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It Happens only in India: Wedding called off over all-veg menu, bride finds new groom among guests
29.04.17 - TEAM PT
It Happens only in India: Wedding called off over all-veg menu, bride finds new groom among guests



The ban on illegal slaughterhouses across Uttar Pradesh took a toll on a wedding as a man in the district refused to solemnise his marriage after seeing that only pure vegetarian dishes were served. The incident took place on Wednesday in Kulhedi village, when a wedding party got upset over seeing that meat was missing from the platter.
 
The state is reportedly facing a shortage of meat products after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's orders to ban illegal slaughterhouses. Reports suggest that the prices of both meat and poultry have gone up.
 
The bride’s family tried to pacify them and said this was due to shortage of meat in the market.
 
The row escalated and the village panchayat or council was called to help resolve it. After the panchayat was called, Rizvan's family agreed to continue with the ceremonies but at this point, however, the bride put her foot down and refused to marry the groom.
 
The wedding fiasco had a plot twist that could put a Bollywood script to shame. A guest at the wedding proposed to Nagma on the spot and she decided to marry him instead. The new couple was blessed by the Panchayat and the guests did get a happy ending after all.
 
Uttar Pradesh seems to be following a trend of cancelling weddings over food matters. A similar incident took place in the Kurmapur village of Unnao district where the groom's side called off a wedding just because a relative demanded to have two rasgullas instead of one.




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Robert Vadra made Rs 50 crore illegal profit from land deal in Haryana, says report
28.04.17 - team pt
Robert Vadra made Rs 50 crore illegal profit from land deal in Haryana, says report



Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra made an "illegal profit" of over Rs 50 crore from a 2008 land deal without investing a penny, according to a panel that probed suspect Haryana land deals.
 
The Economic Times citing unnamed people familiar with the SN Dhingra commission report said the committee had probed transactions between Onkareshwar Properties and Vadra-owned Skylight Hospitality and subsequently between Skylight and developer DLF.
 
The Dhingra commission investigated over 20 properties said to have been purchased by Vadra and his companies, said the paper.
 
According to the report, the remarks were made by the Justice S N Dhingra commission which has filed in the Supreme Court the inquiry report that relates to alleged irregularities in land deals. The commission was set up by the Manohar Lal Khattar's BJP government in May 2015 to look into the grant of licences for change in land use in four villages of Gurugram, including the licence granted to Skylight.

People familiar with the commission's report told the daily that there was collusion aimed at benefiting Vadra's company. One of the persons familiar with the commission's report said that Skylight Hospitality, had bought land from Onkareshwar Properties which was then sold to developer DLF at a much higher price after the change in land use, resulting in the Rs 50.5 crore profit.
 
The Dhingra commission investigated over 20 properties said to have been purchased by Vadra and his companies, said the paper.
 
In response to the paper, Vadra’s lawyer said the company or his client had "committed no wrong and no laws were violated.” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in a statement on Thursday said the agricultural land bought by her in in Amipur village of Faridabad district or other property acquired by her had "no links to finances of her husband, his Skylight Hospitality or reality major DLF”.

She said the land was purchased for Rs 15 lakh through cheque, which comes to Rs 3 lakh per acre. The statement said the funds for the purchase came from rental income of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from property inherited by her from her grandmother Indira Gandhi.
 
Former Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda has also challenged the constitutional validity of the commission.
 
Vadra and others were allegedly granted favours by the Hooda-led state government in issuing licences to develop commercial properties in Gurgaon's Sector 83.

Vadra came into controversy after he bought a 3.5-acre plot in Gurgaon in 2008 for Rs 7.5 crores and after three months, he sold the same plot to real estate developer DLF for Rs 58 crores.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had pointed out that Vadra's firm, Skylight Hospitality, had not submitted documents on financial adequacy, but was still granted a licence.
 
The report was submitted on 31 August last year. The government sent it to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover last week after a bench asked for it in connection with a pending petition on land deals.




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FREEDOM OF SPEECH? Govt bans Facebook, Whatsapp,20 other social media sites in Kashmir
26.04.17 - TEAM PT
FREEDOM OF SPEECH? Govt bans Facebook, Whatsapp,20 other social media sites in Kashmir



In the wake of prevailing situation in the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday ordered suspension of social media in the trouble-hit region for a period of one month or till further orders are in place. According to officials, the Home Department via a order said that social media services in the Valley shall not be transmitted with immediate effect for a period of one month or till further orders.
 
Social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, QQ, WeChat, Ozone, Tumblr, Google , Baidu, Skype, Viber, Line, Snapchat, Pinterest, Telegram and Reditt have been banned.
 
Internet services have been banned in the state on several occasions in the past also but it is for the first time that the state home department has issued a formal order to this effect.
 
Officials further said that the state home department has invoked powers conferred on it under Indian Telegraph Act and Information Technology Act to take this decision. However, it was not clear whether the order affects all internet services or just the mobile internet services, which are already suspended since April 17.
 
"In the interest of maintenance of public order, the government hereby directs all internet service providers that any message or class of messages to or from a person or a class of persons relating to any subject or any pictorial content through the following social networking sites shall not be transmitted in Kashmir valley with immediate effect for a period of one month or till further orders, whichever is earlier," Principal Secretary (Home) R K Goyal said in the three-page order.
 
"On careful examination of all relevant factors, it is observed that the use of social media platforms, which are being misused by anti-national and anti-social elements by transmitting inflammatory messages in various forms are immediately required to be regulated/curbed," the order reads.

It said, "the anti-national and inimical elements largely succeed in transmitting unverified, objectionable and inflammatory material and content through the medium of these social networking sites."

It was being "felt that continued misuse of social networking sites and instant messaging services is likely to be detrimental to the interests of peace and tranquility in the state," the order said.
 
The department has in its order directed all internet service providers that "any message or class of messages to or from any persons or class of persons relating to any subject or any pictorial content through the following social networking sites shall not be transmitted in the Kashmir Valley".
 
The move comes against the backdrop of repeated student protests in Kashmir, which the authorities believe are fanned through social media.
 
 

Some days back, a police official had said that 350 WhatsApp groups were being used to spread rumours in Kashmir and the government had cracked down, shutting 90 per cent of these groups.

The mobile internet services were suspended in Kashmir on April 17, following widespread student protests in the valley against alleged highhandedness of security forces.
 
Reacting to the ban on the internet, former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, said that the communication blockade will play havoc with J&K’s economy and students’ future. He alleged that the PDP-BJP government is persecuting people politically and economically alike.

"The blockade would play havoc with the State’s economy and in turn rendering thousands of youth unemployed,” he asserted.

He alleged that the state government was not only suppressing the people through "brute force” but was also "persecuting” them economically.

"It will seriously affect our businesses and especially youth-oriented new start-ups in the e-commerce sector that depend primarily on internet accessibility and penetration. This will in turn lead to an increase in unemployment as the private sector especially the tourism sector will be severely hit,” he said.

"Using such measures to suppress dissent against a deeply unpopular government is as futile an exercise as that government continuing to be in power despite being rejected by the people of the State”, Abdullah added.




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MCD elections referendum on Kejriwal, he should resign immediately: Badal
26.04.17 - TEAM PT
MCD elections referendum on Kejriwal, he should resign immediately: Badal



Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal should immediately resign as chief minister of Delhi as the results of the Municipal Council of Delhi (MCD) elections were a direct referendum on the two years of non performance and negative politics which had been rejected by the people.

Simultaneously SAD patron and former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal thanked the electorate for showing faith in the BJP-SAD combine in Delhi and giving a huge mandate in its favour. "The Delhi electorate has shown that people want development and want their government to cooperate with other stake holders to deliver on its promises. The electorate has made it clear that it will not tolerate the agitationist politics of the Delhi CM. As AAP revolves around Kejriwal and Kejriwal alone he should take moral responsibility for this crushing defeat”, he added.

Meanwhile Sukhbir Badal said the defeat was written on the wall and was a culmination of a series of steps which had exposed Kejriwal irreversibly. He said the downfall of AAP started from Punjab when Punjabi's rejected its divisive ideology which was aimed at fomenting trouble in the border State. He said after this AAP had witnessed one defeat after another with the party being defeated in elections to the Delhi Gurdwara management committee, the Rajouri Garden bypoll and now the MCD elections. "I am proud that Punjabis and SAD  has been in the vanguard in taking on AAP and Kejriwal and finishing him as a political force forever". He also congratulated the Akali cadre for the SAD strike rate in the MCD elections. "We won four out of the five seats contested by us", he added. 

The SAD president said it was unfortunate that AAP and Kejriwal had not learnt from their mistakes. "Instead of seeking forgiveness from the Delhi electorate for their egoistic and arrogance filled rule, they are questioning the working of electronic voting machines (EVMs)”. He said this was shameful and akin to insulting the voters of Delhi and disrespecting the mandate of the electorate.

Stating the election result was a clear verdict in favour of the development oriented politics of Prime minister Narendra Modi, the SAD president said the results had also cleared the way for rapid development of Delhi. "Hopefully now all the bottlenecks created by the AAP government will come to an end”, he said adding the BJP-SAD alliance would deliver on its promises  to the Delhi electorate in a time bound manner.




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Bhagwant Mann hits out at party high command: Historic blunder, No use finding fault with EVMs
26.04.17 - TEAM PT
Bhagwant Mann hits out at party high command: Historic blunder, No use finding fault with EVMs



Daggers are out in the Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab unit with its MP Bhagwant Mann slamming the party leadership for drubbing in the recent state assembly elections, stating that not naming a chief ministerial candidate cost them heavy.

The AAP’s Sangrur MP said the party should look within to find out the reasons which stopped its march to power in Punjab.
 
Mann said AAP lost Punjab not because of any tampering of EVMs, but due to the blunders committed by the party's leadership. He blamed the leadership for "committing grave blunders in preparing strategy" for the Punjab Assembly election.

"There is no use finding fault with the EVMs now when the party leadership committed a historic blunder with regard to the overall strategy in the elections. First, it should look within to find out reasons that stopped AAP’s march to power,” said Mann, who addressed about 400 election rallies.
 
He also slammed the party leadership for "behaving like a ‘mohalla’ cricket team,” and said the AAP had committed a "historic blunder” in Punjab with regard to the overall electoral strategy.
 
AAP state convener Gurpreet Singh Waraich endorsed Mann’s remarks.

"What Mann has said should be taken seriously by Arvind Kejriwal. The party convener (Kejriwal) should speak to Mann to know why he thinks so,” he told PTI.
 
Elaborating on his plans, Mann said he was deliberating on all options available before him. He would take a final decision after coming back from the US.
 
The Sangrur MP said he was open to various options  and would take a call on his next course of action once he returns in May after meeting his children in US.
 
When asked why he was speaking now, Mann said that he did not want to during Punjab polls as he did not want to create a scene or else he would have been blamed for the loss.
 
"I have conveyed my feelings to Arvind Kejriwal in detail and told him how the party high command was responsible for its defeat in the Assembly elections in Punjab, where people came in droves to take part in rallies and other programmes,” the AAP leader said.
 
The comedian-turned-politician who did not campaign during the MCD polls said, "Bringing (Rajouri Garden MLA) Jarnail Singh to Punjab was also a questionable decision because it added to the confusion regarding the party’s CM face. "Overconfidence of certain leaders of the high command spoiled the party’s electoral game in Punjab.”
 
The Kejriwal-led party had won 20 out of a total 117 seats in the Punjab assembly polls. The Congress had registered a thumping win securing 77 seats, while SAD-BJP managed to win 18 seats.
 
Mann's attack on the AAP leadership comes on the day when the result for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election was announced and the party performed miserably in it. In this context, Mann's attack comes as a double whammy for the party leadership, particularly Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.




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