August 9, 2020

Who is Pinky Chaudhary? Hindu Raksha Dal leader possessing up to JNU assault was Bajrang Dal guy

Who is Pinky Chaudhary? Hindu Raksha Dal leader possessing up to JNU assault was Bajrang Dal guy

New Delhi: Fringe group Hindu Raksha Dal has claimed responsibility for the violence which took place on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus Sunday night. The group’s leader, Bhupendra Tomar, better known as Pinky Chaudhary, owned up to the attack in a two-minute-long video posted on Twitter Tuesday.

Chaudhary’s admission came even as a political blame game continues over the violence and students from ABVP and Left organisations are accusing each other of the attack.

‘JNU is a hub of communists and we won’t tolerate this. They abuse our religion and our country. Their attitude towards our religion is anti-national. In future, too, we’ll take the exact same action in other universities if someone tries to indulge in anti-national actions,’ Chaudhary can be heard in the clip. Over 34 people, including students and teachers, were hurt in the attack, with some having to be admitted to hospital.

While the authorities are confirming Chaudhary’s claims, ThePrint takes a look at what the Hindu Raksha Dal is and who is Pinky Chaudhary.

‘Hindu Raksha Dal fights works towards gau raksha, love jihad’

Hindu Raksha Dal was formed in July 2013 by Chaudhary, and has more than one lakh registered members, mainly in Delhi-NCR, said its spokesperson Sanket Katara.

‘We save Hindu girls who fall in the love jihad trap,’ he said.

The Ghaziabad police had arrested other people and Chaudhary in connection with the incident. Outside the Indirapuram police station, close to 35 members of this outfit had protested following the arrest.

When asked about the events that unfolded in JNU, Katara, nevertheless, claimed responsibility only for violence which took place outside the university’s gates after 7 pm Sunday.

He said the team had nothing to do with the attacks inside the campus between 5.30 pm and 7 pm. ‘We have swayed by our emotions and couldn’t bear the slogans being elevated…which were contrary to India and also a bid to break the country.’ Media in-charge for Delhi ABVP, ashutosh Singh, said,’Neither the ABVP nor RSS has anything to do with the Hindu Raksha Dal.’

Alok Kumar, VHP’s international working president, said he knew about the Hindu Raksha Dal but it does not have any links with the VHP.

Why Chaudhary abandoned Bajrang Dal

Belonging to Bamnauli village in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat, 43-year-old Chaudhary hasn’t held any job besides handling the Hindu Raksha Dal.

Before forming the outfit, Chaudhary was a member of the Bajrang Dal until 2012 and ‘focussed on issues related to love jihad and gau raksha’, said Katara.

Shiv Kumar Raghav, president of the New Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh units of Rashtriya Bajrang Dal, confirmed to ThePrint that Chaudhary was a member for three to four decades, and that he worked for the’Hindutva’ cause.

The Rashtriya Bajrang Dal was formed out of the Bajrang Dal in March 2018, said Raghav.

Raghav said the Hindu Raksha Dal and the Rashtriya Bajrang Dal have worked together from time to time. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has said it is investigating the claims made by the Hindu Raksha Dal on the JNU violence.

Katara, however, said Chaudhary was not afraid of police action against the outfit.’ I f he had been, he wouldn’t have publicly taken responsibility for the incident. Everybody in the organisation is proud of him.’

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Violence erupts in Bengal as strikers enforce 55, bandh

Violence erupts in Bengal as strikers enforce 55, bandh

Kolkata: Incidents of violence and arson were reported from various parts of West Bengal with buses, a police vehicle and government properties vandalised by strikers who attempted to apply the 24-hour bandh on Wednesday.

Protesters blocked a major road in Sujapur region of Malda district, set tyres on fire, ransacked government buses and torched several vehicles, including a police van. They hurled primitive bombs and stones when police tried to control the circumstance.

The authorities then baton-charged the mob, lobbed teargas shells and fired rubber bullets, officials said. In various areas of the state, railroad tracks and roads were blocked, affecting normal life. In East Midnapore district, stones were hurled in buses, after which the protesters clashed with police, leading to many arrests, officials said.

Several buses were vandalised in Cooch Behar district from the protesters. The bandh supporters tried to break past barricades in Kolkata’s Central Avenue area, provoking authorities to use force.

Strikers were held, they said.

A massive police contingent was rushed to the spot to control the situation, officials said.

Railway tracks were blocked at Jadavpur and vehicular movement was interrupted on nearby streets, following which police baton-charged strikers. CPI(M) legislature party leader Sujan Chakraborty was detained for allegedly instigating violence, officials said.

Bombs were found on streets in area of the North 24 Parganas district. Crude bombs were also found on railroad tracks at some areas in the district, they said.

Daily commuters and office-goers throughout the nation had a harrowing time as the amount of vehicles plying on the streets was much less than other days.

At least 175 local trains were cancelled at the Sealdah and Howrah branches of the Eastern Railway because of the blockades.

In Kolkata, authorities buses were plying normally but the amount of private buses was fewer. Metro services were normal in the city and auto-rickshaws and taxis were also seen on the streets.

Heavy police deployment was seen in a number of locations, such as in Tollygunge, Behala, Esplanade and Shyambazar.

Slamming the Left and the Congress for attempting to enforce the bandh, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that those who do not have any political presence in the state are trying to ruin its economy by following’cheap politics’ of strikes.

She said authorities will take action according to law against the protesters.

Till noon, approximately 55 people were arrested from different parts of the city for allegedly attempting to block vehicles, stall authorities buses or forcibly stop shopkeepers from opening their establishments, a senior officer of the Kolkata Police said.

Flight services were normal in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport but train services were partly affected.

The Trinamool Congress also took out rallies opposing the strike at some places in north Bengal and urged people to maintain normalcy.

Branches and ATMs of most of the banks in the state remained closed as employees stayed away. The stir was joined by contractual workers. According to the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), some 28 lakh cheques worth over Rs 21,000 crore could not be sent for clearing. Staff of the Reserve Bank of India also joined the strike.

The All India Reserve Bank Employees Association (AIRBEA) general secretary Samir Ghosh said strike was successful. Majority of the mills in the country also remained shut. Life in Bengal’s IT hub Sector V was near normal, although there was partial impact in attendance in the first hours due to disruptions in transport, NASSCOM sources said.

95 presence was recorded around by the state government offices, a senior officer claimed. The government has announced that no casual leave for lack, either in the first-half of the day or in the second-half or for the entire day, nor any other leave shall be granted to any employee during the strike.

The strike has been called by trade unions INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC, along with various sectoral independent federations and institutions.

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Sleepless nights

Sleepless nights

You will feel better in the morning if you had a great night sleep. However, it won’t be a good morning in case you don’t become quantity of sleep. Dear busy men and women! Take your sleep quality seriously. Because sleep disorders may lead to health problems, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression.

A lot of men and women suffer from insomnia, which may be due to psychiatric and medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits, specific substances, and/or certain biological factors.

Lifestyle changes may help decrease the severity of insomnia. But several naturopathic solutions have also been found effective in reducing the severity of insomnia. If you are also having these below naturopathic approaches might help you to get the sleep you require.

Acupuncture

It is an age-old recovery practice of traditional Chinese medicine and inserting very thin needles through the skin at particular points within the body. It’s primarily used to alleviate pain but also used for a wide range of complaints. In a study, acupuncture therapy helped participants regain their sleep patterns.

Valerian extract

Many studies have suggested that taking valerian extract help fall and get better quality sleep. A study found a combination of valerian and lemon balm.

Tart cherry juice

In a study, older adults who drank eight ounces of sour cherry juice twice a day could sleep 90 more minutes each night. Researchers explained that compounds that give the cherries their colour increased the accessibility and inhibited the degradation of L-tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that interacts with brain chemicals that are important to sleep and the timing of our biological clock’s sleep-wake cycle.

Lavender aromatherapy

Inhaling the aroma of lavender oil before bedtime may help you sleep. Sleep disturbances may be caused by onset of menopause. Lavender aromatherapy may help improve your sleep if you are close to your menopause. The favorable effects of lavender oil have been shown in studies.

Melatonin supplement

Taking melatonin supplement under the supervision of an experienced doctor may also help sleep well at night. Melatonin is a hormone which plays a part in your natural cycle. Researchers indicate that melatonin supplements might help provide some relief from sleeplessness.

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Shaheen Bhatt admits to suffering from depression: Know about that condition

Shaheen Bhatt admits to suffering from depression: Know about that condition

Shaheen Bhatt, daughter of celebrated filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and sister of Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt, recently came out with her book titled I’ve Never Been (Un)Happier. Confessions like this greatly helps to build awareness on mental health conditions and, this time too, it’s no different.

Depression is a condition that can go undiagnosed is a majority of cases.

It is one of the most misunderstood health problems. The World Health Organisation says that’depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-term psychological responses to challenges in everyday life. At its worst, depression may cause suicide. Close to 800 000 people die because of suicide every year’. You must seek medical intervention that is timely although this is a treatable illness. But people ignore it as a personality thing or they brush it off as a’mood item’.

Symptoms of depression

You must seek help if you are feeling sad and low for 2 or more weeks. This may be accompanied by low energy and a reduction of interest in things you previously enjoyed. If you have feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness and irritability with frequent thoughts of suicide, you might be experiencing a major depressive disorder. If you have this condition, you can have trouble sleeping and experience a loss of appetite. Sometimes, depression can last for as long as two decades too. A medical professional will have the ability to generate a diagnosis on the basis of psychiatric evaluation.

Treatment procedure

Medications include mood stabilizers and anti-anxiety drugs, anti-psychotics. In addition to this, you might have to go in for diet modifications, cognitive therapy, light therapy and psychotherapy. Relaxation techniques and regular exercises like medication and music assists in depression cases. It is a condition. For those who have any of the symptoms or if you know someone with symptoms, get help immediately.

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SC seeks report of development of forensic labs

SC seeks report of development of forensic labs

A bench of Aniruddha Bose and Justices Deepak Gupta said that each and every district should have public prosecutors who have the knowledge to deal with child victims.

Judicial academies in most states should prepare exceptional courses to assist such prosecutors, the court said while hearing the request”In-re Alarming Rise in The Number of Reported Child Rape Incidents” after taking suo motu cognisance.

The top court had said states would need to set up two designated courts in districts in which the number of pending cases of child abuse under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act is more than 300.

It had made it very clear that its July 2019 direction to put up one court in each district having more than 100 FIRs under POCSO Act meant it has to be a designated court to deal with only such cases under the law.

In a slew of directions, the apex court had stated that a short clip, intended to spread awareness about prevention of child abuse and prosecution of crimes against children, be screened in every film hall and broadcast by different television channels at regular intervals.

It had directed that the special court be financed by the Centre that will look after appointment of presiding officer, support persons, special public prosecutors, court staff and infrastructure, including the introduction of a child-friendly surroundings and vulnerable witness courtrooms.

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Netanyahu warns of ‘crushing blow’ if Iran attacks Iraq

Netanyahu warns of ‘crushing blow’ if Iran attacks Iraq

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday cautioned arch-enemy Iran that his nation would inflict a”crushing blow” on Tehran if it is attacked following the US killing a top Iranian general.

Netanyahu’s announcement came as Iran launched over a dozen ballistic missiles targeting at least two bases in Iraq where the US military and coalition forces’ are stationed, in revenge for the killing of the commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards, General Qasem Soleimani, in a US drone attack on Friday, which was ordered by President Donald Trump.

“We’re standing steadfast against those who attempt to kill us. We’re standing with force and with determination.

Describing the assassinated Iranian commander, Soleimani, as”terrorist in chief”, the Israeli Prime Minister congratulated US President Donald Trump for eliminating him by “acting quickly, boldly and resolutely”.

“Qassem Soleimani was responsible for the death of countless innocent people. He destabilised nations. For decades, he sowed distress and fear and anguish. And he was planning much worse,” Netanyahu said.

“President Trump should be congratulated for acting swiftly, boldly and resolutely against this terrorist-in-chief, who had been the architect and driver of Iran’s campaign of carnage and terror throughout the Middle East and throughout the world,” he added.

‘It’s essential to mention that Israel stands entirely beside the US,” Netanyahu said, adding,”America has no better friend than Israel, and Israel has no better friend than America’.

Iranian military officials have threatened to attack Israel as well as turning Israeli towns”to dust” in the wake of the US military operation where Soleimani was murdered.

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Mamata’s crackdown on bandh is aimed at old adversary – Left parties she ousted in 2011

Mamata’s crackdown on bandh is aimed at old adversary – Left parties she ousted in 2011

Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government has come down heavily on the strike called by trade unions of Left organisations and backed by the Congress. Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers clashed with protesters across the state Wednesday while the authorities arrested opposition leaders and lathi-charged agitators in Malda.

The police also have registered seven cases in relation to the violent incidents near railway premises. The minister is opposed that she has termed as a means of imposing’goondagiri’ on the roads, adding that action will be taken according to the law.

The Bengal government had issued an order would be cut while cancelling leaves, when they were absent Wednesday. Mamata Banerjee has been among the most vocal opponents of NRC, the CAA and NPR. Her actions also go against her own stance on the issue — the minister had called for a ministerial alliance to fight with the citizenship law.

Analysts, however, say with the clampdown against the opposition parties, the chief minister addressed one of her adversaries — the Left parties she unseated in 2011.

CM wary of the Left

According to political experts, Mamata Banerjee has always been wary of Communist leaders in Bengal and she’ll never let even the’slightest revival’ of the CPI(M) here.

‘Mamata Banerjee should be prudent than indulging in politics. The Left parties have been protesting against CAA, NRC and NPR since the beginning but eight of her MPs were absent in Parliament on the day the CAA was passed,’ said JU professor Partha Pratim Biswas, a political analyst.

‘The strike today was not called so she could have exercised a little restraint. Given her stand on bandhs, she could have remained neutral.’

Biswas believes that the minister’s activities will play in the BJP’s hands.

‘The clampdown shows she will not allow a little opposition space,’ Biswas said. ‘This attitude enables the BJP in Bengal. By allowing the Left and Congress to survive, she ensures distance for the BJP.’

A senior leader who is part of Banerjee’s core committee told ThePrint she dislikes the opposition as she considers that her party’s defeat in several of constituencies in West Bengal from the 2019 Lok Sabha elections was due to the CPM and the Congress.

The minister urged voters, mainly Muslims, to not vote for CPM-Congress alliance. ‘Voting for the alliance signifies division of votes and the BJP will be helped by this,’ she had then said. ‘Do not vote for them as they have nothing in Bengal. They are only signboard parties’

However, if the protests are anything to go by, the state may witness a triangular competition. Left and Congress leaders were seen by wednesday leading rallies, coming together and holding pickets.

‘We will advocate for the alliance with the CPM. We called off it,’ he said.

‘Our vote shares slumped when we fought alone in the bypolls. There’s absolutely no point in dividing votes,’ he said. ‘The alliance is now a compulsion. The CPM should think over it. The politics of the BJP and mamata Banerjee are the same — both want to polarise. That’s why she does not want us to occupy any space in the state.’

BJP state president Dilip Ghosh was elated by the lack of unity.

‘Bengal forgot the last time there was a bandh held,’ he said. ‘The CPM-Congress combine pleaded with the CM to allow them to hold the rallies but she will not allow the Opposition any distance. Now, both of these — Trinamool and CPM — will begin calling each other the B group of the BJP, which means we are the A team.’

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Lodha Group clocks 2000 cr sales in Dec quarter supported by funding housing brand

Lodha Group clocks 2000 cr sales in Dec quarter supported by funding housing brand

Lodha’s earnings in 2018-19 were at $7000 crore, and given that the March quarter is normally the strongest in terms of sales, the programmer may surpass it in 2019-20.

The October-December quarter earnings were up 30 percent compared to the corresponding quarter a year ago, and so were largely driven by its recently launched affordable home brand, Crown.

“While a lot of the earnings may have come in the affordable housing projects, we have sold well across price points, including the premium jobs. The takeaway from this is that demand is strong, end-users are looking to buy and the marketplace is moving towards larger developers who have delivered in the past,” said managing director Abhishek Lodha in a telephonic interview.

Mumbai-based Lodha Group launched its affordable housing brand this past year and sells houses in the $25-50 lakh price bracket under’Crown’.

Over the next 12-19 months, Lodha plans to monetize the ready, unsold stock in its own premium and luxury projects before launch new developments. It’s only launched a relatively small job in Lower Parel in recent times.

“.In 2020, we expect our affordable housing company to grow further, from the 60% of sales that it represents now. We expect this year to be a more powerful one compared to the past, with growth driven by both residential together with our office and warehousing business,” Lodha said.

Lodha is currently gearing up towards a bond issue primarily to repay debt. Around $325 million worth of bonds are maturing by March.

Lodha said around $1000 crore of debt, the company has recently repaid besides the bond issue and has approximately $16,000 crore from its India business. Another $2000 crore of debt will be in London from its projects.

The firm plans to repay around $6000 crore by May, he said. Lodha, which had planned to an initial public offering (IPO) to raise almost $5000 crore last year, didn’t launch it.

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Kuwait denies US troop pullout, says news agency hacked

Kuwait denies US troop pullout, says news agency hacked

The state-run Kuwait News Agency tweeted that the Kuwaiti Defence Minister was advised by the commander of US forces in the emirate of their intention to withdraw from the Arifjan foundation within three days.

The news, published in both Arabic and English, has been deleted within minutes. KUNA also said it had been hacked and said that the report wasn’t published on its general wire.

The United States said on Friday it was deploying up to 3,500 more troops to the Middle East with reprisals expected after an American drone killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad.

The Kuwait incident comes after a US letter apparently signalling a pullout of forces from Iraq caused alarm, prior to the White House and the Pentagon said there were no such plans and that the letter was merely a draft.

Kuwait’s Arifjan Base, which lies 70 kilometres south of the capital and closes to the boundary with Saudi Arabia, is the main US base in Kuwait.

The pact was originally signed following the first Gulf War in 1991 after a US-led global force expelled Iraqi troops from Kuwait ending seven weeks of occupation.

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Iran’s retaliation is much more conventional than Anticipated

Iran’s retaliation is much more conventional than Anticipated

Following a U.S. drone attack murdered Iranian General Qassem Soleimani last week, America braced itself for the unexpected: The Department of Homeland Security issued an advisory warning that Iran may launch cyberattacks against critical infrastructure. New York’s governor deployed the National Guard into New York City’s major airports.

These precautions are clear and wise. But Iran’s missile attacks on foundations hosting U.S. troops in Iraq on Wednesday indicates that the regime’s retaliation may be more conventional than anticipated.

Now the Iranian regime is signaling a new approach.

That said, there is good reason to doubt that Iran’s response will be limited for this assault. Iran has fought its wars through proxies since the 1990s. This was the legacy of Soleimani.

Some analysts admit that Iran’s military has the capability to do a great deal of damage, especially to U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. But it ‘isn’t going to have the ability to out-escalate america,’ says Alireza Nader, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Khamenei knows this, he says, and he may be attempting to convey strength at a moment when the regime was weakened.

Another possibility is that the U.S. drone strike demolished the strategy of plausible deniability that Iran has relied on for so long. It’s not just that Iran’s generals could no longer rely on being spared the fate of the terrorists that they cultivated and sponsored. The attack signaled a new U.S. strategy that imposes grave costs for Iran’s wider proxy war.

The regime will almost certainly still depend on its terrorist proxies. However, Iran’s missile strike proves that it is prepared to engage in direct military attacks to take revenge for Soleimani. The world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism will also rely on conventional warfare.

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