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Panchkula court sends Honeypreet Insan, Sukhdeep Kaur to 14 days judicial custody

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Chandigarh, Oct 13, 2017: The Panchkula District court on Friday sent jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan and her accomplice Sukhdeep Kaur to judicial custody till 23rd October.

It was reported that both will be sent to Ambala Jail.

Police informed the District court, Panchkula that a mobile had been recovered from Honeypreet Insan and no laptop was recovered from her.

Earlier, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Haryana Police revealed that during interrogating, Honeypreet confessed her role in Panchkula violence that claimed at least 41 lives and injured more than 250 people, according to reports.

She had also revealed that several Dera members were given responsibility to organise and fund the violence, a blueprint of which was prepared days before. She allegdly gave Rs 1.25 crore to organise the Panchuka riots.

On October 3, Honeypreet and accomplice Sukhdeep Kaur was arrested from Zirakpur-Patiala road in Punjab.

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Five years after Nirbhaya, is Delhi any safer for women?

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New Delhi, Dec 14: Five years after 23-year-old Nirbhaya was brutally raped and murdered by five men on December 16, earning Delhi an epithet of “rape capital” of India, has the national capital become any safer for women? Crime data doesn’t suggest so and females who live and work in the city and its peripheries also don’t feel safer despite resolves by the centre and city governments to enhance women’s safety.

According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data for 2016-17, Delhi reported the highest crime rate (160.4) compared to the national average rate of 55.2. The capital reported nearly 40 percent of rape cases (2,155 cases of rape, 669 cases of stalking and 41 cases of voyeurism) during the period.

IANS spoke to few women, coming from different professional background about how safe they feel in the city.

Sumitra Girotra, a Haryana girl who works in Noida but lives in a hostel in Delhi, feels “palpably unsafe even in the so-called posh areas of the city”.

“It may be strange to read about women getting molested in the broad daylight but it is certainly not strange to be verbally molested or to get rape threats while walking down the roads in Delhi. I have been a victim many times,” Girotra said, recalling an incident when she asked a drunk man to stop staring at her near Mandi House, a few steps away from her hostel.

It was 8.30 p.m.

“He was peeing and staring at me. When I objected, he turned towards me with his zip down and started abusing me with rape threats. I gave it back to him and tried fighting back. Dragged him to the hostel and called the guard for help. He refused to say it is dangerous to fight them. I called up police and by the time they came, the guy had disappeared.

“Police instead of looking for the guy asked me to register a case, give my name and other credentials. I mean it gets more frustrating and worse after you suffer.

“The mindset is certainly universal but the situation here in Delhi is just too bad. I have travelled to other parts of the country…but never felt so unsafe.”

Utkarsha Dixit, a 24-year-old Gurgaon based designer, said it was “indeed scary” for a woman to remain outside the home after 9 p.m., even if it is a public space.

“You never know which men standing next to you and looking at you can be a potential molester. And taking an auto or travelling in a cab is now even more of a nightmare. I personally never feel safe without my pepper spray, at least it’s an immediate option to protect myself. I cannot depend on police as most of the time their helpline number doesn’t work,” Dixit said.

Sukanya Ghosh, 28, an art designer at an advertising firm, echoed. She noted that strange fear of travelling alone is palpable even during the day time.

“I cannot even imagine of going out at night with only girls. I always prefer male friends to accompany me, just for the sake of safety.

“Even travelling in the general coaches in metro has often turned into a nightmare with terrifying incidents of being physically molested, that too in public space.

“So, I really don’t know where I can claim myself to be in the safe zone,” Ghosh noted.

Neha Nar, a medical practitioner from Mumbai who came to Delhi three years ago, said ironically it is a woman and her attire that is often blamed for her ordeal and that makes it worse.

“Questions have always been raised on dress code for a woman. I have been a victim of molestation even after wearing so-called “decent” dress. A molester will anyway harass a woman no matter what she wears. But yes, now I have become conscious of what to wear,” she said.

Tiasha Dutta Gupta, a PR professional who shifted to the national capital five years ago, shared her experience of living in Delhi.

“After Nirbhaya incident, we had regained our faith that things will change. But little has happened. Police still have a laid back attitude, women are not comfortable to lodge a complaint, I still feel shivers down my spine when at late nights a car passes by or comes close to me when I am standing alone.

“I still panic when the cabbie takes the lonely dark road. And, I can assure it’s not just me, but any other girl in the city would resonate,” she said.

(By-Somitra Gosh)

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PM commissions INS Kalvari to boost India’s defence, security 

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Mumbai, Dec 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday here commissioned the country’s first indigenously-built Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari to the Indian Navy terming it a significant new era “to boost India’s defence and security”.

Modi formally unveiled the commissioning plaque of the INS Kalvari atop the submarine and congratulated and shook hands with the various naval officers.

This is the first conventional submarine to be inducted into the Indian Navy after more than 17 years even as the navy’s submarine arm celebrates it golden jubilee this year.

Addressing the august gathering on the momentous occasion, Modi also thanked France for its help and collaboration on developing the project.

“It signifies the further strengthening of the growing strategic ties between India and France in recent times,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister said INS Kalvari will provide a significant boost and synergise the country’s defence, economic, technical and international powers, along with people power on the global arena.

“The 21st century will belong to Asia and the Indian Ocean will play a crucial and strategic role in ensuring what I call SAGAR – Security And Growth for All in the Region,” Modi said.

The submarine, incorporating state-of-the-art features has been built by the Mazagaon Dockyard Ltd under its Project 75, with technological collaboration from DCNS, France.

Also present on the occasion were Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, French Ambassador to India Alexandre Zeigler and Chief of Naval Staff Sunil Lanba, besides many others.

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Your money is safe in banks, says Modi on FRDI

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New Delhi, Dec 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday sought to allay the fears of bank account holders, saying their deposits in banks will be safe and their interests would not be harmed in any way.

Addressing the Ficci annual general meeting, he said rumours were being spread by some sections about provisions of the proposed Financial Regulation and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill under which the depositors would suffer.

“The government is trying to strengthen the banking system by policy initiatives on a daily basis. But on social media rumours are being spread about the FRDI Bill, which is completely opposite to the reality. We are trying to protect the depositors interest and the banks as well,” Modi said.

He was apparently referring to the raging controversy over a bail-in provision in the FRDI Bill under which banks will be allowed to forfeit major portion of deposits of account holders in case of crisis in the financial institution.

The Prime Minister said the UPA government had completely spoilt the banking system of the country. He said the biggest liability passed on by the previous government was the non-performing assets (NPA).

Modi said the last government had put pressure on banks and forced them to lend to influential people, which further led to NPAs. “Commonwealth scam, 2G scam and Coal scam, and the biggest scam – the banking scam – all happened during UPA regime.”

He said the government is working to create a system that is transparent and sensitive.

Talking about the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Modi said the government’s effort is to ensure that maximum businesses register for GST. “The more formal the system becomes, the more it will benefit the poor. It will enable easier availability of credit from the banks, and reduce cost of logistics, thereby enhancing competitiveness of businesses.”

Modi recalled that around the time of Ficci’s founding in 1927, Indian industry had united against the Simon Commission that was constituted by the then British government. He said that Indian industry had joined all other sections of Indian society, in national interest, at that time.

He said a “similar atmosphere” exists today when people of the country are coming forward to fulfil their responsibilities towards the nation. Modi said the hopes and aspirations of people are to rid the country of internal problems like corruption, and black money.

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