(Chayan Majumdar)Behrampore: Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday launched a scathing attack on the BJP over its headquarters in Delhi, saying it should be "ashamed of" "world's biggest party office" and questioning the source of funds for the construction. BJP chief Amit Shah had described the building as the biggest office of any party in the world. "They are boasting about inaugurating the world's largest party office, when they should be ashamed of it. "Our party office has been built with our own money. At the meeting, Mamata went on to bring up the fraud at the Punjab National Bank and added other banks to the mix.

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SNEHAMOY CHAKRABORTYSantiniketan: The Visva-Bharati authorities have for the first time decided to enforce the traditional dress code for participants in the morning procession on Basanta Utsav (Spring festival) that falls on March 1. "The 87-year-old tradition from the time of Rabindranath Tagore is that women wear yellow or saffron saris and men white dhotis and panjabi. So, we have fixed a dress code for the first time this year," a varsity official said. He said men could wear white pajamas or trousers with white panjabi or kurta, while the women could be in yellow or orange saris. Sabujkali Sen, the officiating vice chancellor of Visva-Bharati, said: "At a meeting to discuss this year's Basanta Utsav programmes, we for the first time fixed a dress code for the participants in the procession.

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G. O. C. Phippon, the councillor of ward 4, said he was quitting the JAP and joining the Morcha for the sake of the development of his ward. Lepcha claimed that 70 families from his ward had joined the Morcha, along with him. While the JAP has been reduced to a single member, six others belonging to the undivided Morcha had resigned from the party and become independent councillors. JAP president Harka Bahadur Chhetri sought to make light of Phippon's desertion. DiscussionThe JAP president also said his party would organise a discussion on Gorkhaland at the Constitutional Club of India in New Delhi on March 15.

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more-inTwo persons were arrested while a juvenile was apprehended in connection with over a dozen robbery and snatching cases, reported from north-west district, said the Delhi Police on Monday. The police said that the accused were involved in at least 16 cases of robbery and snatching. The police came to know of the gang after a cab driver was held hostage and robbed near Mahendra Park on February 12. “They named other members of their gang and told us that they used to rob car drivers and further, used the vehicles of the victims to commit more robberies. When the accused were done with their robberies, they would dump the car, and all three would abscond on the scooty, said the police.

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more-inThe disqualified MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party told the Delhi High Court on Monday that their disqualification “will not arise” till it is proved that they were getting pecuniary benefits by holding the posts of parliamentary secretaries. The former MLAs made their submissions during a nearly three-hour long hearing of their pleas challenging their disqualification for holding offices of profit. They denied having received any monetary benefit or perks, including official vehicles, in their capacity as parliamentary secretaries. The Delhi government, led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, had appointed the parliamentary secretaries after coming to power in February 2015. This was challenged by an advocate Prashant Patel who made a representation to the President to disqualify them for holding office of profit.

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more-inA recent report by an IIT-Delhi professor has unveiled a portable device that can read dozens of diagnostic test strips with a 99.12% correlation as compared to lab-grade scanners. Developed by a Bangalore-based medical diagnostic firm, Inito, the small and portable ₹3,000 device has achieved the performance of a ₹3 lakh bulky lab reader. “The device allows access to diagnostic labs right in people’s home. Mr. Dubey’s report states that the device uses a patent-pending imaging technology called ‘flat lens’, which allows the device, paired with a smartphone, to conduct dozens of diagnostic tests. The first test that Inito has launched is a Fertility Monitor, targeted at couples trying to have a baby.

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We want all parties to be present when the hearing takes place, the DMC Registrar said. | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Vermamore-inThe disciplinary committee of the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has decided to hear the Max hospital twin baby case early next month, a senior official said on Monday. “The case came up for hearing on February 16, but the complainant was not present. We want all parties to be present when the hearing takes place,” DMC Registrar Girish Tyagi said. “Last week, representatives from Max Healthcare, the doctors and nurses involved in the case, came and a brief meeting was held.

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more-inThe Delhi Congress on Monday slammed the Aam Aadmi Party government for “total administrative failure” in Delhi. The meeting, which also saw the attendance of All India Congress Committee Delhi incharge P.C.Chacko, focussed on the issues of rising prices, unemployment, sealing and “failure of the Public Distribution System in Delhi”. “There is total administrative failure in Delhi. People are suffering due to rising prices of essential commodities, unemployment, hanging sword of sealing on Delhi traders and the failure of the public distribution system. The people of Delhi have again started remembering the Congress rule in the city,” Mr. Maken said.

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more-inA mayoral delegation from the US met the south Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat on Monday. The delegation is here study the functioning of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and the policies of garbage management in the city. Use of technologyThe Mayor also boasted about the use of technology in the management of waste in the SDMC area. She said that the process of garbage management has been simplified by the civic agency with the use of a mechanised system of collection, transportation and disposal of waste. “The SDMC has also proved that by effectively managing our finances we have been able to achieve a sound financial situation,” she added.

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more-inThe Opposition BJP organised a panchayat at Rajghat on Monday to discuss the alleged neglect being meted out to rural areas in Delhi by the Aam Aadmi Party government. Members of the Delhi BJP Kisan and OBC Morchas said that representatives from around 80 villages in the city attended the event. Censure motion“Chaudhary Ram Karan, the pradhan of the panchayat of 360 villages of Delhi, presented a censure motion against the Delhi government for neglecting the rural areas of Delhi. Mr. Bhatia said that “only former BJP Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma” framed schemes for the development of the rural areas and after 1998, the ruling parties of Delhi had “only added to the numbers of unauthorised colonies” in rural areas. Their power connections for the tube wells are charged at commercial rates and there is no drinking water supply for the villagers,” the party alleged.

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more-inMembers of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union on Monday announced a state-wide strike in support of their demands, under the aegies of the Centre of India Trade Unions. The union had submitted a memorandum to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar earlier this month and threatened to proceed on indefinite strike if their demands were not met. Anganwadi workers from across the district gathered at Kamla Nehru Park here on Monday and held a meeting in support of their demands. The participants at the meeting demanded that Anganwadi workers be given a minimum wage of not less than ₹18,000. The anganwadi workers have been protesting for long, but the government has not paid any heed to them, the union leaders alleged, adding that the government was also attacking the workers' right to protest.

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more-inUnion Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday discussed the ongoing sealing drive here with Delhi MPs, Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) vice-chairman Udai Pratap Singh. The MPs present in the meeting were Harsh Vardhan, Manoj Tiwari, Ramesh Bidhuri, Maheish Girri, Parvesh Verma and Udit Raj. “The meeting discussed solutions to the ongoing sealing campaign against commercial establishments in Delhi by the Monitoring Committee constituted by the Supreme Court,” Delhi BJP said in a statement. The traders have been protesting against the sealing of commercial establishments running from residential areas or premises. The FAR is the ratio of a building’s total floor area (gross floor area) to the size of the piece of land on which it is built.

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more-inThree illegal arms suppliers of an inter-State gang have been arrested and 21 sophisticated pistols were seized from them, the Delhi Police said on Monday. “We got a tip regarding movement of illegal arms suppliers in the city. The Special Cell of the Delhi Police has been cracking down on illegal arms suppliers since 2012. A dedicated team has been assigned to keep a tab on such arms suppliers, who get the weapons from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and UP. “During interrogation, the accused said they have been supplying illegal arms for the past five years.

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A trial court had in February last year acquitted nine other adult accused in the case on the grounds that the identity of the real culprits could not be proved. The board, in its 100-page judgment, said the evidence of prosecution witnesses have been amply strengthened by medical and scientific evidence and recovery of incriminating articles from the juvenile. Brandishing cricket bats, four of the boys sat in the car and started beating the girl and her friend. They then pushed them to the back seat and drove the car to a secluded place near Garhi Chaukhandi. The prosecution’s appeal against the trial court verdict is pending before the Delhi High Court.

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more-inTwo people were injured and several cars were damaged when an elephant turned violent on Vikas Marg, east Delhi, on Sunday night. The police said that a PCR call was received at 11 p.m. about an elephant running amok near Hira Sweets. The police said that after consuming the food, the elephant turned violent. Offered foodIt damaged several vehicles and the two persons riding the animal fell on the road. We suspect that the food offered had something that made the animal violent,” said Rakesh Kumar, an eyewitness.

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