WCD Ministry Shuts 28 Specialised Adoption Agencies After Allegations Of Flouting Norms

New Delhi: The government has shut down 28 specialised adoption agencies in six states after allegations of illegal adoptions, child abuse and flouting of norms under J.J. Act surfaced.

Union minister Maneka Gandhi told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that in the wake of alleged rape of inmates of a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and another in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh, Gandhi also requested parliamentarians to visit the shelter homes periodically to check the living conditions and level of care provided to the children.

The Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) also said that there were only 43 complaints regarding child abuse and neglect in shelter homes and Child Care Institutions (CCIs) from 2014 to 2018, out of which 38 have been disposed of.


BJD May Vote For National Democratic Alliance Candidate In Deputy Chairman Election

New Delhi: The likely support of Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate in the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman election on Thursday is yet another sign in recent weeks of a warmth generated in the otherwise frosty, even hostile, relationship between Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

It is also a part of a larger ‘softening’ of ties between the two parties as their goals converge, said two leaders, one from each party.Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Patnaik over phone to seek his support for the deputy chairman’s election, according to people familiar with the matter, and the two leaders cited above described the gesture as illustrative of a direct engagement between the top leaders of the two parties.


Four Militants Killed And A Para-Commando Got Injured In A Gunfight In Baramulla District

New Delhi: Army’s 32 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and 9 para-commandos launched an operation in the Hamam Markote forests of Rafiabad on a specific inputs about militant presence in the area in which four militants killed and an army para-commando got injured in a gunfight in the forests of Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday.

As the searches were on, militants opened fire on the forces resulting in injuries to a soldier.Later, four unidentified militants were killed in the encounter. Army spokesman Rajesh Kalia confirmed the killing of four militants at Hamam forests. “The operation is still going on as there is possibility of presence of more militants in the forests,” he said.


Organisations To File Objections Against Forged Entries Of ‘Illegal Immigrants’ Into NRC

New Delhi: Organisations in Assam are preparing to file objections against such entries amid fears that ‘illegal immigrants’ may have got into the full draft list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The claims and objections exercise, a process to rectify anomalies in the draft, which was released on July 30, will start on Friday.

Asom Gana Parishad leader and former chief minister Prafulla Mahanta demanded that the NRC secretariat should not resort to penalising those filing objections. “I have heard they are going to levy a penalty of Rs 50,000 on those who file objections but are not able to prove it. It is difficult to prove. If such penalties are there who is going to file the objections,” he said.


Four Soldiers Including A Major Of Indian Army Killed In Gun Battle With Terrorists

New Delhi: In a gun battle with a group of militants trying to sneak into Indian territory near the Line of Control in Gurez sector in north Kashmir’s Bandipore district, four soldiers of the Indian Army, including a major, were killed.

“It was an infiltration attempt that was foiled in which two infiltrators were killed. We lost four soldiers including an officer,” defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said. He said that the operation was still underway.

The soldiers, who were killed, have been identified as Major KP Rane of Maharashtra, Havaldar Jamie Singh, HavaldarVikramjeet and Rifleman Mandeep from the 36 Rashtriya Rifles unit of the army.