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Nitish gets livid over documentary showing pind-daan in Gaya

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Patna, Sep 22 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday become angry with the water resources development ministry over a representative video documentary showing a pind-daan, a ritual conducted at the cremation of a person.

In the run-up to the Bihar assembly elections, Kumar has laid down the foundation stone of 77 projects worth Rs 2814.47 crore.

One of these projects relates to a rubber dam project on Falgu river in Gaya.

During its inauguration, the water resources development ministry played a video documentary in which a pind-daan ceremony on Falgu river in Gaya was shown.

As soon as it went on screen, CM Nitish Kumar got livid. He shouted in the middle of the documentary for wrong selection of visuals by the ministry concerned.

He said the Gaya district is renowned around the world for the Bodhi Temple where Lord Buddha gained wisdom. The pictures inside the temple are unique. “People go to Gaya to see this temple. It is an icon of Gaya and not the area where the pind-daan takes place on Falgu river,” Kumar said during the virtual inauguration.

“I have repeatedly told the ministry concerned to avoid representing Falgu river in Gaya, still they are making the same mistake again,” Kumar said.

The video documentary showcased the rubber dam and renovation on the either side of the river banks.

Since, elections are round corner in Bihar, there is an assumption that showing rituals related to death isn’t auspicious.

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UP STF to probe conspiracy angle in Hathras incident

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Lucknow, Oct 22 : The Special Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh police has been handed over the probe into the alleged conspiracy to incite caste clash in the state following the Hathras incident involving a Dalit woman.

A senior STF official said on Thursday that the team probing the conspiracy angle will soon visit the scene of the crime to investigate and collect facts.

A 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras on September 14. She died on September 29 at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital during treatment

“We have received four FIRs so far, two of Hathras, one of Aligarh and one of Mathura, and we will be looking into them in detail, the official said, adding the Mathura case relating to arrest of four persons allegedly linked to the PFI will also be probed.

The official refused to divulge further details.

Amid the massive outrage over the alleged gang rape and killing of a Dalit woman, the UP police had filed around 19 cases in different parts of the state against “unknown” persons and invoked the sedition charge against them for attempting to trigger a caste conflict and tarnish the UP government’s image.

The FIR lodged at Chandpa police station in Hathras had mentioned 19 IPC sections, including 124A (sedition), 505 (intending to cause public alarm and inducing someone to commit offence against state or public tranquillity), 153A (promoting enmity between groups).

The UP police had also booked four persons including Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan on sedition and other charges at Maant police station in Mathura, two days after they were held while on their way to Hathras

According to the FIR, charges under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the IT Act were also filed against the four, who were accused by the state police of having links with the Popular Front of India and its affiliates

The PFI has been accused of funding protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act across the country earlier this year and the UP police had sought a ban on the outfit.

The four were held when, according to the police, they were on their way to Hathras.

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Uttar Pradesh cop Intesar Ali suspended ober beard

Ali joined the police force as sub-inspector and was posted in Baghpat since the past three years.

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Baghpat (Uttar Pradesh), Oct 22 : Sub-inspector in Uttar Pradesh Police, Intesar Ali, has been suspended and sent to the police lines, and all this for keeping a beard without permission.

Ali had been warned thrice to shave off or seek requisite permission for the same.

However, the policeman did not seek permission and continued to keep the beard.

SP Baghpat Abhishek Singh said that as per the police manual only Sikhs are allowed to keep a beard while all other policemen have to remain clean-shaven.

“If any police personnel want to keep a beard, he has to seek permission for the same. Intesar Ali was repeatedly asked to seek permission but he did not comply and kept the beard without permission,” the SP said.

Ali joined the police force as sub-inspector and was posted in Baghpat since the past three years.

He told reporters that he had applied permission to keep a beard but got no response.

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Another plea for release of nurse’s salaries reaches Delhi High Court

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : The Delhi High Court will, on November 4, hear a plea seeking direction to release the salaries and allowances of the nursing staff at the Rajan Babu Institute of Pulmonary Medicine and Tuberculosis, under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, pending since June this year.

The matter was listed before a division bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan on Wednesday but got adjourned as the bench didn’t assemble.

The petition, filed by the Delhi Nurses Union, also sought directions to release the nursing personnel staff’s arrears since January 2016 pertaining to the Central Pay Commission bonus, Dearness Allowance, Leave Travel Concession, etc.

The plea further states that nursing personnel have been presently collectively working vigorously in the detection of coronavirus as well by conducting home visits, virtual community meetings, contact tracing, organising Covid-19 tests, comorbidity evaluation, ensuring regular medication, defaulter patients visits, record maintenance, etc.

“The nursing personnel, in accordance with the service conditions, are lawfully entitled to regularly receive the monthly salary along with all the associated allowances and benefits,” the plea said.

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