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Patel News Brief US woman on Pak’s blacklist creates ruckus at airport Islamabad, Nov An American woman, who was allegedly blacklisted by Pakistan, caused a scene at the Islamabad airport by laying down on the floor as authorities attempted to deport her, it was reported on Monday. The woman had arrived in the country in a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight from Manchester to Islamabad, The News International reported. When the airport staff tried to deport her, the woman started screaming and laid down on the floor of the airport in protest. The American embassy was contacted and called at the airport to resolve the issue. The reason for her blacklisting was unknown. 10 injured in collision between two trains in Hyderabad Hyderabad, At least 10 passengers were injured when a MMTS train rammed into a stationary train at Kachiguda railway station here on Monday, officials said. The incident occurred when MMTS train collided with Hyderabad-Kurnool Hundry Express, which had stopped at the railway station. Railway authorities and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) launched the rescue operations. Locomotive pilot was stuck in the badly damaged cabin. Efforts were on to rescue him. “Received the tragic news of the train accident in Hyderabad & immediate instructions have been given to the authorities for assistance & monitoring,” Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted. Willing to form govt but need 48 hours, Sena tells guv; request rejected Mumbai, The Congress held back its support to a possible Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra at the last minute and declared that the party would need more discussions with the Nationalist Congress Party led by Sharad Pawar, the Maratha strongman who is seen as the alliance’s point person for an arrangement with the Sena. “ The Congress President (Sonia Gandhi) has spoken with Sharad Pawar. The party will have further discussion with NCP,” a short, 43-word statement issued by the Congress after marathon discussions over support to the Sena said. The official statement contradicts earlier reports emanating from Mumbai that Sonia Gandhi had okayed the deal. Meanwhile, Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, along with other par ty leaders, drove into Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Koshyari as government formation deadline was to Now, NCP, Congress play hard ball with Shiv Sena Mumbai, After the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party also announced on Monday that it had not taken a final decision on extending support to the Shiv Sena for forming the government. NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik said the Congress decision in the matter is pending and will be known only after 4 p.m. on Monday, following which his party (NCP) will take the final call. “Our President Sharad Pawar has made it clear that the NCP decision will come only after the Congress takes a call since both parties have fought the elections as an alliance,” Malik said. His statement came shortly after Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said in New Delhi that the Congress Working Committee has discussed the Maharashtra situation and will now hold further discus- 2 terrorists killed in Kashmir encounter Srinagar, One more terrorist was killed in Kashmir’s Bandipore on Monday, taking the number of slain terrorists in the encounter that started on Sunday to two. The identity of the slain ultras is being ascertained, police said. According to the police, the encounter started late on Sunday afternoon, following a tip-off about the presence of three Lashkar militants in the area in Vijhara area of Bandipore, North Kashmir. It is a joint operation by the police and the Army. Landslides close Jammu Srinagar highway Srinagar, After opening briefly on Saturday, the Jammu Srinagar highway was again blocked on Sunday due to landslides triggered by rains at Digdol, 150 kilometres from Jammu. The highway has mostly remained blocked since last Thursday, when massive snowfall swept Jammu and Kashmir. “It is a massive landslide that has hit the highway at Digdol, 125 metres of the road has been swept away,” Muzaffar Ahmad Shah, SSP traffic rural told IANS. “Men and machinery are on the job to open up the highway, it may take a day,” he said. He has got a kerosene stove and utensils from the nearby town of Udhampur and sets off in the morning in search of vegetables, rice and kerosene oil. This truck is his home away from home. It is his kitchen and bedroom as well and will continue to be till the road opens. “We have to bring rice and fuel from the nearby market, ration stocks will last for three days, if the highway continues to remain blocked, we will face a lot of problems,” said Ram Yadav. end soon. The Sena expressed its willingness to form government and sought 48 hours extension to do the same, but the governor has declined the request. Maharashtra deadlock: Hectic parleys underway between Sena, NCP & Cong Citing the Shiv Sena’s “insult to the mandate” the , BJP, with 105 seats, gave up on efforts to form the government. BJP’s Maharashtra chief Chandrakant Patil wished the Uddhav Thackeray-led BJP MP Maneka Sanjay Gandhi and BJP MP Poonam Mahajan during 'The Future of Protein Summit 2019' organized by Ministry of Food Processing Industries, in New Delhi on Monday UNI sion with state leaders before moving ahead in the matter. Referring to the time constraints of 7.30 pm, reportedly given by Raj Bhavan to the Sena to prove its ability to form a government, Malik said there will be around three hours left to go after the Congress decision and “a lot of things can be done in three hours.” Sources in the Sena hint that most contentious issues have been ironed out by the party with the Congress-NCP and there were a few other points left which are being sorted out by the party leaders. Giving a confidence booster to the CongressNCP, the Sena’s sole nominee in the Union cabinet, Heavy Industry Minister Arvind Sawant has resigned, while another party leader, Sanjay Raut, hinted that the party’s ties with the NDA are virtually snapped, without putting it in so many words. Officially, the Congress and NCP have both maintained that they have no public mandate and are prepared to sit in the Opposition, even as Sanjay Raut on Monday indicated that his party was on the way to forming a government with Congress-NCP support, with a common minimum programme. Malik admitted that the Sena is in communication with the Congress-NCP, now and even earlier, on the issue of government formation. —IANS Sena snubbing BJP not new in 30 year-old alliance history BY ANAND SINGH New Delhi, The hot-and-cold relationship the BJP has had with its one of the oldest alliance partners Shiv Sena is not something new: the alliance has met dead-ends many times in the last 30 years. The Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party first stitched an alliance in 1989 for the Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Maharashtra. The two first formed the government in Maharashtra in 1995 and remained in power till 1999 with Manohar Joshi as its first Chief Minister. Following resignation by Joshi, another Shiv Sena leader Narayan Rane succeeded him in the state. The two parties then sat in the opposition in the state from 1999 to 2014 before the BJP came to power in the state and the Centre. However, in between these years, Shiv Sena has cold-shouldered the BJP on a number of occasions. In 2007, during the Presidential elections, Shiv Sena instead of backing the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat sided with Congress-led United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) can- didate Pratibha Patil. The Sena snubbed its partner to counter the rise of its turncoat leader Narayan Rane, who had publicly criticised the party Working President Uddhav Thackerey. Rane has questioned Uddhav’s administrative abilities in 2005 following which he was expelled from the party. The support for Patil came after the Congress agreed to put Rane out of the race of Maharashtra’s Chief Minister. The Shiv Sena move to support the UPA candidate in the Presidential polls had created ripples in political circles. The Sena in 2012 again went its way when it supported Congress-led UPA’s Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee over NDA’s P.A. Sangma. Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray had then said that the country’s prestige was at stake. In a clear rebuff to the BJP, Bal Thackeray had said: “When you don’t have a sword with you, you don’t clench your fist and talk about courage and valour.” Bal Thackeray had also said: “No one should claim that we backstabbed or violated trust for we have taken this decision in the supreme interest of the country.” However, things turned even more bitter for the two parties in the 2014 assembly elections, when the 25-yearold alliance between teh two was broken over seat sharing as both contested elections independently. After the BJP became the largest party in the 2014 Assembly elections, Shiv Sena declared that it would play the role of opposition, but after further negotiations, it joined the government in Maharashtra. Before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, in January 2018 the Sena snapped ties with the BJP and their NDA coalition after nearly 30 years of campaigning alongside the BJP. But in February 2019, BJP and Shiv Sena again announced alliance for the Lok Sabha elections as well as the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections. The BJP and Shiv Sena won 23 and 18 seats respectively out of the 48 Lok Sabha seats. But a controversy erupted after the results of the Maharashtra assembly elections were declared on October 24, with the Shiv Sena demanding the BJP to agree to a 50:50 formula and rotational chief ministership, which it said, had already been discussed with BJP chief Amit Shah and party’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.This was denied by the BJP. party “good luck” to form the government, if it wanted, in alliance with the Congress and the NCP. The BJP and Sena’s Mahayuthi alliance fought the polls together but differed over the government formation as the Sena pressed for rotational chief ministership. Congress’s ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) also had a meeting of its leadership in Mumbai. Addressing the media after the meet, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said they will wait for Congress to take a stand. Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray met NCP chief Sharad Pawar at a hotel in south Mumbai. The leaders are believed to have discussed about government formation during the 40-minute meeting at Taj Lands End.Earlier today, Sena pulled out its lone minister in the Union cabinet at the Centre . The minister, Arvind Sawant, said it wouldn’t have been morally right for him to continue. The Sena won 56 seats, Congress got 44 seats and NCP 54 in the state elections. A party or an alliance requires 145 seats for a majority in the 288-member assembly. BJP banks on Raghubar Das as Jharkhand CM Ranchi, The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Central leadership is banking on Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and has denied ticket to his detractors for the state’s upcoming Assembly polls. The BJP has made it clear that Das will be the face of the party in the elections to the state’s 81-member Assembly which will take place in five phases from November 30 to December 20. The polls were spread over 21 days because of the Naxal problem that poses a security challenge. Counting of votes will take place on December 23. The saffron party’s ally, All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU), has also not been taken into consideration. “We have not been consulted on the issue,” udesh Mahto, AJSU President, told reported here. The BJP on Sunday announced a list of 52 candidates for the elections. Das has been fielded from Jamshedpur East, while the BJP’s Jharkhand unit chief Laxman Gilua will be contesting from Chakradharpur. The BJP has put the names of Ministers, Saryu Rai and Neelkanth Singh Munda, on hold. “This is first list.The party must be deliberating on names. Let the second list come out,” said Rai, who has been critical of the Chief Minister and also the functioning of the Jharkhand government. The other important legislator whose name been put on hold is Biranchi Narayan. The other key people who were denied a ticket included sitting Chattarpur MLA Radha Krishna Kishore who was also the chief whip of the NDA in the Assembly, Simdega MLA and former Cabinet Minister Bimla Pradhan, Borio MLA and Incidence of mental stress high in UP, but awareness low Lucknow, Incidence of stress high in Uttar Pradesh but awareness about stress management abysmally low. A recent survey conducted by the Psychiatry Department of the King George Medical University (KGMU) has found that prevalence of stress was very high among people in Uttar Pradesh with financial difficulties being the top cause. According to a faculty member in the Psychiatry Department, the KGMU survey found that only one fourth of the people, who were surveyed, knew about healthcare facilities or management of stress related disorders. The survey conducted on 12,000 respondents mainly in small towns of the state found that a whopping 90 per cent of the people had experienced stress in the past year due to poverty and financial diffi- Police uses water cannons on JNU protesters New Delhi, The Delhi Police on Monday reported to water cannons on students and members of the Jawaharlal Nehru Students’ Union (JNUSU) who staged a protest outside the varsity campus over a reported fee hike and the hostel draft manual. The protest took place as the varsity held its third convocation on Monday, with Vice President N. Venkaiah Naidu and Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ invited as speakers. While Naidu has left the campus, Pokhriyal was still reported to be inside the university premises. The students’ union has called for a boycott of the convocation and demanded the rollback of the hostel draft manual and fee hike proposed by the administration. In its latest orders, the JNU administration massively hiked the hostel, mess and security fee by a reported 400 per cent. It also limited the hostel timings. culties. The survey was conducted across four districts Muzaffarnagar, Jhansi, Maharajganj and Lakhimpur Kheri. Dr Prakriti Poddar, expert in mental health and Director, Poddar Wellness Ltd, said,“Incidence of stress and mental disorders have increased dramatically in India in recent years with changing lifestyles, a shift towards nuclear families contributing to the trend. While in larger cities, major contributors to stress are difficult working conditions and professional challenges, in smaller towns financial difficulties still account for a major cause of stress.” “Unfortunately, in small towns people are not even aware of how and where to seek help to deal with mental disorders emanating from stress. Even availability of healthcare facilities for the same is low, additionally taboos associated with mental disorders prevent people from seeking the help of psychiatrists and mental health experts,” she said. Grand Ram temple in Ayodhya before 2022 New Delhi, The much awaited temple proposed to be built at the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya after the Supreme Court verdict, will be completed before 2022, the 75th year of India’s independence. The Uttar Pradesh government has released a picture of what the temple, and the Ram statue proposed near it, would look like on their completion. Sources said the Ram idol will take three years to complete. Details are also trickling in of the grand temple complex planned. Spread over an area 240 feet long and 145 feet wide, it will be 141 feet in height. Its 4 feet periphery will have 251 columns. The temple complex will have a prayer hall, a Ramkatha Kunj (lecture hall), a Vaidik Pathshala (educational facility), a Sant Niwas (saints residence) and a Yatri Niwas (hostel for visitors). Around the idol of Lord Ram, there will be other facilities such as a digital museum, a centre for description on holy scriptures, a library, a cafeteria and parking space. former state BJP chief Tala Marandi. Other seats from where the sitting MLAs have been denied tickets included Hare Kishan Singh from Manika, Shiv Shankar Oraon from Gumla, Laxman Tudu from Ghatshila, Sanjeev Singh from Jharia, Phoolchand Mandal from Sindri, Jai Prakash Singh Bhokta from Chatra and Ganesh Ganjhu from Simaria. The BJP has given ticket to defectors of the other parties. Five legislators from JMM and Congress who defected just before the poll dates were announced have been given tickets. Notification issued for 2nd phase of Jharkhand Assembly polls Ranchi, The notification for the second phase of the Jharkhand Assembly elections was issued on Monday and the last date for filing the nominations is November 18. In the second phase, 20 Assembly seats will go for polls on December 7. The notification said the existing Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand will continue till January 5, 2020, unless dissolved earlier. Elections to the state’s 81 Assembly seats will be held in five phases, beginning November 30, and the results will be announced on December 23. The constituencies going for polls in phase 2 are: Baharagora, Ghatsila (ST), Potka (ST ), Jugsalai (SC), Jamshedpur East, Jamshedpur West, Seraikella (ST ), Chaibasa (ST ), Majhgaon (ST), Jaganathpur (ST ), Manoharpur (ST ), Chakradharpur (ST ), Kharsawan (ST), Tamar (ST), Torpa (ST ), Khunti (ST ), Mandar (ST ), Sisai (ST ), Simdega (ST) and Kolebira (ST). The last date for withdrawal of candidature for the second phase is November 21. —IANS Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and spokesperson Srikant Shrma addressing press conference after cabinet meeting at Lok Bhawan in Lucknow on Monday. Sidharthnath Singh look on UNI.