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Moral policing victim assaulted, filmed on Valentine's Day, found hanging
24.02.17 - TEAM PT
Moral policing victim assaulted, filmed on Valentine's Day, found hanging



A 22-year-old man, who was allegedly subjected to moral policing by a group of men, was found hanging near his house in Attappady in Kerala’s Palakkad district on Thursday night, police said on Friday.
 
On Valentine’s day, Aneesh and his female friend were assaulted and harassed near a beach in Kollam by a group of five men.
 
Aneesh’s friend went to relieve herself in a scrubby area as there were no toilets nearby, a gang of five drunken men sprang up on her and tried to assault her. After the woman raised an alarm, Aneesh came to her rescue but found himself being confronted by the gang and accused of immorality. He was assaulted and his face plastered on social media through videos posted by the men.
 
After the police intervened, Aneesh and his friend warned that they were on the cusp of committing suicide after being insulted and humiliated on social media by the moral policing gang.
 
Police had arrested five persons in the case. Aneesh was employed with a private firm in Kollam and he had returned to Karara after the attack.
 
According to the police, the man was upset and stayed aloof after the incident, as claimed by his friends. He hung himself from a tree outside his house yesterday.
 
Aneesh, has allegedly left a suicide note saying he was upset after the incident. In his suicide note, Aneesh has written about how he was constantly and continuously harassed by friends of the accused through social media without any reason whatsoever.

The state human rights commission, taking of note of the suicide, has asked the police to file a case. Police sources said they have filed a case of abetment of suicide against the accused.
 
His body was found by the locals after Aneesh’s family reported him missing. His body will be sent for post-mortem after which he will be cremated today.
 
In another incident of moral policing on Tuesday, a young couple from the state went live on Facebook after two women police personnel allegedly tried to moral police them over their "indecent” behaviour. The youngsters, who are not married, were questioned by police while inside the Museum Park in Thiruvananthapuram, for sitting "indecently”.
 
The man, who went live on Facebook in a video, said in his defence that he had merely put his hand on the woman’s shoulder. "How is me putting my hand on the woman’s shoulder vulgar,” the man is seen asking the police in the video.




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Fake Rs 2000 notes of ‘Children Bank of India’ dispensed from ATM in Delhi
22.02.17 - TEAM PT
Fake Rs 2000 notes of ‘Children Bank of India’ dispensed from ATM in Delhi



At a time when many people are struggling to withdraw cash, a State Bank of India ATM in South Delhi’s Sangam Vihar dispensed fake Rs 2,000 notes. The notes, which could be passed off as genuine at first glance, are replete with errors and seem to be a prank at people’s expense.
 
A call centre employee who had gone to withdraw Rs 8,000 from an SBI ATM in Sangam Vihar was in for a shock when the Rs 2000 notes from the machine bore the mark of "Children Bank of India".
 
He had visited the SBI ATM at around 7.45pm on February 6 to withdraw Rs 8,000. But he noticed that all the notes were fake.
 
The notes, dispensed read ‘Children Bank of India’ in place of Reserve Bank of India and ‘Guaranteed by the Children’s Government’ in place of Guaranteed by the Central Government. ‘Churan lable’ in place of the latent image and a fake ‘PK’ logo instead of the bank’s seal, are among some of the other obvious deviations on the note.

He noticed the deliberate mistakes on the notes like ‘promise to pay the bearer two thousand coupons’ and ’Serial number 000000’ and immediately brought it to police’s notice after which a sub-inspector was sent to the ATM located at the T-Point of Tigri in Sangam Vihar.
  
Confirming the development, a senior police officer said that the ATM first dispensed four such Rs 2,000 notes to a customer. "We sent a sub-inspector to verify the allegations. He withdrew one Rs 2,000 note and that also turned out to be fake,” the officer said, adding that the other notes in the bundle were genuine.
 
Arvind Kejriwal did not pass up the chance to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a trenchant tweet, saying, "A Prime Minister who can't even produce proper notes... can he run the country? The country has become a joke."
 
Police said they are yet to identify the people behind this. A case of manufacturing documents resembling currency notes, using forged or counterfeit notes and of cheating has been registered at Sangam Vihar police station under IPC sections 489-b, 489-e and 420.




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No plan to re-introduce Rs. 1,000 note; don't withdraw more money than needed: Govt.
22.02.17 - TEAM PT
No plan to re-introduce Rs. 1,000 note; don't withdraw more money than needed: Govt.



The government has no plans to re-introduce 1,000 rupee notes and is focusing to increase production of lower denomination currencies to address cash shortage, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said today.
 
"No plans to introduce Rs 1000 notes. Focus is on production and supply of Rs 500 and lower denomination notes," he tweeted.
He also said complaints of cash shortages at ATMs are being addressed and requested people to desist from withdrawing more money than they need.
 
"Complaints of cash out in ATMs being addressed. Request everyone to draw the cash they actually require. Overdrawal by some deprives others," he said in another tweet.
His clarification followed media reports that the government was planning to re-introduce Rs 1,000 notes with a new design.
 
Last week, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the remonetisation situation with regard to replenishing the scrapped currency was "almost normal” now and the Reserve Bank of India was monitoring the supply on a daily basis.

The Economic Affairs Secretary's latest statement is in complete contrast to what he had said a couple of days after the November 8, 2016 demonetisation move. "In a few months, Rs 1000 notes with new features will be brought into the market," Shaktikanta Das had said while addressing the Economic Editor's Conference in New Delhi on November 10, 2016.




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Registration open for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra
17.02.17 - team pt
Registration open for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra



Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India would organize Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake, this year from June to September. 26 batches are scheduled to go for this Yatra via Uttarakhand and Sikkim. Pilgrims interested in Yatra are advised to visit http://kmy.gov.in for registration and information.
 
According to a communiqué received in this regard Indian nationals aged 18-70 years as on January 1st, 2017 are eligible for this Yatra and group of 4 applicants can register together. Final selection of pilgrims would be held through computerized draw followed by medical tests. 
 
It may be added here that 26 batches were scheduled to go for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra via two routes i.e. 24 days journey of each of 18 batches on the partly trekking route via Uttarkhand and 21 days journey of each of 8 batches on the motorable route via Sikkim. Ministry of External Affairs may be contacted at 011-24300655 for any query regarding Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.
 
It is pertinent to mention here that Kailash Manasarovar Yatra holds great religious significance especially for Hindus as the adobe of Lord Shiva, as also for Jains and Buddhists.




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No need to stand up when National Anthem is played in films: SC
14.02.17 - TEAM PT
No need to stand up when National Anthem is played in films: SC



The Supreme Court today clarified that the audience need not stand when the National Anthem is played as a part of the storyline of a film, newsreel or documentary.
 
A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and R. Banumathi made this clear after one of the petitioners said the apex court should clarify if people are expected to stand when the National Anthem is played in a film, newsreel or documentary.
 
"It is clarified that when the National Anthem is played as part of the storyline of a film, newsreel or a documentary the audience need not stand,” the bench said.

The bench, which said the issue raised by petitioners needs to be debated, has fixed the matter for further hearing on April 18.
 
The apex court had ruled earlier that it was mandatory to play the National Anthem inside movie halls. People were not given clarity whether it was mandatory to stand up in respect of the Anthem. This led to confusion and in many case risked harassment of individuals for choosing not to stand up.

On December 1 last year, an Apex Court bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitav Roy ruled that the ruling was to instill "committed patriotism and nationalism” among the public. 
 
"The directions are issued, for love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the National Anthem as well as to the National Flag. That apart, it would instill the feeling within one, a sense committed patriotism and nationalism,” the bench had said.
 
In a recent incident, a 59-year-old man was thrashed in a Mumbai movie hall for not standing up for the National Anthem when it was played before the movie Dangal.




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