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It has never been politically correct to like V S Naipaul. You could get away with loving his language as long as you hated what he used it to write.

His opinions on India, of Islam, on writing, on censorship, on caste, and so much else have made him enemies in both the literary and the flag-bearing-liberal worlds, which have unfortunately begun to coincide in the last few decades.

Writers have gone on public rants against him, had feuds with him, and traded barbs through the press.

It seems undisputed among those who knew him that it was hard to get along with him, that his mastery of words was often used to make acerbic remarks to which few could think of comebacks, that he was convinced of his superiority over all others, and that all these made him believe he was entitled to special treatment, down to expecting that his bills would be covered by someone else.

Yet, there are few people who illustrate a writer’s purpose better than Naipaul does.

His works reflect the unflinching honesty with which he saw the world. His willingness to allow his diaries and letters to be used for Patrick French’s authorised biography is indicative of the honesty he was willing to share with the world.

To read Naipaul is to understand what a writer must do to affect his audience – he must uncover truths about a place and its people through his nonfiction; he must connect to the lives of multitudes through his fiction. And he must always, always tell the truth, even when he is lying.

The truths in An Area of Darkness are among those that made Naipaul such a hated figure in India.

The insistence of Naipaul on choosing authenticity over diplomacy is the characteristic that regularly kept him entangled in controversy.

India had a difficult relationship with him, as he did with India.

His family had not been Indian for at least two generations, but he seemed to find a homeland in India, making repeated visits to the country, using its language in speech, searching for the land his ancestors left behind and kept alive through food and music and speech and religion.

India wanted to claim him as a son of the soil, particularly after he had won the Nobel Prize. But how could a man who had never touched the soil until he came to write about it, and found so much to dislike in that soil when he eventually made contact with it, be a son?

My first encounter with V S Naipaul occurred through the accidental discovery of A House for Mr Biswas in the bookshelf of my ancestral home. I was fourteen at the time, too young to know the pain of unfulfilled ambition, but old enough to marvel at the talent of a man whose work could be so funny and so sad at the very same time.

His novel The Suffrage of Elvira became such a favourite that I named my first girl, a feisty little puppy, Elvira. She looks askance at most people and things, is picky about meals and beds, and makes up her mind about nearly everything at first sniff. Little wonder, perhaps, given the nature of the person in whose honour she is named.

I would often mull over the sentence that brought up the tail end of Naipaul’s author bio until he won the Nobel Prize: “Naipaul wrote his first novel at the age of 23 and has never had any other career.” Or was it “has never held any other job?” In my head, the two were synonymous.

It spoke of such confidence in his writing, in the certainty of success, that he never felt compelled to do anything else even when he was in desperate need of money. How did he manage, then? Was he so sure of his genius and the duty of others to support it that he had no qualms about asking his parents to fund his life in England, or asking friends and lovers to buy him essentials and luxuries in equal measure?

I would later learn that he had indeed had other jobs, if not careers. He had worked boring jobs in government offices in Trinidad; he had worked for radio in England. But he had never wanted to acknowledge those as prospective career paths. He was embarrassed that he was as old as 23 when he was published. He was angry that writing was not as lucrative a career as others which required less effort and less talent.

He was constantly wracked by guilt over his treatment of the people who loved him, and who perhaps did not know how much he loved them – his father, his brother Shiva (a brilliant writer himself who looked up to his elder brother and strove unsuccessfully for his approval all his life), his wife Patricia.

He was constantly frustrated by his inability to finish the projects he had started. His notes detail all that he could do with the material he has collected and observed, the ways in which they could take shape and form, the genres to which he could lend themselves. He converted several of his notes into books which straddled fiction and nonfiction, conviction and dilemma, and The Enigma of Arrival may be among the most exquisite examples of these.

More than anything else, he was a writer’s writer. In reading various accounts of his life and habits over the years, I was most touched by Patrick French’s description of how paranoid Naipaul was about losing his work. He would save his writing in hard copy and soft, with backups of each in paper and on digital devices.

He fretted over his work all the time – was it good enough to bear his name? Was he good enough to meet the standards he had set? Was the world intelligent enough to understand how good he was?

How can a writer not love another who was insecure about himself and his writing even after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature?

On August 11, the world lost not only a great writer, but a chronicler of truths, a chaser of dreams, an icon whose career was crafted by his vulnerability.

More Columns by Nandini Krishnan:

The legacy of Karunanidhi

"Rapistan": There are no safe places

The "most dangerous country" poll should not make us defensive

The illusion of secularism

When hooliganism is state-sanctioned

Tarun Tejpal case: When the media plays jury

Karnataka: Death of democracy

India shining as ecosystems die?

Tamil Nadu: The land of the lawless

When death does not deter

Power play at a time of crisis

A country in denial

The gods have left the temples

What cricketers' reactions to ball-tampering show

Even Chhota Bheem knows our data was never private

No Confidence Motion: Why is the BJP nervous?

Do we really have the right to die with dignity?

Democracy has no place for mobs

The Sridevi South India lost 

Nandini is a journalist and humour writer based in Madras. She is the author of Hitched: The Modern Woman and Arranged Marriage. 
Posted: August 14, 2018, 9:49 am

[India], August 14 (ANI): The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into police firing during the anti-Sterlite protests held on May 22. 13 people lost their lives during the firing.

Madras High Court judges CT Selvam and Basheer Ahamed quashed the detention of six members of Makkal Adhikaram. These members were detained under the National Security Act (NSA).

The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court has transferred all the cases pertaining to violence and police firing to CBI.

Speaking on the High Court's order, Tamil Nadu minister D. Jayakumar said, "The Court has given its order for the CBI probe. The Tamil Nadu government will definitely meet to decide upon this."

On May 22, people of the Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu protested against the construction of a copper plant, claiming that it was polluting groundwater, and was hazardous for the environment.

The protests took a violent turn when 13 people were killed and more than 60 were injured in the police firing during the protest. The police fired at a crowd of 20,000 protesters. (ANI)

Posted: August 14, 2018, 9:40 am

The Indian Army gunned down two Pakistani soldiers in Kupwara district on Monday night.

In retaliation to unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan, the Indian Army carried out a calibrated action in Kupwara district in the Tangdhar sector along the Line of Control. There have been several attempts by the Pakistani Army to facilitate infiltration leading to exchange of fires.

On Monday, an Indian Army soldier, Pushpendra Singh, laid down his life while foiling infiltration bid in the same sector. (ANI)

Posted: August 14, 2018, 9:35 am

[India], Aug 14 (ANI): Several media persons were allegedly assaulted by a group of private security guards at the Bishop House in Punjab's Jalandhar city.

The incident happened at Bishop Franco Mulakkal's residence in Jalandhar yesterday.

The journalists were in the city to report on the police investigation and questioning of Bishop Mulakkal, who had allegedly abused his position to repeatedly rape a nun from Kerala. (ANI)

Posted: August 14, 2018, 9:33 am

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu is not mentally stable, following the latter's decision to attend Pakistan's Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan's swearing-in.

He said, "I don't think Sidhu is of a stable mind. If he had some basic sense, he would not go to Pakistan to attend the swearing in of Imran Khan. If he goes, people will see this as an act of betrayal, nobody will forgive him."

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu is scheduled to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan on August 18.

The decision came shortly after Khan extended a personal invite to the Punjab Cabinet Minister over phone, to attend his swearing-in ceremony.

According to Punjab's Information and Public Relations Department, Khan also thanked Sidhu for praising him in a press conference on August 2. (ANI)

Posted: August 14, 2018, 9:33 am

[India], August 14 (ANI): Addressing the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (DMK) executive meet at Chennai on Tuesday, party working president MK Stalin remembered his father and DMK Chief M.Karunanidhi and said that the party has lost a leader but he has also lost a father.

Speaking on the controversy around the burial of the DMK chief, despite pleading with Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami for a burial spot at Marina beach as wished by Karunanidhi himself, Stalin accused the opposition All India Anna Dravida Munnetra (AIADMK) of denying place at Marina Beach for the burial. He said, "When Kalaignar was in his last stage I held Chief Minister's hands and pleaded to fulfill his (Karunanidhi) last wish to be buried in Marina Beach but govt didn't agree."

Thanking the lawyers, he added, "I give the entire credit of the victory (burial of Karunanidhi at Marina Beach) to lawyers. If this wouldn't have happened then surely I would have been the person to be buried along with our leader."

He appealed to all party workers to work towards Karunanidhi's will.

A massive controversy had erupted over the final resting place of Karunanidhi after the Tamil Nadu government, citing legal hurdles, dismissed DMK's request and offered a two-acre site at the Gandhi Mandapam.

Karunanidhi fondly referred as 'Kalaignar' and also a five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu, breathed his last in Chennai's Kauvery hospital after a prolonged illness. He was 94. (ANI)

Posted: August 14, 2018, 9:27 am

[India], Aug 14 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested nine more persons in connection with the vandalisation of a vehicle by a group of 'Kanwariyas' in Moti Nagar on August 7.

In total, 11 people have been arrested so far in connection with the case.

Violence broke out in South Moti Nagar area on August 7 when a group of 'Kanwariyas' or devotees of Lord Shiva vandalised a vehicle and broke its windshield and windows.

Armed with iron rods and sticks, the group smashed the car after the driver had allegedly tried to brush past one of them while moving on a busy road.

The first arrest took place on August 9 in connection with the case.

Taking cognisance of the matter, the Supreme Court directed the police to take strict action against those responsible for erupting violence and breaching laws.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, and comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, reiterated an earlier verdict, which stated that videography of every procession should be made.

The top court, while citing the 2009 judgement, also said that the organisers were responsible for any violence reported during the procession. (ANI)

Posted: August 14, 2018, 8:40 am
On August 10, in a public meeting under the aegis of Rashtra Manch / National Forum that Yashwant Sinha had initiated 6 months ago, representatives of various political parties and civil society came together, in what they said was their capacity as concerned citizens of the country. They talked about the current national situation, media and democracy.

The star of the show, both literally and figuratively, was Shatrughan Sinha. He is still with the ruling BJP yet is the strongest dissenting voice inside the party having taking over from Yashwant Sinha who quit BJP after decades with the party.

Mr. Sinha’s time was less since the previous speakers spoke long. Graciously, Shatrughan Sinha not only asked to be put last, but he said being from the city of Mumbai where he built his career, it was his duty to give the vote of thanks.

True to his reputation of being a shotgun, Shatrughan Sinha spoke his mind without hesitation or fear. Here are the key excerpts from his speech.

“In politics, on one side I was influenced by Jayprakash Narayan on the other it was Yashwant Sinhaji. I am a big admirer of him and all that he has done: the way he left his IAS career, moved forward for the sake of the nation and its citizens, and the way he takes decisive steps, especially now.

Under K C Singh’s chairmanship, in Patna, when Yashwantji announced that he is leaving BJP, I told him you’re quitting BJP but are leaving me behind. I told him I am duty bound to my party and that I won’t quit. This was the first party I had joined and might be my last.

I said I won’t quit, but due to my actions if BJP decides to expel me, I won’t challenge their wisdom. I will salute them and accept their verdict. I would consider it my good fortune. But till then, like a disciplined soldierm I would stay loyal to the party.

A lot of people ask me: “You are in the BJP, yet you oppose the BJP. Why don’t you leave the party if you have so many issues?” I ask them why doesn’t the BJP expel me? It is their duty, isn’t it, if they think I am wrong.

I can neither sing paeans of praise nor flatter. Why? Because before belonging to Bharatiya Janta Party I belong to the Bharatiya Janta (Indian people). Before being a volunteer of Bharatiya Janta Party, I am a son of Bharat. And being the son of India, my first responsibility is towards its citizens, the people of India.

Besides, I believe that the party is bigger than an individual, but bigger than the party is the nation. But there is nothing bigger than the nation. So if what I say is in the interest of the nation, its people, then obviously it must be in the interest of my party as well.

What I try to do is give feedback, to show the mirror. If living inside a democracy and understanding the value of democracy, I speak against demonetization then I believe I speak in the interest of the nation. Because I believe there should be a few people like that who, even in the kind of atmosphere that is today, speak openly and with vigour.

So what if we don’t have a chest size of 56 inch, at least our hearts are bigger. And I wish more people came out like this.

All of you know how demonetization devastated people, labourers, farmers, small businessmen and traders. Those who eek out a daily existence, their condition was terrible. The effects of demonetization were barely over and you put bitter gourd over bitter neem and introduced GST. It was supposed to be one nation, one tax, one law. But GST became one law, then seven, then six, then five… we stopped counting.

What isn’t happening anywhere in the world, is happening in India. Why?

Arun Shourie talked about collective decision. But where is this collective decision? Was demonetization proof of democracy or autocracy. Who was consulted?

People ask me, Mr. Shatrughan why do you protest, demonetization was a party decision. I tell them that if it was the decision of the party, I would have known. Arun Shourie, Yashwant Sinha, L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi would have known. And this was not even the decision of the cabinet. Overnight you implement demonetization.

Hence I talk about it in programs. What I do is give feedback, show the mirror, and I try because I am from your home, your family, I am a son of this nation. I feel that for the sake of the nation I should not compromise with the truth no matter what happens to me. Whether they give me a ticket (to contest elections) or not. Besides, someone who has come this far, he does not worry about tickets.

What they should worry about is me. For the question is not whether they will give tickets, but whether I’ll accept it.

There’s a shortage of time hence I will speak a few couplets.

लम्हे-लम्हे की सियासत पे नज़र रखते हैं

हमसे दीवाने भी दुनिया की ख़बर रखते हैं

(An eye on the politics of every moment

Enthusiasts like me also keep an eye on the world)

इतने नादां भी नहीं हम कि भटक कर रह जाएँ

कोई मंज़िल न सही, राहगुज़र रखते हैं

(I am not so naïve so as to lose my way

If not a destination, a wayfarer I keep with me)

मार ही डाले जो बेमौत ये दुनिया वो है,

हम जो जिन्दा हैं तो जीने का हुनर रखते हैं!

(This world can kill us much before death

But my life is proof I carry a talent for living within me)

हम से इस दरजा तग़ाफुल भी न बरतो साहब

हम भी कुछ अपनी दुआओं में असर रखते हैं

(Do not neglect me so my lord

For in my blessings some influence I still carry with me)

I will repeat what I often say because I think it fits you too. People ask what do you say, should we rebel Shatrughan Sinha and I tell them: “If speaking the truth is rebellion, then think that I too am a rebel.”

This is our nation. Let us walk fearless and united in the right path, to strengthen our country and take it into a new, right direction.

Translation from the Hindi by: Satyen K Bordoloi

(Satyen K Bordoloi is a writer based in Mumbai. His written words have appeared in many Indian and foreign publications.)

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Posted: August 14, 2018, 7:44 am

[India], Aug 14 (ANI): A government officer of Under Secretary level, who was shot at in his house by unidentified people this morning, died in the hospital. Rajiv, 58, posted at the Patna Secretariat, was about to retire.

The incident took place after unidentified people barged into his house this morning and shot at him. The officer was rushed to the hospital under critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries. Further details are awaited.

A day before, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) leader Manish Sahani was shot dead inside his office premises in the Jandaha area in Vaishali district, triggering violent protests by his supporters outside the Jandaha police station. (ANI)

Posted: August 14, 2018, 7:33 am

Senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader, E P Jayarajan was sworn in as a minister in the Kerala cabinet on Tuesday. Kerala Governor Palanisamy Sathasivam administered the oath of office and secrecy in the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Jayarajan will be taking charge as the industries minister.

He was previously appointed as Minister of Sports and Industries in Pinarayi Government in May 2016, but had to resign in October 2016 following nepotism charges.

He resigned over a controversy that erupted on the appointment of one of his alleged close relative as managing director of a public sector company. The said appointment of managing director was revoked citing reasons unrelated to the controversy. (ANI)

Posted: August 14, 2018, 7:29 am

[India], Aug 14 (ANI): District Probation Officer (DPO) of Hajipur Manmohan Prasad Singh was arrested on Monday in connection with sexual abuse of girls at a short stay home in the city.

According to the allegations leveled by the inmates, Singh used to often visit the shelter home and force the girls to indulge in obscene activities. He allegedly threatened to beat them up if they tried to speak up about it.

One of the girls at the shelter home revealed that she was beaten up for refusing to comply with Singh once. Another girl alleged that her clothes were torn off; she substantiated her claims apparently with photographic evidence.

The girls alleged that Singh used to enter their rooms alone on the pretext of investigation, and ask them to massage his arms and legs, which would eventually end up turning into sexual favours. Also, all the other members of the staff were instructed to stay away from the girl's rooms while Singh was with them.

The girls finally decided to reveal the dark secrets following orders to transfer the shelter home to the city of Samastipur.

District Magistrate Sarv Narayan Yadav had earlier described it as being very serious and said that the allegations would be fully investigated, and strict action would be taken against the accused officer if found guilty.

Earlier today, two girls from the Aasra shelter home were admitted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital, days after two girls were brought dead from the same safe haven.

The Bihar Police had detained the shelter home's secretary and treasurer in connection with the two deaths and sent them to three-day police custody. The police had earlier detained five others in connection with the same case.

This comes in continuation of the recent cases of atrocities at shelter homes across the country, with cases of alleged sexual abuse and ill-treatment coming out of Muzzafarpur in Bihar, Deoria in Uttar Pradesh and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. (ANI)

Posted: August 14, 2018, 6:41 am
Chennai: Amid the succession war between M K Alagiri and Stalin, the DMK's executive committee meeting on Tuesday is likely to witness high-voltage drama.

The meeting called to condole Karunanidhi's death could see decision on summoning the party's general council for putting its seal of approval on Stalin's elevation, especially after party patriarch's estranged son Alagiri, in a sudden announcement, indicated at a succession war of sorts. Alagiri claimed on Monday that all loyal party workers are with him.

Karunanidhi had expelled Alagiri and his supporters from the party in 2014 at the height of his fight with his younger brother M K Stalin over establishing supremacy in Tamil Nadu's main opposition party.

Stalin is now the working president of the DMK and looks set to assume its reins.

Alagiri, a former union minister, on Monday paid tributes to his father at his grave on the Marina Beach and fulminated against Stalin, whom he accused of blocking his return to the DMK and selling party posts.

"All the true and loyal supporters of Thalaivar, Kalaignar (The leader and the artiste, sobriquets used for Karunanidhi) are with me, they are supporting me...time will provide the answer," Alagiri, who has been leading a life away from the media glare in Madurai since his expulsion, told reporters.

Later, speaking to an English TV news channel, Alagiri said, "Even if I am inclined to rejoin the party, they (Stalin and his supporters) are not in a mood to let me in."

"The DMK will dig its own grave if it does not take me back," he said, adding nobody from the Karunanidhi family was interested in talking to him to facilitate a reunion.

The Karunanidhi family had presented a united face when the DMK stalwart was fighting for life at a city hospital. Alagiri was present at the hospital and was seen at his father's funeral. However, close watchers of Tamil Nadu politics expected him to flex his political muscle once Karunanidhi was gone.

The former union minister wields considerable influence in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu. He was the party's secretary for these districts before his expulsion. When asked why there was opposition to his returning to the DMK fold, he shot back, saying "How do I know? You (media) have said I have a good reputation and the cadre likes me....they (Stalin and his backers) have that fear.... there could be a thought that I might become the party chief if I am taken back...that may be the reason."

Alagiri said several people in the DMK were in touch with Tamil film superstar Rajinikanth, who has announced his entry into politics.

"The party will crumble if it loses the Lok Sabha polls. Party posts are being sold," he said, adding "Thalaivar will punish them... his soul will not allow them go scotfree."

Though Stalin sits firmly in the saddle and his ascension as DMK president is only a matter of time, Alagiri's tough posturing may prod his supporters in Madurai and adjoining districts to come out openly against the new party chief.

If that happens, the DMK, which has lost two successive assembly polls and failed to open its account in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, may encounter fresh electoral reverses in the general elections next year.

Posted: August 14, 2018, 5:24 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce pilot projects of Ayushman Bharat in select district hospitals on the occasion of Independence Day on Wednesday. The full roll-out of the scheme is expected to be announced from September 25 onwards.

Ayushman Bharat, also refered to as 'Modicare', is the national healthcare policy launched by the Government of India in February this year. The ambitious healthcare policy promises to cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.

Benefits of the scheme are portable across the country and a beneficiary covered under the scheme will be allowed to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals across the country.

The scheme is entitlement based, with the entitlement decided on the basis of deprivation criteria in the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) database. The beneficiaries can avail the facilities in both public as well as empanelled private healthcare centres. (ANI)

Posted: August 14, 2018, 5:12 am
New Delhi:Student activist Shehla Rashid Shora on Tuesday filed a case against mafia don Ravi Poojary for allegedly threatening her -- a day after Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid was attacked in Delhi.

“FIR number 45/2018 u/s (under section) 506 RPC filed by J&K Police against Ravi Poojary on my complaint,” Shehla said on Twitter. 

She said Poojari had warned her, Khalid and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to shut up.

Meanwhile, got this death threat from right-wing Hindutvawadi fundamentalist Ravi Poojary. He warns Umar Khalid, Jignesh Mevani and me to shut up!

Threat by SMS #DigitalIndia

— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) August 13, 2018
“Meanwhile, got this death threat from right-wing Hindutvawadi fundamentalist Ravi Poojary. He warns Umar Khalid, Jignesh Mevani and me to shut up! Threat by SMS #DigitalIndia,” she said.

In a message to the student leader -- the screenshot of which the student activist put up on Twitter -- Poojary said, “Just shut your mouth or we will shut your mouth forever. Tell Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mewani also. Mafia don Ravi Poojary.”

A gunshot rang out at Constitution Club in the high security area near Parliament in Delhi on Monday when an unidentified man targeted Khalid, who escaped unhurt, witnesses said.

Posted: August 14, 2018, 4:42 am
New Delhi: Altogether 776 people have lost their lives, 187 of them in Kerala, in incidents related to rains, floods and landslides in seven states during the monsoon season so far, the Home Ministry said on Monday.

According to the Home Ministry's National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), 187 people lost their lives in Kerala, where 2,406 villages in 14 districts were badly hit by the rains and floods and over 26,400 hectres of crops were damaged.

As many as 171 died in Uttar Pradesh, 170 people in West Bengal, 139 in Maharashtra, 52 people lost their lives in Gujarat, 45 in Assam and 10 in Nagaland.

A total of 27 people were also missing in Kerala (22) and West Bengal (5), while 245 others received injuries in rain-related incidents in the states.

The deluge and rains have hit 26 districts in Maharashtra, 23 in Assam, 22 in West Bengal, 14 in Kerala, 12 in Uttar Pradesh, 11 Nagaland and 10 in Gujarat.

Nearly two lakh people have been living in relief camps in Kerala while 14 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) consisting of 399 rescuers and 34 boats were deployed in the state.

The Indian Air Force has deployed one Advance Light Helicopter (ALH), two Mi-17V chopper, four AN 32 aircraft, the Indian Navy has deployed One ALH, 20 divers.

The Army has deployed one column of Military Engineering Group with 37 persons at Calicut, one column with 37 persons at Idukki and one column with 32 persons at Aluva.

One column of Army has been deployed at Chunkathara Nilambur, one is also expected to be deployed at Devikulam, Idukki. One Army unit with 25 people and one column of Defence Service Corps with 80 people were deployed in Kannur.

The Coast Guard has deployed one ALH, a 14-member team in Kochi, a 12-member team at Aluva. One team has been moved from Beypore to Munambham and one team has been on stand by at Cochin.

One unit of the Territorial Army has also been deployed in Kerala.

In Assam, 11.45 lakh people have borne the brunt of the rains and floods, which also hit crops in 27,552 hectares of land.

Altogether 15 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were engaged in rescue and relief operations in Assam, the NERC said.

A team of the NDRF comprises 45 personnel.

Nine NDRF teams were deployed in Uttar Pradesh, eight in West Bengal, seven in Gujarat, four in Maharashtra and one in Nagaland.

Posted: August 14, 2018, 4:14 am

[India], Aug. 14 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday will hear appeals by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and victims against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's acquittal in connection with 1984 Anti-Sikh killings case.

The court will also hear the appeals by five accused convicted by the trial court.

According to media reports, victims of the anti-Sikh riots had last week expected relief from the court, hoping for a decision on the plea filed in 2013 in the Delhi High Court. The bench, hearing the matter, asked for appeals and revision petitions.

In March, the Delhi High Court had received a letter petition containing a CD, which is stated to be Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's confession about accepting his role in instigating the connecting case. The court issued a notice to the Kumar, asking him to file a reply to the same.

According to official records, about 2,800 Sikhs were killed across India, including 2,100 in Delhi, during the pogrom that broke out after the then prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards. (ANI)

Posted: August 14, 2018, 3:34 am
New Delhi: A picture of the suspect behind the shooting incident targeting Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid has surfaced on social media. The picture, captured from a CCTV camera, was also shared on Twitter by news agency ANI.

The picture was extracted from the footage of CCTV installed at the Vittalbhai Patel Road in New Delhi.

The man had reportedly fired the shot in the air at the Constitution Club. In his statement to the police, Umar Khalid had on Monday said that the accused first pounced on him, and then pushed him as he fired in the air.

There was commotion at the spot after the shooting incident, following which the police took control of the situation. After discussing the sequence of events with Khalid, DCP Madhur Verma had said, Umar Khalid said that he was attacked. Somebody pounced on him and pushed, thereafter he tried to fire at Khalid but couldn't. According to Khalid, the attacker fired in the air and was chased by people.

The police had recovered the weapon used by the suspect. He had reportedly dropped the weapon while trying to flee the spot where the incident took place. The police has launched an investigation into the incident.

Posted: August 14, 2018, 3:24 am

[India], Aug. 14 (ANI): Madrasa manager and five other people have been booked for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh's Ghosi area.

According to the victim's mother, "The incident took place on August 4 when the Madrasa manager's brother and four others locked up the minor and raped her. The main accused has been arrested and search operations are on for the others who are absconding."

"The accused had threatened the girl to not to go to the police. They had also clicked obscene pictures of the girl and blackmailed her," the victim's mother added.

Meanwhile, the state minority department chairman took cognizance of the matter and sought a report from District Magistrate in the same.

Speaking to ANI, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Shailendra Shrivastav said, "The minor had filed a complaint against Madrasa manager and five other who had raped her in a room. The minor is under medical care and attention and reports are yet to come."

A case has been registered and further investigation is going on in the matter. (ANI)

Posted: August 14, 2018, 3:18 am

[India], Aug. 14 (ANI): Days after two girls were brought dead from Aasra shelter home to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), another two girls from the same safe haven have been admitted to the specified hospital.

Superintendent of Police, Rajeev Ranjan confirmed the news stating that two more girls have been admitted in PMCH.

Yesterday, the Bihar Police detained shelter home secretary and treasurer in connection with the death of two women at Patna's 'Aasra Home' and sent them to three-day police custody. The police had earlier also detained five others in connection with the same case.

The incident came to light on August 12, following the death of two women from a shelter home in Patna's Rajiv Nagar during treatment at PMCH, but neither the police nor the Social Welfare Department was informed of the same. Later, a medical board was also constituted to investigate the death of the two women at the state-run 'Aasra Home'.

Patna District Magistrate, Kumar Ravi had said that the prima facie of the incident revealed that the women had 'fever and diarrhea', but were brought dead to the hospital.

In the wake of the incident, pictures of Janata Dal-United (JDU) leader Shyam Rajak and the owner of 'Aasra Home' surfaced on the internet, which raised speculations of Rajak's involvement in the case. However, the JD(U) leader clarified that the picture was clicked during an event he attended at the venue. (ANI)

Posted: August 14, 2018, 2:33 am

[India], Aug. 14 (ANI): An arrest warrant has been issued against suspended Child Protection Officer (CPO) Ravi Roshan's wife Shibha Kumari Singh in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home case.

The warrant came after Shibha had reportedly revealed the name and pictures of one of the minor victims on social media.

Yesterday, three police officials posted at the Shaheed Khudiram Bose Central Jail were suspended after documents were recovered from the case's prime accused Brajesh Thakur that contained over 40 phone numbers, including that of a Bihar Minister.

After police conducted a surprise check at the prison in which Thakur is lodged, they recovered the documents.

Brajesh Thakur is the main accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, where more than 30 minor girls were sexually assaulted over a period of time. Eleven employees of the shelter home were arrested for harassing a number of girls residing at the facility.

Meanwhile, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on August 11, detained Thakur's son after questioning him in connection with the matter. Not only this, the investigative agency had also frozen Brajesh's bank accounts and also investigated his properties and bank balance. However, he has rubbished all charges levelled against him by claiming that he was being falsely implicated. (ANI)

Posted: August 14, 2018, 12:39 am