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Patna HC cancels Bihar govt’s prohibition law, terms it ‘illegal’
30.09.16 - team pt
Patna HC cancels Bihar govt’s prohibition law, terms it ‘illegal’



Now one can enjoy his drinks in Bihar at his leisure as in a major blow to Nitish Kumar-led government, the Patna High Court on Friday struck down the state's Prohibition of Liquor Act. The court termed the act as 'illegal', reported ANI.
 
The Bihar Prohibition and Excise Bill -2016 had strict provisions such as possible arrest of all members of a family if a liquor bottle is found in a house. In the new bill, all sections were made non-bailable, where only courts can grant bails and not police stations. If the Bill were to come into effect, only special courts have the authority to try cases related to violation of the Bihar Prohibition Law.
 
On April 5, 2016, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had announced a complete ban on alcohol in the state with immediate effect. Fulfilling a promise he had made to women before the assembly elections in the state, Nitish Kumar had on November 26, announced his plan to effect a liquor ban in the state.
 
In June this year, Nitish Kumar had claimed that there has been a drastic decline in the percentage of crimes in the two months after complete prohibition was imposed in the state. "Heinous crimes have come down by 15% in last two months," he had said.
 
Bihar is India's third most-populous state and the most recent, after Kerala, to opt for banning alcohol. More than 13,000 people have been arrested since April, when Mr Kumar did away with his original plan to ban liquor in phases, and declared complete prohibition.
 
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court also dismissed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashwani Upadhaya's plea, seeking a complete ban on liquor across the nation.




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Indian Army carries out surgical strikes across LoC, destroys terror launch pads
29.09.16 - team pt
Indian Army carries out surgical strikes across LoC, destroys terror launch pads



India has carried out surgical strikes targeting "launchpads” for terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, said the Indian Army. According to a report by The Hindu, the strike was carried out on Wednesday night, senior military and diplomatic sources informed the media at a hurriedly called media briefing at the Ministry of External Affairs.
 
"Based on very specific and credible information which we received yesterday that some terrorist teams had positioned itself along the line of control, India Army carried out surgical strikes last night at these launch pads. The operations were focused to ensure that these terrorists do not succeed in endangering lives of citizens in our country. During the counter-terrorist operations, significant casualties have been caused to the terrorists and those who were trying to support them. The operations have since ceased,” Director General of Military Operations Lt. Gen Ranbir Singh said.
 
He sought the support of the Pakistan Army in erasing the menace of terrorism. Pakistan has responded to the government statement saying there has been "no such strike."
 
"We do not have any plans to continue. However the Indian armed forces are fully prepared to deal with any contingency which may arise. I have spoken to Pakistani DGMO and expressed our concern. It is India’s intention to maintain peace and tranquillity in the region but we cannot certainly allow terrorists to operate across the Line of Control with impunity and attack our citizens,” said the DGMO.
 
The attack was carried out following the September 18 terror strike in Uri that claimed the lives of 18 Indian soldiers.
 
The DGMO pointed out that during the investigation of the terror attack, the proof of the involvement of Pakistani elements was clearly discovered.
 
PM Narendra Modi had informed President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President and former Prime Minister Mahmohan Singh on the surgical strikes. Jammu and Kashmir Governor and CM Mehbooba Mufti have also been informed about the surgical strike.
 
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has informed Chief Ministers of Punjab, West Bengal and Odisha, CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury and Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad about surgical strikes.
 
India tried to solve the situation from the Uri attack at the diplomatic level but did not receive an adequate response, he said. Earlier on Thursday morning, Army officials briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the srcurity situation at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security. A meeting the Prime Minister due to thold on reviewing the MFN status to Pakistan was postponed to next week, the Prime Minister's Office said.
 
In a statement on its website, the DG-ISPR of the Pakistani army said that there had been a major exchange of fire overnight, in which two Pakistani rangers were killed.
 
"Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing in Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel and Lipa sectors which started at 0230 and continued till 0800” the Pakistani military spokesperson claimed.
 
Responding to Indian government’s statement that security forces conducted a surgical strike across Line of Control on Wednesday night, Pakistan said there has been no such strike.
 
"Instead, there had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India which is existential phenomenon. As per rules of engagement, same was strongly and befittingly responded by Pakistani troops,” said a Pakistan government statement.
 
Pakistan said: "The notion of surgical strike linked to alleged terrorists bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by Indian to create false effects. This quest by Indian establishment to create media hype by rebranding cross border fire as surgical strike is fabrication of truth. Pakistan has made it clear that if there is a surgical strike on Pakistani soil, same will be strongly responded.”
 
India had repeatedly warned Pakistan not to allow its territory to be used for terrorist activities. Besides, India had called for an international diplomatic boycott of Pakistan as it shielded terrorists on its land. At the United Nations General Assembly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Pakistan was a terror state and it need to rein in terror elements.
 
Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security to discuss the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control. Also present at the meeting were Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, NSA Ajit Doval, and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.




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Expelled for insufficient attendance, class 12 students stab teacher to death
27.09.16 -
Expelled for insufficient attendance, class 12 students stab teacher to death



In a shocking incident, two class 12 students of a Delhi government school in Nangloi, Sultanpuri allegedly stabbed their teacher to death in front of their classmates, after they were not allowed to sit for an examination due to lack of sufficient attendance.

The school authorities said Mukesh, a Hindi teacher, was allegedly attacked with a knife in the classroom after an examination.
 
Badan Singh, the principal, said the school had rusticated one of the accused for irregular attendance.

"At around 5 pm, when the exams were over, these students went to the room where Kumar was arranging the answer sheets. They attacked him with a knife,” said Singh.
 
Kumar was immediately rushed to the Balaji Action hospital, but the doctors could not save him.

"This is the incident of SP Road Sultanpuri school. It took place around 5-5:30 p.m. Two students attacked Hindi teacher Mukesh with a knife. It took place in the classroom when an examination was going on. The school staff brought him to the Balaji Hospital. The hospital authorities asked to deposit money first before treatment. The two students had low attendance percentage and their names were struck off from the list,” said Sumit, one of the school staff.

Gulab Sharma, another school staff described the two students as "criminal-type”, who had failed thrice.
 
As many as 7 special teams of the district were constituted as part of the search operation to trace the accused. On being interrogated, the two accused confessed to their crime, saying they had planned to teach their teacher a lesson for singling them out before the entire class. They said they bought one knife from a nearby area of Nangloi and stabbed teacher Kumar. After committing the crime, they were arrested from the nearby Begampur area.

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia announced an aid of Rs 1 crore for Kumar’s family.
 
The government has also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.

He said his government respects teachers and thinks the contribution of a teacher in the society is as important as a soldier guarding the border.




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Sushma slams Pak's support of terrorism at UN, says such Nations 'As Culpable As Terrorists'
26.09.16 - TEAM PT
Sushma slams Pak's support of terrorism at UN, says such Nations 'As Culpable As Terrorists'



In a strongly-worded speech at the United Nations, Sushma Swaraj hit out at Pakistan for its continued support of terrorism and its interference in Kashmir. Starting off by speaking about the Swachh Bharat campaign, Save the Girl Child and Make in India.

She mentioned India planned to ratify the climate change accord in Paris. She said: "Mr President, I am taking a second topic on climate change. Climate change is a serious challenge. We have enough for enough for everyone's need, but not enough for greed. In this context PM Modi, has championed a new concept called Climate Justice.”
 
Calling out Pakistan's serial use of terror attacks in India and its role in inciting the worst violence in several years in Kashmir, the minister warned that Islamabad must "abandon this dream" about using terror attacks to "obtain territory it covets." Ms Swaraj said, "Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so."

Ms Swaraj's speech was made days after Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif targeted India at the UN General Assembly, accusing it of human rights atrocities in Kashmir in the weeks after the killing of 22-year-old terrorist Burhan Wani, which triggered over a month of violent clashes between security forces and residents outraged by Wani's death. India has accused Pakistan of inciting the riots that left nearly 90 dead and over 10,000 injured.
 
Describing terror as "the biggest violation of human rights," Ms Swaraj said that countries who promote and use it must be held accountable. India has launched a global campaign for Pakistan to be isolated after the Uri attack, which was the biggest setback for the military in Kashmir in nearly 15 years.

Strongly slamming Pakistan for harbouring terrorists, she said: "The nations that harbour such terrorists are just as guilty as the terrorists as themselves. On 21st September, Nawaz Sharif made baseless allegations against human rights violations in my country. Those accusing us should introspect the crimes in their own country, like Balochistan. It’s the worst form of human rights violations.”

She said that Pakistan went into denial when given proof of its hand in terrorism. She also added that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and Pakistan should forget its ‘foolish dream’.

Pointing out that the government of India had gone out of its way to reach out to Pakistan. She said: "Nawaz Sharif wanted pre-conditions. Did we ever seek pre-conditions? Did we impose any pre-conditions when Modi went from Kabul to Lahore? We take initiatives without seeking pre-conditions. We wished him on eid. Wished his cricket team well. Hoped him the best. What did we get in return? Pathakot, Uri? Are we putting conditions or are they putting conditions?” She signed off saying that the UN should adopt Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism to develop norms to prosecute terrorists.




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No photos please! Man tries to take selfie with python, python tries to take piece of man
24.09.16 - TEAM PT
No photos please! Man tries to take selfie with python, python tries to take piece of man



In an unusual incident, a person narrowly escaped getting hurt while trying to click a selfie with a python in Rajasthan's Mount Abu district.

The incident took place yesterday when the forest department of Mount Abu caught a python from a private hotel in Sirohi. 
 
Subsequently, forest department officials reached the spot and captured the reptile. This is when the person in question tried to capture the moment along with the reptile.

Two other men were carrying the python when another youth thought of posing for a selfie with the captive python.
No sooner had he stepped back without looking at the python to align with him for the selfie, the reptile lunged at him and bit him suddenly.
 
The victim is reportedly unharmed but he sure has learnt a valuable lesson in how or how not to deal with animals.
 
The selfie madness has taken over the world, with the urge to capture self-portraits in various places developing into a dangerous trend and even a sickness! Several people have in the past put themselves in hazardous situations to take a unique self-portrait so that they could flaunt it around amongst friends and acquaintances.
 




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