2 young victims of ‘honour killing’; Will Honor Killing never stop?
Tarn Taran :
In a suspected case of honour killing, a young couple, both in their 20s and in a relationship for the past one month, were allegedly killed by the girl’s family members in Khemkaran area of Tarn Taran early morning.
The victims have been identified as Husanpreet Singh and Ramandeep Kaur. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem. Tarn Taran police chief Darshan Singh Mann said eight members of Ramandeep’s family have been booked under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender), 364 (kidnapping in order to murder), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the IPC. He said Ramandeep’s father Jassa Singh, mother Manjit Kaur, paternal uncle Harpal Singh and his wife Manpreet Kaur had been arrested and those on the run were Sher Singh, Akash, Ghulla and Rana.
Husanpreet had allegedly gone to Ramandeep’s house around midnight. However, around 3.30 am, Ramandeep’s family woke up and allegedly attacked the duo with sharp-edged weapons, killing them on the spot. Later, they disposed of Husanpreet’s body in a sewerage chamber. When Husanpreet did not return home, his family approached Ramandeep’s family, who did not allow them to enter their house. They got suspicious and informed the police.
Mann said the duty magistrate was called on the spot and the bodies were recovered in his presence. Ramandeep’s body was wrapped in a quilt and hidden in a box, whereas Husanpreet’s body was recovered from a sewerage chamber outside the house.
Talks between govt, employees’ union fail | 30,000 on protest path; Is the strike of municipal staff true?
Chandigarh : Talks between the Haryana Government and representatives of striking sanitation workers failed on Monday, with employees extending their strike by three days till Thursday.
The parleys hit a wall over regular jobs to the employees. The other demands include a minimum salary at Rs15,000 per month, ex gratia for employees, pension, risk allowance, cashless facility for contractual employees and absorption of about 1,400 employees of the Fire Department in the government grade.
The talks in New Delhi were held between the Nagar Palika Karamchari Sangh under the banner of the Sarv Karamchari Sangh and a state government delegation led by Principal Secretary (Urban Local Bodies) Anand Mohan Sharan.
Sources said the delegation expressed inability to give a categorical assurance on regular jobs as it said the government was bound by a judgment of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. It was decided that other demands would be forwarded to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain since a “policy decision” had to be taken on them.
Subhash Lamba, general secretary, Sarv Karamchari Sangh, told The Tribune: “With talks reaching a dead end, employees’ unions will hold a demonstration in support of sanitation workers at district headquarters on Tuesday.”
More than 30,000 employees and workers, including safai karamcharis, of about 90 Municipal Corporations, Municipal Committees and Councils, began a three-day strike on May 9. Three days later, they decided to extend the strike till May 14. And on Monday, they extended it till Thursday.
Meanwhile, Khattar’s media adviser Rajiv Jain said the state government was open to talks with employees so that residents were not inconvenienced due to accumulation of garbage and disruption of other essential services.
Officials, however, said regular jobs to the staff were not feasible as the HC had, on September 2, 2016, already put a stay on regularisation policies issued on and after June 16, 2014. “Later, the Chief Secretary had directed all heads of departments to comply with the HC order. So, it will be impossible to regularise contractual employees,” the officials added.
Will invoke ESMA, threatens Karnal MC
Karnal: Sanitation workers staged a dharna in the Municipal Corporation’s office here on Monday and took out a procession. They burnt copies of a written warning of invoking the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA). Nagar Palika Karamchari Sangh vice-president Ashok Parocha and district president Virbhan Bidlan said it was unfortunate that the state government was trying to suppress their voice by threatening to invoke the ESMA. The Act restricts employees providing “essential services” from going on strikes. TNS
No alternatives but to protest: Sangh
Faridabad: With talks reaching a dead end, Haryana Nagar Palika Karamchari Sangh president Naresh Shastri on Monday said striking MC employees wanted to give more time to the state government to consider their long-pending demands. “Employees have been left with no alternative, but to go on strike. All demands are justified,” he said. “During the talks, Principal Secretary (Urban Local Bodies) Anand Mohan Sharan told members of the sangh the matter would have to be discussed with the Chief Minister’s office before he could commit anything,” Shastri said, adding Sharan's appeal to end strike was turned down as no assurance was given on fulfilling the demands.
Farmers await payment for wheat produce; Is the government creating problems for farmers?
Many farmers in the district have been struggling to get payment of their wheat crop for the past several days. The procurement agencies claim that the payment for most of the procured wheat has been released to the commission agents in time.
“I sold my wheat produce on April 11, but the payment is yet to be received. I have made several rounds of mandi during the past one month to get the payment. The commission agent sends me back every time stating that the procurement agency has not released the payment,” said Rajesh Kumar, a farmer from Kot village.
Ravinder, another farmer, said, he was facing a lot of difficulty in making ends meet due to non-payment of his wheat crop.
“My total payment is Rs 65,000, which is due for the past one-and-a-half months, while the commission agent blames the procurement agency for the delay,” he said.
Raju, another farmer, said, he had sold his crop last month and Rs 2 lakh was due.
“The commission agent says the agency is not releasing the payment due to non-lifting of the produce. We have no other option except to wait for the payment,” he said, adding that the state government should have made the payments directly to farmers.
Narender Kumar, president of the Commission Agents’ Association, said high moisture content in the wheat due to rain and tardy lifting of procured produce were the two main reasons behind delay in the payment.
“An estimated payment of around Rs 25 crore is still due. We have called on the authorities concerned several times, but to no avail,” he said.
Kapil, Manager, HAFED, said they had released most of the payments and farmers should contact their commission agents.
“Payment is released only after receiving the procured produce at godown. A total payment of Rs 51.18 crore has so far been made,” he said.
Suresh Kumar, Mandi supervisor, said a total 5 lakh quintals of wheat had so far been procured, while over one lakh quintals were yet to be transported to godown.
Shashi Tharoor charged with abetment to suicide in Sunanda Pushkar death case; Is Shashi Tharur guilty?
New Delhi : The Delhi Police on Monday filed a chargesheet in a court here accusing Congress leader Shashi Tharoor of abetting the suicide of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. Tharoor is the only person who has been arrayed as an accused in the case. The police in its chargesheet, which runs into around 3,000 pages, has also alleged that Tharoor had subjected his wife to cruelty. The police filed the chargesheet in the mysterious death of Pushkar before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmendra Singh, who will consider it on May 24.
It also urged the court to summon Tharoor as an accused.
Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel room on the night of January 17, 2014.
The Congress leader has been charged under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.
The chargesheet, which includes several annexures, said that Pushkar died within three years, three months and 15 days of her marriage with Tharoor, who is the Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram.
The couple had entered into wedlock on August 22, 2010.
Pushkar was found dead in the suite of the South Delhi hotel on January 17, 2014. The suite was sealed that night itself for investigation.
An FIR was registered by the Delhi Police on January 1, 2015 against unknown persons under section 302 of the IPC (murder).
Ayurveda can help in gender selection: VC; Should VC have given such a right statement?
Vice-Chancellor of the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) University here, Dr Baldev Kumar Dhiman triggered a row while claiming that Ayurveda can help in gender selection before conception.
While attending a function to mark the birth anniversary of Narad Muni, a religious figure, the VC claimed that ayurvedic medicine could give desired results. When asked for a clarification on his claim about sex selection, Dhiman stated that traditional alternative technique includes medication, dietary and physical regulations and meditation at the pre-conception stage.
“The ancient scripture clearly mentions that it is possible to select gender before pregnancy. But, one has to follow the instructions for two months for desired results,” he claimed.
Meanwhile, the state health officials have expressed shock over the claim and termed the public statement as a gross violation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act.
“No medical system has a proven method to determine the gender at the pre-conception stage or after pregnancy. As per the law, anyone found claiming about sex selection in any way is liable for prosecution under Section 6 of the PCPNDT Act,” said a senior health functionary.
Another official said the VC’s claim was shocking as it had challenged the Centre’s flagship programme of gender parity.
“The Haryana Government is also making sincere efforts to improve sex ratio by strict implementation of the PCPNDT Act. The VC should be extra cautious while making claims on a sensitive issue like gender selection,” he said.
An RSS ideologue, Dhiman was associated with the ABVP and other right wing Hindu organisations. He is considered close to the Chief Minister ML Khattar and the RSS leaders.
Before joining as the VC, Dhiman was Director, AYUSH Department, and was reportedly handpicked by Khattar.