday.
"This will be in addition to the existing FALLCR (Facility to Avail Liquidity for Liquidity Coverage Ratio) of 13 per cent of NDTL, and limited to 0.5 per cent of the bank's NDTL (Net Demand and Time Liabilities)."
In September, RBI said it will ease SLR norms from October to induce liquidity into the financial system amid concerns of a credit crunch.
SLR is a reserve requirement that commercial banks must maintain.
As per the notification, the additional FALLCR will be available up to December 31.
"The single borrower exposure limit for NBFCs which do not finance infrastructure stands increased from 10 per cent to 15 per cent of capital funds, up to December 31, 2018," the notification said.
[India], Oct 19 (ANI): At least three terrorists were killed during an encounter with the security forces in the Boniyar town Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district on Friday.
According to officials, four AK-47 rifles and four haversacks were recovered from the slain terrorists. The operation is currently underway.
The latest attack comes amidst rising incidents terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir even as the government strives to ensure peace, and foils cross-border terrorism that disturbs normalcy in the region.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government is making all efforts to ensure peace in the Valley, adding that the maximum possible funds have been allocated for the development of Kashmir.
"We want that peace to be maintained in Kashmir and we are making a lot of efforts for that. We've allocated maximum possible fund for development of Kashmir. As far as terrorism is concerned, all terrorists coming there are from Pakistan", Singh told reporters in Bikaner.
General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC) Northern Command, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh recently asserted that the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir is under control even as there is no change in the terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
The Army Commander said, "The situation is under control. However, the situation remains fragile because of the attempt by Pakistan to push infiltrators in Jammu and Kashmir. As per inputs available to us, there is no change in terrorist infrastructure across the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and therefore, we keep having several reports of infiltration attempts by Pakistan trained terrorists."
On Wednesday, the security forces neutralised three terrorists in Srinagar's in Fateh Kadal area. The slain militants were identified as Mehraj-ud-Din Bangroo, Fahad Mushtaq Waza and Rayees Ahmad. A police personnel named Kamal Kishore also lost his life in the ensuing gunfight. (ANI)
Pune: Women activist Trupti Desai was detained by the Pune Police on Friday morning after she, along with other women activists, threatened to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi's convoy.
Her detention comes a day after she wrote a letter to Ahmednagar Superintendent of Police demanding a meeting with Prime Minister Modi to discuss Sabrimala issue.
Trupti, who is leading the protest for women's entry into Sabarimala temple, also threatened to block Prime Minister Modi's convoy if he doesn't meet her.
Minutes before her detention, Trupti told ANI, "Despite the Supreme Court's verdict, the women are not being allowed to enter Sabarimala Temple. Even the journalists who went there for coverage were assaulted. Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to Shirdi and I want to meet and ask him that if everyone can safely go to Shirdi Sai Temple without any fear, then why same can't happen at Sabarimala. If he wouldn't meet me, we have plans of stopping his convoy to make our request to him."
Claiming that detaining her would be a violation of her democratic right to protest, she further said, "Police has come to detain me while I was leaving for Shirdi early morning. If a similar strict action would have happened in Kerala, today women might have gone to Sabarimala temple. I have the right to protest and with this detention, police are trying to suppress our democratic right."
However, the police maintained that Desai was detained owing to security concerns.
"Because of security reasons, we have requested her not to go to Shirdi. If she forcibly tries to leave, necessary measures will be taken to deter her," said Police Inspector Vijay Puranik.
On Thursday, activist Rahul Easwar was arrested from Nilakkal base camp and a non-bailable FIR was registered against him for stopping women from entering the temple premises. After the arrest, he was kept at the Pamba police station.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Shirdi in Maharashtra on and will unveil the plaque to mark the laying of a foundation stone for various development works of the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust. Furthermore, he will release a silver coin to commemorate the centenary year of Shri Saibaba Samadhi.
[India], Oct 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived in Shirdi and visited the renowned Sai Baba shrine here.
He paid his obeisance at the Samadhi Temple before taking part in rituals at sanctum sanctorum of the Saibaba Samadhi Temple Complex.
Later in the day, the Prime Minister will unveil the plaque to mark the laying of a foundation stone for various development works of the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust.
He will also release a silver coin to commemorate the centenary year of Shri Saibaba Samadhi.
Prime Minister will also address a public gathering where he will hand over keys to the beneficiaries of the housing scheme Prime Minister Awas Yojana- Grameen (PMAY-G). (ANI)
Hyderabad: Dog lovers have a reason to rejoice with the first park for canines being inaugurated in the city of Hyderabad.
Spread over 1.2 acres in Hyderabad's Kondapur area, the park has been developed by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) at cost of Rs. 1.1 crore and was thrown open for public on Thursday.
Pet lovers will have to shell out a meagre sum of Rs.10 to enter that park, which authorities say has been built with international standards.
"It is India's first certified dog park built with international standards. It has been built in 1.2 acres in Kondapur area. We will charge ten rupees to each responsible pet owner who comes to this park with their dog," Harichandana Dasari, Zonal Commissioner, West Zone, GHMC told ANI.
Pooches will be treated with an extravagant experience as the park houses a splash pool, an amphitheatre, loo cafe and three lawns. For those who want to keep their dogs fit and obedient, the options of dog trainers and exercise equipment are also available.
To ensure a comfortable experience for all breeds and their owners, separate enclosures have been marked for small and big canines. The park, the first of its kind, is also certified by the Kennel Club of India.
The Municipal Corporation started working on the park a year ago and the idea was conceptualized keeping in mind the fear dog owners experience while walking their dogs on the road.
Visitors expressed delight over the initiative, detailing how it enables them to spend more time with their beloved pets.
"We are very happy visiting this park with our pets. Being dog lovers, we are able to enjoy ourselves a lot at this place. Now, we can spend some time with our pets here," said Lakshmi, a visitor.
Another visitor, Sameera said, "I appreciate Telangana government for this initiative."
The NCW, in a statement, said it has received formal written complaints from various women about instances of sexual harassment at their workplace.
"The National Commission for Women follows a zero tolerance of sexual harassment of women at all workplaces and the Commission is committed to ensure safety and dignity of women including at all workplaces," it said.
In light of the complaints received in the past few days, the National Commission for Women has decided to create a dedicated email ID to receive such complaints.
"The Commission urges women who have come forward on social media and other platforms about their alleged harassers to send their formal written complaints to email@example.com," the women rights body said.
The NCW will be taking forward complaints of sexual harassment at workplace received on the mail so that appropriate action may be taken, as per law, it added.
The #MeToo movement started with actor Tanushree Dutta accusing another actor Nana Patekar of harassing her during the shooting of a Bollywood film in 2008. Patekar has denied the allegations.
The matter escalated sharply with more and more women coming forward with their complaints against men in seats of power in various institutions, including in entertainment, media and advertising.
Journalist-turned-politician M J Akbar had to resign as the Minister of State for External Affairs on Wednesday following a spate of complaints of alleged sexual harassment during his tenure as editor of various media publications. He has denied the allegations and has even dragged one of the complainants to court with a defamation case.
Other prominent personalities who have been accused of sexual misconduct include Subhash Ghai, Sajid Khan, Alok Nath, Suhel Seth and Jatin Das, all of whom have denied the allegations even as multiple women have spoken out against them.
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The Bharatiya Janata Party leader made the comments in response to questions by reporters on Wednesday amid the raging #MeToo storm which has demolished the carefully cultivated reputations of many distinguished personalities in the field of media and entertainment industry including celebrated journalist M J Akbar.
Akbar, who edited many mainstream publications before joining politics, resigned as Union minister of state for external affairs on Wednesday after a host of his former women journalist colleagues accused him of sexual harassment.
“If someone makes an allegation that such a thing happened... when the incident happened we were playing together while in class 5... Would it be fair?
“This (MeToo movement) is the result of the behaviour of some people who have perverted minds,” Radhakrishnan, Union minister of state for shipping and finance said.
Noting that the ‘MeToo’ movement had sullied the image of the country and women, he wondered if it would be right for men to start “making similar accusations like them”.
“That will be such a big insult… Will it be acceptable?” Radhakrishnan said.
The #MeToo movement has gathered steam over the past few days with a number of women speaking about sexual harassment at workplace and outed their alleged tormentors.
Several celebrities including actors Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, filmmaker Subhash Ghai, author Chetan Bhagat, singer Kailash Kher and Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu are among the few who have been called out by their alleged victims.
New Delhi: Ashish Pandey, a former Bahujan Samaj Party MP’s son who had brandished pistol at guests and threatened them in the foyer of a five-star hotel in New Delhi, surrendered on Thursday before a Delhi court which sent him to one-day police custody.
The application for surrender, filed through lawyer S P M Tripathi, said Ashish Pandey, the son of former BSP lawmaker Rakesh Pandey, has been wrongly framed in the FIR and has been subjected to media trial.
It said Ashish Pandey is ready to submit before the court voluntarily and police may be directed to take him into custody if required.However, since the magistrate concerned was on leave, the plea, seeking judicial nod to surrender, of Ashish Pandey was referred to another link judge who was hearing urgent matters of other courts whose presiding officers were on leave.
Meanwhile, the court staff of Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh informed police about Ashish Pandey’s surrender plea to be taken up by link magistrate Neetu Sharma.
The accused along with his lawyers appeared before Metropolitan Magistrate Sharma to press for his surrender plea and police personnel were also there to seek custodial interrogation of Ashish Pandey.
The magistrate, at the outset, allowed the policemen to formally arrest and quiz Ashish Pandey in court premises for 20 minutes.
Later, the public prosecutor submitted that police was seeking a four-day custodial interrogation of Ashish Pandey on various grounds.
“Accused is from Lucknow. The weapon has to be recovered and also it has to be verified whether the gun has a licence. The accused is also required to be taken to Lucknow and other places to know whereabouts of other accused,” the prosecutor said.
The counsel appearing for the accused opposed the application moved by police.
“The police knows that the gun is licensed. I (Ashish Pandey) am not required. I am ready to provide the gun. I am also not involved in previous cases. This case is highlighted only because the father of the accused was a politician and the matter is hyped by the media. No notice was served to the accused and NBW was issued malafidely,” the defence counsel said.
The court, however, granted one-day police custody of the accused.
The court had on Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant against Ashish Pandey for brandishing a pistol at guests and threatening them in the foyer of a five-star hotel here.
A video of the incident, that occurred early on Sunday, had gone viral on social media resulting in public outrage. It prompted police to step in and launch a hunt for the accused who had gone missing after the incident.