Daily Archive: November 8, 2017

Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan Reportedly Offered Rajya Sabha Seat by AAP

New Delhi, Nov 8: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has reportedly offered a Rajya Sabha seat from Delhi to former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan. If media reports are to be believed, Raghuram Rajan is considering the offer of Rajay Sabha seat made by AAP. The AAP is entitled to all three Rajya Sabha seats from Delhi after it’s landslide victory in Delhi Assembly elections in 2015.

The term of the three Rajya Sabha seat in Delhi will begin in January. Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal wants to pick professionals and “outsiders” rather than leaders from the party for three Upper House seats. Earlier, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas demanded a Rajya Sabha seat from Delhi to ‘be an articulate voice against the BJP and the Congress’.

Pradyuman Murder Case: Apprehended Class XI Student Wanted Exam Postponed, Says CBI

New Delhi, Nov 8: The questioning of a Class XI student of Ryan International School in Gurugram by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the murder of Class II student Pradyuman has brought a huge new twist in the case. The CBI has held the Class XI student after the questioning and is set to present him before the Juvenile Justice Board on Wednesday.

Reports say that the Class XI boy used to carry a knife to the school which led to CBI suspecting his involvement in the case. According to Zee News, the CBI has said that the Class XI boy killed Pradyuman so that the school postpones examination as well as the Parents Teachers Meeting to take place on that day.

“CBI has apprehended a child in conflict with law, a student of senior class at Ryan International School (Sohna Road, Gurugram) in an ongoing case relating to murder of a 7-year-old boy. Initial investigation revealed the child in conflict of law wanted to have the examination and parent teacher meeting in school postponed,” the CBI said on Wednesday.

However, the father of the boy has alleged foul play. He has claimed that the CBI is framing him and his son. “They (CBI) arrested my son last night. My son has not committed the crime, he informed gardener and teachers,” said the father of the Class XI student who has been held. He also said that he was made to sit at the CBI office till 2 am last night. “There were no blood stains on my son’s clothes when he went to inform the teachers and gardener about Pradyuman, how can they say that he killed the little boy,” the father questioned. He also said that he was forced by the CBI to sign on the confession letter saying his son killed Pradyuman.

Meanwhile, the family of the bus conductor, who was arrested on charges of allegedly murdering Pradyuman, said they were relieved but not happy. They said that they will be happy when the truth comes out and culprits are nabbed. The CBI has not yet given a clean chit to the conductor in the case.

The CBI held the Class XI student after questioning him multiple times. According to initial reports, the suspect was detained, but later it was stated that the student was held by the CBI.

Pradyuman, a class II student of Ryan International School on Sohna Road in Gurugram, was found dead with his throat slit in the school bathroom on September 8. This led to widespread protests across the country, with questions raised about the security of students in schools.

This was followed by the arrest of the Ryan school owners, who were later granted an interim bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Pradyuman’s father later approached the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of interim bail.

Mary Kom Bags Gold at Asian Boxing Championships

New Delhi: Five-time World Champion Mary Kom on Wednesday (November 08) won gold in the 48 kg category at the Asian Boxing Championships. The Olympic bronze medalist defeated North Korea’s Hyang Mi Kim in the summit clash at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

This is Mary Kom’s fifth gold medal at the Asian Boxing Championships. Apart from it, she won a silver medal in the 2008 edition of the competition. However, this is her maiden gold in the 48 kg category of the tournament.

Minister of Civil Aviation Summons IndiGo Staff, Victim in Assault Case; Airline Apologises

New Delhi, Nov 8: Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Wednesday summoned the IndiGo Airline staff and the victim involved in the brawl at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Earlier on Tuesday, he had sought a report from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on the IndiGo staff-passenger scuffle on Tuesday. “We are seeking a report from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Violence of any sort is deplorable and should result in criminal action,” he said.

A video of an IndiGo staff and a passenger engaging in a brawl at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport surfaced on social media on Tuesday. The incident reportedly took place on October 15. The video shows the duo thrashing and abusing each other the airline staff holding the passenger down by the throat.

A passenger namely Rajeev Katiyal, who arrived from Chennai, was waiting for coach bus when he engaged into an altercation with the IndiGo staff due to misunderstanding. He allegedly abused the staff following which the staff manhandled him and pinned him to the ground by his throat.

Meanwhile, IndiGo Airlines has issued an apology after a video surfaced. IndiGo said that the incident was investigated and stern action was taken against the staff under the code of conduct violation. “I acknowledge the unpleasant experience our passenger went through, while engaging with our staff at Delhi airport. My personal apologies as this does not reflect our culture. I had personally spoken to the passenger and asked for an apology. Once again my personal and sincere apologies to the affected passenger,” IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh said, in a statement. He further said that at IndiGo, the dignity of passengers and staff was of utmost importance and any act that compromised the dignity of either was of a serious concern.

He further said that at IndiGo, the dignity of passengers and staff was of utmost importance and any act that compromised the dignity of either was of a serious concern.

“Treating our customers with respect is core to what we do. Every day we take tens of thousands of happy customers to where they need to get to. An incident happened at the Delhi Airport, which is entirely the opposite of this and against what we stand for at IndiGo. The video of this incident came to our attention and we took action,” he added

The IndiGo official further said that the involved employees were suspended immediately, even while the investigation was going on.

“I personally spoke to the customer and apologised to him the very same day. Whatever may have been the provocation, our staff were completely out of line and didn’t follow the laid down procedure,” he said.

PM 10 Down But Dangerous, Stay Indoors For 2 More Days: IMA to Delhi Residents

New Delhi, Nov 8: The pollution level in Delhi came down from what it was on Tuesday even as dense smog continued to engulfed the national capital on Wednesday. The Indian Medical Association advised people to stay indoors for another couple of days as pollution level remained dangerous. They are expecting the situation to get better after that.

“PM 10 is still at a dangerous level, but it is lesser than yesterday. Precautions are recommended for 2 more days. Try to stay indoors, do not go out for exercise or walks,” Indian Medical Association President Dr KK Aggarwal said.

The situation in Delhi NCR remained worrisome as the level of the harmful PM (Particulate Matter) 2.5 was above 300 in all parts of Delhi. It was above 600 in many areas like Punjabi Bagh, where PM 10 was also above 800. At Indira Gandhi Airport, PM 2.5 was recorded at 355. These numbers indicate Delhi’s pollution level at severe and hazardous.

Some Schools shut in Delhi

Primary schools in Delhi were shut on the directive of the Arvind Kejriwal government. The Delhi government will today decide whether the holiday will be extended till tomorrow. Schools have also been asked to not carry out any outdoor activities or morning assemblies in the open till further instructions.

Various schools in the National Capital Region were also shut with pollution level being at dangerous levels. Many schools in Ghaziabad were shut for 2 days due to pollution and smog. In Faridabad, the timings of government schools was changed to 9 am to 3 pm reportedly due to smog. However, schools in Noida and Gurugram were running as per schedule, say reports.

Trains, Flights Delayed

Visibility on Wednesday went down to as low as 50-70 metres in some areas. There were lesser vehicles on the road as commuters chose not to drive since the thick smog reduced visibility.

Reports say trains to and from Delhi were facing delays due to low visibility on tracks. Some trains were also reportedly diverted. Some flights to and from Delhi were also delayed reportedly with visibility dipping at the IGI Airport.