Goa voyeurism case: Charge sheet filed against four Fabindia staff

first_imgGoa Police have filed a charge sheet against four employees of Fabindia in connection with the voyeurism case filed against them after Union Minister Smriti Irani alleged that the store had a CCTV camera in the trial room. Goa Police SP (Crime Branch) Karthik Kashyap said on September 10 that the charge sheet was filed a month ago before the Judicial Magistrate First Class court at Mapusa in North Goa.Paresh Bhagat, Prashant Naik, Karim Lakhani and Raju Payancha, all of them in-charge of sections at the Fabindia store have been named in the charge sheet. They were arrested and later released on bail. Crime Branch officials, however, said that Fabindia MD William Bissel and CEO Subrata Dutta have not been named in the charge sheet.Also read: Fabindia voyeur identified, case solved: Goa policeThe charge sheet has been filed under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354C (voyeurism), 509 (intruding privacy) of the IPC and 66E (punishment for violation of privacy) of the Information Technology Act, 2000.On April 3, 2015, a case of alleged voyeurism came to light at the Fabindia outlet in Goa’s Candolim after Ms. Irani raised an alarm over a CCTV camera in the trial room.last_img read more

Easy for Puneri Paltan

first_imgA superb all-round performance by Puneri Paltan saw it register a comfortable 37-25 victory over Haryana Steelers in the fifth ProKabaddi League (PKL) here on Tuesday.Sandeep Narwal (nine points), Rajesh Mondal (seven points) were the main contributors but it was a team effort that led Pune to victory.Paltan raiders chipped in with 15 points whereas the defence contributed 17 points. For Haryana, Surjeet Singh was the sole performer as he ended up with 9 raid points.Puneri Paltan is now third in Zone A with 42 points from 11 matches. Haryana Steelers remain second with 49 points after 16 matches.Puneri Paltan led 2-0 in the first minute after scoring a raid and tackle point. Wazir Singh made a successful raid in the second minute to open Haryana Steelers’ account.Both teams were neck and neck after five minutes with score level at 4-4. Rajesh Mondal made a successful raid in the 9th minute to give Puneri Paltan 7-4 lead. Steelers made it 7-7 in the 10th minute.In the 17th minute, Deepak Hooda made a successful raid to give Puneri Paltan 10-9 lead, which it extended to 16-10 after inflicting an all out in the 18th minute.Haryana Steelers scored two points in a minute at the start of the second half to trail 12-17. Puneri Paltan looked in control of the match as it led 20-13 after 25 minutes.Haryana looked hapless and completely out of sorts as they couldn’t match Paltan’s intensity.In another match Patna Pirates beat Bengaluru Bulls 36-32.last_img read more

Where only men pull the poll strings

first_imgAmit Pandey promises to make Lucknow “the first mosquito-free city in India.” In his appeal for votes, he also defines his “motto,” which says, “Har noto par Subash Chandra Bose ki photo.”While three-fourth of the election pamphlet introduces us to Mr. Pandey’s ideology, his 10-point manifesto and slogan, relegated to the lower end of it is the image of a sari-clad woman with folded hands. There is no detail about her work or profile but her relationship with Mr. Pandey, who runs an outfit called the Azad Hind Mahasangh, is mentioned.That’s Jyotsana Pandey, who is introduced as his “patni” (wife). It may appear that Mr. Pandey is contesting an election. It is not so. The Lucknow Mayor seat is reserved for women. His wife, a home-maker, is the nominated candidate. Mr. Pandey, who is into water trading business, defends the content of the pamphlet, saying his wife, though a home-maker, has been active in his political mission.Ms. Pandey, 41, also thinks it is fine to project her husband more prominently. “The motto is his. The demands are his. He has been the face of the mission though I have been part of it. Women empowerment starts from home. Who better to support you than your husband? Had he been contesting, I would have stood beside him like he stands for me,” says Ms. Pandey.If the seat was open to men, would her husband be the candidate? “Yes,” she says.The reasons may vary but the campaign of women candidates battling it out in the Uttar Pradesh urban body polls invariably cannot escape the imprint of their male family members. Unless the women are popular or politicians in their own right, it is common for their campaign to be run on the face, profile and reputation of the husband, brother, father or son, especially in reserved seats.Even mainstream parties, while releasing their lists, identify a woman candidate by a man —father or husband. The “pradhan-pati” or husband of the pradhan (woman) often enjoys more social recognition and public space than the elected wife.The most visible trait of this trend is the election campaign material, where the male relatives are showcased more prominently than women and, in some cases, the female candidate’s photo or background is missing altogether.  The campaign stickers of Amina Begum, who is the BSP candidate from the Sajoini Nagar Nagar Palika Parishad ward in Lucknow, introduce her as the wife of Mohammad Ismael. The phone numbers listed are also under his name, not hers.Explaining the content, Mr. Ismael, a BSP worker, says his wife, who is a home-maker and illiterate, does not enjoy his popularity in the local circuit. “I have been active in politics for many years. People know me. If I don’t tell them that she is my wife, how will they know her? It is my compulsion,” says Mr. Ismael, adding that it was a practical decision. Ms. Amina was not reachable.Sadhna Singh Sachan, 52, criticises the alleged hijacking of women’s politics by men, saying they cannot be empowered till they are allowed to function according to their own values.However, her own campaign material for the Lucknow Mayor post cannot escape the identity of her husband, who is a retired colonel, although his picture is not displayed on the pamphlet. “Na rajneeti karne ayi hoon. Na farzi wada karne ayi hoon. Fauji ki patni hoon…” (I am not here to do politics, I am not here to make false promises, I am an army man’s wife) reads her appeal, in which she seeks votes with folded hands. Ms. Sachan, a social worker, however, disassociates it from patriarchal norms, stressing that it was a strategy to “appeal” and “unite” in her favour the “votebank” of servicemen who live in Lucknow in good numbers. “I never used my husband’s name to identify myself before this,” says Ms. Sachan.It is this male-dominated trend that Sarita Gautam, a Dalit social worker and Congress candidate from ward 27 in Allahabad, wants to defeat. In her appeal for votes, Ms. Gautam says: “Samarthan samaj sevika ka kare, patniyon se parhez kare (Support a social activist, reject wives).”Ms. Gautam, who works on women empowerment with focus on counselling, domestic violence and security, says the preponderance of “proxy” female candidates negates the efforts of women who are fighting it on their own for real social change. “Those sisters who have nothing to do with social work or politics are fielded by their husbands simply because the seat is reserved. Even if they are elected, they are kept at home and deprived of exercising their rights and duties,” says Ms. Gautam.“I clearly remember that once I had gone to meet an elected woman pradhan but her father-in-law did not allow me to speak to her. He insisted that I narrate my problem to him instead. I was livid at him for his attitude, more so when I found the elected woman rolling chappatis in the kitchen.”In 2012, four out the 12 Mayor seats in U.P., including one each for the OBC and the SC, were reserved for women. This time, as the posts have been increased to 16, six women will be elected as Mayors, including in Varanasi, Lucknow and Allahabad. Sixty-seven out of the 199 Nagar Palika Parishad seats are also reserved for women. Voting for the municipal polls in Uttar Pradesh is scheduled from November 22 in three phases. The counting is on December 1.last_img read more

BJP MLA Lokendra Singh killed in road accident

first_img While the driver and Mr. Singh, 45, were killed on the spot, the two police gunners died during treatment at a nearby medical facility.District Magistrate Sarika Mohan and Superintendent of Police Anand Kulkarni had rushed to the scene of the accident.The gunners who lost their lives have been identified as Brijesh Mishra, 28, and Deepak Kumar, 30. A Bharatiya Janata Party MLA was killed on Wednesday in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur while he was on his way to the Investors Meet in Lucknow, police said.Lokendra Singh, the Noorpur (BJP) legislator from Bijnore, was headed for the summit to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day, when his SUV rammed head on with a truck coming from the opposite direction at Kakaiyyapara.His Fortuner car was going at high speed, an official told IANS. His two security guards and the driver have also died in the crash.Anguished by the demise of BJP MLA from Noorpur, Shri Lokendra Singh Ji due to an accident. His service towards society and role in building the BJP in UP will always be remembered. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this hour of grief.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 21, 2018last_img read more

Former Goa Tourism Minister lands in controversy for beach driving, assault

first_imgA video of former Goa Tourism Minister Francisco alias Mickky Pacheco driving an SUV on a beach in South Goa and then allegedly threatening and assaulting a water sports operator went viral on social media on Monday.Melroy Da Silva, the water sports operator, uploaded a video of Mr. Pacheco confronting him. He post claimed that Mr. Pacheco ran over a parachute owned by him at Betalbatim beach on Sunday with his vehicle on the beach.It also alleges that after Mr. Da Silva confronted Mr. Pacheco at a shack at the adjoining beach at Utorda soon after the incident, Mr. Pacheco and his friends assaulted him and the former Minister repeatedly showed him the middle finger.“I followed the vehicle tyre-tracks and found it parked at Utorda beach. When I went inside the shack and asked him why he ran over the parachute and whether he could drive his car on the beach, Mr. Mickky and his three friends tried to assault me. He even tried to run his vehicle on me,” Mr. Da Silva has said in his social media post.Mr. Pacheco, however, insisted that he was innocent.On Monday, Mr. Pacheco told presspersons that he was innocent and only trying to pick up an ailing friend at the nearby Utorda beach village. He denied the allegations of assault, and said claiming he would be filing a complaint against Mr. Da Silva on Tuesday.“I was driving my jeep only to pick up a sick friend at Utorda as common ambulances cannot be driven on beaches. If I have broken a law by driving on the beach, I am ready to pay the fine to the authorities. Why should this man confront me and point a camera at me,” Mr. Pacheco asked.last_img read more

Unique variety of pumpkin developed

first_imgThe Ludhiana-based Punjab Agricultural University has developed a unique pumpkin variety that does not have a hard seed coat. “Plants of cucurbit family have a thick and leathery seed coat. Decorticated seeds of muskmelon, watermelon, longmelon and cucumber are commonly used for confectionery and home preparations in India. We have now developed a unique pumpkin variety that does not have the hard seed coat and can be used as it is. The Research Evaluation Committee and the State Varietal Approval Committee has approved this variety for cultivation in Punjab,” said Ajmer Singh Dhatt, Head of Department of Vegetable Science at PAU. Mr. Dhatt said it is the first variety of ‘soft’ seeded pumpkin in India and its cultivation at commercial level will meet the domestic requirement of snack seed and bakery industry as well as offer opportunities for exports. “Raw or roasted pumpkin seeds are used as snack food in many parts of the world. It is also used for cooking, baking, nutrient supplement and functional agent. Oil of pumpkin seeds is used in cooking and salad dressing, particularly in Europe and America,” he said, adding that export possibilities of this seed could help farmers in boosting their income.last_img read more

Dog pooping, Jesus toast honored at this year’s Ig Nobels

first_imgCAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—For just one moment last night, you might have guessed this was a typical scientific awards ceremony. An international team of biologists led by Vlastimil Hart of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague was describing an experiment on dogs. The researchers were trying to measure the animal’s ability to detect Earth’s magnetic field.But the moment of normalcy soon passed as the team explained its experimental method. After observing 70 dogs defecate 1893 times and urinate 5582 times over a 2-year period, the researchers noticed that the dogs sometimes aligned the axis of their bodies with the geomagnetic field. As the team reported last year in Frontiers in Zoology, on days with random geomagnetic fluctuations, the dog’s orientation while pooping and peeing also tended toward random. “And here’s the proof!” said Hart, as he and colleagues tossed baggies of what was claimed to be the experiment’s leftovers out to the audience in the packed Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. (This reporter did not check the contents.)Of course, this was no ordinary scientific award ceremony. Hart’s team was accepting one of the coveted 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes that celebrate research that “makes you laugh, and then makes you think.” The prize, organized by the Annals of Improbable Research, includes $10 trillion—actually a $10 trillion bill in Zimbabwean dollars, which is worthless—handed out on stage by one of several past winners of the real Nobel Prize, including Frank Wilczek and Richard Roberts.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Many animals are known to be able to perceive magnetic fields, from pigeons to mice, but the assumed purpose is for navigation. Even if canines really can sense Earth’s magnetic field, why would they align their bodies while crouching momentarily in one place? In his paper, Hart argues that dogs may be “calibrating” their inner compass. Perhaps like humans, dogs do some useful cogitation while doing their business.Dog poop wasn’t the only research to scoop a prize this year. Also recognized was a study with an enticing title that read, in part, “Seeing Jesus in toast,” which was first published online this past January in the journal Cortex. If you do see Jesus, Elvis, or any other face in the random light and dark spots on a piece of toast, you are “completely normal,” explained Kang Lee, a neuroscientist at the University of Toronto in Canada. The human brain seems to be so finely tuned to detect faces that most people experience pareidolia, the perception of nonexistent objects such as faces in a random signal.To find out exactly where in the brain pareidolia arises, Kang and colleagues scanned the activity of people’s brains while showing them images of light and dark pixels arranged randomly. For half of those images, the researchers told their subjects that there was a hidden face or letters. Sure enough, the subjects claimed to see the nonexistent faces and letters 34% and 38% of the time, respectively. The part of the brain that lit up with activity during those moments of pareidolia was the right fusiform face area, known to be responsible for facial recognition.To confirm that the people’s brains really were processing images of faces, the team used a technique called classification, which creates a composite image by mapping people’s brain activity to different images. Eerily, a facelike classification image emerged from the collective brain activity of people experiencing pareidolia.The other winners of this year’s Ig Nobel Prizes were equally zany and creative, from a measurement of the friction between a shoe and a banana peel to the modulation of the pain caused by a burning laser while people viewed good or bad art. See the full list here.last_img read more

US Offers Big-ticket Military Tie-ups With India

first_imgThe US has now proposed joint development and production of futuristic military helicopters as well as infantry combat vehicles in the first such big-ticket programmes under the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative Related Itemslast_img

Forbes India Names 25 Women Trailblazers

first_imgAhead of International Women’s Day March 8, Forbes India released a its “W-Power Trailblazers” issue, featuring 25 women who are rising stars in business.The 25 women stars include Chiki Sarkar, publisher, Juggernaut Books; Adhuna Bhabani, founder-director, Bblunt; Anupriya Acharya, CEO (India), Publicis Media; Kavitha Sairam, co-founder, FIB-SOL Life Technologies; and Dina Wadia and Shivpriya Nanda, joint managing partners, J. Sagar Associates, among others.Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img read more

Aspiring NRIs May Come Under Tax Scanner Before They Leave India

first_imgThe Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has formed a five-member committee to oversee the tax implications of the high net worth individuals (HNIs) who leave the country and settle abroad.The panel, which is led by a joint secretary-rank official and four revenue officers, is expected to meet on Friday and look into the cases of Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and likes. The panel will also look into various hidden clauses so that the government can evaluate the “substantial risk” such migrations pose and devise a policy response accordingly.Read it at Business Today Related Itemslast_img read more

H-1B Spouses: Eshoo, Lofgren Introduce Bill To Protect Work Authorizations

first_imgTwo Bay Area congresswomen introduced a bill Friday that would protect thousands of Silicon Valley immigrants from a Trump administration move to strip their right to work.The bill, written by Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, would prevent the administration from revoking an Obama-era rule giving work authorization to certain spouses of H-1B visa holders.Read it at Mercury News Related Itemslast_img

Dethroned Mrs India SA Must Wait Longer To Find Out If She Is Still Winner

first_imgThe winner of Mrs India South Africa 2018 will have to wait a while longer to hear if her disqualification as the title holder was legitimate.Saumaya Tiwari Gautam, who was crowned in August, made an urgent application through her attorney Rajesh Hiralall before Judge Jacqueline Henriques after she was stripped of her title by pageant organisers Annulutchmee Thaver and Deon Ganas.Read it at IOL Related Itemslast_img

27 rescue teams to man Amarnath yatra route

first_imgTwenty seven highly-trained rescue teams will man the twin routes of the Amarnath shrine this year.“Eleven mountain rescue teams will be deployed to help women and sick pilgrims in negotiating the difficult stretches on the yatra routes. They will be fully equipped and will carry oxygen cylinders,” said a Shri Amarnath Shrine Board spokesman.These rescue teams will draw its personnel from the J&K armed police, the State Disaster Rescue Force and the National Disaster Rescue Force. While seven teams will be deployed along the Pahalgam route in south Kashmir, five will man the Baltal route in central Kashmir. The annual pilgrimage will start from the first week of July this year.A forewarning system will alert pilgrims about any likely shooting stones and landslides. The decision was taken during a meeting of Governor Satya Pal Malik.last_img read more

Maharashtra to hold competition to promote startups

first_imgThe Maharashtra government will conduct a Business Plan Competition (BPC) to give a boost to industrial and economic growth and promote budding entrepreneurs and startups.Organised by the Maharashtra State Innovation Society (MSInS), the State government on Monday issued guidelines for conducting the BPC. Each district will have one such competition in every financial year. “Any individual, organisation, group or establishment can participate in the competition with an innovative business idea aimed at addressing a problem faced by the district, which can be converted in to a business model,” said the guidelines.In the districts, the BPC will be organised annually by the respective District Innovation Councils. Applications will be invited through the MSInS web portal in various sectors. The competition will be divided into three categories wherein applicants will suggest an innovative solution to an existing problem, or come up with an innovative product/process or service for the growth and betterment of the district.It also aims to provide a platform to schools, colleges and other institutions or individuals to propose innovative business ideas to address issues faced by local communities and society. The Maharashtra State Innovative Start-up Policy, 2018 provides for organising various events and competitions throughout the year to provide global exposure to the startup ecosystem and to further deepen the engagement between the Government of Maharashtra and the startup ecosystem.Participants will have to submit proof of concept and the business plan to participate in the competition. A total of 100 applications will be chosen from the entries in each district, and applicants will be asked to present their ideas on stage. “The winner will get a work order of up to ₹5 lakh from the department that the business model is related to. The district-level innovation society will mentor the winners for six months and they will be invited to participate in the Maharashtra Startup Week,” the guidelines said.last_img read more

Ravidas temple: Centre will consider plea for reconstruction, says SAD

first_imgShiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday claimed that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had assured the party that the Centre would sympathetically consider its appeal to reconstruct the Guru Ravidas temple at its original location in Delhi’s Tughlakhabad.The temple was demolished by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on August 10 on the orders of the Supreme Court.Mr. Badal, who met Mr. Shah along with Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, said the Home Minister had assured the Akali Dal that he would look into the matter and that the Centre would take action keeping in mind the sentiments of the Ravidasia community.“This includes taking up the case with the Supreme Court,” he said in a statement. Mr. Badal said as per historical record, the land for the temple was granted to the community by Sultan Sikander Lodhi. He said it seemed the managing committee of the temple could not represent itself adequately in court due to which it had lost the case.Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar has approached the Supreme Court seeking to rebuild the temple in Tughlakhabad. The petition, filed by Mr. Tanwar and former Haryana Minister Pradeep Jain Aditya, sought enforcement of the Right to Worship, which they submitted had been denied to them due to the demolition of the temple.The petition said, “The land at the site is of utmost historical and religious importance to all followers of Guru Ravidas as the Guru himself had lived there.”last_img read more

Former Maharashtra minister Kripashankar Singh quits Congress

first_imgFormer Maharashtra minister Kripashanker Singh on Tuesday quit the Congress, saying he did not agree with party’s stand to oppose abrogation of Article 370. The former Mumbai Congress president said that he will reveal his political stand at an “appropriate time” and added that he is not joining the BJP.“I quit the Congress because I do not agree with the party’s stand to oppose abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.Mr. Singh served as Mumbai Congress chief and was also a minister in the Congress-NCP coalition government for 15 years. A Mumbai court last year discharged Singh in a disproportionate asset case for want of sanction to prosecute him. He had come under ED and CBI scanner in the case.last_img read more