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In Appointing Next Naval Chief, Govt Overlooks Seniority, Goes For ‘Merit’

New Delhi: Contunuing with its policy of overlooking the seniority criterion, the government has appointed Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next chief of naval staff, succeeding Admiral Sunil Lanba. Vice Admiral Singh, who is at present serving as the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam, will be the first helicopter pilot to become Chief of Naval Staff. He will take charge as Navy Chief on May 31, the Defence Ministry said. Before taking over as FOC-in-C Eastern Naval Command in October 2017, Singh also served as Deputy Chief as well as Vice-Chief of Naval Staff.

The government made the selection following a merit-based approach, said a MoD sources said, and did not go with the tradition of appointing the seniormost eligible officer to the post. Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, who is senior to Singh, was among the contenders for the top post, they said. While appointing the Army Chief too in 2016, the Government did not follow the long-held tradition of going by the seniority.

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In Gurugram Hate Crime, ‘Cricket To Blame’, One arrested

New Delhi: Two days after a Muslim family was beaten up in Bhondsi near Gurugram, one Mahesh Kumar, resident of Naya Gaon, was arrested for the crime. He was produced in court on Saturday and sent to one day police remand. With the growing pressure, the district administration was also forced to act swiftly on the issue. The Gurugram police has filed the case under sections of 307 (attempt of murder), 452 (house trespass), 427 (mischief causing monetary damage) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

According to the police, on March 21 which was a day of Holi, Shahid and his friends were playing in Bhoop Singh area near Dhanwas village in Bhondsi, Sohna. During the game, the ball hit one of the persons that led to the altercation between the two groups. Subsequently the situation worsened with more men joining the opposing group. They hit Shahid and his uncle mercilessly in their home. However, according to the testimonies of the victims and the family, this was also a situation of hate crime.

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Ahead of Lok Sabha Polls, Farmers To Get More Funds In Their Account

New Delhi: About 4.74 crore small and marginal farmers registered under the PM-Kisan scheme before the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for general election came into effect on March 10 will get the second installment of Rs 2,000 each in their bank accounts, a senior government official said Saturday. Of these 4.74 crore beneficiaries, 2.74 crore farmers have so far received the first installment and the rest will be covered by month-end, he said. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has allowed the Union Agriculture Ministry to transfer the first and second tranche of the payment to all those beneficiaries registered under the scheme before March 10, the official added.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Centre announced the Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme under which Rs 6,000 per year would be disbursed in three instalments to around 12 crore farmers who hold cultivable land up to 2 hectares.

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Pawar And Mayawati’s Opting Out Of Lok Sabha Polls Indicate Certain Victory For The NDA: Shiv Sena

New Delhi: The alliance partner of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Shiv Sena said that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and BSP president Mayawati’s opting out of the Lok Sabha polls is a clear indication of a certain victory for the NDA.

It also claimed Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would spoil the game for the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, reasoning the vote bank of the Congress and Mayawati is similar.

In an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the NDA constituent said Pawar and Mayawati not contesting was a sign that the road was clear for Narendra Modi to return victorious as Prime Minister.

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Rashtriya Janata Dal To Contest 20 Seats With The Congress Fighting Nine In Bihar For LS Polls

New Delhi: The grand alliance in Bihar announced a seat-sharing deal for the Lok Sabha elections after much delay. Under the arrangement, Rashtriya Janata Dal would contest 20 seats with the Congress fighting in nine. The two national Left parties—CPI and CPM—were given a cold shoulder.

Under the arrangement, GA’s other constituents like RLSP (Rashtriya Lok Samata Party) would contest five seats, Hindustani Awam Morcha (S) three seats and Vikashsheel Insaan Party (VIP) three seats. One seat has been offered to CPI-ML(liberation), a major Left force in Bihar, by the RJD from its own quota. CPI-ML is yet to respond to the offer.

The Congress having made a climb down from its demand of 11 seats and had to forgo its traditional Aurangabad seat as coalition leaders today announced that the seat had gone to HAM(S) led by Jitan Ram Manjhi. Former Governor Nikhil Kumar was vying for the ticket from the Aurangabad seat.