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 •  DNA Morning Must Reads: Modi In US, India pushes back Chinese Army, and more

1. Modi In US | India, US to cooperate against JeM, LeT; ask Pakistan to rein in terror groups

India and the US vowed to strengthen cooperation against terror outfits like Jaish-e- Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba and D-Company, while urging Pakistan to ensure that its soil is not used for terror strikes against other nations. Read more here

2. India pushes back Chinese Army in Sikkim

A standoff running into more than 10 days now between Indian and Chinese troops has led to tension on the eastern frontier.  Read more here

3. Brace for costlier banking services under GST

All banking services such as ATM withdrawals, cheque book issuance, demand drafts, cash deposits will turn costlier from July 1 with the implementation of good and services tax (GST). Read more here

4. At 34, I'm playing my best table tennis, says Sharath Kamal

The paddler, who peaked to a career-high ranking of No. 32 in May 2015 before a spate of injuries triggered a downfall, is hoping to go one step further and break into the top-30 of the world rankings. Read more here

5. 5 similarities between Salman Khan and 'Baahubali' star Prabhas

They belong to different film industries — Prabhas is a South mega star, while Salman Khan is B-Town’s superstar. At the outset, both seem as different as chalk and cheese, but if you look closely, the two share some similar traits. Read more here

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 •  When I follow my instinct, magic happens, says American psychic Dougall Fraser

It's not every day that a psychic makes public his trade secrets. But Dougall Fraser would rather help people achieve the life they've always desired. Counted among the best psychics in the United States, Fraser has channelled tarot cards, clairvoyance, colours, intuition and empathy for hundreds. And yet, for someone who did his first 'reading' at the age of 8 and was named the best psychic in his hometown Dallas, US, at the 20, Fraser is frank about his own doubts about his beliefs. “Even though I have been a professional intuitive for over 20 years, I sometimes struggle to trust my intuition,” admits the Los Angeles resident.

The 40-year-old talks about some such struggles, his journey and his learnings in the book Your Life in Color, through which he hopes to get more people to understand the power of colours in connecting with their inner selves. Edited excerpts:

What does being spiritual mean to you?

In my opinion, being spiritual is the awareness that there is something bigger than us in the universe. It is the knowledge that there is a greater reason for our existence. Spirituality means living in accordance with this awareness so we can experience happiness, joy and peace in our being. We all have different paths towards greater spirituality, and in my case, that path involved seeing colour.

How do you harness the energy of colours to do this i.e. be spiritual?

Colour is a physical manifestation of energy in our lives. When we hear about concepts like auras, chakras or energy, it can feel abstract and hard to understand. But we all have a relationship with colour, from our favourites to the colours that we don’t like. This makes the colour a convenient and fun tool to achieve greater spirituality.

There are a variety of ways to harness colour energy. A great place to start is by meditating while visualising colour in your mind. I use a specific meditation technique that involves picturing colour in specific parts of the body, to heighten its energy within us. Another easy way to harness the power of colour is by wearing it.

Many of us already do this with our clothing, but we do not know the meaning behind each colour and how they affect us. Having a deeper knowledge of colour is the quickest path towards harnessing its power effectively. In my book, Your Life In Color, there are a variety of techniques that are effective for activating colour.

Can you explain what you mean by 'shadow force' of a colour?

We all possess the qualities of each colour within us, but they vary from person to person. And just as colour possesses specific positive traits, every colour has a shadow side, or lesson to teach us. Shadow sides of colours allow us to explore the parts of our soul that need tending to. For example, if I see the gold light in someone’s aura, they are most likely self-employed and very good at business. This is considered to be one of the positive aspects of gold energy.

However, if you are the type of person who struggles to find work or feels like you do not have a good business sense, you probably have an imbalance of gold energy. If there is an aspect of our lives that is out of balance, this means that we are exhibiting the shadow side of that colour.

You've mentioned how from an early age, you started to trust your intuition and turned to meditation to cope with your circumstances. When and how did you start to believe in your own gut/intuitive feelings?

I am a childhood sexual abuse survivor, which naturally made me quite wary of trusting people. At that early age, I learned that I could not blindly trust someone just because I was “supposed” to. As a result of that experience, I subconsciously began “tapping in” to other people’s energy to determine whether or not I could trust them. I did not realise it at the time, but I began using my intuition on a regular basis to see how safe I felt in any room. To this day, my first impressions of people are always right.

But I want readers to know that even though I have been a professional intuitive for over 20 years, I sometimes struggle to trust my intuition. Self-doubt is a common reason that people do not listen to their intuition. What I know for sure is that when I do follow my gut instinct, magic tends to happen in my life. It takes practice to raise the volume of our inner wisdom, but it is well worth the effort. Intuition isn't tangible – it’s a sensation. 

In the foreword, you state that your initial experience with seeing colour did not align with what was written about chakras and colour auras in Sanskrit literature. Can you recall some of these instances that demonstrate the difference between how you saw colour and what was documented about the same shade?

I have profound respect for chakras as defined in Sanskrit literature. I do not consider my approach to be better than any other when it comes to colour. My approach is based on my own personal experiences with colour energy. My knowledge of colour evolved over many years of seeing auras around my clients.

At first, I was delighted to simply see an aura and tell my client what I saw. Over time, I began comparing notes on my clients and saw trends with each colour. After doing this for 20 years, I outlined very specific definitions for each colour that works for me.

Sanskrit definitions see green as the colour of the heart chakra, aligned with emotions. In my experience, green is the colour of communication and creativity. I often see green energy around authors, poets, actors and creative people in general. I decided to research colour from various perspectives to see how they align with my experience. In my book, we included a wealth of information about colour from the scientific, cultural, and historical perspectives. And I was intrigued to find various studies confirm that the colour green stimulates creativity.

A colour can be interpreted by different religions to hold different meaning/significance. How do you reconcile these differences?

Colour has a long history of being symbolically associated with religion. In fact, this is one of the best examples of how colour can be used to change our mood or convey a message. For example, white is an important colour for almost all major religions. Christian babies wear white during baptism, and the Pope wears white during public ceremonies as a symbol of purity. Kundalini yogis wear white cotton caps to practice mindfulness. However, in Asian cultures white is often associated with death and mourning.

Colour has existed for all eternity, and so our approach to colour has naturally evolved. There are infinite ways to define colour, but the important thing is to be mindful of how each colour makes us feel. My definitions are based on how I see and experience colour, but I encourage you to form your own relationship with each colour.

What is the process you follow during a 'reading'? Does this vary from person to person?

At the start of a reading, I usually ask the client to say their name a few times so I can hear them speak. When I hear the sound of someone’s voice, I immediately begin to see colour in my mind. It is as though their voice carries an energetic blueprint that I can see. I will then explain to the client what the properties of this colour tell me about them (both their strengths and weaknesses). After this, I will give them everything that I intuitively see going on in their life. My intention is to provide clients with the tools to hone and trust their own intuition so they can make the best possible decisions. I generally request that clients not ask me any questions for the first half of a reading. I want them to see that the information I am receiving is coming through me intuitively, and not directed by any specific questions. However, during the second half of the session, they are welcome to ask any questions they like.

How can a lay person — be they in distress or otherwise — harness the power of colour for their own spiritual well-being?

The easiest way to harness the power of colour is to start being more mindful of it. Pay attention to the colours you love, and also the ones you do not like. If you love a certain colour and wear it all the time, there may be a message that the Universe is trying to convey to you.

Whether or not you believe in psychics or intuition, it’s important to know that colour has meaning. We are surrounded by colour every day, and many people don’t know that it can be used to change your life.

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 •  Jaipur cafés hiring differently-abled as chefs and waiters

Cafes run wholly and solely by people with disabilities are now becoming a trend in Pink City. These restaurants have unique and interesting ways in which the customers can interact with the special employees.

A franchise from Nathdwara, Thadiwala, which hires only hearing and speech impaired female employees, has started its outlet in Vaishali Nagar.

Every employee, including the chef and the cashier, are physically challenged here.“We have set up light bulbs on the tables which are connected to our kitchen. So, whenever a customer takes a table or is ready to order, he can just press a button and the staff will come. A notebook is then given to the customer for writing the order from the menu,” said Neha Parikh, co-owner, Thadiwala.

This apart, some other hotels too are open to hire and train hearing and speech impaired people. Red Fox, for example, has a policy of hiring 20 per cent of their staff as physically challenged.

“We have 18-20 employees in Jaipur who cannot hear and speak. They are trained to work in various departments like housekeeping and food and drinks,” said Vivek Kumar, general manager, Red Fox.

Similarly Vitthal’s Kitchen, a cafe near Lakshmi Mandir, has six serving employees who are speech and hearing impaired. The restaurant has code numbers written opposite the food names in the menu.

The customer is given a note book where they have to mention the code number along with the quantity.

“As far as the interaction between each other is concerned, they themselves taught us the sign language when they joined us,” said Ashish Sharma, owner, Vitthal’s Kitchen.

However, these employees do not get proper career and salary growth as the regular employees, working with them, rues Kamlesh, a translator at Poddar Institute of Deaf and Dumb.

“In restaurants, sometimes the customers underestimate the skills of these special people. Often in hotels, they get mistreated by their peer due to their disability. Some are even blamed for theft by the co-workers. This often degrades their confidence,” says Kamlesh.

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 •  Jaipur receives 12 mm rain; Monsoon expected by June 30

It will take next 2-3 days for monsoon onset over the state but few parts of the state witnessed light to moderate rainfall for the second consecutive day on Monday. Though, highly humid conditions made people sweat post showers. 

Meanwhile, showers could not bring temperatures down and mercury crossed 44 degrees Celsius mark at many places.

Despite scattered showers at isolated areas in Jaipur, Monday morning was hot and humid. In the afternoon, cloud activities started in the sky that soon turned into showers. 

As per the MeT office report, 12.2 mm rainfall was recorded in Jaipur on Monday. Areas including Murlipura, Vidhyadhar Nagar, Sikar Road, Jhotwara, Khatipura, Vaishali Nagar, Chitrakoot, Nirman Nagar, Ajmer Road, Shyam Nagar, Gurjar Ki Thadi, Gopalpura Byepass and Mahesh Nagar witnessed showers but later, humidity bothered people.

These showers could not affect the temperature that continued to be recorded 3-4 degrees above normal. As per MeT report, maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 40.5 and 30.5 degrees respectively. 
MeT forecast that thunderstorm with rain is likely to occur during next 24 hours, while maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 38 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively.

As per the MeT, light to moderate rainfall occurred at many places in Udaipur division, at a few places in Kota division at isolated places in Jaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur division. 

According to weathermen, a trough is running from West Rajasthan up to North Andaman Sea across Central and East India along with the centre of low-pressure area. Over Pakistan, a cyclonic circulation is marked. MeT issued a warning that thunderstorm with squall is likely to occur at isolated places in the state during next 24 hours.

Mercury Meter

43.3
Barmer

44.8
Churu

44.4
Jaisalmer

44
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 •  Smart city has become slogan to mislead people: Archana Sharma

Stating that the state government has failed to do any work under the Smart City Project in the last two years, Pradesh Congress has alleged that for BJP government, Smart City has become a slogan to mislead people.

In a statement released on Monday, party state vice president and media chairperson Archana Sharma said that the union government has completely ignored cities’ real needs in its flagship program.

Sharma also said called Smart City project as a program of foreign countries and alleged that since a foreign concept was implemented on Indian land, the agencies responsible for its execution have remained fully passive. Sharma also said in the statement that Jaipur Municipal Corporation has been a total failure in providing even basic facilities.

While stating that the Smart City Mission was aimed at giving direction to weakening basic infrastructure and development, Sharma said that the mission has become a source of employment generation and increase in earnings. The opposition party media chairperson also alleged that the works which were supposed to be done two years are being started after the end of two years in the state capital.

She also alleged that in Jaipur, there is no coordination between JMC, Jaipur Development Authority and other agencies with respect to Smart City Mission.

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 •  Your collector is now just a tweet away!

After Union Minister Sushma Swaraj set an example of using her Twitter handle to promptly respond to the grievances of the general public, it is now the turn of district collectors and to officers to make themselves available in the virtual world.

At a conference in Gandhinagar last week, collectors were directed to be active on Twitter and responsive to people’s queries and grievances. So, the next time you have a grievance or need any help, simply tweet him! 

Revenue Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said, “The revenue department of the Gujarat government has decided to put the PM’s Digital India concept to practice. We have got all our collectors activate their Twitter handles. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has complimented them for the initiative.”

All the district collectors have opened Twitter accounts. The Twitter handle won’t change even if the officer is transferred. So, their handles will remain permanent platforms.

Pankaj Kumar, principal secretary revenue, said, “People can use the Twitter handles for making queries, representations, complaints or suggestions. Collectors will also update information about government schemes and initiatives on Twitter handle to make people aware of the same. Moreover, affected people can be reached help and assistance during emergency situations such as downpour, floods, storms, etc.”

“This system will also bring transparency in how the administration solves public grievances,” Kumar said, adding the move has already been getting huge positive response from the public.

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 •  218 IAS declare assets; Pawan and others mum

Over 218 IAS officers of Rajasthan cadre have filed IPR (Immovable Property Returns) for the year 2017 to the Union government which was uploaded by the ministry of personnel on its official website.

However, there are 10 IAS officers from the state who are yet to file IPR for the said year. Each officer of All India Services, annually, has to file IPR detailing assets he or she along with the family members possess as on January 1.

Under this regulation, each IAS officer gets covered, be it on deputation, APO, suspended or working.

For the current financial year so far, 218 officers have forwarded returns to the ministry. But, likewise previous years many officials are shying away from declaring assets through returns while nearly six months have passed since the cut-off date of filing returns.

According to the data collected by the Union Ministry of Personnel, 10 IAS officers have failed to file returns so far.

They include Ashok Shekhar, Rashmi Priyadarshini, Phoosa Ram Pandat, Jagdish Chandra Purohit, V Sarvana Kumar, Naka Shivprasad Madan and Vikram Zindal. IAS officer Niraj Kumar Pawan, who was arrested by ACB in NRHM scam and later given bail by the court, too has not submitted the returns, according to the website.

Pawan is currently a suspended official and a review meeting of the state department of personnel is yet to decide his case of reinstation.The sources with the department said that some personal or official reasons may be behind officials’ nonsubmission of returns. If they fail to do so, they can be denied empanelment and promotion.

When contacted on phone, DoP secretary Bhaskar A Sawant and his subordinate joint secretary Arvind Poswal were not available to comment on the delay of filing returns by the officials.

Notably, the Central minister had introduced the facility of filing returns online and any officer can access portal of Property Related Information System Management (PRISM) to submit returns.

As per norms, civil services officers are also supposed to give details of their assets and liabilities to the government. The same norms apply to the state services officials including RAS, RPS and others.

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 •  Foreign investment in Gujarat surges 54% to $3.36 bn

Things have never been better for Gujarat, at least as far as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is concerned. Official statistics reveal that FDI in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state surged by more than 50 per cent to an all-time high of $3.36 billion (Rs22,610 crore) in Financial Year 2016-17. In the process, Gujarat leapfrogged two other states, which have traditionally been ahead of it, to become the third most attractive FDI destination in the country.

Statistics released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) show Gujarat attracted $3.367 billion FDI in 2016-17, a sharp rise of 54 per cent over $2.24 bn (Rs14,667 crore) in 2015-16.

“FDI inflows in the state in 2015-16 were at all-time highs, which means the state has achieved record FDI for the second straight year in 2016-17,” said an official.

Gujarat’s share of the country’s total FDI pie has increased to 7.75 per cent in 2016-17, sharply higher than the 2-3 per cent share for the past several years.

Management consultant Nayan Parikh attributes the sharp rise in FDI inflows to the state’s growing visibility.

“The prime minister himself has been promoting Gujarat on the big stage, and this is showing in the results. The Vibrant Gujarat Summit is also helping the state catch investors’ attention,” Parikh said.

India’s FDI inflows

2014-15
$30.93 bn

2015-16
$40.00 bn

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$43.48 bn


(FDI statistics; All figures in dollars in billions: Source: DIPP)

Last year, Gujarat was ranked fifth in attracting FDI, after Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This year, it has leapfrogged the two southern states.

State’s Industries Commissioner Mamta Verma said the number of sector-specific policies announced by the state government in the last couple of years have helped in attracting the record FDI.

“We have seen huge FDI inflows in automobiles, engineering, metallurgy, auto components and other segment. A lot of investment has come from Japan. The MoUs signed at Vibrant Gujarat Summits have also contributed in higher FDI,” Verma said. 

The DIPP statistics show FDI in India surged to $43.48 bn (Rs2.91 lakh crore) in 2016-17, an increase of a little over 9 per cent from $40.00 bn in the previous year. Official sources attribute the rise in FDI inflows to the government’s decision to open up several sectors for 100 per cent FDI under the Automatic Route, and aggressive marketing of India as an attractive investment destination under the ‘Make In India’ campaign.

Nayan Parikh said the actual FDI coming into the state would be even higher. “There are several corporates which have manufacturing facilities in Gujarat, but are headquartered in other states. In such a scenario, even if the investment is taking place in Gujarat, the FDI would reflect in the other state,” he said.

Power minister Piyush Goyal had alluded to the same at a seminar at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January 2017.

DIPP statistics show that Tamil Nadu and Karnataka fared exactly the reverse of Gujarat in the last financial year as FDI inflows dipped sharply by close to 50 per cent.

FDI in Tamil Nadu fell from $4.53 bn in 2015-16 to $2.22 bn in 2016-17, while that in Karnataka declined from $4.12 bn to $2.13 bn, according to DIPP. There has also been a change at the top. Maharashtra with $19.65 bn has overtaken Delhi ($5.88 bn), which was the top state in the last two years.

 

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 •  Man referred to SMS Hospital dies waiting for ambulance for 2 hours

An injured man died due to non-availability of the ambulance in the community health centre at Kishangarh-Renwal town in Jaipur district, only 70 kilometers away from the state capital Jaipur. The man was seriously injured and after first aid, the doctor referred him to SMS Hospital but after waiting for two hours no ambulance could be made available for him.

According to sources, a man identified as Gopal Balai, a resident of Moruda village was seriously injured when he was trying to board a shuttle train at Malikpur station around 12.45 on Monday afternoon.

He got off the train at the station to buy a water bottle but the train started moving before he could board it. In his effort to board the train, Gopal lost the balance and sustained injuries.

“The people at the station rushed him to nearby CHC from where, because of insufficient medical facilities, he was referred to SMS Hospital in Jaipur,” a local resident told DNA.

“People at the hospital with him immediately call up for an ambulance but an ambulance from Govindgarh could reach only after two hours and by then the man succumbed to his injuries,” he added.

As per the health official record, there are four ambulances of 108 service in the area. Officials at Renwal CHC told DNA that ambulance in Renwal is not in a condition to run for long distance as it’s tyres are damaged since last two months. Ambulance in Badhal is also non-operational because it’s fan belt is broken. The only working ambulance in the area of Manda Bhim Singh was on way to Jaipur carrying a pregnant woman for delivery. So ambulance from Govindgarh had to move for this case.

When contacted, official responsible for the operation of 108 ambulance service did not take the reporter’s call.

THE INCIDENT

  • According to sources, a man identified as Gopal Balai, a resident of Moruda village was seriously injured when he was trying to board a shuttle train at Malikpur station around 12.45 on Monday afternoon.
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 •  Third case: Spirit healing tantriks reach ICU

It was a strange sight at the state-run MBS Hospital in Kota when a group of tantriks and villagers trooped into the Neurosurgery ICU to capture a spirit that had been “left behind”. The spirit in question belonged to a man who had died in the same surgical ICU two years ago while undergoing treatment.

This is not the first case of total disregard for maintaining a disinfected environ in the ICU. There have been two similar incidents in this very month on June 3 and June 5 when an encore was acted out while the hospital administration looked on. The incidents were reported from Bundi and Pratapgarh.

Ignoring the protests of the staff, as many as half-a-dozen people entered the ICU in a procession and began the exercise of “calling upon the spirit” and taking it home.

Over two dozen people waited outside the confines of medical facility. The ICU which had several other patients admitted there, saw them light up a lamp of the floor of the ICU and begin chants to “implore the spirit” “to go with them”. “They had a large steel box, lemon and cloth. They then marched off with the spirit in the box,” a hospital staffer said.

What was surprising was that apart from the initial resistance by the paramedical staff, the hospital administration raised no objection while the group proceeded about what they had come to do inside the critical care unit in total disregard of other patients who faced risk of infection.

Sources said the exercise was for a patient by the name of Ramesh from Saver village of Ajmer district who had died in this particular ICU while undergoing treatment two years ago.

The activity was carried close to the bed on which he had died.Ramesh’s relatives also made some markings on the hospital walls before they left, sources said.  

Deputy superintendent of the MBS Hospital Dr Karnesh Goyal said that Ramesh’s family was not stopped and prevented from doing what they wanted as it was a part of their religious belief and they could have got violent if they were not permitted to do so.

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 •  He was holed up in small room & huts for months

When the cops had laid siege to Anandpal Singh’s hideout in Churu village Malasar and called him out, he never once replied back. The only talking was done by his guns showering bullets on the cops. Anandpal was an extremely intelligent gangster and that made him all the more dangerous.

The escape artist

Anandpal was an escape artist. Two years back he wriggled out of secure perimeter of 18 cops thrown around him while in transit from court to jail. In the months that would follow, the police hunting for him came up close and personal to his style of ambush and escape several times, but the gangster was as slippery as an eel. Moments after he escaped from police custody, the man went straight to one of his confidante’s farm house where he hid for one night. While the cops were searching him, the man was hiding in Nagaur. The next day Singh left his safe house and without informing anyone where he was headed for another hideout.

Man on the move

In the beginning, the gangster stayed at various houses of his aides and accomplices. But when the police started arresting his gang members, he moved to locations that were even outside the state. He would, however, make sure that he didn’t stay at one place for too long. Singh’s brothers, Vicky and Gattu, also  turned nomads, never living off one place for more than a couple of days.

Six-by-six feet hideout

As the cops, shifted gears, Anandpal was quick to change his game plan. The gangster who was quick on his toes decided it was time to lay low. “He stayed for nearly a month in a thatched hut in an agricultural field in Bikaner that was equipped with all the amenities: Television, refrigerator, fan among others,” an official tracking him told DNA. The man later conditioned himself in handling a life of a fugitive without any luxuries. “He spent months in a row in a six-feet by six-feet small room,” the cop added. Anandpal moved out only when believed his new location will not be revealed to cops.

Handling finance

At one point of time, Anandpal became so adept at hoodwinking the cops that he started carrying out the routine works of his gang as well. He made sure that he met a few trusted gang members only. They would be introduced through his brothers. “He started giving them directions from his hideout,” a cop on his tail said.  

Hitching a ride

In the last few months, Anandpal kept switching from one place to another on vehicles and when he could not find a vehicle, he also travelled on foot. His brothers would transfer him from one place to another after conducting recce of the area. They would leave a car with him while they would roam on bikes. He travelled to Gwalior where he hid for a few days in a house and left only hours before the cops reached. The cops kept receiving information about Singh’s location in surrounding states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh but the man remained elusive.

Winter hibernation

In winter last year, after much of his gang was busted and the weakening finances started pinching him, he went completely off grid. That’s when the cops went after his brothers instead of him and tracked them to Haryana where the duo was arrested. They revealed his hideout in Churu’s Malsar village where he was shot dead in an encounter.

THE ESCAPE

  • When cops started arresting his gang members, he moved to locations outside the state
     
  • He stayed for nearly a month in a thatched hut in an agricultural field in Bikaner
     
  • In winter last year,  after much of his gang busted, he went completely off grid
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 •  67-yr-old man gets 10-year rigorous imprisonment for sexually abusing minor

Ahmedabad district special POCSO judge PA Patel convicted Suresh Sharma, 67, in a 2014 molestation case and sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment on June 23.

The judge has also imposed a fine of Rs20,000 and, if the convict fails to pay the fine, he will have to undergo an additional three years of imprisonment.

The judge also directed police commissioner AK Singh to take action against then Sabarmati PSI KM Chhasia for negligence in probing the matter. It has also given directions for a copy of the order to be sent to Singh.

The special POCSO court also observed Chhasia’s attitude was suspicious from the start. Though the victim had lodged a complaint on January 17, 2014, Chhasia registered a case of sexual assault after two days. Similarly, the then Mahila crime branch PSI UC Ninama had submitted the statement of the eight-year-old victim to Sabarmati police station, but the PSI did not submit it before the court till the trial was over. The court also observed Chhasia, who was the investigating officer in the case, had not bothered to take the victim’s statement in the presence of a woman cop. The judge stated the PSI did not show the victim as a witness in the chargesheet.

The court observed that it was because of the public prosecutor’s application that the victim’s statement was recorded by the woman cop. The judge observed that Chhasia had not followed the procedure laid down under the POCSO Act, hence action should be taken against him.

Sharma owned a mobile phone recharge shop in the victim’s locality in Sabarmati. He had lured her on the pretext of giving her a chocolate and touched her inappropriately.

Public prosecutor AM Gulabani argued that though it has been five years since the POCSO Act came into force, yet there is a rise in such cases. He called for the accused to be given the harshest punishment.

Defence advocate RK Patel pleaded for minimum punishment on the grounds that the accused had various age-related infirmities.

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 •  SOG dismantled his team, killed source of finances

For nearly two years since Anandpal’s escape, the state police has been trying to redeem itself of the cardinal sin by nabbing the footloose and armed gangster. For almost a year since he turned fugitive, it was a wild goose chase for the men in khaki who were always “almost there” before Anandpal would turn into a ghost again.

The biggest manhunt

After the gangster fled from police custody, the state police initiated their biggest ever search operation to hunt him down. District police of Ajmer range comprising of Nagaur, Ajmer, Bhilwara and Tonk were kept on high alert. The beaten tracks in the range were tracked every day by cops sniffing for a clue. Every vehicle passing from one district to another was thoroughly examined by the cops. A special team was constituted to look for the man. However, later the matter was handed over to the Special Operations Group (SOG).

The waiting game

The initial strategy of the cops was to track down his aides, arrest them in hope of more bread crumbs leading up to the most wanted man. While, this did give them some strong clues but it never led to his arrest. Nine months later Inspector General of Police Dinesh MN took charge of the SOG. The SOG continued to hunt down his aides but returned empty handed. This led to a widespread belief that Anandpal had a mole in police team. The police did find involvement of men in khaki in his escape and subsequent hiding. These informers were rooted out. The cops then changed their strategy. Instead of directly searching for Anandpal, the cops realised that they had to play the waiting game.

Breaking the network

The police now started their operation to weaken him. The entire chain of command was identified and the cops took out his men on the lowest rung of the chain. “Once they were identified, the team started nabbing the men one by one,” an official said. At times the gang members were caught easily, other times the cops had their work cut out.“Once Deputy Superintendent of Police jumped into a car with three dangerous gang members and the cops started chasing the car. After nearly five kilometres, the chase ended resulting in arrest of his men,” he added.

The face-off

Stepping on the pressure points resulted in what the SOG wanted: Opportunity. As police started rounding up his team members, he became restive and started to switch places more often. This led to several face-offs. In one such incident, cops succumbed to bullet injuries. In Nagaur, one constable was shot dead when Anand Pal was travelling in a stolen Fortuner SUV. Recently, Anandpal had come to meet a relative in a village in Nagaur where a police team spotted the man and the gangster fired at them. No cop died in the incident.

The last nail...

The ATS and SOG were filtering terabytes of data and voice recordings. The cops also started hurting the gangster financially. His properties bought illegally were attached one by one draining his revenue source. Over the course of a year Anandpal’s gang members were mostly in police net or under radar. That left Anandpal and his two brothers, who were ultimately tracked down by undercover cops at their transit point in Haryana. “Since winter last year the gangster fell off grid,” an officer said. That’s when the cops went after his brothers who revealed Anandpal was in Malasar driving the last nail in his coffin.

THE CHASE

  • Every vehicle passing through districts was thoroughly examined by the cops
     
  • Instead of directly searching Anandpal, cops realised that they had to play waiting game
     
  • Over the course of a year his gang members were mostly in police net or under radar
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 •  50K textile traders in city to join pan-India strike beginning today

Over 50,000 traders in Ahmedabad have geared up for a nationwide three-day strike against the manner of roll out of Goods and Service Tax (GST) in the country from Tuesday. They have demanded that fabric be totally exempted from GST. Their contention is that traders have not been given enough time to equip themselves to comply with GST regulations.

Traders will observe a black day on June 30 by wearing black bands and waiving black flags. They say that they are not opposing GST per se but are against the manner in which it is coming into force. They are angry by the fact that the government did not involve them in decision making. 

“If the government wants to implement Jan Dhan scheme, it contacts us. If it wants to take digitisation initiatives, we participate in these programmes. But when it comes to levying tax, the government does not even undertake a dialogue with us,” said Gaurang Bhagat, president of Maskati Mahajan, a 111-year old body of textile traders in the city. 

Players say that the government announced GST on fabric on June 3, four weeks ahead of the roll out of GST, which is not enough for traders to acquaint themselves with its provisions. The fact that there is no tax on fabric has aggravated the situation. “We need at least 6-12 months to come to terms with the new regime,” said Bhagat.

Traders in Surat have already taken a lead in the protest. They had organised a strike on June 24 as well. Over 65,000 traders are expected to participate in the nationwide strike. Depending upon the response from the government after the strike, they will decide whether to go on an indefinite strike from July 1. 

IT infra hurdle 

Kirit Patel, president of Panchkuwa Kapad Mahajan told DNA that small traders will not be able to comply with the GST regulations. 
“Thousands of traders operate from smaller cities and town. IT infrastructure is not robust there. Buying computer hardware and hiring experts to file returns means increase in the cost of operations. Either their products will become costlier, or business unviable. In such a scenario, many will go out of business,” he warned. 

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 •  Cong MLAs meet to support Meira Kumar’s Presidential candidature

MLAs from Congress met here on Monday to support the candidature of UPA Presidential nominee Meira Kumar, who will file her nomination on Wednesday.

More than 35 of a total 56 Congress MLAs in the state Assembly turned up for the meeting where 20 candidates were required to subscribe her nomination, GPCC president Bharatsinh Solanki said.

Solanki and leader of Opposition in Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela will now go to Delhi on Wednesday with the letter supporting Kumar’s nomination by state party MLAs, they said. The meeting was held at Gandhinagar circuit house with both Solanki and Vaghela present.

Nomination of a Presidential candidate is required to be subscribed by at least 50 electors as proposers and 50 as seconders. “The Congress and allies have supported the candidature of former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, daughter of Dalit leader Jagjivan Ram,” Vaghela said.

The Presidential election is scheduled for July 17 and counting of votes will take place on July 20.

Interestingly, most MLAs who supported Kumar’s candidature are from Vaghela’s camp, including his son Mahendrasinh and Balwantsinh Rajput, among others.

NDA’s Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind had filed his nomination on June 23. (with agencies)

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 •  Tiger sighting in Gypsy now costlier by Rs 170 in R’bhore

Now, tourists will have to shell out more from their pockets, for sighting tigers in Ranthambore National Park (RNP). The department of forest has hiked the safari charges for the tourists who want to ride a Gypsy in the Park. No hike has, however, been proposed for safari in canters.

According to sources, both domestic and foreign tourists will now have to pay more for tiger safari in RNP. The park authorities announced that price per person for tiger safari in Gypsy has been increased by Rs170 for both domestic and foreign tourists with immediate effect. Previously, the booking price per person was Rs727 for a domestic tourist and it has now been increased to Rs897 per person after a hike of Rs170. Similarly, gypsy booking price for foreign tourists has been increased to Rs1,637 from the previous fee of Rs1,467.

The officials posted at the Park said that it was decided to hike the gypsy booking price on the directions of the department. It is intended to boost the park’s revenue, according to reserve officials. It has been argued by them that an increase in expenditure on security and relocation of human habitats was done and so to cover this cost, a hike in safari charges was ordered.

The price hike has come into effect from June 23, said an official. It is worth mentioning here that in terms of revenue generation, Ranthambore is the highest grossing tiger reserve in the country. A recent data released by the forest department says that Ranthabmore earned total revenue of Rs23.06 crore in the financial year 2016-17, which was highest as compared to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra and Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh. The increase in revenue is being attributed to the growing population of tigers in Ranthambore reserve.

Besides, Ranthambore in 2016 launched a ‘tatkal’ tiger safari scheme, allowing tourists to go on a full day or half day forest safari from sunrise to sunset. In wake of the highest revenue collection and tourists flooding to the reserve the forest department has now planned to allow safari for tiger sighting on selected routes during Monsoon period even when the reserve otherwise is closed due to mating season of big cats.

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 •  Greens raise red flag over move to give EC power to local bodies

Environmentalists have raised the red flag over chief minister Vijay Rupani’s recent announcement to decentralise Environmental Clearance for construction projects.

Till now, environment clearance was handled by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), which is an expert body. However, local bodies will now have the power to issue environment clearance. 

The state government made the announcement after the central government, in June 2016, decided to decentralise this power in a bid to give a boost to affordable housing projects. 

Currently, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) gives Building Use (BU) permission. Town and estate department officers issue BU certificates after an inspection of site where parameters like fire safety, lift services and tree plantation are taken into consideration. 

However, after being entrusted with the power to issue EC, environmentalists fear rules will be thrown to the wind.

Environmentalist Mahesh Pandya from Paryavaran Mitra, who believes the move spells environmental disaster, said, “First of all, the announcement by the chief minister is illegal. Rupani has made the announcement to appease the builder lobby. I have filed an RTI (Right to Information) query with three departments including the chief minister’s office, environment department and GPCB.” 

Another environmentalist, Manish Vaidya from Centre for Ecology Action Front said, “Builders anyway don’t follow rules on tree plantation and water treatment plant which are mandatory. We know that most buildings do not have water harvesting systems and most builders evade tree plantation by paying a fine.” 

Leader of opposition Dinesh Sharma this would lead to corruption. “It will provide builders an easy escape from environmental responsibility because civic authorities easily give nod to builders under pressure from influential politicians.”

Meanwhile, the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) said it was considering working in sync with urban local bodies on the issue. “The Urban Development Department is yet to frame rules and regulations in this regard. But we will work jointly with ULBs,” said GPCB chairman KC Mistry. 

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 •  Anandpal kin refuse to take his body for 2nd day

Gangster Anandpal’s family members refused to receive his dead body for the second day on Monday. The government claimed that his kin were denying the slain gangster his final rites. But, government’s worries are far from over. People from surrounding districts have started thronging to Singh’s native village to show their solidarity with the family. Several local leaders and even former legislators from Rajput community are also headed to the spot, sources said.

The police is keeping a strict vigil on the law and order situation in and around Singh’s native village. A tent has been erected outside Sanwraad village wherein more than two thousand people came on Monday. The family members were approached by administration to accept Anand Pal’s dead body, however the family declined citing their five demands, one of them being a CBI investigation into the matter.

At the mortuary at Ratangarh people supporting Anand Pal reached and created a ruckus. However, the police tamed the situation quickly.

By afternoon, Singh’s daughter also reached the native village. The girl studies in Dubai.

The highway leading to Ladnun town is dotted with cops who are searching every vehicle passing the pickets. The entire village has been turned into a cantonment as cops in huge numbers have been posted to avert any deterioration in law and order. The cops are also keeping vigil over the area by drones.

‘READY FOR PROBE’

Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said the department is ready for any investigation into the encounter. The family has demanded his brothers be brought to Saanwraad for last rites. They have also demanded a CBI probe.  

MEETING RAJNATH?

The matter may reach Union home minister Rajnath Singh’s notice. Anandpal’s kin and his counsel AP Singh said they were meeting the minister. 

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 •  Inadequate security will hurt chemical exports

Lack of security at industrial premises, which can lead to dual use chemicals falling into the hands of disruptive elements, can hurt exports to the US, local players said in the city on Monday. Experts have also warned that Gujarat being a leading producer and exporter of such chemicals, industrial units here need to upgrade their security practices, failing which they will not be able to export to the US. 

Talking to media persons in the city, Gujarat Chemical Association president Jaimin Vasa said that upgrading security would make them preferred exporters to US. Currently, US accounts for Rs10,000 crore of the total Rs26,000 crore worth of chemical exports from India. Gujarat accounts for around 18 per cent of total chemical exports from India. 

Stakeholders said that if one wants to continue exports to the US, upgrading security measures is imperative. Most of the measures do not cost much are related to adhering to Standard Operating Procedures in storing, transporting, packaging and selling chemicals. 

James Snyder, US-based risk management advisor, advised industry units to also obtain Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), a voluntary supply chain security programme led by the US. The C-TPAT applies to US companies as well. This helps reduce Customs inspection.

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 •  Sanjay Dixit back in RCA dressing room, bats for cricket in Rajasthan

Newly elected Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) President CP Joshi has got the brains behind state’s Sports Act and RCA’s revised constitution to convince the BCCI of bringing cricket back in Rajasthan.

Joshi picked bureaucrat Sanjay Dixit who has helmed the RCA in past to represent him and the state cricketing body in a special general meeting (SGM) held in Mumbai on Monday. Sources informed that Dixit along with a retired bureaucrat and a legal team presented the case of lifting the ban on RCA before the officials of the BCCI.

The RCA is currently suspended by BCCI. The team was able to explain their side of the story to the BCCI officials after RCA president Joshi suspended his predecessor Lalit Modi’s membership in Nagaur district association.

“They presented their case and left the venue as they were not the part of the meeting,” informed a source speaking to DNA.

Interestingly, Dixit who is a serving bureaucrat is back in the RCA dressing room even though he is no longer a position holder anymore after the Lodha panel guidelines were adopted by RCA and he chose not to contest the polls, earlier.

Dixit was the secretary of RCA in 2011 when Joshi had won the president’s post. The bonhomie, however, turned sour after which Dixit was removed from the post of secretary. In 2012, Dixit and Lalit Modi, the bitter rivals, joined hands against CP Joshi and Modi was able to become president again in 2013 elections.

In another turn of events, RCA’s suspended secretary RS Nandu also met the BCCI officials and asked them to remove the ban on RCA.

Sources informed that the issue was said to be discussed in the committee of administrators of BCCI and they have sought legal opinion on the issue.

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