Congress stages walkout demanding probe in police lathi charge

Congress stages walkout demanding
probe in police lathi charge
Raipur, (VW) The Opposition
Congress while participating in discussion over admissibility of adjournment notice on the police canning of Congress workers demanded
a high level probe into the incident.
They staged a walkout from the State
Assembly proceeding protesting that
the government did not announce a
probe. Congress MLAs after the
Question Hour demanded immediate
discussion on the issue through an
adjournment motion. The Speaker
who had received notice from 32
Congress members including the
Leader of Opposition TS Singhdeo,
Bhupesh Baghel and others allowed
discussion on the admissibility of the
motion. Starting the discussion
Baghel alleged that the police resort-
ed to brute force to stop the Congress
workers, farmer and labourers from
marching towards the State
Assembly. He said police had deployed a posse of 1000 troops. Despite
such massive police deployment the
Congress workers reached up to the
gate number 3. Police resorted to lathi
charge without even permission from
magistrate and even pelted stones at
the agitators. He alleged that police
thrashed women Congress workers
who had reached up to the gate of the
State Assembly. Baghel went on to allege that police were looking especially for him and TS Singhdeo. Alleging
conspiracy on part of police he demanded a high level probe into it.
Ramsewak Paikra in his reply denied
use of brute lathi charge on the
Congress workers and farmers.
Section 144 has been put in force near
the State Assembly building thereby
putting a ban on procession. Special
arrangements had been made to prevent the procession from every side to
prevent the processionists from staging gherao of the Assembly. The
Congress workers led by their leaders
tried to march ahead by breaking barricades put up to stop them. They
even came to jostle with the government officials. However, they were
stopped without use of force. Led by
senior leaders and legislators about
1000 Congress workers marched towards the Assembly. They broke the
security barricades despite persuasion and caution by the magistrate
and moved ahead. The agitationists
even pelted stones at the police personnel that injured 10 policemen and
four civilians. 904 people include 17
legislators were arrested and released
unconditionally, the Home Minister
Several Congress members including TS, Singhdeo, Dhanendra Sahu,
Satyanarayan Sharma, Amarji
Bhagat, Rajendra Roy Kawasi Lakma
and Renu Jogi also spoke on the issue
demanding a high level probe into the
incident. After both the treasury and
Opposition benches made their point
on the issue the Speaker disallowed
the adjournment motion. Protesting
that the Government did not announce probe, the Congress members
staged walkout from the House.
In all 1000 Gram Panchayats Mixed response to
Congress statewide bandh
will be linked
with Internet in first phase
Raipur, (VW) The state government has
earmarked Rs. 10 crore for developing 1000
Panchayats as e-Panchayats during 2015-16.
Replying to a debate on the budgetary demands
Development, Tourism and Culture and
Parliamentary Affairs Departments worth
more than Rs. 7113.98 crore in the state
Assembly on Wednesday, the Minister who
is holding the charge of these departments
Ajay Chandrakar said that the state government does not want that Panchayats remain only implementing agencies but also
acquire full power in due course of time.
The budgetary demands of these departments were passed by the voice vote in the
Millennium Development Goals of the
United Nations could be achieved through
e-Panchayat scheme has been launched
in the state with an objective to link all
Panchayats with Internet.
For Panchayat and Rural Development
Department, a sum of more than Rs. 3354.19
crore has been earmarked while over Rs.
3590.36 crore for financial support to three
tier Panchayati Institutions, more than Rs.
46.15 crore for Culture Department, Rs.
75.36 crore for Tourism Department and
over Rs. 47.90 crore for Parliamentary
Affairs Department.
Chandrakar started giving his reply to
the debate by touching up on Swachhata
Abhiyan of Prime Minister Narendra
The Swachhata Abhiyan will be made
people`s movement as per expectations of
the Prime Minister. The target fixed for constructing toilets for all families of the state
will be given the shape of a social movement.
Altogether seven lakh toilets will be constructed as per the work plan of 2015-16.
A budgetary provision of Rs. 300 crore
has been made for this purpose, five times
higher than the last financial year.
Each beneficiary family will be given Rs.
12000 for constructing a toilet in its house.
Chandrakar said that an increase of
eight percent has been made in the budgetary allocation of the state Rural
Development Department in comparison to
the last year`s figure.
Directives had been issued in connection
with non financial demands of Panchyat
Replying to the debate on the budgetary
demands of
Culture Department,
Chandrakar said that a multidimensional
cultural institute will be developed in the
state during the next three years. A budgetary provision of Rs. 11.25 crore has been
made for this purpose.
Chandrakar provided details of achievements being made in the tourism sector
during the past 10-11 years while replying
to a debate on budgetary demands of the
Tourism Department.
A special work plan has been made for
promoting rural tourism in the state. A
sum of Rs. 25 crore has been earmarked for
the next financial year.
Facilities will be developed for adventurous sports in Chitrakot and also for cycling
and parasailing at Mainpat.
Similarly, the Centre has also given its
consent for the construction of a
Convention Centre in Raipur.
The Centre has also sanctioned nearly
Rs. 4.75 crore for developing Giraudhpuri,
the birth place of noted social reformer
Guru Ghasidas Baba as a prominent tourist
statewide bandh called by
the Congress in protest
against the police lathi
charge on its workers on
March 16 ev0ked a mixed response on Wednesday.
Congress bandh supporters
on bikes and in groups
fanned out in different areas
of the state to enforce the
bandh. The police personnel
foiled the Congressmen's bid
to burn CM's effigy at the
Jaistambh Chowk. Tension
erupted between shopkeepers and Congress workers at
Mohdapara and Golbazar
areas. Stones were pelted at
Jhabak petrol pump in
Bhanpuri area when bandh
supporters tried to enforce
the call. Reports said markets remained open as usual
in Durg while the bandh had
had mixed response in
Mahasamund and Bastar division. Police bandobast
was made to ensure peaceful
passage of the bandh.
Reports from Rajnandgaon
said that while bandh had a
partial impact in certain
town areas there was little
impact in the outer areas.
Similarly in Durg life remained normal with the
shops remaining open. In
Bhilai bandh reported
mixed response while it got
Mahasamund where shops
remained closed.
Seminar on Women & Child Protection and Media discusses various issues
Raipur, March 18: "While reporting issues relating to
women and child, the mainstream Indian media should
look into the factors affecting their security and well
being, so that people could be sensitized about their
problems," said Geeta Tai Gunde, All India Head,
Mahila Samanwaya. While speaking at the inaugural
session of the national seminar 'Women & Child
Protection and Media' at Kushabhau Thakre University
of journalism and Mass Communication on Wednesday
she said that the media influences the society a lot and
hence media should not only aim at giving information
but also create sensitization about issues affecting the
society. She also called upon the people to rise to the occasion to deal with the social stigmas like women harassment, child labour etc.. The seminar was jointly organized by Kushabhau Thakre University of
Journalism and Mass Communication, Chhattisgarh
State Child Rights and Protection Commission (CSCR-
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tribal communities.
"The committee, in view of limited ambit of amending
bill under its consideration, is of the opinion that these issues are of utmost significance that warrant serious consideration by the government.
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system of auction of mines to enhance transparency in
mineral allocations was passed in Lok Sabha earlier this
month. It seeks to introduce a system of auction in granting prospecting licences, similar to that for coal proposed by
the coal mines bill.
The select committees' reports provoked the Congress
party to strongly protest over the measures being rushed
without taking on board the concerns of stakeholders.
Protesting Congress members trooped into the well of
the house, forcing a 10-minute adjournment, after the reports of the two select committees were presented in the
As the reports were tabled in the upper house, Leader of
Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said: "We want to register
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parties Shas and United Torah Judaism (15 combined).
Netanyahu calls these parties his right wing "natural allies".
Netanyahu still needs increased support set to come from
Moshe Kahlon, a former Likud member who in 2014 established the Kulanu party, which got 10 seats.
Kahlon told reporters Wednesday morning he spoke with
Netanyahu who seemed "serious in his intentions".
"There were never any personal issues between us, there
were ideological differences, and I certainly hope to patch
PC) and Mahila Samanwaya.
Presiding over the ceremony, Vice Chancellor of the
University Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi said even several
decades after the country's independence, women and
girls are still being neglected and are yet to get healthy
and secured atmosphere to live in. The same was case
with children. Keeping this in view, he said, leaders and
media, who yield a good influence over the society,
should work in the direction of creating a better atmos-
them up," Kahlon said.
According to another
Xinhua report from Ramallah,
a senior Palestinian official reiterated on Wednesday after
the Israeli election results were out that without establishing a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital,
"there will be no peace in the Middle East".
"The Palestinian position is the same Arab position that
what is needed from the Israeli government is to be committed to the two-state solution and east Jerusalem as the
capital of the future Palestinian state," Nabil Abu Rdineh,
spokesman of the Palestinian presidency, said.
He said the Palestinians did not care who the Israeli
prime minister was as "what we want is to see an Israeli
government that recognises the two-state solution and east
Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian state".
On the eve of the elections, Netanyahu repeated his rejection to the establishment of a Palestinian state and considered the city of Jerusalem the united and eternal capital of
the state of Israel.
Meanwhile, Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary-general of the
Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) executive committee, told Xinhua that Likud's victory in the elections "is a
victory of racism and for the occupation and settlement".
He slammed the right wing in Israel as "a psychic society
similar to the minority white community in South Africa",
adding that "the Palestinians shouldn't be panicked or confused, because we have our means of response".(agencies)
phere for women and children. Citing the example of
the German Professor who, looking at the recent 'rape'
incidents in India had recently rejected an application
of a Indian Ph.D. scholar, Dr. Joshi said it's time everyone worked for changing that perception about India.
The Vice chancellor further said, keeping child issues
in mind, Ph.D. scholars of the University have been assigned to do their research on issues relating to 'Child
Rights and Media. ' Speaking on the occasion Satabdi
pened. These same sentiments I will transmit to the
chief minister and request
her to act fast. Such inhuman act should be stopped,"
Cleemis told the media.
He met the chief minister at the state secretariar
Nabanna late in the afternoon.
"What I have understood is that the process has begun to
find out the culprits but we would like to request the chief
minister to make a fast approach and to see that justice is
done at the earliest," Cleemis said in the morning.
Iterating the Catholic Church's commitment "with more
fervour", Cleemis asserted "we are not stopped by such
events and such violations".
He also thanked the public in Ranaghat and "the public of
the entire country who are showing their sympathy and
their sentiments of togetherness at this point of time".
"We prayed together and we prayed for everyone. She has
forgiven (the culprits) and prays for them. We have forgiven
but justice has to be brought to the people," he said.
Archbishop of Kolkata Thomas D'Souza expressed happiness over the government handing over the probe to the
"In a way we are happy that the government is taking
steps to nab the culprits," D'Souza said.
However, the opposition parties said Banerjee had to bow
down to the people's protest.
"Has CBI agreed to probe d Nun rape?" tweeted
Communist Party of India-Marxist state secretary S.K.
Mishra, who demanded action against police for "sleeping
over" complaints of attacks on the convent a week before
the rape.
Throughout Wednesday, Kolkata continued to be rocked
by protests over the Ranaghat crime. The Bharatiya Janata
Party Mahila Morcha took out a march to the secretariat,
while the Left Front's women activists organised a silent
protest rally from College Square to Esplanade.
The Left parties also held a candlelight vigil in the city.
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Mamata entrusts CBI ...
elsewhere. If they have gone to some other states or another country, the CBI can take proper action, because it operates on a wider periphery," the minister told the media.
On Wednesday morning, a two-member team of the
Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) went to
Ranaghat, met the brutalised nun and other sisters of the
convent, besides the students and took stock of the happenings. They also visited the crime scene.
Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, who heads the CBCI, said
they wanted swift action from the chief minister.
"I would like to request the authorities to ensure that justice is done. The sisters have forgiven but justice needs to be
made visible and such acts should not continue.
"We are here to also personally verify what has hap-
Sharad Yadav regrets ...
Smriti-ji... I respect so much. When a question was raised
about her degree, I was the first person who said I am engineer of political science and have no degree. I was first to
Subodh Pandey, chairperson, Chhattisgarh State Child
Rights and Protection Commission (CSCRPC) said
poverty and unemployment plays a significant role in
forcing children into crime. Hence, the issue could only
be dealt with effectively once the root cause is identified
and tackled, she said. Shobha Paithankar, Regional
Head, Mahila Samanwya, Dr. Rameshwari pandya, Dr.
Priya Rao, Madhuri Sakulkar, Priyanka kaushal and
Pritik Khare also spoke on the issue.
defend her. What has been published was not my aim... I respect her".
A controversy broke out when Yadav during a debate on
the insurance bill last week commented on complexion of
women. The issue was raised later when Irani said the
member must not comment on complexion of women.
Many other women members of parliament also found
Yadav's comments inappropriate. (agencies)
Proteas thrash...
of his next over, he got Nuwan Kulasekara (1) and
Tharindhu Kaushal (2).
Duminy, 30, is just the eighth man overall to take a hattrick in a World Cup match and second in the 2015 edition
after Steven Finn’s effort at the end of Australia’s innings
in the tournament opener on February 14.
Duminy also became the second spinner to claim a hattrick in a World Cup after Pakistani off-spinner Saqlain
Mushtaq's heroics in the 1999 event.
Moreover, Duminy is only the second South African to
get a hat-trick in ODI cricket. Pacer Charl Langeveldt did it
in 2005. Meanwhile, Morne Morkel removed Sangakkara,
while Tahir bagged the wickets of young all-rounder
Thisara Perera (0) and Lasith Malinga (3).
The match was almost dead after the first innings and the
target was too small for South Africa to "choke".
"This is easily the worst performance that we've done in
the World Cup and it happened to be in the quarter-finals,"
bemoaned Sri Lanka skipper Mathews.
"There were no demons on the track, we could have batted well. We could have at least got to 250 and given our
bowlers a chance, but unfortunately we didn't bat well.
Maybe the nerves, we just didn't go for the shots," he admitted.
Mathews thanked old war horses Jayawardene and
Sangakkara for their contributions.
"It's disappointing not to make it a memorable one for
Mahela and Sanga. But let me take this opportunity on behalf of the country and the team to thank them for their
services," Mathews said.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 133 all out in 37.2 overs (Kumar
Sangakkara 45, Imran Tahir 4-26, Jean-Paul Duminy 3-29)
lose to South Africa 134/1 in 18 overs (Quinton de Kock 78
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