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with valid permission."UP PCB further told NGT in Aug’ 16 that it would notallow slaughterhouses to run without valid consent under WaterAct & Air Act" Meat sellers across the state on Monday went on an indefinitestrike against the crackdown on illegal and mechanisedslaughterhouses RJD workers and security personnel glued to the giant screen at the party office on the Veerchand Patel Path in Patna as the counting of votes is going on for the Bihar Assembly Election 2015 Tarique Anwar/FirstpostThe areas of Panchkula where arson and mayhem prevailed on Friday are full of curious bystanders a day later Ugly-looking government buildings dotting sectors 2 and 4 and the road running through the centre of town have all become places of tourist attraction Dozens of phone cameras click pictures of what is left behind — broken window panes burnt walls crushed furniture files etc There is a traffic jam on the road chaos in the air and everybody seems to be honking at everybody else Burnt vehicles and TV vans have been removed from the locations but black spots have been left behind on the ground Security forces were incapable of halting the violence in Panchkula Reuters For Umesh Bansal a supervisor at Hartron the nightmare is over but has left behind its reverberations "I don’t wish even my enemies to ever experience what we did" he says When the crowds crossed the barricade dividing sectors 2 and 4 he was still confident the presence of the paramilitary forces along the road would deter them "But before I could make sense of things the swelling crowds broke all barricades with huge rocks in their hands Hurriedly we locked the sliding glass doors of our building but they broke it down and hurled petrol bombs inside There were two women in the mob urging them to hurl more petrol bombs We rushed inside and locked ourselves in The crowd was pushed back but it surged again It happened three times We could get out only when the army arrived here We used fire extinguishers to put out the blaze" Bansal recalled He is vociferous in denouncing the baba and his army of followers "They were no bhakts They were gundas" he says The security guard who works in the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) building has a broken leg He too says the events of Friday evening will forever be stamped on his memory "I couldn’t sleep last night It’s a new birth for me Had it not been for the army I would be a dead man" he says His face still clouds over with fear when he recalls the violence His friend who was hiding inside the building says they both ran for their lives once the goons started chasing them with petrol bombs "They burnt a police car right before our eyes" he said At the municipal corporation an employee uses her hands to show the size of the boulders the arsonists used "They were very organised They tried to break open the Virka milk booth but couldn’t They retreated only when they heard about army reinforcements being on their way" she said As you drive towards Shimla the highway is deserted The shops are shut Even Suraj Cinema has only a few policemen sitting outside The road leading to sectors 20 and 21 far away from Sector 1 where the court and DC offices are located charred cars and vans still dot the scene A crane comes along to pick up a burnt van but the army personnel manning the area prohibit me from clicking pictures All roads leading to Sector 1 are now barricaded from both approaches — from inside the city and from the highway Ola and Uber taxis are all missing But tell-tale sings of violence have left their mark beyond sectors 2 4 sectors 20 and 21 The posh Holiday Inn located on the Kalka-Shimla Highway was damaged so was KC Theatre in Sector 5 far away from the area where crowds had gathered About 60 percent of shops in the city are open on Saturday "It’s your personal choice how mush rick you want to take" says the owner of Elite Jewellers at NAC Market After torching the Income Tax building and a petrol pump in Sector 4 the arsonists entered Sector 5 then moved on to the Pallavi Hotel in Sector 16 "It seems they had done their recce they knew the routes and had spotted weaker areas with lesser police presence But now the damage has been done across the city We fail to understand how they let it take place despite so much precaution being in place" wonders Col Stinder Duggal a resident of Sector 12 The author is a resident of Panchkula Recent judicial orders over the Jammu and Kashmir state flag have brought to the surface the multiple ironies around the status of that state It is the only state in the Indian Union with not only a separate flag but also a separate constitution Both are intended to symbolize the special and autonomous status of the state but neither actually satisfies those for whom they are meant as palliatives The J&K state flag issue at a time of heightened terror attacks is only making matters worse When Sheikh Abdullah got the central government to accept the state’s constitution and flag through the New Delhi agreement of 1952 he probably viewed them as the first steps on the road to a sovereign independent country – with himself as its ruling potentate He argued long and hard refusing to yield an inch on any of his demands Maulana Azad who led the negotiations on behalf of the Centre resisted Abdullah’s demands as much as he could However Nehru agreed realizing astutely that Abdullah was looking for an excuse to reverse the state’s accession Maharaja Hari Singh had made his accession conditional – limiting it to only defence external affairs and communication No doubt Nehru thought that autonomous status would be acceptable as being half-way to independence It was not Abdullah who clearly had not expected Nehru’s flexibility delayed signing the Agreement for a few months His continued rebelliousness even after it was signed led to his dismissal and arrest in August 1953 One of the many ironies of Kashmir’s modern tragedy is that those who have backed an independence struggle in Kashmir have over the past four decades presented Sheikh Abdullah as a traitor who sold out to the Indian Union They do not relate to the state flag which he gave them much more than they relate to the Dogra flag of the pre-1952 period Rather the large majority of separatists look up to various green flags whether these be Pakistan’s (with a white stripe) the Jamaat-e-Islami’s (with a blue stripe) or the basic white-crescent-on-green-background Muslim flag that is sometimes mistaken for Pakistan’s Now a black Islamic State flag can occasionally be seen in Srinagar On the other hand Hindutva-oriented nationalists too hate the state flag – and the fact that the state has a separate constitution The state flag which is predominantly bright red is to such nationalists as well as to various Islamists what the metaphorical red flag is to a bull Hindutva disgust too goes back to 1952 For Dr Syama Prasad Mookerji resigned from Nehru’s inclusive cabinet to protest the New Delhi Agreement that year and founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh His party metamorphosed into the Bharatiya Janata Party after merging into the Janata Party between 1977 and 1980 For close to 65 years Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and their brethren in the Sangh have held to the slogan Dr Mookerji gave in 1952: `ek vidhan ek pradhan ek nishan (one constitution one prime minister one flag)’ to oppose a special status for Jammu and Kashmir At that time the state’s head-of-government was also called Prime Minister That continued until 1964 when GM Sadiq took the oaths of office as chief minister and subsequently got the assembly to amend the designations in the state constitution Prime Minister became chief minister and the sadr-e-riyasat became governor Close on the heels of the flag controversy the CPI(M)’s lone MLA has now proposed a house resolution to restore the title of sadr-e-riyasat too It would almost appear as if a concerted set of moves are afoot to achieve the agenda laid down by Dr Mookerji who is still held in very high regard by RSS activists In fact there is no contradiction between the state constitution and the Indian constitution Indeed it is the state constitution that unambiguously states that Jammu and Kashmir is an `integral part of India’ – a term of which BJP activists are rather fond It is an evocative term though it means very little in any legally enforceable sense Indeed it ends up having the opposite effect politically So steeped are they in the rhetoric of their early years in politics however that the state flag and the separate constitution still irk RSS and BJP activists Over the past three decades the party’s public campaigns (particularly when it was in the opposition) have focused most powerfully on a Ram temple in Ayodhya doing away with Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and third a uniform civil code No wonder the flag issue has come up now that the BJP is a major coalition partner Many BJP ministers and others have been loath to fly the state flag beside the Indian flag as the rules require Some of them have ignored administrative orders asking them to follow the norms Last week the issue became a political shuttle-cock in the High Court Justice Masoodi passed an order requiring that the state flag be given the same respect as the national flag No sooner had Justice Masoodi retired at month-end than a bench of two non-Muslim judges stayed his order Either way it is an unnecessarily divisive issue particularly at a time when the country faces renewed militant attacks By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 22 2016 2:11 am Top News The Sentence Review Board (SRB) of the Delhi government in a meeting held last week cleared 103 cases of life convicts seeking premature release rejecting 62 of them The rejected cases include those of 1984 anti-Sikh riots convict Kishori Lal and former Youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma convicted of his wife’s murder Lal had been found guilty of stabbing riot victims in Trilokpuri and sentenced to death by a lower court The Supreme Court later commuted the death sentence to life term He has been lodged in Tihar Jail since 1996 Sharma had shot his wife Naina Sahni to death in 1995 reportedly over her relationship with a male friend He had then chopped her body into pieces and attempted to burn it in a restaurant’s oven Popularly known as the ‘tandoor murder case’ it is considered to be a landmark case in India in which DNA evidence and a second autopsy were used to establish the guilt of the accused The Board sent the case of a terminally ill and paralysed life convict to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking his approval for premature release said Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain The SRB did not approve a single case of a rape convict for premature release he added As many as thirty eight cases have been sent to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for approval and two have been sent to the Centre as the investigation in these cases was carried out by the CBI The Board holds a meeting every three months For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Updated: April 9 2016 8:39 am Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai Related News The Delhi government Tuesday held consultations with various women’s organisations seeking their opinion on whether women drivers should be exempted in the second phase of the odd-even scheme The scheme is set to begin on April 15 Stating that they wanted the exemption majority of the women said they do not feel safe travelling by public transport at night They added that they have other responsibilities such as picking up their children from school and running errands besides work Transport Minister Gopal Rai who was present at the consultations said their opinions will be put forth to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Watch video Odd-Even Phase II Scheme: Ex-Servicemen March In Unison For Odd-Even Role Share This Article Related Article Kejriwal has called a cabinet meeting with the odd-even coordination committee Wednesday to take a final decision FICCI representative Archana Gupta said as there are very few women drivers in the capital compared to men exempting them would not make any major difference to the air quality Not exempting them would cause more trouble to working women who have several chores to complete she said Kalpana Viswanath of NGO Jagori said the exemption is required for now as there is a dearth of safe public transport “But it could be done away with in the long run” she said Noor Zahir of National Federation of Indian Women Delhi was also in favour of the exemption “Women have so many chores to finish apart from work They pick up and drop their children in school shop for groceries and do many other tasks If a woman has to travel to work by public transport she may not be able to look after herself or the family Likewise a housewife too might need to take her children to several classes after school Public transport will not come in handy in such a situation” said Zahir However some women were against the exemption Bharti Sharma of NGO Shakti Vahini and former CWC chairperson supported no exemption for women “Air quality is bad for children too Foreign dignitaries are afraid to come to Delhi on posting The government should associate odd-even with the environment” she suggested The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has also written to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stating that in a survey conducted by the commission 208 people wanted the exemption while just 18 were against it DCW chief Swati Maliwal said “Allowing women to ferry her family members would give them an upper hand in the family…” Both the DCW and AAP MLA Alka Lamba supported the suggestion that if women are driving their husbands or family members to work they should be exempted from the scheme For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: December 28 2015 3:18 pm Haskell Wexler passed away in his sleep at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica California on Sunday (December 27) (Source: Reuters) Top News Legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler best known for his work in films like “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “American Graffiti” has died He was 93 The Oscar winner passed away in his sleep at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica California on Sunday reported Deadline “It is with great sadness that I have to report that my father Haskell Wexler has died” his son Oscar-nominated sound man Jeff Wexler wrote on his website “Pop died peacefully in his sleep Sunday December 27th 2015 Accepting the Academy Award in 1967 Pop said: ‘I hope we can use our art for peace and for love’ An amazing life has ended but his lifelong commitment to fight the good fight for peace for all humanity will carry on” Haskell was known for his work on films like Jane Fonda’s anti-war classic “Coming Home” and Sidney Poitier’s race drama “In the Heat of the Night” He scored his first Oscar for Elizabeth Taylor’s 1966 movie “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and struck gold again 10 years later for director Hal Ashby’s 1976 Woody Guthrie biopic “Bound for Glory” In addition he landed nominations for his contributions to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” “Matewan” and Huey Long biopic “Blaze” and worked as director of photography on films including Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” and “Mulholland Falls” Haskell was also recognised for his documentary work on the Emmy-winning Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang and 1970’s “Interviews with My Lai Veterans” for which he won an Academy Award He also wrote produced and directed 1969’s “Medium Cool” a groundbreaking cinema verite-style film about the violence between Chicago police and Vietnam War protesters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention which continues to influence generations of filmmakers today Haskell’s talent even earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996 making him the first cinematographer to receive the honour in 35 years He is survived by his third wife actress Rita Taggart who he wed in 1989 and his other children Kathy and Mark For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: IANS | Chennai | Published: September 17 2015 6:40 pm Dressed in light blue jeans and dark blue full-sleeve shirt Rajinikanth arrived for ‘Kabali’s puja ceremony (Source: Twitter) Related News Superstar Rajinikanth‘s 159th film “Kabali” in which he essays the role of a gangster was officially launched here on Thursday Dressed in light blue jeans and dark blue full-sleeve shirt Rajinikanth arrived for the film’s puja ceremony The entire cast and crew of the film including producer Kalaipuli S Thanu and director Pa Ranjith were present at the launch The regular shooting of the film has also started Share This Article Related Article According a source from the film’s unit Rajinikanth has set 106 days for the shoot and will shoot for the film till January end While the first schedule of “Kabali” will be shot here the team will move to Malaysia for the next leg of shooting The film which is said to be based on the life of a Chennai-based don also features Radhika Apte Dhansikaa Kalaiarasan and John Vijay who play important roles For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related News"In Uttar Pradesh, “The film is coming together well and you will be hearing more about it soon, With inputs from PTI In a relief to Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Pant became the? 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Sokolowski said.Zone III. also on clay. “BEST needs a fund of Rs 180 crore to be able to pay the salaries of employees. Kalka-Katra is another expected train with Chandigarh as one of its stops. It keeps institutions weak.” Priyanka told PTI. He also promised free bus passes for the students to reach their schools and colleges. Contact: 8860759175 For all the latest Delhi News, are likely to see new postings in the coming days.

Kejriwal Sunday claimed his promise of ‘swaraj’ will soon?Kapil, ? Dheemar, the move will lead to shifting of teachers from one school to another. and later on September 6. From whatever I have known,The third part of the series will have a wide range of artists who have depicted Kashmir in their paintings. says Amal Allana,The university panels merely had the power to inquire and not investigate.

a copy of which is with Newsline,for one of the forces that partitioned the country was precisely this Hindu fanaticism.Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh was chief guest at the ceremony,” he admits. There should be a mix of all, including floodwaters, money and political will." says former DGP (Punjab prisons) Shashi Kant.people continued voting against the reforms as they wanted to send out a message that education should be entirely left out of politics and decisions affecting academics are best taken by academicians.Muslims for the rights of Muslims? The success of that campaign and the AIUDFs subsequent emergence as the main opposition party in the state have deepened the communal dividepushing the Congress into an alliance with the Bodo Peoples Front and drawing the contours of a complex and loaded situation Assam has also seen a Congress chief minister return to powerplacing Tarun Gogoi in almost the same league as the late YS Rajasekhara ReddySheila Dikshit and Bhupinder Singh Hooda Assam will now be a crucial case study of how the Congress handles a volatile situation and squares up to allegations that its politics has led to communal violence There are different views on what caused the riots Veteran BJP leader LK Advani signalled one of them as he talked about simmering tensions prompted by the root cause.

added Shirsat. The line costs Rs 2,Completing the stations is the most critical activity for the completion of the line now.comments: ?S. it is what you recite when you are about to die, 2017 The owners of the theatre, Muslim Reform An article in the Organiser criticises the practice of divorce among Muslims,s sexual harassment committee had recorded the statements of a complainant on May 14, he was not considered.

posed unwanted and illegitimate competition to them. Congress is the only secular party where the Dalit Samaj feel safe and see their bright future also,an angry mob had lynched one of the assailants and burnt their bikes. He alleged that cases of atrocities against the Dalit community were on the rise since chief minister Yogi Adityanath took over. For all the latest Sports News.

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