Delhi Speaker disqualifies rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Friday disqualified rebel Aam Aadmi Party MLA Kapil Mishra on the grounds of defection for his association with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The decision was taken on a petition received from Aam Aadmi Party MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj “seeking disqualification of Mishra on grounds of defection,” a Delhi Assembly order said.”Goel has, on Friday, decided…Mishra, an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Delhi, elected from Karawal Nagar, has become subject to disqualification under Paragraph 2 (1) (a) — a member of a House belonging to any political party shall be disqualified for being a member of the House, if he has voluntarily given up his membership of such political party — of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution (Disqualification on ground of defection),” the order reads. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt says the disqualification of Mishra takes effect from January 27. “Consequently, the Karawal Nagar Assembly Constituency seat has fallen vacant,” it said. During the Lok Sabha election, Mishra had campaigned for the BJP and sought votes for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while the BJP and AAP both were contesting for the seven parliamentary seats in Delhi. The BJP bagged all the seven seats in the national capital, while the AAP came third. On July 1, Bhardwaj moved the petition seeking the disqualification Mishra for his association with the BJP.last_img read more

Adani Enterprises Q1 profit up 7fold to 570 crore

first_imgNew Delhi: Adani Enterprises on Thursday reported over sevenfold jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 570.14 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 on the back of higher income. The Gautam Adani group company had clocked a profit of Rs 80.14 crore in the year-ago period, Adani Enterprises said in a BSE filing. The company in a statement said the net profit attributable to owners for June quarter 2019-20 increased to Rs 601 crore as against Rs 169 crore in the same period of 2018-19. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis includes one-time income of Rs 328 crore recognized in the company’s MDO (Mine Development and Operations) business. Total income grew 39 per cent during the quarter under review to Rs 10,685.86 crore from Rs 7,664.20 crore in the year-ago period. Total expenses also rose to Rs 10,243.74 crore compared to Rs 7,739.04 crore a year earlier. About solar manufacturing, it said the company has established India’s largest solar cell and module manufacturing unit in Mundra SEZ.last_img read more

We realised rape and abuse not our fault

first_imgLondon: Veteran actor Jane Fonda believes the biggest take away from the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement has been that women have realised it is not there “fault” if they are sexually assaulted or raped. In an interview with Britain’s OK! magazine, the 81-year-old actor said she has gone through a lot in her life and is happy that finally women are being heard. “I’ve been raped, I’ve been sexually abused as a child and I’ve been fired because I wouldn’t sleep with my boss, and I thought it was my fault, that I didn’t do or say the right thing. ”One of the great things the women’s movement has done is to make us realise that rape and abuse is not our fault” Fonda said. The actor confessed that it took her a ”long time to apply feminism” to her own life. ”I grew up in the 50s and it took me a long time to apply feminism to my life. The men in my life were wonderful but victims of a patriarchal belief system. ”I felt diminished.”last_img read more

Delhi Police constable dragged by car robbed of service pistol

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi Police constable was robbed of his service pistol and left injured after being dragged for a few metres by a car in Rohini’s Sector-20 allegedly when he was chasing a murder accused, officials said on Sunday. The constable, Kavinder, was on patrolling duty on the intervening night of Saturday-Sunday when the incident took place, police said. The murder accused, Sonu Dabas, who is a moneylender, and his accomplice Ashok were arrested while a juvenile, who accompanied them, was apprehended in connection with the incident, they said, adding that the pistol was also recovered. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The three accused were conducting a recce to take revenge on one Sanjay Rana following a dispute with him, police said. Constables Kavinder and Rajesh posted at Aman Vihar police station were patrolling Sector 20 in Rohini when they got a tip-off about the presence of three persons, one of them a murder accused, who were driving around in a car in the area. The two constables located the car and were approaching it when the suspects sped away. As the two constables followed them, the car took a U-turn and came towards them, Deputy Commissioner of police (Rohini) S D Mishra said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings Kavinder took out his pistol and signalled the suspects to stop the vehicle but the driver, identified as Lala, a local, tried to hit him, the officer said. Kavinder jumped aside and hit the window pane of the car, smashing the glass. The person sitting inside the car grabbed the hand of the constable who was holding a pistol, the DCP said. They dragged Kavinder along for four-five metres and snatched his pistol before releasing his hand. The constable sustained a cut on his hand, the DCP said. Dabas was nabbed from his village in Rasoolpur while his accomplice, Ashok was arrested from Pooth Kalan village, the officer said. The car used by the accused was recovered along with the robbed pistol and loaded bullets, the officer added. The third accused, a minor working in the office of Dabas, was also apprehended, the officer said. Dabas was arrested with two of his associates in 2010 allegedly for killing one Rahul, a resident of Kanjhawala. Rahul was killed allegedly after he failed to pay Rs 10,000 that he had borrowed from Dabas, the police said. The other accused, Ashok, has previous cases registered against him under the Excise Act and in connection with an accident, they added.last_img read more

25 places earmarked to set up fire stations in NB

first_imgDarjeeling: Twenty-five places in North Bengal have been earmarked where new fire stations will come up.This was stated by the Director General of Fire and Emergency Services who was on a tour of North Bengal. On Tuesday, Jag Mohan, the DG, reviewed the fire-fighting infrastructure and met fire officials in Siliguri. “The biggest problem on the fire fighting front are the high rises. Four regions have been earmarked where this problem is grave. These areas are Durgapur, Asansol, Haldia and Siliguri. New hydraulic ladders will be provided in these places and will be able to reach up to 20 stories,” said the DG. Fifteen new fire stations will be coming up within this financial year in West Bengal. Along with this 25 places have been identified in North Bengal where new fire stations will come up in the near future.last_img read more

Censured Patna HC judge reassigned judicial work after meeting with CJI

first_imgPatna: Patna High Court judge Rakesh Kumar, who was recently censured by a special bench for his stinging observations on alleged corruption in judiciary and stripped of judicial work, has been reassigned cases from Monday, according to court sources. A notice to this effect was issued by Registrar (List) of the High Court on Sunday, after Justice Kumar and Chief Justice A P Sahi returned from New Delhi, where they had a meeting with Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Controversy had erupted over an August 28 order of Justice Kumar, who had taken suo motu cognizance of the bail granted by a vigilance court to a retired IAS officer involved in a corruption case, a year after an anticipatory bail plea of the former bureaucrat had been dismissed by another court. In his 20-page-order, Justice Kumar had directed the District Judge, Patna, to conduct an inquiry into the bail granted to former bureaucrat K P Ramaiah, and directed the CBI to investigate alleged corruption in the civil court here, as claimed in a two-year-old sting operation by a private news channel. Besides, Justice Kumar had recounted a number of anecdotes to suggest that the higher judiciary in the state had been found wanting in the clampdown on corruption and favouritism. After his order, the High Court administration withdrew all cases listed for Justice Kumar. Taking a serious note of the matter, the chief justice constituted a bench comprising 11 judges.last_img read more

AAP appoints US volunteer as overseas unit coconvenor

first_imgNew Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday appointed Sreekanth Kocharlakota, a US-based key party volunteer, as the co-convenor of its overseas wing to strengthen its support base.The AAP said in a statement that Kocharlakota, currently living in Los Angeles, has been associated with the party since its inception. He has been instrumental in strengthening the AAP in the US and worked extensively to engage and spread the message of good governance during Punjab and Delhi elections, party spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said. “In the last 5 years, he has travelled various cities in the US to strengthen our base and build strong teams in these cities,” Bhardwaj said in the statement.last_img read more

Delhis wait for relief from sultry weather grows longer

first_imgNew Delhi: There is no respite in sight for residents of the national capital from sultry weather as only very light rain is expected in a few isolated pockets on Friday, according to the Meteorological (MeT) department. However, light rain is likely in the city on the weekend owing to a low pressure area over southwest Uttar Pradesh, the MeT said. Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather, a private forecaster, said a low pressure area has developed over southwest Uttar Pradesh and it may lead to rains in the national capital. Though not much precipitation is predicted, the temperatures may drop by a couple of notches. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Delhi is witnessing an unusually long spell of humid weather and only light rains are predicted in the rest of September, the weather expert said. On Friday, the city registered a low of 27.8 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels were recorded at 84 per cent. The city has recorded 378.6 mm rains against the 30-year average of 596.4 mm from June 1, when the monsoon season starts, to September 12 — a deficiency of 37 per cent. In September, the national capital recorded 48.6 mm precipitation against the long-term average of 80.3 mm — a shortfall of 39 per cent. Palawat said multiple low-pressure areas have been developing over central India one after another, restricting the movement of the monsoon trough towards the northern region. Kuldeep Srivastava, a senior scientist at India Meteorological Department, said Delhi received less than expected rains in September this year.last_img read more

Tiny bubbles in our body to fight cancer better than chemo

first_imgResearchers have found that tiny bubbles in our body might potentially be used to treat cancer and could fight the disease better than chemotherapy. Healthy cells in our body release nano-sized bubbles that transfer genetic material such as DNA and RNA to other cells. It’s your DNA that stores the important information necessary for RNA to produce proteins and make sure they act accordingly. According to the researchers, these bubbly extracellular vesicles (EV) could become mini treatment transporters, carrying a combination of therapeutic drugs and genes that target cancer cells and kill them. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe study, published recently, focused on breast cancer cells in mice. “What we’ve done is improve a therapeutic approach to delivering enzyme-producing genes that can convert certain drugs into toxic agents and target tumours,” said the study’s lead author Masamitsu Kanada, Assistant Professor at the Michigan State University. These drugs or prodrugs start out as inactive compounds. But once they metabolize in the body, they are immediately activated and can get to work on fighting everything from cancer to headaches. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAspirin is an example of a common prodrug. In this case, researchers used EVs, to deliver the enzyme-producing genes that could activate a prodrug combination therapy of ganciclovir and CB1954 in breast cancer cells. Minicircle DNA and regular plasmid – two different gene vectors that act as additional delivery mechanisms for DNA – were loaded into the vesicles to see which was better at helping transport treatment. This is known as a gene-directed enzyme, prodrug therapy.last_img read more