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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays stress on role of effective policing for safety of women; urges police to improve their image.

  • A magisterial probe ordered into fire tragedy in Delhi, claiming 43 lives. Owner of the factory arrested.

  • In Karnataka, all arrangements in place for counting of votes for crucial by-elections to 15 assembly constituencies tomorrow.

  • Campaigning gains momentum for third and fourth phases of assembly elections in Jharkhand.

  • India set a target of  171 runs against West Indies in second T20 Cricket match at Thiruvananthpuram.

  • At 13th South Asian Games in Nepal, India maintains top position with 248 medals including 131 gold.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasised the role of effective policing for the safety and security of women. The Prime Minister was speaking at the valedictory session of the 54th All India conference of Directors General and Inspectors General of Police in Pune today. Mr Modi said at all times, police personnel must strive to improve the image of the police force to inspire confidence amongst all sections of society, including women and children.

The three-day conference was held in the premises of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research.

The Prime Minister participated in the conference today as well as yesterday. Over the past two days, Mr Modi lead the discussions and gave valuable suggestions. The Prime Minister also awarded the President’s police medals for distinguished service to officers of the Intelligence Bureau.

Mr Modi urged the heads of police departments to carry forth the spirit of the conference to the lowest level from State to District to police station. After listening to the presentations made by state police forces, the Prime Minister mentioned that a comprehensive list of the best practices could be prepared and adopted by all States and Union Territories.

The Prime Minister expressed his special interest in the development of North Eastern States, which is critical for Act East Policy of the government. He urged the DGPs of these States to make extra efforts to create a conducive environment for the implementation of development programmes.

Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval were present in the conference all three days. This year, eleven core groups were formed for holding brain storming sessions on key aspects of internal and external security such as terrorism, naxalism, coastal security, cyber threats and combating radicalisation.


A massive fire broke out at a factory in Delhi claiming lives of 43 people today. The Delhi Government has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident that took place in the wee hours. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal directed the District Magistrate of Central Delhi to submit the report within a week.

According to Delhi Fire Service Director Atul Garg, four-storey building in Anaj Mandi area on Rani Jhansi Road did not have a fire clearance and no fire safety equipment was found installed on the premises.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Monika Bhardwaj said, the owner and the manager of the factory have been arrested.

"हमने वन ऑफ ओनर रेहान था उसको अरेस् कर लिया उनका एक मैनेजर था जोकि उसके बिहाफ पर काफी कुछ काम देखता था इस बिल्डिंग से रिलेटेड फुरकान को  भी अरेस् कर लिया है  इसके अलावा बाकी जिन-जिन को रेंट पर दिया हुआ था और डिफरेंट फैक्ट्री चला रहे थे। उनको हम लोग सर्च कर रहे हैं।"

Earlier, talking to reporters, Public Relations Officer in Delhi Police, MS Randhawa, said, the case has been transferred to Delhi Crime Branch.

"जो कॉज ऑफ़ फायर है वो फायर डिपार्टमेंट देगा। प्राइमा फेसी हमें लग रहा है कि ये शार्ट सर्किट से आग लगी है और इसमें जो एक प्लास्टिक का मटरियल काफी था उस वजह से इसको कंट्रोल करने के एर्फट्स है उसमें हमारे फायर टेंडर को काफी प्रॉब्लम आई। जो अनफॉरच्यूनेट डैथ्स हुई है वो ज्यादा एसफीक्सिया से, सफोकेशन से हुई है और फायर टेंडर के भी दो कर्मचारी हैं उनको थोड़ी चोट आई है दो पुलिस वालों को भी चोट आई है। दिल्ली पुलिस ने एफआईआर दर्ज कर दी है।"

Nearly 150 fire personnel carried out the rescue operation and pulled out 67 people from the building. Fire Service official said, 34 fire tenders were pressed into service after a call was received at 5.22 hours about the fire in Anaj Mandi area. The injured were admitted to LNJP, RML and Hindu Rao Hospitals.

Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan met the injured at LNJP hospital this evening. Dr. Harsh Vardhan also visited the site of the blaze.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and host of leaders have expressed grief over the incident. In a tweet, Prime Minister announced an ex-gratia of two lakh rupees each from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives in tragic fire. He also approved 50 thousand rupees each for those seriously injured in the fire.

The Delhi government also announced a compensation of 10 lakh rupees each to the families of the deceased and free treatment and one lakh rupees each to the injured. The BJP will extend financial support of five lakh rupees each to the families of those who have lost their lives.

Our correspondent reports that this is the second massive fire incident in Delhi this year. Earlier in February, seventeen people were killed in a fire incident in Karol Bagh area.  

"Today, it was meant to a relaxed Sunday for the labourers at Anaj Mandi, who were there in the factory. But they couldn't see the daybreak. Chaotic scenes were witnessed at the site of the fire accident which was clogged with bystanders and politicians arriving in convoys. Firemen made their way through narrow lanes to rescue those trapped inside the blackened building and carried many unconscious labourers on their backs. The NDRF says  the building was filled with hazardous carbon monoxide and  most workers died due to suffocation. With Diwaker, Souvagya Kar AIR News Delhi."


The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is scheduled to be introduced in the Lok Sabha tomorrow. The Bill has been listed in the business of the Lower House.

The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants of six communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship. The communities are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians.    Parties like Congress, TMC and Left have already objected to the provisions of the bill. Senior Congress leaders held a meeting in New Delhi this evening and discussed the strategy over the bill. Party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the Congress will oppose the bill as it is in violation of  the Constitution and secular ethos of the country.

Meanwhile, BJP has issued a whip to its MPs in the Lok Sabha, asking  them to be present in the House till Wednesday. Trinamool Congress has also issued a whip its MPs for four days from tomorrow.


The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, team  continued its inquiry for the second day today into the encounter of all four accused in the rape and murder case of Veterinary doctor in Telangana. The NHRC team visited the hospital where the injured police personnel are receiving treatment and recorded their statement. The team also recorded the statement of family members of the victim. The NHRC team reached Hyderabad yesterday. The team examined the bodies of the four accused in Mahabubnagar government hospital and also visited Chatanpally where the encounter took place two days ago.


In Karnataka, all arrangements are in place for the counting of votes tomorrow for crucial by-elections to 15 Assembly constituencies. The future of four-month old BJP Government led by B S Yediyurappa will be decided through the counting of votes. The resignation and disqualification of 15 MLAs from Congress and JD(S) led to by-election on Thursday.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa had won the confidence motion on the 29th of July after the effective strength of the 225-member assembly came down to 208 following the disqualifications. At present, BJP has 105, Congress 66 and JD(S) 34 members in the assembly. BJP needs at least six more seats to continue in power with an Independent member already supporting it. Our correspondent has the details:

"The counting of votes will begin in 11 counting centres at 8.00 am tomorrow. The paper slips in VVPATs will be counted in randomly selected five polling stations in each Assembly segment. Each counting centre will have counting supervisors, their assistants and micro observers. The counting centres will be secured by the reserved and armed police force with round the clock supervision by a DSP rank police officer. The results will be out probably by afternoon. If the ruling BJP cruises to the majority, Yediyurappa has a tough task of cabinet expansion ahead of him. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru."


In Jharkhand, campaigning is gaining momentum for the third and fourth phase of assembly elections.

In the third phase, polling would be held in 17 assembly constituencies spread over eight districts on 12th of this month. Fifteen constituencies in over four districts will go to polls in the fourth phase on the 16th of this month. Our correspondent reports that Star campaigners and senior leaders remained busy throughout the day with hectic election rallies and public meetings:

"Addressing rally at Jharia in Dhanbad Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said separate Jharkhand state was created by BJP government. He said due to better policies of BJP Jharkhand now among top seven developed states of the country. Jharkhand Vikas Morcha chief Babulal Marandi addressed several rallies in different assembly seats. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) working president Hemant Soren, All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) party president Sudesh Mahto, party leaders of Congress, JD(U), RJD and left parties also addressing public meeting in support of their party candidates. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Ranchi.

Tomorrow, Senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two political rallies in Barahi (बरही) and Bokaro (बोकारो). Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will also hold two public meetings at Barkagaon (बड़कागांव) and BIT Mesra Sports Ground in Ranchi tomorrow.

Meanwhile, re-polling will be held at booth number 36 of Sisai assembly constituency in Gumla district tomorrow. Polling will start at 7.00 am and end at 3.00 pm. Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the re-poll. Voting was held in the district during the second phase yesterday. The Election Commission ordered re-polling on the recommendation of a poll observer after eruption of violence at the booth. One person was killed and five others injured when a group of people clashed with police and security personnel during the voting. Polling was stopped abruptly due to the violence.The polling process for 81-member Jharkhand Assembly will be completed in five phases. Counting of votes will be held on the 23rd of this month.


President Ram Nath Kovind has said that students and teachers should be sensitive towards empowerment of the marginalised sections of the society. Mr Kovind was addressing the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of Utkal University in Bhubaneswar today. He said education is the best tool of social empowerment.

"Education is the best tool of social empowerment. I am not only a passionate advocate of this belief, but stand before you as a proof of it too. Universities are great hubs of ideas, but they are not ivory towers. They are part of society and thus remain engaged with social change. The academic community should be engaged in research in areas that create not only a new knowledge base but also a knowledge base that sustains human society."


In the Kashmir Valley, flight operations at Srinagar airport remained suspended for a second consecutive day today as all flights were cancelled due to dense fog causing poor visibility. An Airports Authority of India official said 28 flights, including those for the armed forces, were scheduled at the airport for today. A thick layer of fog engulfed most parts of the Kashmir Valley today, affecting visibility and causing problems to people, especially to motorists.


Indian athletes are continuing their outstanding performance at the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal. On the eight day of the games, India clinched 248 medals, comprising 131 gold, 77 silver and 40 bronze, to consolidate its top position

Indian Judoka made a brilliant start to their campaign and won five gold, one silver and one bronze today. Indian swimmers also continued their winning streak on the fourth day of the events and grabbed 6 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.

In Squash, India bagged one gold, two silver and one bronze. In shooting, India won 2 gold and one bronze.

In Fencing, India clinched 3 gold by winning men's and women's team events. India also bagged silver in Handball.

In Kabaddi, Indian men's and women's teams reached the finals. The men's team will take on Sri Lanka while women's team will clash with the hosts Nepal in the finals tomorrow. The Indian women's football team will also face Nepal in the title clash tomorrow.


In Cricket, India have set a target of 171 runs for the West Indies in the second T-20 match being played at Thiruvananthpuram. India scored 170 with a loss of 7 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Shivam Dube scored maximum 54 runs off 30 balls, including four sixes and three boundaries. The West Indies were 20 for nil in 3 overs, when reports last came in.


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