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Report Dated February 20, 2017 6:18 PM
A 17-year-old boy woke up on the way to his funeral in Dharwad’s Managundi village, surprising his relatives and villagers who had presumed him dead. He was rushed to a private hospital where his condition is critical.
Bitten by a stray dog one month ago, Kumar Marewad, 17, had high fever last week following which he was admitted to a Dharwad hospital. As his condition deteriorated, the teenager was put on a ventilator.
The doctors told Kumar’s relatives that he was critical and that he would not survive if life support was removed. Informing them that infection had spread in Kumar’s body, the doctors left the family to decide if they wanted to continue treatment. Later, the family decided to shift him home.
“We had decided to take Kumar home after doctors told us his chances of survival were bleak once taken off the ventilator,” Kumar’s brother-in-law Sharanappa Naikarsaid. Noticing no body movement or breathing, Kumar’s relatives presumed him dead. They then asked the villagers to make arrangements for his funeral and headed straight to perform his last rites. Barely two kilometres from the village where the funeral was to take place, Kumar opened his eyes, moving his hands and legs and started breathing fast. Soon, he was rushed to a hospital.
Dr Mahesh Neelakhantannavar said: “Kumar is on ventilator. We suspect he suffers from meningoencephalitis, an infection caused due to dog bite.”
Report Dated February 18, 2017 2:12 PM
Dhandhuka police station has filed a case after receiving a complaint from a woman, who has accused her husband of rape after 16 years of marriage.
The 29-year-old woman said in her report that she was raped by her husband in 2001, when she was just 13 years old. After that, the man and woman lived together for 16 years, during which they had four kids. They’ve been living separately since 2012.
Police arrested the husband soon after the complaint was filed. His bail petition was rejected on the ground that he allegedly raped his wife when she was a minor.
“Even if the girl consented, having physical relationship with a minor is a serious offence and therefore his bail petition should be rejected,” public prosecutor Pravin Trivedi said.
The complainant also accused her husband of intimidation and domestic abuse. She said she was not allowed to speak with anyone. In 2011, her husband got involved with another woman and started beating her, she claimed.
In 2012, she left her husband’s house and went back to her parent’s home. However, her mother refused to recognise her after ten years and her father had passed away. The doors of her childhood home were barred to her. In order to survive, she rented a room in Rajkot and began doing domestic work.
The woman said in the report that her employer had encouraged her to file a complaint against her husband for “ruining her life.”
Report Dated February 14, 2017 5:47 PM
The murder of a 22-year-old woman in Sultanpur has triggered a political storm as the victim’s father on Monday lodged a police complaint accusing local MLA and Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate Arun Kumar Verma and his associates of murder.
In 2013, the victim had accused the MLA and his aides of gang rape but later withdrew the charge in the court.
With the BJP leadership, including PM Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, attacking the ruling SP government for poor law and order situation in the state, the case has given fresh ammo to the party to take on chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
CM Akhilesh Yadav, however, claimed that investigation was still under way and gave clear indications that the government was ready to refer the probe to the CBI.
“If the victim’s family wants the incident to be probed by any other agency, the state government will recommend the case accordingly,” he said. Refuting allegations of the SP MLA’s involvement, Akhilesh said one should not jump to conclusion.
Arun Kumar Verma is an SP candidate from Sultanpur, which is going to the polls in the fifth phase on February 27.
The death came to light, a couple of hours after the victim went missing and a hunt was started by the family and police. The body was found near the boundary wall of the district Panchayat Bhawan building, some 50 metre away from her house.
According to the postmortem report, “Ligature marks found on the neck seemed to have been caused by hanging.” The autopsy has also noticed a “congested viscera” as well. “Since the postmortem report is not categorical about the cause of death, we are seeking opinion from forensic experts,” said Sultanpur SP.
Report Dated January 31, 2017 7:00 PM
Twitterati lashed out against Union sports minister Vijay Goel after a Press Information Bureau photo tweet of the minister at the inauguration of the 2nd T20 World Championship for the Blind went viral. To one’s mind, for a Sports Minister to choose to play cricket while being blindfolded can only be described as insensitive, derisive and highly irresponsible. It does not “level the field”, and it certainly doesn’t break any barriers between those who have vision and those who’re visually impaired. In fact, it makes it worse. To post a photograph of Goel, knee-bent and blindfolded, not only makes him look ridiculous, but it conveys disrespect and insincerity towards the visually impaired cricketers.
To be clear, it mocks them. Goel received a deluge of criticism over Twitter. By means of a clarification, he soon shared a tiny, important detail — he was requested to do so by the Blind Cricket Team officials. Goel’s ridiculous performance was apparently a part of a larger, on-going campaign where Indian cricketers (such as Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli) had been requested (and, therefore, have participated) to play blindfolded with the visually impaired, perhaps in order to “encourage” the blind.
So, the important question to ask is this: Why does such a derisory campaign exist in the first place? And if it does, why do individuals like Goel or Kohli encourage it, let alone participate in it? For it undermines the hard work and efforts put in by the visually impaired to reach the level of efficiency in order to play the game.
Interestingly, the officials at the Blind Cricket are gifted with vision. They’re the ones seen standing behind Goel in the picture, grinning widely. This campaign, therefore, is akin to a poor mimicry of a talented coterie of cricketers who, unlike Goel, cannot see.
This, however, isn’t the first time Goel has been embroiled in controversy. He has had an impeccable record for committing pitiful gaffes. A little over a week ago, he tweeted a painting which depicted a woman in a burqa with another woman in a cage. The text that accompanied the painting was, “This painting tells a story similar to Zaira Wasim’s. ?????? ???? ?? ????? ??????? ????? ??? ??? ??? | More power to our daughters!”
Thankfully, Wasim (the actor who beautifully portrayed Geeta Phogat in Dangal) was affronted and called him out:
: “Sir, with all respect to you, I feel I must disagree. I request you not to connect me to such a discourteous depiction. Women in hijab are beautiful and free.”]
While on the surface of it, the tweet could have been interpreted as an innocent message – a few words of encouragement sent from an older, father-like figure to a 16-year-old. But it was suffused with multiple meanings. The painting depicted a co-relation between women, patriarchy, oppression and Islam.
Personally, I find it hard to hold one particular religion responsible for suppressing women. The system of oppression is universal and has been present in several religions, including Hinduism. But that’s a separate issue. What’s problematic was that Goel felt the need to define a co-relation between Wasim and the painting. Yes, she is a Muslim, but her identity is not grounded in that alone, nor is it limited to it. As a people, we need to think beyond religion and politics, particularly when it comes to appreciating women for their work.
Goel’s insensitivity is distasteful. So distasteful that it could be likened to the puerile nature of a child desperate for attention. In the past, he has misspelled the Indian athlete Dipa Karmakar’s name, while tweeting about her at the Rio Olympics in 2016. He further made a embarrassing mistake as he wished luck to athlete Srabani Nanda while posting the image of Dutee Chand with it.
Message for Goel, would be: More work, less tweeting. He should focus on making exemplary improvements in department of sports in India. He should focus on ensuring that the training space and conditions for our athletes and players are safeguarded. He should work towards ensuring investments are made in purchasing better equipment and hiring world-class coaches, so that our athletes can win finally win more gold at the Olympics or any other international event for that matter.
But in the meantime, he should get someone to vet his tweets – and official tweets on him – before they’re released into the public space.
Report Dated January 25, 2017 6:50 PM
An unnamed taxpayer owed the government Rs 21,870 crore for the assessment year 2014-15, which was 11% of income tax to be paid by all Indians, according to 2016 data, the latest available, from the income tax department.
While three individual taxpayers declared business income of over Rs 500 crore, two individual taxpayers declared long-term capital gains of over Rs 500 crore in 2014-15 (for the year 2013-14). The names of these taxpayers are not made public.
The richest 1% Indians own 58% of India’s wealth, and 57 billionaires have the same wealth as the bottom 70% of India, according to data published by Oxfam India, a think tank.
In comparison, the top 1% in the USA accounted for 19% of income and 38% of taxes paid, US government data show. It is not possible to say what proportion of income and taxes are similarly paid by Indians because the government does not release such data.
The wealth of 388 people equalled that of the poorest half of the world’s population in 2010, and this has narrowed to only 62 in 2015, according to recent data from Oxfam, a global confederation of non-government organisations fighting poverty.
India had 36.5 million individual taxpayers who declared taxable income of Rs 16.5 lakh crore and were liable to pay Rs 1.91 lakh crore as income tax–an increase of 23% and 37%, respectively, over assessment year 2013-14.
In 2014-15, over 36 million Indians declared a salary income of nearly Rs 9.8 lakh crore ($144 billion), the equivalent of 7% of gross national income of Rs 134.2 lakh crore in 2015-16, followed by business income of Rs 5.6 lakh crore ($82 billion) and income from other sources at Rs 2.4 lakh crore ($35 billion).
The maximum tax payable (Rs 43,964 crore) was in relation to income below Rs 150,000 annually, followed by a tax payable of Rs 17,926 crore in the tax slab of Rs 550,000-950,000.
The tax liability of individuals, Hindu undivided families (HUF), companies and other entities in assessment year 2014-15 was Rs 446,719 crore, an increase of 13% from the previous year.
There were 64 taxpayers with a tax liability of over Rs 500 crore in 2014-15 with a total tax payable of Rs 113,068 crore, which was 25% of the total tax payable of Rs 446,719 crore.
The collection of income tax (including securities transaction tax) increased nine times to Rs 2.9 lakh crore in 2015-16 from Rs 31,764 crore in 2000-01, income tax department data show.
Just two states–Maharashtra and Delhi–accounted for 53% of all direct taxes collected in 2015-16, IndiaSpend reported in May 2016.