The Uttarakhand High Court on Monday, while hearing the petition of Congress MLA Bhuvan Chandra Kapri regarding the UKSSSC paper leak case, asked the petitioner to explain why he wants a CBI probe and doubts the investigation of the Uttarakhand Special Task Force (STF).
After hearing the matter, the single bench of Justice Sanjay Kumar Mishra sought Kapri’s reply by September 12. The next hearing will be on September 12. The petitioner, Congress MLA Bhuvan Chandra Kapri, filed a petition in the High Court saying that the STF is not properly investigating the irregularities in the Uttarakhand Subordinate Services Selection Commission (UKSSSC) examination. He claimed in his petition that the arrests made so far were of small people, but not a single arrest was made of senior officials. Kapri said that many high-ranking officers and leaders of UP and Uttarakhand are involved in the scam.
“The government is saving them. Therefore, the STF should be removed from the investigation and the case should be handed over to the CBI,” he said. Uttarakhand Police on Sunday informed that a total of 34 people have been arrested by STF in the UKSSSC examination paper leak case till now. The STF further said that cash amounting to Rs 92 lakh has been recovered in the case. “A total of Rs 92 lakh in cash has been recovered so far in the paper leak, as well as illegal assets worth crores of the accused arrested in the past. Dozens of bank accounts have also been frozen”, said Ajay Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, STF Uttrakhand.
The STF arrested an accomplice of the copying mafia, Sampan Rao, from Uttar Pradesh. “The accused, Sampan Rao, has been arrested by STF from Gomtinagar, Lucknow on the basis of strong technical evidence,” said STF. “STF Uttarakhand has succeeded in arresting an important accomplice of the copying mafia of Uttar Pradesh. On the basis of strong evidence and technical evidence, accused Sampanna Rao has been arrested by STF from Gomtinagar, Lucknow.
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Ladakh village shines in ‘Swachh Bharat’
Nestled between the mighty Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges lies Turtuk, a remote village, sparsely inhabited, and close to the Line of Control.
From this village, the Pakistani posts are clearly visible. This remote outpost of India has now become a shining example of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The villagers see this not only as a Cleanliness campaign but also one which integrates them with the rest of India. For the villagers, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is not just a campaign, but they see it as a medium to integrate them with the rest of India.
Tourism to this remote outpost of India opened in 2010, after that the village started getting plastic waste and other pollutants
Realising that their fragile relationship with the environment was at stake the local people took it upon themselves to implement the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in the most remote part of the Nation.
The tourism season in Turtuk commenced largely between April to September and this year it witnessed a large number of visitors from across the country and even from outside the country as it was opened after two years of the pandemic.
Notwithstanding the boost to the economy of Turtuk from tourism, the plastic and other non-biodegradable waste accumulation was significantly high. Therefore, keeping environmental concerns in mind the owner of a local guest house Hashmat-ullah and Ms Portia Conrad, a research scholar from New Delhi took the initiative of curating a cleanliness drive in Turtuk village.
Conrad was visiting Turtuk for an ongoing research project on the Balti community. School children of government schools and Turtuk Valley School also participated in the initiative.
Despite being a holiday and slated exams, 75-plus children gathered to collect gar-bage on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. All the students were provided with masks before the drive and posters were made together for awareness amongst the villagers.
PK raising unimportant issues: RJD’s Manoj Jha
RJD leader Manoj Jha hit out at Prashant Kishor on Monday over his remark that “nothing has changed” in Bihar since 1990, saying the political strategist was raising unimportant issues but silent on pressing issues like granting special status to Bihar.
Jha said that he thought Kishor would raise the issue of the central government’s repeated denials to give special status to Bihar. “Instead, he is appearing to raise issues that are not important and silent on those he should speak on.” “I don’t need to understand rocket science to understand Prashant Kishor’s script,” he added.
Kishor, who launched his state-wide padyatra from West Champaran district on Sunday, attacked all political parties that have ruled Bihar, saying the state has not changed since 1990. He said people here are bound to migrate to other states in search of employment.
“When Jharkhand was separated, what did Bihar get after that? The foundation of our industry was strong because of Jharkhand,” Jha added.
Saudi’s World Muslim League lauds India on Gandhi Jayanti
India has received unusual praise from Saudi Arabia’s World Muslim League for its policy of non-violence and tolerance towards all.
The Mecca-based World Muslim League timed its praise for India’s Global and National outlook on Gandhi Jayanti — something which Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Group has never done before. Hailing Mahatma Gandhi for being a pioneer of the philosophy of non-violence, the Muslim World League, for the first time, paid tribute to Gandhi on his 153rd birth anniversary and said that the day should be an occasion to spread the message of non-violence internationally.
“Today, October 2, we celebrate Gandhi Jayanti to honour the birthday and remember the life of Mahatma Gandhi, a visionary, freedom fighter, and follower of non-violence. Today also is the International Day of Non-Violence,” Muslim World League wrote in a tweet.
It added that October 2 should be used as an opportune day to spread the message of non-violence on an international level. “Every year, the world celebrates the International Day Of Non-Violence, celebrating the life of the pioneer of the non-violence philosophy, Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti. An occasion to spread the message of non-violence internationally through education and public awareness,” it tweeted.
BSF seizes Pakistani fishing boat from ‘Harami Nala’ creek area of Guj’s Kutch
The Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday seized one abandoned Pakistani fishing boat from ‘Harami Nala’ creek area near Bhuj in Kutch of Gujarat, along the India-Pakistan maritime boundary, the force said.
The boat was found from ‘Harami Nala’ around 6 am by BSF personnel who were patrolling in the area, a BSF official said. Some ice boxes, jerry cans and fishing nets were seized by the BSF personnel. However, the men on the boat managed to flee towards the Pakistan side.
“We seized a Pakistani fishing boat from ‘Harami Nala’ in Kutch of Gujarat around 6 am. A few people were seen on the boat, but they jumped into the water and swam towards the Pakistan side. Icebox, jerry can and fishing net have been seized by the BSF personnel from the abandoned boat,” the BSF official said.
The Pakistani fishermen often flee to their side abandoning their boats after spotting BSF patrol units.
The authorities have barred Indian fishermen from entering the creek area, however, Pakistani fishermen enter the Indian side to catch fish.
The ‘Harami Nala’ is also known as the Sir Creek area. The area is a 22 km long and approximately 8 km wide marshy patch that is navigable most of the time.
Earlier in June this year, the BSF had seized three Pakistani boats from ‘Harami Nala’.
In May too, the BSF apprehended over nine Pakistani fishermen and seized a similar number of Pakistani fishing boats in different operations.
Post-mortem report matches evidence collected by SIT
In the Ankita Bhandari murder case, the post-mortem report filed by the panel of doctors and the pieces of evidence collected by the SIT are matching, SIT in-charge DIG P Renuka Devi told ANI on Monday
“The evidence collected so far in the investigation of Ankita’s murder are matching with the post-mortem report. There is nothing different between the two,” said SIT in charge, DIG P Renuka Devi who is conducting the probe. P Renuka Devi told ANI that talks have also been held with the doctors regarding the post-mortem report. She added, “the panel of doctors conducting the post-mortem has also been shown the scene of the incident. Reports have been taken from the doctors about both the spot and the post-mortem.”
“The post-mortem of Ankita done by the panel of doctors has also been video-graphed,” DIG P Renuka Devi said.
19-year-old Ankita was missing for at least six days before the Uttarakhand administration recovered her body from the Chilla canal in Rishikesh on September 24. Son of expelled BJP leader Vinod Arya, Pulkit Arya was arrested in the case for allegedly pushing her into the canal following an altercation. Besides Pulkit Arya, two more people were arrested in the case.
“After interrogating the witnesses related to the incident and the statement given by the accused- under police custody- it is found that all are matching among themselves”, Renuka Devi added.
Asked about VIPs visiting Vanantara resort, where Ankita was working as a receptionist, she said that after interrogating the staff working in the resort, it was found that there is a different category of rooms in the resort, referred to as top class rooms and those who stay in those rooms are generally called ‘VIPs’.
Tharoor highlights need for ‘renewed, reinvigorated’ Cong
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday said that with two consecutive losses in the Lok Sabha elections, there is a need for a “renewed and reinvigorated” party to take on the challenge of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre.
Tharoor is currently in Hyderabad campaigning for the upcoming presidential polls of the party in which he is up against the veteran leader Mallikarjun Kharge. “This election is about how Congress should be best equipped to take on the ruling govt today, which is BJP. We have lost two elections… We need a renewed, reinvigorated Congress party where it is mobilized effectively to take on this challenge,” Tharoor said while speaking to the media.
He denied the existence of the G-23 group within the Congress (which wrote to Sonia Gandhi seeking reforms in the party), and said that it was a “media idea”.
“There is no G-23 group. There never was, it was a media idea. As far as I can tell you, a couple of seniors wrote the letter. They invited a large number of people to support them. They told me that by phone they have contacted over a hundred peo-ple who have extended support. There was lockdown in 2020. Only 23 peo-ple were available in Delhi to sign it at that time,” he said.
Earlier on Sunday, Tharoor said that he represents a change in the party which a leader like Mallikarjun Kharge can’t bring about.
“We are not enemies, it’s not war. Some people are saying that Kharge Ji is a senior leader, and why don’t I get out of the race for him? I respect Kharge Ji, but it’s a poll for our party’s future. There are differences in the way we want to take the party for-ward,” Tharoor said.
“Kharge Ji is a part of our leadership, and other than the Gandhi family he is among the top three leaders of the Congress party. But leaders like him can’t bring change and will continue the existing system. I will bring the change as per the expectations of party workers,” Tharoor further said.
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