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13-year-old boy sodomised by four schoolmates for 2 months in Hyderabad; police register case

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13-year-old boy sodomised by four schoolmates for 2 months in Hyderabad; police register case

Posted on 31 January 2017 by GGS News

Hyderabad : Four minors have been booked for allegedly sodomising a 13-year-old boy in Hyderabad, filming the act and blackmailing him, police said on Monday.

The accused, who are absconding, are said to be in the age group of 16-17 years.

Though the ordeal of the victim – who cannot be named for legal reasons – began around two months ago, the incident came to light when his father lodged a complaint with Chaderghat police.

In 2015, India made sweeping changes to its laws governing juvenile delinquents, enabling prosecution of minors between 16 to 18 years as adults in case of serious crimes like rape and murder.

G Sattaiah, the Chaderghat inspector of police, said the victim from the Old Malakpet area was allegedly lured into “unnatural sex” by the four teenagers, also from the same locality.

The accused started to extort him by threatening to upload the videos and pictures on social media and also circulate it among his school mates and relatives.

A couple of days ago, when the victim could not give them money, they sent a video clip to his school principal.

“Without verifying the facts, the school principal suspended him and it was then the boy informed us as to what had happened. He had been in a state of depression for the last two months,” the boy’s father said.

Sattaiah said the victim was “scared and he used to yield to them whenever they called him”.

“They used to demand Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 from him, threatening that if he did not bring money, they would circulate the video clippings on the social media,” the official added.

The boy’s father has requested the school management to revoke the suspension.

The four accused have been slapped with charges under the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).HT

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Former minister E Ahamed collapses in Parliament during President’s address, taken to hospital

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Former minister E Ahamed collapses in Parliament during President’s address, taken to hospital

Posted on 31 January 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : E Ahamed, the former MoS for external affairs in the Manmohan Singh administration and a IUML MP from Kerala, collapsed during President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to both Houses of Parliament in the central hall on Tuesday. Ahamed was immediately taken to a hospital.
Ahamed is the IUML MP representing Malappuram constituency in Kerala. IUML is an ally of the Congress in the state.IndiaExpress

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H-1B reform bill introduced in US House of Representatives; seeks doubling of minimum salary to $ 130,000

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H-1B reform bill introduced in US House of Representatives; seeks doubling of minimum salary to $ 130,000

Posted on 31 January 2017 by GGS News

Washington : A legislation has been introduced in the US House of Representatives which among other things calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to USD 130,000, making it difficult for firms to use the programme to replace American employees with foreign workers, including from India.
The High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017 introduced by California Congressman Zoe Lofgren prioritises market based allocation of visas to those companies willing to pay 200 perent of a wage calculated by survey, eliminates the category of lowest pay, and raises the salary level at which H-1B dependent employer are exempt from non displacement and recruitment attestation requirements to greater than USD 130,000.

This is more than double of the current H-1B minimum wage of USD 60,000 which was established in 1989 and since then has remained unchanged.

“My legislation refocuses the H-1B programme to its original intent to seek out and find the best and brightest from around the world, and to supplement the US workforce with talented, highly-paid, and highly-skilled workers who help create jobs here in America, not replace them,” said Lofgren.

“It offers a market-based solution that gives priority to those companies willing to pay the most. This ensures American employers have access to the talent they need, while removing incentives for companies to undercut American wages and outsource jobs,” he said.

Lofgren said it removes the ‘per country’ cap for employment based immigrant visas so that all workers are treated more fairly and to move to a system where employers hire the most skilled workers without regard to national origin.

It raises the salary level at which H-1B dependent employer are exempt from attestation requirements to a new required wage level of 35 percentile points above the median national annual wage for Computer and Mathematical Occupations published by the Department of Labour Occupational Employment Statistics (roughly USD132,000), which would be adjusted in the future without the need for new legislation, and eliminates the Masters Degree exemption for dependent employers.

The legislation sets aside 20 percent of the annually allocated H-1B visas for small and start-up employers (50 or fewer employers) to ensure small businesses have an opportunity to compete for high-skilled workers, while still protecting against outsourcing.

It among other things removes visa hurdles for students and other temporary visa holders by building a bridge from F-1 student status to Lawful Permanent Residence and removes paperwork burdens by streamlining H-1B filing requirements and reducing administrative costs.

The legislation tightens employee protection by stipulating that employers may not reduce beneficiary wages, regardless of whether the deduction is in accordance with a voluntary authorisation by the employee.

It makes exceptions for taxes, garnishments, and deductions that are reasonable and customary in the occupation.

In related development, Senator Sherrod Brown has announced to introduce H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act in the Senate which he said would close loopholes in the H-1B and L-1 visa programs and provide increased protections for both American workers and visa holders.

“We need to crack down on the fraud and abuse that allows corporations to avoid paying Americans fair wages and exploit foreign workers,” said Brown.

“During his campaign, President Trump promised to increase oversight of our H-1B and L-1 visa programs and reform starts with this bipartisan legislation to ensure that American businesses are giving American workers a fair shot at good-paying jobs,” he said.

The bill would require that employers first offer a vacant position to an equally or better qualified American worker before seeking an H-1B or L-1 visa holder.

It would also establish wage requirements for L-1 workers and improve H-1B wage requirements to encourage companies to hire qualified American workers and prevent them from using foreign workers as a source of cheap labour.

Under the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would have additional oversight authority to investigate fraud and abuse as well as to increase penalties for companies that violate the bill’s requirements.

The bill also requires DOL and DHS to share information so that visa petitions are effectively scrutinised.

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Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ could hurt global fight against terrorism: Indonesia

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Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ could hurt global fight against terrorism: Indonesia

Posted on 30 January 2017 by GGS News

Jakarta : Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, says President Donald Trump’s ban on citizens of seven Muslim countries from entering the US could hurt the global fight against terrorism.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Armanatha Nasir said today “it is wrong to associate radicalism and terrorism with a particular religion.”

He said work to combat terrorism must be carried out by promoting international cooperation and the ban could have “a negative impact on global efforts.”

Trump on Friday signed an executive order placing a 90-day ban on travel to the US by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen, and a 120-day suspension of the US refugee programme. Syrians are indefinitely blocked from entry.
Some Western governments have criticised the policy, which caused chaos at US airports and protests.

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Punjab polls: Ready to fight for country, border villagers seek facilities

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Punjab polls: Ready to fight for country, border villagers seek facilities

Posted on 30 January 2017 by GGS News

Attari : Always ready to volunteer their services for the country, residents of this town, located at a walking distance from the Indo-Pak international border, have one grudge — this assembly constituency of poll-bound Punjab deserves more facilities.
The residents recall how they had prepared themselves to volunteer just in case the country needed their services after tensions escalated between India and Pakistan following Indian Army’s surgical strike across LoC in Jammu & Kashmir last year.

“After the Army conducted the surgical strike, orders were issued for evacuation of villages within 10-km area along the border with Pakistan in Punjab.

“However, despite several villages in Attari constituency being just 1 or 2 km from the border, people stayed put here. Everyone here decided that in case of war or any worst thing happening, we will move forward (towards Pakistan) along with our forces, but not retreat,” 61-year-old Surjit Singh told PTI.

Another resident, Harjinder Singh, a carpenter, said, “After the surgical strike, the residents here put up a brave front. Nobody left their homes. Everyone said we are the brave people of the Majha region of Punjab and if one has to die, let it be here and all said in one voice that they will move forward and not leave their homes.”

Perhaps the Attari residents draw inspiration from Sardar Sham Singh Attariwala, who was a general in the army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and famous for his last stand at the Anglo-Sikh battle of Sabraon.

There is a memorial dedicated to him which is located right in the main bazaar area of Attari. Two Howitzer guns have been placed in the memorial ground and these were dedicated by former Indian Army chief, General Bikram Singh, on February 10, 2014 to commemorate the 168th martyrdom day of General Sham Singh Attariwala.

However, residents here lament that many villages in Attari constituency, which is next to the border with Pakistan; still continue to be in a bad shape.

They claim there is hardly anything in the name of facilities including proper health and education facilities.

Residents say that unsafe bridges over the defence drain create fear and four months back an accident involving a school bus killed seven students.

Both Surjit Singh and another resident Jagtar Singh said Attari residents should get facilities it deserves.

“There is a small hospital here, but without any facility.

Doctors are not available. We have to rush to Amritsar, which is about 25 km from here, for even small things. Sewerage problem also remains unresolved. There are not much employment avenues for the youth,” Jagtar said.

He said border areas should be given good financial package so that entire belt gets developed and youth are gainfully employed.

Attari is a reserved constituency, having a voter strength of over 1,71,586, from where senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader and Punjab Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike (59) is seeking re-election and among 10 other candidates, he faces Congress’ Tarsem Singh D.C. (67), AAP’s Jaswinder Singh Jahangir (39), BSP’s Sukhwantjit Kaur (51) and CPI Gurdeep Singh (55).

Harjinder Singh, Sakatar Singh, who is an ‘arhitya’ (commission agent) and fruit seller Wasim, also claim that this constituency is reeling under the impact of demonetisation.

“The situation here has still not improved. Residents still have to wait for a long time in queues to withdraw money. I have to make payment to farmers, but I am unable to pay them. This is causing hardship to farmers, but we are helpless,” said Sakatar Singh.

Baba Jasbir Singh (60), a resident of Atalgarh village, located barely 1 km from the Indo-Pak Attari/Wagah border, talked about the problems faced by the farmers in cultivating their land situated across the barbed wire fence.

“One member in a family is issued ID card and only he is allowed to go to take care of the land and the crops. There is fixed time from 10 am till 5 pm. When one can go across the barbed wire fence. Suppose we return with trolley filled with crops or other stuff, it has to be emptied and got checked.

So, there are practical difficulties which we face in taking care of our own land,” Jasbir said.

Notably, in 2012, Ranike had defeated Congress rival Tarsem Singh DC by 4,983 votes and in 2007 Rattan Singh of Congress by 19,083 votes.

Ranike exuded confidence about his victory, saying people will vote for the SAD-BJP alliance, which has undertaken development, not just here, but across the state.

“People know Congress is a sinking ship and it has nothing new to offer. AAP has no base here,” he said.

Tarsem Singh DC claimed people want to show the door to the Akalis, who have “looted” Punjab. He also talked about Congress’ commitment to weed out the drug menace.

AAP’s Jahangir claimed people are desperately looking for a change this time and his party is on a strong footing.

“People want to elect a clean and honest government this time,” he said.PTI

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Punjab Assembly Elections 2017: 101 candidates face criminal cases

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Punjab Assembly Elections 2017: 101 candidates face criminal cases

Posted on 30 January 2017 by GGS News

Chandigarh : As many as 101 candidates in Punjab are facing various criminal cases, including that of murder and attempt to murder, poll watchdog Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) has said.
Besides, out of total 1,145 candidates in the fray, 428 are having assets of more than Rs 1 crore, with average assets per candidate being worked out at Rs 3.49 crore.

According to the analysis of candidates’ affidavits by ADR, 101 out of 1,145 candidates have declared criminal cases against them.

Of them, 78 candidates are facing serious criminal charges including that of murder, attempt to murder and crime against women, said Jagdeep Chhokar, founding member of ADR.

Prominent among those who are facing criminal charges are Navjot Singh Sidhu, Captain Amarinder Singh, Simarjeet Singh Bains, he said.

53-year-old Sidhu, Congress candidate from Amritsar East, declared in his affidavit that on December 27, 1988 a case under section 302, 323, 34 of IPC was registered against him. He was acquitted in the case by the Session Court Patiala on September 22, 1999.

But the Punjab and Haryana High Court convicted him on December 6, 2006 sentencing him to three years’ rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 1 lakh. But the Supreme Court suspended the sentence on January 23, 2007.

Congress’ chief ministerial candidate Amarinder Singh, who is contesting from Lambi and Patiala, is facing four cases, as per the report prepared by ADR.

Lok Insaf Party candidate Simarjeet Bains is facing case under relevant sections of IPC including 307 (attempt to murder), 332 (charges related to voluntary causing hurt to deter servant from his duty).

As per report prepared by ADR, 14 candidates of Congress, 12 of AAP, 10 of SAD and 2 of BJP and 20 out of 304 Independents were facing criminal charges, said Chhokar.

The report also said that a whopping 688 out of total 1,145 contestants, have declared their educational qualification between 5th standard and 12th standard while 41 candidates are illiterate.

Despite political parties stressing upon giving more nominations to women in polls, 81 (7 per cent) women out of 1,145 candidates are contesting Punjab Assembly polls, as per the report.PTI

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Bigg Boss 10: This is the result of being honest, says winner Manveer Gurjar

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Bigg Boss 10: This is the result of being honest, says winner Manveer Gurjar

Posted on 30 January 2017 by GGS News

Bigg Boss 10: This is the result of being honest, says winner Manveer Gurjar.

MUMBAI : Commoner Manveer Gurjar has been declared the winner of Bigg Boss season 10 after he beat celebrities like Bani Judge and Lopamudra Raut in the popular reality show’s grand finale.

The finale that took place today saw Bani as the first runner up, while Lopa was announced as the second runner up.

Manveer’s best friend in the house, Manu Punjabi, was the fourth finalist but he quit the game after accepting the offer made by Bigg Boss to take Rs 10 Lakh and go home ..

feel extremely happy now. I have lived this journey, fought my way, and now sitting here as a winner I feel I’ve done everything from my heart. This is the result of being honest,” Manveer told .
Along with the title, Manveer received cash prize of Rs 40 Lakh out of which his father pledged to donate fifty per cent of the amount to the show’s host Salman Khan’s Being Human charity.
Despite being a commoner, Manveer’s win does not come as a surprise as over his three-month long stay inside the Bigg Boss house, he was successful in winning the audiences’ hearts, thanks to his simplicity, straight forwardness and dedication towards the game.
With Manveer’s win, the season seems to have justified its concept of celebrities vs commoners.
An unknown boy from Haryana not only outlasted many successful names of the film and television industry, on the show, but even got highest votes in the finale, where he was pitted against reality TV star Bani.
Apart from the winner announcement, Bigg Boss 10 grand finale saw a lot of entertaining performances.
Salman kicked off the finale by performing on his songs “Mera Hi Jalwa” and “Aaj Ki Party”. Evicted contestants Gaurav Chopra, Rohan Mehra, Mona Lisa, Nitibha Kaul, Lokesh Kumari and Navin Prakash joined him on stage.

Colors’ upcoming show Dil Se Dil tak cast Siddharth Shukla and Rashami Desai interacted with the four finalists. The evening also saw Neha Dhupia and Sohail Khan promoting their upcoming comedy show “Chhote Miyan”.

Music composer Shankar Mahadevan interact ..

with Salman to introduce the new Colors reality show “Rising Star”, which he is judging.

Making the grand finale a night to remember, was a string of performances by “Naagin” stars Mouni Roy and Karanvir Bohra, Udann s Vijayendra Kumeria Meera Deosthale. Former Bigg Boss contestant Karishma Tanna shook a leg with Salman on the stage.PTI

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Asaram rape case: Register new FIR against godman, orders SC, levies Rs 1 lakh fine

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Asaram rape case: Register new FIR against godman, orders SC, levies Rs 1 lakh fine

Posted on 30 January 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday ordered registration of a new FIR against self-styled godman Asaram for filing fake documents in connection with his health.

In addition to it, the apex court also levied a fine of Rs. one lakh on him.
The apex court earlier in the day rejected the bail plea of Asaram in two rape cases, sought on medical grounds.

The Jodhpur Police arrested Asaram on August 3, 2013 and since then he is in prison.

A teenager had accused Asaram of sexually assaulting her during celebration in a village near Jodhpur ashram.

The Gujarat Government had earlier told the top court division bench that the rape case registered against Asaram would very likely proceed in an expeditious manner, adding that the trial would be completed within six months so the bail should not be granted to him in the case.ANI

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Quebec City shooting: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau condemns ‘terrorist attack’; at least six killed

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Quebec City shooting: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau condemns ‘terrorist attack’; at least six killed

Posted on 30 January 2017 by GGS News

Quebec : At least six people were killed in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City during evening prayers, police said.

Gunmen fired on about 40 people inside the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday at 8pm local time (01:00 GMT).

“Six people are confirmed dead – they range in age from 35 to about 70,” Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe told reporters, adding eight people were wounded and 39 were unharmed.

Police said two suspects had been arrested, but gave no details about them or what prompted the attack.

The mosque’s president, Mohamed Yangui, was not inside the mosque at the time of the shooting. He received frantic calls from worshippers.

He said: “Why is this happening here? This is barbaric.”

Speaking to Al Jazeera by phone, he said: “One of the administrators called me and said there was a shooting at the mosque. I am still in shock. I ran to the mosque … I was told that one attacker was arrested at the scene while another one was arrested nearby.”

‘A terrorist attack on Muslims’

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the shooting as a “terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge”.

“Muslim Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country,” he said in a statement.

The shooting came on the weekend that Trudeau said Canada would welcome refugees, after US President Donald Trump suspended America’s refugee programme and temporarily barred citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.

Philippe Couillard, premier of Quebec, said on Twitter that Sunday’s attack “is a terrorist act”, and called for “solidarity with Quebecers of the Muslim faith”.The mosque leader Yangui added that the centre had not received any threats immediately before the attack.

“The neighbourhood is very peaceful. We have a good relationship with the government, the mayor of Quebec. We have no problem whatsoever,” he said.

Writing on its Facebook page after the attack, the centre said: “All of our thoughts are with the children to whom we must announce the death of their father”.

The mosque was previously targeted in an Islamophobic attack, however. In June 2016, during Ramadan, a pig’s head was left on the mosque’s doorstep along with a note that said “bon appetit”. Pork is forbidden in Islam.

“We are not safe here,” said Mohammed Oudghiri, who normally attends prayers at the mosque in the middle-class, residential area, but did not on Sunday.

Speaking to Reuters, Oudghiri said he had lived in Quebec for 42 years but was now “very worried” and thinking of moving back to Morocco.Basem Boshra, managing editor of the Montreal Gazette, told Al Jazeera that the centre is the city’s biggest mosque of six, with some 5,000 members.

“There’s a pretty strong Muslim community in Quebec City,” he said, adding that there were plans to lower flags at the national assembly as a mark of respect for the victims

Canada’s public safety minister, Ralph Goodale, said on Twitter that he was “deeply saddened” by the loss of life and injuries.

Greg Fergus, an MP in Quebec, described on Twitter the attack as “a terrorist act – the result of years of demonizing Muslims”.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said police were providing additional protection for mosques in that city following the Quebec shooting. “All New Yorkers should be vigilant. If you see something, say something,” he tweeted.

Islamophobia in Quebec

Incidents of Islamophobia have increased in Quebec in recent years.

The full face covering became a big issue in the 2015 Canadian federal election, especially in Quebec, where the majority of the population supported a ban on it at citizenship ceremonies.In 2013, police investigated an incident in which a mosque in the Saguenay region of the province was splattered with what was believed to be pig blood.

In the neighbouring province of Ontario, a mosque was set on fire in 2015, a day after an attack by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris.

“It’s a sad day for all Quebecers and Canadians to see a terrorist attack happen in peaceful Quebec City,” said Mohamed Yacoub, co-chairman of an Islamic community centre in a Montreal suburb. “I hope it’s an isolated incident.”

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BJP MLA Suresh Rana stirs controversy, says ‘Kairana, Deoband will be under curfew if I win UP polls’

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BJP MLA Suresh Rana stirs controversy, says ‘Kairana, Deoband will be under curfew if I win UP polls’

Posted on 30 January 2017 by GGS News

NewDelhi : Suresh Rana, Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) candidate from Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh, for the upcoming assembly election on Saturday stoked controversy saying curfew will be imposed in Kairana, Deoband and Moradabad if he wins the poll.

A video of Rana making the statement has gone viral on social media. Rana is already an MLA from Thana Bhawan.

“Yadi maidan maar liya to Kairana, Deoband, Moradabad mein curfew lag jayega mitron..isliye keh raha ki March 11 ka din hoga…Bharat Mata ki Jai ka naara lagate hue Shamli se Thana Bhawan tak juloos niklega,” he said, addressing BJP workers on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Rana has came up with a clarification, saying if his party comes to power then the state will see the exit of goons.

“Due to the fear of hooligans, extortion, the people migrated from western Uttar Pradesh. There is no village or town where migration did not take place due to these reasons. So, I meant to say that if the BJP comes to power in UP then these goons, extortionists will migrate and not the innocents,” said Rana.

Suresh Rana was earlier named as key accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots by the local police. Polling in Thana Bhawan is scheduled for February 11. The results will be announced on March 11.

Last year, Kairana grabbed attention when BJP MP Hukum Singh released a list of Hindu families which the MP claimed had left their homes and fled because of “threat and extortion by criminal elements belonging to a particular community.”

Political parties, especially Congress and Samajwadi Party, had slammed BJP for trying to stoke communal tension in Uttar Pradesh ahead of assembly elections in the state.

Later, in September 2015, a probe team of the National Human Rights Commission found that many families “migrated” due to threats pertaining to “increase in crime” and “deterioration” of the law and order situation there.

The 775-page report on the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots of Justice Vishnu Sahay Commission blamed the BJP and the ruling Samajwadi Party for the violence in Muzaffarnagar. Justice Sahay was appointed by the ruling Samajwadi Party government to look into the reasons behind the riots that left over 63 dead and rendered over 55,000 homeless.


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