The National Conference and the Congress on Tuesday alleged that the Election Commission had decided to cancel the Anantnag Lok Sabha byelection to saving the BJP-PDP coalition government in the State from embarrassment.J&K Pradesh Congress Committee president G.A. Mir, the joint candidate of the two parties for the seat, said the failure of the Union and the State governments to conduct the elections showed “how grim and out of control the situation in Kashmir is”.The Congress candidate alleged that the Centre could not provide the security required and adopted dilly-dallying tactics “to save the already dented image of the PDP-BJP government in the State”.Slams alliance“Scrapping of the byelections is a blot on the face of both the State and the Central governments. The PDP-BJP alliance has no moral right to remain in power,” he said. National Conference general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said the cancellation had “put a question mark on EC’s credibility”.At PDP’s bidding“The EC has taken this decision on the recommendation of the coalition government in the State. Earlier, everybody urged the EC to postpone the bypolls keeping in view of the unfavourable atmosphere but they went ahead and later the PDP’s candidate urged the Commission to postpone the election, which was agreed to by the EC,” Mr. Sagar alleged.Meanwhile, former Chief Minister and NC working president Omar Abdullah, blamed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for the EC’s decision.“This is your legacy Ms. Mufti. Your ‘5% of the people’ have brought J&K back to the early 1990s; yet shamelessly you cling on to power! It’s depressing to see how far we have regressed in Kashmir from the highs of the Assembly polls of 2014 to the cancelled election of 2017,” Mr. Abdullah said.The leader said that in many ways, this was similar to the symbolic victory against India scored by the release of militants for Ms. Mufti’s sister in 1990. “The only things keeping Ms. Mufti in office are her shamelessness and a misplaced sense of pride in Delhi preventing admission of mistake,” Mr. Abdullah said.The EC on Tuesday cancelled the byelections, citing “unfavourable conditions”.Earlier, PDP candidate Tassaduq Mufti had also suggested to the ECI to cancel the upcoming polls. The byelection to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat witnessed violence on April 9, leaving nine civilians dead.Later, the EC postponed the bypolls for Anantnag seat, scheduled for April 12, to May 25. National Conference president Farooq Abdullah won the Srinagar byelection, defeating PDP candidate Nazir Khan by 10,766 votes in an election marked by a low turnout.The constituency, comprising 15 Assembly segments across Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts, saw just 80,000 of the 12.5 lakh voters exercising their franchise.
“The court of Additional Sessions Judge M.A. Khan acquitted both the accused of all the charges as the prosecution could not establish any of the charges levelled against them,” advocate M.S. Khan said over phone.Mr. Wani, who was arrested by the Delhi Police in 2001 allegedly with explosives and incriminating material, is a resident of Peeparkari area of Srinagar and is currently lodged in a Lucknow jail.The blast was carried out on Independence Day eve when the train was on its way from Muzaffarpur to Ahmedabad. Nine people were killed in the blast. SC pulls up trial court in Sabarmati train blasts case Former Aligarh Muslim University scholar Gulzar Ahmed Wani was on Saturday acquitted by a Barabanki court of the charge of orchestrating a blast in Sabarmati Express in 2000.According to the counsel for the accused, the court freed Mr. Wani and co-accused Mobin due to lack of evidence.Also Read
Singer Aditya Narayan allegedly got into an argument with IndiGo ground staff and abused them at the Raipur airport on Sunday morning, after he was asked to cough up ₹13,000 for excess baggage, the airline said in a statement. At the time of check-in, Mr. Narayan was asked to pay for extra baggage weighing 40 kg, which led to a heated argument between him and the IndiGo ground staff, the statement read.“(If) you are going to offload me, I will see you in Mumbai…phir dekh lenge (then we will see),” the singer can be heard threatening a duty manager, in a video being played by TV channels.The airline said, Mr. Narayan also used “unparliamentary” language while arguing with a female staff. However, he was later issued a boarding pass after he apologised to the ground staff. The airline did not say whether he paid the excess baggage fee or not.Narayan did not reply, despite repeated attempts to contact him.
The Arunachal Pradesh government has erected a statue of legendary music composer and singer Bhupen Hazarika at Bolung village in Dibang Valley district of the State.The ten-foot bronze statue, sculpted by Biren Singh of Guwahati, was erected in the village this year. It would be formally unveiled in the early part of 2018, an official said.“The State government had allocated Rs. 30 lakh for the statue in 2015 as a tribute to the legendary singer. Bhupen da is more an Arunachalee than an Assamese,” Director of Research Department Batem Pertin said.Bolung village is adjacent to Assam’s Sadiya area where his parents lived. He was often carried to the village by his elders. Later as a boy he also moved around the village frequently, an official said.Mr. Pertin said that the government in 2016-17 also allocated Rs. 70 lakh for erection of two statues of Hazarika at Yazali in Lower Subansiri district and Itanagar.Mr. Pertin, also the general secretary of the A.P. Literary Society, said that due to persuasion of the society, the government approved the Bolung project. “The land was donated by the sons of former MLA of Arunachal Pradesh Provisional Legislative Assembly Gora Pertin,” Mr. Pertin said.
The authorities on Friday foiled a march called by separatists in Kashmir by placing parts of Srinagar and Anantnag under security restrictions.All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik were either detained or placed under house arrest during the day. Security forces erected barricades in Srinagar and along the National Highway connecting the city with Anantnag. Train services were stopped in south Kashmir. No Friday prayers were allowed at the historic Jamia Masjid. “Why is the government choking our political activities if it believes in democracy?” the APHC chairman said.“Hundreds killed” The Mirwaiz alleged that “hundreds of people, mostly youth, have been killed in the ‘Operation All-Out’”.“The dictatorial approach of those in power is highly condemnable. The government has conceded its defeat by disallowing the rally,” the Mirwaiz added.
The Maharashtra government has made arrangements to send the body of a Kerala fisherman, who died off the Maharashtra coast, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday. Mr. Fadnavis’ response came after Congress MP and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor reached out to him on Twitter.“Dear Mr. Tharoor, Ratnagiri Collector already in touch with Thiruvananthapuram Collector since Monday afternoon. All necessary arrangements being done to transport body of Kerala fisherman,” Mr. Fadnavis tweeted.Earlier, Mr. Tharoor had urged the body of fisherman Rajumon floating near the Maharashtra coast be send back urgently. A total of nine persons were not the boat when tragedy struck in which one person lost his life. Reports said Rajumon, 41, died after falling sick.“Dear @Dev_Fadnavis, Rajumon (41), a Kerala fisherman, died at sea. His boat is now near the Maharashtra coast. Need help to bring the body to shore and to transport by air to Thiruvananthapuram. Please facilitate” Mr. Tharoor had tweeted.The Congress MP later tweeted an update and thanked the state government for the efforts when the body reached Ratnagiri’s local hospital. “It will be transported to Thiruvananthapuram after autopsy, I thank the Maharashtra government for co-operation.”
Panaji: The South Goa police on Saturday foiled a kidnapping attempt of a businessman from Vasco by three persons. The kidnappers, who were being chased by the police, pushed the victim from the car. “Three people kidnapped Harish Solanki from outside his shop and demanded a ransom of ₹10 lakh,” acting Superintendent of Police Dinraj Govekar said. The victim was pushed out of the moving car, after a police control room van started chasing the Tata Indica vehicle which the kidnappers were driving, the police officer said. “The victim is fine. There are no injuries. We have identified the kidnappers,” Mr. Govekar said, and added they would be caught soon.
The Maharashtra unit of the Congress will organise a protest march against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government over the alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal, in Mumbai on July 30.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman have lied to the country by keeping it in the dark over the Rafale deal. The agreement has no clause requiring the government to keep the price of the deal hidden, but only the technicalities of the fighter jets. The government is trying to hide a scam worth ₹41,000 crore,” said Ashok Chavan, president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee.Mr. Chavan said the agreement signed during the United Progressive Alliance regime in December 2012 stated that the cost of one Rafale jet is ₹526 crore and the total cost of 36 jets works out to ₹18,940 crore. The cost of one jet under the Modi government, though, is ₹1670.70 crore, which is almost 300% higher than the earlier deal. “The current deal does not share the technology with India, whereas the deal made by the Congress emphasised that,” he said.Mumbai Congress Unit Chief Sanjay Nirupam said, “What forced the BJP government to allot this contract to Reliance Defence, a newly-formed company with no experience whatsoever in making defence planes, over a firm like Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, which has been in this industry for years? According to the law, the Standing Committee on Defence and the Comptroller and Auditor General should be informed about any such deal being signed by the government. The fact that Mr. Modi and the Defence Minister have decided to keep the price under wraps reeks of corruption.”
The Odisha government has confirmed the presence of tigers in three more forests in the State.Movement of the Royal Bengal tigers has been captured by closed-circuit television cameras installed at the Hemgiri forest in Sundargarh and Debrigarh sanctuaries in Sambalpur districts, while indirect evidence such as people hearing tiger roars and cattle killing by big cats have been collected from the Muniguda forest in Rayagada district.These evidence have prompted Forest and Environment Minister Bijoyshree Routray to put the State’s tiger population at around 60.Increasing populationThe Similipal Tiger Reserve in Mayurbhanj and the Satokosia Tiger Reserve in Angul district are two known habitats of the big cat in the State. According to a tiger census conducted by the State government in 2016, there were around 40 tigers in Similipal. The Wildlife Institute of India had estimated the tiger population of Similipal at 28 in 2014.“We believe that the Sunabeda sanctuary in Nuapada district has four big cats. Neither movement of tigers has been captured on camera, nor has any formal tiger census been conducted there. Sunabeda has been a stronghold of the outlawed CPI(Maoist) because of which the tiger census at the sanctuary has been postponed in the past,” said Mr. Routray.More tiger reserves The Minister said sightings of tigers is a sign that a robust ecosystems exists in the State. The government is planning to propose identification and development of Debrigarh and Sunabeda as two new tiger reserves in the State.At present, the State government is focusing on increasing the tiger population in Satkosia reserve. As part of its strategy, six tigers (three pairs) were to be brought from Madhya Pradesh. Two felines have already been released in Satkosia, but resistance from local population in buffer villages has delayed the transportation and release of the other tigers.
5. Six agencies account for more than 95% of total federal expenditures on basic research, which amounts to about $32 billion this year.Biomedical research rules. The National Institutes of Health is the single most important supporter of basic research, followed by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and NASA. (These numbers come from the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program.) Source: AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program 3. What really matters is science’s share of discretionary spending: Three cents out of every dollar.That red slice of the pie (upper left) feeds many researchers. Overall, military spending accounts for about one-half of discretionary spending. And although the Pentagon funds some science, most is funded by nondefense agencies. (The military is a major funder of a few fields, including engineering research, computer science, and math.) The annual U.S. federal budget cycle is set to kick off today at 11:30 a.m. in Washington, D.C., when the White House releases its spending request to Congress for the 2016 fiscal year that begins in October. Many researchers will be watching closely to see how it treats the agencies that fund their work—and ScienceInsider will be reporting the numbers and providing analysis throughout the day.President Barack Obama has already signaled that he will ask for a 7% increase in discretionary spending (the part of the budget that includes annual research funding). But it’s not yet known how much key science funding agencies will get. Then the Republican-led Congress gets to weigh in, and it’s almost certain to object to things the president wants. 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The big picture: Most federal spending pays for mandatory programs and interest on the debt.All federal spending on research and development (about $140 billion in 2015) fits into the relatively small “discretionary spending” portion of the federal budget. Discretionary spending, which is the only part of the budget that Congress and the White House can control from year to year, accounted for just 29% of the nearly $4 trillion the government will spend this year (the green slice in this pie chart, prepared by the nonprofit National Priorities Project). The rest—71%—goes to so-called mandatory programs, such as the Medicare health program for senior citizens, and interest on the federal debt. This spending is automatic, although Congress can always change the rules that determine how it will be distributed. (The next few charts are based on the White House’s 2015 spending request.) 6. Federal R&D spending has flattened in recent years.A variety of forces, including a laboring economy and efforts to rein in federal spending in the face of looming deficits, have caused some research agency budgets to grow relatively slowly, or in some cases fail to keep pace with inflation. These trends have prompted concern in the research community, which argues they threaten to dampen innovation and long-term economic growth. (In the graph below. “ARRA” refers to the 2009 stimulus spending package.) 4. The majority of funding for basic and applied research comes from nondefense agencies.Many analysts consider spending on basic research to be an especially important barometer of the health of the scientific enterprise. It’s seen as the foundation for innovation, new products, and a higher standard of living. The majority of basic research spending comes from the nondefense discretionary budget. What’s next?Many research groups are hoping that the 2016 budget process ends with appreciable increases in federal spending on research. But a 2011 budget deal between Congress and the White House puts relatively tight limits on how much discretionary spending can grow. With its request for a 7% increase, the White House will argue that it is time to lift those caps. But budget hawks say that the federal deficit, now $460 billion after topping $1 trillion early in the Obama administration, is still too large. Whose side will prevail?If you’d like to learn more about the federal budget process and U.S. science spending, check out these resources:National Priorities Project “Federal Budget 101” primerThe R&D Budget and Policy Program of AAAS (publisher of ScienceInsider)Congressional Research Service report on Federal Research Development Funding: FY2015Come back to ScienceInsider to see our rolling coverage of the budget release.Click here to see all of our Budget 2016 coverage.*Clarification, 1 February, 10:02 p.m.: The text accompanying the third graph has been revised to clarify that it refers to all discretionary spending and that the military is a major funder of some research fields. *Updated, 2 February, 7:45 a.m. 2. Science gets about 1% of total annual federal spending, but that’s not the most important number.Science is that tiny light orange slice at the lower right.
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Acclaimed York-based scientist Pratibha Laxman Gai has been named for damehood, the female equivalent of a knighthood, leading a number of people of Indian-origin from various walks of life in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2018 released on Saturday.Gai, professor and acclaimed expert on electron microscopy based at the University of York, grew up in India and won the national science talent scholarship before winning another scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge.She is the fourth Indian-origin woman conferred with the honour since it was instituted in 1917, following Maharani Lakshmi Devi of Dhar (1931), educationist Asha Khemka (2014) and medicine academic Parveen Kumar (2017).Read it at Hindustan Times Related Items
An American citizen was arrested for arriving in India without a visa at the Indo-Nepal border in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district, the Sashastra Seema Bal said on Saturday.An Indian accompanying the US citizen was also arrested from the Panitanki area in West Bengal on Friday by the SSB soldiers.Read it at NDTV Related Items
Foreign tourists may soon be allowed to visit some of the places that have been out of bounds for them until now without a special permit. However, tourists from Pakistan and China will not be allowed to visit these locations.“Discussions are on with the state governments to relax the Restricted Area Permit provisions for some areas for foreign tourists,” Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said, reported PTI.The move is aimed at promoting tourism, generating job prospects for the local population as well as creating income for the state, an official from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was cited as saying by the news agency.The Indian home ministry is now assessing whether it should relax the Restricted Area Permit, according to which tourists from foreign nations have to obtain a special permission to visit some of the places that are protected or restricted.According to Rijiju, in order to categorize the possible venues for which the Protected Area Permit and the Restricted Area Permit provisions may be relaxed, the ministry will work with the other agencies as well as the state governments.However, the chances of nationals of Pakistan and China to obtain these relaxations may be slim, the official said, the report added.Some of the protected areas in India are the whole of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim, and some parts of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand. Under the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order 1958, all areas falling between the inner line and the international border of some states have been declared as a protected area. The areas that have been deemed restricted are the entire Andaman and Nicobar Islands and some parts of Sikkim.Every foreigner, except a citizen of Bhutan, who desires to enter and stay in a Protected or Restricted Area, is required to obtain a special permit from a competent authority delegated with powers to issue a special permit to a foreigner.According to a Dec. 30, 2010 circular issued by the MHA, the entire area of the states of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland was excluded from the Protected Area regime for a period of one year initially from January 1, 2011. This is subject to some conditions.India earned $27 billion from its foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs), which crossed the 10-million mark, in 2017. The rise in numbers shown by the Ministry of Tourism was echoed by travel website TripAdvisor in its “2017 Inbound Travel Study” that revealed that international travel interest in India is increasing.India’s share of international tourist arrivals is 1.18 per cent in the world and 4.72 per cent in Asia, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism. The sector contributed 6.88 per cent to India’s GDP and provided 12 per cent of the jobs in 2017, Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons had said earlier. Related ItemsTourism
The interest and rights of every Indian citizen will be protected and those who have illegally entered the country will be dealt with as per provisions of the law, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani said here on Tuesday.Ms. Irani, who was in the city to highlight the achievements of 100 days work of the Narendra Modi-led government, was responding to questions on the implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal.“The BJP is dedicated to protecting the rights of citizens of India, the BJP has articulated its stand against illegal infiltration on many platforms,” the Union Minister said, adding that Home Minister Amit Shah has said on several occasions that rights of every citizen will be protected.Ms. Irani’s comments comes in the backdrop of a resolution passed by the West Bengal Assembly against NRC in Assam.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has appreciated the Centre’s decision to accept the State’s plea for the release of prisoners convicted under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) who had completed their sentence and whose release was not perceived to be prejudicial to the peace and security of Punjab or the country. In a letter dated September 14, the Chief Minister urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to accept the State government’s formal proposal as a “goodwill gesture” on humanitarian grounds on the occasion.Eight Sikh prisoners, lodged in different jails in the country for committing crimes during the militancy phase in Punjab, will be released by the government on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in November. Besides, through a special remission, the death sentence of another Sikh prisoner has been commuted to life imprisonment.Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the government’s gesture was a fitting tribute to the atmosphere of religious zeal and harmony generated by celebrations of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.“We are very sure that this is just the starting point of the process to the review and release of all Sikh prisoners who had either served their full term or had been forced into unlawfulness under extenuating religious and emotional circumstances,” Mr. Badal said.