Marriageable age: Khap meet today for consensus

ROHTAK: Members of Haryana's sarv khap mahapanchayat would meet in Sonipat on Saturday to discuss rising crimes against women in the state and evolve a consensus on its proposal seeking lowering of the marriageable age to check rapes.

The umbrella body is going ahead with the meeting despite the flak it has drawn over the proposal that former Haryana Om Prakash Chautala has also backed.

Kuldeep Dhanda, a khap leader, defended the suggestion saying it was made "in the prevailing social context as the youth are attaining adulthood at an earlier stage compared to the earlier times''. He said if implemented, it would be just the minimum age and not the mandatory one. "There are a number of youngsters, who get sexually active at early age. So what is wrong in getting them married.''

Sarv khap spokesperson Sube Singh said the role of the mahapanchayat in checking crimes against women will also be discussed at the meeting as they have played a crucial role in controlling crime. "The khaps have no sympathy for the perpetrators of such crime and rapists must be given stern punishment," he said. "The khap leaders are likely to take major decisions to deal with the rising crimes against women.''

He said khap panchayats have limitations, but they want the younger generation to inculcate and abide by good social values.

Haryana education minister Geeta Bhukkal had on Sunday sought their intervention amid a spate of rapes and urged the khap panchayats to give a "befitting reply" to those committing atrocities against women.
Source - times of india

Arvind Kejriwal’s next target: Nitin Gadkari on Oct 16

NAGPUR: The suspense over India Against Corruption's next target ended on Friday. Reiterating that she has proof of her three meetings with BJP national president Nitin Gadkari, IAC activist Anjali Damania said she will be exposing his "lies" at a joint press conference with Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi on October 16. While the news should come as a temporary breather for the Congress, it is bound to raise anxiety levels in the BJP.

If IAC's charges against Gadkari sticks, it will further fuel the Congress-BJP war of words. It could also dent the Nagpur politician's ambitions. He has given enough indications that he will contest elections for the first time in 2014. The BJP president has already been targeted in the Coalgate scam as some of his close associates have got undue benefits.

Damania had accused Gadkari of being hand-in-glove with former state deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar in the massive irrigation scam in Maharashtra for which the BJP chief had sent her a legal notice. "I am prepared to meet him in court, there's no question of apologizing to him," she said. "Within hours of receiving the notice, I have replied to Gadkari," added Damania.

The IAC activist was ostensibly in the city to meet people to discuss plans for the proposed political party that Kejriwal wants to float for the 2014 elections. "I have collected evidence against Gadkari, which was another purpose of my visit to Nagpur," she said, adding there are "several people who want to take on the Congress and the BJP".

She said she had met Gadkari in Mumbai on August 14 through persons known to him. "Gadkari was probably not aware that I was an IAC activist and said that he has business associations with those in the ruling coalition and, therefore, was unable to help me. He also advised me to not to proceed with my fight against corruption," Damania alleged.

The IAC activist had gone to seek Gadkari's help to save 59 acres of land being acquired for an irrigation project. "Everybody knows about politician-contractor nexus in all irrigation projects and Gadkari has close links with Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti and Maharashtra legislative council MLC Mitesh Bhangdia, both of whom are irrigation contractors," she claimed.

Saying that she had not mentioned Gadkari by name in her first press conference in Mumbai, Damania said she had only referred to "three top opposition members". "But it was Gadkari who replied. I was shocked to see he was lying about our meeting," she said, adding that now the BJP chief is apprehensive of meeting her. "I had challenged Gadkari to meet me but has he failed to respond," she said.

She also flayed leader of opposition in Maharashtra assembly Eknath Khadse for his "immature" remarks ("I will drink the water used to wash Damania's feet if charges against Gadkari are proved"). "We also have enough material against Khadse, it will be revealed in due course," said Damania.

Damania claimed that Ajit Pawar had twisted and modified the rules to suit contractors in irrigation projects. "A majority of tenders were allotted to a particular group of contractors having strong political connections. Such illegal activities should immediately be stopped and they should be heavily penalized for substandard works," she said.

Claiming that she and her husband, against whom the state government has launched an enquiry, are being victimized, Damania said, "The politicians have only one agenda - to crush voices raised against them to save their own skins."

'Ex-President family and others got sugar mills'

IAC activist Anjali Damania dropped another bombshell alleging that there was a nexus in the allotment of sugar mills in Maharashtra as all of them were "granted during auction" to the kith and kin of top politicians, including former President Pratibha Patil.

"Not a single mill is awarded to a common man. All politicians, including those of union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, former deputy CM Ajit Pawar, senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde and of course BJP chief Nitin Gadkari have got these mills," she alleged, without elaborating as she had to rush to catch a flight.

TOI's attempts to contact Patil's son Rajendra Shekhawat, a Congress MLA from Amravati, proved futile.
Source - timesofindia

After 33 years, West Indies win a World Cup, are new T20 champs

When Clive Lloyd held aloft the Prudential World Cup on the Lord’s balcony in 1979, Chris Gayle was three months away from being born. Neither Gayle, the oldest member of today’s World T20-winning West Indies side, nor any of his teammates had seen the glory years of Caribbean cricket live. But they were all witness to its downfall, sometimes from well within the cricket field.

On Sunday, 33 years after the West Indians won their second and last World Cup trophy, Darren Sammy and his men resurrected some of their lost pride.

The West Indies team won the fourth edition of the World T20 — their first — in Colombo, allowing some of the younger cricket lovers around the world to revel in something they had never seen before — the Caribbean flavour that the game has missed for the last three decades.

“This hopefully will be the beginning of things to come. We won’t say we are back, but we are on the right road,” said an emotional Sammy, in between dancing ‘Gangnam Style’ with his team and thanking God. The saviour of the day, however, was Marlon Samuels.

Choosing to bat first, West Indies found themselves in more than just a spot of bother — 14/2 at the end of six powerplay overs and 32/2 at the halfway stage of the big final. The writing was on the wall, but Samuels didn’t read it. He stroked his way to a career-defining 78, with six sixes, to help WI add 105 runs in the last 10 overs.

It wasn’t nearly a par score, but enough to give their triumvirate of spinners, Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine and Samuels, a target to defend — which they did by 36 runs.

“From Jamaica all the way down to Guyana, this is for you,” Sammy yelled. “Thank God it is Sunday, for many people would not have gone to work had it been a weekday back home,” Sammy added with the World Cup in his hands.

With the party having just started in Lanka and the resurgence of their cricket team on the global scene, they probably still won’t.
Source - indianexpress

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