The Hindu Important Articles 08 May 2018
# 6 Indians abducted on their way to work in Afghanistan
Staff of electricity project in northern province were taken away by armed men
Six Indian nationals employed in an electricity project, and their Afghan driver, were abducted in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said.
A press note from the MEA came after Afghan media reported that the six employees of KEC, an Indian infrastructure and electricity major in Afghanistan, were taken away by unknown gunmen. Other media reports, however, said seven Indians had been abducted.
Details being ascertained
“We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province. We are in contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained,” the MEA spokesperson said.
According to Afghan media, the abduction took place early on Sunday when the KEC team were on their way to work in Bagh-e-Shamal village of Pul-e-Khomre, the capital of Baghlan. Television channel TOLONews, quoting officials, said the Taliban had abducted the group mistaking them for government employees.
Soon after the abduction was reported, Harsh Goenka, Chairman of RPG Group, the parent company of KEC, urged the government to help secure their release.
# 21 IAS officers transferred in major reshuffle
Hari Jawaharlal and Hari Kiran posted as Collectors of Vizianagaram and Kadapa
In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the government on Sunday transferred 21 IAS officers.
K. Praveen Kumar, Commissioner and ex-officio Principal Secretary (minorities welfare) is transferred as Principal Secretary (general administration). K. Ramgopal is posted as Secretary (minorities welfare). Peeyush Kumar, who is repatriated from Central deputation, is posted as Secretary (finance).
G.S.R.K.R. Vijaya Kumar, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director (VC&MD) of the A.P. Scheduled Castes Cooperative Finance Corporation, is posted as Secretary to the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA). Vivek Yadav will succeed him. K. Harshavardhan, Director of the Backward Classes Welfare and VC&MD of the A.P. Backward Classes Cooperative Finance Corporation Ltd. is transferred as Deputy Secretary (education). B. Rama Rao, Joint Secretary to the CCLA, will succeed him.
M. Hari Jawaharlal, Special Commissioner of agriculture, is transferred as Collector and district Magistrate of Vizianagaram.
D. Muralidhar Reddy, MD of the Swachh Andhra Corporation, will succeed him. T. Baburao Naidu, Collector of Kadapa district, is transferred as Managing Director (MD) of the Girijan Cooperative Corporation (GCC). He is given full additional charge as the MD of Corporation until further orders.
Ch. Hari Kiran, Commissioner of the Tirupati Municipal Corporation and VC&MD of the Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA), is posted as the Collector of YSR Kadapa district.
V. Vijay Rama Raju, Commissioner of the Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation, will succeed him.
P. Koteswara Rao, Joint Collector of West Godavari district, is posted as Secretary of the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC).
T.K. Rama Mani, Joint Collector of Anantapur district, is posted as Secretary to the Commissioner of Commercial Taxes. C. Naga Rani is posted as Joint Collector of YSR Kadapa.
M. Venkateswarlu is posted as the MD of the A.P. Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited. M. Venugopal Reddy, Deputy Secretary (energy, infrastructure & investment), is posted as Joint Collector of West Godavari district. K. Venkata Ramana Reddy, Assistant Secretary to CCLA, is posted as Joint Collector of Vizianagaram district. N. Prabhakara Reddy, DRO of Prakasam district, is transferred as Joint Secretary in the office of the CCLA. S. Dilli Rao, Vice-Chairman of the Nellore Urban Development Authority (NUDA), is posted as Joint Collector of Anantapur district.
Sumit Kumar, Sub-Collector of Narsapur, is transferred as the Commissioner of the Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation. Provincial Civil Services officer A.S.P.S. Ravi Prakash is directed to report to the government for further posting.
# Kashmir on edge after 10 die in gunfight, clashes
CM calls for political solution to halt ‘cycle of violence’
Five militants, including slain ‘commander’ Burhan Wani’s aide and a Kashmir University assistant professor, were killed in Shopian on Sunday, sparking widespread clashes that left five civilians dead and over 30 injured. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called for “a political intervention to stop the cycle of violence.”
Did not surrender: DGP
“Every effort to persuade the five trapped militants to surrender failed. All were killed in Shopian’s Badigam. These militants were active in prompting the youth to join their ranks. I hope the recruitment of militants will slow down,” said Director General of Police S.P. Vaid. Three security personnel were also injured in the firing, the police said.
Lecturer among dead
The five slain militants included Hizbul Mujahideen ‘commander’ Saddam Padder, the 11th militant in the group picture taken in 2016 by Burhan Wani’s recruits. Dr. Muhammad Rafi Bhat, 33, an assistant professor of Sociology at Kashmir University, was also killed. Bhat was missing since Friday.
# ‘Modi wave has now become a tsunami’
BJP national president Amit Shah has said that the Mahadayi river water dispute could not be resolved due to the egoistic attitude of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. “If not for this arrogant nature of Mr. Siddaramaiah, the issue would have been resolved long ago,” he said.
He assured the people of the NDA government at the Centre resolving the issue within six months of the BJP coming to power in Karnataka.
“The Modi wave has now turned into a tsunami. It will uproot all opponents and ensure the victory of the BJP in the elections,” he said.
# ‘Cong. has trouble with nationalism’
Asserting that the Congress has trouble with nationalism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the Congress not only gets fever from nationalism but also stands behind anti-nationals and blesses them.
“Congress stands behind those who say India will break into pieces, and blesses such people,” Mr. Modi said.
# 13 dead in Afghan blast
A blast at a voter registration centre in the eastern Afghan province of Khost on Sunday killed at least 13 people and wounded 33, an official said. The bomb was placed in a tent being used to sign up voters for parliamentary elections on the grounds of a mosque.
# Rahul reaches out to Dalits with anti-BJP video
Congress plans to broaden outreach to M.P., Rajasthan
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday put up a two-and-a-half-minute video on his Twitter handle alleging that “Dalits are being constantly persecuted” under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s watch, and said the BJP and RSS’s ideology wanted to keep Dalits and Adivasis at the bottom of society.
While Mr. Gandhi’s tweet is seen as an attempt by the Congress to reach out to the Dalit community in Karnataka, the Congress plans to intensify its Dalit outreach in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan that are going to the polls later this year.
Compilation of acts, talks
“Central to the RSS/BJP fascist ideology, is that Dalits & Adivasis must continue to exist at the bottom rung of society. In this disturbing video, the dangers of this mindset and how it’s openly propagated by senior RSS/BJP leaders is revealed,” he tweeted with the hashtag #AnswerMaadiModi.
The video was, in fact, a compilation of statements and actions by BJP leaders. From Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde’s statement claiming that the BJP would change the Constitution of India, drafted by B.R. Ambedkar, to the party’s chief ministerial face B.S. Yeddyurappa ordering food from outside while having lunch at a Dalit home.
The clip also showed the Una incident where four Dalit leather workers were mercilessly beaten in Gujarat.
Accusing Mr. Yeddyurappa of practising 21st century “untouchability,” the video says, “Will accept Dalit votes but not the food cooked in Dalit’s kitchen.”
A socio economic caste survey, that was never made public by the Siddaramaiah government, reportedly puts Dalits as the largest group with 19.5% of the State’s population. Politically dominant castes — Lingayats and Vokkaligas — believed to be more influential come lower in terms of numbers.
Caste calculations have been so central to Congress’s campaign in Karnataka that it prompted PM Modi on Sunday to accuse the Congress of following a divisive agenda. At election rallies, Mr. Modi also reminded the people at election rallies that it was Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government that conferred Bharat Ratna on Dr. Ambedkar and how “Congress disliked him since it liked only one family.”
But the Congress’ Dalit outreach will extend beyond Karnataka as “Save The Constitution campaign”, launched in Delhi on April 23, will be launched in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.