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West Bengal Records A Ten-Fold Decrease In Human Trafficking From 3579 Cases In 2016 To 357

New Delhi: As per data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), West Bengal seems to be writing a new story in tackling human trafficking of which the state has been a prime hub in India.

In 2017, while the number of cases related to human trafficking in West Bengal had recorded a ten-fold decrease (from 3579 cases in 2016 to 357), the rescue of missing persons increased by more than two folds (53,345 persons rescued in 2017 as against 23,624 persons in 2016), the number of arrests and rate of disposal of cases by the police increased significantly.

West Bengal accounted for 25% of India’s trafficking cases between 2010 and 2016. In 2016, the state recorded a whopping 44% share of the total cases related to human trafficking in India. As of 2016, 20.64% of India’s missing children were from West Bengal – the highest among all states. In 2017, the share came down to 16.1%.

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Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas Wants UP CM To Head The Trust For Construction Of Ram Temple

New Delhi: Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas (RJN) head Mahant Nritya Gopal Das on Monday said the Nyas wanted Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath to head the trust that the Supreme Court has asked the Centre to set up for construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

He also claimed that the blueprint of the trust was ready and several names had been suggested for its membership.

“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath could head the trust in his capacity as Mahant of the Gorakhnath Temple and not as CM,” he said. “The Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas wants Yogi Adityanath to head the Trust,” he added.

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BJP Leaving Aside Seats Claimed By AJSU Party To Keep Hope Alive For A Decision On Alliance At A Later Stage

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s first list of 52 candidates has kept the hopes of its coalition partner alive, as the saffron party left aside the seats claimed by ally AJSU Party for a decision at a later stage.

The announcement of BJP-AJSU party alliance and seat sharing pact has been delayed due to AJSU’s demand of larger share in 2019 assembly elections. The AJSU Party has demanded 19 seats, 11 more than what it had received in 2014 assembly elections.

Decision on alliance has further been delayed due to glitches on two seats--Lohardaga and Chandankiyari assembly constituencies --claimed by the AJSU Party. These two seats were in AJSU kitty in 2014 but the BJP wanted them this time to field former Congress president Sukhdeo Bhagat, now in Bharatiya Jana Party’s fold, and minister Amar Kumar Bauri from Lohardaga and Chandankiyari respectively.

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Amarinder Singh Warns Pakistan Against Interfering In Kashmir And To Stop Eyeing Punjab

New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has warned Pakistan against interfering in Kashmir and to stop “eyeing” Punjab before he left for Kartarpur and said it won’t succeed in its “nefarious designs”. Singh also said he hoped Pakistan would understand that India wants friendly relations with it.

The Punjab chief minister was part of the first batch of over 550 Indian pilgrims that entered Pakistan through the Kartarpur corridor, which was thrown open days ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev on November 12.

The corridor links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur.

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Centre To Start Process Of Setting Up A Trust In Ayodhya Only After Inter-Ministerial Deliberations

New Delhi: The Centre may begin the process of setting up a trust in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya town only after inter-ministerial deliberations as Hindu groups vied with each other to be part of the body and a key Muslim outfit called a meeting on whether to accept an alternative plot as directed in the Supreme Court a day before.

In Ayodhya, a phalanx of security personnel continued to patrol the largely-deserted streets as the administration turned its focus on managing the sea of devotees expected to descend for the Hindu religious event of Kartik Purnima on Tuesday.