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# Vohra urges parties to ensure peace in Kashmir
NC for dissolution of Assembly at all-party meet; Mehbooba meets Governor
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra, who chaired an all-party meeting in Srinagar on Friday to seek the opinion of political representatives on the governance of the State, was advised by regional parties against any “hot pursuit policy in Kashmir”.

Mr. Vohra in turn asked the parties to play a role in “motivating youth to shun the path of violence”.

Also on Friday, retired IPS officer K. Vijay Kumar, who assumed office as adviser to Governor Vohra, reviewed the security situation in the Valley at a meeting attended by Director General of Police S.P. Vaid, the Director General of Prisons, special DG and other officers, an official spokesman said.

A Raj Bhawan spokesman said issues of internal security, law and order, development, educational problems, Amarnath Yatra and the current political scenario were discussed during the all-party meeting.

Mr. Vohra sought cooperation from all stakeholders for the restoration of peace and tranquility, the Raj Bhawan spokesman said.

Dissolve Assembly: NC

According to sources, the former chief minister Omar Abdullah, who represented National Conference at the meeting, and other parties including Panthers Party called for an immediate dissolution of the Assembly and a conducive atmosphere for early elections in the State.

Mr. Abdullah urged the Governor to take confidence building measures and also ensure that there was zero-tolerance towards the human rights violations.

Seconding the National Conference’s demand to dissolve the Assembly rather than keeping it in suspension, Jammu-based Panther’s Party’s Harsh Dev Singh said, “No political party or political combination has the numbers to stake claim to power. Therefore, the Assembly should be dissolved.”

However, both the PDP with 28 seats and the BJP with 25 seats in the 87-seat Assembly maintained silence on the issue.

NC leader Ali Muhammad Sagar said the party has made its stand clear that “any muscular policy will not yield any results in Kashmir”. “Kashmir is a political issue and requires political measures,” said Mr. Sagar.

‘BJP-PDP misrule’

Sources said Congress underlined that the misrule due to “the unholy alliance between PDP-BJP had caused damage to the State.”

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president G.A. Mir said appointments were made by the government ignoring merit which led to injustice among the youth. However, while the Congress favoured fresh polls, the party left the decision to the Governor, Mr. Mir said.

# Passengers on two trains robbed
Gangs tamper with signalling system, attack passengers, decamp with valuables
Two unidentified gangs struck on the Hyderabad-bound Tirupati-Kacheguda Venkatadri Express and the Tirupati-bound Nizamabad-Tirupati Rayalaseema Express, on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday and decamped with gold ornaments and cash from passengers, after intimidating and assaulting them.

According to Deputy SP (Government Railway Police – Gooty), P.N. Babu, a 12-member gang tampered with the signalling system outside Juturu between Tadipatri and Gooty around 11.45 p.m. and attacked the passengers of S10, S11 and S12 coaches of Venkatadri Express when it stopped at the signal.

Two women passengers were robbed of their gold chains, and another man of some unspecified amount of cash. Seeing the commotion, the passengers raised an alarm, alerting the escort GRP police on duty onboard the train (at coach S5) to rush to the spot. In the melee, the gang alighted from the train and disappeared under the cover of darkness.

The official said that three passengers, Chandramohan and Jayaprakash of Hyderabad, and Reshma of Nanded, told the GRP officials that they would lodge a complaint at Kacheguda.

In the second incident, another gang struck the Rayalaseema Express around 2 a.m. naer Jakkalacheruvu station resorting to the technique of tampering with the signalling system. “Fortunately, the GRP constables at Gooty became alert after the Venkatadri Express incident, and were alert on the Rayalaseema Express. Though the train stopped, the gang could not make good their booty. A lone woman passenger was attacked, and a portion of her gold chain was snatched away. The gang escaped on seeing the escort police. The woman told us that she would lodge a complaint in Tirupati.

“Going by the nature of the crime involving technical expertise, we suspect the role of a highly professional gang, believed to be non-locals. We tried to assert as to what language they spoke and their dress sense, but the passengers could not provide us any tangible clues. Both incidents took place close to one another on the opposite tracks within the gap of couple of hours,” the DSP said.

Meanwhile, the GRP and Railway Protection Force authorities of the South Central Railway have intensified vigil on all express trains passing through the section.

# Ryots spent Rythu Bandhu amount judiciously: survey
‘Many farmers purchased seed, fertilizer and farm tools’
Majority of farmers who encashed cheques under the Rythu Bandhu Crop Investment support scheme used the amount judiciously to purchase crop inputs belying apprehensions that the amount may be frittered away on unproductive household consumption, according to a survey.

Under the Rythu Bandhu Crop Investment Support scheme , State Government released Rs. 4,000 per acre to farmers to purchase crop inputs. Finance Department released Rs. 6,000 crore to banks for disbursement out of which over Rs. 4,775 crore has been encashed by the farmers so far.

J-PAL survey

The positive outcome of the scheme, according to the survey done by the J-PAL (Abdul Lateef Jameel Poverty Action Lab), is that the bulk of the cash drawn by farmers has been utilised for procuring fertilizer, seed, pesticides and other inputs, serving the purpose of the scheme. The teams of J-PAL, a US-based global research centre, during the first phase of ‘In person phone survey’ talked to 21,590 farmers across the State in a random sampling.

The 14-day survey concluded on June 14 revealed that over 77% of respondents spent the Rythu Bandhu amount on crop inputs and a whopping 92% of beneficiaries said they were quite satisfied with the scheme.

# Pawan will support YSRCP, says former Tirupati MP
YSRCP Member of Parliament (Tirupati) V. Varaprasada Rao has expressed the confidence that the Jana Sena Party (JSP) will extend support to his party during the next general elections.

In an informal chat with mediapersons here on Friday, Dr. Rao felt that JSP founder Pawan Kalyan, who had cosied up to TDP leader N. Chandrababu Naidu during the 2014 general elections, had been disenchanted with the latter for a variety of reasons.

“The JSP is not only unhappy with Mr. Naidu’s inability to curtail corruption, but also his failure to bring Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh. Extending the same logic, I have a strong feeling that Mr. Pawan will extend support to Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy this time,” he said.

Dr. Rao had been closely associated with Praja Rajyam floated by film star K. Chiranjeevi, when he also had close working relations with his younger brother Pawan Kalyan. The former bureaucrat had also fought on the PRP ticket in vain for the Tirupati parliamentary constituency in 2009.

Accusing the TDP government of misrule and rampant corruption, Dr. Rao said he expected Mr. Pawan to take a formidable step in the “right direction”.

# 42 more Indians detained in U.S.
52 were held earlier for illegal entry
At least 42 Indians have been detained at a facility in New Mexico for illegal entry into the United States, in the second such episode that has come to light this week.

Earlier this week, it emerged that 52 Indians were being detained in a federal prison in Oregon.

The U.S. agencies enforcing immigration do not automatically notify missions of the countries from where the detainees come.

Indian officials approached the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after hearing from community leaders about the new batch of detainees. The ICE confirmed that at least 42 detainees at the Otero County Detention Centre in New Mexico, not far from the El Paso border crossing from Mexico, are Indians.

The ICE also provided Indian missions with names of the detained people in Oregon and New Mexico.

Consular help

It is likely that more cases of Indians being detained will emerge, as the Trump Administration continues with its ‘zero tolerance’ enforcement of immigration laws.

“We have established contact with both the detention facilities. A consular official has visited the detention facility in Oregon and another one is scheduled to visit the one in New Mexico. We are monitoring the situation,” the Indian Embassy here said in a statement.

It is unclear whether the detainees want any consular assistance at all. The detention centres allow detainees to contact anyone they want, but they can refuse to meet or talk to visitors. The news of the new batch of Indian detainees emerged from Indian Americans who had spoken to them in recent days.

Indian officials said it was unclear when these people were detained.

Contrary to earlier information from U.S. lawmakers, who visited detainees in the Oregon prison, there is no separation of families or children from their parents among Indian detainees.

# Kerala Chief Minister stages dharna in Delhi
Demands coach factory in Palakkad
In an unprecedented protest, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, along with Left parliamentarians, held a dharna on Friday in front of the Rail Bhawan against the Railway Ministry’s decision to scrap the proposal to establish a Rs. 550 crore coach factory in Palakkad district.

‘Federal spirit flouted’

Mr. Vijayan questioned the Narendra Modi government’s attitude.

“Why is this government hostile to Kerala? It is not an issue about a single project. It is about their approach towards the State. It also shows how the Centre is violating the federal spirit of our Constitution,” he told reporters.

Palakkad MP M.B. Rajesh said the project was promised by Indira Gandhi in 1982. It was formally announced in the 2008 Railway Budget.

In 2012, the State government handed over 240 acres of land to the Railway Ministry.

All along, the Ministry maintained that there were no takers for the project.

“We spoke to the Steel Authority of India Limited, and they are ready to take it up. But it seems the Union government has made up its mind against it,” he said.

# Fire at AAI transmitter station
A land stretch measuring about 10 acres was affected in a fire at the high frequency transmitter station of Airports Authority of India (AAI) in Mugalivakkam on Friday. No one was injured in the incident.

Around 4.30 a.m., grass caught fire on the 44-acre premises, where AAI houses five sets of high frequency transmitters.

“It could have been from a burning cigarette thrown by a passerby. Two fire tenders rushed to the spot and put out the fire. But no transmitting equipment that help in long distance communication for a vast portion of airspace was affected,” an official said. Again at 1.30 p.m., another patch of grass got re-ignited and one fire tender that went to the site extinguished it. No one was injured in the incident too.

# Aadhaar must for medical counselling
To benefit TN quota candidates
The Madras High Court on Friday ordered that students who had applied for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in government medical and dental colleges, as well as in government seats at private colleges, should compulsorily produce their Aadhaar cards at the time of counselling scheduled to be held next month.

Justice N. Kirubakaran passed the interim order on a batch of writ petitions filed last year by candidates who complained that many students from the State could not gain admission to colleges here because natives of other States garnered a considerable number of seats by making false claims of being residents of Tamil Nadu.

The petitioners had claimed that as many as 1,269 students from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry were in possession of dual nativity certificates and they had had applied for medical counselling in their native States as well as in Tamil Nadu though the State quota seats were meant only for the natives of a particular State.

Original copy

After directing Assistant Solicitor General G. Karthikeyan to verify whether the petitioners’ claim was true, the judge ordered that production of original Aadhar card along with a photocopy must be made mandatory for the counselling to be held next month for admission to medical courses for the academic year 2018-19.

The judge also recorded the submissions made by many lawyers, present in the court hall at the time of hearing of the case on Friday, that production of Aadhaar card at the time of medical counselling had been mandatory in many other States. Hence, Tamil Nadu should also follow suit and insist on Aadhaar, he held.

The judge went on to direct the Selection Committee, directorate of medical education to inform all applicants about the court order, within two days, on production of Aadhaar through short messaging service, newspaper publications and by hosting information on websiteswww. tnhealth.organdwww.tnmedicalselection. org

# Collector spells out corridor package
At least Rs. 21.5 lakh per ha for owners
With the government running into strong opposition over its decision to acquire farm as well as private land for the proposed eight-lane Salem-Chennai green corridor, Salem Collector Rohini R. Bhajibhakare on Friday sought to set the record straight on the compensation package that would accrue to affected landowners.

She contended that the Chief Minister had announced the best possible package for the land and other properties to be acquired, under ‘The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013’. He had ordered payment of two times the market value for lands situated in urban areas and 2.5 to 4 times the market value for those in rural areas.

Sharing features of the compensation package, she said landowners stood a fair chance of getting a minimum of Rs. 21.5 lakh per hectare and a maximum of Rs. 9.04 crore per hectare for land alone.

However, this figure was at variance with what the Chief Minister had announced in the Assembly. He had capped the minimum compensation per hectare of land at Rs. 20 lakh.

Ms. Bhajibhakare said even for shifting of petty shops, cattle sheds etc. Rs. 50,000 will be given.She handed over free housing site pattas to three families of Aramanur village on Friday.

# ED seeks fugitive tag for Vijay Mallya
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday filed an application at the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court to declare liquor baron Vijay Mallya a fugitive economic offender and sought orders to confiscate all his properties, estimated to be worth about Rs. 12,500 crore.

# No Krishna water in sight

T.N. government to take up the issue of July release with A.P. Chief Minister

Struggling with only 22% of total capacity in the city’s reservoirs, the State government plans to ask Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister to release Krishna water due for the month of July.

While the discharge of Krishna water is crucial to meet the drinking water needs of the city, facing a severe water shortage for the second successive year, PWD officials here said the storage in A.P. reservoirs was also dismal.

Earlier this year, the city received nearly 2,000 mcft of Krishna water between January and March that helped in sustaining water supply through the summer.

Tamil Nadu is entitled to 12,000 mcft of water under the Telugu Ganga Project to cater to its water requirements. Of this, about 8,000 mcft is to be discharged between July and October.

However, this time the storage in the Kandaleru reservoir, from where water is discharged to the city, is dismal. It has only 5,700 mcft against its capacity of 68,000 mcft, say PWD sources.

Still, the State plans to raise the issue with the A.P. government, seeking release whenever storage in the Andhra reservoirs improves. The Chief Minister is likely to write a letter to his A.P. counterpart. Talks are on to convene a meeting on water sharing, officials said.

Already, Andhra Pradesh had conveyed that only 2.3 thousand million cubic feet of water could be provided, and the rest of the share must be provided by Telangana. According to the Telugu Ganga Project, unified Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra have to jointly release 15 tmcft. The State had to take up the issue of inconsistencies in water release with the Central Water Commission.

At present, the lakes in Poondi, Red Hills, Cholavaram and Chembarambakkam have storage of 2,432 million cubic feet (mcft), which is only 22 % of their total capacity.

At present, Chennai is being supplied with 650 million litres a day. For nearly two years now, Chennai is being provided piped water supply on alternate days for want of resources.

# BJP worker stabbed to death

Unknown assailants stabbed Anwar, 40, a BJP worker, at Uppalli in Chikkamagaluru town on Friday night.


Two persons, who came in a bike, allegedly stabbed him many times and fled. Later, he was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead. Chikkamagaluru Superintendent of Police K. Annamalai told The Hindu that the police had begun an investigation.

“He was stabbed to death by unknown people who came on a bike. The motive may be personal enmity or any other issue. Things will become clear as investigation proceeds,” he said. The incident occurred in Basavanahalli police station limits.

Mr. Anwar was working as general secretary of the BJP’s city wing. He was also facing a criminal case, according to the police.

# Pupil killed in school toilet

Body found with stab wounds

A 14-year-old student of Class IX was found murdered in a private school in Vadodara on Friday.

According to the police, the victim, Dev Bhagwandas Tadvi, a student of Shree Bharti Vidyalaya in the Baranpora area, was accosted by unidentified culprits as he headed to his classroom on the first floor. He was found with 10 stab wounds, Deputy Police Commissioner R.S. Bhagora said. The incident took place around midday, between the two shifts of the school.

“Police recovered sharp-edged weapons and a bottle containing chilli powder from a school bag near a temple adjoining the school,” the DCP said. Police suspect the assailants abandoned the bag after killing Tadvi.

The police suspect a Class X student with whom the victim had an altercation on Thursday. The senior student is missing.

“Probe is underway in the incident,” said the school authorities in a statement.

“We have learnt about the altercation and a minor fight between the two students on Thursday. That incident was probably the motivation for the murder but we are ascertaining all facts,” a police official said, adding that they were also looking at the CCTV footage and other security arrangements in the school.

Tadvi’s body has been sent to the Sir Sayajirao General Hospital for autopsy, Mr. Bhagora said adding that the police hoped to arrest the culprits soon. The victim had joined the school recently. His parents live in Anand, while he stayed with his aunt in the city.
Source:- The Hindu

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