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Gold smuggling through Delhi Airport increases 14-fold
Report dated 14/01/2014 @ 2:27 PM

Gold smuggling through Delhi Airport increases 14-fold The seizure of smuggled gold at Delhi's International Airport has increased from 6.6 kg in 2012-13, to 83.3 kg worth Rs. 22 crore till December.

24 persons have been arrested compared to only one last year.

Most passengers arrested concealed gold bars in their body parts. The most common mode is in the form of jewellery as smugglers also earn money on the making charges.

AAP takes on Kerala city mayor
Report dated 14/01/2014 @ 2:25 PM

AAP takes on Kerala city mayor The Aam Aadmi Party served a notice on Trivandrum mayor K Chandrika in her office, listing her failures, particularly the garbage and stray dogs menace that is making life miserable for the citizens.

The city was drenched in stench after the Vilappilshala village refused to continue to be a dumping ground for city waste and turned away truckloads of garbage, while street dogs had a field day after the city administration put a halt to catching them, allowing them to feed on the food waste. Last year 6 people died of rabies from dog bites and a kindergarten student was hospitalised with serious injuries when she was attacked by a stray dog.

The APP served a show cause notice to the mayor and also raised issues such as flex boards menacing motorists and the spread of contagious diseases, and incensed the mayor when 20 AAP volunteers said she was not fit to hold the post. The asked the mayor to reply to the notice in 10 days after which they would launch a series of public protests.

The AAP won, as the corporation promptly began a hunt for stray dogs, to be vaccinated, sterilised and released. Authorities also formed sanitation committees in all the wards of the corporation, held by both ruling and opposition parties.

AAP's successful membership drive worries Gujarat government
Report dated 14/01/2014 @ 2:23 PM

AAP's successful membership drive worries Gujarat government The Aam Aadmit Party's aggressive and successful membership drive now has the BJP ruled Gujarat government worried, not least of whom is Narendra Modi.

According to Sukhdev Patel, the AAP convenor for Gujarat, the police and state Intelligence Bureau have been threatening and harassing party members by spying on them, asking questions of them and their family members.

Notwithstanding, local AAP leaders in various districts plan to go to police stations and submit details and plans chalked out for the forthcoming days, as the AAP does not want the Modi regime to misuse its state machinery to snoop on party workers. They also plan to submit a memorandum to district collectors against the use of the police to terrorise AAP cadres. What's more, in a public reaction for the first time a worried Gujarat Minister and Modi confidant Anandi Patel said steps should be taken to stem the AAP tide in the state.

Among those who have joined the AAP recently in Gujarat and boosted the AAP's spirits are Mallika Sarabhai and Krishnakant Vakharia, as well as hundreds of doctors, lawyers, professors, social workers and journalists.

Activists condemn handgun named after rape victim
Report dated 13/01/2014 @ 5:20 PM

Activists condemn handgun named after rape victim Rights activists condemned the handgun designed for women and named after the young medical student who died two weeks after she was gang raped in Delhi, calling it a disgrace to her memory.

The gun is named 'Nirbheek' meaning fearless in Hindi, and the victim was given the nickname 'Nirbhaya' also meaning fearless by the media and authorities after the attack, because she could not be named under Indian law.

Activists however said the new gun demonstrated that authorities completely misunderstood how they were supposed to protect women from high levels of violence across the country, as their research shows that a person is 12 times more likely to be killed if they are carrying a gun when attacked, and arming women is not a responsible way to secure their safety and security.

The handgun, a lightweight .32 calibre revolver was developed by state-run Indian Ordnance Factory in Kanpur and has already received 20 orders since it was launched earlier this month. The titanium alloy sixshooter costs $1976 and can fit inside a small purse or handbag.

Retired bureaucrat and police official to work for AAP
Report dated 13/01/2014 @ 5:18 PM

Retired bureaucrat and police official to work for AAP Former Madhya Pradesh chief secretary S C Behar, and former Delhi Police joint commissioner N Dilip Kumar are to work for the Aam Aadmi Party for a token salary of Rs.1 a month.

Behar is to work to help the AAP government draft its 'swaraj' (self-rule) legislation in Delhi. Kumar will monitor the AAP government's anti-corruption helpline to nab bribe takers.

Behar's concept of 'gram swaraj' in Madhya Pradesh was admired by many including foreign university scholars, for empowering village panchayats in decision making. Kumar who earned the sobriquet 'sting man' for carrying out 50 sting operations says he and Kejriwal are of the same mind.

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