Rajasthan Government Gives Clean Chit To Rajeev Pachar In Dereliction Of Duty In Alwar Gang-Rape Case

New Delhi: According to a government statement, the Rajasthan government gave a clean chit to Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Rajeev Pachar, a month after he was removed from the post of Alwar superintendent of police for his alleged dereliction of duty in connection with a gang-rape case.

A 19-year-old Dalit woman was gang-raped by five men in front of her husband on April 26 in Thanagazi, Alwar. The Rajasthan government had drawn criticism from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bahuajan Samaj Party chief Mayawati during the Lok Sabha election campaign for delay in lodging the FIR in the case and not taking action until a purported video of the sexual assault began circulating on social media. The state government on Friday issued orders to register a first information report (FIR) against the station house officer (SHO) of Thanagazi, Sardar Singh, under different sections of Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act.


Army Setting Up A Facility In South India Where Jawans To Be Given Training To Become Officers

New Delhi: The army is setting up a dedicated facility in south India in a first such initiative where jawans will be given training to a clear two-tier selection process to become officers in the force. To be called the Young Leaders’ Training Wing, it will be co-located at the Chennai-based Officers Training Academy.

Beginning September, around 200 soldiers are expected to be trained at the facility for five months, said one of the officials cited above. Jawans have to clear a written exam and a Services Selection Board interview before they can enter the Dehradun-based Army Cadet College (ACC). Soldiers are groomed to become officers at the ACC for three years before they are packed off for a one-year course at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, which churns out freshly-minted lieutenants.


Twitter Blocks Social Media Handles Of Army @Chinarcorpsia; Resumes After A Few Hours

New Delhi: The Indian Army got a bit of a shock on Friday morning when it found one of its key social media handles locked out. The handle @ChinarcorpsIA got the same treatment for a few hours that’s usually meted out to those who either abuse, spam or spread trouble on Twitter.

Although everything was sorted out within a few hours, it did lead to a lot of heartburn and a minor social media hyperventilating.

The account belongs to the army’s operationally critical Srinagar-based 15 Corps headquarters. This deals with operations in the Valley and also along the volatile Line of Control with Pakistan.


NCP Chief Sharad Pawar Advises Party Workers To Learn Lessons In Perseverance From The RSS

New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) gets both bouquets and brickbats when Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has advised party workers to learn lessons in perseverance from the RSS in the way it reaches out to voters.

Speaking in Pimpri-Chinchwad on Thursday, Pawar asked workers not to give up when connecting with people, “something they can adopt from the RSS”.

“A BJP leader, during my interaction with him, said perseverance and discipline help us. I don’t think we should take everything what they are doing, but their skill in connecting and interacting with people is important and we should also follow that. Please keep this in mind when you start reaching out to people today or tomorrow,” said Pawar, during his interaction with workers after taking a review of various assembly segments in the Maval Lok Sabha constituency where his grand nephew Parth Pawar lost the Lok Sabha election.


Jagan Mohan Reddy Announces Scrapping Of Annadata Sukhibhava Introduced By Naidu

New Delhi: The Andhra Pradesh government headed by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced scrapping of Annadata Sukhibhava to replace it with a new scheme. This was a crop investment support scheme introduced by N Chandrababu Naidu in March.

Jagan Reddy, who held a review meeting with officials of the agriculture department at his Tadepalli camp office in Amaravati, asked the authorities to scrap Naidu’s scheme and come up with a revised one based on the YSR Congress party’s manifesto.

“The CM said the scheme would be remodelled and rechristened as ‘YSR Rythu Bharosa’ under which each farmer would be given crop investment assistance of Rs 50,000 per year in four instalments of Rs 12,500 each,” an official release said.