Mamata backs Chandrababu Naidu's fast; says, we extend support for 5 cr people

Kolkata: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday received a support from West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee for his one-day fast against Centre government to demand justice for state people. Naidu sat on hunger strike at Indira Gandhi Stadium from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. demanding “justice” for the state, including the special category status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh.

Banerjee took to her Twitter handle and said: “We extend support to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu @ncbn, for his one-day Hunger Strike for the five crore people of Andhra Pradesh #CBNFast4Justice”. (sic)

The hunger strike is called ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ or ‘Fight for Justice’. The strategy for the hunger strike was finalised by the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet, chaired by Naidu, on Monday.

The SCS was first accorded in 1969 to Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Nagaland. Over the years, eight more states were added to the list – Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tripura and, finally, in 2010, Uttarakhand.

Daily exercises help heart attack patients to live longer

New Delhi: There are many benefits of exercise and it can help prevent diseases. Now, it turns out, it is even more beneficial after a heart attack and it may help stave off death for longer.

A study done by Swedish researchers followed 22,000 heart attack survivors aged 18-74, and found that those who boosted their exercise levels after being discharged from the hospital, halved their risk of dying within the first four years. A previous study had shown that daily exercise could lower chances of heart attack for people who have a family history of cardiovascular problems.

Orjan Ekblom of the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences led the research presented at a European Society of Cardiology congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The team collected data on heart attack patients in Sweden and their physical activity levels as reported six to 10 weeks or 12 months after the event.

Almost 1,100 of the group of 22,227 died in the four years of the study. The team also measured whether the patients became less or more active over time or maintained a constant level of activity. Making provisions for other factors such as the patients’ age, gender, smoking habits and health, the team then looked at trends.

Government to ensure death penalty in child rape; proposes to amend POCSO act

New Delhi: In a bid to make Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act more stringent and ensure not less than the death penalty for rape of minors till 12 years of age, the Central government has started a process of amendment in the law. It has submitted a letter to Supreme Court in this regard.

Responding a plea, filed by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, seeking the maximum sentence of death penalty to those offenders involved in the rape and brutal murder of children between the age group of 0 to 12, Central informed the apex court bench that it is working make changes in the existed law.

An apex court three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and comprising of Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, fixed the matter for further hearing to April 27.
In wake of the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi had said that her ministry intends to amend the POCSO to make provision for death penalty in such cases.

Justice Rajinder Sachar passes away

New Delhi: Human rights activist and former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Justice Rajinder Sachar (94) passed away on Friday at a New Delhi hospital where he was admitted a few days ago for an ailment.

Justice Sachar was the Chief Justice from August 6, 1985, to December 22, 1985. After his retirement, he was associated with rights group People’s Union for Civil Liberties.

He completed his early education in Lahore’s D.A.V. High School and graduated in law from the Law College of that city. After enrolling as an advocate in 1952 in Simla, he began practicing on all types of civil, criminal and revenue cases.

In 2005, Sachar was appointed by the United Progressive Alliance government to head a committee to study the condition of the Muslim community and to prepare a report on their social, economic and educational status. The report, now famously known as the Sachar Committee report, highlighted that Muslims were under-represented in the civil service, police, and military and in politics.

In 2011, Justice Sachar was detained by police at Anna Hazare’s fast venue in the Capital.  In 2012, a group of social activists, lawyers, retired Army officers, journalists and film makers began an online petition to support him for the post of President of India.

His cremation would take place in the Electric Crematorium on Lodhi Road, New Delhi, at 5:30 pm on Friday.



Mijwan 2018: Bollywood’s biggest stars unite to walk the ramp

Mumbai: Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor walked the ramp at the 2018 Mijwan Fashion Show wearing ensembles by designer Manish Malhotra.

The two stars who have worked together in multiple films such as Bachna Ae Haseeno and Tamasha also collaborated for the show in 2014. This year marks the ninth edition of the walk organized by Shabana Azmi’s NGO, Mijwan Welfare society.

Deepika wore an embellished floral lehenga while Ranbir wore a black bandhgala, both traditional ensembles designed by Malhotra.

The show itself was initially supposed to be held on April 9, however, it was postponed to April 19 as both Deepika and Ranbir had fallen ill. The rehearsal pictures and videos featured the actors walking the ramp. Manish had also shared pictures from fittings and rehearsals on his official Instagram handle. Celebrities present at the show include Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Mouni Roy, Neetu Kapoor, Kriti Kharbanda, Poonam Dhillon, Saqib Saleem, Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam.

Mijwan Welfare Society was started by actor Shabana Azmi to realise her father Kaifi Azmi’s dreams. Walk of Mijwan is held to showcase the fashion label associated with this welfare society.


Shahid Kapoor, Mira Rajput out with family to support Ishaan Khatter

Mumbai: Ishaan Khattar’s family came out in support for his movie debut, Beyond the Clouds. A special screening for the film directed by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi was held in Mumbai and Ishaan’s half-brother Shahid Kapoor, Shahid’s wife Mira Rajput, mother Neelima Azeem and father Rajesh Khattar were present.

Ishaan will return to the multiplexes in July with Dhadak, producer Karan Johar’s remake of Marathi film, Sairat. Dhadak will also feature debutante Janhvi Kapoor, daughter of the late Sridevi.

Ishaan was born in 1995 to Azeem and actor Rajesh Khattar. Azeem was previously married to actor Pankaj Kapoor. Khattar and Azeem have since divorced as well.



Attack on artist Durga Malathi's house for painting against Kathua rape

Palakkad: Kerala-based artist, Durga Malathi’s house was attacked on Thursday night for drawing a painting against Kathua rape incident. According to her Facebook post, some unidentified men allegedly pelted stones at the house.

A vehicle parked in front of her house was also damaged in the attack. She shared the photos of the attacked vehicle on Facebook, asking what wrong has she done to be attacked in such heinous manner. A case has been registered in this matter and police have tightened the security for Durga.
Malathi is a teacher and an artist who has been facing immense criticism on social media over the last few days for protesting against the Kathua rape and murder case.

Durga was attacked for allegedly ‘hurting religious sentiments.’ She had done two paintings depicting male genitals along with some Hindutva idols, inviting abuse and threat on the social media for allegedly ‘hurting religious sentiments.’

An eight-year-old girl from a nomadic Muslim community was allegedly abducted, drugged, raped, tortured and bludgeoned to death in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district in January.

Karnataka Energy Minister declares asserts over Rs. 600 crore

Bengaluru: Karnataka Energy Minister D K Shivakumar on Friday declared assets over Rs 600 crore in an affidavit filed along with his nomination for the May 12 assembly election in the state.

Total assets, movable and immovable of Shivakumar and his family that includes his wife and three dependent children are worth about Rs 840 crore as per the details provided in the affidavit. Movable assets under his name are worth Rs 70, 94, 84,974.32 while immovable assets of Rs 5,48,85,20,592, the total coming to Rs 6,19,80,05,566.32 as per the affidavit.

A powerful Vokkaliga leader, Shivakumar filed his nomination from the Kanakapura assembly constituency. Shivakumar has declared that he is as an educationist and social worker by profession and his wife a housewife and landlord.

The liabilities in the form of loans from banks and financial institutions are over Rs 101.77 crore. His wife, Usha has total assets worth over Rs. 112 crore. The minister also declared assets for his three children Aabharana, Aakash and Aisshwarya.

Shivakumar has one Toyota Qualis worth Rs. 8, 35,026 purchased in 2002 and jewelry, including a Rolex watch worth Rs. 1, 56, 84,014.

Shivakumar is under the I-T department radar following searches conducted at various properties linked to him on August 2 last year when he had hosted 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs at a resort on city outskirts to forestall alleged attempts by BJP to poach them ahead of the then Rajya Sabha polls there. The searches had kicked up a political row with the ruling Congress alleging misuse of the I-T department by the central government to target its leaders.

Kathmandu airport closed after jet skids off runway

Kathmandu: Kathmandu airport was closed on Friday after a Malaysian jet with 139 people on board aborted its takeoff and skidded off the runway.

No casualties have been reported in the incident but incoming flights to the Nepali capital were diverted while authorities tried to move the Malindo Airlines Boeing 737 which was stuck in mud.

It is not known how long Tribhuvan Airport, Nepal’s sole international air gateway would be closed.

The flight by the Malaysian carrier to Kuala Lumpur was accelerating on the runway late Thursday when the pilots detected a problem and halted the takeoff. The jet skidded to a halt on grassland and came to a stop in mud about 100 feet from the runway.

The incident came one month after the crash of a US-Bangla Airways plane at Kathmandu airport which killed 51 people.

In March 2015, a Turkish Airlines jet skidded off the runway as it landed, forcing Tribhuvan Airport to close for four days.

Gujarat high court acquits Maya Kodnani in Naroda Patiya massacre

In a big relief to former BJP minister Maya Kodnani, the Gujarat high court on Friday acquitted her in the case but it upheld the conviction of former Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi. A division bench of Justices Harsha Devani and A S Supehiya pronounced the verdict. The bench said charges against Kodnani could not be established.

In August 2012, a special court for SIT cases had sentenced 32 people, including Kodnani, to life imprisonment. She was awarded 28 years of imprisonment, while Bajrangi was given lifer.
The high court had later reduced it to 21 years rigorous imprisonment. Kodnani is currently out on bail, while Bajrangi is in jail. The trial court had sentenced seven other accused to 31 years rigorous imprisonment, while 22 others were given 24 years in jail. Twenty-nine others were acquitted in the case.

It was one of the nine major 2002 communal riots cases investigated by a Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Eleven Muslims were killed in the Naroda Patiya area (near the suburb of Naroda Gam) on February 28, 2002, a day after the Gujarat riots when 59 karsevaks returning to Gujarat from Ayodhya were killed in a fire inside a three-tier coach of the Sabarmati Express train near the Godhra railway station. A total of 82 people are facing trial in the case.

The riots had started in Naroda Gam area on the morning of February 28 and continued till late in the afternoon.

A total of 187 prosecution witnesses and 57 defence witnesses have been examined in the case till today.